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Sony MHC-GR8 Operating Instructions Manual

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Mini Hi-Fi
Operating Instructions
©1997 by Sony Corporation


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    Mini Hi-Fi Component System Operating Instructions MHC-GR8 ©1997 by Sony Corporation 3-859-945-11(1)

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    WARNING To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture. To avoid electrical shock, do not open the cabinet. Refer servicing to qualified personnel only. Do not install the appliance in a confined space, such as a bookcase or built-in cabinet.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Getting Started Step 1: Hooking up the system ... 4 Step 2: Setting the time ... 6 Step 3: Presetting radio stations ... 7 Connecting optional AV components . 8 Basic Operations Playing a CD ... 11 Recording a CD ...

  • Page 4: Getting Started

    Getting Started Step 1: Hooking up the system Do the following procedure 1 to 5 to hook up your system using the supplied cords and accessories. Surround speaker (Right) FM antenna Front speaker (Right) Connect the speakers. 1 Connect the speaker cords of front speakers to the SPEAKER jacks of the same color .

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    Note Do not place the surround speakers on top of a TV. This may cause distortion of the colors in the TV screen. Insert only the stripped portion. Gray ( ‘) Black (’) Connect the FM/AM antennas. Set up the AM loop antenna, then connect it.

  • Page 6: Step 2: Setting The Time

    Step 1: Hooking up the system (continued) Inserting two size AA (R6) batteries into the remote With normal use, the batteries should last for about six months. When the remote no longer operates the system, replace both batteries with new ones. Note If you do not use the remote for a long period of time, remove the batteries to avoid possible damage...

  • Page 7: Step 3: Presetting Radio Stations

    Press ENTER/NEXT. The clock starts working. Tips • If you’ve made a mistake, start over from step 1. • Setting the time deactivates the demo mode. If you want to display the demo mode, press DISPLAY/DEMO when the power is off. Note When setting the time, set the equalizer display to anything other than Spectrum analyzer pattern 3...

  • Page 8: Connecting Optional Av Components

    Step 3: Presetting radio stations (continued) Press TUNER MEMORY. A preset number appears in the display. Preset number AUTO Turn the jog dial to select the preset number you want. Press ENTER/NEXT. The station is stored. Repeat steps 1 to 6 to store other stations.

  • Page 9: Connecting A Vcr

    Connecting an MD deck for analog recording Make sure to match the color of the plugs and the connectors. To listen to the sound of the connected MD deck, press FUNCTION repeatedly until “MD” appears. To the audio output To the audio input of the MD deck of the MD deck Note...

  • Page 10: Connecting Outdoor Antennas

    Connecting optional AV components (continued) Connecting outdoor antennas Connect the outdoor antenna to improve the reception. FM antenna Connect the optional FM outdoor antenna. You can also use the TV antenna instead. 75-ohm coaxial cable (not supplied) Ground wire (not supplied) AM antenna Connect a 6- to 15- meter (20- to 50- feet) insulated wire to the AM antenna terminal.

  • Page 11: Basic Operations

    Basic Operations Playing a CD — Normal play You can play up to three CDs in a row. POWER „ ⁄ … … » Æ » „ „ ⁄ 1/ALL DISCS DISC SKIP VOLUME „ EX-CHANGE CD ( VOL +/– Press §...

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    Playing a CD (continued) Do this Stop play Press (p on the remote). Pause Press · (P on the remote). Press again to resume play. Select a track During play or pause, turn the jog dial clockwise (to go forward) or counterclockwise (to go back) and release it when you reach the desired track.

  • Page 13: Recording A Cd

    Recording a CD — CD Synchro Recording The CD SYNCHRO button lets you record from a CD to a tape easily. You can use TYPE I (normal) or TYPE II (CrO ) tapes. The recording level is adjusted automatically. DISC SKIP POWER EX-CHANGE „...

  • Page 14: Listening To The Radio

    Listening to the radio –– Preset Tuning Preset radio stations in the tuner's memory first (see “Step 3: Presetting radio stations”). POWER STEREO/MONO ⁄ … … » Æ „ ⁄ VOLUME TUNER/BAND VOL +/– Press TUNER/BAND repeatedly until the band you want appears in the display.

  • Page 15: Recording From The Radio

    To listen to non-preset radio stations Press TUNING MODE repeatedly so that “MANUAL” appears in step 2, then tune in the station by turning the jog dial. Tips • Pressing TUNER/BAND when the power is off automatically turns the power on and tunes to the last received station (One Touch Play).

  • Page 16: Playing A Tape

    Recording from the Radio (continued) Press § EJECT and insert a blank tape into deck B. With the side you want to record facing forward Press r. Deck B stands by for recording. Press EDIT/DIRECTION repeatedly to select A to record on one side. Select a (or RELAY) to record on both sides.

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    Press § EJECT and insert a recorded tape in deck A or B. … With the side » Æ „ you want to play facing forward ⁄ Press EDIT/DIRECTION repeatedly to select A to play one side. Select a* to play both sides. To play both decks in succession, select RELAY (relay play).** P r e s s ·...

  • Page 18: Recording From A Tape

    Recording from a tape — High-speed Dubbing You can use TYPE I (normal) or TYPE II (CrO ) tapes. The recording level is automatically adjusted. REPEAT/DOLBY NR POWER ⁄ … … » Æ „ ⁄ Press § EJECT and insert a recorded tape in deck A and a blank tape in deck B.

  • Page 19: The Cd Player

    The CD Player Using the CD display You can check the remaining time of the current track or that of the CD. DISPLAY/DEMO POWER „ ⁄ Press DISPLAY/DEMO during playback. Each time you press the button during normal playback, the display changes as follows: n Playing time on the current track µ...

  • Page 20: Playing The Cd Tracks In Random Order

    Playing the CD tracks in random order –– Shuffle Play You can play all the tracks on one CD or all CDs in random order. DISC 1-3 POWER ⁄ … … » Æ „ ⁄ Press FUNCTION repeatedly until “CD” appears in the display, then place a CD.

  • Page 21: Programming The Cd Tracks

    Programming the CD tracks –– Program Play You can make a program of up to 32 tracks from all the CDs in the order you want them to be played. POWER „ „ ⁄ DISC SKIP CD ( CHECK CLEAR Press FUNCTION repeatedly until “CD”...

  • Page 22: Playing Cds Without Interruption

    Programming the CD tracks (continued) Press Check the program CHECK on the remote repeatedly. After the last track, “CHECK END” appears. Clear a track from CLEAR on the remote in the end stop mode. Clear a specific CHECK on the remote track repeatedly until the number of the track to be...

  • Page 23: The Tape Deck

    The Tape Deck Recording on a tape manually You can record from CD, tape, or radio as you like. For example, you can record just the songs you want or record from the middle of the tape. The recording level is adjusted automatically.

  • Page 24: Recording A Cd By Specifying Track Order

    Recording a CD by specifying track order — Program Edit You can record tracks from all the CDs in the order you want. When programming, make sure the playing times for each side do not exceed the length of one side of the tape. REPEAT/DOLBY NR POWER …...

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    Press on the remote to insert a pause at the end of side A. “P” appears in the display and the total playing time resets to “0.00” in the display. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for tracks from the same disc or steps 4 to 6 for tracks from another disc to program the remaining tracks to be recorded on side B.

  • Page 26: Dj Effects

    DJ Effects Looping part of a CD — Loop With the loop function, you can repeat part of a CD during playback. This lets you create original recordings. LOOP jog dial POWER ⁄ Press and hold LOOP during playback at the point you want to start the Loop function, and release to resume normal play.

  • Page 27: Waving The Equalizer

    Waving the equalizer — Wave With the Wave function, you can fluctuate the graphic equalizer automatically. This effect can be used with any source, but it cannot be recorded. jog dial WAVE POWER „ ⁄ Press and hold WAVE to start the Wave function, and release to resume normal listening.

  • Page 28: Using The Beat Function

    Using the beat function With the beat function, you can create a variety of rhythms automatically. This effect can be used with any source, to create original recordings. LEVEL +/– jog dial POWER ⁄ BEAT BEAT BEAT ON/OFF SPEED SELECT Press BEAT ON/OFF to make sure the indicator is off, then start playing a source.

  • Page 29: Sound Adjustment

    Sound Adjustment Adjusting the sound You can reinforce the bass, create a more powerful sound, and listen with headphones. POWER DBFB „ Æ‚ ⁄ … … » Æ » „ „ ⁄ PHONES GROOVE To reinforce bass (DBFB) Press DBFB*. Every time you press the button, the display changes as follows: DBFB...

  • Page 30: Selecting The Audio Emphasis

    Selecting the audio emphasis The audio emphasis menu lets you select the sound characteristic according to the sound you are listening to. The personal file function (see “Making a personal audio emphasis file”) lets you store your own effects. EFFECT ON/OFF POWER ⁄...

  • Page 31: Adjusting The Audio Emphasis

    To change the equalizer display Each time you press SPECTRUM ANALYZER, the equalizer display changes to show one of the four displays below. Spectrum analyzer pattern 1 µ Spectrum analyzer pattern 2 µ Spectrum analyzer pattern 3 µ Graphic equalizer curve Adjusting the audio emphasis You can adjust the audio emphasis using the...

  • Page 32: Activating The Surround Effect

    Adjusting the Audio Emphasis (continued) Turn the jog dial to adjust level. Repeat steps 2 and 3. Press ENTER/NEXT when finished. Note If you choose another menu audio emphasis (other than “EFFECT OFF”) the adjusted sound effect is lost. To retain the adjusted sound effect for future use, store it in a personal file.

  • Page 33: Making A Personal Audio Emphasis File

    Making a personal audio emphasis file — Personal file You can create a personal file of audio patterns (surround effect and graphic equalizer) and store them in the memory of the unit. Later call up an audio pattern to play a favorite tape, CD, or radio program. Create up to five audio files.

  • Page 34: Switching The Speaker Formation

    Switching the Speaker Formation – Sonic formation You can select from four different speaker formations depending on your listening situation. SONIC FORMATION POWER ⁄ … » Æ „ ⁄ Press SONIC FORMATION repeatedly until the mode you want appears in the display. As you press SONIC FORMATION, the mode changes as follows: NORMAL n WHISPER n LINK...

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    LINK mode The same sound is output from the front speakers and surround speakers. For instance, when you want to listen to the same sound in two rooms, it is suitable to set the front speakers and the surround speakers in each room.

  • Page 36: Other Features

    Other Features Singing along: Karaoke You can sing along with any stereo CD or tape by turning down the singer’s voice. You need to connect an optional microphone. POWER ⁄ ECHO LEVEL VOLUME Turn MIC LEVEL to 0 to turn down the microphone control level.

  • Page 37: Falling Asleep To Music

    Press r. Press Press · to start playing the CD player (or tape deck A). Playback starts. Start singing along with the music. To stop recording Press p on deck B and the CD player. Tips • If acoustic feedback (howling) occurs, move the microphone away from the speakers or change the direction of the microphone.

  • Page 38: Waking Up To Music

    Waking up to music — Wake-up Timer You can wake up to music at a preset time every day. Make sure you have set the clock (see “Step 2: Setting the time”). 4,5,6,7,8 ⁄ … … » Æ „ ⁄ TIMER SELECT Prepare the music source you want to play.

  • Page 39: Timer-recording Radio Programs

    To check the setting Press TIMER SELECT and turn the jog dial to select the respective mode (DAILY 1 or DAILY 2), then press ENTER/NEXT. To change the setting, start over from step 1. To cancel the timer operation Press TIMER SELECT and turn the jog dial to select “OFF”, then press ENTER/NEXT.

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    Timer-recording radio programs (continued) Turn jog dial to select REC, then press ENTER/NEXT. “ON” appears and the hour digits flash in the display. Set the time to start recording. Turn jog dial to set the hour, then press ENTER/NEXT. The minute indication starts flashing. Turn jog dial to set the minute, then press ENTER/NEXT.

  • Page 41: 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. Notes on CDs • Before playing, clean the CD with a cleaning cloth.

  • Page 42: 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 haven’t turned on the power...

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    There is severe hum or noise. • A TV or VCR is placed too close to the stereo system. Move the stereo system away from the TV or VCR. The sound from the connected source is distorted. • If “VIDEO” appears in the display when you press FUNCTION, switch the display to “MD”...

  • Page 44: Tape Deck

    Troubleshooting (continued) Tape Deck The tape does not record. •No tape in the cassette holder. •The tab has been removed from the cassette (see “To save a tape permanently” on page 40). •The tape has reeled to the end. The tape does not record nor play or there is a decrease in sound level.

  • Page 45: Specifications

    Tape player section Recording system 4-track 2-channel stereo Frequency response 60 – 13,000 Hz (±3 dB), (DOLBY NR OFF) using Sony TYPE I cassette 60 – 14,000 Hz (±3 dB), using Sony TYPE II cassette Wow and flutter ±0.15% W.Peak (IEC) 0.1% W.RMS (NAB)

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    Approx. 280 x 330 x 366 Mass Approx. 9.7 kg Supplied accessories: AM loop antenna (1) Remote RM-SD80 (1) Sony SUM-3 (NS) batteries (2) FM lead antenna (1) Speaker cords (4) Front speaker pads (8) Design and specifications are subject to change...

  • Page 47: Index

    L, M Index Loop 26 Normal Play 11 Adjusting the audio emphasis 31 the sound 29 One Touch Play 12, 15, 17 the volume 12, 14, 17 Antennas 4, 10 Automatic Source Selection P , Q 12, 15, 17 Personal file 33 Playing Batteries 6 CD player 11, 19...

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