Diamond Multimedia Rio MP3 Player (PMP30)
Warning! My Rio's battery case broke so I was right about the
case being junk. I was listening to the rio and the battery fell out.
When I looked at it, the very small clip had broken off.
New: I've now got a PMP300 Special Edition which comes with 64 Meg and I've got
two 32 m memory cards so I can carry around 96 mb of music now.
More Warnings! The credit card processing system at Diamond is broke and
they will double and triple charge you. Be careful. I'll report how long it
takes them to fix things when they do get it fixed.
Some of the songs I play on my Rio are on my Melbourne Music Page
Great toy but not ready for prime time.
It's a nice toy and I like it but this unit is ready for the real world.
While the sound is exceptional compared to other forms of portable music,
this product is missing a quite a few very important details. Perhaps their
next product can fix some of the problems.
Sound is quite good.
The only his I can hear is from tracks that have some hiss on them.
I've been using Audio Catalyst from xing
to copy discs to disk and then transferring them
using a Rio driver for Linux from Snowbird
Alliance. I'm using the supplied headphones (earpiece style). There
are pops and clicks when it turns on but that's almost expected (but could
be fixed by better power supply filtering).
The case isn't ready for prime time abuse.
Diamomd's order processing system is very poor (buy from any other dealer)
already scratched up.
it feels "cheap"
its made of very thin plastic
its way too big (considering what's inside it)
It eats batteries way too fast when off.
Had to call then several times
Cancel my order because their web page was buggy
Never sent email about what was going on with the order
The display is poor.
The thing is always "on" and can't be turned off.
The user interface is poor. Its a copy of a CD player
the "upload" indicator is too small to
can't display track name
It uses a generic display that was made for some mobile phone
The volume has 20 steps and needs more
The A-B button (repeat a small section of song) is worthless because of
the pause between the repeats
The menu button doesn't do anything when its playing
the intro button messes up other features
The EQ button breaks up the sound.
In a quiet room I tend to listen to the rio on volume setting 4 or
5 but I would like a setting about 1/2 in between. Twenty steps on
an audio product is quite pathetic. The volume level should allow
for slight increases, so slight that they are bearly audiable. If
the volume level increases a great deal between steps, then there aren't
it can't transfer while playing
I can't listen the the Rio while downloading music. Its bad enough
that I can't hear my CD player while its converting to MP3 so I can't even
hear music while I'm transfering music.
No WinNT or Linux drivers
Like most products they took the easy way out and only produced drivers
for the most popular OS. They left out the second and third
place OS's and failed to proviide Linux or Windows NT drivers. Everyone
I know that will buy a Rio has Linux. I can't say that about any
Protocol isn't documented
So what is Diamond tring to hide? It isn't rocket science to
decode packets and document them (as has been done with every thing else).
It just makes sure that third party software will make the rio look buggy
when it gets upgraded.
Can't upgrade its firmware via flash
Every device with firmware these days should have flash upgrade.
Its not like the devices is low on memory. Upload a new image and
reprogram the unit for new features. Its not that hard is it?
Price. US$200. That's AUS$300
Not enough memory. They are about to produce a "special" one with twice as much flash ram for US$250
MP3 players will be under US$100 by Christmas.