The AktiMate Mini is an Australian-designed iPod dock that offers the best stereo sound we've heard in one of these systems.
The Edifier Breathe is an impressive attempt at a low-price hi-fi dock, but its size and tendency for distortion let it down.
The Android-based Samsung Galaxy Player 50 aims to knock Apple's iPod touch off its pedestal, but fails. A number of flaws mean this media player feels rushed and generally unimpressive.
The Sony Walkman NWZ-A846 is a great audio player with a useful noise-cancellation feature and a brilliant OLED screen. It's expensive, but it's definitely worth a look.
The Philips Fidelio Primo iPod dock is a classy looking and sounding unit which, with a little home ingenuity, can rival docks worth twice as much.
They're not actually "unbelievably loud", but the X-mini speakers do pack some audio punch in a tiny frame.
Simple yet elegant navigation and a useful VoiceOver feature make the fourth-generation Apple iPod shuffle a great little device.
You can find smaller or cheaper MP3 players, but you won't find a better value than the Sansa Fuze+ in terms of dollars per features.
The Apple iPod nano 6th gen is a great product for rich people who use the gym. For everyone else, the iPod shuffle and iPod touch offer better value for money.
A high-resolution screen and video calling just made the best better, but we'd recommend an iPhone 4 if you can afford it.
The iPod Shuffle's buttons are back, and the lightest, smallest MP3 player on the planet is now better than ever.
The sixth generation of the iPod Nano is the smallest yet, but it comes at the expense of valuable features and practical controls.
Priced competitively with similar products, the M200 is a great networked media streamer for the do-it-yourself content guru.
As a portable DAB+ unit the Roam works well. Stop roaming and connect it up to speakers, however, and the story is quite different.
The Sennheiser CX 300-II Precisions are incredibly affordable and great sounding, making them one of the best sets of in-ears available.
The i231A is a clock radio with iPod and iPhone playback, but no AM or digital radio tuners.
The i332 is a portable speaker for the iPod and iPhone, adding a touch of industrial chic to audio and video playback.
Sony's tricked-out speaker dock lets you set the fashion tone. It's also a decent — but not great — speaker dock.