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RioVolt SP65 User’s Guide
Welcome
Thanks for your purchase of the RioVolt SP65. The SP65 is a portable CD player that plays FM radio, MP3
CDs, and regular Red Book audio CDs. The SP65 includes earphones, two AA-size 1.5 volt alkaline
batteries, a lighted LCD display, and provides Electronic Shock Protection (ESP) to guard against skipping
during playback—up to 40 seconds of ESP for Red Book audio CDs and 120 seconds of ESP for MP3 CDs.
Contents
Navigating the User’s Guide / Using Acrobat
Tour of the RioVolt
Getting Started
Playing Music
Advanced Features
Glossary of Digital Audio Terms
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Troubleshooting
Warranty Information
Regulatory Information
Customer Care
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To learn more:
• Refer to the Quick Start poster for the basics on how to set up and start using your RioVolt.
• Visit the SONICblue Web site at www.sonicblue.com.
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Navigating the User’s Guide
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Important: It is recommended that you use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or higher to
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Legal Notices
© 2003 SONICblue Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.
SONICblue Incorporated shall not be liable for any errors contained herein or for any damages arising out of or related to this
document or the information contained herein, even if SONICblue has been advised of the possibility of such damages.
This document is intended for informational and instructional purposes only. SONICblue reserves the right to make changes in
the specifications and other information contained in this document without prior notification. SONICblue disclaims any obligation
to update the information contained herein.
Rio® is a registered trademark of SONICblue Incorporated. SONICblue and RioVolt are trademarks of SONICblue Incorporated.
All other product names may be trademarks of the companies with which they are associated.
SP65 P/N 41000837-001
Important Safety Information
WARNING
TO REDUCE THE CHANCE OF SHOCK OR INJURY, DO NOT USE or OPERATE THIS DEVICE IN OR NEAR
WATER OR WET LOCATIONS.
CAUTION
RISK OF EXPLOSION, DAMAGE OR BATTERY LEAKAGE IS POSSIBLE IF BATTERY IS REPLACED
INCORRECTLY OR BY AN INCORRECT TYPE. NEVER ATTEMPT TO CHARGE A NON-RECHARGEABLE
ALKALINE BATTERY. DISPOSE OF USED BATTERIES ACCORDING TO INSTRUCTIONS OR LOCAL LAWS.
Use of headphones while operating a vehicle is not recommended and is unlawful in some states and areas.
Be careful and attentive while driving. Stop operation of the player if you find it disruptive or distracting
while operating any type of equipment.
Listening to music at full power over extended periods of time can be damaging to the hearing of the user.
Class 1 Laser
Invisible laser radiation when open and interlocks defeated, avoid exposure to beam.
Tour of the RioVolt
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Tour of the RioVolt
Display (LCD)
MODE
Press to set
Playback,
Equalizer, Search,
and ESP options
Press and hold to
enter FM Radio
Mode
VOLUME + and Press to adjust
volume level
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SKIP PREVIOUS
Press to skip to the previous track
Press and hold for fast backward
LOCK/UNLOCK
Disable or enable key lock to prevent accidental
operation
PLAY/PAUSE
Press to play or pause playback
Press and hold to turn on player
SKIP NEXT
Press to skip to the next track
Press and hold for fast forward
STOP
Press to stop playback
Press and hold to turn off player
Battery Compartment
Cover
Slide out and lift up
Insert 2 AA-size alkaline
batteries in compartment
LCD
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Tour of the RioVolt (continued)
Front
EARPHONE
Connects to
earphones, and
headphones
OPEN
Opens the player’s
front cover
LINE OUT
Connects to external
audio system (cable
not included)
Right Side
DC IN
Connects to optional
power adapter to
save battery life
LCD
CD Type
(Audio or
MP3)
Power Indicator
Play/Pause
Indicator
Album/
Track Title
Album Number
Track Time
Track Number
LCD
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LCD (continued)
Advanced
Features
Playback Option
Equalizer Option
FM Menu
Mode Option
Preset
Station
Programmable
Playback
Mode
Indicator
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Electronic Shock
Protection
Indicator
(Audio CD Only)
Current
Frequency
Album Number
Track Number
Preset Track
Stereo
Indicator
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Getting Started
Unpack
Make sure your player includes the following
accessories:
• Two AA 1.5 volt alkaline batteries
• Earphones
• Quick Start poster
Insert Batteries
1 Slide open the battery compartment cover on the
back of the RioVolt.
2 Insert the two supplied batteries. Ensure the
batteries are inserted properly by matching the
+ and - symbols on the battery with the symbols
on the RioVolt.
3 Replace the battery compartment cover.
Connect Earphones
Connect the supplied earphones to the
EARPHONE port on the side of the player.
Tip: You can also use the LINE OUT jack to
connect the player to an external audio
system (cable not included) or optional car
kit (not included).
Playing Music
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Playing Music
Insert Disc
1 Slide the OPEN button to release the latch, and
open the CD cover.
2 Remove the cardboard insert.
3 Insert an Audio CD or MP3 CD into the player,
label side up.
4 Close the CD cover.
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Note: The RioVolt can play CDs with the
following logos:
Play Disc
1 Press the PLAY/PAUSE button to turn on the
player and begin playback.
Note: There will be a short delay while the
player loads your music tracks and track
information.
2 Press STOP
to stop playback. Press and hold
STOP to turn off the player.
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Advanced Features
Available advanced features include:
Playback
Equalizer
Search
Electronic Shock Protection
Programmable Playback
FM Radio
Playback Options
While playing a track, press MODE once to display
the playback options. Press SKIP NEXT to select
from the following playback options.
• Repeat Off:
No advanced playback options have been set.
Repeat Off is the default setting.
• Repeat One:
1
Plays the current track playing on the CD then
repeats.
• Repeat All:
ALL
Plays all tracks on the CD then repeats.
• Repeat Dir:
DIR
Plays all tracks in the current album then
repeats. (MP3 CD only)
• Intro Scan: INTRO
Plays the first 10 seconds of all tracks on the CD.
• Random:
Plays all tracks on the CD in random order, then
stops.
• Random All:
ALL
Plays all tracks on the CD in a random order then
repeats.
• Random Dir:
DIR
Plays all tracks in an album in a random order
then repeats. (MP3 CD only)
Equalizer Options
While playing a track, press MODE twice to display
the equalizer options. Press SKIP NEXT to select
from the following equalizer options:
Option
Bass
Treble
Normal
0
0
Classic
+2
+2
Pop
+3
+3
Jazz
+2
+3
Rock
+4
+3
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Search Mode
While playing a track on a MP3 CD, press MODE
three times to access the search mode. Press SKIP
NEXT to select from the following two options:
• File Skip:
Sets SKIP PREVIOUS and SKIP NEXT to cycle
through tracks on the current album when
pressed during normal playback. File Skip is the
default setting.
• Album Skip:
Sets SKIP PREVIOUS and SKIP NEXT to cycle
through the albums on the CD when pressed
during normal playback.
Note: Search mode options are only available for
use with MP3 CDs. The Album Skip feature is only
available when MP3s on a CD are saved in different
directories on a CD.
Electronic Shock Protection
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The Electronic Shock Protection (ESP) menu
controls how much digital audio is buffered (stored
in memory to prevent skipping) during CD playback.
The amount of digital audio the RioVolt SP65 can
buffer depends on the format of the digital audio.
CD Audio
MP3
40 seconds
120 seconds
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While playing a track on an Audio CD, press MODE
three times to access the ESP menu. Press SKIP
NEXT to select from the following two options:
• ESP On:
Electronic Shock Protection is enabled. ESP on is
the default setting.
• ESP Off:
Electronic Shock Protection is turned off.
Note: Electronic Shock Protection is always on
during MP3 playback.
Programmable Playback
Up to 32 tracks can be programmed into a custom
playlist.
1 Press STOP once to cease CD playback.
2 Press MODE.
3 Press SKIP NEXT or SKIP PREVIOUS to cycle to
the desired track.
4 Press MODE to store the selected track into
memory.
The displayed program count will read P-001, P002, etc. as tracks are added to memory. When
no additional tracks can be added, the display
will read FULL.
5 Press PLAY/PAUSE to play.
The custom playlist will remain stored in memory
even if playback of a playlist is stopped. When
playback of a custom playlist is stopped the
following options become available:
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• Resume Play:
Press MODE then press PLAY/PAUSE to resume
playlist playback.
• Delete Playlist:
Press MODE then press STOP to delete the
playlist from memory.
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Preset Stations
Allows programming of up to 10 preset radio
stations.
Preset Station
Number
Preset Station
Frequency
FM Radio
Press and hold MODE to put the player in FM Radio
Mode. While in FM Radio Mode, the controls work in
the following ways:
• PLAY/PAUSE:
Press to increase the radio frequency by .1MHz.
Press and hold to save the current radio station
as a preset station.
• STOP:
Press to decrease the radio frequency by
.01MHz. Press and hold to turn the player off.
• VOLUME + and -:
Press to adjust volume level.
• SKIP PREVIOUS:
Press to skip to previous preset station. Press
and hold to channel scan backwards.
• SKIP NEXT:
Press to skip to the next preset station. Press
and hold to channel scan forward.
• MODE:
Press to enter the FM Menu.
Current
Frequency
1 While in FM Radio Mode, press MODE to enter FM
Menu Mode.
2 Press SKIP PREVIOUS or SKIP NEXT to cycle to
the desired preset station slot.
Preset stations already in memory will cause the
displayed preset station frequency to flash.
3 Press and hold SKIP PREVIOUS or SKIP NEXT to
channel scan to another radio frequency.
4 Press and hold PLAY/PAUSE to store a frequency
to a preset station slot.
After a preset station has been stored to a preset
station slot the player will return to FM Radio
Mode.
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Glossary of Digital Audio Terms
Bass
Bass is the low-range area of the sound spectrum where low musical notes and sounds are located.
Increasing the bass value will make the low vocals and drums more prominent in your music. You can select
the amount of bass in your music by selecting various equalizer options.
Bitrate
Bitrate denotes the number of bits per second used
by a digital music file. The size and quality of a
compressed digital audio file is determined by the
bitrate used when encoding the file. The higher the
bitrate used, the higher the sound quality, and the
larger the file size. For example, with MP3, a bitrate
of 128kbps (128,000 bits per second) is generally
thought of as “CD quality”, and takes up about 1
megabyte (MB) per minute of music. At a 64kbps
bitrate, the sound quality is similar to that of an FM
radio signal, but you can get approximately two
minutes of music in that same 1MB of storage
space. CD audio has a bitrate of 1.4Mbits per
second (1,400,000 bits/second).
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Codec
Depending on the context and kind of technology involved, codec can be defined as a compressed digital
audio file format (like MP3, Red Book, etc.), a “coding/decoding” chip used to translate between digital and
analog transmissions (used in modems), or a compression/decompression algorithm. Codecs compress
audio data into a file, often for efficient transmission over a network, and then decode it for playback. While
all the codecs perform similar compression of digital audio, there are differences in the technology.
The RioVolt SP65 supports the following digital audio codecs:
• MP3
• CD Audio (Red Book)
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ID3 Tag
The ID3 tag is the part of the encoded MP3 file that contains information about the digital music file such as
song title, artist, album title, encoding bitrate, track time duration, and so on. ID3 tag information is
displayed on the Album/Track title line on the player’s LCD.
MP3
MP3 is short for Moving Pictures Experts Group Audio Layer 3. MP3 is the most well known compressed
digital audio file format. This format allows for near “CD quality” sound, but at a fraction of the size of
normal audio files. MP3 conversion of an audio track from CD-ROM reduces the file size by approximately a
12:1 ratio with virtually no perceptible loss in quality. MP3 compression removes the redundant and
irrelevant parts of a sound signal that the human ear doesn't hear. This digital sound encoding and
compression process was developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits and Thomson
Multimedia.
Red Book
Red Book is the name of the original specifications for the compact disc (CD). Developed by Sony and
Philips, Red Book specifications became standardized requirements for all Audio (CD-DA) CDs and today
form the basis for almost all CD format specifications. Legend has it that the original document was kept in
a binder with red covers—hence the name "Red Book".
"Ripping and Burning”
Creating MP3 CDs, sometimes referred to as “ripping and burning”, refers to extracting audio from a music
CD (ripping), and encoding it (burning) into a compressed digital audio format like MP3.
Treble
Treble notes occupy the higher portion of the sound spectrum. Increasing the treble value will raise the
levels of the high sounds in your music files. You can select the amount of bass in your music by selecting
various equalizer options.
VBR
Variable Bitrate (VBR) encoding converts tracks at a variable rate, using higher bitrate encoding for
complex portions and lower bitrate encoding for pauses in songs.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What type of CDs can I play with the RioVolt?
You can play CDs that have MP3 files or you can play regular CD audio music discs.
Can I mix CD Audio with MP3 files?
No. You can play either CD Audio discs or CDs with MP3 music content. They cannot be mixed together.
What is the maximum number of songs I can put on a single CD?
You can store up to 999 music tracks per CD depending on the size of the music tracks and the available
space on your CD-R/RW. The RioVolt can only recognize up to 630 directories and files (e.g., If you have 20
albums on a CD, only 620 files can be recognized).
Will the RioVolt play Variable Bitrate (VBR) files?
There is no standard for VBR files, so it cannot be guaranteed that every encoding software package will
properly function with the RioVolt. However, most VBR MP3 music files will play properly on your RioVolt.
Where is the battery indicator on my RioVolt?
The battery indicator on the RioVolt is located in the top-right corner of the display. The segments in the
battery icon show the remaining battery power. The illumination of all three segments indicates a fully
charged battery. Non-illuminated segments indicate a run down battery. The battery indicator blinks when
less than 20% of the charge on the battery remains.
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What kind of skip protection does the RioVolt use?
The RioVolt uses Electronic Shock Protection (ESP) to help prevent skipping during playback. When playing
MP3s the player provides 120 seconds of skip protection. When playing Audio CDs the player provides 40
seconds of skip protection. ESP can be turned off when playing Audio CDs. ESP remains on during all MP3
playback.
How does Electronic Shock Protection work?
When the player starts, a buffer is filled with the track data. The CD stops spinning, and the tracks continue
to play from memory, which helps conserve battery life. When about 30 seconds of time remains in the
buffer, the CD will again spin up and refill the buffer. During this time, if the RioVolt is jarred so that the
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buffer cannot be filled (e.g., when jogging or riding a bicycle) then the player may begin to skip. The buffer
must be full in order to provide skip-free performance.
How much playtime can I get from 2 AA batteries?
Playtime varies with battery type and music content. However, as a general guideline the following applies:
Playback Format
Hours of Playtime
(approximate)
Audio CD (ESP on)
7 hours
Audio CD
(ESP off)
9 hours
MP3 CD
15 hours
The CD seems to stop spinning during playback. Is this normal?
Yes. It is normal for the CD to stop spinning during playback. Stopping the CD is part of the skip protection
and battery life management systems. When the CD is stopped, the RioVolt conserves power and plays
songs from memory.
Troubleshooting
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RioVolt SP65
Troubleshooting
Problem
Solution
I am only able to fit
10 to 15 songs on a
CD-R or CD-RW for
my RioVolt.
If you are only able to fit 10 to 15 songs on a CD-R or CD-RW for use in your
RioVolt, then it is likely you are creating the CD in audio or .wav format instead of
data format. You should be able to fit hundreds of tracks onto one CD using MP3
files. Consult the documentation that came with your burning software for further
assistance on "ripping and burning" digital audio in MP3 format.
After creating a CD
using DirectCD the
RioVolt will not read it
properly.
If the RioVolt is having trouble reading a CD created using DirectCD, make sure
that the CD is formatted with compression OFF. If compression is ON, the RioVolt
will not read the tracks properly. For further assistance, please refer to the
documentation that came with your burning software.
I am unable to power
up the RioVolt. This
happens when using
new batteries or an
AC power adapter
(not included).
Be sure that the LOCK/UNLOCK switch on the RioVolt is set to UNLOCK. The
player will not power up if the LOCK/UNLOCK switch is in the LOCK position. Put
the LOCK/UNLOCK switch in the UNLOCK position and press PLAY/PAUSE to
power up the RioVolt.
The RioVolt is
working with
batteries, but when I
plug in an AC adapter
(not included) it does
not work.
Be sure that the AC Adapter is plugged into the proper connection. You may be
plugging the AC Adapter into the Line-Out connector on the RioVolt. If you are
still experiencing problems, be sure the LOCK/UNLOCK switch on RioVolt is set to
UNLOCK.
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Problem
Solution
My RioVolt gives a
“No Disc” error
message P
when
spinning up.
To
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
I can’t play my WMA
files.
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resolve the “No Disc” error message, try the following:
Make sure the CD is seated properly in the tray.
See if a standard Audio CD functions properly.
Try a CD created with standard MP3 files encoded at 128kbps, NOT variable
bitrate (VBR) files.
Try burning to a different media or brand of media.
Try burning a CD from another CD burner.
See if burning at a slower rate (say 2x or slower) makes the files load properly.
Try closing the CD volume when you create the disc.
Try cleaning the lens with a cotton swab.
If you are using a Macintosh to burn your CDs, make sure the .mp3 extension
is at the end of each file. Some versions of Mac software do not include this
extension, and these files cannot be read by the RioVolt.
The RioVolt SP65 cannot read WMA files. Please try the following:
• Convert your WMA files into MP3 files using your music software.
• Rip and burn the songs in MP3 format to a new CD.
Limited Warranty
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Limited Warranty
Our warranty to you
SONICblue Incorporated warrants that your product will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one
year from the date of original retail purchase. SONICblue Incorporated warrants refurbished products, marked and sold as such,
for ninety (90) days from the original purchase date. This warranty is extended to the original end user purchaser only and is not
assignable or transferable to any other party.
Product failures not covered by this warranty
This warranty does not cover damage caused by abuse, misuse, unauthorized attempts to open, modify, or repair the product,
moisture, extreme heat or cold, corrosive environments, shipping, or high voltage surges from external sources such as power
line, telephone line, or connected equipment. This warranty does not cover wear and tear on covers, housing or wiring. This
warranty also does not apply to any product with an altered or defaced serial number.
Remedies
If you discover a defect covered by this warranty, SONICblue Incorporated will repair or replace the product at our sole discretion
using new or remanufactured product or components. SONICblue Incorporated's liability is limited solely to the repair or
replacement of the defective product. If SONICblue Incorporated cannot reasonably repair or replace the defective product then
SONICblue Incorporated may, at its sole discretion, refund the purchase price paid for the product. SONICblue Incorporated
warrants any replaced or repaired product for a period of ninety (90) days from shipment, or through the end of the original
warranty period, whichever is longer.
How to obtain warranty service
To obtain service under this warranty, you must contact a SONICblue Incorporated Customer Care Center within the applicable
warranty period to receive a warranty service authorization. You will be required to provide a dated original proof of purchase.
Products shipped to SONICblue Incorporated must be shipped postage-paid and packaged appropriately for safe shipment.
SONICblue Incorporated is not responsible for products received without a warranty service authorization and may be rejected.
Repaired or replacement products will be shipped to you at SONICblue Incorporated's expense. All products or parts that are
replaced become the property of SONICblue Incorporated.
RioVolt SP65
Limits of liability
SONICblue Incorporated's liability is limited to the repair or replacement of this product. In no event will SONICblue Incorporated
be liable for any amount greater than the currently suggested retail price of this product. We will not be liable to you or anyone
else for any damages that result from the failure of this product or from the breach of any express or implied warranties. These
include damage to other equipment, lost data, lost profits, or any consequential, incidental, or punitive damages. This written
warranty represents the entire warranty agreement between SONICblue Incorporated and you. This warranty is given in lieu of
all other warranties, express or implied, including without limitation implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a
particular purpose. This warranty is limited to the term specified above. No warranties, either express or implied, will apply after
this period. This warranty may not be altered in any way other than in writing by an officer of SONICblue Incorporated. This
warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights, which vary, from state to state. Some states limit
what warranties may be excluded as well as how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you.
Regulatory Information
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Regulatory Information
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the condition that this device
does not cause harmful interference.
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Industry Canada
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
Customer Care
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Customer Care
Web Site
http://www.sonicblue.com/support
E-mail
customersupport@sonicblue.com
Technical Support Telephone
Call for answers to technical questions about
your product.
(206) 515-1400
Customer Service Telephone
Call for sales and general product information.
(800) 468-5846
Hours
Please check the support Web site for the current hours of operation.
Rio Product Support
RioVolt SP65
With every Rio product you receive the following support services:
• Unlimited access to the Rio web-based technical information resources, available 24 hours a day every
day at http://www.sonicblue.com/support. Here you will find FAQ files, product updates, and other
useful information.
• Unlimited e-mail support for the duration of your Rio product hardware warranty period.
• Access to the latest software updates and enhancements for Rio products via our Web site.
Contents
B
batteries 7
battery cover 4
battery indicator 14
C
codec
definition 12
MP3 13
WMA 13
customer care 20
D
DC in jack 5
E
earphones 7
encoding 13
equalizer (EQ) 9
F
FAQ (frequently asked questions) 14
G
getting started 7
H
headphone jack 5
I
ID3 13
L
legal notices 3
line out 5
lock/unlock 4
M
MP3 13
P
playing music 8
ports 5
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RioVolt SP65
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Red Book 13
ripping and burning 13
S
setup instructions 7
skip protection 14
T
technical support 20
V
variable bitrate (VBR) 13
volume 4
W
warranty 18
WMA 17
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