thanks for your answer and sorry for the delay in getting back to you.
> Formatting, firmware would be my first suggestions. But you have already done this step.
Yes, I have already done this.
> Second sounds too simple, but check to be sure the earphones are plugged in all the way, sometimes the clips jack is abit hard to snap in.
I tried connecting the player to my my hi-fi and had the same problem.
> Third, Check your Song files. There are mp3 file checkers that can detect corrupt mp3’s. And I have heard of sound quality issues with lower bitrate ogg files. Maybe re-encode a song and check it on your computer playback vs the CLIP vs your old heavyweight. If your clip is sounding bad… then maybe it is the clip. But I am thinking its not your clip’s hardware. But anything is possible.
The tracks (mp3) sound fine on my computer and in the older player. Unfortunately I think it is the player :S
Probably I should ask much for £30, shouldn’t I?
Many thanks for your answer anyway,