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MGR-E8
DIGITAL AUDIO RECORDER
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
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
© B60-5825-08/00 (E/X) 1AJ6P1P0109-- (XE0)

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  • Page 1 DIGITAL AUDIO RECORDER INSTRUCTION MANUAL 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 © B60-5825-08/00 (E/X) 1AJ6P1P0109-- (XE0)
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Control and display during recording ..28 Deleting files Folders and recorded files ......30 Name of recorded files........30 Deleting files ............ 56 About folders ............30 Deleting a selected file ........56 Switching the folder .......... 31 Deleting all files (Formatting) ...... 57 MGR-E8...
  • Page 3 Adjusting the audio Adjusting the audio ........58 Adjusting the volume ........58 Selecting the sound effects ......58 Menu function Common settings under the menu..60 Setting the time ..........62 Sleep timer and alarm timer ...... 64 Utilizing your computer Connecting a PC ..........
  • Page 4: Safety Precautions

    Also be sure to use the specified cord for the connection. Inappropriate connection, use of a non- specified cord or extension of the cord may cause heat generation and a burn or other injuries. MGR-E8...
  • Page 5 Do not use or place the product in the following locations: • A place with high humidity, such as in a bathroom or shower room. Also do not use this unit in a place subject to water splashes. Otherwise, a fire hazard or battery leak may result.
  • Page 6: Operating Conditions

    Do not use thinner, benzine, alcohol, etc. for these agents may cause discoloration. In regard to contact cleaner Do not use contact cleaners because it could cause a malfunction. Be specially careful not to use contact cleaners containing oil, for they may deform the plastic component. MGR-E8...
  • Page 7 • Kenwood will not assume any liabilities for the alteration or loss of data caused due to complete discharging of the built-in battery. • The built-in battery is a lithium ion battery.
  • Page 8 SD card completely. Before disposing of or transferring the SD card, it is recommended to destroy it physically or erase the internal data completely using commercially available PC data erasing software. It is the user’s responsibility to manage the data in the SD card properly. MGR-E8...
  • Page 9: Unpacking

    Unpacking USB cable Recorder Ear tip (L size, S size) Wind-screen Headphones (Ear tip: M size) ¤ CAUTION Excessive sound pressure from earphones or headphones can cause hearing loss. Instruction manual English...
  • Page 10: Read Before Use

    5 Left microphone return to those of the last time it was switched on. The settings 6 Center microphone made since then are cleared. 7 Menu button • Press shortly to open the menu. Pressing the button again closes the menu. MGR-E8...
  • Page 11: Right Button

    ¢ Right button 8 /LIST Power/ List button • Press while the menu or list is • Press and hold to switch the displayed to enter an item and power ON/OFF. go to the next item. • Press shortly during stop or play •...
  • Page 12 [$ LINE OUT] terminal and [% (∞) the volume. Pressing and ] Phones jack, the speaker holding a button segment varies output the audio of the track the volume gradually. being played. • The speaker does not output any audio during recording. MGR-E8...
  • Page 13 ) MIC REC LEVEL Microphone recording level switch • When the built-in microphones or an external microphone is used, set the recording level adjustment method to either MANUAL or AUTO. _ MIC MODE Microphone mode switch • When the built-in microphones are used, set the microphone mode to Monaural, 2-Microphone or 3-Microphone.
  • Page 14: Screen Display Items

    Screen display items Press for various settings. Record settings Playback settings Common settings menu (page 35) menu (page 46) menu (page 60) Press to select the track to be played from a list. (page 44) List screen (page 44) MGR-E8...
  • Page 15 Press to edit files, etc. File edit screen File move (page 38) File divide (page 40) File delete (page 56) Favorite (page 50) A-B repeat (page 47) The first press initiates recording standby and the second press starts recording. (page 24) Display during Display during playback (page 42)
  • Page 16: Getting Started

    Cancel the HOLD function Slide [HOLD] to the “OFF” position. Switch this unit ON Press [Power] until the KENWOOD logo is displayed. Switch this unit OFF Switch this unit OFF Press and hold [Power] until the display is turned off.
  • Page 17: Recharging From A Pc Connected With Usb Connection

    Recharging from a PC connected with USB connection This unit incorporates a rechargeable battery (hereafter “the battery”), which can be charged from a PC connected through a USB cable. Start up the PC Connect a USB cable to the USB port of the PC Connect the USB cable to the USB jack of this unit USB cable The battery will be recharged fully in about 2.5...
  • Page 18: Operation While Supplying External

    Control from PC When the USB connection, always use a supplied USB cable. This unit should be connected directly to the USB port of the PC. We cannot guarantee the operation if this unit is connected via a USB hub. MGR-E8...
  • Page 19: Preventing Accidental Operation (Hold Function)

    Preventing accidental operation (Hold function) The HOLD function defeats all of this unit’s buttons and helps prevent erroneous operation when this unit is carried in a bag, etc. Defeating all control buttons Set the hold function for all buttons of this unit Slide [HOLD] to the “ALL”...
  • Page 20: Switching On For The First Time

    Power ¢ £ 8 ∞ Switch this unit ON Press the [Power] until the KENWOOD logo is displayed. Setting the menu language Press [5]/[∞] to select language and press [£/8]. Setting the date and time Press [4]/[¢] to select Year, Month, Day, “24H/AM/PM”, Hour and Minute.
  • Page 21 The language set here will be used in the subsequent screen display. The language and date/time set here are held even after this unit is switched off. The information set here can later be modified in <Language> (page 60) and <Clock setting>...
  • Page 22: Connecting Stereo Headphones

    Pulling a cord may result in malfunction. To clean the ear tips, remove them from the headphone bodies and wash with a neutral detergent solution. After washing, wipe them dry before use. The ear tips may deteriorate after a long period of use or storage. MGR-E8...
  • Page 23: Inserting/ Removing A Microsd Card

    Inserting/ removing a microSD card This unit can play music stored in a microSD card or recording music in a microSD card. This unit accepts a microSD or microSDHC memory card. For details, see <Specifications> (page 76). Power Card slot cover Press and hold [Power] until the display is turned off Open the card slot cover Inserting/ removing a microSD card...
  • Page 24: Recording Music

    Slide [MIC MODE] to select the microphone mode. Setting Setting overview Display Stereo recording mode using the L/R (omnidirectional) and Center (unidirectional) built-in microphones. This mode can record audio with 3MIC high directivity in the front direction while restricting the ambient noise. MGR-E8...
  • Page 25: Starting To Record

    Setting Setting overview Display Stereo recording mode using the L/R (omnidirectional) built-in 2MIC microphones that are installed at an angle of 120°. This mode can record stereo audio with a rich feeling of expansion. Monaural recording mode using only the Center (unidirectional) MONO built-in microphone.
  • Page 26: Stop Recording

    Approx. 33 hours 50 minutes MP3 96kbps Approx. 45 hours * Recording for the maximum recording time is impossible with certain formats. With such formats, it is required to power this unit from the external power supply. (page 18) MGR-E8...
  • Page 27 The built-in speaker does not output audio during recording. Use headphones to monitor the audio being recorded. The headphones volume can be adjusted by pressing [ ] or [ ]. This volume adjustment does not affect the recording level. During monitoring of the recorded audio through the headphones, a howling sound may be produced if the headphones are too close to the microphone.
  • Page 28: Control And Display During Recording

    Control and display during recording Example of display & ( ) _ MGR-E8...
  • Page 29 1 MENU button • Press during stop mode to open the file edit screen. • Press during stop or recording standby mode to open the 7 Microphone mode (page 24) menu. The menu can be used in 8 Recording destination (page 35) settings of recording format, etc.
  • Page 30: Folders And Recorded Files

    Folders MIC_A to MIC_D for microphone recording and a folder LINE for line recording are provided in each of the internal memory and the SD card. Internal memory ¡ ¡ ¡ SD card ¡ ¡ ¡ Folder ¡ Recording file Each folder can accommodate up to 199 recorded files. MGR-E8...
  • Page 31: Switching The Folder

    Switching the folder £ 8 ∞ Enter MENU mode During stop and recording standby, press [MENU]. ✎ If [MENU] is pressed during recording standby, go to step 3 below. Enter the Rec setting Press [5]/[∞] to select “Rec setting” and press [£/8]. Set the recording destination To set the microphone recording destination Press [5]/[∞] to select “MIC Rec destinat”...
  • Page 32: Other Recording Operations

    If the recording level is excessive even when [REC LEVEL] is reduced Set <Mic gain> under “Rec setting” to LOW. (page 35) To reduce audio distortion by automatically adjusting sudden input of high-level sound Set <Analogue limiter> under “Rec setting”. (page 36) MGR-E8...
  • Page 33: Recording From An External Microphone

    Recording from an external microphone Dynamic microphone, etc. Microphone input Condenser microphone with the plug-in power type To connect to external microphone Connect an external microphone to [ MIC] jack. To connect a plug-in power type microphone Slide [PLUG IN POWER] to the “ON” position. Prepare and start recording Start recording following the instructions in <Basic recording operation>...
  • Page 34: Recording From An External Audio Component Or Musical Instrument Connected To The Line Input

    The recording level will be set according to the maximum input volume. Press [EDIT] to complete the setting of the AUTO recording level adjustment. Starting to record During recording standby, press [REC]. Do not connect anything to the microphone input terminal. MGR-E8...
  • Page 35: Changing The Recording Settings

    Changing the Recording Settings The “Rec setting” allows you to set various items according to the type of the recorded sound. Item Setting Setting overview WAV 96kHz 24bit/ Linear PCM formats with which recorded WAV 48kHz 24bit/ audio is not compressed. WAV 44.1kHz 24bit/ Larger figures mean higher audio quality.
  • Page 36 To prevent this, do not use these settings for important recordings. It is recommended to record a single file and divided it later. (page 40) MGR-E8...
  • Page 37 £ 8 ∞ Enter MENU mode During stop and recording standby, press [MENU]. ✎ If [MENU] is pressed during recording standby, go to step 3 below. Enter the Rec setting Press [5]/[∞] to select “Rec setting” and press [£/8]. Set each item Press [5]/[∞] to select a setting item and press [£/8].
  • Page 38: Editing A Recorded File

    Select the recorded file to be moved Press [5]/[∞] to select recorded file and press [£/8]. To stop playback Press [7/BACK]. Enter File edit mode Press [EDIT]. Select the file movement operation Press [5]/[∞] to select “File move” and press [£/8]. MGR-E8...
  • Page 39 Move the recorded file Press [5]/[∞] to select “To SD card” or “To internal memory” and press [£/8]. Press [7/BACK] to return to the previous screen page. Exit File edit mode Press [EDIT]. Only the files recorded with this unit can be moved. Recorded files can be moved between the specified folders.
  • Page 40: Dividing A Recorded File

    Press [EDIT] at the point you want to divide the file. Divide the recorded file Press [5]/[∞] to select “File divide” and press [£/8]. When the confirmation message is displayed, press [5]/[∞] to select “Yes” and press [£/8]. Press [7/BACK] to return to the previous screen page. MGR-E8...
  • Page 41 Only the files recorded with this unit can be divided. A recorded file cannot be divided in the following cases. When the folder containing the file already contains 199 files. When the recording time of the file is short. When the point to divide the file is close to the end of the file. When the internal memory or microSD card does not have enough available space.
  • Page 42: Playing Music Tracks

    Operations and display in playback Example of display & * ( ) Resume function This unit memorizes the status immediately before it is switched off. Next time it is switched on, it enters pause mode at the position playback was last stopped. MGR-E8...
  • Page 43 1 MENU button 8 ¢ Right button Press to open the menu. The Press to play the next track from menu can be used in settings of the beginning. playing mode, etc. (page 46) Press and hold to fast forward the music.
  • Page 44: Playback By Selecting Music From The List

    Track title: Order of track titles or file names in the tag information. Album title: Order of album titles or folder names in the tag information. The files in each album are played in order of track numbers. MGR-E8...
  • Page 45 £ 8 ∞ Enter list mode To open the list screen at the highest level of hierarchy Press [LIST]. To open the list screen at the level of the music file being played Press [5]. Select the list category to be used for selecting the desired music file Press [5]/[∞] to select category and press [£/8].
  • Page 46: Various Play Modes

    £ 8 ∞ Setting the playback setting items Enter MENU mode Press [MENU]. ✎ If [MENU] is pressed during playback, go to step 3 below. Enter the Play setting Press [5]/[∞] to select “Play setting” and press [£/8]. MGR-E8...
  • Page 47: Setting A-B Repeat

    Set each item Press [5]/[∞] to select a setting item and press [£/8]. Press [5]/[∞] to select a setting value and press [£/8]. The “✓” mark indicates the current setting. Press [7/BACK] to return to the previous screen page. Exit MENU mode Press [MENU].
  • Page 48: Varying The Playback Speed

    Press [4]/[¢] to select the playback speed and press [£/8]. Press [7/BACK] to return to the previous screen page. Exit MENU mode Press [MENU]. The play speed of files recorded in the WAV 96-kHz 24/16-bit, WAV 88.2-kHz 24/16-bit or monaural format cannot be changed. MGR-E8...
  • Page 49: Searching The Point To Be Played By Specifying The Time

    Searching the point to be played by specifying the time The desired point in a file can be specified by the playing time. ¢ £ 8 ∞ Select the desired track Play the desired track. (page 44) Enter MENU mode Press [MENU].
  • Page 50: Adding To/Deleting From The Favorite

    Play the desired file or select it in the list. (page 44) Enter File edit mode Press [EDIT]. Add the track in the Favorite folder Press [5]/[∞] to select “Add : Favorite” and press [£/8]. Press [7/BACK] to return to the previous screen page. MGR-E8...
  • Page 51: Playing Favorite

    Playing Favorite The tracks in the Favorite folder can be played in the order they were added to it. Enter list mode Press [LIST]. Select the Favorite folder Press [5]/[∞] to select “Favorite” and press [£/8]. Select a track Press [5]/[∞] to select a track and press [£/8]. Deleting from the Favorite Select the track to be deleted from the Favorite folder Perform the procedure in <Playing Favorite>...
  • Page 52: Connection Of External Components

    During monitoring of the recorded audio through the speaker(s) of the external component, a howling sound may be produced if the speaker(s) is too close to the microphone. If this happens, increase the distance between the microphone and speaker(s) or reduce the speaker monitoring volume. MGR-E8...
  • Page 53: Connecting To The Usb Connector

    Connecting to the USB connector USB-compatible USB cable stereo Connect a USB cable to the USB jack of this unit For the operating procedure and the playable files, read the instruction manual for the connected stereo set. Do not use or leave this unit or connected component in an automobile compartment with high temperatures.
  • Page 54: Digital Audio Player Link

    Digital Audio Player Link When this unit is connected to a Kenwood audio component with the Digital Audio Player Link compatibility, playback of this unit can be controlled from the external audio component. Digital Audio Player Link- compatible stereo Special cable...
  • Page 55 English...
  • Page 56: Deleting Files

    Press [7/BACK] to return to the previous screen page. If <DB Auto update> is set to <Manual update>, the file does not disappear from the list even after it has been deleted. In this case, update the DB. (page 60) MGR-E8...
  • Page 57: Deleting All Files (Formatting)

    Deleting all files (Formatting) Caution • Formatting deletes all of the files in this unit. • Once formatted, the memory cannot be restored to the previous condition. £ 8 ∞ Enter stop mode Press [7/BACK]. Enter MENU mode Press [MENU]. Select the common setting and then the formatting operation Press [5]/[∞] to select “Common setting”...
  • Page 58: Adjusting The Audio

    Select one of the 8 modes. Setting Setting overview Display OFF* Playback in normal tone. Playback in a tone matching the genre of music. Bass/ Pops/Rock/ Jazz/ Dance/ Voice Desired tone can be set using a 5-band custom equalizer. Custom MGR-E8...
  • Page 59 ¢ £ 8 ∞ Enter MENU mode During playback, press [MENU]. Select the sound mode setting under the play setting Press [5]/[∞] to select “Play setting” and press [£/8]. Press [5]/[∞] to select “Sound mode” and press [£/8]. Select the Sound mode Press [5]/[∞] to select the Sound mode and press [£/8].
  • Page 60: Menu Function

    Cancel/Internal Formats either the internal memory or SD card. (page 57) Format memory/SD card Resets the settings of this unit to the default settings made at the Setting reset No/Yes factory. It does not delete the music data, etc. MGR-E8...
  • Page 61 Item Setting Setting overview Displays the system information of this unit (model ID, firmware System info. version, available memory capacity, total memory capacity). (* : Factory setting) £ 8 ∞ Enter stop mode Press [7/BACK]. Enter MENU mode Press [MENU]. Enter the common setting Press [5]/[∞] to select “Common setting”...
  • Page 62: Setting The Time

    Set the date and time Press [4]/[¢] to select Year, Month, Day, “24H/AM/PM”, Hour and Minute. Press [5]/[∞] to vary the date and time. Press [7/BACK] to return to the previous screen page. Enter the date and time Press [£/8]. MGR-E8...
  • Page 63 Exit MENU mode Press [MENU]. English...
  • Page 64: Sleep Timer And Alarm Timer

    Press [5]/[∞] to select the timer to be set and press [£/8]. Specify the timer period To set the sleep timer Press [4]/[¢] to select the time until the sleep timer is activated. To switch only the sleep timer off, select “OFF”. MGR-E8...
  • Page 65 To set the alarm timer Press [5]/[∞] to select “ON” and press [£/8]. To switch only the alarm timer off, select “OFF”. Press [4]/[¢] to select the hour or minute. Press [5]/[∞] to vary the figure. Press [7/BACK] to return to the previous screen page. Enter the timer setting Press [£/8].
  • Page 66: Utilizing Your Computer

    This unit is switched ON automatically at the moment it is connected to the PC. When the USB connection, always use a supplied USB cable. This unit should be connected directly to the USB port of the PC. We cannot guarantee the operation if this unit is connected via a USB hub. MGR-E8...
  • Page 67: Disconnecting This Unit From The Pc

    Disconnecting this unit from the PC Click the [Safe To Remove Hardware] icon Display the indicator on the task tray if it is not displayed. Windows 7/ Vista Windows XP Click [Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device] Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows XP When a message is displayed indicating that the USB device can be removed safely, disconnect the USB cable from this unit...
  • Page 68: Configurations Of Folders And Files

    When transferring files from a PC to this unit, the files should be written in accordance with the following folder configuration. Internal memory Music files created with Kenwood stereo components Folders and files recorded with this unit ¡...
  • Page 69 About the files and folders in the MUSIC and KWD folders Up to 3,000 folders can be recognized including the MUSIC and KWD folders in the internal memory and SD card. Up to 7,000 files can be recognized in the MUSIC and KWD folders in the internal memory and SD card.
  • Page 70: Transferring Recorded Files To A Pc

    Open the desired folder of this unit Double click one of folder names “MIC_A” to “MIC_D” and “LINE.” Open the save destination folder of the PC Click [Start] – [Music]. This is an example for saving the file in the [Music] folder. MGR-E8...
  • Page 71 Drag & drop or copy & paste the desired files from this unit into the Disconnecting this unit from the PC (page 67) If the filename created by this unit is altered, the file cannot be played back on this unit. To prevent this, the recorded files with modified names should be moved to the MUSIC folder.
  • Page 72: Capturing Music In Pc/ Transferring Music From Pc

    The following is an example of procedure using the Windows Media Player 12. Connect this unit to a PC (page 66) Launch the Windows Media Player Click the [Sync] button on the top Add the music files to be transferred in the Sync List Click the [Start sync] button MGR-E8...
  • Page 73: Data Transfer By Drag & Drop

    Close the Windows Media Player Disconnecting this unit from the PC (page 67) Data transfer by drag & drop Open the Windows Explorer and drag & drop the desired file from the PC’s hard disk drive to this Player. Copy & paste can also be used for data transfer.
  • Page 74 Drag & drop the music file into the removable disk Disconnecting this unit from the PC (page 67) If <DB Auto update> is set to <Manual update>, be sure to update the DB after transferring a recorded file. (page 60) MGR-E8...
  • Page 75: Deleting Files

    Deleting files The music files transferred from the PC to this unit can be deleted from this unit. Deleting using the Explorer Connect this unit to a PC (page 66) Open the removable disk Click [Start] – [Computer]. Double click [KENWOOD_DAP] (internal memory) or [removable disk]/ [KENWOOD_SD] (SD card).
  • Page 76: Appendix

    WAV (44.1 kHz, 24 bit) : Approx. 8 hours 10 minutes Operational Temperature Range WAV (96 kHz, 16 bit) : Approx. 5 hours 30 minutes : 5 °C – +35 °C (without condensation) WAV (48 kHz, 16 bit) : Approx. 11 hours 20 minutes MGR-E8...
  • Page 77: Usb Connector

    Bit rate: 32 - 320 kbps Variable bit rate * : 32 - 320 kbps • Kenwood follows a policy of continuous advancements ID3 tag: ver. 1.0/1.1/2.2/ 2.3/ 2.4 in development. For this reason specifications may be WMA (DRM9 compatible) changed without notice.
  • Page 78: Error Messages

    \ Use a high-speed type microSD card of Class 4 or better. Low battery The battery has no remaining capacity. \ Recharge the battery (page 17). Please charge \ Supply external power from the USB port of a PC (page 18). MGR-E8...
  • Page 79 Message Remedy Please check the The connection cord was disconnected during recording. \ Check the cord connection and reconnect it as required. connection of line input Please check the connection of external microphone English...
  • Page 80: Troubleshooting

    The remaining battery power drops The rechargeable battery is degraded. soon after recharging. Replace it with a brand-new rechargeable battery. For the battery replacement, contact your nearest Kenwood service agent. Audio is not heard. Headphones are connected improperly. Connect headphones correctly to this unit.
  • Page 81 Symptom Remedy Recording standby cannot be The hold function is set to “REC.” entered. Cancel the HOLD function with the HOLD switch on this unit Recording is impossible. (page 19). If the music starts to play, press [7/BACK] to stop it. [REC] button: •...
  • Page 82: Glossary

    MPEG, which is a working An audio compressed encoding format group in ISO (International Standardization developed by Microsoft Corporation. Organization). It offers compression rates Also the extension used with audio files between about 1/10 and 1/12. created using WMA. MGR-E8...
  • Page 83 Trademark Information ÷ "Microsoft" and "Windows Media" are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the USA and other countries. ÷ microSDHC logo is a trademark. Other system names and product names are also trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective developers.