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Cowon U3-4096BL iAudio U3 4GB MP3 Player with FM (Black)

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  • MP3 Player
  • color LCD
  • Picture viewer
  • movie player
  • FM/Voice/Line-In Recorder
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Technical Details
Brand NameiAudio
Item Weight7.2 ounces
Product Dimensions3 x 1 x 1 inches
Item model numberU3-4096BL
Number of Items1
  
Additional Information
ASINB000MVJ1P2
Shipping Weight7.2 ounces
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
Date First AvailableJune 12, 2004
  
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Portable MP3 Player

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I have the iAudio U3 2GB player.
D. Mitchell
The other thing I like about the iAudio U3 is that the sound quality is excellent -- better than the iPod.
The Chairman
So, let me say that this is overall the best player I've come across.
GDT

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By The Chairman on July 4, 2007
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Ok, I'm surprised to find that no one else has really reviewed this product. I bought this to compliment my 30GB video iPod; I wanted a player I could easily carry in my pocket -- that wasn't as big and heavy as the iPod.

The thing I like the most about the iAudio U3 is its size. All of the pictures that I've seen of this player were zoomed-in, and they made the U3 look bigger than it really is, but the player is tiny! The other thing I like about the iAudio U3 is that the sound quality is excellent -- better than the iPod. The lows have more punch and the highs are clearer. In addition, it has a high output of 30mW + 30mW. This means that it produces a powerful sound output.

The iAudio U3 is a UMS (USB Mass Storage) device. This means that it shows up as a drive when you connect it to your computer without drivers or any software. All you have to do is to drag and drop your music to the drive. Very easy.

I didn't put much stock into the color video screen, because I just can't imagine watching anything on such a tiny screen! The iAudio U3 has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It doesn't come with a charger, but you can charge it by connecting it to a USB port on a computer. Alternatively, you can buy the charger on Amazon.

Did I mention that it's also a decent FM radio and voice recorder? It also support direct encoding (line-in). You can receive the direct input from other audio devices. It's amazing how much they were able to cram into such a small form factor. Over all, I highly recommend this player.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By GDT on August 31, 2007
I've had a succession of digital players from various mfg's (Iriver, Apple, Sandisk, Intel) and thus have the benefit of perspective. So, let me say that this is overall the best player I've come across.

- Sound is excellent.
- Configurability is as good as any unit that I've used.
- User interface is sensible and easy to acclimate to.
- Excellent build quality.
- Surprisingly useful little powerhouse of a display.
- Really good utilities (Jetshell, Jetaudio) that come w/ the package.

I'm still trying to figure out how Cowon does it. Keeping in mind that mp3 and wma are lossy encoding formats, one tends to forgive the fact that the sound of most portable players is "not quite CD" quality. From now on I'll hold them all accountableto a CD quality standard...if Cowon can do it, the rest can as well. The sound is crisp, detailed, accurate and consistent across the wealth of formats (both lossless and lossy) that the device supports.

Of course, "the best yet" doesn't necessarily mean "perfect". Here are my gripes:
- Cowon is pushing it a bit by touting the "movie player" capability. The screen, though crisp and bright, is too small for my 40-something eyes to make much video use of.
- The status display during playback shows a lot of info...perhaps too much for the (again) small screen to comfortably accommodate.
- The player is rated at 30mw per channel, which is twice the output of most other current-gen players. But the sound levels are not commensurately higher. This is especially important if you intend to plug to the auxiliary jack in your car. Most mp3's can't accommodate a healthy volume level when plugged in to normal car stereo.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pandoya on January 6, 2008
I've been in search of a perfect MP3 player for audiobooks. I started with Cowon U2, great but lost it, bought Philips GoGear whose bookmark function only worked for music, not audiobooks so I had to start from scratch each time - gave it away, and Creative Zen V+, under the impression that was one of a few in the market whose bookmark function worked for audiobooks. The last product, Zen V+'s bookmark worked only 10% of what I had hoped for. Once you store in bookmark, it will lose tracks, which means if you put a bookmark in the middle of track 11 out of 40 tracks and start listening to where you left off, it will not continue to track 12 after track 11 completes. I thought I could live with this limitation, but as a former Cowon U2 owner with which I had no bookmark problems, I couldn't help but try Cowon U3 and finally, it worked! I can bookmark anywhere anytime without losing tracks. I don't know why other products cannot provide such technology when Cowon could. If you use your MP3 player for music only, aforementioned problems might not get in your way, but if you are an audiobook listener, just go for Cowon U series and your agony will end then.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wanderley Fonseca on January 23, 2008
The U3 is not only the best player for the dollar, it is the best player out. iPod fans, you are all oblivious and ignorant. I'm sorry to say it, but you all knew what the iPod was before you knew what a mp3 player was and even afterwards you still didn't realize that the iPod is a mp3 player...just a stript down, simplistic, Any player is better than an iPod other than the cheap mp3 players found in convenient stores like walgreens or cvs.

Pros - There are too many for me to go over, and everyone already mentioned most of the obvious, so I'll just name the greatest reasons and unmentioned/overlooked reasons that set this apart from the others.

-Sound Quality
--the 60Mw of power plus the jetaudio bass, equalizer, bbe, etc...makes the music/audio sound the better than other players. You can really put the volume up high and it will be clear with the right settings. Far louder than some other players.

-Flash Drive/USB/Direct File Transfer/text reader
--no hassles. throw mp3s right on it fast, without any stupid programs like some others require like itunes(tss, i get so angry about the sleazy marketing/business tactics they the other get away with). again, plug it into the computer, and drag and drop. then you can disconnect it and start listening to the muany computer files, like your excel sheets, word documents, txt files, programs, movies, anything from computer to computer. Make sure to get an extra keychain usb adapter!

-Controls
--The little joystick on this thing is great. You can be running, lifting at the gym, laying down...and be able to change the track, volume, and pause, without taking the player out of your pocket.

-The voice recorder
--AWESOME. for all the reasons a voice recorder is. easy to use.
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