The Pioneer MPC-LX200-TV is the first and only Macintosh clone with built-in television capabilities.[1]


Pioneer was among the few Japanese companies that had obtained a license from Apple Computer to build Macintosh-compatible computers. Their first such system was the MPC-GX1, which was shown at Macworld Expo Tokyo in February 1995 and was released the following May.[2][3] The faster MPC-LX200-TV with built-in television tuner was released in July 1996.[4]

With some electrical modification, the Codyceps logic board could be swapped for a faster Alchemy or Gazelle logic board, which could then be upgraded with a PowerPC G3 processor up to 500MHz.[5][6] Other upgrades include the first DVD-ROM drive for the Mac market.[7]


  1. Mac Clones (Mac OS Compatible Systems): Pioneer, EveryMac. Accessed 2019-01-11.
  2. Macworld TV Tokyo 1995 by KandaNewsNetwork,Inc., YouTube. 2013-08-29.
  3. Pioneer: MPC-GX1 Specs, EveryMac. Accessed 2019-01-11.
  4. Pioneer: MPC-LX200-TV Specs, EveryMac. Accessed 2019-01-11.
  5. PIONEER MPC-LX200-TV へAlchemy搭載のために by PowerPC, Yahoo! GeoCities (Japanese, ShiftJIS). 2005-11-15.
  6. Pioneer... by udonyaki, Nifty Cocolog (Japanese). 2009-04-23.
  7. PIONEER MPC-LX200-TV でDVD再生 by PowerPC, Yahoo! GeoCities (Japanese, ShiftJIS). 2005-11-15.

See alsoEdit

  • Apple Interactive Television Box (1994-1996), Apple's first effort to develop a set-top box.
  • Apple TV (2007-present), Apple's current digital media player and microconsole.
  • Mac mini (2005-present), Apple's small desktop computer which added HDMI output in 2010.
  • Macintosh TV (1993-1994), Apple's first attempt to integrate a computer and television.
  • Pippin (1996-1998), Apple's ill-fated consumer multimedia platform.

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