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OUARTZ SynthesizerAM/FM Stereo Tuner


ST-500
OUARTZ Synthesizer L W/MW/FM Stereo Tuner
ST-500L
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
These instructions also apply to units of different color.
Before operating th is unit, please re ad these instructions completely.
We wanttothankyou torselecting this productand
to welcome you to the growing family of satisfied
Technics product owners around theworld.
We teel certain you wil! get maximum enjoyment
trom this newaddition to your home.
Please read these operating instructions carefully,
and be sure to keep them handy tor convenient
reterence.
TheseOperalingInstructionsareapplicable10modelsST500andST500L.Thefunctionswhichdifferforthetwomodelsareindicatedinthe
Operating Instructions.
Contents
- Accessories............................... 2 -Memory Presettings ....................'" 6
- Before Use............................... 2 - Listening to Radio Broadcasts .. . .. .... 8
-Suggestions for Safety.................... 3 -Maintenance .............................. 9
- Connections .............................. 4 -TechnicalSpecifications................... 9
- Front Panel Controls and Their -Troubleshooting Guide ....................10
Functions................................. 5
Accessories(Reler to page 4.)
AC powersupply cord........ 1 FM indoorantenna.. ... . .. 1 AM loopantenna ............ 1
Stereoconnection cabie...... 1 AM antenna holders.......... 2 Screws ..................... 2
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Note:Conliguration olAC power supply cordand FM indoor antennadilIersaccording to area.
Before Use
Be sure to disconnect the mains cord belore adjusting the (11 Ihepowersupplyinyourareais 117Vor120V, set10the "127
voltage selector. V" position.)
Use aminus(-)screwdriver toset the voltage selector(on the Note that Ihisunit will be seriouslydamaged ilIhis setling isnot
rearpanel)10thevoltagesettinglorIheareain whichIheunitwill madecorrectly.(There is novoltageselectorlorsomecountries;
be used. the correct voltage is al ready set.)
THIS TUNER/RECEIVER IS CAPABLE OF RECEIVING THE NEW AM STEREO BROADCASTS FROM THE AM BAND RADIO STATIONS.
HOWEVER LlKE MANY TUNERS AND RECEIVERS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET IT WILL REPRODUCE THIS AM STEREO
SIGNAL ONLY IN AM MONO. WHICH, IN EFFECT. IS OF NO LESSER QUALITY THAN YOUR EXISTING AM MONO TUNER/RECEIVER
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Suggestions for Safety
Use astandard electrical AC wall outlet
1.Use from an AC powersourceofhighvoltage,suchasfor
aircondItIoners, Is very dangerous.
Be extremely careful not to make a connection to the elec-
trical outlet lor a large air conditioner or central-heating unit
which uses high voltage, because there is the possibility ol
lire.
2. ADC power source cannot be used.
Be sure 10 check Ihe power source carelully, especiallyon a
ship or other place where DC is used.
Connection and removal of the power cord
plug
1. Wet handsare dangerous.
Adangerouselectricshockmayresultiltheplugistouchedby
wet hands.
2. Don't pull the powercord.
Always graspthe plug; never pull the cord itselt.
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Never attempt to repair or reconstruct this
unit
A serious electric shock might occur il this unit is repaired,
disassembiedorreconstructedby unauthorizedpersons, orilthe
inlernal parls are accidentlytouched.
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Forfamilies with children
Never permit children to put anything, especially metal, inside
thisunit.Aseriouselectricshockormalfunclioncouldoccurilar-
ticles such as coins, needies, screwdrivers, etc. are inserted
through the venlilation holes, etc. olthis unit
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Turn oft afteruse
IItheunitislef!loralongtimewilhthepoweron,thiswillnotonly
shorlen its uselul operation lile, but mayalsocause other unex-
pected trouble.
Ifwateris spilled on the unit
Beexlremelycarefulilwaterisspilledon Iheunit,becausealire
or serious electric shock might occur. Immediately disconnect
the powercord plug, and consultwith your dealer.
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Place the unit where itwill be weil ventilated,
and away from direct sunlight
Place this unit at least 10 cm (4")awayIromwall surfaces, etc.,
and away Irom direct sunlight.
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Keep the unit away from heaters, etc.
Heat can damage the external surfaces as weil as internal cir-
cuits and components.
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Avoid spray-type insecticides
Insecticides might cause cracks or "cloudiness" in the cabinel
andplastic parlsolIhisunit. The gasusedin suchsprays might,
moreover, be ignited suddenly.
Neveruse alcohol or paint thinner
Theseandsimilarchemicalsshouldneverbeused,becausethey
maydamagethe linish.
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If trouble occurs
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It, during operation, the sound is interrupted or indicators no
longer illuminate, or il abnormal odor or smoke is detected, im-
mediately disconnect the power cord plug, and contact your
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dealeror an Authorized ServiceCenter.
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1I FM antenna terminal is as shown belOW:
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Be sure the shield braid contacts the clamp.
Stereo connection cable (included)
(L)
The indication AM used here includes
both MW and LW lor Model ST-500l.
Connections
Note: An outdoor antenna should be installed by a competent technician only.
FM ouldoor antenna (option) FM indoor antenna (included)
(Necessary in mountainous regions, inside
reinforced-concrete buildings, etc.)
75-ohm coaxial
cabIe (option)
1 [J'" LJBJ:=tJ
20 mm(25/32 ) 10 mm (3/8 )
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Clamp
Shield braid
Center conductor

or tape I
or
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Installalion of Ihe AM loop anlenna
1. Payattention tothefollowingpointswhenattachingtheanten-
na.
Do not attach it horizontally (to do so would impair recep-
tion).
Do not attach it close to metal surfaces (to do so would
result in noise).
When attaching the antenna to a wal!, column
or rack
Find the height and direction of the antenna where
reception is best and then fix it vertically to the wall,
rack, etc.

AM loop
antenna(included)

Column i6 >

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AM antenna
holder (A) (included)
Attach to awall (using tack or tape)facing in direction

of best reception.
Tack should not contact internal antenna wire.
Tack or tape i: Forbest reception soundquality,an FM outdooranten-
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na is recommended.
,.JJ., Disconnectthisantennaifan FM outdoorantenna is in-
stalled.
Control input terminal (CONTROL INPUT):
Thisterminal is usedforthe connectionofatimerfor
the purpose of controlling the tuner by meansof an
external control signal.
Household
AC outlet
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AC power supply cord (included)
Configuration ofAC powersupply
cord differs according to area.
To tuner input terminals
(R) of the amplifier
AM loop anlenna (included)
If this antenna is not properly instalied,
AM broadcasts will not be received.
Be sure to connect the AM loop antenna
even when an outdoor antenna is used.
AM ouldoor antenna (option)
5 12 m (16 40 ft.) (Necessary in mountainous regions, in-
side reinforced-concrete buildings, etc.)
Use5 - 12m(16 - 40 ft.) of vinyl-
covered wire horizontally at the window.
'nyl-covered wire (option)
Do notattach it closetopowercords, speakerwires, etc. (to
doso would result in noise).
Do not attach it close to atapedeck(when the tapedeckis
being used, chirping or beeping sounds maybe received).
2. Connect the AM loop antenna to the AM 3ntenna terminals
located on the rear panel of the unit.
When attaching the antenna to the unit ---,
This type of installation may cause impaired reception
or result in signaInoise. If possible, attach the antenna
to the rack, a wall, or a column.
Move the antenna toward the right or left to find the
point of best receptio
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AM loopantenna
(included)
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Front Panel Controls and Their
The indication AM used here includes
both MW and LW tor Model sT500L.
Functions
Power "stand by eb, on" switch
This switch turns on and olf the secon-
darycircuit poweronly_ The unit is in the
"stand-by" condition when this switch is
set to the "stand by " position.
Regardless ol the switch setting, the
primarycircuitisalways"live"as longas
the power cord is connected to an elec-
trical oullet.
Memory indicator
(memo)
This indicator illuminates
when the memory bulton
is pressed.
FM stereo indicator
(stereo)
This indicator
automaticallyilluminates
when an FM stereo
broadcast is being
received.
Band selectors (band) ---
FM:
Press this button to listen to an FM
broadcast.
AM:
Press this button to listen to an AM
broadcast.
allocation:
Thisbultonis alsousedtoselectaIre-
quencystepofeither9kHzor 10kHz.
When the AM button is pressed for
about 4 seconds, the AM Irequency
step wil! change to 10kHzperstep.
(This slep is set to 9 kHz belore ship-
men!.)
Seltotheappropriateposilionloryour
locality.
In order to relurn to the original Ire-
quency indication, press this button
lorabout4 seconds again.
Digital frequency display
Note:
The reception Irequencyofthe FM or AM broadcast Itwill not illuminateilthe
FM mode selector is set selectedbyusingthetuningbuttonsorthepreset-tun-
tothe monaural mode. ing buttons is indicated by adigital-type display.
FM MW LW
Band selectors (band)
FM:
Press Ihisbutton to listen to an FM broadcas!.
MW:
PressIhisbulton10 listen10 an MWbroadcast
allocation:
This button is also used 10 select a frequency
stepoleither 9 kHz or 10kHz.
When the MW button is pressed lor about 4
seconds, the MW Irequencystepwill change to
10kHz per step.
(This step is set to 9 kHz belore shipment.)
Set to theappropriateposition loryour locality.
Inordertoreturntotheoriginalfrequencyindica-
tion,pressthisbuttonlorabout4secondsagain.
LW:
Press this button10 listen 10 an LW broadcast.
freq shift:
When Ihe LW bullon is pressed for aboul 2
seconds during reception ol an LW broadcast,
the LW Irequencywill decrease by 2 kHz.
So, forexample,10 receive153kHz, lune10 155
kHz, and then press this button.
Inordertoreturn10 theoriginalIrequencyindica-
tion,pressthisbuttonlorabout2secondsagain.
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Channel display -------'"
The channel number selected bythe preseI-
tuning buttons is displayed.
These buttons are used lor tuning tothe
desired broadcast station.
Quartzlock indicator (quartz loek)
This indicator illuminates when tuned precisely to
an FM or AM station.
Signal-strength indicators (signal) _----'
Theseindicatorsshowtherelativestrength ofbroadcast
signals being received by the antenna. The best condi-
tion lorreception,lorFM and AM, iswhenthe indicators
illuminate completelyto the top.
Preset-tuning buttons (1 - 16)
Memory button (memory) -----"
This button is used when preset memory setting
ol the preset-tuning buttons is made.
FM mode selector (FM mode)--..;/
This unit automaticallyswitches intothe stereo modewhen a
stereobroadcast is received. Pressthisbutton to listen in the
monaural mode. The stereo indicatorwill not illuminatein the
monaural mode.
(16 channel random preset tuning)
Thesebultonsare usedtopreset FM and AM broadcastIrequenciesinto the memory
olthis unit, and are also pressed to select the desired preset Irequencies.
Note:
Reler10 pages6 and 7 for inlormation concerning preset memory.
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TheindicationAMusedhereincludes
both MWand LW forModel ST500l.
Memory Presettings
Importantl----------------- Notes:
1. Forautomaticpresettingin areaswherethereare Iess than 16
IIthisantenna isnotinstalled,
FM stations, the remaining channels(through channel 16)wil!
AM broadcastswill notbe
be lelt empty. The empty channels can be lilled by using
received,
AM lOOp antenna
manual memorypresetting.
2 II a new broadcasting station is preset into a channel, the
broadcasting station which was previously entered in that
With thisunityou maypresetas manyas 16 radiobroadcaststa-
channel will be automaticallyerased,
tions: FM/AM random presetting, After broadcast stations have
3. For AM broadcasts with extremely strong signaI transmis
beenpresetasdescribedbelow,anydesiredstationcanbequick-
sions, thefrequencymemorizedmaybe slightlydifferentIrom
Iy and easily selected by simply touching one button
thecorrectfrequency, Ifthisoccurs,usethemanualcontrolto
memorize.
Automaticmemorypresetting
The FM broadcastingstationsandAM broadcastingstationswillbeautomatical!ypresetto"channels" 1through 16lorFM
and9through 16lorAM, respectively,
The FM broadcasting stations, MW broadcasling stations, and LW broadcasting stations will be automatically preset in
"channels" 1through 16 for FM, 9through 16 for MW, and 13 through 16 for LW, respectively.
Note: When AM is automatically preset, Ihe FM stations on "channels" 9through 16wil! be replaced by the newAM stations,
"FM": lor FM broadcasts Before presetting the broadcasting
"on"(I- __ )
"AM": for AM broadcasts stations, press to select the
appropriate frequency step for your
"FM":for FM broadcasts
locality,
Channel display
"MW": lorMW broadcasts
(Reler to page 5.)
"LW": for LW broadcasts
Memory indicator
5
Confirm the names(call signs,
3
Set to the lowest frequency.
etc.) of the broadcasting sta Tuning Press the left button to change the Irequency downward,
tions which are preset to each
and press the right button to change the frequency upward.
channel,andenterthemonthe
-FM:87.50 MHz
file sheet (page 8).
-AM:522 kHz (9 kHz step) or 530 kHz (10 kHz step)
To checkthefront channels(CH 1- 8)
- FM: 87.50 MHz
Press momentarily,
-MW:522 kHz (9 kHz step)or530 kHz(10 kHz step)
- LW: 153 kHz (- 2kHz shift) or 155kHz

.1 Pressthebuttonandholdslightly(frequencywil!changecon-
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Frequency stored in the memory and


channel number aredisplayed,
2 Release it when approaching the above exact frequency,

and then press Ihe button again momenlarily (frequency
0-' ,r, 3:
change will stop)
Pu1 'UMHICI', wl:J.
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To checkthe back channels(CH 9- 16)
',t Press the button momentarily(Irequency wilIchange each
Press slightly longer.
timeIhebuttonispressed), andtune10 oneoftheaboveIre-

.' 1< quencies.


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Press. When the frequency indication begins to change,
Frequency stored in Ihememory and
release.
channel number are displayed.
The frequency will change upward, and the automatic presetting wil! begin
(J.g,
with Ihe next broadcasling station,
It will continue 10 preset consecutivebroadcast stations.
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"Mostrecent" memory To prevent erasing the memory
The most-recent memory is a system by which the unit 1I thepowersupplyis interruptedlor oneweekorlonger,the
"remembers" the FM or AM broadcast station last heard when
memory settings will be erased.
this unit is turned olf, and automaticallytunes to that station the
Forexample:
next time the power is turned on.
1) If the power cord is disconnected from the electric outie!,
2) If an audio timer is used and the timer does not operate the
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tuner for a week or longer,
3) If a power failure occurs, etc.
"Backup" memory
This is the function which preserves the preset memory and If any of the above occurs, the memory will have to be reset.
most-recentmemoryfunctions. In theeventofapowerfailure, or The memory in this unit is maintained by a gold capacitor. If the
if the power cord of the tuner is disconnected from the electric power supply is interrupted for a week or longer, set the power
outlet, the back-upmemorywill preservethe preset memoryand switchofthetunerto the "on"position forthirtyminutesormore
most-recent memory functions for as long as approximately one in order to recharge the gold capacitor. Then reprogram the
week. memory(pages 6 and 7).
Manualmemorypresettfng
Stations can be freely preset to any desired channel.
2
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"FM". for FM broadcasts Before presetting the broadcasting
"'1"'1.I;ID
"on" (I-.OL)
----.-- "AM": for AM broadcasts
stations, press to select the
appropriate frequency stepfor your
"FM":for FM broadcasts
locality.
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1
1
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--_ ,- "MW": for MWbroadcasts
(Refer to page 5.)
"LW": for LW broadcasts
Channel display
Memory indicator
5
While the memory indicatoris
3
Press the appropriate tuning
iIIuminated, press the button
the desired broadcast.
of the desired channel.
Tuning
When thebuttonis pressed,thememoryin-
Press the left button to change the frequency downward, and
dicatorilluminationwillstop,andthepreset-
press the right button to change the frequency upward
Automatic tuning
ting is complete.
Press the button. When the frequency indication
To preset channels 1through 8:
beginstochange, release the button(a broadcasting
Presstheappropriatebuttonmomentari-
station will be selected automatically). Repeat this
Iy, and then release. (Preset channel
operation until the desired station is found.
number is displayed on the channel
Manual tuning
display.)
Press thebuttonmomentarilyandtunetothedesired
To preset channels 9 through 16: station. The frequencywill changeeach timethe but-
ton is pressed.
Press the appropriate button slightly
longer, and then release. (preset chan-
nel number is displayed on the channel
display.)
4
Press momentarily, and then
Note:
(The memory indicator will illuminate for approx-
If the memory indication illumination stops before
imately 4 seconds.)
you press the button, once again repeat step 4 and
then step 5.
Note:
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Enterthename(callsign,etc.)ofthepreset
If the button is pressed continuously, the frequency
broadcasting station on the station
will begin tochange, and the memorywill be preset
memory file sheet (page 8). automatically.
This completes the proceduresfor presetting radiobroad- To stop the automatic memory presetting, once
cast frequencies. The other preset-tuning buttons can be againpresseitherthe"llP" buttonorthe"down"but-
preset in the same way by following steps 2 through 6.
ton.
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Listening to Radio Braadcasts
Important!-----------------..
Ifthisantenna is not installed,
AM broadcastswill not be
received.
Have you completed thememorypresetting(page6 and 7)?
AM loopantenna
1
Turn theamplifieron, and set itforlisteningto
radio broadcasts.
3
Selectthedesired station byusing eitherthe
manualorpresettuning buttons.
2 "on"( - ...)
Forstationsetectionusing buttons
To selectthefront channels(CH 1- 8): To selectthe backchannels(CH 9-16):
Press Frequency stored in the Press slightly Frequency stored in the
momentarily. memory and channel longer memory and channel
number are displayed. number are displayed.
:,...., Ol
'!...!...I k.Hzch
Formanualstationselection.
Followstep 2, 3 of "Manual memorypresetting" on page 7.
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FM mode selector(FM mode) _------../
Ifthebroadcastsignal isweak,orifthereisalargeamountofin
terference in a stereobroadcast, set tothe monaural position.
Notethatthe FM stereoindicatorwill not illuminate in this posi-
tion.
Station Memory File Sheet
CH.8 CH.1 CH.2 CH.3 CH.5 CH.6 CH.7 CH.4
CH.16 CH.14 CH.15 CH.9 CH.10 CH.11 CH.12 CH.13
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Maintenance
To clean this unit, use a soft, drycloth. Wipe once again with a soft, drycloth.
IIthesurlacesare extremelydirty, useasoltcloth, dippedintoa Never use alcohol, paint thinner, benzine, nor a chemically
soap-and-water solution ora weakdetergent solution. treated cloth to clean this unit.
Wring the cloth weil beforewiping the unit. Such chemicals maydamage the linish of your unit.
Technical Specifications
(DIN45500)
FM TUNER SECTION AM (MW)TUNERSECTION
Frequeneyrange MHz (0.05MHzstep) Frequeneyrange kHz (9 kHz-steps)
Sensitivity 1.5 J,N1750 (IHF'58) kHz (10 kHz-steps)
SIN30dB 1.3j.1V (750) Sensilivily(SIN 20 dB) 20 I.N, 3001.Nlm
SIN26 dB 1.2j.1V (750) Seleclivily(+9kHz) 55 dB
SIN20dB 0.9j.1V (750) Imagerejeelional999kHz 40 dB
IHF46dB slereoquietingsensilivily 22j.1V/750 IF rejeclional999kHz 60dB
Tolalharmoniedislortion
MONO 0.15%
LWTUNERSECTION (ST-500Lonly)
STEREO 0.3%
SIN
Frequencyrange kHz
MONO 70dB (78 dB, IHF'58)
kHz (2kHzshilt)
STEREO 65dB (70dB, IHF'58)
Sensitivity(SIN20dB) 50 j.1V
Frequencyresponse 20 kHz, -0.5 dB
Selectivityat254 kHz 55 dB
Allernalechannelselectivity
Imagerejectionat254kHz 40dB
normal:::400 kHz 65dB
IFrejeetionat254kHz 60dB
Captureratio 1.0dB
Imagerejectionat98MHz 40dB
GENERAL
IFrejectionat98MHz 70dB
Spuriousresponse rejectionat98 MHz 70dB
Outputvoltage 0.3V (O.6V, IHF)
AMsuppression 55 dB
Powereonsumption 9W
Stereoseparation
Powersupply
1kHz 40 dB
ForAustralia AC 50 Hz/60Hz, 240V
10kHz 30dB
Forcontinental Europe AC50 Hz/60Hz, 220V
Carrierleak
Forothers AC50Hz/60Hz, 11OV/127V1220V/240V
19kHz -30dB (-35dB, IHF)
Dimensions(WXHXD) 430X 53 200mm
38 kHz -45dB (50dB. IHF)
(16-15/16"X 2-2/32" X 7-27/32")
Channel balanee(250 Hz) .5 dB
Weight 1.8kg (3.9 lb.)
Limiting point 1.2j.1V
Bandwidth
Note:
IFamplifier 180kHz
Total harmonie distortion is measured by the digital
FMdemodulator 1000kHz
spectrumanalyzer (H.P. 3045 system).
Antennaterminals 750 (unbalanced)
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Troubleshooting Guide
Belorerequesting servicelorthis unit,checkIhechartbelowlorapossiblecauseoltheproblemyou areexperiencing.Somesimplechecksor
aminoradjuslment on your part may eliminateIheproblem and restore proper operation.
11 you are in doubtaboutsomeolthe checkpoints, orilIheremedies indicatedin Ihechartdonot solveIheproblem, relertothedirectoryol
Authorized servicecenters (enclosed with this unit) to locate aconvenient service cenIer, or consult yourTechnicsdealer for instructions.
Probablecause(s) Suggestedremedy
Nearbybuildingormoun n.
(Mulli-pathdistortionisbeingcaused bythe
mutual interferenceofbroadcastsignals
received directlyfromthetransmittingstation
(directwaves) andsignalsbeingreflectedIrom
nearbybuildingsormountains (reflected
ningbuttonsolthisunithave not
TryreducingthetreblesoundbyturningIhe
treblelonecontrol oltheamplilier.
SettheFM modeselectortothemonoposition.
(Notethatthe broadcastwill then be heardas
monaural sound.)
Try changingthelocation, heightand/or
dirction oltheantenna.
II an indoorantenna is being used, changeto an
outdoorantenna.
T usi anantenna withmoreelements.
Trychangingthelocation,heightand/or
directionoltheantenna.
IIan indoorantenna is beingused, change10 an
outdoorantenna.
Tryusingan antennawithmoreelements.

minutesormoreto perlormthecharging,and
then makethememorypresettingagain.
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