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Cowon X7 160GB Portable Media Player - Black

3.1 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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  • Big Hard Drive Capacity Storage
  • Audiophile quality with files like FLAC
  • Simple drag & drop operation
  • 4.3" video touch screen
  • 103 hours music playback battery life
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  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 7.8 x 12.7 cm ; 213 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 599 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: COWONX7-160GB-BLACK
  • ASIN: B0047ZB9XQ
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Nov. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,343 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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  • Cowon X7
  • USB Cable
  • Manual


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    I had checked out all the available pictures but I still wasn't prepared for the size of this little beast. A chunky unit indeed but it is the price we have to pay for a screen on which videos are watchable. It would have been a perfect screen to have wifi but there is no such thing on this. A music, video and picture player in essence.
    At 160GB and another 1.5GB on a flash drive within, this player is for the serious media collector or people who like their music encoded at 320 for Mp3 or Flac. Considering how legendary the sound quality is of the Cowon, it would be a shame to encode MP3s at less than 320 to play on this. Having played around with both S9 and J3, I can say that sound quality on this matches both of those.
    Video resolution 480x272 is not great but okay and as I said earlier, watching videos on this is a pleasure because of screen size. Photos appear to take a bit of time to load and shift but again quite adequate. It is a surprise though that Cowon have released one with such low resolution having had the awesome amoled screen on the S9 and J3.
    I know Cowon are very good with their firmware upgrades and I fear this needs quite a few. The touchscreen can at times be a bit unresponsive and although it doesn't need much pressure on the screen, at times I have had to press several times before it responded. The Bluetooth is good and has a good range without breaking up as was the case with the Cowon S9. Scanning for Bluetooth speakers and then pairing is straightforward and quick. Volume control is on two buttons on the left and respond well. The X7 has its own speakers and comes out with pretty decent volume.
    There are rumours going round that this unit has problems transferring a large amount of files with Macs but has worked very well with a PC.
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    I bought the X7 because I wanted a dedicated portable music player, with good sound, a large hard disc, and good battery life, and the X7 seemed to be the only device on the market that ticked each of these boxes. In the past, I've owned a variety of rockboxed iPods, but I became fed up with the sludgy sound, and the poor battery life. iTunes vs. drag and drop was not an issue for me, as I managed my iPods, and manage my X7, with J.River Media Center, which handily blows iTunes out of the water. The large hard disc was the biggest selling point though, as I have a sizable music collection (primarily in flac, but I use mp3 versions on the X7, to prolong the battery life), and was fed up with having to chop and change the contents of my iPod so frequently. Now, I would certainly recommend the X7 to anyone that, similarly, wants a dedicated music player with great sound, storage, and battery - simply put, right now it's the only thing out there that can actually do the job.

    BUT the X7 takes a little work before it does the job well, and if you're not willing or able to get under the hood a little, then it's not for you. First off, the UI is ghastly! But, thankfully, there is a solution. Fortunately, a number of able and generous programmers have produced some really fantastic (free) UIs, that can be used instead of the native ones. I highly recommend Kizune's Lynx UI (easy to find via google), as well as his browser (Leaf) and music player (Sense). With these on the X7, it's a real pleasure to use, and browsing is simple and intuitive, even with a fairly chunky (30,000+) music library. Second, the X7 will build an accurate database of your music only if the latter is properly tagged.
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    This is a fantastic product but the operating system it comes with is merely adequate and doesn't show album art correctly. However download the Sense theme from the site iaudiophile for free or the author Kizune's project site and it makes it a brilliant music player. I have used both a Cowon J3 and the X7 and with the Sense theme, this is genuinely great with lots of space.

    Note the player fits into a Nintendo DS case nicely, a low cost way of carrying and protecting the player.

    Although the player is bigger than the similar flash based J3 this is still perfectly portable and is often played from my jacket pocket.

    Others will review the player more extensively but I wanted to add a positive note. Buy with confidence but install the Sense theme and then fill the player with your music for best experience.

    cheers
    Mark
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    You know I could live with the irritatingly obscure user interface, the thick heavy chunky device, the crap video, the miniscule typeface which you cannot read and cannot alter (WHY?), the sticky unresponsive touch screen, all I wanted was a great music player.

    The only good thing about this albatross is the sound which is very good. But if like me, you think you can put up with all the horrible truly horrible things this albatross of a music player puts you through just to play your music think again.

    Over and above all this crap it has a major MAJOR design fault. If you let the battery run out, the machine is dead. That's right folks totally dead. You cannot revive this beast except sending it off to Cowon support - so say goodbye for your music for a month.

    Just google the cowon x7 forums. This device dies - yes dies ! when you let the battery run out ! You are right to blink disbelievingly. How can that be ?

    How on earth could any company release a device which dies, never to be born again (except in Cowon Support), when the battery runs out ! It beggars belief. After I sent it back they said, don't let your battery run out. Great. Yeah I'll put that on top of my priorities for my busy life. Well unfortunately I did let it run out again - blame it on a normal life - and the advice they gave (charge it, then press the re-set button, and 2 hours later it will come back to life - DID NOT WORK ! The device is still dead.

    This is such a major design error that frankly I do not care how good their devices are, how great the sound quality, I will never ever buy a Cowon device again. Have they heard about testing ? Clearly not.
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