The 5 Best Devices for Audio Books – Readers & MP3 Players Review 2016

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Audiobooks have become a bit of a trend these days, which is awesome. People are yearning for knowledge and any way that gets the proper stuff running towards your noggin is absolutely fine by us.

To enjoy an audiobook, you don’t really need that much. They don’t occupy a whole lot of virtual space and don’t require the latest audio breakthroughs, but knowing a few tricks and shortcuts can definitely be helpful.

So, we went through the vast array of available players on today’s market to bring you the best device for audio books. When all the factors, such as sound quality, value for money and size are taken into consideration, these are our 5 top picks.

Apple iPod Classic

If you’re looking for a device that will make your audio books come alive, you might want to consider getting an iPod. Essentially, if you’re an avid fan of audiobooks or if you are looking for a new device to use both for sonic books and music, you can’t go wrong with this classic Apple device.

Note that the device comes with a brand new set of genuine Apple Earpods (likely the best headphones for audio books), a sync cable and a charger cube. The sound quality of iPods is very well known, but in terms of audiobooks things are once again taken to a new level. You will get to really get into the given matter and you are far less likely to be distracted by any bystanders.

Additionally, if you’re a music fan as well, this baby has your back covered for just about any style from EDM to metal and from jazz to pop. Needless to say, the massive 160 GB storage is more than enough for many, many tomes. This should be on any list of the best devices for audio books.

Apple iPod Touch

If an iPod Classic is a tad too much for you, but you’d still like to stay in the high-end region, we highly recommend checking out the iPod Touch. With 32 GB of space, it still brings many top-quality features of the classic model, only tucked up in a bit more of a budget friendly package.

We’re talking about enough storage for 8,000 songs, 40,000 photos, or 40 hours of video here, which is quite a lot of space. The device works on a single lithium ion battery that can deliver 40 hours of audio playback, or seven hours of video playback in a single charge. Once the battery is out, the full recharging process takes only about four hours.

The device supports all the file types you might need, including AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV. The sound is loud and crystal clear, more that enough for a top-notch listening experience.

This product is available in sleek black or white color, and has a small weight of 3.5 ounces. This is easily one of the best audio book readers.

Sandisk Sansa

The Sansa from Sandisk fixes the issues that annoyed audiobook listeners from previous Sandisk models, like the Clip JAM’s tendency to shuffle audiobook tracks—an issue that will no longer affect you using the Sansa. It’s smaller than many music players, making it more portable and easier to clip to your clothes so you can listen while doing chores or working out. The sound quality is top notch, with exceptional clarity on speaking lines. The 8 GB of included memory is plenty for audiobook listeners, and the streamlined controls make it easy to use even for people with limited electronics experience. The perfect little MP3 player for the audiobook enthusiast.

Creative Zen media player

At only 2.1 ounces, the Zen is designed to be taken on the go so you can listen to your audio books while you’re working out without your player weighing you down. It gives you 25 hours of continuous audio playback and has an SD slot to expand the memory and load up your favorite books with ease. It also has features that are specifically useful for book listeners, like a bookmark function that lets keep track of where you left off when you’re done for the day. It can play files in a variety of formats and is easy to use in conjunction with popular audio book sites, like Audible and Overdrive, making it a convenient way to listen to a wide variety of titles.

AGPtEK 2015 4.0 8 GB

In the affordable section, we actually have a perfectly fine product, but only if your focusing on audio books and audio books alone. It’s called the AGPtEK 2015 4.0, and while it’s a mediocre music player, it nonetheless delivers a surprisingly high-quality sound when it comes to audio books.

Sure, the mentioned quality is lower than any of the items on this list, but it will still get the job done. It has 8 GB of storage space, and an included support for a 64 GB Micro SD Card. Surprisingly enough, the Bluetooth compatibility has also been included in the mix.

Apart from being able to work up to 50 hours from a single charge, the device supports a vast array of audio files, including MP3, WMA, OGG, APE, FLAC, WAV, AAC-LC, and ACELP.

Additional functions include a video display, an FM radio, a stopwatch, an E-book mode, an Alarm clock, and a calendar. The sound is quite alright and the price is a bonafide steal. If you’re on a budget, this just might be the best device for audio books.

One niggle:  newer models of the AGPtEK don’t seem to automatically bookmark when you turn off the device–i.e., it would reset to the beginning of whatever MP3 file you’re currently listening to.  To get around this problem, you can either 1) set a bookmark manually (easy to do) or 2) just stop the player, lock the player (hit left and up buttons at the same time), and leave the device on (it’ll last for days). 

“What should I look for in a listening device for audio books?”

If we are talking strictly about audio books, you will first and foremost need to make sure that you don’t buy more than you need. A basic player is more than enough, and if you’re looking to save a few bucks, always keep that in mind.

In the sonic department, you will want to look for devices that are not bass-driven. So if a seller tells you he has the perfect thing for fans of EDM or any other bass fueled music genre, you might want to skip that.

What you’re looking for are a clean treble section and a decent mid-range punch to make the voice stand out. Some basses are OK, but you definitely don’t want too much of them to make the sound muddy.

And that about wraps it up. Treat yourself with one of these best devices for audio books and enjoy your favorite audio fiction and nonfiction today!

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