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SONICblue Rio Forge

alaTest has collected and analyzed 747 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and battery. The value for money and sound are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical views about the connectivity. There are some mixed views about the reliability and build quality.

usability, sound, value for money, battery, portability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the SONICblue Rio Forge is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 747 reviews)

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Rio Forge Sport


Player Type: Flash MP3 Player, Radio: Yes, Recording, Voice: No, Recording, Line In: No, Audio Battery Life: 1200 m...

Good sound quality and very comfortable sport earpieces. Light weight. Easily readable display.

Weak FM fringe reception. Some distortion at highest volume settings. Overall output and bass could be stronger.

The Rio Forge Sport is a small, light 256MB flash player with good sound, sport earpieces, so-so FM radio, good battery life, and a big display.

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Rio Forge Sport (512MB, Blue)


With its charcoal-gray body and chromelike metal accents, the Forge is quite a spiffy-looking sports companion. But Rio doesn't completely forgo the rubberized look, keeping the rugged, grippable material around the edges of the player. At 2.5 by 2.3...

Excellent battery life; sleek design; user-friendly interface; included software is handy and easy to use; memory expandable via SD/MMC; supports Audible content and protected WMAs.

USB port cover is easy to lose; design isn't completely comfortable for one-handed controlling; slow transfer time for USB 2.0; poor FM reception.

Rio's Forge Sport makes a terrific and stylish workout companion.

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Rio Forge Review


The Rio Forge Sport is available in 128, 256 and 512MB sizes and was designed with athletes in mind. It comes with sport clip earphones, a sport case with armband, a protective rubber grip and has a stopwatch and lap timer


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"Question: Lap Timer"


In the specifications it says "Timer: Lap, Stopwatch". What' s the lap timer and how does it work?

any answers will be appreciated.

Consumer review by:

Do NOT buy this mp3 player!!!



MAJOR firmware, software, and hardware issues

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Best MP3 experience for the active lifestyle.


I had mine stolen at the gym. Was hoping it would turn up, but no such luck. I'm getting another, I love them.

Battery power lets me take it with me on kayak trips

FM reception is not the greatest

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Rio Cali - GREAT .... Rio Forge 4gb - HORRIBLE


I've had the Rio Cali for 5 years and LOVE IT. Really, this thing has taken a beating. I've stepped on it. Accidentally hit it with a hammer and too much to mention. I heard it crack when I stepped on it and thought it was dead for sure. Nope, turned...

Ease of use. GREAT feautres. POTENTIALLY the best mp3 player on the market. Comfortable to hold and navigate through music

Shutdown & reboots sporatically. Doesn't recognize 4gb memory card

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Absolute waste of money


I've had this player for two years and it has been a horrible experience the whole way through. It never actually stays on, randomly shuts off ALL THE TIME.... and it's just... horrible. Period.

Small, durable, worked for a while

Randomly shuts off

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Great player


i recieved this player as a gift and i really like it. i can use the memory from my phone (samsung A950 trans flash 256MB) with and adapter and pull it out and out it back into my phone. i have never updated firmware or anything and have not had any...

expandable memory

small play and skip buttons

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Overall not happy with the unit


I have had my Rio Forge about a year now and primarily use it at the gym. My complaint is after the unit is used for a period of time and you attach the USB cable to change the music. Rio music match does not see the memory card. The only way I have...

Sounds great, lightweight, compact

Does not recognize memory card

Product Specifications

The Rio Forge series is the latest generation of flash based sport players. The Rio Forge was designed for people that like to play hard and use music to play even harder. The new design integrates the grippy, protective rubber from previous models with a new shiny stainless steel face plate for added durability. Up to 20 hours of battery life allows you hours of non-stop work out time. Comfortable Sport Clip earphones and a newly designed case with armband keep your player and music secure and accessible. Simple menus and intuitive controls make for easy one-handed operation. Stopwatch and Lap Timer make the Rio Forge the ultimate gym or running companion.

Audio Input

Type: None

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):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: None

Dimensions & Weight



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

Flash Memory

Installed Size:128MB/256MB/512MB


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

MD System

Type: None




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

Remote Control

Type: None