- Album Art Supported: Yes
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- Audio Output Connections: 3.5 mm headphone socket
- Battery Life: Approx. 55 hours audio 11 hours video
- Battery Type: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
Cowon S9 32 GB Video MP3 Player with Touchscreen (Titanium Black)
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- 32 GB capacity for about8,000 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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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.
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.
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 at the top of the device for easy access 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.
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.
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.
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.
The pre-installed Adobe Flash Player lets you enjoy Flash games and other utilities, along with the Flash content present on many websites.
What's in the Box
Cowon C9, earphones, USB 2.0 cable, manual CD, and quick start guide.
Top Customer Reviews
The UI is not THAT clumbsy. It's not as crystal smooth as the touch, but it's much better than a lot of touchscreens IMO. The UI takes some getting used to, but once you know all the shortcuts, you'll be handling it like a pro, easily getting to where you want to go. With a dual core 500mhz processor, it's more than capable of handling whatever you throw at it, so that's not what's causing the occasional lag, but rather some firmware bugs that will likely be resolved quickly.
Cowon loves the S9 and will be sure to improve it even further than it is now so that everyone can enjoy it. Already people are customizing the interface to how they see fit and soon programmers will fix issues and offer alternatives, so there's no reason not to buy the S9 if you're afraid of its interface being faulty.
The itouch is the jack of all trades, but the S9 is truly the ace of music and video performance. If you're looking for quality over quantity, the S9 is sure to please. If you find the lack of uselessly abundant features a turn off, then feel free to try something else.
What they didn't do was forget it's a media player. Music is best is class. Video is amazing shown on it's 3.3" AMOLED widescreen. Photos follow suite. If you're old enough to need reading glasses the Zoom feature makes apps with text easier to read/see with a simple slide of your finger. File format support is broad. You can drag and drop media directly onto the S9, use Windows Media Player, or use the Jetaudio app that comes included to put media on it.
Now with 32gb capacity you'll have room for movies and photos worth watching on that beautiful screen. Get the inexpensive video output cable and serve up movies to your TV. You'll get up to 50 hours music and 10 hours video playback with one battery charge. Don't forget FLASH game/app support, FM radio with recording, voice recording, and Bluetooth for wireless headphones. There is no Wifi or what it brings, but it's also $100 less than the iPod Touch of the same memory capacity.
Be sure and keep the firmware updated. Cowon is sending updates out each month, and each one has brought significant improvement. Best touchscreen player of 2009 I'll predict.
Excellent Sound Quality
Amazing OLED screen
Infinity tweakable interface
Great codec support
Frequent firmware updates and new features provided by Cowon
Screen difficult to read in bright direct sunlight
Default user interface can be a bit un-intuitive
This is a great player. The screen is absolutely great, except in direct sunlight, which makes it pretty much unreadable. The price is great for the capacity, and the fact that you can run different user interfaces (UI) means that if you don't like the way it is by default (which isn't bad), you can just download one that you like. If you know how to program flash, you can make your own, because Cowon makes it really easy.
The greatest thing is that Cowon is constantly updating the firmware, about once a month. Each one brings new features, such as the latest (as of late July 2009) was gapless playback for many music formats. Just make sure that you rip your music properly.
The S9 has great video format support, including Xvid, DivX, and WMV. The videos look great on the screen, and playback is smooth.
It supports both MSC (Mass storage, like a flash drive) and MTP (media transfer protocol, use Windows Media Player or equivalent to sync), so you can get the best of both worlds.
It's really a good player if you want a nice looking, touchscreen player,and you are moderately good with computers, but you don't want Wi-Fi and tons of other features you may not use. My thinking was that I would rather have something that does a few things really well, like the S9, rather than something that stretches itself too thin, like an unnamed Apple product.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm an older person and when I got the S9, I didn't think I would ever get it figured out. It certainly took me a good while, but I'm enjoying it when I go on my walks and go... Read morePublished 20 months ago by M Fitzgerald
Now this is an MP3 player that's worth the review. Feature packed and the sound is awesome. My Sandisk Fuze takes forever to load on power-up, but this bad boy a few seconds. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Royston K. Baker
A MP3 player for an audiophile or anyone who appreciates high quality sounding music. With BBE sound entrancement, various EQ settings, all music sounds perfect. Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by Andrew
IT WORKS VERY WELL, EASY TO GET MUSIC, I CAN BRING MY FAVORITE PICTURE AS WELL VERY NICE, OFCOURSE NOW ARE MANY OTHER PRODUCTS BUT THIS IS STILL WORKING GOODPublished on May 27, 2014 by Augusto
I bought my 32gb S9 on Amazon in 2009 used it loved it and misplaced it. Well now for Karma! I have been researching high end DAP's for a few weeks. Read morePublished on March 26, 2014 by James Fenton
now on the j3,
despite the lack of an sd slot the s9 is a real classic, awesome device.
if your looking at this review cos someone in cardiff offered it to you... Read more
I already have a Cowon S9 one for over two years and I love it.
So when my wife wanted a MP3 player I told her about mine. Read more