Cocktail Audio X10
It’s unlikely that most of the younger music-listening generations have piles of CDs stacked in their rooms, on shelves or in attics. Yet they are still readily available in all kinds of shops for those of us who’d prefer tangible, solid evidence of where our high quality music is coming from. They may be on the out but they’re certainly still relevant. CDs provide the kind of quality of sound that is often overlooked for a smaller, less precise digital files. By today’s standards the Compact Disc is still compact. However, compared to the hundreds of CDs that will never exceed the size of your mp3 player, CDs face a tough battle with convenience.
So do we sacrifice space for quality or quality for space? The Cocktail Audio X10 provides a solution to this and means you don’t have to face this problem again.
In essence the X10 is a sophisticated hi-fi audio system that operates with complete independence from a laptop or computer. The X10 will both play and burn up to 15 000 albums onto its hard drive making them accessible through the database function or by remote.
Files move effortlessly from CD to hard drive no matter their original size. The X10 can reproduce CD quality sound as the sophisticated encoding options allow the choice between WAV, FLAC, OGG and MP3 files.
The X10 allows you to keep you entire music library on one device that will sit neatly in any room. There is no compromise to quality and you can even use a remote computer to back up your files if you so choose.
The best of both worlds in one simple device. The 1TB size X10 is available at Amp3 for £379.99. Get it here.
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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.