SONY ICF-C390, ICF-C390L - FM/AM Clock Radio Manual

SONY ICF-C390, ICF-C390L - FM/AM Clock Radio Manual

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SONY ICF-C390, ICF-C390L - FM/AM Clock Radio Manual


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To prevent fire of shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture.
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To avoid electrical shock, do not open the cabinet. Refer servicing to qualified personnel only.

Before You Begin

These instructions cover two models: the ICF-C390 and ICF-C390L.
The band for each model and the area where the model is available are shown below.

North America ICF-C390 FM/AM
France ICF-C390L FM/LW
Other countries


Features - Device Overview

  • Dual alarm
  • Date display
  • Forward/reverse time setting
  • Full power backup to keep the clock and thealarm (radio and buzzer) operating during a power interruption with a 6F22 battery (not supplied) installed. (For models other than the North American model, the power backup is only for the clock.)

Installing the Battery

To keep good time, your Dream Machine needs one 6F22 battery (not supplied), in addition to house current. The battery keeps the clock operating in the event of a power interruption. Before setting the time on your Dream Machine, open the lid at the bottom of the unit, install the battery with correct polarity and then close the lid.

  • After a power interruption, the displayed time may not be always correct (It may gain or lose about 10 minutes per hour).

Knowing When To Replace the Battery

To check battery power, unplug the power cord from the wall outlet and plug it in again after a few minutes. If the displayed time is incorrect, replace the battery with a new one.

Setting the Clock and the Date

Setting the Clock

  1. Plug in the unit. The display will flash "AM 12:00" or "0:00".
  2. While holding down CLOCK, press either + or – under TIME SET till the correct time appears in the display.
    When you release CLOCK, the clock begins to operate.
  • The clock system varies depending on the model you own.
    12-hour system: "AM 12:00" = midnight
    24-hour system: "0:00" = midnight
  • To set the current time rapidly, keep pressing the + or – button while holding down CLOCK.

Setting the Date

  1. While holding down SNOOZE/DATE/ SLEEP OFF, press either + or – under TIME SET till the correct date appears in the display. Then, release SNOOZE/ DATE/SLEEP OFF.
  • To display the date, press SNOOZE/DATE/SLEEP OFF. The display returns to the current time when you release SNOOZE/DATE/SLEEP OFF. When SNOOZE/DATE/SLEEP OFF is pressed while the SNOOZE function is operating, the year and date will not appear in the display.

Operating the Radio

  1. Press RADIO ON/SLEEP to turn on the radio and adjust VOL (volume).
  2. Select FM, AM(MW), or LW and tune in a station using the TUNING dial.
  • To turn off the radio, press RADIO OFF/ALARM RESET/OFF.
  • To improve radio reception FM: Extend the FM wire antenna fully to improve FM reception. AM(MW)/LW: Rotate the unit horizontally for optimum reception. A ferrite bar antenna is built into the unit.

Setting the Alarm

To set the radio alarm, first tune in a station and adjust the volume.

  1. While holding down ALARM A RADIO (for the radio) or B BUZZER (for the buzzer), press either + or – under TIME SET till the desired time appears in the display. When you release ALARM A or B, the ALARM A or B indicator stops flashing and lights up, and the current time appears in the display. The alarm will come on at the preset time and automatically turn itself off after 59 minutes.
  • If you set ALARM A and ALARM B at the same desired time, only ALARM A will work.
  • To shut off the alarm, press RADIO OFF/ALARM RESET/OFF. The alarm will come on at the preset time the next day.
  • To cancel either alarm, while holding down the ALARM A or B button, press RADIO OFF/ALARM RESET/OFF.
  • To doze for a few more minutes, press SNOOZE/ DATE/SLEEP OFF. The alarm will shut off, but will come on again after about 6 minutes. You can repeat this process as many times as you like.
  • To adjust the radio alarm volume, turn the VOL.
  • To check the preset time, press ALARM A or B.

Setting the Sleep Timer

Enjoy falling asleep to the radio using the built-in sleep timer that shuts off the radio automatically at a preset time.

  1. Press RADIO ON/SLEEP. The radio turns on. It will go off after the preset time has passed. You can set the sleep timer of 90, 60, 45, 30 or 15 minutes. Every push changes the display as follows.
    Setting the Sleep Timer - Diagram

The radio will play for the time you set, then shut off.

  • To turn off the radio before the preset time, press SNOOZE/DATE/SLEEP OFF.


  • Operate the unit on the power sources specified in "Specifications".
  • The nameplate indicating operating voltage, etc. is located at the bottom of the unit.
  • To disconnect the power cord (mains lead), pull it out by the plug, not the cord.
  • The unit is not disconnected from AC power source (mains) as long as it is connected to the wall outlet even if the unit itself is turned off.
  • Do not place the unit on surfaces (rugs, blankets, etc.) or near materials (curtains, draperies) that block the ventilation holes.
  • Should anything fall into the unit, unplug the unit and have it checked by qualified personnel before operating it further.
  • To clean the casing, use a soft cloth dampened with a mild detergent solution.

Battery Warning

When the unit will be left unplugged for a long time, remove the battery to avoid undue battery discharge and damage to the unit from battery leakage.

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


Time display:
North America, UK and Australia: 12-hour system
Other countries: 24-hour system

Frequency range:

Band ICF-C390 ICF-C390L
North America FM 87.5-108 MHz
AM 530-1,605 kHz
Italy FM 87.5-108 MHz
AM 526.5-1,606.5 kHz
France FM 87.5-108 MHz
LW 153-255 kHz
Other countries FM 87.5-108 MHz 87.5-108 MHz
AM(MW) 530-1,605 kHz 530-1,605 kHz
LW 153-255 kHz

Speaker: Approx. 6.6 cm (2 5/8 inches) dia. 8 Ohms
Power output: 100 mW (at 10% harmonic distortion)
Power requirements:
North America: 120 V AC, 60 Hz
Other countries: 220-230 V AC, 50 Hz
For power backup: 9V DC, one 6F22 battery
Battery life: Approx. 35 hours using the S-006P (U) battery
Dimensions: Approx.220 x 47.5 x 153 mm
(w/h/d) (8 3/4 × 1 7/8 × 6 1/8 inches) incl. projecting parts and controls
Mass: UK model: Approx. g10 g (1 lb 6 oz) not incl. battery
Other models: Approx. 540 g (1 lb 3 oz) not incl. battery

Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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