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    warming up

    Dear all,
    There is acontest where they pick the funniest taped sound. The announcer says:
    "You could win ten or one hundred thousand dollars in our contest, so tape the funny snorer in your family or your old TV warming up, or your
    garage door squeaking when it opens.

    What is the meaning of "warming up" here??!

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: warming up

    Back in the days before digital everything, it took a while for electronic devices to become fully functional. I don't remember the TV making funny noises, but I do remember that sometimes it took a few moments before you had a good picture.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: warming up

    Back when TVs ran on vacuum tubes, 'valves', they did take a while to warm up, literally. Transistors changed that.
    I don't know why, but my digitial TV takes longer to 'warm up' than the analog one I just threw out, which came on immediately.

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    Re: warming up

    ...my digitial TV takes longer to 'warm up' than the analog one I just threw out, which came on immediately.
    Mine too, Raymott.

    And they call it progess.

    Rover

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