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AMPLIFIER-TUNER/CD PLAYER
RD-VH7
CASSETTE TAPE DECK
X-VH7
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
KENWOOD CORPORATION
Before installation, be sure to read "System configuration" and "Installa-
tion" in this manual to ensure correct installation.
This instruction manual is used to describe multiple models listed above.
Model availability and features (functions) may differ depending on the
country and sales area.
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B60-4280-10
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  • Page 1 RD-VH7 CASSETTE TAPE DECK X-VH7 INSTRUCTION MANUAL KENWOOD CORPORATION Before installation, be sure to read “System configuration” and “Installa- tion” in this manual to ensure correct installation. This instruction manual is used to describe multiple models listed above. Model availability and features (functions) may differ depending on the country and sales area.
  • Page 2: Before Applying Power

    Before applying power Units are designed for operation as follows. U.S.A..AC 120 V only Safety precautions WARNING : TO PREVENT FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPLIANCE TO RAIN OR MOISTURE. CAUTION RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOT OPEN THE LIGHTNING FLASH WITH ARROWHEAD SYMBOL, WITHIN AN EQUILATERAL TRIANGLE, IS INTENDED TO ALERT THE USER TO THE PRESENCE OF UNINSULATED “DANGEROUS VOLT-...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Before applying power ... 2 Introduction ... 6 Special features ... SAFETY IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS... 8 PREPARATION System configuration, Installation... 10 System configuration ... Installation ... System connection ... 12 Connection of antenna ... Connection of audio cord ... Connection of system control cord ... Connection of speakers ...
  • Page 4 DEMO ON (Demonstration executed): While the power is set to ON , press and hold the “auto/mono, demo” key on the amplifier-tuner/ CD player for more than 2 seconds. DEMO OFF (Demonstration cancelled): ÷ Press the “auto/mono, demo” key in the “DEMO ON”...
  • Page 5 Among the VH series models, some are provided with a system instruction manual describing both the RD-VH7 (amplifier-tuner/ CD player) and X-VH7 (cassette deck) while some are provided with an independent instruction manual describing only the purchased model. This is intended to fa- cilitate each purchaser perform system operations any time if he or she purchases other separately available system components later.
  • Page 6: Introduction

    The VH series system components include the amplifier-tuner/ CD player, MD recorder and cas- sette deck, so the user can select and purchase desired models among them. By connecting some of these components using KENWOOD system control cords, convenient system operations will be available as described below.
  • Page 7: Special Features

    Even when the power is set to OFF (standby), simply pressing the play key on the front panel of the CD player, MD recorder or tape deck or the “band” key of the tuner starts playback of the corresponding source component immediately.
  • Page 8: Important Safeguards

    IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS Please read all of the safety and operating instructions be- fore operating this appliance. Adhere to all warnings on the appliance and in the instruction manual. Follow all the safety and operating instructions. These safety and operating in- structions should be retained for future reference.
  • Page 9 Caution : Read this page carefully to ensure safe operation. 14. Abnormal smell – If an abnormal smell or smoke is detected, immediately turn the power OFF and unplug the appliance from the wall outlet. Contact your dealer or nearest service center. 15.
  • Page 10: System Configuration, Installation

    If you purchased the RD-VH7 alone, install it properly by also referring to the instruction manuals of the components to which it is connected. RD-VH7 + DM-VH7+ X-VH7 (Amplifier-tuner/ CD player, MD recorder, Cassette deck ) (Horizontally stacked installation) With the horizontally stacked installation, be sure to use the provided spacer.
  • Page 11: Installation

    Installation When the components are to be installed horizontally for stacking, be sure to use the spacer for stacked installation which is provided with each component unit. The front feet attached at the factory to each component unit of this series can be replaced with the pro- vided replacement feet.
  • Page 12: System Connection

    Remove the indoor antenna if you connect one outdoors. ANTENNA FM 75 1 Plug into the terminal. 2 Locate the position providing good 3 Fix the antenna. Amplifier-tuner/ CD player ANTENNA (RD-VH7) FM 75 DIGITAL SYSTEM OPTICAL CONTROL...
  • Page 13: Connection Of Audio Cord

    When connections are to be made, make sure that the power plug is not plugged into a wall AC out- let. Connect the equipment as shown in the figures. Audio cord (Supplied with X-VH7) Amplifier-tuner/ CD player (RD-VH7) ANTENNA FM 75 DIGITAL...
  • Page 14: Connection Of System Control Cord

    3. Connection of system control cord Caution for Connection When connections are to be made, make sure that the power plug is not plugged into a wall AC outlet. Connect the equipment as shown in the figures. Amplifier-tuner/ CD player (RD-VH7) ANTENNA FM 75...
  • Page 15: Connection Of Speakers

    Loosen. Insert. Secure. Amplifier-tuner/ CD player ÷ Never short-circuit the + and – speaker cords. The protection circuit will operate and no sound will be put out. ÷ If the left and right speaker connections or the + and –...
  • Page 16: Controls And Indicators

    Controls and indicators Main Unit Amplifier-tuner/ CD player (RD-VH7) stereo amplifier/tuner/CD RD-VH7 eject standby band timer phones auto /mono demo Cassette deck (X-VH7) auto reverse cassette deck X-VH7 eject tape loading mechanism recording standby rev.mode Dolby NR Standby mode While the standby indicator of the unit is lit, a small amount of current is flowing into the unit’s internal circuitry to back up the memory.
  • Page 17 Amplifier-tuner/CD player (RD-VH7) “0 eject” key The key lights in blue when a CD is loaded inside. “standby/timer” indicator When power is ON :Not lit. When power is OFF (standby) :Lights in red. During timer standby :Lights in green. Remote sensor “phones”...
  • Page 18: Remote Control Unit

    Remote control Unit When the system control cord is connected, this remote control can be used to operate the entire system. The keys on the remote control unit with the same names as on the main unit have the same function as the keys on the main unit.
  • Page 19 Press to control the MD recorder (DM-VH7). CD control keys (6, 7) ¶, º, ¤, ‹ Press to control the CD player. Cassette deck control keys (2, 3, 7) These keys are used to control the cassette deck (X- ‚, q, r, t VH7).
  • Page 20: Operation Of Remote Control Unit

    Operation of remote control unit Loading batteries Remove the cover. Operation Plug the power cord into a power outlet and press the “ POWER” key on the remote con- trol unit to switch the power ON. Then press the key of the function you want to control. ÷...
  • Page 21: Clock Adjustment

    Clock adjustment This unit incorporates a clock function. Be sure to adjust the correct time before using the timer func- tion. Switching the power ON Activate the clock adjustment mode. Press the “mode” key. Rotate the “multi control” knob to select “ADJUST ?”, then press the “enter”...
  • Page 22: Hearing Sound

    ÷ Pressing the CD (6), MD (6), tape (2 rev or 3 fwd) or tuner (“band”) key on the amplifier- tuner/ CD player switches the power ON, selects the correspond- ing source component and starts playback (or reception) on it. (One-...
  • Page 23 Muting the sound temporarily Remote control unit only MUTE Blinks MUTE N.B.I ÷ Press again to resume the original volume. ÷ This is also cancelled when the volume is adjusted. Listening through headphones Insert the headphone plug into the phones jack.
  • Page 24: Listening In Pure A Mode

    Input level adjustment The input levels of MD, TAPE and AUX can be adjusted independently. This is intended to mini- mize the difference between input levels from different input sources when these are switched over between them. Possible when the MD (TAPE or AUX) input is selected Select the input source to be adjusted by pressing the “input”...
  • Page 25 LCD contrast adjustment The contrast of the LCD display on the amplifier- tuner/ CD player can be switched as desired. multi control mode When the LCD display is invisible (due to too bright contrast), press and hold the Note Note “mode”...
  • Page 26: Playback Of Cd

    Playback of CD Playback from desired track Skipping tracks O.T.E. To fast forward and backward The label must be on top. Do not touch the played surface. Insert a disc in the insertion slot; it will be pulled in automatically into the deep of the unit.
  • Page 27: Skipping Tracks

    To select track No. 20 ... 00) enter This CD player is capable of playing HDCD discs. The display shows “HDCD” during playback of a HDCD disc. ÷ The musical data recorded in the HDCD format features high 20-bit resolution, making it possible to reproduce music more delicately than ordinary CD discs.
  • Page 28 Time display on CD player Each press of the “DISPLAY” key switches the displayed information items one after another. DISPLAY ÷ Only the time information on the track being played can be displayed during single-track repeat playback or random playback.
  • Page 29: Recording A Hdcd Disc

    HDCD-decoded 20-bit signal or as an ordinary 16-bit signal. (HDCD 20-bit digital output Select the “CD” input. Check that the CD player is in the stop mode. If it is in play mode Press the “7 stop” key. Select the HDCD mode.
  • Page 30: Listening In The Desired Sequence

    Desired tracks in a disc can be programmed in the desired order and played back. (Max. 32 tracks) Select the “CD” input. Check that the CD player is in the stop mode. If it is in play mode Press the “7 stop” key.
  • Page 31 To add a track to the program Select the track number to be added using the numeric keys. Press during stop. +100 Press the numeric keys as shown below... To enter track No. 12 ... 02 To select track No. 20 ... 00) Press the “P.
  • Page 32: Repeated Playback

    Repeated playback Desired track(s) or disc can be played repeatedly. Select the “CD” input. To repeat a disc If the PGM indicator is lit, press the “P.MODE” key to turn it off. Press the “REPEAT” key repeatedly until “ALL REP.” is displayed. REPEAT Press the “CD 6”...
  • Page 33: Playing Tracks In A Random Order

    Playing tracks in a random order (random playback) Tracks in a CD can be played back in a random or- der so that the listener can enjoy unexpected play- back of music. Select the “CD” input. Confirm that the “PGM” indicator is not lit. If the PGM indicator is lit, press the “P.MODE”...
  • Page 34: Receiving Broadcast Station

    Receiving broadcast station Selecting a preset station (Preset call) One-by-one presetting O.T.E. band p.call Manual tuning operation 1. Select the tuner input. Each press of the “band” key switches the band as follows. 2. Select a station. (It is recommended to preset radio stations using the auto-preset opera- tion in advance.) When stations have been memorized (Preset call)
  • Page 35: Manual Tuning And Preset Operation

    Manual tuning and preset operation Manual tuning operation Press the “band” key to select “FM” or “AM”. band Press the “auto/mono” key to select auto tun- ing or manual tuning. Normally, use the “AUTO” (Auto tuning) mode. ÷ Use the manual tuning mode when reception is noisy due to weak reception.
  • Page 36: Using R.d.s. (radio Data System)

    Using R.D.S. (Radio Data System) RDS is a system that transmits useful informa- tion (in the form of digital data) for FM broad- casts along with the broadcast signal. Tuners and receivers designed for RDS reception can ex- tract the information from the broadcast signal for use with various functions, such as automatic display of the station name.
  • Page 37: Searching For A Desired Program Type (pty Search)

    Searching for a desired program type By specifying the type of program (genre) you want to listen to, the tuner automatically searches for a station which is currently broad- casting a program of the specified type. Under certain receiving conditions, it may take more than 1 minute to complete the search.
  • Page 38: To Be Able To Listen To The Desired Information At Any Time (eon Reservation)

    Start the search. Press the “PTY” key. To select another program type Repeat steps 1, 2 and 3. ÷ No sound is heard while “ROCK M” is blinking. ÷ If the desired program type cannot be found, “NO PROG” is displayed, then after several seconds the dis- play returns to the original display.
  • Page 39 Receive an RDS station. Press the “4” or “¢” key. Select a station where “RDS” and “EON” are lit. P.CALL Wait for the desired information. CD or tape playback also may be started. As long as the power is ON, standby condition will exist.
  • Page 40: Cassette Deck Operations

    Playback of tape To wind tape at high speed O.T.E. Selection of reverse mode To stop playback Start playback Tape exposed side Insert the cassette straight into the insertion slot. Just push lightly and the cassette will be pulled automatically inside. Cassette deck To stop playback To reduce tape noise...
  • Page 41 To pause the tape Cassette deck Lights ÷ Press the “2 rev” or “3 fwd” key to restart play- back. To wind tape at high speed Cassette deck 3 Fast-forward direction Quick blinking 2 Rewind ÷ Press the “7 stop” key to stop fast winding. Selection of reverse mode Cassette deck rev.mode...
  • Page 42: Dpss (direct Program Search System)

    DPSS (Direct Program Search System) DPSS (Direct Program Search System) permits easy location of the beginning of the desired tune or skipping of tunes on a cassette tape just like a CD by detecting non-recorded blanks of more than 4 seconds on tape as the “spaces between tunes”. Skip search Plays the desired music program from the beginning by skipping programs until you reach the desired program.
  • Page 43 One-program repeat playback Plays a single music program repeatedly up to 16 times. Cassette deck only Press the “3 fwd “ or “2 rev ” key during playback. During reverse playback (while 2 is blinking) ÷ The program being played will be repeated 16 times, after which normal playback resumes.
  • Page 44: Recording Onto Cassette Tape

    Recording onto cassette tape Note that this cassette deck cannot record onto Metal tapes. Note Note O.T.E. Temporary stop during recording Tape exposed side Cassette deck input Select an input source other than “TAPE” input. 1. Load a tape in deck. Insert the cassette straight into the insertion slot.
  • Page 45: Start Recording

    Temporary stop during recording Cassette deck only recording Lights Lights ÷ Press the “¶ rec/arm” to restart recording. To end recording Cassette deck Each press switch the modes as follows. rev.mode Dolby NR Dolby NR Lights Lights An unrecorded portion of about 4 seconds is produced To enter record-pause mode from stop mode after leaving a non-recorded blank of about 4...
  • Page 46: Synchronized Recording

    CD or MD playback. This conven- ient function is available by setting both the cas- sette deck and CD player (or MD recorder) in pause mode and starting playback on the CD player (or MD recorder).
  • Page 47: Recording Cd Tracks In The Desired Sequence

    The order of tracks in the program can be changed any time even after it has been set. Select the “CD” input. Check that the CD player is in the stop mode. If it is in play mode Press the“7 stop ” key.
  • Page 48: Recording Only Desired Tracks (one Touch Edit

    TAPE O.T.E. ÷ When the MD recorder is connected to the amplifier- tuner/ CD player, pressing the “MD O.T.E.” key allows to record the CD track onto an MD. When recording has been completed, a non-re- corded portion of 4 seconds will be produced and the cassette deck part will stop.
  • Page 49: One-touch Recording Of An Entire Cd (one Touch Edit

    The recording of a CD can be started at the same time as starting its playback with a single, one- touch operation, by simply pressing the O.T.E. (One-Touch Edit) key while the CD player is in stop mode. Recording preparations are required.
  • Page 50: Timer Operation

    Timer operation The following three kinds of timer operations are available for use according to purposes. ÷ O.T.T. timer ÷ Program timer playback (AI timer playback) and timer recording ÷ Sleep timer Be sure to adjust the clock before setting the timer. O.T.T.
  • Page 51: Program Timer Playback (ai Timer Playback) And Timer Recording

    Adjust the clock before setting the timer. Program timer playback (AI timer playback) and timer recording Two timer programs (PROG.1, PROG.2) are available. Both of them are 24-hour timer programs which can be executed every day. Each of timer reservation programs PROG.1 and PROG.2 can store the time zone and contents of timer operation, which can be executed or deactivated as required.
  • Page 52 Adjust the clock before setting the timer. Enter the ON time. Set the timer ON time by rotating the “multi control” knob. multi control To put back the time Press the “enter” key. After entering the “hour” with the proce- dure in 1 and 2, enter the “minute”...
  • Page 53: Prog.1

    Adjust the clock before setting the timer. Select the input source. 1 Select the source to be played. multi control TUNER TAPE enter 2 Press the “enter” key. Select the broadcast station (only when TUNER is se- lected). 1 Select the preset station No. multi control 2 Press the “enter”...
  • Page 54: Sleep Timer

    Adjust the clock before setting the timer. To cancel execution of a timer program Press the “TIMER” key repeatedly until “PROG.1” or “PROG.2” disappears. TIMER To set the same timer program again Press the “TIMER” key repeatedly until “PROG.1” or “PROG.2” appears. TIMER Sleep timer The sleep timer is used to set the period after which the power will switch OFF automatically.
  • Page 55: Important Items

    Important Items Handling of discs and tapes Disc handling precautions Handling Hold the discs so that you do not touch the playing surface. Label side Playing side Sticker Do not attach paper or tape to ei- ther the playing side or the label side of the discs.
  • Page 56 Cleaning the CD insertion slot Insertion slot and its surroundings The CD insertion slot should be cleaned because it tends to collect dust. If a CD is inserted while dust is accumulated around the insertion slot, the disc may be damaged. Notes on cassette tape Safety tab (accidental erasure prevention tab) After an important recording has been finished, break...
  • Page 57: Precautions And Notes

    2. Select the CD input, wait for a few seconds and ensure that the LCD becomes as shown in the figure below. If a disc is left in the CD player, press the “0 eject” key to eject it. NOMDISC 3.
  • Page 58: In Case Of Difficulty

    ÷ Please note that resetting the microcomputer clears the contents stored in it returns it to condi- tion when it left the factory. Amplifier-tuner/ CD player, speakers Symptom Sound is not produced. The “standby” indicator blinks in red.
  • Page 59 ÷ Wait until “PLEASE WAIT” disap- pears, then press the “0 eject” key. ÷ Place a disc in the CD player. ÷ Press the “6” key. ÷ Clean the disc referring to “Disc handling precautions”. ÷ Try another disc.
  • Page 60 Cassette deck unit Symptom Sound cannot be produced by pressing the play key or no operation occurs even when an operation key is pressed. No operation occurs even when an operation key is pressed. The DPSS malfunctions. Sound is harsh or high fre- quencies are not reproduced.
  • Page 61 Remote control unit Symptom ÷ Batteries are exhausted. Remote control operation is ÷ The remote control is too far away not possible. ÷ There is no tape or CD set in the ÷ An attempt is made to play the cas- 1.
  • Page 62: Specifications

    ... 18 µV / (500 µV/m) Signal to noise ratio (at 30 % mod., 1 mV input) ...45 dB 1. KENWOOD follows a policy of continuous advancements in development. For this reason specifications may Notes Notes be changed without notice.
  • Page 63 (Horizontal installation) ... W: 247 mm (9-3/4 in.) H: 96 mm (3-3/4 in.) D: 291 mm(11-7/16 in.) Weight (net) ... 4.0 kg (8.8 lb) 1. KENWOOD follows a policy of continuous advancements in development. For this reason specifications may Notes Notes be changed without notice.
  • Page 64 For your records Record the serial number, found on the back of the unit, in the spaces designated on the warranty card, and in the space pro- vided below. Refer to the model and serial numbers whenever you call upon your dealer for information or service on this prod- uct.

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