For customers in Europe
Disposal of Old Electrical &
Electronic Equipment (Applicable
in the European Union and other
European countries with separate
collection systems)
This symbol on the product or on its
packaging indicates that this product
shall not be treated as household
waste. Instead it shall be handed over
to the applicable collection point
for the recycling of electrical and
electronic equipment. By ensuring this
product is disposed of correctly, you
will help prevent potential negative consequences
for the environment and human health, which could
otherwise be caused by inappropriate waste handling
of this product. The recycling of materials will help
to conserve natural resources. For more detailed
information about recycling of this product, please
contact your local Civic Office, your household waste
disposal service or the shop where you purchased
the product.
Applicable accessories: Headphones, USB connection
support cable
Disposal of waste batteries
(applicable in the European Union
and other European countries with
separate collection systems)
This symbol on the battery or on the
packaging indicates that the battery
provided with this product shall not
be treated as household waste.
By ensuring these batteries are
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disposed of correctly, you will help prevent potentially
negative consequences for the environment and
human health which could otherwise be caused
by inappropriate waste handling of the battery. The
recycling of the materials will help to conserve natural
resources.
In case of products that for safety, performance
or data integrity reasons require a permanent
connection with an incorporated battery, this battery
should be replaced by qualified service staff only.
To ensure that the battery will be treated properly,
hand over the product at end-of-life to the applicable
collection point for the recycling of electrical and
electronic equipment.
For all other batteries, please view the section on how
to remove the battery from the product safely. Hand
the battery over to the applicable collection point for
the recycling of waste batteries.
For more detailed information about recycling of this
product or battery, please contact your local Civic
Office, your household waste disposal service or the
shop where you purchased the product.
Notice for the customers: the
following information is only
applicable to equipment sold
in the countries applying EU
directives
The manufacturer of this product is Sony Corporation,
1-7-1 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. The Authorized
Representative for EMC and product safety is Sony
Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger Strasse 61, 70327
Stuttgart, Germany. For any service or guarantee
matters please refer to the addresses given in separate
service or guarantee documents.
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The recorded music is limited to private use
only. Use of the music beyond this limit requires
permission of the copyright holders.
Sony is not responsible for incomplete
recording/downloading or damaged data due
to problems of the IC recorder or computer.
Depending on the types of the text and
characters, the text shown on the IC recorder
may not be displayed properly on device. This
is due to:
 The capacity of the connected IC recorder.
 The IC recorder is not functioning normally.
 Content information is written in the
language or the character that is not
supported by the IC recorder.
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Table of Contents
Checking the Contents of
the Package........................................................... 7
Index to Parts and Controls......................... 8
Getting Started
Step 1: Preparing a Power Source.........13
Inserting the battery.................................13
Disconnecting the IC recorder from
your computer..............................................14
When charging/replacing the
battery...............................................................15
Step 2: Setting the Clock.............................18
Continued directly from “Step 1:
Preparing a Power Source”....................18
Setting the clock using the menu....19
Step 3: Setting the Language to Be
Used in the Display Window....................20
Turning the IC Recorder On or Off........22
Turning the power off..............................22
Turning the power on ............................22
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Recording/Playing Back
Messages
Recording Messages.....................................23
Selecting the recording mode...........26
Setting the microphone
sensitivity.........................................................28
Cutting out low frequency
– the LCF function ....................................29
Starting to record automatically in
response to sound
– the VOR function.....................................30
Dividing a message into two during
recording..........................................................31
Recording with an external
microphone....................................................33
Recording sound from a telephone
or a cell phone..............................................34
Recording from other equipment....35
To record using the synchronized
recording function....................................35
To record without using the
synchronized recording function.....37
Playing Back Messages.................................39
Selecting the playback mode.............43
Adjusting the playback speed
– the DPC function....................................45
Selecting the sound effect....................46
Recording with other equipment....47
Playing Back a Message at a Desired
Time with an Alarm........................................49
Editing Messages
Erasing Messages............................................52
Erasing messages one by one............52
Erasing all messages in a folder.........53
Moving a Message to a Different
Folder......................................................................54
Dividing a Message into Two...................56
Preventing Accidental Operation
– the HOLD function.....................................58
Utilizing the Menu Function
Making Settings for the Menu.................59
Utilizing Your Computer
Using the IC Recorder with Your
Computer.............................................................72
System requirements...............................72
Connecting the IC recorder to your
computer.........................................................73
Disconnecting the IC recorder from
your computer..............................................74
Transferring Files from Your Computer
to the IC Recorder...........................................75
Copying a music file from your
computer to the IC recorder
(drag and drop)............................................75
Construction of folders and files.......76
Transferring Files from the IC Recorder
to Your Computer............................................78
Using the IC Recorder as a USB Mass
Storage Device..................................................79
Using Voice Recognition Software.......80
Introducing the voice recognition
software............................................................80
Creating a user file adapted to your
recorded speech (Training)..................81
Playing Back Music Files..............................82
Enjoying the music files more ...........84
Listening to the FM Radio
Tuning in an FM radio Station.................85
Switching the FM radio output
between speaker and
headphones...................................................87
Switching the receiver sensitivity of
the FM radio...................................................88
Recording FM broadcasts......................89
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Presetting FM Radio Stations
Automatically.....................................................90
Switching the scanning
sensitivity.........................................................91
Presetting FM Radio Stations
Manually................................................................92
Listening to a Preset Radio Station.......93
Erasing Preset FM Radio Stations...........95
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting...............................................97
Error messages..........................................103
System limitations...................................105
Additional Information
Using a USB AC Adaptor
(not supplied).................................................106
Disconnecting the IC recorder from
the AC outlet...............................................107
Precautions.......................................................108
Specifications..................................................110
Index.....................................................................112
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Checking the
Contents of the
Package
IC Recorder (1)
Remove the film on the display window
before you use the IC recorder.
Carrying case (1)
Battery case (1)
CD-ROM (1)
(The operating instructions are stored as
PDF files.)
Operating Instructions
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in
this manual could void your authority to
operate this equipment.
NH-AAA (size AAA) rechargeable
battery (1)
Stereo headphones (1)
USB connection support cable (1)
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Index to Parts and
Controls
Operation indicator (17, 23, 24, 32, 39,
70, 74, 107)
Refer to the pages indicated in
parentheses for details.
Display window (10)
Front
Built-in microphones (stereo) (23)
Control button*1 (, /VOL (volume)
+, – ) /ENT (enter) button
DIVIDE button (31, 32, 56)
 (folder)/MENU button (23, 39, 59,
60, 82)
 (headphone) jack*2 (23, 25, 39, 40,
47, 48)
 (microphone) jack (33, 35)
 (record/pause) button (23, 25, 30,
33, 36, 38, 64, 89)
 (stop) button (18, 20, 23, 24, 39, 44,
47, 48, 50, 55, 59, 60, 82, 89, 107)
 (cue/fast forward) button (39, 40,
41, 42, 56, 57, 82)
 (play/stop) button (25, 39, 42,
44, 47, 48, 50, 82)
 (review/fast backward) button
(25, 39, 40, 41, 42, 56, 57, 82)
 (repeat) A-B button (39, 44)
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*1 How to use the control button
Press VOL – or + on the button to adjust
the volume.
In the menu setting window or folder
selection window, press  or  on the
button to change the menu settings or to
select the folder you want, and then press
the center button (ENT) to confirm the
setting.
In the FM reception window, press  or 
to tune in a station, or to select a preset
number.
Rear
HOLD switch (22, 23, 24, 39, 40, 58)
DPC (SPEED CTRL) switch (45, 64)
*2 Connect the supplied or commercially
available stereo headphones to the
 (headphone) jack. If unwanted noise is
heard, wipe the headphones plug clean.
Opening for a handstrap
(A handstrap is not supplied.)
USB cap
Speaker
Battery compartment (13)
To the
 (headphone) jack
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Display window
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Operation mode indicator
Displays the following, depending on
the current operation mode
: stop
: playback
: recording
: recording standby/recording
pause
: recording with the VOR
function
: recording pause with the
VOR function (flashing)
If you press  (record/pause) to
pause recording when “VOR” is set to
“ON” in the menu, only “
” flashes.
: Synchronized recording
: Flashes while
synchronized recording is set to
pause.
: review/fast backward,
cue/fast forward
: going backward/forward
continuously
 Folder name/ Message title
name/ Artist name/ File name
indication
Press  or  of the control button
to display a folder name, message
title, artist name, and file name in
sequence.
Elasped time/Remaining time/
Recording date and time indication
Repeat playback
: Appears when one message is
played back repeatedly.
: Appears when messages
in one folder are played back
repeatedly.
: Appears when all the
messages are played back
repeatedly.
Selected message number/Total
number of messages in the folder
LCF (Low Cut Filter) indicator
Appears when a folder for messages
recorded using the IC recorder is
selected and the LCF function is set
to “ON” in the menu.
Microphone sensitivity indicator
Displays the microphone sensitivity.
(high) : To record at a meeting or
in a quiet/spacious place.
(low) : To record for dictation or in
a noisy place.
Alarm indicator
Appears when the alarm is set for a
message.
Recording mode indicator
Displays the recording mode set
using the menu when the IC recorder
is in the stop mode, and displays
the current recording mode when
the IC recorder is in the playback or
recording mode.
: Standard play stereo recording
mode with high quality sound
: Standard play stereo recording
mode
: Long play stereo recording
mode
: Standard play monaural
recording mode
: Long play monaural recording
mode
Displays as follows when a file is
transferred from the computer.
: MP3 files transferred
: WMA files transferred
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Remaining battery/Charging
indicator
When a dry battery is used, the
indicator shows the remaining
battery power.
While charging the rechargeable
battery an animation appears.
Remaining recording time indication
Displays the remaining recording
time in hours, minutes, and seconds.
If there is more than 10 hours time
remaining, the time is displayed in
hours.
If there is more than 10 minutes and
less than 10 hours time remaining,
the time is displayed in hours and
minutes.
If there is less than 10 minutes time
remaining, the time is displayed in
minutes and seconds.
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Display when listening to the FM
radio
(for ICD-UX71F/UX81F/UX91F
only)
FM indicator
Radio frequency
Preset number
Receiver sensitivity
Getting Started
Step 1: Preparing a
Power Source
3 Charge the battery by connecting
the USB connector of the IC
recorder to your computer.
Remove the film on the display window
before you use the IC recorder.
Computer
1 Slide and lift the battery
compartment lid.
Getting Started
Inserting the battery
IC recorder
To USB connector
2 Insert one NH-AAA rechargeable
battery with correct polarity, and
close the lid.
While the battery is charging,
“CONNECTING” and the remaining
battery/charging indicator are displayed
in an animation.
When the remaining battery/charging
indicator indicates “ ,” charging is
completed. (Charging time: approx.
4 hours*)
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When you use the IC recorder for the
first time, or after you have not used
the IC recorder for a certain time, it is
recommended that you charge the
battery repeatedly until “ ” is displayed.
2 Disconnect the IC recorder from the
USB connector of the computer.
On the Windows screen, left-click
“Safely Remove Hardware” on the
taskbar, and click “Safely remove USB
Mass Storage Device.”
On the Macintosh screen, drag the “IC
RECORDER” on the desktop to “Trash”
and drop it there.
For details on disconnecting the
IC recorder, refer to the operating
instructions supplied with your
computer.
If the remaining battery/charging
indicator is not displayed, charging has
not been done properly. Proceed from
step 1 again.
* This is an approximation for the time it takes
to charge from no remaining battery power
to full battery power at room temperature.
It varies depending on the remaining power
and the condition of the battery. It also takes
more time if the temperature of the battery
is low, or if the battery is charged while you
are transferring data to the IC recorder.
If the IC recorder cannot be connected to
your computer directly, use the supplied
USB connection support cable.
Disconnecting the IC
recorder from your
computer
Follow the procedures below; otherwise,
data may be damaged.
1 Make sure that the operation
indicator is not flashing.
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 Tips
 You can charge the rechargeable battery
by connecting the IC recorder to an AC
outlet using a USB AC adaptor (not supplied)
(pages 71, 106).
 When replacing the battery, messages
recorded or alarm settings are not erased
even when you remove the battery.
 When replacing the battery, the clock
continues moving for about 3 minutes after
you remove the battery.
 Notes
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While “
” or “
” is flashing instead
of the remaining battery/charging indicator,
you cannot charge the battery. Charge
the battery in an environment with a
temperature of 5 °C - 35 °C.
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Clock setting display appears and the
year section flashes when you insert
battery for the first time, or when you
insert battery after the IC recorder
has been without battery for a certain
period of time. Please refer to “Continued
directly from Step 1: Preparing a Power
Source” on page 18 to set the date and
time.
When using a fully charged
battery or an LR03 (size AAA)
alkaline battery
Follow the steps 1 and 2.
When charging/replacing
the battery
The remaining battery/charging indicator
on the display shows the battery
condition.
Battery remain indication
: Charge the rechargeable battery or
replace the old battery with a new
one.
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Getting Started
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If “USB CHARGE” in the “DETAIL MENU” menu
is set to “OFF,” you cannot charge the battery
using your computer. Set “USB CHARGE” to
“ON” (page 71).
Do not use manganese battery for this IC
recorder.
During playback using the built-in speaker,
you cannot charge the battery.
When you use the IC recorder with a
rechargeable battery, the remaining battery/
charging indicator may not light fully.
During FM reception you cannot charge the
battery.
: “LOW BATTERY“ appears and the IC
recorder will stop operation.
Battery life*1
When using Sony NH-AAA rechargeable
battery
Recording
mode
Recording
ST*3
STSP*4
Approx. 14 hr. Approx. 14 hr.
30 min.
30 min.
Approx. 18 hr. Approx. 18 hr.
Playback*2
through
speaker
Playback
Approx. 44 hr. Approx. 44 hr.
using the
30 min.
30 min.
headphones
FM
Approx. 5 hr. Approx. 5 hr.
recording
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Recording
mode
Recording
STLP*5
SP*6
Approx. 16 hr. Approx. 15 hr.
30 min.
Approx. 18 hr. Approx. 18 hr.
30 min.
30 min.
Playback*2
through
speaker
Playback
Approx. 47 hr. Approx. 46 hr.
using the
headphones
FM
Approx. 5 hr. Approx. 5 hr.
recording
30 min.
30 min.
Recording
mode
LP*7
Recording
Approx. 17 hr. –
30 min.
Approx. 19 hr. Approx. 18 hr.
30 min.
30 min.
Playback*2
through
speaker
Playback
using the
headphones
FM
recording
Approx. 48 hr. Approx. 44 hr.
30 min.
30 min.
Approx. 5 hr.
30 min.
FM reception :
Approx. 6 hr.
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Music file
(128 kbps/
44.1 kHz)
–
(hr. : hours/min. : minutes)
When using Sony LR03 (SG) (size AAA)
alkaline battery
Recording
mode
Recording
Playback*2
through
speaker
Playback
using the
headphones
FM
recording
ST*3
STSP*4
Approx. 4 hr.
30 min.
Approx. 4 hr.
30 min.
Recording
mode
Recording
STLP*5
SP*6
Approx. 13 hr. Approx. 13 hr.
Approx. 16 hr. Approx. 16 hr.
Approx. 40 hr. Approx. 40 hr.
Approx. 15 hr. Approx. 13 hr.
30 min.
Approx. 16 hr. Approx. 16 hr.
30 min.
30 min.
Playback*2
through
speaker
Playback
Approx. 42 hr. Approx. 41 hr.
using the
30 min.
30 min.
headphones
FM
Approx. 5 hr. Approx. 5 hr.
recording
LP*7
Recording
Playback*2
through
speaker
Playback
using the
headphones
FM
recording
Approx. 16 hr. –
Approx. 17 hr. Approx. 16 hr.
Music file
(128 kbps/
44.1 kHz)
Approx. 43 hr. Approx. 40 hr.
30 min.
Approx. 5 hr.
FM reception :
Approx. 5 hr. 30 min.
–
(hr. : hours/min. : minutes)
The battery life may shorten depending on
how you operate the IC recorder.
*2
When playing back music through the internal
speaker with the volume level set to 24
*3
ST : Stereo high quality recording mode
*4
STSP : Stereo standard recording mode
*5
STLP : Stereo long play recording mode
*6
SP : Monaural standard play recording mode
*7
LP : Monaural long play recording mode
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Note while accessing
The IC recorder is accessing data when
an updating animation appears in
the display window or the operation
indicator flashes in orange or is lit in red.
While the IC recorder is accessing data,
do not remove the battery or connect
or disconnect the USB AC adaptor (not
supplied). Doing so may damage the
data.
Getting Started
Recording
mode
 Note
If the IC recorder is required to process a large
amount of data, an updating animation may
be displayed for an extended period of time.
This is not a malfunction of the IC recorder.
Wait until the animation disappears before
starting operation.
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Step 2: Setting the
Clock
Continued directly from
“Step 1: Preparing a Power
Source”
1 Press  or  on the control button
, 
/MENU

to set the year, month, day, hour,
and minute in sequence, and then
press ENT.
ENT
2 Press  (stop) to return to the
display of the stop mode.
You need to set the clock to use the
alarm function or record the date and
time.
Clock setting display appears when you
insert battery for the first time, or when
you insert a battery after the IC recorder
has been without battery for more than
3 minutes, “SET DATE & TIME” appears,
and then the year section flashes in the
display window.
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Setting the clock using the
menu
While the IC recorder is in the stop mode,
you can set the clock using the menu.
2 Press the  or  on the control
button to select “08y1m1d,” and
then press ENT.
1 Select “DATE & TIME” in the menu.
Press and hold
3 Press  or  on the control button
Getting Started
/MENU to enter the
menu mode.
The menu mode will be displayed in
the display window.
to set the year, month, day, hour,
and minute in sequence, and then
press ENT.
Press  or  on the control button to
select “DETAIL MENU,” and then press
ENT.
Press  or  on the control button to
select “DATE & TIME,” and then press
ENT.
4 Press  (stop) to return to the
display of the stop mode.
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 Tips
 Press
/MENU to return to the previous
operation.
 You can set the time display for the clock to
“12-HOUR” or “24-HOUR” in the menu. When
“12-HOUR” is set, “AM” or “PM” appears in the
display window.
 When setting the clock, you can use VOL
+ or – on the control button to move the
cursor toward the left or right. You cannot
use VOL + or – to adjust the volume at this
time.
 Note
If you do not press ENT within one minute
of entering the clock setting data, the clock
setting mode is cancelled and the window will
return to the display of the stop mode.
Step 3: Setting the
Language to Be Used
in the Display Window
, 
ENT
/MENU
To display the current date and
time
Press  (stop) to display the current date
and time.
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You can select the language to be used
for messages, menus, folder names, file
names, etc. from 2 languages (European
model)/7 languages (other models).
1 Press and hold
the menu mode.
/MENU to enter
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
4 Press  or  on the control button
to select the language that you
want to use, and then press ENT.
2 Press  or  on the control button
to select “DETAIL MENU,” and then
press ENT.
to select “LANGUAGE,” and then
press ENT.
Getting Started
3 Press  or  on the control button
You can select the following languages.
European model :
ENGLISH, Pyccкий (Russian)
Other models :
ENGLISH, Pyccкий (Russian),
(Japanese),
(Korean),
(Chinese),
(Chinese),
(Thai)
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Turning the IC
Recorder On or Off
Turning the power off
Slide the HOLD switch in the direction of
the arrow in the stop mode. “HOLD” lights
up and the key mark flashes and then
“POWER OFF” is displayed. The IC recorder
turns off within a few seconds.
Turning the power on
Slide the HOLD switch in the opposite
direction from that of the arrow. The IC
recorder is turned on, and an accessing
animation is displayed.
When you are not using the IC recorder,
you can prevent the battery from getting
weak quickly by turning the power off.
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 Tips
 When you are not going to use the IC
recorder for a long time, we recommend to
turn off the IC recorder.
 When 10 minutes have passed after you
have turned on the IC recorder and leave it
without doing anything, the display goes
off automatically. (Press any button to show
the display.)
Recording/Playing Back Messages
Recording Messages

Operation
indicator

, 
Recording/Playback Messages
Built-in
microphones
 (headphone)
jack
HOLD

/MENU

ENT
1 Select a folder.
Press
/MENU to display the folder
selection window.
Press  or  on the control button to
select the folder in which you want to
record messages ( FOLDER01-05),
and then press ENT.
2 Start recording.
Press  (record/pause) in the stop
The operation indicator lights in red.
(When “LED” is set to “OFF” in the
menu (page 70), the operation
indicator does not light.)
You do not need to press and hold
 (record/pause) while recording.
The new message will be
automatically recorded after the last
recorded message.
Speak into the built-in microphones.
mode.
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3 Press  (stop) to stop recording.
The IC recorder stops at the beginning
of the current recording.
 Tips
 Messages recorded using this IC recorder will
be recorded as MP3 files.
 Before you start recording, we recommend
you make a trial recording first.
 When you purchase the IC recorder, there
are 5 folders already available, and you can
record up to 99 messages in each folder.
 While recording you can lock all the
functions of all the buttons so that you can
prevent inadvertent operations by sliding
the HOLD switch in the direction of the
arrow.
 Notes






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You cannot record a message in a
folder
transferred from a computer. If you press
 (record/pause) when you have selected
a
folder, the folder will be automatically
changed to a
folder in which a message
can be recorded, and the message will be
recorded as the last one in the folder.
While the operation indicator is flashing or
is lit in red or orange, do not remove the
battery or connect or disconnect the USB AC
adaptor. Doing so may damage the data.
Noise may be recorded if an object, such
as your finger, etc., accidentally rubs or
scratches the IC recorder during recording.
Before making a recording, be sure to check
the remaining battery/charging indicator
(page 15).
To avoid replacing battery during a long
recording session, use a USB AC adaptor (not
supplied) (page 106).
The maximum recording time varies if you
record messages in mixed recording mode.
To
pause
recording*
Do this
Press  (record/pause).
During recording pause, the
operation indicator flashes
in red and “
“ flashes in
the display window.
review the
current
recording
instantly
Connect the supplied stereo
headphones to the  (headphone)
jack and monitor the recording. You
can adjust the monitoring volume by
pressing VOL + or – on the control
button, but the recording level is fixed.
Recording/Playback Messages
release pause Press  (record/pause)
and resume
again.
recording
Recording resumes
from that point. (To stop
recording after pausing
recording, press  (stop).)
Monitoring the recording
Press .
Recording stops and
playback starts from the
beginning of the message
just recorded.
review during Press and hold  during
recording
recording or recording
pause. Recording stops and
you can search backwards
while listening to fast
playback sound. After you
release , playback starts
from that point.
* One hour after you pause recording,
recording pause is automatically released
and the IC recorder enters the stop mode.
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Selecting the recording
mode
1 Press and hold
the menu mode.
/MENU to enter
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
2 Press  or  on the control button
, 
to select “REC MODE” and then
press ENT.
ENT
/MENU
3 Press  or  on the control button
to select “ST,” “STSP,” “STLP,” “SP,” or
“LP,” and then press ENT.
You can select the recording mode in the
menu when the IC recorder is stopped.
The recording mode is set to “ST” when
you purchase the IC recorder.
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High-quality stereo recording mode
(44.1 kHz/192 kbps)
You can record with stereo highquality sound.
STSP : Standard play stereo recording
mode (44.1 kHz/128 kbps)
You can record with stereo sound.
STLP : Long play stereo recording mode
(22.05 kHz/48 kbps)
You can record for a longer time
with stereo sound.
SP :
Standard play monaural recording
mode (44.1 kHz/32 kbps)
You can record with standard
quality sound.
LP :
Long play monaural recording
mode (11.025 kHz/8 kbps)
You can record for a longer time
with monaural sound.
Maximum recording time
To record with better sound quality,
select the ST or STSP mode.
ICD-UX91F
ST :
You cannot set the recording mode while
recording.
ICD-UX71/UX71F
ST mode
STSP mode STLP mode
11 hr. 55 min. 17 hr. 55 min. 47 hr. 50 min.
Recording/Playback Messages
 Note
The maximum recording time of all the
folders is as follows.
SP mode
LP mode
71 hr. 45 min. 287 hr. 15 min.
ICD-UX81/UX81F
ST mode
STSP mode STLP mode
23 hr. 55 min. 35 hr. 55 min. 95 hr. 55 min.
SP mode
LP mode
143 hr. 50 min. 575 hr. 35 min.
ST mode
STSP mode
47 hr. 55 min. 72 hr.
SP mode
288 hr.
STLP mode
192 hr.
LP mode
1152 hr. 5 min.
(hr. : hours/min. : minutes)
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Setting the microphone
sensitivity
1 Press and hold
the menu mode.
/MENU to enter
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
2 Press  or  on the control button
, 
to select “MIC SENSITIVITY,” and
then press ENT.
ENT
/MENU
3 Press  or  on the control button
to select “HIGH (H),” “LOW (L),” and
then press ENT.
You can set the microphone sensitivity
in the menu when the IC recorder is
stopped or is recording.
The microphone sensitivity is set to “HIGH
(H)” when you purchase the IC recorder.
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HIGH (H): To record at meetings or in a
quiet and/or spacious place.
LOW (L): To record dictation, or record
in a noisy place.
Cutting out low frequency
– the LCF function
1 Press and hold
the menu mode.
/MENU to enter
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
2 Press  or  on the control button
to select “LCF (LOW CUT),” and then
press ENT.
Recording/Playback Messages
, 
ENT
/MENU
3 Press  or  on the control button
to select “ON,” and then press ENT.
When you set the LCF (Low Cut Filter)
function to “ON” in the stop or recording
mode, you cut out a low frequency to
reduce the roaring noise from wind,
etc.; therefore you can record a message
more clearly.
The LCF function is set to “OFF” when you
purchase the IC recorder.
To cancel the LCF function
Set “LCF (LOW CUT)” to “OFF” in step 3.
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Starting to record
automatically in response to
sound – the VOR function
1 Press and hold
the menu mode.
/MENU to enter
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
2 Press  or  on the control button
to select “VOR,” and then press ENT.


ENT
, 
/MENU
3 Press  or  on the control button
to select “ON,” and then press ENT.
You can set the VOR (Voice Operated
Recording) function to “ON,” to make the
IC recorder start recording when the IC
recorder detects sound, and pause when
no sound is heard, eliminating recording
during soundless periods.
The VOR function is set to “OFF” when
you purchase the IC recorder.
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4 Press  (stop) to exit the menu
mode.
5 Press  (record/pause).
“
” and “
window.
” appear in the display
The recording starts when the IC recorder
detects sound. The recording pauses
when no sound is detected and “
” and
“
” flash. When the IC recorder detects
sound again, the recording starts again.
Dividing a message into two
during recording
Recording/Playback Messages
To cancel the VOR function
Set “VOR” to “OFF” in step 3.
 Notes



The VOR function is affected by the sound
around you. Set “MIC SENSITIVITY” in the
menu according to the recording conditions.
If recording is not satisfactory after you have
changed the microphone sensitivity, or for
an important recording, set “VOR” to “OFF” in
the menu.
If you press  (record/pause) to pause
recording when “VOR” is set to “ON” in the
menu, only “
” flashes.
During synchronized recording (page
35) and FM recording (page 89), the VOR
function does not work.
DIVIDE
You can divide a message during
recording so that the message is divided
into two parts, and a new message
number is added to the newer part of
the divided message.
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Press DIVIDE during recording.
“DIVIDING …” appears on the display
and the new message number is
added at the point you pressed the
button. The message will be recorded
as two messages, however recording
continues without stopping.
Message 1
Message 2
Message 3
Message is divided.
 Notes




Message 2 and Message 3 are
recorded without stopping.
 Tip
You can divide the currently recorded message
during recording pause.



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You need a certain amount of free space in
the memory to divide a message. For more
information, see “System Limitations” on
page 105.
If 99 messages have been recorded in a
folder, you cannot divide a message in that
folder.
Once a message is divided, you cannot recombine the divided messages.
You cannot divide a message at the very
beginning (0.5 seconds from the beginning)
or at the very end (0.5 seconds prior to the
end) of the message.
When you divide a message into two, at the
point of division, the end of the first message
and the beginning of the second message
may be interrupted.
During synchronized recording (page 35)
and FM recording (page 89), you cannot
divide a message.
If you divide messages too frequently while
the unit is recording them, the following
phenomenon may occur: The operation
indicator keeps flashing, and you cannot
operate the unit for a certain period. This is
not a malfunction. Wait until the operation
indicator goes off.
Recording with an external
microphone
1 Connect an external microphone to
the  (microphone) jack when the
IC recorder is in the stop mode.
“SELECT INPUT” appears in the display
window.
Stereo
microphone
Recording/Playback Messages
2 Press  or  on the control button
to select “MIC IN,” and then press
ENT.
To the
(microphone) jack

, 

ENT
3 Press  (stop) to exit the menu
mode.
4 Press  (record/pause) to start
recording.
The built-in microphones are
automatically cut off.
If the input level is not strong enough,
adjust the microphone sensitivity on
the IC recorder.
When a plug in power type
microphone is connected, power
is automatically supplied to the
microphone from the IC recorder.
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 Note
Recording sound from a
telephone or a cell phone
 Recommended microphones
You can use the Sony ECM-CS10, ECM-CZ10,
ECM-DS70P, ECM-DS30P electret condenser
microphone (not supplied).
You can use the ECM-TL1 headphonetype electret condenser microphone
(not supplied) to record sound from a
telephone or a cell phone.
For details on how to make the
connection, see the operating
instructions supplied with the ECM-TL1
microphone.
If “SELECT INPUT” is not displayed, set it in the
menu (page 68).
 Notes




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After you have made the connection, check
the sound quality of the conversation
and the recording level before you start
recording.
If the beep of the telephone or a dial tone is
recorded, the conversation may be recorded
with lower level of sound. In this case, start
recording after the conversation has started.
The VOR function may not work, depending
on the kind of telephone or the line
condition.
We assume no responsibility whatsoever
for any inconvenience, even if you cannot
record a conversation using the IC recorder.
2 seconds and the IC recorder starts
recording again as a new message when
sound is detected.
Recording from other
equipment
 Tip
Before you start recording, we recommend
you make a trial recording first.
To record using the
synchronized recording function
To the
(microphone) jack
1 Press and hold
the menu mode.

, 
Recording/Playback Messages
Tape recorder,
etc.

ENT
/MENU
/MENU to enter
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
2 Press  or  on the control button
to select “DETAIL MENU,” and then
press ENT.
You can make music files without using
the computer by recording the sound
from other equipment connected to the
IC recorder.
When you use the synchronized
recording function, the IC recorder
enters the recording pause mode when
no sound is detected for more than
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3 Press  or  on the control button
to select “SYNC REC,” and then press
ENT.
4 Press  or  on the control button
to select “ON,” and then press ENT.
“SELECT INPUT” appears in the display
window.
7 Press  or  on the control button
to select “AUDIO IN,” and then press
ENT.
8 Press  (record/pause) to start
recording.
“
” flashes and the IC recorder
enters the recording pause mode.
5 Press  (stop) to exit the menu
mode.
6 Connect other equipment to the IC
recorder when the IC recorder is in
the stop mode.
Connect the audio output connector
(stereo mini-plug) of other equipment
to the  (microphone) jack of the IC
recorder using an audio connecting
cable*.
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9 Start playback on the component
connected to the IC recorder.
“
” appears on the display and
synchronized recording starts.
The synchronized recording pauses
when no sound is detected for more
than 2 seconds, and “
” flashes.
The IC recorder starts recording again as
a new message when sound is detected.
 Notes


4 Press  or  on the control button
Recording/Playback Messages
During synchronized recording, you cannot
divide a message (page 31) and you cannot
pause recording (page 25).
Depending on the equipment connected to
the IC recorder, the synchronized recording
function may not operate properly due to a
difference in the audio input level.
to select “OFF,” and then press ENT.
To record without using the
synchronized recording function
1 Press and hold
the menu mode.
/MENU to enter
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
2 Press  or  on the control button
to select “DETAIL MENU,” and then
press ENT.
3 Press  or  on the control button
to select “SYNC REC,” and then press
ENT.
5 Press  (stop) to exit the menu
mode.
6 Connect other equipment to the IC
recorder when the IC recorder is in
the stop mode.
Connect the audio output connector
(stereo mini-plug) of other equipment
to the  (microphone) jack of the IC
recorder using an audio connecting
cable*.
“SELECT INPUT” appears in the display
window.
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* Optional audio connecting cables (not
supplied)
RK-G139
7 Press  or  on the control button
to select “AUDIO IN,” and then press
ENT.
RK-G136
8 Press  (stop) to exit the menu
mode.
9 Press  (record/pause) to start
recording.
The built-in microphones are
automatically cut off and the sound
from the connected equipment is
recorded.




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To the other
equipment
Mini-plug
(monaural)
(without
resistor)
Stereo
mini-plug
(without
resistor)
 Notes
10 Start playback on the component
connected to the IC recorder.
To the IC
recorder
Stereo
mini-plug
(without
resistor)
Stereo
mini-plug
(without
resistor)
When recording from other equipment, the
microphone sensitivity cannot be adjusted.
If the input level is not strong enough,
connect the headphone jack (minijack,
stereo) of other equipment to the
 (microphone) jack of the IC recorder and
adjust the volume level on the equipment
connected to the IC recorder.
If “SELECT INPUT” is not displayed, set it in the
menu (page 68).
Your dealer may not handle some of the
above listed optional accessories. Please ask
the dealer for detailed information.
Playing Back
Messages
jack
VOL +, –
Operation
indicator


, 
/MENU
Recording/Playback Messages
 (headphone)
HOLD


A-B�
1 Select a folder.
Press /MENU.
Press  or  on the control button to
select the folder, and then press ENT.
2 Press  or  to select the
message you want to play.
3 Press  to start playback.
The operation indicator lights in green.
(When “LED” is set to “OFF” in the menu
(page 70), the operation indicator does
not light.)
4 Press VOL + or – on the control
button to adjust the volume.
5 Press  (stop) to stop playback.
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 Tip
During playback you can lock all the functions
of all the buttons so that you can prevent
inadvertent operations by sliding the HOLD
switch in the direction of the arrow.
Listening with better sound
quality

Display when playing back the
messages
Press  or  on the control button
to check the file information during
playback.
A message recorded using the IC
recorder is displayed as follows.
: Folder name:
FOLDER01-FOLDER05
: Title: Date_file number
(e.g. 080101_001)
: Artist name: Unknown
: File name: Date_file number.mp3
(e.g. 080101_001.mp3)
You can change the folder name, title,
artist name, and/or file name using your
computer.
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
To listen with the headphones :
Connect the supplied headphones
to the  (headphone) jack. The
built-in speaker will be automatically
disconnected.
To listen from an external speaker:
Connect an active or passive speaker
(not supplied) to the  (headphone)
jack.
Quickly locating the point you
wish to start playback (Easy
Search)
When “EASY SEARCH” is set to “ON”
(page 65) in the menu, you can quickly
locate the point at which you wish to
start playback by pressing  or 
repeatedly during playback.
You can go back approx. 3 seconds by
pressing  once, or advance approx.
10 seconds by pressing  once. This
function is useful for locating a desired
point in a long recording.
Searching forward/backward
during playback (Cue/Review)

The IC recorder searches at slow speed
with playback sound. This is useful to
check one word forward or back. Then,
if you press and hold the button, the IC
recorder starts to search at higher speed.
to the end of the last message





When you play back or fast play back to the
end of the last message, “MESSAGE END”
lights up for 5 seconds and the operation
indicator lights up in green. (You cannot
hear the playback sound.)
When “MESSAGE END” and the operation
indicator go off, the IC recorder will stop at
the beginning of the last message.
If you press and hold  while “MESSAGE
END” is lit, the messages are played back
rapidly, and normal playback will start at the
point you release the button.
If the last message is long and you wish to
start playback at a later part of the message,
press and hold  to go to the end of
the message and then press  while
“MESSAGE END” is lit to go back to the
desired point.
For messages other than the last one, go to
the beginning of the next message and play
backward to the desired point.
Recording/Playback Messages

To search forward (Cue): Press and
hold  during playback and release
it at the point you wish to resume
playback.
To search backward (Review): Press
and hold  during playback and
release it at the point you wish to
resume playback.
 When messages are played back
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To
Do this
stop at the
current position
(Playback Pause
function)
Press  (stop) or .
To resume playback from
that point, press 
again.
go back to the
beginning of
the current
message
Press  once.*
go back to
previous
messages
Press  repeatedly.
(During stop mode, keep
the button pressed to
go back the messages
continuously.)
skip to the next Press  once.*
message
skip to the
succeeding
messages
Press  repeatedly.
(During stop mode,
keep the button pressed
to skip the messages
continuously.)
* These operations are for when “EASY
SEARCH” is set to “OFF” (page 65).
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Playing back a message
repeatedly
During playback, press and hold 
until “ 1” appears. The selected message
will be played back repeatedly.
To resume normal playback, press 
again.
Selecting the playback
mode
1 Press and hold
the menu mode.
/MENU to enter
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
2 Press  or  on the control button
to select “PLAY MODE,” and then
press ENT.
Recording/Playback Messages
, 
ENT
/MENU
3 Press  or  on the control button
to select “1,” “ ,” “ALL,” “ 1,” “ or “ ALL,” and then press ENT.
,”
You can select the playback mode in the
menu.
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1
ALL
1
ALL
A message is played back.
Messages in one folder are
played back continuously.
All the messages are played
back continuously.
One message is played back
repeatedly.
Messages in one folder are
played back repeatedly.
All the messages are played
back repeatedly.
Playing back a specified section
repeatedly – A-B Repeat
1 During playback, press
(repeat)
A-B to specify the starting point A.
“A-B B?” is displayed.
2 Press
(repeat) A-B again to
specify the finishing point B.
“ A-B” is displayed and the specified
section is played back repeatedly.
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To resume normal playback
Press .
To stop A-B Repeat playback
Press  (stop).
To change the segment specified
for A-B Repeat playback
During A-B Repeat playback, press A-B
again to specify a new starting point A.
Then specify a new finishing point B, as
in step 2.
 Note
You cannot specify the finishing point B before
the starting point A that has been set.
Adjusting the playback
speed – the DPC function
1 Slide the DPC (SPEED CTRL) switch
to “ON.”
2 Press and hold
the menu mode.
/MENU to enter
Recording/Playback Messages
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
3 Press  or  on the control button
, 
to select “DPC,” and then press ENT.
ENT
/MENU
DPC
(SPEED CTRL)
4 Press  or  on the control button
to adjust the speed of the playback.
When you slide the DPC (Digital Pitch
Control) (SPEED CTRL) switch to “ON,” you
can adjust the playback speed between
+100% and –50%* of normal speed in
the menu.
The message is played back in natural
tones thanks to the digital processing
function.
* You can only adjust the playback speed
between 0 and –50% when messages are
recorded as WMA files.
You can set the speed by 10% for +
setting and by 5% for – setting.
To resume normal playback
Slide the DPC (SPEED CTRL) switch to
“OFF.”
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Selecting the sound effect
1 Press and hold
the menu mode.
/MENU to enter
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
, 
2 Press  or  on the control button
to select “EFFECT,” and then press
ENT.
ENT
/MENU
3 Press  or  on the control button
You can set the effect you want for the
playback in the menu. However, when
you play back using the built-in speaker,
this setting is invalid.
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to select effect you want for the
playback, and then press ENT.
Recording with other
equipment
To audio input
connector
Tape recorder,
etc.
Recording/Playback Messages
NOISE CUT Reduces distortion to
make the human voice
clearer.
POP
Stresses middle ranges,
ideal for vocals.
ROCK
Emphasizes high and low
ranges for a powerful
sound.
JAZZ
Emphasizes high ranges
for lively sound.
BASS 1
Emphasizes the bass
sound.
BASS 2
Emphasizes the bass
sound even more.
OFF
The EFFECT function does
not work.
To  (headphone) jack


To record the sound of the IC recorder
with other equipment, connect the
 (headphone) jack of the IC recorder
to the audio input connector (minijack,
stereo) of other equipment using an
audio connecting cable*.
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1 Connect the  (headphone) jack
 Note
2 Press  to start playback and at
 Tip
Before you start recording, we recommend
you to make trial recording first.
of the IC recorder to the audio
input connector (stereo minijack)
of other equipment using an audio
connecting cable*.
the same time set the connected
equipment to the recording mode.
A message from the IC recorder
will be recorded on the equipment
connected.
3 Press  (stop) on the IC recorder
and the connected equipment at
the same time to stop recording.
* Optional audio connecting cables (not
supplied)
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To the IC
recorder
To the other
equipment
RK-G139
Stereo
mini-plug
(without
resistor)
Mini-plug
(monaural)
(without
resistor)
RK-G136
Stereo
mini-plug
(without
resistor)
Stereo
mini-plug
(without
resistor)
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Your dealer may not handle some of the above
listed optional accessories. Please ask the
dealer for detailed information.
Playing Back a
Message at a Desired
Time with an Alarm
play back with an alarm.
2 Enter the alarm setting mode.
Press and hold
/MENU to enter the
menu mode.
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
Press  or  on the control button to
select “ALARM,” and then press ENT.
Recording/Playback Messages
, 
1 Select the message you want to

ENT

/MENU
Press  or  on the control button to
select “ON,” and then press ENT.
You can sound an alarm and start
playback of a selected message at a
desired time.
You can have the message played back
on a specified date, once every week, or
at the same time every day.
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3 Set the alarm date and time.
Press  or  on the control button
to select “DATE,” a day of the week, or
“DAILY,” and then press ENT.
When you select “DATE”:
Set the year, month, day, hour, and
minute in sequence, as described in
“Step 2: Setting the Clock” on page 18,
then press ENT.
When you select a day of the week
or “DAILY”:
Press  or  on the control button to
set the hour and then press ENT, press
 or  on the control button to set
the minute and then press ENT.
The setting process is finished and “”
(alarm indicator) appears in the display
window.
When the set date and time
comes
At the set time, the alarm will sound
for about 10 seconds while “ALARM” is
displayed in the display window and the
selected message will be played back.
When the playback ends, the IC recorder
will stop automatically at the beginning
of that message.
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To listen to the same message
again
Press , and the same message will
be played back from the beginning.
To stop the alarm before the
playback starts
Press  (stop) while the alarm sound is
heard. You can stop the alarm playback
even when the HOLD function is
activated.
To change the alarm setting
Start from step 2 on page 49.
To cancel the alarm setting
Follow steps 1 and 2- on page 49. In
step 2-, press  or  on the control
button to select “OFF,” and press ENT. The
alarm will be cancelled and the alarm
indicator will disappear from the display
window.
 Notes





Recording/Playback Messages

You can set only one alarm.
When the clock has not been set or no
messages are recorded, you cannot set the
alarm.
The alarm sounds even if you set “BEEP” to
“OFF” in the menu (page 69).
If the alarm time comes during recording,
the alarm will sound after the recording is
finished. “” will flash when the alarm time
comes.
The alarm set for “DATE” will be cancelled
when the alarm playback finishes.
If you delete a message on which you
have set an alarm, that alarm will be also
cancelled.
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You can erase the recorded messages
one by one or all messages in a folder at
a time.
You can erase unwanted messages,
retaining all other messages when the IC
recorder is in the stop or playback mode.
When a message is erased, the
remaining messages will advance and
be renumbered so that there will be no
space between messages.
 Note
1 Select the message you want to
Editing Messages
Erasing Messages
Once a recording has been erased, you cannot
retrieve it.
Erasing messages one by one
erase.
2 Press and hold
the menu mode.
/MENU to enter
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
3 Press  or  on the control button
, 
ENT
/MENU
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to select “ERASE A FILE,” and then
press ENT.
The message to be erased will be
played back.
4 Press  or  on the control button
to select “EXECUTE,” and then press
ENT.
Erasing all messages in a
folder
“ERASING …” appears in the display
window and the selected message will
be erased.
, 
ENT
Editing Messages
/MENU
To cancel erasing
Select “CANCEL” in step 4, and then press
ENT.
To erase another message
Proceed with the same steps again from
the beginning.
To erase a part of one message
Divide the message into two messages
first, and then proceed with the same
steps from the beginning.
1 Select the folder containing the
messages you want to erase when
the IC recorder is in the stop mode.
2 Press and hold
the menu mode.
/MENU to enter
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
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3 Press  or  on the control button
to select “ERASE ALL,” and then
press ENT.
Moving a Message to
a Different Folder
, 

4 Press  or  on the control button
ENT
to select “EXECUTE,” and then press
ENT.
/MENU
“ERASING …” appears in the display
window and all messages in the
selected folder will be erased.
 Notes

To cancel erasing
Select “CANCEL” in step 4, and then press
ENT.
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GB

When “ ” is displayed for the folder
indicator, you cannot move a message
(page 76).
You cannot move a message to a
folder.
1 Select the message you want to
move.
2 Press and hold
the menu mode.
/MENU to enter
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
3 Press  or  on the control button
to select “MOVE,” and then press
ENT.
4 Press  or  on the control button
to select the folder that you want to
move the message into, and then
press ENT.
“EXECUTING…” is displayed and the
message is moved to the last position
in the destination folder.
When you move a message to another
folder, the original message in the
previous folder will be deleted.
Editing Messages
The message to be moved will be
played back.
To cancel moving the message
Press  (stop) before step 4.
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Dividing a Message
into Two
1 Press DIVIDE while you are playing
back the message you want to
divide.
“DIVIDE? PRESS [DIVIDE]” appears with
the message title.
2 Press DIVIDE.
, 
DIVIDE
“DIVIDING…” appears, a new number
is added to the newer part of the
divided message, and the message
numbers of the following messages
will be incremeted by one.
Message 1
Message 2
Message 3
A Message is divided.
Message 1
Message 2
Message 3
Message 4
The message numbers are incremeted.
You can divide a message during
playback, so that the message is divided
into two parts and a new message
number is added to the newer part
of the divided message. By dividing a
message, you can easily find the point
from which you want to play back when
you make a long recording such as at a
meeting. You can divide a message until
the total number of messages in the
folder reaches 99.
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 Notes






To play the divided message
Press  or  to display the message
number, as the divided messages now
each have message numbers.
Editing Messages

You need a certain amount of free space in
the memory to divide a message. For more
information, see “System Limitations” on
page 105.
When you divide a message with a title and
artist name, the newer part has the same
title, artist name, and file name.
You cannot divide a message other than the
one recorded using the IC recorder (MP3/
WMA file transferred from a computer).
Once a message is divided, you cannot
combine divided messages using the IC
recorder.
If you divide a message frequently, the unit
may become unable to divide the message
further.
If you divide a message with an alarm
setting, the same alarm setting remains only
with the former message divided.
You cannot divide a message at the very
beginning (0.5 seconds from the beginning)
or at the very end (0.5 seconds prior to the
end) of the message.
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Preventing Accidental
Operation
– the HOLD function
To prevent accidental operation, slide the
HOLD switch in the direction of arrow in
the recording or playback mode.
“HOLD” will appear indicating that all the
functions of the buttons are locked.
To cancel the HOLD function
Slide the HOLD switch in the opposite
direction from that of the arrow.
 Note
When the HOLD function is activated during
recording, cancel the HOLD function first to
stop recording.
 Tip
Even if the HOLD function is activated, you can
stop the alarm playback. To stop the alarm or
playback, press  (stop).
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1 Press and hold
Utilizing the Menu Function
Making Settings for
the Menu
the menu mode.
/MENU to enter
The menu mode window will be
displayed.

ENT
/MENU
Utilizing the Menu Function
, 
2 Press  or  on the control button
to select the menu item for which
you want to make setting, and then
press ENT.
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3 Press  or  on the control button
to select the setting that you want
to set, and then press ENT.
4 Press  (stop) to exit the menu
mode.
 Note
If you do not press any button for one minute,
the menu mode is automatically cancelled and
the window will return to the normal display.
To return to the previous window
Press
/MENU during menu mode.
To exit the menu mode
Press  (stop).
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Menu settings
Menu items
Settings
Operation mode
( ��������������������������
: the setting can be made/
 : the setting cannot be made)
Stop
mode
Playback
mode
Recording FM radio
mode
mode
FM radio
recording
mode









LCF (LOW CUT) ON, OFF





VOR
ON, OFF





DISPLAY
ELAPSE, REMAIN, REC DATE, REC
TIME





DPC
n% (n=–50 - +100)





EFFECT
NOISE CUT, POP, ROCK, JAZZ,
BASS1, BASS2, OFF





EASY SEARCH
ON, OFF





PLAY MODE
1,





MOVE
(Folder to be moved)





ALARM
ON, OFF





ERASE ALL
EXECUTE, CANCEL





ERASE A FILE
EXECUTE, CANCEL










ST, STSP, STLP, SP, LP
, ALL,
1,
,
ALL
FM RADIO*
AUTO PRESET*
EXECUTE, CANCEL





DX/LOCAL*
DX, LOCAL





SCAN
SENSITIVITY*
HIGH (SCAN H), LOW (SCAN L)





Utilizing the Menu Function

MIC SENSITIVITY HIGH (H), LOW (L)
REC MODE
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Menu items
Settings
Stop
mode
Playback
mode
Recording FM radio
mode
mode
FM radio
recording
mode















SELECT INPUT MIC IN, AUDIO IN





DATE&TIME





TIME DISPLAY 12-HOUR, 24-HOUR





FORMAT
EXECUTE, CANCEL





BEEP
ON, OFF





LED
ON, OFF





BACKLIGHT
ON, OFF





LANGUAGE
European model :
ENGLISH, Pyccкий (Russian)
Other model :
ENGLISH, Pyccкий (Russian),
(Japanese),
(Korean),
(Chinese),
(Chinese), (Thai)










AUDIO
OUTPUT*
HEADPHONES, SPEAKER
DETAIL MENU
SYNC REC
ON, OFF
__y__m__d__:__
USB CHARGE ON, OFF
* for ICD-UX71F/UX81F/UX91F only
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Operation mode
( ��������������������������
: the setting can be made/
 : the setting cannot be made)
Settings (*: Initial setting)
REC MODE
Sets the recording mode.
ST*:
Stereo high-quality recording mode.
STSP:
Stereo standard recording mode.
STLP:
Stereo long play recording mode.
SP:
Monaural standard play recording mode.
LP:
Monaural long play recording mode.
See page
26
MIC SENSITIVITY
Sets the microphone sensitivity.
HIGH (H)*:
To record at meeting or in a quiet and/or spacious place.
LOW (L):
To record dictation, or record in a noisy place.
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LCF (LOW CUT)
Sets the LCF (Low Cut Filter) function to cut a low frequency
to reduce the roaring noise from wind; therfore you can
record a message more clearly.
ON:
The LCF function is activated.
OFF*:
The LCF function is cancelled.
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Utilizing the Menu Function
Menu items
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GB
Menu items
Settings (*: Initial setting)
VOR
Sets the VOR (Voice Operated Recording) function.
ON:
Recording starts when the IC recorder detects sound and
pauses when no sound is heard, eliminating recording
during soundless periods. The VOR function is activated
when  (record/pause) is pressed.
OFF*:
The VOR function does not work.
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DISPLAY
Changes the display mode.
ELAPSE*:
Elapsed playback time of one message
REMAIN:
During stop or playback, the remaining time of the
message
During recording, the available recording time
REC DATE:
Date recorded
REC TIME:
Time recorded
–
DPC
Sets the DPC (Digital Pitch Control) function.
When you set the DPC (SPEED CTRL) switch to “ON,” you can
adjust the speed of the playback in a range from +100%
to –50%. Set the speed by 10% for + setting and by 5% for
– setting.
–30%*
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 Note
You can only adjust the playback speed between 0 and -50%
when messages are recorded as WMA files.
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See page
Settings (*: Initial setting)
EFFECT
Sets the effect you want for the playback in the menu.
NOISE CUT
Reduces distortion to make the human voice clearer.
POP:
Stresses middle ranges, ideal for vocals.
ROCK:
Emphasizes high and low ranges for a powerful sound.
JAZZ:
Emphasizes high ranges for a lively sound.
BASS1:
The bass sound is emphasized.
BASS2:
The bass sound is emphasized even more.
OFF*:
The EFFECT function does not work.
See page
46
Utilizing the Menu Function
Menu items
 Note
When playing back messages using a built-in speaker, the EFFECT
function does not work.
EASY SEARCH
Sets the easy search function.
ON:
You can go forward for about 10 seconds by pressing 
and go back for about 3 seconds by pressing . This
function is useful when attempting to locate desired point
in a long recording.
OFF*:
The easy search function does not work. When you
press  or , a message will be moved forward or
backward.
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Menu items
Settings (*: Initial setting)
PLAY MODE
Sets the playback mode.
1:
A message is played back.
*:
Messages in one folder are played back continuously.
ALL:
All the messages are played back continuously.
1:
One message is played back repeatedly.
:
Messages in one folder are played back repeatedly.
ALL:
All the messages are played back repeatedly.
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MOVE
The selected message will be moved to the selected folder.
Before attempting to move a message, select the message to
be moved and then go to the menu window.
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ALARM
Sets the alarm.
ON:
To set the alarm, select “ON” and set the date, time or day of
the week or choose daily for playback.
OFF*:
The alarm is cancelled.
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See page
Settings (*: Initial setting)
ERASE ALL
All messages in the selected folder will be erased.
Press /MENU to return to the folder window before erasing
the messages and select a folder from which all messages are
to be erased, and then go to the menu window and select
“EXECUTE.”
See page
53
ERASE A FILE
The selected message will be erased.
Before erasing the message, select a message to be erased,
and then go to the menu window and select “EXECUTE.”
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FM RADIO**
The IC recorder enters FM radio mode.
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AUTO PRESET**
Scans automatically for available frequencies. The stations
will be stored in memory.
EXECUTE :
The automatic presetting is activated.
CANCEL* :
The automatic presetting is cancelled.
90
DX/LOCAL**
Sets the receiver sensitivity when listening to the FM radio.
DX* :
When the receiving signal is strong enough to receive,
select this setting.
LOCAL :
When the receiving signal is weak to receive, select this
setting.
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Utilizing the Menu Function
Menu items
** for ICD-UX71F/UX81F/UX91F only
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GB
Menu items
Settings (*: Initial setting)
See page
SCAN SENSITIVITY** Sets the scanning sensitivity when presetting FM radio
stations.
HIGH (SCAN H)*:
The scanning sensitivity is set to high.
LOW (SCAN L) :
The scanning sensitivity is set to low.
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AUDIO OUTPUT**
During FM reception or FM recording, you can switch
between the sound from the speaker and the sound from
the headphones.
HEADPHONES* :
The sound comes out from the headphones.
SPEAKER :
The sound comes out from the speaker (s).
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When set to “ON,” the IC recorder enters the recording
pause mode when no sound is detected for more than 2
seconds, and the IC recorder starts recording again as a
new message when any sound is detected.
ON:
The synchronized recording function is activated.
OFF*:
The synchronized recording function is cancelled.
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DETAIL MENU
SYNC REC
SELECT INPUT Selects the external input to be recorded that is connected
to the  (microphone) jack.
MIC IN*:
Select when you record messages using an external
microphone.
AUDIO IN:
Select when you record using other equipment.
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Menu items
Settings (*: Initial setting)
See page
19
TIME DISPLAY Sets the clock display.
12-HOUR:
12:00AM = midnight, 12:00PM = noon
24-HOUR*:
0:00 = midnight, 12:00 = noon
–
FORMAT
–
Sets the formatting of the drive.
EXECUTE:
“FORMATTING …” appears and the drive will be formatted.
CANCEL*:
The drive will not be formatted.
Utilizing the Menu Function
DATE & TIME Sets the clock by setting year, month, day, hour, and minute
in sequence.
 Notes


BEEP
Use the IC recorder formatting function to format the memory.
When the memory is formatted, all the data stored in the IC
recorder will be erased. Once the memory has been erased, you
cannot retrieve the data that was erased.
Sets whether a beep will be heard or not.
ON*:
A beep will sound to indicate that an operation has been
accepted.
OFF:
No beep sound will be heard.
–
 Note
The alarm sounds even if you set “BEEP” to “OFF” in the menu.
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Menu items
LED
Settings (*: Initial setting)
Turns the operation indicator on or off during operation.
ON*:
During recording or playback, the operation indicator lights
or flashes.
OFF:
The operation indicator does not light or flash, even during
operation.
See page
–
 Note
When the IC recorder is connected to a computer, the operation
indicator lights or flashes even if “LED” is set to “OFF.”
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BACKLIGHT
Turns the backlight in the display window on or off.
ON*:
The backlight in the display window lights up for 10
seconds.
OFF:
The backlight in the display window does not light, even
during operation.
–
LANGUAGE
Sets the language to be used for messages, menus, folder
names, file names, etc.
European model:
ENGLISH*, Pyccкий (Russian)
Other models:
ENGLISH*, Pyccкий (Russian),
(Japanese),
(Korean),
(Chinese),
(Chinese), (Thai)
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Menu items
Settings (*: Initial setting)
USB CHARGE Sets whether battery will be charged using a USB
connection or not.
ON*:
The battery will be charged.
OFF:
The battery will not be charged.
See page
–
 Note
Utilizing the Menu Function
If you use a USB AC adaptor (not supplied) to connect the IC
recorder to the AC outlet, you can charge battery regardless this
setting.
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Utilizing Your Computer
Using the IC Recorder
with Your Computer
System requirements
Operating systems:
Windows Vista® Ultimate
Windows Vista® Business
Windows Vista® Home Premium
Windows Vista® Home Basic
Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
Service Pack 2 or higher
Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2004
Service Pack 2 or higher
Windows® XP Media Center Edition
Service Pack 2 or higher
Windows® XP Professional
Service Pack 2 or higher
Windows® XP Home Edition
Service Pack 2 or higher
Windows® 2000 Professional Service Pack
4 or higher
Mac OS X (v10.2.8-v10.5)
Pre-Installed
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 Notes



Operation is not guaranteed if any operating
system other than those described above
(Windows® 98 or Linux, etc.) is used.
Any 64 bit operating system is not
supported.
For the latest version information and
compatibility with your operating system,
please access the support home page for
the IC recorder:
European model:
http://support.sony-europe.com/DNA
Other models:
http://www.sony-asia.com/support
Hardware environment:
– Port: USB port
– Sound board: Sound cards
compatible with any of the supported
Microsoft® Windows® operating
systems
 Note
The following systems are not supported:
 Operating systems other than the ones
indicated on the left
 Personally constructed computers or
operating systems
 Upgraded operating systems
 Multi-boot environment
 Multi-monitor environment
When you are using Windows®
2000 Professional
Install the driver using “SonyRecorder_
Driver.exe” in the IC recorder.
Connecting the IC recorder
to your computer
IC recorder
Utilizing Your Computer
You can transfer the IC recorder data
onto your computer by connecting the
IC recorder to the computer.
Remove the USB cap from the IC recorder
and then connect the IC recorder to the
USB connector of your computer.
The IC recorder is recognized by the
computer as soon as the connection is
made. While the IC recorder is connected
to the computer, “CONNECTING” is
displayed in the display window of the
IC recorder.
Computer
To USB connector
 Tip
If the IC recorder cannot be connected to the
USB connector of your computer directly, use
the supplied USB connection support cable.
USB connection
support cable
(supplied)
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 Notes





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If you connect more than two USB devices
to your computer, normal operation will not
be guaranteed.
Use of this IC recorder with a USB hub or a
USB connection support cable other than
the supplied cable is not guaranteed.
A malfunction may occur depending on the
USB devices connected at the same time.
Before connecting the IC recorder to the
computer, make sure that the battery is
inserted in the IC recorder.
It is recommended that you disconnect the
IC recorder from the computer when you are
not using the IC recorder connected to the
computer.
Disconnecting the IC
recorder from your
computer
Follow the procedures below; otherwise,
data may be damaged.
1 Make sure that the operation
indicator is not flashing.
2 Disconnect the IC recorder from the
USB connector of the computer.
On the Windows screen, left-click
“Safely Remove Hardware” on the
taskbar, and click “Safely remove USB
Mass Storage Device.”
On the Macintosh screen, drag the “IC
RECORDER” on the desktop to “Trash”
and drop it there.
For details on disconnecting the
IC recorder, refer to the operating
instructions supplied with your
computer.
Transferring Files
from Your Computer
to the IC Recorder
You can play back music or language files
(MP3/WMA*) from your computer using
the IC recorder.
* For the file formats that can be played back
using the IC recorder, refer to “Specifications”
(page 110).
1 Connect the IC recorder to your
computer (page 73).
On the Windows screen; open “My
Computer” and make sure that “IC
RECORDER” has been recognized. On
the Macintosh screen; make sure that
an “IC RECORDER” drive is displayed on
the desk top.
Utilizing Your Computer
You can make an MP3/WMA file using
either a player software application
installed on your computer or a
commercially available software
application.
Copying a music file from
your computer to the IC
recorder (drag and drop)
2 Copy the folder in which the music
files are stored to the IC recorder.
On the Windows screen using Explorer,
and on the Macintosh screen using
Finder, drag and drop the folder onto
the IC recorder.
The IC recorder can recognize up to
500 folders. You can copy up to 999
files to one folder and up to 5,000 files
in total.
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 Note
When you transfer a music file from your
computer, you can play it back, however, you
cannot divide it, or move it.
 To copy a folder (Drag and drop)
 Click and hold,
 drag,
 and then drop.
Construction of folders and
files
The folders and files are displayed on the
computer screen as shown.
The folder indicators in the display
window of the IC recorder are as follows:
:Folder for messages recorded using
the IC recorder (They have been
already made when you purchase
the IC recorder.)
:Folder transferred from a computer
(They are displayed when music
files have been transferred from a
computer.)
 Note
You can record messages in up to 5 folders
using the IC recorder.
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The name of a folder in which music files are
stored will be displayed on the IC recorder as
it is, so it is convenient if you put an easy-toremember name on the folder in advance.
Folders shown in the illustration are
examples of folder names.
*2
The IC recorder can recognize up to three
levels of folders copied to the IC recorder,
that is, up to “OLDIES” shown in the figure.
*3
If you copy music files separately, they are
classified as being in “NO FOLDER.”
*1
“IC RECORDER”
Folder for messages
recorded using the IC
recorder
VOICE
FOLDER01
FOLDER05
Conversation
MUSIC
 Tips
 You can enter title, or artist name, etc., into
music files as ID3 tag information. The ID3
tag information can be displayed on the IC
recorder. It is useful if you input the ID3 tag
information using the software you use to
make the music files on your computer.
 You can display the ID3 tag information in
sequence by pressing  or  on the control
button (page 83).
Utilizing Your Computer
Folder transferred from
your computer
POP
OLDIES *1
*2
*3
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 Notes


You cannot copy 511 or more folders
(except VOICE folders) or files to the root
directory that is located immediately below
“IC RECORDER” on the computer. This is due
to Windows system limitations (ICD-UX71/
UX81/UX71F/UX81F only).
If no title, or artist name has been entered
into the ID3 tag information, “Unknown” will
be displayed.
Transferring Files
from the IC Recorder
to Your Computer
You can save files or folders by
transferring them from the IC recorder to
your computer.
1 Connect the IC recorder to your
computer (page 73).
On the Windows screen; open “My
Computer” and make sure that “IC
RECORDER” has been recognized. On
the Macintosh screen; make sure that
an “IC RECORDER” drive is displayed on
the desk top.
2 Copy files or folders you want to
transfer to your computer.
Drag and drop the folders contains
files you want from “IC RECORDER” to
the local disc on your computer.
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Using the IC Recorder
as a USB Mass Storage
Device
Operating Systems:
Windows Vista® Ultimate
Windows Vista® Business
Windows Vista® Home Premium
Windows Vista® Home Basic
Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
Service Pack 2 or higher
Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2004
Service Pack 2 or higher
Windows® XP Media Center Edition
Service Pack 2 or higher
Windows® XP Professional
Service Pack 2 or higher
Port:
USB port
 Note
The following systems are not supported:
 Any 64 bit operating systems
 Any operating systems other than the ones
indicated on the left
 Personally constructed PCs or operating
systems
 Upgraded operating systems
 Multi-boot environment
 Multi-monitor environment
Utilizing Your Computer
When the IC recorder is connected to
your computer directly or using a USB
connection support cable, image data
or text data on the computer, as well as
messages or files recorded using the IC
recorder can be temporarily stored in the
IC recorder.
Your computer must meet the
operating system requirements and port
environment described below to use the
IC recorder as a USB mass storage device.
Windows® XP Home Edition
Service Pack 2 or higher
Windows® 2000 Professional Service Pack
4 or higher
Mac OS X (v10.2.8-v10.5)
Pre-Installed
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Using Voice
Recognition Software
When voice recognition software (not
supplied) is installed on your computer,
you can transcribe a message into a text
file.
 Notes


Introducing the voice
recognition software
Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a speechrecognition software application that
allows you to recognize and transcribe
your recorded voice in a message and
convert it into a text file.
For details on Dragon NaturallySpeaking,
refer to the operating instructions
supplied with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.
For information on using Dragon
NaturallySpeaking, refer to the
documentation supplied with the
software. For the latest version and
information on the availability of Dragon
NaturallySpeaking in each region, please
refer to the following home page:
http://www.nuance.com
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
You can use the transcribing feature
only when you have installed Dragon
NaturallySpeaking Select or Professional
Edition (not supplied) on your computer.
To install Dragon NaturallySpeaking, your
computer should meet the specified system
requirements.
You can transcribe the following messages
saved in your IC recorder or on your
computer;
 ST, STSP, STLP or SP recording mode
messages (MP3 files)
 44.1/16/11 kHz 16-bit WAV files saved on
your computer
You cannot transcribe a message recording
the voices of more than one person.
Creating a user file adapted
to your recorded speech
(Training)
What is “Training”?
When transcribing messages recorded
using the IC recorder, the following
tips will help you obtain maximum
recognition accuracy.
 Set “REC MODE” to “ST,” “STSP,”
“STLP” or “SP” in the menu.
When creating a user speech file
(training), set “REC MODE” to the mode
you normally use for voice recognition
software.
 Set “MIC SENSITIVITY” to “LOW (L)”
in the menu.
 Hold the IC recorder firmly and
start recording.
Hold the IC recorder so that the
microphone is about an inch (2 - 3 cm)
from the corner of your mouth, not
directly in front of it. This minimizes the
sound of your breath in the recordings,
enabling maximum recognition
accuracy.
Utilizing Your Computer
Before you can transcribe
recorded messages using Dragon
NaturallySpeaking, you must create a
user file specifically adapted to the sound
of your recorded speech. This procedure
is called “training.”
When training is complete, Dragon
NaturallySpeaking creates a user speech
file containing information about your
recorded speech.
 Refer to the operating instructions
or the help supplied with Dragon
NaturallySpeaking, as some parts of
training are the same as those required
for dictating directly to the computer
using a headset microphone.
 Even if you have already created a user
speech file with a headset microphone,
you should create a separate speech
file for the IC recorder to get better
recognition accuracy.
Tips on using the IC recorder
 Note
Avoid recording in a noisy place, such as on a
subway platform, in order to obtain maximum
recognition accuracy.
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Playing Back Music
Files
, 


ENT
/MENU
1 Remove the IC recorder from your
computer, press /MENU, press 
or  on the control button to select
the folder ( ) in which music files
are stored, and then press ENT.
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

2 Press  or  to select the
music file you want to play.
3 Press  to start playback.
4 Press  (stop) to stop playback.
The maximum playback time (tracks*),
when playing music files using the IC
recorder, is as follows.
48 kbps
ICD-UX71/ 47 hr. 50 min.
UX71F
(717 tracks)
ICD-UX81/ 95 hr. 55 min.
UX81F
(1438 tracks)
ICD-UX91F 192 hr.
(2880 tracks)
128 kbps
17 hr. 55 min.
(268 tracks)
35 hr. 55 min.
(538 tracks)
72 hr.
(1080 tracks)
Press  or  on the control button to
check the music file information during
playback.
:
:
:
:
Folder name
Title*
Artist name*
File name
Utilizing Your Computer
* In the case where tracks of 4 minutes each
are transferred to the IC recorder.
Display when playing back a
music file
* The ID3 tag information is displayed.
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Enjoying the music files
more
Selecting the playback mode
You can select the playback mode, such
as playback of one music file, continuous
playback of music files in one folder,
continuous playback of all music files,
repeat playback of one music file, repeat
playback of music files in one folder and
repeat playback of all music files, in the
menu.
For details, see page 43.
Selecting a sound effect
You can set a effect such as “NOISE CUT,”
“POP,” “ROCK,” “JAZZ,” “BASS 1,” or “BASS 2,”
for the playback item in the menu.
For details, see page 46.
Adjusting the playback speed
– the DPC (Digital Pitch Control)
function
You can adjust a playback speed
between +100% and –50% of normal
speed in the menu. You can only adjust
the playback speed between 0 and -50%
when messages are recorded as WMA
files.
For details, see page 45.
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Playing back a message at a
desired time with an alarm
You can sound an alarm and start
playback of a selected message at a
desired time.
For details, see page 49.
Listening to the FM Radio
(for ICD-UX71F/UX81F/UX91F only)
The headphone cord is an FM
antenna, therefore, connect the
headphone when listening to the
radio.
, 
ENT
/MENU
Listening to the FM Radio
During FM reception or FM
recording, you can switch between
the sound from the speaker and the
sound from the headphones using
the menu.
For details, see page 87.
Tuning in an FM radio
Station
 Note
During FM reception you cannot charge the
battery.
The display in the display window may
be different from the actual one in some
regions.
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1 Press and hold
the menu mode.
/MENU to enter
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
2 Press  or  on the control button
to select “FM RADIO,” and then
press ENT.
The IC recorder enters FM radio mode.
You can switch the display between
preset number and frequency by
pressing ENT.
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3 Tune in a station.
4 Press  or  on the control button
repeatedly to tune in a station
or press and hold  or  on the
control button until the frequency
digits begin to change on the
display.
The IC recorder automatically scans
the radio frequencies and stops when
it finds a clear station.
If you cannot tune in a station, press 
or  on the control button repeatedly
to change the frequency step by step.
When a station you tune in is a
preset station, the preset number is
displayed, otherwise, “P - -” appears
instead.
Display when listening to the FM
radio
FM indication
Switching the FM radio
output between speaker
and headphones
Radio frequency
Preset number
, 
ENT
Listening to the FM Radio
/MENU
Receiver sensitivity
During FM reception or FM recording,
you can switch between the sound from
the speaker and the sound from the
headphones using the menu.
The FM radio output is set to
“HEADPHONES” when you purchase the
IC recorder.
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1 Press and hold
/MENU to enter
the menu mode when listening to
the FM radio.
Switching the receiver
sensitivity of the FM radio
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
2 Press  or  on the control button
to select “AUDIO OUTPUT,” and then
press ENT.
, 
ENT
/MENU
3 Press  or  on the control button
to select “HEADPHONES” or
“SPEAKER,” and then press ENT.
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You can set the receiver sensitivity when
listening to the FM radio.
For details on the receiver sensitivity,
refer to “DX/LOCAL” on page 67.
1 Press and hold
/MENU to enter
the menu mode when listening to
the FM radio.
Recording FM broadcasts
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
2 Press  or  on the control button

to select “DX/LOCAL,” and then
press ENT.

Listening to the FM Radio
3 Press or  on the control button
to select “LOCAL” or “DX,” and then
press ENT.
1 Tune in the station you want to
record.
2 Press  (record/pause) to start
recording.
3 Press  (stop) to stop recording.
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1 Press and hold
/MENU to enter
the menu mode when listening to
the FM radio.
Presetting FM
Radio Stations
Automatically
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
2 Press  or  on the control button
to select “AUTO PRESET,” and then
press ENT.
, 

ENT
/MENU
3 Press  or  on the control button to
select “EXECUTE,” and then press ENT.
The display in the display window may
be different from the actual one in some
regions.
You can preset up to 30 FM radio stations
automatically using the preset menu.
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The IC recorder automatically scans
for available radio frequencies and the
stations will be stored in memory from
the lower frequencies to the higher
ones.
While presetting FM radio stations
automatically, the preset number
ready to be assigned flashes.
To stop the automatic presetting
Press  (stop). The preset numbers
stored until you press the  (stop)
button remain in memory.
Switching the scanning
sensitivity
, 
ENT
/MENU
Listening to the FM Radio
You can set the scanning sensitivity
when presetting FM radio stations.
The scanning sensitivity is set to “HIGH
(SCAN H)” when you purchase the IC
recorder.
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1 Press and hold
/MENU to enter
the menu mode when listening to
the FM radio.
Presetting FM Radio
Stations Manually
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
2 Press  or  on the control button
to select “SCAN SENSITIVITY” and
then press ENT.
ENT
3 Press  or  on the control button
to select “HIGH (SCAN H)” or “LOW
(SCAN L),” and then press ENT.
The display in the display window may
be different from the actual one in some
regions.
You can preset up to 30 FM radio stations
in the IC recorder’s memory.
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1 Tune in the station you want to
preset and store on the preset
number.
Listening to a Preset
Radio Station
When a station you tune in is not a
preset station, “P - -“ is displayed.
2 Press and hold ENT until a preset
number flashes on the display.
The station will be stored in memory.

ENT
, 
Listening to the FM Radio
/MENU
The display in the display window may
be different from the actual one in some
regions.
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1 Press and hold
the menu mode.
/MENU to enter
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
2 Press  or  on the control button
to select “FM RADIO,” and then
press ENT.
The IC recorder enters FM radio mode.
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3 To tune in a station, press  or 
on the control button repeatedly
until the preset number you want is
displayed.
When you press and hold  or 
on the control button, the preset
numbers change rapidly.
4 Press  (stop) to turn the FM radio
off.
Erasing Preset FM
Radio Stations
1 Press and hold
the menu mode.
/MENU to enter
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
2 Press  or  on the control button
to select “FM RADIO,” and then
press ENT.

ENT
The IC recorder enters FM radio mode.
, 
The display in the display window may
be different from the actual one in some
regions.
Listening to the FM Radio
/MENU
3 To tune in a station, press  or  on
the control button repeatedly until
the preset number you want to
erase is displayed.
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4 Press and hold ENT.
The preset number and “ERASE?” will
be displayed on the display.
5 Press  or  on the control button
repeatedly to select “EXECUTE,” and
then press ENT.
The preset number will be changed
to “P- -.”
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
Before taking the IC recorder for repair, check the following sections. Should any
problem persist after you have made these checks, consult your nearest Sony dealer.
Remedy
The IC recorder cannot be
turned off.

Slide the HOLD switch in the direction of the arrow when the
IC recorder is stopped (page 22).
The IC recorder cannot be
turned on.

The HOLD switch is set. Slide the HOLD switch in the direction
opposite that of the arrow (page 22).
Display does not
disappear.
Display appears blurred.

Remove the protective film on the display window before you
use the IC recorder.
The IC recorder does not
operate.

The battery has been inserted with incorrect polarity (page 13).
The battery is weak (page 15).
The buttons are locked with the HOLD switch (page 58).


No sound comes from the
speaker.



Sound comes from the
speaker even when the
headphones are plugged
in.


Troubleshooting
Symptom
The volume is turned down completely (page 39).
Headphones are plugged in (page 40).
When you are listening to the FM radio, “AUDIO OUTPUT” is set
to “HEADPHONES.” Set it to “SPEAKER” (page 68).
If you plug in the headphones not securely during playback,
the sound may come from the speaker. Unplug the
headphones and then insert them securely.
When you are listening to the FM radio, “AUDIO OUTPUT” is set
to “SPEAKER.” Set it to “HEADPHONES” (page 68).
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Symptom
Remedy
The operation indicator
does not light.

“LED” is set to “OFF” (page 70). Display the menu and set “LED”
to “ON.”
“MEMORY FULL” is
displayed and you cannot
start recording.

The memory is full. Erase some of the messages (page 52) or
erase all the messages after you store them on your computer.
“FILE FULL” is displayed
and you cannot operate
the IC recorder.

99 messages have been recorded in the selected
folder or
495 messages (when there are 5 folders) in total have been
recorded. Therefore you cannot record another message, or
move a message. Erase some of the messages (page 52) or
erase all the messages after you store them on your computer.
Recording is interrupted.

The VOR function (page 30) is activated. Set “VOR” to “OFF” in
the menu (page 64).
Noise is heard.

An object, such as your finger, etc., accidentally rubbed or
scratched the IC recorder during recording so that noise was
recorded.
The IC recorder was placed near an AC power source, a
fluorescent lamp or a mobile phone during recording or
playback.
Plug of the connected microphone was dirty when recording.
Clean the plug.
The  (headphones) plug is dirty. Clean the plug.



Recording level is low.
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
“MIC SENSITIVITY” (microphone sensitivity) is set to “LOW (L).”
Display the menu and set “MIC SENSITIVITY” to “HIGH (H)”
(page 28).
Remedy
When recording from
other equipment, the
input level is too strong or
not strong enough.

Connect the headphone jack of other equipment to the
 (microphone) jack of the IC recorder and adjust the volume
level on the equipment connected to the IC recorder.
Playback speed is too fast
or too slow.

The playback speed is adjusted in DPC. Slide the DPC (SPEED
CTRL) switch to “OFF” or display the menu and adjust the speed
in DPC again (pages 45, 64).
“--:--” is displayed.

You have not set the clock (page 18).
“--y--m--d” or ” --:--” is
displayed on the REC
DATE display.

The date of recording will not be displayed if you recorded the
message when the clock was not set.
There are fewer menu
items displayed in the
menu mode.

The menu items displayed are different depending on the
operation modes (stop mode, playback mode, and recording
mode) (pages 61, 62).
The battery life is short.

The battery life on pages 15 - 17 is based on playback with the
volume level set to 24. The battery life may shorten depending
on the operation of the IC recorder.
There is no battery power
remaining after you have
left the battery inserted
for long time without
using the IC recorder.

Even if you do not use the IC recorder, the battery is consumed
slightly. The battery life in this case varies depending on
humidity or other environmental conditions. Usually, the
battery lasts about four months. If you do not intend to use the
IC recorder for an extended period of time, it is recommended
that you turn the power off (page 22) or remove the battery.
Troubleshooting
Symptom
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Symptom
Remedy
The charging indicator is
not displayed.




The charging indicator
disappears in the middle
of charging.

“
” or “
” is
flashing instead of the
remaining battery/
charging indicator.

The environmental temperature is out of the range for
charging. Charge the battery in an environment with a
temperature of 5 °C - 35 °C.
The battery life of the
rechargeable battery is
short.

You are using the rechargeable battery in an environment
with a temperature of under 5 °C. Charge the battery in an
environment with a temperature of 5 °C - 35 °C.
The IC recorder has not been used for a certain time. Charge
and discharge the rechargeable battery using the IC recorder
several times.
Replace the old one with new rechargeable battery.
The remaining
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indicator is displayed only for
a short time, however, the rechargeable battery is not charged
completely. It takes about 4 hours to fully charge exhausted
battery.





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You are not using rechargeable battery.
Rechargeable battery has been inserted with incorrect
polarity.
“USB CHARGE” of “DETAIL MENU” is set to “OFF” in the menu. To
charge the battery using your computer, set it to “ON.”
While playing back messages using the built-in speaker, you
cannot charge the battery.
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Rechargeable battery other than NH-AAA has been inserted.
The rechargeable battery has deteriorated.
While playing back messages using the built-in speaker, you
cannot charge the battery.
Symptom
Remedy
The changed menu
setting does not function.

If the battery is removed just after the menu setting is
changed, the menu setting may not function.
You cannot charge the
battery by connecting
the IC recorder to your
computer.

Disconnect the IC recorder from your computer and reconnect
it.
Operation is not guaranteed if you use any system
requirements other than those described on page 72.
When you are listening to the FM radio, you cannot charge the
battery.



The picture of your TV
becomes unstable.

If you are listening to an FM program near the TV with an
indoor antenna, move the IC recorder away from the TV.
You cannot receive FM
radio stations, or a lot of
static is heard.

The headphones are not connected (the headphone cord is
the FM antenna).
Connect the headphones to the  (headphone) jack and
extend the headphone cord.
“DX/LOCAL” has been set to “LOCAL.” Set it to “DX” (page 67).



You cannot preset an FM
radio station.


The battery is weak. Replace the battery with new one (page
13).
Move the unit away from the TV.
You have already preset 30 FM radio stations. Erase unwanted
preset stations (page 95).
“SCAN SENSITIVITY” has been set to “LOW (SCAN L).” Set it to
“HIGH (SCAN H)” (page 68).
Troubleshooting
The audio is weak or
has poor quality when
listening to the radio.
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Symptom
Remedy
It takes a long time for the
IC recorder to start.

If the IC recorder is required to process a large amount of
data, it may take longer for the IC recorder to start. This is not
a malfunction of the IC recorder. Wait until the start-up display
disappears.
The IC recorder does not
operate correctly.

Take out the battery and insert it again (page 13).
The IC recorder does not
operate.

You may have formatted the memory of the IC recorder using
the computer. Use the IC recorder formatting function to
format the memory (page 69).
The IC recorder is not
recognized by your
computer.
A folder/file cannot be
transferred from your
computer.

Disconnect the IC recorder from your computer and reconnect
it.
Do not use a USB hub or USB extension cable other than
the supplied USB connection support cable. Connect the IC
recorder directly to your computer or use the supplied USB
connection support cable.
Operation is not guaranteed if you use any system
requirements other than those described on page 72.
Depending on the USB connector position, the IC recorder
may not be recognized. If this happens, try another connector.



The file transferred from
your computer cannot be
played back.

The file format may differ from those that can be played back
using the IC recorder (.mp3/.wma) (page 40). Check the file
name.
Please note that recorded messages may be erased during service or repair work.
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Error messages
Cause/Remedy
BATTERY LOWER-LEVEL

You cannot format the memory or erase all the files in a folder
because of insufficient battery power. Prepare a new battery to
replace the current one.
LOW BATTERY

Battery is exhausted. Replace the old battery with a new
one. Or charge the rechargeable battery or replace the old
rechargeable battery with a new one.
MEMORY FULL

The remaining memory capacity of the IC recorder is
insufficient. Erase some messages before recording.
FILE FULL

When there are already 99 messages in the selected folder or
the total number of the file stored in the IC recorder becomes
maximum, you cannot record a new message. Erase some
messages before recording a message.
FILE DAMAGED

You cannot play or edit messages, because the data of the
selected file is damaged.
FORMAT ERROR

The IC recorder cannot be turned on using the computer
because there is no copy of the control file required for
operation. Format the IC recorder using the formatting
function in the menu.
PROCESS ERROR

The IC recorder failed in memory access. Remove and then
re‑insert the battery.
Save a backup copy of your data and format the IC recorder
using the menu.

Troubleshooting
Error message
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Error message
Cause/Remedy
SET DATE&TIME

Set the clock; otherwise, you cannot set the alarm.
NO FILE

The selected folder does not have any messages. You cannot
move a message or set the alarm, etc., because of this.
PAST DATE/TIME

You set the alarm when the time has already passed. Check it
and set the appropriate date and time.
FILE PROTECTED

The selected message is protected and is now a “Reading
only” file. You cannot erase it. Cancel “Reading only” on your
computer to edit the message using the IC recorder.
UNKNOWN DATA

The data does not have a file format which the IC recorder
supports.
CANNOT OPERATE

You cannot move a message or divide a message, because
there is more than one folder that has files with same name.
Change the file names.
A message in the
folder cannot be moved or divided.
You cannot divide messages not recorded using the IC
recorder.


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NEW MESSAGE

The maximum recording message/music file size is 1 GB. When
the recording message/music file size exceeds the maximum
size limit, exceeded recording is recorded as a new message.
CHANGE FOLDER

If there are no MP3 files in the
folder, no folders are
displayed in the display window, therefore, the folder setting
will be changed.
FULL SETTING

When 30 FM stations have already been stored in the IC
recorder’s memory, you cannot preset a new FM station.
SYSTEM ERROR

A system error other than the above has occurred. Remove the
battery and re-insert it.
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System limitations
There are some system limitations of the IC recorder. Troubles as mentioned below are
not malfunctions of the IC recorder.
Symptom
Cause/Remedy
You cannot record
messages up to the
maximum recording time.


If you record messages in a mixture of ST, STSP, STLP, SP and LP
modes, the recordable time varies from the maximum ST mode
recording time to the maximum LP mode recording time.
The sum of the number on the counter (elapsed recording
time) and the remaining recording time may be less than the
IC recorder’s maximum recording time.

If you have transferred music files using your computer, those
files may not be copied in order of transfer because of the
System limitation.
A message/music file is
automatically divided.

The message/music file has reached the maximum size limit
(1 GB), therefore it is automatically divided.
You cannot enter lowercase characters.

Depending on the combination of the characters used for
the folder name that was made on your computer, those
characters may change to all capitals.
“” is displayed in place of
a folder name, title, artist
name, or file name.

A character which cannot be displayed on the IC recorder has
been used. Using your computer, replace it with one which can
be displayed on the IC recorder.
You cannot specify the
finishing point B.

You cannot specify the finishing point B before the starting
point A that has been set.
When you set A-B Repeat
playback, the set positions
move a little.

Depending on the files transferred to the IC recorder from your
computer, the set positions may move.
Troubleshooting
You cannot display music
files in order.
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Additional Information
1 Remove the USB cap from the
Using a USB AC
Adaptor
(not supplied)
2 Connect the USB AC adaptor to an
USB connector of
the IC recorder
USB AC adaptor
(not supplied)
You can charge the rechargeable battery
by connecting the IC recorder to an AC
outlet using a USB AC adaptor AC-U50A/
AC-U50AD (not supplied).
You can charge the battery while you are
using the IC recorder, so that it is useful
when you want to record for a long time.
 Note
Your dealer may not handle some of the
optional accessories. Please ask the dealer for
detailed information.
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IC recorder and connect the IC
recorder to a USB AC adaptor (not
supplied) .
AC outlet.
Now you can use the IC recorder while
changing the battery.
While the battery is charging, the
remaining battery/charging indicator
are displayed in an animation.
When the remaining battery/charging
indicator indicates “ ,” charging is
completed. (Charging time: approx.
4 hours*)
When you use the IC recorder for the
first time, or after you have not used
the IC recorder for a certain time, it
is recommended that you charge
the battery repeatedly until “ ” is
displayed.
If the remaining battery/charging
indicator is not displayed, charging has
not been done properly. Proceed from
step 1 again.
* This is an approximation for the time
it takes to charge from no remaining
battery power to full battery power at
room temperature. It varies depending on
the remaining power and the condition
of the battery. It also takes more time if
the temperature of the battery is low, or
if the battery is charged while you are
transferring data to the IC recorder.
Disconnecting the IC
recorder from the AC outlet
Follow the procedures below; otherwise,
data may be damaged.
1 If you are recording or playing back
a message, press  (stop) to put the
IC recorder into the stop mode.
2 Make sure that the operation
indicator is not flashing.
3 Disconnect the USB AC adaptor
from the AC outlet, and then
disconnect the IC recorder from the
USB AC adaptor.
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
While “
” or “
” is being displayed
instead of the remaining battery/charging
indicator, you cannot charge the battery.
Charge the battery in an environment with a
temperature of 5 °C - 35 °C.
While playing back messages using the builtin speaker, you cannot charge the battery.
Additional Information
 Notes
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During recording (the operation indicator
lights or flashes in red) or accessing data (the
operation indicator flashes in orange),
 the IC recorder should not be connected
to or disconnected from the USB AC
adaptor connected to the AC outlet.
 the USB AC adaptor connected to the IC
recorder should not be connected to or
disconnected from the AC outlet.
Doing so may damage the data. If the
IC recorder is required to process a large
amount of data, the start-up window may
be displayed for an extended period of time.
This is not a malfunction of the IC recorder.
Wait until the start-up display disappears
from the display window.
 While a USB AC adaptor (not supplied) is
being used, the remaining battery/charging
indicator does not appear in the display
window.

Precautions
On power

On safety
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Do not operate the unit while driving,
cycling or operating any motorized
vehicle.
On handling
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Operate the unit only on 1.5 V or 1.2 V
DC. Use one NH-AAA rechargeable
battery or one LR03 (size AAA) alkaline
battery.
Do not leave the unit in a location
near heat sources, or in a place subject
to direct sunlight, excessive dust or
mechanical shock.
Should any solid object or liquid fall
into the unit, remove the battery and
have the unit checked by qualified
personnel before operating it any
further.
On noise


Noise may be heard when the unit
is placed near an AC power source, a
fluorescent lamp or a mobile phone
during recording or playback.
Noise may be recorded when an
object, such as your finger, etc., rubs or
scratches the unit during recording.
Backup recommendations
To avoid potential risk of data loss
caused by accidental operation or
malfunction of the IC recorder, we
recommend that you save a backup
copy of your recorded messages on a
tape recorder or to a computer, etc.
On maintenance

To clean the exterior, use a soft cloth
slightly moistened in water. Do not use
alcohol, benzine or thinner.
Additional Information
If you have any questions or problems
concerning your unit, please consult your
nearest Sony dealer.
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Specifications
IC recorder section
Capacity (User available capacity)
Bit rate: 32 - 320 kbps, VBR
Sampling frequencies: 16/22.05/24/32/44.1/
48 kHz
ICD-UX71/UX71F:
1 GB (approx. 986 MB =1,034,354,688 Byte)
ICD-UX81/UX81F:
2 GB (approx. 1.92 GB =2,072,313,856 Byte)
ICD-UX91F:
4 GB (approx. 3.86 GB =4,147,806,208 Byte)
A part of the memory capacity is used as a
management area.
*2The playback of MP3 files recorded using the
IC recorder is also supported.
Not all encoders are supported.
Recording time*1
*3WMA Ver. 8 Class2A is compatible, however,
MBR (Multi Bit Rate), Lossless, Professional,
and Voice are not supported.
*4The NoiseSubstitution function is not
supported, therefore, playback becomes
simple playback with 32 kbps bit rate.
See page 27.
*1When you are going to record continuously
for a long time, you may have to replace
the battery with a new one in the midst of
recording. For details on the battery life, refer
to pages 15 - 17 .
Frequency range
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Bit rates and sampling frequencies for
MP3 files*2
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ST : 40 Hz - 20,000 Hz
STSP : 40 Hz - 15,000 Hz
STLP : 60 Hz - 7,500 Hz
SP : 60 Hz - 10,000 Hz
LP : 60 Hz - 3,400 Hz
Bit rate and sampling frequencies*3 for
WMA files
Bit rate: 32 - 192 kbps*4, VBR
Sampling frequencies: 44.1 kHz
FM radio section
Frequency range
87.5 - 108 MHz
IF 150 kHz
Antenna
Headphone cord antenna
General
Speaker
Approx. 10 mm dia.
Power output
90 mW
Input/Output



Microphone jack (minijack, stereo)
 input for plug in power, minimum input
level 0.9 mV, 3 kilohms or lower impedance
microphone
Headphone jack (minijack, stereo)
 output for 8 - 300 ohms headphones
USB connector
 High-Speed USB compatible
Playback speed control (DPC)
Power requirements
One NH-AAA rechargeable battery (supplied):
1.2 V DC
One LR03 (size AAA) alkaline battery (not
supplied): 1.5 V DC
Operating temperature
5˚C - 35˚C
34.4 × 99.0 × 13.4 mm
Mass (JEITA)*5
Approx. 48 g including NH-AAA rechargeable
battery
*5Measured value by the standard of JEITA
(Japan Electronics and Information
Technology Industries Association)
Supplied accessories
See page 7.
Optional accessories
Active speaker SRS-T80
Electret condenser microphone ECM-CS10,
ECM-CZ10, ECM-DS70P, ECM-DS30P, ECM-TL1
Audio connecting cable RK-G136,
RK-G139 (excluding Europe)
Rechargeable battery NH-AAA-B2F
USB AC adaptor AC-U50A, AC-U50AD
Battery charger BCG- 34HE4
Your dealer may not handle some of the
above listed optional accessories. Please
ask the dealer for detailed information.
Additional Information
+100% to –50% (MP3)
0% to –50% (WMA)
Dimensions (w/h/d) (not incl.
projecting parts and controls) (JEITA)*5
Design and specifications are subject to
change without notice.
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Index
A
A-B Repeat......................................................................44
Adjusting the volume......................................25, 39
Alarm..................................................................49, 61, 66
B
Battery...............................................................................13
Battery life.......................................................................15
Built-in microphones................................................23
112
E
Easy Search.....................................................40, 61, 65
Editing Messages........................................................52
Erasing Messages.......................................................52
Error Messages..........................................................103
External Microphone................................................33
F
Folder..................................23, 39, 40, 53, 54, 76, 83
H
HOLD.................................................. 22, 23, 24, 39, 40
C
I
Connecting the IC Recorder to your
Computer........................................................................73
Cue/Review....................................................................41
Cutting out low frequency...................29, 61, 63
Index to Parts and Controls
Display window.....................................................10
Front................................................................................8
Rear..................................................................................9
D
L
Dividing a message...........................................31, 56
DPC (the Digital Pitch Control
function)...........................................................45, 61, 64
LCF function...................................................29, 61, 63
Listening to the FM Radio.....................................85
LP.......................................................... 16, 17, 27, 61, 63
GB
M
MIC SENSITIVITY............................................61, 63
MOVE...................................................................61, 66
PLAY MODE......................................................61, 66
REC MODE.........................................................61, 63
SCAN SENSITIVITY........................................61, 68
SELECT INPUT.................................................62, 68
SYNC REC...........................................................62, 68
TIME DISPLAY..................................................62, 69
USB CHARGE...................................................62, 71
VOR........................................................................61, 64
Message number................................ 31, 32, 56, 57
Microphone sensitivity............................28, 61, 63
Monitoring the recording.....................................25
Moving a Message.....................................54, 61, 66
N
Noise................................................................................109
P
Pause recording...........................................................25
Playback modes..........................................43, 61, 66
Playing Back Messages............................................39
Playing Back Music Files.........................................82
Precautions..................................................................108
Preparing a Power Source.....................................13
Index
Maintenance..............................................................109
Menu
ALARM.................................................................61, 66
AUDIO OUTPUT.............................................62, 68
AUTO PRESET..................................................61, 67
BACKLIGHT.......................................................62, 70
BEEP......................................................................62, 69
DATE & TIME.....................................................62, 69
DETAIL MENU..................................................62, 68
DISPLAY..............................................................61, 64
DPC........................................................................61, 64
DX/LOCAL.........................................................61, 67
EASY SEARCH..................................................61, 65
EFFECT.................................................................61, 65
ERASE A FILE....................................................61, 67
ERASE ALL.........................................................61, 67
FORMAT..............................................................62, 69
LANGUAGE.......................................................62, 70
LCF (LOW CUT)...............................................61, 63
LED........................................................................62, 70
Making Settings....................................................59
Menu settings.........................................................61
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R
T
Rechargeable battery......................................13, 15
Recording from a telephone...............................34
Recording from other equipment...................35
Recording Messages................................................23
Recording mode.........................................26, 61, 63
Recording time............................................................27
Recording with an external microphone....33
Recording with other equipment....................47
Remaining battery/Charging indicator........15
Transferring Files.................................................75, 78
Troubleshooting..........................................................97
S
Selecting the sound effect...................46, 61, 65
Setting the clock.........................................................18
Setting the language...............................20, 62, 70
SP.................................................................. 16, 27, 61, 63
Specifications.............................................................110
ST.......................................................... 15, 16, 27, 61, 63
STLP............................................................. 16, 27, 61, 63
STSP..................................................... 15, 16, 27, 61, 63
Synchronized recording.........................35, 62, 68
System Limitations.................................................105
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U
USB AC Adaptor........................................................106
USB Mass Storage Device......................................79
V
VOR function.................................................30, 61, 64
Trademarks
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Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista and Windows
Media are registered trademarks or trademarks
of the Microsoft Corporation in the United States
and/or other countries.
Apple, Macintosh and Mac OS are trademarks
of Apple Inc., registered in the USA and other
countries.
Nuance, the Nuance logo, Dragon
NaturallySpeaking, and RealSpeak are trademarks
and/or registered trademarks of Nuance
Communications, Inc., and/or its affiliates in the
United States and/or other countries.
© 2007 Nuance Communications, Inc.
All rights reserved.
MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology and
patents licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson.
This product is protected by certain
intellectual property rights of Microsoft
Corporation. Use or distribution of such
technology outside of this product
is prohibited without a license from
Microsoft or an authorized Microsoft
subsidiary.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are
trademarks or registered trademarks of
their respective holders.
Furthermore, “ ™ ” and “ ® ” are not mentioned in
each case in this manual.
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