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Category: Main -> Mk. One


empeg car Mk.1

The original empeg car was released in August 1999 and in total 350 players were shipped. The reason for the low volume was production yield - the product proved very expensive to manufacture. We decided to refine the design and add some new features as well, so a second batch of Mk.1 players was never produced.

Despite production delays and shortages the product was a great success, receiving critical acclaim from the industry and clients alike. At one time players were attracting EBay bids far in excess of the original retail price, and it seems likely that, with high volume shipping of the new model underway, the original empeg car player is set to become something of a collectors item.




220MHz StrongARM S-1100-DA

Flash memory





8Mb 60ns FPM






16 bit sign-magnitude, fourfold oversampling digital filters, noise shaping



128 x 32 dot matrix vacuum fluorescent display, 2 bits per pixel



SIR IrDA I/O, Consumer IR input



4 pushbuttons

HDD ports


2 x ATA 2.5" HDD standard 2mm header

HDD physical


2 x ATA 2.5" HDD up to 12.5mm, corner mounting screws

Serial IO


9-pin PC serial port, data rate to 230Kbits/s



12Mbit/s standard type B socket on head unit

Power input


+12V fused at 2A with inline fuseholder



Negative earth only

Auxillary control output


+12V @ 1A maximum

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
FM fuzzy logic autotuning radio, full RDS, RBDS capability

Some Pictures

empeg car player main PCB

part assembled player, without disk cradle or docking loom

the original player featured unpretentious styling

rear panel connections

car docking sleeve

car docking connections

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