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Safety Information

Read the operating instructions for the unit and all other com-
ponents of your car audio system carefully before using the
system. They contain instructions about how to use the sys-
tem in a safe and effective manner. Panasonic assumes no
responsibility for any problems resulting from failure to
observe the instructions given in this manual.
This pictograph intends to alert you to the pres-
ence of important operating instructions and
installation instructions. Failure to heed the
instructions may result in severe injury or death.
Observe the following warnings when using
this unit.
❑ The driver should neither watch the display nor
operate the system while driving.
Watching the display or operating the system will distract
the driver from looking ahead of the vehicle and can cause
accidents. Always stop the vehicle in a safe location and use
the parking brake before watching the display or operating
the system.
❑ Use the proper power supply.
This product is designed for operation with a negative
grounded 12 V DC battery system. Never operate this prod-
uct with other battery systems, especially a 24 V DC battery
❑ Keep batteries and insulation film out of reach of
Batteries and insulation film can be ingested, so keep them
out of the reach of infants. If an infant ingests a battery or
insulation film, please seek immediate medical attention.
❑ Protect the Deck Mechanism.
Do not insert any foreign objects into the slot of this unit.
❑ Do not disassemble or modify the unit.
Do not disassemble, modify the unit or attempt to repair the
product yourself. If the product needs to be repaired, consult
your dealer or an authorized Panasonic Service Center.
❑ Do not use the unit when it is out of order.
If the unit is out of order (no power, no sound) or in an
abnormal state (has foreign objects in it, is exposed to
water, is smoking, or smells), turn it off immediately and
consult your dealer.
❑ The remote control unit should not lie about in the
If the remote control unit lies about, it could fall on the floor
while driving, get wedged under the brake pedal, and lead to
a traffic accident.
❑ Refer fuse replacement to qualified service person-
When the fuse blows out, eliminate the cause and have it
replaced with the fuse prescribed for this unit by a qualified
service engineer. Incorrect replacement of the fuse may lead
to smoke, fire, and damage to the product.
This manual uses pictographs to show you how to use the
product safely and to alert you to potential dangers resulting
from improper connections and operations. The meanings of
the pictographs are explained below. It is important that you
fully understand the meanings of the pictographs in order to
use this manual and the system properly.
This pictograph intends to alert you to the pres-
ence of important operating instructions and
installation instructions. Failure to heed the
instructions may result in injury or material dam-
Observe the following warnings when
❑ Disconnect the lead from the negative (–) battery
terminal before installation.
Wiring and installation with the negative (–) battery terminal
connected may cause electrical shock and injury due to a
short circuit.
Some cars equipped with the electrical safety system have
specific procedures of battery terminal disconnection.
❑ Never use safety-related components for installa-
tion, grounding, and other such functions.
Do not use safety-related vehicle components (fuel tank,
brake, suspension, steering wheel, pedals, airbag, etc.) for
wiring or fixing the product or its accessories.
❑ Installing the product on the air bag cover or in a
location where it interferes with airbag operation is
❑ Check for piping, gasoline tank, electric wiring, and
other items before installing the product.
If you need to open a hole in the vehicle chassis to attach or
wire the product, first check where the wire harness, gaso-
line tank, and electric wiring are located. Then open the hole
from outside if possible.
❑ Never install the product in a location where it inter-
feres with your field of vision.
❑ Never have the power cord branched to supply other
equipment with power.
❑ After installation and wiring, you should check the
normal operation of other electrical equipment.
The continuation of their using in abnormal conditions may
cause fire, electrical shock or a traffic accident.
❑ In the case of installation to an airbag-equipping
car, confirm warnings and cautions of the vehicle
manufacturer before installation.
❑ Make sure the leads do not interfere with driving or
getting in and out of the vehicle.
❑ Insulate all exposed wires to prevent short circuit-
Observe the following cautions when using this
❑ Keep the sound volume at an appropriate level.
Keep the volume level low enough to be aware of road and
traffic conditions while driving.
❑ Do not insert or allow your hand or fingers to be
caught in the unit.
To prevent injury, do not get your hand or fingers caught in
moving parts or in the disc slot. Especially watch out for
❑ This unit is designed for use exclusively in automo-
❑ Do not operate the unit for a prolonged period with
the engine turned off.
Operating the audio system for a long period of time with the
engine turned off will drain the battery.
❑ Do not expose the unit to direct sunlight or exces-
sive heat.
Otherwise these will raise the interior temperature of the
unit, and it may lead to smoke, fire, or other damage to the
❑ Do not use the product where it is exposed to water,
moisture, or dust.
Exposure of the unit to water, moisture, or dust may lead to
smoke, fire, or other damage to the unit. Make especially
sure that the unit does not get wet in car washes or on rainy
Observe the following cautions when
❑ Refer wiring and installation to qualified service
Installation of this unit requires special skills and experience.
For maximum safety, have it installed by your dealer.
Panasonic is not liable for any problems resulting from your
own installation of the unit.
❑ Follow the instructions to install and wire the prod-
Not following the instructions to properly install and wire the
product could cause an accident or fire.
❑ Take care not to damage the leads.
When wiring, take care not to damage the leads. Prevent
them from getting caught in the vehicle chassis, screws, and
moving parts such as seat rails. Do not scratch, pull, bend or
twist the leads. Do not run them near heat sources or place
heavy objects on them. If leads must be run over sharp
metal edges, protect the leads by winding them with vinyl
tape or similar protection.
❑ Use the designated parts and tools for installation.
Use the supplied or designated parts and appropriate tools
to install the product. The use of parts other than those sup-
plied or designated may result in internal damage to the unit.
Faulty installation may lead to an accident, a malfunction or
❑ Do not block the air vent or the cooling plate of the
Blocking these parts will cause the interior of the unit to
overheat and will result in fire or other damage.
❑ Do not install the product where it is exposed to
strong vibrations or is unstable.
Avoid slanted or strongly curved surfaces for installation. If
the installation is not stable, the unit may fall down while
driving and this can lead to an accident or injury.
❑ Installation Angle
The product should be installed in a horizontal position with
the front end up at a convenient angle, but not more than
The user should bear in mind that in some areas there may
be restrictions on how and where this unit must be installed.
Consult your dealer for further details.
❑ Wear gloves for safety. Make sure that wiring is
completed before installation.
❑ To prevent damage to the unit, do not connect the
power connector until the whole wiring is complet-
❑ Do not connect more than one speaker to one set of
speaker leads. (except for connecting to a tweeter)
Observe the following cautions when handling
the battey for the remote control unit.
● Use only specified battery (CR2025).
● Match the polarity of the battery with the (+) and (–) marks
in the battery case.
● Replace dead battery as soon as possible.
● Remove the battery from the remote control unit when not
using it for an extended period of time.
● Insulate the battery (by placing them in a plastic bag or cov-
ering them with vinyl tape) before disposal or storage.
● Dispose of the battery according to the local regulations.
● Do not disassemble, recharge, heat or short the battery. Do
not throw a battery into a fire or water.
In case of battery leakage
● Thoroughly wipe the battery liquid off the battery case and
insert new battery.
● If any part of your body or clothing comes into contact with
battery liquid, wash it with plenty of water.
● If battery liquid comes into contact with your eyes, wash
them with plenty of water and get immediate medical atten-


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  • Page 1: Safety Information

    The meanings of Avoid slanted or strongly curved surfaces for installation. If tem in a safe and effective manner. Panasonic assumes no the pictographs are explained below. It is important that you Observe the following cautions when using this...
  • Page 2: Before Reading These Instructions

    Q'ty: 1 Q'ty: 1 This operating instruction manual is for 2 models CQ-C8401W and CQ-C7401W. The difference among these models’ are mentioned below. All screens and main body illustrations in this book represent CQ-C8401W unless otherwise specified. Models CQ-C8401W CQ-C7401W...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    In addition to the conventional method (EACH BAND), we have digital camera or other devices without difficulty. ( page 33) successfully launched the enhanced ALL BAND method that * This software is downloadable from Panasonic Web site presets 18 stations at the same time. page 19) (
  • Page 4: Cq-C8401W/C7401W

    MEMORY TUNE TUNE MEMORY DISP DISP TUNE DISP NUMBER CQ-C8401W TRACK (FILE) DISP: DISPLAY CAR AUDIO P·SET: PRESET DISC (FOLDER) TUNE TRACK (FILE) One-touch operation is available for selecting a track playing style by use of [4] (RANDOM), [5] (SCAN), or MUTE D•M: DIRECT MEMORY...
  • Page 5: Preparation

    Stick your thumbnail into the groove, and push the Note: Battery Information: holder in the direction of Battery Type: Panasonic lithium battery (CR2025) Note: Adjust the clock when “ADJUST” appears on the the arrow, and at the Adjust the setting value.
  • Page 6: General

    This chapter explains how to turn on or off the power, how to adjust the volume, etc. Power on Open/Eject Press [SRC] (PWR: POWER). Press [ ] (OPEN). CQ-C8401W When a disc is already loaded, the disc will automatically be ejected. Notes: CQ-C8401W ¡...
  • Page 7 Auxiliary (AUX 2) All displays disappear in 5 seconds. When connecting CD Changer, DVD Changer page 26, 28) Folder hierarchy (for CQ-C8401W, MP3/WMA mode only.) Ordinary display + clock Player When connecting a device that is not controlled by this...
  • Page 8: Radio

    This chapter explains how to listen to the radio. The sound type each of which is adjusted with 7 bands changes every time you press [SQ: SOUND Press [SRC: SOURCE] to select the CQ-C8401W CQ-C8401W QUALITY]. radio mode. Press [BAND] to select a band.
  • Page 9 CD mode You can select 6 or 18 stations for FM presetting with the CQ-C8401W or the CD changer mode is activated. (Default: FM 87.50 use of APM. For using the remote...
  • Page 10: Cd Player

    40) plate. both CD-DA and MP3/WMA data). In case of using such a CQ-C8401W ¡ Do not use discs that have a seal or label attached. CD, problems may occur such as anacoustic playback. ¡ To avoid damaging the face plate, do not push it down or...
  • Page 11: Mp3/Wma Player

    Notes: to select the MP3/WMA mode. ¡ Refer to the section on “Notes on MP3/WMA” page 24) CQ-C8401W Press [ ] (OPEN) to open the face ¡ This unit does not support a MIX mode CD (a CD containing both CD-DA and MP3/WMA data). In case of using such a plate.
  • Page 12 Corporation in the United also damage your hearing. personally. States and/or other countries. No warranty Above description complies with our investigations as of December 2004. It has no warranty for reproducibility and displayability of MP3/WMA. CQ-C8401W/C7401W CQ-C8401W/C7401W...
  • Page 13: Disc Changer (When Cds Or Mp3 Discs Are Loaded)

    ¡ Please connect a CD changer or a DVD changer (CX-DH801W) on “Notes on CD/CD Media (CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW)”. When a magazine is already loaded, press [SRC: CQ-C8401W to CH/AUX2 terminal. page 40) SOURCE] to select the Disc changer mode.
  • Page 14: Disc Changer (When Dvds Or Vcds Are Loaded)

    Load a magazine (discs). ¡ Please connect a CD changer or a DVD changer (CX-DH801W) When a magazine is already loaded, press [SRC: CQ-C8401W to CH/AUX2. SOURCE] to select the DVD changer mode. ¡ “AUX 2” is display when connecting a changer that is not compatible with this unit.
  • Page 15: Audio Setting

    (2 sec. in Main volume adjustment), the display returns be adjusted. Fader adjustment to the regular mode. Press [BAND] BUILT-IN AMP (Only for CQ-C8401W) (Setting range: R15 to F15 and Center, default: Center) (SET) to adjust. CQ-C8401W q : Front enhanced You can toggle the integrated amplifier on and off.
  • Page 16: Display Setting

    You can edit the moving images and still images that are initially stored in the unit. You also can use the data that is downloaded from the Panasonic Web site and the data that is stored with a digital camera or other devices and processed with exclusive software, GRAPHIC PATTERN IMAGE STUDIO.
  • Page 17: Troubleshooting

    Please refer the checking and the repair to professionals. dangerous to do so. Panasonic shall not be liable for any accidents arising out of neglect of Notes on IMAGE STUDIO Download site: checking the unit or your own repair after your checking.
  • Page 18 The safety device works. The power fails Insert a disc correctly. No playback or Call the store where you purchased the unit, or your nearest Panasonic unintentionally. disc ejected Service Center. There is a flaw or foreign material on the disc.
  • Page 19: Error Display Messages

    Eject the magazine. If failure persists, press the reset switch on the disc changer. If normal operation is not restored, call the store where you pur- chased the unit or the nearest Panasonic Service Center to ask for repairs. An error arises in the DVD changer.
  • Page 20: Notes On Discs

    Current Consumption Less than 2.2 A (CD mode, 0.5 W 4-Speaker) 60 W x 4 (CQ-C8401W, at 4 Ω), 50 W x 4 (CQ-C7401W, at 4 Ω) Maximum Power Output How to hold the disc 4 – 8 Ω...

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