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Sony MZ-R500 Analog PCLink Operating Instructions Manual

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3-223-746-13(1)
Portable
MiniDisc Recorder
Operating Instructions
MZ-R500/R500PC/R500DPC
© 2000 Sony Corporation

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    3-223-746-13(1) Portable MiniDisc Recorder Operating Instructions MZ-R500/R500PC/R500DPC © 2000 Sony Corporation...

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    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.

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    The CE mark on the unit is valid only for products marketed in the European Union. Certain countries may regulate disposal of battery used to power this product. Please consult with your local authority. WALKMAN and are trademarks of Sony Corporation.

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Looking at the controls ... 6 Getting started ... 8 Recording an MD right away! ... 10 Playing an MD right away! ... 13 Various ways of recording ... 15 Two ways of connecting to a sound source ...15 Recording with analog input (line cable required) ...16 Recording for long times ...16 To start/stop recording in sync with the source player...

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    Editing recorded tracks ... 25 Erasing tracks ... 25 To erase a track ... 25 To erase the whole disc ... 25 Adding a track mark ... 26 Erasing a track mark ... 26 Moving recorded tracks ... 27 Labeling recordings ... 28 Additional information ...

  • Page 6: Looking At The Controls

    Looking at the controls See pages in ( ) for more details. The recorder A N button (11) (13) (17) (24) B VOL +/– buttons (13) (28) C x button (11) (13) (25) (28) D X button (11) (13) (19) (26) (28) E HOLD switch (at the rear) (9) (23) F >MENU.

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    The display window L P 2 . 4 A MONO (monaural) indication B LP mode indication (17) C Disc indication Shows that the disc is rotating for recording, playing or editing an MD D Mega bass indication (22). E REC indication Lights up while recording.

  • Page 8: Getting Started

    Measured value by the standard of JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association). When using a Sony LR6 (SG) “STAMINA” alkaline dry battery (produced in Japan). To prevent interrupted recording due to drained battery, use new battey for recording operations.

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    When to replace the battery When the dry battery is weak, flashing r or “LoBATT” appears in the display. Replace the dry 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.

  • Page 10: Recording An Md Right Away

    Recording an MD right away! Connect to a digital source using an optical cable (supplied with the European, Chinese and Argentine models only) 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.

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    Record an MD. Notes • “Saving” or “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.

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    If the recording does not start • Make sure the recorder is not locked (page 23). • Make sure the MD is not record-protected (page 31). • Premastered MDs cannot be recorded over. For models supplied with the AC plug adaptor If the AC power adaptor (supplied with the European, Chinese and Argentine models only)

  • Page 13: Playing An Md Right Away

    Playing an MD right away! Play an MD. VOL +/– After you press x and “Edit” stops flashing in the display, the recorder will automatically turn off after: — about 10 seconds when using a battery. — about 5 minutes when using the supplied AC power adaptor or the optional AC- E30HG (when an AC power adaptor is not supplied).

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    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 23).

  • Page 15: Various Ways Of Recording

    Various ways of recording 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.

  • Page 16: Recording With Analog Input (line Cable Required)

    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. CD player, cassette recorder, etc. to LINE OUT L (white) Line cable (RK-G129, not supplied)* to LINE IN (OPTICAL) ∗...

  • Page 17: To Start/stop Recording In Sync With The Source Player (synchro-recording)

    Press >MENU. repeatedly to select the desired recording mode. Recording Display mode Stereo Stereo LP2 stereo LP4 stereo Monaural Mono For better sound quality, record in normal stereo or LP2 mode. If you record a stereo source in monaural, the sounds from left and right will be mixed.

  • Page 18: Recording Without Overwriting Existing Material

    Press >MENU. repeatedly until “SYNC-R” flashes in the display, and then press ENTER. “SYNC” lights up in the display. “SYNC” does not lights up if optical cable is not connected to the recorder. Press >MENU. repeatedly until “ON” flashes in the display, and then press ENTER.

  • Page 19: Adjusting The Recording Level Manually (manual Recording)

    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 >MENU.

  • Page 20: Checking The Remaining Time Or The Recording Position

    Checking the remaining time or the recording position You can check the remaining time, track number, etc. when recording or during stop. >MENU. While the recorder is recording or stopped, press ENTER, press >MENU. repeatedly until “DISP” flashes in the display, and then press ENTER again.

  • Page 21: Various Ways Of Playback

    Various ways of playback Playing tracks repeatedly You can play tracks repeatedly in three ways — all repeat, single repeat, and shuffle repeat. >MENU. While the recorder is playing or stopped, press ENTER, press >MENU. repeatedly until “P- MODE” flashes in the display, and then press ENTER again.

  • Page 22: Emphasizing Bass (digital Mega Bass)

    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. Press ENTER, press >MENU. repeatedly until “BASS” flashes in the display, and then press ENTER again. Press >MENU.

  • Page 23: Checking The Remaining Time Or The Playing Position

    Checking the remaining time or the playing position You can check the track name, disc name, etc. during playback. >MENU. While the recorder is playing, press ENTER, press >MENU. repeatedly until “DISP” flashes in the display, and then press ENTER again. Press >MENU.

  • Page 24: Connecting To A Stereo System

    Connecting to a stereo system Connect the i jack of the recorder to the LINE IN jacks of an amplifier or a recorder with a line cable (not supplied). The output is analog. The recorder plays the MD digitally and sends analog signals to the externally connected equipment.

  • Page 25: Editing Recorded Tracks

    Editing recorded tracks You can edit your recordings by adding/ erasing track marks or labeling tracks and MDs. Premastered MDs cannot be edited. Notes on editing • Do not move or jog the recorder while “Edit” is flashing in the display. •...

  • Page 26: Adding A Track Mark

    Press >MENU. repeatedly until “Erase” flashes in the display, and then press ENTER. “Erase?” and “ENTER” appear alternately in the display. To cancel erasing, press x. Press ENTER again. “Edit” flashes in the display, and all the tracks will be erased. When erasing is complete, “BLANK”...

  • Page 27: Moving Recorded Tracks

    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. “MK 003” appears in the display for 2 seconds. Press T MARK to erase the mark. “MK OFF”...

  • Page 28: Labeling Recordings

    Press ENTER again. The track moves to the selected destination track. 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.

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    Labeling a track during playback Insert a disc and play the track you want to label. Press ENTER, press >MENU. repeatedly until “EDIT” flashes in the display, and then press ENTER again. “ ” and “Name” flash in the display. Press ENTER.

  • Page 30: Additional Information

    Additional information Precautions On safety Do not put any foreign objects in the DC IN 3V jack. On power sources • Use house current or LR6 (size AA) battery. • For use in your house: Use the supplied AC power adaptor or the optional AC-E30HG. Do not use any other AC power adaptor since it may cause the recorder to malfunction.

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    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.) Digital recording...

  • Page 32: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Should any problem persist after you have made these checks, consult your nearest Sony dealer. Symptom Cause/Solution The recorder does • Audio sources may not be securely connected. not work or works poorly. • The HOLD function is turned on (“HOLD” appears in the display •...

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    Symptom Cause/Solution There is no • The AC power adaptor was unplugged or a power outage occurred recording on the during recording. MD after a recording operation. The lid does not • The battery have been exhausted. open. , Replace the exhausted battery with new ones. Volume cannot be •...

  • Page 34: System Limitations

    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.

  • Page 35: Messages

    Messages If the following error messages flash in the display window, check the chart below. Error message Meaning/Remedy BLANK • An MD with no recording on it is inserted. ERROR • The disc is damaged or does not contain proper recording or FULL •...

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    Error message NoCOPY NoDISC No SIG PbONLY SAVED SORRY TEMP TrFULL TrPROT Meaning/Remedy • 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.

  • Page 37: Specifications

    5 mW + 5 mW, load impedance 16 ohm General Power requirements Sony AC power adaptor connected at the DC IN 3V jack (supplied with the European, Chinese and Argentine models only): 120 V AC, 60 Hz (U.S.A., Canadian and...

  • Page 38: What Is An Md

    ∗ You should plug the headphones/earphones directly to i jack on the main unit. Use only headphones/earphones with stereo mini plugs. You cannot use headphones/ earphones with micro plugs. Stereo mini plugs Micro plug What is an MD? How MiniDisc works MiniDisc (MD) comes in two types: premastered (prerecorded) and recordable (blank).

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    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 on page 38), uses a new digital audio compression technology called ATRAC (Adaptive TRansform Acoustic Coding). To store more sound in less space, ATRAC extracts and encodes only those frequency components actually audible to the human ear.

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    This warranty is valid only in the United States. Sony Corporation Printed in Japan Sony Corporation Printed in Malaysia...

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