The Sansa Clip from SanDisk is one of the best sounding MP3 players you can buy and the 8GB model is a flat out bargain. The player is very light, includes a handy clip and is very easy to use. The Clip features support for MP3, WMA, Audible, FLAC and even DRM files if you’re still messing around with those.
The included headphones are okay but simply don’t do the Clip justice. We used both Sony MDR-7506 cans and Philips behind the ear workout phones. The Clip was able to drive both of these loud and clear. FLAC sounds amazing on this player and with 8GBs of space it’s more reasonable to use this lossless codec which takes up roughly half the space of a PCM WAV file.
FM reception is okay if you’re outside and line of sight is good. It’s also dependant on the length of the headphone cable attached to the Clip. Nice in a pinch but why use a player that sounds this good with mediocre radio broadcast?
Loading the Clip is simple, just drag and drop to the any folder on the device. It can also be synched if you have a Rhapsody subscription. Files can easily be deleted on the go. This is cool if you get sick of a song and simply want it off your player. With 8GBs of space you can hold 2000 songs at 128kbps. However, with this player we’d recommend going with at least 256kbps encoding. Better yet, treat yourself with roughly 22 CDs worth of space and encode in FLAC!
SanDisk has been making the Clip for a while now and we hope they don’t have any plans to phase it out any time soon. It’s an incredible value with just the right features and great sound. Falling memory prices while not good for SanDisk are great for the consumer. Getting an 8GB player that sounds this good for under $100 is an easy decision.
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Sansa 8GB Clip Review
- Category: MP3 and Portable