Anand heeft een review gebakken van de Empeg Mark II MP3 speler voor in de auto. De Empeg Mark II is één van de meest complete MP3 spelers voor in de auto, maar is ook _erg_ duur. Het goedkoopste model met 'slechts' 6GB aan hardeschijf ruimte kost al 1200 dollar, en het top model met 36GB kost een lieve 1950 dollar. Volgens Anand is de MP3 speler zijn geld zeker wel waard, hoewel er toch een paar punten zijn die verbeterd kunnen worden:
The empeg car Mark II is undoubtedly the most powerful in-dash car MP3 player available on the market, but it definitely comes at a very high cost. With the entry level player at $1200, you’re going to have to go on a period of ‘hardware upgrade fasting’ if you break down and pick up an empeg.
This isn’t to say that the features aren’t worth it, because they most definitely are. The virtually unlimited storage, high quality output and very powerful search engine are all features that will probably go unrivaled by even the best mass market players for quite some time to come.
Our biggest complaints that existed with the empeg are the barriers that will prevent it from becoming a mainstream product, which it definitely could be in a slightly altered form. Let’s take a look at the major problems we had with the empeg first:
- The empeg’s faceplates scratch entirely too easily and in their current form lack any sort of anti-reflective coat. Empeg is aware of the latter, it’s just a matter of time before they address the issue.
- emplode as a software utility needs some serious improvement, the ability to handle larger uploads of music at once and a more Explorer-like interface are its two major downfalls.
- The construction of the DIN-E sized cage that is installed in your car could use some improvement. Compared to any brand-name aftermarket stereo, the empeg’s cage still offers reminders of its home-project heritage. The wires coming off of the cage itself could use some lengthening as well.
- The empeg’s remote, being a generic Kenwood remote, could use a different faceplate which could list the actual functions of the various buttons. Currently, you are supposed to know that the ‘*’ button on the remote opens/closes a menu. For first time users things like this can be a big turn off, if the empeg is going to eventually turn into a more commercial product this is something the company should take into consideration.
- While the looks of the Mark II are improved over the original empeg, there is still a bit of tweaking necessary before the unit will be able to stand up against the cheaper commercial alternatives.