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Sony Walkman NWZ-B142 Operation Manual

Ultra compact 2gb (500 songs) walkman® mp3 player with bass boost, zappin™ song search and direct usb connection. with 3 minute quick charge and 18 hours battery life
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Operation Guide
NWZ-B142/B143/B142F/B143F
©2009 Sony Corporation
4-145-616-11 (1)

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  • Page 1 Operation Guide NWZ-B142/B143/B142F/B143F ©2009 Sony Corporation 4-145-616-11 (1)
  • Page 2: Browsing The Operation Guide

    Browsing the Operation Guide To use the buttons in the Operation Guide Click the buttons located at the upper right of the pages of this manual to jump to “Table of Contents, ” “About the HOME menu” or “Index. ” Jumps to the table of contents Find what you are looking for from a list of topics in the manual.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Basic Operations and Screens Parts and Controls ... 5 Playback screen ...8 Turning the Player On and Off ... 9 About the HOME Menu ... 10 How to Use the HOME Menu ... 12 Getting Started Charging the Battery... 14 Selecting the Display Language ...
  • Page 4 Useful Facts About Battery Life ... 52 What are Format and Bit Rate? ... 53 What is audio format? ...53 Storing Data ... 54 Upgrading the Player’s Firmware ... 55 Troubleshooting Troubleshooting ... 56 Messages ... 64 Additional Information Precautions ... 66 License and Trademark Notice ...
  • Page 5: Basic Operations And Screens

    Basic Operations and Screens Parts and Controls Front Headphones  REC/STOP button Starts/stops recording. You can record sound using the player’s built-in microphone (  page 41). You can also record the currently received FM program (NWZ-B142F/ B143F only) (  page 37). ...
  • Page 6 Basic Operations and Screens Front Headphones   (Headphone) jack For connecting the headphones. Insert the jack pin until it clicks into place. If the headphones are connected improperly, the sound from the headphones will be impaired.  Display The display varies depending on the application that is currently active ( ...
  • Page 7 Basic Operations and Screens Rear  Microphone See  page 41.  RESET button Resets the player when you press the RESET button with a small pin, etc (  page 56). When you turn on the player after resetting it, the player reactivates the previously set items.
  • Page 8: Playback Screen

    Basic Operations and Screens Playback screen  Song title/File name indication  Playback range indication  Playback progress bar  Playing status indication Displays the current play mode.  : playback/  : pause  : fast-rewind/  : fast-forward ...
  • Page 9: Turning The Player On And Off

    Basic Operations and Screens Turning the Player On and Off To turn on the player Press the  button to turn on the player. The player resumes the operation from the point where you last turned off.  Hint  If “HOLD” appears in the display, slide the HOLD switch in the opposite direction of the arrow ( ...
  • Page 10: About The Home Menu

    Basic Operations and Screens About the HOME Menu The following table shows the items of HOME menu. About the item list of each menu, see  page 11. For details about each menu item, refer to the specified reference page. HOME menu The icons appear in the HOME menu and the color of the selected icon is inverted.
  • Page 11 Basic Operations and Screens (Voice) ... 41 Play Rec Data ... 43 Delete Rec Data ... 42 (Music Library) ... 21 Now Playing ...21, 26 Folder ... 26 All Songs ... 26 Artist ... 26 Album ... 26 Playlists ... 26 Genre ...
  • Page 12: How To Use The Home Menu

    Basic Operations and Screens How to Use the HOME Menu The HOME menu is the starting point of each application, such as searching for songs, changing settings, etc. You can display the HOME menu by pressing and holding the BACK/HOME button of the player.
  • Page 13: Now Playing

    Basic Operations and Screens  Press the  button to confirm. The Music Library menu screen appears.  Press the / button to select “Folder,” and then press the  button to confirm. The Folder list screen appears.  You can scroll the list by pressing the /...
  • Page 14: Getting Started

    Getting Started Charging the Battery The player’s battery is recharged while the player is connected to a running computer. Remove the USB cap and connect the USB connector to a USB connector on your computer. When the remaining battery indication of the display shows: charging is completed (charging time is approx.
  • Page 15 Getting Started Notes  Charge the battery in an ambient temperature of between 5 ºC to 35 ºC (41 ºF to 95 ºF).  The number of times the battery can be recharged before it is used up is approximately 500 times.
  • Page 16: Selecting The Display Language (Language)

    Getting Started Selecting the Display Language You can select from a variety of languages for the display of menus and messages on the player.  From the HOME menu, select desired language setting. Language English Español Français Português Русский  button /...
  • Page 17: Setting The Date And Time

    Getting Started Setting the Date and Time The date and time are not set by default. Set the current date and time according to the following.  From the HOME menu, select “Set Date-Time.”  Press the / button to select the year value, and then press the ...
  • Page 18: Getting Music

    Getting Started Getting Music To enjoy music on the player, you need to prepare the data on your computer. You can import music from audio CDs or from the Internet, etc. To import the data into your computer, use appropriate software, such as Windows Media Player 11.
  • Page 19: Transferring Music

    Getting Started Transferring Music You can directly transfer data by dragging and dropping in Windows Explorer on your computer.  Hint  You can also transfer music using Windows Media Player 11. For details about usage, or support on Windows Media Player, refer to the Windows Media Player information from the following web site: http://support.microsoft.com/ Notes...
  • Page 20  Be careful not to accidentally bump or put stress on the player when it is connected to your computer. It may be damaged.  The player does not use SonicStage software (SonicStage software, developed by Sony, manages music on a computer or transfers music to other types of players). For this player, you can transfer music simply by dragging and dropping, not using SonicStage.
  • Page 21: Playing Music

    Playing Music Playing Music You can listen to transferred songs on the player. The transferred songs are stored in “Music Library. ” To play music, select music playback screen. BACK/HOME button  From the HOME menu, select The music playback screen appears and the playback of the songs begins from the last song you listened to.
  • Page 22 Playing Music  Hints  You can change the song playback from the normal playback to ZAPPIN playback (  page 23).  The player offers a variety of play modes, including random play and selected repeat play (  page 28). ...
  • Page 23: Playing Music Using Zappin Playback

    Playing Music Playing Music Using ZAPPIN playback What is ZAPPIN playback? ZAPPIN enables sequential playback of song clips at a preset duration. Normal Playback ZAPPIN Playback Short, recognizable song clips (approx. 45 seconds from beginning). The ZAPPIN playback range for song clips can be set to either “ZAPPIN Short” or “ZAPPIN Long.” Normal Playback Changes to ZAPPIN Returns to normal playback and restarts playback of the...
  • Page 24: Changing To Zappin Playback

    Playing Music Changing to ZAPPIN playback You can change the song playback from normal playback to ZAPPIN playback.  During normal playback and displaying the playback screen, press the ZAP button. “Zappin in” is heard and ZAPPIN playback begins. The player plays back song clips for about 4 seconds (ZAPPIN Short) or 15 seconds (ZAPPIN Long) each.
  • Page 25: Changing The Playback Range Of Song Clips In Zappin Playback

    Playing Music Changing the playback range of song clips in ZAPPIN playback The playback range for song clips can be set to “ZAPPIN Short” or “ZAPPIN Long. ”  From the HOME menu, select “ZAPPIN Range” List of ZAPPIN Range settings Setting item ZAPPIN Short ZAPPIN Long...
  • Page 26: Searching For Songs

    Playing Music Searching for Songs You can search for desired songs in various ways, such as by folder, artists, album name, etc.  From the HOME menu, select search method  Select items as follows until a song list appears. Search method Method Now Playing...
  • Page 27   Playing Music  Hint  You can edit or change ID3 tag information and the playlist using Windows Media Player 11. For details about usage, or support on Windows Media Player, refer to the Windows Media Player information from the following web site: http://support.microsoft.com/ Notes ...
  • Page 28: Changing The Play Mode (Play Mode)

    Playing Music Changing the Play Mode The player offers a variety of play modes, including random play and selected repeat play.  From the HOME menu, select  “Play Mode” List of play modes Play mode type/Icon Normal/No icon Repeat all/ Repeat 1 song/ Repeat shuffle all/ (Play Mode)
  • Page 29: Setting The Sound Quality

    Playing Music Setting the Sound Quality You can emphasize the low range (Bass function) by pressing the BASS button. You can also change the sound quality according to the music genre, etc., by setting the equalizer. Activating the Bass function You can also emphasize the low range (Bass function) by pressing the BASS button.
  • Page 30: Changing The Sound Quality (Equalizer)

    Playing Music Changing the sound quality You can set your desired sound quality for each according to the music genre, etc.  From the HOME menu, select  “Equalizer” List of equalizer settings Setting item/Icon None Heavy/ Pop/ Jazz/ Unique/ Custom/ Notes ...
  • Page 31 Playing Music Setting the Custom values You can preset the value of 5 bands “equalizer” as “Custom. ”  From the HOME menu, select  “Equalizer” The setting screen appears.  Press the / button to select the sound level (7 levels: -3 to +3) and press the ...
  • Page 32: Deleting Songs

    Playing Music Deleting Songs When you delete songs from the player, use the software you used to transfer the songs, or Windows Explorer. For details about using the software, see the Help of the software. Note  The player itself cannot delete songs without connecting to a computer.
  • Page 33: Listening To Fm Radio

    Listening/Recording to FM Radio Listening to FM Radio To Listen to FM Radio, select FM radio screen. BACK/HOME button Note  The headphone cord serves as an antenna, so extend it as far as possible. Listening to FM radio  From the HOME menu, select The FM radio screen appears.
  • Page 34: Fm Radio Screen

    Listening/Recording to FM Radio FM radio screen FM radio screen in the manual tuning mode The preset number shown only when the current frequency is already preset (  page 36). Operations in the manual tuning mode Select the previous/next frequency* Select the previous/next receivable broadcast station*...
  • Page 35: Presetting Broadcast Stations Automatically

    Listening/Recording to FM Radio Presetting broadcast stations automatically You can preset receivable broadcast stations (up to 30 stations) in your area automatically by selecting “FM Auto Preset. ” When you use the FM radio for the first time, or when you move to a new area, we recommend to preset receivable broadcast stations by selecting “FM Auto Preset.
  • Page 36: Presetting Broadcast Stations Manually

    Listening/Recording to FM Radio Presetting broadcast stations manually You can preset broadcast stations which “FM Auto Preset” cannot detect (  page 35).  From the HOME menu, select frequency.  Press BACK/HOME button.  Select “Add Preset” The frequency you select in step 1 is preset to the selected preset number. ...
  • Page 37: Recording Fm Radio

    Listening/Recording to FM Radio Recording FM Radio You can record FM radio on the player and play recorded FM radio programs.  Press and hold the REC/STOP button while listening to the station you want to record. The player goes into standby for recording. ...
  • Page 38: Deleting Recorded Fm Radio Programs

    Listening/Recording to FM Radio (NWZ-B14F/ B14F only) Deleting recorded FM radio programs  button / button BACK/HOME button    From the HOME menu, select (FM) “Delete Rec Data”  recorded FM radio program you intend to delete “OK.” The selected FM radio program is deleted.
  • Page 39: Playing Back Recorded Fm Radio Programs

    Listening/Recording to FM Radio Playing Back Recorded FM Radio Programs  From the HOME menu, select recorded FM radio program you want. The playback screen appears and the playback of the recorded FM radio program begins.  About the playback screen, see “Playback screen” (  page 8). ...
  • Page 40: Changing The Fm Settings

    Listening/Recording to FM Radio Changing the FM Settings To change the FM radio settings, select then select “FM Settings. ” Scan Sensitivity When you select stations using the “FM Auto Preset” function (  page 35) or manual tuning mode (  page 33), the FM receiver may receive many unwanted broadcast stations because sensitivity is too high.
  • Page 41: Recording/Listening Voice

    Recording/Listening Voice Recording Sound You can record sound using the player’s built-in microphone and play recorded sound files. The recorded sound will be encoded into ADPCM format. When you play recorded sound files, select (  page 43). Note  You cannot record sound during FM reception (NWZ-B142F/B143F only) or with the “Settings”...
  • Page 42: Deleting Recorded Sound Files

    Recording/Listening Voice Deleting recorded sound files  button / button BACK/HOME button    From the HOME menu, select (Voice) “Delete Rec Data”  recorded sound file you intend to delete “OK.” The selected sound file is deleted.  Select “Cancel” to cancel deletion. ...
  • Page 43: Playing Back Recorded Sound Files

    Recording/Listening Voice Playing Back Recorded Sound Files You can play back sound files recorded by the player. To play back sound files, select  From the HOME menu, select recorded sound file you want. The playback screen appears and the playback of the recorded sound file begins.
  • Page 44: Changing The Rec Settings

    Recording/Listening Voice Changing the Rec Settings To change the voice record settings, select menu, then select “Rec Settings. ” Voice Record Codec You can select a level of recording quality from “Low, ” “Mid” or “High. ” The higher the level is, the more memory the player uses for recording sound. “Mid”...
  • Page 45: Settings

    Settings Changing the Common Settings To change the common settings of the player, select HOME menu, then select “Common Settings. ” Set Date-Time The date and time are not set by default. Set the current date and time according to the following. ...
  • Page 46: Avls (Volume Limit)

    Settings AVLS (Volume Limit) You can set “AVLS (Volume Limit)” (Automatic Volume Limiter System) to limit the maximum volume to prevent auditory disturbance or distraction. With “AVLS (Volume Limit), ” you can listen to music at a comfortable volume level. ...
  • Page 47: Power Save Mode

      Settings Power Save Mode When you do not operate the player for a specified duration (about 15 seconds), the screen will change to the power save screen. You can change the power save screen settings.  From the HOME menu, select “Power Save Mode” Type Save ON Normal Save ON Super Save OFF...
  • Page 48: Displaying The Player Information (Information)

    Settings Displaying the Player Information Information such as model name, built-in flash memory capacity, and firmware version can be displayed.  From the HOME menu, select 1. model name 2. built-in flash memory capacity 3. version information for the player’s firmware (Information) ...
  • Page 49: Selecting The Display Language (Language)

    Settings Selecting the Display Language You can select from a variety of languages for the display of menus and messages on the player.  From the HOME menu, select desired language setting. Language English Español Français Português Русский  button /...
  • Page 50: Resetting To Factory Settings (Reset All Settings)

    Settings Resetting to Factory Settings You can reset the player to the default settings. Resetting the player does not delete the songs you have transferred to the player.  From the HOME menu, select  All Settings” “COMPLETE” appears and the player is reset to the default settings. ...
  • Page 51: Formatting Memory (Format)

    Settings Formatting Memory You can format the built-in flash memory of the player. If the memory is formatted, all shortcut icons and files will be erased and all setting values returned to their defaults. Be sure to verify the files stored in memory prior to formatting and export any necessary files to the hard disk of your computer or other device beforehand.
  • Page 52: Useful Facts

    Useful Facts About Battery Life By adjusting the settings or managing the power supply properly, it is possible to save battery power and use the player for a longer time. The following hints will yield a longer battery life. Turn off the player manually If you press and hold the ...
  • Page 53: What Are Format And Bit Rate

    Useful Facts What are Format and Bit Rate? What is audio format? Audio format refers to the method used when importing audio data from the Internet or audio CDs to a computer and saving it as an audio file. Common formats include MP3 and WMA, etc. MP3: MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer3) is a common audio compression technology developed by the MPEG working group of the ISO (International Organization for Standardization).
  • Page 54: Storing Data

    Useful Facts Storing Data You can store computer data into the built-in flash memory of the player by transferring the data from your computer in Windows Explorer. If the player is connected to the computer, the built-in flash memory appears in Windows Explorer as [WALKMAN].
  • Page 55: Upgrading The Player's Firmware

    Useful Facts Upgrading the Player’s Firmware You can update the player’s firmware, allowing you to add new features to the player by installing the latest player’s firmware to the player. For details about the latest firmware information and how to install it, visit the customer support web sites ( ...
  • Page 56: Troubleshooting

    Check the information about the issue in the Help of the software. Look for information about the issue on one of the customer support web sites (  page 73). If the approaches listed above fail to resolve the issue, consult your nearest Sony dealer. RESET button Continued ...
  • Page 57 Troubleshooting Operation Symptom There is no sound. Songs cannot be played. Noise is generated. Buttons do not work. Playback does not stop. It takes time to start up the player. Cause/Remedy  The volume level is set to zero.  Turn the volume up (  page 5). ...
  • Page 58 Troubleshooting Operation (continued) Symptom The transferred songs cannot be found. There is no sound from the right channel of the headphones. Or the right channel sound is heard from both sides of the headphones. Playback has stopped suddenly. The player cannot format.  The remaining battery power is low or insufficient. The player does not work.
  • Page 59 (  page 52).  The battery needs to be replaced.  Consult your nearest Sony dealer.  Copyright-protected contents are being played.  When copyright-protected contents are played, battery life may be shorter.
  • Page 60 Troubleshooting Recording Symptom The remaining recording time remains the same even though files are deleted. Cannot record. The combined total of the recorded time and the remaining time does not equal the maximum recording time. Recorded files cannot be deleted. The folder is not deleted even though recorded files have all been deleted.
  • Page 61 Troubleshooting Connection with the computer Symptom “CONNECTED USB” does not appear when the player is connected to the computer. Audio files cannot be transferred to the player from your computer. Only a small number of songs can be transferred to the player.
  • Page 62 Troubleshooting FM Tuner (NWZ-B142F/B143F only) Symptom You cannot hear the FM broadcast well. Reception is weak and sound quality is poor. The FM broadcast is affected by interference. Cause/Remedy  The receiving frequency is not fully tuned in.  Select the frequency manually to improve reception (  page 34).
  • Page 63 Troubleshooting Other Symptom There is no beep sound when the player is operated. The player gets warm. The date and time have been reset. All settings of the player have been reset. Cause/Remedy  “Beep” is set to “Beep OFF. ” ...
  • Page 64: Messages

    Troubleshooting Messages Follow the instructions below if a message appears in the display. Message AVLS (blinks) CANNOT EXECUTE CHARGING DRM ERROR EXPIRED FILE ERROR HOLD LOW BATTERY Meaning Remedy The volume level exceeds the Turn the volume down or rated value while disable “AVLS(Volume Limit)”...
  • Page 65 Troubleshooting Message MEMORY FULL NO DATA NO ITEM READ ONLY CONNECTED USB Meaning Remedy  There is not enough free  Connect the player to the space in the built-in flash memory.  You are trying to record an FM radio program (NWZ- B142F/B143F only) with the ...
  • Page 66: Additional Information

    If you have any questions about this product: Visit: www.sony.com/walkmansupport Contact: Sony Customer Information Service Center at 1-(866)-456-7669 Write: Sony Customer Information Service Center 12451 Gateway Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33913 Declaration of Conformity Trade Name: Model No.:...
  • Page 67 Notice for customers: the following information is only applicable to equipment sold in countries applying EU directives The manufacturer of this product is Sony Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. The Authorized Representative for EMC and product safety is Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Page 68  Do not touch the rechargeable battery with bare hands if it is leaking. Since battery liquid may remain in the player, consult your nearest Sony dealer if the battery has leaked. If the liquid gets into your eyes, do not rub your eyes as it may lead to blindness.
  • Page 69 Additional Information On installation  Do not put any heavy object on top of the player or apply a strong shock to the player. It may cause a player to malfunction or damage.  Never use the player where it will be subjected to extremes of light, temperature, moisture or vibration.
  • Page 70 Additional Information Note on static electricity In particularly dry air conditions, mild tingling may be felt on your ears. This is a result of static electricity accumulated in the body, and not a malfunction of the player. The effect can be minimized by wearing clothes made from natural materials.
  • Page 71  Be careful not to let water get into the player from the opening near the connector.  Clean the headphone plug periodically. If you have any questions or problems concerning the player, please consult your nearest Sony dealer. Continued ...
  • Page 72  In no event will SONY be liable for any financial damage, or loss of profits, including claims made by third parties, arising out of the use of the software supplied with this player.
  • Page 73  The recorded song is limited to private use only. Use of the song beyond this limit requires permission of the copyright holders.  Sony is not responsible for incomplete recording/downloading or damaged data due to problems of the player or computer.
  • Page 74: License And Trademark Notice

    Additional Information License and Trademark Notice  “WALKMAN” and “WALKMAN” logo are registered trademarks of Sony Corporation.  ZAPPIN and its logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation.  Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista and Windows Media are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
  • Page 75 ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE. Program ©2009 Sony Corporation Documentation ©2009 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 76: Specifications

    Additional Information Specifications Supported file format Music Audio Formats (Codec) Sampling frequency may not correspond to all encoders. Maximum recordable number of songs and time (Approx.) The approximate times are based on the case in which you transfer or record only 4 minutes songs in the MP3 format.
  • Page 77 Additional Information Maximum recordable time (Approx.) The times below are estimated for the case where only FM (NWZ-B142F/B143F only) or Voice audio files are stored. The time may differ, depending on the conditions under which the player is used. Codec* Voice Recording High Voice Recording Mid Voice Recording Low...
  • Page 78: Nwz-B142F/B143F Only

    Additional Information Power source  Built-in 170 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery  USB power (from a computer via a USB connector of the player) Charging time USB-based charging Approx. 70 minutes Battery life (continuous playback) Status of the player Playback at MP3 128 kbps Playback at WMA 128 kbps At receiving FM broadcasting (NWZ-B142F/B143F only)
  • Page 79 Additional Information Display 3-line LCD Dimension (w/h/d, projecting parts not included) 85.8 × 23.2 × 14.1 mm (3 Dimension (w/h/d) 86.0 × 23.6 × 14.5 mm (3 Mass Approx. 26 g (Approx. 1.0 oz) Supplied Items  Headphones (1)  Quick Start Guide (1) The following folders are stored in the [Storage Media] folder of the built-in flash memory of the player.
  • Page 80 Additional Information System Requirements (for the player)  Computer IBM PC/AT or compatible computer preinstalled with the following Windows operating systems* – Windows XP Home Edition (Service Pack 2 or later) – Windows XP Professional (Service Pack 2 or later)* –...
  • Page 81: Index

    Additional Information Index Symbols (Custom) ... 30 (Heavy) ... 30 (Jazz) ... 30 (Pop) ... 30 (Unique) ... 30 (Repeat all) ... 28 (Repeat 1 song) ... 28 (Repeat shuffle all) ... 28 (ZAPPIN playback) ... 8, 24 ADPCM ... 41, 77 Artist ...
  • Page 82 Additional Information Radio ... 33 Recharging ... 14 Recording ... 37, 41 REC/STOP button ...5, 37, 41 Remaining battery ... 8, 14 Repeat... 28 RESET (the player) ... 56 Reset All Settings ... 50 RESET button ... 7, 56 Scan Sensitivity ... 40 Search for songs ...

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