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New model Cowon - Plenue D2

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by tiddlywinks, Jan 1, 2019.
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  1. mbphotox
    @castleofargh thanks for the terminology input. English is my third language, and it's not like they thought us electrical engineering there :D

    @sebna your gear list reads very fancy, but it doesn't even mention the PD2 and what soundstage-less head/earphones you used with it... Maybe there wasn't any space left amidst the amazing cablegrace?
    shigzeo likes this.
  2. sebna
    I tested the PD2 with both IEMs from the sig (Mee P1 and KPE) and reference point for the sound-stage were my old and trusty Denon AH-1001 (so nothing too fancy) and in sources department. Gaming PC and HTC One M7 were used for testing.

    Both HTC One m7 and my gaming PC (sigh) are producing much better soundstage using same set of HPs (as mentioned above).

    You will not squeeze max out of any system without good and matched to the system cables. They do not have to be expensive, they just need to be good. Unfortunately exceptional cables are usually very expensive. Of course system must be good enough as well for the cables to make difference and there is no point to match mediocre system with high-end cables. I guess it is all common knowledge.

    The beauty of portable systems is that cables are almost an non issue as there is nowhere to plug them :wink:

    I have also ordered JVC IEMs but they will not be in time to test them with PD2 as my return window will be closing soon and I will be availing of it so soon enough you will get rid of me from here and all my "non-sense" will go with me....

    Last edited: Apr 1, 2019
  3. BrianD19

    Haven’t quite made up my mind but I’m thinking of keeping the Plenue D2 since I don’t need that and the Opus.

    I’ve read the online manual but it’s not clear to me ...
    1. How to determine the current firmware version running on the device.
    2. How to find the latest version and download it.

    This is all pretty simple with the Opus and was also easy with iBasso. I haven’t found the Cowon manufacturer website that makes any sense regarding firmware downloads.


    Note: One of my kids recently won this but he wanted money so I ‘converted it’ to cash for him.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2019
  4. Soundtrap
    Here it is English and very simple:http://www.cowonglobal.com/
  5. BrianD19
    Many thanks. I’ll download v1.02 to the PC for now.
  6. shigzeo Contributor
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  8. Mhog55
    Gotta love those Cirrus Logical dac chips lol. That review left me less than satisfied.
    Can anyone make any comparisons to the Opus#1s? Not looking for anything specific, just whatever you got. I don't need another dap, but this one intrigues me.
  9. mbphotox
    WhatHifi is a massive scam... They don't even bother to deliver measurements or name the headphones they used...

    A typical bunch of snake oil priests that make a ton of money off of the naivety of their readers.
  10. counterclockwise
    how on earth do they arrive at a 4/5 for "features"? ^^;
    (especially while disregarding balanced output as a feature few would use...)

    speaking of balanced, is there any sane reason one might prefer (sound-wise) the single ended output or am i hallucinating?
  11. shigzeo Contributor
    Bad balanced outputs exist. Some are much worse than their single ended counterparts. Some are better. Some are much better. It runs the gamut.
  12. PaganDL

    As @shigzeo stated, all depends on the implementation & how well stuff is wired, components, etc.

    Personally & subjectively, I prefer 3.5 mm, 3.5 Balanced & 4.4 mm Pentaconn over 2.5 mm Balanced as 'better' standards as more often than not, they are harder to mess up overall though it is still possible, nothing is infaliable.
    Where sound is concerned, personally & subjectively, there are certainly more single ended I have heard over many years listening to gear at different levels which quality wise blow the balanced out the water but that is more a humble opinion than anything else.

    Hope you have a great day !
  13. Signo
    Ok so this is my second D2 as the first one went a bit “do dally”, so sent it back. Anyway, the new player is working like a charm. I’m still blown away by how good it sounds, listening to “Bob Sega – Still the Same” is like he is playing in the same room, it’s really that good.

    The player has its faults – too small, no BT, no streaming, slow UI and looks like a toy.

    However, if sound is really important to you then get this DAP (play with the EQ setting to get best results)
    dsrk likes this.
  14. dsrk
    All the entry level and mid tier Cowons are all about EQ and you need to EQ to get the best out of them.
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