Earphone jack durability?

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.

Yes, the jack is much better on the Zip. Actually, the e200 series was the only model that suffered from faulty solder joints on the jack. All the other models have been fine.

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I haven’t had any issue with the headphone jack.  Although, having said that, there are some infrequent reports of a jack issue.

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Thanks, guys. 'Preciate the feedback.

@miikerman wrote:

I haven’t had any issue with the headphone jack.  Although, having said that, there are some infrequent reports of a jack issue.

I’m sure you could find some of these on any forum about any player. What people don’t say is how they stuff the player into their pants pocket, or swing it around their heads using the headphone cord, or wrap the cord around the player when not using it, or drop it and catch it before it hits the ground by yanking up on the cord, all of which is going to put undue strain on the jack, especially if the head/earphones they use have a straight plug and not a 90° right-angle one.

In other words, they are not exercising proper care of the device or are expecting it to be bullet-proof. They are not.

Just bought a 8MB Sansa Clip Zip, loaded one song to try it, plugged in the ear buds that came with it, and the music cuts in and out when the jack is touched.  Is this a reject?

@bdmusic wrote:

Just bought a 8MB Sansa Clip Zip, loaded one song to try it, plugged in the ear buds that came with it, and the music cuts in and out when the jack is touched.  Is this a reject?

This is somethng we hear from new owners quite a bit. Probably the headphone plug is not seated firmly into the jack. They are especially tight when new. Twisting it as you are pushing it in makes it easier.

@tapeworm wrote:


@miikerman wrote:

I haven’t had any issue with the headphone jack.  Although, having said that, there are some infrequent reports of a jack issue.


 

I’m sure you could find some of these on any forum about any player. What people don’t say is how they stuff the player into their pants pocket, or swing it around their heads using the headphone cord, or wrap the cord around the player when not using it, or drop it and catch it before it hits the ground by yanking up on the cord, all of which is going to put undue strain on the jack, especially if the head/earphones they use have a straight plug and not a 90° right-angle one.

 

In other words, they are not exercising proper care of the device or are expecting it to be bullet-proof. They are not.

Yes–or the construction is not as robust as it should be, relative to other players.  Which I often suspect is the case.

Let’s stop pussyfooting around this issue -

I own both a first gen sandisk clip (with the circular light on front) and a second gen sandisk clip (which accepts a minisd). The first gen still works fine and the second gen is totally unusable - why? because the headphone socket has become detached from the circuit board.

The cost-cutting design of the socket being circuit board mounted virtually ensures that it will break even with careful handling.

I repeat - poor design Sandisk!