© 2008 Sony Corporation
Printed in China
Except for customers in the U.S.A.
This appliance is classified
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock,
as a CLASS 1 LASER
do not expose this apparatus to rain or
product. This marking
is located on the rear
To prevent fire, do not cover the ventilation of the
apparatus with news papers, table-cloths, curtains, etc.
NOTICE FOR THE CUSTOMERS IN
And don't place lighted candles on the apparatus.
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not place objects filled
with liquids, such as vases, on the apparatus.
Install this system so that the power cord can be
unplugged from the wall socket immediately in the event
Do not install the appliance in a confined space, such
as a bookcase or built-in cabinet.
Batteries or batteries installed apparatus shall not be
exposed to excessive heat such as sunshine, fire or the
Hooking up the system securely
When carrying this system
Remove a disc to protect the CD mechanism.
Press on the unit to turn off the system and
confirm that "STANDBY" stops flashing.
Unplug the power cord.
FM lead antenna
Find a location and an orientation that provide good
(Extend it horizontally.)
reception, and then set up the antenna.
Keep the antennas away from the speaker cords and the
power cord to avoid picking up noise.
AM loop antenna
Connect the subwoofer to
the SUBWOOFER jack with
the subwoofer cable.
Connect the power cord to a wall socket.
If the plug does not fit the wall socket,
detach the supplied plug adaptor (only
for models equipped with an adaptor).
Note on DualDiscs
This symbol is intended to alert the
user to the presence of uninsulated
A DualDisc is a two sided disc product which mates
"dangerous voltage" within the
DVD recorded material on one side with digital
product's enclosure that may be of
audio material on the other side. However, since the
sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk
audio material side does not conform to the Compact
of electric shock to persons.
Disc (CD) standard, playback on this product is not
This symbol is intended to alert the
user to the presence of important
Music discs encoded with copyright
operating and maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature
This product is designed to playback discs that conform
accompanying the appliance.
to the Compact Disc (CD) standard. Recently, various
music discs encoded with copyright protection
technologies are marketed by some record companies.
The model and serial numbers are located on the rear of
Please be aware that among those discs, there are some
the unit. Record the serial number in the space provided
that do not conform to the CD standard and may not be
below. Refer to them whenever you call upon your Sony
playable by this product.
dealer regarding this product.
MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology and patents
licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson.
The use of optical instruments with this product will
increase eye hazard.
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
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and
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.
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications
not expressly approved in this manual could void your
authority to operate this equipment.
Subwoofer (MHC-EC98Pi only)
Place the subwoofer vertically to obtain a better bass reproduction.
Also, position the subwoofer:
o n a solid floor where resonance is unlikely to occur.
a t least a few centimeters away from the wall.
a way from the center of the room or place a bookshelf against a
wall, to avoid generating a standing wave.
Attach the supplied speaker pads to the bottom of the front speakers
and subwoofer to prevent slipping.
Insert only the
of the cord.
4 pads for each speaker
Left speaker (High freq.)
Left speaker (Low freq.)
* MHC-EC98Pi only
This manual mainly explains operations using the
remote, but the same operations can also be performed
using the buttons on the unit having the same or similar
Before using the system
To use the remote
Slide and remove the battery compartment lid
insert the two R6 (size AA) batteries (supplied), side
first, matching the polarities shown below.
Notes on using the remote
With normal use, the batteries should last for about six months.
Do not mix an old battery with a new one or mix different types of
If you do not use the remote for a long period of time, remove the
batteries to avoid damage from battery leakage and corrosion.
Batteries installed devices shall not be exposed to excessive heat such
as sunshine, fire or the like.
To set the clock
Turn on the system.
to turn on the system.
Select the clock set mode.
Press TIMER MENU
. The hour indication flashes.
If "PLAY SET" flashes, press /
select "CLOCK, " and then press
Set the time.
repeatedly to set the hour, then press
. The minute indication flashes.
Use the same procedure to set the minutes.
4 pads (MHC-EC98Pi only)
The clock settings are lost when you disconnect the power cord or if a
power failure occurs.
Adjusting the sound
Listening to the radio
Select "TUNER FM" or "TUNER AM. "
To adjust the volume
Press FUNCTION +/ (or FUNCTION on the unit)
Press VOLUME +/ (or turn the VOLUME control on
Select the tuning mode.
To add a sound effect
Press TUNING MODE
repeatedly until "AUTO"
Generate a more dynamic
on the unit.
Tune in the desired station.
sound (Dynamic Sound
Press +/ (or TUNING +/ on the unit)
Scanning stops automatically when a station is tuned
Set the sound effect
in, and then "TUNED" and "ST" (for stereo programs)
To turn on the subwoofer (MHC-EC98Pi only)
Press SUBWOOFER ON/OFF
on the unit until
"SUBWOOFER" appears. The volume of the subwoofer is
linked to the front speakers.
To stop automatic scanning
Playing a CD/MP3 disc
Select the CD function.
To tune in a station with a weak signal
Press FUNCTION +/ (or FUNCTION on the unit)
If "TUNED" does not appear and the scanning does
not stop, press TUNING MODE
"MANUAL" appears, and then press +/ (or TUNING
Place a disc.
+/ on the unit)
repeatedly to tune in the desired
on the unit, and place a disc
with the label side up on the disc tray.
To close the disc tray, press (open/close)
To reduce static noise on a weak FM stereo
Do not force the disc tray closed with your finger, as
Press FM MODE
repeatedly until "MONO" appears
to turn off stereo reception.
this may damage the unit.
Changing the display
system is turned on.
mode (See below.)
system is turned off.
* For example, you can view CD/MP3 disc information, such as;
track or file number during normal play.
track or file name (" ") during normal play.
artist name (" ") during normal play.
album or folder name ("
") during normal play.
. To resume play,
total playing time while the player is stopped.
press the button again.
The system offers the following display modes.
When the system is off,
Select a folder on an
+/ (select folder)
The display is turned off to conserve
power. The timer and clock continue
Select a track or file
/ (go back/go forward)
(or / on the unit)
The clock is displayed.
Find a point in a
Hold down / (rewind/fast
track or file
during playback, and
You cannot set the clock in Power Saving Mode.
The clock display automatically turns to Power Saving Mode after
release the button at the desired
Notes on the display information
Select Repeat Play
Characters that cannot be displayed appear as "_".
"REP" or "REP1" appears.
The following are not displayed;
total playing time for an MP3 disc.
remaining playing time for an MP3 file.
To change the play mode
The following are not displayed correctly;
Press PLAY MODE
repeatedly while the player is
elapsed playing time of an MP3 file encoded using VBR (variable
stopped. You can select normal play (no display or "
" for all MP3 files in the folder on the disc), shuffle play
folder and file names that do not follow either ISO9660 Level 1,
("SHUF" or "
SHUF*" for folder shuffle), or program
Level 2 or Joliet in the expansion format.
The following are displayed;
total playing time for a CD-DA disc during normal play.
* When playing a CD-DA disc,
(SHUF) Play performs the same
remaining playing time for a track.
operation as normal (SHUF) Play.
ID3 tag information for MP3 files when ID3 version 1 and
Notes on Repeat Play
version 2 tags are used (ID3 version 2 tag information display has
All tracks or files on a disc are played repeatedly up to five times.
priority when both ID3 version 1 and version 2 tags are used for a
"REP1" indicates that a single track or file is repeated until you stop
single MP3 file).
up to 15 characters of ID3 tag information using uppercase letters
(A to Z), numbers (0 to 9), and symbols ('< > * + , – / @ [ \ ] _).
Notes on playing MP3 discs
Do not save other types of tracks or files or unnecessary folders on a
disc that has MP3 files.
Folders that have no MP3 files are skipped.
MP3 files are played back in the order that they are recorded onto
The system can only play MP3 files that have a file extension of
If there are files on the disc that have the ".MP3" file extension,
but that are not MP3 files, the unit may produce noise or may
The maximum number of:
folders is 150 (including the root folder).
MP3 files is 255.
MP3 files and folders that can be contained on a single disc is 300.
folder levels (the tree structure of files) is 8.
Compatibility with all MP3 encoding/writing software, recording
device, and recording media cannot be guaranteed. Incompatible
MP3 discs may produce noise or interrupted audio or may not play
Notes on playing multisession discs
If the disc begins with a CD-DA (or MP3) session, it is recognized
as a CD-DA (or MP3) disc, and playback continues until another
session is encountered.
A disc with a mixed CD format is recognized as a CD-DA (audio)
Using optional audio components
To connect an optional headphones
Connect headphones to the PHONES jack
To connect an optional component
Connect additional audio source components to the
AUDIO IN jack
on the unit using an analog audio
cord (not supplied). Turn down the volume on the
system, and then select the AUDIO IN function.
To connect a DIGITAL MEDIA PORT adaptor
Connect the DIGITAL MEDIA PORT adaptor to the
on the unit. You need to connect the
DIGITAL MEDIA PORT adaptor to an optional audio
device (portable audio player, etc.).
Notes on DIGITAL MEDIA PORT adaptor
Available DIGITAL MEDIA PORT adaptors vary in each area.
Do not connect an adaptor other than the DIGITAL MEDIA PORT
Do not connect or disconnect the DIGITAL MEDIA PORT adaptor
to/from the DMPORT
while the system is on.
When using a DIGITAL MEDIA PORT adaptor that has video
output function, connect the adaptor directly to the TV.
For details about the DIGITAL MEDIA PORT adaptor, refer to the
operating instructions supplied with your DIGITAL MEDIA PORT
repeatedly when the
repeatedly when the