© 2003 Sony Corporation
Printed in China
ICF-CD831 / ICF-CD832
Dream Machine is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
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
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 on the bottom 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
--Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is
--Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/ TV
technician for help.
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate
The use of optical instruments with this product
will increase eye hazard.
Before You Begin
Thank you for choosing the Sony CD clock radio! It
will give you many hours of reliable service and
Before operating the unit, please read these
instructions thoroughly and retain them for future
· Built-in CD player with CD-R/RW playback
· Easy to see large green LED display with brightness
·Wake to any track of a CD, Radio or Buzzer (dual
· Easy nap timer -one push operation
· Extendable snooze time from 10 to 60 minutes
·Various CD play modes with Shuffle/Repeat
· Operate the unit on the power source specified in
·The nameplate indicating operating voltage, etc. is
located on the bottom of the unit.
·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.
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)
The model number and the serial number are located on the bottom.
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-CD831/ ICF-CD832
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.
Should any problem persist after you have made the
following checks, consult your nearest Sony dealer.
The clock does not show the correct time.
· Has an electrical power outage lasting more than
one minute occurred?
The CD, radio or buzzer alarm does not sound
at the preset alarm time.
· Is the ALARM indicator light on?
The radio alarm is activated but no sound
comes on at the preset alarm time.
· Is the TUNING dial set to a receivable radio station?
· Has VOLUME been adjusted ?
The CD player does not operate.
· Did you close the CD lid?
· 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 remove moisture
Sporadic loss of sound in CD operation.
· Dusty or defective disc -- Clean or replace the disc.
·Volume too high -- Reduce the volume.
· Strong vibration.
AUDIO POWER SPECIFICATIONS
POWER OUTPUT AND TOTAL HARMONIC
With 8-ohm loads,both channels driven from
100-10 000Hz;rated 1.0W per channelminimum 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 7mm aperture.)
Frequency response: 20-20 000 Hz
Wow and flutter: Below measurable limit
FM: 87.5-108 MHz
AM: 530-1 710 kHz
66 mm (2 5/8 inches) dia., 8
1 W + 1 W (at 10% harmonic distortion)
120 V AC, 60 Hz
× 104 × 218 mm(w/h/d) (Approx. 9
× 4 1/
× 8 5/
inches) incl. projecting parts and
Approx. 1 650 g (3 lb 10 oz)
Design and specifications are subject to change
CD Clock Radio
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 its edge.
Do not touch the surface.
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
"00" flashes for about 5 seconds on
the display and the unit turns off automatically.
Various Modes of CD
You can play tracks repeatedly or in random order.
Slide CD PLAY MODE.
As you slide CD PLAY MODE, the play mode
changes as follows:
Legend on CD
All the tracks are played once.
All the tracks are played repeatedly.
All the tracks are played once in random order.
"SHUFFLE REPEAT" (shuffle repeat)
All the tracks are played repeatedly in random order.
Playing the Radio
1 Press RADIO·ON to turn on the radio.
"CD/RADIO" indication will light up.
2 Adjust VOLUME.
3 Select the BAND.
4 Tune in a station using the TUNING dial.
·To turn off the radio, press OFF x · ALARM
Improving the reception
FM: Extend the FM wire antenna to improve
AM: Rotate the unit horizontally for optimum
reception. A ferrite bar antenna is built into the
Do not operate the unit over a steel desk or metal
surface, as this may lead to interference of
Setting the Alarm
This clock radio is equipped with 3 alarm modes--
CD, radio and buzzer. Before setting the alarm, make
sure to set the clock (see
"Setting the Clock"). This
unit is also equipped with a dual alarm function. You
can set the alarm for two different times ALARM
SET A and ALARM SET B.
To Set the Alarm Time
1 If you will select the CD alarm or radio
alarm, adjust the volume.Also, if you will
select the radio alarm, tune in to the desired
2 Set the ALARM MODE selector to CD,
RADIO or BUZZER. The ALARM A or
ALARM B indicator lights up.
3 Press ALARM SET A or ALARM SET B
for a few seconds. The ALARM A or
ALARM B indicator flashes, depending on
which one you set.
After one beep, the hour will start to flash in the
4 Press TIME SET + or until the desired
To set the hour rapidly, hold down TIME SET +
5 Press ALARM SET.
The minute will flash.
6 Repeat step 4 to set the minute and press
The wake-up track number flashes on the
Brightness of the
Press BRIGHTNESS to select high or low for the
display according to your preferences.
Setting the Clock
1 Plug in the unit.
The display will flash
2 Press CLOCK for a few seconds.
You will hear a beep and the hour will start to
flash in the display.
3 Press TIME SET + or until the correct
hour appears in the display.
4 Press CLOCK once.
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
·To set the current time rapidly, hold down TIME
SET + or .
· 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 Push OPEN/CLOSE to open the CD
compartment lid and place a disc.
2 Close the CD compartment lid.
3 Press CD u.
The CD/RADIO indicator lights up and "TRACK
01" appears in the display to indicate that track 1
of the CD is playing.
After you press CD u, it takes about 10
seconds before the music starts.
The indication in the display returns to the
current time after about 4 seconds.
4 Turn VOLUME to adjust the volume.
* AMS = Automatic Music Sensor
**These operations are possible during both play and
· During CD playback, every time you press
CLOCK/TRACK, the current time and the track
number appear in the display alternately.
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
Labeled surface up
7 IF you selected the CD alarm, press TIME
+ or select the desired wake-up
The wake-up track number can be set up to 99.
Its default value is "01".
8 Press ALARM SET.
Two short beeps confirms the setting, and the
ALARM A or ALARM B indicator
For the CD alarm, the track you specified as the
Wake-up track is played first.
(If the CD play mode is set to
"SHUFFLE REPEAT", however, all the tracks are
played in random order.)
To Check the Alarm Time
Press ALARM SET A or ALARM SET B. The
display shows the alarm time.
If you press ALARM SET A or ALARM SET B
again, the indication changes to the wake-up track
number . After a few seconds, the display returns to
the current time.
· Alarm time in CD alarm, radio alarm and buzzer
alarm is set at PM 12:00 when you purchased the
For the CD alarm, the track you specified as the
Wake-up track is played first. (If the CD play mode is
"SHUFFLE" or "SHUFFLE REPEAT",
however, all the tracks are played in random order.)
If you set the CD alarm when there is no disc in the
CD player or the CD compartment lid is open, the
buzzer alarm will sound at the set time.
For the radio alarm, the station that the tuning dial is
set to will be received.
For the buzzer alarm, the beeping of the alarm
becomes more rapid after every few seconds in three
When ALARM A and ALARM B are set for the same
time, only ALARM A will result.
To Doze for a Few More
Press SNOOZE/SLEEP OFF.
The CD, radio or buzzer alarm turns off but will be
automatically activated again after about 10 minutes.
Every time you press SNOOZE/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/SLEEP OFF after the current time
appeared, the snooze time starts from 10 minutes
· The maximum length of the snooze time is 60
The alarm is turned off automatically after 60
To Stop the Alarm
Press OFF x · ALARM RESET to turn off
The alarm will come on again at the same time the
To Deactivate the Alarm
Set the ALARM MODE selector to OFF.
or ALARM B indicator go off.
Using the NAP
(Count Down Timer)
The NAP timer sounds the buzzer after a present time
Press NAP repeatedly until the desiresd minutes is
Each press changes the display as follows:
The NAP indicator turns on,and the NAP time is
displayed for a few seconds. NAP timer starts
counting down the NAP time.
When selected NAP time has passed, the beep sound
comes on, and the NAP indicator flashs.
To Stop NAP Timer
Press NAP or OFF x · ALARM RESET to
turn off the buzzer.
To Deactive NAP Timer
The NAP indicator goes off.
Setting the Sleep
You can fall asleep to the radio or CD using the built-
in sleep timer that turns off the CD or the radio
automatically after a preset duration.
Press SLEEP during CD or radio play.
You can set the sleep timer to durations of 90, 60, 30,
or 15 minutes. Every push changes the display as
The CD or the radio will play for the time you set,
then shut off.
·To turn off the CD or radio before the preset time,
press SNOOZE/SLEEP OFF.
To Use Both the Sleep
Timer and the Alarm
You can fall asleep to the CD or the radio and be
awakened by the CD, radio or buzzer alarm.
1 Set the alarm. (See "Setting the Alarm".)
2 Set the sleep timer. (See "Setting the Sleep
FM wire antenna
AC power cord
The CD button has a tactile dot.
There is a tactile dot beside volume to show
the direction to turn up the volume.
Close the lid
ALARM MODE selector
Resume play after pause
Locate the beginning of
the current track (AMS*)
Locate the next track
Go back at high speed
Go forward at high speed
Locate the previous track
Locate the succeeding
CD u again
Hold down .**
Hold down >**