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Small and perfectly formed
Diamond Rio 500
Member Name: aminfilou
Diamond Rio 500
Date: 18/02/01, updated on 18/02/01 (19 review reads)
Advantages: Size, sound quality, controls, ease of use
My brother boasted to me that his new Mini Disc player was the Bee's Knees. "Look how small it is" he said. How jealous he was when I bought this little beauty.
The Rio player is very compact and light and easily fits in a pocket. In contrast the buttons and screen are nice and big so it becomes very easy to use. The screen and menu selection in particular are excellent, and the back-lit display reall is clear and very impressive.
I was slightly concerned that it used an AA battery and was not rechargeable like MD players and the like, but this is not a problem. The battery life is very good: up to 10 hours with one small AA battery. The Rio has a good amount of storage space; 64 MB with room for 32 more. This is sufficient to store up to 2 hours of music; enough for most casual listeners.
As you would hope the sound quality is excellent, only slightlyl et down by the mediocre headphones supplied which vibrate at a certain volume. Perhaps most impressive of all is the speed of transfer from PC to player. The software provided is excellent, and along with the USB connection 2 hours of music can be downloaded in a matter of seconds.
The Rio player is undoubtedly a great piece of equipment, and at around £100 these days it is a true bargain. I wholeheartedly recommend this to you.