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Digital Audio (FLAC/MP3/etc) Players (DAPs)

Astell&Kern AK100II High Resolution Single DAC Audio Player (Smoky Blue))

Finally a mobile system that really fulfils my expectations

musikaladin

Pros: Amazing sound, usability and design in a single package

Cons: Accepts “only” one Micro SD card

Whereas I am also an old school hard-core vinyl aficionado, I (luckily) jumped the digital high-res train early enough to nowadays be equipped with the most necessary hard- and software to be able to really enjoy that playground. After the rise of CDs in the early 80s I started to examine the options with Sony’s SACD as soon as it became available on the consumer market. And to a certain...
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The best cheap baseline player
The best cheap baseline player
Noob-friendly review of this nice DAP vs its bigger brother, the Fiio X3
Noob-friendly review of this nice DAP vs its bigger brother, the Fiio X3
HP Stream 7 as a DAP
HP Stream 7 as a DAP

HP 7 G2-1311 7-Inch 8 GB Tablet (Silver)

Pros: Cheap almost full windows 8 @ 99$. Solid Build. Fast.

Cons: No way to turn off screen without putting device to sleep, turning off any background applications. Touch input is very difficult. Mediocre battery.

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FiiO X1 Ultraportable Hi-Res DAP

FiiO X1 Ultraportable Hi-Res DAP

“ Click any image for full size (1200 x 800) resolution INTRODUCTION I’m a proud owner of the Fiio X5 – it’s been my go to DAP for some time now, with the only drawback being ultimate portability if I’m jogging, or just out and about wanting a really simple set-up.  So when Fiio started talking about a new entry level DAP in the sub $100 market, and already knowing what they are capable...” --Brooko

100% Positive Reviews
FiiO X5 High-res Portable Music Player

FiiO X5 High-res Portable Music Player

“ X5 - Strength and Beauty The Fiio X5   INTRODUCTION My audio chain has actually been pretty stable of late, my last addition being the Studio V3 Anniversary (DAP) and Dunu DN-1000s.  With the addition of the Studio V3, I had pretty much solved the one missing component – a decent DAP for my requirements.  I watched the progress with other...” --Brooko

100% Positive Reviews
Apple iPod classic 160 GB Silver (7th Generation) NEWEST MODEL

Apple iPod classic 160 GB Silver (7th Generation) NEWEST MODEL

“It's exactly what it says it is. I've tried some great looking, incredibly expensive DAPs - Honestly, in my opinion, a lot of them just add colouration, or EQ, or look pretty. Some of them do perform well, but fall short in many areas. If you just want your music files to be reproduced exactly as they were mastered, with a line-out to pipe your music into any amplification you might...” --White Lotus

100% Positive Reviews
COWON J3 32 GB Portable Media Player (Black)

COWON J3 32 GB Portable Media Player (Black)

“ I love having something no one else has, that’s how I live my life making my own path.  At least that’s how I feel when someone gawks at my J3.  Every third person on earth has an IPOD, nothing to talk about, no fun, typical, average,  yawn.  Now the J3 is a special player in every aspect.  When you pick up this shiny black glossy unit you expect a lead weight. ...” --ZIPUR

88% Positive Reviews
HiSoundAudio RoCoo P

HiSoundAudio RoCoo P

“What i really love about this player is its wide sound stage and sq. Every time i listen to it with my headphones or iem's, it blows me away.  I spent hours of listening to it everyday.   It can drive many iems or headphones because of its built in amp. it has lots of power.   The battery can last 8-10 hours of continuous playback.   The build quality is solid and it...” --arjane

100% Positive Reviews
Colorfly Pocket Hi-fi C4

Colorfly Pocket Hi-fi C4

“ First of all I just want to put a caveat on the User Interface notion. At the end of the day, we are striving for sound and we all do crazy things to get the best, gripes about it are meaningless and in reality just spoils any review and we have all been spoiled by the iPod's UI, but an iPod sounds like a lump of clay, so with that done.   This is mind blowing, I have no idea why...” --Vespertine

92% Positive Reviews
FiiO X3 Portable Music Player

FiiO X3 Portable Music Player

“FiiO X3 Quick Review   Full Review at http://www.head-fi.org/t/690705/fiio-x3-review   Thanks to Advanced MP3 Player's (AMP3) for the loan.   Brief:  Crazy value DAC/DAP form FiiO.   Price: £159   Specifications:  Link there was so much info I’m linking rather than copying it all out here.   Accessories:  A micro...” --mark2410

100% Positive Reviews
iBasso DX100 Reference DAP

iBasso DX100 Reference DAP

“ When I first received my iBasso DX100, I think I lost a week or so really getting everything to work perfectly, even though I had solid advice from other headfiers (see the FAQ on the player), and even if I went straight to 1.2.7 firmware.   The main things that will take time is that you need to clean all your tags (I thought they were clean, but apparently not DX100 clean). Then...” --Mimouille

100% Positive Reviews
SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 2 GB MP3 Player (Black)

SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 2 GB MP3 Player (Black)

“ Packaging   Sansa Clip+ player. USB interconnect cable to charge via PC and to transfer data. CD installer for Rhapsody. Earbuds.   Pros   It supports a lot of formats, even lossless formats. Very simple interface, easy to understand. Very good music playback. Definitely better than players around and even above it's price...” --koolkat

100% Positive Reviews
Studio V Anniversary Edition

Studio V Anniversary Edition

“EDITED AGAIN 4th DEC - FOLLOWING FIRMWARE ADJUSTMENT Introducing HiSound Audio’s TOTL DAP – The Studio V 3rd Anniversary Edition   Studio V3 A.E. Sonic Joy - V3 A.E. + RS1   After reviewing many of HSA’s earbuds and IEMs lately, my thoughts turned toward buying a new DAP.  My iPod Touch G4 (32 GB) had been getting pretty full, and I’d...” --Brooko

100% Positive Reviews
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