New Cowon iAudio10 takes home top design award at Good Design Award presented by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.
Cowon’s latest MP3 player has been creating quite a stir in the tech world. All new Cowon products are awaited with baited breath as the experts in sound improve upon already excellent products.
Now, to add to the anticipation, the iAudio10 has landed the Audiovisual Device Award at one of the world’s top four design awards ceremonies. The sublime iAudio10 has been expertly crafted to blend ergonomic and aesthetic appeals. The contemporary form is skilfully shaped and balanced to sit comfortably in the hand’s natural grip.
Amp3’s very own Elliot has written a comprehensive review which you can read here. Cowon continue to improve upon an excellent product base that includes the S9 – the winner of the 2009 iF Design award.
Nam-Kyu Park, CEO of Cowon, had this to say following the iAudio10 award:
“With this award, Cowon’s excellence in product design and UI [user interface] has once again received international recognition. We will strengthen the image of our brand in the international market even more by continuing to introduce new products that set themselves apart in their design and satisfies the sensibility of the consumer.”
The iAudio10 will be available for pre-order shortly at the following prices: 8GB £99, 16GB £119 & 32GB £149
Cowon iAudio S9 16GB MP3 Player
8GB – £119
16GB – £139
32GB – £199
When I say ‘Cowon’; you say ‘quality’. COWON! QUALITY! COWON! QUALITY! You get the picture.
If you’ve been following the latest deals and reading the latest blog posts you’ll be tired of my going on about the superior sound of Cowon players. You won’t be disappointed – as one member of staff wrote in her product sleepover review of the C2 – ‘once you go Cowon, you don’t go back’. Well, why would you?
The iAudio S9 is one of the most highly regarded of the entire Cowon fleet. For good reason too; firstly, the ‘[s]ound quality is awesome’ T3. The S9 uses Cowon’s new BBE+ audio architecture. This is a series of processes that reproduce the music of both your high and low quality files to make them sound incredible. The EQ facilities and stereo enhancements are notable in the S9 which are enjoyed while listening to any of the following file formats which the S9 accepts: MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, WAV and APE.
Cowon understand that no matter its high quality audio output, the sound is not going to suit everyone. Sensibly, it has incorporated 30 different music profiles to suit varying music genres so you can find the perfect match to your favourite music.
The S9 also has incredible video capabilities shown through its high quality AMOLED display. Movies are a delight to watch with bright colours and a crisp finish.
Other features on the Cowon S9 are an FM radio, calculator, picture viewer, document reader and best of all it is Bluetooth enabled. Connect to wireless speakers or wireless headphones.
If this hasn’t been persuasive enough you can read the full product description here.
‘The amp section in the D3 is very well performing, as usual for Cowon players. It shows no background hiss with even the most efficient IEMs (except for the BBE issue described above, which seems to be a software issue, not hardware), it has very low output impedance and drives finicky multi-armature IEMs with crossovers properly.’ anythingbutipod.com
The Cowon D3 has had a thorough grilling by the guys over at anythingbutipod. Every detail, every feature, every aspect of the D3 has been expertly scrutinised by the specialist critics and you can read the full review here.
The Cowon D3 is an impressive little device that boasts an array of high performing features. The HD quality playback will keep you glued to the screen for hours on end. High quality entertainment is synonymous with Cowon products and this D3 is nothing but high quality. Enjoy hours of entertainment whether it be listening to high fidelity music or browsing the internet.
See how the Cowon D3 fared with anythingbutipod here.
Click here for a full product description
Every month at Advanced MP3 Players we choose the best customer review. This month it has come from Italian-born Nico Guanti for an absolutely outstanding and detailed review. Thanks for taking the time, Nico!
Read his review in its entirety below.
~ Review by Nico Guanti ~
The choice and purchase of these IEM is not been casual:I’ve been looking for quite a while for a better
earphone;an upgrading in sound quality was absolute necessary after having found for an amazing low prize
a Cowon iAUDIO X5L 30Gb,an out of production Hard Disk driven portable player,quite known for his qualities
among music lovers some years ago and being a no-nonsense player,still appreciate today by a small public,mostly owners who find difficult to separate from such a performer.
Nostalgia feelings apart,in few words I discovered that I stopped listening music not because I had enough of it but because the quality and performance of the utilized hardware,and I refer mostly about earphones,became unsatisfying to my taste with the passing of the years.
Normally I have been using A CREATIVE player a pair of Sennheiser,followed by a cheap earphones from AKG,the K324P.
It was the last one who started the desire of wanting more and certainly better and gave me the hint
that a low price doesn’t mean always a low SQ.
I’d never heard of the MEElectronics,a California based small company but my research was not limited to
well known names only.
Only limitation was a price range and the best price/quality ratio I could find among the immense numbers of brands and items proposed on the market.
I’d already decided for IEM and thanks to a great amount of free time I’ve been able to read different reviews and guides on specialized sites and forum ,finding out that my budget of 80 euros was was not royal at all if compared to the price lists who were merciless facing me.
So I found out that on every site,from headfi to anythingbutipod,passing through cnet and techenclave
there were audiophiles in awe after having tested these A151 and the CC51,from the same company,MEE that is.
The first catch my interest being a Knowles BA single driver ,an option that made worthier the purchasing when related to the price of 75 USD only (MEE site)
Other positive points are: the various accessories,like 5 sets of ear tips(S-M-L single,double and triple flange),the shell zipped case and the quality of the very comfortable cable,a double twisted 140cm one;design is attractive and more important they are comfy to wear,even for long time listening.
They can be used with cable over the ear or just normally:either way the microphonics is unexistent.
They are made of plastic but to me they seem durable and sturdy;the golden plated plug is a straight one,personally not a big issue.
I’ve been using them with a Dell laptop,a Creative V and a Micro,and with the Cowon described before.
I’m not an audiophile,but I know when music tracks are well playbacked.The quality I’ve been listening to goes from low to top and I listen to all music genres.Actually one of the pluses is that the A151 have no preference among the different type of sounds:please note,to whom it may concern, they fancy good recordings…and are right in doing so.
Frankly the A151 is perfect for people who like the feeling of listening to the defined sound of every instrument and vocals without one of the frequencies being more present than the others:all of them are well balanced and people who know better use at this point the adjective neutral to define this feature.
I suppose that for such a clarity to be heard you need a budget double than requested by these amazing IEM.
All the description is based on personal experience:for more detailed specs just google -MEElectronics A151 review- and you’ll be sure satisfied.
From my part I can suggest that the prize you find now on this site is unbeaten on the net and,either are you looking for a new earphone or just for the sake of such a bargain,nobody could deny what a kind of treat is to listen to the nicely tuned driver of the A151.
And Hoping to be useful I’ll end it wisely:always think about the price of your player and what kind of unworthy phones you received with it:it’s just a sin against the Muse of the music…and your ears to keep on using these plastic stuff.