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MDX-G3
MINIDISC PERSONAL STEREO SYSTEM

INSTRUCTION MANUAL

B60-4854-00 01 MA (M)
0009

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  • Page 1: Instruction Manual

    MDX-G3 MINIDISC PERSONAL STEREO SYSTEM INSTRUCTION MANUAL B60-4854-00 01 MA (M) 0009...
  • Page 2: Before Applying Power

    Before applying power Caution : Read this page carefully to ensure safe operation. Units are designed for operation as follows. China and Russia ......AC 220 V only U.S.A. and Canada ....... AC 120 V only Other countries ..AC 110 - 120 / 220 - 240 V Australia ........
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Caution : Read the pages marked carefully to ensure safe operation. Stereo LP modes ........... 32 Before applying power ......... 2 Types of recording modes ......32 Safety precautions ........2 Setting the recording mode ......33 High-speed recording Preparation section of all CD tracks onto an MD ......
  • Page 4: System Connection

    If any accessories are missing, or if the unit is damaged or fails to operate, notify your dealer immediately. If the unit was shipped to you directly, notify your shipper immediately. Kenwood recommends that you retain the original carton and packing materials in case you need to move or ship the unit in the future.
  • Page 5: Connecting The Accessories

    Connecting the accessories Antenna assembly FM rod antenna method Extend the FM antenna and ori- ent it to obtain the best receiv- ing condition possible. AM loop antenna The provided antenna has been designed for indoor use. Place it in a position as apart as possible from a TV and power cords and orient it to obtain the best re- ceiving condition.
  • Page 6: Connecting Other Components

    System connection (continued) Connecting other components headphones Plug the optional headphones equipped with stereo mini-plugs. ÷ When listening audio through speakers, unplug the headphones from the PHONES jack. AUX (auxiliary) component An additional MD player, cassette tape or analog turntable with built-in equalizer (such as the P-110) which are available separately can optionally be connected to the system using an audio cable with stereo mini-plugs (option).
  • Page 7: Adjusting The Present Time

    Adjusting the present time Press the SET key. To use the timer function, it is required to set the built-in clock of the unit to the cor- rect time. The clock shows the time of day A D J U S T in 12-hour system.
  • Page 8: Presetting Radio Stations

    Presetting radio stations Press the TUNER FM/AM key (or A total of 30 desired stations can be stored the FM/AM key on the remote) so in the auto and manual preset memory. that the "FM" or "AM" band is se- Presetting stations automatically lected.
  • Page 9: Presetting Stations Manually (Manual Preset)

    Presetting stations manually Press the ENTER key during re- (MANUAL PRESET) ception. Among the receivable stations, only the de- sired stations can be received and preset in- dividually. While " - - " is blinking, press the 4 P.CALL or ¢ P.CALL key re- peatedly to select the desired POWER preset number.
  • Page 10: Playback Of Cd

    Playback of CD CD/MD HIGH SPEED DUBBING SYSTEM To play a CD. POWER Numeric keys TITLE INPUT TRACK EDIT RANDOM ¢ 7 STOP REPEAT SPACE CHARAC. CLEAR/DELETE P.CALL ¢ ENTER TUNING TUNING DOWN ¡ FM/AM 7 STOP STOP TAPE TAPE EQ. AUTO/MANU MD O.T.E.
  • Page 11 Operation of keys Purpose Operation Press the 7STOP key. To stop playback To let playback pause Press the CD 6 key. Press it again to resume playback. Press the ¢ key to skip to the next track. To skip a track Press the 4 key quickly twice to skip to the previous track.
  • Page 12: Playback Of Md

    Playback of MD To play an MD. POWER Numeric keys ¢ 7 STOP TITLE INPUT EJECT TRACK EDIT RANDOM REPEAT SPACE CHARAC. CLEAR/DELETE P.CALL ¢ ENTER TUNING TUNING DOWN ¡ FM/AM STOP TAPE TAPE EQ. 7 STOP AUTO/MANU MD O.T.E. DISPLAY TIME DISPLAY TAPE O.T.E.
  • Page 13 Operation of keys Purpose Operation Press the 7STOP key. To stop playback To let playback pause Press the MD 6 key. Press it again to resume playback. Press the ¢ key to skip to the next track. To skip a track Press the 4 key quickly twice to skip to the previous track.
  • Page 14: Playback Of Tape

    Playback of TAPE To play a tape. Do not use a cassette with more than 90- minute recording time, for the tape used with such a cassette is very thin and tends POWER to cause troubles such as entanglement around the pinch roller or cutting of tape. TITLE INPUT TRACK EDIT RANDOM...
  • Page 15 Operation of keys Purpose Operation Press the 7STOP key. To stop playback In stop mode, press the ¢ if the current tape transport direction is To fast forward tape "3" (or the 4 key if it is "2"). In stop mode, press the 4 if the current tape transport direction is To rewind tape "3"...
  • Page 16: Receiving Broadcast Stations

    Receiving broadcast stations Previously stored (preset) radio stations can be tuned in with a one-touch operation. For the preset procedure, see "Presetting radio stations" (page 8 to 9). POWER Numeric keys TITLE INPUT TRACK EDIT RANDOM REPEAT SPACE CHARAC. CLEAR/DELETE P.CALL ENTER TUNING...
  • Page 17 To tune a radio station using numeric keys : Input the preset number of the desired station using the numeric keys on the remote. Examples Preset No. 23 : +10, +10, 3 Preset No. 40 : +10, +10, +10, +10, 0 Receiving non-preset broadcast stations A radio station can be tuned either by auto tuning or manual tuning according to the current reception condition.
  • Page 18: Playing Audio Input From Aux Component

    Playing audio input from AUX component The audio from the AUX component can be monitored as follows. POWER TITLE INPUT TRACK EDIT RANDOM REPEAT SPACE CHARAC. CLEAR/DELETE P.CALL ENTER TUNING TUNING DOWN FM/AM STOP TAPE TAPE EQ. AUTO/MANU MD O.T.E. DISPLAY TIME DISPLAY TAPE O.T.E.
  • Page 20: Recording Cd Onto Md (Md O.t.e.)

    Recording CD onto MD (MD O.T.E.) The MD O.T.E. (One-Touch Edit) function makes it possible to record all tracks in a CD on an MD with a one-touch operation (All-track recording). It is also capable of recording the cur- CD/MD HIGH SPEED DUBBING SYSTEM rently played CD track on an MD with a one-touch operation (Single-track recording).
  • Page 21 Press the MD O.T.E. key on the remote. Elapsed time of CD track If you are operating the main unit : being played MD recording (1) Press the MENU key. CD track No. indicator (2) Rotate the VOLUME/MULTI-CONTROL knob so that "REC OPTIONS" is displayed, then 0 0 1 R 7 4 : 0 0 press the SET key.
  • Page 22: Recording Cd Onto Tape (Tape O.t.e.)

    Recording CD onto TAPE (TAPE O.T.E.) The TAPE O.T.E. (One-Touch Edit) function makes it possible to record all tracks in a CD on a tape with a one-touch operation (All-track recording). It is also capable of recording the cur- CD/MD HIGH SPEED DUBBING SYSTEM rently played CD track on a tape with a one-touch operation (Single-track recording).
  • Page 23 Press the TAPE ` key so that " 3 " is lit, Tape transport direction then press the 7 STOP key. If "2" is lit, recording will start with the side T A P E S T O P which is not facing the front. EX.
  • Page 24 Recording CD onto TAPE (continued) Recording the CD track being played (Single-track recording) Play the CD track to be recorded. Press the TAPE O.T.E. key on the remote. When you are operating the main unit, see step 6 (page 23). Recording starts after returning to the beginning of the current track.
  • Page 26: Displayed Information

    Displayed information ÷ Only the information of 1 and 2 is displayed Viewing the CD information during 1-track repeat or random playback. ÷ When the displayed time reaches 256 min- utes or more, the display shows " - - : - - ". POWER Viewing the text data (CD-TEXT) TITLE INPUT...
  • Page 27: Viewing The Md Information

    Viewing the MD information Display in recording The displayed information switches each time the DISPLAY key on the remote is TITLE INPUT pressed. TRACK EDIT RANDOM 1. Remaining recordable time of the disc REPEAT SPACE CHARAC. CLEAR/DELETE P.CALL 0 0 3 R 9 : 0 1 ENTER EX.
  • Page 28: Adjusting The Tone

    Adjusting the tone Fine adjustment of bass and tre- ble (TONE) Enhancement of bass and treble SOUND TONE TIMER SLEEP TONE (EX.BASS / LOUDNESS) VOLUME MUTE VOLUME AUTO/MANU MD O.T.E. DISPLAY TIME DISPLAY TAPE O.T.E. SOUND TONE TIMER SLEEP SOUND MUTE VOLUME Remote control unit only...
  • Page 29: Adjusting The Aux Input Level

    Adjusting the AUX input Muting the audio tempo- level rarily (MUTE) The input level from an AUX component con- The audio being played can be muted tem- nected to the AUX IN jacks (MD player, ana- porarily. log turntable, VCR, etc.) can be adjusted. It is recommended to adjust it so that the AUX input sounds at a similar volume to the built- in CD and MD.
  • Page 30: Playing Cd Or Md Tracks In The Desired Sequence

    Playing CD or MD tracks Press the SET key. in the desired sequence To select other tracks, repeat steps 4 (PGM) and 5 for each. If you commit a mistake, press the Use the following procedure to program up CLEAR / DELETE key to clear the track to 32 desired tracks in a desired order.
  • Page 31: Repeating A Cd Or Md (Repeat)

    Repeating a CD or MD Playing a CD or MD in a (REPEAT) random (RANDOM) Use the following procedure to play the de- Use the following procedure to play tracks sired track(s) repeatedly. Repeat playback in a random. This will renew the enjoyment can be combined with program playback or of the same disc that you have already played random playback.
  • Page 32: Stereo Lp Modes

    Stereo LP modes Stamping (STAMP) This system has the stamping function, The MD recorder of the system is compat- which attaches stamp "LP:" at the beginning ible with stereo long play of MD (MDLP of each track title to facilitate identification compatible equipment).
  • Page 33: Setting The Recording Mode

    Setting the recording mode Press the SET key. The MD recording mode can be set only in The setting operation is complete if you stop mode. selected "STEREO" or "MONO" in the VOLUME/ above. MULTI-CONTROL If you selected "LP2" or "LP4", the stamping setting screen will be dis- played.
  • Page 34: High-Speed Recording Of All Cd Tracks Onto An Md

    High-speed recording of Make preparation for recording. all CD tracks onto an MD See steps 1 to 3 in "Recording CD All of the tracks in a CD can be recorded in onto MD" (page 20). half the usual period of time. If the program play or random play mode is activated, can- Press the MENU key.
  • Page 35 High-speed recording the CD track being played (Single-track recording) Perform the operations in steps 1 to 4 (page 34). Play the CD track to be recorded. Press the MD O.T.E. key on the re- mote. When you are operating the main unit, see step 4 of "Recording CD onto MD"...
  • Page 36: Recording Onto Md

    Recording onto MD Play the recording source. Desired music source can be recorded onto MDs. 4 ¢ 7 STOP To stop recording : Press the 7STOP key. To let recording pause : Press the MD 6 key during recording. Press the MD 6 or MD REC key to resume recording from the pause.
  • Page 37 In regard to track numbers at the time of recording MD track numbers are used to search the beginning of a track or programming tracks. ÷ When recording audio from the radio, tape or AUX source, track numbers are assigned automatically in any of the fol- lowing cases.
  • Page 38: Recording Onto Tape

    Recording onto TAPE Start playing the source to be re- The tape deck of the system can record any corded. music source including CD and radio. 7 STOP VOLUME / To stop recording : MULTI-CONTROL Press the 7STOP key. To let recording pause : When the TAPE REC key is pressed during recording, recording pauses after leaving a MENU...
  • Page 39: Recording Cd Tracks Onto Md Or Tape In Desired Sequence

    Recording CD tracks onto Start recording. MD or TAPE in desired se- Recording onto MD : Press the MD quence O.T.E. key. Recording onto tape : Press the TAPE The tracks in a CD can be recorded by reor- O.T.E. key. dering them in the desired sequence when the recording speed is "CD=MD NORM".
  • Page 40: Recording Md Tracks Onto Tape In Desired Sequence

    Recording MD tracks onto Press the MD 6 key. TAPE in desired sequence When recording of MD tracks com- A tape containing only the favorite tracks in pletes, the tape deck stops automati- an MD can be created by reordering them in cally after leaving a no-sound section the desired sequence.
  • Page 41: Recording Only The First Track Of Cd (Best Hits)

    Recording only the first To stop recording in the middle : Press the 7STOP key. track of CD (BEST HITS) Only the first track of each CD can be re- corded. This function is convenient for re- cording the first tracks of multiple single CDs onto a single MD.
  • Page 42: Editing The Md Titles

    Editing the MD titles "Aa" : Alphabet group "12" : Numeral group character group Assigning a title to a disc or track When titles are assigned to a disc and its tracks, the titles can be displayed during ≤ A a playback.
  • Page 43 Changing a title To cancel title input in the middle : Perform steps 1 to 4 of "Assigning a Press the TITLE INPUT key any time be- fore the end of step 7. Editing can also be title to a disc or track" (page 42). Press the 1 or ¡...
  • Page 44: Registering Titles

    Editing the MD titles (continued) After composing the title, press Registering titles the ENTER key. Frequently used title characters can be reg- The title is registered in the MD and istered in the title memo and recalled any scrolled on the display. time later.
  • Page 45: Copying Titles

    Copying titles "[123]" : One of titles stored in title memo 1, 2 and 3 (page 44) A disc or track title in a previously recorded can be copied. MD or title characters registered in the title memo (page 44) can be copied and used in "[dISC]"...
  • Page 46: Title Editing Character List

    Editing the MD titles (continued) Title editing character list The following characters including uppercase and lowercase alphabets, numerals and sym- bols. Available characters in title input using the character input keys on the remote ÷ The titles to be copied by title copy cannot be selected with the character input keys. ÷...
  • Page 47: Moving One Track

    Moving one track Press the TRACK EDIT key repeat- Use the following procedure to select a track edly until " 3 MOVE?" is dis- and move and insert it to the position of the desired track number. Multiple tracks can be played, then press the SET key.
  • Page 48: Moving Several Tracks At A Time

    Moving several tracks at Number of selected tracks a time 0 0 2 T I T L E EX. BASS Use the following procedure to select up to Track No. to be moved 32 tracks you want to move in the desired If you commit a mistake, press the sequence and move them together.
  • Page 49: Combining Tracks

    Combining tracks Press the 4 or ¢ key repeat- Use the following procedure to combine two edly to select the latter track track into a single track. The track numbers after the combined tracks are adjusted au- number that you want to combine tomatically.
  • Page 50: Dividing A Track

    Dividing a track The audio of the 2 seconds around it will be played repeatedly. Use the following procedure to divide a track Adjust while listening to the repeated into two. The track numbers are adjusted audio. automatically. The dividing point can be adjusted in the range between -31 and +31.
  • Page 51: Erasing A Track

    Erasing a track Press the TRACK EDIT key repeat- Use the following procedure to erase the edly until " 3 ERASE?" is dis- track being played. The track numbers will be adjusted automatically. played, then press the SET key. Display when erasing track No. 3 Image of erasing a track Track No.
  • Page 52: Erasing Several Tracks At A Time

    Erasing several tracks at Press the 4 or ¢ key repeat- a time edly to select the track number to Use the following procedure to select up to erased, and press the SET key. 32 tracks you want to erase and erase them Select other tracks to be erased by re- together.
  • Page 53: Canceling Editing

    Canceling editing Editing can be canceled provided that it is attempted before "MD WRITING" is dis- played. POWER TITLE INPUT TRACK EDIT TRACK RANDOM EDIT REPEAT SPACE CHARAC. CLEAR/DELETE P.CALL ENTER TUNING TUNING DOWN ENTER FM/AM STOP TAPE TAPE EQ. AUTO/MANU MD O.T.E.
  • Page 54: Waking Up To The Timer Playback (O.t.t.)

    Waking up to the timer Rotate the VOLUME/ MULTI-CON- playback (O.T.T.) TROL knob to adjust the listening The O.T.T. makes timer-activate playback volume. possible by simply setting the desired time The source will be played at the ad- of the day. The system is automatically turned off in 1 hour after the start of timer justed volume.
  • Page 55 7 Execution To cancel O.T.T. timer : Press the TIMER key on the remote repeat- Press the TIMER key on the re- edly until "O.T.T." turns off. mote repeatedly until "O.T.T." is lit. "O.T.T." lit To re-execute O.T.T. timer with the same setting as before : After preparing the source to be EX.
  • Page 56: Program Timer (Prog.1, Prog.2)

    Program timer AUX component : Make the required preparation for playback by connect- (PROG.1, PROG.2) ing an AUX component. Be also sure to set the timer for the The program timer can store the timer oper- AUX source component connected ating hours and its contents so the timer to the AUX IN jacks.
  • Page 57 7 Execution Rotate the VOLUME/MULTI-CON- Press the TIMER key on the re- TROL knob to select "PLAY" or "AI mote repeatedly until the pro- PLAY", then press the SET key. gram number to be executed "PLAY" : The source will played at ("PROG.
  • Page 58: Timer Recording Using Program Timer

    Timer recording using program Perform steps 2 to 6 of "Timer timer playback using program timer" The audio of TUNER (radio) or AUX (AUX component) started by the timer playback (page 56). at the set time can be recorded onto an MD or tape during timer playback.
  • Page 59 7 Execution To cancel program timer : Press the TIMER key on the remote re- Press the TIMER key on the re- peatedly until "PROG.1" or "PROG.2" or mote repeatedly until the pro- "PROG.12" turns off. gram number to be executed ("PROG.
  • Page 60: Sleep Timer (Sleep)

    Sleep timer (SLEEP) Auto power save (A.P.S.) When the time set for the SLEEP time has The system can be set up so that it turns off elapsed, the system is turned off automati- automatically when it has been left for more cally.
  • Page 61: Important Items

    Important items Disc handling precautions Caution on condensation Handling Condensation (of dew) may occur inside the Hold the discs so that you do not touch the unit when there is a great difference in tem- playing surface. perature between this unit and the outside. This unit may not function properly if con- densation occurs.
  • Page 62 Important items (continued) Dust countermeasure The shutter of the disc cartridge is perma- Never play a cracked or warped disc nently open while the disc is loaded in the set. Therefore, to prevent dust from pen- During playback, the disc rotates at high etrating inside the disc, take the disc out of speed in the player.
  • Page 63 Notes on cassette tape Maintenance Safety tab (accidental erasure prevention Cleaning the heads and peripheral compo- tab) nents After an important recording has been fin- For maintaining the best condition of the ished, break the safety tab, to prevent the deck and for longer service life, always keep recorded contents from being erased or re- the heads, capstan and pinch roller clean.
  • Page 64: Amplifier Section

    Important items (continued) WARNING NOTICE: In most cases it is an infringement of copy- right to make copies of tapes or discs with- Maintenance of the unit out the permission of the copyright owners. When the front panel or case becomes dirty, Anyone wishing to copy commercially avail- wipe with a soft, dry cloth.
  • Page 65: In Case Of Difficulty

    In case of difficulty What seems to be a malfunction is not always so. Before calling for service, check the follow- ing table according to the symptom of your trouble. Operation to reset The microcomputer may fall into malfunction when a cord is unplugged and plugged again while the unit is ON or due to an external cause.
  • Page 66 In case of difficulty (continued) Remote control unit Remote control operation is not possible. \ Replace batteries with new ones. (page 4) \ If the remote is too far away from the system or there is an obstacle in between, point the remote to the remote sensor on the main unit.
  • Page 67 CD player section Sound it not produced even when the play key is pressed. \ Insert the CD properly. (page 10) \ Clean the disc as described in "Disc handling precautions". (pages 61 and 62) \ Remove condensation as described in "Caution on condensation". (page 61) Sound skips.
  • Page 68: Display Message List

    Display message list = The disc does not contain any recordings. BLANK DISC = An attempt is made to perform high-speed recording of more than BUFFER OVER 100 tracks within 74 minutes. = An attempt is made to edit a track which is too short. CAN'T EDIT = The CD door is open.
  • Page 69 = The TOC* information in the disc is being read. READING = An attempt is made to record digital signal from a source while its SCMS digital copy has been prohibited by SCMS. This unit cannot record this kind of signal. = An attempt is made to display the text information of a CD TEXT TEXT FULL disc containing more than 1 kB of text information.
  • Page 70: Specifications

    Frequency response ....20 Hz to 20 kHz Wow & flutter ....Unmeasurable limit ÷ KENWOOD follows a policy of continuous advancements in development. For this reason specifi- cations may be changed without notice. ÷ The full performance may not be exhibited in an extremely cold location (under a water-freezing...
  • Page 71: Controls And Indicators

    Controls and indicators Main Unit 3 4 5 6 % ^ & * ( 1 STANDBY/TIMER indicator (71) ! BEST HITS (41) % SET/(DEMO) (6,7) 2 POWER ^ MENU (7) MD REC (36) 3 SOUND (28) & 0EJECT (MD ejection) (13) TAPE REC (38) 4 AUX (18) @ TUNER FM/AM (8)
  • Page 72: Remote Control Unit

    1 POWER Remote control unit 2 TITLE INPUT (42) The keys on the remote control unit with the 3 TRACK EDIT (47) same names as on the main unit have the 4 PGM (30) same function as the keys on the main unit. 5 SPACE (42) CHARAC.