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Rio Chiba

Rio Chiba
alaScore 78

129 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 129 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the battery and portability are generally positive. The value for money and sound are also mentioned favorably.

usability, sound, value for money, portability, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Rio Chiba is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 129 reviews)

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Rio Chiba


Secure Digital expansion slot ; Great user interface ; Included FM tuner and stopwatch

Slightly bulky

Expert review by:

Rio Chiba Review


Rio is really rolling these days. The Karma and Nitrus have both done well for the company and the 2004 line shown at CES was damn impressive. (Of cou...

Consumer review by:

Rio Chiba


Save your money for something a little more worth your while. No sense in throwing away $50+ when you could invest $100+ and get something you really enjoy and is more versatile.

Small in size and can handle at least a 1GB SD Card in addition to it's standard internal memory. Software is user friendly and pretty much the simplest way to upload songs onto the player

After about a year or so of use it just crashed on me. Went to the RIO site to download a problem they addressed as common, but it didn't work


Consumer review by:

Rio Chiba


its okit has no shuffle and no way to organize songs exept playlists,but its cheap and durable and stuffbut its good so get itespecially if u r cheap (haha)

cheap, durable cool looking easy 2 use sd card compatable

no shuffle, or sort song small memory

Consumer review by:

Rio Chiba


I used to own a 64MB Samsung Yepp, but sold it since it didn't get along well with my Mac. Now that I have a Dell, I decided to pick up another mp3 player. I had 4 finalists: Rio Chiba 256MB, Rio Cali 256MB, Creative Labs Nomad Zen 30GB, and a new...

compact size, sporty look, easy-to-navigate menus, decent screen size

included earbuds couldn't produce enough volume for me, carrying case with clip is only remotely useful, USB 1 is slower than current USB 2 standard, FM tuner only picks up very strong signal

Consumer review by:

Rio Chiba


I'm very particular for my MP3 player, and this one fits the bill. I have multiple needs for my MP3 Player. I use it for workouts, so it needs a belt clip (I think armbands are a real pain, they are uncomfortable, itchy, and just soak up the sweat,...

Solid Belt Clip, super easy menu system, Excellent, BIG LCD display, handy shape, standard mini-usb connection (i.e. no proprietary cord to buy if lost, and may be compatible with other USB devices

All minor: No "scan" for Fast foward mode. Belt clip not permanent, blocks USB port. No protection for USB port without belt clip on. No "delete" directly from MP3 Player. Not much else

Consumer review by:

Rio Chiba


First unit I've seen to work with all stores, including iTunes. Contrary to the "specs" for this unit, it works with both Mac and PC. I have PC, so haven't tested it with Mac - but according to site it works. Also, it's cool you can add MMC and SD...

small, compact, easy-to-use, expandable

cheap plastic feel

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Amazon review summary for Rio Chiba


alaTest has collected and analyzed 99 user reviews of Rio Chiba from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players on

sound, usability, value for money, battery, portability

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Rio Chiba 256 MB MP3 PlayerRio Chiba 128 MB MP3 PlayerRIO Chiba 256MB Digital Audio Player

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Review: Rio Chiba 256MB MP3 Player


Expert review by:

Rio Chiba (256MB)


Design The shape of the Chiba and the Cali is hard to describe. Each player resembles a fancy stopwatch (and yes, that sports feature is built into them). They're both insubstantial enough...

Lightweight and compact; SD expansion slot; FM radio; stopwatch; robust software; playlist support; strong battery life

Doesn't feel supersturdy

This compact MP3 player may be marketed as streetwear, but it'll suit joggers and gym goers, too.


Product Specifications

Sophisticated inside and out, the mellow Chiba 128 brings over 60 songs in style. The tight, original design houses a full set of features like an FM tuner, a big, backlit LCD and a 5-Band Adjustable Equalizer. Rubberized grip and simple controls keep your playback fumble-free. Add a memory card to the expansion slot for another 512MB of smooth listening pleasure.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Headphones Form Factor:Ear-bud

Audio System

Digital Player Functions:Radio
Digital Player Type:Flash based
Functions (KB):Digital player / Radio
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:Digital player / radio


Run Time (Up To):18hour(s)

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3 / WMA

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer Band Qty:5 bands
Equalizer Type:Digital graphic

Flash Memory

Installed Size:128MB/256MB


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Manufacturer:Digital Networks North America/SONICblue
Model:128/256/Chiba 128/Chiba 256
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Rio/Rio Chiba

MD System

Type: None


Color:Black/Black on white


Preset Station Qty:8
Tuner Bands:FM
Tuner Type:Digital

Remote Control

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:90 days warranty