Cowon X7 160GB Portable Media Player - Black
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This product has fundamental quality issues. Three main issues:
1) It will turn into a brick if not charged regularly. Read more
Easy to use, does what it promised. Just what I wanted and hoped to get. Nothing I can see to complain aboutPublished on 22 May 2013 by Amazon Customer
I have a vast music collection, but I do not like the Apple Ipod range. This is the only one I could find that had a large enough memory. Read morePublished on 28 April 2013 by A. Wakely
Don't know what was up with the X7 that died. My battery's run out numerous times in the pub when someone's put Neil Diamond or Oasis on the juke box. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2013 by Archie Sturrock
Never was there a more infuriating mixture of the excellent and the diabolical.
I should have taken warning from the reviews by alexisalex and C. Read more
This is a great product, not a gadget but a music/video player. Quality build and proper sounding music. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2012 by Tag
This has an operating system that is niggly and unresponsive. You sort of get used to it after a while but it's the opposite of a pleasure to use. It's horrific. Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2012 by Rossi
Brought this because apart from the ipod classic, this was the only mp3 player I could find that had such a large capacity and I had read that the volume on the ipod with the large... Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2012 by fran
I've just edited this review, initially I gave this player 4 stars I now give it 1. Why, because the bookmarks don't work and is a major flaw. Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2012 by Ben