Escient FireBall SE-D1

DVD/CD changer manager and digital music player

Item #: 641SED1

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No more sifting through stacks of DVD cases to find a movie to watch or rummaging around for your favorite CD. Pair the Escient FireBall SE-D1 with the Sony ES DVP-CX777ES changer and you can keep up to 400 discs organized and ready to play at a moment's notice. The SE-D1 hooks up to your home theater system for surround sound with your DVD movies and high-quality stereo for your CDs.

Escient's intuitive on-screen interface makes it simple to browse your entertainment library on your TV screen. Search by title, actor, or genre, or surf your disc collection by cover art. The FireBall connects to the Internet through your home computer network to automatically retrieve information and images for each disc in your changer.

Make selections and control playback with the included remote, or use the FireBall's built-in web interface to control the system from your PC. Enjoy the hundreds of Internet radio stations available on Escient's website for even more entertainment variety. The SE-D1 can also play songs from the SE-80 and other FireBall Music servers connected to the same network.

Product Highlights:

  • browse and play up to 400 DVDs or CDs
  • controls a Sony ES DVP-CX777ES 400-disc changer
  • plays WMA and Shoutcast Internet Radio stations
  • accesses music from Escient FireBall music servers on same network
  • optical and coaxial digital inputs
  • optical and coaxial digital audio outputs
  • video input and output (composite, S-video, and component video)
  • analog stereo RCA input and output
  • customizable playlists and menu skins
  • selectable 16:9 or 4:3 on-screen interface
  • web interface for remote control and music streaming
  • PDA interface for remote control with any pocket-sized web-enabled device
  • Ethernet port for connection to home computer network
  • remote control
  • 17-3/8"W x 4-9/16"H x 12-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • SE-D1 DVD and Music Manager
  • Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 67" AC power cord
  • 9.75' Ethernet cable (with male RJ-45 plugs on each end)
  • 69" RS-232 serial control cable (has an RS-232 connector on each end)
  • 6.75' A/V cable (has left and right RCA audio connectors and an RCA composite video connector on each end)
  • Start Up Guide

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Features
Inputs and Outputs
Specifications

Features

Overview: The Escient Fireball SE-D1 DVD and CD Changer Manager allows you to store, secure, browse and play up to 400 DVDs or CDs located in one external Sony DVP-CX777ES changer. You can also play digital music from Fireball Music servers located on the same network. The SE-D1 features a simple and intuitive on-screen user interface for browsing, selecting, and playing movies, music, Internet Radio stations and for all system configuration and setup functions.

External Changer Compatibility: Currently, the SE-D1 is only compatible with the Sony DVP-CX777ES DVD/CD changer.

Note: This may change from time to time as new changers are released by third party manufacturers. Please check the Escient web site for a list of any new supported changers.

Movies Guide: The Movies Guide allows you to browse, locate, and play all of your movie titles in one easy to use on-screen guide. The Movies Guide allows you to do the following:

  • Browse Movie Library: The Movies Guide displays a scrolling list of all your movies. 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 movie title.
  • Playing the Current Movie: Playing the currently highlighted Movie is the same as playing a DVD in a standalone DVD player.
  • Selecting a Different Movie: While a movie is playing, you can press the Guide key on the remote control to display the Movies Guide. The current movie is paused when you switch over the to Guide. You can view detailed information for the currently highlighted movie by pressing the Info button on the remote.
  • Changing the Guide View: The Movies Guide provides you with two different ways to view the contents of your DVD Movie Library:
    • View By Title: displays a list of DVD Titles alphabetically from A to Z, according to the Movie Title
    • View By Cover: displays a graphical 4 x 2 grid of DVD cover art, sorted alphabetically from A to Z, according to the Movie Title
  • Viewing by Genre: In addition to the current Guide View, the Movies Guide automatically organizes your DVDs into default "Genres" also called "Groups." The Group Bar displays a horizontal scrolling list of Genres corresponding to the movies in your library. Five Genres or Groups are visible at one time. The "All" genre is the default, which displays all Titles in your Movie Library.

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, you will notice that the Information Area and Cover Art changes to reflect the currently highlighted Title.
  • 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 Name
    • View By Title: orders the list of Titles alphabetically from A to Z, according to the Album Name then the Artist Name
    • 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 current Title
    • 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 your movies and music through the SE-D1:

  • Creating Playlists: allows you to create, edit, or delete playlists
  • Creating Groups: In addition to Playlists, the SE-D1 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 SE-D1 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 Movie Information: The SE-D1 has access to tens of thousands of DVD titles, but you may still encounter a DVD that does not return the correct disc information from the Escient MovieDB. You can edit the disc information for any DVD Movie Title using the Edit Disc screens:
    • Automatically Lookup Information for a Disc: The "Lookup This Disc" button will initiate a disc lookup for only this disc. The SE-D1 will connect to the Escient MovieDB Service to locate and download the disc information.
    • Searching for Movie Information Manually: Occasionally the MovieDB will not return the movie information and cover art. This might happen if the movie is a very new or different release. You can wait a few days and try to Lookup Unknown discs, or you can manually search for the disc information by using the "Search for Movie" feature. This is a powerful tool that allows you to search the Escient MovieDB servers for an exact or partial match using the movie title.
    • Selecting an Existing Cover: If for some reason you cannot download the original cover, you can choose one of the existing covers for the current Title.
    • Edit Description: If you cannot download the original description, you can edit it.
  • 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 SE-D1 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 Cover" feature.
    • Editing Track Names: You can manually edit the Track/Song names of the currently highlighted Title in the Music Guide.
    • Selecting an Existing Cover: If for some reason you can not download the original cover, you can choose one of the existing covers for the current Title.
  • 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 a Fireball server by using the Delete Music feature.
    • Note: You cannot "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.

Web Browser Control: The SE-D1 contains a built-in web server, which means you can connect to the SE-D1 and remotely control it using a standard web browser from a PC, Mac, or PDA over your home network. Using the Web User Interface displayed in your Web Browser, you can control almost every aspect of the SE-D1. The Web User Interface is setup very similarly to the SE-D1'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.

Wireless Remote Control: The supplied IR wireless remote control gives you control of the SE-D1, plus other sources such as a receiver, cable box, TV, or DVD. The keypad can be used to enter DVD and CD text information.

Internet Connection: An Internet connection is required in order to use the movie and music databases. You can have one of the following types of connections:

  • Broadband: Broadband (cable modem or DSL) is the preferred connection type to take full advantage of the unit's ability to download and catalog your movie and music collection.
  • Dial-Up: Dial-Up Internet access is supported by using your own Internet Service Provider and external AT-compatible modem.

Inputs and Outputs

Rear Panel:

  • Changer Communication Port: RS-232 port for controlling a compatible Sony DVD/CD changer
  • Auxiliary Communication Port: RS-232 port for future use
  • IR In/Out: these jacks allow you to control the SE-D1 from a wired distribution system, such as Xantech
  • Digital Audio Output: one optical digital jack for connecting the SE-D1 to a receiver
  • Digital Audio Input: one optical digital jack for connecting a compatible Sony DVD/CD changer
  • Analog Audio Outputs: one set of left and right RCA audio jacks for connecting the SE-D1 to a receiver
  • Analog Audio Inputs: one set of left and right RCA audio jacks for connecting a compatible Sony DVD/CD changer
  • Ethernet: RJ45 port that connects the SE-D1 to your broadband Ethernet network
  • Video Outputs: RCA composite video, S-video, and component video outputs
  • Video Inputs: RCA composite video, S-video, and component video inputs

Specifications

Video Specs:

  • Video System: NTSC

  • 10-bit Video DACs

  • Video S/N: 50dB

Audio Specs:

  • Frequency Response: 2-20,000 Hz

  • THD+N (playback): 80dB

  • Dynamic Range: 96dB

  • Channel Separation: 95dB

  • Line Output Voltage: 2 Vrms, 50 kOhms

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new toy,,wow

Written By rburns, west chester,pa on Monday, May 08, 2006

this unit,when hooked up to the sony disc controller cx777es is just unbelieveable,,hooked up to the internet and thru my laptop,i can control everything. if you love dvd's and cd's and have a collection of both, this unit will controll everything,the display of every disc you have loaded makes for a very easy pic and choose of what you want to watch,,also internet radio is available,,my kids love the dance channels,,,this unit is just fabulous..see one in action and you will be surprised

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