Radio Shack CTR-122 User Manual

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User’s Guide

Handheld Cassette Recorder with Pop-Up Microphone

Thank you for purchasing your Handheld Cassette Recorder from RadioShack. Please read this user’s guide before installing, setting up, and using your new Recorder.

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Handheld Cassette Recorder

User’s Guide

Quick Start

Contents

 

Overview of Controls .........................................................................................

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Features..............................................................................................................

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Set up .................................................................................................................

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Power Options ...................................................................................................

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

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Battery Notes ............................................................................................................

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Using An Optional Adapter ..........................................................................................

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Using an AC adapter.................................................................................................

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Using a DC adapter with a vehicle battery ...............................................................

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Connecting Earphones.....................................................................................

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

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

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Using the Pop-UpMicrophone ...................................................................................

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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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Erasing..............................................................................................................

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Additional Information .....................................................................................

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

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Troubleshooting ..........................................................................................................

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Limited Warranty .........................................................................................................

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Overview of Controls

FAST/FWD

STOP Q PAUSE OFF/ ON

Pause playback or recording

PLAY e

DC 3V

Connect optional adapter

Handstrap

Built-inspeaker

REWIND

RECORD z

Counter reset switch

Reset to 000

REC/BATT indicator

Cassette deck cover

Lift to insert or remove a cassette

Built-inmicrophone

MIC POP-UP

Slide left to pop up the built-inmic

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TAPE SPEED

Select playback and search speed.

VOX/TONE

Adjust to LOW/HIGH for bass/ treble tones.

Turn VOX voice-activationrecording ON/OFF.

MIC SENSITIVITY

Adjust microphone sensitivity. See page 11.

Battery cover

EAR 3.5mm Mono earphone jack.

MIC 3.5mm jack for an optional external microphone

connection. See page 13.

REM 2.5mm jack for an optional microphone remote control

connection. See page 13.

VOLUME/VOX SENS

•Adjust tape playback volume.

•Adjust volume sensitivity for VOX recording. See page 12.

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Features

VOX Voice-Activationrecording mode to save tape

Adjustable playback speed control

Pop-UpMicrophone with adjustable VOX sensitivity

Set up

Remove the protective sleeve

Before you use the recorder, open the cassette compartment door and remove the protective sleeve from the record playback head.

Choose a power supply

Choose from one of 3 ways to power the recorder. See “Power Options” on page 7.

Insert a blank tape, play and record

To learn about the VOX feature and how to make a recording, see “Recording” and “Playing a Cassette” on pages 11-16.

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Power Options

You can operate your recorder from any of these power sources:

two AA batteries (not supplied)

standard household AC power, using an optional AC adapter

a 12-voltvehicle battery, using an optional DC adapter

YWCaution:

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 specifications could damage the recorder or the adapter.

Be sure you connect the adapter to the recorder before you plug it into the AC outlet/ cigarette-lightersocket.

Always unplug the adapter from the power source before disconnecting it from the recorder.

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Installing Batteries

You can power the recorder with two alkaline AA batteries.

1.Slide off the battery cover in the direction of the arrow.

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

XBattery Notes

• If the REC/BATT indicator does not light, or lights dimly when you presse, , or , replace the batteries.

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

Use only fresh batteries of the required size and type.

Do not mix old and new batteries, different types of batteries (alkaline, or rechargeable), or rechargeable batteries of different capacities.

If you do not plan to use the recorder for more than 2 weeks, remove the battery. Batteries can leak chemicals that can damage electronic parts.

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Using an Optional Adapter

You can power the recorder using an AC adapter or your vehicle’s 12V cigarettelighter socket using a DC adapter (neither included). The adapter you choose should supply 3V, deliver at least 300 mA, and have a positive center tip. These are available at your local RadioShack store.

ZWNote: Using an adapter automatically disconnects installed batteries.

Using an AC adapter

1.Insert the barrel plug into the recorder’s DC 3V jack.

2.Plug the adapter into a standard AC outlet.

Using a DC adapter with a vehicle battery

1.Set the adapter’s voltage switch to 3 volts.

2.Insert the plug into the recorder’s DC 3V jack.

3 Plug the other end of the adapter into the vehicle’s cigarette lighter socket.

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ZWNote: If the recorder does not operate properly when connected to acigarette-lightersocket, unplug the adapter and clean any ashes or dirt from the socket.

Connecting Earphones

Insert 1/8-in(3.5mm) earphones (not supplied) into the EAR jack to listen privately or to monitor your recording. You can also connect an external speaker (not supplied) to this jack.

Listening Safely

Do not wear headphones, earphones, or earbuds while operating a motor vehicle or riding a bicycle. This can create a traffic hazard and could be illegal in some areas. To protect your hearing, follow these guidelines:

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

Set the volume to its lowest level, then turn on your audio device and adjust the volume to a comfortable listening level.

Avoid increasing the volume. Your ears will adapt to the volume level, so a level that does not cause discomfort might still damage your hearing.

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