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Pioneer PDR-W839 Operating Instructions Manual

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COMPACT DISC RECORDER / MULTI-CD CHANGER
PDR-W839
Operating Instructions

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  • Page 1 COMPACT DISC RECORDER / MULTI-CD CHANGER PDR-W839 Operating Instructions...
  • Page 2: Important Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, 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.
  • Page 3: For Canadian Model

    WARNING: TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPLIANCE TO RAIN OR MOISTURE. IMPORTANT NOTICE [For U.S. model] The serial number for this equipment is located on the rear panel. Please write this serial number on your enclosed warranty card and keep it in a secure area.
  • Page 4 This product complies with the Low Voltage Directive (73/23/EEC, amended by 93/68/EEC), EMC Directives (89/336/EEC, amended by 92/31/EEC and 93/68/EEC). INFRINGEMENT OF COPYRIGHT [For U.K. model] Recording and playback of copyrighted material may require consent. See the Copyright Design and Patent Act 1988.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Contents 1 Before You Start Checking what's in the box ... 6 Using this manual ... 6 Putting the batteries in the remote ... 6 Hints on installation ... 6 Avoiding condensation problems ... 6 Maintaining your CD recorder ... 7 Moving the unit ...
  • Page 6: Before You Start

    1 Before You Start Checking what's in the box Thank you for buying this Pioneer product. Before starting to set up your new CD recorder, please check that you have received the following supplied accessories: • Stereo audio cords (x2) •...
  • Page 7: Avoiding Condensation Problems

    A damaged power cord can cause a fire or give you an electric shock. Check the power cord once in a while. If you find it damaged, ask your nearest Pioneer authorized service center or your dealer for a replacement.
  • Page 8: Recording Copyright Material

    The process of finalization fixes the contents of a CD-R in place for good by creating a Table of Contents (TOC, for short) at the beginning of the disc. This tells a CD player exactly what's on the disc and where to find it. Once a CD-R is finalized, further recording and other changes become impossible.
  • Page 9: Connecting Up

    AC wall outlet. OPTICAL COAXIAL COAXIAL OPTICAL Connect to the CONTROL OUT of a Pioneer amplifer or receiver to be able to use the amp/receiver's remote control with this unit. Connecting stereo audio cords Connecting the control cord Plugging in After double-checking all the connections, connect the power cord to this unit and plug the other end into a standard wall outlet.
  • Page 10: Connecting A Keyboard

    Connecting a keyboard You can choose to use a connected keyboard to control many of the playback and recording features of the PDR-W839. This is useful when you want to name your CD-Rs or CD-RWs for future reference. This unit is designed for use with a U.S.-...
  • Page 11: Controls And Displays

    Front panel COMPACT DISC RECORDER / MULTI-CD CHANGER OPEN/CLOSE - COMPACT DISC MULTI CHANGER 3-CD CONTROL PLAY MODE ¡ ¢ DISPLAY POWER PHONE — OFF _ ON 11 12 13 OPEN/CLOSE ) 1/2 /3 – Press to open/close disc tray 1, 2 or 3 from the changer. Changer disc tray CD SELECT 1 / 2 / 3 –...
  • Page 12: Remote Control

    3 Controls and Displays Remote control DISPLAY/CHARA – Press to switch between display modes (p.17), and between upper- and lower-case characters while using CD text (p.24). SCROLL – Press to scroll through long names in CD text. (p.17, 24) MENU/DELETE – Press to access the preference menu options (p.16).
  • Page 13: Display

    Display DISC# DISC TRACK# ARTST# DISC DISC SINGLE ALL RELAY FADER SCAN RDM DISC PARTIAL A.SPACE REC THIS –dB COPY DISC 1/2/3 – Indicates discs loaded. DISC Lights when disc information is displayed. TRACK Lights when track information is displayed. ARTST Lights when artist information is displayed.
  • Page 14: Getting Started

    ENTER THIS Quick CD recording Although the PDR-W839 has many advanced recording features, duplicating a CD is pretty much a one-touch operation. Before starting, make sure that the recorder is connected to your amplifer and that everything is plugged in to a power outlet.
  • Page 15: Playing A Cd

    DISPLAY TIME /CHARA OPEN/CLOSE PQRS WXYZ MARK 10/0 >10 ¢ ¡ DISC DISC DISC Playing a CD This section takes you through using the basic playback controls of the CD changer and CD-R. The steps below describe playing a disc in tray 1 of the disc changer, but the playback controls for the CD-R and for other discs loaded into the changer work in the same way.
  • Page 16: Playback Modes

    4 Getting Started TIME MENU/ DELETE PLAY MODE DISC DISC DISC Playback modes The different play modes let you play either a single disc, or up to four discs one after another for an uninterrupted playing time of up to five hours. Load a disc into disc tray 1 of the changer.
  • Page 17: Switching The Display

    DISPLAY TIME /CHARA ¢ Switching the display (CD changer side) The recorder can display various kinds of disc and track informa- tion while stopped, and in both playback and copying modes. If the CD contains text information, this can be displayed during playback, and while the CD is stopped.
  • Page 18 4 Getting Started DISPLAY TIME /CHARA ¢ (CD-R side) When the CD-R is stopped, press DISPLAY to switch the display mode. There are four different displays. Press to switch between them: • Number of tracks / total disc time TOTAL REMAIN CD-R •...
  • Page 19: Display Mode

    DISPLAY TIME /CHARA During recording from the CD changer, press DISPLAY to switch the display mode. There are five different displays. Press DISPLAY both CD changer and CD-R sides) repeatedly to switch between them: • Track number / elapsed track recording time DISC 1–O1–O1 O1:1O...
  • Page 20: Recording Features

    DISC Introduction Recording CDs from the disc changer has several advantages over recording from an external CD player. • Double speed recording lets you record a disc in half the regular time. • Automatic spacing when individual tracks are recorded.
  • Page 21: Recording Individual Tracks

    TIME ¢ THIS DISC DISC DISC Recording individual tracks Here's how to copy individual tracks from any disc in the changer: Load the CD(s) you want to copy tracks from in to the CD changer. You can use any of the three disc trays in the changer. Load a CD-R or CD-RW into the CD-R tray.
  • Page 22: Recording From Anywhere On The Disc

    5 Recording Features TIME ¢ DISC DISC DISC Recording from anywhere on the disc Here's how to record starting from any point on the disc: Load the CD(s) you want to record tracks from in to the CD changer. You can use any of the three disc trays in the changer. Load a CD-R or CD-RW into the CD-R tray.
  • Page 23: Recording A Programmed Selection

    TIME PQRS WXYZ MARK 10/0 >10 ¢ ¡ THIS DISC DISC DISC PROGRAM Recording a programmed selection You can automate the process of making a mix CD by using the programming function of the disc changer. Load the CD(s) you want to program tracks from in to the CD changer.
  • Page 24: Using Cd Text

    5 Recording Features DISPLAY TIME /CHARA PQRS WXYZ MARK NAME 10/0 ENTER Using CD text You can name a CD-R or CD-RW so that when you load the disc into the player, the disc name, track title, or artist name can appear in the display.
  • Page 25: Editing Cd Text

    DISPLAY TIME /CHARA MENU/ DELETE PQRS WXYZ MARK NAME 10/0 ¢ ENTER Confirm the character and move the cursor to the next character position by pressing the jog dial (or ¡). For the remote, move the cursor to the next character position by pressing ENTER •...
  • Page 26: Copying Track Names To Other Tracks

    5 Recording Features TIME NAME CLIP NAME ¢ CURSOR ¡ ENTER Copying track names to other tracks If you need to name several tracks with similar names—several parts of one suite, for example—you can name the first one using the procedure detailed above, then simply copy that name to the other tracks and edit them as required.
  • Page 27: Recording Fade Ins And Fade Outs

    TIME MENU/ DELETE FADER ¢ ENTER Recording fade ins and fade outs Sometimes, for example if you're recording just an excerpt from something, it may be better to fade in the recording, then fade out again at the end, rather than start and end abruptly. You can also set longer or shorter fade times so that they match the fades on other songs in your mix.
  • Page 28: Setting The Silence Threshold

    5 Recording Features TIME MENU/ DELETE ¢ ENTER THIS Setting the silence threshold If you're recording from CD, MD, DCC or DAT, you can usually let the recorder number the tracks automatically as they change on the source material. When recording other digital or analog sources, the recorder will start a new track if it detects more than 2 seconds of silence before the next sound on the source.
  • Page 29: Starting Tracks In Time Increments

    TIME MENU/ DELETE ¢ ENTER Starting tracks in time increments If you aren't able to set track numbers automatically during recording (a radio program with interviews, for example), you might want to have the recorder start tracks after every three minutes or so.
  • Page 30: Setting The Balance

    5 Recording Features TIME MENU/ DELETE ¡ ENTER CHECK Prepare for recording must be pressed before going to step 2. See REC MODE pages 20–23 for step-by-step recording instructions. Press CHECK to start the CD playing. The track/disc to be recorded starts playing and the indicator starts blinking.
  • Page 31: Finalizing And Erasing

    - COMPACT DISC MULTI CHANGER Finalizing a disc Before you can play a CD-R on an ordinary CD player, the disc must go through a process called finalization. Once finalized, a CD-R disc is no longer recordable. Finalization is not reversible for CD-Rs so be absolutely sure that everything on the disc is the way you want it before you start.
  • Page 32: Erasing A Cd-Rw Disc

    6 Finalizing and Erasing COMPACT DISC RECORDER / MULTI-CD CHANGER Erasing a CD–RW disc Although more expensive than CD-R discs, the great advantage of CD-RW is that the discs can be erased and reused. Various erase options are available depending on whether or not the disc has been finalized.
  • Page 33: Eject The Disc

    COMPACT DISC RECORDER / MULTI-CD CHANGER - COMPACT DISC MULTI CHANGER When a finalized disc is loaded: Press ERASE. Use the jog dial (or press 41 or ¡ ¢) to change the erase option. Switch between: • Erase the TOC (‘de-finalize’ the disc so that further recording is possible) ERASE Be careful: When you erase the TOC, the CD text...
  • Page 34: Marking Recorded Tracks To Skip

    Although you can’t erase tracks on a CD-R disc, you can set what are called ‘skip IDs’. These tell a CD player (though many do not recognize skip IDs) not to play a particular track, but to skip to the next one on the disc.
  • Page 35: Playing A Disc With Skip Ids

    TIME ¢ SKIP ID SKIP PLAY CLEAR Clearing skip IDs: Use the 4 and ¢ buttons (or the jog dial) to select the track you want to clear the skip ID for. Skip play must be off (the SKIP ON in the display) for you to choose tracks with skip IDs.
  • Page 36: Playback Functions

    7 Playback Functions TIME A B C D EF G H I J K L M N O PQ R S T U V W XY Z PLAY MARK MODE 10/0 >10 ¢ DISC DISC DISC PROGRAM CHECK CLEAR Programming a playlist Programming a playlist means telling the player precisely which tracks, and in what order, you want played.
  • Page 37: Programming A Playlist (Cd-R)

    TIME A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z MARK 10/0 >10 ¢ CD-R PROGRAM CHECK CLEAR REPEAT Programming a playlist (CD-R) You can program a playlist for a disc that's in the CD-R disc tray.
  • Page 38: Using The Random Mode

    7 Playback Functions TIME Using the random mode To have the recorder play tracks in a different order each time you play a disc, use the random play mode. Each track will play just once, but the order will be random. When all the tracks have been played, the disc stops.
  • Page 39: Recording Other Sources

    COMPACT DISC RECORDER / MULTI-CD CHANGER - COMPACT DISC MULTI CHANGER Introduction Use the various recording modes described here when you're recording from a component connected to the recorder either directly via an optical or coaxial digital connection, or via your amplifier to the the analog line in jacks.
  • Page 40: Digital Synchro Recording

    8 Recording Other Sources COMPACT DISC RECORDER / MULTI-CD CHANGER Digital synchro recording If you have a CD, MD, DAT or DCC player connected to either of the digital inputs of this recorder, you can make digital recordings from it very simply using this mode. Note that double speed recording is not possible in this mode.
  • Page 41: Analog Synchro Recording

    COMPACT DISC RECORDER / MULTI-CD CHANGER - COMPACT DISC MULTI CHANGER Analog synchro recording Use the analog line inputs when recording from your turntable, cassette deck, or other analog audio source. Note that double speed recording is not possible in this mode. Make sure that any discs loaded in the CD changer are stopped.
  • Page 42: Manual Recording (Analog Or Digital)

    8 Recording Other Sources COMPACT DISC RECORDER / MULTI-CD CHANGER Manual recording (analog or digital) The main use for manual recording mode is when there are no specific start and/or end points in the source material—when you're recording from a tuner or a satellite decoder, for example. Make sure that any discs loaded in the CD changer are stopped.
  • Page 43: Recording Blank Sections

    COMPACT DISC RECORDER / MULTI-CD CHANGER - COMPACT DISC MULTI CHANGER Recording blank sections This feature is useful when you want to put some space at the end of a recording session so that the next recording doesn't start after the last too closely, but use it wherever you need some blank space recorded on the disc.
  • Page 44: Additional Information

    This recorder is designed for use with conventional, fully circular CDs only. Use of shaped CDs is not recommended for this product. Pioneer disclaims all liability arising in connection with the use of shaped CDs. Recording CDs This recorder is designed to let you make extremely high quality digital recordings onto recordable compact discs.
  • Page 45: Digital Recording Restrictions

    Digital recording restrictions This unit has been designed exclusively for recording and playback of audio discs—you can’t record other CD formats, such as computer CD-ROMs or Dolby Digital (AC-3). If you record from a disc format such as CD+Graphics, Video CD, or other format that includes both digital audio and video or text, you will only be able to record the audio part of the disc.
  • Page 46: Understanding Display Messages

    9 Additional Information Understanding display messages Below is a list of messages you’ll see during normal operation with a brief explanation of what they mean. If you need more information, turn to the page indicated. – – e r A e r p i s u s i d...
  • Page 47: Error Messages

    Error messages Below is a list of error messages you may see during playback or recording, with possible causes and remedies. If you need more information, turn to the page indicated. c s i c s i t s y o r r n i l a t s...
  • Page 48: Messages Relating To Recording

    1 Pause playback of the source, then press the digital synchro button again. If you’re recording from a portable CD player, etc., make sure that the shock-protection feature is switched off. 2 Start playback of the source component once you see the SYNCHRO indicator start to blink.
  • Page 49: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Power does not come on • Check that the unit is plugged into a standard AC power outlet. • If the unit is connected to another component’s power output, check that the other component is switched on. No sound when playing a disc •...
  • Page 50: Specifications

    The specifications and design of this product are subject to change 0.0017 % (EIAJ) (U.K. model) without notice, due to improvements. (U.S./Canadian models) 0.004%(EIAJ) (U.K. model) ((±0.001 % W.PEAK) (EIAJ)) Published by Pioneer Corporation. Copyright © 2000 Pioneer Corporation. All rights reserved.
  • Page 51 Selecting fine audio equipment such as the unit you’ve just purchased is only the start of your musical enjoyment. Now it’s time to consider how you can maximize the fun and excitement your equipment offers. This manufacturer and the Electronic Industries Association’s Consumer Electronics Group want you to get the most out of your equipment by playing it at a safe level.
  • Page 52 PIONEER EUROPE NV Haven 1087, Keetberglaan 1, B-9120 Melsele, Belgium TEL: 03/570.05.11 PIONEER ELECTRONICS AUSTRALIA PTY. LTD. PIONEER ELECTRONICS DE MEXICO S.A. DE C.V. <00G00ZW0N00> 4-1, Meguro 1-Chome, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8654, Japan P.O. BOX 1540, Long Beach, California 90801-1540, U.S.A.