I've had both players myslef, Tried the Sansa for about a month and then swiched to the Iriver and have had it for about a month also.
I did like them both but as an audiophile, here's why I chose the Iriver instead: Better sound quality, beter sound options, like EQs & SRS settings, and codex support like my fave OGG! These are the audio advantages of the Iriver.
If you're an audiophile, then you'll appreciate the sound quality on the Irver over the Sansa, it's clearer, crisper, has WAY better sound options including custom EQ (Sansa only has preset EQs) and bass options plus it's the loudest player I've ever used, with my Sony MDR sl81s volume 4 is about the loudest I can handle, unless working out then it's about 7.(max volume 40)
The Sansa, does have a bit more of a hiss at quiet parts and system noise where it's undecernable on the Iriver. Id compare the sound quality to my Iaudio X5 wich is considered one of the best sounding players out there. Different sound enhancements thogh.
Features wise The Sansa and Clix are similar, the Clix has a few more like text viewer and games, but this stuff you already know. The advantage of the Sansa is it's a bit smaller and more memory for your money. If memory is the most important, the Sansa is better, that's one thing I miss is not having that extra 2 gigs of storage, of course if you're just working out and stuff, I have over 300 songs at pretty high quality and 3 Futuramas on my Clix and this is sufficient for sure.
Navigation on the Sansa is very simple and easy to use with one hand, the Clix is has a very intuitive and unique navigation system that I like a bit beter but two hands best for ease of use, unless using the armband accesory kit(definitly recomended).
The Mechanical scroll wheel on the Sansa gets your thumbs a bit sore after a while but it's easy to use like the Nano. Video on both are pretty good quality for 15fps and the screen on the Sansa is quite nice but noticably smaller, the clix screen is very good also. Believe it or not, the Clix does not scratch easily even though bu looking at it you may worry that it may. I've never used a screen protector and workout with the player and have no scratches whatsoever. The Sans has a soft plastic front simular to the Nano and although not as prone, does scratch a lot easier than the Clix. The Sans looks cooler and is very solidly constructed. The durability fo the Iriver I have no problems with either.
Sometimes I do miss my Sansa but the benifits of the Cilx, Sound quality, sound enhansements, OGG support, bigger screen, text support, alarm, flash games, not a Nano copy, interface...make me forget soon enough.
The Sansa advantages: Nano like Size(though thicker) more memory for your money... I'm honestly trying to think of more but I can't. I'm not against the Sansa in NO way, it's a great player and I think it's the second best flash player out there, and I'd still have mine if it weren't for the Clix.
I aslo have an Iaudio U2 1G player and if you want a small player with lots of features and GREAT sound quality, OGG support, Fm radio, voice recording ect. One drawback maybe be lack of Artist/Album browsing, folder style suits me just fine and with 1Gig, it's not to hard to find anything. The U2 is less than half the price and it's very small but doesn't have Vid, pic, album art feature. Worth checking out!
Hope that helps a bit, let me know what you decide I'd be interested to find out. Cheers >:)
I plan on buying a new flash mp3 player soon, and I did my research. After browsing around the internet, it seems I narrowed it down to 2 candidates, the iRiver Clix or the Sansa e260. But this is where I can't seem to make up my mind. Both are excellent players, but I can't find headway with either to make a definitive choice. So if you guys want to help me out (preferably from people that own or have used either device), ill give you some info on myself and what I need from my mp3 player.
- First and foremost, I like to workout. My first mp3 player, a Rio Karma, was a solid mp3 player, but its hard drive and overall size made it hard to run with. In other words, portability is a factor, however, I don't feel that I need an ultracompact player the size of my thumb.
- I'm a drummer, and somewhat of an audiophile. I own a nice pair of shure e3s for leisurely listening, so I want an mp3 player with good to great audio quality.
- My old Rio Karma did not die actually. Its headphone jack broke, resulting in the right side shorting out the audio. I take good care of it; it simply broke from wear and tear. I need an mp3 player that is durable and won't die on me at the drop of a hat.
- I own a Sony PSP with a 1gb memory stick. I use it for games, video, and recently, music. The PSP is a great device, but it is much too unwieldly to use simply for music. That's where my mp3 player comes in. In other words, I don't necessarily need video capability, but it would be nice. Both have it, so its not really a factor.
- My 20gb Karma was filled with unnecessary discographies, and over the course of about 2 years, I only filled it to about 8.5 gb. So im used to excessive capacity, but I don't necessarily need it.
- I'm a computer science student, and very picky about any piece of software. If the firmware/program sucks, I will NOT use it.
Okay. So if you can help me make my choice, thatd be great. Also, if you have another flash drive selection, let me know too.