Top 5 Budget Portable Audio Players to Play Your Lossless Music Library

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You don’t have to pay a fortune to own a high-quality digital audio player and listen to your hi-res music on the go. Following are the top 5 budget players that cost less than $1,000.

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1. iBasso DX200

The iBasso DX200 is an upgrade from the iBasso DX100 with many important upgrades, not only on the exterior but from the inside as well. It uses the Dual ES9028PRO DAC chips that could satisfy any audiophile. This is also a powerhouse with ARM Cortex-A53 8-Core CPU, 2GG LPDDR3 and 64GB eMMC. The design is overhauled with a metal body and a replaceable AMP card design.

2. Astell&Kern AK70

The Astell&Kern AK70 is among the best-selling DAPs from the manufacturer. People love it because of the reasonable price, a premium design and high-end specs. You have a familiar design with an aluminum chassis, sharp corners and a prominent volume dial. It features the Single Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC, 64GB of internal storage, supports PCM files up to 24-bit/192kHz and DSD 64/128.

3. Pioneer XDP-300R

The new Pioneer XDP-300R is equipped with Dual ESS Sabre ES9018K2M DACs and dual SABRE 9601K amplifiers for both 2.5 mm balanced output and 3.5 mm headphone output. It supports up to 11.2MHz DSD and 384kHz/24 bit PCM. Some other interesting features include Android OS, Bluetooth, AptX, Wi-Fi, and up to 432GB of memory.


The DP-X1A is the flagship DAP from Onkyo and it is considered the upgraded version of the DP-X1. It features Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 APQ8074 2.2GHz, Android 5.1, a 4.7-inch touch screen, 2 memory card slots, and of course, the high-end dual ESS SABRE ES9018K2M DACs and dual SABRE 9601K amps for 2.5mm 4-pole balanced output and 3.5mm 3-pole output.

5. Sony NW-ZX100HN

Apart from some expensive and bulky players, Sony also released some decent ones for a much lower price. The Sony NW-ZX100HN is the lightest and smallest DAP in this list but its power shouldn’t be underestimated. It features an aluminum silver frame, 128GB of internal storage, up to 70 hours of battery life, microSD card expansion slot, and supports 24-Bit/192 kHz and DSD format.

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Those are the best digital audio players you can buy right now. Once you experience the wonderful sound from the audiophile gear, it will be impossible to get out.