Cowon Plenue D £200

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Af­ford­able PMPS need to be sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter than your phone with­out cost­ing too much, and com­pact enough that you don’t mind car­ry­ing an ex­tra piece of mu­sic-play­ing kit around along with your phone. The Cowon Plenue D ticks all those boxes. It’s a few cen­time­tres shorter and a lit­tle deeper than an iphone 8, weighs 94g and its alu­minium body looks sleek and feels com­fort­able in the hand.

It’s ca­pa­ble of han­dling files up to 24-bit/192khz in FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, WAV, WMA and MP3 for­mats, and nav­i­gat­ing its menus – via the touch­screen – is straight­for­ward.

Cowon claims that the Plenue D has 100 hours of bat­tery life when play­ing MP3S, and 51 hours for hi-res files. The sound is im­pres­sive. Mozart’s

Se­quen­tia: Lac­rimosa comes over with del­i­cacy and so­phis­ti­ca­tion while a 24-bit/96khz file of Michael Jack­son’s

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough has great co­he­sion and a wide sound­field.

The Plenue D is af­ford­able, easy to use and can han­dle a range of files and sounds bet­ter than even the best smart­phones.

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