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Cowon iAudio A2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 608 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the portability and design are overall positive. The battery and usability also get good feedback, but many are critical about the reliability. There are mixed reviews on the storage and value for money.

sound, usability, battery, design, portability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Cowon iAudio A2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Cowon A2


The time when you switched from one FM radio channel to the other on your phone, or changed CDs into your disc players, is pass�. Now with newer technologies and affordable prices, there is a whole new world to explore. I, for one, am really pepped up...

You can view pictures on it and it has a voice recorder. It supports BMP, PNG, and JPEG image formats. It can also be used to view your text files. And I have to admit the screen makes it real easy on the eyes while reading. However, it's not very...

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Cowon A2-20WH MP3 Player


The 20GB Cowon A2 ($380 as of 7/21/06) is an impressive audio and video player that has a big, bright, wide-aspect screen that looks great playing back videos. But it's a bulky device that won't fit into a shirt pocket.

Supports many audio and video formats ; Big 4-inch wide-aspect LCD

Limited online music support ; Roughly average audio quality

The A20 is a great pick if you regularly want to watch videos as well as listening to music. If you want to listen to music mostly, there are plenty of smaller players that can handle the occasional video. Though the A20 is impressive, it's expensive...

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Cowon A2-20WH


This multimedia player is on the large side, but it has a great-looking screen and good audio quality.

Supports many audio and video formats, Big 4-inch wide-aspect LCD

Limited online music support, Roughly average audio quality


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Cowon A2 (30GB)


Controls are minimal and austere, with only five buttons adorning the clean A2 face: the familiar Cowon minithumbstick and the four cascading metallic buttons. The latter includes a Back key and three soft menu keys marked A, B, and C that correspond...

The Cowon A2 portable video player has a bright, crisp 4-inch wide-screen LCD as well as a clean, visually appealing form factor and interface. It's a performer with an excellent FM radio, great sound and recording quality, and long battery life. It...

The Cowon A2 takes a step down because it doesn't yet support Windows Media DRM. Despite a clean and attractive color interface, it has an inefficient navigation interface. Also, the Cowon A2 doesn't ship with a remote control and lacks a removable...

The Cowon A2 is a sleek portable video player with a bright, wide-screen color LCD, as well as full multimedia recording and playback capabilities, but it's not the most efficient device. Plus, it's in desperate need of Windows Media DRM 10 (Janus)...

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Cowon A2


The Cowon A2 is a portable media player/recorder with a 30GB hard drive, a widescreen 4-inch LCD, and an integrated FM tuner. Its video and audio playback capabilities are good, the design is attractive, and the interface is fairly easy to use, but...

Clean design. Good audio quality. Built-in widescreen LCD is clear and sharp. Photos look very good. Excellent battery life.

Recorded VGA video is jumpy. Maximum video recording bit rate isn't high enough. Non-removable battery. No remote.

Though you get a lot out of this portable media player/recorder, video recording was somewhat disappointing.

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Cowon A2 Unboxing


I recently got a “Thanks for all your good work!” bonus from one of my contracts as I was eased out the door, and couldn't wait to spend it on something. So, being a gadget fiend, I had to spend some of it on a gadget, of course. As folks who read here...

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on Wednesday, December 14 (2005) 12:00AM


Cowon A2 Review The A2 is a new portable media player (PMP) from Cowon Systems, a Korean company that specializes in high-end MP3 players. Cowon also has branches in Japan, Germany, and in North America ( for software development and prod

As usually by PMP reviews I have to complain about the video part of it. Listing out all existing DivX versions has simply no sense, they are all the same format. In order to know what the player can a can not do, you have to make some samples with...

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Cowon A2 Review


The only thing that kept the Cowon A2 from the top of our list was its price verses its storage size. With only 30GB of storage and more than $300 price tage, we felt that several other products gave you a little more bang for your buck. Additionally,...

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This is a 2 year old reply from a 2 year AV500 user


I think the AV500 is the best mp3/pvp/pvr ever made.... It does not support as many codecs and file format as the A2, and does not have stereo speaker, does not have a FM radio..... BUT: Music: I found the Archos to be as good and sometimes better...

Compatibility, FM radio

No Remote, no ID3 tag (maybe with newer firmware), no removable battery, poor joystick interface

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Maybe a little late, but just in case anyone is still looking to buy one...


I just wanted to say, although they aren't really selling these anymore, if anyone is looking to buy one on ebay or something, I LOVE this player. I have had it almost 2 years, I use it to listen to music for 40-60 hours a week, it still works great,...

OGG, FLAC, AV In/Out, USB Hard Drive, Great Sound, USB Host

No ID3 Tag Browsing

Product Specifications

With Cowon A2's clear and wide 4" LCD screen, users are able to enjoy realistic movies and also record or watch TV programs through an AV in/output jack. BBE technology is employed to clarify sound to its original clear sound during the digital reproducing. Build a powerful multimedia desktop environment with the world famous integrated multimedia playback software, JetAudio Basic VX. Movie file formats that are not supported by A2 can easily be converted for viewing with simple conversion features of JetAudio VX.


Rechargeable Battery:Rechargeable

Digital Audio

Supported Audio Formats:AC-3 / ASF / MP3 / Ogg Vorbis / WAV / WMA/WAV / WMA / ASF / Ogg Vorbis / MP3 / AC-3

Digital Multimedia Devices

Autonomous Use: Yes
Device Type:Digital AV recorder
Key Features:Digital audio player / Voice recorder / Digital audio recorder / Digital photo viewer / External HDD function / Video capture from external source / Digital video player / FM tuner/Digital audio player / Digital audio recorder / Digital photo viewer / Digital video player / External HDD function / FM tuner / Video capture from external source / Voice recorder
PC Interfaces:Hi-Speed USB
TV Standards Supported:NTSC / PAL/NTSC / PAL

Digital Storage

HDD Capacity:20GB/30GB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:4in
Diagonal Size (metric):10.2cm
Display Type (JK):TFT
Output Type:Color


Manufacturer:Cowon Systems
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Cowon iAUDIO

Motion Video

Video Capture Formats:MPEG-4/MPEG-4 SP
Video Playback Formats:AVI / DivX 3.11 / DivX 4.0 / DivX 5.0 / MPEG-4 SP / WMV / XviD/MPEG-4 SP / XviD / DivX 5.0 / DivX 4.0 / WMV / DivX 3.11 / AVI

Still Images

Supported Still Images Formats:BMP / JPEG / PNG/BMP / JPEG / PNG