Onkyo DP-S1 is a tidy new portable music player

Onkyo has chosen London's Headroom Show to announce its second-generation digital audio player, the Rubato DP-S1.

At 94 x 63 x 15mm (hwd) it's more compact than the company's DP-X1 model, and at £400 it's a fair bit more affordable too.

It looks well-specified, too. It's fitted with dual ESS Sabre ES9018C2M DACs, 16GB of internal memory (expandable to a giddy 416GB via twin MicroSD card-slots) and a balanced 2.5mm headphone/line-out socket alongside the more common 3.5mm unbalanced output. The touchscreen display is 2.4in, and dual-band wi-fi (5GHz/2.4GHz) allows streaming from online music services.

File support is extensive, ranging from MP3 to FLAC, AIFF (to a maximum of 192kHz/32bit), DSD 5.6MHz/2.8MHz and MQA.

The Rubato DP-S1 goes on sale in May. MQA compatibility is due via a firmware update in June.

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Simon Lucas is a freelance technology journalist and consultant, with particular emphasis on the audio/video aspects of home entertainment. Before embracing the carefree life of the freelancer, he was editor of What Hi-Fi? – since then, he's written for titles such as GQ, Metro, The Guardian and Stuff, among many others.