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Battery life*1  
Maximum recording time  
Index to Parts and Controls  
When using a Sony LR03 (SG) (size AAA) alkaline battery  
The maximum recording time* of all the folders is as follows. You can check the remaining recording  
time by selecting “REMAIN” in the “DISPLAY>” menu (see “Menu Settings” on the reverse side).  
2000 Professional, Windows  
Recording mode  
* When deleting Player Plug-in for Windows Media Player and Windows  
Second Edition Driver.  
® 98  
Approx. 11 hr.  
Approx. 16 hr. 30 min.  
Approx. 16 hr. 30 min.  
Approx. 13 hr.  
IC Recorder  
Main Unit  
Approx. 19 hr.  
Approx. 19 hr.  
28 hr. 40 min.  
76 hr. 30 min.  
125 hr. 15 min.  
57 hr. 30 min.  
153 hr. 25 min.  
251 hr. 5 min.  
115 hr. 10 min.  
307 hr. 15 min.  
502 hr. 45 min.  
Operating Instructions  
(headphone) jack*1  
Neck strap holder*3  
Approx. 8 hr. 30 min.  
Owner’s Record  
A-B (repeat) button  
hr.: hours / min.: minutes)  
The battery life may shorten depending on the operation of the IC recorder.  
When playing back through the stereo headphone with the medium volume level  
HQ: High quality recording mode  
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.  
(hr.: hours / min.: minutes)  
OPR (operation) indicator  
HOLD switch*4  
Control key*2  
HQ: High quality recording mode  
SP: Standard play recording mode  
LP: Long play recording mode  
REC (record)/  
PAUSE button  
SP: Standard play recording mode  
5LP: Long play recording mode  
Model No. ______________ Serial No. __________________________________  
STOP button  
Battery compartment  
MENU button  
Remaining memory indicator  
During recording, the remaining memory amount indicated decreases.  
When nothing is recorded, “ is displayed.  
When the remaining recording time reaches 5 minutes, the remaining memory indicator ꢁashes.  
When the memory is full, recording automatically stops, an alarm sounds, and “MEMORY FULL”  
will ꢁash, and the remaining memory indicator “ will ꢁash. To continue recording, ꢀrst erase some  
of the messages.  
Display window  
DPC switch  
Do not use a manganese battery with this IC recorder.  
Battery remaining indicator  
The battery indicator on the display shows the battery condition.  
recorder will stop operating.  
USB cap  
Printed on 100% recycled  
ꢁashes, replace the battery with a new one.  
ꢁashes and “CHANGE BATTERY” ꢁashes 3 times, the battery is exhausted and the IC  
paper using VOC (Volatile  
Organic Compound)-free  
vegetable oil based ink.  
This unit does not have a power on/off switch.  
Connect stereo headphone(s) or stereo ear receiver  
2006 Sony Corporation  
Printed in China  
Starting Recording Automatically in Response to the  
Sound (VOR Function)  
*2 How to use the control key  
When you replace the battery with a new one, the clock returns to the setting display, or an incorrect date  
and time appear when you insert the new battery. In this case, set the date and time again. The recorded  
messages, however, will remain.  
to the (headphone) jack. If noise is heard, wipe  
Use the key to change the menu settings as well as  
for playback. In the menu mode press the key right or  
left to select a menu item and press the key ()  
to conꢀrm the setting.  
the headphone/ear receiver plug.  
The IC recorder is accessing data while “ACCESS” appears on the display or the OPR indicator ꢁashes in  
orange. While the IC recorder is accessing data, do not remove the battery. Doing so may damage the data.  
Set the VOR (voice operated recording) function to “ON” in the “VOR:OFF” menu (see “Menu Settings”  
on the reverse side).  
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.  
Setting the Clock  
You must set the clock to record the date and time.  
The unit does not operate.  
The battery has been inserted with incorrect polarity.  
The battery is weak.  
The buttons are locked with the HOLD switch. (If you  
Press and hold /MENU for more than  
1 second.  
The unit enters the menu mode.  
For the customers in the U.S.A.  
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with  
press any button, “HOLD” will ꢁash 3 times.)  
*3 How to attach the  
neck strap  
*4 Slide the HOLD switch in the direction of the arrow,  
and all the functions of all the buttons are locked.  
When the HOLD function is activated during stop, the  
display will be turned off, too.  
Press the control key toward to  
display “DATE & TIME>” and press  
Playing Back Messages  
No sound comes from the speaker.  
the limits for  
of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide  
reasonable protection against harmful interference in  
digital device, pursuant to Part 15  
The ear receiver or headphones are plugged in.  
The volume is turned down completely.  
When playing back a message you have just ꢀnished recording, start from Step .  
The clock setting display appears.  
Press /MENU to select the folder you  
residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and  
can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and  
used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful  
interference to radio communications.  
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not  
occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does  
cause harmful interference to radio or television reception,  
which can be determined by turning the equipment off and  
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference  
by one or more of the following measures:  
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.  
Increase the separation between the equipment and  
ꢀashes and you cannot start recording.  
Press the control key toward to  
select the digits of the year and press  
Set the month, day, hour and minute in  
sequence, then press .  
When the minute digits are selected, the clock  
will be set and the display will return to “DATE  
& TIME>.”  
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.  
Press the control key toward or  
to select the message number you  
want to play, and press to start  
Noise is heard.  
An object, such as your ꢀnger, etc., accidentally rubbed  
or scratched the unit during recording so that noise was  
Adjust the volume by pressing the  
control key toward VOL + or VOL –.  
Display Window  
Folder indicator (A, B, C, D, E, )/Message number/REC (recording) indicator/Recording time indication/  
Remaining memory indicator/Total number of messages in a folder/Menu indication/Counter/Remaining time  
indication/Recording date indication/Current time indication  
The unit was placed near an AC power source,  
uorescent lamp or mobile phone during recording or  
Ear receiver/headphones plug is dirty. Clean the plug.  
Press STOP to exit from the menu  
Press STOP to stop playback.  
pause playback  
Do this  
Press . To resume playback from that point, press again.  
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.  
Recording level is low.  
Set the microphone sensitivity to “MIC SENS:H (high)”  
using the menu.  
go back to the beginning of the Press towardonce.  
current message  
Repeat play indicator  
Remaining battery indicator  
You are cautioned that any changes or modiꢀcations not  
expressly approved in this manual could void your authority  
to operate this equipment.  
Recording is interrupted.  
go back to previous messages  
Press toward repeatedly. (During the stop mode, keep the key  
pressed to go back through the messages continuously.)  
The advanced VOR function is activated. Set “VOR:OFF”  
in the menu.  
Playback mode indicator  
Recording mode  
Microphone sensitivity indicator  
VOR indicator  
Recording Messages  
skip to the next message  
Press toward once.  
--:--” is displayed.  
You have not set the clock.  
If you have any questions about this product, you may call:  
Sony Customer Information Services Center 1-800-222-7669  
skip to succeeding messages  
Press toward repeatedly. (During the stop mode, keep the key  
You can record up to 99 messages in each of the ꢀve folders (A, B, C, D and E), a total of 495 messages.  
When recording or playback stops, the display changes from counter to current time, and then disappears  
in 30 seconds.  
pressed to skip the messages continuously.)  
“--Y--M--D” or “--:--” is displayed on the  
REC DATE or REC TIME display.  
Folders for messages  
Folder for MP3 ꢀles  
search forward/backward*  
Keep pressing toward (forward/cue) or (backward/review)  
during playback and release the key at the point you wish to resume  
is a folder for MP3 ꢀles.  
Declaration of Conformity  
The date and time of recording will not be displayed if you  
recorded the message when the clock was not set.  
If you select and record messages, the folder  
will be automatically switched to A, B, C, D  
or E, whichever has sufꢀcient space for those  
Trade Name:  
Supplied Accessories  
Sony Electronics Inc.  
16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA  
The battery life is short.  
Stereo headphone (1)  
CD-ROM (1)  
Neck strap (1)  
Operating instructions (1)  
* If you keep the control key toward or pressed, the IC recorder starts to search at higher  
speed. During cue/review, the counter will be displayed, regardless of the display mode setting.  
If you keep the control key toward to the end of the recorded messages, “MESSAGE END”  
ꢁashes and the IC recorder stops at the beginning of the last message in the folder.  
Responsible Party:  
The batery life mentioned in “Installing the Battery” is  
based on playback through stereo headphone(s) with the  
medium volume level using Sony LR03(SG) alkaline  
battery. The battery life may shorten depending on the  
operation of the unit.  
LR03 (size AAA) alkaline battery (1)  
2127 U.S.A.  
Telephone Number: 858-942-2230  
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules.  
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1)  
This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2)  
this device must accept any interference received,  
including interference that may cause undesired operation.  
Press /MENU to select a folder.  
Adjusting the playback speed (DPC: Digital Pitch Control function)  
You cannot record messages up to the  
maximum recording time.  
Getting Started  
Press REC/PAUSE in the stop mode to  
start recording.  
The message will be automatically added after the  
end of the last recorded message.  
Set the DPC switch to ON.  
Set the playback speed in the “DPC: 0%” menu (see “Menu Settings” on the reverse side).  
If you record messages in  
mixture of HQ, SP and LP  
modes, the recordable time varies from the maximum HQ  
mode recording time to the maximum LP mode recording  
To resume normal playback  
Set the DPC switch to OFF.  
Disposal of Old Electrical & Electronic  
Equipment (Applicable in the European  
Union and other European countries with  
separate collection systems)  
This symbol on the product or on its  
packaging indicates that this product shall  
not be treated as household waste. Instead  
it shall be handed over to the applicable  
collection point for the recycling of electrical  
and electronic equipment. By ensuring  
this product is disposed of correctly, you  
will help prevent potential negative consequences for the  
environment and human health, which could otherwise be  
caused by inappropriate waste handling of this product.  
The recycling of materials will help to conserve natural  
resources. For more detailed information about recycling  
of this product, please contact your local Civic Ofꢀce, your  
household waste disposal service or the shop where you  
purchased the product.  
Installing the Battery  
e.g. Message  
New message  
Empty space  
No more recording can be made when 99 messages each  
have been recorded in  
Slide and lift the battery compartment  
Speak into the built-in microphone.  
Press STOP to stop the recording.  
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.  
When the DPC switch is set to ON, the playback sound changes.  
When the DPC switch is set to ON, an MP3 ꢀle may be played back at a lower speed than the one you set  
in the “DPC 0%” menu.  
While the OPR indicator is ꢁashing or is lit in orange, do not remove the battery. Doing so may damage the  
Selecting the playback mode  
The unit does not operate correctly.  
Take out the battery and insert it again.  
Change the playback mode in the “VOICE PL MODE>” menu (see “Menu Settings” on the reverse  
Insert one LR03 (size AAA) alkaline  
battery with the correct polarity, and  
close the lid.  
Noise may be recorded if an object, such as your ꢀnger, etc., accidentally rubs or scratches the IC recorder  
during recording.  
Before making a recording, be sure to check the remaining battery indicator.  
Please note that recorded messages may be erased during  
service or repair work.  
To pause recording  
Press REC/PAUSE. “PAUSE” ꢁashes. To release pause and resume recording, press REC/PAUSE  
If the battery compartment lid is accidentally  
detached, attach it as illustrated.  
Monitoring the recording  
Applicable accessories: Headphone  
Connect the headphone supplied or an optional stereo ear receiver to the (headphone) jack and  
monitor the recording. You can adjust the volume with the control key by pressing it toward VOL + or  
VOL –, but the recording level is ꢀxed.  
Selecting the recording mode  
Select “HQ”, “SP”, or “LP” in the “REC MODE:HQ” menu (see “Menu Settings” on the reverse side).  
To record in better sound quality, select “HQ.”  
Selecting the microphone sensitivity  
Select the microphone sensitivity in the “MIC SENS:H” menu (see “Menu Settings” on the reverse  

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