Cowon Plenue D2 Hi-Res Portable Music Player Now Available – See Features, Specs and Price
Cowon‘s latest somewhat “budget-friendly” small and compact hi-res portable music player – the Cowon Plenue D2 is now available. The Plenue D2 is the direct successor of the Plenue D that also features a small and compact body. In fact both the Plenue D2 and Plenue D looks very similar. Its predecessor was popular due to its size and portability yet sound quality doesn’t disappoint. Meanwhile, the new Plenue D2 features a dual DAC configuration and Cowon dubbed it as a “small but powerful” music player. Currently, it comes with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $320 USD and it’s available in Black w/ Gold and Black w/ Silver colors. You can order one now from Amazon.com here. Check out the rest of its features and specifications below.
Cowon Plenue D2 Hi-Res Portable DAP Features
Right off the bat, the Cowon Plenue D2 features two high performance Cirrus Logic CS43131 DAC chips in a dual DAC configuration. It supports 24bit/192kHz as well as native DSD audio formats. Thanks to its dual DAC configuration, the Plenue D2 is able to produce a clear and noise-free sound. It has a Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) of 130dB, a Total Harmonic Distortion+Noise (THD+N) of 0.0004% and a Stereo Crosstalk of -143dB.
The Cowon Plenue D2 features five digital filters, namely: fast/low-latency, fast/phase-comp, slow/low-latency, slow/phase-comp, and non-oversampling. It also features the company’s JetEffect 5 and BEE+. On another note, the flagship Cowon Plenue L features JetEffect 7 that offers much more tweaking and personalization options. But the JetEffect 5 is not bad as well. The Plenue D2 has a 5 band EQ filter; BBE – high-definition effects to sharpen sound; Mach3Bass – bass booster to enhance super low-end bass; 3D Surround; MP Enhance – a feature for compensating lost sound segments; and Reverb – a reverb effect for enhanced realism.
As far as I can tell, Cowon’s Plenue digital audio players are usually geared towards music lovers and audiophiles who likes to play and tweak with their EQ and different audio effects and enhancements. Other DAPs only offers EQ and some custom presets. But Cowon’s DAPs are on another level when it comes to sound customization.
Let’s talk about the physical aspect of the Plenue D2. It has a 2.8-inch wide angle touch display with a resolution of 240×320. It also has a 64GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot that supports up to 128GB of microSDXC. If I am not mistaken, it’s running on a Linux-based Matrix browser. Cowon doesn’t use Android OS on their DAPs as far as I know. It also has a built-in rechargeable lithium polymer battery with a playback time of around 45 hours for lossy formats, or around 30 hours with lossless formats. I’m guessing actual battery life could be lesser depending on your actual use.
The Cowon Plenue D2 doesn’t have any wireless connectivity options. It does have physical control buttons and a single ended 3.5mm headphone jack, as well as a 2.5mm balanced port. It’s also using a micro USB port for charging and data transfer. More details from the specifications sheet below.
Cowon Plenue D2 Price and Availability
The Cowon Plenue D2 is now available in the US. It comes with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $320 USD. It’s available in Black with Gold and Black with Silver color theme. Meanwhile, its predecessor the Plenue D is still selling, for around $180 USD. I’m not sure if it’s already discontinued, but I’m guessing it will be soon. You can check out the links below for the latest pricing and availability.