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Cowon Plenue R - All Round Player

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by kel77, Jul 14, 2017.
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  1. twister6 Contributor
    Cowon leather cases are as beautiful as their chassis, fits like a glove without hiding the design, and the quality is on par, if not better than, Dignis. Why leather case with PR? I already mentioned above, the bottom right edge felt sharp in my hand, unless if it was just an engineering sample I got for my review.
  2. NewEve
    Thanks for the input.

    Any comparison with the Plenue D?
  3. Cherubian
    How come this thread is so quiet? No impressions? I'm about to get a mid-fi DAP and R looks really impressive (long battery life, latest Jet effects, balanced out). Always wanted a COWON player.
  4. twister6 Contributor
    Too many DAPs, too much competition. PR is more than just "all aRound player". Fantastic with IEMs, sound is closer to Plenue 2, long battery (17hrs as tested), Bluetooth with aptx codec, 128GB internal storage plus uSD expansion, small/compact/lightweight, optical out to use as a transport, and JetEffect dsp effects. So far, the only negative is that it's less powerful, not the best pair up with full size more demanding cans or higher impedance iems/earbuds. Cowon probably cut down on power to increase battery life. It's in queue to be reviewed, should have it done in a few weeks.
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  5. PapaThrust
    Does the Eq cover the 30hz - 16khz range or does it only go down to 80 hz?

    I was hoping for the 20 band one like in the downloadable app but I think that is not the case - Thanks
  6. Cherubian
    Thanks a lot Twister. Sounds really good! I don't intend to use full size headphones (have another DAP for that) so the lower power is not a problem for me. Now just wait till my local COWON dealer gets the first batch. Can't wait!
  7. Cherubian
    Btw you are right, too many DAPs around now. Crazy world...
  8. NaiveSound
    Twist? How does this pair with Zeus XR?
  9. Deftone
    Yeah but the deciding factor, does it have digital out? ...it really should be a standard for daps these days.

    Yes it does, ignore.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2017
  10. twister6 Contributor
    PR has the same EQ as PM2, P2, which is semi-Parametric EQ with the following band coverage, I'm quoting my P2/PM2 review:

    "...you have access to 10 Band EQ where each band has 3 selectable values: 63/76/92, 112/135/164, 200/240/290, 350/430/520, 620/750/910, 1.1k/1.3k/1.6k, 2k/2.4k/2.9k, 3.5k/4.2k/5.1k, 6.2k/7.5k/9k, 10.9k/13.2k/16k. You can adjust every band by +/- 12 steps and select bandwidth (Q) of each frequency as normal, wide, or narrow – turning this EQ into Parametric EQ".

    This is more than enough to cover EQ adjustment, and it goes down to 60Hz.
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  11. twister6 Contributor
    Don't have PD, but it's their entry level lower-fi model. I heard from a number of people it's below PM2 in sound quality and overall performance (slower touch screen response, etc). PR is above PM2 for sure. Not quite at P2 level of resolution and dynamics, but it's approaching that level.
  12. twister6 Contributor
    I sent my review pair of XRA long time ago to Jack for reshelling into XR. It's been probably 4+ months since I heard Zeus, thus it hasn't been featured in any of the latest comparisons or pair-ups.
  13. PapaThrust
    Thanks for the intel -That sounds like a pretty great EQ, though I disagree it's enough for the bottom end, at least as I understand it.
    I like to shape a sub bass curve for the Andromedas and 400i starting at about 50hz so I'm hoping there is some other management for those lower frequencies. Most every basic EQ reaches lower to 30 hz - so I'm a bit puzzled by the omission, especially since the Eq In Jet audio app has full bandwidth with 20 frequencies.
  14. someyoungguy
    I haven’t used the JetAudio app but have had a few Cowons- S9,J3,Plenue D and 1. In addition to the EQ bands they also have other effects which include a setting called Mach3 bass. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a frequency curve showing exactly what it’s effect is, but subjectively it sounds like a bass boost in the sub-EQ and lower-EQ range. You can dial it up from 0 (off) to about 9 I think- I’m not sure what the maximum is as I never needed to put it that high. I can assure you you’ll get all the bass you need between the EQ bands and Mach3 bass settings.
  15. superuser1
    Cant find too many places where I could buy it online in South East Asia. Anyone have any leads to order online from either China, HK, Malaysia, Singapore etc?
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