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Sonicblue Rio Cali

alaTest has collected and analyzed 836 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the battery and value for money are on the whole positive. The portability and sound are also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive comments about the connectivity.

usability, sound, portability, value for money, battery


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.

Review analysis

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Rio Cali


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

Slightly bulky

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by:

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...

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Rio Cali (256MB)


The Rio Cali measures 2.5 by 2.6 by 0.8 inches. Its elliptical shape makes it look like a fancy stopwatch, a feature that happens to be built into the player. At 2.2 ounces with the battery installed, the Cali is so light that you might doubt its build...

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.


Expert review by:

Rio Cali (256MB)


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

Consumer review by:

128 MB Rio Cali MP3 Player


I Misplaced my device can someone please email me the list of sample songs to

Goof Fm Transmitter

Memory Card Slot Not So Good

Consumer review by:

256 MB Rio Cali MP3 Player


This was such a wonderful product, the joystick was easy to use with one hand while still moving (i was a rower, and erging demands good music!). It has radio, which I crave now that I dont have it. It is compatible with PC's unlike the stupid iPods...

Easy to use when running/rowing/walking and lightweight and compact. Has radio! So nice when you want to run to morning radio shows

it died after a few years :( Honestly, that's the only con

Consumer review by:

128 MB Rio Cali MP3 Player


I have had this mp3 player for quite a few years. I use it to run with and at work so it has been used for many many hours. Sounds good and I love the secure belt clip with you hardly notice at all. I have used the same rechargeable batteries with it...

Very durable, tight belt clip with makes it excellent to run with, lightweight, good battery life, has expandable sd slot for more memory

I have not found any

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on the LED is displain a massege UPGRADER


I like that have a radio

only 10 days of use is not working

Consumer review by:

256 MB Rio Cali MP3 Player


Had this MP3 Player for well over a year and use it for jogging. Works as good today as it did the first day I bought it, even ran in serious rain storms with it. expandable memory so I have several little cards with different collections on them and...

expandable memory slot and basic functions- great for all you runners

sometimes skips when jogging on seriously rough terrain

Consumer review by:

256 MB Rio Cali MP3 Player


Holds Music

Worst Design, they don't make a different type of arm band to even offer options. Customer Service is bad as well

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 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

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

MD System

Type: None


Color:Black / Olive/Black / Yellow


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

Remote Control

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:90 days warranty