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sansa clip zip


Latest hardware in the fantastic Clip line from Sandisk, the "Zip" adds a 1.1″ full color screen. Identical internals as previous models, so same great sound and plays a wide range of formats. Here's some test data.

On the web:
SanDisk
Anythingbutipod

sansa clip, part 2

The holidays weren't exactly packed with electronics. Back in November, I had ordered a 4GB Sansa Fuze from Dell. It was on sale for $50, so how could I resist? When it arrived, I gave it to my wife to wrap up for Xmas, still thinking the Fuze with it's MicroSD slot would be a step forward. You know what, it wasn't – I absolutely hated the user interface. Plus, the video feature was a pain; all files had to be converted with Sansa's Windows software before they could play on the device. And what was I going to watch on it anyway? So I sold the Fuze on eBay for $70.

I was still in love with my old Clip; compact, simple and intuitive ui, and great sound (check out this review on Anythingbutipod). A quick search found an 8GB model at Amazon UK (BSP Deals) for GBP36; that's about USD54, the same price for what 4GB models are going for in the US! Fortunately I also have a friend in the UK that could forward the package on to me (thanks Kevin!). Now I'm sitting pretty again with a new Sansa Clip, firmware 02.01.16 which now offers playback of FLAC encoded files, and 8GB of storage. Sweet.

BTW, I did pick up some headphones along the way, Sennheiser CX400. And my old 2GB Clip? I gave it to wife for Xmas so she could listen to music on her soon-to-be-revived morning commute (yeah, cheap-ass I know).

On the web:
Official Sandisk Clip forum
My Sansa Clip part 1

sansa clip

If you've read my book, you'll learn (at the very end) that I'm not a very big fan of the ipod or mp3 players in general. The iPod has destroyed music in two ways: it has hearkened the advent of lossy music, while secondly, the ubiquity of music has cheapened the listening experience to a mere fashion statement. Okay, enough of the soap opera; digital music is indeed a novel approach to the storage of music.

I recently purchased a 500GB hard drive (WD Green Power) with the hopes of digitizing some of my collection for use with my Squeezebox and the DAC of my Nuforce Icon. While I have "acquired" a lot of music in the MP3 format, I wanted to use either FLAC or OGG Vorbis (q=6) for ripping my CD collection. This presented one conundrum: Rockbox aside, where am I going to find a portable player that handles these formats?

Best Buy. $39.00 for the 2GB Sansa Clip. What's cool about the Clip? The latest firmware (1.01.29) supports OGG Vorbis decoding. The player also ranks highly for sound quality. Yes, it's incredibly small in size, maybe even too small, but the display is bright, with a menu for easy navigation. I know that 2GB isn't a lot of storage, but I have two needs for a digital music player: First, to plug into the old Sansui/Bose system I have in my garage, when we barbecue and hang out in the back yard, and second, on the occasion that I take some form of public transportation. So 2GB is actually a fair amount of music: almost 40 albums at q=6 for OGG Vorbis.

Now the rub: like all stereos… er, sound systems, they're only as good as the speakers, or in this case, the earphones. Stay tuned…

On the web:
Sansa Clip Official Sandisk page
AnythingbutIpod Sansa Clip disassembled