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Originally Posted by AnnaB View Post


I find the Z2 is quite tempermental and if not kept entirely happy then it has a tantrum, shuts itself down and won't power on again for a while. I have found that if it gets too hot then this will happen but it's happened other times too. It seems to recover itself within half an hour or so and then will turn on ok. Strange!! This device has many 'little ways'!!!


I guess you're right about it being tempermentalk701smile.gif. I guess I left it too long for charging, the reason for the heat causing it to malfunction. I have spared it this week, and noticed it behaves normally now.

 

I actually love everything about it. The size & micro-sd option is my main reason why I keep it. The only problem is some files recognize the artwork while others dont.

 

JetAudio maybe needs to do an update for the overcharging issue (if there is any)

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I dont use a third party app. on the Z2. I use the custom equalization.

 

You're battery draining over night, may be an indication that the battery is dying and therefore not holding the charge

 

A single full charge lasts my Z2 for almost 10 days, although I listen to it only 2-3 times a week for 2 hours maximum.

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Originally Posted by MIKELAP View Post

You know ive been reading a few threads on audiophile DAPs and for the asking price these things imo are not 100% ready

I would have to agree. Mine had just decided to show the start up screen and wouldn't shift off it for ages. In the end I managed to shut it down . I need it to work this morning as I'm going on a car journey!! It seems ok now. I have plugged it in now to keep it happy!!
post #454 of 540
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I guess you're right about it being tempermental:k701smile: . I guess I left it too long for charging, the reason for the heat causing it to malfunction. I have spared it this week, and noticed it behaves normally now.

I actually love everything about it. The size & micro-sd option is my main reason why I keep it. The only problem is some files recognize the artwork while others dont.

JetAudio maybe needs to do an update for the overcharging issue (if there is any)

I keep mine because nothing else come close sound wise.
post #455 of 540
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I dont use a third party app. on the Z2. I use the custom equalization.

You're battery draining over night, may be an indication that the battery is dying and therefore not holding the charge

A single full charge lasts my Z2 for almost 10 days, although I listen to it only 2-3 times a week for 2 hours maximum.

I can't believe your battery lasts so long - mine doesn't last 24 hours. I listen for about 2 - 3 hours per day. I do use an instant messaging app which I think may be the problem but my phone uses the same and has no such issue. I have installed Juice Defender which seems to be helping. I wish Cowon had provided the Z2 with a more recent version of Android. I think for some apps that is the problem area. A license for the Google Play Store can't come soon enough in my opinion. It's v annoying having to side load all the time.

I will be interested to see what Cowon come up with next. The Z2 seems to have many problems (all minor but still annoying). Do they do software updates regularly? This is my first Cowon product.
post #456 of 540
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I can't believe your battery lasts so long - mine doesn't last 24 hours. I listen for about 2 - 3 hours per day.
Same here, it will go over 24 hours but the standby mode is not efficient, and if you check the task manager, it will show apps that shouldnt be running, this is quite messy and I suspect it doesnt help keeping battery in shape.
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The Z2 seems to have many problems (all minor but still annoying). Do they do software updates regularly? This is my first Cowon product.
+1, they did some firmware upgrades but nothing major, for instance they implemented a "go up 1 folder" feature by sliding your finger from left to right on the screen (???) but havent addressed these anoyances (navigation, flac tag, 3rd party players). I wonder how their teams are organized, real "bugs" are not addressed. Again quite dissapointing considering potential of this player mad.gif
Probably due to Android, I still have a J3, and I never experienced this kind of issues (but J3 is limited when playing videos)
post #457 of 540
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Originally Posted by AnnaB View Post


I can't believe your battery lasts so long - mine doesn't last 24 hours. I listen for about 2 - 3 hours per day. I do use an instant messaging app which I think may be the problem but my phone uses the same and has no such issue. I have installed Juice Defender which seems to be helping. I wish Cowon had provided the Z2 with a more recent version of Android. I think for some apps that is the problem area. A license for the Google Play Store can't come soon enough in my opinion. It's v annoying having to side load all the time.
I will be interested to see what Cowon come up with next. The Z2 seems to have many problems (all minor but still annoying). Do they do software updates regularly? This is my first Cowon product.

 



I can vouch for this, because during hurricane sandy, I didnt have power for 10 days since trees knocked down the power lines.

During this time I listened to the Z2 an hour in the morning, evening & night (total 3 hours sometimes) for 2-3 days without any internet. I dont have anything installed except for the latest firmware which you can find here (if you havent downloaded yet)

http://www.jetaudio.com/download/cowon_z2_jsfw.html

I did watch some movies too in between these times too.

I did not have any power to charge my device. The device drained on the 10th day (when I got back my power).

 

The Z2 plays mp3 & video files (no audio/video sync abnormalities) flawlessly is also why I love this player.

 

I have disabled wireless/bluetooth setting, also some other apps which run in the background thereby xtending the battery life.

post #458 of 540
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I have disabled wireless/bluetooth setting, also some other apps which run in the background thereby xtending the battery life.
How do you ensure all these bckgrnd apps do not come back? I am pretty sure it doesnt help smily_headphones1.gif (btw no bluetooth or wifi on my end)

and btw, http://www.jetaudio.com/download/cowon_z2_jsfw.html doesnt even display the matest firmware which is x.35 not x.31
or is this jetaudio a - different - firmware? than http://www.cowonglobal.com/zeroboard/zboard.php?id=C08&category=&no=464
Edited by Domdom - 11/26/12 at 10:53am
post #459 of 540

When you are on the home screen, slide down from top of the screen & that will bring up whats running in the background. From there, I disabled whatever I didnt want.

 

I'm pretty sure Cowon/JetAudio are the same. I wasnt aware of the 2nd website you've mentioned. its strange there is 2 different websites.

 

Do you have v.35 installed or v.31. Did you notice any change in battery life when making the switch.

 

Cowon/JetAudio lists this product with 22 hours playback time for music. (In the 10 days I mentioned, I havent used it for 22 hours, maybe 18 hours & offing the device when not in use, no stand-by, no live wall papers etc.)

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No change, well I run on Korean firmware for now, always has been, it brings out some funny Korean apps but also "Google search" although I havent asked for it, I dont see why all these apps keep popping up even after I killed them.
The thing is when you put it in standby it keeps running stuff in the background and that doesnt help! maybe related to Andoid, I dont know.
The first firmware upgrade did improve this aspect, in the very beginning the battery would drain very rapidly, but the fix is not totally efficient. Battery will hold much better with J3 in comparison ...
post #461 of 540

Apps (running in the back ground) & Internet use is definetely going to shorten the battery life. Also you mention Korean apps that pop up, maybe its coming from some app you've installed previously. I only have apps that's pre-loaded with the Z2.

 

Maybe you should do a factory restore and see with just the latest firmware, if it makes a difference. Mind you, do a factory restore, only if you feel the apps keep popping up and standby doesnt help. Dont junk the Z2 with apps you dont use. Sometimes ''FREE'' apps comes with other features and pop ups.

 

When I leave my player on standby and resume, I have nothing running in the background that was disabled.

 

please note: I left out  'FREE'  apps


Edited by AUDIOBREEDER - 11/26/12 at 12:54pm
post #462 of 540
OK thanks, all "funny apps" are launched when I switch it on, but I will check out of standby. Worst case, will go from 1.35 Korean to 4.35 international which doesnt have these apps ...
post #463 of 540

Hello everybody and sorry for the gravedigging, but google keep sending me to this topic and I see that there is a nice base of Cowon Z2 owners.

I have a question, the specs on the website say that there is NO s/pdif, while the owner manual says that s/pdif is present. 

Can somebody with a Z2 confirm or deny the presence of s/pdif output that would allow me to connect the player to an hi-fi amp? I am interesting mainly at this type of usage, so this info would really make my day.

 

Thanks a lot everybody, great review and great forum (I lurk often for info on players and headphones, it's a beautiful community).

post #464 of 540

NO optical out on cowon z2
 

post #465 of 540

I have to say for videos, its an excellent player. You can actually pinch to zoom in & out without cropping it

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