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Sony ICD-B500 Operating Instructions

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

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