Cowon Shows off the i9

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We are definitely excited to see some more products roll out from Cowon as the other brands have been rolling out and announcing their players for the holidays. The Cowon iAudio 9, or more commonly referred to as the Cowon i9, is the successor to the Cowon i6 and the flash version of the i6, the i7. I believe that the number 8 was skipped due to an eastern superstition. So we move right along to the new Cowon i9.

Not everything is known about this player, but from the splash page on Cowon’s Korean site the player has all the great features of the Cowon family like killer support for all kinds of audio codecs and it looks like it is adding some nice support for video files too: AVI, WMV, XViD, and ASF. It also states that it supports TV-Out, which could possibly mean video playback without conversion. Additionally, it will add a built-in speaker in a tiny package (42mm x 95mm x 8.9 mm). This could make a lot of Cowon fans happy for a more compact version of the S9 they have been carrying around.

[Cowon via Journal du Geek]

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mr cool on September 30, 2009 3:38 PM

SweeeeetI was thinking about getting an i7… wait I must.Hope it has a long battery life.Wish it’d use an AMOLED screen.

Den on September 30, 2009 3:47 PM

Nothing special about the design, :( , i7 looks much better, why not to meke a 32/64 GB verion of i7 insted ? bad for Cowon..

Siebenstein on September 30, 2009 4:05 PM

shows off…please spell-check.Who needs touch-sensitive controls?

MarvintheMartian on September 30, 2009 4:18 PM

Looks kind of like my Samsung Q2 with the touchpad….interesting.

WalkGood on September 30, 2009 4:31 PM

I might be in once we know more :)

H3O on September 30, 2009 4:47 PM

Skipped 8 due to eastern superstition or the fact that i9 just plays well with S9.

jjrosaria on September 30, 2009 4:57 PM

Wow cowon really is taking their interfaces to the next level, that interface looks pretty sweet

eschen on September 30, 2009 5:41 PM

dammit … i didn’t order the i7 because of THAT? Why the hell did i wait for this T_T

converted on September 30, 2009 10:31 PM

My criticism of the iauio7 was the thickness of it. If they have kept the great sound quality and updated the looks then yeeehaaa. The nano has video cam… they could have thrown that in for good measure. But I do like the idea of a little speaker for those shared moments ( no more swapping earwax).

sun7 on September 30, 2009 11:07 PM

95mm is way too long for my taste. I would only get something that big if it is more than my primary music player. I’m sticking with my Cowon D2+ for now. I would get a Sansa Clip+ if it could display album art… and if I wasn’t dirt poor.

Roj on September 30, 2009 11:45 PM

I have an I7. Make the I9 32Gb with ReplayGain and Gapless Playback and you’ve got a True Believer here and a guaranteed sale.

Joe on October 1, 2009 2:13 AM

Someone should tell Cowon that H.264 and aac are formats people want. The Cowon D2 supported it (initially) and should bring it back.Xvid aka MPEG4 SP (and even if it supports MPEG4-ASP it still sucks compared to MPEG4 AVC BP) needs to die.Heck, did anyone even use WMV, ever?

Joe on October 1, 2009 2:37 AM

Just to clarify, the D2 initially supported aac/mp4 audio, not h.264 video. The S9′s glaring omission is h.264/MPEG4-AVC.

Joe B. on October 1, 2009 5:40 AM

Didn;t look that interesting until I saw the features: Flash player and text reader sound pretty cool.@converted: If you don’t want to swap earwax, get a Belkin Rockstar: A splitter that supports no less than five sets of headphones, or four if you mix n match mp3 players with the included audio in. I know I sound like an ad here, but it can be yours for the low, low price of 19.9— I mean $13.07 with free shipping from Amazon. Also, any more than 5 headphones probably warrants a purchase.

chilton on October 1, 2009 7:09 AM

Looks great, though i am waiting for perhaps the successor to the S9. though then again perhaps i will go this little number in the meantime….. i really want a 64gb flash player!!!

brum on October 1, 2009 7:56 AM

“off”, “adding” and “without”.

ashiiya on October 1, 2009 12:20 PM

For what it is, it looks pretty interesting. It’s not bad to look at and the touch sensitive controls, I’m ok with as long as they’re simple to use ^^

MarvintheMartian on October 1, 2009 1:48 PM

I’ll really be curious to see it reviewed. Since it appears to copy the Q2′s touchpad control, I’m skeptical about real-world usefulness(Q2 owner here).But who knows, maybe they’ll implement the idea better…I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt for now.

Dromedary on October 1, 2009 5:11 PM

A little too big at 95mm. Was so much hoping for tactile controls.I guess I’ll be waiting for an update to the U5.I have no use for a player that requires two hands to change volume or skip a song.

Brent212 on October 1, 2009 6:21 PM

Stoked on the internal speaker, FM receiver, and TV output (only if it doesn’t require a proprietary cable). Wish it supported more video formats. I’d love to not have to transcode my DVDs.After reading about the new Archos (and I think a previous Cowon) having a built in FM transmitter, I wish every player had that. I’d love to just keep something this size in my pocket and be able to effortlessly play it on any car stereo.Too bad it will have at most 64 GBs. Need at least 100 gigs to consider it. If it had 120+ GBs it could compete (and probably destroy) my ipod. Bummer I’ll have to keep waiting for something to do that.

rudy on October 1, 2009 8:20 PM

Looks nice, and the addition of a speaker makes it more interesting.I’ll stick with my s9 for now. But hopefully cowon will come with something new that just wows me.

tony on October 2, 2009 8:21 AM

Yay another player with a touchpad for controls, just what we need.

RE:Joe on October 2, 2009 10:34 AM

Why would you want to have AAC support? AAC is overhyped, LAME MP3 is actually just as good as AAC.

superppl on October 2, 2009 3:37 PM

some expandable storage would be nice :) of course as a i am now a broke student, i probably won’t be buying any new toys for some time, so it’s all moot to me :/

MarvintheMartian on October 3, 2009 12:00 AM

I don’t get why people are so stoked about a speaker. They’re not exactly “hi-fidelity”. My Sony has two, for actual stereo, but I don’t sit around and listen to tunes with them.A podcast in a quiet room is conceivable…and I guess a light sleeper could be awakened by them if you were to use the alarm.Face it, these little internal speakers that a few DAP’s havfe are more of a novelty than anything else.

Joe on October 3, 2009 1:02 AM

“Why would you want to have AAC support? AAC is overhyped, LAME MP3 is actually just as good as AAC.”Because:1. A cowon D2 uses MP3 for its video, and a maximum of 128kbps. That is terrible for a device that claims to cater to audiophiles like me.2. AAC is the new MP3. It was standardized in 1998 and addressed all of MP3s flaws.3. MP4 video uses AAC audio, So if Cowon supports H.264 video, they have to support its companion aac for audio. THAT is the biggest reason.4. There is no confusion as to who owns aac, whereas MP3 has proven to be a patent minefield.5. Why H.264/MPEG-AVC? One simple reason: The Deblocking filter. It makes it look better than ANYTHING Xvid or Divx put out, at any level. Samsung supports it, Sony supports it, Nintendo supports it, YouTube uses it, and of course the ipod uses it, even on it’s smallest nano. Time for Cowon to join the rest of the world.

Teddy on October 3, 2009 1:20 PM

No SDHC or an expansion slot of anykind? :( This then better have a 64gb flash.. (and also those good things from iAudio7; great audio quality, powerful headphone out, long battery life)

JonathanC on October 4, 2009 11:30 AM

It looks like if GE designed a Skype phone.

paulr on October 6, 2009 10:40 PM

Joe, the D2 works just fine for higher bit rate mp3′s than 128k. It also works with ogg vorbis and flac. I don’t understand why anyone wants AAC. It’s proprietary and not any better than vorbis. Even mp3 is just fine if you don’t mind using higher bit rates than vorbis (or aac) needs for the same quality. Gigabytes are cheap enough now that a little more storage doesn’t really matter. I actually have quite a lot of flac’s on my d2.

audioO on October 11, 2009 9:07 PM

Ppl still want mp3 or aac but it’s almost universally accepted in ALL PMPs! Most music are released in mp3 format, regardless of what many think of it!Yes, it would be Great if Companies would adopt FLAC or other Lossless file types but MOST do NOT!Until then, mp3/AAC will be most dominant in file formats for most players!I WISH the players could play FLAC but, unfortunately, most companies REFUSES to put it into their PMPs!Why do ppl always complain about these files?WRITE to the companies themselves to complain!!

Scott on October 16, 2009 2:07 AM

All those folks debating about such-and-such a codec being twice as good as another one might want to check out some blind listening tests such as this one:, they show that there is no difference in quality between MP3, AAC and WMA.Note also that these things change – coders and codecs are being constantly uppgraded every year. MP3, for example, sounds much better now than it did 10 years ago because of upgrades.

Joe on October 20, 2009 1:43 AM

paulr, you obviously don’t own a D2. The 128kbps is a limitation of the audio on video files; of course the D2 can play mp3s at any bitrate.Do you like 128kbps mp3′s? If you do, then Cowon’s players aren’t for you.Video’s on the ipods can all play H.264 at the simple profile at 640×480 and with 160kbps aac low complexity audio. This is much better than the video a D2 can play, and even the S9.

joe on October 20, 2009 5:58 PM

OK paulr you do have a D2, sry, but again, keep in mind that audio limitation for audio files.

Mark on November 2, 2009 5:03 AM

Having had an i7 for a couple of years (with Klipsch Images and a Pico amp) I’m pretty content. I’m also confused. Does the i9 exist anywhere except cyberspace? Has anyone listned to one? I’d love to hear about it.

Ivan on March 19, 2010 11:44 AM

@Den – How does i7 look better than the i9? Did you even look at the i9?

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