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Cowon P1 Plenue High Resolution Audio Player (Black)
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- SNR 120dB, THD+N 0.0006%, Crosstalk -130dB
- 24bit/192kHz High Resolution Sound
- Implemented Burr-Brown PCM1792A DAC
- 3.7-inch Touch Display, 128GB Memory
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COWON PLENUE 2【P2-128G-SL】【The latest premium DAC with super high sound quality】【Domestic Japan Genuine】
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|Item Dimensions||2 x 6 x 6 in||1 x 7.2 x 3.8 in||0.37 x 1.56 x 3.66 in||2 x 0.39 x 4.61 in||1.5 x 10 x 4.5 in||2.68 x 4.57 x 0.67 in|
|Item Weight||1.1 lbs||0.55 lb||3 ounces||3.46 ounces||0.55 lb||6.81 ounces|
|Supported Standards||DXD/DSD/FLAC/WAV/AIFF/ALAC/APE/MP3/WMA/OGG, DXD, DSD, FLAC, ALAC||FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC, APE, MP3, WMA, OGG||MP3||FLAC, WAV, DSD, MP3, ALAC, AAC, AIFF, OGG, WMA, FLAC||MP3/2, WMA, OGG, FLAC, APE, WAV, MP3, WMA, OGG, FlAC, APE, WAV, AVI, WMV, ASF, MPEG 1/2/2 MPEG 1/2/2.5 Layer 3, WMA 5, WMA, SMI||AAC, FLAC, MP3, WMA|
PLENUE 1 is proud to introduce the best performance figures for listening HD sound. It has the highest performance figures even among first-tier devices in the category. Specification such as SNR(120dB), THD+N(0.0006%), Crosstalk(-134dB) are most important criteria in acoustic devices. Also the device has outstanding output power(2Vrms) to support high impedance Hi-Fi headphones without separate headphone amplifiers. By adapting a high precision TCXO and exceptional phase Jitter of 1.0ps, PLENUE 1 can perform flawlessly under any circumstances.
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- Excellent sound quality. It really doesn't get much better than this.
-Build quality is very nice
- Large internal storage
-UI is simple, EQ stuff is really nice.
- Mediocre battery life. Compared to my phone, or my old zone, battery just drains too fast considering the price
- The power meters in the UI are glitchy, they don't flow smoothly, ever, so why have them?
- No charger included, just a USB charging cable
- Takes a long time to charge the battery considering its not a super long lasting battery
- This is my biggest con- the 3mm jack is not a true line out. When you connect it to a stereo via analog interconnects, the sound suffers and distorts. I don't understand this at all. For the price of this thing, it should be a stand alone DAC and have a true line out.
All in all , the sound is very seductive, I prefer the "maestro" EQ on almost all music types. There are some flaws , but I suppose that's part of esoteric audio products. For reference I use the sennheiser momentum headphones.
This is my 3rd Cowon DAP, and the addition of playing Hi-Res files is welcome and just astounding from an audio perspective. I got the gold unit as it's very different looking from anything else out there. Getting files on/off the unit is a snap. I know others have commented on this unit's AUDIO-OUT capabilities but I don't use it for that purpose, so I really don't have an opinion.
Expensive, oh you bet. However, take a look at the other units this Cowon goes toe-to-toe with on the market, and it's actually quite a bargain.
Well ok, so my experience with the Plenue P1 has been very positive. The only negatives being that about 5 percent of my artwork and lyrics files do not show up. Hopefully this will be remedied in future firmware updates. I have to say that out of the box, artwork and lyrics files didn't present on about half of my music, so make sure you update the firmware immediately. Do this by going to the Cowon Global web site and downloading the latest firmware into your computer. Then attach your player with the included USB cord, open the two files and then, if you are using a Mac like me, drag them over to the Cowon image and drop. That's all. Don't mess with them after that. Adding music files is also a piece of cake and is also a drag and drop process. I can drag and drop complete playlists over from iTunes. I usually make folders full of music first and then drag and drop onto the Cowon. To format a micro SD card for both the P1 and PD on a Mac, click on: Launchpad>Other>Disk Utility. Then insert your micro SD card. Where is says "Format" choose "MS DOS (fat), (I am using OS X 10.10 Yosemite. On previous versions of Mac OS, I recall this being labeled Fat32) Now click the "erase" button. Now you are ready to drag and drop your music files onto the card. I can confirm that 128gb cards work well on both the P1and PD.
I liked the P1 so well that, when I heard about its little brother, the Plenue D, selling at about a third of the price of the P1, I had to have it. (A warning; reading reviews on HeadFi is a good way to learn about new products, but also a good way to reduce the size of your wallet.) So I bought the Cowon Plenue D. What floored me was that it sounds almost as good as the P1. While the P1 has JetEffect 7, the PD has JetEffect 5, which has a few fewer presets. But it has my beloved "BBE Headphone 2" and "Maestro" settings, so I am a happy camper. And this little guy gets well over 50 hours of battery life, can play while charging and can recharge to full in just a few hours. The downsides are that the screen is pretty low-rez compared to the P1 and that lyrics files do not display. Well it would be hard to read them anyway on such a small screen, so I can live with that. However the sound is just fantastic and the PD will play all of my hi-rez files from HD Tracks and Linn etc. (Be sure to get their free samplers.)
Cowon has a format chart showing that neither the P1 or the PD will play ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec). However both of my players definitely do play ALAC perfectly well. Apparently, Apple legal is too aggressive for its own good. (Bad Apple!)
One more note about the sound of both these players. While the eq/dsp is an amazing achievement, neither of these players offers up the last word in clarity and feeling of air and space in the high frequencies. If this is what you are after, have a look at the ridiculously cheap Xduoo X3 and the AGPTEK Imp. Both are right around $100! I own both of these and they are able to put many more expensive players to shame in the air and space game. This air/space sound characteristic is much sought after when listening to acoustic instruments, however, it can come across as shrill when listening genres like pop and rock, etc. On the downside, both of these Chinese players have very primitive interfaces that can be frustrating, and are not nearly as sonically versatile as the Cowans.
I am listening to all of these DAPs with another fantastic find, the Ostry KC06A in ear monitors, which sell for about $65 on Amazon. These are an excellent match for both of my Cowon players. In fact, I liked the Ostry KC06A so much, that I bought its little brother, the KC06 which sells for about $55. I have the KC06 connected to the P1 since it has a little flatter FR than the KC06A, which lives attached to the Plenue D. These Cowon/Ostry combinations have a lot of synergy, offering up really great sound, such that and I can no longer tolerate listening to music on my iPhone. Podcasts only. The fit on the Ostrys is great because they are relatively small, and can be worn either cord down or above the ear. They sit comfortably in my very hard to fit ears and I can wear them for long periods of time. Terrific clarity and out-of-head imaging. Highly recommended.
And here is one more amazing discovery to share. I bought the "Freiburger Barockorchester Edition" which is a box set of 10 CDs put out by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. This set currently sells for under $20! It features very well recorded baroque era music with composers like JSB, CPE Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Purcell, Telemann, Biber, Locatelli, Zavateri and Zelinka. If you don't know much about classical music and have CDs in your collection like, "The Most Relaxing Classical Music in the World", and "Pachelbels Greatest Hit" here is an opportunity to redeem yourself and get a proper restart in classical. (If you really do own these types of CDs, your friends who like classical music, and undoubtably earn more money, are smarter and probably better looking than you, are having an absolute blast laughing and ridiculing you behind your back.) Since these Freiburger Barockorchester Edition recordings are all acoustic, listen for the room reverberations. You should be able to get a real sense of how big the room is that the musicans are playing in. That's a big element of the fun in listening to good acoustic recordings. This makes listening to rock and pop music very flat sounding to me. Even if baroque classical music turns out not to be your cup of tea, this makes excellent background music for reading, etc.
So here is my recipe for low budget audio nirvana that can compete surprisingly well with even the best portable systems from makers like Astell & Kern.
1) Cowon Plenue D: $285 (or Xduoo X3 or AGPTEK Imp ~$100)
2) Ostry KC06: $55
3) "Freiburger Barockorchester Edition" from Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: $20
Guaranteed to change your life and make you really happy.
- Johann Amadeus Majesky, March 2016
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