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Cowon Plenue 1 (P1) High Resolution 'World's Finest DAC' 128GB Music Player

Cowon Plenue 1 (P1) High Resolution \'World\'s Finest DAC\' 128GB Music Player
  • Cowon Plenue 1 (P1) High Resolution 'World's Finest DAC' 128GB Music Player
  • Cowon Plenue 1 (P1) High Resolution 'World's Finest DAC' 128GB M
  • Cowon Plenue 1 (P1) High Resolution 'World's Finest DAC' 128GB M
  • Cowon Plenue 1 (P1) High Resolution 'World's Finest DAC' 128GB M
  • Cowon Plenue 1 (P1) High Resolution 'World's Finest DAC' 128GB M

Cowon Plenue 1 (P1) High Resolution 'World's Finest DAC' 128GB Music Player

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Date Added: Friday 12 August, 2016
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Cowon Plenue 1 (P1) High Resolution 'World's Finest DAC' 128GB Music Player

If you want true original HD sound you are going to need a 24bit / 192KHz sound source. The Cowon Plenue P1 is one of the best Hi Res Music Players available, featuring the exceptional Burr-Brown PCM1792A Audio DAC for superb sound quality. The device also features a 3.7 inch AMOLED touchscreen display, 128GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot.

A Perfect Original HD Sound

To burn a 24bit sound recording on to a compact disc (CD), 16bit/44.1kHz down sampling compression is used, this results in distortion of the original sound. To compensate for this distortion the size of the waveform is usually increased. This has a side affect however in the form of clipping and a reduced dynamic range. If this track is then converted into MP3 fromat additional compression and distortion occurs. For this reason both CD and MP3 format cannot reproduce the original sound recorded in the studio.

The solution is 24bit HD sound which has no distortion or loss of quality from the original studio recording. HD sound has a really wide dynamic range, resulting in all of the instrument sound as well as the full vocal range being recorded.

24bit HD track range

Burr-Brown PCM1792A Audio DAC

The P1 is equipped with a Burr-Brown DAC, the PCM1792A. It's a DAC that has achieved world class performance in digital to analogue conversion, and it is being used in many leading premium High-Fidelity audio systems. The P1 is able to play 24bit/192kHz PCM formats (WAV & AIFF) as well as DXD (352.8/384kHz) and DSD128 (5.64MHz) thanks to the top of the line DAC.

Signal to Noise Ratio & Stereo Crosstalk

The player is housed in a full metal unibody with a clean cut and minimalist finish. The high quality alumium has been cut from a single block using CNC machining and diamond cutting, resulting in a solid and precise finish. The surface has been anodized making it hard wearing and beautiful.

The player also comes with a luxurious leather case. Made using premium full grain Ottawapell leather from the Italian Rino Mastrotto Group.

Cowon P1 Case

Impressive Spec

Cowon have packed an impressive set of audio specifications into the P1, with a Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) of 120dB, Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) of 0.0006% and Stereo Crosstalk of -134dB.

Digital Analyser test results

JetEffect 7 - Professional Sound Control

Featuring both JetEffect 7 and BBE+ software, the P1 gives you ultimate control over the sound output from the player. With a 10 band EQ filter, BBE+ which compensates for phase and amplitude distortion, restoring the brilliance and clarity of the original content material, reverb controls to maximise the live presence of the sound and 3D surround to create a surround sound effect through headphones. Whatever your preferred set up the P1 can deliver with its settings.

JetEffect 7 screen

Outstanding Output Power

When the P1 was designed Cowon did not stint on components. The P1 features a top of the line OP AMP, high performance capacitor and high precision resistors in order to be able to support high-end headphones and earphones perfectly. The 2Vrms output power covers high impedence headphones without the need for a seperate headphone amplifier. The player also supports optical out for a lossless output option, allowing you to connect it to a wide variety of devices and receivers.

Fast Dual Core CPU

The operating system on the P1 is extremely fast and reliable thanks to a dual core CPU and software that has been optimised specifically for the device. There's no mucking around with add on features like video and apps. This is a strictly music focused device.

Up to 256GB of storage

Due to the large file size of PCM, DXD and DSD files the P1 has been set up to facilitate storage of up to 256GB of files. This is achieved by using 128GB of on-board eMMC fast memory and a microSD card slot that allows you to expand the memory with up to an additional 128GB. The card slot also means that you can swap between different cards allowing you to carry an unlimited library.

File Support

Cowon have built in a great variety of file support. All of the high res audio options are covered ie DXD & DSD and the player also supports FLAC, AIFF, APE, WAV, MP3, WMA and OGG.

File support

Adapted TCXO for Reliable HD Sound

The sampling rate of a player can fluctuate due to environmental factors such as temperature and humidity. To reduce this effect the P1 is fitted with an adapted TCXO (Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscilator) which has an exceptional phase jitter of just 1.0ps allowing the P1 to perform flawlessly in any situation.

140 Levels of Detailed Volume Control

Complete and delicate control over volume is achieved with a 140 step volume control. The fine adjustment changes at 0.5dB per step allowing you set it to the optimum level for your music.

Intuitive User Interface

The P1 features a 3.7" AMOLED touch screen display with an intuitive control system for ease of use. The player also features buttons to control power, volume, play / pause, FFW & RW. Allowing you to change track, play and pause without having to turn the screen on.

File support

Gapless + Remove Silence

In most digital music players there is a small gap between tracks where the player is loading the next track. Not with the P1, it maintains gapless playback ensuring albums that should be played as one continous track aren't spoilt by the insertion of gaps.

The player also has an option to remove silent sections from the playback of tracks. When this option is turned on the player will automatically skip any silent sections at the start or end of a track up to 500ms.

The Audiophiles Choice

Ok, so you have read through all of the information, and there is a lot of it but believe it or not this player isn't about features, or file support or the screen, it's about the sound quality. The P1 has been designed to bring sweet music to your ears, no matter what your musical tastes are, which earphones or headphones you use, your preference of EQ settings the P1 will deliver a sublime sound quality and that's what you are paying for.

Latest Cowon P1 firmware


  • Hi Res Audio file support and fantastic sounding output
  • Burr-Brown PCM1792A DAC with world class performance
  • Up to 256GB of storage capability
  • Extensive file support - DXD, DSD, FLAC, AIFF, APE, WAV, MP3, WMA and OGG
  • Full metal body with anodized finish


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