Summary: I've owned the Cowon i10 for a week now and it has been nothing but wonderful! The audio is typical cowon...the best!, the interface, while not the most intuitive, is easy enough after a few hours of playing around with it. The color therapy thing is a gimmick and I haven't really played with it. After reading all the reviews, i added the two year extended warranty just to be safe.
Summary: To repeat earlier reviews, the sound from this player is incredible. Using it as a source for a decent Tivoli speaker system while in temporary lodging and the crispness and range of the sound has improved dramatically over my iPad. I can't wait to try them with my excellent ear buds on my next flight. I have not and do not plan to use the unit for video. So no comment on that. But the UI. Come on Cowon!
Summary: I have this mp3 player for almost 2 years. It has the best sound quality and EQ. BBE+ and JetEffect create huge difference than any other poor EQ. BBE+ effects can reduce and fix sound quality loss in any audio formats. Moreover, this small machine can support most of audio format and even the FLAC format!
Summary: The i10 is a step backward for Cowon. I had an iAudio X5 for many years, using it so extensively that I had the battery replaced four times. It was a trip through a mosh pit that was the beginning of the end of that player. The user interface is clunky, the controls are annoying, and it frequently "bricks" itself. First, the most prominently displayed information is the track length and elapsed time. In what way is that useful?
Summary: This is only the third pmp I have owned, and the first to play FLAC or OGG files. Sound quality is little short of amazing, depending on source materials. The BBE settings are not a gimmick, and can help make some mp3 files (and I suspect others) sound much better. BBE settings can be applied to audio from the FM tuner as well. The headphone/earphone cord serves as the antenna, so don't expect miracles in areas with weak signals or multipath distortion.
Summary: I had a Cowon iAudio i9 prior to owning this. I absolutely adored it. Unfortunately, I forget I had placed it in a trail backpack, and the screen ended up destroyed. So, I decided to upgrade. Unfortunately, the iAudio 10 (at least, the one that I recieved) is not nearly as high quality as the i9 was. Sound is still fantastic, but reliability is a huge issue. The 'skip forward' button, very frequently, actually just backs up about 10 seconds, often onto the track prior.
Summary: I've owned the older Cowon model J3 (touchscreen though), and I decided to buy this Cowon Audio i10 as I've enjoyed the sound quality paired with some fantastic Shure SE 535 earbud headsets (the best of this kind IF you like in your ear headset type).The only but very annoying thing is that over twice now, this i10 has frozen up where I can't select anything on the functions. Nor can I even reset it via the power on/off side button.
Summary: They need to address the problem with the player freezing and locking up. It does sound good when it does play. I use FLAC files only because I can't stand the sound of the ear piecing MP3 files. The look and the layout of the player is really nice, but I am extremely dissapointed with the player not being able to handle FLAC files and that is the only reason I bought it for.
Summary: Wow. Really. This player is AMAZING!!!! Finally, finally -- the sound quality I have been looking for all this time! Ok -- the interface is not trivial but it is not that bad. I picked it up really quickly, and it helps that there are a lot of web sites with info on the player. For example, my Windows 7 computer did not seem to see the player at first. Googled it and found that under 'Settings', 'System', 'USB Mode' it needed to be MSC instead of the default of MTP.