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Cowon S9 vs. J3

post #1 of 36
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I'm deciding between the 32G J3 and S9. Is there a noticeable difference is SQ? Any other important differences? I've heard some say they were disappointed in the SQ of the S9 compared to other Cowon models. The touch screen/video capabilities aren't a big deal to me.

 

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D

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 36

They both sound good. I would get the J3 because of the 16Gig microsd card thing. How would you expect a newer Cowon model to sound worse? I heard the D2+ and didn't like the sound as much as the S9 (the preset eqs are better).

post #3 of 36

The AMP is not the same. It is a 29mW+29mW AMP vs a 17mW+17mW on the S9. So sound can be different, yes. I'm thinking about getting one soon and let you know as I have had S9.

post #4 of 36

If anything, the Cowon J3 sounds slightly better than the S9. If also has an expandable memory slot (microSD). And it has a flat back, great if you want to pair it with an amp.

post #5 of 36

J3 sounds awesome I agree.

post #6 of 36

What do you understand by slightly better? Mids, highs, bass, soundstage? What exactly?

post #7 of 36


 

I'm pretty sure the S9 and J3 has the same 29mW output power 

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Originally Posted by miow View Post

The AMP is not the same. It is a 29mW+29mW AMP vs a 17mW+17mW on the S9. So sound can be different, yes. I'm thinking about getting one soon and let you know as I have had S9.

post #8 of 36

yes, it is 29 mW.

just info: same output power on the spec doesnt mean same output power in the real output, you need to use some testing equipment or application/program (like what dfkt did) or maybe use your ears


Edited by a_tumiwa - 8/3/10 at 7:12pm
post #9 of 36
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Originally Posted by tyrael View Post


 

I'm pretty sure the S9 and J3 has the same 29mW output power 


 

Just google it and you'll see that S9 is 17mW+17mW
 

post #10 of 36
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Originally Posted by miow View Post

Just google it and you'll see that S9 is 17mW+17mW


Or check the spec page at cowonglobal for proof of the 29mW+29mW claim.

 

On a related note, the S9 also just received a firmware update:   LINK to 2.53
 

post #11 of 36

Does the J3 have the playback control buttons found on the S9... If not, I don't much care for the MicroSD or speaker. Tactile buttons for playback are a plus.

post #12 of 36
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Originally Posted by stevenswall View Post

Does the J3 have the playback control buttons found on the S9... If not, I don't much care for the MicroSD or speaker. Tactile buttons for playback are a plus.

Yes, although they are along the side on the J3 compared to the top of the S9. You get track +/-:ff/rw, Play/Pause, and a volume rocker on both.

 

post #13 of 36
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Originally Posted by 4DThinker View Post




Or check the spec page at cowonglobal for proof of the 29mW+29mW claim.

 

On a related note, the S9 also just received a firmware update:   LINK to 2.53
 

I don't get it. I could swear I've seen that info on the S9 specs (...!!!). So it's 29mW. Sorry about the confusion.
 

post #14 of 36

Someone should try the 2.5.3 update... I don't want it if it doesn't work with klaus browser and Aero Ultimate interfaces.

post #15 of 36

It works with Klaus browser, I'm not sure it it works with Aero since I don't use it.

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