About This Manual
The instructions in this manual are for 4 models. The
TCM-453V is the model used for illustration purposes.
Their differences are shown in the table below:
EAR (earphone) jack
2 (Stereo headphones) jack
Battery charger adaptor
1998 Printed in Taiwan, R.O.C.
AC power adaptor
g: provided or supplied
For customers in the United States
z Getting Started
The model number is located at the bottom and the serial
number is located inside the cassette holder. Record the model
and serial numbers in the spaces provided below. Refer to
these numbers whenever you call upon your Sony dealer
Preparing a Power Source
regarding this product.
Choose one of the following power sources.
Model No. ________________ Serial No.__________________
Make sure that nothing is connected to the DC IN 3V
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose the
unit to rain or moisture.
Thank you for purchasing the Sony Cassette-Corder.
Some features are:
Open the battery compartment lid.
•VOR (Voice Operated Recording) system that starts and
Insert two size R6 (AA) batteries (TCM-455V for
stops recording automatically in response to the sound,
U.S.A.: supplied/Other models: not supplied) with
to save tapes and batteries.
•SPEED CONTROL function that lets you increase or
correct polarity and close the lid.
decrease the tape playback speed.
•Stereo playback function that lets you enjoy pre-
recorded stereo tapes with the supplied headphones
•Do not charge a dry battery.
•Do not use a new battery with an old one.
•Do not use different types of batteries.
•When you do not use the unit for a long time, remove the
batteries to avoid any damage caused by battery leakage and
•Dry batteries will not be expended when another power source
To take out the batteries
To attach the battery compartment lid if it is
Before using the rechargeable batteries, charge them with
the supplied battery charger adaptor and AC power
—: not provided or not supplied
DC IN 3V
Insert the rechargeable batteries (NC-AA) into the
battery charger adaptor with correct polarity.
Connect the AC power adaptor (supplied to TCM-
454VK) to the DC IN 3V jack of the battery charger
adaptor and to the wall outlet.
The power indicator lights up.
Unplug the AC power adaptor from the wall outlet
and from the battery charger adaptor after about
• The power indicator lights in green as long as the AC power
adaptor is plugged to the wall outlet and the DC IN 3V jack,
even when the charging has not been done.
• Use only the supplied or recommended AC power adaptor,
battery charger adaptor and rechargeable batteries.
• The rechargeable batteries can be charged approximately 500
• Do not leave the battery charger adaptor plugged in for more
than 20 hours. Overcharging may damage the rechargeable
When to replace the batteries
Replace the batteries
with new ones or charge
the batteries (TCM-
454VK only) when the
BATT lamp dims.
• After the batteries have been used for a while, the BATT lamp
may flicker with the playback sound when you turn up the
volume; however, this does not mean that you need to replace
• The unit will play back normally for a while even after the
BATT lamp dims. However, replace the batteries as soon as
you can. If you do not, subsequent recording will not be done
Sony alkaline LR6 (SG)
Sony R6P (SR)
(Models for U.S.A. and Canada)
(supplied to TCM-
fully charged (TCM-
(Model for Europe)
* Measured value by the standard of EIAJ (Electronic Industries
Association of Japan). (Using a Sony HF series cassette tape)
AC power adaptor
The battery life may shorten depending on the operation of the
AC power adaptor
DC IN 3V
Connect the AC power adaptor to DC IN 3V and to the
wall outlet. The AC power adaptor is supplied only with
the TCM-454VK. For other models, use the AC-E30HG
AC power adaptor (not supplied). Do not use any other
AC power adaptor.
Polarity of the plug
Specifications for AC-E30HG varies for each area. Check your
local voltage and the shape of plug before purchasing.
z Operating the Unit
You can record right away with the built-in microphone.
Make sure that nothing is connected to the MIC jack.
Insert a normal (TYPE I) tape with the side to start
recording facing the cassette holder.
Set VOR to: H or L to start and pause recording
automatically to the sound.
H (high) to record at meetings or in a quiet and/
or spacious place.
L (low) to record for dictation or in a noisy place.
OFF to start and stop recording manually.
When the sound to be recorded is not loud enough, set the
VOR switch to OFF, or the unit may not start recording.
Press r REC.
At the end of the tape, recording stops and the unit turns
Press or slide
PAUSE c in the direction of the
To release pause recording, release
Review the portion
Press and hold 0 REW/REVIEW
Release the button at the point to start
* PAUSE c will be also automatically released when p STOP
is pressed (stop-pause-release function).
To monitor the sound
For TCM-473V: Connect stereo headphones (supplied)
firmly to the 2 (headphones) jack.
For TCM-455V/454VK/453V: Connect an earphone (not
supplied) firmly to the EAR jack.
•Do not use a CrO
(TYPE II) or metal (TYPE IV) tape, otherwise
the sound may be distorted when you play back the tape, or
the previous recording may not be erased completely.
•The SPEED CONTROL switch works in the playback mode
only. Recording will be made independent of this control.
Notes on VOR (Voice Operated Recording)
•When you use the VOR system in a noisy place, the unit will
stay in the recording mode. If the sound is too soft, on the
contrary, the unit will not start recording. Set VOR to H (high)
or L (low) depending on the conditions to pick up necessary
•The VOR system depends on the environmental conditions. If
you cannot get the desired results even though you adjust
VOR to H or L, set VOR to OFF.
To prevent a tape from being accidentally
Break out and remove the cassette tabs. To reuse the tape
for recording, cover the tab hole with adhesive tape.
Tab for side A
Continue to the reverse side m