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Sony NW-A105 Digital Audio PlayerSony NW-A105 Digital Audio Player
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HIFIMAN SuperMini Digital Audio PlayerHIFIMAN SuperMini Digital Audio Player

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What can one of our digital audio players do for you?

A digital audio player is far more than an iPod. Our brands deliver ultra-fidelity sound from compact portable devices. That’s music that you can take with you. They especially suit people who already have – or want to build – a large collection of digital audio files, whether ripped from CD or purchased in high resolution from online outlets. Yes, they can handle MP3 files like an iPod, but their “superpower” is in delivering high quality lossless audio from such formats as FLAC and even DSD (Direct Stream Digital).

And they’ll play the music stored on their internal memory and pop-in cards even when you’re on an airplane or otherwise away from Internet service. How much music? Our 1TB microSD card has over 25,000 tracks on it, a lot of them in high resolution formats, all of them lossless.

And quite a few of our DAPS will also work with prominent streaming services such as TIDAL, Spotify and Deezer.

The best brands

We carry digital audio players from the leading brands in the field, such as Astell&Kern, FiiO and HIFIMAN. Both Astell&Kern and FiiO offer a wide range of players from entry level models to ultra-fidelity devices that challenge the very best of home audiophile equipment.

Astell&Kern was established in 2013 and has since gone on to develop a wide range of award-winning digital audio players. In addition to some entry level models, it offers three higher level ranges: the A&norma series, the more highly specified A&futura series, and the premium A&ultima series.

Fun fact: Astell&Kern grew out of South Korean music player business Iriver which, for a while in the early 2000s, was the best-selling global digital audio player brand.

The FiiO DAP range also includes models that can justly be regarded as ultra-fidelity in quality. Its range really constitute a great value for money proposition, with some models priced to be affordable by just about anyone, while still providing a true high fidelity performance.

What is a Digital Audio Players? (DAP)?

Remember your old iPod? Well, that was essentially the precursor to the “DAP”, or Digital Audio Player. A DAP is a portable electronic device capable of storing and playing high-res music, and modern DAPs like the Astell&Kern A&Norma SR25 Mk2 Digital Audio Player are also capable of streaming wirelessly via a number of music apps. DAPs also have much stronger audio performance than your average smartphone or laptop, thanks to the inclusion of high-quality digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) chips, and a much stronger analogue output to drive a range of audiophile headphones and In-Ear Monitors (IEMs).

Are digital audio players worth it?

Digital Audio Players, or “DAPs” provide a much higher level of portable sound quality than standard devices like smartphones and laptops, thanks to the ability to decode a range of high-res files and the inclusion of much more capable Digital-to-Analogue Converter (DAC) chips and headphone amplifier components. For the music lover who’s looking for uncompromised headphone or IEM performance on-the-go, a DAP such as the ​​FiiO M11 Plus ESS Portable High-Resolution Audio Player can be an excellent investment for years of enjoyable listening, minus all the interruptions and notifications that inevitably pop-up on your smartphone!

What is the difference between DAP and MP3 player?

Like its name implies, and MP3 player is simply able to decode and playback MP3 files, which are a lossy and compressed format. DAPs like the HIFIMAN SuperMini Digital Audio Player, on the other hand, are able to store and decode and wide range of high-fidelity music formats such as FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIC, and DSD.