SonicBlue Empeg / Rio Car product - customizations & accessories

Since Empeg Ltd released the Empeg MK1 back in 1999, numerous features and enhancements have been added to the product. As you would expect, the Empeg development team are responsible for many of these enhancements. However, over the years, a few individuals have emerged as community leaders and have carefully created a very vibrant community encompasing both users and development team members. This collaborative approach to design and development has enabled the community to add many more features and enhancements to this product and additionally has acted as a prototyping platform for future products.

These pages are intended to provide a comprehensive guide to the customizations and accessories available for the Empeg / Rio Car product range. In addition, you may find the following links of use:



At release1 After release2 By enthusiasts3
Hardware
  • MK1
  • 8MB memory
  • Built-in tuner
  • Fascia (MK1 design) 1 2 3
  • Lenses - 3 colours
  • 4, 6, 10, 14 and 28GB capacity (up to 1000 hours of music)
  • USB1 and 2xSerial connections
  • 2xRCA Phono output
  • Power supply
  • Car docking sled (discontinued)
  • Soft carry case (discontinued)

    Software
  • Windows management software (Emplode)
  • 5 visuals
  • MP3 and WAV format files
  • IrDA
  • "Wendy" filter
  • Sound mashing. The sound output has a 4-times oversampling and interpolating 18-bit digital IIR filter for great audio quality, plus digital bass, treble, volume, fading and loudness controls.
  • Hardware
  • New fascia (MK2/2a design) 1 2 3
  • Lenses - 4 colours
  • Rotary control
  • 10baseT Ethernet
  • Real time clock
  • 12MB memory
  • AM/FM tuner module (replaces built-in tuner in original model) (discontinued)
  • 10, 20, 30 and 40GB capacity (~1200 hours of music)
  • USB1 and 2xSerial connections
  • 2xRCA Phono output
  • In-car connector for Mic, Aux-In, Audio out (4xRCA Phono), Tuner, ISO connector.
  • Cell phone mute
  • Improved Audio Output Stage
  • Improved Power Supply
  • Improved In-Car Serial Port
  • 2xSerial connections
  • MK2/2a Car docking sled (discontinued)

    Software
  • Display brightness
  • x Additional visuals
  • AM/FM tuner module support
  • Replacement boot logo
  • Microsoft WMA format files
  • RDS Traffic Announce
  • RDS Alternate Frequency retune
  • RDS Programme Type
  • Automatic standby
  • Stereo bleed
  • "Enqueue" mode
  • FM deemphasis
  • Improvements to the tuner user interface
  • New user interface look & feel
  • Hardware
  • New fascia ("NewFace" design in 4 finishes)
  • Wooden Fascia ("Exotic MK2/2a" design) (frozen)
  • MK1 Lenses - 9 additional colours/finishes
  • MK2/2a Lenses - 11 additional colours/finishes
  • MK2/2a Lens Gels - 38 colours
  • Howto - Rainbow Gel
  • AM/FM tuner module kit
  • Illuminated buttons kit
  • Translucent buttons
  • Metal buttons
  • Home docking station / component box
  • S/PDIF digital output board
  • Fan 1 2 3 4
  • 160GB capacity - ~5000 hours of music Instructions
  • MK2/2a Car docking sled
  • Bluetooth support
  • Wireless LAN

    Software
  • Hijack Kernel
  • x Additional visuals
  • Web interface - playing, streaming & remote monitoring
  • Java-based management software (jEmplode) (Windows/Unix/Linux/MacOS)
  • Additional boot logos
  • Audio overlay support
  • Font editor
  • Logo editor
  • Text-to-speech support
  • TTSclock Audio clock
  • GPS integration
  • Ad-Hoc playlist creator for Palm devices (Palantir/Empire)
  • ext3 filesystem support
  • FAT filesystem support
  • emphatic player & lyrics viewer
  • EmpWake alarm clock
  • empan panning image viewer
  • EmpTelnetd
  • EmpegVNC virtual network computing (VNC) server
  • Annimations & Graphics Demos
  • Games


  • Errors or ommisions? Please contact <empeg coderage.org> (replace space with at symbol)

    Notes:
    1. At first customer shipment
    2. New versions of hardware, software and firmware
    3. Including unofficial products by current and former employees

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