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Operating Manual
Clearsounds® A1600E
DECT 6.0
Expandable Handset™
*Requires use of the A1600 Amplified Cordless Freedom
Deluxe Phone™
This manual is intended to be a brief overview of key
features. For complete operating instructions, please
refer to the ClearSounds A1600 Operating Manual.
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PRIOR TO USE
Congratulations on your purchase of the A1600E phone from
ClearSounds Communications®. Please read this User Manual
carefully in order to get the best use out of your new phone. This
phone is designed for individuals with mild to severe hearing
loss. Keep this manual near the phone for easy reference.
Please visit our website at www.clearsounds.com to register
your product, download additional manuals and review troubleshooting tips.
Be sure to save your sales receipt as your proof of purchase
should you need warranty service. The serial number for this
product is located on the underside of the base.
Warranty Service – This product is designed to provide years
of quality service. However, if there is a malfunction and the
troubleshooting recommendations on page 13 do not resolve
the problem, follow the warranty procedure on pages 18-19.
█ IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Read and understand the Installation Guide and User Manual.
When using your phone equipment, basic safety precautions
should always be followed to reduce the risk of fire, electric
shock and injury to person, including the following:
WARNING: The A1600E phone is capable of amplifying sounds
to a loud volume. It is important to instruct all potential users
of its proper operation. It is advised to adjust the volume
control to the minimum level (Low) when not in use and alert
other users that hearing damage can potentially
result from misuse.
WARNING: Use only the power supply indicated in
the User’s Manual.
WARNING: To avoid the possibility of electrical shock, do not
use this product near water (For example, near a bathtub,
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wash basin, kitchen sink or laundry tub, in a wet basement or
near a swimming pool) while in the bathtub or shower or when
you are wet. If the phone becomes submerged in water, do not
attempt to retrieve it until after you have unplugged the AC
adapter from the electrical outlet and the line cord from the
modular wall jack. Do not plug the phone back in until it has
dried completely.
WARNING: Avoid using the phone during electrical storms.
There may be a remote risk of electric shock from lightning.
If the electrical storm is present in your immediate area,
possibility of electrical shock exists.
WARNING: Do not use the phone if you suspect a gas leak in
the area. The phone’s electrical contact could create a spark,
which could ignite any heavy concentration of leaking gas.
WARNING: When cleaning, unplug the phone first, and then
use a damp cloth to wipe. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol
cleaners on the phone.
WARNING: No phone should ever be placed near an open
radiator or heating register.
WARNING: Occasionally a power surge can occur on electrical
lines without warning. With any electrical device that you plug
into an outlet, it is suggested you use a surge protector. A
surge protector will prevent power surges from damaging your
phone. Surge protectors are simple devices available at your
local hardware store.
WARNING: Do not overload wall outlets or extension cords as
this can increase the risk of fire or electrical shock.
WARNING: Never push any object through the slots in the
phone. They can touch dangerous voltage points or short out
parts that could results in risk of fire or electrical shock.
WARNING: Do not cover slots and opening on the units, they
are needed for ventilation and protection against overheating.
WARNING: Stop using the phone if dropped or if it
becomes damaged.
WARNING: Ring volume is very loud and can damage your
hearing. Never put your ear close to the ringer.
WARNING: Pay attention to the polarity of the batteries
and insert the rechargeable batteries in accordance with the
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polarity symbols. Use only batteries identified as acceptable
and never use alkaline batteries, which can cause personal
injury as well as damage to the unit.
Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC)
This phone meets the FCC standards for Hearing Aid
Compatibility.
IMPORTANT: YOUR RECEIPT IS PART OF YOUR WARRANTY
AND MUST BE RETAINED AND PRODUCED IN THE EVENT OF A
WARRANTY CLAIM.
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█ INSTALLATION STEPS
Installation of Your ClearSounds® A1600E DECT 6.0
Amplified Cordless Freedom Deluxe Phone™ is easy. There
are some basic steps you need to take when you set-up your
phone for the first time.
If at any time you have questions about your phone after
reading this manual, please contact the ClearSounds®
Customer Service Department at 1-800-965-9043.
█ PARTS CHECKLIST
Check the contents of the box - The A16000E should contain:
1. Phone base
2. Cordless Handset
3. Batteries
4. AC Adapter
5. Carrying Clip
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█ PHONE INSTALLATION
The phone should be located in an area where it is easy to
see the visual display and lighted ringer. Choose an area near
a power outlet. To avoid potential interference, the phone
should not be located near electronic equipment, such as
personal computers, television or microwave ovens.
Begin by removing the clear plastic Caller ID protective tab.
This film tab is only for display and to protect your Caller ID
display during shipping.
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Base Desk/Table Mounting
1. Plug the AC power adapter into the jack on the back of the
base, then plug the AC adapter into a standard electrical
outlet or surge protector.
Note: The adapter is required for the phone to work.
Installing Batteries
Three AAA re-chargeable Ni-MH
batteries come with your phone. You
must install the handset batteries
before using your phone.
1. Remove the battery compartment
cover by sliding it downwards.
2. Insert the new batteries. Be
sure to observe battery polarity
as imprinted on the inside of
the compartment.
3. Replace the battery compartment cover by sliding upward
until it clicks into place
Note: The batteries need to be replaced if they do not recover
their full storage capacity after recharging. Check the battery
icon on the LCD to see the battery charge level.
When replacing the batteries, always use good quality Ni-MH
AAA re-chargeable batteries.
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Charging the Handset
1. Place the handset into the base. The LCD screen
will light up and you will hear a beep to indicate
charging has begun.
2. Important: Before initial operation, you should
fully charge the handset for at least 15 hours.
3. After the batteries are fully charged, begin the
registration process as described on page 9.
When battery power is very low and you place the handset on
the base, the display will show 
. Check the
battery icon on the LCD to see the battery charge level.
Using the Handset Carrying Clip
You may choose to use the optional belt clip provided with
your handset.
1. To attach, slide the belt clip down onto the
grooves. Press the tabs on the belt clip into
the slots to attach.
2. To remove, insert a screwdriver along the
edge of one of its “arms” and release the clip
and then lift it off.
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MENU NAVIGATION
Screen Navigation
If you press  under the word Back on the screen from any
menu, the phone returns to the previous screen. To return
to the main screen at any time, press 
. The phone will
automatically return to the main screen from any menu if no
key is pressed for 30 seconds.
“Standby” can mean that you are at the main screen or can
also mean that you are not on a live call and do not have dial
tone engaged.
To Access a MENU Option
1. Press 
under the word Menu on the screen to display
the main menu list.
2. To scroll through menu options, press
or
repeatedly.
The menu item that is currently selected will be highlighted.
3. When the desired menu item is highlighted, press 
under
the word Select or Save.
4. Repeat if necessary.
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BASIC PHONE FUNCTIONS
█ Registering the Handset
Up to 4 additional A1600E handsets can be registered
to the base.
1. Before registering an additional handset to the base, you
should press and hold the page key  , which is located
on the main base, for about 5 seconds and then release it.
2. Press 
under the word Menu on the screen of the
handset you are registering to display the main menu list.
3. Press up
or down
to scroll to Registration and
then press  under the word Select.
4. Press up
or down
to scroll through the base list and
select one of the bases and then press  under the word
Select. The handset will search for the requested base.
5. If the base is found, and the handset is successfully
registered, you will be prompted to enter the PIN code
(the default PIN is 0000). Upon validation of the PIN, the
Registration tone will sound and the base assigns a number
to the handset. If the PIN entered is invalid, a warning
tone will sound and the handset will return to the previous
registration state.
6. If the base is not found, the handset will behave according
to the Out of Range description found on page 12.
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█ Turning the Handset “Power On/Off” Mode
The A1600E handset can be turned to “Power Off” mode,
which can be a convenient way to prevent the phone from
ringing without having to change the ringer setting. When you
turn the handset to “Power Off” mode, calls can’t be made or
received until you turn the power back “On”.
In Standby Mode (not during a live call):
1. To turn the handset “Off”, simply press and hold 
until the display turns off.
2. To turn the handset “On”, you can either:
3. Place the handset back into the base and the handset will
automatically power on.
4. Press and hold 
until the display turns on.
BASIC PHONE FUNCTIONS
█ Delete/Terminate Handset
This function allows you to delete a handset that is registered
to the base. To delete/terminate a handset:
1. Press 
under the word Menu on the screen to display
the main menu list.
2. Press up
or down
to scroll to BS Settings and then
press 
under the word Select.
3. Press 
under the word Select to select Delete HS.
The display will show PIN?
4. Enter the PIN (the default PIN is 0000) and then press

under the word Select. If the PIN is validated, you will
see a list of registered handsets.
5. Press up
or down 
to scroll to the desired handset
that you would like to delete and press 
under the
word Select. The selected handset will no longer be
registered to the base.
Note: If you selected the current handset or a non-registered
handset, a warning tone will be heard.
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PHONE HANDSET SETTINGS
█ Handset Name
This feature allows you to give each registered handset a name
in order to easily recognize each handset if you have more than
one registered to the base. To set the handset name:
1. Press 
under the word Menu on the screen to display
the main menu list.
2. Press up
or down  to scroll to HS Settings and then
press  under the word Select.
3. Press up
or down  to scroll to Rename HS and then
press  under the word Select.
4. Enter the handset name (up to 9 characters) by using the
keypad and then press 
under the word Save to confirm
and exit. The handset name will be displayed above your
handset number in standby mode.
Note: If you make a mistake while entering the name, press

under the word Erase to correct it. Each time you press
this key, the last character is deleted.
█ Handset Reset
This function allows you to reset the handset settings for
Alarm, Audio Setup, Ring Setup, Tone Setup, Language, HS
Name, Auto Answer and Date & Time to the initial factory
settings. To reset the handset:
1. Press 
under the word Menu on the screen to display
the main menu list.
2. Press up  or down  to scroll to Default and then press
 under the word Select. You will be prompted to enter
the PIN.
3. Enter the PIN (the default PIN is 0000) and then press
 under the word Select. If the PIN is validated, the
display will show Confirm?.
4. Press 
under the word Select to confirm or press 
under the word Back to cancel and exit.
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If successful, the handset settings will be reset to the initial
factory settings, otherwise the settings will remain. After
resetting, the handset will return to standby mode.
█ Base Selection
This function allows you to select a base from those already
registered to the handset. To select a base:
1. Press 
under the word Menu on the screen to display
the main menu list.
2. Press up
or down
to scroll to HS Settings and then
press  under the word Select.
3. Press up
or down  to scroll to Select Base and then
press  under the word Select.
4. Press up
or down 
to select the base you want and
then press 
under the word Select. If you select a
non-existent base, the handset will sound a warning tone.
5. The display will show Searching and then BS Selected.
The display will automatically return to the previous
menu screen.
█ Out of Range Alarm
This function allows you to know when the handset is out of
range of the base, and a beep will sound. Your ClearSounds®
A1600E comes from the factory preset for Out of Range Alarm
ON. To change this setting:
1. Press 
under the word Menu on the screen to display
the main menu list.
2. Press up
or down
to scroll to HS Settings and then
press 
under the word Select.
3. Press up
or down
to scroll to Tone Setup and then
press 
under the word Select.
4. Press down
to select Out of Range and then
press 
under the word Select.
5. Press up 
or down
to select On or Off and then
press 
under the word Select.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
No dial tone
1. Check that all phone cord connections and AC adapter are
securely plugged into the phone, wall jack and electric
outlet of the main base.
2. Check that the AC adapter is securely plugged into the
A1600E base and electric outlet.
3. Check that the handset batteries are installed properly and
are in full power (page 6-7).
4. Check that the handset has been properly registered to the
main base (page 9).
5. Check that the phone is in the correct dialing mode: tone
or pulse.
6. Plug another phone into the wall jack to make sure your
phone service is working.
Nothing appears on the display
1. Check that the handset batteries are installed properly and
are in full power.
2. Check that the handset has been turned on (page 10).
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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
General Number:
Amplification:
A1600E
125dB SPL
Power Requirements:
Base Input:
Handset Input:
Charging Time:
7.5V, 500mA
Ni-MH 1.2V x 3, 600mAh
15 hours
Jack: 2.5 mm headset
3.5 mm audio
Features and Specifications subject to change without notice.
Purchase accessories for Your Clearsounds Phone:
Optional Neckloop: CS-CLA7V2 (connects easily
to your phone’s 2.5mm Phone Headset jack for
hands-free conversations).
Requires hearing
aid(s) or cochlear implant(s) with t-coil(s).
Optional Headset: CS-900HS (connects easily
to your phone’s 2.5mm Phone Headset jack for
hands-free conversations).
To learn more, call ClearSounds at 1-800-965-9043
or visit www.clearsounds.com
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FCC WANTS YOU TO KNOW
1. This equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC rules and
the requirements adopted by the ACTA. On the bottom of this
equipment is a label that contains, among other information, a
product identifier of [US: CLSTE12B]. If requested, this number
must be provided to the phone company.
2. If the ClearSounds® A1600E DECT 6.0 Amplified Freedom
Phone™ with Full ClearDigital Power™ causes harm to the
phone network, the phone company will notify you in advance
that temporary discontinuance of service may be required. But
if advance notice isn’t practical, the phone company will notify
the customer as soon as possible. Also, you will be advised of
your right to file a complaint with the FCC if you believe it is
necessary.
3. The phone company may make changes in its facilities, equipment,
operations or procedures that could affect the operation of the
equipment. If this happens the phone company will provide
advance notice in order for you to make necessary modification
to maintain uninterrupted service.
4. If you experience trouble with this equipment, you should
disconnect it from the network until the problem has been
corrected or until you are sure that the equipment is not
malfunctioning.
5. Please follow instructions for repairing if any (e.g. battery
replacement section); otherwise do not alternate or repair any
parts of device except as specified.
6. Connection to party line service is subject to state tariffs. Contact
the state public utility commission, public service commission or
corporation commission for information.
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7. If the phone company requests information on what equipment
is connected to their lines, inform them of:
a) The phone number that this unit
is connected to,
b) The ringer equivalence number [1.2B]
c) The USOC jack required [RJ11C], and
d) The FCC Registration Number [US:]
Items (b) and (d) are indicated on the label. The ringer equivalence
number (REN) is used to determine how many devices can be
connected to your phone line. In most areas, the sum of the RENs of
all devices on any one line should not exceed five (5.0). If too many
devices are attached, they may not ring properly.
Service Requirements
In the event of equipment malfunction, all repairs should be
performed by our Company or an authorized agent. It is the
responsibility of users requiring service to report the need for
service to our Company or to one of our authorized agents. Service
can be facilitated through our office at:
ClearSounds Communications, Inc.
1743 Quincy Avenue, Suite 155 Naperville, IL 60540 U.S.A
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INDUSTRY CANADA CS03 STATEMENT
This product meets the applicable Industry Canada technical
specification. This is confirmed by the registration number. The
abbreviation, IC before the registration number signifies that
registration was performed based on a Declaration of Conformity
indicating that Industry Canada technical specifications were met. It
does not imply that Industry Canada approved the equipment.
Before installing this equipment, users should ensure that
it is permissible to be connected to the facilities of the local
telecommunications company. The equipment must also be installed
using an acceptable method of connections. The customer should be
aware that compliance with the above conditions may not prevent
degradation of service in some situations.
Repairs to certified equipment should be made by an authorized
Canadian maintenance facility designated by the supplier. Any repairs
or alterations made by the user of this equipment, or equipment
malfunctions, may give the telecommunication company cause to
request the user to disconnect the equipment.
WARNING! Users should not attempt to make such connections
themselves, but should contact the appropriate electric inspection
authority, or an electrician, as appropriate.
CAUTION: The Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) assigned to each
terminal device provides an indication of the maximum number of
terminals allowed to be connected to a phone interface.
The termination on an interface may consist of any combination
of devices subject only to the requirement that the sum of the
Ringer Equivalence Numbers of all the devices does not exceed 5.
An alternative indication of the REN is the Load Number (LN); this
number should be divided by 20 to approximate the equivalent REN.
The REN Number of this unit is indicated on the bottom of your
phone.
If your home has specially wired alarm equipment connected to the
phone line, ensure the installation of the A1600 does not disable
alarm equipment. If you have questions about what will disable alarm
equipment, consult your phone provider or a qualified installer.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
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LIMITED ONE-YEAR WARRANTY
The product is warranted by ClearSounds against manufacturing
defect in material and workmanship under normal use for one
(1) year from the date of purchase. Should you experience a
problem, contact our customer service department or visit our
website at www.clearsounds.com.
Be sure to save your sale receipt as the proof of purchase date
should you need warranty service.
Your A1600E comes with a (1) year limited warranty from the
date of purchase. This product is warranted by ClearSounds
against manufacturing defect in material and workmanship
under normal use. In the event that this product fails to
function properly within one year of the original purchase due
to defects in materials or workmanship, return the unit (freight
prepaid) with proof of purchase (sales receipt or packing slip,
no exceptions) to ClearSounds Communications. ClearSounds
Communications will either repair or replace the unit (with a
refurbished unit or unit of equal condition) and return it you
(using UPS/USPS ground shipping) at no cost to you. The
warranty replacement or repair will be warranted for a period
of 90 days or the remainder of the original warranty period
(from original purchase date); whichever is longer.
The warranty does not cover accidents, negligence or breakage
to any parts. This includes shipping damage, failure to
follow instructions, misuse, fire, floods, use of incompatible
accessories, Acts of God or failure in your phone service
carrier’s line service. The product must not be tampered with
or taken apart by anyone who is not an authorized ClearSounds
Communications® representative. Tampering with the phone
will void any written or implied warranties.
If a defect covered by this warranty should occur, promptly
contact a Customer Service Representative by phone or log
onto www.clearsounds.com to obtain a Return Merchandise
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Authorization number and shipping instructions before
shipping the product to us. Any shipment without a (RMA)
Return Merchandise Authorization number will not be accepted
and will be returned to you at your expense. All authorized
returned products must be accompanied with proof of purchase
and a brief explanation of the problem.
For out of warranty repairs and service, please contact our
Customer Service Department for instructions. The repair shall
be warranted for 90 days.
IMPORTANT: YOU RECEIPT IS PART OF YOUR
WARRANTY AND MUST BE RETAINED AND
PRODUCED IN THE EVENT OF A
WARRANTY CLAIM.
Service in United States and Canada, contact:
ClearSounds Communications
Attention: Repair Center
1743 Quincy Avenue, Suite 155
Naperville, IL 60540
USA
800-965-9043
Check our website www.clearsounds.com for additional information
and to download additional manuals and information.
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