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Cowon iAudio U3

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    8.5 8.5 from 4 reviewers
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    5.4 5.4 from 5 reviewers
  • Sound quality (6)
    5.8 5.8 from 6 reviewers
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    5.1 5.1 from 5 reviewers
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The Cowon iAudio U3 is lightweight and tiny, yet comes loaded with an array of features. It offers video playback options, line-in recording, even the scheduling of FM recordings. The Cowon iAudio U3 also has numerous digital effects to choose from including Mach3Bass and MP Enhance, and appears to almost offer a 3D surround sound feel. The unit offers a decent battery life of 20 hours but charging is done through the USB hookup. Though excellent sound quality is a plus, the unit is not known for high pi…

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The Cowon iAudio U3 is lightweight and tiny, yet comes loaded with an array of features. It offers video playback options, line-in recording, even the scheduling of FM recordings. The Cowon iAudio U3 also has numerous digital effects to choose from including Mach3Bass and MP Enhance, and appears to almost offer a 3D surround sound feel. The unit offers a decent battery life of 20 hours but charging is done through the USB hookup. Though excellent sound quality is a plus, the unit is not known for high picture or movie quality so this again becomes a unit to purchase primarilyfor the sound options and only for video or picture play options on a rare basis.

Other problems have been noted with the Cowon iAudio U3. Reviewers indicated an exceedingly slow start-up time, upwards of eight seconds when the unit is first turned on. However, once the iAudio is up and running, the unit did not suffer from other operational delays. Menu's appear in quick fashion and song play begins instantly with the release of the play button. On the recording side, there was a nominal delay of a second or two, but nothing noteworthy. The FM tuner does appear to be on the weaker side, reception was not very good when indoors and only slightly better when outdoors. The reception of course mirrors the potential sound as well, so the FM tuner weakness could be a real drag for those who look to this feature as a key element. As with all Cowon players, sound quality is generally excellent. But the Cowon iAudio U3 is pricey for the modest 15 frames per second video delivery and the tiny screen for photos and video, and if you are purchasing this in place of an iPod for the FM tuner, you could be very disappointed.

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