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Sony MHC-GS200 Operating Instructions Manual

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Operating Instructions

Owner's Record
The model and serial numbers are located on 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. _______________
© 2002 Sony Corporation
Serial No. _______________


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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    Owner’s Record The model and serial numbers are located on 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. _______________...
  • Page 2 ® is a U.S. registered Note to CATV system installer: ® partner, Sony This reminder is provided to call the CATV system installer’s attention to Article 820-40 of the NEC that ® provides guidelines for proper grounding and, in...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents List of Button Locations and Reference Pages Main unit ... 4 Remote Control ... 6 Getting Started Hooking up the system ... 8 Inserting two size AA (R6) batteries into the remote ... 10 Setting up your speakers for Dolby Pro Logic* ...
  • Page 4: List Of Button Locations And Reference Pages

    List of Button Locations and Reference Pages How to use this page Use this page to find the location of buttons and other parts of the system that are mentioned in the text. Main unit MHC-GS300AV ALPHABETICAL ORDER A – O 5.1CH/VIDEO (MD) wg (35 –...
  • Page 5 MHC-GS200 ALPHABETICAL ORDER A – O ALBM +/– 4 (19) AUDIO IN L/R jacks qk (34) CD wj (14 – 17, 19, 24) CD SYNC 0 (24, 25) CLEAR wa (16, 22, 39) DISC SELECT qf (13 – 17, 19, 24) DISPLAY wl (22, 29, 30, 39) Display window 2 ENTER ws (15 –...
  • Page 6: Remote Control

    Remote Control For MHC-GS300AV ALPHABETICAL ORDER A – O 5.1CH wg (36) ALBM +/ALBM – qa qk (19) BALANCE LEFT/RIGHT 2 (12) CD wd (14 – 17, 19, 24) CENTER +/– 4 (12) DISC +/DISC – qs qj (13 – 16, 19) DISPLAY 8 (22, 29, 30) GAME 6 (30) GROOVE qf (26)
  • Page 7 For MHC-GS200 ALPHABETICAL ORDER A – O ALBM +/ALBM – qd w; (19) CD wg (14 – 17, 19, 24) CD SYNC wf (24, 25) DISC +/DISC – qf ql (13 – 16, 19) DISPLAY wh (22, 29, 30) ENTER 5 (15 – 17, 20 – 22, 25, 26, 32) GAME 6 (30) GROOVE qh (26)
  • Page 8: Getting Started

    Getting Started Hooking up the system Perform the following procedure 1 to 5 to hook up your system using the supplied cords and accessories. MHC-GS300AV is the model used for illustration purpose. Rear surround speaker (Right)* Front speaker (Right) * MHC-GS300AV only AM loop antenna FM antenna Center surround speaker*...
  • Page 9 1 Connect the front speakers. Connect the speaker cords to the FRONT SPEAKER jacks on the unit as shown below. Insert only the stripped portion Solid (3) Stripe (#) 2 Connect the rear surround speakers. (MHC-GS300AV only) Connect the speaker cords to the SURROUND SPEAKER REAR jacks on the unit and to the jacks on the rear surround speakers as shown below.
  • Page 10: Inserting Two Size Aa (r6) Batteries Into The Remote

    Hooking up the system (continued) 5 Connect the power cord to a wall outlet. The demonstration appears in the display. When you press ?/1, the system turns on and the demonstration automatically ends. Note on placement Be sure to place this unit on a horizontal place. If the unit is slanted, it may cause malfunction or damage to the system.
  • Page 11: Setting Up Your Speakers For Dolby Pro Logic

    Setting up your speakers for Dolby Pro Logic (MHC-GS300AV only) Positioning the speakers Center Front (L) Rear (L) Each speaker should face the listening position. Better surround effect will result if all speakers are set at the same distance from the listening position.
  • Page 12: Setting The Clock

    Setting up your speakers for Dolby Pro Logic (continued) Adjusting the speaker volume of each speaker — Test tone Press DOLBY PRO LOGIC (or PRO LOGIC on the remote). “DOLBY PL ON” appears. Press TEST TONE on the remote. The test tone is heard from the speakers in the following order and the display changes as in the parentheses.
  • Page 13: Cd/mp3 Files

    CD/MP3 files Loading a CD You can load up to 60 discs into this unit. Turn on the system before you load discs. You can also load and play discs with MP3 files. See “Playing a disc with MP3 files” on page 18 for MP3 files.
  • Page 14: Shuffle Play/repeat Play

    CDs. It may damage the unit or the disc. • If you drop a disc into the unit and the CD will not go into the slot correctly, consult your nearest Sony dealer. • When transporting the unit, remove all discs from the unit.
  • Page 15: Programing Cd Tracks - Program Play

    Note “ALBM” or “ALBM SHUF” appears even if you have selected a non-MP3 disc or an MP3 disc with no folders. In this case, the disc is played in the “1 DISC” or “1 DISC SHUF” play mode, respectively. See “Playing a disc with MP3 files” on page 18 for MP3 files.
  • Page 16: Labeling A Cd - Disc Memo

    Programing CD tracks (continued) Other Operations Do this Cancel Program Press PLAY MODE/DIRECTION play (or PLAY MODE on the remote*) repeatedly until “PGM” disappears. Press . or > repeatedly Check the program during Program Play. Clear a track or Press CLEAR in stop mode. disc from the Clear the entire Press and hold CLEAR in stop...
  • Page 17 Press M. The character you selected in step 6 stops flashing and the cursor shifts to the right. Repeat steps 6 and 7 to complete the entire title. If you make a mistake Press m or M until the character you want to change flashes, then repeat steps 6 and 7.
  • Page 18: Playing A Disc With Mp3 Files

    Playing a disc with MP3 files About MP3 files MP3 (MPEG 1 Audio Layer-3) is a standard technology and format for compressing a sound sequence. The file is compressed to about 1/10 of its original size. Sounds outside the range of human hearing are compressed while the sounds we can hear are not compressed.
  • Page 19 The playback order of the MP3 files The playback order of the folders and files is as follows: Tree 1 Tree 2 Tree 3 Tree 4 (root) Notes • When the disc is inserted, the player reads all the files on that disc. If there are many folders or non- MP3 files on the disc, it may take a long time for play to begin or for the next MP3 file to start play.
  • Page 20: 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. Method Automatically tune in Automatic Tuning Preset...
  • Page 21: Setting Presets Through Manual Tuning

    Setting presets through manual tuning Press TUNER/BAND repeatedly to select “FM” or “AM”. Press TUNING – or + repeatedly to tune in the desired station. Press MENU. Press PRESET – or + repeatedly until “MEMORY” appears, then press ENTER. A preset number appears. Press PRESET –...
  • Page 22: Listening To The Radio

    Listening to the radio You can listen to a radio station either by selecting a preset station, or by manually tuning in the station. Listening to a preset station — Preset Tuning Preset radio stations in the tuner’s memory first (see “Presetting radio stations”...
  • Page 23: Tape

    Tape Loading a tape You can use only TYPE I (normal) tape. Press Z PUSH on the tape deck. Insert a tape with the side you want to play/record facing up. With the side you want to play/record facing up Playing a tape Load a tape.
  • Page 24: Recording To A Tape

    Recording to a tape — CD Synchro Recording/Recording Manually/Program Edit You can record from a CD (or connected components) or radio. The recording level is adjusted automatically. Recording from a CD Steps (CD Synchro Recording) Load a recordable tape into the deck. Press CD.
  • Page 25: Timer-recording Radio Programs

    Recording a CD by specifying track order — Program Edit When programing, make sure the playing times for each side do not exceed the length of one side of the tape. Load a recordable tape into the deck. Program CD tracks following step 1 to 6 in “Programing CD tracks”...
  • Page 26: Sound Adjustment

    Timer-recording radio programs (continued) Other Operations Do this Check the Press TIMER SELECT and press setting . or > repeatedly to select “REC”. Then, press ENTER. To change the setting, start over from step 1. Cancel the Press TIMER SELECT and press .
  • Page 27: Selecting The Sound Effect

    Selecting the sound effect The preset music menu lets you select the sound characteristics according to the sound you are listening to. Selecting the effect from the music menu Press PRESET EQ* repeatedly to select the preset you want. The preset name appears in the display. See the chart “Sound effect options”.
  • Page 28: Enjoying Dolby Pro Logic Surround Sound

    Enjoying Dolby Pro Logic Surround sound (MHC-GS300AV only) You can enjoy Dolby Pro Logic Surround sound from Dolby Surround-encoded ) video tapes. Complete the setup and adjustments first (see page 11). Press DOLBY PRO LOGIC (or PRO LOGIC on the remote) while playing a program source.
  • Page 29: Display

    Display Turning off the display — Power Saving Mode The demonstration display (display window and buttons lighting and flashing even when the system power is off) and the clock display can be turned off to minimize the amount of power consumed during standby (Power Saving Mode).
  • Page 30: Other Features

    Using the display (continued) Checking the total playing time Press DISPLAY repeatedly in stop mode. Each time you press the button, the display changes cyclically as follows: TOC display* or total folder number of the disc* or total number of the current folder* t Disc Memo or Disc title* t Clock display t Effect status TOC = Table of Contents;...
  • Page 31: Mixing Video Game Sound With Other Sound

    Mixing video game sound with other sound source — Game Mixing Connect a video game player (see “Hooking up optional components” on page 34). Press the function button of the desired source. Press GAME MIXING. Each time you press the button the level of the game sound changes cyclically as follows: MIXING LOW t MIXING MID t MIXING HIGH t MIXING OFF...
  • Page 32: Waking Up To Music - Daily Timer

    Waking up to music — Daily Timer You can wake up to music at a preset time. Make sure you have set the clock (see “Setting the clock” on page 12). Prepare the music source you want to play. • CD: Load a CD. To start from a specific track, make a program (see “Programing CD tracks”...
  • Page 33: Using An Optional Keyboard

    Using an Optional Keyboard Setting the keyboard You can use the Sony KB-10 keyboard (not supplied). In principle, you may use any IBM*- compatible keyboard with a PS/2 interface.** However, not all keyboards are guaranteed to work properly, so we recommend using the KB-10 keyboard.
  • Page 34: 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. Optional TV To the video input jacks of TV A OPTICAL OUT (CD) jack Use a digital optical cable (square, not supplied) to connect an optional component (such as an MD deck) to this jack.
  • Page 35: Listening To Audio From A Connected Component

    Listening to audio from a connected component Listening to the analog sound of an MD deck, a VCR, etc. Connect the audio cords. See “Hooking up optional components” on page 34. Press 5.1CH/VIDEO (MD)* to select “VIDEO” or “MD”. Start playing the connected component. To switch the VIDEO function to MD When you listen to a connected MD deck, perform the following operation.
  • Page 36: Connecting A Sub Woofer Speaker

    Connecting a sub woofer speaker (MHC-GS300AV only) You can connect an optional sub woofer speaker. To sub woofer Connecting a DVD player (MHC-GS300AV only) To the front output of To the center output of the DVD player the DVD player To the woofer output of To the rear output of the DVD player...
  • Page 37: 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. General The display starts flashing as soon as you plug in the power cord even though you have not turned on the system (See step 5 of “Hooking up...
  • Page 38 Problems and remedies (continued) There is no sound from the center speaker (for MHC-GS300AV only). • Connect the speaker cords properly (see page 9). There is no sound from the rear speakers (for MHC-GS300AV only). • Connect the speaker cords properly (see page 9). Sound lacks bass.
  • Page 39: Messages

    • Locate the antennas as far away from the speaker cords as possible. • Consult your nearest Sony dealer if the supplied AM antenna has come off the plastic stand. • Try turning off surrounding electrical equipments.
  • Page 40: Additional Information

    • 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. On the speaker system The MHC-GS200 speaker system is not magnetically shielded.
  • Page 41 Notes on CD-R and CD-RW discs This unit can play the following discs: Type of discs Label on the disc Audio CD MP3 files • Discs recorded on CD-R/CD-RW drives may not be played back because of scratches, dirt, recording condition or the drive’s characteristics.
  • Page 42: Specifications

    2 Hz – 20 kHz (±0.5 dB) 780 – 790 nm More than 90 dB More than 90 dB 660 nm –18 dBm 4-track 2-channel stereo 40 – 13,000 Hz (±3 dB), using Sony TYPE I cassette ±0.15% W.Peak (IEC) 0.1% W.RMS (NAB) ±0.2% W.Peak (DIN)
  • Page 43 FM lead antenna (1) Rear speaker cords (MHC-GS300AV only) Center speaker pads (attached to the backside of the center speaker) (MHC-GS300AV only) KB-10 The optional accessories for this system are subject to change without notice. For details, consult your nearest Sony dealer.
  • Page 44 Sony Corporation Printed in China...

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