Best high resolution audio players to buy in 2016 – Expert Review

Watch our expert reviews of the top 10 best MP3 players and DAPs of 2016 so far. Offering either amazing value for money or truly stunning audio quality.
Full details here: http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/reviews/best-high-resolution-players-to-buy-in-2016/

We have looked at the best established DAP brands like Astell & Kern, Acoustic Research and Lotoo as well as new entries into the market like Questyle and Pioneer and great value offerings from FiiO.

DAPs are audiophile quality digital audio players that support 24 bit formats such as FLAC, OGG and WAV as well as compressed formats such as MP3. These high end audio players are often capable of driving the best full size and on ear headphones.

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FiiO M3:
http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/fiio-m3-portable-lossless-digital-audio-player-white.html

FiiO X3-II:
http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/fiio-x3-2nd-gen-lossless-portable-digital-audio-player-dac.html

Lotoo PAW 5000:
http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/lotoo-paw-5000-portable-lossless-digital-audio-player.html

Astell&Kern AK Jr:
http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/astell-kern-ak-jr-portable-lossless-digital-audio-player-dac.html

Opus #1:
http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/opus-1-high-resolution-portable-digital-audio-player-black.html

Pioneer XDP-100R:
http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=XDP-100R

Questyle QP1R:
http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=QP1R

Acoustic Research AR-M2:
http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/acoustic-research-lossless-portable-digital-audio-player-with-headphone-amplifier-dac.html

Astell&Kern AK320:
http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/astell-kern-ak320-portable-lossless-digital-audio-player-dac.html

Lotoo PAW Gold:
http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/lotoo-paw-gold-portable-digital-reference-level-audio-player.html

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Comments

DAEDRADONKEY says:

He always looks like he is gonna cry.

rupesh K.R says:

M3 suuppprt 128 gbേ

Erik Leonardi says:

you must be crazy to not include the cayin i5

Badhon Ebrahim says:

Pioneer XDP-100R cn also play mp3 format??

ivan aleman says:

no Walkman in this list

Free Beats by Remi QX says:

Sony didn’t make the cut? Really?

Andres Arvan says:

Where are are the Cowon players??
Seems like you are marketing specific brands.

crowguns says:

FIIO —> Ipod Classic HD-Less or Flash-card in… kkkk

CRPM LLC says:

Astell & Kern 380 leaves me foaming at
the mouth.

Anime4 Mii says:

What people don’t get why is your headphone sound so cheap?

its not because your headphone” is already dam good, it’s just your devices that make the sound make music sound bad, depending on the soundboard was made by!

Alosious Prince says:

I know you are so busy. I hope you don’t my help me out . I would like to listen to Hi-res Audio Files on My PC. So I I have bought 24 bit External USB Sound Card. is that all i need to feel the high fidelity experience ? What about the Speakers or Headphones plug-in to this external sound card. Should they be also Hi-Res Audio Compatible, I mean should they have the capability of Handling high frequency ranges like Hi-res headphones or Hi-Fi Speakers ?

hemidesign says:

you missed the Cowon players.. they’re amazing!

Rodney Thomas says:

shit review

Matias Rubilar says:

what is your opinion on the Ibasso dx80?

lorddarphyve says:

Please invest in a pop filter for your mic

xorkatoss says:

lolall of these shit are so expensive they make apple products look cheap

Twin Turbo says:

What no Sony ?

jfbaquero says:

Were is the Cayin i5??? Winner of best DAP of the year 2016 in Headfonics and Headphone Guru, and second place in Heafonia. It seems you are doing your job pretty badly.

Mohd Azri Mohamad says:

are all of these dap can be use as Usb Dac?

Fred Fonacier says:

Why would I buy one of these when I can just use a studio monitor or monitor headphones

Altex lan says:

The M20 seem to be worst then China product. only the sound is a bit better than others.
I cannot connect USB to be it, the menu is a junk. no forward button. each time I have to press ON switch,slide the screen to forward a song. seem to be a silly design. This is their latest design. what a joke. I email them regarding the problem. those as hole don;t understand it. I am electronic technician and those layman talking rubbish to be.

Cisneros 123 says:

How much better is the paw gold comparing to Fiio x3? How can price vary that much differently?

wael well says:

Which do you think has better sound, the “Fiio X1 ” or the “Sony walkman NWZ A15 ” as they are close in terms of price ? Thanks.

Nate Ellis says:

I need something that will play WAV files off a USB Drive. : ) this has a USB DAC does that mean it will do that?

Enja der Headbanger says:

Ich liebe HD Musik

Kris Dougherty says:

Between the OPUS #1 and the XDP-100R which one would you say is the better choice?

E RD says:

hifiheadphones which is the best music player for audiotechnica athm50X please tell..i mean which audio player gives the best audio output fro that headphones

Brian Wong says:

This is the best! XDuoo X2 Portable HiFi Music MP3
 http://www.gearbest.com/mp3-mp4-players/pp_373989.html?vip=931501

Parmindersingh Nokewal says:

Background Song name please?????????????

Rave Snave says:

Why was the Cayin i5 not included? Did you not consider it worthy?

Miko K says:

Please in future sort out your plosives. This was terrible to listen to with headphones

OmShantiShanti496 says:

i’m probably in the wrong place but the research is exhausting. here’s my idea. i want to get a dedicated laptop for uploading and storing all of my CDs as my collection grows. i don’t want to connect to wifi or use itunes, google play etc. i want it all self contained.i probably have 2000 cds and steadily growing as i travel. i want to have the ability to burn a cd for people or for my car when traveling. then i stumbled upon this type of player which i wouldn’t mind having to take my collection everywhere i go in a small package to use with headphones, connect to car stereo or home stereo. i want simple but top notch. i’m not a true techie but open to advice on what and where to go with this. i’m currently using itunes for everything and i’m tired of the wifi needed to hear my music. any help would be great. thanx!!

Tiken M says:

Help! Looking for a good portable DAC which can also stream music via DLNA instead of internal storage.

widM says:

How can FiiO M3 be so cheap? Where is the catch?

Alosious Prince says:

I know you are so busy. I hope you don’t my help me out . I would like to listen to Hi-res Audio Files on My PC. So I I have bought 24 bit External USB Sound Card. is that all i need to feel the high fidelity experience ? What about the Speakers or Headphones plug-in to this external sound card. Should they be also Hi-Res Audio Compatible, I mean should they have the capability of Handling high frequency ranges like Hi-res headphones or Hi-Fi Speakers ?

ROG Moonspell says:

Hi, I was a smartphone user for years. I want a change. Is there anything you can recommend within price rage of 500 pounds that will go well with the new AH-D7200 that comes with 2.5″ jack. Thanks!

sathish kumar says:

background bgm name pleas….

Roshan Valsan says:

Hello there! Great review..
I’m searching for a good sounding dap with search function and relatively lag free interface. I use senn hd598, audio technica ath m50, fidue a73 and rha t10. File management is a must and the option to delete the song from the player itself.
I’m considering fiio x7, sony zx2 and onkyo dp-x1. Anything else I should look at? And your pick among the players satisfying my criteria?
Thanks a lot in advance.

Adam says:

the bit opus 1 > xp 100 r pionneer.

Kitkat Emm says:

why are these things so damn expensive? my phone which comes with built in LTE, 128 gb on board flash storage, and a high resolution screen costs about the same as some of these damn things and IT’S A PHONE TO BOOT. i want a dedicated DAP but shiiit man 300+$ for a DAP is just….insane….

LALAT_IDJO says:

only fiio my budget that i can afford it

Vráťa Hůla says:

Where is xduoo X3 ? Thats much more better sound then fiio x3 !

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