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NAIM HDX Reference Manual

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R E F E R E N C E M A N U A L
H D X H A R D D I S K P L A Y E R
E N G L I S H

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  • Page 1 R E F E R E N C E M A N U A L H D X H A R D D I S K P L A Y E R E N G L I S H...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    This manual is issue No. 7 and describes the operation of HDX units running software release version 1.7a HDX units running earlier software will not operate fully in the manner described in this manual. The software running on an HDX is displayed in the System Status menu.
  • Page 3: Hdx Hard Disk Player Introduction

    The Naim HDX hard disk player will completely change the way you access and listen to your music collection. While the HDX may look like a CD player and can play CDs conventionally, it is intended to operate in a fundamentally different way.
  • Page 4: Hdx User Interfaces

    Flash enabled web browser of user interfaces. The user interface you use to control your HDX will depend on the type of system in which it To access the External Display Interface from a web is installed and the ancillary equipment available. The...
  • Page 5: Hdx Interface Options

    Interface Control Display Notes Front Panel Display Touch screen. Front Panel display. Enables control of both HDX local outputs in Remote handset. stand-alone installations and network streams in network connected installations. External Display Remote handset. TV or monitor with VGA, Controls local outputs only.
  • Page 6: Getting Started

    NaimNet hardware, or to take advantage of one of its alternative user interfaces. If the HDX is to be used in a network it is important that the network is working when the HDX is connected and switched on.
  • Page 7: Switch On

    Panel Display Interface from the Menu to the Section 4.8.4. Play menu and select Play Random to play a track. To “rip” a CD to the HDX hard disk, use the front panel open button to open the CD drawer. Insert a CD and...
  • Page 8: Power Supply Upgrade

    Installation - Getting Connected 3 Get ting Connected The HDX carries a variety of connection sockets on its rear panel. These are illustrated and described in the following diagrams and paragraphs. The numeric legends on the rear panel diagram refer to the numbered paragraphs in Section 3.2.
  • Page 9: Hdx Connected To Xps Power Supply

    3.3 HDX Connected to XPS Power Supply Cable direction power marker switch THE HDX REQUIRES MAINS POWER AT ALL TIMES - WITH OR WITHOUT AN EXTERNAL POWER SUPPLY. mains input SXPS Burndy and fuse Cable THE SXPS BURNDY CABLE ONLY MUST BE USED TO CONNECT THE XPS OR 555PS POWER SUPPLIES.
  • Page 10: The Front Panel Display Interface

    O pe r a t io n - T h e F ro n t P a n e l D i s p l ay I nt e r f a c e 4 T he Front Pa nel Display Interf ace As introduced in Section 1.1, the HDX can be controlled via a number of different interfaces. This section covers the Front Panel Display Interface.
  • Page 11: The Browse Music Menu

    All Music - music stored both locally (on the HDX’s internal library of tracks held either locally on the HDX or on any hard disk) and on all connected storage hardware. available network or USB storage device.
  • Page 12: The Find Music Menu

    Select from the subsequent Search key to initiate the search. list to play the station through the HDX local outputs. Artists: Displays a screen that enables an alpha-numeric Station list screens, as illustrated below, also provide the search of artists.
  • Page 13: The Current Playlist Screen

    A vTuner account enables internet radio stations not included in the standard vTuner lists to be specified and added. Stations added to the vTuner account can then be downloaded to the HDX. They will appear in the Browse menu under Added Stations.
  • Page 14: Playlists

    O pe r a t io n - T h e F ro n t P a n e l D i s p l ay I nt e r f a c e 4. 6 P laylists Select New Playlist followed by the button.
  • Page 15: The Quick Play Menu

    Selecting Quick Play from the Home menu will open that displays the HDX’s ripping activity. Ripping can be a menu, illustrated below, that provides access to five stopped by selecting the abort function or pressing the playback shortcut pages.
  • Page 16: Music Stores

    Network Share locations. Selecting selected for existing and newly ripped CDs. The default Stores opens the Music Stores menu to provide options HDX setting is to rip CDs in WAV format. FLAC can be Manage Stores, Add New...
  • Page 17 Rip or Play Mode: Selecting Rip or Play Mode displays a menu that provides the option for the HDX to play a CD rather than ripping it. To play a CD in Play Mode, open the HDX drawer and insert the CD.
  • Page 18 Server Name to specify the name selected, and a genre assigned. Existing genre assignments of the HDX UPnP™ server that will be seen by UPnP™ View can also be listed and changed, by selecting playback devices. The name can be changed by Genres.
  • Page 19 Compatibility: Compatibility Select to specify the audio data Stream Format that the HDX will stream to the UPnP™ playback device and to switch CD artwork transmission to the playback device or off. The Stream Format options available are Native, 44.1kHz...
  • Page 20: Handset Functions

    Fast reverse. Output (out): Selects local outputs on Forward ( ): Fast forward. appropriately equipped Repeat ( Repeats the current playlist. products (not HDX). Pause ( ): Pauses play. Volume: Volume up and down Shuffle ( Randomises order of play.
  • Page 21: Playback

    The HDX is able to provide one local output and multiple network streams simultaneously. The outputs you will employ from your HDX will depend on the type of system in which it is used. The following paragraphs describe the various output options and their context.
  • Page 22: Ripping

    O pe r a t io n - R i pp i n g 6 Ripping The HDX will only fulfil its potential if it holds a significant library of music. A typical music CD carries approximately 600MB of data and the 2TB storage capacity of the HDX internal hard disk will hold approximately 2400 CDs.
  • Page 23: External Storage

    O pe r a t io n - Ex t er n a l S t o r a g e 7 Ex tern al St orage The HDX is not only able to replay material ripped and stored on its internal hard disk but can also replay material stored on a variety of externally connected storage hardware.
  • Page 24: Adding A Music Store

    Audio files stored on Network Music will now be available ripped CDs will be held by the new Music Store. for browse and playback via the HDX. Select Home Menu > Browse >...
  • Page 25 O pe r a t io n - Ex t er n a l S t o r a g e If the new Music Store is not to be the primary CD data store location select No. The new Music Store will then take lowest priority position in the list of Music Stores but be available for promotion to a higher priority if desired via Manage Music Stores...
  • Page 26: Interface Menu Structure

    H D X In te r f a c e M en u S t r uc t u re 8 Int erfac e M enu Structure The diagram illustrates the upper levels of Front panel display Interface menu and menu structure. Home Track information displayed with Now Playing...
  • Page 27: Internal Storage Of External Data

    9 Inte rnal St ora ge of Ext ernal D ata With the introduction of a 2TB internal hard disk the HDX can store and play music files created or downloaded from external sources in addition to files locally ripped from CDs.
  • Page 28: Copying To The Downloads Folder

    Select the files to be copied from elsewhere on the network and then copy and paste them to the Downloads folder. The HDX will make the files available for selection and playback only once the copy operation is complete and it has scanned the folder.
  • Page 29: Hard Disk Player Terminology

    HDX interrogates when a new CD is inserted in its formats such as MP3. FLAC’s primary advantage is a drawer. The AMG database can be interrogated manually reduction of data storage requirements by up to 50%, it at www.allmusic.com...
  • Page 30 Ripping is the slang term for extracting and storing the name can refer to both the audio file format and the audio data from a CD. The HDX is unusual in ripping the audio compression technique itself. audio data repeatedly to minimise errors. There are some...
  • Page 31: Hdx Specifications

    A1:B2:C3:D4:E5:F6 (on rear panel) Display MAC Address eg. NSHDX89B5 HDX Name (NSHDXxxxx where xxxx is last 4 digits of MAC Address) Use this section to record your HDX’s identification data Serial Number, HDX MAC for possible future reference. The...
  • Page 32: Commercial Acknowledgements

    Macromedia Flash Lite are trademarks or registered trademarks of Adobe Systems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Naim Audio Limited Southampton Road, Salisbury, England SP1 2LN Tel: +44 (0)1722 426600 Fax: +44 (0)871 230 1012 W: www.naimaudio.com...