- Brand Name: Cowon
- Model Number: X5-60BL
- Digital Storage Capacity: 60 GB
- Supported Standards: MP3
- Hardware Platform: PC
iAudio X5 60 GB Multimedia Player Black
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
1) Good size
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had my 20 GB iaudio x5 for... 2.5 years? That seems right. It's a tank. I have an active, perilous and sometimes boring (hence the need for tunes) job (free-range doggie... Read morePublished on June 6, 2008 by S. Furney
I haven't used the photo/video features, but it works fine as far as playing mp3s, recording audio, and tuning fm radio. Read morePublished on December 24, 2007 by downtown dave
Cool device does what I want it to do,but could have higher resolution on the screen.Great music player storage device,good battery life,4 years and still going.Published on May 22, 2007 by buyer01
This is an excellent audio player! It plays most every type of compressed audio file, but is one of the few that includes support for lossless FLAC files. Read morePublished on May 18, 2007 by Michael J. Mcmahon Jr.
i've owned several mp3 players previously including 60gb ipod. i was disappointed in all of them. most of them died shortly after the warranty expired, maybe they were made to be... Read morePublished on May 9, 2007 by Ho Beom Kim
I thought I had a lot of media, so I went for the 60GB. After "filling" it up, I had only used about 4 GB, so I had to get some more stuff to put on it (podcasts, DVD's, etc.). Read morePublished on April 26, 2007 by Charles E. Garrett Jr.
1. The port for connecting to a PC became loose and unreliable, frequently disconnecting while I was trying to transfer music.
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Researched, bought it, rockboxed it, love it. Great sound, battery life is consistently 14hours which is a lot more than I can say for the i-pods i've had.Published on April 3, 2007 by Matt
Cowon's iAudio X5 is heir to the iRiver player - a high-end, get-out-and-push type of player for people who are fussy about their music, and who don't mind managing it closely. Read morePublished on March 26, 2007 by Evan Stein