Sears SR3000 TV
We recently received a Sears SR3000 TV (model number 564-42151652) to use as a video monitor. The TV didn't come with a manual and I couldn't find one online. After experimenting with it and reading some comments about it online, here are some notes.
Main features and limitations
The TV can receive NTSC analog air channels 2 to 83 and analog cable channels 1 to 47 and 95 to 99. It has mono audio/video input jacks.
The TV doesn't have a menu. Its on screen display shows only the channel number and the time.
The TV doesn't have any channel memory. When you press the CHANNEL UP (or DOWN) button, the TV will increment (or decrement) the channel until it finds a channel with a signal on it.
Front panel controls
The front panel buttons are POWER, CHANNEL UP and DOWN, VOLUME UP and DOWN, FINE TUNING UP and DOWN, TIME SET FAST and SLOW, and TV/AV.
Be sure to look at the bottom edge of the TV for the recessed knobs and buttons:
The SHARPNESS, CONT, BRITE, TINT, and COLOR knobs adjust various aspects of the picture.
The OBC button stands for "one button color". When pushed in, it automatically adjusts color, brightness and other settings, but still allows some manual control to let you tweak the settings. When in the out position, the control knobs return to their entire range for full manual control.
The NORMAL/CATV button selects the channel mapping used: NORMAL for over-the-air channels, or CATV for cable channels. When in cable mode, the on screen display puts the letter C before the channel number.
Auto power on
The top of the TV has a TV/CH3/CH4 switch which controls the automatic power on feature.
When the switch is set to TV, the TV will stay off after a power outage.
When the switch is set to CH3 or CH4, then when power is applied to the power cable, the TV will automatically turn on and tune to channel 3 or channel 4. This is useful if you have a cable box that has an auxiliary power outlet for your TV that only sends power when the cable box is on.
In the auto power on mode, the TV's clock is disabled, since it would otherwise be reset every time the power is restored and not be very useful.
Remote control functions
Our TV didn't come with a remote, but I was able to program a universal remote using one of its Sears codes.
The TV responds to infrared commands for power, channel up and down, volume up and down, last channel recall, mute, input select, and display (to redisplay the current channel and time).
One of the buttons on my remote activated the TIME SET SLOW function, so there may also be an infrared command for TIME SET FAST. I suspect there might also be infrared commands for FINE TUNING UP and DOWN. If so, that would make all the front panel functions also available via remote control.
Here some other functions available via remote control that aren't available from the front panel:
Numeric channel entry. Channels must be entered as two digits. (There is no Enter command available.) Entering one digit and waiting will abandon the entry and remain on the same channel.
Sleep timer. Press the sleep button to cycle the clock display to "-30", "-60", "-90", and back to the time (sleep timer off). Press the display button to re-display the channel number and current sleep timer countdown.
The TV has AV input jacks, but is only mono (yellow and white connectors). There is a red connector, but it's labeled "stereo out adaptor" so I guess it's for an upgrade accessory.
The TV/AV button on the front panel or the input button on the remote will switch to the input channel.
Common questions and problems
How do I program the TV to skip channels?
This TV doesn't have any channel memory. When you press the CHANNEL UP (or DOWN) button, the TV will increment (or decrement) the channel until it finds a channel with a signal on it.
How do I set the TV to receive cable channels?
Look for the recessed knobs and buttons at the bottom edge of the front of the TV. Push the NORMAL/CATV button in to put the TV in cable mode. In the cable mode, the on screen display will show the letter C in front of the channel number. The TV can only receive analog cable channels 1 to 47 and 95 to 99.
When I enter a channel number from 48 to 94 on the remote control, the TV goes to channel 47.
When the TV is in the cable mode, it can only receive analog cable channels 1 to 47 and 95 to 99.
How do I bring up the menu?
This TV doesn't have a menu.
How do I turn on closed captions?
This TV doesn't have closed caption ability.
The on screen display doesn't show the time, and the TIME SET buttons on the front of the TV don't do anything.
The clock is disabled when the auto power on feature is in use. Follow these steps to enable the clock:
- Turn the TV off.
- Move the switch on the top of the set to "TV".
- Unplug the power cable and plug it back in.
- Turn the TV on. The clock is now reset to "0:00".
- Use the TIME SET FAST and SLOW buttons to set the clock.