Rio Karma 20GB - digital music player was £149.99 now £99.99 Delivered - dont forget your Quidco - HotUKDeals
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The Karma's many features and small size set a new standard for high-capacity players. Its 20GB drive can carry over 10, 000 songs. Powerful tools include Cross-Fader, 5-Band Parametric Equaliser, Ogg Vorbis and FLAC support, and a huge, backlit display capable of visualisations, animated menus, and 16 shades of gray. USB 2.0 provides fast transfers while the included docking station also adds drop-in charging, RCA Line-Out, and an Ethernet port for networking. Simple menus and intuitive controls make it easy to pick up and use. Helpful functions like Auto-synchronisation with Rio Music Manager, Rio DJ, and dynamic playlist generation make the Karma as effortless as you want it to be.

Doing a froogle search the only other one I can find is £189. I do not know if these are good it just seemed to be a good price
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#1
Cracking little player, but now outdated. Incredibly hard to find reasonably priced accessories for it.

I flogged mine and bought a Sony NW-HD3 instead, then realised that it was just as hard to get stuff for that. Now I own a 5G iPod and a iPod Nano, which is great for my running with the Nike + sport kit.
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Fantastic MP3 player and good price but you are right gazbert they are a little outdated now. However, as far as sound quality goes you still can not get much better than a Rio Karma. The built in Rio DJ is awesome! Shame it's so big and bulky, but still a top bit of kit!
#3
We have one and its first class.

I seen a few weeks back one went for £40 on Ebay and it was broken, so there must be value in the parts.
#4
plays gapless mp3 properly :thumbsup:
#5
Be careful - a lot of owners report that they breakdpwn/poor build quality.

Shame as i m in the market for a 20 GB player
#6
Don't suppose anyone know if it supports embedded cue files?
#7
i have one of these but i cannot really reccomend it, purely based on very poor driver support (no longer supported)
it does however have the best sound i have heard out of a mp3 player.
the hard drive is prone to failure bt can be upgraded to 60g via fleabay
but its the battery that causes the problems after a couple of years.
on the plus side it also doubles up as a 20g storage drive
definate tale of two halves...
#8
Best MP3 player I EVER had ... until the hard drive went on it (sadly this is a common fault hence the reason Rio discontinued them)

Best bit was the autocross fade that meant you could plug it into your stereo system for non-stop music at parties

Tempted to buy another one but can't really justify it :(
#9
This still looks the part

http://www.mp3playersreview.com/img/rio/karma.jpg

Thanks for the pointer and feedback all :)
#10
To answer the opening posters question -- I paid £111 for mine a few years back .... so £90 is fairly reasonable ... If I could get one for £50 then I would buy it again!!!
#11
I've had one for three years, dropped it numerous times without a problem. Bought a reconditioned one from [i think] Misco around a year ago for £150 as I thought my old one was broken, it's still going strong though and the reconditioned is still in its box.

I still think it's the best purely mp3/wma/ogg player on the market - who cares if it doesn't have a colour screen/photo gallery/games option, that's not what I've bought it for.

Admittedly it would have been even better smaller.

If you're after something to jog/work out with then stay away form ANY hard drive player, you need a flash player like the nano that has no moving parts inside.

With regard accessories it really does depend what you want. Aside from a case for it (which a Rio Karma owner manufactured) i've never felt anything was lacking. The docking station allows connection to a stereo system via RCA or ethernet. I have an aux cable on my in-car cd player to play it through there.

For £100 i'd be tempted to buy another one - especially if they're brand new from BT - if I didn't already have the recon one sitting in its box!
#12
Surely for about 100 quid - you would be better off buying an archos gmini xs202s?

Better made - smaller - better looking - better reviews - and still supported by the manufacturer.
#13
Do the xs202's support OGG/FLAC and gapless playback? That's a big selling point for a lot of people and I wish all players had those features. :(

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