Summary: Wasn't getting the sound I wanted from my HTC One, so I figured trying this out couldn't hurt. Cowon for the win! I'm a little disappointed they don't have a similar product with more space or a micro SD slot - a bigger device would be impractical as I already carry around a smart phone - but 4 Gigs is enough for smaller playlists to change out semi-frequently. Great for anything from cheap portable earbuds to expensive headphones like my Sennheiser HD 650s.
Summary: I have owned two Cowon products before, a D2 and a Q5W, both were multimedia players and worked well. My d2 was crushed in an accident and my Q5W's hardrive failed, that being said, the sound quality is amazing on all their products. I decided to try the E2 because, i wanted a portable mp3 player without a screen. I have had it for a week and it has done well so far.
Summary: I would like to preface this review by stating that a screenless media player is definitely not for everyone: there is a learning curve associated with this type of device. If this intimidates you, read on and I will detail the things that I have done to ease this learning curve for myself. It may or may not be something you are willing do to listen to your music. But first: why is it worth the extra effort?
Summary: ...the minor annoyance of getting used to the buttons is nothing. Jogging, chores, or even plugging into the stereo, the sound is excellent. The biggest plus for me is the transition between songs- there are no noticable clicks, pops, or hiss.
Summary: I have been using mine for about 6 months. The volume is just adequate just out of the box, but I use mine while motorcycle riding, and I need more volume. I downloaded the free mp2Gain software and ran all of my mp3 files thru it setting volume to 105 dB. Then I bought a pair of Sony Sport headphones that clip on the ears. There are several models with the tiny thin wires and all work about the same. Then I bought a FiiO mp3 amplifier for $20 bucks.
Summary: Its a great product. It really is. The sound quality is great, and the volume reaches the highest levels. But, when I play it for a while, after covering all the songs on the Cowon, it gets stuck, and won't work again until I'll connect it again to the computer. And yet, Its great!
Summary: When I saw this item on Amazon, I expected two things: ultra-portability; and decent sound quality. Like the ipod shuffle this product emulates, this is a no-nonesense PMP. It plays virtually any type of compressed/lossless format. You have a shuffle button that also functions as a switch for equalization presets (called BBE). You have a volume lever, next/previous song lever, and a power button. Plug it into a computer and drag and drop your files.
Summary: The device is slightly smaller than pictures leave you to believe, but it fits smoothly in your hand. The device's 4 symmetrical buttons are in-discriminable on their own, but a serial number on one of the sides provides a nice groove to identify which side is volume. Takes a bit of flipping, but it does well. Serial number/product name interrupts black plastic. Plastic is relaxing to use. Extremely matte, yet smooth, exterior.
Summary: I was not expecting anything worthwhile when I purchased this. I kept reading about how much Cowon makes great stuff for audiophiles. I didn't believe a bit of it. I finally decided to go ahead and grab the iAudio E2 because I needed an MP3 player without wireless and a shuffle-type fits the bill well. I figured that, if nothing else, it could fit that bill as well as any other basic MP3 player. I have now put some music on it (a few random formats and bitrates).