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It is important to read this instruction book prior to using your new product for the first time.



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  • Page 1 TC1401 It is important to read this instruction book prior to using your new product for the first time.
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Important Information ... 4 End User License Agreement ... 6 Before You Begin ... 8 Unpacking your player ... 8 Things to consider before you get started..9 Computer system requirements ... 9 Warning ... 9 Caution ...
  • Page 3 Table of Contents Creating Playlist Folders ... 24 Playback ... 25 Listening to your mp3/wma files ... 25 Volume ... 25 Locking your Player ... 25 Synchronizing Lyrics Display ... 26 File Browsing ... 27 Menu Structure ... 27 Navigation ... 27 Recording ...
  • Page 4: Important Information

    To reduce risk of injury, charge only rechargeable batteries recommended by the manufacturer for this player. Other types of batteries may burst causing damage and personal injury. Technical specification Product: RCA player Brand: RCA Model: TC1401 Electrical rating DC : 1.5V AAA/LR03 battery...
  • Page 5 Important Information FCC Regulations state that unauthorized changes or modifications to this equipment may void the user’s authority to operate it. FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION INFORMATION This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including...
  • Page 6: End User License Agreement

    Program's proprietary notices. (b) You may transfer the Program and license to another party only as a part of the Thomson/RCA branded Portable Digital Audio/Video Device (“A/V Device”), and only if the other party agrees to accept the terms and conditions of this EULA. If you...
  • Page 8: Before You Begin

    Before You Begin Dear RCA Customer, Thank you for purchasing the RCA audio (WMA) content as well as content purchased from most online music download services. After purchasing and downloading music to your PC, you are now ready to move content to your player.
  • Page 9: Things To Consider Before You Get Started

    Back up your data As with any portable device with internal memory or storage, you must back up the data regularly. RCA and Thomson are not responsible for lost data.
  • Page 10: Getting Started

    Getting Started Installing the Battery 1. Remove the USB port cover. 2. Push and slide out the battery compartment cover. 3. Install the battery. Match the + and - signs on the battery to the signs on the battery compartment. 4.
  • Page 11: Removing The Player From Your Computer

    Getting Started 1. Remove the USB port cover and disconnect the earphones. 2. Connect the player to one of your computer’s USB ports. 3. The screen displays “USB Connected”, indicating that the player is in USB mode. 4. On your computer’s desktop, right-click on the My Computer icon and select Explore. The player will be automatically recognized as a removable media device (Microsoft®...
  • Page 12: Powering On/Off

    Getting Started Powering ON/OFF Caution: Before turning on the player, make sure the player is not locked. If your player is locked when you power it on, the screen displays “Locked” and your player automatically turns off after a few seconds. To unlock it, simply slide the hold switch backwards.
  • Page 13: Controls And Display

    Controls and Display Controls 1. HOLD (hold switch) • Slide to lock the controls and prevent any accidental operation while recording or playing. • Slide backward to unlock. 2. MIC Microphone Play / Pause / Power On • Press to turn the player on. •...
  • Page 14: Display

    Controls and Display 7. – Volume down • Slide the button to – to decrease the volume level. 8. USB Port Cover 9. M Menu button • Press to access the Main Menu (Music, Record, Voice, Navigation, Settings). Stop / Power Off •...
  • Page 15: Transferring Music

    Transferring Music Installing Windows Media Player It is recommended that you install Windows Media Player to enjoy all the features of your player: Download the appropriate version from Microsoft’s website: 1. In “Select Download”, choose Windows Media Player. 2. In “Select Version”, select the appropriate version: Player 10 (for Windows XP) Player 9 Series (for 2000) 3.
  • Page 16: Adding Audio Files To Your Library

    Transferring Music Note: The instructions below apply to Windows Media Player 10. If you are using another version, please refer to the Help section on your program. Adding Audio Files to your Media Library Windows Media Player will automatically gather all mp3 and/or wma files on your computer into a media library, where they can be played, edited, burned to CD, or copied to your digital audio player.
  • Page 17: Converting Cd Tracks To Mp3

    Under Audio quality, you can set the recording quality by dragging the slider. By default, it is set to smallest size. This quality will be sufficient for your mp3 player. You can set the quality to a higher setting, but then you can store fewer songs on your player.
  • Page 18 Transferring Music Note: WMP10 is now properly set up to convert audio tracks from CD to mp3 files. WMP10 can also retrieve the album, title, artist name and track names from the Internet. This kind of information, also called ID3 tag, will automatically be added if you have an active Internet connection, or you can add it manually.
  • Page 19: Converting Cd Tracks To Wma

    By default, Windows Media Player 10 will convert your audio tracks to WMA file format (Windows Media Audio). WMA is very similar to MP3 and the MP3 player described here supports WMA-playback. The process to convert an audio CD to WMA tracks is almost identical to Windows Media Player 10, except for the names used.
  • Page 20: Transferring Audio Files To Your Player

    Transferring Music Transfer Audio Files to your Player Caution: BEFORE YOU START: • Make sure that your player is off and disconnect the earphones. • Make sure the player is not locked. If the player is locked when you power it on, the screen displays “locked” and the player will automatically power off after a few seconds.
  • Page 21: Editing Lyrics

    Transferring Music Lyrics Edit The player supports lyric files in LRC format. 1. Prepare the mp3 or wma music file you want to edit, for example “happymusic.mp3”. 2. Download the corresponding lyric file from the Internet. The file must be in the LRC format, for example “happymusic-2004.lrc”.
  • Page 22: Using The Player As A Mass Storage Device

    Using your Player as Mass Storage Device Instead of using Windows Media Player, you can simply drag and drop files to the player, which appears as a removable hard drive on your computer. Using this method, any type of file (homework, presentations, pictures, etc.) can be placed on the player as if it were a portable drive.
  • Page 23: Performing A Backup

    Using your Player as Mass Storage Device Performing a backup It is recommended that you regularly backup your player’s contents to a different location (on your computer, CDs, DVDs...). In that way, you will be able to use the backup copies of your files if you loose them accidentally, format your player or perform a firmware upgrade.
  • Page 24: Creating Playlist Folders

    Creating Playlist Folders Before transferring your music files to your player you can organize them into folders and create your own playlists. 1. In My Computer, click on File. Point to New and click on Folder. You can also create a new folder by clicking a blank area in the window, pointing to New, and then clicking Folder.
  • Page 25: Playback

    Playback Listening to your mp3/wma Music Files 1. Follow the instructions for the transfer of data to and from the player to copy your music files to your player. 2. Install the supplied battery into the battery compartment and connect the supplied earphone(s) to the earphone jack.
  • Page 26: Synchronizing Lyrics Display

    Playback Synchronizing Lyrics Display The player supports lyric files in LRC format. Refer to page 21 for more information. When lyrics are available for music files, the LRC icon displays and the lyrics display synchronously on the screen while the music is playing. Note: Make sure the music and lyric files are saved in the same directory and under the same file name.
  • Page 27: File Browsing

    File Browsing • To enter the Menu, press M. • To browse the menu items, slide to • To enter a menu or apply a choice, press • Press and hold M for a while and release it to return to the normal playback screen. Menu Structure Menu Screen display...
  • Page 28 File Browsing Warning: Erased files cannot be recovered. Make sure you have a backup before you proceed. Note: You can create up to 50 directories organized in up to 19 sub-folders, and store up to 600 music files on your player. If you create or store more files and folders, the extra items will be ignored.
  • Page 29: Recording

    Recording Recording from the Built-in Microphone The player allows you to record from the built-in microphone. Note the location of the built-in microphone. 1. Press M and select Record from the Menu. 2. Slide to to highlight Yes and press 3.
  • Page 30: Playback Of Voice Recording

    Recording 3. Select the sampling frequency of your recording. A higher recording sampling frequency brings better recording quality but will use more storage space. Sampling Frequency 8000 Hz 11025 Hz 16000 Hz 22050 Hz 32000 Hz Playback of Microphone Recordings 1.
  • Page 31: Settings

    Settings Adjust Settings To navigate in the Settings menu: 1. Press M to enter the menu. 2. Select settings from the menu and press 3. Slide to to select the setting you wish to adjust and press 4. Press and hold M for a while and release it to return to the normal playback screen. Equalizer The Equalizer (EQ) setting is used to adjust the music playback effect.
  • Page 32: Contrast

    Settings Contrast To adjust the display contrast: 1. Select Contrast from the settings menu. To navigate, follow the steps described above. 2. Slide to to adjust the level. Press Backlight - Timer Adjustment After being idle for a few seconds, the device can automatically turn off the backlight to save power.
  • Page 33: Default Settings

    Settings Default Settings You can reset all settings to factory default settings. 1. Select Default from the settings menu. To navigate, follow the steps described on page 31. 2. Press or M to load the default settings to your player. Language You can display the interface of your player in several languages.
  • Page 34: Advanced Features

    Firmware updates can fix bugs in the player and improve its performance. You should regularly check the RCA Website for the latest Firmware updates available. Downloading the upgrade and installing it on your player is easy and will only take a few minutes.
  • Page 35: Formatting The Player

    Make sure “NTFS” under File System drop-down menu is not selected! If you select this option the RCA TC1401 will display an error message before powering off and you will have to format it again. Check out the Troubleshooting section for more details.
  • Page 36: Additional Information

    Additional Information Troubleshooting • The display shows nothing after turning on the player. – Check to see if the battery has been inserted. – Check to see if the battery needs replacement: Try reinserting the battery correctly or replace it.If it still does not work, put the player in recovery mode: 1.
  • Page 37: Specifications

    Additional Information Specifications Hardware • Dimensions: 92 mm H, 29 mm W, 17 mm D • Unit Weight: 30 g • Battery Operated: 1 x AAA battery. Flash • 1024MB (6 MB reserved for firmware and system management) Power • 1 x AAA battery •...
  • Page 38: Check For Updates

    Additional Information Signal to Noise Ratio • >85 dB, A-weighted Frequency Response • 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz Total Harmonic Distortion Output • => THD (<0.1%) Check for updates Visit for the latest news and firmware upgrades for our digital media player.
  • Page 39: Limited Warranty

    Additional Information Limited Warranty (For Canada) Thomson multimedia Ltd. warrants to the purchaser or gift recipient that if any manufacturing defect becomes apparent in this product within 1 year from the original date of purchase, it will be replaced free of charge, including return transportation. This warranty does not include damage to the product resulting from accidents, misuse or leaking batteries.
  • Page 40 Thomson Inc. P.O. Box 1976 Indianapolis, IN 46206-1976 © 2007 Thomson Inc. Trademark(s) ® Registered Marca(s) ® Registrada(s) Marque(s) ® Deposée(s) v1.0...

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