- Brand Name: Cowon
- Model Number: C2-16BS
- Digital Storage Capacity: 16 GB
- Color: Black/Silver
- Battery Average Life: 55 Hours
Cowon C2-16BS 16 GB Video Player, Black with Silver
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- 2.6-inch TFT LCD display
- Video and audio player with FM tuner, voice recorder, and text and photo viewer; 320 x 240 touchscreen LCD with 262 K colors
- Up to 55 hours of music playback (10 hours of video) on one charge
- Micro SD card memory expansion
- DRM-protected content and BBE+ support
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Top Customer Reviews
So why are people complaining?
For mainly 4 reasons:
1. The User Interface
2. The "scratch magnet" Metal back
3. Weight (a little on the heavy side)
4. The Tactile Touch
I honestly do not have any problems with the things that I listed. The User Interface needs getting used to, but if you use it for 3 days, you would get used to it. Same with the Tactile touch, you just got to use your nails instead of your fingers which makes sense on a small screen. Metal back is not really a problem for me, considering that iPod Touches and iPod Classics uses metal backs too. And weight? I didn't meant to use it in the gym, only for music at home.
So here you go, personally I don't have any problems with the Cons that are mentioned by many people. So if you don't have problems with the list that I mentioned, this player is for you! If you have struggle figuring out the UI, Hates scratches on the metal back, hates tactile touch, or want to use it in a gym, than this is not for you :(.
storage (micro sd)
extended codec support
size and build
nonstandard (outside Korea) usb connection
somewhat awkward UI
composite video out only
nonstandard usb accessory needed for line in
hit and miss radio
no mkv file support (so far)
I am very satisfied with this product.
Besides this player, I own an iPod (on iphone) - SONY A and S series - Samsung Q1 - Sansa Clip and Sansa Fuze. Like many music and pmp lovers in the know, I have been familiar with the Cowon name for a while. I have also been familiar with their high prices, which have always kept me away. I have no problem buying refurbished or discontinued players, but with Cowon, this does not necessarily translate into great savings. I had been looking for a small touch screen player, and last summer I bought the SONY NWZ A865 - and sold it. Not only was it a bit larger than I wanted, but it did not offer me anything that my tactile-buttoned SONY already gave me. I saw the new small touch screen iPod nanos 6th generation and thought I could bring myself to buy one of those, but.... The fact is, after hearing Sansa, SONY, and Samsung, iPods simply do not measure up in sound quality!
About 2 months ago, I started searching for a small touch screen player again, when I came across the C2. I had never heard of it before - and shockingly - it had everything I was looking for: small size, touchscreen, expandable memory, plays lossless files.. and it is a COWON - at $135, I just drooled over the thing. And then I read all the horror stories about the UI and learned it had a resistive touchscreen. My dilemma was that I did not want to pay for a product - that not only would frustrate me, but would, in the end, sound no different than my Sansa - which a lot of people claim is the case.Read more ›
The android based players that don't do gapless playback was not an option for me.
The audio quality did turn out to be everything it was hyped up to be, and the battery does last well - on a full charge it will go almost a week with a few hours listening per day.
The menu interface is not bad, and after about a day you do get perfectly used to how the little routine works to go finding [...]
It should be said that everything is instantaneous, there is no lag jumping to other folders or songs or menu I've taken this for granted now.
I downloaded a custom playback skin which has all the most frequently used playback features permanently onscreen and it is great.
Charging is needlessly complicated: you have to hold the flap open fairly hard at the same time you press the cable in but I pretty much charge it only over weekends.
As for audio quality, I use in ear monitors, over the ears headphones and an amp/speaker combo and I have no concerns with any set when using this.
This is the only music player I've used that has significantly less hiss than what my tinitus is currently. :-)
It also has no other audio artifacts like the push/pop sound apple's kit makes when an audio stream ends and the amp is switched off.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good sound. Same connect problems where the device is not recognized by windows after about 1 year.Published 12 months ago by Christian
I bought this Cowon C2 as a gift for my partner. It's very nice and versatile. Although the price of this MP3 is a bit higher comparing with other brands.Published 23 months ago by Jedi
I used to have a d2 which failed to work after many years of loyal use and was hoping this would be as good orbetter but it failed to have the same options as the d2 and is... Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by Jason kvestad
Pros: Good sound, lots of features, ability to load new flash UI.
Cons: You NEED to load a new flash UI, at least for the browser. Read more
I almost didn't buy this mp3 player because of the dreadfully mentioned UI. Glad I still did though. Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by cn
I had a Cowon D2 for many years, and it had a simple but easy to use menu and amazing battery life. If you were not using it, the player would hold a charge for weeks, and it... Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by Nicholas J. Croglio Jr.
I was looking for a music player that supported FLAC and after researching and asking some friends, I went with Cowon. Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by Revolver Ocelot
I'm happy with my new Cowon C2. Read bellow.
I've read a lot of complaints about the interface being "weird" or "unusual" on the web. Read more