Diamond Rio 600 User ReviewsPC
As a follow up to my previous review I can now let people know that it is possible to downgrade the firmware on the Rio 600 from 1.56 down to 1.15 from within iTunes to ceate the single 64MB storage device from the 32MB + 32MB memory components.
Excellent sound quality when used with good earphones. Upgrades and support welcome. Excellent display and onboard software. Fully iTunes compatible.The bad:
Ver slight background buzz after switch on (but not noticed during playback).Summary:
I recently obtained the Rio600+32MB backpack at an absolute steal of a price (£25, ~$37) on sale at the 'Scottish Power' closing down sale. The Rio itself came with version 1.07 firmware. I plugged the Rio into my iMac via the USB lead and it was immediately recognised by iTunes in Mac OS 9.2.1 or Mac OS X 10.0.4 as an external device without any software installation. I connected the backpack and upgraded the firmware to version 1.15. The Rio600 showed up as a single device with 64MB memory (seen as one 64MB internal and 0MB external memory) but the installed demo tunes were wiped (not a g...
I have no gripes about the player at all. I've had mine 6 mos and love it!The bad:
Upgrading the memory is incredibly expensive and bulky! The 32mb "backpack" (which does include rechargeable battery) runs about $79.00, with the 64mb @ $119.00.Summary:
I love this player except for the backpack situation. If this unit used flash/smart/mmc etc. I would say it is the best buy around. I still think it's great, but be ready to pay some big bucks if you want an extensive music library with you and have some place to store the goofy backpack (be careful-the prongs on the battery hook-up bend easily causing the unit to not work!).
It plays musicThe bad:
The product is just poor compaired to mindiscSummary:
OK....This product was advertised glamourously (how it should be) but I feel as if I have fell into this trap. I got to emphasise that the soft layer of smoothing over the Rio600 is blatantly taky! I have used it day on day out but the thin back material layer just flakes off, I am very dissappionted with this. Also the software, I dished out £150 + postage fees to receive this product and to find that you have to register RioSoftware for $20 (about £12-15) this just made the product a ripoff for people who dunno much about GOOD mp3 players. So I say GET SONY MINIDISC!!!! A WHOLE LOT BETTER...
great sound, when it works!The bad:
poorly made, bad quality, bot durable, brakes easily wears and chips through regular useSummary:
I bought a rio 600 and was extremeley happy with it for the first week or so, i mean who wouldn't be? it had great innovative features such as customisable eq settings and a phat blue back light. I was also very pleased with the fact that it supported WMA format as i feel this to producr much better quality sound then mp3 does, it also enabled me to fit a whole album (instead of just 30 minutes which mp3 allows) of music on to just 32mb of memory. On the surface the Rio 600 appeared to me to be the obvious choice, but the problems occured when a fualt devoloped in the player and the sound ...
The good stuff about the Rio600 is the Outstanding LCD display. I also like the unique shape of the Rio600, with it's special curve for the hand. Another thing that impressed me is how you can change the skins on the Rio600 for your comfort of design.The bad:
The bad stuff is probably the memory it holds, 32mb.
Now the Rio500 holds 64mb.
But then again you can add more memory to the Rio600, like the Rio500.
Overall I think it's a great Mp3 player. I give it a 4 out of 5 because of the memory it holds, but on all other qualities of it its a great mp3 player. Het I am getting on this Christmas, it sounds great!