RCA RV3693 User Manual

Rca audio/video receiver user's guide.
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  • Page 2: Safety Information

    Safety Information TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, WARNING DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK USER SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER DO NOT OPEN SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL. This symbol indicates "dangerous voltage" inside the product that presents a risk of electric shock or personal injury.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Appendix A: Connecting Your Receiver ... 37 Things to know before connecting the components ... 38 Using the Subwoofer Connections ... 38 Connecting a TV and VCR ... 39 Connecting an RCA DSS ® Receiver ... 40 Connecting a Laserdisc Player ... 41 Connecting a Second VCR ...

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Appendix B: Speaker Placement ... 48 Appendix C: Troubleshooting Guide ... 49 Appendix D: Care and Cleaning ... 51 Appendix E: FCC Information... 52 Appendix F: Limited Warranty ... 53 Appendix G: Equipment Specifications ... 54 Appendix H: Preset Station List Form ... 56 Index ...

  • Page 5: First Things First

    ...and I wrote this user manual along with the help of the engineers, designers and product managers. We worked hard to make sure that you have a rewarding experience using this RCA A/V receiver. read the first four chapters The first section of this owner’s manual shows you how to use your audio receiver for the first time.

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    First Things First Step 1: Unpack the Receiver Unpack the receiver and the accessories. The accessories packed with the receiver include the RCA Universal Remote (CRK67A1-224875), four batteries, an AM loop antenna, an FM wire antenna, and Important Safeguards. Step 2: Connect the Receiver...

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    First Things First Step 3: Put Batteries in the Remote 1. Slide the battery compartment cover off the back of the remote. 2. Insert the four batteries, matching the battery with the symbols in the compartment. 3. Replace the cover. Step 4: Plug in the receiver Before you plug in the receiver, connect the other components and speakers.

  • Page 9: Operating The Receiver

    Operating the Receiver If you have questions … …about the front panel or remote control buttons as you go through this section, refer to Chapter 3, Tour of the Receiver. First Things First Operating the Receiver Tour of the receiver Programming the Remote Important: In order to safeguard your...

  • Page 10: Tuning The Receiver, Tuning, Auto Tuning, Storing Stations In Memory

    Operating the Receiver Tuning the Receiver 1. Push the AM/FM button to activate the tuner. 2. Press the AM/FM button again to select the AM or FM band. Tuning Press the FF button to move up the AM or FM band. Press the REW button to move down the AM or FM band.

  • Page 11: Preset Scanning

    OPERATING the Receiver To Play a Preset Station Press the appropriate Preset Stations number. For stations 1, 2 or 3 press 0, then press 1, 2, or 3. For stations 4 through 30, press the numbers directly. Or, press CHAN UP to tune to the next preset station or CHAN DOWN to tune to the previous preset station.

  • Page 12: Balancing The Speaker System

    OPERATING the Receiver Balancing the Speaker System To reproduce sound effects as they were intended, the speakers must be correctly balanced. To balance the speakers using the test tone, all speakers must be connected to your receiver. Your receiver must be in the Dolby* Pro Logic Surround, Dolby 3 Stereo or Hall Mode.

  • Page 13: Using Swap Audio

    OPERATING the Receiver Using Swap Audio Swap audio lets you change the sound from the large picture to the small picture when you are watching TV and using picture-in-picture (PIP) with an external video source. To Use Swap Audio When you are watching TV and turn on PIP, you can turn on another video source and swap the sound from the large picture coming from the TV to the small picture coming from the other video source.

  • Page 15: Tour Of The Receiver

    Tour of the Receiver Buttons and connections This section describes the receiver’s controls and connections, including: • The front panel • The front panel display • The remote control • The back panel First Things First Operating the Receiver Tour of the Receiver Programming the Remote...

  • Page 16: Front Panel

    Tour of the Receiver POWER PHONES TUNING Front Panel AM/FM Activates the tuner. AUDIO SOURCE Selects the component plugged into the Audio source input. This function is available on the front panel only. BALANCE Adjusts the sound from the left and right speakers. BAND Selects the AM or FM radio band.

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    Tour of the Receiver DSS Selects the DSS ® Receiver input. LEVEL Lets you adjust the bass and treble levels, and the rear and center speaker volume levels. Works with the BASS, TREBLE, REAR and CENTER buttons. P. SCAN Lets you review the preset stations. PHONES Provides a connection for headphones.

  • Page 18: Front Panel Displays

    Tour of the Receiver STEREO SEEK MEMORY MUTE Front Panel Displays The receiver’s display panel shows the current status of the receiver and choices for some commands. Status Indicators PRO LOGIC Dolby* Pro Logic Surround mode is turned on. kHZ An AM station is selected. MEMORY The receiver is memorizing the frequency of the selected station.

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    Tour of the Receiver Function Displays The receiver’s front panel displays function information such as the frequency of the selected station when you press the AM/FM button or change the station, or the selected component as when you press the VCR2/LD button. Mode Displays The receiver’s front panel displays mode information such as the selected Surround sound mode or the selected...

  • Page 20: Universal Remote Control

    Universal Remote Control Your RCA Universal Remote Control is capable of operating most RCA audio and video equipment. To use the remote control effectively, always aim it directly at your receiver. The remote control operates on four batteries, included with your system.

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    REW Lets you manually move down the AM/FM band. TV Controls On some RCA TV models, used to adjust menu controls. — On some RCA TV models, used to adjust menu controls. ANTENNA Changes the antenna input. AUX If programmed, turns on another TV brand and puts the remote in TV mode.

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    TV models. Number Buttons Let you enter channel numbers and time settings when needed. PIP Turns on and off picture-in-picture on most RCA TV models with PIP. POWER Turns the TV off. PREV CH•DISC Returns to the previous channel.

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    ANTENNA Toggles between antenna input and RCA DSS ® input. CHAN up and down Tunes to the next or previous channel when watching TV through the RCA DSS ® System. Steps through the pages in the guide if in guide mode.

  • Page 24: Cd Player Controls

    DISPLAY Displays the RCA DSS header on the screen. When in the guide, lets you select a program. Also, lets you select an option in a menu. DSS•CABLE Turns on the RCA DSS ® receiver, and puts the remote in RCA DSS mode.

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    Tour of the Receiver Tape Deck Controls AUX If programmed, turns on another tape deck brand and puts the remote in tape deck mode. FF Fast forwards the tape. Number Buttons Let you enter numbers when needed. PAUSE Pauses the tape. PLAY Plays the tape.

  • Page 26: Back Panel

    VIDEO Connections Provides video connections for the video portion of another component such as a VCR, TV or ® RCA DSS Receiver. IN Provides video input from another video component. OUT Sends video output to another video component such as a VCR.

  • Page 27: Programming The Remote

    If you want to use the remote with your TV or other component… The universal remote already works with most other RCA, GE and ProScan TVs and VCRs. However, you can program the remote to control most brands of remote controllable TVs, VCRs, cable boxes, satellite receivers, and audio equipment.

  • Page 28: Programming The Universal Remote, Programming The Universal Remote To Control A Tv

    You can program the universal remote to control most brands of remote controllable TVs, VCRs and cable boxes. If you have an RCA, GE or ProScan VCR, you may not need to program the remote at all. Other manufacturer’s brands need to be programmed.

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    Proton ... 011, 027, 037, 072 Quasar ... 012, 038, 092 Radio Shack ... 000, 021, 025, 036, 037, 059, 064, 078 RCA ... 000, 006, 011, 019, 027, 034, 038, 044, 046, 088, 100, 101, 109 Realistic ... 021 Sampo ...

  • Page 30: Programming The Universal Remote To Control A Vcr

    Programming the Remote Programming the Universal Remote to Control a VCR To determine whether you need to program the universal remote, turn on the VCR, point the remote at the VCR’s remote sensor, and press VCR1. Then, press the POWER or CHAN UP or DOWN button to see if the VCR responds to the remote commands.

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    Pioneer ... 005, 016, 050 Portland ... 044, 045, 052 ProScan ... 000 Quartz ... 002 Quasar ... 008, 053 RCA ... 000, 005, 007, 008, 028, 035, 037, 054, 069 Radio Shack/Realistic ... 002, 006, 008, 009, 012, 015, 019, 027, 043, 053 Samsung ...

  • Page 32: Programming The Universal Remote To Control An Audio Component

    Programming the Remote Programming the Universal Remote to Control An Audio Component To program the remote for a remote-controllable audio component, point the remote at the component and press the correct component button: CD for a CD player, TAPE for a tape player, etc.

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    AM/FM ... 062 CD ... 061 Pioneer: AMP ... 014 AM/FM ... 042 CD ... 039 TAPE ... 040, 041 RCA: AMP ... 024 AM/FM ... 003 CD ... 007, 043, 044 TAPE ... 006 PHONO ... 005 AUX ... 004, 054 Realistic: CD ...

  • Page 34: Programming The Universal Remote To Control A Cable Box

    Programming the Remote Programming the Universal Remote to Control a Cable Box Refer to the cable box connection page or contact your cable company to hook up your cable box. You may be able to program the remote for your remote controllable cable box. Use the codes in the code list on the right or on the sheet packed with your remote.

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    Philips ... 007, 008, 019, 021, 026, 028, 029, 032, 033, 040, 041 Pioneer ... 018, 020, 044 Randtek ... 007, 008 RCA ... 000, 027 Regal ... 003, 012, 013 Regency ... 002, 033 Samsung ... 044 Scientific Atlanta ... 003, 022, 035, 063, 064 Signature ...

  • Page 36: Programming The Universal Remote To Control A Laserdisc Player

    6. Repeat steps 3 through 5 using the next code listed for your brand until the laserdisc player responds to the remote commands. Laserdisc Player Codes Pioneer ... 033, 037 ProScan ... 033, 037 RCA ... 033, 037 This remote may not operate all models of the brands shown.

  • Page 37: Rca Dss ® Receiver, Programming The Universal Remote To Control A Satellite

    ® The remote is preprogrammed to control the RCA DSS receiver. A few of the remote buttons used with the RCA DSS receiver are shown below. You may want to experiment with other buttons on the remote to see if they work with your receiver.

  • Page 38: Programming The Aux Button On The Remote

    Programming the Remote Programming the AUX button on the Remote You can program the AUX button on the remote to control another component. The AUX button can be used to control other brands of audio components, TVs, cable boxes, satellite receivers, and VCRs.

  • Page 39: Things To Know Before Connecting The Components

    Speaker Terminals Red for positive ( Black for negative (—) terminals. RCA Phono Terminals Red for the right (R) channel. White for the left (L) channel. Yellow for the video (V). Black for the subwoofer. • Some units may be supplied with connection plugs that are color coded red and black instead of red and white.

  • Page 40: Using The Subwoofer Connections

    Using the Subwoofer Connections You can connect the subwoofer outlet jacks to powerful subwoofers, such as the RCA SP3350SW. Connect one of the black terminals on the back of the receiver to the subwoofer’s line input. If the subwoofer has two input jacks, connect the receiver to the input jack labeled “Mono.”...

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    Appendix A: Connecting the Receiver TV and VCR This connection provides • stereo or surround sound from TV programs broadcast in stereo • stereo, surround sound or mono sound from a VCR • viewing one channel on TV while recording another channel To use this connection, you Should have...

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    RCA DSS® Receiver This connection provides • stereo or surround sound from programs broadcast in stereo • stereo sound from the RCA DSS To use this connection, you must have • (1) paired (red/white) stereo cable • (1) single (yellow) video cable •...

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    Appendix A: Connecting the Receiver Laserdisc Player You can connect a laserdisc or a second VCR to the VCR2/LD connection. Using this connection, you can play a laserdisc in stereo, surround sound. This connection provides • stereo or surround sound from the laserdisc To use this connection, you Should have •...

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    Appendix A: Connecting the Receiver Second VCR Using this connection enables you to play a video tape but not record a tape. This connection provides • stereo, surround sound, or mono on the VCR • VCR playback only To use this connection, you Should have •...

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    Appendix A: Connecting the Receiver Camcorder or Video Camera If your camcorder or video camera does not have an RCA type terminal for audio/video, you can purchase an adapter from an RCA dealer or electronics parts store. This connection provides •...

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    Appendix A: Connecting the Receiver Compact Disc Player This connection provides • Stereo or surround sound, if available To use this connection, you should have • (1) paired (red/white) stereo cable To Connect 1. Connect the cables as shown in the diagram below.

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    Appendix A: Connecting the Receiver Tape deck or Minidisc player This connection provides • Stereo or surround sound, if available To use this connection, you should have • (2) paired (red/white) stereo cables To Connect 1. Connect the cables as shown in the diagram below.

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    Appendix A: Connecting the Receiver Antennas Extend the FM antenna to its full length and adjust it for the best reception. After you adjust the AM antenna, place it on a level surface or attach it to a wall using the holes in the antenna’s base.

  • Page 49: Connecting Speakers, Main Speakers, Rear Speakers, Center Speaker, Connecting Speakers To The Receiver

    Appendix A: Connecting the Receiver Speakers All wires must be securely fastened in their terminals. A loose connection can cause intermittent sound or noise, and can damage your receiver. If you are using Surround speakers, you must connect both speakers. Main Speakers •...

  • Page 50: Appendix B: Speaker Placement

    Appendix b: Speaker placement Speaker Placement These diagrams offer suggested speaker placements that can enhance your home theater experience. Place the subwoofer anywhere you want. Example 1 This five-speaker configuration is an effective option for recreating in any room the full cinema experience. It can be adapted to suit your taste and listening space.

  • Page 51: Troubleshooting Guide, Remote Control Operation

    Before referring to the checklist below, make sure you have correctly followed the connecting and operating procedures. If you have any questions that this booklet cannot answer, please call your nearest RCA dealer. Receiver/Tuner Operation STEREO indicator is off. • Adjust the antenna.

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    Appendix c: Troubleshooting Noise when the TV is turned on. • The TV is too close to the audio system. Specific instruments sound displaced. • Check the connection between the receiver and the Speakers. The sound does not match the video. •...

  • Page 53: Appendix D: Care And Cleaning

    Appendix d: Care and Cleaning Care and Cleaning Use a polishing cloth or other clean, dry cloth to wipe off dust and dirt. When the surface is very dirty, wipe with a soft cloth dipped in a mild soap solution. Do not use furniture wax or cleaners.

  • Page 54: Appendix E: Fcc Information

    Appendix e: FCC Information FCC Information In accordance with FCC requirements, changes or modifications not expressly approved by Thomson Consumer Electronics could void the user’s authority to operate this product. Important Information Required by Federal Communications Commission Concerning Radio Frequency Interference: This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.

  • Page 55: Appendix F: Limited Warranty

    Authorized RCA Audio Servicenter to make repairs. How you get service: • Take your unit to any Authorized RCA Audio Servicenter. For their names and locations, ask your dealer, look in the Yellow Pages, or call 1-800-336-1900.

  • Page 56: Appendix G: Equipment Specifications

    Appendix g: Equipment Specifications Equipment Specifications Amplifier Section Rated Power Output Left Main/Center/Right Main (at 8 Rear Surround (at 4 Signal to Noise Ratio: Channel Separation: Input Sensitivity/Impedance: Muting Attenuation: Subwoofer Output: Video Section Input (Sensitivity/Impedance): VCR 1, VCR 2/LD, DSS Output (Sensitivity/Impedance): VCR 1, Video Monitor Frequency Response for...

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    Appendix g: Equipment Specifications Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. Additionally licensed under Canadian patent number 1,037,877. “Dolby,” the double-D symbol , and “Pro Logic” are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. ® is a registered trademark of DIRECTV, INC., a unit of GM Hughes Electronics.

  • Page 58: Appendix H: Preset Station List Form

    APPENDIX h: PRESET STATION LIST Form Preset Number Band Frequency Notes...

  • Page 59: Index

    37 Connections Antennas 46 Camcorder 43 CD player 44 Laserdisc 41, 42 Minidisc player 45 RCA DSS ® Receiver 40, 46 Second VCR 41, 42 Speakers 47 Tape deck player 45 TV and VCR 39...

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    CD player controls 21 inserting batteries 5 Laserdisc controls 21 programming 27, 32 programming for a DSS Receiver 35 RCA DSS® Receiver controls 21 Receiver Controls 18 Receiver/Tuner controls 19, 20, 21 surround sound level controls 18 tape deck controls 23...

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    Index Specifications, equipment 54 Stations preset 8 storing in memory 8, 9 Status indicators on the front panel 16 STEREO indicator 16 STOP button 20, 21, 22 Storing stations in memory 9 Subwoofer, connecting 37 SURROUND button 18, 20 Surround Modes 15 SURROUND SOUND button 15 Surround sound level controls on the remote 18 SWAP PIP button 20...

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    For your nearest RCA Home Entertainment Dealer or Authorized Servicenter, all toll-free in the USA. 1-800-336-1900 If your television needs service, please contact your dealer or the nearest Servicenter from the yellow pages. Please do not send any products to the Indianapolis address listed in this manual or on the carton.

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