Radio Shack voice activated Microcassette Recorder Owner`s manual

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Cat. No. 14-1162
OWNER’S MANUAL
Please read before using this equipment.
Micro-35
Auto-Reverse
Microcassette Tape
Recorder
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FEATURES
Your Optimus Micro-35 Auto-Reverse Microcassette Tape Recorder is ideal for
quick note-taking. Its ultra-small size
makes it easy to slip into a pocket or briefcase. You can use it at school, at business
conferences, for dictation in the office, or
anywhere on the go! You can turn on recording manually or set the recorder so
sound activates recording.
Your recorder includes these features:
Voice-Activation Circuitry (VOX) — begins recording when the recorder picks up
sound and stops a few seconds after the
sound stops.
Tape Counter with Reset Button — lets
you mark the locations of certain sections
of tape so you can easily return to them.
Built-In Microphone and Speaker — let
you record and play back notes anywhere.
© 1997 Tandy Corporation.
All Rights Reserved.
Optimus is a registered trademark
used by Tandy Corporation.
RadioShack is a trademark
used by Tandy Corporation.
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External Microphone Jack — lets you
use an external microphone, so you can
extend your recording range.
Earphone Jack — lets you use an optional
earphone to listen to a tape in privacy.
Quick Record — lets you instantly change
from playback to record.
Tape Speed Switch — lets you record at
normal or slow speed. Slow speed gives
you twice the normal recording time.
Fast Play — lets you play a tape back
about 30% faster than normal speed, to
save time when listening to a tape.
Auto Reverse — automatically changes
tape sides when the front side of the tape
reaches the end during recording and playback.
Auto Shut-Off — stops automatically
when the tape reaches the end after playing both sides.
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Power Options — let you power the recorder from internal batteries, AC power
(with an optional AC adapter), or vehicle
battery power (with an optional DC adapter).
We recommend you write your recorder’s
serial number here. The number is inside
the recorder’s battery compartment.
Serial Number:
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CONTENTS
Preparation ............................................ 6
Before You Begin.............................. 6
Connecting to Power ....................... 6
Using Batteries ......................... 7
Using AC Power ..................... 10
Using Vehicle Battery Power .. 12
Connecting an Earphone ............... 14
Listening Safely ...................... 15
Traffic Safety .......................... 15
Connecting an External
Microphone......................................16
Operation .............................................
Loading a Microcassette Tape .......
Recording ......................................
Playing a Tape ...............................
Using Fast-Forward/
Rewind ...................................
Quick Record .................................
Using the Tape Counter .................
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Tape Tips .............................................
Storing Cassette Tapes .................
Preventing Accidental Erasure ......
Erasing a Cassette Tape ...............
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Care ...................................................... 29
Cleaning the Tape-Handling
Parts .............................................. 30
Specifications ..................................... 32
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PREPARATION
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
To protect the tape deck mechanism during shipment, a protective sleeve is inserted in the cassette compartment. Remove it
before you use the Micro-35.
To protect the Micro-35’s front panel during
shipment, a piece of blue film covers the
panel. Peel off this film before you use the
Micro-35.
CONNECTING TO POWER
You can power your Micro-35 from any of
the following:
• Internal battery power
• AC power (with an optional AC
adapter)
• Your vehicle’s battery (with an optional
DC adapter)
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Using Batteries
You can use two AA batteries (not supplied) to power your Micro-35. We recommend
alkaline batteries, such as
RadioShack Cat. No. 23-552.
You can also use rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries (Cat. No. 23-125) and a
battery charger (Cat. No. 23-133), available at your local RadioShack store.
Cautions:
• Use only fresh batteries
required size and type.
of
the
• Never leave dead or weak batteries in
the Micro-35. Batteries can leak chemicals that can destroy electronic circuits.
• Do not mix old and new batteries, different types of batteries (standard,
alkaline,
or
rechargeable),
or
rechargeable batteries of different
capacities.
• Dispose of old batteries promptly; do
not bury or burn them.
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Follow these steps to install batteries.
1. Slide the battery compartment cover in
the direction of the arrow until it stops,
then lift up the cover.
Caution: The battery compartment
cover is attached to the recorder. Do
not try to remove it.
2. Insert the batteries into the compartment as indicated by the polarity symbols (+ and –) marked inside the
compartment.
3. While pressing down the battery compartment cover against the recorder,
slide it in the opposite direction of the
arrow to close it.
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Notes:
• If the record/battery indicator to the
right of the MIC jack does not light or
lights dimly during manual recording,
replace the batteries.
• If you do not plan to use the Micro-35
for several days, or if you plan to use
only AC or vehicle battery power,
remove the batteries.
Important: Your recorder is capable of using rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries.
At the end of the batteries’ useful life, they
must be recycled or disposed of properly.
Contact your local, county, or state hazardous waste management authorities for information on recycling or disposal
programs in your area. Some options that
might be available are: municipal curbside
collection, drop-off boxes at retailers such
as your local RadioShack store, recycling
collection centers, and mailback programs.
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Using AC Power
To power the Micro-35 from an AC outlet,
you need an AC adapter (not supplied),
such as Cat. No. 273-1654, and an EIAJ
2.35 mm outer diameter/0.7 mm inner diameter adapter barrel plug (not supplied),
such as Cat. No. 273-1646.
Cautions:
• You must use an AC adapter that supplies 3 volts DC power and delivers at
least 200 milliamps. The center tip of
the adapter barrel plug must be set to
positive, and the plug must properly fit
the Micro-35’s DC3V jack. The recommended AC adapter and plug meet
these specifications. Using an AC
adapter and plug that do not meet
these specifications could damage the
Micro-35, the AC adapter, or the plug.
• Always connect the AC adapter to the
Micro-35 before you plug it into the AC
outlet, and unplug the adapter from
the AC outlet before you unplug it from
the Micro-35.
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Follow these steps to power the Micro-35
from standard AC power.
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1. Set the AC adapter’s voltage switch to
3V.
2. Attach the barrel plug to the AC
adapter’s cord with the tip set to positive (+).
3. Insert the barrel plug into the Micro35’s DC3V jack. This disconnects the
internal batteries.
4. Plug the other end of the AC adapter
into a standard AC outlet.
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Using Vehicle Battery Power
To power the Micro-35 from your vehicle’s
battery, you need a DC adapter (not supplied), such as Cat. No. 273-1801.
Cautions:
• You must use a DC adapter that supplies 3 volts DC power and delivers at
least 200 milliamps. The center tip of
its barrel plug must be set to positive,
and the plug must properly fit the
Micro-35’s DC3V jack. The recommended DC adapter meets these
specifications. Using a DC adapter
that does not meet these specifications could damage the Micro-35 or
the DC adapter.
• Always plug the DC adapter into the
Micro-35 before you plug it into the
cigarette-lighter socket, and unplug
the adapter from the cigarette-lighter
socket before you unplug it from the
Micro-35.
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Follow these steps to power the Micro-35
from your vehicle’s battery.
1. Set the DC adapter’s voltage switch to
3V.
2. Attach the 2.35 mm outer diameter/0.7
mm inner diameter barrel plug with the
tip set to positive (+).
3. Insert the barrel plug into the Micro35’s DC3V jack. This disconnects the
internal batteries.
4. Plug the other end of the DC adapter
into the vehicle’s cigarette-lighter
socket.
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CONNECTING AN
EARPHONE
You can use an optional earphone with a
3/32-inch plug to listen to a tape in privacy.
Notes:
• You can also use an earphone to listen
to what the recorder picks up through
the internal microphone or an external
microphone.
• Your local RadioShack store carries a
wide selection of earphones.
Insert the earphone’s plug into the recorder’s EAR jack. The built-in speaker automatically disconnects.
MICRO-35 MICROCASSETTE RECORDER
EAR
TION
VOICE ACTIVA
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Listening Safely
To protect your hearing, follow these
guidelines when you use an earphone.
• Set the volume to the lowest setting
before you begin listening. After you
begin listening, adjust the volume to a
comfortable listening level.
• Do not listen at extremely high volume
levels. Extended high-volume listening
can lead to permanent hearing loss.
• Once you set the volume, do not
increase it. Over time, your ears adapt
to the volume level, so a volume level
that does not cause discomfort might
still damage your hearing.
Traffic Safety
Do not wear an earphone while operating a
motor vehicle or riding a bicycle. This can
create a traffic hazard and could be illegal
in some areas.
Even though some earphones let you hear
outside sounds when listening at normal
volume levels, they still can present a traffic hazard.
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CONNECTING AN
EXTERNAL MICROPHONE
You can use an optional microphone with a
3/32-inch plug to extend your recording
range. Your local RadioShack store carries
a wide selection of microphones.
Insert the microphone’s plug into the recorder’s MIC jack. The built-in microphone
automatically disconnects.
MICRO-35 MICROCASSETTE RECORDER
MIC
TION
VOICE ACTIVA
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OPERATION
LOADING A
MICROCASSETTE TAPE
Note: We recommend MC-60 microcassette tapes for up to 2 hours of recording/
playback time, or MC-90 microcassette
tapes for up to 3 hours of recording/playback time.
Follow these steps to load a microcassette
tape.
1. Use a pencil to turn the cassette’s hub
and remove any tape slack. Avoid
touching the tape.
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5 MICROCASSETTE RECORDER
2. Press STOP/EJECT to open the cassette compartment door.
Note: When you press STOP/EJECT,
sREV/tFWD is automatically set to
tFWD. See “Playing a Tape” on Page
23.
VOICE ACTIVATION
MICRO-35 MICROCASSETTE RECORDER
3. Insert the microcassette into the
door’s guides so the microcassette’s
open edge faces out.
4. Close the cassette compartment door.
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RECORDING
You can record manually or use voice-activated recording. When you use the VOX
feature, recording begins when the recorder picks up sound and stops a few seconds
after the sound stops.
Follow these steps to record.
1. Load the microcassette tape.
2. Set SPEED on the side of the recorder
as follows:
• To double the tape’s recording/playback time, set SPEED to 1.2. This
setting allows 120 minutes total
recording/playback time on an MC60 tape, or 180 minutes on an MC90 tape.
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• For better sound quality, set SPEED
to 2.4. This setting allows 60 minutes total recording/playback time
on an MC-60 tape, or 90 minutes on
an MC-90 tape.
3. Set MICSENS/VOX as follows:
• To manually start and stop recording, set MICSENS/VOX to MICSENS.
• To use voice-activated recording,
set MICSENS/VOX to VOX.
Note: The voice-activated feature
saves power and tape if there are long
or frequent pauses in the material you
are recording.
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ASSETTE RECORDER
4. Press both REC and PLAY to begin
recording. Both buttons lock down,
and the record/battery indicator to the
right of the MIC jack lights.
If MICSENS/VOX is set to MICSENS,
recording begins immediately. If MICSENS/VOX is set to VOX, recording
begins and the record/battery indicator
lights steadily only when the recorder
picks up sound.
Caution:
• To protect the recorder, press REC
only when a microcassette tape is
loaded.
• Do not force down REC. If you cannot easily press REC , check the
microcassette tape’s erase-protection tabs (see “Preventing Accidental Erasure” on Page 27). You
cannot record on a microcassette
tape if either of the erase-protection
tabs is broken off.
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Note:
To
pause
recording,
slide
PAUSE/OFF to
PAUSE. To resume
recording, slide PAUSE/OFF to OFF.
5. If you set MICSENS/VOX to VOX, adjust
VOL to set the sound level at which
recording begins. When you set VOL
to higher settings, softer sounds start
VOX recording. When you set VOL to
lower settings, louder sounds start
VOX recording.
6. Press STOP/EJECT to stop the tape.
Note: The auto-reverse feature lets the Micro-35 automatically record both sides of a
tape. When one side of the tape records to
the end, the tape’s direction automatically
reverses, and the tape’s other side
records. At the end of the other side, the
Micro-35 automatically stops.
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PLAYING A TAPE
1. Load the microcassette tape.
2. Set SPEED to the speed used when
the tape was recorded.
3. To listen to the tape at normal speed,
set NORMAL/F.PLAY to NORMAL.
To listen to the tape at about 30%
faster than normal, set NORMAL/
F.PLAY to F.PLAY.
VOIC
E AC
TIV
CROCASSETTE RECORDER
4. Press PLAY.
5. Adjust VOL to a comfortable listening
level.
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6. To reverse the tape’s direction so you
can play the other side, switch sREV/
tFWD to the other position.
7. Press STOP/EJECT to stop playback.
Note: The auto-reverse feature lets the Micro-35 automatically play both sides of a
tape. When one side of the tape plays to
the end, the tape’s direction automatically
reverses, and the tape’s other side plays.
At the end of the other side, the Micro-35
automatically stops.
VO
TTE RECORDER
Using Fast-Forward/Rewind
With REV/FWD set to tFWD, slide
/
to
to rapidly rewind (review) a
tape, or to
to fast-forward (cue) a
tape. (The directions are reversed if sREV/
tFWD is set to sREV.)
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If you slide
/
during playback,
you can hear the tape at a faster speed as
it cues or reviews. When you release
/
, the recorder resumes normal
playback.
If you slide
/
when the tape is
stopped, the button locks. The tape fastforwards or rewinds until you slide
/
to the center position.
Note: When the tape reaches the end during fast-forward and rewind, you must slide
/
to the center position to stop
the recorder.
QUICK RECORD
ASSETTE RECORDER
During playback, you can press REC to go
directly to recording without pressing STOP/
EJECT first.
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USING THE TAPE
COUNTER
Tape Counter
VOIC
EA
Reset Button
CTIV
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MICRO-35 MICROCASSETTE RECORDER
You can use the tape counter to mark locations of specific sections of tape so you can
easily return to them.
Press the reset button next to the tape
counter to set the counter to 000 at the beginning of a tape. As the tape plays or
records, note the counter reading at the
position(s) where you want to return.
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TAPE TIPS
STORING CASSETTE
TAPES
Do not expose cassette tapes to high temperatures, high humidity, dust or dirt, or
motors, transformers, or other sources with
strong magnetic fields.
PREVENTING
ACCIDENTAL ERASURE
Most microcassette tapes have an eraseprotection tab for each side of the tape. To
protect your recordings from being accidentally erased or recorded over, use a
screwdriver to carefully break off the eraseprotection tabs.
Side A Tab
Note: If you break off either of the eraseprotection tabs, you cannot record both
sides of the tape due to the auto reverse
mechanism.
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If you later decide to erase or record over
the tape, place a piece of strong tape over
the holes.
Caution: Removing the erase-protection
tabs does not prevent a tape from being
erased by a bulk tape eraser.
ERASING A CASSETTE
TAPE
If you no longer want a recording, you can
record over it or erase it.
To record over a cassette tape, be sure the
erase-protection tabs are in place. Then
simply record as usual. The recorder
records over the previous recording.
You might prefer to use a bulk tape eraser,
such as Cat. No. 44-232, which erases
both sides of a tape in just a few seconds.
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CARE
Your Optimus Micro-35 Auto-Reverse Microcassette Tape Recorder is an example
of superior design and craftsmanship. The
following suggestions will help you care for
your recorder so you can enjoy it for years.
• Keep the recorder dry. If it gets wet,
wipe it dry immediately. Liquids can
contain minerals that can corrode the
electronic circuits.
• Handle the recorder gently and carefully. Dropping it can damage circuit
boards and cases and can cause the
recorder to work improperly.
• Use and store the recorder only in normal temperature environments. Temperature extremes can shorten the life
of electronic devices, damage batteries, and distort or melt plastic parts.
• Keep the recorder away from dust and
dirt, which can cause premature wear
of parts.
• Wipe the recorder with a damp cloth
occasionally to keep it looking new. Do
not use harsh chemicals, cleaning solvents, or strong detergents to clean it.
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• Use only fresh batteries of the
required size and type. Always
remove old or weak batteries. They
can leak chemicals that can destroy
electronic circuits.
Modifying or tampering with the recorder’s
internal components can cause a malfunction and might invalidate the recorder’s
warranty. If your recorder is not operating
as it should, take it to your local RadioShack store for assistance.
CLEANING THE
TAPE-HANDLING PARTS
Dirt, dust, or particles of the tape’s coating
can accumulate on the tape heads and
other parts that the tape touches. This can
greatly reduce the performance of the recorder. Use the following cleaning procedure after every 20 hours of recorder
operation.
1. Press STOP/EJECT, remove the batteries, and disconnect any other power
source.
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2. Press PLAY to expose the tape-handling parts.
3. Use a cotton swab dipped in tape
head cleaning solution or denatured
alcohol to gently clean the playback
head, pinch rollers, capstan and tape
guides.
Tape Guides
Pinch Roller
Playback Heads
Capstan
4. Press STOP/EJECT to release the
tape-handling parts. Then reconnect
power.
Note: For easier cleaning, you can use a
microcassette cleaner kit, which includes a
special cleaning cassette. Your local RadioShack store carries a full line of cassette deck cleaning supplies.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Tape Type............................. Microcassette
Tracks......... 2 Tracks, 1 Channel Monaural
Drive System ....................... Capstan Drive
Tape Speed .....2.4 cm/sec. (15/16 ips) and
1.2 cm/sec. (15/32 ips)
Recording Time (with MC-60 Microcassette):
2.4 cm/sec..................30 min. per side
1.2 cm/sec..................60 min. per side
Practical Max. Output ....................150 mW
Frequency Response ............400-4,000 Hz
at 2.4 cm/sec.
Fast Play:
2.4 cm/sec.................................. +25%
1.2 cm/sec.................................. +30%
Microphone Sensitivity ............. Continuous
Adjustment Using VOL
in Record Mode
Power Sources:
Internal Batteries ............... 3 Volts DC,
Two AA Batteries
AC Power .........120V with AC Adapter
(Cat. No. 273-1654)
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Vehicle Battery ................12V with DC
Adapter (Cat. No. 273-1801)
Typical Cassette Recording Time
(with Alkaline Batteries) ............... 17 Hours
Dimensions (HWD) ........ 415/16 ¥ 21/2 ¥ 1 in.
(125 ¥ 64 ¥ 26 mm)
Weight (with batteries) .........4.6 oz. (130 g)
Specifications are typical; individual units
might vary. Specifications are subject to
change and improvement without notice.
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NOTES
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Limited Ninety-Day Warranty
This product is warranted by RadioShack against manufacturing defects
in material and workmanship under normal use for ninety (90) days from
the date of purchase from RadioShack company- owned stores and authorized RadioShack franchisees and dealers. In the event of a product
defect during the warranty period, take the product and the RadioShack
sales receipt as proof of purchase date to any RadioShack store. RadioShack will, at its option, unless otherwise provided by law: (a) correct
the defect by product repair without charge for parts and labor; (b) replace the product with one of the same or similar design; or (c) refund
the purchase price. All replaced parts and products, and products on
which a refund is made, become the property of RadioShack. New or reconditioned parts and products may be used in the performance of warranty service. Repaired or replaced parts and products are warranted for
the remainder of the original warranty period. You will be charged for repair or replacement of the product made after the expiration of the warranty period. This warranty does not cover: (a) damage or failure caused
by or attributable to acts of God, abuse, accident, misuse, improper or
abnormal usage, failure to follow instructions, improper installation or
maintenance, alteration, lightning or other incidence of excess voltage or
current; (b) any repairs other than those provided by a RadioShack Authorized Service Facility; (c) consumables such as fuses or batteries; (d)
cosmetic damage; (e) transportation, shipping or insurance costs; or (f)
costs of product removal, installation, set-up service adjustment or reinstallation.
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