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iAUDIO U5-08BS U5 8GB MP3 Player (Black and Silver)

by Cowon
23 customer reviews

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  • 1.8 inch TFT LCD display with 128x160 resolution and 65K colors
  • MP3, WMA, WAV Playback / FM Radio, Recording / Voice Recording
  • Long Contiunous Playback Time: Up to 24hours (Based on company test result. Play time may be shortened if TFT LCD is used often.)
  • Various EQ and Sound Effects (JetEffect)
  • Support Clock, Alarm, Scheduled Recording, Sleep Timer, Auto Power -Off
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Cowon
  • Model Number: U5-08BS
  • Color: black
  • Hardware Platform: Unix, Mac, PC

Product Description

Supports Windows Media DRM 10, MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) MP3, WMA, WAV Playback / FM Radio, Recording / Voice Recording Built-In Flash Memory 4GB, 8GB High-Speed USB 2.0 Interface 1.8 inch TFT LCD display with 128x160 resolution and 65K colors. Long Contiunous Playback Time: Up to 24hours (Based on company test result. Play time may be shortened if TFT LCD is used often.) Multilanguage support Enhanced music file browser Play/Pause during Playback, Record/Pause during Recording Next Track/Previous Track, Fast Forward/Fast Rewind, Infinite Loop Resume, Fade In, Auto Play feature support Search Speed, Skip Speed Setting Digital Volume Control :40 levels Various EQ and Sound Effects (JetEffect) - User adjustable 5-band EQ - Normal, Rock, Pop, Metal, Jazz, Classic, Vocal, User - BBE, Mach3Bass, MP Enhance, 3D Surround, Pan, EQ Filter Support Clock, Alarm, Scheduled Recording, Sleep Timer, Auto Power -Off Auto display off feature to save battery power and screen burnout Easy firmware download and upgrade Title Display with ID3Tag or File Name Support M3U Display Product Info (Firmware version, Total capacity, Total usage) USB Data Transfer Support for MAC OS (9.X, 10.X) and Linux (v2.2 and higher)

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 1.6 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, 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.
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  • ASIN: B00118Z2L2
  • Item model number: U5-08BS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 12, 2004

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Customer Reviews

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. C. K. on October 7, 2008
I've owned a Cowon D2 for awhile and thought I'd get a 'scroll/pad' version (rather than D2's touch screen)for 1 handed use while exercising or while driving;

the menu system and features are similar to the D2, but

it does not have the ability to bookmark (see corrections/updates below)
it cannot speed up play (I use this for audio books) if mp3 is recorded under 44Khz,
the control pad is really too small/thin to use without looking at it, they might want take a look at Sandisk's implementation,
non-expandable...no sd slot as in D2,
battery life ok, but only about 1/2 that of D2,
uses less common micro usb cable (D2 uses more common mini),
and,like the D2, it cannot recharge and play at the same time;

on the positive side,
the screen is big and bright,
very light and small, great for use while exercising/jogging,
sound is good,
drag and drop files and folders, no need for additional software,

I bought the u5 for it's speed up playback feature (as long as it's +44Khz) to listen to audio books, which it does well, but it's inability to do bookmarks is a major drawback;

features seem less well implemented and refined than either the D2 or the rockboxed Sansa that I own;

update:
1. there is a bookmark feature, accessed by by backing out the music directory and into the bookmark directory!
2. clarification...the 'scroll wheel' is just really a 4 directional pad, cannot be rotated in any manner;

further update/corrections:
I accidentally found that if one holds down the centre button while playing, (it usually is the play/pause button), an 'undocumented' menu pops up (this feature is not listed in the pdf manual I downloaded from their site): add to dpl/add to bookmark/delete; this makes it a much more useful player for me!

...am upgrading the player to 3.5 stars
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MiikeyB on May 19, 2008
This was my third iAudio player. It is very functional and ideal as an MP3 Player/Voice Recorder.

I have had problems with the sensitivity of the rw and ff buttons. The player often skips back when I'm trying to rewind, (press and hold vs click of the button). A recent firmware update seemed to help this situation slightly, but it is still an aggravating annoyance. This may even involve a warranty repair, but thusfar I've decided to live with it.

The sound is excellent, and there are a number of settings to allow a great deal of customization in that regard.

The voice recorder is also excellent. The storage capacity is unbelievable in that regard and the quality of recordings has been great. I'd highly recommend the player for students or others with a need for this function.

The glossy black finish gathers visible smudges and finger prints easily, but this is likely to be expected with such a finish.

The player is very similar in size to the 2nd Gen Ipod nano, and fits well in an armband for same.

I've rarely used the FM Radio function. When I have the signal was acceptable, and sound was excellent. I would need to get more use of this function to be able to relialably comment on same.

A lot of function for the money.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Burton Slotnick on November 12, 2008
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If you need a simple mp3 player for listening to music and books on tape, don't need to watch movies or jpeg pictures, this may be the unit for you. The interface is the best I've seen on iaudio players: simple, reliable, easy to use. The sound, as in all i audio units, is excellent and, for those of you who listen to albums (not `songs') iaudio is one of the few players that allow you to organize music and books the way you want and with the titles you want to give albums and tracks within albums. This feature frees you from annoying IP tags and will show folders organized and named just as you desire and as dragged from your PC to the Music folder of the U5. It is this feature that makes Cowon products the best choice for those who listen to classical music. Thus, you can have a folder for Opera, Chamber Music, Leider, Symphony, etc. and within which, separate folders for individual albums and, using the Folders option, display them as such. Of course, the unit has options for displaying the contents using IP tags, individual tracks, tracks by artist, etc.; the usual options found in most mp3 players. U5 also has the variety of options that now seem almost standard in mp3 players: equalization for various frequency bands, timer, clock, auto shut off, bass boost, vice recorder, record from FM, etc.
All of the music and BOT I load come from CDs and, so, can't address issues of loading/ripping from on-line sources. The ripping from CD software that comes packaged is easy to use and perfectly adequate. I also don't use `playlists' but that option is present on included software.

Pros: small and light, fits easily into a shirt pocket.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dan Hollands on April 17, 2009
I am very happy with this MP3 player. Good Sound quality and easy to use.
It comes with software that allow ripping of CDs and converting sound files to a format that can be used by the player. Files ripped from a CD by Windows Media Player are not compressed so that even though it may be a .WMA The software provided makes that conversion

The Player connects to computer via USB and files can be moved from the computer to the Player just as if it were another drive on the computer.

I am very happy with the device itself but gave it 4 because there is only the barest instructions that come with it. After considerable time spent experimenting I have the unit working and am very happy with it.
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