Astell & Kern AK Jr
The Astell & Kern AK Jr marries classic design with class-leading sound, making it one of the best high-res players for the money.
Apple iPod Touch 2015 ( 16GB, space gray)
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.
Cowon Plenue 1
If you're looking for a no-nonsense, great-sounding player the Cowon Plenue 1 is pretty hard to beat.
PonoPlayer ( black)
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.
Sony Walkman NW-ZX2
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.
Western Digital WD TV Media Player ( 2014)
While not for everyone, the WD TV's adroit playback of video and music files makes it the perfect living room box for people with large digital media collections.
Sony Walkman NWZ-A17 ( silver)
Standalone MP3 players are still in demand, and the NWZ-A17 Walkman is a portable player that features up to 30 hours of battery life while playing full 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution music.
Sony Walkman NWZ-WS613
The Walkman NWZ-WS613 is Sony's latest Bluetooth headphone that doubles as an MP3 player. This one includes a wireless remote you wear on your finger.
Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1
With its aluminium body, high-quality digital audio amplifier, and ability to play lossless audio files, the Sony NWZ-Z10 is an MP3 player for the dedicated audiophile that demands top-quality sound.
Apple iPod Touch ( 5th generation, 16GB, black & silver)
CNET's Donald Bell looks at the value proposition of Apple's latest 16GB iPod Touch -- and doesn't like what he sees.