In the last few years, the popularity of high-resolution digital audio players has skyrocketed. In turn, hundreds of digital audio players have flooded the market, with new options hitting shelves each year! If you’re an audiophile, you want the best of the best when it comes to audio players. Once you’ve got a quality pair of headphones, your next purchase should be a portable audio player. Keep reading for the top 7 audiophile MP3 player pieces that you’ll want to add to your arsenal.
- OPUS #1 Portable Mastering Quality Sound (MQS) Audio Player
Not many affordable digital audio players have been compared to names like Astell & Kern. That is, until the OPUS#1 Portable Mastering Quality Sound (MQS) Audio Player hit shelves. This device offers top notch performance, a user friendly interface, and plenty of bells and whistles. The OPUS #1 produces detailed sounds with a huge soundstage for such a small mobile device.
With 32GB of onboard space and two microSD slots, you can use this player for all of your FLAC, MP3, WAV, and DSD files. Though lacking Wi-Fi capability, the OPUS #1 is a worthy digital audio player.
- SHANLING M2 Hi-Fi Portable Lossless Music Player
Who says being an audiophile has to be a budget buster? If you want to enjoy your favorite tunes without spending thousands of dollars, the SHANLING M2 HiFi Portable Lossless Music Player is a budget-conscious option. At just $249, this player offers a variety of perks and capabilities. The device offers 128G of space and supports a variety of file types including MP3, ALAC, FLAC, WMA, AIFF, WAV, DIFF, and many others. The Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC provides crisp sounds and will leave you pleasantly surprised.
- Pioneer XDP-100R
The Pioneer XDP-100R Portable High Resolution Digital Audio Player is fitted with a Sabre ES9018K2M DAC and 9601K amp that provides the sounds you crave: balanced, detailed, and neutral. These devices are solidly built, even offering a bumper for added protection. The Pioneer XDP-100R supports Wi-Fi streaming and can also be paired with headphones as well as Hi-Fi systems. As the first MQA compatible portable player, the XDP-100R has stepped up the game in the digital audio player industry.
- Sony Walkman NWZX2BLK 128 GB Hi-Res Digital Music Player
The Sony Walkman NWZX2BLK is one of the best MP3 and digital audio players on the market today. With 128GB of memory, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC wireless capabilities and an impressive 33 hours of battery life, this digital audio player is perfect for any audiophile. The S-Master HX digital amplifier produces clear and smooth audio that will leave your ears happier than ever.
- Other notable features include:
- Flexible controls
- Google Android OS
- Support for WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, AAC, WMA, and MP3 files
- Audio support up to 24-bit/192kHz
- Drag and drop capability from other music streaming apps
Though one of the more expensive MP3 players on the list, the Sony Walkman NWZX2BLK is one of the best purchases you’ll make all year.
- Questyle QP1R High Resolution Digital Audio Player
Are you a fan of how iPods look but want more from your audio? If so, meet the Questyle QP1R High Resolution Digital Audio Player. This digital audio player offers great sound and pairs well with most headphones. The scroll wheel is fun to use but can be a little harder to master, especially compared to touchscreen capability. While the design may not be flawless, the sound production is. The Questyle QP1R creates detailed, warm, and spacious sound that is superb.
- Onkyo DP-X1 Digital Audio Player
For less than $500, the Onkyo DP-X1 Digital Audio Player is one of the best options on the market. The dual Sabre DACs and amps are an audiophiles delight. The sound production is powerful yet crystal clear. The user interface is easy to navigate, especially if you’re used to Android OS. The best feature of this player is its support for up to 432GB of music. With the DP-X1, space is never an issue and you can have the peace of mind of taking all of your favorite songs with you on-the-go.
- FiiO X7 Hi-Res Lossless Music Player
The FiiO X7 is a full touchscreen digital music player that’s completed with a ES9018S DAC. Out of the box this player offers 32GB of space but offers plenty of room for expandable storage. The familiar Android OS user interface is easy to use, making this a quality option for audio lovers of all types. The FiiO X7 supports various streaming options including Spotify and Tidal. For less than $400, this is an inexpensive digital music player that delivers.
With hundreds of MP3 and digital audio players on the market, it’s hard to know which device is best for you. If you’re a serious music lover, the 7 above digital audio players are sure to wow you. Are you an audiophile? What devices do you recommend for getting the most out of your music? Leave us a comment in the section below.