The best MPplayers are modern devices filled with features. Sure, they may not be as popular as they were a decade ago, but that doesn’t mean they’re outdated technology – or that an old iPod is your only option.
To that end, if you’re on the look-out for the best MPplayer that money can buy in 2020, you’ve come to the perfect place – where we’ll run down all the top choices, and tell you everything you need to know to make a great buying decision.
A little chunky
Onkyo has been a well-known and esteemed name in audio for years, and for good reason. The Onkyo DP-X1A may not be the most compact player on this list, but it is the best all-rounder, offering lots of customizability, an intuitive interface, and fantastic sound quality.
The player is built with a full version of Android 5.1, complete with features like Wi-Fi connectivity and the Google Play Store. Which results in an MPPlayer that is to Android what the iPod Touch is to iOS. Unlike the iPod, however, the Onkyo DP-X1A is built for super-high-quality audio.
The SuperMini, as the name suggests, is a little smaller than most of the other players on this list, but that doesn’t seem to come at a huge cost – it’ll still deliver excellent audio quality and it’s pretty easy to use, too.
In terms of sound, the high-end on this player is nice and crisp, without being too aggressive by any means. Index. On top of that, there are plenty of mids to go around, without the player at all straying into inaccurate territory. We were a little skeptical of the idea of a player from a company that offers players well into the multi-thousands of dollars range, but the SuperMini holds its own, and at a decent price.
Touchscreen isn’t responsive enough
Astell & Kern is known for building top-notch audio devices at reasonable prices, and for that reason we think the Astell & Kern AK Jr is the best mid-range MPplayer out of the ones we’ve seen (and heard). In fact, after spending some time using it, we would argue that it’s a pretty serious contender against even much more expensive players.
Before diving into the player’s capabilities, you’ll notice how well-designed it is. The sleek, metallic look is very classy, and using it gives you a similar “status symbol” feel as you’ll get with the iPhone.
You’ll find the Apple iPod Touch 6th Gen extremely responsive, which means when you tap on something, you’ll get results. It boasts a 64-bit Aprocessor and upgraded RAM, On a full charge, you’ll get 40 hours of audio playback and eight hours of video, but the biggest benefit of the iPod is that you can access apps. It also has an 8-megapixel camera to let you snap pictures while you’re out and about.
What other experts liked
The sheer power increase brought upon by the presence of the ASoC is instantly noticeable, but it’s the RAM increase that is perhaps the biggest win for the 6th generation effort.
DWYM Fun Fact
Portable music players have come a long way over the years, especially considering the early days of compact cassette recorders. As 8-track players tried to take over the portable music format, manufacturers eventually figured out how to make cassette players truly portable, which ushered in the Sony Walkman in 197This also introduced the concept of portable headphones for personal listening, giving consumers a device that they could use while working, exercising or lounging poolside. The market’s eventual transition from cassettes to CDs made portability tougher, which is perhaps what made it so easy for consumers to switch to MPplayers when Apple rolled out the first iPod in 2001..
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