If you’re looking for an attractive alternative to the ubiquitous iPod, Cowon’s iAudio 9 16GB media player looks a natty little number, sporting a sprightly spec sheet for its €180 price tag (£163).
Sporting a 2-inch LCD display, the iAudio 9 packs an integrated FM tuner, a built in microphone, TV output and a healthy portfolio of supported formats including MP3, WAV, OGG, WAV, FLAC, APE, AVI, JPEG, WMX and XviD.
We suspect most of the features are more gimmicky than genuinely useful, but it lets users add reverb to existing BBE+, EQ filter, and Stereo Enhance settings which Cowon insist, “maximises natural and live presence of the sound, creating an effect of being in a concert or club.”
Nine new sound presets like Maestro, Reverb Hall, and Reverb Stadium have been bolted on, making a total of 39 sound effect presets to keep compulsive sonic fiddlers contented.
They may not have the hipster pleasing brand recognition of Apple & Co., but Cowon have a great reputation for producing some of the best sounding players on the market, so we’d certainly recommend checking this one out if you’re in the market for an all-round media player.
Available in silver, red and black finishes, Cowon iAudio 9 is expected to hit Blighty in a few weeks.