HiFiMAN Express HM-601Price: $249

Website: www.head-direct.com

Vade said: Overall, the HiFiMAN HM-601 has definite pluses that will need to be weighed carefully to determine whether it’s the right audiophile-quality portable player for you.

Read the SoundStage! Xperience review.

The gist: Pretty good portable player but then there's the iPod to consider.