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Radio Shack Optimus 64 Owner's Manual

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Cat. No. 16-634/16-636
Please read before using this equipment.
Model 64/Model 65
Hi-Fi Stereo VCR
With Four-Head Double Azimuth


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  • Page 1 Page 1 Tuesday, July 20, 1999 5:37 PM Cat. No. 16-634/16-636 OWNER’S MANUAL Please read before using this equipment. Model 64/Model 65 Hi-Fi Stereo VCR With Four-Head Double Azimuth...

  • Page 2: Important Safety Instructions

    VCR manufacturer as they may cause hazards. 7. Water and Moisture — Do not use this VCR near water — for example, near a bath tub, wash bowl, kitchen sink, or laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool.

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    Never spill liquid of any kind on the VCR. 18. Servicing — Do not attempt to service this VCR yourself as opening or removing covers may expose you to dan- gerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.

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    VCR easy to use. Your VCR offers all these features: Note: Along with the Models 64’s features, the Model 65 includes Commercial Advance™ and Movie Advance™ features that let you quickly skip over commercials and previews recorded on tapes.

  • Page 5: Other Features Page 5 Tuesday, July 20, 1999 5:37 PM TAPE CONTROL One-Minute Skip (Model 64 Only) — lets you fast-forward the tape for exactly 1 minute to let you easily skip over commercials. Index Search — lets you quickly locate the be- ginning of a specific recording.

  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Changing the On-Screen Language ... 17 Resetting the VCR’s Memory ... 18 Turning the Error Beep On/Off ... 18 Using the VCR Remote Control With Your TV and Cable Box or Satellite Receiver ... 18 Operation ... 21 Watching TV ... 21 Using the TV’s Tuner ...

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    Receiving/Recording Stereo/SAP Broadcasts ... 34 Immediate Recording ... 34 Recording a Program as You Watch It ... 34 Recording One Program on the VCR While You Watch Another on the TV ... 35 Automatic Timer Recording ... 35 Setting a Timer ... 36 Monitoring an Automatic Timer Recording ...

  • Page 8: Before You Begin

    Condensation inside the VCR can cause tape jams or video head damage. When you move the VCR from a cold area to a warmer one, let it sit for about 2 hours before you plug it in and begin operation. This allows any moisture in- side the VCR to completely evaporate.

  • Page 9: Installation

    Connection Notes: • You can connect three sources directly to your VCR. To do so, you connect one source to the R-AUDIO-L IN 1/VIDEO IN 1 the back of the VCR using A/V cables, another source to the...

  • Page 10 Page 10 Tuesday, July 20, 1999 5:37 PM Cable (CATV) Cable Box Company Video In Audio In Model 64/65 (rear) (Optional Camcorder/2nd VCR/DSS System) Audio Video 300-Ohm 75-Ohm Lead-In Wire Coax Cable 75-Ohm Coax Cable Antenna In Stereo Audio/Video...

  • Page 11: Home Theater Connections Page 11 Tuesday, July 20, 1999 5:37 PM HOME THEATER CONNECTIONS Refer to this illustration to connect your VCR to a home theater system. Cable (CATV) Company A/V RECEIVER Speakers Front Left Right – – Center – Rear TV/Monitor...

  • Page 12: Camcorder Connections

    To power the VCR, plug its power cord into a standard AC outlet. --:-- appears on the display. Note: The VCR prompts you to select a language, then starts to search for a channel that has an Extended Data Service (EDS) signal (see “Initial Set Up” on Page 14) when: •...

  • Page 13: Vcr Setup

    VIDEO IN 1 to the TV on the channel you selected. Note: Setting has no effect on the TV 3-CH-4 when the VCR is off or if you connected a TV with separate audio/video input jacks to the VCR’s jacks. R-AUDIO-L/VIDEO OUT...

  • Page 14: Initial Set Up

    INITIAL SET UP Setting the On-Screen Language/ Channels/Clock When you first plug in the VCR and turn it on, when you turn it on after power was interrupted for longer than 24 hours, or when you reset the VCR’s memory, the VCR prompts you to select a language, then scans for active channels in your area and stores them.

  • Page 15: Manually Setting The Clock

    Manually Setting the Clock Follow these steps to manually set the clock if EDS is not available in your area, if you do not want the VCR to search for an EDS signal, or if you skipped tuner programming. Notes: •...

  • Page 16: Turning On Auto Clock Set

    . The VCR searches for an EDS CH s signal and, if it finds one, automatically sets its clock to the correct time. If the VCR does not find an EDS signal, follow the steps under “Manually Setting the Clock”...

  • Page 17: Changing The On-screen Language

    AUTO CLOCK SET PROCEEDING CANCEL: PUSH STOP KEY It can take up to 10 minutes for the VCR to set the clock using the EDS signal. If the VCR finds a signal, it automatically sets its clock to the correct time and...

  • Page 18: Resetting The Vcr's Memory

    Eject any loaded tape, then hold down PLAY CHANNEL s VCR for about 5 seconds until it turns itself off. All settings are cleared. The next time you turn on the VCR, it performs its initial setup sequence. See “Setting the On- Screen Language/Channels/Clock”...

  • Page 19 Page 19 Tuesday, July 20, 1999 5:37 PM CABLE BOX CODE BRAND Archer 01, 29, 44, 88, 91 Cableview 04, 30, 42, 44, 52, 63, 85, 88 Citizen 04, 30, 42, 44, 52, 63, 85, 88 Curtis 08, 09, 56, 61, 87, 90 Diamond 01, 29, 44, 88, 91 Drake...

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    DISP/ENT channel number. , then • works to adjust the TV volume in VOL +/– any operation mode (VCR, TV, or DSS/ CABLE). • When you press press MENU/ACTION CABLE/DSS MODE PLEASE PUSH VCR POWER KEY ON REMOTE...

  • Page 21: Operation

    TV. Use the TV as you normally would. Using the VCR’s Tuner Your VCR can receive up to 68 VHF and UHF channels, and up to 125 cable channels. The VCR displays the channels as 1–125.

  • Page 22 Page 22 Tuesday, July 20, 1999 5:37 PM Follow these steps to assign any of the VCR’s 24 preset call letter combinations to stations in your area. 1. Press to display the main MENU/ACTION menu. 2. Repeatedly press to highlight...

  • Page 23: Viewing A Video Tape

    VCR. Then insert the cassette into the VCR’s compartment and gently push the center of its spine until the VCR draws it in. The VCR automatically turns on. If the erase- protection tab has been removed from the cas- sette, playback automatically begins (see “Erase Protection”...

  • Page 24: Special Functions

    Notes: • You cannot record the blue screen on a tape in the VCR. • If you tune to a weak TV station, the VCR mutes the sound when it displays the blue screen. • The blue screen also appears if you set...

  • Page 25: Tape Motion Controls

    • If the slow-motion picture is poor, hold down s or t until the picture improves. One Minute Skip (Model 64 Only) You can skip over unwanted material on the re- corded tape, such as commercials. Press...

  • Page 26: Using The Zero Search Function

    The counter resets to 0:00:00 2. When you want to return to the selected location, stop the tape, then press on the Model 64 or 1MIN C/A SKIP/ZERO the Model 65. The tape rewinds or fast-for-...

  • Page 27: Selecting A Commercial Advance Tape Playback Option

    VCR waits until after the next timer recording. • The VCR can store up to eight timer recording settings and 45 commercial loca- tions in memory at one time. When the memory becomes full, the remaining com- mercials are not marked.

  • Page 28: Skipping/selecting Previews (model 65 Only)

    Note: Movie Advance works only with tapes recorded in the SP speed that have the erase-protection tab removed. 1. Load a tape. When the VCR automatically starts playback, press 2. Press . You see: INDEX/M/A SKIP M / A SK I P 3.

  • Page 29: Using Index Search

    Timer Recording” on Page 35. • MOVIE ADVANCE the tape has its erase-protection tab removed. • If you have a Model 64, SEARCH MODE there is no timer-recorded program in the program index list. on the top of the screen instead. Skip to Step 4.

  • Page 30: Index Scan

    INDEX INDEX/M/A SKIP Model 65) while the VCR is stopped or playing a tape. SELECT SEARCH MODE appears. Note: If you have a Model 64, SEARCH MODE does not appear when there is no timer-recorded program in the program index list.

  • Page 31: Time Stamp

    If you need to manually adjust tracking, hold down s or t. To return to automatic tracking, press s and t on the VCR at the same time, or turn the power off then back on. to display the main to highlight...

  • Page 32: Vcr Lock

    VCR until RECORD/TIME VCR LOCK ACTIVATED appears. To unlock the VCR, hold down on the VCR RECORD/TIME until VCR LOCK OFF appears. Note: If the clock is set, the VCR cancels VCR lock automatically after about 24 hours. TV/VCR , and...

  • Page 33: Recording

    • Dubbing — to record a broadcast from another tape or video source. Notes: • You can set the VCR so it stops recording after a length of time you select. • Your VCR automatically records the audio signal and adjusts the sound level while it records.

  • Page 34: Selecting The Signal To Record

    You Watch It Follow these steps to record a program as you watch it. If you know how long the program is, you can set how long the VCR records so it LINE stops recording automatically. Note: If you are watching the program on a TV/ monitor that is connected to the VCR’s...

  • Page 35: Recording One Program On The Vcr While You Watch Another On The Tv

    PAUSE weekly, or one-time events. You can set the VCR to record at any time on a specific day within a 1-month period, at the same time Monday through Friday (DAILY), or at the same time on the same day every week (WEEKLY).

  • Page 36: Setting A Timer

    VCR’s R-AUDIO-L/VIDEO OUT the TV/monitor to its video mode and skip Steps 2 and 3. 1. Turn on the VCR and the TV. 2. Set the TV to the same channel as on the back of the VCR. 3. Repeatedly...

  • Page 37: Monitoring An Automatic Timer Recording

    VCR’s timer, the VCR ejects the cassette and TIMER flash. • If you set up the VCR to record a cable broadcast through a cable box, be sure to leave the cable box turned on and tuned to the desired station before the broadcast starts.

  • Page 38: Clearing A Timer

    5. When you finish clearing the timer, press PROG Turn off the VCR if you still have at least one timer setting entered. If a timer recording is in progress: 1. Press to stop timer recording.

  • Page 39: Audio-only Recording

    AUDIO-ONLY RECORDING Because of the superior quality of VHS Hi-Fi audio recordings, you might want to use your VCR as an audio-only recorder. You can also make live recordings by connecting a pre- amplifier or mixer to the VCR’s R-AUDIO-L IN 1 jacks.

  • Page 40: Additional Information

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TROUBLESHOOTING If you follow the instructions in this manual and still have trouble operating your VCR, look in this chart for the problem description and its solution. If your VCR still does not work properly, contact your local RadioShack store.

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    TV. Connect the jacks to a stereo output. The audio out setting is not correctly set. Set it to ceiving/Recording Stereo/SAP Broadcasts” on Page 34). The VCR might not have adjusted tracking correctly. You might need to manually adjust tracking (see “Tracking” on Page 31). POSSIBLE SOLUTION is not set correctly.

  • Page 42: Care And Maintenance Page 42 Tuesday, July 20, 1999 5:37 PM CARE AND MAINTENANCE Your Optimus Model 64/Model 65 Hi-Fi Stereo VCR With Four-Head Double Azimuth is an example of superior design and craftsmanship. The following suggestions will help you care for your VCR so you can enjoy it for years.

  • Page 43: Servicing Your Vcr Page 43 Tuesday, July 20, 1999 5:37 PM Servicing Your VCR There are no user-serviceable parts inside your VCR. If you encounter a problem that you can- not correct using this manual and its trouble- shooting guide, take the VCR to your local RadioShack store for assistance.

  • Page 44: Specifications Page 44 Tuesday, July 20, 1999 5:37 PM SPECIFICATIONS Television System ... NTSC Standard Color Signal Recording System ... Four-Head Double Azimuth Tape Width ... Tape Speed: SP ... 1.31 Inch/second (33.35 mm/s) LP ... 0.65 Inch/second (16.67 mm/s) SLP ...

  • Page 45 Page 45 Tuesday, July 20, 1999 5:37 PM Frequency Response: Regular Audio SP ... 100 Hz–8 k Hz SLP ... 100 Hz–50 kHz Hi-Fi Audio In All Modes ... 20 Hz–20 kHz Power Requirement ... 120 V, 60 Hz Power Consumption ...

  • Page 46 Page 46 Tuesday, July 20, 1999 5:37 PM NOTES...

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  • Page 48 Page 48 Tuesday, July 20, 1999 5:37 PM Limited Ninety-Day Warranty This product is warranted by RadioShack against manufacturing defects in material and workman- ship under normal use for ninety (90) days from the date of purchase from RadioShack company- owned stores and authorized RadioShack franchisees and dealers.

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16-634, 16-636, Optimus 65

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