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Ap­ple ipod Touch (6th Gen) 128GB £330

De­cem­ber 2015 There’s life in the ipod Touch yet. Its price and ta­lent with Cd-qual­ity mu­sic makes it a wor­thy chal­lenge to pricier ri­vals with hi-res au­dio. Hi-res com­pat­i­ble No Weight 88g Stor­age128gb

Sony NW-AH25N £240

Fe­bru­ary 2016 Lik­able and af­ford­able, the AH25N boasts plenty of fea­tures and, al­though the er­gonomics could be bet­ter, it pro­duces a good sound. Hi-res com­pat­i­ble Yes Weight 66g Stor­age 16GB

Astell & Kern Ak Jr £400

Best por­ta­ble mu­sic player, Awards 2015 Our favourite por­ta­ble unit of 2015, this hi-res player isn’t cheap, but its build qual­ity and per­for­mance make it a for­mi­da­ble, por­ta­ble plea­sure. Hi-res com­pat­i­ble Yes Weight 93g Stor­age 64GB

Pi­o­neer XDP-100R £500

Fe­bru­ary 2016 A player that ticks all the boxes on the hi-res check­list thanks to its ex­cel­lent com­pat­i­bil­ity, mas­sive stor­age and bal­anced sound. Hi-res com­pat­i­ble Yes Weight 181g Stor­age up to 432GB

Sony NW-ZX100HN £500

April 2016 While it’s too po­lite in terms of pre­sen­ta­tion, this like­able player hits the sweet spot for de­sign, per­for­mance and price. Hi-res com­pat­i­ble Yes Weight 145g Stor­age 32GB

Acous­tic Re­search M2 £900

June 2014 There are nig­gles with the in­ter­face and de­sign, but this is one of the best-sound­ing play­ers we’ve heard. You re­ally need to lis­ten to the M2. Hi-res com­pat­i­ble Yes Weight 245g Stor­age 64GB

Astell & Kern AK100 MKII £700

April 2014 This mid­dle-of -the-range hi-res player’s fluid, dy­namic and de­tailed sound and ex­ten­sive file com­pat­i­bil­ity far out­weigh the slug­gish in­ter­face. Hi-res com­pat­i­ble Yes Weight 170g Stor­age 32GB

“There’s still life in the ipod Touch yet” “Stays com­posed as the mu­sic be­comes com­plex and never sounds edgy or harsh” “Makes the case for high-res au­dio in un­equiv­o­cal style” “Gives an im­pres­sion of re­fined de­tail, an even bal­ance and a full-bod­ied, solid sound” “An af­ford­able player with a touch of pre­mium qual­ity” “Piles on the punch and power with­out miss­ing a step” “One of the best-sound­ing por­ta­ble high-res mu­sic play­ers”

Sony NW-ZX2 £950

Septem­ber 2015 This sec­ond-gen hi-res Walk­man is im­pres­sive. If you’re an au­dio en­thu­si­ast who takes mu­sic se­ri­ously you should take a closer look. Hi-res com­pat­i­ble Yes Weight 235g Stor­age 128GB

“It’s a mas­ter at pick­ing out the de­tail and nu­ance in mu­sic”

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