1. Sony Walkman NW2 – F805
Running on the Android OS, this PMP pairs the ever growing app library of Google Play, with finely tuned audio tech from Sony to create a great sounding device that's also very well connected. An S-Master MX Digital Amplifier and Clear Audio ensures every detail of the song is heard, while the xLOUD speaker system lets you share your music with the whole room. Front and centre is a 3.5-inch touchscreen and it’s fully compatible with Sony’s Music Unlimited service.
2. Cowon X9
Packing 110 hours battery life…yes, you read that correct, 110 hours of battery life, this device is great if you’re planning on being away from a mains socket for a large amount of time. As it’s from Cowon you know the sound quality is going to be top-notch, with the JetEffect engine giving you highly realistic sound, being aided further by the included high-quality earphones. There’s a myriad of EQ settings and presets so tuning this system to suit your own tastes shouldn’t take too long.
3. Astell & Kern AK 100
Costing about the same as a sim-free iPhone 5, this device is probably only for the pure audiophiles out there, yet with the steep price comes some seriously great sound quality. Twin Micro-SD card slots, both able to carry 64GB, means you can stick a fair bit of high-quality Flac music on this thing and it’ll sound great. You won’t be running back to your iPod Touch anytime soon we can assure you of that.