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Inputs and Outputs
AKM D/A Converters: Audiophile-grade,
24-bit/96kHz AKM brand Digital to Analog converters are
used for high quality playback.
Note that, as with all other such players, you MUST
use audio CD-Rs or CD-RWs to make recordings with this unit. The CDR 20
cannot record onto CD-Rs or CD-RWs which are made for computer use. The words Digital Audio will appear on all compatible discs. The following recording features are available:
- Normal and high speed (2x or 4x)
the unit's two wells: High speed dubbing is available only for digital recordings, so sound
quality will not be compromised by using either of the high speed modes. Since high speed dubbing
depends on digital copying, the unit will not dub a SCMS protected at high speed; if you try to dub a SCMS protected disc at high speed, the unit will
automatically switch to analog dubbing at normal speed. High speed
dubbing can be used for dubbing an entire disc or a programmed sequence of tracks; when dubbing a programmed playback list,
the highest dubbing speed available is 2x. Only automatic track marking can be used during high speed dubbing.
- Dubbing from an external source to the
unit's CD-R/RW recorder: You can make digital or analog recordings from an external
player, but copy-protected digital source material can only be recorded in
analog mode. During digital recording, you can select either auto or manual track
analog recording, you can also select between auto and manual track marking.
While using the
CD-R/RW deck to record from an external source, the CD
Player deck can be used to play a CD.
- Recording Level Adjustments:
Digital recording levels are set automatically. During analog recording, the level must be
set manually. The analog
recording level is set using a rotary knob on the front panel.
- Sampling Rate Converter: This unit has a built-in
sampling rate converter that will accept digital inputs from 32kHz to 96kHz.
allows you to perform a digital recording from a non-44.1kHz digital source such as a DAT
or DBS unit. The sampling rate converter turns on only when a non-44.1kHz
source is detected.
- Serial Copy Management System (SCMS): As
with all consumer digital recorders, this unit uses SCMS which prohibits making a digital
copy from a digital copy.
CD-R/RW Playback Compatibility: The
following assumes that the CD-R
and/or CD-RW has been finalized (TOC fixed). Until a CD-R/RW disc has been finalized, it
will only play back on a CD-R/RW recorder.
- CD-Rs: CD-Rs made on this unit will play on
almost all newer CD players (home, auto, portables) and on double lens DVD
players. They will not play on many single lens DVD players or some older CD players.
- CD-RWs: CD-RWs will not play on most current
CD players (although Philips has announced that some of their future CD players
will play back CD-RWs) or on double lens DVD players. They will play back on some single
lens DVD players. Note that a finalized CD-RW will play back on
this deck's CD Player well.
- CD-R: No editing of any sort is possible.
Recorded time can not be recovered. Tracks cannot be moved, edited, or erased, and
cannot be numbered or re-numbered after recording. Since this unit does not have a
skip id function, it is not possible to skip over mistakes. Once a CD-R has been
finalized, no further editing and/or recording is possible, even if blank space
available on the disc.
- CD-RW: On a CD-RW disc you can either (1)
erase one track at a time from the end only; or (2) erase the entire disc. Note that
erasing the entire disc takes about 1 minute. Erasure and finalization is
always performed at 4X speed in order to minimize the length of the process.
Single-Play Mode: When only one
deck is playing a disc, the unit is in single-play mode. While the single-play
mode is active, the audio output is fed to all of the analog and digital output
jacks for both decks. When there is a disc in each well and a disc in
one deck has played through to the end, the disc in the other deck will automatically begin
Dual-Play Mode: Two
discs can be played simultaneously. When two discs are playing, each deck can be
independently controlled, and the output of each deck will be sent to the
appropriate output jacks. This feature can be used to send signals to audio
systems in two different rooms.
Playback Modes: The
following playback modes are available.
- Random: Functions only for one disc (you
can not random play between both wells)
- Repeat: This unit may be set
to repeat a track, a disc, a program, or a section of a disc that you select (A-B repeat).
- Program: You can program up to
20 tracks to play in the order of your choice. Note that a program cannot skip from disc to disc.
Inputs and Outputs:
- Standard gold-plated headphone output with variable
- Coaxial digital input (gold plated): Note that this
input has priority over the rear panel coaxial input
- CDP (CD Player) gold-plated stereo RCA analog
- CDR (CD Recorder) gold-plated stereo RCA analog input and output
- CDP gold-plated coaxial digital output
- CDR gold-plated coaxial digital
input and output
- CDP Toslink optical digital output with a plastic
- CDR Toslink optical digital input with a plastic cover
- Remote input and output, mono minijack plugs for
use with other compatible Harman/Kardon units or with compatible IR remote control based
- Recording S/N (using analog inputs): 91dB
- Recording Dynamic Range (using
analog inputs): 91dB
- Recording S/N (dubbing from CDP
well to CDR well): Equal to source
- Recording Dynamic Range (dubbing
from CDP well to CDR well): Equal to source