Sony Atrac3/MP3 User's manual

Sony Atrac3/MP3 User's manual
2-318-868-11 (1)
This warranty is valid only in the United States.
D-NE319/NE320/NE321
Operating Instructions
Atrac CD Walkman
Portable
CD Player
Sony Corporation Printed in China
© 2004 Sony Corporation
WARNING
To prevent fire or shock hazard,
do not expose the unit to rain
or moisture.
Do not install the appliance in a confined
space, such as a bookcase or built-in
cabinet.
To prevent fire, do not cover the ventilation
of the apparatus with newspapers, tablecloths, 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.
CAUTION
The use of optical instruments with this
product will increase eye hazard.
Certain countries may regulate disposal
of the battery used to power this product.
Please consult with your local authority.
CAUTION
• INVISIBLE LASER RADIATION
WHEN OPEN
• DO NOT STARE INTO BEAM OR
VIEW DIRECTLY WITH OPTICAL
INSTRUMENTS
• CLASS 1M INVISIBLE LASER
RADIATION WHEN OPEN
• DO NOT VIEW DIRECTLY WITH
OPTICAL INSTRUMENTS
The validity of the CE marking is restricted
to only those countries where it is legally
enforced, mainly in the countries EEA
(European Economic Area).
Owner’s Record
The model number and the serial number are
located at the rear of the CD player. Record these
numbers in the spaces provided below. Refer to them
whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding
this product.
Model No. __________________________
Serial No. __________________________
2
For customers who purchased this product in
the USA
Product registration
Please register this product on line at www.sony.
com/walkmanreg
<http://www.sony.com/walkmanreg>
Proper registration will enable us to send you periodic
mailings about software upgrades, new products,
services and other important announcements. Thank
you.
If you have any questions about this product,
contact:
www.sony.com/walkmansupport
Sony Network Portable Audio Support Line
1-(866)-456-7669
Sony Customer Information Services Center
12451 Gateway Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL 33913
This equipment has been tested and found to comply
with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant
to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. However, there
is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment
off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
– Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
– Increase the separation between the equipment and
receiver.
– Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
– Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications
not expressly approved in this manual could void your
authority to operate this equipment.
Table of Contents
Create Your Own ATRAC CDs ................ 4
Which discs can you play on this CD
player? .......................................................5
Precautions ............................................ 7
On safety ....................................................7
On the CD player .......................................7
On handling CDs ........................................7
On headphones/earphones ..........................7
Getting Started
Checking the Supplied Accessories..... 8
Playing your favorite play lists (m3u play
list play) ...................................................21
Playing tracks in your favorite order (PGM
play).........................................................22
Playing tracks repeatedly (Repeat play) ...22
Changing Sound Quality ..................... 23
Selecting the sound quality ......................23
Customizing sound quality .......................23
SOUND items ..........................................24
Changing Optional Settings ................ 25
Setting various functions ..........................25
OPTION items .........................................26
Guide to Parts and Controls.................. 9
Preparing a Power Source
(Dry Battery) ........................................ 10
When using a rechargeable battery (for DNE321 HK4, E18/1 models only*)..........11
Checking the remaining power of the
battery ......................................................12
When using the AC power adaptor ...........13
Playback
Playing a CD ......................................... 14
Basic playback operations (Play, stop,
search) .....................................................15
Locking the controls (HOLD) ..................16
Additional Information
Troubleshooting ................................... 28
Maintenance ......................................... 31
Specifications....................................... 31
Optional Accessories .......................... 32
Index ..................................................... 33
Searching for Your Favorite Track/File 16
Searching by viewing groups (File View) 16
Searching by viewing a list of groups/files
(List View) ...............................................17
Checking CD information on the display .17
This manual describes how to use the CD player.
For the supplied software SonicStage, please see
“Installation/Operating Guide.”
Changing Playback Options (PLAY
MODE) .................................................. 19
Playback options (PLAY MODE) ............20
Playing groups..........................................21
Playing your favorite tracks (Bookmark
play).........................................................21
Depending on the type of the text and characters,
the text shown on SonicStage may not be displayed
properly on the device. This is due to:
– The limitations of the connected player.
– The player is not functionning normally.
Notice for users
On the supplied software
ATRAC3plus is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
“WALKMAN” is a registered trademark of Sony
Corporation to represent Headphone Stereo
products.
is a trademark of Sony
Corporation.
3
Create Your Own ATRAC CDs
In addition to the usual audio CDs, you can play an original CD, called “ATRAC CD,” that you
create with the supplied software, SonicStage. Using SonicStage, about 30 audio CDs* can be
recorded on one CD-R or CD-RW.
The following is a quick overview of how you listen to music on your ATRAC CD.
Install SonicStage on your computer.
SonicStage is software that takes music downloaded
from audio CDs on your computer and creates original
CDs. It can be installed from the supplied CD-ROM.
ATRAC CD
Create an ATRAC CD.
After selecting your favorite songs from music stored on
your computer, record them on a CD-R/CD-RW using
SonicStage.
Audio CDs,
MP3 files
Listen to them with this CD player.
You can take lots of songs wherever you go on your
original CD.
Please see the supplied “Installation/Operating Guide”
for how to install SonicStage and how to create ATRAC CDs.
* When the total playing time of one CD (album) is estimated at 60
minutes and you are recording on a 700 MB CD-R/CD-RW at 48 kbps
in ATRAC3plus format.
4
Which discs can you play on this CD player?
Audio CDs:
CD-DA format CDs
CD-DA (Compact Disc Digital Audio) is a recording
standard used for Audio CDs.
ATRAC CDs:
CD-R/CD-RW on which audio data compressed in the ATRAC3plus format
has been recorded by using SonicStage*
ATRAC3plus (Adaptive Transform Acoustic Coding3plus) is audio compression
technology that satisfies the demand for high sound quality and high compression
rates. ATRAC3plus can compress audio files to about 1/20 of their original size at 64
kbps.
Bit rates and sampling frequencies this CD player can play are:
Bit rates
Sampling frequencies
ATRAC3
66/105/132 kbps
44.1 kHz
ATRAC3plus
48/64/256 kbps
44.1 kHz
Up to 62 characters can be displayed on this CD player.
MP3 CDs:
CD-R/CD-RW on which audio data compressed in the MP3 format has
been recorded by using a software other than SonicStage*
Bit rates and sampling frequencies this CD player can play are shown below. Variable
Bit Rate (VBR) files can also be played.
Bit rates
Sampling frequencies
MPEG-1 Layer3
32 - 320 kbps
32/44.1/48 kHz
MPEG-2 Layer3
8 - 160 kbps
16/22.05/23 kHz
MPEG-2.5 Layer3
8 - 160 kbps
8/11.025/12 kHz
This CD player conforms to Version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4 of the ID3 tag format. ID3 tag
is a format for adding certain information (track name, album name, artist name, etc.)
to MP3 files. Up to 64 characters of ID3 tag information can be displayed on this CD
player.
CD-Extra and Mix-Mode CDs:
CD-R/CD-RW on which CD-DA format data and CD-ROM format data are
recorded together.*
If you cannot play your CD, change the “CD-EXTRA” setting in the OPTION menu
( page 27). Then you may play your CD.
An ATRAC CD on which audio data compressed in the MP3 format has been recorded using
software other than SonicStage can also be played.
With SonicStage, you cannot create a CD on which mixed format audio data is recorded.
* Only ISO 9660 Level 1/2 and Joliet extension format discs can be played.
Continued 
5
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.
Difference in file structures of ATRAC CDs
and MP3 CDs
ATRAC CDs and MP3 CDs consist of
"files" and "groups." A "file" is equivalent
to a "track" of an audio CD. A "group"
is a bundle of files and is equivalent to an
"album."
For MP3 CDs, this CD player recognizes an
MP3 folder as a "group" so that ATRAC CDs
and MP3 CDs can be operated in the same
way.
The usable number of groups and files
• Maximum number of groups: 256
• Maximum number of files: 999
Playing order of ATRAC CDs and MP3 CDs
For ATRAC CDs, files are played in the order
selected in SonicStage.
For MP3 CDs, the playing order may differ
depending on the method used to record MP3
files on the disc. A "play list" which contains
an MP3 file playing order can also be played.
In the following example, files are played in
order of  to .
6
MP3
Group
File
(Maximum directory levels: 8)
Notes
• If ATRAC3plus files and MP3 files are recorded
on the same CD, this CD player plays the
ATRAC3plus files first.
• The playback capability of this CD player may
vary depending on the quality of the disc and the
condition of the recording device.
• Acceptable characters are A to Z, a to z, 0 to 9,
and _ (underscore).
• On a disc that has ATRAC3plus/MP3 files, do
not save files in other formats and do not make
unnecessary folders.
About ATRAC CDs
• CD-Rs/CD-RWs recorded in the ATRAC3plus
format cannot be played on your computer.
About MP3 CDs
• Be sure to add the file extension "mp3" to the file
name. However, if you add the extension "mp3"
to a file other than an MP3 file, the player will not
be able to recognize the file properly.
• To compress a source in an MP3 file, we
recommend setting the compression parameters to
"44.1 kHz," "128 kbps," and "Constant Bit Rate."
• To record up to the maximum capacity, set the
writing software to "halting of writing."
• To record up to the maximum capacity at one time
on media that has nothing recorded on it, set the
writing software to "Disc at Once."
Precautions
On safety
• Should any solid objects or liquid fall into
the CD player, unplug it and have it checked
by qualified personnel before operating it
any further.
• Do not put any foreign objects in the DC IN
3 V (external power input) jack.
On the CD player
• Keep the lens on the CD player clean and
do not touch it. If you do so, the lens may
be damaged and the CD player will not
operate properly.
• Do not put any heavy object on top of the
CD player. The CD player and the CD may
be damaged.
• Do not leave the CD player in a location
near heat sources, or in a place subject
to direct sunlight, excessive dust or sand,
moisture, rain, mechanical shock, unleveled
surface, or in a car with its windows closed.
• If the CD player causes interference to the
radio or television reception, turn off the
CD player or move it away from the radio
or television.
• Discs with non-standard shapes (e.g., heart,
square, star) cannot be played on this CD
player. Attempting to do so may damage
the CD player. Do not use such discs.
On headphones/earphones
Road safety
Do not use headphones/earphones while
driving, cycling, or operating any motorized
vehicle. It may create a traffic hazard and
is illegal in some areas. It can also be
potentially dangerous to play your headsets
at high volume while walking, especially at
pedestrian crossings. You should exercise
extreme caution or discontinue use in
potentially hazardous situations.
Preventing hearing damage
Avoid using headphones/earphones at high
volume. Hearing experts advise against
continuous, loud and extended play. If you
experience a ringing in your ears, reduce
volume or discontinue use.
Consideration for others
Keep the volume at a moderate level. This
will allow you to hear outside sounds and to
be considerate to the people around you.
On handling CDs
• To keep the CD clean, handle it by its edge.
Do not touch the surface.
• Do not stick paper or tape onto the CD.
• Do not expose the CD to direct sunlight or
heat sources such as hot air ducts. Do not
leave the CD in a car parked under direct
sunlight.
7
Getting Started
Checking the Supplied
Accessories
• AC power adaptor
(AC-ES3010K2)
(not supplied with USA/
Canadian models)
• Earphones
• Headphones
(for D-NE321 AR2,
E92, E18/4, MX2 models
only*)
• Earphones
(for D-NE320 European
(for other models)
models and D-NE321
HK4, E18/1 models only*)
• Remote
(for D-NE320 European
models and D-NE321
HK4, E18/1 models
only*)
(for D-NE320 USA/
Canadian models and
D-NE321 E92, E18/4,
MX2 models only*)
• For D-NE320 USA/Canadian models and
D-NE321 E92, E18/4, MX2 models only
Headphones or
earphones
Wearing the supplied headphones (for
D-NE321 AR2, E92, E18/4, MX2 models
only*)
The following procedures are for wearing on
the left ear.
1 Hook the  part over your left ear and the
 part over your right ear as illustrated.
(for D-NE321 HK4,
E18/1 models only*)
• CD-ROM (SonicStage)
Do not play this CD-ROM on an audio CD player
including this player.
• Operating instructions (This book)
• Installation/Operating Guide
* For the area code of the model you purchased,
check the upper left side of the bar code on the
package.
Note
Use only the supplied remote. You cannot operate
this player with any other remote.
8
Headphones or
earphones
• Remote
• Rechargeable battery • Battery carrying case
(for D-NE321 HK4,
E18/1 models only*)
Connect the plug of your earphones/
headphones to the remote securely.
• For D-NE320 European models and
D-NE321 HK4, E18/1 models only
2 Hook the headphones around your ears, as
you would with glasses.
3 Adjust the earpieces to comfortably fit
your ears.
Note on handling the supplied
headphones
Do not put weight or pressure on the
headphones as it may cause the headphones to
deform during long storage.
Guide to Parts and
Controls
 Operation button
 (play/pause)1)/ENTER
CD player
 CD player:
– button ( page 15-17, 22)
Remote:
+/– buttons ( page 15)
Getting Started
( page 14-17, 21-23, 25)
/ ( page 15, 17, 21, 23)
1)/ ( page 16, 17, 19, 21-23, 25)
VOL +/– ( page 14)
 CD player:
D-NE321 HK4, E18/1 models2):
(stop)/CHG button ( page 11, 15-17)
Other models:
(stop)button ( page 15-17)
Remote:
(stop)button ( page 15)
 SEARCH button ( page 16, 17)
 DISPLAY/MENU button ( page 18, 19,
21, 23)

Remote (for D-NE320 USA/Canadian models
and D-NE321 E92, E18/4, MX2 models only)
+ button ( page 15, 16, 22)
  (headphones) jack ( page 14)
 DC IN 3 V jack ( page 11, 13)
 HOLD switch (on the back of the CD
player) ( page 16)
 OPEN switch ( page 10, 14)
 D-NE320 USA/Canadian models and
Remote (for D-NE320 European models and
D-NE321 HK4, E18/1 models only)
D-NE321 E92, E18/4, MX2 models:
VOL +/– buttons ( page 14)
D-NE320 European models and D-NE321
HK4, E18/1 models:
VOL +/– control ( page 14)
 (play/pause)1) button ( page 14, 15)
 / buttons ( page 15)
 Headphones jack (on the back)
 Hook
 Clip
Continued 
9
Display
Preparing a Power
Source (Dry Battery)
Use only the following dry battery type for
your CD player:
• LR6 (size AA) alkaline battery
1
Slide the OPEN switch to open the
lid of your player.
 Character information display
( page 18)
 Atrac3plus/MP3 indicator ( page 5)
 Disc indicator ( page 14)
OPEN switch
 Battery indicator ( page 12)
 Play list indicator
 Group indicator
2
 Bookmark indicator ( page 21)
Open the battery compartment lid
inside the player.
Raise
 Play mode indicator
 Timer indicator ( page 26)
 Sound indicator
1) This button has a tactile dot.
2) For the area code of the model you
purchased, check the upper left side of the
bar code on the package.
Battery
compartment lid
3
Press
Insert the LR6 (Size AA) battery (not
supplied) by matching the  to the
diagram in the battery compartment
and close the lid until it clicks into
place.
Insert the 
end first.
10
To remove the battery
Remove the battery as illustrated below.
4
/CHG
When using a
rechargeable battery
(for
D-NE321 HK4, E18/1 models
only*)
Charge the rechargeable battery before using
it for the first time or when it is depleted.
To maintain the original battery capacity
longer, charge the battery only when it is
completely depleted (“Low Battery” appears
on the display).
to DC IN 3V
* For the area code of the model you purchased,
check the upper left side of the bar code on the
package.
1
Slide the OPEN switch to open the
lid of your player.
2
Open the battery compartment lid
inside the player.
3
Insert the NH-7WMAA rechargeable
battery by matching the  to the
diagram in the battery compartment
and close the lid until it clicks into
place.
Getting Started
Connect the AC power adaptor to
the DC IN 3 V jack of your CD player
and an AC outlet, then press /CHG
to start charging.
“Charging” indication flashes and the
indicator sections of
light up in
succession.
AC power adaptor
to an AC outlet
When the battery is completely charged,
“Charging” disappears.
Notes
• Do not charge any rechargeable battery other than
an NH-7WMAA.
• During charging, the player and the rechargeable
battery become hot. This poses no danger.
• Take out the rechargeable battery when the player
is not to be used for a long time.
Continued 
11
Note on the useful life of the rechargeable
battery and when to replace it
If the battery is new or has not been used for a
long time, it may not charge completely.
In that case, charge it until “Charging”
disappears from the display and then use the
player until the battery is completely depleted
(“Low Battery” appears on the display).
Repeat this procedure several times.
If the battery life is shorter by about half of
a normal charge after trying this procedure,
replace the battery with a new rechargeable
battery.
Note on carrying the rechargeable battery
Use the supplied battery carrying case to
protect against unexpected heat. If the
rechargeable battery comes into contact with
the metallic objects, heat or fire may occur
due to a short circuit.
When using one alkaline battery 2)
G-PROTECTION
“1”
“2”
22
20
Audio CD
41
38
ATRAC CD 3)
26
24
MP3 CD 4)
When using one NH-7WMAA rechargeable
battery (charged for about 5 hours 5) 6))
G-PROTECTION
“1”
“2”
10
9
Audio CD
17
15
ATRAC CD 3)
12
11
MP3 CD 4)
* Beep sounds.
1)Measured value using the JEITA (Japan
Electronics and Information Technology Industries
Association)
Playing time shown is approximate hours, when
you use the player on a flat and stable surface and
“POWER SAVE” is set to “ON” ( page 27).
This value varies depending on how the player
is used.
2)When using a Sony LR6 (SG) alkaline battery
(produced in Japan)
3)Recorded at 48kbps
4)Recorded at 128kbps
5)Charging time varies depending on how the
rechargeable battery is used.
6)D-NE321 HK4, E18/1 models only
When the battery is depleted, replace it with a
new one or charge the rechargeable battery*.
Notes on rechargeable batteries and dry
batteries
Checking the remaining
power of the battery
The remaining power of the battery is
indicated in the display as shown below. As
the black indicator section decreases, the
remaining power is depleted further.




 “Low Battery” *
* D-NE321 HK4, E18/1 models only
Notes
• The display shows the approximate battery power
remaining. For example, one section does not
always indicate one-fourth of the battery power.
• Depending on the operating conditions, the display
may increase or decrease relative to the actual
power remaining.
12
Battery life 1)
• Do not charge dry batteries.
• Do not throw the batteries into a fire.
• Do not carry batteries in a pocket, etc. with coins
or other metallic objects. The battery can generate
heat if its positive and negative terminals are
accidentally allowed to come into contact with a
metallic object.
• When the batteries are not to be used for a long
time, remove them.
• If battery leakage occurs, wipe off any deposit
left in the battery compartment, and install new
batteries. If the deposit adheres to your skin, wash
it off thoroughly.
When using the AC power
adaptor
You can use the player powered by the AC
power adaptor without the battery.
Getting Started
to DC IN 3V
AC power adaptor
to AC outlet
1
Connect the AC power adaptor to
the DC IN 3V jack of your CD player
and an AC outlet.
Notes on the AC power adaptor
• Disconnect all power sources when the player is
not to be used for a long time.
• Use only the AC power adaptor supplied. If
your player is not supplied with the one, use an
AC-E30HG AC power adaptor (not available in
Australia and Argentina). If you use any other AC
power adaptor, malfunction may occur.
Polarity of the plug
• Do not touch the AC power adaptor with wet
hands.
• Connect the AC power adaptor to an easily
accessible AC outlet. Should you notice an
abnormality in the AC power adaptor, disconnect it
from the AC outlet immediately.
13
Playback
4
Playing a CD
Adjust the volume by pressing VOL
+/–.
VOL +/–
1
Slide the OPEN switch to open the
player lid.
Connect the headphones/earphones to the
player beforehand.
to 
(headphones)
OPEN switch
Headphones/earphones
2
On the remote:
D-NE320 USA/Canadian models and
D-NE321 E92, E18/4, MX2 models:
After placing the CD on the tray in step 2,
press  and adjust the volume by pressing
VOL +/–.

Place the CD on the tray and close
the lid.
VOL +/–
D-NE320 European models and D-NE321
HK4, E18/1 models:
After placing the CD on the tray in step 2,
press  and adjust the volume by turning
VOL +/–.
Label side up
3
Press /ENTER.
(disc) moves, and the player starts
playback.
VOL +/–

/ENTER
To remove the CD
Remove the CD while pressing the pivot in
the center of the tray.
14
Basic playback operations (Play, stop, search)
To
Play
Play from the first track
Operation
From stop, press and hold /ENTER ( on the
remote) until playback starts.
Stop
Pause/Resume play after pausing
Press /ENTER ( on the remote).
Stop playback
Search Find the beginning of the current track
Press  (stop) 4).
1)
Press  once.
Press  repeatedly.
Find the beginning of the next track 1)
Press  once.
Playback
Find the beginning of previous tracks 1)
Find the beginning of succeeding tracks 1) Press  repeatedly.
Go backwards quickly 1) 3)
Press and hold .
Go forward quickly 1) 3)
Jump to succeeding groups 2)
Press and hold .
Press
(group) + repeatedly.
Jump to previous groups 2)
Press
(group) – repeatedly.
1)You can operate during both play and pause.
2)You can operate during play of a CD other than audio CDs.
3)You cannot operate when using an MP3 file recorded on a CD-R/CD-RW in a packet write format.
4)/CHG for the D-NE321 HK4, E18/1 models.
Continued 
15
Locking the controls
(HOLD)
You can prevent accidental button presses
while carrying the player by locking the
controls.
1
Searching for Your
Favorite Track/File
Searching by viewing
groups (File View)
Slide the HOLD switch on the back
of the player in the direction of the
arrow.
“HOLD” flashes if you press any button
when the HOLD function is activated.
On a CD such as an ATRAC CD or an MP3
CD on which a number of files are recorded,
you can search for a file by checking the
names of groups (except on an audio CD) or
files around the file being played.
For the models supplied with the remote:
You can use the HOLD function for
the remote and the player (on the back)
separately. For example, even if the
HOLD function on the player is activated,
you can operate the player by using the
remote unless you set HOLD on the
remote to on, too.
1
To unlock the controls
Slide the HOLD switch in the direction
opposite to that of arrow.
Press SEARCH repeatedly.
The names of groups and files around the
current file appear on the display.
MR.SNO
The Train
Where do
 Group names
 File names
2
Press
3
Press  or  to select a file.
4
Press /ENTER.
The file you have selected starts playing.
+ or
To cancel searching
Press .
16
Yo
– to select a group.
Checking CD information
on the display
You can search for a track/file by checking
the format type of the music source and the
names of groups and files.
You can check CD information on the display.
Depending on the region in which you
purchased your CD player, the default
language may not be “ENGLISH.” Change
the LANGUAGE setting, if necessary (
page 26).
When you are playing an MP3 CD containing
files with an ID3 tag, ID3 tag information
is displayed. (When there is no ID3 tag
information, file name or group name is
displayed.) ( page 5)
1
Press SEARCH repeatedly.
If you play a CD on which mixed audio
data has been recorded:
The screen for selecting the format type
such as “ATRAC ROOT” and “MP3
ROOT” appears first.
Press /ENTER.
2
Press  or  to select a group and
press /ENTER.
3
Press  or  to select a file.
4
Press /ENTER.
The file you have selected starts playing.
Playback
Searching by viewing a list
of groups/files (List View)
Notes
• The characters A-Z, a-z, 0-9, and _ can be
displayed on this player.
• Before playing a file, the player reads all file
and group (or folder) information on the CD.
“Reading” is displayed. Depending on the content
of the CD, it may take some time to accomplish
this reading.
• If the file does not belong to any group, “MP3
ROOT” appears on the display.
Continued 
To return to the previous screen
Press  or –.
To cancel searching
Press .
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To check information on the display
Press DISPLAY/MENU repeatedly.
ATRAC CD/MP3 CD
 File name, artist name 3), file number,
elapsed playing time
Audio CD
 Track number, elapsed playing time
(Artist name, track name)1)

Group name 3), CODEC information 4),
total number of files

Total number of tracks on the CD, total
remaining time of the CD, remaining time
of the current track 2)

File view screen

File view screen
1)When you are playing an audio CD containing
text informatin such as CD-TEXT, information in
parentheses is displayed.
2)The displays appear only during normal play.
3)During play, “artist name” is not displayed if the
disc does not have ID3 tag information. When
the list of group names/file names appears on the
display, “artist name” and “group name” are not
displayed.
4)Bit rate and sampling frequencies are displayed.
While an MP3 file made at VBR (variable bit rate)
is being played, “VBR” appears on the display
instead of a bit rate. In some cases, “VBR”
appears halfway through playback, rather than
from the beginning.
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Changing Playback
Options (PLAY MODE)
1
Press DISPLAY/MENU until the
menu screen appears.
When “REPEAT” appears, select
“ON” or “OFF” and press /
ENTER.
To return to normal play
Select “ALL” in the PLAY MODE menu.
Continued 
Playback
You can use various playback options such
as selecting songs you want to listen to, and
playing songs in your favorite order.
For details about playback options, see
 page 20.
You can also play songs repeatedly using the
playback options you choose (repeat play,
 page 22).
5
: PLAYMODE
: SOUND
: OPTION
2
Press  or  to select “
MODE.”
3
After pressing /ENTER, press 
or  to select the playback option.
The default setting is “ALL” (normal
play).
4
Press /ENTER.
PLAY
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Playback options
Display on the CD player
ALL
GROUP
1
SHUFFLE
GROUP SHUFFLE
BOOKMARK
PLAYLIST
AUTO RANKING
RANKING SHUF
PROGRAM
INTRO
(PLAY MODE)
Explanation
All tracks on the CD are played in a track number order.
For the ATRAC CD/MP3 CD, a playing order is different according to the
setting of the “PLAY ORDER” in the OPTION menu.
All files in the selected group or all groups are played (ATRAC CD/MP3
CD only) ( page 21).
The current track is played once.
All tracks on the CD are played once in random order.
All files in the selected group are played once in random order (ATRAC
CD/MP3 CD only) ( page 21).
Tracks to which Bookmarks have been added are played. The play of
tracks with Bookmarks starts in track number order, not in the order you
added the Bookmarks ( page 21).
Tracks in the selected m3u play list* are played (MP3 CD only) ( page
21).
The tracks you have played most frequently from the CD are played from
the 10th to the first.
Up to 32 tracks, which the player has automatically memorized as the
most frequently played ones, are played in random order.
Up to 64 tracks are played in your favorite order ( page 22).
About the first 10 seconds of all tracks which follow the current track are
played once.
* An m3u play list is a file in which an MP3 file playing order has been encoded. To use the play list function,
record MP3 files on a CD-R/CD-RW using encoding software that supports the m3u format.
You can play the top 8 lists (listed by file name) on your screen on the CD player.
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Playing groups
1
2
Perform steps 1 and 2 of “Changing
Playback Options (PLAY MODE)” (
page 19). In step 3, select “GROUP”
or “GROUP SHUFFLE” and press
/ENTER.
3
Press /ENTER for 2 seconds or
more.
The player starts playback of all files in
the group you have selected.
4
When “REPEAT” appears, select
“ON” or “OFF” and press /
ENTER.
Note
If the group has no tracks, “Invalid” appears on the
display.
Playing your favorite
tracks (Bookmark play)
1
During play of the track to which
you want to add a Bookmark, press
/ENTER until
flashes slowly.
2
If you want to add a Bookmark to
two or more tracks, repeat step 1.
You can add Bookmarks to up to 10 CDs
for audio CDs (up to 99 tracks for each
CD) and up to 5 CDs for ATRAC CDs/
MP3 CDs (up to 999 tracks for each CD).
3
Press  or  to select “PLAY MODE,”
and press /ENTER.
5
Press  or  to select
“BOOKMARK,” and then press
/ENTER.
6
When “REPEAT” appears, select
“ON” or “OFF” and press /
ENTER.
To remove Bookmarks
During play of a track with a Bookmark, press
and hold /ENTER until disappears.
Playback
Press  or  to select a group.
If you select a group on an MP3 CD, etc.
by searching through all the directories,
press  or .
If you select a group within the same
directory, press  or .
4
Notes
• If you try to add Bookmarks to tracks on an 11th
CD (on a 6th CD when playing ATRAC CDs/MP3
CDs), the Bookmarks of the CD you played first
will be erased.
• All Bookmarks stored in memory will be erased if
you remove all power sources.
• For D-NE321 HK4, E18/1 models only:
All Bookmarks stored in memory will also be
erased if you continue playing the player on the
rechargeable battery while “Low Battery” is
displayed, without charging the battery.
Playing your favorite play
lists (m3u play list play)
1
In step 3 of “Changing Playback
Options (PLAY MODE)” (page 19),
select “PLAYLIST.”
2
Press  or  to select a play list.
3
Press /ENTER.
Continued 
Press DISPLAY/MENU until the
menu screen appears.
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Playing tracks in your
favorite order (PGM play)
Playing tracks repeatedly
1
1
While the player is stopped, select
“PROGRAM” in step 3 of “Changing
Playback Options (PLAY MODE)”
( page 19), and then press /
ENTER.
2
Press  or  to select a track, and
press and hold /ENTER until
display changes.
When playing an ATRAC CD/MP3 CD:
You can also select a file in another group
by pressing + or –.
3
Repeat step 2 to select tracks in
your favorite order.
You can select up to 64 tracks.
When you finish entering the 64th track,
the track number selected first (audio
CD)/file name (ATRAC CD/MP3 CD)
appears on the display.
If you select 65 tracks or more, the tracks
selected first are erased one by one.
4
Press /ENTER.
Playback starts in the selected order.
To check the program
1 While the player is stopped, select
“PROGRAM” in step 3 of “Changing
Playback Options (PLAY MODE)” (
page 19), and then press /ENTER.
2 Press and hold /ENTER until the
display changes. Whenever you press
/ENTER, the tracks are displayed in
playing order.
To cancel the PGM play
Press .
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(Repeat play)
Select “ON” in step 5 of “Changing
Playback Options (PLAY MODE)”
( page 19).
To return to normal play
Select “OFF”.
Changing Sound
Quality
For details about the setting of SOUND items,
see  page 24.
2
Press  or  for 2 seconds or
more to select the frequency range.
3
Press  or  repeatedly to
select the shape of the wave.
There are 3 shapes stored in memory for
each frequency range.
Selecting the sound
quality
1
Press DISPLAY/MENU until the
menu screen appears.
2
Press  or  to select “ SOUND.”
Low
Frequency range
4
Press  or  to select the sound
volume.
The sound volume can be adjusted in 7
levels.
Sound volume
Low
3
After pressing /ENTER, press 
or  to select the item you want to
set up and press /ENTER.
4
Press  or  to select an option and
press /ENTER.
Customizing sound quality
You can adjust sound quality for each
frequency range individually, checking the
shape of the wave on the display.
1
Mid High
Playback
You can set up the “EQUALIZER” setting
and/or “CLEARBASS” setting. If you set
both at the same time, you can enjoy more
bass sound along with the sound quality you
want.
Mid High
5
Repeat steps 2 to 4 to make
adjustments for the remaining 2
frequency ranges.
6
Press /ENTER.
To return to the previous screen
Press .
To cancel the adjustment operation
Press  on the remote for 2 seconds or more.
Notes
Select “EQUALIZER” in step 3 and
“CUSTOM” in step 4 of “Selecting
the sound quality”.
“Low” is displayed first.
There are 3 frequency ranges; “Low”
(low range audio), “Mid” (middle range
audio), and “High” (high range audio).
• If the sound is distorted by your sound settings
when you turn up the volume, turn the volume
down.
• If you feel a difference in sound volume between
the “CUSTOM” sound setting and other sound
settings, adjust the volume to your preference.
Continued 
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SOUND items
To return to the previous screen, press . To cancel the setting operation, press  for 2 seconds or
more.
Item
EQUALIZER
(Equalizer setting)
CLEARBASS
(Bass sound setting)
Options (: Default setting)
Normal sound quality
 OFF
SOFT
ACTIVE
HEAVY
For vocal, stressing middle range audio
Lively sounds, emphasizing high and low range audio
Powerful sounds, further emphasizing high and low ranges
compared with ACTIVE sound
CUSTOM
Customized sound (see  page 23 for details)
Normal sound quality.
 OFF
1
2
3
Emphasizing bass sound.
Emphasizing bass sound more than 1.
Emphasizing bass sound more than 2.
Note
If you change the setting of the EQUALIZER item after you have set the CLEARBASS item, the setting of the
EQUALIZER item gets priority.
When you set both the EQUALIZER item and the CLEARBASS item, set the EQUALIZER item first.
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Changing Optional
Settings
For details about the setting of OPTION
items, see page 26.
Setting various functions
1
Press DISPLAY/MENU until the
menu screen appears.
2
Press  or  to select “
3
After pressing /ENTER, press 
or  to select the item you want to
set up and press /ENTER.
4
Press  or  to select an option and
press /ENTER.
When you are setting the “LANGUAGE”
or “PLAY ORDER,” repeat step 3.
Playback
You can set the various functions such as the
language for the menu and the playback order
of the groups/files.
OPTION.”
Continued 
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OPTION items
To return to the previous screen, press . To cancel the setting operation, press  for 2 seconds or
more.
Items
LANGUAGE
(Language for
menu, etc.)
Options (: Default settings)
MENU
 ENGLISH
FRENCH
GERMAN
ITALIAN
PORTUGUESE
RUSSIAN
SPANISH
TEXT 1)
G-PROTECTION 1)
(To prevent sound
skipping)
1
AVLS 2)
(Limiting volume)
 OFF
TIMER
(Off timer)
 OFF
2
ON
1-99 min
BEEP
 ON
(Sound of operation)
OFF
SEAMLESS 1) 3)
(Playing tracks
continuously)
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 OFF
ON
Select the language for menu text, warning
message, etc.
Select the language for CD-TEXT, ID3
tag, etc.
ENGLISH
If you select “AUTO,” you can read the text
FRENCH
in the following language.
GERMAN
ITALIAN
PORTUGUESE
RUSSIAN
SPANISH
Protection against sound skipping is provided with high quality
CD sound.
Enhanced protection against sound skipping is provided.
The volume changes without limiting the volume level.
 AUTO
The maximum volume is limited to protect your hearing.
The timer does not work.
 is displayed on the player. You can check the remaining
playback time by selecting this option during play.
Press  or  repeatedly to increase or decrease the length
of time by 5 minutes, or keep pressing  or  to increase or
decrease by 1 minute. The default setting is “10 min.”
The beep sounds when you operate the player.
The beep is turned off.
The CD is played as recorded on the disc, including spaces
between tracks.
The CD is played without space between tracks.
Items
POWER SAVE
(Saving power)
PLAY ORDER 1)
(Playback order)
Options (: Default settings)
The POWER SAVE function does not work.
 OFF
ON
TRACK
GROUP
 OFF
ON
Playback
CD-EXTRA 1) 4)
(Playback by disc
format)
Setting of the SOUND items is not effective.
Play back the music source in the order of
 NORMAL
recording.
ID3TAG TNO Play back in the order of ID3 tag number.
FILE NAME
Play back in the alphabetical order of the
file names.
Play back the music source in the order of
 OFF
recording.
ON
Play back the music source in the order of
group names.
Set to “OFF” as long as you can play your CD normally.
If you cannot play your CD-Extra, set to “ON.” You may play it.
1)You can set this up only while the player is stopped.
2)AVLS is an abbreviation of the Automatic Volume Limiter System.
3)This function works only for ATRAC CDs.
4)This function works only for Audio CDs and CD-Extra CDs.
Notes
• Even if “G-PROTECTION” is set to “2,” sound may skip:
– when the CD player receives stronger continuous shock than expected,
– when a dirty or scratched CD is played, or
– for CD-Rs/CD-RWs, when a poor-quality disc is played or there is a problem with the original recording
device or application software.
• Even if “SEAMLESS” is set to “ON,” the tracks may not play continuously depending on how the source
music was recorded.
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Additional Information
Troubleshooting
Should any problem persist after you have checked these symptoms, consult your nearest Sony
dealer.
Power 1)
Symptom
The rechargeable battery cannot
be charged.
Cause and/or corrective action
 The rechargeable battery is not inserted in the battery
compartment. Insert the rechargeable battery ( page 11).
 You pressed  on the remote. During stop, press /CHG on
the CD player. 2)
Sound
Symptom
The volume does not increase
even if you press VOL +
repeatedly.
No sound, or noise is heard.
Cause and/or corrective action
A rustling noise is heard from
the CD.
 Close the lid of the battery compartment firmly ( page 10).
 “AVLS” is set to “ON.” Set it to “OFF” ( page 26).
 Connect the headphones/earphones plugs firmly.
 The plugs are dirty. Clean the headphones/earphones plugs
with a dry soft cloth periodically.
Operation/Playback
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Symptom
The playing time is too short. The
CD does not play.
Cause and/or corrective action
Certain tracks cannot be played.
 You tried to play files saved in a format that is not compatible
with this player ( page 5).
 Change the setting of “CD-EXTRA” in the OPTION menu.
You may play your CD ( page 27).
 Check that you are using an alkaline battery and not a
manganese battery.
 Replace the dry battery with a new LR6 (size AA) alkaline
battery ( page 10).
 Charge and discharge the rechargeable battery several times
( page 12) 1).
Symptom
“Low Battery” appears on the
display, and the CD does not play.
Cause and/or corrective action
“Hi DC in” appears on the display.
 An AC power adaptor which is rated higher than the one
supplied or recommended is being used. Use only the supplied
AC power adaptor or the car battery cord recommended in
“Optional Accessories” ( page 32).
The CD does not play, or “No Disc”
appears on the display when a CD
is placed in the player.
 The CD is dirty or defective. Clean it or change it.
 Check that the CD is inserted with the label side up
( page 14).
 Moisture condensation has occurred. Leave the CD player
aside for several hours until the moisture evaporates.
 Close the lid of the battery compartment firmly ( page 10).
 Make sure the battery is inserted correctly ( page 10).
 Connect the AC power adaptor to an AC outlet securely
( page 13).
 Press /ENTER after one second or more has passed since
the AC power adaptor was connected.
 The CD-R/CD-RW in the player is blank.
 There is a problem with the quality of the CD-R/CD-RW,
recording device, or application software.
“HOLD” flashes on the display
when you press a button, and the
CD does not play.
 The buttons are locked. Slide the HOLD switch back
( page 16).
Playback starts from the point you
stopped (resume function).
 The resume function is working. To start play from the first
track, press and hold /ENTER ( on the remote) while the
player is stopped until the first track starts playing, or open the
lid of the player ( page 15). Or, remove all power sources,
and then insert the battery or connect the AC power adaptor
again.
During playback of an ATRAC
CD or MP3 CD, the CD does not
rotate but you can hear the sound
normally.
 This player is designed to stop the rotation of an ATRAC CD
or MP3 CD during playback to reduce the power consumption.
The player is not malfunctioning.
“No File” appears on the display
after you press /ENTER or
when the lid of the player is
closed.
 There are no ATRAC3plus/MP3 files on the CD-R/CD-RW.
 A CD-R/CD-RW from which the data has been erased is being
used.
 The CD is dirty.
 The rechargeable battery is used up completely. Charge the
battery ( page 11). 1)
 Replace the dry battery with a new LR6 (size AA) alkaline
battery ( page 10).
Additional Information
Continued 
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Symptom
The LCD display becomes hard to
see or slows down.
Cause and/or corrective action
Even though you have not selected
“BOOKMARK,”
(Bookmark)
flashes.
 If you have selected a playback option other than
“BOOKMARK,”
(Bookmark) flashes.
Play stopped abruptly.
 The off timer has been set. Change the setting of “TIMER” to
“OFF” ( page 26).
 The rechargeable battery or the dry battery is used up
completely. Charge the rechargeable battery ( page 11)
or replace the dry battery with a new LR6 (size AA) alkaline
battery ( page 10).
You cannot operate the player,
and a sequence of 8 numbers or
letters appear on the display of the
CD player.
 This phenomenon may occur, depending on the CD you are
using. Remove all power sources, and then insert the battery
or reconnect the AC power adaptor. Try to operate the player
again. If the problem persists, consult your nearest Sony dealer.
 You are using your CD player at high temperatures (above
40°C/104°F) or at low temperatures (below 0°C/32°F). At
room temperature, the display will return to its normal
operating condition.
Others
Symptom
When closing the lid of the CD
player, the CD starts to rotate.
Cause and/or corrective action
You cannot operate the CD player
properly using the remote. 2)
 The buttons on the player are kept pressed by mistake.
 The remote is not connected securely.
 The player is reading the information on the CD, not
malfunctioning.
1) D-NE321 HK4, E18/1 models only. For the area code of the model you purchased, check the upper left side of
the bar code on the package.
2) D-NE320 USA/Canadian/European models and D-NE321
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Maintenance
Specifications
To clean the casing
Use a soft cloth slightly moistened in water or
a mild detergent solution. Do not use alcohol,
benzine or thinner.
System
Compact disc digital audio system
Laser diode properties
Material: GaAlAs
Wavelength: λ = 770 - 800 nm
Emission duration: Continuous
Laser output: Less than 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.)
D-A conversion
1-bit quartz time-axis control
Frequency response
Output (at 3 V input level)
Headphones (stereo minijack)
Approx. 5 mW + Approx. 5 mW at 16 Ω
(Approx. 1.5 mW + Approx. 1.5 mW at 16 Ω)*
*For the customers in Europe
Power requirements
Additional Information
20 - 20 000 Hz +1
–2 dB (measured by JEITA)
• LR6 (size AA) battery: 1.5 V DC × 1
• Sony NH-7WMAA rechargeable battery:
1.2 V DC × 1*
• AC power adaptor (DC IN 3 V jack):
220 V, 50 Hz (Model for China)
120 V, 60 Hz (Model for Mexico)
• Rated current: 1 A
* D-NE321 HK4, E18/1 models only. For the area
code of the model you purchased, check the upper
left side of the bar code on the package.
Operating temperature
5°C - 35°C (41°F - 95°F)
Dimensions (w/h/d) (excluding projecting parts
and controls)
Approx. 137.8 × 30.9 × 137.8 mm (5 1⁄2 × 1 1⁄4 ×
5 1⁄2 in.)
Mass (excluding accessories)
Approx. 178 g (6.3 oz.)
US and foreign patents licensed from Dolby
Laboratories.
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
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Optional Accessories
AC power adaptor *
AC-E30HG
Active speaker system
SRS-Z1
SRS-Z30
DCC-E345
Car battery cord
Car battery cord with car
connecting pack
DCC-E34CP
Car connecting pack
CPA-9C
Earphones (except for the
customers in France)
MDR-EX71SL
MDR-G04SL
MDR-J20SP
MDR-E808SP
MDR-E808LP
Earphones (for the
customers in France)
* Specifications for AC power adaptors vary for each
area. Check your local voltage and the shape of the
plug before purchasing.
Your dealer may not handle some of the
accessories listed above. Please ask the
dealer for detailed information about the
accessories in your country/region.
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H
Index
HEAVY 24
HOLD function
Symbols
I
(Battery) 11, 12
(disc) 14
1 20
 (Timer) 26
ID3 tag
INTRO
LANGUAGE 26
List View 17
M
8
m3u play list play 21
MENU 26
Mix-Mode CD 5
MP3 CD 5
20
O
Battery carrying case 8
Battery compartment lid 10, 11
Battery life 12
BEEP 26
BOOKMARK 20, 21
C
8
D
Display 10
Dry battery 10
E
Earphones 8
EQUALIZER 23, 24
F
File View
16
G
G-PROTECTION 26
GROUP 20, 21, 27
Group 6
GROUP SHUFFLE 20, 21
OPTION 26
Optional Accessories
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P
Pause 15
Play 15
PLAYLIST 20
PLAY MODE 19
PLAY ORDER 27
POWER SAVE 27
PROGRAM 20, 22
Additional Information
B
CD-DA format 5
CD-Extra 5
CD-EXTRA 27
CD-ROM (SonicStage)
CD-TEXT 18
CD player 9
CLEARBASS 23, 24
CUSTOM 24
17
20
L
A
ACTIVE 24
AC power adaptor
ALL 20
ATRAC3plus 5
ATRAC CD 5
AUTO RANKING
AVLS 26
16
R
RANKING SHUF 20
Rechargeable battery 8, 11
Remote 8
Repeat play 22
S
SEAMLESS 26
Search 15
SHUFFLE 20
SOFT 24
SonicStage 4
SOUND 24
Stop 15
T
TEXT 26
TIMER 26
TRACK 27
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