The Rio Karma
is a digital audio player
originally made by the now defunct Rio
. It was released in August 2003. It measures 2.7 × 3 × 0.9 inches
(6.9 × 7.6 × 2.3 cm) and weighs 5.5 ounces
(160 grams). It has a 20 gigabyte
) hard drive
. The Karma is notable for its support of Ogg Vorbis
playback in addition to the usual MP3
formats, however it will not play MP2
format. It's one of the few digital audio players that is able to play MP3 tracks gaplessly
(not inserting audible gaps between them) making it popular among audiophiles
. It also bears the distinction of supporting file transfers via Ethernet
through its docking station (as well as the standard USB
2.0). It is not supported as a plug & play removable drive (although the program Rio Taxi does allow any data to be stored). Like many Rio players, the Karma's firmware has an equalizer
(notably a 5-band parametric one), cross-fader, animated menus, dynamic playlist generation, and visualizations.
The Karma has three options for what is displayed on the play screen
- Progress Indicator
- Profile Indicator
- VU Meter for left & right channels.
Options include English (US), English (UK), German, French, Japanese, Chinese & Spanish.
For docking, there are four options for the "cradle glow".
- Static, with glow level setting
- Pulse with timecode
- Pulse while charging
- Pulse to music
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