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Cowon Plenue R Polaris Silver Digital Audio Player

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The robust and angular body of the Cowon Plenue R 128GB Portable High-Resolution Audio Player is constructed from CNC-machined, high-strength anodized aluminum, and houses sophisticated audio reproduction technology.

At its core is the Texas Instruments PCM5242 DAC and SoundPlus amplifier, which are engineered to reproduce 24-bit/192 kHz, DSD, and DXD audio sources, and drive them through your favorite high-end headphones with high impedance, without the need of a separate amp. It sports a 3.5mm headphone and optical output, as well as a 2.5mm balanced headphone connector. The balanced output eliminates transmission noise by adding “out of phase” signals to reproduce clearer and crisper original sound.

There’s not much your Plenue R can’t play. When adding files, you will enjoy support for DXD, DSD, FLAC, AIFF, OGG, MP3, and much more. The built-in rechargeable 3000mAh LiPo battery provides up to 17 hours of playback, and you can choose to playback files wirelessly with Bluetooth technology. The Plenue R supports the Qualcomm aptX audio codec, which provides high compression efficiency so you can still have a superb audio experience whether you’re tethered or not.


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When I say this is NOT just All-Round DAP, I really mean it. As a reviewer, I get a chance to test and to compare many different DAPs. So, when people ask me “what is your favorite DAP”, I don’t have a simple answer but certainly do pick one of the flagship choices. But when you are a consumer on a budget, looking to buy a new DAP, you are faced with many choices and a hard decision to pick one. That’s where you start looking for the best value to suite your needs.

So, if your needs don’t include the streaming or app support, and if you want something portable on the go without a requirement to drive more demanding headphones, Cowon Plenue R is one heck of a value. You get 128GB of internal storage with 256GB (and possibly 400GB) uSD expansion. You get Bluetooth with aptX codec support. 2.5mm TRRS balanced and 3.5mm single ended and Optical output. Very responsive touch screen with customizable GUI, a ton of Setting options, and fantastic JetEffect dsp effects. And on top of that, 16-17 hours of battery life.

There are many DAP choices out there, and mid-fi market is starting to get saturated with players that cost less than PR. But when you are deciding on your next DAP, make sure you don’t just look at the price, but also compare everything else it has to offer. In case of Plenue R, it offers a lot!

The COWON Plenue R is a versatile, super-HD, Hi-Fi sound music player. It comes with:

  • High-quality Bluetooth aptX
  • A responsive touchscreen
  • 128 GB High speed internal memory
  • 17-hour playback
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Durable metal body
  • 192 kHz high-resolution sound
  • Sound source display LED light
  • SoundPlus high-performance amplifier, and more

The difference between the COWON Plenue R and other sound music players becomes obvious even from the first usage. Equipped with the PCM5242 digital-to-analog converter, which is designed for high-end hi-fi audio systems the COWON Plenue R provides the best quality of sound.

The COWON Plenue R also features the latest hyper-advanced architecture from Texas Instruments to ensure a high-definition resolution in not only DXD but DSD sources as well. The high-performance SoundPlus amplifier from Texas Instruments provides:

  • High voltage while still maintaining the highest level of linearity
  • Powerful performance that is able to drive top quality headphones without a separate headphone amplifier necessary
  • Precise sound turning that allows any frequency range in combination with a variety of receivers to be clearly expressed.

The COWON Plenue R makes it possible for it to be used with any set of headphones, speakers, and earphones, as long as they have Bluetooth support, and JetEffect 7’s application ensures an acoustic field via Bluetooth that is very powerful, giving the best music experience.

The Plenue R provides an ample 128GB of storage for your high-resolution audio files, and even gives you the ability to expand that with an (optional) microSD card (up to 256GB). Controlling audio settings and playback can be done on the built-in 3.7″ AMOLED touch display, or you can utilize physical side buttons that operate power, volume, playback, and search. When playing your audio files, the color-changing LED indicator lets you know the type you’re listening to at a glance, such as normal audio, HD, or DSD/DXD sound.

JetEffect 7 Sound Control
Take full control of your audio experience with a 10-band EQ filter, BBE+, and more. You can set up to 16 different presets or experience any of the 50 different reference presets.

  • 10 Band EQ Filter: Advanced settings to adjust the frequency and width of each band
  • BBE+: High-definition effects to sharpen sound (phase correction)
  • Mach3Bass: Bass booster to enhance super low-end bass
  • 3D Surround: Three-dimensional sound for an enhanced sense of space
  • MP Enhance: Compensates lost sound segments
  • Chorus Mode: 8 different sound effects that enrich your audio (Chorus 1/2/3, Unison 1/2, and Flange 1/2/3)
  • Reverb Mode: 9 different sound effects for enhanced realism (Chamber, Room, Club, Hall, Auditorium, Cathedral, Stadium, Canyon, and Long)

Four Premium DAC Filters
Normal, low latency, high attenuation, and asymmetric FIR DAC filters are provided to let you fine tune your audio and implement transient signal responses.

Customizable GUI
High-resolution album art, matrix browser, six sophisticated player skins, and three level meter skins all combine to provide different visual looks to your display. In addition, A variety of GUIs can be created through a UCI environment that lets you customize different interface layouts.

TCXO (Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator)
TCXO is designed to minimize the difference in sampling rates due to the change in temperature, providing phase jitter of 1.0ps.

Codec Support
The Plenue R supports the following audio codes: AIFF, FLAC, APE, WAV, MP3, WA, TTA, DXD (352.8/384 kHz), and DSD128 (5.64 MHz)

140-Level Volume Control
Listen to your high-resolution audio at the precise volume level that you desire, thanks to Plenue R’s 140 different volume level adjustments. You can hold down the volume button to change settings quickly, or dial in the perfect setting in 0.5dB increments.

Additional Features

  • Optical output (S/PDIF) audio output
  • USB DAC function that lets you use the Plenue R as an external DAC on your PC
  • Cortex A9 1.2 GHz dual core CPU
  • Embedded Linux system
  • Support for 5 lyric formats, such as LRC, LDB, Lyrics3, and ID3 Tag lyrics
  • Gapless and Remove Silence functions to minimize the wait between tracks
  • Multi-Favorite allows you to save tracks into different playlists
  • Search function lets you use an on-screen keyboard to find the track you want
  • 2-Channel Level Meter in digital and analog that moves dynamically with your music

Additional information

Weight 1 kg

Why buy from us?

Rapallo is an independently owned New Zealand company and with more than 15 years experience, we offer you both technical expertise and superior service.

Rapallo is fully authorized to sell products by all of the manufacturers listed on our website and in our store. In most cases we are more than a reseller, we are a direct dealer who also receives training and where possible we personally test products we sell.

Authorized dealers like us offer peace of mind. Rapallo

  • meets manufacturer’s standards, from sales to service, in order to receive authorized status.
  • often receives training directly from manufacturer representatives and shares that expertise with you.
  • provides  support for all the products they sell.
  • ensures that manufacturer warranties will be honoured.
  • buys directly from big brand manufacturers and guarantee you buy NZ new, (no grey imports or parallel imports).

The Internet is an incredibly convenient information source and a wonderful way to find savings on the products you want. Protect yourself online by buying from authorized dealers, with genuine feedback and reputations.

A price too good to be true, usually is.
If you’ve ever searched for a product on a shopping engine (such as Priceme/Pricespy) you may have asked yourself, “Why are some stores charging so much less than other stores?”

Our customers often share these stories with us, so we thought we would share a few with you, in hopes that you don’t fall prey to any of these unscrupulous sales tactics.

  • Goods may be grey market/parallel imported. They may state that the product includes the manufacturer warranty, but not tell you that the warranty is valid only in Europe, Japan, or South America, and NOT in NZ.
  • You may be asked to buy an expensive extended warranty. In many cases if you do not purchase the warranty, your purchase will be denied. (The product is now out of stock, your card does not go through, etc.)
  • Included parts may be sold to you separately. Some resellers will open boxes and charge extra for parts that are normally included by the manufacturer.
  • Hidden charges which don’t show up until your credit card statement arrives, these charges only show up when your credit card statement is sent to you.
  • When something goes wrong, faulty, late delivery, doesn’t matter how many times you try to email, they don’t get back.
  • There are so many scamming online sellers today, “buyer beware” protect yourself!

Think you have a better price from someone in NZ (authorised dealer)? Call us, we’ll see what we can do.

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Concerned About Fraud?

The internet has become a more popular source for online shopping, regrettably we have seen more and more instances of fraud affecting online shoppers. Companies trading under many  different names, loading warranties and charging for them as extras when often they are included from the manufacturer. Parallel imports or personal imports where the NZ supplier refuses to repair when things go wrong is often alarming to the unsuspecting purchaser. Inflated freight charges, customs and GST at the border are often forgotten as a buyer is tempted by a lower price. Constantly we hear all these stories, once bitten it’s all to late looking for that refund or replacement. The stories are outrageous at times, customers from Trademe and ebay with no place to turn, time consuming and very frustrating….

So how do you protect yourself from online fraud?

  • Buy from an authorized reseller. If you are at all suspicious, contact the manufacturer directly and ask if a company is authorized to sell their products.
  • Make sure you get a company invoice with GST clearly marked.
  • Make sure you buy from someone who has a phone number and an address on their website, not a P.O.Box number
  • Read customer feedback, you can usually tell if it’s genuine or not.

We hope that you will become our next happy customer. And we promise to offer you superior service before, during and after your purchase.



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