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HDTV User's Guide



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  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    Changing Entertainment. Again. Find Inside: Introduction • Connections • Remote • Features • Menu • Troubleshooting • HDTV User’s Guide page 2 page 7 page 21 page 29 page 41 page 53

  • Page 2: Important Information

    Product Registration Please fi ll out the product registration card (packed separately) and return it immediately. For US customers: Your RCA Consumer Electronics product may also be registered at Registering this product allows us to contact you if needed.

  • Page 3: Important Safety Instructions

    See the fi gure on the right for details. 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.

  • Page 4: Introduction

    TV to this input jack. Thank you for choosing RCA Congratulations on purchasing this RCA High Defi nition Television (HDTV). Your purchase decision represents an investment in a new generation of technology—HDTV. Even though this is a technologically advanced HDTV, it is the most user-friendly of its kind—with on-screen instructions that guide you...

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    The resolution is measured by calculating the number of active lines of pixels. A pixel (which stands for picture element) is a small dot. The picture you see on your TV is composed of these dots.

  • Page 6: Other Key Features Of Owning An Rca Hdtv

    Dolby Digital 5.1 channel sound. Other Key Features of owning an RCA HDTV There are other HDTVs on the market. But your RCA HDTV has been designed with features that will enhance your TV viewing experience, and features that provide fl...

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    Introduction ... 2 The best of both worlds ... 2 What makes HDTV better ... 2 Other Key Features of owning an RCA HDTV ... 4 Chapter 1: Connections & Setup ... 7 Things to Consider Before You Connect ... 8 Choose Your Connection ...

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    Blocking Movie Ratings ... 39 Blocking Unrated/Exempt Programs Lock/Unlock Parental Controls ... 40 Front Panel Block ... 40 Chapter 4: Using the TV's Menu System ... 41 Sound Menu ... 42 Picture Menu ... 44 Channel Guide Menu ... 46 Time Menu ...

  • Page 9: Chapter 1: Connections & Setup

    • Choose Your Connection • Explanation of Jacks • Connection Instructions • Front Panel Buttons and Jacks • Plug in the TV • Put Batteries in the Re mote • How to Use the Remote Control to Complete the Initial Setup •...

  • Page 10: Things To Consider Before You Connect

    Important Stand and Base Safety Information Choose the location for your TV carefully. Place the TV on a stand or base that is of adequate size and strength to prevent the TV from being accidentally tipped over, pushed off, or pulled off. This could cause personal injury and/or damage the TV.

  • Page 11: Connections

    Components Video Connections DVI Connection Audio Connection Chapter 1 Connections & Setup Cables Connection Needed Title Coaxial TV + DVD + VCR Audio/video Component video Coaxial TV + Satellite Audio/video Receiver + VCR S-Video TV + DVI Audio component TV + A/V...

  • Page 12: Explanation Of Jacks

    Connections & Setup Explanation of Jacks This section describes the jacks you can use for connections. There are several ways to connect components to your TV. Back Panel Jacks (in alphabetical order) ANTENNA/CABLE ANALOG INPUT Lets you connect a coaxial cable to receive the signal ANTENNA/ from the antenna, cable, cable box, or a VCR.

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    COMPONENT INPUT Lets you connect a component video source, such as a DVD player. COMPONENT INPUT • CMP1 • • COMPOSITE INPUTS Lets you connect another component such as a VCR or DVD player. COMPOSITE INPUTS Its AUDIO jacks are the same as described for CMP1 above. S-VIDEO VID1 •...

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  • Page 15: Tv + Dvd + Vcr

    1. Connect your DVD Player to your TV. A. Connect the audio (white and red) cables to the CMP1 L and R audio input jacks on the back of the TV and to the audio output jacks on the DVD player.

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  • Page 17: Tv + Satellite Receiver + Vcr

    B. Connect the audio (white and red) cables to the VID2 L/MONO and R audio jacks on the back of the TV and to the Audio Output jacks on the VCR. C. Connect the video cable to the VID2 V (Video) jack on the back of the TV and to the video output jack on the VCR.

  • Page 18: Tv + Dvi Component

    TV+ A/V Receiver A/V RECEIVER TAPE These are two different ways your TV uses a component to hear audio. Connect audio cables to either the FIXED or VARIABLE AUDIO L and R OUTPUT jacks and to the audio inputs on...

  • Page 19: The Front Of Your Tv

    Chapter 3. Front Panel Buttons If you cannot locate your remote, you can use the front panel buttons of your TV to operate many of the TV’s features. MENU/OK Brings up the Main menu. In the menu system, it selects highlighted items.

  • Page 20: 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.

  • Page 21: Complete The Initial Setup

    OK. Welcome Screen and Connection Confi rmation The next screen welcomes you to your new RCA TV. Press OK to continue with the setup. After the welcome screen, the initial setup asks you to make sure that you've connected the HDTV to your cable or antenna signal. Once you've confi...

  • Page 22: Changing Lists And Labels

    3. The Blue center convergence menu appears with a cyan cross in the middle of the screen. If it is not, use the arrow buttons to move the blue cross to overlap the green cross. Press OK (the TV tunes to the last selected/ available channel in the channel list).

  • Page 23: 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 • Remote Control Codes Changing Entertainment.

  • Page 24: The Buttons On The Remote Control

    AUX•HD Puts the remote in AUX/HD mode. As a default, this button controls some models of RCA HDTV Tuners. It can also be programmed to operate some brands of an additional remote-controllable components. CC Displays a reduced Closed Captioning menu, allowing you to turn closed captioning on and off or change the closed captioning mode.

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    ON•OFF When in TV mode, turns the TV on and off. If in another component mode (DVD or AUX•HD) and programmed, will turn the component on and off. When pressed twice within two seconds, the ON•OFF button turns off most RCA components.

  • Page 26: Programming The Remote To Operate Other Components

    Find Out If You Need to Program the Remote To determine whether the universal remote needs to be programmed to operate one of the components connected to your TV, such as a DVD player, do the following: 1. Turn on the component (in this example, a DVD player).

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    Important You must continue pressing the component button while you enter the code. Let’s say you have a Zenith DVD player. To program the universal remote to operate the DVD player, you would: Press and hold the DVD button while you en- ter the fi...

  • Page 28: How To Use The Remote After You've Programmed It

    DVD, VCR, satellite receiver, etc.) it uses operational modes triggered by the component buttons. For example, if you want the remote to control the TV, you would press the TV button to put the remote into TV mode before you could control the TV.

  • Page 29: Remote Code List

    Quarter ... 2011 Quartz ... 2011 Quasar ... 2021, 2022, 2125 RCA ...2000, 2001, 2003, 2013, 2021, 2055, 2056, 2082, 2083, 2084, 2085, 2086, 2087, 2088, 2089, 2090, 2091, 2107, 2115, 2120, 2125, 2131, 2133 Radioshack/Realistic ...2011, 2013, 2014, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2026, 2029, 2049, 2050, 2096, 2132 Radix ...

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  • Page 31: Chapter 3: Using The Tv's Features

    Chapter 3 Using the TV's Features Chapter Overview: • Channel Banner • Digital and Analog Tuners • Autotuning • Parental Controls and V-Chip Changing Entertainment. Again. Graphics contained within this publication are for representation only.

  • Page 32: Channel Banner

    Using the TV’s Features Channel Banner There are several indicators that might appear when you press the TV or INFO button on the remote. What you see depends on the tuner you're watching (digital or analog) and the information available for the current program. This display is called the Channel Banner. The list at the bottom of this page describes the items on the Channel Banner screen (left to right and top to bottom).

  • Page 33: Digital And Analog Tuners

    4. Enter the number of the subchannel. This number appears to the right of the primary channel number. 5. Press OK to tune to the channel or wait a few seconds and the TV tunes to the channel. Note: Once you've run the auto channel search on a tuner, you can just use the channel up and down buttons on the remote control to change channels when the remote's in TV mode.

  • Page 34: Autotuning

    TV (like a VCR, DVD player, etc.) When you set up autotuning in the menu system you don’t have to remember to change your TV to the CMP1 input, for example, when you want to watch a DVD on your DVD player.

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    Channel 3/4 switch is set to channel 3. VID1 or VID2 (Video Input) Component is connected to a VIDEO or S-Video jack on the back of the TV and you want the TV to tune to a VID input channel when you press the corresponding component button.

  • Page 36: Parental Controls And V-chip

    Once you block programs, you can unblock programs by entering a password. By default, the software inside your TV is turned “off.” For instructions to turn on V-Chip, go to page 40.

  • Page 37: The V-chip Rating Screen

    TV-Y children from ages 2-6. It is not expected to frighten younger children. Chapter 3 Using the TV’s Features Rating Status Field Lets you select whether the status of the age-based rating limit to the left is View or Block.

  • Page 38: Blocking/viewing Age-based Ratings

    Adult language Sexual situations Violence Fantasy Violence To change all V-Chip movie or TV ratings to View, press the 0 number button. Blocking Age-Based Ratings You can automatically block all program ratings above a specifi ed age- based rating level. To block programs with higher ratings: 1.

  • Page 39: Canada V-chip Ratings

    4. Press the OK button to change the status back to adult language content, but not programs with TV-MA language content. Note: Only the content theme status corresponding to TV-14 (L) language changes to (V) View. Higher rated content themes, such as that for TV-MA language, do not change.

  • Page 40: Canadian French V-chip Rating System

    Using the TV’s Features Rating Adults. Programming is for adults only. This program contains sustained violence or extremely violent 18 ans + scenes. Viewers 16 and over. Programming is not suitable for those under age 16. This program contains 16 ans + frequent scenes of violence or intensely violent scenes.

  • Page 41: V-chip Movie Rating Limit

    Set movie rating limits by blocking movies rated above a specifi ed level. To access the Movie Rating Limit menu: 1. Press MENU on the remote control (the TV's MAIN MENU appears). 2. Select Parental Control. 3. Select US V-Chip.

  • Page 42: Lock/unlock Parental Controls

    Parental Controls again. Front Panel Block Selecting this option lets you block (disable) or unblock (enable) the TV’s front panel. The remote still tunes to any channel. When using this as a Parental Control method, remove access to any remote that is capable of operating the television while you have the front panel blocked.

  • Page 43: Chapter 4: Using The Tv's Menu System

    Chapter 4 Using the TV's Menu System Chapter Overview: • Sound Menu • Picture Menu • Channel Guide Menu • Time Menu • Parental Control Menu • Setup Menu Changing Entertainment. Again. Graphics contained within this publication are for representation only.

  • Page 44: Sound Menu

    If your preferred language is being broadcast with a program, then the TV will play it. If not, then the TV will play the default audio for the program (usually English in the U.S.). The default digital channel audio language options are English, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.

  • Page 45: Using The Tv's Menu System

    The language you choose becomes your preferred audio language for all channels on the digital tuner until you turn the TV off. If the language you choose here is not being broadcast with a program, then the TV will play the default audio for the program (usually English in the U.S.).

  • Page 46: Picture Menu

    Choose to have it on (box checked) or off (box unchecked), depending on your preference. Note: Model HD52W59 does not have the Scan Velocity Modulation feature. Autoformat When enabled (box checked) the TV automatically detects the screen format of the incoming signal for analog channels and inputs.

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    Each ANTENNA jack counts as a single input. Chapter 4 Using the TV’s Menu System Picture preset Displays a choice list that lets you select one of the preset picture settings: Vibrant, Cinematic, Natural, Sports, Videogame, Video Camera or Personal. Choose the setting that is best for your viewing environment. You can set a different picture preset for each input (including one for your regular TV channels).

  • Page 48: Channel Guide Menu

    Using the TV’s Menu System Channel Guide Menu The Channel Guide lets you view the entire list of channel numbers and labels for the tuner you're on. Press the GUIDE button to bring up the Channel Guide menu. There are two different kinds of channel guides—the one you see depends on the tuner you're on.

  • Page 49: Remote

    fi rst enter the number zero, then number eight. Use the OK button to choose between AM and PM. Wake up timer Lets you set the TV to turn itself on. When you turn on Wake up timer, the following options appear: Wake up time Lets you set the time you want the TV to turn itself on.

  • Page 50: Features

    Setup Menu The Setup menu lets you confi gure the TV to fi t its surroundings and your preferences. To access the Setup menu, press MENU on the remote, and then select Setup from the main menu.

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    Closed Caption Many programs are encoded with closed-captioning information, which lets you display the audio portion of a program as text on the TV screen. Some programs on digital channels offer digital captioning information, which gives you more options for the way the captioning is displayed on the screen.

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    Using the TV’s Menu System Go back Closed Caption Setting On... Analog CC Type CC1... Digital CC Type Service 1... Digital CC Preset Custom... Digital CC Style Press < or > key to select the closed caption setting. Go back Closed Caption Size Standard...

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    Chapter 4 Using the TV’s Menu System Autotuning Displays a choice list that lets you set up the TV to automatically tune to the correct input channel when you press a component button (VCR, DVD, AUX/HD or SAT/CABLE) on the remote. Go to Chapter 3 for details about the Autotuning feature.

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  • Page 55: Chapter 5: Other Information

    Chapter 5 Other Information Chapter Overview: • Troubleshooting • Care and Cleaning • FCC Information • Limited Warranty • Accessory Information Changing Entertainment. Again. Graphics contained within this publication are for representation only.

  • Page 56: Troubleshooting

    Check the wall receptacle (or extension cord) to make sure it is “live” by plugging in something else. • Something might be wrong with your remote control. Press the POWER button on the front of the TV. If the TV turns on, check the remote control solutions on the next page.

  • Page 57: Other Information

    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 button on your VCR). Noisy stereo reception •...

  • Page 58: The Remote Control Doesn't Work

    If you forget your password, press MENU, then select Parental Control (the password entry screen appears). Simultaneously press and hold CH+ and VOL+ on the TV’s front panel for 8 seconds. The Parental control menu appears on the screen, and you can re- enter a password via Lock Parental Controls.

  • Page 59: Care And Cleaning

    While cleaning do not spray liquid directly on the screen, or allow liquid to run down the screen and inside the TV. Also, never place drinks or vases with water on top of the TV. This could increase the risk of fi re or shock hazard or damage to the TV.

  • Page 60: Limited Warranty

    • Please complete the online Product Registration on or complete and mail the Product Registration Card packed with your unit. It will make it easier to contact you should it ever be necessary. The return of the card is not required for warranty coverage.

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  • Page 62: Accessory Information

    You can buy some accessories on-line at: Screw-on Cable attaches to the round antenna connectors (called 75-ohm F-type) on the back of your VCR or TV. The ends screw onto the connectors VH81 (3-ft), price: $3.95 for a secure connection.

  • Page 63: Index

    Digital sound 3 Accessories 60 Digital closed captions 49, 50 Age-based ratings 36 Digital TV 2, 10, 13, 15, 19, 30, Amplifi er 42 Analog closed captions 49, 50 Direct entry programming 25 Analog TV 2, 10, 30, 31, 46, 48...

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    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 16499240...

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    schemati for a 52w59 rcactv this is not very helpful if you cant get the schematic