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For customers in the USA
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For Customers in Canada
If this product is not working properly, please call 1-877-602-2008 for
Peace of Mind Warranty Replacement service.
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Information Service Centre at 1-877-899-7669 or write to us at: Customer
Information Service 115 Gordon Baker Road, Toronto, Ontario, M2H 3R6
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To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not
expose the unit to rain or moisture.
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
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, MATCH
WIDE BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT,
· 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
· 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
· Allow adequate air circulation to prevent internal
· Do not place the unit on surfaces (rugs, blankets,
etc.) or near materials (curtains, draperies) that
may block the ventilation slots.
· 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
· Keep the unit and cassettes away from equipment
with strong magnets, such as microwave ovens or
· 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
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
· Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is
· Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
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.
For your protection, please read these safety
instructions completely before operating the
appliance, and keep this manual for future reference.
Carefully observe all warnings, precautions and
instructions on the appliance, or the one described in
the operating instructions and adhere to them.
This set should be operated only
from the type of power source
indicated on the marking label. If
you are not sure of the type of
electrical power supplied to your
home, consult your dealer or local power company.
For those sets designed to operate from battery
power, or other sources, refer to the operating
Grounding or Polarization
This set is equipped with a polarized ac power cord
plug (a plug having one blade wider than the other),
or with a three-wire grounding type plug (a plug
having a third pin for grounding). Follow the
For the set with a polarized ac power cord
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 have a suitable outlet installed.
Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized
plug by forcing it in.
For the set with a three-wire grounding
type ac plug:
This plug will only fit into a
grounding-type power outlet.
This is a safety feature. If you are
unable to insert the plug into the outlet, contact your
electrician to have a suitable outlet installed. Do not
defeat the safety purpose of the grounding plug.
Do not overload wall outlets,
extension cords or convenience
receptacles beyond their capacity,
since this can result in fire or
Object and Liquid Entry
Never push objects of any kind into
the set 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 set.
Do not use attachments not
recommended by the manufacturer, as
they may cause hazards.
Unplug the set from the wall
outlet before cleaning or polishing
it. Do not use liquid cleaners or
aerosol cleaners. Use a cloth
lightly dampened with water for
cleaning the exterior of the set.
Water and Moisture
Do not use power-line operated sets
near water - for example, near a
bathtub, washbowl, kitchen sink, or
laundry tub, in a wet basement, or
near a swimming pool, etc.
Route the power cord so that it is
not likely to be walked on or
pinched by items placed upon or
against them, paying particular attention to the
plugs, receptacles, and the point where the cord exits
from the appliance.
Do not place the set on an
unstable cart, stand, tripod,
bracket, or table. The set may
fall, causing serious injury to a
child or an adult, and serious damage to the set. Use
only a cart stand tripod, bracket, or table
recommended by the manufacturer.
An appliance and cart
combination should be moved
with care. Quick stops, excessive
force, and uneven surfaces may
cause the appliance and cart
combination to overturn.
The slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for
necessary ventilation. To ensure reliable operation of
the set, and to protect it from overheating, these slots
and openings must never be blocked or covered.
· Never cover the slots and
openings with a cloth or other
· Never block the slots and
openings by placing the set on
a bed, sofa, rug or other similar
4 Important Safeguards
· Never place the set in a
confined space, such as a
bookcase, or built-in cabinet,
unless proper ventilation is
· Do not place the set near or
over a radiator or heat register,
or where it is exposed to direct
Outdoor antenna grounding
If an outdoor antenna or cable system is installed,
follow the precautions below.
An outdoor antenna system should not be located in
the vicinity of overhead power lines or other electric
light or power circuits, or where it can come in
contact with such power lines or circuits.
WHEN INSTALLING AN OUTDOOR ANTENNA
SYSTEM, EXTREME CARE SHOULD BE
TAKEN TO KEEP FROM CONTACTING SUCH
POWER LINES OR CIRCUITS AS CONTACT
WITH THEM IS ALMOST INVARIABLY FATAL.
Be sure the antenna system is grounded so as to
provide some protection against voltage surges and
built-up static charges. Section 810 of the National
Electrical Code provides information with respect 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,
connection to grounding electrodes, and
requirements for the grounding electrode.
Antenna Grounding According to the
National Electrical Code
For added protection for this set during a lightning
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 set due to lightning and
Antenna Lead in Wire
Antenna Discharge unit
(NEC Section 810-20)
(NEC Section 810-21)
Power Service Grounding
(NEC Art 250 Part H)
NEC-NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
Damage Requiring Service
Unplug the set from the wall outlet and refer
servicing to qualified service personnel under the
· When the power cord or plug is
damaged or frayed.
· If liquid has been spilled or
objects have fallen into the set.
· If the set has been exposed to
rain or water.
· If the set has been subject
to excessive shock by
being dropped, or the
cabinet has been damaged.
· If the set does not operate
normally when following the
operating instructions. Adjust
only those controls that are
specified in the operating
instructions. Improper adjustment of other
controls may result in damage and will often
require extensive work by a qualified technician
to restore the set to normal operation.
· When the set exhibits a distinct change in
performance - this indicates a need for service.
Do not attempt to service the set
yourself as opening or removing
covers may expose you to
dangerous voltage or other
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
When replacement parts are required, be sure the
service technician has used replacement parts
specified by the manufacturer that have the same
characteristics as the original parts.
Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire,
electric shock, or other hazards.
Upon completion of any service
or repairs to the set, ask the
service technician to perform
routine safety checks (as specified
by the manufacturer) to determine
that the set is in safe operating
Table of contents
Table of contents
6 Step 1 : Unpacking
7 Step 2 : Setting up the remote commander
10 Step 3 : Hookups
23 Step 4 : Selecting a language
24 Step 5 : Setting the clock
29 Step 6 : Presetting channels
33 Step 7 : Setting up the cable box/satellite receiver control
39 Step 8 : Setting up the VCR Plus+C3® system
42 Playing a tape
45 Recording TV programs
48 Recording TV programs using the
53 Recording TV programs using the
VCR Plus+C3® system
56 Setting the timer manually
59 Locking the VCR (Child Lock)
60 Playing/searching at various speeds
62 Quick Timer Recording
63 Checking/changing/canceling timer
65 Recording stereo and bilingual
66 Searching using various functions
68 Adjusting the picture (tracking)
69 Changing menu options
71 Editing with another VCR
73 Antenna information
77 Index to parts and controls
Quick reference to using the VCR
*VCR Plus+, C3 and PlusCode are registered trademarks of Gemstar Development Corporation.
The VCR Plus+ system is manufactured under license from Gemstar Development Corporation.
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.