You're forgetting the battery life improvements....
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You're forgetting the battery life improvements....
Regarding the battery life improvements, I noticed that sansa clip indicate wrong battery level, which could be annoying if the battery is almost empty.
And regarding the "better file support", if you mean that more file format supported, well I don't care of aac... (stupid apple )
About the navigation improvements, I think the original rockbox GUI is a pain, but, as I said, using a mixed theme rockbox became even better than original stock.
About the SQ, I assure that I got improvements. A fuller sound (tweaking by software for sure). I must add that I use my unity with a Yuin PK? earbud (those cheaper with low impedance) and sometimes I think I'm in front of my old turntable. Not the best, but does a well done job.
I like the additional .alac support from Rockbox (RB).
RB also offers much faster start-up time, than the stock Sansa firmware. My Clip+ with stock firmware and 32GB SDHC took a very long time to start, but with RB it starts in like 2 seconds.
RB also removes the 8000 file limit of the stock Sansa firmware. If you use a Clip+ with a microSDXC of 64GB, you can easily go over the 8000 file limit with a music library of 60GB.
Edit: I also really like the physical design of the Clip+. Especially, I can clip it to my belt, and connect it with a 30cm interconnect cable leading to an portable amp in my jean pocket. That way I do not carry a bulky "stack: in my pocket and can use the Clip as a pre-amp to control track and volume (I set my Fiio E11 amp in a fixed volume position and control the Clip+ on my belt).
To reply to OP: No it is not.
You have four type of users in regards to sound.
1) Cowon users, who love the superior EQ setting as it can be adjusted to cater for every music genre.
2) Sansa Clip users, who prefer a flat (non EQ) sound to cover all genres.
3) My favourite, the Sansa Clip users who hate Cowons EQ but then make their Clips sound even more artificial by Rockboxing it.
4) Apple users lol
For price, its a great Mp3 player, but it is overhyped by people who can only afford $40 for an mp3 player and settle for poor UI and battery life and then find ways to justify their purchase.
Rockboxing adds a bit of "life" to the clip, but nothing worth getting moist about it.
IMO, my HTC ONE X sounds alot cleaner when paired with my sennheiser IEMs than my partners Clip
Sansa clips are marketed to the active public who exercise regularly and are happy with a flat, but good sounding mp3 player to accomodate their exercise regime.
Alot of Audiophiles like the accurate sound reproduction, but alot (like myself) like each song to represent a vibrance and enjoyment that only we can enjoy.
In the end its your ears. what may not be suited for myself, or others may be suited for you as we all have individual needs.
If you dont mind the mediocre battery life, poor UI and plastic construction, then $40 for a reasonably sounding mp3 player is a good buy, better than anything in that price range.
No, sound is same with rockbox, some people are victim of placebo. Unless you want to customize sound.
I disagree regarding the battery life, I do not have to charge them often. My previous apple shuffle was in brushed aluminium, but it died after some use. Let's see if the sansa clip would last more.
Yeah, I wouldn't use my cowon for jogging. But for SQ I prefer the cowon.
For folks like me the clip is great.
I grew up having owned over 20 sony walkmans. I would break one almost every 6 months it seemed on queue(playing basketball, dropping it \ loose jacks..etc) but the need to block out the clucking from the chicken heads (read adults ) outweighed any monetary cost\ "potential trouble" that was associated with acquiring another.
It's a tool.... not a love affair( love went out the window after about the 3rd walkman burial).. not a passion.. a tool. My prozac , if you will.
So it's ingrained in me that portables are throw away devices, yeah my 200$\$400 everyday --out and about\travel\ wilin' out headphones--- same mindset.
After a rewire\ fix up and it keeps acting up .. the hell with it. . I don't love you 'H'eadph'O'ne'S'
There's no market that caters to old heads like me---I don't remember seeing the curmudgeons demographic on the PP at the marketing meeting.
Despise cel phones.. .
No touch screen
Would only ever buy an apple computer(highly unlikely) but never any thing else from them
Not interested in flava's of the month-- -- tail chasing
Want to stick with a established company\product in which you know what to expect despite any flaws
But the clip is close to it-- just wish it had a removable battery.
Full sized headphones\ decent sounding device \ ultra small device\small amp is the goal -- i can take my amp off and still shoot some jumpers\ wil' out- whatever.. no issue
.SQ is not #1 on my list..
Not to mention I'll throw it in the sewer without breaking stride at the first sign of it acting shady ( the walkman burial bop).
Spare sitting in it's box waiting in the bull pen-- another one bites the dust -- no biggie
Well, I didn't hear the JVC HA-EB75. The PMX680 are pretty good, at least if you want to run with them. They offer great bass, decent soundstage, tamed but unrefined highs. I made a mistake by taking the PMX680i , they have an ipod volume control , and also I got them at an inflated price (90$, I was in a hurry).
I'm not too surprised that you find a 8$ ear bud enough good. Recently I've resisted to get the discontinued PMX980 , I got a big doubt they would match my taste, and that the gap in sound quality was enough big. I've seen someone comparing the MX980 to the much cheaper and comfy MX365.
I was looking to something similar to k317(discontinued) , I was in love with them before they broke.
Hum ok, let's say it better. I'm not surprised that you liked your 8$ ear bud , because I loved my 30$ k317, that I'm still missing , despite having now much more expensive headphones in my collection.
It makes no sense to say that your JVC HA-EB75 would provide better value than the pmx680, if you've never heard the PMX680.
The reason to get the PMX680, is that you want serious bass, while practicing exercises. They provide a cleaner sound, and more rewarding bass than ksc75,
which itself is said to sound better "than the $40 Koss porta pro".
And also I wouldn't dare to compare my broken k317 to the the PMX680, because they offer a very very different sound. With one the main strength is bass,
with the other it's treble.
And by the way I 've looked at reviews at amazon of the HA-EB75, and some people are complaining these ear buds are unable to provide good bass.