Archos Ondio


All, Ondio, Jukebox Recorder 20, Jukebox FM Recorder 20

Archos OndioPortable Flash Memory MP3 Player/Recorder
Intro: 12/2002
MSRP: US$140
In: LINE. Out: headphones/LINE. Data: USB (Mini B). DC IN: 4.5V(?)81 x 47 x 25mm, 60g


  • Unit plays and records MP3 audio files
  • MP3 playback from 30-320kbps VBR
  • MP3 recording selectable from 30-160Kbps.
  • Records from LINE, built-in microphone, or built-in FM radio.
  • 30 second "Retro" (time-machine) recording, starts recording 30 seconds before button press.
  • FM tuner (88-108MHz, scan function, 30 preset stations).
  • Internal 128MB flash memory (also accepts Multimedia Cards [current (ca. 2003) max MMC capacity: 128MB], but when MMC card is inserted, unit ignores internal 128MB memory).
  • USB 1.1 interface.
  • 112 x 64 pixel LCD panel (up to 8 lines of characters).
  • Unit functions as a mountable volume -- MP3 files can be freely dragged and dropped between the desktop and the device. (Windows/MacOS compatible).
  • Firmware updates downloadable from manufacturer's site.
  • Manual recording level control (LINE/MIC inputs) with L/R level meters.
  • Play modes: Normal, single, repeat all, suffle, queue and scan.
  • Measured USB transfer speed: 700KB/sec


User Comments: I had an Ondio but returned it. Yes, it had very basic level meters but the build quality of the unit I had was poor. Getting a miniplug to sit in the line-in jack properly was near impossible. -Anonymous

Optional Accessories: Archos sells a US$50 external microphone and preamp designed to connect to the unit's LINE input.

Specs: SNR: > 90dB, headphone amp: 100mW.


User Manual: Ondio

Battery LifePlay
AAAx312 hr (user manual) / 7.5 hours (CNET review)

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