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·  What is the difference between the empeg Car and the Rio Car? 
·  Has the Rio Car been discontinued? 
·  Where can I buy one? 
·  Will there ever be a car player Mark 3? 

·  What came in the box with the Rio Car player?
 (Entry last updated on May 15th, 2002)

When purchased new from Sonic|blue, the box included:

  • The Rio Car player, arguably the coolest car stereo ever invented.

    Disk drive size and number of disk drives varied depending on the model. All models below 60gb were single-drive models, leaving one of the two bays free for the addition of a second disk drive at a future date. The 60gb model had two 30gb disk drives, filling both bays.

    The faceplate lens was, by default, the blue color. Lens kits, which included green, amber, and red lenses, were sold separately.

    The player did not come with a radio tuner. An add-on AM/FM/RDS radio tuner module, that installs inside the dashboard behind the docking sled, was sold separately.


  • One DIN-sized car docking sled with four 4v line-level outputs (stereo front/rear) and two line-level aux inputs (stereo).


  • One credit-card sized Rio infrared remote control.


  • One AC adapter for using the player indoors.


  • One serial null modem cable for applying firmware upgrades to the player.


  • One USB cable for loading songs into the player.


  • CD-ROM disc with Windows connection software (most likely version 1.02, you can get upgrades at www.empeg.com if desired).


  • User's guide.


  • A one-year warranty.


·  What are the basic specifications of the player? 
·  How does the Rio Car compare to other car MP3 players on the market? 
·  How is the music organized on the player? Is it easy to find a given tune? 
·  Do I need to know Linux to use the Rio Car player? 
·  How are the hard disks going to hold up to the vibration of a car? 
·  Can I use the Rio Car player in an audio competition? 
·  Why were laptop drives used? Desktop drives are cheaper. 
·  Why doesn't it play MP3 CD-R discs? 
·  Why doesn't it have a removable faceplate? Why must the whole unit be pulled from the dash? 
·  Why only 10BaseT ethernet? Why didn't you put 100BaseT on the Mark 2 player? 
·  Do I need a separate amplifier, or will the Rio Car drive my speakers directly? 
·  How do I put music onto the player? Do I need to bring a laptop into the car? 
·  What operating systems are supported? 
·  What kind of music files will it play? Will it play VQF/AAC/MPEG4/OGG/MP3Pro, etc.? 
·  Does the player work with iTunes? 
·  Does the player support audio books? 
·  Does the tuner support XM radio or Sirius radio? 
·  What RDS features does the tuner support? 
·  What parts of the software are open-source? 
·  I want to start encoding my CD collection for use on the Rio Car now! Is there anything I need to keep in mind? 
·  What is the largest disk drive I can put in the player? 
·  What do all the buttons do? 
·  What does the serial number represent? 
·  How do I upgrade my software? 
·  How can I get a replacement blue lens? The official Rio add-on lens kits don't have blue. 
·  What is the 'Security' slot on the back of the player for? 
·  If my player is stolen, is there anything I can do? 
·  If I purchase a player second-hand, will the one-year warranty still be honored? 
·  How do I get support or repairs? 


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