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Video Cassette
©1999 by Sony Corporation
Operating Instructions
3-866-158-11 (2)
Owner's record
The model and serial numbers are located at the rear of the
unit. Record these numbers in the spaces provided below.
Refer to them whenever you call upon your Sony dealer
regarding this product.
Model No.
Serial No.

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To prevent fire or shock hazard, do
not expose the unit to rain or
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
· Do not install the unit near heat sources such
as radiators or air ducts, or in a place subject
to direct sunlight, excessive dust, mechanical
vibration or shock.
· 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 loudspeakers.
· Do not place heavy objects on the unit.
· If the unit is brought directly from a cold to a
warm location, moisture may condense inside
the VCR 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.
For customers in the USA
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate this
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
· 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.
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
The power cord must be changed only at a
qualified service shop.
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 exposure.
· Operate the unit only on 120 V AC, 60 Hz.
· If anything falls into the cabinet, unplug the
unit and have it checked by qualified
personnel before operating it any further.
· 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 off.
· 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.
· One blade of the plug is wider than the other
for the purpose of safety and will fit into the
power outlet only one way. If you are unable
to insert the plug fully into the outlet, contact
your Sony dealer.
· Allow adequate air circulation to prevent
internal heat buildup.
· Do not place the unit on surfaces (rugs,
blankets, etc.) or near materials (curtains,
draperies) that may block the ventilation slots.

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Table of contents
Getting Started
Step 1: Unpacking
Step 2: Setting up the remote commander
Step 3: Hookups
16 Step 4: Setting the clock
18 Selecting a language
19 Presetting channels
Additional Information
45 General setup information
47 Troubleshooting
49 Specifications
50 Index to parts and controls
55 Index
back cover
Quick reference to using the VCR
Basic Operations
25 Playing a tape
28 Recording TV programs
31 Recording TV programs using the
Additional Operations
34 Playing/searching at various
35 Searching for a selected point on
the tape
37 Skip-searching automatically
38 Recording TV programs using the
quick timer
39 Checking/changing/cancelling
timer settings
41 Adjusting the picture
42 Changing menu options
43 Editing with another VCR

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Getting Started
Getting Started
Step 1
Check that you have received the following items with the VCR:
· 75-ohm coaxial cable with F-type
· Remote commander
· Size AA (R6) batteries

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Getting Started
Inserting the batteries
Insert two size AA (R6) batteries by
matching the + and ­ on the
batteries to the diagram inside the
battery compartment.
Insert the negative (­) end first,
then push in and down until the
positive (+) end clicks into
Using the remote commander
You can use this remote
commander to operate this VCR
and a Sony TV. Buttons on the
remote commander marked with
a dot (·) can be used to operate
your Sony TV.
Step 2
Setting up the remote commander
Remote sensor
· With normal use, the batteries should last about three to six months.
· If you do not use the remote commander for an extended period of time, remove
the batteries to avoid possible damage from battery leakage.
· Do not use a new battery with an old one.
· Do not use different types of batteries.
To operate
the VCR
a Sony TV
Set TV / VIDEO to
VIDEO and point at the remote sensor on the VCR
TV and point at the remote sensor on the TV