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SanDisk Sansa Clip vs iPod Shuffle

sansa vs shuffle SanDisk Sansa Clip vs iPod Shuffle

You iPod fanboys (fanboys not users) never cease to surprise and amaze me. Apple just announced a price drop on the screenless iPod Suffle. From reading your over hyped reader comments on Digg and Engadget you would think that your fascist leader crapped another bar of gold. But what you fanboys are missing aside from the basic reasoning skills are the other players that do not cloud your minds with a barrage of marketing; in other words, MP3 players that are smart consumer choices.

So with this news, I thought that this would be the best time to put the iPod in the ring with a smarter choice and show you that despite the price cut, the iPod Shuffle is still an overpriced shiny object.

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Improving the SanDisk Sansa Clip

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The Clip is one of my favorite player since its ultra small and has a very rich and flat (as in frequency response) sound to it. From what I have been seeing in the community, the Clip is gaining some respect in the Hi-Fi community and getting paired up with expensive IEMs. That said, demographic is a slightly different crowd and demand a bit more control of their music collection and a finer tuned feature set.

For the features I see important to this user base who are using the Sansa Clip as a high end portable source, here are the important features for this particular niche.

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SanDisk Sansa Clip Silver 4GB

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I sat down with SanDisk this morning and the only (but still very cool ) new thing they had to show was the silver 4GB clip. The only thing new with the Clip is it gets a new silver paint job and an increase to 4GB. The new Clip will be on sale come February and will retail for $80. I also mentioned the possible support for other codecs on the clip such as FLAC and OGG since the Clip is gaining some appeal among the hi-fi crowd. While it is still just a thought, I think there is a good chance of this being added since they overall are pretty responsive to the community overall.

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SanDisk Sansa Clip Disassembled

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Cracking open the Sansa Clip may not be for the faint hearted since getting into it may render it useless. Although not impossible since the Clip is snapped together and not glued. Regardless, I broke mine so you wouldn’t have to. =)

So what makes that Sansa Clip sound good? Well, I’m not an electronics engineer, nor am I well versed in chip design, but I did find something interesting. Sound quality has some to do with the SOC (system on chip) and / or the DAC (digital audio processor), but it also has to do with the sum of the components, how they are laid out on the main board, and also how they interfere with each other. Then unusually, but smart thing I found inside the clip was a metal plate shielding the circuitry from interference. This is the first time I have seen this out of the many players I have disassembled that did not have wireless functions.

Below there are a few pictures for your browsing. Also be sure to check out the Clip review if you with thinking about purchasing one for the holidays.

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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.

Read for more of an in-depth review.

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SanDisk Announces the Sansa Clip

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SanDisk has answered back to the Creative’s Zen Stone with the Sansa Clip. Around the same size as a matchbook, the player features an OLED screen (the same one found on the Express) and flexes 15 hours of battery life. The player will feature all the usual features such as FM radio/recorder, voice recorder, and support for WMA and MP3. It will also feature playback for subscription content as well as Audible content.

The Sansa Clip will be available in 1GB and 2GB capacities and sell for $40 and $60 respectively. Unfortunately there is not microSD expansion slot on this one so you are limited to the two capacities. You will be able to purchase the Clip sometime at the end of September in black, red, pink, and blue.

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