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Cowon PLENUE M2

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by taffy2207, Jul 8, 2016.
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  1. taffy2207
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    PLENUE M2 is a sequel of the Cowon PLENUE M & will be released this July 11.

    SINCETIMES (Formerly COWON System) announced that COWON’s PLENUE M2 will be launched on July 11th to succeed the PLENUE M.

    The Isometric Edge design and the front face multifunction static button of the PLENUE M2 are eye-catching. The internal memory capacity has doubled to 128GB, and it has a built-in high performance amp, which is crucial for HD sound playback. Another feature that makes the PLENUE M2 stand out is the precision tuning feature that allows a more defined HD sound control.

    As the flagship device of the PLENUE series, the PLENUE M2 succeeds the outstanding hardware performance of the PLENUE series. It is equipped with Burr-Brown’s top-of-the-line Hi-Fi audio system DAC PCM1795, and it boasts optimum acoustic performance with 120dB SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio)and 0.0007% THD (Total Harmonic Distortion). It utilizes TCXO (Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator) to deliver accurate and stable HD sound by adjusting to changes in temperature and voltage, and it is also equipped with the latest JetEFffect 7 and BBE+ to satisfy the musical preferences and acoustic needs of the users. It incorporates Cortex Dual Core CPU based embedded Linux operating system for fast and stable operation.

    COWON’s PLENUE M2 has a built-in high performance amp. Its circuitry is designed to deliver high voltage and output to implement powerful driving performance, which allows the users to use high impedance headphones without a need for a separate headphone amp. Precision sound tuning provides outstanding audio resolution for low and high frequencies, which makes the PLENUE M2 suitable for use with any type of receiver. The USB DAC connection feature allows easy connection to a PC to enjoy crystal clear HD sound. It has a high-speed 128 internal memory as well as a microSD slot that can be expanded to up to 256 GB, which provides users with sufficient storage for large-sized audio files. 3,000mAh large-capacity Li-Polymer battery delivers a stable playback environment.

    The 3.7” AMOLED Display on the front face supports full touch response features with intuitive control GUI, which allows Touch & Drag search features, equalizer settings, etc. at the tip of your fingers. Furthermore, it clearly displays a variety of player skin designs, matrix browser, high-resolution album art, stereo level meter, etc. to enhance audio and visual experience and enjoyment. It has physical buttons on the side surface for playback, volume, and search control, as well as a multifunction button on the bottom of the front face, which allows the user to view the music list, navigate quickly to the current song or settings screen, etc. for increased user convenience.

    Electrical GND is applied to the seamless platinum silver full metal unibody to prevent noise, and the solid processed body case that implements high-fidelity audio is also noticeable. The rear side has a hairline finishing with anodized surfacing for a luxurious appearance. The asymmetrical design on the left side provides enhanced grip, and it is ergonomically designed for easy single hand operation. The head portion, which is partitioned with a golden ratio from an Isometric view, has the power button positioned lower than the body’s surface to increase usage convenience and also to prevent the button from being accidentally pressed. An LED indicator surrounds the button to easily identify the device’s operation status.
    CEO Nam Gyu Park said, “PLENUE M2 is superior to its predecessor in performance and design” and added, “The built-in high performance amp and precision tuning allows users to enjoy the music that they love with higher quality audio. We anticipate that it will broaden the consumers’ options in the high quality audio player marker.”

    Source http://eng.cowon.net/news/press_view.php?number=169&pageSort=&boardID=A03&redir=INDEX

    Specs :-

    Platinum Silver color
    Components PLENUE M2, Micro USB Cable, Quick Start Guide, Warranty card

    Products built-in memory capacity: 128GB * / External Memory: microSD SDXC
    Display 3.7 "AMOLED Touch Display (480x800)
    Weight and dimensions 69.0mm (W) x 117.3mm (H) x 13.4mm (D) / 188g
    Full Metal Case High strength unibody
    Button POWER, PLAY / PAUSE, VOL +, VOL-, FF, REW, Multi-Button
    CPU ARM Cortex A9 1.2GHz Dual-Core
    Supported audio file formats DXD / DSD (DFF, DSF) / FLAC / WAV / AIFF / ALAC /
    APE / MP3 / WMA / OGG / WV / TTA / DCF
    Audio codec DXD: ~ 352.8 / 384kHz (1/2 Sampling)
    DSD: ~ 5.64MHz (DSD64, DSD128)
    FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC, WV (WavPack), TTA: ~ 24bit / 192kHz
    - 352.8 / 384kHz FLAC, WAV 1/2 Sampling
    - 32bit float WAV, WAV tag support
    - 5.1Ch Downmixing support
    MP3: MPEG 1/2 / 2.5 Layer 3, ~ 320kbps
    WMA: ~ 320kbps, ~ 48kHz
    APE: Fast compression (Fast), Normal (Normal), high-compression (High) ~ 24bit / 192kHz
    OGG: ~ Q10, ~ 44.1kHz
    Track information CUE sheet, SACD ISO (2Ch)
    Lyrics LRC, LDB, Lyrics3, ID3 Tag lyrics (time information with / without)
    JetEffect 7 66 Presets (50 Presets + 16 User Presets)
    EQ 10 Band Equalizer (EQ Filter)
    BBE + BBE, Mach3Bass, 3D Surround, MP Enhance
    Special Effect Chorus (8 modes), Reverb (9 modes)
    DRM melons
    Audio characteristics DAC Burr-Brown PCM1795
    SNR 120dB
    THD + N 0.0007% (24bit, 48kHz standards)
    Stereo Crosstalk -130dB
    Output 2Vrms
    Output impedance 1Ω
    Volume 140 steps
    Clock high-precision clock TCXO (Phase Jitter 1.0ps)
    Battery and Power Battery Built-in lithium polymer rechargeable 3,000mAh / 3.7V
    About 9 hours playback time (MP3) / 8.5 hours (24bit, 96kHz, FLAC) **
    About 4 hours charging time (input Micro USB DC adapter 5V / 2A ideal conditions)
    Earphone output jack (3.5mm) / optical output (3.5mm)
    Various playback screen, the player skins, analog level meters, Matrix Browser, Multi-Favorite
    PC connection Specifications CPU Pentium lll 500MHz or higher
    OS Windows 8/7 / Vista / XP / 2000 / ME: Support all functions
    MAC OS 10.x / Linux v2.4 or higher: file transfer support
    Recommended USB Port USB 2.0 High Speed




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    ■ Pricing (including VAT) ■

    PLENUE M2 128GB: 899,000 won (Approx £600, $781, 706 Eur)

    Source http://www.cowonglobal.com/ unless stated otherwise.

    Current Firmware V1.30 can be downloaded from :-

    http://www.cowonglobal.com/zeroboard/zboard.php?id=C08&no=620

    Warning/Caution

    The battery must be fully charged before firmware upgrade.
    • Do not reset PLENUE M2 during firmware upgrade.
    • Backup any important files in PLENUE M2 to your PC before firmware upgrade.
    • Please use firmware that COWON authorizes only.
    • JetEffect values might be initialized after firmware upgrade. Please record any important values.
    New features

    • User Interface(UI) design alteration.
    • Added functions for turning off hearing protection. (Settings/System/Hearing Protection) *
    • Improved playlist management functions. **
    • Improved touch sensitivity and scrolling.
    • Improved APE, WAV file compatibility.
    • Supports DFF file ID3 tag.
    • Fixed abnormal behavior occurring when abnormal DFF files exist.
    • Fixed the sounds being splashed in certain situations during playback.
    • Fixed files with SPACE as its first character on a file name being unrecognized while copied on Macintosh.
    * This is a function used to set whether or not to reset the volume when earphones are removed from the device for hearing protection. Hearing protection settings are only possible when the country is set to NON-EU countries.
    ** Browser’s CUE/SACD tab name has been changed to PLAYLISTS.

     
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2019
  2. jmills8
    Im in.
     
  3. audio123
  4. taffy2207
    It looks like the Plenue D's bigger tougher brother, You know, like a D with a flick knife sort of thing [​IMG] 
     
  5. marlin29311
    So they put the Plenue M in a new body and called it a new product?  Weak.  Give it real battery life and I'd consider it.
     
  6. jmills8
    Read, first off more internal memory, new internal amp. There were more info of all the upgrades. I just dont see it now.
     
  7. taffy2207
    That's because I took most of it out because it doesn't translate well, most of it is spiel.  I've put it back in, make of it what you will.
     
  8. gordec
    I wonder how it comes to P1.

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  9. BartSimpson1976
    Battery life remains laughable.... Make it 12 hours for FLAC and I am interested.
     
  10. audio123

    plenue d [​IMG]
     
  11. tienbasse

    +1, I REALLY don't see how this is any better than Plenue 1.
    New chassis... not exciting.
    New amp stage... not exciting.
    Battery life: pityful when you know what Cowon has achieved with smaller players.
    Still no connectivity at all: no BT is just pure nonsense nowadays, although I can live without WiFi.
     
    Seriously, SQ is nice, better specsheet is nicer. No unique selling point at all. ****ty marketing strategy, as usual with Cowon.
     
  12. audio123
    how is it to the Plenue S
     
  13. BartSimpson1976
     
    Nobody has claimed that is better than the P1, otherwise it would be called P1 II.
     
    But I actually do not really see the point in this product. Minor changes, bbut obviously design is adjusted. So next generation of P1 should not be
    too far away. But please add in more battery life.
     
  14. daijobudes
    It's probably either battery life, or ability to power Sennheiser's HD 600,650,700,800,800s.
    Well if the sq is good - why not. Design is sleek. But what will buy me is ability of Cowon to be connected to my Mojo!!!
    Especially if they would add it in Plenue D.
    Cheers.
     
  15. tienbasse

    So far the description only mentions 9 hours of FLAC, which is no better than Plenue 1/M.
    But I should be used to this with Cowon by now, they tend to release multiple versions of similar DAPs with no spec improvement whatsoever.
    Happened multiple times in the past, design changes only, and not always for the better.
     
    They're always so frigging slow to update their hardware... especially capacity.
     
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