Sony CMT-NEZ3 Operating instructions

Sony CMT-NEZ3 Operating instructions
Micro HI-FI
Component System
Operating Instructions
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Applicable accessories: Remote commander
Adjusting the sound
Listening to the radio
To adjust the volume
1 Select “FM” or “AM.”
Press VOLUME +/– on the remote (or turn the
VOLUME control on the unit) .
2 Select the tuning mode.
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Printed in China
Except for customers in the
U.S.A. and Canada
This appliance is
classified as a CLASS
1 LASER product. This
marking is located on the
rear exterior.
To reduce the risk of fire or electric
shock, do not expose this apparatus to
rain or moisture.
To reduce the risk of fire, do not cover the ventilation of
the apparatus with newspapers, tablecloths, curtains, etc.
And do not place lighted candles on the apparatus.
Generate a more dynamic DSGX  on the unit.
sound (Dynamic Sound
Generator X-tra)
Set the sound effect
A DualDisc is a two sided disc product which mates
DVD recorded material on one side with digital
audio material on the other side. However, since the
audio material side does not conform to the Compact
Disc (CD) standard, playback on this product is not
Playing a CD/MP3 disc
1 Select the CD function.
Press CD  on the remote.
2 Place a disc.
Music discs encoded with
copyright protection technologies
Press  PUSH OPEN/CLOSE  on the unit,
and place a disc with the label side up on the CD
To close the CD compartment, press  PUSH OPEN/
CLOSE  on the unit.
This product is designed to playback discs that
conform to the Compact Disc (CD) standard. Recently,
various music discs encoded with copyright protection
technologies are marketed by some record companies.
Please be aware that among those discs, there are some
that do not conform to the CD standard and may not be
playable by this product.
3 Tune in the desired station.
Press +/– on the remote (or TUNING +/– on the unit)
. Scanning stops automatically when a station is
tuned in, and then “TUNED” and “STEREO” (for
stereo programs) appear.
EQ  on the remote
repeatedly to select “BASS”
or “TREBLE,” and then
press / 
repeatedly to adjust the level.
MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology and patents
licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson.
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not
place objects filled with liquids, such as vases, on the
Press TUNING MODE  repeatedly until “AUTO”
To add a sound effect
Note on DualDiscs
Printed on 100% recycled paper
using VOC (Volatile Organic
Compound)-free vegetable oil
based ink.
Press TUNER/BAND  repeatedly.
To stop automatic scanning
Press  (stop) .
To tune in a station with a weak signal
If “TUNED” does not appear and the scanning does
not stop, press TUNING MODE  repeatedly until
“AUTO” and “PRESET” disappear, and then press
+/– on the remote (or TUNING +/– on the unit) 
repeatedly to tune in the desired station.
To reduce static noise on a weak FM stereo
Press FM MODE  on the remote repeatedly until
“STEREO” disappears to turn off stereo reception.
Playing a tape
1 Select the tape function.
Press TAPE  on the remote.
Connect the unit to an easily accessible AC outlet.
Should you notice an abnormality in the unit, disconnect
the main plug from the AC outlet immediately.
2 Insert a tape.
3 Start playback.
Press PUSH OPEN/CLOSE   on the unit, and
insert the TYPE I (normal) tape into the cassette
holder with the side you want to play facing forward.
Make sure there is no slack in the tape to avoid
damaging the tape or the tape deck. Press PUSH
OPEN/CLOSE   on the unit again to close the
cassette holder.
Press  (play)  on the remote (or CD/ (play/
pause)  on the unit).
Do not install the appliance in a confined space, such as
a bookcase or built-in cabinet.
Pause playback
 (pause)  on the remote (or
CD/ (play/pause)  on the
unit). To resume play, press the
button again.
Before using the system
To use the remote
Slide and remove the battery compartment lid , and
insert the two supplied R6 (size AA) batteries,  side
first, matching the polarities shown below.
Hooking up the system securely
Stop playback
Select a folder on an
MP3 disc
Select a track or file
Find a point in a
track or file
Select Repeat Play
To set the clock
1 Turn on the system.
+/– (select folder) .
/ (go back/go forward)
Hold down / (rewind/fast
forward)  during playback,
and release the button at the
desired point.
REPEAT  on the remote
repeatedly until “REPEAT” or
“REPEAT 1” appears.
Press  (power) .
Solid (Red/)
Left speaker
Solid (Black/)
Insert only the stripped portion of the cord.
Right speaker
Find a location and an orientation that provide
good reception, and then set up the antenna.
Keep the antennas away from the speaker cords
and the power cord to avoid picking up noise.
Brown side for
other regions
Connect the power cord to a wall socket.
If the plug does not fit the wall socket, detach the supplied
plug adaptor (only for models equipped with an adaptor).
White side for North
American model
Wall socket
AM loop antenna
Press PLAY MODE  repeatedly while the player is
stopped. You can select normal play (“ ” for all MP3
files in the folder on the disc), shuffle play (“SHUF” or
SHUF*”), or program play (“PGM”).
* When playing a CD-DA disc,
(SHUF) Play performs the same
Notes on Repeat Play
Press CLOCK/TIMER SET  on the remote. If the
current mode appears on the display, press /
 on the remote repeatedly to select “CLOCK” and
then press ENTER  on the remote.
• All tracks or files on a disc are played repeatedly up to five times.
• “REPEAT 1” indicates that a single track or file is repeated until you
stop it.
Notes on playing MP3 discs
To select
• Do not save other types of files or unnecessary folders on a disc that
has MP3 files.
• Folders that have no MP3 files are skipped.
• MP3 files are played back in the order that they are recorded onto
the disc.
• The system can only play MP3 files that have a file extension of
• If there are files on the disc that have the “.MP3” file extension,
but that are not MP3 files, the unit may produce noise or may
• The maximum number of:
– folders is 150 (including the root folder).
– MP3 files is 255.
– MP3 files and folders that can be contained on a single disc is 256.
– folder levels (the tree structure of files) is 8.
• Compatibility with all MP3 encoding/writing software, recording
device, and recording media cannot be guaranteed. Incompatible
MP3 discs may produce noise or interrupted audio or may not play
at all.
CD  on the remote.
Notes on playing multisession discs
TAPE  on the remote.
Component (connected
using an audio cord)
FUNCTION  repeatedly
until “AUDIO IN” appears.
3 Set the time.
Press /  on the remote repeatedly to set
the hour, and then press ENTER  on the remote.
Use the same procedure to set the minute.
The clock settings are lost when you disconnect the
power cord or if a power failure occurs.
Selecting a music source
FM lead antenna
(Extend it horizontally.)
To change the play mode
operation as normal (SHUF) Play.
2 Select the clock set mode.
Press the following buttons (or press FUNCTION 
Press  (play)  on the remote (or TAPE/
(play/pause)  on the unit).
 (stop) .
Notes on using the remote
• With normal use, the batteries should last for about six months.
• Do not mix an old battery with a new one or mix different types of
• If you do not use the remote for a long period of time, remove the
batteries to avoid damage from battery leakage and corrosion.
3 Start playback.
• If the disc begins with a CD-DA (or MP3) session, it is recognized
as a CD-DA (or MP3) disc, and playback continues until another
session is encountered.
• A disc with a mixed CD format is recognized as a CD-DA (audio)
Pause playback
 (pause)  on the remote (or
TAPE/ (play/pause)  on the
unit). To resume play, press the
button again.
Stop playback
 (stop) .
Rewind or fast
/ (rewind/fast forward) .
Changing the display
To change
Information on
the display*
DISPLAY  on the remote
repeatedly when the system is on.
Display mode
(See below.)
DISPLAY  on the remote
repeatedly when the system is off.
* For example, you can view CD/MP3 disc information, such as the
track or file number or folder name during normal play, or the total
play time while the player is stopped.
The system offers the following display modes.
Display mode
When the system is off,1)
Power Saving
The clock is displayed.
The display is turned off to conserve
power. The timer and clock continue
to operate.
The STANDBY indicator lights up when the system is off.
When the system is in Power Saving Mode, the following functions
are unavailable:
– setting the clock
– changing the AM tuning interval
– changing the CD power manage function
Notes on the display information
• The following are not displayed;
– total playing time for a CD-DA disc depending on the play mode.
– total playing time for an MP3 disc.
– remaining playing time for an MP3 file.
• The following are not displayed correctly;
– elapsed playing time of an MP3 file encoded using a VBR
(variable bit rate).
– folder and file names that do not follow either the ISO9660 Level
1, Level 2 or Joliet in the expansion format.
• The following are displayed;
– ID3 tag information for MP3 files when ID3 version 1 and version
2 tags are used.
– up to 30 characters of ID3 tag information using uppercase letters
(A to Z), numbers (0 to 9), and symbols (" $ % ’ ( ) * + , – . / < =
> @ [ \ ] _ ` { | }).
Using optional audio
To connect an optional headphones
Connect headphones to the PHONES jack  on the
To connect an optional component
Connect additional audio component to the AUDIO
IN jack  on the unit using an audio analog cord (not
supplied). Turn down the volume on the system, and then
press FUNCTION  repeatedly to select the AUDIO IN
Other Operations
Creating your own CD program
Recording onto a tape
(Program Play)
You can record on a TYPE I (normal) tape in two ways:
Use buttons on the remote to create your own program.
CD Synchro Recording:
1 Press CD  to select the CD function.
2 Press PLAY MODE  repeatedly until “PGM”
appears while the player is stopped.
3 Press /  repeatedly until the desired
track number appears.
When programming MP3 files, press
+/– (select
folder)  repeatedly to select the desired folder, and
then select the desired file.
Selected track or file number
Total playing time of program
(including selected track or file)
Press ENTER  to add the track or file to the
“– –.– –” appears when the total time exceeds 100
minutes for a CD, or when you select an MP3 file.
5 Repeat steps 3 through 4 to program additional
tracks or files, up to a total of 25 tracks or files.
6 To play your program of tracks or files, press 
(play) .
The program remains available until you open the CD
compartment. To play the same program again, select
the CD function, and press  (play) .
You can record an entire CD onto a tape.
Manual Recording:
You can record just the portions you like from a sound
source, including connected audio components.
Use buttons on the unit to control tape recording.
1 Load a recordable tape with the side you want to
record facing forward.
2 Prepare the recording source.
Press PLAY MODE  repeatedly until both “PGM” and
“SHUF” disappear while the player is stopped.
To delete the last track or file of the program
Press CLEAR  while the player is stopped.
To view program information, such as total
track number of the program
Press DISPLAY  repeatedly.
Presetting radio stations
You can preset your favorite radio stations and tune
them in instantly by selecting the corresponding preset
Use buttons on the remote to preset stations.
1 Tune in the desired station (see “Listening to the
Preset number
preset number.
If another station is already assigned to the selected
preset number, the station is replaced by the new
4 Press ENTER .
5 Repeat steps 1 through 4 to store other stations.
You can preset up to 20 FM and 10 AM stations. The
preset stations are retained for about half a day even
if you disconnect the power cord or if a power failure
6 To call up a preset radio station, press TUNING
MODE  repeatedly until “PRESET” appears,
and then press +/–  repeatedly to select the
desired preset number.
7 Press  (power)  to turn off the system.
The system turns on 15 seconds before the preset
time. If the system is on at the preset time, the Play
Timer and the Rec Timer will not play or record.
To activate or check the timer again
For Manual Recording:
Select the desired source to record.
• The Play Timer setting remains as long as the setting is not canceled
• The volume is reduced to minimum during the Rec Timer.
• The Rec Timer is canceled automatically after the Rec Timer has
been activated.
3 Set the tape deck to stand by for recording.
For CD Synchro Recording:
Press CD SYNC .
For Manual Recording:
Press  PAUSE/START .
4 Start recording.
For CD Synchro Recording:
Press  PAUSE/START . When the recording
is completed, the CD player and the tape deck stop
automatically. If you are recording onto a tape and
the tape reaches the end of the front side part-way
through a track or file, “TURN TAPE” appears. Turn
the tape over to the reverse side, re-insert it, and
“PUSH REC” appears. And then press  PAUSE/
For Manual Recording:
Press  PAUSE/START , and then start playing
the desired recording source.
If there is noise while recording from the tuner,
reposition the appropriate antenna to reduce the noise.
To stop recording
To cancel the timer
Repeat the same procedure as above until “OFF”
appears, and then press ENTER .
To change the setting
Start over from step 1.
1 Make sure the power cord and speaker cords are
correctly and firmly connected.
2 Find your problem in the checklist below, and
take the indicated corrective action.
If the issue persists, contact your nearest Sony dealer.
If the STANDBY indicator flashes
Immediately unplug the power cord, and check the
following item.
• If your system has a voltage selector, is the voltage
selector set to the correct voltage?
• Are the + and – speaker cords short-circuited?
• Are you using only the supplied speakers?
• Is anything blocking the ventilation holes on the
back of the system?
After the STANDBY indicator  stops flashing,
reconnect the power cord, and turn on the system. If
the issue persists, contact your nearest Sony dealer.
Sound comes from one channel, or the left
and right volumes are unbalanced.
• Place the speakers as symmetrically as possible.
• Connect only the supplied speakers.
COMPLETE : The preset operation ended normally.
FULL : You tried to program more than 26 tracks or files
NO DISC : There is no disc in the player, or you have
loaded a disc that cannot be played.
NO STEP : All of the programed tracks have been
NO TAB : You cannot record because the overwrite
protection tab has been removed from the cassette.
NO TAPE : There is no tape in the tape deck.
NOT USED : You pressed an invalid button.
OVER : You have reached the end of the disc while
pressing  (fast forward)  during playback or
PUSH SELECT : You tried to set the clock or timer
during timer operation.
PUSH STOP : You pressed PLAY MODE  during
SET CLOCK : You tried to select the timer when the
clock is not set.
SET TIMER : You tried to select the timer when the
Play Timer or Rec Timer is not set.
TIME NG : The Play Timer or Rec Timer start and end
times are set to the same time.
Display examples
Severe hum or noise.
2 (two)
• Move the system away from sources of noise.
• Connect the system to a different wall socket.
• Install a noise filter (available separately) to the power
5 (five)
The remote does not function.
0 (zero)
• Remove any obstacles between the remote and the
remote sensor  on the unit, and position the unit
away from fluorescent lights.
• Point the remote at the system’s sensor.
• Move the remote closer to the system.
6 (six)
8 (eight)
CD/MP3 player
The sound skips, or the disc will not play.
• Wipe the disc clean, and replace it.
• Move the system to a location away from vibration (for
example, on top of a stable stand).
• Move the speakers away from the system, or place
them on separate stands. At high volume, speaker
vibration may cause the sound to skip.
• Completely disconnect the power cord (mains lead)
from the wall socket (mains) if it is not going to be
used for an extended period of time. When unplugging
the unit, always grip the plug. Never pull the cord
• Should any solid object or liquid get into the system,
unplug the system, and have it checked by qualified
personnel before operating it again.
• The AC power cord can be changed only by a qualified
service facility.
On placement
• Do not place the system in an inclined position or in
locations that are extremely hot, cold, dusty, dirty, or
humid or lacking adequate ventilation, or subject to
vibration, direct sunlight or a bright light.
• Be careful when placing the unit or speakers on
surfaces that have been specially treated (for example,
with wax, oil, polish) as staining or discoloration of the
surface may result.
• If the system is brought directly from a cold to a warm
location or is placed in a very damp room, moisture
may condense on the lens inside the CD player, and
cause the system to malfunction. In this situation,
remove the disc, and leave the system turned on for
about a few hours until the moisture evaporates.
On heat buildup
• Heat buildup on the unit during operation is normal and
is not cause for alarm.
• Do not touch the cabinet if it has been used
continuously at a high volume because the cabinet may
have become hot.
• Do not obstruct the ventilation holes.
On the speaker system
This speaker system is not magnetically shielded, and
the picture on nearby TV sets may become magnetically
distorted. In this situation, turn off the TV, wait 15 to 30
minutes, and turn it back on.
If there is no improvement, move the speakers far away
from the TV.
Cleaning the cabinet
Clean this system with a soft cloth slightly moistened
with a mild detergent solution. Do not use any type
of abrasive pad, scouring powder, or solvent, such as
thinner, benzine, or alcohol.
To prevent a tape from being accidentally
recorded over
Break off the cassette’s overwrite protection tab from
side A or B as illustrated.
Break off the
cassette tab
Play does not start from the first track.
• Return to Normal Play by pressing PLAY MODE 
repeatedly until both “PGM” and “SHUF” disappear.
Press  (stop) .
Starting playback takes more time than usual.
• The following discs take a longer time to start playback.
– a disc recorded with a complicated tree structure.
– a disc recorded in multisession mode.
– a disc that has not been finalized (a disc to which data
can be added).
– a disc that has many folders.
To later reuse the tape for recording, cover the broken tab
with adhesive tape.
About a tape longer than 90 minutes
Using the Timers
The system offers three timer functions. You cannot
activate both the Play Timer and the Rec Timer at the
same time. If you use either with the Sleep Timer, the
Sleep Timer has priority.
3 Press +/–  repeatedly to select your desired
For Rec Timer:
Load a recordable tape. The display shows the timer
Press CLOCK/TIMER SELECT , press / 
repeatedly until “PLAY SEL” or “REC SEL” appears,
and then press ENTER .
Recording stops if you change to a different function.
For Play Timer:
Press /  repeatedly until the desired
sound source appears, and then press ENTER . The
display shows the timer settings.
For CD Synchro Recording:
Press CD  on the remote to select the CD function.
Load the disc you want to record.
When recording a folder from an MP3 disc, press
PLAY MODE  repeatedly to select “ ” and then
+/– (select folder)  repeatedly to select
the desired folder.
To record only your favorite CD tracks in your desired
order, perform steps 2 through 5 of “Creating your
own CD program.”
While recording, you cannot listen to other sources.
To cancel Program Play
6 Select the sound source or prepare the tape.
Sleep Timer:
• Connect the antenna properly.
• Find a location and an orientation that provide good
reception, and then set up the antenna again.
• Keep the antennas away from the speaker cords and the
power cord to avoid picking up noise.
• Connect a commercially available external antenna.
• Turn off nearby electrical equipment.
Play Timer:
Tape deck
You can wake up to CD, tape or tuner at a preset time.
Rec Timer:
You can record a preset radio station at a specified time.
Use buttons on the remote to control the Play Timer and
the Rec Timer. Make sure you have set the clock.
1 Prepare the sound source.
For Play Timer:
Prepare the sound source, and then press VOLUME
+/–  to adjust the volume.
To start from a specific CD track or MP3 file, create
your own CD program.
For Rec Timer:
Tune in the preset radio station.
3 Press /  repeatedly to select “PLAY
SET” or “REC SET” then press ENTER .
“ON TIME” appears, and the hour indication flashes.
4 Set the time to start playing or recording.
Press /  repeatedly to set the hour,
and then press ENTER .
The minute indication flashes. Use the procedure
above to set the minute.
5 Use the same procedure as in step 4 to set the
time to stop playing or recording.
The sound exhibits excessive wow or flutter
or dropout.
• Clean the capstans and pinch rollers. Also, clean and
demagnetize the tape heads. See “Precautions” for details.
To reset the system to factory settings
If the system still does not operate properly, reset the
system to factory settings. You cannot reset the system to
factory settings in Power Saving Mode.
Use buttons on the unit to reset the unit to its factory
default settings.
1 Disconnect and reconnect the power cord, and
then turn on the system.
2 Press  (stop)  and  (power) , and turn
VOLUME control  to the left at the same time.
All user-configured settings, such as preset radio
stations, timer, and the clock, are deleted.
Cleaning the tape heads
Severe hum or noise, or stations cannot be
You can fall asleep to music. This function works even if
the clock is not set.
Press SLEEP  on the remote repeatedly. If you select
“AUTO,” the system automatically turns off after the
current disc or tape stops or in 100 minutes.
Do not select “AUTO” during Synchro Recording of a
The use of the tape with more than 90 minutes of play
time is not recommended except for long, continuous
recording or playback.
Discs that this system CAN play
• Audio CD
• CD-R/CD-RW (audio data/MP3 files)
Discs that this system CANNOT play
• CD-R/CD-RW other than those recorded in music CD
format or MP3 format conforming to ISO9660 Level
1/Level 2, Joliet or multisession
• CD-R/CD-RW recorded in multisession that have not
ended by “closing the session”
• CD-R/CD-RW of poor recording quality, CD-R/CDRW that have scratches or are dirty, or CD-R/CD-RW
recorded with an incompatible recording device
• CD-R/CD-RW which is finalized incorrectly
• Discs containing files other than MPEG 1 Audio Layer3 (MP3) files
• Discs of non-standard shape (for example, heart,
square, star)
• Some discs that have adhesive tape, paper, or sticker
attached to them
• Some rental or used discs with attached seals where the
glue extends beyond the seal
• Some discs that have labels printed using ink that feels
tacky when touched
Notes on discs
• Before playing, wipe the disc with a cleaning cloth
from the center out to the edge.
• Do not clean discs with solvents, such as benzine
thinner, or commercially available cleaners or antistatic spray intended for vinyl LPs.
• Do not expose discs to direct sunlight or heat sources
such as hot air ducts, nor leave it in a car parked in
direct sunlight.
On safety
• The unit is not disconnected from the AC power source
(mains) as long as it is connected to the wall socket,
even if the unit itself has been turned off.
Use dry- or wet-type cleaning cassette (available
separately) after every 10 hours of use, before you start
an important recording, or after playing an old tape.
Failure to clean the tape heads can cause degraded sound
quality or an inability of the unit to record or play tapes.
For details, refer to the instructions of the cleaning
Demagnetizing the tape heads
Use a demagnetizing cassette (available separately)
after every 20 to 30 hours of use. Failure to demagnetize
the tape heads can cause an increase in noise, a loss of
high frequency sound, and an inability to completely
erase tapes. For details, refer to the instructions of the
demagnetizing cassette.
Main unit
Amplifier section
DIN power output (rated): 11 + 11 W (6 ohms at 1 kHz, DIN)
Continuous RMS power output (reference): 15 + 15 W (6 ohms at 1 kHz,
10% THD)
Music power output (reference): 28 + 28 W
AUDIO IN: Sensitivity 250 mV, impedance 47 kilohms
PHONES: Accepts headphones with an impedance of 8 ohms or more
SPEAKER: Accepts impedance of 6 to 16 ohms
CD player section
System: Compact disc and digital audio system
Laser Diode Properties
Emission Duration: Continuous
Laser Output*: Less than 44.6µW
* This output is the value measurement at a distance of 200 mm from the
objective lens surface on the Optical Pick-up Block with 7mm aperture.
Tape deck section
Recording system: 4-track 2-channel, stereo
Tuner section
FM stereo, FM/AM superheterodyne tuner
FM tuner section:
Tuning range: 87.5 – 108.0 MHz (50 kHz step)
Antenna: FM lead antenna
Antenna terminals: 75 ohms unbalanced
Intermediate frequency: 10.7 MHz
AM tuner section:
Tuning range: 531 – 1,602 kHz (with 9 kHz tuning interval)
Antenna: AM loop antenna, external antenna terminal
Intermediate frequency: 450 kHz
Speaker system: Full Range Speaker System
Speaker units: 10 cm dia., cone type
Nominal impedance: 6 ohms
Dimensions (w/h/d): Approx. 145 × 235 × 155 mm
Mass: Approx. 1.5 kg net per speaker
Power requirements: AC 230 V, 50/60 Hz
Power consumption: 45 watts
0.5 watts (in Power Saving Mode)
Dimensions (w/h/d) (excl. speakers): Approx. 164 × 235 × 265 mm
Mass (excl. speakers): Approx. 3.3 kg
Supplied accessories: Remote Commander (1)/R6 (size AA) batteries (2)/AM
loop antenna (1)/FM lead antenna (1)
Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
• Standby power consumption: 0.5 W
• Halogenated flame retardants are not used in the
certain printed wiring boards.
• Lead-free solder is used for soldering certain parts.
• Halogenated flame retardants are not used in cabinets.
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