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SONY MHC-BX6AV Operating Instructions Manual

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Operating Instructions

Owner's Record
The model and serial numbers are located on the rear panel. Record the serial
number in the space provided below. Refer to them whenever you call upon your
Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No.
©2000 Sony Corporation
_______________ Serial No. _______________


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   Summary of Contents for SONY MHC-BX6AV

  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    Owner’s Record The model and serial numbers are located on the rear panel. Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to them whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. _______________ Serial No. _______________ MHC-BX6AV/DX6AV ©2000 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 2 1,037,877. “Dolby”, the double-D symbol ; and increase eye hazard. “PRO LOGIC” are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. ® NERGY is a U.S. registered mark. ® NERGY Partner, Sony Corporation has determined that this product meets the NERGY ® guidelines for energy efficiency.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Getting Started Sound Adjustment Step 1: Hooking up the system .... 4 Adjusting the sound ......29 Step 2: Setting up your speakers ..7 Selecting the audio emphasis ..... 29 Step 3: Setting the time ......9 Changing the spectrum analyzer display ..........
  • Page 4: Getting Started Step 1: Hooking Up The System

    Getting Started Step 1: Hooking up the system Follow steps 1 through 6 of the following procedure to hook up your system using the supplied cords and accessories. Rear surround speaker (Right) AM loop antenna Rear surround speaker (Left) FM antenna Center surround speaker Front speaker (Right)
  • Page 5 Connect the rear surround speakers. Connect the FM/AM antennas. Connect the speaker cords to the REAR Set up the AM loop antenna, then SPEAKER jacks. connect it. Jack type A Insert only the stripped portion. Extend the FM lead antenna horizontally. AM loop antenna Red/ Solid (3)
  • Page 6 9), the demonstration is deactivated. To activate/deactivate the demonstration again, press DISPLAY once (MHC-DX6AV) or twice (MHC-BX6AV) while the system is off. You can reinforce the bass sound by connecting an optional super woofer to the super woofer connector.
  • Page 7: Step 2: Setting Up Your Speakers

    Step 2: Setting up Place the center surround speaker at about the same height as the front your speakers speakers (A). Align the center surround speaker with the front speakers or place it slightly behind Connecting the supplied rear and center the front speakers (B).
  • Page 8: Adjusting The Speaker Volume

    Step 2: Setting up your speakers Press DOLBY PRO LOGIC (or PRO (continued) LOGIC on the remote). Adjusting the speaker “PRO LOGIC ON” appears. volume Press T.TONE on the remote. To enjoy Dolby Pro Logic Surround sound, Each speaker emits the test tone in the turn on the Dolby Pro Logic mode, then following order.
  • Page 9: Step 3: Setting The Time

    Press CLOCK/TIMER SET. • The clock settings are canceled when you The hour indication flashes. disconnect the power cord or if a power failure occurs. • For MHC-BX6AV, you cannot set the time in the Power Saving Mode (see page 12).
  • Page 10: Step 4: Presetting Radio Stations

    Step 4: Presetting Press TUNER/BAND repeatedly to select FM or AM. radio stations Press and hold + or – (or TUNING +/– on the remote) until the You can store a total of 30 preset stations (20 frequency indication starts to for FM and 10 for AM).
  • Page 11 To erase a preset station Press ENTER. 1 Press and hold TUNER MEMORY until a The station is stored. preset number appears in the display. Repeat steps 1 through 4 to store other stations. VOLUME ALL DISCS ß 2 Turn the shuttle until it clicks to select the To tune in a station with a weak preset number you want to erase.
  • Page 12: Saving The Power In Standby Mode

    Saving the power in standby mode (MHC-BX6AV only) You can lower the power consumption to a minimum (Power Saving Mode) and save energy in the standby mode. DISPLAY (Power) , Press DISPLAY repeatedly when the power is off. Each time you press...
  • Page 13: Basic Operations

    Basic Operations Playing a CD Press Z OPEN/CLOSE and place up to two CDs on the disc tray. — Normal Play If a disc is not placed properly, it will not be recognized. You can play up to three CDs in a row. Place with the DISC SKIP label side up.
  • Page 14 Playing a CD (cotinued) Tips • You can switch from another source to the CD player and start playing a CD just by pressing one of the DISC 1~3 buttons (Automatic Source Do this Selection). Stop playback Press x. • If there is no CD in the player, “CD NO DISC” Pause Press X.
  • Page 15: Recording A Cd

    Recording a CD Press Z OPEN/CLOSE and place a — CD Synchro Recording Then press Z OPEN/CLOSE again to close the disc tray. When the CD you want to record is not The CD SYNC button lets you record from a selected, press DISC SKIP EX-CHANGE CD to a tape easily.
  • Page 16: Listening To The Radio

    Listening to the radio Press TUNER/BAND repeatedly to select FM or AM. –– Preset Tuning Turn the shuttle until it clicks (or press PRESET +/– on the remote) to Preset radio stations in the system’s memory tune in the desired preset station. first (see “Step 4: Presetting radio stations”...
  • Page 17: Recording From The Radio

    Do this Recording from the Turn off the radio Press ?/1. radio Adjust the volume Turn VOLUME (or press VOL +/– on the remote). You can record the radio program on a tape To listen to non-preset radio by calling up a preset station. You can use a stations TYPE I (normal) tape.
  • Page 18: Playing A Tape

    Recording from the radio Playing a tape (continued) Turn the shuttle until it clicks to You can use a TYPE I (normal) tape. You can tune in a preset station. also use ./> to quickly search for songs Turn counter- Turn clockwise you want to hear (AMS* function).
  • Page 19 Do this Press TAPE A/B. Stop playback Press x. To select deck A or B, press TAPE A/B Pause Press X. Press again to repeatedly. resume playback. Fast-forward Turn the shuttle clockwise until Press A and insert a recorded tape it clicks while playing the front in deck A or B.
  • Page 20: Recording From A Tape

    Recording from a Press REC PAUSE. Recording starts. tape Press hH. You can use a TYPE I (normal) tape. To stop recording Press x. (Power) If you want to record from the reverse side, press TAPE A/B repeatedly to select deck B after step 2. Press hH to start playback of the reverse side, then press x where you want to start recording.
  • Page 21: The Cd Player Using The Cd Display

    The CD Player Using the CD display Press DISPLAY. Each time you press the button during normal playback or when the playback is stopped, the display changes as follows: You can check the remaining time of the current track or the entire CD. During normal playback Playing time of the current track (Power)
  • Page 22: Playing The Cd Tracks Repeatedly

    To cancel Repeat Play Playing the CD tracks Press REPEAT repeatedly until “REPEAT” or “REPEAT 1” disappears from the display. repeatedly –– Repeat Play This function lets you repeat a single CD or all CDs in Normal Play, Shuffle Play, and Program Play.
  • Page 23: Playing The Cd Tracks In Random Order

    To cancel Shuffle Play Playing the CD tracks Press PLAY MODE repeatedly until “SHUFFLE” or “PROGRAM” disappears in random order from the display. The tracks continue playing in their original order. –– Shuffle Play To select a desired CD You can play all the tracks on one CD or all Press DISC 1~3.
  • Page 24: Programming The Cd Tracks

    Programming the CD Press CD, then place a CD. tracks Press PLAY MODE repeatedly until “PROGRAM” appears in the –– Program Play display. You can make a program of up to 32 tracks from all the CDs in the order you want them Press one of the DISC 1~3 buttons to to be played.
  • Page 25 To cancel Program Play Press PLAY MODE repeatedly until “PROGRAM” or “SHUFFLE” disappears from the display. Press Check the CHECK on the remote program repeatedly. After the last track, “CHECK END” appears. Clear a track from CLEAR on the remote in the end stop mode.
  • Page 26: The Tape Deck Recording On A Tape Manually

    The Tape Deck Recording on a tape Press DIRECTION repeatedly to select g to record on one side. manually Select j (or RELAY) to record on both sides. You can record from CD, tape, or radio as Press REC PAUSE. you like.
  • Page 27: Recording A Cd By Specifying Track Order

    Recording a CD by Place a CD and insert a recordable tape into deck B. specifying track order Press CD. — Program Edit Press PLAY MODE repeatedly until You can record tracks from all the CDs in the “PROGRAM” appears in the order you want.
  • Page 28 Recording a CD by specifying track Selecting tape length order (continued) automatically —Tape Select Edit Press CD SYNC. Deck B stands by to record in the direction of the indication on hH (the You can check the most suitable tape length right indication lights to record on the for recording a CD.
  • Page 29: Sound Adjustment Adjusting The Sound

    Sound Adjustment Adjusting the sound Selecting the audio emphasis You can reinforce the bass, create a more powerful sound, and listen with headphones. The audio emphasis menu lets you select the sound characteristic according to the type of (Power) music you are listening to. (Power) PHONES GROOVE...
  • Page 30: Changing The Spectrum Analyzer Display

    Changing the Selecting surround spectrum analyzer effects display You can enjoy surround effects. You can enjoy changing the display while (Power) listening to the music. (Power) SPECTRUM , Press DSP repeatedly to select the surround effect you desire. SURROUND ON: Reproduces stereo , Press SPECTRUM.
  • Page 31: Enjoying Dolby Pro Logic Surround Sound

    To cancel the Dolby Pro Logic Enjoying Dolby Pro Surround sound Press DOLBY PRO LOGIC (or PRO LOGIC Logic Surround sound on the remote) again to turn off the indicator on the front panel’s DOLBY PRO LOGIC You can enjoy the Dolby Pro Logic Surround button.
  • Page 32: Other Features

    Other Features To check the RDS information Using the Radio Data Each time you press DISPLAY, the display changes as follows: System (RDS) t Station name* (European model only) Frequency What is the Radio Data System? Radio Data System (RDS) is a broadcasting Program type* service that allows radio stations to send additional information along with the regular...
  • Page 33 DRAMA Press PTY/DIRECTION while Radio plays and serials. listening to the radio. CULTURE Programs about national or regional Turn the shuttle until it clicks to culture, language, and social concerns. select the program type you want. See the “List of program types” SCIENCE section below.
  • Page 34: Falling Asleep To Music

    Using the Radio Data System (RDS) Falling asleep to (continued) music TRAVEL Programs about travel. Not for — Sleep Timer announcements that are located TP/TA. LEISURE You can set the system to turn off at a preset time, so you can fall sleep to music. You can Programs on recreational activities such as gardening, fishing, cooking, etc.
  • Page 35: Waking Up To Music

    Waking up to music Press . or > repeatedly to select “DAILY 1 (or 2)”, then press — Daily Timer ENTER. “ON” appears and the hour indication You can wake up to music at a preset time flashes in the display. every day.
  • Page 36: Timer-recording Radio Programs

    Waking up to music (continued) Timer-recording radio programs Press ENTER. The type of timer (DAILY 1 or DAILY 2), You can record a preset radio station from a followed by the start time, stop time, and specified time. the music source, appear, then the original display appears.
  • Page 37: Optional Components Connecting Audio Components

    Optional components Set the time to start recording. Connecting audio Press . or > repeatedly to set the components hour, then press ENTER. The minute indication starts flashing. SLEEP Select one of the following connections, depending on the component to be connected VOLUME and method of connecting.
  • Page 38 Connecting a super Connecting audio components (continued) woofer speaker Connecting an MD deck You can connect an optional super woofer for listening to music speaker. Make sure to match the color of the plugs and the connectors. To listen to the sound of the To super woofer connected MD deck, press MD (VIDEO).
  • Page 39: Connecting A Vcr

    Connecting a VCR Connecting a DVD player By connecting the audio output jacks of your VCR to the MD/VIDEO IN jacks using an optional audio cable, you can enjoy video When your DVD player has playback in powerful stereo sound. 5.1 channel analog outputs Make sure to match the color of the plugs and Be sure to match the color of the plugs and...
  • Page 40: Connecting External Antennas

    Connecting a DVD player Connecting external (continued) antennas (Power) Connect the external antenna to improve the reception. Refer to the instructions of each component. FM antenna Connect the optional FM external antenna. You can also use the TV antenna instead. Jack type A DVD 5.1CH 75-ohm coaxial cable...
  • Page 41 AM antenna Connect a 6- to 15- meter insulated wire to the AM antenna terminal. Leave the supplied AM loop antenna connected. Jack type A Insulated wire (not supplied) Jack type B Insulated wire (not supplied)
  • Page 42: Additional Information Precautions

    Remove the CD and leave the system turned on for about an hour until the moisture evaporates. • When you move the system, take out any discs. If you have any questions or problems concerning your stereo system, please consult your nearest Sony dealer.
  • Page 43: Troubleshooting

    — the tape does not record. •Press DISPLAY once (MHC-DX6AV) or Make sure to clean the tape heads before you start twice (MHC-BX6AV) when the power is an important recording or after playing an old tape. turned off. The demonstration Use separately sold dry-type or wet-type cleaning disappears.
  • Page 44 Troubleshooting (continued) Speakers Sound comes from one channel or There is severe hum or noise. unbalanced left and right volume. •A TV or VCR is placed too close to the •Check the speaker connection and stereo system. Move the stereo system speaker placement.
  • Page 45: Tape Deck

    Tape Deck Tuner The tape does not record. There is severe hum or noise (“TUNED” or “STEREO” flashes in the display). • There is no tape in the cassette holder. •Adjust the antenna. • The tab has been removed from the cassette (see “To save a tape •The signal strength is too weak.
  • Page 46: Specifications

    DIN power output (rated) 40 + 40 watts (6 ohms at 1 kHz, DIN) Continuous RMS power output (reference) AUDIO POWER SPECIFICATIONS: 50 + 50 watts (MHC-BX6AV U.S.A. model only) (6 ohms at 1 kHz, 10% THD) POWER OUTPUT AND TOTAL Music power output (reference)
  • Page 47 Recording system 4-track 2-channel stereo (phono jacks) impedance 47 kilohms Frequency response 40 – 13,000 Hz (±3 dB), DVD INPUT: using Sony TYPE I FRONT IN: voltage 450 mV, cassette (phono jacks) impedance 47 kilohms Wow and flutter ±0.15% W.Peak (IEC)
  • Page 48 Use only the supplied SS-RS106 rear surround speaker for connection to the REAR SPEAKER Speaker connector, the supplied SS-CT106 center surround speaker for connection to the CENTER SPEAKER Front speaker connector on the MHC-BX6AV. North American model: SS-BX6AV for MHC-BX6AV: Speaker system 2-way, bass-reflex type, General...
  • Page 52: Index

    H, I, J, K, L, M a radio program 17 timer-recording 36 Hooking up Repeat Play 22 optional components Resetting the system 45 37-41 the antennas 5, 40 the power 6 the speakers 7 the system 4 Sony Corporation Printed in China...

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