01-28-2010 07:05 PM
Well, my first impression is: WOW! After a long time without hearing to music with headphones, and then using a generic MP3 for few months, I had forgotten how music should sound like...
SQ seems to me very good on FUZE. Even if I have no experience with other MP3 other than horrible generic ones.
On my opinion, the EQ Normal setting is a bit too warm, it lacks some bright/treble. I feel there is some cheat, some reverb/wow to make the sound more attractive. I mean, it is not flat, it is not as going in "personalized" and set it flat.
Anyway, it sounds well, very well, for most songs. But there are songs which I cannot enjoy if not in Jazzz EQ settings, which is more bright and open. Normal setting makes the sund feel closer.
This, of course, with my not bad but not luxury IEM SHS8000 Phillips. And also with earphones Panasonic RP-HS71. First one are more bassy (and they are in ear), second one are more treble, and with both of them I sometimes feel need of Jazz EQ setting.
Basses are just great.
Random mode is ok, I selected "play all" and then random on, no problem.
Wheel is so good!
I have few suggestion for Sandisk:
1) there should be a quick access button for let´s say two EQ preset (chosen by user). Push once, first setting. Twice, second setting... I guess a simple firmware update could set the off button to funcion for this purpose if pushed quickly while playing music. I was thinking about the home button, but is already asigned to other funcions during reproduction...
2) I don´t know if there is a specific extension cable for earphones for Fuze, but a good idea would be an extension cable with controls for play, pause, next track, previous track, volume, and EQ quick setting. SO that people can use this instead of having to search for the player in the pocket...
3) the scrolling should be continuous. Instead of that, now it stops when you reach the last item. In EQ, for example, first item is Normal, last is Personalized. If I want to switch quickly between the two, to see which one I prefer, I cannot.
Now, few questions:
1) to have warranty, is it enough to register product online? Because seller gave me no proof of purchase.
2) how may I know if my Fuze it is original Sandisk?
3) which little travel speakers can you suggest me for Fuze? I am thinking about something very small and light, with docking for AC if possible.
4) where can I buy online a good skin with clip or at least with support for belt?
Enough for the moment...
01-28-2010 08:18 PM
As you are discovering, the Fuze sounds very nice. I would love to have the preset EQ parameters shown visually, and I agree, more than one user preset would be wonderful. I like the Jazz setting the best as well, it is the most open sounding. A wee drop in the midrange sounds great.
The fuze works with any accessory speaker kit that accepts a 3.5mm stereo jack. Altec Lansing is the only company that made a dedicated docking portable speaker for the Sansa. Macally used to have the ICETUNE "hockey pucks", I wish I had a set of them.
The Altec "Orbit MP3" is a single speaker device that's very portable, but monophonic. Well, I could fashion a stereo "wye" and use two of them....that's tempting, come to think of it.
01-28-2010 09:44 PM - edited 01-28-2010 09:51 PM
Look on eBay for Fuze skins. That's where I get mine--and they must have some in Italy too. If not, cell-phone accessory stores also seem to sell them in the US, and maybe also in Europe. Mine had a slot in the back for your belt to go through, and it cost all of $5.
You don't have to worry about counterfeit Fuzes. The SanDisk products that are often faked are the memory cards.
Register online. I don't understand why the seller won't give you a proof of purchase, but you could always make one on your computer and printer....did you pay in cash or by credit card? Did you have correspondence with the seller?
Treat your Fuze with common sense and you'll probably never need the warranty anyway. If it's working out of the box, it should keep working unless you make a serious effort to mess it up.
Legalistically, your Fuze is supposed to come from an authorized Sansa reseller--that means a retail store--and you are supposed to be the first owner. If you got it new in the box, you could keep the package to prove you got it new.
Meanwhile, SanDisk will know when it introduced the v2, and obviously the unit cannot be older than that.
The Fuze is already so small that a remote control seems unlikely.
Glad you're enjoying it. See, we gave you good advice!
Message Edited by Black-Rectangle on 01-28-2010 09:51 PM
01-29-2010 03:07 PM
Ah, well, Tom, two wonderful alternatives... I might think about which one to choose...
Some clarifications: I am italian, but I am living in Argentina, and even if I am in Buenos Aires (the only city where you can find some technology, well, Cordoba has got some too), there are only TWO places which sell Sansa. One is very expensive, but it sells it in closed blister. It also has got the charger, I will buy it soon.
The other is more ebay style. It sells the Fuze WITHOUT package, no original blister. I just received the fuze in a sort of plastic skin which was just to protect against dust. ANd the cable more the earphones. Nothing more, no cd, no manual.
He gave me no bill, but he told me that I had to register my product online and that warranty would have been from that moment, no bill or blister needed.
ANyway, in two months I am gonna be a backpacker, no way that I will bring with me around the world all the blisters of everything!
About what I said for EQ: Bob, I was saying that I´d like to see a dedicated button to switch between tow EQ preset (which can be, for example, Normal and Jazz, just an example. I supponse that this button should be programable by cust, so that one can choose which presets to asign to this button). My idea is that you push this button, without having to enter in the menu, and you change EQ setting on the fly. THis is useful because there are songs which sound better with normal setting, othewr songs sound better with jazz setting.
Or a cheaper alternative could be if they make a preset ljust like the Normal one (which has got something more than all the others, O think it has got some reverb, no idea, but it is particularly warm and vibrant and I like it, but it is a bit "closed"), but more open, more bright. Jazz setting sometimes is too cold. A brighter open version of Normal setting would be great. I wonder if Rockbox presets offer it...
About the remote control, I was thinking of something which just usesthe same minijack of the earphone. An extension cord/cable which you plug in the jack output of Fuze, and where you connect your earphones. THs cable should have a little control on it as many cable does (like sony ones), for most used functions, so one can put the player in the pocket and forward song or change volume from the earphone cable...
01-30-2010 11:18 AM - last edited on 02-01-2010 10:41 AM by slotmonsta
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01-30-2010 12:15 PM
Kinda silly when you can do the same thing for far less money, by buying an adapter cable, to connect it to the stereo, and a wall charger. I got both of those for around $10-$20 altogether, if I recall rightly.
iPod Touch 5G 32GB, Touch 4G 32GB, Clip Sport 8GB.
Rockbox-> Clip Zip 4GB, iPod Nano 2G 4GB, iPod 5.5G 80GB
2012 Nexus 7 32GB, Asus MeMoPad 8 16+64GB, LG Optimus G Pro, Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 520
01-30-2010 12:31 PM - edited 01-30-2010 12:50 PM
The Sony gadgets that I have had with remote controls don't do it through the headphone jack--which I think would be difficult, since you want to have that jack accept any regular stereo plug, so how would it carry the extra signals to control the unit? You can easily put a volume control on the headphone cord, which can lower the volume coming out of the unit but doesn't control the unit. Buttons to stop, start, skip would need a different connection.
There's usually either a separate connector for the remote or a two-in-one plug where you plug the remote into the unit (next to the headphone jack, so the remote plugs into both) and then plug the headphones into the remote.
Any remote would raise the price. I wouldn't expect to see one.
I'm not sure if the current Fuze comes with CD or manual. You can always find the manual online, and get Sansa Media Converter or video4Fuze online.
Message Edited by Black-Rectangle on 01-30-2010 12:50 PM