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Cowon S9 16 GB Video MP3 Player with Touchscreen (Chrome/Black)

by Cowon
31 customer reviews
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  • 16 GB capacity for about 4,000 songs
  • 55 hours of audio or 11 hours of video on a single charge
  • 3.3-inch, 16-million color AMOLED display with 480 x 272 pixel resolution
  • Supports MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, WAV, and APE audio formats; AVI and WMV video formats; JPEG image formats
  • 1-year limited warranty
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Cowon
  • Model Number: S9-16CB
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 16 GB
  • Color: Black
  • Display: AMOLED
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Product Description

With its stylish, curved-back ergonomic design, the 16 GB Cowon S9 video MP3 player is quite the eye-catcher, and the perfect way to enjoy your favorite movies, TV shows, photos, and music on the go. With the S9 resting comfortably in your hand, you'll enjoy a vibrant 3.3-inch widescreen touchscreen display, Bluetooth support for wireless devices, a voice recorder with built-in microphone, FM radio/recorder, and plenty more, proving that the S9's beauty is way more than skin deep.

An eye-catching way to enjoy your favorite movies, TV shows, photos, and music on the go. Click to enlarge or view controls.

Song control buttons conveniently placed on top of the S9. Click to enlarge.

The S9's intuitive user interface makes using it a pleasure. Click to enlarge.

Freely adjust the zoom with your fingertips. Click to enlarge.

Get a quick preview of your videos before you watch. Click to enlarge.

3.3-Inch AMOLED Display
The S9 boasts a 16 million color, 3.3-inch AMOLED display with a 480 x 272 pixel resolution. Thanks to the low-power display technology, the screen is viewable from virtually any angle. It looks great in the dark and even in direct sunlight. AMOLED turns electric signals into video 1,000 times faster than the speed of conventional LCDs, leaving no ghost images while playing motion pictures.

Intuitive Touchscreen Interface
Cowon S9's interface has been optimized for its durable anti-scratch touchscreen, with gesture recognition features like zoom-able album art, pictures, and text; TrueType fonts for clear visibility at any zoom level; and more.

Video Player
The S9 will play AVI and WMV video files, with codec support for Xvid SP/ASP and WMV9 SP/MP. Enjoy all your favorite clips and shows, and just tilt the unit to switch to 16:9 widescreen viewing.

The S9 also makes browsing your content fun and easy. Preview thumbnail images of all your videos before choosing which one to watch. The "Quicklist" feature allows you to preview the files surrounding the one being played--check to see the next file in the queue, whether you're enjoying music or video.

Finally, the S9 features a composite video out for sending your signal to your television.

Music Player
The S9 is a full-featured music player with support for MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, WAV, and APE formats so you can stick to the format you like.

Get detailed track info on the S9's screen with meta tag support, and view LDB 1.0 and 2.0 lyrics files while you listen.

The S9's track control buttons are conveniently placed on the top of the device for use while carrying in your pocket--perfect for use on the bus or subway.

JetEffect Music Enhancement
Dial in the perfect sound no matter what you're listening to with Cowon's various enhancement tools:

  • BBE: clarifies music
  • Mach3Bass: enhances low-frequency bass spectrum
  • MP Enhance: restores distorted digital music
  • 3D Surround: provides 3D sound effect
  • 5-Band EQ: customizable equalizer with adjustable band and bandwidth filter

FM Radio and Recorder
Enjoy your favorite FM radio programming using the S9's unique "jog shuttle" touchscreen control for selecting stations. Store your favorites in up to 24 user presets, and record live radio for later listening.

Photo and Document Viewer
View or share slideshows of your favorite JPG images, and read your TXT text documents wherever you are.

Bluetooth Freedom
The S9 features built-in Bluetooth 2.0 support (A2DP, AVRCP Profile) for use with various wireless devices. Get rid of those cables and enjoy the benefits.

Digital Clock with Alarm
Set an alarm to play your music or FM radio, and use the sleep timer to drift off to your favorite songs. You also can use the clock to schedule FM recording for a particular time.

Voice Recording
Record voice memos, lectures, meetings, or whatever else you need for later using the built-in microphone. The S9 also supports line-in recording, for grabbing audio from external devices like CD players.

Energy Efficient Entertainment
The S9 will give you up to 55 hours of music playback, up to 11 hours of video playback, and up to 350 hours of stand-by sleep mode on a single charge.

Flash Player
The pre-installed Adobe Flash Player lets you enjoy Flash games and other utilities, along with the Flash content present on many web sites.

What's in the Box
Cowon C9, Earphones, USB 2.0 cable, Manual CD, Quick Start Guide

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameCowon
Item Weight2.7 ounces
Product Dimensions10.4 x 4.1 x 1.4 inches
Item model numberS9-16CB
Number of Items1
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #173,912 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight11.2 ounces
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableJanuary 28, 2009
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Customer Reviews

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo Olivares Jr. on April 4, 2009
The sound quality of this device is better than any mp3 player I've ever used before. Even with no equalizer changes the sound quality is better than most mp3 players out there.
But using a preset equalizer setting (BBE) I can notice a huge change in the sound quality of this device, the sound becomes clearer and warmer.

The user interface can be changed for a custom interface created by yourself or other users. I've been using a custom interface that really shows off the AMOLED screen.

The screen is incredible, I've compared it to that of the Ipod touch's screen and the Ipod doesn't even come close to the beauty of this screen.

As expected the screen is a fingerprint magnet, but you can clean it off with your shirt of a microfiber cloth. A screen protector is not needed unless you want to be extremely protective of the device, the Corning Gorilla glass on the screen that is used is scratch resistant, but a screen protector would help with fingerprints.

The biggest downside I had with this mp3 player was that it did not support Audible's audio format, but a few days ago a new firmware with Audible support was released.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Fesler on February 11, 2010
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I ordered a refurbished Cowon S9 (chrome/black) and received it within a week but it was defective out of the box (hey, this happens sometimes with electronics). Called JetAudio and had it RMA'd - they emailed a prepaid return label immediately and told me they no longer had the chrome/black available in a refurb and would I accept a titanium/black in its place. Received it a week later and couldn't be happier. The replacement I received works flawlessly. Great customer service from JetAudio/Amazon. I've had the unit for 2 weeks now.

It is incredibly easy to transfer files to the Cowon S9 - just drag and drop. The AVI videos I already had from my Archos 5 worked perfectly (they were converted to AVI using Handbrake, a free download video converter). I tried a few other AVI files from other conversions than Handbrake and they worked perfectly as well. Music transferred easily as well but I did have a few problems with album art. By adding an album art photo in the song file and naming it cover.jpg it worked perfectly. Now every one of my music albums has perfect cover art.

Some have complained about how hard it is to understand this player. I had no problems and did not even have to read the manual (although I downloaded it - there is more info in that manual than the one that comes with the player). I would say I'm average with understanding MP3 players and I figured out all of the functions and set mine up how I liked it, loaded all of my video/music/photos that I wanted and was off and running within a few hours.

The screen on this player is beautiful - best looking video of any MP3 player I've seen. Sound is awesome even with junk headphones. The player is lightweight but a solid piece of electronics. Very easy to carry around.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Oziii on March 22, 2009
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-Sound Quality is the best I've heard personally from a portable music player.
-incredible battery life 11 hr video 55hr music.
-The video quality from the AMOLED screen is amazing.
-Strong but very light.
-CORNING GORILLA GLASS covers the screen, not plastic. Incredibly strong

-Default user interface is poor in places (coverflow, but that can be disabled now) and good in others. However, there are many user interfaces being made by owners and designers already, so they can be changed.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 9, 2009
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...if you're checking out this page and reading this review, you're already familiar with the Cowon S9 on a basic level. Chances are, you already know about the features that are available on this little gem, so I don't have to mention the broad file format support, top notch audio and video quality, and stunningly gorgeous OLED screen.

Chances are, you're familiar with all of this, but you've read one too many unfavorable comparisons to the iPod touch, and you're nervous about the interface - just like I was a week ago, before I took the dive.

Well, I'm happy to say, there's no need to fear. The Cowon S9 delivers a touchscreen based interface that, while not quite as simple as the iPod, is both intuitive and packed with features. The capacitative touchscreen is incredibly responsive, and it must be said, easily the most gorgeous screen on the market. Best of all, the Cowon S9's UCI is completely customizable. Users who are familiar with Flash can even write their own UCI to use on the player, and for the rest of us, there's a large and dedicated community of Cowon fans who have already turned out some great work. I recommend checking out the forums at [...] - the user base is friendly, knowledgeable, and more than willing to help you get the most out of this PMP.

What else needs to be said? If you're looking for the best sound, the best video, the best screen, the most flexible interface, you've found it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carol Lugg on November 3, 2009
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I had a SanDisk Sansa that I really liked, but due to my glaucoma getting worse, I just could not see the small print on the Sansa anymore. I then went on a quest for a great Mp3 player, that I could read. My husband has a Cowon D2, and really likes it. It definitely has great sound quality, but again, the print was just a little bit small. Then I went to the anythingbutipod web site, and began looking at the S9. I can now make the print bigger on this Mp3! It is great for someone like myself, who has issues with vision!

The sound quality on this Mp3 is absolutely incredible! I have never heard sound like this, and certainly not out of something so small!

I likely won't use the video capabilities, but I am sure they are excellent as well.

Perhaps the only downside to this Mp3 player, is there is no lighter areas on it, so it is a bit difficult for me to find the on/off button. Also, I would have put it on the top of the player, and not the bottom, but that is just personal preference.

About the only problem I am having with it, and that is because it is still so new to me, is that I have music files mixed in with audio files, and when I have the music shuffled, it goes from music to audio files. I need to learn how to move the audio files to a different place, so I can listen to the music without interruption.

Get this Mp3, you will NOT be disappointed!
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