Sony CFD-S500 User's Manual
On safety
• As the laser beam used in the CD player
section is harmful to the eyes, do not
attempt to disassemble the casing. Refer
servicing to qualified personnel only.
• Should any solid object or liquid fall into
the player, unplug the player, and have it
checked by qualified personnel before
operating it any further.
• Discs with non-standard shapes (e.g.,
heart, square, star) cannot be played on
this player. Attempting to do so may
damage the player. Do not use such discs.
Cleaning the cabinet
• Clean the cabinet, panel and controls with
a soft cloth slightly moistened with a mild
detergent solution. Do not use any type of
abrasive pad, scouring powder, or solvent,
such as alcohol or benzine.
On operation
• If the player is brought directly from a
cold to a warm location, or is placed in a
very damp room, moisture may condense
on the lenses inside the CD player section.
Should this occur, the player will not
operate properly. In this case, remove the
CD and wait about an hour for the
moisture to evaporate.
• If the player has not been used for a long
time, set it in the playback mode to warm
it up for a few minutes before inserting a
Notes on cassettes
• Break off the cassette tab from side A or B
to prevent accidental recording. If you
want to reuse the tape for recording, cover
the broken tab with adhesive tape.
Side A
On power sources
• For AC operation, use the supplied AC
power cord; do not use any other type.
• The player is not disconnected from the
AC power source (mains) as long as it is
connected to the wall outlet, even if the
player itself has been turned off.
• Unplug the player from the wall outlet
when it is not to be used for an extended
period of time.
• For battery operation, use six size D (R20)
• When the batteries are not to be used,
remove them to avoid damage that can be
caused by battery leakage or corrosion.
• The nameplate indicating operating
voltage, power consumption, etc. is
located at the bottom.
Tab for side A
Tab for side B
• The use of a cassette with more than 90
minutes of play time is not recommended
except for long, continuous recording or
Notes on CDs
• Before playing, clean the CD with a
cleaning cloth. Wipe the CD from the
center out.
The power does not come on.
• Make sure the batteries are inserted correctly.
• Replace all the batteries with new ones if they
are weak.
• You cannot turn on the player with the remote
when you operate the player on batteries.
The power is not on, and "bAttErY"
and “Error” are displayed alternately.
• Make sure the batteries are inserted correctly.
• Replace all the batteries with new ones if they
are weak.
There is no audio.
• Adjust the volume.
• Unplug the headphones when listening
through speakers.
• Do not use solvents such as benzine,
thinner, commercially available cleaners
or anti-static spray intended for vinyl LPs.
• Do not expose the CD to direct sunlight or
heat sources such as hot air ducts, nor
leave it in a car parked in direct sunlight as
there can be a considerable rise in
temperature inside the car.
• Do not stick paper or sticker on the CD,
nor scratch the surface of the CD.
• After playing, store the CD in its case.
If there is a scratch, dirt or fingerprints on the
CD, it may cause tracking error.
If you have any questions or problems
concerning your player, please consult your
nearest Sony dealer.
The REC z button does not function
or the tape does not play or record.
• Make sure the safety tab on the cassette is in
Poor or distorted playback, recording
or erasing quality.
• Clean the heads, pinch roller and capstan with
a cleaning swab slightly moistened with
cleaning fluid or alcohol.
• Replace all the batteries with new ones if they
are weak.
• TYPE II (high position) or TYPE IV (metal)
tape is being used. Use TYPE I (normal) tape
• Demagnetize the heads using a commercially
available tape head demagnetizer.
CD Player
The CD does not play or “no dISC”
lights in the display even when a CD
is in place.
• Place the CD with the label surface up.
• Clean the CD.
• Take out the CD and leave the CD
compartment open for about an hour to dry
moisture condensation.
• The CD-R/CD-RW was not finalized. Finalize
the CD-R/CD-RW with the recording device.
• There is a problem with the quality of the CDR/CD-RW, recording device or application
• Reduce the volume.
• Clean the CD, or replace it if the CD is badly
• Place the player in a location free from
• Clean the lens with a commercially available
• The sound may drop out or noise may be
heard when using poor quality CD-Rs/CDRWs or if there is a problem with the
recording device or application software.
Reception is poor.
• Reorient the antenna to improve FM
Pinch roller
Erase head
With 3.2-ohm loads, both channels driven
from 150 - 6,300 Hz; rated 1.8 W per
channel-minimum RMS power, with no
more than 10 % total harmonic distortion
in AC operation.
Other specifications
CD player section
Compact disc digital audio system
Laser diode properties
Material: GaAlAs
Wave length: 780 nm
Emission duration: Continuous
Laser output: Less than 44.6 µW
(This output is the value measured at a distance
of about 200 mm from the objective lens surface
on the optical pick-up block with 7 mm
Spindle speed
200 r/min (rpm) to 500 r/min (rpm)
Number of channels
Frequency response
20 - 20 000 Hz +1/–2 dB
Wow and flutter
Below measurable limit
Record/playback head
The remote does not function.
• Replace all the batteries in the remote with
new ones if they are weak.
• Make sure that you are pointing the remote at
the remote sensor on the player.
• Remove any obstacles in the path of the
remote and the player.
• Make sure the remote sensor is not exposed to
strong light such as direct sunlight or
fluorescent lamp light.
• Move closer to the player when using the
Frequency range
FM: 87.5 - 108 MHz
AM: 530 - 1 710 kHz
FM: Telescopic antenna
AM: Built-in ferrite bar antenna
Cassette-corder section
Recording system
4-track 2 channel stereo
Fast winding time
Approx. 120 s (sec.) with Sony cassette C-60
Frequency response
TYPE I (normal): 80 - 10 000 Hz
Full range: 10 cm dia., 3.2 ohms, cone type (2)
Headphones jack (stereo minijack)
For 16 - 68 ohms impedance headphones
Power output
2.3 W + 2.3 W (at 3.2 ohms, 10% harmonic
Power requirements
For CD radio cassette-corder:
120V AC, 60 Hz
9 V DC, 6 size D (R20) batteries
For remote control:
3 V DC, 2 size AA (R6) batteries
Power consumption
AC 20 W
Battery life
For CD radio cassette-corder:
Sony R20P: approx. 13.5 h
• Replace all the batteries with new ones if they
are weak.
• Move the player away from the TV.
The picture of your TV becomes
• If you are listening to an FM program near the
TV with an indoor antenna, move the player
away from the TV.
CD Radio
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.
Operating Instructions
This symbol is intended to alert the
user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance
(servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the
The use of optical instruments with this product
will increase eye hazard.
Sony Corporation ©2001
Printed in China
Do not install the appliance in a confined space,
such as a bookcase or built-in cabinet.
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not place
objects filled with liquids, such as vases, on the
For customers in Canada
To prevent electric shock, match wide blade of
plug to wide slot, fully insert.
3-238-274-11 (1)
Power Sources
1 to AC IN
Connect the AC power cord A or insert six size D (R20) batteries (not supplied) into the battery
compartment B .
• Replace the batteries when the OPR/BATT indicator dims or when the player stops operating.
Replace all the batteries with new ones. Before you replace the batteries, be sure to take out the CD
from the player.
• To use the player on batteries, disconnect the AC power cord from the player.
• When you operate the player on batteries, you cannot turn on the player using the remote.
Sony alkaline LR20: approx. 20 h
Tape playback
Sony R20P: approx. 7.5 h
Sony alkaline LR20: approx. 15 h
Preparing the remote C
Insert two size AA (R6) batteries (not supplied).
CD playback
Replacing battery
Sony R20P: approx. 2.5 h
With normal use, the batteries should last for about six months. When the remote no longer
operates the player, replace all the batteries with new ones.
Sony alkaline LR20: approx. 7 h
Approx. 386 × 166 × 252 mm (w/h/d)
(15 1⁄4 × 6 5⁄8 × 10 inches) (incl. projecting parts)
Approx. 3.3 kg (7 lb. 4 oz) (incl. batteries)
Supplied accessory
AC power cord (1)
Remote control (1)
Headphones (1) (CFD-S500 only)
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
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
— 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
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do
not expose the player to rain or
FM recording
The audio is weak or has poor quality.
Sony MDR headphone series
Radio section
After trying the above remedies, if you still have
problems, unplug the AC power cord and
remove all the batteries. After all the indications
in the display disappear, plug the power cord
and insert the batteries again. If the problem
persists, please consult your nearest Sony dealer.
• Reorient the player itself to improve AM
Optional accessories
• Close the cassette compartment securely.
• Someone is using a portable telephone or
other equipment that emits radio waves near
the player. tMove the portable telephone,
etc., away from the player.
About CD-Rs/CD-RWs
This player can play CD-Rs/CD-RWs
recorded in the CD-DA format*, but
playback capability may vary depending on
the quality of the disc and the condition of
the recording device.
* CD-DA is the abbreviation for Compact
Disc Digital Audio. It is a recording
standard used for Audio CDs.
The tape does not move when you
press an operation button.
Noise is heard.
The sound drops out.
On placement
• Do not leave the player in a location near
heat sources, or in a place subject to direct
sunlight, excessive dust or mechanical
• Do not place the player on an inclined or
unstable place.
• Do not place anything within 10 mm of
the side of the cabinet. The ventilation
holes must be unobstructed for the player
to operate properly and prolong the life of
its components.
• If the player is left in a car parked in the
sun, be sure to choose a location in the car
where the player will not be subjected to
the direct rays of the sun.
• Since a strong magnet is used for the
speakers, keep personal credit cards using
magnetic coding or spring-wound watches
away from the player to prevent possible
damage from the magnet.
Tape Player
Owner's Record
For customers in the USA
2 to a wall outlet
The model number is located at the bottom and
the serial number is located in the battery
Record these numbers in the spaces provided
below. Refer to them whenever you call upon
your Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No.
Serial No.
For customers in the USA
Please register this product on line at
Proper registration will enable us to send you
periodic mailings about new product,
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.
Location of controls
With the side you want
to play facing you
Number buttons
With the labeled side up
., >
TUNE –, +
VOL +,–
MEGA Xpand
TUNE –, +
VOL +*, –
Listening to the radio
Playing a CD
Remote Control
Loading a CD
Inserting a cassette
MEGA Xpand
Press CD (direct power-on).
Load a CD in the CD compartment.
Press Z PUSH OPEN/CLOSE to close the CD compartment.
Press u.
The player plays all the tracks once.
stop playback
pause playback
go to the next track
locate a specific track directly*
locate a point while listening
to the sound
locate a point while observing
the display
a number button of the track.
> (forward) or . (backward) while playing until you
find the point.
> (forward) or . (backward) in pause until you find
the point.
Number buttons
Remote sensor
Total track number
Total playing time
Programmed track
Playing order
Press POWER.
To check the remaining time
* For a track whose number is more than 20, the remaining time appears as “- -:- -” in the display.
Press MODE until “REP 1” “REP ALL” “SHUF” “SHUF REP” “PGM” “PGM REP” appears in
the display. Then proceed as follows:
Falling asleep to music
To adjust the volume
Press VOL +, –.
To listen through headphones
Connect the headphones to the i (headphones) jack.
Adjusting the sound emphasis
To Select the sound characteristic
Press one of the SOUND MODE buttons to select the audio emphasis you want.
(On the remote, press SOUND repeatedly.)
To get
powerful, clean sounds, emphasizing low and high range audio
light, bright sounds emphasizing high and middle range audio
percussive sounds, emphasizing bass audio
the presence of vocals, stressing middle range audio
the whole dynamic range for music such as classical music
To reinforce the bass sound
“MEGA BASS” appears in the display.
To return to normal sound, press the button again.
To get the MEGA Xpand effect
Press MEGA Xpand.
"MEGA Xpand" appears in the display.
You can get the effect of expansion of the sound field.
To return to normal sound, press the button again.
1 Play the music source you want.
2 Press SLEEP to display “SLEEP.”
3 Press SLEEP to select the minutes until the player goes off automatically.
Each time you press the button, the indication changes as follows: “60” t “90” t “120”
t “OFF” t “10” t “20” t “30”.
To cancel the sleep function
Press POWER to turn off the power.
repeat a single track
“REP 1”
repeat all tracks
Then do this
Press the number button for the track you want to
Press u.
shuffle play
repeat tracks
in random order
program play
Press u.
Press u.
Press the number buttons for the tracks you want
to program in the order you want up to 20 tracks
(see fig. E). Then press u.
repeat programmed tracks
Press the number buttons for the tracks you want
to program in the order you want up to 20 tracks.
Then Press u.
When you are playing a tape using this function:
If the tape length of one side is longer than the set time, the player will not go off until the tape reaches
the end.
Press n.
stop playback
fast-forward or rewind the tape
m or M
pause playback
Press the button again to resume play after pause.
eject the cassette
To cancel selected play mode
Press MODE until the selected mode disappears from the display.
To check the programmed track and playing order in the display
To check the order of tracks before play, press DISPLAY•ENT•MEMORY.
Every time you press the button, the track number appears in the programmed order.
To change the current program
Press x once if the CD is stopped and twice if the CD is playing. The current program will be
erased. Then create a new program following the programming procedure.
You can record your own program. After you’ve created the program, insert a blank tape and press z to
start recording.
Press xZ to open the tape compartment and insert a blank tape. Use TYPE I
(normal) tape only.
Select the program source you want to record.
Hold down RADIO BAND•AUTO PRESET for 2 seconds until “AUTO” flashes
in the display.
The stations are stored in memory from the lower frequencies to the higher ones.
You need to preset a station with a weak signal manually.
1 Press RADIO BAND•AUTO PRESET to select the band.
2 Tune in a station you want.
3 Hold down the number buttons that you want to preset the new station on for about 2 seconds.
To select the preset number over 10, press >10 first, then the corresponding number buttons.
You need to hold down the last number button to enter for about 2 seconds.
(Example: To select 12, press >10 and 1 first, then hold down 2 for about 2 seconds.)
Playing preset radio stations
To record from the CD player
Press CD and insert a CD (See “Playing a CD”).
Press RADIO BAND•AUTO PRESET to select the band.
If a station cannot be preset automatically
Selecting the play mode
To turn on/off the power
Press xZ to open the tape compartment and insert a recorded tape. Close the
compartment. Use TYPE I (normal) tape only.
You can store radio stations into the player’s memory. You can preset up to 30 radio stations, 20
for FM and 10 for AM in any order.
Using the display
Press DISPLAY•ENT•MEMORY repeatedly while playing a CD. The display changes as
t the current track number and playing time
the current track number and the remaining time on the current track*
the number of tracks left and remaining time on the CD
Press TAPE (direct power-on).
Presetting radio stations
Press DISPLAY•ENT•MEMORY in stop mode (see fig. D).
If the FM broadcast is noisy, press MODE until "Mono" appears in the display and the radio will play in
To locate a track numbered over 10, press >10 first, then the corresponding number buttons.
Example:To play track number 23, press >10 first, then 2 and 3.
To check the total track number and playing time
*The button has a tactile dot.
* You cannot locate a specific track if "SHUF" or "PGM" is lit in the display. Turn off the indication by
pressing x.
Hold down TUNE + or – until the frequency digits begin to change in the
The player automatically scans the radio frequencies and stops when it finds a
clear station.
If you can't tune in a station, press the button repeatedly to change the frequency
step by step.
Press the button again to resume play after pause.
go back to the previous track
remove the CD
Press RADIO BAND•AUTO PRESET until the band you want appears in the
display (direct power-on).
Each time you press the button, the indication changes as follows:
“FM” t “AM”.
Playing a tape
Press RADIO BAND•AUTO PRESET to select the band.
Press the number buttons to tune in the stored station.
To tune in a preset station over 10, press >10 first, then corresponding number
(Example: To tune in a preset station 12, press >10 and 1 first, and then press 2.)
To record from the radio
Press RADIO BAND•AUTO PRESET and tune in the station you want (See
“Listening to the radio”).
Press z to start recording.
(n is depressed automatically.)
stop recording
pause recording
Press the button again to resume recording.
• Adjusting the volume or the audio emphasis will not affect the recording level.
• If the AM program makes a whistling sound after you've pressed z in step 3, press MODE to select
the position of ISS (Interference Suppress Switch) that most decreases the noise.
• For the best results, use the AC power as a power source for recording.
• To erase a recording, proceed as follows:
1 Insert a tape with the recording you want to erase.
2 Press TAPE.
3 Press z.
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