UNBOXED: Reviewing the Activo CT10 Portable Hi-Res Music Player
I’m going to be perfectly honest with you. The last time I purchased—or even considered purchasing—a portable device whose sole purpose was to play music had to be more than a decade ago when I got my iPod Touch. And even that’s a bit of a stretch given the access the device had to the early days of the App Store. Since then, though, my main music experience on the road has been driven by the smartphone du jour.
That’s not to say I haven’t been intrigued by the portable media player market. Having attended plenty of hi-res audio shows over the last few years, I’ve been exposed to some pretty awesome tech designed to deliver studio-quality listening experiences that don’t involve being attached to some turntable or massive DAC. However, it’s been made painfully clear to me that manufacturers in the space understand who their target audience is—an older generation with much deeper pockets than my own—and they’ve seemingly had no interest in appealing to the next wave of audio enthusiasts.
Until now, perhaps.