Top rated mp3 players in 2014
The MP3 player has evolved from a simple portable gadget that allows a person to play compressed digital music anytime and anywhere to a sophisticated device that allows for the richness and the retention of the original studio recording of certain songs via various forms of lossless audio to be listened. Sure, many casual listeners forgo MP3 players for their smartphones that can perfectly play MP3 files just fine, but for the most dedicated of listeners who want an uninterrupted and true-to-the-original listening experience, the MP3 player market still exists and caters to this demographic.
The iPod is the most popular MP3 player to date – it even earns the top spot as the best mp3 player 2014. One should not wonder why – it kick-started the entire MP3 player revolution. However, the prices and other restrictions actually turn some users away from the iPod family. Fortunately, there is a crop of the best mp3 players 2014 that may not be as sought-after as the iPod yet still deliver the same sound quality, convenience, and bang for the buck.
After looking through many articles related to the best MP3 player 2014, product specialists advise consumers to look for the following features:
- a built-in FM radio
- a capacity of at least 4 GB and at most 16 GB
- voice recording capabilities
- USB ports for file transfer and charging
- accommodation of many digital music formats other than MP3
Many players available on the market actually have these features, and thus it is up to the buyer to select one which best fits his or her needs and lifestyle based on reading several mp3 player reviews 2014.
What products we recommend – Comparison Table
Capacity & Battery Life
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|Sony Walkman NWZE383 MP3 Video Player||8 GB|
|SanDisk Clip+ mp3 Player||8 GB|
|Sony Walkman NWZW273 Waterproof Sports MP3 Player||4 GB|
|Kubik Evo MP3 Player||8 GB|
|RCA MP3 Player||4 GB|
|Riptunes MP1874B MP3 Player||4 GB|
Long before the iPod, Sony revolutionized portable music listening with the Walkman. The Sony Walkman NWZE383 MP3 Video Player nicely continues the Japanese giant’s legacy of providing portable music right into the digital age. Regardless of the capacity – which can come in 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB – one will have a good time listening to music, playing videos, or viewing photos, thanks to the TFT display. The display also enhances the way one listens to the built-in FM radio. It has a dependable lithium ion battery that can last up to 30 hours on a full charge. Supported digital music file formats include MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV (L-PCM). Customers generally have a favorable opinion of the NWZE383 because of its durability, the ability of the battery to retain power even after long idle periods, the ability to search for songs based on parameters such as the artist or album, ease of use, and drag-and-drop file transfer. Users generally have the following nitpicks with the NWZE383: complicated controls for shutting off and accessing the library and a somewhat weak bass. The weak bass makes the player unsatisfactory to hear with bass-heavy headphones. Nonetheless, this is generally regarded as the best mp3 player 2014.
SanDisk is better known for memory cards and USB flash drives, but it also has its own contribution to the MP3 player market in the form of the Sansa Clip+ MP3 Player. It comes in 4 GB and 8 GB capacities and is decked in 7 colors: black, blue, red, purple, white, lime, and teal. The headlining feature of the Clip+ is its microSD card slot which can accommodate any microSD card of up to 32 GB. And as indicated by the name, the player has a built-in clip for easy carrying. It also has a built-in FM radio and voice recorder, and the built-in battery lasts for 15 hours on a full charge. File formats supported by the Clip+ include MP3, WMA, Audible audiobooks, OGG Vorbis, and the lossless FLAC. FLAC files usually have greater sizes due to the retention of all audio data, and thus the expanded memory is a great boon. The OLED screen makes file navigation readable. Customers have a fondness for the Clip+ for its value for money – it has the Replay Gain function found in major music playing applications such as Winamp and Foobar2000 that normalizes the volume across all songs, the navigation can be done even without looking at the screen, and the clip is secure enough for users who are literally on the go. One major downside is rapid battery drainage that some users experienced. Next to the venerable Walkman models, the Clip+ is one of the best MP3 players 2014.
For those who want to listen to motivational music while jogging along a road under the hot and sweaty weather, the Sony Walkman NWZW273 4 GB Waterproof Sports MP3 Player is for them. The lack of a screen may be a letdown for some due to the cordless, wearable nature of the NWZW273 itself, but the player compensates for that deficiency by making its controls very easy to manipulate with just a few taps of the ear buds. The player can endure all sorts of wetness of up to 2 meters in depth; just don’t use the device in saltwater as it is highly susceptible to corrosion. In terms of battery life, the NWZW273 can go eight hours on a full charge, and it can go for 60 minutes on just a quick 3-minute charge. Customers like the snug and secure fit that enables them to listen to music while engaging in light sports and other physical activities without the risk of the player falling off, coupled with the swappable ear buds for all sizes of ears. They also like the drag-and-drop file transfer that is also found on other Sony Walkman models. One issue customers found with the NWZW273 in MP3 player reviews 2014 is the mandatory use of the provided charger, which unfortunately does not use the established USB standard.
People who want a digital music player that resembles the iPod but without the outrageous price can opt for the Kubik Evo 8 GB MP3 Player. Like the Sansa Clip+, this nifty little gadget offers expandable memory of up to 32 GB via the microSD card slot. It also has FM radio and voice recording capabilities. Those who want their players to be absolutely perfect in dispensing crystal-clear sound will delight in the Evo’s Microsoft PlayFX Sound Enhancement that enhances the way MP3, WMA, and FLAC files are played. The 1.8-inch LCD display makes the Evo a prime candidate to play AVI video files. Other file accommodations include e-books and photos. As for the battery, the Evo can go for 20 hours on a single full charge. Customers like the Evo’s competitive price for its wealth of features, ease of navigation (which includes creation of new folders without plugging the thing in the PC), sleep timer, and the colorful and readable display. However, some customers did not like the complicated directory navigation, and others were understandably aghast when their Evos suddenly froze up on them.
The RCA 4 GB MP3 Player with Flipout USB and Display is for people who want to disguise their MP3 players as ordinary nondescript USB flash drives. To plug this thing, one just has to flip the USB jack out, eliminating the need for easily-lost caps. Its capacity is 4 GB, and its controls are simple arrows that should be easy to understand even for first-time MP3 player owners. Unlike the other MP3 players in this series of reviews, RCA’s player requires one AAA battery to operate. Since there are rechargeable AAA batteries, one can enjoy 30 hours on a single full charge of the battery itself. Customers like the fact that they can always bring spare batteries in case the MP3 player runs out of juice. Furthermore, due to the nature of the USB jack, file transferring is a snap. Some setbacks with RCA’s Flipout player include the lack of a fast reverse or fast forward function, the archaic-looking display, the “random” shuffling that is not always random in every play session, and the lack of integration with playlist files.
Another great alternative to the iPod in terms of basic looks is the Riptunes MP1874B 4 GB MP3 Player. It comes in blue and red, has a built-in FM radio and voice recorder, accommodates popular audio formats as well as JPEG pictures and AMV (a modified AVI) videos and e-books, has 7 equalizer options, and has multiple language support. In terms of battery life, the MP1874B boasts 5 hours on a full charge. Customers think of the MP1874B as an okay player, with the upsides being the colorful display, intuitive controls, and general bang for the buck. Some, however, did not like the provided earphones, but that can be easily remedied by replacing those buds with much more sophisticated headphones. Other complaints include incompatibility with iTunes, a somewhat shoddy build, and the cruddy font used for the display.
Listeners who want to get up close and personal with their music in terms of visuals can look to the Sylvania SMPK7634 4 GB MP3 Player. It looks like an iPhone at first glance, and some of the features of the iPhone are in the SMPK7634: a full-color TFT LCD touchscreen, video playback capabilities, voice recording capabilities, a microSD card slot which will add up to 32 GB worth of songs, and accommodation of major audio, video, and image formats. With regard to battery life, this player can last five hours on a single full charge. Customers generally find the Sylvania to be an average player. The upsides include accommodation of high-quality video formats, the ease of use of the bundled software, and a generally great-sounding audio output. Downsides include the flimsy touchscreen (especially for those who did not properly calibrate the player the moment they switched it on for the first time), slow charging speed, the restrictive artist-based song arrangement, a not-so-random random play mode, and slow and annoying controls.