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.

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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.

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