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COWON J3 32 GB Portable Media Player (Black)

3.9 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews

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  • 32 GB capacity for about 8000 songs, 40,000 photos, or 40 hours of video; SD card slot for expansion
  • 64 hours of audio or 11 hours of video playback 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, WMV, and ASF video formats (DivX/Xvid/WMV codecs); JPEG image format; TXT text files
  • One-year limited warranty

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Cowon
  • Model Number: J3-32BL
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 32 GB
  • Color: Black
  • Display: AMOLED
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Product Description

Product Description

3.3-inch 16:9 Wide AMOLED, 16 million colors, res. 480x272, ultra portable. Play all your digital entertainment , movies, TV shows, photos and music. Touch sensitive interface. Bluetooth, Voice recorder with internal microphone, FM radio and TV-out supporting composite connections. Maximum 11 hours of video playback and maximum 64 hours of audio playback. Standard microSD card slot and built-in speaker.

This sleek media player from Cowon boasts a brilliant 3.3-inch touchscreen, playback of a serious list of a serious list of video and audio formats, FM radio and voice recording (or even line-in recording), and 32GB of space for all your favorite media. Not enough? Pop in an SD card for a little extra.

A sleek and stylish media player with a wealth of great features.

Intuitive and attractive touchscreen interface. Click to enlarge.

Enjoy your favorite video clips in widescreen format, complete with a composite TV out (optional).

Record radio programming, voice memos, or even line input audio.

Search feature helps you find just what you're after.

Just Plain Slick
Too many media players forget about what's on the outside. The J3 is just 9.9mm thick and features a brushed metallic bezel that's ultra-stylish, and downright attractive.

3.3-Inch AMOLED Display
The J3 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 video.

Intuitive Touchscreen Interface
The COWON J3 boasts super-intuitive touch controls, with gesture recognition features like zoom-able album art, pictures, and text; TrueType fonts for clear visibility at any zoom level; and more. Get where you need fast directly from the durable anti-scratch touchscreen.

Video Playback
The J3 plays AVI, WMV, and ASF video files, with codec support for DivX 3/4/5, Xvid SP/ASP, and WMV 7/8/9. That means less conversion on your end. Enjoy all your favorite clips and shows, and just tilt the unit to switch to 16:9 widescreen viewing.

Grab the optional video out composite cable, and you can send your signal to a television for some full-size viewing.

Enjoy Your Music
The J3 is a full-featured music player, and it's definitely one for the afficionados. With support for MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, WAV, and APE formats, you can play back most any file. Get detailed track info on the J3's screen with meta tag support, and view LDB 1.0 and 2.0 lyrics files while you listen.

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

  • BBE: Refines sound quality
  • Mach3Bass: Provides deeper, tighter low-end
  • MP Enhance: Sonic restoration for compressed music formats
  • 3D Surround: Provides 3D sound effect
  • 5-Band EQ: Customizeable equalizer with adjustable band and bandwidth filter

FM Radio and Recorder
Enjoy your favorite FM Radio programming using the J3's unique "jog shuttle" touchscreen control for selecting stations. Store your favorites in up to 39 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 J3 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 can also 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 J3 also supports line-in recording, for grabbing audio from external devices like CD players.

Energy Efficient Entertainment
The J3 will give you a whopping 64 hours of music playback, and up to 11 hours of video playback, a single charge of its lithium-polymer battery.

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 J3 32 GB (Black), Earphones, USB 2.0 Cable, Quick Start Guide, Manual CD

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.7 x 3.7 x 5.9 inches
Item Weight 10.9 ounces
Shipping Weight 9.6 ounces
Manufacturer Cowon
Item model number J3-32BL
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,803 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Players
Date first available at June 7, 2010

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By F. Soto on August 12, 2010
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My Creative Zen:M was getting old, and I had already replaced the battery once so doing it twice was too much for me so I decided to upgrade. That's where the Cowon J3 came in, after doing my research I decided to take a chance on a brand I'd never heard of before.


- Touchscreen is fast and accurate to the touch
- Beautiful AMOLED screen even when the brightness is toned down
- Plays AAC,MP3,FLAC,WAV,etc etc etc
- Video looks great and is smooth
- Plenty of options for video
- Plenty of options for music
- Recording, speaker, and mic are surprisingly decent
- Jet Effects 3.0 has tons of EQ presets and 4 customizable user options
- Alarm and Radio work great, you get tons of stations
- 3 ways to view everything on your screen, you can switch between them instantly
- Lock option on the side makes it easy to not accidentally turn on the player while it's in your pocket
- Play and volume buttons on other side of also make it practical when you don't want to turn on the player to change tracks
- Sound is amazing, especially with the BBE+ options as mentioned before
- Battery life is great so far, I get tons of hours before a quarter of the battery is even used
- Switches from horizontal to vertical back and forth with ease
- MicroSD slot
- Screen is very durable, it's gorilla glass just like the Cowon S9.
- Did i mentions there's tons of options for the user on this?
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I preface this review by noting that I have used it only in a PC environment. It is my understanding that it is very easy to inadvertantly "brick" this player when using it with anything Apple, even when running windows on a Mac using a VM (virtual machine).

AUDIO - This player definitely cements Cowon's reputation for making the best sounding portable players available. The only real problem with the sound is that the player is cabable of reproducing audio at a level that far outstrips the included headphones. It is almost like putting bicycle tires on a Ferrari. Anyone considering purchasing this player would do well to opt for a really good set of noise isolating or cancelling earphones. This is especially true if you listen to digital files recorded with a lossless format (like FLAC) rather than MP3.

VIDEO - The AMOLED screen is very bright and sharp regardless of viewing angle. The capacative touch screen is responsive and easy to manipulate. Picture quality is of such a really high caliber I do not think that there is much that can be improved upon. The main drawback regarding video on this player is that it is not supported by Amazon Unbox so forget about downloading and watching portable files in the .amzn format.

SOFTWARE - The only real downside to this player is the operating software/menu system. To describe it as counterintuitive and confusing is a bit of an understatement. Reading (and re-reading) the manual helps. I suppose that eventually one can get used to using any type of interface, but this really detracts from what is otherwise a very good portable media player.
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I spent months researching various portable media and audio players. I knew iPods were not the best in terms of sound quality, and I knew I was missing out on a lot by listening on an iPod. I have all of my music encoded in FLAC lossless audio, something Apple and Steve Jobs refused to allow iPods to play. I refuse to encode all of my files in Apple Lossless, plus the iTunes CD extraction program is terrible...and obviously the songs you download on iTunes are compressed and low bit rate songs. Using Exact Audio Copy (EAC) I have all of my music in FLAC, the highest quality track you can have recorded. Now, I just needed a player to play these files.

I looked into the Nationite s:flo2, the Cowon S9, the Cowon J3, Samsung P3, Sansa Clip, Sansa Fuze, and the other common audiophile player. I wanted a well-designed, sleek player that could play my FLAC files and give me the best portable listening experience. In other words, sound quality was of the utmost importance to me. Because all of the above players can play or be modded to play back FLAC (and many reviews said the differences in sound quality were negligible, if audible at all), it came down to other factors.

The ability to play back video files really separate the J3, S9, and s:flo2 from the rest of the back. I eliminated the others based solely on that capability. And the J3 and S9 beat out the s:flo2 with its BRILLIANT Amoled screen. Believe me, this has to be seen to be believed. It was tough for me to see the screen quality through video reviews, but I had to trust what the critics said...and they were right. The screen is amazing, and picture and video quality is unparalleled.
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