The D2+ is currently available online, priced at $139 (8GB) and $179 (16GB), which can be had in either black or silver. My first-take from last Friday pretty well summed up my major criticisms (no support for AAC audio or H.264 video), but if you want some more nitty-gritty analysis, my full review of the Cowon D2+ is available over at CNET Reviews.
This week, Donald and Jasmine take a look at a handful of extreme iPod accessories, some more ridiculous than others. Plus, a new pair of ultralight earphones grabs Jasmine's attention and ends up earning an Editors' Choice award. Also on deck: a closer look at the Cowon D2+, an iPhone app for Deadheads, and some unique earbuds that have Donald up in arms.
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I just got my hands on the latest D2+ MP3 player from Cowon, which began shipping in the U.S. earlier this week. Unlike the multihued models available overseas, the U.S. version of the D2+ only comes in black (with a possibility of silver coming eventually), and is priced at $139 (8GB) and $179 (16GB).
If you remember the original Cowon D2 from 2007, then the D2+ isn't going to seem like much of a shocker. The majority of the spec sheet features are the same: 2.5-inch QVGA resistive touch screen; music playback (MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG, WAV,APE), video (AVI, WMV), photos, FM radio, text reader, and voice recorder. Rated battery life is still the same, excellent 52 hours of audio and 10 hours of video. Dimensions, same. Buttons, same. Kickstand, USB port, SDHC slot...same, same, same.
Fortunately, we were already big fans of the original D2, so Cowon didn't need to do much to keep us interested. The big news here is that Cowon upgraded the D2's already mind-blowing audio enhancement settings with the latest BBE+ technology (also included in the recent Cowon S9). I don't have an older D2 to compare against, but I can say subjectively that the sound really is fantastic, and I actually find the EQ and effect settings on the D2+ a little easier to navigate than on the S9--which emphasized presets over individual settings. The EQ on the D2+ also offers adjustable EQ frequency filters and bandwidth settings for the super-picky users, which I remember seeing on the S9 and Cowon O2, but not on the original D2.
Jasmine's back and has no problem falling into her old habits of forcing her opinions on others. This week, she and Donald discuss the new D2 from Cowon, an intriguing new artist package from iTunes, and the joys of 32GB of flash memory.
Also this week: check out a boombox with legs that encapsulates all that was the 80s and get some follow-up info on some CES MP3 players.
Details on Cowon's new D2+ touch screen MP3 player have been revealed on the Korean version of the company's Web site. As the name implies, the D2+ is an improvement on the company's relatively popular D2 MP3 player line, which made its debut in February of 2007.
Details on the pricing of the D2+ are unclear, but the company product page explicitly touts new features such as BBE+ sound enhancement (recently included on the Cowon S9), a refreshed graphic user interface, and memory expansion compatible with SD, SDHC, and MMC. Existing Cowon D2 features such as FM … Read more