Best MP3 players 2024

Listening to high-resolution, and uncompressed audio files is no longer for audiophiles only. Most major music services offer some form of hi-res or lossless, so it's time you stepped up your gear game to get the most out of the service you're paying for! Even Spotify is still threatening to offer Hi-Res Audio to its subscribers. We'll believe that when it finally happens though.

You'll need more than your $8 USB-C to 3.5mm Apple dongle (though audiophiles praise it for its cost-to-quality benefit) to fully realize the highs and lows of that high-resolution digital data flow. To that end, we've compiled this list of the best digital audio players (DAPs) that support high-resolution audio playback. From affordable, entry-level options to over-the-top aspirational enthusiast favorites, this collection rounds up the best of the best.

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Unlike picking the right music player apps for Android, looking for a dedicated digital audio player is a complicated process. A lot of thought goes into the search, especially if you have exposed your ears to high-end audio before. Nonetheless, the devices that we have gathered in this roundup have all the best features that you need. There's a little something for everyone, in every color, and every price bracket.

For audiophiles with a keen sense of hearing, the Astell&Kern KANN Ultra is the absolute best audio player. It is powered by the ES9039MPRO Dual DAC chip, it supports a vast range of file formats, and it can deliver hi-res audio for both wired and wireless sound delivery methods. The KANN Ultra features a custom-built OS, so no additional apps or notifications disturb your music-listening bliss. The 128GB of onboard storage is plenty, but you can expand it to 1TB if needed. The one caveat here is the eye-watering asking price - this DAP will cost you as much as a flagship foldable phone, or mid-level gaming laptop. If you can afford it, pair it with the Fiio FA19 wired in-ear monitor (IEM) earphones and you'll experience total auditory bliss.

For lower budgets, the HiBy R3 II and HIFI WALKER H2 are decent options. They both manage to produce similar levels of sound that sound exceptionally good. You'll enjoy top-notch audio playback without spending smartphone money on either one. On the other hand, if audio codecs, file formats, DAC & amps, and lossless audio mean nothing to you, then you should stick with basic portable music players such as the Mighty 3 or the SanDisk Clip Jam. If you want even more versatility, grab the LG V60 ThinQ 5G to serve as a phone as well as an MP3 player. It's one of the best Android phones with a headphone jack and it has a solid DAC built-in.

Namerah Saud Fatmi
Senior Editor — Accessories

Namerah enjoys geeking out over accessories, gadgets, and all sorts of smart tech. She spends her time guzzling coffee, writing, casual gaming, and cuddling with her furry best friends. Find her on Twitter @NamerahS.

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