4-247-859-11(1)
Mini Hi-Fi
Component
System
Operating Instructions
MHC-RV60
MHC-RV50
©2003 Sony Corporation
WARNING
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not
expose the unit to rain or moisture.
To prevent fire, do not cover the ventilation of the
apparatus with news papers, table-cloths, curtains, etc.
And don’t place lighted candles on the apparatus.
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not place objects
filled with liquids, such as vases, on the apparatus.
Do not install the appliance in a confined space,
such as a bookcase or built-in cabinet.
This appliance is
classified as a CLASS 1
LASER product. This
label is located on the
rear exterior.
The following caution label is located inside the
apparatus.
Don’t throw away the battery with
general house waste, dispose of it
correctly as chemical waste.
ENERGY STAR® is a U.S.
registered mark. As an ENERGY
STAR® partner, Sony Corporation
has determined that this product
meets the ENERGY STAR®
guidelines for energy efficiency.
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Table of Contents
How to use this manual........................... 5
Playable discs.......................................... 5
Getting Started
Hooking up the system............................ 7
Setting the clock.................................... 10
VIDEO CD/CD/MP3 – Play
Loading a disc ....................................... 11
Playing a disc ........................................ 11
— Normal Play/Shuffle Play
Playing VIDEO CDs with PBC functions
(Ver. 2.0).........................................14
— PBC Play
Playing repeatedly................................. 15
— Repeat Play
Creating your own program .................. 15
— Program Play
Locating a specific part of a
VIDEO CD .....................................16
— Time Search/Disc Digest
Tuner
Presetting radio stations ........................ 18
Listening to the radio ............................ 20
— Preset Tuning
— Manual Tuning
Tape – Play
Loading a tape....................................... 21
Playing a tape ........................................ 21
Tape – Recording
Sound Adjustment
Selecting the sound system................... 24
(MHC-RV60 only)
Adjusting the sound .............................. 24
Selecting the sound effect..................... 25
Adjusting the graphic equalizer and
storing............................................. 25
Selecting the surround effect ................ 26
Enhancing video game sound ............... 26
— Game Sync
Mixing video game sound with other
sound source ................................... 26
— Game Mixing
Singing along........................................ 27
Timer
Falling asleep to music ......................... 29
— Sleep Timer
Waking up to music.............................. 29
— Daily Timer
Timer recording radio programs........... 30
Display
Turning off the display ......................... 31
— Power Saving Mode
Viewing information about the disc in the
display ............................................ 32
Adjusting the brightness of the
display ............................................ 33
Changing the Power illuminator........... 33
Viewing information about the disc in the
on-screen display............................ 33
Recording your favorite CD tracks on a
tape.................................................. 22
— CD Synchro Recording
Recording on a tape manually............... 23
— Manual Recording
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Optional Components
Hooking up optional components ......... 35
Listening to audio from a connected
component ...................................... 36
Recording on a connected
component ...................................... 37
Troubleshooting
Problems and remedies ......................... 38
Messages ............................................... 41
Additional Information
Precautions............................................ 42
Specifications........................................ 43
Glossary ................................................ 45
List of button locations and reference
pages ............................................... 47
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How to use this manual
• This manual mainly explains operations using
the remote, but the same operations can also
be performed using the buttons on the unit
having the same or similar names.
• The following symbols are used in this
manual.
Symbol
Meaning
Functions that can be used with
VIDEO CDs
Functions that can be used with
audio CDs
Functions that can be used with
MP3
Discs that this system cannot
play
• CD-ROMs
• CD-Rs/CD-RWs other than those recorded in
the following formats:
– VIDEO CD format
– Music CD format
– MP3 format that conforms to ISO9660
Level 1/Level 2 or Joliet*
• A disc that has a non-standard shape (e.g.,
card, heart).
• A disc with paper or stickers on it.
• A disc that has the adhesive, cellophane tape,
or a sticker still left on it.
* Up to 30 characters can be displayed.
Playable discs
You can play back the following discs on this
system. Other discs cannot be played back.
List of playable discs
Format of
discs
Disc logo
Contents
VIDEO CDs
Audio +
Video
Audio CDs
Audio
CD-R/CD-RW
(audio data)
Audio
CD-R/CD-RW
(MP3 files)
Audio
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Notes on CD-R and CD-RW
• Some CD-Rs or CD-RWs cannot be played
on this system depending upon the recording
quality or physical condition of the disc, or
the characteristics of the recording device.
Furthermore, the disc will not play if it has not
been correctly finalized. For more
information, see the operating instructions for
the recording device.
• CD-R and CD-RW discs recorded in packet
write format are not supported.
• Discs recorded on CD-R/CD-RW drives may
not be played back because of scratches, dirt,
recording condition or the driver’s
characteristics.
• CD-R and CD-RW discs recorded in multisession mode are not supported.
• The system may be unable to play MP3
format files that do not have the extender
“.MP3”.
• Attempting to play non-MP3 format files that
have the extender “.MP3” may result in noise
or malfunction.
• With formats other than ISO9660 level 1 and
2, folder names or file names may not be
displayed correctly.
• The following discs take a longer time to start
playback.
– a disc recorded with complicated tree
structure.
– a disc to which data can be added (nonfinalized disc).
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Note on playback operations
of VIDEO CDs
Some playback operations of VIDEO CDs may
be intentionally set by software producers. Since
this system plays VIDEO CDs according to the
disc contents the software producers designed,
some playback features may not be available.
Also, refer to the instructions supplied with the
VIDEO CDs.
Music discs encoded with
copyright protection
technologies
This product is designed to playback discs that
conform to the Compact Disc (CD) standard.
Recently, various music discs encoded with
copyright protection technologies are marketed
by some record companies. Please be aware that
among those discs, there are some that do not
conform to the CD standard and may not be
playable by this product.
Getting Started
Perform the following procedures 1 to 6 to hook up your system using the supplied cords and
accessories.
Getting Started
Hooking up the system
AM loop antenna
FM lead antenna
Front speaker (right)
Front speaker (left)
Surround speaker* (left)
Surround speaker* (right)
* MHC-RV60 only
1 Connect the front speakers.
Connect the right and left speaker cords to
the FRONT SPEAKER terminals as shown
below.
2 Connect the surround speakers.
(MHC-RV60 only)
Connect the speaker cords to the
SURROUND SPEAKER terminals as
shown below.
Insert only the stripped portion
Insert only the stripped portion
Red
R
Blue
L
R
+
L
+
Red/Solid
(3)
Black/Stripe (#)
–
Red/Solid
(3)
–
Black
Black/Stripe (#)
Black
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3 Connect the FM and AM antennas.
Set up the AM loop antenna, then connect
it.
5 Connect the power cord to a wall
outlet.
The demonstration appears in the display.
When you press ?/1, the system turns on
and the demonstration automatically ends.
6 Set the color system to PAL or NTSC
depending on the color system of your
TV while the power is off.
AM loop
antenna
The color system Do this
of your TV
AUTO
(factory setting)
Press ?/1 while holding
down X. If your TV
automatically changes the
color system according to
the input signal, the system
is set to AUTO.
NTSC
Press ?/1 while holding
down >. The system is
set to NTSC.
PAL
Press ?/1 while holding
down .. The system is
set to PAL.
Extend the FM lead antenna horizontally
Notes
Note
Keep the antennas away from the speaker cords.
4 Connect the video input jack of your TV
to the VIDEO OUT jack with the
supplied video cord.
When using a TV
Turn on the TV and select the video input so you can
view the pictures from this system.
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• You cannot set the color system in Power Saving
Mode.
• When you play back a VIDEO CD recorded in a
different color system from the one you set to the
unit, the picture image may be distorted.
Inserting two R6 (size AA)
batteries into the remote
Attaching the speaker pads
Front speaker (Left (4)/Right (4))
Surround speaker (Left (4)/Right (4))*
Getting Started
Attach the supplied speaker pads to the bottom
of the front and surround* speakers to stabilize
the speakers and prevent them from slipping.
Note
If you do not use the remote for a long period of time,
remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from
battery leakage and corrosion.
Tip
With normal use, the batteries should last for about six
months. When the remote no longer operates the
system, replace both batteries with new ones.
Using the remote
You can use the buttons shown below to operate
a Sony TV.
To
Do this
Turn the TV on or
off
Press TV ?/1.
Switch the TV’s
video input
Press TV/VIDEO.
Change the TV
channels
Press TV CH + or –.
* MHC-RV60 only
Notes
• Keep the speaker cords away from the antennas to
prevent noise.
• Do not place the surround speakers on top of a TV.
This may cause distortion of the colors in the TV
screen.
• Be sure to connect both left and right surround
speakers. Otherwise, the sound will not be heard.
When carrying this system
Adjust the volume Press TV VOL + or –.
of the TV speaker(s)
Perform the following procedure to protect
the CD mechanism.
1
Make sure that all discs are removed
from the system.
2
Hold down CD and then press ?/1 until
“STANDBY” appears.
After “STANDBY” disappears, then
“LOCK” appears.
3
Unplug the power cord.
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Positioning the speakers
(MHC-RV60 only)
1
Place the front speakers at an angle of
45 degrees from your listening
position.
Front speaker (L)
Front speaker (R)
Setting the clock
1
2
3
4
5
6
Press ?/1 to turn on the system.
Press CLOCK/TIMER SET.
Press M or m repeatedly to set the hour.
Press ,.
Press M or m repeatedly to set the
minute.
Press ENTER.
The clock starts working.
To adjust the clock
Surround speaker (L)
2
Surround speaker (R)
Place the surround speakers facing
each other at about 60 to 90 cm above
your listening position.
Surround speaker
60 to 90 cm
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1
2
3
Press CLOCK/TIMER SET.
Press M or m to select “CLOCK SET”, then
press ENTER.
Do the same procedures as step 3 to 6
above.
Notes
• The clock settings are canceled when you disconnect
the power cord or if a power failure occurs.
• You cannot set the clock in Power Saving Mode.
VIDEO CD/CD/MP3 – Play
Loading a disc
Press Z on the unit.
Place a disc with the label side up on
the disc tray.
— Normal Play/Shuffle Play
This system lets you play VIDEO CDs*, audio
CDs and discs with MP3 audio tracks.
Before playing a VIDEO CD, turn on your TV
and select the video input. Refer to the operating
instructions supplied with your TV if you need
help.
* You can play both VIDEO CDs without PBC
functions (Ver. 1.1) and VIDEO CDs with PBC
functions (Ver. 2.0).
To insert additional discs, press DISC
SKIP/EX-CHANGE on the unit to rotate
the disc tray.
3
VIDEO CD/CD/MP3 – Play
1
2
Playing a disc
Example: When a disc is loaded
Disc tray number
Track number
Press Z on the unit again to close the
disc tray.
Notes
• Do not use a disc with tape, seals or paste on it as this
may cause malfunction.
• Do not forcibly press the disc tray closed with your
finger, as this may cause malfunction.
Disc presence indicator
1
Playing time
Press CD.
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2
Press PLAY MODE repeatedly in stop
mode until the mode you want appears
in the display.
Select
To play
ALL DISCS*
(Normal Play)
All discs in the disc tray
continuously.
1DISC
(Normal Play)
The tracks on the disc you
have selected in original
order.
ALBM
(Normal Play)
All MP3 audio tracks in the
album on the disc you have
selected in original order.
When playing a non-MP3
disc, Album Play performs
the same operation as
1 DISC Play.
ALL DISCS
SHUF
(Shuffle Play)
The tracks on all discs in
random order.
1DISC SHUF
(Shuffle Play)
The tracks on the disc you
have selected in random
order.
ALBM SHUF
(Shuffle Play)
The MP3 audio tracks in the
album on the disc you have
selected in random order.
When playing a non-MP3
disc, Album Shuffle Play
performs the same operation
as 1 DISC SHUF Play.
PGM
(Program Play)
The tracks on the disc in the
order you want them to be
played (see “Creating your
own program” on page 15).
* Depending on VIDEO CDs with PBC functions
(Ver. 2.0), the disc does not change.
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Press nN.
Other operations
To
Do this
Stop play
Press x.
Pause
Press X*1. Press again to resume
play.
Select a track or
scene*2
Press . or > repeatedly
during play or pause.
Select an album
of MP3
Press ALBUM – or + repeatedly
after step 2.
Find a point in a Press m or M during
playback. At the desired point,
track*3 (Lock
Search Function) press nN to stop searching
and start playback.
For VIDEO CDs only, each time
you press the button, speed
changes cyclically as follows:
1 (slower than 2) t 2 (normal)
t 3 (faster than 2).
Select a disc in
stop mode
Press D. SKIP (or DISC 1 – 3 or
DISC SKIP/EX-CHANGE on the
unit).
Switch to CD
function from
other function
Press DISC 1 – 3 on the unit
(Automatic Source Selection).
Exchange other
discs while
playing
Press DISC SKIP/EX-CHANGE
on the unit.
Remove a disc
Press Z on the unit.
*1
*2
*3
For VIDEO CDs, there are may be some
disturbance in the video image.
Only when setting the PBC function to off or when
playing VIDEO CDs without PBC functions
(Ver. 1.1).
For discs with MP3 audio tracks, you cannot search
between multiple tracks.
Also, the time may not be displayed correctly for
some tracks.
Notes
Resuming playback from the
point you stopped the disc
— Resume Play
This system memorizes the point where you
stopped the VIDEO CD so you can resume from
that point.
Resume Play is not available for an audio CD
and a disc with MP3 audio tracks.
1
While playing a VIDEO CD, press x to
stop playback.
“RESUME” appears on your TV screen. If
“RESUME” does not appear, Resume Play
is not available.
2
Press nN.
The player starts playback from the point
you stopped the VIDEO CD in step 1.
Notes
You can also select the track you want using the
remote during Normal Play.
• You cannot perform Resume Play during Disc
Digest, Shuffle Play or Program Play.
• Depending on where you stopped the VIDEO CD,
the system may resume playback from a different
point.
• Resume play is canceled when:
– you press the number buttons, PLAY MODE, x,
D. SKIP (DISC SKIP/EX-CHANGE on the unit),
./> or NEXT/PREV.
– you disconnect the power cord.
– you turn off the system.
– you open the disc tray.
– you change the function to the TUNER when “CD
POWER OFF” is selected (page 19).
Press the number button(s).
Tip
To enter a track number over 10
To view from the beginning of the VIDEO CD, press
x in stop mode, then press nN.
Tip
When disc access takes a long time, set “CD POWER
ON” by CD power manage function (page 19).
To play a track by entering the
track number
1
2
VIDEO CD/CD/MP3 – Play
• You cannot change the play mode during playback.
• Some time may be needed to start playback of discs
recorded in complex configurations such as many
layers.
• When the disc is inserted, the player reads all the
tracks on that disc. If there are many albums or nonMP3 audio tracks on the disc, it may take a long time
for play to begin or for the next MP3 audio track to
start play.
• Do not save unnecessary albums or tracks other than
MP3 ones in the disc to be used for MP3 listening.
We recommend that you do not save other types of
tracks or unnecessary albums on a disc that has MP3
audio tracks.
• An album that does not include an MP3 audio track
is skipped.
• Maximum album number: 256 (including root
album)
• Up to 512 tracks and albums of MP3 on a single disc
can be recognized on this unit.
• MP3 audio tracks are played back in the order that
they are recorded on the disc.
• Depending on the encoding/writing software,
recording device, or the recording media used at the
time an MP3 audio track is recorded, you may
encounter such problems as disabled playback,
sound interruptions, and noise.
Press >10.
Enter the corresponding digits for the same
number of “–” flashing in the display.
To enter 0, press 10/0.
Example:
To enter track number 30, press >10, then press 3 and
10/0.
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Playing VIDEO CDs with
PBC functions (Ver. 2.0)
— PBC Play
You can use PBC* menus on your TV screen to
enjoy the disc’s interactive software. The menu
format and structure may differ depending on
each disc.
* PBC: Playback Control
1
2
Press CD.
Press nN to start playing a VIDEO
CD with PBC functions (Ver. 2.0).
The PBC menu appears on the TV screen.
3
4
Press the number button(s) to enter the
item number you want.
Continue playback according to the
instructions on the menus to enjoy
interactive playback.
Refer to the operating instructions supplied
with the disc, as the operating procedure
may differ according to the VIDEO CD.
Other operations
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To
Do this
Stop play
Press x.
Go to the next
menu page or
scene
Press NEXT.
Go back to the
previous menu
page or scene
Press PREV.
Go back to the
previous menu
Press RETURN O.
Select a menu
See “To play a track by entering
the track number” (page 13).
To cancel playback with PBC
functions (Ver. 2.0)
1
In stop mode, press . or > to select a
track.
2
Press nN.
The “PBC OFF” indicator lights up and
playback starts from the selected track. Still
images, such as the menu screens, will not
be shown.
To return to PBC playback, press x in stop
mode, then press nN.
Tips
• When “
” appears on the TV screen, you have
pressed an invalid button.
• When you press NEXT during menu playback or
while playing moving pictures, the next scene on the
disc appears. Also refer to the instructions supplied
with the disc.
• You can cancel playback with PBC functions
(Ver. 2.0) by pressing any number button in stop
mode. The disc is automatically played in Normal
Play mode.
Playing repeatedly
— Repeat Play
Creating your own
program
— Program Play
Press REPEAT until “REP” or “REP1”
appears.
REP: For all the tracks on the disc, or all the
tracks in the album up to five times.
REP1: For a single track only.
To cancel Repeat Play
Press REPEAT repeatedly until both “REP” and
“REP1” disappear.
You can make a program of up to 25 steps from
all the discs in the order you want to play them.
You can synchro record the programmed tracks
onto a cassette tape (page 22).
1
2
3
Notes
• You cannot select “REP” and “ALL DISCS SHUF”
at the same time.
• When you select “REP1”, that track is repeated
endlessly until “REP1” is canceled.
• You cannot select “REP1” during playback of
VIDEO CDs with PBC functions (Ver. 2.0).
4
Press CD.
Press PLAY MODE repeatedly in stop
mode until “PGM” appears.
VIDEO CD/CD/MP3 – Play
You can play all the tracks or a single track on a
disc repeatedly.
Press D. SKIP (or DISC 1 – 3 or DISC
SKIP/EX-CHANGE on the unit) to select
a disc.
Press . or > repeatedly until the
desired track number appears.
When programming an MP3, press
ALBUM – or + to select album, then press
. or > repeatedly until the desired
track number appears.
Disc tray number
Selected track number
Total playing time
(including selected track)
5
Press ENTER.
The track is programmed.
The program step number appears,
followed by the total playing time.
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6
Program additional discs or tracks.
To program
Repeat steps
Other tracks on the 4 and 5
same disc
Other tracks on
other discs
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3 to 5
Locating a specific part of
a VIDEO CD
— Time Search/Disc Digest
Press nN.
Program Play starts.
Other operations
To
Do this
Cancel Program
Play
Press PLAY MODE repeatedly
in stop mode until “PGM”
disappears.
Clear a track from
the end
Press CLEAR in stop mode.
Tips
• The program you made remains after Program Play
finishes. To play the same program again, press CD,
then press nN. However, the program is cleared
when you open the disc tray.
• “– –.– –” appears when the total VIDEO CD/CD
program time exceeds 100 minutes, or when you
select a VIDEO CD/CD track whose number is 21 or
over, or when you select an MP3 audio track.
The TV screen must be ON to use these
functions.
Locating by elapsed time from
the beginning of the disc
— Time Search
1
2
3
Press SPECIAL MENU in stop mode.
Press 1 to select “1) TIME SEARCH”.
Press the number buttons to enter the
time (in minutes) for the section you
want.
To enter 10 minutes: Press 1 and 10/0.
The selected elapsed time appears on the
TV screen.
To reenter the time: Press CLEAR and then
press the number buttons again.
4
Press nN.
Playback starts from the selected time.
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Locating the desired track
— Disc Digest
1
2
Press SPECIAL MENU in stop mode.
Press 2 to select “2) DISC DIGEST”.
The first frame of tracks 1 through 9 on the
current disc are displayed.
3
Press the number buttons (1 – 9) to
select the track you want.
To display the next 9 tracks
VIDEO CD/CD/MP3 – Play
You can select the track you want by viewing
the first frame of each track. 9 different tracks
can be displayed on the TV screen at one time.
Press NEXT. The first frame of tracks 10
through 18 are displayed.
When there are more tracks in the disc, “>”
appears in the upper right corner of the TV
screen.
To display previous tracks, press PREV.
Note
If you press SPECIAL MENU to active Time Search or
Disc Digest in Program or Shuffle Play mode, it
changes to Normal Play mode.
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3
Press TUNER MEMORY on the unit.
A preset number appears.
Tuner
Preset number
Presetting radio stations
You can preset up to 20 FM stations and 10 AM
stations. You can then tune in any of those
stations simply by selecting the corresponding
preset number.
Automatic tuning preset
You can automatically tune in all of the stations
that can be received in your area and then store
the radio frequency of the desired stations.
1
2
Press TUNER/BAND repeatedly to
select “FM” or “AM”.
Press and hold TUNING –/+ (or –m or
M+ on the unit) until the frequency
indication starts to change, then
release it.
The frequency changes as the system scans
for a station. Scanning stops automatically
when a station is tuned in. At that time,
“TUNED” and “STEREO” (for an FM
stereo program) appear.
4
5
Press PRESET –/+ (or . or > on
the unit) repeatedly to select the
desired preset number.
Press ENTER.
“COMPLETE” appears.
6
Repeat steps 1 through 5 to store other
stations.
Manual tuning preset
You can manually tune in and store the radio
frequency of the desired stations.
1
2
3
Press TUNER/BAND repeatedly to
select “FM” or “AM”.
Press TUNING –/+ (or –m or M+ on
the unit) repeatedly to tune in the
desired station.
Press TUNER MEMORY on the unit.
A preset number appears.
4
If “TUNED” does not appear and the
scanning does not stop
Set the frequency of the desired radio
station as described in steps 2 through 6 of
“Manual tuning preset” (page 18).
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5
Press PRESET –/+ (or . or > on
the unit) repeatedly to select the
desired preset number.
Press ENTER.
“COMPLETE” appears.
6
Repeat steps 1 through 5 to store other
stations.
To change the AM tuning interval
To
Do this
Tune in a station
with a weak signal
Follow the procedure described
in “Manual tuning preset”
(page 18).
Set another station
to the existing
preset number
Start over from step 1. After
step 3, press PRESET –/+ (or
. or > on the unit)
repeatedly to select the preset
number you want to store the
other station.
The AM tuning interval is factory-preset to
9 kHz (or 10 kHz for some areas). To change the
AM tuning interval, tune in any AM station first,
then turn off the system. While holding ENTER
on the unit, press ?/1 on the unit. When you
change the interval, all the AM preset stations
are erased. To reset the interval, repeat the same
procedure.
To improve tuner reception
When tuner reception is poor, set CD player
power off by CD power manage function.
CD power is factory set to on.
1
2
3
Press CD.
Press ?/1 to turn off the system.
Note
Tuner
Other operations
You cannot change the AM tuning interval in Power
Saving Mode.
Tips
• The preset stations are retained for about a day even
if you disconnect the power cord or if a power failure
occurs.
• To improve the reception, adjust the supplied
antennas or connect an external antenna.
Press ?/1 while holding x.
“CD POWER OFF” appears.
To set CD power on
Repeat the procedure above and “CD POWER
ON” appears.
Notes
• When “CD POWER OFF” is selected, disc access
time is increased.
• You cannot change the setting in Power Saving
Mode.
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Listening to the radio
You can listen to a radio station either by
selecting a preset station, or by manually tuning
in the station.
— Manual Tuning
Listening to a preset station
2
— Preset Tuning
Preset radio stations in the tuner’s memory first
(see “Presetting radio stations” on page 18).
1
2
Press TUNER/BAND repeatedly to
select “FM” or “AM”.
Press PRESET –/+ (or . or > on
the unit) repeatedly to select the
desired preset station.
Preset number
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Listening to non-preset radio
station
Frequency
1
Press TUNER/BAND repeatedly to
select “FM” or “AM”.
Press TUNING –/+ (or –m or M+ on
the unit) repeatedly to tune in the
desired station.
Note
When TUNER is selected as the current function and
CD is pressed to select CD during “CD POWER OFF”,
it may take some time to switch the function (page 19).
Tips
• To improve broadcast reception, adjust the supplied
antennas, or connect a commercially available
external antenna.
• When an FM stereo program has static noise, press
FM MODE on the unit repeatedly until “MONO”
appears. There will be no stereo effect, but the
reception will improve.
• Press and hold TUNING –/+ (or –m or M+ on
the unit). The frequency indication changes and
scanning stops when the system tunes in a station
(Automatic Tuning).
• To record the radio programs, use manual recording
(page 23).
Tape – Play
Loading a tape
1
2
3
Playing a tape
You can use TYPE I (normal) tape.
1
Press Z PUSH or PUSH Z on the unit.
With the side
you want to
play/record
facing
forward.
2
Press DIRECTION on the unit
repeatedly to select “g” to play one
side. Select “j”*2 to play both sides.
To play both decks in succession, select
“RELAY” (Relay Play)*1.
3
Press nN.
Tape – Play
Load a recorded/recordable tape in
deck A or B with the side you want to
play/record facing forward.
Load a tape.
To play both decks in succession, press
PLAY MODE repeatedly until “RELAY”
(Relay Play)*1 appears in the display.
Press TAPE A/B repeatedly to select
deck A or B.
Press the button again to play the reverse
side. The tape starts playing.
Reverse indicator
Forward indicator
Tape presence indicator
*1 Relay Play always follows this cyclic sequence
up to five times, then stops:
Deck A (front side) t Deck A (reverse side)
t Deck B (front side) t Deck B (reverse
side)
*2 The tape deck stops automatically after
repeating the sequence five times.
Other operations
To
Do this
Stop play
Press x.
Pause
Press X. Press again to resume
play.
Fast-forward or
rewind
Press m or M.
Remove a tape
Press Z PUSH or PUSH Z on the
unit.
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Searching for the beginning of
the current or the next track
(AMS)*
To go forward
Press > during playback when H lights.
“TAPE A (or TAPE B) >>> +1” appears.
Press . during playback when h lights.
“TAPE A (or TAPE B) <<< +1” appears.
To go back
Press . during playback when H lights.
“TAPE A (or TAPE B) <<< –1” appears.
Press > during playback when h lights.
“TAPE A (or TAPE B) >>> –1” appears.
Tape – Recording
Recording your favorite
CD tracks on a tape
— CD Synchro Recording
You can record a whole CD on a tape.
You can use TYPE I (normal) tape. The
recording level is adjusted automatically.
1
2
* AMS (Automatic Music Sensor)
Note
The AMS function may not operate correctly under the
following circumstances:
– When the unrecorded space between songs is less
than 4 seconds long.
– When the system is placed near a television.
Press TAPE A/B to select deck B, then
press nN repeatedly to select
recording side. And press x to stop
playback.
The indicator of recording side lights up.
3
4
Press CD and load a disc you want to
record.
Press CD SYNC on the unit.
Deck B stands by for recording.
“REC” flashes.
Tip
When a tape is inserted, corresponding forward/
reverse indicators light.
Load a recordable tape into deck B.
5
6
Press DIRECTION on the unit
repeatedly to select “g” to record on
one side. Select “j” (or “RELAY”) to
record on both sides.
Press REC PAUSE/START on the unit.
Recording starts.
To stop recording
Press x.
To record a disc by specifying
track order
You can record only your favorite disc tracks
using Program Play. Between steps 3 and 4,
perform steps 2 to 5 of “Creating your own
program” (page 15).
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Tips
• When setting the PBC function to on, change the
setting to off and then start recording.
• To check the required tape length for recording a
disc, press EDIT on the unit until “EDIT” flashes
after you have loaded disc and pressed CD. The
required tape length for the currently selected disc
appears, followed by the total playing time for side A
and side B respectively (Tape Select Edit).
• You cannot use Tape Select Edit for discs containing
over 20 tracks or MP3 audio tracks.
Recording on a tape
manually
— Manual Recording
You can record just the portions you like from a
CD, tape or radio program on a tape.
You can also record from connected
components (see “Hooking up optional
components” on page 35).
Load a recordable tape into deck B.
Press TAPE A/B to select deck B, then
press nN repeatedly to select
recording side. And press x to stop
playback.
The indicator of recording side lights up.
3
Press CD, TAPE A/B, TUNER/BAND,
GAME or MD (VIDEO) to select the
desired source to record.
Tape – Recording
1
2
• CD: To record from this system’s CD
player.
• TAPE A: To record from this system’s
tape deck A.
• TUNER: To record from this system’s
tuner.
• GAME: To record from the connected
video game machine to GAME INPUT
AUDIO L/R jacks.
• MD (VIDEO): To record from the
connected MD or VCR to MD (VIDEO)
IN jacks.
4
Press REC PAUSE/START on the unit.
Deck B stands by for recording.
“REC” flashes.
5
6
Press DIRECTION on the unit
repeatedly to select “g” to record on
one side. Select “j” (or “RELAY”) to
record on both sides.
Press REC PAUSE/START on the unit,
then start playing the desired source to
record.
Recording starts.
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To stop recording
Press x.
Notes
• You cannot listen to other sources while recording.
• If TAPE B is selected in step 3, silence is recorded.
Tips
• When you record on both sides, be sure to start from
the front side. If you start from the reverse side,
recording stops at the end of the reverse side.
• For recording from the tuner:
If noise is heard while recording from the tuner,
move the respective antenna to reduce the noise.
Sound Adjustment
Selecting the sound
system
(MHC-RV60 only)
You can enjoy different sounds by selecting the
sound mode you want.
Press SURROUND SPEAKER MODE to
select the sound you want.
LINK: Reproduces the same sound with the
different output level.
MATRIX SURR: Reproduces a wide range of
sound that actually can sense the size of the
room.
Note
The MHC-RV50 remote has the above button, but the
function is inactive.
Adjusting the sound
You can reinforce the bass and create a more
powerful sound.
Press GROOVE on the unit.
Each time you press the button, the display
changes cyclically as follows:
GROOVE ON* t V-GROOVE ON* t
GROOVE OFF
* The volume switches to power mode, the equalizer
curve changes, and the “GROOVE” or
“V-GROOVE” lights up.
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Selecting the sound effect
You can select the sound effect from the music
menu.
Press MUSIC EQ, MOVIE EQ or GAME EQ
to select the preset you desire.
The preset name appears in the display.
See the chart “Sound effect options”.
To cancel the sound effect
Press EFFECT ON/OFF repeatedly until
“EFFECT OFF” appears.
Adjusting the graphic
equalizer and storing
You can adjust the sound by raising or lowering
the levels of specific frequency ranges, then
store up to three personal files (P-FILE) in the
memory.
Before operation, first select the audio emphasis
you want for your basic sound.
1
Sound effect options
Press < or , repeatedly to select a
frequency band, then press M or m to
adjust the level.
Frequency band
Frequency level
MUSIC EQ
Effect
ROCK
POP
JAZZ
DANCE
SOUL
ORIENTAL
Standard music sources
2
A personal file number appears.
3
4
MOVIE EQ
Press P FILE repeatedly to select
P FILE 1 – 3 you want to store the
equalizer setting.
Press ENTER.
“COMPLETE” appears.
This setting is automatically stored as the
personal file you selected in step 3.
Effect
ACTION
DRAMA
MUSICAL
Press and hold P FILE.
Soundtracks and special listening
situations
Other operations
GAME EQ
To
Do this
Effect
Call up a
personal file
Press P FILE repeatedly to select
the desired personal file number.
ADVENTURE
ARCADE
RACING
Sound Adjustment
“SURR” appears if you select an effect with
surround effects.
PlayStation 1, 2 and other video
game music sources
Cancel a personal Press EFFECT ON/OFF
file
repeatedly until “EFFECT OFF”
appears.
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Selecting the surround
effect
Press CINEMA SPACE repeatedly to turn
the surround effect on or off.
Each time you press the button, the display
changes as follows:
C.SPACE LOW* t C.SPACE MID* t
C.SPACE HIGH* t SURROUND ON (on) t
SURROUND OFF (off)
* CINEMA SPACE is the surround effect for movies.
— Game Mixing
1
2
Select the desired sound source.
Press GAME MIXING.
Each time you press the button, the display
changes cyclically as follows:
MIXING LOW t MIXING MID t
MIXING HIGH t MIXING OFF
Note
Notes
When you select other sound effects, the surround
effect will be canceled.
• If you start recording while Game Mixing is
activated, Game Mixing is canceled. To record the
mixed sound, press GAME MIXING after step 4 of
“Recording on a tape manually” on page 23, and then
press REC PAUSE/START on the unit to start the
recording.
• This system outputs the video signal from the GAME
INPUT VIDEO jack while GAME MIXING is
activated.
Enhancing video game
sound
— Game Sync
You need to connect a video game machine (see
“Hooking up optional components” on page 35).
Press GAME.
Tips
• In the standby mode, the system automatically turns
on.
• The GAME EQ is automatically selected.
• These operations cannot be performed in Power
Saving Mode.
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Mixing video game sound
with other sound source
Tips
• The GAME MIXING indicator lights up while Game
Mixing is activated.
• Once Game Mixing is activated, it will remain active
while the power is on even if the sound source is
changed.
Notes
Singing along
You can sing along by connecting an optional
microphone.
Enjoying Karaoke
1
2
3
Turn MIC LEVEL on the unit to MIN to
turn down the microphone control
level.
Connect an optional microphone to
MIC jack.
Press KARAOKE/MPX repeatedly to
obtain the karaoke effect you desire.
4
5
Start playing the music.
Mixing and recording sounds
1
2
Prepare the sound source you want to
mix. Then, load a recordable tape in
deck B.
Other operations
Press TAPE A/B to select deck B, then
press nN repeatedly to select
recording side. And press x to stop
playback.
To
The indicator of recording side lights up.
Adjust the microphone volume by
turning MIC LEVEL on the unit.
Do this
Use VIDEO CDs Turn on your TV and switch it to
the appropriate video input.
Cancel karaoke
mode
Turn MIC LEVEL on the unit to
MIN and disconnect the
microphone from MIC, then press
KARAOKE/MPX repeatedly until
“m” disappears.
Adjust the
Turn ECHO LEVEL on the unit to
microphone echo adjust the echo effect. To cancel
the echoing, turn ECHO LEVEL
on the unit to MIN.
Adjust the key*
Press KEY CONTROL # or 2 to
suit your vocal range.
You can adjust the key higher or
lower in 13 halftone steps (26 –
#6).
* This function is not available on MP3 audio tracks.
3
Sound Adjustment
Each time you press the button, the display
changes cyclically as follows:
KARAOKE PON t MPX L t MPX R
t KARAOKE OFF (effect status)
To sing karaoke of multiplex CD, select
“MPX L” or “MPX R”.
• With some songs, vocals may not be canceled when
you select “KARAOKE PON”.
• During KARAOKE PON, equalizer and surround
settings cannot be changed.
• If you press MUSIC EQ, MOVIE EQ, GAME EQ or
EFFECT ON/OFF or recall a sound effect, the
karaoke mode is canceled.
• The instrumental sound may be reduced as well as
the singer’s voice when the sound is recorded in
monaural.
• The singer’s voice may not be reduced when:
– only a few instruments are playing.
– a duet is being played.
– the source has strong echoes or chorus.
– the singer’s voice deviates from the center.
– the voice on the source is singing in high soprano
or tenor.
Press the function button of the source
you want to record (e.g., CD).
When you want to record from TAPE A,
press TAPE A/B repeatedly until TAPE A
is selected.
4
Press REC PAUSE/START on the unit.
Deck B stands by for recording.
“REC” flashes.
5
6
Press DIRECTION on the unit
repeatedly to select “g” to record on
one side. Select “j” (or “RELAY”) to
record on both sides.
Press REC PAUSE/START on the unit,
and then start singing, speaking or
playing the desired source.
Recording starts.
To stop recording
Press x.
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Tips
• If acoustic feedback (howling) occurs, move the
microphone away from the speakers or change the
direction of the microphone.
• If you want to record your voice through the
microphone only, you can do so by selecting the CD
function and not playing a disc.
• When high level sound signals are input, the system
automatically adjusts the recording level to prevent
distortion of the recorded sound signal (Auto Level
Control function).
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Waking up to music
Timer
Falling asleep to music
— Sleep Timer
You can set the system to turn off after a certain
time, so that you can fall asleep to music.
— Daily Timer
You can wake up to music at a preset time. Make
sure you have set the clock (see “Setting the
clock” on page 10).
1
Press SLEEP.
• CD: Load a disc. To start from a specific
track, make a program (see “Creating
your own program” on page 15).
• TAPE: Load a tape.
• TUNER: Tune in the preset radio station
(see “Listening to the radio” on page 20).
Each time you press the button, the minute
display (the turn-off time) changes cyclically as
follows:
AUTO* t 90MIN t 80MIN t 70MIN
t … t 10MIN t OFF
2
Other operations
3
Press
Check the
SLEEP once.
remaining time**
Change the time
to turn off
4
5
Note
Tip
You can use the Sleep Timer, even if you have not set
the clock.
Press ENTER.
Set the time to start playing.
Press M or m repeatedly to set the hour, then
press ,.
The minute indication flashes.
Press M or m repeatedly to set the minute,
then press ENTER.
** You cannot check the remaining time if you select
“AUTO”.
Do not set to “AUTO” during Synchro Recording on a
tape.
Press CLOCK/TIMER SET until “DAILY
SET” appears.
“ON” appears and the hour indication
flashes.
SLEEP repeatedly to select the
time you want.
Cancel the Sleep SLEEP repeatedly until “SLEEP
Timer Function OFF” appears.
Press VOL +/– (or turn VOLUME control
on the unit) to adjust the volume.
Timer
* The system automatically turns off in 100 minutes or
after the current disc or tape finishes playing.
To
Prepare the sound source you want to
play.
6
7
Set the time to stop playing following
the same procedure as step 5.
Press M or m repeatedly until the
desired sound source appears.
Each time you press the button, the display
changes cyclically as follows:
t TUNER y CD PLAY T
t TAPE PLAY T
8
Press ENTER.
The type of timer (“DAILY”), the start
time, the stop time, and the sound source
appear in turn, before the original display
returns.
9
Press ?/1 to turn off the system.
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Other operations
To
Do this
Check the setting
1 Press CLOCK/TIMER
SELECT.
2 Press M or m repeatedly until
“DAILY” appears, then
press ENTER.
Change the setting
Start over from step 1.
Cancel the timer
1 Press CLOCK/TIMER
SELECT.
2 Press M or m repeatedly until
“TIMER OFF” appears, then
press ENTER.
Notes
• You cannot activate the Daily Timer and timer
recording at the same time.
• If you use the Daily Timer and the Sleep Timer at the
same time, the Sleep Timer has priority.
• If the system is on at the preset time, the Daily Timer
will not be activated.
• You cannot use the optional component connected to
MD (VIDEO) IN jacks as the sound source for Daily
Timer.
Timer recording radio
programs
You can record a preset radio station from a
specified time.
To timer record, you must first preset the radio
station (see “Presetting radio stations” on
page 18) and set the clock (see “Setting the
clock” on page 10).
1
2
Tune in the preset radio station (see
“Listening to a preset station” on
page 20).
Press CLOCK/TIMER SET.
“DAILY SET” appears.
3
Press M or m repeatedly to select “REC
SET”, then press ENTER.
“ON” appears and the hour indication
flashes.
4
Set the time to start recording.
Press M or m repeatedly to set the hour, then
press ,.
The minute indication flashes.
Press M or m repeatedly to set the minute,
then press ENTER.
Tip
The system turns on 15 seconds before the preset time.
5
Set the time to stop recording following
the same procedure as step 4.
The start time, the stop time, and the preset
radio station to be recorded (e.g., “TUNER
FM 5”) appear in turn, before the original
display returns.
6
7
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Load a recordable tape into deck B.
Press ?/1 to turn off the system.
Other operations
To
Do this
Check the setting
1 Press CLOCK/TIMER
SELECT.
2 Press M or m repeatedly until
“REC SELECT” appears,
then press ENTER.
Change the setting
Start over from step 1.
Cancel the timer
1 Press CLOCK/TIMER
SELECT.
2 Press M or m repeatedly until
“TIMER OFF” appears, then
press ENTER.
Notes
Tip
The system turns on 15 seconds before the preset time.
Turning off the display
— Power Saving Mode
The demonstration display (display window and
buttons lighting and flashing even when the
system power is off) and the clock display can
be turned off to minimize the amount of power
consumed during standby (Power Saving
Mode).
Press DISPLAY repeatedly while the
system is off until the demonstration
display or the clock display disappears.
To cancel Power Saving Mode
Press DISPLAY while the system is off. Each
time you press the button, the display switches
cyclically as follows:
Demonstration display t Clock display* t
No display (Power Saving Mode)
* “– –:– –” is displayed if you do not set the clock.
Display
• You cannot activate the Daily Timer and timer
recording at the same time.
• If you use the timer recording and the Sleep Timer at
the same time, the Sleep Timer has priority.
• If the system is on at the preset time, the timer
recording will not be activated.
• The volume is reduced to minimum during
recording.
Display
Note
You cannot perform the following operations in Power
Saving Mode.
– setting the clock
– changing the AM tuning interval
– turning on the system by pressing the function
buttons
– changing the CD power manage function
– switching the MD (VIDEO) function
– changing the color system (page 8)
Tips
• The timer continues to operate in Power Saving
Mode.
• ?/1 indicator lights up even in Power Saving Mode.
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Viewing information
about the disc in the
display
You can check the playing time and remaining
time of the current track or that of the disc.
Checking the remaining time
and titles (VIDEO CD/CD/MP3)
Press DISPLAY during Normal Play.
Each time you press the button, the display
changes cyclically as follows:
Checking the total playing
time and titles
(VIDEO CD/CD/MP3)
Press DISPLAY in stop mode.
Each time you press the button, the display
changes cyclically as follows:
x When a CD/MP3/VIDEO CD is in Normal
Play mode
TOC display*1 or total album number of the
disc*2 or total track number of the current
album*2 t Disc title*3 or Album name*2 t
Clock display (for eight seconds) t
Effect status
*1
x When playing a CD/MP3/VIDEO CD
without PBC function (Ver. 1.1)
Elapsed playing time of the current track t
Remaining time of the current track*1 t
Remaining time of the current disc*2 t
Track title of CD-TEXT disc*3 or track name of
MP3 audio track t Album name of MP3 audio
track (for a few seconds) t Clock display (for
eight seconds) t Effect status
*1
*2
*3
“– –.– –” appears when playing back MP3 audio
tracks.
“– –.– –” appears in ALL DISCS, SHUFFLE or
program play mode or when playing back MP3
audio tracks.
When the disc contains more than 20 tracks,
CD-TEXT is not displayed from track 21 on.
x When playing a VIDEO CD with PBC
function (Ver. 2.0)
Elapsed playing time of the current track* t
Clock display (for eight seconds) t
Effect status
* The elapsed playing time may not be displayed in
some cases such as during still image playback.
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*2
*3
TOC = Table of Contents; displays current disc
number, total number of tracks on the disc, and total
playing time of the disc.
For discs with MP3 audio tracks.
For CD-TEXT discs (certain characters cannot be
displayed) and discs with MP3 audio tracks.
For a MP3 audio disc, either the Disc title or Album
name of the current disc is displayed.
Notes
• The total playing time is not displayed for a disc with
MP3 audio tracks.
• ID3 tag applies only to version 1.
• If the MP3 audio track you play back has an ID3 tag,
the ID3 tag information is displayed as a track title.
• In the following case, elapsed playing time and
remaining time of the track may not be displayed
accurately.
– when an MP3 audio track of VBR (variable bit
rate) is played.
– when fast forward or fast reverse is performed.
Adjusting the brightness
of the display
Press DIMMER.
Each time you press the button, the display
changes cyclically as follows:
DIMMER 1 t DIMMER 2 t DIMMER 3 t
DIMMER OFF
Changing the Power
illuminator
Press ILLUMINATION on the unit.
You can check the current operating status and
disc information of VIDEO CDs or audio CDs
during playback or in stop mode. Depending on
conditions, some items are displayed and others
are not.
Press ON SCREEN.
Each time you press this button, the on-screen
display changes cyclically as follows:
ON SCREEN 1 t ON SCREEN 2 t
ON SCREEN OFF*
* No display (except for Time Search/Disc Digest)
ON SCREEN display 1, 2 in stop mode
RESUME
STEREO
AUTO PBC
VCD
STOP
DISC 1
25: 40
21
REPEAT 1
HAPPINESS
UNDO
GETAWAY
NEVER IN WINTER
PARADISE
FUSSY YOU
SPLASHDOWN
LOVE OUTLINED
Display
Each time you press the button, the power
illuminator changes cyclically as follows:
PATTERN 1 t PATTERN 2 t
PATTERN 3 t PATTERN 4 t
PATTERN OFF (No display)
Viewing information
about the disc in the
on-screen display
1
While the deck is: Displayed
In stop mode
“RESUME” or no display
During playback
Current disc and track number
2“STEREO”, “KARAOKE PON”, “MPX L”
or “MPX R”
3Play mode or “AUTO PBC”*
( : All discs/ : One disc/ : Album)
* “AUTO PBC” appears for a VIDEO CD with
PBC functions.
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4
While the deck is: Displayed
In stop mode of an
MP3 audio track*
Album name
In Program Play
mode
Programed disc and track
number
During playback of Current album name and track
an MP3 audio
name
track*
In other conditions No display
* When the MP3 audio track information includes an
ID3 tag, the on-screen display information may
differ from the ID3 information shown on the system
display in order to display the track name.
5
While the deck is: Displayed
During playback
Elapsed time of the current
track
In stop mode
“STOP”
6
While the deck is: Displayed
In stop mode
Total playing time of the
current disc*
In Program Play
mode
Total playing time of the
program
* “– –:– –” appears for a disc with MP3 audio tracks.
7“REPEAT”, “REPEAT 1” or no display
8Key control level or no display
Notes
• Check to make sure that ON SCREEN OFF is
selected when recording a video signal played back
by this system onto a video tape, etc. Otherwise the
display information will also be recorded onto the
video tape.
• Noise may be heard when switching the on-screen
display.
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Optional Components
Hooking up optional components
To enhance your system, you can connect optional components. Refer to the operating instructions
provided with each component.
Optional video game
machine
From the audio and video output of the
video game machine
ALBUM
TV
To the video input of a TV
ALBUM
From the audio
output of the MD
deck or VCR
MD deck or VCR
A GAME INPUT VIDEO jack
D MD (VIDEO) OUT jacks
Use a video cable (not supplied) to connect the
video output of the optional video game
machine to this jack.
Use audio cords (not supplied) to connect the
audio input of the optional component (such as
MD deck or VCR) to these jacks. You can then
output audio through this system.
B GAME INPUT AUDIO L/R jacks
Use audio cords (not supplied) to connect the
audio output of the optional video game
machine to these jacks. You can then output
audio through this system.
Optional Components
To the audio
input of the MD
deck or VCR
E VIDEO OUT jack
Use the supplied video cable to connect the
video input of TV to this jack.
C MD (VIDEO) IN jacks
Use audio cords (not supplied) to connect the
audio output of the optional component (such as
MD deck or VCR) to these jacks. You can then
output audio through this system.
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Notes
• The video game machine image may appear on the
TV screen even if the system is turned off.
• See “Selecting the sound effect” on page 25 for video
game sound effects.
• If you press GAME while the system is off, the
system turns on, the function switches to GAME, and
the equalizer also switches to the GAME EQ.
• If you press GAME while the system is on, the
function switches to GAME and the equalizer
automatically switches to the GAME EQ in the same
manner.
Listening to audio from a
connected component
Listening to a connected MD
deck
1
Connect the audio cords.
See “Hooking up optional components” on
page 35.
2
Press MD (VIDEO).
Start playing the connected component.
Listening to a connected VCR
1
Connect the audio cords.
See “Hooking up optional components” on
page 35.
2
Press MD (VIDEO).
Hold down MD (VIDEO) on the unit and
press ?/1 on the unit. This switches the
MD function to VIDEO. Once you enable
the VIDEO function, just press MD
(VIDEO).
Notes
• If you cannot select “MD” when you press MD
(VIDEO), press ?/1 on the unit while holding down
MD (VIDEO) on the unit when the system is on.
“VIDEO” will be switched to “MD”. To return to
“VIDEO”, do the same procedure. When the system
is in Power Saving Mode, this function does not
work.
• When you connect a VIDEO CD deck, set to “MD”.
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Recording on a connected
component
Making an analog recording
on an MD
1
Connect the optional audio cords.
See “Hooking up optional components” on
page 35.
2
Start recording.
Refer to the operating instructions provided
with connected component.
Making an analog recording
from a VIDEO CD to a video
tape
1
Start recording.
Refer to the operating instructions provided
with connected component.
Note
You cannot record from a VIDEO CD to an MD
digitally. When you record from a VIDEO CD to an
MD, make an analog recording on MD.
Optional Components
2
Connect the optional audio cords from
the MD (VIDEO) OUT jacks and the
supplied video cable from the VIDEO
OUT jack to your VCR.
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Troubleshooting
Problems and remedies
Should you encounter a problem with your
system, do the following:
1
Make sure the power cord and speaker
cords are correctly and firmly connected.
2
Find your problem in the troubleshooting
checklist below and take the indicated
corrective action.
If the problem persists after doing all of the
above, consult your nearest Sony dealer.
When the ?/1 indicator flashes
Immediately unplug the power cord and check
the following items.
• Is the voltage selector set to the correct
voltage?
Check the voltage for your region, then make
sure the voltage selector is set correctly.
• Are the + and – speaker cords short-circuited?
• Are you using only the prescribed speakers?
• Is anything blocking the ventilation holes on
the rear of the system?
Check all the above items and fix any problems
found. After ?/1 indicator stops flashing,
reconnect the power cord and turn on the
system. If the indicator still flashes, or if the
cause of the problem cannot be found even after
checking all the above items, consult your
nearest Sony dealer.
General
The display starts flashing as soon as you
plug in the power cord even though you have
not turned on the system (see step 6 of
“Hooking up the system” (page 7)).
• Press DISPLAY twice while the system is off. The
demonstration disappears.
“– –:– –” appears in the display.
• A power interruption has occurred. Set the clock
(page 10) and timer settings (pages 29 and 30)
again.
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The clock setting/radio presetting/timer is
canceled.
• Redo the following:
– “Setting the clock” (page 10)
– “Presetting radio stations” (page 18)
– “Check the setting” (pages 30 and 31)
– “Timer recording radio programs” (page 30)
There is no sound.
• Press VOL +/– or turn VOLUME control on the
unit clockwise.
• Make sure the headphones are not connected.
• Check the speaker connections (page 7).
• There is no audio output during timer recording.
There is no microphone sound.
• Press VOL +/– (or turn VOLUME on the unit) or
turn MIC LEVEL on the unit to adjust the
microphone volume.
• Make sure the microphone is connected to the
MIC jack on the unit correctly.
Sound comes from one channel, or
unbalanced left and right volume.
• Place the speakers as symmetrically as possible.
• Connect the supplied speakers.
Sound lacks bass.
• Check that the speaker’s + and – jacks are
connected correctly.
There is severe hum or noise.
• Move the system away from the source of noise.
• Connect the system to a different wall outlet.
• Install a noise filter (commercially available) to
the power cord.
The timer cannot be set.
• Set the clock again (page 10).
The timer does not function.
• Check the timer setting and set the correct time
(pages 30 and 31).
• Cancel the Sleep Timer Function (page 29).
The remote does not function.
• Remove the obstacle.
• Move the remote closer to the system.
• Point the remote at the system’s sensor.
• Replace the batteries (R6/size AA).
• Locate the system away from the fluorescent light.
There is acoustic feedback.
• Reduce the volume.
• Move the microphone away from the speakers or
change the direction of the microphone.
The color irregularity on a TV screen persists.
• Turn off the TV set once, then turn it on after 15
to 30 minutes. If the color irregularity still
persists, place the speakers farther away from the
TV set.
The sound from the connected source is
distorted.
• If “VIDEO” appears in the display when you press
MD (VIDEO), switch the display to “MD” (see
“Listening to audio from a connected component”
on page 36).
VIDEO CD/CD/MP3 player
The disc tray does not open and “LOCKED”
appears.
• Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony
service facility.
The disc tray does not close.
• Place the disc correctly.
• Always close the tray by pressing Z on the unit.
Trying to press the tray closed with your fingers
may cause problems with the player.
There is no picture.
• Check that the player is connected securely.
• Make sure you operate the TV correctly.
• Make sure you set the color system correctly,
according to your TV (color) system.
• Press CD.
• Make sure that GAME MIXING is canceled.
Play does not start.
• Open the disc tray and check whether a disc is
loaded.
• Wipe the disc clean (page 42).
• Replace the disc.
• Place the disc that this system can play (page 5).
• Place the disc correctly.
• Place the disc in the tray with the label side up.
• Remove the disc and wipe away the moisture on
the disc, then leave the system turned on for a few
hours until the moisture evaporates.
• Press nN to start play.
The sound skips.
• Wipe the disc clean (page 42).
• Replace the disc.
• Try moving the system to a place without
vibration (e.g., on top of a stable stand).
• Try moving the speakers away from the system, or
placing them on separate stands. When you listen
to a track with bass sounds at high volume, the
speaker vibration may cause the sound to skip.
Play does not start from the first track.
• Press PLAY MODE repeatedly until both “PGM”
and “SHUF” disappear to return to Normal Play.
MP3 audio track cannot be played back.
• Recording was not performed according to the
ISO9660 level 1 or level 2 format or Joliet in the
expansion format.
• The MP3 audio track does not have the extension
“.MP3”.
• The file is not stored in MP3 format.
• Discs containing files other than MPEG 1 Audio
Layer-3 files cannot be played.
• Files that are too small (64 kB or less) cannot be
played back.
MP3 audio tracks take longer to begin play
back than others.
• After the system reads all tracks on the discs,
playback may take more time than usual if:
– the number of albums or tracks on the disc is
very large.
– the album and track organization structure is
very complex.
Troubleshooting
The disc does not eject.
• You cannot eject the disc during CD Synchro
Recording. Press x to cancel the CD Synchro
Recording, then press Z on the unit to eject the
disc.
• Consult your nearest Sony dealer.
Disc access takes a long time.
• Set “CD POWER ON” by CD power manage
function (page 19).
The album title, track title, ID3 tag and the
CD-TEXT characters do not appear correctly.
• Use a disc that conforms with ISO9660 level 1,
level 2 or Joliet in the expansion format.
• The disc ID3 tag is not ver. 1 (ver. 1.0 or 1.1).
• The characters that can be displayed by this unit
are as follows:
– Upper cases (A to Z)
– Numbers (0 to 9)
– Symbols (< > * + , – / [ ] \ _)
Other characters may not be displayed correctly.
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Tuner
Severe hum or noise/stations cannot be
received (“TUNED” or “STEREO” flashes in
the display.).
• Set the proper band and frequency (page 18).
• Connect the antenna properly (page 8).
• Find a place and an orientation that provide good
reception, then set up the antenna again. If you
cannot obtain good reception, we recommend you
connect a commercially available external
antenna.
• The supplied FM lead antenna receives signals
along its entire length, so make sure you extend it
fully.
• Locate the antennas as far away from the speaker
cords as possible.
• Try turning off surrounding electrical equipment.
• Set “CD POWER OFF” by CD power manage
function (page 19).
A stereo FM program cannot be received in
stereo.
• Press FM MODE on the unit until “STEREO”
appears.
Tape deck
The tape does not record or play, or there is a
decrease in sound level.
• The heads are dirty. Clean them (page 43).
• The record/playback heads are magnetised.
Demagnetise them (page 43).
The tape does not erase completely.
• The record/playback heads are magnetised.
Demagnetise them (page 43).
There is excessive wow or flutter, or the sound
drops out.
• The capstans or pinch rollers are dirty. Clean them
(page 43).
Noise increases or the high frequencies are
erased.
• The record/playback heads are magnetised.
Demagnetise them (page 43).
The tape does not record.
• No cassette is loaded. Load a cassette.
• The tab has been removed from the cassette.
Cover the broken tab with adhesive tape
(page 43).
• The tape has wound to the end.
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If the system still does not
operate properly after performing
the above measures, reset the
system as follows:
1
2
3
Disconnect the power cord.
4
Press ?/1 to turn on the system.
Reconnect the power cord.
Press x, GROOVE on the unit and
DISPLAY at the same time.
The system is reset to the factory settings. You
should set the settings you made, such as the
preset stations, clock, and timer.
Messages
One of the following messages may appear or
flash in the display during operation.
VIDEO CD/CD/MP3
CANNOT USE
You pressed an invalid button.
NO DISC
There is no disc in the player or you have loaded a
disc that cannot be played on this system (such as
DVD or CD-ROM without MP3 audio tracks, etc.).
OVER
You have reached the end of the disc or the end of
MP3 audio track while pressing M during
playback or pause.
PUSH STOP
You pressed an invalid button during playback.
STEP FULL
You tried to program 26 or more tracks (steps).
READING
The system is reading the TOC information of the
disc. Some buttons are not available.
Troubleshooting
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On operation
Additional Information
Precautions
On operating voltage
Before operating the system, check that the operating
voltage of your system is identical with the voltage of
your local power supply.
On safety
• The unit is not disconnected from the AC power
source (mains) as long as it is connected to the wall
outlet, even if the unit itself has been turned off.
• Unplug the system from the wall outlet (mains) if it
is not to be used for an extended period of time. To
disconnect the power cord (mains lead), pull it out by
the plug. Never pull the cord itself.
• Should any solid object or liquid fall into the system,
unplug the system and have it checked by qualified
personnel before operating it any further.
• AC power cord must be changed only at the qualified
service shop.
On placement
• Do not place the system in an inclined position.
• Do not place the system in locations where it is;
– Extremely hot or cold
– Dusty or dirty
– Very humid
– Subject to vibrations
– Subject to direct sunlight.
• Use caution when placing the unit or speakers on
surfaces that have been specially treated (with wax,
oil, polish, etc.) as staining or discoloration of the
surface may result.
On heat buildup
• Although the system heats up during operation, this
is not a malfunction.
• Place the system in a location with adequate
ventilation to prevent heat buildup in the system.
• If you continuously use this system at a high volume,
the cabinet temperature of the top, side and bottom
rises considerably. To avoid burning yourself, do not
touch the cabinet.
• To prevent a malfunction, do not cover the
ventilation hole for the cooling fan.
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• If the system is brought directly from a cold to a
warm location, or is placed in a very damp room,
moisture may condense on the lens inside the CD
player. Should this occur, the system will not operate
properly. Remove the disc and leave the system
turned on for about an hour until the moisture
evaporates.
• When you move the system, take out any disc.
If you have any questions or problems concerning your
system, please consult your nearest Sony dealer.
Notes on discs
• Before playing, clean the disc with a cleaning cloth.
Wipe the disc from the center out.
• Do not expose the disc to direct sunlight or heat
sources such as hot air ducts, nor leave it in a car
parked in direct sunlight.
• When using discs that have glue or similar tacky
substance on the label side of the disc or that used a
special ink when the label was printed, there is a
chance that the disc or label may become attached to
parts inside this unit. When this occurs, it may not be
possible to remove the disc, and may also cause this
unit to malfunction. Be sure to check that the label
side of the disc is not sticky before using.
The following types of disc should not be used:
– Rental or used discs with attached seals where the
glue extends beyond the seal. The perimeter of the
seal on the disc is tacky.
– Discs that have labels printed using a special ink
that feels tacky when touched.
• Discs with non-standard shapes (e.g., heart, square,
star) cannot be played on this unit. Attempting to do
so may damage the unit. Do not use such discs.
Cleaning the cabinet
Clean the cabinet, panel and controls with a soft cloth
slightly moistened with mild detergent solution. Do not
use any type of abrasive pad, scouring powder or
solvent such as thinner, benzene or alcohol.
To save a tape permanently
To prevent a tape from being accidentally recorded
over, break off the cassette tab from side A or B as
illustrated.
Break off the
cassette tab
If you later want to reuse the tape for recording, cover
the broken tab with adhesive tape.
Before placing a cassette in the tape
deck
Take up any slack in the tape. Otherwise, the tape may
get entangled in the parts of the tape deck and become
damaged.
When using a tape longer than
90 minutes
The tape is very elastic. Do not change the tape
operations such as play, stop, and fast-winding
frequently. The tape may get entangled in the tape
deck.
Cleaning the tape heads
Demagnetising the tape heads
Demagnetise the tape heads and the metal parts that
have contact with the tape after every 20 to 30 hours of
use with a separately sold demagnetising cassette. For
details, refer to the instructions of the demagnetising
cassette.
Amplifier section
MHC-RV60
Front speaker
The following measured at AC 220 V, 50/60 Hz
DIN power output (rated): 160 + 160 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz, DIN)
Continuous RMS power output (reference):
200 + 200 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz, 10%
THD)
Music power output (reference):
400 + 400 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz, 10%
THD)
MHC-RV50
The following measured at AC 220 V, 50/60 Hz
DIN power output (rated): 115 + 115 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz, DIN)
Continuous RMS power output (reference):
140 + 140 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz, 10%
THD)
Inputs
MD (VIDEO) IN L/R (phono jacks):
voltage 450/250 mV,
impedance 47 kilohms
GAME INPUT AUDIO L/R (phono jacks):
voltage 250 mV,
impedance 47 kilohms
GAME INPUT VIDEO (phono jack):
1Vp-p, 75 ohms
MIC (phone jack):
sensitivity 1 mV,
impedance 10 kilohms
Outputs
PHONES (stereo mini jack):
accepts headphones of
8 ohms or more
VIDEO OUT (phono jack):
max. output level 1Vp-p,
unbalanced, Sync
negative, load impedance
75 ohms
MD (VIDEO) OUT L/R (phono jacks):
impedance 1 kilohm
SPEAKER:
accepts impedance of 6 to
16 ohms
SURROUND SPEAKER (MHC-RV60 only):
accepts impedance of
24 ohms
Additional Information
Clean the tape heads after every 10 hours of use. Be
sure to clean the tape heads before you start an
important recording or after playing an old tape. Use a
separately sold dry-type or wet-type cleaning cassette.
For details, refer to the instructions of the cleaning
cassette.
Specifications
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CD player section
System
Laser
Frequency response
Wavelength
Signal-to-noise ratio
Dynamic range
Video color system format
Speaker
Compact disc and digital
audio system
Semiconductor laser
(λ=780 nm)
Emission duration:
continuous
2 Hz – 20 kHz (±0.5 dB)
780 – 790 nm
More than 90 dB
More than 90 dB
NTSC, PAL
Wow and flutter
4-track 2-channel, stereo
50 – 13,000 Hz (±3 dB),
using Sony TYPE I
cassettes
±0.15% W. Peak (IEC)
0.1% W. RMS (NAB)
±0.2% W. Peak (DIN)
Tuner section
FM stereo, FM/AM superheterodyne tuner
FM tuner section
Tuning range
Antenna
Antenna terminals
Intermediate frequency
AM tuner section
Tuning range
Antenna
Antenna terminals
Intermediate frequency
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Speaker system
Speaker units
Sub Woofer:
Woofer:
Tweeter:
Nominal impedance
Dimensions (w/h/d)
Mass
Tape deck section
Recording system
Frequency response
Front speaker SS-RV990 for
MHC-RV60/RV50
87.5 – 108.0 MHz
FM lead antenna
75 ohms unbalanced
10.7 MHz
3-way, 3-unit, bass-reflex
type
15 cm, cone type
15 cm, cone type
5 cm, cone type
6 ohms
Approx. 240 × 363 ×
290 mm
Approx. 4.7 kg net per
speaker
Surround speaker SS-RSV60 for
MHC-RV60
Speaker system
Speaker units
Woofer:
Tweeter:
Super tweeter:
Nominal impedance
Dimensions (w/h/d)
Mass
3-way, 3-unit, bass-reflex
type
13 cm, cone type
5 cm, cone type
2 cm, dome type
24 ohms
Approx. 195 × 325 ×
225 mm
Approx. 2.3 kg net per
speaker
General
530 – 1,710 kHz
(with the tuning interval
set at 10 kHz)
531 – 1,602 kHz
(with the tuning interval
set at 9 kHz)
AM loop antenna
External antenna terminal
450 kHz
Power requirements
Power consumption
MHC-RV60:
MHC-RV50:
Dimensions (w/h/d)
Mass
HCD-RV60:
HCD-RV50:
220 V AC, 50/60 Hz
190 watts
135 watts
Approx. 280 × 325 ×
407 mm
Approx. 11.5 kg
Approx. 9.0 kg
Supplied accessories:
Remote Commander (1)
Batteries (2)
AM loop antenna (1)
FM lead antenna (1)
Speaker pads
MHC-RV60 (16)
MHC-RV50 (8)
Video cable (1)
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
Glossary
Album
Section of a music piece or an image on a data
CD containing MP3 audio tracks.
Auto Pause
An automatical pauses according to the signal
encorded on the disc while playing a VIDEO
CD. If the CD player does not resume play for a
long time, press nN to resume play
manually.
Menu Playback
Playback using the menu screens recorded on
VIDEO CDs with PBC functions. You can enjoy
simple interactive software using the menu
playback function.
Playback Control (PBC)
Signals encoded on VIDEO CDs (Ver. 2.0) to
control playback. By using menu screens
recorded on VIDEO CDs with PBC functions,
you can enjoy playing simple interactive
programs, programs with search functions, and
so on.
This system conforms to Ver. 1.1 and Ver. 2.0 of
VIDEO CD standards. You can enjoy two kinds
of playback depending on the disc type.
Enjoy video playback (moving pictures) as well
as music.
VIDEO CDs with PBC functions
(Ver. 2.0 discs)
Play interactive software using menu screens
displayed on the TV screen (PBC Playback), in
addition to the video playback functions of
Ver. 1.1 discs. Moreover, you can play highresolution still pictures, if they are included on
the disc.
Additional Information
VIDEO CDs without PBC functions
(Ver. 1.1 discs)
Scene
On a VIDEO CD with PBC (playback control)
functions, the menu screens, moving pictures,
and still pictures are divided into sections called
“scenes”.
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Track
Sections of a picture or a music piece on a CD,
VIDEO CD or MP3. An album is composed of
several tracks (MP3 only).
VIDEO CD
A compact disc that contains moving pictures.
The picture data uses the MPEG 1 format, one of
the worldwide standards for digital compression
technology. The picture data is compressed to
about 1/140 of its original size. Consequently, a
12 cm VIDEO CD can contain up to 74 minutes
of moving pictures.
VIDEO CDs also contain compact audio data.
Sounds outside the range of human hearing are
compressed while the sounds we can hear are
not compressed. VIDEO CDs can hold 6 times
the audio information of conventional audio
CDs.
There are 2 versions of VIDEO CDs.
• Ver. 1.1: You can play only moving pictures
and sounds.
• Ver. 2.0: You can play high-resolution still
pictures and enjoy PBC functions.
This system conforms to both versions.
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List of button locations and reference pages
How to use this page
Use this page to find the location of buttons and other
parts of the system that are mentioned in the text.
Illustration number
r
TAPE A/B ea (21, 22, 23, 27)
R
Name of button/part
R
Reference page
Main unit
BUTTON DESCRIPTIONS
ALPHABETICAL ORDER
P–Z
ALBUM + qj (12, 15)
ALBUM – wg (12, 15)
CD ef (9, 11, 14, 15, 19, 20, 22,
23)
CD SYNC wl (22)
CINEMA SPACE*1 wl (26)
Deck A wh (21)
Deck B qh (21, 22, 23, 27, 30)
DIRECTION wl (21, 22, 23, 27)
DISC 1 – 3 8 (12, 15)
DISC SKIP/EX-CHANGE 9
(11, 12, 15)
Disc tray 7 (11)
DISPLAY 2 (31, 32, 40)
Display window 4
ECHO LEVEL w; (27)
EDIT wl (23)
EFFECT ON/OFF qa (25, 27)
ENTER qs (10, 15, 18, 19, 25, 29,
30)
FM MODE wl (20)
GAME e; (23, 26, 36)
GAME EQ qd (25, 27)
GAME INPUT AUDIO L/R jacks
wf (35)
GAME INPUT VIDEO jack wd
(35)
GAME MIXING wl (26)
GROOVE qd (24, 40)
ILLUMINATION wk (33)
KARAOKE/MPX wl (27)
MD (VIDEO) ea (23, 36)
MIC jack ws (27)
MIC LEVEL wa (27)
MOVIE EQ qd (25, 27)
MUSIC EQ qd (25, 27)
P FILE qf (25)
PHONES jack ql
PLAY MODE wl (12, 15, 21)
Power illuminator 5 (33)
REC PAUSE/START wl (22, 23,
26, 27)
Remote sensor 3
REPEAT wl (15)
SURR SS MODE*2 wl (24)
TAPE A/B es (21, 22, 23, 27)
TUNER/BAND ed (18, 20, 23)
TUNER MEMORY wl (18)
VOLUME control qk (29)
?/1 (power) 1 (8, 19, 29, 36,
40)
X (pause) 6 (8, 12, 21)
Z (eject) 0 (11)
M/m/</, qd (10, 25, 29)
x (stop) qj (12, 19, 21, 22, 27,
40)
M+ (fast forward) qj (12, 18,
21, 41)
> (go forward) qj (8, 12, 18,
22)
hH (play) wg (12, 21, 22, 27,
45)
–m (rewind) wg (12, 18, 21)
. (go back) wg (8, 12, 18, 22)
Z PUSH (deck A) (eject) wj (21)
PUSH Z (deck B) (eject) qg (21)
*1
*2
MHC-RV50 only
MHC-RV60 only
12 3 45 6 7 8
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ea
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wl
wk
wj
wh
wg
wf
wd
9
q;
qa
qs
ALBUM
ALBUM
Additional Information
A–O
qd
qf
qg
qh
qj
qk
ql
ws wa w;
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Remote control
ALPHABETICAL ORDER
BUTTON DESCRIPTIONS
A–O
P–Z
ALBUM +/– wl (12, 15)
CD r; (9, 11, 14, 15, 19, 20, 22,
23)
CINEMA SPACE wh (26)
CLEAR qd (16)
CLOCK/TIMER SELECT 2
(30, 31)
CLOCK/TIMER SET 3 (10, 29,
30)
DIMMER ef (33)
DISPLAY eh (31, 32, 40)
D. SKIP qa (12, 15)
EFFECT ON/OFF qk (25, 27)
ENTER wf (10, 15, 18, 25, 29,
30)
GAME ej (23, 26, 36)
GAME EQ wd (25, 27)
GAME MIXING ek (26)
KARAOKE/MPX qh (27)
KEY CONTROL #/2 qj (27)
MD (VIDEO) el (23, 36)
MOVIE EQ ql (25, 27)
MUSIC EQ wg (25, 27)
NEXT es (13, 14, 17)
Number buttons q; (13, 14, 16)
ON SCREEN qf (33)
P FILE wa (25)
PLAY MODE wk (12, 15, 21)
PRESET –/+ qg (18, 20)
PREV ea (13, 14, 17)
REPEAT qs (15)
SLEEP 1 (29)
SPECIAL MENU ed (16)
SPECTRUM*2 eg
SURROUND SPEAKER
MODE*1 wj (24)
TAPE A/B 6 (21, 22, 23, 27)
TUNER/BAND ra (18, 20, 23)
TUNING –/+ qg (18, 20)
TV CH +/– 8 (9)
TV/VIDEO 9 (9)
TV VOL +/– 7 (9)
VOL +/– w; (29)
?/1 (power) 5 (8, 19, 29, 40)
m/M (rewind/fast forward)
qg (12, 21, 41)
./> (go back/go forward)
qg (8, 12, 22)
nN (play) qg (12, 21, 22, 27,
45)
X (pause) qg (8, 12, 21)
x (stop) qg (12, 19, 21, 22, 27,
40)
M/m/</, ws (10, 25, 29)
RETURN O e; (14)
TV ?/1 4 (9)
Notes for the supplied
remote
*1
*2
MHC-RV60 only
The SPECTRUM button is not
available.
1 2 345
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6
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el
ek
ej
eh
eg
ef
ed
es
ea
e;
wk
wh
wl
wj
wg
wf
wd
0
qa
qs
qd
qf
qg
qh
qj
qk
ql
w;
wa
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