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COMPACT HI-FI COMPONENT SYSTEM
K-501USB

INSTRUCTION MANUAL

(Operating Procedures)

Read "Read Before Use"
on the opposite side first.

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  • Page 1: Instruction Manual

    COMPACT HI-FI COMPONENT SYSTEM K-501USB INSTRUCTION MANUAL (Operating Procedures) Read “Read Before Use” on the opposite side first.
  • Page 2 You can instantly enjoy music without the labor of disc replacement. Supreme function for high-quality playback of compressed music This is Kenwood-original technology that estimates and interpolates the high frequencies that are lost by MP3 or WMA compression to reproduce realistic audio that’s infinitely close to the original sound.
  • Page 3 Enjoy Easy Music Without PC! Instant Start, Expanded Entertainment K-501USB COMPACT HI-FI COMPONENT SYSTEM 2WAY SPEAKER SYSTEM...
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Recording CD tracks Recording CD tracks (All tracks, single (All tracks, single track, track, programmed tracks) ....28 programmed tracks) ......26 Recording Music from Kenwood Moving Music from Memory Card Digital Audio Player ......32 to USB Audio Player ......30 Recording of Radio Broadcasting (FM or AM) ..........34...
  • Page 5 Using Radio and External Input Play your CDs in different ways Playback of Auxiliary Component (AUX) ................9 Playback ..............8 Playback of Kenwood Playback in Random Order Digital Audio Player .......... 10 (Random Playback) ..........12 Selecting the Desired Tone ....... 18 Playback in Repeated Cycle Radio Reception ............
  • Page 6: Playback

    Playback Playing music in USB audio player Start playback. * The music title of the music file is displayed. Characters that doesn't correspond with this system are displayed as "*". * For the playable data format, refer to page 17 of "Read Before Use".
  • Page 7: Playback

    Playing music in memory card Start playback. * The music title of the music file is displayed. Characters that doesn't correspond with this system are displayed as "*". * For the playable data format, refer to page 17 of "Read Before Use". To select music: Select the folder or music file.
  • Page 8: Play Your Cds In Different Ways Playback

    Playback Playback of Auxiliary Component (AUX) Playing Music in CD Load a CD. Open the tray. Place a CD on the tray. Close the tray. lights when the CD is loaded. Start playback. * With a CD-TEXT compatible disc, character information including the track title and album title is displayed.
  • Page 9: Playback Of Auxiliary Component (Aux)

    Playback of Auxiliary Component (AUX) Connect the component. * Be sure to switch the system OFF before connection. (Refer to page 10 of "Read Before Use".) * Also read the instruction manual for the connected component. Select the AUX source. Each press switches the selection.
  • Page 10: Playback Of Kenwood Digital Audio Player

    Connect the player to the D.AUDIO Audio Player IN connector. * When the dedicated cable is used, the Kenwood digital audio player can be controlled from the main unit or remote control unit. * B e s u re to s w i tc h t h e s ys te m O F F b e fo re connection.
  • Page 11 Simply pressing D.AUDIO on the remote control unit switches the system ON. Hint The volume and tone setups made on the Kenwood digital audio player are defeated while it is connected to this system. To let playback pause To skip music...
  • Page 12: Playback In Random Order (Random Playback)

    Playback in Random Order (Random Playback) Playback in Repeated Cycle (Repeat Playback) Random playback Select the CD source. Start random playback. Each press switches the selection. Random playback ON Random playback OFF To cancel random playback Press the RANDOM key again during random playback so that is extinguished.
  • Page 13: Playback In Repeated Cycle (Repeat Playback)

    Repeat playback Select the audio source. Start repeat playback. Each press switches the selection. Repeat playback of Repeat playback Repeat playback single music file/ of all music files/ canceled. track. tracks. * Cannot be selected d u r i n g p r o g r a m playback.
  • Page 14: Playback Of Desired Music In Desired Order (Program Playback)

    Playback of Desired Music in Desired Order (Program Playback) Select the CD source. CD only Stop playback. Select the program mode. Each press switches the selection. Program mode ON Program mode canceled To add a track in the program Stop playback and perform the operation in step 4.
  • Page 15 Select the desired tracks. Select a track. * After selecting a track, press the ENTER key within 20 seconds. * If you made a mistake, press the CLEAR key and restart selection from the beginning. Enter the selection. Example) Display when CD track No. 4 is selected as the first track in the program.
  • Page 16: Finding Music By Playing Introductions (Intro Scan)

    Finding Music by Playing Introductions (Intro Scan) Select the memory card source. Memory card only Intro Scan plays the first 10 seconds of every music file. This function is convenient for finding the desired music file from a memory card. Select the play mode.
  • Page 17 Start Intro Scan. The first 10 seconds of every track in the selected folder are played from the beginning. When the desired music file is found: Press to start normal playback. A music file can be erased or moved even in the middle of Intro Scan.
  • Page 18: Selecting The Desired Tone

    * It can also be adjusted in SOUND SETUP. (See page 65.) Supreme This is the name of the Kenwood-original tone improvement technology, which reproduces realistic sound by estimating and interpolating the high frequencies that are lost as a result of audio data compression.
  • Page 19 Enhancing both bass and treble (TONE) Each press switches between ON and OFF. lights up when it is ON. When the level is "0", it doesn't light. To adjust the enhancement level Select Treble or Bass The level can be The level can be a d j u s t e d i n t h e a d j u s t e d i n t h e...
  • Page 20: Radio Reception

    Radio Reception Select the FM or AM band. Tuner only Each press switches the selection. Each press switches the selection. Select a radio station. Selecting a preset station (Preset Call) Example) When preset No. 03 is selected. Select the preset number (P01 to P40) in which the desired station is preset.
  • Page 21: Auto Tuning

    Selecting a non-preset station (Auto Tuning, Manual Tuning) Select either Auto Tuning or Manual Tuning. * Each press switches the selection. Auto Tuning Manual Tuning (Select under good radio (Selected under relatively receiving condition.) poor receiving condition.) Select a station. Auto Tuning: Each press tunes into the next receivable station automatically.
  • Page 22: Presetting Of Stations

    Presetting of Stations Presetting stations automatically (AUTO MEMORY) Tuner only Press the TOOL key. Pre parat i on s Select the FM or AM band. * Stations cannot be preset if other audio source is selected. * Up to 40 stations can be preset in the system.
  • Page 23 Presetting Stations Manually (Manual Preset) Select a desired station. * Receive a station with either Auto Tuning or Manual Tuning. (See page 21.) * To memorize an RDS station, wait for the station name to appear on the display before performing step 2. Press the ENTER key.
  • Page 24: Rds (Radio Data System)

    RDS (Radio Data System) PS (Program Service Name) Display Tuner only When an RDS broadcast is received, the station name is This system is designed for RDS reception, automatically displayed. it can extract the information from the * The indicator lights up broadcast signal for use with various when an RDS broadcast (signal) functions such as automatic display of the...
  • Page 25 Searching for a desired program type (PTY serch) The tuner automatically searches for a station which is currently broadcasting a specified program type (genre). Press the PTY key. When an RDS broadcast is received, the program type is shown on the display. If no PTY data is available, or if the station is not an RDS station, "None"...
  • Page 26: Recording Cd Tracks

    Recording CD Tracks (One-Touch Edit Recording) USB audio Recording all tracks in CD player operation Pre parat i on s Start recording. Make sure that both the USB audio player and CD are in stop modes. is lit, press the RANDOM key to cancel the random play mode.
  • Page 27: Start Recording

    Recording a single track Recording desired tracks in desired order Play the track to be Select the tracks to be recorded. recorded. Use the program mode to select the desired tracks in the desired order. Start recording. (See page 14.) Recording starts from Start recording.
  • Page 28: Recording Cd Tracks (All Tracks, Single Track, Programmed Tracks)

    Recording CD Tracks (One-Touch Edit Recording) Memory card operation Recording all tracks in CD Pre parat i on s Start recording. Make sure that both the memory card and CD are in stop modes. is lit, press the RANDOM key to cancel the random play mode.
  • Page 29 Recording a single track Recording desired tracks in desired order Play the track to be Select the tracks to be recorded. recorded. Use the program mode to select the desired tracks in the desired order. Start recording. (See page 14.) Start recording.
  • Page 30: Moving Music From Memory Card To Usb Audio Player

    Moving Music from Memory Card to USB Audio Player (O.T.E. moving) Moving a single file Recording of music from the memory card to the USB audio player has the same effect as moving the music files Select the memory card source. from the former to the latter.
  • Page 31 Moving all files in a folder Select the memory card source. Select the folder to be moved. * For the selection method, see page 20 of "Read Before Use". Start moving. * When you press some keys while moving, messages [Now Moving Locked keys.] are displayed.
  • Page 32: Recording Music From Kenwood Digital Audio Player

    * Playback pauses at the beginning of the selected music file. * To change the record mode setup, * When the dedicated cable is used, the Kenwood digital see pages 56 to 61. audio player can be controlled from the main unit or remote control unit.
  • Page 33: Digital Audio Player

    Press at the point you MEMORY CARD] is scrolled. want to divide the music. * The track marks can also be entered Start playback of the Kenwood automatically. (See page 59.) digital audio player. If the audio recorded is distorted...
  • Page 34: Recording Of Radio Broadcasting (Fm Or Am)

    Recording of Radio Broadcasting (FM or AM) Recording of Auxiliary Component (AUX) Select the recording source. Memory card only Recording radio broadcasting (AM or FM) Pre parat i on s Make sure that the memory card is in Each press switches stop mode.
  • Page 35 Dividing music during recording Enter record-pause mode. During recording from the TUNER, The memory card is put AUX or D.AUDIO source to a memory card, the recorded music file can be to record-pause mode. divided into multiple music files by manually entering a track mark (music division mark).
  • Page 36: Erasing Music

    Erasing Music USB audio player Select the audio source. or memory card only It is also possible to erase a music file while playing it for confirmation. If this is required, play the music file you want to erase when performing the procedure in this page.
  • Page 37 Press the TOOL key to select [ERASE] and enter the selection. Confirm the selection and execute it. * After a folder or music file is erased, an audio file "F001" is displayed. If the write inhibit switch on the memory card is locked, the above operation completes but [PROTECTED] is displayed and no music file Hint is actually erased.
  • Page 38: Character Input

    Character Input USB audio player Input the desired characters. or memory card only First, select the character This section describes how to input group. Each press switches characters for use as a title of music, etc. the character type. Also, read the method for modifying a * For details, see the title title (page 40).
  • Page 39: Title Editing Character List

    Title editing character list (space) (space) (space) Number of input characters Up to 28 characters can be input for a title of a folder or music file in the memory card or USB audio player. * When the number of music files is large, the number of characters that can be input is reduced. A space (blank character) spends the same amount of data as a character.
  • Page 40: Renaming Of Title

    Renaming of Title USB audio player Renaming a music file or folder or memory card only Select the audio source. Do not attempt to rename data other than the music files recorded on the player and folders created on it (saved in the KWD folder).
  • Page 41 Press the TOOL key to select [TITLE INPUT], and then enter the selection. Input the desired characters. See page 38. Enter the input title. * To rename other music files or folders, return to step 2 now and repeat steps 2 to 5 for each of them.
  • Page 42: Advanced Timer Operation

    Timer Operation Tw o t i m e r p r o g r a m s ( P R O G R A M 1 , PROGRAM 2) can be set simultaneously. Select [TIMER SETTING]. PROGRAM 1 and PROGRAM 2 should be set by leaving an interval of 1 minute or more so that their timer periods do not overlap.
  • Page 43 [ON/OFF] Set whether or not activating the timer. * Select [OFF] if you do not activate the timer program now. [PLAY/REC] Set timer playback or timer recording. Timer recording Timer playback [OPERATION] Set the day(s) of the week. Set the day(s) of The timer program the week.
  • Page 44 Timer Operation (continued) [ON TIME] Set the start time. Select [hour]. Select [minute]. Press the right button only once. [OFF TIME] Set the end time. Select [hour]. Select [minute]. Press the right button only once. [ON VOLUME] Set the volume level. * The volume level can be set in the range between 0 and 40 (max.).
  • Page 45 [PLAY SOURCE] Set the audio source to be played. Select the audio source. Press Select to set a the right Go to radio (preset) button step . station. only once. * When [TIMER REC] is selected in step [PLAY/REC] (see page 43), [MEMORY ] or [CD] cannot be selected here.
  • Page 46 Timer Operation (continued) Set the power switch to OFF. * When the system is switched to the standby mode while a timer program is activated, message [SETUP TIMER] is displayed and the standby/timer indicator lights in amber. * Later, if the power cord is unplugged then plugged in or after a power failure, message [CHECK CLOCK] is displayed and the standby/ timer indicator blinks in amber.
  • Page 47: Operations Setting The Sleep Timer (Sleep)

    Setting the Sleep Timer (SLEEP) The Sleep Timer switches the Press the SLEEP key to set the system automatically OFF after the timer period. set period of time has elapsed. Each press increments the time by 10 minutes. * A maximum period of 90 minutes can be set. * Selecting [OFF] cancels Sleep Timer.
  • Page 48: One-Touch Edit Recording Using Tool

    One-Touch Edit Recording Using TOOL Pre parat i on s Moving Music from Memory Card to USB Audio Player is lit, press the RANDOM key to cancel the Recording of music from the memory card to the USB audio player has the random play mode.
  • Page 49 Recording CD tracks in USB audio player or memory card Select the CD source. Check the CD mode. Play mode The track being played will be recorded. Stop mode All tracks in the CD will be recorded. Stop mode in Program mode The programmed tracks will be recorded.
  • Page 50: Adjusting The External Signal Input Level

    Adjusting the External Signal Input Level If the audio of the auxiliary component Select the audio source to be is louder or lower than other audio sources while the system is set to the adjusted (AUX or D.AUDIO). same volume level, adjust the signal input level.
  • Page 51: Checking The Numbers Of Folders And Music Files In Usb Audio Player Or Memory Card

    Checking the Numbers of Folders and Music Files in USB Audio Player or Memory Card USB audio player Select the audio source. or memory card only The numbers of folders and music files in the KWD folder of the USB audio player or memory card can be checked.
  • Page 52: Refreshing For Rearranging Folders

    Refreshing for Rearranging Folders USB audio player Select the audio source. memory card only Refreshing consists of rearranging and the discontinued folder titles (AL_XXX) in the USB audio player or memory card and assigning them serial numbers. Press the TOOL key to select Pre parat i on s [REFRESH] and enter the selection.
  • Page 53: Recording More Music

    Recording More Music (Replacement of Memory Card) Pre parat i o n s Open the memory card slot cover. The memory card can be replace when the system is in the standby mode. * Never open the memory * An SD memory card with a capacity card slot cover in the between 32 MB and 2 GB can be used.
  • Page 54: Switching The Display Information

    Switching the Display Information * T h e l o n g e s t t i m e d i s p l a y Audio Source Display During Recording available is 9999 minutes 59 seconds. The time exceeding this is displayed as "----:--".
  • Page 55 Display During Playback * The day of the week Played music Day of Week/ and time of the day Folder title/Time title/Time Clock are displayed when the D.AUDIO source is selected. Folder/ Elapsed time of Remaining time Remaining All file play mode played music of played music recording time...
  • Page 56: Recording Setting The Recording Mode

    Recording Setup Setting the recording mode (REC MODE) Set the audio quality and length of the recording in the USB audio Detailed setups are possible for the player and memory card. variety of recording functions provided by this system. Select [REC MODE] and enter the selection. I t is recommended to set up the following items as you like to improve the ease of use of the system.
  • Page 57: Setup Setting The Recording Speed

    Setting the recording speed (O.T.E. SPEED) Set the speed of recording in the USB audio player or memory card. Select [O.T.E. SPEED] and enter the selection. blinks. * S e l e c t i n g [ R E T U R N ] returns to the previous display.
  • Page 58: Setting The Recording Level

    Recording Setup (continued) Setting the recording level (REC LEVEL) If the audio recorded in the memory card, component connected to the D.AUDIO output or the USB audio player is distorted or too low, adjust the recording level. * Press the SETUP key to select [REC SETUP] in advance. (See page 56.) Select [REC LEVEL] and enter the selection.
  • Page 59: Setting The Track Marking Method

    Setting the track marking method (TRACK MARK) Set whether track marks are marked automatically or manually during recording of the audio from the components connected to the TUNER, D.AUDIO IN or AUX input connectors into the memory card. This system recognizes each section between two track marks as the music file. * Press the SETUP key to select [REC SETUP] in advance.
  • Page 60: Setting The Track Mark Intervals

    Recording Setup (continued) Setting the track mark intervals (AUTO MARK) When you record from a radio and selected to mark track marks automatically, you can also set the intervals at which the track marks are put. Select the AUTO track mark setting in advance. (See page 59.) * Press the SETUP key to select [REC SETUP] in advance.
  • Page 61: Setting Whether The Music Title Is Also Copied In Recording

    Setting whether the music title is also copied in recording (TEXT COPY) Set whether the character information such as the music and album titles are copied together with music data during recording of a CD-TEXT compatible disc into the USB audio player or memory card. (O.T.E.
  • Page 62: Tone Setup

    Tone Setup Enhancing the bass tone (D-BASS) Select [D-BASS], and enter the selection. The effects of the tone setup may be less noticeable with certain audio sources. Preparat ions lights up. * Selecting [RETURN] returns Press the SETUP key to to the previous display.
  • Page 63: Enhancing Both Bass And Treble

    Enhancing both bass and treble (TONE) Select [TONE], and enter the selection. lights up. * S e l e c t i n g [ R E T U R N ] returns to the previous display. Adjust the enhancement level. Select Treble or Bass Adjust in the range...
  • Page 64: Registering The Desired Tone Setups

    Tone Setup (continued) Registering the desired tone setups (MANUAL EQ) The system incorporates a high-grade, 7-band equalizer covering heavy bass to ultrahigh treble frequencies. You can create desired tone response curves and preset up to three of them (USER 1 to 3) in the user memory. * Press the SETUP key to select [SOUND SETUP] in advance.
  • Page 65: Playing Audio In More Realistic Tone

    Playing audio in more realistic tone (Supreme) USB audio player or memory card only. * Press the SETUP key to select [SOUND SETUP] in advance. (See page 62.) Select [SPRM], and enter the selection. blinks. * S e l e c t i n g [ R E T U R N ] returns to the previous display.
  • Page 66: Adjusting The Display Brightness

    Adjusting the Display Brightness (DIMMER SET) D I M M E R S E T a d j u s t s t h e d i s p l a y Press the DIMMER key to adjust brightness in 3 steps. Adjust it according to the individual taste or to the listening the display brightness.
  • Page 67: Erasing All Data In Memory Card

    Erasing All Data in Memory Card (MEMORY FORMAT) MEMORY FORMAT erases all data Select [MEMORY FORMAT]. in the memory card including the folders and music files recorded and created with this system. * Once formatted, the erased data cannot be restored. Be careful while performing the operation.
  • Page 68: Setting Auto Power Save

    Setting Auto Power Save (A.P.S.) Adjusting the Time of Day (TIME ADJUST) A.P.S. stands for Auto Power Save. This function switches the system OFF Setting Auto Power Save (A.P.S.) automatically when it has not been operated for more than 30 minutes while its power is OFF and the CD is in Select [A.P.S.].
  • Page 69: Adjusting The Time Of Day

    Adjusting the Time of Day (TIME ADJUST) Select [TIME ADJUST]. * S e l e c t i n g [ R E T U R N ] returns to the previous display. Adjust the day of the week, hour and minute. * The item being selected blinks.
  • Page 70: Message List

    Message List Resetting the Microcomputer Displayed Message Description CAN'T PLAY You attempted to play a copyright-protect file. Change to An attempt is made to format the memory while the audio input source is MEMORY Sel. not set to MEMORY. Select the MEMORY audio source. CHECK DISC data cannot be read.
  • Page 71: Resetting The Microcomputer

    Displayed Message Description The memory card does not have a recordable space. STOP REC Erase unnecessary music files. If you do not want to erase files, use a No Capacity recordable memory card. The USB audio player does not have a recordable space. Erase unnecessary music files.
  • Page 72: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Troubles are not always due to malfunction or failure of the system. In case of a trouble, check the following tales before calling for service. Amplifier/Speaker Blocks Symptom Remedy See page Connect cables properly by referring to "Connections". 8 of "Read Before Use" No audio output.
  • Page 73 Memory Card Block Symptom Remedy See page Insert the memory card properly. No audio from the inserted memory card. Insert a memory card containing music files. The memory card does not have a recordable space. Recording stops in the Erase unnecessary music files. If you do not want to erase files, middle.
  • Page 74: Remote Control Unit

    Troubleshooting CD Block Symptom Remedy See page Place the CD properly with the label side up. Loaded CD cannot be played back. Clean the disc by referring to “Care and storage of CD”. 26 of "Read Before Use" Evaporate condensation by referring to "Be careful against 26 of "Read Before Use"...
  • Page 75: Glossary

    Glossary Term Description See page Figure expressing the amount of information per second. Bit rate 17 of "Read Before Use" A higher bit rates offer higher audio quality. Music CD. In general, when “CD” is mentioned, it means the CD- CD-DA 16 of "Read Before Use"...
  • Page 76 English...