Polar Rs200 settings

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Polar Rs200 settings

Post by chribra2 »


I buyed a Polar RS200 but when trying to send the result of the exercise i always a received a error " Sonic link download fail. I used the settings 16 bit @ 44100 Hz compressor raw. I see some levelactivitie, but downloading the file fails all the time. Does somebody have experience with the Polar Rs200 in combination with the iSmarttrain software for Mac? I will be very happy when you can give me the settings needed to succesfull download the data from my watch.

Thanks a lot for your feedback on forehand.

Regards: Chris

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Re: Polar Rs200 settings

Post by Rusty Smith »

Hi Chris:
I have successfully use a cs200 with my first-gen macbook pro, as well as with the new unibody model. On the old macbbok pro, I used the built-in microphone that is behind the left speaker grill rather than the one next to the isight. It is much easier to use as you can set the HRM on the computer itself. The new unibody only has a microphone up near the screen hinge on the left hand side, directly above the escape key. Here are the instructions that worked for me on the old macbook pro:

1) Open iSmartTrain
2) Click on the download button in the menu bar of the session diary
3) When asked, set your port to "Sonic Link" and your device to "cs200 (or whatever your device actually is) then say "OK."
4) A sonic link window pops up that says "waiting" in this window, select "Settings." These are the settings that work pretty well for me - I don' think they all matter that much, but one never knows....:

Preparing iSmartTrain:
Compression: none
Sample: 44.100 mhz
Size: 16 bits
Use: Mono
Source: built-in internal microphone
Speaker: off while recording
Volume: 50
Gain: 70
These settings will cause a little feedback, but no worries - with the mic off while recording, it does not interfere with the download.

(The only difference on the Unibody MacBook is that I use a gain of 50 and a volume of 100, seems to work better for some reason.)

5) Press "OK" to return back to the "Sonic Link waiting" window.

6) Preparing the monitor:
On the monitor, go to "connect" then press start. In the "send files" window, press the start button again, In the "send all" window, press next (I only have luck sending one file at a time) then, if you have more than one file, select the file that you would like to send by pressing "next" until you get to the one you want to transmit to iSmartTrain.

7a) Old MacBook Pro instructions: Now place the monitor near the very top of the left speaker grill. For the most consistent results I have found that the bottom of the monitor should align with the top of the tab key and be centered on the grill.

7b) Unibody MacBook Pro instructions: Place the monitor where the its internal speaker (the three holes in the back) are directly over the "esc" key. I find it best to turn the monitor horizontal with the buttons on the speaker grill - this makes it easy to push the buttons and hold the monitor firmly so that it does not move around and make extraneous noise during the file transfer.

8) In the Sonic Link waiting window, press start. Give it a second, (the start button will gray out and it will say "recording") and then press "start" on the monitor.

9) You should see a little movement in the green activity bar on the left hand side of the interface as the monitor transmits its data.

10) At the end of the transmission, the monitor will emit a double high-low beep. Give iSmartTrain two or three seconds after this and then press "finished"

After a couple of seconds and a little feedback, the session should be entered into iSmartTrain. Using this method, I would say I have a success rate of about 4 out of 5 downloads, which was about similar to the last app I used for doing the same on a PC.

Obviously it needs to be pretty quite when you are transferring - the slightest bit of noise trashes the download.

Hope this helps.
Rusty Smith
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Re: Polar Rs200 settings

Post by mvonsieb »


I am using the RS200sd with my Aluminium series iMac without problems. The sonic link dialog also reads:
Settings: Built-in Microphone used to record 16bit @ 44100 Hz, compressor "raw". I hold the watch at about 5-10cm (2-4") from the mic and it works great, even with some low background noise.
In the iMac's system preferences I have set the input level to 3/4 and checked the "reduce ambient noise" checkbox.

By the way: In Aluminium iMacs the tiny holes for the built-in mic are located on the top of the iMac, right above the built-in camera.

Regards and have fun,

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Re: Polar Rs200 settings

Post by chribra2 »

Hi guys

Thanks a lot for your feedback, with your settings and instructions i was able to download the exercises.

Regards Chris

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