Aiwa TP-M140 User Manual

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001106AYO-OXPrinted in Hong Kong








For your convenience, record the model number and the serial number (you will find it in the battery compartment of your set) in the space provided below. Please refer them when you contact your Aiwa dealer in case of difficulty.

Model No. TP-M140

Serial No.


To maintain good performance

Do not use the unit in places which are extremely hot, cold, dusty or humid. In particular, do not keep the unit:

in a high humidity area such as a bathroom

near a heater

in an area exposed to direct sunlight (e.g., inside a parked car, where there could be a considerable rise in temperature)

Keep cassette tapes, magnetic cards and other magnetic recorded materials away from the speaker as the recorded information may be erased or noise may occur on cassette tapes.

Do not open the cassette holder during playback, recording, fast forwarding or rewinding.


Using with dry cell batteries A

Insert two size AA (R6) batteries with the 0and 9marks properly aligned.

Battery replacement

Replace the batteries with new ones when the tape speed slows down, volume decreases or sound distorts.

Battery life


Battery life (EIAJ Recording)

Manganese (R6P) batteries

Approx. 7 hrs.

Alkaline (LR6) batteries

Approx. 24 hrs.

Notes on dry cell batteries

Make sure that the 0and 9marks are correctly aligned.

Do not mix different types of batteries, or an old battery with a new one.

Never recharge the batteries, apply heat to them, soak them in water, or take them apart.

Remove the batteries if the unit is not used for a long time.

If liquid leaks from the batteries, wipe thoroughly to remove.

Using on AC house current B

Contact your nearest Aiwa service personnel and purchase the AC adaptor Aiwa AC-D302.

1to the DC 3 V jack

2to a wall outlet


Usable tapes

Use only micro cassette tapes with the mark. The micro cassette has a small denta on the A side so that you can distinguish the tape side even in a dark place. →C

Tape slack D

Take up any slack in the tape with a pencil or similar tool before use. Slack tape may break or jam in the mechanism.

90-minuteor longer tapes

These are extremely thin and easily deformed or damaged. They are not recommended.

To prevent accidental erasure E

Break off the plastic tabs on the cassette tape after recording, with a screwdriver or other pointed tool.

aSide A

bTab for side A

To record on a cassette without tabs F

Cover the tab openings with cellophane tape. c Cellophane tape


To clean the head and tape paths G

After every 10 hours of use, clean the head and tape paths with a head cleaning cassette or a cotton swab moistened with cleaning fluid or denatured alcohol. (These cleaning kits are commercially available.)

When cleaning with a cotton swab a, wipe the recording/playback headb, erasure headc, pinchrollerd, and capstane.

To clean the cabinet

Use a soft cloth ligtly moistened with a mild detergent solution. Do not use strong solvents such as alcohol, benzine or thinner.


Track system

Micro cassette, 2 tracks 1 channel, monaural

Usable tapes

(Normal position type)

Frequency response

250 – 5,000 Hz (2.4 cm/sec) EIAJ

Tape speed

2.4 cm/sec or 1.2 cm/sec switchable


Electret condenser microphone (monaural)

Maximum output

170 mW (EIAJ/DC)

Output jack

EARPHONE jack (monaural mini-jack)(1)

Input jack

EXT MIC jack (monaural mini-jack)

Other jack

DC 3 V jack


Diameter 36 mm, 4 ohms

Recording system

DC bias

Erasing system

Magnet erasure

Power sources

DC 3 V using two size AA (R6) batteries


AC house current using an optional AC adaptor Aiwa AC-D302

Maximum outside dimensions


63.8 (W) × 122 (H) × 25.7 (D) mm


(2 5/8 × 47/8 × 11/16 in)

Approx. 116 g (4.1 oz) (excluding batteries)


Microcassette tape MC-60(1)


Size AA (LR6) dry cell batteries (2)

Specifications and external appearance are subject to change without notice.


Please check the laws on copyright relating to recordings from discs, radio or external tape for the country in which the machine is being used.


If the unit does not perform as expected, check the following table.



Tape does not move.

• The batteries are not inserted correctly.


• The batteries are worn out.


• The unit is in pause mode.



Tape transport is unstable.

• There is slack in the tape.


• The pinch roller and capstan are dirty.


• The tape is damaged.



There is no sound.

• The VOL control is turned down completely.


• The earphone is not connected firmly when


listening with the earphone.



The sound is too low or

• The recording/playback head is dirty.


• The batteries are worn out.



The playback speed is

• The TAPE SPEED switch is set to the wrong

not correct.




Recording cannot be done.

• The erasure prevention tab on the recording


side of the cassette has been removed.

Tape stops during recording. • Set the V-SENSORswitch to OFF when not using theV-SENSORfunction.








Open the cassette holder and insert a cassette with the recording/playback side a facing the cassette holder.



1Insert a cassette.

2Set the TAPE SPEED switch.

2.4: Normal recording 1.2: Double time recording

E.g.) A 60-minuterecording can be made using both sides of theMC-30microcassette.

3Press the wbutton to start recording.

The xbutton is depressed simultaneously and the REC indicator lights. The indicator lights and goes out according to the voice input. Orient thebuilt-inmicrophone to the sound source.

Basic operation

To stop recording

Press the sbutton.

To pause recording

Set the PAUSE switch to a.


The REC indicator lights.


To resume recording, set the switch to OFF.

• The PAUSE switch is released automatically when the sbutton is pressed.

When the end of the tape is reached

The tape stops and the w and xbuttons are released automatically.

To select the sensitivity of the microphone

Set the MIC SENS switch according to the location of recording. HIGH: When recording in a conference etc.

LOW: When recording a dialogue nearby

To monitor the sound that you are recording

Use the earphone referring to “Listening with the earphone” below. You cannot monitor the sound currently being recorded through the speaker.


The standard speed of the micro cassette recorder is 2.4 cm/sec. If you record a tape with the TAPE SPEED switch set to 1.2 and play it back on another micro cassette recorder, playback sound may not be correct.

Recording from an external microphone J

To record sound with more clarity, use an optional external microphone. The plug-in-and-powerup type microphones can be used for this unit.

Connect the microphone to the EXT MIC jack and set the microphone near the sound source.


When recording from an optional external microphone, move the microphone away from the main unit or the earphone to prevent howling.

To record only above a preset sound level K

Recording will start when the unit detects sound above a certain preset level. If the unit does not detect the sound for about 4 seconds, recording will pause. This prevents tape waste and empty recording.

1Set the V-SENSORswitch to ON.

2Adjust the sensor level.

Turn the VOL (V-SENSORLEVEL) control in the direction ofa to lower the sensor level. General background noise will not be recorded, and only relatively loud sounds will be recorded.

Turn the VOL (V-SENSORLEVEL) control in the opposite direction ofb to increase the sensor level. Even relatively quiet sounds will be recorded.

3Press the wbutton to start recording.

Voice Sensor Recording

Sensor level adjustment

The ideal sensor level varies according to the loudness of the source sound. Experiment with the sensor level in advance to determine the optimum level before you start an important recording. Normally, align the white mark c of the VOL(V-SENSORLEVEL) control with the partd first, then adjust it according to surrounding conditions.


When the recording resumes after sound detection, the very first sounds may not be recorded.

To record from another unit L

Connect the other unit to the EXT MIC jack of this unit, using the appropriate connecting cords.

aTo connect to stereo source equipment

bTo connect to monaural source equipment


The connecting cords may vary according to the type of source equipment. Before connecting a unit, read the operating instructions of the connected unit.

If the volume setting of the source equipment is too high, the recorded sound may be noisy or distorted. Be sure to set the volume of the source equipment to a moderate level.


Attenuation Cable



(Monaural mini-plug

Stereo mini-plug)


Cable de atenuación




(mini-enchufemonoaural ↔mini-enchufeestéreo)


Câble d’atténuation




(miniprise monaural ↔

miniprise stéréo)



























Attenuation Cable








(Monaural mini-plug

Monaural mini-plug)


Cable de atenuación








(mini-enchufemonoaural ↔mini-enchufemonoaural)


Câble d’atténuation








(miniprise monaural ↔

miniprise monaural)











































1Insert a cassette.

2Set the TAPE SPEED switch to the same position it was in during the recording.

3Press the xbutton to start playback.

4Adjust the volume.

Basic operation

To stop playback

Press the sbutton.

To pause playback

Set the PAUSE switch to a.


To resume playback, set the switch to OFF.

• The PAUSE switch is released automatically when the sbutton is pressed.

When the end of the tape is reached

The tape stops and the xbutton is released automatically.

To find the section you want to listen to

To fast forward/rewind

To fast forward: Slide the fFF/CUE/REW/REVgswitch to fFF/CUE during stop mode.

To rewind: Slide the fFF/CUE/REW/REVgswitch to REW/REVgduring stop mode.

Press the sbutton at the desired point.

To search while monitoring high-speedsound

Keep the fFF/CUE/REW/REVgswitch slid to fFF/CUE or REW/REVg during playback. When you reach the desired point, release the switch to resume playback.

Listening with the earphone

Connect an optional earphone (3.5ø monaural mini-plug)to the EARPHONE jack. The sound does not come from thebuilt-inspeaker when the earphone is connected.