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MiniDisc Recorder
Operating Instructions
©2000 Sony Corporation


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  • Page 1 3-220-298-23(1) Portable MiniDisc Recorder Operating Instructions MZ-R900 ©2000 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 2 Do not install the appliance in a confined space, such as a bookcase or prohibited. For the Sony Service Center nearest you built-in cabinet. call 1-800-222-SONY (United States only). Caution...
  • Page 3 This equipment has been tested and found WALKMAN and are trademarks to comply with the limits for a Class B of Sony Corporation. digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the The CE mark on the unit is FCC Rules. These limits are designed to...
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Looking at controls ........... 8 Getting started! ..........13 Recording an MD right away! ......16 Playing an MD right away! ......19 Various ways of recording ......21 Two ways of connecting to a sound source ..........21 Recording with analog input (line cable required) .......22 Recording for long times ..............23 To start/stop recording in sync with the source player...
  • Page 5 Various ways of playback ......34 Selecting a track directly ..............34 Changing the playback order ............... 34 On the recorder ................34 On the remote control ..............35 To adjust the sound quality (Digital Sound Preset) ......36 To change playback speed (Speed Control) ......... 38 Storing the settings for individual discs (Personal Disc Memory) ..
  • Page 6 Power sources ..........57 Battery life ..................57 Additional information ........58 Precautions ....................58 Troubleshooting ..................61 System limitations .................64 Messages ....................65 Specifications ..................68 What is an MD? ..................69...
  • Page 8: Looking At Controls

    Looking at controls See pages in ( ) for more details. The recorder A END SEARCH button (17) (47) L OPEN button (15) B Battery compartment (13) M X (pause) button (17) (19) (27) (31) (44) (47) (51) C Jog lever (L) (MENU/ENTER) (11) N Display window (24) (34) (53) (20) (25) (34) (43) (53) D VOL +/–...
  • Page 9 The display window of the recorder A Alarm indication (53) J REC indication (17) Lights up while recording. When B Character information display (29) flashing, the recorder is in record (34) standby mode. Displays the disc and track names, K REC DATE (recorded/current date) date, error messages, track numbers, etc.
  • Page 10 The headphones/earphones with a remote control A B C DE A DISPLAY button (29) (38) (46) (48) G Control (./N>) (12) (19) (53) (36) (46) (48) (51) (53) N> : play, AMS, FF B PLAYMODE button (35) (48) . : REW C RPT/ENT (repeat/enter) button (36) H Control (VOL +/–) (12) (19) (48) (37)
  • Page 11 Before using the recorder How to use the jog lever The two jog levers on the recorder can be used to perform various operations during playback, recording, editing, and when the recorder is stopped. Jog lever (L) Push to enter Flip to select Jog lever (R) Jog lever functions...
  • Page 12 Menu Functions REC-Posi Selecting the start point when recording (page 25). CLOCK SET Setting the clock (page 30) The selectable menu items will vary according to the operating status of the recorder. Some menu items will be selectable only on the recorder, only on the remote control, or on both. For details, refer to the page number in the parentheses.
  • Page 13: Getting Started

    Getting started! Charge the rechargeable battery before using. Even if the rechargeable battery is not charged, you can use the recorder as long as the AC power adaptor is connected. Insert the rechargeable battery Insert the rechargeable battery minus end first. Charging the rechargeable battery x/CHARGE to a wall outlet...
  • Page 14 Using the dry battery Insert a LR6 (size AA) alkaline dry battery. To operate the recorder for the longest possible time, use the dry battery together with a fully charged rechargeable battery. Attach the dry battery case to the Insert the battery minus end first. recorder.
  • Page 15 Insert an MD (Use a recordable MD for recording.) Press OPEN to open the lid. Insert an MD with the label side facing front, and press the lid down to close. Notes • If you press x/CHARGE immediately after charging has completed, charging will begin again.
  • Page 16: Recording An Md Right Away

    Recording an MD right away! Connect to a digital source using an optical cable to make digital recordings. Digital recording is possible even from digital equipment with different sampling rates, such as a DAT deck or a BS tuner, using the built-in sampling rates converter (see “Note on digital recording”...
  • Page 17 Record an MD Press and slide REC to the right. “REC” lights up and recording starts. END SEARCH Play the CD or tape you want to record. To stop recording, press x. After you press x, the recorder will automatically turn off in about 10 seconds (when using batteries) or about 5 minutes (when using AC power adaptor).
  • Page 18 • You can make digital recording only from an optical type output. • When recording from a portable CD player, set the CD player to pause, and then do the recording procedure on the recorder. • Note the following when recording from a portable CD player: —Some portable CD players may not be capable of digital out unless powered by the...
  • Page 19: Playing An Md Right Away

    Playing an MD right away! Play an MD Press the jog lever (R) (N). Turn the control towards N> on the remote VOL +/– control. A short beep sounds in the headphones/ earphones when you operate on the Jog lever (R) remote control.
  • Page 20 You can turn off the beep sound (page 56). Once you open the lid, the point to start play will change to the beginning of the first track (except when the disc information is stored to the Personal Disc Memory). G-PROTECTION function The G-PROTECTION function has been developed to provide excellent protection...
  • Page 21: Various Ways Of Recording

    Various ways of recording Two ways of connecting to a sound source The input jack of this recorder works as both digital and analog input jacks. Connect the recorder to a CD player or a cassette recorder using either digital (optical) input or analog (line) input.
  • Page 22: Recording With Analog Input (line Cable Required)

    Insert a recordable MD, and then Recording with analog press and slide REC to the right. input (line cable “REC” and the REC indicator light required) up in the display and the recording starts. The sound will be sent from the Play the source you want to record.
  • Page 23: Recording For Long Times

    To stop recording, press x. Recording for long The recorder switches back to stereo times recording when you record the next time. Select each recording mode according to Audio components that support the LP2 or LP4 the recording time that you want. modes are indicated by the Stereo recording is possible at 2 times logo marks.
  • Page 24: To Start/stop Recording In Sync With The Source Player (synchro-recording)

    Press and slide REC to the right. To start/stop recording The recorder stands by for recording. in sync with the source Play the source sound. player The recorder starts recording when it (Synchro-recording) receives the playing sound. You can easily make digital recordings of To stop recording, press x a digital source on an MD.
  • Page 25: Recording Without Overwriting Existing Material

    Recording without Recording from a overwriting existing microphone material Connect a stereo microphone to the MIC (PLUG IN POWER) jack. For more If you wish to avoid overwriting the information on stereo microphones, see current contents of an MD, do the “Optional accessories”...
  • Page 26: Adding Track Marks Automatically At Specified Intervals (auto Time Stamp)

    Notes Adding track marks • You cannot record through the microphone while an optical cable is connected to the automatically at LINE IN (OPT) jack. The recorder specified intervals automatically switches input in the following (Auto Time Stamp) order; optical input, microphone input, and analog input.
  • Page 27: Adjusting The Recording Level Manually (manual Recording)

    Using Auto Time Stamp to add Adjusting the recording track marks while recording level manually After you set the time interval in step 4, (Manual recording) the recorder will begin adding a track mark whenever the time interval has When you record, the sound level is elapsed.
  • Page 28: Checking The Remaining Time Or The Recording Position

    While observing the level meter in the Checking the remaining display, adjust the recording level by time or the recording flipping the jog lever (L). position Set the level so that the input lights up around the fifth segment on the level You can check the remaining time, track meter.
  • Page 29: On The Remote Control

    Display window on the recorder Recording REC indicator condition Less than 3 flashes slowly minutes’ recording time available A track mark has goes off been added (when momentarily Track number Elapsed time controlling by the Track number Remaining time for recorder only) recording Numbers of tracks...
  • Page 30: Setting The Clock To Stamp The Recorded Time

    In stop mode Setting the clock to Track number/Elapsed time stamp the recorded Track number/Track name time Number of tracks in the disc/Disc To stamp the date and time on the MD name when you record, you first need to set the clock.
  • Page 31: Copying Cd Text Information While Recording (joint Text)

    Joint Text required flip the lever until “DISPLAY” appears in the display, and then press the lever again. By connecting the recorder to a Sony Flip the jog lever (L) until “CLOCK” portable CD player that supports Joint flashes in the display, and then press the Text (the CD text copying function) (D- lever again.
  • Page 32 Press and slide REC to the right to Press the jog lever (L). start recording on the recorder, and “TOC Edit” flashes. start playing the CD in the portable Afterwards, the disc name scrolls in CD player. the display. “SYNC”, “REC” and “ ”...
  • Page 33 CDs that support CD-TEXT. • The RK-TXT1 CD text connecting cable is designed for exclusive use with this recorder and Sony portable CD player (D-E990, etc.). Do not use a connecting cable of another make to copy CD text information.
  • Page 34: Various Ways Of Playback

    Various ways of playback Selecting a track Changing the playback directly order You can select a desired track directly by You can play tracks repeatedly in three using the jog lever (L). ways — all repeat, single repeat, and shuffle repeat. Jog lever (L) On the recorder Jog lever (L)
  • Page 35: On The Remote Control

    Repeat step 2 and 3 to program more Indication A (Play mode Normal/— (All the tracks are tracks. played once.) Press the jog lever (L) for 2 seconds or more. AllRepeat/ (All the tracks are The program is set and playback played repeatedly.) starts.
  • Page 36: To Adjust The Sound Quality (digital Sound Preset)

    Display window on the remote control Notes • All program settings are lost when the disc is Play mode indication removed from the recorder. • If you stop creating a program for 5 minutes while the recorder is stopped, the program that was made up to that point is entered.
  • Page 37 During playback, press SOUND for 2 To select a preset sound seconds or more. On the remote control, press SOUND repeatedly to select “SOUND1” or “SOUND2” The recorder changes to bass-setting or nothing appears in the display. mode. Pressing the SOUND button On the recorder, press the jog lever (L), flip the for 2 seconds again changes the lever until “SOUND1”, “SOUND2”, or...
  • Page 38: To Change Playback Speed (speed Control)

    Press x to set the playback speed. To change playback speed (Speed Control) The playback speed can be adjusted in 7 “S” appears to the right of the elapsed steps (80%, 85%, ...100%, 105%, 110%). time during playback speeds other than normal.
  • Page 39: On The Recorder

    Turn the control towards . or On the recorder towards N> until “PERSONAL” flashes in the display, and then press Jog lever (L) “Entry?” flashes in the display. Press x. “Entry OK” appears in the display While the recorder is stopped, and the disc settings are stored in the playing, or play-paused, press the jog recorder.
  • Page 40: Checking The Remaining Time Or The Playing Position

    Display window on the recorder Checking the remaining time or the playing position You can check the track name, disc name, etc. during playback. Track number Elapsed time On the recorder Track number Remaining time of the current track Jog lever (L) Number of tracks Remaining time after the current...
  • Page 41: On The Remote Control

    On the remote control Connecting to a stereo system (LINE OUT) DISPLAY Connect the i/LINE OUT jack of the recorder to the LINE IN jacks of an amplifier or a tape player with a line cable. For more information on line cables, see “Optional accessories”...
  • Page 42 Notes • If the “AUDIO OUT” parameter for the i/ LINE OUT jack is set to “LINE OUT”, VOL +/– or Digital Sound Preset will not function. • The “AUDIO OUT” parameter for the i/ LINE OUT jack cannot be set to “LINE OUT”...
  • Page 43: Editing Recorded Tracks

    Editing recorded tracks You can edit your recordings by adding/ Flip the jog lever (L) until erasing track marks or labeling tracks and “ : Erase” flashes in the display, MDs. Premastered MDs cannot be edited. and then press the lever. “Erase OK?”...
  • Page 44: Adding A Track Mark

    Flip the jog lever (L) until To add track marks while recording (except while “ : Erase” flashes in the display, and then press the lever. synchoro-recording) “AllErase?” and “PushENTER” Press T MARK on the recorder at the appear alternately in the display. point you want to add a track mark.
  • Page 45: Moving Recorded Tracks

    Press T MARK to erase the mark. On the recorder “MARK OFF” appears in the display. The track mark is erased and the two Jog lever (L) tracks are combined. When you erase a track mark, the date, time, and name assigned to the mark are also erased. Notes •...
  • Page 46: On The Remote Control

    On the remote control Labeling recordings DISPLAY You can name tracks during playback, discs during stop, and both during recording. Each name can be as long as 200 letters. Each disc can hold up to 1700 alphanumeric letters during playback or stop.
  • Page 47 Flip the jog lever (L) to select a letter Labeling a track during playback and press the lever to enter. The selected letter stops flashing and Insert a disc and play the track you the cursor moves to the next input want to label.
  • Page 48: On The Remote Control

    Press/ Turn On the remote control Control Change the letter to DISPLAY the one before / N>) next one. PLAYMODE DISPLAY Insert a blank space to type in a new letter by pressing within 2 seconds. Cancel labeling by pressing for 2 seconds or more.
  • Page 49: Storing Phrases Frequently Used In Labeling (phrase Bank)

    Labeling a track or a disc • The recorder cannot rewrite a disc or track name of more than 200 letters that was created during recording by another device. Press DISPLAY for 2 seconds or more during recording. Storing phrases Turn the control towards .
  • Page 50 Flip the jog lever (L) repeatedly. You can store phrases from a previously labeled Flipping the jog lever (L) causes the track or disc. phrases stored in the phrase bank to Do the procedure “Relabeling recordings” appear one by one in sequential order. (page 49) and display the track or disc name If you press X at this time, the first that contains the phrase that you want to store.
  • Page 51: On The Remote Control

    Flip the jog lever (L) until the phrase Storing phrases using the EDIT you want to erase appears, and then menu press the lever (L). Press DISPLAY for 2 seconds or “Erase!” appears and the phrase is more. erased. If no phrase is stored in the phrase bank, “EMPTY”...
  • Page 52 Searching by the first letter of a To cancel the operation, press phrase DISPLAY for 2 seconds or more. When labeling a track or disc, pull and turn the control towards VOL + or towards VOL – to move the cursor to the letter which the desired phrase begins with.
  • Page 53: Other Operation

    Other operation Flip the jog lever (L) to select the Setting the alarm alarm sound. (Melody Timer) MELODY:2 You can set the alarm to go off in 1 to 99 minutes. The following sounds can be selected. On the recorder Display Alarm sound MELODY : 1...
  • Page 54 Turn the control towards . or To cancel Melody Timer towards N> until “ON” flashes Select “OFF” in step 3 and then press the in the display, and then press x. jog lever (L) on the recorder or x on the , lights up in the display.
  • Page 55: Protecting Your Hearing (avls)

    Protecting your hearing Locking the controls (AVLS) (HOLD) The AVLS (Automatic Volume Limiter To prevent the buttons from being System) function keeps down the accidentally operated when you carry the maximum volume to protect your ears. recorder, use this function. HOLD Jog lever (L) Press the jog lever, flip the lever until...
  • Page 56: Turning Off The Beep Sound

    Turning off the beep sound You can turn off the beep sound in the headphones/earphones. Jog lever (L) Press the jog lever (L). Flip the jog lever (L) until “BEEP” flashes in the display and then press the jog lever (L). Flip the jog lever (L) until “BEEP OFF”...
  • Page 57: Power Sources

    Japan) standard. rechargeable When using a 100% fully charged battery rechargeable battery. LR6 (SG) When using a Sony LR6 (SG) “STAMINA” alkaline dry battery (produced in Japan). Sony alkaline dry battery When to replace the batteries NH-14WM When the dry battery or rechargeable nickel metal battery is weak, flashing r or “LOW...
  • Page 58: Additional Information

    Additional information On the headphones/earphones Precautions Road safety Do not use headphones/earphones while On safety driving, cycling, or operating any motorized vehicle. It may create a traffic hazard and is Do not put any foreign objects in the DC IN 3V illegal in many areas.
  • Page 59 Notes on batteries Note on digital recording Incorrect battery usage may lead to leakage of This recorder uses the Serial Copy battery fluid or bursting battery. To prevent Management System, which allows only first- such accidents, observe the following generation digital copies to be made from precautions: premastered software.
  • Page 60 Sony dealer. (If a trouble occurred when the disc was in the recorder, we recommend that the disc be left in the recorder when you consult your Sony dealer so that the cause of trouble may be better understood.)
  • Page 61: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Should any problem persist after you have made these checks, consult your nearest Sony dealer. Symptom Cause/Solution The recorder does • Audio sources may not be securely connected. not work or works , Disconnect the audio sources once and connect them again poorly.
  • Page 62 Symptom Cause/Solution The recorder does • A Premastered MD is inserted (“P/B ONLY” appears) when not work or works recording. poorly. , Insert a recordable MD “NO SIGNAL” • There is no digital signal from the portable CD player. appears in the , When recording digitally from a portable CD player, use the display when AC power adaptor and disable the anti-skip function (such as...
  • Page 63 Symptom Cause/Solution Playback sound • The recorder is placed where it receives continuous vibration. skips. , Put the recorder on a stable place. • A very short track may cause sound to skip. Sound has a lot of • Strong magnetism from a television or such device is interfering static.
  • Page 64: System Limitations

    System limitations The recording system in your MiniDisc recorder is radically different from those used in cassette and DAT decks and is characterized by the limitations described below. Note, however, that these limitations are due to the inherent nature of the MD recording system itself and not to mechanical causes.
  • Page 65: Messages

    Messages If the following error messages flash in the display window, check the chart below. Error message Meaning/Remedy BLANKDISC • An MD with no recording on it is inserted. DISC ERR • The disc is damaged or does not contain proper recording or editing data.
  • Page 66 Error message Meaning/Remedy NO COPY • You tried to make a copy from a disc that is protected by the Serial Copy Management System. You cannot make copies from a digitally connected source which was itself recorded using digital connection. , Use analog connection instead (page 16).
  • Page 67 Error message Meaning/Remedy EMPTY • You tried to erase data in the phrase bank but no data have been recorded. BANK FULL • The phrase bank is almost full and cannot store the phrase you tried to enter. , Delete some phrases from the phrase bank, and then reenter the new phrase.
  • Page 68: Specifications

    Audio playing system headphones/earphones or a line cable. MiniDisc digital audio system Power requirements Laser diode properties Sony AC Power Adaptor connected at the DC Material: GaAlAs IN 3V jack: Wavelength: λ = 790 nm 120 V AC, 60 Hz (US model) Emission duration: continuous 230–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz (UK and Hong...
  • Page 69: What Is An Md

    Optional accessories What is an MD? Optical Cable POC-151HG, POC-152HG, POC-MZ1, POC-MZ2, POC-15B, POC-15AB, POC- How MiniDisc works DA12SP MiniDisc (MD) comes in two types: Line Cable RK-G129, RK-G136 premastered (prerecorded) and recordable Stereo Microphones ECM-717, ECM-MS907, (blank). Premastered MDs, recorded at ECM-MS957 music studios, can be played back almost Stereo Headphones/earphones* MDR-D77,...
  • Page 70 How the MiniDisc got so small The 2.5-inch MiniDisc, encased in a plastic cartridge that looks like a 3.5-inch diskette (see illustration on page 69), uses a new digital audio compression technology called ATRAC (Adaptive TRansform Acoustic Coding). To store more sound in less space, ATRAC extracts and encodes only those frequency components actually audible to the human ear.
  • Page 72 Sony Corporation Printed in Japan Sony Corporation Printed in Japan...

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