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post #1 of 28
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Hey guys, I just got myself a Cowon X9 and was wondering a couple of things. the first was up to what capacity micro sd card can it hold? can it use 64 GB and up?

 

The second was a portable amp to go with it. I use the klipsch s4 and shure se215, any amps that have good synergy with these for less than $100?

post #2 of 28
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Originally Posted by kmitschiener View Post

Hey guys, I just got myself a Cowon X9 and was wondering a couple of things. the first was up to what capacity micro sd card can it hold? can it use 64 GB and up?

 

The second was a portable amp to go with it. I use the klipsch s4 and shure se215, any amps that have good synergy with these for less than $100?

If it can use a 64 it would be great.  Amazon was just selling a 64gb Class 10 card for $43

post #3 of 28
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Hey guys, I just got myself a Cowon X9

 

 

 

How do you like the interface?  Is it easy to use?  I bought and returned the i10 because the interface was the worst thing I have used since Windows 3.1

post #4 of 28
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Yeah it's pretty nice if all you're going to be doing is listening to music. It sounds great with no background noise or anything, my only problem with it is it's ugly screen, but then again it's usually in my pocket playing music so it's not an issue.

post #5 of 28

yes it will take a 64gb microsd (formatted to fat 32), and an amp won't make much difference, you;re better off saving up the money to buy better iems in future

post #6 of 28
Does the X9 have the annoying Cowon file limit? That would put a damper on using a 64gb micro SDXC card.
post #7 of 28
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Does the X9 have the annoying Cowon file limit? That would put a damper on using a 64gb micro SDXC card.

 

I'd be willing to bet it does......

post #8 of 28
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Does the X9 have the annoying Cowon file limit? That would put a damper on using a 64gb micro SDXC card.

 

My SGP would work well with one of those cards, if you're interested....wink_face.gif

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My SGP would work well with one of those cards, if you're interested....wink_face.gif
Check your PM's,...wink.gif
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Check your PM's,...wink.gif

 

And so it was done.....beerchug.gif

post #11 of 28

Hello,

 

I just got myself a X9 to replace my former setup, which was: Imod (incl the ALO cable) + Iqube + Hd25 (with cooper senn cable or Cardas cable)

 

The Imod died and i sold back the Iqube that i found too big and heavy.

 

 

So the Imod + Iqube was around 1000€ whereas the Cowon costs around 200€ (with a smaller capacity -32Go- however)

 

My critics are exactly the reverse of what i read everywhere: great sound but bad "ergonomics"

 

I'm in France so i had to delete the "param" file which limits the volume and spoils the sound as well.

 

(I precise i still use the HD25)

 

For me the big problem is the equalizer: it's not audiophile at all as the sound should be great with a "regular" setting.

 

The problem there is that it sounds very bad in "regular" mode. So you have to use a "trafficked" mode.

 

So either the bass is bumped or the low recessed...

 

The best i found is the "Rock" mode which have enough lows (but not too much) and enough highs...

 

To sum up, i find it decent sounding but not neutral because of the equalizer and more ear-fatiguing than the classic Ipod because of that.

 

Besides that, the tuner section is godd sounding, beating my pocket tuner reference (Sangean)

 

Any thoughts?

 

Any thoughts

post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by Jolida302 View Post

Hello,

 

I just got myself a X9 to replace my former setup, which was: Imod (incl the ALO cable) + Iqube + Hd25 (with cooper senn cable or Cardas cable)

 

The Imod died and i sold back the Iqube that i found too big and heavy.

 

 

So the Imod + Iqube was around 1000€ whereas the Cowon costs around 200€ (with a smaller capacity -32Go- however)

 

My critics are exactly the reverse of what i read everywhere: great sound but bad "ergonomics"

 

I'm in France so i had to delete the "param" file which limits the volume and spoils the sound as well.

 

(I precise i still use the HD25)

 

For me the big problem is the equalizer: it's not audiophile at all as the sound should be great with a "regular" setting.

 

The problem there is that it sounds very bad in "regular" mode. So you have to use a "trafficked" mode.

 

So either the bass is bumped or the low recessed...

 

The best i found is the "Rock" mode which have enough lows (but not too much) and enough highs...

 

To sum up, i find it decent sounding but not neutral because of the equalizer and more ear-fatiguing than the classic Ipod because of that.

 

Besides that, the tuner section is godd sounding, beating my pocket tuner reference (Sangean)

 

Any thoughts?

 

Any thoughts

 

 

All the preset EQ settings, all 48 of them, are rubbish. You can get great sound out of the player, but you have to roll your own custom EQ setting to get it. You can save four custom settings, for different headphones....it takes some time and effort, but it is worth it in the end.

post #13 of 28

Thank you. I managed to get something a little better than the crappy presets but no, this is NOT good sounding. Not a neutral, natural sound i'm looking for. It gave me an headake.

 

On another hand, i find all the funny functions (notepad, etc..) very pleasant. But for sound, this is NOT a real audiophile player IMO.

post #14 of 28

because cowon never have a neutral sound signature, the thing is a bit closer to warm rather than neutral especially with all of the enhancement

post #15 of 28

I don't dislike a warm/lush tube-like sound but the equalizer ruins the sound IMO.
 

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