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Personal Audio System
Operating Instructions
©2014 Sony Corporation
Printed in China
ZS-PS50
Do not install the appliance in a confined space,
WARNING
such as a bookcase or built-in cabinet.
Excessive sound pressure from earphones and
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not
headphones can cause hearing loss.
expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
Do not expose the batteries (battery pack or
batteries installed) to excessive heat such as
To reduce the risk of fire, do not cover the ventilation
sunshine, fire or the like for a long time.
opening of the appliance with newspapers,
tablecloths, curtains, etc. Do not expose the
The nameplate is located on the bottom exterior.
appliance to naked flame sources (for example,
lighted candles).
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not
expose this apparatus to dripping or splashing, and
do not place objects filled with liquids, such as
vases, on the apparatus.
As the main plug is used to disconnect the unit from
the mains, connect the unit to an easily accessible
AC outlet. Should you notice an abnormality in the
unit, disconnect the main plug from the AC outlet
immediately.
The unit is not disconnected from the AC power
source (mains) as long as it is connected to the wall
outlet, even if the unit itself has been turned off.
Power Sources
Connect the AC power cord
, or insert six R14 (size C) batteries (not supplied) into the battery compartment
To a wall outlet
To AC IN
AC power cord (supplied)
Rear
Notes
 When using the radio on batteries and the battery power drops to a certain level, the OPR/BATT indicator
the radio may go off during playback. If this happens, replace all the batteries with new ones. Even after the OPR/BATT indicator
becomes dim, you can use the radio function for some time, although you cannot use the CD player. Before you replace the
batteries, be sure to remove any CD and disconnect any USB devices or optional components from the unit.
 To use the unit on batteries, disconnect the AC power cord from the unit and the wall outlet.
 In standby mode with the AC power cord connected, "STANDBY" lights up on the display.
To use the power-management function (European models only)
This unit is equipped with an automatic standby function. With this function, the unit enters standby mode
automatically after about 15 minutes if there is no operation or audio signal output.
To turn standby mode on or off, press VOL 
while holding down TUNE +
. Each time you press the buttons,
"STANDBY" flashes for 2 seconds and "ON" or "OFF" appears on the display.
Notes
 The displayed content starts flashing on the display about 2 minutes before entering standby mode.
 The automatic standby function is not available with the FM/AM function.
For customers in Europe
4-562-022-12(1)
Notice for customers: the following
information is only applicable to
equipment sold in countries applying EU
directives
This product has been manufactured by or on behalf
of Sony Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan Minato-ku Tokyo,
108-0075 Japan. Inquiries related to product
compliance based on European Union legislation
shall be addressed to the authorized representative,
Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger Strasse 61,
70327 Stuttgart, Germany. For any service or
guarantee matters, please refer to the addresses
provided in the separate service or guarantee
documents.
Disposal of waste batteries and electrical
and electronic equipment (applicable in
the European Union and other European
countries with separate collection
systems)
This symbol on the product, the battery
or on the packaging indicates that the
product and the battery shall not be
treated as household waste. On certain
batteries this symbol might be used in
combination with a chemical symbol.
The chemical symbols for mercury (Hg) or lead (Pb)
are added if the battery contains more than
0.0005% mercury or 0.004% lead. By ensuring these
products and batteries are disposed of correctly, you
will help prevent potentially negative consequences
for the environment and human health which could
otherwise be caused by inappropriate waste
handling. The recycling of the materials will help to
conserve natural resources.
In case of products that for safety, performance or
data integrity reasons require a permanent
connection with an incorporated battery, this battery
should be replaced by qualified service staff only. To
ensure that the battery and the electrical and
electronic equipment will be treated properly, hand
over these products 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 Office, your household waste
disposal service or the shop where you purchased
the product or battery.
Personal Audio System is designed to be used
for playing back music sources on CDs or USB
devices and listening to radio stations.
Basic Operations
.
*
and VOL +
have a tactile dot.
dims or power of
Before using the unit
Playing a music disc
1
To turn the power on or off
2
Press OPERATE
. You can also turn on the power
of this unit using the direct power-on function
(below).
In this manual, operations are mainly explained
using the direct power-on function.
To use the direct power-on function
Press CD
, USB
, FM/AM
, AUDIO IN
or
FAVORITE RADIO STATIONS (1-3)
while the unit is
turned off. The power turns on with the relevant
function selected.
To adjust the volume
Press VOL + or 
.
To listen through headphones
Connect headphones to the  (headphones) jack
.
Audio CD
(Total number of tracks and total playing time
appear in order.)
Total number of tracks
Total playing time
MP3/WMA disc
Total number
Total number
of folders*
1
of files
3
Press 
to start playback.
Playing time*
2, 3
*
1
If MP3/WMA files are present only in the root directory,
"001" appears on the display.
*
2
If the playing time is longer than 100 minutes, "--:--"
appears on the display.
By pressing DISPLAY , playback screen changes
*
3
between showing the playing time, the function name,
and the current track number (or showing the current
folder and file number).
Other operations
To
Do this
Press   . To return to
Pause playback
playback, press the button
again.
Stop playback
Press   . When you press 
 after playback is stopped,
playback starts from the point
where you stopped playback
(Resume Play).
Select a folder
 + or   .
Press
on an MP3/WMA
disc
Press  or   . You can
Select a track/
file
skip tracks/files one by one.
Hold down  or  
Find a point in a
track/file
during playback, and release the
button at the desired point.
When locating a point while
paused, press   to start
playback after the desired point
is found.
Tip
To cancel the Resume Play, press
stopped.
Note
Resume Play is cancelled in the following cases:
 When you open the CD compartment.
 When you turn off the power.
Example of folder structure and playing order
The playing order of the folders and files is as
follows. However, the playing order may differ from
the original order on the disc, depending on the
recording method used.
Folder
MP3/WMA file
Notes on MP3/WMA discs
Press CD
to turn on the CD function.
 When a disc is loaded, the unit reads all the files on that
Press PUSH OPEN/CLOSE 
, place a disc in
disc. During this time, "READ" is flashing. If there are many
the CD compartment and then close the
folders or non-MP3/WMA files on the disc, it may take a
long time for play to begin or for the next MP3/WMA file
compartment cover.
to start to play.
 We recommend that non-MP3/WMA files or unnecessary
folders are excluded when creating MP3/WMA discs.
 During playback, audio files other than MP3 and WMA
Label side up
files are skipped even if those files are included in a folder.
 The audio formats supported by this unit are as follows:
 MP3: File extension ".mp3"
 WMA: File extension ".wma"
Note that even if the file name has the correct file
extension but the actual file was created in a different
audio format, this unit may produce noise or may
malfunction.
The disc is loaded and the disc information
 MP3 PRO format is not supported.
appears on the display.
 WMA files encoded in WMA DRM, WMA Lossless and
WMA PRO formats cannot be played back.
 This unit cannot play audio files on a disc in the following
cases:
 When the total number of audio files exceeds 999.
 When the total number of folders on a single disc
exceeds 256 (including the "ROOT" folder).
 When the directory level (folder depths) exceeds 8
(including the "ROOT" folder).
 The audio formats supported by this unit are as follows:
Listening to music on a USB device
 MP3: file extension ".mp3"
 WMA: file extension ".wma"
 AAC: file extension ".m4a," ".3gp" and ".mp4"
You can listen to audio files stored on a USB device
Note that even if the file name has the correct file
(a digital music player or USB storage media).
extension but the actual file was created in a different
Audio files in MP3, WMA and AAC formats* can be
audio format, this unit may produce noise or may
played on this unit.
malfunction.
 MP3 PRO format is not supported.
* Files with copyright protection (Digital Rights
Management) cannot be played on this unit.
 WMA files encoded in WMA DRM, WMA Lossless and
WMA PRO formats cannot be played back.
 AAC files encoded in copyright-protected AAC format
Compatible USB devices
cannot be played back.
Compatibility requirements for the USB devices are
 This unit supports the AAC-LC (AAC Low Complexity)
as follows. Before using a device with this unit,
profile.
check that it meets the requirements.
 This unit cannot play audio files on a USB device in the
following cases:
 Compliance with USB 2.0 (Full Speed)
 When the total number of audio files in a single folder
 Supports Mass Storage mode*
exceeds 999.
* Mass Storage mode is a mode that allows a USB device to
 When the total number of audio files on a single USB
become accessible to a host device, enabling file
device exceeds 5,000.
transfers. Most USB devices support Mass Storage mode.
 When the total number of folders on a single USB
device exceeds 256 (including the "ROOT" folder).
 When the directory level (folder depths) exceeds 8
1
Connect the USB device to the  (USB) port
.
(including the "ROOT" folder).
2
Press USB
to turn on the USB function.
These numbers may vary depending on the file and folder
structure.
 Compatibility with all encoding/writing software is not
guaranteed. If audio files on the USB device were
originally encoded with incompatible software, those files
may produce noise or interrupted sound, or may not be
played back at all.
Total number of folders
3
Press 
to start playback.
Listening to the radio
1
Press FM/AM
radio function and select the "FM" or "AM"
band.
Playing time*
1, 2
2
Hold down TUNE + or 
digits begin to change on the display.
*
1
If the playing time is longer than 100 minutes, "--:--"
appears on the display.
The unit automatically scans the radio
*
2
By pressing DISPLAY , playback screen changes
frequencies and stops when it finds a clear
between showing the playing time, the function name,
station.
and the current folder and file number.
If you cannot tune to a station using automatic
tuning mode, press TUNE + or 
Other operations
change the frequency step by step.
To
Do this
When an FM stereo broadcast is received, "ST"
Press   . To return to
Pause playback
lights up on the display.
playback, press the button
Note
again*.
The unit of frequency of tuned stations is MHz for the FM
Stop playback
Press   . When you press 
band and kHz for the AM band.
 after playback is stopped,
playback starts from the point
To change the FM/AM tuning interval
where you stopped playback
(This function is only available on models for some
(Resume Play).
countries/regions. See the radio section in
"Specifications.")
Select a folder
Press
 + or   .
The FM/AM tuning interval can be changed if
Press  or   . You can
Select a file
necessary using the following procedure.
skip files one by one.
1
Press FM/AM
To skip files continuously, hold
down  or   and
2
Hold down ENTER
release the button at the desired
flashes on the display.
file.
3
Hold down FM/AM
Hold down  or  
Find a point in a
step appears.
file
during playback, and release the
4
Press
button at the desired point.
tuning step.
When locating a point while
paused, press   to start
"FM 50K" (for 50 kHz interval) or "FM 100K" (for
while the CD is
100 kHz interval) in the FM band, and "AM 9K" (for
playback after the desired point
9 kHz interval) or "AM 10K" (for 10 kHz interval) in
is found.
the AM band can be selected.
* When playing a VBR MP3/WMA/AAC file, playback may
5
Press ENTER
restart from a different point.
Changing the tuning interval erases all the FM/AM
Note
preset stations stored in the unit. Reset your preset
When removing a USB device, hold down
until
stations after changing the tuning interval.
"no DEV" appears, and then turn off the unit or switch to
other functions beforehand. Removing the USB device
To improve radio reception
without performing these steps may corrupt the data on the
Use the radio in a place where
USB device or damage the device itself.
radio signals can be easily
Example of folder structure and playing order
received such as near a window.
The playing order of the folders and files is as
Also, adjust the antenna (FM) or
follows. However, the playing order may differ from
reorient the unit itself (AM) for
the original order on the USB device, depending on
good reception.
the recording method used.
USB device
Folder
MP3/WMA/AAC file
If the reception problem still persists, try changing
the installation location.
Avoid places such as the following:
Notes on the USB device
 It may take a long time before playback starts when:
 the folder structure is complex.
 the USB device is close to capacity.
 When a USB device is connected, the unit reads all the
files on the device. If there are many folders or files on the
device, it may take a long time for the unit to finish
reading them.
 Do not connect a USB device to the unit through a USB
hub.
 With some connected USB devices, after an operation is
performed, there may be a delay before it is performed by
this unit.
 This unit may not support all the functions provided with
a connected USB device.
 Do not save non-MP3/WMA/AAC files or unnecessary
folders to a USB device that contains MP3/WMA/AAC files.
 During playback, audio files other than MP3, WMA and
AAC files are skipped even if those files are included in a
folder.
Presetting stations to FAVORITE
RADIO STATIONS
You can preset up to three favorite stations to
FAVORITE RADIO STATIONS (1-3) buttons. Assign one
FM or AM program for each button.
1
Press FM/AM
repeatedly to turn on the
radio function and select the band "FM" or
"AM."
2
Tune to the station you want to preset.
3
Press and hold the desired FAVORITE RADIO
STATIONS (–SET) (1-3) button
until you hear
a beep.
The tuned station is preset to the selected button
of FAVORITE RADIO STATIONS (1-3) and the same
number as that of the button will light up on the
display.
(Example: Presetting FM 87.50 MHz to number )
To change the preset station
Repeat steps 1 to 3.
The preset station on the button will be replaced by
the new one.
Listening to preset stations with
repeatedly to turn on the
FAVORITE RADIO STATIONS
Press the desired FAVORITE RADIO STATIONS (1-3)
until the frequency
button
.
Note
To prevent the preset from being changed by mistake, do
not hold down the button. If doing so, the preset on the
button will be replaced by the currently tuned station.
repeatedly to
repeatedly to select a band.
until "FM-xx" or "AM-xx"
until the current tuning
 
or
to select the desired
.
Adjust the antenna to
improve FM reception. If the
stereo FM reception is noisy,
press FM MODE
repeatedly
until "Mono" appears on the
display. You will lose the
stereo effect, but the
reception will be improved.
Reorient the unit
itself to improve AM
reception. (A ferrite
bar antenna is built
in the unit.)
Between
buildings
Nearby
mobile
phones,
electrical
appliances
On steel desks
or tables

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  • Page 1 This product has been manufactured by or on behalf  MP3 PRO format is not supported. * Files with copyright protection (Digital Rights of Sony Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan Minato-ku Tokyo, Total number of tracks  Press FM/AM repeatedly to turn on the Management) cannot be played on this unit.
  • Page 2  A disc that has many folders or non-MP3/WMA  Move the unit away from nearby TVs. prolong the life of its components. Measured by Sony standards. The actual battery life files.  For FM reception, extend the antenna to its full...

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