Better Quality - iPod Touch or Cowon D2+?
Jul 5, 2009 at 1:39 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 12


500+ Head-Fier
Nov 5, 2007
Which of the two is a better sounding PMP? Given the same amp and headphones.

The ipod touch 2nd gen or the Cowon D2+?
Which has a better DAC?
Jul 6, 2009 at 6:23 AM Post #3 of 12
I agree. And since they belong to 2 different classes altogether of players altogether, this really isn't a possible comparison. Decide what features you value most, and then go from there. Otherwise, good luck w/your choice.
Jul 8, 2009 at 11:27 AM Post #4 of 12
The only feature I'm interested in is SQ. Which of the two?
Jul 8, 2009 at 11:20 PM Post #5 of 12
Unamped, the D2 hands down, better quality headphone out and its "swiss army knife" format support pùt it ahead,
Amped, the Touch might be the better choice since you can LOD the touch, the D2 has no clean line out, so if you´re willing to live with itunes and the limited format support in exchange for good sound quality, the LOD + a good amp is a good way to go,

the touch is a nice becuase of all the extra apps, so its basicly a PDA/MID with decent music playback capability,
but if you dont need the programs and arent interested in using it for anything else then listening to music, the D2 is a better choice, i bought a 32GB SDHC for mine, and a good card reader (its a must, the D2 usb port is limited to 5MB/Sec)

the D2 isnt the best sounding unamped player out there, the S9 beats it hands down, so does the Sony X1000, but the standart cabling, the MacGyver style format support and the ease of use and expansion makes it one of my personal favorites, and even though i own a S9, i did not sell my D2, and i take it with me once in a while, and if i travel, its the player i take, its robust, the cable is easy to replace if it gets lost, and SD cards are bog standart to replace is something happens to the card on it,
Jul 9, 2009 at 3:02 AM Post #6 of 12
Jul 19, 2009 at 1:38 AM Post #7 of 12
I would say it comes down to the Cowon vs. Zune.
Jul 19, 2009 at 3:12 AM Post #8 of 12
I prefer the Cowon D2+ sound over the Ipod/Zune. I just prefer the neutrality of the sound compared to those two.
Jul 19, 2009 at 5:52 PM Post #11 of 12
hmm... i´ve owned the 10 pro with my cowon D2, and i beg to differ, the bass was a bit rolled off due to the EQ on the wolfson codec, but other then that, it sounded quite good,
Jul 21, 2009 at 2:17 PM Post #12 of 12
It depends what you want from your sound...

...I can kind of see why people like the D2, but - it just doesn't work for me - the sound is just too nasally to me... making any vocals sound like the person singing them has a cold...

Not literally that extreme, but - enough for me to notice compared to the very neutral tone of the Zune... then again, I am sure there are people that consider the Zune anything but neutral...

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