07-06-2010 10:33 AM
I just purchased the Sansa Clip + and have used it for about a week now with headphones with no problems. However, when I try to listen to my music with an external speaker, there is no sound (usually) or the sound is so low as to become useless when anywhere other than a very quiet room. My speakers (I have three different kinds) all work well with other devices so I know they are operating just fine, but my Clip + seems to only work with headphones and not external speakers. Is this normal?
07-06-2010 10:39 AM
iPod Touch 5G 32GB, Touch 4G 32GB, Clip Sport 8GB.
Rockbox-> Clip Zip 4GB, iPod Nano 2G 4GB, iPod 5.5G 80GB
2012 Nexus 7 32GB, Asus MeMoPad 8 16+64GB, LG Optimus G Pro, Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 520
07-06-2010 11:55 AM
Most devices put on watts of power to properly drive speaker systems. The Clip+ (and other mp3 players, for that matter) only produces milli-watts (that's 1,000ths of a watt), as they are designed only to adequately drive miniscule ear buds or headphones.
Good results can be acheived using internally-powered speakers, such as those used for computers (for the same power-related issue), but it's unrealistic to expect any kind of volume or sound quality without some sort of additional external amplification.
That would be like entering a VW Beetle in a tractor-pulling contest. Woefully (and comically) under-powered.
You could pick up a headphone amp to go between the Clip+ and the speakers to boost the signal, and probably be satisfied with the results.
Oh, and by the way . . . this is the Clip board, not the Clip+.