Best MP3 Players 2022 | Android Central
Listening to music is an easy process these days. You don’t even have to lift a finger if you use Alexa or Google Assistant, a smart speaker, and a music streaming app for your sound cravings. If you’re a true audiophile, that itch in your ears won’t be gone until you use one of the best MP3 players that supports Hi-Res Audio playback. From affordable entry-level options to enthusiast favourites, this collection brings together the best of the best.
Enter the world of audio nerds
Absurdly good sound
FiiO has mastered the art of fine-tuning sound as proven by the superb audio equipment manufactured by the brand. Like any FiiO gadget, the FiiO M11 is a high-end device that offers otherworldly Hi-Res audio with a touchscreen and Android 10 to boot. It supports many file formats and you get lossless audio with 8x MQA decoding. There’s 64GB on board which can be expanded via microSD.
SanDisk clip jam
Properly cheap and cheerful
If you don’t need a very expensive, specialized MP3 player, then SanDisk is here to save the day. The Clip Jam is an adorable audio player with a small footprint. You won’t find any fancy codecs or file formats here, but the physical navigation buttons are easy to use while working out, and you get 8GB of on-device storage.
HiBy R3 Pro Saber
For pros on a budget
The FiiO M11 may be wonderful, but it’s definitely not accessible. The mid-range HiBy R3 Pro Saber fills the void without skimping on high-quality sound. This touchscreen MP3 player offers balanced sound and supports advanced codecs such as UAT and LDAC. You even get Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to listen to music from any platform.
Astell & Kern KANN Alpha
Any sound connoisseur will tell you about the excellence of Astell&Kern music players. The Astell & Kern KANN Alpha sits at the top of the pyramid, with a four-digit price tag. What you get in return is lossless Hi-Res audio that makes your mouth water and your eyes sparkle. It has all the ports and technical goodies under the hood to please sound engineers and audiophiles alike.
HIFI H2 WALKERS
HQ sound for all
The HIFI WALKER H2 costs half the price of the mid-range HiBy player, and we couldn’t be happier about it. HIFI swaps a touchscreen to satisfy physical buttons, a wide assortment of supported audio file formats, DSD playback, and a built-in DAC from Burr-Brown.
Sony NW-A55 walkman
The words “Sony” and “Walkman” certainly trigger strong nostalgia. The days of Sony’s cassette tapes may be over, but the Sony NW-A55 Walkman Hi-Res MP3 Player packs impressive features at an affordable price. There’s only 16GB of storage, but you can increase that by using an SD card.
No frills experience
Mighty’s adorable little music player is cube-shaped and has a clip on the back. You can attach the Mighty Vibe with a snap using your phone and attach it to your armband for easy access. It can store about a thousand songs and you can sync your Spotify or Amazon Music libraries with it.
Apple iPod Touch (7th Generation)
Yes, it’s Android Central, but even we can’t deny the iPod Touch’s legendary status. If you want a fun, user-friendly, and simple music player, get the latest iteration of the iPod Touch. It has a home button, 3.5mm audio jack, 32GB storage, and simplistic software. Plus, the bright colors look delicious!
iPod Nano incarnate
Do you miss the small form factor of the iPod Nano coupled with a touch screen? The Shanling M0 is the perfect modern alternative. It’s hard to believe that such a small device can produce such great sound. You get sublime sound from this premium aluminum unit. This thing supports lots of audio profiles and has Bluetooth for wireless playback.
LG V60 ThinQ 5G
Those of you who don’t want to separate the needs of your MP3 player and smartphone can grab the LG V60 ThinQ 5G. LG’s foray into phone manufacturing was good while it lasted, giving us gems like the V60 ThinQ which has a built-in DAC. You can plug a pair of remarkable wired headphones into the audio port and enjoy premium sound quality. There is no shortage of music storage or playback platforms that it can access. Unfortunately, you’ll be stuck with renewed versions when looking to buy one.
FiiO mainly manufactures high-end MP3 players that offer superior quality and lossless audio playback. If you can get your hands on it, the FiiO M3K is a much more economical option. You get next-level features like high-fidelity recording and playback, expandable storage up to 2TB, and certified high-resolution audio at a lower price.
COWON iAUDIO HiFi
An elegant player
The COWON iAUDIO HiFi pays homage to the stylish Motorola and Nokia phones of the 2000s. You can interact with the player using touch controls and it supports Hi-Res Audio. There’s plenty of space in this slim MP3 player, and you get a high-performance DAC and amplifier built into the iAUDIO HiFi.
Rediscover the sound of music
Unlike selecting the right music player apps for Android, finding a dedicated MP3 player is a complicated process. A lot of thought goes into the search, especially if you’ve ever exposed your ears to high-end sound. Still, the devices we’ve collected in this roundup have all the best features you need. There is something for everyone, in all colors and in all price brackets.
For audiophiles with a keen sense of hearing, the FiiO M11 is the absolute best audio player. There’s an ESS Saber DAC chip inside, it supports a huge range of file formats, and it’s Hi-Res Audio certified for both wired and wireless sound streaming methods. The M11 is powered by Android and has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, so you can basically play music from any app you want. The 64 GB of onboard storage is sufficient, but you can expand it if necessary. The only caveat here is the eye-popping asking price – this MP3 player will cost you as much as a mid-range smartphone. If you can afford it, pair it with the Fiio FD3 wired earphones and you will experience total hearing bliss.
For smaller budgets, the HiBy R3 Pro Saber and the HIFI WALKER H2 are decent options. They both manage to produce similar sound levels that sound exceptionally good. You’ll enjoy top-notch audio playback without spending your smartphone money on either. On the other hand, if audio codecs, file formats, DACs and amps and lossless audio mean nothing to you, then you should stick with basic portable music players such as the Mighty Vibe 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 built-in DAC.