Sony Corporation © 2003 Printed in Malaysia
The model number is located on the front and the
serial number is located inside the cassette lid.
Record these numbers in the space provided below.
Refer to them whenever you call upon your Sony
dealer regarding this product.
Model No. WM-FS555
Serial No. __________________
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 equipment.
If you have any questions about this product, you may call:
Sony Direct Response Center 1-(800)-222-7669
or write to:
Sony Direct Response Center 12451 Gateway Blvd. Fort Myers,
Declaration of Conformity
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
680 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell,
NJ 07649 USA
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.
To use the hand strap
Holding the Walkman in a hand A
1 Pass the strap through the handle of the
2 Pass one side of the strap through the
ladder lock of the other side.
3 Put your hand between the Walkman and
the strap, then adjust the length of the strap
and fix it. Slot the excess strap into the
handle of the Walkman.
Placing the Walkman on a belt
1 Pass the strap through the handle described
above in steps 1 and 2.
2 Tighten the strap at the ladder lock, then
slot the excess strap into the handle of the
3 Put the belt clip on a belt.
To insert a battery C
1 Unfasten the buckle.
2 Open the cassette lid.
3 Release the catch to open the battery
compartment lid and insert one size AA
(R6) dry battery with correct polarity.
Battery life* (approximate hours)
Sony alkaline LR6 (SG)**
Sony R6P (SR)
* Measured value by the standard of JEITA (Japan
Electronics and Information Technology Industries
Association). (Using a Sony HF series cassette tape)
**When using a Sony LR6 (SG) "STAMINA" alkaline
dry battery (produced in Japan).
· The battery life may be shorter depending on the
operating condition, the surrounding temperature
and battery type.
When to replace the battery D
Replace the battery with the new one when "
flashes in the display.
To replace the battery
1 Release the catch to open the battery
2 Pull the ribbon up slowly and replace the
battery with new one.
Using the supplied
Wearing the headphones
The following procedures are for wearing on the left
1 Hook the L part over your left ear and the
part over your right ear as illustrated.
2 Hook the headphones around your ears, as
you would with glasses.
3 Adjust the earpieces to comfortably fit your
Notes on handling the supplied headphones
· Avoid rough handling or mechanical shock.
Be particularly careful of the headphone part.
· Do not put force or weight on the unit for a long time
as that may damage or deform the unit.
· Do not leave the unit in a location subject to moisture,
dust, smoke, steam or direct sunlight.
· Clean the plug with a soft dry cloth. A dirty plug may
cause the sound quality to deteriorate.
· Clean the headphone part with a soft dry cloth.
· After you use the headphones, keep them with the
cord slider positioned high to avoid entangling the
Playing a Tape
1 Unfasten the buckle.
2 Open the cassette lid and place a cassette.
3 Press MENU repeatedly to set the cursor to
TAPE in the display. Then press SET to
select the tape type. F
No message: normal (TYPE I)
METAL: High-position (TYPE II) or metal
4 Press N.
Adjust the volume with VOLUME.
To increase the volume, turn VOLUME
* Playback will switch automatically to the opposite
side when the tape reaches the end of the side.
**If you leave the Walkman after the tape has been
wound or rewound, the battery will be consumed
rapidly. Be sure to press x.
· Do not open the lid of the cassette compartment while
the tape is running.
To select the tape direction
Switch Y to select the desired direction.
Printed using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)-
free vegetable oil based ink.
Tested to Comply
With FCC Standards
FOR HOME OR OFFICE USE
For the customers in the USA
Please register this product on line at www.sony.com/
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.
"WALKMAN" is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation to
represent Headphone Stereo products.
is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
Listening to the Radio
1 If the HOLD function is on, turn the HOLD
switch in the opposite direction of the
arrow to unlock the controls.
Make sure that the tape has stopped
2 Press TV/WEATHER or FM/AM to select
the desired band and to turn on the radio.
3 Press TUNING +/ to tune in to the
desired station. Hold down TUNING +/
for a few seconds to scan for stations.
To turn off the radio
Press RADIO OFF.
To improve the broadcast reception
·For TV/WEATHER/FM: Extend the headphones/
earphones cord (antenna). If the reception is still
not good, press MENU repeatedly to set the cursor
in the display to FM MODE. Then press SET to
switch between "LOCAL" and none (DX) for best
reception. G, H
·For AM: Reorient the unit itself.
Presetting Radio Stations
You can preset up to 40 radio stations, 7 for TV, 4 for
WEATHER, 24 for FM and 5 for AM.
Presetting Automatically Scanned
1 Press TV/WEATHER or FM/AM.
2 Press ENTER for more than 3 seconds.
Preset number 1 will flash in the display
and the Walkman starts scanning the
stations from the lower frequencies and
stops for about 3 seconds when a station is
3 If you wish to preset the received station,
press ENTER while the preset number is
The received station is preset on preset
number 1 and the unit starts scanning for
the next receivable station.
4 Repeat Step 3 until all receivable stations
To stop scanning
Press RADIO OFF. The radio is turned off at the
· If stations are already stored, the newly preset stations
replace the old ones when the above procedure is
· If stations cannot be preset automatically, preset
Presetting Stations Manually
1 Press TV/WEATHER or FM/AM.
2 Press ENTER.
The frequency digits and a preset number
flash in the display.
3 While the frequency digits and the preset
number are flashing, tune in to a station
you wish to store using TUNING +/, and
select a preset number using PRESET +/.
4 While the frequency digits and the preset
number are flashing, press ENTER.
· If you cannot complete step 3 or 4 while the
indications are flashing, repeat from step 2.
· If a station is already stored, the new station replaces
the old one.
To cancel the stored station
Follow the procedure above and in step 3, press and
hold TUNING +/ until "- - - -" is displayed and
select the preset number you want to cancel using
PRESET +/. Press ENTER while "- - - -" is flashing.
Playing the preset radio stations
1 Press TV/WEATHER or FM/AM.
2 Press PRESET +/.
Using Other Functions
Locking the controls
Turn the HOLD switch to the direction of the arrow
to lock the controls.
The HOLD function only locks the radio operation
buttons, MENU button and SET button.
Emphasizing bass sound G
Press MENU repeatedly to set the cursor to MB in
the display. Then, press SET to turn MB (mega bass)
on. With each press, the indications change as
MB (mega bass) : emphasizes bass sound
No message: off (normal)
· If the sound is distorted with the mode "MB", turn
down the volume or select normal mode.
· Bass emphasis may not show great effect if the
volume is turned up too high.
Protecting Your Hearing -- AVLS
(Automatic Volume Limiter
Press MENU repeatedly to set the cursor to AVLS in
the display. Then press SET to show "AVLS".
The maximum volume is kept down to protect your
· Do not carry dry batteries with coins or other metallic objects.
It can generate heat if the positive and negative terminals of
the batteries are accidentally contacted by a metallic object.
· When you are not going to use the Walkman for a long time,
remove the battery to avoid any damage caused by battery
leakage and subsequent corrosion.
· Do not leave the unit in a location near heat sources, or in a
place subject to direct sunlight, excessive dust or sand,
moisture, rain, mechanical shock, or in a car with its windows
·We do not recommend the use of tape longer than 90 minutes.
They are very thin and tend to be stretched easily. This may
cause malfunction of the unit or sound deterioration.
· The LCD display may become hard to see or slow down when
using the unit at high temperatures (above 40°C/104°F) or at
low temperatures (below 0°C/32°F). At room temperature, the
display will return to its normal operating condition.
· If the unit has not been used for a long time, set it in the
playback mode to warm it up for a few minutes before you
start using again.
On water resistance
· Before opening or closing the cassette lid, be sure to wipe off
water, dust or sand on the exterior of the Walkman. (The
Walkman is not water-resistant with the cassette lid open.)
· Since water in the headphones/earphones jack may cause
rust, cover it with the attached rubber cap when the
headphones/earphones are not in use.
· Since the Walkman is airtight, you may not be able to open the
cassette lid because of sudden change in air pressure inside
the Walkman, which happens after being transported on a
plane or moving from a warm place to a cold place. To open
the cassette lid see "Troubleshooting".
· The supplied headphones/earphones are not meant to be
immersed in water or come in continuous contact with water.
If they are accidentally dropped into water or get wet, dry
them with a soft cloth. Never use an electric hair dryer.
· If the Walkman or the headphones/earphones are immersed
in salt water, be sure to wash them in non-running fresh water.
Never wash them under running water, and never use soap or
· Any sand or dust on the rubber packing will prevent the
cassette lid from closing tightly, and water may leak in. Brush
off the dust once in a while.
·We recommend the packing to be changed every year.
Replacement packing is available at an authorized Sony
Do not use headphones/earphones while driving, cycling, or
operating any motorized vehicle. It may create a traffic hazard
and is illegal in some areas. It can also be potentially dangerous
to play your headphones/earphones at high volume while
walking, especially at pedestrian crossings.
You should exercise extreme caution or discontinue use in
potentially hazardous situations.
Preventing hearing damage
Do not use headphones/earphones at high volume. Hearing
experts advise against continuous, loud and extended play. If
you experience a ringing in your ears, reduce volume or
Caring for others
Keep the volume to a moderate level. This will allow you to
hear outside sounds and to be considerate to the people around
· Clean the tape head and tape path using a cotton swab and
commercially available cleaning solvent after every 10 hours
·To clean the exterior, use a soft cloth slightly moistened in
water. Do not use alcohol, benzine or thinner.
· Clean the headphones/earphones plugs periodically.
The display shows incorrect information.
· The battery is weak. Replace the battery with a new one.
The display and the operation are not normal.
· Remove the battery for 30 seconds or more, and then insert it
again. If this does not solve the problem, remove the battery
and leave the unit without battery for 30 minutes or more, and
then insert it again. In this case, preset the stations again, since
the preset stations are erased from the memory.
The cassette lid cannot be opened.
· Open the rubber cap, then open the cassette lid. When the
cassette lid opens, remember to close the rubber cap to
prevent intrusion of water.
The sound is distorted.
· Set the Y switch firmly to the correct position.
· Frequency range
TV: 2 - 13 ch
WEATHER: 1 - 7 ch
FM: 87.5 - 108 MHz
AM: 530 - 1 710 kHz (North, Central and South America)
531 - 1 602 kHz (Other countries)
· Power requirements
1.5 V DC, battery size AA (R6)
· Dimensions (w/h/d)
× 117.5 × 43.2 mm (4 1/
× 4 3/
× 1 3/
(excluding projecting parts and controls)
Approx. 219 g (7.8 oz) (main unit only)
· Supplied accessories
Stereo headphones or earphones (1)
Hand strap with belt clip (1)
Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
This warranty is valid only in the United States.
* There is a tactile dot beside VOLUME on the main unit to
show the direction to turn up the volume.
**The button has a tactile dot.