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Portable Cassette Recorder
Owner’s Manual
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ˆ Features
Your RadioShack Portable Cassette Recorder is a multi-functional recorder that
includes a tone control and tape counter.
Easy to use and reliable, it is ideal for
both personal and business use. Its features include:
Three Power Sources — you can power the recorder from four C batteries (not
supplied), standard AC power (with the
supplied power cord), or vehicle DC
power (with an optional DC adapter).
Voice-Activated (VOX) Recording —
records only when there is sound, so you
can save power and prevent blank sections of tape.
Record/Battery Indicator — lights to
confirm the recorder is recording and
dims when the batteries are low.
Tone Control — lets you customize the
sound to your personal preference.
AUX Jack — lets you connect the recorder to an external sound source, so
you can record directly from the source.
Built-In Carrying Handle — lets you
easily carry the cassette recorder anywhere you go.
WARNING:
To reduce the risk of fire or
shock hazard, do not expose this product to rain
or moisture.
Full Automatic Stop — protects the
tape and tape handling parts by automatically stopping the tape when it reaches
the end.
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK.
DO NOT OPEN.
!
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF
ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE
COVER OR BACK. NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING
TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL.
Tape Counter — helps you locate specific sections on the tape.
Cue/Review — lets you listen to recordings at high speed so you can find a particular section.
This symbol is intended to alert
you to the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage within
the product’s enclosure that might
be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock. Do
not open the product’s case.
Automatic Level Control (ALC) Circuit
— ensures the proper recording level.
Built-In Condenser Microphone —
provides maximum sensitivity, letting
you record sound sources from several
feet away.
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MIC Jack — lets you connect an optional external microphone to record from
longer distances.
This symbol is intended to inform
you that important operating and
maintenance instructions are
included in the literature accompanying this product.
The graphical symbols with supplemental markings are located on the bottom of the product.
© 2000 Tandy Corporation.
All Rights Reserved.
RadioShack, Adaptaplug, and RadioShack.com are trademarks used by Tandy Corporation.
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Features
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ˆ Preparation
CONNECTING POWER
power cord from the AC outlet before
you unplug it from the AC IN jack.
You can power the recorder from any of
three power sources:
• Standard AC power (with the supplied power cord)
• Internal batteries
• Your
vehicle’s
cigarette-lighter
socket (with an optional DC adapter)
Note: Connecting the power cord or a
DC adapter disconnects the internal batteries.
Using AC Power
To power the recorder from standard AC
power, plug the supplied power cord into
the AC IN jack on the side of the recorder. Then plug the other end into a standard AC outlet.
Using Internal Batteries
You can power the recorder from four C
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.
Follow these steps to install batteries.
Warning: The power cord has a polarized plug that is designed to fit into the
recorder’s jack and a standard AC outlet
only one way. If the plug does not easily
fit into the jack and AC outlet, do not
force either plug. Simply turn it over and
try again.
Caution: Always plug the power cord
into the AC IN jack before you plug it into
the AC outlet, and always unplug the
1. Press down on the battery compartment cover and slide it off in the
direction of the arrow on the cover.
2. Install 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 becomes dim during recording or the recorder stops operating properly, replace
the batteries.
Follow these steps to use vehicle battery
power.
Warning: Always 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 a month or
more, remove the batteries. Batteries
can leak chemicals that can destroy
electronic parts.
1. Set the DC adapter’s voltage switch
to 6V.
Using Vehicle Battery Power
You can power the recorder from your
vehicle’s cigarette-lighter socket using a
6V, 300 mA DC adapter and a size B
Adaptaplug™ adapter (neither supplied,
available at your local RadioShack
store).
Cautions:
• You must use a DC adapter that
supplies 6 volts and delivers at least
300 milliamps. Its center tip must be
set to positive, and its plug must correctly fit the recorder’s DC 6V jack.
Using an adapter that does not meet
these requirements could damage
the recorder or the adapter.
2. Insert the Adaptaplug adapter into
the adapter’s cord so it reads + TIP.
3. Insert the Adaptaplug’s barrel plug
into the DC 6V jack on the left side of
the recorder.
4. Insert the adapter’s larger plug into
the vehicle’s cigarette-lighter socket.
USING AN EARPHONE
You can use an optional mono earphone
with a 1/8-inch (3.5-mm) mini plug to listen to a tape privately. Insert the earphone’s 1/8-inch plug into the EAR jack.
• Always plug the adapter into the
recorder before you plug it into the
cigarette-lighter socket, and always
unplug the adapter from the cigarette-lighter socket before you
unplug it from the recorder.
Note:
Connecting
the
earphone
automatically disconnects the built-in
speaker.
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Preparation
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Listening Safely
adapt to the volume level, so a volume level that does not cause discomfort might still damage your
hearing.
To protect your hearing, follow these
guidelines when you use the 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
Traffic Safety
Do not wear an earphone while operating a motor vehicle or riding a bicycle.
This can create a traffic hazard and can
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.
ˆ Operation
LOADING A CASSETTE
TAPE
1. Take up any slack in the tape by
turning one of the cassette’s hubs
with a pencil.
3. Load the cassette into the cassette
guides in the door with its open
edge out, the side you want to play
facing up, and its full reel to the left.
4. Close the door.
PLAYING A CASSETTE
TAPE
1. Load the cassette tape.
Caution: If you do not remove the
excess slack, the tape could
become tangled in the record/playback mechanism.
2. Press PLAY. The cassette plays until
it reaches the end of the side, then it
automatically stops.
2. Press STOP/EJECT to open the cassette compartment door.
Notes:
• Press PAUSE to temporarily stop
playback. Press PAUSE again to
resume playback.
• To rapidly wind the tape forward
or backward, press STOP/EJECT
Operation
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then FAST-F/CUE or REWIND/
REVIEW. Press STOP/EJECT then
PLAY to resume playback.
4. Press RECORD to begin recording.
Both PLAY and RECORD lock down.
Note: To temporarily stop recording,
press PAUSE. Press PAUSE again to
resume recording.
• If you hold down REWIND/REVIEW
or FAST-F/CUE while the tape is
playing, you can hear the tape as
it moves at a faster speed. This
makes it easy to locate a specific
part of a recording. When you
release REWIND/REVIEW or FASTF/CUE, the tape plays at its normal speed.
3. Adjust
TONE and VOLUME/VOX
SENS to a comfortable listening
level.
4. To stop playback before the tape
automatically stops, press STOP/
EJECT.
RECORDING
5. The recorder automatically stops
the tape when it reaches the end of
the current side. To stop recording
sooner, press STOP/EJECT.
Using an External Microphone
You can connect an external microphone (not supplied) with a 1/8-inch plug
to the recorder. Your local RadioShack
store sells a variety of microphones.
Note: Connecting an external microphone automatically disconnects the
built-in microphone.
Follow these steps to record using an
external microphone.
Notes:
• Before you load a cassette tape for
recording, be sure its erase-protection tabs are in place (see “Preventing Accidental Erasure” on Page 8).
• The recorder’s Automatic Level
Control (ALC) circuit automatically
adjusts the recording level. VOLUME/VOX SENS has no effect on
recording.
1. Load a blank cassette tape, or one
you want to record over, into the
cassette compartment.
2. Insert the microphone’s plug into the
recorder’s MIC jack.
Using the Built-In Microphone
1. Load a blank cassette tape, or one
you want to record over, into the
cassette compartment.
2. Place the recorder 2 to 3 feet from
the recording source.
3. Set VOX to OFF.
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Operation
Note: If the external microphone
has a separate, smaller plug for
remote operation, insert that plug
into the REM jack. Then you can use
the microphone’s remote switch to
stop or start the recorder.
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3. Press RECORD to begin recording.
Both PLAY and RECORD lock down.
Note: If you previously connected an external microphone, disconnect it.
Note: To temporarily stop recording,
press PAUSE. Press PAUSE again to
resume recording.
1. Load a blank cassette tape, or one
you want to record over, into the
cassette compartment.
4. Speak into the external microphone.
2. Connect the external source to the
AUX jack using a patch cord with a
1
/8-inch plug.
5. The recorder automatically stops
the tape when it reaches the end of
the current side. To stop recording
sooner, press STOP/EJECT.
VOX Recording
When you use VOX recording, the recorder automatically begins recording
when it senses a voice or other sound,
then automatically stops when the
sound stops.
To start VOX recording, set VOX to ON
then adjust VOLUME/VOX SENS to set
the sound level at which recording begins. Rotating VOLUME/VOX SENS to the
left increases the VOX sensitivity. The
higher the VOX sensitivity, the lower the
sound level is needed to start VOX recording.
Recording from a Connected
Audio Source
You can record directly from an external
audio source, such as a radio, tape
deck, or CD player. To make the connection, you need a suitable mono patch
cord with a 1/8-inch (3.5-mm) plug (available at your local RadioShack store).
Note: Before you connect an external
audio source to the recorder, be sure
the source’s volume control is set to its
minimum setting.
3. Start the external audio source and
set its volume control to a normal listening level.
4. Press RECORD to begin recording.
Both PLAY and RECORD lock down.
Note: To temporarily stop recording,
press PAUSE. To resume recording,
press PAUSE again.
5. The recorder automatically stops
the tape when it reaches the end of
the current side. To stop recording
sooner, press STOP/EJECT. Then
stop the audio source.
Note: During recording, the speaker is
muted. If you want to monitor the recording, connect an earphone (not supplied)
(see “Using an Earphone” on Page 4).
USING THE TAPE
COUNTER
You can use the tape counter to help
you find specific locations on the tape.
Follow these steps to record from an external audio source.
Operation
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At the beginning of a tape, press TAPE
COUNTER to reset the tape counter to
Erasing Tapes
000. Then note the counter’s reading at
the beginning of each selection.
To record over a cassette tape, simply
record as usual. The cassette deck
records over the previous recording.
To return to a selection, fast-forward or
rewind the tape until the counter shows
the noted reading.
TAPE TIPS
Note: If you use metal or high-bias type
tape, the recorded sound might not be
erased properly.
Recommended Tapes
Tape quality greatly affects the quality of
the recording. We recommend extendedrange or low noise Type 1 regular length
(60- or 90-minute) normal-bias cassette
tapes. We do not recommend long-play
cassette tapes such as C-120s because
they are thin and can easily tangle.
Restoring Tape Tension and
Sound Quality
After you play a cassette 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, fastforward the tape from the beginning to
the end of one side, then completely rewind it. Then loosen the tape reels by
gently tapping each edge of the cassette
on a flat surface.
Caution: Be careful not to damage the
cassette when tapping it. Do not touch
the exposed tape or allow any sharp objects near the cassette.
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You can quickly erase both sides of a
cassette tape using a RadioShack bulk
tape eraser.
Preventing Accidental Erasure
Cassette 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 eraseprotection 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
the hole originally covered by the eraseprotection tab.
Caution: Removing the erase-protection
tabs does not prevent a bulk eraser from
erasing a cassette tape.
Operation
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ˆ Care and Maintenance
Your RadioShack Portable Cassette Recorder is an example of superior design and
craftsmanship. The following suggestions will help you care for your recorder so you
can enjoy it for years.
Keep the recorder dry. If it gets wet, wipe it dry immediately. Liquids
might contain minerals that can corrode the electronic circuits.
Use and store the recorder only in normal temperature environments.
Temperature extremes can shorten the life of electronic devices, damage batteries, and distort or melt plastic parts.
Keep the recorder away from dust and dirt, which can cause premature
wear of parts.
Handle the recorder gently and carefully. Dropping it can damage circuit
boards and cases and can cause the recorder to work improperly.
Use only fresh batteries of the required size and recommended type.
Batteries can leak chemicals that damage your recorder’s electronic
parts.
Wipe the recorder with a damp cloth occasionally to keep it looking new.
Do not use harsh chemicals, cleaning solvents, or strong detergents to
clean the recorder.
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 and Maintenance
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CLEANING THE TAPE-HANDLING 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 cassette player. After every 20 hours of tape player operation, follow these steps to clean
the tape-handling parts or use a RadioShack cassette 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.
3. Use a cotton swab dipped in denatured alcohol or tape head cleaning solution to
clean the tape guides, record/play head, pinch roller, and capstan.
Tape Guides
Capstan
Pinch
Roller
Record/Play Head
4. When you finish cleaning, press STOP/EJECT and close the cassette compartment door. Then reconnect power.
ˆ Specifications
CASSETTE PLAYER
Track System ................................................................................................. 2-Track Monaural
Tape Speed ................................................................................................................ 4.75 cm/s
Recording System ......................................................................................................... AC Bias
Frequency Response (@ ±6 dB) ...................................................................... 125 Hz–6.3 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio ....................................................................................................... 35 dB
Wow and Flutter (WRMS) ............................................................................................ < 0.25%
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Specifications
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GENERAL
Power Requirements ................................................................................... AC 120V, 60 Hz, or
Four C Batteries, or
DC 6V with Optional Adapter
Dimensions (HWD) .......................................................................................... 2 × 59/16 × 93/4 in
(50.8 × 141.3 × 247.7 mm)
Weight (without batteries) ........................................................................................... 1 lb 13 oz
(810 g)
Included Accessory ........................................................................................... AC Power Cord
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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