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Old 02-24-2002, 10:55 AM
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The Rio products are excelent. Also just so that you know Sony, Clarion and I am sure others are coming out with head units and other devices that will have the hard drives set ups that either are in the head unit, or plug in on the Changer links.

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Try and check your deck and see if you have aux inputs. If you do I would recomend using these over the cassette adapter. Remember your music will only sound as good as the cassette heads are. And even with this it's a inductive pickup. (will sound much better with direct line input). Scott
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Kanookster,

Rio Riot looks great but, it does not have a digital audio out port or cable. Does the headphone jack double as this? I see there is another coming out in april pimped by MTV that will be cheaper and have removable 500mg disk @ $10.00 a piece.....and feature video out....info only.
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I have a portable MP3 player that I use on the boat-plugged in to my CD in jack. But I have had mixed results with it playing the MP3's without making noise and/or skipping(even standing still). It plays CDs fine and even the CDs that I burn in CD format, just not the MP3 CD's. If you are going for a laptop I would say strapping it down on some type of foam would be the best way-that way it should not receive direct shocks. Of course in Keith's boat the only time it would be shocked is in gale force winds and 6-8 footers-just like a Cadillac, Right Keith??
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Gotta love that Cadillac ride, but I wouldn't buy or use anything pimped by MTV!!!

I'm going to try and find one of those Rio Riots around town, maybe Best Buy or CompUSA have one on display I can play around with.
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Yes Tanned F.L.B. the cable plugs into the earphone jack. and at the other end you can either have reg rca plugs, casette adapter, or cd in plugs.

insptech. this has a 20 gig hard drive. it doesn't hold CD's. you download all your cd's into it (up to 5000 songs will fit) then you pick the songs you want. the nice thing about the rio is, it has 16 meg of memory. it will never skip. I use one riding a dirt bike. you can place this thing on the floor of the boat going thru 6' waves, and it won't skip.
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Heres a web page with 9 different places that carry the rio riot. They sell fast!

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Check this out guys. I think this is the way to go. That way you can use whatever capacity hard drive you want and really bring the tunes with you.

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I seen those also Milord. But it's not portable enough for me. You have to install a "car bay" in the boat, car, ect.. it's like a pull out stereo. Unless you have the bay to slide in. you can't play it. The rio riot has all the same features and more. it's self contained, smaller, and it too has a hard drive, It will also run on Reg house current, boat batterie, and built in recharable batterie for up to 10 hrs.
Once your hooked up to the P.C. via USB cable (plug and play) you can use it like a second hard drive. You view it thru your "windows explorer." You don't need to install a docking bay into your P.C.
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