MP3-players for audiobooks




How to choose an MP3-player for audiobooks

Nowadays audiobooks are very popular, as when you listen to them, you can do some work at the same time. For example, cook dinner, do some sports or clean the flat. Many people use their smartphones as payers, but it's not always convenient. A smartphone is big in size and continuous operation of its battery doesn't last long.

In modern and cheap MP3-players like Texet, Wexler, Ritmix and so on developers chase the creation of maximally versatile device. In such players there are many unnesessary functions, not related to playing audio files. For example, playing video, reading texts, playing games on a very little screen. As a result of such a modernization, suffers the reliability of the device and convenience of using and quality of sound reproduction.

It appeared, that it's not so easy to choose a good quality player for listening to audiobooks, as it seems.

In this material we'll try to show the most qualitative modern devices for listening to music and audiobooks. While listening to audiobooks there are some specific requirements. It's connected with such thing, as an audiobook often consists of several tens or even hundreds of files. And when there are several audiobooks in player's memory, it's necessary to put them into different folders. Manufacturers of audiobooks don't keep one format (for example, MP3), on the contrary, books can be of different formats. So, for audiobooks it's necessary to have in player:


MP3-players which are suitable for listening to audiobooks
Sandisk Sansa Clip+ 4GB, Clip+ 8GB Sandisk Sansa Sport 4GB, Sport 8GB Philips SA4VBE04, SA4VBE08 Philips SA5AZU04, SA5AZU08

Sandisk Sansa Clip+ and Sandisk Sansa Sport - two models which have a fantastic quality of sound, probably, the best in the lineup of players we speak about. Both these devices have a support of a big amount of formats of audio files. Sandisk Sansa Clip+ is smaller in size than Sandisk Sansa Sport, so smaller is the display and capacity of the battery. Sandisk Sansa Sport differs from the Sandisk Sansa Clip+ by the presence of a spring-loaded clips for attaching the player to clothing. The model Sport at last understands as audiobooks not only foreign Audible format (100% paid content which is not prevalent in Russia), but FLAC and MP3. So, Sandisk Sansa Sport, the only model of players we speak about in this review, the "Audiobooks" mode is not useless, but works as we need. The name of Audiobook is taken not from the folder, but from tags of audio files. There are no useless functions in the menu of these players, everything is laconic and clear - a player for music and audiobooks. In both models of the players there is a slot for a micro-SD card up to 32 Gb.

Philips SA4VBE08 (8Gb of internal memory) and Philips SA4VBE04 (4Gb of internal memory) is characterised by good quality of sound and reliable design. It's convenient to use, but it has some useless functions, like watching videos and playing audiobooks in format Audible. To play audiobooks or other tracks you've to use the point of menu "FILES". Tracks are played in accordance with the playlist, but if you have not created it, files are played in the order in which they were recorded in the player's memory (not in alphabetical order)

Philips SA5AZU08 (8Gb of internal memory) and Philips SA5AZU04 (4Gb of internal memory) - these players have bigger resource of the battery and size of the display, added the ability to play files over the Bluetooth on the headset or on the car radio.


MP3-players which are suitable for listening to audiobooks
Sony NWZ E383 4GB, E384 8GB Sony NWZ E583 4GB, E584 8GB Transcend MP870 8GB Transcend MP710 8GB

Sony NWZ E384 (8Gb of internal memory) and NWZ E383 (4Gb of internal memory) – players in metal case with a very good sound. As is in Philips' models, there is a function of playing video in the menu. There's no special point for audiobooks. You've to use points "Music" and "Folder". SONY players are not seen as a particular disk while connecting to the computer, but they're seen only in the conductor as a device of SONY, and that's not always convenient.

In MP3-players Sony NWZ E584 (8Gb of internal memory) and NWZ E583 (4Gb of internal memory) was increased the size of the screen and the resource of the battery. Of the supported formats was added FLAC (no mention in instructions, but was checked by users).

Transcend MP870 and MP710 both have 8 Gb of internal memory. Model MP870 is more interesting. There is a slot for a memory card, big number of supported formats, than MP710, but the last much longer continuous operation on a single charge is. In the menu of these players there are many useless functions, there's no point of menu for audiobooks. You've to use folder "Music" or "File management".


Table of parameters.

Brand Sandisk Philips Sony Trans­cend
Model Clip + Sport SA4VBE04 / SA4VBE08 SA5AZU04 / SA5AZU08 NWZ E383 / E384 NWZ E583 / E584 MP870 MP710
Size of internal memory, Gb 4 / 8 4 / 8 4 / 8 4 / 8 4 / 8 4 / 8 8 8
Slot for micro-SD card * to 32Gb to 32Gb         to 16Gb  
Display size, inches 1.00 1.44 1.77 2.20 1.77 2.00 2.40 2.00
Display resolution, pixels 320 x 240 128 x 128 128 x 160 320 x 240 128 x 160 320 x 240 320 x 240 320 x 240
Continious operation on a single charge, hours 15 25 20 35 30 77 22 42
Playing the format MP3                
Playing the format FLAC                
Playing the format AAC                
Playing the format OGG                
Playing the format PCM                
An ability to play a particular folder                
Playback from the stop point                
Support of playlists                
The presence of equalizer                
Signal / noise, db 89 89 84 84     90 90
User manual                                
Official site SANDISK.COM PHILIPS.RU SONY.RU TRANSCEND-INFO.COM

* - according to the the operating instructions, really - maybe more.







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