WARNING
To reduce the risk of fire, do not cover the
ventilation opening of the apparatus with
newspapers, tablecloths, curtains, etc. Do
not place the naked flame sources such as
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.
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.
Do not expose batteries or apparatus with
battery-installed to excessive heat such as
sunshine, fire or the like.
The unit is not disconnected from the
mains as long as it is connected to the
AC outlet, even if the unit itself has been
turned off.
CAUTION
The use of optical instruments with this
product will increase eye hazard.
This appliance is classified as a CLASS 1
LASER product. This marking is located
on the rear exterior.
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Note on DualDiscs
A DualDisc is a two sided disc product
which mates DVD recorded material on
one side with digital audio material on
the other side. However, since the audio
material side does not conform to the
Compact Disc (CD) standard, playback on
this product is not guaranteed.
Music discs encoded with copyright
protection technologies
This product is designed to playback
discs that conform to the Compact Disc
(CD) standard. Recently, various music
discs encoded with copyright protection
technologies are marketed by some record
companies. Please be aware that among
those discs, there are some that do not
conform to the CD standard and may not
be playable by this product.
Note on copyright-protected
content
The transferred music is limited to private
use only. Use of the music beyond this
limit requires permission of the copyright
holders.
License and Trademark Notice
MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology
and patents licensed from Fraunhofer
IIS and Thomson.
 Windows Media is either a registered
trademark or trademark of Microsoft
Corporation in the United States and/or
other countries.
 This product is protected by certain
intellectual property rights of Microsoft
Corporation. Use or distribution of
such technology outside of this product
is prohibited without a license from
Microsoft or an authorized Microsoft
subsidiary.
Table of Contents
Guide to parts and controls.............. 4
Getting Started
Hooking up the system securely..... 9
Setting the clock.................................11
Additional Information
Troubleshooting..................................25
Messages................................................31
Precautions............................................33
Specifications.......................................34
Operations
Playing a CD/MP3 disc......................12
Listening to the radio........................13
Before using the USB device with
this system.............................................15
Transferring music from a disc to a
USB device.............................................16
Playing a file of the USB device......19
Creating your own program
(Program Play)......................................20
Using optional audio
components..........................................21
Adjusting the sound..........................22
Changing the display........................22
Using the timers..................................23
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Guide to parts and controls
This manual mainly explains operations using the remote, but the same operations can
also be performed using the buttons on the unit having the same or similar names.
Main Unit
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
/ (on/standby) button
+ (select folder) button
(page 12, 19, 20)
Press to turn on or off the system.

Press to select a folder.
Remote sensor


Press to stop playback or transferring.
FUNCTION button
 (stop) button
Press to select the function.


Press to tune in the desired station.
CD button
Press to select the CD function.

TUNING + button
 (go forward) button
Press to select a track or file.
 PUSH OPEN/CLOSE button
 (fast forward) button
Press to insert and eject a disc.
Press to find a point in a track or file.


USB button
OPTIONS button (page 15, 17)


ENTER button
VOLUME control
Press to select the USB function.
Press to enter the settings.
Guide to parts and controls

Press to enter the option menus.
Turn to adjust the volume.
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

(USB) port
Connect an optional USB device.

Press to select a folder.
PHONES jack


Press to transfer music from a disc to the
connected optional USB device.
Connect the headphones.
PC IN jack
Connect an audio component (Portable
audio player, etc.).

DSGX button (page 22)
Press to select the sound effect.

TUNING  button
Press to tune in the desired station.
 (go back) button
Press to select a track or file.
 (rewind) button
Press to find a point in a track or file.

 (play/pause) button
Press to start or pause playback.
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 (select folder) button
(page 12, 19, 20)
REC TO USB button (page 17)
Remote

Press to listen to a disc, a USB device, a
single track or file repeatedly.
Press to select the FM reception mode
(monaural or stereo).

TUNER/BAND button
Press to select the TUNER function.
Press to select FM or AM reception
mode.

Guide to parts and controls
REPEAT/FM MODE button
(page 12, 13, 19)
FUNCTION button
Press to select the function.

/ (rewind/fast forward)
button
Press to find a point in a track or file.

 (stop) button

/ (on/standby) button
Press to turn on or off the system.

Press to stop playback or transferring.

ENTER button
Press to enter the settings.
CLOCK/TIMER SELECT button
(page 24)
CLOCK/TIMER SET button
(page 11, 23)
Press to set the clock and the Play Timer.
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

+ (select folder) button
(page 12, 19, 20)
USB button
Press to select a folder.

VOLUME +/ button
Press to adjust the volume.

 (select folder) button
(page 12, 19, 20)
Press to select a folder.

EQ button (page 22)
Press to select the sound effect.

CLEAR button (page 21)
Press to delete a pre-programmed track
or file.

 (play) button
Press to start playback.
 (pause) button
Press to pause playback.

/ (go back/go forward)
button
Press to select a track or file.
+/ (tuning) button
Press to tune in the desired station.
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Press to select the USB function.

CD button
Press to select the CD function.

TUNER MEMORY button
(page 14)
Press to preset the radio station.

PLAY MODE/TUNING MODE
button (page 12, 13, 14, 19, 20)
Press to select the play mode of a CD,
MP3 disc or USB device.
Press to select the tuning mode.

DISPLAY button (page 11, 21, 22)
Press to change the information on the
display.

SLEEP button (page 23)
Press to set the Sleep Timer.
Getting Started
 FM lead antenna (Extend it horizontally.)
 AM loop antenna
 To wall outlet
 To right speaker
Getting Started
Hooking up the system securely
 Speaker cord (Red/)
 Speaker cord (Black/)
 To left speaker
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 Antennas
Find a location and an orientation that
provide good reception, and then set up
the antennas.
Keep the antennas away from the speaker
cords, the power cord and the USB cable
to avoid picking up noise.
 Speakers
Insert only the stripped portion of the
cord.
 Power
Connect the power cord to a wall outlet.
If the plug does not fit the wall outlet,
detach the supplied plug adaptor (only
for models equipped with an adaptor).
 Voltage selector
For models with a voltage selector, set
VOLTAGE SELECTOR to the local
power line voltage.
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Attaching the speaker pads
Attach the supplied speaker pads to the
bottom of the front speakers to prevent
slipping.
Inserting batteries
Use buttons on the remote to set the
clock.
1 Turn on the system.
Press /.
2 Select the clock set mode.
Press CLOCK/TIMER SET.
If “PLAY SET” flashes, press
/ repeatedly to select
“CLOCK,” and then press ENTER.
Notes
With normal use, the batteries should last for
about six months.
Do not mix an old battery with a new one or
mix different types of batteries.
If you do not use the remote for a long period
of time, remove the batteries to avoid damage
from battery leakage and corrosion.
Batteries installed devices shall not be
exposed to excessive heat such as sunshine,
fire or the like.
When carrying this system
Getting Started
Slide and remove the battery
compartment lid, and insert the two
supplied R6 (size AA) batteries,  side
first, matching the polarities shown
below.
Setting the clock
3 Set the time.
Press / repeatedly to set the
hour, and then press ENTER.
4 Use the same procedure to set
the minutes.
Note
The clock settings are lost when you disconnect
the power cord or if a power failure occurs.
To display the clock when the system
is off
Press DISPLAY repeatedly until the clock
is displayed. The clock is displayed for
about 8 seconds.
Use buttons on the unit.
1 Remove a disc to protect the CD
mechanism.
2 Press / on the unit to turn off the
system and confirm that “STANDBY”
stops flashing.
3 Unplug the power cord.
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Operations
Playing a CD/MP3 disc
1 Select the CD function.
Press CD (or FUNCTION
repeatedly).
2 Place a disc.
Press  PUSH OPEN/CLOSE on the
unit, and place a disc with the label
side up on the CD compartment.
To close the CD compartment, press
 PUSH OPEN/CLOSE on the unit.
 PUSH OPEN/CLOSE
Other operations
To
Press
Pause playback  (or  on the
unit). To resume play,
press the button again.
Stop playback .
Select a folder
+/ repeatedly.
on an MP3
disc
Select a track
/.
or file
Find a point in Hold down /
a track or file
during playback, and
release the button at
the desired point.
Select Repeat
REPEAT repeatedly
Play
until “REP” or “REP1”
appears.
To change the play mode
Press PLAY MODE repeatedly while
the player is stopped. You can select
normal play (“ ” for all MP3 files in the
folder on the disc), shuffle play (“SHUF”
or “ SHUF*” for folder shuffle), or
program play (“PGM”).
3 Start playback.
Press  (or  on the unit).
* When playing a CD-DA (audio) disc,
(SHUF) Play performs the same
operation as normal (SHUF) Play.
Note on Repeat Play
“REP1” indicates that a single track or file is
repeated until you stop it.
Note on shuffle play mode
When you turn off the system, the selected
shuffle play mode (“SHUF” or “
SHUF”) is
cleared and the play mode returns to normal
play mode.
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Notes on playing MP3 discs
Listening to the radio
1 Select “TUNER FM” or “TUNER
AM.”
Press TUNER/BAND (or
FUNCTION) repeatedly.
2 Perform tuning.
For automatic scanning
Press TUNING MODE repeatedly
until “AUTO” appears, and then press
+/ (or TUNING +/ on the unit).
Scanning stops automatically when
a station is tuned in, and “TUNED”
and “ST” (for stereo programs only)
light up in the display.
If “TUNED” does not light up and the
scanning does not stop, press  to
stop scanning, then perform manual
tuning (below).
Notes on playing multisession discs
If the first session on the disc is a CD-DA
session, the other sessions on the disc cannot
be recognized regardless of the session
format; only CD-DA tracks in the first
session can be played back.
If the session format for the first session is
CD-ROM and the following sessions are
recorded in the same format, the system will
continue to play back MP3 files accordingly
in multiple sessions until the system
encounters another session recorded in a
different format.
Operations
Do not save other types of files or
unnecessary folders on a disc that has MP3
files.
Folders that have no MP3 files are skipped.
MP3 files are played back in the order that
they are recorded onto the disc.
The system can only play MP3 files that have
a file extension of “.mp3”.
Even when file name has the “.mp3” file
extension, if the actual file differs, playing
this file may generate a loud noise which
could damage the speaker system and the
system may malfunction.
The maximum number of:
 folders is 255 (including the root folder).
 MP3 files is 512.
 folder levels (the tree structure of files) is
8.
Compatibility with all MP3 encoding/writing
software, recording device, and recording
media cannot be guaranteed. Incompatible
MP3 discs may produce noise or interrupted
audio or may not play at all.
For manual tuning
Press TUNING MODE repeatedly
until “MANUAL” appears, and then
press +/ (or TUNING +/ on the
unit) repeatedly to tune in the desired
station.
Tip
To reduce static noise on a weak FM stereo
station, press FM MODE repeatedly until
“MONO” appears to turn off stereo reception.
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Presetting a radio station
Use buttons on the remote to preset
stations.
1 Tune in the desired station.
2 Press TUNER MEMORY to select
the tuner memory mode.
Preset number
3 Press +/ repeatedly to select
the desired preset number.
If another station is already assigned
to the selected preset number, the
station is replaced by the new station.
4 Press ENTER to store the station.
5 Repeat steps 1 through 4 to
store other stations.
You can preset up to 20 FM and 10
AM stations. The preset stations are
retained for about half a day even if
you disconnect the power cord or if a
power failure occurs.
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6 To call up a preset radio station,
press TUNING MODE repeatedly
until “PRESET” appears, and then
press +/ repeatedly to select
the desired preset number.
Before using the USB
device with this system
For customers in Latin America:
<http://www.sony-latin.com/index.crp>
For customers in other countries/regions:
<http://www.sony-asia.com/support>
Notes
When USB cable connection is necessary,
connect the USB cable supplied with the USB
device to be connected. See the operation
manual supplied with the USB device to
be connected for details on the operation
method.
When the USB device is connected,
“READING” appears and “USB MEMORY”
lights up in the display.
It may take about 10 seconds before
“READING” appears depending on the type
of USB device connected.
Do not connect the system and the USB
device through a USB hub.
When the USB device is inserted, the system
reads all the files on the USB device. If there
are many folders or files on the USB device,
it may take a long time to finish reading the
USB device.
With some connected USB devices, after an
operation is performed, there may be a delay
before it is performed by this system.
Compatibility with all encoding/writing
software cannot be guaranteed. If audio files
on the USB device were originally encoded
with incompatible software, those files may
produce noise or interrupted audio, or may
not play at all.
Operations
Check the websites below for the
information about compatible USB
devices.
This system cannot transfer music from a
disc or play audio files on the USB device in
the following cases.
 When the number of audio files in a folder
exceeds 999.
 When the total number of audio files on a
USB device exceeds 5,000.
 When the number of folders on a USB
device exceeds 255 (including the
“ROOT” and “MUSIC” folders, and
excluding empty folders).
These numbers may vary depending on the
file and folder structure. Do not save other
types of files or unnecessary folders on a USB
device that has audio files.
To select the memory on the USB
device
If the USB device has more than one
memory (for example, internal memory
and a memory card), you can select
which memory to use and then start
playback or transferring.
1 Press USB (or FUNCTION repeatedly)
to select the USB function.
2 Connect the USB device to the
(USB) port.
3 Press OPTIONS on the unit in stop
mode.
“MEM SEL” appears. If an audio file or
a folder is selected, “ERASE” appears
instead. Press / repeatedly to
select “MEM SEL.”
4 Press ENTER.
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5 Press / repeatedly to select
a memory number.
Proceed to step 6 if only one memory
can be selected.
To cancel this operation, press .
6 Press ENTER.
Note on selecting the playback
source or transferring destination
You cannot select a memory during playback
or transferring. Make sure to select a memory
before starting playback or transferring.
Transferring music
from a disc to a USB
device
You can connect an optional USB device
to the
(USB) port on the unit and
transfer music from a disc to the USB
device.
You can transfer music from a CD-DA
disc or MP3 disc only.
The audio format of files transferred by
this system is MP3.
The amount of free space required on the
USB device is about 1 MB per minute
when transferring music from a CD.
Required free space may be larger when
transferring music from an MP3 disc.
You can easily transfer all the music on
a disc to a USB device (CD SYNC). You
can also transfer a track or MP3 file that
is currently being played back (REC1).
1 Connect the USB device to the
(USB) port.
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2 Select the CD function.
Press CD (or FUNCTION
repeatedly).
3 Place a disc.
4 Set the USB device to stand by
Synchronized transfer (CD SYNC):
Press REC TO USB on the unit.
To transfer only your favourite CD
tracks or MP3 files, create your own
program beforehand (see “Creating
your own program” (page 20)).
To transfer only MP3 files that are
stored in a specific folder on the MP3
disc, press PLAY MODE repeatedly
until “ ” appears while the player
is stopped, and then press
+/
repeatedly to select the desired folder
before starting the transfer.
REC1:
Start playback of the track or MP3 file
you want to transfer, then press REC
TO USB on the unit.
“REC” flashes, and the display cycles
through “CD SYNC (or “REC1”),”
“FREExxxM” or “FREExxxG” (free
space, in megabyte or gigabyte, on the
USB device) and “PUSH ENTER.”
The USB device stands by for
transferring and the CD player pauses
for play.
Press ENTER.
Transferring starts.
When using CD SYNC
When the transfer is completed,
access to the USB device and the CD
player stop automatically.
When using REC1
When the transfer is completed,
access to the USB device stops
automatically and the CD player
continues playback.
Operations
for transferring.
5 Start transferring.
To stop transferring
Press .
To erase audio files or folders from the
USB device
You can erase audio files or folders from
the USB device. Note that you cannot
erase audio files and folders in shuffle
play mode or program play mode.
1 Connect the USB device to the
(USB) port.
2 Select the USB function.
Press USB (or FUNCTION
repeatedly).
3 Press / or
+/
repeatedly to select the audio file or
folder you want to erase.
4 Press OPTIONS on the unit in stop
mode.
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5 Press / repeatedly to select
“ERASE,” and then press ENTER.
“TRACK ERASE” or “FOLDER
ERASE” appears in the display.
To cancel the erase operation, press .
6 Press ENTER.
The selected audio file or folder is
erased.
Folder and file generation rules
When first transferring music to a USB
device, a “MUSIC” folder is created
below the “ROOT” folder and a transfer
mode-oriented folder (“CD-DA,”
“CD‑MP3,” “REC1” or “PROGRAM”) is
created within the “MUSIC” folder.
Folders and files are generated within any
of the transfer mode-oriented folders as
follows.
CD SYNC1)
Music
source
MP3
CD-DA
Folder name
File name
Same as the music source2)
“CDDA001”3)
“TRACK001”4)
Folder name
File name
REC1
Music
source
MP3
CD-DA
“REC1”5)
Same as the
music source2)
“TRACK001”4)
In Program Play mode, the folder name is
“PGM_xxx,” and the file name depends on
the music source (CD-DA disc or MP3 disc).
2)
Up to 32 characters of the name are assigned.
3)
Folder numbers are assigned serially
thereafter up to the maximum 999.
4)
File numbers are assigned serially thereafter.
5)
A new file is created in the “REC1” folder
each time REC1 is performed.
1)
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Notes
When transferring music from a CD, the
tracks are transferred as 128 kbps MP3 files.
When transferring music from an MP3 disc,
MP3 files are transferred with the same bit
rate as the original MP3 files.
If you start transferring in shuffle play
mode, repeat play mode or in program play
mode (when no tracks or MP3 files are
programmed), the selected play mode is
automatically cancelled and the play mode
switches to normal play mode.
While transferring music from an MP3 disc,
no sound is output and “HI-SPEED” appears.
CD text information is not transferred in the
created MP3 files.
If you cancel the transfer partway, an MP3
file is created up to the point when the
transfer was stopped.
Transferring stops automatically if:
 the USB device runs out of space during
the transfer process.
 the number of audio files on the USB
device reaches the limit for the number
that the system can recognize.
If the folder to be erased contains non-MP3/
WMA/AAC format files or sub folders, these
are not erased.
If a folder or file that you are trying to
transfer already exists on the USB device
with the same name, a sequential number is
added after the name without overwriting the
original folder or file.
Do not remove the USB device during
transfer or erase operations. Doing so may
corrupt the data on the USB device or
damage the USB device itself.
Playing a file of the
USB device
Management) copyright protection cannot
be played back on this system.
Files downloaded from an online music store
may not be played on this system.
1 Select the USB function.
Press USB (or FUNCTION
repeatedly).
2 Connect a USB device to the
(USB) port.
To
Press
Pause playback  (or  on the
unit). To resume play,
press the button again*.
Stop playback .
Select a folder
+/ repeatedly.
Select a file
/.
Find a point in Hold down /
a file
during playback, and
release the button at
the desired point.
Select Repeat
REPEAT repeatedly
Play
until “REP,” “
REP”
or “REP1” appears.
Operations
You can listen to music stored in the USB
device.
The audio formats that can be played
back on this system are as follows:
MP3*/WMA*/AAC*
* Files with DRM (Digital Rights
Other operations
* When playing a VBR MP3 file, the system
may resume playback from a different point.
To change the play mode
Press PLAY MODE repeatedly while the
USB device is stopped. You can select
normal play (“ ” for all files in the
folder on the USB device), shuffle play
(“SHUF” or “
SHUF”), or program
play (“PGM”).
When the USB device is connected,
the display changes as follows:
“READING”  Volume label*
* Only when the volume label exists on the
connected USB device.
3 Start playback.
Press  (or  on the unit).
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Note on Repeat Play
“REP” indicates that all audio files on a USB
device are repeated until you stop playback.
Note on shuffle play mode
Creating your own
program
When you turn off the system, the selected
shuffle play mode (“SHUF” or “
SHUF”) is
cleared and the play mode returns to normal
play mode (“
”).
(Program Play)
Notes
1 Select the desired function.
The following USB device/situations can
increase the time it takes to start playback:
 a USB device recorded with a complicated
tree structure.
 the memory capacity is excessive.
The system can play back to a depth of 8
folders only.
This system does not necessarily support all
the functions provided in a connected USB
device.
Resume play is canceled when you turn off
the system.
Files and folders are displayed in the order of
their creation on the USB device.
The playback order for the system may differ
from the order of the connected USB device.
Folders that have no audio files are skipped.
The file formats that this system can play are
as follows:
 MP3: file extension “.mp3”
 WMA: file extension “.wma”
 AAC: file extension “.m4a”, “.mp4” or
“.3gp”
Note that even when file names have the
above file extensions, if the actual files differ,
playing these files may generate a loud noise
which could damage the speaker system and
the system may malfunction.
Use buttons on the remote to create your
own program.
CD
Press CD (or FUNCTION repeatedly)
to select the CD function.
USB
Press USB (or FUNCTION
repeatedly) to select the USB
function.
2 Select the play mode.
Press PLAY MODE repeatedly until
“PGM” appears while the player is
stopped.
3 Select the desired track or file
number.
Press / repeatedly until the
desired track or file number appears.
When programming MP3/WMA/
AAC files, press
+/ repeatedly
to select the desired folder, and then
select the desired file.
Selected track or file number
Total playing time of the selected track or file
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4 Program the selected track or
file.
Press ENTER to enter the selected
track or file.
USB
The total program time cannot be
displayed, so “ . ” appears.
5 Repeat steps 3 through 4 to
program additional tracks or
files, up to a total of 25 tracks or
files.
6 To play your program of tracks
or files, press .
The program remains available until
you open the CD compartment. To
play the same program again, select
the CD function, and then press .
Connect additional audio component
to the PC IN jack on the unit using an
audio analog cord (not supplied).
2 Turn down the volume.
Press VOLUME  (or turn the
VOLUME control on the unit).
Operations
CD
“ . ” appears when the total
program time exceeds 100 minutes
for a CD or when you select an MP3
file.
Using optional audio
components
1 Prepare the sound source.
3 Select the PC function.
Press FUNCTION repeatedly.
4 Start playback.
Start playback of the connected
component.
5 Adjust the volume.
Press VOLUME +/ (or turn the
VOLUME control on the unit).
To cancel Program Play
Press PLAY MODE repeatedly until
“PGM” disappears while the player is
stopped.
To delete the last track or file of the
program
Press CLEAR while the player is stopped.
To view program information, such as
total track number of the program
Press DISPLAY repeatedly.
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Adjusting the sound
Changing the display
To
Generate a
more dynamic
sound
(Dynamic
Sound
Generator
X-tra)
Set the sound
effect
Press
DSGX on the unit.
To
Change
information on
the display*
Change
Display mode
(See below.)
EQ.
* For example, you can view CD/MP3 disc
information or the USB device information,
such as:
 track or file number during normal play.
 track or file name (“ ”) during normal
play.
 artist name (“ ”) during normal play.
 album or folder name (“
”) during
normal play.
 total playing time and total number of
tracks on the CD-DA disc (only when
normal play mode is selected and the
player is stopped).
 total number of folders (albums) on the
MP3 disc (only when normal play mode is
selected and the player is stopped).
 volume label if it exists on the disc or the
USB device (only when normal play mode
is selected and the USB device is in stop
mode).
Press
DISPLAY repeatedly
when the system is
turned on.
DISPLAY repeatedly
when the system is
turned off.
The system offers the following display
modes.
Display mode When the system
is off,
Power Saving
The display is turned
Mode1)
off to conserve power.
The timer and clock
continue to operate.
Clock2)
The clock is displayed.
You cannot set the clock in Power Saving
Mode.
2)
The clock display automatically turns to
Power Saving Mode after 8 seconds.
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Notes on the display information
Using the timers
The system offers two timer functions. If
you use both timers, the Sleep Timer has
priority.
Use buttons on the remote to use the
timer functions.
Sleep Timer:
You can fall asleep to music. This
function works even if the clock is not
set.
Operations
Characters that cannot be displayed appear
as “_”.
The following are not displayed:
 total playing time for an MP3 disc and
USB device
 remaining playing time for a file
The following are not displayed correctly:
 elapsed playing time of an MP3 file
encoded using a VBR (variable bit rate)
 folder and file names that do not follow
either the ISO9660 Level 1, Level 2 or
Joliet in the expansion format
The following are displayed:
 remaining playing time for a track
 ID3 tag information for MP3 files when
ID3 version 1 and version 2 tags are used
(ID3 version 2 tag information display
has priority when both ID3 version 1 and
version 2 tags are used for a single MP3
file)
 up to 15 characters of ID3 tag, WMA tag
and AAC tag information using uppercase
letters (A to Z), numbers (0 to 9), and
symbols (˝ $ % ’ ( ) * + , – . / < = > @ [ \ ] _
` { | } ! ? ^ ˜)
Press SLEEP repeatedly.
If you select “AUTO,” the system
automatically turns off after the current
disc or USB device stops, or within 100
minutes.
Play Timer:
You can wake up to CD, FM/AM
reception or USB device at a preset time.
Make sure you have set the clock.
1 Prepare the sound source.
Prepare the sound source, and then
press VOLUME +/ to adjust the
volume.
To start from a specific CD track or
audio file, create your own program
(page 20).
2 Select the timer set mode.
Press CLOCK/TIMER SET.
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3 Set the play timer.
Press / repeatedly to select
“PLAY SET,” and then press ENTER.
“ON TIME” appears, and the hour
indication flashes.
4 Set the time to start playback.
Press / repeatedly to set the
hour, and then press ENTER.
The minute indication flashes. Use the
procedure above to set the minutes.
“OFF TIME” appears and the hour
indication flashes in the display.
5 Use the same procedure as in
step 4 to set the time to stop
playback.
6 Select the sound source.
Press / repeatedly until the
desired sound source appears, and
then press ENTER. The display shows
the timer settings.
7 Turn off the system.
Press /.
The system turns on 15 seconds
before the preset time. If the system is
on at the preset time, the Play Timer
will not play.
Do not operate the system from the
time the system turns on until the
play starts.
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To check the setting
Press CLOCK/TIMER SELECT, press
/ repeatedly until “PLAY SEL”
appears, and then press ENTER.
To cancel the timer
Repeat the same procedure as above until
“OFF” appears, and then press ENTER.
To change the setting
Start over from step 1.
Tip
The Play Timer setting remains as long as the
setting is not cancelled manually.
Additional Information
Troubleshooting
1 Make sure the power cord and
speaker cords are correctly and firmly
connected.
below, and take the indicated
corrective action.
If the issue persists, contact your
nearest Sony dealer.
If “PROTECT” appears on the
display
Immediately unplug the power cord,
and check the following items after
“PROTECT” disappears.
If your system has a voltage selector,
is the voltage selector set to the
correct voltage?
Are the + and  speaker cords
short-circuited?
Is anything blocking the ventilation
holes on the back of the system?
After you have checked these above
items and found to be all right,
reconnect the power cord, and turn on
the system. If the issue persists, contact
your nearest Sony dealer.
The system does not turn on.
Is the power cord plugged in?
Is the voltage selector set correctly to
match the local power line voltage?
There is no sound.
Are the + and  speaker cords shortcircuited?
Are you using only the supplied
speakers?
Is anything blocking the ventilation
holes on the back of the system?
Sound comes from one channel,
or the left and right volumes are
unbalanced.
Place the speakers as symmetrically as
possible.
Connect only the supplied speakers.
Severe hum or noise.
Move the system away from sources of
noise.
Connect the system to a different wall
outlet.
Install a noise filter (available
separately) to the power cord.
Additional Information
2 Find your problem in the checklist
General
The remote does not function.
Remove any obstacles between the
remote and the remote sensor on the
unit, and position the unit away from
fluorescent lights.
Point the remote at the system’s sensor.
Move the remote closer to the system.
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CD/MP3 player
USB device
The sound skips, or the disc will not
play.
Wipe the disc clean, and replace it.
Move the system to a location away
from vibration (for example, on top of
a stable stand).
Move the speakers away from the
system, or place them on separate
stands. At high volume, speaker
vibration may cause the sound to skip.
You cannot start transferring to a
USB device.
The following problems may have
occurred.
The USB device is full.
The number of files and folders on
the USB device has reached the
upper limit.
The USB device is write-protected.
Play does not start from the first
track.
Return to Normal Play by pressing
PLAY MODE repeatedly until both
“PGM” and “SHUF” disappear.
Starting playback takes more time
than usual.
The following discs can increase the
time it takes to start playback.
a disc recorded with a complicated
tree structure
a disc recorded in multisession mode
a disc that has not been finalized (a
disc to which data can be added)
a disc that has many folders
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Transferring is stopped before it is
finished.
You are using an unsupported USB
device. Check the information on the
websites about compatible USB devices
(page 15).
The USB device is not formatted
correctly. Refer to the USB device
operation manual for how to format.
Turn off the system and remove the
USB device. If the USB device has a
power switch, turn the USB device
off and then on again after removing
it from the system. Then perform
transferring again.
If the transfer and erase operations
are repeated multiple times, the file
structure within the USB device
becomes fragmented. Refer to the USB
device operation manual for how to
deal with this problem. If the problem
persists, contact your nearest Sony
dealer.
Files or folders on the USB device
cannot be erased.
Check if the USB device is writeprotected.
Are you using a supported USB
device?
If you connect an unsupported USB
device, the following problems may
occur. Check the information on the
websites about compatible USB devices
(page 15).
The USB device is not recognized.
File or folder names are not
displayed on this system.
Playback is not possible.
The sound skips.
There is noise.
A distorted sound is output.
Additional Information
Transferring music to a USB device
results in an error.
You are using an unsupported USB
device. Check the information on the
websites about compatible USB devices
(page 15).
Turn off the system and remove the
USB device. If the USB device has a
power switch, turn the USB device
off and then on again after removing
it from the system. Then perform
transferring again.
The USB device was disconnected
or the power was turned off during
the transfer process. Delete the
partially-transferred file, and perform
transferring again. If this does not
fix the problem, the USB device may
be broken. Refer to the USB device
operation manual for how to deal with
this problem. If the problem persists,
contact your nearest Sony dealer.
The USB device was disconnected
or the power was turned off during
the erase operation. Delete the
partially-erased file. If this does not
fix the problem, the USB device may
be broken. Refer to the USB device
operation manual for how to deal with
this problem. If the problem persists,
contact your nearest Sony dealer.
“OVER CURRENT” appears.
A problem has been detected with
the level of electrical current from the
(USB) port. Turn off the system
and remove the USB device from the
(USB) port. Make sure there is no
problem with the USB device. If this
display pattern persists, contact your
nearest Sony dealer.
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There is no sound.
The USB device is not connected
correctly. Turn off the system and
reconnect the USB device, then turn
on the system and check if “USB
MEMORY” appears in the display.
There is noise, skipping, or distorted
sound.
Turn off the system and reconnect the
USB device, then turn on the system.
The music data itself contains noise, or
the sound is distorted. Noise may have
entered during the transfer process.
Delete the file, and try transferring
again.
The bit rate used when encoding the
files was low. Send files encoded with
higher bit rates to the USB device.
The USB device cannot be connected
into the
(USB) port.
The USB device is being connected
backwards. Connect the USB device in
the correct orientation.
“READING” is displayed for an
extended time, or it takes a long time
before playback starts.
The reading process can take a long
time in the following cases.
There are many folders or files on the
USB device.
The file structure is extremely
complex.
The memory capacity is excessive.
The internal memory is fragmented.
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Thus, we recommend following these
guidelines.
Total folders on USB device: 100 or
less
Total files per folder: 100 or less
Erroneous display
Send the music data to the USB device
again, as the data stored in the USB
device may have been corrupted.
The character codes that can be
displayed by this system are numbers
and alphabet only. Other characters are
not displayed correctly.
The USB device is not recognized.
Turn off the system and reconnect the
USB device, then turn on the system.
Check the information on the websites
about compatible USB devices
(page 15).
The USB device does not work
properly. Refer to the USB device
operation manual for how to deal with
this problem.
Play does not start.
Turn off the system and reconnect the
USB device, then turn on the system.
Check the information on the websites
about compatible USB devices
(page 15).
Press  (or  on the unit) to start
play.
Play does not start from the first
track.
Return to Normal Play by pressing
PLAY MODE repeatedly until both
“PGM” and “SHUF” disappear.
* This system supports FAT16 and FAT32, but
some USB storage devices may not support
all of these FAT. For details, see the operation
manual of each USB storage device or
contact the manufacturer.
Severe hum or noise, or stations
cannot be received. (“TUNED” or “ST”
flashes on the display.)
Connect the antenna properly.
Find a location and an orientation that
provide good reception, and then set
up the antenna again.
Keep the antennas away from the
speaker cords, the power cord and the
USB cable to avoid picking up noise.
Consult your nearest Sony dealer if the
supplied AM antenna has come off the
plastic stand.
Turn off nearby electrical equipment.
To change the AM tuning interval
The AM tuning interval is factory-preset
to 9 kHz or 10 kHz.
Use buttons on the unit to change the
AM tuning interval.
Additional Information
Files cannot be played back.
The audio file does not have the
extension “.mp3”, “.wma”, “.m4a”, “.mp4”
or “.3gp”.
The audio file is a multiple track audio
file.
The file is a video file.
The data is not stored in MP3/WMA/
AAC format.
The data is stored in WMA lossless/
AAC lossless format.
USB storage devices formatted with file
systems other than FAT16 or FAT32
are unsupported.*
If you use a partitioned USB storage
device, only files on the first partition
can be played.
Playback is possible up to eight levels.
The number of folders has exceeded
255.
The number of files has exceeded
5,000.
Files that are encrypted or protected by
passwords, etc. cannot be played back.
Tuner
1 Tune in any AM station, and then
turn off the system.
2 Press DISPLAY to display the clock.
3 While holding down TUNING +, press
/.
All the AM preset stations are erased.
To reset the interval to the factory
preset, repeat the procedure.
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To improve tuner reception
To reset the system to factory settings
1 Press CD to select the CD function.
1 Disconnect and reconnect the power
Turn off the CD player/USB device power
by using the system’s power management
function. By default, the CD player/USB
device power is turned on.
Use buttons on the unit to turn off the
CD player/USB device power.
2 Press / to turn off the system.
3 After “STANDBY” stops flashing, press
DISPLAY to display the clock and
then press / while holding down
.
“CD/USB PWR OFF” appears. With
the CD player/USB device power
turned off, access time is increased. In
addition, when the TUNER function
is selected, power is not supplied to
the USB device, so it is not recognized
even if connected.
To turn on the CD player/USB device
power, repeat the procedure until
“CD/USB PWR ON” appears.
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If the system still does not operate
properly, reset the system to factory
settings. You cannot reset the system to
factory settings in Power Saving Mode.
Use buttons on the unit to reset the unit
to its factory default settings.
cord, and then turn on the system.
2 Press , FUNCTION, and / at the
same time.
All user-configured settings, such as
preset radio stations, timer, and the
clock, are deleted.
FOLDER FULL
The number of folders on the USB device
has reached the maximum.
One of the following messages may
appear or flash in the front panel display
during operation.
FULL
You tried to program more than 25 tracks
or files (steps).
COMPLETE
The radio preset operation ended
normally.
The audio file or folder on the USB
device has been erased.
NO DISC
There is no disc in the player, or you have
loaded a disc that cannot be played.
DATA ERROR
You tried to play an unplayable file on the
USB device.
DEVICE ERROR
The USB device could not be recognized
or an unknown device is connected
(page 27, 28).
DEVICE FULL
The USB device is full.
ERASE ERROR
Erase of audio files or folders on the USB
device failed (page 27).
FATAL ERROR
The USB device has been disconnected
while transferring, or erasing audio files
or folders on the USB device.
NO MEMORY
The memory selected for playback or
transfer has no memory media inserted
in the USB device.
NO STEP
All of the programmed tracks have been
erased.
NO SUPPORT
An unsupported USB device is
connected.
Additional Information
Messages
NO TRACK
Playable file on the USB device is not
loaded in the system.
NOT USED
You tried to perform a specific operation
under conditions where that operation is
prohibited.
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NoDEVICE
No USB device is connected or the
connected USB device has been stopped.
OVER
You have reached the end of the disc
while pressing  during playback or
pause.
OVER CURRENT
An over current from the
was detected.
(USB) port
PROTECT
See “If “PROTECT” appears on the
display” (page 25) to check what to do if
this message appears.
PROTECTED
You tried to perform transferring or erase
operation against a write-protected USB
device.
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READING
The system is reading information
of the disc. Some buttons are not
available.
The system is recognizing the USB
device.
REC ERROR
Transferring did not start, stopped
partway, or otherwise could not be
performed (page 26).
REMOVED
The USB device has been removed.
SET CLOCK
You tried to select the timer when the
clock is not set.
SET TIMER
You tried to select the timer when the
Play Timer is not set.
PUSH SELECT
You tried to set the clock or timer during
timer operation.
TIME NG
The Play Timer start and end times are
set to the same time.
PUSH STOP
You have pressed PLAY MODE during
playback.
You have pressed the buttons whose
operation is only possible when
playback is stopped.
TRACK FULL
The number of files on the USB device
has reached the maximum.
Precautions
Discs that this system CAN play
Audio CD
CD-R/CD-RW (audio data/MP3 files)
On safety
Completely disconnect the power
cord (mains lead) from the wall outlet
(mains) if it is not going to be used
for an extended period of time. When
unplugging the unit, always grip the
plug. Never pull the cord itself.
Should any solid object or liquid get
into the system, unplug the system, and
have it checked by qualified personnel
before operating it again.
AC power cord must be changed only
at the qualified service shop.
Additional Information
Discs that this system CANNOT play
CD-ROM
CD-R/CD-RW other than those
recorded in music CD format or MP3
format conforming to ISO9660 Level
1/Level 2, Joliet
CD-R/CD-RW recorded in
multisession that have not ended by
“closing the session”
CD-R/CD-RW of poor recording
quality, CD-R/CD-RW that have
scratches or are dirty, or CD-R/CDRW recorded with an incompatible
recording device
CD-R/CD-RW which is finalized
incorrectly
Discs containing files other than
MPEG 1 Audio Layer-3 (MP3) files
Discs of non-standard shape (for
example, heart, square, star)
Discs that have adhesive tape, paper, or
sticker attached to them
Rental or used discs with attached seals
where the glue extends beyond the seal
Discs that have labels printed using ink
that feels tacky when touched
Notes on discs
Before playing, wipe the disc with a
cleaning cloth from the centre out to
the edge.
Do not clean discs with solvents, such
as benzine, thinner, or commercially
available cleaners or anti-static spray
intended for vinyl LPs.
Do not expose discs to direct sunlight
or heat sources such as hot air ducts,
nor leave it in a car parked in direct
sunlight.
On placement
Do not place the system in an inclined
position or in locations that are
extremely hot, cold, dusty, dirty, or
humid or lacking adequate ventilation,
or subject to vibration, direct sunlight
or a bright light.
Be careful when placing the unit
or speakers on surfaces that have
been specially treated (for example,
with wax, oil, polish) as staining or
discoloration of the surface may result.
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If the system is brought directly
from a cold to a warm location or is
placed in a very damp room, moisture
may condense on the lens inside the
CD player, and cause the system to
malfunction. In this situation, remove
the disc, and leave the system turned
on for about an hour until the moisture
evaporates.
On heat buildup
Heat buildup on the unit during
operation is normal and is not cause
for alarm.
Do not touch the cabinet if it has been
used continuously at a high volume
because the cabinet may have become
hot.
Do not obstruct the ventilation holes.
On the speaker system
This speaker system is not magnetically
shielded, and the picture on nearby TV
sets may become magnetically distorted.
In this situation, turn off the TV, wait
15 to 30 minutes, and turn it back on.
If there is no improvement, move the
speakers far away from the TV.
Cleaning the cabinet
Clean this system 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
thinner, benzine, or alcohol.
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Specifications
Main unit
Amplifier section
The following measured at AC 127 V, 60 Hz
(Mexican model)
The following measured at AC 220 V,
50/60 Hz (Argentine model)
The following measured at AC 120 V, 220 V,
240 V, 50/60 Hz (Other models)
Power output (rated):
25 W + 25 W (at 6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1%
THD)
RMS output power (reference):
60 W + 60 W (per channel at 6 Ω,
1 kHz)
Inputs
PC IN (stereo mini jack):
Sensitivity 800 mV, impedance
22 kilohms
Outputs
PHONES (stereo mini jack):
accepts headphones with an
impedance of 8 Ω or more
SPEAKERS: impedance: 6 Ω
USB section
Supported bit rate:
MP3 (MPEG 1 Audio Layer-3):
32 kbps  320 kbps, VBR
WMA: 48 kbps  192 kbps
AAC: 48 kbps  320 kbps
Sampling frequencies:
MP3 (MPEG 1 Audio Layer-3):
32/44.1/48 kHz
WMA: 44.1 kHz
AAC: 44.1 kHz
(USB) port:
Maximum current:
500 mA
CD player section
Tuner section
FM stereo, FM/AM superheterodyne tuner
Antenna:
FM lead antenna
AM loop antenna
FM tuner section:
Tuning range:
87.5 MHz  108.0 MHz (50 kHz step)
Intermediate frequency: 225 kHz
AM tuner section:
Tuning range
Latin American models:
530 kHz  1,710 kHz (10 kHz step)
531 kHz  1,710 kHz (9 kHz step)
Other models:
531 kHz  1,602 kHz (9 kHz step)
530 kHz  1,610 kHz (10 kHz step)
Intermediate frequency: 53 kHz
Front Speaker (SS-EC59)
Speaker system:
2-way 2-driver speaker system, Bass
reflex
Speaker unit:
Woofer: 130 mm, cone type
Tweeter: 40 mm, horn type
Rated impedance: 6 Ω
Dimensions (W/H/D):
Approx. 190 mm × 306 mm ×
185 mm
Mass: Approx. 2.0 kg
General
Power requirements
Mexican model:
AC 127 V, 60 Hz
Argentine model:
AC 220 V, 50/60 Hz
Other models:
AC 120 V, 220 V or 230 V  240 V,
50/60 Hz, adjustable with voltage
selector
Power consumption: 85 W
(0.5 W at the Power Saving Mode)
Dimensions (W/H/D) (excl. speakers)
Approx. 200 mm × 306 mm ×
305 mm
Mass (excl. speakers): Approx. 3.8 kg
Additional Information
System:
Compact disc and digital audio
system
Laser Diode Properties
Emission Duration: Continuous
Laser Output*: Less than 44.6µW
*This output is the value
measurement at a distance of
200mm from the objective lens
surface on the Optical Pick-up Block
with 7mm aperture.
Frequency response: 20 Hz  20 kHz
Signal-to-noise ratio: More than 90 dB
Dynamic range: More than 88 dB
Supplied accessories: Remote Commander
(1), R6 (Size AA) batteries (2), FM lead/AM
loop antenna (1), Speaker pads (8)
Design and specifications are subject to
change without notice.
Standby power consumption: 0.5 W
Halogenated flame retardants are not used
in the certain printed wiring boards.
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