I have both the Clip+ and Fuze. The sound quality is basically the same on both, however it seems like the Fuze can play a bit louder. Imo either one will give plenty of volume with efficient(preferably at least 104 db/mw) headphones that are between 16 and 32 ohms. Above around 60 ohms though, and the sound quality might not be at its best, or the maximum volume might be too low. The main differences between the two are the longer battery life of the Fuze(around 20 hours vs 12 hours for the Clip for typical usage), a scroll wheel on the Fuze vs just buttons on the Clip+, the much smaller size and built in clip of the Clip+, the much larger screen on the Fuze, and a proprietary connector on the Fuze and a standard mini USB connector on the Clip+.
Which is better? If depends what you want. If you want a tiny player you can clip to your clothes for use while working out and tend to let albums play through then the Clip+ is better. If you tend to hunt for individual songs often and want longer battery life then the Fuze is better. The tiny screen on the Clip+ shows just 3 files at a time when looking at lists, vs 6 at a time on the Fuze. The Fuze does a reasonable job displaying photos, but is not so great for video. The Clip+ does not display photos or video.
Whichever you buy, you might regret not getting the other. You might want to consider getting both if possible.
Message Edited by JK98 on 09-19-2009 06:37 PM
Message Edited by JK98 on 09-19-2009 06:39 PM