Sony MHC-GX570XM Operating instructions

Sony MHC-GX570XM Operating instructions
Mini HI-FI
Component System
Operating Instructions
Owner’s Record
The model and serial numbers are located on the rear of the unit. Record these numbers in the space
provided below. Refer to them whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No. ______________ Serial No. ______________
© 2006 Sony Corporation
Printed in China
This symbol is intended to alert the
user to the presence of uninsulated
“dangerous voltage” within the
product’s enclosure that may be of
sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk
of electric shock to persons.
To reduce the risk of fire or electric
shock, do not expose this apparatus to
rain or moisture.
This symbol is intended to alert the
user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.
The use of optical instruments with this product will
increase eye hazard.
Notice for the customers in the
Note on DualDiscs
This equipment has been tested and found to comply
with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant
to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed
to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This equipment
generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy
and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio
or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged
to try to correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
– Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
– Increase the separation between the equipment and
– Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is connected.
– Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired
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
Basic Operations
To set the clock
1 Turn on the system.
Press  (power) .
2 Select the clock set mode.
Press CLOCK/TIMER SET  on the remote. If the
current mode appears on the display, press /
 repeatedly to select “CLOCK SET” and then press
Music discs encoded with
copyright protection technologies
3 Set the time.
Press /  repeatedly to set the hour, and
then press ENTER . Use the same procedure to set
the minutes.
When you turn off the system after setting the clock,
the clock display appears instead of the demonstration
The clock settings are lost when you disconnect the
power cord or if a power failure occurs.
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.
• MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology and patents
licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson.
• The XM name and related logos are registered
trademarks of XM Satellite Radio Inc.
Selecting a music source
Press the following buttons (or press FUNCTION  on
the remote repeatedly).
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications
not expressly approved in this manual could void your
authority to operate this equipment.
To select
CD .
Tape (deck A or B)
TAPE on the remote (or
TAPE A/B on the unit) .
Component (connected
using an audio cord)
AUDIO IN  on the unit.
Note to CATV system installer:
This reminder is provided to call the CATV system
installer’s attention to Article 820-40 of the NEC
that provides guidelines for proper grounding and,
in particular, specifies that the cable ground shall be
connected to the grounding system of the building, as
close to the point of cable entry as practical.
Adjusting the sound
To adjust the volume
Press VOLUME +/– on the remote (or turn the
VOLUME control on the unit) .
U.S.A., Canadian and Australian
models only
To add a sound effect
ENERGY STAR® is a U.S. registered
mark. As an ENERGY STAR® partner,
Sony Corporation has determined that
this product meets the ENERGY STAR®
guidelines for energy efficiency.
Reinforce the bass and
create a more powerful
GROOVE  on the unit
repeatedly until “GROOVE”
Set the surround effect
SURROUND  on the unit
repeatedly until “SURR”
Select the preset sound
EQ  on the remote
repeatedly. To cancel,
press EQ  on the remote
repeatedly until “EQ OFF”
To turn on the subwoofer
Before using the system
Hooking up the system securely
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.
When carrying this system
1 Remove all discs to protect the CD mechanism.
2 Press CD  to select the CD function.
3 Hold down   on the unit, and press /  on the unit until
Press SUBWOOFER  on the unit repeatedly until
“SUB ON” appears. The SUBWOOFER indicator  on
the unit lights up. If you later disconnect the subwoofer,
repeat the procedure until “SUB OFF” appears. The
volume of the subwoofer is linked to the front speakers.
Playing a CD/MP3 disc
1 Select the CD function.
“STANDBY” appears.
Notes on using the remote
To receive the XM Satellite Radio
To insert additional discs, press DISC SKIP  to
rotate the disc tray.
To close the disc tray, press OPEN/CLOSE  on the
remote (or  (open/close) on the unit)  again.
Do not force the disc tray closed with your finger, as
this may damage the unit.
Introducing XM Satellite Radio
XM Radio is the satellite radio service with millions of listeners
across the U.S. Broadcasting live daily. XM Radio offers 160
digital radio channels offering music, news, sports, comedy, talk,
entertainment, traffic and weather reports, with high quality digital
FM lead antenna
(Extend it horizontally.)
Place the subwoofer vertically to obtain a better bass
reproduction. Also, position the subwoofer:
– on a solid floor where resonance is unlikely to occur.
– at least a few centimeters away from the wall.
– away from the center of the room or place a bookshelf
against a wall, to avoid generating a standing wave.
Speakers and subwoofer
Insert only the stripped portion of the
White side for North
American model
XM antenna
Connect the XM Connect-and-Play
antenna. For details, see “To receive
the XM Satellite Radio.”
Solid (Red/)
XM Connect-and-Play
antenna (not supplied)
Striped (Black/)
Speakers and subwoofer
Connect the power cord to a wall
socket. The demonstration appears
in the display.
If the plug does not fit the wall
socket, detach the supplied plug
adaptor (only for models equipped
with an adaptor).
Attach the supplied speaker pads to the bottom of the
front speakers and subwoofer to prevent slipping.
Front speaker (right)
Solid (Red/)
EX-CHANGE  on the unit.
To change the play mode
Press PLAY MODE  repeatedly while the player is
stopped. You can select normal play (“ALL DISCS”
for all discs or “1 DISC” for a disc or “ *” for all
MP3 files in the folder on the disc), shuffle play (“ALL
SHUF*”), or
program play (“PGM”).
* When playing a CD-DA disc,
(SHUF) Play performs the same
operation as 1 DISC (SHUF) Play.
To select a CD track using the number
Striped (Black/)
How to Subscribe
XM $12.95 monthly service subscription sold separately. XM
Connect and Play (TM) antenna required to receive XM service (sold
separately). Installation costs and other fees and taxes, including a
one-time activation fee may apply. Subscription fee is consumer only.
All fees and programming subject to change. Channels with frequent
explicit language are indicated with an XL. Channel blocking is
available for XM radio receivers by calling 1-800-XMRADIO.
Subscriptions subject to Customer Agreement available
at XM service only available in the 48 contiguous
United States. XM Ready and XM Connect-and-Play are trademarks
of XM Satellite Radio Inc. (C)2006 XM Satellite Radio Inc. All rights
Activate XM Service
Find the 8-character XM Radio ID of the Connect-and-Play antenna.
With the Connect-and-Play antenna connected to the unit, the Radio
ID can be found by selecting channel 0 on the radio. Press >10, 10/0,
10/0, 10/0  on the remote in that order to select channel 0.
Record the Radio ID here for reference: _______________________.
(NOTE: The XM Radio ID does not use the letters I, O, S, or F.)
Activate your XM Satellite Radio service online
at or by calling 1-800-XMRADIO
(1-800-967-2346). You will need a major credit card.
XM will send a signal from the satellites to activate the full channel
lineup. Activation normally takes 10 to 15 minutes, but during peak
busy periods, you may need to keep your player on for up to an hour.
When you can access the full channel lineup on your player, you’re
3 Start playback.
Press  (play) on the remote (or  (play/pause)
on the unit) .
Pause playback
 (pause) on the remote (or
 (play/pause) on the unit)
. To resume play, press the
button again.
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
Notes on XM Satellite Radio
Front speaker (left)
Wall socket
• To ensure optimal reception of XM’s satellite signal, move your
antenna to various window locations around your home to see where
the best reception will be received. Most XM customers place the
antenna in a south-facing window with a clear view to the sky.
• Residents in Canada please see information about XM Canada at the
following webpage: (
Select a disc
Press the number buttons  on the remote. For example,
to enter 20, press >10, 10/0, 2, 10/0, in that order. You
cannot enter 255 or more.
• If you select a channel that is not broadcasted, “OFF AIR” appears
and the previous channel is selected.
• If you select a channel using the number buttons in Category mode,
the tuning mode changes to All Channel mode automatically.
Playing a tape
1 Select a tape deck.
Press TAPE (or TAPE A/B on the unit)  repeatedly.
2 Insert a tape.
Press PUSH   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   on the unit again to
close the cassette holder.
Press the number buttons  on the remote during
normal play. For example, to enter 20, press >10, 2, 10/0,
in that order.
Notes on Repeat Play
• All tracks or files on a disc are played repeatedly up to five times.
• You cannot select “REP” and “ALL DISCS SHUF” at the same
• “REP1” indicates that a single track or file is repeated until you stop
3 Start playback.
Press  (play) on the remote (or  (play/pause)
on the unit) . Do not eject the tape during playback
or recording, as this may cause irreparable damage to
the tape and the cassette holder.
Notes on playing MP3 discs
• 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 300.
– 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.
Notes on playing multisession discs
• 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)
Listening to the radio
To listen to FM or AM
1 Select “FM” or “AM.”
Press TUNER/BAND  repeatedly.
2 Select the tuning mode.
Press TUNING MODE  repeatedly until “AUTO”
Pause playback
 (pause) on the remote (or 
(play/pause) on the unit) . To
resume play, press the button again.
Stop playback
 (stop) .
Rewind or fast
Select Relay
/ (rewind/fast forward) .
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.
PLAY MODE  repeatedly until
“RELAY” appears.
* After the playback of the front side of deck A, deck B plays the
front side, and then stops.
Changing the display
information on the
Change Display
mode (See below.)
DISPLAY  repeatedly when the
system is turned on.
DISPLAY  repeatedly when the
system is turned off.
* For example, you can view CD/CD-G/MP3 disc information, such
as the track or file number or folder name during normal play, or
the total playing time while the player is stopped. You can also view
XM radio information, such as the channel name, song title and
artist name.
The system offers the following display modes.
Display mode
When the system is off1),
The clock display is replaced by
lighting and flashing of the display
The display is turned off to conserve
power. The timer and clock continue
to operate.
The clock is displayed.
3 Tune in the desired station.
To stop automatic scanning
Press  (stop) .
To tune in a station with a weak signal
• 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.
DISC 1 – 3  on the unit
(Automatic Source Selection).
To select a channel using the number
Power Saving
The STANDBY indicator  on the unit 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.
– turning on the system by pressing the function buttons (for
example, CD ).
– changing the CD power manage function.
– resetting the system to factory settings.
The clock display automatically turns to power save mode after 8
Press OPEN/CLOSE  on the remote (or  (open/
close) on the unit) , and place a disc with the label
side up on the disc tray.
AM loop antenna
Brown side for
other regions
Switch to CD
function from other
Exchange other
discs while playing
2 Place a disc.
Find a location and an orientation that provide
good reception, and then set up the antenna.
Keep the antennas away from the speaker cords
to avoid picking up noise.
Press CD .
4 After “LOCK” appears, unplug the power cord.
 (stop) .
+/– (select folder) .
/ (go back/go forward)
(or turn the MULTI JOG dial on
the unit) .
Hold down / (rewind/fast
forward)  during playback,
and release the button at the
desired point.
REPEAT  on the remote
repeatedly until “REP” or
“REP1” appears.
DISC SKIP (or DISC 1 – 3 on
the unit)  in stop mode.
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
“MONO” appears to turn off stereo reception.
To listen to XM
You can operate and listen to the XM satellite Radio by
connecting your XM Connect-and-Play Antenna. Before
using the system, connect the XM Connect-and-Play
antenna to the XM jack of the system (see “Hooking up
the system securely”).
1 Select “XM.”
Press XM on the remote (or TUNER/BAND
repeatedly) .
2 Select the All Channel mode.
Press TUNING MODE  repeatedly until “CAT”
and “PRESET” disappear.
3 Tune in the desired channel.
Press +/– on the remote (or TUNING+/– on the unit)
 repeatedly.
To select a channel by Category mode
1 Press XM on the remote (or TUNER/BAND
repeatedly) .
2 Press TUNING MODE  repeatedly until “CAT”
3 Press CATEGORY +/–  repeatedly.
4 Press +/– on the remote (or TUNING+/– on the
unit)  repeatedly.
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
select the AUDIO IN function.
Other Operations
Creating your own CD program
(Program Play)
Use buttons on the remote to create your own program.
1 Press CD  to select the CD function.
2 Press PLAY MODE  repeatedly until “PGM”
appears while the player is stopped.
3 Press DISC SKIP  repeatedly to select a disc.
4 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.
Disc tray number Selected track or file number
Total playing time of program
(including selected track or file)
5 Press ENTER  to add the track or file to the
“– –.– –” appears when the total program time
exceeds 100 minutes for a CD, or when you select an
MP3 file.
6 Repeat steps 3 through 5 to program additional
tracks or files, up to a total of 25 tracks or files.
7 To play your program of tracks or files, press 
(play) .
The program remains available until you open the
disc tray. To play the same program again, press 
(play) .
To cancel Program Play
Press PLAY MODE  repeatedly until “PGM”
disappears 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
playing time and the number of tracks
Press DISPLAY  repeatedly while the player is
Recording onto a tape
Using the Timers
You can record on a TYPE I (normal) tape in two ways:
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.
CD Synchro Recording:
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 into deck B with the
side you want to record facing forward, and then
press TAPE A/B  repeatedly to select TAPE B.
2 Prepare the recording source.
For CD Synchro Recording:
Press CD  to select the CD function. Load the
disc you want to record, and press DISC SKIP 
repeatedly to select the disc.
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 or MP3 files in
your desired order, perform steps 2 to 6 of “Creating
your own CD program.”
For Manual Recording:
Select the desired source to record.
3 Set deck B to stand by for recording.
For CD Synchro Recording:
Press CD SYNC .
For Manual Recording:
4 Start recording.
While recording, you cannot listen to other sources.
For CD Synchro Recording:
Press REC PAUSE/START . When the recording
is completed, the CD player and the tape deck stop
For Manual Recording:
Press REC 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
Press  (stop) .
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
• Recording stops if you change to a different function.
• You cannot eject the disc during CD Synchro Recording.
Creating your own sound effect
You can raise or lower the levels of specific frequency
ranges, and then store the setting as “USER” in the
1 Select the audio emphasis you want for your
basic sound using EQ on the remote, and
SURROUND and GROOVE on the unit .
2 Press EQ BAND  on the unit repeatedly to
select a frequency band, and then turn the
MULTI JOG dial  on the unit to adjust the
frequency level. Repeat this for each band you
want to adjust.
3 Press +/–  repeatedly to select your desired
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, 10 AM and 20 XM
stations. The preset stations are retained for about half
a day even if you disconnect the power cord or if a
power failure occurs.
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.
Note on presetting XM stations
You cannot preset XM stations except when you receive the station.
Frequency band
Frequency level
Sleep Timer:
You can fall asleep to music. This function works even if
the clock is not set.
Press SLEEP  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
Play Timer:
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.
“COMPLETE” appears.
The setting is stored in the memory.
4 To call up the personal sound effect, press
EQ  on the remote repeatedly until “USER”
To cancel the sound effect
Press EQ  on the remote repeatedly until “EQ OFF”
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.
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 program.
For Rec Timer:
Tune in the preset radio station.
3 Press /  repeatedly to select “PLAY
SET” or “REC SET,” and then press ENTER .
“ON” 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 minutes.
5 Use the same procedure as in step 4 to set the
time to stop playing or recording.
6 Select the sound source or prepare the tape.
For Play Timer:
Press /  repeatedly until the desired
sound source appears, and then press ENTER . The
display shows the timer settings.
For Rec Timer:
Load a recordable tape into deck B. The display
shows the timer settings.
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
Press CLOCK/TIMER SELECT , press / 
repeatedly until “PLAY SELECT” or “REC SELECT”
appears, and then press ENTER .
To cancel the timer
Repeat the same procedure as above until “TIMER OFF”
appears, and then press ENTER .
To change the setting
Start over from step 1.
• 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 Hold down EQ  on the remote until
The display starts flashing as soon as you
plug in the power cord even though you
have not turned on the system.
• Press DISPLAY  twice while the system is off. The
demonstration disappears.
To change the AM tuning interval
(power) .
All the AM preset stations are erased. To reset the
interval to the factory preset, repeat the procedure.
The remote does not function.
• 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.
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.
Play does not start from the first track.
• Press PLAY MODE  repeatedly until both “PGM”
and “SHUF” disappear to return to normal play.
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.
Severe hum or noise, or stations cannot be
received. (“TUNED” or “STEREO” flashes on
the display.)
• Connect the antenna properly.
• Find a location and an orientation that provide good
reception, and then set up the antenna again.
• Connect a commercially available external antenna.
• Turn off nearby electrical equipment.
Tape deck
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
The system cannot receive channels at all.
• Check that the XM Connect-and-Play antenna is
• The receiving condition is not good. Move to the place
where the condition is good.
• Check that you subscribed (See “To receive the XM
Satellite Radio”).
“TUNING” keeps appearing and channels
cannot be received, or “ERR XXXX (XXXX
are alphameric characters)” appears
• Press  (power)  to turn off the system, and
press the button again to turn on the system. If the
issue persists, the XM Connect-and-Play antenna may
be broken. Have the antenna repaired or replace the
antenna with another antenna.
COMPLETE : The preset operation ended normally.
LOCKED : The disc tray does not open. Contact your
nearest Sony dealer.
NO DISC : There is no disc in the player, or you have
loaded a disc that cannot be played.
NO STEP : All of the programmed 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 IN USE : 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
READING : The system is reading information of the
disc. Some buttons are not available.
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.
STEP FULL : You tried to program more than 26 tracks
or files (steps).
OFF TIME NG : The Play Timer or Rec Timer start and
end times are set to the same time.
ANTENNA : The XM Connect-and-Play antenna is not
connected. Check the connection of the antenna cord,
and then turn the system on again.
CH – – – : You have entered an invalid channel number.
The channel to be tuned-in is void due to the change
by the broadcast service, or the receiving condition is
not good.
LOADING : The system have not finished receiving the
entire audio data or text information. Some buttons are
not available.
NO SIGNAL : The receiving condition is not good. Try
moving the antenna to another location. Make sure
the antenna points south. For details about the antenna
location, see the instructions supplied with the XM
Connect-and-Play antenna.
OFF AIR : The channel is not broadcasted now.
UPDATING : You have not subscribed for XM or the
channel is not authorized. You need to subscribe for
– – – : There is no text information or time information
in the channel. This is not an error. The text
information may not be displayed depending on the
system condition, for example, right after the system
has received a channel.
Display examples
2 (two)
5 (five)
6 (six)
8 (eight)
0 (zero)
Break off the cassette’s overwrite protection tab from
side A or B as illustrated.
Break off the
cassette tab
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To later reuse the tape for recording, cover the broken tab
with adhesive tape.
About a tape longer than 90 minutes
The use of the tape with more than 90 minutes of play
time is not recommended except for long, continuous
recording or playback.
Cleaning the tape heads
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
To reset the system to factory
All user-configured settings, such as preset radio
stations, timer, and the clock, are deleted.
(power)  while holding down  (stop) .
“CD POWER OFF” appears. With CD player power
turned off, disc access time is increased. To turn on
CD player power, repeat the procedure until “CD
POWER ON” appears.
2 Press ,   and DISC 1  at the same
To prevent a tape from being accidentally
recorded over
1 Press CD  to select the CD function.
2 Press  (power)  to turn off the system.
3 After “STANDBY” stops flashing, press /
then turn on the system.
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.
Turn off CD player power by using the CD power
management function. By default, CD power is turned
on. You cannot change the setting in Power Saving
Use buttons on the unit to turn off CD player power.
• Check that the striped (or solid) cord is connected to
the speaker’s – (or +) jack correctly.
Cleaning the cabinet
To improve tuner reception
1 Disconnect and reconnect the power cord, and
• 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
2 While holding down TUNING – , press 
Sound lacks bass.
Severe hum or noise.
• Place the speakers as symmetrically as possible.
• Connect only the supplied speakers.
1 Tune in any AM station, and then turn off the
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 system to its factory
default settings.
Sound comes from one channel, or the left
and right volumes are unbalanced.
The AM tuning interval is factory-preset to 9 kHz (or 10
kHz, for some areas). You cannot change the AM tuning
interval in Power Saving Mode.
Use buttons on the unit to change the AM tuning interval.
Discs that this system CAN play
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.
• 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)
• Discs that have adhesive tape, paper, or sticker attached
to them
• Rental or used discs with attached seals where the glue
extends beyond the seal
• 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.
• 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.
Main unit
(MHC-GX570XM The United States model only):
With 6 ohm loads, both channels driven, from 120 – 10,000 Hz; rated
125 watts per channel minimum RMS power, with no more than 10% total
harmonic distortion from 250 milliwatts to rated output.
Amplifier section
Front speaker:
Continuous RMS power output (reference): 145 + 145 W (6 ohms at 1 kHz,
10% THD)
Total harmonic distortion: less than 0.07% (6 ohms at 1 kHz, 80 W)
Continuous RMS power output (reference): 170 W (6 ohms at 80 Hz, 10%
Total harmonic distortion: less than 0.07% (6 ohms at 80 Hz, 90 W)
AUDIO IN (stereo mini jack): voltage 250 mV, impedance 47 kilohms
PHONES (stereo mini jack): accepts headphones of 8 ohms or more
SPEAKER: accepts impedance of 6 to 16 ohms
SUBWOOFER OUT: 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.
Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Signal-to-noise ratio: More than 90 dB
Dynamic range: More than 90 dB
Tape deck section
Recording system: 4-track 2-channel, stereo
Frequency response: 50 – 13,000 Hz (±3 dB), using Sony TYPE I cassettes
Wow and flutter: ±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: 87.5 – 108.0 MHz (100 kHz step)
Antenna: FM lead antenna
Antenna terminals: 75 ohms unbalanced
Intermediate frequency: 10.7 MHz
AM tuner section:
Tuning range: 530 – 1,710 kHz (with 10 kHz tuning interval)
531 – 1,710 kHz (with 9 kHz tuning interval)
Antenna: AM loop antenna, external antenna terminal
Intermediate frequency: 450 kHz
Front speaker SS-RG490
Speaker system: 3-way, 3-unit, bass-reflex type
Speaker units: Subwoofer 13 cm, cone type, Woofer 13 cm, cone type,
Tweeter 5 cm, horn type
Nominal impedance: 6 ohms
Dimensions (w/h/d): Approx. 220 × 360 × 235 mm
Mass: Approx. 3.8 kg net per speaker
Subwoofer SS-WG490
Speaker system: Bass-reflex type
Speaker units: Woofer 20 cm, cone type
Nominal impedance: 6 ohms
Dimensions (w/h/d): Approx. 265 × 325 × 325 mm
Mass: Approx. 5.8 kg
Power requirements: AC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power consumption:
U.S.A model: 270 W
Canadian model: 360 VA
Dimensions (w/h/d) (excl. speakers): Approx. 280 × 348 × 412.3 mm
Mass (excl. speakers): Approx. 9.4 kg
Supplied accessories: Remote Commander (1)/R6 (size AA) batteries (2)/AM
loop antenna (1)/FM lead antenna (1)/Speaker pads (12)
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.
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