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2.0 out of 5 stars I had some problems, 9 Nov. 2005
This review is from: DNNA Rio Carbon 5Gb MP3 HDD Player - White (Electronics)
Theres not alot I can fault about the RIO Carbon with regard to its size, looks, sound quality, functions, software, battery life. They are all excellant as many people have rightly given testement too. But after 5 months of use mine developed a fault whereby the Music Manager software could no longer read from the hard drive. The unit started making strange clicking sounds as if the HDD reader was getting stuck or couldn't read a segment on the drive. When I switched it off it continued clicking and then 5 seconds later it switched itself back on again. Rebooting, resetting did not fix the problem so reluctantly I've sent the unit back to Amazon and am awaiting a refund.
Its such a shame because I really did fall in love with the little fella but all of the plus points about the Carbon come to nothing if the thing stops working. And the worry is that whatever went wrong with my player is a potential problem waiting to happen with every player. Lets face it, they all use the same components. I think the whole micro-HDD technology is still very young and because of the level of competition between MP3 player manufacturers, they are rushing their products out without proper testing etc (iPod Nano a case in point). So i'm back on the market for an MP3 player. I may still go for another Carbon and hope for a better experience but at the moment i'm edging towards buying a non-HDD player to avoid all those potential HDD problems.
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