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RCA Audio/Video Receiver Owner's Manual

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Audio/Video Receiver


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    Audio/Video Receiver...

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    introduction DTS* (Digital Theater Systems) decoder equipped — DTS is a digital sound system introduced in theaters. Playback of DVD, LD, and CD recorded in DTS audio creates the environment of a theater or the sensation of a concert hall in your home. Dolby** Digital and Dolby Pro Logic —...

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    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS This receiver is made and tested to meet Accessories — Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The product may fall, causing serious injury to a child or adult, exacting safety standards. It meets both and serious damage to the product.

  • Page 4: Features

    Cautions • To prevent electric shock do not use this polarized plug with an extension cord, recep- tacle, or other outlet unless the blades can be fully inserted to prevent blade exposure. WHEN MAKING CABLE CONNECTIONS: INSTALLING THE RECEIVER Be careful not to arrange cables in a manner that Please note: bends the cables over the top of this unit as •...

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS Features ......................4 Installing the Receiver ......................... 4 When Making Cable Connections: ....................4 Introductory Information ......................6 Checking the Supplied Accessories ..................... 6 Using this Manual ........................6 Preparing the Remote Control ..................... 6 Connecting Your System ..................8 Connecting Audio Components ....................

  • Page 6: Introductory Information


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    CD player, you need to select the CD mode with the FUNCTION button. OPERATING OTHER RCA COMPONENTS By connecting a control cord (optional), you can control other RCA professional series equipment CONTROL CONTROL using this remote control unit. Point the remote control unit towards the remote sensor of this unit, even when operating other equipment.

  • Page 8: Connecting Your System

    CONNECTING YOUR EQUIPMENT CONNECTING AUDIO COMPONENTS To begin set up, connect your audio components to the jacks as shown below. These are all analog connections and your analog audio components (turntable, cassette deck) use these jacks. Remember that for components you want to record with you need to hook up four plugs (a set of stereo ins and a set of stereo outs), but for components that only play (like a turntable) you only need to hook up one set of stereo plugs (two plugs).

  • Page 9: Connecting Video Components

    CONNECTING VIDEO COMPONENTS Connect your video components to the jacks as shown below. Regarding digital video components (like a DVD player), you must use the analog connections pictured on this page for the video signal but in order to use Dolby Digital you should hook up their audio to a digital input (see the next page). It is also a good idea to hook up your digital components with analog audio connections as well (see the previous page).

  • Page 10: Connecting Digital Components

    CONNECTING DIGITAL CONNECTIONS In order to use Dolby Digital/DTS soundtracks, you need to make digital audio connections. You can do this by either coaxial or optical connections (you do not need to do both). The quality of these two types of connections is the same but since some digital components only have one type of digital terminal, it is a matter of matching like with like (for example, the coaxial out from the component to coaxial in on the receiver).

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    EXAMPLE OF CONNECTION USING A DVD/LD OR LD PLAYER When playing LD recorded in Dolby Digital To connect a DVD/LD or LD player with its 2 RF output, a commercially available RF demodulator (RFD-1) is required. The RF demodulator changes the RF signal to a digital signal which is then processed by the STAV-3880 models through their digital input jacks.

  • Page 12: Connecting Antennas

    CONNECTING ANTENNAS Connect the AM loop antenna and the FM wire antenna as shown below. To improve reception and sound quality, connect external antennas (see Using external antennas, below). Always make sure that the receiver is switched off and unplugged from the wall outlet before making or changing any connections. AM Loop Antenna Assemble the antenna and connect to the receiver.

  • Page 13: Connecting Speakers

    CONNECTING SPEAKERS A full complement of six speakers is shown here but, naturally, everyone’ s home setup will vary. Simply connect the speakers you have in the manner described below. The receiver will work with just two stereo speakers (called “front” speakers in the diagram) but it is recommended to be used with at least three speakers.

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    7 Speaker terminals Use good quality speaker wire to connect the speakers to the receiver. 1 Twist around 1/2 inch of bare wire strands together. ª 2 Unclip the speaker terminal and insert the wire. · 3 Snap shut the speaker terminal to secure.

  • Page 15: Ac Outlet [switches 100 W (0.8 A) Max]

    Hints on Speaker Placement Speakers are usually designed with a particular placement in mind. Some are designed to be floorstanding, while others should be placed on stands to sound their best. Some should be placed near a wall; others should be placed away from walls. Follow the guidelines on placement that the speaker manufacturer provided with your particular speakers.

  • Page 16: Preparations

    PREPARATIONS SETTING UP FOR SURROUND SOUND Be sure to switch the power of this unit on (The STANDBY indicator goes out). To ensure the best possible surround sound, be sure to complete the following set up operations. This is particularly important when using the 2 (Dolby/DTS) sound mode. You only need to make these settings once (unless you change the placement of your current speaker system or add new speakers, etc.).

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    SPEAKER (Front, Center, Surround) setting mode This setting establishes the size and configuration of the speaker system you have connected. So, for example, here you set whether you have connected surround speakers or not, and how big they are. Selecting “Large” or “Small” will determine how much bass is sent by the receiver to the speakers being set.

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    SUB WOOFER ON/PLUS/OFF setting mode Sets whether the SUB WOOFER is used or not. Also, when used you have the option to use the “PLUS” setting. • Initial setting is “ON”. memo • Setting the front speaker size to “Small” in the SPEAKER setting mode automatically locks the sub woofer in the “ON”...

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    Low cut filter ON/OFF setting mode Turn the low cut filter ON when distorted sound is output through the sub woofer. • Initial setting is “OFF”. memo • If the SUB WOOFER is set to “OFF” in the SUB WOOFER ON/OFF setting mode, the low cut filter cannot be set.

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    Dynamic range control setting mode Dynamic range is the difference between the loudest and softest sounds in any given signal. The dynamic range control helps you play back sounds so the quieter sounds are audible yet the louder sounds don’t get distored.

  • Page 21: Setting The Volume Level Of Each Channel

    Optical digital input setting 2 Sets the input component to be assigned to the optical input jack 2. memo • Initial setting is “CD-R”. Press 5 or ∞ to select the optical digital input 2 (DVD, TV, CD, CD-R, VCR, or OFF). After you assign the component to a digital jack, like optical one, whenever you select that component, for example CD-R, the receiver will automatically change to the digital input setting.

  • Page 22: Setting Up The Remote Control

    SETTING UP THE REMOTE CONTROL In addition to controlling the receiver, the supplied remote control can operate your other components (DVD, MD, VCR, TV, LD, CD, etc.). If your component(s) are listed in the “Preset Code List” on page 43, simply recall the corresponding preset code.

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    Point the remote toward the component to be controlled, enter the 3 digit setup code. When you enter the setup code, the remote emits a power ON/ OFF signal. If the component turns ON or OFF, you have entered the proper code. If the component does not turn ON or OFF and there is more than one setup code, press 2 or 3 to select another code in step 3 or try inputting another code (starting again from step...

  • Page 24: Clearing The Remote Control Settings

    CLEARING THE REMOTE CONTROL SETTINGS Clears all presets and restores factory default settings. MULTI CONTROL Press REMOTE SET UP and 0 at the same time for more 3 seconds. DVD/LD TV/SAT VCR/DVR CD-R/ The LED display at the top of the remote control will blink. After RECEIVER TUNER TV CONT TAPE/MD...

  • Page 25: Displays & Controls

    DISPLAYS AND CONTROLS FRONT PANEL 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 0 - & 1 STANDBY indicator /DTS button (see pages 31, 33) Lights when the receiver is in standby mode (note Use to switch between the various Dolby/DTS that the receiver consumes a small amount of surround modes.

  • Page 26: Display

    DISPLAY MONO PRO LOGIC MIDNIGHT DIRECT MONITOR TUNED LOUDNESS DIGITAL S.BASS AB STEREO RF ATT SIGNAL SELECT ANALOG DIGITAL DIGITAL 0 - = 1 DTS indicator 2 DIGITAL : Lights when a DOLBY DIGITAL signal is played. Lights when DTS mode is being used. DTS : Lights when a source with DTS audio 2 2 PRO LOGIC indicator signals is played.

  • Page 27: Remote Control


  • Page 28: Loudness Button

    D. ACCESS button (see page 35) Use to attenunate (lower) the level of an analog Use to directly access a radio station by pressing input signal and prevent distortion (refer to p.26 the number of the station you want. =). To use first press the RECEIVER button then 8 LOUDNESS button operate this button.

  • Page 29: Sound Modes

    SOUND MODES LEARNING ABOUT THE SOUND MODES The sound modes are explained here. There are two cinema modes: STANDARD, and ADVANCED THEATER. These are designed to be used with multi channel surround sound audio/visual sources (like DVDs and LDs). Intrinsic to home theater, these modes can deliver realistic and powerful surround sound that recreates the movie theater experience.

  • Page 30: Switching Analog/digital Signal Input

    SWITCHING ANALOG/DIGITAL SIGNAL INPUT Set this switch to tell the receiver whether you’re using a component that is hooked up digitally or in an analog manner. If you have no components connected digitally the switch wonb’t allow you to select digital.

  • Page 31: Playing Sources With Dolby Digital Or Dts Sound

    PLAYING SOURCES WITH DOLBY DIGITAL OR DTS SOUND Follow steps 1 to 3 of the playback procedure. (Refer to “Playing a source” on the previous page.) 1 Turn on the power of the playback component. MULTI CONTROL 2 Turn on the power of the receiver. DVD/LD TV/SAT VCR/DVR CD-R/ 3 Press FUNCTION to select the source component you...

  • Page 32: Selecting A Sound Mode

    SELECTING A SOUND MODE To ensure the best possible surround sound, be sure to complete the set up procedures described in “Setting Up for Surround Sound” (starting on page 14) before using the sound modes. This is particularly important when using the (Dolby) sound mode.

  • Page 33: Using In Midnight Listening Mode

    ADVANCED THEATER MODE ( DOLBY DIGITAL/DTS MODE) Switch on the Dolby/DTS mode by pressing the 2 button. When Dolby/DTS/ mode is ON, Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Digital and DTS, and signal processing is performed automatically corresponding to the input signal. Use this button to cycle through the various modes. For all modes other than STANDARD, DSP is switcehd on and will appear int he diisplay.

  • Page 34: Using The Tuner

    USING THE TUNER FINDING A STATION The following steps show you how to tune in to FM and AM radio broadcasts using the automatic (search) and manual (step) tuning functions. If you already know the exact frequency of the station you want to listen to, see Tuning Directly to a Station on the following page.

  • Page 35: Tuning Directly To A Station

    TUNING DIRECTLY TO A STATION Sometimes, you'll already know the frequency of the station you want to listen. In this case, you can simply enter the frequency directly using the number buttons on the remote control (this function is not available using the front panel controls of the receiver).

  • Page 36: Recalling Memorized Stations

    Press CLASS to select one of the three classes. Repeatedly pressing this button cycles through the three available classes, A, B and C. Press STATION 2 3 to select the desired station memory number. Pressing these buttons repeatedly cycles through the 10 available station memories in each class.

  • Page 37: Making A Recording

    MAKING A RECORDING MAKING AN AUDIO OR A VIDEO RECORDING The following steps show you how to make an audio or a video recording from the built in tuner, or from an audio or video source connected to the receiver (such as a CD player or TV). Recordings can be made to a CD-Recorder, cassette deck, MD, VCR, or DVR deck connected to the CD-R/TAPE/MD, VCR or DVR in/out connectors.

  • Page 38: Controlling The Rest Of Your System

    CONTROLLING THE REST OF YOUR SYSTEM CD/MD/CD-R/VCR/LD PLAYER CONTROLS This remote control can control these components after entering the proper codes (see p.22- memo 23). Use MULTI CONTROL buttons to put the remote control in the stated mode. SOURCE Press to switch the CD, MD, CD-R, VCR OR LD player between STANDBY and ON.

  • Page 39: Cassette Deck Controls

    CASSETTE DECK CONTROLS This remote control can control these components after entering the proper codes (see p.22- memo 23). Use MULTI CONTROL buttons to put the remote control in the stated mode. SOURCE Press to switch the cassette deck between STANDBY and ON (not possible on all models).

  • Page 40: Dvd/dvr Player Controls

    DVD/DVR PLAYER CONTROLS This remote control can control these components after entering the proper codes (see p.22- memo 23). Use MULTI CONTROL buttons to put the remote control in the stated mode. SOURCE Press to switch the DVD/DVR player between STANDBY and ON. MULTI CONTROL Press to return to the start of the current chapter (track).

  • Page 41: Dtv Controls

    DTV CONTROLS This remote control can control these components after entering the proper codes (see p.22- memo 23). Use MULTI CONTROL buttons to put the remote control in the stated mode. Use to switch DTV audio tracks MULTI CONTROL Use to get INFO on the DTV program. DVD/LD TV/SAT VCR/DVR CD-R/ RECEIVER TUNER...

  • Page 42: Cable Tv/satellite Tv/tv Controls

    CABLE TV/SATELLITE TV/TV CONTROLS memo This remote control can control these components after entering the proper codes (see p.22- 23). Use MULTI CONTROL buttons to put the remote control in the stated mode. THE FIRST FOUR BUTTONS ARE DEDICATED TV CONTROL BUTTONS FOR ANY TYPE OF TV SETUP.

  • Page 43: Additional Information

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TROUBLESHOOTING This receiver has been manufactured to the specifications of RadioShack and is covered by a limited warranty from RadioShack. If your receiver is not operating as it should, take it to your local RadioShack store or call 1-800-THE-SHACK for assistance. Incorrect operation is often mistaken for trouble and malfunctions.

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    Symptom Cause Remedy Broadcast stations cannot be • Weak radio signal. • Connect an outdoor antenna (see selected automatically. "Connecting Antennas" on page 12). • Speaker settings are • See “SPEAKER setting mode” on page 17 to check the speaker settings. incorrect.ncorrect center mode.

  • Page 45: Preset Code List

    PRESET CODE LIST Device Manufacturer Manufacturer Code Manufacturer Manufacturer Code Device DENON TOSHIBA 302, 319, 300, 313 SONY PHILIPS 312, 322 PANASONIC YAMAHA 314, 315, 328 SAMSUNG TEAC 305, 306, 324, 325, 327 SHARP ONKYO 307, 308, 320 AKAI MARANTZ 323, 312, 324 SANYO PIONEER...

  • Page 46: Specifications

    SPECIFICATIONS FM Tuner Section Amplifier Section Continuous average power output of 100 watts* per Frequency Range ........ 87.5 MHz to 108 MHz channel, min., at 8 ohms, from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz with Usable Sensitivity no more than 0.2 %** total harmonic distortion (front).........

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    Limited Two-Year Warranty This product is warranted by RadioShack against manufacturing defects in material and workmanship under normal use for two (2) years from the date of purchase from RadioShack company-owned stores and authorized RadioShack franchisees and dealers. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, RadioShack MAKES NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THOSE OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF THE WRITTEN LIMITED WARRANTIES CONTAINED HEREIN.

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