I have had the Plenue S for about a month now. I use it in combination with Shure SE846 IEMs. In general, I am very happy with the sound quality for the wide range of music that I want to listen to; I am rediscovering my music collection. The sound s...Read moretage, the separation and weaving together of the musical strands of each composition--whether rock, jazz, techno, classical, instrumental, choral, solo, orchestra, whatever--is a revelation. The DAP is expensive but it repays in full with increased listening pleasure. The immediacy and intimacy of the listening experience is exceptional, you feel transported into the studio, witnessing the recording as it unfolds before you, that's the only way I can express it.
In sum, a dedicated DAP. It just plays music, but does so extremely well. The result is totally riveting, involving and immersive. Hearing is believing!
+ Design. Sleek and solid (204 grammes),high quality exterior finish (full metal "unibody"), nice size (64.5 x 17.8 x 118.9 mm without case), fits nicely in the hand
+ nice big power button and track selection, pause volume buttons on side are easily located and operated
+ AMOLED touch screen, responsive and great resolution. Very fast, good haptic feedback, crisp display, pleasing on the eye.
+ menu and GUI layout minimalistic (channel level meters are a pure distraction, however. I turned them off); intuitive, well thought-out in the main, no extraneous, distracting details.
+ Operating system (embedded Linux). No frills, stable and fast
+ navigation through library is fast, and scrolling forward and back within a track is lightening fast without delay
+ importing music, copying to storage, very fast and easy
+ 128 GB internal storage
+ updating unit with firmware is a breeze
+ initial check for new music, uploading library is very fast
+ JetEffect7 equaliser presets. I was resolute never to tweak the signal but the presets for BBE and BBE Headphones really sharpened and opened up the sound of most types of music for me, I find the other presets rathy gimmicky (chorus, reverb modes).
+ native DSD 256 playback
+ high SNR (Signal-To-Noise Ratio), unadulterated music enjoyment!
+ quick boot up. Ca. 5 seconds from power up to play.
+ configurable multi-button. I use it to browse library
+ good battery time (up to 8 hours)
+ support for many music file formats.
+ balanced output delivers a very crisp, clear reproduction.
- leather pouch is VERY tight-fitting. Almost impossible to slide off, only with much effort.
- leather pouch has no slot for easily removing SD microchip
- only one slot for SD microchip, despite internal storage, two would be better for those with an extensive library or many DSD files
- limited metadata tag display
- no search on metadata tags
- favourites/playlist management is pretty basic
- A minor quible. The music folder navigation shows [Manual] subfolder where user manual PDFs are stored. They are not visible here, which is ok, but then the subfolder should not be shown to the user, just the music folder
- unit gets quite warm with prolonged playing but apparently nothing to be concerned about