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.
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 incremental improvements in UI and features. So if you have previously dismissed the i6 and i7, you might want to take a look at this new player.
Cowon just dropped two of its new players in time for the holidays here in the US. The iAudio 9 or sometimes called the i9 is the next generation i7 but this time it looks like the buttons are much more accessible. The i7 was a great sounding player (review) with some great output but it was hindered by a horrible UI with cramped touch controls.
From the photos it looks like it could be more comfortable even though the swing touch controls are still present. At Journal de Geek there are a few other photos of the UI in action sized up against the Cowon s9. You can also check out the full pitch and specs on the official Cowon i9 landing page.
The player is available in white, silver, black, and red with capacities of 8GB and 16GB. Right now only the black 16GB is available on Jettmall for $170 and should roll out to Amazon shortly. Oh, yeah and the E2… available for $65 for the 4GB screenless player with style.
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]