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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. tonyc2468
    I have the D, M,M2 andP1 - have not tried the R or P2 yet but my preference so far is the M - this is very close to the P1 but slightly fuller sound without jet effect engaged. They are all good players so you can't go wrong with any- the P1 is very cheap now and great value at current price
  2. someyoungguy
    Twister6 wrote a few pages back in the thread:
    I previously had the D but have never heard the R, M or M2 to compare it with.
  3. Love Music
    I see. Too bad they all have very short battery life. I expected more for the asking price....

    Thanks. Hopefully there will be reviews soon and comparisons.
  4. qsk78
    Tried to look around if any alternatives on the market exist now. Also taking into account that I move to low impedance ortofon family.

    My favorite onkyo DAPs, especially when a new DP-S1A is coming - too high output impedance, no optical output
    New AK70 MKII - do not like AK products since I do not like DAC chips they implement
    Opus #2,3 - questionable, #2 is out of budget and not that compact ( the DAP will not be my main source, so it should not cost that much)
    Various Chinese DAPs - no, thank you. Do not believe in price/reliability/performance ratio

    So basically Plenue R is one the main candidates - BB chip, compact and light weight, optical output, SE and balanced outputs, matching with my Vantam CML size wise.
    On the other hand there are no streaming capabilities (Tidal, etc) which is odd, we are close to 2018 but Cowon stuck somewhere in 2010, and not that much power on board (1,4 vrms / 1,6 vrms)

    So I'm looking forward to Twister6' review:wink:
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2017
  5. NewEve
    For what it's worth, here's my short take on the PM2 compared to the D.
    I was originally going for the new R but found the M2 somewhere cheaper.
    Also, I heard only good things about the Burr-Brown PCM1795's sound signature so I went for it without thinking twice.
  6. qsk78
    I personally adore this DAC...in my Vantam CML, just unbeatable SQ but never heard anything even close to it in DAPs. I have not heard any Plenue on BB yet though...
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2017
  7. Love Music

    I see. Yeah, I was thinking of getting the M until I saw the r has better battery life as I don't want to buy something so expensive with such a short battery life... That's why thinking of the r but also don't want to sacrifice sound quality....
  8. NewEve
    Do you listen to 7h of music straight and/or do not have access to a charger in-between sessions?
    It's an honest question--I don't and, therefore, do not find the battery life of the M2 to be an issue.
  9. erceve
    For me 7hrs is also way to short, even though I do have access to a charger most of the time and don't listen 7hrs, for me it's more about durability, even if you take very good care of your device the first thing that will give in is the battery, therefore I like it to be either replaceable or as big as possible. if 15 hrs turn into 7 its still okay for me, if 7 turn into 3-4 that's too little
  10. qsk78
    My Vantam Limited dac/amp is 3-3,5 hours only and I'm more than happy with it.
    Frankly speaking it is 90% of the time stays either in the office or at home close to electricity).
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2017
  11. twister6 Contributor
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  12. qsk78
    Nice review, as always. :thumbsup:
  13. superuser1
  14. NewEve
    That makes sense.
  15. NewEve
    Thanks for the review!

    Quick question: you wrote in your review that "P2 and PR share a similar more neutral-revealing sound, while PM2 has neutral-smoother tonality which is a little warmer. That’s why I found more often reaching out to use JetEffect with PM2, and not so much with P2 and PR."

    Which JetEffects do you ended up going for on the PM2?

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