Inputs and Outputs Notes
Sources: The HX-GD8
is equipped with a 5-disc slim-tray DVD/CD changer, a single auto-reverse cassette, an AM/FM
tuner, and a front panel stereo minijack input for an auxiliary source.
Dual Amplification: This unit
has dual amplifiers for each speaker with 80 watts per channel for the main
drivers and 195 watts per channel for the subwoofers.
This unit will play DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, Audio CDs, Video CDs, Super Video CDs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs
(recorded in Audio CD, VCD, SVCD, MP3, WMA, or JPEG format), and DVD-R and DVD-RWs
(recorded in video format).
Disc Exchange: Since the discs
are loaded into individual trays, you can exchange discs in any of the inactive
trays without interrupting the currently playing disc.
Continuous Play: When
discs are loaded in more than one tray, you can begin playback from any disc and
the unit will play all discs continuously in numerical order until all discs are
On-Screen Display: During disc
playback, the unit automatically outputs a control screen on your TV, either in
the form of an On-Screen Bar, or a larger Control Screen. Disc status, chapter
and track names or numbers, and time indicators, as well as indicators
concerning multiple languages, subtitles, or view angles, appear on the
On-Screen bar. The Control Screen appears during MP3, WMA, and JPEG file
playback to indicate file, folder, track, and group information.
Program Play: Up to
99 tracks can be programmed and played in any order. Once the tracks are
programmed, you can use Repeat Play to repeat only the programmed tracks or one
individual track. During Program play, you cannot open any of the disc trays.
The program is stored in memory, even if the unit is turned off. The program can
be erased manually, or it will be erased if the AC power cord is unplugged or
there's a power failure.
Repeat Play: The
repeat modes for each disc type are as follows:
- DVD Video:
- During Playback:
Chapter, Title, All
- Before Playback: All
- DVD Audio: Track, Group,
- MP3/WMA: Track, Group,
- During Playback:
Track, Disc, All
- During Program Play:
- During Random Play:
Step, Disc, All
Scanning Modes: If you have an
HDTV-ready television, you can switch the component video output to Progressive
Scan to enjoy a higher quality picture.
Random Play: The tracks on all
of the loaded discs can be played at random. Random play will end when all of
the tracks on all of the loaded discs have been played. You can also repeat all
discs or one individual track during random play.
Tray Lock: This
feature allows you to lock the disc trays to prohibit discs from being ejected.
Tape Recording: Using
a Type I tape, you can record from a DVD, CD, the radio, or a connected auxiliary
component. When recording from a DVD or CD, you can record the tracks in the order they
appear on the disc or in the order you've programmed the tracks. When you are
ready to record, you can press the Disc Rec Start button for synchronized
recording. You can record on one side only, or set the unit to automatically
reverse to record on both sides before stopping.
Tape Playback: You
can playback tapes in either direction: forward or reverse. You can play both
sides repeatedly (reverse mode), or set the player to stop at the end of the
currently playing side.
AM/FM Tuner: This
system has a digital AM/FM Tuner. You can store up to 45 station presets (30 FM
and 15 AM) so that you always have easy access to your favorite stations without
having to tune them in manually each time. The tuner has three tuning modes:
Manual, Preset, and Auto (seek) tuning. If you are listening to an FM station in
stereo and the reception is weak, you can improve the sound quality by switching
unit features Compu-Play control. When you press the source button (FM/AM, CD
Play/Pause, Tape Play), the unit automatically powers up and begins playback
from the selected source. When you press the Aux button, the unit will power up
and switch to Aux Input, but you will need to manually start playback on the
Sound Modes: This
system has 3 surround modes and 3 Sound Effect Amplifier (SEA) modes, allowing
you to adjust the quality of sound depending on the source you are using. You
can select from the following surround modes: Dance (increases resonance and
bass), Hall (adds depth and brilliance to the sound), or Stadium (adds clarity
and spreads the sound). You can select from the following Sound Effect Amplifier
modes: Rock (boosts the low and high frequencies; good for acoustic music), Pop
(good for vocal music), or Classic (good for classical music).
User Modes: You can create your
own individual SEA sound modes and store them in one of three User Modes. You
can set the bass and treble bands from -3 to +3, plus add surround effects
to your SEA pattern by selecting one of the surround modes. The User Modes are
stored in memory unless the unit is disconnected from power for more than a few
3D Phonic Modes: You can select
one of three 3D Phonic Modes:
- 3D Action: suitable for
action movies and sports programs
- 3D Drama: creates natural
and warm sound, letting you enjoy movies in a relaxed mood.
- 3D Theater: enjoy sound
effects like in a major theater
DVD Levels: The audio tracks on
a DVD Video is sometimes recorded at a lower level than for other discs and
sources. You can select one of three increased DVD Levels (DVD Level 1, 2 or 3),
so you don't have to adjust the volume every time you change the source.
Subwoofer Level Control: You
can independently adjust the subwoofer level to one of three settings: Level 0,
1, or 2.
Picture Tone: You can select a
preset picture tone (Normal or Cinema), or store your own picture settings in
one of two memory settings (User 1 or 2). The picture settings you can adjust
and store include Gamma, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Tint, and Sharpness.
Rhythm Ax: Similar to
a Loudness function, Rhythm Ax emphasizes the bass attack feeling, plus raises
the subwoofer level to 2 (maximum) during playback. If you switch to a sound
mode or lower the subwoofer level, Rhythm Ax is turned off.
Daily Timer: You can
use the daily timer as an alarm clock to wake up to a cassette, a DVD or CD, the radio,
or a connected auxiliary component at a preset volume level. Once the timer is
active, it will operate everyday at the set time. Note: If the daily
timer is set to come on while the recording timer is operating, the daily timer
will not come on at all.
Recording Timer: Once
daily, you can record from a preset radio station to the cassette deck. The
timer allows you to specify a start and stop time. Note: The recording
timer has priority over the daily timer.
Sleep Timer: The sleep timer
switches the system off after a specified amount of time so you can fall asleep
without worrying about the stereo being left on all night. The sleep timer can
be set to 10, 20, 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes. Note: If the recording
timer is set to come on while the sleep timer is operating, the timer with the
earlier shut-off time will have priority.
Fade Muting: When you push the
mute button on the remote, the volume drops gradually until it reaches
"zero". When the mute is disabled, the volume gradually increases
until it reaches the original volume level. Note: The volume drops from
maximum to zero in approximately 3 seconds.
Beep Tones: Each time you press
a button or turn a control, the unit will beep. This function can be turned off
if you desire.
Display: The large multi-color
display features a 10-band level meter which moves with the music, and gradually
lights up as the volume is increased. The alphanumeric display indicates the
sound modes, disc track and elapsed time, MP3/WMA disc group, file and time info, tape
record or playback direction, and the tuner band and frequency. There are also
numerous icons indicating timer status and
Remote Control: The unit comes
with a wireless remote control with a numeric keypad. Several features can be
enabled solely with the remote, such as fade muting, direct track access,
direct preset tuning, and FM mono/stereo switching. The dimensions of the remote are:
Length=7", Width=1.902", Depth=0.909".
Design: The HX-GD8 includes two mirror-image 3-way, 4-driver
speakers in a bass-reflex enclosure. Each speaker uses a 2" paper cone tweeter,
two 5-3/8" poly cone woofers, and a side-firing 7-7/8" paper cone subwoofer. Each speaker is bi-amplified (with 195 watts for the
subwoofer, plus 80 watts for the woofers and tweeter) so your music stays clear
when it gets loud.
- Frequency Response:
- Subwoofer: 30-970
- Main Speakers: 75-25,000
- Subwoofer: 83dB
- Main Speakers: 88dB
- Impedance: 6 ohms (subwoofer
and main speakers)
- Dimensions: Width= 9.224",
Height= 17.8125", Depth= 15.9375"
22.1 pounds (each)
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Bi-Amplified Speaker Terminals:
The HX-GD8 features 4 color-coded spring clip speaker terminals for each
speaker--one pair for the subwoofer, and one pair for the main speaker drivers.
The subwoofer and the main speakers are separately amplified.
Auxiliary Input: You can
connect another piece of equipment such as a portable Minidisc or TV to the
unit's front panel 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input.
Video Outputs: You can connect
this unit to a TV using any of the three video output jacks. For your
convenience, the unit is equipped with Composite, S-Video, and Component Video
Optical Digital Output: The
unit can output multi-channel encoded audio signals through the optical digital
output on the rear panel. To enjoy Dolby Digital or DTS surround, you can
connect the unit to a Dolby Digital/DTS decoder or receiver.
AV Compulink: The AV Compulink
control system allows the HX-GD8 to control a JVC TV. When you start disc
playback, the unit sends a control signal via the AV Compulink cable (a cable
with mono miniplugs on each end), turning on the TV and switching the TV input
to the proper mode for viewing the video.