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SONICblue Rio Carbon

SONICblue Rio Carbon
alaScore 82

927 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 927 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the battery and value for money are on the whole positive. The design and sound also get good feedback, but there are some mixed views about the build quality.

usability, sound, design, value for money, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the SONICblue Rio Carbon is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for SONICblue Rio Carbon


alaTest has collected and analysed 120 user reviews of SONICblue Rio Carbon from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 & Media Players on

usability, sound, design, battery, value for money

88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Rio Carbon 5Gb MP3 HDD Player SilverDNNA Rio Carbon 5Gb MP3 HDD Player - White

Consumer review by: review summary for SONICblue Rio Carbon


alaTest has collected and analyzed 566 user reviews of SONICblue Rio Carbon from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on

usability, sound, value for money, design, portability

build quality

67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Rio Carbon 5 GB MP3 PlayerRemanufactured Rio Carbon 5GB MP3 PlayerRio Carbon Pearl 6 GB MP3 Player

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Rio Carbon Pearl


Player Type: Hard Disk MP3 Player, Radio: No, Recording, Voice: Yes, Recording, Line In: Yes, Capacity: 5120 MB, Au...

Great sonic performance, slender styling, pleasing ergonomics. Charges from USB.

Minor menu-navigation irritations.

The Rio Carbon Pearl is a music player that looks as good as it sounds, with excellent audio performance and slim design.


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Rio Carbon


Among 5GB players, Rio's unit is no carbon copy.

Impressive 5GB player looks great and works even better.

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Rio Carbon


This slim and light 5GB player is a good iPod mini alternative.

Extremely thin and light Stylish design• Good hardware interface• Great battery life

Poorly-designed slipcover No lock switch• Problems with some headphones

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Rio Carbon


Music player pioneer Rio Audio has introduced its first small hard drive player, the Rio Carbon, a 5GB player that's smaller and sleeker than the trend-setting 4GB Apple iPod mini. The Carbon is a treat for the eyes, ears, and hands, blending smooth...

Sleek 5GB player with great sound and ergonomics. Supports Audible audio books and includes extras such as a stopwatch and voice recorder. Exceptional battery life

Static sound with some headphones. Won?t play WMA lossless format. Carrying case protects well but covers controls; no belt clip. Minor menu navigation irritations

The Rio Carbon is a worthy competitor to the iPod mini, with a gigabyte more storage, great style, excellent sound, and extras such as voice recording and a built-in stopwatch. It charges via USB and doesn't need a driver or dedicated software.

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Rio Carbon (5GB, Silver)


The Carbon is the first player on the market to utilize Seagate's new 5GB mini hard drive, which means the Rio packs one more gigabyte (which translates to about 250 more songs) than the iPod Mini but manages to pack everything into a body that's...

Small, slim, and sleek; excellent battery life; strong sound quality; solid value; nimble navigation; Janus-compatible.

No FM tuner; no physical Hold switch; no on-the-fly playlists; weak carrying case.

The Carbon largely lives up to the hype. This mini hard drive player has a great design, an excellent interface, and Energizer-like battery life.

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Taking a look at the Rio Carbon


Yeah, PC World has a review of it too, but what we're really digging is AV Watch's take on the new 5GB Rio Carbon that shows it side-by-side with Creative's 4GB Nomad MuVo² (the one on the left) and the iPod mini (the one on the right if this is your...

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An in-depth look at the best alternative to iPod Mini


Posted 09-18-2004 (pics 1) Introduction Rio's newest toy is the Carbon, a 5gb mini-player like the iPod Mini. It doesn't have the advanced features that Rio developed for Karma (1), capacity is limited, and at $250 you can get a full-featured player - lik

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Rio Carbon 5 GB


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Rio Carbon mp3 player - First Look review


Pocket lint was lucky to get an exclusive look at the new MP3 player that is poised to become the next iPod mini challenger. Based on the chassis of the Rio Nitrus the Carbon is small and nimble. Gone is the annoying joystick that we complained...

Small, 20 per cent more storage than iPod mini

it doesn't carry the kudos of the Apple brand

This is a great player and certianly a strong alternative to the iPod mini

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Rio Carbon


Product Specifications

The Rio Carbon 5GB is the next generation compact player with power and performance. Rio Carbon 5GB is perfect for the music lover with a few hundred CDs or someone starting out their digital audio collection who wants room to grow. The ultra slim design goes anywhere, and its superb battery life of up to 20 hours continues long after mini-powered players have died. With it's built-in voice memo recorder you can quickly capture your thoughts and organize your ideas. And like all Rio players, the Rio Carbon uses simple menus and intuitive controls for easy one-handed operation. In the box with your Carbon is a USB cable for downloading music as well as battery charging from your computer. Also included is an AC power adapter and carrying case.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Headphones Form Factor:Ear-bud

Audio System

Digital Player Functions:Voice recorder
Digital Player Type:Hard drive based
Functions (KB):Digital player / Digital voice recorder
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:Digital player


Run Time (Up To):20hour(s)

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:Audible / MP3 / WMA

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



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


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Manufacturer:Digital Networks North America
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Rio Carbon

MD System

Type: None



Remote Control

Type: None