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Sony ICD-B500 Operating Instructions

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BGetting started
BBasic Operations
Selecting the Microphone Sensitivity
Step 1: Installing the Batteries
Recording Messages
Press DISPLAY/MENU for more than 1
second until "MODE" appears in the
display window.
Replacing the batteries
You can record up to 99 messages in each of the four folders (A,
Note on recording
The battery indicator in the
B, C, and D).
Noise may be recorded if an object,
Press – . or >+ to select "SENS" and
such as your finger, etc., accidentally
display window shows the battery
Since a newly recorded message is automatically added behind
Slide and lift the
press NxPLAY/STOP.
the last recorded message, you can start recording quickly
rubs or scratches the unit during
without searching for the end of the last recording.
When "
" flashes, replace the
battery compartment
batteries with new ones.
Maximum recording time
When "
" flashes, the batteries
IC Recorder
The maximum recording time of
Press – . or >+ to select "H (high
Message 1 Message 2
Newly recorded message
Blank space
are exhausted and the unit will
all the folders is as follows. You
sensitivity)" or "L (low sensitivity)" and
stop operation.
can record messages for the
press NxPLAY/STOP.
maximum recording time in a
Before making a long recording, be sure to insert new batteries and
Battery life*
single folder.
check the battery indicator.
With continuous use, approx. 11
Owner's Record
hours recording/7.5 hours playback
30 h. 25 min.
The model number is located at the
in the HQ mode, and approx. 22
81 h. 15 min.
Select the recording
Press xSTOP to exit the menu mode.
rear and the serial number is
hours recording/11 hours playback
150 h. 15 min.
in the SP and LP modes is possible.
located inside the battery
compartment. Record the serial
* Using Sony alkaline batteries LR03
(h.: hours/min.: minutes)
number in the space provided
(size AAA)
* HQ: High quality recording mode
* When playing back through the
below. Refer to these numbers
(monaural sound)
See "Changing the Recording Mode" on the
whenever you call upon your Sony
internal speaker with the medium
** SP: Standard play recording mode
reverse side.
dealer regarding this product.
volume level
Insert two LR03 (size
(monaural sound)
The battery life may shorten
***LP: Long play recording mode
Model No. ICD-B500
depending on the operation of the
(monaural sound)
AAA) alkaline batteries
Select the folder.
Serial No._______________________
Operating Instructions
• To record in better sound quality,
with correct polarity,
See "Selecting the Folder."
select the HQ mode. For switching
Playing Back Messages
• Do not use manganese batteries for
the recording mode, see "Changing
and close the lid.
this unit.
the Recording Mode" on the
• When you replace the batteries
reverse side.
Start recording.
with new ones, the clock setting
• Before making a long recording, be
When playing back a previously recorded message, start from
Playing back a message
display appears. In this case, set
sure to check the battery indicator.
Step 1.
the date and time again. The
• The maximum recording time and
When playing back a message you have just finished recording,
— Repeat Play
2007 Sony Corporation
Printed in China
recorded messages and alarm
the number of messages you can
1 Press zXREC/
2 Speak to the built-
start from Step 3.
During playback, press
Make sure to insert both
setting, however, will remain.
make vary depending on the
in microphone.
NxPLAY/STOP for more than
of the batteries from
• When replacing the batteries, be
conditions of use.
Current message
one second.
their – ends.
sure to replace both batteries with
• When you record messages in the
new ones.
" will be displayed and the
OPR indicator
mixture of HQ, SP and LP mode,
Select the folder.
Notice for customers:
• Do not charge dry batteries.
the maximum recording time will
selected message will be played
(lights in red during
For the customers in the
Recording mode
the following information is
• When you are not going to use the
back repeatedly.
be between those for the HQ and
unit for a long time, remove the
only applicable to equipment
LP modes.
To resume normal playback, press
See "Selecting the Folder."
batteries to prevent damage from
• Due to the limitation of the IC
* The display selected
NxPLAY/STOP again. To stop
sold in countries applying EU
battery leakage and corrosion.
with the DISPLAY/
recording system, this unit records
playback, press xSTOP.
The following FCC statement applies only to the
• The unit is accessing data while
in the minimum recording unit of
MENU button appears.
version of this model manufactured for sale in the
"ACCESS" appears in the display
approx. 2 seconds at most,
Select the message
Playing back all messages
The manufacturer of this product is Sony
USA. Other versions may not comply with FCC
window. While accessing, do not
therefore the following symptoms
in a folder continuously
technical regulations.
Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
remove the batteries. Doing so may
may occur:
If the battery compartment lid is
Counter display*
The Authorized Representative for EMC and product
— Continuous Play
damage the data.
accidentally detached, attach it as
– When a message is shorter than
safety is Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger
You can select the continuous play
Remaining memory
the minimum recording unit, it
Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply
mode with "CONT" in the menu.
is still counted as approx. 2
For any service or guarantee matters, please refer to
with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant
Press – . or >+ to display the desired
When you set "CONT" to "ON,"
seconds at most so the
the addresses given in separate service or guarantee
You do not need to keep pressing zXREC/PAUSE while
message number.
to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed
you can play back all messages in
remaining recording time will
Clock setting display appears when you insert batteries for the
to provide reasonable protection against harmful
decrease by more than the
a folder continuously.
first time, or when you replace the batteries with new ones.
– .: for smaller message number
interference in a residential installation. This
actual length of the message.
Please refer to Steps 2 to 3 in "Step 2: Setting the Clock" to set the
>+: for larger message number
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio
– When the message is longer
Searching forward/
date and time.
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
than the minimum recording
backward during
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
unit, the remaining recording
Stop recording.
playback (Cue/Review)
interference to radio communications.
time will decrease by more than
Selected message number
To search forward, keep >+
However, there is no guarantee that interference will
Before taking the unit for repair, check the following
the actual length of the message
pressed during playback and
sections. Should any problem persist after you have
not occur in a particular installation. If this
if it cannot be divided by the
made these checks, consult your nearest Sony dealer.
release the button at the point you
equipment does cause harmful interference to radio
minimum recording unit
Number of
wish to resume playback.
or television reception, which can be determined by
without a remainder.
Step 2: Setting the Clock
messages in a folder
To search backward, keep – .
turning the equipment off and on, the user is
The unit does not operate.
– The sum of the number on the
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or
pressed during playback and
• The batteries have been inserted with incorrect
counter (elapsed recording
more of the following measures:
Counter display*
release the button at the point you
time) and the remaining
– Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
wish to resume playback.
• The batteries are weak.
recording time may be less than
Clock setting display appears when you insert batteries for the first time, or when you replace the
Press xSTOP.
– Increase the separation between the equipment and
the unit's maximum recording
• The buttons are locked with the HOLD switch. (If
batteries with new ones. In this case, proceed from step 2.
The unit stops at the
you press any button, "HOLD" will flash for 3
If you keep >+ or – .
Remove the film on the display window before you use the IC recorder.
beginning of the current
– Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
* The display selected with the DISPLAY/MENU button appears (see
pressed, the unit starts to search at
different from that to which the receiver is
– .
Remaining memory
the reverse side).
higher speed.
No sound comes from the speaker.
For the first 10 seconds of cue/
– Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
• The ear receiver or headphones are plugged in.
Display the clock setting display.
review, fast playback sound can
During recording, the remaining
technician for help.
• The volume is turned down completely.
be heard. When searching at a
memory indicator decreases one
Start playback.
"FULL" is displayed and you cannot start
If you do not change the folder after you stop recording, the next
by one.
higher speed, playback sound will
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications
not be heard.
time you record you will record in the same folder.
not expressly approved in this manual could void
1 Press DISPLAY/MENU for
2 Press – . or >+ to
The memory is
During cue/review, the counter
your authority to operate this equipment.
• The memory is full. Erase some of the messages.
more than 1 second until
display "SET DATE."
nearly full.
will be displayed, regardless of
• 99 messages have been recorded in the selected
"MODE" appears in the
1 Press NxPLAY/STOP.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Do this
the display mode setting.
folder. Select another folder or erase some of the
display window.
i (headphone) jack
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
The unit enters the menu
pause recording*
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference,
1 Tip
During recording pause, the OPR
OPR indicator
and (2) this device must accept any interference
Noise is heard.
When the remaining time of
When fast playback is done to the
indicator flashes in red and "PAUSE"
(lights in green during
received, including interference that may cause
3 Press NxPLAY/STOP.
recording reaches 5 minutes, the
• An object, such as your finger, etc., accidentally
end of the last message, "END"
flashes in the display window.
undesired operation.
The year digits will flash.
rubbed or scratched the unit during recording so
last one of the indication flashes.
flashes for 5 seconds. (You cannot
release pause and
that noise was recorded.
If the remaining recording time
2 Adjust the volume
hear the playback sound.) If you
If you have any questions about this product, you
resume recording
Recording resumes from that point.
• The unit was placed near an AC power source, a
display mode is selected,
with the VOL
keep – . pressed while "END" is
(To stop recording after pausing
may call: Sony Customer Information Services Center
fluorescent lamp or a mobile phone during
"REMAIN" and the counter
flashing, the messages are played
1-800-222-7669 or
recording, press xSTOP.)
recording or playback.
display flash when the remaining
back rapidly, and normal playback
• Plug of the connected microphone was dirty when
listen to the current
Press xSTOP to stop recording, then
time reaches 1 minute.
will start at the point you release the
Counter display (or
recording. Clean the plug.
press recording NxPLAY/STOP.
To continue recording, first erase
For customers in Europe
the selected display
• Ear receiver/headphones plug is dirty. Clean the
When "END" stops flashing and the
some of the messages.
review the current
Press NxPLAY/STOP during
OPR indicator goes off, the unit will
recording instantly
Set the date.
stop at the beginning of the last
Disposal of Old Electrical &
Recording level is low.
search backward during
Hold down – . during recording
• If you press zXREC/PAUSE
Electronic Equipment (Applicable
• Set the microphone sensitivity to "H (high)" using
recording (Review)
or recording pause. Recording mode
If the last message is long and you
when the memory is full, "FULL"
in the European Union and other
the menu.
will be released, and reviewing of the
wish to start playback at a later part
2 Press NxPLAY/STOP.
will flash with an alarm sound.
1 Press – . or >+ to
European countries with
current recording starts. If you release
of the message, keep >+ pressed
Recording is interrupted.
The month digits will flash.
Erase some of the messages before
After playing back one message, the unit stops at the beginning of
select the digits of the
the button, playback starts from that
to play back the message to the end
separate collection systems)
you start recording again.
• The advanced VOR function is activated. Set VOR
the next message. When the continuous play function is set to
and then press – . while "END"
to "OFF."
• If you press zXREC/PAUSE after
"ON" (see the reverse side), the unit stops after playing all
is flashing to go back to the desired
This symbol on the product or on
select the microphone
You can select the microphone
you have recorded 99 messages,
messages in a folder.
Recording level is unstable (when
its packaging indicates that this
sensitivity using the menu. See
"FULL" will flash with an alarm
When the last message on a folder has been played back, the unit
(For messages other than the last
recording music, etc.).
product shall not be treated as
"Selecting the Microphone
sound. Select another folder or
3 Set the month and day in
stops at the beginning of the last message.
one, go to the beginning of the next
erase some of the messages.
household waste. Instead it shall
• This unit is designed to automatically adjust the
sequence, then press
message and play backward to the
H (high): To record at meeting or in a
be handed over to the applicable
recording level when recording meetings, etc., and
For private listening
desired point.)
is not suitable for music recording.
quiet and/or spacious place.
Starting recording
collection point for the recycling of
The hour digits will flash.
Connect an ear receiver or headphones (not supplied) to the
L (low): To record for dictation or in a
automatically in response
electrical and electronic
"--Y--M--D" or "--:--" is displayed.
i (headphone) jack. The built-in speaker will be automatically
noisy place.
equipment. By ensuring this
to the sound — Advanced
• You have not set the clock.
disconnected. If noise is heard, wipe the headphones plug.
product is disposed of correctly,
VOR function
1 Tip
* About one hour after you pause recording, recording pause is
"--Y--M--D" or "--:--" is displayed on the
you will help prevent potential negative
When VOR (voice operated
To set the date to Year 2007, display "07Y."
automatically released and the unit goes into the stop mode.
Other operations
consequences for the environment and human
REC DATE display.
recording) is set to "ON" in the
health, which could otherwise be caused by
menu, recording starts when the
Do this
• The date and time of recording will not be
inappropriate waste handling of this product. The
recorder detects sound. ("VOR" is
displayed if you recorded the message when the
stop at the current position
Press NxPLAY/STOP or
recycling of materials will help to conserve
clock was not set.
Selecting the Folder
displayed in the display window.)
xSTOP. To resume playback
natural resources. For more detailed information
Set the time.
from that point, press
You cannot divide a message.
about recycling of this product, please contact
NxPLAY/STOP again.
• You cannot divide a message in a folder which has
Press DISPLAY/MENU for more than 1
your local Civic Office, your household waste
99 messages.
second until "MODE" appears in the
go back to the beginning
Press – . once.
disposal service or the shop where you purchased
1 Press – . or >+ to select
3 Set the minute.
• If you divide messages frequently, the unit may
of the current message
display window.
the product.
the digits of the hour.
become unable to divide a message.
Cinappropriate waste handling of this product.
skip to the next message
Press >+ once.
• You cannot divide a message in the first or the last 1
The recycling of materials will help to conserve
second of a message.
go back to previous
Press – . or >+
4 Press NxPLAY/STOP at
Recording stops when no sound is
natural resources. For more detailed information
messages/skip to succeeding
repeatedly. (During stop
It takes longer for the unit to start
the time signal.
heard. ("VOR PAUSE" flashes in
about recycling of this product, please contact
mode, keep the button
Press – . or >+ to select "FOLDER"
The display will return to
the display window.)
your local Civic Office, your household waste
pressed to skip the messages
and press NxPLAY/STOP.
disposal service or the shop where you purchased
• If you divide messages too frequently while the unit
the product.
is recording them, the following phenomenon may
VOR function is affected by the
2 Press NxPLAY/STOP.
occur: The OPR indicator keeps flashing, and you
5 Press xSTOP to exit from
sound around you. Set the
The minute digits will flash.
Disposal of waste batteries
cannot operate the unit for a certain period. This is
the menu mode.
microphone sensitivity to "H (high)"
not a malfunction. Wait until the OPR indicator
(applicable in the European
or "L (low)" using the menu. If
If the unit is left unused for
Press – . or >+ to select the folder
goes off.
Union and other European
recording is not satisfactory after you
more than 3 seconds in the
you want and press NxPLAY/STOP.
have changed the microphone
stop mode, the display will
countries with separate
You cannot record messages up to the
sensitivity, or for important
show the current time.
collection systems)
maximum recording time.
recording, set VOR to "OFF."
• If you record messages in a mixture of HQ, SP and
This symbol on the battery or on
LP modes, the recordable time varies from the
the packaging indicates that the
maximum HQ mode recording time to the
Press xSTOP to exit the menu mode.
1 Tip
battery provided with this product
maximum LP mode recording time.
This unit does not have a power on/off switch. The display is shown at all times.
Current folder
shall not be treated as household
• No more recording can be made when 99 messages
each have been recorded in a folder.
• Due to the limitation of the IC recording system,
By ensuring these batteries are
Power source
this unit records in the minimum recording unit. If
disposed of correctly, you will
the length of each message cannot be divided by the
help prevent potentially negative consequences
To turn the power off, slide the HOLD switch in the direction of the
minimum recording unit, the remaining recording
for the environment and human health which
arrow in the stop mode.
time may decrease by more than the total length of
could otherwise be caused by inappropriate waste
To turn the power on, slide the HOLD switch in the opposite direction
the messages.
handling of the battery. The recycling of the
from that of the arrow, and then press any operation button.
materials will help to conserve natural resources.
The unit does not operate correctly.
In case of products that for safety, performance or
• Take out the batteries and insert them again.
data integrity reasons require a permanent
connection with an incorporated battery, this
Please note that recorded messages may be erased
battery should be replaced by qualified service
during service or repair work.
staff only.
To ensure that the battery will be treated properly,
hand over the product at end-of-life to the
applicable collection point for the recycling of
electrical and electronic equipment.
For all other batteries, please view the section on
how to remove the battery from the product safely.
Hand the battery over to the applicable collection
point for the recycling of waste batteries.
For more detailed information about recycling of
this product or battery, please contact your local
Civic Offi ce, your household waste disposal
service or the shop where you purchased the

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