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IC Recorder
Operating Instructions
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-B7/B17
Serial No.
Sony Corporation 2003
Printed in China
Before taking the unit for repair, check the following
sections. Should any problem persist after you have
made these checks, consult your nearest Sony dealer.
The unit does not operate.
For the customers in the U.S.A.
• The batteries have been inserted with incorrect
• The batteries are weak.
• The buttons are locked with the HOLD switch. (If
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the
you press any button, "HOLD" will flash three
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
No sound comes from the speaker.
installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate
• The earphone or headphones are plugged in.
radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
• The volume is turned down completely.
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications.
"FULL" is displayed and you cannot start
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur
in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause
• The memory is full. Erase some of the messages.
harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can
• 99 messages has been recorded in the selected
be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
folder. Select another folder or erase some of the
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of
the following measures:
Noise is heard.
– Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
– Increase the separation between the equipment and
• An object, such as your finger, etc., accidentally
rubbed or scratched the unit during recording so
– Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different
that noise was recorded.
from that to which the receiver is connected.
• The unit was placed near an AC power source, a
– Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician
fluorescent lamp or a mobile phone during
for help.
recording or playback.
• Plug of the connected microphone was dirty when
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation
recording. Clean the plug.
is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may
• Earphone/headphones plug is dirty. Clean the
not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept
any interference received, including interference that may
Recording level is low.
cause undesired operation.
• Press MIC SENS to display "HIGH".
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not
expressly approved in this manual could void your authority
Recording level is unstable (when recording
to operate this equipment.
music, etc.).
• This unit is designed to automatically adjust the
recording level when recording meetings, etc., and
is not suitable for music recording.
"-M--D ---:--" is displayed.
• You have not set the clock.
On power
"-M--D ---:--" is displayed on the REC DATE
• Operate the unit only on 3 V DC. Use two LR03 (size AAA)
alkaline batteries.
• The date of recording will not be displayed if you
On safety
recorded the message when the clock was not set.
• Do not operate the unit while driving, cycling or operating
You cannot add an index.
any motorized vehicle.
• You cannot add an index in a folder which has 99
On handling
• If you add indexes frequently, the unit may
• Do not leave the unit in a location near heat sources, or in a
become unable to add indexes.
place subject to direct sunlight, excessive dust or mechanical
• You cannot add an index in the first or the last 1
second of a message.
• Should any solid object or liquid fall into the unit, remove
the batteries and have the unit checked by qualified
You cannot erase the index.
personnel before operating it any further.
• If you erase indexes frequently, the unit may
become unable to erase indexes.
On noise
You cannot record messages up to the
• Noise may be heard when the unit is placed near an AC
maximum recording time.
power source, a fluorescent lamp or a mobile phone during
• No more recording can be made when 99 messages
recording or playback.
• Noise may be recorded when an object, such as your finger,
each have been recorded in both A and B folders.
etc., rubs or scratches the unit during recording.
• Due to the limitation of the IC recording system,
this unit records in the minimum recording unit of
On maintenance
approx. 9 seconds. If the length of each message
cannot be divided by the minimum recording unit,
• To clean the exterior, use a soft cloth slightly moistened in
the remaining recording time may decrease by
water. Do not use alcohol, benzine or thinner.
more than the total length of the messages.
Keep personal credit cards using magnetic coding or spring-
The unit does not operate correctly.
wound watches, etc., away from the unit to prevent possible
• Take out the battery and insert it again.
damage from the magnet used in the speaker.
Please note that recorded messages may be erased
If you have any questions or problems concerning your unit,
during service or repair work.
please consult your nearest Sony dealer.
Backup recommendations
To avoid potential risk of data loss caused by accidental
operation or malfunction of the IC recorder, we recommend
that you save a backup copy of your recorded messages on
a tape recorder, etc.
3-250-691-12 (1)
BGetting started
Step 1: Installing the Batteries
Slide and lift the battery
compartment lid.
Insert two LR03 (size AAA)
alkaline batteries with
correct polarity , and close the
If the battery compartment lid
is accidentally detached,
attach it as illustrated.
Clock setting display appears when you insert batteries for the first time, or
when you insert batteries after the unit has been without batteries for a certain
period of time. 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 insert battery after the unit has been
without battery for a certain period of time. In this case, proceed from step 2.
Display the clock setting display.
1 Press MENU to enter the menu
2 Press – . once to display "SET
3 Press NxPLAY/STOP.
* The "ALARM" display
may appear instead of
the "BEEP" display .
Set the date .
1 Press – . or >+ to select
2 Press NxPLAY/STOP.
the digits of the year.
3 Set the month and day in sequence,
1 Tip
To set the date to Year 2003, display
Set the time .
1 Press – . or >+ to select
3 Set the minute.
the digits of the hour.
4 Press NxPLAY/STOP at the time
2 Press NxPLAY/STOP.
The minute digits will flash.
5 Press MENU to exit from the menu
1 Tip
This unit does not have a power on/off
switch. The display is shown at all
BBasic Operations
Recording Messages
You can record up to 99 messages in each of the two folders (A and B).
Replacing the batteries
Since a newly recorded message is automatically added behind the last recorded
The battery indicator on the display
message, you can start recording quickly without searching for the end of the
window shows the battery
last recording.
flashes, replace the
Message 1
Message 2
Newly recorded message
batteries with new ones.
flashes, the batteries are
exhausted and the unit will stop
Before making a long recording, be sure to insert new batteries and check the battery
Battery life*
Select the folder .
With continuous use, approx. 10 hours
recording/8 hours playback is
* Using Sony alkaline batteries LR03
Press FOLDER to
(size AAA)
display the folder in
* When playing back through the
which you wish to
internal speaker with VOL control at
record messages.
around 4
The battery life may shorten
depending on the operation of the
• Do not use manganese batteries for
this unit.
• When you replace the batteries,
Start recording.
insert the new ones within 3
minutes after you removed the
exhausted ones. Otherwise, the
1 Press zREC/STOP.
display may show the clock setting
display or incorrect date and time
when you reinsert the batteries. In
this case, set the date and time
The recorded messages and alarm
setting, however, will remain.
• When replacing the batteries, be
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.
You do not need to keep pressing zREC/STOP while recording.
Stop recording.
If you do not change the folder after you stop recording, the next time you
record you will record in the same folder.
Do this
The year digits will flash.
stop recording
Press STOP instead of zREC/STOP.
pause recording*
During recording pause, the
OPR indicator flashes in red and
"PAUSE" flashes in the display
release pause and
resume recording
Recording resumes from that point.
(To stop recording after pausing recording, press
The month digits will flash.
listen to the current
Press zREC/STOP or STOP to stop recording,
then press NxPLAY/STOP.
review the current
Press NxPLAY/STOP during recording.
recording instantly
select the microphone
You can select the microphone sensitivity to display
the following by pressing MIC SENS.
HIGH: To record at meeting or in a quiet and/or
then press NxPLAY/STOP.
spacious place.
The hour digits will flash.
LOW: To record for dictation or in a noisy place.
* About one hour after you pause recording, recording pause is automatically released
and the unit goes into the stop mode.
The display will return to "SET
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.
Note on recording
Noise may be recorded if an object,
such as your finger, etc., accidentally
Select the folder .
rubs or scratches the unit during
Blank space
Maximum recording time
Press FOLDER to display
You can record for up to 150
the folder you wish to
minutes (ICD-B7)/300 minutes
play back.
(ICD-B17). You can check the
remaining amount of recording
time by selecting the remaining
recording time display mode.
Current folder
Due to the limitation of the IC
recording system, this unit records in
the minimum recording unit of
approx. 9 seconds, therefore the
Select the message number .
following symptoms may occur:
• When a message is shorter than the
minimum recording unit, it is still
counted as approx. 9 seconds so the
Press – . or >+ to
remaining recording time will
display the desired
decrease by more than the actual
message number.
length of the message.
• When the message is longer than the
– .: for smaller
minimum recording unit, the
message number
remaining recording time will
>+: for larger
decrease by more than the actual
message number
length of the message if it cannot be
divided by the minimum recording
OPR indicator
unit without a remainder.
(lights in red during
•The sum of the number on the
counter (elapsed recording time)
and the remaining recording time
* The display selected with the DISPLAY button appears (see the reverse side).
may be less than the unit's
2 Speak to the built-in
maximum recording time.
Remaining memory
Start playback.
* The display selected with
the DISPLAY button
During recording, the remaining
memory indicator decreases one by
1 Press NxPLAY/STOP.
The memory is
nearly full.
Press zREC/STOP again.
When the remaining time of
recording reaches 5 minutes, the
The unit stops at the
last one of the indication flashes.
beginning of the current
Counter display (or the
When the remaining time of
selected display mode)
recording reaches 1 minute, the
selected display mode and
"REMAIN" will flash one after the
other in the display window. When
the memory is full, recording
automatically stops and "FULL"
will flash in the display window
with an alarm sound. To continue
After playing back one message, the unit stops at the beginning of the next
recording, first erase some of the
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.
• If you press zREC/STOP when the
memory is full, "FULL" will flash
For private listening
with an alarm sound. Erase some of
Connect an earphone or headphones (not supplied) to the EAR jack. The built-in
the messages before you start
speaker will be automatically disconnected. If you plug in headphones, you will
recording again.
• If you press zREC/STOP after you
get output from the left channel only. If noise is heard, wipe the headphones
have recorded 99 messages, "FULL"
will flash with an alarm sound.
Other operations
Select another folder or erase some of
the messages.
Starting recording
stop at the beginning of
automatically in response
the current message
to the sound — Advanced
stop at the current position
VOR function (ICD-B17
(Playback Pause function)*
When VOR (voice operated
recording) is set to ON in the menu,
go back to the beginning
of the current message
recording starts when the recorder
detects sound. ("VOR" is displayed
skip to the next message
in the display window.)
Recording stops when no sound is
go back to previous
heard. ("VOR PAUSE" flashes in
messages/skip to succeeding
the display window.)
VOR function is affected by the sound
* You can also pause playback by pressing XPAUSE instead of NxPLAY/STOP.
The OPR indicator will flash in green. After about one hour, the unit goes into the
around you. Set the MIC SENS to
stop mode at the current position.
HIGH or LOW. If recording is not
satisfactory after you have changed
the microphone sensitivity, or for
important recording, set VOR to OFF.
Playing back a message
— Repeat Play
During playback, press
NxPLAY/STOP for more than
one second.
" will be displayed and the
selected message will be played
Current folder
back repeatedly.
To resume normal playback, press
NxPLAY/STOP again. To stop
playback, press STOP.
Playing the beginning of
each message
— Scanning Play
During stop mode, press
NxPLAY/STOP for more than
one second.
"SCAN" will be displayed in the
display window and the first 5
seconds of each message in the
selected folder will be played back.
When you find the desired
message, press NxPLAY/STOP.
The message will be played back
Selected message number
until the end.
Playing back all messages
in a folder continuously
— Continuous Play
You can select the continuous play
mode with the 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
To search forward, keep >+
pressed during playback and
release the button at the point you
wish to resume playback.
EAR jack
To search backward, keep – .
pressed during playback and
release the button at the point you
OPR indicator
wish to resume playback.
(lights in green during
If you keep >+ or – .pressed
for more than 10 seconds, 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
2 Turn VOL to adjust the
During cue/review, the counter
will be displayed, regardless of the
display mode setting.
¡ Tip
When fast playback is done to the end
of the last message, "END" flashes 3
times. (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
If the last message is long and you
wish to start playback at a later part of
the message, keep >+ pressed to
Do this
play back the message to the end and
then press – . while "END" is
Press STOP.
flashing to go back to the desired
point .
(For messages other than the last one,
go to the beginning of the next
To resume playback from that point,
message and play backward to the
press NxPLAY/STOP again.
desired point.)
Press – . once.
Press >+ once.
Press – . or >+ repeatedly.
(During stop mode, keep the button
pressed to skip the messages

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   Summary of Contents for Sony ICD-B17

  • Page 1

    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-B7/B17 Serial No.

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    (PLUG IN POWER) • We recommend you make a trial recording to check the EAR (earphone) jack connections and volume control. • When connecting equipment other than Sony’s, refer to the (built-in microphone) OPR (operation) indicator instruction manual of the equipment.

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