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©2003 Sony Corporation
Printed in China
Operating Instructions
3-251-191-11 (1)
With 3.2-ohm loads, both channels driven
from 150 - 10 000 Hz; rated 1.8 W per
channel-minimum RMS power, with no
more than 10 % total harmonic distortion
in AC operation.
Other specifications
CD player section
Compact disc digital audio system
Laser diode properties
Material: GaAlAs
Wave length: 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
Spindle speed
200 r/min (rpm) to 500 r/min (rpm)
Number of channels
Frequency response
20 - 20 000 Hz +0/­1 dB
Wow and flutter
Below measurable limit
Radio section
Frequency range
FM: 87.5 - 108 MHz
AM: 530 - 1 710 kHz
FM: Telescopic antenna
AM: Built-in ferrite bar antenna
Full range: 10 cm dia., 3.2 ohms, cone type (2)
Headphones jack (stereo minijack)
For 16 - 64 ohms impedance headphones
Power output
2.3 W + 2.3 W (at 3.2 ohms, 10% harmonic
Power requirements
DC IN 9V jack accepts:
Supplied AC power adaptor for use with 120V
AC, 60 Hz
9 V DC, 6 size D (R20) batteries
Battery life
For personal audio system:
CD playback
Sony R20P: approx. 7.5 h
Sony alkaline LR20: approx. 14 h
Radio play
Sony R20P: approx. 11 h
Sony alkaline LR20: approx. 24 h
Approx. 430
× 169 × 288 mm (w/h/d)
× 6 3/
× 11 3/
8 inches) (incl. projecting parts)
Approx. 3.5 kg (7 lb. 11 oz) (incl. batteries)
Supplied accessory
AC power adaptor(1)
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
Optional accessories
Sony MDR headphone series
Power Sources
2 to a wall outlet
1 to DC IN 9V
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do
not expose the player 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 persons.
This symbol is intended to alert the
user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance
(servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the
The use of optical instruments with this product
will increase eye hazard.
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
For customers in Canada
To prevent electric shock, match wide blade of
plug to wide slot, fully insert.
Connect the AC power adaptor A or insert six size D (R20) batteries (not supplied) into the
battery compartment B.
· Replace the batteries when the OPR/BATT indicator dims or when the player stops operating.
Replace all the batteries with new ones.
· To use the player on batteries, disconnect the AC power adaptor from the player.
On safety
· As the laser beam used in the CD player
section is harmful to the eyes, do not
attempt to disassemble the casing. Refer
servicing to qualified personnel only.
· Should any solid object or liquid fall into
the player, unplug the player, and have it
checked by qualified personnel before
operating it any further.
· Discs with non-standard shapes (e.g.,
heart, square, star) cannot be played on
this player. Attempting to do so may
damage the player. Do not use such discs.
Cleaning the cabinet
· Clean the cabinet, panel and controls with
a soft cloth slightly moistened with a mild
detergent solution. Do not use any type of
abrasive pad, scouring powder, or solvent,
such as alcohol or benzine.
On power sources
· For AC operation,
use the supplied
AC power
adaptor; do not
use any other type.
· The player is not disconnected from the
AC power source (mains) as long as it is
connected to the wall outlet, even if the
player itself has been turned off.
· Unplug the player from the wall outlet
when it is not to be used for an extended
period of time.
· For battery operation, use six size D (R20)
· When the batteries are not to be used,
remove them to avoid damage that can be
caused by battery leakage or corrosion.
· The nameplate indicating operating
voltage, etc. is located at the bottom.
On placement
· Do not leave the player in a location near
heat sources, or in a place subject to direct
sunlight, excessive dust or mechanical
· Do not place the player on an inclined or
unstable place.
· Do not place anything within 10 mm of
the side of the cabinet. The ventilation
holes must be unobstructed for the player
to operate properly and prolong the life of
its components.
· If the player is left in a car parked in the
sun, be sure to choose a location in the car
where the player will not be subjected to
the direct rays of the sun.
· Since a strong magnet is used for the
speakers, keep personal credit cards using
magnetic coding or spring-wound watches
away from the player to prevent possible
damage from the magnet.
Do not immerse in water
This product is not meant to be immersed in
water or come in continuous contact with
· Before opening or shutting the CD
compartment or battery compartment lid,
be sure to wipe off water, dust or sand on
the outside of the player.
· Water in the headphones jack/DC IN jack
may cause rusting. Cover the jacks with
the attached rubber cap when the jacks are
not used.
· If the player is splashed with salt water,
wipe clean with a damp cloth, then dry
with a soft dry cloth. Do not wash under
running water; do not use soap or
detergent; do not dry with an electric hair
· The supplied AC power adaptor is not
water resistant. To prevent shock hazard,
avoid using the player near water during
AC operation.
On operation
· If the player is brought directly from a
cold to a warm location, or is placed in a
very damp room, moisture may condense
on the lenses inside the CD player section.
Should this occur, the player will not
operate properly. In this case, remove the
CD and wait about an hour for the
moisture to evaporate.
Notes on CDs
· Before playing, clean the CD with a
cleaning cloth. Wipe the CD from the
center out.
· Do not use solvents such as benzine,
thinner, commercially available cleaners
or anti-static spray intended for vinyl LPs.
· Do not expose the CD to direct sunlight or
heat sources such as hot air ducts, nor
leave it in a car parked in direct sunlight as
there can be a considerable rise in
temperature inside the car.
· Do not stick paper or sticker on the CD,
nor scratch the surface of the CD.
· After playing, store the CD in its case.
If there is a scratch, dirt or fingerprints on the
CD, it may cause tracking error.
About CD-Rs/CD-RWs
This player can play CD-Rs/CD-RWs
recorded in the CD-DA format*, but
playback capability may vary depending on
the quality of the disc and the condition of
the recording device.
* CD-DA is the abbreviation for Compact
Disc Digital Audio. It is a recording
standard used for Audio CDs.
Music discs encoded with copyright
protection technologies
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.
If you have any questions or problems
concerning your player, please consult your
nearest Sony dealer.
The power does not come on.
· Make sure the batteries are inserted correctly.
· Replace all the batteries with new ones if they
are weak.
The power is not on, and "bAttErY"
and "Error" are displayed alternately.
· Make sure the batteries are inserted correctly.
· Replace all the batteries with new ones if they
are weak.
There is no audio.
· Adjust the volume.
· Unplug the headphones when listening
through speakers.
Noise is heard.
· Someone is using a portable telephone or
other equipment that emits radio waves near
the player.
tMove the portable telephone,
etc., away from the player.
For customers in the USA
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.
This class B digital 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
Owner's Record
The model number is located at the bottom and
the serial number is located in the battery
Record the serial number in the space provided
below. Refer to them whenever you call upon
your Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No. ZS-X1
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 product,
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.
Polarity of
the plug
CD Player
The CD does not play or "no dISC"
lights in the display even when a CD
is in place.
· Place the CD with the label surface up.
· Clean the CD.
· Take out the CD and leave the CD
compartment open for about an hour to dry
moisture condensation.
· The CD-R/CD-RW was not finalized. Finalize
the CD-R/CD-RW with the recording device.
· There is a problem with the quality of the CD-
R/CD-RW, recording device or application
· Replace all the batteries with new ones if they
are weak.
The sound drops out.
· Reduce the volume.
· Clean the CD, or replace it if the CD is badly
· Place the player in a location free from
· Clean the lens with a commercially available
· The sound may drop out or noise may be
heard when using poor quality CD-Rs/CD-
RWs or if there is a problem with the
recording device or application software.
You cannot open/close the lid of the
CD compartment.
· Place the player on a level surface and open/
close the lid.
Reception is poor.
· Reorient the antenna to improve FM
· Reorient the player itself to improve AM
The audio is weak or has poor quality.
· Replace all the batteries with new ones if they
are weak.
· Move the player away from the TV.
The picture of your TV becomes
· If you are listening to an FM program near the
TV with an indoor antenna, move the player
away from the TV.
After trying the above remedies, if you still have
problems, unplug the AC adaptor and remove all
the batteries. After all the indications in the
display disappear, plug the power cord and
insert the batteries again. If the problem persists,
please consult your nearest Sony dealer.

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Preventing sound from skipping
The ESP (Electronic Shock Protection) function prevents the sound from skipping by using a
buffer memory that stores music data for about 10 seconds.
Press ESP in stop mode.
The ESP indicator lights up.
To cancel the ESP function
Press ESP again.
· Playing may stop when the player gets a strong shock even with the ESP function on.
· You may hear a noise or sound skip:
­ when you listen to a dirty or scratched CD.
­ when you listen to an audio test CD.
­ when the player receives continuous shock.
· Sound may drop for a while if you press ESP during play.
To enjoy the high quality sound of an audio CD, we recommend that you cancel the ESP function.
Listening to the radio
1 Press POWER to turn on the player.
2 Press BAND·AUTO PRESET until the band you want appears in the display.
Each time you press the button, the indication changes as follows:
t "AM".
3 Hold down TUNE + or TUNE ­ until the frequency digits begin to change in the
The player automatically scans the radio frequencies and stops when it finds a
clear station.
If you can't tune in a station, press TUNE + or TUNE ­ repeatedly to change the
frequency step by step.
If the FM broadcast is noisy, press MODE until "Mono" appears in the display and the radio will play in
Presetting radio stations
You can store radio stations into the player's memory. You can preset up to 30 radio stations, 20
for FM and 10 for AM in any order.
1 Press POWER to turn on the player.
2 Press BAND·AUTO PRESET to select the band.
3 Hold down BAND·AUTO PRESET for 2 seconds until "AUTO" flashes in the
The stations are stored in memory from the lower frequencies to the higher ones.
If a station cannot be preset automatically
You need to preset a station with a weak signal manually.
1 Press POWER.
2 Press BAND·AUTO PRESET to select the band.
3 Tune in a station you want.
4 Hold down DISPLAY/ENT/MEMORY for 2 seconds until the preset number flashes in the
5 Press PRESET + or PRESET ­ until the preset number you want for the station on flashes in
the display.
The new station replaces the old one.
The preset radio stations remain in memory even if you unplug the AC power adaptor or remove the
Playing preset radio stations
1 Press POWER to turn on the player.
2 Press BAND·AUTO PRESET to select the band.
3 Press PRESET + or PRESET ­ to tune in the stored station.
To turn on/off the power
Press POWER.
To adjust the volume
Press VOL +, ­.
To listen through headphones
Connect the headphones to the i (headphones) jack.
Adjusting the sound emphasis
To reinforce the bass sound
"MEGA BASS" appears in the display.
To return to normal sound, press the button again.
Location of controls
Playing a CD
1 Press POWER to turn on the player.
2 Load a CD in the CD compartment.
3 Press PUSH ZOPEN/CLOSE to close the CD compartment.
4 Press u.
The player plays all the tracks once.
stop playback
pause playback
go to the next track
go back to the previous track
remove the CD
locate a point while listening
to the sound
locate a point while observing
the display
Using the display
To check the total track number and playing time
Press DISPLAY/ENT/MEMORY in stop mode (see fig. C).
To check the remaining time
Press DISPLAY/ENT/MEMORY repeatedly while playing a CD. The display changes as
t the current track number and playing time
the current track number and the remaining time on the current track*
the number of tracks left and remaining time on the CD
* For a track whose number is more than 20, the remaining time appears as "- -:- -" in the display.
Selecting the play mode
Press MODE until "REP 1" "REP ALL" "SHUF" "SHUF REP" "PGM" "PGM
REP" appears in the display. Then proceed as follows:
repeat a single track
"REP 1"
repeat all tracks
shuffle play
repeat tracks
in random order
program play
repeat programed tracks
To cancel selected play mode
Press MODE until the selected mode disappears from the display.
To check the programmed track and playing order in the display
To check the order of tracks before play, press DISPLAY/ENT/MEMORY.
Every time you press the button, the track number appears in the programed order.
To change the current programme
Press x once if the CD is stopped and twice if the CD is playing. The current program will be
erased. Then create a new program following the programing procedure.
VOL ­, +*
Loading a CD
With the labeled side up
ESP indicator
Total track number
Programmed track
Playing order
Total playing time
*The button has a tactile dot.
Press the button again to resume play after pause.
> (forward) or . (backward) while playing until you
find the point
> (forward) or . (backward) in pause until you find
the point
Then do this
Press > or . to select the track you want to
repeat then press u.
Press u.
Press u.
Press u.
Press > or . then press DISPLAY/ENT/
MEMORY for the tracks you want to programme
in the order you want up to 20 tracks (see fig. D).
Then press u.
Press > or . then press DISPLAY/ENT/
MEMORY for the tracks you want to programme
in the order you want up to 20 tracks. Then Press
When inserting a CD, place the player horizontally.
If the player is not level, you cannot open or close the CD compartment lid.