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MDX-G1
MINIDISC PERSONAL STEREO SYSTEM

INSTRUCTION MANUAL

B60-5053-00 00 MA (M)
0102

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  • Page 1: Instruction Manual

    MDX-G1 MINIDISC PERSONAL STEREO SYSTEM INSTRUCTION MANUAL B60-5053-00 00 MA (M) 0102...
  • Page 2: Before Applying Power

    Before applying power Caution : Read this page carefully to ensure safe operation. Units are designed for operation as follows. U.S.A. and Canada ... AC 120 V only Australia ... AC 240 V only Europe and U.K..AC 230 V only For the United Kingdom Factory fitted moulded mains plug 1.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Caution : Read the pages marked Before applying power ... 2 Safety precautions ... 2 Preparation section System connection... 4-6 Unpacking ... 4 Loading batteries in the remote control unit ... 4 Connecting the accessories ... 5 Connecting other components ... 6 Adjusting the current time ...
  • Page 4: System Connection

    If any accessories are missing, or if the unit is damaged or fails to operate, notify your dealer immediately. If the unit was shipped to you directly, notify your shipper immediately. Kenwood recommends that you retain the original carton and packing materials in case you need to move or ship the unit in the future.
  • Page 5: Connecting The Accessories

    Connecting the accessories FM rod antenna Extend the FM antenna and orient it to obtain the best re- ceiving condition possible. POWER cord To an AC wall outlet ÷ Be sure to insert each connection cord securely. If a cord is plugged in incompletely, audio may not be output or noise may be generated.
  • Page 6: Connecting Other Components

    System connection (continued) Connecting other components AUX (auxiliary) component An additional MD player, cassette deck or analog turntable with built-in equalizer (such as the P-110) which are available separately can optionally be connected to the system using an audio cable with stereo mini-plugs (separately available). ÷...
  • Page 7: Adjusting The Current Time

    TRACK NO. DISC TOTAL AUTO TUNED O.T.E. REPEAT RANDOM ON/STANDBY MD PERSONAL STEREO SYSTEM DISC LOADING MECHANISM Main unit only Press the ON/STANDBY to switch the power on. Press and hold the MENU key for more than 2 seconds. AUTO...
  • Page 8: Presetting Radio Stations

    Presetting radio stations A total of 30 desired stations can be stored in the auto and manual preset memory. Presetting stations automatically (AUTO PRESET) MD O.T.E. SLEEP POWER FM / AM P. CALL P. CALL ¢ STOP fi TUNING TUNING ¡...
  • Page 9: Presetting Stations Manually

    Presetting stations manually (MANUAL PRESET) Among the receivable stations, only the de- sired stations can be received and preset in- dividually. MD O.T.E. SLEEP POWER FM / AM P. CALL P. CALL ¢ STOP fi TUNING TUNING ¡ VOL. VOL. MD EDIT DISPLAY / REPEAT...
  • Page 10: Playback Of Cd

    BEST HITS TRACK NO. DISC TOTAL AUTO TUNED O.T.E. MD-EDIT EX. BASS REPEAT LOUD RANDOM MD PERSONAL STEREO SYSTEM EJECT DISC LOADING MECHANISM The label side must be on top VOLUME/MULTI CONTROL TUNING STOP TUNING TUNER FM/AM PUSH OPEN AUTO TUNED EX.
  • Page 11 Press the VOLUME/MULTI CONTROL keys to adjust the listening volume. The volume can also be adjusted using the VOL. % / fi keys on the remote. Operation of keys Purpose Press the 7STOP key. To stop playback To let playback pause Press the CD 6 key. Press it again to resume playback. Press the ¢...
  • Page 12: Playback Of Md

    O.T.T. SLEEP HIGH-SPEED BEST HITS TRACK NO. DISC TOTAL AUTO TUNED O.T.E. MD-EDIT EX. BASS LOUD REPEAT RANDOM MD PERSONAL STEREO SYSTEM EJECT DISC LOADING MECHANISM STANDBY PROG. O.T.T. SLEEP HIGH-SPEED BEST HITS /TIMER TRACK NO. DISC TOTAL AUTO TUNED O.T.E.
  • Page 13 Press the VOLUME/MULTI CONTROL keys to adjust the listening volume. The volume can also be adjusted using the VOL. % / fi keys on the remote. Operation of keys Purpose Press the 7STOP key. To stop playback To let playback pause Press the MD 6 key. Press it again to resume playback. Press the ¢...
  • Page 14: Receiving Broadcast Stations

    TUNER FM/AM PUSH OPEN STANDBY PROG. O.T.T. SLEEP HIGH-SPEED BEST HITS /TIMER TRACK NO. DISC TOTAL AUTO TUNED O.T.E. MD-EDIT EX. BASS REPEAT LOUD RANDOM MD PERSONAL STEREO SYSTEM ON/STANDBY EJECT DISC LOADING MECHANISM Band Frequency AUTO TUNED EX. BASS...
  • Page 15 Receiving non-preset broadcast stations A radio station can be tuned either by auto tuning or manual tuning according to the current reception condition. Press the SET/TUNING MODE key on the main unit (or the REPEAT/AUTO/MANU. key on the remote) to select AUTO or MANUAL tuning mode. When “AUTO”...
  • Page 16: Recording Cd Onto Md (Md O.t.e.)

    BEST HITS TRACK NO. DISC TOTAL AUTO TUNED O.T.E. MD-EDIT EX. BASS LOUD REPEAT RANDOM MD PERSONAL STEREO SYSTEM EJECT DISC LOADING MECHANISM The label side must be on top VOLUME/MULTI CONTROL TUNING STOP TUNING TUNER FM/AM PUSH OPEN /TIMER TRACK NO.
  • Page 17 Press the MD O.T.E. key on the remote. If you are operating the main unit : (1) Press the MENU key. (2) Press the VOLUME/MULTI CONTROL keys to select “MD O.T.E. ?” , then press the SET/TUNING MODE key. (3) Pressing the DISPLAY/CHARAC. key on the remote will switch the displayed information.
  • Page 18: Playing Audio Input From Aux Component

    TUNING/ ¢ / TUNING STOP TUNER FM/AM PROG. O.T.T. SLEEP HIGH-SPEED BEST HITS TRACK NO. DISC TOTAL AUTO TUNED O.T.E. MD-EDIT EX. BASS REPEAT LOUD RANDOM MD PERSONAL STEREO SYSTEM EJECT DISC LOADING MECHANISM AUTO TUNED TRACK NO. EX. BASS...
  • Page 20: Displayed Information

    Displayed information Viewing the CD information MD O.T.E. SLEEP POWER FM / AM P. CALL P. CALL ¢ STOP fi TUNING TUNING ¡ VOL. MD EDIT VOL. DISPLAY / REPEAT AUTO / MANU. CHARAC. CLEAR / RANDOM ENTER DELETE RC-MDX0002 The displayed information switches each time the DISPLAY/CHARAC.
  • Page 21: Viewing The Md Information

    Viewing the MD information FM / AM P. CALL P. CALL ¢ STOP fi TUNING TUNING ¡ VOL. VOL. MD EDIT DISPLAY / REPEAT AUTO / MANU. CHARAC. CLEAR / RANDOM ENTER DELETE RC-MDX0002 Display in playback The displayed information switches each time the DISPLAY/CHARAC.
  • Page 22: Adjusting The Tone

    Adjusting the tone Enhancement of bass and treble (EX.BASS / LOUDNESS) MD REC BEST HITS TUNING MENU SOUND MODE VOLUME/MULTI CONTROL TUNING/ ¢ / TUNING STOP TUNER FM/AM PUSH OPEN Main unit only Press the SOUND key repeatedly until the desired tone enhancement is displayed.
  • Page 23: Adjusting The Aux Input Level

    Adjusting the AUX input level The input level from an AUX component con- nected to the AUX IN jacks (MD player, ana- log turntable, VCR, etc.) can be adjusted. It is recommended to adjust it so that the AUX input sounds at a similar volume to the built- in CD and MD.
  • Page 24: Playing Cd Or Md Tracks In The Desired Sequence

    Playing CD or MD tracks in the desired sequence (PGM) Use the following procedure to program up to 32 desired tracks in a desired order. MD O.T.E. SLEEP POWER FM / AM P. CALL P. CALL ¢ STOP fi TUNING TUNING ¡...
  • Page 25: Repeating A Cd Or Md (Repeat)

    Repeating a CD or MD (REPEAT) Use the following procedure to play the de- sired track(s) repeatedly. Repeat playback can be combined with program playback or ran- dom playback. MD O.T.E. SLEEP FM / AM P. CALL STOP fi TUNING VOL.
  • Page 26: Playing A Cd Or Md In Random (Random)

    Playing a CD or MD in ran- dom (RANDOM) Use the following procedure to play tracks in random. This will renew the enjoyment of the same disc that you have already played many times. MD O.T.E. SLEEP POWER FM / AM P.
  • Page 27: Stereo Lp Modes

    Stereo LP modes The MD recorder of the system is compat- ible with stereo long play of MD (MDLP compatible equipment). The available recording modes include stereo, stereo LP2 and stereo LP4 modes, and they can be used with any of the music sources which can be recorded with the MD recorder of the system.
  • Page 28: Setting The Recording Mode

    Setting the recording mode The MD recording mode can be set only in stop mode. SET/ TUNING MODE MD REC BEST HITS TUNING MENU SOUND MODE VOLUME/MULTI CONTROL TUNING/ ¢ / TUNING STOP TUNER FM/AM PUSH OPEN MENU VOLUME/ MULTI CONTROL Main unit only Press the MENU key.
  • Page 29: High-Speed Recording Of All Cd Tracks Onto An Md

    High-speed recording of all CD tracks onto an MD All of the tracks in a CD can be recorded in half the usual period of time. If the program play or random play mode is activated, can- cel it before proceeding. MD O.T.E.
  • Page 30 High-speed recording of the CD track being played (Single-track recording) Perform the operations in steps 1 to 4 (page 29). Play the CD track to be recorded. Press the MD O.T.E. key on the re- mote. When you are operating the main unit, see step 4 of “Recording CD onto MD”...
  • Page 31: Recording Onto Md

    Recording onto MD Desired music source can be recorded onto MDs. & STOP MD REC MD REC BEST HITS TUNING MENU SOUND MODE VOLUME/MULTI CONTROL TUNING/ ¢ / TUNING STOP TUNER FM/AM PUSH OPEN TUNER FM /AM Main unit only Insert a recordable MD.
  • Page 32: Recording Cd Tracks Onto Md In Desired Sequence

    Recording onto MD (continued) With regards to track numbers at the time of recording MD track numbers are used to search the beginning of a track or programming tracks. ÷ In MD recording from the radio, AUX or CD source, track numbers are assigned automatically in the following cases.
  • Page 33: Recording Only The First Track Of Cd (Best Hits)

    Recording only the first track of CD (BEST HITS) Only the first track of each CD can be re- corded. This function is convenient for record- ing the first tracks of multiple single CDs on a single MD. & STOP MD REC BEST HITS TUNING...
  • Page 34: Editing The Md Titles

    Editing the MD titles Assigning a title to a disc or track When titles are assigned to a disc and its tracks, the titles will be displayed during play- back. If the program play mode is activated, can- cel it before proceeding. MD O.T.E.
  • Page 35 Press the ) EJECT key on the main unit to eject the MD. “MD WRITING” is displayed. To stop title input in the middle : Press the MD EDIT key any time before the end of step 8. Editing can also be canceled provided that it is attempted before “MD WRITING”...
  • Page 36: Title Editing Character List

    Title editing character list The following characters include uppercase and lowercase alphabets, numerals and symbols. Available characters in title input using the ¢ or 4 key on the remote control. Uppercase alphabet group Lowercase alphabet group Numeral and symbol group ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ space abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz space 0123456789 space ! ”# $ % &...
  • Page 37: Moving Several Tracks At A Time

    Moving several tracks at a time Use the following procedure to select up to 32 tracks you want to move in the desired sequence and move them together. The track numbers are adjusted automatically. Image of moving several tracks MD O.T.E. SLEEP POWER FM / AM...
  • Page 38 Press the 4 or ¢ key repeat- edly to select the destination po- sition where you want to insert the moved tracks, then press the SET key. Display when 3 tracks are inserted be- tween tracks 33 and 34. AUTO TUNED TRACK NO.
  • Page 39: Combining Tracks

    Combining tracks Use the following procedure to combine two tracks into a single track. The track numbers after combining the tracks are adjusted au- tomatically. Image of combining tracks FM / AM P. CALL P. CALL ¢ STOP fi TUNING TUNING ¡...
  • Page 40 To cancel the COMBINE operation in the middle: Press the MD EDIT key any time before the end of step 4. Editing can be canceled provided that it is attempted before “MD WRITING” is dis- played. For the procedure, see “Canceling editing”...
  • Page 41: Dividing A Track

    Dividing a track Use the following procedure to divide a track into two. The track numbers are adjusted automatically. Image of dividing a track FM / AM P. CALL P. CALL ¢ STOP fi TUNING TUNING ¡ VOL. MD EDIT VOL.
  • Page 42 Press the ) EJECT key on the main unit to eject the MD. “MD WRITING” is displayed. To cancel the DIVIDE operation in the mid- dle : Press the MD EDIT key any time before the end of step 5. Editing can be canceled provided that it is attempted before “MD WRITING”...
  • Page 43: Erasing Several Tracks At A Time

    Erasing several tracks at a time Use the following procedure to select up to 32 tracks you want to erase and erase them together. The track numbers are adjusted automatically. Image of erasing several tracks FM / AM 7 STOP P.
  • Page 44: Canceling Editing

    Press the ) EJECT key on the main unit to eject the MD. “MD WRITING” is displayed. To cancel the Q. ERASE operation in the mid- dle: Press the MD EDIT key any time before the end of step 4. Editing can be canceled provided that it is attempted before “MD WRITING”...
  • Page 45: Waking Up To The Timer Playback (O.t.t.)

    /TIMER TRACK NO. DISC TOTAL AUTO TUNED O.T.E. REPEAT RANDOM MD PERSONAL STEREO SYSTEM ON/STANDBY DISC LOADING MECHANISM 7 Setting Press the MENU key. Press the VOLUME/MULTI CON- TROL keys so that “TIMER SET?” is displayed, then press the SET/ TUNING MODE key.
  • Page 46 Press the VOLUME/ MULTI CON- TROL keys to adjust the listening volume. The source will be played at the ad- justed volume. Press the ON/STANDBY POWER key on the remote control) to switch the power off to the STANDBY mode. The STANDBY/TIMER indicator lights green.
  • Page 47: Program Timer

    /TIMER TOTAL AUTO TUNED O.T.E. TRACK NO. DISC REPEAT RANDOM MD PERSONAL STEREO SYSTEM ON/STANDBY DISC LOADING MECHANISM 7 Setting Make preparations according to the source to be played. : Load a CD. : Load an MD. Radio : Preset stations (page 8 and 9).
  • Page 48 Select the time to stop timer play- back (OFF time). Set in the same way as the ON time. PROG. O.T.T. AUTO TUNED TRACK NO. DISC O.T.E. PROG. O.T.T. AUTO TUNED TRACK NO. DISC O.T.E. Timer OFF time Press the VOLUME/MULTI CON- TROL keys to select “PLAY”...
  • Page 49: Timer Recording Using Program Timer

    TOTAL AUTO TUNED O.T.E. REPEAT RANDOM ON/STANDBY MD PERSONAL STEREO SYSTEM DISC LOADING MECHANISM 7 Setting Make preparation for recording. MD : See steps 1 to 3 in “Recording CD onto MD” (page 16 to 17). Perform steps 2 to 6 of “Timer playback using program timer”...
  • Page 50 Press the VOLUME/MULTI CON- TROL keys to select “TUNER” or “AUX”, then press the SET/TUN- ING MODE key. “TUNER”: Radio “AUX” : AUX input source To record a radio station, press the VOLUME/MULTI CONTROL keys to select preset station to be recorded, then press the SET/ TUNING MODE key.
  • Page 51: Sleep Timer (Sleep)

    Sleep timer (SLEEP) When the time set for the SLEEP time has elapsed, the system is turned off automati- cally. The time until the system is turned off can be selected in 10-minute steps up to 90 minutes. MD O.T.E. SLEEP POWER SLEEP...
  • Page 53: Important Items

    Important items Caution on condensation Condensation (of dew) may occur inside the unit when there is a great difference in tem- perature between this unit and the outside. This unit may not function properly if con- densation occurs. In this case, leave the unit for a few hours and restart the operation after the condensation has dried up.
  • Page 54 Important items(continued) Never play a cracked or warped disc During playback, the disc rotates at high speed in the player. Therefore, to avoid dan- ger, never use a cracked or deformed disc or a disc repaired with tape or adhesive agent.
  • Page 55: Amplifier Section

    Important items(continued) Maintenance of the unit When the front panel or case becomes dirty, wipe with a soft, dry cloth. Do not use thin- ner, 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.
  • Page 56: In Case Of Difficulty

    In case of difficulty What seems to be a malfunction is not always so. Before calling for service, check the follow- ing table according to the symptom of your trouble. Operation to reset The microcomputer may fall into malfunction when a cord is unplugged and plugged again while the unit is ON or due to an external cause.
  • Page 57 Remote control unit Remote control operation is not possible. \ Replace batteries with new ones. (page 4) \ If the remote is too far away from the system or there is an obstacle in between, point the remote to the remote sensor on the main unit. (page 4) MD recorder section (Symptoms related to the MD standard) The recordable time of the disc does not increase even when a short track is erased.
  • Page 58 In case of difficulty (continued) CD player section Sound is not produced even when the play key is pressed. \ Insert the CD properly. (page 10) \ Clean the disc as described in “Disc handling precautions” . (pages 53 and 54) \ Remove condensation as described in “Caution on condensation”...
  • Page 59: Display Message List

    Display message list BLANK DISC BUFFER OVER CAN'T EDIT CD LID OPEN CD NO DISC DISC ERROR DISC FULL FULL MD NO DISC MD READING MD WRITING NO TRACKS PGM FULL PLAY ONLY PROTECTED SCMS TITLE FULL * All minidiscs contain a Table of Contents (TOC) in addition to sound signals. The TOC is similar to the table of contents in a book and contains information, such as track numbers, track length, and character information, that cannot be rewritten.
  • Page 60: Specifications

    D/A conversion ... 1 Bit Wow & flutter ... Unmeasurable limit ÷ KENWOOD follows a policy of continuous advancements in development. For reason specifica- tions may be changed without notice. ÷ The full performance may not be exhibited in an extremely cold location (under a water-freezing temperature).
  • Page 62: Controls And Indicators

    AUTO TUNED O.T.E. TRACK NO. DISC MD-EDIT EX. BASS REPEAT LOUD RANDOM MD PERSONAL STEREO SYSTEM ON/STANDBY EJECT DISC LOADING MECHANISM CD/MD High Speed Dubbing System 8 BEST HITS (33) 9 MENU (7) SET/TUNING MODE (7) SOUND (22) 0 CD door (10)
  • Page 63 Timer setting is erroneous, an attempt is made to set the timer without setting the time of the day, or the timer was not activated correctly due to a power failure, etc. Red blinking Failure in the power circuitry. Have your dealer or local KENWOOD rep- resentative inspect and service the unit.
  • Page 64: Remote Control Unit

    Remote control unit 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. MD O.T.E. SLEEP POWER FM / AM P. CALL P. CALL ¢...