Originally Posted by Momo-chan
thanks for the input guys but before i really make my mind is the f880 110% better than the sansa clip+? in terms of sq cuz i listen to mostly Rock,post harcore, post rock, vocaloid and some classics and most of them are in mp3 format 320kbs.
is the e11 really even needed? i use jvc fxd80-z and hd25-II.
the very obvious difference you'll get is how much width you'll have on the sony. a clip sounds ok (I think it sounds good actually) but it has a very narrow soundstage. the sony on the other hand, opens the sides. I think for most of us it's an obvious improvement, but for a few number of people it might be puzzling. getting the better part of headphone sound means going away from how music is presented on speakers(60degree sources vs 180degree headphone). the stereo separation on the clip is bad enough that you don't really notice that difference. on the sony it's mighty obvious.
but even for that "possible trouble" sony has a solution(a battery hungry solution), the studio surround option that gives a very convincing kind of crossfeed, but better, and sacrifices a small part of the huge width to give more depth.
about the amp, I guess it will depend on what you're looking for and how it goes with your headphones. the amp part is clearly the last weak spot for sony so the last improvements would come from an external amp plugged on the LO. but you might not need it and as said above it's a bother to carry one most of the time for an improvement that might not be needed on the go.