3-861-687-12 (1)
FM/AM
Cassette Car
Stereo
Operating Instructions
Owner’s Record
The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom of the unit.
Record the serial number in the space provided below.
Refer to these numbers whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this
product.
Model No. XR-C5100/4800
Serial No.
For installation and connections, see the supplied installation/connections
manual.
XR-C5100
XR-4800
 1998 by Sony Corporation
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Warning
Welcome!
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate
radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined
by turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the interference
by one or more of the following measures:
— Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
— Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
— Connect the equipment into an outlet on a
circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
— Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/
TV technician for help.
Thank you for purchasing the Sony Cassette
Car Stereo. This unit lets you enjoy a variety of
features by using an optional rotary
commander.
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate
this equipment.
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In addition to the tape playback and the radio
operation you can expand your system by
connecting an optional MD/CD unit*
(XR-C5100 only).
* You can connect to an MD changer, CD changer, an
MD player, or CD player.
Table of contents
This Unit Only
With Optional Equipment
Getting Started
MD/CD Unit (XR-C5100 only)
Resetting the unit ................................................ 4
Detaching the front panel .................................. 4
Setting the clock .................................................. 5
Cassette Player
Listening to a tape ............................................... 5
Playing a tape in various modes ....................... 6
Radio
Memorizing stations automatically
— Best Tuning Memory (BTM) ................... 7
Memorizing only the desired stations ............. 7
Receiving the memorized stations.................... 7
Other Functions
Adjusting the sound characteristics ................. 8
Attenuating the sound ....................................... 8
Changing the sound and beep tone ................. 8
Playing an MD/CD ............................................ 9
Scanning the tracks
— Intro scan .................................................. 10
Playing tracks repeatedly
— Repeat play .............................................. 10
Playing tracks in random order
— Shuffle play ............................................. 10
Additional Information
Precautions .........................................................
Maintenance .......................................................
Dismounting the unit .......................................
The rotary commander labels .........................
Location of controls ..........................................
Specifications .....................................................
Troubleshooting guide .....................................
Index ...................................................................
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Attaching the front panel
Getting Started
Attach part A of the front panel to part B of
the unit as illustrated and push until it clicks.
Resetting the unit
Before operating the unit for the first time or
after replacing the car battery, you must reset
the unit.
Press the reset button with a pointed object,
such as a ball-point pen.
Reset button
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Note
Pressing the reset button will erase all the memorized
program and memory functions.
Detaching the front panel
The front panel of this unit can be detached to
prevent the unit from being stolen.
1
Press (OFF).
2
Press (RELEASE) to detach the front
panel then gently pull it out.
(RELEASE)
Notes
• Be sure not to drop the panel when detaching it from the
unit.
• If you press (RELEASE) to detach the panel while the
unit is still turned on, the power will automatically turn
off to protect the speakers from being damaged.
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B
A
Notes
• Make sure the front panel is right side up when attaching
it to the unit as it cannot be attached upside down.
• Do not press the front panel too hard when attaching it
to the unit. It can easily be attached by pressing it lightly
against the unit.
• When you carry the front panel with you, keep it in the
supplied front panel case.
• Do not press hard or put excessive pressure on the
display windows of the front panel.
• Do not expose the front panel to direct sunlight, heat
sources such as hot air ducts or leave it in a humid place.
Never leave it on the dashboard etc. of a car parked in
direct sunlight where there may be a considerable rise in
temperature inside the car.
Caution alarm
If you turn the ignition key to the OFF position
without removing the front panel, the caution
alarm will beep for a few seconds (only when
the POWER SELECT switch is set to the A
position). If you connect an optional power
amplifier to the LINE OUT and do not use the
built-in amplifier, the beep tone will be
disabled.
Setting the clock
The clock has a 12-hour digital indication.
Cassette Player
For example, setting it to 10:08
1
Press (OFF) or (DSPL) during operation.
2
Press (DSPL) for two seconds.
Listening to a tape
Insert a cassette.
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The hour digit flashes.
1 Set the hour digits.
To go forward
To go backward
1000
Playback will start automatically.
If a cassette is already inserted, press
(SOURCE) repeatedly until “TAPE” is
displayed.
2 Press (SEL) momentarily.
The side facing up is being played.
TAPE
3 Set the minute digits.
To go forward
To go backward
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3
Press (DSPL) momentarily.
The side facing down is being played.
Tip
To change the tape transport direction, press (MODE)
(*) during tape playback.
To
Stop playback
Eject the cassette
Press
(OFF)
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Getting Started/Cassette Player
1000
The minutes digits flashes.
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TAPE
1008
The clock starts.
Note
If the POWER SELECT switch on the bottom of the unit is
set to the B position, the clock cannot be set unless the
power is turned on. Set the clock after you have turned on
the radio.
Fast-winding the tape
During playback, press either side of
(SEEK/AMS) for two seconds.
Fast-forward
SEEK
AMS
Rewind
To start playback during fast-forwarding or
rewinding, press (MODE) (*).
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Locating the beginning of a track
— Automatic Music Sensor (AMS)
You can skip up to nine tracks at one time.
During playback, press either side of
(SEEK/AMS) momentarily.
To locate the succeeding tracks
SEEK
AMS
To locate the preceding tracks
Note
The AMS function may not work when :
• the blanks between tracks are shorter than 4 seconds
• there is noise between tracks
• there are long sections of low volume or quiet sections.
Changing the displayed items
Each time you press (DSPL) during tape
playback, the displayed item
changes as follows:
z Tape playback
z Clock
z Frequency*
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* While the ATA function is activated.
Playing a tape in various
modes
Searching for the desired track
— Intro scan
Press (1) during playback.
“INTRO” appears on the display.
The first 10 seconds of all the tracks are played.
When you find the desired track, press again.
The unit returns to the normal playback mode.
To cancel this mode, press (1) again.
Playing tracks repeatedly
— Repeat play
Press (2) during playback.
“REP” appears on the display.
When the current played track is over, it will
be played again from the beginning.
To cancel this mode, press (2) again.
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Switching to the radio while fastwinding a tape
— Automatic Tuner Activation (ATA)
Press (5) during playback.
“ATA” appears on the display.
When fast-forwarding or rewinding with
(SEEK/AMS) for two seconds, the tuner will
turn on automatically.
To cancel this mode, press (5) again.
Skipping blanks during tape
playback — Blank skip
Press (6) during playback.
“BL SKIP” appears on the display.
Blanks longer than eight seconds will
automatically be skipped during tape
playback.
To cancel this mode, press (6) again.
Radio
Memorizing stations
automatically
— Best Tuning Memory (BTM)
This function selects from the currently
received band the stations with the strongest
signals and memorizes them in order of their
frequency.
PREVENTING ACCIDENTS!
When tuning in while driving, use the
automatic tuning or memory preset search
function instead of manual tuning.
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Up to 6 stations on each band (FM1, FM2, FM3,
AM1 and AM2) can be stored on the preset
number buttons in the order of your choice.
Therefore, 18 FM stations can be memorized.
If you try to store another station on the same
preset number button, the most recently stored
station will be erased.
1
Press (SOURCE) repeatedly to select the
tuner.
2
Press (MODE) repeatedly to select the
band.
3
Press (SEEK/AMS) to search for the
station you wish to store on a preset
number button.
4
Press the desired preset number button
((1) to (6)) for two seconds.
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TAPE n TUNER n MD/CD (XR-C5100 only)
2
Press (MODE) repeatedly to select the
band.
Each time you press (MODE), the band
changes as follows:
FM1 n FM2 n FM3 n AM1 n AM2
3
Press (BTM) for two seconds.
Notes
• The unit will not store stations with weak signals on the
preset number buttons. If there are only a few stations
received, some preset number buttons will remain empty.
• When a preset number indicated on the display, the unit
starts storing station from the one currently display.
The number of the selected preset number
button appears on the display.
Receiving the memorized
stations
1
Press (SOURCE) repeatedly to select the
tuner.
2
Press (MODE) repeatedly to select the
band.
3
Press the preset number button
momentarily ((1) to (6)) on which the
desired station is stored.
Cassette Player/Radio
Press (SOURCE) repeatedly to select the
tuner.
Each time you press (SOURCE), the source
changes as follows:
Memorizing only the
desired stations
Tip
Press either side of (PRESET/DISC) (XR-C5100 only) to
receive in order the stations stored in the memory (Preset
Search Function).
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Changing the displayed items
Each time you press (DSPL), the display
changes between the frequency and the clock.
Other Functions
If you cannot tune in a preset
station
Press either side of (SEEK/AMS)
momentarily to search for the station
(automatic tuning).
Scanning stops when a station is received.
Press either side of (SEEK/AMS) repeatedly
until the desired station is received.
Note
If the automatic tuning stops too frequently, press
(LCL) to light up “LCL” on the display (local seek mode).
Only the stations with relatively strong signals are tuned
in.
Tip
If you know the frequency, press and hold either side of
(SEEK/AMS) until the desired station is received (manual
tuning).
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Adjusting the sound
characteristics
1
Select the item you want to adjust by
pressing (SEL) repeatedly.
VOL (volume) n BAS (bass) n TRE
(treble) n BAL (left-right) n FAD
(front-rear)
2
Adjust the selected item by pressing
either (+) or (–).
Adjust within three seconds after selecting.
(After three seconds the button will again
serve as the volume control button.)
Attenuating the sound
Press (ATT).
The “ATT” indication flashes.
To restore the previous volume level, press
again.
Changing the sound and
beep tone
Boosting the bass sound — D-bass
You can enjoy clear and powerful bass sound.
The D-bass function boosts the low frequency
signal with a sharper curve than conventional
bass boost.
You can hear the bass line more clearly even if
the vocal volume remains the same. You can
emphasize and adjust the bass sound easily
with the D-bass control. This effect is similar to
the one you get when you use an optional
subwoofer system.
Moreover, the Digital D-bass* function creates
even sharper and more powerful bass sounds
than Analog D-bass.
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D-BASS 3
D-BASS 2
Analog D-BASS
Level
Level
Digital D-BASS
D-BASS 2
D-BASS 1
D-BASS 1
0dB
0dB
Frequency (Hz)
With Optional Equipment
D-BASS 3
Frequency (Hz)
Adjusting the bass curve
Turn the D-BASS control to adjust the
bass level (1, 2 or 3).
“D-BASS”* appears in the display.
To cancel, turn the control to the OFF position.
Note
If the bass sound becomes distorted, adjust the D-BASS
control or the volume button.
* If an optional CD changer has the Digital D-BASS
function, “DIGITAL D-BASS” appears on the display
during CD playback (XR-C5100 only).
Press (6) while pressing (SEL).
To obtain the beep tone again, press these
buttons again.
Note
If you connect an optional power amplifier to the LINE
OUT and do not use the built-in amplifier, the beep tone
will be disabled.
You can control two MD or CD units with this
unit.
Playing an MD/CD
Press (SOURCE) until the desired unit
indication appears on the display.
MD/CD playback starts.
When an MD/CD unit is connected, all the
tracks play from the beginning.
Note
Even if you select an MD unit, “CD” appears in the
display.
Selecting MD/CD units (when
several MD/CD units are connected)
Press (MODE) repeatedly to select the desired
MD/CD unit.
Changing the displayed items
Each time you press (DSPL) during MD/CD
playback, the item changes as follows:
$
Elapsed playback time
$
Disc and track number
$
Clock
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Radio/Other Functions/MD/CD Unit
Attenuating the beep tone
MD/CD Unit (XR-C5100 only)
Locating a specific track
— Automatic Music Sensor (AMS)
During playback, press either side of
(SEEK/AMS) once for each track you wish
to skip.
To locate the succeeding tracks
SEEK
AMS
To locate the preceding tracks
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Locating a specific point in a track
— Manual search
During playback, press and hold either
side of (SEEK/AMS). Release the button
when you have found the desired part.
To search forward
SEEK
AMS
To search backword
To repeat all the discs in the
current unit
Press (2) repeatedly during MD/CD
playback until “REP 3” is displayed.
Each time you press (2) the display changes as
follows:
REP 2
REP 1
(Track repeat)
(Disc repeat)
Switching to other discs
During playback, press either side of
(PRESET/DISC).
Cancel (Normal CD
playback mode)
REP 3 (Unit repeat)
PRESET
DISC
To return to the
previous disc
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To advance to the
next disc
Scanning the tracks
— Intro scan
The first 10 seconds of all the tracks on the
current disc are played in order. After the first
disc is over, the next disc is played.
Press (1) during playback.
“INTRO” appears on the display.
When you find the desired track, press again .
The unit returns to the normal MD/CD
playback mode.
Playing tracks in random
order — Shuffle play
To play the tracks on the current
disc in random order
Press (3) repeatedly during MD/CD
playback until “SHUF 1” is displayed.
To play all the tracks in the current
unit in a random order
Press (3) repeatedly during MD/CD
playback until “SHUF 2” is displayed.
Each time you press (3) the display changes as
follows:
$
SHUF 1 (Disc shuffle)
$
SHUF 2 (Unit shuffle)
Playing tracks repeatedly
$
Cancel (Normal CD playback mode)
— Repeat play
To repeat a track
Press (2) repeatedly during MD/CD
playback until “REP 1” is displayed.
To repeat a disc
Press (2) repeatedly during MD/CD
playback until “REP 2” is displayed.
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If you press (1) during shuffle play, the first 10
seconds of all tracks will be played in random
order.
Additional
Information
Precautions
• If your car was parked in direct sunlight
resulting in a considerable rise in
temperature inside the car, allow the unit to
cool off before operating it.
• If no power is being supplied to the unit,
check the connections first. If everything is in
order, check the fuse.
• If no sound comes from the speakers of a
2-speaker system, set the fader control to the
center position.
• When the tape is played back for a long
period, the cassette may become warm
because of the built-in power amplifier.
However, this is not a sign of malfunction.
Cassette care
• Do not touch the tape surface of a cassette, as
any dirt or dust will contaminate the heads.
• Keep cassettes away from equipment with
built-in magnets such as speakers and
amplifiers, as erasure or distortion on the
recorded tape could occur.
• Do not expose cassettes to direct sunlight,
extremely cold temperatures or moisture.
• Slack in the tape may cause the tape to be
caught in the machine. Before you insert the
tape, use a pencil or similar object to turn the
reel and take up any slack.
Slack
• Distorted cassettes and loose labels can cause
problems when inserting or ejecting tapes.
Remove or replace loose labels.
To maintain high quality sound
If you have drink holders near your audio
equipment, be careful not to splash juice or
other soft drinks onto the car audio. Sugary
residues on this unit or cassette tapes may
contaminate the playback heads, reduce the
sound quality, or prevent sound reproduction
altogether.
Cassette cleaning kits cannot remove sugar
from the tape heads.
Cassettes longer than 90 minutes
The use of cassettes longer than 90 minutes is
not recommended except for long continuous
play. The tapes used for these cassettes are
very thin and tend to be stretched easily.
Frequent playing and stopping of these tapes
may cause them to be pulled into the cassette
deck mechanism.
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MD/CD Unit/Additional Information
If you have any questions or problems
concerning your unit that are not covered in
this manual, please consult your nearest Sony
dealer.
Notes on Cassettes
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Maintenance
Dismounting the unit
Fuse Replacement
When replacing the fuse, be sure to use one
matching the amperage rating stated on the
original fuse. If the fuse blows, check the
power connection and replace the fuse. If the
fuse blows again after replacement, there may
be an internal malfunction. In such a case,
consult your nearest Sony dealer.
Fuse (10 A)
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Warning
Never use a fuse with an amperage rating
exceeding the one supplied with the unit as
this could damage the unit.
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Release key (supplied)
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3
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Cleaning the Connectors
The unit may not function properly if the
connectors between the unit and the front
panel are not clean. In order to prevent this,
open the front panel by pressing (RELEASE),
then detach it and clean the connectors with a
cotton swab dipped in alcohol. Do not apply
too much force. Otherwise, the connectors may
be damaged.
Main unit
Back of the front panel
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The rotary commander
labels
You can control this unit with the optional
rotary commander (RM-X4S).
Some labels are supplied with the rotary
commander. Attach that label that matches the
functions of the master unit and the mounting
position of the rotary commander.
When you mount the rotary commander,
attach the appropriate label, as in the
illustration below.
DSPL
MODE
SEL
SEL
MODE
DSPL
Location of controls
SOURCE
MODE
OFF
DSPL
SEEK
AMS
SEL
INTRO
REPEAT
1
2
SHUF
3
ATA
BL SKIP
4
5
6
BTM
LCL
D-BASS
OFF 1 2
PRESET
RELEASE
3
DISC
ATT
*
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Refer to the pages for further details.
2 SOURCE button (TAPE/TUNER/MD*/CD*)
5, 7, 9
3 (+)(–) (volume/bass/treble/left-right/
front-rear control) button 5, 8
4 MODE (*) button
During tuner reception:
BAND select 7
During tape playback:
Transport direction change 5
During MD or CD playback*:
MD/CD Unit select 9
5 OFF button 4, 5
6 DSPL (display mode change/time set)
button 5, 6, 8, 9
7 6 (eject) button 5
8 During tuner reception:
Preset number buttons 7
During tape/MD*/CD* playback:
(1) INTRO button 6, 10
(2) REPEAT button 6, 10
(3) SHUF (Shuffle)
button* 10
(5) ATA (Automatic Tuner
Activation) button 6
(6) BL SKIP (Blank Skip) button 6
0 Reset button (located on the front side
of the unit hidden by the front panel)
Press this button when you use this unit
for the first time, when you have changed
the car battery, or when the buttons of this
unit do not function properly.
!¡ ATT button 8
!™ SEL (control mode select) button 5, 8, 9
Additional Information
1 SEEK/AMS button 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
!£ POWER SELECT switch (located on the
bottom of the unit)
See “POWER SELECT Switch” in the
Installation/Connections manual.
!¢ Display window
!∞ BTM (Best tuning memory) button 7
!§ PRESET/DISC button* 7, 10
During tuner reception:
Preset station select 7
During MD/CD playback:
Disc select 10
!¶ LCL button 8
!• D-BASS control 8
* XR-C5100 only
The illustration of the front panel in this
manual is of the XR-C5100.
9 RELEASE (front panel release) button
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Specifications
AUDIO POWER SPECIFICATIONS
POWER OUTPUT AND TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION
4800: 13␣ W/C5100: 17 W per channel minimum continuous
average power into 4␣ ohms, 4 channels driven from 20 Hz to 20
kHz with no more than 1% total harmonic distortion.
Cassette player section
General
Tape track
Wow and flutter
Frequency response
Signal-to-noise ratio
Outputs
4-track 2-channel stereo
0.08 % (WRMS)
30 – 18,000 Hz
58 dB
Tuner section
Power requirements
FM
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Tuning range
Antenna terminal
Intermediate frequency
Usable sensitivity
Selectivity
Signal-to-noise ratio
87.5 – 107.9 MHz
External antenna connector
10.7 MHz
9 dBf
75 dB at 400 kHz
65 dB (stereo),
68 dB (mono)
Harmonic distortion at 1 kHz
0.7 % (stereo),
0.4 % (mono)
Separation
35 dB at 1 kHz
Frequency response
30 – 15,000 Hz
AM
Tuning range
Antenna terminal
Intermediate frequency
Sensitivity
530 – 1,710 kHz
External antenna connector
10.71 MHz/450kHz
30 µV
Power amplifier section
Outputs
Speaker outputs
(sure seal connectors)
Speaker impedance
4 – 8 ohms
Maximum power output 40 W × 4 (at 4 ohms)
(for XR-C5100)
35 W × 4 (at 4 ohms)
(for XR-4800)
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Tone controls
Dimensions
Mounting dimensions
Mass
Supplied accessories
Optional accessories
Optional accessories
(for XR-C5100)
Optional equipment
(for XR-C5100)
Power antenna control
lead/Power amplifier
control lead
Rear line out (1)
Bass ±8 dB at 100 Hz
Treble ±8 dB at 10 kHz
12 V DC car battery
(negative ground)
Approx. 188 × 58 × 181 mm
(7 1/2 × 2 3/8 × 7 1/4 in.)
(w/h/d)
Approx. 182 × 53 × 164 mm
(7 1/4 × 2 1/8 × 6 1/2 in.)
(w/h/d)
Approx. 1.2 kg (2lb. 10oz.)
Parts for installation and
connections (1 set)
Front panel case (1)
Rotary commander
RM-X4S
Bus cable (supplied with
an RCA pin cord)
RC-61 (1 m), RC-62 (2 m)
CD changer
CDX-605 (10 discs),
CDX-T60 (6 discs),
CDX-T62 (6 discs),
MD changer
MDX-62
Source selector XA-C30
Design and specifications are subject to change without
notice.
Troubleshooting guide
The following checklist will assist in the correction of most problems you may encounter with your
unit.
Before going through the checklist below, refer to the operating procedures.
General
Problem
Cause/Solution
No sound.
• Adjust the volume with (+).
• Set the fader control to the center position for 2-speaker
systems.
Indications do not appear on
the display.
Remove the front panel and clean the connectors. See “Cleaning
the Connectors” in “Maintenance” for details.
No beep tone.
• An optional power amplifier is connected to the LINE OUT
and you are not using the built-in amplifier.
• The beep tone is attenuated.
Tape playback
Problem
Cause/Solution
Playback sound is distorted.
Contamination of the tape head. n Clean the head.
The AMS does not operate
correctly.
• There is noise in the space between tracks.
• A blank space is too short (less than four seconds).
• + on (SEEK/AMS) is pressed immediately before the
following track.
• = on (SEEK/AMS) is pressed immediately after the track
starts.
• A long pause, or a passage of low frequencies or very low
sound level is treated as a blank space.
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Additional Information
Radio reception
Problem
Cause/Solution
Preset tuning is not possible.
• Store the correct frequency.
• The broadcast is too weak.
Automatic tuning is not possible.
The broadcast is too weak. n Use manual tuning.
Disc play (XR-C5100 only)
Problem
Cause/Solution
Playback sound skips.
A dusty or defective disc.
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Error displays (XR-C5100 only) (when the optional MD/CD unit(s) is connected)
The following indications will flash for about five seconds and an alarm sound will be heard.
Display
Cause
Solution
E-01
The disc magazine is not inserted in
the MD/CD unit.
Insert the disc magazine with discs
into the MD/CD unit.
E-02
No disc is inserted in the disc
magazine.
Take out the magazine and insert a
disc.
The disc is dirty.
Clean the disc.
The disc is inserted upside down.
Insert the disc correctly.
The MD/CD unit cannot be operated
because of some problem.
Press the reset button on the unit.
E-04
E-99
TEMP
The ambient temperature is more than Wait until the temperature goes
50° C (122° F) .
below 50° C (122° F).
If the above-mentioned solutions do not help to improve the situation, consult your nearest Sony
dealer.
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Index
A
ATT 8
Automatic Music Sensor (AMS) 6, 9
Automatic tuning 8
Automatic Tuner Activation (ATA) 6
R
Radio 7
Repeat play 6, 10
Reset 4
Rewind 5
Rotary commander
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B
BAL (left-right) 8
BAS (bass) 8
Best Tuning Memory (BTM) 7
Blank skip 6
C
Caution alarm 4
CD playback 9
Clock 5
DIGITAL D-BASS (D-Bass) 8
Display 6, 9
F, G, H
FAD (front-rear) 8
Fast-forward 5
Front panel 4
Fuse 12
Shuffle play
10
T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
Tape playback 5
TRE (treble) 8
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Additional Information
D, E
S
I, J, K
Intro scan 6, 10
L
Local seek mode (LCL) 8
M, N, O
Manual search 10
Manual tuning 8
MD playback 9
P, Q
Preset search 7
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