Sony ICF-C1 Operating Instructions

FM/AM Clock Radio
Operating Instructions
©2014 Sony Corporation
Printed in China
9) Do not defeat the safety purpose of the
polarized or grounding-type plug. A
polarized plug has two blades with one
wider than the other. A grounding type
plug has two blades and a third grounding
prong. The wide blade or the third prong
are provided for your safety. If the provided
plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an
electrician for replacement of the obsolete
10)Protect the power cord from being walked
on or pinched particularly at plugs,
convenience receptacles, and the point
where they exit from the apparatus.
11) Only use attachments/accessories specified
by the manufacturer.
12) Use only with the cart, stand, tripod,
bracket, or table specified by the
manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus.
When a cart is used, use caution when
moving the cart/apparatus combination to
avoid injury from tip-over.
General information
Should any problems persist after you have
made the following checks, consult your
nearest Sony dealer.
The clock flashes “AM 12:00” after a
power interruption.
The battery is discharged. Remove the old
battery and insert a new one.
Unsatisfactory reception
The AC power cord functions as an FM
antenna. Extend the AC power cord fully to
increase reception sensitivity.
Before operating the unit, please read this
guide thoroughly and retain it for future
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.
For customers who purchased this
product in the USA
Please register this product on line at
Proper registration will enable us to send
you periodic mailings about new products,
services, and other important
announcements. Registering your product
will also allow us to contact you in the
unlikely event that the product needs
adjustment or modification. Thank you.
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do
not expose this apparatus to rain or
To reduce the risk of fire, do not cover the
ventilation of the apparatus with newspapers,
tablecloths, curtains, etc. And do not place
lighted candles on the apparatus.
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do
not expose this apparatus to dripping or
splashing, and do not place objects filled with
liquids, such as vases, on the apparatus.
Do not install the appliance in a confined
space, such as a bookcase or built-in cabinet.
Do not expose batteries or apparatus with
battery-installed to excessive heat such as
sunshine, fire or the like.
As the main plug is used to disconnect the unit
from the mains, connect the unit to an easily
accessible AC outlet. Should you notice an
abnormality in the unit, disconnect the main
plug from the AC outlet immediately.
The unit is not disconnected from the AC
power source (mains) as long as it is connected
to the wall outlet, even if the unit itself has
been turned off.
The nameplate and important information
concerning safety are located on the bottom
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate
this equipment.
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly
replaced. Replace only with the same type.
This symbol is intended to alert the
user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.
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
— 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.
Do not ingest battery, chemical burn
This product contains a coin/button cell
battery. If the coin/button cell battery is
swallowed, it can cause severe internal burns in
just 2 hours and can lead to death.
Keep new and used batteries away from
children. If the battery compartment does not
close securely, stop using the product and keep
it away from children.
If you think batteries might have been
swallowed or placed inside any part of the
body, seek immediate medical attention.
Important Safety Instructions
Read these instructions.
Keep these instructions.
Heed all warnings.
Follow all instructions.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
Clean only with dry cloth.
Do not block any ventilation openings.
Install in accordance with the
manufacturer’s instructions.
8) Do not install near any heat sources such as
radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other
apparatus (including amplifiers) that
produce heat.
13) Unplug this apparatus during lightning
storms or when unused for long periods of
14)Refer all servicing to qualified service
personnel. Servicing is required when the
apparatus has been damaged in any way,
such as power-supply cord or plug is
damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects
have fallen into the apparatus, the
apparatus has been exposed to rain or
moisture, does not operate normally, or has
been dropped.
For the state of California, USA
Perchlorate Material –special handling may
apply, See
Perchlorate Material: Lithium battery contains
Operate the unit on the power sources
specified in “Specifications.”
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, blanket, etc.) or near
materials (a curtain) that might block the
ventilation holes.
Wipe the battery with a dry cloth to assure a
good contact.
Be sure to observe the correct polarity when
installing the battery.
Do not hold the battery with metallic
tweezers, otherwise a short-circuit may
Do not expose the battery to excessive heat
such as direct sunlight, fire or the like.
If you have any questions or problems
concerning your unit, please consult your
nearest Sony dealer.
Rotate the unit horizontally for optimum
reception. A ferrite bar AM antenna is built
into the unit.
About the battery as a
backup power source
Replacing the backup
Keep the AC plug connected to the
wall outlet and remove the battery
compartment on the bottom of the
unit by pulling it up while sliding the
tab. (See Fig. -.)
Insert a new battery into the battery
compartment with the  side facing
This unit contains a CR2032 battery as a backup
power source to keep the clock operating
during a power interruption.
Do not operate the unit over a steel desk or
metal surface, as this may lead to
The radio or buzzer alarm does not
sound at the preset alarm time.
Check that “ ” appears on the display.
The radio alarm is activated but no
sound is emitted at the preset alarm
Adjust the volume using VOLUME +/–.
When daylight saving time (summer
time) begins, the clock does not switch
to daylight saving time (summer time)
Make sure the clock is set correctly.
When “Aut  On” appears on the display
after pressing and holding DST for more than
3 seconds, the Automatic DST/summer time
function becomes active.
Time display
12-hour system
Frequency range
87.5 MHz – 108 MHz
530 kHz – 1,710 kHz
Approx. 6.6 cm (2 5/8 inches) dia., 8 Ω
Power output
100 mW (at 10% harmonic distortion)
Power requirements
120 V AC, 60 Hz
For power backup: 3 V DC, one CR2032 battery
Approx. 101 mm  102 mm  101 mm (w/h/d)
(4 inches  4 inches  4 inches) including
projecting parts and controls
Approx. 480 g (1 lb 1 oz) including CR2032
Design and specifications are subject to
change without notice.
When to replace the
When the battery is discharged, “” appears
on the display.
If a power interruption occurs while the battery
is discharged, the current time and alarm will
be erased.
If “AM 12:00” flashes on the display when the
unit is connected to an AC outlet for the first
time, the battery may be discharged. In this
case, consult your nearest Sony dealer.
To remove the battery from the battery
compartment, push it out from the side
marked PUSH. (See Fig. -.)
Insert the battery compartment back
into the unit along the groove and
push it from above until it clicks. (See
Fig. -.)
The tab locks the battery compartment.
4Press RADIO to remove “” from the
When you replace the battery, do not
disconnect the AC plug from the wall outlet.
Otherwise, the current date, current time and
alarm will be erased.
If the unit will be left unplugged for a long
time, remove the battery to avoid any
damage that may be caused by leakage or
The frequency of the current radio
station is displayed as a rough guide.
Setting the clock
To change the clock setting manually, operate
the unit as follows.
Press and hold ENTER/TIME SET for
more than 2 seconds.
You will hear a beep and the last two digits
of the year will start to flash on the display.
2Press + or – repeatedly to select the
year, and then press ENTER/TIME SET.
While setting the alarm time, “ ” flashes on
the display.
When the alarm time setting operation is
complete, the clock display returns after a
few seconds and “ ” changes from flashing
to fully lit.
At the set time, the radio will turn on, or the
buzzer will sound gradually increasing in
volume. (“ ” flashes on the display.)
Repeat step 2 to set the month, day
and time.
After setting the time, two short beeps will
sound and the seconds will start
incrementing from zero.
Press ALARM RESET/OFF to turn off the
The alarm will sound again at the same time
the next day.
The sound turns off, but will automatically
come on again after about 10 minutes.
Each time you press SNOOZE/BRIGHTNESS,
the snooze time changes as follows:
If you do not press any button for about 1
minute while setting the clock, clock setting
mode will be canceled.
When daylight saving time
(summer time) begins/ends
while Automatic DST/summer
time adjustment is set to off
Change the clock setting manually if you have
canceled the Automatic DST/summer time
AC power cord
Playing the radio
There is a tactile dot beside VOLUME + to show the direction to go to turn up the
Getting Started
Connecting to an AC
power source
Connect the AC power cord to a wall outlet.
About Automatic DST/
summer time adjustment
This unit automatically adjusts for daylight
saving time (summer time). “DST” automatically
appears on the display at the beginning of
daylight saving time (summer time), and
disappears at the end of daylight saving time
(summer time).
Daylight saving time (summer time) begins
at 2:00 AM on the second Sunday of March.
Standard time begins at 2:00 AM on the first
Sunday of November.
To wall outlet
The current EST (Eastern Standard Time)
appears on the display.
(This unit is preset to the current date and time
at the factory, and is powered by the back-up
Setting the clock for
the first time
All you need to do to set the clock for the first
time is select your time zone.
If you live in the Eastern Standard Time zone,
you do not need to adjust the area setting.
Area number “2” appears on the display.
2Press TIME ZONE repeatedly to select
a number as follows:
Area number Time zone
Newfoundland Standard
Atlantic Standard Time
Eastern Standard Time
Central Standard Time
Mountain Standard Time
Pacific Standard Time
Alaska Standard Time
Hawaii Standard Time
The clock display switches to the current
time of selected time zone in about 4
The implementation of DST/summer time
and its beginning/ending date and time are
subject to circumstances and laws in each
country/region. Should this interfere with the
desired adjustment, cancel the Automatic
DST/summer time adjustment and set the
clock manually as necessary. Customers
living in a country/region that does not use
daylight saving time (summer time) should
cancel the Automatic DST/summer time
adjustment before using the unit.
When Hawaii Standard Time is set, the
default Automatic DST/summer time
adjustment setting is off.
To cancel Automatic DST/
summer time adjustment
The Automatic DST/summer time
adjustment can be canceled.
Press and hold DST for more than 3
seconds while the clock is displayed.
A beep sounds, and “Aut  OFF” appears
on the display to show that the Automatic
DST/summer time adjustment has been
canceled. The clock display returns.
To reactivate Automatic DST/
summer time adjustment
1Press RADIO to turn on the radio.
2Set BAND to the desired band (AM or
Tune to the desired station using
Adjust the volume using VOLUME +/–.
To turn off the radio, press ALARM RESET/
Setting the alarm
The alarm sound can be selected from RADIO
(radio) or BUZZ (buzzer).
Before setting the alarm
Make sure to set the clock. (See “Setting the
clock manually.”)
To set the radio alarm, first tune to a station
and adjust the volume. (See “Playing the
To set the alarm
1Set ALARM MODE to the desired
alarm sound (RADIO or BUZZ).
Setting the brightness
of the display
You can fall asleep to the radio using the sleep
timer, which turns off the radio automatically
after a preset duration.
Three levels of brightness are available.
Press SLEEP.
The radio turns on. Each time you press SLEEP,
the duration (in minutes) changes as follows:
To stop the alarm
To doze for a few more minutes
Setting the sleep
The display shows the snooze time for about
4 seconds and returns to show the current
time. (“ ” flashes on the display.)
To deactivate the alarm
“ ” disappears from the display.
The alarm time setting cannot be changed if
TIME + or – is pressed, “OFF” appears on the
display for about 0.5 seconds.
unavailable while the alarm is sounding or
the snooze function is turned on.
If no operation is performed while the alarm
is sounding, the alarm will stop after about
60 minutes.
The alarm function works as usual on the
first and last day of daylight saving time
(summer time). When Automatic DST/
summer time adjustment is set, if the alarm
is set for a time that is skipped when daylight
saving time (summer time) begins, the alarm
is skipped, or if the alarm is set for a time
that overlaps the end of daylight saving time
(summer time), the alarm sounds twice.
The radio will play for the duration you set,
then shut off.
To deactivate the sleep timer, press SLEEP
repeatedly to set the sleep timer to “OFF.”
Each time you press SNOOZE/BRIGHTNESS,
the brightness of the display changes as
When the alarm is sounding or the snooze
function is active, the brightness of the
display cannot be changed.
To turn off the radio before the
preset time
To use both the sleep timer and
You can fall asleep to the radio and also be
awakened by the radio or buzzer alarm at the
preset time.
Set the alarm, then set the sleep timer.
When the alarm is set to sound during the
sleep timer duration, the sleep timer will be
deactivated automatically when the alarm
This warranty is valid only in the United States.
Notes on the alarm in the event of a
power interruption
If the set alarm time comes in the event of a
power interruption or a power interruption
occurs while the alarm is sounding, the display
will turn off and the alarm will not sound, and
the alarm status will be as follows:
If power returns within 60 minutes from the
alarm set time, the alarm will sound.
If the power interruption occurred while the
snooze function was operating, the snooze
function will continue.
If the snooze time had passed when the
power interruption occurred, the alarm will
sound after power returns.
In this status, if “” does not light up, ALARM
mode functions are available. The snooze time
will be fixed to only 10 minutes if SNOOZE/
BRIGHTNESS has been pressed.
The alarm time appears for a few seconds,
and then “ ” appears on the display. (It
does not appear when the switch is set to
2Press SET ALARM TIME + or –
repeatedly to set the desired time
while the alarm time appears on the
Press and hold DST for more than 3
seconds. A beep sounds, and “Aut  On”
appears on the display to show that
Automatic DST/summer time adjustment
has been activated. The clock display
During shipment and your first use, a clock
error may occur. In this case, refer to “Setting
the clock manually” to set the correct time.
This unit includes a preinstalled Sony Lithium battery (CR2032) as a back-up power source for the clock,
which is preset to EST (Eastern Standard Time) at the factory. This battery is considered part of the