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Owner’s Manual
Voice Activated
Microcassette Recorder
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ˆ Contents
Features ....................................................... 3
Preparation ..................................................
Connecting Power ....................................
Using Batteries ....................................
Using AC or DC Power ........................
Connecting an Earphone .........................
Listening Safely ........................................
Traffic Safety ............................................
Connecting an External Microphone ........
Operation ...................................................
A Quick Look at the Recorder’s
Controls ..................................................
Loading a Microcassette Tape ...............
Recording ...............................................
Using Quick Record ...........................
Playing a Tape ........................................
Rewinding/Fast-Forwarding ...............
Quick Review .........................................
Using the Tape Counter .........................
Tape Tips ....................................................
Storing Cassette Tapes ..........................
Restoring Tape Tension and Sound
Quality ....................................................
Erasing Tapes ........................................
Preventing Accidental Erasure ..........
Cleaning the Tape-Handling Parts .........
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Care ............................................................ 21
Specifications ............................................ 22
© 2000 RadioShack Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
RadioShack, RadioShack.com, and Adaptaplug are
trademarks used by RadioShack Corporation.
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ˆ Features
Your RadioShack Voice Activated Microcassette Recorder is ideal for quick notetaking. Its ultra-small size makes it easy to
slip into a pocket, briefcase, or purse. 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) —
lets you set the recorder so it records
when it picks up sound and stops a few
seconds after the sound stops.
Tape Counter with Reset Button — lets
you note the locations of certain sections
of tape so you can easily return to them.
Quick Review — lets you stop recording
to review a portion of recorded tape without first stopping.
Quick Record — lets you instantly stop
playback and begin recording.
Features
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Tape Speed Switch — lets you record
and play back a tape at a slower speed
(which provides twice the recording/playback time) or at normal speed (for better
sound quality.
Fast Play — lets you play a tape back at
about 25% faster than normal speed, to
save time when listening to a tape.
Built-In Microphone and Speaker — lets
you record and play back notes anywhere.
External Microphone Jack — lets you
use an external, wide-range microphone.
Auto Stop — stops the recorder automatically when a tape reaches its end during
recording or playback.
Earphone Jack — lets you use an optional earphone for private listening.
Automatic Level Control (ALC) Circuit
— automatically sets the recording level.
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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ˆ Preparation
CONNECTING POWER
Using Batteries
You can power your recorder from two AA
batteries (not supplied). 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 rechargeable batteries of different capacities.
1. Slide the battery compartment cover
in the direction of the arrow, then lift
off the cover.
2. Place the batteries in the compartment as indicated by the polarity symbols (+ and –) marked inside.
3. Replace the cover.
Preparation
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When the RECORD/BATTERY indicator
lights dimly or not at all or the recorder
stops operating properly, replace the batteries.
Warning: Dispose of old batteries
promptly and properly. Do not burn or
bury them.
Caution: If you do not plan to use the recorder with batteries for several days, remove the batteries. Batteries can leak
chemicals that can destroy electronic
parts.
Using AC or DC Power
You can power the recorder using a 3V,
regulated 300 mA AC or DC adapter and
a size H Adaptaplug™ connector (neither
supplied). Both are available at your local
RadioShack store.
Cautions:
You must use a (Class 2)
power source that supplies
3V DC and delivers at least
300 mA. Its center tip must be set to
positive and its plug must fit the recorder’s DC 3V jack. Using an adapter that does not meet these
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specifications could damage the recorder or the adapter.
• Always connect the adapter to the
recorder before you connect it to a
power source. When you finish, disconnect the adapter from the power
source before you disconnect it from
the recorder.
1. Set the AC or DC adapter’s voltage
switch to 3V, if necessary.
2. Connect the Adaptaplug to the AC or
DC adapter’s cord so the tip reads
TIP+.
3. Insert the barrel plug into the
recorder’s DC 3V jack. This disconnects internal batteries.
4. Depending on the type of adapter you
are using, plug the other end of the
adapter into a standard AC outlet or a
12V power source.
CONNECTING AN
EARPHONE
You can use an optional mono earphone
with a 1/8-inch (3.5-mm) plug to listen to a
tape privately.
Preparation
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Note: You can also use an earphone to
monitor what the recorder picks up
through the internal (or external) microphone when recording. Your local RadioShack store carries a wide selection of
earphones.
Insert the earphone’s plug into the recorder’s EAR jack. The internal 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
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.
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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.
CONNECTING AN
EXTERNAL MICROPHONE
You can use an optional microphone with
a 1/8-inch (3.5-mm) plug to extend the 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.
Preparation
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ˆ Operation
A QUICK LOOK AT THE
RECORDER’S CONTROLS
MIC Jack
EAR Jack VOL/MIC SENS
VOX
Microphone
PAUSE
RECORD
REW/REVIEW
FAST F/CUE
PLAY
STOP/EJECT
TAPE SPEED
RECORD/BATTERY
Indicator
TAPE COUNTER
LOADING A
MICROCASSETTE TAPE
Note: We recommend normal bias MC-60
microcassette tapes for up to 2 hours of
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recording/playback time, or MC-90 microcassette tapes for up to 3 hours of recording/playback time. We do not recommend
long-playing microcassette tapes such as
MC-120s, 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 cassette’s
hub and remove any tape slack.
Avoid touching the tape.
2. Press STOP/EJECT. The cassette
compartment door opens.
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.
Operation
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• Do not force down RECORD when a
cassette erase-protection tab is not in
place. (See “Preventing Accidental
Erasure” on Page 18.)
You can record manually or use VOX
(voice-activated) recording. When you use
VOX, recording begins when the recorder
picks up sound and stops a few seconds
after the sound stops.
1. Load a tape.
2. Set TAPE SPEED 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.
• For better sound quality, set TAPE
SPEED to 2.4 (NORMAL or FAST
PLAY). This setting allows 60 minutes of total recording/playback
time on an MC-60 tape, or 90 minutes on an MC-90 tape.
3. To manually start and stop recording,
set VOX to OFF.
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To use voice-activated recording, set
VOX to ON. To adjust MIC sensitivity,
adjust VOL/MIC SENS as desired.
Set TAPE SPEED according to the following chart for the desired results:
Set Playback
To
Tape Plays
Recording At 1.2 cm/s
1.2
same speed
2.4 NORMAL
twice as fast
2.4 Fast Play
two and one half times as fast
Recording At 2.4 cm/s
1.2
half as fast
2.4 NORMAL
same speed
2.4 Fast Play
one fourth as fast
Recording At Fast Play
1.2
half as fast
2.4 NORMAL
same speed
2.4 Fast Play
one fourth as fast
Operation
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4. Press RECORD to begin recording.
Both RECORD and PLAY lock down,
and the RECORD/BATTERY indicator 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.
• 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.
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5. To temporarily stop recording, slide
PAUSE away from OFF. To resume
recording, slide PAUSE to OFF.
6. Recording stops when the tape
reaches its end. To stop it sooner,
press STOP/EJECT.
Using Quick Record
During playback, you can press RECORD
to immediately start recording without
pressing STOP/EJECT first.
PLAYING A TAPE
1. Load a microcassette tape.
2. Set TAPE SPEED to the speed used
when the tape was recorded.
To listen to the tape at about 25%
faster than normal speed, slide TAPE
SPEED to 2.4 FAST PLAY.
3. Press PLAY to begin play.
4. Adjust VOL/MIC SENS to the desired
listening level.
5. The tape automatically stops when it
reaches its end. Press STOP/EJECT
to stop playback sooner.
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Rewinding/Fast-Forwarding
Slide REW/REVIEW FAST-F/CUE to REW/
REVIEW to 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 its end.
To hear the tape play at a faster speed,
slide REW/REVIEW FAST-F/CUE to REW/
REVIEW or FAST-F/CUE during playback.
Set the switch back to the center to resume normal playback.
QUICK REVIEW
During recording, slide REW/REVIEW
FAST-F/CUE to REW/REVIEW to hear a portion of what you have just recorded (without first pressing STOP/EJECT then PLAY).
Press RECORD to resume recording.
USING THE TAPE COUNTER
You can use the tape counter to note different locations on your tape during recording or playback.
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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.
ˆ 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.
RESTORING TAPE TENSION
AND SOUND QUALITY
After you play a microcassette tape several times, the tape might become tightly
wound on the reels. This can cause playback sound quality to deteriorate.
To restore the sound quality, fast-forward
the tape from the beginning to the end of
one side, then completely rewind it. Then
loosen the tape reels by gently tapping
each side of the cassette’s outer shell on
a flat surface.
Tape Tips
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Caution: Be careful not to damage the
microcassette when tapping it. Do not
touch the exposed tape or allow any sharp
objects near the cassette.
ERASING TAPES
To record over a microcassette tape, simply record as usual. The tape recorder
records over the previous recording.
You can quickly erase both sides of a cassette tape using a bulk tape eraser.
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 RECORD
from being pressed.
If you later decide to record on a tape side
after you have removed the eraseprotection tab, place a piece of strong
plastic tape over that side's eraseprotection hole. Be sure you cover only
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the hole originally covered by the eraseprotection tab.
Caution: Removing the erase-protection
tabs does not prevent a bulk eraser from
erasing a microcassette tape.
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. After every 20 hours of tape player
operation, follow these steps to clean the
tape-handling parts.
1. Remove the batteries and disconnect any other power source.
2. Open the cassette compartment door
and press PLAY to expose the tapehandling parts.
3. Use a cotton swab dipped in tape
head cleaning solution or denatured
alcohol to gently clean the record/
Tape Tips
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playback head, pinch roller, capstan
and tape guides.
Tape
Guides
Pinch Roller
Capstan
Record/Playback
Head
4. Press STOP/EJECT to release the
tape-handling parts. Then close the
cassette compartment cover and
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 recorder cleaning supplies.
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ˆ Care
To enjoy your RadioShack Voice Activated Microcassette Recorder for a long
time:
• 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 gently and carefully. Do not drop it.
• 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 its warranty.
If your recorder is not performing as it
should, take it to your local RadioShack
store for assistance.
Care
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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)
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
Power Output ..................................... 180 mW
Frequency Response ............... 400–4,000 Hz
at 2.4 cm/sec
Power Sources:
Internal batteries ....... 3V DC 2 AA batteries
AC Power ........................................... 120V
with optional regulated AC Adapter
DC Power ...................................... 12V DC
with optional DC Adapter
Dimensions (HWD) ............ 415/16 × 27/16 × 1 in
(126 × 62 × 26 mm)
Typical Cassette Recording Time
(with alkaline batteries) ...................... 18 hours
Weight (without batteries) .................... 4.55 oz
(129g)
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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 companyowned 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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