Originally Posted by Retrias
I am rather interested in cowon players, I got the money and would at least want to try a cowon player , so my question would be
does cowon player read tags?
I have a J3, but I never bother browsing by tags on any player. However googling "cowon J3 browse by tags" should tell you what you want to know.
Aside from that: BBE works really well, the J3 has huge battery life, it drives serious portable headphones as well as it does IEMS with no need for an amp, and neither friends or I have been able to tell it from a $400-$500 DAC/amp combination when blind testing with good portable phones (the HD25-1-ii.)
Otoh, a Sansa Clip+ with Rockbox sounds just as good and can still drive phones like HD25s brilliantly, albeit with less battery life. You lose BBE but gain some other stuff like Rockbox's crossfeed settings and have an awful lot of money left over for buying decent iems/headphones. Unless you want the screen for watching movies, I'd strongly consider the Clip with a 32GB card and saving a lot of cash.
If you do get a J3 - and it is an extremely nice piece of hw - or another Cowon player, then do NOT risk using it with a phone USB lead even if has the same connector: there seems to be a voltage incompatibility problem that can damage players.
Edited by scuttle - 2/11/13 at 1:57am