1. iBasso DX50

    iBasso DX50

    Enjoyable and affordable way to listen to hi-res audio, but not the last word in sound quality and barely the first in ergonomics

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  2. FiiO X5

    FiiO X5

    The X5 is quite a good thing, but there’s too much of it

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  3. Astell & Kern AK100 Mk II

    Astell & Kern AK100 Mk II

    A seriously talented performer that has a few design issues

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  4. Sandisk Sansa Clip+ 8GB

    Sandisk Sansa Clip+ 8GB

    Sounds solid, and is a worthy Apple alternative

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  5. Samsung Tic Toc 4GB

    Samsung Tic Toc 4GB

    Comes in a choice of colours and has shake controls, but sound quality puts us off

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  7. Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip 4GB

    Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip 4GB

    Looks good on paper but fails to deliver

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    Available from £19.99
  8. Philips GoGear Spark SA2940

    Philips GoGear Spark SA2940

    You'll get an impressive amount of bass weight from the Philips GoGear Spark SA2940, but the overall sound needs to be more refined and subtle

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  9. SanDisk Sansa Clip

    SanDisk Sansa Clip

    The SanDisk Sansa Clip is an intuitive little device that doesn't sound too shrill or tinny

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  10. iriver Mplayer

    iriver Mplayer

    This iRiver MPlayer, with its Micky Mouse head, may look fun but the sound is poor

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  11. Samsung YP-U4

    Samsung YP-U4

    It's got good looks, but this Samsung struggles against its peers in terms of detail

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