In a previous post I noted that the card slot of my Fuze is no longer usable, crashing the unit.
Since I never really cared about video on the Fuze, I got a Clip + after reading widely that the Clip has the same excellent sound as the Fuze.
Well, I don’t know about the Clip, but the Clip + certainly does not. It’s not even close.
It sounds tinny and cramped compared to the Fuze (playing the same songs at the same volume through the same headphones). I played with the EQ settings (something I never needed to bother with on the Fuze) and tried different kinds of music. Again and again, the same problem: vocals way up front, bass muffled, upper register less than crisp. Like listening to the music in a closet rather than an open space.
For a little while I thought about how tiny and convenient and capacious the Clip + is. But then I listened to it again alongside the Fuze. Just awful and unmusical. Maybe if you were riding a motorcycle you wouldn’t notice the difference.
I sent it back, swallowing the shipping and restocking fee. And I ordered another Fuze. Now I hope that if it turns out to be a v2 rather than a v1, that it still sounds as good. Looks like Sansa doesn’t care about sound quality any more.
This was a huge disappointment. And it makes me seriously distrust all the reviewers who parroted what good sound the Clip + was supposed to have.
Be good to your Fuze–the next Sansa product might sound a lot worse.