SanDisk Sansa Clip Review

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The Sansa Clip is SanDisk’s newest edition to the small, low-capacity player market. Clearly aimed to compete with Apple’s Shuffle, it obviously dominates in every way except design and size. It carries itself like many of the Sansa products in design, interface, and features. What sets this Clip apart from the others is its unique form factor and surprisingly good sound quality.

Sansas have not been known for good sound quality. However, over the last few new releases they have been getting progressively better with the Clip being the best sounding Sansa to date- even treading onto audiophile territory.

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  • Quick Look
  • Capacity: 1GB / 2GB
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Pink, Red
  • Screen: 2 Color OLED
  • Battery Life: 15 Hours
  • Audio Formats: MP3, WMA, WAV, Audible
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Accessories

The Clip comes with the basics: a 4” standard USB plug and earbuds. I have yet to see any official SanDisk accessories or even third-party accessories, but personally, I don’t think that too many aftermarket accessories are needed for the clip other than a few cases. I’d like to see something with a silicon or rubber skin, with perhaps a key chain attachment, maybe an armband. The clip on the player, though, does work very well for active use.

Design

The exterior of the player is made entirely of plastic. The main housing is glossy and scratch-resistant with a slight metallic finish that could be likened to car paint. The face of the player has the same finish beneath a scratch-resistant plastic overlay, which covers the screen and the signature blue, glowing ring. The back removable clip is made of an opaque colored plastic matching the rest of the body.

The build quality is predictably light and toy-like, but button tolerances are tight, aside from the power switch that rattles a little. Despite the fact that it may feel “cheap”, I can comfortably say it will hold up in the durability department based on a few tosses across the room onto a hardwood floor. It will start to show wear if you are haphazardly tossing it into your gym bag or back pack, but will not have bearing on its functionality.

There is one aspect I don’t like regarding the placement of the headphone jack. Right angle headphone plugs get in the way of the volume controls on the right of the player. This is even more so when a heavier duty plug is used . Switching the USB port and headphone jack , or maybe even placing the headphone jack at the bottom of the player, would have been a better setup.


Screen

The bright 2-colo,r 4-line OLED screen performs well in almost all lighting conditions but will become unreadable in direct sunlight, just as nearly any non-transreflective display will. The screen brightness is adjustable and can be very bright, lighting a room in the dark. Unfortunately, you cannot dim the signature blue wheel.

Transferring Media

The Clip is an MTP device and states in all packaging and literature that it is only compatible with Windows XP SP2 and above. This is the official supp
ort; however, I did find that it is actually MTP/MSC OS selectable, meaning that if the MTP protocol is not present when used with Linux or Mac systems, it will kick into MSC mode.

For Windows users, files can still be dragged and dropped like MSC mode, but using a media player will give you full playlist support. You have a choice of quite a few MTP-based media players like Windows Media Player 11, MonkeyMedia, WinAmp, and many others.

User Interface

The interface is common to most of the Sansa family and nearly identical to the Sansa Express. The interface is easy to use. Although there is slight learning curve to get over, once you’ve used it for a day or so you’ll be golden. There is no acceleration on scrolling, so long lists of songs may be a bit harder to scroll though.

Compared to the Express, the larger buttons are much easier to use, and they have a better click to them. However, as I mentioned above, the volume buttons are hindered by the location of the headphone jack – a problem for those who have a right-angle or large plug.

Features

FM Radio & Recording

The FM reception quality was all over the place. For instance in the book store I could barely pick up the strongest station in the area, but it worked fine outside. In a two-story house it picked up most stations but had a good amount of static. At the gym the TV transmitters picked up perfectly, but had weak reception of stations. Overall, I would rate the FM reception as sub-par. Radio recording is straightforward and records in WAV format.

Voice Recording

This works just like any other recording-to-WAV format. When recording, the Sansa Clip can be paused which makes it convenient for voice dictation or class lectures. Like most players the tactile buttons are audible, and microphonic sounds will be picked up though simply handling the device.

Sleep Timer

Just a quick mention of the sleep timer, since I find that many people like to listen to their MP3 players to fall asleep. Intervals can be set at 10, 20, 30, 45, 60, 90, and 120 minutes.

Audio

Browsing

One thing I really miss in Sansa players (and many will agree with me) is the ability to browse music in File/Folder fashion. The Clip, like like it’s Sansa brothers, uses ID3 tag browsing, but many prefer to keep their music organized themselves. An addition of file folder browsing would be nice to have in the next firmware update.

Playlists

Playlist must be managed from a media player such as Windows Media Player or the like. The Clip does have a “go list” which allows you to create one on-the-go playlist. It’s a common feature and defiantly great to have, but it would have been nice to be able to save multiple playlists.

EQ

The EQ is responsive, but it cuts frequencies instead of boosting them. This is not a big deal unless you are using a more demanding headphone – then you may lose some necessary volume. The player has a 5-band custom EQ as well as several presets. To get picky, the bass end of the spectrum is not low enough; it sounds like it’s cutting in somewhere around 80-100hz. This is where it should be for a mediocre set of headphones, so that frequency should remain; but why not add another two bands and make it a 7-band EQ?

On the other hand, I prefer a flat EQ and only rely on the EQ to compensate for a poor sounding player. That said, I leave the Clip at a flat EQ since it performs nicely across the sound spectrum.

Sound Quality

SanDisk touts in the press release that the Clip is “…one of the best sounding MP3 players on the market.” I own a majority share of the MP3 players on the market and I would say that statement is pretty accurate.

I discuss in many of my reviews that most consumers will not be able to tell the difference in sound quality since they don’t spend any money on headphones. This is still the case with the Clip: you will not be able to distinguish the sound quality difference if you are using the stock earbuds or modestly upgraded headphones. The difference will, however, be revealed once you plug in a nice set of phones.

On the go I rock a pair of Future Sonics Atrios M5’s ($200 MSRP) and they can reveal a lot about the quality of your audio source, so I demand a player that will keep up. Lately, I have found a good match with the Toshiba Gigabeat T400 and Cowon iAudio 7, being that they have enough clarity and warmth when paired with the Atrios. Those two players, compared to the Clip, had a slight advantage, noticeably with the bit more clarity in the midbass and highs. Keep in mind this comparison was done with very critical listening with 320kbps MP3s along with the use of my Sennheiser HD650’s.

The bottom line is that the Clip can run with the higher end players and is more than acceptable to use with a $100+ set of headphones.

Conclusion

I was really looking forward to this player because of its claims of having great sound quality, but to be completely honest, I was very skeptical since the Sansa family has historically produced mediocre sound quality. To my surprise I was not let down: the Clip played very nicely with my higher end headphones. What I like about the Clip, just like the Express, is that it can be a used as a spare or “beater” player in harsh work or active environments due to its low price. The bonus here is excellent sound quality, and what I consider to be a more practical form-factor compared to the Express and other players in its class like the Zen Stone.

The feature set is standard like many MP3 players and the interface is straight forward, with a slight learning curve unless you are familiar with Sansa players. The one thing that is missing, and would make this player much better, is a microSD slot as found in almost every other Sansa. Not too big of a deal, but it really would have been killer to be able to slip a 32GB microSD card into the Clip.

At its price of $40 and $60 MSRP I can easily recommend this to beginners as well as seasoned MP3 player users as a spare. The Clip has found a permanent home in my gearbag.

Pros

  • Great sound quality
  • Inexpensive
  • Durable
  • Nice form factor

Cons

  • Position of headphone jack
  • Poor radio reception
  • No microSD card slot

Purchase

The Clip will retail for $40 and $60 for 1GB and 2GB capacities. You can find it for the best price at Amazon (Amazon UK).

74 Comments

WalkGood on October 10, 2007 8:24 PM

Enzo, Another great review, thanks!My only contention is that you can’t force it to stay in UMS mode :(

EnzoTen on October 10, 2007 8:34 PM

Im pretty sure you can force it into MSC in Windows XP like the Sansa Express. Just a small registry hack.

Alex M on October 10, 2007 8:47 PM

cool things are:good battery life for this type of mp3 player, standard usb cable, and the screen.

Totally Wired on October 10, 2007 9:07 PM

Nice review. Could you let us know if the Clip does gapless playback like the View supposedly will?

Almoxil on October 10, 2007 9:14 PM

Great review, Enzo. In-depth and to the point, as always. :)

AndySocial on October 11, 2007 11:11 AM

Repeat after me: Mediamonkey, not MonkeyMedia. MonkeyMedia is a video-oriented thang, Mediamonkey is a media player replacement. You’re obviously referring to Mediamonkey, as Monkeymedia has no products on the market, just patents.

JeffreyT on October 11, 2007 5:48 PM

Wow a beeper. I totally want one. I picked up an express last week and was happy. Better sound quality? Sold.JeffreyT

RJ on October 11, 2007 9:07 PM

Looks good for the gym. I don’t see it for sale at amazon or other places in the US. When will it be available?

EnzoTen on October 12, 2007 11:38 AM

End of the month

ChuckS on October 12, 2007 4:48 PM

Can tracks be deleted directly from the Clip without hooking up to a PC?

skaos on October 13, 2007 10:49 AM

Is there any plans for disassembly of the Sansa Clip?

EnzoTen on October 13, 2007 11:45 AM

Yes you can delete without a pc.Yes i do plan on cracking this one open to see what magic is inside. But im waiting till they are available to buy, im not ready to sacrifice this one yet. =)

Bob on October 14, 2007 9:06 PM

arg, no updates in 4 days :(

krassen on October 14, 2007 11:31 PM

BestBuy says they have it in most stores. So maybe you can crack one open now and show us pictures of its guts. I wonder what chipset it uses to have a better sound quality.We don’t have them in Australia yet…

thither on October 15, 2007 7:23 PM

Nice review. It looks great, but having suffered through horrifically buggy Sansa firmware with both the e140 and now the Express, I’m doubtful that it’s worth the inevitable headaches.Here’s a question for the reviewer: how well does shuffle mode work? Do you find that it always plays the same song first if you go to Music / Play All with shuffle mode on? Do you find that certain songs always seem to come up in the same place in the playlist in shuffle mode (assuming you don’t swap out music in between)?

thither on October 15, 2007 7:25 PM

Also, not to nitpick, but I think you meant “definitely great” when you wrote “defiantly great.”

greatlemon on October 18, 2007 4:09 AM

Nice review !Does someone know when it will be available ?It was announced for september 2007, I’ve been waiting for it for 1 month …

kalikat on October 19, 2007 11:29 PM

I just bought one today (Oct 19) at Best Buy. Just opened it.

greatlemon on October 20, 2007 5:13 AM

Cool !Which color did you pick ?I love the red one !But I’m not sure, I also like the black one…

dora on October 21, 2007 12:24 AM

guys i bought the sansa clip and i have a huge problem. When i plug it it is not shown in my computer or windows explorer but my device manages shows device. When i try to transfer the music with wmp 11 it shows transferd files but when i want to play them they are not on it!!! What to do please help mee!!

Olphus on October 22, 2007 8:13 PM

bestbuy seem s to only have the 2GB version(backordered!?)which suits me, but isn’t it supposed to be released by the end of the year?

Alison on October 24, 2007 1:06 AM

Can anyone tell me whether the clip has a resume play feature? If you shut it down in the middle of an mp3 or wma track, will the player remember the exact location (as opposed to jumping to the beginning of the file). What if you pause it and it turns off automatically – will it resume play when you turn it back on?

Justin on October 25, 2007 10:04 PM

yea, allison, you can shut it off in mid song without even pausing the song and it will still resume from where u left it.I have the black one and it looks and performs AWESOMELY!Dora, i had the same problem for about 2 hours when I first got mine and i gave in and installed Rhapsody off the cd it came with, weird thing is after that it started workin fine, and I haven’t actually had to USE Rhap. yet, just Installed it.

Steve R. on October 26, 2007 12:32 PM

Just picked one up the other day. It does hold your place when you turn it off, EXCEPT after you have attached it to a computer. Then it loses it’s place. I will have to develop the habit of noting my place in a long podcast before hooking it up to my PC.I also agree that the headphone jack placement stinks. On the top would have worked well for me, but swapping with the USB port would at least be an improvement.

Steve R. on October 26, 2007 12:33 PM

Just picked one up the other day. It does hold your place when you turn it off, EXCEPT after you have attached it to a computer. Then it loses it’s place. I will have to develop the habit of noting my place in a long podcast before hooking it up to my PC.I also agree that the headphone jack placement stinks. On the top would have worked well for me, but swapping with the USB port would at least be an improvement.

Joe T. on October 27, 2007 1:13 AM

It would be terrific if all future reviews tested the following spoken word capabilities:A. resume capability, i.e, whether it resumes at the place in the song/podcast where you left off in these three cases:1. manually shut down when playing2. manually shut down when paused3. auto-shutdown when paused too long.B PlaysForSure support (for free public library audiobooks from OverDrive or NetLibrary).Thanks for considering the suggestion.

Andreas on October 27, 2007 5:05 PM

Any idea if it’s possible to change the battery… maybe not relevant since the battery probably cost more then the player 1 year from now, but i’m j ust curious.

Celso on October 30, 2007 7:51 AM

I’ve got the same problem than Dora but I just update my Media Player to v11 and it worked out.

ctk on October 30, 2007 4:27 PM

A few answers to some of the questions above…The Sansa Clip does not have gapless playback.There are no external screws to make opening and changing the battery easy.You can delete songs (but not whole albums) one at a time using the device itself without using an external PC.I like that the “fast forward” and “rewind” functions increase in speed the longer you hold the corresponding button down. However, the time display is incorrect for tracks longer than an hour (the hour never changes from “00:” on the display). When “fast forwarding” a track that’s longer than an hour (such as an audiobook), the display shows “00:59:57″, “00:59:58″, “00:59:59″, “00:00:00″, “00:00:01″, etc. I read on a Sandisk forum that this will be fixed in a future version of the firmware.

Alex on October 30, 2007 11:10 PM

I want to know does this player support other language? If I load Chinese or Janpanese songs in it, will it display garbage on the LCD?

ctk on October 31, 2007 12:37 PM

My Sansa Clip has firmware version “V01.01.11A” and there is a language option among the device settings. The choices include some Chinese, Japanese and Korean, from what I can tell. I’m not sure if it’s just for the device prompts and menus or if it somehow enables double-byte character encodings in the file’s metadata. If someone knew of a source for some free songs in these formats, I could try it out.

ctk on October 31, 2007 12:41 PM

I found out in a Sandisk forum for the Sansa that you can force the Clip (and other models of Sandisk MP3 players) into MSC mode by: turning the device off, sliding the power switch to the “hold” position, and pressing the “rewind” button while plugging in the USB cable.My Clip has firmware version “V01.01.11A” (the firmware I bought it with) and this works.You have to do this every time you attach the Clip, however.

tmon on November 4, 2007 11:32 PM

Picked up the 2GB Black Sansa Clip from Best Buy ($59.99). I wanted a flash player to use when jogging/exercising. With the provided clip, it has what I was interested in and more,I have used both WMP11 and Yahoo Music Jukebox to transfer 192kHz WMAs to the thing. (Using Windoze XP Pro SP2, btw).Plays without a hitch. I see what people are saying about the headphone location, but you know what? I clip mine to my gym shorts pocket with the clip facing forward, so the headphone jack is pointing up toward my “left ear” and it is not a problem.I am also a Creative Zen Micro user as I thought their players were good value for the money. I was surprised to see this one including an FM Radio, voice recording and bright screen.Nice job by San Disk.I would definitely recommendthis flash player to others looking for one.

JS on November 11, 2007 3:51 PM

Does anyone know what chip powers the clip

JS on November 11, 2007 3:53 PM

Does anyone know what chip powers the clip

chris on November 13, 2007 9:49 PM

FYI: Best Buy is advertising the Clip for $39 as their ‘Door Buster’ for Black Friday (11/23).

Chris on November 13, 2007 9:52 PM

Oh ya… $39 for the 2gb version…

DH on November 14, 2007 10:17 AM

Based on all I have read I think this might be the player for me. I ski over 100 days a winter and I need a player that can take a beating. I am also looking to up grade my helmet and I know which one I want. It is offered with bluetooth or skullcandy audio features in the helmet. I am not techno savy so I was wondering if I should spend the extra money to get the audio “factory installed” (if so skullcandy or bluetooth)or should I just get after market phones? I only use it for music. No cell phone or anything else techno groovy. Any information is welcome.

Leprechaun on November 14, 2007 10:49 PM

I had a Sandisk Sansa Express and the computer quit reconizing it and it wouldn’t even turn on. So I returned it and got the 2 GB Pink Clip. I like it alot better.

Stacy on November 17, 2007 7:58 PM

What on-line music program can you use with the Clip? I’ve tried two, only to find out they are not capatible. Help!

Ryan on November 24, 2007 5:24 PM

just picked up a few of the 2gig’s from Best Buy for $35each. Hadn’t read the review yet. Looks like a made a smart choice.I don’t see the volume buttons as a problem with L shaped plugs. If it’s below you, the L will be facing the opposite direction.I think this is a great option to the shuffle and smaller gig nano’s if you don’t need video.What’s missing is a lanyard slot, and I wish the clip slot was recessed so the back would be flat without the clip. Throw a screen protector or silicone skin and you could attach it to your keychain. I would’ve liked to see a zune addition. Make the front glass. Even more scratch resistant, and I wouldn’t have any need for a case.Now I’m compressing all my 320kb ripped music to 128-160vbr so I can fit more music on here.Can you imagine if they threw a microSD slot on this?With 16gb SD cards, I’d love to see more basic music players with an sd slot. Could be made smaller than the new Zen Vision, which I’m considering. Imagine 32gigs of flash..yummy.

Al on November 25, 2007 10:33 AM

$35 is a fair price for this little plastic device (2G). There are just too much competition out there both from other manufacturers and sandisk’s own product lines.It DOES support Unicode. So it can not only show menu in Chinese or other language, but also song name, album, artist in Chinese too. I am going to upgrade firmware soon.

infernus on November 25, 2007 12:46 PM

Picked mine up from BestBuy last night for $25 (cust. service knocked off $10 because they took too long). Excellent audio quality like Enzo says; I wouldn’t have minded paying full retail for this. The extra savings from Thanksgiving makes it an even better deal. :>

Mike on December 2, 2007 10:09 PM

HELP! I turned on my sansa clip and it is in arabic! from the menu with the picture of the headphones, please tell me how many times to scroll down and select to change it back to english!!!

Mike on December 2, 2007 10:13 PM

If someone could send me a video of it, it would be so much better. my email is: mcononie@verizon.netthanks

danny on December 11, 2007 6:37 AM

Hi, I just bought mine blue 2Gb Sansa Clip, but I have a problem, it will not show up in my computer folder when I plug it in USB, and when I transfer music through Wind Media Player, it will not play any music, and it tells me there are not songs….

Darla on December 20, 2007 10:56 PM

Sansa Clip (per Sansa) is ‘compatible’ with Napster but is not ‘certified’Apparently this means you **might** be able to get it to work with Napster – at least from my personal experience with the Clip and Napster

sansa clip hi on December 26, 2007 3:51 PM

could anyone suggest a good fm transmitter for the clip. would be great if it could also charge it at the same time.

JonS on December 29, 2007 10:04 AM

I got one a few days ago – I like it a lot.One thing that I am missing is a bookmark feature. I use the player to listen to audio books that I rip, and I keep loosing my place…My crappy old Rio had that feature…But overall – a good buy.Thanks for this excellent review.

Masm on December 29, 2007 7:51 PM

My first mp3 player. So far (after firmware update) so good. But I would like to play through speakers…Is there a dock for this? Or, can I just use the USB cable to connect to some kind of dock…any help would be helpful.

Mike on December 29, 2007 9:19 PM

Masm– No dock, but none needed; you simply can connect the Clip up to a pair of speakers of your choosing using the Clip’s headphone (not USB) jack and cabling that comes with your speakers or that you can pick up at a basic electronics store. (And then you can use those speakers with other audio sources as well, now and in the future–you’re not tied down.)

Norm on January 1, 2008 1:43 AM

I have trouble getting my computer to recognize my Sansa Clip. I have gone through the normal steps to install new hardware. When that failed I tried using the Install wizard. I wind up with the error message of Device Cannot start Code 10. I am using Windows XP Home edition Service Pack 2 and Windows Media Player version 11.On another computer that runs Windows XP Professional, it recognized it as an MP3 player immediately.Any suggestions?

Jenna on January 1, 2008 3:17 PM

The kid I babysit just got one for Christmas, and he had accidentally put into I believe Arabic or somethingand I have no idea how to get it back to Englishand now when I go to turn it one, something shows up in Arabic, and then it shuts off again.Can anyone please help me?

Norm on January 2, 2008 12:05 AM

Jenna, Hit home, scroll down to settings, press on the right side of circle (or fast forward), scroll down to languages and then once again press on right side.Here simply scroll down to English and select it.

Alex M on January 2, 2008 7:27 PM

No bookmarking? Damnand no flac or ogg either(not as much of an issue). Do the Kix, Cowon U2, or Insignia sport do bookmarking and ff/rw well?

tom on January 7, 2008 7:26 AM

Hy!I have a Sony NW-E105 mp3 player and I plan to buy a new player.The Sansa Clip looks great for me. I don’t want to spend a lot of money for the player.So I’ve a question.What’s the sound quality (with the own headphone), compared to my player, or a Samsung U3 or Creative Zen Stone Plus.My girlfriend has an U3. The sounds is enough good for me with the samsung headphone but I don’t like the touch control.

Richiemagoo on January 7, 2008 2:15 PM

Thanks for this review, Enzo! My Clip should be arriving tomorrow! This will be my first MP3 player- I was all set to buy the Creative 2GB MuVo, but at the very last minute, saw the Clip, and after reading reviews and user opinions, here and elsewhere, I made the last-minute switch to the Clip and I know I’ll be very happy with my choice! The only thing that made me hesitate, was the fact that the clip has the non-replaceable internal battery- whereas the MuVo uses AAA. If the Clip took common replaceable batteries and had line-in recording, it’d be absolutely perfect! -but as it is, it still seems pretty darn good for $50- and especially compared to the overpriced, overhyped offerings from a certain competitor.I would have liked to have gottan a blue Clip- but for some reason, the blue was hard to find and always more expensive at the places that did have it (I got the candy apple red)-I really do wish they’d offer these in more and better color choices- this is the only area where iPods seem to accell- looks. (Darn, their blue Shuffle is pretty! But I’d rather have a screen!)

renatha on January 9, 2008 8:40 AM

lolhuh asa\

chaitea on January 10, 2008 1:51 PM

Great review.I picked up one of these for my 80 year old mother for the holidays. She’s recently had to give up driving, so this little baby has done wonders for her spirits on those short walks to the store, or for daily exercise.I wish I’d picked up a few more when they were on sale pre-holidays, to give as gifts to some of my other less tech-savvy family members.I was hit with the only real downside I’ve found with this player today: the clip on the Clip? Is not replaceable. Somehow the player fell off my mother’s jacket, and though she caught it, the clip detached. She thought she put it in her pocket, but it’s gone, and web searches and calls to Sandisk tech support confirm that they do not sell replacement clips for this player.I’m kind of appalled by that, since 1) the point of the thing is that it’s small and light enough to clip to anything, and 2) the clip itself is not a part of the player’s body: it’s a flimsy piece of detachable plastic, probably costing them 2¢ to manufacture.I was planning on snagging a new 4 BG Silver next month, but am rethinking that, based on this omission.

Tyrone on January 11, 2008 5:35 AM

All i can say is I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE ITits such a cool little player, when i first got it and saw there was no folder browsing i was bummed but all i did was create playlist and whala it was sorted, and did i tell you guys I LOVE THIS LITTLE PLAYER

sm on January 14, 2008 7:22 PM

Does anyone know if this device works with Yahoo! Music Jukebox Subscription mode – IE I want to transfer subscription music to it and not MP3 downloads.

Mie on January 18, 2008 1:06 PM

Highly recommended as a basic silicone case source for the player, of the type you see around: pcmicrostore.com, at $5.99 SHIPPED in the U.S. (and there may even be a 10%-off coupon code on the website’s opening page). Item arrived very quickly and is good basic quality, covering everything but the screen (I plan to use a small piece of leftover screen protector for that) and the clip, with cut-outs for the headphone and USB jacks, and for the on-off switch; all other controls are readily operable through the case.

Dougie on January 20, 2008 9:10 PM

Got my Clip 2 days ago, upped the firmware to .18a or whatever was on the site as of 1/19/08, device manager saw it but not explorer until I installed WMP11, got it into MSC mode and it is behaving nicely as a removable storage YAY!Ok QUESTION: After reading much on the forums etc for Clip, can anyone tell me if the DAC is 16bit or 24bit? I read about the SOC and the DAC but nowhere have I seen whether it is a 16 or 24 bit chip.Having a Sony 24bit DAC player in my vehicle and Soundblaster 24bit cards in my PCs, my ear is saying that despite the excellent sound quality of the Clip, it is still a 16 bit DAC chip.Clip rox with Skullcandy earbuds btw!

Dougie on January 20, 2008 9:11 PM

Got my Clip 2 days ago, upped the firmware to .18a or whatever was on the site as of 1/19/08, device manager saw it but not explorer until I installed WMP11, got it into MSC mode and it is behaving nicely as a removable storage YAY!Ok QUESTION: After reading much on the forums etc for Clip, can anyone tell me if the DAC is 16bit or 24bit? I read about the SOC and the DAC but nowhere have I seen whether it is a 16 or 24 bit chip.Having a Sony 24bit DAC player in my vehicle and Soundblaster 24bit cards in my PCs, my ear is saying that despite the excellent sound quality of the Clip, it is still a 16 bit DAC chip.Clip rox with Skullcandy earbuds btw!

Martin on January 25, 2008 8:11 PM

My only disagreement with Grahm is when he says you won’t notice the difference in sound quality unless you plug in a relatively expensive pair of earphones/headphones. I have tried the Apple products, some terrible Radio Shack players and I think the headphones provided with the little Sandisc Clip deliver me the best sounds I’ve heard on a MP3 player. I qualify as audiophile wannabe (I listen largely to vinyl records through a relatively high end system and B&W studio monitors so I appreciate and can differentiate between good and not so good sound. I think the Sandisc Clip with no upgrades sounds awesome!

Suz on January 30, 2008 1:19 PM

So far our only concern with the two clips we have is finding a speaker that works. We have tried 3 different types of computer speakers and they all work great for a minute or two, then the sound starts randomly cutting out. Has any one found a good (hopefully inexpensive) speaker solution?Thanks.

chris120783 on February 1, 2008 1:15 AM

“18 bit DAC w/ 94dB”A” SNRThere’s a link to the SOC feature sheet referenced in a few threads here, search “AS3525″ and “SOC”, you’ll find it”http://forums.sandisk.com/sansa/board/message?board.id=clip&message.id=2707&query.id=27220#M2707The Clip’s SOC(It’s what makes the clip sound great!)http://www.austriamicrosystems.com/03products/products_detail/AS3525/description_AS3525.htm

epukane on February 12, 2008 8:38 PM

Suz,Are they powered speakers? Sometimes if you have the volume on the player cranked, it will cut out when it goes into an amplified device. This is a common problem when using FM transmitters (like in the car) too. All you need to do is turn the player’s volume down a bit and that should solve the problem.

Kathryn on February 13, 2008 4:27 PM

Has anyone tried using the clip with windows 2000? Any chance of it working???

Kathryn on February 14, 2008 2:12 PM

I spoke with sandisk’s tech help today, and they informed me that if I could get windows media player 10, which contains the driver for MP3 players, I would be all set. But it won’t work on my win 2000 system. Is it possible to get an appropriate driver from elsewhere, and give it a try?Or am I just dreaming?

Jeffrey T. Meyer on February 15, 2008 11:18 PM

Bought a black one. Excellent little player for the money. It actually synced with my Zune Marketplace downloads via WMP. Cool!

Radio Aka Tim Wright on February 16, 2008 3:15 AM

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EnzoTen (Grahm) on March 2, 2008 11:36 AM

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