Radio Shack CTR-116 User Manual

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Cat. No. 14-1122

OWNER’S MANUAL

Please read before using this equipment.

CTR-116

Voice-Activated

Cassette Tape Recorder

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FEATURES

Your Optimus CTR-116Voice-ActivatedCassette Tape Recorder uses the latest in recording technology to make recording easy and convenient. Recording begins when theCTR-116detects sound and ends when sound subsides, forhands-freeoperation. TheCTR-116’smicrophone is sensitive enough for the boardroom, a seminar, or a lecture hall.

The CTR-116’sfeatures include:

Voice-Activated(VOX) Recording— records only when there is sound so that you can save power and prevent blank sections of tape.

Upright Style — lets you view the cassette deck as it plays and records.

Digital Tape Counter — helps you quickly find a specific section on the cassette.

Built-In Speaker — lets you listen to your recordings.

Semi-Automatic Shut-Off — automatically stops the tape at the end of play or recording.

Cue/Review — lets you listen to recordings at high speed to help you find a particular section.

© 1998 Tandy Corporation.

All Rights Reserved.

Optimus and RadioShack are registered trademarks used by Tandy Corporation.

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External Microphone Jack — lets you record using either thebuilt-inmicrophone or an external microphone.

Supplied Earphone — lets you listen to recordings in private.

Record Indicator — lights when you are recording.

Three Power Sources — you can power the recorder from internal batteries, or from a vehicle’scigarette-lightersocket or standard AC power (using the appropriate optional adapter).

We recommend you record the CTR-116’sserial number here. The number is in the recorder’s battery compartment.

Serial Number: ___________________________

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CONTENTS

 

Preparation ............................................................................

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Powering the CTR-116 ......................................................

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Installing Batteries .......................................................

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Using AC Power ..........................................................

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Using Vehicle Battery Power .......................................

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Connecting the Earphone ................................................

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Listening Safely .........................................................

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Traffic Safety ..............................................................

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Playing a Cassette Tape .....................................................

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Using the Tape Counter ...................................................

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Recording .............................................................................

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VOX Recording ................................................................

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Manual Recording ...........................................................

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Using an External Microphone ........................................

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Recording from External Sources ....................................

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Tape Tips ..............................................................................

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Erasing a Recording ........................................................

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Preventing Accidental Erasure ........................................

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Restoring Tape Tension and Sound Quality ....................

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Care and Maintenance ........................................................

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Cleaning the Tape-HandlingParts ...................................

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Specifications ......................................................................

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PREPARATION

POWERING THE CTR-116

You can operate your CTR-116from any of these power sources:

four AA batteries (not supplied)

standard AC power (using an optional AC adapter)

vehicle battery power (using an optional DC adapter)

Note: Using an adapter automatically disconnects the internal batteries.

Installing Batteries

You can power the CTR-116with four AA batteries. For the longest life, we recommend alkaline batteries. Or, you can use rechargeablenickel-cadmiumbatteries (RadioShack Cat. No.23-325)and charge them with a battery charger, such as Cat. No.23-242.

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.

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1. Press down on the battery compartment cover and slide it off in the direction of the arrow.

2. Put the batteries into the compartment as indicated by the polarity symbols (+ and –)marked inside.

3. Replace the cover.

The REC/BATT indicator at the upper left corner of the front panel lights when you record. If the indicator lights dimly or not at all, replace the batteries.

REC/BATT

MIC

REC/BATT

EARPH

MIC

REMOT

DC6

Cautions:

Always remove old or weak batteries. Batteries can leak chemicals that can destroy electronic parts.

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Dispose of old batteries promptly and properly. Do not burn or bury them.

Note: At the end of aNi-Cdrechargeable battery’s useful life, it must be recycled or disposed of properly. Contact your local, county, or state hazardous waste management authorities for information on recycling or disposal programs in your area. Some options that might be available are: municipalcurb-sidecollection,drop-offboxes at retailers such as your local RadioShack store, recycling collection centers, andmail-backprograms.

Using AC Power

To power the CTR-116from an AC outlet, you need an AC adapter, such as Cat. No.273-1454.

Cautions:

The recommended adapter supplies 6 volts DC power and delivers at least 150 milliamps. The adapter’s center tip must be set to negative, and its plug must properly fit the CTR-116’sDC 6V jack. Using an adapter that does not meet these specifications could damage theCTR-116or the adapter.

Be sure you connect the adapter to the CTR-116before you plug it into the AC outlet, and unplug the adapter from the AC outlet before you unplug it from theCTR-116.

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Follow these steps to power the CTR-116with an AC adapter.

 

MIC

REC/BAT

T

 

EARPH

 

MIC

 

REMOT

 

DC6

 

 

DC 6V

1.Insert the adapter’s 5.5 mm outer diameter/2.1 mm inner diameter barrel plug into the adapter’s cord, with the tip set to negative.

2.Insert the barrel plug into the CTR-116’sDC 6V jack.

3.Plug the adapter into a standard AC outlet.

Using Vehicle Battery Power

You can operate the CTR-116from your vehicle’s battery with a DC adapter (not supplied), such as Cat. No.273-1802.

Cautions:

The recommended adapter supplies 6 volts DC power and delivers at least 150 milliamps. The adapter’s center tip must be set to negative, and its plug must properly fit the CTR-116’sDC 6V jack. Using an adapter that does not meet these specifications could damage theCTR-116or the adapter.

Be sure you plug the adapter into the CTR-116before you plug it into thecigarette-lightersocket, and unplug the

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adapter from the cigarette-lightersocket before you unplug it from theCTR-116.

Follow these steps to power the CTR-116from your vehicle’scigarette-lightersocket.

 

MIC

REC/BAT

T

EARPH

 

MIC

 

REMOT

 

DC6

 

 

DC 6V

1.Set the adapter’s voltage switch to 6 volts.

2.Insert the adapter’s 5.5 mm outer diameter/2.1 mm inner diameter barrel plug into CTR-116’sDC 6V jack.

3.Plug the other end of the adapter into the vehicle’s cigarette-lightersocket.

Note: If theCTR-116does not operate properly when connected to acigarette-lightersocket, unplug the adapter and clean any ashes and other debris from the socket.

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CONNECTING THE EARPHONE

You can use the supplied earphone to listen privately to the CTR-116.You can also connect an external orpillow-typespeaker (not supplied) to this jack.

Note: Your local RadioShack store sells a wide variety of speakers.

Insert the earphone’s or speaker’s 1/8-inch(3.5-mm)plug into theEARPHONE jack. This automatically disconnects the internal speaker.

MIC

REC/BATT

EARPH

MIC

REMOT

DC6

EARPHONE

Listening Safely

To protect your hearing, follow these guidelines when you use the earphone.

Do not listen at extremely high volume levels. Extended high-volumelistening can lead to permanent hearing loss.

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Set the volume to its lowest level before you begin listening. After you put on the earphone, adjust the volume to a comfortable listening level.

Do not increase the volume once you have established a comfortable listening level. 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 the 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.

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PLAYING A CASSETTE TAPE

1.Press STOP/EJECT to open the cassette compartment door.

STOP EJECT

MIC

EARPH

MIC

REMOT

DC6

2.Use your finger or a pencil to turn the cassette’s hub and take up any slack in the tape. Do not touch the tape.

3.Load a cassette into the door’s guides with the full reel to the right, the cassette’s open edge facing out, and the side you want to play facing the compartment’s window. Then close the door.

EARPHO

MIC

R EMOTE

DC6V

ATT EC/B R

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4. Rotate VOLUME to its lowest setting (MIN).

MIC

REC/BA

TT

MIN MAX VOLUME

EARPH

MIC

REMOT

DC6

5. Press PLAY . The tape begins to play.

 

 

MIC

 

REC/B

ATT

 

 

EARPH

 

 

MIC

 

PLAY

REMOT

 

 

DC6

 

 

6.Adjust VOLUME to the desired listening level.

7.The CTR-116automatically stops at the end of the tape.

Or, press STOP/EJECT to stop play sooner.

Notes:

To momentarily stop play, press PAUSE . ReleasePAUSE to resume playing. To conserve battery power,

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however, we recommend that you do not pause the tape for longer than about 5 minutes at a time.

PAUSE

MIC

REC/BATT

EARPH

MIC

REMOT

DC6

To rapidly advance or rewind the tape, press FAST-F/ CUE orREWIND/REVIEW . The button locks down and the tape continues moving until you pressSTOP/ EJECT .

FAST-FREWIND CUE REVIEW

MIC

REC/BA

TT

 

EARPH

MIC

REMOT

DC6

The CTR-116does not automatically stop when it reaches the end of the tape duringfast-forwardor rewind. To pre-

vent damage to the tape after it has fully wound to either

end, press STOP/EJECT

 

 

to release fast-forwardor

rewind.

 

 

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If you press FAST-F/CUE or REWIND/REVIEW while the tape plays, you hear the sound at high speed. This can help you locate a specific portion of the tape.

USING THE TAPE COUNTER

You can use the tape counter to give you an indication of the tape’s position. Before playing a tape, press the tape counter reset button to set the counter to 000.

MIC

REC/B

ATT

 

EARPH

MIC

REMOT

DC6

0 0 0

When the recorder plays, the numbers advance to show the amount of tape that has moved past the tape heads since the tape began moving. When the tape rewinds, the numbers decrease.

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RECORDING

Note: For the best performance, use only regular length (60or90-minute)cassette tapes. We do not recommendlong-playingcassette tapes, such asC-120s,because they are extremely thin and can tangle easily.

VOX RECORDING

When you select VOX recording, theCTR-116automatically begins recording when it senses a voice or other sound, and automatically stops when the sound stops.

For the best recording quality, place the recorder about 1 foot from the sound source. Because the microphone is so sensitive, it will also pick up a voice or group of voices (such as an audience) from several feet away.

1.Load a cassette into the tape compartment.

2.Set VOXto HIGHor LOW.

HIGH LOW OFF VOX

MIC

REC/B

ATT

EARPH

MIC

REMOT

DC6

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At HIGH, a soft sound turns on the recorder. AtLOW, it takes a louder sound to start recording. Experiment to find the best setting forVOX in your recording environment.

3.Press RECORD.RECORD andPLAY lock down. Recording starts and theREC/BATT indicator lights when the microphone receives a loud enough signal (voice or other sound). Recording stops and theREC/BATT indicator fades when the signal ceases. This continues throughout recording.

MIC

REC/BA

TT

EARPH

MIC

REMOT

DC6

REWIND PLAY REVIEW

Caution: Never try to force downRECORD if you have removed the erase protection tab (see “Preventing Accidental Erasure” on Page 21). This can damage the record/ play mechanism.

Note: If the audio input is too strong, the indicator lights steadily. Either move the microphone away from the sound source or lower the volume of the sound source.

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4.To momentarily stop recording, press PAUSE . ReleasePAUSE to resume recording.

PAUSE

MIC

REC/B

ATT

EARPH

MIC

REMOT

DC6

5. To stop recording press STOP/EJECT .

Notes:

If you hold down REWIND/REVIEW or FAST-F/CUE while recording, the RECORD button releases and the tape rewinds or advances. You hear the sound at high speed so you can locate the desired segment.

• When

you release REWIND/REVIEW

or FAST-F/

CUE

, the recorder begins playing the cassette. To con-

tinue recording, press STOP/EJECT

 

 

 

then RECORD.

 

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MANUAL RECORDING

Manual recording is like VOX recording, except you control when recording begins and ends. Set VOX toOFF, then pressRECORD to begin recording. PressSTOP/EJECT to stop recording, or pressPAUSE in to temporarily stop recording.

USING AN EXTERNAL MICROPHONE

The CTR-116’sbuilt-inmicrophone works well in most situations, but you can connect an external microphone (not supplied) with a1/8-inch(3.5-mm)plug to the recorder’sMIC jack. This automatically disconnects thebuilt-inmicrophone.

Note: Your local RadioShack store sells a variety of microphones.

Set VOX toHIGH orLOW for VOX recording, or toOFF for manual recording.

If the microphone has an ON/OFF switch for remote control, connect the microphone to the CTR-116’sREMOTE andMIC jacks. Then you can start and stop recording with the switch on the microphone.

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RECORDING FROM EXTERNAL SOURCES

You can record directly from a tuner, a radio, or a TV that has a 1/8-inch(3.5-mm)jack. Use a dubbing patch cord (such as Cat. No.42-2152)to connect theCTR-116’sMIC jack to the headphone output jack of an external component. SetVOX toOFF, then proceed with manual recording.

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