A short intro to the Best MP3 Players
MP3 players are not as popular as they were a decade ago. There is no doubt about that. But do you know what else is undebatable? The MP3 players available in the market today offer the best features we’ve ever seen in an MP3 player. It doesn’t matter whether you already have a 32GB+ smartphone or not but having an MP3 as your primary or even a secondary entertainment gadget can come in very handy. The fact that smartphones are getting bigger with every passing day doesn’t help either. How so? Say for instance you’re going out for a jog or intensive workouts, would you rather carry a compact $40 3.74 ounces MP3 player or the $800 5.82 ounces Huawei P30? What if something went wrong and the gadget falls off; which of the two would you rather break? You get where I’m coming from, right?
An MP3 player could also be very useful if you are trying to get away from all the annoying business notifications hitting your smartphone. With one of these incredible devices, you can get the full music experience without the annoying distractions. What’s more, an MP3 player can help you save your battery and internal storage especially if you are going on a long trip and you don’t plan to stay starring at other people and around you like a weirdo.
Therefore, MP3s are still relevant in so many ways, and that’s why there’s a lot of them in the market. In this review, we are going to highlight the best MP3 players in respect to build and sound quality, storage capacity, battery life, portability, files supported, and many other factors.
What’s the Best MP3 Player?
The Soulcker D16 16GB Lossless MP3 Player has to be the best MP3 player in the market. This versatile player utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 delivering consistent transmission making sure that nothing is standing in the way of you and your music. It is also a highly compact device and very lightweight, and hence it’s ideal for an active lifestyle where you want to have your music on the go from a gadget that is not weighing you down. The best part? The player pumps high-res music with mind-blowing clarity, noise reduction and an amazing equalizer allowing you to personalize it into your liking.
Here is a detailed review of the player and some of the other remarkable alternatives:
Soulcker D16 16GB Lossless MP3 Player
The Soulcker D16 is not your ordinary MP3 player, and that’s because it employs advanced technology to ensure that you are getting the best value for your money. Other than being a music player, it also has a built-in FM radio (must plug in earphones to use the radio), it also supports picture browsing, voice recording, and file browser. What captured my attention the most is the fact that it supports txt format, which essentially means that you can also utilize the player to read e-books. It is, however, not compatible with audiobooks and iTunes.
For all fitness enthusiasts, the Soulcker D16 is also packed with a Pedometer function. This can measure steps taken and distance covered. Even though it is not as comprehensive and effective as the best fitness trackers, it still does a decent job and can be used to complement a tracker.
The Soulcker D16 produces high fidelity sounds that we found very impressive. It can play different music genres with utmost clarity, and the presence of an equalizer is a huge plus as it allows you to edit the output depending on music genres i.e., hip hop, Funk, Rock, Techno, Jazz, Classical and Custom EQ. This pretty much covers everyone’s music taste.
You can play all the popular audio formats with this MP3 player. FLAC, MP3, WMA, AAC, APE and WAV files should all play in this player without any loss of quality.
The Soulcker D16 features a 2.4” LCD screen from which you can read your e-books and preview pictures. Below the screen are seven buttons giving you access to the basic functions of the player. You can also light up the buttons from the settings to make them visible even in the dark. There is also a keyboard lock function that will prevent accidental pressing of buttons. To lock or unlock the keyboard, you need to long-press the menu button.
- Dimensions 4.17” by 1.96” by 0.35”
- Weight: 3.68 ounces
- Built-in speaker
- 55-hours battery life. It takes 2 hours to charge the player
- 16 GB internal memory with a 128GB Micro SD HC card slot
- Pedometer and stopwatch support
- Supports OTG (on-the-go) function
- Compatible with Bluetooth headphones or speakers
- A-B repeat
BERENNIS MP3 Player with Bluetooth
The BERENNIS MP3 player is yet another incredible MP3 player retailing at a very affordable price. It’s very easy to assume that since it is cheap that it also poor in build and sound quality, but that would be very wrong. The player comes with a digital audio signal processor, audio decoding IC, and dual DAC decoding. This produces rich sounds full of details making sure that nothing is taken away from your experience.
Through Bluetooth 4.2, the player offers consistent transmission for the stable performance without any loss in sound quality. We must also mention that Bluetooth 4.2 helps to keep power consumption on the low giving you longer battery life. Even then, the 30-hours battery life of this player is no match to that of the Soulcker D16, but it’s still good enough.
The BERENNIS MP3 player comes with 16GB internal memory and supports up to 128GB of TF card. It can play different audio formats ranging from MP3, APE, WAV, FLAC, OGG, and many others. It’s also packed with an equalizer with preset Pop, Rock, Jazz, Electronic, Classic and Custom EQ.
With the built-in speaker, you will never require your headphones to enjoy your music or listen to podcasts. However, the speaker quality is not really the best, and hence you are better off just using your Bluetooth earbuds or headphones.
Other than being an impeccable MP3 player, this device from BERENNIS also offers FM radio, video play, photo browsing, clock, file transfers, and e-books but for TXT format only. It’s also fitted with seven touch-sensitive buttons. Just tap lightly on the buttons to navigate through the various functions of the player. Just like our top picks, this player also comes with a one-key lock screen allowing you to enjoy your music without mistakenly pressing any of the sensitive buttons.
- Dimensions: 3.5” by 1.5” by 0.3”
- Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Hi-Fi Lossless Sound
- Over 110dB SNR
- 30-hours battery life. It takes 2.5 hours to charge fully
SanDisk 8GB Clip Jam MP3 Player
If you are less obsessed with screen size but more into portability, then this SanDisk MP3 player is your best pick. It is very simple, compact, and lightweight, yet it still packs remarkable performance. It even allows you to import songs from the iTunes library in their original format thanks to the AAC file compatibility. Speaking of formats, it can play almost any audio format in existence. This includes MP3, WAV, Audible DRM only WMA, and many others.
The SanDisk 8GB MP3 player also performs really well when it comes to sound quality. We tested the player with different music genres, and it did okay for the most part.
Being such a small player, there was always going to be compromises and other than the screen size, battery life was the other factor that was affected. The battery here can only last you 18 hours. Although it is not as much as the other two MP3 players on this list, it’s still not a big deal-breaker.
The SanDisk 8GB Clip Jam MP3 Player has a built-in FM radio. It’s also a plug and play since it is shipped with earphone, but their quality is not very compelling.
- Dimensions: 0.63” by 1.6” by 2.6”
- Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Available in various vibrant colors
- Micro-SD slot