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Sonicblue Rio Cali

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1182 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. People are impressed by the price and durability. The sound and portability also get good feedback, whereas there are mixed opinions on the storage and reliability.

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 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( 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 Reviewers are impressed by the performance and design. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed reviews about 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

Jan, 2017

Consumer review by: ( 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 also get good comments. There are some mixed views about the design and reliability.

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

Jan, 2017

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:


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 by: marcello (

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 by: (

It's not worth the money


It downloads quickly

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

Aug, 2005

Consumer review by: none (

It stinks

Aug, 2005

Consumer review by: HCI3 (

The MP3 player for runners and kids

Aug, 2005

Consumer review by: wpf (

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 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


AirPlay: No
Built-In Microphone: No
Built-In Radio:No / Yes
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
Direct Radio Recording: No
Radio Function: Yes
Real Dolby: No
Remote Control: No
Subwoofer: No


Android Docking: No
Apple Docking: No
Bluetooth: No
Docking System: No
Signal Input:Analogue
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3 / WMA

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Display Technology:TFT Display
Touchscreen: No

Energy Information

Battery Powered: Yes


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

Flash Memory

Installed Size:128MB/256MB

General Features

Construction:Multi-Part Speaker Set
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Operating System:Proprietary
Product Type:Audio Player
Signal Connection:Wired
Speaker Type:Active
Storage Medium:Built-In Memory / Memory Card
Type:Audio Player
Video Playback: No


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

Playback / Recording

DivX Playback: No
H.264 Playback: No
MP3 Playback: Yes
MPEG 4 Playback: No
MPEG2 Playback: No
MPEG4 Playback: No
WMA Playback: Yes


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

Remote Control

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:90 days warranty