The Transcend T.sonic 600 series is an easy-to-use, compact, and affordable player with decent extras such as voice recording and an FM tuner, but its lack of support for protected WMAs and its lackluster overall performance drag it down.
There's no one-size-fits-all MP3 or Portable Media Player (PMP) that's perfect for everybody. Whether you want something that plays MP3s, hi-res FLAC files, or even stream music from the web there's something to suit most budgets.
The updated iPod Touch remains a great portable media player and overall entertainment device, but its small screen feels like a throwback to an earlier era.
The new 'wire-free' Walkman sports a lighter, improved design and better waterproofing. It's set to ship in March for $99.99.
The PonoPlayer is an inherently likeable portable music player that delivers excellent high-end sound, but its quirky design and lackluster battery life leave us waiting for the second generation -- or a price cut.
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The new second-gen FiiO X5 is a bona-fide high-res music player at a price you can afford.
The Astell & Kern AK Jr marries classic design with class-leading sound, making it one of the best hi-res players for the money -- $500, £399 or AU$699.
The Astell & Kern AK Jr marries classic design with class-leading sound, making it one of the best high-res players for the money.
It's a sleek, slim device, but where does it fit in?
If you're looking for a no-nonsense, great-sounding player the Cowon Plenue 1 is pretty hard to beat.
While it has its faults, the distinctive and fun PonoPlayer offers a taste of high-end audio.