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3-083-945-14 (1) US
DVD Player/
Video Cassette
Operating Instructions
For customers in the USA
If you have any questions about your Sony DVD-VCR, you may call Sony Customer
Information Services Company at 1-800-VHS-SONY (847-7669).
For all other Sony product questions, please call Sony Customer Information Services
Company at 1-800-222-SONY (7669).
Or write to: Sony Customer Information Services Company 12451 Gateway
Boulevard Ft. Myers, FL 33913
For Customers in Canada
If this product is not working properly, please call 1-877-602-2008 for Peace of Mind
Warranty Replacement service.
For other product related questions please contact our Customer Information Service
Center at 1-877-899-7669 or write to us at: Customer Information Service 115 Gordon
Baker Road, Toronto, Ontario, M2H 3R6
© 2003 Sony Corporation

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To prevent fire or shock
hazard, do not expose the
unit to rain or moisture.
To avoid electrical shock, do
not open the cabinet. Refer
servicing to qualified
personnel only.
To prevent fire or shock
hazard, do not place objects
filled with liquids, such as
vases, on the apparatus.
The use of optical instruments with
this product will increase eye
hazard. As the laser beam used in
this DVD player is harmful to eyes,
do not attempt to disassemble the
Refer servicing to qualified
personnel only.
This symbol is
intended to alert the
user to the presence
of uninsulated
"dangerous voltage"
within the product's enclosure that
may be of sufficient magnitude to
constitute a risk of electric shock to
This symbol is
intended to alert the
user to the presence
of important
operating and
maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.
For customers in the
Owner's Record
The model and serial numbers are
located at the rear of the unit.
Record the serial number in the
space provided below. Refer to
them whenever you call upon your
Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No. SLV-D300P
Serial No.______________
You are cautioned that any
changes or modifications not
expressly approved in this manual
could void your authority to
operate this equipment.
This equipment has been tested
and found to comply with the
limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses, and can
radiate radio frequency energy
and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference to
radio communications. However,
there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television
reception, which can be
determined by turning the
equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the
following measures:
­ Reorient or relocate the
receiving antenna.
­ Increase the separation
between the equipment and
­ Connect the equipment into an
outlet on a circuit different
from that to which the receiver
is connected.
­ Consult the dealer or an
experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
Thank you for purchasing this
Sony DVD Player/Video Cassette
Recorder. Before operating this
player, please read this manual
thoroughly and retain it for future
· Operate the unit only on
120 V AC, 60 Hz.
· This unit is not
disconnected from the AC
power source (mains) as
long as it is connected to
the wall outlet, even if the
unit itself has been turned
· Unplug the unit from the
wall outlet if you do not
intend to use it for an
extended period of time.
To disconnect the cord, pull
it out by the plug, never by
the cord.
· If the unit is brought
directly from a cold to a
warm location, moisture
may condense inside the
unit and cause damage to
the video head and tape.
When you first install the
unit, or when you move it
from a cold to a warm
location, wait for about
three hours before
operating the unit.
· Do not install the unit in a
confined space such as a
book or similar unit.
· Do not install the unit in an
inclined position. It is
designed to be operated in a
horizontal position only.
· Keep the unit and cassettes
away from equipment with
strong magnets, such as
microwave ovens or large
· Do not place heavy objects
on the unit.

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Important Safety Instructions
Important Safety
1 Read these instructions.
2 Keep these instructions.
3 Heed all warnings.
4 Follow all instructions.
5 Do not use this apparatus near water.
6 Clean only with dry cloth.
7 Do not block any ventilation openings. Install
in accordance with the manufacturer's
8 Do not install near any heat sources such as
radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other
apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce
9 Do not defeat the safety purpose of the
polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized
plug has two blades with one wider than the
other. A grounding type plug has two blades
and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or
the third prong are provided for your safety. If
the provided plug does not fit into your outlet,
consult an electrician for replacement of the
obsolete outlet.
10 Protect the power cord from being walked on or
pinched particularly at plugs, convenience
receptacles, and the point where they exit from
the apparatus.
11 Only use attachments/accessories specified by
the manufacturer.
12 Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or
table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with
the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution
when moving the cart/apparatus combination to
avoid injury from tip-over.
13 Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms
or when unused for long periods of time.
14 Refer all servicing to qualified service
personnel. Servicing is required when the
apparatus has been damaged in any way, such
as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid
has been spilled or objects have fallen into the
apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to
rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or
has been dropped.
DVD Precautions
On safety
· Caution ­ The use of optical instruments with
this product will increase eye hazard.
· To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not place
objects filled with liquids, such as vases, on the
· Should any solid object or liquid fall into the
cabinet, unplug the player and have it checked
by qualified personnel before operating it any
On operation
· If the player is brought directly from a cold to a
warm location, or is placed in a very damp
room, moisture may condense on the lenses
inside the player. Should this occur, the player
may not operate properly. In this case, remove
the disc and leave the player turned on for about
half an hour until the moisture evaporates.
· When you move the player, take out any discs. If
you don't, the disc may be damaged.
On adjusting volume when playing
Do not turn up the volume while listening to a
section with very low level inputs or no audio
signals. If you do, the speakers may be damaged
when a peak level section is played.
On cleaning discs
Do not use a commercially available cleaning disc.
It may cause a malfunction.
Caution: This player is capable of holding a
still video image or on-screen display image
on your television screen indefinitely. If you
leave the still video image or on-screen display
image displayed on your TV for an extended
period of time you risk permanent damage to
your television screen. Projection televisions
are especially susceptible to this.

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4 Table of contents
Table of contents
2 Welcome!
2 General Precautions
3 Important Safety Instructions
3 DVD Precautions
6 About this manual
6 This player can play the following discs
7 Notes about discs
Getting Started
8 Step 1 : Unpacking
9 Step 2 : Setting up the remote commander
12 Step 3 : Basic hookups
19 Step 4 : Selecting a language
20 Step 5 : Setting the clock
24 Step 6 : Presetting channels
Basic Operations
28 Playing discs
31 Guide to the on-screen display
33 Playing a tape
36 Recording TV programs
39 Recording TV programs using the
42 Checking/changing/canceling timer
Advanced Hookups
44 A/V Receiver hookup
46 S-Video/Component Video hookup
DVD Settings and
48 Audio Setup
51 Screen Setup
54 Setting the display or sound track
56 Parental Control (limiting playback
by children)
DVD Additional Operations
59 Using the DVD's menu
60 Zooming into a scene
61 Changing the angles
62 Displaying the subtitle
63 Various play mode functions
(Program play, Shuffle play, Repeat
67 Using bookmarks
69 Changing the sound
70 Virtual surround setting
72 Playing an MP3 audio track
76 Playing JPEG image files
79 Playing VIDEO CDs with "MENU
ON/OFF" Functions

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Table of contents
VCR Additional Operations
81 Quick Timer Recording
82 Recording stereo and bilingual
83 Searching using various functions
85 Adjusting the picture (tracking)
86 Changing menu options
87 Editing with another VCR
Additional Information
89 General setup information
92 Troubleshooting
97 Glossary
99 Specifications
101 Index to parts and controls
106 DVD Audio/Subtitle Language
107 Index
For use of the VCR
Television programs, films, video tapes and
other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of such material may
be contrary to the provisions of the copyright
laws. Also, use of this recorder with cable
television transmission may require
authorization from the cable television
transmission and/or program owner.
For use of the DVD player
This product incorporates copyright
protection technology that is protected by
method claims of certain U.S. patents, other
intellectual property rights owned by
Macrovision Corporation, and other rights
owners. Use of this copyright protection
technology must be authorized by
Macrovision Corporation, and is intended for
home and other limited viewing uses only
unless otherwise authorized by Macrovision
Corporation. Reverse engineering or
disassembly is prohibited.