- Brand Name: Cowon
- Model Number: D2-08BL
- Digital Storage Capacity: 8 GB
- Color: Black
- Supported Audio Format: MP3//OGG//WMA//FLAC//WAV//APE
Cowon D2-08BL 8GB Portable Multimedia Player Black
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- MP3 Player + WMA, OGG, FLAC, WAV Player
- Photo viewer (jpg) and Text viewer
- Movie player
- Video recorder
- FM/Voice/Line-In Recorder
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Top Customer Reviews
1. Pristine Sound Quality
2. Will play lossless audio files including FLAC and APE
3. Doesn't rely on propitiatory software or file types
I own both a 8Gb D2 and a 16Gb d2 and I love them both.
Cowon makes some of the best sounding MP3 players on the market today. They surpass every other brand, including Apple in that department. The D2 is no exception. It produces accurate, high quality sound that when paired with a good pair of ear phones (like Shure SE110s), will impress even the most picky audiophile.
File Support and software:
Unlike the Ipod or Zune, the Cowon D2 does not use proprietary software upload files. It is recognized by Windows (XP and Vista) as a UPnP or Universal Plug and Play Device. It is listed in My Computer as a hard drive, and you can copy files back and forth using windows explorer. You CAN sync it with WMP if you like, but if you prefer to sort music by files instead of tags as I do, this player is the one to choose. Without this becoming an anti DRM, Apple, and Microsoft rant, I enjoy having the ability to upload any file I like to the player at any time I like, in almost any format I like without having to commit to Itunes or WMP or DRM infested files. Buy your digital music from Amazon (no DRM) and play them on the D2! The D2 does come with software called Jet Audio, but I've never used it, so I've left it out of this review.
Another great feature is the ability to expand the internal memory by adding a SD or SDHC card!Read more ›
This is the ultimate MP3 player for those who like audio books.
Please note: If you play Audible files, you will probably need to install version 2.51 of the Cowon firmware. Later versions don't seem to display the titles of Audible files in the music list, but 2.51 works fine. You can find it by searching Google for d2 firmware version 2.51. And if Cowon ever gets the firmware for the 16gb version fixed so that it displays Audible file titles, I would be grateful if someone would post a comment so I can know.
NOTE ADDED 09/19/09: I've bought the 16gb Cowon D2+, and this is the new standard. The firmware has been fixed and runs much faster, shows all Audible titles, and gives vast storage via the SDHC slot.
As a point of reference, I was a former Creative Micro owner who had also considered upgrading to the Zen for its video capabilities. I chose the Cowon D2 instead because it played FLAC files and the long battery life (two things I found lacking/disappointing on my old Creative player). I don't download music or audiobooks from any service so if that's what you're looking for, this won't help there.
AUDIO - I'm not an audiophile but this units sounds great to me. As I mentioned, I love that it plays FLAC files. As I listen to a lot of shows from taper-friendly artists, this is a big convenience to me (no converting into a lossy format required). The biggest (and only real) gripe I have with the D2 is that there is NO GAPLESS PLAYBACK capability. When listening to live shows, I find the gaps between tracks truly annoying. How they missed the boat on this given it niche audiophile market is beyond me (I noticed on several forums that gapless playback is one of the more frequent new feature requests from D2 owners). This may not bother some but for others it may be a showstopper. If it weren't for all the other pros not found on other players, it would've been for me.
VIDEO - Exceeded my expectations. I bought this so I could finally get around to watching some of my DVDS while commuting on the train to/from work.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the BEST purchases I have ever made in my life. I spent 6 years with this player and was in love the entire time. Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by E. N. Abentroth
I love this player, temendous battery life--just need more memory. I don't like to delete anything or I delete very seldom.Published on January 4, 2011 by Donna Thomas
My IAUDIO7 finally bricked. I made a big mistake and tried to fix it myself. It would have been an easy fix for Cowon but being cheap, I destroyed it trying the kitchen table fix. Read morePublished on March 20, 2010 by RJ
I bought this because a Korean girl i was tutoring had one. She swore by it.
I was and am still pretty ignorant about the latest in mp3/digital video gadgetry, so i went... Read more
Well i got this delivered to my cousin's home in the US and now finally i have it in my hand. the delivery was quick and safe from JetAudio. Read morePublished on June 5, 2009 by Govinda Pai Vasanth
I got the case to save some bumps and scratches on my D2, but it does so much more than that. It looks good and is very practical. Read morePublished on May 4, 2009 by Denise R. Gephart
This is the best audiobook player. I also have an Ipod 80GB Classic and had a Zen Vision M. It leaves both for dead.
- superb sound quality. Read more
I wanted to use this to listen to audio books. I downloaded a book and tried to listen. It was not playing the book. Read morePublished on April 13, 2009 by BosJ
I bought the COWON D2 8GB version 6 months ago after doing extensive search and reading positive on line reviews. I am using it with the Sennheiser noiseGard PXC 250 headphone. Read morePublished on March 17, 2009 by Raju D. Muthu