After doing a lot of research, I bought the Clip as my first-ever player. And I’m really, really pleased…except for one thing: The overall volume capacity seems low.
But since this is my first player, I have no baseline to compare and am wondering if something is defective with the player.
So far, I’m using the stock earbuds and have mostly listened to spoken word in a quiet setting. A very comfortable volume setting is about 75% in the “High” setting but on some recordings I have to push it to about 90%.
I tried another set of (cheap) earphones and got the same results.
But today I tried to use it in my car unsuccessfully. The Clip was plugged into a GE-branded FM transmitter tuned to an unused frequency. I had to turn the volume to maximum on both the Clip and my (stock Honda Accord) car radio to hear the recording.
And on the highway, I couldn’t hear it at all. I realize this test may be the fault of the transmitter so am looking to borrow another portable audio device to test it.
Also, changing between the Normal and High volume settings seem to make little and sometimes no difference.
So as I pursue my concern, I’m hoping others can comment on their experience with the Clip’s volume settings. Thanks.
(In an another matter, I also noticed a vocal song where the vocal seemed a little high-pitched. So I played the track simultaneously on the Clip and my near-idle PC and the Clip consistently played the track–and other tracks–about one second faster each 60 seconds. I’ll be trying to set up a control test for that one too.)