Sony ICF-C255RC User's Manual

3-046-171-23 (1)
WARNING
To prevent fire or shock
hazard, do not expose
the unit to rain or
moisture.
FM/AM
Radio-Controlled
Clock Radio
Operating Instructions
Features
This symbol is intended to alert the
user to the presence of uninsulated
“dangerous voltage” within the
product’s enclosure that may be of
sufficient magnitude to constitute a
risk of electric shock to persons.
∗ The graphical symbols are at the bottom of the
unit.
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate
this equipment.
INFORMATION
ICF-C255RC
Sony Corporation © 2000
Printed in Malaysia
Thank you for choosing the Sony Dream
Machine. The Dream Machine will give you
many hours of reliable service and listening
pleasure.
Before operating your unit, please read these
instructions thoroughly and retain them for
future reference.
IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS
For your protection, please read these safety instructions completely before operating the appliance,
and keep this manual for future reference.
Carefully observe all warnings, precautions and instructions on the appliance and in the operating
instructions, and adhere to them.
INSTALLATION
Water and Moisture
Do not use powerline operated appliances near water - for example, near a bathtub, washbowl,
kitchen sink, or laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool, etc.
Heat
This symbol is intended to alert the
user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.
Dream Machine is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
Before You Begin
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment
generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference
will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference to
radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and on,
the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following
measures:
—Reorient or relocate the receiving
antenna.
—Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
—Connect the equipment into an outlet
on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
—Consult the dealer or an experienced
radio/TV technician for help.
• Radio-Controlled Clock Auto Adjust System.
• Radio and buzzer dual alarms.
• 5 random station presets for easy one button
tuning.
• LCD with backlight, and brightness adjustment
for the backlight.
• Alarm setting dial—easy to set alarm time and
modes.
• Date button to display the year, month and
day.
• Extendable snooze—snooze time can be
extended from 8 to 60 minutes in maximum
every time you use.
Do not place the appliance near or over a radiator or heat register, or where it is exposed to direct
sunlight.
Ventilation
The slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for necessary ventilation. To ensure reliable
operation of the appliance, and to protect it from overheating, these slots and openings must never be
blocked or covered.
-Never cover the slots and openings with a cloth or other materials.
-Never block the slots and openings by placing the appliance on a bed, sofa, rug or other similar
surface.
-Never place the appliance in a confined space, such as a bookcase, or built-in cabinet, unless proper
ventilation is provided.
Accessories
Do not place the appliance on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The appliance may fall,
causing serious injury to a child or an adult, and serious damage to the appliance. Use only a cart,
stand, tripod, bracket, or table recommended by Sony.
-An appliance and cart combination should be moved with care. Quick stops, excessive force, and
uneven surfaces may cause the appliance and cart combination to overturn.
Wall or Ceiling Mounting
If your appliance can be mounted to a wall or ceiling, mount it only as recommended by Sony.
USE
Power Source
Precautions
• Operate the unit only on 120 V AC, 60 Hz.
• To disconnect the power cord (mains lead),
pull it out by the plug, not the cord.
• Do not leave the unit in a location near a heat
source such as a radiator or airduct, or in a
place subject to direct sunlight, excessive dust,
mechanical vibration, or shock.
• Allow adequate air circulation to prevent
internal heat build-up. Do not place the unit on
a surface (a rug, a blanket, etc.) or near
materials (a curtain) which might block the
ventilation holes.
• Should any solid object or liquid fall into the
unit, unplug the unit and have it checked by a
qualified personnel before operating it any
further.
• To clean the casing, use a soft cloth dampened
with a mild detergent solution.
If you have any questions or problems
concerning your unit, please consult your
nearest Sony dealer.
Specifications
Time display
12-hour system
Frequency range
FM: 87.5–108 MHz
AM: 530–1 710 kHz
Channel steps
FM: 0.1 MHz (fixed)
AM: 10 kHz (fixed)
Speaker
Approx. 6.6 cm (2 5/8 in.) dia., 8 Ω
Power output
200 mW (at 10% harmonic distortion)
Power requirements
120 V AC, 60 Hz
Dimensions
Approx. 180.5 × 55 × 140 mm (w/h/d)
(7 1/8 × 2 1/4 × 5 5/8 in.) incl. projecting
parts and controls
Mass
Approx. 740 g (1 lb. 10 oz.)
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
This appliance should be operated only from the type of power source indicated on the marking label.
If you are not sure of the type of electrical power supplied to your home, consult your dealer or local
power company. For those appliances designed to operate from battery power, or other sources, refer
to the operating instructions.
Grounding or Polarization
This appliance is equipped with a polarized AC power cord plug (a plug having one blade wider than
the other), or with a three-wire grounding type plug (a plug having a third pin for grounding). Follow
the instructions below:
-For the appliance with a polarized AC power cord plug:
This plug will fit into the power outlet only one way. This is a safety feature. If you are unable to
insert the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing the plug. If the plug should still fail to fit, contact
your electrician to have a suitable outlet installed. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized
plug by forcing it in.
-For the appliance with a three-wire grounding type AC plug:
This plug will only fit into a grounding-type power outlet. This is a safety feature. If you are unable to
insert the plug into the outlet, contact your electrician to have a suitable outlet installed. Do not defeat
the safety purpose of the grounding plug.
Overloading
Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords or convenience receptacles beyond their capacity, since
this can result in fire or electric shock.
When not in use
Unplug the power cord of the appliance from the outlet when left unused for a long period of time.
To disconnect the cord, pull it out by grasping the plug. Never pull the plug out by the cord.
Power-Cord Protection
Route the power cord so that it is not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed upon or
against them, paying particular attention to the plugs, receptacles, and the point where the cord exits
from the appliance.
Lightning
For added protection for this appliance during a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and
unused for long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable
system. This will prevent damage to the appliance due to lightning and powerline surges.
Object and Liquid Entry
Never push objects of any kind into the appliance through openings as they may touch dangerous
voltage points or short out parts that could result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any
kind on the appliance.
Cleaning
Unplug the appliance from the wall outlet before cleaning or polishing it. Do not use liquid cleaners
or aerosol cleaners. Use a cloth lightly dampened with water for cleaning the exterior of the appliance.
Clean the appliance only as recommended by Sony.
Attachments
Do not use attachments not recommended by Sony, as they may cause hazards.
ANTENNAS
Outdoor Antenna Grounding
If an outdoor antenna or cable system is installed, follow the precautions below.
An outdoor antenna system should not be located in the vicinity of overhead power lines or other
electric light or power circuits, or where it can come in contact with such power lines or circuits.
WHEN INSTALLING AN OUTDOOR ANTENNA SYSTEM, EXTREME CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN
TO KEEP FROM CONTACTING SUCH POWER LINES OR CIRCUITS AS CONTACT WITH THEM
IS ALMOST INVARIABLY FATAL.
Be sure the antenna system is grounded so as to provide some protection against voltage surges and
built-up static charges. Section 810 of the National Electrical Code provides information with respect
to proper grounding of the mast and supporting structure, grounding of the lead-in wire to an
antenna discharge unit, size of grounding conductors, location of antenna-discharge unit, connection
to grounding electrodes, and requirements for the grounding electrode.
Antenna Grounding According to the National
Electrical Code
Antenna Lead-in Wire
Ground
Clamps
Electric Service
Equipment
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ELECTRICAL CODE
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Antenna Discharge Unit
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Grounding Conductors
(NEC Section 810-20)
Ground Clamps
Power Service Grounding Electrode System
(NEC Art 250 Part H)
Damage Requiring Service
Unplug the appliance from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the
following conditions:
-When the power cord or plug is damage or frayed.
-If liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the appliance.
-If the appliance has been exposed to rain or water.
-The appliance does not appear to operate normally or exhibits a marked change in performance.
-This indicates a need for service.
-If the appliance does not operate normally when following the operating instructions, adjust only
those controls that are specified in the operating instructions. Improper adjustment of other controls
may result in damage and will often require extensive work
by a qualified technician to restore the appliance to normal operation.
-If the appliance has been subject to excessive shock by being dropped, or the cabinet has been
damaged.
Servicing
Do not attempt to service the appliance yourself as opening or removing covers may expose you to
dangerous voltage or other hazards.
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Replacement parts
When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has used replacement parts
specified by Sony that have the same characteristics as the original parts.
Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric shock, or other hazards.
Safety Check
Upon completion of any service or repairs to the appliance, ask the service technician to perform
routine safety checks (as specified by Sony) to determine that the appliance is in safe operating
condition.
4
To check reception
The display shows reception conditions when
time signals are being received (when the power
cord is inserted in a wall socket, or CLOCK
AUTO ADJUST is pressed).
5
6
reception conditions
Press CLOCK + or – until the correct
year appears in the display.
Press CLOCK once.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 to set the month,
day, hour, and minute.
After setting the minute, press CLOCK to start
the counting of the seconds, and you will
hear two short beeps.
Bottom
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AC power
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Indicator
Good
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or intervals between changes
are irregular
Defective
Reception is governed in large part by where the
radio-controlled clock antenna is set up and
which direction it is pointed in.
Zone selector
BRIGHTNESS
H/L
Reception
Changes regularly between
“ ” and “ ” at one second
intervals
To improve reception
FM wire
antenna
VOL
Display
Radio-controlled
clock antenna
ALARM TIME SET A/B
Location of radio-controlled clock
antenna setup:
If the installation is within a building made of
reinforced concrete, reception will be weaker the
farther the antenna is from a window. To
improve reception, place the antenna as close as
possible to the window.
Direction the antenna faces:
Reception changes depending on the direction
that the antenna is facing. Look at the display
window to check reception, and turn the antenna
so that it faces in the direction where reception is
most stable.
Reception may be poor when the antenna is placed
on a metal surface such as that of a steel desk.
Screw
(not
supplied)
• To set the current time rapidly, hold down
CLOCK + or –.
• In step 6, when you press CLOCK after the
minute setting to activate the clock, the seconds
start counting from zero.
• When the alarm setting dial is set to ALARM
TIME SET A or B, the clock cannot be set.
Note
The clock is set to automatically receive time
signals and will continue to do so even if it is
manually reset.
To display the year and date
Press SNOOZE/DATE/SLEEP OFF once for the
date, and within 2 seconds press it again for the
year.
The display shows the date or year for a few
seconds and then changes back to the current
time.
Playing the Radio
Manual Tuning
1
ALARM MODE
OFF / RADIO A / BUZZER B / A+B
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Alarm setting dial
Setting the Clock
and Date
Note
When unable to see the display, set
BRIGHTNESS for the display to H (high) or
L (low) according to your preference.
To Set the Clock and
Date Automatically
This radio is equipped with a radio-controlled
clock-auto-adjust system.
The clock-auto-adjust receives standard time
data (year, month, day, hour, minute, second,
and D.S.T.) on a prescribed frequency, and uses
that to automatically reset the clock. To receive
correct local time, set the zone selector
(illustrated below) on the bottom of the radio to
the time zone you are in (Eastern, Central,
Mountain, or Pacific). If the selector is set to the
wrong zone, the displayed time will be wrong.
There are no zone settings for Alaska and
Hawaii.
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Notes
• If the radio is turned on before clock
adjustment is completed, the unit stops
receiving time signals.
• If the alarm setting dial is set to ALARM TIME
SET A or B before clock adjustment is
completed, the unit stops receiving time
signals.
• If the alarm setting dial is set to a position other
than ALARM TIME SET A or B while the radio
is turned off, the unit starts to receive time
signals again.
• If CLOCK AUTO ADJUST is pressed before
clock adjustment is completed, the unit stops
receiving time signals.
Unable to set the Clock
Automatically
Press CLOCK until you hear one beep and press
CLOCK + or – to set the correct time and date.
(See “To Set the Clock and Date Manually”.)
To initiate Clock Auto Adjust
manually
Set the alarm setting dial to ALARM
MODE OFF and then plug in the unit.
The Clock Auto Adjust function activates
automatically. “ ” will flash in the display.
It takes about three minutes from the
moment that reception starts until the
displayed time is correct even if the reception
is good.
reception
conditions
Flashes
Pressing CLOCK AUTO ADJUST allows you to
receive time signals..
“ ” will flash in the display. When the Clock
Auto Adjust process is completed, the clock will
be corrected, if needed, and “ ” will stop
flashing and remain lit in the display.
If the radio fails to receive time signals for about
12 minutes, the clock will remain unadjusted,
and “ ” will disappear from the display.
Notes
• When the alarm setting dial is set to ALARM
TIME SET A or B or the radio is being operated,
the unit cannot receive time signals.
• If the radio is turned on while the Clock Auto
Adjust system is activated, the unit stops
receiving time signals.
• If the alarm setting dial is set to ALARM TIME
SET A or B , the unit stops receiving time
signals.
Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.A.
40˚ 40’ N, 105˚ 03’ W
The strength of time signals changes according to
time of reception (you will get better reception in
the nighttime). If the clock is not set or corrected
automatically after you change the location or
direction of the radio-controlled clock antenna,
wait a while and see if you get better reception at
a later time.
Automatic updating of time data
The Dream Machine is equipped with the Clock
Auto Adjust system that automatically receives
time signals during the nighttime, the time when
reception is best. The system makes nine
corrections every hour from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
During automatic operation, “ ” does not flash
on and off. If the Clock Auto Adjust system is
unable to receive the time signals, “ ” goes off.
For improved reception, press CLOCK AUTO
ADJUST to initiate Clock Auto Adjust manually
and change the position or direction of the radiocontrolled clock antenna.
When clock adjustment is completed,
the clock will start to operate. “ ” will
stop flashing and remain in the display.
Press RADIO ON to turn on the radio.
The display shows the band and frequency
for a few seconds and then changes back to
the current time.
Press BAND repeatedly to select the
desired band.
Use TUNING + or – to tune in to the
desired station.
The FM frequency advances or reverses in
0.1MHz channel steps and the AM frequency
in 10kHz channel steps.
Two short beeps sound when the minimum
frequency of each band is received during
tuning.
Do not operate the unit over a steel desk or
metal surface, as this may lead to
interference of reception.
• To check the station being received, press
TUNING + or – lightly. The display shows the
band and frequency for a few seconds and then
changes back to the current time.
• If the radio alarm comes on while the radio is
on, the unit switches to the station on WAKE
UP STATION (preset 1 button).
Preset Tuning
You can preset up to five stations for one-touch
tuning; one for each of the preset buttons 1 to 5.
Presetting a station
Example: To preset AM 1 260 kHz onto
preset 2 button.
1 Press RADIO ON to turn on the radio.
2 Tune in to the station you want to
preset.
3
(See “Manual Tuning”.)
Hold down the desired
STATION•SELECT/PRESET button (in
this case, 2) until you hear two short
beeps.
On daylight Saving Time adjustment
The Clock Auto Adjust system automatically
switches the clock indication to Daylight Saving
Time (summer time), and back, at the necessary
time of the year.
“ ” will be displayed when the clock is in
Daylight Saving Time.
Note
According to reception conditions, the actual
adjustment to or from Daylight Saving Time by
the Clock Auto Adjust system may be done later
than the exact moment of transition in the yearly
calendar.
To Set the Clock and
Date Manually
2
3
Set the alarm setting dial to ALARM
MODE OFF.
Plug in the clock radio.
The display will flash “AM 12:00”.
Press CLOCK for a few seconds.
You will hear a beep and the year will start to
flash in the display.
The display shows the frequency for a few
seconds and then changes back to the current
time.
For the radio alarm, preset the station to be used
as the alarm onto preset 1 button.
To change a preset station
Tune in manually to the station you want to store
and hold down the preset button until you hear
two short beeps. The previously stored station
will be replaced by the new one.
Tuning in to a preset station
1 Press RADIO ON to turn on the radio.
2 Press STATION•SELECT/PRESET
where the desired station is stored.
3 Adjust volume using VOL.
After a few seconds, the display will return to
the current time but the preset button
number will remain.
To Stop the Alarm
Press ALARM RESET to turn off the
alarm.
The alarm will come on again at the same time
the next day.
To Deactivate the Alarm
Set the alarm setting dial to ALARM
MODE OFF.
To Use the Radio (A)
Alarm
Setting the Sleep
Timer
You can use the station preset onto the “Preset 1
Button” (WAKE UP STATION) as the alarm (see
“Preset Tuning”).
Preset a station onto preset 1 button.
You can enjoy falling asleep to the radio using
the built-in sleep timer that turns off the radio
automatically after a preset duration.
1
Set the alarm setting dial to ALARM
TIME SET A. After one beep, indicator
A flashes.
2
Press CLOCK + or – to select the
desired time.
When CLOCK + or – is held down, the
displayed time initially changes in oneminute steps, then after a few seconds
switches to ten-minute steps.
3
Set the alarm setting dial to ALARM
MODE RADIO A.
Indicator A lights up.
When the alarm comes on at the preset time,
indicator A flashes and the radio station that is
preset with the preset 1 button comes on.
The unit switches off automatically after about 60
minutes.
To Use the Buzzer (B)
Alarm
1
Set the alarm setting dial to ALARM
TIME SET B.
After one beep, indicator B flashes.
2
Press CLOCK + or – to select the
desired time.
When CLOCK + or – is held down, the
displayed time initially changes in oneminute steps, then after a few seconds
switches to ten-minute steps.
Adjust volume using VOL.
• To turn off the radio, press RADIO OFF.
• To improve reception
FM: Extend the FM wire antenna fully to
increase reception sensitivity.
AM: Rotate the unit horizontally for optimum
reception. A ferrite bar is built in to the
unit.
Note
Automatic updating cannot be manually
canceled.
1
2
4
Location of transmitting source
Time signals are transmitted from the following
location:
Notes
• Set the current time before setting the alarm.
• Radio reception is interrupted while the alarm
time is being set.
Set BRIGHTNESS for the display to H (high) or L
(low) according to your preference.
3
Lit
You can choose from two types of alarm, Radio
(A) or Buzzer (B).
The alarm will come on at the same time
everyday.
The factory setting alarm time for the radio (A)
and buzzer (B) is 12:00am.
To set the brightness of the
backlight
2
Notes
Reception may be impossible in these locations:
• Close to television sets, personal computers,
refrigerators or similar electrical appliances
and equipment.
• Close to high voltage wires or overhead power
lines.
• Locations where there could be interference
with electrical signals such as construction
sites, airports or any other place where there is
a large volume of traffic.
Setting the Alarm
3
Set the alarm setting dial to ALARM
MODE BUZZER B.
Indicator B lights up.
When the alarm comes on at the preset time,
indicator B flashes and the beep sounds. The
beeping becomes more rapid after every few
seconds in five progressive stages. The unit
switches off automatically after about 60
minutes.
To Use the Radio (A)
and Buzzer (B) Alarm
1
Set both alarm times for ALARM TIME
SET A/B. (see above) .
2
Set the alarm setting dial to ALARM
MODE A+B.
Indicators A and B light up.
If the same alarm time is set for both (A) and (B),
(A) takes priority.
To Check the Alarm
Time
Press ALARM TIME CHECK.
The display shows the alarm time for a few
seconds and then returns to show the
current time. When the alarm setting dial
is set to either ALARM MODE OFF or A +
B, the alarm time in RADIO A and then
BUZZER B appears in the display.
To Doze for a Few More
Minutes
Press SNOOZE/DATE/SLEEP OFF.
The radio or buzzer turns off but will automatically come on again after about 8 minutes. Every
time you press SNOOZE/DATE/SLEEP OFF, the
snooze time changes as follows:
8
16
24
32
40
48
56
60
The display shows the snooze time for a few
seconds and returns to show the current time.
When you press SNOOZE/DATE/SLEEP OFF after
the current time appeared, the snooze time starts
from 8 minutes again.
• The maximum length of the snooze time is 60
minutes.
Press SLEEP.
The radio turns on. You can set the sleep timer
to durations of 90, 60, 30, or 15 minutes. Every
push changes the display as follows:
90
On
15
60
30
Two short beeps sound when the display returns
to “On”.
“SLEEP” will appear in the display when the
duration time is set.
The radio will play for the time you set, then
shut off.
• To turn off the radio before the preset time,
press SNOOZE/DATE/SLEEP OFF.
To Use Both Sleep Timer
and Alarm
You can fall asleep to the radio and also be
awakened by the radio or buzzer alarm at the
preset time.
1
2
Set the alarm. (See “Setting the
Alarm”.)
Set the sleep timer. (See “Setting the
Sleep Timer”.)
Troubleshooting
Should any problem occur with the unit, make
the following simple checks to determine
whether or not servicing is required.
If the problem persists, consult your nearest
Sony dealer.
Unable to receive time signals
• Inappropriate location for setting up antenna.
Try moving the antenna to a different location.
If reception is still bad, wait for awhile because
reception may improve at a later time. See “To
improve reception.”
The clock does not show the correct time.
• Has an electrical power outage lasting more
than 1 minutes occurred?
The radio or buzzer alarm does not sound at
the preset alarm time.
• Has the desired radio or buzzer alarm been
activated? (i.e. Is the indicator A or B lit?)
The radio alarm is activated but no sound
comes on at the preset alarm time.
• Has a station been preset onto WAKE UP
STATION (preset 1 button)?
• Has VOL been adjusted ?
No sound comes from the speakers.
• Hasn't the alarm setting dial been remained
setting to ALARM TIME SET?