Sony Ericsson ICF-CD73W Owner’s manual
2008 Sony Corporation Printed in China
CD Portable Radio
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call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No. ICF-CD73W
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• To clean the casing, use a soft cloth dampened
with water, wipe it again with a dry cloth. Do
not use alcohol, benzine or thinner.
• Do not use soap or detergent; do not dry with
an electric hair dryer.
Note on condensation
If the player is brought directly from a cold to a
warm location, or is placed in a very damp room,
moisture may condense on the lens inside the CD
player section. Should this occur, the player will
not operate properly. In this case, remove the CD
and wait about an hour for the moisture to
Notes on CDs
• Before playing, clean the CD with a cleaning
cloth. Wipe the CD from the center out.
• If there is a scratch, dirt or fingerprints on the
CD, it may cause tracking error.
Cautions on Water-
This unit is designed so that it can be used with
slight exposure to rain, snow and other forms of
moisture, but there are several points on which
caution should be observed.
• Do not allow it to come in contact with large
amounts of water.
• Do not immerse it in water.
• Open or close the battery/CD compartment
with dry hands in a place without exposure to
• Do not touch the AC power adaptor with wet
hands, as there is a risk of electric shock.
• Use batteries for the unit when you use it in a
wet place, such as a bathroom. Do not use the
AC power adaptor, as there is a risk of electric
• The rubber parts attached to the lid of the
battery/CD compartment and the DC IN 6V
socket are necessary to keep the unit water
resistant. Do not damage them.
• Before replacing batteries, wipe all water
droplets from the unit. Then, open the lid on
the back of the unit.
• Any malfunction caused by water entering the
unit, consult the nearest Sony dealer.
• When the batteries (not supplied) become
weak, the sound becomes weak and distorted
and “E” flashes. Replace the batteries with
new ones. When the batteries are completely
exhausted, the unit and the timer will turn off
and “E” is displayed.
• When the batteries become weak while playing
a CD, “E” will flash in the display and CD
playback will stop. However, the radio will still
function after turning on the unit again until
the batteries are completely exhausted.
• Before replacing the batteries, make sure that
the unit is turned off.
• After replacing the batteries, press RADIO ON
BAND/CD u and “E” will disappear.
• Replace the batteries within 5 minutes.
Otherwise, the memories for the clock and the
preset stations will be erased and “AM 12:00”
will flash in the display.
• When operating the unit on batteries, remove
the AC power adaptor from the DC IN jack.
The unit cannot be operated on batteries when
the AC power adaptor is connected to the DC
• When you install/replace the batteries, do not
push hard on the unit as it may damage the
display panel or cause a malfunction.
Notes on batteries
• Do not charge dry batteries.
• Do not carry dry batteries together with coins
or other metallic objects. It can generate heat if
the positive and negative terminals of the
batteries accidentally come into contact with
• When 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
• When you replace the batteries, replace all with
Using the AC power
• When operating the unit with an external
power source, do not remove the batteries.
These batteries serve to backup the clock and
memory settings. Since the batteries discharge
in this case as well, we recommend changing
them about once a year.
• When you are not going to use the unit for a
long time, remove the batteries to avoid
damage from battery leakage. In that case,
current time and preset tuning settings will be
reset. Set them again when you next use the
• Before connecting and disconnecting the
external power source plug, be sure to turn off
the radio/CD. Otherwise, “E” may be
displayed. When this occurs, turn on the
radio/CD so that “E” disappears.
• When the AC power adaptor (not supplied) is
not to be used for a long period of time, unplug
it both from the DC IN 6 V jack and from the
• Use only the recommended AC power adaptor.
Using any other AC power adaptor may cause
damage to the unit.
• When the cover of the DC IN 6 V jack is open
(to use the AC power adaptor), the jack area is
not water-resistant. When the AC power
adaptor is not connected to the DC IN 6 V jack,
be sure to close the cover of the DC IN 6 V jack.
• For details of the AC power adaptor (not
supplied), see “Specifications.”
Polarity of the plug
If you have any questions or problems
concerning your unit, please consult your
nearest Sony dealer.
Should any problem occur with the unit, do the
following checks to determine whether or not
servicing is required. If the problem persists,
consult the nearest Sony dealer.
The CD player does not operate.
• Did you close the CD compartment lid?
• Did you place the disc correctly?
The disc should be placed with the labeled
• Dusty or defective disc—Clean the disc with an
optional cleaning cloth. Wipe the disc from the
center out (see “Notes on CDs”).
• Take out the CD and leave the CD compart-
ment open for about an hour to get rid of
moisture condensation (see “Note on
Sporadic loss of sound in CD operation.
• Dusty or defective disc—Clean or replace the
• Volume too high—Reduce the volume.
• Strong vibration.
CD player section
System: Compact disc digital audio system
Laser diode properties: Material: GaAlAs
Wavelength: 780 nm
Emission duration: Continuous
Laser output: Less than 44.6 µW
(This output is the value measured at a
distance of about 200 mm from the objective
lens surface on the optical pick-up block with
7 mm aperture.)
Frequency response: 20 – 20 000 Hz
Wow and flutter: Below measurable limit
1 – 7 ch
87.5 – 108 MHz
530 – 1 710 kHz
Time display: 12-hour system
Speaker: 50 mm (2 inches) dia, 6
400 mW + 400 mW (at 10% harmonic
6 V DC, four Size C (R14) batteries
External power source: DC IN 6 V
Ч 248 Ч 84 mm (w/h/d)
projecting parts and controls
Mass: Approx. 1 350 g (2 lb 16 oz) incl. batteries
Suction cup (1), Strap (1)
AC power adaptor AC-E60HG
The voltage of power supply is different
depending on the country/region. Please buy
an AC power adaptor in the country/region
where the unit to be used.
Your dealer may not handle the above listed
accessory. Please ask the dealer for detailed
Design and specifications are subject to change
Installing the Batteries (See
Press the buckle of the battery compartment lid
inward and pull upward to open the lid.
Install four Size C (R14) batteries (not supplied)
with the correct polarity and close the lid.
“AM12:00” flashes in the display when you
install batteries for the first time. To stop the
display from flashing, set the clock (see “Setting
Battery Life (Approx. hours)
Size C (LR 14)
Sony Size C
Measured by JEITA (Japan Electronics and
Information Technology Industries Associa-
tion) standards. The actual battery life may
vary depending on the circumstance of the
House Current (See Fig. B)
Make sure the unit is turned off before using
Connect the Sony AC power adaptor (not
supplied) to the DC IN 6 V jack firmly, and plug
it into a wall outlet.
When the AC power adaptor is not connected to
the DC IN 6 V jack, be sure to close the cover of
the DC IN 6 V jack.
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate
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
—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.
If you have any questions about this product,
you may call;
Sony Customer Information Service Center
Declaration of Conformity
Sony Electronics Inc.
16530 Via Esprillo, San
Diego, CA 92127 USA
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. Operation is subject to the following
two conditions: (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
The use of optical instruments with this
product will increase eye hazard.
Before You Begin
Thank you for choosing the Sony CD Portable
Radio! It will give you many hours of reliable
service and listening pleasure.
Before operating the unit, please read these
instructions thoroughly and retain them for
• Built-in CD player with CD-R/RW playback
• WEATHER/FM/AM PLL (Phase Locked
Loop) synthesized tuner with 20 station
• Water resistant; you can enjoy music in your
bathroom or kitchen.
• Easy-to-use shuttle dial for tuning and time
• Easy-to-set countdown timer for cooking, etc.
• Product can be hung with the supplied
hanging strap, or placed on a tabletop.
Note on AM Channel Step
The AM channel step differs depending on area.
See “Changing AM Channel Step”.
• Operate the unit only on 6 V DC. For battery
operation, use 4 Size C (R14) batteries. For AC
operation, use only the recommended AC
• The unit is not disconnected from the AC
power source (mains) as long as it is connected
to a wall outlet, even if the unit itself has been
• The nameplate indicating operating voltage,
etc. is located on the bottom exterior.
• Avoid exposure to temperature extremes,
direct sunlight, moisture, sand, dust or
mechanical shock. Never leave in a car parked
under the sun.
• In vehicles or buildings, radio reception may
be difficult or subject to interference. Try
listening near a window.
• Since a strong magnet is used for the speaker,
keep away personal credit cards using
magnetic coding or spring-wound watches
from the unit to prevent possible damage from
AC power adaptor
Using the FM wire
antenna (See Fig. C)
Taking out the FM wire antenna
Hook your finger around the FM wire antenna and
pull out the end of the antenna from the slot 1.
Open the buckle and unwrap the FM wire antenna
completely, then close the buckle.
Storing the FM wire antenna
When the FM wire antenna is not in use, store the
antenna as follows:
Open the buckle and wrap the FM wire antenna
completely around the buckle, then close the
buckle. Insert the end of the wire antenna into the
slot 1. Pinch the antenna wires wrapped around
the buckle and push them into the slit 2.
When you close the buckle, make sure the antenna
is stored correctly. You may damage the antenna if
you close the buckle forcefully.
Tying the FM wire antenna (See
Tie the FM wire antenna to the supplied suction
cup and attach the cup to the wall.
Using the Strap (See
Use the strap as shown in the illustration.
• The strap is only for hanging the unit, do not use
the strap to carry it.
• Do not hang the unit from where it can easily
To a wall outlet
FM wire antenna
DC IN 6 V jack