Listening to music is an easy-breezy process these days. You don’t even need to lift a finger if you’re using Alexa or Google Assistant, a smart speaker, and a music streaming app for your sound cravings. If you’re a true audiophile though, that itch in your earholes won’t be scratched until you’ve used one of the best MP3 players that support high-resolution audio playback. From affordable, entry-level options to over-the-top enthusiast favorites, this collection rounds up the best of the best.
Step into the world of audio nerds
Absurdly good audio
FiiO has mastered the art of fine-tuning sound as proven by the superb audio gear made by the brand. Like any FiiO gadget, the FiiO M11 is a top-notch device that delivers otherworldly high-res sound complete with a touch screen and Android 10 to boot. It supports plenty of file formats and you get lossless audio thanks to MQA 8x decoding. There’s 64GB onboard that can be expanded via microSD.
SanDisk Clip Jam
HiBy R3 Pro Saber
For the pros on budget
The FiiO M11 might be wonderful, but it’s certainly not accessible. The mid-range HiBy R3 Pro Saber fills in the gap without skimping on high-quality sound. This touchscreen MP3 player delivers balanced audio and supports advanced codecs such as UAT and LDAC. You even get Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, letting you play music from any platform.
Astell&Kern KANN Alpha
HIFI WALKER H2
Sony NW-A55 Walkman
Apple iPod Touch (7th Generation)
LG V60 ThinQ 5G
COWON iAUDIO HiFi
Rediscovering the sound of music
Unlike picking the right music player apps for Android, looking for a dedicated MP3 player is a complicated process. A lot of thought goes into the search, especially if you have exposed your ears to high-end audio before. Nonetheless, the devices that we have gathered in this roundup have all the best features that you need. There’s a little something for everyone, in every color, and every price bracket.