SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 2 GB MP3 Player (Black)

Average User Rating:
4.5/5,
  1. asymcon
    5.0/5,
    "For me the best DAP hands down"
    Pros - Opus and WavPack support, ultra low consumption, excellent sound, small footprint, packed with advanced/geeky features, EQ (!!!), speed control
    Cons - Not suitable for ultra sensitive IEMs due to slightly elevated noise floor, sub-optimal crosstalk performance into 16Ohm and THD+N
    The following review considers Clip+ with one of the latest Rockbox builds. Any features mentioned therein are from Rockbox frontend, not Sansa.
     
    Clip+ won my annual price for the most influential product of 2016 in price/value ratio. Granted, it was released in 2009, but finally I got it last year, and it was instant winner, topping even the most awesome buy of AKG K240DF.
     
    At first I needed something to replace the aging SX480 CD player, which still does work, but I'm not that avid "CD burner" nowadays. Fiio DAPs are just too heavy and large to be convenient for portable operation, so I opted for Clip+, despite the reports of CPU chirping in the headphone out (which none of my units experience).
    Yet Clip+ managed to overthrow one DAP after another. In the end, I kept only Clip+ and I couldn't be happier with it.
     
    So how did that happen?
     
    Firstly Clip+ boasts with higher-than-average battery runtime of 20 hours. With special beta Rockbox, it's possible to get even 30 hours when playing back FLAC at 44.1kHz. Both my Fiios (X3II and X5II) top at 12 hours max. To get more, power banks need to be introduced, which increase weight and size, pushing them into "transportable" category, rather than "portable".
    When Clip+ arrived at the scene, naturally the first thing to do was listening and comparison test. I compared Clip+ to X3II and X5II very extensively for over 2 months and found no verifiable improvement in sound, not any that would justify the extra price or power consumption. As I'm no placebophile and focus on more "down-to-earth" features than fantasy-like promises of "better sound" at all costs, suddenly Fiios lost precious ground. There are still reasons to keep them (DAC functionality, DSD, automatic sample rate switching), though not for the majority of uses.
     
    I desperately wanted WavPack and Ogg-Opus since 2015 and Clip+ delivered in full and also added IT, S3M, XM, MOD module support and MIDI playback with its own soundfont. No other DAP regardless of price (yes even HM-901), at least those I checked, come with Opus support.
    To those who don't know what's Opus - it's lossy, compressed format, currently with the best compression vs. quality ratio. Even 128kbps sounds incredibly transparent. Usually only vocals give it up.
     
    Clip+ unlike other "high-end" DAPs also comes with advanced features such as crossfeed, HAAS virtual surround, speed control, 10 band equalizer with adjustable Q, channel operations, ReplayGain, time-stretching and onboard compressor/limiter. Constructing playlists on the go is super easy, and they're stored in m3u8, thus fully compatible with WinAMP or Foobar2000.
    There's 100% true gapless playback on all its supported audio formats, except modules. Where Fiio would pop during track change (lossy formats), Clip+ jumps to next track without any sound.
    And for good measure, voice and FM recorder is included too. Built-in microphone is no high-class, but it's easily replaceable for say Primo EM184 or EM258. Both achieve good clarity for voice recording and even some music. Clip+ offers lossless formats for recordings, including WavPack.
     
    Where Clip+ slightly lacks, that'd be the department of power. Both Fiios achieve over 100mW figures into low impedance loads and very impressive voltages for DAPs.
    2.67V[sub]rms[/sub] for X3II and 2.82V[sub]rms[/sub] for X5II. Clip+ runs at 0.82V[sub]rms[/sub] maximum - all figures are into unloaded output (5MOhm).
    However considering that Clip+ amp stage, integrated into its SOC, together with DAC, runs for couple miliwatts, that's fully understandable. In another words, Fiios consume over 40 times more power.
     
    There are likely more features I have unintentionally left out, but for me, the Clip+ is the best DAP I have ever owned, hands down. If you don't have it, you can still get refurbished unit, just like I did for about $60 for 8GB model.
     

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  2. trondareo
    4.0/5,
    "Great value for a light life"
    Pros - 32G SD expansion, Rockbox, decent sound quality, decent battery life. So small you wont notice its there.
    Cons - So small you wont notice its there. In an age of smartphones and touchscreens the screen feels old fashioned,
    This is the best value for weight music player there is!
    With Rockbox flashed it has plenty of customization and sound quality tweaking options. However the flashing process was a bit scary for a noob like me.
    It already plays any format you throw at it, so flashing with rockbox is really only for the tinkerer in you.
     
    People have argued that the headphone cable should be on the other side. I dont feel this matters as the device is so light it is easy to grip anyway.
     
    Wearing reading glasses, I feel the screen is a bit difficult to read outside, but with rockbox you have plenty of options for display design and fonts.
     
    Otherwise it is a pleasure to use. You do not have to drain your phones battery to play music, audiobooks or podcasts. ist so small and light you never have to wory about taking it along. The battery last a good long time.
    I´m happy with it!
  3. Krisman
    3.0/5,
    "Ageing gracefully"
    Pros - Audio, battery life
    Cons - Sound not up there anymore
    Have enjoyed using this little beauty. If you want a no fuss, great sounding player at a very good price then look no further. Unfortunately more recent players have up'ed their game and surpassed the Sansa in features and more importantly sound quality. The sound is clear, roomy and detailed but lacks full transparency and sounds slightly coloured in the mids. But given the price these points are minor. Good NOT great device in todays over crowded but full of great devices marketplace.
  4. tumburu
    4.0/5,
    "excellent value"
    Pros - cheap, rockbox compatible
    Cons - scan noise, battery life, screen
    There's not much to be said about this little fella. It is a great value, if it didn't have that scan noise when powering up and the rather small screen I would like it even more. At it's price it's really hard to beat.
  5. 7nationarmy
    5.0/5,
    "Awesomeness In A Tiny Package"
    Pros - SQ, Size, Flac, Rockbox, Clip, MicroSD expansion, Price
    Cons - Fingerprint magnet, and nothing else
    Really small, portable player with capabilities that worth a lot more than its price. Very good SQ for an entry level player, able to play FLAC, great UI and battery life with Rockbox. Clip is very useful for exercising/strapping an amp. The best thing: it is very cheap!
  6. kwakor
    5.0/5,
    "Little player with big surprise!"
    Pros - Size, Flac, Clip, MicroSD to 32GB, Rockbox
    Cons - Shiny front, battery life, bassed bass
    It's very small player, so I like it. I have Clip+ since Christmas and I'm very satisfied!
  7. JAnderton
    4.5/5,
    "Sansa Clip+: The greatest portable music player in it's weight class!"
    Pros - Good sound, small size, light, portable, great battery, extendable memory
    Cons - UX could be a tad better. Packaging is a (one time) pain to open
    It's a great music player that is portable and has a clip to be used while on-the-run. It works well and is simple to use. It supports MP3 and FLAC, the two main formats I love and allows drag drop of music into it. It also connects as a PnP device as well as in managed mode using WMP giving you options on how you want to manage your music.
     
    Over all, it's a great music player. Best at it's price point (as a small portable music player in the iPod shuffle/nano range as opposed to the full display type players).
    It's so good that when I lost my first player (I gave it to a friend who forgot to pick it up after lunch :/), I went out and bought it again. And do note, I can't buy this at a local store (in India). I waited for a friend to fly back from the US with this player for me.
    That's how good this is :wink:
     
    Note: My review is based on the 8GB player I have which exactly the same except for the size and cost. Don't be put off on the money I paid, I paid $53 for the 8GB with delivery off Amazon.
  8. koolkat
    4.0/5,
    "Sansa Clip+ "
    Pros - Supports FLAC, simple interface, good DAC
    Cons - Headphone jack's on the right side, should've been on the left.
    Packaging
     
    • Sansa Clip+ player.
    • USB interconnect cable to charge via PC and to transfer data.
    • CD installer for Rhapsody.
    • Earbuds.
     
    Pros
     
    • It supports a lot of formats, even lossless formats.
    • Very simple interface, easy to understand.
    • Very good music playback. Definitely better than players around and even above it's price point.
    • Option to add extra microSD card to increase storage space.
    • Can be clipped onto sleeve or slipped into your pocket easily.
     
    Cons
     
    • I would've liked the headphone receiver jack to be on the left side.
    • Very small and lightweight, not very difficult to misplace.
    • 10 hours playback time.
     
    I use the Jazz EQ preset.
     
    To sum it up, I prefer the Clip+ sound to the sound from a PSP, iTouch and iPhone 3GS.
     
     
    Highly recommended. 
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  9. GeneralSmirnoff
    5.0/5,
    "Just what I needed"
    Pros - Great sound quality for the price, extremely portable, MicroSD slot, INEXPENSIVE!!!
    Cons - The battery life does not last as long as I want it to
    This is probably one of the best purchases I have made this year! 
     
    I was looking for a player that didn't have any shiny buttons or an ultra high resolution screen. I wanted a player that did what a portable music player was first intended to do, let you listen to your music with great sound quality on the go! The Clip+ does not disappoint! I can write pages about how the Clip+ is an amazing device and how it provides massive bang for the buck, however the Pros and Cons that I wrote basically sum it all up.
  10. zmd
    5.0/5,
    "So little yet so great"
    Pros - Small, nice screen, has a screen and buttons, inexpensive, Rockbox!
    Cons - Just OK battery life, but hey..
    If you like your music player to have buttons and a screen, you know what I mean. This baby is solid bang for buck and there's quite a bit of bang in a small package. Great SQ, great design IMO and the microSD slot make the Clip+ awesome.