COWON J3 32 GB Portable Media Player (Black) Reviews


Excellent audio source


Pros: Sound quality, expandable storage, zero hissing, BBE, battery life

Cons: Proprietary cable, difficult to create playlist, still pricey online after many years.

For most people, Cowon J3 is pretty much the ultimate 'non-audiophile' music player for its sound quality, battery life, and expandable storage (I've heard of 64gb micro sd cards working on it, I haven't tried myself yet).   After having many Creative hard disk based DAPs(Jukebox, Zen touch, Zen Vision W), I wanted to migrate to flash based ones. As Creative simply became totally uncompetitive with audio players, I had to look elsewhere, by chance I stumbled upon Cowon, and I found J3 to be the perfect choice.   The sound is clean, clear, absolutely no hissing even with some very sensitive IEMs, and with BBE enhancement it becomes pure enjoyment for the ears. It also has an...
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Pros: Great sound, EQ features and options, portable, battery

Cons: reliability, not the best UI

Well, i won't make a long review. Having the iPod Nano V6, SansaClip+, SansaClip Fuse, iAudio 6 and a mix of older Sony's, iPod's etc ... I think the best sounding player to me was the iAudio 6. Followed by the iAudio J3. The difference is marginally, but somehow the 6 just performed a tiny bit better to my taste. The BBE+ etc effects just had a smoother and warming impact, where on the J3 it starts to sound a tad more cool, in some cases even mechanical (hissing etc), where the 6 kept composed.    But ... sadly, i only managed to enjoy the J3 for a few months when it died. The screen showed weird colors, like there was some graphic card issue and froze, it didn't...
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Awesome Player!


Pros: Extreme Battery Life, BBE & Jet Audio Effects, EQ, Lightweight, Superior Audio Quality, Supports Most Formats

Cons: Screen resolution, Navigation has a learning curve

The short and simple of it is this is the best DAP for the price I have owned. I have used all the main stream players, (IPods, Zune, Creative Zen Player, etc) and I will never go back. Besides the great audio quality, the battery life is unparalleled. I have played with my friends iBasso and Colorfly and although they might be a bit better (maybe) with the full lossless, i still like the full freedom of the Jet Effects. Besides, it was much cheaper than what they paid.   If I had to change one thing, it would be the screen, its touch interface works most of the time, but with cold or dry hands sometimes it needs a second tap. Of course the tactile buttons make up for it.  ...
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mauricio nz

Cowon J3


Pros: Battery Life, sound quality, audio formats, simple to use

Cons: Does not support many videos formats, blue-tooth not that good.

  My best Pmp so far. I have tried sony's, sans'a, and cowon j3 is the best so far. Unfortunately I lost it, and now it is discontinued so I have been trying to replace it, I bought a Sony Walkman A 865 which was sent back due to the poor battery and poor Eq, after that I bought a Cowon Z2 basically the same sound quality than J3 but an horrible android device, this also was sent back.     So now I will just wait for a "successor" of the J3, since any Smartphone nowadays is able to perform better than cowon Z2, there is no point in getting a low quality android product, J3 has basically what is just needed today, a great battery life, many audio formats support,...
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Fairly new to mp3 players, tried the Ipod Nano 6th Gen. Never would shuffle worth a damn. Same 150 songs over and over. Researched this J3 here and purchased it. Followed ALL instructions as to installing the newest `firmware' using my Mac. Wrote a polite letter to those people in the country it was made. Too old for this nonsense. When the songs change the volume blasts louder, plugged in the Pico amp, sounds better, BUT CANNOT install firmware. Much nicer then the Ipod but has different items to learn, right?  Please help this  feeble old guy  with the  updated firmware.OK?   Update:     5-6-2012   Now a week later, it does,...
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Nice sounding portable


Pros: Compact, lightweigth, very good sound (for portable)

Cons: Feeble USB / mm card cover, software stability issues at low battery

Needed a good player for my FLAC and APE files (which my iPod could not do). Bought this player on the various internet recommendations although its ridiculous expensive in Europe (239 Euro for 16G version). It's a very good audio player in a nice looking package. It drives my RS2 very well and playes all files effortless with good dynamics and musicality. I like the added BBE equilizer settings, especially when playing at work on low volumes to get a bit fuller sound. Battery life is awesome and I love the OLED display although I guess I will not use video much.   User interface is ok, but not as nice a the iPod's, but that might be just me. I have big fingers and hands...
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The Perfect Player


Pros: Storage, a palette of EQ settings, ease of navigation

Cons: I should have bought this first!

After trying player after player to include the 602 I have come to realize this was the perfect match for me. I too use the UM3X, but also Grado 325i's, K702's (300ohm) and Senn IE6's. This player just wants to push them all. Aside from the 35 presets The EQ settings are ENDLESS! (there are 4 available to dress to your hearts content) I didn't need to find phones with the right "synergy" to make it sound great! Heck IMO if you pay $300+ for a DAP it should match at least something in your arsenal .....   Bottom line, I love it, great sound, great vids (I just found out but probably will never use), easy to navigate. Once again let me say the COWON J3 is a great,...
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Best DAP Ive owned


Pros: Great UI, great battery life, even better sound, I just love it

Cons: Album art, and tags are sometimes abit messed up, but they can be fixed pretty easy with MP3Tag

Well I sold my S:Flo2 for this, and I'm happy I did, this is alot better every where, as great UI, Battery life, and sound, also plays AAC, and works with album art most of the time   overall I'm very very happy

The best music player out there


Pros: Excellent sound quality, customizable UI's, fantastic batter life and beautiful screen

Really the perfect music player, with the expandable memory slot its just fantastic. 



Pros: Battery Life, Sound Quality, Screen

Cons: Build quality could be better, but it is not bad.

I'll update this at a later date.