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Cowon iAudio S9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1475 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the battery and portability. The design and usability also get good feedback, whereas there are some less positive comments about the connectivity.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Cowon iAudio S9 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Cowon iAudio 9 PMP


The iAudio 9 is a great player for the price with just a singular downside, it doesn't come with an AV cable.

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Cowon S9


The Cowon S9 manages to deliver on nearly all fronts including long battery life and excellent sound quality.

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Cowon S9


There is little sense in arguing which is the better player, the iPod touch or Cowon's latest offering, the S9 (8GB, $199.99 list; 16GB, $239.99). Simply put, the S9 lacks the basic grace of the touch, as well as some other enticing features, Wi-Fi for...

Strong audio file support. Touch screen. Built-in accelerometer. Video output. Line-in, FM, and voice recording. Excellent battery life

Touch screen is not very sensitive. User interface can be difficult to navigate. Volume controls are disabled in some screens. Play/Pause button works only in the Now Playing screen

The S9 is designed to resemble the iPod touchwith a touch screen and its own version of Cover Flowbut the player lacks the grace and Wi-Fi connectivity necessary to be a true rival.


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Cowon S9 (4GB)


The Cowon S9 is the first-touch screen MP3 player of 2009 to give Apple's iPod Touch a run for its money. Available in 8GB ($199) and 16GB ($239) capacities, the Cowon S9 is distinguished by its phenomenal audio quality and OLED touch-screen display.

Cowon's S9 portable media player offers a gorgeous OLED touch-screen display, long battery life, and features such as Bluetooth audio, voice recording, FM radio, Flash media support, audio and video playback, a photo viewer, and a text reader

The Cowon S9's user interface isn't quite as polished as the competition, the plastic construction feels flimsy, and it lacks Wi-Fi, memory expansion, and a standard USB port

The Cowon S9 is a sexy-looking gadget with exceptional audio and video quality, but its construction quality and user interface pale in comparison to the competition.

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Cowon S9 (8GB)


Rich sound, a responsive touchscreen, and stereo Bluetooth support make the S9 a formidable foe for the iPod touch.

Excellent audio and video playback ; Responsive touchscreen ; Compatible with wide variety of audio and video formats ; Quality FM radio ; Stereo Bluetooth support

Only supports JPEG photo format ; Odd button placement ; No AAC support ; Nonstandard USB port

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. At The Cowon S9 is a very good portable media...

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Cowon iAudio 9 Review


The Cowon iAudio 9 is one of the best budget MP3 players. It comes with a lot of features like an FM radio, voice recording, and video playback. It also combines excellent audio quality with a stylish design.

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Cowon S9 Media Player


Today, we have a personal media player with a difference on review, the S9 from Cowon, the US division of Cowon Systems Inc. of Korea, founded in 1995 and headquartered in Seoul. The company manufactures digital devices while providing digital content...

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The Cowon S9 Reviewed


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...

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Cowon S9


The Cowon S9 (16GB) is the first touch-screen MP3 player of the new year and it stacks up against the Apple iPod Touch quite nicely. It offers some excellent features, including great audio quality, an OLED touch-screen, lightweight design, and a great...

Excellent sound/video quality ; OLED screen ; Responsive touch screen

No multi-touch support ; Non-standard 20-pin USB connector ; No H.264 support

The sound quality of the Cowon S9 is very good and comparable to the iPod Touch and other high-end MP3 players that are popular today. It also has BBE sound enhancement, which adds more depth to the audio by way of several equalizer settings that are...

Product Specifications

The Cowon S9's innovative design 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. 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 extended battery life of 11 hours for video and 55 hours for audio. The S9 is also the 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. The Cowon S9 is loaded with exclusive features including a 500MHz dual-core processor, widescreen AMOLED display capable of 16-million colors with 480 x 272 resolution, and capacitive touch-screen operation of Cowon's advanced GUI system with Zoom UI, video clip preview, auto pivot, and quick list functions. The PMP also supports "user created interface" to allow users to develop and share the S9's unique interface.

Audio Input


Audio System

Digital Photo Playback: Yes
Digital Player Functions:Radio / Voice recorder / Photo playback / Video playback
Digital Player Type:Flash based
Digital Video Playback: Yes
Functions (KB):Digital player / Digital voice recorder / Radio
Sound Effects:MP Enhance / Mach3Bass / BBE
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:Digital player / radio


Rechargeable Battery:Rechargeable
Run Time (Up To):29hour(s)

Digital Audio

Supported Audio Formats:APE (Monkey's Audio) / FLAC / MP3 / MPEG 1 Audio / MPEG 2 Audio / MPEG 2.5 Audio / Ogg Vorbis / WAV / WMA / APE (Monkeys Audio)/APE (Monkey's Audio) / FLAC / MP3 / MPEG 1 Audio / MPEG 2 Audio / Ogg Vorbis / WAV / WMA / APE (Monkeys Audio)

Digital Multimedia Devices

Autonomous Use: Yes
Device Type:Digital AV player
Key Features:Digital audio player / Digital audio recorder / Digital photo viewer / Digital video player / FM tuner / Voice recorder
PC Interfaces:Bluetooth / Hi-Speed USB/Bluetooth / Hi-Speed USB / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
TV Standards Supported:NTSC / PAL

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:FLAC / MP3 / Ogg Vorbis / MPEG 2.5 Audio / MPEG 2 Audio / MPEG 1 Audio / WMA / WAV / APE (Monkeys Audio) / APE (Monkey's Audio)

Digital Storage


Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.3in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.4cm
Display Type (JK):AMOLED
Output Type:Color


Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer Band Qty:5 bands

Flash Memory

Installed Size:16GB/8GB


Compatibility:Unix / Mac / PC
Manufacturer:Cowon Systems
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Cowon/Cowon iAUDIO


Color:Black/Titanium black

Motion Video

Video Playback Formats:ASF / AVI / DivX 4.0 / DivX 5.0 / WMV / XviD/AVI / WMV / XviD


Tuner Bands:FM
Tuner Type:Digital

Still Images

Supported Still Images Formats:JPEG