The KV-20FV12 is the picture quality benchmark for 20" TVs — at a remarkably affordable price. Sony's Wega screen is ruler-flat, both vertically, and horizontally. Colors are vivid, and images have more depth and three-dimensionality. Reflected glare from room lights is reduced, and with a wider field of vision, even viewers sitting off to the sides enjoy a great view.

Sony includes some useful extras on this 20" model, too — like SteadySound volume stabilization with BBE processing (for a consistent audio level from channel to channel), 5 favorite channel memories for quick access, plus a handy remote that operates most brands of video gear. The latest version of Sony's Velocity Modulation Scanning edge enhancement lets you select one of two levels or turn it off entirely.

Details:

  • FD Trinitron picture tube
  • 3-line digital comb filter
  • Velocity Modulation Scanning (selectable)
  • MTS stereo reception
  • Steady Sound automatic volume control with BBE processing
  • 181-channel tuner
  • V-Chip parental control
  • on-screen menus in English, Spanish or French
  • multibrand remote
  • sleep timer
  • 2 A/V inputs, including:
    • 2 composite video (1 rear, 1 front)
    • 1 rear-panel S-video
  • fixed or variable audio outputs
  • 5 watts x 2
  • 22-1/4"W x 18-3/8"H x 20-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor, 2 years parts on the picture tube

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  • 20 inch stereo television; RM-Y168 remote with 2 "AA" batteries; Manual; Warranty card; Registration/survey

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Warranty Note
Special Features

Inputs/Outputs

Remote 

Warranty Note

Note: Picture tube parts warranty is 2 years.

Special Features

Color: The television is silver gray in color.

Flat screen: The new flat glass panel delivers images that are virtually distortion free and help eliminate screen glare.

V-Chip Parental Control: This allows you to limit the shows that can be viewed based on the television rating system.

Digital filter: The 3 line Digital Comb Filter gives you maximum picture detail and resolution.

Velocity modulation scanning: This feature gives objects a more detailed edge. You can select one of two levels or turn it off entirely.

Steady Sound: This feature stabilizes volume level . It may be turned on or off.

Favorite channel:  This allows you to store up to five channels for quick access.

Onscreen menus:

Video:

  • Mode: Can select Movie, Standard, Sports or Vivid
  • Picture, Brightness, Color, Hue, or Sharpness can be adjusted for each mode
  • VM (Velocity Modulation): Can select Off, Low or High

Audio:

  • Can adjust treble, bass and balance
  • Steady Sound on or off: Stabilizes volume
  • Effect: Can Surround which adds a surround-like effect to mono channels, or Off
  • MTS: Can select stereo, SAP or mono
  • Speaker: Can turn on or off
  • Audio out: Can select variable or fixed (This only appears when the internal speakers are turned off)

Channel Setup:

  • Favorite Channel: Allows you to select up to five channels (either automatically or manually) for quick access.
  • Channel fix on/off
  • Channel skip/add
  • Channel Label: Allows you to label up to 40 channels with their call letters (4 characters)

Parental Control: 

  • Allows you to set up password and enter ratings using a user selected 4-digit password to block programs from children based on TV Ratings and contents; Movie Ratings and Unrated programs.  Note that the unit has three preselected categories (Child, Youth, and Young Adult) or you can select the exact restrictions you want by using a Custom setting.    After setting Parental Control "On" you must enter the password to view blocked programs.  Note that if the customer forgets the password they can enter the master password of 4357 which allows them to create a new password.

Timer:

  • Can turn auto daylight saving time on or off
  • Current time set
  • On/Off timers: Two Timers allow you to set an on/off time for a maximum of 6 hours

Setup:

  • Caption Vision: Allows you to select closed captioning (CC1-4, Text 1-4, XDS or Off)
  • Video Label: Allows you to assign a label to each of the two video inputs, you can select from WEB, DVD, SAT, GAME, LD, BETA, 8mm, VHS, VIDEO 1, DTV, RECEIVER
  • Language: Can select on screen language (English/Spanish/French)
  • Demo: Allows you to run a demo of on screen menus
  • Options: Allows you to turn cable on or off, turn Auto Program On, and set Tilt Correction (+/-5)

Inputs/Outputs

Front input (under lid): RCA video and stereo audio (Video 2); stereo minijack headphone output

Rear input/outputs:

  • Video 1 input (S-video, RCA video and stereo audio)
  • Audio output (RCA stereo, can select variable or fixed from menu)
  • RF Coax input

Remote

RMY-Y168 Remote : Multibrand remote with function keys that illuminate in red.
 
Muting: (on/off)
Power: buttons for VTR/DVD , SAT/CABLE , TV
System OFF: turns off all compatible Sony components
Function buttons (illuminate red when pressed) for VT./DVD , SAT/CABLE , TV

TV/VTR
<<
>
>>
Stop
Pause
TV\Video \ Rec

Picture Mode: Cycles through Vivid, Movie and Standard
MTS/SAP: Cycles through Stereo, Mono and SAP

Sleep: Cycles through 30, 60, 90 minutes and off
Display button: Cycles through off, Channel Info, CC.
TV/Video
Numeric: buttons 0-9
Jump: Switches back and forth between the last 2 channels.
Enter: Used to enter channel numbers (if not pressed channel will still change but it takes a bit longer)
Guide: Used to display DBS guide
TV/SAT: for use with DBS receiver to alternate between TV/DBS or turn Auto volume ON/OFF on the TV
Cursor keys and enter: Used for menu selections and DBS
Reset
Menu: displays menu
Volume +/-
Channel +/-
Code set: used to enter codes for VCR/DBS/Cableboxes/DVD/LaserDisc

The remote controls the following DBS:

Sony General Electric Hughes Toshiba
RCA/PROSCAN Hitachi Panasonic

The remote controls the following cable boxes:

Hamlin/Regal Panasonic Scientific Atlanta
Jerrold/G.I Pioneer Zenith
Oak Tocom

The remote controls the following VCRs

Admiral (M Ward) Aiwa Audio Dynamic Broksonic Canon
Citizen Craig Criterion Curtis Mathes Daewoo
DBX Dimensia Emerson Fisher Funai
General Electric Go Video Goldstar Hitachi Instant Replay
JC Penny JVC Kenwood LXI (Sears) Magnavox
Marantz Marta Memorex Minolta Mitsubishi
MGA Multitech NEC Olympic Optimus
Panasonic Pentax Philco Philips Pioneer
Quasar RCA/PROSCAN Realistic Sansui Samsung
Sanyo Scott Sharp Shintom Signature 2000
Sony SV2000 Sylvania Symphonic Tashiro
Tatung Teac Technics Toshiba Wards
Yamaha Zenith

The remote controls the following DVD Players

Sony Panasonic Pioneer RCA Toshiba

The remote controls the following LaserDisc Players

Sony Panasonic Pioneer

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