RioVolt SP-250 User Preference Guide Firmware Version 2.05

RioVolt SP-250 User Preference Guide
Firmware Version 2.05
Welcome to the RioVolt SP-250 Firmware 2.05 User guide. The firmware has many user
configurable features, and supercedes the features mentioned on the original getting started
poster and online manual. This guide is designed to help you understand the features available to
you, and to show you how to customize the player to your preferences. This guide only deals
with the User Preferences.
Please refer any questions or comments about this guide to our email address:
customersupport@sonicblue.com
Part 1 - User Preferences Layout
Part 2 - Navigation
Part 3 - Winamp Playlists
Part 4 - Battery Charging Tips
Part 1 - User Preferences Layout
Below is the layout of the User Preferences. Each option is described in more detail below.
General
Beep Sound Volume (0, 1, 2, 3, 4)
Resume (Off, On)
Sound Fade In (Off, On)
Language
CD Anti-shock (45 sec, 180 sec)
Load Default Value
Display
Backlight (Off, Button On, Adapter & Button On)
LCD Contrast
Remote Contrast
Visualization (Level Meter, Waveform)
Tag Information (Off, On)
Play Time Info (Normal, Remain)
Timer
Sleep Power Off(Min) (Off, on, set number of minutes)
Stop Power Off(Min) (set number of minutes)
Control
FF/RW Scan (Off, On)
FF/RW Skip (Off, 10, Directory)
FF/RW Scan Speed (1x, 2x, 4x, Vertical, Horizontal)
Remote Mode Button (Mode, Program, EQ)
Auto Pause (Off, On)
Mode
Repeat Mode (1, Dir, Dir All, All)
Shuffle Mode (Shuffle, 1, Dir, Dir All, All)
Intro Mode (Off, On, Highlight On)
Study (Off, 5 Sec, 10 Sec, Beep)
Name
User EQ
Bass Boost
Bass Corner Frequency
Treble Boost
Treble Corner Frequency
Setting Definitions
General
Beep Sound: Whenever a button is pressed on the RioVolt, an audible signal can be played to
alert you that something has happened. This can be useful if you are using the remote control and
cannot see the LCD screen. You have the ability to disable this feature (set volume to 0) or select
the volume of the beep.
Resume: With this feature enabled, if you stop the player or power it off, the last used play mode
and play position will be retained, along with the previous volume and EQ setting. For example:
If you stopped the player in the middle of track 3 with Shuffle enabled, when you press Play, it
will pick up in the middle of the track and keep the Shuffle enabled.
Sound Fade In: With this set to On, when the RioVolt uses the Resume feature, the volume of
the track will fade up to full volume instead of starting at the full volume after being stopped or
switching CDs.
Language: This feature allows you to select between various character displays for your track
information.
CD Anti-shock: This setting to set the ESP for standard audio CDs only. Use 45 seconds to
preserve battery life, or 180 seconds to help avoid skipping as much as possible. ESP is up to 8
minutes for MP3 and WMA files, and this cannot be adjusted.
Load Defaults: When Yes is selected, all of the User Preferences are set back to the
default/initial settings.
Display
Backight: This setting controls the LCD backlight. If this option is set to Button On, the
backlight will remain on for a few seconds when a button is pressed on the player. With this
option set to Off, the backlight will remain off at all times, to preserve battery life. When set to
Adapter & Button On, the backlight will remain lit all the time when on AC power, or when a
button is pressed on battery power.
LCD Contrast: Controls the contrast of the LCD display on the RioVolt player.
Remote Contrast: Controls the contrast of the LCD remote, if you have one.
Visualization: Controls whether Left/Right output or waveform is shown on LCD during
playback.
Tag Information: This setting controls the display of the ID3 tags for your MP3 tracks, if the
track has an ID3 tag. When set to On, the ID3 information will be displayed. When set to Off,
the ID3 tag information will not display. Note: If this option is turned Off during play, the ID3
tag information of previously played and buffered tracks may still show.
Play Time Info: The Normal setting displays the elapsed time of the track – it counts up from 0.
Setting this option to Remain shows how much time is left in the track – counting down to 0.
Timer
Sleep Power Off(Min): This option allows the player to power off automatically after a specific
amount of time. You may have this option Off, or set in 1 minute increments, up to 99 minutes.
Stop Power Off(Min): After the unit is set to STOP, this feature controls how long the player
remains inactive before turning itself off. When using battery power, a higher setting will shorten
the life of the batteries due to the inactive unit still drawing power. This is set in 1 minute
increments, from 1 minute to 60 minutes.
Control
FF/RW Scan:
ON - This feature will allow you to Fast Forward or Rewind through the current track. Holding
down the right button (Fast Forward) on the Joypad will scan forward through the track. Pressing
and holding the left button on the Joypad (Rewind) will scan backwards through the track.
OFF - Instead of scanning through the current track, it scans through the track list. . Holding
down the right button (Fast Forward) on the Joypad will scan forward through the playlist.
Pressing and holding the left button on the Joypad (Rewind) will scan backwards through the
playlist.
Note: When this option is On, scanning through an MP3 or WMA track will not sound as smooth
as scanning through a CD Audio track. Due to the nature of VBR (Variable Bit Rate) encoded
MP3 files, scanning through the track may not function properly.
FF/RW Skip:
10 - When this option is enabled, a short press, followed by a long press of the right button
on the Joypad (Fast Forward) will move you ahead 10 tracks in your playlist. A short press,
followed by a long press of the left button on the Joypad (Reverse) will move you back 10 tracks
in your playlist.
Directory - A short press, followed by a long press of the right button on the Joypad (Fast
Forward) will move you to the next directory. A short press, followed by a long press of the left
button on the Joypad (Rewind) will move you to the previous directory.
Off - A short press, followed by a long press on either Joypad button will have no affect.
FF/RW Scan Speed: This setting allows you to control the speed at which the unit scans through
the track. 1X is the slowest, 4X is the fastest. Vertical will scroll the text from top to bottom.
Horizontal will scroll the text from left to right.
Remote Mode Button: This feature allows you to reassign the function of a short press of the
Mode button on the Remote Control. You may assign the EQ button to perform the function of
the Program, Mode, or EQ button.
Auto Pause: When set to Yes, this will make the player pause between each track to display the
track information.
Mode
All of the settings in this feature set affect which options are available when pressing the Mode
button on the RioVolt. If an option is set to Off or is Unchecked, it will not be available when
pressing the Mode button on the player. For example, if you only use the Shuffle All mode, then
turning Off or unchecking all of the other options tell the RioVolt to only offer Shuffle All when
pressing the Mode button on the player.
Repeat Mode (can choose any number of these settings):
Repeat 1: This setting will continually repeat a single track.
Repeat Dir: This will play all of the tracks in the current directory, and then stop playing.
Repeat Dir All: This will play of the tracks in the current directly, and then repeat them.
Repeat All: This will play all of the tracks on the CD, and then repeat them.
Shuffle Mode (can choose any number of these settings):
Shuffle: This will play all of the tracks from the CD in a random order, and then stop playing.
1: Pressing the left or right joypad button will randomly select a track, which will then be
repeated continually.
Dir: This will play all of the tracks in the current directory in a random order.
Dir All: This will play all of the tracks in the current directory in a random order.
All: This will play all of the tracks on the CD in a random order. Once all of the tracks have
been played, it will re-shuffle the songs and play the entire CD again.
Intro Mode (choose only one setting): This feature will play the first 10 seconds of a track, and
then move on to the next track. Intro Highlight will skip to 1 minute into the track, and then play
Name
A short (up to 12 characters) text message can be implemented when the unit powers on or off.
Next/Back - select character
Navi - write character
Stop - cycle between ASCII and two byte code
Volume +/- - move cursor
Mode - delete character
Play - end text writing
*NOTE* For many users, you will need to press the Stop button to access the character set you
are looking for. Make sure you scroll through the different characters to find the correct one.
User EQ
Bass Boost: The Bass level may be set from 0 to 12 DB.
Bass Corner Frequency: The Bass frequency for the Bass Boost may be set to 50 Hz (Level 1),
100 Hz (Level 2), or 200 Hz (Level 3). If the Bass Boost is set to 0, the Bass Freq will have no
affect.
Treble Boost
Part 2 - Navigation
To access the User Preferences, press and hold down the Navi/Menu button. Use the Joypad to
select options and tabs, to move from screen to screen, and to exit out of the Setup Menu system.
Play Pause >||
Press to select a highlighted menu tab or to mark optional checkboxes.
Fast Forward >>|
Press to move forward from tab to tab, or to move the arrow forward to the checkbox you wish to
select. Press to increase settings where there is a sliding bar graph.
Rewind |<<
Press to move back from tab to tab, or to move the arrow back to the checkbox you wish to
select. Press to decrease settings where there is a sliding bar graph.
Stop []
Press to exit a menu screen or the entire Setup Menu.
Example: once in the Setup Menu...
1) Press the Fast Forward button to highlight the display tab.
2) Press the Play/Pause button to select the display tab and to highlight the back light tab.
3) Press the Fast Forward button to highlight the contrast tab.
4) Press the Play/Pause button to activate the LCD Contrast screen, which will display a sliding
bar scale that allows you to adjust the degree of contrast in the screen.
5) Press the Fast Forward button to increase the contrast and move the slide bar to the right, or
the Rewind button to decrease the contrast and move the slide bar to the left.
6) Press Stop to deactivate the LCD Contrast screen and to enter your selection.
7) Press Stop twice to exit the display tab and the Setup Menu.
There is a slight learning curve, and it may seem a little confusing at first, but with just a little
practice, you should soon be navigating and changing the options with ease.
Part 3 - Winamp Playlists
We support playlists created with the Winamp (http://www.winamp.com) software. Other
software may be used to create playlists, but we will only support those made with Winamp.
Winamp is a free program and may be downloaded from the link above.
Creating a Playlist: This is the supported method of creating a playlist. Playlists made any other
way might work, but if you run into difficulties, please follow these directions:
1) Create a folder into which you will copy all of the tracks you will burn to the CD. For
simplicity, we’ll call the folder “Volt” and put it on the root of the C:/ drive (C:\Volt).
2) Copy all of the tracks you want to burn onto the CD into this new folder (C:\Volt). You may
use sub-folders if you wish to keep tracks separated by album, artist, genre, etc.
3) Run Winamp and create a playlist using the tracks from C:\Volt, and be sure to save the
playlist in the C:\Volt folder. This is very important. The tracks and the playlists must be in the
same folder. Please note – we do not support the actual Winamp software, and you will need to
use the help menus in the software for assistance in creating playlists.
4) You may use multiple playlists, just repeat step 3 for each one.
5) Burn the contents of the C:\Volt folder the root of your CD. Ensure that the file structure
within the C:\Volt folder remains intact.
Running a Playlist:
1) Put your CD in the RioVolt and turn on the player.
2) The RioVolt will begin playing the first track on the CD. Press the joypad down to stop
laying the track.
3) Press the PROG button on the player. The first option is PROGRAM, which you would use to
program a playlist on the RioVolt. Below PROGRAM, you will see the playlists that are burnt
onto the CD. Use the joypad to select the playlist you wish to activate, then press the right arrow
(FF) on the joypad to activate it. The RioVolt will load up the information from the playlist and
Part 4 - Battery Charging Tips
To charge (and recharge) the batteries on the RioVolt SP-250, use the following steps:
1) Using the AC adapter, power up the unit as normal. Make sure Hold is set to the OFF position
on the side of the player.
2) Power down the unit as normal. You should see three options: Discharge and Charge, Charge,
or Quit. The option for Discharge and Charge will be selected.
3) Use the FF button on the joypad to cycle through the different choices. Select Charge. Press
the Stop button on the joypad to make this selection. *NOTE* After approximately one minute
on the Charge options screen, will automatically begin to charge the batteries, NOT discharge
and charge.
4) Recharging batteries may take 6-8 hours. After the unit is done, the unit will shut itself off.
Alternatively, you can stop the recharging process by disconnecting the AC power.
If you want to use other rechargeable batteries in the player, and have them charged in the
player, you will need to remove about 1/4th of an inch of the plastic cover from the negative
terminal (see the original shipping batteries as an example). This is not supported, and the unit
would be out of warranty should any damage be caused by attempting to charge other batteries
than the ones we ship.