Inputs and Outputs
This Escient FireBall SE-80 Digital Music Server
features an 80GB hard drive, allowing you to store, access, and browse all of
your digital music from one powerful, yet simple-to-use interface. A wireless
remote is supplied for system control.
Storage Capacity: The 80GB
hard drive has the following storage capacity:
Recording Music onto the FireBall: There are
two ways to get your music
into the FireBall:
- Recording from the Internal
CD: The easiest way to get music into the FireBall is to record CDs
using the built-in internal CD-RW drive. The internal CD drive can rip audio
at several times the speed of normal playback.
- Importing Music Files:
If you have MP3 files already recorded on your
PC or Mac, you can transfer the files directly to the FireBall using an
Ethernet network. The FireBall will import each audio file, extract the song
information, and add it to the Music Library. The audio files must comply to
the following requirements:
- System Requirements:
- 10/100 Ethernet network
- PC or Mac connected to
the same local Ethernet network as the FireBall
- Windows XP or Mac OS X
- Audio File Requirements:
- MP3 audio files recorded
at 96k, 120k, 160k, 192k, 320k, or VBR encoding
- ID3 tags are supported
- Cover Art Image
- JPEG image format
- No larger than 200 pixels
wide by 200 pixels high
- No larger than 30K in
- The cover art file must
be embedded in the MP3 file
Erasing a CD-RW: You can use the
FireBall's built-in CD burner to erase the contents of a re-writable CD.
Music Guide: The Music Guide allows you to browse,
locate, and play all of your music in one easy to use on-screen guide. The Music
Guide allows you to do the following:
- Browse Music Library: 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, the Information Area and Cover Art changes to reflect the currently
- Play the Current Title: When
you select a Title, the Music Player screen appears. The Music Player
displays the artist name, album name, album cover art, and track list for
the current Title.
- Changing the Guide View: The Music Guide provides
you with several ways to view the contents of the 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:
- View By Artist: displays your Music Library
alphabetically from A to Z, according to the Artist Name then the Album
- View By Title: orders the list of Titles
alphabetically from A to Z, according to the Album Name then the Artist
- View By Song: orders the list of Titles
alphabetically from A to Z, according to the Song Name
- View By Cover: displays a graphical 4 x 2 grid
of album cover art, sorted alphabetically from A to Z, according to the
Artist Name then Album Name
- 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.
- Changing 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: plays each track in order in the
- Repeat Track: repeats the same track over and
over until you press stop
- Repeat Title: plays each track in the current
Title in order then repeats the entire disc until you press stop
- Repeat Group: plays each track in each title
in the current group and then repeats them until you press stop
- Random Title: randomly selects and plays a
track from within the current title
- Random Group: randomly selects and plays a
track from any title in the current group
Radio Guide: 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. Once you select a station, the Radio Player screen appears.
The Radio Player displays the station name, location, genre, genre cover art,
and status about the current Internet Radio station stream.
Managing Media: The following options allow you to
manage the media loaded on the FireBall:
- Creating Playlists: allows you to create, edit, or
- Creating Groups: In addition to Playlists, the
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). You can also edit or delete Groups once they are created.
- Adding Internet Radio Stations: The FireBall comes
preloaded with several high quality streaming Internet Radio Stations. This
option allows you to add your own Internet Radio Stations (Windows Media WMA
streams only - MPEG, RealAudio, and other's won't work).
- Updating the Internet Radio Stations List: The
"Tune Stations" feature allows you to download a list of the most recent
Internet Radio stations from Escient.
- Editing Music Information: You can edit the disc
information for any Music Title using the Edit Disc and Edit Tracks screens:
- Automatically Lookup Information for a Disc:
The "Lookup This Disc" button will initiate a disc lookup for only the
current disc. The FireBall will connect to the Gracenote Music
Recognition Service to locate and download the disc information.
- Search for the Original Cover: You can
manually search for the original cover art by using the "Search for
- Editing Track Names: You can manually
edit the Track/Song names of the currently highlighted Title in the
- Editing Radio Information: Similar to editing
Music Information, you can also Edit the Radio Information.
- Deleting Music: You can remove any music you have
recorded to the FireBall by using the Delete Music feature:
- Deleting Tracks: You can
select tracks individually to be deleted from the hard drive.
- Deleting Groups: You can
select groups to be deleted, however, the contents of the group (individual
tracks or internet radio stations) are not deleted.
- Deleting Playlists:
You can select playlists to be
deleted, however, the contents of the playlist (individual tracks or
internet radio stations) are not deleted.
Creating CDs: You can easily create custom mix CDs
backup copies of any physical CD.
Web Browser Control: The FireBall contains a built-in
web server, which means you can connect to the FireBall and remotely control it
using a standard web browser over your home network. Using the Web User
Interface displayed in your Web Browser, you can control almost every aspect of
the FireBall. In addition to remotely controlling your FireBall, the
built-in web server also functions as a streaming MP3 music files to the web
browser, providing an easy way to add multiple streaming music clients to your
Music Backup: It is possible to
backup and restore the music contents of the FireBall using the PC file sharing
feature. Backup is accomplished by connecting the FireBall to your PC or Mac
desktop and using your computer's backup software. You can also backup the music
files to any standard media that your PC supports, such as: DVD+/-R/W, CD-R/RW,
or external hard drive.
Music Restore: You can restore
music to the FireBall using the same method used for importing audio files into
User Preferences: Using the
following User Preferences, you can customize the FireBall:
- Password Protection:
Optional Password Protection enables you to limit user access to the Setup
- Network Connection:
The FireBall supports two networking methods, Ethernet and Dialup Modem.
- Server Settings:
The FireBall can act as a "server" delivering audio to optional remote
FireBall MP "clients."
- MP3 Encoder:
You can set the MP3 bitrate for recording music to the hard drive from the
following: 96k, 120k, 160k, 192k, 320k, or VBR.
- Disc Insert Preferences:
You can specify what to do with new discs inserted into the FireBall's front
panel CD drive. "Display and Play" will display the information for the disc
and then play the disc. "Record and Eject" assists in bulk recording,
allowing you to insert disc after disc, automatically recording then
ejecting each one.
- Video Output Preferences:
In addition to screen centering capabilities, you can adjust the following
Video Output Preferences: brightness, contrast, sharpness, and color & tint.
Multi-Zone Support: You can connect one FireBall to another FireBall to share the
music, double the storage capacity, and create a second music zone or add
FireBall MP-150 players for music in every room.
Inputs and Outputs
- IR In: minijack for IR
- Digital Audio Outputs:
one optical digital jack for connecting the FireBall to a receiver
Audio Outputs: one set of left and right RCA audio
jacks for connecting the FireBall to a receiver
- Video Outputs: one RCA
composite video jack, one S-video jack, and one component video jack for connecting the FireBall
to a TV or other display.
- Ethernet: RJ45 port that
connects the FireBall to your broadband Ethernet network
- Frequency Response: 2 -
20,000 Hz, ±1 dB
- THD+N (playback): < -80 dB
FS A (< 0.01%)
- Dynamic Range: > 96 dB FS
A @ 1kHz
- Channel Separation: >95 dB
- Full Scale Line Output: >2
Vrms, 50 k ohms