The built-in FM radio doesn't have the fastest auto-seek we've seen in recent MP3 players, but the Clix always finds the strongest signal available and the quality is terrific. It tuned into all FM stations in our area without any effort on our part and the player has a huge preset capacity.
A five-band custom equaliser is built into the Clix and allows for some nice tweaking of music reproduction. There are also five preset 'SRS WOW HD' equaliser presets for adding some seriously dynamic alterations to music playback. These primarily deal with producing a sound closer to that of a live performance, along with some bass and treble alterations and 3D effects.
The iRiver PC software has a fairly clean design and doesn't pose any real problems to use. Transferring our 1.5GB test library took 12 minutes, which is pretty quick. The software handles your photos, music and videos. Videos are automatically converted into a file playable by the Clix. This took half an hour to convert a 30-minute file on our office computer.
The second-generation Clix is nothing short of a work of digital art. Sound quality is superb, features are rich in number and well implemented. We especially like the trendy rings of Saturn background option, as this adds an aesthetic touch that we've not seen before in an MP3 player.
If long battery life is your main consideration, consider Sony's NW-A808, which boasts up to 30 hours of continual playback; or if you need line-in recording, consider Creative's Zen V Plus, which will take your analogue input and transform it into a manageable digital file.
But for a flash-based MP3 player that does practically everything well without being stingy with capacity, look no further than the 8GB Clix 2. If you can afford it, it really is a truly remarkable piece of audio gadgetry, though.
Supplier: Advanced MP3Players.com
Edited by Jason Jenkins
Additional editing by Shannon Doubleday