Onkyo

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The Onkyo DP-X1 is a solid contender for being the best MP3 player priced below $1,000. In addition to packing dual headphone amps and DACs, the device is also a connectivity powerhouse with two audio jacks (2.5 and 3.5 millimeters), as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The Onkyo DP-X1 runs Android, so users can also install their favorite apps, and stay on top of their email and social networking profiles while rocking out.

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Apple

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Apple’s latest iPod touch is easily the most entertaining MP3 player available on the market. Sporting the same processor as the iPhone 6, a 4-inch Retina display, an 8MP camera, and iOS, the device will not only play music and video, but also give users access to the same apps and games available for the iPhone and iPad.