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MINIDISC PERSONAL STEREO SYSTEM
MDX-F1

INSTRUCTION MANUAL

KENWOOD CORPORATION
COMPACT
COMPACT
DIGITAL AUDIO
B60-4535-10 01 MA (M) AP 9909

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  • Page 1: Instruction Manual

    MINIDISC PERSONAL STEREO SYSTEM MDX-F1 INSTRUCTION MANUAL KENWOOD CORPORATION COMPACT COMPACT DIGITAL AUDIO B60-4535-10 01 MA (M) AP 9909...
  • Page 2: Safety Precautions

    Contents Before applying power Caution : Read this page carefully to ensure safe operation. Before applying power MDX-F1 (EN) Safety precautions WARNING : TO PREVENT FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPLIANCE TO RAIN OR MOISTURE. CAUTION CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK).
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Caution : Read this page carefully to ensure safe operation. Before applying power MDX-F1 (EN) Contents Preparation section Let's recording ..........28 Before applying power ......2 Recording on MD ............28 Safety precautions ............2 Recording on TAPE ............30 Special features ..............
  • Page 4: Special Features

    Contents Before applying power MDX-F1 (EN) Special features An MD recorder is equipment An MD recorder with high digital sound quality is equipment. Digital copying from a CD is also easy. This recorder has many functions like recording and display of names for discs and titles, changing the sequence of tracks, etc.
  • Page 5: System Connection

    Contents System connection Controls and indicators MDX-F1 (EN) CAUTION Note on Connection Connect the components as shown in the diagram. FM outdoor antenna Only plug the power cord into a power outlet once connections are completed. (separately available in audio stores) When the receiving condition is poor, lay a coaxial cable Malfunction of microcomputer from the antenna to indoors and connect to the FM...
  • Page 6: Controls And Indicators

    Contents Controls and indicators Controls and indicators MDX-F1 (EN) Main unit Top panel PUSH OPEN button Front panel 1 2 3 4 5 8 9 0 ! @ # $ % ^& *( ) ¡ 1 Cassette holder ! “TUNER FM/AM” key ¢...
  • Page 7: Display

    Contents Controls and indicators MDX-F1 (EN) (The displays given in this manual are approximations only. Display They may differ from what actually appears on the display.) ¶ ¶ REPEAT RANDOM SLEEP A.P.S. O.T.T. PROG. TRACK NO. TOTAL AUTO TUNED STEREO 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 TAPE EQ.
  • Page 8: Operation Of Remote Control Unit

    Contents Operation of remote control unit Controls and indicators MDX-F1 (EN) The keys on the remote control unit with the same names as on the main unit have the same function as the keys on the main unit. POWER POWER ( ) key Numeric keys QUICK MOVE...
  • Page 9: Setting The Current Time

    Contents Setting the current time Controls and indicators MDX-F1 (EN) The current time of the day must be set before using the timer. Preparation Press the power ( ) key to turn power on. (Main unit) STANDBY /TIMER Press and hold the MENU key for more than 2 seconds.
  • Page 10: Let's Put Out Some Sound

    Contents Let's put out some sound Let's put out some sound MDX-F1 (EN) Basic use method Standby mode While the standby indicator of the unit is lit, a small amount of cur- rent is flowing into the unit’s in- ternal circuitry to back up the memory.
  • Page 11: Adjusting The Bass And Treble

    Contents Let's put out some sound MDX-F1 (EN) Adjusting the bass and treble One-touch enhancement of bass and treble “EX.BASS” (Extra Bass) : Enhances the bass tone Each press switches the modes as follows. regardless of the cur- 1 “EX.BASS” lights. rent volume.
  • Page 12: Auto Power Save Function

    Contents Let's put out some sound MDX-F1 (EN) AUTO POWER SAVE function When the unit is ON and the unit is left for 30 minutes with CD, MD and TAPE not operating, the unit is switched off automatically by this function. This is convenient when you forget to turn power off after listening. This function can be activated or deactivated by the following operation.
  • Page 13: Playback Of Cd

    Contents Playback of CD Playback of CD MDX-F1 (EN) If you load a disc in the CD player in advance while the power is off. pressing the CD 6 key turns power on automatically and starts the disc playback. Load a disc. 1 Open the CD cover.
  • Page 14 Contents Playback of CD MDX-F1 (EN) To pause playback Playback from desired track Select the desired track No. ÷ Each press pauses and plays the CD alternately. Skipping tracks ¢ To skip backward To skip forward Press the numeric keys as shown below..To select track No.
  • Page 15: Program Playback

    Contents Playback of CD MDX-F1 (EN) Listening in the desired sequence (program playback) Use the following procedure to program desired tracks in a desired order. (up to 32 tracks) Select the “CD” input. (Also press the 7 to enter stop mode.) # Let the “PGM”...
  • Page 16: Repeated Playback

    Contents Playback of CD MDX-F1 (EN) Repeated playback You can repeatedly listen to a favorite track or disc. (The REPEAT key is provided only on the main unit.) Select the “CD” input. # Setup for repeating a single track or all tracks 1 Confirm that the “PGM”...
  • Page 17: Random Playback

    Contents Playback of CD MDX-F1 (EN) Listening to an unexpected title sequence (random playback) As the titles each time are selected randomly, the music can be enjoyed without getting tired of it. (Remote control only) Select the “CD” input. # Confirm that the “PGM”...
  • Page 18: Playback Of Mini Disc

    Contents Playback of Mini Disc Playback of Mini Disc MDX-F1 (EN) If you load a disc in the MD recorder in advance while the power is off. pressing the MD 6 key turns power on automatically and starts the disc playback. Load a Mini Disc.
  • Page 19: Skipping Tracks

    Contents Playback of Mini Disc MDX-F1 (EN) To pause playback Playback from desired track Select the desired track No. ÷ Each press pauses and plays the MD alternately. Skipping tracks ¢ To skip backward To skip forward Press the numeric keys as shown below..To select track No.
  • Page 20 Contents Playback of Mini Disc MDX-F1 (EN) Searching a desired track by its title (TITLE SEARCH) When the titles of the tracks recorded on a minidisc for recording are entered in advance, search by title fi) is possible for the tracks to be played. (Assigning a title to a disc or track Select the “MD”...
  • Page 21: Title Display

    Contents Playback of Mini Disc MDX-F1 (EN) Title display When a title recorded in a MD disc is too long to be DISPLAY displayed in the dot display, press this key to scroll the /CHARAC. display and view the characters which has not be dis- played.
  • Page 22: Start Playback

    Contents Playback of Mini Disc MDX-F1 (EN) Listening in the desired sequence (program playback) Use the following procedure to program desired tracks in a desired order. (up to 32 tracks) Select the “MD” input. (Also press the 7 to enter stop mode.) * Let the “PGM”...
  • Page 23 Contents Playback of Mini Disc MDX-F1 (EN) Repeated playback You can repeatedly listen to a favorite track or disc. (The REPEAT key is provided only on the main unit.) Select the “MD” input. * Setup for repeating all tracks in a disc 1 Confirm that the “PGM”...
  • Page 24: Playback Of Tape

    Contents Playback of tape MDX-F1 (EN) If you load a tape in the cassette deck in advance while the power is off. pressing the TAPE key (2, 3) turns power on automatically and starts the tape playback. Load a cassette tape. 1 Open the door.
  • Page 25: To Wind Tape At High Speed

    Contents Playback of tape MDX-F1 (EN) To wind tape at high speed If you are operating the remote control unit, press To fast wind in To fast wind in the 1 or ¡ key. direction | direction \ TUNING ¢ ÷...
  • Page 26: Receiving Broadcast Station

    Contents Receiving broadcast station MDX-F1 (EN) It is also possible to receive them by one-touch When the “TUNER FM/AM” key is pressed, the unit will automatically be switched on operations by storing up to 40 stations in the and reception status will be reached. preset memory.
  • Page 27 Contents Receiving broadcast station MDX-F1 (EN) Presetting radio stations automatically (auto preset) Keep the ENTER key depressed (about 2 seconds). 1 Select the “TUNER” input. TUNER AUTO TUNED STEREO 9 0 0 0 FM/AM T U N E R Turning the knob switches the function as shown 2 Select “AUTO PRESET”.
  • Page 28: Recording On Md

    Contents Let's recording Let's recording MDX-F1 (EN) Recording on MD This unit cannot record audio in monaural mode. MD recording is possible as “digital recording”, where the digital signal of the CD is used as it is, and as “analog recording”, where the analog signal of a broadcast etc. is converted to a digital signal. Make the preparations for recording.
  • Page 29 Contents Let's recording MDX-F1 (EN) Pause the recording Lights TRACK NO. 1 3 0 0 0 1 R 5 4 : 3 2 ÷ The track number is incremented by “1”. Press the key again to resume recording. The recordable time for the MD is displayed. ÷...
  • Page 30: Recording On Tape

    Contents Let's recording MDX-F1 (EN) Recording on TAPE This unit cannot record audio on High (Type ) and Metal (Type ) cassette tapes. Load a tape in deck. 1 Open the door of deck. 2 Insert a tape. ÷ Remove tape slack before loading. 3 Close the door.
  • Page 31 Contents Let's recording MDX-F1 (EN) Pause the recording Blinks • TAPE REC ÷ Press the “TAPE REC” key during recording. It stops after leaving a non-recorded blank of 4 seconds. (Press the key again to resume recording.) Stop the recording STOP ÷...
  • Page 32: Convenient Recording Methods

    Contents Convenient Recording Methods Convenient Recording Methods MDX-F1 (EN) One-touch recording (CD = MD /CD = TAPE) The one-touch recording can record all tracks in a CD with a one-touch operation (all-track recording). It can also record the current CD track being played from the beginning (single-track recording). Simultaneous recording onto MD and TAPE is not available.
  • Page 33 Contents Convenient Recording Methods MDX-F1 (EN) Program recording (CD = MD / CD = TAPE) Desired CD tracks can be programmed in the desired sequence and recorded onto an MD or tape. Simultaneous recording onto MD and TAPE is not available. Recording preparation is required.
  • Page 34: Program Recording

    Contents Convenient Recording Methods MDX-F1 (EN) Program recording (MD = TAPE) Desired MD tracks can be programmed in the desired sequence and recorded onto a tape. Recording preparation is required. º (Be sure to put the cassette deck in stop mode.) Program the desired sequence of MD tracks.
  • Page 35: Assigning A Title To A Disc Or Track

    Contents MD Edit Functions MD Edit Functions MDX-F1 (EN) Assigning a title to a disc or track When titles are assigned to a disc and its tracks, The MD operates on the basis of the information the titles can not only be displayed during play- read from the disk into memory.
  • Page 36 Contents MD Edit Functions MDX-F1 (EN) Input the title. 1 Select the group of the char- The following types of characters, numbers, and sym- acters used in the title. bols can be selected. Press the DISPLAY/CHARAC. key as often as required DISPLAY /CHARAC.
  • Page 37: Changing Or Deleting A Title

    Contents MD Edit Functions MDX-F1 (EN) Changing or deleting a title The “WRITING” display indicates that the re- corded and edited data are written in the MD. Be The MD operates on the basis of the information careful not to apply impact to the unit during it. read from the disk into memory.
  • Page 38: Moving Several Tracks At A Time

    Contents MD Edit Functions MDX-F1 (EN) Moving several tracks at a time (QUICK MOVE) The tracks can be reordered in the desired order Image of simultaneous, multiple track movement by moving up to 20 tracks at a time. Select the “MD” input. (Please execute operation in stopped condition.) * Perform the operations in the following procedure while the display is blinking.
  • Page 39 Contents MD Edit Functions MDX-F1 (EN) Moving a single track (TRACK MOVE) This procedure shows you how to select and Image of moving one track move (insert) a track to the track number you desire. The surrounding tracks are renumbered automatically.
  • Page 40 Contents MD Edit Functions MDX-F1 (EN) Dividing a track (TRACK DIVIDE) Image of track division Use the following procedure to divide a track into two by inserting a track number in its middle. Note that the track numbers of the tracks located after the divided track are automatically incremented.
  • Page 41: Combining Two Tracks

    Contents MD Edit Functions MDX-F1 (EN) Combining two tracks (TRACK COMBINE) Use the following procedure to combine two Image of track combining tracks into one by deleting a track number.After this operation, the track numbers of tracks lo- cated after the combined tracks are decreased automatically.
  • Page 42 Contents MD Edit Functions MDX-F1 (EN) Erasing a single track or erasing all tracks on a disc (TRACK ERASE) (ALL ERASE) TRACK ERASE ALL ERASE During playback, it is possible to erase only the During stop, all tracks can be erased. Be careful track being played.
  • Page 43 Contents MD Edit Functions MDX-F1 (EN) Execute the erase operation. C O M P L E T E ENTER ENTER C O M P L E T E B L A N K D I S C ÷ The track is erased (together with the track title). ÷...
  • Page 44: Setting The O.t.t. Timer

    Contents Adjust the clock before setting the timer. Timer operation Timer operation MDX-F1 (EN) Wake-up timer(O.T.T.) Playback of the selected input source starts at the specified time, and the unit is switched off after one hour. This timer operates only once directly after setting. Timer playback, timer recording (PROG.1, PROG.2) With each of the two timer programs, a selected source can be played (or radio broadcast can be recorded) in the previously set time period.
  • Page 45: Setting The Program Timer

    Contents Adjust the clock before setting the timer. Timer operation MDX-F1 (EN) Setting the Program Timer Two 24-hour timer systems (PROG.1, PROG.2) (which can be used every day) are available. With PROG 1 and PROG 2, two sets of time zones and operation contents can be programmed and executed as required.
  • Page 46 Contents Adjust the clock before setting the timer. Timer operation MDX-F1 (EN) Set the ON time then the OFF time. Adjust the time. The time is The time is ¶ ¶ O.T.T. PROG. O.T.T. PROG. returned. advanced. 7 0 0 8 0 0 T I M E O F F...
  • Page 47: Execution And Cancellation Of Timer

    Contents Adjust the clock before setting the timer. Timer operation MDX-F1 (EN) Execution and cancellation of timer Select the timer program No. to be used. (Remote control unit only) Each press of the key switches the program numbers as follows. TIMER 1O.T.T.
  • Page 48: Maintenance

    Contents Important Items Important Items MDX-F1 (EN) Maintenance Cleaning the head section Cleaning the heads and peripheral Demagnetizing the head components When the recording / playback head is Cotton swab magnetized, the sound quality will dete- For maintaining the best condition of the Capstan riorate.
  • Page 49: Reference

    Contents Important Items MDX-F1 (EN) Reference Memory backup function Caution on condensation Condensation (of dew) may occur inside the unit when Stored contents which are Clock display there is a great difference in temperature between this cleared immediately when MD recorder section unit and the outside.
  • Page 50: Handling Of Discs

    Contents Important Items MDX-F1 (EN) Handling of discs Disc handling precautions Discs which can be played with this unit CD (12 cm, 8 cm), and the audio part of CDV, CD-G and CD- Handling EXTRA. Hold the discs so that you do not Use discs that comply with the IEC standard, for example COMPACT COMPACT...
  • Page 51: Notes On Cassette Tape

    Contents Important Items MDX-F1 (EN) Notes on cassette tape Notes on cassette tape Safety tab (accidental erasure prevention tab) To store cassette tapes After an important recording has been finished, break the Do not store the tapes in a place which is subject to di- safety tab, to prevent the recorded contents from being rect sunlight, or near equipment that generates heat.
  • Page 52: In Case Of Difficulty

    Contents In case of difficulty In case of difficulty MDX-F1 (EN) What seems to be a malfunction is not always so. Before calling for service, check the following table according to the symptom of your trouble. Operation to reset The microcomputer may fall into malfunction (impos- Unplug the power cord from the power outlet then, sibility to operate, erroneous display, etc.) when the while holding the “REPEAT”...
  • Page 53 Contents In case of difficulty MDX-F1 (EN) Symptoms related to MD standard Symptom Cause ÷ More than 255 tracks (track No. 256 or more) cannot be recorded. (There “DISC FULL” is displayed while the disc still has a remaining recordable time. may be also cases in which recording is impossible while the track number is less than 256.) In such a case, the REMAIN time display shows “0:00”.
  • Page 54 Contents In case of difficulty MDX-F1 (EN) MD recorder section (Displayed messages and actions to be taken against them) Displayed Message Meaning Action ÷ No disc is placed on the tray. ÷ Load a disc. NO DISC ÷ An attempt is made to record digital ÷...
  • Page 55: Cd Player Section

    Contents In case of difficulty MDX-F1 (EN) CD player section Symptom Cause Remedy ÷ The disc is placed upside down. ÷ Place the disc properly, with the label A CD is placed in the player but it cannot be played. side facing upward.
  • Page 56: Specifications

    Dimensions ..........W: 464 mm H : 182 mm D : 243 mm Weight (net) ............5.4 kg KENWOOD follows a policy of continuous advancements in development. For reason specifications may be changed without notice. Notes Notes ÷ The full performance may not be exhibited in an extremely cold location (under a water-freezing temperature).