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4-230-234-13(1)
Micro Hi-Fi
Component
System
Operating Instructions
CMT-SP55MD
©2000 Sony Corporation

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  • Page 1 4-230-234-13(1) Micro Hi-Fi Component System Operating Instructions CMT-SP55MD ©2000 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Do not install the appliance in a confined space, such as a bookcase or built-in cabinet. This appliance is classified as a CLASS 1 LASER product. The CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT MARKING is located on the rear exterior. The following caution label is located inside of the unit.
  • Page 3 The MD Deck — Recording Before you start recording ... 22 Recording a CD on an MD — CD-MD Synchro Recording ... 23 Recording your favourite CD tracks on an MD — CD-MD Synchro Recording ... 24 Recording your favourite portions on an MD —...
  • Page 4: Getting Started

    Be sure to hook up the system with the mains lead unplugged from the mains. Hooking up the system with the mains lead plugged in may cause the system to malfunction. Right speaker FM aerial CMT-SP55MD rear panel AM loop aerial Tuner Left...
  • Page 5 Preparation Stack the components vertically in the order shown in the illustration below. Connect the supplied digital cable to DIGITAL OPTICAL OUT on the CD player and DIGITAL OPTICAL CD IN 1 on the MD deck. Take the caps off the connectors, then insert the plugs until they click into place.
  • Page 6 Step 1: Hooking up the system (continued) Connect the speakers. Connect the speaker cords to the SPEAKER terminals on the amplifier and to the terminals on the speakers as shown below. Red line (3) Clear (#) The supplied speakers can be used as either the left or right speakers.
  • Page 7: Adjusting The Brightness Of The Display Back Light

    For models with a voltage selector, set the VOLTAGE SELECTOR on the rear of the amplifier to the position of your local mains voltage. VOLTAGE SELECTOR 220V-240V 110V-120V Connect the mains lead to the mains. Arranging the components side by side Once you have finished the connections, you can rearrange the components as desired.
  • Page 8: Step 2: Setting The Time

    Step 2: Setting the time You must set the time beforehand to use the timer functions. The clock is on a 24-hour system for the European model, and a 12-hour system for other models. The 24-hour system is used for illustration purposes.
  • Page 9: The Cd Player

    The CD Player Playing a CD To turn on the system, press ?/1 (power). ?/1 (power) Press A on the CD player and place a CD on the disc tray. With the label side up. When you play a CD single (8 cm CD), place it on the inner circle of the tray.
  • Page 10: Playing Cd Tracks In Random Order

    Playing CD tracks in random order You can play all the tracks on a CD in random order. Press CD to switch the function to CD. Press PLAY MODE repeatedly until “SHUFFLE” appears. Press N. Shuffle Play starts. To cancel Shuffle Play Press PLAY MODE repeatedly until “SHUFFLE”...
  • Page 11: Programming Cd Tracks

    Programming CD tracks — Programme Play You can make a programme of up to 25 tracks in the order you want them to be played. You can also make a Synchro Recording of the programme on the MD (see page 24). Press CD to switch the function to CD.
  • Page 12: Playing Cd Tracks Repeatedly

    Programming CD tracks (continued) Tips • You can select the desired track using . or > in step 3. Press . or > repeatedly until the desired track number appears, then press ENTER/YES. • The programme you made remains after Programme Play finishes.
  • Page 13: Using The Cd Display

    Using the CD display You can check the total number of tracks, the total playing time, and the remaining time on the track or on the CD. When a CD TEXT disc is loaded, you can check the information recorded on the disc, such as the titles or artist names.
  • Page 14: Labelling A Cd - Disc Memo

    Labelling a CD You can label up to 50 CDs with titles of up to 20 symbols and characters. Whenever you load a labelled CD, the title appears in the display. Notes • You cannot label a CD for which “CD-TEXT” appears in the display.
  • Page 15: Erasing A Disc Title

    Press CURSORt. The character you selected in step 4 stops flashing and the cursor shifts to the right. Cursor Repeat steps 3 to 5 to complete the entire title. If you made a mistake Press CURSORT or t until the character you want to change flashes, then repeat steps 3 to 5.
  • Page 16: Checking Disc Memo Information

    Checking Disc Memo information Checking a disc title Press CD to switch the function to CD. Press MENU/NO in stop mode. To cancel checking Press x . CD TEXT information is copied to MD in some cases. Press . or > repeatedly until “Name Check?”...
  • Page 17: The Md Deck - Play

    The MD Deck — Play Playing an MD You can play an MD just like a CD. To turn on the system, press ?/1 (power). Insert an MD. With the arrow pointing toward the deck. With the label side up, and the shutter on the righthand side.
  • Page 18: Playing Md Tracks In Random Order

    Playing MD tracks in random order You can play all the tracks on an MD in random order. Press MD to switch the function to MD. Press PLAY MODE repeatedly until “SHUFFLE” appears in stop mode. Press N. Shuffle Play starts. To cancel Shuffle Play Press x to stop Shuffle Play, then press PLAY MODE repeatedly until “SHUFFLE”...
  • Page 19: Programming Md Tracks

    Programming MD tracks — Programme Play You can make a programme of up to 25 tracks in the order you want them to be played. Press MD to switch the function to MD. Press PLAY MODE repeatedly until “PROGRAM” appears in stop mode. Press the track number of the track you want to listen to.
  • Page 20: Playing Md Tracks Repeatedly

    Programming MD tracks (continued) Do this Press x, then press PLAY MODE Cancel Programme repeatedly until “PROGRAM” and Play “SHUFFLE” disappear. Add a track to Do step 3. the programme (in stop mode) Erase the entire Do steps 1 and 2, then press and programme hold CLEAR.
  • Page 21: Using The Md Display

    Using the MD display You can check the total number of tracks, the total playing time and the remaining time on the MD. DISPLAY , Press DISPLAY. Each time you press the button during normal play or in stop mode, the display changes as follows: During normal play t Elapsed playing time and the track...
  • Page 22: The Md Deck - Recording

    The MD Deck — Recording Before you start recording MDs (MiniDisc) let you digitally record and play music with high quality sound. Another feature of MDs is track marking. The track marking feature lets you quickly locate a specific point or easily edit the recorded tracks.
  • Page 23: Recording A Cd On An Md - Cd-md Synchro Recording

    Recording a CD on an — CD-MD Synchro Recording You can make a digital recording of a CD on an MD, marking track numbers in the same sequence as the original CD. You can also record a programme of favourite tracks (see page 24).
  • Page 24: Recording Your Favourite Cd Tracks On An Md - Cd-md Synchro Recording

    Recording a CD on an MD (continued) Press H on the MD deck. Recording starts. When the recording is completed, the CD player and the MD deck stop automatically. Do this Press s on the MD deck or CD Stop recording player.
  • Page 25: Recording On An Md

    Selecting the tracks Press CD on the remote to switch the function to CD. Place a CD. Press PLAY MODE on the remote repeatedly until “PROGRAM” appears. Press the track number of the track you want to record. To select track number 11 and higher Press >10 once and then the number buttons of the track number.
  • Page 26: Recording Your Favourite Portions

    Recording your favourite portions on an MD — Manual Recording If you use a partially recorded MD, recording starts after the recorded tracks. To stop recording Press s on the MD deck. Tips • If you turn FUNCTION during recording, the MD deck and the CD player automatically stop.
  • Page 27: Recording From The Radio

    Recording from the radio — Manual Recording You can make an analogue recording of a radio programme on an MD. Insert a recordable MD. Press TUNER/BAND repeatedly to select “AM” or “FM”. Press TUNING MODE repeatedly until “PRESET” appears. Press TUNING + or – to select the desired preset station.
  • Page 28: Making A Space Between Tracks

    Making a space between tracks 3 seconds long The Smart Space function lets you make the blank spaces between tracks 3 seconds long automatically while making a digital recording from a CD. For other types of recording, if the Smart Space function is on and there is no sound input for about 3 seconds or more (but less than 30 seconds) while recording, the MD deck replaces this silence with a blank of about 3 seconds and...
  • Page 29: Starting Recording With 6 Seconds Of

    Press H on the MD deck. Recording starts. If there is an extended silence of less than 30 seconds, “Smart Space” appears, and the MD deck replaces the silence with a blank of about 3 seconds and continues recording. If there is no sound input for 30 seconds or more, “Auto Cut”...
  • Page 30 Starting recording with 6 seconds of prestored audio data (continued) Insert a recordable MD. Turn FUNCTION until the desired sound source (i.e., TUNER) to record appears. Press z REC. The MD deck stands by for recording. Start playing the desired sound source to record.
  • Page 31: Marking Track Numbers

    Marking track numbers You can mark track numbers as follows: • Automatically during recording Track numbers are automatically marked as on the original source during recording from this system’s CD player or components connected to the DIGITAL OPTICAL AUX IN jack. Use the Level Synchro Recording function to automatically mark track numbers during recording from this system’s tuner, the optional...
  • Page 32: Adjusting The Recording Level

    Marking track numbers (continued) Marking track numbers at a specific point during recording — Track Mark You can mark track numbers at any time during recording, regardless of the type of sound source. z REC , Press z REC during recording at the point you want to add a track mark.
  • Page 33: Monaural Recording

    Turn l/L to adjust the recording level. The sound source and recording level are displayed. The recording level can be adjusted from –12 to +12. While monitoring the sound, adjust to the optimum level while making sure that “OVER” does not appear in the display at the loudest portion.
  • Page 34 Monaural recording (continued) Turn l/L until “MD Stereo Rec” (or “MD Mono Rec”) appears, then press ENTER/YES. Turn l/L until “MD Mono Rec” appears, then press ENTER/YES. “MONO” lights up. Turn FUNCTION to select the desired sound source (e.g., TUNER) to record. Press z REC.
  • Page 35: The Md Deck - Editing

    The MD Deck — Editing Before you start editing You can edit the recorded tracks on an MD. By using the editing functions, you can create a new sequence to the recorded MD. Editing functions • Name — Labelling MDs (page 36) Use this function to label discs and tracks.
  • Page 36: Labelling An Md - Name Function

    Labelling an MD — Name Function You can create titles for your recorded MDs and tracks as follows. During recording If “CD-TEXT” flashes in the display during recording a CD, you can record the CD disc title on the MD (see page 25). After recording Use the Name function on this page.
  • Page 37 Repeat steps 3 to 5 to complete the entire title. If you made a mistake Press CURSORT or t until the character you want to change flashes, then repeat steps 3 to 5. To erase a character Press CURSORT or t until the character you want to erase flashes, then press CLEAR.
  • Page 38: Erasing Recordings - Erase Function

    Erasing recordings — Erase Function The MD deck lets you erase unwanted tracks quickly and easily. You can restore the contents to the condition before erasing (unerase) by using the Undo function. Note, however, you cannot undo an edit after performing any additional edits. The three options for erasing recordings are: •...
  • Page 39: Erasing A Portion Of A Track

    To cancel Track Erase Press MENU/NO before completing the procedure. To return to the condition before Track Erase You can return to the original condition immediately after erasing the track by using the Undo function (see page 45). Note “Erase???” appears when the track was recorded or edited on another deck and is protected.
  • Page 40 Erasing recordings (continued) 4,6,10 Press MD to switch the function to MD. While playing an MD, press X at the starting point of the portion to be erased (point A). The MD deck pauses for play. Press MENU/NO to display “MD Edit Menu”.
  • Page 41: Moving Recorded Tracks

    To return to the condition before A-B Erase You can return to the original condition immediately after erasing the track by using the Undo function (see page 45). Note If “Impossible” appears, the specified portion cannot be erased. This happens when you have edited the same track many times.
  • Page 42: Dividing Recorded Tracks

    Moving recorded tracks (continued) Press . or > repeatedly until “MD Move ?” appears, then press ENTER/YES. Press . or > repeatedly until the desired track number to move appears, then press ENTER/YES. Press . or > repeatedly until the new track position appears.
  • Page 43 Press MD to switch the function to MD. Press MENU/NO to display “MD Edit Menu”. Press . or > repeatedly until “MD Divide ?” appears, then press ENTER/YES. Press . or > repeatedly until the desired track number to divide appears, then press ENTER/YES.
  • Page 44: Combining Recorded Tracks

    Combining recorded tracks — Combine Function You can use this function to combine 2 tracks into a single track. The total number of tracks decreases by one and all tracks following the combined ones are renumbered. Example: Combining track 3 to track 1. Track number Original...
  • Page 45: Undoing The Last Edit

    To cancel combining Press MENU/NO before completing the procedure. To return to the condition before Combine You can return to the original condition immediately after combining the tracks by using the Undo function (see this page). You can also return to the original condition by using the Divide function (see page 42).
  • Page 46: Presetting Radio Stations

    Undoing the last edit (continued) Press ENTER/YES. One of the following messages appears, depending on the last edit. Editing done Message Labelling a track or an MD “MD Name Undo?” Erasing labelled titles Erasing a single track Erasing all tracks “MD Erase Undo?”...
  • Page 47 Press TUNING MODE repeatedly until “AUTO” appears. Press m or M. The frequency indication changes and the scanning stops when the system tunes in a station. “TUNED” and “STEREO” (for a stereo programme) appear. When you want to stop scanning, press TUNING MODE.
  • Page 48: Listening To The Radio - Preset Tuning

    Listening to the radio — Preset Tuning Preset radio stations in the tuner’s memory first (see page 46). To turn on the system, press ?/1 (power). Press BAND TUNER repeatedly to select “AM” or “FM”. Press TUNING MODE repeatedly until “PRESET”...
  • Page 49: Labelling The Preset Stations

    Tips • You can switch from another source to the tuner just by pressing TUNER/BAND on the tuner (Automatic Source Selection). • To improve broadcast reception, adjust the supplied aerials, or connect a commercially available external aerial (see page 60). •...
  • Page 50 Labelling the preset stations (continued) Press NAME EDIT. The text input screen appears, and the cursor flashes. Press CHARACTER repeatedly to select the desired type of character. Each time you press the button, the display changes as follows: A (Upper cases) t a (Lower cases) t 0 (Numbers) t ! (Symbols) t space) t A (Upper cases) t …...
  • Page 51: Using The Radio Data System (rds)

    Using the Radio Data System (RDS) (European model only) What is the Radio Data System? Radio Data System (RDS) is a broadcasting service that allows radio stations to send additional information along with the regular programme signal. RDS is available only on FM stations*.
  • Page 52: Waking Up To Music - Daily Timer

    Falling asleep to music (continued) Tips • You can use Sleep Timer, even if you have not set the clock. • The optional tape deck TC-SP55 also automatically turns off after the tape finishes playing if you select “SLEEP AUTO”. Notes •...
  • Page 53 Press VOLUME + or – to adjust the volume. Press CLOCK/TIMER SET. Press . or > repeatedly to display “SET DAILY”, then press ENTER/ YES. The hour indication flashes. Set the time to start play. Press . or > repeatedly to set the hour, then press ENTER/YES.
  • Page 54: Timer Recording Radio Programmes

    Timer recording radio programmes To timer record, you must first preset the radio station (see page 46) and set the clock (see page 8). You can make a timer recording of a radio programme or the audio signal from a digital component connected to AUX IN (see page 57).
  • Page 55 When you press ENTER/YES, the start time, stop time and other setting contents appear in turn, then the original display returns. “REC” lights up. Note You cannot activate another tape deck (except for the optional tape deck TC-SP55) with this system’s recording timer.
  • Page 56: Adjusting The Sound

    Adjusting the sound You can adjust the bass and treble using the DSG (Dynamic Sound Generator) function. DSG ON/OFF DSG FREQUENCY LOW Generating a more dynamic sound , Press DSG ON/OFF. When DSG is on, “DSG” lights up. Adjusting the bass , Press DSG ON/OFF to display “DSG”, Adjusting the treble , Press DSG ON/OFF to display “DSG”,...
  • Page 57: Optional Components

    Optional Components Connecting a digital component Connect the digital component using audio cords (not supplied) and an optical cable (square optical connector, not supplied). The digital audio signal from the connected component is digitally recorded to the MD. The analogue connection is for monitoring the audio, and the digital connection is for recording.
  • Page 58: Connecting An Analogue Component

    Connecting a digital component (continued) Notes • Digital recording is prohibited for most DVD software. To record DVD software for which digital recording is prohibited, disconnect the optical cable and make an analogue recording. • A built-in sampling rate converter lets you make a digital recording of the sound from a digital component to the MD deck regardless of the source frequency (32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48.0 kHz).
  • Page 59 Tuner Tape deck MD deck Switch the function to “TAPE” when listening to or recording the sound of the TC-SP55 tape deck. Connecting another tape deck, TV, VCR, etc. Connect the component to the AUX IN and OUT jacks on the rear panel of the tuner. To the audio output To the audio input of an analogue...
  • Page 60: Connecting External Aerials

    Connecting an analogue component (continued) When “OVER” lights up during recording from the connected components A signal in excess of the specified level was input during recording. Perform the following operations and then record the source again. 1 Press MENU/NO twice during recording or recording pause.
  • Page 61: Additional Information

    AM aerial Connect a 6- to 15- meter insulated wire to the AM aerial terminal. Leave the supplied AM loop aerial connected. Insulated wire (not supplied) Important If you connect an external aerial, connect a ground wire to the U terminal. To prevent a gas explosion, do not connect the ground wire to a gas pipe.
  • Page 62: Notes On Cds

    • Before you move the system, turn off the system and make sure all operations have finished. If you have any questions or problems concerning your system, please consult your nearest Sony dealer. On the speaker system This speaker system is magnetically shielded and can be used near TV sets.
  • Page 63: System Limitations Of Mds

    System limitations of The recording system in your MD deck has the limitations described below. Note, however, that these limitations are due to the inherent nature of the MD recording system itself, not to mechanical causes. “MD Disc Full” appears before the MD has reached the maximum recording time When 255 tracks have been recorded on the MD,...
  • Page 64: Troubleshooting

    Should any problem persist, consult your nearest Sony dealer. When bringing the system in for repairs, be sure to bring in the entire system. This product is a system product, and the entire system is needed to determine the location requiring repair.
  • Page 65 • Locate the aerials as far away from the speaker cords as possible. • Consult your nearest Sony dealer if the supplied AM aerial has come off the plastic stand. • Try turning off surrounding electrical equipments.
  • Page 66 Troubleshooting (continued) Play does not start from the first track. • Press PLAY MODE repeatedly while the MD deck is in stop mode until “PROGRAM” or “SHUFFLE” disappears to return to normal play. “- OVER -” appears. • Keep pressing m on the MD deck or turn l/L on the MD deck counter- clockwise to return to the desired playing position.
  • Page 67: Self-diagnosis Display

    To solve the problem refer to the following list. If any problem persists, consult your nearest Sony dealer. C11/Protected The MD is protected against erasure. cRemove the MD and slide the tab to close the slot (see page 22).
  • Page 68: Messages

    Messages One of the following messages may appear or flash in the display during operation. Auto Cut The MD deck is pausing the recording because silence continued for 30 seconds or more during digital recording. Blank Disc The inserted recordable MD is new, or all tracks on the MD have been erased.
  • Page 69: Specifications

    TOC Reading The MD deck is reading the TOC information of the MD. TOC Writing The MD deck is writing the information of recorded or edited contents. Track End You have reached the end of the track while adjusting the dividing point during the Divide function.
  • Page 70 Specifications (continued) Other models: DIN power output (Rated): 25 + 25 watts (8 ohms at 1 kHz, DIN, 240 V) 22 + 22 watts (8 ohms at 1 kHz, DIN, 220 V) Continuous RMS power output (Reference): 30 + 30 watts (8 ohms at 1 kHz, 10% THD, 240 V) 28 + 28 watts (8 ohms at 1 kHz, 10% THD, 220 V)
  • Page 71: Index

    Index A-B Erase Function 39 Adjusting the bass 56 the operating voltage 7 the recording level 32 the sound 56 the treble 56 the volume 9, 17, 48 Aerials 6, 60, 61 After editing 35 recording 22 All Erase Function 39 Analogue recording 22, 58 Auto Cut 28 Automatic Source Selection...
  • Page 72 Timer falling asleep to music 51 timer-recording 54 waking up to music 52 Track Erase Function 38 Track marking 31, 42 Troubleshooting 64 Tuning interval 47 U, V, W, X, Y, Z Undo Function 45 Sony Corporation Printed in Malaysia...

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