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Cowon iAudio i9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 127 reviews of Cowon iAudio i9. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and performance. The design and sound are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the durability and reliability.

usability, sound, design, performance, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Cowon iAudio i9 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 67 user reviews of Cowon iAudio i9 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 Players on People really like the price and performance. The design and sound also get good feedback, but opinions about the durability and reliability are mixed.

usability, sound, design, performance, price

87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Cowon i9 8GB MP3 Player - BlackCowon i9 8GB MP3 Player - Black

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Grahm Skee (

Cowon iAudio i9 Review


As the next player in the "i series" of player the i9 takes on a different form factor in a slim candy bar player with touch screen and tactile buttons. This size makes it so much more comfortable compared to its i6 and i7 siblings. There are also...

I still find the UI a bit awkward and it will take most first time Cowon users a bit to get used to, but the UI is taking some baby steps on improvements. I guess one of my major complains though is the proprietary connection and odd video cable that...

Feb, 2010

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Cowon i9 16GB review


Cowon's i9 portable audio player is impressively light and slender, yet it has 16GB of storage and is reasonably priced. Previous Cowon players we've seen have had unusual controls and the i9 is no exception.

Cowon's gimmicky i9 isn't a bad portable audio player; it's just there are far better designed models available at similar prices.

Jul, 2013

Product Specifications

Stylish, interesting, and amusing functions in Cowon iAUDIO 9. Select your sound effect from 39 JetEffect presets. BBE+ is the most sophisticated and powerful sound technology available for MP3 and PMP devices. Optimized for headphone playback of compressed audio material, BBE+ brings listeners closer to the natural presence and impact of a "live performance" than ever before. iAUDIO 9 suggests you a multi-matching style that perfectly fits in business and casual attires. iAudio 9 of a simple and refined design meets you to create a new style. And with its slim body, you can carry it into your pocket with ease. Its intuitive interface deployed on the same line with the control panel at the lower part moves rhythmically to the movement of your finger. When you grip it, you can operate the touch panel at its lower part conveniently with your thumb. As it is placed to allow your optimal movement, people young and old have easy access to the menus they want. In addition to music, video and FM radio functions, it provides you with a variety of multi-media performances including document and recording, etc. Indulge your emotions with iAUDIO 9 and enjoy your time. You can feel the conveniences from built-in speaker along with analog feeling.


Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer bands quantity:5
Equalizer modes:Custom
Frequency range:20 - 20000
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR):95


Video playback: Yes


Color of product:Black / Black, Silver / Black, White / Silver


Display:LCD / TFT
Display Diagonal:2
Display Resolution:320 x 240
Touch screen: Yes

Energy Management

Battery performance:500
Battery recharge time:1.40
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Continuous audio playback time:29
Continuous video playback time:7
Rechargeable: Yes

File formats

Audio formats supported:APE, FLAC, MP2, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / APE, FLAC, OGG, WAV, WMA
Image formats supported:JPG
Video compression format:AVI, MPEG1, WMV, WMV9, XVID / MPEG1, WMV, WMV9, XVID
Video formats supported:AVI,MPEG1,WMV,WMV9,XVID / MPEG1,WMV,WMV9,XVID


Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Windows Vista/XP/2000/ME\nMAC OS 10.X/Linux 2.4 or higher / Windows Vista/XP/2000/ME\nMac OS 10.X\nLinux v2.4+
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Dimensions (WxDxH):1.69 x 0.339 x 3.74
USB cable:USB
USB powered: Yes
Wireless technologies:Wired

Packaging Content

User guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Battery Capacity:500
Battery recharge time:1.40
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Continuous audio playback time:29
Continuous video playback time:7


FM band:87.5 - 108
FM band range:87.5 - 108
FM radio: Yes
FM recording: Yes

Record Modes

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes


Player media type:Flash-media
Total Storage Capacity:16 / 4 / 8

System Requirements

Minimum processor:Pentium 3
Minimum processor speed:500
USB required: Yes

Weight & Dimensions