Skipping at high volume & impedance

Does anyone else get this?  With the volume option set to high, turned right up and a high impedance output I get bad drop-outs every time the output comes close to clipping.  Depending on how the particular track is mastered, it can range from annoying to unlistenable.

Message Edited by u38cg on 12-28-2009 03:12 PM

Do the files themselves have clipping?

No, I’ve run offending files through playback on my computer and they’re fine (they should be as they’ve spent several years on my previous player!)

Some players seem more forgiving than others.  I meant using software - eg does mp3gain say there is clipping?

Which headphones are you using? The Clip+ doesn’t do well with low efficiency high impedance headphones. It is great with 16 ohm efficient earphones.

This is actually through my hi-fi - a six metre cord into a standard combined amp, so the impedance will be significantly more than is normal - I haven’t bothered to measure how much.  Through 32ohm headphones, I don’t have a problem.  Indeed, I’m not particularly worried about solving it, as my amp has enough oomph to be able to reduce the output on the player significantly: I just found the behaviour odd and wondered if anyone had experienced it and knew roughly what the variables involved were.

Are you sure the plug is inserted completely into the jack? We hear this (and other) complaints from new users of these almost daily, and in 9 1/2 times out of 10, the problem is solved by giving the plug an extra little shove. The jacks are sometimes extremely tight on these new units.

Ah, the wee Clip+ is driving an interesting load there.  You could get creative, and use a dual-3.5mm adaptor, with a headphone plugged in.  The open jack runs to your stereo.  If all is well, you could make a shunt adaptor with a dummy load of, say, 100 ohms on each channel, and try dropping down to something in the 50-ohm range (using another parallel pair of 100 ohm resistors).

If the device is happy, you can modify a basic patch cord with the required load resistance.

Amplifiers have a widely variable input impedance, depending upon the application.  The Clip+ may see this load, and be trying to protect the output.

For a home stereo, I like the “bigger” Sansas, resting in a dock.  The Griffin Sansa dock is one such monster, and they’re available really cheap.  You will have the advantage of a stable device on the desk / countertop, DC power for it from the dock, and a handy larger display.

Bob  :smileyvery-happy:

Interesting. I used to run my old original Clips and Fuze into the home receiver through a six foot, not meter, cable, without issue. I would turn them up all the way, make sure the EQ was on normal, and they would play happily for hours that way without clipping. Is the Clip+ that different internally, or is the much longer cable adding more load?

Interesting, isn’t it?  The cable is handling a simple analog signal, so the issues common to long data cable runs don’t apply here.  I’d love to see the measurements of the amplifier’s input.

Bob  :wink: