This has got to be the only MP3 player that can make an iPod look pedestrian. Solid build quality, a fashionable display-less design and A8 headphones that look as bonkers – and desirable – as the player.

On a practical level though, this is perhaps not the best choice. The software is a nightmare and the controls seem to work against you. But by MP3 standards it sounds excellent – weighty and distinct – and it’s just so nice and shiny in your hand.

A 512MB SD card is spacious enough but the armband for use while exercising could be a bridge too far. Then again, let your heart win out on this one – leave your head to listen to the playback.

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B&O Beosound 2 review

Let your heart rule your head – this looks and sounds the business