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AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER

VSX-43TX

Operating Instructions

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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

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The serial number for this equipment is located in the rear panel. Please write this serial number on your enclosed warranty card and keep it in a secure area. This is for your security.

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Table of Contents

Features .................................................

6

Before You Start ....................................

7

Checking the Supplied Accessories ...........................

7

Preparing the Remote Control ....................................

7

Loading the batteries .............................................

7

Operating range of remote control unit ...............

8

Installing the Receiver .................................................

8

Opening the Front Panel .............................................

8

Easy Setup Guide Part 1 .......................

9

Home Theater: The Basics ..........................................

9

1) Your Home System ............................................

9

2) The Source Material ...........................................

9

3) The Listening Modes ..........................................

9

Conclusion ..............................................................

9

1 Hooking Up Your DVD Player & TV .....................

10

Digital Connections ..............................................

10

2 Speaker Connections ...........................................

11

3 Setting up the Main Unit ......................................

12

4 Assigning the Digital Inputs ................................

12

Easy Setup Guide Part 2 .....................

13

1 QUICK Setup .........................................................

13

2 Playing a DVD with Surround Sound .................

14

Connecting Your Equipment ..............

15

Connecting your TV ...................................................

15

Component Video Input Default Settings ...........

15

Connecting Video Components ................................

16

Connecting a DVD player .....................................

16

Connecting VCRs or DVRs ...................................

17

Connecting a Video Component

 

to the Front Panel .................................................

17

Connecting Satellite TV (SAT) Components ......

18

Connecting Analog Audio Components ..................

19

Connecting to the Multi Channel Analog Inputs

(DVD-Audio or Super Audio CD (SACD) compatible

 

player) .............................................................................

20

Connecting Digital Audio Components ...................

21

Digital Input Default Settings ..............................

22

Connecting the Radio Antennas ...............................

23

Using outdoor antennas ......................................

23

Connecting Speakers .................................................

24

Speaker impedance ..............................................

25

Bi-wiring your speakers .......................................

25

Placing Your Speakers ...............................................

26

Speaker placement ...............................................

26

AC Power Cord ...........................................................

26

AC Outlet [switched 100W max] ...............................

26

Displays & Controls ............................

27

Display ........................................................................

27

Front Panel .................................................................

28

Remote Control ..........................................................

30

Back Panel ..................................................................

32

Setting Up for Surround Sound ........

34

SURRBACK SYSTEM (Surround Back System) ......

35

NORMAL setup ..........................................................

36

SPEAKER SETTING ..............................................

37

CHANNEL LEVEL (channel balance) ...................

39

CHANNEL DELAY .................................................

40

Basic Operation ...................................

41

Stereo and Multichannel Playback ...........................

41

Switching ANALOG/DIGITAL Signal Input .........

42

Listening Modes ........................................................

43

STEREO modes .....................................................

43

MOVIE modes (SURROUND mode) ....................

44

MUSIC modes (SURROUND mode) ....................

45

Adjusting the Effect of a Listening Mode ...........

46

Adding/Adjusting the Effect in

 

Dolby Pro Logic II Music Mode ...........................

46

Listening with Acoustic Calibration EQ ...................

47

Reducing Noise During Playback

 

(DIGITAL NR Function) ..............................................

47

Listening in MIDNIGHT Mode ...................................

48

Listening in LOUDNESS Mode .................................

48

Adjusting Bass and Treble (TONE CONTROL) ........

49

Listening in HI–BIT/SAMPLING Mode ......................

50

DVD-Audio/MULTI CHANNEL IN Playback ..............

50

SB CH MODE button ..................................................

51

SB CH MODE .........................................................

51

VIRTUAL SURROUND BACK Mode .....................

51

DUAL MONO setting and Playback ..........................

52

Using Headphones ....................................................

52

Video Select ...............................................................

53

Adjusting the Brightness of the Display

 

(DIMMER) ...................................................................

53

Using the Tuner ...................................

54

Automatic and Manual Tuning .................................

54

MPX Mode ............................................................

54

Direct Access Tuning .................................................

55

Memorizing Frequently Used Stations ....................

56

Naming Memorized Stations ....................................

57

Recalling Memorized Stations ..................................

58

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Table of Contents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remote Control of Other

 

 

Techno Tidbits & Problem-solving .....

88

 

EASY

Components

59

 

Dolby

88

 

 

 

 

Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other

 

 

Dolby Digital .........................................................

88

 

 

Components ...............................................................

59

 

Dolby Pro Logic II .................................................

88

 

SETUP

Recalling Settings Stored in the

 

 

Dolby Digital Surround EX ..................................

89

 

Remote Control .....................................................

59

 

DTS .............................................................................

89

 

Programming Signals from Other Remote

 

 

DTS ........................................................................

89

 

Controls (LEARNING Mode) ................................

60

 

DTS-ES ..................................................................

89

 

GUIDE

Cassette Deck operations .....................................

61

 

THX .............................................................................

90

 

Using Remote Control with Other Components .....

61

 

DTS Neo:6 .............................................................

89

 

 

CD/MD/CD-R/VCR/DVD/LD/DVD Recorder/

 

 

DTS 96/24 ..............................................................

89

 

 

Cable TV/ Satellite TV/

 

 

Speaker Placement Information ...............................

91

 

 

 

 

 

Digital TV/ TV operations .....................................

62

 

Preset Code List .........................................................

93

 

 

 

 

Setting up the DIRECT FUNCTION ...........................

63

 

Troubleshooting .........................................................

95

 

PREPARATION

 

 

 

Schemata of Setup

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using Other Functions

64

 

...........................................................Specifications

102

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recording from Audio/Video Components .............

64

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND ZONE (Speaker System B)/FRONT BI-AMP

 

 

 

 

 

Setup ...........................................................................

65

 

 

 

 

 

Stereo playback in another room (SECOND

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZONE) ....................................................................

65

 

 

 

 

 

Bi-amping the front speakers

 

 

 

 

 

 

...................................................(FRONT BI-AMP)

65

 

 

 

 

 

A/B Speaker Button ..............................................

66

 

 

 

 

SURROUND

Connecting Additional Amplifiers ............................

67

 

 

 

 

Multi Operations ........................................................

68

 

 

 

 

 

Performing Multi Operations ...............................

69

 

 

 

 

 

SYSTEM OFF ..............................................................

70

 

 

 

 

 

Using SYSTEM OFF ..............................................

71

 

 

 

 

 

The PIONEER SR System: Operating other PIONEER

 

 

 

 

SETUP

components

71

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resetting the Remote Control ..................................

72

 

 

 

 

 

Erasing Multi Operations .....................................

72

 

 

 

 

 

Erasing Learned Remote Control Commands ...

72

 

 

 

 

 

...................Erasing All Remote Control settings

72

 

 

 

 

 

............................................Resetting the Main Unit

73

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fine Tuning Your System ...................

74

 

 

 

 

BASIC

Other System Settings

74

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THX CINEMA Setup ...................................................

75

 

 

 

 

 

Assigning the Digital Inputs ......................................

76

 

 

 

 

 

Assigning the Component Video Inputs ..................

77

 

 

 

 

 

FUNCTION RENAME .................................................

78

 

 

 

 

 

Expert Setup ...............................................................

79

 

 

 

 

 

......................................CROSSOVER NETWORK

80

 

 

 

 

 

FINE CHANNEL LEVEL .........................................

81

 

 

 

 

 

FINE CHANNEL DELAY ........................................

82

 

 

 

 

EXPERT

ACOUSTIC CAL EQ

84

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BASS PEAK LEVEL ...............................................

86

 

 

 

 

 

DYNAMIC RANGE CONTROL ..............................

87

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Table of Contents

Features .................................................

6

Before You Start ....................................

7

Checking the Supplied Accessories ...........................

7

Preparing the Remote Control ....................................

7

Loading the batteries .............................................

7

Operating range of remote control unit ...............

8

Installing the Receiver .................................................

8

Opening the Front Panel .............................................

8

Easy Setup Guide Part 1 .......................

9

Home Theater: The Basics ..........................................

9

1) Your Home System ............................................

9

2) The Source Material ...........................................

9

3) The Listening Modes ..........................................

9

Conclusion ..............................................................

9

1 Hooking Up Your DVD Player & TV .....................

10

Digital Connections ..............................................

10

2 Speaker Connections ...........................................

11

3 Setting up the Main Unit ......................................

12

4 Assigning the Digital Inputs ................................

12

Easy Setup Guide Part 2 .....................

13

1 QUICK Setup .........................................................

13

2 Playing a DVD with Surround Sound .................

14

Connecting Your Equipment ..............

15

Connecting your TV ...................................................

15

Component Video Input Default Settings ...........

15

Connecting Video Components ................................

16

Connecting a DVD player .....................................

16

Connecting VCRs or DVRs ...................................

17

Connecting a Video Component

 

to the Front Panel .................................................

17

Connecting Satellite TV (SAT) Components ......

18

Connecting Analog Audio Components ..................

19

Connecting to the Multi Channel Analog Inputs

(DVD-Audioor Super Audio CD (SACD) compatible

 

player) .............................................................................

20

Connecting Digital Audio Components ...................

21

Digital Input Default Settings ..............................

22

Connecting the Radio Antennas ...............................

23

Using outdoor antennas ......................................

23

Connecting Speakers .................................................

24

Speaker impedance ..............................................

25

Bi-wiringyour speakers .......................................

25

Placing Your Speakers ...............................................

26

Speaker placement ...............................................

26

AC Power Cord ...........................................................

26

AC Outlet [switched 100W max] ...............................

26

Displays & Controls ............................

27

Display ........................................................................

27

Front Panel .................................................................

28

Remote Control ..........................................................

30

Back Panel ..................................................................

32

Setting Up for Surround Sound ........

34

SURRBACK SYSTEM (Surround Back System) ......

35

NORMAL setup ..........................................................

36

SPEAKER SETTING ..............................................

37

CHANNEL LEVEL (channel balance) ...................

39

CHANNEL DELAY .................................................

40

Basic Operation ...................................

41

Stereo and Multichannel Playback ...........................

41

Switching ANALOG/DIGITAL Signal Input .........

42

Listening Modes ........................................................

43

STEREO modes .....................................................

43

MOVIE modes (SURROUND mode) ....................

44

MUSIC modes (SURROUND mode) ....................

45

Adjusting the Effect of a Listening Mode ...........

46

Adding/Adjusting the Effect in

 

Dolby Pro Logic II Music Mode ...........................

46

Listening with Acoustic Calibration EQ ...................

47

Reducing Noise During Playback

 

(DIGITAL NR Function) ..............................................

47

Listening in MIDNIGHT Mode ...................................

48

Listening in LOUDNESS Mode .................................

48

Adjusting Bass and Treble (TONE CONTROL) ........

49

Listening in HI–BIT/SAMPLINGMode ......................

50

DVD-Audio/MULTICHANNEL IN Playback ..............

50

SB CH MODE button ..................................................

51

SB CH MODE .........................................................

51

VIRTUAL SURROUND BACK Mode .....................

51

DUAL MONO setting and Playback ..........................

52

Using Headphones ....................................................

52

Video Select ...............................................................

53

Adjusting the Brightness of the Display

 

(DIMMER) ...................................................................

53

Using the Tuner ...................................

54

Automatic and Manual Tuning .................................

54

MPX Mode ............................................................

54

Direct Access Tuning .................................................

55

Memorizing Frequently Used Stations ....................

56

Naming Memorized Stations ....................................

57

Recalling Memorized Stations ..................................

58

4

 

 

 

Table of Contents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remote Control of Other

 

 

Techno Tidbits & Problem-solving .....

88

 

EASY

Components

59

 

Dolby

88

 

 

 

 

Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other

 

 

Dolby Digital .........................................................

88

 

 

Components ...............................................................

59

 

Dolby Pro Logic II .................................................

88

 

SETUP

Recalling Settings Stored in the

 

 

Dolby Digital Surround EX ..................................

89

 

Remote Control .....................................................

59

 

DTS .............................................................................

89

 

Programming Signals from Other Remote

 

 

DTS ........................................................................

89

 

Controls (LEARNING Mode) ................................

60

 

DTS-ES ..................................................................

89

 

GUIDE

Cassette Deck operations .....................................

61

 

THX .............................................................................

90

 

Using Remote Control with Other Components .....

61

 

DTS Neo:6 .............................................................

89

 

 

CD/MD/CD-R/VCR/DVD/LD/DVDRecorder/

 

 

DTS 96/24 ..............................................................

89

 

 

Cable TV/ Satellite TV/

 

 

Speaker Placement Information ...............................

91

 

 

 

 

 

Digital TV/ TV operations .....................................

62

 

Preset Code List .........................................................

93

 

 

 

 

Setting up the DIRECT FUNCTION ...........................

63

 

Troubleshooting .........................................................

95

 

PREPARATION

 

 

 

Schemata of Setup

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using Other Functions

64

 

...........................................................Specifications

102

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recording from Audio/Video Components .............

64

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND ZONE (Speaker System B)/FRONT BI-AMP

 

 

 

 

 

Setup ...........................................................................

65

 

 

 

 

 

Stereo playback in another room (SECOND

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZONE) ....................................................................

65

 

 

 

 

 

Bi-ampingthe front speakers

 

 

 

 

 

 

...................................................(FRONT BI-AMP)

65

 

 

 

 

 

A/B Speaker Button ..............................................

66

 

 

 

 

SURROUND

Connecting Additional Amplifiers ............................

67

 

 

 

 

Multi Operations ........................................................

68

 

 

 

 

 

Performing Multi Operations ...............................

69

 

 

 

 

 

SYSTEM OFF ..............................................................

70

 

 

 

 

 

Using SYSTEM OFF ..............................................

71

 

 

 

 

 

The PIONEER SR System: Operating other PIONEER

 

 

 

 

SETUP

components

71

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resetting the Remote Control ..................................

72

 

 

 

 

 

Erasing Multi Operations .....................................

72

 

 

 

 

 

Erasing Learned Remote Control Commands ...

72

 

 

 

 

 

...................Erasing All Remote Control settings

72

 

 

 

 

 

............................................Resetting the Main Unit

73

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fine Tuning Your System ...................

74

 

 

 

 

BASIC

Other System Settings

74

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THX CINEMA Setup ...................................................

75

 

 

 

 

 

Assigning the Digital Inputs ......................................

76

 

 

 

 

 

Assigning the Component Video Inputs ..................

77

 

 

 

 

 

FUNCTION RENAME .................................................

78

 

 

 

 

 

Expert Setup ...............................................................

79

 

 

 

 

 

......................................CROSSOVER NETWORK

80

 

 

 

 

 

FINE CHANNEL LEVEL .........................................

81

 

 

 

 

 

FINE CHANNEL DELAY ........................................

82

 

 

 

 

EXPERT

ACOUSTIC CAL EQ

84

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BASS PEAK LEVEL ...............................................

86

 

 

 

 

 

DYNAMIC RANGE CONTROL ..............................

87

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Features

High Quality, Balanced Multichannel Design

The VSX-43TXreceiver is constructed with Pioneer’sindustry-leadingadvanced and well balanced multichannel concept. This means it is designed to reproduce music and movie soundtracks as close as possible to the intentions of the producer during mastering. The receiver uses a revolutionary3-DFrame Construction technique and a Symmetrical Power Train Design, withhigh-performanceAdvanced Direct EnergyMOS-FEToutput devices, generating 100 watts of power for 7 independent channels.

Multichannel Acoustic Calibration EQ System (MCACC)

In order to make setting up as easy as possible for users we have created the MCACC system. This unique and convenient way of getting good surround sound from the receiver makes trouble-freeset up a snap. The MCACC system creates a monitoring environment to establish the parameters of the sound in regards to each speaker for the specific room you are using. The Acoustic Calibration EQ feature makes sure each speaker is used to maximum effect in conjunction with the overall sound. The resulting settings finely attune the overall surround sound for the space used.

Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES,DTS 96/24 and the Latest Audio and Video Formats

The VSX-43TXis equipped with Dolby Digital EX decoding, the very latest Dolby Digital contribution to home theater with surround back speakers in addition to surround speakers. These additional speakers make home theater even more realistic and powerful. Naturally, you can also play all existing audio formats, including the recently developed Dolby Pro Logic II andDTS-ESExtended Surround formats on theVSX-43TXas well. On the video side, the component video output is fully compatible with high definition,progressive-scandigital video

(720p).

Lucasfilm and THX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lucasfilm, Ltd. & TM. Surround EX is a jointly developed technology of THX and Dolby Laboratories, and is a trademark of Dolby Laboratories. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. “Dolby”, “Pro Logic”, “Surround EX” and double-Dsymbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.

"DTS", "DTS-ESExtended Surround" and "Neo:6" are trademarks of Digital Theater Systems, Inc.

Universal Player Compatibility (DVD Audio/Super Audio CD [SACD])

This receiver incorporates the latest technology and is able to handle cutting edge audio formats, like DVD Audio and Super Audio CD (SACD) which are just hitting the market. Its high compatibility offers a variety of inputs to decode all types of sources at the highest possible quality. The receiver’s multichannel input connections lets you hook up eight discrete channels of audio.

Audio Scaler (HI BIT/HI SAMPLING)

This new technology enables the user to hear CD and DVD, as well as other soundtracks at a wider dynamic range, allowing for finer audio reproduction. This Audio Scaler approximates the audio of high end formats just becoming available now.

Easy-to-useRemote Control and Urushi Lacquer Aluminum Panel

This new remote control is extremely convenient to use. One button is dedicated to one task in the control of the receiver, eliminating confusing buttons whose purpose are unclear. In addition, this remote can be used to operate a variety of other components simply by recalling the appropriate setup codes. The smooth finish and left-rightsymmetry of the stylish urushi lacquer aluminum panel is emblematic of the high quality of the equipment.

The Energy-savingDesign

This unit is designed to use 0.6 W of energy when the receiver is in standby mode.

6

Before You Start

Checking the Supplied Accessories

Please check that you have received all of the following supplied accessories.

AM Loop Antenna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVD/LD

RECEIVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MULTI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VCR

TVMULTI

OFFSYSTEM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOVIE

2

/SAT

CONTROL

SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MODESURROUND

MUSIC

 

VCR/DVR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEREO/

TUNER

TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIRECT

 

 

 

ACOUSTICEQ

RECEIVER

CONT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENTER

SBCH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEN

 

MODE

INPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U

 

 

 

MIDNIGHT

MULTI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SETUPSYSTEM

TUNER

VOLUMEMASTER

INPUTCH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

ST

 

TUNE

 

 

 

MUTE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHANNEL

 

 

ENTER

 

 

TOP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MENU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUNE

 

ST

GUIDE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DTV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D.

ON/OFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIMMER

 

ACCESS

 

BAND

 

RETURN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SIGNAL

LOUDNESS

 

MPX

 

CHANNEL+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

SEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DNR

 

TONE

 

CLASS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEL

BASS/TREBLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I

TV

 

EFFECT/CH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-BIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELNPUTECT

CONTROL

 

 

ENTER

SEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

−+

DISC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHANNEL

 

+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUME

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TITLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SETUPREMOTE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECEIVER

FM Wire Antenna

“AA” IEC LR6

 

 

 

batteries x 2

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL

 

 

RECEIVER

 

 

VSX-43TX

 

Operating Instructions

Operating

Instructions

Preparing the Remote Control

Loading the batteries

Load the batteries into the remote control as shown below. Please use alkaline batteries. When you notice a decrease in the operating range, replace all batteries with new ones.

1 2 AA” IEC LR63

batteries x 2

PREPARATION

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 institution’s rules that apply in your country or area.

7

Before You Start

Operating range of remote control unit

The area in which you can use the remote control to operate the VSX-43TXis fairly large. To use, point the remote control toward the remote sensor on the front panel of this unit while within the range shown below.

Remote control may not function properly if:

There are obstacles between the remote control and the remote sensor.

Direct sunlight or fluorescent light is shining onto the remote sensor.

The receiver located near a device emitting infrared rays.

Operated simultaneously with another remote control which uses infrared rays.

30

30

23 feet (7m)

Installing the Receiver

CAUTION!

Do not cover this unit in any way, for example with a sheet or piece of cloth. This would prevent proper heat dispersal.

• Do not any place object directly on top of

 

this unit. This also would prevent proper heat

 

dispersal.

 

• Be sure to leave adequate ventilation space

 

around the amp! When installing in a rack,

 

shelf, etc., be sure to leave more than 8

 

inches of space above the receiver.

8 inches (20 cm)

 

Receiver

Opening the Front Panel

To open the front panel push gently on the lower third of the panel with your finger.

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Easy Setup Guide Part1

Home Theater: The Basics

Most consumers are used to using stereo equipment to listen to music but many people are not used to home theater systems that give you many more options when listening to soundtracks. In fact, home theater is not really complicated and this little guide should give you an understanding of the basics. Home theater refers to the use of multiple audio tracks combined with multiple speakers to create a surround sound effect.

There are three different factors involved in getting surround sound. Each contribute to what kind of sound you get. These factors are:

1)The equipment you are using for your home theater setup. Particularly important is the number of speakers you are using. We call this your speaker configuration.

2)The 'source' material you are using. This is the actual product (like a DVD) or broadcast (like cable TV) you are listening to/watching. We call this the source.

3)The last factor is the listening mode you choose on the VSX-43TXreceiver. These are explained below and in subsequent chapters but most likely the PRO LOGIC II MOVIE for moves and the PRO LOGIC II MUSIC for music will be fine.

Let's start with the home theater setup you have in your home.

1)Your Home System

The heart of your system is the VSX-43TXreceiver and it is very flexible in getting youtheater-likesurround sound. You can use this receiver with anywhere from two to seven speakers (front left, front right, center, surround left and right, and surround back left and right) and a subwoofer to get home theater surround sound. We recommend you use seven speakers and a subwoofer. If this is not possible follow the instructions in "QUICK Setup" in the "Easy Setup Guide Part 2" and you will still be able to get good surround sound. Also, a DVD player is essential for home theater and you can also hook up satellite or cable TV tuner to this receiver and get a more hometheater-likesound from these sources.

2) The Source Material

DVDs have become the basic source material for home theater because they are convenient to use and offer excellent sound and picture quality as well as allow users to enjoy home theater soundtracks with more than two channels of audio. For example, Dolby Pro Logic plays back four channels (front left, front right, center and a single channel for both surround speakers), Dolby Digital and DTS sources usually have six discrete channels (front left, front right, center, surround left and right and a channel that powers the subwoofer) of sound. Since the subwoofer channel is only for bass sounds it is expressed as .1 of a channel and this multichannel setup has been named 5.1 channel sound.

It is important you consult the manual that came with your DVD player as well to make sure the player is outputting a surround soundtrack and all the other settings are appropriate for your home theater.

3) The Listening Modes

This receiver has many different listening modes and they are designed to cover all the speaker configurations and types of sources you might be using. In general, the PRO LOGIC II MOVIE listening mode is the easiest way to get realistic surround sound for movies. For music the basic listening mode for music is PRO LOGIC II MUSIC.

To listen to music in stereo simply choose the STEREO listening mode. Other possibilities (like listening to a stereo CD with all seven speakers or taking a stereo source and getting multichannel home theater-likesound) are explained in listening modes (pages43–45).

Conclusion

These are the three basic factors that contribute to your home theater sound. The easiest thing is to hook up seven speakers and a subwoofer and simply play your DVDs with PRO LOGIC II MOVIE listening mode. This will give you realistic and enjoyable home theater sound. First hook up your equipment, like your DVD player, TV and speakers. Then follow the Easy Setup Guide instructions to set up your system for surround sound. It is very important you do one of the surround sound setups to get optimal sound from your receiver.

For more details on any of the information presented here check the main section of the manual.

SETUP EASY GUIDE

PREPARATION

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Easy Setup Guide Part1

Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet.

1 Hooking Up Your DVD Player & TV

In order to use Dolby Digital/DTS soundtracks, which are at the heart of home theater, you need to hook up your DVD player with digital audio connections. You can do this by either a coaxial or an optical connection, you don’t need to do both. The quality of these two types of connections is the same but since some DVD players only have one type of digital terminal you need to figure out which yours has and hook it up to the appropriate terminal on the receiver. In order to do this you will need the proper cable. For coaxial connections you can use a regular RCA video cord or thespecially-madecoaxial cords, they have the same type of plugs. For optical connections you will need a special optical cable which you can buy at your local stereo store. For more information on cords and cables see page 21. You should also hook up your DVD player with analog audio connections. Use regular RCA stereo cords for these connections. Also hook up the video connection on your DVD player, and your TV to this receiver. For your TV it's easiest to use a regular composite (RCA) video cord, as shown below. S Video and Component video cords are of higher quality than RCA video cords and may also be used with this unit.

Digital Connections

Some DVD players have both coaxial and optical terminals, but there is no need to connect both. If your DVD player has a coaxial terminal (not a PCM-onlyoutput) for the audio out hook it up using this terminal. Follow the diagram below. This is the best scenario, as you will be able to follow the default settings of this receiver and won't need to assign the digital inputs (you should use DIGITAL IN 3).

If your DVD player only has an optical terminal for the audio output you can hook it up using one of the DIGITAL IN terminals between 1-2(for example, DIGITAL IN 2). In this case, you will need to assign the digital input (which means tell the receiver which input you used for your DVD digital audio). See page 12 for this.

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