Cowon iAudio D2+ DAB review

7 Dec 2009

A versatile player that includes a DAB radio, although it can be a little awkward to use

Cowon iAudio D2+ DAB
Price when reviewed 
129
4

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.

Cowon iAudio D2+ DAB

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.

Details

Price ex VAT £112
Price inc VAT £129
Overall rating 4
Performance 5
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 4

Basic specifications

Media player storage type Flash memory
Capacity 4GB
Screen size 2.5in

Battery life

Audio battery life 52hrs

Other features

USB charging? yes
Data connector type Mini + Micro USB
Screen size 2.5in
Resolution 320 x 240
Wired remote? no

Dimensions

Dimensions 150 x 80 x 130mm (WDH)
Weight 90g

Audio codec support

MP3 support yes
WMA support yes
AAC support no
OGG support yes
FLAC support yes
ATRAC support no
WAV support yes
ASF support no
AIFF support no

Video codec support

DivX support yes
XviD support yes
H.264 support no
WMV-HD support no
WMV support yes
AVI support yes
MP4 support yes