Sony MHC-GN900 Operating Instructions Manual

Sony MHC-GN900 Operating Instructions Manual

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Operating Instructions
Owner's Record
The model and serial numbers are located at the rear of the unit. Record the serial
number in the space provided below. Refer to them whenever you call upon your
Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No.
© 2003 Sony Corporation
4-244-569-13 (3)
Serial No.
MHC-GN800 4-244-569-13 (3)


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  • Page 1 Owner’s Record The model and serial numbers are located at the rear of the unit. Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to them whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. MHC-GN900...
  • Page 2 NERGY ® is a U.S. registered mark. ® As an NERGY Sony Corporation has determined that this product meets the ® NERGY guidelines for energy efficiency. MHC-GN800 4-244-569-13 (3) partner,...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    The instructions in this manual are for models MHC-GN900, MHC-GN800, MHC- GN700, MHC-GX8800 and MHC-GN600. In this manual, the MHC-GN800 is used for illustration purposes unless stated otherwise. The MHC-GN900 consists of the following components: – Tuner/CD player/Stereo cassette deck/Amplifier (main unit) HCD-GN900 –...
  • Page 4 Table of Contents (continued) Tuner Presetting radio stations ... 14 Listening to the radio –– Preset Tuning ... 15 –– Manual Tuning ... 15 Tape Loading a tape ... 16 Playing a tape ... 16 Recording to a tape –– CD Synchro Recording/ Recording Manually/ Program Edit ...
  • Page 5: Main Unit

    REC PAUSE/START qk (17, 18, REPEAT 8 (11, 12) SURROUND (MHC-GN900/ GN600 only) w; (22) SURROUND SPEAKER MODE (except for MHC-GN900/ GN600) w; (20) TAPE A/B ek (16, 17) TUNER/BAND el (14, 15) TUNER MEMORY 7 (14) VOLUME ws (20, 30)
  • Page 6: Subwoofer 1)

    PRESET EQ qj (21) P FILE qh (21, 22) SURROUND (MHC-GN900/ GN600 only) qs (22) SURROUND SPEAKER MODE (except for MHC-GN900/ GN600) qs (20) SLEEP 1 (26) TAPE A/B qa (16, 17) TUNER/BAND qk (14, 15) TUNING – wa (14, 15) TUNING + ws (14, 15) VOL +/–...
  • Page 7: Getting Started

    Getting Started Hooking up the system Do the following procedure 1 to 6 to hook up your system using the supplied cords and accessories. Subwoofer (MHC-GN800 only) Front speaker (Right) Surround speaker (Right) (MHC-GN800/ GN700/GX8800 only) 1 Connect the front speakers. Connect the speaker cords to the FRONT SPEAKER terminals.
  • Page 8 3 Connect the subwoofer (MHC-GN800 only). Connect the subwoofer cords to the SUBWOOFER terminals and the system cord to the SYSTEM CONTROL jack. Be sure to match the color of the cord and terminals/jacks. SUBWOOFER terminals Insert only the stripped portion. Grey Grey/Solid (3) Black/Stripe (#)
  • Page 9: Inserting Two R6 (Size Aa) Batteries Into The Remote

    Positioning the speakers (Except for MHC-GN900/GN600) Place the front speakers at an angle of 45 degrees from your listening position. Main Unit Subwoofer * Front speaker 0.3m 45º Surround speaker * (MHC-GN800 only) Place the subwoofer at least 0.3 meters (1 feet) away from the main unit.
  • Page 10: Loading A Cd

    Loading a CD Press OPEN/CLOSE Z. The disc tray slides out. Place a CD with the label side up on the disc tray. When you play a CD single, place it on the inner circle of the tray To insert additional discs, press DISC SKIP EX-CHANGE to rotate the disc tray.
  • Page 11: Playing A Disc With Mp3 Audio Tracks

    Do this Play repeatedly Press REPEAT repeatedly to (Repeat Play) select “REP” or “REP 1” Cancel Repeat Press REPEAT until “REP” Play or “REP 1” disappears from the display. Exchange other CDs Press DISC SKIP while playing EX-CHANGE. Remove the CD Press OPEN/CLOSE Z.
  • Page 12: Playing A Disc With Mp3 Audio Tracks

    Playing a disc with MP3 audio tracks (continued) Select To play ALL DISCS All discs in the disc tray (Normal Play) continuously. 1 DISC The disc you have selected in the (Normal Play) original order. ALBM The album you have selected in (Normal Play) the original order.
  • Page 13: Programming The Cd Tracks

    • An album that does not include an MP3 audio track is skipped. • Maximum album number: 150 (including root folder). • The maximum number of MP3 audio tracks and albums that can be contained in a single disc is 300. •...
  • Page 14: Tuner

    Tuner Presetting radio stations You can preset up to 20 FM stations and 10 AM stations. You can then tune in any of those stations simply by selecting the corresponding preset number. There are two ways to store the station presets. Do this Automatically tune in Setting presets through...
  • Page 15: Listening To The Radio

    Other Operations Do this Tune in a station Follow the procedure described with a weak signal in “Setting presets through manual tuning”. Set another Start over from step 1. After step station to an 3, press > or . (or existing preset PRESET + or –...
  • Page 16: Tape

    Tape Loading a tape Press TAPE A/B repeatedly to select Deck A or B. Press Z on the selected deck. Insert a tape in deck A or B. Insert with the side you want to play/record facing forward. Playing a tape Load a tape.
  • Page 17: Recording To A Tape -- Cd Synchro Recording/Recording Manually/Program Edit

    Recording to a tape –– CD Synchro Recording/Recording Manually/Program Edit You can record from a CD, tape, radio or other connected components. The recording level is adjusted automatically. Recording from a CD Steps (CD Synchro Recording) Insert a recordable tape into deck B. Press CD.
  • Page 18: Timer-Recording Radio Programs

    Recording to a tape (continued) Recording a CD by specifying track order — Program Edit You can record tracks from all the CDs in the order you want. When programing, make sure the playing times for each side do not exceed the length of one side of the tape.
  • Page 19 Set the time to start recording. Press M or m repeatedly to set the hour, then press PUSH ENTER (or ENTER on the remote). The minute indication starts flashing. Press M or m repeatedly to set the minute, then press PUSH ENTER (or ENTER on the remote).
  • Page 20: Sound Adjustment

    Sound Adjustment Adjusting the sound You can reinforce the bass and create a more powerful sound. Press GROOVE repeatedly. Each time you press the button, the display changes cyclically as follows: GROOVE ON t V-GROOVE ON t GROOVE OFF GROOVE ON The volume switches to power mode and the equalizer curve changes to suit the music source.
  • Page 21: Selecting The Preset Effect

    Selecting the preset effect Press MUSIC EQ, MOVIE EQ or GAME EQ (or PRESET EQ on the remote) repeatedly to select the preset effect you want. The preset effect name appears in the display. See the chart “Preset effect options”. To cancel the effect Press EFFECT ON/OFF repeatedly until “EFFECT OFF”...
  • Page 22: Selecting The Surround Effect

    If you do not want to store a personal file, press PUSH ENTER (or ENTER on the remote) after step 1. Selecting the surround effect (MHC-GN900/GN600 only) Press SURROUND. Each time you press the button, the display changes as follows: SURROUND ON (...
  • Page 23: Display

    Display Changing the spectrum analyzer display Press AMP MENU. “SPECTRUM” appears in the display. Press PUSH ENTER (or ENTER on the remote). The last selected spectrum appears. Press < or , repeatedly to select the setting you want. The display changes as follows: SPECTRUM 1T t SPECTRUM 2 SPECTRUM 3...
  • Page 24: Using The Cd Display

    Turning off the display (continued) Tips • The @/1 indicator lights up even in Power Saving Mode. • The timer continues to operate in Power Saving Mode. • During Power Saving Mode, the following item do not functions: — Setting the time. —...
  • Page 25: Other Features

    Other Features Enhancing the video game sound — Game Sync You need to connect a video game player (see “Hooking up optional components” on page 28). Press GAME. “GAME EQ” is selected automatically. If you press GAME while the power is off, the power turns on automatically and GAME is selected as the function.
  • Page 26: Falling Asleep To Music - Sleep Timer

    Falling asleep to music — Sleep Timer You need to use the remote to activate the Sleep Timer. You can set the system to turn off at a preset time, so you can fall asleep to the music. Press SLEEP. Each time you press the button, the minute display (the turn-off time) changes cyclically as follows:...
  • Page 27 Press PUSH ENTER (or ENTER on the remote). The type of timer, followed by the start time, stop time and the music source appears, then the original display appears. Press @/1 to turn off the system. Other Operations Do this Press CLOCK/TIMER Check the setting SELECT on the remote and...
  • Page 28: Optional Components

    Optional Components Hooking up optional components To enhance your system, you can connect optional components. Refer to the operating instructions provided with each component. From the audio and video output of the video game player Video game player A VIDEO INPUT jack Use a video cable (not supplied) to connect the video output of the optional video game player to this jack.
  • Page 29: Listening To Audio From A Connected Component

    Listening to audio from a connected component Do This Listen to a 1 Connect the audio cords. connected MD deck See “Hooking up optional components” on page 28. 2 Press MD (VIDEO). Start playing the connected MD deck. Listen to a 1 Connect the audio cords.
  • Page 30: Troubleshooting

    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. When the `/1 indicator flashes Immediately unplug the power cord and check the following items.
  • Page 31 CD Player The disc tray does not open and “LOCKED” appears on the front panel display. • Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. The disc tray does not close. • The disc is not placed properly.
  • Page 32: Messages

    Problems and remedies (continued) Tape Deck The tape does not record. • The tab has been removed from the tape. Cover the broken tab with adhesive tape. • The tape has reeled to the end. The tape does not record nor play or there is a decrease in sound level.
  • Page 33: Additional Information

    To prevent a malfunction, do not cover the ventilation hole for the cooling fan. If you have any questions or problems concerning your unit, please consult your nearest Sony dealer. On operation • If the unit is brought directly from a cold to a warm location, or is placed in a very damp room, moisture may condense on the lens inside the CD player.
  • Page 34: Specifications

    MHC-GX8800 Total harmonic distortion Less than 0.1% (6 ohms at 1 kHz, 100 W) MHC-GN900 The following are measured at AC 127V, 60 Hz (Mexican model only) The following are measured at AC 120, 220, 240V 50/60 Hz (except Mexican model)
  • Page 35 (with the interval set at 10 kHz) Antenna AM loop antenna Antenna terminals External antenna terminal Intermediate frequency 450 kHz Speaker Front speaker SS-GN900 (MHC-GN900 only) Speaker system 2-way, 3-unit, bass-reflex type Speaker units Woofer: 16 cm, cone type Tweeter: 2.5 cm, dome type...
  • Page 36 Batteries (2) FM lead antenna (1) Front speaker pads (8) Surround speaker pads (8) (MHC-GN800/GN700/ GX8800 only) Subwoofer pads (4) (MHC-GN800 only) Design and specifications are subject to change without notice. GB Sony Corporation Printed in Malaysia MHC-GN800 4-244-569-13 (3)

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