2-670-331-12(3)
Mini Hi-Fi
Component
System
Operating Instructions
MHC-GNX660/
MHC-GNX600
©2006 Sony Corporation
WARNING
To reduce the risk of fire or electric
shock, do not expose this apparatus to
rain or moisture.
To avoid electrical shock, do not open the cabinet.
Refer servicing to qualified personnel only.
To prevent fire, do not cover the ventilation of the
apparatus with newspapers, table-cloths, curtains, etc.
And don’t place lighted candles on the apparatus.
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not place objects
filled with liquids, such as vases, on the apparatus.
Do not install the appliance in a confined space,
such as a bookcase or built-in cabinet.
This appliance is
classified as a CLASS 1
LASER product. This
marking is located on the
rear exterior.
Don’t throw away the battery with
general house waste, dispose of it
correctly as chemical waste.
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Table of Contents
About this manual ................................... 4
Playable discs.......................................... 4
Getting Started
Hooking up the system............................ 6
Positioning the speakers.......................... 8
Setting the clock...................................... 9
Disc – Playback
Loading a disc ......................................... 9
Playing a disc .......................................... 9
— Normal Play/Shuffle Play
Playing repeatedly................................. 11
— Repeat Play
Creating your own program ..................12
— Program Play
Tuner
Presetting radio stations ........................ 13
Listening to the radio ............................ 14
— Preset Tuning
— Manual Tuning
Tape – Playback
Loading a tape....................................... 15
Playing a tape ........................................ 15
Tape – Recording
Recording your favorite tracks on a disc
into a tape........................................ 16
— CD Synchro Recording
— Program Edit
Recording on a tape manually............... 17
— Manual Recording
Sound Adjustment
Adjusting the sound .............................. 18
Selecting the preset effect..................... 18
Adjusting the graphic equalizer or
selecting the surround effect .......... 18
Selecting the MP3 Booster effect ......... 19
Using the sub woofer............................ 19
Singing karaoke by reducing the vocal
or selecting the audio channel ........ 19
(MHC-GNX660 only)
Singing along........................................ 20
Timer
Falling asleep to music ......................... 21
— Sleep Timer
Waking up to music.............................. 21
— Play Timer
Timer recording radio programs........... 22
— Record Timer
Display
Turning off the display ......................... 23
— Power Saving Mode
Changing the pattern of power
illuminator ...................................... 24
Viewing information about the disc
in the display .................................. 24
Optional Components
Hooking up optional components......... 26
Listening to audio from a connected
component ...................................... 27
Troubleshooting
Problems and remedies......................... 28
Messages............................................... 31
Additional Information
Precautions............................................ 32
Specifications........................................ 33
List of button locations and reference
pages............................................... 36
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Discs that this system cannot
play back
About this manual
• The instructions in this manual are for
models MHC-GNX660 and MHC-GNX600.
In this manual, the MHC-GNX660 is used for
illustration purposes unless stated otherwise.
• This manual mainly explains operations using
the buttons on the unit, but the same
operations can also be performed using the
buttons on the remote having the same or
similar names or symbols.
• MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology and
patents licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and
Thomson.
Playable discs
You can play back the following discs on this
system. Other discs cannot be played back.
List of playable discs
Format of
discs
Disc logo
AUDIO CDs
Audio
CD-R/CD-RW
(AUDIO CDs/
Discs with MP3
audio tracks)
Audio
CD Graphics
(CDG)*
Audio +
Video
* MHC-GNX660 only
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• CD-ROMs other than those has MP3 audio
tracks in the format of MPEG 1 Audio Layer
3, MPEG 2 Audio Layer 3 and MPEG 2.5
Audio Layer 3 that conforms to ISO 9660a)
Level 1, Level 2 or Joliet in expansion format.
• CD-Rs/CD-RWs other than those recorded in
the following formats:
– AUDIO CD format.
– data CD format with MP3 audio tracks in
the format of MPEG 1 Audio Layer 3,
MPEG 2 Audio Layer 3 and MPEG 2.5
Audio Layer 3 that conforms to ISO 9660a)
Level 1, Level 2 or Joliet in expansion
format or Multi Sessionb).
• Data part of CD-Extras.
• Data part of Mixed CDs.
• A disc that has a non-standard shape (e.g.,
card, heart).
• CD-R and CD-RW discs that have not been
correctly finalized (processing to allow play
back by a normal CD player).
• CD-R and CD-RW discs recorded in multisession that have not ended by “closing the
session”.
• A disc recorded in packet write format.
• A disc that has the adhesive, cellophane tape,
or a sticker still left on it.
• Audio side of a DualDisc.
a)
A logical format of files and folders on a CD-ROMs,
defined by ISO (International Organization for
Standardization).
b)
Multi Session
This is a recording method that enables adding of
data using the Track-At-Once method. Conventional
discs begin at a disc control area called the Lead-in
and end at an area called Lead-out. A Multi Session
disc is a disc having multiple sessions, with each
segment from Lead-in to Lead-out regarded as a
single session.
Notes on CD-R and CD-RW
• This system can play back CD-R/CD-RW
discs edited by the user. However, note that
playback of some discs may not be possible
depending on the recording device used for
recording or the disc condition.
• Discs recorded on CD-R/CD-RW drives may
not be played back because of scratches, dirt,
recording condition or the driver’s
characteristics.
Music discs encoded with
copyright protection
technologies
This product is designed to play back discs that
conform to the Compact Disc (CD) standard.
Recently, various music discs encoded with
copyright protection technologies are marketed
by some record companies. Please be aware that
among those discs, there are some that do not
conform to the CD standard and may not be
playable by this product.
Note on DualDiscs
This product is designed to play back discs that
conform to the Compact Disc (CD) standard.
A DualDisc is a two sided disc product which
mates DVD recorded material on one side with
digital audio material on the other side. Please
be aware that the audio side of a DualDisc may
not be played back on this product because these
discs do not conform to the CD standard.
“DualDisc” is a trademark of the Recording
Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Cautions when playing a disc
that is recorded in Multi
Session
• This system can play back Multi Session discs
when an MP3 audio track is contained in the
first session. Any subsequent MP3 audio
tracks recorded in later sessions can also be
played back.
• When you play back Multi Session discs with
different formats for each session, the format
of the first session is recognized as the disc
type. Tracks in the second and subsequent
sessions are played back if they are the same
formats as the first session.
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Getting Started
Hooking up the system
Do the following procedures 1 to 6 to hook up your system using the supplied cords and accessories
(page 35).
AM loop antenna
FM lead antenna
Sub woofer
4
3*
5
2
6
Front speaker (Right)
* MHC-GNX660 only
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1
Unit
1
Front speaker (Left)
1 Connect the front speakers.
T
FRON R
KE
SPEA L
R
Set up the AM loop antenna, then connect
it.
Getting Started
Connect the speaker cords of the front
speakers to the FRONT SPEAKER
terminals as shown below.
4 Connect the FM and AM antennas.
White
2 Connect the sub woofer.
Connect the sub woofer cord of the sub
woofer to the SUB WOOFER terminal as
shown below.
SUB
FER
WOO
Purple
AM loop antenna
Extend the FM lead
antenna horizontally
5 For models equipped with a voltage
selector, set VOLTAGE SELECTOR to
the position of your local power line
voltage.
Brazil model only
VOLTAGE SELECTOR
Other models
VOLTAGE SELECTOR
220V
220V 240V
127V
120V
Note
Be sure to make this connection before you
connect the unit’s power cord to a wall outlet.
3 Connect the video input jack of your TV
to the VIDEO OUT jack with the
supplied video cord.
(MHC-GNX660 only)
VIDEO OUT
6 Connect the power cord to a wall
outlet.
The demonstration appears in the display.
When you press ?/1, the system turns on
and the demonstration automatically ends.
If the supplied adaptor on the plug does not
fit your wall outlet, detach it from the plug
(only for models equipped with an adaptor).
Note
When using a TV
Install this system so that the power cord can be
unplugged from the wall socket immediately in
the event of trouble.
Turn on the TV and select the video input so that
you can view the pictures from this system.
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Notes
• Keep the speaker cords away from the antennas to
prevent noise.
• Be sure to match the color of the speaker terminals on
the unit and the connectors.
• Be sure to connect the speakers securely and
correctly. When connecting speaker cords, insert the
connectors straight into the terminals.
To connect optional components
See “Hooking up optional components” on page 26.
When carrying this unit
Do the following procedure to protect the disc
mechanism.
Use buttons on the unit for the operation.
1 Press ?/1 to turn on the system.
2 Press CD.
3 Make sure that all discs are removed
from the unit.
4 Hold down CD, then press ?/1 until
Inserting two R6 (size AA)
batteries into the remote
e
E
e
E
Note
If you do not use the remote for a long period of time,
remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from
battery leakage and corrosion.
Tip
“MECHA LOCK” appears in the display.
5 Release ?/1 first, then release CD.
6 Unplug the AC power cord.
Positioning the speakers
Place the front speakers at an angle of 45
degrees from your listening position.
Sub woofer
Unit
Front
speaker
(L)
With normal use, the batteries should last for about six
months. When the remote no longer operates the
system, replace both batteries with new ones.
Front
speaker
(R)
0.3m
45
Attaching the speaker pads
Attach the supplied speaker pads to the bottom
of the speakers to stabilize the speakers and
prevent them from slipping.
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Listener
Note
Place the sub woofer at least 0.3 meters away from the
unit.
Setting the clock
Use buttons on the remote for the operation.
Press CLOCK/TIMER SET.
“CLOCK” appears in the display. Then, the
hour indication flashes in the display.
3
4
Loading a disc
Press ?/1 to turn on the system.
1
6
2
Press –. or >+ repeatedly to set
the hour.
Press –. or >+ repeatedly to set
the minute.
To load additional discs, press
DISC SKIP/EX-CHANGE to rotate the
disc tray.
Press ENTER.
The clock starts functioning.
1 Press CLOCK/TIMER SET.
“SET” appears in the display, then “PLAY
SET” flashes in the display.
2 Press –. or >+ repeatedly to select
“CLOCK SET”, then press ENTER.
The hour indication flashes in the display.
3 Do the same procedures as step 3 to 6
Load a disc with the label side facing
up on the disc tray.
When you
play back a 8
cm disc such
as CD single,
place it on the
inner circle of
the tray
Press ENTER.
To adjust the clock
Press Z OPEN/CLOSE.
The disc tray slides out.
The minute indication flashes in the
display.
5
Disc – Playback
1
2
Disc – Playback
3
Press Z OPEN/CLOSE to close the disc
tray.
Notes
• Do not push the disc tray when closing it as this may
cause malfunction. Press Z OPEN/CLOSE to close
the disc tray.
• Do not use a disc with cellophane tape, seals or paste
on it as this may cause malfunction.
above.
Notes
• The clock settings are canceled when you disconnect
the power cord or if a power failure occurs.
• You cannot set the clock in Power Saving Mode
(page 23).
Playing a disc
— Normal Play/Shuffle Play
This system lets you play back CDGs*, AUDIO
CDs and discs with MP3 audio tracks in
different play modes.
Before playing a CDG*, turn on your TV and
select the video input.
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When playing an AUDIO CD
Disc tray
number Track number
GROOVE
Elapsed
playing time
ALL DISC S
Disc playing
indicator
A
When playing an MP3 audio track
Elapsed
playing time
ID3
GROOVE
MP3
MP3 BOOSTER
ALL DISC S
Disc playing
indicator
A
To play back
ALBM
(Normal Play)
The MP3 audio tracks in the
album on the disc you have
selected in original order.
For discs other than discs
with MP3 audio tracks,
“ALBM” play mode
performs the same
operation as “1 DISC” play
mode.
ALL DISC S
SHUF
(Shuffle Play)
The tracks on all discs in
random order.
1 DISC SHUF
(Shuffle Play)
The tracks on the disc you
have selected in random
order.
ALBM SHUF
(Shuffle Play)
The MP3 audio tracks in the
album on the disc you have
selected in random order.
For discs other than discs
with MP3 audio tracks,
“ALBM SHUF” play mode
performs the same
operation as “1 DISC
SHUF” play mode.
PGM
(Program Play)
The tracks on all discs in the
order you want them to be
played back (see “Creating
your own program” on
page 12).
B
Disc presence
indicator
Disc tray
number Track number
Select
B
Disc presence
indicator
When playing a CDG (MHC-GNX660 only)
Disc tray
number Track number
GROOVE CDG
Elapsed
playing time
ALL DISC S
A
B
3
Disc playing
indicator
1
2
Disc presence
indicator
Press CD.
When playback is stopped, press PLAY
MODE on the remote repeatedly until
the indication of the play mode you
want lights up in the display.
Select
To play back
ALL DISC S
(Normal Play)
The tracks on all discs in the
disc tray continuously.
1 DISC
(Normal Play)
The tracks on the disc you
have selected in original
order.
Press N.
Other operations
To
Press x.
Pause playback
Press X. Press X again to
resume playback.
Select a track
Turn and hold .
OPERATION DIAL >
clockwise or counterclockwise
and release it when you reach
the track you want (or press
–. or >+ on the remote
repeatedly).
Select an album of Press ALBUM +/– repeatedly to
MP3 audio tracks select the album you want.
Find a point in a
track1)2)
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Do this
Stop playback
For AUDIO CD, press m or
M repeatedly. For MP3 audio
track, press m or M
repeatedly on the remote.
To
Do this
Select a disc when Press one of the DISC 1 ~ 3
playback is stopped buttons or DISC SKIP/EXCHANGE (or DISC SKIP on
the remote).
Press one of the DISC 1 ~ 3
buttons (Automatic Source
Selection).
Exchange other
Press DISC SKIP/EXdiscs while playing CHANGE.
Remove a disc
Press Z OPEN/CLOSE.
1)
The elapsed playing time may not be displayed
correctly depending on the MP3 audio tracks.
2) (MHC-GNX660 only)
You cannot find a point in a track when playing a
CDG.
Notes
• You cannot change the play mode during playback.
• The following discs with MP3 audio tracks take a
longer time to start playback.
– a disc recorded with complicated tree structure.
– a disc recorded in Multi Session.
– a disc to which data can be added (non-finalized
disc).
• When the disc with MP3 audio tracks is loaded, the
system reads all the tracks on that disc. If there are
many albums or non-MP3 audio tracks on the disc, it
may take a longer time for playback to begin or for
the next MP3 audio tracks to start playback.
• You are recommended not to save other types of
tracks or unnecessary albums on a disc that has MP3
audio tracks.
• Attempting to play back non-MP3 format files that
have the extension “.MP3” may result in noise or
malfunction.
• The system can play back to a depth of 8 folders
only.
• When naming the MP3 audio tracks, be sure to add
the file extension “.MP3” to the file name.
• An album that does not include an MP3 audio track
is skipped.
• The maximum number of albums on a disc which can
be recognize by this system is 150 (including root
album).
• The maximum number of MP3 audio tracks and
albums on a disc which can be recognize by this
system is 300.
• Depending on the encoding/writing software,
recording device, or the recording media used at the
time an MP3 audio track is recorded, you may
encounter problems such as cannot play back, sound
interruptions and noise.
• When you press CD or one of the DISC 1 ~ 3 buttons
to switch to “CD” function from “TUNER” function,
you may require a longer time to access the disc. In
this case, set the CD power manage function to “CD
POWER ON” (page 14).
• If you press CD while the system is turned off, the
system turns on automatically and “CD” is selected
as the function.
• You can also press FUNCTION on the remote
repeatedly to select “CD”.
• (MHC-GNX660 only)
When you play back a CDG, some operation may
cause image distortion on the video output.
• During Shuffle Play, some tracks may be played
back repeatedly.
Disc – Playback
Switch to CD
function from
another source
Tips
Playing repeatedly
— Repeat Play
You can play back all the tracks or a single track
on a disc repeatedly.
Use buttons on the remote for the operation.
Press REPEAT repeatedly during playback
until “REP” or “REP1” lights up in the
display.
REP: All the tracks on the disc(s), or all the
tracks in the album1) are played back repeatedly
up to five times2).
REP1: A single track is played back repeatedly
until “REP1” is cancelled.
1) When
“ALBM” is selected for MP3 audio tracks.
2) For MP3 audio tracks, the play back is endless when
the play mode is “1 DISC SHUF” or “ALBM
SHUF”.
To cancel Repeat Play
Press REPEAT repeatedly until both “REP” and
“REP1” disappear from the display.
Note
You cannot select “REP” and “ALL DISC S SHUF” at
the same time.
Tip
You can change the Repeat Play setting when the
playback is stopped.
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5
Creating your own
program
The track(s) is(are) programmed.
The program step number appears in the
display.
6
— Program Play
You can make a program of up to 25 steps from
all the discs in the order you want to play back.
You can synchro record the programmed tracks
into a tape (page 16).
Use buttons on the remote for the operation.
1
2
3
Press CD.
When playback is stopped, press PLAY
MODE repeatedly until “PGM” lights up
in the display.
Press DISC SKIP repeatedly to select a
disc you want.
To program all the tracks on a disc at once,
proceed to step 5 while “AL” appears in the
display.
To program all the MP3 audio tracks on
an album at once, press ALBUM +/–
repeatedly until the album you want
appears in the display, then proceed to
step 5.
4
Press –. or >+ repeatedly until
the track number you want appears in
the display.
The total playing time flashes in the display.
When programming an MP3 audio track,
press ALBUM +/– repeatedly until the
album you want appears in the display, then
press –. or >+ repeatedly until the
track number you want appears in the
display.
Disc tray Track
number number
Total playing time
(including selected
track)
GROOVE
A
PGM
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Press ENTER.
B
7
To program additional discs or tracks.
To program
Repeat steps
Other discs
3 and 5
Other tracks on the
same disc
4 and 5
Other tracks on
other discs
3 to 5
Press N.
Program Play starts.
Other operations
To
Do this
Cancel Program
Play
When playback is stopped, press
PLAY MODE repeatedly until
“PGM” disappear from the
display.
Clear a track from Press CLEAR when playback is
the end of program stopped.
Tips
• The program you made remains in the system’s
memory even after it has been played back. Press N
to play back the same program again.
• If “--.--” appears instead of the total playing time
during programming, this means:
– you have programmed a track number which
exceeds 20.
– the total playing time has exceeded 100 minutes.
– you have programmed an MP3 audio track.
4
A preset number flashes in the display.
The stations are stored from preset
number 1.
Tuner
Presetting radio stations
Preset number
You can automatically tune in all of the stations
that can be received in your area and then store
the frequency of your favourite stations.
Use buttons on the remote for the operation.
1
2
3
Press TUNER/BAND repeatedly to
select “FM” or “AM”.
Press –. or >+ (or turn .
OPERATION DIAL > on the unit
clockwise or counterclockwise).
The frequency changes as the system scans
for a station. Scanning stops automatically
when a station is tuned in. “TUNED” lights
up in the display. When a FM stereo
program is tuned in, “STEREO” lights up in
the display.
Frequency
GROOVE
GROOVE
5
6
Set the frequency of the radio station you
want as described in steps 2 and 3 of
“Manual tuning preset”.
B
Press –. or >+ repeatedly to
select the preset number you want.
Press ENTER.
Repeat steps 1 to 6 to store other
stations.
You can manually tune in and store the
frequency of your favourite stations.
Use buttons on the remote for the operation.
1
2
3
B
If “TUNED” does not lights up and the
scanning does not stop.
A
Manual tuning preset
TUNED
STEREO
MHz
A
TUNED
STEREO
“COMPLETE” appears in the display. The
station is stored.
7
Press TUNING MODE repeatedly until
“AUTO” lights up in the display.
AUTO
AUTO
Tuner
You can preset up to 20 FM stations and 10 AM
stations. You can then tune in any of those
stations simply by selecting the corresponding
preset number.
Automatic tuning preset
Press TUNER MEMORY.
4
Press TUNER/BAND repeatedly to
select “FM” or “AM”.
Press TUNING MODE repeatedly until
“MANUAL” lights up in the display.
Press –. or >+ repeatedly to tune
in the radio station you want (or turn
and hold . OPERATION DIAL >
on the unit clockwise or
counterclockwise and release it when
you reach the radio station you want).
Press TUNER MEMORY.
A preset number flashes in the display.
The stations are stored from preset
number 1.
5
6
Press –. or >+ repeatedly to
select the preset number you want.
Press ENTER.
“COMPLETE” appears in the display. The
station is stored.
7
Repeat steps 1 to 6 to store other
stations.
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Other operations
To change the AM tuning interval
To
Do this
Tune in a station
with a weak signal
Follow the procedure described
in “Manual tuning preset” on
page 13.
Stop scanning
during automatic
tuning
Press x.
Cancel presetting
Press TUNER MEMORY.
Use buttons on the unit for the operation.
The factory settings for AM tuning interval is
9 kHz (or 10 kHz for some areas). To change the
AM tuning interval, select any AM station first,
then turn off the system. While holding down
ILLUMINATION, press ?/1. The system turns
on automatically and “AM 10K STEP” or
“AM 9K STEP” appears in the display. When
you change the interval, all the AM preset
stations are erased. To reset the interval, repeat
the same procedure.
To improve tuner reception
When tuner reception is poor, set the CD power
manage function to “CD POWER OFF”. The
default setting is “CD POWER ON”.
Use buttons on the unit for the operation.
1 Press CD.
2 Press ?/1 to turn off the system.
3 Press ?/1 while holding x.
The system turns on automatically. “CD
POWER OFF” appears in the display.
To set to “CD POWER ON”
Repeat the procedure above and “CD POWER
ON” appears in the display.
Notes
• When “CD POWER OFF” is selected, disc access
time is increased.
• You cannot change the CD power manage function
setting in the Power Saving Mode (page 23).
Note
You cannot change the AM tuning interval in the
Power Saving Mode (page 23).
Tips
• The preset stations are retained for half a day even if
you unplug the power cord or if a power failure
occurs.
• If you press TUNER/BAND while the system is
turned off, the system turns on automatically and
“TUNER” is selected as the function.
• You can also press FUNCTION on the remote
repeatedly to select “TUNER”.
Listening to the radio
You can listen to a radio station either by
selecting a preset station, or by manually tuning
in the station.
Listening to a preset station
— Preset Tuning
Before tuning to preset stations, be sure to preset
them (see “Presetting radio stations” on
page 13).
1
2
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Press TUNER/BAND repeatedly to
select “FM” or “AM”.
Press TUNING MODE on the remote
repeatedly until “PRESET” lights up in
the display.
3
Turn and hold . OPERATION DIAL
> clockwise or counterclockwise
and release it when you reach the
preset station you want (or press –.
or >+ on the remote repeatedly to
select the preset station you want).
Preset number
Frequency
GROOVE
A
Loading a tape
1
TUNED
STEREO
MHz
Push here
to eject the
tape deck
B
2
2
3
Press TUNER/BAND repeatedly to
select “FM” or “AM”.
Press TUNING MODE on the remote
repeatedly until “MANUAL” lights up in
the display.
Turn and hold . OPERATION DIAL
> clockwise or counterclockwise
and release it when you reach the radio
station you want (or press –. or
>+ on the remote repeatedly to tune
in the radio station you want).
Tips
• When an FM stereo program has static noise, press
FM MODE on the remote repeatedly until “MONO”
lights up in the display. There will be no stereo effect,
but the reception will improve.
• To record the radio programs, see “Recording on a
tape manually” (page 17) or “Timer recording radio
programs” (page 22).
• You can also press FUNCTION on the remote
repeatedly to select “TUNER”.
• To improve broadcast reception, adjust the supplied
antennas, or connect an external antenna.
Load a tape into Deck A or B.
With the side
you want to
play back or
record facing
forward
— Manual Tuning
1
PUSH
Tape – Playback
Listening to a non-preset
radio station
Press Z PUSH (Deck A) or Z PUSH
(Deck B) on the selected deck.
t
PRESET
Tape – Playback
3
Push the center of the tape lid to close
the deck.
Playing a tape
You can use TYPE I (normal) tape.
1
2
3
4
Load a tape.
Press TAPE A/B (or TAPE on the
remote) repeatedly until “TAPE A” or
“TAPE B” appears in the display.
Press DIRECTION repeatedly to select
One Way Play to play back the front
side of the selected deck or Relay Play*
to play back both decks in succession.
Press N.
The tape starts playing.
Tape presence indicator
GROOVE
*
A
B
“RELAY” lights up in the display. Relay Play
follows this sequence, then stops:
Deck A (front side) t Deck B (front side)
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Other operations
To
Do this
Stop playback
Press x.
Pause playback
Press X. Press X again to resume
playback.
Fast-forward or
rewind
Press m or M. To back to
normal playback, press N.
Remove a tape
Press Z PUSH (Deck A) or
Z PUSH (Deck B) when playback
is stopped.
Note
Do not press Z PUSH (Deck A) or Z PUSH (Deck B)
while playing a tape, otherwise the tape could be
damaged.
Tips
• When a tape is inserted, corresponding presence
indicator lights up in the display.
• If you press TAPE A/B (or TAPE on the remote)
while the system is turned off, the system turns on
automatically and “TAPE A” or “TAPE B” is
selected as the function.
• If you press N during “TAPE A” function and there
is no tape in Deck A, the system automatically
switches to “TAPE B” function when there is a tape
in Deck B. Then, playback will start and vice versa.
• You can also press FUNCTION on the remote
repeatedly to select “TAPE A” or “TAPE B”.
Tape – Recording
Recording your favorite
tracks on a disc into a
tape
— CD Synchro Recording
You can record an AUDIO CD or an album of
MP3 audio tracks into a tape.
You can use TYPE I (normal) tape. The
recording level is adjusted automatically.
1
2
Load a recordable tape into Deck B.
Press CD and load a disc you want to
record.
When you want to record an album of MP3
audio tracks, press PLAY MODE on the
remote repeatedly until “ALBM” lights up
in the display. Then press ALBUM +/–
repeatedly to select the album you want.
3
Press CD SYNC.
“SYNC” lights up in the display.
“REC” flashes in the display.
Deck B standby for recording.
4
Press REC PAUSE/START.
“REC” lights up in the display.
Recording starts.
To stop recording
Press x.
To record a disc by specifying
track order
— Program Edit
You can record tracks on all the discs in the
order you want using Program Play. Between
steps 2 and step 3 of “CD Synchro Recording”
(page 16), do steps 2 to 6 of “Creating your own
program” (page 12). When programming, make
sure the playing times do not exceed the length
of one side of the tape.
Note
You cannot listen to other sources while recording.
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Tips
Recording on a tape
manually
— Manual Recording
You can record just the portions you like from a
disc, tape or radio program on a tape.
You can also record from connected
components (see “Hooking up optional
components” on page 26).
3
4
Load a recordable tape into Deck B.
Press CD, TAPE A/B, TUNER/BAND or
TV (or FUNCTION on the remote
repeatedly) to select the source you
want to record.
Load the disc, tape or tune to the
preset radio station you want to record.
To record from the connected
component, connect the external audio
sources.
Tape – Recording
1
2
• For recording from the radio:
If noise is heard while recording from the radio,
move the respective antenna to reduce the noise.
• For recording from a disc to a tape manually:
You can turn and hold . OPERATION DIAL
> clockwise or counterclockwise and release it
when you reach the track you want (or press –.
or >+ on the remote repeatedly to select tracks)
during recording pause (after step 4 of “Recording on
a tape manually”).
• For recording an album of MP3 audio tracks:
Press PLAY MODE on the remote repeatedly until
“ALBM” lights up in the display. Then press
ALBUM +/– repeatedly to select the album you want
after step 4 of “Recording on a tape manually”.
Press REC PAUSE/START.
“REC” flashes in the display.
Deck B standby for recording.
5
Press REC PAUSE/START again.
“REC” lights up in the display.
Recording starts.
6
Start playing the source to be
recorded.
To stop recording
Press x.
Note
You cannot listen to other sources while recording.
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Sound Adjustment
Adjusting the sound
You can reinforce the bass and create a more
powerful sound.
Press GROOVE repeatedly.
Each time you press the button, the display
changes cyclically as follows:
Adjusting the graphic
equalizer or selecting the
surround effect
You can adjust the sound by raising or lowering
the level of specific frequency band, then store
up to three user equalizer setting in the memory.
1
Press EQ BAND/MEMORY.
Frequency band
GROOVE ON* t GROOVE OFF
Frequency level
* The volume switches to power mode and the
equalizer curve changes.
Tips
GROOVE
• The default setting is “GROOVE ON”.
• When “GROOVE ON” is selected,
“GROOVE” lights up in the display.
Selecting the preset
effect
Press PRESET EQ (or EQ on the remote)
repeatedly to select one of the following
preset effect.
Effect
Category
ROCK
POP
JAZZ
DANCE
SOUL
TECHNO
HIP HOP
REGGAE
SAMBA
CLASSICAL
Standard music sources
FLAT
Original music source
USER EQ 1
USER EQ 2
USER EQ 3
User equalizer setting
2
3
4
5
6
B
Turn and hold . OPERATION DIAL
> clockwise or counterclockwise
and release it when you reach the level
or surround effect you want.
Repeat step 1 and 2 to adjust the level
of frequency band “MID”.
Repeat step 1 and 2 to adjust the level
of frequency band “HIGH”.
Repeat step 1 and 2 to select the
surround effect.
Press EQ BAND/MEMORY.
“MEMORY EQ-1” appears in the display.
7
8
Press PRESET EQ (or EQ on the remote)
repeatedly until “FLAT” appears in the display.
Turn and hold . OPERATION DIAL
> clockwise or counterclockwise
and release it when you reach the user
equalizer number (1~3) you want to
store the equalizer setting.
Press EQ BAND/MEMORY.
This setting is automatically stored as the
user equalizer setting you selected in step 7.
The previous setting stored at this memory
location is erased and replaced by the new
setting.
To cancel the preset effect
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A
Tip
If you do not want to store the equalizer setting, select
“EXIT” in step 7.
3
Other operations
To
Do this
Call up a user
Press PRESET EQ (or EQ on the
equalizer setting remote) repeatedly until the user
equalizer number you want
appears in the display.
The sub woofer level changes as below:
0 dB y +3 dB y +6 dB y +9 dB
4
Selecting the MP3
Booster effect
Turn and hold . OPERATION DIAL
> clockwise or counterclockwise
and release it when you reach the sub
woofer level you want.
Press ILLUMINATION/SUB WOOFER
LEVEL again to exit the sub woofer
level setting.
To turn off the sub woofer
You can improve the sound quality of MP3
audio tracks during playback.
Press SUB WOOFER ON/OFF repeatedly until
the indicator turns off.
Note
Press MP3 BOOSTER repeatedly.
Tips
• The default setting is “BOOSTER ON”.
• When “BOOSTER ON” is selected, “MP3
BOOSTER” lights up in the display.
• MP3 Booster setting only can be changed when disc
with MP3 audio tracks is selected during “CD”
function.
Using the sub woofer
You can use the sound of the sub woofer to
enhance the bass.
1
Press SUB WOOFER ON/OFF
repeatedly until the indicator lights up.
The sub woofer is turned on.
2
Press ILLUMINATION/SUB WOOFER
LEVEL repeatedly to select the sub
woofer level setting.
Sub woofer level
GROOVE
A
If you turn MASTER VOLUME (or press VOLUME
+/– on the remote), the volume for all speakers will
change.
Tip
You can turn MASTER VOLUME (or press
VOLUME +/– on the remote) to adjust the volume of
the sub woofer linked to the front speakers.
Singing karaoke by
reducing the vocal or
selecting the audio
channel
Sound Adjustment
Each time you press the button, the display
changes cyclically as follows:
BOOSTER ON t BOOSTER OFF
(MHC-GNX660 only)
When playing a multiplex AUDIO CD or
multiplex CDG (disc with the vocals on one
channel and the instruments on the other
channel), you can switch the sound to cancel the
vocals and listen only to the instruments from
both speakers. Beside this, you can cancel the
vocal of the stereo disc by using the KARAOKE
PON function.
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Press KARAOKE repeatedly.
Each time you press the button, the display
changes cyclically as follows:
KARAOKE PON t MPX L* t MPX R* t
KARAOKE OFF
The “m” lights up in the display when a karaoke
mode is activated.
To sing karaoke of multiplex CD or CDG, select
“MPX R” or “MPX L”.
* – When a disc with MP3 audio tracks is selected, you
cannot select “MPX L” or “MPX R”.
– With some songs, vocals may not be cancelled
when you select “KARAOKE PON”.
Notes
• The karaoke setting is automatically changed to
“KARAOKE OFF” if the disc is changed or the
function is changed.
• When karaoke mode is activated, the equalizer and
surround effect settings cannot be changed.
• The instrumental sound may be reduced as well as
the singer’s voice when the sound is recorded in
monaural.
• Karaoke can be used during CD function only. You
cannot change the KARAOKE setting when the disc
tray is opened or when “READING” appears in the
display.
• The singer voice may not be reduced during
KARAOKE PON is selected when:
– only a few instuments are playing.
– a duet is being played back.
– the source has strong echoes or chorus.
– the singer voices deviates from the center.
– the voice on the source is singing in high soprano
or tenor.
To cancel the karaoke mode
Press KARAOKE repeatedly until “m”
disappears.
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Singing along
You can sing along with any stereo CD or tape.
You need to connect an optional microphone.
1
2
3
4
Turn MIC 1 LEVEL and MIC 2 LEVEL to
“MIN” to turn down the microphone
volume.
Connect an optional microphone to the
MIC 1 or MIC 2 jack.
Start playing the music and adjust the
volume.
Start singing along with the music and
turn MIC 1 LEVEL or MIC 2 LEVEL to
adjust the microphone volume.
Other operations
To
Do this
Sing along with CDGs* Turn on your TV and select
the video input.
Adjust the microphone Turn ECHO LEVEL to
echo
adjust the echo effect. To
cancel the echo effect, turn
ECHO LEVEL to “MIN”.
Sing along with
Karaoke*
Press KARAOKE
repeatedly. (see “Singing
Karaoke by reducing the
vocal or selecting the audio
channel” on page 19).
* MHC-GNX660 only
Tips
• You can mix and record sound from microphone
after step 4. To record the sound, see “Recording on
a tape manually” on page 17. To stop recording,
press x.
• If acoustic feedback (howling) occurs, move the
microphone away from the speakers or change the
direction of the microphone.
• If you want to record your voice through the
microphone only, you can do so by selecting the
“CD” function and not playing a disc.
• When high level sound signals are input, the system
automatically adjusts the recording level to prevent
distortion of the recorded sound signal (Auto Level
Control function).
Waking up to music
Timer
Falling asleep to music
— Sleep Timer
You can set the system to turn off at a preset
time, so that you can fall asleep to music.
Use buttons on the remote for the operation.
— Play Timer
You can wake up to music at a preset time. Make
sure you have set the clock (see “Setting the
clock” on page 9).
Use buttons on the remote for the operation.
1
Press SLEEP repeatedly.
* The system automatically turns off in 100 minutes or
after the current disc or tape finishes playing.
Other operations
Do this
Check the
Press SLEEP once.
remaining time**
Change the time Press SLEEP repeatedly to select
to turn off
the time you want.
2
3
4
** You cannot check the remaining time if you select
“AUTO”.
5
Press ENTER.
“ON” appears and the hour indication
flashes in the display.
Set the time to start playback.
Press –. or >+ repeatedly to set the
hour, then press ENTER.
The minute indication flashes in the
display.
Press –. or >+ repeatedly to set the
minute, then press ENTER.
Notes
• During CD Synchro Recording, do not set the Sleep
Timer to “AUTO”.
• When the Sleep Timer is activated, “SLEEP” lights
up in the display.
You can use the Sleep Timer, even if you have not set
the clock.
Press CLOCK/TIMER SET.
“SET” appears in the display, then “PLAY
SET” flashes in the display.
Cancel the Sleep Press SLEEP repeatedly until
Timer
“SLEEP OFF” appears in the
display.
Tip
Press VOLUME +/– to adjust the
volume.
Timer
• Disc: Load a disc. To start from a specific
track, make a program (see “Creating
your own program” on page 12).
• Tape: Load a tape with the side you want
to play back facing forward.
• Radio: Tune in the preset station you
want (see “Listening to the radio” on
page 14).
Each time you press the button, the minute
display changes cyclically as follows:
AUTO* t 90MIN t 80MIN t 70MIN
t … t 10MIN t OFF
To
Prepare the music source you want to
play back.
6
7
Set the time to stop playback following
the same procedure as step 5.
Press –. or >+ repeatedly until
the music source you want appears in
the display.
Each time you press the button, the display
changes cyclically as follows:
TUNER y CD PLAY y TAPE PLAY
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Press ENTER.
The type of timer (“PLAY TIMER”),
followed by the start time, the stop time and
the music source appears in the display.
9
Press ?/1 to turn off the system.
Other operations
To
Do this
Check the setting
1 Press CLOCK/TIMER
SELECT.
“SELECT” appears in the
display.
2 Press –. or >+
repeatedly to select “PLAY
SELECT”, then press
ENTER.
Change the setting
Start from step 1.
Cancel the timer
1 Press CLOCK/TIMER
SELECT.
“SELECT” appears in the
display.
2 Press –. or >+
repeatedly to select “TIMER
OFF”, then press ENTER.
Notes
• You cannot select the Play Timer and Timer
Recording at the same time.
• If you use the Play Timer and the Sleep Timer at the
same time, the Sleep Timer has priority.
• The Play Timer will not be activated if the system is
turned on.
Timer recording radio
programs
— Record Timer
You can record a preset radio station from a
specified time.
To make a timer recording, you must first preset
the radio station (see “Presetting radio stations”
on page 13) and set the clock (see “Setting the
clock” on page 9).
Use buttons on the remote for the operation.
1
2
3
Press –. or >+ repeatedly to
select “REC SET”, then press ENTER.
“ON” appears and the hour indication
flashes in the display.
4
Set the time to start recording.
Press –. or >+ repeatedly to set the
hour, then press ENTER.
The minute indication flashes in the
display.
Press –. or >+ repeatedly to set the
minute, then press ENTER.
5
Set the time to stop recording following
the same procedure as step 4.
The type of timer (“REC”), followed by
the start time, the stop time and the preset
radio station to be recorded (e.g., “FM 5
TAPE”) appears in the display.
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7
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Press CLOCK/TIMER SET.
“SET” appears in the display, then “PLAY
SET” flashes in the display.
Tips
• The system turns on 15 seconds before the preset
time.
• When the Play Timer is selected, “PLAY” lights up
in the display.
Tune in the preset radio station
(see “Listening to the radio” on
page 14).
Load a recordable tape into Deck B.
Press ?/1 to turn off the system.
Other operations
To
Do this
Check the setting
1 Press CLOCK/TIMER
SELECT.
“SELECT” appears in the
display.
2 Press –. or >+
repeatedly to select “REC
SELECT”, then press
ENTER.
Change the setting
Start from step 1.
Cancel the timer
1 Press CLOCK/TIMER
SELECT.
“SELECT” appears in the
display.
2 Press –. or >+
repeatedly to select “TIMER
OFF”, then press ENTER.
Notes
Tips
• The system turns on 15 seconds before the preset
time.
• When the Timer Recording is selected, “REC” lights
up in the display.
Turning off the display
— Power Saving Mode
The demonstration display and the clock display
can be turned off to minimize the amount of
power consumed during standby mode (Power
Saving Mode).
Press DISPLAY repeatedly while the
system is turned off until the
demonstration display and the clock
display disappears from the display.
To cancel Power Saving Mode
Press DISPLAY repeatedly while the system is
turned off. Each time you press the button, the
display changes cyclically as follows:
Demonstration1) t Clock2) t No display
(Power Saving Mode)
1)
The display changes and the indicators flashes even
when the system is turned off.
2)
“--.--” appears in the display if you have not set the
clock.
Display
• You cannot select the Play Timer and Timer
Recording at the same time.
• If you use the Timer Recording and the Sleep Timer
at the same time, the Sleep Timer has priority.
• The Timer Recording will not be activated if the
system is turned on.
• The volume is reduced to minimum during Timer
Recording.
• Do not operate the system from the time the system
turns on until the recording starts (about 15 seconds
before the preset time).
Display
Note
You cannot do the following operations during Power
Saving Mode:
– Setting the clock (page 9).
– Changing the AM tuning interval (page 14).
– Turning on the system by pressing the function
buttons (CD, TAPE A/B, TUNER/BAND or TV).
– Changing CD power manage setting (page 14).
Tips
• The timer continues to operate in Power Saving
Mode.
• ?/1 indicator lights up even in the Power Saving
Mode.
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Changing the pattern of
power illuminator
You can select the pattern of power illuminator
as you want.
1
2
Press ILLUMINATION/SUB WOOFER
LEVEL to select the pattern of power
illuminator.
Turn and hold . OPERATION DIAL
> clockwise or counterclockwise
and release it when you reach the
pattern of power illuminator you want.
The pattern of power illuminator changes as
below:
3
Viewing information
about the disc in the
display
You can check the elapsed playing time and
remaining time of the current track or current
disc.
When a CD-TEXT disc or a disc with MP3
audio tracks is loaded, you can also check the
information recorded on disc, such as the titles.
When the system detects CD-TEXT discs,
“CD TEXT” lights up in the display.
PATTERN OFF y PATTERN 1 y
PATTERN 2 y PATTERN 3
Checking the elapsed playing
time, remaining time and
titles
Press ILLUMINATION/SUB WOOFER
LEVEL until the original display
returns.
Press DISPLAY repeatedly during
playback.
Notes
• When you turn MASTER VOLUME (or press
VOLUME +/– on the remote), power illuminator
shows the current volume level.
• During the demonstration display, you can turn on or
off power illuminator by pressing ILLUMINATION/
SUB WOOFER LEVEL.
Each time you press the button, the display
changes cyclically as follows:
Elapsed playing time of the current track t
Remaining time of the current track1) t
Remaining time of the current disc2) t Title of
the current track3) t Title of the current album4)
(for a few seconds) t Clock display5) (for 8
seconds) t Effect status or karaoke status6) (for
8 seconds)
1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
6)
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“--.--” appears while an MP3 audio track is played
back.
“--.--” appears in the following cases:
– While an MP3 audio track is played back.
– All play modes except “1 DISC” or “ALBM”.
Only for CD-TEXT discs and a discs with MP3
audio tracks.
When the CD-TEXT disc contains more than 20
tracks, the title of current track is not displayed from
track 21 onwards.
Only for discs with MP3 audio tracks.
“--.--” appears in the display if you have not set the
clock.
When karaoke mode is activated (MHC-GNX660
only).
Checking the total playing
time and titles
Press DISPLAY repeatedly when playback
is stopped.
Each time you press the button, the display
changes cyclically as follows:
x When the play mode is “PGM”
The last track number of the program and the
total playing time1) t Total number of
programmed tracks2) (for 8 seconds) t Title of
current disc3) t Clock display4) (for 8 seconds)
t Effect status or karaoke status5) (for 8
seconds)
1)
x When the play mode is other than “PGM”
Total number of tracks1) or albums2) or the total
playing time3) t Title of current disc4) or
current album1) t Clock display5) (for 8
seconds) t Effect status or karaoke status6) (for
8 seconds)
1)
2)
3)
4)
6)
2)
3)
4)
5)
Note
Some characters may not be displayed for track title,
album title or disc title.
Display
5)
For discs with MP3 audio tracks in “ALBM” and
“ALBM SHUF” modes.
For discs with MP3 audio tracks in play modes other
than “ALBM” and “ALBM SHUF”.
For AUDIO CDs and CDGs*.
* MHC-GNX660 only
For CD-TEXT disc and discs with MP3 audio tracks
in play modes other than “ALBM” and “ALBM
SHUF”.
“--.--” appears in the display if you have not set the
clock.
When karaoke mode is activated (MHC-GNX660
only).
“--.--” appears in the following cases:
– When the AUDIO CD or CDG* contains 21
tracks or more, and the track number which
exceeds 20 is selected.
* MHC-GNX660 only
– When the total program exceeds 100 minutes.
– When the program list contains MP3 audio
tracks.
“NO STEP” appears in the display if there is no
program.
Only for CD-TEXT discs and discs with MP3 audio
tracks.
“--.--” appears in the display if you have not set the
clock.
When karaoke mode is activated (MHC-GNX660
only).
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Optional Components
Hooking up optional components
To enhance your system, you can connect optional components. Refer to the operating instructions
provided with each component.
* MHC-GNX660 only
*
To the video input
jack of the TV
TV
From the audio output
jack of the TV
D-LIGHT SYNC
controller (DLS-1)
A TV (AUDIO IN) L/R jacks
C D-LIGHT SYNC OUT jack
Use audio cords (not supplied) to connect the
audio output jacks of a TV to these jacks. Then,
you can output audio signal through this system.
Connect the D-LIGHT SYNC controller to this
jack. You need to connect the D-LIGHT SYNC
controller to the lighting device* (not supplied).
The lighting device will react according to
control signals transmitted by the D-LIGHT
SYNC controller upon receiving music source
from the system. For details on the use of
D-LIGHT SYNC controller and lighting device,
refer to the respective operating instructions
supplied with the respective device.
B VIDEO OUT jack
(MHC-GNX660 only)
Use a video cord (supplied) to connect the video
input jack of a TV to this jack.
D-LIGHT SYNC
controller cord
* Refer to the D-LIGHT SYNC controller
operating instructions for the recommended
lighting device.
Note
The lighting effect may be different depending on the
connected lighting device or the type of music being
played back.
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Listening to audio from a
connected component
Listening to a connected TV
1
Connect the audio cords.
See “Hooking up optional components” on
page 26.
2
Press TV.
Tip
You can press FUNCTION on the remote repeatedly to
select “TV”.
Optional Components
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General
Troubleshooting
Problems and remedies
Should you encounter a problem with your
system, do the following:
1 Make sure the power cord and speaker
cords are connected correctly and firmly.
2 Find your problem in the troubleshooting
checklist below and take the indicated
corrective action.
If the problem persists after doing all of the
above, consult your nearest Sony dealer.
Note that if service personnel changes some
parts during repair, these parts may be retained.
When the ?/1 indicator flashes
Immediately unplug the power cord and
check the following items.
• Are you using the supplied speakers?
• Is anything blocking the ventilation holes
on the rear of the unit?
After checking the above items and fixing
any problem, plug in the power cord again
and turn on the system. If the ?/1 indicator
still flashing, or if the cause of the problem
cannot be found even after checking all the
above items, consult your nearest Sony
dealer.
The display starts flashing as soon as you
plug in the power cord even though you have
not turned on the system.
• The demonstration mode started. Press ?/1 (see
step 6 of “Hooking up the system” on page 6).
The clock/timer setting is canceled.
• The power cord is disconnected or a power failure
occured. Redo “Setting the clock” (page 9). If you
have set the timer, redo “Waking up to music”
(page 21) and “Timer recording radio programs”
(page 22).
The radio presetting is canceled.
• The power cord is disconnected or a power failure
occured for longer than half a day. Redo
“Presetting radio stations” (page 13).
“– –:– –” appears in the display.
• A power failure occurred. Set the clock (page 9)
and timer settings (page 21 to 23) again.
There is no sound.
• Turn MASTER VOLUME clockwise (or press
VOLUME + on the remote).
• Make sure the headphones are not connected to
the PHONES jack.
• Check the speaker connections (page 6).
• There is no audio output during Timer Recording.
There is no microphone sound.
• Turn MASTER VOLUME (or press
VOLUME +/– on the remote repeatedly) or
MIC 1/2 LEVEL to adjust the microphone
volume.
• Make sure the microphone is connected to the
MIC 1 or MIC 2 jack correctly.
There is severe hum or noise.
• A TV or VCR is placed too close to the unit. Move
the unit away from the TV or VCR.
• Move the unit away from the source of noise.
• Connect the unit to a different wall outlet.
• Install a noise filter (commercially available) to
the power cord.
The timer cannot be set.
• Set the clock again (page 9).
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The timer does not function.
• Check the timer setting and set the correct time
(pages 21 to 23).
• Cancel the Sleep Timer function (page 21).
• You cannot select the Play Timer and Timer
Recording simultaneously.
The remote does not function.
• Remove the obstacle between the remote and the
unit.
• Move the remote closer to the unit.
• Point the remote at the unit’s sensor.
• Replace the batteries (R6/size AA).
• Locate the unit away from the fluorescent light.
There is acoustic feedback.
• Decrease the volume.
• Move the microphone away from the speakers or
change the direction of the microphone.
The color irregularity on a TV screen persists.
• Turn off the TV set once, then turn it on after 15
to 30 minutes. If the color irregularity still
persists, place the speakers farther away from the
TV set.
* MHC-GNX660 only
The disc tray does not open and “LOCKED”
appears in the display.
• Contact your nearest Sony dealer or local
authorized Sony service facility.
The disc tray does not close.
• Load the disc correctly.
• Always close the tray by pressing Z OPEN/
CLOSE. Trying to push the tray closed with your
fingers may cause problems with the system.
The disc does not eject.
• You cannot eject the disc during CD Synchro
Recording. Press x to cancel the CD Synchro
Recording, then press Z OPEN/CLOSE to eject
the disc.
• Consult your nearest Sony dealer.
Playback does not start.
• Open the disc tray and check whether a disc is
loaded.
• Wipe the disc clean (page 32).
• Reload the disc.
• Load the disc that this system can play back
(page 4).
• Load the disc correctly.
• Load the disc in the tray with the label side up.
• Remove the disc and wipe away the moisture on
the disc, then leave the system turned on for a few
hours until the moisture evaporates.
• Press N to start playback.
Disc access takes a longer time.
• Set CD power manage function to “CD POWER
ON” (page 14).
The sound skips.
• Wipe the disc clean (page 32).
• Reload the disc.
• Try moving the system to a place without
vibration (e.g., on top of a stable stand).
• Try moving the speakers away from the unit, or
placing them on separate stands. When you listen
to a track with bass sounds at high volume, the
speaker vibration may cause the sound to skip.
Troubleshooting
Sound comes from one channel or
unbalanced left and right volume.
• Place the speakers as symmetrically as possible.
• Check that the speakers are connected securely
and correctly.
• The source being played back is monaural.
• Press KARAOKE repeatedly until “m”
disappears from the display.*
Disc player
Playback does not start from the first track.
• The system is in Program Play or Shuffle Play
mode. Press x to stop playback. Then, press
PLAY MODE on the remote repeatedly until
“ALL DISC S”, “1 DISC” or “ALBM” lights up
in the display.
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MP3 audio track cannot be played back.
• Recording was not performed according to the
ISO 9660 level 1, level 2 or Joliet in the expansion
format.
• The MP3 audio track does not have the extension
“.MP3”.
• The data is not stored in MP3 format even though
it has extension “.MP3”.
• The MP3 audio tracks in format other than MPEG
1, 2 and 2.5 Audio Layer 3 cannot be played back.
• The system can play back to a depth of 8 folders
only.
• MP3 audio tracks in MP3 PRO format cannot be
played back on this system.
MP3 audio tracks take longer time to play back
than others.
• After the system reads all tracks on the discs,
playback may take more time than usual if:
– the number of albums or tracks on the disc is
very large.
– the album and track organization structure is
very complex.
The album title, track title, ID3 tag and the
CD-TEXT characters do not appear properly.
• Use a disc that conforms with ISO 9660 level 1,
level 2 or Joliet in the expansion format.
• The ID3 tag is not version 1 or version 2.
• The character code that can be displayed by this
system are as follow:
– Upper cases (A to Z)
– Numbers (0 to 9)
– Symbols (< > * +, – / [ ] \ _)
Other characters may not be displayed correctly.
When you press m or M, “NOT IN USE”
flashes in the display.*
• The CDG is played back. This is not a
malfunction.
* MHC-GNX660 only
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Tuner
There is severe hum or noise. (“TUNED” or
“STEREO” flashes in the display)
• Set the proper band and frequency (page 13).
• Connect the antenna properly (page 7).
• Find a place and an orientation that provide good
reception, then set up the antenna again. If you
cannot obtain good reception, we recommend you
connect an external antenna.
• The supplied FM lead antenna receives signals
along its entire length, so make sure you extend it
fully.
• Locate the antennas as far away from the speaker
cords as possible.
• Try turning off surrounding electrical equipment.
• Set CD power manage function to “CD POWER
OFF” (page 14).
A stereo FM program cannot be received in
stereo.
• Press FM MODE on the remote repeatedly until
“MONO” disappears in the display.
Tape deck
The tape does not record or playback, or there
is a decrease in sound level.
• The tape heads are dirty (see “Cleaning the tape
heads” on page 33).
• The record/playback heads are magnetized (see
“Demagnetizing the tape heads” on page 33).
The tape does not erase completely.
• The record/playback heads are magnetized (see
“Demagnetizing the tape heads” on page 33).
There is excessive wow or flutter, or the sound
drops out.
• The capstans or pinch rollers are dirty (see
“Cleaning the tape heads” on page 33).
Noise increases or the high frequencies are
erased.
• The record/playback heads are magnetized (see
“Demagnetizing the tape heads” on page 33).
The tape does not record.
• No tape is loaded. Load a tape.
• The tab has been removed from the tape. Cover
the broken tab with adhesive tape (page 33).
• The tape has reeled to the end.
PUSH STOP
You have pressed PLAY MODE on the remote
during playback.
The system cannot play back the reverse side
of the tape in Deck A or Deck B.
• The system only can play back the front side of the
tape in Deck A and Deck B. This is not a
malfunction.
READING
The system is reading information of the disc. Some
buttons are not available.
The system cannot record the reverse side of
the tape in Deck B.
• The system only can record the front side of the
tape in Deck B. This is not a malfunction.
Tape
If the system still does not
operate properly after performing
the above measures or other
troubles does not described
above occur, reset the system as
follows:
Use buttons on the unit for the operation.
Unplug the power cord.
Plug the power cord back in.
Press ?/1 to turn on the system.
Press x, ILLUMINATION and ?/1 at the
same time.
“COLD RESET” appears in the display.
The system is reset to the factory settings.
You should set the settings you made, such as
the preset stations, clock and timer.
NO TAB
You cannot record the tape because the tab has been
removed from the tape.
NO TAPE
There is no tape in the tape deck.
Timer
OFF TIME NG
The on time and off time of Play Timer or Timer
Recording is same.
SET CLOCK
You pressed CLOCK/TIMER SELECT on the
remote before the clock is set.
SET TIMER
You pressed CLOCK/TIMER SELECT on the
remote before Play Timer or Timer Recording is set.
PUSH SELECT
You tried to set the clock or timer during timer
operation.
Troubleshooting
1
2
3
4
STEP FULL
You tried to program more than 25 steps.
Others
Messages
One of the following messages may appear or
flash in the display during operation.
NOT IN USE
You have pressed a button those operations is not
allowed or invalid at that time.
Disc
NO STEP
You have cleared all the steps you programmed.
OVER
You have reached the end of the disc while pressing
M during playback or pause.
NO DISC
There is no disc on the disc tray.
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On operation
Additional Information
Precautions
On operating voltage
Before operating the system, check that the operating
voltage of your system is identical with the voltage of
your local power supply.
On safety
• The system is not disconnected from the AC power
source (mains) as long as it is connected to the wall
outlet, even if the system itself has been turned off.
• Unplug the system from the wall outlet (mains) if it
is not to be used for an extended period of time. To
disconnect the power cord (mains lead), pull it out by
the plug. Never pull the cord itself.
• Should any solid object or liquid fall into the system,
unplug the system and have it checked by qualified
personnel before operating it any further.
• AC power cord must be changed only at the qualified
service shop.
On placement
• Do not place the system in an inclined position.
• Do not place the system in locations where it is:
– extremely hot or cold.
– dusty or dirty.
– very humid.
– subject to vibrations.
– subject to direct sunlight.
• Use caution when placing the system or speakers on
surfaces that have been specially treated (with wax,
oil, polish, etc.) as staining or discoloration of the
surface may result.
On heat build-up
• Although the system heats up during operation, this
is not a malfunction.
• Place the system in a location with adequate
ventilation to prevent heat build-up in the system.
• If you continuously use this system at a large volume,
the cabinet temperature of the top, side and bottom
rises considerably. To avoid burning yourself, do not
touch the cabinet.
• To prevent a malfunction, do not cover the
ventilation hole for the cooling fan.
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• If the system is brought directly from a cold to a
warm location, or is placed in a very damp room,
moisture may condense on the lens inside the system.
Should this occur, the system will not operate
properly. Remove the disc and leave the system
turned on for about an hour until the moisture
evaporates.
• When you move the system, take out any disc.
If you have any questions or problems concerning your
system, please consult your nearest Sony dealer.
Notes on discs
• Before playing, clean the disc with a cleaning cloth.
Wipe the disc from the center out.
• Do not use solvents such as benzene, thinner,
commercially available cleaners or anti-static spray
intended for vinyl LPs.
• Do not expose the disc to direct sunlight or heat
sources such as hot air ducts nor leave it in a car
parked in direct sunlight.
• Do not use discs encircled with a protection ring.
This may cause a malfunction to the system.
• When using discs that have glue or similar tacky
substance on the label side of the disc or that used a
special ink when the label was printed, there is a
chance that the disc or label may become attached to
parts inside this system. When this occurs, it may not
be possible to remove the disc, and may also cause
this system to malfunction. Be sure to check that the
label side of the disc is not sticky before using.
The following types of disc should not be used:
– Rental or used discs with attached seals where the
glue extends beyond the seal. The perimeter of the
seal on the disc is tacky.
– Discs that have labels printed using a special ink
that feels tacky when touched.
• Discs with non-standard shapes (e.g., heart, square,
star) cannot be played back on this system.
Attempting to do so may damage the system. Do not
use such discs.
Cleaning the cabinet
Clean the cabinet, panel and controls with a soft cloth
slightly moistened with mild detergent solution. Do not
use any type of abrasive pad, scouring powder or
solvent such as thinner, benzene or alcohol.
To save a tape permanently
To prevent a tape from being accidentally recorded
over, break off the tape tab from side A or B as
illustrated.
Break off the
tape tab
If you later want to reuse the tape for recording, cover
the broken tab with adhesive tape.
Before placing a tape in the tape deck
Take up any slack in the tape deck. Otherwise, the tape
may get entangled in the parts of the tape deck and
become damaged.
When using a tape longer than
90 minutes
The tape is very elastic. Do not change the tape
operations such as playback, stop and fast-winding etc.
frequently. The tape may get entangled in the tape
deck.
Cleaning the tape heads
Clean the tape heads after every 10 hours of use. Be
sure to clean the tape heads before you start an
important recording or after playing an old tape. Use a
separately sold dry-type or wet-type cleaning tape. For
details, refer to the instructions of the cleaning tape.
Demagnetizing the tape heads
Amplifier section
MHC-GNX660 (HCD-GNX660)/
MHC-GNX600 (HCD-GNX600)
The following are measured at
Mexican model:
127 V AC, 60 Hz
Brazil model:
127 V or 220 V AC,
50/60 Hz
Other models:
120 V, 220 V, 240 V AC,
50/60 Hz
Front speakers
DIN power output (rated) 130 + 130 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz, DIN)
Continuous RMS power output (reference)
160 + 160 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz,
10% THD)
Sub woofer
Continuous RMS power output (reference)
200 watts
(4 ohms at 100 Hz,
10% THD)
TV (AUDIO) IN (phono jack)
voltage 250 mV,
impedance 47 kiloohms
MIC (phone jack)
sensitivity 1 mV,
impedance 10 kiloohms
Outputs
VIDEO OUT (phono jack)
(MHC-GNX660 only)
max. output level
1 Vp-p, unbalanced, Sync
negative, load impedance
75 ohms
PHONES (stereo mini jack)
accepts headphones of
8 ohms or more
FRONT SPEAKER/SUB WOOFER OUT
Use only the supplied
speaker
Additional Information
Demagnetize the tape heads and the metal parts that
have contact with the tape after every 20 to 30 hours of
use with a separately sold demagnetizing tape. For
details, refer to the instructions of the demagnetizing
tape.
Specifications
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Disc player section
System
Laser
Laser Output
Frequency response
Wave length
Signal-to-noise ratio
Dynamic range
Compact disc and digital
audio system
Semiconductor laser
(λ=780 nm)
Emission duration:
continuous
Max. 44.6 µW*
* This output is the value
measured at a distance of
200 mm from the objective
lens surface on the Optical
Pick-up Block with 7 mm
aperture.
2 Hz – 20 kHz (±0.5 dB)
780 – 790 nm
More than 90 dB
More than 90 dB
Speakers section
Front speakers
SS-GNX660 (MHC-GNX660)/
SS-GNX600 (MHC-GNX600)
Speaker system
Speaker units
Woofer:
20 cm, cone type
Tweeter:
2.5 cm, horn type
Nominal impedance
6 ohms
Dimensions (w/h/d) (Approx.)
281 × 417 × 310.5 mm
Mass (Approx.)
7.0 kg net per speaker
Sub woofer
SS-WGV660 (MHC-GNX660)/
SS-WG600 (MHC-GNX600)
Sub woofer system
Tape deck section
Recording system
Frequency response
Wow and flutter
4-track 2-channel stereo
50 – 13,000 Hz (±3 dB),
using Sony TYPE I tape
±0.15% W.Peak (IEC)
0.1% W.RMS (NAB)
±0.2% W.Peak (DIN)
Tuner section
FM stereo, FM/AM superheterodyne tuner
FM tuner section
Tuning range
Antenna
Antenna terminals
Intermediate frequency
AM tuner section
Tuning range
Latin American models:
Other models:
Antenna
Antenna terminals
Intermediate frequency
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87.5 – 108.0 MHz
FM lead antenna
75 ohm unbalanced
10.7 MHz
530 – 1,710 kHz
(with the interval set at
10 kHz)
531 – 1,710 kHz
(with the interval set at
9 kHz)
531 – 1,602 kHz
(with the interval set at
9 kHz)
530 – 1,710 kHz
(with the interval set at
10 kHz)
AM loop antenna
External antenna terminal
450 kHz
2-way, 2-unit,
bass-reflex type
1-way, 1-unit,
bass-reflex type
Speaker units
Sub woofer:
20 cm, cone type
Nominal impedance
4 ohms
Dimensions (w/h/d) (Approx.)
320 × 420 × 345 mm
Mass (Approx.)
8.0 kg
General
Power requirements
Australian model:
Mexican model:
Argentina model:
Brazil model:
Other models:
230 – 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
127 V AC, 60 Hz
220 V AC, 50/60 Hz
127 V or 220 V AC,
50/60 Hz
Adjustable with voltage
selector
120 V or 220 – 240 V AC,
50/60 Hz
Adjustable with voltage
selector
Power consumption
MHC-GNX660/GNX600 110 watts
Dimensions (w/h/d) (Approx.)
HCD-GNX660/GNX600 280 × 326 × 385.5 mm
Mass (Approx.)
HCD-GNX660/GNX600 6.3 kg
Supplied accessories:
Remote Commander (1)
Batteries (2)
AM loop antenna (1)
FM lead antenna (1)
Front speaker pads (8)
Sub woofer pads (4)
Video cord (1)
(MHC-GNX660 only)
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
Additional Information
35GB
List of button locations and reference pages
How to use page 36 to 38
Use this page to find the location of buttons and other
parts of the unit, sub woofer and remote that are
mentioned in the text.
Ilustration number
r
DISPLAY 3 (23, 24, 25)
R
Name of button/part
R
Reference page
Main unit
ALPHABETICAL ORDER
A–D
ALBUM + qk (10, 12, 16 ,17)
ALBUM – ql (10, 12, 16 ,17)
CD es (8, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 23)
CD SYNC 8 (16)
Deck A wh (15, 16)
Deck B qh (15, 16, 17, 22)
DIRECTION wg (15)
DISC 1 ~ 3 qa (11)
DISC SKIP/EX-CHANGE qs
(9, 11)
Disc tray 6 (9, 29, 31)
DISPLAY 3 (23, 24, 25)
Display 5
E–L
ECHO LEVEL wa (20)
EQ BAND/MEMORY 4 (18)
GROOVE w; (18)
ILLUMINATION/
SUB WOOFER LEVEL 2
(14, 19, 24, 31)
KARAOKE* wg (20, 29)
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M–R
MASTER VOLUME ws (19, 24,
28)
MIC 1/2 (jack) wf (20, 28)
MIC 1/2 LEVEL wd (20, 28)
MP3 BOOSTER 7 (19)
PHONES (jack) qj (28)
POWER ILLUMINATOR wk
(24)
PRESET EQ wj (18, 19)
REC PAUSE/START 9 (16, 17)
S–Z
SUB WOOFER ON/OFF ed (19)
TAPE A/B e; (15, 16, 17, 23)
Tape lid qh, wh (15)
TUNER/BAND ea (14, 15, 17,
23)
TV wl (17, 23, 27)
SYMBOLS
?/1 (power) ef (7, 14, 28, 31)
Z OPEN/CLOSE q; (9, 11, 29)
N (play) qd (10, 12, 16, 29)
. OPERATION DIAL >
(forward/go backward) 1 (10,
13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 24)
M (fast forward) qk (10, 16, 30,
31)
m (rewind) ql (10, 16, 30)
X (pause) qf (10, 16)
x (stop) qg (10, 14, 16, 17, 20,
29, 31)
PUSH Z (Eject A) wh (15, 16)
PUSH Z (Eject B) qh (15, 16)
* MHC-GNX660 only
Top Panel
1
Front Panel
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es
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wl
wk
wj
wh
q;
qa
Additional Information
qs
qd
qf
qg
qh
qj
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Remote control
ALPHABETICAL ORDER
A–E
ALBUM + qf (10, 12, 16, 17)
ALBUM – qh (10, 12, 16, 17)
CD wf (10, 11, 12, 16)
CLEAR qk (12)
CLOCK/TIMER SELECT 2
(22, 23, 31)
CLOCK/TIMER SET 4 (9, 21,
22)
DISC SKIP qd (11, 12)
DISPLAY wh (23, 24, 25)
ENTER qs (9, 12, 13, 21, 22, 23)
EQ qj (18, 19)
F–Z
FM MODE 6 (15, 30)
FUNCTION 8 (11, 14, 15, 16
17, 27)
PLAY MODE 5 (10, 12, 16, 17,
29, 31)
REPEAT 6 (11)
SLEEP 1 (21)
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TAPE wd (15, 16)
TUNER/BAND 7 (13, 14)
TUNER MEMORY wg (13, 14)
TUNING MODE 5 (13, 14, 15)
VOLUME +/– qg (19, 21, 24, 28)
1
2
3
The + button has a tactile dot.*
SYMBOLS
?/1 (power) 3 (7, 22)
x (stop) qa (10, 14, 16, 17, 20,
29, 31)
X (pause) ql (10, 16)
N (play) w; (10, 12, 16, 29)
–. (go backward) ws (10, 12,
13, 17, 21, 22, 23)
>+ (go forward) wa (10, 12,
13, 17, 21, 22, 23)
m (rewind) q; (10, 16, 30)
M (fast forward) 9 (10, 16, 30,
31)
* Use the tactile dot as a reference
when operating the system.
wh
wg
wf
wd
ws
wa
w;
4
5
6
7
8
9
q;
qa
ql
qk
qs
qj
qd
qh
qf
qg
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