2-669-084-14 (1)
Operating Instructions
MZ-RH1
MZ-M200
Hi-MD Walkman®
Portable
MD Recorder
“WALKMAN“ and “WALKMAN” logo are registered
trademarks of Sony Corporation.
© 2006 Sony Corporation
WARNING
To reduce the risk of fire or electric
shock, do not expose this apparatus
to rain or moisture.
Do not install the appliance in a confined
space, such as a bookcase or built-in
cabinet.
To reduce the risk of fire, do not cover the
ventilation of the apparatus with newspapers,
table-cloths, curtains, etc. And do not place
lighted candles on the apparatus.
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock,
do not place objects filled with liquids, such
as vases, on the apparatus.
Certain countries may regulate disposal
of the battery used to power this product.
Please consult with your local authority.
Caution
The use of optical instruments with this
product will increase eye hazard.
CAUTION – INVISIBLE LASER
RADIATION WHEN OPEN
AVOID EXPOSURE TO BEAM
CAUTION – CLASS 1M INVISIBLE
LASER RADIATION WHEN OPEN
DO NOT VIEW DIRECTLY WITH
OPTICAL INSTRUMENTS
CAUTION
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly
replaced. Replace only with the same or
equivalent type.
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Information
IN NO EVENT SHALL SELLER BE
LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT,
INCIDENTAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF
ANY NATURE, OR LOSSES OR
EXPENSES RESULTING FROM
ANY DEFECTIVE PRODUCT OR
THE USE OF ANY PRODUCT.
For customers who purchased
this product in the USA
Owner’s Record
The serial number is located at the rear of
the disc compartment lid and the model
number is located at the rear.
Record the serial and the model numbers
in the space provided below. Refer to them
whenever you call upon your Sony dealer
regarding this product.
Model No. _______________________
Serial No. _______________________
Product registration
Please register this product on line at
www.sony.com/walkmanreg
<http://www.sony.com/walkmanreg>
Proper registration will enable us to send
you periodic mailings about software
upgrades, new products, services and other
important announcements. Thank you.
If you have any questions about this product,
contact:
www.sony.com/walkmansupport
Sony Network Portable Audio Support Line
1-(866)-456-7669
Sony Customer Information Services Center
12451 Gateway Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL 33913
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: MZ-RH1, MZ-M200
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics
Inc.
Address: 16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego,
CA 92127 USA
Telephone No.: 858-942-2230
This device complies with Part 15 of
the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions: (1) This
device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
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.
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate
this equipment.
For the customers in the USA and
Canada only
RECYCLING LITHIUM-ION
BATTERIES
Lithium-ion batteries are
recyclable.
You can help preserve our
environment by returning
your used rechargeable
batteries to the collection and recycling
location nearest you.
For more information regarding
recycling of rechargeable batteries, call
toll free 1-800-822-8837, or visit http://
www.rbrc.org/
Caution: Do not handle damaged or
leaking Lithium-ion batteries.
The validity of the CE marking is restricted
to only those countries where it is legally
enforced, mainly in the countries EEA
(European Economic Area).
Disposal of Old Electrical &
Electronic Equipment
(Applicable in the European Union
and other European countries with
separate collection systems)
This symbol on the product or
on its packaging indicates that
this product shall not be treated
as household waste. Instead
it shall be handed over to the
applicable collection point for
the recycling of electrical and electronic
equipment. By ensuring this product is
disposed of correctly, you will help prevent
potential negative consequences for the
environment and human health, which could
otherwise be caused by inappropriate waste
handling of this product. The recycling
of materials will help to conserve natural
resources. For more detailed information
about recycling of this product, please
contact your local Civic Office, your
household waste disposal service or the shop
where you purchased the product.
Applicable accessories: Remote control,
Earphones
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For the customers in Netherlands
Voor de Klanten in Nederland
Gooi de batterij niet weg
maar lever deze in als klein
chemisch afval (KCA).
For the customers in Russia
Table of Contents
Notice for Users ....................................6
What you can do with this product ......8
Getting Started
Checking the supplied
accessories ...........................................9
Guide to Parts and Controls...............12
Preparing a Power Source .................14
The types of discs that you can
use .......................................................17
About the recorder operation modes 17
Using the recorder with a computer
What you can do through connection
with a computer .................................18
Installing the SonicStage/MD Simple
Burner software ..................................19
System requirements ................................19
Installing SonicStage/MD Simple Burner
onto your computer .................................20
Connecting the recorder to your
computer .............................................21
Using SonicStage ...............................23
Importing audio data ................................23
Transferring audio data from your computer
to the recorder..........................................24
Transferring audio data from the recorder to
your computer..........................................25
Viewing SonicStage Help .........................26
Using MD Simple Burner ....................27
Recording using the recorder operations
(Simple mode) .........................................27
Recording by computer operations
(Standard mode) ......................................28
Storing non-audio data to a disc .......30
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Recording on a disc
Using the Menu
Recording on a disc ...........................31
Using the Menu
Displayed items during recording .....35
Menus for recording ...........................50
Adjusting the recording level manually ...52
Recording from externally connected
component ..........................................37
Playing a disc
Playing a disc ......................................39
Displayed items during playback .......41
Selecting the play mode .....................43
Playing tracks in the selected play mode..43
Listening to selected tracks only
(Bookmark Play) .....................................43
Playing tracks repeatedly (Repeat Play) ...44
Listening to a section of a track repeatedly
(A-B Repeat) ...........................................44
Adjusting the sound ...........................45
Varying the virtual sound to create different
acoustics (Virtual-Surround) ...................45
Selecting the sound quality (6-Band
Equalizer) ................................................45
Normalizing the playback sound level
automatically (Dynamic Normalizer) ......46
Editing
................................49
Menu for playback ...............................53
Menus for editing ................................54
Menus on the recorder ..............................54
Menus on the remote ................................54
Moving a track on a disc ..........................56
Changing the order of a group on a disc ..56
Adding titles (Title Input) ........................57
Option menus ......................................58
Setting the clock .......................................61
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting ..................................62
Messages .............................................71
Additional Information
Precautions .........................................75
Specification .......................................78
Explanations .......................................80
Index ....................................................85
Dividing a track (Divide) .....................47
Adjusting the dividing point before dividing
a track (Divide Rehearsal) .......................47
Combining tracks (Combine) .............48
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Notice for Users
On the supplied SonicStage/MD
Simple Burner software
• Copyright laws prohibit reproducing the
software or the manual accompanying it
in whole or in part, or renting the software
without the permission of the copyright
holder.
• In no event will SONY be liable for
any financial damage, or loss of profits,
including claims made by third parties,
arising out of the use of the software
supplied with this recorder.
• In the event a problem occurs with
this software as a result of defective
manufacturing, SONY will replace
it. However, SONY bears no other
responsibility.
• The software provided with this recorder
cannot be used with equipment other than
that which is so designated.
• Please note that, due to continued
efforts to improve quality, the software
specifications may be changed without
notice.
• Operation of this recorder with software
other than that provided is not covered by
the warranty.
• The ability to display the languages on
the software will depend on the installed
OS on your PC. For better results, please
ensure that the installed OS is compatible
with the desired language you want to
display.
– We do not guarantee all the languages
will be able to be displayed properly on
the software.
– User-created characters and some
special characters may not be displayed.
• Depending on the type of the text and
characters, the text shown on the software
may not be displayed properly on the
device. This is due to:
– The capability of the connected device.
– The device is not functioning normally.
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Trial recording
Before you record one-time events, you may
want to make a trial recording to make sure
that the recorder is working correctly.
No compensation for recording
failures
Sony cannot provide compensation for any
failure in recording caused by a malfunction
in this recorder or the recording media, etc.
Precaution on copyright
Television programs, films, video tapes,
and other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of such materials
may be contrary to the provision of the
copyright laws.
Trademarks
• SonicStage is a trademark or registered
trademark of Sony Corporation.
• MD Simple Burner, OpenMG,
“MagicGate”, “MagicGate Memory
Stick”, “Memory Stick”, Hi-MD, Net
MD, ATRAC, ATRAC3, ATRAC3plus
and their logos are trademarks of Sony
Corporation.
• Microsoft, Windows, Windows NT
and Windows Media are trademarks
or registered trademarks of Microsoft
Corporation in the United States and /or
other countries.
• IBM and PC/AT are registered trademarks
of International Business Machines
Corporation.
• Macintosh is a trademark of Apple
Computer, Inc.
• Pentium is a trademark or registered
trademark of Intel Corporation.
• MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology
and patents licensed from Fraunhofer IIS
and Thomson.
• All other trademarks and registered
trademarks are trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective holders.
• ™ and ® marks are omitted in this
manual.
• CD and music-related data from
Gracenote, Inc., copyright © 20002004 Gracenote. Gracenote CDDB®
Client Software, copyright 2000-2004
Gracenote. This product and service may
practice one or more of the following
U.S. Patents: #5,987,525; #6,061,680;
#6,154,773, #6,161,132, #6,230,192,
#6,230,207, #6,240,459, #6,330,593, and
other patents issued or pending. Services
supplied and/or device manufactured
under license for following Open Globe,
Inc. United States Patent 6,304,523.
Gracenote is a registered trademarks
of Gracenote. The Gracenote logo
and logotype, and the “Powered by
Gracenote” logo are trademarks of
Gracenote.
Program © 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Sony Corporation
Documentation © 2006 Sony Corporation
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What you can do with this product
Not only can you record and play music data on this recorder, you can also transfer audio data to it
from a computer using the supplied SonicStage software. Furthermore, you can transfer audio data
that you’ve recorded directly on the recorder or another MD component to the computer, and then
manage the data on the computer.
Recording ( page 31)
Playing ( page 39)
Recording by microphone
Digital recording
Analog recording
The supplied/optional headphones/
earphones, speakers, stereo system, etc.
Transfer music data
recorded on the recorder
or another MD component
from the recorder to the
computer
Transfer audio data to the
recorder
(LinearPCM/ATRAC/MP3)
Audio CDs, Internet, Music Files, etc.
(You can also transfer non audio
data, such as text data, image data,
etc. to the recorder.)
Using the recorder with a computer ( page 18)
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Getting Started
Checking the supplied
accessories
• AC power cord1)
1)
• USB cable
2)
3)
• Remote control2)
• Earphones
• LIP-4WM Lithium- • Rechargeable
ion rechargeable
battery case
battery
The shape of the plug differs according to the
region where the recorder was purchased. Two
cords with differently shaped plugs are supplied
with the models for Europe, Asia and Chile.
Use the one that corresponds with the outlet
configuration in the region where it is used.
For the North American and Latin American
models, remote with a ferrite core is supplied.
Do not play a CD-ROM on an audio CD player.
For details on “Hi-MD Music Transfer for Mac”,
refer to the instruction sheet supplied with this
recorder.
Getting Started
• AC power adaptor
(100 V - 240 V)
• CD-ROM3)
(Windows: SonicStage/MD Simple Burner,
Macintosh: Hi-MD Music Transfer for Mac)
• Operating Instructions (this manual)
• Operating Instructions (Hi-MD Music
Transfer for Mac)
Note
When using this recorder, remember to follow the
precautions below in order to avoid warping the
cabinet or causing the recorder to malfunction.
• Make sure not to sit down with the recorder in
your back pocket.
• Stereo microphone
(MZ-M200 only)
STEREO
• Make sure not to put the recorder into a bag with
the remote or the headphones/earphones cord
wrapped around it and then subject the bag to
strong impact.
• Optical cable (for the European, Asian and
Chilean models)
• Carrying pouch
• Ferrite core (small size)
– Three for the European, Asian and
Chilean models
– Two for the MZ-RH1 North American and
Latin American models
– One for the MZ-M200 North American
model
• 1GB Hi-MD disc (except for the European,
Asian and Chilean models)
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How to use the supplied ferrite core
This recorder comes with ferrite cores for
connection to the supplied remote, the
optional stereo microphone and the optional
line cable. (You must attach the ferrite
cores to comply with the applicable EMC
standards.) Be sure to connect them when
using the recorder with a computer. If not,
there is no need to connect them.
1 Open the ferrite core.
• For the optional line cable: Pass the cord
through the ferrite core/ Approx. 1 cm
(0.6 in.) from the plug
For the MZ-M200 North American model:
• For the optional line cable: Pass the cord
through the ferrite core/ Approx. 1 cm
(0.6 in.) from the plug
For the European, Asian and Chilean models:
ESD-SR-110 for the supplied
remote and the optional stereo
microphone
Refer to step 2 for the
distance from the plug
connected to the recorder.
2017-0930 for the optional
line cable
For the MZ-RH1 North American and Latin
American models:
ESD-SR-110 for the optional
stereo microphone and the
optional line cable
3 Close the ferrite core. Make sure the
clasps are fully engaged.
For the MZ-M200 North American model:
ESD-SR-110 for the optional
line cable
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2 Wind the cord around the ferrite cores as
follows.
For the European, Asian and Chilean
models:
• For the supplied remote control: Wind the
cord around the ferrite core once/ Approx.
4 cm (1.6 in.) from the plug
• For the optional stereo microphone: Wind
the cord around the ferrite core twice/
Approx. 1 cm (0.6 in.) from the plug
• For the optional line cable: Wind the cord
around the ferrite core once/ Approx. 1
cm (0.6 in.) from the plug
For the MZ-RH1 North American and
Latin American models:
• For the optional stereo microphone: Wind
the cord around the ferrite core twice/
Approx. 1 cm (0.6 in.) from the plug
To attach the clip in the opposite direction
1 Remove the clip.
2 Attach the clip in the opposite direction.
Optional accessories
Getting Started
• Optical cable POC-15B, POC-15AB
• Line cable RK-G129, RK-G136
• Stereo microphones ECM-MS907,
ECM-719
• MDR-series Stereo Headphones/earphones*
• SRS-series Active Speakers
• Recordable MDs ES-series
• 1GB Hi-MD disc HMD1GA
• LIP-4WM Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
* When using optional headphones/
earphones, use only headphones/earphones
with stereo mini plugs. You cannot use
headphones/earphones with micro plugs.
You cannot use as follows.
• Rotally commander RM-WMC1
• MD label printer MZP-1
• IC memory repeat learning MD controller
RPT-M1
Your dealer may not handle some of the
above listed accessories. Please ask the dealer
for detailed information about the accessories
in your country.
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Guide to Parts and
Controls
Recorder
12
Remote
 OPEN button ( pages 31, 39)
 LINE IN (OPT) jack ( page 37)
 USB cable connecting jack ( pages 14,
21, 37)
 MIC (PLUG IN POWER)* jack ( page
 Battery compartment ( page 14)
  (earphones)/LINE OUT jack ( pages
 Clip ( page 10)
 P MODE/ (repeat) button ( pages 43,
31)
39, 61)
Remote: VOL +/– control ( pages 39,
46)
 Recorder: • DISPLAY/
MENU button
( pages 32, 35, 41, 49)
Remote: DISPLAY button ( pages 36,
42, 49)
 Operation lamp ( pages 33, 35, 41)
 Display window ( pages 35, 41)
 HOLD switch ( page 15)
 Recorder:  (stop) · CANCEL button
( pages 22, 33, 40, 49)
Remote:  (stop) button ( pages 40,
49)
(group) +/– button ( pages 40, 58)
58)
 SOUND button ( pages 45, 58)
* There is a tactile dot.
Getting Started
39, 59)
 Recorder: VOL +*/– buttons ( pages

Locking the controls (HOLD)
Slide the HOLD switch  on the recorder or
on the remote in the direction of the arrow.
You can prevent accidental button presses
while carrying the recorder by locking the
controls. You can use the HOLD function for
the recorder and the remote separately. For
example, even if the HOLD function on the
recorder is activated, you can operate the
recorder by using the remote unless you set
HOLD on the remote to on, too.
  (pause) button ( pages 33, 40, 48)
 REC switch ( pages 27, 33)
 T MARK button ( pages 33, 47)
 Recorder: Jog lever (  (play)/ENT*,
FF (AMS, fast forward), FR (AMS, fast
rewind)) ( pages 39, 47, 49)
FF
FR
Move (FF/FR)
Push (/ENT)
Remote: Jog lever ( (play, pause)/
ENT,  (AMS, fast rewind), 
(AMS, fast forward)) ( pages 39, 49)
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Preparing a Power
Source
4
Connect the AC power cord and the
USB cable to the AC power adaptor.
USB cable
Charge the rechargeable battery before using
it for the first time or when it is depleted.
Operations can be done on the recorder or the
remote while charging.
1
Slide and open the battery
compartment lid in the direction of
the arrow.
AC power adaptor
5
2
AC power cord
Connect the other end of the USB
cable to the recorder and the AC
power cord to a wall outlet.
To a wall
outlet
Recorder
Insert the rechargeable battery.
Insert it starting with the  and 
terminal end.
To the USB cable
connecting jack
6
Insert the battery with
the label side facing up.
3
14
Close the lid.
Confirm that charging has started.
When charging starts,
and the
charging time (“Charging --min left”)
appear at the start of charging. When the
charging time disappears, charging ends
once and the battery becomes sufficiently
charged. A completely depleted battery
takes about one hour to reach this point,
at which time it is approximately 80%
charged. For a 100% charge, an additional
2 hours of charging is needed.
If the charging time indication disappears
after a short time, this means the battery is
sufficiently charged.
Notes
• Power from the computer to the recorder stops
when the computer changes to system suspend,
sleep, or hibernation mode while the recorder is
connected to the computer.
• When charging the rechargeable battery, make
sure to insert the battery into the recorder before
connecting the USB cable. If you insert the battery
after connecting the USB cable, the battery may not
be charged.
• Charge the rechargeable battery at a temperature of
+5 °C (+41 °F) to +35 °C (+95 °F). The charging
time may vary according to the recorder condition
and the surrounding temperature.
• Repeated recharging causes the capacity of the
rechargeable battery to decrease over time. As a
result, the displayed charging time will become
shorter as the battery is used.
• Stop the recorder before replacing the rechargeable
battery.
• Connecting the recorder to a wall outlet is
recommended during times of long use, as when
recording.
• It is possible to do operations on the recorder or
the remote while charging the battery with the
AC power adaptor, as well as computer-related
operations while charging with USB bus power.
However, the charging time will be longer.
• When connecting the USB cable to the recorder,
make sure not to touch the jog lever or buttons on
the recorder. If the jog lever or any other buttons
are pressed at the time you connect the USB cable,
battery charging may not start.
To check the remaining power of the
battery
The remaining power of the battery is
indicated in the display as shown below. As
the indicator decreases, the remaining power
is depleted further.




, “LOW BATTERY”
Notes
Getting Started
Charging the rechargeable battery by
computer connection (USB bus power)
You can charge the recorder’s rechargeable
battery by connecting the recorder to a USB
port of a computer. When you connect the
recorder to the computer, power (bus power)
from the computer begins to charge the
recorder’s rechargeable battery.
A completely depleted battery attains about
80% charge in about one hour. For 100%
charge, an additional 2 hours of charging is
needed.
For connection details, refer to the
“Connecting the recorder to your computer”
( page 21).
• The display shows the approximate battery power
remaining.
• Depending on the operating conditions, the display
may increase or decrease relative to the actual
power remaining.
Before using the recorder
Make sure the recorder is not locked ( page
13). Slide the HOLD switch on the recorder
or on the remote in the opposite direction of
the arrow.
HOLD switch
HOLD switch
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Battery life1)
This value varies depending on how the recorder is used.
When recording/playing continuously in Hi-MD mode
When
Recording
Playing
(Unit: approx. hours)
Disc type
1GB Hi-MD disc
LinearPCM
6
Hi-SP
9
Hi-LP
10.5
MP32)
—3)
60/74/80-minute
standard disc
5
9
10.5
—3)
1GB Hi-MD disc
10
15.5
19
16.5
60/74/80-minute
standard disc
8
14.5
18.5
16
When recording/playing continuously in MD mode
(Unit: approx. hours)
When
Recording
Disc type
60/74/80-minute standard disc
SP
8.5
LP2
10.5
LP4
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Playing
60/74/80-minute standard disc
15.5
17.5
19
Measured in accordance with the JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries
Association) standard.
1)
2)
3)
Measured using a fully charged lithium-ion rechargeable battery with “EL Light” in the menu set to “Auto Off”
( page 59).
When transferring at 128 kbps
The recorder cannot record in MP3 mode. Transfer MP3 audio data using the supplied SonicStage software
( page 24).
Note
Repeated recharging causes the capacity of the rechargeable battery to decrease over time. As a result, the battery
life will become shorter as the battery is used. Please replace the battery when the battery life reaches about half
the time listed above.
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The types of discs that you can use
This recorder supports the following discs:
60/74/80-minute
standard disc
Getting Started
1 GB Hi-MD disc
About the recorder operation modes
The recorder has two operation modes, “Hi-MD mode” and “MD mode”.
The operation mode is automatically recognized whenever the disc is inserted.
1 GB Hi-MD disc
Use the disc as is
Hi-MD mode
60/74/80-minute standard disc
The disc
contains
material
recorded in
Hi-MD mode
Blank disc
The disc
contains
material
recorded in
MD mode
Use the disc as is
Select Hi-MD mode
Select the operation mode in
the “Disc Mode” ( page 59)
setting of the recorder menu, or
the operation mode setting of
the supplied software.
Select MD mode
Use the disc as is
You can enjoy the Hi-MD
functions.
A disc recorded in Hi-MD
mode cannot be used on an
MD player or MD Walkman
that does not support Hi-MD
mode.
MD mode
A disc recorded in MD mode
can also be used on an MD
player or MD Walkman that
does not support Hi-MD
mode, but the Hi-MD
functions cannot be used.
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Using the recorder with a computer
What you can do
through connection
with a computer
When using the supplied software
• Transfer audio data between the
computer and the recorder
The supplied SonicStage software allows
you to transfer audio data between the
recorder and your computer. You can
transfer audio data from the computer to
the recorder or audio data that you have
recorded on the recorder or another MD
component to the computer. For detailed
explanations, refer to SonicStage Help.
• Record directly from a CD to an MD
The supplied MD Simple Burner software
enables you to record a CD in the
computer’s CD drive directly to a disc in the
recorder.
When using the disc in the recorder as a
storage device
When using the recorder in Hi-MD mode, the
recorder appears in the Windows Explorer
as an external drive, allowing you to transfer
non-audio data such as text and image files.
For details, refer to “Storing non-audio data to
a disc” ( page 30).
Charging the rechargeable battery of the
recorder (USB bus power)
You can charge the rechargeable battery while
the recorder is connected to a computer.
When using a Macintosh computer
Refer to the “Hi-MD Music Transfer for
Mac” instruction sheet supplied with this
recorder.
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
When playing audio files using the software, the
sound is output from
• the computer’s speakers when a disc used in HiMD mode is inserted; or
• the equipment such as earphones connected to the
recorder when a disc used in MD mode is inserted.
Note
If the place where you charge the battery is too cold
or too hot, the battery indication (
) will flash in
the display and charging by USB bus power will not
be possible. The battery should be charged within
a temperature range of +5 °C (+41 °F) to +35 °C
(+95 °F).
Installing the SonicStage/MD Simple Burner
software
System requirements
The following system environment is required in order to use the SonicStage/MD Simple Burner
software.
Computer
IBM PC/AT or Compatible
Others
• CD drive (capable of digital playback by WDM) (A CD-R/RW
drive is necessary for CD writing)
• Sound Board
• USB port
Operating
System
Factory installed:
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005/Windows XP Media Center Edition
2004/Windows XP Media Center Edition/Windows XP Professional/Windows
XP Home Edition/Windows 2000 Professional (Service Pack 3 or later)/
Windows Millennium Edition/Windows 98 Second Edition
Display
High Color (16 bit) or higher, 800 × 600 dots or better (1,024 × 768 dots or
better is recommended)
Others
• Internet access for online registration and CDDB use
• Internet access and Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5.5 or higher) for use
of EMD services
• Windows Media Player (version 7.0 or higher) installed for playing WMA
files
Using the recorder with a computer
• CPU: Pentium III 450 MHz or higher
• Hard disk drive space: 200 MB or more (1.5 GB or more is recommended)
(The amount space will vary according to Windows version and the number
of music files stored on the hard disk.)
• RAM: 128 MB or more
This software is not supported by operating systems other than those listed above, custom-built
PCs, operating systems that are upgrades from the original manufacturer-installed system, multiboot environments, multi-monitor environments, or Macintosh computers.
Notes
• We do not ensure trouble-free operation on all computers that satisfy the system requirements.
• The NTFS format of Windows XP/Windows 2000 Professional can be used only with the standard (factory)
settings.
• We do not ensure trouble-free operation of the system suspend, sleep, or hibernation function on all computers.
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Installing SonicStage/MD Simple Burner onto your
computer
Make sure to install the driver for this recorder from the supplied CD-ROM. If SonicStage, Net
MD Simple Burner, or OpenMG Jukebox is already installed, the older version of the software
will be overwritten by the new version. The functions and music data of the older version will be
retained.
1
Close all Windows applications.
The following conditions may prevent a successful installation. Confirm whether they apply or
not when installing the software.
• You did not logon as “Administrator” or “Computer Administrator” (when using Windows
2000/Windows XP)
• Virus-check software is activated. (Such software demands a large amount of system
resources.)
2
Insert the supplied CD-ROM into the CD drive of your computer.
The setup program starts up automatically and the installation window appears.
3
When the [Region Selection] screen appears, select the region where the
SonicStage software will be used, and then click [Next].
When the [Region Selection] screen does not appear, skip this step.
4
Click [Install SonicStage and MD Simple Burner] and then follow the displayed
instructions.
Read the instructions carefully.
[Install SonicStage and MD Simple Burner]
The installation may take 20 to 30 minutes,
depending on your system environment.
Make sure to restart your computer only after
the installation is completed.
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Connecting the recorder to your computer
Connect the recorder to your computer as follows.
Note
When using Windows ME or Windows 98SE
• If you connect the recorder to the computer with the disc mode on the recorder set to “Hi-MD” (factory
setting), and then insert a 60/74/80-minute standard disc, the operation mode of the disc may automatically
change to Hi-MD mode even if you do not record anything.
• When you disconnect the USB cable, the message “Unsafe Removal of Device” appears in the computer
display. This is not a problem. Merely click “OK” to make the message disappear.
Computer
USB cable
To the USB cable
connecting jack
To the USB port
1
Insert a disc into the recorder.
2
Make sure the recorder is stopped and HOLD is released.
3
Connect the recorder to the computer through the USB cable.
4
Check the connections.
If all connections have been correctly made, the display window appears as follows.
Using the recorder with a computer
Power (bus power) is supplied from the USB port of the computer so that the recorder can be used
without power being supplied from the battery.
“Hi-MD” or “MD” appears, depending on the operation mode.
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When you unplug the USB cable from the computer
Be sure to remove the recorder as follows. If not, damage to the data may occur.
1 Make sure that the operation lamp on the recorder is not flashing rapidly.
2 Press  · CANCEL on the recorder.
Make sure that the operation lamp on the recorder is off.
“EJECT DISC OK” appears in the display.
Depending on the conditions, it may take some time until “EJECT DISC OK” appears in the
display.
3 Unplug the USB cable from the computer.
When you remove the disc from the recorder
1 Follow steps 1 and 2 of “When you unplug the USB cable from the computer” above.
2 Remove the disc from the recorder.

This recorder supports Hi-Speed USB*.
* Compatible with USB 2.0 Specification.
Notes
• Make sure not to connect the USB cable while the recorder is operating. This may cause the recorder to
malfunction or noise to be output.
• Depending on the connection, it may take some time before the recorder is recognized by the computer. If you
operate the recorder or the computer before the recorder is recognized, “RECONNECT USB” appears in the
display. If this happens, reconnect the USB cable.
• If the operation lamp flashes rapidly, do not disconnect the USB cable. This may cause the recorder to
malfunction or the destruction of audio data.
• If you use the recorder connected to the computer, it is recommended that you insert a fully charged
rechargeable battery as a precaution against power failures, disconnection of the USB cable or other unforeseen
occurrences. We do not assure the results should there be a mis-operation, transfer failures, or destruction of
audio data caused by unforeseen occurrences.
• If you disconnect the USB cable from the recorder and want to reconnect it, make sure to wait at least 2
seconds before connecting it again.
• Make sure to place the recorder at a stable, vibration-free place during recording.
• Make sure not to connect the recorder to your computer during recording or playing.
• The system may malfunction if your computer changes to system suspend, sleep, or hibernation mode while
connecting to the recorder. Make sure to disable any changes to suspend, sleep, or hibernation mode.
• Make sure not to connect the recorder and the computer through a USB hub.
• When the recorder is connected to a computer, power (bus power) is supplied to the recorder through the
computer’s USB port. If the computer (a laptop PC, for example) is operating on battery power, this connection
may cause the computer’s battery to drain. It is thus recommended to use the computer with an AC power
adaptor.
• We do not ensure trouble-free operation on all computers that satisfy the system requirements.
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Using SonicStage
Importing audio data
Audio data from an audio CD can be recorded and stored to My Library of SonicStage.
If you want to automatically obtain CD information (such as track or artist name), the computer
has to be connected to the Internet. For details on recording or importing music from the Internet
or from your computer’s hard disc, refer to SonicStage Help.
[ Music Source]
Using the recorder with a computer
Note
Only audio CDs with a
mark can be used with SonicStage. We do not guarantee normal operation in the
case of the copy-controlled CDs.
[CD Info]
1
Double-click
([SonicStage] icon) on the desktop.
SonicStage starts up.
2
Insert the audio CD that you want to record into the CD drive of your computer.
3
Point to  of [ Music Source] and click [Import a CD].
4
Click
.
The recording starts.
To stop recording.
Click
.

• If you want to change the format, recording mode and bit rate for audio CD recording, click
clicking
in step 4 and set the format and bit rate.
• If CD information could not be obtained automatically, click [CD Info] before clicking
you do this, your computer must be connected to the Internet.
before
in step 4. When
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Transferring audio data from your computer to the
recorder
Audio data stored in My Library of SonicStage can be transferred to the recorder.
Transferred audio data contains track information such as artist and album name.
[Transfer ]
The My
Library list
1
Insert a disc into the recorder and connect the recorder to your computer (
page 21).
2
Point to  of [Transfer ] and click [Hi-MD] or [Net MD].
3
Click the tracks you want to transfer in the My Library list.
4
Click
.
The operation lamp on the recorder lights up in red and transfer of the selected track starts.
To stop transferring
Click
.

If you want to change the format and bit rate, click
bit rate.
before clicking
in step 4 and set the format and
Note
Make sure not to disconnect the USB cable or take out the rechargeable battery while transferring audio data.
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Transferring audio data from the recorder to your
computer
Audio data that has been transferred from your computer and stored on an MD or recorded on
this recorder or another MD component can be transferred to My Library of SonicStage on your
computer.
Information such as album name or track name can be obtained from the Internet after audio data
has been transferred. Refer to the SonicStage Help for details.
[Transfer ]
1
Insert a disc into the recorder and connect the recorder to your computer (
page 21).
2
Point to  of [Transfer ] and click [Hi-MD] or [Net MD].
3
In the list on the right side of the screen (Hi-MD or Net MD), click to select the
tracks you want to transfer to your computer.
4
Click
.
The transferring of the tracks selected in step 3 starts.
Using the recorder with a computer
List of tracks on
the disc
To stop transferring
Click
.

When tracks recorded on MD components are included on a disc, a dialog box appears confirming whether to
save those tracks in WAV format. To save the tracks as WAV format music files, select the check box next to
“Save in WAV format when importing”, click Browse button and specify a destination folder as necessary, and
click the [OK] button.
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Notes
• When a disc used in Hi-MD mode is inserted in the recorder and the record-protect tab of the disc is open,
audio data cannot be transferred to the computer. Make sure that the record-protect tab of the disc is closed (
page 76).
• Tracks transferred from the computer in “Net MD” mode or tracks purchased through EMD services and
transferred to the recorder can be transferred only to the same computer from which they originally came from.
• When you transfer tracks recorded in LinearPCM on the recorder to a computer for editing (dividing ( page
47) or combining ( page 48)) in My Library, the editing may take a long time, depending on the length of
the tracks and capabilities of your computer. This is due to limitations in the MiniDisc system. If you want to
edit long tracks recorded in LinearPCM, we recommend that you do the editing on the recorder first, and then
transfer the edited data to a computer afterwards.
Viewing SonicStage Help
SonicStage Help provides further details on how to use SonicStage.
Click [Help] – [SonicStage Help] while SonicStage is running.
[SonicStage Help]
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Using MD Simple Burner
MD Simple Burner allows you to record music tracks from an audio CD in the CD drive of your
computer to the recorder without storing the data to the computer’s hard disk.
There are two modes for recording from an audio CD: Simple mode (recording by the recorder
operations) and Standard mode (recording by computer operations).
Note
Only audio CDs with a
mark can be used with MD Simple Burner. We do not guarantee normal operation
in the case of the copy-controlled CDs.
1
Insert a disc into the recorder and connect the recorder to your computer (
page 21).
2
Insert the audio CD that you want to record into the CD drive of your computer.
3
Press and slide REC on the recorder.
The operation lamp on the recorder flashes in red and recording starts. All tracks on the CD are
recorded as a new group. Make sure not to disconnect the USB cable until the recording ends.
Using the recorder with a computer
Recording using the recorder operations (Simple mode)
To stop recording
Click
on the computer display.
You can also stop recording by pressing  · CANCEL on the recorder.

Before starting recording, you can set the following settings by right-clicking the
MD Simple Burner icon in
the task tray on the computer display.
• You can select the recording mode by selecting [recording mode].
— [Net MD]: [LP2] or [LP4]
— [Hi-MD]: [PCM], [Hi-SP], [Hi-LP], or [48kbps]
• You can record the first track only by selecting [Recording settings] – [Record 1st Track Only].
• You can select the setting when the CDDB has more than one item of information by selecting [CDDB(r)]
– [Multiple Matches].
— [User Selection]: A selection window is displayed
— [No Resolve]: No CD information is downloaded
— [First Choice]: The first item is downloaded
Note
You cannot record in simple mode while the MD Simple Burner in standard mode or OpenMG software
(SonicStage, OpenMG Jukebox, etc.) is active.
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Recording by computer operations (Standard mode)
1
Insert a disc into the recorder and connect the recorder to your computer (
page 21).
2
Double-click
([MD Simple Burner] icon) on the desktop.
MD Simple Burner starts up.
3
Insert the audio CD that you want to record into the CD drive of your computer.
You can operate MD Simple Burner from the following two display windows.
The window for recording all tracks on the CD
[REC/STOP]
To start recording all tracks on the CD as a new group, click here.
To stop recording, click [STOP].
CD icon
Total time of the
selected tracks of CD
Album name (CD)
Artist name (CD)
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[Open]
To open the display as
shown on  page 29,
click here.
MD icon
Disc name (MD)
Remaining recording
time of the inserted disc
Recording mode drop down menu
Net MD: LP2/LP4
Hi-MD: PCM/Hi-SP/Hi-LP/48 kbps
The window for recording selected tracks from an audio CD
[CONFIG]
Click here to do the following:
— Set the CD-ROM drive
— View version information for MD Simple Burner
— Confirm CD information registered in the CDDB
Track information (CD)
Artist name
Total time of the
selected tracks of CD
[REC/STOP]
Disc name
(MD)
Using the recorder with a computer
Album title
Track information (MD)
You can change the
track name and track
number.
[New Group]
[Get CD Info]
Information of an audio CD
(album name, track name, etc.)
will be reflected in the track list.
Recording mode
drop down menu
[Close]
To close the display as shown
on  page 28, click here.
CD operating section
Use these controls to confirm the tracks on
audio CD to be recorded.
To deselect all tracks, click here.
To select all tracks, click here.
Check boxes
Check the box of the tracks that you want to record.
[Erase]
[All Erase]
Remaining time of the inserted disc
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Storing non-audio data to a disc
If you connect the recorder to a computer with a disc in Hi-MD mode inserted, the disc is
recognized as storage media by the Windows Explorer, allowing you to store non-audio data such
as text data or image data.
For the storage space for each disc, refer to “The storage space for each disc (formatted with the
recorder/SonicStage)” below.
1
Insert a disc in Hi-MD mode into the recorder and connect the recorder to the
computer ( page 21).
The recorder is recognized as an external device and can be viewed on the Windows Explorer.
You can use the recorder in the same way as other devices.
Notes
• When the SonicStage software is active, the recorder is not recognized as a data storage device.
• If you format a disc on the computer, make sure to format the disc using the SonicStage software.
• Make sure not to delete the file management folder and file (HMDHIFI folder and HI-MD.IND file) on the
Windows Explorer.
The storage space for each disc (formatted with the recorder/SonicStage)
The storage space is varied depending on disc type.
1GB Hi-MD disc
Total size
Disc management
space *
Free space
964 MB
1.65 MB
80-minute
standard disc
291 MB
1.65 MB
74-minute
standard disc
270 MB
1.65 MB
60-minute
standard disc
219 MB
1.65 MB
963 MB
290 MB
268 MB
217 MB
* This is space that is used for managing the files on the disc. The size of the disc management space changes
according to the operating conditions of your computer and other factors. Therefore, the actual space available
for use may be lower than that displayed by Windows Explorer.
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Recording on a disc
Recording on a disc
This section explains the procedure for recording from a stereo microphone. Make sure that the
rechargeable battery is sufficiently charged before recording. For details on the optional stereo
microphone, see “Optional accessories” ( page 11).
1
Connect the stereo microphone to MIC (PLUG IN POWER).
Stereo microphone*
* The shape of the stereo microphone
supplied with the MZ-M200 is different.
Press OPEN to open the lid (). Insert a disc in the direction of the arrow (),
and close the lid.
 OPEN
Recording on a disc
2
To MIC (PLUG IN POWER)
 with the label side
facing up
Continued 
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3
Confirm the operation mode.
This recorder has two operation modes, “Hi-MD mode” and “MD mode”. The operation mode
is automatically recognized whenever the disc is inserted. After you insert a disc, check the
operation mode on the display window of the recorder. You can also check the recording mode
setting (“REC Mode” in the menu). Change the recording mode if necessary ( page 50).
“Hi-MD” lights up when the operation mode is Hi-MD mode and
“MD” lights up when the operation mode is MD mode.
Recording mode
• When using a 1GB Hi-MD disc, the operation mode will only be Hi-MD.
• When using a standard disc (60/74/80 minutes), the operation mode can be set as follows.
Disc condition
Blank disc
Operation mode
The mode set for the “Disc Mode”* in the menu.
Set “Disc Mode” to “Hi-MD” or “MD”.
The disc contains material
recorded in Hi-MD mode
Hi-MD
The disc contains material
recorded in MD mode
MD
* Refer to  page 59 for “Disc Mode” in the menu.
4
Press DISPLAY/MENU repeatedly and confirm the recording level setting (REC
property).
The indication displayed will vary according to the “REC Level” ( page 50) setting in the
menu.
• “REC Auto”: “REC Level” is set to “REC (AGC)”. The recorder adjusts the recording level
automatically.
• “REC XX”: “REC Level” is set to “Manual”. The recording level that was last set appears.
You can also check the microphone recording setting (“MIC Sens” or “MIC AGC” in the
menu) at the same time. Change the setting if necessary ( page 50).
“REC Auto” appears when “REC
Level” is set to “Auto (AGC)”.
Microphone sensitivity (“MIC Sens”)
• “High”: High sensitivity (“Sens High”)
• ”Low”: Low sensitivity (“Sens Low”)
Automatic microphone recording level adjustment
mode (“MIC AGC”)
• (none): Standard mode (“Standard”)
• “ ”: Music mode (“For Music”)
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5
Confirm that the operation lamp is off (), and then press and slide REC on the
recorder ().
The operation lamp lights up in red and recording starts.
If you insert a previously recorded disc, the recording starts after the existing contents.
 The operation lamp
 REC
Basic recording operations
Press
Stop
Press  · CANCEL. (The operation lamp disappears.)
Pause
Press *. (The operation lamp flashes in red.) Press  again to resume
recording.
Remove the disc
Press  · CANCEL and open the lid. (The lid does not open until
“SystemFILE WRITING” disappears from the display and the operation
lamp stops flashing.)
Adding track marks
Press T MARK. (The operation lamp disappears for a moment.)
Recording on a disc
To
* A track mark is added at the point where you press  again to resume recording while pausing; thus the
remainder of the track will be counted as a new track.
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Notes
• Make sure to place the recorder at a stable,
vibration-free place during recording.
• If you start recording before the operation lamp
turns off, the first few seconds of the material may
not be recorded. Verify on the recorder that the
operation lamp is off before you start recording.
• The recorder automatically switches input in the
following order; optical input, microphone input,
and analog input. You cannot record through the
microphone while an optical cable is connected to
the LINE IN (OPT) jack.
• The microphone may pick up the operating sound
of the recorder itself. Use the microphone away
from the recorder in such cases. Please note that
the sound of recorder operations may be picked
up if the microphone that you use has a short
connector.
• Only the left-channel sound is recorded when a
monaural microphone is used.
• Make sure not to connect the USB cable while the
recorder is operating. This may cause the recorder
to malfunction or noise to be output.
• Do not touch the microphone and its plug while
recording with the recorder connected to a wall
outlet. Doing so may introduce noise in the
recording.
• Do not move or jog the recorder or disconnect the
power source while recording, or while “DATA
SAVE” or “SystemFILE WRITING” (“DATA
SAVE” or “SYSTEM WRITE” on the remote) is
displayed. If you do, the data recorded up to that
point may not be recorded to the disc, or data on
the disc may be damaged.
• Recording cannot be done when the disc does not
have enough space for recording.
• If the power supply is disrupted (i.e. the battery is
removed or becomes exhausted or the AC power
adaptor is disconnected) during a recording or
editing operation, or while “DATA SAVE” or
“SystemFILE WRITING” (“DATA SAVE” or
“SYSTEM WRITE” on the remote) is displayed,
then it will not be possible to open the lid until
power is restored.
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
• When using a plug-in power-type microphone, the
microphone can be operated even when its power
switch is turned off since power is supplied from the
recorder itself.
• You can select the mode for adjusting the
microphone sensitivity or automatic recording level
adjustment mode to suit the sound source ( page
50).
• The recorder is factory set to make a new group
whenever recording is done. If you do not want to
make a group, set “Group REC” to “Off” ( page
51).
• To start recording from a specific point on the disc,
pause the recorder at the desired point, and then
start recording from that point.
• You can monitor the sound during recording.
Changing the volume level will not affect the
recording level.
• Once the clock is set, tracks are automatically
stamped with the time and date of recording (
page 61).
• It is preferable to use the recorder on house current
when using the recorder for a long time, especially
when recording.
Displayed items during
recording
Display window on the recorder
To change the display on the recorder
Press DISPLAY/MENU repeatedly. Each
time you press the button, the display changes
cyclically as follows. (Recording level meter
appears on the information display 1 ( on
the left column of this page) while recording.)
While recording/while the recorder is
stopped
 Group number, track number and elapsed time
 Battery indication ( page 15)

Group number, track number, remaining
recording time and remaining free space1)

Number of tracks after the current track and
remaining time after the current location on
the disc2)
 Information display 1
• Level meter (graphic above)
• Operation mode (example: Hi-MD)
• Recording mode (example: Hi-SP)
• Synchro-recording indication (SYNC)

REC property (current recording settings such
as recording level, microphone setting, etc.)
( page 32)
 Information display 2
Refer to “To change the display on the
recorder” ( next).
Current date and time
Recording on a disc
 Operation lamp
• During recording: lights up (red)
• During recording pause: flashes (red)
• When the remaining recording time on
the disc is less than 3 minutes: flashes
slowly (red)
• When recording with the microphone:
flashes according to the sound level
(Voice mirror) (red)


Spectrum Analyzer (Standard)2)3)

Spectrum Analyzer (Circle)2)3)
1)
2)
3)
Remaining free space appears only when the
disc is used in Hi-MD mode and the recorder is
stopped.
Appears only when the recorder is stopped.
Shows the level of each of the following
frequencies for both the L-channel and R-channel:
100 Hz, 250 Hz, 630 Hz, 1.6 kHz, 4 kHz, 10 kHz.
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Display window on the remote
To change the display on the remote
Press DISPLAY repeatedly. Each time
you press the button, the display changes
cyclically as follows.
While recording/while the recorder is
stopped
 Disc indication
 Track number and elapsed time
 Track number/Total number of tracks in a
disc

Track number, remaining recording time and
1)
remaining free space
 Information display
Refer to “To change the display on the
remote” ( next).
 Battery indication

Number of tracks on the disc and play mode
and related information2)3)
Current date and time
1)
2)
3)

Remaining free space appears only when the
disc is used in Hi-MD mode and the recorder is
stopped.
Appears only when the recorder is stopped
The items that are displayed differ according
to the selected play mode. (Example: When the
play mode is set to “Group”, “Group” and “
:
Group name” appear.)
Notes
• Depending on the group settings, the operating
conditions, and the disc settings, you may not be
able to select certain indications or the indications
may appear differently.
• When a disc used in Hi-MD mode is inserted in
the recorder, the free space will show as “2.0MB”
when the remaining recording time becomes “R
00:00”(“–00:00” on the remote). This is a system
limitation, “2.0MB” being the capacity of the
reserve domain.
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Recording from
externally connected
component
3
You can make digital recordings using an
optical cable connected to a CD player, digital
TV, or other digital equipment. Make sure to
use an optical cable for this procedure.
1
Connect the AC power cord and the
USB cable to the AC power adaptor.
USB cable
Connect the optical cable to
the recorder and an external
component.
For details on the optional optical cable,
see “Optional accessories” ( page 11).
CD player, MD player,
DVD Video player, etc.
To a digital
(optical) out jack
Optical
mini-plug
Optical
plug
Optical cable
2
Recording on a disc
AC power adaptor
AC power cord
Connect the other end of the USB
cable to the recorder and the AC
power cord to a wall outlet.
To a wall
outlet
Recorder
To LINE IN (OPT)
To the USB cable
connecting jack
4
Press OPEN to open the lid and
insert a disc in the recorder.
5
Confirm the settings of the
operation mode and the recording
level.
Refer to steps 3 and 4 of “Recording on a
disc” ( page 32).
6
Pause the sound source to be
recorded and confirm on the
recorder that the operation lamp is
off.
Continued 
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7
Press and slide REC on the recorder
and play the sound source you want
to record.
Track marks are automatically added at
the same point as the sound source.
When recording in analog
You can record from equipment with analog
output, such as a cassette recorder, radio, or
TV.
1 Using an optional connecting cord (RKG129, etc.), connect the LINE IN (OPT)
jack of the recorder to a LINE OUT jack
of the radio cassette, TV or other external
component.
Connect the end of the connecting cord
with the ferrite core to the recorder.
2 Press and slide REC.
3 Start playing the source.

• The recorder is factory set to make a new group
whenever recording is done. If you do not want to
make a group, set “Group REC” to “Off” ( page
51).
• For details on the optional connecting cord, see
“Optional accessories” ( page 11).
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Playing a disc
Playing a disc
1
Press OPEN to open the lid (). Insert a disc in the direction of the arrow (),
and close the lid.
Connect the earphones with the remote to the recorder beforehand.
Earphones with
the remote
To the /LINE OUT
jack
 OPEN
2
 with the label side
facing up
Press the jog lever (/ENT) to play (), and adjust the volume by pressing
VOL +/– ().
The volume will be shown in the display.
 VOL +/–
Playing a disc
 Jog lever (/ENT)
On the remote
Press the jog lever (/ENT). Playback starts. You can adjust the volume by turning the VOL
+/– control.
VOL +/– control
Jog lever (/ENT)
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Basic playback operations
To
Play
Stop
Search
Operation on the recorder (Operation on the remote is in
parentheses)
Play from a point
where you stopped
the recorder
previously
Press the jog lever (/ENT). Playback starts from the point you last
stopped playing. (Press the jog lever (/ENT).)
Play from the first
track in a disc
From stop, press and hold the jog lever (/ENT) until playback
starts. (Press and hold the jog lever (/ENT).)
Pause/Resume play
after pausing
Press . (Press the jog lever (/ENT).)
Stop playback
Press  · CANCEL. (Press .)
Move the jog lever toward FR once, or move the jog lever toward FR
repeatedly until you reach the beginning of the desired track.
(Move the jog lever toward  once, or move the jog lever toward
 repeatedly.)
Find the beginning of
the current track or
previous tracks
Find the beginning of
the next track
Go backwards or
forward
Cue to the next or
previous group while
playing track in a
group* (Group skip)
Remove the disc
Move the jog lever toward FF once. (Move the jog lever toward 
once.)
During playback or pause, move and hold the jog lever toward FR/FF.
(Move and hold the jog lever toward /.)
Press
+/– on the remote repeatedly.
Press  · CANCEL and open the lid**. (Press  and open the lid.)
* Cues to the beginning of every 10th track during playback of the disc with no group settings.
** Once you open the lid, the point to start play will change to the beginning of the first track.
Notes
• Make sure not to connect the USB cable while the recorder is operating. This may cause the recorder to
malfunction or noise to be output.
• The playback sound may skip if:
— the recorder is subjected to strong, repeated shocks.
— a dirty or scratched disc is played.
When using a disc in Hi-MD mode, the sound may drop out for a maximum of about 12 seconds.
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Displayed items during
playback
Display window on the recorder
To change the display on the recorder
Press DISPLAY/MENU repeatedly. Each
time you press the button, the display changes
cyclically as follows.
While playing
 Group number, track number and elapsed time

Group number, track number and remaining
time of the current track
 Battery indication ( page 15)

Number of tracks after the current track and
remaining time after the current location on
the disc
 Operation lamp
After performing an editing operation
during play or play pause: flashes slowly
(red)
 Information display 1
Level meter (graphic above)

Recording date and time*

Spectrum Analyzer (Standard)**
Playing a disc
 Information display 2
Refer to “To change the display on the
recorder” ( next).

Spectrum Analyzer (Circle)**
*
Recording date and time are displayed if they
have been recorded on the track.
** Shows the level of each of the following
frequencies for both the L-channel and Rchannel: 100 Hz, 250 Hz, 630 Hz, 1.6 kHz,
4 kHz, 10 kHz.
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Display window on the remote
Track number and album name (Hi-MD) / Disc
name (MD)

Number of tracks in the disc, play mode and
1)
related information
 Disc indication
 Track number/Total number of tracks in a
disc

Track number, recording date and time2)
 Information display
Refer to “To change the display on the
remote” ( next).

Track number and audio format information3)
 Play mode and repeat mode information
( pages 43, 44)
 Sound setting ( page 45)
 Battery indication
1)
To change the display on the remote
Press DISPLAY repeatedly. Each time
you press the button, the display changes
cyclically as follows.
While playing
 Track number and elapsed time

Track number and remaining time of the current
track

Track number and track name

Track number and artist name (Hi-MD) / Group
name (MD)

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2)
3)
The items that are displayed differ according
to the selected play mode. (Example: When the
play mode is set to “Group”, “Group” and “
:
Group name” appear.)
Recording date and time are displayed if they have
been recorded on the track.
Recording mode, codec and bitrate information
appear for discs used in Hi-MD mode, and
recording mode information appears for discs used
in MD mode.
Notes
• Depending on the group settings, the operating
conditions, and the disc settings, you may not be
able to select certain indications or the indications
may appear differently.
• When playing a VBR (Variable Bit Rate) MP3
audio track, the displayed bit rate may differ from
the bit rate displayed in the SonicStage software.
• When the Virtual-Surround, 6-Band Equalizer
and Dynamic Normalizer are active, their setting
conditions are displayed in the Spectrum Analyzer.
Selecting the play
mode
3
This function can be set on the remote only.
• When you select “Group”, “Artist”,
or “Album”
Repeat the procedure in step 2 to select
the desired group, artist, or album, and
then repeat the procedure in step 2 again
to select the desired track.
The selected track starts playing.
Playing tracks in the
selected play mode
1
Press P MODE/
more.
2
Move the jog lever toward /
to select the desired play mode, and
then press the jog lever.
When you move the jog lever,  changes,
and when you press the jog lever, 
appears in the display.
for 2 seconds or
Play mode
Normal/—
All tracks after the selected
track are played.
Group/
Tracks in a specified group
are played.
Artist/
Tracks by a specified artist
are played.
*
Album/
Bookmark/
*
Tracks in a specified album
are played.
• When you select “Bookmark”
Refer to “Listening to selected tracks
only (Bookmark Play)” ( this page).
Listening to selected
tracks only (Bookmark Play)
You can bookmark tracks on a disc and play
them only. The sequence of bookmarked
tracks cannot be changed.
1
While playing the track you want to
bookmark, press the jog lever for 2
seconds or more.
“ON” appears and “ ” flashes slowly in
the display.
2
Repeat step 1 to bookmark the
other tracks.
3
Do step 1 and select “Bookmark”
in step 2 of “Playing tracks in the
selected play mode” ( this page).
4
Move the jog lever toward /
to select a track, and then press the
jog lever to enter.
The recorder plays from the selected
bookmarked track to the last bookmarked
track.
Bookmarked tracks are
played.
*Appears only for discs used in Hi-MD mode.
Playing a disc
Display /
• When you select “Normal”
Repeat the procedure in step 2 to select
the desired track.
The selected track starts playing.
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To erase bookmarks
While playing the track for which you want to
erase the bookmark, press the jog lever for 2
seconds or more.
Playing tracks repeatedly
(Repeat Play)
By specifying Repeat play, you can listen to
tracks selected in Play mode in various ways.
1
Press P MODE/
repeatedly to
select the desired repeat mode.
Each time you press the button, the
display changes as follows.
Display
Repeat mode
All tracks repeat (All
tracks on the disc are
played repeatedly.)
1
Single-track repeat (The
selected track is played
repeatedly.)
SHUF
Shuffle repeat (All tracks
on the disc are played in
random order repeatedly)
A- (A-B
)
A-B Repeat play (Tracks
between the selected
points A and B are
played repeatedly.)
Listening to a section of a
track repeatedly
(A-B Repeat)
You can listen to a specific section within a
track repeatedly by selecting the starting point
A, and ending point B. Make sure that points
A and B are within the same track.
1
While playing, press P MODE/
repeatedly until “A-” appears in the
display.
“A” (starting point) flashes in the display.
2
Press the jog lever at the starting
point (A).
Point “A” lights on and “B” flashes in the
display.
3
Press the jog lever at the ending
point (B).
“A-B” and “ ” appear and the section
between point A and B starts playing
repeatedly.

You can reset points A and B by moving the jog
lever toward  during A-B Repeat play.
To cancel Repeat Play
Press P MODE/
repeatedly until
disappears from the display.
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Adjusting the sound
The following three effect can be selected.
• V-SUR (Virtual-Surround VPT Acoustic
Engine):
Provides 4 kinds of virtual surround
conditions.
• 6-BAND EQUALIZER:
Provides 6 different sound qualities.
• DYNAMIC NORMALIZER:
Normalizes the sound level automatically.
Selecting the sound
quality (6-Band Equalizer)
1
While playing, press SOUND
repeatedly until “SND” appears in
the display.
2
Press SOUND for 2 seconds or
more.
3
Move the jog lever toward /
to select the sound mode.
Each time you move the jog lever,  and
 changes as follows.
This function can be set on the remote only.
Varying the virtual
sound to create different
acoustics (Virtual-Surround)
While playing, press SOUND
repeatedly until “SUR” appears in
the display.
2
Press SOUND for 2 seconds or
more.
3
Move the jog lever toward /
to select the surround mode.
Each time you move the jog lever,  and
 changes as follows.
Level of each frequency appears alternately.
(100 Hz, 250 Hz, 630 Hz, 1.6 kHz, 4 kHz, 10 kHz)


Heavy
SND H
Pops
SND P
Jazz
SND J
Unique
SND U
Custom 1
SND 1
Custom 2
SND 2
4


Studio
SUR S
Live
SUR L
Club
SUR C
Arena
SUR A
4
Playing a disc
1
Press the jog lever to enter the
selection.
To cancel the setting
Press SOUND repeatedly until “Normal”
appears in the display.
Press the jog lever to enter the
selection.
To cancel the setting
Press SOUND repeatedly until “Normal”
appears in the display.
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Customizing sound quality
You can customize the sound and store the
results in “Custom1” and “Custom2”.
1 Do steps 1 to 3 of “Selecting the sound
quality (6-Band Equalizer)” ( page 45),
and select “Custom1” or “Custom2”.
2 Press the jog lever.
3 Move the jog lever toward /
repeatedly to select the frequency range.
Normalizing the playback
sound level automatically
(Dynamic Normalizer)
This function automatically normalizes the
sound level of the recorded material for
comfortable listening during playback.
1
While playing, press SOUND
repeatedly until “D-Normal” appears
in the display.
“d” appears at .
2
Turn the VOL +/– control to adjust
the volume.
Frequency range (100 Hz)
There are six frequency ranges.
100 Hz, 250 Hz, 630 Hz, 1.6 kHz, 4 kHz, 10 kHz
4 Turn the VOL +/– control repeatedly to
select the sound level.
Level (+10 dB)
You can select from among seven levels.
–10 dB, –6 dB, –3 dB, 0 dB, +3 dB, +6 dB, +10 dB
5 Repeat steps 3 and 4 to make adjustments
for the remaining frequency ranges.
6 Press the jog lever to enter the selection.

• Since this function automatically balances the
sound level, it minimizes troublesome volume
adjustments, especially for discs containing tracks
with very different volume levels.
• This function allows you to hear low-volume
sounds in places where the surrounding noise is
loud without having to turn up the volume too
high.
To cancel the setting
Press SOUND repeatedly until “Normal”
appears in the display.
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Editing
Dividing a track (Divide)
2
Note
You cannot divide a track if:
• the track has been transferred from a computer.
• the track has been recorded in Hi-MD mode using
the MD Simple Burner software.
• the dividing point is at the beginning or end of the
track.
• the division would cause the total number of tracks
on the disc to exceed the maximum allowed (2,047
tracks for a disc used in Hi-MD mode or 254
tracks for a disc used in MD mode).
1
While playing or pausing, press
T MARK at the point you want to
mark.
Adjusting the dividing
point before dividing a
track (Divide Rehearsal)
You can make fine adjustments to the track
mark position before making the actual
division.
1
While playing or pausing, press
T MARK for 2 seconds or more.
Four seconds of the track from the point
T MARK is pressed is played back
repeatedly.
The point T MARK
is pressed in
step 1.
Editing
You can divide a track with a track mark
while playing, creating a new track from the
part following the track mark. This function
can be set on the recorder only.
Move the jog lever toward FF/FR to
adjust the point to divide.
Moving the jog lever moves the dividing
point forward or backwards. The dividing
point can be moved up to a maximum of
8 seconds forward or backwards from the
point T MARK was pressed in step 1.
The dividing point shifts
a maximum of 8 seconds
forward or backwards.
The moved four-second interval plays
back repeatedly.
3
Press the jog lever to enter the
dividing point.
“MARK ON” appears in the display and
the track is divided.

You can use the Speed Control function ( page
53) during the Divide Rehearsal function. This
allows you to reduce the playback speed to carry out
the division more accurately.
Note
It is recommended that you use the recorder
to divide long tracks recorded in LinearPCM.
Transferring such tracks and dividing them on the
computer may require extremely long time.
The point T MARK is pressed.
Four seconds of the track plays
back repeatedly.
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Combining tracks
(Combine)
You can erase a track mark to combine the
tracks before and after the track mark.
This function can be set on the recorder only.
Note
You cannot combine tracks if:
• one of the two tracks or the both tracks have been
transferred from the computer.
• one of the two tracks or the both tracks have been
recorded in Hi-MD mode using the MD Simple
Burner software.
• the tracks are recorded in different recording
mode.
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1
While playing the track with the
track mark you want to erase, press
 to pause.
2
Find the track mark by moving the
jog lever toward FR slightly.
For example, to erase the third track mark,
find the beginning of the third track.
“00:00” appears in the display. “MARK”
appears in the display for a few seconds.
3
Press T MARK to erase the mark.
“MARK OFF” appears in the display. The
track mark is erased and the two tracks are
combined.

When a track mark is erased when you combine two
tracks, the title and the recording date of the second
track changes to those of the first track.
Notes
• When you erase a track mark between the two
consecutive tracks that are assigned into different
groups, the second track is re-assigned into the
group containing the first track. In addition, if
you combine a track that is assigned to a group
with a track that is not assigned to a group (two
consecutive tracks), the second track takes the
same registration setting as the first track.
• It is recommended that you use the recorder to
combine long tracks recorded in LinearPCM.
Transferring such tracks and combining them on
the computer may require extremely long time.
Using the Menu
Using the Menu
DISPLAY/MENU
 · CANCEL
Jog lever
(FF, FR, /ENT)
Press DISPLAY/MENU for 2 seconds or more.
2
Move the jog lever toward FF/FR repeatedly to select the item.
3
Press the jog lever (/ENT) .
4
Using the Menu
1
Repeat steps 2 and 3.
The setting will be entered.
On the remote
Some menu items for playback and editing
can also be set on the remote.
DISPLAY
To return the preceding setting
Press  · CANCEL ( on the remote).
To stop operation
Press  · CANCEL ( on the remote) for 2
seconds or more.
Jog lever
(, , /ENT)
1 Press DISPLAY for 2 seconds or more.
2 Move the jog lever toward /
repeatedly to select the item.
3 Press the jog lever (/ENT).
4 Repeat steps 2 and 3.
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Menus for recording
Select “REC Settings” in the menu. Recording-related menus can be set only on the recorder.
Items
REC Mode
Options (: Default settings)
Recording time is approximately 28 minutes on 80-minute
PCM1)
standard disc, and approximately 1 hour and 34 minutes on 1
GB Hi-MD disc (LinearPCM recording).
Recording time is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes on
Hi-SP 1)
80-minute standard disc, and approximately 7 hours and 55
minutes on 1 GB Hi-MD disc.
Recording time is approximately 10 hours and 10 minutes on
Hi-LP1)
80-minute standard disc, and approximately 34 hours on 1 GB
Hi-MD disc.
Recording time is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes on
SP 2)
80-minute standard disc.
Recording time is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes on
LP22)3)
80-minute standard disc.
Recording time is approximately 5 hours and 20 minutes on
LP42)3)
80-minutes standard disc.
REC Level
Auto (AGC) 
Manual
MIC AGC
Standard 
For Music
MIC Sens
Sens High 
Sens Low
Time Mark
Off 
On
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Time 01 min Time 60 min
The recorder adjusts the recording level automatically.
You can adjust the recording level manually ( page 52).
Microphone recording level adjustment mode for recording
sources such as conversations. The recording level is
automatically adjusted to suppress distortion and produce clear
recordings. Can be selected while “REC Level” is set to “Auto
(AGC)”.
Microphone recording level adjustment mode for recording
sources such as music concerts or jam sessions. The recording
level is automatically adjusted to obtain greater distortion
suppression and natural volume transitions close to those in the
original sound. Can be selected while “REC Level” is set to
“Auto (AGC)”.
Microphone sensitivity for recording sounds of normal volume,
such as a conversation.
Microphone sensitivity for recording loud or close-range
sounds, such as a music concert.
Track marks are automatically added as they appear in the
sound source.
Track marks are added at specified intervals. This interval can
be set in 1-minute units up to 60 minutes.
Items
Group REC
SYNC REC
Options (: Default settings)
Off
The recorder does not make a new group at the start of
recording.
The recorder makes a new group at the start of recording.
On 
Off 
On
Normal recording is performed.
Synchro-recording is performed (recording starts and stops in
sync with the sound source when digital recording).
Appears only for discs used in Hi-MD mode. Audio components marked with the
support “PCM”, “Hi-SP” and “Hi-LP” recording modes.
2)
Appears only for discs used in MD mode.
3)
Audio components marked with the
or
Setting for microphone recording (“MIC
AGC”)

When the sound being recorded (e.g., music) is
low in volume and the surrounding sound is loud
(audience noise, applause, etc.), the “Standard”
setting in the “MIC AGC” menu is more suitable.
Note
You cannot set the “MIC AGC” setting if the
recorder is set to adjust the recording level manually
(while “REC Level” in the menu is set to “Manual”)
( page 52).
or
logo mark
logo mark support “LP2” and “LP4” recording modes.
Setting for adding track marks (“Time
Mark”)
Using the Menu
1)
Using Time Mark to add track marks
while recording
• When the elapsed recording time exceeds
the time interval for Time Mark:
The recorder adds track marks at the point
you set the time interval and from that point
the recorder adds a track mark whenever the
time interval has elapsed.
Example: 8 minutes of recording has been
completed when the Time Mark time interval is set
to 5 minutes.
A track mark will be added at the 8-minute point
(after the start of recording) and after each 5minute interval thereafter.
• When the time interval set for Time Mark
exceeds the elapsed recording time:
The recorder adds track marks when the set
Time Mark time interval has elapsed.
Example: Three minutes of recording has been
completed when the Time Mark time interval is set
to 5 minutes.
A track mark will be added at the 5-minute point
(after the start of recording) and after each 5minute interval thereafter.
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
“T” appears before the time display for track marks
added with the “Time Mark” setting.
Notes
• “Time Mark” can be set only when recording
through the analog input connector or a
microphone.
• If while recording you add a track mark by
pressing T MARK or  (pause), etc., from that
point onward the recorder will begin automatically
adding track marks at regular intervals, as set by
“Time Mark”.
• “Time Mark” is canceled when you connect a
digital optical cable to the recorder.
Adjusting the recording
level manually
If necessary, you can set the recording level
manually during both analog and digital
recording.
1
While the recorder is stopped or in
recording pause, enter the menu (
page 49) and select “REC Settings”
– “REC Level” – “Manual”.
2
Press and slide REC while pressing
.
The operation lamp flashes in red and the
recorder stands by for recording.
3
Play the source.
4
While observing the level meter in
the display, adjust the recording
level by moving the jog lever toward
FF/FR.
Set the level so that the level meter lights
up at around “–12 dB”. If high sound
input causes the “OVER” segment (“ ”)
to light up, lower the recording level.
5
Press  again to start recording.
If your source is an externally connected
component, play the source to the
beginning of the material to be recorded,
and then start recording.
Setting for synchro-recording (“SYNC
REC”)

When there is no sound from the connected player
for about 3 seconds during synchro-recording, the
recorder goes into the standby mode automatically.
When the sound comes from the player again, the
recorder resumes synchro-recording. If the recorder
is kept in the standby mode for 5 minutes or longer,
the recorder stops automatically.
Notes
• The pause function cannot be turned on or off
manually during synchro-recording.
• Do not switch the “SYNC REC” setting while
recording. Recording may not be done properly.
• Even when there is no sound on the sound source,
there may be cases when recording does not pause
automatically during synchro-recording due to the
noise level emitted from the sound source.
• If a silent portion is encountered for approximately
2 seconds during synchro-recording from a sound
source other than a CD or an MD, a new track
mark is automatically added at the point where the
silent portion ends.
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
• You can adjust the recording level during
recording by moving the jog lever.
• Even after recording ends, the recording level
stays the same until it is adjusted again.
Notes
Using the Menu
• You cannot adjust the left and right channel levels
separately.
• To adjust the recording level manually when
synchro-recording, do steps 1 to 4 of the
procedure in this section with “SYNC REC” is set
to “Off”. Afterwards, set “SYNC REC” setting to
“On”, and start recording ( page 51).
Menu for playback
Menu for playback can be set with the remote only.
Items
SpeedCtrl
Options
+100% - –50%,
Changes the playback speed. The normal playback speed can
be varied in 15 steps.
To return to normal speed
Set the playback speed to 0 %.

When you set a playback speed other than 0 %,
“SC” appears to the left of the time display in the
display window of the remote.
Notes
• When using Speed Control, you may hear noise or
an echo in the playback.
• The Virtual Surround, 6-Band Equalizer and
Dynamic Normalizer functions are disabled while
Speed Control is being used.
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Menus for editing
Editing-related menus can be used on either the recorder or the remote.
Before editing
Make sure not to move or jog the recorder or disconnect the power source while editing or
“SystemFILE WRITING” is displayed. If you do, the data edited up to that point may not be
recorded to the disc, or data on the disc may be damaged.
Menus on the recorder
Select “Edit” in the menu.
Items
Move
Options
Track Move
Changes the track order on the disc ( page 56).
Group Move
Erase
Format*
Changes the group order on the disc ( page 56).
Erases a track. Can be used when the track you want to erase is
played.
Group Erase
Erases a group and all tracks in a group. Can be used when a track
in the group you want to erase is played.
All Tr Erase
Erases the entire disc. Can be used while the recorder is stopped.
Formats a disc to restore it to the condition it was in at the time of purchase.
Track Erase
* Appears only for discs used in Hi-MD mode.
Menus on the remote
Items
Title
( page 57)
Options
Track
Group
Artist*
Album*
Disc
Adds a track name.
Adds a group name.
Adds an artist name to a track.
Adds an album name to a track.
Adds a disc name.
* Appears only for discs used in Hi-MD mode
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The Format function (“Format”)
When erasing a track or a group
Note that once a recorded item has been
erased, it cannot be recovered. Make sure
to confirm the contents of the selected item
before erasing it.
When formatting a disc
When a disc is formatted, the number of
transfer authorizations for the transferred
tracks is affected as follows.
• For 1GB Hi-MD discs, the number of
transfer authorizations for the transferred
tracks is restored when the disc is inserted
and the recorder is connected to the
computer.
• For 60/74/80-minute standard discs, the
number of transfer authorizations for
transferred tracks decreases by one. To
prevent the reduction, restore the transfer
authorization by transferring the tracks to
the computer again before formatting the
disc.
When erasing tracks that have been
transferred from the computer
When you try to erase tracks that have been
transferred from the computer, “TRACK
FROM PC” and “ERASE OK?” appear in the
display. If you erased tracks that have been
transferred from the computer, the transfer
authorization of the tracks will be as follows.
• If the tracks were transferred in Hi-MD
mode, the transfer authorization of the
tracks are restored automatically when you
insert the disc into the recorder and then
connect the recorder to the computer.
• If the tracks were transferred in MD mode,
the transfer authorization of the tracks is
lost. If you do not want to lose the transfer
authorization, restore the authorization by
transferring the tracks to the computer again
before erasing them.
Using the Menu
The Erase function (“Erase”)
Note
By formatting a disc, all data (including non-audio
data) will be erased. If you think a disc contains such
data, insert the disc into the recorder and connect
the recorder to the computer to check the contents
of the disc.
To erase a part of a track
Add track marks at the beginning and the end
of the part you want to erase, then erase the
part ( page 47).
Notes
• You cannot use the “Erase” function to delete nonaudio data (for example, text data or image data)
on a disc used in Hi-MD mode.
• When all tracks in a group are deleted using the
“Track Erase” function, that group is automatically
deleted from the disc.
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Moving a track on a disc
You can move a track from one group to
another or from inside a group to outside the
group. When you move tracks, track numbers
are automatically renumbered. This function
can be set on the recorder only.
1
While the recorder is stopped or
playing the track you want to move,
enter the menu ( page 49) and
select “Edit” – “Move” – “Track
Move”.
If the selected track is in the group, the
group number to which the currently
selected track belongs appears in the
display.
3
Move the jog lever toward FF/FR to
select the destination track number,
and then press the jog lever to enter
the selection.
Select the destination track number.
(Example: when moving the selected track to
the track number 10 in the group 02)
Note
If all tracks are moved out of the group, the group
automatically disappears from the disc.
Changing the order of a
group on a disc
This function can be set on the recorder only.
If the selected track is not in the group, the
currently selected track number appears in
the display.
2
While the recorder is stopped or
playing a track within a group
whose order you want to change,
enter the menu ( page 49) and
select “Edit” – “Move” – “Group
Move”.
The group number to which the currently
selected track belongs appears in the
display.
2
Move the jog lever toward FF/FR
to select the destination group
number, and then press the jog
lever to enter the selection.
• If you are moving a track from
inside a group to outside the
group, or if there is no group on a
disc
Skip this step.
• If you are moving a track within
the same group
Press the jog lever while the group
number to which the currently selected
track belongs is displayed.
• If you are moving a track to a
different group
Move the jog lever toward FF/FR to
select the destination group number, and
then press the jog lever.
Select the destination group number.
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Select the destination group number.
(Example: when moving “Group01” to the
second group (Group 02))
Adding titles (Title Input)
Available characters
Capital and small letters of the alphabet for
English and European languages*
Numbers 0 to 9
Symbols**
*
European alphabets appear only for discs used in
Hi-MD mode.
** The available symbols will differ for Hi-MD
mode and MD mode.
Maximum number of characters per name
Track names, group names, artist names,
album names and disc name: Approx. 200
each (containing a mixture of all available
characters)
Maximum number of characters that can
be input per disc*
In Hi-MD mode:
A maximum of about 55,000 characters
In MD mode:
A maximum of about 1,700 characters
* The number of titles that can be stored on a disc
depends on the number of characters that are input
for track names, group names, artist names, album
names and disc name.
Note
If you enter the symbol “//” between the characters
in disc names such as “abc//def”, you may be unable
to use the group function (in MD mode only).
1
Enter the menu ( page 49) and
select “Title”, and then select one of
the following.
Title
Track name
Display
Track
Group name
Group
Artist name (to a track)*
Artist
Album name (to a track)*
Album
Disc name
Disc
Using the Menu
You can add titles while the recorder is
playing or stopped.
• When adding a track name, artist name, or
album name to a track:
Add the title while playing the track to be
labeled or while the recorder is stopped.
• When adding a group name:
Add the title while playing a track in the
group to be labeled or while the recorder is
stopped.
This function can be set on the remote only.
* Appears only for discs used in Hi-MD mode.
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2
Turn the VOL +/– control to select
a letter and press the jog lever to
enter.
The selected letter appears and the cursor
moves to the next input position.
3
Repeat step 2 and enter all
characters of the label name.
4
Press the jog lever for 2 seconds or
more to enter the title.
Notes
The buttons and control used for character
input and their functions are listed below.
Functions
To move the cursor
to the left or right.
Operation
Move the jog lever
toward /.
To enter a letter.
Press the jog lever
(/ENT).
To switch between
capital letters,
small letters, and
numbers/marks
(Aa0).
Press P MODE/
To switch capital
letters and small
letters. (Aa)
Press SOUND.
To insert a blank
space.
Press
+.
To delete a letter.
Press
–.
• The recorder is able to display, but cannot label
using Japanese “Katakana” characters.
• The recorder cannot rewrite a track name, a group
name, an artist name, an album name, or a disc
name of more than 200 letters that was created by
another device (in MD mode only).
.
Option menus
Select “Option” in the menu. Option menus can be used on both the recorder and the remote.
Items
Options (item displayed on the remote is in parentheses) (: Default settings)
AVLS1)
Off
(AVLS Off) 
The volume changes without limiting the volume level.
On
(AVLS On)
The volume is limited to minimize sound leakage or sound pressure
on the ears. If the volume is turned up too high, “AVLS NO VOL
OPERATION” appears and the volume is kept at a moderate level.
Off (Beep Off)
The beep is turned off.
Beep
On (Beep On)  The beep sounds when you operate the recorder.
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Options (item displayed on the remote is in parentheses) (: Default settings)
EL Light2)
Auto Off
When no operation has occurred for 10 seconds, the display window
darkens. If no operation occurs for 5 more seconds, the display
window automatically turns off to conserve battery power (only the
battery level indication remains lit).
On 
The display window remains lit while the recorder is operating.
Auto 
The backlight on the remote turns on when an operation occurs
on the recorder or remote. If no operation has occurred for a few
seconds, it automatically turns off again.
On
The backlight stays on while the recorder is operating.
Off
The backlight stays off.
Off
(Quick Off)
If you do not operate the recorder for a while, the recorder turns off
automatically to prevent wearing down the battery.
On
(Quick On) 
The recorder does not turn off automatically. Playback starts quickly
after the playback button is pressed.
Hi-MD 
When you insert a 60/74/80-minute standard disc that contains no
audio data or no data such as images, the disc mode is set to the
Hi-MD mode.
MD
When you insert a 60/74/80-minute standard disc that contains no
audio data or no data such as images, the disc mode is set to the
MD mode. If you want to use the disc recorded on this recorder on
another component that does not support Hi-MD, record the disc
with “Disc Mode” set to “MD.”
Headphone 
Select when connecting the supplied remote to the /LINE OUT
jack on the recorder or when connecting headphones or earphones
directly to the /LINE OUT jack.
Line Out
Select when using an optional audio connecting cord to connect the
/LINE OUT jack on the recorder to an external component for
sound output.
Backlight3)
Quick Mode
Disc Mode
Audio Out2)
Clock Set2)
Sets the date and time ( page 61).
FW Version2)
Displays the version of the firmware in the recorder.
1)
2)
3)
Using the Menu
Items
AVLS stands for “Automatic Volume Limiter System”.
You can set with the recorder only.
You can set with the remote only.
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Setting for recorder display (“EL Light”)
Notes
• Even when “EL Light” is set to “Auto Off”, the
display window will not turn off while:
— the recorder is being used with the AC power
adaptor.
— charging the rechargeable battery.
— the recorder is connected to a computer.
— a menu item is being selected.
— the recorder is fast forwarding, fast rewinding,
or using AMS.
— the Divide Rehearsal function is being
performed.
— messages are displayed.
• If the battery grows weak during recording (the
level indication appears as
), the display
window darkens to conserve battery power
regardless of the “EL Light” setting.
• The operation lamp does not turn off even when
“EL Light” is set to “Auto Off”.
Setting for quick mode (“Quick Mode”)
Note
When “Quick Mode” is set to “On” (“Quick On” on
the remote), power continues to flow in the recorder
even when it is not being operated. The power is
automatically cut off when the batteries become
drained.
Setting for disc mode (“Disc Mode”)
Notes
• Even if you select “MD” as the “Disc Mode”
setting, the operation mode can only be “Hi-MD”
when using a 1GB Hi-MD disc.
• The operation mode set in the “Disc Mode” menu
is applied to a blank 60/74/80-minute standard
disc used on the recorder even if a different
operation mode was selected in the SonicStage
software or a different operation mode appeared
on the display after the disc was formatted by the
SonicStage software.
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Setting for the /LINE OUT jack (“Audio
Out”)
Notes
• If “Audio Out” is set to “Line Out”, Virtual
Surround, 6-Band Equalizer, or Dynamic
Normalizer will not function.
• “Audio Out” cannot be set to “Line Out” when the
remote is connected.
• When you connect the headphones/earphones
directly to the recorder, make sure to set “Audio
Out” to “Headphone”.
• When “Audio Out” is set to “Line Out”, do not
connect the headphones/earphones. The sound
from the headphones/earphones will be very loud.
• If the recorder is connected to a component such
as an active speaker and “Audio Out” is set to
“Headphone”, make sure to set “Beep” to “Off”
(“Beep Off” on the remote).
Setting the clock
Once the clock is set, the recorder
automatically stamps the recording time and
date for each track recorded. This function
can be set on the recorder only.
When the recorder is stopped, enter
the menu ( page 49) and select
“Option” – “Clock Set”.
2
Change the current year by
pressing VOL +/–, and then press
the jog lever.
The digit of the month flashes.
3
Repeat step 2 to enter the current
month, date, hour, and minute.
When you press the jog lever to enter the
minute, the clock starts operating.
Using the Menu
1
Notes
• Make sure the time is correctly set if you want
the time stamp to be accurately recorded for an
important recording.
• Under normal conditions, the clock may vary by
about plus or minus 3 minutes per month.
• Transferred tracks will not include recorded date
information even when the clock is set.
• When the computer changes to system suspend,
sleep, or hibernation mode while the recorder
is connected, power (bus power) supply to the
recorder stops. Therefore, if the rechargeable
battery is either depleted or it is not inserted in the
recorder, the clock setting of the recorder will be
lost.
To display the current time
While the recorder is stopped or recording,
press DISPLAY/MENU (DISPLAY on the
remote) repeatedly.
To select the 24-hour or 12-hour clock
While setting the clock, press DISPLAY/
MENU.
To maintain the correct time
Once you set the clock, it will keep correct
time as long as the recorder is connected
to a power source, such as the charged
rechargeable battery or house current.
However, if no power source is connected or
the rechargeable battery becomes depleted,
the clock setting will change back to the
factory setting after 3 minutes.

• While setting the clock, you can select the item to
be set (year, month, date, etc.) by moving the jog
lever toward FF/FR.
• If you connect the recorder to a computer and
activate SonicStage, the clock on the recorder will
be automatically set to match the computer’s clock
(only when the operation mode of the recorder is
“Hi-MD mode”).
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
If a problem occurs during recorder operation, follow the steps described below before consulting
the nearest Sony dealer. If any messages appear, it is recommended to take notes.
1 Check to see if the problem is listed in “Troubleshooting.”
Check “Messages” ( page 71) for the problem as well.
2 If after step 1 you still cannot solve the problem, consult your nearest Sony dealer.
While charging
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Symptom
The rechargeable battery does not
start charging. The rechargeable
battery cannot be fully charged.
Case and/or corrective action
The rechargeable battery has
become drained even when the
recorder was not used for a while.
 “Quick Mode” was set to “On” (“Quick On” on the remote) (
page 59). If you set “Quick Mode” to “On” (“Quick On” on the
remote), the power stays on inside the recorder even when there
is no operation, causing the rechargeable battery life to shorten.
If the rechargeable battery is not fully charged, the battery
may become drained after a while. If this happens, charge the
rechargeable battery again.
Even when fully charged, the life
of the battery is only about half
what it normally is. The remaining
charging time is about a half the
usual time.
 The capacity of the rechargeable battery has decreased because
the battery is reaching the end of its service life. Replace the
rechargeable battery with the new one (optional).
The recorder become hot during
the charging procedure.
 This is normal and poses no danger.
 The rechargeable battery has been inserted incorrectly or the AC
power adaptor, the AC power cord, or the USB cable has been
connected incorrectly. Insert the rechargeable battery correctly or
connect the AC power adaptor, the AC power cord, or the USB
cable correctly.
 No rechargeable battery is inserted. Insert the rechargeable battery
( page 14).
 The rechargeable battery is depleted. Charge the rechargeable
battery. It takes one minute after connecting the USB cable to
the recorder for an indication to appear and charging to start. If
charging does not start even after a minute, reconnect the USB
cable to the recorder again.
 The surrounding temperature is too high or too low (“CHARGE
+5°C – +35°C/41F–95F” appears in the display). Charge the
battery at a temperature of +5 °C (+41 °F) to +35 °C (+95 °F).
 The battery will take longer to charge if you operate the recorder
while charging the battery with the AC power adaptor, or do
computer-related operations while charging with USB bus power.
For faster charging, do not operate the recorder.
 You pressed the jog lever or one of the buttons on the recorder at
the time you connect the USB cable.
While the recorder is connected to the computer
Symptom
The recorder is not recognized by
the computer.
 The USB cable is not firmly connected. Connect the USB cable
firmly to the recorder and the computer ( page 21). If the
recorder is still not recognized, disconnect the USB cable, restart
the computer, and then reconnect the USB cable.
 A USB hub is used. Connect the USB cable directly to the USB
port of the computer.
 Network communication has failed. Disconnect the USB cable,
wait at least 2 seconds, and then reconnect it. If the recorder is still
not recognized, disconnect the USB cable, restart the computer,
and then reconnect the USB cable.
 In the case of Windows 2000 Professional, if you disconnect
a USB cable after turning on or restarting the computer, the
computer may not recognize the recorder when you reconnect
the USB cable. In this case, disconnect the USB cable, restart the
computer, and then reconnect the USB cable. Try updating your
operating system also.
 A disc is not inserted in the recorder. Check if a disc is inserted in
the recorder.
 The software installation failed. Disconnect the recorder and
install the software again ( page 20).
 The inserted disc is recorded in MD mode. Insert a disc recorded
in Hi-MD mode.
 A blank 60/74/80-minute standard disc has been inserted with
“Disc Mode” in the menu set to “MD”. Set “Disc Mode” to “HiMD” ( page 59).
Even though the USB cable is
used to connect the recorder, the
display on the recorder does not
indicate it is connected.
 It takes time to recognize SonicStage. Please wait.
 The other application software is running. Reconnect the USB
cable after a while. If the computer still does not recognize the
recorder, disconnect the USB cable, restart the computer, and
reconnect the USB cable.
“RECONNECT USB” appears in
the display.
 You operated the recorder or the computer before the recorder was
recognized by the computer. Reconnect the USB cable ( page
21).
Charging by USB bus power
cannot be done.
 The battery compartment lid is not firmly closed. Reinsert the
rechargeable battery and close the battery compartment lid firmly.
 The temperature of the battery-charging location is too low or too
high. Charge the rechargeable battery within a temperature range
of +5 °C (+41 °F) to +35 °C (+95 °F).
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Troubleshooting
The recorder is not recognized
as an external device in Windows
Explorer.
Case and/or corrective action
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Symptom
The rechargeable battery cannot
be charged sufficiently through
USB bus power.
Case and/or corrective action
The installation was not
successful.
 You are using an OS that does not support this software ( page
19).
 All windows applications are not closed. If you start the
installation while other programs are running, a malfunction
may occur. This is especially true for programs that require large
amounts of system resources, such as virus-check software.
 There is not enough hard disk space on your hard disk. You need
200 MB or more free space on your hard disk.
The installation appears to have
stopped before it has completed.
 Check for the appearance of an error message beneath the
installation window. Press the [Alt] key or [Tab] key to display
any message that has appeared, and then follow the displayed
instructions. If there is no message, the installation is still in
progress. Wait a little while longer.
The progress bar on the display is
not moving or the access lamp has
not lit for a few minutes during the
installation.
 The installation is progressing normally. Please wait. The
installation may take 30 minutes or more, depending on your CD
drive or system environment.
You cannot record audio data
when you press and slide the REC
switch while using the MD Simple
Burner software.
 The recorder is not correctly connected to the computer. Connect
the recorder and your computer correctly using the USB cable.
 Audio CD is not inserted in CD drive of the computer. Insert
Audio CD.
 The capacity of the disc is insufficient. Insert another disc.
Even though the recorder is
recognized by the computer, it
does not operate normally.
 A USB hub is used. Connect the USB cable directly to the USB
port of the computer.
 You are using the recorder at a place with vibration. Use the
recorder at a place with no vibration.
The recorder cannot be used as a
storage device.
 The SonicStage or MD Simple Burner software is active. Close
the SonicStage or MD Simple Burner software.
The playing time of a transferred
track is different from the time
that appears on your computer
monitor.
 This is due to a calculation discrepancy between the recorder and
the computer.
 If you operate the recorder while it is connected to a computer, it
takes time for the rechargeable battery to be sufficiently charged
by USB bus power. For faster charging, do not operate the
recorder.
Symptom
You cannot transfer audio data
from your computer that will fill
up the remaining recording time
on the disc.
Case and/or corrective action
The disc size displayed on the
computer is not the same as the
disc size printed on the disc.
 The difference is due to the use of the binary system to indicate
the disc size on the computer and the decimal system to express
the disc size on the disc ( page 30) and other recording media.
You cannot operate the recorder.
 You cannot operate the recorder while the recorder is connected to
the computer.
The lid does not open.
 It happens if you disconnect the USB cable in the middle of a data
transfer, recording, or editing operation on the computer, but while
the rechargeable battery is missing from the recorder or is drained.
Reconnect the USB cable or insert a fully charged rechargeable
battery into the recorder, and then press  · CANCEL.
 Due to the limitations of the system, the audio data is recorded
in several-second steps. Therefore, when you record many short
tracks, the total recording time increases but does not tally with
the remaining recording time.
Symptom
The remaining recording time
appears as “R 00:00” and recording
cannot be done, even though 2.0
MB of free space is displayed.
The recorder always creates a new
group when recording.
Case and/or corrective action
The first few seconds of a track
cannot be recorded.
 If you start recording before the operation mode appears and the
operation lamp disappears in the display, data will not be recorded
to the first few seconds of the first track. Wait until the operation
mode appears and the operation lamp disappears before you start
recording.
A new group cannot be created.
 This occurs due to the MiniDisc system limitation (MD mode
only). When the total number of characters used on a disc (for
track names, artist names, album names, group names and disc
name) is more than about 1,700, it becomes impossible to create a
new group.
 This is a system limitation. 2.0 MB is the capacity of the reserve
domain.
Troubleshooting
While recording
 The group recording (“Group REC”) is set to “On”. (You cannot
overwrite tracks.) Set the group recording setting to “Off” (
page 51).
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Symptom
Recording cannot be done
correctly.
Case and/or corrective action
The lid does not open after
recording.
 The lid does not open until “SystemFILE WRITING” disappears
in the display.
“TRACK FULL” appears even
before the disc has reached the
maximum recording time and the
recording cannot be done.
 This occurs due to the limitation of the system. When 2,047 tracks
(on a disc used in Hi-MD mode) or 254 tracks (on a disc used
in MD mode) have been recorded on the disc, “TRACK FULL”
appears regardless of the total recorded time. More than 2,047
tracks or 254 tracks cannot be recorded on the disc. To continue
recording, erase unnecessary tracks.
The remaining recording time does
not increase even after erasing
numerous short tracks.
 This occurs due to the MiniDisc system limitation (in MD mode
only). Tracks of under 12 seconds (in SP mode), 24 seconds (in
LP2 mode or monaural), or 48 seconds (in LP4 mode) in length
are not counted and so erasing them may not lead to an increase in
the recording time.
 Audio sources may not be securely connected. Disconnect the
audio sources once and connect them again ( pages 31, 37).
 There is no digital signal from the portable CD player. When
recording digitally from a portable CD player, use the AC power
adaptor and disable the anti-skip function (such as ESP) on the
CD player.
 The analog recording was made using a connecting cord with an
attenuator. Use a connecting cord without an attenuator ( page
11).
 Recording level is too small to record (when adjusting the
recording level manually). Pause the recorder and adjust the
recording level ( page 52).
 The recorder is connected to the computer. Disconnect the
recorder from the computer when recording.
 The power sources was disconnected or a power outage occurred
during recording. The recording result is not recorded on the disc.
Make recording again.
 Recording may not be done if the remaining recordable time on
the disc is 48 seconds or less (“DISC FULL” appears). Replace
the disc.
Symptom
The total recorded time and the
remaining time on the disc may
not total the maximum recording
time (60, 74, or 80 minutes).
Case and/or corrective action
“TRACK FULL” appears even
before the disc has reached
the maximum track number or
recording time.
 This occurs due to the MiniDisc system limitation. Repeated
recording and erasing may cause fragmentation and scattering of
data. Although those scattered data can be read, each fragment is
counted as a track. In this case, the number of tracks may reach
2,047 (on a disc used in Hi-MD mode) or 254 (on a disc used
in MD mode) and further recording is not possible. To continue
recording, erase unnecessary tracks.
 This occurs due to the MiniDisc system limitation (in MD
mode only). Normally, recording is done in minimum units of
approximately 2 seconds (in SP mode), 4 seconds (in LP2 mode
or monaural), or 8 seconds (in LP4 mode). When recording is
stopped, the last unit of recording always uses this unit of 2
seconds, 4 seconds, or 8 seconds even if the actual recording is
shorter. Likewise, when recording is restarted after the stop, the
recorder will automatically insert a blank space amounting to 2
seconds, 4 seconds, or 8 seconds before the next recording. (This
is to prevent accidental erasing of a previous track whenever a
new recording is started). Therefore, the actual recording time
will decrease whenever a recording is stopped by a maximum of 6
seconds, 12 seconds, or 24 seconds.
Symptom
A disc is not played normally.
Case and/or corrective action
A disc is not played from the first
track.
 Disc playing stopped before it came to the last track. Press the jog
lever (/ENT) (/ENT on the remote) for 2 seconds or more
to start playing ( page 40).
Playback sound skips.
 The recorder is placed where it receives continuous vibration. Put
the recorder on a stable place.
 A very short track may cause sound to skip.
Momentary noise is heard.
 Due to the special digital audio compression technology used in
LP4 mode, momentary noise may occur on very rare occasions
with certain sound sources.
Troubleshooting
While playing
 Repeat play is selected. Change back to normal play ( page 44).
 Playback mode is changed. Change back to “Normal” ( page
43).
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Symptom
Sound has a lot of static.
Case and/or corrective action
The volume of the recorded track
is low.
 The track was recorded in analog mode or you used a connecting
cord with an attenuator. Use a correct connecting cord without an
attenuator.
 The recording level was low. Adjust the recording level manually
while recording ( page 52).
 “AVLS” is set to “On” (“AVLS On” on the remote). Set to “Off”
(“AVLS Off” on the remote) ( page 58).
 The earphones plug is not firmly connected. Plug in the plug of the
earphones firmly to the recorder.
 The plug is dirty. Clean the plug.
Volume cannot be turned up.
No sound comes through the
earphones.
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 Strong magnetism from a television or such device is interfering
with operation. Move the recorder away from the source of strong
magnetism.
The disc cannot be played on
another component.
 The component does not support Hi-MD. Discs used in Hi-MD
mode can be played only on components that supports Hi-MD.
The edited tracks may exhibit
sound dropout during search
operations.
 This occurs due to the MiniDisc system limitation. The
fragmentation of data may cause sound dropout while searching
because the tracks are played in higher speed than normal
playback.
There is no R-channel sound
output when playing a track
recorded from a cassette deck
or through an amplifier, or when
listening to sound from a cassette
deck or amplifier.
 There is no R-channel output if the cassette deck or an amplifier
is connected with a monaural cord. Make sure to use a stereo
connecting cord.
You cannot play an MP3 audio
track.
 The type of MP3 supported by this recorder is MPEG-1 Audio
Layer-3, transferred by the SonicStage software, with a sampling
frequency of 32, 44.1 or 48 kHz.
Date and time of recording are not
displayed.
 Date and time of recording are displayed if the they have been
recorded. When an audio track is transferred from your computer,
the recording date and time are not displayed.
The operation lamp flashes slowly
during playback.
 The operation lamp flashes slowly when the contents of an editing
operation performed during playback or play-pause are ready to be
written to the disc. When playback on the recorder is stopped, the
edited contents are written to the disc and the operation lamp turns
off.
While editing
Symptom
The lid does not open.
Case and/or corrective action
Editing cannot be done.
 The power source has been disconnected or a power outage has
occurred during editing. Do the editing operation again.
Non-audio data cannot be erased.
 Non-audio data cannot be erased with the Erase function. Confirm
the contents by connecting the recorder to your computer. If it
is okay to delete the contents, disconnect the recorder from the
computer, and then perform the Format function ( page 54).
Tracks cannot be combined.
 This occurs due to the MiniDisc system limitations. When the
tracks are scattered and the length of each track is short, you may
not be able to combine the tracks.
Combining tracks of the following lengths may not be possible.
Hi-MD mode
LinearPCM: 9 seconds or less
Hi-SP: 8 seconds or less
Hi-LP: 32 seconds or less
MD mode
SP: 12 seconds or less
LP2/Monaural: 24 seconds or less
LP4: 48 seconds or less
 You cannot combine tracks recorded in different recording modes,
e.g., a track recorded in stereo and a track recorded in monaural;
nor can you combine a track recorded with digital connection and
a track recorded with analog connection.
The disc cannot edit on other
component.
 The component does not support Hi-MD. Edit on other component
that support Hi-MD.
 The recorder is saving the contents of an editing operation. The lid
will not open until “SystemFILE WRITING” disappears from the
display.
Troubleshooting
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Others
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Symptom
The recorder does not work or
works poorly.
Case and/or corrective action
The display does not turn on.
 You tried to operate the recorder with the remote while “EL Light”
is set to “Auto Off” ( page 59). Use the buttons and controls on
the recorder.
The operation mode of the blank
60/74/80-minute standard disc
differs from the mode following
formatting or the mode selected in
the SonicStage software.
 When using a blank 60/74/80-minute standard disc in the recorder,
the operation mode set in the “Disc Mode” menu is applied. Use
the “Disc Mode” menu to change the operation mode as desired.
 The rechargeable battery is not charged. Charge the rechargeable
battery.
 The volume is low. Turn up the volume.
 No disc is inserted. Insert a recorded disc.
 The HOLD function is turned on. Disable HOLD by sliding the
HOLD switch to the opposite direction of the arrow ( page 15).
 The lid is not firmly closed. Close the lid until it clicks.
 Moisture has condensed inside the recorder if the recorder is
brought directly from a cold to a warm location. Take the disc out
and leave the recorder in a warm place for several hours until the
moisture evaporates ( page 78).
 The AC power adaptor, the AC power cord, or the USB cable is
not firmly connected. Connect them firmly.
 The rechargeable battery is weak (“LOW BATTERY” flashes or
nothing appears). Charge the rechargeable battery ( page 14) or
connect the recorder to a wall outlet.
 The disc is damaged or does not contain proper recording or
editing data. Reinsert the disc. Rerecord the disc. If the error
message still appears, replace it with another disc.
 There is a built-in malfunction in the system. While operating, the
recorder received a mechanical shock, too much static, abnormal
power voltage caused by lightning, etc. Disconnect all the power
sources and the USB cable. Leave the recorder for about 30
seconds and connect the power source.
Messages
Message
ACCESS
Case and/or corrective action
ACCESS ERROR
 The recorder failed to access the disc in the recorder while the recorder
is connected to the computer. Reconnect the recorder to the computer or
reinsert the disc.
AUDIO FILE ERROR
 A disc which cannot be recorded or played back is inserted in the recorder.
The audio data or disc management file has been damaged. Insert another
disc.
AVLS
NO VOL OPERATION
 “AVLS” is set to “On” (“AVLS On” on the remote) and so the volume
cannot rise higher. Set to “Off” (“AVLS Off” on the remote) ( page 58).
 A disc with no recording on it is inserted.
BLANKDISC
 The recorder is writing data to the disc or the computer is reading data on
the disc while the recorder is connected to the computer. Wait until this
process is completed.
 The recorder is accessing disc information. You tried to operate the recorder
while it was accessing the recorded data. Wait until the message goes out
(in rare cases, it may take about a minute).
CANNOT EDIT
 You tried to combine tracks recorded in different recording modes.
 You tried to erase a track mark while selecting the first track in the disc.
 You tried to overwrite track marks.
 You tried to combine tracks whose combined length exceeds 999 minutes
and 59 seconds.
 You selected “Edit” in the recorder menu or “Title” in the remote menu
while recording.
 You selected “Format” in the menu while the recorder is not stopped.
 You tried to change a title that includes characters the recorder cannot edit.
CANNOT OPERATE
 You pressed  or T MARK on the recorder or P MODE/ on the remote
during synchro-recording.
 You pressed SOUND on the remote while the Speed Control function is
used.
 You pressed T MARK on the recorder for 2 seconds or more while editing a
title (other than a disc name) on a disc used in MD mode, or while editing a
title on a disc used in Hi-MD mode.
CANNOT PLAY
 You tried to play a track with playback restrictions.
 You tried to play an MP3 audio track that the recorder cannot play. The type
of MP3 supported by this recorder is MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3, transferred
by the SonicStage software, with a sampling frequency of 32, 44.1 or 48
kHz.
Continued 
Troubleshooting
BUSY WAIT A
MOMENT
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Message
CANNOT SET
Case and/or corrective action
CHARGE
+5°C–+35°C/41F–95F
 You tried to charge the rechargeable battery at a place with a temperature
outside the specified range for the recorder. Charge the battery at a
temperature of +5° C (+41° F) to +35° C (+95° F).
DATA SAVE
 The recorder is writing information to the system file, such as the recorded
data or editing information. Wait until this process is completed. (Do not
expose the recorder to physical shock, nor disrupt power supply.)
DC IN TOO HIGH
 Voltage of the power supply is too high (The supplied AC power adaptor or
the AC power cord is not used). Use the supplied AC power adaptor or the
AC power cord.
DISC FULL
 You tried to record on a disc that does not have enough space.
END
 The recorder reached to the end of the last track in the selected play mode
while playing or moving the jog lever toward FF ( on the remote). You
pressed the jog lever (/ENT) (/ENT on the remote) at the end of the
last track on the disc.
ERROR
 There is a built-in malfunction in the system. While operating, the recorder
received a mechanical shock, too much static, abnormal power voltage
caused by lightning, etc. Disconnect all the power sources and the USB
cable. Leave the recorder for about 30 seconds and connect the power
source.
FORMAT
ERROR DISC
 A disc with a format that the recorder does not support was inserted. Insert
a standard MD or a disc used in Hi-MD mode.
 A disc formatted on the computer without using the SonicStage software
was inserted. When formatting a disc on the computer, make sure to use the
SonicStage software.
HOLD
 The recorder is locked. Slide HOLD against the arrow to unlock the
recorder ( page 15).
IN MENU
 You operated the remote while selecting a menu on the recorder. Do the
setting on the recorder. You operated the recorder while selecting a menu on
the remote. Do the setting on the remote.
 You selected “REC Mode” or “Group REC” in the recorder menu or
“SpeedCtrl” in the remote menu while recording or in recording pause.
 You selected “Time Mark” in the menu during digital recording or in
recording-pasue.
 You selected “REC Level” in the menu while the recorder is paused during
synchro-recording.
 You selected “REC Level” while the recorder is not stopped or in
recording-pause.
 You selected “MIC AGC” while “REC Level” in the menu has been set to
“Manual”.
Message
LINE OUT
NO VOL OPERATION
Case and/or corrective action
LOW BATTERY
 The rechargeable battery is weak. Charge the rechargeable battery ( page
14).
MEMORY OVER
 You tried to record with the recorder placed where it receives continuous
vibration. Put the recorder on a stable place, and start recording again.
NO
BookmarkedTRACK
 You selected bookmark play without setting bookmarks. Set bookmarks
( page 43).
NO DIGITAL COPY
 You tried to make a copy from a disc that is protected by the Serial Copy
Management System. Make analog recording ( page 38).
NO DISC
 You tried to play or record with no disc in the recorder. Insert a disc.
NO GROUP
 You selected “Group Erase” or “Group Move” in the menu on the recorder,
or “Title” – “Group” in the menu on the remote while using a disc with no
groups.
NO INPUT SIGNAL
 The recorder could not detect digital input signals. Make sure that the
source is connected firmly ( page 37). If you are making an analog
recording, ignore the message.
NON GROUPED TRACK
 You selected “Group Erase” or “Group Move” in the menu on the recorder,
or “Title” – “Group” in the menu on the remote while selecting a track that
does not belong to a group.
NO TRACK
 You tried to play a disc used in Hi-MD mode with no recorded tracks.
P/B ONLY DISC
 You tried to record or edit on a premastered disc (P/B stands for
“playback”). Insert a recordable disc.
PC--MD
 You operated the recorder or the remote while the recorder is connected to
the computer. Disconnect the recorder from the computer ( page 22).
You
operated the recorder while selecting the playback mode on the

remote.
PROTECTED DISC
PUSH STOP BUTTON
 You tried to record or edit on a disc with the tab in the record-protect
position. Slide the tab back ( page 76).
You
tried to open the lid while the recorder was storing disc information

with the recorder connected to a computer. Wait until “SystemFILE
WRITING” has disappeared from the display after pressing  · CANCEL.
READ ERROR
 The recorder cannot read the disc information correctly. Reinsert the disc.
REC ERROR
 Recording was not correctly done. Place the recorder at a place with no
vibrations and record again.
 The disc is soiled with an oil film or finger prints, is scratched, or is not a
standard disc. Try recording again with another disc.
Troubleshooting
PLAY MODE
 You tried to change the volume while “Audio Out” in the menu has been set
to “Line Out”. Set “Audio Out” to “Headphone” ( page 59).
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Message
RECONNECT USB
Case and/or corrective action
REHEARSAL
 You tried to operate on the remote while performing the Divide Rehearsal
function ( page 47). Do the setting on the recorder.
SORTING
 The recorder is sorting information after you selected “Artist” or “Album”
in the play mode.
SOUND
 You operated the recorder while setting the Sound function ( page 45) on
the remote. Do the setting on the remote.
STANDBY
 This message appears when the recorder, while connected to the
computer, has written data to the disc once and is ready to write data again
immediately. If you try to write data to the disc while “STANDBY” is not
displayed, it may take a little time for writing to begin.
SystemFILE
WRITING
 The recorder is storing information (track start and end position) from the
memory to the disc ( page 80). Wait until this process is completed.
TEMP OVER REC STOP
 Heat has built up in the recorder. Let the recorder cool down.
TitleFULL
 You tried to enter characters that exceeds the maximum number
(approximately 200 characters) for a title.
 You tried to enter characters that exceeds the maximum number
(approximately 55,000 characters in Hi-MD mode or 1,700 characters in
MD mode) for a disc.
TOC DATA ERROR
 The recorder cannot read the disc information correctly. Insert another disc.
TRACK FROM PC NO
EDIT
 You tried to combine or divide tracks that were transferred from the
computer or recorded in Hi-MD mode using the MD Simple Burner
software.
TRACK FROM PC NO
REC
 You tried to record in the middle of a protected track that has been
transferred from the computer or you tried to record in the middle of a track
that was recorded in Hi-MD mode with the MD Simple Burner software.
TRACK FULL
 You tried to record more than 2,047 (on a disc used in Hi-MD mode) or 254
(on a disc used in MD mode) tracks. Erase unnecessary tracks ( page
54).
 You tried to operate the recorder or the computer before the recorder was
recognized by the computer. Reconnect the USB cable.
Additional Information
Precautions
On safety
• Do not put any foreign objects in the USB
cable connecting jack.
• Do not touch the optical pickup lens on the
recorder and keep it clean. If you do so, the
lens may be damaged and the recorder will
not operate properly. To prevent dust from
entering the recorder, make sure to keep the
lid closed, except when inserting or taking
out discs.
On power sources
On heat build-up
Heat may build up in the recorder if it is used
for an extended period of time. This, however,
is not a malfunction.
On mechanical noise
The recorder gives off mechanical noise while
operating, which is caused by the powersaving system of the recorder and it is not a
problem.
On installation
• If you use the recorder at a place subject to
static or electrical noise, the recording may
not be properly done or the recorded data
may be lost.
• Never use the recorder where it will be
subjected to extremes of light, temperature,
moisture or vibration.
• Never wrap the recorder in anything when
it is being used with the AC power adaptor.
Heat build-up in the recorder may cause
malfunction or damage.
Additional Information
• Use house current or rechargeable battery.
• Connect the AC power adaptor or the AC
power cord to an easily accessible AC
outlet. Should you notice an abnormality
in the AC power adaptor or the AC power
cord, disconnect it from the AC outlet
immediately.
• The recorder is not disconnected from the
AC power source (mains) as long as it is
connected to the wall outlet, even if the
recorder itself has been turned off.
• If you are not going to use this recorder for
a long time, be sure to disconnect the power
supply (AC power cord or rechargeable
battery). To remove the AC power cord from
the wall outlet, grasp the adaptor plug itself;
never pull the cord.
• After using your recorder at the seashore or
other dusty locations, clean your recorder
carefully. Otherwise, the salty air may
corrode the metal fittings or dust may
enter the inside of your recorder, causing a
malfunction.
On the recorder
• Do not shake or strike the recorder. In
addition to malfunctions and inability,
this may render the disc unusable or data
breakdown, damage or loss may occur.
• Do not get the recorder wet. When you use
the recorder in the rain or under similar
conditions, be careful not to get the recorder
wet.
• Your recorder is designed for use between
the temperatures of 0 °C and 40 °C (32 °F
and 104 °F). Shooting in extremely cold
or hot places that exceed this range is not
recommended.
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On charging
On the MiniDisc cartridge
• Do not use the supplied AC power adaptor,
the AC power cord, or the USB cable to
charge any other battery beside the supplied
one or the one designated for it (LIP-4WM).
• Be sure to use the supplied AC power
adaptor, the AC power cord, or the USB
cable .
• Charge the rechargeable battery at a
temperature of +5 °C (+41 °F) to +35 °C
(+95 °F). The charging time will vary
according to the surrounding temperature.
(If the surrounding temperature is low, the
required charging time will be longer. This
is a characteristic of the lithium-ion battery.)
• If you do not use the recorder for a long
time, disconnect the AC power cord from a
wall outlet, remove the rechargeable battery
from the recorder and keep it in the cool,
dry place. To prevent degradation of the
rechargeable battery, make sure not to store
the rechargeable battery when it is either
completely discharged or fully charged.
• The recorder may become hot during the
charging procedure; this, however poses no
danger.
• If the capacity of the rechargeable battery
drops to half the normal amount, replace
with the new one.
• If the recorder will be unused for a long
time, remove the rechargeable battery,
remove the USB cable from the recorder
and remove the AC power cord from the
wall outlet.
• When carrying or storing the MiniDisc, keep
it in its case.
• Do not break open the shutter.
• Do not place the cartridge where it will
be subject to light, extreme temperatures,
moisture or dust.
• Attach the supplied disc label only in the
space designated for it on the disc. Do not
stick it on any other disc surface.
To protect a recorded disc
To record-protect a disc, slide open the tab at
the side of the disc. In this position, the disc
cannot be recorded/edited. To record/edit
again, slide the tab back so the tab is visible.
Tab
Back of the disc
Recorded/edited
material is protected.
Recorded/edited
material is not
protected.
If you have any questions or problems
concerning your recorder, please consult
your nearest Sony dealer. (If a trouble
occurred when the disc was in the recorder,
we recommend that the disc be left in the
recorder when you consult your Sony dealer
so that the cause of trouble may be better
understood.)
On the earphones
Road safety
Do not use earphones while driving, cycling,
or operating any motorized vehicle. It may
create a traffic hazard and is illegal in many
areas. It can also be potentially dangerous
to play your recorder at high volume while
walking, especially at pedestrian crossings.
You should exercise extreme caution or
discontinue use in potentially hazardous
situations.
Preventing hearing damage
Avoid using earphones at high volume.
Hearing experts advise against continuous,
loud and extended play. If you experience a
ringing in your ears, reduce the volume or
discontinue use.
• Clean the recorder casing with a soft cloth
slightly moistened with water or a mild
detergent solution. Do not use any type of
abrasive pad, scouring powder or solvent
such as alcohol or benzene as it may mar
the finish of the casing.
• Wipe the disc cartridge with a dry cloth to
remove dirt.
• Dust on the lens may prevent the unit from
operating properly. Be sure to close the disc
compartment lid after inserting or ejecting a
disc.
• To obtain the best sound quality, use a dry
cloth to wipe the plugs of the headphones/
earphones or the remote control. Dirty plugs
may cause sound distortion or intermittent
breaks in the sound.
• Clean the terminals on the rechargeable
battery with a cotton swab or a soft cloth as
illustrated.
On the remote control
The supplied remote control is designed for
use with this recorder only. The recorder
cannot be operated with a remote control that
was supplied with another device.
On the battery
Incorrect battery usage may lead to leakage
of battery fluid or bursting battery. To
prevent such accidents, observe the following
precautions:
• Install the + and – poles of the battery
correctly.
• When the recorder is not to be used for a
long time, be sure to remove the battery.
Additional Information
Caring for others
Keep the volume at a moderate level. This
will allow you to hear outside sounds and to
be considerate of the people around you.
On cleaning
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On moisture condensation
If the recorder is brought directly from a cold
to a warm location, or is placed in a very
damp room, moisture may condense inside
or outside the recorder. Should this occur, the
recorder will not operate properly.
Moisture condensation occurs easily
when:
• The recorder is brought from a cold location
such as a ski slope into a warmly heated
room.
• The recorder is taken from an airconditioned room or car interior to the hot
outdoors, etc.
How to prevent moisture condensation
When bringing the recorder from a cold place
to a warm place, seal the recorder in a plastic
bag and allow it to adapt to conditions at the
new location over a period of time (about an
hour).
If moisture condensation occurs
Turn off the recorder and wait about an hour
for the moisture to evaporate. Make sure the
moisture has evaporated before using the
recorder.
Specification
Audio playing system
MiniDisc digital audio system
Systems
MiniDisc system, Hi-MD system
Laser diode properties
Emission duration: continuous
Laser output: less than 44.6 µW
(This output is the value measured at a distance of
200 mm from the lens surface on the optical pick-up
block with 7 mm aperture.)
Recording and playback time
See “List of the recording time for each disc”
( page 81)
Revolutions
Approx. 350 rpm to 3,600 rpm (CLV)
Error correction
Hi-MD:
LDC (Long Distance Code)/BIS (Burst Indicator
Subcode)
MD:
ACIRC (Advanced Cross Interleave Reed Solomon
Code)
Sampling frequency
44.1 kHz
Sampling rate converter
Optical (digital) input: 32 kHz/44.1 kHz/48 kHz
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Audio formats supported by this recorder
Power requirements
Recording:
LinearPCM (44.1 kHz/16 bit)
ATRAC3plus (Hi-SP, Hi-LP)
ATRAC3 (LP2, LP4)
ATRAC (SP)
Playback:
LinearPCM
ATRAC3plus
ATRAC3
ATRAC
MP3 (for playback only) (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3,
sampling frequency 32/44.1/48 kHz, bit rate 32-320
kbps (fixed/variable bit rate))
Sony AC Power Adaptor DC 5 V AC 100 V - 240 V,
50/60 Hz
Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
LIP-4WM, 3.7 V, 370 mAh, Li-ion
ATRAC stands for Adaptive TRansform Acoustic
Coding.
Operating temperature
+5 °C (+41 °F) to +35 °C (+95 °F)
Battery operation time**
See “Battery life” ( page 16)
Dimensions
Approx. 83.8 × 84.4 × 14.7 mm (w/h/d)
(33/8 × 33/8 × 19/32 in.) (excluding projecting parts
and controls)
Mass
Hi-MD:
1-7RLL (Run Length Limited)/PRML (Partial
Response Maximum Likelihood)
MD:
EFM (Eight to Fourteen Modulation)
Approx. 96 g (3.4 oz.) (the recorder only)
Approx. 106 g (3.8 oz.) (including the rechargeable
battery)
* The LINE IN (OPT) jack is used to connect either
a digital (optical) cable or a line (analog) cable.
** Measured in accordance with JEITA.
Frequency response (During digital and analog
input)
US and foreign patents licensed from Dolby
Laboratories.
Modulation system
Input connectors*
MIC (PLUG IN POWER): stereo mini-jack
(minimum input level 0.13 mV)
LINE IN (OPT): stereo mini-jack for analog input
(minimum input level 49 mV)/optical (digital) minijack for optical (digital) input
Output connector
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
Additional Information
20 to 20,000 Hz ±3 dB
/LINE OUT: stereo mini-jack (dedicated remote
jack) / regulated output 194 mV (10 k)
Maximum output (DC)
Headphones:
4.5 mW + 4.5 mW (16  ) (European model)
5 mW + 5 mW (16  ) (Other models)
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Explanations
About Hi-MD
“Hi-MD” is a new MiniDisc format. Incorporating the new ATRAC3plus audio compression
technology, Hi-MD is a new recording format that delivers longer recording times than standard
MD discs. Hi-MD discs can also be used as a computer storage medium for non-audio data such as
text and still images.
About ATRAC
ATRAC (Adaptive TRansform Acoustic Coding) is a generic term for an audio compression
technology that realizes both high sound quality and high compression rates. Three versions are in
use: ATRAC (SP mode (normal MD format)), ATRAC3 (LP2 and LP4 modes) and ATRAC3plus
(Hi-SP and Hi-LP modes). Compared with a CD, the compression rate for ATRAC3 is about 10
times higher, and for ATRAC3plus, about 20 times higher.
“Hi-MD mode” and “MD mode”
This recorder has two operation modes, “Hi-MD mode” and “MD mode” that are automatically
recognized whenever a disc is inserted.
Disc
1GB Hi-MD disc
60/74/80-minute
standard disc
Mode
Blank disc
Disc containing music
in Hi-MD mode
Disc containing music
in MD mode
Hi-MD
The operation mode set in the “Disc
Mode” ( page 59) menu is applied.
Hi-MD
MD
About LinearPCM
LinearPCM is a digital, non-compressed audio coding system. You can enjoy high-quality sound
equal to that of CDs by recording in this mode.
The meaning of “no sound”
“No sound” describes a recorder condition in which the input level is about 4.8 mV during analog
input or less than –89 dB during optical (digital) input (with 0 dB as full bit (the maximum
recordable level for a MiniDisc)).
About System File
The system file is space on the disc that is used to store information other than audio files; for
instance, track numbers.
If the MiniDisc were a book, the system file would correspond with the index or table of contents.
The recorder rewrites the system file whenever an operation such as recording, adding or deleting
track marks, or moving tracks has been done. (“SystemFILE WRITING” appears in the display
when the recorder is rewriting the system file.) While the recorder is writing disc information,
make sure not to move or jog the recorder or disconnect the power source as this may cause the
information to be incorrectly recorded or the disc contents to be lost.
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List of the recording time for each disc (Approx.)
The recording time is varied depending on disc type, disc mode, codec, and bit rate.
When using a disc in Hi-MD mode
When recording on the recorder
Codec/
Bit rate
LinearPCM/
1.4 Mbps
ATRAC
Recording time*
Recording mode 1GB Hi-MD
on the recorder disc
PCM
1 hour and
34 minutes
80-minute
standard disc
28 minutes
74-minute
standard disc
26 minutes
60-minute
standard disc
21 minutes
Hi-SP
7 hours and
55 minutes
34 hours
2 hours and
20 minutes
10 hours and
10 minutes
2 hours and
10 minutes
9 hours and
20 minutes
1 hour and
40 minutes
7 hours and
40 minutes
1GB Hi-MD
disc
1 hour and
34 minutes
80-minute
standard disc
28 minutes
74-minute
standard disc
26 minutes
60-minute
standard disc
21 minutes
ATRAC3plus/192 kbps
5 hours and
30 minutes
7 hours and
55 minutes
11 hours
1 hour and
30 minutes
2 hours and
10 minutes
3 hours
ATRAC3plus/64 kbps
34 hours
ATRAC3plus/48 kbps
45 hours
1 hour and
10 minutes
1 hour and
40 minutes
2 hours and
20 minutes
7 hours and
40 minutes
10 hours
ATRAC3/132 kbps
16 hours and
30 minutes
20 hours and
40 minutes
32 hours and
40 minutes
17 hours
1 hour and
35 minutes
2 hours and
20 minutes
3 hours and
10 minutes
10 hours and
10 minutes
13 hours and
30 minutes
4 hours and
50 minutes
6 hours and
10 minutes
9 hours and
50 minutes
5 hours
ATRAC3plus/
256 kbps
ATRAC3plus/
64 kbps
Hi-LP
When transferring from the computer
Codec/Bit rate
LinearPCM/1.4 Mbps
ATRAC
ATRAC3plus/352 kbps
ATRAC3/105 kbps
ATRAC3/66 kbps
MP3**/128 kbps
9 hours and
20 minutes
12 hours and
30 minutes
4 hours and
30 minutes
5 hours and
40 minutes
9 hours
4 hours and
30 minutes
Additional Information
ATRAC3plus/256 kbps
Recording time*
3 hours and
40 minutes
4 hours and
40 minutes
7 hours and
20 minutes
3 hours and
30 minutes
* When transferring 4-minute tracks
**MP3 file formats are as follows: MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3/sampling frequency 44.1 kHz/fixed bit rate.
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When using a disc in MD mode
When recording on the recorder
Codec/Bit rate
Recording time*
Recording mode 80-minute
on the recorder standard disc
74-minute
standard disc
60-minute
standard disc
ATRAC/292 kbps
SP
LP2
ATRAC3/66 kbps
LP4
1 hour and
14 minutes
2 hours and
28 minutes
4 hour and
56 minutes
1 hour
ATRAC3/132 kbps
1 hour and
20 minutes
2 hours and
40 minutes
5 hours and
20 minutes
80-minute
standard disc
74-minute
standard disc
60-minute
standard disc
1 hour and
20 minutes
2 hours and
40 minutes
5 hours and
20 minutes
1 hour and
14 minutes
2 hours and
28 minutes
4 hour and
56 minutes
1 hour
ATRAC
When transferring from the computer
Codec/Bit rate
ATRAC
ATRAC (stereo)/292 kbps
ATRAC3/132, 105 kbps
ATRAC3/66 kbp
2 hours
4 hours
Recording time*
2 hours
4 hours
* When transferring 4-minute tracks
About playing recorded discs on other MD components
The ability of an MD component to play back discs consisting of tracks recorded directly on the
recorder or transferred from the computer depends on the disc type and audio format used for
recording. Please refer to the following table for details.
Disc type
Format
Component used for playback
Component that
supports Hi-MD*
1GB Hi-MD disc
Hi-MD
60/74/80-minute
standard disc
Hi-MD
MDLP
MD
* Audio components marked with the
or
**Audio components marked only with the
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or
logo mark
logo mark
Component that
supports MDLP**
Component that
does not support
MDLP
Note on digital recording
This recorder uses the Serial Copy Management System, which allows only first-generation digital
copies to be made from premastered software. You can only make copies from a home-recorded
disc by using the analog (line out) connections.
Premastered software such as CDs or MDs
Microphone, record player, tuner, etc.
(with analog output jacks)
Analog recording
Digital recording
Home-recorded disc
Homerecorded
disc
No digital
recording
Recordable
disc
Digital recording
No digital
recording
Recordable
disc
Restrictions on the editing of tracks transferred from your computer
This unit was designed so that editing functions (i.e., adding track marks and erasing track marks)
do not function for tracks that have been transferred from your computer. This is to prevent the
loss of transfer authorization by the transferred tracks. To edit these tracks, first transfer them into
the computer, and then edit them on the computer.
Additional Information
Recordable
disc
About the DSP TYPE-S for ATRAC/ATRAC3
This recorder supports DSP TYPE-S, a specification for high-level Sony MiniDisc decks equipped
with digital signal processors (DSP). This specification allows the recorder to produce high-quality
sound from tracks recorded in MDLP mode. Since it retains DSP TYPE-R support, the recorder
produces superior results during playback in SP (normal stereo) mode.
Suppressing the skips of the sound (G-PROTECTION)
The G-PROTECTION function was developed to provide a higher level of shock resistance than
that of existing players.
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Difference between digital (optical) and analog (line) inputs
The input jack of this recorder works as both digital and analog input jacks. Connect the recorder
to a CD player or a cassette recorder using either digital (optical) input or analog (line) input. To
record, see “Recording from externally connected component” ( page 37) to record using digital
(optical) input, and “When recording in analog” ( page 38) to record using analog (line) input.
Difference
Connectable
source
Digital (optical) input
Equipment with a digital (optical) output
jack (CD player, DVD player, etc.)
Analog (line) input
Equipment with an analog (line)
output jack (Cassette deck, radio,
record player, etc.)
Usable cord
Optical cable (with an optical or an opticalmini plug) ( page 37)
Line cable (with 2 phono plugs or a
stereo-mini plug) ( page 38)
Signal from the
source
Digital
Analog
Even when a digital source (such as
a CD) is connected, the signal sent to
the recorder is analog.
Track marks
Marked (copied) automatically
• at the same positions as the source (when
the sound source is a CD or an MD).
• after more than 2 seconds of no sound
( page 80) or low-level segment (with a
sound source other than a CD or an MD).
• when the recorder is paused (3 seconds of
no sound is encountered while synchrorecording).
Marked automatically
• after more than 2 seconds of no
sound ( page 80) or low-level
segment.
• when the recorder is paused while
recording.
Recorded sound
level
Same as the source.
Can also be adjusted manually (Digital
REC level control) (“Adjusting the
recording level manually”,  page 52).
Adjusted automatically (depend on
the recording level setting).
Can also be adjusted manually
(“Adjusting the recording level
manually”,  page 52).
Note
Track marks may be copied incorrectly:
• when you record from some CD players or multi disc players using digital (optical) input.
• when the source is in shuffle or program play mode while recording using digital (optical) input. In this case,
play the source in normal play mode.
• when programs with audio that is digitally broadcast (e.g., digital TV) are recorded through the digital (optical)
input.
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Index
I
Importing 23
Install 20
Symbols
L
6-Band Equalizer 45
LinearPCM 80
A
M
A-B Repeat 44
Analog recording 38
ATRAC 80
Audio format 79
AVLS 58
MD Simple Burner 19, 27
Menu 49
Microphone recording 31
Microphone sensitivity 50
Moisture 78
Moving tracks/groups 56
B
Backlight 59
Basic operations 33, 40
Battery life 16
Beep 58
Bookmark Play 43
O
C
Play mode 43
Charging 14
Cleaning 77
Combine 48
Connecting 14, 21, 31
Data storage 30
Digital recording 37
Disc Mode 59
Disc type 17
Display window 35
Divide 47
Divide Rehearsal 47
DSP TYPE-S 83
Dynamic Normalizer 46
E
EL Light 59
Erase 54
F
Ferrite core 10
Firmware (FW Version) 59
Format 54
G
Group recording 51
H
Hi-MD 17, 80
HOLD 13, 15
P
Q
Quick Mode 59
R
Recording level 32, 50, 52
Recording level for microphone (MIC AGC) 50
Recording mode 50
Recording time 81
Repeat Play 44
S
Setting the clock 61
Simple mode (MD Simple Burner) 27
SonicStage 19, 23
SonicStage Help 26
Speed control 53
Standard mode (MD Simple Burner) 28
Storage space 30
Supplied accessories 9
Synchro-recording 51
System File 80
System requirements 19
Additional Information
D
Operation lamp 33
Operation modes 17, 32, 80
Optional accessories 11
T
Title input 57
Track mark 33, 50
Transferring 24
U
USB bus power 15
V
Virtual-Surround 45
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This warranty is valid only in Canada.
This warranty is valid only in the United States.
Printed in Malaysia
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