Pioneer 7.1 VSX-AX2AV-S User Manual

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VSX-AX2AV-S

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Operating Instructions

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IMPORTANT

CAUTION

RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK

DO NOT OPEN

The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated "dangerous voltage" within the product's enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.

CAUTION:

TO PREVENT THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO USER-SERVICEABLEPARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.

The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.

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Replacement and mounting of an AC plug on the power supply cord of this unit should be performed only by qualified service personnel.

IMPORTANT

The cut-offplug should be disposed of and must

Do not connect either wire to the earth terminal of a

not be inserted into any 13 amp socket as this can

three pin plug.

result in electric shock. The plug or adaptor or the

NOTE

FOR USE IN THE UNITED

distribution panel should be provided with 10 A

fuse. As the colours of the wires in the mains lead

After replacing or changing a fuse, the fuse cover in

KINGDOM

of this appliance may not correspond with coloured

the plug must be replaced with a fuse cover which

The wires in this mains lead are coloured in

markings identifying the terminals in your plug,

corresponds to the colour of the insert in the base

accordance with the following code:

proceed as follows ;

of the plug or the word that is embossed on the

Blue

: Neutral

The wire which is coloured blue must be connected

base of the plug, and the appliance must not be

Brown

: Live

to the terminal which is marked with the letter N or

used without a fuse cover. If lost replacement fuse

If the plug provided is unsuitable for your socket

coloured black.

covers can be obtained from your dealer.

outlets, the plug must be cut off and a suitable plug

The wire which is coloured brown must be

Only 10 A fuses approved by B.S.I or A.S.T.A to

fitted.

 

connected to the terminal which is marked with the

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letter L or coloured red.

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Thank you for buying this Pioneer product. Please read through these operating instructions so you will know how to operate your model properly. After you have finished reading the instructions, put them away in a safe place for future reference.

WARNING

Before plugging in for the first time, read the following section carefully.

The voltage of the available power supply differs according to country or region. Be sure that the power supply voltage of the area where this unit will be used meets the required voltage (e.g., 230V or 120V) written on the rear panel.

WARNING

To prevent a fire hazard, do not place any naked flame sources (such as a lighted candle) on the equipment.

This product complies with the Low Voltage Directive (73/23/EEC, amended by 93/68/EEC), EMC Directives (89/336/EEC, amended by 92/31/EEC and 93/68/EEC).

WARNING

This equipment is not waterproof. To prevent a fire or shock hazard, do not place any container filled with liquid near this equipment (such as a vase or flower pot) or expose it to dripping, splashing, rain or moisture.

VENTILATION CAUTION

When installing this unit, make sure to leave space around the unit for ventilation to improve heat radiation (at least 60 cm at top, 10 cm at rear, and 30 cm at each side).

WARNING

Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for ventilation to ensure reliable operation of the product, and to protect it from overheating. To prevent fire hazard, the openings should never be blocked or covered with items (such as newspapers, table-cloths,curtains) or by operating the equipment on thick carpet or a bed.

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If the AC plug of this unit does not match the AC outlet you want to use, the plug must be removed and appropriate one fitted. Replacement and mounting of an AC plug on the power supply cord of this unit should be performed only by qualified service personnel. If connected to an AC outlet, the cut-offplug can cause severe electrical shock. Make sure it is properly disposed of after removal.

The equipment should be disconnected by removing the mains plug from the wall socket when left unused for a long period of time (for example, when on vacation).

When disposing of used batteries, please comply with governmental regulations or environmental public instruction’s rules that apply in your country/area.

Operating Environment

Operating environment temperature and humidity: +5 ºC – +35 ºC (+41 ºF – +95 ºF); less than 85 %RH (cooling vents not blocked)

Do not install this unit in a poorly ventilated area, or in locations exposed to high humidity or direct sunlight (or strong artificial light)

CAUTION

The STANDBY/ON switch on this unit will not completely shut off all power from the AC outlet. Since the power cord serves as the main disconnect device for the unit, you will need to unplug it from the AC outlet to shut down all power. Therefore, make sure the unit has been installed so that the power cord can be easily unplugged from the AC outlet in case of an accident. To avoid fire hazard, the power cord should also be unplugged from the AC outlet when left unused for a long period of time (for example, when on vacation).

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This product is for general household purposes. Any failure due to use for other than household purposes (such as long-termuse for business purposes in a restaurant or use in a car or ship) and which requires repair will be charged for even during the warranty period.

CAUTION

These speaker terminals carry HAZARDOUS LIVE voltage. To prevent the risk of electric shock when connecting or disconnecting the speaker cables, disconnect the power cord before touching any uninsulated parts.

Important information about this unit‘s AC outlets Switched total 100 W MAX

Power supplied through these outlets is turned on and off by this unit’s STANDBY/ON switch. Total electrical power consumption of connected equipment should not exceed 100 W.

CAUTION

Do not connect a TV set, monitor, heater or similar appliance to this unit’s AC outlet.

Do not connect appliances with high power consumption to the AC outlet in order to avoid overheating and fire

 

 

 

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Contents

01 Before you start

Checking what’s in the box. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Installing the receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Loading the batteries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

02 5 minute guide

Introduction to home theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Listening to Surround Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Automatically setting up for surround sound

(MCACC). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Problems when using the Auto MCACC Setup . . . . . 9 Playing a source. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Better sound using Phase Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

03 Connecting your equipment

Rear panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 When making cable connections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 About the video converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Connecting your TV and DVD player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Connecting a satellite/cable receiver or other

set-topbox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Connecting a DVD/HDD recorder, VCR and

other video sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Using the component video jacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Connecting digital audio sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 About the WMA9 Pro decoder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Connecting analog audio sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Connecting a component to the front panel

inputs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Installing your speaker system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Connecting the speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Placing the speakers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 THX speaker system setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Connecting antennas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 AM loop antenna. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 FM wire antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Connecting external antennas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Plugging in the receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 AC outlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

04 Controls and displays

Front panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Operating range of remote control unit . . . . . . . . . . 22 Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Remote control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

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05 Listening to your system

Auto playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Listening in surround sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Standard surround sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Using the Home THX modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Using the Advanced surround effects . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Listening in stereo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Using Stream Direct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Selecting MCACC presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Choosing the input signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Using surround back channel processing . . . . . . . . . 29 Using the Virtual Surround Back mode . . . . . . . . . . 29

06 Using the tuner

Listening to the radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Improving FM stereo sound. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Tuning directly to a station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Saving station presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Naming station presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Listening to station presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 An introduction to RDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Searching for RDS programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Using EON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

07 The System Setup menu

Making receiver settings from the System

Setup menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Automatic MCACC (Expert) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Surround back speaker setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Manual MCACC setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Fine Channel Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Fine Speaker Distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Standing Wave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Acoustic Calibration EQ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Professional Acoustic Calibration EQ . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Data Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Manual speaker setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Speaker Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Channel Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Speaker Distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Bass Peak Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 X-Curve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 THX Audio Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

08 Other connections

Connecting an iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Connecting your iPod to the receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Playing music from your iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Connecting using HDMI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 About HDMI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

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Using the i.LINK interface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Checking the i.LINK inputs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 About i.LINK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 About PQLS rate control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Creating an i.LINK network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Connecting the multichannel analog inputs . . . . . . . 51 Selecting the multichannel analog inputs . . . . . . . . 51 Using the USB interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Second Zone speaker B setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Switching the speaker system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Bi-ampingyour front speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53Bi-wiringyour speakers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Connecting additional amplifiers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54Multi-roomlistening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Makingmulti-roomconnections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Using themulti-roomcontrols. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Connecting an IR receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Switching components on and off using the

12 volt trigger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Using this receiver with a Pioneer plasma

display. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Using the SR+ mode with a Pioneer plasma

display. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Connecting a PC for Advanced MCACC output . . . . . 59 Advanced MCACC output using your PC . . . . . . . . . 59

09 Other Settings

The Input Setup menu. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Input function default and possible settings . . . . . . 61 The Other Setup menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Multi-Roomand IR receiver setup. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 SR+ Setup for Pioneer plasma displays. . . . . . . . . . 62 OSD Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

10 Using other functions

Setting the AV options. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Making an audio or a video recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Playing a different source when recording. . . . . . . . 64 Reducing the level of an analog signal . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Watching video and audio sources independently . . 65 Using the sleep timer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Dimming the display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Switching the speaker impedance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Checking your system settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Resetting the system. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Default system settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

11 Controlling the rest of your system

Setting the remote to control other components . . . 67 Selecting preset codes directly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Programming signals from other remote

controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Erasing one of the remote control button

settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Resetting the remote control presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Confirming preset codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Renaming input source names . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Direct function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Multi Operation and System Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Programming a multi-operationor a shutdown sequence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Using multi operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Using System off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Controls for TVs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Controls for other components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Operating other Pioneer components with this

unit’s sensor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

12 Additional information

Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Power. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 No sound. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Other audio problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Display. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Remote control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 i.LINK interface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 i.LINK messages. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 USB interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 HDMI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 iPod messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

Surround sound formats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Dolby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 DTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Windows Media® Audio 9 Professional . . . . . . . . . 80 About THX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

Listening modes with different input signal

formats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Stream direct with different input signal formats . . . 84 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Cleaning the unit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Our philosophy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

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01 Before you start

Chapter 1:

Before you start

Checking what’s in the box

Please check that you've received the following supplied accessories:

Setup microphone (cable: 5m.)

Remote control unit

AA/LR6 dry cell batteries x2

AM loop antenna

FM wire antenna

Power cord

Caution sheet

Warranty card

These operating instructions

Installing the receiver

When installing this unit, make sure to put it on a level and stable surface.

Don’t install it on the following places:

on a color TV (the screen may distort)

near a cassette deck (or close to a device that gives off a magnetic field). This may interfere with the sound.

in direct sunlight

in damp or wet areas

in extremely hot or cold areas

in places where there is vibration or other movement

in places that are very dusty

in places that have hot fumes or oils (such as a kitchen)

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Loading the batteries

Caution

Incorrect use of batteries may result in such hazards as leakage and bursting. Observe the following precautions:

Never use new and old batteries together.

Insert the plus and minus sides of the batteries properly according to the marks in the battery case.

Batteries with the same shape may have different voltages. Do not use different batteries together.

When disposing of used batteries, please comply with governmental regulations or environmental public instruction’s rules that apply in your country or area.

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Chapter 2:

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Introduction to home theater

Home theater refers to the use of multiple audio tracks to create a surround sound effect, making you feel like you're in the middle of the action or concert. The surround sound you get from a home theater system depends not only on your speaker setup, but also on the source and the sound settings of the receiver.

This receiver will automatically decode multichannel Dolby Digital, DTS, or Dolby Surround sources according to your speaker setup. In most cases, you won’t have to make changes for realistic surround sound, but other possibilities (like listening to a CD with multichannel surround sound) are explained in Listening to your system on page 26.

Listening to Surround Sound

This receiver was designed with the easiest possible setup in mind, so with the following quick setup guide, you should have your system hooked up for surround sound in no time at all. In most cases, you can simply leave the receiver in the default settings.

Be sure to complete all connections before connecting this unit to an AC power source.

1 Connect your TV and DVD player.

See Connecting your TV and DVD playeron page 12 to do this. For surround sound, you’ll want to hook up using a digital connection from the DVD player to the receiver.

2 Connect your speakers and place them for optimal surround sound.

Connect your speakers as shown in Installing your speaker system on page 17.

Where you place the speakers will have a big effect on the sound. Place your speakers as shown below for the best surround sound effect. Also see Placing the speakers on page 18 for more on this.

Center (C)

Front

 

 

Right (R)

 

Front

 

 

Left (L)

Subwoofer (SW)

Surround

 

 

Right (SR)

 

Surround

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Back

Right (SBR)

position

 

 

Surround

 

Left (SL)

 

Surround

 

Back Left (SBL)

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3Plug in the receiver and switch it on, followed by your DVD player, your subwoofer and the TV.

Make sure you’ve set the video input on your TV to this receiver. Check the manual that came with the TV if you don’t know how to do this.

Set the subwoofer volume to a comfortable level.

4Use the on-screenautomatic MCACC setup to set up your system.

See Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC)below for more on this.

5Play a DVD, and adjust the volume to your liking.

Make sure that DVD/LD is showing in the receiver’s display, indicating that the DVD input is selected. If it isn’t, pressDVD/LD on the remote control to set the receiver to the DVD input.

In addition to the basic playback explained in Playing a source on page 9, there are several other sound options you can select. SeeListening to your system on page 26 for more on this.

See also Making receiver settings from the System Setup menuon page 33 for more setup options.

Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC)

The Auto MCACC Setup measures the acoustic characteristics of your listening area, taking into account ambient noise, speaker size and distance, and tests for both channel delay and channel level. After you have set up the microphone provided with your system, the receiver uses the information from a series of test tones to optimize the speaker settings and equalization for your particular room.

Make sure you do this before moving on to Playing a source on page 9.

Important

Make sure the microphone and speakers are not moved during the Auto MCACC Setup.

Using the Auto MCACC Setup will overwrite any existing settings for the MCACC preset you select.

Before using the Auto MCACC Setup the headphones should be disconnected.

Caution

The test tones used in the Auto MCACC Setup are output at high volume.

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INPUT

 

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RECEIVER

 

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DISC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENTER

 

 

 

 

AVPARAMETER

 

 

 

CH LEVEL

 

 

 

 

TOP MENU

 

 

 

MENU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.EDIT

 

 

 

 

SETUP

 

ENTER

RETURN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PTY SEARCH

 

 

 

BAND

 

 

 

 

GUIDE

 

 

 

 

CD

TV

VIDEO 2

 

 

 

TV CONTROL

 

DVD

SAT

VIDEO1

TVCONT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TVVOL

INPUT

TV CH

VOL

DVR2

CD-R

MULTI IN

ROOM2/3

SELECT

 

 

 

DVR1

iPod

TUNER

RECEIVER

 

 

 

 

 

1Switch on the receiver and your TV.

2Connect the microphone to the MCACC SETUP MIC jack on the front panel.

Place the microphone so that it’s about ear level at your normal listening position (use a tripod if possible). Make sure there are no obstacles between the speakers and the microphone.

SPEAKERS

 

(TUNE +)

 

BAND

MULTI – ROOM &

VIDEO

SIGNAL

SBch

 

 

SOURCE/REC SEL

 

 

 

 

 

CONTROL ON/OFF

SELECT

SELECT

PROCESSING STEREO

 

AV

 

TUNER

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARAMETER

 

EDIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO/GAME 2 INPUT

PHONES

(ST –)

ENTER

(ST +)

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

SETUP MIC

 

 

 

 

SETUP

 

RETURN

 

 

 

 

 

(TUNE –)

DIGITAL IN

S-VIDEO

VIDEO

L AUDIO R

7 Wait for the test tones to finish then confirm the speaker configuration in the OSD.

A progress report is displayed on-screenwhile the receiver outputs test tones to determine the speakers present in your setup. Try to be as quiet as possible while

it’s doing this.5

With error messages (such as Ambient Noise orMicrophone Check) selectRETRY after checking for ambient noise (seeProblems when using the Auto MCACC Setup below) and verifying the mic connection. If there doesn’t seem to be a problem, you can simply selectGO NEXT and continue.

 

1.Auto MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

1.Auto MCACC

 

 

Now Analyzing…

 

(2/9)

 

 

 

 

Check!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front

[

 

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment Check

 

 

 

 

 

Center

[

YES

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambient Noise

[ OK ]

 

 

Surround

[ YES ]

 

 

 

 

Microphone

[

]

 

 

 

SB

[ Yx2 ]

 

 

 

 

Speaker YES/NO

[

]

 

 

 

SUB W.

[ YES ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Cancel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[ OK ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Cancel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The configuration shown on-screenshould reflect the actual speakers you have.6

3 Press RECEIVER on the remote, then press SETUP.1

An on-screendisplay (OSD) appears on your TV. Use the / / / buttons andENTER to navigate through the

screens and select menu items. Press RETURN to exit the current menu. PressSETUP at any time to cancel.2

4 Select ‘Auto MCACC’ from the System Setup menu then press ENTER.

 

System Setup

 

 

1.Auto

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surr

Back System

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.Auto

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.Surr

Back System

 

 

 

[

Normal (SB)

]

 

 

 

3.Manual MCACC

 

 

Data

Save to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.Data

Management

 

 

 

[M1. MEMORY

1 ]

 

 

 

5.Manual SP Setup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.Input

Setup

 

 

Setting Start?

 

[

OK

]

 

 

 

7.Other

Setup

 

 

 

 

[Option]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

: Exit

 

 

ENTER:Next

:Cancel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you see an error message (ERR) in the right side column (or the speaker configuration displayed isn’t correct), there may be a problem with the speaker connection. If selectingRETRY doesn’t work, turn off the power and check the speaker connections. If there doesn’t seem to be a problem, you can simply use / to select the speaker and / to change the setting (and number for surround back) and continue.

8 Make sure ‘OK’ is selected, then press ENTER.

A progress report is displayed on-screenwhile the receiver outputs more test tones to determine the optimum receiver settings for channel level, speaker distance, and Acoustic Calibration EQ.

Again, try to be as quiet as possible while this is happening. It may take 2–6minutes.

5Make sure ‘Normal (SB)’ is selected,3 select an MCACC preset4 then select OK.

6Follow the instructions on-screen.

Make sure the microphone is connected, and if you’re using a subwoofer, make sure it is switched on and set to a comfortable volume level.

9 The Auto MCACC Setup has finished! Press RETURN

to go back to the System Setup menu.7

The settings made in the Auto MCACC Setup should give you excellent surround sound from your system, but it is also possible to adjust these settings manually using the

System Setup menu (starting on page 33).8

Note

1 You can’t use the System Setup menu when the iPod input source is selected (in either the main or sub room).

2If you cancel the Auto MCACC Setup, or leave an error message for over three minutes, the screen saver will appear.

3• If you are planning on bi-ampingyour front speakers, or setting up a separate speaker system in another room, read throughSurround back speaker setting on page 35 and make sure to connect your speakers as necessary before continuing to step 6.

If you have THX-certifiedspeakers, selectOption and chooseYES for theTHX Speaker setting.

4The six MCACC presets are used for storing surround sound settings for different listening positions. Simply choose an unused preset for now (you can rename it later in Data Management on page 41).

5Do not adjust the volume during the test tones. This may result in incorrect speaker settings.

6If you’re using the front panel display, the diagram in Listening to Surround Sound above indicates (in bold) how each speaker is displayed.

7You can also choose to view the settings from the MCACC Data Check screen. SeeAutomatic MCACC (Expert) on page 33 for more on this.

8• Depending on the characteristics of your room, sometimes identical speakers with cone sizes of around 12cm will end up with different size settings. You can correct the setting manually using the Manual speaker setup on page 42.

The subwoofer distance setting may be farther than the actual distance from the listening position. This setting should be accurate (taking delay and room characteristics into account) and generally does not need to be changed.

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02

Problems when using the Auto MCACC Setup

If the room environment is not optimal for the Auto MCACC Setup (too much background noise, echo off the walls, obstacles blocking the speakers from the microphone) the final settings may be incorrect. Check for household appliances (air conditioner, fridge, fan, etc.), that may be affecting the environment and switch them off if necessary. If there are any instructions showing in the front panel display, please follow them.

Some older TVs may interfere with the operation of the microphone. If this seems to be happening, switch off the TV when doing the Auto MCACC Setup.

Playing a source

Here are the basic instructions for playing a source (such as a DVD disc) with your home theater system.

 

 

 

 

 

TV CONTROL

 

 

 

 

 

TVVOL

INPUT

TV CH

VOL

 

 

 

 

SELECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECEIVER

INPUT

 

SYSTEM OFF

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

SELECT

 

 

 

REC

 

MUTE

 

 

 

 

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MPX

EON

REC STOP

 

 

 

 

 

B

C

D

E

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

SUBTITLE

HDD

DVD

 

 

 

 

DISP

 

CH

CH

 

 

 

 

STATUS

SIGNAL SEL

SBch

STEREO

CD

TV

VIDEO 2

 

MULTI OPE

THX

STANDARD

ADV. SURR

 

 

 

 

DVD

SAT

VIDEO1

TVCONT

 

 

 

 

DVR2

CD-R

MULTI IN

ROOM2/3

SHIFT

PHASE

MCACC

S.DIRECT

 

DVR1

iPod

TUNER

RECEIVER

 

 

 

 

1 Switch on your system components and receiver.

Start by switching on the playback component (for

example a DVD player), your TV1 and subwoofer (if you have one), then the receiver (pressRECEIVER).

• Make sure the setup mic is disconnected.

2 Select the input source you want to play.

You can use the input source buttons on the remote control, INPUT SELECT, or the front panelINPUT

SELECTOR dial.2

3 Press S. DIRECT (STREAM DIRECT) to select ‘AUTO

SURROUND’ and start playback of the source.3

If you’re playing a Dolby Digital or DTS surround sound DVD disc, you should hear surround sound. If you are playing a stereo source, you will only hear sound from the front left/right speakers in the default listening mode.

See also Listening to your systemon page 26 for information on different ways of listening to sources.

4 Use the volume control to adjust the volume level.

Turn down the volume of your TV so that all sound is coming from the speakers connected to this receiver.

Better sound using Phase Control

This receiver’s Phase Control feature uses phase correction measures to make sure your sound source arrives at the listening position in phase, preventing unwanted distortion and/or coloring of the sound (see illustration below).

P

 

Front speaker

Listening

H

 

 

position

A

 

 

S

 

 

 

E

 

 

?

C

 

 

 

 

 

O

 

 

 

N

 

 

 

T

 

 

 

O

Sound

 

 

F

Subwoofer

 

F

source

 

P

 

Front speaker

Listening

 

 

position

H

 

 

A

 

 

 

S

 

 

 

E

 

 

 

C

 

 

 

O

 

 

 

N

 

 

 

T

Sound

 

 

O

Subwoofer

 

N

source

 

Phase Control technology provides coherent sound

reproduction through the use of phase matching4 for an optimal sound image at your listening position. The default setting is on and we recommend leaving Phase Control switched on for all sound sources.

STATUS

SIGNAL SEL

SBch

STEREO

MULTI OPE

THX

STANDARD

ADV. SURR

SHIFT

PHASE

MCACC

S.DIRECT

 

• Press PHASE (PHASE CONTROL) to switch on phase correction.

The PHASE CONTROL indicator on the front panel lights.

Note

1Make sure that the TV’s video input is set to this receiver. (For example, if you connected this receiver to the VIDEO 1 jacks on your TV, make sure that theVIDEO 1 input is now selected.)

2If you need to manually switch the input signal type press SIGNAL SEL (page 28).

3• You may need to check the digital audio output settings on your DVD player or digital satellite receiver. It should be set to output Dolby Digital, DTS and 88.2/96kHz PCM (2 channel) audio, and if there is an MPEG audio option, set this to convert the MPEG audio to PCM.

Depending on your DVD player or source discs, you may only get digital 2 channel stereo and analog sound. In this case, the receiver must be set to a multichannel listening mode (see Listening in surround sound on page 26 if you need to do this) if you want multichannel surround sound.

4Phase matching is a very important factor in achieving proper sound reproduction. If two waveforms are 'in phase', they crest and trough together, resulting in increased amplitude, clarity and presence of the sound signal. If a crest of a wave meets a trough (as shown in the upper section of the diagram above) then the sound will be 'out of phase' and an unreliable sound image will be produced.

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03 Connecting your equipment

Chapter 3

Connecting your equipment

This receiver provides you with many connection possibilities, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. This page explains the kinds of components you can connect to make up your home theater system.

Rear panel

This illustration shows the VSX-AX4AVi,however connections for theVSX-AX2AVare the same except where noted.

 

IN2

IN

 

 

SAT

 

 

IN

 

 

VIDEO1/

 

 

GAME1

 

 

IN

 

 

OUT

 

 

DVR/

 

 

VCR1

 

 

IN

 

 

OUT

 

 

DVR/

 

 

VCR2

 

 

IN

 

 

VIDEO

DIG

IDEO

 

20

AC IN

FRONT

CENTER

SUR-

ROUND

SUR-

 

21

AC OUTLET

ROUND

 

 

BACK

 

 

 

L

CENTER

R SURROUNDL

 

Caution

Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the power outlet. Plugging in should be the final step.

1 Optical digital audio output(s)

Use the OUT1 and(VSX-AX4AVionly)OUT2 jack for recording to a CD or MiniDisc recorder.

Connecting digital audio sources on page 15.

The OUT1 jack is also used formulti-roomconnections.

Multi-roomlisteningon page 54.

2 USB audio input (VSX-AX4AVi only)

Use to connect your PC as an audio source.

Using the USB interface on page 51.

3Optical and coaxial digital audio inputs (x6)

Use for digital audio sources, including DVD players/ recorders, digital satellite receivers, CD players, etc.

See also The Input Setup menu on page 60 to assign the inputs.

4S-400i.LINK connectors (x2)(VSX-AX4AVi only)

Use to connect other i.LINK audio devices for highresolution, multichannel digital audio input/output.

Using the i.LINK interface on page 48.

5 HDMI connectors (x3)

Two inputs and one output for high-qualityaudio/video connection to compatible HDMI devices.

Connecting using HDMI on page 47.

6 Remote input (multi-roomand source)

Use for connection to an external remote control sensor for use in a multi-roomsetup, for example.

Connecting an IR receiver on page 56.

7 12V trigger jacks (total 50 mA max.) (x2)

Use to switch components in your system on and off according to the input function of the receiver.

Switching components on and off using the 12 volt trigger on page 57.

8 Multi-roomand source outputs

Use to connect a second amplifier in a separate room.

Multi-roomlisteningon page 54.

9 Component video connections (x4)

Use the inputs to connect any video source that has component video output, such as a DVD recorder. Use the output for connection to a monitor or TV.

Using the component video jacks on page 14.

10 AM and FM antenna terminals

Use to connect indoor or outdoor antennas for radio broadcasts.

Connecting antennas on page 19.

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