We were used to Cowon not innovating for almost 2 years now but now we’ll have to deal with Cowon re-releasing old players. Indeed, after the D2 in 2006 and the D2+ in 2009, here is the D20 in 2013! Is this the D2+ Plus?
The recipe is easy: take a D2+, keep exactly the same outdated design, just upgrade the CPU and improve battery life. Don’t forget to update it with the terrible C2 UI and there you have it, a fresh new product for almost no cost!
This is really disappointing in 2013. Not to mention the outdated 2.5″ LCD 320×240 touchscreen, most likely still using the resistive technology. Nothing much exciting except the very good battery life (up to 90hrs in audio and 13hrs in video) and the powerful output (29 mW/ch).
The Cowon D20 is available in 8, 16 and 32GB capacities featuring an SD slot for expansion. Unfortunately this is not a SDXC slot, so you will be stuck with 32GB cards officially and possibly 64GB (or more) cards unofficially. That’s if they follow SD version 3.0 and are reformatted FAT32. But do not expect it to support the upcoming SDXC cards with new SD version 4.0.
That’s also if there is no file number limit in firmware. Past Cowon firmwares have limited the number of files per memory so larger capacity SDXC cards may not be viable in any case.
The usual audio formats are supported, MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, WAV and APE. The BBE+ sound effects are still present. There’s no mention of AAC support but that’s been unofficially present in other Cowons so there’s a good chance that will continue.
The video formats are AVI, WMV (codecs Xvid SP / ASP, WMV 7/8/9). Not quite as extensive as past Cowons but decent.
There’s also a FM tuner, a built-in speaker and a composite TV-out. Dimensions are 78 x 55,4 x 16,6 mm and weight is 86 g.
Strangely this device has been spotted on Cowon Russia website first but it should be released in other countries too. No prices have been announced yet.