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.
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.
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.
WHEN INSTALLING AN OUTDOOR ANTENNA SYSTEM, EXTREME CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN
TO KEEP FROM CONTACTING SUCH POWER LINES OR CIRCUITS AS CONTACT WITH THEM
IS ALMOST INVARIABLY FATAL.
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
Damage Requiring Service
Unplug the appliance from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the
-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.
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.
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)
(NEC Section 810-20)
Antenna Lead-in Wire
Power Service Grounding Electrode System
(NEC Art 250 Part H)
Lead-free solder is used for soldering.
Halogenated flame retardants are not
used in printed wiring boards.
2004 Sony Corporation
Printed in China
Kitchen Clock Radio
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-CD553RM
For customers who purchased this product 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.
Printed on 100% recycled paper using VOC
(Volatile Organic Compound)-free
vegetable oil based ink.
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not
expose the unit to rain or moisture.
To avoid electrical shock, do not open the cabinet.
Refer servicing to qualified personnel only.
Do not install the appliance in a confined space, such
as a bookcase or built-in cabinet.
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not place objects
filled with liquids, such as vases, on the apparatus.
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 top of the unit.
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
-- Connect the equipment into an outlet on a
circuit different from that to which the receiver
-- Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/ TV
technician for help.
If you have any questions about this product, you may
Sony Customer Information Services Center
1-800-222-7669 or http://www.sony.com
Declaration of Conformity
Sony Electronics Inc.
16450 W. Bernardo Dr,
San Diego, CA 92127
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.
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate this
The use of optical instruments with this product
will increase eye hazard.
· Super Slim Interior Oriented Design
· Voice Memo Function
· MEGA Xpand function to get the effect of
expansion of the sound field
· TV/WEATHER/FM/AM Digital Tuner
· Easy Set, One Touch cooking timer
· Magnetic Remote Commander
· Operate the unit on the power source specified in
·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 further.
·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
· Dusty or defective disc -- Clean the disc with an
optional cleaning cloth. Wipe the disc from the
·Take out the CD and leave the CD compartment
open for about an hour to get rid of moisture
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 disc.
·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
·Move closer to the unit when using the remote
AUDIO POWER SPECIFICATIONS
POWER OUTPUT AND TOTAL HARMONIC
With 6ohm 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
2 13 ch
1 7 ch
87.5 108 MHz
530 1 710 kHz
Time display: 12-hour system
Speaker: 77 mm (3 1/
8 inches) dia, 6
1.8 W + 1.8 W (at 10% harmonic distortion)
Power requirements: 120 V AC, 60 Hz
× 84 × 323 mm (w/h/d)
(Approx. 15 3/
4 × 3
8 × 12
4 inches) incl.
projecting parts and controls
Mass: Approx. 3 kg (7 lb)
Mounting screws (4), Template (1),
Spacers (4), Remote commander (1)
Design and specifications are subject to change
REP 1 ALL
1 2 3 4 5
PRESET TUNING / MESSAGE
Installing the Unit
Under a Cabinet
(See Fig. A)
The unit can be installed without the spacer.
1 Mark the position of the 4 holes by using
the supplied template. Use a drill to make
the holes (size 6.5 mm dia., 9/
32 inch). (See
2 If the cabinet door overhangs the shelf and
obstructs the unit, you can adjust the unit/
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
3 Install the unit with the supplied mounting
screws. (See Fig. A-
· Since the unit is very heavy, be careful when
installing the unit.
· Hold the unit horizontally when installing it, since
the CD tray may open if the unit is shaken.
·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·TIME SET + or until the
correct hour appears in the display.
4 Press CLOCK once.
The minutes will flash.
5 Repeat steps 3 and 4 to set the minutes.
After setting the minutes, press CLOCK to start
the counting of the seconds, and you will hear two
To set the current time quickly, hold down
TUNE·TIME SET + or .
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.
Playing a CD
An 8 cm (3-inch) CD can be played without an
1 Press Z CD OPEN/CLOSE and place a
CD on the disc tray.
2 Press Z CD OPEN/CLOSE to close the
3 Press CD u.
"NCD" and "TRACK 01" appear on the display
to indicate that track 1 of the CD is playing.
4 Adjust volume using VOLUME + or .
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
* AMS = Automatic Music Sensor
** These operations are possible during both play and
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
Music discs encoded with
This product is designed to play back 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.
To handle compact discs
Handle the disc by
Do not touch the
Do not stick paper
or tape nor write
anything on the
· Discs with non-standard shapes (e.g., heart, square,
star) cannot be played on this unit. Attempting to do
so may damage the unit. Do not use such discs.
· 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.
· After 20 minutes, playback will be stop when you
press CD u during play back.
Various Modes of CD Playback
You can play tracks repeatedly or in random order.
Each press changes the play mode as follows:
All the tracks are played once.
A single track is played repeatedly.
All the tracks are played repeatedly.
"SHUFFLE" (shuffle play)
All the tracks are played once in random order.
"SHUFFLE REP"(shuffle repeat)
All the tracks are played repeatedly in random order.
Playing the Radio
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
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 Favourite Station").
3 Use TUNE·TIME SET + or to tune in
to the desired station.
Two short beeps sound when the minimum
frequency of each band is received during tuning.
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.
TV, WEATHER, FM:
Extend the AC power cord fully to improve FM
AM: When installing the unit, rotate the unit
horizontally for optimum reception and then
install the unit. A ferrite bar antenna is built into
You can preset 10 stations in FM (5 stations in FM1,
5 stations in FM2) and 5 stations in each AM, TV,
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/
MESSAGE button you wish to preset for
more than 2 seconds.
Example: Display window when you preset
FM 90 MHz in the PRESET
TUNING/MESSAGE button 2 for
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
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
Holding down the desired PRESET TUNING/
MESSAGE button for more than a few seconds in
step 3 will replace the previous station on the
PRESET TUNING/MESSAGE button with the
station you tuned into.
The radio is set for stereo reception at the default
setting. If FM stereo reception is poor, set to "FM
MONO (monaural)". Noise will be reduced although
the sound will not be heard in stereo.
1 Press RADIO ON/BAND to turn on the
2 Press RADIO ON/BAND repeatedly to
select FM 1 or FM 2.
3 Press MODE.
"Mono(monaural)" or "ST(Stereo)" appears in the
Each time you press MODE, the mode changes to
either "Mono" or "ST".
4 Select Mono or ST.
The mode you select appears in the display for a
few seconds and returns to the current time.
1 Press SOUND repeatedly to select the
desired sound mode.
Each press changes the sound mode as follows:
MEGA BASS + MEGA XPAND
To obtain vast sound
The "MEGA Xpand" system produces a extensive
To obtain powerful bass sound
The "MEGA BASS" system produces a powerful bass
"MEGA Xpand" is not effective in monaural.
Using the Digital
--Recording the Message
1 Press REC/STOP.
"REC" and "VOICE MEMO numbers" flash,
"MESSAGE" light up in the display to indicate
recording is active.
2 Press the PRESET TUNING/
MESSAGE button you wish to record.
In this case, only the number you pushed
flashes in the display. You will hear a beep,
and you can record your message.
3 Speak into the MIC while "
in the display (one
will disappear every 3
4 Press REC/STOP again to stop recording.
Or recording automatically stops after 12 seconds.
(A beep will sound, the preset number and N
You can confirm voice memo recording by
pressing PLAY/STOP within 5 seconds.
--Playing the Message
1 Press PLAY/STOP.
2 Press the PRESET TUNING/
MESSAGE button, you want to listen to.
You will hear a beep.
The volume can be adjusted by pressing VOL +
or - during message playback.
Press PLAY/STOP, you can stop playing the
· Only one message can be recorded and up to about
· After a message has been played, the preset number
becomes permanently lit.
·When a power failure is over one minute, the
recording voice memo is deleted.
The preset 3, VOLUME
+ and CD u buttons
have a tactile dot.
Size AAA (R03)
The VOL + and u buttons have a
AC power cord
The timer can be set at one minute intervals between
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 65 seconds.
2 Push TIMER once.
Timer indicator lights and beep sounds.
While the timer is set, the display shows the
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
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.
If a power failure occurs while the Cooking timer is
operating. The remaining time becomes invalid.
Batteries into the
(See Fig. B- )
Insert two size AAA (R03) batteries (not supplied).
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 or 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.
While muting, "0" flashes on
the display. To return to the
previous volume level, press
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
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·TIME
SET + and , when tuning the radio or setting the
The VOL + and on the remote commander are the
same as the VOLUME + and on the main unit.
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