User manual Sony ICD-B500

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BGetting started  
BBasic Operations  
Selecting the Microphone Sensitivity  
Step 1: Installing the Batteries  
Recording Messages  
1
Press DISPLAY/MENU for more than 1  
second until “MODE” appears in the  
display window.  
Replacing the batteries  
The battery indicator in the  
You can record up to 99 messages in each of the four folders (A,  
B, C, and D).  
Note on recording  
Noise may be recorded if an object,  
such as your finger, etc., accidentally  
rubs or scratches the unit during  
recording.  
2
Press – . or >+ to select “SENS” and  
press NxPLAY/STOP.  
display window shows the battery  
condition.  
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.  
Slide and lift the  
battery compartment  
lid.  
1
2
When “  
“ flashes, replace the  
batteries with new ones.  
e.g.  
Maximum recording time  
The maximum recording time of  
all the folders is as follows. You  
can record messages for the  
maximum recording time in a  
single folder.  
When “ flashes, the batteries  
are exhausted and the unit will  
stop operation.  
Message  
1
Message  
2
Newly recorded message  
Blank space  
3
4
Press – . or >+ to select “H (high  
sensitivity)” or “L (low sensitivity)” and  
press NxPLAY/STOP.  
IC Recorder  
Note  
Before making a long recording, be sure to insert new batteries and  
check the battery indicator.  
Battery life*  
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.  
Owner’s Record  
HQ*  
SP**  
30 h. 25 min.  
81 h. 15 min.  
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.  
Press xSTOP to exit the menu mode.  
Select the recording  
LP*** 150 h. 15 min.  
(h.: hours/min.: minutes)  
1
*
Using Sony alkaline batteries LR03  
(size AAA)  
mode.  
*
HQ: High quality recording mode  
(monaural sound)  
*
When playing back through the  
internal speaker with the medium  
volume level  
See “Changing the Recording Mode” on the  
reverse side.  
** SP: Standard play recording mode  
(monaural sound)  
***LP: Long play recording mode  
(monaural sound)  
Insert two LR03 (size  
The battery life may shorten  
depending on the operation of the  
Model No. ICD-B500  
Serial No._______________________  
AAA) alkaline batteries unit.  
Notes  
Operating Instructions  
2
3
Select the folder.  
To record in better sound quality,  
Notes  
See “Selecting the Folder.”  
select the HQ mode. For switching  
the recording mode, see “Changing  
the Recording Mode” on the  
reverse side.  
with correct polarity,  
and close the lid.  
Do not use manganese batteries for  
this unit.  
ICD-B500  
Playing Back Messages  
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.  
Start recording.  
Before making  
a
long recording, be  
When playing back a previously recorded message, start from  
Playing back a message  
repeatedly  
— Repeat Play  
During playback, press  
NxPLAY/STOP for more than  
one second.  
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.  
Step 1.  
When playing back a message you have just finished recording,  
start from Step 3.  
2007 Sony Corporation  
Printed in China  
1
Press zXREC/  
PAUSE.  
2
Speak to the built-  
in microphone.  
Make sure to insert both  
of the batteries from  
their – ends.  
Current message  
number  
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  
OPR indicator  
(lights in red during  
recording.)  
“ will be displayed and the  
Notice for customers:  
Do not charge dry batteries.  
When you are not going to use the  
selected message will be played  
back repeatedly.  
To resume normal playback, press  
NxPLAY/STOP again. To stop  
playback, press xSTOP.  
Recording mode  
1
Select the folder.  
See “Selecting the Folder.”  
For the customers in the  
U.S.A.  
the following information is  
only applicable to equipment  
sold in countries applying EU  
directives  
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 display selected  
with the DISPLAY/  
MENU button appears.  
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.  
approx.  
2
seconds at most,  
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.  
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.  
therefore the following symptoms  
may occur:  
Select the message  
number.  
2
If the battery compartment lid is  
accidentally detached, attach it as  
illustrated.  
Counter display*  
When a message is shorter than  
the minimum recording unit, it  
INFORMATION  
This equipment has been tested and found to comply  
Remaining memory  
indicator  
is still counted as approx. 2  
seconds at most so the  
remaining recording time will  
decrease by more than the  
with the limits for  
a
Class  
B
digital device, pursuant  
Press – . or >+ to display the desired  
to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed  
to provide reasonable protection against harmful  
You do not need to keep pressing zXREC/PAUSE while  
recording.  
message number.  
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.  
interference in  
a
residential installation. This  
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  
.: for smaller message number  
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.  
>+: for larger message number  
Searching forward/  
backward during  
Troubleshooting  
playback (Cue/Review)  
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.  
Stop recording.  
Selected message number  
Number of  
However, there is no guarantee that interference will  
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.  
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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:  
zXREC/  
NxPLAY/STOP  
PAUSE  
without a remainder.  
messages in  
a
folder  
The unit does not operate.  
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.  
Step 2: Setting the Clock  
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.  
The batteries have been inserted with incorrect  
polarity.  
Counter display*  
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.  
Increase the separation between the equipment and  
receiver.  
The batteries are weak.  
The buttons are locked with the HOLD switch. (If  
Press xSTOP.  
The unit stops at the  
beginning of the current  
you press any button, “HOLD” will flash for  
seconds.)  
3
Remove the film on the display window before you use the IC recorder.  
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.  
Connect the equipment into an outlet on  
different from that to which the receiver is  
connected.  
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV  
technician for help.  
a
circuit  
*
The display selected with the DISPLAY/MENU button appears (see  
the reverse side).  
.
recording.  
Remaining memory  
indication  
During recording, the remaining  
memory indicator decreases one  
by one.  
No sound comes from the speaker.  
(Review)  
The ear receiver or headphones are plugged in.  
The volume is turned down completely.  
Display the clock setting display.  
1
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications  
not expressly approved in this manual could void  
your authority to operate this equipment.  
“FULL” is displayed and you cannot start  
recording.  
If you do not change the folder after you stop recording, the next  
time you record you will record in the same folder.  
Start playback.  
1
Press DISPLAY/MENU for  
2
Press – . or >+ to  
display “SET DATE.”  
The memory is  
nearly full.  
3
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.  
more than  
1
second until  
During cue/review, the counter  
will be displayed, regardless of  
the display mode setting.  
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.  
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:  
“MODE” appears in the  
display window.  
The unit enters the menu  
mode.  
To  
Do this  
1Press NxPLAY/STOP.  
Flashing  
i
(headphone) jack  
(
1) This device may not cause harmful interference,  
pause recording*  
Press zXREC/PAUSE.  
1Tip  
When fast playback is done to the  
end of the last message, “END”  
and (2) this device must accept any interference  
received, including interference that may cause  
undesired operation.  
Noise is heard.  
During recording pause, the OPR  
indicator flashes in red and “PAUSE”  
flashes in the display window.  
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.  
OPR indicator  
(
lights in green during  
An object, such as your finger, etc., accidentally  
rubbed or scratched the unit during recording so  
that noise was recorded.  
3
Press NxPLAY/STOP.  
The year digits will flash.  
playback.)  
flashes for 5 seconds. (You cannot  
release pause and  
resume recording  
Press zXREC/PAUSE.  
2
Adjust the volume  
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 you have any questions about this product, you  
may call: Sony Customer Information Services Center  
The unit was placed near an AC power source,  
fluorescent lamp or a mobile phone during  
recording or playback.  
a
Recording resumes from that point.  
(To stop recording after pausing  
recording, press xSTOP.)  
with the VOL  
control.  
1
-800-222-7669 or http://www.sony.com/  
Plug of the connected microphone was dirty when  
recording. Clean the plug.  
Ear receiver/headphones plug is dirty. Clean the  
plug.  
listen to the current  
Press xSTOP to stop recording, then  
press recording NxPLAY/STOP.  
To continue recording, first erase  
some of the messages.  
Counter display (or  
the selected display  
mode)  
xSTOP  
For customers in Europe  
review the current  
recording instantly  
Press NxPLAY/STOP during  
recording.  
Disposal of Old Electrical &  
Electronic Equipment (Applicable  
in the European Union and other  
European countries with  
Recording level is low.  
Set the microphone sensitivity to “H (high)” using  
the menu.  
Set the date.  
Notes  
search backward during Hold down – . during recording  
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.  
2
recording (Review)  
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.  
If the last message is long and you  
wish to start playback at a later part  
2
3
Press NxPLAY/STOP.  
The month digits will flash.  
1
Press  
.
or >+ to  
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.)  
Recording is interrupted.  
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.  
select the digits of the  
year.  
separate collection systems)  
The advanced VOR function is activated. Set VOR  
to “OFF.”  
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.  
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  
select the microphone  
sensitivity  
You can select the microphone  
sensitivity using the menu. See  
“Selecting the Microphone  
Sensitivity.”  
Recording level is unstable (when  
recording music, etc.).  
This unit is designed to automatically adjust the  
recording level when recording meetings, etc., and  
is not suitable for music recording.  
Set the month and day in  
sequence, then press  
NxPLAY/STOP.  
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.  
For private listening  
collection point for the recycling of  
The hour digits will flash.  
Starting recording  
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.  
electrical and electronic  
equipment. By ensuring this  
product is disposed of correctly,  
“--Y--M--D” or “--:--” is displayed.  
• You have not set the clock.  
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.)  
1
Tip  
*
About one hour after you pause recording, recording pause is  
automatically released and the unit goes into the stop mode.  
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.  
“--Y--M--D” or “--:--” is displayed on the  
REC DATE display.  
The date and time of recording will not be  
displayed if you recorded the message when the  
clock was not set.  
To set the date to Year 2007, display “07Y.”  
Other operations  
To  
Do this  
stop at the current position  
Press NxPLAY/STOP or  
xSTOP. To resume playback  
from that point, press  
Selecting the Folder  
You cannot divide a message.  
Set the time.  
Press – . or >+ to select  
3
NxPLAY/STOP again.  
You cannot divide  
99 messages.  
If you divide messages frequently, the unit may  
become unable to divide a message.  
a
message in a folder which has  
1
Press DISPLAY/MENU for more than 1  
second until “MODE” appears in the  
display window.  
go back to the beginning  
of the current message  
Press – . once.  
1
3
4
Set the minute.  
the digits of the hour.  
skip to the next message  
Press >+ once.  
You cannot divide a message in the first or the last 1  
second of a message.  
Press NxPLAY/STOP at  
the time signal.  
go back to previous  
Press – . or >+  
Recording stops when no sound is  
heard. (“VOR PAUSE” flashes in  
the display window.)  
messages/skip to succeeding repeatedly. (During stop  
It takes longer for the unit to start  
operation.  
messages  
mode, keep the button  
pressed to skip the messages  
continuously.)  
The display will return to  
“SET DATE.”  
2
3
Press – . or >+ to select “FOLDER”  
and press NxPLAY/STOP.  
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  
Note  
2
Press NxPLAY/STOP.  
The minute digits will flash.  
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.”  
5
Press xSTOP to exit from  
the menu mode.  
Disposal of waste batteries  
(
applicable in the European  
not  
a
malfunction. Wait until the OPR indicator  
If the unit is left unused for  
more than 3 seconds in the  
stop mode, the display will  
show the current time.  
Press – . or >+ to select the folder  
you want and press NxPLAY/STOP.  
goes off.  
Union and other European  
countries with separate  
collection systems)  
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.  
This symbol on the battery or on  
the packaging indicates that the  
battery provided with this product  
4
Press xSTOP to exit the menu mode.  
1
Tip  
This unit does not have a power on/off switch. The display is shown at all times.  
shall not be treated as household  
waste.  
By ensuring these batteries are  
disposed of correctly, you will  
No more recording can be made when 99 messages  
each have been recorded in a folder.  
Current 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.  
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.  
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.  
The unit does not operate correctly.  
• Take out the batteries and insert them again.  
Please note that recorded messages may be erased  
during service or repair work.  
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.  
ICD-B500 GB U/CA/CE7/E 3-097-342-12 (1)  
ICD-B500 GB U/CA/CE7/E 3-097-342-12 (1)  

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