Smart­phones are all very well – but for the hi-res mu­sic lover, a spe­cial­ist player is just the thing

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What’s the use of a por­ta­ble mu­sic player in 2017? Many peo­ple own a smart­phone ca­pa­ble of play­ing mu­sic through nu­mer­ous stream­ing ser­vices – with an in­creas­ing num­ber of them even able to deal with hi-res les. And frankly, who wants to carry around two de­vices when one will do the job?

The an­swer is sim­ple: ded­i­cated por­ta­ble mu­sic play­ers tend to sound sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter than your av­er­age mo­bile phone. And as such, we’ve gath­ered four of them to­gether – the Shan­ling M2s (£190), the Onkyo DP-S1 (£400), the Fiio X7ii (£600) and the Astell & Kern Kann (£900) – to see how well each player per­forms the task of bring­ing you great high-res­o­lu­tion mu­sic.

Whether you’re look­ing for a ca­sual-use, pocket-sized player or some­thing that’s equally ex­cel­lent with your hi-fi sys­tem at home as it is your head­phones on the move, there should be some­thing to tickle your fancy.

WHAT’S ON TEST Shan­ling M2s £190 Onkyo DP-S1 £400 Fiio X7ii £600 Astell & Kern Kann


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