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COWON S9 3.3" 32GB MP3 / MP4 Player

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  • USB 2.0
  • 32GB
  • 3.3" OLED

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Put your multimedia entertainment in the palm of your hand with the controls at your fingertips. This distinctive media player has a ground-breaking 3.3" AMOLED touch screen that can be used to control your media, play games and more. Its captivating slim lines and curved-back design give you maximum portability and grips that fit gently into your hands.

With built-in BBE+ technology & stronger codec capability, the Cowon S9 lets you enjoy multimedia content of the finest quality. The 100% flash-based interface provides a smooth and dynamic environment; you can zoom photos in or out with a flick of your fingertips, preview thumbnail videos along with their playback time, flip through album art, tune into your favorite FM station, and more! The built-in gravity sensor responds to the unit's angle and adjusts the display.

Thanks to the TV-out connectors, you can integrate the Cowon S9 into your home entertainment system and enjoy its powerful output on your home entertainment system. 32GB of flash memory holds thousands of songs and hours of video. Support for a variety of audio and video formats -- including lossless FLAC files for pure sound, as well as flash and text -- means you'll never run out of something to do. Voice and line-in recording functions let you record a voice message or broadcast FM for playback later. Bluetooth 2.0 means you can keep your music to yourself with wireless headphones.

  • newegg 32GB Storage Capacity The built-in 32GB flash memory stores up to 8000 songs, 120 hours of video or tens of thousands of photos on your Cowon S9 for endless multimedia enjoyment wherever you go.
  • newegg 3.3" Touch Screen with Enhanced User Interface The 3.3-inch AMOLED touch sensitive screen with 16 million colors delivers life-like images. The new Graphics User Interface makes menu navigation exceptionally easy and intuitive.
  • newegg BBE+ Technology The Cowon S9 features next-generation BBE+ technology, a suit of audio enhancement settings that restore the warmth and aural details to digitally compressed sound for a more natural, dynamic listening experience.
  • newegg Bluetooth 2.0 Technology The Cowon S9 provides hassle-free Bluetooth connectivity to Bluetooth-enabled headsets, MP3s/MP4s, computers, cell phones and more. Transfer and share music, videos and documents in great convenience using your Cowon S9!
  • newegg Versatile Audio and Video Playback The Cowon S9 supports MP3, WMA, WAV, lossless FLAC and APE music formats, and plays back AVI and WMV video files. With the TV-out function, output movies to your TV set for a more comfortable watching experience. The player also displays JPEG format pictures and text content.
  • newegg Up to 55 Hours of Music or 11 Hours of Video Playback With the built-in rechargeable battery, enjoy up to 55 hours of music playback or 11 hours of video playback on a full charge! Long battery life ensures non-stop media enjoyment anywhere you go.


Part Number


MP3 / MP4 Player


Memory Type
Flash Memory
Memory Capacity


Display Size
Display Type
Display Resolution
272 x 480
Display Colors
16 M
Touch Screen

Support Formats

Audio Formats
Video Formats
Images Formats
Other Formats


Control Type
Dedicated Volume Buttons
Button Locking


Audio Recording
Voice, Line-in

Music Browsing & Management

ID3 Tag

Data Transfer

Connection Type
USB 2.0
Bluetooth ver. 2.0 + EDR


Headphones Jack
3.5 mm Stereo Jack
TV Out


Battery Type
Built-in Rechargeable lithium polymer Battery
Battery Life(Audio Playback)
55 hours
Battery Life(Video Playback)
11 hours
Recharge Time
USB: About 5 Hours (under condition of 5V/500mA or higher)

USB Power Adapter: About 3 Hours (under condition of 5V/1.0 A or higher)

Audio Properties

Frequency Range
20 Hz-20 kHz
Signal-To-Noise Ratio(SNR)
95 dB
Supporting Bit Rate
MP3: ~320Kbps, ~48KHz, Mono/Stereo

WMA: ~320Kbps, ~48KHz, Mono/Stereo

OGG: ~Q10, ~44.1KHz, Mono/Stereo

FLAC: Compression Level 0 ~ 8, ~44.1KHz, Mono/Stereo

WAV: ~48KHz, 16bit, Mono/Stereo

APE: Fast, Normal, High 16Bit, Version 3.97~3.99
Audio Extras
JetEffect: 2.0 30 Presets (26 Presets + 4 User presets)

EQ: 5 Band, EQ Filter

BBE+: BBE, Mach3Bass, MP Enhance, 3D Surround


Tuner Bands
Radio Frequency Range
87.5-108 MHz
Radio Preset Station Qty


Additional Features
Max output: Stereo, Left 29mW + Right 29mW (16 Ohm earphones)

G-Sensor: Auto pivot support

Lyrics: LDB 1.0, 2.0

Dimensions & Weight

2.7 oz.
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information

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  • Sandra
  • 1/2/2010 2:08:54 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsOkay MP3 player, minimal video and image/picture viewer

Pros: As the title says, it plays MP3s, its screen is pretty decent, but it gets really picky when it comes to video or pictures. It only plays DX50 Divx AVIs videos and JPEG iamges.

It can display text files, but that is it, no complex text files or documents like PDF or ODF.

Has FM but no AM radio.

Its UI is not quite as intuitive as I expected, and I'm pretty tech savy. It also requires a tiny finger to hit the buttons correctly or else you accidentally delete a file (and I have pretty tiny fingers already). You can not use a pencil eraser or anything else to hit the buttons.

Cons: If you want to rotate the screen, you have to physically rotate the screen so that it automatically detects the gravity (which it does not do so well at times, you have to shake it sometimes).

It has its own special USB cable, but its not been much of a problem, though it is difficult to plug its own cable in at times.

The battery lasts quite long and charges well and it plugs right into any Linux as a flash drive/USB storage device (Ubuntu Linux works best), there are quite a lot of problems installing drivers if you plan to use this with Windows.

Too many IO calls to the drive can lock up your system so don't edit files on it, copy it off to the hard drive first.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I don't recommend it if you really want to play videos or display images/pictures. If you just want an MP3 player, this will work, but then its screen becomes pointless.

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  • mhoke
  • 12/7/2009 10:02:13 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty Good

Pros: Amazing sound and video quality. everything can be tweaked to your liking

Cons: do NOT try to mount this in GNU/Linux. There is a known issue with the data transfer process that the device handles things "weird". Cowon worked with MS and set up the process. If you mount and file transfer in GNU/Linux, you will have the player brick. It happened to my first one, luckily newegg was good about the RMA process and got me a new one. I just mount and file transfer and windows, and it is no problem.

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  • audiophonics
  • 11/19/2009 11:06:43 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice gadget, great sound quality

Pros: Great sound quality, it is truly outstanding, I cannot directly compare to Ipood, since I lost my 3GS, but I would say that there is more detail in the highend and lowend. Steady stream of firmware updates.

Cons: User interface still in development

Other Thoughts: Oh and the OLED screen is nice, but I consider this a music player first and formost. The Beatles remastered FLAC on this pmp was heavenly. Paired with Weststone UM3X, please ditch the stock earbuds!

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  • AspectRatio
  • 11/4/2009 11:28:24 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood, but not what I expected

Pros: Absolutely beautiful screen, completely scratch resistant with no protection. Can keep keys+this in same pocket. Great sound. GREAT battery life. Decent ordering system

Cons: One big problem for me is scrolling...on an iPhone or something the kinetic scrolling works perfectly, this thing can never tell whether Im trying to scroll quickly or stop it from scrolling, and it results in a very jittery scroll down.

NO SEARCH FUNCTION that I have found.

You really need to download a media transcoder even though this thing covers MANY formats, it is picky about certain aspects of the format. Lack of wifi makes this hard to buy instead of an ipod touch, so think of it as a better ipod video.

Other Thoughts: it's not a mac product

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  • N/A
  • 11/4/2009 4:15:20 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood alternative to IPOD Touch or Zune.

Pros: Great Audio/Video quality, awesome screen, blutooth, easy to upload material

Cons: Jetaudi software that comes with it isn't that great. Make sure you have a good video encoder for your files, the one that comes with it is worthless...

No WIFI (If you need it...)

Other Thoughts: I'm happy with my purchase so far... Uploading files to the S9 is a breeze, with drag and drop function. Video and Audio are great! The screen is very crisp and clear. I actually chose this over the others because of the bluetooth capabilities. I have a bluetooth speaker system in my car, and this was a must. WiFi did not matter, as my phone can handle that. If you don't care about all the needeless apps, try out this actual "media player".

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  • enduroman
  • 10/26/2009 10:10:51 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUnbelieveable

Pros: -AMAZING sound
-Very lightweight (doesn't feel cheap, just light)
-Beautiful screen - LOVE the AMOLED technology put to use on an mp3 player!
-The flash UI is cool, but not amazing
-Lots of cool apps that come with the player
-The buttons on the top of the player are SO amazing. I can change song/volume without taking it out of my pocket, and turning on the screen

Cons: -WHY would such a high quality player come with such low quality head phones???
-No wifi - it will be impossible to keep up with iTouch without at least that...

Other Thoughts: This is such a great mp3 player. I hope that some day we will have this as an option in actual stores, instead of just Zunes and iPods. This is an incredible alternative, and such a reasonable price! This thing NEEDs to come with some real earbuds, because the ones it comes with distort at 15 (out of 40) volume playing Baba O'Riley... But plug it into a nice sound system, and it sounds live. I'm NOT an audiophile, but i can still tell the difference between this and my old zune. hopefully future models will have the options (wifi, addable apps, bigger screen, etc.) to jump into the battle of the mp3 players, but the LED screen is a BIG start! LOVE it!

Another thing, i didn't even install the program that comes with it, because i use songbird, but its been slightly problematic. They need to get a nice piece of software to use, because the zune software was terrible. i love iTunes, but songbird needs some work before it gets there.

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  • roebeet
  • 10/12/2009 12:38:36 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent music / video player

Pros: - Drag and drop compatible (which mean it's Linux / Mac compatible)
- Large music codec support (including OGG Vorbis and FLAC)
- Large community forum for help as well as user-created themes
- AMOLED screen is fantastic looking
- XVID video support
- Frequent firmware updates (a recent one added gapless playback, for example)
- Fantastic sound quality, thanks to the extensive EQ settings offered
- Excellent battery life
- Tactile controls for volume, pause, FF / RW. You can even leave those active if you put the player into a locked state, if you want

Cons: - Proprietary USB cable! I hate those.
- Default UI is not very intuitive or smooth (luckily, you an change it a bit via a theme alteration)

Other Thoughts: I love this player - it does XVID, OGG Vorbis, FLAC and sounds / looks great. But don't expect it to match the Touch or Zune HD's UI, because it doesn't even come close. And there's no Wifi or App Store, so it's really not in the same market as those players.

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  • andrewcaveman
  • 9/30/2009 12:24:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice player

Pros: Excellent battery life, beautiful AMOLED display, Compatible with all OS types that can mount FAT32 partitions. Ability to play FLASH applications. Auto adjusts the screen when you tilt the player. Nice size and lite weight. Video player responds wonderfully. The audio is superb.
Menus can be customized.

Cons: GUI interface is cumbersome and almost annoying with navigation. If you turn the interface to the side, it switched to album mode. If you don't have the cover art, then there is no way to tell what albums your looking at. It is best to use the browser to play songs. There is no option in the setting that I can find (firmware 2.41) that support defaulting icons to text titles.

Almost all the menus are ICON driven, so you it isn't intuitive. You will have to check the manual several time to figure out what all the icons do. No text popups or help options.

The placement of the button and jacks are inconvenient.

The interface looks like USB micro but in fact is a USB 20pin serial cable that is being used in Asia. So, you will need to take the cable with you if you plan to charge else where or sync.

You can't listen to the player when it is charging. It enters a sync mode. So it's either charge it, or play it.

The menu and interface can be customized, but requires FLASH

Other Thoughts: All in all, it is a great player with storage aplenty. The interface is annoying. Almost as if dyslexics created it, but might improve with future firmware revisions.
Only other down side is another cable interface type to deal with. Why can't these companies agree on one standard so I don't have to have a ball of 30 USB data/power cables?

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  • Floydo
  • 9/22/2009 8:50:26 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Player

Pros: Audio fidelity is outstanding, and depending on the source (flac, etc) blows other units out of the water. Play time is also phenomenal - more than 40hrs between charges

Cons: Operating functions take a bit of getting used to....

Other Thoughts: What a great player, well made and very small

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  • N/A
  • 9/10/2009 5:40:01 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThoughts on the S9

Pros: This thing has so much space that I easily fit all my music, an entire season of ghost in the shell, and my audio books onto it. The real beauty of the S9 isn't the space though, but the amazing battery life. I charge this thing about once a week with at least five hours of use each day.

Cons: There is a slight delay for the screen to switch when tilting it, but not so much as to merit losing an egg.

Other Thoughts: Remember to actually check the battery life on this thing while you use it. I am so use to it being charged that sometimes I forgot it does have a battery and it goes dead while I am using it.

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