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Mini HI-FI
Component
System
Operating Instructions
MHC-EC78/EC68
© 2008 Sony Corporation
Printed in China
WARNING
This appliance is classified
as a CLASS 1 LASER
product. This marking
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock,
is located on the rear
exterior.
do not expose this apparatus to rain or
moisture.
NOTICE FOR THE CUSTOMERS IN
THE UNITED KINGDOM
To prevent fire, do not cover the ventilation of the
apparatus with news papers, table-cloths, curtains, etc.
A moulded plug complying with BS1363 is fitted to this
And don't place lighted candles on the apparatus.
equipment for your safety and convenience.
Should the fuse in the plug supplied need to be replaced,
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not place objects filled
with liquids, such as vases, on the apparatus.
a fuse of the same rating as the supplied one and
approved by ASTA or BSI to BS1362, (i.e., marked with
Install this system so that the power cord can be
or
mark) must be used.
unplugged from the wall socket immediately in the event
of trouble.
If the plug supplied with this equipment has a detachable
fuse cover, be sure to attach the fuse cover after you
Do not install the appliance in a confined space, such
change the fuse. Never use the plug without the fuse
as a bookcase or built-in cabinet.
cover. If you should lose the fuse cover, please contact
your nearest Sony service station.
Batteries or batteries installed apparatus shall not be
exposed to excessive heat such as sunshine, fire or the
like.
The main plug is used as the disconnect device, the
disconnect device shall remain readily operable.
Hooking up the system securely
When carrying this system
1
Remove all discs to protect the CD mechanism.
2
Hold down CD   on the unit, and press   until
"STANDBY" appears.
3
After "LOCK" appears, unplug the power cord.
FM lead antenna
(Extend it horizontally.)
Antennas
Find a location and an orientation that provide good
reception, and then set up the antenna.
Keep the antennas away from the speaker cords and the
AM loop antenna
power cord to avoid picking up noise.
Voltage selector
For models with a voltage selector, set
VOLTAGE SELECTOR to the local
power line voltage.
Right speaker
(High freq.)
Right speaker
(Low freq.)
Power
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).
Wall socket
Disposal of Old Electrical & Electronic
Notice for the customer in the
3-294-661-12(1)
Equipment
countries applying EU Directives
(Applicable in the European Union and
The manufacturer of this product is Sony Corporation,
other European countries with separate
1-7-1 Konan Minato-ku Tokyo, 108-0075 Japan. The
collection systems)
Authorized Representative for EMC and product safety is
Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger Strasse 61, 70327
This symbol on the product or on its packaging indicates
Stuttgart, Germany. For any service or guarantee matters
that this product shall not be treated as household
please refer to the addresses given in separate service or
waste. Instead it shall be handed over to the applicable
guarantee documents.
collection point for the recycling of electrical and
electronic equipment. By ensuring this product is
Note on DualDiscs
disposed of correctly, you will help prevent potential
negative consequences for the environment and human
A DualDisc is a two sided disc product which mates
health, which could otherwise be caused by inappropriate
DVD recorded material on one side with digital
waste handling of this product. The recycling of materials
audio material on the other side. However, since the
will help to conserve natural resources. For more detailed
audio material side does not conform to the Compact
information about recycling of this product, please
Disc (CD) standard, playback on this product is not
contact your local Civic Office, your household waste
guaranteed.
disposal service or the shop where you purchased the
Music discs encoded with copyright
product.
protection technologies
Disposal of waste batteries (applicable in
This product is designed to playback discs that conform
the European Union and other European
to the Compact Disc (CD) standard. Recently, various
countries with separate collection
music discs encoded with copyright protection
systems)
technologies are marketed by some record companies.
Please be aware that among those discs, there are some
that do not conform to the CD standard and may not be
This symbol on the battery or on the packaging indicates
playable by this product.
that the battery provided with this product shall not be
treated as household waste. By ensuring these batteries
are disposed of correctly, you will help prevent potentially
MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology and patents
negative consequences for the environment and human
licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson.
health which could otherwise be caused by inappropriate
waste handling of the battery. The recycling of the
materials will help to conserve natural resources.
In case of products that for safety, performance or data
integrity reasons require a permanent connection with an
incorporated battery, this battery should be replaced by
qualified service staff only. To ensure that the battery will
be treated properly, hand over the product at end-of-life
to the applicable collection point for the recycling of
electrical and electronic equipment.
For all other batteries, please view the section on how
to remove the battery from the product safely. Hand the
battery over to the applicable collection point for the
recycling of waste batteries.
For more detailed information about recycling of this
product or battery, please contact your local Civic Office,
your household waste disposal service or the shop where
you purchased the product.
Speaker pads
Attach the supplied speaker pads to the bottom of the front speakers
to prevent slipping.
MHC-EC68 only
Front speakers:
4 pads for each speaker
Speakers
Insert only the
stripped portion
of the cord.
Solid (Blue/)
Left speaker (High freq.)
Solid (Gray/)
Solid (Red/)
Left speaker (Low freq.)
Solid (Black/)
Basic Operations
Selecting a music source
Press the following buttons (or press FUNCTION
*
repeatedly).
To select
Press
CD
CD
Tuner
TUNER/BAND
Tape
1)
TAPE
Component
2)
(connected
FUNCTION
using an audio cord)
repeatedly until "AUDIO
IN" appears.
1)
Except for the UK model.
2)
If the component has the AVLS (Automatic Volume Limiter System)
or BASS BOOST function, turn off the function to avoid distorted
sound from the speakers.
Adjusting the sound
To adjust the volume
Press VOLUME +/– (or turn the VOLUME control on
the unit)
.
To add a sound effect
To
Press
Generate a more dynamic
DSGX
* Except for the UK model
sound (Dynamic Sound
Generator X-tra)
Set the sound effect
EQ
Playing a CD/MP3 disc
1
Select the CD function.
Press CD (or FUNCTION repeatedly)
2
Place a disc.
Press  (open/close)
on the unit, and place a
disc with the label side up on the disc tray. To place
additional discs, slide the disc tray with your finger as
shown below.
To close the disc tray, press  (open/close)
unit.
Do not force the disc tray closed with your finger, as
this may damage the unit.
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
names.
3
Before using the system
Select a disc.
If the discs are currently stopped, press DISC SKIP
. To change discs while in other functions, press
To use the remote
DISC 1 – 3
on the unit.
Slide and remove the battery compartment lid
, and
4
insert the two R6 (size AA) batteries (supplied),  side
Start playback.
first, matching the polarities shown below.
Press  (play) (or CD  (play) on the unit)
To exchange other discs during playback, press
EX-CHANGE
on the unit.
To
Press
Pause playback
 (pause)
press the button again.
 (stop)
Stop playback
Select a folder on an
(select folder) +/–
MP3 disc
Notes on using the remote
 With normal use, the batteries should last for about six months.
Select a track or file
/ (go back/go forward)
 Do not mix an old battery with a new one or mix different types of
(or / on the unit)
batteries.
Hold down / (rewind/fast
 If you do not use the remote for a long period of time, remove the
Find a point in a
batteries to avoid damage from battery leakage and corrosion.
track or file
forward)
 Batteries installed devices shall not be exposed to excessive heat such
release the button at the desired
as sunshine, fire or the like.
point.
To set the clock
Select Repeat Play
REPEAT
1
"REP" or "REP1" appears.
Turn on the system.
Press  (on/standby)
to turn on the system.
To change the play mode
2
Select the clock set mode.
Press PLAY MODE
repeatedly while the player is
Press CLOCK/TIMER SET
. The hour indication
stopped. You can select normal play (no display for all
flashes. If "PLAY SET" flashes, press /
discs or "1 DISC" for a disc or "
repeatedly to select "CLOCK, " and then press ENTER
in the folder on the disc), shuffle play ("SHUF" for
.
all discs shuffle, "1 DISC SHUF" for one disc shuffle
3
Set the time.
or "
SHUF*" for folder shuffle), or program play
Press /
("PGM").
repeatedly to set the hour, then
* When playing a CD-DA disc,
(SHUF) Play performs the same
press ENTER
. The minute indication flashes.
operation as 1 DISC (SHUF) Play.
Use the same procedure to set the minutes.
Notes on Repeat Play
Note
 All tracks or files on a disc are played repeatedly up to five times.
The clock settings are lost when you disconnect the power cord or if a
 You cannot select "REP" and "SHUF" (all discs shuffle) at the same
power failure occurs.
time.
 "REP1" indicates that a single track or file is repeated until you stop
it.
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 disc.
 The system can only play MP3 files that have a file extension of
".MP3".
 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
malfunction.
 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 eight.
 Compatibility with all MP3 encoding/writing software, recording
Using optional audio components
device, and recording media cannot be guaranteed. Incompatible MP3
discs may produce noise or interrupted audio or may not play at all.
Notes on playing multisession discs
To connect an optional headphones
 If the disc begins with a CD-DA (or MP3) session, it is recognized
Connect headphones to the PHONES jack
as a CD-DA (or MP3) disc, and playback continues until another
session is encountered.
unit.
.
 A disc with a mixed CD format is recognized as a CD-DA (audio)
To connect an optional component
disc.
.
Connect additional audio source components to the
.
AUDIO IN jack
cord (not supplied). Turn down the volume on the
Listening to the radio
system, and then select the AUDIO IN function.
1
Select "TUNER FM" or "TUNER AM. "
Press TUNER/BAND
repeatedly.
2
Select the tuning mode.
Press TUNING MODE
repeatedly until "AUTO"
appears.
3
Tune in the desired station.
Press +/– (or TUNING +/– on the unit)
.
Scanning stops automatically when a station is tuned
in, and then "TUNED" and "ST" (for stereo programs)
appear.
on the unit.
To stop automatic scanning
Press  (stop)
.
.
To tune in a station with a weak signal
If "TUNED" does not appear and the scanning does
not stop, press TUNING MODE
repeatedly until
"MANUAL" appears, and then press +/– (or TUNING
+/– on the unit)
repeatedly to tune in the desired
station.
.
To reduce static noise on a weak FM stereo
station
Press FM MODE
repeatedly until "MONO" appears
to turn off stereo reception.
on the
Playing a tape (Except for the UK
model)
1
Select a tape function.
Press TAPE (or FUNCTION repeatedly)
.
2
Insert a tape.
Press  (stop/eject)
on the unit, and insert the
tape into the cassette holder. Make sure there is no
slack in the tape to avoid damaging the tape or the
tape deck.
3
Start playback.
Press  (play)
on the unit.
To
Press
 (pause)
Pause playback
on the unit. To resume
play, press the button again.
Stop playback
 (stop/eject)
on the unit.
Rewind or fast
/ (rewind/fast forward)
.
forward*
on the unit.
* Be sure to press  (stop/eject)
on the unit after the tape has
been wound or rewound to the end.
Note
Do not turn off the system during playback or recording.
. To resume play,
.
Changing the display
.
To
Press
Change
DISPLAY
repeatedly when the
.
information on the
system is turned on.
display*
during playback, and
Change Display
DISPLAY
repeatedly when the
mode (See below.)
system is turned off.
* For example, you can view CD/MP3 disc information, such as;
repeatedly until
 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.
 total playing time while the player is stopped.
The system offers the following display modes.
" for all MP3 files
Display mode
When the system is off,
Power Saving
The display is turned off to conserve
Mode
power. The timer and clock continue
1)
to operate.
Clock
2)
The clock is displayed.
1)
You cannot set the clock in Power Saving Mode.
2)
The clock display automatically turns to Power Saving Mode after
eight seconds.
Notes on the display information
 Characters that cannot be displayed appear as "_".
 The following are not displayed;
 total playing time for an MP3 disc.
 remaining playing time for an MP3 file.
 The following are not displayed correctly;
 elapsed playing time of an MP3 file encoded using VBR (variable
bit rate).
 folder and file names that do not follow either the ISO9660
Level 1, Level 2 or Joliet in the expansion format.
 The following are displayed;
 total playing time for a CD-DA disc when the play mode is
"1 DISC".
 remaining playing time for a track.
 ID3 tag information for MP3 files when ID3 version 1 and
version 2 tags are used (ID3 version 2 tag information display has
priority when both ID3 version 1 and version 2 tags are used for a
single MP3 file).
 up to 15 characters of ID3 tag information using uppercase letters
(A to Z), numbers (0 to 9), and symbols ('< > * + , – / @ [ \ ] _).
on the
on the unit using an analog audio

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  • Page 1 Basic Operations Equipment countries applying EU Directives (Applicable in the European Union and The manufacturer of this product is Sony Corporation, other European countries with separate 1-7-1 Konan Minato-ku Tokyo, 108-0075 Japan. The collection systems) Authorized Representative for EMC and product safety is Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Page 2 Use buttons on the remote to create your own program. Use buttons on the unit to control tape recording. If the issue persists, contact your nearest Sony dealer.  Press CD to select the CD function.

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