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Before I drop a couple hundred dollar bills on a nice new Cowon, are they dependable?

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I read all these stories about how the Cowon Z2 (the one I am looking into) breaks down after a couple months of use or freezes frequently or cannot detect music files, the list goes on. Is this a known problem with Cowon and while they have well know good SQ would I then be better off with an iPod and an amp to escape all the pain and possible wasted money? I want the Cowon Z2 but if i am paying $200+ I want to be able to use for a couple years without malfunction. 

 

Thanks a lot!

post #2 of 26
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Anybody? Any Cowon Z2 owners?

post #3 of 26
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Im anxious to buy a new player. Should I opt for a Sony Walkman, Colorfly CK4, iPod Touch, etc. or go for the Cowon Z2?

post #4 of 26

I can't speak to the Z2, because I still use the Cowon D2 I bought in 2008. Works perfectly.
 

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I'll be online at a computer soon Magell and answer your PM.
post #6 of 26

You could go for the new Fiio X3 that all sound better than these, but is harder to use. 

post #7 of 26
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You could go for the new Fiio X3 that all sound better than these, but is harder to use. 

      WOW, game changer. The FiiO X3 does look very interesting indeed. Albeit, it is very new, is it well received? Why do you say it is harder to use? It would sound a lot better than a Sony F series, right? If I paired it with their own popular FiiO E11, how would it fair?

 

thanks

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Originally Posted by MagellanR14 View Post

      WOW, game changer. The FiiO X3 does look very interesting indeed. Albeit, it is very new, is it well received? Why do you say it is harder to use? It would sound a lot better than a Sony F series, right? If I paired it with their own popular FiiO E11, how would it fair?

 

thanks

The internals are basically a slightly improved version of the Fiio E17, so strapping an E11 not only wastes space, but won't improve the sound and may even degrade the sound. 

post #9 of 26
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How about using a Sony Walkman F series with the C&C BH2

post #10 of 26

Before you start thinking about player/amp combinations, what headphones/earphones are you planning to use? It's possible you will not need an amp at all.

 

Most of the people with the higher-end Sony players(Z-series, F-series) don't use another amp because they like the sound the player itself produces. The FiiO X3 will have enough power to run most any headphone that someone would likely pair with it. The Android Cowon players are generally not recommended.

post #11 of 26
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You could go for the new Fiio X3 that all sound better than these, but is harder to use. 

 

And how do you know this?

post #12 of 26
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And how do you know this?

The Sony players have a touchscreen and are easy to navigate and the X3 have buttons. Not sure about you, but I find it a lot easier to use touchscreen. 

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The Sony players have a touchscreen and are easy to navigate and the X3 have buttons. Not sure about you, but I find it a lot easier to use touchscreen. 

There are a lot of people here that prefer a player with buttons. I have players of both varieties, and each type has its place. 

post #14 of 26
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I am also considering what another member recommended: the Colorfly C3 with the C&C BH2 Amp. But @Achmedisdead, are you saying an amp may do very little justice to a Sony Walkmen F Series, especially considering the amount one amp may cost?
Edited by MagellanR14 - 6/14/13 at 8:18am
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by Achmedisdead View Post

Before you start thinking about player/amp combinations, what headphones/earphones are you planning to use? It's possible you will not need an amp at all.

 

Most of the people with the higher-end Sony players(Z-series, F-series) don't use another amp because they like the sound the player itself produces. The FiiO X3 will have enough power to run most any headphone that someone would likely pair with it. The Android Cowon players are generally not recommended.

 

I have the Philips Citiscape Uptowns which are a little underpowered in the sense that they lack volume slightly (at least with my iPad and computer even after burn-in) and also The VSonic GR07 MK2s.
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