POR­TA­BLE MU­SIC PLAY­ERS

TREAT YOUR TUNES TO A DED­I­CATED MU­SIC PLAYER

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Cowon Plenue D £200

Best por­ta­ble mu­sic player un­der £250, Awards 2017 The Plenue D is a player worth its salt. It can han­dle a range of files, has an open and in­sight­ful sound and is easy to use. Hi-res com­pat­i­ble Yes Weight 94g Stor­age 32GB

Astell & Kern AK70 MKII £600

Best por­ta­ble mu­sic player £250-£750, Awards 2017 The MKII is a worth­while sonic im­prove­ment over the orig­i­nal, set­ting the bar for trans­parency at this price. It’s not far off por­ta­ble per­fec­tion. Hi-res com­pat­i­ble Yes Weight 150g Stor­age 64GB

Astell & Kern Kann £900

Best por­ta­ble mu­sic player £750+, Awards 2017 The Kann is ex­pen­sive but, de­spite the chunky aes­thet­ics, the sound qual­ity is im­pres­sive, with lash­ings of depth, de­tail and dy­namism. Hi-res com­pat­i­ble Yes Weight 279g Stor­age 832GB

“The sonic im­prove­ments over the Jr are more evo­lu­tion­ary than rev­o­lu­tion­ary”

“Com­pared to the sound qual­ity from even the best smart­phones, there’s more de­tail and nuance”

“When it comes to per­for­mance per pound, there’s no mis­tak­ing the Kann’s sonic chops”

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