Best Digital Audio Player (DAP) Under $250

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Best Digital Audio Player (DAP) Under $250 - Headphone Charts

Looking for a great Digital Audio Player on a budget? Look no further than our Best DAPs under $250, from classic manufacturer's like FiiO, Sony, and Cowon! Though, if you have a very high impedance audiophile headphones, you may want to look at our Best DAPs Under $500 or our Best DAPs Under $1000!

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Hidizs AP100 Portable HiFi Audio Player

Hidizs AP100 Portable HiFi Audio Player

Headphone Charts Score (?) : 76

Though you may have never heard of the brand before, the Hidizs AP100 offers a great bang for your buck and a surprisingly high level of quality.
  • 2.4 inch LCD widescreen
  • Can handle files up to 24bit/192KHz
  • Comes with Hidizs EX-01 earphone
  • Contains Cirrus Logic CS8422 24/192 digital audio receiver
  • Plays WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG, AAC, APE, AIFF, ALAC and DSD

Hidizs AP100 - Amazon

# 4

XDUOO X10 Digital Music Player

XDUOO X10 Digital Music Player

Headphone Charts Score (?) : 81.2

Despite its small screen, and relatively few bells & whistles, the X10 has rock solid internal components and will make your headphones sound excellent.
  • Durable aluminum alloy shell
  • Roughly 9 hours of playback on a single charge
  • Supports DSD, WAV, ALAC AIFF, FLAC, APE and more
  • OPA1612 AMO chip provides low distortion and low noise
  • MUSES8920 amp offers broad stero field, and powerful bass

XDUOO X10 - Amazon

# 3

Cowon Plenue D High-Resolution Music Player

Cowon Plenue D High-Resolution Music Player

Headphone Charts Score (?) : 81.6

Perhaps the smallest DAP we have encountered, but don't let its diminutive size fool you, Cowon is known for their lush, rich sound profile and the Plenue D does not disappoint.
  • 100 hours of music playback
  • 24bit/192kHz high definition sound
  • 32GB Internal Memory plus microSD slot
  • Very compact, and fits easily into your pocket
  • Plays FLAC/WAV/AIFF/ALAC/APE/MP3/WMA/OGG

Cowon Plenue D - Amazon

# 2

Sony Walkman NW-A35 Digital Audio Player

Sony Walkman A-Series NW-A35 Digital Audio Player

Headphone Charts Score (?) : 84

From one of the largest Electronics producers on Earth, Sony offer the modern incarnation of their classic Walkman, providing superior sound quality and volume in an attractively designed and strongly built device.
  • Small and light for excellent portability
  • Features the full digital amplifier "S-Master HX"
  • Power up to roughly 3.5x the headphone output
  • Reduces ambient noise with digital noise canceling function
  • Also supports LDAC to enjoy wireless music playback for hi-res Bluetooth

Sony NW-A35 - Amazon

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FiiO X5 High-Resolution Music Player

FiiO X5 High-Resolution Music Player

Headphone Charts Score (?) : 84.8

The kings of well-priced, high quality DAPs are undoubtedly FiiO, who continue to improve on their older models. The X5-II is leaps and bounds better than its predecessor, and is currently our favorite DAP under $250.
  • Texas Instruments PCM1792A DAC
  • Makes use of two crystal oscillators
  • X5-II is 15% lighter and 12% smaller than 1st gen
  • Greatly increased dynamics when compared to the 1st gen X5
  • 192kHz/24bit DSD, WAV, FLAC, APE, WMA, ALAC, AIFF supported

FiiO X5 - Amazon

Best Digital Audio Player (DAP) Under $1000

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