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5.0 out of 5 stars Only for those who actually like music :), January 16, 2011
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This review is from: COWON X7 160 GB MP3 Player (Black) (Electronics)
The x7 is the third Cowon player I have owned, and the third review I've done for a Cowon product.
First was the 20gb X5, second was the 16gb iAudio 7.

The X7 was delivered to me yesterday (January 15th, 2011).
First chance I got, I attached it to my computer and transferred 50 gb of Ogg Vorbis files to the device.
A small part of my collection, but enough to "get me going".

As a long time fan of Cowon products, I have mostly pros concerning the X7, but a couple of cons.
We'll start with the Cons, so that I can end on the Pros, as I believe this device deserves a review that starts and ends positive.

I cannot compare the included earbuds, as I personally HATE earbud headphones.
Unfortunately, every pair of earbuds I have ever tried were extremely uncomfortable, no matter the manufacturer.
Instead, I immediately connected a pair of Bose Quiet Comfort 3 'over the ear' headphones.

Cons :
1) Maybe I've lost my mind, but I couldn't find the 'shuffle' option. Did I miss it?
2) Transfer speed was not great, but not terrible. USB 2.0 is slow, no matter the device.
However, in the process of copying 50gb of Ogg Vorbis files to the player, my WinBox averaged only ~10 Mb/sec transfer.
Cowon's X5 was an HD based player as well, and I usually averaged ~16-17 Mb/sec transfer with that player on a Winblows Machine.

Pros :
1) Both Flash & HD drive storage. Even though the Flash drive is only 2gb, I find it to be a benefit. It uses less electricity, so you'll
need to charge the device less often.
2) JetEffect SPLENDOR. I became very familiar with JetEffect on the x5 and the iAudio 7. The x7 brings JetEffect to a whole new level.
3) The touch screen is nice. I did find it to be responsive, and extremely easy to navigate.
4) OS and Software Independent. No software needed to copy music to (and from) the device. Copy & Paste, no re-conversion necessary.
5) Multiple Music format support - OGG, FLAC, MP3, WMA. (I can understand Mp3, but why WMA? Who in their right mind uses it?)
6) Support for highest quality OGG, FLAC, and MP3 encoding. I always encode at highest quality.
7) Can also be used as an external storage device for files besides music. Perfect for SneakerNetting.

Being an avid fan of Cowon products, I could go on and on about the Pros of Cowons' products.

I would recommend this product any music fans who like their music to sound great.
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Initial post: Jan 17, 2011 2:45:34 PM PST
To shuffle:
On the... I guess I'll call it the 'now playing screen'
You see at the bottom- pause, prev, next, open, and then a little grey arrow?
Press the grey arrow. Press mode. A menu should come up with repeat, shuffle, boundary (to play all songs, 1 song, songs in the folder), speed, and pitch correction.
I hope that helps if you haven't found it already.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 11:04:33 PM PST
[Deleted by the author on Jan 18, 2011 11:13:39 PM PST]

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2011 11:50:18 PM PST
Safari Hood says:
JipsiPocahontas - I did see the the little grey arrow on the 'now playing screen'.
Thank you for pointing that out. Much appreciated.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 9:40:59 AM PST
Rich says:
Who uses WMA...anyone whose ripped all of their cd collection

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2011 3:04:31 AM PST
Safari Hood says:
You and I both have ripped our CD collection, and we're definitely not the only ones.
I happened to choose Ogg Vorbis, but that's me. I would have used MP3 before WMA.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2011 9:19:06 PM PST
Murdoch says:
WMA offers lossless. Beats 320 MP3 in terms of sound quality hands down. Listening through Grado 225 among other "good" headphones. My entire collection is wma- I've been using flash players and am really happy to have found this cowon.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2011 7:57:50 PM PDT
Safari Hood says:
Lossless WMA? I didn't know it offered that option. It isn't the standard option for WMA. I wouldn't use it ANYWAYS. (Not open source!)
For LossLess, I use FLAC 'F'ree 'L'ossless 'A'udio 'C'odec. Open source and all that. Supported by every Cowon device I have ever owned.
My headphones : Bose QC3 Over The Ears. (Noise Cancellation).

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 2:31:40 PM PDT
Debie_B says:
Alright, folks. Thanks for the review and comments. I'm looking to lay my Cowon D2 to rest and I reckon it'll be the X7. I've never found a better pairing for my audio than a Cowon with either my Bose speakers or QC3 cans.

I guess I'm kind of used to the quirky, off-beat Cowon interface - it's worth it for the audio quality ... I'm picky 'bout that like the rest of you.

So, thanks again for taking the time to post, 'tis greatly appreciated!!


Posted on Jun 29, 2011 11:10:27 PM PDT
Steve says:
Hello, I've noticed that this device is capable of handling exceptionally high quality music formats. One of which I haven't seem mentioned in this or any of the other reviews, is the Apple Lossless format, or iTunes Plus (Purchased Content) files?? Does this player support those files as well? The reason I ask is because my ENTIRE collection is comprised of both Apple Lossless songs that I've converted from my CD's, and purchased Apple iTunes Plus files. Does anybody else who owns this device have any such files on theirs, and if so, does the player play them with no issues??

Any feedback or information anybody could provide would be greatly appreciated!


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2011 12:21:09 AM PDT
Safari Hood says:
I've never used any of Apple music formats, as I've never owned an Apple iPod. A person unfamiliar with Apple Ipods like myself might wonder if Apple Lossless is proprietary like everything else Apple puts out. It wouldn't surprise me if it was. To my knowledge, the Cowon does not support any apple based formats. The only music formats that I'm absolutely sure were supported on Cowon players (at least the one's I've owned) were Mp3, Ogg, Flac, WMA, and WAV.
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