Super light, cheap, lossless MP3 player that drives good headphones


An audiophile pal gifted me this $22 AGPTek A02 MP3 player. It reminds me of a shrunken down version of the early Click-wheel iPods, but with higher quality audio.

The battery seems to go forever. I’ve been testing these with everything from Skull Candy, Westone, Sennheiser, and some dirt cheap $15 headphones. They do a great job of driving any and all IEMs, and a fine job of driving an old pair of Sennheiser HD-680s. The sound quality is great when compared to the iPhone 6 or the water-proofed iPod Shuffle I usually use.

The device supports MP3, WMA, FLAC, Ape and some other file formats. There is 8GB of on-board storage, and the unit’ll take a 64GB microSD card. Same ones I use in my GoPros, so there are plenty around.

The UI is simple, and direct. The buttons work. The unit is super light. The screen is tiny, but this is a single use audio player and you won’t be reading the news on it.

I checked and the forums at HeadFi don’t hate it, they have a super long discussion around this device and its brethren. Even if you spend an extra $3 to get the black cased version, I don’t see how you can go too far wrong.

[2016 New UI] AGPtEK A02 8GB 70 Hours Playback MP3 Lossless Sound Music Player (Supports Up To 64GB), Blue via Amazon

AGPtEK [2016 NEW UI] A02 8GB & 70 Hours Playback MP3 Lossless Sound Music Player (Supports up to 64GB), Black via Amazon

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