12-11-2008 05:44 AM
Hi -- I am completely new to mp3 players. I am thinking of getting the Sansa Clip, mainly for use in my car. I would like to download podcasts and possibly a book or two. Is the Clip a good choice? Would 1 GB be enough? 2 GB? Can you bookmark with the Clip?
My car stereo is old and doesn't have a place to hook up an mp3 player, so I was going to get a cassette adapter. Sound quality isn't a big deal to me, so I will mainly be listening to voice recordings. Or is there a better way to do this? (A complicating factor in my case is that there is a cassette tape stuck in my tape drive, so I probably will have to pay at least $50 to get it removed. I looked into getting a new tape deck, but there are few low-priced decks that still have cassette players.)
Thanks for the help. Any tips would be welcome.
12-11-2008 05:56 AM
I just tried to use the SanDisk Sansa online tool for choosing an mp3 player. If you want audiobooks as a feature that you want, it seems to force you to choose the Fuze (and a 4 GB Fuze, at that). Is it true that the Clip doesn't work well for audiobooks? I really would like to keep my costs down, but there's no point in buying something cheaper if it won't do want I want well. Thanks!
12-11-2008 07:15 AM - edited 12-11-2008 08:10 PM
Once you get the feel for the Clip, the slightly higher price for the 2GB model is a worthwhile investment, especially since audiobooks are such big files.
Between the Fuze and Clip, the primary advantage is the easier to read graphic interface of the Fuze, since you have a larger screen. You also step into the world of µSD memory expansion.
About that in-car radio. If the cassette is jammed, see if you can carefully remove that stubborn cassette, as a cassette adaptor works quite well, better than an FM transmitter will. On the other side, an FM modulator that connects directly to the antenna cable works well, but these devices have the nasty drawback of inhibiting normal radio reception.
I would have a look around for a new car radio with an AUX IN jack, or a faceplate mounted 3.5mm stereo accessory input, made for the recent barrage of new audio players out there. Car stereos have fallen in price these last few years, and an upgrade may be the cheapest repair overall.
Message Edited by neutron_bob on 12-11-2008 08:10 PM
12-11-2008 07:33 AM
I use the 1 GB Clip for podcasts, language and meditation tapes. The 1 GB Clip is enough for me as I load new podcasts weekly and only keep the last couple of weeks worth on there. This uses about 10 - 20 % of the capacity for me. I guess the real question for you is the size of the audiobooks.
The Clip does have bookmarks but it's by file, not by book. If your audiobook is divided into chapters (seperate files) you will have to remember which chapter you were on. There has been some complaints on the forum about this.
12-11-2008 07:53 AM
I second the calls for:
- New radio (keep it under $100 with installation!)
- 2GB Clip
Actually, I posted a link for the 4GB Clip @ $35. Nobody can say "no" to that!!! The catch is you have to drive in to a local Sears to get it.
Question for Bob: Does the power on the headphone jack play a role in driving the car speakers (through the radio, that is?) It seems that I get "weaker" sound with smaller audio devices.
12-11-2008 10:30 AM
Thank you all for weighing in. I will go with the 2 GB Clip (unless I can get the 4 GB Clip from Sears - I don't see the link, but I'm off to search Sears).
And I will look into replacing the car stereo, but as I said, I am having trouble finding a unit that includes a tape deck, and I still sometimes use tapes.
But, meanwhile, what about this as another option: a small, portable speaker, such as the Altec Lansing iM207 Orbit-MP3 (http://www.amazon.com/Altec-Lansing-iM207-Orbit-MP3-Players/dp/B000YEKM0U/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t)?
Not only could I use it in the car, I might also be able to bike with it. (I would never wear headphones while biking.)
12-11-2008 11:25 AM
Ok, just purchased the 4GB Clip at Sears for $37 (incl tax)! (Thanks for the tip!)
One little concern: the model number is SDMX11R-4096S-A70 at Sears. But on Amazon and TigerDirect, the 4GB silver model has the number SDMX11R-004GS-A57. Does anyone know what's up with that? What is the difference between the model numbers, and is one preferable? I would hate to get a lemon... Sears didn't say it was refurbished, or anything like that.
12-11-2008 11:40 AM
Impact DC Car Power Adapter for USB Powered Devices -- would this work for plugging the Clip into the cigarette lighter? It puts out 5V/500mA - is that safe for the Clip? Are there better alternatives? I would like to keep from running down the battery while playing it in the car. I'd also like to get an AC adapter/charger, so I can charge it in the house without connecting it to the computer - what do I need to get? Thanks for all the help.
12-11-2008 11:58 AM
Horrayyy!!!! A happy ending. A sunny day! OK, sorry...I got carried away there.
RE: the model numbers, that's a good one. I might investigate if I get a chance, but my first thought is that it's not important. Then again, anyone who visits this forum will note there are TWO hardware versions, depending on when your Clip was built. So maybe someone should go and reread those threads and let us know if that's the answer!