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The Cowon J3 is a considerably more fancy player than the Cowon i9 and offers much greater capacity (an 8GB model costs £165). What’s more, it includes a micro-SDHC slot so you can add up to a further 32GB of removable storage, a highly appealing prospect from many points of view. The basic feature set is similar to the i9, in fact, including FM radio and voice recording (at selectable bitrates, in this case), but adds line input recording – though this requires an optional extra cable. Size strikes us as very well-judged for such a device, with a display large enough to show pictures that can be viewed without a microscope, but overall dimensions that will fit easily in a pocket. The display is touch-sensitive (though not multi-touch) and operation is particularly pleasant and largely intuitive. Again, computer connection (via a special USB cable to Cowon’s multipurpose docking connector) requires reboot to set up, but is subsequently easy and fuss-free. The J3 is admirably quick to wake up on switch-on. The main difference from the i9 in sonic terms seems to be that the J3 has rather less output, enough to drive most low-impedance headphones to potentially unsafe levels but not quite enough for satisfying sound from high-impedance cans.
Cowon isn't particularly known for updating its product range with the lightning speed of some other brands. However, even though the S9 hasn't been on shelves all that long, Cowon has now launched a brand new multimedia player that's full of nice surprises. Say hello to the J3. Although it wasn't exactly revolutionary, we really liked the design of the S9. The J3, however, goes back to basics with a harsher rectangular design that makes the S9 look positively racy. That said, some sleek metal detail sets the product off nicely, and although the design is somewhat austere, it looks clean and sharp, and the device does have a noticeably high-quality finish. The audio control buttons on the top of the S9 have been moved to the right-hand edge of the J3, while the On/Off/Hold controls can be found on the left-hand edge. Although still easier to access than buttons on the front of a device, the layout of the S9 made it easier to control from your pocket. Cowon is hanging on firmly to its proprietary USB connection for charging too, whereas a micro-USB connection could be more practical for some (so you can use the same cable to charge your MP3 player and mobile phone, for example). The AMOLED screen is excellent and is easy to read in all kinds of conditions.