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To prevent fire or shock
hazard, do not expose the
unit to rain or moisture.
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) instruc-
tions in the literature accompanying the
The graphical symbols are at the top of the
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment
generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference
will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference to
radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and on,
the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following
--Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
--Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
--Connect the equipment into an outlet on a
circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
--Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/
TV technician for help.
If you have any questions about the product, you
may call:
Sony Direct Response Center 1-(800)-222-7669 or
write to:
Sony Direct Response Center 12451 Gateway
Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33913
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name:
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
680 Kinderkamack Road,
Oradell, NJ 07649 USA
Telephone Number: 201-930-6972
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
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate
this equipment.
The use of optical instruments with this
product will increase eye hazard.
Before You Begin
Thank you for choosing the Sony CD kitchen
clock radio! It will give you many hours of
reliable service and listening pleasure.
Before operating the unit, please read these
instructions thoroughly and retain them for
future reference.
· Built-in CD player with CD-R/RW playback
· Dynamic Bass Reflex Sound with the MEGA
BASS sound system
· TV/WEATHER/FM/AM 4 band PLL (phase
locked loop) synthesized clock radio
· Easy Preset Digital Tuning with 25 station presets
· Easy to set dial cooking timer
· Remote Commander Included
· D.S.T. (Daylight Saving Time) ­ Summer time
3-238-576-21 (1)
Sony Corporation
2002 Printed in China
Kitchen Clock Radio
Operating Instructions
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 in the operating
instructions, and adhere to them.
Water and Moisture
Do not use powerline operated appliances near water - for example, near a bathtub, washbowl,
kitchen sink, or laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool, etc.
Do not place the appliance near or over a radiator or heat register, or where it is exposed to direct
The slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for necessary ventilation. To ensure reliable
operation of the appliance, and to protect it from overheating, these slots and openings must never be
blocked or covered.
-Never cover the slots and openings with a cloth or other materials.
-Never block the slots and openings by placing the appliance on a bed, sofa, rug or other similar
-Never place the appliance in a confined space, such as a bookcase, or built-in cabinet, unless proper
ventilation is provided.
Do not place the appliance on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The appliance may fall,
causing serious injury to a child or an adult, and serious damage to the appliance. Use only a cart,
stand, tripod, bracket, or table 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
This appliance should be operated only from the type of power source indicated on the marking label.
If you are not sure of the type of electrical power supplied to your home, consult your dealer or local
power company. For those appliances designed to operate from battery power, or other sources, refer
to the operating instructions.
Grounding or Polarization
This appliance is equipped with a polarized AC power cord plug (a plug having one blade wider than
the other), or with a three-wire grounding type plug (a plug having a third pin for grounding). Follow
the instructions below:
-For the appliance with a polarized AC power cord plug:
This plug will fit into the power outlet only one way. This is a safety feature. If you are unable to
insert the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing the plug. If the plug should still fail to fit, contact
your electrician to have a suitable outlet installed. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized
plug by forcing it in.
-For the appliance with a three-wire grounding type AC plug:
This plug will only fit into a grounding-type power outlet. This is a safety feature. If you are unable to
insert the plug into the outlet, contact your electrician to have a suitable outlet installed. Do not defeat
the safety purpose of the grounding plug.
Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords or convenience receptacles beyond their capacity, since
this can result in fire or electric shock.
When not in use
Unplug the power cord of the appliance from the outlet when left unused for a long period of time.
To disconnect the cord, pull it out by grasping the plug. Never pull the plug out by the cord.
Power-Cord Protection
Route the power cord so that it is not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed upon or
against them, paying particular attention to the plugs, receptacles, and the point where the cord exits
from the appliance.
For added protection for this appliance during a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and
unused for long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable
system. This will prevent damage to the appliance due to lightning and powerline surges.
Object and Liquid Entry
Never push objects of any kind into the appliance through openings as they may touch dangerous
voltage points or short out parts that could result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any
kind on the appliance.
Unplug the appliance from the wall outlet before cleaning or polishing it. Do not use liquid cleaners
or aerosol cleaners. Use a cloth lightly dampened with water for cleaning the exterior of the appliance.
Clean the appliance only as recommended by Sony.
Do not use attachments not recommended by Sony, as they may cause hazards.
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
Damage Requiring Service
Unplug the appliance from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the
following conditions:
-When the power cord or plug is damage or frayed.
-If liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the appliance.
-If the appliance has been exposed to rain or water.
-The appliance does not appear to operate normally or exhibits a marked change in performance.
-This indicates a need for service.
-If the appliance does not operate normally when following the operating instructions, adjust only
those controls that are specified in the operating instructions. Improper adjustment of other controls
may result in damage and will often require extensive work
by a qualified technician to restore the appliance to normal operation.
-If the appliance has been subject to excessive shock by being dropped, or the cabinet has been
Do not attempt to service the appliance yourself as opening or removing covers may expose you to
dangerous voltage or other hazards.
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Replacement parts
When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has used replacement parts
specified by Sony that have the same characteristics as the original parts.
Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric shock, or other hazards.
Safety Check
Upon completion of any service or repairs to the appliance, ask the service technician to perform
routine safety checks (as specified by Sony) to determine that the appliance is in safe operating
Antenna Discharge Unit
(NEC Section 810-20)
Grounding Conductors
(NEC Section 810-20)
Antenna Lead-in Wire
Electric Service
Ground Clamps
Power Service Grounding Electrode System
(NEC Art 250 Part H)
· Operate the unit on the power source specified
in the "Specifications."
· 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.
Should any problem occur with the unit, make
the following checks to determine whether or not
servicing is required. If the problem persists,
consult the nearest Sony dealer.
The clock does not show the correct time.
· Has an electrical power outage lasting more
than one minute occurred?
The CD player does not operate.
· Did you close the disc tray?
· Did you place the disc correctly?
The disc should be placed with the labeled
side up.
· Dusty or defective disc--Clean the disc with an
optional cleaning cloth. Wipe the disc from the
center out.
· Take out the CD and leave the CD
compartment open for about an hour to get rid
of moisture condensation.
There is a noise from the speakers.
· You may here a noise when you operate the
remote commander while receiving AM band.
Sporadic loss of sound in CD operation.
· Dusty or defective disc--Clean or replace the
· Volume too high--Reduce the volume.
· Strong vibration.
The remote commander does not function.
· Make sure that you are pointing the remote
commander at the remote sensor on the unit.
· Remove any obstacles in the path of the remote
commander and the unit.
· Make sure the remote sensor is not exposed to
strong light such as direct sunlight or
fluorescent lamp light.
· Move closer to the unit when using the remote
commander .
With 3.2­ohm loads, both channels driven from
100 ­ 10 000 Hz; rated 1.4 W per channel-
minimum RMS power, with no more than 10 %
total harmonic distortion in AC operation.
CD player section
System: Compact disc digital audio system
Laser diode properties: Material: GaAlAs
Wavelength: 780 nm
Emission duration: Continuous
Laser output: Less than 44.6 µW
(This output is the value measured at a
distance of about 200 mm from the objective
lens surface on the optical pick-up block with
7 mm aperture.)
Frequency response: 20 ­ 20 000 Hz
Wow and flutter: Below measurable limit
Radio section
Frequency range:
2 ­ 13 ch
WEATHER: 1 ­ 7 ch
87.5 ­ 108 MHz
530 ­ 1 710 kHz
Time display: 12-hour system
Speaker: 77 mm (3 1/
8 inches) dia, 3.2
Power outputs:
2 W + 2 W (at 10% harmonic distortion)
Power requirements: 120 V AC, 60 Hz
Approx. 350
× 88 × 310 mm (w/h/d)
(Approx. 13 7/
8 × 3
2 × 12
4 inches) incl.
projecting parts and controls
Mass: Approx. 2.9 kg (6 lb 6 oz)
Supplied accessories:
Mounting screws (3), Template (1),
Spacers (3), Cord clamp (1),
Remote commander (RM-CD543A) (1)
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
Owner's Record
The model number and the serial number are located on the top.
Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to them whenever you
call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No. ICF-CD543RM
Serial No.
For customers in the USA
Please register this product on line at
Proper registration will enable us to send you periodic mailings about new
products, services, and other important announcements.
Registering your product will also allow us to contact you in the unlikely event
that the product needs adjustment or modification. Thank you.

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AC power cord
Cord clamp
L (Low)
Installing the Unit
Under a Cabinet
(See Fig. A)
The unit can be installed without the spacer.
1 Mark the position of the 3 holes by
using the supplied template. Use a drill
to make the holes (size 6.5 mm dia.,
9/32 inch). (See Fig. A- )
2 When the cabinet door overhangs the
shelf and obstructs the unit, you can
adjust the unit/shelf height.
First set the L mark to the dot which
becomes the lowest position, then you
can adjust the height in 4 steps (H··L)
by turning the spacer counterclockwise.
(See Fig. A- )
3 Install the unit with the supplied
mounting screws. (See Fig. A- )
· Since the unit is very heavy, be careful when
installing the unit.
· To reduce the risk of fire, do not place any
heating or cooking appliance beneath this unit.
· Install the unit so that its AC power cord can
be connected directly to a wall outlet. Do not
use a converter or extension cord.
· Be sure that the AC power cord has no slack
when using the unit, since the cord acts as an
FM wire antenna. If the AC power cord has
some slack, wind it up to the cord hook until
the cord has no slack.
· The unit has a built-in ferrite bar antenna for
AM radio reception. Check the condition of
AM reception before fixing in position.
· Install the unit as far as possible from a source
of noise. (for example, refrigerator, microwave
oven, fluorescent lamp, etc.)
Setting the Clock
1 Plug in the CD kitchen clock radio.
The display will flash "AM 12:00".
2 Press CLOCK for a few seconds.
You will hear a beep and the hour will start
to flash in the display.
3 Press TUNE/TRACK·TIME SET + or ­
until the correct hour appears in the
4 Press CLOCK once.
The minute will flash.
5 Repeat steps 3 and 4 to set the minute.
After setting the minute, press CLOCK to start
the counting of the seconds, and you will
hear two short beeps.
To set the current time rapidly, hold down
The clock system varies depending on the model
you own.
12-hour system: "AM 12:00" = midnight
In step 5, when you press CLOCK after the
minute setting to activate the clock, the seconds
start counting from zero.
To change the display to the daylight saving
time (summer time) indication
Press D.S.T.·SUMMER T..
" is displayed and the time indication
changes to summer time.
To deactivate the summer time function, press
D.S.T.·SUMMER T. again.
Playing a CD
An 8 cm (3-inch) CD can be played without an
1 Press Z OPEN/CLOSE and place a CD
on the disc tray.
2 Press Z OPEN/CLOSE to close the disc
3 Press CD u.
"NCD" and "TRACK 01" appear on the
display to indicate that track 1 of the CD is
4 Adjust volume using VOLUME + or ­.
CD u
Resume play after pause
CD u again
Locate the beginning of
the current track (AMS*)
Locate the next track
Go back at high speed
Hold down .**
Go forward at high speed
Hold down >**
Locate the previous track
Locate the succeeding
track (AMS)
Stop play
* AMS = Automatic Music Sensor
** These operations are possible during both play
and pause.
About CD-Rs/CD-RWs
This unit is compatible with CD-Rs/CD-RWs but
playback capability may vary depending on the
quality of the disc, the recording device and
application software.
To handle compact discs
Handle the disc
by its edge.
Do not touch the
Do not stick paper or
tape nor write
anything on the
If you press CD u when there is no disc in the
CD compartment, "00" flashes for about 5 seconds
on the display and the unit turns off automatically.
Various Modes of CD Playback
You can play tracks repeatedly or in random order.
Each press changes the play mode as follows:
Display indication
Play mode
(normal play)
All the tracks are played once.
"REP 1"
(single repeat)
A single track is played repeatedly.
(all repeat)
All the tracks are played repeatedly.
(shuffle play)
All the tracks are played once in random order.
"SHUFFLE REP" (shuffle repeat)
All the tracks are played repeatedly in random
Playing the Radio
--Manual Tuning
1 Press RADIO ON/BAND to turn on the
"RADIO" appears in the display.
The display shows the band and frequency
for a few seconds and then changes back to
the current time.
2 Press RADIO ON/BAND repeatedly to
select the desired band.
Each press changes the band as follows:
When using FM1 or FM2 preset mode, you
may listen to the radio on either mode
(See "Presetting Your Favorite Station").
3 Use TUNE/TRACK·TIME SET + or ­ to
tune in to the desired station.
Two short beeps sound when the minimum
frequency of each band is received during
4 Adjust volume using VOLUME + or ­.
To check the station being received
Press RADIO ON/BAND lightly. The display
shows the band and frequency for a few seconds
and then changes back to the current time.
To turn off the radio, press x OFF.
Improving the
Extend the AC power cord fully to improve
FM reception.
AM: When installing the unit, rotate the unit
horizontally for optimum reception and
then install the unit. A ferrite bar antenna is
built into the unit.
Presetting Your
Favorite Station
--Preset Tuning
You can preset 10 stations in FM (5 stations in
FM1, 5 stations in FM2) and 5 stations in each
Presetting a Station
1 Follow steps 1 to 4 in "Playing the
Radio" and manually tune in to the
station you wish to preset.
2 Hold down the PRESET TUNING
button you wish to preset for more than
2 seconds.
Example: Display window when you preset
FM 90 MHz in the PRESET
TUNING 2 button for FM2.
The display shows the frequency for a few
seconds and then changes back to the current
To preset another station, repeat these steps.
To change the preset station, tune in to the
desired station and hold down the PRESET
TUNING 1 to 5 button. The new station will
replace the previous station on the PRESET
TUNING button.
Tuning in to a Preset Station
1 Press RADIO ON/BAND to turn on the
2 Press RADIO ON/BAND to select the
3 Press the desired PRESET TUNING
4 Adjust the volume using VOLUME + or ­.
After a few seconds, the display returns to
the current time but the PRESET TUNING
button number remains.
Holding down the desired PRESET TUNING
button for more than a few seconds in step 3 will
replace the previous station on the PRESET
TUNING button with the station you tuned in to.
Other Useful
To Obtain Powerful Bass
Switch MEGA BASS to LOW or HIGH.
The "MEGA BASS" system produces a powerful
bass sound.
Operating the
Cooking Timer
(Countdown Timer)
The timer can be set at one minute intervals
between 1­120.
1 Turn TIMER until the desired time
appears in the display.
"TIMER" will appear in the display when
TIMER is turned.
After setting the time, the current time is
displayed again if you do not perform any
operation for more than 60 seconds.
2 Push TIMER once.
Timer indicator lights and beep sounds.
While the timer is set, the display shows the
remaining time.
To display the current time, press CLOCK.
Cooking Timer ON--
When the time has elapsed, the buzzer will
sound and the TIMER indicator flashes.
Even if the CD or the radio is being played, the
buzzer of the timer sounds together. While the
buzzer sounds, the volume of the CD or the
radio is decreased. The volume returns to the
previous volume level when the buzzer stops.
Cooking Timer OFF--
The buzzer is turned off automatically after 60
minutes and the display shows current time.
To Stop Cooking Timer
Press TIMER to turn off the buzzer.
To Deactive Cooking Timer
Press TIMER. The TIMER indicator goes off and
the current time appears in the display.
Installing the
Batteries into the
Remote Commander
(See Fig. B
- )
Insert two size AAA (R03) batteries (not
When to replace the batteries
With normal use, the batteries should last for
about six months. When the remote commander
no longer operates the CD kitchen clock radio,
replace all the batteries with new ones.
· Do not charge the dry batteries.
· When you are not going to use the remote
commander for a long time, remove the
batteries to avoid any damage caused by
leakage and corrosion.
Using the Remote
You can play the CD, radio using the remote
The effective range of the frequency emitted
from the remote commander is approximately
5 m (16 ft.). Make sure to use the remote
commander within this range.
Use the remote commander in the right direction
to the receiver of the unit.
Mute the
While muting, "0" flashes on
the display. To return to the
previous volume level, press
MUTING again.
Select the
preset number Each press of PRESET, you can
select the preset number (1­5).
The command buttons on the remote
commander are the same as the command
buttons on the main unit as described below:
The RADIO ON/BAND on the remote
commander is the same as the RADIO ON/BAND
on the main unit.
The u on the remote commander is the same as
the CD u on the main unit.
The x OFF on the remote commander is the
same as the x OFF on the main unit.
The .and > on the remote commander are
the same as the .and > on the main unit.
However, you cannot use .and > as the
TUNE/TRACK·TIME SET + and ­, when tuning
the radio or setting the time.
The VOL + and ­ on the remote commander are
the same as the VOLUME + and ­ on the main
Use of Magnet (See Fig. B- )
The magnet is attached on the back of the remote
commander. You can put the remote commander
on a iron board such as on a refrigerator.
However, do not operate the remote commander
while putting on the board.
Do not place the remote commander near the
magnetic cards.
The preset 3, VOLUME + and
CD u buttons have a tactile dot.
Size AAA (R03) x 2
The VOL + and u buttons have a
tactile dot.