Best portable music players 2020

Product of the year

Best portable music player £500-£1000

Astell & Kern A&norma SR25

A&K’s entry-level music player just got better

Best buys

Best portable music player under £250

Sony NW-A55L

Sony improves last year’s Award-winning budget Walkman

Best portable music player £250-£500

Cowon Plenue D2

A class-leading portable music player

Best portable music player over £1000

Astell & Kern A&futura SE200

A portable music player with a choice of DACs and a benchmark-setting performance

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