Mini Hi-Fi Component System Operating Instructions MHC-GRX8 / RX88 / RX99 / R800 ©1998 by Sony Corporation 3-862-015-11(1)
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.
Singing along: Karaoke ... 40 Falling asleep to music ... 42 Waking up to music ... 42 Timer-recording radio programs ... 44 Additional Information Precautions ... 45 Troubleshooting ... 46 Specifications ... 49 Index ... 51 * MHC-GRX8/RX99/R800 only **European model only...
Do the following procedure 1 to 5 to hook up your system using the supplied cords and accessories. Surround speaker* (Right) Front speaker (Right) * MHC-GRX8/RX99/R800 only Connect the speakers. 1 Connect the speaker cords of front speakers to the SPEAKER jacks of the same color .
Keep the speaker cords away from the antennas to prevent noise. Insert only the stripped portion. Solid (‘) Stripe (’) Notes • Do not place the surround speakers on top of a TV. This may cause distortion of the colors in the TV screen.
Step 1: Hooking up the system (continued) To attach the front speaker pads Attach the supplied front speaker pads to the bottom of the speakers to stabilize the speakers and prevent them from slipping. Inserting two size AA (R6) batteries into the remote With normal use, the batteries should last for about six months.
Press ENTER/NEXT. The minute indication flashes. Turn the jog dial to set the minute. Press ENTER/NEXT. The clock starts working. Tips • If you’ve made a mistake, start over from step 1. • Setting the time deactivates the demo mode. If you want to display the demo mode, press DEMO when the power is off.
Step 3: Presetting radio stations (continued) Press TUNER/BAND repeatedly until the band you want appears in the display. The bands you can receive vary depending on the model you purchased. Be sure to check which bands you can receive. Every time you press this button, the band changes as follows: 2 band model: FM ˜...
To the audio input of the MD deck of the MD deck When you connect a Sony MD deck, you can use the MD (, P, and p buttons on this unit’s remote to perform play, pause, and stop operations.
Connecting optional AV components (continued) Connecting a VCR Make sure to match the color of the plugs and the connectors. To listen to the sound of the connected VCR, press FUNCTION repeatedly until “VIDEO” appears. To the audio output of the VCR Connecting outdoor antennas Connect the outdoor antenna to improve the...
AM antenna Connect a 6- to 15- meter (20- to 50- feet) insulated wire to the AM antenna terminal. Leave the supplied AM loop antenna connected. Jack type A Insulated wire (not supplied) Ground wire (not supplied) Jack type B Insulated wire (not supplied) Ground wire (not supplied)
Basic Operations Playing a CD — Normal play You can play up to three CDs in a row. (Power) ◊ √ Press § and place up to two CDs on the disc tray. If a disc is not placed properly it will not be recognized.
Do this Stop play Press p. Pause Press CD (P (P on the remote). Press again to resume play. Select a track During play or pause, turn the jog dial clockwise (to go forward) or counterclockwise (to go back) and release it when you reach the desired track.
Recording a CD — CD Synchro Recording The CD SYNC button lets you record from a CD to a tape easily. You can use TYPE I (normal) or TYPE II (CrO recording level is adjusted automatically. (Power) Press § and insert a blank tape into deck B.
Listening to the radio –– Preset Tuning Preset radio stations in the tuner's memory first (see “Step 3: Presetting radio stations”). (Power) VOLUME STEREO/ TUNER/BAND ◊ VOL +/– √ Press TUNER/BAND repeatedly until the band you want appears in the display. The bands you can receive vary depending on the model you purchased.
Listening to the radio (continued) To listen to non-preset radio stations Use manual or automatic tuning in step 2. For manual tuning, press + or – repeatedly. For automatic tuning, press and hold + or –. Tips • Pressing TUNER/BAND when the power is off automatically turns the power on and tunes to the last received station (One Touch Play).
Press § and insert a blank tape into deck B. With the side you want to record facing forward Press r REC. Deck B stands by for recording. Press DIRECTION repeatedly to select A to record on one side. Select ß (or RELAY) to record on both sides.
Playing a tape (continued) Press § and insert a recorded tape in deck A or B. With the side you want to play facing forward Press DIRECTION repeatedly to select A to play one side. Select ß* to play both sides. To play both decks in succession, select RELAY (relay play).** Press TAPE A (or TAPE B) (...
Recording from a tape — High-speed Dubbing You can use TYPE I (normal) or TYPE II (CrO ) tapes. The recording level is automatically adjusted. (Power) DOLBY NR Press § and insert a recorded tape in deck A and a blank tape in deck With the side you want to play/record...
The CD Player Using the CD display You can check the remaining time of the current track or that of the CD. (Power) DISPLAY Press DISPLAY during playback. Each time you press the button during normal playback, the display changes as follows: n Playing time on the current track µ...
Playing the CD tracks repeatedly –– Repeat Play This function lets you repeat a single CD or all CDs in normal play, Shuffle Play and Program Play. (Power) PLAY MODE Press REPEAT during playback until “REPEAT” appears in the display. Repeat Play starts.
Playing the CD tracks in random order –– Shuffle Play You can play all the tracks on one CD or all CDs in random order. (Power) DISC 1~3 Jog dial Press FUNCTION repeatedly until “CD” appears in the display, then place a CD.
Programming the CD tracks –– Program Play You can make a program of up to 32 tracks from all the CDs in the order you want them to be played. (Power) ◊ √ Press FUNCTION repeatedly until “CD” appears in the display, then place a CD.
Programming the CD tracks (continued) To cancel Program Play Press PLAY MODE repeatedly until “PROGRAM” or “SHUFFLE” disappears from the display. Press Check the CHECK on the remote program repeatedly. After the last track, “CHECK END” appears. Clear a track from CLEAR on the remote in the end stop mode.
The Tape Deck Recording on a tape manually You can record from CD, tape, or radio as you like. For example, you can record just the songs you want or record from the middle of the tape. The recording level is adjusted automatically.
Recording a CD by specifying track order — Program Edit You can record tracks from all the CDs in the order you want. When programming, make sure the playing times for each side do not exceed the length of one side of the tape. (Power) ◊...
Repeat steps 5 and 6 for tracks from the same disc or steps 4 to 6 for tracks from another disc to program the remaining tracks to be recorded on side B. Press CD SYNC. Deck B stands by for recording and the CD player stands by for playback.
DJ Effects Looping part of a CD — Loop With the loop function, you can repeat part of a CD during playback. This lets you create original recordings. (Power) Jog dial LOOP Press and hold LOOP during playback at the point you want to start the Loop function, and release to resume normal play.
Using the drum pads With the drum pads, you can add percussion during playback. This effect can be used with any source, to create original recordings. BEAT (Power) LEVEL PAD A PAD B ◊ √ To change the drum sound Turn the jog dial while holding PAD A or B (or press SELECT >...
Using the beat functions With the beat functions, you can enjoy a variety of rhythms. They can be used with any source, to create original recordings. BEAT (Power) LEVEL BEAT BEAT BEAT ON/OFF SELECT SPEED ◊ √ To change the speed Turn the jog dial while holding BEAT SPEED (or press SPEED ? or / on the remote) to select the speed you desire (BPM 60~160).
Using the BEAT JAM function This function automatically synchronizes the sounds of PAD A and B with the sound source. Start playing a source. Press BEAT JAM repeatedly to select the jam mode you desire. The button’s indicator lights up. Every time you press the button, the display changes as follows: PAD MODE...
You can reinforce the bass, create a more powerful sound, and listen with headphones. (Power) DBFB * MHC-RX88 only. For MHC-GRX8/RX99/R800 see “Switching the speaker formation” on page 36. To reinforce bass (DBFB) Press DBFB*. Every time you press the button, the display...
Selecting the audio emphasis The audio emphasis menu lets you select the sound characteristic according to the sound you are listening to. The personal file function (see “Making a personal audio emphasis file”) lets you store your own effects. (Power) EFFECT Press FILE SELECT.
Selecting surround effects You can enjoy surround effects. (Power) Press SURROUND repeatedly to select the surround effect you desire. Every time you press the button, the display changes as follows: SURROUND ON (SUR SURROUND OFF (off) If you want to memorize the effect, store it into a personal file (see “Making a personal audio emphasis file”).
Turn the jog dial to adjust level. ALL DISCS Repeat steps 3 and 4. Press ENTER/NEXT when finished. Note If you choose another menu audio emphasis (other than “EFFECT OFF”) the adjusted sound effect is lost. To retain the adjusted sound effect for future use, store it in a personal file.
2 Use the jog dial to select the personal file you desire. 3 Press ENTER/NEXT. Switching the speaker formation –Sonic formation (MHC-GRX8 / RX99 / R800 only) You can select from four speaker formations depending on your listening situation. (Power) SONIC FORMATION Press SONIC FORMATION repeatedly until the mode you want appears in the display.
NORMAL mode The surround speakers provide reverberation and reflective sound effects that emphasize the sound from the front speakers. FRONT FRONT SPEAKER (L) SPEAKER (R) SURROUND SURROUND SPEAKER (L) SPEAKER (R) WHISPER mode The sound from the front speakers is cut off and output from the surround speaker with its sound decreased.
Other Features Using the Radio Data System (RDS) (For European model only) What is the Radio Data System? Radio Data System (RDS) is a broadcasting service that allows radio stations to send additional information along with the regular program signal. This tuner offers convenient RDS features like station name display and location of stations by program type.
Press PTY. Turn jog dial to select the program type you want. See the “List of program types” section below. Press ENTER/NEXT. The unit starts searching the preset RDS stations (“SEARCH” and the selected program type are shown alternately in the display).
Singing along: Karaoke You can sing along with any stereo CD or tape by turning down the singer’s voice. You need to connect an optional microphone. (Power) Turn MIC LEVEL to MIN to turn down the microphone control level. Connect an optional microphone to MIX MIC.
Mixing and recording sounds (Power) Do the above steps 1 to 5. Then, insert a tape in deck B. Press FUNCTION repeatedly to select the source you desire and set it to pause mode. Press r REC. Press P PAUSE. Recording starts.
Falling asleep to music — Sleep Timer You can let the system turn off at the preset time, so you can sleep to the music. You can preset the time to be turned off by 10 minutes. Press SLEEP. Every time you press the button, the minute display (the turn-off time) changes as follows: AUTO n 90min n 80min n 70min...
Turn jog dial to select DAILY 1 or 2, then press ENTER/NEXT. “ON” appears and the hour digits flash in the display. 2 REC SLEEP ALL DISCS Set the time to start playback. Turn jog dial to set the hour, then press ENTER/NEXT.
Timer-recording radio programs To timer-record, you must preset the radio station (see “Step 3: Presetting radio stations”) and set the clock (see “Step 2: Setting the time”) beforehand. TIMER SELECT Tune in the preset radio station (see “Listening to the radio”). Press CLOCK/TIMER SET.
• When you move the system, take out any discs. If you have any questions or problems concerning your stereo system, please consult your nearest Sony dealer. Notes on CDs • Before playing, clean the CD with a cleaning cloth.
First, check that the power cord is connected firmly and the speakers are connected correctly and firmly. Should any problem persist, consult your nearest Sony dealer. General The display starts flashing as soon as you plug in the power cord even though you haven’t turned on the power...
•Check the speaker connection and speaker placement. There is no sound from the surround speakers (MHC-GRX8/RX99/R800 only). •Press SONIC FORMATION repeatedly to select a mode other than “FRONT ONLY”. There is no sound from the front speakers (MHC-GRX8/RX99/R800 only).
Troubleshooting (continued) Tape Deck The tape does not record. •No tape in the cassette holder. •The tab has been removed from the cassette (see “To save a tape permanently” on page 45). •The tape has reeled to the end. The tape does not record nor play or there is a decrease in sound level.
Tape player section Recording system 4-track 2-channel stereo Frequency response 40 – 13,000 Hz (±3 dB), (DOLBY NR OFF) using Sony TYPE I cassette 40 – 14,000 Hz (±3 dB), using Sony TYPE II cassette Wow and flutter ±0.15% W.Peak (IEC) 0.1% W.RMS (NAB)
SS-RX88 for MHC-RX88/SS-R800 for MHC-R800 Speaker system Speaker units Woofer: Tweeter: Super Tweeter: Nominal impedance Dimensions (w/h/d) Mass SS-GRX8 for MHC-GRX8/SS-RX99 for MHC-RX99 Speaker system Speaker units Woofer: 531 – 1,602 kHz Centre Tweeter: (with the interval set at 9 Side Tweeter: kHz) Super Tweeter: 530 –...
Index Adjusting the audio emphasis 33 the sound 32 the volume 13, 15, 18 Antennas 5, 10 Auto BPM 31 Automatic Source Selection 13, 16, 18 Batteries 6 Beat functions 30 Beat Jam 31 CD player 12, 20 CD Synchro Recording 14 Clock setting 6 Connecting.
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