Summary: This player has an alternative Rockbox firmware, which adds advanced functionality. First i've make an a flashmod with Transcend 400 compact flash card. Than i've took digital audio signal via IIS bus. You can do this inside player, or use miniUSB to connect to external DAC and amplifier. IIS bus has an advance against SPDIF - no need a converter chip. You can search for AlexMod. This is an amazing soundind modification of this old player.
Summary: I bought this DAP because it was rumored around the net that it sounded good and supports FLAC. I was not disappointed at all. I think it sounds good. The original Firmware is awkward however it is easy to convert it to rock-box Firmware using a Mac or PC. I'm not sure if rock-box sounds as good as the original firmware though.
More functions & better performance than any other DMP!
19 April 2007
Summary: The Cowon iAudio X5 is adored by its owners and admired by its reviewers. Cowon products still haven't found their way into US stores yet, so it's sort of an "underground" brand that usually appeals to audio snobs, linux nerds, and anyone who wants to do *more* with their media than an ipod will permit. You can be involved in the creation of your own media experience! Features: -What I love most about my X5 is that I can make it work exactly the way *I* want it to.
Summary: i love listening mp3's on this player, aside from the equalizer you can also use the different audio effects at the same time...not like the other players that let you use the equalizer or the effects but not both. The sound is more pleasing and not tiring, excellent bass, clear highs and midrange. Now the video playback is acceptable but not as good as the ipod but it is much easier to convert.
Cowon iAudio X5L 20 GB: High quality, solid MP3 player with unbelievable sound
14 May 2009
Summary: Being averse to the I-Pod and to Creative's range, plus not a fan of the huge price of the Zune, I needed some alternative to feel my strict criteria in MP3 players. My criteria was the following: a) great sound (above average as I know there are some shoddy sounding players out there), b) over 20GB, c) no limitations in sharing music both via a computer and directly from device to device, d) the option of drag and drop technology when transferring files, e) a very...
Pros: Sound quality, Drag and Drop, battery life
Cons: Video/photo ability, extra dongle needed for transfers
Excerpt: When I bought it in March this year, the iAudio X5 was my third HDD player in the space of about 18 months. I'm sorry to say I followed the crowd and started with a 20gig iPod. Don't get me wrong, I thought (and still think) the iPod looked great, sounded pretty good and was a doddle to use, but by god was it restrictive. And it still is - I didn't realise it at the time, but my opinion now is that iPods are almost like cassette walkmans, only without a radio.
Pros: Amazing sound, good codec support, small in size
Summary: It's a superb player. It takes some time for you to get used to, as the controls are a little complexing at first. It took me a good half an hour to get the sound I really like, but now I have it, I couldn't ask for anymore. The video is as good as you could get on a screen of that size. Props to Cowon for this one, I had never heard of them before!
Pros: The sound, Looks and features
Cons: Controls and adapter for line-in/line-out/charger/usb