Cowon has introduced a new mid-range music player called Plenue R2, which will replace the previous Plenue R series that was launched in 2017. The expected price for this player is 599,000 Won (approximately 12 million) and will launch sometime in mid-November
The Plenue R2 model can be considered a combination of the original Plenue R model with the new Plenue D2 model. While the design of the Plenue R's metal body and software remains the same, the audio processing hardware is taken from the new Plenue D2 model.
The Plenue R2 inside uses the Dual DAC CS43131 design that comes with the extremely accurate Clock TCXO chip (Phase Jitter 0.1ps). The processor circuit is optimized for high quality music sources up to 32bit / 384kHz thanks to a CPLD (Complex Programmable Logic Device) processing system.
The circuitry has also been improved with a single-ended 3.5mm headphone output port that maximizes 2Vrms and balanced 2.5mm output ports up to 4Vrms. (Compared to the Plenue R version, there is only 1.4Vrms in single-ended and 1.6Vrms for balanced).
Specifications such as THD + N and SNR are much improved over previous Plenue R models.
The pulse point of the Cowon music player is the DSP digital processing system with JetEffect 7 and BBE +. In addition, the product is also equipped with AI Audio smart features similar to Plenue L and Plenue 2 Mark II including 3 main processing features AI Volume, AI Shuffle and AI JetEffect.
- AI Volume will remember the volume adjustment level for each track according to the volume level difference that you have adjusted before
- AI Shuffle analyzes your listening habits, then select the songs you want to listen to and arrange them in the appropriate order, then create a separate playlist.
- AI JetEffect will keep JetEffect's preset mode on each different song so that many people do not need to adjust each song from the beginning.
Currently in all Plenue products only Plenue R and R2 support Bluetooth connectivity, but the product only uses Bluetooth 3.0 standard with aptX codec. And the Plenue R2 model is also the first to use a USB Type-C charging / data port.
The product uses a special Linux-based operating system. One ARM Cortex A9 1.2GHz Dual-Core CPU chip. AMOLED 3.7 inch (480×800) touch screen.
128 GB internal memory and supports MicroSD SDXC memory cards up to 256 GB.
In terms of battery capacity, the Plenue R2 model is still 3000mAh, but the usage time has increased to 20 hours (17% higher than the previous version).