It could also record directly from sources or record using a built in microphone. It was produced in Korea. Like the U2 the U3 had a built-in lithium polymer cell for a playback time of up to 20 hours. The iAudio U3’s recording options don’t end with FM; the player also supports voice and line-in recording. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The X5 uses much of the same hardware as the M3, and as such has much of the same features and capabilities. Cowon announced in May that the X5 series had been discontinued.

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The by pixel LCD is bright and sharp, but at 1.

The joystick can be difficult to push straight in without accidentally nudging it on one direction. There’s also an iaudko version available, which features enhanced battery life. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Features included FM radio, voice recording and Cowon’s traditional wide codec support: The F2, with a design similar to a mobile phone, was the successor to the F1, and very similar to the U3 in features. The sound was far more appealing with my Ultimate Ears super.

The built-in microphone works well enough, and the adjustable input volume really helps in quiet or loud recording situations. There’s also a hold switch, and a soft plastic flap covers the USB 2.

With all the sound options off, the included earbuds plugged in, and the volume set to a comfortable listening level, my audio battery-rundown test yielded 19 hours and 45 minutes of playback time, which is pretty good. The U3 does not perform gapless playback, however, despite its support for OGG and FLAC files, both of which are designed so they can be played cowln without silence between two continuous tracks such as those found on concert albums.


There was a widespread “fading” issue, in which the text of the remote slowly disappeared. Fans of FM radio can enjoy the U3’s capabilities in that area; it not only plays and records FM but also lets you record at scheduled times. Photos look very sharp on the U3’s tiny screen. Video frame rate isn’t high enough. My frequency response and distortion tests revealed that the U3’s output with the included earbuds and with EQ and sound enhancement options disabled is fairly strong in all audible registers, with slightly better-than-average bass response and a clean signal even at maximum volume.

You can bookmark files so you can easily return to specific points without having to scan through the entire iauvio bookmarking is simple enough, but all your bookmarks disappear after you plug in the U3 to a PC. Retrieved from ” https: Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

As for viewing photos and watching videos, it’s cool at first but later feels a bit like punishment. With the firmware version 1. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. The device used a swing-control. This issue was rectified by the rapid recall of all iuadio remotes and free replacements.

Cowon iAUDIO U3 (2GB)

The screen is too tiny for photos and video. Iaudioo a fan of PCMag. What set it apart from other players was the fact that it had different backlight colour combinations.


The Bottom Line The feature-packed and swell-sounding Cowon iAudio U3 may ooze cool as one of the smallest PVPs, but its somewhat tricky controls and its high price tag dowon the party. But the buttons along the top have changed slightly–and for the better. FLAC was supported up to firmware 1.

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Though the U3’s folder-based navigation is flexible and logical for some users, others prefer a tag-based interface, which is a feature that Cowon should be introducing in one of its upcoming firmware updates, along with MTP and DRM compatibility. It now supports up to Q8 with V1.

Views Read Edit View history. Unfortunately, the U3’s screen is too small to watch more than a minute or two of video comfortably, and the frame rate is too low for high-action scenes.

Cowon iAudio U3

It was also Cowon’s first player to feature a navigational joystick instead of the 2 rockers found on most previous releases. The iadio supports ID3 tags, but despite having that option enabled in the Settings menu, the Now Playing screen only showed the folder and file name for many of the tracks I loaded.

Navigation is fairly easy.