Originally Posted by fzero
Personally, I am very happy with SQ of my A846. I listen to metal and rock, and I can say that up till now it is the best player I had own.
If you have any opportunity to test then do so, it is the best way to check if sound of player is good enough for you.
Didn't have Cowon J3, but I had S9. For me it sounded very flat on all phones I used to connect to it, and I have to say that in case of SQ Cowon S9 is a very overrated player. I bought it after reading many great reviews and I was disappointed. Unfortunately I didn't have any chance to test it before buy.
thanks for the answer, i got a j3 and it bricked within a week of normal usage (and i was very carefull with it when loading music and everything...), most likely i'll consider a sony again if i'm allowed to exchange the j3 for something else