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Owner’s Manual
MICRO-36
Microcassette Tape
Recorder
ˆ Contents
Features ............................................... 3
A Quick Look at Your Recorder ......... 4
Preparation ..........................................
Connecting Power ..........................
Using Batteries .......................
Using AC or DC Power ...........
Connecting an Earphone ...............
Listening Safely ......................
Traffic Safety ...........................
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Operation ...........................................
Loading a Microcassette Tape .....
Recording .....................................
Playing a Cassette .......................
Rewinding/Fast-Forwarding ..
Quick Record ........................
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Tape Tips ............................................
Storing a Cassette ........................
Preventing Accidental Erasure .....
Erasing a Cassette .......................
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Care .................................................... 16
Cleaning the
Tape-Handling Parts ..................... 16
Specifications .................................... 18
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Contents
ˆ Features
Your RadioShack MICRO-36 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!
Built-In Microphone and Speaker — let
you record and play back notes anywhere.
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 25% faster than normal speed, to
save time when listening to a tape.
Auto Stop — stops automatically when
the tape reaches the end.
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ˆ A Quick Look at
Your Recorder
Normal/
F.Play
REC
SPEED
PLAY
DC3V
REV/
REW
FF/
CUE
STOP
EAR
VOLUME
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A Quick Look at Your Recorder
ˆ Preparation
To protect the recorder during shipment, a
piece of paper is attached to the cassette
door. Remove this paper before you use
the recorder.
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
Your recorder requires two AA batteries
(not supplied) for power. For the best performance and longest life, we recommend
RadioShack alkaline batteries.
Cautions:
• Use only fresh batteries of the
required size and recommended
type.
• Do not mix old and new batteries, different types of batteries (standard,
alkaline,
or
rechargeable),
or
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rechargeable batteries of different
capacities.
• If you do not plan to use the recorder
for several days, or if you plan to use
only AC or vehicle battery power,
remove the batteries. Batteries can
leak chemicals that can destroy electronic parts.
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. Place the batteries in the compartment as indicated by the polarity symbols (+ and –) marked inside.
3. Replace the cover.
Warning: Dispose of old batteries
promptly and properly. Do not burn or
bury them.
Using AC or DC Power
To power the recorder from an AC outlet
or your vehicle’s battery power, you need
an AC or DC adapter and an Adaptaplug
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Preparation
(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 (+).
3. Insert the barrel plug into the
recorder’s DC3V jack. This disconnects the internal batteries.
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4. Plug the other end of the adapter into
the power source.
CONNECTING AN
EARPHONE
You can use an optional mono earphone
with a submini (3/32-inch) plug to listen to a
tape in privacy.
Notes:
• You can also use an earphone to
monitor 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.
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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Preparation
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
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. Lift the latch and open the cassette
compartment door.
3. Insert the microcassette into the
door’s guides so the microcassette’s
open edge faces out.
Note: An arrow on the cassette compartment door shows the tape travel
direction. Be sure the cassette’s full
reel is in the opposite direction from
the arrow.
4. Close the door.
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Operation
RECORDING
1. Load a cassette.
2. Set SPEED on the side of the recorder
as follows:
• To double the cassette’s recording/
playback time, set SPEED to 1.2.
This setting allows 120 minutes of
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 of total recording/playback time on an MC-60 tape, or 90
minutes on an MC-90 tape.
3. Press REC to begin recording. Both
REC and PLAY lock down.
Caution:
• To protect the recorder, press REC
only when a cassette is loaded.
• Do not force down REC. If you cannot easily press REC, check the
cassette’s erase-protection tabs
(see “Preventing Accidental Erasure” on Page 14).
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Notes:
• The automatic level control circuit
automatically sets the recording
level. The VOLUME setting does
not affect the recording level.
• To pause recording, slide PAUSE/
OFF to PAUSE. To resume recording, slide PAUSE/OFF to OFF.
4. Press STOP to stop the cassette.
PLAYING A CASSETTE
1. Load the cassette.
2. Set SPEED to the speed used when
the cassette was recorded.
3. To listen to the cassette at normal
speed, set NORMAL/F.PLAY to NORMAL.
To listen to the cassette at about 25%
faster than normal speed, set NORMAL/F.PLAY to F.PLAY.
4. Press PLAY.
5. Adjust VOLUME to a comfortable listening level.
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6. Press STOP to stop playback.
Rewinding/Fast-Forwarding
If you slide the switch to REV REW or FF
CUE when the cassette is stopped, the
cassette advances or rewinds until you
press STOP or slide the switch to the position between REV REW and FF CUE.
To slide REV REW/FF CUE to the desired
position, press the side of the switch opposite the side marked with the desired direction.
Caution: To protect the tape-handling
parts, press STOP or slide REV REW/FF
CUE to the center when the tape reaches
the end.
If you slide the switch to REV REW or FF
CUE during playback, you can hear the
tape at a faster speed as it fast-forwards
or rewinds. When you release the switch,
the recorder resumes normal playback.
Quick Record
During playback, you can press REC to go
directly to recording without pressing
STOP first.
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ˆ Tape Tips
STORING A CASSETTE
Do not expose cassettes to high temperatures, high humidity, dust or dirt, or motors, transformers, or other sources with
strong magnetic fields.
PREVENTING ACCIDENTAL
ERASURE
Most cassettes have an erase-protection
tab for each side of the cassette. 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 cassette, place a piece of strong tape
over the holes.
Caution: Removing the erase-protection
tabs does not prevent a cassette from being erased by a bulk tape eraser.
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Tape Tips
ERASING A CASSETTE
If you no longer want a recording, you can
record over it or erase it.
To record over a cassette, 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.
Tape Tips
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ˆ Care
Keep the recorder dry; if it gets wet, wipe
it dry immediately. Use and store the recorder only in normal temperature environments. Handle the recorder carefully;
do not drop it. Keep the recorder away
from dust and dirt, and wipe it with a damp
cloth occasionally to keep it looking new.
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 procedure after every 20 hours of recorder
operation.
1. Press STOP, remove the batteries,
and disconnect any other power
source.
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2. Press PLAY to expose the tape-handling parts.
Tape-Handling Parts
3. Use a cotton swab dipped in tape
head cleaning solution or denatured
alcohol to gently clean the the tapehandling
parts
(record/playback
head, pinch roller, capstan and tape
guides).
4. Press STOP to release the tape-handling parts. Then close the cassette
compartment door and reconnect
power.
Note: For easier cleaning, you can use a
microcassette cleaner kit, which includes
a special cleaning tape. Your local
RadioShack store carries a full line of cassette deck 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 Time (with MC-60):
2.4 cm/sec. ............................ 30 min. per side
1.2 cm/sec. ............................ 60 min. per side
Practical Max. Output ......................... 200 mW
Frequency Response ................ 400–4,000 Hz
at 2.4 cm/sec.
Fast Play:
2.4 cm/sec. ............................................. +25%
1.2 cm/sec. ............................................. +30%
Power Sources:
Internal Batteries ........................... 3 Volts DC,
Two AA Batteries
AC Power ..................... 120V with AC Adapter
Vehicle Battery ............................ 12V with DC
Typical Cassette Recording Time
(with Alkaline Batteries) .................... 17 Hours
Dimensions (HWD) .............. 4.8 × 2.5 × 0.9 in.
(122 × 64 × 24 mm)
Weight (with batteries) .............. 5.6 oz. (160 g)
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Specifications
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.
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