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iAudio X5 60 GB Multimedia Player Black

by Cowon
3 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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  • 60 GB portable multimedia player with bright color screen
  • Compatible with MP3, WMA, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, and MPEG-4 media
  • Onboard sound processing includes BBE Sound enhancement, BBE Mach3Bass
  • FM radio receiver with station presets; radio and voice recording, line-in recording
  • Internal battery provides up to 14 hours continuous playback
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Cowon
  • Model Number: X5-60BL
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 60 GB
  • Supported Standards: MP3
  • Hardware Platform: PC
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Product Description

iAUDIO is an original super-compact, portable digital audio/visual device that supports playback of various multi-media audio/visual files including MP3 files and MPEG4 video, features FM radio listening/recording, recording through a built-in microphone or line-in input terminals, and text and image viewer OTG (USB host feature). You can import photos taken from a digital camera to iAUDIO, and view them from iAUDIO using the USB Host feature of iAUDIO X5 (Certain digital cameras are not supported). You can view both text and image files and can view text files while listening to music. Listen to FM radio and record it by pressing a button, instantly. Play them back on iAUDIO, or save to your computer. Also has a preset feature which allows you to save your preferred radio stations as channel numbers.iAUDIO is automatically recognized as a removable disk when you connect it to your PC via the USB cable for portable data storage use. Scan through your music folder while listening. X5's intelligent control is designed for your convenience. Command-oriented navigation window and popup-type menu window make organizing simple! X5 allows you to spend less time in hassle and more time in enjoying your favorite music. Software - JetShell (File transfer, MP3/WMA/WAV/AUDIO CD PLAY, MP3 ENCODING)/JetAudio (Integrated multimedia player software, music/video conversion feature Battery - Built-in Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery (Up tp 14 Hours Continuous Playback) Charging Time - Approximately 6 hours when using the AC power adaptor Use Mac or Linux? No problem!! iAUDIO X5 is available to be used on Mac or Linux OS Size (excluding the LCD) 4.08 X 2.39 X 0.72 inches (103.7 X 60.8 X 18.3 mm) / Weighs 5.11 oz (145g) including built-in rechargeable battery

Product Information

Product Dimensions 10.9 x 7.8 x 3.5 inches
Item Weight 1.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds
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 B000BKPK90
Item model number X5-60BL
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3 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #543,368 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#6,128 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 Players & Accessories > MP3 Players
Date first available at Amazon.com June 12, 2004

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Have you heard about COWON JetAudio before? May be, but not me. I spent about six month researching different players before I came across this player on Amazon.com. After reading all these exciting reviews and being backed by the Amazon 30 day satisfaction guarantee I decided to pull the trigger. My main criteria for it was the sound quality and capacity. I could care less about it's photo and video abilities. As I start listen to it sound quality totally exceeded my expectations after all those disappointing in store tests for... well let's not name the names.

A hefty 60 gig should satisfy my needs for long time to go. This unit has a bright 160 x 128-pixel, 1.8" TFT LCD screen and you can set a custom wall paper on it. It displays all necessary info about your file such as bit rate, EQ setting, volume, play mode, file format, sound settings and more.

Let me start from highlights:

1. Great, great sound quality, with or without all those sound enhancement features such as bass compensation, MP3 enhancement, surround sound and more.

2. AM/FM radio listen/record, voice recording with built in mike - a big plus.

3. This unit has a USB host mode. It means you can connect multiple USB devices such as digital cameras, card readers, or MP3 players and exchange files without PC! For me it's a huge plus. Being photo enthusiast, now I do not have to buy more flash cards. All I do is connecting my CF reader to this baby and upload files to iAudio's HD, and vola, my card is ready for another set of shots. No need to carry a laptop anymore.

4. Plug and play device. As soon as you plug it in to your PC it sees it as just regular hard drive. Just drag and drop your music, photo, text and etc.
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Before I decided which MP3 player to get, I made a list of features I wanted. Namely, I wanted :

1) Good size

2) Durability

3) The ability to use a regular file system transfer to add music to it. I didn't want to have to use some special software (like Windows Media Player, iTunes, Creative Explorer, whatever) just to put my music on it.

4) Good battery life

5) Highest-quality sound

6) Support for OGG and other file formats

When I first started looking for a player, I thought I would have to give up a couple of these wishes. I continued to think this until I discovered the X5. It met every one of my wishes, and it has a great user interface.

Wish #3 above was probably the biggest. I think it's just plain ridiculous that any player would require some sort of special software to put playable music on a player when it already detects as writeable hard drive. To each their own, I guess. On the X5, all one has to do it drag a file, folder, or entire directory structure onto the player. Then, when the player is disconnected from the computer and turned on, it looks through the new songs and they're ready to go.

My own battery life test showed about 10 hours of use. This was with the volume set at 40-- the highest volume, far more than enough to cause hearing damage. I'll probably try it again at a reasonable volume-- 15 or 16.

There are only two downsides. First, the included headphones are horrible. Don't bother. Second, the screen protectors that come with it are pretty bad. They're quite difficult to apply without getting a bunch of bubbles. I still haven't managed to do that. I just took a Palm screen protector and cut it down to size.

Overall, this player deserves serious consideration. I have found it to be better than any other I reviewed, and is the one I ended up getting.
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IAudio x5

Pros: GREAT sound, good battery life, DURABLE, FEATURES... voice record, line in, radio, usb host

Cons: cannot charge and listen at the same time via usb, no picture viewing with music

I began in the world as an innocent ipod person. I wanted something that I could play ALL my music on, watch the occasional video, and sometimes look at pictures. Ipods did that, even somewhat well. But then there was iTunes. Needless to say, we didn't get along; I wanted to control my own music collection, not do what iTunes deemed was necessary. So I sold the ipod. When I first saw the iAudio, I was very skeptical. A foreign brand (to me) with what seemed to be an ipod rip-off. However, after I looked around, I realized that the x5 is actually a predecessor to the ipod video! I then tried to decide between the iAudio and the creative zen. It boiled down to size (60g vs 30g) and features. Size definitely won in the iAudio's favor, but I still wasn't sure as to the actual functionality of it. Either way, I took the chance and bought it. It was MUCH cheaper than I paid for the ipod 60gb video ($420ish versus the $360ish for the iAudio). I really wasn't expecting much. But then I got it, and all I can say is WOW!

First and foremost is the sound quality. I truly thought nothing could beat the ipod, even though I didn't like it. This DEFINTAELY does, though; great equalizer functions plus a customizable mode which is fantastic. Also, a separate bass booster (10 leveled, I might add) is very handy. It sounds superb, it honestly does.

Next, functionality. Granted, the click-wheel on the ipod is fun to play with. However, once you get the hang of the joystick on the iAudio, I don't think you'll ever go back. I won't, anyway.
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