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.
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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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.
The Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 is a luxury portable high-res audio player with Android streaming apps, a premium build and excellent sound, but its high price may be too much for all but the most dedicated music lovers.
The Sony Walkman ZX2 is a luxury portable player with Android streaming apps, a premium build and excellent sound -- but its incredibly high price may be too much for some.
The new 'wire-free' Walkman sports a lighter, improved design and better waterproofing. It's set to ship in March for $99.99.
Sony has refreshed its Walkman line-up, slipping Android Ice Cream Sandwich into the new top-line model.
Willing to spend $1,000-plus for an MP3 player? This Walkman is for you.
The Cowon Plenue 1 is a strong contender for best-sounding portable high-resolution music player.