Digital Audio Players
Got a great headphone and amp setup, but still listening to your music through your phone or an old iPod? If so, you’re sorely missing out.
The music stored on your phone uses a lossy format that gives you a lower quality version that lacks dynamics, detail, and vitality. But high quality portable music is making a comeback (thanks in part to Neil Young, who took issue with the lack of high-end players in the market and got vocal about it). There are now a lot of great options that let you listen to your music the way it was meant to be heard and with the quality and detail that your high-end speakers are capable of delivering.
Not only will you get mind-blowing sound, but you’ll have more control over your music with a digital audio player, with volume, skip and pause buttons to make life easier. And you’ll have all the storage space you could need, without having to divvy up space between phone apps, games, and video. You’ll also never have to make the oh-so-difficult decision of whether to use up all your phone’s battery listening to your music, or to save it for, you know, actual calls and texts. Basically, life just gets easier with a great audio player.
So how do you choose one? First, make sure it has the storage size and expansion options that you need for your music collection. Also look at any features and outputs that are important to you, and see what you can afford, because better models often come with a higher price tag. Aesthetics play a part too, of course, as well as the user interface. And portability is definitely a big factor to consider as well. Some players are smaller and lighter than others. A great choice for easy portability is the Astell & Kern AK Jr.
If you’re looking for the best performance at all costs, you should seriously consider Astell & Kern’s AK240 or brand new AK380, with gearpatrol.com calling them “goliath[s] in a class all its own” and the best of the DAPs on the market today. “Its output is painstakingly faithful and dedicated to removing distractions such as distortion and noise so that music can speak for itself.”
And if you’ve got questions on any players, just let us know. We keep up to date on all the latest news and products and can help you find just the right gear for you, your listening preferences, and your budget.
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