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MP3 & Media Players

Updated: 25-09-2017 05:30
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#1
alaScore 99

Apple iPod Touch (6th Gen, Mid 2015)

In today’s smartphone-dominated portables market, one thing’s for sure – if you do hanker after...

18 expert reviews | 4571 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 98

Pioneer XDP-100R

The XDP-100R is an impressive bit of kit. It's not the best-sounding HRA player on the market...

10 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 97

Sony NW-A35

The stylish NW-A35HN MP3 player is one of Sony's latest entries in the Walkman lineup. With a...

6 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

#4
alaScore 96

Astell & Kern AK Jr

Throughout, the AK Jr makes good on its promise of substantial volume – none of your volume...

8 expert reviews | 52 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 95

Meizu M3 Music Card

It's not a bad phone, but Meizu's M3 Max just can't keep up.

9 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 94

Apple iPod Touch (5th Gen, Late 2012 - Mid 2014)

In an age where your phone can hold all the music you own you may be wondering why you might...

42 expert reviews | 21181 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 94

Apple iPod Touch (4th Gen, Late 2010)

The most amazing thing about Apple's latest iPod touch is its colour.

162 expert reviews | 24494 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 94

Fiio X7

The Fiio X7 is targeted at music enthusiasts who listen to high-resolution audio, and as such it...

3 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 94

FiiO X5

A hi-res player that sounds good whether you’re streaming or playing locally

10 expert reviews | 262 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 94

FiiO M3

A tiny but talented music player for those that don't want to clog up their smartphone with tunes

5 expert reviews | 88 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 94

SanDisk Clip Jam

If you hate iTunes, the SanDisk Clip Jam is the best bargain music player you can buy.

3 expert reviews | 303 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 93

HIDIZS AP 100

I wanted a player that was dedicated to playing music and not set up for games,photos and films...

1 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 93

Cowon Plenue 1 / P1

The Plenue P1 is a likeable performer that, while pricey, delivers an immensely enjoyable sound

7 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 93

Olympus VP-10

The device is rather simple, and has the knack of simply working. Not many can boast that. Simple...

3 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 93

Apple iPod nano (7th Gen)

Apple seems to completely reinvent its small, slim-line iPod nano with each iteration, and 2012...

38 expert reviews | 15817 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 93

Sony NW-WS413

Although underwater sound quality isn't as good as dry; there are plenty of positives that make...

2 expert reviews | 247 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 93

Sony NW-ZX100

Sony's NW-ZX100HN is a well thought out piece of hardware, yet there's just too many niggles for...

9 expert reviews | 53 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 93

Sony NW-ZX2

An impressive source for your high-res tunes and one to consider if you want to go portable

16 expert reviews | 135 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 92

Ematic EPD105

The Ematic EPD105 has great video quality and an impressive battery. It is an ideal DVD player as...

2 expert reviews

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#20
alaScore 92

Apple iPod nano (5th Gen)

Does the world's most popular iPod really need an FM radio and a video camera?

86 expert reviews | 8176 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 92

Fiio X3 II / 2nd Gen.

The Fiio X3 (Second Generation) is another victory from the Chinese company that never fails to...

4 expert reviews | 71 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 92

Fiio X1

It’s a great player for the price and it gives you what you pay for

5 expert reviews | 1148 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 92

Apple iPod Touch (1st Gen, 2007-2008)

Rejoice! The iPod touch has come of age. It's time to reach for the credit card again…

159 expert reviews | 7753 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 92

Apple iPod Shuffle (4th Gen)

The iPod shuffle is a simple and easy to use MP3 player that will require you to have some grasp...

54 expert reviews | 8381 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 92

Sony Walkman NWZ-A15

Sony has announced a couple of new Walkmans to its portfolio, including one that it claims is the...

18 expert reviews | 509 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - MP3 & Media Players

    First Steps: Brainstorming - Or: How To Find Your Perfect Product?

    Your first thought should not be what kind of design or brand it could be but how – and for what exactly – you are going to use your new MP3- or Media player. Do you want it to be your companion during your work-out? Do you want to store your complete music collection on it? Are you also planning to watch videos on it (which is great for long distance travelling)? Would you like to make it your portable photo collection? Wanna listen to audio books? Do you wish any other functions like voice recording, radio reception, wireless capability (wireless music purchasing and downloads, song sharing), voice recording or personal information management (phone books and schedules).

    This automatically leads to the questions whether you need big storage capacity or whether it is more important to have easy-to-use controls.

    Basic distinction of the three types:

    Memory Flash Players
    These players offer those with integrated memory, separate memory cards and USB drive MP3 players and are the most affordable and the smallest in size. With few moving parts they are ideal for every day listening and during exercise.

    Hard Drive Players
    If you want your portable music library, this is the type of player you need. Hard drive players store between 1,000 to over 15,000 tracks depending on their capacity. Storage size can vary from 2GB to over 40GB. Hard drive players usually offer small screens displaying track and artist details plus a user-friendly menu system to choose songs.

    Multimedia Players
    These players use large hard drives and are bigger and heavier than other MP3-Players. This size and storage capacity is to enable the displaying of photographs and video playback. With these devices you can enjoy watching your favorite movies or music videos. One single portable device offers access to your favourite music, videos and photos.

    Display
    Next to size and design, an important factor to consider is the display. It is useful to have it big enough to show the entire song title and have it readable under all conditions including outdoors. In case you want to watch videos and photos on your MP3-Player big display is a crucial factor.

    Weight
    The weight of MP3 players starts at about 40g per player for small integrated memory players, but is usually more in the range of 300g for a large multimedia player. The greater the storage capacity of the player the larger the size and the heavier the weight. Following the current development of storage technology size and weight is constantly reduced.

    Capacity
    The memory capacity of your MP3 Player is essential for the amount of music storage. The basics you need to know to understand what is behind the abbreviations is "MB" as the abbreviation for megabyte which it basically speaking a unit for measuring data. "GB" means gigabyte, which is a larger measurement of data stored. 1 gigabyte is equivalent to 1024 megabytes.

    Average speaking you can assume that one song on a MP-Player needs approximately 4 MB memory size (a rule of thumb is that 1 minute of music = 1 MB), meaning that a 512 MB Player offers space for approximately 130 songs.

    Capacity Hours of MP-Music
    128 MB 2 hours
    256 MB 4 hours
    4 GB 66 hours
    20 GB 333 hours
    40 GB 666 hours

    Audio Formats
    The MP3 music format is currently the most widespread but many of the online music providers offer other formats such as WMA or AAC. These formats have been developed as they provide better sound quality at the same size. Plus they provide a royalties protection system which makes them very successful within musical spheres. Other formats are e.g. Ogg Vorbis and the Sony format ATRAC. Please check the compatibility with the player you are interested in.

    Battery Life
    The life of a battery is linked to memory storage. Big hard drive players mostly use in-built rechargeable batteries, which last between 8 and 20 hours each time. But they cannot be replaced easily, so once the battery life has expired, one needs to buy a whole new player. Batteries of Flash memory players (usually recognizable due to their stick construction) last much longer, depending on the level of volume.
    Please keep in mind that the life expectancy of a rechargeable battery decreases with time.

    Sound Quality
    Sound quality is mainly dependant on the quality of the headphones (or speakers) you are using.
    Another contributing factor to the quality is the data transfer rate, the so-called “bitrate” which is measured in kilobits per second (kb/s).
    The higher the bitrate the higher the sound quality – but the higher the bitrate, the higher the amount of data that has to be saved on your MP3-Player. Using 192 Kbit/sec needs a third more saving space than the 128 Kbit/sec you usually can find in the internet but you then have sound data in the quality of a CD.

    Interface / Connection:
    In order to transfer data from you PC / Mac to your MP3-Player, most of the devices can be easily connected via USB. Read the product descriptions for details in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. This is especially relevant for hard drive and multimedia players where the amount of data transferred is quite considerable.

    Firmware:
    The operating system of a MP3-Player is called „firmware” which is either already pre-installed or can be easily downloaded from the web pages of the manufacturers. In order to update please visit the corresponding websites.
    This is especially important for MP3-Players with an internal hard disk.

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