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RCA RT2870 User Manual

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AVC Multimedia Inc.
Unit 6, 170 Esna Park Drive,
Markham, Ontario L3R 1E3
© 2008 AVC Multimedia Inc.
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Marca(s) ® Registrada(s)
Marque(s) ® Deposée(s)
Printed In China / Impreso en China
RT2870 IB V1.3 (EN)
Important Safety Instructions
Please read and save for
• Unplug this apparatus during lightning
future reference
storms or when unused for long periods
of time.
Some of the following information may not
• Refer all servicing to qualified service
apply to your particular product; however, as
personnel. Servicing is required when the
with any electronic product, precautions should
apparatus has been damaged in any way,
be observed during handling and use.
such as power-supply cord or plug is
damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects
• Read these instructions.
have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus
• Keep these instructions.
has been exposed to rain or moisture, does
• Heed all warnings.
not operate normally, or has been dropped.
• Follow all instructions.
• Do not use this apparatus near water.
Additional safety information
• Clean only with dry cloth.
• Apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping
• Do not block any ventilation openings.
or splashing and no objects filled with
Install in accordance with the
liquids, such as vases, shall be placed on
manufacturer's instructions.
the apparatus.
• Do not install near any heat sources such as
• Always leave sufficient space around the
radiators,heat registers, stoves, or other
product for ventilation. Do not place product
apparatus (including amplifiers) that
in or on a bed, rug, in a bookcase or cabinet
produce heat.
that may prevent air flow through
• Do not defeat the safety purpose of the
vent openings.
polarized or grounding-type plug. A
• Do not place lighted candles, cigarettes,
polarized plug has two blades with one
cigars, etc. on the product.
wider than the other. A grounding type plug
• Connect power cord only to AC power
has two blades and a third grounding prong.
source as marked on the product.
The wide blade or the third prong is
• Care should be taken so that objects do not
provided for your safety. If the provided plug
fall into the product.
does not fit into your outlet, consult an
• Do not attempt to disassemble the cabinet.
electrician for replacement of the
This product does not contain customer
obsolete outlet.
serviceable components.
• Protect the power cord from being walked
on or pinched particularly at plugs,
If your product operates on batteries,
convenience receptacles, and the point
adhere to the following precautions:
where they exit from the apparatus.
A.Any battery may leak electrolyte if mixed
• Only use attachments/accessories specified by
with a different battery type, if inserted
the manufacturer.
incorrectly, or if all batteries are not replaced
• Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket,
at the same time.
or table specified by the manufacturer, or
B. Any battery may leak electrolyte or explode
sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used,
if disposed of in fire or an attempt is made
use caution when moving the cart/apparatus
to charge a battery not intended to
combination to avoid injury from tip-over.
be recharged.
C. Discard leaky batteries immediately. Leaking
batteries can cause skin burns or other
personal injury. When discarding batteries,
be sure to dispose of them in the proper
manner, according to your state/provincial
and local regulations.
D. Battery shall not be exposed to excessive
Portable Cart Warning
heat such as sunshine, fire or the like
Connections and Setup
Digital Connections
The digital audio jacks can accept Dolby Digital (AC-3) or PCM signals when compatible
components are connected.
Optical Digital In (Audio)
Connect to optical digital output of DVD, SAT or other compatible
devices using the optical Fiber Cable (not included).
Coaxial Digital In (Audio)
Connect to coaxial digital output of DVD, SAT or other
compatible devices using the coaxial digital cable (included).
TV Connections
Connecting the Antennas
TVs with RF input may need a RF modulator
Connect the AM and FM antennas to the AM
(not included) for inputting audio signals.
and FM terminals on the system's back panel.
RF cable
RF in
RF out
They must be hooked up in order to receive
RF modulator
clear reception. For FM reception, extend
antenna to its full length. For AM reception,
rotate the antenna horizontally to get
Audio out
better reception.
Audio cable
AM Loop Antenna and FM Indoor Antenna
1. Uncoil the antenna wire and locate the base
Audio in
end of the AM antenna.
2. Press down on the antenna tab to open
the terminal.
3. Insert the antenna wires into the terminal
and release the tabs to secure the wires
in place.
4. Make sure the white wire on the AM loop
The illustration shown above may varies from
antenna is inserted into the AM LOOP
your actual RF modulator, please refer to your
terminal and other wire is inserted into the
RF modulator manual.
ground loop terminal.
It is important to read this instruction book prior to using your new product for the first time.
Connections and Setup
Content of Box
Set up and Maintenance of
the Unit
• One main unit
• One remote control with batteries
Provide spaces for sufficient ventilation
• One pair of front speakers, one pair of rear
as indicated:
speakers, one center speaker and
one subwoofer
• One pig-tail antenna wire
• One AM loop antenna
• One coaxial digital cable
• One 3.5mm stereo cable for line-in
• One User Manual
• One Quick Start Guide
Main unit
• Do not connect to the AC power cords until
all connections are completed.
• Do not use your set immediately after
transferring it from a cold place to a warm
place: there is risk of condensation.
• Do not expose your set to water and
excessively high temperatures.
Left and right
• After having disconnected your set, clean the
Left and right
rear speakers
case with a soft cloth, or with a slightly damp
front speakers
leather chamois. Never use strong solvents.
Protect your Components from
Center speaker
• Do not block ventilation holes in any
component. Arrange the components so that
air can circulate freely.
• Do not stack components directly on top of
each other.
Coaxial digital
• Do not place the unit near other components
control with
that generate heat such as heating vents.
• Allow adequate ventilation when placing
your components in a stand.
• Place an amplifier near the top shelf of the
stand so heated air rising from it will not
3.5mm stereo
affect other components. If you have a
cable for
antenna wire
satellite receiver, you should place it on the
top shelf.
User manual
Quick Start Guide
AM loop antenna
Connections and Setup
Positioning Speakers
Front Speaker Placement
Follow the suggestions for speaker placement
below to get the best results.
Courtesy Dolby Laboratories
Align the center speaker evenly with (A) or
1. Left, Right (Front Speakers)
slightly behind (B) (the left and right speakers),
Front speakers carry primarily music and
but not ahead of them.
sound effects.
2. Center
In surround mode, the center speaker carries
most of the dialog as well as music and effects.
It should be set between the left and
right speakers.
3. Surround (Rear Speakers)
The rear speakers' overall sound balance should
be as close as possible to the front speakers.
Proper placement is vital to establish an evenly
distributed sound field.
Place the left and right speakers to form a 45-
degree angle with your favorite viewing
position to duplicate the soundtrack
A subwoofer is designed to reproduce powerful
mixer's perspective.
low bass effects (explosions, the rumble of
spaceships, etc.) which dramatically heighten
the action on the screen.
The mid- and high-frequency drivers of the
three front speakers should be as close as
Magnetic Shielding
possible to the same height. This often requires
placing the center speaker directly on top (A)
Speakers placed less than two feet from the TV
or beneath (B) the TV set.
set must be magnetically shielded in order to
prevent picture distortion. Front speakers
provided with this unit are magnetically
shielded to protect your TV set.
Note: Place the rear speakers and
subwoofer a foot or more away from
TV when using the Front Surround sound
Effect (FSsE).
FCC Information
user manual
This symbol indicates "dangerous voltage"
inside the product that presents a risk of
electric shock or personal injury.
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
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
WARNING: Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
This class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference–Causing
Equipment Regulations.
The Shock Hazard Marking and Associated Graphical Symbol is provided on the bottom panel of unit.
Refer to the identifi cation/rating label located on the back panel of your product for its proper
operating voltage.
IMPORTANT: The power cord can be unplugged to turn off the main power to the unit. It should also
be easily accessible in an emergency.
• Leave sufficient space around the appliance to allow adequate ventilation: 10cm on either side
and at the back, as well as 7cm above it are ideal.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock,
do not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
For Your Safety
The AC power plug is
polarized (one blade is wider
than the other) and only fits
into AC power outlets one
way. If the plug won't go into
the outlet completely, turn the
plug over and try to insert it the other way. If it
still won't fit, contact a qualified electrician to
change the outlet, or use a different one. Do
not attempt to bypass this safety feature.
CAUTION: To prevent electric shock, match
wide blade of plug to wide slot, fully insert.
Connections and Setup
Connecting to Audio Components
Digital Connection
• This unit provides one optical and one coaxial digital input jacks for the connection of
your components.
• To connect a SAT receiver or DVD player with a digital output, use an optical digital cable (not
included) or coaxial digital cable (included) to carry the audio signal and enjoy Dolby Digital
sound quality.
• One optical or coaxial cable is needed for each SAT receiver or DVD player.
Note: Optical and coaxial cables carry only the audio portion of the signal.
Connections and Setup
Better Surround Placement
If possible, place surround speakers to either
side of the listening area, not behind it.
If space permits, install surround speakers 2-3
feet above viewers. This helps to minimize
localization effects.
Aim surround speakers straight across the
room, not down at viewers, to help create a
more open, spacious surround sound field.
Courtesy Dolby Laboratories
Courtesy Dolby Laboratories
Alternative Surround Placement
Rear wall
If rear wall mounting is the only choice, aim
the speakers at each other (A), towards the
front (B) or towards the sidewalls (C, D).
Courtesy Dolby Laboratories
Experiment with placement until sounds seem
to surround you, rather than come from
behind you.
Courtesy Dolby Laboratories
No adjacent walls
Surround speakers can go on stands facing
each other to approximate sidewall mounting
(A), or to the sides or rear of the viewing area,
aimed upwards; they can go right on the floor,
or preferably, a few feet off the floor such as
on end tables (B).
Courtesy Dolby Laboratories
FCC Information
Service Information
To reduce risk of electrical shock, do not
remove cover or back (no user serviceable
This product should be serviced only by those
parts inside). Refer servicing to qualified
specially trained in appropriate servicing
techniques. For instructions on how to obtain
service, refer to the warranty included in
This symbol indicates
this user manual.
important instructions ac-
companying the product.
Connecting for Power
Make sure you connect all your other
electronic components and the speakers before
plugging your unit into the outlet. Plug the
power cord in the wall outlet, matching the
wide blade of the plug with the wide slot in
the outlet. Be sure to insert the
plug completely.
Headset Safety
• Do not play your headset at a high volume.
Hearing experts warn against extended
high-volume play.
• If you experience a ringing in your ears,
reduce volume or discontinue use.
• You should use extreme caution or
temporarily discontinue use in potentially
hazardous situations.
• Even if your headset is an open-air type
designed to let you hear outside sounds,
don't turn up the volume so high that you
are unable to hear what is around you.
• Excessive sound pressure from
earphones and headphone can cause
hearing loss.
Technical Specification
Product: Audio Receiver with Dolby Digital
Brand: RCA
Model: RT2870
Electrical Consumption
Power Supply: 120V ~ 60Hz
Power consumption: 90 Watts
This audio system has earned
Connections and Setup
Connecting the Speakers
Speaker wires are color-coded to match the
terminals. Connect the speaker wire from the
back of each speaker to the corresponding
color terminal at the back of the unit. Press
down the tab to open the terminal and insert
the wire. Release the tab to lock wire in
the terminal.
When connecting the speakers, make sure the
polarities ("+" speaker wire to "+" on the unit.
For example, red wire to red terminal on the
unit) of speaker wires and terminals match.
Center Speaker
Green/grey or
black striped
Digital Input
Connect components capable of
outputting Dolby digital (e.g. DVD or
SAT) or standard PCM (CD) format
or black
digital signals. Read section on "Input
Signal Setting" under "Advanced
Sound Control" carefully to adjust the
matching input settings.
Connections and Setup
Front Surround Mode
Speaker Placement
Configuration 1
Follow the suggestion for speaker placement in
the section before.
Configuration 1
Adjusting the Angle of the Speakers
Configuration 2
To achieve the best Front Surround sound
If placing the rear speakers (surround speakers)
Effect (FSsE), adjust the mounted front left and
at the back is not a good choice for you, you
the rear left speakers to the left for an angle of
can use the Front Surround sound Effect(FSsE).
- 45
from the center.
Follow the following instruction for setting
the speakers. (See section "Front Surround
Adjust the mounted front right and rear right
Sound Effect (FSsE) Setting" under "Advanced
speakers to the right in the same way.
Sound Control" for details).
Mounting the Speakers
1. Place the front speaker upside down.
2. Slide in the hinge to the bottom of the front
speaker until the 'click' sound is heard.
3. Slide in the rear speaker to the hinge until
the 'click' sound is heard.
4. Attach the supplied speaker stand to the
top of the front speaker.
Note: Match the front left and rear left
speakers together and match the front right
and rear right speakers together.
If the cords are reversed, the sound will
be distorted. Do not let the speaker wires
touch each other, it will damage
the speaker.
When connecting subwoofer, connect
subwoofer control cable (red/black striped) at
the back of the subwoofer to the subwoofer
control jack on the unit's rear panel, then press
POWER ON/OFF on the subwoofer speaker to
turn it on.
Front Speakers
Use this jack on
the rear panel
to connect
another active
other than the
one supplied.
Blue/grey or black striped
Grey/black striped
Use this jack on
the rear panel to
connect to the
Rear Speakers
control cable
(Surround Sound)
striped) of the
Note: Place the rear speakers and
subwoofer a foot or more away from TV
when using the Front Surround sound
Effect (FSsE).
Disconnecting the Speakers
1. To unlock the speakers, press and hold the
hinge spring as illustrated below.
2. Slide out the rear speaker from the hinge.
3. Press and hold the two hinge springs.
4. Slide out the hinge from the front speaker.
Hinge Spring
Hinge Spring
After adjusting the angle, the speaker should
look like this illustration.
Configuration 2


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    Marca(s) ® Registrada(s) Marque(s) ® Deposée(s) Printed In China / Impreso en China RT2870 IB V1.3 (EN) It is important to read this instruction book prior to using your new product for the first time. Important Safety Instructions Connections and Setup...

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