First of I want to thank Sansa for the new firmware update release, in doing so you answered my biggest problem with the player, the one that almost had me not buying. That improvement is the addition of the folder/file view option. Many thanks for this!
I literally got the the player today in the mail at 5:00pm, and the firmware was available at 8:00pm when I got home from my walk to try out the new player. Thats what I call service. Originally I had a black 4gb model on order at Amazon, but it had been on back order for a couple of weeks now. While on the net this weekend I noticed on that someone had posted that NewEgg had the silver 8gb’s (refurbs) on sale for the same price I had paid for the one at Amazon. Cancelled the order at Amazon and bought the one from NewEgg, the rest is history.
My initial impressions:
The other players that I own are Cowon & iRiver, so in comparison to those I find that the fuze is light on gain, you have to turn it up a quite a bit to get any volume on my easy to drive KOSS Sportspro headphones. Not sure I like this aspect so much, got to turn classical music up pretty high to get a reasonable volume.
In terms of sound quality, it too is different than either of my other two players. Not better, not really worse. I would best describe it as being dryer and more analytical, it will take a little getting use to, but I’m sure as time goes by I’ll adjust, along with adjusting the EQ some.
I really wanted a black player, but now that I have the silver one there are no regrets. The photos on the web don’t do the silver one any justice, the silver is great looking in real life. In fact I wouldn’t describe it so much as silver, but more as a pewter color, it’s quite attractive.
Also like the the radio reception is great, and that it is possible to record, that will come in handy.
Well that’s all for now,