Sony | MHC-BX6AV | Sony MHC-BX6AV Operating Instructions

4-227-084-12(1)
Mini Hi-Fi
Component
System
Operating Instructions
Owner’s Record
The model and serial numbers are located on the rear panel. Record the serial
number in the space provided below. Refer to them whenever you call upon your
Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No.
_______________ Serial No. _______________
MHC-BX6AV/DX6AV
©2000 Sony Corporation
1
INFORMATION
WARNING
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not
expose the unit to rain or moisture.
To avoid electrical shock, do not open the cabinet.
Refer servicing to qualified personnel only.
Do not install the appliance in a confined space,
such as a bookcase or built-in cabinet.
This appliance is classified
as a CLASS 1 LASER
product. The CLASS 1
LASER PRODUCT
MARKING is located on
the rear exterior.
NOTICE FOR THE CUSTOMERS IN THE
U.S.A.
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.
CAUTION
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications
not expressly approved in this manual could void
your authority to operate this equipment.
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.
This symbol is intended to alert the
user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.
CAUTION
The use of optical instruments with this product will
increase eye hazard.
NOTICE FOR THE CUSTOMERS IN
CANADA
CAUTION:
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT USE
THIS POLARIZED AC PLUG WITH AN
EXTENSION CORD,
RECEPTACLE OR OTHER OUTLET UNLESS THE
BLADES CAN BE FULLY INSERTED TO PREVENT
BLADE EXPOSURE.
This stereo system is equipped with the Dolby Pro
Logic Surround decoder*.
* Manufactured under license from Dolby
Laboratories Licensing Corporation.
Additionally licensed under Canadian patent
1,037,877. “Dolby”, the double-D symbol ; and
“PRO LOGIC” are trademarks of Dolby
Laboratories Licensing Corporation.
ENERGY STAR® is a U.S. registered
mark.
As ENERGY STAR® Partner, Sony
Corporation has determined that
this product meets the ENERGY
STAR® guidelines for energy
efficiency.
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Table of Contents
Getting Started
Step 1: Hooking up the system ............ 4
Step 2: Setting up your speakers ......... 7
Step 3: Setting the time ......................... 9
Step 4: Presetting radio stations ........ 10
Saving the power in standby mode ... 12
Basic Operations
Playing a CD ......................................... 13
Recording a CD .................................... 15
Listening to the radio ........................... 16
Recording from the radio .................... 17
Playing a tape ........................................ 18
Recording from a tape ......................... 20
The CD Player
Using the CD display ........................... 21
Playing the CD tracks repeatedly ...... 22
Playing the CD tracks in random order
.......................................................... 23
Programming the CD tracks ............... 24
The Tape Deck
Recording on a tape manually ........... 26
Recording a CD by specifying track
order ................................................ 27
Sound Adjustment
Adjusting the sound ............................ 29
Selecting the audio emphasis ............. 29
Changing the spectrum analyzer
display ............................................. 30
Selecting surround effects ................... 30
Enjoying Dolby Pro Logic Surround
sound ............................................... 31
Other Features
Using the Radio Data System (RDS)* 32
Falling asleep to music ........................ 34
Waking up to music ............................. 35
Timer-recording radio programs ....... 36
Optional components
Connecting audio components .......... 37
Connecting a VCR ................................ 39
Connecting a DVD player ................... 39
Connecting external antennas ............ 40
Additional Information
Precautions ............................................ 42
Troubleshooting ................................... 43
Specifications ........................................ 46
Index ........................................ Back cover
* European model only.
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Getting Started
Step 1: Hooking up the system
Follow steps 1 through 6 of the following procedure to hook up your system using the
supplied cords and accessories.
Rear surround speaker (Right)
AM loop antenna
Rear surround speaker (Left)
FM antenna
Center
surround speaker
2
2
3
4
1
2
5
6
Front speaker (Right)
Front speaker (Left)
Notes
1 Connect the front speakers.
Connect the speaker cords to the FRONT
SPEAKER jacks as below.
Insert only the stripped portion.
R
+
L
+
Red/
Solid (3)
–
Black/
Stripe (#)
4
• Keep the speaker cords away from the
antennas to prevent noise.
• The type of speakers supplied vary
according to the model you purchased (see
“Specifications” on page 46).
2 Connect the rear surround speakers.
Connect the speaker cords to the REAR
SPEAKER jacks.
Set up the AM loop antenna, then
connect it.
Jack type A
Insert only the stripped portion.
R
4 Connect the FM/AM antennas.
AM loop antenna
Extend the FM lead
antenna horizontally.
L
+
–
Red/
Solid (3)
Black/
Stripe (#)
Notes
• Keep the speaker cords away from the
antennas to prevent noise.
• Do not place the rear surround speakers on
top of a TV. This may cause color distortion
in the TV screen.
• Be sure to connect both left and right rear
surround speakers. Otherwise, the sound
will not be heard.
Jack type B
AM loop antenna
Extend the FM lead
antenna horizontally.
3 Connect the center surround
speaker.
Connect the speaker cords to the
CENTER SPEAKER jacks.
Insert only the stripped portion.
R
L
+
Red/
Solid (3)
Note
–
Black/
Stripe (#)
5 For models with a voltage selector,
set VOLTAGE SELECTOR to
position of your local power line
voltage.
VOLTAGE SELECTOR
Keep the speaker cords away from the
antennas to prevent noise.
110-120V
220-240V
continued
5
Step 1: Hooking up the system
(continued)
Inserting two size AAA (R03)
batteries into the remote
6 Connect the power cord to a wall
outlet.
The demonstration appears in the
display. When you press ?/1, the system
turns on and the demonstration
automatically ends.
If the supplied adapter on the plug does
not fit your wall outlet, detach it from
the plug (only for models equipped with
an adapter).
Tip
With normal use, the batteries should last for about
six months. When the remote no longer operates
the system, replace both batteries with new ones.
Note
To connect optional components
See page 37.
To deactivate the demonstration
When you set the time (“Step 3: Setting the
time” on page 9), the demonstration is
deactivated.
To activate/deactivate the demonstration
again, press DISPLAY once (MHC-DX6AV)
or twice (MHC-BX6AV) while the system is
off.
Tip
You can reinforce the bass sound by connecting an
optional super woofer to the super woofer
connector.
To attach the speaker pads
Attach the supplied speaker pads to the
bottom of the speakers to stabilize the
speakers and prevent them from slipping.
Center surround speaker
6
If you do not use the remote for a long period of
time, remove the batteries to avoid possible damage
from battery leakage.
Step 2: Setting up
your speakers
2
Connecting the supplied rear and center
surround speakers enables you to fully enjoy
Dolby Pro Logic Surround sound. Dolby Pro
Logic Surround is a decoding system
standardized in TV programs and movies.
Dolby Pro Logic Surround improves the
sound image by using four separate channels.
These channels manipulate the sound to be
heard and enhance the action as it happens
on the screen.
Place the center surround speaker at
about the same height as the front
speakers (A). Align the center
surround speaker with the front
speakers or place it slightly behind
the front speakers (B).
A
B
Center surround speaker
Positioning the speakers
Before you connect the speakers, determine
the best location for them.
1
Place the front speakers at an angle
of 45 degrees from your listening
position.
Front
speaker (L)
Center
surround
speaker
Front
speaker (R)
3
Place the rear surround speakers
facing each other at about 60 to 90
cm above your listening position.
60 to 90 cm
Rear
surround
speaker
45°
Rear surround
speaker (L)
Rear surround
speaker (R)
continued
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Step 2: Setting up your speakers
(continued)
Adjusting the speaker
volume
To enjoy Dolby Pro Logic Surround sound,
turn on the Dolby Pro Logic mode, then
adjust the volume of each speaker using the
test tone provided by the system.
?/1
(Power)
1
Press DOLBY PRO LOGIC (or PRO
LOGIC on the remote).
“PRO LOGIC ON” appears.
2
Press T.TONE on the remote.
Each speaker emits the test tone in the
following order. Adjust the volume of
the test tone.
t LEFT (front) t CENTER t RIGHT (front)
REAR T
1
3
From your listening position, press
CENTER +/– and REAR +/– on the
remote to adjust the volume.
Adjust until the volume levels from each
speaker become the same.
4
Press T.TONE when you are done
adjusting.
The test tone turns off.
Tip
If you turn VOLUME (or press VOL +/– on the
remote) all the speaker volumes change.
Note
The test tone feature works only for Dolby Pro Logic
Surround sound.
1
2, 4
3
8
Step 3: Setting the
time
2
Press . or > repeatedly to set
the hour.
3
Press ENTER.
You must set the time before using the timer
functions.
The clock uses a 24-hour system on the
European model, and a 12-hour system on
other models.
The minute indication flashes.
The 12-hour system is used for illustration
purposes.
2,4
3,5
1
4
Press . or > repeatedly to set
the minute.
5
Press ENTER.
The clock starts working.
Tip
If you make a mistake, start over from step 1.
To change the time
The previous explanation shows how to set
the time while the power is off. To change the
time while the power is on, do the following:
1 Press CLOCK/TIMER SET.
2 Press . or > repeatedly to select SET
CLOCK.
3 Press ENTER.
4 Perform steps 2 through 5 above.
1
Press CLOCK/TIMER SET.
The hour indication flashes.
Notes
• The clock settings are canceled when you
disconnect the power cord or if a power failure
occurs.
• For MHC-BX6AV, you cannot set the time in the
Power Saving Mode (see page 12).
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Step 4: Presetting
radio stations
1
Press TUNER/BAND repeatedly to
select FM or AM.
2
Press and hold + or – (or TUNING
+/– on the remote) until the
frequency indication starts to
change, then release.
You can store a total of 30 preset stations (20
for FM and 10 for AM).
?/1
(Power)
2
Scanning stops automatically when a
station is tuned in. “TUNED” and
“STEREO” (for a stereo program) appear
in the display.
3
MONO
TUNED
STEREO
VOLUME
kHz
MHz
ALL DISCS
3
ß
Press TUNER MEMORY.
A preset number appears in the display.
The stations are stored from preset
number 1.
VOLUME
ALL DISCS
ß
Preset number
4
10
1
Shuttle
4
Press ENTER.
The station is stored.
5
To erase a preset station
1 Press and hold TUNER MEMORY until a
preset number appears in the display.
Repeat steps 1 through 4 to store
other stations.
VOLUME
ALL DISCS
ß
To tune in a station with a weak
signal
Press + or – (or TUNING +/– on the remote)
repeatedly in step 2 to tune in the station
manually.
To set another station to an
existing preset number
Start over from step 1. After step 3, turn the
shuttle until it clicks to select the preset
number where you want to store the other
station.
You can preset a new station in the selected
preset number.
2 Turn the shuttle until it clicks to select the
preset number you want to erase.
Select “ALL ERASE” when you want to
erase all the preset stations.
3 Press ENTER.
“COMPLETE” appears in the display.
When you erase a preset number, the preset
number decreases by one and all preset
numbers following the erased one are
renumbered.
To change the AM tuning interval
(Except for the European and Middle
Eastern models)
The AM tuning interval is factory-preset to 9 kHz
(10 kHz in some areas). To switch the AM tuning
interval, tune in any AM station first, then turn off
the power. While holding down TUNER/BAND,
turn the power back on. When you switch the
interval, AM preset stations are erased. To switch
back to the original interval, repeat the same
procedure.
Tip
The preset stations are retained for half a day even if
you unplug the power cord or a power failure
occurs.
11
Saving the power in
standby mode
(MHC-BX6AV only)
You can lower the power consumption to a
minimum (Power Saving Mode) and save
energy in the standby mode.
?/1
(Power)
DISPLAY
, Press DISPLAY repeatedly when the
power is off. Each time you press
the button, the system switches as
follows:
t Demonstration t Clock
Power Saving Mode T
The system is turned on/off by pressing
?/1.
Tips
• ?/1 indicator and timer indicator (when the timer
is set) light even in the Power Saving Mode.
• The timer functions in the Power Saving Mode.
To cancel the Power Saving Mode
Press DISPLAY once to show the
demonstration, twice to show the clock
display.
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Basic Operations
1
Playing a CD
— Normal Play
Press Z OPEN/CLOSE and place
up to two CDs on the disc tray.
If a disc is not placed properly, it will not
be recognized.
You can play up to three CDs in a row.
DISC SKIP
EX-CHANGE hH
?/1
(Power)
x
1
X
PLAY
MODE
Place with the
label side up.
When you play a
CD single (8 cm
CD), place it on
the inner circle
of the tray.
To insert a third disc, press DISC SKIP
EX-CHANGE to rotate the disc tray.
2
Press one of the DISC 1~3 buttons.
Disc tray number
Playing time
SYNC
VOLUME
ALL 1 DISCS PROGRAM
SHUFFLE REPEAT 1
.>
2
STEP
ß
VOLUME Shuttle
Track number
Basic Operations
The disc tray closes and playback starts.
If you press hH when CD is selected
as the function and the disc tray is
closed, playback starts from the CD
loaded on the tray whose number is
displayed.
continued
DISC SKIP
nN
CD
X
x
.>
mM
VOL +/–
13
Playing a CD (cotinued)
Tips
To
Do this
Stop playback
Press x.
Pause
Press X. Press again to resume
playback.
• You can switch from another source to the CD
player and start playing a CD just by pressing one
of the DISC 1~3 buttons (Automatic Source
Selection).
• If there is no CD in the player, “CD NO DISC”
appears in the display.
Select a track
During play or pause, press
> (to go forward) or .
(to go back).
Find a point in
a track
Turn the shuttle clockwise
(to go forward) or
counterclockwise (to go
back) until it clicks and hold
(or press and hold down M
or m on the remote).
Release it when you find
the desired point.
Select a CD
in stop mode
Press a DISC 1~3 button or
DISC SKIP EX-CHANGE (or
DISC SKIP on the remote).
Play only the
CD you have
selected
Press PLAY MODE
repeatedly until “1 DISC”
appears.
Play all CDs
Press PLAY MODE repeatedly
until “ALL DISCS” appears.
Remove the CD Press Z OPEN/CLOSE.
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Exchange other
CDs while
playing
Press DISC SKIP
EX-CHANGE.
Adjust the
volume
Turn VOLUME (or press VOL
+/– on the remote).
3
Recording a CD
— CD Synchro Recording
Then press Z OPEN/CLOSE again to
close the disc tray.
When the CD you want to record is not
selected, press DISC SKIP EX-CHANGE
repeatedly to select the CD you want.
The CD SYNC button lets you record from a
CD to a tape easily. You can use a TYPE I
(normal) tape.
?/1
DISC SKIP
(Power)EX-CHANGE hH
3
5
Press Z OPEN/CLOSE and place a
CD.
Place with the
label side up.
When you play a
CD single (8 cm
CD), place it on
the inner circle of
the tray.
4
Press CD SYNC.
x
2 46
1
5
Press DIRECTION repeatedly to
select g to record on one side.
Select j (or RELAY) to record on
both sides.
6
Press REC PAUSE.
Basic Operations
Deck B stands by to record in the
direction of the indicator on hH (the
right indicator lights to record on the
forward side and the left indicator lights
to record on the reverse side). The CD
player stands by for playback.
Recording starts.
1
Press A and insert a recordable tape
into deck B.
With the side
you want to
record facing
forward
2
Press CD.
To stop recording
Press x.
Tips
• If you want to record from the reverse side, press
TAPE A/B repeatedly to select deck B after step 1.
Press hH to start playback of the reverse side,
then press x where you want to start recording.
• When you record on both sides, be sure to start
from the front side. If you start from the reverse
side, recording stops at the end of the reverse side.
Note
You cannot listen to other sources while recording.
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Listening to the radio
1
Press TUNER/BAND repeatedly to
select FM or AM.
2
Turn the shuttle until it clicks (or
press PRESET +/– on the remote) to
tune in the desired preset station.
–– Preset Tuning
Preset radio stations in the system’s memory
first (see “Step 4: Presetting radio stations” on
page 10).
?/1
(Power)
STEREO/
MONO
+/–
Turn counterclockwise
(or press PRESET –
on the remote) for
lower preset
numbers.
Preset number*
M
m
Turn clockwise
(or press PRESET +
on the remote)
for higher
preset numbers.
Frequency
VOLUME
ALL DISCS
kHz
MHz
ß
* When only one station is preset, “ONE
PRESET” appears in the display.
1
VOLUME
2
TUNER/BAND
TUNING +/–
PRESET +/–
VOL +/–
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To
Do this
Turn off the radio
Press ?/1.
Adjust the volume
Turn VOLUME (or press
VOL +/– on the remote).
To listen to non-preset radio
stations
Use manual or automatic tuning in step 2.
For manual tuning, press + or – (or
TUNING +/– on the remote) repeatedly. For
automatic tuning, press and hold + or – (or
TUNING +/– on the remote).
Recording from the
radio
You can record the radio program on a tape
by calling up a preset station. You can use a
TYPE I (normal) tape.
?/1
(Power)
5 3
+/–
Tips
x
26 4
hH
1
1
Basic Operations
• You can switch from another source to the radio
just by pressing TUNER/BAND (Automatic
Source Selection).
• When an FM program is noisy, press
STEREO/MONO so that “MONO” appears in the
display. There will be no stereo effect, but the
reception will improve. Press the button again to
restore the stereo effect.
• To improve broadcast reception, adjust the
supplied antennas.
Press A and insert a recordable tape
into deck B.
With the side
you want to
record facing
forward
2
Press TUNER/BAND to select the
band you want.
continued
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Recording from the radio
(continued)
3
Playing a tape
Turn the shuttle until it clicks to
tune in a preset station.
Turn counterclockwise for
lower preset
numbers.
M
Turn clockwise
for higher
preset numbers.
m
Preset number
* AMS (Automatic Music Sensor)
Frequency
VOLUME
ALL DISCS
4
kHz
MHz
You can use a TYPE I (normal) tape. You can
also use ./> to quickly search for songs
you want to hear (AMS* function). To select
either deck A or B, press TAPE A/B
repeatedly.
?/1
(Power)
4
x
X
3
Shuttle
ß
Press REC.
Deck B stands by to record in the
direction of the indicator on hH (the
right indicator lights to record on the
forward side and the left indicator lights
to record on the reverse side).
5
Press DIRECTION repeatedly to
select G to record on one side.
Select j (or RELAY) to record on
both sides.
6
Press REC PAUSE.
Recording starts.
To stop recording
Press x.
2
1
VOLUME
2
.>
Tips
• If you want to record from the reverse side, press
TAPE A/B repeatedly to select deck B after step 1.
Press hH to start playback of the reverse side,
then press x where you want to start recording.
• When you record on both sides, be sure to start
from the front side. If you start from the reverse
side, recording stops at the end of the reverse side.
• To record non-preset stations, use + and – in step 3
to tune in the desired station manually.
• If noise is heard while recording from the radio,
move the respective antenna to reduce the noise.
nN
TAPE A/B
X
x
.>
mM
VOL +/–
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1
Press TAPE A/B.
To select deck A or B, press TAPE A/B
repeatedly.
2
Press A and insert a recorded tape
in deck A or B.
With the side
you want to
play facing
forward
3
Press DIRECTION repeatedly to
select g to play one side. Select
j to play both sides.
To play both decks in succession, select
RELAY (Relay Play)*.
Press hH.
Press hH again to play the reverse
side. The tape starts playing.
* Relay Play always follows the following sequence:
t Deck A (front side) t Deck A (reverse side)
Deck B (reverse side) T Deck B (front side) T
Do this
Stop playback
Press x.
Pause
Press X. Press again to
resume playback.
Fast-forward
Turn the shuttle clockwise until
it clicks while playing the front
side or counterclockwise until
it clicks while playing the
reverse side (or press M or
m on the remote).
Rewind
Turn the shuttle
counterclockwise until it
clicks while playing the front
side or clockwise until it
clicks while playing the
reverse side (or press m or
M on the remote).
Remove the cassette Press A.
Adjust the volume
Turn VOLUME (or press
VOL +/– on the remote).
Searching for the beginning of the
current or the next track (AMS*)
To go forward
Press > during playback when the right
indicator on hH lights. “TAPE A (or TAPE
B) >>> +1” appears.
Press . during playback when the left
indicator on hH lights. “TAPE A (or
TAPE B) <<< +1” appears.
Basic Operations
4
To
To go back
Press . during playback when the right
indicator on hH lights. “TAPE A (or TAPE
B) <<< –1” appears.
Press > during playback when the left
indicator on hH lights. “TAPE A (or TAPE
B) >>> –1” appears.
* Automatic Music Sensor
Notes
• The deck stops automatically after repeating the
sequence five times.
• The AMS function may not operate correctly
under the following circumstances:
– When the unrecorded space between songs is
less than 4 seconds long.
– If completely different information is recorded
on the left and right channels.
– When there are continuous sections of
extremely low level or low frequency sound
(like those of a baritone sax).
– When the unit is placed near a television. (In
this case, we recommend moving the unit
farther away from the television or turning off
the television.)
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4
Recording from a
tape
Press REC PAUSE.
Recording starts.
5
Press hH.
You can use a TYPE I (normal) tape.
To stop recording
?/1
(Power)
x
Press x.
5
Tip
If you want to record from the reverse side, press
TAPE A/B repeatedly to select deck B after step 2.
Press hH to start playback of the reverse side,
then press x where you want to start recording.
2
1 4 3
2
1
Press TAPE A/B repeatedly to select
deck A.
2
Press A and insert a recorded tape
in deck A and a recordable tape in
deck B.
With the side
you want to
play/record
facing forward
3
Press REC.
Deck B stands by to record in the
direction of the indicator on hH (the
right indicator lights to record on the
forward side and the left indicator lights
to record on the reverse side).
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The CD Player
Using the CD display
You can check the remaining time of the
current track or the entire CD.
?/1
(Power)
, Press DISPLAY.
Each time you press the button during
normal playback or when the playback is
stopped, the display changes as follows:
During normal playback
t Playing time of the current track
x
Remaining time of the current track*
x
Disc number of the current track and
“PLAY”
x
Clock display (for ten seconds)
x
Effect status
When playback is stopped
DISPLAY
During Program Play mode when there is a
program
t The last track number of the program
and the total playing time
x
The last track number of the program
and the total number of programmed
tracks
x
Clock display (for ten seconds)
x
Effect status
In other conditions
t The current disc number
x
Total number of tracks and total playing
time
x
Clock display (for ten seconds)
x
Effect status
* If the CD contains 21 tracks or more, “--.--” will
appear in the display for each track after the 21st.
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Playing the CD tracks
repeatedly
–– Repeat Play
This function lets you repeat a single CD or
all CDs in Normal Play, Shuffle Play, and
Program Play.
?/1
(Power)
REPEAT
, Press REPEAT during playback
until “REPEAT” appears in the
display.
Repeat Play starts. Do the following
procedure to change the repeat mode.
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To repeat
Press
All the tracks on
the current CD
up to five times
PLAY MODE repeatedly
until “1 DISC” appears
in the display.
All the tracks on
all CDs up to five
times*1
PLAY MODE repeatedly
until “ALL DISCS”
appears in the display.
Only one track*2
REPEAT repeatedly until
“REPEAT 1” appears in the
display while playing the
track you want to repeat.
*1 You cannot use this function during Shuffle Play.
*2 The track is repeated until x is pressed to stop
playback.
To cancel Repeat Play
Press REPEAT repeatedly until “REPEAT” or
“REPEAT 1” disappears from the display.
Playing the CD tracks
in random order
–– Shuffle Play
To cancel Shuffle Play
Press PLAY MODE repeatedly until
“SHUFFLE” or “PROGRAM” disappears
from the display. The tracks continue playing
in their original order.
To select a desired CD
You can play all the tracks on one CD or all
CDs in random order.
?/1
(Power)
3
DISC 1~3
>
Press DISC 1~3.
2
Tips
• You can start Shuffle Play during Normal Play by
pressing PLAY MODE repeatedly to select
“SHUFFLE”.
• To skip a track, press >.
1
1
Press CD, then place a CD.
2
Press PLAY MODE repeatedly until
“1 DISC SHUFFLE” or “ALL DISCS
SHUFFLE” appears in the display.
“ALL DISCS SHUFFLE” shuffles all the
CDs in the player. “1 DISC SHUFFLE”
shuffles tracks on the CD whose disc
number is lit.
3
Press hH.
All the tracks play in random order.
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Programming the CD
tracks
1
Press CD, then place a CD.
2
Press PLAY MODE repeatedly until
“PROGRAM” appears in the
display.
3
Press one of the DISC 1~3 buttons to
select a CD.
4
Press . or > until the desired
track appears in the display.
–– Program Play
You can make a program of up to 32 tracks
from all the CDs in the order you want them
to be played.
?/1
(Power)
4
p
7 4
2
Disc number
Total playing time
(including selected track)
SYNC
VOLUME
ALL 1 DISCS PROGRAM
SHUFFLE REPEAT 1
STEP
ß
Track number
5
Press ENTER.
The track is programmed. The program
step number appears, followed by the
total playing time.
6
To program additional tracks,
repeat steps 3 to 5.
Skip step 3 to select tracks from the
same disc.
7
Press hH.
5 31
nN
CD
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.>
x
CHECK
CLEAR
All the tracks play in the order you
selected.
To cancel Program Play
Press PLAY MODE repeatedly until
“PROGRAM” or “SHUFFLE” disappears
from the display.
To
Press
Check the
program
CHECK on the remote
repeatedly. After the last
track, “CHECK END”
appears.
Clear a track from
the end
CLEAR on the remote in
stop mode.
Clear a specific
track
CHECK on the remote
repeatedly until the
number of the track to be
erased appears, then press
CLEAR.
Add a track to the
program
1 Select the disc tray with a
DISC 1~3 button.
2 Select the track by
pressing ./>.
3 Press ENTER.
Clear the entire
program
x once in stop mode or
twice during playback.
Tips
• The program you made remains in the system’s
memory even after it has been played back. Press
CD, then press hH to play the same program
again.
• If “--.--” appears instead of the total playing time
during programming, this means:
– you have programmed a track number
which exceeds 20.
– the total playing time has exceeded 100 minutes.
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The Tape Deck
Recording on a tape
manually
4
Press DIRECTION repeatedly to
select g to record on one side.
Select j (or RELAY) to record on
both sides.
You can record from CD, tape, or radio as
you like. For example, you can record just the
songs you want or record from the middle of
the tape.
5
Press REC PAUSE.
?/1
(Power)
x
6
./>
Recording starts.
6
4
Press hH to start playing the
source to be recorded.
To
Press
Stop recording
x.
Pause recording
REC PAUSE.
Tips
• If you want to record from the reverse side, press
TAPE A/B repeatedly to select deck B after step 1.
Press hH to start playback of the reverse side,
then press x where you want to start recording.
• When recording from a CD, you can use . or
> to select tracks during rec pause mode (after
pressing REC in step 3 and before pressing REC
PAUSE in step 5).
2
5 3 1
1
Insert a recordable tape into deck B.
2
Press the function button of the
source you want to record (e.g.,
CD).
When you want to record from TAPE A,
press TAPE A/B repeatedly until TAPE
A is selected.
3
Press REC.
Deck B stands by to record in the
direction of the indicator on hH (the
right indicator lights to record on the
forward side and the left indicator lights
to record on the reverse side).
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Recording a CD by
specifying track order
— Program Edit
You can record tracks from all the CDs in the
order you want. When programming, make
sure the playing times for each side do not
exceed the length of one side of the tape.
?/1
(Power)
5p
1
Place a CD and insert a recordable
tape into deck B.
2
Press CD.
3
Press PLAY MODE repeatedly until
“PROGRAM” appears in the
display.
4
Press one of the DISC 1~3 buttons to
select a CD.
5
Press . or > until the desired
track appears in the display.
5 EDIT 3,9
Disc number
Total playing time
(including selected track)
SYNC
VOLUME
ALL 1 DISCS PROGRAM
SHUFFLE REPEAT 1
STEP
ß
Track number
6
Press ENTER.
The track is programmed. The program
step number appears, followed by the
total playing time.
6 4 2 1 10
8
1
7
To program additional tracks,
repeat steps 4 to 6.
Skip step 4 to select tracks from the same
disc.
continued
CHECK
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Recording a CD by specifying track
order (continued)
Selecting tape length
automatically
8
Press CD SYNC.
—Tape Select Edit
Deck B stands by to record in the
direction of the indication on hH (the
right indication lights to record on the
forward side and the left indicator lights
to record on the reverse side). The CD
player stands by for playback.
You can check the most suitable tape length
for recording a CD. Note that you cannot use
Tape Select Edit for discs containing over 20
tracks.
9
Press DIRECTION repeatedly to
select g to record on one side.
Select j (or RELAY) to record on
both sides.
10 Press REC PAUSE.
Recording starts.
To stop recording
1
Place a CD.
2
Press CD.
3
Press EDIT once, so that “EDIT”
flashes.
The required tape length for the
currently selected CD appears, followed
by the total playing time for side A and
side B respectively.
Press x.
To check the order
Press CHECK on the remote repeatedly. After
the last track, “CHECK END” appears.
To cancel Program Edit
Press PLAY MODE repeatedly until
“PROGRAM” or “SHUFFLE” disappears
from the display.
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Note
You cannot use this function after programming.
In order to use this function, you must first cancel
the program by pressing PLAY MODE repeatedly
until “PROGRAM” or “SHUFFLE” disappears from
the display.
Sound Adjustment
Adjusting the sound
You can reinforce the bass, create a more
powerful sound, and listen with headphones.
?/1
(Power)
Selecting the audio
emphasis
The audio emphasis menu lets you select the
sound characteristic according to the type of
music you are listening to.
?/1
(Power)
PHONES GROOVE
For a powerful sound (GROOVE)
Press GROOVE. The GROOVE button lights.
The volume switches to power mode, DBFB*
is automatically activated (“DBFB
”
appears), and the equalizer curve changes. To
cancel, press GROOVE again. DBFB is
cancelled (“DBFB
” disappears) and
the volume returns to the previous level.
FILE SELECT
, Press FILE SELECT repeatedly until
the effect you desire (ROCK, POP,
JAZZ or GAME) appears in the
display.
* DBFB = Dynamic Bass Feedback
To listen through the headphones
To cancel the effect
Connect the headphones to PHONES jack.
No sound will come from the speakers.
Press FILE SELECT repeatedly until “FLAT”
appears in the display.
Tip
“SUR
” appears if you select an effect with
surround effects.
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Changing the
spectrum analyzer
display
You can enjoy changing the display while
listening to the music.
Selecting surround
effects
You can enjoy surround effects.
?/1
(Power)
?/1
(Power)
DSP
SPECTRUM
, Press SPECTRUM.
Each time you press the button, the
display changes as follows:
PATTERN 1 (Image pattern)
Y
PATTERN 2 (Normal pattern)
, Press DSP repeatedly to select the
surround effect you desire.
SURROUND ON: Reproduces stereo
sources in surround sound.
HALL: Reproduces the acoustics of a
concert hall.*
THEATER: Reproduces the acoustics of a
movie theater.*
ENHANCED THEATER: Reproduces
the acoustics of a large movie theater.*
DSP OFF: Turns off the DSP mode.
* The indicator on the front panel’s DSP
button lights up.
Note
When you choose other sound effects, the surround
effects will be canceled.
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Enjoying Dolby Pro
Logic Surround sound
You can enjoy the Dolby Pro Logic Surround
sound of videos that are Dolby Surround
encoded (
). Complete the setup
and adjustments first (see page 7).
?/1
(Power)
DOLBY PRO LOGIC
To cancel the Dolby Pro Logic
Surround sound
Press DOLBY PRO LOGIC (or PRO LOGIC
on the remote) again to turn off the indicator
on the front panel’s DOLBY PRO LOGIC
button.
Notes
• You cannot use both Dolby Pro Logic Surround
sound and the DSP surround effects at the same
time.
• When recording the sound, be sure to turn off
Dolby Pro Logic Surround sound.
PRO LOGIC
, Press DOLBY PRO LOGIC (or PRO
LOGIC on the remote) while
playing a program source.
The indicator on the front panel’s
DOLBY PRO LOGIC button lights up.
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Other Features
Using the Radio Data
System (RDS)
(European model only)
What is the Radio Data System?
Radio Data System (RDS) is a broadcasting
service that allows radio stations to send
additional information along with the regular
program signal. This tuner offers convenient
RDS features like station name display and
location of stations by program type. RDS is
available only on FM stations.*
Note
RDS may not work properly if the station you are
tuned to is not transmitting the RDS signal properly
or if the signal strength is weak.
* Not all FM stations provide RDS service, nor do
they provide the same types of services. If you are
not familiar with the RDS system, check with your
local radio stations for details on RDS services in
your area.
Receiving RDS broadcasts
, Simply select a station from the FM
band. When you tune in a station
that provides RDS services, the
station name appears in the display.
To check the RDS information
Each time you press DISPLAY, the display
changes as follows:
t Station name*
x
Frequency
x
Program type*
x
Clock display
x
Effect status
* If the RDS broadcast is not received, the station
name and program type may not appear in the
display.
Locating a station by
program type (PTY)
You can locate a station you want by selecting
a program type. The unit tunes in the type of
programs currently being broadcast from the
RDS stations stored in the tuner’s preset
memory.
?/1
(Power)
1
3,5
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2,4
1
2
3
Press PTY/DIRECTION while
listening to the radio.
Turn the shuttle until it clicks to
select the program type you want.
See the “List of program types”
section below.
Press ENTER.
The unit starts searching the preset RDS
stations (“SEARCH” and the selected
program type are shown alternately in
the display).
When the tuner receives a program, the
preset station number flashes.
4
5
Turn the shuttle until it clicks to
display the preset station number
you desire.
Press ENTER while the preset
station number is flashing.
To cancel PTY search
Press PTY/DIRECTION again.
List of program types (PTY)
NEWS
News programs.
AFFAIRS
Topical programs that expand on current
news.
DRAMA
Radio plays and serials.
CULTURE
Programs about national or regional
culture, language, and social concerns.
SCIENCE
Programs about the natural sciences.
VARIED
Programs containing celebrity
interviews, panel games, and comedy.
POP M
Popular music programs.
ROCK M
Rock music programs.
EASY M
Easy listening (middle of the road
music).
LIGHT M
Classical music, such as instrumental,
vocal, and choral works.
CLASSICS
Performances of major orchestras,
chamber music, opera, etc.
OTHER M
Music, such as rhythm and blues and
reggae.
WEATHER
Weather information.
FINANCE
Stock market reports and trading, etc.
CHILDREN
Programs for young.
INFO
Programs about consumer affairs,
medical advice.
SOCIAL
Programs about people and the things
that affect them.
SPORT
Sports programs.
RELIGION
Programs of religious contents.
EDUCATE
Educational programs, such as “how-to”
programs and advice.
PHONE IN
Programs where members of the public
express their views by phone or in a
public forum.
continued
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Using the Radio Data System (RDS)
(continued)
TRAVEL
Programs about travel. Not for
announcements that are located TP/TA.
LEISURE
Programs on recreational activities such
as gardening, fishing, cooking, etc.
JAZZ
Jazz programs.
Falling asleep to
music
— Sleep Timer
You can set the system to turn off at a preset
time, so you can fall sleep to music. You can
preset the time to be turned off in 10 minute
increments.
COUNTRY
Country music programs.
SLEEP
NATION M
Programs featuring the popular music of
the country or region.
OLDIES
Programs featuring oldies music.
FOLK M
Folk Music Programs.
DOCUMENT
Investigative features.
TEST
Test signal for emergency broadcasts.
ALARM
Emergency broadcasts.
NONE
Any programming not defined above.
, Press SLEEP.
Each time you press the button, the
minute display (the turn-off time)
changes as follows:
AUTO t 90MIN t 80MIN t 70MIN
t … t 10MIN t SLEEP OFF t
AUTO …
When you choose “AUTO”
The power turns off when the current CD or
tape finishes playback (for up to 100
minutes).
To check the remaining time
Note
”NO PTY” appears when the program type you
select is not currently being broadcast.
Press SLEEP once.
To change the time to turn off
Press SLEEP repeatedly until the time you
want appears.
To cancel the Sleep Timer function
Press SLEEP repeatedly until “SLEEP OFF”
appears.
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Waking up to music
4
— Daily Timer
Press . or > repeatedly to
select “DAILY 1 (or 2)”, then press
ENTER.
“ON” appears and the hour indication
flashes in the display.
You can wake up to music at a preset time
every day. Make sure you have set the clock
(see “Step 3: Setting the time” on page 9).
1 2 REC SLEEP
VOLUME
ALL DISCS
ß
CLOCK/TIMER
SELECT
9
4,5,7 5
4,5,8
3
Set the time to start playback.
Press . or > repeatedly to set the
hour, then press ENTER.
The minute indication starts flashing.
1 2 REC SLEEP
2
VOLUME
ALL DISCS
ß
Press . or > repeatedly to set the
minute, then press ENTER.
The hour indication flashes again.
1
Prepare the music source you want
to play.
• CD: Place a CD. To start from a
specific track, make a program (see
“Programming the CD tracks” on
page 24).
• Tape: Insert a tape with the side you
want to play facing forward.
• Radio: Tune in the preset station you
want (see “Listening to the radio” on
page 16).
2
Adjust the volume.
3
Press CLOCK/TIMER SET.
6
Set the time to stop playback
following the above procedure.
7
Press . or > repeatedly until
the music source you want appears.
The indication changes as follows:
t TUNER y CD PLAY T
t TAPE PLAY T
continued
“SET (DAILY 1)” appears.
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Waking up to music (continued)
8
Press ENTER.
The type of timer (DAILY 1 or DAILY 2),
followed by the start time, stop time, and
the music source, appear, then the
original display appears.
9
Turn off the power.
Timer-recording radio
programs
You can record a preset radio station from a
specified time.
To timer-record, you must preset the radio
station (see “Step 4: Presetting radio stations”
on page 10) and set the clock (see “Step 3:
Setting the time” on page 9) beforehand.
To check the setting
Press CLOCK/TIMER SELECT and press
. or > repeatedly to select the
respective mode (DAILY 1 or DAILY 2), then
press ENTER.
To change the setting, start over from step 1.
To cancel the timer operation
CLOCK/TIMER
SELECT
Press CLOCK/TIMER SELECT and press
. or > repeatedly to select “TIMER
OFF”, then press ENTER.
7
3,4,5
3,4,5
2
Tip
The power turns on 15 seconds before the preset
time.
Notes
• You cannot activate DAILY 1 and DAILY 2 Timer
at the same time.
• You cannot set the timer if the starting time and
stopping time are the same.
• When you use the Sleep Timer, Daily Timer will
not turn on the system until the Sleep Timer turns
it off.
• You cannot activate Daily Timer and Timerrecording at the same time.
1
Tune in the preset radio station (see
“Listening to the radio” on page 16).
2
Press CLOCK/TIMER SET.
“SET (DAILY 1)” appears.
3
Press . or > repeatedly to
select “REC”, then press ENTER.
“ON” appears and the hour indication
flashes in the display.
1 2 REC SLEEP
VOLUME
ALL DISCS
ß
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Optional components
4
Set the time to start recording.
Press . or > repeatedly to set the
hour, then press ENTER.
The minute indication starts flashing.
Connecting audio
components
1 2 REC SLEEP
VOLUME
ALL DISCS
ß
Press . or > repeatedly to set the
minute, then press ENTER.
The hour indication flashes again.
5
Set the time to stop recording
following the above procedure.
The start time, followed by the stop time,
the preset radio station to be recorded
(e.g., “TUNER FM 5”) appear, then the
original display appears.
6
Insert a recordable tape.
7
Turn off the power.
Select one of the following connections,
depending on the component to be connected
and method of connecting. Refer to the
instructions of each component.
Connecting an MD deck
for digital recording
You can record from CD into the MD deck
digitally by connecting an optional optical
cable.
To the digital input jack of the MD deck
When the recording starts, the volume
level is set to the minimum.
To check the setting
Press CLOCK/TIMER SELECT and press
. or > repeatedly to select “REC”, then
press ENTER.
To change the setting, start over from step 1.
To cancel the timer operation
Press CLOCK/TIMER SELECT and press
. or > repeatedly to select “TIMER
OFF”, then press ENTER.
continued
Notes
• If the power is on at the preset time, the recording
will not be made.
• You cannot set the timer if the starting time and
stopping time are the same.
• When you use the Sleep Timer, Timer-recording
will not turn on the system until the Sleep Timer
turns it off.
• You cannot activate Timer-recording and Daily
Timer at the same time.
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Connecting audio components
(continued)
Connecting an MD deck
for listening to music
Make sure to match the color of the plugs and
the connectors. To listen to the sound of the
connected MD deck, press MD (VIDEO).
To the audio output of the
MD deck
Note
If you cannot select “MD” when you press MD
(VIDEO), press ?/1 while pressing MD (VIDEO)
when the power is turned off. “VIDEO” will be
switched to “MD”. To return to “VIDEO”, do the
same procedure. However, you cannot switch from
“MD” to “VIDEO” or from “VIDEO” to “MD” when
the system is in the Power Saving Mode (see page
12).
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Connecting a super
woofer speaker
You can connect an optional super woofer
speaker.
To super woofer
Connecting a VCR
By connecting the audio output jacks of your
VCR to the MD/VIDEO IN jacks using an
optional audio cable, you can enjoy video
playback in powerful stereo sound.
Make sure to match the color of the plugs and
the connectors. To listen to the sound of the
connected VCR, hold down MD (VIDEO) and
press ?/1 when the power is turned off. This
switches the “MD” function to “VIDEO”.
Once you enable the “VIDEO” function, just
press MD (VIDEO).
Connecting a DVD
player
When your DVD player has
5.1 channel analog outputs
Be sure to match the color of the plugs and
the connectors. To listen to the sound from
the connected DVD player, press DVD 5.1CH.
The indicator on the button lights.
When you listen to a stereo sound track from
the DVD player, press DVD 5.1CH to turn off
the indicator.
To the audio output of the video deck
To the front To the rear
output of the output of the
DVD player
DVD player
Notes
• You cannot switch from “MD” to “VIDEO” or
from “VIDEO” to “MD” when the system is in the
Power Saving Mode (see page 12).
• To return to “MD”, press ?/1 while pressing MD
(VIDEO) again when the power is turned off.
• When you connect a VIDEO CD deck, set to
“MD”.
To the woofer
output of the
DVD player
To the center
output of the
DVD player
continued
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Connecting a DVD player
(continued)
?/1
(Power)
Connecting external
antennas
Connect the external antenna to improve the
reception. Refer to the instructions of each
component.
FM antenna
Connect the optional FM external antenna.
You can also use the TV antenna instead.
Jack type A
DVD 5.1CH
75-ohm coaxial cable
(not supplied)
When your DVD player has stereo
analog outputs
Be sure to match the color of the plugs and
the connectors. Connect the LINE OUT
(audio) output jack of your DVD player to the
FRONT jacks of DVD INPUT with the audio
connecting cable. To listen to the sound from
the connected DVD player, press DVD 5.1CH
to turn off the indicator on the button.
Jack type B
Notes
• Each time you press DVD 5.1CH, the function
changes as follows.
DVD 5.1CH
y
DVD (2 channel)
(indicator on)
(indicator off)
• You cannot enjoy the 5.1 channel surround sound
if you connect a DVD player which does not have
the 5.1 channel analog outputs.
• If there is no sound when you connect a DVD
player which has 5.1 channel analog outputs,
connect the LINE OUT (audio) output jacks of
your DVD player to the MD IN jacks, then change
the function to “MD” by pressing MD (VIDEO).
If you cannot select “MD”, see page 38.
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IEC standard socket
connector
(not supplied)
AM antenna
Connect a 6- to 15- meter insulated wire to the
AM antenna terminal. Leave the supplied
AM loop antenna connected.
Jack type A
Insulated wire (not supplied)
Jack type B
Insulated wire (not supplied)
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Additional Information
Precautions
Before operating the system, check that the
operating voltage of your system is identical with
the voltage of your local power supply.
• Before playing, clean the CD with a cleaning cloth.
Wipe the CD from the center out.
• Do not use solvents such as benzene, thinner,
commercially available cleaners or anti-static
spray intended for vinyl LPs.
• Do not expose the CD to direct sunlight or heat
sources such as hot air ducts, nor leave it in a car
parked in direct sunlight.
On safety
Cleaning the cabinet
• The unit is not disconnected from the AC power
source (mains) as long as it is connected to the
wall outlet, even if the unit itself has been turned
off.
• Unplug the system from the wall outlet (mains) if
it is not to be used for an extended period of time.
To disconnect the cord (mains lead), pull it out by
the plug. Never pull the cord itself.
• Should any solid object or liquid fall into the
component, unplug the stereo system and have
the component checked by qualified personnel
before operating it any further.
• The AC power cord must be changed only at a
qualified service shop.
Use a soft cloth slightly moistened with mild
detergent solution.
On placement
Tab of side B
On operating voltage
• Place the stereo system in a location with adequate
ventilation to prevent heat build-up in the stereo
system.
• Do not place the unit in an inclined position.
• Do not place the unit in locations where it is;
— Extremely hot or cold
— Dusty or dirty
— Very humid
— Vibrating
— Subject to direct sunlight.
On operation
• If the stereo 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. Should this occur, the system will
not operate properly. Remove the CD and leave
the system turned on for about an hour until the
moisture evaporates.
• When you move the system, take out any discs.
If you have any questions or problems concerning
your stereo system, please consult your nearest
Sony dealer.
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Notes on CDs
To save a tape permanently
To prevent a tape from being accidentally recorded
over, break off the cassette tab from side A or B as
illustrated.
Tab of side A
Side A
Break off the
cassette tab of
side A
If you later want to reuse the tape for recording,
cover the broken tab with adhesive tape.
Before placing a cassette in the
tape deck
Take up any slack in the tape. Otherwise the tape
may get entangled in the parts of the tape deck and
become damaged.
When using a tape longer than 90
minutes
The tape is very elastic. Do not change the tape
operations such as play, stop, and fast-winding (etc.)
frequently. The tape may get entangled in the tape
deck.
Troubleshooting
If you run into any problem using this stereo
system, use the following check list.
First, check that the power cord is connected
firmly and the speakers are connected
correctly and firmly.
Should any problem persist, consult your
nearest Sony dealer.
Cleaning the tape heads
Clean the tape heads after every 10 hours of use.
When the tape heads become dirty;
— the sound is distorted
— there is a decrease in sound level
— the sound drops out
— the tape does not erase completely
— the tape does not record.
Make sure to clean the tape heads before you start
an important recording or after playing an old tape.
Use separately sold dry-type or wet-type cleaning
cassette. For details, refer to the instructions of the
cleaning cassette.
Demagnetizing the tape heads
Demagnetize the tape heads and the metal parts that
have contact with the tape every 20 to 30 hours of
use with a separately sold demagnetizing cassette.
For details, refer to the instructions of the
demagnetizing cassette.
General
The display starts flashing as soon as you
plug in the power cord even though you
haven’t turned on the power
(demonstration mode).
•Press DISPLAY once (MHC-DX6AV) or
twice (MHC-BX6AV) when the power is
turned off. The demonstration
disappears.
The demonstration mode appears
automatically the first time you plug in
the power cord or if there is a power
outage lasting longer than half a day.
The clock setting/radio presetting/timer is
canceled.
•The power cord is disconnected or a
power failure occurs longer than half a
day.
Redo the following:
— “Step 3: Setting the time” on page 9
— “Step 4: Presetting radio stations” on
page 10
If you have set the timer, also redo
“Waking up to music” on page 35 and
“Timer-recording radio programs” on
page 36.
There is no sound.
•Turn VOLUME clockwise.
•The headphones are connected.
•Insert only the stripped portion of the
speaker cord into the SPEAKER jack.
Inserting the vinyl portion of the speaker
cord will obstruct the speaker
connections.
•There is no audio output during timer
recording.
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Troubleshooting (continued)
There is severe hum or noise.
•A TV or VCR is placed too close to the
stereo system. Move the stereo system
away from the TV or VCR.
The sound from the connected source is
distorted.
•If “VIDEO” appears in the display when
you press MD (VIDEO), switch the
display to ”MD” (see ”Note: Connecting
audio components” on page 38).
“0:00” (or “12:00 AM”) flashes in the
display.
•A power interruption occurred. Set the
clock and timer settings again.
The timer does not function.
•Set the clock correctly.
Sound comes from one channel or
unbalanced left and right volume.
•Check the speaker connection and
speaker placement.
The sound comes from the center speaker
only.
•The source being played back is
monaural. Press DOLBY PRO LOGIC to
turn off the Pro Logic mode.
There is no sound from the center speaker.
•Set the center level to the appropriate
level.
There is no sound from the rear speakers.
•Set the rear level to the appropriate level.
•The software being played back has
limited sound effects. Check the volume
with the test tone.
DAILY 1, DAILY 2, and REC do not appear
when you press the CLOCK/TIMER SET
button.
•Set the timer correctly.
•Set the clock.
Sound lacks bass.
•Check that the speaker’s + and – jacks are
connected correctly.
The remote does not function.
•There is an obstacle between the remote
and the system.
•The remote is not pointing in the
direction of the system’s sensor.
•The batteries have run down. Replace the
batteries.
CD Player
There is acoustic feedback.
•Decrease the volume level.
•Move the microphone away from the
speakers or change the direction of the
microphone.
The color irregularity on a TV screen
persists.
•Turn off the TV set once, then turn it on
after 15 to 30 minutes. If the color
irregularity still persists, place the
speakers farther away from the TV set.
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Speakers
The CD tray does not close.
•The CD is not placed properly.
The CD will not play.
•The CD is not lying flat in the disc tray.
•The CD is dirty.
•The CD is inserted label side down.
•Moisture condensation has built up.
Remove the CD and leave the system
turned on for about an hour until the
moisture evaporates.
Play does not start from the first track.
•The player is in program or shuffle mode.
Press PLAY MODE repeatedly until
“PROGRAM” or “SHUFFLE” disappear.
“OVER” is displayed.
•You have reached the end of the CD.
Turn the shuttle counterclockwise until it
clicks and hold.
Tape Deck
Tuner
The tape does not record.
• There is no tape in the cassette holder.
• The tab has been removed from the
cassette (see “To save a tape
permanently” on page 42).
• The tape has reeled to the end.
There is severe hum or noise (“TUNED” or
“STEREO” flashes in the display).
•Adjust the antenna.
•The signal strength is too weak. Connect
the external antenna.
The tape does not record nor play or there
is a decrease in sound level.
• The heads are dirty. Clean them (see
“Cleaning the tape heads” on page 43).
• The record/playback heads are
magnetized. Demagnetize them (see
“Demagnetizing the tape heads” on page
43).
The tape does not erase completely.
• The record/playback heads are
magnetized. Demagnetize them (see
“Demagnetizing the tape heads” on page
43).
There is excessive wow or flutter, or the
sound drops out.
• The capstans or pinch rollers are dirty.
Clean them (see “Cleaning the tape
heads” on page 43).
A stereo FM program cannot be received in
stereo.
•Press STEREO/MONO so that “STEREO”
appears.
If other troubles not described
above occur, reset the system as
follows:
1
2
3
4
Unplug the power cord.
Plug the power cord back in.
Press ?/1 to turn on the power.
Press x, DISC 1 and PLAY MODE at the
same time.
The system is reset to the factory settings. All
the settings you made, such as the preset
stations, clock, and timer are cleared. You
should set them again.
Noise increases or the high frequencies are
erased.
• The record/playback heads are
magnetized. Demagnetize them (see
“Demagnetizing the tape heads” on page
43).
After pressing hH or A, there is a
mechanical noise, “EJECT” appears in the
display, and the unit enters standby mode
automatically.
• The cassette tape was not inserted
correctly. Eject the tape and turn the
power back on.
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Specifications
AUDIO POWER SPECIFICATIONS:
(MHC-BX6AV U.S.A. model only)
POWER OUTPUT AND TOTAL
HARMONIC DISTORTION:
with 6 ohm loads both channels driven, from
120-10,000 Hz; rates 10 watts per channel
minimum RMS power, with no more than
10% total harmonic distortion from 250
milliwatts to rated output.
Amplifier section
MHC-BX6AV
Center Speaker:
Continuous RMS power output (reference)
40 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz,
10% THD)
Rear Speaker:
Continuous RMS power output (reference)
40 + 40 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz,
10% THD)
Canadian model
MHC-BX6AV
Front Speaker:
Continuous RMS power output (reference)
60 + 60 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz,
10% THD)
Total harmonics distortion
Less than 0.07%
(6 ohms at 1 kHz, 30 W)
Center Speaker:
Continuous RMS power output (reference)
40 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz,
10% THD)
Rear Speaker:
Continuous RMS power output (reference)
40 + 40 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz,
10% THD)
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European model
MHC-BX6AV
Front Speaker:
DIN power output (rated) 40 + 40 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz, DIN)
Continuous RMS power output (reference)
50 + 50 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz,
10% THD)
Music power output (reference)
100 + 100 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz,
10% THD)
Center Speaker:
DIN power output (rated) 25 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz, DIN)
Continuous RMS power output (reference)
35 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz,
10% THD)
Music power output (reference)
70 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz,
10% THD)
Rear Speaker:
DIN power output (rated) 25 + 25 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz, DIN)
Continuous RMS power output (reference)
35 + 35 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz,
10% THD)
Music power output (reference)
70 + 70 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz,
10% THD)
Other models:
MHC-DX6AV
The following measured at AC 120/240 V,
50/60 Hz
Front Speaker:
DIN power output (rated) 45 + 45 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz, DIN)
Continuous RMS power output (reference)
60 + 60 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz,
10% THD)
Center Speaker:
DIN power output (rated) 30 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz, DIN)
Continuous RMS power output (reference)
40 watts
(8 ohms at 1 kHz,
10% THD)
Rear Speaker:
DIN power output (rated) 30 + 30 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz, DIN)
Continuous RMS power output (reference)
40 + 40 watts
(6 ohms at 1 kHz,
10% THD)
Inputs
MD/VIDEO IN:
(phono jacks)
DVD INPUT:
FRONT IN:
(phono jacks)
REAR IN:
(phono jacks)
CENTER IN:
(phono jacks)
WOOFER IN:
(phono jacks)
Outputs
PHONES:
(stereo mini jack)
FRONT SPEAKER:
REAR SPEAKER:
CENTER SPEAKER:
WOOFER:
voltage 250/450 mV,
impedance 47 kilohms
voltage 450 mV,
impedance 47 kilohms
voltage 450 mV,
impedance 47 kilohms
voltage 450 mV,
impedance 47 kilohms
voltage 450 mV,
impedance 47 kilohms
accepts headphones of
8 ohms or more
accepts impedance of 6 to
16 ohms
accepts impedance of 6 to
16 ohms
accepts impedance of 6 to
16 ohms
Voltage 1 V, impedance
1 kilohms
CD player section
System
Compact disc and digital
audio system
Laser
Semiconductor laser
(λ=780nm)
Emission duration:
continuous
Laser output
Max. 44.6 µW*
*This output is the value
measured at a distance of
200 mm from the
objective lens surface on
the Optical Pick-up Block
with 7 mm aperture.
Wavelength
780 – 790 nm
Frequency response
20 Hz – 20 kHz (±0.5 dB)
Signal-to-noise ratio
More than 90 dB
Dynamic range
More than 90 dB
CD OPTICAL DIGITAL OUT
(Square optical connector jack, rear panel)
Wavelength
660 nm
Output Level
–18 dBm
Tape player section
Recording system
Frequency response
Wow and flutter
4-track 2-channel stereo
40 – 13,000 Hz (±3 dB),
using Sony TYPE I
cassette
±0.15% W.Peak (IEC)
0.1% W.RMS (NAB)
±0.2% W.Peak (DIN)
Tuner section
FM stereo, FM/AM superheterodyne tuner
FM tuner section
Tuning range
Antenna
Antenna terminals
Intermediate frequency
87.5 – 108.0 MHz
FM lead antenna
75 ohm unbalanced
10.7 MHz
AM tuner section
Tuning range
Pan-American model:
530 – 1,710 kHz
(with the interval set at
10 kHz)
531 – 1,710 kHz
(with the interval set at
9 kHz)
European and Middle Eastern models:
531 – 1,602 kHz
(with the interval set at
9 kHz)
Other models:
531 – 1,602 kHz
(with the interval set at
9 kHz)
530 – 1,710 kHz
(with the interval set at
10 kHz)
Antenna
AM loop antenna
Antenna terminals
External antenna terminal
Intermediate frequency 450 kHz
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Specifications (continued)
For the customers in Canada
Speaker
Use only the supplied SS-RS106 rear surround
speaker for connection to the REAR SPEAKER
connector, the supplied SS-CT106 center surround
speaker for connection to the CENTER SPEAKER
connector on the MHC-BX6AV.
Front speaker
North American model:
SS-BX6AV for MHC-BX6AV:
Speaker system
2-way, bass-reflex type,
magnetically shielded
type
Speaker units
Woofer:
14 cm, cone type
Tweeter:
5 cm, cone type
Nominal impedance
6 ohms
Dimensions (w/h/d)
Approx.
220 x 325 x 230 mm
Mass
Approx. 3.4 kg net per
speaker
European model:
SS-BX6AV for MHC-BX6AV:
Speaker system
2-way, bass-reflex type,
magnetically shielded
type
Speaker units
Woofer:
14 cm, cone type
Tweeter:
5 cm, cone type
Nominal impedance
6 ohms
Dimensions (w/h/d)
Approx.
220 x 325 x 252 mm
Mass
Approx. 3.6 kg net per
speaker
Other models:
SS-DX6AV for MHC-DX6AV:
Speaker system
2-way, bass-reflex type,
magnetically shielded
type
Speaker units
Woofer:
14 cm, cone type
Tweeter:
5 cm, cone type
Nominal impedance
6 ohms
Dimensions (w/h/d)
Approx.
220 x 325 x 252 mm
Mass
Approx. 3.6 kg net per
speaker
Rear Surround Speaker (SS-RS106)
Speaker system
1-way, 1-unit,
bass-reflex type
Speaker units
Full-range:
10 cm, cone type
Nominal impedance
6 ohms
Approx. 120 x 175 x 140 mm
Dimensions (w/h/d)
Mass
Approx. 0.8 kg net per
speaker
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Center Surround Speaker (SS-CT106)
Speaker system
1-way, 1-unit,
bass-reflex type,
magnetically shielded
type
Speaker units
Full-range:
10 cm, cone type
Nominal impedance
6 ohms
Approx. 280 x 120 x 140 mm
Dimensions (w/h/d)
Mass
Approx. 1.3 kg net
General
Power requirements
North American model:
European model:
Australian model:
Mexican model:
Other models:
Power consumption
U.S.A. model:
MHC-BX6AV:
Canadian model:
MHC-BX6AV:
European model:
MHC-BX6AV:
Other models:
MHC-DX6AV:
Dimensions (w/h/d)
MHC-BX6AV/DX6AV:
Mass
U.S.A. model:
MHC-BX6AV:
Canadian model:
MHC-BX6AV:
European model:
MHC-BX6AV:
Other model:
MHC-DX6AV:
Supplied accessories:
120 V AC, 60 Hz
230 V AC, 50/60 Hz
220 – 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
120 V AC, 60 Hz
110 – 120 V or 220 – 240 V
AC, 50/60 Hz
Adjustable with voltage
selector
160 watts
180 watts
160 watts
160 watts
Approx. 280 x 325 x 390 mm
Approx. 9.2 kg
Approx. 9.2 kg
Approx. 9.2 kg
Approx. 9.1 kg
AM loop antenna (1)
FM lead antenna (1)
Remote Commander (1)
Speaker cords (2)
Center speaker pads (4)
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
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N, O
Index
Normal Play 13
P, Q
A
Adjusting
the sound 29
the volume 8, 14, 17, 19
Antennas 5, 40
B
Batteries 6
C
CD player 13, 21-25
CD Synchro Recording 15
Clock setting 9
Connecting 4-6, 37-41
Playing
a CD 13
a preset station 16
a tape 18
tracks in random order
(Shuffle Play) 23
tracks in the desired
order (Program Play) 24
tracks repeatedly
(Repeat Play) 22
Presetting radio stations 10
Preset tuning 16
Program Edit 27
Program Play 24
Protecting recordings 42
PTY 32
D
R
Daily timer 35
Display 21
E, F, G
Edit 27, 28
H, I, J, K, L, M
Hooking up
optional components
37-41
the antennas 5, 40
the power 6
the speakers 7
the system 4
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Sony Corporation
Radio Data System 32
Radio stations
presetting 10
tuning in 16
Recording
a CD 15
a radio program 17
timer-recording 36
Repeat Play 22
Resetting the system 45
Printed in China
S
Saving recordings 42
Selecting the audio emphasis
29
Setting the time 9
Shuffle Play 23
Sleep Timer 34
Sound adjustment 29
Speakers 7
Station name 32
T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
Tape Select Edit 28
Timer
falling asleep to music
34
timer-recording 36
waking up to music 35
Troubleshooting 43-45
Tuner 10, 16, 32-34
Tuning interval 11
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