Having bought a pre-owned Sony FM stereo tuner through eBay, it came without any manuals. It soon became clear that to get the best from this excellent tuner I needed a decent manual because much of the operation was not intuitive to a newboy to hi fi like me. I managed to download the official Sony multi-lingual manual from Owner-Manuals.com with no problem at all - a really quick and easy service. I'm very glad I did because I found out all the operations of the tuner and was then able to not only set it up quickly but also to get much more from it that poke-and-hope trialling would ever achieve. In my book $4.99 very well spent.
This manual is immaculate in it's accuracy. Everything is written very clearly and easy to understand. Written by a professional who wants to convey a clear and easy to understand message!!
Text excerpt from page 11 (click to view)
THE SEALED HOTPLATES
BEFORE USING THE HOTPLATES FOR THE FIRST TIME
Turn the control knob to a medium/high setting and allow the hotplate to heat, uncovered by a saucepan for 3-5 minutes. This hardens the protective coating on the hotplates, and makes it more resistant to normal use. A harmless smoke will be given off from the hotplates.
To operate the hotplates turn the control knobs in either direction to vary the heat setting. The highest number represents the hottest setting and the lowest represents the coolest setting. Choose a setting appropriate to the quantity and type of food to be cooked.
For speed and economy only good quality saucepans with flat bases and close fitting lids are recommended. To check the flatness of the saucepan, place a ruler across the pan base, hold at eye level and look for light showing. There should be very little or no light visible between the ruler and the pan base. Pressure cookers, preserving pans, etc., should comply with the recommendations given above. Traditional round-bottomed Woks must not be used even with a stand. Woks with flat-bottomed bases are available and do comply with the above recommendations.
HINTS AND TIPS
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Avoid the use of decorative covers as they can cause condensation to form on the hotplates which may lead to deterioration. Follow any guidelines provided by the saucepan manufacturer, particularly those relating to recommended heat settings. Avoid using thin, badly dented or distorted saucepans as they can lead to sticking and burning of food. To prolong the life of the hotplates:-
The size of the base of the saucepan should be the same or up to 2.5cm/1 inch larger than the hotplate. If the base is too small, energy will be wasted, boilovers will also be more difficult to deal with as spillage will fall directly onto the hotplate.
l Never use utensils with a skirt, e.g. a bucket l Never use an asbestos mat