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KDOM
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Registered: ‎07-06-2010
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Using Clip with External Speakers

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?
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Marvin_Martian
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Re: Using Clip with External Speakers


KDOM wrote:
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?

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Tapeworm
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Registered: ‎04-17-2008
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Re: Using Clip with External Speakers


KDOM wrote:
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?

 

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. :smileywink:

 

 

Oh, and by the way . . . this is the Clip board, not the Clip+.

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KDOM
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Re: Using Clip with External Speakers

OK, got it!  Thanks!