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SONICblue Rio Forge

alaTest has collected and analyzed 629 reviews of SONICblue Rio Forge. The average rating for this product is 2.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and durability. The sound and price are also appreciated, whereas the connectivity and reliability get less positive opinions.

usability, price, sound, durability, portability

reliability, connectivity

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 77/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for SONICblue Rio Forge


alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of SONICblue Rio Forge from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 Players on Comments about the size and performance are generally positive. The portability and usability also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the reliability and battery.

sound, usability, portability, performance, size

battery, reliability

81% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: DNNA Rio Forge Sport 512Mb MP3 Player - BlueDNNA Rio Forge Sport 512Mb MP3 Player - Blue

May, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for SONICblue Rio Forge


alaTest has collected and analyzed 485 user reviews of SONICblue Rio Forge from The average user rating for this product is 2.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Views about the design and sound are overall positive. The durability and price also get good feedback, whereas many are negative about the reliability.

usability, price, durability, sound, design


47% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Rio Forge 512 MB Sport MP3 PlayerRio Forge 512 MB Sport MP3 Player

May, 2018

Expert review by : Bill Machrone (

Rio Forge Sport


The Rio Forge Sport is a small, light 256MB flash player with good sound, sport earpieces, and a big display.

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.

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May, 2005

Expert review by : Jasmine France (

Rio Forge Sport review


Forge: Rio's sleeker Sport player It seems as though every sporty MP3 player we've come across is covered in useful-but-none-too-stylish rubber. Enter Rio's newest flash player, the Forge Sport. This 256MB device (also available in other configurations...

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.

Sep, 2004

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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

Expert review by : Archer (

Rio Forge Sport MP3 Player


Rio pioneered portable digital audio in 1998 with the launch of the world's first portable MP3 player, the Rio 300. Since then, Rio has becomeone of the majorbrands in the digital audio player market with a host of award-winning products and dozens of...

I really think this player is great, it's is exactly what it says in the package a Sport Mp3 player, the fact it comes in three different sizes and is upgradeable makes all the different's to me. You can feel that Rio have designed this player really...

Dec, 2005

Consumer review (

Do NOT buy this mp3 player!!!



MAJOR firmware, software, and hardware issues

Aug, 2007

Consumer review (

an ok deal


able to hold Secure Digital (SD) Card

Never works the way you want it to

Jan, 2006

Consumer review (

ever wonder why there are so many refurbished for sale?


none to speak of

too many to list here

Oct, 2005

Consumer review (

Don't Waste Your Money


Easy to use menu

Horriblle tech support people

Sep, 2005

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no volume

Aug, 2005

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Everything...small, simple, expandable, great sound


Aug, 2005

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