- Brand Name: Rio
- Model Number: 90260193
RioVolt SP100 Portable CD/MP3 Player with 120 Second Anti-Shock
- Plays MP3, WMA, and standard audio CDs
- Listen to CD-R and CD-RW discs with more than 10 hours of music on them
- Can be upgraded to accommodate emerging audio-compression schemes
- Includes audio management software for PCs and Macintoshes
- Includes 8-function remote control and offers repeat and shuffle modes, adjustable equalization, and programmable playlists
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While the Rio Volt is the first portable CD player in the family of Rio digital audio players, the manufacturer was thinking ahead: the device supports firmware upgrades to accommodate future digital audio formats.
Amazingly, the Rio Volt sports a playback time of up to 15 hours on two AA batteries (included), making it the first disc player we know of that can't play a single CD in its entirety. Don't fret, however--you'll find an AC/DC adapter in the box in case you want to listen to all 250 tracks of a single disc in one sitting.
The ID3 text display includes track number, song name, artist name, folder (album title), and overall playing time. The Rio Volt also lets you navigate through directories and search for tracks one by one or in blocks of 10.
A sleek eight-function remote control lets you operate the Rio Volt while it's tucked away in its carrying case or even in a backpack. The Rio Volt comes bundled with RealNetworks music management software and Adaptec CD-burning software for use on your PC or Macintosh.
Audio features include adjustable equalization curves with five presets (normal, jazz, rock, classical, ultrabass), repeat and shuffle play modes, and programmable playlists.
The Rio Volt comes with a 1-year warranty on parts and labor.
Top Customer Reviews
When evaluating MP3-CD players, there are two things to keep in mind: first, that this technology is still in its relative infancy, and allowances will have to be made before the companies figure out exactly what works and what doesn't. Second, MP3-CD players aren't an industry-created standard; they are a response to something that consumers originally designed and made for themselves (MP3 encoding and the idea of storing loads of MP3s on a disc). Therefore, it makes sense that companies with relative inexperience in the market - Philips for instance - are going to lose out to Rio, who's been in the MP3 game for a couple of years.
The RioVolt is a nice-looking package, pleasantly round and silver with blue trim. It's got all the standard features - a window so you can see your disc spinning round and round, a hold switch, and the option to choose a 10 second skip buffer or a 45 second skip buffer.
There are several things that make the RioVolt stand out: it has a digital volume control, instead of an analog wheel, which is nice, and it has a backlit window, so you can see what you're doing in the dark (car trips, subways, etc.) In addition, it reads ID3 tags, which means you get to see the title of the song you're listening to - something the Philips player doesn't do. And, as a coup-de-grace, the Rio will read CDs made with Adaptec DirectCD - something other MP3-CD players will NOT do (and, unfortunately, often don't tell you they won't do on the box).
I tested the RioVolt for two weeks, and it preformed well the entire time (and hopefully, it will continute to do so!Read more ›
I used to own a Philips EXP103 for 6 months, and I was pretty happy with it. I wish I haven't seen all these extremely good reviews, otherwise I won't sell my exp103 for this Rio volt. Of course, as all other reviews said, this player does have fancy looking and something really cool (ID3 tag display, remote control, etc...). But here I am gonna talk about something it disappointed me:
1. Background noises. The background noise of this player is much higher than Philips EXP103 (although exp103 also has static noise). It's annonying especially when you listen in the eveing at low volumn. And you can also hear electric plus noises ("po") at the begining and the end of every mp3 files
2. Can't read out some discs. It's not like someone says that this player recognizes all kinds of CDR/W discs. It works fine for my MP3 discs, but can't read out an audio CD (Beatles - One) I burned. This 80mins CD works fine with all my CD players and philips exp103. I tried two identical copies of this disc, Rio Volt failed both. I don't have other 80min audio CDR to test at this time, so I am not sure if that's a common problem of rio volt. By the way, this player has no problem with my other audio CDRs (all <74mins).
3. IMHO, the sound quailty of this player is inferior to Philips exp103. It's partially because of the crappy headphone comes with it, which has no bass compared with the one of exp103. A low-end Sennheiser HD433 (<$30 including shipping) will do a much better job.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have CD wish have MP3 ability but I lost my MP3 player. I decided I would look for something that could do both and I found this. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by D. Getz
The Product works fine right now but it did not come with any instructions, packing slip or return instruction if anything was wrong with it. Read morePublished on October 13, 2012 by Kitty
I wear my ear buds all day, every day. To put things into perspective, Apple ear buds last me 3-4 months before the cables break internally and I start getting drop-outs. Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by Howard Abraham
I purchased a RioVolt SP100 back in 2001 (ten years ago) for one hundred eighty dollars so that I could play Old Time Radio shows downloaded from Usenet whilst in college. Read morePublished on February 5, 2011 by Owen Smith
I originally bought this back in 2001, and in a few years had transitioned from the thrill of piling several CD's onto a CD-R as MP3s, to simply using an iPod for everything. Read morePublished on December 28, 2007 by Michael Costa
When you buy a used item you take the 50/50 chance that what the seller says is true. I bought this item from a private individual. Read morePublished on December 26, 2007 by G. Ward
This little bugger has been in my possession forever now. I've had it for years. I got it when I was in the later years of high school, looking for a cheap mp3 player. Read morePublished on March 16, 2006 by Frayo
i must have had this since the first week of its release. my dad got 2 for free somehow, and this thing can take a beating. Read morePublished on May 6, 2005 by Alex
Ok where to start...
It eat batteries like no other. About 4 hours max on battery life. Read more