Aiwa CDC-Z117 User Manual

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For your convenience, record the model number and serial number (you will find them on the bottom side of your set) in the space provided below. Please refer to them when you contact your AIWA dealer in case of difficulty.

Model No. CDC-Z117

Serial No.


Use only in a 12-voltDCnegative-groundelectrical system.

Disconnect the vehicle’s negative battery terminal while mounting and connecting the unit.

When replacing the fuse, be sure to use one with an identical amperage rating. Using a fuse with a higher amperage rating may cause serious damage to the unit.

Do NOT attempt to disassemble the unit. Laser beams from the optical pickup are dangerous to the eyes.

Make sure that pins or other foreign objects do not get inside the unit; they may cause malfunctions, or create safety hazards such as electrical shock or laser beam exposure.

When your vehicle has been parked in direct sunlight resulting in a considerable rise in the temperature inside, allow the unit to cool off before operating it.

Keep the volume at a level at which you can hear outside warning sounds (horns, sirens, etc.).


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 circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.


Modifications or adjustments to this product, which are not expressly approved by the manufacturer, may void the user’s right or authority to operate this product.

In addition to ordinary CDs, CD-RsorCD-RWscan be read by this unit. However, NEVER use aCD-RorCD-RWthat contains no data or data in the wrong format, such as MP3 or other computer files.





ADJUSTMENT .....................................................


RADIO OPERATION ................................................


CD PLAYER OPERATION .......................................


AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT .........................................


TROUBLESHOOTING ..............................................


MAINTENANCE ........................................................


SPECIFICATIONS ....................................................



Some buttons are assigned two or more functions. For detailed descriptions, refer to the related pages.

CD Notes

Playing a defective or dusty CD can cause dropouts in sound.

• Hold CDs as illustrated.

Do NOT touch the unlabeled side.

Do NOT attach any seal, label or data protection sheet to either side of a disc.

Do NOT expose a CD to direct sunlight or excessive heat.

Wipe a dirty CD from the center outward with a cleaning cloth.

Never use solvents such as benzine or alcohol.

This unit cannot play 3-inch(8 cm) CDs.

NEVER insert a 3-inchCD contained in the adapter or any irregularly shaped CD.

The unit may not be able to eject it, resulting in a malfunction.



Smart Jog

Turning the unit on/off

Press PWR/MUTE to turn on the unit. The unit also turns on when you insert a CD.

Press and hold PWR/MUTE until the unit turns off.


Most operations described in this manual require the unit to be turned on before starting the operation, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

Changing the source mode

1Press FNC.

Pressing FNC cycles through source modes in the following order:

Adjusting sound

You can select the following modes for adjusting sound depending on the music you listen to: BASS (low frequencies), TRE (high frequencies), BAL (left/right), FAD (front/ rear) and H-BASS(high bass)

1Press SEL repeatedly to select the mode to be adjusted.

Pressing SEL cycles through the modes. The selected mode’s indicator flashes.

2Turn the Smart Jog to increase or decrease the level for the selected mode (except for H-BASS).

In H-BASSmode, turn the Smart Jog to select on or off.


Adjust the level or select on/off within 5 seconds, or the selected mode will return to previous state.

Aligning the source levels

(Source Level Adjuster)

Volume may vary each time you change the source mode. In this case, you can align each source mode’s volume to almost the same level.

1Press FNC repeatedly to select the desired mode.

2Press DISP while pressingSEL. “LA 0” appears in the display.

3Turn the Smart Jog to adjust the level.


Adjust the level within 5 seconds, or the selected mode will be canceled.

*“CD” does not appear in the display when there is no CD in the unit.

Adjusting the volume

1Turn the Smart Jog.

VOL (volume) indicator flashes.

Muting the sound

1 PressPWR/MUTE briefly.

To restore volume, briefly press PWR/MUTEagain.

Restoring the factory settings

1Turn off the unit.

2Press and hold DISP until “LA--”appears in the display.


You can restore the factory settings only for VOL, BASS, TRE, BAL, FAD, and H-BASS,and aligned source volume levels.

Muting button beep sounds

1Turn off the unit.

2Press and hold SEL until “bEEP” appears in the display.

3Turn the Smart Jog to select on (level indicators appear) or off (level indicators disappear).

4Press and hold SEL until the unit turns off.


Setting the clock

1Press and hold DISP until the clock indicator flashes in the display.

2Press TUNEi (to set hour) orTUNEk (to set minute) and turn the Smart Jog.

3Press DISP.

Displaying the clock

1 PressDISP.

To return to the former display, press DISPagain.

Monaural mode

When signals become weak, or reception becomes poor, the unit automatically switches to Monaural mode to reduce noise.

Local mode

Local mode allows you to tune in only to strong stations during Seek Tuning.

1 PressLO before you start seek tuning. “LO” appears in the display.

To return to Distant mode, press LOagain.

“LO” disappears and the unit tunes in to all receivable stations.


Tuning in to a station

(Seek/Manual Tuning)

Stereo indicator Local indicator

Band indicator Frequency indication

1Press FNC repeatedly to select the desired band (FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1 or AM2).

2* PressTUNEi (to move to higher frequencies) orTUNEk(to move to lower frequencies) to tune in to a station.

“ST” appears in the display when a station is broadcasting in stereo, and receiving conditions are good.

*Seek Tuning and Manual Tuning

Press and hold TUNEiorTUNEkuntil seek Tuning starts.

The unit locates a station automatically (Seek Tuning).

Press TUNEiorTUNEkrepeatedly to search for a

desired station while increasing or decreasing the frequency step by step (Manual Tuning).

To stop Seek Tuning, press TUNEior TUNEkagain.

Using preset stations

You must preset stations before you can tune in a station using preset station number buttons.

Preset station buttons 1 ~ 6

Preset station


Presetting stations automatically

(Auto Memory)

1Press FNC repeatedly to select the desired band (FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1 or AM2).

2Press and hold PS/A.ME until automatic presetting starts.

The unit automatically stores up to 6 stations for each band.

After completion of automatic presetting, the unit

tunes in to the station stored on preset station button 1.

To cancel automatic presetting, press PS/A.MEagain.

Checking the preset stations (Preset Scan)

1 PressPS/A.ME briefly.

Each preset station will be tuned in for 5 seconds in order.

To cancel Preset Scan, press PS/A.MEagain or any preset station button.


Presetting stations manually

(Manual Memory)

1Press FNC repeatedly to select the desired band (FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1 or AM2).

2Press TUNEi orTUNEk to tune in to a desired station (see “Tuning in to a station,” page 3).

3Press the desired preset station button until the unit beeps.


A newly preset station replaces the station on the same band that was previously stored on that preset station button.

Tuning in to a preset station

1Press FNC repeatedly to select the desired band (FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1 or AM2).

2Press the preset station button on which the desired station is stored.

Active tuning reception control (ATRC)

The unit automatically suppresses FM noise caused by vehicle movement, and maintains sound quality.

Using the timer

(My Information)

You can schedule the radio to activate for daily radio programs. The unit automatically turns on and off in Radio mode at the scheduled times.

MY INFO indicator

Smart Job

Setting the timer

1Turn off the unit.

2Press and hold INFO until “PO” flashes in the display.

3Press SEL.

4Set the time you wish the unit to turn on.

Press TUNEiand turn the Smart Jog to set the hour.

Press TUNEk and turn the Smart Jog to set the minute.

5Press SEL.

6Press FNC to select the band.

7Press TUNEi,TUNEkor the desired preset station button to select the station.

8Press SEL.

9Set the time you wish the unit to turn off following the same procedure used in step 4.

10Press and hold INFO until the unit turns off, and setting is completed.

When the unit is on, “MY INFO” appears in the display indicating that the unit is standby for a timer. During the timer-activatedtuning, “MY INFO” continues to flash.

To cancel the timer standby, press INFOso that “MY INFO” disappears.


To discontinue the timer setting, press and hold PWR/ MUTE until the unit turns off.

To check the setting, turn off the unit, then press INFO. The unit displays the scheduledturn-onandturn-offtimes with the appropriate radio frequency.

The unit automatically starts tuning at the scheduled time regardless of the current source mode. When the scheduled program is over, the unit automatically returns to the former source mode.

Timer setting remains enabled even if you turn off the unit, and then turn it on.

However, if you press FNC to change the source mode duringtimer-activatedtuning, the scheduled program is canceled.



Playing a CD

You can play CDs, CD-RsandCD-RWsusing the procedure described below.

1Insert a CD.

“CD” appears in the display. CD play starts.

If a CD is already inserted, press FNC repeatedly to select CD play mode.

In normal play, when the last track finishes, the unit returns to the first track and continues to play.


CD indicator

Track number














































Elapsed playing time



Eject a CD




Skip to the next track


Go back to the beginning of the current track

Each extra press skips backward one extra track

Locate a specific point in a track


Press and hold rortuntil you find the point.


When you play a CD that is already inserted, CD play starts at the point where it stopped the previous time. A newly inserted CD starts from the first track.

A CD-RorCD-RWmay take some time to start playing back, but this is not a malfunction.

If a CD-RorCD-RWwith no data or incompatible data is inserted, “E03” will appear in the display. The unit cannot play such discs.

Intro Play

You can locate a desired track by monitoring the first 10 seconds of all the tracks on a CD.

1Press INT during CD play. “SCAN” appears in the display.

2Press INT again when the desired track is played. The unit returns to normal CD play.

One track Repeat Play

You can play a track repeatedly. 1 PressREP1 during CD play.

“REPEAT1” appears in the display.

To cancel One track Repeat Play, press REP1again.

Random Play

You can play all the tracks in random order. 1 PressRNDM during CD play.

“RANDOM” appears in the display.

To cancel Random Play, press RNDMagain.


During Random Play, pressing r allows you to skip only to the beginning of the current track, not to the previous track.


Listening to a cassette/MD/MP3 portable

player or other equipment

You can listen to equipment connected to the unit. Refer to the operating instructions for the corresponding equipment for more detailed information.

Be sure to remove inserted CDs to prevent possible damage to the unit before connecting the equipment.

AUX IN jack

1Connect a cassette/MD/MP3 portable player or other equipment via the unit’s AUX IN jack (3.5 mm).

2Press FNC repeatedly until “AUX” appears in the display.

During AUX mode, the clock display appears.



Error code

In the following cases the corresponding error code indication appears. Follow the suggestions below to solve such problems. If the error code indication does not disappear, consult an AIWA service center.

E03 Focus error. Check that the CD is loaded properly (right side up, etc.), and the CD contains valid data.

Reset button

If a CD does not operate properly, press the reset button with a pointed object such as a pencil, etc. Note that all your settings will be erased if this button is pressed.

Reset button


Cleaning the front panel

Wipe the surface with a soft, dry cloth.




Frequency Range: 87.5 MHz – 108 MHz(100-kHzsteps)* or 87.5 MHz – 108 MHz(50-kHzsteps)*

Usable Sensitivity: 12.7 dBf

50 dB Quieting Sensitivity: 17.2 dBf IF Rejection:80 dB

Frequency Response: 30 Hz – 15,000 Hz S/N Ratio:63 dB

Stereo Separation: 35 dB at 1 kHz Alternate Channel Selectivity:70 dB Capture Ratio:3 dB


Frequency Range: 530 kHz – 1,710 kHz(10-kHzsteps)* or 531 kHz – 1,602 kHz(9-kHzsteps)*

Usable Sensitivity: 30 µV (30 dB)

*Set the frequency increment for your area using the switch on the bottom of the unit. (The switch is factory-set to the 10k position [for the U.S.A.])


Frequency Response: 17 Hz – 20 kHz+0/–3dBDynamic Range: More than 80 dB

Channel Separation: More than 65 dB

S/N Ratio: More than 85 dBWow/Flutter: Not applicable


Max. Power Output: 45 W × 4 channels

AUX IN input

Input sensitivity (load impedance) AUX IN: 300 mV (10 kΩ )


Power-SupplyVoltage:14.4 V (11 to 16 V allowable), DC, negative ground

Load Impedance: 4 Ω

Tone Control:

Bass ± 10 dB at 100 Hz, Treble ± 10 dB at 10 kHz

Preamp Output Voltage (load impedance): 2.2 V (10 kΩ )

Installed size: 182 (W) × 53 (H) × 155 (D) mm (71/4 (W) × 21/8 (H) × 61/8 (D) inches)

Specifications and external appearance are subject to change without notice due to product improvement.






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