Our sharp eyed friends at our sister site iAudiophile have spotted an update to the Cowon iAudio 9. A “+” has been added to the name but there doesn’t seem to be much else that’s been changed.
The main attraction seems to be the maximum capacity has been increased from 16 to 32 GB. There’s also a larger external speaker and the JetEffects have been updated to 5.0. After that it doesn’t seem most current owners would notice a difference.
The physical specs are unchanged. The screen is still a 2 inch LCD at 240×320. The dimensions are still 43 x 95 x 8.9mm and it still weighs 40g. The touchpad is the same as on the older model. The FM tuner, same. The composite TV out, same. The non-proprietary, but not always easy to find USB connector? C’mon you really didn’t expect any changes there either, did you? It’s the same.
The supported audio codecs are still MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, APE and WAV. The video formats, AVI, WMV, ASF (codecs Xvid SP/ASP, WMV 7/8/9) haven’t changed either.
What has changed is the pricing. At ~$70, $90, $117 and $153 for the 4, 8, 16 and 32 GB models respectively, these models are somewhat less expensive per GB than previous i9 players of the same capacity. The pricing on the 32 GB model is new with this being it’s first release.
(Please note those prices are approximate and based on what a currency converter says today. By the time they become commonly available that might change.)
These are pretty much the same type of changes that Cowon has made in dusting off it’s older D2 and re-releasing it as the D20. This series of updates to older players has to make you wonder…
Is a update to the well reviewed J3 in the works?
Article written by our forum admin skip252.