Sonic Blue Rio Volt MP3 Players

3.74/5 (19 Reviews) MSRP : $169.95


Product Description

· plays standard audio CDs, plus the CD-R and CD-RW discs you've created on your CD burner · supports popular music formats, including MP3 and WMA, and can be upgraded to emerging standards · electronic shock protection up to 120 seconds · runs up to 15 hours on 2 AA batteries, or plays non-stop using AC adaptor · bundled with Real Networks audio management software and Adaptec CD burning software for use on the PC


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by GordoJazz a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Here in Brazil we don´t have money to spend $700 in a cable, or $5000 in a cd player, so the mp3 player is good and usefull...
E uma ae pros brazuca q taum no site: gringo fede mto... gasta $13000 num cabo eh mta forga, tem gente que vive com 4X menos anualmente. Abraço ae pra todos :)

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $179.00

Purchased At:   Comp USA. I think



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Daz a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2002

Bottom Line:   
After deciding I wanted Mp3, I weighed up the pros and cons of solid state and mp3cd. The ability to have 150+ songs on one cd (which costs about 35 pence) is what swayed me, considering that you can get about 34 songs into 128 meg (which costs £60+). Then I had to decide what player to get. There are a lot now, and a few have decent features. I narrowed my choice down to 3. The Expanium (Philips), the Havas imported one, or the riovolt. The price and battery life made my mind up. Price being the dominating factor. The riovolt is outstanding value for money, and is possibly my best purchase of 2001. The backlit display is very useful when you listen to your player in low-light conditions. However, much better use of the LCD display could have been implemented. The 'dancing figures and beat detection' could have been replaced with an exta line of text, reducing the need for the scrolling ID3 tags. Updating the firmware makes navigation very easy, and finding a track takes next to no time. The EQ is actually quite useful, and the ultra bass setting has found a place close to my heart. The remote doesn't feel as flimsy as it has been made out to be, it is just very light. Some of it's functions can be altered in the set-up menus, so it's easy to use. Battery life compared to other mp3 cd players is superb, and beats the pants off my old cd player. Now for the not so good: Loading times are quite long on this unit. When you first switch the unit on, it has to search through the whole cd counting all of the tracks and loading their names into memory so that you can find them. This can take up to 30 seconds (depending on how clean/new the CD is) and is accompanied by some rather loud mechanical noise from the drive as it spins up and down etc. This noise becomes quite common as you listen to the player, as it happens just before the end of each track as it loads the next track into RAM. Skipping tracks and jumping to other tracks can also take a while, but isn't quite so bad with the latest firmware. It would also have been nice to have an LCD display on the remote like on the SP250 enhanced remote (which is incompatible with the SP100). These problems are only tiny compared to the mammoth good of the player. I love it to bits and I would recommend it to anyone who can't afford about 700mb worth of flash memory for their solid state player.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $155.00

Purchased At:   www.dabs.com



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Monte B. a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2001

Bottom Line:   
GOD PEOPLE ARE SUCH NITTPICKERS, I own a true audiophile home entertainment center (no sony..even ES , pioneer,etc..... aka Crap) so I know what music should sound like and for the price and capabilities, this mp3 player sounds GREAT especially after upgrading the headphones (Sennhieser Mx-500, chosen specifficaly for size) and compared to other solid state mp3 players sound quality I think anybody that can tell a difference has a vivid imagination (in my opinion). As far as skipping goes I am farely physical with it and I have yet to make it skip except for one song on one cd that was badly scratched. The display is pretty good but the scrolling ID3 Tags are a bit annoying, the eq is also prety good. Also I have read complaints about the build quality but compared to others I was impressed (especially with the headphone jackand heat plate under the lid).People have also mentioned problem with the volume but I have only experienced that with big headphones. While it is ofcourse not an audiophile product I would recommend it to anybody but remember to upgrade the firmware and get better headphones.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $137.00

Purchased At:   Local Audio Shop



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Russ W a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2001

Bottom Line:   
This is about the first decent CD-MP3 player around. There were others before this, but I can't believe some of them didn't even display the track name???!!! How are you supposed to know which track is which out of 150+ songs?

I want to correct the bloke who said it doesn't read >128Kbps MP3s... IT DOES PLAY >128k MP3s!!! I have many at 320k, and also high-quality Variable Bitrate encoded ones, all are fine.
Also, are you guys kidding that you can't hear the compression with 128k files? Put a CD in your computer, and encode it at 192k and to a seperate file at 128k and listen on headphones, not computer speakers. It's VERY obvious. So don't minimize your listening pleasure, you'll enjoy everything a lot more if you use at least 160k, and not use much more space on your CDs.

This is now called a Volt100 or something. There is a 90, which appears to have less memory and no remote contro, and a 250, which had FM Radio, and possibly more memory.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Purchased At:   dabs.com for £130ish



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Richard Grost a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2001

Bottom Line:   
The features this unit offers is quite apealing. The lock-switch allows you to pack this away in its carrying-pouch while listening, without worrying that a button may be pressed inadvertently. I set the unit for random-play, hit the lock button, throw it in my backpack and ride my bike without concern of it switching modes, or turning off, for example. This player consumes relatively little battery power in the MP3/WMA mode. The disc spins for about 15 seconds, feeding the one to two minute memory buffer and then shuts down. The length of time between spins depends on the bitrate used in the CD-R recording. I use Windows Media 96K to 128K with very good results. MP3 quality isn't quite as good with comparable bit-rates. The sound quality on the RioVolt is mediocre. You are alowed to adjust the bass and treble in user defined mode, but what this unit really lacks is a decent mid-range. Vocals often sound muffled and distant. Rio needs to update this shortcoming in future firmware updates. I use Koss KTX-Pro headphones ($20) and the volume is more than adequate. The control panel could be used more effectively; too much wasted space! The unit could be of more sturdy design, but the price would probably have to be increased considerably, since most of the money probably went into licensing the MP3 and Windows media software. Overall, not a bad device, and the sound quality may not be an issue to most people.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $169.00




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