Haven't been around awhile guys. Just bought a new pair of IEM''s (Yammy EPH-100) and need a budget "Mp3 player" for working out.
Is the Clip+/ Clip Zip still the budget king or has it been finally surpassed?
It's still the budget king .....Rockbox it and carry on.
I second this! But don't forget to buy a microSD card. 16 or 32 GB is usually the way to go, although you can make 64 GB cards work if you format them to FAT32.
Does your ksc75 sound better on the fuze ?
My clip+ remain enough good for jogging, otherwise there's my cowon s9.
I got the clip+ because my ipd shuffle died .
The price is so low that any half way decent player at that price is going to beat a normal $200 + players hands down using a dollar per SQ measurement.
But I'm not a fan of the clip zip sound. Its very detailed but also a very thin sound with a tiny soundstage.
The Clip Zip has been my gym partner for the past 2 years and now that it's battery life is shorter I just ordered another. This is my third Clip and I don't see anything in the market that competes in that price range (and I'm sure as hell not dealing with Itunes).
I've noticed no CPU noise or problems with m4a support with my rockboxed Clip Zips, but the Fuze+ rockboxed definitely has more battery life. I had mine plugged into the stereo at work last night, replaygain engaged, volume maxed, on "shuffle" playing the songs from my 3GB, 302-song "work mix" folder (LAME MP3 files averaging 251kbps) , playing from 4:55 PM until 11:02 PM, and when I unplugged it to shut it down, it was still registering 71% charge remaining. One of my Zips would probably be down closer to 50% remaining. So for that type of usage, the Fuze+ clearly wins.
However, if I hadn't been working, and had been interacting with the DAP more and not just shuffling one big folder, then I would prefer the usability of the Zip's controls over the Fuze+ still. It's really not bad to use the Fuze+ with Rockbox installed, but still it takes a little longer to accomplish the same tasks than it would on my Zip....and of course in an on-the-go scenario, Zip would win due to the ability to clip it to my shirt pocket.