I’ve been meaning to post about the clock for some time - can it be switched off? Surely it drains the battery to some extent when the Fuze is switched “off”?
No & no.
The clock cannot be turned off. And it does not create drain upon the battery, even if the device is turned off as it has a separate little hearing-aid style button battery that powers the clock and provides power to the secondary memory chip that saves your personal settings, just like the one in your computer. These little guys are designed for many, many years of service as the power consumption is extremely miniscule.
Similarly, does the selection of the “normal” equalizer preset effectively switch equalization completely off? Otherwise the Fuze is performing unnecessary processing on audio.
Yes. Normal EQ = Flat Frequency Response, meaning NO EQ or OFF.