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rio car dot org FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)



Category: Main -> Software and player operation questions
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·  Why do the visuals disappear every time I put it in the car? 
·  I just got my new player and I have many gigs of MP3s to install. Is there anything I need to keep in mind? 
·  Why can't I add more than one song at a time? 
·  What does the flashing LED on the faceplate mean? 
·  Do I have to put the player into standby mode before I pull the plug? 
·  Can I copy MP3 files back onto my PC from the player? 
·  Is there anything I should keep in mind when I grab files from the player? 
·  Can I back up the player's playlists and music files? 
·  What is the best way to organize and listen to my music? 
·  How can I keep my PC and my car player in perfect synch? 
·  How do I upgrade the firmware on the player, and will it erase my music files? 
·  Is it bad for the player if it gets too hot or too cold? 

·  Do I have to use the remote, or can I do everything from the front panel?

Both the front panel and the remote can be used in the car or at home. You can do almost anything you need to do with the front panel, so the remote is not required.

There are some things that are easier to do on the remote because you can do it with a single button-press instead of looking at the player's screen to navigate sub-menus. Also, there are a few things you can only do with the remote, such as alphanumeric searches. But most of what you need to do can be done with the front panel.

By the way, there are two remote controls available for the Rio Car. The original empeg Car products shipped with a Kenwood KCA-R6A remote control, and the Rio Car ships with a custom-made Rio remote control. The Rio remote control has its own custom infrared control code set, and its button layout is slightly different Both models of remote control will work with all of the empeg Car and Rio Car players, provided the player is running a recent version of the player firmware.

Here's a run-down of what you can/can't do with each:

.

Front Panel

Remote

Volume control

Yes

Yes

Track skip

Yes

Yes

FF/Rew

Mk2 and Rio Car only

Yes

Play/Pause

Yes

Yes

Power off (standby)

Single button

Single button on Rio Remote only

Select user-defined playlists

Yes

Yes, via menu or via PIN

Select a specific song or artist

Yes, but only by scrolling through playlists

Yes, by playlist, by alphanumeric search, or by PIN

Sound adjustments (loudness, EQ, balance, etc.)

Yes

Yes

Source selection (player, radio, aux)

Yes

Single button

Select a radio preset

Yes

Single button (0-9)

Scan to next audible radio frequency

Mk2 and Rio Car only

Yes

Shuffle on/off

Yes

Single button

Select visuals

Yes

Single button

Select text information screen mode

Yes

Single button

Toggle between visual and text screen

Single button

Yes

Switch banks of radio presets

Yes

Single button on Rio Remote only

Alphanumeric searches (by artist, by title, etc.)

No

Yes

Tweak the order of the current playlist (match artist, etc.)

No

Yes

Select a numeric radio frequency directly

No

Yes

Name a radio station or EQ preset

No

Yes

View a detailed track information screen with fields such as file size and bit rate

No

Rio remote control only, 2.0 software and later only

"Hush" the audio (as opposed to simply pausing the playback)

No

Rio remote control only, 2.0 software and later only

Toggle between "All Visuals" selection mode and "Favorite Visuals" selection mode

No

Rio remote control only, 2.0 software and later only


·  What do all the buttons do? 
·  What's this I hear about a 'Stun/Kill' button on the remote control? 
·  What is a parametric EQ, and what does the 'Q' parameter do? 
·  Where can I download a list of EQ presets? 
·  How do I know what the hard disk is doing? 
·  Does disk space get wasted if I make a second copy of a song in a different playlist? 
·  What about editing/renaming multiple copies of the same song? 
·  How can I be sure that I've deleted all copies of a given song? 
·  How do I make albums play in the correct order? 
·  How do the Tweak Order functions work? 
·  How does the 'Ignore as Child' option work? 
·  What in the world is a 'Wendy Filter'? 
·  How do the Bookmarks work? 
·  Can I delete songs from the player's front panel? 
·  How can I tell which tracks I have marked with the 'Mark' key? 
·  What search terms can I use in the Advanced Search box in Emplode? 
·  What is this 'Soup View' I hear other people talking about? 
·  What do the little letters mean on the Info:Track screen? 
·  When I move the player between the car and the house, what does it do differently? 
·  Are there any 'Easter Eggs' in the player? 
·  What do the various symbols mean on the 'Aux Info' screen? 
·  Can I reset the number of plays and other statistics? 
·  Why does it play clusters of artists or albums? 
·  How do I cancel out of a synch? 
·  How do I skip to the next album or the next playlist? 
·  What is a FID? 
·  What happens during a synch, and what do the stage numbers mean? 
·  Can I use a USB-to-serial converter dongle with the player? 
·  What are some other good tricks for using the player? 


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