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post #76 of 91

X9's power is exactly identical to J3's, if that helps. SQ is the same.

post #77 of 91
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Originally Posted by BigDave View Post

Sure, battery life should kill it.  Just wanting to hear that the sound quality is perceptably better over the clip+, as well as long battery life.  The clip just does not have enough power, hoping that the x9 is more powerful in its amp.

I can assure you IMO the X9 will sound better than a Clip+. Owning two separate generations below the X9 a C2 and S9 you're leaving the Clip+ far far behind once using BBE and Jet Effects enhancements. The separation is clearly better, soundstage wider, channel seperation, bass which is very basic on the Clip+ becomes powerful with great detail. All those little things you cannot hear with a Clip+ come out of their hiding spots. Refinement and dynamics increases as does your IEM/headphones ablitiy to place imaging.

Although the Clip+ is great, in some regards it's a shame it has become the mainstream budget focused Head-fi player, because it's stopping people from experiencing better sound.

IMO
post #78 of 91

Hello!

 

Does anybody know is the Apple USB Power Adapter gives a safe current amount to charge the X9? The adapter has an output of 5.1V @ 2.1 A

post #79 of 91

If only the X9 has digital out :/ and why are they still using a resistive screen -.- it was horrible enough on the X7
They kept the bad screen and threw out the onboard memory...looks like its not time to replace my X7 yet

post #80 of 91
I want a capacitive screen, better resolution, & 64gb of onboard memory. Then with a microSD HC/XC card I could have exactly what I'd want with a Cowon player.

Cowon ALWAYS ignores what their customers want, and do what they please. This is why I currently DON'T own one of their players.
post #81 of 91

I want the exact same thing, well i don really mind low res screens but at least a better touch screen and expendable memory :/ in a perfect world, digital out as well XD

post #82 of 91
hi everyone do you know if the X9 reads flac 24/96 files? I think Z2 can do it.
post #83 of 91

the z2 and x9 have the same amp and i have seen horrible things about the x9s screen. a lot of other websites say is like the c3s screen and its like pulling hair using it everyday.
 

post #84 of 91
post #85 of 91

I wish Cowon would simply revise the J3 with better amplification stage to handle the current demands of low impedance multi-BA CIEMs. Call it a J4.

 

My J3 will never compete with the sound quality of a DX100, but in virtually all other respects it's a wonderful little player. Proper tactile buttons, so I can control it without taking it out of my pocket, fantastic battery life, MicroSD expandable, etc. It just lacks ability to drive low-impedance CIEMs properly.

 

It's not a frontrunner in the DAC or soundstaging/imaging sense, but as an overall package, in a tiny format, with great features and battery life, it covers most of the bases. It's a real shame Sony failed with the Z-series, to build on what the S9/J3 began.

 

As for the X9, well that just seems to be an embarrassing step back in time, with no good reason.


Edited by Mython - 3/9/13 at 2:09pm
post #86 of 91
For a whisker under 200 bucks, the X9 does the job admirably (got mine in early November). Yes the screen/UI is ****ty. But as with Zaroff, I bought this purely for music & I don't give a fig about the screen per se (I have a more than decent smartphone for video on the go if I ever need it). I've gotten used to the UI/resistive screen & the quirks with tags & whatnot.

SQ is excellent as you'd expect from Cowon & I very much enjoy using it with my Brainwavz B2's. Even the CX300's I keep as an absolute last resort (had to use them over Xmas/New Year when my previous pair of B2's shat themselves) sound almost half decent thru it.

I'm no audiophile & you won't see a Head Fi style review out of me, but at the price & despite the cons, the X9 is well worth the money IMHO.

Edit - Couple of minor things, brain not working well today being Monday :-/
Edited by MistahBungle - 3/11/13 at 2:11am
post #87 of 91
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Originally Posted by MistahBungle View Post

For a whisker under 200 bucks, the X9 does the job admirably (got mine in early November). Yes the screen/UI is ****ty. But as with Zaroff, I bought this purely for music & I don't give a fig about the screen per se (I have a more than decent smartphone for video on the go if I ever need it). I've gotten used to the UI/resistive screen & the quirks with tags & whatnot.

SQ is excellent as you'd expect from Cowon & I very much enjoy using it with my Brainwavz B2's. Even the CX300's I keep as an absolute last resort (had to use them over Xmas/New Year when my previous pair of B2's shat themselves) sound almost half decent thru it.

I'm no audiophile & you won't see a Head Fi style review out of me, but at the price & despite the cons, the X9 is well worth the money IMHO.

Edit - Couple of minor things, brain not working well today being Monday :-/

 

Agreed, I also just use mine for music and it does a great job with that. I also have other devices with better screens, wifi, and all  that other stuff, so the X9 is my music-only player that never has a dead battery.

post #88 of 91

Just got my new X9 from Cowon today. I finally joined head-fi so I could make this review. So, first impressions.

 

I was reluctant to get the X9 from Cowon as all the most recent reviews talked about how 50% of the time it would brick as soon as you plugged it in to the computer. More recent research revealed that they had updated their website tech specs for it, listing multiple windows OS's as compatible. And after reading Zaroff's review, figured I'd take the plunge. I was not disappointed. It's solid, came fully charged, and works great with the computer. I haven't gotten to deep into program syncing, just doing drag and drop right now, but it seems to be working very well. The sound is great, though I'm just going off mp3 and mp4 files, so don't know how good it can be, will come back when I know more. It is better than my old iPod though.

 

The touch screen is great, I don't know why everyone has such a problem with it. It is not as responsive as the capacitive touchscreen, but it is pretty close. The only time I had a problem is when I tried to do the touch calibration, and couldn't even touch the first target. It put it up in the top left corner, and would not respond after that. I had to hard reset it. But I guess I don't need to do it, as it works just fine, I have no problems with response location. I bought a micro-sd card at the same time, and it works just fine with it. I wish I had bought a screen protector as well, but you live and learn. Did not Going to make a leather case for it, I'll post pictures when I'm done. 

 

All in all I am very impressed. Solid, good weight ratio, responsive screen, good sound. Will return with further data.

 

P.S. I am using the X9 with AKG Q-701's, they are the Quincy Jones version, I don't know if that means anything, other than having a green cord. I am really new to the whole good side of music. 

post #89 of 91
Great review Jalambi beerchug.gif Glad you're enjoying the X9 ;-)
post #90 of 91

Hi everyone,

 

Ive been dying to get a music player with a good sound quality and either expandable storage or large HDD.

I was reading a lot about the Cowon X7 or X9. But what are the exact differences except for the UI and Storage options?

People told me to get the Fiio X3, but I think I will have a hard time navigating through my folders with buttons only... 

are there any alternatives? Im willing to spend up to 250 USD.

 

thanks in advace!

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