User Manual Part II


Users Manual

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User Guide

Playlist     Creating a Playlist

Manage-      1. Press [Playlists] on the menu to
               view the playlists.
ment         2. Select [ + ] in the upper right corner
               of the screen.
             3. Enter a name for the playlist, and
               then press [Add] to create a new

             Adding a Song to a Playlist

             1. Press [Playlists] to display the
               list of playlists.
             2. Select a playlist and press
               [+ Add Song] to display a list of
               songs by album.
             3. Select a song and press [Add]
               to add the song to the selected

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             Removing a Song from a Playlist

             1. Press [Playlists] to display the
               list of playlists.
             2. Select the playlist to edit.
             3. Press [     ] at the top, then select
               the song you want to delete from
               the playlist.
             4. Press [     ] on top of the screen.
             5. Press [DELETE] to remove the
               song from the selected playlist.

                   This action will only remove the song from the selected playlist, not
                   the memory.

             Playing a Playlist

             1. Select the desired playlist for
             2. Press [     ] at the top right of the
               screen to play the entire playlist.
             3. To playback part of the playlist or
               add it to a current Now Playing
               playlist, press [       ] at the top of
               the playlist, select the music you
               want to play and press [           ] to
               add the selected list to the top /
               bottom / after the current song
               of Now Playing.

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             Renaming a Playlist

             1. Press [Playlists] to view the
               playlists, and press [     ].
             2. Select a playlist to be renamed.
             3. Press [   ] at the top of the
               screen to display the RENAME
             4. Enter a name for the playlist and
               then press [RENAME] to confirm
               the change.

             Deleting a Playlist

             1. Press [Playlists] to view the
               playlists and press [     ].
             2. Select the playlist to be deleted.
             3. Press [   ] at the top of the screen.
             4. Press [DELETE] to delete the
               selected playlist.

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USB DAC        The USB DAC function allows the device to be recognized
               as a sound card on a computer. Music from the computer is
Installation   played through the device’s headphone port for an enhanced
               listening experience.

               USB DAC Specifications

                 Supported OS
                   Windows 7(32bit/64bit) / Windows 8(32bit/64bit) /
                   Windows 10(32/64bit)
                   MAC OS 10.7(Lion) or later
                 USB DAC Support Specifications
                   Supported Formats: PCM [8~768kHz(8/16/24/32bit)]
                                            DSD [2.8/5.6/11.2/22.4Mhz]
                 Control the volume with the AK device’s volume wheel.

                    Playback is unavailable when settings exceed the supported
                    The Previous, Play, and Next buttons are unavailable when
                    connected as a USB DAC.
                    Playback may stutter when computer performance is slow or the
                    USB connection is experiencing heavy usage.
                    There may be issues with audio-to-video synchronization during
                    video playback depending on the sound quality and operating
                    Optical output (S/PDIF) is unavailable when using the device as a
                    USB DAC.
                    Volume cannot be adjusted via the Windows volume control. The
                    volume wheel on the device or volume control on the appropriate
                    program must be used to adjust the volume.
                    Install a dedicated driver to use the AK device as a USB DAC.
                    The driver file is located in PPF33\Internal_Storage\PPF33_
                    Contents\Driver. Before installing the driver, set device to USB DAC
                    mode and connect to the computer.

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How to       Connect the device to a portable amp or DAC using USB
             Audio Out.
Audio        How to Connect a Portable USB DAC

             1. Connect the portable USB DAC to the AK device’s USB
               Type-C port with a dedicated cable.
             2. Press [    ] in the Notification Bar.
             3. Once [    ] is activated, you can enjoy music stored on the
               device through the connected portable USB DAC.

                   The USB Type-C cable that comes packaged with the device is only
                   to be used for computer data transfer or to charge the device.
                   The type of dedicated cable needed to connect to the portable DAC
                   varies; please refer to USB DAC manufacturer instructions for
                   correct cable type.
                   A USB DAC cable is not included with the device and must be
                   purchased separately.
                   Depending on the OTG cable used, the connection may be unstable.

             How to Change USB Audio DSD Output Type

             You can change the type of DSD data that is outputted through
             the USB audio out.
             1. Select a DSD output type in [Menu - Settings - USB Audio].
                 PCM : DSD audio is converted into PCM before being
                          outputted through the USB audio out.
                 DoP : DSD audio is converted into DoP before being
                          outputted through the USB audio out.

                   The portable USB DAC must be able to receive digital input through
                   the micro-USB's OTG.
                   Audio output may vary widely depending on the digital input specs
                   of the portable USB DAC used. This is not a defect in the device
                   output and not a reason for exchange or refund.
                   When using DoP as a DSD output type, no sound may be outputted
                   except noise depending on the portable USB DAC.

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User Guide

CD           CDs can be ripped directly to the device using the AK CD-
             RIPPER (sold separately).
             Connecting the AK CD-RIPPER

             1. Connect the AK CD-RIPPER to USB Type-C port of the
               device using the proper cable.
             2. In the Notification Bar press [       ] to link the devices and
               activate the CD Ripping Menu.
             3. When ripping is complete, before disconnecting, press [               ]
               on the Notification Bar to unlink/disconnect the devices.

                   The USB Type-C cable provided with the device is to be used to
                   connect to the computer or to charge the product.
                   Depending on the CD-Ripper model the dedicated USB Type-C OTG
                   cable may not be provided in the product package.
                   Depending on the OTG cable used, the connection may be unstable.

             Automatic CD Ripping

             1. In [Menu-Settings-CD Ripping], turn on automatic CD
               ripping function.
             2. Connect the AK CD-RIPPER to the device and insert a CD.
             3. Metadata (ID3 tags) for the inserted CD will be retrieved
               via Gracenote if Wi-Fi is turned on.
             4. CD ripping will begin automatically after the metadata has
               been downloaded.
             5. When finished, press [OK] when prompted to complete the
               automatic CD ripping process.

             Manual CD Ripping

             1. In [Menu-Settings-CD Ripping], turn off automatic CD
               ripping function.

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             2. Connect AK CD-RIPPER and insert CD to display the [CD
               Ripping] notification at the bottom of the Notification Bar.
             3. Press [CD Ripping] and select from the file format options
               of FLAC or WAV.
             4. If Wi-Fi is turned on the Gracenote database will be searched
               for matching CD metadata after the file format is selected.
             5. When the database search is complete, press [Start] to
               begin CD ripping.

             CD Ripping Results

                 : Indicates that CD ripping is complete, or that CD ripping
                  was successfully completed after correcting an error
                  via error correction.
                 : Indicates that the song currently being ripped can be
                  canceled by user.
                 : Indicates that CD ripping failed due to an error that
                  can’t be corrected, such as a scratched CD, or that CD
                  ripping was canceled by user.

                   To search the Gracenote database, the device must be connected to
                   Wi-Fi. Database access time may vary depending on the network
                   Please note that metadata for certain CDs may not be available on
                   the Gracenote database.
                   You cannot access the Home Screen while CD ripping is in progress.
                   The AK Connect service will be disabled during CD ripping. The
                   service will automatically restart when CD ripping is completed.
                   Music playback is disabled during ripping.
                   You can set the desired file format and ripping speed from the
                   [Menu - Settings - CD Ripping] menu.
                   Several attempts at correction will be made for data with errors
                   when the feature is enabled under [Menu - Settings - CD Ripping -
                   Error Correction]. Please note that the CD ripping speed will be
                   affected when this feature is enabled.

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Settings     The settings menu allows users to customize the device.
             The settings menu may vary depending on the firmware


             1. Select [Main Menu - Settings] or select [               ] from the
               Notification Bar menu.
             2. Select the feature to view setting options.


               Change wireless network settings and turn Wi-Fi on/off

                     See page 46 for more information on connecting to Wi-Fi.


               Connect a Bluetooth device to listen to music wirelessly.

                     See page 47 for more information on using Bluetooth.

             AK CONNECT

               Turn AK Connect on/off and set AK Connect options.

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               Set the equalizer according to the user's preferences.
                USER EQ: Adjust the frequencies according to the user's

                  Supported Formats for EQ: PCM [8 ~ 192kHz(8/16/24bit)]
                  Using the equalizer may negatively affect device performance.
                  See pages 49 - 51 for more information on using the equalizer.

             Gapless Playback

               Plays the next song without any interruption.
                Gapless playback is only supported between two files
                with identical bit rates, sample rates, and channels.

             Line Out

               Set the voltage value generated when Line Out is activated.

                  Do not use earphones with the Line Out feature enabled. Doing so
                  may cause permanent hearing loss.

             Left-Right Balance

               Adjust the left-right balance for earphones/headphones.

             Playback Settings

               Set how to add a song to Now Playing when a song is
               selected from a music list.

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             Notification Bar

               Add, delete, or reorganize Quick Settings buttons on the
               notification bar.

             CD Ripping

               Set the automatic CD ripping function as well as the file
               format and ripping speed.

             USB mode

               Media Device (USB Drive): When connected to a computer,
               device appears as a removable drive.
               DAC Input: Output sound from a connected computer to
               the device.

             USB Audio

               Select the type of DSD sound being outputted through
               USB Audio Out to a connected portable DAC.

             S/PDIF Conversion

               Set the appropriate output format for the S/PDIF-connected
               external device.

                  Pairing methods may differ for each individual Bluetooth device.
                  Always refer to the respective instruction manual for details.

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             Screen Brightness

               Adjust screen brightness settings.

             Date & Time

               Set the current date and time.

             Device Name

               Set the name of the device.
                The maximum name length is 50 characters.


               Select the display language.
                Supported languages are English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese
                (Simplified/Traditional), French, Russian, German, and Spanish.

             Input Method

               Back Button: the Floating Back Button will be displayed
               on the screen.
                Move the Back Button to the desired position by dragging
                and dropping the icon with your finger.
                Move the button to the center of the screen to deactivate it.
                To reactivate the button, turn it on from [Menu-Settings-
                Input Method]
               Keyboard: Select a language for the keyboard.
                Supported languages are English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese
                (Simplified/Traditional), French, Russian, German, and Spanish.

                  Supported languages may vary depending on your location.

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             Timer Settings

               Auto Power Off: The device will automatically power off after
               the selected amount of time of no user and device activity.
               Screen Timeout: The screen will turn off after the selected
               amount of time of no user activity.
               Sleep Timer: Music playback will stop and the device will
               turn off after the selected amount of time.


               Select a folder for downloaded files to be saved by default.

                  When using AK Connect to download music, if the [Default folder] is
                  selected in Settings, downloading will automatically begin to the
                  pre-set Downloads folder.
                  When [Select Folder] is selected, the user is prompted to choose a
                  download folder each time a file is downloaded.


               System Update: Update the device when a new firmware
               version is available.
               Application Update: Update the default applications
               (including the Services) when new versions are available.

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             System Information

               System Information: View model number, firmware version,
               MAC address and memory usage information. The microSD
               card can be mounted/dismounted and data can be deleted.
               Legal information: Check open source licenses and regulations.

                  Formatting the microSD card will delete all data on the memory
                  card. Be sure to backup any important files before formatting.
                  When formatting the microSD card on a computer, use of the FAT32
                  system is recommended.

             System Reset

               Initialize Media Scan: Resets and rescans the internal database.
               Database initialization time may vary depending on the
               number of files stored on the device.
               Settings Reset: Resets all user settings back to the default
               Factory Data Reset: Deletes all user data and resets all
               user settings back to the default setting.

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Connecting   Connecting to a Wi-Fi Network

to Wi-Fi     1. Press and hold [     ] from the
               Notification Bar or select [Menu
               - Settings - Wi-Fi] to display a
               list of available Wi-Fi networks.

             2. Select the desired AP to connect to
               the wireless network.
                 Additional information such as
                 Wi-Fi password may be required
                 depending on Wi-Fi settings.

                  Networks requiring browser or other additional certifications are
                  not supported.

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Using        Connect a Bluetooth device to listen to music wirelessly.

             Turning Bluetooth On/Off

             A Bluetooth device must be paired
             with the device prior to use.
             Refer to the Bluetooth device's
             instruction manual for details.
             1. Select [   ] from the Notification
               Bar menu or select [On/Off] from
               [Menu - Settings - Bluetooth].

             Bluetooth Pairing

             1. In the Settings Menu, select the appropriate Bluetooth
               device from the list of available devices.

             Disconnect a Bluetooth Device

             1. Press the connected Bluetooth
               device and confirm the message
               prompt to disconnect the device.

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             Removing a Bluetooth Pairing

             1. Press [      ] to the right of the
               paired device to go to settings.
             2. Select [Remove] to complete
               the process.

                   Bluetooth Support Specifications
                     Profile: A2DP, AVRCP, aptX™HD
                     Device performance may be affected during Hi-Res playback.
                   Do not turn off the device while connected to Bluetooth.
                   Turn the Bluetooth device off then on in case of issue.
                   Pairing methods may differ for each individual Bluetooth device.
                   Always refer to the respective instruction manual for details.
                   When connecting the product to a Bluetooth device, the distance
                   between the two must be within 20 cm.
                   Audio quality will degrade with longer distances and the pairing may
                   disconnect at a distance of 2 m (6.5 ft.) or more. (Distances may vary
                   depending on device and environment.)
                   Crosstalk may be heard while using Bluetooth.
                   For multipoint devices, make the necessary connections prior to use.
                   Car audio Bluetooth connections may not be fully compatible. Some
                   features may not be supported and quality of playback may vary.
                   Malfunction, noise, and other undesirable effects may occur due to the
                   device's battery level and the environment.
                      If signal interference affects data transmission. (e.g., holding
                      the device while wearing a Bluetooth device, holding the device
                      while holding another electronic device, etc.)
                      If the device or Bluetooth headset's radio transmitters are
                      touching parts of the body.
                      If the transmission strength is affected by walls, corners,
                      partitions, etc.
                      If devices using the same frequencies cause interference. (e.g.,
                      medical devices, microwave ovens, Wi-Fi, etc.)
                      Areas with an excessive amount of interference or weak signals.
                      (e.g., elevators, underground, etc.)

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Equalizer    Equalizer Setup

Setup        1. Press and hold [    ] on the
               Notification Bar or turn on
               [Menu - Settings - Equalizer].

             2. Press [NORMAL EQ] to activate the
               drop-down menu and select [ + ].

             3. Enter a name for the custom
               EQ settings and select [SAVE].

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             4. Adjust the frequencies up and
               down according to the user's
             5. The number values at the lower-
               left corner of the screen can be
               adjusted for fine-tuning.

             6. Press the [Advanced] tab on the
               top to display PEQ settings screen.
               Adjust Freq/Gain/Q.

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             Deleting a Custom Equalizer Setting

             1. Press on the drop-down menu
               at the upper-left corner of the
               screen to display the list of the
               saved EQ settings.
             2. Press [   ] next to the EQ name
               to be deleted.
             3. Press [OK] to delete the selected
               EQ setting.

             Renaming a Custom Equalizer Setting

             1. Press on the drop-down menu
               at the upper-left corner of the
               screen to display the list of saved
               EQ settings.
             2. Press [   ] next to the EQ setting
               name you wish to change and enter
               a new name for the selected EQ.
             3. Press [CHANGE] to save.

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Safety       Device

Pre-           When a plug is inserted into the 3.5mm Unbalanced, 2.5mm
               balanced, or USB port, do not apply any force or impact to the plug.
Cautions       Do not insert any metal objects (coins, hairpins, etc.) or
               flammable debris into the device.
               Do not put heavy objects on the device.
               If the device gets wet (rain, water, chemicals, medicine,
               cosmetics, sweat, moisture, etc.), allow the device to dry
               thoroughly before powering on. Contact the nearest IRIVER
               Customer Support Center for service. (Damage may not
               be repairable, however if deemed repairable, any damage
               due to liquid exposure will be repaired for an additional
               fee even if the device is under warranty.)
               Avoid exposing the device to direct sunlight or extreme
               temperatures (0℃ - +40℃) such as the
               inside of a car during the summer.
               Do not store or use in hot and humid places such as saunas.
               Avoid places with excessive dust, or smoke.
               Do not use for extended periods on blankets, electric
               blankets, or carpet.
               Do not place near a fire or in a microwave.
               Never disassemble, repair, or alter the product.
               Do not store for extended periods in a confined space with
               the power on.
               Do not place the device near magnetic objects (magnets,
               televisions, monitors, speakers, etc.).
               Do not let chemicals or detergents come in contact with
               the product since they may damage the surface and paint.
               Do not drop or expose the product to strong impacts
               (places where there is strong vibration. etc.).
               Do not press multiple buttons simultaneously.
               Do not disconnect the USB Type-C cable during data transfer.
               When connecting the device to a computer with the USB Type-C
               cable, use a USB port on the back of the computer for best results.

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               Connecting the cable to a defective or damaged USB port
               on a computer may damage the device.
               Displaying one image for an extended period may cause
               screen burn-in (afterimage).
               Using poor quality protective films or adhesive stickers
               on the screen may cause damage.
               Do not insert any foreign objects into the device ports.
               The device may become warm while playing and charging,
               so handle it carefully.
               Product’s corners may be sharp, so handle carefully.


               Do not use earphones/headphones or use the device while
               operating any type of vehicle. It is not only dangerous,
               but may be a violation of the law in certain regions.
               Do not use the product during physical activities (driving,
               walking, hiking, etc.).
               Always use in a safe environment to avoid the risk of an
               When using the device while moving, make sure the area
               is free of obstacles.
               Avoid using the device during thunderstorms to reduce
               the possibility of electric shock.
               If there is a ringing in the ears, reduce the volume or stop
               using the device.
               Do not listen to music at excessive volumes for extended periods.
               Do not use earphones/headphones at excessive volumes.
               Make sure that the headphone/earphone does not get stuck
               in another object or get caught between other objects.
               Do not sleep with earphones in your ears or leave them in
               for extended periods.

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Trouble-     Solutions to Common Issues

shooting     1. The device won't turn on.
                  The battery may need to be recharged. Charge the device
                  for at least one hour and try again.
                  Reset the device. (See Page 5)
             2. The device will not charge when connected to a computer
                via USB cable.
                  Connect to the computer using the provided USB Type-C cable.
                  Charging may not be performed depending on the condition
                  of your PC.
                  (In this case, charging with a PC is not recommended.)
                  Connect the device to a USB wall adapter using the provided
                  USB Type-C cable to charge directly from a wall outlet.
             3. The computer won't recognize the device or an error
                occurs when connected.
                  Use a USB port on the back of the computer.
                  Check if the USB Type-C cable is connected correctly.
                  For Mac, check to ensure the MTP program is installed
                  Check if the device connects properly on a different computer.
             4. The screen turns off repeatedly.
                  The screen turns off automatically after a defined period
                  to reduce battery consumption. Set the time at [Menu-
                  Settings - Timer Settings - Screen Timeout].
             5. The screen does not display images properly.
                  Check the screen for debris.
             6. There is no sound, or there is static/interference.
                  Check that the volume setting is above [0].
                  Check that the earphones are plugged in properly and
                  make sure nothing is obstructing the port connection.
                  Verify that the music file is not corrupt.
                  Verify that the audio settings have been set properly.
                  (Balanced out, line out, etc.)

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             7. A file does not play, or the product becomes unstable
                when a certain file is played.
                  File may be damaged or corrupt if the following occurs:
                     Playback stops or freezes.
                     Device may act erratically or freeze.
                     File may sound different on another device.
                     There may be a difference in the performance of
                     playback or other functions.
                     There may be differences in the file specs.
                  Converting the file to a different format or use of a different
                  file is recommended.

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             may be duplicated or reproduced in any format or by any
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             The user accepts all legal responsibility for the unauthorized
             reproduction or distribution of the copyrighted contents from
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             Companies, organizations, products, people, and events used
             in the examples are fictional. IRIVER has no intention to be
             associated with any company, institution, product, person, or
             incident through this instruction book, and no such inference
             should be made. It is the responsibility of the user to comply
             with applicable copyright laws.
             ©1999~2019 Dreamus Company. All rights reserved.

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Certifica-   KC / FCC / CE / TELEC
             Class B Device (Communication equipment for residential
tions        use): This is a Class B Device and is registered for EMC
             requirements for residential use. This device can be used in
             residential areas and all other areas.

                    FCC ID: QDMPPF33
                    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 interference that may cause
                    undesired operation.

             FCC Caution: Any changes or modifications not expressly
             approved by the party responsible for compliance could void
             the user's authority to operate this equipment.

             (b) For a Class B digital device or peripheral, the instructions furnished
             the user shall include the following or similar statement, placed in a
             prominent location in the text of the manual: NOTE: This equipment
             has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B
             digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
             designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference
             in a residential installation.
             This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency
             energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
             instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
             However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
             particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
             interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined
             by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to
             correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
             - Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
             - Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
             - Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that
               to which the receiver is connected.
             - Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
             - This equipment complies with RF exposure requirements set forth for an
               uncontrolled environment.

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             Body-Worn Operation
             This device was tested for typical body-worn operations with the back
             of the portable music player kept 5mm from the body. To maintain
             compliance requirements, use only belt-clips, holsters or similar
             accessories that maintain a 5mm separation distance between the
             user’s body and the back of the portable music player, including the
             antenna. The use of belt-clips, holsters and similar accessories should
             not contain metallic components in its assembly. The use of
             accessories that do not satisfy these requirements may not comply
             with CE RF exposure requirements, and should be avoided.
             Body-worn accessory exposure conditions “Specific information must
             be included in the operating manuals to enable users to select
             body-worn accessories that meet the minimum test separation
             distance requirements. Users must be fully informed of
             the operating requirements and restrictions, to the extent that the
             typical user can easily understand the information, to acquire the
             required body-worn accessories to maintain compliance. Instructions
             on how to place and orient a device in body-worn accessories, in
             accordance with the test results, should also be included in the user
             instructions. All supported body-worn accessory operating
             configurations must be clearly disclosed to users through conspicuous
             instructions in the user guide and user manual to ensure unsupported
             operations are avoided. All body-worn accessories containing metallic
             components must be tested for compliance and clearly identified in the
             operating manual. The instruction must inform users to avoid using
             other body-worn accessories containing metallic components to
             ensure RF exposure compliance.”

Registered   Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows Media Player
             are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

             MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is an award-winning British
             technology that delivers the sound of the original master recording.
             The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to
             stream or download. Visit for more information.

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