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RioVolt SP100 Portable CD/MP3 Player with 120 Second Anti-Shock

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  • 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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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameSONICblue
Item Weight1 pounds
Product Dimensions6 x 6 x 2 inches
Item model number90260193
Batteries:2 AA batteries required. (included)
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Number of Items1
Technical Specification
Additional Information
Shipping Weight2 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 4, 1999

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: SONICblue
  • Model: 90260193

Product Description


The Rio Volt portable MP3-CD player grants free listening across standard audio CDs as well as the MP3 and WMA (Windows Media Audio) files that you've recorded to CD-Rs and CD-RWs, letting you enjoy over 20 hours of digital audio from one CD (or around 250 songs). Plus, Rio Volt's large backlit LCD supports both ID3 tags and CD Text, simplifying song identification from any compatible disc, while 120-second antishock circuitry guards your listening almost anywhere.

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.

Product Description

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I was riding some of smooth and dirt road, occasionally I would stand and be riding, but no skipping. Sound was great. It made riding in the mountains with a nice… Read more ›
I recently bought my first MP3 Player -- The RioVolt and overall I like it...I think it was a great bargain. The sound quality is very good. I really like the fact that it… Read more ›
I use mine at work, then I plug it in my car (with the Koss car kit) then I plug it in at home to my…The sound is great, unless you have a $1500 stereo system at home. B… Read more ›
I recently bought the Rio Volt player and returned it after a week. The sound quality was definitely good, when the player wasn't skipping. According to the package, the… Read more ›
This makes skipping virtually impossible. The sound is very good and there are several different equalizers to choose from. The only downsides to the product is the… Read more ›
although you can't search for songs my letters…the sound quality is great and also you can search through the complete directory and chose which song you want to listen to. Read more ›
I always put my CD player in my pocket on the go, but this player will…That is what is preventing me from buying this, and this is also why I think the price is so low. T… Read more ›
Note that the technical specs listed are incorrect when they say the unit does not have resume, it does with the firmware upgrade. Great value. Read more ›
-the display is so small, you can only see the words…The FM receiver wasn't worth it to me and the shock protection has been plenty so I think this model is the best value. Read more ›
One other great feature is that it is back lit, with a great indigo light to see. THis is an awsome product, that looks great, and is a reasonable price. I bought one… Read more ›
Pros: Very good price, features & sound quality. Cons: Headphones are kind of weak..but you can easily upgrade those. Read more ›
What others say (about the RioVolt being the best right now) rings true. It's a good product, reasonably priced with better features than pricier models like the Expanium. T… Read more ›
The player reads both MP3 formats and also WMA (Windows Media Format). Controls are easy to use and you will learn what does what very quickly. It has a built in +10 song… Read more ›
The unit is about as small as it could possibly be, the rubber pads on the bottom keep it from sliding either at home or at the gym, the controls are easy to navigate, and… Read more ›
The RIOVOLT was my second choice and from the moment that I open the package and started to use the player it has performed flawlessly. The controls are easy to use. It… Read more ›
Granted I take great care when creating my MP3's but the sound is excellent, though I…The remote control works well, though it does not have the navigation button. Last… Read more ›
I dunno if theirs is defective, or if mine is defective to make it better or what, but there is NO background noise. The 5 equalizer settings are nice too. *Upgradable… Read more ›
The battery life lasts for a very long time and the sound quality is excellent. The screen is easy to read and the controls are easy to use. The unit has been far more… Read more ›
It does everything it should although the volume is weak (hard to hear in NYC subway) and batteries run out fast. Read more ›
It worked wonderfully for…The earbuds provided put out great, loud sound, although the volume meant nothing, since outside noise always seeped in around the tiny phones. Read more ›
The split LineOut/Headphone jack kills a lot of the signal. I can't even hear the thing at full volume when i walk over the interstate. Not to mention the thing is really… Read more ›
At first, I was dissapointed by how low the sound was maxed out at level-20 until I realized that the headphones is supposed to be plugged into the top section of the… Read more ›
When I set the EQ and then turn the volume up past 30, the EQ effect disappears, so that at 40 (full volume), there is no EQ at all;…The EQ sounds good from volume 1-29. Read more ›
Also unlike some MP3CD players, the Rio Volt allows CD-R or…The accompaning remote control is very useful, and the headphones and system produce rich, loud, clear sound. Read more ›
First of all its design is perfect. It is a bit bigger than a cd. Read more ›
Not only does it match, but it's also wonderfully designed and conveniently plugs into the headphone jack, where a few feet later you can plug in your headphones to the end… Read more ›
Its abilty to play WMA is what…The remote is not particularly the best designed piece of kit in the world and there is a bit of crackle sometimes which also puts me off it. Read more ›
The graphic designer that thought that one up should be fired. Otherwise a perfectly designed little toy. I love it. Read more ›
The Rio also has a neat "remote", a tiny navigation device for track, volume, and equalizer, which makes…Rio has a neat design; slim and light and it is very maneuverable. Read more ›
The…In short, if you are looking for a definitive MP3 player with plenty of options, a cool looking design, and plenty of storage, then the RioVolt is a good choice. Read more ›
But in general, the sound is very good quality, bass is excellent, the headphones are surprisingly good for 'Supplied with goods' standards, the OSD is extremely simple to… Read more ›
The sound quality comparing the two was a definite downgrade. Bass was definitely lacking, and this includes using regular store bought CDs, not just MP3s. I compared the 2… Read more ›
Yes, the ear buds are [POOR]. The Koss KSC50 Sportclips are an good substitute. The sound quality is excellent and user defined playback options are plentiful. Read more ›
The sound quality is great, the bass options really make a difference, and even the headphones included in the box are very good quality (which is unusual for bundled… Read more ›
+10 (Skips ahead 10 cuts), Mode (a full array of repeat commands, and a couple of nice shuffle features), and EQ (equalizer - your choice of normal, rock, jazz, classical… Read more ›
10-15 hours on 2 AA batteries, good bass, takes directories - even complex directory structures from your external hard disk horde, handles at least 150MP3s (some players… Read more ›
Don't get scared about the price, I assure you, it worth it. Great sound, setup external speakers with subwoffer and you get yourself a party. Great anti-shock system, and… Read more ›
* 8-15 hours of battery time is not bad for an MP3 player. * The firmware upgrade was easy to install and use, although it did cost me a CD. Who cares with all the… Read more ›
The sound was atrocious. Distorted lows, tinny highs, essentially every limitation that a compressed music file can show came out of these headphones. Read more ›
I purchased the Rio Volt a few days ago, it is amazing. It holds hours of skip free music in a compact size while still mantaining high sound quality. The software that… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Jason N. Mical on May 22, 2001
I recently had a chance to test-drive two different MP3-CD players, the RioVolt and the Philips Expanium, and in the end, the RioVolt came out the clear winner.
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!
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Lieberman on February 25, 2001
The first MP3 CD players were picky about what discs they would play and lacked any features beyond bare-bones playback. But these products have matured quickly, and after seeing Sonicblue's Rio Volt, we're ready to say that MP3 CD players have arrived. Aside from an awkward carrying case, we were hard-pressed to find anything wrong with this player. Best of breed To put this device through its paces, we burned a number of test CDs, which included MP3s and WMA files with a wide range of bit rates. We used CD-Rs, CD-RWs, discs with everything in one root directory, discs with songs organized in folders, and a number of different burning preferences within the included Easy CD Creator Standard 4 (for PC) and SoundJam (for Macintosh) software packages. Much to our surprise, the Rio Volt handled every disc that we threw at it with aplomb. It's also only the second MP3 CD player we've seen that reads ID3 tags (the Pine Technology D'music SM-200C being the first). Without ID3 tags, you have to plod through 150 songs on each CD using only track numbers as a guide, so we consider them a necessity. It's also the only such player to play WMA files as well as MP3s and audio CDs. But there were many other reasons to be impressed by this newcomer. The +10 button, which lets you jump ahead ten songs, makes navigating more than a hundred songs much easier. You can also group your songs in folders, since the Volt lets you navigate within directories, unlike the other players that we've seen. A Shuffle mode lets you skip around between all the songs on the CD-R, while the A-B mode is useful for looping any section of audio.Read more ›
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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2001
There are already too many good reviews about this product. I don't want to be offensive, but my feeling is some of the enthusiastic reviews must be from Sonicblue insiders. Otherwise, many of them should have already pointed out those shortcomings I am gonna tell you.
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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