Inputs and Outputs
Overview: The FP-1 provides all
of the great on-screen music management features you expect from a FireBall for
your iPod. It's a complete FireBall Music Manager with all of the custom install
features you need to provide seamless integration of iPod music into any home
audio system. The FP-1 can also stream music from any FireBall music server or
PC/Mac with or without a docked iPod. The FP-1 even allows other FireBalls to
access and play music stored on the iPod including music purchased from the
iTunes Music Store.
Supported iPods: The FP-1 is
compatible with the following iPod models using the optional Apple Universal
iPod docking adapter (sold separately).
- iPod nano (1st/2nd/3rd/4th generation)
- iPod mini (1st/2nd generation)
- iPod with color display (4th generation)
- iPod with video (5th generation)
- iPod touch (1st/2nd generation)
- iPod classic (80/120/160GB)
Note: This unit will not charge the iPod nano (4th generation) or
iPod touch (2nd generation).
Supported Audio Formats: The
FP-1 supports the following audio formats.
ID Tag Compatibility: All MP3,
AAC and FLAC files should have the proper ID3 tags in each file in order to
properly add each music file to the FP-1's internal library. The FP-1 will
support the following ID3 tag formats.
Registration: The FireBall must
be registered before its initial use. The FP-1 registration is accomplished once
you have properly configured your FireBall for Internet access and connected to
the Escient servers for registration of your serial number and download the
latest Internet Radio stations.
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.
- Show and Hide Tracks: This
feature allows you to show or hide the displaying of the track of a certain
- 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.
- Select Different Song:
This function allows you to navigate up and down the track list using the
remote control to make your song selections.
- 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
- View By Artist:
displays your Music Library alphabetically from A to Z, according to the
Artist Name then the Album Name
- View By Artist-Title:
displays your Music Library alphabetically from A to Z according to the
Artist Name then the Album Name
- List: display a nine
line hierarchical view of your music library starting by Genre, then by
Artist, Album and finally by songs
- View By Title-Artist:
displays the list of Titles alphabetically from A to Z according to the
Album Name then the Artist Name.
- View By Song-Artist: orders
the list of Titles alphabetically from A to Z, according to the Song
- 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
- Jukebox Play Mode: The
Jukebox Mode allows you to create a list of songs (a queue) to play while
you are listening to something else. The Jukebox Queue has a limit of 500
songs. The Jukebox Play Mode gives you the following playback functions.
- Normal: plays the jukebox
queue in order, then stops
- Repeat: plays the jukebox
queue in order, over and over without stopping
- Random: randomly selects
and plays a track from the jukebox queue until your press stop or every
track in the queue has been played
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
Managing Media: The following
options allow you to manage the media loaded on the FireBall server:
- Creating Playlists: This
you to organize and create new Playlists.
- Adding Internet Radio
Stations: The FP-1 comes preloaded with several high quality streaming
Internet Radio Stations. This option allows you to add your own Internet
Radio Stations. The Internet Radio stations must conform to the following
specifications - Windows Media WMA or MPEG II layer 3 streams and Windows
Media 9 or earlier
- 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. You can also search for cover art for iPod based
- Search for the Original Cover:
You can manually search for the original cover art by using this
- Editing Radio Information:
Similar to editing Music Information, you can also Edit the Radio
- Editing Playlists: This
feature allows you to reorder tracks, change the name and add or remove
track from a playlist you created.
- Deleting Playlists: You
may also delete entire Playlists from the Music Guide.
Setup Menu: The following features are provided for setup of your iPod.
- RESYNC iPod: The FP-1
automatically collects music information from an iPod when it is initial
docked. the FP-1 then stores this data in its internal memory to save time
the next time the same iPods id docked. If for any reason the information
stored in the FP-1 and the actual music on the iPod are different then use
the Resync function to manually force the FP-1 to collect the music
information from the iPod again.
- Get Cover Art: The FP-1
automatically downloads and stores cover art for the music titles on the
iPod. If for any reason the cover art is not downloaded then this function
can be used to manually lookup and download all covers art again.
- STATUS: The iPod Status
screen provides information for the currently docked iPod including how many
genres, artists, titles, songs, and playlists are on the iPod.
General Setup Menu: The
following setup features are general functions of the FP-1.
- Language: The FireBall
supports 5 different languages for it's on screen menus and texts. You can
choose from English, French, Spanish, German or Italian.
- Screen Savers: 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 extend periods of time and to provide useful
information to the user when activated. You can specify the time the FP-1
will wait before activating the screen saver from 1 to 60 minutes.
- Other Modes: Select either
the Normal or Product Demo. The Normal mode display the current title or
station information while the Product Demo mode is intended for retail
product demos during idle time.
- Time Zone: This function
allows you to specify which US time zone your FireBall is located in.
- Customize User Interface:
In addition to the Escient "Classic" User Interface, the FP-1 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
- Password Protection:
Optional Password Protection enable you to limit user access to the Setup
Menus. this is useful to lockout the ability to change the global user
settings and preferences.
Network Setup Menu: The
following selections are functions of the Network Setup screen.
- Ethernet Settings:
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
then you should most likely use the same for your FP-1.
- Server Settings: The FP-1
can act as a server delivering audio to optional FireBall clients over the
network. The FP-1's server also allows you to control it remotely using a
web browser on your PC and allows Network File sharing for backup and
- Music Sharing: The FP-1
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
the 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 FP-1
by using the FireBall-PC software on your PC or Mac or by using on FireBall
as the master and another one as a second zone server.
Video Setup Menu: The following
adjustments can be made within the Video menu to match the output of the FP-1 to
your TV or monitor.
- Video Format: This
function allows you to select either a 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio to fit your
- Centering: This feature
allows you to center the FP-1's user interface horizontally on your TV
- TV Controls: The FP-1
features a graphic interface to help you adjust your TV's brightness,
contrast, sharpness, and color through your TV's controls to maximize the
video output of the FP-1On-Screen User Interface.
External Controls Menu: The
following selections are use to customize the external controls of the FireBall
- IR Remote Control: The
FP-1 is preset from the factory to operate from the FB1 source button,
however, the FP-1 can be configured to use any one of the four source
buttons by selecting this setup function. This is useful when there are
multiple FireBalls installed at the same location, so all FireBalls don't
respond the same IR commands. You can choose from FB1, FB2, FB3, or FB4.
- 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
- Button Overlay: The Button
Overlay feature places button controls onto the FP-1's user interface for
use with third-party touch panels.
- Serial COM Port: The
Serial Control COM Port setting is used for two-way external control
communication with a third party control system.
Utilities Setup Menu: This menu
allows for regular Maintenance of your FP-1.
- Information Screen: The
Information Screen provides information about your FireBall hardware and
software that is useful for troubleshooting any problems you many encounter
with y our network connection or verifying the current software versions.
- Restarting: There are two
ways of manually performing a full restart or reboot of the FireBall system.
One is using the front panel power button and the other using the Restart
- Updating Software: The
FP-1 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.
Remote Control: The FP-1 comes
supplied with an IR wireless remote control. The remote controls all functions
of the unit. There are no controls on the FP-1 except the Power button. The
remote control features a numeric keypad from 0 to 9 with corresponding letters
that works similar to a telephone keypad when text needs to be entered
The FP-1 contains a built-in web server which means you can connect to your
FireBall and remotely control it suing a standard web browser from a PC, Mac or
PDA over your home network. In addition to remotely controlling your FP-1, the
built-in web server also functions as a streaming audio server, providing an
easy way to add multiple streaming music clients to your FireBall.
Wireless Network Compatible:
The FireBall FP-1 is wireless network compatible via the optional WiFi 802.11
network adapters (sold separately).
Custom Controls: FireBall
provides the user and custom AV installer with many option for control and
integration into any home theater or home automation system using direct IR
codes, two-way RS-232 serial controls, two-way Ethernet control and wireless web
FireBall-PC Software: The
FireBall-PC software provides expanded music storage features for your FireBall
product by allowing the FP-1 to play music stored on your computer. FireBall-PC
is a virtual FireBall music server that runs on your computer and shares music
files stored on your computer's hard drive with your networked FP-1.
System Requirements: The
FireBall PC is PC and Mac compatible.
- Windows XP and Professional
- Pentium III, 500mHz
equivalent processor or higher
- 128MB RAM or more as required
by operating system
- Mac OS X (10.3 or later)
- 128MB of Ram or more a
required by operation system
Note: Your FireBall
FP-1 and computer must be on the same local network.
Inputs and Outputs
- IR In: The direct IR 3.5mm
input jack on the back panel is for controlling the FP-1 from a wired IR
distribution system such as a Xantech system. This connect must be an IR
signal with a 36kHz carrier using a 1/8" mono or stereo connector. The IR
input jack provides 12V power. This means that you can directly connect a
12V IR receiver to the FireBall using a 1/8" stereo connector. A mono 1/8"
direct IR input can be safely used as the FP-1 will automatically detect the
different cable and ground the voltage to protect your IR system from
- RS-232: The RS-232 port is
to be used for connecting a wired touch panel or to interface a third party
control system such as AMX or Creston.
- Digital Audio Outputs: The
digital optical output will provide the best possible sound quality for the
Audio Outputs: One set of left and right RCA audio
jacks for an analog connection of the FP-1.
- Video Outputs: The S-video
output will provide the best possible video quality for the FP-1 User
Interface. The unit also feature's a composite video output if your TV or
monitor does not contain a S-video input.
- Ethernet: The RJ45
Ethernet jack accepts any standard twisted pair Ethernet cable. A 10-foot
cable is provided for connection to your home network. If you do choose to
use a longer length of Ethernet cable it should not exceed 100 meters in
- USB: The FP-1 also
features a USB type-B connection.
- Dock Connector: On top of
the FP-1 is the proprietary iPod dock connector. Your iPod rests vertically
- Video Format: NTSC
- Video DACs: 10-bit
- Signal to Noise Ratio: 50
- Crosstalk: 50 dB
- Input Impedance: 75 ohm
- Output Impedance: 75 ohm
- 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