Conclusion: Of course the ace up the J3’s sleeve, setting it apart from other brand players, is its DSP-laden assortment of BBE sound enhancements and its well working pseudo-parametric EQ. BBE is arguably the best sounding bunch of algorithms found on portable players nowadays. Listening to BBE side by side with Sony’s DSEE, Samsung’s DNSe, or the rather awful SRS WOW audio stuff shows that there’s simply no comparison.
Pros: Excellent build quality, excellent AMOLED screen, Excellent user interface, snappy capacitive touchscreen, Excellent battery life, Great assortment of tactile buttons, easy to use on the go, BBE sound enhancements and 5-band pseudo-parametric EQ (for audio and video), Gapless playback, Little to no hiss with even the most sensitive in-ear phones, Unofficial AAC/M4A audio and rudimentary h.264/MP4 video support, MicroSDHC expansion slot, good integration of internal an...
Cons: Annoying latch/cover for USB and SD slot, Doesn’t support modern video codecs/containers, Sub-par playlist support, Sub-par audiobook/podcast support, Broken, buggy MTP support
Excerpt: The Korean-based company COWON has gained a reputation for creating MP3 and MP4 players with unparalleled sound quality. The COWON J3 , the winner of our TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award , certainly follows suit by providing excellent audio quality. The COWON J3 uses JetEffect 3.0 and BBE+ technologies that put you in control of your MP4 player's sound.
Summary: The Cowon J3 offers some new features that the older S9 missed out like memory card support, longer battery life and built-in speaker. It carries the same Cowon's traditional sound which is very good. Coupled with wide file format support and many other useful features, the J3 is one attractive PMP but with a rather high price tag. iPod Touch users may not like its lack of support for apps and WiFi, but its impressive media playback quality would lure sole PMP users.
Excerpt: The Cowon J3 is a considerably more fancy player than the Cowon i9 and offers much greater capacity (an 8GB model costs £165). What’s more, it includes a micro-SDHC slot so you can add up to a further 32GB of removable storage, a highly appealing prospect from many points of view.