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COMPACT HI-FI COMPONENT SYSTEM
K-521

INSTRUCTION MANUAL

Europe only
Declaration of Conformity with regard to
Decla
the EMC Directive 2004/108/EC
Manufacturer:
Kenwood Corporation
2967-3 Ishikawa-machi, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, 192-8525 Japan
EU Representative's:
Kenwood Electronics Europe BV
Amsterdamseweg 37, 1422 AC UITHOORN, The Netherlands
© B60-5813-08/01 (E, X, K) GVT0294-002A
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  • Page 1: Instruction Manual

    Europe only Decla Declaration of Conformity with regard to the EMC Directive 2004/108/EC Manufacturer: Kenwood Corporation 2967-3 Ishikawa-machi, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, 192-8525 Japan EU Representative’s: Kenwood Electronics Europe BV Amsterdamseweg 37, 1422 AC UITHOORN, The Netherlands © B60-5813-08/01 (E, X, K) GVT0294-002A...
  • Page 2: Safety Precautions

    Except for U.S.A. The marking of products using lasers CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT The marking this product has been classifi ed as Class 1. It means that there is no danger of hazardous radiation outside the product. Location: Back panel K-521...
  • Page 3 Safety Precautions IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS Caution: Read this page carefully to ensure safe operation. Read These Instructions 5. Ventilation – All the safety and operating instructions should – Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided be read before the product is operated. for ventilation and to ensure reliable operation of the product and to protect it from overheating.
  • Page 4 fi re, electric shock, or other hazards. 15. Safety Check – Upon completion of any service or repairs to this product, ask the service technician to perform safety checks to determine that the product is in proper operating condition. K-521...
  • Page 5 Safety Precautions Safety Precautions Notes: Information on Disposal of Old Electrical Item 7 is not required except for grounded or and Electronic Equipment and Batteries polarized equipment. (applicable for EU countries that have adopted separate waste collection systems) Note to CATV system installer U.S.A.
  • Page 6: Disc Playback

    The system supports the playback of a USB flash memory and USB mass storage class compliant digital audio player. In addition, as well as analog input terminals for cassette decks, the K-521 also features a sampling rate converter compliant digital input terminal for digital tuners etc.
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Contents To ensure safety, read the items by this mark carefully. Procedures by Input Source P.25 Before Using the This chapter explains how to connect and use System the system with the diff erent input sources. Be sure to read these precautions. •...
  • Page 8: Accessories

    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 9: Installing The System

    Installing the System Notes on installing the system Always install the system on a fl at, stable surface. When installing the system on a stand of some sort, be sure to check the strength of the stand. The magnets used in the speakers may cause color irregularities on TV or PC screens. Do not set up the speakers too close to a TV or PC.
  • Page 10: Connecting The System

    Since antenna installation requires skill and experience, always consult your dealer Caution for outdoor antenna before installation. The antenna should be located away from power lines. If the installation antenna falls over, contact with a power line creates the risk of electric shock. K-521...
  • Page 11: Connecting The Am Loop Antenna

    Connecting the System If the system is connected correctly and still does not operate Microcomputer malfunctions normally or shows display errors, reset the microcomputer. (P.71) Connecting the AM loop antenna The antenna supplied with the system is for indoor use. Place it as far as possible away from the main unit, your TV set, the speaker cords and the power cord and point it in the direction that gives the best reception.
  • Page 12 Connect digital audio players to the [D.AUDIO IN] terminal on the rear panel of the main unit. D.AUDIO If you connect a Kenwood player that supports digital audio link using the dedicated cable PNC-150 (sold separately), you can control the player from the main unit and the remote D.AUDIO...
  • Page 13 Connecting the System AUX IN Cassette deck, etc. Connect the audio OUT terminals on components such as cassette decks D.AUDIO WOOFER DIGITAL IN to the [AUX IN] terminal on the rear PRE OUT REC OUT PLAY IN panel of the main unit. SPEAKERS DIGITAL OUT [AUX IN] inputs an analog audio...
  • Page 14: Component Names And Functions

    This is called Standby mode. When keys will turn on system power: [TUNER/BAND], system main unit is in this mode, you can turn it on using [CDE], [iPodE], [USBE], [D.AUDIOE], the remote control. [D-IN] , or [AUX] of the remote control. K-521...
  • Page 15 Component Names and Functions Displays shown in this manual Display may diff er from the actual displays. AUTO Lights during auto tuning. Turns off during manual tuning. (P.33) TUNED Lights when you are tuned to the radio station. (P.33) Lights when you are receiving the stereo broadcast. (P.33) Lights when the RDS broadcast is received.
  • Page 16 Selects the radio station selection Starts playback. mode. (P.27, 29, 30, 33) (P.21, 26, 32, 38, 40, 44) Skips back or forward through the Selects tracks or radio tracks and selects the radio station. stations. (P.27, 33, 41) (P.27, 32, 39, 41, 45) K-521...
  • Page 17: Using The Remote Control

    Component Names and Functions Using the remote control After plugging the main unit into an AC wall outlet, press the power [K] key on the remote control unit to turn the system After the system powers up, press the key for the function you want to use.
  • Page 18: How To Use This Manual

    – Discs recorded in Mix mode – Discs recorded in multiple sessions – Discs recorded in mixed formats of CD-DA format and formats that are not music data Mix mode combines the CD-DA format with audio fi les, such as MP3 and WMA. K-521 K-521...
  • Page 19 How to Use This Manual Operation icons Explanations of main unit Explains the procedure for CDs. procedures Explains the procedure for the Explanations of remote radio. control procedures Explains the procedures for iPods. Related functions that may also be helpful Explains the procedures for USB devices.
  • Page 20: Basic Operation

    CD, iPod, USB device, a digital audio player. Check the connections. (P.10-13) Preparations Have the remote control ready. (P. 17) Adjusting the volume level Lowers the Increases the volume volume Increases the volume Lowers the volume Mute Press this key again to unmute the sound. K-521...
  • Page 21: Basic Operation

    Basic Operation Turn the system on (off ). On remote control [D.AUDIOE], [TUNER/ BAND], [CDE], [iPodE], [USBE] key also turn on the power. Pressing the power [K] key when the system is on turns it off (Standby mode). Insert a disc (when listening to a CD). To use other components for playback, proceed to step 3.
  • Page 22: Important Information

    USB mass storage class compliant digital audio player to USB fl ash memory the [ USB] terminal. Note that Kenwood will not be held liable for any losses related to malfunction, damage, or data loss due to connection of any other type of device.
  • Page 23 AAC files contained in a CD-R or CD-RW cannot be contents stored on the USB device to be lost. Please played. note that Kenwood will not be held liable for any losses arising out of loss of stored data. “Made for iPod” means that an electronic accessory has been iPod is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S.
  • Page 24: Handling Discs

    2 Press the [CDE] key and check to make sure that the message "NO DISC" appears on the display. 3 Wait a few seconds and then turn the system off . 4 If there are any other components connected to the system, check to make sure they are all turned off before disconnecting the cables. K-521...
  • Page 25 Procedures by Input Source This chapter explains the operation procedures for each input source. For information on the sound quality settings and component settings regardless of the input source, see "Audio Settings" (P.47) and "Component Settings" (P.57). If an error is displayed or a problem arises, see "Maintenance"...
  • Page 26: Playing A Cd

    – Discs recorded in Mix mode – Discs recorded in multiple sessions – Discs recorded in mixed formats of CD-DA format and formats that are not music data Mix mode combines the CD-DA format with audio fi les, such as MP3 and WMA. K-521...
  • Page 27: Stopping Playback

    Audio Settings R P.47 onwards Related Related Information Information Operations during CD playback Specifying a track number To play the 3rd track, press the [3] key. To play the 17th track, press the [ 10], [1], and then [7] key. To play the 123rd track, press the [ 10], [ 10], [1], [2], and then [3] key.
  • Page 28 CD. You can specify the playback sequence by adding a number from "01" to "99" at the beginning of each folder and fi le name before you record the fi les onto the disc. K-521 K-521...
  • Page 29: Cd Random Playback Mode

    • RPage XX Supported Audio Files R P.23 Related Related Related Audio Settings R P.47 onwards • RPage XX Information Information Information CD Random Playback Mode This mode plays the tracks in the CD or in a folder in a random sequence. If the CD is already playing, press the [F] key to stop playback.
  • Page 30: Cd Program Playback Mode

    To play the folder number 3, press the [3] key. To play the folder number 17, press the [ 10], Press the [ENTER] key. [1], and then [7] key. To play the folder number 123, press the [ 10], [ 10], [1], [2], and then [3] key. K-521 K-521...
  • Page 31 • RPage XX CD Repeat Playback Mode R P.29 Related Related Related • RPage XX Information Information Information Use the number keys to select the track or fi le you want to listen to. MP3/WMA When Track 10 selected as program When fi...
  • Page 32: Receiving Radio Broadcasts

    To run through the sequence of stored station at intervals of roughly 0.5 seconds: Press and hold the [G] or [H] key. Selecting with the number keys To select P3, press the [3] key. To select P17, press the [ 10], [1], and [7] keys. K-521...
  • Page 33 Receiving Radio Broadcasts Presetting Stations Automatically (AUTO MEMORY) R P.34 Related Related Presetting Stations Manually (Manual Preset) R P.35 Information Information Audio Settings R P.47 onwards Choosing from stations that are not preset (Auto/ Manual Tuning) 1 Select Auto tuning or Manual tuning. [AUTO/MONO] key.
  • Page 34: Presetting Stations Automatically (Auto Memory)

    RDS stations are given priority during auto presetting. If there is memory left after presetting, this unit continues presetting regular FM and AM stations. A broadcast station that cannot be preset with AUTO MEMORY should be set with Manual preset. (P. 35) K-521 K-521...
  • Page 35: Presetting Stations Manually (Manual Preset)

    Receiving Radio Broadcasts Receiving Radio Broadcasts • RPage XX Related Related • RPage XX Information Information Presetting Stations Manually (Manual Preset) Use this procedure to make the station you are currently listening to a preset number. If the selected preset number is already assigned a station, the existing station is overwritten by the new station.
  • Page 36: Rds (Radio Data System)

    Press the [DISPLAY] key. The mode changes as shown below each time you press the key. Day/Clock Preset Number (Program Service Name) Some stations may not be provided or be given diff erent names depending on countries or areas. K-521...
  • Page 37: Searching For A Desired Program Type (Pty Search)

    RDS (Radio Data System) Related Information Searching for a Desired Program Type (PTY Search) The tuner automatically searches for a station which is currently broadcasting a specified program type (genre). Press the [PTY] key. W h e n a n R D S b r o a d c a s t i s received, the program type is shown on the display.
  • Page 38: Playing From An Ipod

    Always use the Dock adapter. (P.12) Keep the iPod on a straight position while connecting/disconnecting it. Once the iPod is connected, it can be charged. Press the [iPodE] key to begin playback. Simply pressing the [iPodE] key turns on the system and begins playback. K-521...
  • Page 39 iPod Supported Audio Files R P.23 Related Related Audio Settings R P.47 onwards Information Information Operations during iPod playback You can also perform these operation on iPod. Playing the tracks in the previous/next album Press the [PREV.] key to go to the previous album, while press the [NEXT] key to go to the next album.
  • Page 40: Playing Back From A Usb Device

    fi les on the connected device. If no playable fi les are found, playback does not start. When playback resumes on a digital HDD audio player, sound may jump due to the mechanism specifi c to HDD. K-521...
  • Page 41 Supported Audio Files R P.23 Related Related Audio Settings R P.47 onwards Information Information Operations during USB device playback Playing the tracks in the previous/next folder To go to the previous folder, press the [PREV.] key. These functions may not To go to the next folder, press the [NEXT] key.
  • Page 42: Playback From External Components

    The system will play PCM (32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz) digital signals. Begin playback on the connected external component. Perform the required operation on the connected external component to start playback. Adjust the volume level. K-521...
  • Page 43: Adjusting The External Component Input Level

    External Components Connecting Other Accessories (Commercially Available Units) R P.13 Related Related Audio Settings R P.47 onwards Information Information Adjusting the External Component Input Level Use the procedure below to adjust the input level for the external component connected to the [AUX IN] terminal. Use this adjustment when the volume from an external component is noticeably higher or lower than other input sources at the same vol- ume setting.
  • Page 44: Playing From A Digital Audio Player

    D.AUDIO You can connect a Kenwood digital audio player (referred to hereafter simply as "digital audio player") to the system and use it to play tracks. Playing from a digital audio player Use this procedure to connect a digital audio player to the system and play tracks.
  • Page 45 D.AUDIO Adjusting the Digital Audio Player Input Level R P.46 Related Related Audio Settings R P.47 onwards Information Information Operations during digital audio player playback Playing the tracks in the previous/next folder To go to the previous folder, press the [PREV.] key. To go to the next folder, press the [NEXT] key.
  • Page 46: Adjusting The Digital Audio Player Input Level

    Press the [A] or [B] key. You can adjust the input level in a range from -3 to 5. Press the [ENTER] key. If you adjust the input level for D.AUDIO, the output level from the [AUX REC OUT] terminal will also change. K-521 K-521...
  • Page 47: Audio Settings

    Audio Settings Use the procedures in this chapter to specify the sound quality settings for your stereo system. You can use the system's sound quality function to customize the sound to your own preferences. CONEQ (Acoustic Equalizer) • Matching the Acoustic Eff ect to the Environment of the Room Digital Signal Processor •...
  • Page 48 With the digital sound correction technology of Convolution Equalizer (CONEQ), you can select an Acoustic Eff ect suitable for your listening environment. Matching the Acoustic Eff ect to the Environment of the Room Press the [MODE] key. Select "CONEQ SET". Press the [C] or [D] key. Press the [ENTER] key. K-521...
  • Page 49 CONEQ (Acoustic Equalizer) Select a CONEQ number. Press the [A] or [B] key. The display changes as shown below. Suitable for a room with the average acoustic environment Suitable for a room where sound is not echoed easily (a room with a lot of sound- absorbing materials, for example, curtain) Suitable for a room where sound is echoed easily (a room with a lot of hard materials, for...
  • Page 50: Digital Signal Processor

    0 to 10.Higher numbers give more pronounced super-bass tones. The “D-BASS” fl ashes while setting is in progress. Press the [ENTER] key. If you set level 1 or higher, the “D-BASS” lights. K-521...
  • Page 51: Adjusting The Range Levels (Tone)

    Digital Signal Processor Adjusting the Range Levels (TONE) You can adjust the low-, mid- and high-range tones to match your preferences (TONE). Variable frequencies Adjusted level LEVEL (dB) LEVEL (dB) Variability Frequency Frequency Frequency Variability Variability Variability Frequency Frequency Press the [TONE] key, and then select [BASS] from the range levels (BASS: low-range tones, MID: mid-range tones, TREBLE: high-range tones, OFF: setting off...
  • Page 52 Press the [A] or [B] key to adjust the mid tones (MID) level. The "TONE" flashes while setting is in progress. While the "TONE" is fl ashing, you can adjust the level in a range from -8 to +8. K-521 K-521...
  • Page 53 Digital Signal Processor Press the [TONE] key. Press the [C] or [D] key to select the frequency (Low: 5kHz, Mid: 7kHz, or High: 10kHz) of the high-range tones (TREBLE). Press the [A] or [B] key to adjust the high tones (TREBLE) level.
  • Page 54: Disabling D-Bass, Tone Eff Ects (Flat)

    Digital Signal Processor Digital Signal Processor Disabling D-BASS, TONE eff ects (FLAT) Press the [FLAT] key. The "D-BASS" and "TONE" levels are set to 0. K-521 K-521...
  • Page 55: Supreme Ex

    Supreme EX Related Information Supreme EX is Kenwood's original sound quality enhancement technology and is used for playing CDs and audio fi les or for playback using components connected to a digital input terminal. Setting Supreme EX Press the [MODE] key.
  • Page 56: Balance

    Use this procedure to adjust the volume balance for the left and right speakers. Adjusting the Speaker Volume Balance Press the [MODE] key. Select "BALANCE". Press the [C] or [D] key. Press the [ENTER] key. Adjust the balance. Press the [A] or [B] key. Press the [ENTER] key. K-521...
  • Page 57 Component Settings This chapter explains basic timekeeping settings, as well as settings for the timer, display, and other functions which provide more extensive usage of this product. Setting the Timer • Setting the Sleep Timer (SLEEP) ………………………………… 58 • Setting the Program Timer (TIMER SET) …………………………...
  • Page 58: Setting The Timer

    While the Sleep Timer is running, you can check the remaining time by pressing the [SLEEP] key. To cancel the Sleep Timer Press the power [K] key to turn the system off (Standby) or press the [SLEEP] to turn off "Q". K-521...
  • Page 59: Setting The Program Timer (Timer Set)

    Setting the Timer Setting the System Clock R P.64 Related Related Information Information Setting the Program Timer (TIMER SET) This function allows you to use the timer to start playback automati- cally at a specifi ed time. You can set two timers (PROG. 1 and PROG. 2) at the same time.You can play back from a radio, CD, iPod, USB device, or external component (AUX IN).
  • Page 60 Specify the "OFF" (end time) setting. Use the [A] or [B] key to set the "hour". The "hour" fl ashes. Press the [ENTER] key. Use the [A] or [B] key to set the "minute". The "minute" fl ashes. Press the [ENTER] key. K-521 K-521...
  • Page 61 Setting the Timer Setting the Timer RP.XX Related RP.XX Information Select "PLAY" or "AI PLAY". Press the [A] or [B] key. Playback is at the volume set in step 10. Playback begins at the speci- fi ed time and the volume grad- ually increases to the level set in step 10.
  • Page 62 To modify the program settings, reconfi gure the timer settings from the begin- ning. When the system is in Standby mode, you can confi rm the timer setting (on or off ) for 5 seconds by pressing the [F] key on the remote control. K-521 K-521...
  • Page 63: Display Settings

    Display Settings Related Information Use these settings to adjust the brightness of the display and to specify the settings for the main unit dial lighting. Setting the Display Brightness (DIMMER) Use this procedure to adjust the display brightness. Adjust the brightness according to your preferences and the conditions in the room.
  • Page 64: Setting The System Clock

    Pressing the [ F] key on the remote control while the system is in the Standby mode will display the time for 5 seconds. Time display diff ers (24 Hour clock display or AM/ PM display) according to area. K-521 K-521...
  • Page 65: Auto Power Save (A

    Auto Power Save (A.P.S) Related Information Auto Power Save (A.P.S.) is automatically turns the system off if no operation is per- formed for 30 minutes after a CD or a USB connected device stops playing. Press the [MODE] key. Select "A.P.S. SET". Press the [C] or [D] key.
  • Page 66: Setting The Power Supply

    Select "ON" or "OFF". Press the [A] or [B] key. Power is always supplied when the system is turned on. Power is supplied only when the device is selected as an input source. Press the [ENTER] key. K-521 K-521 K-521...
  • Page 67 Maintenance This chapter explains what to do when error messages appear on the display or when problems arise. It also describes how to store and maintain the system so it continues to give pleasure for many years to come. Messages ……………………………………………………68 Troubleshooting ……………………………………………69 Glossary of Terms ……………………………………………72 Care and Storage ……………………………………………73...
  • Page 68: Messages

    Alternatively, there is no signal input. ––– kHz The sampling frequency of the input PCM signals is outside the playable range. There is no TAG information. (See P.23) ... . K-521...
  • Page 69: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Whenever the system is not operating as expected, check the following tables to see if you can resolve the problem yourself before requesting service. Amplifi er/ Speakers Symptoms Solution Ref. page No sound output Check all connections as described in <Connecting the 10-13 System>.
  • Page 70 Ref. page No sound output when Plug in the USB fl ash memory correctly. USB flash memory or a USB Connect the USB cable correctly. Check to make sure the USB audio player is turned on. audio player is connected. K-521...
  • Page 71: Remote Control

    Solution Ref. page The main unit and Connect the player using the dedicated cable PNC-150. Check whether the connected model is compatible. remote control can- not control a Kenwood digital audio player. Remote control Symptoms Solution Ref. page The remote control does Load new batteries.
  • Page 72: Glossary Of Terms

    A standard for computer control of a USB device. It also makes class it possible for a computer to recognize a connected USB de- vice as an external storage device. An abbreviation for the "Windows Media™ Audio" audio compression and encoding system developed by Microsoft Corporation of the U.S. K-521...
  • Page 73: Care And Storage

    Care and Storage Care and storage of main unit Care and storage of CDs Keep the system out of the following lo- Storing a CD cations If you do not plan to use a CD for a long time, re- move it from the main unit and store it in its case.
  • Page 74: Specifi Cations

    Interface ......USB2.0 (Full speed) USB1.1 compatible File system..................FAT 16/32 Supply current ..............Max. 500 mA Notes: Kenwood follows a policy of continuous advancements in development. For this reason specifi cations may be changed without notice. Suffi cient performance may not be exhibited at extremely cold locations (where water freezes).
  • Page 75 In compliance with Federal Regulations, following are reproductions of labels on, or inside the product relating to laser product safety. Kenwood Corporation 2967-3, ISHIKAWA-MACHI, HACHIOJI-SHI TOKYO, JAPAN KENWOOD CORP. CERTIFIES THIS EQUIPMENT CONFORMS TO DHHS REGULATIONS N0.21 CFR 1040. 10, CHAPTER 1, SUBCHAPTER J. Location : Back Panel U.S.A. only FCC WARNING This equipment may generate or use radio frequency energy.
  • Page 76: For Your Records

    This symbol is labeled on the products whose impacts on the environment are minimized by Kenwood. For your records Record the serial number, found on the back of the unit, in the spaces designated on the warranty card, and in the space provided below. Refer to the model and serial numbers whenever you call upon your dealer for information or service on this product.