Cowon Plenue D Hi-Res Portable Music Player Now Available in US – Specs, Price and Reviews

Cowon’s latest budget friendly Hi-Fi portable music player is the Cowon Plenue D. It’s a small music player that can fit easily on your hand or pocket. It features a high quality 24bit/192kHz stereo DAC that supports various high resolution audio formats, like the popular lossless FLAC, WAV and many more. It’s also able to deliver a sound performance of 123dB of SNR, 0.004% THD+N, and -105dB of stereo crosstalk. It also features JetEffect 5 that corrects sound distortions and phase, plus users can also customize the audio output based on their personal preference thanks to the BBE+ and EQ Filters. On the physical aspect, it features a 2.8″ wide angle capacitive touch screen, has 32GB of internal storage + a microSD card slot, and dedicated audio control buttons. The Cowon Plenue D is now available at Amazon.com, and currently has a retail price of $299.99. Continue reading below to learn more about the Plenue D.

Cowon Plenue D Reviews

Cowon Plenue D Features

The Cowon Plenue D is the 3rd model of high quality audio player from the Plenue series and was launched by Cowon System last December 2. Similar to the preceding PLENUE products, ‘PLENUE D’ is equipped with the capability to replay high-resolution master audio formats. It offers 100 hours of playback time and a compact size that fits in a shirt pocket. The introduction of PLENUE D is expected to be sensational in the high quality audio device market. The fact that it has a built-in high-quality 24bit/192kHz Stereo DAC to recreate impeccable HD sound.

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The black hairline body on the Cowon Plenue D leaves a strong impression and the GOLD/SILVER aluminum cover on the top provides an even more luxurious appearance. The metal head design on the top has been partitioned with precision cutting, and the circular power button is intentionally positioned lower than the main body to prevent accidental disruption that may be caused by external factors. Also, it has been designed for easier control. The product’s operation status is easily visible through the sensible LED indicator enveloping the power button.

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The Cowon Plenue D portable music player features a 2.8” inch wide touch screen LCD that provides an intuitive GUI, which offers two types of player skins. It also offers a variety of convenient music playback environments, such as album art features, create playlist, search song library, etc. Play button and Volume buttons are positioned on the side of the device for easy single-hand manipulation, even with the product in the pocket.

The Cowon PLENUE D improved the short playback time of existing portable Hi-Fi devices. It implements highly efficient power conservation design that offers 100 hours of continuous playback time for MP3 formats and 51 hours for 24bit FLAC formats. It also provides a Micro SD card slot for simple storage expansion. The device flawlessly supports various audio formats, including lossless and non-compressed 24bit/192kHz FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, as well as APE, WAV, MP3, etc. It is also equipped with a Gapless feature that provides a smooth transition between tracks. COWON’s exclusive world-renowned audio technology JetEffect 5 provides BBE+ and 48 presets to recreate diverse audio qualities through any type of receiver to satisfy any listener’s preference.

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COWON’s CEO Nam Gyu Park said, “PLENUE D is an innovative product created to provide full benefits of high quality audio devices at an affordable cost” and added, “We are hoping to see a significant achievement in the high quality audio market based on its attractive price alone, and I hope that more consumers could enjoy the quality of original audio sources through PLENUE D.”

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Cowon Plenue D Price and Availability

The Cowon Plenue D portable high resolution music player is now available in the US with a retail price of $299.99 only. It’s available in both Silver/Black and Gold/Black colors.

For latest pricing and availability, check the Plenue D at Amazon.com here.

Cowon Plenue D Specifications

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Product CapacityBuilt-in Memory :32GB* / External Memory : microSD Card
Display2.8" Wide Angle Capacitive Touch LCD (240x320)
Dimensions & Weight53.1mm(W) x 77.2mm(H) x 14.9mm(D) / 94g
ButtonsPOWER, PLAY/PAUSE, VOL+, VOL-, FF, REW
AudioFile FormatsFLAC / WAV /AIFF/ ALAC / APE / MP3 / WMA / OGG**
Audio CodecsFLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC : ~24bit/192kHz
- 32bit WAV, WAV Tag Supporting
MP3 : MPEG 1/2/2.5 Layer 3, ~320kbps
WMA : ~320kbps, ~48kHz
APE : Fast, normal, and high compression rates (~16bit/48kHz)
OGG : ~Q10, ~44.1kHz
LyricsLDB, LRC
JetEffect 548 Presets (44 Presets + 4 User Presets)
EQ - 5 Band Equalizer (EQ Filter)
BBE+ - BBE, Mach3Bass, 3D Surround, MP Enhance
Special Effect - Reverb (9 modes)
Audio CharacteristicsSNR
THD+N
Stereo Crosstalk
Output
Output Impedance
Volume
123dB
0.004% (24bit, 48kHz)
-105dB
1Vrms
0.5Ω
100 levels
Battery & PowerBattery
Playback Time
Charging Time
Built-in rechargeable lithium polymer battery
Approximately 100 hours (mp3) / 51 hours (24bit, 96kHz, FLAC) ***
Approximately 3.5 hours (with 5V/1A or higher Micro USB DC adapter)
Output PortEarphone Jack (3.5mm)
PlayerMatrix browser, Multi-favorite
Notes:

  • Actual capacity may vary due to system memory used by the product.
  • AIFF formats supported in the future.
  • The playback time is based on the company’s own test standards, thus it may differ from the actual playback time.

Cowon Plenue D Portable Music Player Reviews

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