Summary: The screen is surprisingly legible for its size, but our eyes tired quickly while browsing folders displayed at a resolution of just 160x128 pixels. Videos and photos look bright and colorful, but they’re so small that we don’t think anyone will spend much time viewing them on this player. To sum up: File support good; touch interface problematic; display much too small.
Pros: Broad file-format support; great sound; innovative features.
Cons: Display is much too small; no support for WMA Lossless; odd touch-sensitive controls
Conclusion: The iAudio 7 has a solid audio codec and feature set that will keep the casual and hardcore users happy. Added to this is a firm build quality. The sound quality is crisp with an even across-the-spectrum response that has the power to drive larger headphones at a comfortable level. Additionally, it has my sound enhancement of choice, BBE. I love being able to plug in my Sennheiser HD650’s without an amp, flatten the EQ, maybe adding a touch of BBE, and just listening.
Pros: Sound Quality, Powerful Amp, Very Customizable sound settings, Battery Life, BBE, Full of features, Lots of Audio file support
Cons: Unintuitive interface, Overly sensitive touch interface, Awkward Size – Too Thick, WMA recording only, On-the-Go playlists and bookmarks don’t work in ID3 Browsing Mode, Weak FM reception
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Conclusion: Not only that the Touch Swing navigation system is easy to get used to, it’s also very responsive; any navigational command generated by the user is rapidly executed. Good quality sound has becomes Cowon recognition, and we are glad that iAudio 7 has not spoil it. The player supports hand full of audio codec including FLAC, OGG, MP3, WMA, AIFF and WAV and with at least 2 GB of space, you’re in audio nirvana.
Conclusion: The iAudio7 is inexpensive and offers incredible battery life. The controls take some getting used to, and it looks more functional than elegant, but this is a reliable, high-quality player. An 8GB version is available for £135.
Summary: Cowon's iAudio 7 is an excellent MP3 player. Sound quality and the support for loads of file formats is a big plus. With 60 hours of battery life this is going to keep pumping music for longer than you'll be able to listen at one stretch.
Pros: Support for lots of file formats, Cool controls, Good quality microphone, Useful podcast software, Price, Line-in recording, Good sound quality
Cons: Tiny screen, Average FM radio, No gapless playback
Excerpt: Das Update des Cowon iAudio 6 kann sich sehen lassen. Der iAudio 7 besitzt einen Akku der laut Cowon sensationelle 60 Stunden Musikbetrieb garantieren soll. Zusätzlich besitzt der kleiner Player jetzt einen Flashspeicher und ist deshalb leichter als sein Vorgänger und auch als Sporbegleiter voll einsatzfähig. Neben guter Klanqualität und umfangreicher Ausstattung glänzt er besonders durch eine sehr einfache Handhabung.
Pros: Extrem lange Akkulaufzeit, Besonders einfach zu bedienen, Gute Klangqualität, Sehr viele Extras