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3-244-264-12 (1)
Audio Library
System
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Operating Instructions
For installation and connections, see the supplied installation/connections manual.
MEX-1HD
© 2002 Sony Corporation

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  • Page 1 3-244-264-12 (1) Audio Library System Operating Instructions For installation and connections, see the supplied installation/connections manual. MEX-1HD © 2002 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 2 (a) Re-focus within 0.5 sec., if there is a missed • Sony is not responsible for music files that are not saved on this unit due to unsuccessful recording data. from CD or music downloading.
  • Page 3 • OpenMG and its logo are trademarks of Sony Gracenote Music recognition technology and Corporation. related data are provided by Gracenote and the • “MagicGate Memory Stick,” , “Memory Gracenote CDDB ® Music Recognition Service Stick,” , are trademarks of Sony Gracenote is the industry standard in music Corporation.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Location of controls ....6 Overview of RDS ....28 Getting Started Automatic retuning for best reception results Resetting the unit .
  • Page 5 Using Network Walkman Other Function Connecting a Network Walkman ..47 Quickly attenuating the sound ..56 Transferring a track to a Network Walkman Changing the sound and display settings —...
  • Page 6: Location Of Controls

    Location of controls MEX-1HD When the front panel is opened When the front panel is removed...
  • Page 7 a L (left) dial o Z (OPEN/CLOSE) 8, 19, 47 p “MG Memory Stick” Slot Rotate to: q LED (“MG Memory Stick”) – Adjust the volume – Select a sound item Lights up while the unit is accessing the Press to: “MG Memory Stick.”...
  • Page 8: Getting Started

    Notes • If you detach the panel while the unit is still turned Getting Started on, the power will turn off automatically. • Do not drop or put excessive pressure on the front panel and its display window. • Close the front panel before you detach it. •...
  • Page 9: Initial Settings

    Initial settings Deactivating the Demonstration display The following settings are required before you operate the unit for the first time, after replacing In the default setting, Demonstration is set to the car battery, or changing the connection. If the “On” (to active the demonstration display). After date or the time on this unit is not set correctly, initial setting, you must set Demonstration to the HDD may trace the playback history...
  • Page 10: Basic Operations

    Basic operations Listening to a track on a CD Press To stop playback The front panel slides down and the disc tray Press (OFF). slides out automatically. When a CD is already inserted Place a CD (labelled side up). Set the CD on the disc tray until it clicks. Press (SOURCE) repeatedly to select “CD,”...
  • Page 11: Listening To The Radio

    Listening to the radio Press (SOURCE) to select “FM,” To receive a station automatically “MW”* or “LW.”* — Automatic tuning Press (FUNCTION) repeatedly to display the Rotate the R dial to select the desired function menu “ SEEK” and “SEEK .”...
  • Page 12: Recording Audio Cds Onto

    Recording audio CDs onto the HDD Press (SOURCE) repeatedly to select To listen to the radio while recording “CD.” Press (SOURCE) repeatedly to select “FM,” “MW” or “LW.” Note Each time you press (SOURCE), the source If no CD is inserted, you cannot select “CD” as the source.
  • Page 13: Listening To Tracks On The Hdd

    Listening to tracks on the HDD Press (SOURCE) repeatedly to select To locate a specific point in a track “HDD.” — Manual searching Playback starts automatically from the first Press (FUNCTION) repeatedly to display the track in the last album recorded on the HDD. function menu “m”...
  • Page 14: Listening To Audio Files

    Listening to audio files Press (OPEN). Note If no “MG Memory Stick” is inserted, you cannot select The front panel slides down automatically. “MEMORY STICK” as the source. Insert an “MG Memory Stick” until it clicks. “NO CONTENTS” will be displayed when there are no audio files that can be played back.
  • Page 15: Menu Display

    Menu display Menu items appear depending on the source selected. For details, see “Changing the sound and display settings” on page 56. You can change the function modes or the various settings of the unit accordingly. MENU R dial To change the settings Example: To set “Screen Saver”...
  • Page 16: List Display

    SOURCE List structure : Storage folder : Play List folder : Sort folder MEX-1HD R dial 001 Album 001 TRACK To select the item 002 TRACK Press (SOURCE) repeatedly to select the source (CD, HDD, MEMORY STICK, FM, MW, LW or AUX*).
  • Page 17: Function Menu

    RADIO Function menu >SEEK F1: AF F2: TA SEEK. F3: PTY BAND You can change the various settings or modes easily with the function menu. Some specific functions frequently used are assigned to the MEMORY STICK function buttons (F1) to (F3) according to the F1: AF source selected.
  • Page 18: Checking The Information On The Contents

    During the menu setting operation Checking the information on : to return to the previous display. : to return to the normal display. the contents selected CANCEL: to cancel the item or the mode selected. ENTER: to confirm the item selected. You can confirm the available HDD free space, ALL: to select all items or cancel all selected or the restrictions to Check-In/Out, etc.
  • Page 19: Cd/Hdd/"Mg Memory Stick

    To remove the disc, press down the centre spindle, and lift up the edge of the disc from the CD/HDD/“MG Memory relief in the disc tray. Stick” Playing a track When playing a music CD, a track recorded on the HDD or “MG Memory Stick,” text information (folder name, album name, track name, artist name etc.) is displayed.
  • Page 20: Display Items

    The playback order of MP3 files Display items The playback order of the folders and files is as follows. Example: When the folder/album (disc)/track changes, any prerecorded title of the new folder/album (disc)/ track is automatically displayed. Folder (album) MP3 file (track) Each time you press (DSPL), items change as follows.
  • Page 21: Playing The Tracks On A Cd Automatically

    ® Notes on Gracenote CDDB • When an audio CD is played back, the Gracenote Playing the tracks on a CD ® CDDB Music Recognition Service (CD data base) on the unit is accessed (while accessing, automatically “Accessing Gracenote CDDB” appears) and the title information (disc name/artist name/track name) is displayed.
  • Page 22: Playing Tracks Repeatedly

    Playing tracks repeatedly Playing tracks in random order — Repeat Play The unit can repeat a track, an album, or a folder — Shuffle Play when the item being played reaches the end. The Tracks on an album, a folder (or a disc) are following repeat options are available: played in random order.
  • Page 23: Locating A Folder/Album/Track By Name

    Locating a folder/album/track Searching a track you want to by name listen to — List-up You can find a desired track by searching it by items such as title, artist names, etc. You can select and play back the desired music file from the folder/album/track name list.
  • Page 24: Collecting Favourite Tracks

    Sort type Explanation Collecting favourite tracks Less Access sorts 50 or 10 of the least Ranking frequently played tracks. — Play List “Bottom50,” or “Bottom10” Collecting your favourite tracks in the Play List ranks the tracks in order. folder enables you to play them back just by “Bottom50 (Count Down),”...
  • Page 25: Radio

    Erasing the stored station Radio 1 During radio reception, press the R dial. The preset station name list appears. The unit can store up to 20 FM, 10 MW and 10 2 Rotate the R dial to select the LW stations. station you want to erase, then press (MENU).
  • Page 26: Receiving The Stored Stations

    If FM stereo reception is poor Receiving the stored stations (Monaural mode) R dial SOURCE MENU During FM reception, press (MENU). Rotate the R dial to select “Receive Mode,” then press the R dial. Rotate the R dial to select “Mono,” then press the R dial.
  • Page 27: Storing Only Desired Stations

    Storing only desired stations Locating a station by name — Manual Preset Memory — List-up You can manually preset desired stations by specifying the frequency. The unit can store up to 20 FM, 10 MW and 10 LW stations. SOURCE MENU R dial During radio reception, press the R...
  • Page 28: Rds

    Automatic retuning for best reception results — AF function Overview of RDS The alternative frequencies (AF) function allows the radio to always tune into the area’s strongest signal for the station you are listening to. FM stations with Radio Data System (RDS) service send inaudible digital information along Frequencies change automatically.
  • Page 29 For stations without alternative Local Link function (United Kingdom frequencies only) This function enables you to select other local Press (F1) ( SEEK) or (F2) stations in the area, even if they are not stored on (SEEK ) while the station name is your number buttons.
  • Page 30: Receiving Traffic Announcements

    Presetting the volume of traffic Receiving traffic announcements You can preset the volume level of the traffic announcements announcements so you won’t miss hearing them. — TA/TP Rotate the L dial to adjust the desired By activating the Traffic Announcement (TA) volume level.
  • Page 31: Presetting Rds Stations With Af And Ta

    Presetting different settings for each Presetting RDS stations with preset station AF and TA setting Select an FM band, and tune in the desired station (page 27). When you preset RDS stations, the unit stores Press (F1) (AF) and/or (F2) (TA) to each station’s AF/TA setting (on/off) as well as select “AF On”...
  • Page 32: Tuning In Stations By Programme Type

    Tuning in stations by programme type — PTY You can tune in a station by selecting the type of FUNCTION R dial programme you would like to listen to. During FM band reception press Programme types Display (FUNCTION) repeatedly to display the News News function menu “PTY.”...
  • Page 33: Setting The Clock Automatically

    • The recorded music is limited to private use only. Use of the music beyond this limit requires permission of the copyright holders. • Sony is not responsible for music files that are not saved on this unit due to unsuccessful recording from CD or music downloading.
  • Page 34: Recording An Album/Track Onto The Hdd

    Press Recording an album/track Progress bar Remaining time onto the HDD — Track recording You can select and record onto the HDD an item you want from a CD. R dial Track name being Track number/ SOURCE recorded Elapsed playing time Recording starts.
  • Page 35: Labelling A Folder/Album/Track

    To change the recording speed Labelling a folder/album/ Press (F2) to select the recording speed in step track Item Explanation — Name In × 1-REC Records the track and reproduces track sound Giving album titles, tracks titles, or artist names simultaneously.
  • Page 36 Enter characters. Notes • You cannot use the Name-In function for imported 1 Rotate the R dial to select the albums, Moved-In or imported tracks. desired character type, then press • If an album includes Moved-In or imported tracks, the R dial. changing the artist name of all tracks in the album at one time cannot be carried out.
  • Page 37: Creating A Folder/Album

    2 Rotate the R dial to select the Creating a folder/album desired character, then press the R dial. The proposed entries appear. You can create an easy access music library by To change the character types, rotate the R adding a new folder/album on the HDD. dial to select “...
  • Page 38: Moving Recorded Folder/Album/Track

    Select the position to insert. Moving recorded folder/ 1 Press the R dial to select the desired list (Folder/album/track). album/track To go back one step to the previous level, press (F1) ( — Move function 2 Rotate the R dial to select the You can use this function to change the order of position to insert.
  • Page 39: Erasing A Folder/Album/Track

    To cancel erasing Erasing a folder/album/track Select “Cancel,” then press the R dial in step 5. — Erase function Creating a folder again Keeping only precious tracks or tracks you often If all custom folders on the HDD have been play back saves your HDD space.
  • Page 40: Using "Mg Memory Stick

    Notes • When using an “MG Memory Stick,” set the erasure Using “MG Memory Stick” prevention switch of the “MG Memory Stick” to OFF (page 68). • Do not remove an “MG Memory Stick” while the LED is on or is flashing. Data may be damaged. •...
  • Page 41: Returning A Track To The Hdd From An "Mg

    Returning a track to the HDD Moving a track to an “MG from an “MG Memory Stick” Memory Stick” — Check-In — Move-Out Returning checked out music data from an “MG You can take in movable music data on the HDD Memory Stick”...
  • Page 42: Returning Audio Files To The Hdd

    Returning audio files to the Importing audio files into the — Move-In — Import The audio file and all information related are You can import audio files from an “MG transferred to the HDD. The audio file Memory Stick” into the HDD. information does not remain on the “MG SOURCE MENU...
  • Page 43: Storing Data Onto The Hdd

    Storing data onto the HDD Restoring data into a “Memory Stick” — Backup You can temporarily store any digital camera — Restore data in a “Memory Stick” or voice data in an IC Returning stored data to the “Memory Stick” in recorder together to the HDD.
  • Page 44: Labelling An Album

    Erasing data stored on the HDD Labelling an album Press (SOURCE) repeatedly to select “HDD.” You can label an album in an “MG Memory Stick” to create an easy access music library. Press the R dial to display the folder name list.
  • Page 45: Move Function

    2 Rotate the R dial to select the Changing the order of audio desired character, then press the R dial. files in an “MG Memory The proposed entries appear. To change the character types, rotate the R Stick” dial to select “ ,”...
  • Page 46: Erasing Audio Files In An "Mg Memory Stick

    Erasing audio files in an “MG Formatting an “MG Memory Memory Stick” Stick” — Erase function You can initialize an “MG Memory Stick” of a different format or in an unusual condition and You can delete unwanted audio files to make it usable.
  • Page 47: Using Network Walkman

    Notes • Connect the unit and a Network Walkman securely. Using Network Walkman • If you press Z when a Network Walkman is connected, there is a beep sound, and the disc tray does not open. • Operations cannot be guaranteed when devices are connected using a USB extension cable.
  • Page 48: Transferring A Track To A Network Walkman

    Notes Transferring a track to a • The Check-Out count is displayed as follows: (3 times or more), (twice or more), (once), Network Walkman no display (zero) • Check-Out cannot be carried out if a Network Walkman is full or the number of Checked-Out tracks —...
  • Page 49: Returning A Track To The Hdd From A Network Walkman

    Returning a track to the HDD Changing order of audio files from a Network Walkman in a Network Walkman — Check-In — Move function Returning Checked-Out music data in a Network You can change playback order of tracks in a Walkman to the HDD.
  • Page 50: Erasing Audio Files In Network Walkman

    Erasing audio files in Formatting a Network Network Walkman Walkman — Erase function You can initialize a Network Walkman of a different format or in an unusual condition and You can delete unwanted audio files to make it usable. effectively free space on Network Walkman. MENU MENU R dial...
  • Page 51: Sound Effect

    Setting the Dynamic Sound effect Soundstage Organizer — DSO Sound list display If your speakers are installed into the lower part of the doors, sound will come from below and may not be clear. You can adjust the DSO, equaliser, bass, treble, The DSO (Dynamic Soundstage Organizer) balance, fader, subwoofer volume and loudness.
  • Page 52: Setting The Equaliser

    Adjusting the equaliser curve Setting the equaliser You can adjust and store the equaliser settings for frequency and level. — EQ7 Press (SOURCE) to select a source. You can select an equaliser curve for 7 music types (Xplod, Vocal, Club, Jazz, NewAge, Rock, Press the L dial, then rotate the L dial and Custom).
  • Page 53: Adjusting The Bass And Treble

    Adjusting the bass and treble Adjusting the balance — BAS/TRE — BAL SOURCE SOURCE L dial L dial Press (SOURCE) to select a source. To adjust the balance of right and left speakers Press the L dial. The sound list display appears. Press (SOURCE) to select a source.
  • Page 54: Adjusting The Fader

    Adjusting the cut-off frequency for the Adjusting the fader front/rear speakers To match the characteristics of the installed — FAD speaker system, you can select the cut-off frequency of the speakers. SOURCE Cut-off frequency L dial To adjust the balance of front and rear Frequency (Hz) speakers Press (SOURCE) to select a source.
  • Page 55: Adjusting The Subwoofer Volume

    Adjusting the cut-off frequency for the Adjusting the subwoofer subwoofer(s) To match the characteristics of the connected volume subwoofer(s), you can cut out the unwanted high and middle frequency signals entering the — SUB subwoofer(s). By setting the cut-off frequency (see the diagram below), the subwoofer(s) will SOURCE output only low frequency signals for clearer...
  • Page 56: Setting The Loudness

    Setting the loudness Other Function — LOUD The bass and treble will be reinforced to enjoy clear sound at low volume. Quickly attenuating the SOURCE sound (With the rotary commander) Press (ATT) on the rotary commander. “ATT On” appears momentarily. To restore the previous volume level L dial Press (ATT) again.
  • Page 57 Setup Display • Time set (page 9) • Demonstration • Beep –to turn the beeps “On” or “Off.” – Select “On” to active the demonstration • MW/LW Skip –to turn the MW/LW source display. display “On” or “Off.” • S.A. (Spectrum Analyser) (page 61) –to change •...
  • Page 58 Play List • AF –to set AF to “On” or “Off” (page 28). • Entry –to register your favourite tracks to the • TA –to set TA to “On” or “Off” (page 30). Play List (page 24). • Regional –to set Regional to “On” or “Off” •...
  • Page 59: Selecting The Spectrum Analyser

    Check In Selecting the spectrum • Check In –to Check-In contents to the HDD. • Move In –to Move-In contents to the HDD. analyser • Import –to transfer the contents to the HDD. Check In The sound signal level is displayed on a spectrum analyser.
  • Page 60: Editing The Library

    Importing edited data Editing the library You can import edited data from a “Memory Stick” to this unit. You can edit audio file information with your Insert a “Memory Stick” (page 14). personal computer by installing Mobile Library Manager.* Press (OFF). This data can also be stored on this unit.
  • Page 61: Connecting Auxiliary Audio Equipment

    Rotate the R dial to select “OK,” then Connecting auxiliary audio press the R dial. The normal display appears when Uninstall is equipment completed. Installing Gracenote CDDB ® You can connect auxiliary audio equipment to this unit with the AUX IN connector. ®...
  • Page 62: Using The Rotary Commander

    To deactivate “AUX” in the music Using the rotary commander source display Press (MENU), then rotate the R dial to RM-X6S (optional) select “Setup,” then press the R dial. First, put a supplied lithium battery CR2032 in Rotate the R dial to select “AUX Skip,” the rotary commander.
  • Page 63: Additional Information

    Press and hold to: – find a station manually malfunction. In such a case, consult your nearest Sony dealer. – fast-forward/reverse a track D DISC +/– control Press to: – receive preset stations –...
  • Page 64 Cleaning the connectors Opening the battery compartment lid The unit may not function properly if the Hold the infrared adjusting dial and open the connectors between the unit and the front panel battery compartment lid by rotating are not clean. In order to prevent this, detach the anticlockwise with a coin.
  • Page 65: Removing The Unit

    If you have any questions or problems concerning your unit that are not covered in this manual, please consult your nearest Sony dealer. 3 Repeat step 2 for the other side. Moisture condensation On a rainy day or in a very damp area, moisture...
  • Page 66: Notes On Discs

    Music discs encoded with copyright Notes on discs protection This product is designed to play back discs that conform to the Compact Disc (CD) standard. • To keep the disc clean, do not touch the surface. Recently, various music discs encoded with Handle the disc by its edge.
  • Page 67: Notes On Mp3 Files

    Notes Notes on MP3 files • With formats other than ISO 9660 level 1 and level 2, folder names or file names may not be displayed correctly. MP3 (MPEG 1 Audio Layer-3) is a standard • When naming, be sure to add the file extension “.MP3”...
  • Page 68: Notes On "Memory Stick

    On formatting the “Memory Stick” Notes on “Memory Stick” The “Memory Stick” is shipped with a FAT format as the standard format. To format the “Memory Stick,” follow the What is a “Memory Stick”? instructions, see “Formatting an “MG Memory “Memory Stick”...
  • Page 69: Troubleshooting

    On cleaning Troubleshooting Clean the player casing with a soft cloth slightly moistened with water or a mild detergent solution. Do not use any type of abrasive pad, The following checklist will help you remedy scouring powder or solvent such as alcohol or problems you may encounter with your unit.
  • Page 70 “s” appears instead of the album title. Music data with playback period limit A character that cannot be displayed on this cannot be played back. unit has been entered. The playback period has expired. t Rename the title with characters which can t You cannot play back a track whose be displayed on this unit.
  • Page 71: Error Displays/Messages

    Radio reception Error displays/Messages Preset tuning is not possible. • Store the correct frequency in the memory. Error messages will flash depending on the status • The broadcast signal is too weak. of the unit. Follow the instructions below if any Stations cannot be received.
  • Page 72 “Memory Stick” and this unit to the your local authorised The inserted “MG Memory Stick” is of a Sony service facility. format this unit does not support. (e.g. an “MG Memory Stick” formatted with a computer, CANNOT RESTORE etc.)
  • Page 73 If the problem persists, bring both this MEMORY FULL unit and the Network Walkman to the The number of preset radio stations has local authorised Sony service facility. reached the limit. WALKMAN REMOVED t Erase unnecessary preset stations. The Network Walkman was disconnected while the unit was accessing it.
  • Page 74: Specifications

    Specifications Power amplifier section CD Player section Outputs Speaker outputs Signal-to-noise ratio 90 dB (sure seal connectors) Frequency response 10 – 20,000 Hz Speaker impedance 4 – 8 ohms 45 W × 4 (at 4 ohms) Maximum power output “MG Memory Stick” section Signal-to-noise ratio 90 dB General...
  • Page 75: Glossary

    Note is terminology denoting the copyright protection system developed by Sony. It does not guarantee conversion among other media. “MagicGate Memory Stick”...
  • Page 76 “Memory Stick” “Memory Stick” is a portable and compact Integrated Circuit recording medium. There are two types of “Memory Stick”: “MagicGate Memory Stick” equipped with “MagicGate” copyright protection technology and a normal “Memory Stick” not equipped with the copyright protection technology. You can record image files, audio files, and sound files using “Memory Stick”...
  • Page 77: Index

    Index AF 28 Fader 54 Name In 35 ATT 56 Format 46, 50 Network Walkman 47 Automatic Music Sensor (AMS) Front panel 8 10, 13, 14 Function 17 Playback 19 Automatic Tuning 11 Fuse 63 Play List 24 AUX 61 PTY 32 AUX Skip 62 ®...
  • Page 80 Sony Corporation Printed in Japan...