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High-Defi nition
Television
User's Guide
Changing Entertainment. Again.

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  • Page 1 High-Defi nition Television User’s Guide Changing Entertainment. Again.
  • Page 2: Important Information

    To assure adequate ventilation for this product, maintain a spacing of 4 inches from the top and sides of the TV receiver and 2 inches from the rear of the TV receiver and other surfaces. Also, make sure the stand or base you use is of adequate size and strength to prevent the TV from being accidentally tipped over, pushed off, or pulled off.
  • Page 3: Introduction

    DLP and HDTV. Even though this is a technologically advanced HDTV, it is the most user-friendly of its kind— with comprehensive on-screen instructions that guide you through all of the TV’s features.
  • Page 4 Part 2: Why RCA DLP is better DLP is just part of the story. You have chosen to embark on the next generation of TV viewing— HDTV. There are many technological advancements that make HDTV better than analog TV, but there are basically three things about HDTV that bring you a superior viewing experience: (1) resolution, (2) aspect ratio, and (3) digital signal and sound.
  • Page 5 Integrated HDTV Tuner with Digital Cable Ready QAM RCA was the fi rst to offer an integrated tuner with its HDTVs (which means there is no need for another box to receive digital programming). Now, we’ve gone one better— your HDTV’s tuner is digital cable ready (no need for a cable box to view unscrambled digital cable programming).
  • Page 6 That’s why RCA added AUDIO/VIDEO OUTPUT jacks to this HDTV. These jacks enable you to record both analog and digital programs. RCA understands how you watch TV and what’s necessary to make the transition to HDTV seamless.
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Introduction ... 1 Chapter 1: Connections & Setup Things to Consider Before You Connect ...8 Protect Against Power Surges ...8 Protect Components from Overheating ...8 Position Cables Properly to Avoid Audio Interference ...8 Use Indirect Light ...8 Using a Stand ...8 Cables You May Need to Connect Components to Your TV ...8 Choose Your Connection ...9 Explanation of Jacks and Cables ...10...
  • Page 8 Translucency ...58 Menu Language ...58 Lamp Power ...58 Chapter 5: References Troubleshooting ...60 Lamp Replacement Information ...63 Replacing the Lamp Unit ...63 HDTV Specifi cations ...64 Accessory Information ...66 Limited Warranty ...67 Care and Cleaning ...68 FCC Information ...68 Index ...69...
  • Page 9: Chapter 1: Connections & Setup

    Chapter 1 Connections & Setup Chapter Overview: • Things to Consider Before You Connect • Choose Your Connection • Explanation of Jacks and Cables • The Front of Your TV • How To Connect • Plug in the TV • Put Batteries in the Remote •...
  • Page 10: Things To Consider Before You Connect

    Connections & Setup Things to Consider Before You Connect Protect Against Power Surges • Connect all components before you plug any of their power cords into the wall outlet or power strip. NEVER plug your TV into an outlet that is controlled by a wall switch. •...
  • Page 11: Choose Your Connection

    Choose Your Connection There are several ways to connect your HDTV, depending on the components you want to connect and the quality of the signal you want to achieve. Please use the following chart to determine which connection is best for you. Proceed to the appropriate page and connect your TV.
  • Page 12: Explanation Of Jacks And Cables

    Connections & Setup Explanation of Jacks and Cables The diagrams below illustrate jacks found on the back of the TV. When connecting cables, be sure to connect corresponding outputs and inputs (video input into video out, right audio input into right audio out, etc.).
  • Page 13 AUDIO/VIDEO OUTPUT Composite Audio Cable (RCA Type) Composite Video Cable (RCA Type) COMPOSITE INPUTS INPUT 3 S-VIDEO S-VIDEO INPUT 1 Composite Audio Cable (RCA Type) Composite Video Cable (RCA Type) S-Video Cable Chapter 1 Connections & Setup AUDIO/VIDEO OUTPUT Connect a VCR or DVD-recorder to record digital and analog programs from the Cable or Antenna Input (excluding copy- protected programs and component video formats) while the TV is turned on.
  • Page 14 CableCARD Allows you to use a digital cable television card to receive digital cable services, including premium and HDTV cable channels, without the need for a set-top box. Go to page 18 for information on using the CableCARD slot.
  • Page 15 HDMI/DVI INPUT Use menu for DVI audio. CABLE INPUT ANTENNA INPUT Chapter 1 Connections & Setup HDMI/DVI INPUT (High-Defi nition Multimedia Interface/Digital Visual Interface) Provides an uncompressed digital interface that carries both video and audio data by way of an integrated mini-plug cable. Since HDMI is based on Digital Visual Interface (DVI), the jack on the back of your TV is also compatible with DVI components.
  • Page 16: The Front Of Your Tv

    VOL4 Increases the volume. In the menu system, it moves the highlight right to items and adjusts menu controls. (Power button and indicator) Turns the TV on and off. The indicator lights when TV is on. Your HDTV’s lamp has a cool-down period when the TV is turned off, and a warm up period when the TV is turned on.
  • Page 17: How To Connect: Tv + Vcr + Dvd Player

    TV back panel POWER (AC 120V~60Hz) DIGITAL FACTORY AUDIO USE ONLY OUTPUT ANTENNA IN ANTENNA OUT How to Connect: TV + VCR + DVD Player 1. Connect your cable and/or off-air antenna. If you have cable and an off-air antenna, connect the cable signal to CABLE INPUT. Connect the off-air antenna to ANTENNA INPUT.
  • Page 18: How To Connect: Tv + Satellite Receiver + Vcr

    Connections & Setup TV back panel POWER (AC 120V~60Hz) FACTORY USE ONLY How to Connect: TV + Satellite Receiver + VCR 1. Connect your cable and/or off-air antenna. If you have cable and an off-air antenna, connect the cable signal to CABLE INPUT. Connect the off-air antenna to ANTENNA INPUT.
  • Page 19: How To Connect: Tv + Component With Dvi Or Hdmi

    TV back panel POWER (AC 120V~60Hz) DIGITAL FACTORY AUDIO USE ONLY OUTPUT Component with DVI How to Connect: TV + Component with DVI or HDMI High-Defi nition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is an uncompressed digital interface that carries both video and audio data by way of an integrated mini-plug cable.
  • Page 20: How To Connect: Tv + Cablecard

    The CableCARD slot allows you to use a digital cable television card to receive digital cable services, including premium and HDTV cable channels, without the need for a set-top box. Please contact your local cable company to obtain a digital cable television card.
  • Page 21: Audio Connections

    Audio Connections With the audio versatility of your HDTV, you can choose various connection options depending on the type and quality of sound that you want. From good to best sound, choose one of the options or refer to the user’s manual of each component that you are connecting to get the best results.
  • Page 22 Connections & Setup TV back panel – POWER (AC 120V~60Hz) FACTORY USE ONLY Back of Right Front Speaker – – Back of Right Rear Speaker FIXED/VARIABLE AUDIO/VIDEO AUDIO OUTPUTS OUTPUT SUBWOOFER DIGITAL AUDIO CableCARD™ OUTPUT HDMI/DVI INPUT Use menu for DVI audio. A/V AMPLIFIER DIGITAL AUDIO...
  • Page 23: Plug In The Tv

    Plug in the TV Plug the fl at end of the cable into the power jack on the back of the TV. Then plug the other end of the power cord into an appropriate wall outlet. Be sure to insert the plug completely. Do not plug the TV into an outlet controlled by a light switch.
  • Page 24: Set The Menu Language

    Depending upon the type of signals you have connected to your HDTV, you might notice that the channels change slower than you’re used to. This is perfectly normal. Your HDTV is able to interpret and display both analog (NTSC) and digital off-air and cable signals (QAM and ATSC).
  • Page 25: Chapter 2: Using The Remote Control

    Chapter 2 Using the Remote Control Chapter Overview: • The Buttons on the Remote Control • Programming the Remote to Operate Other Components • How To Use the Remote After You’ve Programmed It • Using the INPUT Button • Volume Punchthrough Feature •...
  • Page 26: The Buttons On The Remote Control

    ANT•CAB Switches between Antenna and Cable Input. In VCR mode, functions as a TV/VCR button. In SAT mode, functions as a TV/SAT button for an RCA satellite receiver. When tuned to an input, press to go back to the most recently used tuner (Antenna or Cable Input).
  • Page 27 OK When a menu item is highlighted, press OK to select the item. ON•OFF Turns the TV on or off. Your HDTV is equipped with a special lamp system. In order to preserve the life of the lamp, the TV must warm up and cool down properly when you turn the TV on and off.
  • Page 28: Programming The Remote To Operate Other Components

    The AUX•HD button can be programmed to operate most brands of an additional remote-controllable component: satellite receiver, cable box, DVD, VCR, and an audio component. A second and third RCA TV can be programmed to any component button, except the TV button. Go to page 54 for more information on programming the remote to another TV.
  • Page 29: How To Use The Remote After You've Programmed It

    3. Point the remote at the component, press and release PLAY, then wait fi ve seconds or until the component button you’re trying to program stops fl ashing. At this point the remote control is searching for the correct code to program, so keep pointing it at the component.
  • Page 30: Modes Of Operation

    Using the Remote Control Modes of Operation Because this universal remote can control several different components (DVD player, VCR, cable box, etc.) it uses operational modes triggered by the component buttons. For example, if you want the remote control to operate the TV, press the TV button to put the remote into TV mode. If you want the remote to operate the VCR, press the VCR button.
  • Page 31: Deleting All Volume Punchthrough Commands

    JVC ... 4013 Kenwood ... 4014 Onkyo ... 4022 Optimus ... 4028 Panasonic ... 4023, 4024 RCA ... 4003, 4015, 4029, 4030 Sherwood ... 4026 Sony ... 4016, 4017, 4025 Technics ... 4023, 4024 Yamaha ... 4018, 4019 Chapter 2...
  • Page 32: Vcr Codes

    Portland ... 2012, 2013, 2015, 2056 Proscan ... 2000, 2001, 2072 Quasar ... 2017, 2018, 2066 RCA ... 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2017, ... 2033, 2034, 2043, 2044, 2045, 2053, ... 2060, 2063, 2066, 2070, 2072, 2073, 2079 Radio Shack ... 2010, 2047, 2068 Radioshack/Realistic ...
  • Page 33: Chapter 3: Using The Tv's Features

    Chapter 3 Using the TV’s Features Chapter Overview: • About the Channel Banner • Digital or Analog TV Channels • Parental Controls • How V-Chip Works for the USA and Canada • Auto Tuning Feature • Emergency Alert System (EAS) Changing Entertainment.
  • Page 34: About The Channel Banner

    Using the TV’s Features Program Title/Acquiring Channel Ch 8-1 WLPJ Listening to English in SRS About the Channel Banner The Channel Banner appears when you press the INFO button on the remote. If an icon in the channel banner is grayed out (dim), the feature is not available.
  • Page 35: Digital Or Analog Tv Channels

    Digital or Analog TV Channels A single off-air antenna can pick up both analog and digital channels. Digital channels can be made up of primary channels and subchannels. Note: Subchannels (sometimes called minor channels) are channels associated with the Primary channel (sometimes called the major channel). A primary channel may have just one subchannel or multiple subchannels.
  • Page 36: Parental Controls

    Using the TV’s Features Main Menu The Parental Controls menu lets you set up the Locked and Go Back Unlocked channel lists, ratings, and blocking features: Picture Quality •Lock TV/Unlock TV: Choose to either lock or unlock the TV. Audio •Video Input List: Choose the inputs to be seen or hidden.
  • Page 37: How V-Chip Works For The Usa And Canada

    Editing Channels in the Channel Lists All the lists can only be edited through the Unlocked List and Locked List in the Parental Controls menu. You can remove or “hide” a channel from the Unlocked List by removing the check mark in the box.
  • Page 38 Using the TV’s Features USA V-Chip Rating Limit Screen The following is an example of where items are located within the V-Chip TV Rating screen below the USA V-Chip menu. Rating Field Lets you select from a list of age-based ratings you can block or view.
  • Page 39 Blocking Age-Based Ratings You can automatically block all program ratings above a specifi ed age-based rating level. For example, if you only want your child to watch programs that have a TV-G rating and lower (in other words, you want the child to watch TV-G, TV-Y7, and TV-Y), then you need to block out higher ratings.
  • Page 40 Using the TV’s Features Viewing Specifi c Content Themes If you block specifi c content themes, you have the option of going back and changing some of the content themes back to (V) Viewable: Content Themes Sexually explicit dialogue Adult language Sexual situations Violence Fantasy Violence...
  • Page 41: Canada V-Chip

    Canada V-Chip Canadian TV V-Chip supports two different Canadian rating systems: English and French. Age-Based Rating Adults. Programming intended for adults 18 and older. It may contain elements of violence, language, and sexual content which could make it unsuitable for viewers under 18. Violence guidelines: may contain violence integral to the development of the plot, character or theme, intended for adult audiences.
  • Page 42 Using the TV’s Features Age-Based Rating Adults. Programming is for adults only. This program contains sustained violence or extremely violent scenes. Viewers 16 and over. Programming is not suitable for those under age 16. This program contains frequent scenes of violence or intensely violent scenes. 13+ (Viewers 13 and over) Programming may not be suitable for children under the age of 13.
  • Page 43: Auto Tuning Feature

    This is especially useful for going directly to an input like HDMI/DVI. Notes: The AUX•HD button by default is set up for an RCA HDTV Tuner receiver. If you have two RCA satellite receivers, you can control each separately.
  • Page 44: Emergency Alert System

    Using the TV’s Features Component is connected to the ANTENNA INPUT jack Channel 2, 3 or 4 Antenna Input on the back of the TV, and you want the TV to tune to channel 2, 3, or 4 when you press the corresponding button on the remote.
  • Page 45: Chapter 4: Using The Tv's Menu System

    Using the TV’s Menu System Chapter Overview: • Menus, On-Screen Help, and Control Panels • Picture Quality Menu • Audio Menu • Connections Menu • Preferences Menu Changing Entertainment. Again. Graphics contained within this publication are for representation only. Chapter 4...
  • Page 46: Menus, On-Screen Help, And Control Panels

    Signal Strength AUDIO (Audio Receiver/Amp) Channel Search Front Input Front Input Signal Source VCR2 RCA SAT2 Front Input Front Input Video Input Setup Auto Tuning Front Input Special Features SAT-CABLE (Satellite or Cable Box)
  • Page 47 Balance Check boxes Radio buttons Turn TV On at: Turn TV Off at: 12:00 1:15 1:15 Go Back Signal Strength Channel Search Software Upgrade Full Search Continue Skip Front Input VCR2 Front Input Front Input Chapter 4 Using the TV’s Menu System Sliders Sliders are used to select a specifi...
  • Page 48: Picture Quality Menu

    Using the TV’s Menu System Main Menu The Picture Quality menu has screens for optimizing the Go Back picture for each of the TV's inputs: Picture Quality •Picture Settings: Adjust the levels that affect the picture. Audio •Picture Presets: Choose preset levels of Picture Settings. Parental Controls •Auto Color: Correct the color from channel to channel.
  • Page 49: Auto Color

    Main Menu Picture Quality Go Back Picture Settings Picture Presets When Auto Color is set to On, it minimizes flesh tone variations. Auto Color Auto Color Color Warmth Noise Reduction Green Stretch Edge Enhancement A change in this screen is applied to Input 2. Contrast Expand Press 5 or 6 to point to an option, then press OK to select Advanced Settings...
  • Page 50: Contrast Expand

    Using the TV’s Menu System Main Menu Picture Quality Go Back Picture Settings Picture Presets High Auto Color Color Warmth Noise Reduction Green Stretch Edge Enhancement A change in this screen is applied to Input 2. Contrast Expand Press 5 or 6 to point to an option, then press OK to select Advanced Settings it.
  • Page 51: Audio Menu

    Main Menu The Audio menu has screens for setting the audio features Go Back and for tweaking the sound: Picture Quality •Equalizer Presets: Select a preset or adjust the equalizer. Audio Audio •Audio Processor: Choose the way for programs to sound. Parental Controls •Sound Logic: Turn it on to minimize variations in volume.
  • Page 52: Sound Logic

    Using the TV’s Menu System Main Menu Audio Go Back Equalizer Presets Audio Processor Turning Sound Logic on will monitor a program's audio Sound Logic Sound Logic track and limit volume excursions to a minimum and maximum volume range from the current volume setting. Audio Mode Acting like a dynamic range limiter, it compresses the dynamic range to limit sudden volume increases (for...
  • Page 53: Audio Connections

    Main Menu Audio Go Back The Audio Connections menu has screens for setting up inputs or outputs that are associated with audio: Equalizer Presets Audio Processor •Fixed/Variable Out: Choose output type; set up subwoofer. •Digital Audio Out: Choose either Auto Select or PCM output. Sound Logic •DVI Audio Input: Choose a TV audio input for a DVI device.
  • Page 54: Connections Menu

    Using the TV’s Menu System Main Menu The Connections menu has screens for specifying and Go Back optimizing the connections (inputs) to the TV: Picture Quality •Signal Strength: Check the signal strength of a channel. Audio Audio •Channel Search: Search for available channels in your area. Parental Controls •Signal Source: Lost remote? This screen changes inputs.
  • Page 55: Signal Source

    TV and turns the TV to the correct Video Input Channel (go to Chapter 3 for detailed information). Notes: The AUX•HD button by default is set up for an RCA HDTV Tuner receiver. If you have two RCA satellite receivers, you can control each separately.
  • Page 56: Special Features

    Remote Setup This features allows you to control three different RCA TVs. This is helpful if you have two or three RCA TVs near each other, and they also have this menu option, but you want to control them independent of each other.
  • Page 57: Closed Captioning

    Main Menu Preferences Go Back The Closed Captioning menu has screens for setting closed captioning features to match your personal preferences: Closed Captioning Text here •Caption Display: Select when captions should appear. Screen Format •Analog Captions: Select a default service for analog TV. Time Menu •Digital Captions: Select a default service for digital TV.
  • Page 58 Using the TV’s Menu System Main Menu Preferences Closed Captioning Go Back Service 1 You can select a mode or source of closed captions for digital-TV Caption Display Service 2 programs. Analog Captions Service 3 If the "Caption Priority" feature is set Service 4 Digital Captions Digital Captions...
  • Page 59: Screen Format

    Main Menu Preferences Use this screen or the FORMAT Go Back Normal button on the remote to change how the picture is displayed. Closed Captioning To the left are examples of the effect of different Screen Screen Format Screen Format Cinerama Format modes on a 4:3 signal.
  • Page 60: Color Scheme

    Setup menu. Lamp Power Your HDTV is equipped with a special lamp system. Eventually, the lamp (like a light bulb) will need to be replaced and you’ll need to know your lamp type. Check the menu for your lamp type and write it down on page 1 for future reference.
  • Page 61: Chapter 5: References

    References Chapter Overview: • Troubleshooting • Lamp Replacement Information • HDTV Specifi cations • Accessory Information • Limited Warranty • Care and Cleaning • FCC Information • Index Changing Entertainment. Again. Graphics contained within this publication are for representation only.
  • Page 62: Troubleshooting

    Note for U.S. customers: If you prefer, we can provide you with the name of an Authorized Service Representative who will visit you home for a fee to install your electronic entertainment system and to instruct you in its operation. For details about this service, call 1-888-206-3359. For additional assistance while using your RCA product, please visit www.rca.com/customersupport. TV Problems TV won’t turn on...
  • Page 63 Video and audio are out of sync • If you’ve connected a component, such as a DVD player, to your TV’s Video jack, and to an audio receiver using the audio jacks, you may experience a slight delay between the audio heard and the video seen. Connect the DVD player to the TV’s Audio jacks, then use the TV’s FIXED/VARIABLE AUDIO OUTPUT jacks to connect to an audio receiver.
  • Page 64 References Can’t select certain channel • May be blocked or not approved in the Parental Controls menu. • If using a VCR, check to make sure the TV/VCR button on the VCR is in the correct mode (press the TV/VCR or INPUT button on your VCR).
  • Page 65: Lamp Replacement Information

    Lamp Replacement Information Replacing the Lamp Unit Your TV’s source of light comes from a lamp – similar to lamps used in fi lm or front projectors. Although this lamp is long- lasting, it may need to be replaced eventually. When to replace the lamp You probably need a new lamp if there’s no picture, but you still can hear the audio and the power light on the front of the TV does the following: blinks 5 times, pauses, blinks 5 times again.
  • Page 66: Hdtv Specifi Cations

    References HDTV Specifi cations Tuning Capability Channel Tuning ...NTSC/ATSC/64 QAM - 256 QAM Digital Cable Compatibility ...64 QAM - 256, QAM, HDMI/DVI, ...Component, CableCARD slot Video 3:2 Pull Down (Film Mode) ...Reverse Diagonal 4:3 Format Control (Screen) ...Normal, Cinerama, Zoom, Stretch, ...Auto Format Switch...
  • Page 67 Stereo Headphone Jack ...3.5mm Stereo Mini-jack Front A/V Input ...Composite Composite A/V Inputs with Autodetect S-Videos ...2 sets Component with composite audio/video inputs ...2 - Y,Pr,Pb (RCA Jacks) ...SYNCROSCAN Antenna/Cable Inputs ...2 - RF HDMI/DVI Input (with Audio Input menu selection) ...1 Audio/Video (Record) Output ...1...
  • Page 68: Accessory Information

    VHS VCRs to duplicate tapes. It can also be used to connect a VCR to your TV. The cable is color- coded and shielded. It has RCA-type phono plugs on each end. Gold- Tipped cable, VH83 (6-ft) $5.95...
  • Page 69: Limited Warranty

    Please complete and mail the Product Registration Card packed with your TV or register on-line at www.rca.com/productregistration. It will make it easier to contact you should it ever be necessary. The return of the card is not required for warranty coverage.
  • Page 70: Care And Cleaning

    References Limitation of Warranty: • THE WARRANTY STATED ABOVE IS THE ONLY WARRANTY APPLICABLE TO THIS PRODUCT. ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED (INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE) ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED. NO VERBAL OR WRITTEN INFORMATION GIVEN BY TTE TECHNOLOGY, INC., ITS AGENTS OR EMPLOYEES SHALL CREATE A GUARANTY OR IN ANY WAY INCREASE THE SCOPE OF THIS WARRANTY.
  • Page 71: Index

    Accessories 66 Backlight button Action buttons 45 Balance 50 Advanced Settings 48 Batteries, installing 21 Age-based rating Batteries, remote 62 Blocking 37 Black Level 46 Viewing 37 Block Age-based ratings Canada, English 39 Canada, French 40 USA 36 Analog captions 55 Analog TV channel 33 Buttons ANT•CAB button 24...
  • Page 72 GUIDE button 24 Main Menu 44 Maximum volume 54 MENU/OK Button 14 HDMI/DVI jack 13 Menus 44 HDTV specifi cations 64 HD Receiver remote code list Help text 44 Home Theatre box remote MENU button 25 codes 30 Menu controls 44...
  • Page 73 Screen Format 57 Search Automatic code 26 Channels 52 Second audio program 50 Service, authorized 9 Setup, assisted 21 V-Chip 34 Sharpness 46 Signal Source 53 Signal Strength 52 Signal type 32 Sleep timer 32,57 Sliders 45 Smoothing Adjust 48 Sound 61 Mono 49 V-chip display 32...
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  • Page 80 TTE Technology, Inc. 10330 North Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46290 ©2005 TTE Technology, Inc. RCA and associated marks are trademarks of THOMSON S.A. used under license to TTE Corporation. Printed in USA TOCOM 16512340...

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