Sony ICF-C717PJ Operation Manual

Sony Clock Radio Operation Manual - ICF-C717PJ.
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WARNING

To 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 is used to disconnect the unit 

from the mains, connect the unit to an easily 

accessible AC outlet. Should you notice an 

abnormality in the unit, disconnect the main 

plug 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.
You are cautioned that any changes or  

modifications not expressly approved in this 

manual could void your authority to operate 

this equipment.
The nameplate and important information 

concerning safety are located on the bottom 

exterior.
CAUTION

Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly 

replaced. Replace only with the same type.

NOTE
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 instal ation. 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 instal ation. 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.

WARNING
Replace the battery for the clock backup with 

a Sony CR2032 lithium battery. 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 the 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 normal y, or has been dropped.

For the state of california, USA only

Perchlorate Material –special handling may 

apply, See www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/

perchlorate

Perchlorate Material: Lithium battery contains 

perchlorate

Features
Dual alarm FM/AM synthesized clock radio

Nature Sounds (Sea Waves, Birds, Rain, 

Brook, Under the Sea)

Room temperature display (Fahrenheit /

Centigrade) 5°F – 122°F (–15°C – 50°C)

Built-in audio cable for Digital Music Player

10 Station Presets (5 FM/5 AM)

Various types of alarms - radio, buzzer and 

Nature Sounds (5)

Automatic time set: when you plug the clock 

in for the first time, the current time will be 

shown in the display

Automatic Daylight Saving Time Set/Summer 

time adjustment

100-year calendar and DATE/TIME ZONE 

button to display year, month, and date

Brightness Control (High/Low/Off)

No Power No Problem alarm system to keep 

the clock and the alarm operating during a 

power interruption with a CR2032 battery 

installed

Extendable Snooze system - Snooze time can 

be set from 10 to 60 minutes

Progressive Alarm Speed (buzzer only)

Precautions
Play the unit on the power source specified in 

“Specifications.”

To disconnect the power cord (mains lead), 

pull it out by the plug, not the cord.

Since a strong magnet is used for the speaker, 

keep personal credit cards using magnetic 

coding or spring-wound watches 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 thick pile surface (rug, a blanket, etc.), 

or near materials that might block the 

ventilation holes  (such as a curtain, etc.).

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.

To clean the casing, use a soft cloth 

dampened with a mild detergent solution.

Never touch the wire of the external FM 

antenna during a thunderstorm. 

Furthermore, immediately disconnect the 

main plug from the wall outlet.

NOTES ON THE LITHIUM BATTERY
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.

If you have any questions or problems 

concerning your unit, consult your nearest 

Sony dealer.

Troubleshooting
Should any problem persist after you have 

made the following checks, consult your nearest 

Sony dealer.
The clock flashes 

“AM 12:00” due to a 

power interruption.
The battery is low. Replace the battery. 

Remove the old battery and install a new one.

The alarm settings do not sound at the 

preset alarm time.
Check that alarm “” or alarm “” is 

properly set/displayed.

The alarm settings are activated but there 

is no sound at the preset alarm time.
Check the alarm volume setting.
When daylight saving time begins, the 

clock does not switch to daylight saving 

time automatically.
Make sure the clock is set correctly.

Press and hold DISPLAY/CLOCK and 

SNOOZE / BRIGHTNESS simultaneously for 

at least 2 seconds to activate the Automatic 

DST function.

4-180-722-31(1)

About the backup 

battery
To maintain accurate time, this unit includes an 

internal CR2032 battery as a backup power 

source in the event of a power interruption.
Knowing when to replace 

the battery
When the battery becomes weak, “” will 

appear in the display.

If a power interruption occurs while the battery 

is weak, the current time and alarm will be 

erased.

Replace the battery with a Sony CR2032 lithium 

battery. Use of another battery may cause a fire 

or explosion.
Note

If “AM 12:00” flashes in the display when the 

unit is connected to an AC outlet for the first 

time, the battery may be weak. In this case, 

consult your Sony dealer.
Installing and replacing the 

backup battery
1
  Keep the AC power cord connected to 

the AC outlet, remove the screw that 

secures the battery compartment at the 

bottom of the unit using a screwdriver, 

and pull the battery compartment 

marked PULL OPEN. (See fig. -)

2  Insert a new battery in the battery 

holder with the  side facing up.

To remove the battery from the battery 

compartment, push it out from the side 

marked PUSH. (See fig. -)

3  Insert the battery compartment back 

into the unit and secure it with the 

screw. (See fig. -)

4  To turn “” off in the display, press 

RADIO   BANDAUDIO IN, or 

NATURE SOUND / PRESET after 

replacing the battery.

Notes
When you replace the battery, do not 

disconnect the AC power cord from AC 

outlet. 

Otherwise, the 100-year calendar, current 

time, alarm, and station presets will be 

erased.

If the clock is erased while you are replacing 

the battery, set the clock again. (See “Setting 

the clock”)

CR2032

Specifications
Time display

12-hour system
Radio section
Frequency range

Band Frequency

Channel step

FM

87.5 MHz – 108 MHz 0.1 MHz

AM

530 kHz – 1,710 kHz

10 kHz

General
Speaker

Approx. 3.6 cm (1 7/16 inches) dia., 8 Ω
Input

Built-in audio cable with stereo mini plug 

(ø 3.5 mm)
Power output

0.7 W (at 10% harmonic distortion)
Power requirements

120 V AC, 60 Hz

For clock back up: 3V DC, one CR2032 battery
Nature Sounds

Sea Waves, Birds, Rain, Brook, Under the Sea
Temperature range

5 °F – 122 °F (–15 °C – 50 °C)
Temperature resolution

1 °F (1 °C) 
Dimensions

Approx. 217 mm × 67 mm × 62 mm (w/h/d)  

(8 5/8 inches × 2 3/4 inches × 2 1/2 inches) not 

including projecting parts and controls
Mass

Approx. 675 g (1 lb 7.63 oz) including power 

supply unit and CR2032 battery
Supplied accessories

AM loop antenna (1)
Design and specifications are subject to change 

without notice.

Connecting the 

antenna
To connect the AM loop 

antenna
The shape and the length of the antenna is 

designed to receive AM signals. Do not 

dismantle or roll up the antenna.
1  Remove only the loop part from the 

plastic stand.

2  Set up the AM loop antenna.

3  Connect the cords to the AM antenna 

terminals.

Cord (A) or cord (B) can be connected to 

either terminal.

Insert the cord while 

pushing down the 

terminal clamp.

4  Make sure the AM loop antenna is 

connected firmly by pulling softly.

Adjusting the AM loop antenna

Find a place and an orientation that provides 

good reception.

Do not place the AM loop antenna near the 

unit or other AV equipment, as noise may 

result.

Tip

Adjust the direction of the AM loop antenna for 

best AM broadcast sound.

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FM/AM Clock Radio

ICF-C717PJ

Operating Instructions

Dream Machine is a trademark of Sony Corporation.

No Power No Problem is a trademark of Sony Corporation.

Setting the time zone 

and the clock for the 

first time
This unit is preset to current EST (Eastern 

Standard Time) at the factory, and is powered 

by a backup battery. All you need to do the first 

time is just plug it in and select your time zone.

1  Plug in the unit.

“year” (about 4 seconds)  “month and 

date” (about 4 seconds)  “current EST 

(Eastern Standard Time)” appears in the 

display in turn.

2  Press and hold DATE/TIME ZONE for 

at least 2 seconds.

Area number “2” flashes in the display.

3  Press TIME SET + or  repeatedly to 

select the time zone as follows:

Area number

Time zone

1

Atlantic Standard Time

2  
(default setting)

Eastern Standard Time

3

Central Standard Time

4

Mountain Standard Time

5

Pacific Standard Time

6

Yukon Standard Time

7

Hawaiian Standard Time

4  Press DATE/TIME ZONE to set.

Notes
Though the clock is correctly set at the 

factory, discrepancies may arise during 

transport or storage. If necessary, set the 

clock to the correct time by referring to 

“Setting the clock.”

While setting the time zone, you must 

perform each step within 65 seconds, or the 

time zone setting mode will be canceled.

When daylight saving time 

(summer time) begins
This model automatical y adjusts for daylight 

saving time (summer time).

“ ” is displayed from the beginning of daylight 

saving time (summer time), and disappears at 

the end of daylight saving time (summer time) 

automatical y.
Daylight saving time (summer time) begins 

at: 2:00 AM on the second Sunday of March.

Standard time begins at: 2:00 AM on the first 

Sunday of November.

To cancel Automatic DST/Summer 

Time adjustment during daylight 

saving time (summer time)

Automatic DST/Summer Time adjustment can 

be canceled.

Press and hold DISPLAY/CLOCK and 

SNOOZE / BRIGHTNESS at the same time for 

at least 2 seconds while the clock is displayed. 

“ ” and “OFF” appear in the display to show that 

Automatic DST/Summer Time adjustment has 

been canceled. The display returns to the clock.
Notes
Daylight saving time (summer time) is 

subject to variations in circumstances and 

laws of each country/region. Customers 

living in a country/region without daylight 

saving time (summer time) from 2:00 AM on 

the second Sunday of March to 2:00 AM on 

the first Sunday of November must cancel 

Automatic DST/Summer Time adjustment 

before using the unit.

To activate Automatic DST/Summer Time 

adjustment again, press and hold DISPLAY/

CLOCK and SNOOZE / BRIGHTNESS at the 

same time for at least 2 seconds.  

“ ” and “On” appear in the display to show 

that Automatic DST/Summer Time 

adjustment has been activated. The display 

returns to the clock.

This unit includes a preinstalled Sony Lithium battery (CR2032) as back-up power source for the clock, which is preset 

to EST (Eastern Standard Time) at the factory. And this battery is considered part of the product.