BGetting started
BBasic Operations
Step 1: Installing the Batteries
Replacing the batteries
1
IC Recorder
Slide and lift the
battery compartment
lid.
The battery indicator in the
display window shows the battery
condition.
When “
“ flashes, replace the
batteries with new ones.
When “
“ flashes, the batteries
are exhausted and the unit will
stop operation.
Battery life*
Owner’s Record
The model number is located at the
rear and the serial number is
located inside the battery
compartment. Record the serial
number in the space provided
below. Refer to these numbers
whenever you call upon your Sony
dealer regarding this product.
Operating Instructions
Model No. ICD-B500
Serial No._______________________
2
ICD-B500
2007 Sony Corporation
Insert two LR03 (size
AAA) alkaline batteries
with correct polarity,
and close the lid.
Printed in China
Make sure to insert both
of the batteries from
their – ends.
For the customers in the
U.S.A.
The following FCC statement applies only to the
version of this model manufactured for sale in the
USA. Other versions may not comply with FCC
technical regulations.
INFORMATION
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.
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications
not expressly approved in this manual could void
your authority to operate this equipment.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference,
and (2) this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
If you have any questions about this product, you
may call: Sony Customer Information Services Center
1-800-222-7669 or http://www.sony.com/
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.
Cinappropriate 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.
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
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 Offi ce, your household waste disposal
service or the shop where you purchased the
product.
Notice for customers:
the following information is
only applicable to equipment
sold in 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.
Troubleshooting
If the battery compartment lid is
accidentally detached, attach it as
illustrated.
With continuous use, approx. 11
hours recording/7.5 hours playback
in the HQ mode, and approx. 22
hours recording/11 hours playback
in the SP and LP modes is possible.
* Using Sony alkaline batteries LR03
(size AAA)
* When playing back through the
internal speaker with the medium
volume level
The battery life may shorten
depending on the operation of the
unit.
Notes
• Do not use manganese batteries for
this unit.
• When you replace the batteries
with new ones, the clock setting
display appears. In this case, set
the date and time again. The
recorded messages and alarm
setting, however, will remain.
• When replacing the batteries, be
sure to replace both batteries with
new ones.
• Do not charge dry batteries.
• When you are not going to use the
unit for a long time, remove the
batteries to prevent damage from
battery leakage and corrosion.
• The unit is accessing data while
“ACCESS“ appears in the display
window. While accessing, do not
remove the batteries. Doing so may
damage the data.
• The batteries have been inserted with incorrect
polarity.
• The batteries are weak.
• The buttons are locked with the HOLD switch. (If
you press any button, “HOLD” will flash for 3
seconds.)
No sound comes from the speaker.
• The ear receiver or headphones are plugged in.
• The volume is turned down completely.
“FULL” is displayed and you cannot start
recording.
• The memory is full. Erase some of the messages.
• 99 messages have been recorded in the selected
folder. Select another folder or erase some of the
messages.
Noise is heard.
• An object, such as your finger, etc., accidentally
rubbed or scratched the unit during recording so
that noise was recorded.
• The unit 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.
• Ear receiver/headphones plug is dirty. Clean the
plug.
Recording level is low.
• Set the microphone sensitivity to “H (high)” using
the menu.
Recording is interrupted.
• The advanced VOR function is activated. Set VOR
to “OFF.”
Recording Messages
You can record up to 99 messages in each of the four folders (A,
B, C, and D).
Since a newly recorded message is automatically added behind
the last recorded message, you can start recording quickly
without searching for the end of the last recording.
e.g.
Clock setting display appears when you insert batteries for the
first time, or when you replace the batteries with new ones.
Please refer to Steps 2 to 3 in “Step 2: Setting the Clock” to set the
date and time.
1
1
See “Changing the Recording Mode” on the
reverse side.
2
3
OPR indicator
(lights in red during
recording.)
Recording mode
* The display selected
with the DISPLAY/
MENU button appears.
Counter display*
You do not need to keep pressing zXREC/PAUSE while
recording.
Stop recording.
zXREC/
PAUSE
2 Press – . or >+ to
display “SET DATE.”
NxPLAY/STOP
Set the date.
1 Press – . or >+ to
select the digits of the
year.
To
Do this
pause recording*
Press zXREC/PAUSE.
During recording pause, the OPR
indicator flashes in red and “PAUSE”
flashes in the display window.
release pause and
resume recording
Press zXREC/PAUSE.
Recording resumes from that point.
(To stop recording after pausing
recording, press xSTOP.)
listen to the current
Press xSTOP to stop recording, then
press recording NxPLAY/STOP.
review the current
recording instantly
Press NxPLAY/STOP during
recording.
search backward during
recording (Review)
Hold down – . during recording
or recording pause. Recording mode
will be released, and reviewing of the
current recording starts. If you release
the button, playback starts from that
point.
2 Press NxPLAY/STOP.
The month digits will flash.
select the microphone
sensitivity
3 Set the month and day in
sequence, then press
NxPLAY/STOP.
The hour digits will flash.
1 Tip
Selecting the Folder
Set the time.
1 Press – . or >+ to select
the digits of the hour.
1
3 Set the minute.
4 Press NxPLAY/STOP at
the time signal.
The display will return to
“SET DATE.”
2 Press NxPLAY/STOP.
The minute digits will flash.
You can select the microphone
sensitivity using the menu. See
“Selecting the Microphone
Sensitivity.”
H (high): To record at meeting or in a
quiet and/or spacious place.
L (low): To record for dictation or in a
noisy place.
* About one hour after you pause recording, recording pause is
automatically released and the unit goes into the stop mode.
To set the date to Year 2007, display “07Y.”
3
Press xSTOP.
The unit stops at the
beginning of the current
recording.
If you do not change the folder after you stop recording, the next
time you record you will record in the same folder.
3 Press NxPLAY/STOP.
The year digits will flash.
You cannot record messages up to the
maximum recording time.
• If you record messages in a mixture of HQ, SP and
LP modes, the recordable time varies from the
maximum HQ mode recording time to the
maximum LP mode recording time.
• No more recording can be made when 99 messages
each have been recorded in a folder.
• Due to the limitation of the IC recording system,
this unit records in the minimum recording unit. If
the length of each message cannot be divided by the
minimum recording unit, the remaining recording
time may decrease by more than the total length of
the messages.
2 Speak to the builtin microphone.
Display the clock setting display.
It takes longer for the unit to start
operation.
• If you divide messages too frequently while the unit
is recording them, the following phenomenon may
occur: The OPR indicator keeps flashing, and you
cannot operate the unit for a certain period. This is
not a malfunction. Wait until the OPR indicator
goes off.
Start recording.
Current message
number
• You have not set the clock.
• You cannot divide a message in a folder which has
99 messages.
• If you divide messages frequently, the unit may
become unable to divide a message.
• You cannot divide a message in the first or the last 1
second of a message.
See “Selecting the Folder.”
1 Press zXREC/
PAUSE.
“--Y--M--D” or “--:--” is displayed.
You cannot divide a message.
Select the folder.
–.
(Review)
1 Press DISPLAY/MENU for
more than 1 second until
“MODE” appears in the
display window.
The unit enters the menu
mode.
2
Blank space
Select the recording
mode.
Clock setting display appears when you insert batteries for the first time, or when you replace the
batteries with new ones. In this case, proceed from step 2.
Remove the film on the display window before you use the IC recorder.
• This unit is designed to automatically adjust the
recording level when recording meetings, etc., and
is not suitable for music recording.
• The date and time of recording will not be
displayed if you recorded the message when the
clock was not set.
Newly recorded message
Note
4
Recording level is unstable (when
recording music, etc.).
“--Y--M--D” or “--:--” is displayed on the
REC DATE display.
Message 2
Before making a long recording, be sure to insert new batteries and
check the battery indicator.
Step 2: Setting the Clock
5 Press xSTOP to exit from
the menu mode.
If the unit is left unused for
more than 3 seconds in the
stop mode, the display will
show the current time.
1 Tip
This unit does not have a power on/off switch. The display is shown at all times.
2
Press DISPLAY/MENU for more than 1
second until “MODE” appears in the
display window.
2
Press – . or >+ to select “SENS” and
press NxPLAY/STOP.
3
Press – . or >+ to select “H (high
sensitivity)” or “L (low sensitivity)” and
press NxPLAY/STOP.
4
Press xSTOP to exit the menu mode.
Note on recording
Noise may be recorded if an object,
such as your finger, etc., accidentally
rubs or scratches the unit during
recording.
The maximum recording time of
all the folders is as follows. You
can record messages for the
maximum recording time in a
single folder.
HQ*
30 h. 25 min.
SP**
81 h. 15 min.
LP***
150 h. 15 min.
(h.: hours/min.: minutes)
* HQ: High quality recording mode
(monaural sound)
** SP: Standard play recording mode
(monaural sound)
***LP: Long play recording mode
(monaural sound)
Notes
• To record in better sound quality,
select the HQ mode. For switching
the recording mode, see “Changing
the Recording Mode” on the
reverse side.
• Before making a long recording, be
sure to check the battery indicator.
• The maximum recording time and
the number of messages you can
make vary depending on the
conditions of use.
• When you record messages in the
mixture of HQ, SP and LP mode,
the maximum recording time will
be between those for the HQ and
LP modes.
• Due to the limitation of the IC
recording system, this unit records
in the minimum recording unit of
approx. 2 seconds at most,
therefore the following symptoms
may occur:
– When a message is shorter than
the minimum recording unit, it
is still counted as approx. 2
seconds at most so the
remaining recording time will
decrease by more than the
actual length of the message.
– When the message is longer
than the minimum recording
unit, the remaining recording
time will decrease by more than
the actual length of the message
if it cannot be divided by the
minimum recording unit
without a remainder.
– The sum of the number on the
counter (elapsed recording
time) and the remaining
recording time may be less than
the unit’s maximum recording
time.
Remaining memory
indication
During recording, the remaining
memory indicator decreases one
by one.
The memory is
nearly full.
Press – . or >+ to select “FOLDER”
and press NxPLAY/STOP.
3
Press – . or >+ to select the folder
you want and press NxPLAY/STOP.
4
Press xSTOP to exit the menu mode.
Current folder
Power source
To turn the power off, slide the HOLD switch in the direction of the
arrow in the stop mode.
To turn the power on, slide the HOLD switch in the opposite direction
from that of the arrow, and then press any operation button.
• Take out the batteries and insert them again.
Please note that recorded messages may be erased
during service or repair work.
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Playing Back Messages
When playing back a previously recorded message, start from
Step 1.
When playing back a message you have just finished recording,
start from Step 3.
1
Select the folder.
See “Selecting the Folder.”
2
Select the message
number.
Press – . or >+ to display the desired
message number.
– .: for smaller message number
>+: for larger message number
Number of
messages in a folder
Counter display*
* The display selected with the DISPLAY/MENU button appears (see
the reverse side).
3
Start playback.
1 Press NxPLAY/STOP.
When the remaining time of
recording reaches 5 minutes, the
last one of the indication flashes.
If the remaining recording time
display mode is selected,
“REMAIN” and the counter
display flash when the remaining
time reaches 1 minute.
To continue recording, first erase
some of the messages.
i (headphone) jack
OPR indicator
(lights in green during
playback.)
2 Adjust the volume
with the VOL
control.
Counter display (or
the selected display
mode)
xSTOP
Notes
• If you press zXREC/PAUSE
when the memory is full, “FULL”
will flash with an alarm sound.
Erase some of the messages before
you start recording again.
• If you press zXREC/PAUSE after
you have recorded 99 messages,
“FULL” will flash with an alarm
sound. Select another folder or
erase some of the messages.
Starting recording
automatically in response
to the sound — Advanced
VOR function
When VOR (voice operated
recording) is set to “ON” in the
menu, recording starts when the
recorder detects sound. (“VOR” is
displayed in the display window.)
Recording stops when no sound is
heard. (“VOR PAUSE” flashes in
the display window.)
Note
VOR function is affected by the
sound around you. Set the
microphone sensitivity to “H (high)”
or “L (low)” using the menu. If
recording is not satisfactory after you
have changed the microphone
sensitivity, or for important
recording, set VOR to “OFF.”
Playing back a message
repeatedly
— Repeat Play
During playback, press
NxPLAY/STOP for more than
one second.
“ “ will be displayed and the
selected message will be played
back repeatedly.
To resume normal playback, press
NxPLAY/STOP again. To stop
playback, press xSTOP.
Playing back all messages
in a folder continuously
— Continuous Play
You can select the continuous play
mode with “CONT“ in the menu.
When you set “CONT” to “ON,“
you can play back all messages in
a folder continuously.
Searching forward/
backward during
playback (Cue/Review)
Selected message number
Flashing
Press DISPLAY/MENU for more than 1
second until “MODE” appears in the
display window.
The unit does not operate correctly.
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Maximum recording time
Message 1
Remaining memory
indicator
Before taking the unit for repair, check the following
sections. Should any problem persist after you have
made these checks, consult your nearest Sony dealer.
The unit does not operate.
Selecting the Microphone Sensitivity
After playing back one message, the unit stops at the beginning of
the next message. When the continuous play function is set to
“ON” (see the reverse side), the unit stops after playing all
messages in a folder.
When the last message on a folder has been played back, the unit
stops at the beginning of the last message.
For private listening
Connect an ear receiver or headphones (not supplied) to the
i (headphone) jack. The built-in speaker will be automatically
disconnected. If noise is heard, wipe the headphones plug.
Other operations
To
Do this
stop at the current position
Press NxPLAY/STOP or
xSTOP. To resume playback
from that point, press
NxPLAY/STOP again.
go back to the beginning
of the current message
Press – . once.
skip to the next message
Press >+ once.
go back to previous
messages/skip to succeeding
messages
Press – . or >+
repeatedly. (During stop
mode, keep the button
pressed to skip the messages
continuously.)
To search forward, keep >+
pressed during playback and
release the button at the point you
wish to resume playback.
To search backward, keep – .
pressed during playback and
release the button at the point you
wish to resume playback.
If you keep >+ or – .
pressed, the unit starts to search at
higher speed.
For the first 10 seconds of cue/
review, fast playback sound can
be heard. When searching at a
higher speed, playback sound will
not be heard.
During cue/review, the counter
will be displayed, regardless of
the display mode setting.
1 Tip
When fast playback is done to the
end of the last message, “END”
flashes for 5 seconds. (You cannot
hear the playback sound.) If you
keep – . pressed while “END” is
flashing, the messages are played
back rapidly, and normal playback
will start at the point you release the
button.
When “END” stops flashing and the
OPR indicator goes off, the unit will
stop at the beginning of the last
message.
If the last message is long and you
wish to start playback at a later part
of the message, keep >+ pressed
to play back the message to the end
and then press – . while “END”
is flashing 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.)
BVarious Ways of Recording
Erasing Messages
You can erase the recorded messages one by one or all messages in a folder at a time.
Note that once a recording has been erased, you cannot retrieve it.
Erasing messages one by one
When a message is erased, the remaining messages will advance and renumbered so that
there will be no space between messages.
Before erasing
Message 1
Message 2
Message 3
Message 4
Message 5
Adding a Recording to a
Previously Recorded
Message
You can add a recording to the message being
played back.
The added recording will be placed after the
current message and counted as a part of the
message.
During playback of Message 3
Message 3
Erase Message 3
After erasing
Message 1
Message 2
Message 3
Message 4
After adding a recording
Message 3
1 Press ERASE while playing back the message you want to erase
or press ERASE for more than 1 second during stop mode.
A beep will sound and the message number and “ERASE” will
flash while the whole message is played back 10 times.
Message 4
Added recording
Meeting at 2 o’clock
on December 1.
at Conference room A
2 Press ERASE while the message is being played back.
The message is erased and the remaining messages will be
renumbered. (For example, if you erase Message 3, Message 4 will
be renumbered as Message 3. When erasing is completed, the unit
will stop at the beginning of the following message.)
1
Press xSTOP before step 2.
To erase other messages
Repeat steps 1 and 2.
To erase a message partially
First divide the message and then follow the steps to erase the message.
Message 1
2
Press xSTOP to stop the recording.
Notes
• You cannot add a recording if the remaining
memory is not long enough.
• The added portion of a message will be recorded
in the same recording mode (HQ, SP, or LP).
Erasing all messages in a folder
e.g.
Folder A
During playback, press
zXREC/PAUSE for more
than 1 second.
The “REC” indication appears
and “ADD” will flash for 3
seconds in the display window.
The OPR indicator will turn
red.
The new recording will be
added at the end of the
current message.
To cancel erasing
Playing Back a Message at
a Desired Time with an
Alarm
Dividing a Message
You can divide a message during recording or
playback, so that the message is divided into
two and the new message number is added to
the divided message. By dividing a message,
you can easily find the point you want to play
back when you make a long recording such as a
meeting.
You can divide messages until the total number
of messages in the folder becomes 99.
While recording or playing back a
message, press DIVIDE at the point you
want to divide.
Message 4
Remaining messages are renumbered.
BOther Functions
You can sound an alarm and start playback of a
selected message at a desired time. If you select
“B-ONLY” in Step 6, an alarm sounds only and
playback will not start.
1
Select the folder (See
“Selecting the Folder” on
the front side) and display
the message you want to
play back with an alarm.
2
Enter the alarm setting
mode.
1 Press DISPLAY/MENU for
more than 1 second until
“MODE” appears in the
display window.
• When you press DIVIDE during
recording:
The new message number is
added at the point you pressed
the button, and the new
message number and
“DIVIDE“ flash for 3 seconds.
The message will be divided
into two; however, the
messages will be recorded
without a break.
2 Press – . or >+ to
select “ALARM OFF”
(If the alarm has already
set to the selected
message, “ALARM ON” is
displayed. If you do not
wish to change the setting,
press xSTOP and exit the
menu mode.)
Message 1 Message 2 Message 3
A message is divided.
Recording continues
Note
“ALARM OFF (or ON)” will not appear
and the alarm cannot be set if the clock has
not been set or no message has been
recorded in the selected folder.
1 Tip
You can divide a message during recording pause.
• When you press DIVIDE during
playback:
The message is divided into
two at the point you pressed
the button, and the new
message number and
“DIVIDE“ flash for 3 seconds.
The message numbers of the
following messages will
increase by one.
3 Press NxPLAY/STOP.
“OFF” starts to flash.
Message 3
Blank space
Message 1
Message 2
Message 1
Blank space
1 Select the folder you
want to erase using
DISPLAY/MENU.
(See “Selecting the Folder”
on the front side.)
Message 2
Message 3
Message 3
2 While pressing xSTOP, press
ERASE for more than 1 second.
“ALL ERASE” will flash for 10
seconds.
Recording with an External
Microphone or from Other
Equipment
1
4 Press – . or >+ to
select “ON”.
“ON” starts to flash.
When recording with an external
microphone
mini-plug
(monaural)
External
microphone
(not supplied)
(microphone)
To cancel erasing
Press xSTOP before step 3.
When you connect an external microphone, the
built-in microphone is automatically cut off.
When a plug in power type microphone is
connected, power is automatically supplied to
the microphone from the IC recorder.
When recording from other
equipment
Main unit
MIC (built-in microphone)
Audio connecting cable with
attenuator (not supplied)
i (headphone) jack
(microphone) jack
OPR (operation) indicator
Display window
DISPLAY/MENU
mini-plug
(monaural)
ERASE
VOL (volume) control*
(microphone)
DIVIDE
xSTOP
zXREC (record)/PAUSE
HOLD
EAR, EARPHONE,
v or REC OUT
mini-plug (stereo
or monaural)
Tape recorder, TV,
radio, etc.
NxPLAY/STOP (ENTER)**
– .(review/fast backward)/
>+ (cue/fast forward) (SELECT)
Speaker
* There is a tactile dot beside the
control to show the direction to
turn up the volume.
**The button has a tactile dot.
2
To play the divided message
Press –. or >+ to display the message
number as the divided messages each have
message numbers.
Follow the steps in “Recording
Messages” on the front side to record
messages.
VOR ON:
Display window
Folder indication
Microphone sensitivity
Alarm indicator
Selected message number
REC DATE (recorded date)
indication
REMAIN indicator
Remaining memory
indicator
Remaining battery
indicator
Recording mode indication
VOR OFF:
1
REC (recording) indicator
Repeat play indicator
Number of messages in a
folder/Menu indication/
Counter /Remaining time
indication /Recording date
indication /Current time
indication /Messages
2
The VOR (Voice Operated
Recording) function is activated.
Recording starts when the unit
detects sound and stops when no
sound is heard, eliminating
recording from soundless period.
The VOR function is disabled.
Normal recording operation is
selected.
Press DISPLAY/MENU for
more than 1 second until
“MODE” appears in the
display window.
Press – . or >+ to
display “VOR” and press
NxPLAY/STOP.
Press – . or >+ to
select “ON” or “OFF” and
press NxPLAY/STOP.
Now the setting is completed.
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Press xSTOP to exit the
menu mode.
1 Press NxPLAY/STOP
while “DATE” is flashing.
The year digits will flash.
Notes
• If 99 messages have been recorded in a folder,
you cannot divide a message. In that case,
reduce the number of messages to 98 or less by
erasing unnecessary messages or by moving
some of the messages to another folder before
dividing a message.
• If you divide a message with an alarm setting, the
alarm setting remains only with the former
message divided.
• You cannot divide a message in the first or the
last 1 second.
• If you divide a message frequently, the unit may
become unable to divide a message.
• Once a message is divided, you cannot combine
the divided messages with the IC recorder.
• If you divide messages too frequently while the
unit is recording them, the following
phenomenon may occur: The OPR indicator
keeps flashing, and you cannot operate the unit
for a certain period. This is not a malfunction.
Wait until the OPR indicator goes off.
2 Press – . or > + to
select the year digits and
press NxPLAY/STOP.
The month digits will
flash.
3 Press – . or >+ to
select the month digits
and press NxPLAY/
STOP.
The day digits will flash.
While the unit is stopped,
select the message you
want to move.
Press – . or >+ to
select the day of the
week.
To play back at the same
time every day
Press – . or >+ to
select “DAILY.”
4
5
The message is moved in the
destination folder.
Slide the HOLD switch to “ON.” “HOLD” will
appear for 3 seconds, indicating that all the
functions of the buttons are locked.
When the HOLD function is activated during
stop, all the display will be turned off after
“HOLD” is displayed.
Press xSTOP to exit the
menu mode.
To cancel moving the message(s)
Press xSTOP before step 5.
Note
The move function does not duplicate a message in
another folder. When you move a message to
another folder, the one in the previous folder will
be deleted.
Press DISPLAY/MENU for
more than 1 second until
“MODE” appears in the
display window.
Press – . or >+ to
display “BEEP ON (or OFF)”
and press NxPLAY/STOP.
“ON (or OFF)” will flash.
3
Press – . or >+ to
select “ON” or “OFF” and
press NxPLAY/STOP.
The setting is completed.
4
Press xSTOP to exit the
menu mode.
To cancel the HOLD function
Slide the HOLD switch to “OFF.”
When the HOLD function is activated during
recording, cancel the HOLD function first to stop
recording.
1 Tip
Even if the HOLD function is activated, you can
stop the alarm playback. To stop the alarm or
playback, press xSTOP.
5
Changing the Recording
Mode
HQ: You can record with the high quality
sound (monaural sound).
SP: You can record with better sound
(monaural sound).
LP: You can record for longer time (monaural
sound).
1
Press DISPLAY/MENU for
more than 1 second until
“MODE” appears in the
display window.
2
Make sure that “MODE” is
displayed and press
NxPLAY/STOP.
“HQ (or SP, LP)” will flash.
Press – . or >+ to
select “HQ”, “SP” or “LP”
and press NxPLAY/STOP.
Now the setting is completed.
4
Press xSTOP to exit the
menu mode.
The setting becomes effective
and the normal screen will be
displayed.
If the unit is left unoperated
for more than 3 seconds, the
display will show the current
time and the selected
recording mode will be
displayed.
Playing Back All Messages
in a Folder Continuously
CONT ON:
You can play back all messages in
a folder continuously.
CONT OFF: Playback stops at the end of each
message.
1
Press NxPLAY/STOP.
Set the alarm time.
1 Press – . or >+ to
select the hour digits and
press NxPLAY/STOP.
The minute digits will
flash.
2 Press – . or >+ to
select the minute digits
and press NxPLAY/
STOP.
“B-PLAY” will be
displayed.
6
Press DISPLAY/MENU for
more than 1 second until
“MODE” appears in the
display window.
B
Set the alarm sound.
Counter:
Elapsed playback/
recording time in one
message
m
Remaining time
(REMAIN):
In the playback mode:
The remaining time of
one message indication.
In the stop and
recording mode: The
remaining recording
time indication.
2 Press NxPLAY/STOP.
“ALARM ON” will be
displayed.
Press xSTOP to exit the
menu mode.
Recorded date (REC
DATE)*:
The date the current
message was recorded.
“,” is displayed when the number of the
message with alarm setting is selected.
At the set time, the alarm will sound for about
10 seconds and the selected message will be
played back.
During playback, “ALARM” will flash in the
display window.
When the playback ends, the unit will stop
automatically at the beginning of that message.
m
Recorded time (REC
DATE)**:
The time the current
message was recorded.
To listen to the same message
again
Press NxPLAY/STOP. The same message
will be played back from the beginning.
* If the clock has not been set, “--Y--M--D” will be
displayed.
**If the clock has not been set, “--:--” will be
displayed.
ICD-B500 GB U/CA/CE7/E 3-097-342-12 (1)
Press – . or >+ to
display “CONT” and press
NxPLAY/STOP.
“OFF (or ON)” will flash.
3
If the unit is left unoperated for
more than 3 seconds in the stop
mode, the display will show the
current time, regardless of the
display mode setting.
1 Press – . or >+ to
select the alarm sound
either from “B-PLAY”
(playing back the
message after the alarm)
or “B-ONLY” (alarm only)
7
2
You can select the display mode for the stop,
recording and playback modes.
Each time you press DISPLAY/MENU, the
display mode will change as shown below:
1 On the current time display
Precautions
On power
• Operate the unit only on 3 V DC. Use two
LR03 (size AAA) alkaline batteries.
On safety
• Do not operate the unit while driving, cycling
or operating any motorized vehicle.
On handling
• 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 batteries 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.
On maintenance
• To clean the exterior, use a soft cloth slightly
moistened in water. Do not use alcohol,
benzine or thinner.
If you have any questions or problems
concerning your unit, please consult your
nearest Sony dealer.
HOLD
m
6
2
Preventing Accidental
Operation — HOLD
function
Selecting the Display
Mode
Press – . or >+ to
select the folder to which
you want to move the
message (C in this case).
Press NxPLAY/STOP.
1
The hour digits will flash.
The destination folder
indication flashes.
4
A beep will sound to indicate that
operation has been accepted.
BEEP OFF: No beep sound will be heard
except for the alarm and timer.
3
Note
Press DISPLAY/MENU for
more than 1 second until
“MODE” appears in the
display window.
Press – . or >+ to
select “MOVE” and press
NxPLAY/STOP.
1 Select the message you set the alarm to play
back, and press DISPLAY/MENU for more
than 1 second to enter the menu mode.
2 Press – . or > + to select “ALARM
ON.”
3 Press NxPLAY/STOP to flash “ON.”
4 To cancel the alarm setting: Press – . or
> + to flash “OFF” and press NxPLAY/
STOP.
To change the alarm setting: Press
NxPLAY/STOP. When the alarm date is
displayed, follow the Steps 3 to 6 of “Playing
Back a Message at a Desired Time with an
Alarm” to change the alarm setting.
5 Press xSTOP to exit the menu mode.
BEEP ON:
To play back once a week
Example: Moving Message 3 in Folder A to
Folder C
3
Notes
• You cannot set the alarm if you have not set the
clock or there is no message in the selected folder
(the unit will not enter the alarm setting mode
when you press DISPLAY/MENU in Step 2).
• If you try to set the alarm to play back a message
at a previously set time on another message,
“PRE SET” will be displayed, preventing new
settings.
• If you try to set the alarm to the time before the
current time, “BACK-D” appears in the display
window and you cannot set the alarm.
• If the alarm time comes while another message is
being played back with an alarm, the playback
stops and the new message will be played back.
• If the alarm time comes during recording, alarm
will sound for 10 seconds after the recording is
finished and playback begins. “,” will flash
when the alarm time comes.
• If more than one alarm time comes during
recording, only the first message will be played
back.
• When the alarm time comes when the unit is in
the menu mode, alarm will sound and the menu
mode will be cancelled.
• If you erase the message you set the alarm to play
back, the alarm setting will be cancelled.
• If you divide a message with the playback alarm,
playback will stop at the point you divided a
message.
• You can adjust the playback volume with the
VOL control.
• If the alarm time comes during erasing, alarm
will sound for 10 seconds after the erasing is
finished and playback begins.
• Alarm setting will not be cancelled when the
alarm playback finishes. To cancel alarm setting,
see below.
Turning off the Beep
Sound
4 Press – . or >+ to
select the day digits.
Moving Messages to a
Different Folder — Move
Function
“OFF (or ON)” will flash.
3
Set the alarm date.
To play back on a desired date
(the message will be played back at the
same time on the same date every year
until you erase the message)
Select “ON“ for “CONT“ in the menu as described
in “Playing Back All Messages in a Folder
Continuously”.
1
Starting Recording
Automatically in Response
to the Sound — Advanced
VOR function
3
1 To play the divided messages
continuously
2
Hook for handstrap
(not supplied)
5 Press NxPLAY/STOP.
“DATE” will flash in the
display window.
Message 1 Message 2 Message 3 Message 4
• Make sure that the plugs are connected securely.
• We recommend you make a trial recording to
check the connections and volume control.
• When connecting equipment other than Sony’s,
refer to the instruction manual of the equipment.
Battery compartment
Message 3
A message is divided.
You can move the recorded messages to
another folder.
Notes
Rear
Message 2
The message numbers increase.
Connect a plug-in-power type
microphone or other equipment to
the (microphone) jack.
3 While the display is flashing,
press ERASE.
Index to Parts and Controls
Message 1
Press xSTOP while the alarm sound is heard.
You can stop even when the HOLD function is
activated.
To cancel or change the alarm
setting
Folder B
Message 2
To cancel the alarm setting before
the playback starts
Press – . or >+ to
select “ON” or “OFF” and
press NxPLAY/STOP.
Now the setting is completed.
4
Press xSTOP to exit the
menu mode.
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, etc.
Specifications
Recording media
Built-in flash memory 256 MB,
Monaural recording
Actual usable capacity may be smaller.
Recording time
HQ: 30 hours 25 minutes
SP: 81 hours 15 minutes
LP: 150 hours 15 minutes
Frequency range
HQ: 260 Hz - 6,800 Hz
SP: 220 Hz - 3,400 Hz
LP: 220 Hz - 3,100 Hz
Speaker
approx. 2.8 cm (1 1/8 in.) dia.
Power output
250 mW
Input/Output
•Headphone jack (minijack) for 8 - 300
ohms ear receiver/headphones
•Microphone jack (minijack, monaural)
Plug in power
Minimum input level 0.6 mV
Power requirements
Two LR03 (size AAA) alkaline
batteries: 3 V DC
Dimensions (w/h/d) (not incl. projecting parts
and controls)
34.6 × 109.5 × 18.0 mm
(1 3/8 × 4 3/8 × 23/32 in.)
Mass (incl. batteries)
65 g (2.3 oz)
Supplied accessories
Operating instructions (1)
LR03 (size AAA) alkaline batteries (2)
Headphone (1) (excluding the U.S.A.,
Canada, Europe and Tourist model)
Carrying pouch (1) (excluding the
U.S.A., Canada, Europe and Tourist
model)
Optional accessories
Electret Condenser Microphone ECMDM5P, ECM-CZ10, ECM-TL1 (for
telephone recording)
Audio connecting cable RK-G64HG /
RK-G69HG (excluding Europe)
Active speaker SRS-T88, SRS-T80
Your dealer may not handle some of the above
listed optional accessories. Please ask the dealer
for detailed information.
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.