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ZP-1 USER’S MANUAL
P/N: M51001-02A1
The team at Escient would like to take this opportunity to thank you
for purchasing an Escient FireBall product. Escient is committed to
providing our customers the most technologically advanced, yet easierthan-ever to use products that converge the power of the Internet with
home entertainment.
To maximize your enjoyment, please take a few minutes to review this
User’s Manual. It will guide you through all the features and benefits of
your new FireBall.
If you should need assistance please call our Customer Support Staff at
800.372.4368
The Escient Team
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SETUP
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REGISTRATION
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CONNECTING TO A FIREBALL
MUSIC SERVER
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POWER STATES
FRONT AND BACK PANEL OVERVIEW
REMOTE OVERVIEW
ENTERING TEXT WITH THE REMOTE CONTROL
Entering Numeric Entry Mode
Typing Characters with the Remote
AUDIO / VIDEO OUTPUTS
RS-232 CONNECTIONS
IR CONNECTIONS
ETHERNET CONNECTIONS
ETHERNET CONNECTION TEST
CONNECTING TO A DIFFERENT FIREBALL SERVER
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ABOUT THIS MANUAL
RECORD YOUR SERIAL NUMBER
MANUAL DISCLAIMERS
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
TRADEMARKS & SERVICE MARKS
WARRANTY INFORMATION
ESCIENT PRIVACY POLICY
CONTACT INFORMATION
COPYRIGHT
TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
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PRODUCT INTRODUCTION
THANK YOU
BROWSING YOUR MUSIC LIBRARY
SHOW AND HIDE TRACKS
PLAYING THE CURRENT TITLE
SELECTING A DIFFERENT SONG
CHANGING THE GUIDE VIEW
View By Artist
View By Artist-Title
View By List
View By Title-Artist
View By Song-Artist
View By Cover
Using the Guide Views
CHANGING THE CURRENT PLAY MODE
Jukebox Play Modes
VIEWING BY GENRE
USING THE JUKEBOX QUEUE
Adding Songs and Playing the Jukebox Queue
Reordering the Jukebox Queue
Removing a Song from the Jukebox Queue
Clearing the Entire Jukebox Queue
Saving the Jukebox Queue
Exiting Jukebox Mode
LISTENING TO INTERNET RADIO
BROWSING INTERNET RADIO STATIONS
PLAYING THE CURRENT STATION
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MANAGING YOUR MEDIA
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SETTING USER PREFERENCES
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EDITING MUSIC INFORMATION
Editing Disc Info
Editing Track Names
CREATING PLAYLISTS
EDITING PLAYLISTS
DELETING PLAYLISTS
CREATING GROUPS
EDITING GROUPS
DELETING GROUPS
DELETING MUSIC
ADDING INTERNET RADIO STATIONS
EDITING RADIO INFORMATION
UPDATING THE INTERNET RADIO STATIONS LIST
SELECTING YOUR LANGUAGE
SETTING THE SCREEN SAVER PREFERENCES
Activation Idle Time
Other Modes
Retail Demo Mode
SETTING YOUR TIME ZONE
CUSTOMIZABLE USER INTERFACE
ENABLING PASSWORD PROTECTION
ETHERNET SETTINGS
SERVER SETTINGS
FIREBALL MUSIC SHARING
VIDEO FORMAT
CENTERING THE FIREBALL SCREEN
ADJUSTING YOUR TV’S BRIGHTNESS
ADJUSTING YOUR TV’S CONTRAST
ADJUSTING YOUR TV’S SHARPNESS
ADJUSTING YOUR TV’S COLOR AND TINT
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LISTENING TO MUSIC
IR REMOTE CONTROL
DIRECT ACCESS CODES
BUTTON OVERLAY
SERIAL COM PORT
CONTROLLING FIREBALL FROM OTHER DEVICES
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TROUBLESHOOTING
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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NETWORK PROBLEMS
SOFTWARE UPDATE PROBLEMS
FIREBALL UTILITIES
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SPECIFICATIONS
Video Specifications
Audio Specifications
Physical Specifications
3rd Party Certifcations
FCC Part 15, Subpart B
CONTROLLING FIREBALL FROM A
WEB BROWSER
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GRACENOTE® END-USER
LICENSE AGREEMENT
NETWORKED AUDIO USING
FIREBALL MUSIC CLIENTS
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ESCIENT TECHNICAL SUPPORT
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GETTING INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR FIREBALL
RESTARTING THE SYSTEM
UPDATING THE SOFTWARE
SETTING UP THE FIREBALL WEB SERVER
USING THE WEB USER INTERFACE
ID3 TAG SUPPORT
SERVERS
CLIENTS
CONFIGURING A FIREBALL SERVER
CONFIGURING A FIREBALL CLIENT
Networking
Server Selection
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EXTERNAL CONTROL
PRODUCT INTRODUCTION
Thank you for purchasing a FireBall Media Management system from Escient (a division of D&M Holdings).
ABOUT THIS MANUAL
This FireBall User’s Manual is intended to provide the reader with an overview of the main features and benefits of the Escient FireBall Media
Management System. For more information, please refer to the Escient web site (www.escient.com) or contact your Escient dealer.
RECORD YOUR SERIAL NUMBER
The serial number for this unit is located at the rear of the device. Please record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to it whenever
you call Escient Tech Support (800.372.4368) regarding this product.
FireBall Serial Number:
FireBall™ ZP-1 User’s Manual
MANUAL DISCLAIMERS
At the time of printing, the screen shot images in this manual matched the interface screens. However, since FireBall has the capability of
downloading software updates and enhancements on a regular basis, the resulting screen updates may no longer match the images in this manual.
Please check the Escient website for more information about software updates.
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Warning: This device uses the mains plug as the means to disconnect the unit, this unit remains
powered unless disconnected from the mains source.
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WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
• Do not use this apparatus near water.
• Clean only with a dry cloth.
• Do not block any ventilation openings.
• Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.
• To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove the cover. No user serviceable parts are
inside. Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.
• To prevent electric shock, do not use a 3 wire to 2 wire adapter plug.
• A three prong grounded outlet is required.
• You are cautioned that any change or modification not expressly approved in this manual or
approved in writing by an authorized representative of Escient could void your warranty and/
or your authority to operate this equipment.
• Prolonged use of any video device which produces a static (non-moving, non-changing) or
repetitive image on your projector, television or plasma display device can cause “screen
burn-in”. You are encouraged to leave the FireBall screen-saver turned on and set to the
lowest possible “time-out” duration.
TRADEMARKS & SERVICE MARKS
Escient®, the Escient logo, and FireBall® are trademarks of Digital Networks North America.
FireBall and Physital are trademarks of Escient®.
Other product names mentioned herein are used for identification purposes only and may be
trademarks of their respective companies.
Music recognition technology and related data are provided by Gracenote®. Gracenote is
the industry standard in music recognition technology and related content delivery. For more
information visit www.gracenote.com.
CD and music-related data from Gracenote, Inc., copyright © 2000-2006 Gracenote.
Gracenote and CDDB are registered trademarks of Gracenote. The Gracenote logo and
logotype, and the “Powered by Gracenote” logo are trademarks of Gracenote.
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Gracenote CDDB® Client Software, copyright 2000-2006 Gracenote. This product and service
may practice one or more of the following U.S. Patents: #5,987,525; #6,061,680; #6,154,773,
#6,161,132, #6,230,192, #6,230,207, #6,240,459, #6,330,593, and other patents issued or pending.
WARRANTY INFORMATION
Terms of Coverage - Each Escient branded media management system sold comes with a standard one (1) year warranty. This warranty provides
no-charge coverage under normal product usage, for a period of one year from the date of registration and/or purchase (whichever is earlier). This
warranty program provides the following key features and benefits:
• Twelve (12) months service, parts and labor.
• Five (5) day turn around time on all standard in-warranty repairs. No charges to the customer other than in-bound shipping charges which are
determined by the shipping method. All return shipments will be via Standard Ground Transportation (approximately 5 business days).
• Twelve (12) months of regular hour telephone support (9AM to 7PM EST), Monday through Friday.
• 24-hour email response from the Escient Support Website.
• Software maintenance updates provided via a broadband or dial-up Internet connections.
• Access to 24-hour music and movie databases and entertainment services providing access to thousands of CD and DVD titles and associated
information.
What is Not Covered - Escient products are sold through Escient approved dealers. A number of items must remain intact in order for Escient to
verify and validate this warranty. Additionally, there are several conditions which violate Escient’s warranty program. These include:
• The product was not purchased through an approved Escient Dealer.
• Any product, on which the serial numbers has been defaced, modified or removed physically or electronically will not be covered by an Escient
warranty.
• Escient will not cover under warranty damage to the product as a result of accident, misuse, abuse, neglect, fire, water, lightning, or other acts
of God or nature, improper storage, unauthorized modification, or failure to follow instructions.
• Any type of unauthorized repair or modifications made to the system resulting in damage to the product will not be covered under this warranty.
• Damage caused to the product as a result of improper shipping or installation.
• Any problems related to the use of the product which is not a direct problem with the product.
• Damage caused to the product as a result of improper installation to third party peripherals or products, or incorrect connection to peripheral or
products.
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What is Covered - The goal of this warranty is to cover operational problems that might arise with your product during normal use. This includes
failure to start, improper operation, or intermittent failures. As part of the warranty, Escient will pay for all labor and materials used in the repair of
the system. Escient reserves the right to use new or factory refurbished parts in the repair of these in-warranty systems. Escient will also pay for the
return shipment of the repaired system via standard ground transportation. At Escient’s discretion, the Company will repair or replace any system sent
in for repair. Upon repair, the product will be new or like-new in condition and will meet all necessary regulatory requirements.
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Additionally, Escient does not cover the following items under the terms or its warranty programs:
Installation or removal charges.
Cost of initial technical adjustments (setup costs).
Battery replacement.
Escient’s sole liability for any defective product is limited to the repair or replacement of the product at our discretion. Escient shall not be liable
for damages to other property caused by defects in this product, damages based upon inconvenience, loss of use of the product, loss of time or data,
commercial loss or any other damages, whether real, incidental or consequential.
Escient shall not be liable for damage or loss of data including but not limited to music recorded to storage devices. It is the customer’s responsibility
to maintain the original media and/or appropriate backup copies within the specific rights of the media’s copyright holder.
How to Return a Product - Contact your dealer or Escient’s Customer Support group at 800-372-4368.
Upon reviewing the request for repair under warranty provisions, Escient’s Technical Support group will issue a Return Material Authorization
(RMA) number. This number is to be attached to the outside of the shipping carton. Additional instructions will be provided by technical support.
Please be sure to use original packing carton and internal packing materials to assure proper shipment of the system. Insurance costs are the
responsibility of the customer. Most shippers only provide standard coverage for $100 in cost so please protect yourself by providing additional
insurance for the returned product.
Out of Warranty Repair - Escient provides out of warranty repair service on a cost plus labor basis. Minimum charges will apply. Technical support
will provide information on this service at the time of the call.
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Please have the following information ready for your dealer or Escient’s Customer Support technician:
• Product Serial Number
• Model Number
• Date of Registration or Purchase
• Place of Purchase
ESCIENT PRIVACY POLICY
Escient is committed to providing you with a product that you enjoy and are confident in using, and are committed to providing services in a private
and secure environment.
We recognize and respect each individual user’s privacy and have created this Privacy Policy to demonstrate our commitment to your privacy.
We want you to be fully informed about the information that we collect, why we collect it, and with whom we share it.
It is our hope that, after reading this notice, you will understand our commitment to privacy and be confident that we will use your information
responsibly. By using the Escient FireBall, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy.
The option to read the Escient Privacy Policy appears on the zip code screen of the Quick Start automatic setup procedure. In addition, you can
access the statement at any time by pressing the SETUP key and choosing the GENERAL menu, and then selecting the PRIVACY POLICY option..
Escient
6640 Intech Blvd. Suite 250
Indianapolis, Indiana 46278
Phone: 800-372-4368 Press “2” for Sales, or “3” for Support
Fax: 317-616-6790
Internet: www.escient.com
Email: support@escient.com
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 7pm EST
COPYRIGHT
This manual is copyright ©2006 by D&M Holdings and Escient. All rights reserved.
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CONTACT INFORMATION
Escient may be contacted by using the following information. Once you have worked with your local Escient dealer, we encourage you to contact us
if you are in need of any further assistance.
TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
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Following are terms used throughout this manual:
• Button - refers to a graphic item on the display screen.
• Group - a collection of similar music titles. Standard genre groups are provided and custom groups can be created by the user.
• Highlight - highlighting is used to indicate the user’s selection on screen. When the selection moves up, down, left, or right, the highlight
moves to the next nearest item. No action is taken (except that more information may be displayed on the screen) until the Select key is
pressed.
• Info Text Area - the portion of the guide screen used to display information about the highlighted title.
• Playlist - a collection of one or more music tracks or songs.
• Title - a collection of music tracks commonly referred to as a CD, Album or Playlist.
• Key - refers to one of the buttons on your remote or keyboard.
• MP3 - a compressed digital audio format. MP3 files are smaller than the original CD tracks and sound almost identical.
• FLAC - a lossless compressed digital audio format. FLAC files are smaller than the original CD tracks and are bit for bit duplicates of the
original.
• WMA - a digital audio format from Microsoft which stands for Windows Media Audio.
• AAC - is a digital audio format similar to MP3 which stands for Advanced Audio Coding
• Guide - a grid or list of information, used to browse your media library.
• Player - the screen used to display the currently playing media.
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SETUP
This manual assumes that you followed the printed “Quick Setup Guide” that came with your FireBall. If you have not properly connected your
FireBall to your audio/video system, please go back and follow the “Quick Setup Guide” guide before continuing with this User Manual.
POWER STATES
After the FireBall unit is plugged in, the Standby LED located next to the power button will flash red until the startup process is complete.
Please wait. This may take several minutes.
When the Standby LED is solid RED, the FireBall is now in a standby
or “sleep” mode. There is no video output when FireBall is in standby
mode. Press the Power button (on the front panel or on the remote) once
and the video output is displayed on your TV. The unit is now ON and
the LED will be solid GREEN.
If power is removed from FireBall for any reason, including a power outage or if the unit is unplugged, FireBall will automatically return to the
Standby state as soon as power is restored. When FireBall is turned on again, FireBall will return to the same source mode that it was in when power
was lost.
To force the FireBall to restart, PRESS and HOLD the Power button on the front of the unit for 4 seconds, and release it when the standby LED
starts blinking.
When the Standby LED is RED and FireBall has completed its startup process, press the Power button once to turn on the FireBall.
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To change from the ON mode back to the standby or “sleep” mode,
press the Power button on the front panel or on the remote once. The
video output will go blank and the LED will be solid red.
FRONT AND BACK PANEL OVERVIEW
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2 - POWER ON/OFF
3 - IR WINDOW
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2 - DIGITAL AUDIO OPTICAL OUT
3 - ANALOG AUDIO OUT RIGHT / LEFT
4 - VIDEO OUT: COMPOSITE / S-VIDEO / COMPONENT
5 - RS-232
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REMOTE OVERVIEW
UNIVERSAL SOURCE SELECT
TV / Cable / Receiver / DVD - used to configure the remote to control
other devices.
ZP-1 SOURCE MODES SELECT
Used to select the media source
TRANSPORT CONTROLS
Rewind / Play / Forward / Record / Stop /
Pause - used to control playback of music.
Also used for text entry and for canceling certain operations.
GUIDE
Guide / Player - toggles between Guide and Player screens.
INFO
Info - displays additional music info
VOLUME CONTROL
Volume Up / Volume Down / Mute - Universal remote can be
configured to operate volume on TVs and receivers.
KEY PAD
Alpha / Numeric / Enter - used for entering numbers and text.
Also used for searching in the music and radio guides.
CONTROL
Mode - changes music play modes: normal, random, repeat etc.
Setup - displays Setup menu.
POWER
Power - used to toggle the current source device on and off.
FIREBALL SELECT
FireBall 1 / FireBall 2 / FireBall 3 / FireBall 4 - use FB1 to control
the FireBall. Use other FB buttons if additional FireBall products are
installed.
ALL / NONE
Toggle ALL or NONE on Select Guides.
NAVIGATION & SELECT
Up / Down / Left / Right / Select - used to navigate and
select on-screen menus and buttons.
VIEW / MENU
View / Menu - toggles through various Guide Views (artist, title, cover).
CONTROL
Options - displays Options menu.
CHANNEL / PAGE CONTROL
Channel/Page Up/Down - used to page up and down in
uide and Player screens.
MACRO FUNCTION
Macro Function - used to directly access various music and radio items
and controls.
DISC PLAY FUNCTIONS
Previous / Next - skip disc functions.
MUSIC PLAY FUNCTIONS
Repeat / Random - used to cause the system to play the current
group/genre in repeat or random playback mode.
MUSIC JUKEBOX
Add-Jukebox / Play-Jukebox - used to add the currently highlighted
music track to the Jukebox playlist and to play the Jukebox playlist.
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CODE SET
Code Set - used to set the universal IR source buttons.
ENTERING TEXT WITH THE REMOTE CONTROL
The remote control can be used to enter text in all text fields. This text entry capability is provided
to allow you to fill out short text fields – such as those that occur in the setup and edit screens.
FireBall’s wireless keyboard should be used when extended typing is required.
Typing Characters with the Remote
The remote control based text entry capability is similar to that provided on standard telephones and
cell phones. Each numeric key has characters associated with it that can be accessed by pressing
the key one or more times. You have .5 seconds after a key is pressed to enter a second character
from the same key. If you press the same key within .5 seconds, the second character associated
with that key replaces the initial character. If you do not press the same key within .5 seconds, the
text cursor moves to the next location so that the same key can be pressed again to enter a second
character.
The “2”, “3”, “4”, “5”, “6”, and “8” keys each support three letters and one number and can be
pressed from one to seven times to display upper case, lower case, and numeric characters. The “7”
and “9” keys both support four letters and one number and can be pressed from one to nine times.
The “1” and “0” keys support all of the special characters and will cycle through each character for
every key press.
The text characters follow the same convention used by a standard telephone – except in the case of
the “1” and “0” keys which contain additional characters.
When entering characters at the beginning of a field or characters that follow a space, FireBall
assumes that upper case characters are preferred. Therefore, characters are entered in the following
cycle – uppercase, lowercase, and numeric. For example, the first key press enters an uppercase
letter corresponding to the first letter associated with the key. Pressing the “2” key once displays an
“A” in the text field, pressing the “2” key twice displays a “B”, pressing it again will
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Entering Numeric Entry Mode
In fields where FireBall expects only numeric characters to be entered (such as phone number
fields), an indicator will appear on the screen that displays the letters “123” indicating that only
numbers can be entered.
display a “C”. The fourth key press displays a lower case “a”, the fifth key press displays a lower case “b”, and the sixth key press displays a lower
case “c”. Lastly, pressing the “2” key a seventh time displays the number “2”.
When entering the second character in a text field or the second character following a space, FireBall assumes that lower case is preferred and the
character entry cycles in the following pattern – lowercase, uppercase, and numeric.
Alpha Mode
1stcharacter or 1st character after a space
Alpha Mode 2nd character or 2nd
character after a space
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1. / , ? ‘ : ; &~!
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abcABC2
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DEFdef3
defDEF3
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ghiGHI4
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jklJKL5
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mnoMNO6
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pqrsPQRS7
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tuvTUV8
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The following text entry table describes the sequence of characters that appear when specific keys are pressed on the remote:
AUDIO / VIDEO OUTPUTS
FireBall has two audio and video output formats
and connectors including:
AUDIO
• Analog Audio
• Digital Optical Audio
Video
• Composite Video
• S-Video
• Component Video
All audio and video outputs are active at the same time, so you can use as many as you like without causing signal degradation.
The Component output will provide the best possible video quality for the FireBall User Interface, but will require that your video system has an
available Component input. The composite and S-Video outputs are typically used for an a/v distribution system, such as the Xantech AV-61 or the
Niles ZR-4630/8630 distribution systems.
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The Digital Optical output will provide the best possible sound quality for the FireBall, but will require that your audio system has an available
Digital Optical input. The Analog Audio output is typically for any other system without Digital inputs.
RS-232 CONNECTIONS
The COM port is to be used for connecting a wired touch panel or to interface with a third party control system such as AMX or Crestron.
Pin outs for the RS-232 input
IR CONNECTIONS
The direct IR input jack on the back panel of the FireBall is for controlling FireBall from a wired IR distribution system such as a Xantech system.
This connection must be an IR signal with a 36kHz carrier using an 1/8” mono or stereo connector.
The IR input jack provides 12V power. This means that you can directly connect a 12V IR receiver (like the Xantech series 291 units) to the FireBall
using a 1/8” stereo connector. A mono 1/8”direct IR input can be safely used as FireBall will automatically detect the differnt cable and ground the
voltage to protect your IR system from damage.
Pin outs for the Wired IR input
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Note: You should use the Ethernet control system for controlling FireBall from a third party control system whenever possible. Using the Ethernet control
system frees up the last COM port for other purposes, allows much longer distances between FireBall and the control system, and provides a much faster
path for data transfer.
ETHERNET CONNECTIONS
The Ethernet jack on the back panel of the FireBall accepts any standard
twisted pair CAT5 Ethernet cable. If you are connecting FireBall to a home
network, you typically connect a standard Ethernet cable from your Ethernet
router or hub to the FireBall.
There are different grades, or categories, of twisted-pair cabling. Category 5
is the most reliable and widely compatible, and is highly recommended. It runs
easily with 10Mbps networks, and is required for 100Mbps networks. You can
buy Category 5 cabling that is pre-made, or you can cut & crimp your own.
Straight-through cables are used for connecting computers to a hub. Crossed
cables are used for connecting a hub to another hub (there is an exception:
some hubs have a built-in uplink port that is crossed internally, which allows
you to uplink hubs together with a straight cable instead).
In a straight-through cable, wires 1, 2, 3, and 6 at one end of the cable are also
wires 1, 2, 3, and 6 at the other end. In a crossed cable, the order of the wires
change from one end to the other: wire 1 becomes 3, and 2 becomes 6.
To figure out which wire is wire number 1, hold the cable so that the end of the
plastic RJ-45 tip (the part that goes into a wall jack first) is facing away from
you. Flip the clip so that the copper side faces up (the springy clip will now be
parallel to the floor). When looking down on the coppers, wire 1 will be on the
far left.
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Category 5 cables can be purchased or crimped as either straight-through or
crossed. A Category 5 cable has 8 thin, color-coded wires inside that run from
one end of the cable to the other. Only wires 1, 2, 3, and 6 are used by Ethernet
networks for communication. Although only four wires are used, if the cable
has 8 wires, all the wires have to be connected in both jacks.
CAT5 cabling should not exceed 100 meters. The
following drawing depicts the typical wiring scheme for
CAT5.
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For more information about wiring an Ethernet network,
please refer to the Linksys web site
(www.linksys.com).
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REGISTRATION
Registering your FireBall is accomplished automatically when you go through the Quick Start
process described in the User’s Manual. Registration includes properly configuring your FireBall
for Internet access and then connecting to the Escient servers to register your serial number and
download the latest Internet Radio stations.
If you have trouble completing the automatic registration process, check your connections, access to your
Internet service, or select MANUAL to manually configure your nework settings. During this process you
may use the Ethernet Connection Test to help troubleshoot your network.
1. Check the Ethernet Network Link - The green LED next to the FireBall’s back panel Ethernet jack
should be on when properly connected to an Ethernet network.
2. From the Ethernet Connection Quick Start screen, select the “perform test” button. This will start
the Ethernet Connection test which will test the following network settings:
a. The ethernet link to your router or hub.
b. The DHCP addressing if you selected Dynamic IP Addressing.
c. The connection to your default Gateway (your route to the Internet).
d. The connection between your router and the Escient server. If any of these tests fail, check
your ethernet wiring with the proper test equipment, make sure your router is properly
configured as a DHCP router, and that you can access the internet using the same network
connection using a PC.
Note: Check with your ISP or network administrator if you
need assistance determining whether or not you should
use DHCP IP addressing. If you are going to use a static
IP address, it must be in the proper range assigned to your
subnet. Again, check with your ISP or network administrator
before using a static IP address.
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ETHERNET CONNECTION TEST
CONNECTING TO A FIREBALL MUSIC SERVER
FireBall ZP-1 streams audio from a FireBall Server over an Ethernet
network. Your FireBall ZP-1 Music Player must be on the same
Ethernet network as your FireBall server. This section will assume that
you have properly connected your FireBall client to the same network
as your FireBall server. Please refer to the FireBall ZP-1 Quick Setup
document for instructions on properly connecting your FireBall ZP-1 to
your Ethernet network before proceeding with this section.
If your FireBall ZP-1 is properly configured on the same Ethernet
network as your FireBall Music Server, the ZP-1 will automatically
select the first server it sees on the network and connect to it upon
startup. You won’t have to do anything else.
Follow these steps to manually select a FireBall Music Server:
1. Press the SETUP key on the remote to display the Setup menu.
2. Select the NETWORK menu.
3. Select the SERVER CONNECTION menu.
4. Select the name of the FireBall server you want to connect to.
5. Select the SAVE button to save your selection.
The Music Guide will appear and display the music content from your
FireBall server or from your computer if you are running FireBall-PC
software. You can now access all of your music using the FireBall
ZP-1.
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CONNECTING TO A DIFFERENT FIREBALL SERVER
If you have more than one server on your network, you can manually
select a different server using the Server Connection screen.
LISTENING TO MUSIC
BROWSING YOUR MUSIC LIBRARY
Now that you have gotten your music into your FireBall, it’s time to enjoy
it! The Music Guide allows you to browse, locate, and play all of your
music in one easy to use on-screen guide. Press the MUSIC key on the
remote control to access your music collection.
The Music Guide displays a scrolling list of all your Music Titles. Using
the remote control, you can navigate up and down the list. As each Title
is highlighted, you will notice that the Information Area and Cover Art
changes to reflect the currently highlighted Title.
Press the SELECT key again (when a Title is highlighted) to collapse the
current Title and hide the track names.
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SHOW AND HIDE TRACKS
If you press the SELECT key on the remote control, you will expand the
current Title to reveal a list of the Title’s TRACKS.
PLAYING THE CURRENT TITLE
Playing the currently highlighted Title is the same as
playing a CD in a conventional CD player. Simply
press the PLAY key on the remote control and it begins
to play from track 1.
Note: If you press SELECT with a Track highlighted, you
will start playback from the selected Track.
SELECTING A DIFFERENT SONG
In the Music Player you can navigate up and down the
track list using the remote control. Highlight a different
song and press SELECT to play the song.
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You’ll notice that a new screen appears with a list of the
songs (or tracks) on the current Title, this is the Music
Player screen. The Music Player displays the artist
name, album name, album cover art, and track list for
the current Title.
CHANGING THE GUIDE VIEW
The GUIDE button on the remote control is used to switch between the Music Guide and Music
Player screens. When you are viewing the Music Player screen, press the GUIDE button to return to
the Music Guide.
The Music Guide provides you with several ways to view the contents of your Music Library. One
of the easiest ways to browse and sort your Music Library is by using the Music “Views”. There are
four Views that you can switch between using the “MENU/VIEW” key on the remote control:
Artist
Artist - Title
Title - Artist
Song
List
Cover
View By Artist
View By Artist is the default View and displays your Music Library alphabetically from A to Z
using according to the Artist Name. Expanding the Artist Name displays the albums by that artist.
Further expanding the albums, displays the songs within each album.
View By Artist-Title
View By Artist-Title displays your Music Library alphabetically from A to Z using according to the
Artist Name then the Album Name.
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View By Title-Artist
View By Title will order the list of Titles
alphabetically from A to Z, according to the Album
Name then the Artist Name.
View By Song-Artist
View By Song will order the list of Titles
alphabetically from A to Z, according to the Song
Name.
View By Cover
View By Cover displays a graphical grid of album
cover art, sorted alphabetically from A to Z,
according to the Artist Name then Album
Name.
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Using the Guide Views
You can select which Music Guide Views
to cycle through when pressing the VIEW
button on the remote. This allows you to use
all of the views or just the ones that you find
most useful for browsing your music library.
Select Music Options, then Guide Views
to display the Guide Views options screen.
Highlight then select/unselect each view that
you want to include in the cycle.
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View By List
View By List displays a nine line hierarchical view
of your music library starting by Genre, then by
Artist, Album, and finally by songs.
CHANGING THE CURRENT PLAY MODE
The default Play Mode will play the current Title from Track 1 to the last track in order, then stop. If
you want to change the order of how tracks are played, there are six different Play Modes to choose
from:
• Normal - play each track in order in the current Title, then stop.
• Repeat Track - repeat the same track over and over until you press stop.
• Repeat Title - play each track in the current Title in order then repeat the entire disc until you
press stop.
• Repeat Group - play each track in each title in the current group and then repeat them until
you press stop.
• Random Title - randomly select and play a track from within the current title. Continue until
you press stop or every track in the current title is played.
• Random Group - randomly select and play a track from any title in the current group.
Continue until you press stop or every track in the current group is played
Jukebox Play Modes
If Jukebox mode is enabled, the available Play Modes will be:
• Normal - play the jukebox queue in order, then stop
• Repeat - play the jukebox queue in order, over and over without stopping
• Random - randomly select and play a track from the jukebox queue until ypu press stop or
every track in the queue has been played.
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To change the current Play Mode, press the MODE key on the remote control. Each press of
the MODE key will switch to the next Play Mode. Stop pressing the MODE key when you see
the desired Play Mode appear on the screen. You can also directly select a Play Mode using the
OPTIONS key and the Play Mode menu item.
VIEWING BY GENRE
In addition to the current Guide View, the Music Guide automatically organizes your Music into default “Genres” also called “Groups”. The Group
Bar displays a horizontal scrolling list of Genres corresponding to the music in your library. Five Genres or Groups are visible at one time. The “All”
genre is the default, which displays all Titles in your Music Library.
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Using the LEFT and RIGHT arrow keys on the remote, you can select a different Genre. Notice that the list of Titles updates to show only Titles in the
selected Genre.
• Scroll all the way to the left to return to the All Genre.
• Genre list will scroll to the right to reveal more Genres.
• Refer to the section “Managing Your Media” for instructions on creating your own groups from favorite music titles
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USING THE JUKEBOX QUEUE
By default, FireBall plays music from a “playlist” or “disc” based song list, meaning that you
select an Artist-Title, Title, or Cover and it plays the entire Album you selected (according to the
current Play Mode). If you select something else, what is currently playing is stopped and the newly
selected music starts to play.
Alternatively, the Jukebox Mode allows you to create a list of songs (or a song queue if you will) to
play while you are listening to something else, similar to the way you would use a traditional coin
operated jukebox.
Follow these steps to select and play music using the Jukebox Mode:
1. Press the MUSIC key on the remote to make sure you are in the Music Source Mode.
2. Locate and highlight any Genre, Artist, Album, or Song in the Music Guide that you want to
play in Jukebox mode.
3. Press the ADD JUKEBOX key on the remote control to add the highlighted item to your
Jukebox Queue.
4. Press the PLAY JUKEBOX key on the remote control to display the Music Player screen
and play your Jukebox Queue.
5. If you want to add more music to your Jukebox Queue, press the GUIDE key on the remote
to return to the Music Guide and use the ADD JUKEBOX key to add more music. You will
notice that music you Add doesn’t play right away as it is added to the end of the Jukebox
Queue.
Note: Some FireBall products will have ADD FAVORITES and PLAY FAVORITES keys on the remote
control instead of Jukebox keys. Use these keys to add and play your Jukebox Queue.
The Jukebox Queue has a limit of 500 songs so FireBall will automatically balance and adjust the
contents of the queue as you select items into it. For example, if your Jukebox Queue already has
500 items, you can still use the ADD JUKEBOX key to add another artist (which may contain
several albums and dozens of songs) to the queue. FireBall will add tracks from the selected artist
into the queue while automatically removing other tracks to make room for the new ones.
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Adding Songs and Playing the Jukebox Queue
Reordering the Jukebox Queue
Follow these steps to reorder tracks in the Jukebox Queue:
1. Make sure you are viewing the Music Player screen or press the
GUIDE button to hide the Guide and display the Player screen.
2. Highlight the track you want to move.
3. Press the LEFT arrow key on the remote to move the highlighted
track up in the Jukebox Queue or press the RIGHT arrow key to
move it down.
Saving the Jukebox Queue
Follow these steps to save the Jukebox Queue as a Playlist:
1. Press the MUSIC key on the remote to make sure you are in the
Music Source Mode.
2. Select the Jukebox Menu Item.
3. Select the Save as Playist button.
4. Follow the same steps for creating and saving a New Playlist.
A new playlist is created on your FireBall and your Jukebox Queue is
left in tact. This is a way to periodically save of the Jukebox Queue for
Follow these steps to remove one song at a time in the Jukebox Queue: later listening.
Removing a Song from the Jukebox Queue
Clearing the Entire Jukebox Queue
Follow these steps to remove all songs from the Jukebox Queue:
1. Press the MUSIC key on the remote to make sure you are in the
Music Source Mode.
2. Select the Jukebox Menu Item.
3. Select the Clear Queue button. All songs are cleared from the
Jukebox Queue.
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Exiting Jukebox Mode
Follow these steps to exit the Jukebox Mode and return to play mode.
1. Press the OPTIONS key to display the Music Options Menu.
2. Select the Jukebox Menu Item.
3. Highlight and uncheck the Jukebox Mode checkbox.
4. Select the SAVE button to save your selection. FireBall will now
play in title/album mode once again.
Note: You can also exit Jukebox Mode, by highlighting anything in the
Music Guide and pressing the PLAY key on the remote (instead of PLAY
JUKEBOX).
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1. Make sure you are viewing the Music Player screen or press the
GUIDE button to hide the Guide and display the Player screen.
2. Highlight the track you want to remove.
3. Press the TOGGLE key (the one with the double spinning arrows
on it) to remove the highlighted track from the Jukebox Queue.
LISTENING TO INTERNET RADIO
BROWSING INTERNET RADIO STATIONS
The Radio Guide displays a scrolling list of Internet
Radio Stations. Using the remote control, you can
navigate up and down the list. As each Station is
highlighted, you will notice that the Information
Area and Cover Art changes to reflect the currently
highlighted Station.
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• Press the iRADIO key on the remote control to
display the Radio Guide.
• Press the MUSIC key to return to the Music Guide
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You’ll notice that a new screen appears displaying
information about the selected station. This is the Radio
Player screen. The Radio Player displays the station
name, location, genre, genre cover art, and status about
the current Internet Radio station stream.
• Playing Internet Radio requires a valid Internet
connection.
• Although some stations will work over a Dialup
Internet Connection, a broadband Internet
connection is recommended.
• Due to the dynamic nature of the Internet, you
may experience periodic audio drop-outs which
could be due to many factors such as Internet
access problems, busy networks, etc...
• Internet Radio Stations are not hosted by Escient
and may not be available at all times. You can
update your Internet Radio Stations list by running
Tune Stations. Please refer to the “Managing Your
Media” section for more information.
• Cover art, song name, and artist name are
displayed only if the information is sent by the
Internet Radio Station broadcaster.
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PLAYING THE CURRENT STATION
Playing the currently highlighted Radio Station is the
same as selecting and playing an off air radio station
on a typical audio receiver. Simply press the SELECT
key on the remote control and the currently highlighted
station will be located, buffered, and then played.
MANAGING YOUR MEDIA
EDITING MUSIC INFORMATION
FireBall has access to over 2.5 million CD titles, but you may still encounter a CD that does not
return a custom cover or the correct disc information. You can edit the disc information for any
Music Title using the Edit Disc and Edit Tracks screens.
Editing Disc Info
Follow these steps to edit the disc information for the current Music Title:
1. Highlight the Music Title you want to edit in the Music Guide.
2. Press the OPTIONS key on the remote control.
3. Select the EDIT DISC INFO menu item to display the Edit Disc Information screen.
4. Using the remote control or wireless keyboard, change the artist name, album title, label,
year of release, or genre.
5. Select the SAVE button to save your changes and return to the previous screen.
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Selecting the PREVIOUS or NEXT buttons will save any edits you have made to the current disc and
display the information for the previous or next disc.
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Editing Track Names
You can also manually edit the Track/Song names of the currently highlighted Title in the Music
Guide.
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Follow these steps to edit the track information for the current Music Title:
1. Highlight the Music Title you want to edit in the Music Guide.
2. Press the OPTIONS key on the remote control.
3. Select the EDIT DISC INFO Info menu item to display the Edit Disc Information screen.
4. Select the EDIT TRACKS button to display the Edit Tracks screen.
5. Using the remote control or wireless keyboard, change the name of each track.
6. Press the SELECT button to advance to the next track.
7. Select the SAVE button to save your changes and return to the previous screen.
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Follow these steps to create your own custom Playlist:
1. Press the MUSIC key to make sure you are in the Music source mode.
2. Press the OPTIONS key to display the Music Options Menu
3. Select the PLAYLISTS menu item.
4. Select the NEW PLAYLIST menu item.
5. Using the remote control or keyboard, enter a name for your Playlist.
6. Select the CONTINUE button on screen to advance to the Edit Playlist Select Guide.
The Edit Playlist Select Guide works just like the Music Guide. Navigate up and down to
highlight, expand, or collapse music titles.
7. For each song you want to add to the Playlist, highlight the song name and press the
SELECT key on the remote. A checkmark appears to the right of each selected song
indicating that it will be added to the Playlist. Press SELECT again to remove the
checkmark.
8. When you have selected all of the songs you want to include in the playlist, press the
RECORD button on the remote control to save the Playlist.
• When you are finished creating your Playlist, the Music Guide is displayed highlighting the
newly created Playlist.
• You can play any Playlist the same way you play a music title or CD. Just press the PLAY key
on the remote control.
• Notice that a Playlist genre is added to the Group Bar. The Playlist genre will always be
available as long as you have at least one playlist in your Music Library.
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CREATING PLAYLISTS
FireBall allows you to organize your favorite songs into custom “Playlists”. A Playlist is simply a
group of songs that you choose from your Music Library. Common uses for Playlists are:
• Collections of your favorite songs
• Songs that have a similar tempo or feel (mellow mix)
• Custom albums from one or more of your favorite artists
• Party mixes
• Workout mixes
Follow these steps to edit a Playlist:
1. Press the MUSIC key to make sure you are in the Music source mode.
2. Highlight the Playlist Name you want to edit. Note: The Playlist group will list all of your
Playlists.
3. Press the OPTIONS key to display the Music Options Menu
4. Select the PLAYLISTS menu item.
5. Select the EDIT PLAYLIST menu item.
6. Using the remote control or keyboard, change the name of your Playlist or select the
CONTINUE button on screen to keep the current name and advance to the Edit Playlist
Select Guide.
7. For each song you want to add to the Playlist, highlight the song name and press the
SELECT key on the remote. A checkmark appears to the right of each selected song
indicating that it will be added to the Playlist.
8. For each song you want to remove from the Playlist, highlight the song name and press
the SELECT key on the remote. The checkmark to the right of the song will be removed,
indicating that the song should be removed from the Playlist.
9. When you have added or removed all of the songs you want to include in the playlist,
press the RECORD button on the remote control to save the Playlist.
• If you remove all songs from a Playlist, the Playlist is automatically deleted.
• You can not reorder songs within a current Playlist.
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EDITING PLAYLISTS
You can change the name and add or remove tracks from any Playlist you created.
DELETING PLAYLISTS
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You may delete entire Playlists from the Music Guide. Follow these steps to permanently
delete one or more Playlists from the Music Guide:
1. Press the MUSIC key to make sure you are in the Music source mode.
2. Press the OPTIONS key to display the Options Menu
3. Select the PLAYLISTS menu item.
4. Select the DELETE PLAYLISTS menu item to display the Delete Playlists screen.
5. For each Playlist you want to delete, highlight the Playlist and press the SELECT key on
the remote. A checkmark appears to the right of each selected Playlist indicating that it will
be deleted. Press the SELECT key again to remove the checkmark.
6. When you have selected all of the Playlists you want to delete, select the DELETE button
to permanently remove and delete the checked Playlists.
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To create a custom Group, follow these steps:
1. Press the MOVIES key to make sure you are in the Movies source mode, MUSIC key to
make sure you are in the Music source mode or press the RADIO key if you want to create
a custom Radio Group.
2. Press the OPTIONS key to display the Options Menu.
3. Select the GROUPS menu item.
4. Select the NEW GROUP menu item.
5. Using the remote control or keyboard, enter a name for your Group.
6. Select the CONTINUE button on screen to advance to the Edit Group Select Guide. The
Edit Group Select Guide works just like the Music or Radio Guide.
7. For each Music Title or Radio Station you want to add to the Group, highlight the Title
or Station name and press the SELECT key on the remote. A checkmark appears to the
right of each selected Title or Station indicating that it will be added to the Group. Press
SELECT again to remove the checkmark.
8. When you have selected all of the Titles or Stations you want to include in the group, press
the RECORD button on the remote control to save the Group.
• When you are finished creating your Group, the Guide is displayed highlighting the newly
created Group.
• Notice that a custom Group is added to the Group Bar along with the System Groups.
• The custom Group will always be sorted alphabetically within the Group Bar and appear to
the right of the All and Playlist Groups.
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CREATING GROUPS
In addition to Playlists, FireBall allows you to create custom “Groups” of Music Titles or Radio
Stations. User created Groups appear in the Group Bar along with the automatically created Genre
Groups and System Groups (All, CDs, Internal, and Playlists). Some uses for custom Group are:
• Group similar movies together.
• Create custom groups of your favorite movies.
• Organize music titles or radio stations into custom genres, like “Funk”, 80’s, “Hits’, etc…
• Group all of the albums for a favorite artists together for quick access.
• Create an easily accessible collection of your favorite albums.
Follow these steps to edit a Group:
1. Press the MUSIC key if you want to edit the Music Groups or press the RADIO key if you
want to edit the Radio Groups.
2. Highlight the Group you want to edit within the Group Bar.
3. Press the OPTIONS key to display the Music Options Menu
4. Select the GROUPS menu item.
5. Select the EDIT GROUP menu item.
6. Using the remote control or keyboard, change the name of your Group or select the
CONTINUE button on screen to keep the current name and advance to the Edit Group
Select Guide.
7. For each Music Title or Radio Station you want to add to the Group, highlight the Music
Title or Radio Station and press the SELECT key on the remote. A checkmark appears to
the right of each selected Music Title or Radio Station indicating that it will be added to the
Group.
8. For each Music Title or Radio Station you want to remove from the Group, highlight the
Music Title or Radio Station and press the SELECT key on the remote. The checkmark to
the right of the Music Title or Radio Station will be removed, indicating that the Music Title
or Radio Station should be removed from the Group.
9. When you have added or removed all of the Music Titles or Radio Stations you want to
include in the playlist, press the RECORD button on the remote control to save the Group.
You can not edit the System Groups (All, CDs, Internal, or Playlists).
• If you remove all Titles or Stations from a Group, the Group is automatically deleted.
• You can not reorder Titles and Stations within a Group. They are always sorted alphabetically.
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EDITING GROUPS
As with Playlists, you can also edit the name of a Group, add Music Titles or Radio Stations to the
Group, or remove Music Titles or Radio Stations from the Group.
DELETING GROUPS
Deleting Groups from the Group Bar is very similar to deleting Playlists. The contents of the Group
(the Music Titles, Movie Titles, or Radio Stations) are not deleted. They are still available in any
other Groups they may be assigned to and in the All Group.
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Follow these steps to delete Groups.
1. Press the MUSIC key if you want to edit the Music Groups or press the RADIO key if you
want to edit the Radio Groups.
2. Press the OPTIONS key to display the Options Menu
3. Select the GROUPS menu item.
4. Select the DELETE GROUP menu item to display the Delete Groups screen.
5. For each Playlist you want to delete, highlight the Playlist and press the SELECT key on
the remote. A checkmark appears to the right of each selected Playlist indicating that it will
be deleted. Press the SELECT key again to remove the checkmark.
6. When you have selected all of the Playlists you want to delete, select the delete button to
permanently remove and delete the checked Playlists.
7. You can not delete the System Groups (All, CDs, Internal, or Playlists).
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DELETING MUSIC
You can remove any music you have recorded to the FireBall Server by using the Delete Music
feature. You may want to do this if you have filled up your FireBall and you can not record any
more music or if you want to remove songs that you just don’t listen to.
You can not “delete” physical CDs from the Music Library. You must remove the discs from your
changers if you want the CDs to be removed from the Music Guide.
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Follow these steps to delete music from your FireBall Server:
1. Press the MUSIC key to make sure you are in the Music source mode.
2. Press the OPTIONS key to display the Options Menu
3. Select the DELETE MUSIC menu item to display the Delete Music Info screen.
4. Press the CONTINUE button to proceed to the Delete Music Guide.
5. For each Track you want to delete, highlight the Track and press the SELECT key on the
remote. A checkmark appears to the right of each selected Track indicating that it will be
deleted. Press the SELECT key again to remove the checkmark. Pressing the TOGGLE
key on the remote when a Title is highlighted will toggle all or none of the Title’s tracks for
deletion.
6. When you have selected all of the Titles you want to delete in the group, press the
RECORD button on the remote control to permanently remove and delete the checked
tracks.
ADDING INTERNET RADIO STATIONS
FireBall comes preloaded with several high quality streaming Internet Radio Stations from around
the world, but that may not be enough for you, so FireBall also let’s you add your own Internet
Radio Stations.
Internet Radio stations must conform to these specifications:
• Windows Media WMA or MPEG II layer 3 streams.
• Windows Media 9 or earlier.
Assuming you have a valid URL for a station, follow these steps to add your own Internet
Radio Station to the Radio Guide:
1. Make sure you are in the Radio source mode by pressing the RADIO key on the remote.
2. Press the OPTIONS key to display the Options Menu
3. Select the NEW STATION menu item.
4. Using the remote or keyboard, enter information for the new station including: station
name, location, URL, the bit rate of the stream, the genre, the stream type (MP3 or WMA),
and the number of channels (mono or stereo). The default cover art will be set according to
which genre you select.
5. Select the SAVE button to save the new station.
• When you are finished creating your new station, the Radio Guide is displayed highlighting
the newly created Station.
• You can play the station just like any other Internet Radio station.
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To add your own Internet Radio Stations, you will need to obtain the URL or Internet Link to the
stream using your PC.
EDITING RADIO INFORMATION
Similar to editing Music Information, you can also Edit the Radio Information.
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Follow these steps to edit the station information for the currently highlighted Internet Radio
Station:
1. Make sure you are in the Radio source mode by pressing the RADIO key on the remote.
2. Press the OPTIONS key to display the Options Menu
3. Select the EDIT STATION menu item to display the Edit Station screen.
4. Using the remote or keyboard, edit the information for the new station including: station
name, location, URL, the bit rate of the stream, the genre, type of stream (MP3 or WMA),
and the number of channels (mono or stereo). The cover art will be set according to which
genre you select.
5. Select the SAVE button to save the changes.
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UPDATING THE INTERNET RADIO STATIONS LIST
Escient makes every attempt to insure that the preloaded Internet Radio Stations are alive and well,
but due to the dynamic nature of the Internet and the third parties who actually serve up these radio
streams, sometimes you will not be able to play a station. The “Tune Stations” feature allows you to
download a list of the most recent Internet Radio stations from Escient.
Note: Tune Stations WILL NOT erase any custom stations you may have added, from your Radio
Guide. It WILL replace the Escient supplied stations with a fresh new list.
When you are finished Tuning the Stations, the Radio Guide is displayed showing the new Escient
provided Internet Radio Stations and any user added stations.
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If you want to replace the current Internet Radio Stations with a new list of stations, follow
these steps:
1. Make sure you are in the Radio source mode by pressing the RADIO key on the remote.
2. Press the OPTIONS key to display the Options Menu
3. Select the TUNE STATIONS menu item.
4. Read the WARNING screen and select OK to proceed.
5. FireBall will Connect to the Escient server and download the latest Internet Radio Stations.
SETTING USER PREFERENCES
User preferences are available to specify global configuration options and preferred system settings.
Press the SETUP key on the remote control to display the Setup Menu. Use the navigation keys on
the remote control (up, down, left, and right) to highlight and select any menu item.
SELECTING YOUR LANGUAGE
FireBall supports 5 different languages for it’s on screen menus and text. Follow these steps to set
the language of your choice:
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Follow these steps to set your preferred language.
1. Press the SETUP key on the remote to display the Setup Menu
2. Select the GENERAL menu item.
3. Select the LANGUAGE menu item.
4. Select the desired language.
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SETTING THE SCREEN SAVER PREFERENCES
Screen Savers are provided for each source mode. Screen Savers provide two important functions,
to prevent a static image from being displayed on the video output device for extended periods of
time and to provide useful information to the user when activated.
Follow these steps to set your screen saver preferences:
1. Press the SETUP key on the remote to display the Setup menu.
2. Select the GENERAL Menu
3. Select the SCREEN SAVER Menu
4. Select your Screen Saver Preferences
Activation Idle Time
You can specify the amount of idle time that FireBall will wait before activating the screen saver
from 1 to 60 minutes.
Other Modes
Select either the Normal or Product Demo. The Normal mode displays the current title or station
information while the Product Demonstration mode is intended for retail product demos during idle
time.
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Warning: Some televisions and plasma monitors are more susceptible to screen burn-in than others,
therefore, we recommend using a low activation time (like 1 minute) to reduce the risk of burn-in.
Retail Demo Mode
FireBall has a Retail Demo Mode for use in retail display environments. The Retail Demo Mode
(RDM) is a special screen saver that is activated during idle time. The RDM continuously displays
key features and benefits of the FireBall product on the attached TV. Pressing any button on
the remote will temporarily disable the RDM and allow the user to demo the product. After the
specified idle time, the RDM will reactivate as the screensaver.
• The RDM will be activated whenever the FireBall is idle for the specified period of time.
• Do not set the idle time too high as the possibility of screen burn is increased with certain
types of displays, particularly “Plasma” type displays.
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Follow these steps to enable the Retail Demo Mode in your FireBall display model:
1. Follow the Quick Start instructions to connect and register your demo FireBall.
2. When your FireBall is configured and you see the Music Guide, press the SETUP key on
the remote.
3. Select the General menu.
4. Select the Screen Saver menu.
5. Select the Demo Mode option and the number of minutes to wait before displaying the
Demo Mode screen saver.
6. Select the Save button.
SETTING YOUR TIME ZONE
Specify which US time zone your FireBall is located in.
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Follow these steps to set your Time Zone:
1. Press the SETUP key on the remote to display the Setup menu.
2. Select the GENERAL Menu
3. Select the TIME ZONE Menu
4. Select your select your Time Zone.
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CUSTOMIZABLE USER INTERFACE
In addition to the Escient Classic user interface theme, the FireBall allows you to select a custom
theme and select your own background images for each Guide, Player, Options, Setup, and Message
screens. You can import your own background images into the Backgrounds shared directory using
Windows Networking. Images should be 720x480 and saved in either jpg, gif, or png formats.
Note: Some backgrounds look better than others. In general, backgrounds with darker colors and
few small details are better.
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Follow these steps to select a custom background on your FireBall:
1. Press the SETUP key on the remote.
2. Select the General menu.
3. Select the User Interface Skins menu.
4. Select the screen you want to set the background for (Music Guide, Music Player, Music
Option, etc….
5. Scroll down the list and highlight an image. A preview will be displayed to the right of the
list.
6. Press the Select key on the remote to select the desired image.
7. Repeat steps 4 - 6 for each screen you want to customize.
8. Select the Save button when you are done to return to the Setup menu.
ENABLING PASSWORD PROTECTION
Optional Password Protection enables you to limit user access to the Setup Menus. This is useful to
lockout the ability to change the global user settings and preferences.
• You must exit Setup and re-enter setup to activate the password protection.
• If a user password is specified, you will be prompted for your password whenever you press
the Setup key on the remote.
• If the password entered matches the stored password, full access is granted to the user until
the next power off cycle.
• If the password does not match, the user will be asked 2 more times to enter the correct
password. If after the third try the password still does not match, the system will not allow the
user access to the Setup menus.
• If the user does not specify a System Password, access to the Setup menus will be allowed
whenever you press the Setup key.
Removing a System Password – Follow these steps to remove the system password:
1. Press the SETUP key and enter your existing system password.
2. Highlight the CLEAR button on screen and press the SELECT key on your remote.
3. The password and verify fields will be cleared.
4. Highlight the SAVE button and press SELECT.
You will now be able to enter Setup without entering a password.
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Setting a System Password – Follow these steps to setup a new system password:
1. Using the remote control, enter a 4 to 8 digit code into the password field.
2. Press the SELECT key to highlight the VERIFY field.
3. Re-enter the same password for verification.
4. Press the SELECT key to highlight the SAVE button.
5. Press SELECT again to save your password and enable Password Protection on the Setup
Menus.
ETHERNET SETTINGS
Ethernet is the preferred networking choice which provides you with the best network performance
and allows your FireBall to act as a “server” to deliver your music collection throughout your home
network using the optional FireBall Music Players.
Ethernet networks require that you configure each device on the network with a valid “address”.
These addresses are usually configured automatically by your network hardware. If your PC is
setup using Dynamic or “DHCP” addressing, you should most likely use the same for your FireBall.
Connect your FireBall to your Ethernet network using the included Ethernet cable and then
follow these steps to specify your Ethernet settings:
1. Press the SETUP key on the remote to display the Setup menu.
2. Select the NETWORK Menu
3. Select the ETHERNET SETTINGS Menu
4. Select Dynamic for automatic address configuration or Static if you want to manually enter
your TCP/IP address information.
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If you select Static TCP/IP addressing, you will need to obtain a valid IP address, subnet mask,
DNS server, and gateway addresses from your network administrator.
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SERVER SETTINGS
Your FireBall can act as a “server” delivering audio to optional FireBall “clients” over the network.
FireBall’s server also allows you to control it remotely using a web browser on your PC and allows
Network File Sharing for backup and import features. The FireBall Name allows you to easily
locate and connect to your FireBall by name.
Follow these steps to enter a password to be used when connecting to your FireBall from a
web browser:
1. Press the SETUP key on the remote to display the Setup menu.
2. select the NETWORK menu.
3. Select the FIREBALL SERVER SETTINGS menu.
4. Enter a password to be used from your PC when connecting from your web browser.
Note: There is no User Name when connecting from a web browser.
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Follow these steps to enter a name for your FireBall:
1. Press the SETUP key on the remote to display the Setup menu.
2. Select the NETWORK menu.
3. Select the FIREBALL SERVER SETTINGS menu.
4. Enter a name for your FireBall using the remote control or wireless keyboard. For example:
“Living Room” or “Home Theater” might be a name which helps identify which FireBall
you want to connect to.
FIREBALL MUSIC SHARING
FireBall contains a special music sharing feature that allows the FireBall-PC software and
other FireBall Music Servers located on the same network to share their music library into two
independent zones. The Music Guide from FireBall-PC or the second FireBall is merged into the
Music Guide of the first FireBall to create one seamless Music Guide for browsing and playing
all of your music. This effectively can increase the capacity of your FireBall by using FireBall-PC
software on your PC or Mac OR by using one FireBall as the master and another one as a second
zone or “slave” server.
You can connect any combination of two FireBall AVX, MX, SE, E2, or DVDM Music Servers that
have been upgraded to Version 4.0 or later FireBall Features Package.
When you return to the Music Guide you will have access to all your music from both FireBalls
merged into one Music Guide. The “Location” field in the Music Guide will show you where each
music title is located.
Repeat the above steps using the other FireBall to access the first FireBall’s music from the second
FireBall. You can also select a FireBall-PC “virtual” FireBall if your PC is running the “FireBallPC” software to integrate and stream more music from your PC/Mac for unlimited storage capacity!
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Follow these steps to connect your FireBall to another FireBall Music Server:
1. Press the SETUP key on the remote.
2. Select the Network menu.
3. Select the Remote Server Connection menu.
4. Select one of the available FireBall servers from the server list.
5. Select the Save button to save your selection.
VIDEO FORMAT
Allows you to select 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratios on your TV screen.
4:3 User Interface
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Follow these steps to center the FireBall screen:
1. Press the SETUP key on the remote to display the Setup menu.
2. Select the VIDEO menu.
3. Select the VIDEO FORMAT menu.
4. Using the Up and Down keys on the remote, select your desired aspect ratio.
5. Press the SELECT key on the remote to highlight the SAVE button.
6. Press SELECT again to save the current desired format.
CENTERING THE FIREBALL SCREEN
Allows you to center the FireBall user interface horizontally on your TV screen.
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Follow these steps to center the FireBall screen:
1. Press the SETUP key on the remote to display the Setup menu.
2. Select the VIDEO menu.
3. Select the SCREEN CENTERING menu.
4. Using the Left and Right keys on the remote, adjust the screen so that it appears
horizontally centered on your TV.
5. Press the SELECT key on the remote to highlight the SAVE button.
6. Press SELECT again to save the current position.
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ADJUSTING YOUR TV’S BRIGHTNESS
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Follow these steps to adjust the brightness on your TV:
1. Press the SETUP key on the remote to display the Setup menu.
2. Select the VIDEO menu.
3. Select the BRIGHTNESS menu.
4. Turn your TV’s brightness control all the way up then lower it to the point where the
vertical black bar on the left just disappears. This will get your brightness control as close
to the proper setting as possible without the use of special software and hardware.
5. Press SELECT to return to the previous menu.
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ADJUSTING YOUR TV’S CONTRAST
The Contrast or Picture Adjustment control allows you to optimize the contrast (which is sometimes
called Picture) of their TV, using the TV’s Contrast or Picture controls. This setting helps reduce
video “blooming” and create a clearer, more readable user interface.
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Follow these steps to adjust the contrast on your TV:
1. Press the SETUP key on the remote to display the Setup menu.
2. Select the VIDEO menu.
3. Select the CONTRAST menu.
4. Turn your TV’s Contrast or Picture control all the way up, then lower it to the point where
the vertical line appears straight and does not bend. It may not be possible to make it
completely straight on some TV sets. This will get your Contrast control as close to the
proper setting as possible without the use of special software and hardware.
5. Press SELECT to return to the previous menu
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ADJUSTING YOUR TV’S SHARPNESS
The Sharpness adjustment allows you the set the Sharpness or Detail control of their TV so that
onscreen text is as readable as possible. Proper adjustment of the Sharpness control (sometimes
called the Detail control) on your TV, allows you to see video and on screen menus more accurately.
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Follow these steps to adjust the sharpness on your TV:
1. Press the SETUP key on the remote to display the Setup menu.
2. Select the VIDEO menu.
3. Select the SHARPNESS menu.
4. Turn your TV’s Sharpness or Detail control up and down until the text on the screen is as
readable as possible. Be sure to adjust your Brightness and Contrast before adjusting the
Sharpness control. This will get your Sharpness control as close to the proper setting as
possible without the use of special software and hardware.
5. Press SELECT to return to the previous menu
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ADJUSTING YOUR TV’S COLOR AND TINT
Color Bars are used to test the TV monitor’s ability to reproduce the proper color values.
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Follow these steps to adjust the Color and Tint on your TV:
1. Press the SETUP key on the remote to display the Setup menu.
2. Select the VIDEO menu.
3. Select the COLOR BARS menu.
4. Turn your TV’s Color and Tint controls up and down until the color bars are at the point
where they are not appearing to bleed together and the colors do not appear to be too
bright. This will get your Color and Tint controls as close as possible without the use of
special software and hardware.
5. Press SELECT to return to the previous menu
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EXTERNAL CONTROL
IR REMOTE CONTROL
FireBall is preset from the factory to operate from the FB1 source button, however, the FireBall
can be configured to use any one of the four source buttons using the on screen Setup menus. This
is useful when there are multiple FireBalls installed at the same location, so all FireBalls don’t
respond to the same IR commands. Use the following steps to change which source button (FB1,
FB2, FB3, or FB4) each FireBall will listen for commands from:
Follow these steps to configure your FireBall to be controlled by any of the four IR code
banks:
1. Press the Setup key on the remote to display the FireBall setup menu.
2. Select the External Control menu item.
3. Select the IR Remote Control menu item.
4. Select which source button to use to control this FireBall.
5. Press the new source button on your remote to reconfigure the remote and confirm the
change by selecting the OK button on screen.
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Repeat these steps for each FireBall in your system, selecting a different FB button for each.
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DIRECT ACCESS CODES
Direct Access Codes are used in conjunction with the MACRO key on the remote control to provide
an IR code sequence to access just about any media in your FireBall server. This is useful for
programming third-party external control systems and programmable IR remote controls such as the
Marantz RC9500.
Follow these steps to view the direct IR codes for your FireBall content:
1. Press the Setup key on the remote to display the FireBall setup menu.
2. Select the External Control menu item.
3. Select the Direct Access Codes menu item.
4. Select which codes you want to view:
a. Music Titles
b. Music Discs
Note: You can make a print out of this information
c. Music Playlists
by using the FireBall Web Server Interface. Connect
d. Music Groups
to your FireBall’s IP address and look under Setup/
e. Radio Stations
Direct Access Codes.
f. Movie Discs
g. Movie Groups
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The Direct Access Codes are available for all music and movie titles, playlists, groups, and radio
stations.
The following table is used to determine the button sequence for direct access code sequences from the Escient IR remote and IR keyboard.
Direct Media Access IR Remote Definitions
Multi-Key Combinations
Direct Play Mode
Macro, 1, [play mode number], Enter
Direct Disc
Macro, 2, [changer number], Macro, [disc number], Enter
Direct Artist-Title
Macro, 3, [artist-title access number], Enter
Direct Group
Macro, 4, [group access number], Enter
Direct Movie Title
Macro, 6, [movie title access number], Enter
Direct Playlist
Macro, 7, [playlist access number], Enter
Direct Track
Macro, 8, [track number], Enter
Direct iRadio Station
Macro, 9, [iRadio access number], Enter
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The following table is used to determine the button sequence for direct access code sequences from the Escient IR remote and IR keyboard.
Function
Multi-Key Combinations
Direct Play Mode
Macro, M, [play mode number], Enterr
Direct Artist-Title
Macro, A, [artist-title access number], Enter
Direct Movie Title
Macro, V, [movie title access number], Enter
Direct iRadio Station
Macro, R, [iRadio access number], Enter
Direct Disc
Macro, C, [changer number], D, [disc number], Enter
Direct Track
Macro, T, [track number], Enter
Direct Playlist
Macro, P, [playlist access number], Enter
Direct Group
Macro, G, [group access number], Enter
Example 1: Use the keyboard to play disc 14 in changer 1.
Example 4: Use the remote to play playlist number 5.
Example 2: Use the keyboard to play playlist number 5
Press: MACRO, P, 5, ENTER
Example 5: Use the remote to play the movie number 123.
Example 3: Use the remote to play disc 14 in changer 1.
Note: If you do a lot of editing to your music and movie collection, these
numbers may change. If you experience trouble with the Macro key feature,
please check that the direct IR numbers are still correct under SETUP.
Press: MACRO, C, 1, D, 1, 4, ENTER
Press: MACRO, 2, 1, MACRO, 1, 4, ENTER
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Press: MACRO, 7, 5, ENTER
Press: MACRO, 6, 1, 2, 3, ENTER
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BUTTON OVERLAY
The Button Overlay feature places button controls onto the FireBall user interface for use with
third-party touch panels.
You may choose to manually enable or disable the Third Party Overlay or Escient Touch Panel
overlays. There are two types of overlays, the Button Frame and the Toggle Bar. The Button Frame
is useful for panels that are capable of displaying video in the overscan area. The Toggle Bar is
useful for panels that can not display video in the overscan area. The Toggle Bar should be used for
most Third Party touch panel systems.
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SERIAL COM PORT
The Serial Control COM Port setting is used for two-way external control communications with a
third party control system.
If the COM port is not available, you must use the Ethernet based external control for two-way
external control communications with a third party control system.
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Follow these steps to select which serial port to use for external control:
1. Press the Setup key on the remote to display the FireBall setup menu.
2. Select the External Control menu item.
3. Select the Serial Control COM Port menu item.
4. Select which serial port to use for external control.
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CONTROLLING FIREBALL FROM OTHER DEVICES
FireBall provides the user and custom A/V installer with many options for control and integration into any home theater or home automation system
using direct IR codes, two-way RS-232 serial control, two-way Ethernet control, and wireless web pad control.
FireBall has built-in support for the following companies’ control products:
• AMX
• Net Streams
• Crestron
• Opus
• Elan Via
• Phillips Pronto
• Home Theater Master
• RTI
• Lexicon
• Sonance
• Marantz
• Xantech
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Please check the Escient web site or contact your Escient dealer for more information about integrating FireBall into your existing or new home
theater or home automation system.
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FIREBALL UTILITIES
GETTING INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR FIREBALL
Information about your FireBall hardware and software is available under the Utilities menu. This
information is useful for troubleshooting any problems you may encounter with your network
connection or verifying the current software versions.
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Follow these steps to view the FireBall system information:
1. Press the SETUP key on the remote to display the Setup menu.
2. Select the UTILITIES menu.
3. Select the SYSTEM INFORMATION menu.
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RESTARTING THE SYSTEM
There are two ways of manually performing a full restart or reboot of the FireBall system, one using
the front panel power button and the other using the Restart System menu.
Follow these steps to restart the system using the front panel Power Button:
1. Press and hold the power button for 4 seconds.
2. When the LED on the front panel begins to flash, release the power button.
3. When the LED on the front panel glows solid RED (standby mode), FireBall is ready to use.
4. Press and release the Power button to turn on FireBall.
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Follow these steps to restart the system using Utilities menu:
1. Press the SETUP key on the remote to display the Setup menu.
2. Select the UTILITIES menu.
3. Select the RESTART SYSTEM menu.
4. Confirm that you want to restart the system and select the RESTART button.
5. When the LED on the front panel glows solid RED (standby mode), FireBall is ready to use.
6. Press and release the Power button to turn on FireBall.
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UPDATING THE SOFTWARE
FireBall will automatically check the Escient server once a week for any FireBall software updates,
and automatically install them. You can also manually check for a software update.
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Follow these steps to manually update the software:
1. Press the SETUP key on the remote to display the Setup menu.
2. Select the UTILITIES menu.
3. Select the UPDATE SOFTWARE menu.
4. Select the Check for Update button.
5. Confirm that you want to update the current software.
6. FireBall will connect to Escient and compare the current software version with the latest
release. If a newer version of the FireBall software is available, it will be downloaded and
installed.
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CONTROLLING FIREBALL FROM A WEB BROWSER
FireBall contains a built-in web server which means you can connect to your FireBall
and remotely control it using a standard web browser from a PC, Mac, or PDA over
your home network.
SETTING UP THE FIREBALL WEB SERVER
Your FireBall acts as a web server on your network allowing you to connect and
control the FireBall using your PC or Mac computer. This web server is automatically
configured and started each time the FireBall is plugged in. You connect to the server
from your PC or Mac using Internet Explorer or Safari (Mac OSX) using TCP/IP
addressing over your home network. You can use a wireless or wired Ethernet
network, as long as you have a DHCP router or if you have assigned static IP
addresses. Please contact your Escient dealer if you need assistance with setup a home
network.
Fixed 800x600 Web
Interface
USING THE WEB USER INTERFACE
Using the Web User Interface displayed in your Web Browser, you can control
almost every aspect of your FireBall. The Web User Interface is setup very similarly
to FireBall’s own TV user interface allowing access to each source (Music, Movies,
Radio) as well as all major features such as Setup, Guide/Player, Options and Edit
Screens.
Use your keyboard and mouse to navigate the web interface instead of the IR remote
control. Access to all of the major functions is provided by the buttons along the left
and right side of the web interface. These buttons duplicate those found on the remote
control.
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Resizable PDA Web
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The FireBall Server Name entered on the Server Settings Menu in the SETUP/
NETWORK menus is used for the web address to access the FireBall web interface.
To access the FireBall web server simply open the web browser on your PC or Mac
and enter the FireBall name in the address bar. To access the PDA web interface enter
the FireBall name followed by /pda in the address bar. For example, MyFireBall/pda.
ID3 TAG SUPPORT
All MP3, AAC, and FLAC files should have the proper ID3 tags in each file in order for FireBall to properly add each music file to it’s internal
Library.
The following ID3 tag formats are supported by FireBall:
• ID3v1.0
• ID3v1.1
• ID3v2.2.0
• ID3v2.3.0
Use an ID3 Tag Editor (such as iTunes) to change the ID3 tags to a supported format before importing into FireBall. If your audio files originated
from your FireBall, they already have the proper ID tags.
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Cover art will be imported into FireBall as long as the cover image is properly embedded into the ID3 tag. Again, use an ID3 Tag Editor on your
computer to add cover art images to each audio file prior to importing. Playlists should also be imported directly to the “Import” directory.
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NETWORKED AUDIO USING FIREBALL MUSIC CLIENTS
CLIENTS
A FireBall Client is a FireBall that can play media from a FireBall Server over a network. Currently there are three different FireBall products that
can play media from FireBall servers:
• FireBall FP-1
• FireBall ZP-1
• FireBall MP-150
• FireBall MP-200
• FireBall DVDM-100
• Client-Server networking is limited to the same local subnet. You can not stream over the Internet unless you have a VPN setup between the
two FireBalls.
• Only MP3, AAC, and FLAC audio files can be streamed to clients. You can’t stream CDs from the internal drive or from external changers.
• Playlists that contain only MP3/AAC/FLAC files will be available on the clients.
• Playlists that contain MP3/AAC/FLAC files and non-streamable tracks will NOT appear on the clients.
• You may have an unlimited number of clients on the network, but you can only stream to 4 clients simultaneously.
• Movies can not be streamed.
• Internet Radio can not be streamed (but it is available on most standalone products).
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SERVERS
A FireBall Server is a Fireball media management system that is capable of “serving” media to other FireBalls over a network. The FireBall is a
considered a “server” product. Also, FireBall-PC turns your PC or Mac into a FireBall Server for other FireBall “clients”.
CONFIGURING A FIREBALL SERVER
Every FireBall capable of server functions is automatically enabled to serve MP3, AAC, and FLAC audio whenever it is plugged in and properly
configured for your network.
It is recommended that you give each of your FireBall servers a unique name that describes it’s location using the SERVER SETTINGS screen which
can be accessed from Setup/Network /Server Settings. Names like “LivingRoom”, “HomeTheater”, “MyMusicServer” are all good examples.
Note: Do not use spaces in the FireBall Server Name.
Optionally, you can assign a password for web access to the FireBall. This password is independent from the Parental Controls password and is used
to limit access to FireBall’s web server from any standard web browser on your network. If a password is entered here, the user will be asked to enter
it when connecting to the FireBall from their PC. This password is provided to protect access to your FireBall through the standard HTTP port 80 on
your subnet.
Server Selection
FireBall clients will automatically select the first server it sees on the network and connect to it upon startup.
If you have more than one server on your network, you can manually select a different server using the Server Connection screen which can be
accessed from Setup/Internet Configuration/Server Connection.
The Server Connection screen displays a list of FireBall Servers found on your network by their default or user defined “FireBall Name”.
Once you select a server and save your selection, press MUSIC to view the Music Guide on the client. In a few moments, the Music Guide will
display the contents of the FireBall server. You can then select and play anything from the Music Guide just as you would from a single FireBall.
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CONFIGURING A FIREBALL CLIENT
Networking
Each FireBall client must be on the same network as the server. This document will assume that you have properly connected your FireBall client to
the same network as your FireBall server. Please refer to the HomeNetworkingPrimer support document on the Escient web site for more information
about home networking.
ESCIENT TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Contact your dealer or Escient’s Customer Support group.
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 7pm EST
Phone: 800-372-4368 Press “2” for Sales, or “3” for Support
Fax: 317-616-6790
Internet: www.escient.com
Email: support@escient.com
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Please have the following information ready for the Escient Customer Support technician:
• Product Serial Number
• Model Number
• Date of Registration or Purchase
• Place of Purchase
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TROUBLESHOOTING
NETWORK PROBLEMS
If you experience problems registering a FireBall or connecting to the Internet to lookup disc information, try these possible fixes before calling
Escient Tech Support:
• Make sure that your FireBall is properly connected to your home network and that all cables are in working order.
• FireBall communicates using TCP/IP and UDP over Ethernet networks using ports 80, 443, and 1755. If you have a router installed on your
network, make sure that these ports are open for TCP and UDP.
• If Dynamic TCP/IP addressing fails, check your router to make sure that it is configured to assign dynamic IP addresses via DHCP and try
rebooting your router.
• If DHCP addressing still isn’t working, try using static IP addresses. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has reserved the
following three blocks of the IP address space for private networks: 10.0.0.0 - 10.255.255.255, 172.16.0.0 - 172.31.255.255, and 192.168.0.0 192.168.255.255. Note that the first block is nothing but a single class A network number, while the second block is a set of 16 contiguous class
B network numbers, and the third block is a set of 255 contiguous class C network numbers. The complete RFC 1918 can be found via FTP on
http://nic.ddn.mil
• Crestron, AMX, or other third party controllers capable of controlling the FireBall over Ethernet use port 251. Make sure your router has port
251 open if you plan on using two-way control over Ethernet.
SOFTWARE UPDATE PROBLEMS
Software Updates are automatically checked once a week starting on the day of the week your FireBall was first registered. You can manually check
for a software update by accessing the Software Update menu found under the Setup/Utilities Menu.
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Manual Software Update Checks
SPECIFICATIONS
Specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check the
Escient web site for any changes to the specifications.
Video Specifications
• NTSC
• 10 bit Video DACs
• Frequency Response:
• Composite: -2 dB @ 5MHz
• S-Video: -2 dB @ 5MHz
• SNR: 50 dB
• Crosstalk: 50 dB
• Input Impedance: 75Ohm
• Output Impedance: 75Ohm
Audio Specifications
• Frequency Response: 2 – 20,000 Hz, ±1 dB
• THD+N (playback) < -80 dB FS A (< 0.01%)
• A_D-DSP-D-A Dynamic Range: > 96 dB FS A @ 1kHz
• Channel Separation: >95 dB
• Full Scale Line Output: >2 Vrms, 50 k ohms
• S/PDIF Output: 0.4Vpp to 0.6Vpp, <0.05Vdc (75ohm terminated)
• Power Requirements: AC 90-132 VAC, 50-60 Hz
• Power Consumption: < 60 watts
Physical Specifications
Width: ~ 17 3/8”
Height: ~ 4 5/8” w/ feet; ~ 4” w/o feet
Depth: ~ 11 7/8”; Installed 14 3/8”
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3rd Party Certifcations
• FCC: US Part 15, Class B
• NTSC Video Output: NTSC RS-170A
• cETL Listing
• Conforms to: UL STD 6500-2000
• Certified to:
CAN/CSA STD E60065-00
• CE
FCC Part 15, Subpart B
Class B
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for
a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits
are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference
in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate
radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with
the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off
and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or
more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that
to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio TV technician for help.
• Shielded cables must be used with this unit to ensure compliance
with the Class B FCC limits.
FireBall™ ZP-1 User’s Manual
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GRACENOTE® END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT
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This product contains technology and data from Gracenote of Emeryville, California (“Gracenote”). The technology from Gracenote (the “Gracenote
Embedded Software”) enables this product to do disc identification and obtain music-related information, including name, artist, track, and title
information (“Gracenote Data”), which is included on the Gracenote Database (the “Gracenote Database”).
You agree that your non-exclusive license to use the Gracenote Data, the Gracenote Database, and Embedded Software will terminate if you violate
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updates and for any cause that Gracenote deems sufficient. No warranty is made that the Embedded Software is error-free or that functioning of the
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