Thank you for purchasing the Onkyo CD Receiver.
Please read this manual thoroughly before making
connections and turning on the power.
Following the instructions in this manual will enable
you to obtain optimum performance and listening
enjoyment from your new CD Receiver.
Please retain this manual for future reference.
Important Safeguards ....................... 2
Precautions ....................................... 3
Features ............................................ 4
Supplied accessories ........................ 5
Before operating this unit ................ 5
Audio equipment connections ......... 6
Connecting speaker systems ............ 8
Connecting the AC power cord
(mains lead) ...................................... 9
Making antenna connections ......... 10
Control positions and names .......... 12
Remote controller RC-421S ........... 13
Setting the clock ............................. 14
Choosing the required source ........ 16
Adjusting the sound ....................... 16
Muting / Listening with the
headphones ..................................... 17
Playing a CD .................................. 18
Receiving stations .......................... 22
Using the timer ............................... 26
Troubleshooting ............................. 32
Specifications ................................. 34
Using the remote controller ........... 35
1. Read Instructions All the safety and operating instructions
should be read before the appliance is operated.
2. Retain Instructions The safety and operating instructions
should be retained for future reference.
3. Heed Warnings All warnings on the appliance and in the op-
erating instructions should be adhered to.
4. Follow Instructions All operating and use instructions should
5. Cleaning Unplug the appliance from the wall outlet before
cleaning. The appliance should be cleaned only as recommended
by the manufacturer.
6. Attachments Do not use attachments not recommended by
the appliance manufacturer as they may cause hazards.
7. Water and Moisture Do not use the appliance near water for
example, near a bath tub, wash bowl, kitchen sink, or laundry
tub; in a wet basement; or near a swimming pool; and the like.
8. Accessories Do not place the appliance on an unstable cart,
stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The appliance may fall, causing
serious injury to a child or adult, and serious damage to the ap-
pliance. Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table rec-
ommended by the manufacturer, or sold with the appliance. Any
mounting of the appliance
manufacturer's instructions, and
should use a mounting acces-
sory recommended by the
9. An appliance and cart combina-
tion should be moved with care.
Quick stops, excessive force,
and uneven surfaces may cause
the appliance and cart combina-
tion to overturn.
10. Ventilation Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for
ventilation and to ensure reliable operation of the appliance and
to protect it from overheating, and these openings must not be
blocked or covered. The openings should never be blocked by
placing the appliance on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar sur-
face. The appliance should not be placed in a built-in installa-
tion such as a bookcase or rack unless proper ventilation is pro-
vided. There should be free space of at least 20 cm (8 in.) and an
opening behind the appliance.
11. Power Sources The appliance should be operated only from
the type of power source indicated on the marking label. If you
are not sure of the type of power supply to your home, consult
your appliance dealer or local power company.
12. Grounding or Polarization The appliance may be equipped
with a polarized alternating current line plug (a plug having one
blade wider than the other). This plug will fit into the power
outlet only one way. This is a safety feature. If you are unable to
insert the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing the plug. If the
plug should still fail to fit, contact your electrician to replace
your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the
13. Power-Cord Protection Power-supply cords should be routed
so that they are not likely to be walked on or pinched by items
placed upon or against them, paying particular attention to cords
at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit
from the appliance.
14. Outdoor Antenna Grounding If an outside antenna or cable
system is connected to the appliance, be sure the antenna or cable
system is grounded so as to provide some protection against volt-
age surges and built-up static charges. Article 810 of the Na-
tional Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70, provides information with
regard to proper grounding of the mast and supporting structure,
grounding of the lead-in wire to an antenna-discharge unit, size
of grounding conductors, location of antenna-discharge unit, con-
nection to grounding electrodes, and requirements for the ground-
ing electrode. See Figure 1.
15. Lightning For added protection for the appliance during a light-
ning storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for long
periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet and disconnect
the antenna or cable system. This will prevent damage to the
appliance due to lightning and power-line surges.
16. Power Lines An outside antenna system should not be located
in the vicinity of overhead power lines or other electric light or
power circuits, or where it can fall into such power lines or cir-
cuits. When installing an outside antenna system, extreme care
should be taken to keep from touching such power lines or cir-
cuits as contact with them might be fatal.
17. Overloading Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords, or
integral convenience receptacles as this can result in a risk of
fire or electric shock.
18. Object and Liquid Entry Never push objects of any kind into
the appliance through openings as they may touch dangerous
voltage points or short-out parts that could result in a fire or
electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind on the appliance.
19. Servicing Do not attempt to service the appliance yourself as
opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous volt-
age or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service per-
20. Damage Requiring Service Unplug the appliance form the
wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel un-
der the following conditions:
A. When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged,
B. If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen into the ap-
C. If the appliance has been exposed to rain or water,
D. If the appliance does not operate normally by following the
operating instructions. Adjust only those controls that are
covered by the operating instructions as an improper adjust-
ment of other controls may result in damage and will often
require extensive work by a qualified technician to restore
the appliance to its normal operation,
E. If the appliance has been dropped or damaged in any way,
F. When the appliance exhibits a distinct change in performance
this indicates a need for service.
PORTABLE CART WARNING
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK,
DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPLIANCE TO RAIN OR
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT
REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO USER-SERVICEABLE
PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral
triangle, 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 persons.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to
alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance
(servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE
21. Replacement Parts When replacement parts are required, be
sure the service technician has used replacement parts specified
by the manufacturer or have the same characteristics as the origi-
nal part. Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric
shock, or other hazards.
22. Safety Check Upon completion of any service or repairs to
the appliance, ask the service technician to perform safety checks
to determine that the appliance is in proper operation condition.
23. Wall or Ceiling Mounting The appliance should be mounted
to a wall or ceiling only as recommended by the manufacturer.
24. Heat The appliance should be situated away from heat sources
such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other appliances (in-
cluding amplifiers) that produce heat.
25. Liquid Hazards The appliance shall not be exposed to drip-
ping or splashing and no objects filled with liquids, such as vases
shall be placed on the appliance.
1. Recording Copyright
Recording of copyrighted material for other than personal use is il-
legal without permission of the copyright holder.
2. AC Fuse
The fuse is located inside the chassis and is not user-serviceable. If
power does not come on, contact your Onkyo authorized service
From time to time you should wipe the front and rear panels and the
cabinet with a soft cloth. For heavier dirt, dampen a soft cloth in a
weak solution of mild detergent and water, wring it out dry, and
wipe off the dirt. Following this, dry immediately with a clean cloth.
Do not use rough material, thinners, alcohol or other chemical sol-
vents or cloths since these could damage the finish or remove the
BEFORE PLUGGING IN THE UNIT FOR THE FIRST TIME,
READ THE FOLLOWING SECTION CAREFULLY.
The voltage of the available power supply differs according to coun-
try or region. Be sure that the power supply voltage of the area where
this unit will be used meets the required voltage (e.g., AC 120 V, 60
Hz) written on the rear panel.
Setting the STANDBY/ON button to standby does not shut off the
power completely. So the power cord should be removed from the
AC outlet when the unit is not used for a prolonged time.
5. Do not touch this unit with wet hands
Do not handle this unit or power cord when your hands are wet or
damp. If water or any other liquid enters the case, take this unit to an
authorized service center for inspection.
6. Location of this unit
Place this unit in a well-ventilated location.
Take special care to provide plenty of ventilation on all sides of this
unit especially when it is placed in an audio rack. If ventilation is
blocked, this unit may overheat and malfunction.
Do not expose this unit to direct sunlight or heating units as this
unit's internal temperature may rise and shorten the life of the pickup.
Avoid damp and dusty places and places directly affected by vibra-
tions from the speakers. In particular, avoid placing the unit on or
above one of the speakers.
Be sure this unit is placed in a horizontal position. Never place it on
its side or on a slanted surface as it may malfunction.
Do not place near tuners or TV sets.
If placed next to a TV or tuner, it may cause reception interference
resulting in some noise in the TV or tuner output.
7. Points to remember
If this unit is brought from a cold environment to a warm one or is in
a cold room that is quickly heated, condensation may form on the
pickup, preventing proper operation. In this case, remove the disc and
leave the power ON for about one hour to remove the condensation.
When transporting this unit, be careful not to bump it.
EXAMPLE OF ANTENNA GROUNDING AS PER NATIONAL ELEC-
TRICAL CODE, ANSI/NFPA 70
(NEC SECTION 810-20)
(NEC SECTION 810-21)
POWER SERVICE GROUNDING
(NEC ART 250, PART H)
NEC NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
Declaration of Conformity
We, ONKYO EUROPE
ONKYO EUROPE ELECTRONICS GmbH
declare in own responsibility, that the ONKYO product described
in this instruction manual is in compliance with the corresponding
technical standards such as EN60065, EN55013, EN55020 and
This unit contains a semiconductor laser system and is classified as
a "CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT." So, to use this model properly,
read this Instruction Manual carefully. In case of any trouble, please
contact the store where you purchased the unit. To prevent being
exposed to the laser beam, do not try to open the enclosure.
INVISIBLE LASER RADIATION WHEN OPEN AND INTER-
LOCK FAILED OR DEFEATED. AVOID DIRECT EXPOSURE
THIS PRODUCT UTILIZES A LASER. USE OF CONTROLS OR
ADJUSTMENTS OR PERFORMANCE OF PROCEDURES
OTHER THAN THOSE SPECIFIED HEREIN MAY RESULT IN
HAZARDOUS RADIATION EXPOSURE.
For European model
This label on the right side of the panel states that:
1. This unit is a CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT and employs a laser
inside the cabinet.
2. To prevent the laser from being exposed, do not remove the cover.
Refer servicing to qualified personnel.
"CLASS 1 LASER
I 2 × 20 watts min RMS at 4 ohms, 1 kHz no more than
1.0 % THD (FTC rating)
I 2 × 20 watts at 4 ohms, 1 kHz, DIN
I 2 × 25 watts at 4 ohms, EIAJ
I 4-Ohm Drive capability
I High-Grade Discrete Outputs Stage Circuits
I Brushed Aluminium Front Panel
I 4-step Acoustic Presence control
I Illuminated Volume knob
I Optical Digital Output
Full-Function Remote Control
U.S. & Canadian models
I Subwoofer Preout
I CDR and Tape Inputs/Outputs
European and Asian models
I Auto Digital Level Adjustment for Synchro-Recording
(When connected to MD-105X/TX or CDR-205X/TX)
I MD, CDR, and Tape Inputs/Outputs
I RDS (PS) (European models)
For U.S. model
The laser is covered by a housing which prevents exposure during
operation or maintenance. However, this product is classified as a
Laser Product by CDRH (Center for Devices and Radiological Health)
which is a department of the Food and Drug Administration. Accord-
ing to their regulations 21 CFR section 1002.30, all manufactures
who sell Laser Products must maintain records of written communi-
cations between the manufacturer, dealers and customers concerning
radiation safety. If you have any complaints about instructions or
explanations affecting the use of this product, please feel free to write
to the address on the back page of this manual. When you write us,
please include the model number and serial number of your unit.
In compliance with Federal Regulations, the certification, identifi-
cation and the period of manufacture are indicated on the rear panel.
FCC Information for User
The user changes or modifications not expressly approved by the
party responsible for compliance could void the user's authority to
operate the 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 gen-
erates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not in-
stalled and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harm-
ful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guar-
antee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or televi-
sion 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 receiver.
· 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.
Note to CATV system installer:
This reminder is provided to call the CATV system installer's atten-
tion to Section 820-40 of the NEC which provides guidelines for
proper grounding and, in particular, specifies that the cable ground
shall be connected to the grounding system of the building, as close
to the point of cable entry as practical.
For Canadian model
NOTE: THIS CLASS B DIGITAL APPARATUS COMPLIES
WITH CANADIAN ICES-003.
For models having a power cord with a polarized plug:
CAUTION: TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, MATCH WIDE
BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT.
Modèle pour les Canadien
REMARQUE: CET APPAREIL NUMÉRIQUE DE LA CLASSE
B EST CON-FORME À LA NORME NMB-003 DU CANADA.
Sur les modèles dont la fiche est polarisée:
ATTENTION: POUR ÉVITER LES CHOCS ÉLECTRIQUES,
INTRODUIRE LA LAME LA PLUS LARGE DE LA FICHE DANS
LA BORNE CORRESPONDANTE DE LA PRISE ET POUSSER
For British model
Replacement and mounting of an AC plug on the power supply cord
of this unit should be performed only by qualified service personnel.
The wires in the mains lead are coloured in accordance with the
Brown : Live
As the colours of the wires in the mains lead of this apparatus may
not correspond with the coloured markings identifying the terminals
in your plug, proceed as follows:
The wire which is coloured blue must be connected to the terminal
which is marked with the letter N or coloured black.
The wire which is coloured brown must be connected to the termi-
nal which is marked with the letter L or coloured red.
This unit does not require memory preservation batteries. A built-
in memory power back-up system preserves the contents of the
memory during power failures and even when the unit is un-
plugged. The unit must be plugged in order to charge the back-up
The memory preservation period after the unit has been unplugged
varies depending on climate and placement of the unit. On the
average, memory contents are protected over a period of a few
weeks after the last time the unit has been unplugged. This pe-
riod is shorter when the unit is exposed to a highly humid cli-
A 5 ampere fuse is fitted in this plug. Should the fuse need to be
replaced, please ensure that the replacement fuse has a rating of 5
amps and that it is approved by ASTA or BSI to BS1362. Check for
the ASTA mark or the BSI mark on the body of the fuse.
IF THE FITTED MOULDED PLUG IS UNSUITABLE FOR THE
SOCKET OUTLET INYOUR HOME THEN THE FUSE SHOULD
BE REMOVED AND THE PLUG CUT OFF AND DISPOSED OF
SAFELY. THERE IS A DANGER OF SEVERE ELECTRICAL
SHOCK IF THE CUT OFF PLUG IS INSERTED INTO ANY 13
If in any doubt, please consult a qualified electrician.
Installing the remote controller batteries
1. Remove the battery compartment cover by pressing and sliding it
2. Insert two AA (R6- or UM-3)-size batteries into the battery com-
partment. Carefully follow the polarity diagram (positive (+) and
negative () symbols) inside the battery compartment.
3. After batteries are installed and seated correctly, replace the com-
· Do not mix new batteries with old batteries or different kinds of
· To avoid corrosion, remove the batteries if the remote controller
is not to be used for a long time.
· Remove dead batteries immediately to avoid damage from cor-
rosion. If the remote controller doesn't operate smoothly, replace
both the batteries at the same time.
Using the remote controller
Point the remote controller toward the remote control sensor.
· Place the unit away from strong light such as direct sunlight or
inverted fluorescent light which can prevent proper operation of
the remote controller.
· Using another remote controller of the same type in the same
room or using the unit near equipment which uses infrared rays
may cause operational interference.
· Do not put any object such as a book on the remote controller.
The buttons of the remote controller may be pressed by mistake
and drain the batteries.
· Make sure the audio rack doors do not have colored glass. Plac-
ing the unit behind such doors may prevent proper remote con-
· If there is any obstacle between the remote controller and the
remote control sensor, the remote controller will not operate.
Before operating this unit
approx. 5 m
Check that the following accessories are supplied with this unit.
AM loop antenna
FM indoor antenna
Remote controller (RC-421S)
Batteries (size AA or UM-3)
75/300 ohms antenna adapter
The following accessory is available on the models other than U.S.
and Canadian models.