Cowon Plenue L Digital Audio Player
Cowon Plenue L Digital Audio Player
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Take your music to the next level with the Cowon Plenue L digital audio player. Inside you’ll find an ES9038PRO DAC that incorporates the latest 32bit Hyper Stream II technology from ESS to deliver a stunning dynamic range Read More

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OneLove
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Aug 20, 2019
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Yikes!
Aug 20, 2019
factsvsfeelings
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Aug 20, 2019
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RayF
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Aug 18, 2019
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Hot now, but what this will sell for six to eight months from now.? Should come with a Sell Before Date so consumers can better determine when the technology will become embarrassingly obsolete vs the price they just paid.
Aug 18, 2019
RayF
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Aug 19, 2019
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You present an excellent argument for rethinking the ban on frontal lobotomies ;- )
Aug 19, 2019
PrismaticOrb
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Aug 19, 2019
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Rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy..
Aug 19, 2019
gallavardin
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Aug 18, 2019
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please email to build127@gmail.com If you wanna sell used one. Thx
Aug 18, 2019
raymondehayes1
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Aug 17, 2019
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One thing I would be concerned about in purchasing this player is the external memory capacity. It says it will take a card up to 256 GB. First of all for player of this price that alone is insufficient. However I don't even think it takes that much. I have the Cowon Plenue R. the cheaper version of this one. It also advertises itself as taking a 256 GB card. It's not true using those cards is hit and miss. I tried all kinds of 256 GB cards with my machine before I finally tried contacting Cowon they were completely unresponsive. So then I contacted the seller they did get back to me and told me to use a smaller gigabyte card. So I went to a 128 GB card. It works perfectly. Now I know the L is a newer model but I would be very suspicious. And again 256 GB is not enough memory capacity for this type of price. I've been looking at the FiiO M11 https://www.themasterswitch.com/best-digital-audio-players. Right now this looks like it might be the best way to go. I do really like the Cowon R as far as sound goes. The sound is absolutely amazing. It even makes your MP3s sound great. The battery life is also really good on this machine. So I assume the L would be even better in all these respects. However the software interface leaves a lot to be desired. The screen is way to touch sensitive so you wind up switching tracks even when you don't want to. You're listening to a particular album and all of a sudden your screen will just switch for no particular reason to something totally different. If you read the reviews you'll see other people have had the same experience. It is definitely a glitch in the firmware but they seem to have no interest in fixing it. It has 128 GB of onboard memory which is great. But the external memory has to be a lot more than 128 GB that's a real weak spot. And it cost me a lot of money to figure it out because they advertise this as 256 GB. So for the price I think it's a nice player but I would be very reluctant to pay the kind of money they're asking for the L especially considering the specs of the M11 seem to match and in some cases are better.
Aug 17, 2019
Pointy
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Aug 18, 2019
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Shanling M0 is up to 512 GB.
Aug 18, 2019
AloofMagician
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Aug 18, 2019
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Wow yeah M11 Pro looks so nice
Aug 18, 2019
Motorrad
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Aug 17, 2019
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#wealth_signaling
Aug 17, 2019
Tragique
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Aug 17, 2019
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Blind testing would be so hilarious to see with gear like this and 300$ stuff and the “trained ears” in here.
Aug 17, 2019
Tragique
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Aug 18, 2019
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I’m not really “bashing” on it. I’m the last guy to dog people for spending big money on the stuff they like that other people see as silly. My only problem was the comments regarding DAP’s that stream, “you might as well just use your crappy phone since you’re obviously a hayseed” and things like that. I’m sure it’s a great DAP. Buy what you like and like what you buy.
Aug 18, 2019
factsvsfeelings
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Aug 18, 2019
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Fair enough. But there is lots of comments on here crying about no bluetooth and wifi not understanding that the whole point of this DAP is the best listening expereince you can get and if you dont want that and you want spotify and want wifi/tablet features (Literally what someone on here wants to play angry birds and use this as a tablet) you are then better to get a phone.
Aug 18, 2019
Toxic
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Jul 24, 2019
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For all bluetooth lovers - you just miss the point. This player(and other Plenue family players) has exceptional quality DAC and circuitry (no one can compete with Cowon in specs even when using same DACs). But when using Bluetooth, the audio is transmitted in digital form to your wireless headset where it's finally translated to analog by your low power shitty headset DAC. So the whole idea of high quality analog signal is defeated. And don't forget that some part of the digital signal is lost due to lossy compression (insignificantly if you do have aptX/LDAC on both sides, and very significantly if you don't). Bottom line: if you want Bluetooth - use your phone, you don't need any audio player at all.
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Jul 24, 2019
DJAT
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Aug 17, 2019
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Agreed. This makes complete sense for wireless/BT lovers. Use your smartphone. Ditch all else.
Aug 17, 2019
factsvsfeelings
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Aug 18, 2019
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Hate to burst your bubble but you are incorrect. While it is true your wasting your time using bluetooth with this DAP its a fact that using say a FIIO BTR1K and a budget bluetooth dac while provide a large increse in volume and quality. Can confirm having done it. Sorry but it is a fact if you are saying otherwise you haven't got a high end bluetooth product or a suitable dap for it granted the quality is inferior to wired but for GYM/ Excerise use cases it may be your best option if you need to do without the wires.
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Aug 18, 2019
Monet
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Jul 13, 2019
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I die a little inside every single time a high performance DAP hits the market and people ask, can it Spotify (Or your crappy service of choice) or can it stream or connect to wifi or bluetooth. Buy an ipod or smartphone! That is your target never mind these products
Jul 13, 2019
scottlu
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Aug 18, 2019
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lg v40
Aug 18, 2019
factsvsfeelings
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Aug 18, 2019
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Just got one ^^ Can literally get it for 300$ or 250 GBP if you are in the uk. But spotify is still a waste with their DAC. Low quality audio which will show its flaws when paired with a mobile AMP+ Any good headphone.
Aug 18, 2019
J_December_why
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Jul 12, 2019
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first of all, if I were to spend $1.7k, why reduce it from $2k? keep it at $2k, and I would want to pimp it up! with gold plating and Tony Montana style patterns.... and at this price point: no bluetooth... not a mini tablet with wifi... what is the point?
Jul 12, 2019
factsvsfeelings
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Aug 18, 2019
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Whats the point using bluetooth? It will not be able able to take advantage of the equipment fully. Stick with a phone.. This is for music only not low quality spotify files no need for wifi..
Aug 18, 2019
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*you're *you're *ENTIRELY *DIFFERENT *awful *it's *you're I did not design either product, nor have I disassembled either product, so you are correct that I am not intimately acquainted with the design of either. I am relatively confident, however, based on your cringe-inducing spiel, that I know a great deal more about the industry that produces these than you do. The parts in the COWON player might add up to $200 -- at the most. (The Sabre chips are retailing at less than $70 in units of 1, but in quantity they will cost much less. The screen is under $20. The flash is around $20. The CPU is less than $10. The battery is a few dollars.) There will be additional license costs involved, but probably on the order of tens of dollars. The engineering work to design the device is significant, of course ... probably a team of half-a-dozen to a dozen people for several months -- even being able to leverage similar already-finished COWON designs. Furthermore, I find it extremely unlikely that you would be able to differentiate between the Topping D50 and this device, in an A/B test, if all other inputs were held constant. (That is not to claim that they are identical in either their operation or their sound output.) Of course you will disagree, but still you'll be too lazy to claim your $1 million prize from James Randi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_equipment_testing Finally, I wasn't going to point this out, but since you had to make a big deal about it: COWON is just about the bottom-of-the-barrel brand when it comes to audio equipment. When a dollar store sells audio equipment for $1, it's almost always COWON. When your neighborhood grocery store, drug store, or gas station is selling audio gear, it's almost always COWON. When Walkmans went out of style and your local greeting card store was still selling random audio gear including cassette tape players next to the M&Ms in the check-out aisle, chances are good that they were COWON. (No, not the M&Ms. The cassette tape players.)