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Advanced Sound Model 3

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Pros: value, value & value, sound quality, wireless and wired use possible, ergonomic design, very coherent mids and highs

Cons: bass quality & quantity won't appeal to everybody, shape of the wireless cable's ear guides not comfortable for everybody


 

 

 

Preamble:

No, the “Model 3” isn’t a new car coming from Tesla Motors but an in-ear from ADVANCED, a New York based audio company that was formerly known as “ADV.SOUND”. Their first product, the M4 (, which I reviewed here), already managed to positively surprised me, and now the team is back with a new product, the ergonomically shaped Model 3 (https://www.adv-sound.com/collections/all-collection/products/model-3), which caught my interest because despite its quite competitive price, it features removable MMCX cables, with one of them being a Bluetooth module (that even supports aptX), so you are getting both the freedom of wireless audio as well as the reliability of a wired connection from the same in-ear, which I find an interesting idea.

But what you all are probably more interested in is how the in-ears sound, aren’t you? So let’s move on.


Before I go on though, I want to thank ADVANCED for sending me a sample of the Model 3 free of charge for the purpose of an honest and unbiased evaluation.


Technical Specifications:

Price: $79.99
Driver Unit: Custom Tuned Single Dynamic Drivers
Impedance: 16 Ohm+/-15%
Sensitivity: 100dB+/-3dB at 1kHz
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 40kHz
Music/talk Time (Wireless): up to 5 hours
Charging Time: 1.5 hours
Bluetooth Version: 4.1 + aptX®
Connection Distance: 10m (33ft)
Input Port: MicroUSB, DC 5V/60mA
Working Current: 10-19mA
Voltage: 3.7V
Cord length (Wired): 1.2 m
Plug (Wired): 3.5mm Gold Plated


Delivery Content:

The Model 3 arrives in a nicely designed outer package (with nice pictures, an exploded view on the in-ear as well as its parts and an uncompensated frequency response chart) that contains a black inner package with magnetically closed lid. Inside, one will find the in-ear, two cables (one wireless module and one regular cable), a charging cable, three pairs of green foam tips (three sizes), three pairs of silicone tips (two sizes), a manual and last but not least a large and ADVANCED-branded carrying case that offers enough room for the in-ears as well as both cables and the charging cable.

 


 

 

 

 




Looks, Feels, Build Quality:

The in-ear shells are transparent and resemble the ergonomic shape known from Westone and Shure models. The outer side is flat and has got a transparent mesh-pattern that looks nice and is unobtrusive.
Build quality is great and the in-ears feel really sturdy.

 


 

 



The standard cable for wired connection is a regular thin cable with a single-button remote control and excellent strain relief near the 3.5 mm connector, however none directly at the in-ears or the y-split. It also doesn’t have a chin-slider. Personally, I would have preferred if a cable similar to the one used for the ADV.SOUND M4 was used, but as the in-ears have adopted standard MMCX sockets, any cable with the matching counterpart can be used.

 


 



The cable with the wireless module is kind of a necklace cable with a remote control on the bottom and two “arms” that are the cables that lead to the ear pieces which have ear guides, however no memory wire. The clasp is magnetically closed and contains the charging port.
Build quality and appearance of the module are definitely not bad, however I am not a fan of the nylon-coated necklace as it will fray over time and soak sweat.


Comfort, Isolation:

The in-ear shape is, just as written above, very ergonomic and resembles Shure’s and Westone’s models, though with a somewhat different angle.
Shure in-ears are among the most comfortable for me and the Model 3 comes very close though I have to turn it a little to get the best seal.
Using the cable with the wireless module, I don’t get a good fit and no consistent seal because the lack of memory wire in the ear guides leads to the in-ears being pulled out after some time. With the regular cable though, this doesn’t happen and the seal is consistent.

The included silicone tips are quite sticky and manage to give you a good seal.
Talking about seal and isolation, the Model 3 doesn’t seem to be vented, at least I couldn’t spot any vent upon close inspection. Isolation is therefore high although a bit lower than with Shure’s or Westone’s models.


Operation (Bluetooth Module & iPhone 4):

The module contains three buttons – the centre one acts as power on/off respectively pairing and play/pause button while the other two skip tracks with a short click and change the volume with a long one. Double-clicking the centre button, the last called number is re-dialled.
During operation, a small multi-coloured LED behind the button is also blinking, indicating that the module is active.
Volume is rather on the higher side even with the lowest settings – personally, I really wouldn’t mind if the module’s lowest possible volume setting was lower.

 


 




Sound:

The following detailed impressions are based on listening in wired mode. After them, you will find a shorter impression of the sound with the Bluetooth cable attached.

For listening, I mainly used the iBasso DX80 as well as Luxury & Precision L3 Pro in wired mode.

The largest included silicone tips were used for listening.

Tonality:

The Model 3 is a bassy in-ear with a strong midbass and a full and also warm root. The sub-bass isn’t really less present, however it doesn’t appear as forceful and is also softer. Lower vocals are on the mellower and warmer side but overall neither overly warm nor overly coloured and aren’t overshadowed by the strong bass while it does bleed somewhat into them.
The treble is overall really inconspicuous and more on the neutral side with probably just a small bump in the middle (5 kHz) and upper (10 kHz) highs.
The bottom end is quite obviously tailored for a full mainstream signature, however the realism and evenness in the mids and highs is something that definitely not every in-ear in this price range has – here, the Model 3 does definitely have an advantage over a good amount of other in-ears (in its price range). It does definitely sound more coherent and authentic than many in-ears below $100 and even below $200. However, personally, I would have wished the bass to bleed less into the root and to only become present when it really extends low.

Listening to sine sweeps, what I am hearing is the lows to start climbing from 700 Hz down to 120 Hz where the climax is reached in my ears. It then stays like this down into the sub-bass but as the lowest notes don’t appear to move as much air, the focus is a little more on the midbass and the full and warm root. Compared to a flat in-ear like the Etymotic ER-4S, the bass is almost 15 dB more present which is not just a little.
Between 1 and 3 kHz, I can hear a moderate dip that makes trumpets sound a little compressed, but the rest of the treble sounds very cohesive, natural and authentic. Above, the highs are pretty neutral and probably just show a slight and broad-banded elevation around 5 and 10 kHz. Above 14 kHz, the highs are losing quantity.

Resolution:

Resolution is pretty darn good for the price and very initially, I even thought it was (much) better because as mentioned earlier, this in-ear has got one advantage over many other models in its price range: its treble sounds really natural and even, wherefore notes are rendered more realistically which leads to the impression of higher resolution at first.
While resolution is really high for the price, upon closer inspection and direct comparisons with in-ears in the $150 to 200 range, it is revealed that the Model 3 sounds a little less detailed in the mids than them, but when compared to some of the better in-ears in the sub $100 range, it is definitely among the better/best of them and outperforms the average performers.
Honestly speaking, mainly because of the high authenticity, the Model 3 is already a really good deal at its selling price in my opinion, and even more so if considered that a Bluetooth module and regular cable come included as well. Though, one shouldn’t expect the fastest and cleanest bass which is no wonder though because of its quantity, but even toned down using an equalizer, there are quicker and more arid in-ears around.

Bass – the lows are the only weaker part of this in-ear when it comes to sound. Control is about average, but they are somewhat more on the softer and mellower side except for the upper bass that is relatively quick and firm. Fortunately though, decay isn’t too slow so the bass doesn’t sound smeary. I wouldn’t mind if the resolution of low notes was a little higher either because it is good but not as good as the treble’s and mids’ resolution.
Mids – speech intelligibility is good and vocals are revealed well and only slightly less detailed than with the SoundMAGIC E80. Layering in the midrange is rather impressive for the price and really surprised me the first time I put the in-ears into my ears.
Highs – a really strong part of the Model 3. Quick attack and release, good separation. Also quite natural and realistically presented. Cymbals decay a little quickly and trumpets appear a bit compressed due to the moderate dip in the presence range between 1 and 3 kHz, but that was it. Other comparable in-ears have more flaws in the highs. Compared to the SoundMAGIC E80, the Model 3 sounds noticeably more realistic and also somewhat more detailed in the highs. As I said, definitely one of the strongest points of this in-ear.

Soundstage:

The soundstage is quite remarkable in my ears – not only is it somewhat wider and deeper than average, but also precise, with very clear spatial cues. Spotting the exact position of single instruments in the imaginary room is quite easy and instrument separation is good, too.
Next to the high naturalness and authenticity in the mids and treble, this is definitely another really strong point of this in-ear.


Sound (wireless Bluetooth connection):

For the Bluetooth cable, I used my iPhone 4 which sends a clean, wireless AAC Bluetooth codec signal to the in-ears. The Hidizs AP60 with a really clean aptX Bluetooth transmission was used, too.

I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t really use the Bluetooth cable long at all (less than one and a half hour in total) because the use of memory-wire-less ear guides on the wireless module didn’t allow for a long lasting seal in my ears. What I would say is that sound quality is relatively close to the wired connection, however cymbal transients probably tended to sound minimally distorted/”spread” and the soundstage was a bit less precise. The product description also mentions that the wireless module contains custom DSP technology, and what I heard with it was indeed a brighter (however less realistic) treble and probably a bit less bloom in the fundamental range, but this might also be caused by a different angle in my ears (just as mentioned, because of the lack of memory wire in the ear guides, the in-ears didn’t stay in my ears very well with the wireless module), because no equalizer is used with this DSP as it seems but it is rather used to keep the distortion low at high volumes and to minimise hiss, at least that is what I was told upon request.

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In Comparison with other In-Ears:

The comparisons were made using a wired connection.

 

 


ADV.SOUND M4:
Tonally, both are quite the opposite – the M4 is bright sounding without a strong bass and the Model 3 has got a prominent and warm bottom-end with a more neutral treble response. Where the M4 has got the advantage is the cable which is just phenomenal.
The M4 has got the much brighter and leaner treble as well as the leaner mids with a tamed-down bass. When it comes to realism in the mids and treble, the Model 3 is the winner.
In the mids and treble, the Model 3 is the more detailed in-ear. In the bass though, while both are more on the softer side (the M4 probably a bit less due to its lesser quantity), the M4 sounds slightly more resolving in the lows.
The Model 3 has got the somewhat larger as well as audibly deeper soundstage and has got the more precise spatial cues, making it easier to spot the exact position of single instruments (in comparison, the M4’s soundstage appears a little smeared).

SoundMAGIC E80 (stock wide bore tips):
The E80 has got considerably less bass, about identically warm mids with less quantity in the lower root and a steeper, brighter upper treble (~ 8 kHz) because here it has a peak. In the middle highs around 5 kHz, it has a dip, making it a v-shaped in-ear but without an exaggerated bass.
The midrange of the E80 is just very slightly more detailed with direct comparison, however in the highs, the Model 3 has got the higher resolution and also sounds more even, realistic and authentic.
When it comes to bass (midbass and sub-bass), the E80’s is a little less soft and also a little more detailed, but it’s a close match. Surprisingly, the Model 3 is a bit faster in the upper bass.
In terms of soundstage, both have about comparable width with the Model 3 having more depth though and slightly more width, too. The Model 3 is the winner though when it comes to spatial cues, layering, instrument separation and placement.

TTPod T1 (non-E):
The TTPod has got considerably less bass and warmth and the brighter and leaner midrange as well as treble, making it more comparable with the ADV.SOUND M4.
The T1 has got the somewhat quicker bass attack and better control in the lows while both are similarly resolving down low. In the mids and treble, the Model 3 is the more detailed, harmonic and realistic in-ear.
The TTPod’s soundstage is just slightly wider with a little less spatial depth. The ADVANCED has got the more precise spatial reproduction with superior instrument placement, separation and more air around instruments.

SoundMAGIC E10 (stock wide bore tips):
The E10 has got less bass quantity but is the darker and warmer sounding in-ear with the darker and thicker mids.
Detail retrieval in the mids and treble is audibly better with the Model 3 which is also the somewhat higher resolving in-ear in the lows although both are comparably soft down low. With fast music though, the SoundMAGIC is giving in more and sounds blurry whereas the Model 3 lets you still hear single bass notes.
The E10’s soundstage is smaller and appears quite blurry and imprecise in comparison, without any real separation.

DUNU Titan 1:
The DUNU has got less bass quantity and is the brighter and leaner in-ear out of the two.
The Titan 1 has got the quicker bass attack and better control in the lows. In the midrange and treble, the DUNU is a little more detailed but it is surprisingly not that much. The difference between the two is however that the Model 3 is the more natural and even sounding in-ear in the treble, making it sound more authentic.
The Titan’s soundstage is somewhat larger in both directions. Instrument placement is comparably precise with both while separation goes to the DUNU when comparing both directly.

The E10 is a famous and quite good/solid contender in the $50 range and so the E80 is in the ~ $80 range, wherefore the Model 3 shows that it sets itself apart from that lower price range of the E10, aiming more for models in the range around/above $80-100+.


Conclusion:

Even without the Bluetooth module, the value would have been really good and is even better with it. Of course, because of the price, there just has to be a compromise between accessories and sound, however the main focus is definitely on the sound, making the ADVANCED Model 3 an in-ear with a good price-performance ratio with a powerful bass slam and a (considering the price range) detailed and especially really cohesive and natural midrange and treble, coupled with an airy and precise soundstage reproduction. The removable cables as well as the Bluetooth module are the cherry on the cake.
The disadvantage is however that the regular cable is not of the most impressive quality and that some things about the Bluetooth module could be more premium. At the price point, I don’t complain much though.


With my usual 70% sound for the price (87/100)/price-performance-ratio (93/100) to 30% accessories/build quality (76/100) weighting, I come to a conclusion of 4.29 out of 5 stars.

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Pros: Stellar sound - Lots of quality accessories - Flexibility via Bluetooth and 3.5mm cables

Cons: Foam tips expand too quickly - Slim plastic nozzle is something to watch out for

Greetings Head-fi!

 

Today we are going to be looking at the newest earphone from ADVANCED, the Model 3.

 

ADVANCED first appeared on the scene with the M4, a $39.99, crowdfunded, micro-driver earphone that delivers crystal clear sound, excellent build quality, and a whole lot of bang for the buck. It showed that this new startup knew what they were doing and could deliver a strong product in a competitive price range. Their next product was the 993 wireless speaker system. While I haven't had the chance to hear them, their reception has been unanimously positive.

 

With their third new model, ADVANCED took aspects of both of their previous products and combined them to bring us one heck of an earphone; the Model 3. It features a low profile design similar to those from Shure and Westone, a 6mm driver akin to the M4, and comes with two removable MMCX cables. The first cable is a standard 3.5mm audio cable. The second cable is where the fun comes in; Bluetooth 4.1, aptX, AAC codec support for Apple products, and 5 hours of play time following 1.5 hours of charging. Just looking at the stats the Model 3 seems like an excellent value when you take into consideration it only costs 79.99 USD. How does it perform in the real world? Let's find out.

 

Disclaimer:

 

I would like to thanks ADVANCED's co-founder Peter for providing the Model 3 in exchange for a fair and impartial review. I am not receiving any financial compensation for this review and all comments and views within are my honest opinions. They are not representative of ADVANCED or any other entity.

 

The Model 3 can be purchased here on their website; https://www.adv-sound.com/collections/all-collection/products/model-3

 

Additional Note:

 

ADVANCED reached out to reviewers to note that the ADV silkscreen and L/R markings on the inside of the housing were found to wipe off easily. They have halted sales of the Model 3 and have already started remaking the shells of remaining batches. Shipments are expected to resume on October 14th.

 

To be honest, seeing an email about this defect came as a surprise. Not because it is a big problem, but precisely because it isn't. I have numerous earphones that have been on sale for years with printed logos and L/R indicators that have worn off within the first week of use, and in some cases the first time I rubbed my finger against them pulling the product from my ear. Seeing ADVANCED take such an aggressive stand to address this, going so far as to halt sales for two weeks, says a lot to me about their values and integrity.

 

A Little About Me (Click to show)

Over the last couple years I decided to dive head first into the world of portable audio. After reading pretty much the entirety of IjokerI's multi-earphone review thread and being greatly inspired, I took a chance and started writing my own reviews. Fast forward a couple years and I've had the opportunity to write about some great products for wonderful companies like RHA, Havi, FiiO, NarMoo, Brainwavz, and Meze. I don't do it for money or free stuff, but because I enjoy it. If my reviews can help guide someone to an earphone that makes them happy, I'll consider that a job well done.

 

The gear I use for testing is pretty basic composing of an HTC One M8 cellphone, Motorola Moto G (1st Gen), Topping NX1 portable amplifier, and my aging Asus G73 gaming laptop paired with a Plantronics Rig USB amp. An XDuoo X3 (shout out to my cousin and best man Rob!) was added to the crew and used for the majority of wired testing. I listen primarily to various EDM sub-genres (liquid drum and bass, breakbeat, drumstep, etc.), hip hop, and classic rock. When it comes to signature preference, I've found myself dividing time equally between aggressively energetic products like the JVC HA-FXH30, and those that are smoother and more laid back like the Havi B3 Pro 1.

 


 

          

 


 

Packaging and Accessories:

 

While the M4 was packaged nicely, it didn't do much to really stand out. The Model 3 kicks things up a notch and gives you a notably more premium unboxing experience.

 

The outer sheath does a stellar job of outlining what you should expect to find inside. The front panel is adorned with a high quality, glossy image of the Model 3 dangling mid-air. Since these meet the necessary requirements, you will find Japan Audio Society's (JAS) all-important 'Hi-Res Audio' logo proudly displayed in the bottom left hand corner. The left panel contains a more complete image of the Model 3 with the Bluetooth cable attached. The right panel contains the opening lines of ADVANCED's story;

 

"It was for the love of music. It was the respect for all musicians of the past, present and future. It was for the struggling instrumental buried under the heavy bass line. It was for the audiophiles craving that crystal clear and mind-blowing detail."

 

Normally I find statements like this nothing but marketing fluff, but based on my experiences with the M4 and Model 3, it is clear ADVANCED has taken this to heart and truly believes in their message.

 

The rear of the package overloads you with information; package contents with associated images, a blown up image of the Model 3 and the components that make it up, a description of what Hi-Res Audio certification means, vital stats, and a frequency chart. Despite there being a ton of information, it's laid out smartly and is easy to follow, however the writing is very small. If your eye sight is in need of improvement, this could prove to be an issue.

 

Removing the outer sheath reveals a simple matte black box with nothing printed on it except ADVANCED's new logo. Lifting the magnetically sealed flap from the right side and opening the box as you would a hardcover book, you are greeted by the Model 3 and the components of the Bluetooth cable pressed into a cleanly cut piece of dense foam. Below is ADVANCED's new hard shell carrying case, also adorned with their logo. To the left printed on the inner sleeve you just folded back are the words 'Break Free'. I'll do just that, thank you very much.

 

Lifting out the carrying case you find all the accessories are contained within, those being the wired 3.5mm MMCX cable, three pairs of green foam tips and three pairs of black silicone tips all in s/m/l sizes, and a microUSB charging cable. Also included is a compact instruction leaflet, similar to that provided with the M4. It contains all the information needed to understand the Model 3 and what it is capable of.

 

All of the accessories are of high quality, with a possible exception being the 3.5mm audio cable. It has some great qualities such as a very compact and well-relieved 90 degree angled jack, a complete lack of memory, and minimal microphonics. At the same time it is quite thin and delicate. Coming from the M4 and the hefty guage selected for the Bluetooth cable, it's pretty underwhelming. That said, this is still a minor concern given the Model 3 is intended to be used as a wireless earphone first, and a wired earphone second. As a backup cable, it works just fine. ADVANCED was also nice enough to ensure an inline mic was included, so you won't have to give up call control if the batteries run out on the Bluetooth cable.

 

Overall the Model 3's unboxing experience is outstanding. The materials look and feel like they belong on a more expensive product, the earphones are presented clearly and professionally, and it all feels very honest and open. The Model 3 isn't presented to you with promises that it can't deliver on.

 


 

          

 


 

Build, Design, and Comfort:

 

When it comes to products nearing 100 USD, mediocre build and material quality are far more difficult to forgive than at lower price tiers. The Model 3 finds itself in a good place, using quality materials throughout.

 

The housings are all plastic but are quite thick and confidence inspiring. Inside the housing is a diamond-like texture which gives the Model 3 a nice aesthetic. Given they use clear plastic, this design motif is very subtle until inspected up close. The v-shaped ridge protruding from the outer facing portion of the housing perfectly nestles the tip of your finger allowing for easy insertion into your ear. With other low profile earphones, such as the Brainwavz XF-200, QKZ W1 Pro, Rhapsodio Clipper, etc. I spend a lot of time fiddling around trying to find the perfect seal. The Model 3's design and tip selection just works, and I've experienced no complications or hassles getting them to fit quickly and comfortably.

 

The only concern I have about the housings is the nozzle. They're made of fairly thin plastic in the style of Shure's SE215, and I worry that they might become brittle over time and snap off when changing tips. Time will tell if this is truly an area of concern, but it will be something to watch for.

 

The cables ADVANCED provided range from passable to great. Since I covered the quality of the 3.5mm cable in the previous section, we will look only at the Bluetooth one here. The Bluetooth cable is thick all the way through. The top portion is similar to the cables VSonic uses on the VSD3 and AN16, but is much heavier all while retaining excellent flexibility and low memory. It's almost as beefy as the KZ ZN1's cable, lovingly nicknamed the 'Fire Hose'. There is also a built in ear guide that works exceptionally well at keeping the cable in place behind your ear. Normally I find these annoying and unnecessary, but it's applied well on the Model 3. The lower portion of the cable is fabric covered. It retains the same heavy gauge as above, is tightly wound, and does not transmit much noise. I was pleased to see that it has not started to fray anywhere, something I've noticed happens pretty early on with most cloth cables.

 

The battery/electronics housing resides where you would normally find a standard y-split. It is slightly curved so it rests comfortably against your neck and is finished with a smooth, matte black coating. This portion splits into two pieces, the smaller of which houses the input for your microUSB cable. The two halves are held together via a reasonably powerful magnet. Where you would normally find a jack resides the mic and remote. The buttons are a shiny, piano black while the rest of the unit shares the same matte finish as the y-split. I wish the buttons depressed with a more tactile and noticeable click. They're a little spongy as-is, especially the centre play/pause button.

 

The Model 3 is one of the most comfortable earphones of this type I've come across. The housings completely fill my outer ear, and nestle in very securely. No amount of wild head shaking can unseat them. I truly hope ADVANCED comes out with an exercise focused version of the Model 3 that is sweat resistant. The extremely stable fit means these would be stellar for some intense workouts. They should still be fine for exercising as-is, especially when using the included small bore silicone tips, but added moisture resistance would be welcome. For those that like to sleep with earphones in, I found the housing too thick to be comfortable. That said your mileage may vary here especially if they fit more flush with your head than they do with mine.

 


 

          

 


 

Call Quality:

 

The Model 3 handles phone calls pretty well. The centre button on the remote does exactly what it should, that being answer and end calls. A neat little feature that I wasn't expecting the first time I received a call was for it to read out the number. If only I bothered to memorize phone numbers nowadays...

 

Overall call quality was good though. My callers said I sounded fine without any intrusive background noise, it just sounded like I was in a confined space such as an elevator. I had no issues hearing those on the other end. Tapping on the cable produced a small bumping sounded on my callers end, but nothing too intrusive.

 

Battery Performance:

 

One aspect of wireless devices that drives me up the wall is the need to constantly recharge them or change batteries consistently. There is a reason why I went out of my way to find a wired XBox 360 controller and refuse to use a wireless mouse. Yeah, I'm a little old fashioned sometimes.

 

While the Model 3 doesn't have the greatest battery life at around 5 hours, that number is competitive. It's charge time is pretty quick at only 1.5 hours. I managed to run through the Model 3's battery three times since they arrived (including the initial charge out of the box). ADVANCED's claimed run and charge times seem to be spot on.

 

While I would like to see 6 to 7 hours of use before having to charge, the time the Model 3 runs has been good enough to get me through my day before the battery needs to be topped up.

 


 

          

 


 

Connection Quality:

 

A Bluetooth headset that fails to connect consistently and hold that connection can be pretty annoying. If the drops are spaced far enough apart or occur only for the first few minutes, that's aggravating but livable. I tried three different phones with the Model 3; an HTC One M8, Motorola Moto G (1st Gen), and my trusty old Samsung Nexus S.

 

Pairing was easy, consisting of simply holding the centre button on the control module for a few seconds to turn the Bluetooth cable on, then a few more to start the pairing process. After starting the 'search device' process on my cell phone, all I had to do was select the Model 3 to connect. This process was entirely painless, except with my HTC One M8.

 

For whatever reason, over the last two weeks it has been running into some pretty serious Bluetooth issues. When the Model 3 connects properly, all is hunky dory. Luckily, this was an issue only present with the HTC and it did not affect the quality of sound. Motorola and Samsung's phones worked as expected. The connection was stable on all three phones with only minor millisecond hiccups once or twice an hour. Range was also pretty good, allowing me to stroll around my apartment at will without any connection issues. Once once I left my apartment and took a walk down to my neighbors door did the connection start to break.

 

Minus the occasional, almost unnoticeable connection drops, the Model 3 performs very admirably.

 


 

          

 

 


 

Before the next section, let me preface my comments with the following. ADVANCED did not test this cable with competing products and cannot verify compatibility, nor do they necessarily recommend using it with anything but the Model 3. I tested this cable with three other earphones understanding that I was risking damage to the earphones and/or the Bluetooth cable. If you decide to try this cable with other products, YOU ARE DOING SO AT YOUR OWN RISK.

 

Cable Compatibility:

 

MMCX Bluetooth headphone cables seem to be gathering steam as of late and I totally get why. In theory you can take any audiophile grade MMCX compatible earphone and make it wireless. Admittedly, this is one of the reasons I was so interested in the Model 3 when I received a sneak peek a while back. For many of you reading this review, this cable might very well be the reason this earphone is on your radar. I had the opportunity to test it out with three different products; a 4-way hybrid that is not Head-fi friendly so details end there, a DIY earphone using Shure's SE215 housing and a 6mm driver, and the Rhapsodio Clipper.

 

I am pleased to confirm the cable worked fine with the Clipper and DIY. I didn't experience any issues with either. Both the Clipper and DIY sounded slightly warmer and smoother than when run with a 3.5mm cable, but otherwise sounded just as good as I expected. To my pleasant surprise the Clipper retained it's hilariously massive bass and could be driven to blisteringly uncomfortable volumes with ease.

 

The 4-way hybrid on the other hand didn't fare so well. While the dynamic driver did what it does without any interference, I noticed the balanced armature drivers struggling. They sounded very off, with noticeable popping and sound artifacts. I cut this listening session short for fear of damaging them. There have been no lasting negative effects from what I can tell.

 

So, there you go. My limited test with three different MMCX earphones had a 66.7% success rate. Do what you will with that information. Now, onto the most important part (finally!).

 


 

          

 


 

Sound Quality:

 

Tips: While I really like the quality of the included foam tips they suffer from a flaw that made them unusable; expanding too quickly. I don't know how someone is expected to insert them when the moment you release your grip they're already nearly fully expanded. You'll have to look to another review for how the Model 3 sounds with them. Sorry ADVANCED. Apparently this has been looked into. Future releases will include tips that are less dense and should be more manageable. My comments on the included foam tips will be most relevant to early releases of the Model 3.

 

On the other hand, the included silicone tips are awesome and more than made up for the disappointing foam tips. The material is comfortable, sticky, and they seal amazingly well. I preferred to use the Model 3 with the standard mediums for 90% of my listening because they sounded great and isolated well. The remainder was done with the medium foam tips that came with the DIY SE215. These reduced bass and somehow made the treble even smoother. They would be my pick for exercising because they have a built in filter to keep out wax and water and isolated even better than the silicone tips.

 

Amping: I really didn't find any benefit other than making the Model 3 reach louder volumes than I could ever want, something the HTC One M8 and XDuoo X3 could already do without breaking a sweat.

 

So far the Model 3 has failed to disappoint. How do they sound? Outstanding of course, and that comment applies regardless of whether you are using them wired or wireless.

 

The Model 3 takes a bit of a departure from the M4. If you were expecting a similar sound, wired use will be more up your alley. I found the M4 to edge towards a more more cold, analytic sound focusing primarily on treble and midrange with bass that rolled off before getting into the fun stuff, i.e. those thundering subbass regions. With dialed down bass that puts focus on their clear, detailed sound, the M4 does a good job of giving you that "Hi-Fi" sound on a budget. The Model 3 is just as technically impressive as the M4, if not more so, it just has more fun in the process. Since bass presentation is the biggest departure from ADVANCED's previous earphone, let's start there.

 

I was hoping the Model 3 would bring more low end to the party than the M4. Ho boy, do they ever deliver. While they don't offer up silly levels of bass like the aforementioned Rhapsodio Clipper, the Model 3's bass is undeniably boosted. That said, the balance is quite nice and works well with a wide variety of music, though it does occasionally come across a bit overwhelming on tracks that don't need the low end. Despite being silky smooth, it can still give you lots of detail and texture if that's what the song dictates. You're not losing out on the finer nuances.

 

The Model 3's driver is also pretty speedy, able to handle some quick transitions and complicated drum pieces with relative ease, not unexpected given they're using a 6mm micro driver. Decay and timbre are also spot on, and to me better even JVC's HA-FXT90 which are well-known for these qualities.

 

The Model 3 is a warm sounding earphone and I feel this does nothing but benefit the midrange, especially with female vocals, wind instruments, and pianos. They all sound so natural and infectious. Males vocals don't fall far behind either. Give Pink Floyd's 'Us and Them' a go. My favorite Supertramp track 'Rudy' sounds so good through the Model 3 I spent nearly half an hour listening to the same ~7 minutes on repeat. In fact, this earphone breaths a lot of life back into many prog rock classics.

 

I'm somewhat picky about my treble in that I like like it tight and precise. The Model 3 achieves this while continuing the trend of being effortless and tranquil. It never comes across harsh, fatiguing, or sibilant, despite having pretty good extension. It also has a bit more body to it than many micro-drivers, yet it still manages to maintain a light and airy feel.

 

They even have a pretty good soundstage, though they excel most in depth over width and height. They're one of the few earphones that make me take them out every once in a while thinking something is happening behind me, or I was being called upon by my wife when in actuality it's just the song. It doesn't happen as often as with earphones like the Havi B3 Pro 1, Accutone Taurus, or Dunu Titan 1, but this is a Bluetooth headphone. I was expecting something a little more confined. This larger than average soundstage also permits some good imaging and instrument placement giving you the impression that you're getting up close and personal with the band.

 

Detail and clarity is also pretty darn good, improved upon when used with the 3.5mm cable. The Bluetooth cable softens the Model 3's edges and boosts bass slightly. Running them wired, their sound falls more in line with the M4. Treble takes on a greater presence, they sound sharper and more precise, bass is reduced, and their overall presentation is a touch thinner. That said, they're still unbelievably lush making the M4 sound somewhat grainy and unrefined when listening to the two back-to-back.

 

Overall the Model 3 surprised me with how good they sound. While they have a warm, bassy signature, I feel they play in the same league as Dunu's Titan, JVC's FXT90 and FXH30, Havi's B3 Pro 1, and other like heavy-hitters. What impresses most is that they are intended to be used primarily as a Bluetooth earphones and the above comparisons are still apt.

 

Final Thoughts:

 

I went into the Model 3 with what I felt were unrealistically high expectations. I wanted amazing build quality, sound that would compete with 100 USD earphones, and a flawless Bluetooth connection. For the most part, my lofty expectations were met.

 

I have reservations about the nozzle thickness, wish the wireless connection wouldn't cut out for a brief and negligible millisecond every hour, and detest the included foam tips because they expand too quickly, but that's about it. The secondary cable is just that meaning it's easy to look past the thinness and potential fragility because it's not meant to be used all the time.

 

If Apple's past history is any indication the deletion of the 3.5mm jack from the iPhone 7 is likely to spread to competing products. ADVANCED is setting themselves up to take full advantage of this with the Model 3. The unboxing experience is great, the earphones themselves are attractive, they have some great features, quality accessories, are well built, and the sound quality is outstanding. Their pricing is aggressively low and they're being released right before the holiday season kicks into full gear. Do you see where I'm going with this?

 

I think ADVANCED has a winner on their hands.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

- B9Scrambler

 

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Test Albums/Tracks

 

BT - This Binary Universe

Gramatik - The Age of Reason

Hail Mary Mallon - Are You Going to Eat That?

Infected Mushroom - The Legend of the Black Shawarma

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Skindred - Roots Rock Riot

Massive Attack - Mezzanine

The Crystal Method - Tweekend

Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass

The Prodigy - The Day is My Enemy

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

Grand Funk Railroad - Inside Looking Out

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Pros: Value, Bluetooth and Wired MMCX cables included, memory foam, treble, bass quantity

Cons: Bass is too boomy in certain genres, initial Bluetooth stuttering

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-Introduction-

The last encounter I had with Advanced Sound was a decent while ago, right around the release of their first IEM, the M4. That was their freshmen release, and for the most part, they did a pretty good job. However, it’s always been part of Advanced Sound’s mission to create products that are, well, advanced. The Model 3, while not perfect, is an impressive product.

You can find the Model 3 here, on Advanced Sound’s official web store.

Disclaimer: This review is based upon a sample unit provided to me by a manufacturer or distributor in exchange for my honest opinion and un-edited words. I do not profit in any way from the writing of the review. I would like to thank Peter at Advanced Sound for sending me this review unit.

Preference and Bias: Before reading a review, it is worth mentioning that there is no way for a reviewer to objectively pass judgment on the enjoy-ability of a product: such a thing is inherently subjective. Therefore, I find it necessary for you to read and understand what I take a natural liking to and how that might affect my rating of a product.

My ideal sound signature would be an extended sub-bass with a leveled, but textured, bass. The mids should be slightly less pronounced than the treble, but still ahead of the bass. I prefer a more bright upper range.

Source: The Model 3 was powered like so:

PC optical out-> HifiMe 9018 SPDIF DAC -> 3.5mm out -> earphones

or

Nexus 6P -> Bluetooth -> earphones

All music was served as MP3 @320Kbps or as FLAC.

Please note that all critical listening is done over a wired connection for consistency and accuracy’s sake.

-Sound Signature-

Initial Impressions:

Bass. That’s the first thing I noticed, as it’s a big departure from the M4’s sound signature. However, Advanced Sound’s “house sound” has always lain with their very satisfying and detailed treble, which is still present in the same form it took on the M4. Mids and vocals do have a very slightly warm coloration to them. It’s not super subtle, but isn’t too obvious either. Drumb beats are particularly good, with a solid impact and resonance. In fact, the Model 3 is among the best IEMs I’ve tested in terms of drum realism.

Treble: Songs used: White FlagMidnight CityOutlands

The Model 3, while retaining much of the treble’s overall signature from the M4, does suffer a bit in comparison in terms of resolution. This is what naturally occurs when there are more frequencies at play at higher volumes. For example, in White Flag, some of the guitar strumming that was clear on the M4 is a little more pushed into the background on the Model 3.

Midnight City’s treble-bound synths were placed roughly in the middle of the mix, but remained surprisingly clear and dynamic.

From the moment that I fired up Outlands, I knew I was in for a ride. The M4 excelled at creating a convincing level of air and separation in the treble, and the Model 3 is no different. Tonality and timbre of the violins is good, and is on the level of some higher-end IEMs, something I give Advanced Sound props for.

Mids: Songs used: Flagpole SittaJacked UpI Am The HighwayGood Life

Anyone who’s heard Flagpole Sitta will understand that the song is quite energetic. However, it’s easy for the song to get a little too bleak and washed out. Thankfully, the Model 3 does a great job balancing the lower-mids with the rest of the song, and doesn’t compromise general transparency for for a meatier sound.

Jacked Up’s pianos had a decent hardness to them, indicating that the Model 3 has good speed of attack and decay in the mids. The guitar’s electric distortion came through very well, and meshed well with the song. In fact, the mids’ harmony made it feel more like I was attending a jam session than listening to a song on my earphones.

The vocals, as I mentioned earlier, have a slight warm coloration to them. Additionally, the vocals are placed pretty close to the rest of the mids, but still manage to stay in control, without feeling disconnected from the rest of the music.

Bass: Songs used: LightsGold Dust99 Problems (Hugo Cover)Leave Me

This was one of the categories I was most excited for, as I hadn’t yet heard what Advanced Sound was really capable of in the bass department. Needless to say, they delivered. While the bass is a little too strong for my tastes, it’s obvious how it could appeal to other, more bass-friendly, listeners.

The kick-drums of Lights and 99 problems were very lifelike, more so than most other IEM’s I’ve personally heard. But it doesn’t stop there. Be it a Green Day album, a Muse album, or a Alabama Shakes album, the Model 3 consistently delivers very satisfying drum beats.

“But wait! How does it do in electronic music? I’m all about that bass, you know”. Well, why didn’t you ask earlier hypothetical audience member? The Model 3 definitely has you covered. With a strong amount of both mid and sub-bass, you can be sure that the new underground EDM artist you found on Soundcloud will sound good through the Model 3. Taska Black’s “Leave Me” was a trip, and notably wetter than on my other preferred bass earphone, the Auglamour R8 (but in a good way). The same can be said for Gold Dust. That being said, the bass can become a little too boomy for me in some of my Rock and Alternative songs.

Clarity: Songs used: ThroneMap of The ProblimatiqueI’m Not Alright

Unfortunately, Throne didn’t perform too well on the Model 3. The vocal harmonies didn’t come through too well, and had some smudging. The upper register of the song was similarly tamed.

I’m Not Alright fared better, but still had some smudging issues during the very busy chorus. The background trumpets and violins did have some difficulty cutting through the mix as well, though still audible in the back of the mix.

-Packaging / Unboxing-

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-Build-

Construction Quality

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I was impressed with build quality once I picked up the Model 3 — not because it exudes the premium qualities of a more expensive product, but because Advanced Sound managed to keep the build quality overall pretty good despite the aggressively low pricing of the Model 3. Let me elaborate.

The driver housings of the Model 3 are build from a hard transparent plastic. It’s textured, making it easy to grip. The nozzles are also solid.

The wired cable is made from a simple plastic, and is thinner than your average cable. This, however, does not make it feel cheaper or more frail, which is a plus.

The Bluetooth cable is where the build of the Model 3 really begins to shine. Since the Model 3 is designed to work with both the wired and Bluetooth MMCX cable, Advanced couldn’t really but all the components necessary for a wireless earphone where most other companies would but them: inside the driver housing. This lead them to design the Model 3’s Bluetooth cable so that it looks like it does. While confusing to use at first, taking a second look reveals, in my opinion, quite good judgement of the Model 3’s designers’ part. You are supposed to wear the Model 3 with the control unit hanging in front of you like a necklace, while the magnetically clasping charging port / battery container goes behind your neck. It’s pretty nice once you get used to it, as it feels more secure than you standard Bluetooth earphones.

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The inline controls are also interesting. The housing is made of a matte soft-touch black plastic, while the actual buttons are made from a translucent black plastic with a glossy finish. Underneath the buttons are a couple LEDs that illuminate when the device is at low battery, charging, etc.

The actual cabling is decent as well. The cable from the battery to the controls is covered in a cloth, while the cable the battery to the driver housings is made from a grey rubberized material.

Connectivity / Batter Life

Advanced quotes some decent battery life specs. With a charge time of 1.5 hours and playback time of up to 5 hours, the Model 3 is certainly no slouch. The Model 3 charges over Micro-USB, so chances are, if you forget or loose your included cable, someone else will have one for you to borrow.

Interestingly enough, the Model 3 comes with both a wired MMCX cable, and a Bluetooth 4.1, aptX enabled MMCX cable. This versatility is quite freeing once you get used to it. I can quickly and easily switch from a wired connection for my critical listening, to a Bluetooth one for my workouts.

I am a little worried though. Switching between cables frequently accelerates what is an already notable speed of deterioration of the MMCX ports on the driver housings. However, Advanced has got us covered. They offer a 3 year limited warranty for the U.S.

My only issue so far has been that after initially pairing the Model 3 to my Nexus 6P, there is a good amount of stuttering before my music can actually start playing. After that, however, I have no playback problems.

Controls

There’s a lot of functionality built in to the controls of the Model 3. Here are the functions:

  • Skip Track
  • Previous Track
  • Play / Pause
  • Answer Call / Hang Up
  • Increase / Decrease Volume
  • Call last known number

Additionally, when you get a call, the controls will read off the number of the incoming caller.

Comfort

The Model 3 is made to be worn over-the-ear style, Advanced Sound included an ear-guide to help secure the driver housings when you are moving around. The driver housings are small, so this keeps it securely in place, even during my rock-climbing and BMX sessions. Do bear in mind though, the Model 3 is not sweat or water resistant, so exercise with it at your own risk.

I’ve yet to have any comfort or seal issues with the Model 3 given the generous amount of memory foam included with the Model 3.

-Accessories-

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Advanced really didn’t skimp out on the accessories. Included in the packaging are:

  • 3 pairs of memory foam eartips (small, medium, large)
  • 3 pairs of silicone eartips (small, medium, large)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 MMCX cable
  • 3.5mm MMCX cable
  • Micro-USB cable
  • Semi-hard carrying case

The case is pretty good too. It’s spacious enough to store literally every single accessory included with the Model 3, but is still reasonably sized for on-the-go use. It feels pretty tough as well.

-Summary-

For $80, the Model 3 is a solid choice for someone looking for the best of both the wired, and the Bluetooth worlds, so long as they don’t mind a bassy sonic presentation. While a version of the Model 3 with a little bit less bass and an updated Bluetooth chipset certainly couldn’t hurt, I think that in it’s current state the Model 3 won’t disappoint.

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Pros: both wireless and wired function, superb isolation, comfortable

Cons: not a fan of the button and control layout on the bluetooth module, slightly long bluetooth wire

Above is my video review of the earphones, including how they are worn: Like, Subscribe and Comment!

 

I know what most are probably thinking… They look a lot like a the Shure SE215. In many ways they are! I’d like to think of them as a Bluetooth Se215, which can be very desirable in today’s “headphone-jackless” world (I’m looking at you, IPhone 7). 

However, they also come with the standard “wired” cable, that we are all familiar with. As you probably guessed, the Model 3 has detachable cables (catering to both the “old school” wired and the “modern day” wireless listener).

Disclaimer- I was provided with the Model 3 earphones from Advanced for review.

 

Accessories and Features:

  • Hard-shell carrying case
  • 3 sets of silicone eartip (only S and M)
  • 3 sets of foam eartips (overly fast expanding foam)
  • 1 wired mmcx cable with a 1 button remote/mic
  • 1 mmcx Bluetooth cable with a neck-charging dongle – with range up to 10m and a battery life of 5 hours (connecting via magnet)
  • Green micro USB cable (Amazingly made cable, supple, and well relieved)

Accessories: 7/10 (I would like a bit more variety (double/triple and different shapes) (and sizing) for the eartips

*note for this review I used the westone star tips (I was able to get a much better seal with them, then what came in the box)

Features- 9/10 (can easily go wired or wireless in a (mmcx) snap) pun intended

 

 

 

Design:

The Model 3 was “modeled” (pun) after the generations of ergo-fit stage monitor style that’s popularized after customs, the Model 3 turned to a cross hatched, transparent earpieces. (I’m very lukewarm with the cross hatched design, but the transparent housing allowed for viewing the inside the earpieces was very interesting!)

Overall: 7/10

 

    

 

 

Build Quality:

The earpieces are made of entirely plastic, however my concern lies mostly on the long and thin nozzle, require a bit of care when removing them from the ear (or when changing eartips).

The detachable  (universal) mmcx cable sockets feel nicely made, sturdy and solid. I never had any issues with the (a shoddy) connection with either of the provided or my previously owned mmcx cables.

The Bluetooth cable is long and beefy (with a fixed memory shape). The cable is very thick and the buttons have nice click to them.

I have a few criticisms towards the Bluetooth cable that include:

  • Improving the tactility between the buttons, (maybe with a raised top and bottom button? Or including big tactile bump to prevent “misclicking” the wrong button)
  • Another criticism is that I felt the earguide section connecting the earpieces to the Bluetooth receiver is a few inches too long (the cable tends to flop around when turning  the head).
  • Maybe also replace the current fixed earguides with more flexible ones (to easily mold them according to the user’s preference).

While, the stock/wired cable very nicely reinforced at the headphone termination, the majority of cable itself while lightweight (carrying no cable noise) is quite thin.  (I would have liked a slightly thicker cable).

Overall: 8/10

    

 

 

 

Comfort:

Ridiculously comfortable! They felt the closest, (I would imagine) to custom- in ears. They slip into my ears easily and I could easily lie on my side with them. I can definitely see myself using them on stage (if I was a performer), simply because they can be used for hours on end because of their smooth and seamless fit.

Overall: 10/10

 

  

 

 

Isolation:

Scarily good! Dangerously good (with the right tips), I used the westone star tips (the foam tips included expanded too quick), and I was in between the sizes for the included silicone ones. Hence, why  I used the westone star tips

The completely enclosed earpieces, fend off outside noises with ease.  (with the added Bluetooth conveniences, I easily used during commutes).  

Overall: 10/10

         

 

 

 

 

Sound Quality:

Advanced has clearly designed and tuned the Model 3 to be a good wired earphone first, that just happens to have a “Bluetooth or a wireless” functionality. To that I they have succeed!

The Model 3 sounds very rich and work well for jazz and vocal centric music.

 

Bass:

The bass is full with a chunky mid bass, with solid extension down low.

 

Midrange:

The warm midrange sounds bit veiled but voices have great body, that sounds very smooth and soothing. Sometime, the Model 3 can be a bit too smooth, especially restricting female vocals from “soaring” in a sense, thus sounding a bit restrained.

 

Treble:

The treble is very laid back, and can sound dark and somewhat lacking shimmer. However, I would be hesitant to call them completely rolled off, maybe just conservatively so. I would imagine this tuning to be favored when performing on stage (where they would be used at higher volumes for music play back and monitoring, thus the listener would not be bombarded with aggressive and sharp treble after a long extended concert).

 

An admirable trait for Model 3, is that I felt Advanced did a wonderful job matching the “Bluetooth” with its “wired” configuration.  The Model 3 sonically bested my very popular Bluetooth set, the ($169-200) Jaybird Freedoms, easily twice the price.

Quick comparison to the Sennheiser Momentum In Ear ($99)

The Momentums while boasting more clarity doesn’t sound as full and natural as the Model 3. The bass appears to be better extended on the Momentums, with less mid-bass bloat. Piano keys seem to jump out a bit more on the Momentums, where as the Model 3 is a bit more reserved, and sound more closed.

Overall: 8/10

 

    

 

 

 

Conclusion:

As the world continues going more and more wireless, audio companies have to keep up. However, its nice to see that Advanced still has considerations for the “old school purists” out there, by designing the Model 3 to easily swap between its Bluetooth and it’s wired configurations.  A versatile product that would make for a great holiday gift!

 

Possible feedback:

A shorter upper half (silver section) connecting the earpieces the charging dongle (maybe 1-1.5 inches shorter). --> and maybe forgoing the  ear guides entirely

Changing the layout of the Bluetooth controls  (for better tactility, raising the bottom and top button considerably, or adding a large bump to each button). Preventing incorrectly using controls.

This can probably be changed via the firmware- but instead of long pressing to increase/decrease the volume, changing it to a short press. Therefore, swapping it out with the media controls (fast- forward,rewind  by long pressing). (I’m not sure why Advanced chose to do this differently from the rest of the industry.)

 

 

            

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Pros: Sound, Can be used Wireless + Wired, Design, Comfort, Accessories and Price

Cons: None I can think of

Welcome to the review of  wireless + Wired High resolution in ear monitors Advanced Model 3.

 

Disclaimer:

This headphones were a sample provided by Advanced team for my review. I am not affiliated with M4 in anyway or getting any financial assistance from Advanced team for my review.

 

About me:

I am an electronics engineer and a Product analyst (Software Industry) by profession. My undying love for music and hunt for new headphones in market has lead to own below 

Fiio X1 player

Fiio A3 Amp

Shure SE215 in ear
audio technica ath-m40x
Harman Kardon IENC in ear
Harman Kardon AE in ear
JBL TMG81BL Tim McGraw Artist Series On Ear Headphones
Knowledge Zenith (KZ) ED9 in ear
AKG K451 on ear
Velodyne vleve
Klipsch R6
Samson Professional SR950 Closed Back Headphones
KZ ATE Copper Driver Ear Hook HiFi in Ear Earphone Sport Headphones for Running with Foam Eartips with Microphone

Advanced M4

+ Advanced Model M3

 

About Advanced https://www.adv-sound.com/ 

 

Some real Life pictures 

Packing

What it contains

Accessories
  • 1 MMCX Bluetooth cable (wireless)
  • 1 MMCX 3.5mm cable (wired)
  • 3 pairs of green memory foam tips
  • 3 pairs of black silicone tips
  • 1 premium carrying pouch
  • 1 microUSB charging cable

Technical Specifications

 

Driver Unit Custom Tuned Single Dynamic Drivers
Impedance 16 Ohm+/-15%
Sensitivity 100dB+/-3dB at 1kHz
Frequency Response Super Wideband 20Hz – 40kHz
Music/talk Time (Wireless) up to 5 hours
Charging Time 1.5 hours
Bluetooth Version 4.1 + aptX®
Connection Distance 10m (33ft)
Input Port MicroUSB, DC 5V/60mA
Working Current 10-19mA
Voltage 3.7V
Cord length (Wired) 1.2M
Plug (Wired) 3.5mm Gold Plated

 

Build Quality

M4 was the first model launched by Advanced team and they have set a new benchmark in build quality of in ear monitors and in Model 3 the tradition continues. They offer 3 year warranty(I am not sure, which else electronics product has been offered a 3 year warranty, I am an electronics engineer and surely I will not offer that kind of warranty :P) on their products, including Model 3 and once anyone feel the headphones in their hand,  they will understand why. 

It is solidly built. None of the components look or feel cheap. Transparent housings which can be switched between Wireless and Wired cable easily. Both wireless and Wired cables feels good in hand. 

Rock solid Carry case. Color co-ordinated Charging cable and Memory foam tips. I really could not find any compromise in the build quality.

 

Score: 5/5

 

Accessories

  • 1 MMCX Bluetooth cable (wireless)
  • 1 MMCX 3.5mm cable (wired)
  • 3 pairs of green memory foam tips
  • 3 pairs of black silicone tips
  • 1 premium carrying pouch
  • 1 microUSB charging cable

Really??? When it comes to accessories, Advanced team is really generous, You are getting a pair of Wired and Wireless MMCX cables, 3 pairs of memory ear foam tips (S, M and L), 3 pair of Silicone tips (S, M and L), 1 Premium carrying pouch (they really mean that premium word), 1 Micro USB charging cable.

 

(Rough Math - 3 pair of Memory foam tips (10-15$), MMCX wired cable with Microphone (25-30$), Carry case (20$ for sure).. Even with Minimum pricing the accessories easily add 50$. I am a business/Product Analyst and most of my analysis are based on ROI (return on Investment), fellas you already got your money back, they currently offering it for 79$)

 

Score 5/5

Comfort and Design

If I am not wrong, the design team is putting extra hours at Advanced office. To make sure, it does not pop out while running or exercising these guys have added an extra tube to the end of wireless cable. Clever ha!

The housings are very light and you don't feel it while wearing it and memory foam tips are always there to offer the comfort.

The volume control and Mike unit is designed like a pendant and looks cool when you wearing bright colored T-shirts. 

 

Detachable housings

 

 

Score: 5/5

 

The important Part.

Sound

For testing Purpose I played close to 4.5 hours of Soft Rock from Spotify on my iphone 6s+ in wireless mode and 7 hours Lossless music (Flac) from Fiio X1 (Best audiophile voice collection from 1993 to 2011) in wired mode. 

 

Wireless Mode:

I have used Jay Bird X2, Rambotech S5, Rambotech X1, LG Tone Pro and Moto Surround. Wireless earphones offer portability but the compromise is loss in sound detail (There will always be loss in transmission in wireless mode). I was expecting similar experience with Model 3 in wireless mode. I was quite surprised while listening to Soft Rock.

Model M3 offers a lot of detail. Soft Rock was a pleasure playing it from Spotify, This baby got plenty of Juice. You will love the experience.

 

When you read Model 3 features on advanced audio site, you can notice,

Hi-Res Audio Certified  |  What does it mean?
Advanced Model 3 in-ear monitors are certified by the prestigious Japan Audio Society (JAS) to produce frequency over 40,000Hz making it an essential part of high resolution audio (96kHz/24-bit) listening experience.

 

Unless you have a  right source (Flac Music files) and a High Resolution player (Tried and Tested Fiio X1 in my case), Human ear can hardly differentiate between high resolution and MP3 sounds (Sometimes you do notice the muffles).

 

When Paired with Fiio X1 and Flac Files, Model 3 you will realize it truly is high resolution earphones. The Bass is tight and Controlled, Mid range is smooth and beautiful (If you like female vocals then you are here for a treat), Highs are easy on the ears (M4 I could notice some distortion at highs). The Sound stage is spacious and points out the placement of instruments. Out of all the in ear headphones I have experienced none can match the sound this pair reproduces. 

 

Score 4.5/5

Isolation

The memory foams offer good isolation. There are no sound leaks unless you are in heavily crowded area.

 

Score 4/5

 

Battery 

I have received 4 hours 47 minutes and 4 hours 56 minutes of battery life in my first 2 wireless mode use. The specs mention a battery life of 5 hours.

 

Score 5/5

 

Mic

I have made calls during cycling and have taken couple of conference calls in wired mode. The other side parties could hear me clearly. No one really have complained.

 

Score 4.5/5

 

Conclusion

I am amazed at the Sound and build quality Model 3 offers, and to make the deal sweet you have plenty of accessories supplied with. There is no reason to dislike this. You ran out of battery, there is an option to change it to wired mode (The cable is free). You get more than you ask for. If you can see the score, Model 3 has passed with flying colors in all departments. 

 

You have a solidly built, beautifully sounding wireless/Wired in ear monitors for 79$. If anyone ask me for a good in ear monitors my suggestion will be Model 3. You will not be disappointed. 

https://www.adv-sound.com/collections/all-collection/products/model-3

 

Score 4.5/5

 

Competition

I can think of only Jay Bird X2. Couple of my colleague use X2 at office and borrowed Model 3 to check the performance. I could see the disappointment in their face for spending 100+ bucks..

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Advanced Sound Model 3
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High-resolution Wireless In-ear Monitors

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