Comparison of sound reproduction systems of Cowon S9 Curve and Apple iPhone 4
27 February 2011
Summary: All in all both Cowon S9 and Apple iPhone 4 offer a similar sound quality, which is not high, but it still meets the entry level requirements. The difference is obvious only with high quality headphones or in a head to head comparison without considerable pauses. Do not choose "heavy" models and go for earbuds.
Owners of Apple iPhone 4 are advised not to look for a dedicated player, but select appropriate headphones.
Summary: At Rs. 14,999 the S9 is a mixed bunch ï¿½ it is a good video player without the strict resolution demands on content like iPods have. But the audio performance is acceptable though not for purists. It could be a good buy or a bad one ï¿½ depends on what youï¿½re looking at.
Excerpt: Anyway, moving on to the display unit, the S9 is equipped with a 3.3inch AMOLED screen which is one of its best assets. The powerful codecs optimizes its 480 x 272 resolution for bringing life- like images. It’s a very pretty site & brings out the kid inside you that makes you go ‘ WOW!!! ’. With its 16million vibrant colours, seeing definitely believes. Videos are vivid and pictures are sharp and bright. Next up, we have the user interface, which is decent.
Excerpt: Here is a company that would give most Mp3 manufacturers a run for their money .With the launch of their latest offering, the S9, Cowon has promised the ‘ Ultimate Multimedia Performance ’. Cowon have targeted that sect of people who are adamant about sound quality & battery life. Lets take a closer look at the brand new S9 & see if it lives up to all the hype. The S9 is a sleek and curvaceous looking device that can draw attention like no other.
Summary: You probably can’t afford Sony’s gorgeous OLED telly but this high-class OLED PMP is within almost anyone’s budget. Arguably the best video and audio quality of any media player today, although not the best choice if you’re sitting on a pile of AAC or DRM tunes.
Excerpt: One of the main selling points that Cowon has managed to stabilize is the copy-paste media option wherein users won’t need to waste time converting videos for playback. While I believe that to be true, I also believe that one of the drawbacks to their franchise is the fact that their players, brilliantly large displays and all, are rather heavy and generically designed. The Cowon S9 seems to be a horse of a different color however and here’s exactly why.
Summary: The COWON S9 is the latest in the popular gadget field of touchscreen digital MP3 players. Along with expected features like video playback and photo display, COWON has integrated some clever additions, highlighted by FM radio and Bluetooth support, into the S9. With a focus on bold design and a responsive user interface, COWON hopes to take some of the attention and market share away from acclaimed units like the Apple iPod touch or even the Microsoft Zune .
Summary: The Cowon S9 is a very good portable media player for those who want stereo Bluetooth and a touchscreen interface, and can live without the glitz of multi-touch, an app store, or over-the-air downloads.
Pros: Excellent audio and video playback, Responsive touchscreen, Compatible with wide variety of audio and video formats, Quality FM radio, Stereo Bluetooth support,
Cons: Only supports JPEG photo format, Odd button placement, No AAC support, Nonstandard USB port,
Conclusion: The Cowon S9 is a solid player. The capacitive screen is a big improvement over the D2’s resistance type screen. On the face of the player a beautiful looking AMOLED screen graces the front and runs among the top screens on current portable devices. The sound quality is what we would expect from Cowon, excellent. The UI is fairly smart and its obvious Cowon spent some time on this, but it may not be intuitive to US buyers.
Pros: Great Sound Quality, Capacitive touch screen, Great AMOLED screen, Native Xvid Support, BBE on video
Cons: No H.264 support, No expansion slot, Not so standard 20-pin connection, Audio in and Video out cables sold separately, No multi-touch, Compare Cowon iAudio S9, Cowon S9 Forum