User Comments on the JVC XU-301
Mike Blossom ([email protected])
Fri, 04 Jun 1999 16:52:43 -0500
My biggest complaint about the JVC XU-301 is the difficulty in
recording a single track from a CD. To record one track you have these
- Manual: Use your finger to hit the start and stop buttons at the
right moments, the old fashioned way. This would be ok if it was easier
to clean up afterwards. But removing extra time at the end of a song is
frustrating, because you have to go VERY slowly through the whole song to get
to the place where you want to divide tracks, and then delete the
- Single-action: The selected CD is recorded in its entirety. You
could then delete all the tracks you do not want, I suppose.
- First track recording: The first track of each CD will be
recorded onto the MD. If the song you want to record happens to be
the first track on its CD, then you could do this, I guess. (This is
the weirdest feature I have ever seen!) [This function is meant for
recording the ``hit'' track from CD singles, which are popular in
- Listening Edit: This is the one I use, but it is still a pain in the
neck. You can select and play a CD, then as each track on the CD plays,
either press the LISTENING EDIT button, which will add it to the "list"
of tracks to be recorded, or press SKIP, which will not add it, and move
on to the next song. When your "list" is complete, you can then press
REC START to begin recording. There are two problems with this method.
First, if your desired track happens to be track 15 on the CD, you have
to go through this process for tracks 1 to 14 to get there. There is no
way to go directly to a particular track. Second, if the MD only has
room for one more track, it is a royal pain. If the current track on the
CD will not fit on the MD, the machine will automatically skip it. While
this is happening, the REC START button has no effect. So the machine
continues to cycle through (and reject) all the tracks on all the CDs
before it will let you begin recording.
I foolishly assumed when I bought it that I would be able to play a track on
a CD, then press one button telling the machine that I want to record
that track. I gather that other CD/MD decks can do this, although I
do not know for sure.
I also have some other complaints about the machine:
- In general, the machine cannot deal with more than one thing at a time.
For example, on my older JVC CD deck, I do not have to wait for a CD to
load before programming in which track(s) I want to play. The machine
can receive and store up all my instructions I enter with the remote, and
then perform them when it is able. On the JVC XU-301, a CD or MD has to
physically load first, then queue up to track 1 (for CD) or load the TOC
(for MD); before that, anything you try to enter with the remote will be
ignored. You are even warned in the manual that if you try to do anything
while the MD's TOC is loading, you could harm the machine. There are a
lot of little places like this where I find myself waiting for the
machine to do something before I can tell it what I want to do next.
This gets annoying after the first 100 times.
- When recording MDs with some digital tracks and some analog, the
analog tracks always end up being too quiet. The machine has an input
level for analog recording, but not for digital. And even when the
analog input is all the way up, tracks recorded from vinyl are never as
loud as tracks recorded digitally. My old JVC tape deck had analog input
level control, but it went a lot higher (louder).
- Editing MDs can be laborious because when in edit mode (as I touched
on above) you are allowed only a SLOW fast forward through tracks to get
to the point that you want to edit. You are allowed to fast forward, but
it is much slower than the fast forward when you are just listening to a
- The loading of CDs is, compared to my old multi-CD deck, slow, loud,