Sansa Clip still too loud on lowest volume

I have a 8 gig Sansa Clip with the newest firmware, and for me the player is still too loud on the lowest volume level with InEar-headphones on actual, highly compressed recordings. It would be great if you could add an additional “low” volume-preset. On older recordings the volume ist perfect. I don’t wat to process all my files on the player with mp3gain, and i don’t want to use an impedance-adapter.

Best regards,


Under Settings, you have Volume set to Normal and not High, right?

Shure ;-)! But this Setting only affects the maximum volume.

you can set a custom equalizer with all the bars down to minmum. that will lower the volume.

Will that lower the complete Volume in a linear way or does the equalizer just affect some frequency bands?

It would only take you a few seconds to try.

Go to custom EQ and lower each bar to the bottom.

I have already tried it and it sounds okay - thanks for the idea!

But I’m still not shure, if it lowers the volume linear. Does anyone know that?

Best regards,


The normal/high doesn’t change anything.  When you put it to “normal” it simply puts a cap on the max.  

If that doesn’t give you a low enough volume, try getting a pair of earphones with 32 ohm impedance.  They’re out there.

Message Edited by Theodolite on 06-09-2009 05:41 AM

Thanks for your answer. Do you know any good 32 ohm in-ear headphones?

I’ve had this same problem also.  The easiest thing to do would be to buy a pair of headphones with a volume control built in.  But, hopefully, when Sansa releases a frimware update it will lower the volume some.  (I don’t know if that is possible, but it seems like it should be pretty easy.)

Which brings to mind:  you could add a pocket amp to get the sound down further.  For under $20 shipped, the small FiiO E5 amp (smaller than the Clip) is a nice choice, with its own volume control, plus on-off switch, bass enhance, rechargeable battery, and clip.  At and (with coupon codes in its forums) at good pricing.