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SONICblue Rio 500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 788 reviews of SONICblue Rio 500. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Views about the price and sound are overall positive. The performance and portability also get good feedback, but there are some negative views about the storage and reliability.

usability, portability, performance, sound, price

reliability, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the SONICblue Rio 500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 69/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for SONICblue Rio 500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 786 user reviews of SONICblue Rio 500 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on People really like the price and sound. The performance and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas the storage and reliability get negative opinions.

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reliability, storage

82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Rio 500 64 MB USB MP3 Player (Gray)Rio 500 64 MB USB MP3 Player (Gray)

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : M. Wiley (

Rio 500 Review


The Diamond Rio 300 was the first MP3 player to really achieve mainstream attention. It was not actually the first player, but it m...

Oct, 2001

Product Specifications

The latest Rio 500 is the hulk of MP3 players. The Rio 500 is the beefed up version of its predecessor, Rio PMP 300, delivering twice the amount of RAM, Mac and PC support and numerous other capabilities you asked for! 64MB RAM pre-installed in the Rio 500 means two hours of playback of your favorite digital quality jams or up to 32 hours of spoken content! Rio features integrated Rio Audio Manager software for digital music management that lets you search, locate, create and playback your music in one application and also gives you direct access to, the premier site for MP3 music, and other sites through an integrated Web browser. You can even convert your personal CD collection into MP3 files to store on your PC and transfer to your Rio 500.The Rio 500 is also the first MP3 player to ensure spoken audio playback. Listen to your favorite novels, learn a new language, hear news stories and lectures! The Rio 500 offers a set of features specifically designed for voice audio use including a bookmark control that lets you stop playback and resume later exactly where you left off.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Headphones Form Factor:Over-the-ear

Audio System

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


Run Time (Up To):13hour(s)

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:ADPCM / MP3

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Equalizer Type:Digital graphic

Flash Memory

Installed Size:64MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Rio

MD System

Type: None



Remote Control

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty