Radio Shack MICRO-33 Owner`s manual

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Please read before using this equipment.
Owner’s Manual
MICRO-33
Voice-Activated
Microcassette Tape
Recorder
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ˆ Contents
Features ................................................... 3
A Quick Look at Your Recorder ............. 4
Preparation ..............................................
Connecting Power .............................
Using Batteries ..........................
Using AC or DC Power ..............
Connecting an Earphone ..................
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Operation ...............................................
Loading a Microcassette Tape ........
Recording ........................................
Using an External
Microphone ..............................
Playing a Tape .................................
Using FAST-F and
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 ........................................................ 17
Cleaning the
Tape-Handling Parts ........................ 17
Specifications ....................................... 19
© 2001 RadioShack Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
RadioShack, RadioShack.com and Adaptaplug are
registered trademarks used by RadioShack Corporation.
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ˆ Features
Your RadioShack MICRO-33 Voice-Activated Microcassette Tape Recorder is
ideal for quick note-taking. Its compact
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!
Voice-Actuated Circuitry (VOX) — begins recording when the recorder picks up
sound and stops a few seconds after the
sound stops.
External Microphone Jack — lets you
use an external microphone, so you can
extend your recording range.
Fast Play — lets you play a tape back
about 30% faster than normal speed, to
save time when listening to a tape.
Features
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ˆ A Quick Look at
Your Recorder
RECORD
PLAY
STOP/
EJECT
SPEED
REWIND
FAST-F
MIC
EAR
DC3V
Battery
Compartment
VOL/VOX
VOX IN
F-PLAY/OFF/PAUSE
REC/
BATT
Tape
Counter
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A Quick Look at Your Recorder
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ˆ Preparation
CONNECTING POWER
You can power your recorder from internal
battery power, AC power (with an optional
AC adapter), or your vehicle’s battery
(with an optional DC adapter).
Using Batteries
You can use two AAA batteries (not supplied) to power your recorder. For the best
performance and longest life, we recommend RadioShack alkaline batteries.
Warning: Dispose of old batteries
promptly and properly. Do not burn or
bury them.
Cautions:
• Use only fresh batteries of the
required size and recommended
type.
• Do not use rechargeable batteries in
the recorder.
• Do not mix old and new batteries or
different types of batteries (standard
or alkaline).
Preparation
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• If you do not plan to use the recorder
with batteries for several days or
more, remove the batteries. Batteries
can leak chemicals that can destroy
electronic parts.
When the REC/BATT indicator does not
light, lights dimly during manual recording,
or the recorder stops operating properly,
replace the 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 on the back of
the recorder.
3. To close the battery compartment
cover, hold the cover down against
the recorder and slide it in the opposite direction of the arrow.
Using AC or DC Power
To power the recorder from an AC outlet
or your vehicles battery power, you need
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an AC or DC adapter and an Adaptaplug
(neither supplied, available at your local
RadioShack store).
Cautions:
You must use a (Class 2 for
AC) power source that supplies 3 volts DC power and
delivers at least 200 mA. The center
tip of the Adaptaplug must be set to
positive, and the plug must properly
fit the recorder’s DC3V jack. Using an
AC adapter and plug that do not meet
these specifications could damage
the recorder, the adapter, or the plug.
!
• Always connect the adapter to the
recorder before you plug it into the
power source, and unplug the
adapter from the power source before
you unplug it from the recorder.
1. If necessary, set the adapter’s voltage switch to 3V.
2. Attach the Adaptaplug to the
adapter’s cord with the tip set to positive (+).
Caution: Be sure to set the tip polarity to positive (+). If the polarity is
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reversed, the recorder, adapter, or
plug might be damaged.
3. Insert the barrel plug into the
recorder’s DC3V jack. This disconnects the internal batteries.
4. Plug the other end of the adapter into
the power source.
CONNECTING AN
EARPHONE
You can use an optional earphone with a
3/32-inch plug to listen to a tape in privacy.
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.
Plug the earphone’s plug into the recorder’s EAR jack. The built-in speaker automatically disconnects.
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
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begin listening, adjust the volume to a
comfortable 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 some outside sounds when listening
at normal volume levels, they still can
present a traffic hazard.
Preparation
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ˆ Operation
Although the recorder’s auto shut-off feature stops the recorder’s tape drive motor
when the tape reaches the end, the recorder continues to use power, and its
tape-handling parts continue to touch the
tape until you press STOP/EJECT. We recommend you press STOP/EJECT as soon
as the tape reaches the end. This helps to
save power and reduces the possibility of
damaging the tape.
LOADING A
MICROCASSETTE TAPE
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.
1. Use a pencil to turn the cassette’s
hub and remove any tape slack.
Avoid touching the tape.
2. Press STOP/EJECT to open the cassette compartment door.
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3. Insert the microcassette into the
door’s guides so the microcassette’s
open edge faces out.
Note: The arrow on the cassette
compartment door indicates tape
travel direction. Be sure the tape’s full
reel is in the opposite direction of the
arrow.
4. Close
door.
the
cassette
compartment
RECORDING
When you use the VOX feature, recording
begins when the recorder picks up sound
and stops a few seconds after the sound
stops.
The VOL/VOX setting determines the
sound level that activates the VOX circuit
and starts recording. At higher settings, a
softer sound starts VOX recording. At lower settings, a louder sound starts VOX recording. Use a low VOL/VOX setting in a
high-noise environment such as in a plane
or vehicle.
Note: You can monitor the sound level by
connecting an optional earphone.
1. Load the microcassette tape.
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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
MC-60 tape, or 180 minutes on an
MC-90 tape.
• 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 the function switch as follows:
• To manually start and stop recording, set the switch to OFF.
• To use voice-actuated recording,
set the switch to VOX IN.
Note: The voice-activation feature
saves power and tape if there are
long or frequent pauses in the material you are recording.
4. Press RECORD to begin recording.
RECORD and PLAY both lock down,
and the REC/BATT indicator lights.
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If the function switch is set to OFF,
recording begins immediately. If
the function switch is set to VOX IN,
recording begins and the REC/BATT
indicator lights steadily only when the
recorder picks up sound.
Cautions:
• Do not force down RECORD. If you
cannot easily press RECORD,
check the microcassette tape’s
erase-protection tabs (see “Preventing Accidental Erasure” on
Page 16).
• To protect the recorder, press
RECORD only when a microcassette tape is loaded.
Note: To pause recording, slide the
function switch to PAUSE. To resume
operation, slide the function switch to
the previous position.
5. If you set the function switch to VOX
IN, adjust VOL/VOX to set the sound
level at which recording begins.
6. Press STOP/EJECT to stop the tape.
Note: To record on the other side of the
tape, unload the tape, turn it over, and reload it.
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Using an External Microphone
You can use an external microphone to
make high-quality recordings. Plug a microphone with a 3/32-inch plug into the recorder’s MIC jack.
Note: You can use a unidirectional microphone with your recorder (not supplied,
available at your local RadioShack store).
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 the function switch to OFF.
To listen to the tape at about 30% faster
than normal, set the function switch to
F-PLAY (fast play).
4. Press PLAY.
5. Adjust VOL/VOX to a comfortable listening level.
6. Press STOP/EJECT to stop playback.
Note: To play the other side of the tape,
unload the tape, turn it over, and reload it.
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Using FAST-F and REWIND
Press REWIND to rapidly rewind (review) a
tape. Press FAST-F to fast-forward (cue) a
tape.
If you press FAST-F or REWIND during
playback, you can hear the tape at a faster speed as it cues or reviews. If you release FAST-F or REWIND, the recorder
resumes normal playback.
If you press FAST-F or REWIND when the
tape is stopped, the button locks down.
The tape fast-forwards or rewinds until
you press STOP/EJECT or the tape reaches the end.
QUICK RECORD
During playback, you can press RECORD
to begin recording without pressing STOP/
EJECT first.
USING THE TAPE COUNTER
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 333 at the
beginning of a tape. As the tape plays or
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records, note the counter reading at the
position(s) where you want to return.
ˆ 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
erase-protection tabs.
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.
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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
which erases both sides of a tape in just a
few seconds.
ˆ Care
Modifying or tampering with the recorder’s
internal components can cause a malfunction and might invalidate its warranty.
If your recorder is not performing as it
should, take it to your local RadioShack
store for assistance.
CLEANING THE TAPEHANDLING 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 proceCare
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dure after every 20 hours of recorder
operation.
1. Press STOP/EJECT, remove the batteries, and disconnect any power
source.
2. Press PLAY to expose the tape-handling parts.
TapeHandling
Parts
3. Use a cotton swab dipped in tape
head cleaning solution or denatured
alcohol to gently clean the tape-handling parts.
4. Press STOP/EJECT to release the
tape-handling parts.
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 microcassette cleaning supplies.
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ˆ Specifications
Tape Type .............................................. Microcassette
Tracks ............................2 Tracks,1 Channel Monaural
Drive System .........................................Capstan Drive
Tape Speed .............................. 2.4 cm/sec. (15/16 ips)
1.2 cm/sec. (15/32 ips)
Recording
(with MC-60): ............. 30 min. (2.4 cm/sec.) per side
60 min. (1.2 cm/sec.) per side
Practical Max. Output .................................... 125 mW
Frequency Response ......400-4,000 Hz at 2.4 cm/sec.
Fast Play.......................................Approx. 30% Faster
Than Normal Speed
Microphone Sensitivity............ Continuous Adjustment
Using VOL/VOX in Record Mode
Power Sources:
Internal Batteries ............................Two AAA Batteries
(3 Volts DC)
AC Power ..................................120V with AC adapter
Vehicle Battery............................ 12V with DC adapter
Typical Cassette Recording Time
(alkaline batteries) ........................... 8 hours (approx.)
Dimensions (HWD): ...................47/16 × 21/4 × 3/4 In.
(112.5 × 57 × 19 mm)
Weight (with batteries) ......................................4.2 oz.
(119 g)
Specifications are typical; individual units might vary.
Specifications are subject to change and improvement
without notice.
Specifications
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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. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED
HEREIN, RadioShack MAKES NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND ANY
IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THOSE OF MERCHANTABILITY
AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF THE WRITTEN LIMITED WARRANTIES CONTAINED HEREIN. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN,
RadioShack SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY TO
CUSTOMER OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY WITH RESPECT
TO ANY LIABILITY, LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY BY USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE PRODUCT OR ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY, INCLUDING, BUT
NOT LIMITED TO, ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM INCONVENIENCE, LOSS OF TIME, DATA, PROPERTY, REVENUE, OR PROFIT
OR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES, EVEN IF RadioShack HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts
or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so
the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.
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.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other
rights which vary from state to state.
RadioShack Customer Relations, 200 Taylor Street, 6th Floor, Fort Worth,
TX 76102
We Service What We Sell
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