Portable Music Player Reviews

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We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in portable music players.

Astell & Kern AK Jr review

Astell & Kern folded stellar sound and impeccable design into its most affordable hi-res music player, proving you don’t have to blow your life savings to get quality portable audio. See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Astell & Kern A&Norma SR15 Review

  • Improved software experience
  • Updated Dual DAC
  • Quirky, fun design
  • Incredible sound
  • Still expensive

Astell & Kern AK70 Mk II Review

  • Stylish, instantly recognizable design
  • Strong musical performance, especially for vocals
  • Doubles as a headphone DAC
  • More powerful balanced headphone out
  • AptX HD
  • Operating system can be slow

Astell & Kern AK Jr Review

  • Sleek and highly portable design
  • Rich, clear, and powerful sound
  • Strikingly expansive, dimensional sound stage
  • Ample storage
  • Excellent value for the genre
  • Battery life could be better
  • Wish for Wi-Fi
Our Score 9

Astell & Kern AK240 Review

  • Unparalleled mobile audio quality
  • Plays virtually any file type
  • Perfected, feature-packed interface
  • Makes every song in your catalog sound better
  • Premium aesthetic
  • No online browsing option
  • Can’t yet upload songs directly from browser
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Expensive, expensive, expensive
Our Score 7

iRiver Astell and Kern AK100 Review

  • Stunning sound quality
  • Extensive file versatility
  • Premium grade components
  • Slightly sluggish UI
  • Some quirks in function
  • Expensive
Our Score 7

Samsung Galaxy Muse Review

  • Affordable price
  • 2x storage of iPod Shuffle
  • Decent audio
  • Can sync music from a smartphone or PC
  • Low storage capacity
  • Need a Samsung phone for all features
  • Loading individual tracks is a challenge
Our Score 7

Apple iPod Touch (4th generation) Review

  • Incredibly thin, sleek design
  • High-resolution Retina display
  • Solid Apple build quality
  • iOS versatility and ease-of-use
  • Long battery life for multimedia
  • 720p HD video capture and videoconferencing
  • Below-average file support
  • Low-res rear camera
  • No GPS
  • Smudgy mirror finish
Our Score 8.5

Apple iPod Nano Review (Sixth Generation) Review

  • Almost impossibly tiny
  • Ultra-intuitive touch interface
  • FM radio, photo browsing and pedometer
  • Sleek, solid design
  • Long battery life
  • Missing camera, video playback, notes, games, etc…
  • Touch controls limit ‘blind’ operation
  • Expensive
Our Score 7.5