First of all, excuse my poor english, I’m not native english speaker.
Yesterday I got my new Sansa Clip Zip. I wished another player able to play other formats like ogg, flac etc. which I didn’t have on my good old Sony NWZ B162F. As first impressions, with your permission, I would make a small comparison between the two players.
Sandisk: more formats (my first reason to buy it), microSD slot, powerfull output volume, better display, extra functions, some people would say Rockbox.
Sony: more intuitive and ergonomic controls and interface, bass boost button, navigation ring, good battery life (abt. 18 hours) with economic settings. No need for cable to recharge and transfer.
Both have FM radio. I use it rarely.
Sandisk: poor battery life. Maybe it needs 2-3 recharges to reach its potential, but, still, only 8 hours of playing?
Sony: no expansion slot. This was the secondary reason to buy a Sandisk.
Now, about the sound quality… hmmm…
Sony has a stunning bass boost function, with volumic, powerful but balanced extra bass. I used the EQ and I managed almost to reproduce the Sony’s bass boost. The Sandisk bass seems to be more controled. On the other hand, Sandisk performs better overall, having a much better separation between channels and better resolution. For example, in FM the stereophony is far better than Sony’s. Also in music.
The headset from Sandisk is a crap, IMHO. I preffer in ear headphones and I use a pair of Philips SHE 3590, the best budget headphones I ever heard.
Some questions I have in my mind:
if I decide myself to Rockbox my Clip Zip and for some reasons I don’t like it, it’s possible to reinstall the original firmware?
I have a 16 GB microSD in the expansion slot and some music on it, organized in folders. I noticed that the player renamed some of the folders, by adding some figures before the name of the folder. Something like this: 0F00000 ABBA instead of ABBA. When the name of the folder is longer, the figures replace letters from the name of the folder and that’s not OK.
- I have 1.1.20 firmware on it. Should I update it?
If I’ll have something to ask, I will do it.
Thanks for your attention.