USER MANUAL
EMBLA
SILENT REPLAY SYSTEM
Bladelius Embla
Table of Contents
User Manual
Table of contents
Getting started ...................................................................................................... 1
Back panel connections ....................................................................................1
How to use the remote control...........................................................................2
User interface overview ........................................................................................ 3
Playback display................................................................................................ 3
Browsing tracks .................................................................................................3
Display element description...............................................................................4
How to navigate on the screen in Embla...............................................................5
Basic operation .....................................................................................................6
Backup a CD to internal memory.......................................................................6
Backup a CD to USB memory device................................................................ 8
Change input level.............................................................................................8
Change source.................................................................................................. 8
Change volume .................................................................................................8
Copy music from the internal memory to an external USB device..................... 8
Delete music from the internal memory.............................................................9
Display currently played album.......................................................................... 9
Display information about the currently played track .........................................9
Leave the menu.................................................................................................9
Play a CD .......................................................................................................... 9
Play and pause playback of music ....................................................................9
Play fast forward and fast reverse.....................................................................9
Play music from an external digital source ......................................................10
Play music from an external USB mass storage device ..................................10
Play music from the internal memory ..............................................................10
Remove prompt for backup of inserted CD .....................................................12
Skip tracks forward and backward...................................................................12
Stop playback of music ...................................................................................12
Update Embla software ...................................................................................12
Use random playback mode............................................................................12
Use repeated playback mode..........................................................................12
Reference ...........................................................................................................13
Playback settings ............................................................................................14
Random mode .............................................................................................14
Repeat mode ...............................................................................................14
Audio Settings .................................................................................................15
Bypass master volume ................................................................................15
Resampling frequency .................................................................................15
Resampling mode ........................................................................................16
Filter Mode ...................................................................................................16
Phase ..........................................................................................................16
Digital output mode ......................................................................................17
Analog input bypass.................................................................................18
ADC sampling frequency..........................................................................18
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ADC input sensitivity ................................................................................18
CD backup settings .........................................................................................19
Backup query as CD insertion .....................................................................19
Backup destination ......................................................................................19
Enable music database ...............................................................................20
Network settings..............................................................................................21
MAC address ...............................................................................................21
Link status....................................................................................................21
System settings ...............................................................................................22
Display brightness level ...............................................................................22
Display off timer ...........................................................................................22
Language .....................................................................................................23
Remote control input ....................................................................................23
Software version ..........................................................................................23
DAC software version ..................................................................................23
Serial number ..............................................................................................24
Enable media SW update ............................................................................24
Start network SW update .............................................................................24
Touch-screen calibration..............................................................................24
Touch-screen sensitivity ..............................................................................25
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Voltage Directive)standards of the European Community.
The information contained in the manual is subject to change without notice. The
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Introduction
User Manual
Thank you for purchasing the BLADELIUS EMBLA silent
replay system.
Your EMBLA is a state-of-the-art unit, and has been
assembled by highly skilled BLADELIUS craftsmen to
provide you with many years of listening pleasure. Our unit’s
esteem arises from the way we handle music-signals.
BLADELIUS develop products for people who wish
absolutely natural an enjoyable music reproduction.
Burn-in
Due to the extremely short signal paths designed and built
into this piece of equipment, a significant "burn-in" period is
required before the unit will reach its maximum sonic
potential.
We recommend the unit be left on (or in standby mode) at
all times, especially during the first 5-6 weeks of operation,
in order to speed the "burn-in" process.
For best results, the EMBLA should be left on or in the
standby mode at all times. The unit should not be switched
off by removing the power cord unless the unit will not be
used for a significant period of time (during vacations, etc.).
Design
Reduction is the principle for the shaping of all BLADELIUS
components. The unobtrusive design harmonizes with
almost every environment and does not compete with your
personal sphere. The form refers to the tonal ability of the
product line, whose composure and strength manifests a
well-balanced equilibrium.
Balanced signals
Balanced signal transmission means that two signal lines
are used which carry the same signal with opposite phase.
On the receiving side, the signals are mixed. Since any
noise interference that has arisen during transmission will
be present in both lines with identical phase, such noise is
cancelled out, leaving only the pure original signal.
Balanced connection therefore keeps the signal transfer
free from any kind of interference.
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Unpacking
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When you have received your EMBLA, you should make
sure that the shipping box is in its original state. If however
that should not be the case, please contact your dealer.
Please unpack your unit carefully; there are several parts
that can be damaged. We suggest that you to keep your
box and its interior. Save your plastic bag, inserts, and
carton. You may need these later for transporting the
EMBLA or for shipment in the event it ever requires factory
service.
Record the serial number (on rear panel) here for future
reference: _____________________________________________
Record the MAC address (on rear panel) here for future
reference: _____________________________________________
Please make sure that your shipping box contains the
following:
1 pc BLADELIUS EMBLA
1 pc BLADELIUS MJÖLNER (remote control)
1 pc Power cord
1 pc User manual
Placement
The EMBLA functions best when placed on a flat, stable
surface. Never place the EMBLA near heat sources such
as radiators, stoves, fireplaces or other heat-producing
appliances. Avoid placing the EMBLA where it will be
subjected to direct sunlight or extremely low temperature.
Avoid placing the EMBLA near strong electromagnetic
fields, such as large power amplifiers. Placement of the
unit near these fields can lead to problems with hum.
Cleaning
To clean the unit, use only a soft tissue (Kleenex type).
Never apply abrasive cleaners to the outer surfaces of the
unit.
Note!
At no time should liquid cleaners be applied directly to the
EMBLA, as direct application of liquids may result in damage
to electronic components within the unit.
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Getting started - Back panel connections
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Getting started
Back panel connections
AC INLET
Mains power switch
IEC Connector
Fuse holder
Analog Output
2. Left & Right Ch. Low
level output
1. Left & Right Ch. Normal
level output
R, L: Balanced output
Analog input
2. Left & Right Ch
analog input
1. Left & Right Ch
analog input
R, L: Balanced input
Digital input
4. TosLink
Optical
3. S/PDIF
Coaxial
2. AES/EBU
1. USB
Digital Output
3. TosLink
Optical
2. S/PDIF
Coaxial
1. AES/EBU
Communication
connectors
12 Volt trigger output
12 Volt trigger input
IR input for external IR
receiver
RS232 Software and
control port
RJ45 Network port
USB data port
Note! The USB device connected to the USB data port must be in FAT format to be recognized by Embla.
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Getting started - How to use the remote control
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How to use the remote control
The “CD”-button must have been pressed before any operations can be carried
out. Blank description means that the button has no function for Embla.
Button
Mute
Dim
Stand By
DVD
CD
Processor
Amp
Numerical
Buttons
Clear
Return
Menu
Navigation
Enter
Source +/Volume +/Setup
Mem
Goto
Display
Mode/Audio
Angle
Prog
Bal/Subtitle
< Slow >
< Fast >
Repeat
Time
< Skip >
Open/Close
Stop
Pause
Play
Description
Mutes the sound
Dims the front panel. Four steps- three different levels
and off.
Switches the player on and off
Activates DVD specific control buttons
Activates CD specific control buttons
Activates Processor specific control buttons
Activates Amp specific control buttons
Select playback track number
Used for delete tracks, albums or artists.
Exits the menu
Direct access to “Audio playback” menu.
Moves the cursor on the screen
Selects a marked item
Changes source input
Controls volume
Direct access to “Setup” menu.
Used for copying tracks, albums or artists from internal
memory to a connected USB device.
Hold button for Random mode (only if remote control is in
DVD-mode).
Fast motion back and forward
Activates repeat play (track or album)
Direct access to “Information” display.
Skips between different tracks
Controls the drawer
Stops a playing disc
Pauses a playing disc
Plays the disc in the drawer
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User interface overview - Playback display
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User interface overview
Playback display
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User interface overview - Display element description
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Display element description
Number
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Description
Setup menu button
Settings menu button
Information button
Backup button
CD playback button
Internal memory playback button
USB playback button
Network playback button
Audio playback menu button
Album Art of current playback album
Elapsed playback time
Increase master volume
Current master volume / mute indicator / master volume bypass
indicator
Decrease master volume
Indicator of new software available for download
Stop button
Play / pause button
Network present indicator
Skip track forward
USB device present indicator
Fast forward
CD present indicator
Fast reverse
Skip track backward
Change playback source previus
Change playback source next
Random playback indicator
Repeat playback indicator
Name of current artist, track and album
Name of an album for the selected artist.
Name of the selected artist.
Button for copy a selected artist, album or track to USB memory
device.
Button for delete of selected artist, album or track.
Button for closing the menu and return to playback display.
Page number of current display.
Total number of pages for the current selection or sub menu.
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How to navigate on the screen in Embla - Display element description
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How to navigate on the screen in Embla
Use the arrows up/down/left/right, enter and return on the remote control to
navigate between the different buttons, or press the buttons directly using the
touchscreen.
The buttons on the left upper corner are used for setup, information and backup
of CD. Some setup attributes are not open for change during audio playback.
The buttons on the right upper corner are used for playback operation. They are
only accessible when they are in use. For instance, you can only use the USB
playback button if a USB memory stick is connected to Embla.
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Basic operation - Backup a CD to internal memory
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Basic operation
Backup a CD to internal memory
Place a disc in the Embla drive. The system should prompt you that a new disk is
available for backup.
This prompt is only shown if the setting “Backup query at CD insertion” is set to
“On”. If you have this setting set to “Off” the backup prompt is never displayed.
Press the “Enter” button on the remote control or the record button on the
touchscreen to start the backup.
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Basic operation - Backup a CD to internal memory
Progress
Corrected errors
Uncorrected
errors
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shows in %
Shows how many errors it has corrected. If all errors are
corrected you have a bit perfect copy.
Shows how many uncorrected errors it has encountered.
If any uncorrected errors are detected then it will not be a bit
perfect copy.
It can take a while to backup a disc depending on its condition.
When done, it should state the numbers of corrected and uncorrected errors.
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Basic operation - Backup a CD to USB memory device
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You can also start a backup of a CD from the menu by selecting the “Backup”
button under the setup menu.
Backup a CD to USB memory device
If you want CD’s to backup to USB memory device you should change the setting
“Backup destination” to “USB”.
Note! The USB device must be in FAT format!
Change input level
Select the input that you want to change.
Press “Time” button on the remote control, or select the “Information” button in
the setup menu on the display. Use volume+ and volume- buttons to change the
input level.
Change source
Use the source+ button on the remote control or the touchscreen to change to
next input.
Use the source- button on the remote control or the touchscreen to change to
previous input.
Change volume
Use the volume+ button on the remote control or the touchscreen to increase the
volume.
Use the volume- button on the remote control or the touchscreen to decrease the
volume.
It is only possible to change volume if “Bypass master volume” in “Audio settings”
is set to “Off”.
Copy music from the internal memory to an external USB device
Press “Mem” button on the remote control, or the folder button on the
touchscreen. The system informs you to select the item you want to copy. Place
the cursor on the artist, album or track you want to copy and press enter, or
select directly with the touchscreen. The item is copied.
Note! The USB device must be in FAT format!
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Basic operation - Delete music from the internal memory
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Delete music from the internal memory
Press “Clear” button on the remote control, or the waste paper basket button on
the touchscreen. The system informs you to select the item you want to delete.
Place the cursor on the artist, album or track you want to delete and press enter,
or select directly with the touchscreen. The item is deleted.
Display currently played album
Press the “Return” button on the remote control to display the track list of the
album being played.
Display information about the currently played track
Press “Time” button on the remote control, or select the “Information” button in
the setup menu on the display, to display information about the track being
played.
Leave the menu
Press the “Return” button on the remote control, or step backwards in the menu
system with the left arrow button until you leave the menu, or select the close
button on the touchscreen.
Play a CD
Place a disc in the Embla drive. The system might prompt you that a new disk is
available for backup. Press return on the remote control to cancel the prompt. If
you want to have this prompt removed, you can set it up under settings in the
menu. Select the “CD playback” button in the “Audio playback menu” toolbar.
Press play, and the disc will start to play.
Play and pause playback of music
Use the “Play” button on the remote control or touchscreen to start or to continue
playback.
Use the “Pause” button on the remote control or touchscreen to pause playback.
Play fast forward and fast reverse
Use the fast forward button on the remote control or touchscreen to search fast
forward.
Use the fast reverse button on the remote control or touchscreen to search fast
backward.
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Basic operation - Play music from an external digital source
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Play music from an external digital source
There are four external digital inputs to play music from; balanced input
(AES/EBU), unbalanced input (Coax), optical input (toslink) and USB input
(computer). Select between the inputs by pressing the source+ or sourcebuttons.
Play music from an external USB mass storage device
Playing from a USB memory device works the same way as from the internal
memory. You access the track list through the USB memory playback button on
the display.
Play music from the internal memory
This will only work if you have made any backups of CD albums.
When you want to enter the music library, select the Audio playback menu button
in the upper right corner of the display, and then Internal memory playback
button. Navigate through artists and albums with the arrow-buttons on the remote
control, or use the touchscreen.
Browse artists
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Basic operation - Play music from the internal memory
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Browse albums
Browse tracks
Press enter to start the track of your choice, or select the track using the
touchscreen.
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Basic operation - Remove prompt for backup of inserted CD
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Remove prompt for backup of inserted CD
Change the setting “Backup query at CD insertion” in the “CD backup settings”
menu to “No”.
Skip tracks forward and backward
Use the skip forward button to skip track and start playback of the next track.
Use the skip backward button to start playback from the beginning of the track, or
skip to the previous track.
Stop playback of music
Use the “Stop” button to stop playback.
Update Embla software
1. Set the setting “Enable software updates”, in the menu “System settings”
page two, to “On”.
2. Put in the CD with the new software into Embla.
3. Restart Embla (put Embla in and out of standby).
4. Wait for Embla to update itself.
5. The update process is finished when the CD is out and the normal
playback display is shown.
Use random playback mode
Press and hold the “Angle” button on the remote control to toggle random mode
between “All” and “Off”, or change the setting “Random” in the “Playback
settings” menu.
Use repeated playback mode
Press the “Repeat” button on the remote control to toggle repeat mode between
“One” and “Off”, or change the setting “Repeat” in the “Playback settings” menu.
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Reference - Use repeated playback mode
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Reference
Display this settings menu by selecting the “Settings menu” button from the
“Setup menu” toolbar.
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Reference - Playback settings
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Playback settings
Random mode
Random mode is available for CD, internal memory and USB.
Options
Off *)
Random mode is disabled
All
Embla chooses randomly track between all tracks from the
selected source.
Repeat mode
Repeat mode is available for CD, internal memory and USB.
Options
Off *)
Repeat mode is disabled.
One
Embla repeats playback of one track continuously.
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Reference - Audio Settings
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Audio Settings
Bypass master volume
You can bypass the preamplifier/volume section in Embla by setting this to on
(bypass).
Caution: if you set it to “On” the level will be very high if connected to an
amplifier.
Use this setting when Embla is used together with a preamplifier or integrated
amplifier.
Options
Off *)
Bypass volume control is disabled. Volume control is enabled.
On
Bypass volume control is enabled. Volume control is disabled.
Note! This setting cannot be changed when playing or when an external
source is selected. The system has to be in stop mode.
Resampling frequency
By resampling to a higher sampling frequency you move out of noise further
away from the audio band.
Options
44 kHz
Resampling frequency is 44.1 kHz.
48 kHz
Resampling frequency is 48 kHz.
96 kHz
Resampling frequency is 96 kHz.
192 kHz *)
Resampling frequency is 192 kHz.
Opt
Default with Filter C. Optimized for analog like sound.
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Resampling mode
Options
On *)
Off
Resampling is active. Resampling filter is on.
Resampling is disabled, and audio bypasses the resampling
filter.
Filter Mode
Filter B and Filter C is optional, and can be purchased separately at your local
dealer.
Options
Filter A *)
Dac and filter based on our reference player Bladelius Gondul
M.
Filter B
Different DAC than A.
Filter C
Analog like digital filter for more analog like sound.
Pre-ringing is an artificial artifact
caused by traditional digital filters.
Humans can be sensitive to this
problem as it doesn’t occur in the real
world. This is the characteristic of Filter
A and Filter B.
Post-ringing is a normal occurrence
in the natural world, for example the
vibration of a drum after it is struck.
This is the characteristic of Filter B2.
Phase
Use this setting to correct some recordings that may be recorded out of phase, or
compensate if system overall is out of phase.
Options
Normal *)
Normal phase.
Inverted
Phase changed 180°.
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Reference - Audio Settings
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Digital output mode
Select what you want going out on digital outputs.
Options
Normal *)
The same sources as you are listening to are sent to the digital
outputs.
Internal
Internal puts out from internal Flash or disc, even if you have
selected a digital input as source. Use this if you want to loop
something like room correction unit or similar.
Off
Digital outputs are disabled.
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Reference - Audio Settings
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Analog input bypass
Use this setting to select the path for the analog input. It should normally be set
to On. The setting Off is for future use to enable digital processing.
Options
Off
Analog inputs are connected via ADC, digital processor and
DAC to the preamplifier.
On *)
Analog inputs are directly connected to the preamplifier.
ADC sampling frequency
Use this setting to select the sampling frequency for the analog input signal.
Options
96 kHz *)
Analog signal is sampled at 96kHz.
192 kHz
Analog signal is sampled at 192kHz.
ADC input sensitivity
Use this setting to adjust the input level to the analog to digital converter (ADC). It
should normally be set to Low.
Options
High
Use this setting if the analog output level seems to low.
Low *)
This setting should normally be used.
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Reference - CD backup settings
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CD backup settings
Backup query as CD insertion
This setting controls if Embla should prompt for every inserted disc that it is
available for backup.
Options
Yes *)
Embla will prompt for backup on disc insertion.
No
Embla will not prompt for backup on disc insertion. Backup has
to be started by selecting the “Backup” button from the “Setup
menu”.
Backup destination
Use this setting to select where store the CD backup.
Options
Internal *)
CD’s will backup to the internal memory.
USB
CD’s will backup to the USB device.
Note! The USB device must be in FAT format!
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Reference - CD backup settings
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Enable music database
Use this setting to select which music database to use to lookup CD artist, album
and trackname. If CD Text is available is has priority.
Options
Local *)
Embla will use internal music database to lookup CD artist,
album and track name. Use this setting if Embla is not
connected to the internet.
Network
Embla will use online music database, with the latest updates,
to lookup CD artist, album and track name. Use this setting if
Embla is connected to the internet.
Off
CD’s artist, album and track name will not be.
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Reference - Network settings
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Network settings
MAC address
This is the unique MAC address of this Bladelius Embla’s built in network
adapter.
Link status
This menu item displays the status of your network connection. Available values
are Down, 10Mb and 100Mb.
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Reference - System settings
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System settings
Display brightness level
You can select
Options
1
2
3 *)
4
5
Off
the brightness level on the display.
Lowest intensity. Use in home theater.
Normal intensity.
Highest intensity. Use in very light room, or in direct sunlight.
Display is off. The display is automatically lit up when the
remote control is used.
Display off timer
When Display brightness level is set to “Off”, this setting sets the time the display
will light up when a remote control command is being.
Options
Off *)
The display is not lit up automatically.
3, 7, 30, 60
Number of seconds the display is lit up before it turns off again.
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Reference - System settings
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Language
Select between languages on the display.
Options
English *)
The user interface is in English.
English US
The user interface is in US English.
Swedish
The user interface is in Swedish.
Chinese
The user interface is in English. Support for CD information in
Chinese is active.
Remote control input
External is for when you connect an external IR-receiver control electronics to the
IR-input on the rear panel.
Options
Normal *)
Use the built in remote control receiver.
Rear
Use an external remote control receiver connected to the back
of Embla.
Software version
This is the version of the primary software in Bladelius Embla.
DAC software version
This is the version of the secondary software in Bladelius Embla.
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Serial number
This is the unique serial number of this Bladelius Embla.
Enable media SW update
This setting must be “On” to be able to update the primary software in Bladelius
Embla. Enable software updates should normally be off, except when you want
to update the software with an updated disc from Bladelius Design Group.
Options
Off *)
Disable Embla from software updates.
On
Enable software updates.
Start network SW update
Select this menu item to start downloading and updating the primary software in
Bladelius Embla, if new software version is available. Do not power off during
update unless instructed to do so. The update process could take several
minutes depending on the network connection.
Touch-screen calibration
You can calibrate the touch control to synchronize the position of the menus and
buttons to the touch sensors, by tapping the prompted marks. The touch control
is calibrated in the factory and is normally not needed to be recalibrated.
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Reference - System settings
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Touch-screen sensitivity
Use this setting to adjust the touchscreen sensitivity. The touchscreen is affected
by huminity, size of fingers etc.
Options
Normal *)
Normal touchscreen sensitivity..
Low
Decreases the touchscreen sensitivity.
High
Increases the touchscreen sensitivity.
*) This option is factory default.
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