©1999 by Sony Corporation
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. _________________________
Declaration of Conformity
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
1 Sony Drive, Park Ridge, NJ.07656 USA
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This
device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this
device must accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
For hookup and setup, see the supplied hookup/setup manual.
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
This symbol is intended to alert the
user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance
(servicing) instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.
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 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 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.
* VCR Plus+, C3, ALLSET and PlusCode are trademarks of Gemstar Development Corporation. The
VCR Plus+ system is manufactured under license from Gemstar Development Corporation.
Table of contents
Playing a tape
Recording TV programs
Locating a channel by Station ID
Recording TV programs using the
VCR Plus+* GOLD system
Setting the timer manually
Playing/searching at various
Creating a favorite channel list
with Station ID
Setting the recording duration
Recording stereo and bilingual
Searching using the index
Adjusting the picture
Changing menu options
Editing with another VCR
About the SmartFile function
Recording using the SmartFile
Selecting and playing a program
Checking the contents of a tape
Labeling a recorded program and
Protecting a recorded program
Erasing the data of an unwanted
Registering the contents of a
recorded tape in the SmartFile
Storing program data from the
DIRECTV digital satellite receiver
(Program Data Download)
Index to parts and controls
Quick reference to using the VCR
Playing a tape
Turn on your TV and set it to the video channel.
Insert a tape.
The VCR turns on and starts playing
automatically if you insert a tape with
its safety tab removed.
Press H PLAY.
When the tape reaches the end, it will rewind automatically.
Resume play after pause
PAUSE or H PLAY
Fast-forward the tape
FF during stop
Rewind the tape
REW during stop
Eject the tape
To skip playback
You can skip a portion of playback you don't want to watch such as a
commercial and restart playback by pressing a single button.
1 Press SMART CUE during playback of the scene you want to skip. The
VCR starts searching.
2 Press SMART CUE again when you find the scene you want to watch.
The VCR stops searching, rewinds a few seconds, then resumes normal
If you press and hold SMART CUE while the VCR is skip searching, the VCR
will stop searching, and continue rewinding until you release SMART CUE.
· You can change the length of rewinding time on the ADVANCED OPTIONS menu.
For details, see page 35.