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Cowon S9

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    8.3 8.3 from 22 reviewers
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    7.3 7.3 from 3 reviewers
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    5.0 5.0 from 5 reviewers
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    6.4 6.4 from 4 reviewers
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    7.5 7.5 from 4 reviewers
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    7.1 7.1 from 2 reviewers
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Cowon S9

The Cowon S9 is a stylish Portable Media Player (PMP) with innovative design that features a titanium/black face and a curved-back casing surrounding a 3.3-inch Active-Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED) touch screen display, along with storage capacity of either 8GB or 16GB from its internal flash memory. To complement its sleek form design, the S9 features an exclusive GUI system boasting capacitive touch screen operation, advanced video functionality supporting transcoding-fre…

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Cowon S9

The Cowon S9 is a stylish Portable Media Player (PMP) with innovative design that features a titanium/black face and a curved-back casing surrounding a 3.3-inch Active-Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED) touch screen display, along with storage capacity of either 8GB or 16GB from its internal flash memory. To complement its sleek form design, the S9 features an exclusive GUI system boasting capacitive touch screen operation, advanced video functionality supporting transcoding-free playback of most DVD-quality MPEG-4 videos and TV output, Bluetooth® 2.0 support for stereo headphones, G-sensor accelerometer for auto-pivot display, and the S9 is also the first COWON player to offer next-generation JetEffect 2.0 audio technology with improved EQ filter, stereo enhancement and BBE+, which includes upgraded BBE, Mach3Bass, 3D Surround and MP Enhance audio processing.

Features

The Cowon S9 is a digital Portable Media Player (PMP) that features voice recorder, digital photo viewer, digital video player and digital audio recorder. The Digital music player designed with either 8GB or 16GB of storage capacity on its internal flash memory. The Cowon S9 US is designed with a 500 MHz dual core processor. It comes with a signal-to-noise-ratio of 95 dB, supports digital audio standards such as MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG Vorbis, WAV, and APE (Monkey's Audio), supports audio codecs such as MPEG 1 Layer 1/2/3, WMA, FLAC, OGG Vorbis, OGG FLAC, video file formats such as AVI and WMV, plus supports video codecs such as XVID, SP/ASP, and WMV9 SP/MP. It also can handle DVD-quality MPEG-4 videos, either on its own display or via the TV output. Besides that, it also supports still image formats such as JPEG and Text viewer with features, including a zoom function, auto-scroll, selectable background colours, and file book marking. Its photo browsing comes with 3-by-3 matrix thumbnails or a list for browsing and it shows colourful, sharp images plus allows music to be played simultaneously without slowing down. It also supports PC interface with its high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity. It also has Bluetooth support which is listed as A2DP and AVRCP compatible which means audio streaming and remote controlling. The Cowon S9 US has a built-in colour wide screen AMOLED touch screen display that measures 3.3-inch capable of 16 million colours with 272-by-480-pixels resolutions. The capacitive touch-screen operation of this COWON's product comes with new advanced GUI system with Zoom UI. The screen also comes with an image aspect ratio of 16:9, plus it supports TV standards like PAL and NTSC. The audio files are browse-able in file folder mode (as it is dragged and dropped onto the player) or by ID3 tag information. ID3 mode show information such as artist, album, tracks, favourites, new music (showing the music loaded in the last day, week, or month), genre, year, playlists, recordings, and even folders (operates just like the file folder mode). Besides that, playlists can be made on the computer in MSC mode with JetAudio/Cowon Media Center and in MTP mode with Windows Media Player, Monkey Media, Napster, Winamp, and a plethora of other MTP based media players, which allows user to use it on both Mac OS and Windows PC. There is also an accelerometer for automatic screen rotation, plus Cowon’s feature-laden JetEffect 2.0 equalizer. The S9 offers audiophiles, a five-band custom equalizer with 30 presets (four user presets), built-in microphone and line-in recording functions, and an FM radio. Completing the S9 is a Flash player, calculator, video clip preview, auto pivot, and Quick List functions. It also has the BBE+ suite of audio-enhancement effects. The BBE+ is a sound enhancement function that can make bad recording sound better. It is powered by the built-in Lithium-polymer rechargeable battery and when fully charged, it is sufficient to power the device up to 55 hours of audio playback and 11 hours of video playback. It measures in at 105.75mm in height, 57.08mm in width, 12.7mm in depth and 77 grams in weight with battery.

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  • S9 built in speakers

    Does the S9 have built in speakers? so you can listen to music without headphones? Thankyou.

    (No answers yet. Write an answer!) 2010-09-07

  • More detail on voice recorder function?

    Using the S9 as a voice recorder: Would like more details on ease of use (such as organizing multiple recordings on the go) and quality of recording, both using the pinhole mike and attached dedicated mike. Not many reviewers seem to focus on the voice recording aspect so would be grateful for more opinions here. Thanks!

    (No answers yet. Write an answer!) 2010-03-09

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