Editors' Choice

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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MPIO DMK 128MB Review

  • Polished design and great sound
  • Limited to 128mb size
Our Score 10

iRiver SlimX 350 Review

  • Firware upgradeable
  • Scratches can cause the SlimX to lock-up
Our Score 9

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

Apple iPod nano 8GB Review

  • Much improved design;24 hour battery;
  • 2GB available only in silver; 8GB only available…
Our Score 9

iRiver SlimX iMP-550 Review

  • Small form factor
  • great features
  • upgradeable firmware
  • includes car kit
  • Needs adapter for some headphones
  • mediocre ear buds
Our Score 9

iRiver iMP-400 SlimX Review

  • Loaded with features
  • great design
  • Average headphones
Our Score 9

Apple iPod photo 60GB Review

  • Can view color photos and album art; large storage…
  • iTunes for the PC is buggy; accessories may not…
Our Score 9

Samsung Yepp YP-55V Review

  • Integrated FM tuner
  • can be used as a storage device
  • can record from multiple sources
  • No USB 2.0 support
  • lacking Ogg Vorbis playback capabilities
Our Score 9