The 5 Best Devices for Audio Books – Readers & MP3 Players Review 2017

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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.

Cowon i9+

This 16 GB music player from Cowon is perfect for audio books for a number of reasons. First, it can play a variety of file formats, playing less common files like AVI and ASF along with familiar formats like WAV and WMA. The JetEffect 5 program that comes installed lets you customize your audio options to suit the specific demands of audio books, which are very different than those for most music. It also offers the all-important bookmarks feature. Users of past models will find retrieving the bookmarks works slightly differently than on previous models like the i7, but once you get used to the new controls you’ll find it’s easy to save your place and get straight back to it the next time you’re ready to listen.

AGPtEK 2017 A20

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 2017 A20, 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, Bluetooth compatibility has also been included in the mix.

Apart from being able to work up to 80 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 an updated one-key lock to keep you from accidentally losing your place and easy compatibility with your car’s stereo thanks to the AUX port. 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!

One response

  1. Thank you for giving me a clear understanding of players for audiobooks. I have been using CD’s ’til now. Think I will get a SanDisk.

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