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Video Cassette
©1999 by Sony Corporation
Operating Instructions
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. _________________________
3-867-940-11 (1)

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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 persons.
This symbol is intended to alert the
user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance
(servicing) instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.
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
· 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 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
· 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 owner.

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Table of contents
Getting Started
Step 1: Unpacking
Step 2: Setting up the remote commander
Step 3: Hookups
22 Selecting a language
23 Setting the clock
31 Presetting channels
Basic Operations
37 Playing a tape
40 Recording TV programs
43 Recording TV programs using the
Additional Operations
46 Playing/searching at various
48 Setting the recording
duration time
49 Checking/changing/canceling
timer settings
51 Recording stereo and bilingual
53 Adjusting the picture
54 Changing menu options
55 Editing with another VCR
Additional Information
57 General setup information
59 Troubleshooting
61 Specifications
62 Index to parts and controls
67 Index
back cover
Quick reference to using the VCR

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

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Getting Started
Remote sensor
Step 2
Setting up the remote commander
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.
To operate
Set TV / VIDEO to
the VCR
VIDEO and point at the remote sensor on the VCR
a Sony TV
TV and point at the remote sensor on the TV
· 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.