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Best portable music players 2018

Product of the year

Best portable music player £250-£750

Astell & Kern A&norma SR15

This hi-res music player is an extremely appealing all-rounder

Best buys

Best portable music player under £250

Cowon Plenue D

An affordable portable music player that sounds great

Best portable music player over £750

Astell & Kern Kann

A hi-res music player with a striking design and similarly impressive sound

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