Cowon iAudio A5
Smart MP3/4 Player with Android 2.3 Gingerbread
The Cowon A5 is a fantastic media player if you are interested in a well sized device for watching video, looking at pictures, listening to music or occasionally browsing the internet and using Android apps. It is also a very pocket friendly size giving it aditional portability over a tablet, great stuff!
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The COWON CE-1 In-ear headphones have dual sound damping filters to give a natural sound with enhanced bass and clear mids and highs while the design fits your ear very well providing sound isolation and we'fe bundling them in for free with COWON Players, all you have to do is add a set to your basket!
These powerful little earphones will compliment any portable media player. Mow you can bin your original bundled earbuds and get that Cowon feeling throughout with the CE1. Their subtle and elegant design brings a touch of class and style. With your comfort in mind Cowon have added in Small Medium and Large tips so that you get the best possible fit and sound isolation. Let the CE1 filter crystal clear music to your brain to get your feet tapping.....
- Full HD 1080p Video Playback
- 1GHz Arm Cortex-A8 CPU & 800MHz HD VPU & 320MHz Mali 3D GPU
- 512MB RAM
- 4.8 inch Clear LCD Screen (800x480)
- JetEffect 5.0, 44 Presets + 4 User Defined Presets
- BBE+, BBE, Mach Bass, 3D Sound, MP Enhance
- Lossless Mixer
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS
- Wireless LAN (Wi-Fi)
- FM Radio & Recorder
- MicroSD Card Slot
- Built-in Speaker
- Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, A2DP / AVRCP
- G Sensor
- Touch Feedback
- NTFS File System
- HDMI TV-Out
- USB 2.0
- Bluetooth - Connect with other devices with no cables required.
- Gsensor - Tilt, swivel and rotate! The A5 knows exactly what you are doing and gives you the best possible display angles at all times!
- Built-in Speaker - Forgot your headphones? Make full use of the highly efficient built-in speaker. Sit back, put your feet up and enjoy your audio experience.
- Micro SD Card Slot - Expand your memory horizons. With the Micro SD card slot you are no longer confined to the standard memory capacities. Plug in your SD card full of your favourite movies or songs and enjoy!
Big brother to the fabulous Cowon Z2
The Cowon A5 is effectively a Cowon Z2 with a larger screen so ideal for that train journey where a movie would take the pain right out of your commute. The A5 also includes an Android OS with which Cowon have opened the player up to a whole world of additional features provided through apps which have been ‘side loaded’ on to the A5 (NB: there is currently no word as to whether direct access to the Android Marketplace will be provided. If we hear anything further about this we’ll let you all know).
On the big screen
All you movie buffs out there will be glad to know that Cowon have included a micro HDMI output next to the micro USB port so that you can plug the A5 into your TV so you can view your content on the big screen. The addition of micro USB port is something we are glad to see on the A5 as users will no longer have to worry about losing a proprietary USB cable and then going through the rigmarole of trying to track down a spare, it looks like Cowon are listening to their customers!
|The video playback on the Cowon A5 is strong and while the screen might not have the pin-point detail of many tablet devices it’s large enough and has a clear picture so shouldn’t cause any complaints. Since the A5 is geared more towards video playback rather than music the screen size helps matters quite a bit too. This means that users shouldn’t have to squint at the screen to see what’s going on in a video and makes the A5 a decent companion for travel or purely for video while on the go.
The sound of Music
With such a generous screen size (4.8") the Cowon A5 maybe geared more towards video etcetera but if you did decide to pop on some music I doubt you’d be disappointed. Like nearly all Cowon devices the audio on the A5 is brilliant and, similar to the video feature, the format support is wide – good news for lossless users - so will quite happily handle nearly any format you might choose to throw at it.
|The really good thing about Cowon moving to Android for their new players is that in many ways it puts them in almost the same league as those newfangled tablets we’ve been hearing so much about lately. Plus with more and more manufacturers moving over to Android, not to mention all the thousands of apps out there for Android devices, this will help keep Cowon current and up to speed with their competition.
Hit me with your format stick
What really makes the Cowon A5 worth considering for your video needs though is the format support as it’s pretty generous (AVI, WMV, ASF, MP4, MKV, MPG, DAT, TS, TP, TRP and 3GP are all supported according to their Korean website). A wide format support, I feel anyway, is a definite must have on this type of device and it’s fantastic that Cowon have done just that and give the user so much choice and freedom.
Jet Effect 5.0 & BBE+
With Cowon comes Superior Sound Quality - the A5 doesn't buck the trend! If you are looking for Audiophile quality the A5 will suit your requirements perfectly, the A5 has the ability to reproduce your digital audio collection at standards that will leave your ears lusting for more, more and more, Golden Ears (Cowon CEO) has done it again!
You can tweak your audio in many different ways, what you want to hear is your choice and Cowon give you the opportunity to choose how you listen to your music! With over 44 EQ Presets and the option to create another 4 of your own, the music is yours for the fine tuning, Boost that bass, clean-up those trebles and enjoy the smooth flowing midrange, the choice is yours! The famous BBE+ Sound architecture is a range of processes that give an incredible reproduction of good quality sources and gives those low quality sources a boost where it is much needed! Tweak the sound reproduction and get the ultimate listening experience!
Android & WiFI
Want an easy-to-use no nonsense system? The A5 again delivers!
Going the extra mile seems to be Cowon's philosophy with the A5. Utilising the renowned Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, the A5 is simple to use and gives fast and convenient access to WiFi! Gain access your email, calendar appointments or stream videos over the net. The A5 gives you all access areas!