|Rio Karma CompactFlash Conversion|
My rio karma has been left for years gathering dust. If anyone remembers the
karma you'll know how good they were, 20gb hdd player, decent battery and and
a great user interface.
Anyway, the hdd in mine was getting a little flaky and i was always afraid of knocking it, so out with the old and in with the new, pull it to bits, make a few repairs from its previous use and slot in a compact flash card. I also changed the 1600mah battery for a 2200mah one. The CF card will also increase battery life due to using much less power than the old hard disk.
The new Karma now has far better battery life with the CF card alone, and is far less susceptible to knocks and vibration. It is also quicker to start playing because it doesn't have to wait for the HDD to spin up. Loading music onto the player via USB is about the same or maybe a little slower. Once the price of 32gb CF cards drop i'll probably upgrade again.