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Other Operations
Recording onto a tape (Except for
North American model)
Creating your own CD program
Use a TYPE I (normal) tape only.
(Program Play)
You can record just the portions you like from a sound
source, including connected audio components.
Use buttons on the remote to create your own program.
Use buttons on the unit to control tape recording.
1
Press CD
to select the CD function.
1
Insert a recordable tape into the cassette holder
2
with the side you want to record facing up.
Press PLAY MODE
repeatedly until "PGM" appears
while the player is stopped.
2
Prepare the recording source.
3
Press DISC SKIP
to select a disc.
Select the desired source to record.
Place the disc you want to record and press DISC
4
Press / (or / on the unit)
SKIP/EX-CHANGE
to select a disc.
repeatedly until the desired track number appears.
When recording a folder from an MP3 disc, press
When programing MP3 files, press
+/–
PLAY MODE
repeatedly to select "
repeatedly to select the desired folder, and then select
press
+/–
repeatedly to select the desired
the desired file.
folder.
Selected track or file number
To record only your favorite CD tracks or MP3 files in
your desired order, perform steps 2 to 5 of "Creating
your own CD program. "
3
Start recording.
Press  (record)
, and then start playing the
desired recording source.
Total playing time of the
The CD starts playing automatically after 10 seconds
selected track
have passed.
If there is noise while recording from the tuner,
5
Press ENTER
to add the track or file to the
reposition the appropriate antenna to reduce the
program.
noise.
6
Repeat steps 3 through 5 to program additional
While recording, you cannot listen to other sources.
tracks or files, up to a total of 25 tracks or files.
To stop recording
7
To play your program of tracks or files, press  (or
Press 
.
CD  on the unit)
.
The program remains available until you open the disc
Tip
tray. To play the same program again, select the CD
We recommend that you press 
first, and then press 
avoid noise being recorded when you stop recording.
function, and press  (or CD  on the unit)
.
To cancel Program Play
Press PLAY MODE
repeatedly until "PGM"
Using the timers
disappears while the player is stopped.
The system offers two timer functions. If you use both
To delete the last track or file of the program
timers, the Sleep Timer has priority.
Press CLEAR
on the remote while the player is
stopped.
Sleep Timer:
You can fall asleep to music. This function works even if
To view program information, such as total
the clock is not set.
track number of the program
Press SLEEP
on the remote repeatedly. If you select
Press DISPLAY
repeatedly.
"AUTO, " the system automatically turns off after the
current disc or tape stops or in 100 minutes.
If the tape deck is still playing or recording at the set
Presetting radio stations
time, the system turns off after the tape deck stops.
Play Timer:
You can preset your favorite radio stations and tune
You can wake up to CD or tuner at a preset time.
them in instantly by selecting the corresponding preset
number.
Use buttons on the remote to control the Play Timer.
1
Make sure you have set the clock.
Tune in the desired station (See "Listening to the
radio").
1
Prepare the sound source.
2
Press TUNER MEMORY
on the remote.
Prepare the sound source, and then press VOLUME
Preset number
+/–
to adjust the volume.
To start from a specific CD track or MP3 file, create
your own CD program.
2
Press CLOCK/TIMER SET
.
3
Press /
repeatedly to select "PLAY, " and
3
then press ENTER
.
Press +/– (or TUNING + or – on the unit)
repeatedly to select your desired preset number.
"ON TIME" appears, and the hour indication flashes.
If another station is already assigned to the selected
4
Set the time to start playing.
preset number, the station is replaced by the new
Press /
repeatedly to set the hour, and
stations.
then press ENTER
.
4
Press ENTER
on the remote.
The minute indication flashes. Use the procedure
5
above to set the minutes.
Repeat steps 1 through 4 to store other stations.
5
You can preset up to 20 FM and 10 AM stations. The
Use the same procedure as in step 4 to set the time
preset stations are retained for about half a day even
to stop playing.
if you disconnect the power cord or if a power failure
6
Select the sound source.
occurs.
Press /
repeatedly until the desired
6
To call up a preset radio station, press TUNING
sound source appears, and then press ENTER
MODE
repeatedly until "PRESET" appears, and
display shows the timer settings.
then press +/– (or TUNING + or – on the unit)
7
Press 
to turn off the system.
repeatedly to select the desired preset number.
If the system is on at the preset time, the Play Timer
will not play.
To activate or check the timer again
Press CLOCK/TIMER SELECT
repeatedly until "PLAY SEL" appears, and then press
ENTER
.
To cancel the timer
Repeat the same procedure as above until "OFF" appears,
and then press ENTER
.
To change the setting
Start over from step 1.
Tip
The Play Timer setting remains as long as the setting is not canceled
manually.
1
Press CD on the remote (or FUNCTION repeatedly)
Troubleshooting
2
Press 
1
Make sure the power cord and speaker cords are
3
After "STANDBY" stops flashing, press DISPLAY
correctly and firmly connected.
to display the clock and then press 
holding down 
2
Find your problem in the checklist below, and take
the indicated corrective action.
"CD POWER OFF" appears. With CD player power
turned off, disc access time is increased. To turn on
If the issue persists, contact your nearest Sony dealer.
CD player power, repeat the procedure until "CD
POWER ON" appears.
If the STANDBY indicator flashes
Immediately unplug the power cord, and check the
To reset the system to factory settings
following item.
If the system still does not operate properly, reset the
 If your system has a voltage selector, is the voltage
system to factory settings.
selector set to the correct voltage?
Use buttons on the unit to reset the unit to its factory
After the STANDBY indicator
on the unit stops
default settings.
flashing, reconnect the power cord, and turn on the
, " and then
system. If the issue persists, contact your nearest Sony
1
Disconnect and reconnect the power cord, and then
dealer.
turn on the system.
2
Press PLAY MODE
the same time.
General
All user-configured settings, such as preset radio
The system does not turn on.
stations, timer, and the clock, are deleted.
 Is the power cord plugged in?
 Is the voltage selector set correctly to match the
local power line voltage? Saudi Arabian models also
Messages
may not turn on when the voltage selector is set to
NO OPERATION.
CANNOT LOCK : The system cannot be locked after
There is no sound.
you have done the procedure of "When carrying this
 Are the + and – speaker cords short-circuited?
system. "
 Are you using only the supplied speakers?
COMPLETE : The preset operation ended normally.
 Is anything blocking the ventilation holes on the back
FULL : You tried to program more than 25 tracks or files
of the system?
(steps).
LOCKED : The disc tray does not open. Contact your
Sound comes from one channel, or the left and
nearest Sony dealer.
right volumes are unbalanced.
to
NO DISC : There is no disc in the player, or you have
 Place the speakers as symmetrically as possible.
loaded a disc that cannot be played.
 Connect only the supplied speakers.
NO STEP : All of the programed tracks have been erased.
NOT USED : You pressed an invalid button.
Severe hum or noise.
OVER : You have reached the end of the disc while
 Move the system away from sources of noise.
pressing 
 Connect the system to a different wall socket.
PUSH SELECT : You tried to set the clock or timer during
 Install a noise filter (available separately) to the power cord.
timer operation.
The remote does not function.
PUSH STOP : You pressed PLAY MODE
 Remove any obstacles between the remote and the
playback.
remote sensor
on the unit, and position the unit
READING : The system is reading information from the
away from fluorescent lights.
disc. Some buttons are not available.
 Point the remote at the system's sensor.
SET CLOCK : You tried to select the timer when the clock
is not set.
 Move the remote closer to the system.
SET TIMER : You tried to select the timer when the Play
Timer is not set.
CD/MP3 player
TIME NG : The Play Timer start and end times are set to
The sound skips, or the disc will not play.
the same time.
 Wipe the disc clean, and replace it.
Display examples
 Move the system to a location away from vibration (for
example, on top of a stable stand).
Display
 Move the speakers away from the system, or place them
on separate stands. At high volume, speaker vibration
may cause the sound to skip.
Play does not start from the first track.
 Return to Normal Play by pressing PLAY MODE
repeatedly until both "PGM" and "SHUF" disappear.
Starting playback takes more time than usual.
 The following discs take a longer time to start playback.
 a disc recorded with a complicated tree structure.
 a disc recorded in multisession mode.
 a disc that has not been finalized (a disc to which data
can be added).
 a disc that has many folders.
The disc tray does not open and "LOCKED"
appears.
 Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony
service facility.
Tuner
. The
Severe hum or noise, or stations cannot be
received. ("TUNED" or "STEREO" flashes on the
display.)
 Connect the antenna properly.
 Find a location and an orientation that provide good
reception, and then set up the antenna again.
, press /
 Keep the antennas away from the speaker cords and the
power cord to avoid picking up noise.
 Turn off nearby electrical equipment.
Precautions
Tape deck (Except for North American
model)
The sound exhibits excessive wow or flutter or
Discs that this system CAN play
dropout.
 Audio CD
 Clean the capstans and pinch rollers. Also, clean and
 CD-R/CD-RW (audio data/MP3 files)
demagnetize the tape heads. See "Precautions" for details.
Discs that this system CANNOT play
To change the AM tuning interval
 CD-ROM
 CD-R/CD-RW other than those recorded in music CD
The AM tuning interval is factory-preset to 9 kHz or
format or MP3 format conforming to ISO9660 Level
10 kHz (for some areas: this function is not available on
1/Level 2, Joliet
the European, Russian and Saudi Arabian models).
 CD-R/CD-RW recorded in multisession that have not
Use buttons on the unit to change the AM tuning
ended by "closing the session"
interval.
 CD-R/CD-RW of poor recording quality, CD-R/
1
Tune in any AM station, and then turn off the
CD-RW that have scratches or are dirty, or CD-R/CD-
system.
RW recorded with an incompatible recording device
2
Press DISPLAY
to display the clock.
 CD-R/CD-RW which is finalized incorrectly
3
 Discs containing files other than MPEG 1 Audio Layer-
While holding down TUNING +
, press  (on/
3 (MP3) files
standby)
.
 Discs of non-standard shape (for example, heart,
All the AM preset stations are erased. To reset the
square, star)
interval to the factory preset, repeat the procedure.
 Discs that have adhesive tape, paper, or sticker attached
To improve tuner reception
to them
 Rental or used discs with attached seals where the glue
Turn off CD player power by using the CD power
extends beyond the seal
management function. By default, CD power is turned on.
 Discs that have labels printed using ink that feels tacky
to select the CD function.
when touched
to turn off the system.
Notes on discs
 Before playing, wipe the disc with a cleaning cloth from
while
the center out to the edge.
on the unit.
 Do not clean discs with solvents, such as benzine
thinner, or commercially available cleaners or anti-
static spray intended for vinyl LPs.
 Do not expose discs to direct sunlight or heat sources
such as hot air ducts, nor leave it in a car parked in
direct sunlight.
On safety
 The unit is not disconnected from the AC power source
(mains) as long as it is connected to the wall outlet,
even if the unit itself has been turned off.
 Completely disconnect the power cord (mains lead)
from the wall socket (mains) if it is not going to be used
for an extended period of time. When unplugging the
unit, always grip the plug. Never pull the cord itself.
, and 
, FUNCTION
at
 Should any solid object or liquid get into the system,
unplug the system, and have it checked by qualified
personnel before operating it again.
 The AC power cord can be changed only by a qualified
service facility.
On placement
 Do not place the system in an inclined position or in
locations that are extremely hot, cold, dusty, dirty, or
humid or lacking adequate ventilation, or subject to
vibration, direct sunlight or a bright light.
 Be careful when placing the unit or speakers on
surfaces that have been specially treated (for example,
with wax, oil, polish) as staining or discoloration of the
surface may result.
 If the system is brought directly from a cold to a warm
location or is placed in a very damp room, moisture
may condense on the lens inside the CD player, and
cause the system to malfunction. In this situation,
remove the disc, and leave the system turned on for
about an hour until the moisture evaporates.
On heat buildup
during playback or pause.
 Heat buildup on the unit during operation is normal
and is not cause for alarm.
 Do not touch the cabinet if it has been used
during
continuously at a high volume because the cabinet may
have become hot.
 Do not obstruct the ventilation holes.
On the speaker system
This speaker system is not magnetically shielded, and
the picture on nearby TV sets may become magnetically
distorted. In this situation, turn off the TV, wait 15 to 30
minutes, and turn it back on.
If there is no improvement, move the speakers far away
from the TV.
Cleaning the cabinet
indicates
Clean this system with a soft cloth slightly moistened
with a mild detergent solution. Do not use any type
2 (two)
of abrasive pad, scouring powder, or solvent, such as
5 (five)
thinner, benzine, or alcohol.
6 (six)
To prevent a tape from being accidentally
recorded over
8 (eight)
Break off the cassette's overwrite protection tab from side
0 (zero)
A or B as illustrated.
A
Break off the cassette
B
tab
D
G
H
To later reuse the tape for recording, cover the broken tab
K
with adhesive tape.
M
About a tape longer than 90 minutes
The use of the tape with more than 90 minutes of play
O
time is not recommended except for long, continuous
Q
recording or playback.
R
Cleaning the tape heads
Use dry- or wet-type cleaning cassette (available
S
separately) after every 10 hours of use, before you start an
Z
important recording, or after playing an old tape. Failure
to clean the tape heads can cause degraded sound quality
,
or an inability of the unit to record or play tapes. For
@
details, refer to the instructions of the cleaning cassette.
Demagnetizing the tape heads
Use a demagnetizing cassette (available separately) after
every 20 to 30 hours of use. Failure to demagnetize
the tape heads can cause an increase in noise, a loss of
high frequency sound, and an inability to completely
erase tapes. For details, refer to the instructions of the
demagnetizing cassette.
General
Specifications
Power requirements:
North American model: AC 120 V, 60 Hz
European and Russian models: AC 230 V, 50/60 Hz
Australian model: AC 230 – 240 V, 50/60 Hz
Main unit
Mexican model: AC 127 V, 60 Hz
AUDIO POWER SPECIFICATIONS
Argentine model: AC 220 V, 50/60 Hz
POWER OUTPUT AND TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION:
Korean model: AC 220 V, 60 Hz
(MHC-GX99, MHC-EC77 The United States model only)
Saudi Arabian model: AC 120 – 127, 220 – 240 V, 50/60 Hz, adjustable with
Low channel
voltage selector
With 8 ohm loads, both channels driven, from 120 – 10,000 Hz; 60 watts
Other models: AC 120, 220 or 230 – 240 V, 50/60 Hz, adjustable with voltage
per channel minimum RMS power, with no more than 0.7% total harmonic
selector
distortion from 250 milliwatts to rated output.
High channel
Power consumption:
With 8 ohm loads, both channels driven, from 2,000 – 13,000 Hz; 60 watts
MHC-GX99
per channel minimum RMS power, with no more than 0.7% total harmonic
USA model: 190 W
distortion from 250 milliwatts to rated output.
Canadian model: 245 VA
AUDIO POWER SPECIFICATIONS
SA-WG99 (Subwoofer)
POWER OUTPUT AND TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION:
USA model: 115 W
(MHC-EC55 The United States model only)
Canadian model: 155 VA
With 6 ohm loads, both channels driven, from 120 – 10,000 Hz; 45 watts
per channel minimum RMS power, with no more than 0.7% total harmonic
MHC-EC77
distortion from 250 milliwatts to rated output.
USA model: 190 W
Canadian model: 245 VA
European and Russian models: 140 W
Amplifier section
0.5 W (in Power Saving Mode)
MHC-GX99
Other models: 150 W
Front speaker:
MHC-EC55
RMS output power (reference):
USA model: 95 W
Low channel
Canadian model: 130 VA
95 W + 95 W (per channel at 8 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)
European and Russian models: 95 W
High channel
0.5 W (in Power Saving Mode)
95 W + 95 W (per channel at 8 Ω, 8 kHz, 10% THD)
Other models: 95 W
Subwoofer:
RMS output power (reference):
Dimensions (w/h/d) (excl. speakers):
150 W (at 6 Ω, 80 Hz, 10% THD)
Approx. 200 × 306 × 410 mm
MHC-EC77
Mass (excl. speakers):
North American model:
MHC-GX99
RMS output power (reference):
North American model: Approx. 6.1 kg
Low channel
95 W + 95 W (per channel at 8 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)
MHC-EC77
High channel
North American and European models: Approx. 6.1 kg
95 W + 95 W (per channel at 8 Ω, 8 kHz, 10% THD)
Other models: Approx. 6.4 kg
MHC-EC55
European and Russian models:
Power output (rated):
North American model: Approx. 5.0 kg
Low channel
Other models: Approx. 5.3 kg
45 W + 45 W (at 8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1% THD)
Supplied accessories: Remote Commander (1)/R6 (Size AA) batteries (2)/FM
High channel
lead/AM loop antenna (1)/Speaker pads MHC-GX99 (8) and for SA-WG99
45 W + 45 W (at 8 Ω, 8 kHz, 1% THD)
(Subwoofer) (4), MHC-EC77/EC55 (8)/Subwoofer cable (MHC-GX99 only)
RMS output power (reference):
(1)
Low channel
65 W + 65 W (per channel at 8 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)
Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
High channel
 Standby power consumption: 0.5 W
65 W + 65 W (per channel at 8 Ω, 8 kHz, 10% THD)
 Halogenated flame retardants are not used in the
Other models:
certain printed wiring boards.
The following are measured at AC 120, 127, 220, 240 V, 50/60 Hz
 Halogenated flame retardants are not used in cabinets.
Power output (rated):
Low channel
(Except for the United States model)
50 W + 50 W (at 8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1% THD)
High channel
50 W + 50 W (at 8 Ω, 8 kHz, 1% THD)
RMS output power (reference):
Low channel
70 W + 70 W (per channel at 8 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)
High channel
70 W + 70 W (per channel at 8 Ω, 8 kHz, 10% THD)
MHC-EC55
North American model:
RMS output power (reference):
65 W+ 65 W (per channel at 6 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)
European and Russian models:
Power output (rated): 45 W + 45 W (at 6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1% THD)
RMS output power (reference):
65 W + 65 W (per channel at 6 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)
Other models:
The following are measured at AC 120, 127, 220, 240 V, 50/60 Hz
Power output (rated): 45 W + 45 W (at 6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1% THD)
RMS output power (reference):
65 W + 65 W (per channel at 6 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)
Inputs
AUDIO IN (stereo mini jack): Sensitivity 800 mV, impedance 47 kilohms
Outputs
PHONES (stereo mini jack): Accepts headphones with an impedance of 8 Ω
or more
SPEAKER: Accepts impedance of 6 to 8 Ω
SUBWOOFER OUT (MHC-GX99 only)
CD player section
System: Compact disc and digital audio system
Laser: Semiconductor laser (
=770 – 810 nm)
Emission duration: continuous
Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Signal-to-noise ratio: More than 90 dB
Dynamic range: More than 88 dB
Tape deck section (Except for North American model)
Recording system: 4-track 2-channel, stereo
Tuner section
FM stereo, FM/AM superheterodyne tuner
Antenna:
FM lead antenna
AM loop antenna
FM tuner section:
Tuning range
North American model: 87.5 – 108.0 MHz (100 kHz step)
Other models: 87.5 – 108.0 MHz (50 kHz step)
Intermediate frequency: 10.7 MHz
AM tuner section:
Tuning range
Pan-American and Australian models:
530 – 1,710 kHz (with 10 kHz tuning interval)
531 – 1,710 kHz (with 9 kHz tuning interval)
European, Russian and Saudi Arabian models:
531 – 1,602 kHz (with 9 kHz tuning interval)
Other models:
530 – 1,610 kHz (with 10 kHz tuning interval)
531 – 1,602 kHz (with 9 kHz tuning interval)
Intermediate frequency: 450 kHz
Speaker
SS-EC77 for MHC-GX99/EC77
Speaker system: 3-way, 3-unit, bass-reflex type
Speaker units
Woofer: 13 cm × 2, cone type
Tweeter: 4 cm, horn type
Nominal impedance: 8 Ω
Dimensions (w/h/d): Approx. 220 × 360 × 220 mm
Mass: Approx. 3.6 kg net per speaker
Subwoofer SA-WG99 for MHC-GX99 only
Speaker system: bass-reflex type
Speaker units
Woofer: 20 cm, cone type
Nominal impedance: 6 Ω
Dimensions (w/h/d): Approx. 280 × 306 × 405 mm
Mass: Approx. 8.7 kg
SS-EC55S/SS-EC55 for MHC-EC55
Speaker system: 2-way, 2-unit, bass-reflex type
Speaker units
Woofer: 16 cm, cone type
Tweeter: 4 cm, horn type
Nominal impedance: 6 Ω
Dimensions (w/h/d): Approx. 215 × 306 × 215 mm
Mass: Approx. 2.8 kg net per speaker

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