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Best portable music players 2021

Best portable music player under £500

Cowon Plenue D3

A tiny and sonically talented portable music player

Best portable music player £500-£1000

Astell & Kern A&norma SR25

A&K’s entry-level music player remains unbeatable at this level

Best portable music player over £1000

Astell & Kern A&futura SE180

Astell & Kern innovates in the music player market once more

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