SONY RDP-M5iP - Personal Audio Docking System Reference Guide

SONY RDP-M5iP - Personal Audio Docking System Reference Guide

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SONY RDP-M5iP - Personal Audio Docking System Reference Guide


shock hazardTo reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.

To reduce the risk of fire, do not cover the ventilation of the apparatus with newspapers, tablecloths, curtains, etc. And do not place lighted candles on the apparatus.
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.
Do not install the appliance in a confined space, such as a bookcase or built-in cabinet. Do not expose the batteries (battery pack or batteries installed) to excessive heat such as sunshine, fire or the like for a long time.
As the main plug of AC adaptor is used to disconnect the AC adaptor from the mains, connect it to an easily accessible AC outlet. Should you notice an abnormality in it, disconnect it 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.
The nameplate and important information concerning safety are located on the bottom exterior of the main unit and on the surface of the AC adaptor.
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authority to operate this equipment.

Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same type.

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the 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 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 measures:

  • 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.

  • Replace the battery for the remote commander with a Sony CR2025 lithium battery only. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.
  • Battery may explode if mistreated. Do not recharge, disassemble or dispose of in fire.
  • Dispose of used battery promptly. Keep away from children.

Important Safety Instructions

  1. Read these instructions.
  2. Keep these instructions.
  3. Heed all warnings.
  4. Follow all instructions.
  5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
  6. Clean only with dry cloth.
  7. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
  8. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
  9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
  10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
  11. Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
  12. Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.

  13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
  14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.


  • To disconnect the AC adaptor, pull it out by the plug, not the cord.
  • Since a strong magnet is used for the speaker, keep credit cards using magnetic coding or spring-wound watches, CRT-based TVs, or projectors, etc., away from the unit to prevent possible damage from the magnet.
  • Do not leave the unit in a location near a heat source such as a radiator or airduct, or in a place subject to direct sunlight, excessive dust, mechanical vibration, or shock.
  • Allow adequate air circulation to prevent internal heat build-up. Do not place the unit on a surface (a rug, a blanket, etc.) or near materials (a curtain) which might block the ventilation holes.
  • Should any solid object or liquid fall into the unit, unplug the unit and have it checked by qualified personnel before operating it any further.
  • Do not handle the unit with wet hands.
  • Do not place the unit anywhere near water.


  • Wipe the battery with a dry cloth to assure a good contact.
  • Be sure to observe the correct polarity when installing the battery.
  • Do not hold the battery with metallic tweezers, otherwise a short-circuit may occur.


  • In this Reference Guide, "iPod" is used as a general reference to functions on an iPod or iPhone, unless otherwise specified by the text or illustrations.

If you have any questions or problems concerning your unit, please consult your nearest Sony dealer.


Power source

You can use this unit by using house current or installing batteries.

Power management system
After playback of the iPod (or component connected to AUDIO INjack) has finished, if no operation is performed for about 20 minutes, the unit will automatically turn off.

To use house current
Connect the supplied AC adaptor to the DC IN 6Vjack on the back of this unit firmly, and plug it into a wall outlet.

Notes on the AC adaptor

  • When operating the unit by the internal batteries, remove the AC adaptor from the wall outlet and the DC IN 6Vjack. Make sure that the plug of the external power source is disconnected before operating the unit.
  • Use the supplied Sony AC adaptor only. The polarity of the plugs of other manufacturers may be different. Failure to use the supplied AC adaptor may cause the unit to malfunction.

To install batteries
Insert four AAA/LR03 alkaline batteries, or four NH-AAA rechargeable batteries (not supplied).

Battery Life (JEITA*)
Battery type Usage time
Sony AAA/LR03 alkaline Approx.
battery 10 hours*
Sony NH-AAA rechargeable Approx.
battery 8 hours*

* Measured by JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association) standards. The actual battery life may vary depending on the circumstance of the unit.

When to replace the batteries
When the batteries are weak, the OPR/BATT indicator will become faint, and the sound may be distorted.

Notes on batteries

  • Manganese batteries cannot be used.
  • The unit cannot recharge any batteries.
  • Do not carry batteries with coins or other metallic objects. It can generate heat if the positive and negative terminals of the batteries are accidentally contacted by a metallic object.
  • Be sure to observe the correct polarity when installing the battery.
  • If you are not going to use the unit for a long time, remove the batteries to avoid damage from battery leakage and corrosion.
  • Do not use different types of batteries at the same time.
  • When you replace the batteries, replace them all with new ones.
  • Battery performance depends on manufacturer and type, and battery life may be shorter, especially when used in low temperature.

To charge your iPod (AC only)
You can use the unit as a battery charger for your iPod when the power is supplied by the AC adaptor.
Charging begins when the iPod is connected to the unit. The charging status appears in the display on iPod. For details, see the user's guide of your iPod.

To turn the unit on/off
Press (power).
The OPR/BATTindicator will light up when the unit is turned on.

Remote commander

Before using the supplied remote commander for the first time, remove the insulation film.
Aim the remote commander at the (Remote sensor) of the unit.
Remote commander

VOL + and buttons have a tactile dot.

Turns the unit on/off. The OPR/BATTindicator lights up when the unit is turned on.


  • Start playing iPod. Press again to pause/resume playback.
  • Press and hold to turn off the iPod.


  • Go to the next track.
  • Press and hold while listening to the sound to locate a desired point.
  • Press and hold in pause while observing the display on iPod to locate a desired point.


  • Go back to the previous track. During playback, this operation returns to the beginning of the current track. To go back to the previous track, press twice.
  • Press and hold while listening to the sound to locate a desired point.
  • Press and hold in pause while observing the display on iPod to locate a desired point.

(Up)/ (Down)
Select a menu item or track for playback.


  • Go back to the previous menu.
  • Press and hold to go back to the main menu.

Execute the selected menu item or begin playback.

VOL +/− (Volume plus/minus)
Adjust the volume.

* When using batteries, press the button on the unit. The button of the remote commander works only when the AC adaptor is used.

When to replace the battery
With normal use, the battery (CR2025) should last for about 6 months. When the remote commander no longer operates the unit, replace the battery with a new one.
When to replace the battery


  • If you are not going to use the remote commander for a long time, remove the battery to avoid any damage that may be caused by leakage and corrosion.

Playing an iPod

Compatible iPod/iPhone models
The compatible iPod/iPhone models are as follows.
Update software of your iPod/iPhone to the latest version before using it with this unit.

iPod touch (4th generation)
iPod touch (3rd generation)
iPod touch (2nd generation)
iPod touch (1st generation)
iPod nano (6th generation)*
iPod nano(5th generation)
iPod nano (4th generation)
iPod nano (3rd generation)
iPod nano (2nd generation)
iPod with video
iPod classic
iPhone 4S
iPhone 4
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3G

  • *The universal dock adapter for iPod nano (6th generation) is not supplied with the unit (as of March, 2011).
    The iPod nano (6th generation) can be used with the unit without the universal dock adapter.
  • When inserting an iPod into the unit, be sure to use the universal dock adapter supplied with your iPod, or one commercially available from Apple Inc.
    The iPod nano (6th generation) cannot be controlled by the remote when the command of "MENU," "" "," and "ENTER" is pressed.

On copyrights
iPhone, iPod, iPod classic, iPod nano, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
"Made for iPod," and "Made for iPhone" mean that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPod or iPhone, respectively, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards. Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with safety and regulatory standards. Please note that the use of this accessory with iPod or iPhone may affect wireless performance.

Universal Dock Adapter
When setting an iPod in the unit, use the supplied universal dock adapter with your iPod or commercially available products from Apple Inc. If you are using an iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G or iPhone, attach the supplied universal dock adapter , , or . The respective adapter number is located on the underside of each adapter.

Supplied Universal Dock Adapter

iPhone iPhone 3GS/ iPhone 3G iPhone 4S/ iPhone 4


  1. Attach the adapter for your iPod.
  2. Set your iPod in the Docking Tray.
  3. Press .
    When using batteries, press on the unit, then press .
    The iPod begins to play back.
    You can operate the connected iPod via this unit or the iPod itself.


  • Remove the case or cover from your iPod before setting it in the Docking Tray to ensure a stable connection.
  • When placing or removing the iPod, hold the iPod at the same angle as that of the connector on this unit, and do not twist or bend the iPod as it may result in connector damage.
  • Do not carry the unit with an iPod set on the Docking Tray. Doing so may cause a malfunction.
  • When placing or removing the iPod, hold the Docking Tray securely.
  • Before disconnecting the iPod, pause playback.
  • If the battery of your iPod is extremely low, charge it for a while before operation.
  • An iPod touch/iPhone will not work unless it is turned on. Be sure to turn on the power of the iPod touch/iPhone before operation.
  • Sony cannot accept responsibility in the event that data recorded to an iPod is lost or damaged when using an iPod connected to this unit.
  • For details of environmental conditions for operating your iPod, check the website of Apple Inc.

To adjust the volume
Press VOLUME +/− (VOL +/− on the remote commander).


  • The OPR/BATTindicator flashes three times when the sound is set to either maximum or minimum volume.

Connecting optional components

You can enjoy the sound from an optional component, such as a portable digital music player, through the speakers of this unit. Be sure to turn off the power of each component before making any connections.

  1. Firmly connect the line output jack of a portable digital music player (or other component) to the AUDIO INjack on the back of the unit, using a suitable audio connecting cable (not supplied).
  2. Press to turn on the unit.
  3. Turn the connected component on.
  4. Play the connected component.
    The sound from the connected component is output from the speakers of this unit.


  • The audio connecting cable required depends on the external equipment. Make sure the cable is correct for the external equipment to be connected.
  • If the volume level is low, adjust the volume of the unit first. If the volume is still too low, adjust the volume of the connected equipment.
  • When playing an external component connected to the AUDIO INjack, stop playback of an iPod.
  • Disconnect the audio connecting cable when audio-in is not in use.\



The power is not on

  • Make sure the AC adaptor is connected to the wall outlet firmly.
  • Make sure the batteries are inserted correctly.
  • Replace all the batteries with new ones if they are weak. There is no audio.
  • Adjust VOLUME +/− (VOL +/−on the remote commander).

Noise is heard

  • Ensure that the unit is not in the vicinity of in-use portable phones, etc.

The two different music sources will be mixed together during playback.

  • Disconnect the iPod or external component. The OPR/BATT indicator flashes.
  • The OPR/BATTindicator flashes when the remote commander's command is received, or when the batteries are weak. In this case it does not mean any error or fault.


There is no audio

  • Make sure the iPod is connected firmly.

Operation is not performed

  • Make sure the iPod is connected firmly.

The iPod does not charge

  • Make sure the iPod is connected firmly.
  • Make sure the AC adaptor is connected firmly.


There is no audio

  • Make sure the audio connecting cable is connected firmly.

The sound is low.

  • Confirm the volume of the connected external component.

Remote commander
The remote commander does not function.

  • Replace the battery in the remote commander with a new one if it is weak.
  • Make sure that you are pointing the remote commander at the remote sensor on the unit.
  • Remove any obstacles in the path of the remote commander and the unit.
  • Make sure the remote sensor is not exposed to strong light such as direct sunlight or fluorescent lamp light.
  • Move closer to the unit when using the remote commander.

If the problem persists, consult your nearest Sony dealer.


Section for iPod
DC out: 5 V
MAX: 1 A

Approx. 5.0 cm (2 inches) dia. 6 Ω
AUDIO IN jack (ø 3.5 mm stereo minijack)
Power output
2 W + 2 W (at 10% harmonic distortion)
Power requirements
Approx. 226 mm × 165 mm × 164 mm (w/h/d) (8 7/8inches × 6 1/2inches × 6 1/2inches)
Approx. 1.1 kg (2 lb 7 oz) (not including batteries)
Supplied accessories
Remote commander (1)
AC adaptor (1)
Universal Dock Adapter for iPhone (1)
Universal Dock Adapter for iPhone 3GS/ iPhone 3G (1)
Universal Dock Adapter for iPhone 4S/ iPhone 4 (1)

Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

©2011 Sony Corporation

Documents / Resources

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