SanDisk Clip Sport 8GB MP3 Player, Black With LCD Screen and MicroSDHC Card Slot- SDMX24-008G-G46K - Reviews
Pros: Low price, FM radio, built in clip, 24 hour battery life, card slot, decent sized display
Cons: Much less capable than the Clip+ or Clip Zip, card memory in separate database from internal memory
Many are very impressed with the Sandisk Clip+ and Clip Zip when running Rockbox. Rockbox is not available for the Clip Sport. The Clip Sport keeps card memory contents in a separate database from internal memory. Each dabase is limited to 2,000 songs. There is an experimental firmware that allows 4,000 songs for each.This player seems to be positioned to compete against the ipod Shuffle. Compared to the Shuffle it is much more capable, however it is inferior to the Clip+ and Clip Zip functionality, except for battery life. The sound quality of these three though is around the same.
The Fiio M3 is close in price, but has much higher power output and better sound quality, although the sound quality of the Clip Sport is good. The M3 lacks FM radio though, and lacks a clip. The M3 has poor quality buttons that are not at all ergonomic. The M3 also keeps internal memory in a separate database from card memory. I have a 32GB Sandisk class 10 card in my Fiio M3, and don't use its internal memory. My Sandisk Clip Sport has a 16GB class 4 card in it, and I also use its internal memory. The M3 database allows up to 4,000 songs.
Read my Fiio M3 review.
Which do I like better, the Clip Sport or the Fiio M3? Each has its pluses and minuses. It is a hard decision. I want a player with the best of both of them. 8)  The buttons on the Clip Sport are very ergonomic and so much better than the M3 buttons. The FM radio and built in clip of the Clip Sport are nice.The better sound quality and higher power output of the M3 is nice. Both get around 24 hours of battery life playing mp3 files.
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