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Cat. No. 14-1169
OWNER’S MANUAL
Please read before using this equipment.
Micro-41
Micro Recorder
with Voice Zoom
and VOX
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FEATURES
Your Optimus Micro-41 Micro Recorder
with Voice Zoom and VOX 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 record manually or set
the recorder so sound activates recording.
Your recorder includes these features:
Voice-Activated Recording (VOX) —
records when it picks up sound and stops a
few seconds after the sound stops.
Voice Zoom — a special circuit separates
voice recordings from a noisy background
adding clarity to the voices.
Index Marker — lets you mark the beginning of a recorded section.
Tape Speed Switch — lets you record and
play back tape at a slower speed which
provides twice the recording/playback time
© 1999 Tandy Corporation.
All Rights Reserved.
Optimus and RadioShack are registered
trademarks used by Tandy Corporation.
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or at normal speed for maximum sound
quality.
Auto Stop — stops the tape movement
when the recorder reaches the end of the
tape during recording or playback.
Tape Counter with Reset Button — lets
you note specific points in a tape for later
reference.
Quick Record — lets you instantly change
from playback to recording.
Built-In Microphone and Speaker — let
you record and play back notes anywhere.
External Microphone Jack — lets you
use an external, wide range microphone.
Earphone Jack — lets you use an optional
earphone for private listening.
Fast Play — lets you play a tape back
about 30% faster than normal speed, to
save time.
Automatic Level Control (ALC) Circuit
— automatically sets the recording level.
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Three Power Options — you can power
the recorder from standard AC power using
an optional AC adapter, two AA batteries
(not supplied) or a vehicle’s battery using
an optional DC adapter.
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CONTENTS
Preparation ............................................ 7
Connecting Power ........................... 7
Using Batteries ......................... 7
Using AC Power ....................... 9
Using Vehicle Battery Power ... 10
Connecting an Earphone ....... 12
Listening Safely ...................... 13
Traffic Safety ........................... 14
Connecting an
External Microphone ..................... 15
Operation .............................................
Loading a Microcassette Tape .......
Recording ......................................
Voice Activated (VOX)
Recording ...............................
Manual Recording ..................
Quick Record ..........................
Using Voice Zoom ..................
Playing a Tape ...............................
Rewinding/Fast-Forwarding ....
Quick Review .................................
Using the Tape Counter .................
Using Index Marker .......................
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Tape Tips .............................................
Storing Cassette Tapes .................
Preventing Accidental Erasure ......
Erasing Tapes ...............................
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Care ..................................................... 28
Cleaning the
Tape-Handling Parts ...................... 29
Specifications ..................................... 31
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PREPARATION
CONNECTING POWER
Using Batteries
You can power your recorder with two AA
batteries (not supplied). For the best performance and longest life, we recommend
RadioShack alkaline batteries.
Warning: Dispose of old batteries promptly; do not bury or burn them.
Cautions:
• Use only fresh batteries of the
required size and recommended type.
• Never leave dead or weak batteries in
the Micro-41. 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.
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1. Slide the battery compartment cover in
the direction of the arrow.
2. Insert the batteries into the compartment and on top of the attached ribbon, as indicated by the polarity
symbols (+ and –) marked inside.
3. Replace the cover.
Notes:
• If the RECORD/BATTERY indicator
lights dimly or does not light at all during use, replace the batteries.
• If you do not plan to use the Micro-41
for several days, or if you plan to use
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only AC or vehicle battery power,
remove the batteries.
Using AC Power
You can power the Micro-41 from an AC
outlet, using an AC adapter (not supplied),
available at your local RadioShack store.
Cautions:
You must use a Class 2
power source that supplies
3V volts DC and delivers at
least 300 mA. Its center tip must be
set to positive and its plug must fit the
Micro-41's DC 3V jack. The recommended adapter meets these specifications. Using an adapter that does
not meet these specifications could
damage the Micro-41 or the adapter.
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• Always plug the AC adapter in to the
Micro-41 before you plug it into the AC
outlet, and unplug the adapter from
the AC outlet before you unplug it from
the Micro-41.
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Follow these steps to power the Micro-41
from standard AC power.
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1. Set the AC adapter's voltage switch to
3V.
2. Insert the 3.4 mm outer diameter/1.3
mm inner diameter barrel plug into the
AC adapter's cord to read TIP+.
Note: Inserting the barrel plug into the
Micro-41's DC 3V jack disconnects the
internal batteries.
3. Plug the adapter’s other end into a
standard AC outlet.
Using Vehicle Battery Power
You can power the Micro-41 from a vehicle's battery using a DC adapter (not supplied), available at your local RadioShack
store.
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Cautions:
You must use a power source
that supplies 3 volts DC and
delivers at least 300 mA. Its
center tip must be set to positive and
its plug must fit the Micro-41's DC 3V
jack. The recommended adapter
meets these specifications. Using an
adapter that does not meet these
specifications could damage the
Micro-41 or the adapter.
!
• Always plug the DC adapter into the
Micro-41 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-41.
Follow these steps to power the Micro-41
from your vehicle's battery.
MIC
DC3V
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1. Set the DC adapter's voltage switch to
3V.
2. Attach the 3.4 mm outer diameter/1.3
mm inner diameter barrel plug with the
tip set to positive (+).
3. Insert the barrel plug into the Micro41's DC 3V jack. This disconnects any
internal batteries.
4. Plug the other end of the DC adapter
into the vehicle's cigarette-lighter
socket.
CONNECTING AN
EARPHONE
You can use an optional mono earphone
with a 1/8-inch (3.5mm) plug to listen to a
tape privately.
Notes:
• You can also use an earphone to monitor what the recorder picks up through
the internal or an external microphone.
• Your local RadioShack store carries a
wide selection of earphones.
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Insert the earphone's plug into the recorder's EAR jack. The internal speaker automatically disconnects.
Earphone Jack
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.
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• 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
1/ -inch (3.5mm) plug to extend the record8
ing 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.
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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. We do not recommend longplaying microcassette tapes such as MC120s because they are extremely thin and
can easily tangle in the playback mechanism.
Follow these steps to load a microcassette
tape.
1. Use a pencil to turn the microcassette's hub and remove any tape
slack. Avoid touching the tape.
2. Press STOP/EJECT. The cassette compartment door opens.
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3. Insert the microcassette into the
door's guides with the tape’s open
edge facing out and the full reel positioned toward the top of the recorder.
4. Close the door.
RECORDING
Cautions:
• Do not change the tape speed while
recording.
• Do not force down REC when a cassette erase-protection tab is not in
place (see “Preventing Accidental Erasure” on Page 26).
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Voice Activated (VOX) Recording
Follow these steps to have the recorder
start and stop recording automatically
based on sound it detects.
1. Set VOX to ON.
2. Load a tape.
3. Set TAPE SPEED on the side of the
recorder as follows:
• To double the tape’s recording/playback time, set TAPE 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.
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• For better sound quality, set TAPE
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.
4. Press REC to begin recording. Both
REC and PLAY lock down, and the
RECORD/BATTERY indicator (to the
right of the tape counter) lights.
Notes:
• The VOL/MIC SENS 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.
• The built-in automatic level control
(ALC) automatically sets the
recording level once recording
starts.
• When you use the VOX feature,
recording begins when the recorder
picks up sound and stops a few
seconds after the sound stops.
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5. Recording stops when the tape
reaches the end of the cassette. To
stop it sooner, press STOP/EJECT.
Manual Recording
1. Set VOX to OFF.
2. Load a tape.
3. Set TAPE SPEED to 1.2 to double the
recording time, or to 2.4 for better
sound quality.
4. Press REC (PLAY also locks down).
Recording starts, the built in automatic
level control sets the recording level,
and RECORD/BATTERY lights.
5. For maximum clarity, place the
recorder as close to the sound source
as possible, with nothing between the
source and the recorder that might
block the sound.
6. To temporarily stop recording, slide
PAUSE to ON. To resume recording,
slide PAUSE back.
7. Recording automatically stops when
the tape reaches its end. To stop
recording sooner, press STOP/EJECT.
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Quick Record
During playback, you can press REC to begin recording without pressing STOP/EJECT
first.
Using Voice Zoom
To record a speaker’s voice in a noisy environment, set VOICE ZOOM to ON. Voice
Zoom uses special filter circuits to enhance
and separate voices from background
sounds resulting in greater voice clarity
during playback.
Note: The setting of VOICE ZOOM affects
the sound only during recording. The
switch’s setting during playback has no effect.
PLAYING A TAPE
1. Load the microcassette tape.
2. Set TAPE SPEED to the speed used
when the tape was recorded.
3. To listen to the tape at normal speed,
press PLAY. To listen to the tape at
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about 30% faster than normal speed,
set TAPE SPEED to FAST PLAY.
4. Adjust VOL/MIC SENS to a comfortable
listening level.
5. Press STOP/EJECT to stop playback.
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Rewinding/Fast-Forwarding
Slide REW/REVIEW FAST-F/CUE to REW/REVIEW to rapidly rewind a tape, or to FAST-F/
CUE to fast-forward a tape.
Caution: To protect the tape-handling
parts, press STOP/EJECT or slide REW/REVIEW FAST-F/CUE to the center when the
tape reaches the end.
To hear the tape play as it fast-forwards or
rewinds, slide REW/REVIEW FAST-F/CUE to
REW/REVIEW or FAST-F/CUE during playback, When you release the switch, normal
playback resumes.
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QUICK REVIEW
During recording, slide REW/REVIEW FASTF/CUE to REW/REVIEW to hear a portion of
what you have just recorded without first
pressing STOP/EJECT then PLAY. Press
REC to resume recording.
USING THE TAPE
COUNTER
You can use the tape counter to note different locations on your tape during recording
or playback.
RECORD
Before playing or recording a tape, rewind
the tape completely and press the counter
reset button to set the counter to 000. As
the tape moves, the counter advances.
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USING INDEX MARKER
Follow these steps to use INDEX MARKER
to add a special tone to a tape so you can
quickly find that point using the review controls.
1. To mark the beginning of a recorded
section, press and hold down INDEX
MARKER, on the back of the recorder,
for at least 3 seconds during recording. RECORD/BATTERY turns off
while the Micro-41 records an index
marker tone on the tape starting at the
moment you press INDEX MARKER.
Repeat this step for each desired reference point.
2. Once you have completed recording,
press PLAY to begin play.
3. Slide
REW/REVIEW FAST-F/CUE to
REW/REVIEW to rapidly rewind a tape,
or to FAST-F/CUE to fast-forward a
tape. As the tape moves while rewinding, you hear the tone index markers
you have previously recorded, letting
you stop at starting points or separator
points in your tape.
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TAPE TIPS
STORING CASSETTE
TAPES
Do not expose microcassette tapes to high
temperatures, high humidity, dust or dirt, or
motors, transformers, or other sources of
strong magnetic fields.
PREVENTING
ACCIDENTAL ERASURE
Microcassette tapes have two eraseprotection tabs — one for each side.
When a tab is in place, you can record
on that side.
To prevent accidental erasure of a tape
recording, use a screwdriver to remove
one or both of the cassette tape’s erase
protection tabs. This prevents REC from
being pressed.
Side A Tab
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If you later decide to record on a tape side
after you have removed the erase-protection tab, place a piece of strong plastic
tape over that side’s erase-protection
hole. Be sure you cover only the hole originally covered by the erase-protection tab.
Caution: Removing the erase-protection
tabs does not prevent a bulk eraser from
erasing a microcassette tape.
ERASING TAPES
To record over a microcassette tape, simply record as usual. The cassette deck
records over the previous recording.
You can quickly erase both sides of a cassette tape using a RadioShack bulk tape
eraser.
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CARE
To enjoy your Your Optimus Micro-41 Micro Recorder for a long time:
• Keep the recorder dry. If it gets wet,
wipe it dry immediately.
• Handle the recorder gently and carefully. Don’t drop it.
• Use and store the recorder only in normal temperature environments.
• Keep the recorder away from dust and
dirt.
• Wipe the recorder 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 the recorder's
warranty. If your recorder is not operating
as it should, take it to your local RadioShack store for assistance.
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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 Micro-41. After every 20 hours of tape player
operation, follow these steps to clean the
tape-handling parts or use a RadioShack
microcassette deck cleaning kit.
1. Remove the batteries and disconnect
any other power source.
2. Open the cassette compartment door
and press PLAY to expose the tapehandling parts.
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3. Use a cotton swab dipped in tape
head cleaning solution or denatured
alcohol to gently clean the record/playback head, pinch roller, capstan and
tape guides.
Tape Guides
Pinch Roller
Record/Playback Head
Capstan
4. Press STOP/EJECT to release the
tape-handling parts. Then close the
cassette compartment cover and
reconnect power.
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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
Max. Output ................................ 270 mW
Frequency Response ......... 400–4,000 Hz
at 2.4 cm/sec.
Power Sources:
Internal Batteries ................. 3 Volts DC,
Two AA Batteries
AC Power .......... 120V with AC Adapter
Vehicle Battery ...... 12V with DC Adapter
Dimensions (HWD) ....... 5.0 × 2.5 × 1.0 in.
(126 × 62 × 26 mm)
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Typical Cassette Recording Time
(with Alkaline Batteries) .............. 18 Hours
Weight (with batteries) ... 7.0 oz (198.45 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. 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 the limitations on how long an
implied warranty lasts or the exclusion 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.
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(Continued)
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, setup 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,
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04/99
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