REVIEW – HEADPHONIA.COM
“The Cowon Plenue D2 is a strange player, one that sits between two eras. It boasts no wifi, no streaming, no USB, no USB-DAC or USB-out and even suffers from a low-res screen… Yet, it grew on me.
It’s fast, easy to use, blazing fast to boot up and battery life is nothing short of amazing. It’s the perfect player for long travel or commute, if you don’t mind relating on hard copied music. Something very strange for me.
Soundwise, it’s faultless as long as you stick to portable gear (no Sennheiser HD800). BBE Effects are still, and by far, the best DSP you can get for any DAP at this point. I’ve used the BBE Mach3Bass from the first day and I think this player can compete with high-end sedentary gear on this point. The Plenue D2 could be used as your main source on the go, if you’re a sound engineer.
I’m still a nerdy guy, leaning toward quirky players and DACs, but sometimes simplicity is best. And that’s the Cowon Plenue D2 : simplicity at its best. A sure choice for today and tomorrow.”
Playing back your audio is done via the Plenue D2’s 2.8″ wide-angle LCD touchscreen. You can use it to access music on the built-in 64GB of storage, which can be upgraded via an (optional) microSD cart up to 128GB.
During playback, you can fine tune the volume and speed to your personal tastes. The Plenue D2 supports 140 levels of volume control and 11 levels of playback speed control. Packed with power-saving technology in the DACs, and a high-capacity battery, you can enjoy your audio for up to 45 hours per charge.
JetEffect 5 & BBE+
Both JetEffect 5 and BBE+ are technologies that COWON have incorporated into the Plenue D2 to correct sound distortion and phase. BBE+ in particular is designed to be especially effective for enjoying live music recordings. By delaying low and midrange frequencies, higher frequencies hit the ear sooner, mimicking the experience of a live performance.
Custom Playback Options
You can adjust audio playback on the Plenue D2 to your specific tastes with a host of filters and options.
- 5-Band EQ Filter: Settings to adjust the frequency and width of each band
- Mach3Bass: Bass booster that enhances super low-end bass
- 3D Surround: Enhances the sense of space while listening
- MP Enhance: Compensates lost sound segments
- Reverb: Reverb effect is applied to enhance realism. Modes include Chamber, Room, Club, Hall, Auditorium, Cathedral, Stadium, Canyon, and Long
Support for High-Impedance Headphones
The Plenue D2 features a high-output headphone mode that is capable of driving high-impedance headphones without the need of an external amplifier.
- Five digital filters for fine micro-tuning of sound (fast/low latency, fast/phase-comp, slow/low-latency, slow/phase-comp, and non-oversampling)
Support for multiple high-resolution and lossless audio formats
Multi-favorite and search features
Durable metal construction with an angular isometric edge design
Recessed power button to prevent accidental operation
LED status indicator
Built-in physical control buttons to operate playback
Support for high-resolution album art
Matrix browser and three built-in player skins
Ability to customize your own interface layouts
|DAC||2 x CIRRUS LOGIC CS43131 24-Bit|
|Audio Resolution||DSDNative: 5.64 MHz / 24-Bit|
|Impedance||1 Ohms (Unbalanced)
1.5 Ohms (Balanced)
|Volume Control||Digital (140 Steps)|
|THD + N||0.0004% at 48 kHz (Unbalanced)
0.0005% at 48 kHz (Balanced)
|Maximum Output Voltage||4.0 Vrms|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||125 dB (Unbalanced)
130 dB (Balanced)
|Internal Storage Capacity||64 GB|
|Maximum Storage Capacity||192 GB|
|Flash Media Slot||1 x microSDXC|
|Display||2.8″ LCD (240 x 320 Resolution)|
|Operation Method||Physical Buttons, Touchscreen|
|Formats Supported||Audio: DSD (DFF, DSF, ISO), FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC, APE, MP3, WMA, and OGG|
|Connections||1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm Stereo Headphone
1 x 2.5 mm Balanced Headphone
|Battery||1x Built-In Rechargeable Lithium-Polymer Battery
Providing up to 45 Hours per Charge for Audio Playback
|Charging Time||Full Charge: 3.5 Hours|
|System Requirements||Operating System
Windows ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
Mac OS X 10
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||2.1 x 3.1 x 0.6″ / 53.1 x 79.2 x 14.9 mm|
|Weight||3.42 oz / 97 g|
|Package Weight||0.575 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||7.2 x 3.9 x 1.1″|