5GB Hard Disk Drive: The Rio
Carbon 5 digital music player's 5GB Hard Disk Drive has the capacity to store up
to 80 hours of MP3 music files (recorded at 128 kbps) or up to 160 hours of WMA
music files (recorded at 64 kbps). The unit can also be used to store data files
Compatible Music Formats: The
Carbon 5 can record music in MP3, WMA, and Audible #2 and #3 formats. It works
with most online music services, allowing you to purchase and download files in
Voice Recording: In addition to
downloading files, you can also make your own voice recordings. The recordings
are made in the ADCPM WAV format.
Power Options: The Carbon 5 is
equipped with a built-in rechargeable Lithium Ion battery. When fully charged,
the battery has a playback life of approximately 20 hours. It can be charged in
about 2.5 hours using the supplied AC adapter. You can also charge the battery
when the unit is connected to the computer via the supplied USB cable. Note:
the unit charges via USB very slowly and should only be charged in this manner
if charging overnight.
Earbuds: The unit comes with a
pair of stereo earbud headphones with a 41" cord and a right angle stereo 3.5mm
USB 2.0: The unit is compatible
with USB 2.0 making downloads faster. A 5' USB cable (USB-A connector to USB
Mini-B Version 2.0 connector) is included in the package.
Playback Options: You can
playback the loaded files on the Carbon 5 from the following categories: Play
All, Album, Artist, Genre, Track, Year, New Music, Playlist, Spoken Word, or
Recordings. Selected tracks can be played in standard or random order. Repeat
playback can be performed on all tracks, one track, or Repeat off.
Bookmarks: You can store
specific player settings, including the current running order, the current
track, the current time position of the track, and playback settings in a
bookmark. Bookmarks can be used to place a digital bookmark in a digital audio
book or extended length track, maintain a position in long term running orders,
or save and restore your personal settings when you share the player.
Equalizer: The Carbon 5 is
equipped with a 5-band equalizer. Each of the 5 bands (80Hz, 250Hz, 1kHz, 4kHz,
12kHz) can be boosted or cut up to +/-14dB. In addition, you can select one of
five preset EQ options: Rock, Jazz, Classical, Pop, or Trance.
Power Save: The Power Save
option can conserve energy and extend the amount of playback time during each
battery charge. You can select a length of time that the unit will automatically
shut off after being idle. Settings include 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 30
minutes, or Never.
Display Adjustments: You can
set the duration of the display backlight to Off, 2 seconds, 5 seconds
(default), 10 seconds, 20 seconds or On (constantly backlit). The contrast of
the display from 0 to 16 (default value is 6).
Resume Feature: You can set the
Carbon 5 to begin playback of the last track played before shut down or the
first track in the running order when the unit is powered on. If the current
track option is selected, you can set playback to begin at the point the track
had progressed when the unit was shut down or the start of the track.
Stopwatch: The Carbon 5 has a
built-in stopwatch. You can set and display multiple lap times, average lap
times, and difference between lap times. The stopwatch continues to operate even
when you navigate through the menu. It only stops and starts when Play/Pause is
pressed in the stopwatch mode.
Locks: You can independently
lock the volume setting, center button, and the control pad, to avoid accidental
Rio Music Manager: The supplied
CD-ROM contains the Rio Music Manager software, which allows you to perform the
- Save: Audio CDs can be
ripped and encoded into compressed digital audio formats. Rio Music Manager
encodes files into WMA format by default. To encode as MP3 requires an
optional upgrade pack.
- Synchronize: You can automatically
synchronize the music collection on your computer with your Rio Carbon 5.
- Edit Tags: ID3 Tags and WMA tags on
digital audio tracks can be created, deleted, and edited.
- Organize: You can organize and manage
digital audio tracks on your computer and your Rio Carbon 5. Music files can
be dragged and dropped to and from the digital music player.
- Search: You can search for tracks on
your computer and your Rio Carbon 5.
- Create Playlists: You can group your
audio tracks into a custom playlist and save for later use. The unit
supports .asx, .m3u, and .pls formatted playlists. (The track referenced in
the playlist must be present in the player.)
- Transfer: Once you have managed your
music files on your computer, you can transfer the desired tracks onto the
Carbon 5 player.
Rio Music Manager and iTunes:
The Rio Carbon 5 is compatible with Macintosh OS X v10.2 systems using Apple's
iTunes 4.2 or greater. The supplied CD-ROM contains a Rio iTunes plug-in that
allow the unit to be used with a Mac operating system.
Software Updates: With an
Internet connection, the Rio Music Manager can automatically detect the most
recent version of the software, and allow you to download the latest version
with one click.
Minimum System Requirements:
- Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, XP or
Macintosh OS X v10.2 or later
- Intel Pentium II 233 MHz or
- 64MB RAM
- 35MB available hard drive space
- USB port
- CD-ROM drive
Firmware Updates: The About
menu gives you the unit's current firmware version. Occasionally, firmware
updates are made available and can be downloaded from the manufacturer's