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Cassette Player
Sony Corporation ©2002 Printed in Malaysia
Operating instructions
For customers in the United States
Owner's Record
The model number is located on the bottom and the serial
number is located inside the cassette holder. Record these
numbers in the space provided below. Refer to them
whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this
Model No. WM-FX488
Serial No.
To Insert Battery A
1 Slide open the battery compartment lid, and
insert one size AA (R6) dry battery with
correct polarity.
Replace the battery with new one when "
flashes in the display.
Playing a Tape
1 Insert a cassette. B
2 Press NPLAY.
Adjust the volume with VOL.
Stop playback
Wind rapidly*
or m
* If you leave the unit after the tape has been wound or
rewound, the battery will be consumed rapidly. Be
sure to press xSTOP.
· Do not open the cassette holder while the tape is
Product registration
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.
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.
TV/WB (Weather)
AA (R6) x 1
To select playback mode
Switch MODE to select the desired mode.
To play
Both sides repeatedly
Both sides once from
the side facing the
cassette holder (FWD)
To select the tape direction
Switch DIRbB to select the desired direction.
Using Other Functions
Locking the controls
Set the HOLD switch in the direction of the G mark
to lock the controls.
The hold function only locks the radio operation
buttons, MENU button, SET button, PRESET/
TUNING +/­ button and ENTER button.
Emphasizing bass sound
Press MENU repeatedly to set the cursor to MB
(mega bass) in the display. Then, press SET to turn
MB 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 System)
Press MENU repeatedly to set the cursor to AVLS in
the display. Then press SET to show "
The maximum volume is kept down to protect your
Listening to the Radio
1 If the HOLD function is turned on, set the
HOLD switch in the opposite direction of the
mark to unlock the controls. Make sure that
the tape has stopped completely.
2 Press TV/WB or FM/AM repeatedly to select
the desired band and to turn on the radio.
3 Press PRESET/TUNING +/­ to tune in to the
desired station.
If the signal is strong, you can scan for stations. Press
MENU repeatedly to set the cursor in the display to
TUNE MODE and press SET to display "MANUAL".
Then hold down PRESET/TUNING +/­ for a few
To turn off the radio
To improve broadcast reception C
·For TV/WB/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
·For AM: Reorient the unit itself.
Printed using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)-free
vegetable oil based ink.
There is a tactile dot beside VOL on the main unit to show the
direction to turn up the volume.
** The button has a tactile dot.
"WALKMAN" is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation to
represent Headphone Stereo products.
is a trademark of Sony Corporation.

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Presetting Radio Stations
You can preset up to 40 stations (7 for TV, 4 for WB,
24 for FM and 5 for AM ).
Presetting Automatically Scanned
1 Press TV/WB or FM/AM.
2 Press and hold ENTER for more than 3
Preset number 1 will flash in the display and
the Walkman starts scanning the stations
from the lower frequencies and stops for
about 4 seconds when a station is received.
3 If you wish to preset the currently received
station, press ENTER while the preset number
is flashing.
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 are
To stop scanning
Press RADIO OFF. The radio is turned off at the
same time.
· If stations are already stored, the newly preset
stations replace the old ones when the above
procedure is completed.
· If stations cannot be preset automatically, preset them
Presetting Stations Manually
1 Press TV/WB or FM/AM.
2 Press ENTER.
The frequency digits will flash in the display.
3 While the frequency digits are flashing, tune
in to a station you wish to store using
PRESET/TUNING +/­ and press ENTER.
The first available preset number will flash in
the display.
4 While the preset number is flashing, select the
preset number you want using PRESET/
TUNING +/­ and press ENTER.
· If you cannot complete step 3 or 4 while the indicators
are flashing, repeat from step 2.
· If a station is already stored, the new station replaces
the old one.
Playing the preset radio stations
1 Press TV/WB or FM/AM.
2 Press MENU repeatedly to set the cursor in
the display to TUNE MODE. Then press SET
to display "PRESET".
3 Press PRESET/TUNING +/­.
To cancel a stored station
1 Follow the procedure above and in step 3, select
the station you want to cancel and then press
ENTER. The frequency digits will flash in the
2 Press and hold PRESET/TUNING +/­ until
"- - - -" is displayed. Press ENTER while "- - - -" is
flashing. A preset number will flash in the display.
3 Press PRESET/TUNING +/­ repeatedly to select
the preset number you want to cancel and press
Scanning the preset radio stations --
DAPS (Digital Auto Preset Scanning)
1 Press TV/WB or FM/AM repeatedly to select
the desired band and to turn on the radio.
2 Press and hold TV/WB or FM/AM pressed in
step 1 for 2 seconds or more.
The preset stations of the selected band will
be played for about 5 seconds each. (During
DAPS the indicators in the display flash.)
3 Press TV/WB or FM/AM again to select the
station while the desired preset station is
being played.
· If there are no stations stored, the DAPS function does
not work.
· Until a station is selected in step 3, the DAPS function
turned on in step 2 will continue.
· In step 2 or 3, if you select a band which you did not
select in step 1 by pressing TV/WB or FM/AM, the
newly selected band will be played normally.
On batteries
· 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 your Walkman for a long time,
remove the battery to prevent damage from battery leakage
and corrosion.
On handling
· 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 it again.
· Frequency range
TV: 2 - 13 ch
WB (Weather): 1 - 7 ch
FM: 87.5 - 108 MHz
AM: 530 - 1 710 kHz
· Power requirements
1.5V DC, battery size AA (R6) x 1
· Dimensions (w/h/d)
Approx. 83.6 x 112.0 x 28.3 mm (3 3/8 × 4 1/2 × 1 1/8 inches)
excl. projecting parts and controls
· Mass
Approx. 138 g (4.9 oz) (main unit only)
· Supplied accessories
Stereo headphones or Stereo earphones (1)
Carrying case with belt clip(1)
Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Battery life* (approximate hours)
Sony alkaline LR6 (SG)** Sony R6P (SR)
Tape playback
Radio reception 40
* 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.
This warranty is valid only in the United States.
On headphones/earphones
Road safety
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 the volume or discontinue use.
Caring for others
Keep the volume at a moderate level. This will
allow you to hear outside sounds and to be
considerate to the people around you.
On maintenance
· Clean the tape head and tape path using a cotton
swab and commercially available cleaning
solvent after every 10 hours of use.
·To clean the exterior, use a soft cloth slightly
moistened in water. Do not use alcohol, benzine
or thinner.
· Clean the headphones/earphones plugs
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, FL 33913
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name:
Model No.:
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
680 Kinderkamack Road,
Oradell, NJ 07649 USA
Telephone 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
Tested to Comply
With FCC Standards