Sansa Clip for working out?

Hello:

I am looking for a good 8GB Mp3 player to take it with me to the gym and I came across Sansa’s clip 8GB.

Anyone used this player for working out?

Do I need additional equipment like an armband and some stuff to protect it from sweat?

Thanks

The Clip is designed to readily clip to a convenient spot on your clothing, a sleeve, waistband, or collar works great.  Its small size frees you from the inconvenience of a larger device.

µsansa

What microsansa said.  I’ll also add that some people in this forum have claimed that their Clip has stopped working due to sweat getting inside.  You can either get a case for your Clip (do a Google search), or let it dry out (works some/all ? of the time).

I find that the Clip does a fine job of remaining attached to my clothing.  More of a problem is the earbuds that come with it.  They sound great but don’t stay in your ears during a vigorous workout.  You’ll want to get something else for that.

Any sweat-proof earbuds that you recommend?

Thanks

@robertin75 wrote:

Any sweat-proof earbuds that you recommend?

 

Thanks

I use my Clip when I go running. I finally found a decent (not great, just decent) sounding set of headphones that just will not fall out no matter how much you sweat, the Sennheiser PMX 80.  I have it’s predecessor and they fit well and won’t budge a bit while running and sweating heavily.  They’re designed specifically for working out and being sweat on.  The problem is if you use them when, say, lying down and bench pressing weights they’re no so good (rear bracket of the phones stick out so you can’t lie down wearing these).  My wife has the predecessor of the OMX 80 and while they don’t sound as nice as the PMX line, they don’t get in the way in any kind of work out.  Here’s the Sennheiser web site describing them:

 http://www.sennheiser.com/sennheiser/home_en.nsf/root/private_headphones_sport-line

I’ve personally rinsed mine out under running water and never had a lick of problem, and I’ve had them for 18 months now.  I highly recommend them if you need something you’re going to get sweat/water on.  The sound is okay though, but I don’t expect the quality of my Beyerdynamic DT990 Pros either.  For the money and ruggedness the sound is good enough and they work very, very well.  I’ve not found any other phone that sounds this decent AND is rugged as can be.

Do a web search for the Sennheiser PMX70 (the ones I have).  I found a few reputable sites selling them for less thatn $40.  I originally paid $45 from a local retailer.

Thanks man.

I am really looking for something similar to Sennheiser OMX80 because as you said the Sennheiser PMX70 are not ideal to do lying down exercises like bench press.

Have you tried Sony’s MDRJ11G?

Thanks

@robertin75 wrote:

Thanks man.

 

I am really looking for something similar to Sennheiser OMX80 because as you said the Sennheiser PMX70 are not ideal to do lying down exercises like bench press.

 

 

Have you tried Sony’s MDRJ11G?

 

 

Thanks

 

Nope.  I detest any headphone/speaker Sony has ever produced so I never bothered.  My preference was for the Sennheiser products due to sound quality.  What I find lacking with the PMX line is bass, but that’s because of the earphone design.  It doesn’t seal the ear so it won’t have deep bass with such a small transducer.  When I’m pounding the pavement it’s not a big deal. Like I said, I’m not looking for sound quality like my Beyers, just something not honky or tinny sounding (which I find in nearly every Sony transducer out there).

I found the OXM70 (what my wife has) didn’t fit in the ear like the PMX70 so the sound was different, even though the transducer is supposed to be the same.  Maybe the twist-to-fit Sennheiser sport earphones will work better.  Those seem to be rather easy to find.  I just didn’t think the design would stay in my ear but pro reviewers say it does stay in place.  I found the PMX line just doesn’t budge one bit, more secure fitting, and sweatproof.  The rear reflector on the headband is also a nice touch.

Message Edited by tnmats on 07-17-2009 12:48 PM

Yes, I have had several sony headphones wih PMX 80’s style and they don’t fit very well.

Is the PMX70 the same as PMX80? I could not find PMX70 on Sennheiser website.

Have you found the rear part of the PMX70 uncomfortable when doing bench presses? Or maybe is not possbile?

I guess if there’s only minor discomfort when lying down then I would go for the PMX70.

Thanks

@robertin75 wrote:

Yes, I have had several sony headphones wih PMX 80’s style and they don’t fit very well.

 

Is the PMX70 the same as PMX80? I could not find PMX70 on Sennheiser website.

 

Have you found the rear part of the PMX70 uncomfortable when doing bench presses? Or maybe is not possbile?

 

I guess if there’s only minor discomfort when lying down then I would go for the PMX70.

 

Thanks

The PMX80 is the successor to the PMX70.  Do a search on Amazon’s site and there’s a customer that compared the two as he owns both.  He basically said the 80 has a slightly improved bass and trebble response but it’s not that dramatic.  The basic mechanical design is the same.

I don’t do workouts inside, just running (hate exercising indoors).  The headband sticks out about 1" from the back of the head so it would not be good for bench presses.  My wife works out a local YMCA and didn’t like my PXM70s for that reason.  I do not have big ears and am not a big man (only 5’ 5").  I do not find the comfort of my PMX70s a problem at all; they are not too big at all and with the silicone sleeve on it they are comfortable for me.  My ear canal openings did ache a bit when I first got them after a few days of usage but that passed.  I wear them an hour at a time and they don’t bother me at all, and I’m finiky about fit and sound quality (hence why I say they’re okay, not great sounding).  The only downside I see is sweat can roll down my temples into the ears but that mainly happens on really hot days (temps above 95F).

I would recommend the OMX line instead, or those ones that twist/fit in your case.  The PMX line is really aimed at runners as they are pounding/bouncing a lot and that’s one of the easiest ways to have the earphones slip out.  In a gym, the OMX line would be better or those twist/fit ones Sennheiser makes.  I still think they make better sounding transducers than Sony (personal opinion).

Love the Sansa clip for working out.  I wear shorts that have a front pocket and just _clip_ it to my pocket (pun intended), although you could easily clip it to the top of your shorts.  I sweat a lot and haven’t had any problems with it yet.  It’s a given that the earbuds that come with any device aren’t the greatest.  I got a pair of coby earbuds that fit nicely in my ear for about $5-10 and deliver great sound (IMO).  They loosen up in your ear a little bit with sweat, but not to the point where I’ve had trouble with them falling out.  I run the cord under my shirt so it doesn’t bounce around while jogging.  The only tricky part is to figure out a way to ensure a little bit of slack on the cord so that moving your head doesn’t try to pull out the buds.  Since I also wear a belt, I just tuck the cord into my belt a little bit for that.

This was my first MP3 player and I got the 2GB version and almost immediately realized I should’ve got the 8GB.

Message Edited by webbch on 07-20-2009 07:21 AM