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Rio Karma 20 GB MP3 Player

by Rio
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  • 20 GB HDD plays back over 330 hours of MP3 or 660 hours of WMA music
  • Auto-DJ intelligently finds, mixes and creates playlists from tracks on command
  • 5-band parametic equalizer with pre-sets
  • 15-hours continuous playback with rechargeable LiIon battery
  • Compatible with computers with USB 2.0 (1.1 compatible) ports running Windows 98 SE, 2000, ME, or XP
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Rio
  • Model Number: 90260461
  • Supported Audio Format: MP3 // WMA
  • Digital Audio Capacity: 20mb
  • Mfg Warranty Type (i.e. Parts, Labor): 90 days warranty

Product Description

The super-smart Rio Karma 20GB MP3 Player is packed with memory and includes the intelligent Auto DJ to find, mix and create playlists from tracks on command. The versatile docking station supports dual RCA line-outs, Ethernet networking and auto-synchronization with a host PC. Features: plays more than 330 hours of MP3 (about 5,000 songs) or 660 hours of WMA (about 10,000 songs) music with 20GB of memory; USB 2.0 for fast transfers; transfers content between multiple PCs; 15-hour continuous playback; 5-band parametric equalizer with pre-sets; dynamic playlist generation; plays Ogg Vorbis; Sennheiser MX300 earbuds; docking station; USB 2.0 cable; stereo RCA cable; ethernet cable; A/C power supply; installation disk; and quick start guide. Songs purchased from Napster 2.0 are compatible with Rio portables. Please use the Rio Music Manager or the Windows Media Player 9 to transfer songs purchased from Napster 2.0 to your Rio. Napster 2.0 Client users can also use the free Napster Plug-In for the Windows Media Player 9 for an integrated experience. Click on Help at the top of the page, then on Product Rebates where you can download the rebate form. Available storage capacity may vary.

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Technical Details
Brand NameRio
Item Weight3 pounds
Product Dimensions2.7 x 0.9 x 3 inches
Item model number90260461
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Number of Items1
  
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ASINB0000AQIFZ
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Shipping Weight1.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableAugust 9, 2003
  
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130 of 134 people found the following review helpful By James Duckett VINE VOICE on January 7, 2004
I have a Rio Nitrus but I got the opportunity to play with one of the Karma's when my boss picked one up for himself. Here is a comparison between the two:
Size (Physical)
Nitrus: Very small.
Karma: Small. Wider and thicker than the Nitrus (but a little shorter).
Alternatives: Other than the Nitrus, this is smaller than anything else out there, including IPod and Creative's Zen.
Size (Hard Drive)
Nitrus: 1.5GB
Karma: 20GB. This makes the physical size to hard drive size ratio much better than the Nitrus and anything else out there.
Alternatives: Some go as high as 60GB. If you need more than 20GB then the Karma is not for you.

Carrying Case
Nitrus: None
Karma: None. Come on, folks!!! I'm disappointed that Rio doesn't even make one we can buy. The Nitrus fits in my jean pockets with no problem. The Karma fit with a little bit of difficulty. I run with my Nitrus all the time and have not had any problems with it. If you are planning on doing physical activities with a large mp3 player than consider the Nitrus first.
Alternatives: Most have a carrying case included. This is my largest gripe about Rio's large capacity mp3 players.
Battery Life
Nitrus: 16 hours
Karma: 15 hours. Other than a hiccup on the Nitrus when I first got it, this number has proven to be quite accurate. Both perform for hours on end. I've only ran out of batteries once because I really wanted to see how long it would go.
Alternatives: Creative and Dell last about 14-16 hours. IPod is only 8 hours (yuck).
Screen:
Nitrus: Good
Karma: Great!!! The screen is larger than the Nitrus.
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265 of 291 people found the following review helpful By "rory_in_toronto" on October 2, 2003
I've been previewing the Karma for a couple of months and thought I'd post my thoughts. Note: I am not an employee of Rio. First off, if you want really good unofficial tech support from other users, be sure to check out these two sites: rioworld.org and riovolution.com. Other users will be able to respond and help with any of your questions. As well, Help Section in desktop software and Karma UG makes it very easy to get the info you need in an easy-to-understand way. ***BATTERY*** 15 hours. ***CAPACITY*** 5000 MP3 128bit songs on 20GB model ***SOUND*** Rio is now owned by Denon Marantz, a high-end audio company. Dound quality is the highest priority and absolutely great. Ogg, FLAC, WMA and MP3 support!!! 30 mW/channel means that you can't turn the player to full volume without splitting your eardrums. 96 dB s/n from headphones, 98 dB s/n through docking station via dual line RCA lines out! Very crisp, clear, warm sound with low distortion and great bass response. The included Sennheiser earbuds are good, but I use my Koss KSC55 headphones. 5-band parametric EQ is customizable, enriching the sound, plus lots of presets. Con: a hip hop preset would be nice. ***DESIGN*** Buttons are easy to press/use, Riostick and Scroll wheel works very nicely. Rubber padding on one side, where player curves in, makes for a nice grip. Screen is big, sharp and clear. . ***KARMA FEATURES*** There's a crossfade. Con: max crossfade is 3 secs, but most people are happy with that. There's a neat VU Meter option. You can append/remove/insert songs to your playlist while music plays. My favourite feature: Re-order your current batch of selections, on-the-fly, as music plays!! Even save it as a new playlist, right on the player!Read more ›
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2004
I have been purchasing mp3 players since they first came out. From the first Nomads and Archos HD players, to the latest 1.5 gb mini jukeboxes. Alot of them have some good features (Nomad), great design (Ipod), compact size (Rio Nitrus), however none seem to have put it all together until now. The Pros - Nice compact design, fits comfortably in one hand with user friendly controls. Fantastic firmware. Unlike the Rio Nitrus, It is very easy to locate quickly any of the thousands of songs on its 20 gb hard drive. You can create Playlists from the unit itself. You can use the RIO DJ funtion to make a quick list of your favorite songs. It would take up too much space to list the rest of the functionality, but it all works very well. The battery life is a major plus. I am sure the Ipod would last 8 hours if you let it run and never touch it. However the Karma has lasted me at least 15 hours, and that is with me making playlists and playing with the settings. The sound is top notch and the ear buds they include are better than most. The Cons - I can't really list any, but have read that some people have had problems with the Karma crashing or not funtioning properly. I can't comment on that because mine has worked fine for about a month. I am more satisfied with the Karma than any other mp3 player and can recomend it strongly.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By SF CA on June 13, 2004
As an MP3 player/jukebox, this player performs very well, almost reaching the spot of ipod replacement. It supports MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, and FLAC. Ogg Vorbis is another lossy codec, performing quite a bit better than MP3 and WMA. FLAC is a lossless codec, about 1/2 the size of a WAV file.
It does not include an FM radio, voice recorder, or remote. The first two may or may not be absolutely essential to you; they weren't at all for me. A remote *might* be in a future release, but don't buy this product expecting one.
Sound quality is superb, as it has a powerful headphone amp and also comes across clearly (check out head-fi.org's portables forum if you don't believe me). Besides the usual EQ presets, the Karma also includes a 5-band parametric EQ, which I'm told is quite special for a portable audio player.
The stated battery life is 15 hours I believe. It comes quite close to that, though I haven't been making accurate measurements at all (I just let it play and forget about the battery).
The included dock is quite unique, featuring both RCA lineouts and an Ethernet port for connecting to your network and transferring files. I don't think any other player includes an ethernet port or network connections at all yet.
The included Rio Music Manager isn't quite like iTunes, but it does have a really easy interface and is more than acceptable for transferring your music tracks. You should use something else to listen and rip your tracks though, as separate encoders will give you much more flexbility anyway.
One innovative feature is the included Rio DJ, which autogenerates playlists with a certain set of requirements. No other player has anything quite like it, as far as I know.
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