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Sonicblue Rio Cali

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1183 reviews of Sonicblue Rio Cali. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Opinions about the price and durability are overall positive. The sound and portability also get good reviews, but the storage and reliability get mixed comments.

usability, portability, sound, durability, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Sonicblue Rio Cali is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sonicblue Rio Cali


alaTest has collected and analyzed 76 user reviews of Sonicblue Rio Cali from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 Players on People are impressed by the performance and design. The price and usability are also appreciated, but views are divided on the headphones.

portability, usability, price, design, performance

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

This summary is based on the products: Rio Cali 256MB (Sport) MP3 PlayerRio Cali 256MB (Sport) MP3 Player

May, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sonicblue Rio Cali


alaTest has collected and analyzed 804 user reviews of Sonicblue Rio Cali from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Reviewers really like the price and portability. The durability and sound are also mentioned favorably, whereas comments about the design and reliability are mixed.

usability, sound, durability, portability, price

69% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Rio Cali 256 MB Sport MP3 PlayerRio Cali 256 MB Sport MP3 Player

May, 2018

Expert review by : Mathew Honan (

Rio Cali


Included FM tuner, stopwatch, belt clip, and arm strap ; Secure Digital expansion slot ; Great user interface

Slightly bulky

May, 2004

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Don Labriola (

Rio Cali


We hate to rub it in, but the Rio Cali is everything that the Nike-Philips psa[128max should have been. In addition to offering about 55 percent greater battery life, the Cali adds athlete-friendly features like an FM tuner, stopwatch functions, and...

Nov, 2003

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Rio Cali review


Rio Cali

Compact and lightweight; SD expansion slot; FM radio; stopwatch; robust software; playlist support; strong battery life.

Doesn't feel supersturdy.

Rio once again delivers one of the spiffier sports-style MP3 players.

Nov, 2003

Expert review by : Sandesh M. (

Rio Cali (256MB)


The Rio Cali is a great tool for any athlete, or anyone who wants a portable music player.

Mar, 2004

Expert review by : Kat Orphanides (

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This little speaker looks daft, but it's rugged, water resistant and sounds great

Jan, 2013

Consumer review (

on the LED is displain a massege UPGRADER


I like that have a radio

only 10 days of use is not working

Aug, 2006

Consumer review (

It's not worth the money


It downloads quickly

Radio rarely works, it's always upgrading instead of playing

Aug, 2005

Consumer review (

It stinks

Aug, 2005

Consumer review (

The MP3 player for runners and kids

Aug, 2005

Consumer review (

Great for sports/walkers

Jun, 2005

Product Specifications

Wrapped in grippy, protective rubber, the Cali 256 is built to play hard. Solid-state electronics carry over 60 songs with no skips - ever. Comfortable Sport Clip earphones, case with armband, and integrated stopwatch with lap timer make the Cali a functional sport accessory. 5-Band Adjustable Equalizer gives more control over your sound than most players. Onboard FM tuner means you always have something to listen to. An empty expansion slot allows you to add up to 512MB of additional SD or MMC memory. Simple menus and intuitive controls make for easy one-handed operation.


Audio output channels:2.0
Frequency range:60 - 20000 / 90 - 20000
RMS rated power:5 / 6
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR):70

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Headphones Form Factor:Clip-on

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


Color of product:Black / Red / White
Housing material:Plastic
Volume Control:Digital

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3 / WMA

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Energy Management

Battery life (max):12
Battery performance:400
Battery recharge time:2
Battery Type:Built-In
Built-in battery: Yes
Built-in charger:No / Yes
DC input voltage:5
Power source type:Battery / USB
USB charging: Yes


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/Cali 128/Cali 256
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Rio/Rio Cali


Audio output channels:2.0
Number of Speakers:1 / 2
Recommended usage:Universal
Speaker placement:Tabletop/bookshelf

MD System

Type: None


Color:Black / Olive/Black / Yellow

Other Features

Audio output channels:2.0
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Package dimensions (WxDxH):6.89 x 7.09 x 13.2
Package length:4.33
Package type:Box
Packaging type:Box
Type:Portable speakers
USB required: Yes

Packaging Content

Cables included:AC, AUX
Handheld remote control: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes


Apple docking compatibility:iPad, iPhone, iPod / iPhone, iPod
Equalizer: No
FM radio: No
Plug and Play: Yes
Recommended usage:Universal
Remote controlled: No
Remotely operated:N
Volume Control:Digital

Ports & interfaces

AUX in: Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth range:393.7
Bluetooth version:3.0
Connectivity Technology:Wired / Wireless
DC-in jack: Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Speaker interface type:USB
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Wi-Fi: No
Wireless technologies:Wired / Wireless
Wireless Technology:Bluetooth


Battery Capacity:400
Battery life (max):12
Battery recharge time:2
Battery Type:Built-In
Built-in battery:Y
Built-in charger:N / Y
DC input voltage:5
Power source type:Battery / USB
USB charging:Y


FM radio: No
Preset Station Qty:8
Tuner Bands:FM
Tuner Type:Digital

Remote Control

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:90 days warranty

Weight & Dimensions

Package height:2.95
Package weight:17.6
Package width:8.66