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Category: Main -> Basic questions about the car player and the company
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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? 

·  What are the basic specifications of the player?
 (Entry last updated on October 30th, 2002)

Originally from the Sonic|blue Rio Car site:

Processor   220MHz StrongARM S-1100-DA
Flash memory   1Mb
RAM   16Mb 60ns FPM
DSP   SAA7705H
DACs   16 bit sign-magnitude, fourfold oversampling digital filters, noise shaping
Display   128 x 32 dot matrix vacuum fluorescent display, 2 bits per pixel
IR   SIR IrDA I/O, Consumer IR input
Controls   4 pushbuttons, 1 rotary+push
HDD ports   ATA 2.5" HDD standard 2MM header
HDD physical   ATA 2.5" HDD up to 17mm, corner mounting screws
Serial IO   9-pin PC serial port, data rate to 230Kbits/s, also docked in-car
USB   12Mbit/s standard type B socket on head unit (slave only)
Ethernet   10BaseT RJ45 socket on head unit
Power input   +12V on ISO connector fused at 2A with inline fuseholder
Grounding   Negative earth only
Auxillary control output   +12V @ 1A maximum on ISO connector
Audio outputs   4V line level front & rear stereo RCA line jacks, 1V stereo RCA sockets on head unit
Audio inputs   1V line level stereo RCA line jacks
Other features   On board temperature sensor
Software controlled display brightness
Display night mode input (headlight dim)
Audio mute input (for mobile phones)

Optional Tuner Module
Tuner (optional)   AM/FM fuzzy logic autotuning radio, RDS/RBDS capability
FM tuning range   87.5 to 108 MHz, 12.5 kHz steps
AM tuning range   520 - 1720Khz, 12.5Khz steps
RF input   Standard antenna socket with adaptor for euro socket

DAC sample rate   fixed 44.1KHz
DAC typical S/N ratio   110dBA
DAC typical output noise   3uV
DAC typical THD + N   1Khz, 0dB -70dBA
DAC typical dynamic range   1Khz (-60dB) 102dBA
DAC max crosstalk   10Khz -69dB
Aux input frequency response   20Hz to 18KHz
Aux input typical channel seperation   50dB
Volume control range   -66dB to +20dB
Balance attenuation range LR   0dB to -30dB
Fader attenuation range FR   0dB to -30dB
Tone control range, bass/treble   -12dB to +15dB
Dynamic loudness level range   0dB to +14dB
Dynamic loudness offset range   0dB to +24dB
Dynamic bass boost level range   0dB to +14dB
Dynamic bass boost offset range   0dB to +24dB
Equaliser   20 band parametric set as 2 x 10-band or 4 x 5-band
Other audio features   Dynamic range compression

Standby power   2.75 Watts
Standby power, drive spun up   3.30 Watts
Operating power, hard drive spun down   6.20 Watts
Operating power, peak   8.90 Watts
Input voltage   7 to 16 VDC
Switched auxillary output   1A maximum load

Operating temperature range   5 deg. C to 55 deg. C
Standby temperature range   -20 deg. C to 60 deg. C
Non-operating temperature range   TBA
Humidity, operating   10% to 90% RH, non-condensing
Humidity, non-operating   5% to 95% RH, non-condensing
Shock, operating   150G
Shock, non-operating   400G

Physical (maximum)
Docking unit   2 inches (50mm) high
  7.2 inches (183mm) wide
  6.8 inches (173mm) deep
Head unit   2.2 inches (55mm) high
  7.3 inches (186mm) wide
  6.0 inches (152mm) deep
Weight   5.5 pounds (2.5kg) with two drives
Case material   0.04 inch (1mm) stainless steel

Note: figures vary depending on hard drive type fitted, power consumption figures are shown with a single 20Gb drive. Drives are kept spun down as much as possible during operation.

·  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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