Aiwa CSD-TD55, CSD-TD59 User Manual

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Owner’s Record

The model number is located at the bottom and the serial number is located in the battery compartment.

Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever you call upon your Aiwa dealer regarding this product.

Model No.


Serial No.

© 2003 Sony Corporation














Explanation of Graphical Symbols:

The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, 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.

The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.


The use of optical instruments with this product will increase eye hazard.


Read the Operating Instructions carefully and completely before operating the unit. Be sure to keep the Operating Instructions for future reference. All warnings and cautions in the Operating Instructions and on the unit should be strictly followed, as well as the safety suggestions below.


To prevent electric shock or injury, these safety instructions should be followed in the installation, use and servicing the unit.


Attachments – Do not use attachments not recommended by the unit manufacturer as they may result in the risk of fire, electric shock or injury to persons.

Water and Moisture – Do not use this unit near water - for example, near a bathtub, washbowl, kitchen sink, or laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool, and the like.

Heat – Do not use this unit near sources of heat, including heating vents, stoves, or other appliances that generate heat. It also should not be placed in temperatures less than 5˚C (41˚F) or greater than 35˚C (95˚F).

Mounting surface – Place the unit on a flat, even surface.

Accessories – Do not place this unit on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The unit may fall, causing serious injury to a child or an adult, and serious damage to the appliance. Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table recommended by the manufacturer, or sold with the unit. Any mounting of the appliance should follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and should use a mounting accessory recommended by the manufacturer.

Portable cart – 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.

Ventilation – The unit should be situated with adequate space around it so that proper heat ventilation is assured. Allow 10 cm clearance from the rear and the top of the unit, and 5 cm from the each side.

Slots and openings in the cabinet and the back or bottom are provided for ventilation, and to ensure reliable operation of the unit and to protect it from overheating, these openings must not be blocked or covered. The openings should never be blocked by placing the unit on a bed, sofa, rug or other similar surface. This unit should not be placed in a built-ininstallation such as a bookcase unless proper ventilation is provided.



Object and Liquid Entry – Never push objects of any kind into this unit through the cabinet slots as they may touch dangerous voltage points or short-circuit parts that could result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind on the unit.

Electric Power

Power Sources – This unit should be operated only from the type of power source indicated on the marking label. If you are not sure of the type of power supply to your home, consult your appliance dealer or local power company. To operate unit on battery power, or other sources, refer to the operating instructions.

Grounding or Polarization – This unit is provided with a polarizedalternating-currentline plug (a plug having one blade wider than the other). 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 replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized plug.

Power-Cord Protection – Power-supplycords should be routed so that they are not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed upon or against them, paying particular attention to cords at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the product.

Overloading – Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords, integral convenience receptacles as this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock.


For added protection for this unit receiver during a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet. This will prevent damage to the unit due to lightning and powerline surges.

Damage Requiring Service

Unplug this unit from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the following conditions:

1)When the power cord or plug is damaged.

2)If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen into the unit.

3)If the unit has been exposed to rain or water.

4)If the unit does not operate normally by following the operating instructions. Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating instructions as improper adjustment of other controls may result in damage and will often require extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the unit to normal operation.

5)If the unit has been dropped or the cabinet has been damaged.

6)When the unit exhibits a distinct change in performance - this indicates a need for service.

Do not attempt to service this unit yourself as opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.

Replacement Parts – When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has used replacement parts specified by the manufacturer or having the same characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric shock or other hazards.

Safety Check – Upon the completion of any service or repairs to this unit, ask the service technician to perform safety checks to determine that the unit is in proper operating condition.


Cleaning – Unplug this unit from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.

Condensation – Moisture may form on the CD pickup lens when:

- The unit is moved from a cold spot to a warm spot - The heating system has just been turned on

- The unit is used in a very humid room - The unit is cooled by an air conditioner

When this unit has condensation inside, it may not function normally. Should this occur, leave the unit for a few hours, then try to operate again.


Power supply


The OPE/BATT indicator lights up while the power is on.

Using on AC house current

Connect the AC cord as illustrated below.

1 to the AC inlet of the unit

supplied AC cord

2 to an AC outlet (AC 120 V, 60 Hz)

The rated voltage of the unit is 120 V AC.

If abnormal high voltage is supplied, “Hi” flashes in the display and the unit does not accept any operation. Disconnect the AC cord.


Use only the supplied AC cord. Use with other cords may result in the risk of fire.


To clean the cabinet

Use a soft cloth lightly moistened with mild detergent solution. Do not use strong solvents such as alcohol, benzine or thinner.

To clean the heads

When the tape heads are dirty;

-high frequency sound is not emitted

-the sound is not adequately high

-the sound is off-balance

-the tape cannot be erased

-the tape cannot be recorded on

Using on batteries

Open the lid of the battery compartment on the rear and insert eight R14 (size C) batteries, not supplied, as illustrated below. Then close the lid.

To switch from AC power supply to battery supply, disconnect the AC cord from the AC inlet.

R14 (C)

When the OPE/BATT indicator becomes dim, volume decreases, or sound is distorted during operation, replace the batteries.

When the batteries become weak during tape operation, “Lo” flashes in the display. In stop mode, the unit will not accept REC, ePLAY/PAUSE, fand g. In playback or recording mode, the unit will be stopped and turned off.

Replace the batteries.

Notes on batteries

To avoid damage from leakage or explosion, observe the following:

Insert the batteries with the 0and 9marks correctly aligned.

Do not mix different types of batteries or old batteries with new ones.

When the unit is not to be used for a long period, remove the batteries.

Never recharge the batteries, apply heat to them or take them apart.

Remove dead batteries.

If liquid leaks from the batteries, wipe thoroughly to remove.

After every 10 hours of use, clean the tape heads with a head cleaning cassette.

Use separately sold dry-typeorwet-typecleaning cassette.

Refer to the instructions of the cleaning cassette for details.


To clean the lens

Use a cotton swab slightly moistened with cleaning fluid. Wipe gently from the center to the edge.


Remote control (CSD-TD59 only)

Insert two R6 (size AA) batteries.

R6 (AA)

When the reach of the remote control signal is less than 5 meters (16 feet), replace the batteries.

The remote control may not operate correctly when:

-The unit is exposed to intense light, such as direct sunlight

-Objects block the remote control signal to the unit

To use the buttons on the remote control

Buttons on the remote control and the main unit with identical indications have the same functions.

To turn the power on

Press POWER to turn on the display.

When using the unit on the batteries, this button will not turn the power on.

To turn the power off

Press POWER to turn off the display.

To use the FUNCTION button

Each time FUNCTION is pressed while the power is on, the function is selected cyclically.
























Radio section

Frequency range, antenna – FM: 87.5 - 108.0 MHz Rod antenna, AM: 530/531 - 1,710/1,602 kHz (10/9 kHz step) Ferrite bar antenna

Deck section

Track format – 4 tracks, 2 channels / Frequency range

Normal tape: 50 - 12,500 Hz (JEITA) / Recording system – AC bias / Erasing system – AC erase / Heads

Recording/playback head (1), Erasure head (1)

CD player section

Disc – Compact disc / Scanning method – Non-contactoptical scanner (semiconductor laser) /

Laser diode properties – Material: GaAlAs Wavelength: λ = 780 nm Emission duration: Continuous

Laser output: Less than 44.6 µW (This output is the value measured at a distance of 200 mm from the objective lens surface on the optical pick-upblock with 7 mm aperture.)


Speaker – 80 mm cone type (2) / Output – Headphones jack (stereo mini-jack) /Power output – 2.5 W + 2.5 W (JEITA, 7 ohms, THD 10% DC) / Power requirements – DC 12 V using eight size C (R14) batteries, AC 120 V, 60 Hz / Power consumption – 16 W / Dimensions (W × H × D) – 306 × 155 × 253 mm (121/8 × 61/8 × 10 in.) / Weight (excluding batteries) – 2.5 kg (5 lbs. 8 oz.) / Accessories – Remote control (1,CSD-TD59only), AC cord (1)

Specifications and external appearance are subject to change without notice.


Please check the copyright laws relating to recordings from disc, radio or external tape for the country in which the machine is being used.

If an erroneous display or malfunction occurs

Turn off the unit and press POWER 6STANDBY/ON while pressing s.

If the unit cannot be reset in the way above, disconnect the AC cord and remove all the batteries to turn off the display.

Leave the unit for a while and turn the power back on.



1 Press RADIO BAND * repeatedly to select the desired band.


The power is turned on and the previously tuned station is received.

*or BAND on the remote control (applicable when the AC cord is connected, CSD-TD59only)

2 Pressf,g(TUNING-,+) to select a station.

During FM stereo reception, is displayed.

After listening, press POWER 6STANDBY/ON to turn the power off.

For better reception



Extend the rod antenna

The antenna is inside the

and orient it for the best

unit. Position the unit for


the best reception.

For quick tuning (Auto Search)

Keep f, gpressed until the tuner starts searching for a station. When a station is tuned to, the search stops.

If the broadcast signal is weak, it does not stop. To stop the search manually, press for g.

To listen with the headphones

Connect headphones with a stereo mini plug to the \PHONES jack on the rear of the unit.



- If an FM stereo broadcast contains noise, press the button so that is displayed.

Noise is reduced, although reception is monaural. To restore stereo reception, press the button again.

-If a high-pitchedsound is heard during AM recording, press the button repeatedly to display “b1” or “b2”, so as to eliminate the noise.

* or MODE on the remote control (CSD-TD59only)

To change the AM tuning interval

The default setting of the AM tuning interval is 10 kHz/ step. If you use the unit in an area where the frequency allocation system is 9 kHz/step, change the interval as follows.


2Press POWER 6STANDBY/ON while pressing RADIO BAND.

When the AM tuning interval is changed, the preset stations are cleared.


If the unit picks up noise from other electrical appliances nearby, like a TV or fluorescent lights, move the unit.



You can preset up to 15 stations in each band.

1 Select a station.

2 PresssSTOP/SET/CLEAR * once so that

“M” is displayed to store the station.

A station is assigned a preset number, beginning from 1 in consecutive order for each band.

Preset number


*or sSTOP on the remote control (CSD-TD59only)

3 Repeat steps 1 and 2.

The next station will not be stored if a total of 15 preset stations have already been stored for a band.

To listen to preset stations

Select a band then press PRESET or ePLAY/ PAUSE repeatedly.

To select a preset number directly with the remote control (CSD-TD59only)

Press the numbered buttons 0-9and +10. Example:

To select number 15, press +10 and 5. To select number 10, press +10 and 0.

To clear a preset station

Select the preset number first. Within 4 seconds, hold down suntil “M” and the preset number disappear. The higher numbers in the band are decreased by one.


Volume or tone adjustment does not affect recording.


Press VOLUME Nor Mon the unit or VOL i or kon the remote control. The volume level is displayed as a number from 0 to 25.

The volume level is automatically set to 14 if the power is turned off when the volume level is set to 15 or more.

Pressing DISPLAY on the remote control displays the adjusted volume level (CSD-TD59only).

3-MODEEQ* (equalizer)

Press 3-MODEEQ repeatedly until the desired mode is displayed.

The equalizer mode changes to R (Rock), P (Pop), J (Jazz) or no equalization, cyclically.

Rock - Emphasizes the high and low range of music.

Pop - Emphasizes voice and midrange of music.Jazz - Emphasizes the low range of music.

* or EQ on the remote control (CSD-TD59only)


The T-BASSsystem enhances the realism of lowfrequency sound.

Press T-BASSto turn it on or off.



1 Press CD.

The power is turned on.

2 Press PUSH OPEN to open the disc compartment. Place a disc with the printed side up and close the disc compartment.


Total number of tracks and total playing time are displayed. It will take about 15 seconds when loading a CD-RWdisc.

3 PressePLAY/PAUSE to start play.

The number of the track being played and elapsed playing time are displayed.

sSTOP/SET/CLEAR *– Stops play.

* or sSTOP on the remote control (CSD-TD59only) ePLAY/PAUSE – Pauses play. To resume play, press again.

f, g– Searches for a particular point during playback. Hold down for gand then release it.

Skips to the beginning of a track. Press for g repeatedly.

Music discs encoded with copyright protection technologies

This product is designed to playback discs that conform to the Compact Disc (CD) standard.

Recently, various music discs encoded with copyright protection technologies are marketed by some record companies. Please be aware that among those discs, there are some that do not conform to the CD standard and may not be playable by this product.


To start play when the power is off, press CD. The power is turned on and play of the loaded disc begins (Direct Play Function).

If you load a disc while the display flashes in step 2, play starts without pressing e.

To select a track directly with the remote control (CSD-TD59only),press the numbered buttons 0-9 and +10. CD play starts from the selected track and continues to the last track.


To select number 25, press +10, +10 and 5. To select number 10, press +10 and 0.

After listening, press POWER 6STANDBY/ON to turn the power off.


Do not use irregular shape CDs (example: heartshaped, octagonal ones).

It may result in malfunctions.

Do not place more than one disc in the disc compartment.

Do not try to open the disc compartment during play.

Do not touch the lens. Doing so may cause malfunctions.

The unit may not play a CD-R/RWdisc that is recorded on personal computers or some kinds ofCD-R/RWrecorders because of differences in recording platforms.

Do not attach any seal or label to either side (the recordable side or the labeled side) of a CD-R/RWdisc. It may cause malfunction.

Do not load an unrecorded CD-R/RWdisc. It will take over 30 seconds to read the disc. The disc may be damaged if you try to open the disc compartment while reading the disc.



Up to 30 tracks can be programmed from the disc.

1 In stop mode, hold downsSTOP/SET/

CLEAR * until “M” flashes in the display.

The program number, “P-01”is also displayed.

*or sSTOP on the remote control (CSD-TD59only)

2 Pressforgto select a track, then presssto store it.

Selected track number

























Total playing time of


Next program number

the selected tracks




Pressing the numbered buttons 0-9and +10 on the remote control selects and stores the track at the same time(CSD-TD59only).

3 Repeat step 2 to program other tracks.

4 Hold downsto finish the program.

Total number and total playing time of the selected tracks are displayed.

Total playing time of the selected tracks

Total number of the selected tracks

Pressing efinishes the program and starts programmed play.

To check the program, press for g.

To clear the program, press sonce in stop mode so that “M” disappears in the display.

To change the programmed tracks, clear the program and repeat all the steps again.


The total playing time of the selected tracks will be displayed as “ ”:

-When it exceeds “99:59”.

-When a track number 31 or higher is selected.


A single track or all tracks can be played repeatedly, and all the tracks randomly. Random play can be repeated as well.

Press REPEAT/MODE/SLEEP* repeatedly. The mode changes as follows:

: Repeats a single track. Select a track with f or g.

: Repeats all the tracks.

RANDOM: Plays all the tracks randomly.RANDOM and : Plays all the tracks repeatedly in random order.

To cancel, press the button repeatedly so that and/ or RANDOM disappears.

* or REPEAT on the remote control (CSD-TD59only)


During random play, you cannot skip back to the previous track with f.

When selecting a track with the numbered buttons, random play is canceled.

During programmed play, you cannot select RANDOM and .



Use Type I (normal) tapes only.

The unit plays (records on) the side facing up.


1 Press TAPE.

The power is turned on.

2 Press PUSH EJECT to open the cassette holder and insert a tape with the side to be played facing out and the exposed side down.


Press PUSH EJECT to close.

3 PressePLAY/PAUSE to start playback.

Tape counter

To set the tape counter to “0000”

Press sin stop mode. The counter is also set to “0000” when opening the cassette holder.

sSTOP/SET/CLEAR *– Stops play.

* or sSTOP on the remote control (CSD-TD59only) ePLAY/PAUSE – Pauses play. During pause mode, the tape counter flashes. To resume play, press again.

f/g– Rewinds/ fast forwards. To stop the winding, press s.

To start play when the power is off, press TAPE. The power is turned on and play of the loaded tape begins (Direct Play Function).

If you load a tape while the display flashes in step 2, play starts without pressing e.

After listening, press POWER 6STANDBY/ON to turn the power off.