YOU SAY YOU WANT HIGH-RESOLUTION...
Smartphones are all very well – but for the hi-res music lover, a specialist player is just the thing
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