Notes on discs
If you use the discs explained below, the sticky
residue can cause the CD to stop spinning and
• If your car was parked in direct sunlight
may cause malfunction or ruin your discs.
resulting in a considerable rise in temperature
inside the car, allow the unit to cool off before
Do not use second-hand or rental CDs that have
a sticky residue on the surface (for example from
• If no power is being supplied to the unit,
peeled-off stickers or from ink, or glue leaking
check the connections first. If everything is in
from under the stickers).
order, check the fuse.
• If no sound comes from the speakers of a two-
There are paste residue
speaker system, set the fader control to the
Ink is sticky
•If your car is equipped with a power antenna,
Do not use rental CDs with old labels that are
it will extend automatically while the unit is
beginning to peel off.
Stickers that are beginning to
If you have any questions or problems
peel away, leaving a sticky
concerning your unit that are not covered in this
manual, please consult your nearest Sony dealer.
Do not use your CDs with labels or stickers
Notes on handling CDs
A dirty or defective disc may cause sound
Labels are attached
dropouts while playing. To enjoy optimum
sound, handle the disc by its edge. To keep the
disc clean, do not touch the surface.
Notes on moisture condensation
On a rainy day or in a very damp area, moisture
may condense on the lenses inside the CD
player. Should this occur, the unit will not
Do not stick paper or tape on the labeled surface.
operate properly. In this case, remove the disc
and wait for about an hour until the moisture
When you play 8 cm (3 in.) CDs
Use the optional Sony compact disc single
adapter (CSA-8) to protect the CD player from
Do not expose the discs to direct sunlight or heat
sources such as hot air-ducts, or leave them in a
car parked in direct sunlight where there can be
a considerable rise in temperature inside the car.
When replacing the fuse, be sure to use one
matching the amperage rating stated on the
original fuse. If the fuse blows, check the power
connection and replace the fuse. If the fuse
Before playing, clean the discs with an optional
blows again after replacement, there may be an
cleaning cloth. Wipe each disc from the center
internal malfunction. In such a case, consult
your nearest Sony dealer.
Do not use solvents such as benzine, thinner,
commercially available cleaners, or antistatic
spray intended for analog discs.
Fuse (10 A)
Never use a fuse with an amperage rating
exceeding the one supplied with the unit as this
could damage the unit.
Insert a flathead screwdriver between the
Dismounting the unit
bracket and mounting spring. Gently pry
the spring toward the unit while pulling
the unit out a little. Repeat on the
Insert the supplied tool between the unit
opposite side and remove the unit.
and the frame, and rotate 90° to release
the hidden mounting spring. Repeat on
the opposite side and remove the frame.
10 mm (
4 mm (
AUDIO POWER SPECIFICATIONS
POWER OUTPUT AND TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION
18 watts per channel minimum continuous average power into
4 ohms, 4 channels driven from 20 Hz to 20 kHz with no more than
1 % total harmonic distortion.
CD player section
Compact disc digital audio
Power amplifier control
Power antenna relay control
10 – 20,000 Hz
Bass ±8 dB at 100 Hz
Wow and flutter
Below measurable limit
Treble ±8 dB at 10 kHz
Laser Diode Properties
12 V DC car battery
GaAs + GaAlAs
785 ~ 815 nm (Typ.800 nm)
Approx. 178 50 178 mm
Laser output power
Less than 0.5 mW*
Approx. 182 53
* This output is the value measured at a distance of
0.7 mm from the objective lens surface on the
Optical Pick-up Block.
Approx. 1.2 kg (2 lb. 10 oz.)
Parts for installation and
connections (1 set)
Compact disc single adapter
87.5 – 107.9 MHz
External antenna connector
Design and specifications are subject to change
75 dB at 400 kHz
65 dB (stereo),
68 dB (mono)
Harmonic distortion at 1 kHz
0.7 % (stereo),
0.5 % (mono)
35 dB at 1 kHz
30 – 15,000 Hz
530 – 1,710 kHz
External antenna connector
10.7 MHz/450 kHz
Power amplifier section
(sure seal connectors)
4 – 8 ohms
Maximum power output 45 W
4 (at 4 ohms)
Resetting the unit
Before operating the unit for the first time or
after replacing the car battery, you must reset
Press the reset button with a pointed object, such
as a ball-point pen.
• Pressing the reset button will erase the clock
setting and some memorized program and
• When you connect the power supply cord to the
unit or reset the unit, wait for about 10 seconds
before you insert a disc. If you insert a disc within
these 10 seconds, the unit will not be reset, and
you will have to press the reset button again.
The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom of the unit.
Record the serial number in the space provided below.
Refer to these numbers whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this
Model No. CDX-1200 Serial No.
For installation and connections, see the supplied installation/connections
Printed in Japan
This equipment has been tested and found to
Thank you for purchasing the Sony Compact
comply with the limits for a Class B digital
Disc Player. This unit lets you enjoy a variety of
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed 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
accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference
will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference to
radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following
— Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
— Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
— Connect the equipment into an outlet on a
circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
— Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/
TV technician for help.
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate
The use of optical instruments with this product
will increase eye hazard.