After several years of hard use, I’ve retired my E280 for a new Clip Zip, due to erratic control ring operaion and a failure of the E280 mechanism that secures an SDHC card in place. So far, I’m quite pleased and a little surprised that so small a unit can sound so good.
One of the weaknesses of the E200 series was failure of the headphone jack connections to the circuit board. My first unit was replaced under warrantee for this, and thereafter I used a short headphone extension cord that stayed attached all the time to minimize wear and tear on the jack.
Has this been improved on the Clip Zip?. On such a tiny player, a headphone extension cord seems sort of out of place.