Operating Tips for Audio System

WARNING.

Do not adjust the audio control switches while driving the vehicle: Adjusting the audio while driving the vehicle is dangerous as it could distract your attention from the vehicle operation which could lead to a serious accident. Always adjust the audio while the vehicle is stopped.

Even if the audio control switches are equipped on the steering wheel, learn to use the switches without looking down at them so that you can keep your maximum attention on the road while driving the vehicle.

CAUTION.

For the purposes of safe driving, adjust the audio volume to a level that allows you to hear sounds outside of the vehicle including car horns and particularly emergency vehicle sirens.

NOTE.

- To prevent the battery from being discharged, do not leave the audio system on for a long period of time when the engine is not running.

- If a cellular phone or CB radio is used in or near the vehicle, it could cause noise to occur from the audio system, however, this does not indicate that the system has been damaged.

Radio Reception

AM characteristics

AM signals bend around such things as


AM signals bend around such things as buildings or mountains and bounce off the ionosphere. Therefore, they can reach longer distances than FM signals. Because of this, two stations may sometimes be picked up on the same frequency at the same time.

FM characteristics

An FM broadcast range is usually about


An FM broadcast range is usually about 40 - 50 km (25 - 30 miles) from the source. Because of extra coding needed to break the sound into two channels, stereo FM has even less range than monaural (non-stereo) FM.

Signals from an FM transmitter are similar to beams of light because they do not bend around corners, but they do reflect.

Unlike AM signals, FM signals cannot travel beyond the horizon. Therefore, FM stations cannot be received at the great distances possible with AM reception.

Atmospheric conditions can also affect


Atmospheric conditions can also affect FM reception. High humidity will cause poor reception. However, cloudy days may provide better reception than clear days.

Multipath noise

Since FM signals can be reflected by obstructions, it is possible to receive both the direct signal and the reflected signal at the same time. This causes a slight delay in reception and may be heard as a broken sound or a distortion. This problem may also be encountered when in close proximity to the transmitter.

Flutter/Skip noise


Flutter/Skip noise

Signals from an FM transmitter move in straight lines and become weak in valleys between tall buildings, mountains, and other obstacles. When a vehicle passes through such an area, the reception conditions may change suddenly, resulting in annoying noise.

Weak signal noise


Weak signal noise

In suburban areas, broadcast signals become weak because of distance from the transmitter. Reception in such fringe areas is characterized by sound breakup.

Strong signal noise


Strong signal noise

This occurs very close to a transmitter tower. The broadcast signals are extremely strong, so the result is noise and sound breakup at the radio receiver.

Station drift noise


Station drift noise

When a vehicle reaches the area of two strong stations broadcasting at similar frequencies, the original station may be temporarily lost and the second station picked up. At this time there will be some noise from this disturbance.

Operating Tips for CD Player/In- Dash CD Changer


Operating Tips for CD Player/In- Dash CD Changer

Condensation phenomenon

Immediately after turning on the heater when the vehicle is cold, the CD or optical components (prism and lens) in the CD player/In-dash CD changer may become clouded with condensation. At this time, the CD will eject immediately when placed in the unit. A clouded CD can be corrected simply by wiping it with a soft cloth. Clouded optical components will clear naturally in about an hour. Wait for normal operation to return before attempting to use the unit.

Handling the CD player/In-dash CD changer

The following precautions should be observed.

- Do not spill any liquid on the audio


- Do not spill any liquid on the audio system.

- Do not insert any objects, other than


- Do not insert any objects, other than CDs, into the slot.

- The CD revolves at high speed within


- The CD revolves at high speed within the unit. Defective (cracked or badly bent) CDs should never be used.

- Do not use non-conventional discs


- Do not use non-conventional discs such as heart-shaped, octagonal discs, etc. The disc may not eject resulting in a malfunction.

- If the memory portion of the CD is


- If the memory portion of the CD is transparent or translucent, do not use the disc.

- A new CD may have rough edges on


- A new CD may have rough edges on its inner and outer perimeters. If a disc with rough edges is used, proper setting will not be possible and the CD player/In-dash CD changer will not play the CD. In addition, the disc may not eject resulting in a malfunction.

Remove the rough edges in advance by using a ball-point pen or pencil as shown below. To remove the rough edges, rub the side of the pen or pencil against the inner and outer perimeter of the CD.

- When driving over uneven surfaces,


- When driving over uneven surfaces, the sound may jump.

- The CD player/In-dash CD changer has been designed to play CDs bearing the identification logo as shown. No other discs can be played.

- Use discs that have been legitimately produced. If illegally-copied discs such as pirated discs are used, the system may not operate properly.

CD Player
CD Player

In-dash CD changer
In-dash CD changer

- Be sure never to touch the signal surface when handling the CDs. Pick up a CD by grasping the outer edge or the edge of the hole and the outer edge.

- Do not stick paper or tape on the CD.


- Do not stick paper or tape on the CD.

Avoid scratching the reverse side (the side without a label). The disc may not eject resulting in a malfunction.

- Dust, finger smudges, and dirt can decrease the amount of light reflected from the signal surface, thus affecting sound quality. If the CD should become soiled, gently wipe it with a soft cloth from the center of the CD to the edge.

- Do not use record sprays, antistatic agents, or household spray cleaners.

Volatile chemicals such as benzine and thinner can also damage the surface of the CD and must not be used. Anything that can damage, warp, or fog plastic should never be used to clean CDs.

- Insert discs one by one. If two discs are inserted at the same time, the system may not operate properly.

- The CD player/In-dash CD changer ejects the CD if the CD is inserted upside down. Also dirty and/or defective CDs may be ejected.

- An 8 cm (3 in) CD can be played in the CD player.

The In-dash CD changer is specially made for 12 cm (5 in) CDs.

An 8 cm (3 in) CD cannot be played in the In-dash CD changer even if an 8 cm (3 in) CD adapter is used.

- Do not insert cleaning discs in the CD player/In-dash CD changer.

- Do not insert any disc with a peel-off seal affixed to it.

Handling the In-dash CD changer

- This unit may not be able to play certain CD-R/CD-RWs made using a computer or music CD recorder due to disc characteristics, scratches, smudges, dirt, etc., or due to dust or condensation on the lens inside the unit.

- Storing CDs in the vehicle exposed to direct sunlight or high temperature may damage the CD-R/CD-RWs, and make them unplayable.

- CD-R/CD-RWexceeding 700 MB cannot be played.

- This unit may not be able to play certain discs made using a computer due to the application (writing software) setting used. (For details, consult the store where the application was purchased.)
- It is possible that certain text data, such as titles, recorded on a CD-R/CD-RW may not be displayed when musical data (CD-DA) is playing.

- The period from when a CD-RWis inserted to when it begins playing is longer than a normal CD or CD-R.

- Completely read the instruction manual and cautions for CD-R/CD-RWs.

- Do not use discs with cellophane tape adhering, partially peeled off labels, or adhesive material exuding from the edges of the CD label. Also, do not use discs with a commercially-available CD-R label affixed. The disc may not eject resulting in a malfunction.

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