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3-046-171-21 (2)
Clock Radio
Operating Instructions
To prevent fire or shock
hazard, do not expose
the unit to rain or
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.
This symbol is intended to alert the
user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.
The graphical symbols are at the bottom of the
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate
this equipment.
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
--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.
Before You Begin
Thank you for choosing the Sony Dream
Machine. The Dream Machine will give you
many hours of reliable service and listening
Before operating your unit, please read these
instructions thoroughly and retain them for
future reference.
· Radio-Controlled Clock Auto Adjust System.
· Radio and buzzer dual alarms.
· 5 random station presets for easy one button
· LCD with backlight, and brightness adjustment
for the backlight.
· Alarm setting dial--easy to set alarm time and
· Date button to display the year, month and
· Extendable snooze--snooze time can be
extended from 8 to 60 minutes in maximum
every time you use.
· Operate the unit only on 120 V AC, 60 Hz.
· To disconnect the power cord (mains lead),
pull it out by the plug, not the cord.
· Do not leave the unit in a location near a heat
source such as a radiator or airduct, or in a
place subject to direct sunlight, excessive dust,
mechanical vibration, or shock.
· Allow adequate air circulation to prevent
internal heat build-up. Do not place the unit on
a surface (a rug, a blanket, etc.) or near
materials (a curtain) which might block the
ventilation holes.
· Should any solid object or liquid fall into the
unit, unplug the unit and have it checked by a
qualified personnel before operating it any
· To clean the casing, use a soft cloth dampened
with a mild detergent solution.
If you have any questions or problems
concerning your unit, please consult your
nearest Sony dealer.
Time display
12-hour system
Frequency range
FM: 87.5­108 MHz
AM: 530­1 710 kHz
Channel steps
FM: 0.1 MHz (fixed)
AM: 10 kHz (fixed)
Approx. 6.6 cm (2 5/8 in.) dia., 8
Power output
200 mW (at 10% harmonic distortion)
Power requirements
120 V AC, 60 Hz
Approx. 180.5
× 55 × 140 mm (w/h/d)
(7 1/8
× 2 1/4 × 5 5/8 in.) incl. projecting
parts and controls
Approx. 740 g (1 lb. 10 oz.)
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
Dream Machine is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
Sony Corporation © 2000
Printed in Malaysia
For your protection, please read these safety instructions completely before operating the
appliance, and keep this manual for future reference.
Carefully observe all warnings, precautions and instructions on the appliance and described in
the operating instructions supplied with the appliance by Sony.
Water and Moisture
Do not install the appliance near water: for example, near a bathtub, washbowl, kitchen sink,
laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool.
Do not install the appliance near sources of heat such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or
other appliances that produce heat.
Slots and openings in the cabinet and in the back or bottom are provided for necessary ventilation.
To ensure reliable and safe operation of the appliance, and to protect it from overheating, these
slots and openings must never be blocked or covered.
Do not place the appliance on a bed, sofa, rug or other similar surface which may block the slots
and openings.
Do not install the appliance in a confined space, such as a bookcase or built-in cabinet, unless
proper ventilation is provided.
Carts and Stands
Do not install the appliance on an unstable table, shelf, cart or stand. Use only a cart or stand
recommended by Sony.
An appliance and cart combination should be moved with care. Quick stops, excessive force, and
uneven surfaces may cause the appliance and cart combination to overturn.
Wall or Ceiling Mounting
If your appliance can be mounted to a wall or ceiling, mount it only as recommended by Sony.
Power Source
Connect the appliance to a power supply only of the type described in the operating instructions
or as marked on the appliance.
Grounding or Polarization
Do not defeat the grounding or polarization feature of the AC power cord. If your AC receptacle
will not accept the power cord plug, contact your electrician to install a proper AC receptacle.
AC Receptacle
Check to make sure that the AC receptacle holds the power cord plug firmly and securely. If the
power cord plug is loose, contact your electrician to replace the defective and unsafe AC
Power-Cord Protection
Route the power cord so that it is not likely to be walked on or pinched by having objects placed
on it, paying particular attention to the plugs, receptacles, and the point where the cord exits from
the appliance.
When not in use
Unplug the power cord of the appliance from the outlet when left unused for a long period of
To disconnect the cord, pull it out by grasping the plug. Never pull the plug out by the cord.
Foreign Objects
Be careful that foreign objects and liquids do not enter the enclosure through openings.
Clean the appliance only as recommended by Sony.
Outdoor Antenna Grounding
If an outdoor antenna or cable system is installed, follow the precautions below.
An outdoor antenna system should not be located in the vicinity of overhead power lines or other
electric light or power circuits, or where it can come in contact with such power lines or circuits.
Be sure the antenna system is grounded so as to provide some protection against voltage surges
and built-up static charges. Section 810 of the National Electrical Code provides information with
respect to proper grounding of the mast and supporting structure, grounding of the lead-in wire to
an antenna discharge unit, size of grounding conductors, location of antenna-discharge unit,
connection to grounding electrodes, and requirements for the grounding electrode.
Antenna Grounding According to the National
Electrical Code
Unplug the appliance from the wall outlet and consult qualified service personnel when:
-the power cord or the plug has been damaged.
-a solid object or liquid has fallen into the cabinet.
-the appliance has been exposed to rain or moisture.
-the appliance does not appear to operate normally or exhibits a marked change in performance.
-the appliance has been dropped, or the enclosure damaged.
Do not attempt to service the appliance beyond that described in the operating instructions. For
all other servicing refer to qualified service personnel only.
--NEC National Electrical Code--
Ground Clamps
Antenna Lead-in Wire
Ground Clamps
Electric Service
Power Service Grounding
Electrode System
(NEC* Art 250 Part H)
Grounding Conductors
(NEC* Section 810-21)
Antenna Discharge Unit
(NEC* Section 810-20)

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Setting the Clock
and Date
When the unit is plugged in, "AM 12:00," "Sa,"
and "
" will flash in the display.
To Set the Clock and
Date Automatically
This radio is equipped with a radio-controlled
clock-auto-adjust system.
The clock-auto-adjust receives standard time
data (year, month, day, hour, minute, second,
and D.S.T.) on a prescribed frequency, and uses
that to automatically reset the clock. To receive
correct local time, set the zone selector
(illustrated below) on the bottom of the radio to
the time zone you are in (Eastern, Central,
Mountain, or Pacific). If the selector is set to the
wrong zone, the displayed time will be wrong.
There are no zone settings for Alaska and
1 Plug in the unit.
The Clock Auto Adjust function activates
automatically. "
" will flash in the display.
It takes about three minutes from the
moment that reception starts until the
displayed time is correct even if the reception
is good.
2 When clock adjustment is completed,
the clock will start to operate. " " will
stop flashing and remain in the display.
Playing the Radio
Manual Tuning
1 Press RADIO ON to turn on the radio.
The display shows the band and frequency
for a few seconds and then changes back to
the current time.
2 Press BAND repeatedly to select the
desired band.
3 Use TUNING + or ­ to tune in to the
desired station.
The FM frequency advances or reverses in
0.1MHz channel steps and the AM frequency
in 10kHz channel steps.
Two short beeps sound when the minimum
frequency of each band is received during
4 Adjust volume using VOL.
· To turn off the radio, press RADIO OFF.
· To improve reception
FM: Extend the FM wire antenna fully to
increase reception sensitivity.
AM: Rotate the unit horizontally for optimum
reception. A ferrite bar is built in to the
Do not operate the unit over a steel desk or
metal surface, as this may lead to
interference of reception.
· To check the station being received, press
TUNING + or ­ lightly. The display shows the
band and frequency for a few seconds and then
changes back to the current time.
· If the radio alarm comes on while the radio is
on, the unit switches to the station on preset
button 1 (WAKE UP STATION).
Preset Tuning
You can preset up to five stations for one-touch
tuning; one for each of the preset buttons 1 to 5.
Presetting a station
Example: To preset AM 1 260 kHz onto
preset button 2.
1 Press RADIO ON to turn on the radio.
2 Tune in to the station you want to
(See "Manual Tuning".)
3 Hold down the desired
this case, 2) until you hear two short
The display shows the frequency for a few
seconds and then changes back to the current
For the radio alarm, preset the station to be used
as the alarm onto preset button 1.
To change a preset station
Tune in manually to the station you want to store
and hold down the preset button until you hear
two short beeps. The previously stored station
will be replaced by the new one.
Tuning in to a preset station
1 Press RADIO ON to turn on the radio.
where the desired station is stored.
3 Adjust volume using VOL.
After a few seconds, the display will return to
the current time but the preset button
number will remain.
Reception may be impossible in these locations:
· Close to television sets, personal computers,
refrigerators or similar electrical appliances
and equipment.
· Close to high voltage wires or overhead power
· Locations where there could be interference
with electrical signals such as construction
sites, airports or any other place where there is
a large volume of traffic.
Location of transmitting source
Time signals are transmitted from the following
Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.A.
40° 40' N, 105° 03' W
The strength of time signals changes according to
time of reception(you will get better reception in
the nighttime). If the clock is not set or corrected
automatically after you change the location or
direction of the radio-controlled clock antenna,
wait a while and see if you get better reception at
a later time.
Automatic updating of time data
The Dream Machine is equipped with the Clock
Auto Adjust system that automatically receives
time signals during the nighttime, the time when
reception is best. The system makes nine
corrections every hour from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
During automatic operation, "
" does not flash
on and off. If the Clock Auto Adjust system is
unable to receive the time signals, "
" goes off.
For improved reception, move the radio-
controlled clock antenna to another position or
change the direction it is facing.
On daylight Saving Time adjustment
The Clock Auto Adjust system automatically
switches the clock indication to Daylight Saving
Time (summer time), and back, at the necessary
time of the year.
" will be displayed when the clock is in
Daylight Saving Time.
According to reception conditions, the actual
adjustment to or from Daylight Saving Time by
the Clock Auto Adjust system may be done later
than the exact moment of transition in the yearly
To Set the Clock and
Date Manually
1 Set the alarm setting dial to ALARM
2 Plug in the clock radio.
The display will flash "AM 12:00".
3 Press CLOCK for a few seconds.
You will hear a beep and the year will start to
flash in the display.
4 Press CLOCK + or ­ until the correct
year appears in the display.
5 Press CLOCK once.
6 Repeat steps 4 and 5 to set the month,
day, hour, and minute.
After setting the minute, press CLOCK to start
the counting of the seconds, and you will
hear two short beeps.
clock antenna
AC power
FM wire
Alarm setting dial
To stop Clock Auto Adjust during
" will disappear from the display.
· When the radio is operated, the Clock Auto
Adjust system does not function. If you turn on
the radio while the Clock Auto Adjust function
is activating , the unit stops receiving time
· When the alarm setting dial is set to ALARM
TIME SET A or B, the Clock Auto Adjust
system does not function.
To initiate Clock Auto Adjust
" will flash in the display. When the Clock
Auto Adjust process is completed, the clock will
be corrected, if needed, and "
" will stop
flashing and remain lit in the display.
If the radio fails to receive time signals for 12
minutes, the clock will remain unchanged, and
" will disappear from the display.
To check reception
The display shows reception conditions when
time signals are being received (when the power
cord is inserted in a wall socket, or CLOCK
AUTO ADJUST is pressed).
Changes regularly between
" " and " " at one second
" " or " " stays on,
or intervals between changes
are longer than one second
or irregular
The change between " " and
" " takes less than one
second or occurs irregularly
To Activate the Alarm
Set the alarm setting dial to the desired alarm
mode (radio, buzzer, or radio and buzzer), and
the indicator(s) you chose will be lit.
Set the alarm
setting dial to
Radio and
A + B
A and B
When the radio alarm is activated, the radio
station that is preset on the preset button 1
(WAKE UP STATION) turns on at the preset time.
For the radio alarm, make sure you have preset a
radio station onto preset button 1 (See "Preset
To Check the Alarm
The display shows the alarm time for a few
seconds and then returns to show the
current time. When the alarm setting dial
is set to either ALARM MODE OFF or
ALARM MODE A+B, the alarm time in
ALARM MODE B BUZZER appears in the
· Alarm time in ALARM MODE A RADIO and
ALARM MODE B BUZZER is set at AM 12:00
when you purchased the unit.
When the alarm comes on at the preset time, the
alarm indicator flashes.
For the buzzer alarm, the beeping of the alarm
becomes more rapid after every few seconds in
five progressive stages.
· When both the radio and buzzer alarms are set
for the same time, and you choose ALARM
MODE A + B, the radio alarm takes
To Doze for a Few More
The radio or buzzer turns off but will automati-
cally come on again after about 8 minutes. Every
time you press SNOOZE/DATE/SLEEP OFF, the
snooze time changes as follows:
The display shows the snooze time for a few
seconds and returns to show the current time.
When you press SNOOZE/DATE/SLEEP OFF after
the current time appeared, the snooze time starts
from 8 minutes again.
· The maximum length of the snooze time is 60
The alarm is turned off automatically after 60
To Stop the Alarm
Press ALARM RESET to turn off the
The alarm will come on again at the same time
the next day.
To Cancel the Alarm
Set the alarm setting dial to ALARM
To Use Both Sleep Timer
and Alarm
You can fall asleep to the radio and also be
awakened by the radio or buzzer alarm at the
preset time.
1 Set the alarm. (See "Setting the
2 Set the sleep timer. (See "Setting the
Sleep Timer".)
Should any problem occur with the unit, make
the following simple checks to determine
whether or not servicing is required.
If the problem persists, consult your nearest
Sony dealer.
Unable to receive time signals
· Inappropriate location for setting up antenna.
Try moving the antenna to a different location.
If reception is still bad, wait for awhile because
reception may improve at a later time. See "To
improve reception."
The clock does not show the correct time.
· Has an electrical power outage lasting more
than 1 minutes occurred?
The radio or buzzer alarm does not sound at
the preset alarm time.
· Has the desired radio or buzzer alarm been
activated? (i.e. Is the indicator A or B lit?)
The radio alarm is activated but no sound
comes on at the preset alarm time.
· Has a station been preset onto preset button 1?
· Has VOL been adjusted ?
No sound comes from the speakers.
· Hasn't the alarm setting dial been remained
setting to ALARM TIME SET?
To improve reception
Reception is governed in large part by where the
radio-controlled clock antenna is set up and
which direction it is pointed in.
Location of radio-controlled clock
antenna setup:
If the installation is within a building made of
reinforced concrete, reception will be weaker the
farther the antenna is from a window. To
improve reception, place the antenna as closes as
possible to the window.
Direction the antenna faces:
Reception changes depending on the direction
that the antenna is facing. Look at the display
window to check reception, and turn the antenna
so that it faces in the direction where reception is
most stable.
Reception may be poor when the antenna is placed
on a metal surface such as that of a steel desk.
· To set the current time rapidly, hold down
CLOCK + or ­.
· In step 6, when you press CLOCK after the
minute setting to activate the clock, the seconds
start counting from zero.
· When the alarm setting dial is set to ALARM
TIME SET A or B, the clock cannot be set.
The clock is set to automatically receive time
signals and will continue to do so even if it is
manually reset.
To display the year and date
Press SNOOZE/DATE/SLEEP OFF once for the
date, and within 2 seconds press it again for the
The display shows the date or year for a few
seconds and then changes back to the current
To set the brightness of the
Set BRIGHTNESS for the display to H (high) or L
(low) according to your preference.
To Set the Alarm Time
1 Set the alarm setting dial to either
ALARM TIME SET A (radio) or
ALARM TIME SET B (buzzer).
After one beep, the indicator A or B and
the display will flash.
2 Press CLOCK + or ­ until the desired
time appears.
When CLOCK + or ­ is held down, the
displayed time initially changes in one-
minute steps, and after a few seconds,
switches to ten-minute steps.
3 Set the alarm setting dial to ALARM
MODE OFF. Two short beeps will
confirm the setting.
· When the alarm setting dial is set to ALARM
TIME SET A or B, the radio will be interrupted.
Setting the Sleep
You can enjoy falling asleep to the radio using
the built-in sleep timer that turns off the radio
automatically after a preset duration.
Press SLEEP.
The radio turns on. You can set the sleep timer
to durations of 90, 60, 30, or 15 minutes. Every
push changes the display as follows:
Two short beeps sound when the display returns
to "
"SLEEP" will appear in the display when the
duration time is set.
The radio will play for the time you set, then
shut off.
· To turn off the radio before the preset time,
reception conditions
Setting the Alarm
Before setting the time for the radio and buzzer
alarms, make sure you have set the current time
(See "Setting the Clock and Date").
Zone selector