Updated January 09, 2021 by Christopher Thomas

The 7 Best DSD Music Players

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in January of 2019. Digital audio has become quite a bit more complex in recent years, with a wide variety of file formats now beginning to enter the mainstream. One of these options is DSD, a high-resolution format that produces a unique signal and delivers a sweet, natural sound. You can enjoy these files by picking up one of these music players, many of which have Bluetooth capabilities and other features. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. FiiO M11

2. HiBy R3 Pro Saber

3. FiiO M9

Editor's Notes

January 07, 2021:

One thing to keep in mind is that DSD files are significantly larger than most other formats, so you'll want to make sure you have a big enough microSD card in order to avoid having to constantly reload parts of your collection. To that end, the FiiO M11PRO is among the few with dual microSD slots, although many users will be happy with the significantly less expensive FiiO M11. If you don't want to spend quite so much, we'd recommend the relatively unknown but still quality HiBy R3 Pro Saber, or the mid-range FiiO M9.

January 23, 2019:

Noted that the iRulu F20 does not include built-in memory storage, which helps it maintain its affordable price despite its high level of performance. Users who would prefer their device feature FM radio capabilities would be wise to consider the FiiO M7, which is a fairly simple yet highly practical option. Did some research on the Hifi Walker Sport, but reports of a small screen and clunky operation suggested a poor user experience.

4. FiiO M11PRO

5. Fiio M5

6. Astell&Kern A&norma SR25

7. Sony Walkman NW-A55


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on January 09, 2021 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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