Super Audio CD
2001 Sony Corporation
To prevent fire or shock
hazard, do not expose the
unit to rain or moisture.
Thank you for purchasing the Sony Super
Audio CD Player. Before operating the
unit, please read this manual thoroughly
and retain it for future reference.
About This Manual
The instructions in this manual are for
· Instructions in this manual describe the
controls on the player.
You can also use the controls on the
remote if they have the same or similar
names as those on the player.
· The following icons are used in this
Indicates that you can do the
task using the remote.
Indicates hints and tips for
making the task easier.
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 persons.
This symbol is intended to alert the
user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance
(servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the
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
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.
You are cautioned that any changes or
modification not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to
operate this equipment.
For the customers in the United States
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
Model No. SCD-C555ES
The following caution label is located
inside the unit.
The use of optical instruments with this
product will increase eye hazard.
As the laser beam used in this CD player is
harmful to eyes, do not attempt to
disassemble the cabinet. Refer servicing to
qualified personnel only.
For the customers in Canada
This Class B digital apparatus complies
with Canadian ICES-003.
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO
NOT USE THIS POLARIZED AC PLUG
WITH AN EXTENSION CORD,
RECEPTACLE OR OTHER OUTLET
UNLESS THE BLADES CAN BE FULLY
INSERTED TO PREVENT BLADE
About the Super Audio CD
· Super Audio CD is a new high-quality audio disc
standard where music is recorded in the DSD (Direct
Stream Digital) format (conventional CDs are recorded
in the PCM format). The DSD format, using a sampling
frequency 64 times higher than that of a conventional
CD, and with 1-bit quantization, achieves both a wide
frequency range and a wide dynamic range across the
audible frequency range, and so provides music
reproduction extremely faithful to the original sound.
· The Super Audio CD has two types; a 2 channel stereo
disc and a Multi-channel disc which holds up to 6
independent channels. The multi-channel characteristic
of the Super Audio CD features a speaker allocation
system basically similar to the 5.1 channel output of
current AV systems.
Features of the player
This player is designed to play back 2-channel and multi-
channel Super Audio CDs, and conventional CDs, and
provides the following features:
· Mounted with a Discrete Dual Laser Optical Pickup,
capable of reading a Super Audio CD or conventional
CD depending on the exclusive wavelength.
· Quicker track access performance enabled by an
advanced servo mechanism.
· A Multi-Channel Management function that allows you
to adjust the multi-channel playback environment
according to the allocation and size of your speakers.
· A Super Audio D/A Converter and Direct Digital Sync
System, which allows higher-quality sound
· Editing of Disc and Track Titles, etc., on a TEXT display
for Super Audio CDs and conventional CDs.
· A Super Audio CD can mark up to 255 track numbers.
This feature applies to SCD-C555ES.
· The supplied remote is capable of controlling both the
SCD-C555ES and a conventional Sony CD player.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Before You Start the Hookup 4
Hooking Up the Audio Components 5
Location and Functions of Parts
Front Panel Parts Descriptions 8
Rear Panel Parts Descriptions 10
Remote Parts Descriptions 11
Compatible Disc Types 12
Playing a Disc 14
Using the Display 15
Replacing Discs While Playing a Disc 18
Locating a Specific Disc 19
Locating a Specific Track
Locating a Particular Point in a Track 20
Playing Tracks Repeatedly 21
Playing Tracks in Random Order (Shuffle Play) 22
Creating Your Own Program (Program Play) 23
Listening to a Multi-channel Super Audio CD
(Multi-channel management function) 24
Storing Information About CDs
What You Can Do With the Disc Name 28
Labeling Discs (Disc Name) 29
Using the CONTROL A1II control system 31
Notes on Discs 34
This chapter provides information on
the supplied accessories and how to
connect various audio components to
the Super Audio CD player. Be sure
to read this chapter thoroughly before
you actually connect anything to the
Before You Start the
Checking the supplied accessories
This player comes with the following items:
· Audio connecting cord
× 2 (Red and White) y phono jack × 2 (Red
and White) (2)
× 1 (Black) y phono jack × 1 (Black) (2)
· Monaural (2P) mini-plug cord (1) (Connecting cord for
CONTROL A1 ) (supplied for Canadian models only)
· Remote commander (remote) RM-SC500 (1)
· R06 (size-AA) batteries (2)
Inserting batteries into the remote
Insert two R06 (size-AA) batteries into the battery
compartment with the + and correctly oriented to the
markings. When using the remote, point it at the remote
on the player.
z When to replace the batteries
Under normal conditions, the batteries should last for about six
months. When the remote no longer operates the player, replace
both batteries with new ones.
· Do not leave the remote in an extremely hot or a humid place.
· Do not drop any foreign object into the remote casing,
particularly when replacing the batteries.
· Do not use a new battery with an old one.
· Do not expose the remote sensor to direct sunlight or lighting
apparatus. Doing so may cause a malfunction.
· If you do not intend to use the remote for an extended period
of time, remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from
battery leakage and corrosion.
Hooking Up the Audio Components
Connect the Super Audio CD player to an audio
component. Be sure to turn off the power of all
components before making connections and connect
securely to prevent noise.
When you have an amplifier equipped with the 5.1CH
input jacks (multi-channel amplifier, AV amplifier, etc.)
and connect the player and the amplifier via ANALOG
5.1CH OUT jacks, you can play a multi-channel Super
Audio CD and enjoy the multi-channel playback.
For normal playback, connect the player and an amplifier
via ANALOG 2CH OUT jacks.
Connecting via ANALOG 5.1CH OUT jacks
Use audio connecting cords for this connection. Connect the
ANALOG 5.1CH OUT jacks (FRONT L/R, SURR L/R, CENTER,
SUBWOOFER) to the corresponding jacks of your amplifier. For
FRONT or SURR connection, use the connecting cords (Red and
White jacks) and be sure to match the colour-coded pin to the
appropriate jacks: white (left) to white and red (right) to red. For
CENTER and SUB WOOFER connection, use the connecting
FRONT or SURR connection
Audio connecting cords (Red and White) (supplied)
CENTER or SUB WOOFER connection
Audio connecting cords (Black) (supplied)
· When you make the Multi-channel connection, connect the
ANALOG 2CH OUT jacks also using another audio connecting
cord ( not supplied) so that you can play a CD (or SACD) when
you set the input selector of your amplifier to CD (or SACD)
· During playback of a conventional CD or a 2CH Super Audio
CD, the same signal that is output from the ANALOG 2CH
OUT jacks is also output from the ANALOG 5.1CH FRONT L/
· During playback of a Multi-channel Super Audio CD, the same
signal that is output from the ANALOG 5.1CH FRONT L/R
jacks is also output from the ANALOG 2CH OUT jacks. (The
down mixed signal of the Multi-channel signal is not played
· There are 5CH, 4CH, and 3CH Super Audio CD. When you
play these disc, the signal does not output from all the jacks of
the ANALOG 5.1CH OUT. For details of the playback, see the
cover or instructions of the Super Audio CD.
To FRONT IN
To SURROUND or
REAR IN jacks
To CENTER IN
To SUB WOOFER
AV amplifier, etc.