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3-046-170-21 (1)

Owners Record
The model number and the serial number are located on the bottom. Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to them whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. ICF-CD823 Serial No.


Operate the unit on the power source specified in the Specifications. The nameplate indicating operating voltage, etc. is located on the bottom of the unit. To disconnect the power cord (mains lead), pull it out by the plug, not the cord. 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 a qualified personnel before operating it any further. When the casing becomes soiled, clean it with a soft cloth dampened with mild detergent solution. Never use abrasive cleansers or chemical solvents, as they may mar the casing. If you have any questions or problems concerning your unit, please consult your nearest Sony dealer.


For your protection, please read these safety instructions completely before operating the appliance, and keep this manual for future reference. Carefully observe all warnings, precautions and instructions on the appliance and described in the operating instructions supplied with the appliance by Sony.


Water and Moisture
Do not install the appliance near water: for example, near a bathtub, washbowl, kitchen sink, laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool.

FM/AM CD Clock Radio

Operating Instructions


To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture.
Do not install the appliance near sources of heat such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other appliances that produce heat.


Slots and openings in the cabinet and in the back or bottom are provided for necessary ventilation. To ensure reliable and safe operation of the appliance, and to protect it from overheating, these slots and openings must never be blocked or covered. Do not place the appliance on a bed, sofa, rug or other similar surface which may block the slots and openings. Do not install the appliance in a confined space, such as a bookcase or built-in cabinet, unless proper ventilation is provided.

Carts and Stands

This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage within the products enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons. This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance. The graphical symbols are on the bottom of the enclosure. Should any problem occur with the unit, make the following checks to determine whether or not servicing is required. If the problem persists, consult the nearest Sony dealer. The clock does not show the correct time. Has an electrical power outage lasting more than one minute occurred? The CD, radio or buzzer alarm does not sound at the preset alarm time. Is the alarm setting dial set to the desired ALARM MODE? The radio alarm is activated but no sound comes on at the preset alarm time. Has a station been preset onto preset button 1? Has VOLUME been adjusted ? The CD player does not operate. Did you close the CD lid? Did you place the disc correctly? The disc should be placed with the labeled side up. Dusty or defective discClean the disc with an optional cleaning cloth. Wipe the disc from the center out. Take out the CD and leave the CD compartment open for about an hour to get rid of moisture condensation. Sporadic loss of sound in CD operation. Dusty or defective discClean or replace the disc. Volume too highReduce the volume. Strong vibration. No sound comes from the speakers. Hasn't the alarm setting dial been remained setting to ALARM TIME SET?

Do not install the appliance on an unstable table, shelf, cart or stand. Use only a cart or stand recommended by Sony. An appliance and cart combination should be moved with care. Quick stops, excessive force, and uneven surfaces may cause the appliance and cart combination to overturn.

Wall or Ceiling Mounting

If your appliance can be mounted to a wall or ceiling, mount it only as recommended by Sony.

Power Source

Connect the appliance to a power supply only of the type described in the operating instructions or as marked on the appliance.
Grounding or Polarization
Do not defeat the grounding or polarization feature of the AC power cord. If your AC receptacle will not accept the power cord plug, contact your electrician to install a proper AC receptacle.


Dream Machine is a trademark of Sony Corporation. 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. You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authority to operate this equipment. CAUTION The use of optical instruments with this product will increase eye hazard.

AC Receptacle

Check to make sure that the AC receptacle holds the power cord plug firmly and securely. If the power cord plug is loose, contact your electrician to replace the defective and unsafe AC receptacle.

Power-Cord Protection

Route the power cord so that it is not likely to be walked on or pinched by having objects placed on it, paying particular attention to the plugs, receptacles, and the point where the cord exits from the appliance.


Sony Corporation 2000

Printed in Malaysia

When not in use
Unplug the power cord of the appliance from the outlet when left unused for a long period of time. To disconnect the cord, pull it out by grasping the plug. Never pull the plug out by the cord.

Foreign Objects

Be careful that foreign objects and liquids do not enter the enclosure through openings.


Clean the appliance only as recommended by Sony.


Outdoor Antenna Grounding
If an outdoor antenna or cable system is installed, follow the precautions below. An outdoor antenna system should not be located in the vicinity of overhead power lines or other electric light or power circuits, or where it can come in contact with such power lines or circuits. WHEN INSTALLING AN OUTDOOR ANTENNA SYSTEM, EXTREME CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN TO KEEP FROM CONTACTING SUCH POWER LINES OR CIRCUITS AS CONTACT WITH THEM IS ALMOST INVARIABLY FATAL. Be sure the antenna system is grounded so as to provide some protection against voltage surges and built-up static charges. Section 810 of the National Electrical Code provides information with respect to proper grounding of the mast and supporting structure, grounding of the lead-in wire to an antenna discharge unit, size of grounding conductors, location of antenna-discharge unit, connection to grounding electrodes, and requirements for the grounding electrode.


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 W (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 7mm aperture.) +1 Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz 1.5 dB Wow and flutter: Below measurable limit

Before You Begin

Thank you for choosing the Sony CD clock 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 future reference.

Radio section

Frequency range: FM: 87.5-108 MHz AM: 530-1,710 kHz Channel step: FM: 0.1 MHz (fixed) AM: 10 kHz (fixed)
Antenna Grounding According to the National Electrical Code
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Built-in CD Player with Shuffle/Repeat function. You can wake up to any track of a CD. PLL (Phase Locked Loop) Synthesized Tuner with 5 random memory presets for easy one button tuning. Dual alarm. Alarm setting dialeasy to set alarm time and modes. Extendable snoozesnooze time can be extended from 8 to 60 minutes in maximum every time you use. Summer time (daylight saving time) calculation.

Antenna Lead-in Wire

Time display: 12-hour system Speaker: 77 mm (3 1/8 inches) dia., 8 Power outputs: 1.2W + 1.2W (at 10% harmonic distortion) Power requirements: 120 V AC, 60 Hz Dimensions: Approx. 207 mm(w/h/d) (Approx. 9 7/1/1/4 inches) incl. projecting parts and controls Mass: Approx. 1,700 g (3 lb 12 oz) Design and specifications are subject to change without notice. Ground Clamps Antenna Discharge Unit (NEC* Section 810-20) Grounding Conductors (NEC* Section 810-21) Ground Clamps Power Service Grounding Electrode System (NEC* Art 250 Part H)
Electric Service Equipment
NEC National Electrical Code


Unplug the appliance from the wall outlet and consult qualified service personnel when: -the power cord or the plug has been damaged. -a solid object or liquid has fallen into the cabinet. -the appliance has been exposed to rain or moisture. -the appliance does not appear to operate normally or exhibits a marked change in performance. -the appliance has been dropped, or the enclosure damaged. Do not attempt to service the appliance beyond that described in the operating instructions. For all other servicing refer to qualified service personnel only.

To handle compact discs

Setting the Clock and Date
1 Set the alarm setting dial to ALARM


Correct Handle the disc by its edge.

To Set the Wake Up Track

1 Press WAKE UP TRACK for a few
The display shows the frequency for a few seconds and then changes back to the current time. For the radio alarm, preset the station to be used as the alarm onto preset button 1. Do not touch the surface.
seconds until you hear a beep.
The track number flashes on the display.
2 Plug in the clock radio.
The display will flash AM 12:00.
2 Press TUNING + or to select the

desired track number.

The track number can be set up to 99.


3 Press CLOCK for a few seconds.
You will hear a beep and the year will start to flash in the display.
To change a preset station
Tune in manually to the station you want to store and hold down the preset button until you hear two short beeps. The previously stored station will be replaced by the new one.
3 Press WAKE UP TRACK again.
Two short beeps sound to confirm the setting.
4 Press CLOCK + or until the correct
year appears in the display.
5 Press CLOCK once. 6 Repeat steps 4 and 5 to set the month,

day, hour, and minute.

After setting the minute, press CLOCK to start the counting of the seconds, and you will hear two short beeps. To display the year and date, press SNOOZE/ DATE/SLEEP OFF once for the date, and within 2 seconds press it again for the year. The display shows the date or year for a few seconds and then changes back to the current time. To set the current time rapidly, hold down CLOCK + or. In step 6, when you press CLOCK after the minute setting to activate the clock, the seconds start counting from zero. When the alarm setting dial is set to ALARM TIME SET A or B, the clock cannot be set.
Do not stick paper or tape nor write anything on the surface.
Tuning in to a preset station
1 Press RADIOSLEEP to turn on the


To Check the Alarm Time
Press ALARM TIME CHECK. The display shows the alarm time for a few seconds and then returns to show the current time. When the alarm setting dial is set to either ALARM MODE OFF or ALARM MODE A+B, the alarm time in ALARM MODE A and then ALARM MODE B appears in the display.
Alarm time in ALARM MODE A and ALARM MODE B is set at AM 12:00 when you purchased the unit.
If you press CD u when there is no disc in the CD compartment, 00 flashes for about 5 seconds on the display and the unit turns off automatically.
button where the desired station is stored.
Various Modes of CD Playback
You can play tracks repeatedly or in random order.
3 Adjust the volume using VOLUME.
After a few seconds, the display returns to the current time but the preset button number remains.

FM wire antenna

AC power cord
Press CD PLAY MODE. Each press changes the play mode as follows:

Display indication Play mode

Setting the Alarm

This radio is equipped with 3 alarm modes CD, radio and buzzer. Before setting the alarm, make sure to set the clock (see Setting the Clock).


When the alarm comes on at the preset time, , , or flashes in the display. For the buzzer alarm, the beeping of the alarm becomes more rapid after every few seconds in five progressive stages. When CD and radio, or buzzer alarms are set for the same time, and you choose ALARM MODE A + B, the CD alarm takes precedence.

To Set the Alarm Time

To set the alarm:
To change the display to the daylight saving time (summer time) indication
Press D.S.T./SUMMER T. is displayed and the time indication changes to summer time. To deactivate the summer time function, press D.S.T./SUMMER T. again.

(normal play) <

All the tracks are played once. m
TIME SET A (CD). After one beep, and the alarm time set in the previous time will flash in the display.


(single repeat) (all repeat)
A single track is played repeatedly. m All the tracks are played repeatedly. m
If you set the CD alarm and there is no disc in the CD player, the buzzer alarm will sound in its place at the time set.
2 Press CLOCK + or until the desired

time appears.

When CLOCK + or is held down, the displayed time initially changes in oneminute steps, and after a few seconds, switches to ten-minute steps.

Playing a CD

An 8 cm (3-inch) CD can be played without an adaptor.


(shuffle play)
All the tracks are played once in random order. m
To Doze for a Few More Minutes
The CD, radio or buzzer alarm turns off but will be automatically activated again after about 8 minutes. Every time you press SNOOZE/DATE/ SLEEP OFF, the snooze time changes as follows:
1 Push OPEN/CLOSE to open the CD

compartment lid and place a disc.
SHUFFLE REP (shuffle repeat)
All the tracks are played repeatedly in random order.
3 Set the alarm setting dial to ALARM
MODE OFF. Two short beeps will confirm the setting. To set the or alarm:
2 Close the CD compartment lid.
Playing the Radio Manual Tuning
RADIO appears in the display. The display shows the band and frequency for a few seconds and then changes back to the current time.
TIME SET B (radio or buzzer).
After one beep, or and the alarm time set in the previous time will flash in the display.

Alarm setting dial

Labeled surface up
The display shows the snooze time for a few seconds and returns to show the current time. When you press SNOOZE/DATE/SLEEP OFF after the current time appeared, the snooze time starts from 8 minutes again. The maximum length of the snooze time is 60 minutes.
2 Press BAND repeatedly to select the 3

Close the lid

The alarm is turned off automatically after 60 minutes.
desired band. Use TUNING + or to tune in to the desired station.
The FM frequency advances or reverses in 0.1MHz channel steps and the AM frequency in 10kHz channel steps. Two short beeps sound when the minimum frequency of each band is received during tuning.
MODE OFF. Two short beeps will confirm the setting.
When the alarm setting dial is set to ALARM TIME SET A or B, the sound of the CD or the radio will be interrupted.

To Stop the Alarm

Press OFFALARM RESET to turn off the alarm.
The alarm will come on again at the same time the next day.

3 Press CD u.

CD N and 01 appear on the display to indicate that track 1 of the CD is playing.
4 Adjust volume using VOLUME.
To turn off the radio, press OFFALARM RESET. To improve radio reception FM: Extend the FM wire antenna fully to increase reception sensitivity. AM: Rotate the unit horizontally for optimum reception. A ferrite bar antenna is built into the unit. Do not operate the unit over a steel desk or metal surface, as this may lead to interference of reception. To check the station being received, press TUNING + or lightly. The display shows the band and frequency for a few seconds and then changes back to the current time. If the radio alarm comes on while the radio is on, the unit switches to the station on preset button 1 (WAKE UP STATION).

To Cancel the Alarm

Set the alarm setting dial to ALARM MODE OFF.
4 Turn VOLUME to adjust the volume.
To Pause Resume play after pause Locate the beginning of the current track (AMS*) Locate the next track (AMS) Go back at high speed Go forward at high speed Locate the previous track (AMS) Locate the succeeding track (AMS) Stop play Press CD u CD u again.**

To Set the Alarm Mode

Before setting the alarm mode, be sure to set the alarm time. (See To Set the Alarm Time.) Set the alarm setting dial to the desired alarm mode (A, B, or A+B). When the alarm setting dial is set to ALARM MODE B or A+B, you can or by switching the choose modes in ALARM B. According to the alarm mode that you set, , , or will appear in the display. Alarm CD Radio Buzzer Set the alarm setting dial to ALARM MODE A ALARM MODE B ALARM MODE B Set Display ALARM B to RADIO BUZZER RADIO BUZZER

Setting the Sleep Timer

You can enjoy falling asleep to the radio using the built-in sleep timer that turns off the radio automatically after a preset duration.
>** Hold down.** Hold down >**. repeatedly** > repeatedly** OFFALARM RESET


The radio turns on. You can set the sleep timer to durations of 90, 60, 30, or 15 minutes. Every push changes the display as follows:

Preset Tuning

You can preset up to 5 stations; one station for each preset buttons 1 to 5, for one-touch tuning.
* AMS = Automatic Music Sensor **These operations are possible during both play and pause.

Presetting a station

Example: To preset AM 1260 kHz onto preset button 2.
Two short beeps sound when the display returns to On. SLEEP will appear in the display when the duration time is set. 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.
CD and ALARM MODE Radio A+B CD and ALARM MODE Buzzer A+B
To Use Both the Sleep Timer and the Alarm
You can enjoy falling asleep to the radio and be awakened by the CD, radio or buzzer alarm.
2 Tune in to the station on AM 1260 kHz

(See Manual Tuning).

3 Hold down the desired
STATIONSELECT/PRESET button (in this case, 2) until you hear two short beeps.
When the radio alarm is activated, the radio station that is preset on the preset button 1 (WAKE UP STATION) turns on at the preset time. For the radio alarm, make sure you have preset a radio station onto preset button 1 (See Preset Tuning).

1 Set the alarm. (See Setting the


2 Set the sleep timer. (See Setting the

Sleep Timer.)



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