Sony DVD Recorder MZ-G750 User manual

Sony DVD Recorder MZ-G750 User manual
3-223-667-12(1)
FM/AM Portable
MiniDisc Recorder
Operating Instructions
MZ-G750/G750PC/G750DPC
©2000 Sony Corporation
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.
Caution
The use of optical instruments
with this product will increase
eye hazard.
Listening for many hours at
maximum volume may damage
your hearing.
CAUTION — INVISIBLE
LASER RADIATION WHEN
OPEN
AVOID EXPOSURE TO
BEAM
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Information
IN NO EVENT SHALL
SELLER BE LIABLE FOR
ANY DIRECT,
INCIDENTAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES OF ANY
NATURE, OR LOSSES OR
EXPENSES RESULTING
FROM ANY DEFECTIVE
PRODUCT OR THE USE
OF ANY PRODUCT.
For customers in the USA
Owner’s Record
The serial number is located at
the rear of the disc compartment
lid and the model number is
located at the top and bottom.
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.
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.
This device complies with Part
15 of the FCC Rules. Operation
is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) This device may
not cause harmful interference,
and (2) this device must accept
any interference received,
including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
You are cautioned that any
changes or modifications not
expressly approved in this
manual could void your
authority to operate this
equipment.
RECYCLING NICKELCADMIUM BATTERIES
Nickel-Cadmium
batteries are
recyclable. You
can help preserve
our environment
by returning your
unwanted batteries to your
nearest point for collection,
recycling or proper desposal.
Note: In some areas the
disposal of Nickel-Cadmium
batteries in household or
business trash may be
prohibited.
RBRC (Rechargeable Battery
Recycling Corporation) advises
you about spent battery
collection by the following
phone number.
Call toll free number: 1800-822-8837 (United
States and Canada only)
Caution: Do not handle
damaged or leaking NickelCadmium batteries.
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For Customers in Australia
If the supply cord of the AC
power adaptor is damaged, the
AC power adaptor must be
returned to the manufacturer or
his agent for the cord to be
replaced.
Certain countries may regulate
disposal of the battery used to
power this product.
Please consult with your local
authority.
The CE mark on the
unit is valid only for
products marketed in
the European Union.
WALKMAN and
trademarks of Sony
Corporation.
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Table of contents
Looking at the controls ........................................................ 8
Getting started! ................................................................... 12
Recording an MD right away! ............................................ 15
Playing an MD right away! ................................................. 19
Listening to the radio ......................................................... 22
Various ways of recording
Two ways of connecting to a sound source .......................................... 24
Recording with analog input (line cable required) ................................ 27
Recording for long times ....................................................................... 28
To start/stop recording in sync with the source player (Synchro-recording)
................................................................................................. 29
Recording without overwriting existing material ................................. 31
Recording from a microphone .............................................................. 32
Adjusting the recording level manually (Manual recording) ................ 33
Checking the remaining time or the recording position ........................ 35
Various ways of playback
Playing tracks repeatedly ...................................................................... 37
Emphasizing bass (DIGITAL MEGA BASS) ...................................... 38
Checking the remaining time or the playing position ........................... 40
Protecting your hearing (AVLS) ........................................................... 41
Locking the controls (HOLD) ............................................................... 42
Connecting to a stereo system ............................................................... 43
Various way to use the radio
Presetting radio stations automatically .................................................. 45
Presetting radio manually ...................................................................... 46
Listening to the preset radio stations ..................................................... 47
Receiving stations outside your country (Excluding European, Saudi
Arabian, and Chinese model) ................................................. 47
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Editing recorded tracks
Erasing tracks ........................................................................................ 49
To erase a track .............................................................................. 49
To erase the whole disc ................................................................. 50
Adding a track mark .............................................................................. 52
Erasing a track mark .............................................................................. 53
Moving recorded tracks ......................................................................... 54
Labeling recordings ............................................................................... 55
Power sources
Battery life ............................................................................................. 58
Additional information
Precautions ............................................................................................ 60
Troubleshooting .................................................................................... 64
System limitations ................................................................................. 67
Messages ............................................................................................... 69
Specifications ........................................................................................ 72
What is an MD? .................................................................................... 74
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Looking at the controls
See pages in ( ) for more details.
The recorder
A
I
J
B
C
MENU
D
E
K
L
M
F
G
N
O
P
H
A REC MODE button (28)
J <MENU, button
B OPEN button (13)
C T MARK button (52)
D END SEARCH button
E
F
G
H
I
(16)(56)
X (pause) button
(17)(20)(33)(56)
VOL +/– button (19)(56)
DC IN 3V jack (12)(15)
i (headphones) jack
(13)(43)
REC (record) switch
(16)(27)
K
L
M
N
O
P
8
(30)(37)(50)
N (play) button (16)(19)
./> (search/AMS)
button (17)(20)(53)(56)
x (stop)/CHARGE button
(12)(16)(19)(29)(50)
Display window (30)(37)
ENTER button (29)(37)(49)
Battery compartment (12)
LINE IN (OPTICAL) jack
(15)(27)
MIC (PLUG IN POWER)
jack (32)
HOLD switch (13)(42)
The display window
A
E
F
B
G H I
A Character information
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
display (35)(40)
Displays the disc and track
names, error messages, track
numbers, etc.
Play mode indication (37)
Shows the play mode of the
MD.
Time display
Battery indication (59)
Shows approximate battery
condition.
Mega bass indication (39).
Level meter (34)
Shows the volume of the
MD being played or
recorded.
Recording mode (LP2/LP4/
MONO) indication (28)
SYNC (synchro-recording)
indication
C
J
D
K
I REC indication (16)
Lights up while recording.
When flashing, the recorder
is in record standby mode.
J REC REMAIN/REMAIN
(remaining time/tracks)
indication (35)(40)
Lights up along with the
remaining time of the track,
the remaining time of the
MD, or the remaining
number of tracks.
K Disc indication
Shows that the disc is
rotating for recording,
playing or editing an MD.
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The remote control with built-in digital
tuner
A
B
E
C
F
D
G
A Headphones/earphones
E VOL +/– buttons (19)(22)
Can be replaced with
optional headphones/
earphones.
B HOLD switch (13)(42)
Slide to lock the controls of
the remote control.
C RADIO ON/BAND button
(22)(45)
FM MODE button (23)
D Display window (45)
F Jog lever
10
X (pause)/MODE (20)(45)
>N (AMS/search,
play)/F+ button (19)(22)(46)
. (AMS/search)/F–
button(20)(22)(46)
G x (stop)/RADIO OFF
button (19)(23)(48)
The display window of the remote
control
A
B
H
I
C DE F
A REC indication (16)
B
C
D
E
F
G
Lights up while recording.
When flashing, the recorder
is in record standby mode.
Play mode indication (37)
Shows the play mode of the
MD.
Manual/Auto indication
Mega Bass indication (39)
FM/AM indication (45)
MONO (monaural)/LOCAL
indication
Battery indication
J
G
K
L
H PRESET indication (45)
I
J
K
L
Lights up while preset radio
station is turned on.
Number display
Displays the preset numbers,
track numbers, etc.
Time/Frequency display
MHz/kHz indication (45)
MHz lights up when FM
station is turned on and kHz
lights up when AM station is
turned on.
AVLS indication (41)
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Getting started!
Charge the rechargeable battery before using. Even if the
rechargeable battery is not charged, you can use the recorder as long
as the AC power adaptor is connected.
1
Insert the rechargeable
battery.
(Insert the rechargeable battery minus end first)
2
Charging the rechargeable
battery.
CHARGE (x)
to a wall outlet
to DC IN 3V
1
Connect the supplied AC power adaptor.
2
Press CHARGE (x).
“Charging” flashes, e appears in the display, and
charging starts. When charging is completed, the battery
indication disappears. Full charging of a completely
discharged rechargeable battery takes about 3 hours.To
cancel charging, press CHARGE (x).
Disconnect the supplied AC power adaptor.
3
12
3
Make connections and
unlock the control.
HOLD
to i
1
Connect the supplied
headphones/earphones with
the remote control to i.
4
2
Slide HOLD in the opposite
direction of the arrow (.)
to unlock the controls.
Insert an MD.
(Use a recordable MD for recording.)
1
Press OPEN to open the lid.
2
Insert an MD with the label
side facing front, and press
the lid down to close.
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Using on a dry battery
Insert one LR6 (size AA) alkaline dry battery (not supplied) instead
of the rechargeable battery.
Notes
• If you press CHARGE (x) immediately after charging has completed,
charging will begin again. If this happens, press CHARGE (x) again to stop
the charging operation since the battery is already fully charged.
• Charging stops when you try to operate the recorder during charging.
• Be sure to use the supplied AC power adaptor.
• Charging time may vary depending on the battery condition.
• When a rechargeable battery is charged for the first time or charged after a
long period of disuse, battery life may be shorter than usual. Repeat
discharging and recharging a few times. The battery life should return to
normal.
• When the battery life of a fully charged rechargeable battery becomes about
half the normal life, replace it.
• When carrying the rechargeable battery, keep it in the supplied battery
carrying case. It is dangerous to carry the battery out of the case in your
pocket or a bag together with metallic objects such as key rings, as this may
cause a short circuit.
• Remove the rechargeable battery from the recorder when it is not to be used
for a long time.
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Recording an MD right away!
Connect to a digital source using an optical cable (supplied) to make
digital recordings. Digital recording is possible even from digital
equipment with different sampling rates, such as a DAT deck or a BS
tuner, using the built-in sampling rate converter. To record from an
analog source, see “Recording with analog input (line cable
required)” (page 27). To record from an MD, see “Note on digital
recording” (page 63). Using the AC power adaptor (supplied) is
recommended for recording.
Note that you cannot record a radio broadcast that is
being received on the remote control.
1
Make connections.
(Insert the cables firmly and completely
into the appropriate jacks.)
to a wall outlet
AC power adaptor
(supplied)
CD player, MD
player, DVD video
player, etc.
Optical
plug
Portable CD
player, etc.
to DIGITAL OUT
(OPTICAL)
Optical
miniplug
Optical cable
(supplied)*
to DC IN 3V
to LINE IN (OPTICAL)
∗ The supplied cable consists of one or the other of these cables. The shape of
the plugs on the supplied cable may differ, depending on where the recorder
was purchased.
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2
Placing the recorder into
recording-standby mode.
END SEARCH
N
x
1
Press N, and then press
x.
The display window on the
recorder and the remote
control light up.
3
2
Press END SEARCH.
The recorder goes to the end
of the previously recorded
material.
To search for another place,
press N, >, or ..
Record an MD.
REC
x
1
16
Press and slide REC to the
right.
REC indication lights up in
the display and recording
starts.
2
Play the source you want to
record.
To stop recording, press x.
After you press x, the recorder will automatically turn off after:
— about 5 minutes when using AC power adaptor.
— about 10 seconds when using batteries.
Notes
• “Data Save” or “TOC Edit” flashes while data of the recording (the track’s
start and end points, etc.) is being recorded. Do not move or jog the recorder
or disconnect the power source while the indication is flashing in the display.
• The lid does not open until “TOC Edit” disappears in the display.
To
Press
Record from the end of the
previous recording1)
END SEARCH, and then press and
slide REC.
Record partway through the
previous recording1)
N, > or . to find the start
point of recording and press x to
stop. Then press and slide REC.
Pause
X2)
Press X again to resume recording.
Remove the MD
x and open the lid.3) (The lid does
not open while “TOC Edit”
flashing in the display.)
1) By
setting “REC-Posi” to “From End”, recording operations will always start
from the end of the previously recorded material (page 31).
2) A track mark is added at the point where you press X again to resume
recording while pausing; thus the remainder of the track will be counted as a
new track.
3) If you open the lid and re-insert the same disc while “REC-Posi” is set to
“From Here,” recording will continue from the point where it last ended. If
you insert another disc, recording will start from the beginning of the disc.
Check the point to start recording on the display.
If the recording does not start
• Make sure the recorder is not locked (page 42).
• Make sure the MD is not record-protected (page 62).
• Premastered MDs cannot be recorded over.
For models supplied with the AC plug adaptor
If the AC power adaptor does not fit the wall outlet, use the AC plug adaptor.
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Notes
• If the power supply is disrupted (i.e. the battery is removed or becomes
exhausted or the AC power adaptor is disconnected) during a recording or
editing operation, or while “TOC Edit” appears in the display, then it will not
be possible to open the lid until power is restored.
• You can make a digital recording only from an optical type output.
• When recording from a portable CD player, set the CD player to pause, and
then do the recording procedure on the recorder.
• Note the following when recording from a portable CD player:
—Some portable CD players may not be capable of digital out unless
powered by the AC power.
—Connect the AC power adaptor to the portable CD player and use it on AC
power as the power source.
—Disable any anti-skip function (such as ESP*) on the portable CD player.
∗ Electronic Shock Protection
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• LINE IN (OPTICAL) jack is for both digital and analog input. The recorder
automatically recognizes the type of line cable and switches to digital or
analog input.
• The level of the recorded sound is adjusted automatically.
• You can monitor the sound during recording. Connect the supplied
headphones/earphones with remote control to i and adjust the volume by
pressing VOL +/–. This does not affect the recording level.
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Playing an MD right away!
To use the recorder on a rechargeable battery or dry battery, see
“Power sources” (page 58).
When you operate the recorder with the supplied remote control, use
the buttons and control shown in parentheses.
1
Play an MD.
N
x
>N
VOL +/–
VOL +/–
1
Press N (flip the jog lever
towards >N).
A short beep sounds in the
headphones/earphones when
you operate on the remote
control.
x
2
Press VOL +/– to adjust the
volume.
The volume will be shown in
the display.
To stop play, press x.
A long beep sounds in the headphones/earphones when you operate
on the remote control.
Playback starts from the point you last stopped playing.
After you press x, the recorder will automatically turn off after:
— about 5 minutes when using AC power adaptor.
— about 10 seconds when using batteries.
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To
Press (Beeps in the headphones/
earphones2))
Find the beginning of . once (Flip the jog lever towards
the current track
.). (Three short beeps)
Find the beginning of > once (Flip the jog lever towards
the next track
>N). (Two short beeps)
Pause
X (Press X on the jog lever). (Continuous
short beeps)
Press X again to resume play.
Go backwards while
playing1)
Press and hold . (Flip and hold the jog
lever towards .).
Go forward while
playing1)
Press and hold > (Flip and hold the jog
lever towards >N).
Remove the MD
x (a long beep) and open the lid.3)
1) To
go backward or forward quickly without listening, press X and press and
hold . or > (flip and hold the the jog lever towards . or >N
on the remote control).
2) You can turn off the beep sound (page 43).
3) Once you open the lid, the point to start play will change to the beginning of
the first track.
G-PROTECTION function
The G-PROTECTION function has been developed to provide excellent
protection against sound skipping during many active uses. This function
provides a higher level of shock protection during playback than the traditional
one.
If the play does not start
Make sure the recorder is not locked (page 42).
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z
Playback will switch automatically to match the recording mode of the
material (stereo, LP2, LP4, or monaural).
Notes
• To prevent recorder malfunction, do not use a remote control that was
supplied with another Sony portable MD model.
• Sound may skip if:
—the recorder receives stronger continuous shock than expected.
—a dirty or scratched MiniDisc is played.
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Listening to the radio
You can listen to the radio through the built-in digital tuner in the
remote control.
You cannot use the recorder to record a radio broadcast
that is being received on the remote control.
1
Turn on the radio.
RADIO ON/BAND
FM MODE
VOL +/–
RADIO OFF (x)
Jog lever (F+/F–)
1
Press RADIO ON/BAND.
The radio turns on.
The frequency and “FM” or
“AM” appears in the display.
2
Press RADIO ON/BAND to
change the band (“FM” or
“AM”).
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3
Flip the jog lever towards F+
or F– repeatedly to tune in
the desired radio station.
4
Press VOL +/– to adjust the
volume.
To turn off the radio
Press RADIO OFF (x).
To tune in a station quickly
In step 3, flip and hold the jog lever towards F+ or F– until the
frequency indication begins to change. The remote control
automatically scans the radio frequencies and stops when it finds a
clear station. A short beep will sound in the headphones/earphones
and the radio station begins playing.
To improve broadcast reception
• For AM: Orient the built-in AM antenna inside the remote control
horizontally to obtain optimum AM reception.
• For FM: Extend the headphones/earphones cord, which act as the
FM antenna.
If the reception is still not good, press and hold FM MODE
(RADIO ON/BAND) until “MONO”(monaural) or “LOCAL”
appears in the display for best reception.
When you cannot operate the radio
Make sure the remote control is not locked (page 42).
Notes
• The radio will not operate if the remote control is not connected to the
recorder.
• Do not place the remote control close to another electronic device, such as
the recorder itself, another radio, a TV, or a computer, as this may cause noise
in the reception.
• Playback or recording stops when you use the radio.
• Use VOL +/– on the remote control to adjust the radio volume.
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Various ways of recording
Check menu items in the display window on the recorder, since they
are displayed only there.
Two ways of connecting to a sound
source
The input jack of this recorder works as both digital and analog input
jacks. Connect the recorder to a CD player or a cassette recorder
using either digital (optical) input or analog (line) input. To record,
see “Recording an MD right away!” (page 15) to record using digital
(optical) input, and “Recording with analog input (line cable
required)” (page 27) to record using analog (line) input.
Difference between digital (optical) and analog
(line) inputs
Difference
Digital (optical)
input
Analog (line) input
Connectable
source
Equipment with a
digital (optical) output
jack
Equipment with an
analog (line) output
jack
Usable cord
Optical cable (with an
optical or an opticalmini plug) (page 15)
Line cable (with 2
phono plugs or a stereomini plug)
Signal from the
source
Digital
Analog
Even when a digital
source (such as a CD) is
connected, the signal
sent to the recorder is
analog.
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Difference
Digital (optical)
input
Analog (line) input
Recorded track
numbers
Marked (copied)
automatically
• at the same positions
as the source (when
the sound source is a
CD or an MD).
• after more than 2
seconds of blank or
low-level segment
(with a sound source
other than CD or
MD).
• when the recorder is
paused during
synchro-recording
(the recorder pauses
automatically when it
encounters a section
with no audio signal
for 3 seconds or
more).
You can erase
unnecessary marks
after recording.
(“Erasing a track
mark”, page 53).
Marked automatically
• after more than 2
seconds of blank or
low-level segment.
• when the recorder is
paused while
recording.
You can erase
unnecessary marks after
recording (“Erasing a
track mark”, page 53).
Recorded sound Same as the source.
level
Can also be adjusted
manually (Digital REC
level control)
(“Adjusting the
recording level
manually
(Manual recording)”,
page 33).
Adjusted automatically.
Can also be adjusted
manually (“Adjusting
the recording level
manually
(Manual recording)”,
page 33).
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Note
Track marks may be copied incorrectly:
• when you record from some CD players or multi disc players using digital
(optical) input.
• when the source is in shuffle or program play mode while recording using
digital (optical) input. In this case, play the source in normal play mode.
• when recording BS or CS programs through digital (optical) input.
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Recording with analog input (line cable
required)
The sound will sent from the connected equipment as analog signal
but will be recorded digitally on the disc.
Line cable
(RK-G129,
not supplied)*
L (white)
CD player,
cassette recorder,
etc.
to LINE IN
(OPTICAL)
R (red)
to LINE OUT
∗ Use the connecting cords without an attenuator. To connect
to a portable CD player having a stereo mini-jack, use the
RK-G136 connecting cord (not supplied).
1
Press and slide REC to the right.
REC indication lights up in the display and recording starts.
2
Play the source you want to record.
For recording operations, see “Recording an MD right away!”
(page 15). To record from a portable CD player, set the CD
player to pause and then start recording.
LINE IN (OPTICAL) jack is for both digital and analog input
The recorder automatically recognizes the type of line cable and switches to
digital or analog input.
Note
If you temporarily stop a recording operation by pressing X, a track mark will
be added at that point when you press X again to resume recording. The
recording continues from on a new track.
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Recording for long times
Select each recording mode according to the recording time that you
want.
Stereo recording is possible at 2 times (LP2) or 4 times (LP4) the
normal recording time.
MDs recorded in monaural, LP2, or LP4 mode can be played back
only on MD players or recorders with a monaural, LP2, or LP4
playback mode.
Audio components that support the LP2 or LP4 modes are indicated
by the
or
logo marks.
REC MODE
1
REC
Press REC MODE repeatedly to select the desired recording
mode.
Each time you press REC MODE, the display changes as
follows.
Recording mode1) Display
Recording time3)
Stereo (normal)
(none)
Approx. 80 min.
LP2 stereo
LP2
Approx. 160 min.
LP4 stereo
LP4
Approx. 320 min.
Monaural2)
MONO
Approx. 160 min.
1) For
better sound quality, record in normal stereo or LP2 mode.
you record a stereo source in monaural, the sounds from left and right
will be mixed.
3) When using an 80-minute recordable MD
2) If
2
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Press and slide REC to the right.
3
Play the sound source.
To stop recording, press x.
The recorder remains the previous setting of the recording mode
when you record the next time.
Notes
• You cannot change the recording mode while recording.
• It is recommended that you use the supplied AC power adaptor for long
recordings.
• If you try to play an MD recorded in LP2 or LP4 on MD players or recorders
that do not support these modes, playback will not start and “LP:” will appear
on the display.
• Sound recorded through digital (optical) input can be monitored in stereo
through headphones/earphones, etc.
• When you record in LP4 mode, momentary noise may be produced on very
rare occasions with certain sound sources. This is because of the special
digital audio compression technology that enables a recording time 4 times
longer than normal. If noise is produced, it is recommended that you record
in normal stereo or LP2 mode to obtain better sound quality.
To start/stop recording in sync with the
source player (Synchro-recording)
You can easily make digital recordings of a digital source on an MD.
Before synchro-recording, make connections to the digital source
with a digital cable, and insert a recordable MD.
REC
ENTER
CD players,
etc.
<MENU,
1
Press ENTER, while the recorder is stopped.
continued
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2
Press <MENU, repeatedly until “SYNC REC” flashes in the
display, and then press ENTER.
SYNC REC
SYNC indicator
“SYNC” does not appear if optical cable is not connected to the
recorder.
3
Press <MENU, repeatedly until “SYNC ON” flashes in the
display, and then press ENTER.
4
Press and slide REC to the right.
The recorder stands by for recording.
5
Play the source sound.
The recorder starts recording when it receives the playing sound.
To stop recording, press x.
z
• You cannot pause manually during synchro-recording.
• When there is no sound from the player for more than 3 seconds during
synchro-recording, the recorder goes into the standby mode automatically.
When the sound comes from the player again, the recorder resumes synchrorecording. If the recorder is kept in the standby mode for 5 minutes or longer,
the recorder stops automatically.
• For longer recording, follow step 1 of “Recording for long times” (page 28)
to select the recording mode, and then do the procedure of synchrorecording.
Notes
• Do not change the “SYNC REC” setting while recording. Recording may not
be done properly.
• Even when there is no recorded sound on the sound source, there may be
cases when recording does not pause automatically during synchro-recording
due to the noise level emitted from the sound source.
• If a silent portion is encountered for 2 seconds or more during synchrorecording from a sound source other than a CD or an MD, a new track mark
is automatically added at the point where the silent portion ends.
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• Synchro-recording cannot be done if the connecting cord is not an optical
cable, or if the cable is connected to the MIC (PLUG IN POWER) jack.
• You cannot manually change the recording mode or the recording level
during synchro-recording.
Recording without overwriting existing
material
If you wish to avoid overwriting the current contents of an MD, do
the following procedure. All new material will then be recorded from
the end of the current contents.
<MENU,
ENTER
1
2
While the recorder is stopped, press ENTER.
3
Press <MENU, repeatedly until “From End” flashes in the
display, and then press ENTER.
Press <MENU, repeatedly until “REC-Posi” flashes in the
display, and then press ENTER.
To start recording from the current point
Select “From Here” in step 3.
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Recording from a microphone
Connect a stereo microphone (ECM-717, ECM-MS907, ECMMS957, etc.; not supplied) to the MIC (PLUG IN POWER) jack.
REC
ENTER
<MENU,
to MIC (PLUG IN POWER)
1
Stereo
microphone
Insert a recordable MD and press and slide REC to the right.
For other operations, see “Recording an MD right away!”
(page 15).
Notes
• You cannot record through the microphone while an optical cable is
connected to the LINE IN (OPTICAL) jack. The recorder automatically
switches input in the following order; optical input, microphone input, and
analog input.
• The microphone may pick up the operating sound of the recorder itself. Use
the microphone away from the recorder in such cases.
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Adjusting the recording level manually
(Manual recording)
When you record, the sound level is adjusted automatically. If
necessary, you can set the level manually.
Note
Adjust the recording level while the recorder is in standby mode. You cannot
adjust it while recording.
X
REC
ENTER
<MENU,
1
While holding down X, press and slide REC to the right.
The recorder stands by for recording.
2
Press ENTER, press <MENU, repeatedly until
“RecVolume” flashes in the display, and then press ENTER
again.
3
Press <MENU, repeatedly until “ManualREC” flashes in the
display, and then press ENTER.
ManualRec
To switch back to the automatic control, Press <MENU,
repeatedly until “Auto REC” flashes in the display, and then
press ENTER.
4
Play the source.
continued
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5
While observing the level meter in the display, adjust the
recording level by pressing <MENU,.
Set the level so that the level meter reaches around
(–12 dB)
mark above the display window.
If the sound is too high, lower the recording level until the level
meter just barely reaches the
(OVER) mark above the display
window.
Volume decreases
<
REC
increases
,
+
–12 dB
OVER
Recording does not start in this step.
If your source is an externally connected component, be sure to
cue the source to the beginning of the material to be recorded
before you start playback.
6
Press X again to start recording.
To stop recording, press x.
The recording level control is switched back to automatic control when you
record the next time.
Notes
• The recording level cannot be adjusted while recording is in progress. If you
want to adjust the recording level after you have started the recording, press
X to pause the recorder. Then do the procedure from step 5.
• You cannot adjust the recording level manually during synchro-recording.
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Checking the remaining time or the
recording position
You can check the remaining time, track number, etc. when recording
or during stop.
<MENU,
ENTER
1
While the recorder is recording or stopped, press ENTER, press
<MENU, repeatedly until “DISPLAY” flashes in the display,
and then press ENTER again.
2
Press <MENU, repeatedly until the information you want
flashes in the display.
Each time you press MENU,, the display changes as follows.
Display window on the recorder
A
B
continued
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On A
LapTime
The elapsed time of the current track.
r
RecRemain1)
The remaining recordable time.
r
AllRemain2)
The remaining time after the current location.
1)“REC
REMAIN” starts flashing in the display when the remaining time for
recording become 3 minutes or less.
2)Appears only when the recorder is stopped.
3
Press ENTER.
The information selected in step 2 appears in A and B.
A — track number, track name3), or disc name4).
B — the information selected in step 2.
3)Appears
only when “RecRemain” is selected while the recorder is in stop
mode and the track is labeled.
only when “AllRemain” is selected while the recorder is in stop
mode, and the disc is labeled.
4)Appears
z
If you want to check the playing position or track name while playing, see
page 40.
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Various ways of playback
Check menu items in the display window on the recorder, since they
are displayed only there.
Playing tracks repeatedly
You can play tracks repeatedly in three ways — all repeat, single
repeat, and shuffle repeat.
<MENU,
ENTER
1
While the recorder is playing or stopped, press ENTER, press
<MENU, repeatedly until “PLAY MODE” flashes in the
display, and then press ENTER again.
2
Press <MENU, repeatedly to select the play mode, and then
press ENTER.
Each time you press MENU,, the display item indicated by A
changes as follows.
Pressing ENTER while A is flashing causes the play mode to
change.
The new mode then appears in the window indicated by B.
Display window on the recorder
A
Shuf.Rep
B
continued
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On A/B
Normal/(none)
All the tracks are played once.
r
AllRepeat/
All the tracks are played repeatedly.
r
1 Repeat/
A single track is played repeatedly.
r
Shuf.Rep/
After the currently selected track finishes playing, the
remaining tracks are played repeatedly in random order.
Emphasizing bass (DIGITAL MEGA
BASS)
The Mega Bass function intensifies low frequency sound for richer
quality audio reproduction. It affects only the sound from the
headphones/earphones.
<MENU,
ENTER
1
Press ENTER, press <MENU, repeatedly until “BASS”
flashes in the display, and then press ENTER again.
2
Press <MENU, to select the item, and then press ENTER.
Each time you press MENU,, A and B change as follows.
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Display window on the recorder
A
Bass 2
B
On A/B
BASS OFF/(none)
Normal play
r
BASS 1/ BASS
Mega Bass (moderate effect)
r
BASS 2/ BASS
Mega Bass (strong effect)
Notes
• If the sound becomes distorted when emphasizing bass, turn down the
volume.
• The Mega Bass function does not affect the sound that is being recorded or
the sound from the radio.
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Checking the remaining time or the
playing position
You can check the track name, disc name, etc. during playback.
<MENU,
ENTER
1
While the recorder is playing, press ENTER, press <MENU,
repeatedly until “DISPLAY” flashes in the display, and then
press ENTER again.
2
Press <MENU, repeatedly until the information you want
flashes in the display.
Each time you press MENU,, the display changes as follows.
Display window on the recorder
A
B
On A
LapTime
The elapsed time of the current track.
r
1 Remain
The remaining time of the current track.
r
AllRemain
The remaining time after the current location.
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3
Press ENTER.
The display changes as follows.
The information selected in step 2 appears in A and B.
A — track number, track name1), or disc name2).
B — the information selected in step 2.
1)Appears
2)Appears
only when “1 Remain” is selected and the track is labeled.
only when “AllRemain” is selected while the recorder is in stop
mode, and the disc is labeled.
z
If you want to check the remaining time or the recording position while
recording or in stop mode, see page 35.
Protecting your hearing (AVLS)
The AVLS (Automatic Volume Limiter System) function keeps down
the maximum volume to protect your ears.
<MENU,
ENTER
1
Press ENTER, press <MENU, repeatedly until “AVLS”
flashes in the display, and then press ENTER again.
2
Press <MENU, repeatedly until “AVLS ON” flashes in the
display, and then press ENTER.
When you try to turn the volume too high, “AVLS” flashes in the
display. The volume is kept to a moderate level.
To cancel AVLS
Select “AVLS OFF” in step 2.
Note
The Mega Bass function does not operate while “AVLS” is set to “AVLS ON.”
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Locking the controls (HOLD)
To prevent the buttons from being accidentally operated when you
carry the recorder, use this function.
HOLD
HOLD
1
Move HOLD in the direction of the ..
On the recorder, move HOLD to lock the controls of the recorder.
On the remote control, slide HOLD to lock the controls of the
remote control.
To unlock the controls
Move HOLD in the opposite direction of the arrow to unlock the
controls.
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Connecting to a stereo system
Connect the i jack of the recorder to the LINE IN jacks of an
amplifier or a tape recorder with a line cable (RK-G129 or RK-G136,
not supplied). The output is analog. The recorder plays the MD
digitally and sends analog signals to the externally connected
equipment.
RK-G136
(not supplied)
Stereo
mini-plug
R (red)
Portable DAT
recorder, etc.
to LINE IN
to i
Stereo system,
etc.
RK-G129
(not supplied)
L (white)
2 phono plugs
When the recorder is connected to an another
audio component through the supplied remote
control.
When connecting a line cable (not supplied) to the i jack of the
remote control, be sure to set the “BEEP” setting to “BEEP OFF.”
This keeps the beep sound out of the recorded signal or the output
from the externally connected equipment.
1
Press ENTER, press <MENU, repeatedly until “BEEP”
flashes in the display, and then press ENTER again.
2
Press <MENU, repeatedly until “BEEP OFF” flashes in the
display, and then press ENTER.
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To turn on the beep sound
Select “BEEP ON” in step 2.
Notes
• Even when connecting to the externally connected equipment, the Mega Bass
function is operative. If you do not want the effect of the Mega Bass function
on your recording or the output from the externally connected equipment, set
“BASS” to “BASS OFF” (page 38).
• When recording to an externally connected equipment, press VOL +
repeatedly to raise the volume level to maximum, which is optimum for
recording to an externally connected equipment. If, however, this level
produces distortion in the recording, press VOL – several times to lower the
level (to that shown in the illustration below).
VOL
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+
Various way to use the radio
Presetting radio stations automatically
You can automatically preset radio stations whose reception is good.
Once a station is preset, you can tune it in at any time simply by
selecting the preset number. Up to 40 stations can be preset, 30 for
FM and 10 for AM.
RADIO ON/BAND
Jog lever (MODE)
1
2
Press RADIO ON/BAND to select “FM” or “AM.”
3
Press and hold the jog lever (MODE) until “A” flashes in the
display.
4
Press the jog lever (MODE).
The station frequencies are stored in memory in order of low to
high, starting with preset number 1.
Press the jog lever (MODE) until “PRESET” appears in the
display.
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Presetting radio manually
If the automatic presetting function fail to find the station that you
want because of poor reception, do the steps below to manually store
the radio station to a preset number.
RADIO ON/BAND
Jog lever
(MODE/F+/F–)
1
2
Press RADIO ON/BAND to select “FM” or “AM.”
Press the jog lever (MODE) until “PRESET” disappears in the
display.
3
Flip the jog lever towards F+ or F– repeatedly to tune the desired
radio station.
The radio station is entered.
4
Press and hold the jog lever (MODE) until “M” and the preset
number flash in the display.
5
Flip the jog lever towards F+ or F– repeatedly until the desired
preset number flashes in the display.
The preset number is entered.
6
Press and hold the jog lever (MODE) until “M” and the preset
number stop flashing in the display.
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Listening to the preset radio stations
You can simply tune the station by selecting the preset number.
RADIO ON/BAND
Jog lever (F+/F–)
1
2
Press RADIO ON/BAND to select “FM” or “AM.”
Flip the jog lever towards F+ (>N) or F– (.) repeatedly
until the desired preset number appear on the display.
Receiving stations outside your
country (Excluding European, Saudi
Arabian, and Chinese model)
You can change the tuning interval and frequency range to suit the
geographical region.
RADIO ON/BAND
Jog lever (F+)
RADIO OFF (x)
1
Press RADIO ON/BAND.
continued
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2
Press and hold RADIO OFF (x) until the frequency indication
flashes in the display.
3
Flip the jog lever towards F+ repeatedly until the desired region
code appears in the display.
A
Each time you flip the jog lever, the region code indicated by A
changes as follows:
A
Region
FM (MHz)1)
J
Japan
76.0 - 90.0
U
U.S.A, Canada, and Central 87.5 - 108.0
and South America
530 - 1,710
E
Other countries
531 - 1,602
1) Frequency
87.5 - 108.0
AM (kHz)1)
531 - 1,710
range
4
Press and hold RADIO OFF (x) until the frequency indication
appears in the display.
5
Press RADIO OFF (x) to turn off the radio once, and then press
RADIO ON/BAND to turn on the radio.
The new setting is stored in memory and is not affected even
when you turn off the radio.
Notes
• The battery indication does not appear in the display when you use the radio.
• After changing the tuning interval, you need to preset radio station.
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Editing recorded tracks
You can edit your recordings by adding/erasing track marks or
labeling tracks and MDs. Premastered MDs cannot be edited.
Check menu items in the display window on the recorder, since they
are displayed only there.
Notes on editing
• Do not move or jog the recorder while “TOC Edit”* is flashing in the display.
• You cannot edit tracks on an MD that is record-protected. Before editing
tracks, close the tab on the side of the MD (page 62).
• If you perform an editing operation while playing, be sure not to turn the
power off until “TOC Edit” disappears in the display.
• The lid does not open until “TOC Edit” disappears in the display after
editing.
∗ TOC = Table of Contents
Erasing tracks
To erase a track
Note that once a recording has been erased, you cannot retrieve it.
Make sure of the track you are erasing.
<MENU,
x
ENTER
1
While playing the track you want to erase, press ENTER.
continued
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2
Press <MENU, repeatedly until “EDIT” flashes in the
display, and then press ENTER.
“ : Name” flashes in the display, and the recorder plays the
selected track repeatedly.
3
Press <MENU, repeatedly until “ : Erase” flashes in the
display, and then press ENTER.
“Erase OK?” and “PushENTER” appear alternately in the
display.
To cancel erasing, press x.
4
Press ENTER again.
The track is erased and the next track starts to play. All the tracks
after the one erased are automatically renumbered.
To erase a part of a track
Add track marks at the beginning and the end of the part you want to
erase, then erase the part (page 52).
To erase the whole disc
You can quickly erase all the tracks and data of the MD at the same
time.
Note that once a recording has been erased, you cannot retrieve it. Be
sure to check the contents of the disc you want to erase.
<MENU,
x
ENTER
1
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While the recorder is stopped, press ENTER.
2
Press <MENU, repeatedly until “EDIT” flashes in the
display, and then press ENTER again.
“
: Name” flashes in the display.
3
Press <MENU, repeatedly until “
: Erase” flashes in the
display, and then press ENTER.
“All Erase?” and “PushENTER” appear alternately in the
display.
To cancel erasing, press x.
4
Press ENTER again.
“TOC Edit” flashes in the display, and all the tracks will be
erased.
When erasing is complete, “BLANKDISC” appears in the
display (“– – – – – ” appears in the display on the remote
control).
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Adding a track mark
You can add track marks so that the part after the new track mark is
counted as a new track.
The track numbers will increase as follows.
Add a track mark
1
1
2
2
3
3
4
4
5
Track numbers increase
T MARK
1
While playing or pausing an MD, press T MARK at the point
you want to mark.
“MARK ON” appears in the display, and a track mark is added.
The track number will increase by one.
To add track marks while recording
Press T MARK at the point you want to add a track mark.
Note
You cannot add track marks during synchro-recording.
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Erasing a track mark
When you record with analog (line) input, unnecessary track marks
may be recorded where recording level is low. You can erase a track
mark to combine the tracks before and after the track mark. The track
numbers will change as follows.
Erase a track mark
1
2
1
3
2
4
3
Track numbers decrease
T MARK
.
X
1
While playing the track with the track mark you want to erase,
press X to pause.
2
Find the track mark by pressing . slightly.
For example, to erase the third track mark, find the beginning of
the third track. “00:00” appears in the display.
“MARK” appears in the display for 2 seconds.
3
Press T MARK to erase the mark.
“MARK OFF” appears in the display. The track mark is erased
and the two tracks are combined.
z
When you erase a track mark, name assigned to the mark is also erased.
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Moving recorded tracks
You can change the order of the recorded tracks.
Example
Move track C from the third to the second track.
Before moving
A
B
C
D
A
C
B
D
After moving
<MENU,
x
ENTER
1
2
While playing the track you want to move, press ENTER.
3
Press <MENU, repeatedly until “ : Move” flashes in the
display, and then press ENTER.
For the example above, “MV 003 t 003” appears in the display.
4
Press <MENU, to select the destination track number.
For the example above, “MV 003 t 002” appears in the display.
To cancel moving, press x.
5
Press ENTER again.
The track moves to the selected destination track.
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Press <MENU, repeatedly until “EDIT” flashes in the
display, and then press ENTER again.
“ : Name” flashes in the display and the recorder plays the
selected track repeatedly.
Labeling recordings
You can name discs while the recorder is stopped, tracks while the
recorder is playing, and both while the recorder is recording. Each
name can be as long as 200 letters.
Each disc can hold up to 1700 alphanumeric letters during playback
or stop.
Available characters
• Capital and small letters of the English alphabet
• Numbers 0 to 9
• ! " # $ % & ( ) * . ; < = > ? @ _ ` + – ' , / : _ (space)
<MENU,
END SEARCH
x
VOL +/–
ENTER
Labeling a disc during stop
1
Press ENTER, press <MENU, repeatedly until “EDIT”
flashes in the display, and then press ENTER again.
“
: Name” flashes in the display.
2
Press ENTER.
The disc is ready to be labeled.
continued
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3
Press <MENU, repeatedly to select a letter and press
ENTER.
The selected letter stops flashing and the cursor moves to the
next input position.
Press
To
X
Switch between capital letters, small
letters and marks / numbers.
VOL +/–
Move the cursor to the left or right.
<MENU,
(./>)
Change the letter to the one before / next
one.
END SEARCH/
VOL +
Insert a blank space to type in a new
letter pressing both buttons together.
END SEARCH/
VOL –
Delete a letter and move back all
following letters to the left pressing both
buttons together.
x
Cancel labeling.
4
Repeat step 3 and enter all characters of the label name.
To cancel labeling, press x.
5
Press ENTER for 2 seconds or more.
The track or disc is labeled.
Labeling a track during playback
1
2
Insert a disc and play the track you want to label.
3
Press ENTER.
The track is ready to be labeled.
4
Follow steps 3 to 5 of “Labeling a disc during stop”.
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Press ENTER, press <MENU, repeatedly until “EDIT”
flashes in the display, and then press ENTER again.
“ : Name” flashes in the display.
Labeling a track or a disc during recording
1
2
While recording, press ENTER.
3
To label a track, press ENTER again.
To label a disc, press <MENU, repeatedly until
“
: Name” flashes in the display, then press ENTER.
The track or disc is ready to be labeled.
4
Follow steps 3 to 5 of “Labeling a disc during stop”.
Press <MENU, repeatedly until “EDIT” flashes in the
display, and then press ENTER.
“ : Name” flashes in the display.
To cancel labeling, press x.
Notes
• When the recording is stopped while labeling a track or a disc during
recording, or when the recording moves on to the next track while labeling a
track, the input at that point is entered automatically.
• “LP:” is automatically added at the beginning of track names for tracks
recorded in LP2 or LP4 mode.
Relabeling recordings
Follow the steps corresponding to the labeling method until the disc
or track is ready to be labeled. Enter a new character over the one you
want to change, then press ENTER for 2 seconds or more.
Notes
• You cannot relabel premastered MDs or label MDs that have not been
recorded.
• The recorder is able to display, but cannot label using Japanese “Katakana”
characters.
• The recorder cannot rewrite a disc or track name of more than 200 letters that
was created by another device.
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Power sources
You can use the recorder on house current or as follows.
In the recorder …
— a nickel cadmium rechargeable battery NC-WMAA (supplied)
— an LR6 (size AA) alkaline dry battery (not supplied)
It is preferable to use the recorder on house current when recording
for a long time.
Battery life
When recording1)2)
Batteries
(Unit: approx.hours) (JEITA3))
Stereo
LP2
LP4
NC-WMAA Nickel Cadmium
rechargeable battery4)
4
6
7.5
LR6 (SG) Sony alkaline dry
battery5)
96)
136)
166)
1) The
battery life may be shorter due to operating conditions, the temperature
of the location, and varieties of batteries.
2) When you record, use a fully charged rechargeable battery.
3) Measured value by the standard of JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information
Technology Industries Association).
4) When using a 100% fully charged rechargeable battery.
5) When using a Sony LR6 (SG) “STAMINA” alkaline dry battery (produced in
Japan).
6) Recording time may differ according to the alkaline batteries.
When playing1)
Batteries
(Unit: approx.hours) (JEITA2))
Stereo
LP2
LP4
NC-WMAA Nickel Cadmium
rechargeable battery3)
11.5
14
16
LR6 (SG) Sony alkaline dry
battery4)
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42
48
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1) The
battery life may be shorter due to operating conditions, the temperature
of the location, and varieties of batteries.
2) Measured value by the standard of JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information
Technology Industries Association).
using a 100% fully charged rechargeable battery.
3) When
4) When using a Sony LR6 (SG) “STAMINA” alkaline dry battery (produced in
Japan).
When using the radio1)
Batteries
(JEITA2))
Approx. hours
NC-WMAA Nickel Cadmium rechargeable
battery3)
9.5
LR6 (SG) Sony alkaline dry battery4)
28.5
1) The
battery life may be shorter due to operating conditions, the temperature
of the location, and varieties of batteries.
2) Measured value by the standard of JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information
Technology Industries Association).
using a 100% fully charged rechargeable battery.
3) When
4) When using a Sony LR6 (SG) “STAMINA” alkaline dry battery (produced in
Japan).
When to replace the battery
When the dry battery or rechargeable battery is weak, flashing r,
“LOW BATT,” etc. appears in the display (“Lo batt,” etc. appears in
the display on the remote control). Replace the dry battery or charge
the rechargeable battery.
Note that the battery level indicated by the battery indication is only
approximate and varies with the recorder condition.
Note
Stop the recorder before replacing battery.
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Additional information
Precautions
On safety
Do not put any foreign objects in the DC IN 3V jack.
On power sources
• Use house current, nickel cadmium rechargeable battery, LR6 (size AA)
battery, or car battery.
• For use in your house: Use the AC power adaptor supplied with this recorder.
Do not use any other AC power adaptor since it may cause the recorder to
malfunction.
Polarity of the
plug
• The recorder is not disconnected from the AC power source (mains) as long
as it is connected to the wall outlet, even if the recorder itself has been turned
off.
• If you are not going to use this recorder for a long time, be sure to disconnect
the power supply (AC power adaptor, dry battery, rechargeable battery, or car
battery cord). To remove the AC power adaptor from the wall outlet, grasp
the adaptor plug itself; never pull the cord.
On heat build-up
Heat may build up in the recorder if it is used for an extended period of time.
In this case, leave the recorder turned off until it cools down.
On installation
• Never use the recorder where it will be subjected to extremes of light,
temperature, moisture or vibration.
• Never wrap the recorder in anything when it is being used with the AC power
adaptor. Heat build-up in the recorder may cause malfunction or damage.
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On the 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 many areas. It
can also be potentially dangerous to play your recorder 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 the volume or discontinue use.
Caring for others
Keep the volume at a moderate level. This will allow you to hear outside
sounds and to be considerate of the people around you.
On the MiniDisc cartridge
• When carrying or storing the MiniDisc, keep it in its case.
• Do not break open the shutter.
• Do not place the cartridge where it will be subject to light, extreme
temperatures, moisture or dust.
• Attach the supplied MD label only in the space designated for it on the disc.
Do not stick it on any other disc surface.
On cleaning
• Clean the recorder casing with a soft cloth slightly moistened with water or a
mild detergent solution. Do not use any type of abrasive pad, scouring
powder or solvent such as alcohol or benzene as it may mar the finish of the
casing.
• Wipe the disc cartridge with a dry cloth to remove dirt.
• Dust on the lens may prevent the unit from operating properly. Be sure to
close the disc compartment lid after inserting or ejecting an MD.
• To obtain the best sound quality, use a dry cloth to wipe the plugs of the
headphones/earphones or the remote control. Dirty plugs may cause sound
distortion or intermittent breaks in the sound.
Notes on batteries
Incorrect battery usage may lead to leakage of battery fluid or bursting
batteries. To prevent such accidents, observe the following precautions:
• Install the + and – poles of the battery correctly.
• Do not try to recharge dry battery.
• When the recorder is not to be used for a long time, be sure to remove the
batteries.
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• If a battery leak should develop, carefully and thoroughly wipe away battery
fluid from the battery compartment before inserting new ones.
On the lid of the battery compartment
The lid of the battery compartment is designed to detach from the main unit
when handled with great force. To reattach the lid to the main unit, follow the
steps below:
Slots
1
2
Projections
1 Place the lid so that the
projections on the lid aligned
with the slots on the main unit.
2 Fit the projection one by one
into the slot as shown in the
illustration.
Note on mechanical noise
The recorder gives off mechanical noise while operating, which is caused by
the power-saving system of the recorder and it is not a problem.
To protect a recorded MD
To record-protect an MD, slide open the tab at the side of the MD. In this
position, the MD cannot be recorded or edited. To record again, slide the tab
back so the tab is visible.
Back of the MD
Tab
Recorded material
is not protected.
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Recorded material
is protected.
Note on digital recording
This recorder uses the Serial
Copy Management System,
which allows only firstgeneration digital copies to be
made from premastered
software. You can only make
copies from a home-recorded
MD by using the analog
connections.
Premastered software such
as CDs or MDs.
Digital recording
No
Homerecorded digital
recording
MD
If you have any questions or
problems concerning your
recorder, please consult
your nearest Sony dealer.
(If a trouble occurred when
the disc was in the recorder,
we recommend that the disc
be left in the recorder when
you consult your Sony
dealer so that the cause of
trouble may be better
understood.)
Recordable
MD
Microphone, record player, tuner, etc.
(with analog output jacks).
Analog recording
Home-recorded MD
Digital recording
Recordable
MD
No
digital
recording
Recordable
MD
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Troubleshooting
Should any problem persist after you have made these checks,
consult your nearest Sony dealer.
MD Recorder
The recorder does not work or works poorly.
• Audio sources may not be firmly connected.
— Disconnect the audio sources once and connect them again
(pages 15, 27).
• The HOLD function is turned on (“HOLD” appears in the display
when you press an operation button on the recorder).
— Disable HOLD by moving the HOLD switch in the opposite
direction of the arrow (page 13).
• Moisture has condensed inside the recorder.
— Take the MD out and leave the recorder in a warm place with the
lid open for several hours until the moisture evaporates.
• The rechargeable battery or dry battery is weak (r or “LOW
BATT” flashes on the recorder).
— Charge the rechargeable battery or replace the dry battery
(page 58).
• The rechargeable battery or dry battery have been inserted
incorrectly.
— Insert the battery correctly (page 12).
• You pressed a button while the disc indication was rotating quickly.
— Wait until the indication rotates slowly.
• The analog recording was made using a connecting cord with an
attenuator.
— Use a connecting cord without an attenuator (page 27).
• While operating, the recorder received a mechanical shock, too
much static, abnormal power voltage caused by lightning, etc.
— Restart the operation as follows.
1 Disconnect all the power sources.
2 Leave the recorder for about 30 seconds.
3 Connect the power source.
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• The disc is damaged or does not contain proper recording or editing
data.
— Reinsert the disc. If this fails, rerecord.
“NO SIGNAL” appears in the display when recording from
a portable CD player.
• There is no digital signal from the portable CD player.
— When recording digitally from a portable CD player, use AC
power adaptor and disable the anti-skip function (such as ESP)
on the CD player (page 18).
There is no recording on the MD after a recording
operation.
• The AC power adaptor was unplugged or a power outage occurred
during recording.
The lid does not open.
• The power sources have been disconnected during recording or
editing, or the battery have been exhausted.
— Set the power sources again, or replace the exhausted battery
with new ones.
No sound comes through the headphones/earphones.
• The headphones/earphones plug is not firmly connected.
— Plug in the plug of the headphones/earphones firmly to the
remote control. Plug in the plug of the remote control firmly to
i.
• Volume is too low.
— Adjust the volume by pressing VOL +/–.
Volume cannot be turned up.
• AVLS is on.
— Set AVLS to “AVLS OFF” (page 41).
An MD is not played from the first track.
• Disc playing stopped before it came to the last track.
— Press . repeatedly to go back to the beginning of the disc,
and restart playing after checking the track number in the
display.
Playback sound skips.
• The recorder is placed where it receives continuous vibration.
— Put the recorder on a stable place.
• A very short track may cause sound to skip.
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Sound has a lot of static.
• Strong magnetism from a television or such device is interfering
with operation.
— Move the recorder away from the source of strong magnetism.
Cannot find the track marks.
• You pressed X after pressing . or >.
— Press X before or pressing . or > (page 53).
The rechargeable battery does not start charging.
• The rechargeable battery has been inserted incorrectly or the AC
power adaptor has been connected incorrectly.
— Insert the battery correctly or connect the AC power adaptor
correctly.
Momentary noise is heard.
• Due to the special digital audio compression technology used in
LP4 mode, momentary noise may occur on very rare occasions with
certain sound sources.
— Record in normal stereo or LP2 mode.
Radio
“– – – – – ” appears in the display on the remote control
and the radio does not operate.
• The supplied remote control is connected to other unit than this
recorder. The supplied remote control should be used with this
recorder only.
• After confirming that “– – – – – ” or “no dISC” has disappeared
from the display on the remote control, press RADIO ON/BAND
again on the remote control.
flashes in the display on the remote control and the
radio does not operate.
• The rechargeable battery or the alkaline dry battery is used up.
— Charge the battery or replace the battery with new LR6 (size
AA) alkaline dry battery. (page 12)
You cannot turn off the radio through you press and hold
RADIO OFF (x).
• You keep pressing RADIO OFF (x). (page 48)
— Release RADIO OFF (x). When using the radio, RADIO OFF
(x) functions at the time you release it.
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System limitations
The recording system in your MiniDisc recorder is radically different
from those used in cassette and DAT decks and is characterized by
the limitations described below. Note, however, that these limitations
are due to the inherent nature of the MD recording system itself and
not to mechanical causes.
Symptom
Cause
“TR FULL”
appears even
before the disc
has reached the
maximum
recording time
(60, 74, or 80
minutes).
When 254 tracks have been recorded on the
disc, “TR FULL” appears regardless of the total
recorded time. More than 254 tracks cannot be
recorded on the disc. To continue recording,
erase unnecessary tracks.
“TR FULL”
appears even
before the disc
has reached the
maximum track
number or
recording time.
Repeated recording and erasing may cause
fragmentation and scattering of data. Although
those scattered data can be read, each fragment
is counted as a track. In this case, the number of
tracks may reach 254 and further recording is
not possible. To continue recording, erase
unnecessary tracks.
Track marks
cannot be erased.
The remaining
recording time
does not increase
even after
erasing
numerous short
tracks.
When the data of a track is fragmented, the track
mark of a fragment under 12 seconds long
(recorded in stereo), 24 seconds long (recorded
in monaural or LP2 mode), or 48 seconds long
(recorded in LP4 mode) cannot be erased. You
cannot combine a track recorded in different
recording modes, e.g., a track recorded in stereo
and a track recorded in monaural; nor can you
combine a track recorded with digital
connection and a track recorded with analog
connection.
Tracks of under 12 seconds, 24 seconds, or 48
seconds in length are not counted and so erasing
them may not lead to an increase in the
recording time.
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Symptom
Cause
The total
recorded time
and the
remaining time
on the disc may
not total the
maximum
recording time
(60, 74, or 80
minutes).
Normally, recording is done in minimum units
of approximately 2 seconds (in stereo), 4seconds
(in monaural or LP2 mode), or 8 seconds (in
LP4 mode). When recording is stopped, the last
unit of recording always uses this unit of 2
seconds, 4 seconds, or 8 seconds even if the
actual recording is shorter. Likewise, when
recording is restarted after the stop, the recorder
will automatically insert a blank space
amounting to 2 seconds, 4 seconds, or 8 seconds
before the next recording. (This is to prevent
accidental erasing of a previous track whenever
a new recording is started.) Therefore, the actual
recording time will decrease whenever a
recording is stopped; a maximum of 6 seconds,
12 seconds, or 24 seconds compared to the
potential recording time for each stop.
The edited tracks The fragmentation of data may cause sound
dropout while searching because the tracks are
may exhibit
played in higher speed than normal playback.
sound dropout
during search
operations.
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Messages
If the following messages flash in the display window, check the
messages below.
The messages appear on the display window on the remote control
are shown in the parentheses.
BLANKDISC (– – – – – )
• An MD with no recording on it is inserted.
DISC ERR (– – – – – )
• The disc is damaged or does not contain proper recording or editing
data.
— Reinsert the disc. If this fails, rerecord.
DISC FULL (– – – – – )
• There is no more space to record on the disc (page 67).
— Replace the disc.
Data Save (– –)
• The MD player is recording information (sounds) from the memory
to the disc.
— Wait until this process is completed. Do not expose the player to
any physical shock, nor disrupt power supply.
TOC Edit (– –)
• The MD player is recording information (track start and end
position) from the memory to the disc.
— Wait until this process is completed. Do not expose the player to
physical shock, nor disrupt power supply.
BUSY (– – – – – )
• You tried to operate the recorder while it was accessing the
recorded data.
— Wait until the message goes out (in rare cases, it may take 2 - 3
minutes).
NAME FULL (– – – – – )
• You tried to enter more than 200 letters to label a single track or
disc.
• You tried to enter a total of more than 1700 letters for track or disc
names.
— Enter the characters within the limit.
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Hi DC in (HI dcin, – – – – – )
• Voltage of the power supply is too high (The supplied AC power
adaptor is not used).
— Use the supplied AC power adaptor.
HOLD (Hold)
• The recorder is locked.
— Move HOLD against the arrow to unlock the recorder (page 13).
LOW BATT (Lo batt)
• Battery is weak.
— Charge the rechargeable battery or replace the dry battery
(page 12).
MEM OVER (– – – – – )
• You tried to record with the recorder placed where it receives
continuous vibration.
— Put the recorder on a stable place, and start recording again.
NO COPY (– – – – – )
• You tried to make a copy from a disc that is protected by the Serial
Copy Management System. You cannot make copies from a
digitally connected source which was itself recorded using digital
connection.
— Use analog connection instead (page 27).
NO DISC (no dISC)
• You tried to play or record with no disc in the recorder.
— Insert an MD.
NO SIGNAL (– – – – – )
• The recorder could not detect digital input signals.
— Make sure that the source is connected firmly (page 15).
P/B ONLY (– – – – – )
• You tried to record or edit on a premastered MD (P/B stands for
“playback”).
— Insert a recordable MD.
PROTECTED (– – – – – )
• You tried to record or edit on a MD with the tab in the recordprotect position.
— Slide the tab back (page 62).
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SORRY (– – – – – )
• You tried to erase the track mark at the beginning of the first track.
• You tried to erase a track mark to combine tracks the recorder
cannot combine (a track recorded in different recording mode, or a
track recorded through a digital connection and an analog
connection, for example).
• You tried to press X, T MARK or REC MODE during synchrorecording.
TEMP OVER (– – – – – )
• Heat has built up in the recorder.
— Let the recorder cool down.
TR FULL (– – – – – )
• There is no more space for new data when you are editing the MD.
— Erase unnecessary tracks (page 49).
TrPROTECT (– – – – – )
• You tried to record or edit on a track that is protected from erasing.
— Record or edit on other tracks.
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Specifications
MD recorder
Audio playing system
MiniDisc digital audio system
Laser diode properties
Material: GaAlAs MQW
Wavelength: λ = 790 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 lens
surface on the optical pick-up block
with 7 mm aperture.)
Recording and playback time
When using MDW-80
Maximum 160 min. in monaural
Maximum 320 min. in stereo
Revolutions
350 rpm to 2,800 rpm (CLV)
Error correction
ACIRC (Advanced Cross Interleave
Reed Solomon Code)
Sampling frequency
44.1 kHz
Sampling rate converter
Input: 32 kHz/44.1 kHz/48 kHz
Coding
ATRAC (Adaptive TRansform
Acoustic Coding)
ATRAC3 — LP2
ATRAC3 — LP4
Modulation system
EFM (Eight to Fourteen
Modulation)
Number of channels
2 stereo channels
1 monaural channel
Frequency response
20 to 20,000 Hz ± 3 dB
Wow and Flutter
Below measurable limit
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Inputs
Microphone: stereo mini-jack,
minimum input level 0.35 mV
Line in: stereo mini-jack, minimum
input level 49 mV
Optical (Digital) in: optical (digital)
mini-jack
Outputs
i: stereo mini-jack, maximum
output level 5 mW + 5 mW, load
impedance 16 ohm
Radio
Frequency range
AM:
530 - 1,710 kHz (US, Canada,
and Central and South America
models)
531 - 1,602 kHz (Other models)
FM:
87.5 - 108.0 MHz
General
Power requirements
Sony AC Power Adaptor (supplied)
connected at the DC IN 3 V jack:
120 V AC, 60 Hz (U.S.A.,
Canadian and Taiwan model)
230 V AC, 50/60 Hz (Europe
continental model)
240 V AC, 50 Hz (Australian
model)
220 V AC, 50 Hz (Chinese
model)
230 - 240 V AC, 50 Hz (U.K. and
Hong Kong model)
220 V AC, 50 Hz (Argentina
model)
110/220 V AC, 60 Hz (Korean
model)
100 - 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz (Other
models)
Nickel Cadmium rechargeable
battery NC-WMAA (supplied)
LR6 (size AA) alkaline battery (not
supplied)
Battery operation time
See “Battery life” (page 58)
Dimensions
Approx. 81 × 28.1 × 74.4 mm (w/h/
d) (31/4 × 11/8 × 3 in.) without
projections.
Mass
Approx. 118 g (4.2 oz) the recorder
only
Supplied accessories
AC power adaptor (1)
Headphones/earphones with a
remote control (1)
Optical cable (1)
NC-WMAA Nickel Cadmium
rechargeable battery (1)
Rechargeable battery carrying case
(1)
Carrying pouch/carrying case with a
belt clip (except U.S.A. model) (1)
Stereo Headphones* MDR-EX70LP,
MDR-G72LP, MDR-A34LP
Active Speakers SRS-Z500
Recordable MDs MDW-series
Your dealer may not handle some of
the above listed accessories. Please
ask the dealer for detailed
information about the accessories in
your country.
∗ Whether you should plug the
headphones/earphones directly
to i jack on the main unit or to a
remote control, use only
headphones/earphones with
stereo mini plugs. You cannot
use headphones/earphones with
micro plugs.
stereo mini plugs
US and foreign patents licensed
from Dolby Laboratories.
Design and specifications are subject
to change without notice.
micro plug
Optional accessories
Optical Cable
POC-15B, POC-15AB, POCDA12SP
Line Cable RK-G129, RK-G136
Stereo Microphones ECM-717,
ECM-MS907, ECM-MS957
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What is an MD?
How MiniDisc works
MiniDisc (MD) comes in two
types: premastered (prerecorded)
and recordable (blank).
Premastered MDs, recorded at
music studios, can be played back
almost endlessly. However, they
can’t be recorded on or over like
cassette tapes. To record, you must
use a “recordable MD”.
Premastered MDs
Premastered MDs are recorded
and played like regular CDs. A
laser beam focuses on the pits in
the surface of the MD and reflects
the information back to the lens in
the recorder. The recorder then
decodes the signals and plays
them back as music.
Recordable MDs
Recordable MDs, which use
magneto-optical (MO)
technology, can be recorded again
and again. The laser inside the
recorder applies heat to the MD,
demagnetizing the magnetic layer
of the MD. The recorder then
applies a magnetic field to the
layer. This magnetic field
corresponds exactly to the audio
signals generated by the connected
source. (The north and south
polarities equate to digital “1” and
“0”.) The demagnetized MD
adopts the polarity of the magnetic
field, resulting in a recorded MD.
How the MiniDisc got so small
The 2.5-inch MiniDisc, encased in
a plastic cartridge that looks like a
3.5-inch diskette (see illustration
above), uses a new digital audio
compression technology called
ATRAC (Adaptive TRansform
Acoustic Coding). To store more
sound in less space, ATRAC
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extracts and encodes only those
frequency components actually
audible to the human ear.
Quick Random Access
Like CDs, MDs offer
instantaneous random access to
the beginning of any music track.
Premastered MDs are recorded
with location addresses
corresponding to each music
selection.
Recordable MDs are
manufactured with a “User
TOC Area” to contain the order of
the music. The TOC (Table of
Contents) system is similar to the
A
“directory management system”
of floppy disks. In other words,
starting and ending addresses for
all music tracks recorded on the
disc are stored in this area. This
lets you randomly access the
beginning of any track as soon as
you enter the track number
(AMS), as well as label the
location with a track name as you
would a file on a diskette.
B
A — User TOC Area
Contains the order and start/end points of the music.
B — Music Data
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