About a month ago I would of said similar, though after spending a lot of time with both I prefer the Cowon even flat. It makes me question how flat the Clip+ actually is flat or 'normal' as the player puts it. I don't use much EQ, only a slight adjustment to the lift treble, some BBE and a small amount of Mach3bass, done.
See how the Clip+ sounds then, next to a Cowon. Clip+ might sound clearer on normal, but how about the bass texture, separation and dynamics, the actual soundstage width etc etc... There's many factors to look at when comparing them and to be honest although I love the Clip+ it lacks in area's unfortunately imo. It doesn't have that professional take on music I get from Cowon. Doesn't stop me loving it for what it is though.
When you stated "Clip+ might sound clearer on normal", do you mean comparing the Clip+ to a Cowon flat?
The Clip sounds clearer with more details Vs. my iphone 4 and Classic.
When owning an Apple product, there is always store, phone and internet after sales support. What after sales support does Cowon provide?