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Cowon iAudio J3

Cowon iAudio J3 personal media player

A great PMP, remixed

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High performance access to file storage

According to Cowon, file support has remained unchanged, with MP3, WMA, Flac, Ogg, APE, WAV and Audible audio files along with AVI (Xvid/DivX), WMV and ASF video all catered for, it says. So I was rather surprised when I tried AAC audio and H.264 video files and discovered that they played perfectly too. Why Cowon is keeping this a secret is anyone's guess.

Cowon J3 PMP 1

The UI looks good, but what to press and when aren't always clear-cut

Like all Cowon video players, the J3 is tolerant of file resolutions above its native size, in this case up to 640 x 480. It also supports most common subtitle file types - and lets you change their size, colour and sync - and will let you watch your videos in just about any aspect ratio you could wish for.

I'll spare you tales of what video and music files I tested the J3 with, suffice it to say that sound and video quality are both absolutely superb. The 3.3in, 480 x 272, 16m colour OLED screen is an absolute pleasure to look at.

Like the Cowon V5 - reviewed here - the J3 comes with the latest version of Cowon's BBE sound modification suite, which is rapidly becoming my favourite system of its type and caters for every musical taste under the sun. Usefully, the full suite can be accessed directly from both audio and video files.

Cowon J3 PMP 1

High performance access to file storage

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