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

FiiO X5 High-res Portable Music Player

Robert M. Pirsig would be proud...

fleasbaby

Pros: Fantastic sound signature; outstanding build quality

Cons: New UI to learn.

Firmware: 1.20; 1.22 Beta; 1.23 Beta Gapless Playback: On Files Used: FLAC (16/44.1) MicroSD Card: Sandisk 32GB, formatted to FAT32   Music used during review: The Beta Band – the Three EPs Devandra Banhart – Cripple Crow Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon Miles Davis – Musings of Miles John Wizards – John Wizards Amampondo – Raw and Undiluted McCoy Tyner – Extensions F....
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Feature rich with great performance in a small and affordable package
Feature rich with great performance in a small and affordable package
One of the (if not the) best sounding DAP on the market today.
One of the (if not the) best sounding DAP on the market today.

Astell & Kern AK240

Pros: Unbelievable sound coming from a self-contained unit that is starting to intrude into the multi-component space in the portable audio world

Cons: Price, battery life, proprietary balanced connector standard

great sound
great sound
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FiiO X5 High-res Portable Music Player

FiiO X5 High-res Portable Music Player

“     Disclaimer:   This is not my personal DAP, as part of the X5 Preview tour, I only had the chance to evaluate the unit for 10 days to form my opinion. As a preview model, there may be material differences compared to the commercial version - especially in the firmware. The following review is based on my personal needs and tastes using equipment that I personally...” --Barra

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
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
FiiO X3 Portable Music Player

FiiO X3 Portable Music Player

“FiiO X3 – Review Posted on October 15, 2013by HeadMania Hey guys, I have stressed for some time now on what phone I would get that has decent sound. At first I got the Galaxy S1 that had a Wolfson Dac and combined with Voodoo Sound I got decent playback. Recently I got a Galaxy S4 knowing it has a Wolfson Dac too but I didn’t notice the...” --dan.gheorghe

100% Positive Reviews
SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 8 GB MP3 Player (Black)

SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 8 GB MP3 Player (Black)

“ I was given this as a Christmas present. It took ages until I got a peep out of it. Windows XP Service Pack 3 seems to act like rat poison on this. Utterly refuses to acknowledge the presence as an external drive.   Sure you can trawl Google and get any amount of fixes (generally involving holding down button combinations or worse), but they didn't work for me at all.   Download a new...” --David

89% Positive Reviews
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