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Cowon Adds DAB to Flagship PMP

Owning a Cowon MP3 player / PMP is akin to buying an Alfa Romeo: other brands may be more well known but you're an enthusiast at heart. The Alfa brings the drive, the Cowon brings the sound quality...

Never more has this been true than Cowon's most recent player, the iAudio D2+, and now the company has slapped on a rather tasty (and wholly fitting) new feature: DAB.

Consequently, the logically named 'D2+ DAB' brings high quality radio broadcasts to a player which already sports MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, FLAC and APE format support and BBE+, Mach3Bass, MP Enhance, 3D Surround and Stereo Enhance technology. Onboard storage comes in 4GB, 8GB or 16GB capacities but the additional recession friendly SD/SDHC memory card slot means this can be expanded very cheaply whenever the need/cash arises.

Elsewhere the D2+ will playback QVGA video at 30fps (it's all about the music) and display Jpg and TXT files. There's a 2.5in QVGA touchscreen display, USB 2.0 interface, drag and drop content loading and massive 52 hour battery life for music (10 hours for video). Styling hasn't been changed from the D2 and isn't the most appealing but again that's hardly the point.

The Cowon D2+ DAB is the antithesis of everything an iPod touch stands for which, considering their respective target markets, is no bad thing. Available immediately, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB versions will set you back the princely sums of £129, £149 and £189 respectively. Audiophiles, time to loosen your wallets...

Update: Cowon estimates the battery life using DAB will be approximately 20 hours, though it doesn't publish an official time since the variable factors in DAB reception can influence this figure.

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Cowon UK

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purephase

June 10, 2009, 12:13 pm

Nice. BBC 6Music on the go.





Although it should be pointed out Gordon that no 'true audiophile' would be caught dead listening to DAB. It's analogue radio all the way in the world of the high-end purist. ;-)

smc8788

June 10, 2009, 12:22 pm

Holy crap!





Finally, someone has thought to add DAB to a PMP. Now I'm gonna have to sell my iPod Touch for this, even if it means talking a massive hit in terms of usability and a small hit in feature set, at least I'll have better sound quality, better battery life and best of all I'll be able to listen to Planet Rock on the road!





DAB has taken a lot of flak over the years which I'm not sure it has entirely deserved, as there are some great genre-specialist radio stations on there if you're willing to look for them. But then, I don't know people are able to listen to Radio 1 for more than 10 minutes without flying into a blinding rage and ripping their own ears off. Quite simply, a radio feature on any device is pointless for me if it isn't DAB.

Neil B

June 10, 2009, 1:50 pm

@smc8788, the original D2 has had DAB for nearly 2 years now. I have one, it's awesome :-) The battery life rocks on these things, I use mine loads and I only do a full charge once every couple of months.

Ed

June 10, 2009, 2:10 pm

Awesome! But... I'm sceptical about how good reception will be.

Neil B

June 10, 2009, 2:50 pm

@Ed, the reception on my D2 DAB is quite sporadic. When stationary it's pretty good but on the move not so.

Simon

June 10, 2009, 3:50 pm

The article states "52 hour battery life for music (10 hours for video)". What kind of battery life would you get listening to DAB, as i assume the music figure is for tunes stored on the device?

Kanu

June 10, 2009, 4:09 pm

Who says this PMP "isn't the most appealing" aesthetically? That isnt true. It is simple understated, like the classic old-school BMW styling. I quite like it.





Also hard to see why the need for a gratouitous plug of the ipod Touch in the article, one way or another. Cowon has made a good product for people focused on sound. Give them the respect of focusing on their product in the paltry half page it was allowed, instead of dragging other folks products in here.

Andy Vandervell

June 10, 2009, 4:14 pm

@Kanu:





"The Cowon D2+ DAB is the antithesis of everything an iPod touch stands for which, **considering their respective target markets, is no bad thing.**"





Is this not giving Cowon the respect it deserves?

Gordon394

June 10, 2009, 8:03 pm

@Simon - Cowon hasn't quoted DAB battery figures, I'll pose the question.


@Kanu - your blind hatred of Apple isn't healthy, I suggest you take something for that.

Tony Walker

June 10, 2009, 9:55 pm

Following on from Gordon....





You can get MP3 players that look like those medicine capsules that are near impossible to swallow - and they're only slightly bigger.

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