Cowon X9 now shipping from Amazon

product banner x9 Cowon X9 now shipping from Amazon

It’s been about a month since the Cowon X9 was announced, and if anyone has actually been holding out for one since then, then today is their lucky day. For $230 the 32GB model can be yours, while the 8GB and 16GB models are notably absent.

To recap, the X9 is a player that’s something along the lines of the old O2 and the hard drive based X7. The 4.3-inch touchscreen dominates the front, but with a resolution of a ridiculously low (these days) 480 x 272 pixels, it would be an insult to other players to call this a video-centric device. That of course begs the question of why someone would use a 4.3-inch device for music, but the X9 does have some neat features in that regard. Tactile buttons, 110 hours of (manufacturer rated) battery life, and microSD support are all nice features to have on an audio player. There’s also the usual “Cowon package” of format support and sound enhancement features, the latter of which is suddenly harder to come by again after it was removed from the JetAudio Android software.

[Amazon via Engadget]


Marvin the Martian on August 20, 2012 5:12 PM

I could get past the low resolution screen and consider it as a music only device with incredible battery life, except for one thing….it is a resistive screen and not capacitive.

GN-0015 on August 20, 2012 6:37 PM

@Marvin the Martian

X2 on that. Large screens without multi-touch are wastes of space.

tds101 on August 21, 2012 1:30 AM

Sorry, the capacity is too low and the screen sux – another PASS for meh.

yonas on August 21, 2012 11:33 AM

@tds101 – Then go and buy yourself a shitty iPod, you moron… Cowon is about quality of music, so do us a favor and pass this thing to someone who really know what it means.

lacene on August 23, 2012 8:09 AM

I think it’s a solid if not great option for music listeners who are still out there wanting larger-capacity storage for larger libraries. The video feature for other media support is a secondary feature. But 32GB plus support for microSD, which could double it to 64GB is a plus IMO. There aren’t many of those types of DAPs out there anymore….

Ed on August 24, 2012 4:23 PM

The battery life is nice, but that’s about the only thing there is to say about this player. I like storage capacity, and my 160GB X7 has it beat on that. 32 gigs isn’t much to write home about, and buying a 32gig sd card to make it 64 is not that interesting to me.

If you don’t have access to power for long stretches of time (hiking? camping?) I can see this being useful. I’m not really up to date on how competitive other players are with battery life, but players rated 40 hours are more than enough for most people’s commute without charging too often.

Uber-Ne on August 25, 2012 11:35 PM

Considering that you can get a Galaxy player 4.0 for $150, get a 32 GB memory card for $30, pay $10 for PowerAmp music player app, have access to thousands of apps on the Google Market with a GPS, FM, and camera(s). I still dont see why someone would pay $230 for a 4.3 music only player.

Bruce on August 28, 2012 6:15 AM

U’d pay for it for the BBE effects, but its not worth it in that case.
I really don’t get how industries (like cowon) run, is it really that hard to get it right?

gougnafe on September 5, 2012 1:31 PM

Great, good battery, great sound… nothing else needed !

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