Cowon iAudio D2+ DAB review
A versatile player that includes a DAB radio, although it can be a little awkward to use
Review Date: 7 Dec 2009
Reviewed By: Darien Graham-Smith
Price when reviewed: £112 (£129 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
The D2+ DAB is a cute device measuring just 78 x 55 x 17mm. The front is mostly taken up by a 2.5in TFT touchscreen, while the sides offer an SDHC slot, plus buttons for volume, power and the menu.
This means that choosing tracks, browsing videos and changing settings must all be accomplished by prodding miniature icons on the smart screen, which can be fiddly at the best of times.
However, the D2+ DAB has its strengths too. As the name indicates, it comes with a DAB radio receiver, offering more stations than a standard FM tuner with automatic tuning and textual information. Be warned, though, that DAB reception is prone to glitches if you’re listening on the move.
Your existing music library will sound great on the D2+: it pumps out a surprising amount of power, and supports some less common codecs, including OGG and FLAC. The little screen is neither terribly bright nor large, but video files are perfectly watchable once they’ve been shrunk down to the D2+’s native resolution of 320 x 240.
The D2+ DAB won’t be for everyone. If you don’t want its digital radio features, you might like to check out the cheaper FM-only version. But either way, it’s a flexible player that bundles a lot into an endearingly small package.
Author: Darien Graham-Smith
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