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AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER

VSX-815

VSX-915

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Operating Instructions

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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.

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-off plug 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).

WARNING – TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPLIANCE TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.

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CAUTION – PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOT USE THIS (POLARIZED) PLUG WITH AN EXTENSION CORD. RECEPTACLE OR OTHER OUTLET UNLESS THE BLADES CAN BE FULLY INSERTED TO PREVENT BLADE EXPOSURE.

ATTENTION – POUR PREVENIR LES CHOCS ELECTRIQUES NE PAS UTILISER CETTE FICHE POLARISEE AVEC UN PROLONGATEUR UNE PRISE DE COURANT OU UNE AUTRE SORTIE DE COURANT, SAUF SI LES LAMES PEUVENT ETRE INSEREES A FOND SANS EN LAISSER AUCUNE PARTIE A DECOUVVERT.

WARNING: Handling the cord on this product or cords associated with accessories sold with the product will expose you to lead, a chemical known to the State of California and other governmental entities to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Wash hands after handling

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IMPORTANT NOTICE – THE SERIAL NUMBER FOR THIS EQUIPMENT IS LOCATED IN THE REAR.

PLEASE WRITE THIS SERIAL NUMBER ON YOUR ENCLOSED WARRANTY CARD AND KEEP IN A SECURE AREA. THIS IS FOR YOUR SECURITY.

NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

– Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

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This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.

Cet appareil numérique de la Classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.

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Information to User

Alteration or modifications carried out without appropriate authorization may invalidate the user’s right to operate

the equipment.

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CAUTION: This product satisfies FCC regulations when shielded cables and connectors are used to connect the unit to other equipment. To prevent electromagnetic interference with electric appliances such as radios and televisions, use shielded cables and connectors for connections.

Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. "Dolby", "Pro Logic", "Surround EX", and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.

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

For U.S. and Australia Model

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CAUTION

The lightning flash with arrowhead, 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.

RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK

DO NOT OPEN

CAUTION:

TO PREVENT THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS 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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READ INSTRUCTIONS — All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the product is operated.

RETAIN INSTRUCTIONS — The safety and operating instructions should be retained for future reference.

HEED WARNINGS — All warnings on the product and in the operating instructions should be adhered to.

FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS — All operating and use instructions should be followed.

CLEANING — The product should be cleaned only with a polishing cloth or a soft dry cloth. Never clean with furniture wax, benzine, insecticides or other volatile liquids since they may corrode the cabinet.

ATTACHMENTS — Do not use attachments not recommended by the product manufacturer as they may cause hazards.

WATER AND MOISTURE — Do not use this product near water — for example, near a bathtub, wash bowl, kitchen sink, or laundry tub; in a wet basement; or near a swimming pool; and the like.

ACCESSORIES — Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The product may fall, causing serious injury to a child or adult, and serious damage to the product. Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table recommended by the manufacturer, or sold with the product. Any mounting of the product should follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and should use a mounting accessory recommended by the manufacturer.

CART — A product and cart combination should be moved with care. Quick stops, excessive force, and uneven surfaces may cause the product and cart combination to overturn.

VENTILATION — Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for ventilation and to ensure reliable operation of the product and to protect it from overheating, and these openings must not be blocked or covered. The openings should never be blocked by placing the product on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface. This product should not be placed in a built-in installation such as a bookcase or rack unless proper ventilation is provided or the manufacturer’s instructions have been adhered to.

POWER SOURCES — This product should be operated only from the type of power source indicated on the marking label. If you are not sure of the type of power supply to your home, consult your product dealer or local power company.

LOCATION – The appliance should be installed in a stable location.

NONUSE PERIODS – The power cord of the appliance should be unplugged from the outlet when left un-used for a long period of time.

GROUNDING OR POLARIZATION

OBJECT AND LIQUID ENTRY — Never push

• If this product is equipped with a polarized

objects of any kind into this product through

alternating current line plug (a plug having one

openings as they may touch dangerous voltage

blade wider than the other), it will fit into the

points or short-out parts that could result in a

outlet only one way. This is a safety feature. If

fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any

you are unable to insert the plug fully into the

kind on the product.

outlet, try reversing the plug. If the plug should

SERVICING — Do not attempt to service this

still fail to fit, contact your electrician to replace

product yourself as opening or removing covers

your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety

may expose you to dangerous voltage or other

purpose of the polarized plug.

hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service

• If this product is equipped with a three-wire

personnel.

grounding type plug, a plug having a third

DAMAGE REQUIRING SERVICE — Unplug this

(grounding) pin, it will only fit into a grounding

product from the wall outlet and refer servicing

type power outlet. This is a safety feature. If you

to qualified service personnel under the

are unable to insert the plug into the outlet,

following conditions:

contact your electrician to replace your obsolete

• When the power-supply cord or plug is

outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the

damaged.

grounding type plug.

• If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen

POWER-CORD PROTECTION Power-supply

into the product.

cords should be routed so that they are not likely

• If the product has been exposed to rain or water.

to be walked on or pinched by items placed

• If the product does not operate normally by

upon or against them, paying particular

following the operating instructions. Adjust only

attention to cords at plugs, convenience

those controls that are covered by the operating

receptacles, and the point where they exit from

instructions as an improper adjustment of other

the product.

controls may result in damage and will often

OUTDOOR ANTENNA GROUNDING — If an

require extensive work by a qualified technician

outside antenna or cable system is connected to

to restore the product to its normal operation.

the product, be sure the antenna or cable

• If the product has been dropped or damaged in

system is grounded so as to provide some

any way.

protection against voltage surges and built-up

• When the product exhibits a distinct change in

static charges. Article 810 of the National

performance — this indicates a need for service.

Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70, provides

REPLACEMENT PARTS — When replacement parts

information with regard to proper grounding of

are required, be sure the service technician has

the mast and supporting structure, grounding of

used replacement parts specified by the

the lead-in wire to an antenna discharge unit,

manufacturer or have the same characteristics

size of grounding conductors, location of

as the original part. Unauthorized substitutions

antenna-discharge unit, connection to

may result in fire, electric shock, or other

grounding electrodes, and requirements for the

hazards.

grounding electrode. See Figure A.

SAFETY CHECK — Upon completion of any service

LIGHTNING — For added protection for this

or repairs to this product, ask the service

product during a lightning storm, or when it is

technician to perform safety checks to

left unattended and unused for long periods of

determine that the product is in proper

time, unplug it from the wall outlet and

operating condition.

disconnect the antenna or cable system. This

WALL OR CEILING MOUNTING — The product

will prevent damage to the product due to

should not be mounted to a wall or ceiling.

lightning and power-line surges.

HEAT — The product should be situated away from

POWER LINES — An outside antenna system

heat sources such as radiators, heat registers,

should not be located in the vicinity of overhead

stoves, or other products (including amplifiers)

power lines or other electric light or power

that produce heat.

circuits, or where it can fall into such power

 

lines or circuits. When installing an outside

 

antenna system, extreme care should be taken

 

to keep from touching such power lines or

 

circuits as contact with them might be fatal.

 

OVERLOADING — Do not overload wall outlets,

 

extension cords, or integral convenience

 

receptacles as this can result in a risk of fire or

ANTENNA

electric shock.

 

LEAD IN

 

WIRE

 

GROUND

 

CLAMP

 

ANTENNA

 

DISCHARGE UNIT

 

(NEC SECTION 810-20)

ELECTRIC

 

SERVICE

GROUNDING CONDUCTORS

EQUIPMENT

(NEC SECTION 810-21)

 

GROUND CLAMPS

Fig. A

POWER SERVICE GROUNDING

ELECTRODE SYSTEM

 

(NEC ART 250, PART H)

 

NEC — NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE

 

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Contents

01 Before you start

Introduction to home theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Checking what’s in the box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Loading the batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Installing the receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Ventilation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

02 5 minute guide

Listening to Surround Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Using the Quick Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

03 Quick surround sound setup

Automatically setting up for surround sound

(MCACC). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Other problems when using the Auto

MCACC Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

04 Connecting up

Making cable connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Analog audio cables. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Digital audio cables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Video cables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

About the video converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Connecting a DVD player and TV . . . . . . . . . 17

Connecting the multichannel analog

outputs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Connecting a satellite receiver or other

digital set-top box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Connecting other audio components . . . . . . 19 About the WMA9 Pro decoder . . . . . . . . . . 19 Connecting other video components . . . . . . 20 Using the component video jacks. . . . . . . . 21

Connecting to the front panel video

terminal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Connecting antennas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 FM wire antenna. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 AM loop antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Using external antennas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Connecting the speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Hints on speaker placement. . . . . . . . . . . . 24

AC outlet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Operating other Pioneer components . . . . . . 26

05 Controls and displays

Front panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Remote control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Operating range of remote control unit . . . 33

06 Listening to your system

Auto playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Listening in surround sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Using the Advanced surround effects . . . . . 35 Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music settings . . . . . . . 36

Neo:6 Music settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Listening in stereo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Listening with Acoustic Calibration EQ . . . . . 37 Choosing the input signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Using the surround back channel

(Extended mode) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Using the Virtual Surround Back mode (VirtualSB). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Using Loudness and Midnight listening . . . . 41

Enhancing dialog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Using the tone controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Playing other sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Selecting the multichannel analog inputs . . . 42

Using the sleep timer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

07 The System Setup menu

Making receiver settings from the System Setup menu. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Surround back speaker setting . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Manual MCACC speaker setup . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Fine Channel Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Fine Channel Distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Acoustic Calibration EQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Manual speaker setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Speaker setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Crossover network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Channel level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Speaker Distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

08 Using the tuner

Listening to the radio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Improving FM stereo sound . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Tuning directly to a station . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Saving station presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Naming station presets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Listening to station presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

09 Making recordings

Making an audio or a video recording . . . . . . 54

10 Controlling the rest of your system

Setting the remote to control other components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Selecting preset codes directly . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Programming signals from other remote controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Erasing one of the remote control button settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Erasing all of the remote control presets . . . . 57

Direct function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Confirming preset codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Controls for TVs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Controls for other components . . . . . . . . . . . 60

11 Other connections

Second Zone speaker B setup . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Switching the speaker system . . . . . . . . . . 62 Bi-amping your front speakers . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Bi-wiring your speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Connecting additional amplifiers. . . . . . . . . . 64

Using this receiver with a Pioneer

plasma display. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Using the SR+ mode with a Pioneer

plasma display. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

12 Other Settings

The Input Assign menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 The Other setup menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

Dynamic Range Control Setup . . . . . . . . . . 67

Dual Mono Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 LFE Attenuator Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

SR+ Setup for Pioneer plasma displays . . . 68

13 Additional information

Troubleshooting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Resetting the main unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Switching the speaker impedance . . . . . . . . . 72

Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Power cord caution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Cleaning the unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

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01 Before you start

Chapter 1:

Before you start

Introduction to home theater

Checking what’s in the box

You are probably used to using stereo equipment to listen to music, but may not be used to home theater systems that give you many more options (such as surround sound) when listening to soundtracks.

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 the speakers you have set up in your room, but also on the source and the sound settings of the receiver.

DVD-Video has become the basic source material for home theater due to its size, quality, and ease of use. Depending on the DVD, you can have up to seven different audio tracks coming from one disc, all of them being sent to different speakers in your system. This is what creates a surround sound effect and gives you the feeling of ‘being there’.

This receiver will automatically decode Dolby Digital, DTS, or Dolby Surround DVD-Video discs, 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 34.

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

• Setup microphone

• Remote control unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHIFT

MIDNIGHT/ LOUDNESS

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CONTROLMULTI

CONT TV DVR/VCR TV/SAT

SOURCE

• Dry cell batteries (AA size IEC R6) x2

 

• AM loop antenna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FM wire antenna

Warranty card

These operating instructions

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Before you start

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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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)

 

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– 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

 

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– in places that are very dusty

 

– in places where there is vibration or other

 

 

movement

 

 

– in places that have hot fumes or oils (such as

 

 

 

 

a kitchen)

 

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Ventilation

When installing this unit, make sure to leave

 

 

space around the unit for ventilation to

 

 

 

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improve heat dispersal (at least 8 in. (20 cm) at

 

 

 

 

the top). If not enough space is provided

 

 

between the unit and walls or other equipment,

 

 

heat will build up inside, interfering with

 

 

performance and/or causing malfunctions.

 

 

 

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8 inches

 

 

Receiver

(20 cm)

 

Slot and openings in the cabinet are provided for ventilation and to protect the equipment from overheating. To prevent fire hazard, do not place anything directly on top of the unit, make sure the openings are never blocked or covered with items (such as newspapers, table-cloths and curtains), and do not operate the equipment on thick carpet or a bed.

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02 5 minute guide

Chapter 2:

5 minute guide

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 Hook up your DVD player.

For surround sound, you’ll want to hook up using a digital connection from the DVD player to the receiver. You can do this with either a coaxial (recommended), or an optical connection (you don’t need to connect both). If you hook up using an optical cable, you should refer to The Input Assign menu on page 66 to assign the optical input to DVD.

Use a video cord to connect the video output on your DVD player to the receiver using the jacks shown below.

2 Hook up your TV.

Use a video cord to connect your receiver to the TV using the jacks as shown below.

Optical cable

VIDEO IN

TV

Video cord

This receiver*

DIGITAL OUT

Coaxial

 

 

 

 

 

AUX

 

 

 

 

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WOOFER

 

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ASSIGNABLE

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Video cord

* The illustration shows the VSX-915, but connections for the VSX-815 are the same.

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3 Connect your speakers.

A complete setup of eight speakers (including the subwoofer) is shown here but everyone’s home

setup will vary. Simply connect the speakers you have in the manner shown below.1 The receiver will work with just two stereo speakers (the front speakers in the diagram) but using at least three speakers is recommended, and a complete setup is best.

Make sure you connect the speaker on the right to the right terminal and the speaker on the left to the left terminal. Also make sure the positive and negative (+/) terminals on the receiver match those on the speakers. You can use speakers with a nominal impedance between 6–16Ω (please see Switching the speaker impedance on page 72 if you plan to use speakers with an impedance of less than 8Ω).

Front speakers

Center speaker

Surround speakers

Surround back speakers

L

 

R

 

C

LS

 

RS

 

SBL

SBR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SUB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WOOFER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

AUX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IN

CD

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LOOP ANTENNA

 

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L

 

( DVR/ VCR) IN π

ASSIGNABLE

( DVD / LD) IN ¥

 

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SURROUND BACK PREOUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PB

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PB

PR

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

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IN

 

 

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IN

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This receiver*

Powered

 

subwoofer

 

SW

 

INPUT

*The illustration shows the VSX-915, but connections for the VSX-815 are the same.

Caution

Make sure that all the bare speaker wire is twisted together and inserted fully into the speaker terminal. Use good quality speaker wire to connect the speakers to the receiver.

Note

1• If you’re not using a subwoofer, change the front speaker setting (see Speaker setting on page 48) to large.

If you are using only one surround back speaker, connect it to the surround back left (L) terminal.

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Make sure that the speaker cable you’re using is properly prepared with about 3/8 in. (10 mm) of insulator stripped from each wire, with the exposed wire strands twisted together (fig. A).

Unscrew the terminal a few turns until there is enough space to insert the exposed wire

(fig. B). Once the wire is in position, tighten the terminal until the wire is firmly clamped (fig. C).

fig. A

fig. B

fig. C

3/8 in. (10mm)

 

 

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. See Hints on speaker placement on page 24 for more on this.

Center

Front

speaker

speaker

(R)

(C)

 

Front

 

 

speaker

Subwoofer (SW)

 

(L)

Surround

 

 

speaker (RS)

 

Surround

Listening

back

speaker (SBR)

position

 

 

Surround

 

speaker (LS)

 

Surround back

 

speaker (SBL)

5 Press QUICK SETUP on the front panel to specify your speaker setup, room size and listening position.

Use the MULTI JOG dial to select and ENTER to confirm your selection. See Using the Quick Setup below if you’re unsure about the

settings.1

6 Play 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, press DVD/LD on the remote control to set the receiver to the

DVD input.2

There are several other sound options you can select. See Listening to your system on page 34

for more on this.3

4 Plug 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.

Note

1See also Making receiver settings from the System Setup menu on page 43 for more setup options.

2• You may need to set your DVD player to output Dolby Digital, DTS and 88.2/96kHz PCM (2 channel) audio (see your DVD player’s manual for more on this).

3Depending on your DVD player or source discs, you may only get digital 2 channel stereo and analog sound. In this case, the listening mode must be set to STANDARD (see Listening in surround sound on page 34 if you need to do this) if you want multichannel surround sound.

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Using the Quick Setup

You can use the Quick Setup to get your system up and running with just a few button presses. The receiver automatically makes the necessary settings after you have selected your speaker setup, room size and listening position. Use the front panel controls for the steps below.

If you want a more complete setup option, refer to Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 12. If you choose to do so, you can skip the Quick Setup.

1If the receiver is off, press STANDBY/ON to turn the power on.

2Press QUICK SETUP.

SW DET flashes in the display while the receiver checks your setup for a subwoofer. SW YES or SW NO confirms the subwoofer check, then the display prompts you to select your speaker setup.

3 Use the MULTI JOG dial to choose your speaker setup.

When a subwoofer was detected in step 2, you can cycle between the following choices:

2.1ch

3.1ch

7.1ch

4.1ch

6.1ch

5.1ch

If a subwoofer wasn’t detected in step 2, you can cycle between the following choices:

2.0ch 3.0ch

7.0ch

4.0ch

6.0ch 5.0ch

02

 

• Check the table below to find the speaker

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setup that corresponds with your system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deutsch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Français

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Press ENTER.

 

5 Use the MULTI JOG dial to choose your

 

 

 

 

 

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room size.

 

 

 

Depending on the distance of your speakers

 

 

from the listening position, choose between

 

 

small, medium, or large (S, M or L), M being an

 

 

average-sized room.

 

 

 

 

6

Press ENTER.

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7 Use the MULTI JOG dial to choose your listening position.

You can cycle between the following choices:

FWD – If you are nearer to the front speakers than the surround speakers

MID – If you are equal distance from the front and surround speakers

BACK – If you are nearer to the surround speakers than the front speakers

8 Press ENTER to confirm your setup.

The display shows the speaker setup, room size and listening position that you have selected.

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Chapter 3:

Quick surround sound setup

Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC)

The Auto Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration (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 settings1 and equalization for your particular room.

Important

The Auto MCACC Setup will overwrite any existing speaker settings you’ve made.

Make sure the headphones are unplugged.

Caution

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

RECEIVER

INPUT

 

SOURCE

FL DIMMER

SR

SELECT

 

 

 

 

+10

 

DISC

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENTER

 

 

 

D.ACCESS

 

 

CLASS

 

 

 

TOP MENU

 

 

MENU

 

 

 

 

TUNE

 

 

 

 

 

DTV MENU ST

ENTER

ST

 

 

 

T.EDIT

BAND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SYSTEM

TUNE

 

 

 

 

 

GUIDE SETUP

TV CONTROL

RETURN

 

 

 

 

 

DVD/LD

TV/SAT

DVR/VCR

TV CONT

 

 

 

 

MULTI CONTROL

TVVOL

INPUT

TV CH

VOL

 

 

SELECT

 

 

CD

CD-R/TAPE

TUNER

RECEIVER

 

 

 

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

Make sure there are no obstacles between the speakers and the microphone.

TUNER

AUX

 

 

 

MASTER

 

 

VOLUME

T

MCACC

 

R

DIGITAL IN SETUP MIC

 

 

DOWN

UP

If you have a tripod, use it to place the microphone so that it’s about ear level at your normal listening position. Otherwise, place the microphone at ear level using a table or a chair.

2 If the receiver is off, press RECEIVER to turn the power on.

3If you have a subwoofer, turn it on.

4Press RECEIVER on the remote control, then press the SYSTEM SETUP button.

Press SYSTEM SETUP again at any time to exit the System Setup menu.2

5Select ‘A. MCACC’ from the System Setup menu then press ENTER.

6Make sure ‘SB NORM.’ is selected then

press ENTER.3

Try to be as quiet as possible after pressing ENTER. The system outputs a series of test tones to establish the ambient noise level.

Note

1If you are planning on bi-amping your front speakers, or setting up a separate speaker system in another room, read through Surround back speaker setting on page 43 and make sure to connect your speakers as necessary before continuing.

2The receiver will automatically exit the current menu after three minutes of inactivity. If you cancel the Auto MCACC Setup at any time, the receiver automatically exits and no settings will be made.

3If you are planning on bi-amping your front speakers, or setting up a separate speaker system in another room, read through Surround back speaker setting and make sure to connect your speakers as necessary before continuing.

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If the noise level is too high, NOISY! blinks in the display for five seconds. To exit and check the noise levels again, press SYSTEM SETUP (see the notes about ambient noise below) or press ENTER when you’re prompted to RETRY?

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

The system now checks the microphone and your speaker setup.

If you see an ERR message in the display, there may be a problem with your mic or the speaker connections. Turn off the power, and check the problem indicated by the ERR message (see below), then try the auto surround setup again.

ERR MIC – Check the microphone connection.

ERR Fch – Check the front speaker connections.

ERR Sch – Check the surround speaker connections.

ERR SBch – Check the surround back speaker connections.

ERR SW – Make sure the subwoofer has been switched on and volume on the subwoofer is turned up.

7When you see CHECK OK in the display,

confirm your speaker configuration.

Use / (cursor up/down) to check each speaker in turn. YES or NO should reflect the

actual speakers connected. If the speaker configuration displayed isn’t correct, use /(cursor left/right) to change the setting. When you’re finished, go to the next step.

8Select CHECK OK in the display then press ENTER.

The Auto MCACC finishes by checking the subwoofer level.

If the subwoofer output level is too high/ low, SW.VOL.DWN/SW.VOL.UP blinks in the display for five seconds. To exit and check your subwoofer output level, press

SYSTEM SETUP or simply press ENTER when you’re prompted to RETRY?

9 The Auto MCACC Setup has finished!

The MCACC indicator on the front panel will light to show the surround settings are complete.

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 43).1

Optionally, when you see SKIP? you can press / (cursor left/right) to select one of the following options then / (cursor up/down) to check the settings:

CHK SP – Check the size and number of speakers you’ve connected (see page 48 for more on this)

CHK DIST. – Check the distance of your speakers from the listening position (see page 50 for more on this)

CHK LEVEL – Check the overall balance of your speaker system (see page 49 for more on this)

CHK EQ – Select either ALL CH or F ALIGN to check the adjustments to the frequency balance of your speaker system based on the acoustic characteristics of your room (see page 46 for more on this)

10 When you’re finished, select ‘SKIP?’ to go back to the System Setup menu.

Remember to disconnect the microphone after completing the Auto MCACC Setup.

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Note

1 • Depending on the characteristics of your room, sometimes identical speakers with cone sizes of around 5 inches (12cm) will end up with different size settings. You can correct the setting manually using the Speaker setting on page 48.

• 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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Other 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.

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Chapter 4:

Connecting up

Making cable connections

Make sure not to bend the cables over the top of this unit (as shown in the illustration). If this happens, the magnetic field produced by the transformers in this unit may cause a humming noise from the speakers.

Important

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

Analog audio cables

Use stereo RCA phono cables to connect analog audio components. These cables are typically red and white, and you should connect the red plugs to R (right) terminals and white plugs to L (left) terminals.

Analog audio cables

Right (red)

Left (white)

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Digital audio cables

Commercially available coaxial digital audio

Deutsch

 

cables or optical cables should be used to

 

connect digital components to this receiver.

 

Coaxial digital audio cable

Optical cable

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• When connecting optical cables, be

 

careful when inserting the plug not to

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damage the shutter protecting the optical

 

socket.

 

 

• When storing optical cable, coil loosely.

 

The cable may be damaged if bent around

 

sharp corners.

 

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• You can also use a standard RCA video

 

cable for coaxial digital connections.

 

Video cables

 

 

Standard RCA video cables

 

These cables are the most common type of

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have yellow plugs to distinguish them from

video connection and should be used to connect to the composite video terminals. They

cables for audio.

Standard RCA video cable

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S-video cables

S-video cables give you clearer picture reproduction than standard RCA video cables by sending separate signals for the luminance and color.

S Video

Component video cables

Use component video cables to get the best possible color reproduction of your video source. The color signal of the TV is divided into the luminance (Y) signal and the color (PB and PR) signals and then output. In this way, interference between the signals is avoided.

Component video cables

Green (Y)

Blue (PB)

Red (PR)

About the video converter

VSX-915 model only

The video converter allows you to connect video sources using composite connections and the signal will be output through both the

composite and S-video MONITOR OUT jacks1. If more than one video component is connected to the same input function, the converter gives priority to the S-video connection.

The following chart shows when the video signal will be converted from the various video inputs (left column) for output to the MONITOR OUT jacks (top row):

Video

MONITOR OUT

VIDEO

 

COMPONENT

terminal

S-VIDEO

(Composite)

VIDEO

 

VIDEO IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Composite)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S-VIDEO IN

 

 

 

COMPONENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mark above indicates that the component video input must be assigned before it will be output (see Assigning the component video inputs on page 66 for more on this).

When recording video sources, they must be connected using the same type of video cable as you used to connect the recorder to the receiver.

Also note that this feature is available with NTSC signals only. For PAL signals, make sure you’ve used the same type of cable for your video component and monitor connections.

Note

1 The COMPONENT VIDEO MONITOR OUT jacks only output the signal from the component video input.

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Connecting a DVD player and TV

This page shows you how to connect your DVD player and TV to the receiver.

1 Connect a coaxial digital audio output on your DVD player to the DIGITAL COAX 1 (DVD/LD) input on this receiver.

Use a coaxial digital audio cable for the connection.1

2 Connect the composite video output and

the stereo analog audio outputs2 on your DVD player to the DVD/LD inputs on this receiver.

Use a standard RCA video cable3 and a stereo RCA phono cable for the connection.

If your DVD player has multichannel analog outputs, see Connecting the multichannel analog outputs below for how to connect it.

3Connect the analog audio outputs from your TV to the TV/SAT inputs on this receiver.

This will allow you to play the sound from the TV's built-in tuner. Use a stereo RCA phono cable to do this.

If your TV has a built-in digital decoder, you can also connect an optical digital audio output from your TV to the DIGITAL OPT 1 (TV/SAT) input on this receiver. Use an optical cable for the connection.

4Connect the MONITOR OUT video jack on this receiver to a video input on your TV.

Use a standard RCA video cable to connect to

the composite video jack.4

4

DIGITAL

 

 

AUDIO OUT

ANALOG AUDIO OUT

OPTICAL

R

L

 

 

 

IN

AUX

 

 

 

 

 

FM UNBAL

 

 

IN

CD

75

 

 

 

 

OPT

OUT

DVR/

 

 

2

 

VCR

 

(DVR/VCR)

IN

 

VIDEO

 

OPT

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

TV /

IN

(TV/SAT)

IN

SAT

 

 

IN

 

 

 

DVD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/LD

 

ASSIGNABLE

COAX

IN

FRONT

D V D

DIGITAL IN

 

 

 

2

 

REC

5.1CH

 

(CD)

 

INPUT

 

 

CD-R

IN

 

 

OUT

 

COAX

/TAPE

 

 

 

/MD

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD

IN

PLAY

 

 

/LD)

R

AUDIO L

 

 

 

 

This receiver*

1

COAXIAL

R AUDIO L

DIGITAL OUT

ANALOG OUT

DVD player

TV

VIDEO IN

3

AM

LOOP ANTENNA

R

OUT

CONTROL

IN

 

OUT

 

 

 

DVR/

OUT

 

VCR

IN

 

 

 

MONITOR

 

TV/

 

SAT

OUT

IN

SUB

 

DVD

WOOFER

IN

/LD

PREOUT

S-VIDEO

2

VIDEO OUT

* The illustration shows the VSX-915, but connections for the VSX-815 are the same.

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Note

1If your DVD player only has an optical digital output, you can connect it to the optical input on this receiver using an optical cable. When you set up the receiver you'll need to tell the receiver which input you connected the player to (see The Input Assign menu on page 66).

2This connection will allow you to make analog recordings from your DVD player.

3For better quality, you can also connect with S-video using the S-VIDEO DVD/LD jack. If your player also has a component video output, you can connect this too. See Using the component video jacks on page 21 for more on this.

4For better quality, you can also connect with S-video using the S-VIDEO MONITOR OUT jack. See Using the component video jacks on page 21 if you want to use the component video outputs to connect this receiver to your TV.

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Connecting the multichannel analog outputs

For DVD Audio and SACD playback, your DVD player may have 5.1 channel analog outputs.In this case, you can connect the multichannel analog outputs to the multichannel inputs of

this receiver as shown below.1

This receiver*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CEN-

SUB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TER

WOOFER

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

AUX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FM UNBAL

AM

 

 

 

 

COMPONENT VIDEO

 

 

IN

CD

75

LOOP ANTENNA

 

R

 

L

Y

(DVR/ VCR) IN π

AS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB

PR

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

SURROUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPT

OUT

DVR/

 

CONTROL

 

 

DVD 5.1CH INPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

VCR

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVR/VCR)

IN

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPT

 

 

VIDEO

 

 

DVR/

 

 

 

MONITOR OUT

 

 

1

 

TV /

IN

OUT

IN

VCR

S A

R

FRONT

L

CENTE

(TV/SAT)

IN

SAT

 

 

 

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVD

IN

 

 

TV/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

 

E

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/LD

 

OUT

IN

SAT

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

 

IN

FRONT

 

 

A

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL IN

COAX

 

 

D V D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

5.1CH

SUB

 

DVD

K

 

 

 

 

 

 

(CD)

 

REC

INPUT

WOOFER

IN

/LD

 

 

 

 

 

 

COAX

OUT

CD-R

IN

PREOUT

 

E

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/TAPE

 

 

S-VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

/MD

 

 

 

 

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD

IN R

AUDIO L PLAY

 

 

 

 

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

/LD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

L

CENTER

R

L

SUB

VIDEO

FRONT

OUTPUT

SURROUND

WOOFER

OUTPUT

OUTPUT

 

OUTPUT

OUTPUT

 

DVD/multi-channel decoder with multi-channel analog output jacks

* The illustration shows the VSX-915, but connections for the VSX-815 are the same.

Connecting a satellite receiver or other digital set-top box

Satellite and cable receivers, and terrestrial digital TV tuners are all examples of so-called `set-top boxes'.

1 Connect a set of audio/video outputs on the set-top box component to the TV/SAT

AUDIO and VIDEO inputs on this receiver.2

Use a stereo RCA phono cable for the audio connection and a standard RCA video cable for

the video connection.3

2 Connect an optical digital audio output from your set-top box component to the DIGITAL OPT 1 (TV/SAT) input on this receiver.

Use an optical cable for the connection.4

This receiver*

 

 

IN

AUX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FM UNBAL

AM

 

 

 

IN

CD

75

LOOP ANTENNA

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

OPT

OUT

DVR/

 

CONTROL

 

 

2

 

VCR

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

OU

(DVR/VCR)

IN

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

 

 

 

OPT

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

TV /

IN

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAT

 

IN

(TV/SAT)

IN

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

DVD

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

 

 

 

 

/LD

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

IN

ASSIGNABLE

 

IN

FRONT

 

COAX

D V D

 

 

DIGITAL IN

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

REC

5.1CH

SUB

 

 

(CD)

 

INPUT

WOOFER

IN

 

 

CD-R

IN

 

 

OUT

PREOUT

 

 

COAX

/TAPE

 

S-V

 

 

/MD

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD

IN

PLAY

 

 

 

 

/LD)

 

 

 

 

 

R AUDIO L

2

 

 

1

DIGITAL OUT

 

 

OPTICAL

COAXIAL

R AUDIO L

VIDEO

 

 

 

AV OUT

STB

* The illustration shows the VSX-915, but connections for the VSX-815 are the same.

Note

1The multichannel input can only be used when DVD 5.1 ch is selected (see page 42).

2If you've already connected your TV to the TV/SAT inputs, simply choose another input. However, to receive a signal, you'll need to press the input select button for the input you connected the set-top box to.

3For better quality, you can also connect with S-video using the S-VIDEO TV/SAT jack. If your set-top box also has a component video output, you can connect this too. See Using the component video jacks on page 21 for more on this.

4If your satellite/cable receiver doesn’t have a digital audio output, omit this step. If it only has a coaxial digital output, you can connect it to one of the coaxial inputs on this receiver using a coaxial digital audio cable. When you set up the receiver you'll need to tell the receiver which input you connected the set-top box to (see The Input Assign menu on page 66).

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Connecting other audio components

The number and kind of connections depends

on the kind of component you’re connecting.1 Follow the steps below to connect a CD-R, MD, DAT, tape recorder or other audio component.

1If your component has a digital output, connect this to a digital input on the receiver as shown.

The example shows a coaxial connection to the CD digital input jack using a coaxial digital audio cable.

2If necessary, connect the analog audio outputs of the component to a set of spare audio inputs on this receiver.

You’ll need to make this connection for components without a digital output, or if you want to record from a digital component. Use a stereo RCA phono cable as shown.

3If you're connecting a recorder, connect the analog audio outputs (REC) to the analog audio inputs on the recorder.

The example shows an analog connection to the CD-R/TAPE/MD analog output jack using a stereo RCA phono cable.

04

This receiver*

 

 

 

 

English

 

 

IN

AUX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FM UNBAL

AM

 

 

 

 

IN

CD

75

LOOP ANTENNA

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

OPT

OUT

DVR/

 

CONTROL

 

Deutsch

 

2

 

DVD

 

 

 

 

 

VCR

 

IN

 

 

(DVR/VCR)

IN

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

OPT

 

 

VIDEO

 

 

 

 

1

 

TV /

IN

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

SAT

 

IN

 

(TV/SAT)

IN

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/LD

 

MONITOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

IN

 

ASSIGNABLE

 

IN

FRONT

 

 

COAX

D V D

 

 

 

DIGITAL IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

REC

5.1CH

SUB

 

 

 

(CD)

 

INPUT

WOOFER

IN

Français

 

 

CD-R

IN

 

 

OUT

PREOUT

 

 

COAX

/TAPE

 

S-VI

 

 

/MD

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD

IN

PLAY

 

 

 

 

 

/LD)

R AUDIO

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

 

 

3

 

Italiano

 

 

 

 

 

OPTICAL

COAXIAL

R OUT L

R IN

L

Nederlands

 

 

 

PLAY

REC

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL OUT

 

AUDIO OUT

AUDIO IN

 

 

CD-R, MD, DAT, Tape recorder, etc.

 

Español

 

 

* The illustration shows the VSX-915, but connections for the VSX-815 are the same.

About the WMA9 Pro decoder

This unit has an on-board Windows Media® Audio 9 Professional (WMA9 Pro) decoder, so it is possible to playback WMA9 Pro-encoded audio using a coaxial or optical digital connection when connected to a WMA9 Pro-

Note

1 Note that you must connect digital components to analog audio jacks if you want to record to/from digital components (like an MD) to/from analog components.

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compatible player. However, the connected PC, DVD player, set-top box, etc. must be able to output WMA9 Pro format audio signals through a coaxial or optical digital output.

Microsoft, Windows Media®, and the Windows logo are trademarks, or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/ or other countries.

Connecting other video components

This receiver has audio/video inputs and outputs suitable for connecting analog or digital video recorders, including VCRs, DVDrecorders and HDD recorders.

1 Connect a set of audio/video outputs on the recorder to the DVR/VCR AUDIO and VIDEO inputs on this receiver.

Use a stereo RCA phono cable for the audio connection and a standard RCA video cable for

the video connection.1

2 Connect a set of audio/video inputs on the recorder to the DVR/VCR AUDIO and VIDEO outputs on this receiver.

Use a stereo RCA phono cable for the audio connection and a standard RCA video cable for

the video connection.2

3 If your video component has a digital audio output, connect it to a digital input on this receiver.

The example shows a recorder connected to the DIGITAL COAX 1 (DVD/LD) input.3

This receiver*

 

 

 

IN

 

AUX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FM UNBAL

AM

 

 

 

 

IN

 

CD

75

LOOP ANTENNA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

OPT

OUT

 

DVR/

 

CONTROL

 

 

 

2

 

 

VCR

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

(DVR/VCR)

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

 

 

 

 

OPT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

TV /

IN

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAT

 

IN

 

(TV/SAT)

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

/LD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

IN

ASSIGNABLE

 

IN

 

FRONT

 

COAX

 

D V D

 

 

DIGITAL IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

REC

5.1CH

SUB

 

 

 

(CD)

 

 

INPUT

WOOFER

IN

 

 

 

 

CD-R

IN

 

 

 

OUT

 

PREOUT

 

 

 

COAX

 

/TAPE

 

S-VI

 

 

 

 

/MD

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD

IN

 

PLAY

 

 

 

 

 

/LD)

R

AUDIO

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

1

 

 

 

2

 

OPTICAL

COAXIAL

 

 

R OUT

L

 

R IN L

 

 

 

 

 

PLAY

 

 

REC

 

DIGITAL OUT

 

 

AUDIO OUT

VIDEO OUT

AUDIO IN

VIDEO IN

VCR, DVR, LD player, etc.

* The illustration shows the VSX-915, but connections for the VSX-815 are the same.

Note

1For better quality, you can also connect with S-video using the S-VIDEO DVR/VCR IN jack. If your set-top box also has a component video output, you can connect this too. See Using the component video jacks on page 21 for more on this.

2For better quality, you can also connect with S-video using the S-VIDEO DVR/VCR OUT jack.

3If your video component doesn’t have a digital audio output, omit this step. If it only has an optical digital output, you can connect it to the optical input on this receiver using an optical cable. When you set up the receiver you'll need to tell the receiver which input you connected the component to (see The Input Assign menu on page 66).

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Using the component video jacks

Component video should deliver superior picture quality when compared to composite video. A further advantage (if your source and TV are both compatible) is progressive-scan video, which delivers a very stable, flicker-free picture. See the manuals that came with your TV and source component to check whether they are compatible with progressive-scan video.

Connecting to the front panel video terminal

Front video connections are accessed via the front panel using the VIDEO button. There are standard audio/video jacks as well as an S- video jack and an optical input. Hook them up the same way you made the rear panel connections.

This receiver

CD CD-R/TAPE/MD TUNER AUX

Important

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO INPUT

MCACC

• If you connect any source component to

S-VIDEO VIDEO

L

AUDIO R

DIGITAL IN SETUP MIC

 

 

 

 

the receiver using a component video

 

 

 

 

input, you must also have your TV

 

 

 

 

connected to this receiver's COMPONENT

 

 

 

Video

VIDEO MONITOR OUT jacks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

camera

 

 

 

 

1 Connect the component video outputs of

 

 

 

(etc.)

your source to a set of component video

V

L

R

 

inputs on this receiver.

 

VIDEO OUTPUT

DIGITAL OUT

Use a three-way component video cable for the connection.

2 If necessary, assign the component video inputs to the input source you've connected.

This only needs to be done if you didn’t connect according to the following defaults:

COMP 1 DVD

COMP 2 TV

COMP 3 DVR

See Assigning the component video inputs on page 66 for more on this.

3 Connect the COMPONENT VIDEO MONITOR OUT jacks on this receiver to the component video inputs on your TV or monitor.

Use a three-way component video cable.

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Connecting antennas

Connect the AM loop antenna and the FM wire antenna as shown below. To improve reception and sound quality, connect external antennas (see Using external antennas below). Always make sure that the receiver is switched off and unplugged from the wall outlet before making or changing any connections.

AM loop antenna

FM wire antenna

 

 

IN

AUX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FM UNBAL

AM

 

 

 

 

IN

CD

75

LOOP ANTENNA

 

R

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

OPT

OUT

DVR/

 

CONTROL

 

 

 

2

 

VCR

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

(DVR/VCR)

IN

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

 

 

 

 

OPT

 

 

 

 

DVR/

 

1

 

TV /

IN

OUT

 

VCR

(TV/SAT)

IN

SAT

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

DVD

IN

 

 

TV/

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

 

 

 

 

/LD

 

OUT

IN

SAT

ASSIGNABLE

COAX

IN

FRONT

 

 

DIGITAL IN

 

 

D V D

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

5.1CH

SUB

 

DVD

 

(CD)

 

REC

INPUT

WOOFER

IN /LD

 

 

OUT

CD-R

IN

PREOUT

 

 

 

COAX

 

/TAPE

 

 

S-VIDEO

 

1

 

/MD

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD/LD)

IN

PLAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

AUDIO L

 

 

 

 

FM wire antenna

Connect the FM wire antenna and fully extend vertically along a window frame or another suitable place that gives good reception.

AM loop antenna

Assemble the antenna and connect to the receiver. Attach (if necessary) and face in the direction that gives the best reception.

Antenna snap connectors

Twist the exposed wire strands together and insert into the hole, then snap the connector shut.

3/8 in. (10mm)

Using external antennas

To improve FM reception

Use an F connector to connect an external FM antenna.

F connector

FM UNBAL

AM

 

75

LOOP ANTENNA

To improve AM reception

Connect a 15–18 foot length of vinyl-coated wire to the AM antenna terminal without disconnecting the supplied AM loop antenna.

For the best possible reception, suspend horizontally outdoors.

Outdoor antenna

15–18 ft. (5–6m)

Indoor antenna (vinyl-coated wire)

FM UNBAL

AM

75

LOOP ANTENNA

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Connecting the speakers

A complete setup of eight speakers (including the subwoofer) is shown here but everyone’s home

setup will vary. Simply connect the speakers you have in the manner shown below.1 The receiver will work with just two stereo speakers (the front speakers in the diagram) but using at least three speakers is recommended, and a complete setup is best.

Make sure you connect the speaker on the right to the right terminal and the speaker on the left to the left terminal. Also make sure the positive and negative (+/) terminals on the receiver match

those on the speakers.2 You can use speakers with a nominal impedance between 6–16Ω (please see Switching the speaker impedance on page 72 if you plan to use speakers with an impedance of less than 8Ω).

Front speakers

Center speaker

Surround speakers

Surround back speakers

L

 

R

 

C

LS

 

RS

 

SBL

SBR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CEN-

SUB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TER

WOOFER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

AUX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

S-VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FM UNBAL

 

 

 

 

 

COMPONENT VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

CD

75

LOOP ANTENNA

 

R

 

L

 

( DVR/ VCR) IN π

ASSIGNABLE

( DVD / LD) IN ¥

 

FRONT

SURROUND

SURROUND BACK PREOUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

PB

PR

Y

PB

PR

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

SURROUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPT

OUT

DVR/

 

CONTROL

 

 

DVD 5.1CH INPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L

L

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

VCR

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVR/VCR)

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPT

 

 

VIDEO

 

 

DVR/

S A

 

 

MONITOR OUT

 

 

(T V / SAT) IN ø

 

R

R

R

CENTER

 

1

 

TV /

IN

OUT

IN

VCR

R

FRONT

L

CENTER

R SURROUND BACK L B

R

SURROUND

L

 

(TV/SAT)

IN

SAT

 

 

 

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVD

IN

 

 

TV/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

 

E

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/LD

 

OUT

IN

SAT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

COAX

IN

FRONT

 

 

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL IN

 

 

D V D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

5.1CH

SUB

 

DVD

K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(CD)

 

REC

INPUT

WOOFER

IN

/LD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COAX

OUT

CD-R

IN

PREOUT

 

E

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/TAPE

 

 

S-VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

/MD

 

 

 

 

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD

IN R

AUDIO L PLAY

 

 

 

 

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/LD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This receiver*

Powered

 

subwoofer

 

SW

 

INPUT

*The illustration shows the VSX-915, but connections for the VSX-815 are the same.

Caution

Make sure that all the bare speaker wire is twisted together and inserted fully into the speaker terminal. Use good quality speaker wire to connect the speakers to the receiver.

Note

1If you’re not using a subwoofer, change the front speaker setting (see Speaker setting on page 48) to large.

2If you are using only one surround back speaker, connect it to the surround back left (L) terminal.

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Make sure that the speaker cable you’re using is properly prepared with about 3/8 in. (10 mm) of insulator stripped from each wire, with the exposed wire strands twisted together (fig. A).

Unscrew the terminal a few turns until there is enough space to insert the exposed wire

(fig. B). Once the wire is in position, tighten the terminal until the wire is firmly clamped (fig. C).

fig. A

fig. B

fig. C

3/8 in. (10mm)

 

 

The speaker terminals also accept single banana plugs. (Refer to speaker manual for details.)

Caution

These speaker terminals are hazardous when live. To prevent the risk of electric shock when connecting or disconnecting the speaker cables, disconnect the power cord.

Hints on speaker placement

Speakers are usually designed with a particular placement in mind. Some are designed to be floorstanding, while others should be placed on stands to sound their best. Some should be placed near a wall; others should be placed away from walls. We have provided a few tips on getting the best sound from your speakers (following), but you should also follow the guidelines on placement that the speaker manufacturer provided with your particular speakers to get the most out of them.

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Place the front left and right speakers at equal distances from the TV.

When placing speakers near the TV, we recommend using magnetically shielded speakers to prevent possible interference, such as discoloration of the picture when the TV is switched on. If you do not have magnetically shielded speakers and notice discoloration of the TV picture, move the speakers farther away from the TV.

If you're using a center speaker, place the front speakers at a wider angle. If not, place them at a narrower angle.

Place the center speaker above or below the TV so that the sound of the center channel is localized at the TV screen. Also, make sure the center speaker does not cross the line formed by the leading edge of the front left and right speakers.

It is best to angle the speakers towards the listening position. The angle depends on the size of the room. Use less of an angle for bigger rooms.

Surround and surround back speakers should be positioned a foot-and-a-half to three feet (60 cm–90 cm) higher than your ears and titled slightly downward. Make sure the speakers don't face each other.

To achieve the best possible surround sound, install your speakers as shown below. Be sure all speakers are installed securely to prevent accidents and improve sound quality.

Caution

If you choose to install the center speaker on top of the TV, be sure to secure it with putty, or by other suitable means, to reduce the risk of damage or injury resulting from the speaker falling from the TV in the event of external shocks such as earthquakes.

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Make sure no exposed speaker wire is touching the rear panel, this may cause the receiver to turn off automatically.

Overhead view of speaker setup

You can also refer to the 3-D speaker setup illustration on page 10.

Front

 

Front

 

left

Center

right

 

 

 

Subwoofer

 

Surround

 

Surround

 

left

 

right

 

Listening position

 

Surround back left

 

Surround back right

 

Single surround back speaker

.

 

 

 

The diagrams below show suggested surround and surround back speaker orientation. The first diagram (fig. A) shows orientation with one surround back speaker (or none) connected. The second (fig. B) shows orientation with two surround back speakers connected.

90~120

LS

RS

LS

RS

 

 

0~60

 

LS

RS

 

 

SB

 

SBL SBL SBR

SBR

fig. A

 

fig. B

 

3-D view of 7.1 channel speaker setup

 

English

 

Deutsch

AC outlet

Français

 

Power supplied through this outlet is turned on

 

and off by the receiver's power switch. Total

 

electrical power consumption of connected

Italiano

removing the power plug from the wall

equipment should not exceed 100 W (0.8 A).

 

• This unit should be disconnected by

 

socket when not in regular use (ex. when

 

on vacation).

Nederlands

AC OUTLET

Caution

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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 risk.

 

This can also cause the receiver to

 

malfunction.

 

• Since a subwoofer or power amplifier can

 

exceed the 100W maximum when playing

 

sources at a high volume, this type of

 

equipment should not be connected to the

 

AC outlet.

 

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Operating other Pioneer components

Many Pioneer components have SR CONTROL jacks which can be used to link components together so that you can use just the remote sensor of one component. When you use a remote control, the control signal is passed along the chain to the appropriate

component.1

Note that if you use this feature, make sure that you also have at least one set of analog audio or video jacks connected to another component for grounding purposes.

 

CONTROL

OUT

IN

 

CONTROL

 

IN

OUT

Receiver

 

 

Other Pioneer products

Remote

with CONTROL terminals

control

Connect to CONTROL

unit

 

terminal of other

 

Pioneer products

Note

1 • If you want to control all your components using this receiver’s remote control, refer to Controlling the rest of your system on page 55.

• If you have connected a remote control to the CONTROL IN jack (using a mini-plug cable), you won't be able to control this unit using the remote sensor.

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Chapter 5:

Controls and displays

Front panel

1

2

3

4

5

AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER

MULTI JOG

ENTER

ADVANCED

ST/DIRECT

SIGNAL

DVD/LD

TV/SAT

DVR/VCR

VIDEO

CD

CD-R/TAPE/MD

TUNER

AUX

STANDARD SURR

/AUTO SURR

SELECT

LISTENING MODE

MASTER

VOLUME

 

INPUT

EXTENDED

ACOUSTIC

 

 

FL DIMMER ATT

SPEAKERS MODE

EQ

VIDEO INPUT

MCACC

STANDBY/ON

 

S-VIDEO VIDEO

L AUDIO R

DIGITAL IN SETUP MIC

 

 

 

 

PHONES

TUNING

TUNER

 

QUICK

SYSTEM

 

 

BAND

/STATION

EDIT

TONE

SETUP

SETUP

RETURN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOWN

UP

 

 

 

MULTI JOG

 

 

 

6

7

 

 

 

10

 

11

12

 

8

 

 

9

13

14

15

16

17

 

 

 

ADVANCED

ST/DIRECT

SIGNAL

FL DIMMER

INPUT

SPEAKERS

EXTENDED

ACOUSTIC

 

STANDARD

ATT

MODE

EQ

 

 

SURR

/AUTO SURR

SELECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LISTENING MODE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19

20

21

22

 

23

 

 

 

 

 

TUNING

TUNER

 

QUICK

SYSTEM

 

 

 

 

BAND

/STATION

EDIT

TONE

SETUP

SETUP RETURN

MULTI JOG

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1

Input select buttons

4

ENTER

Press to select an input source.

5

MULTI JOG dial

 

 

2

Character display

Use the MULTI JOG dial to select various

See Display on page 29.

settings and menu options.

3

MCACC indicator

6

STANDBY/ON

Lights when Acoustic Calibration EQ (page 37)

Switches the receiver between on and standby.

is on (Acoustic Calibration EQ is automatically

 

 

set to ALL CH ADJUST after the Auto MCACC

 

 

Setup (page 12) or EQ Auto Setup (page 46) is

 

 

complete).

 

 

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7 PHONES jack

Use to connect headphones. When the headphones are connected, there is no sound output from the speakers.

8LISTENING MODE buttons

STANDARD

Press for Standard decoding and to switch between the various Pro Logic IIx and Neo:6 options (page 34).

ADVANCED SURROUND

Use to switch between the various surround modes (page 35).

STEREO/DIRECT (AUTO SURR)

Switches between direct and stereo playback. Direct playback bypasses the tone controls and any other signal processing for the most accurate reproduction of a source (page 37). Also selects the Auto Surround mode (Auto playback on page 34).

9SIGNAL SELECT

Use to select an input signal (page 38).

10 VIDEO INPUT

See Connecting to the front panel video terminal on page 21.

11 MCACC SETUP MIC jack

Use to connect the supplied microphone.

12MASTER VOLUME dial

13FL DIMMER

Dims or brightens the display.

14 INPUT ATT

Attenuates (lowers) the level of an analog input signal to prevent distortion.

15 SPEAKERS

Use to change the speaker system (page 62) and to change the impedance setting

(page 72).

16 EXTENDED MODE

Selects the surround back channel mode (page 39) or virtual surround back mode (page 40).

17 ACOUSTIC EQ

Press to select an Acoustic Calibration EQ setting (page 37).

18 BAND

Switches between the tuner AM and FM bands (page 51).

19 TUNING / STATION buttons

Selects the frequency (page 51) and station presets (page 52) when using the tuner.

20 TUNER EDIT

Press to memorize and name a station for recall (page 52).

21 TONE

Press this button to access the bass and treble controls, which you can then adjust with the MULTI JOG dial (page 41).

22 QUICK SETUP

See Using the Quick Setup on page 11.

23System Setup menu controls

SYSTEM SETUP

Use with the MULTI JOG dial to access the System Setup menu (page 11, page 43, page 66).

RETURN

Press to confirm and exit the current menu.

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

English

 

[ L ]

6

 

 

 

[ C ]

 

 

 

SP

AB [ R ]

 

 

Deutsch

 

[Rs]

0

 

 

[SBR]

 

 

[SBL]

 

 

 

[Ls]

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40 125 250 4K13K

 

 

 

 

12 13

14

15

1 SIGNAL SELECT indicators

Lights to indicate the type of input signal:

AUTO

Lights when AUTO signal select is on.

SB

Depending on the source, this lights when a signal with surround back channel encoding is detected.

DIGITAL

Lights when a digital audio signal is detected.

2 DIGITAL

Lights when a Dolby Digital encoded signal is detected.

ANALOG

Lights when an analog signal is detected.

DTS

Lights when a source with DTS encoded audio signals is detected.

2

When the STANDARD mode is on, this lights to indicate decoding of a DTS multichannel signal.

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17

18

19

20

21

4 2 PRO LOGIC IIx

When the (STANDARD) Pro Logic II mode of the receiver is on, 2 PRO LOGIC II lights to indicate Pro Logic II decoding. 2 PRO LOGIC IIx lights to indicate Pro Logic IIx decoding (see

Listening in surround sound on page 34).

5 VIR.SB

Lights during Virtual surround back processing (page 40).

6 DIRECT

Lights when source direct playback is in use. Direct playback bypasses the tone controls and channel levels for the most accurate reproduction of a source.

7 AUTO SURR.

Lights when the Auto Surround feature is switched on (see Auto playback on page 34).

8 ATT

Lights when INPUT ATT is used to attenuate (reduce) the level of the analog input signal.

9 SLEEP

Lights when the sleep mode is active (page 42).

10 Tuner indicators

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3 2 DIGITAL

When the STANDARD mode of the receiver is on, this lights to indicate decoding of a Dolby Digital multichannel signal.

Lights when the mono mode is set using the MPX button.

Lights when a stereo FM broadcast is being received in auto stereo mode.

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Lights when a broadcast is being received.

11 Speaker indicators

Lights to indicate the current speaker system, A and/or B (page 62).

12Character display

13Neo:6

When the (STANDARD) Neo:6 mode of the receiver is on, this lights to indicate Neo:6 processing.

14ADV.SURR. (Advanced Surround)

Lights when one of the Advanced Surround modes has been selected.

15WMA9 Pro

Lights to indicate decoding of a WMA9 Pro signal.

16 MIDNIGHT

Lights during Midnight listening (page 41).

17 D.E.

Lights when Dialog Enhancement (DIALOG E) is switched on (page 41).

18 LOUDNESS

Lights during Loudness listening (page 41).

19 EX

Lights when a Dolby Digital Surround EX encoded signal is detected.

20 Master volume level

Shows the overall volume level. ---dB indicates the minimum level, and - 0 dB indicates the maximum level.

Depending on your level settings for each channel, the maximum volume can range between –10 dB and –0 dB.

21 MCACC channel EQ indicators

These indicators show the EQ balance for each channel when checking your Acoustic Calibration EQ settings. See Checking your Acoustic Calibration EQ settings on page 47 for more on this.

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Remote control

 

RECEIVER

INPUT

 

SOURCE

 

 

SELECT

 

11

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

3

DVD/LD

TV/SAT

DVR/VCR

TV CONT

 

 

MULTI CONTROL

 

13

 

 

 

 

CD

CD-R/TAPE

TUNER

RECEIVER

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FL DIMMER

SR

 

 

 

+10

 

DISC

 

 

 

 

 

ENTER

 

 

D.ACCESS

 

 

CLASS

 

5

TOP MENU

 

 

MENU

 

 

TUNE

 

 

 

6

DTV MENU

ST

ST

 

 

T.EDIT

ENTER

BAND

 

 

 

 

 

SYSTEM TUNE

 

 

 

 

GUIDE SETUP

 

RETURN

 

 

 

TV CONTROL

 

 

7

 

SELECT

 

 

14

 

TVVOL

INPUT

TV CH

VOL

 

 

DTVON/OFF

REC

DTVINFO

MUTE

15

 

TUNER

 

RECSTOP

 

 

 

 

 

8

DISPLAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MPX

CHRETURN

HDD

DVD

 

 

AUDIO

SUBTITLE

 

 

 

 

CH

CH

 

 

 

RECEIVER CONTROL

SLEEP

 

 

STANDARD

ADV.SURR

STEREO

 

9

MIDNIGHT/

DIALOGE

ACOUSTIC

INPUTATT

 

LOUDNESS

EQ

 

 

SHIFT

EFFECT

 

 

 

10

/CHSEL

LEVEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECEIVER

1 RECEIVER

This switches between standby and on for this receiver.

2 INPUT SELECT

Use to select the input source.

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3 MULTI CONTROL buttons

Press to select control of other components (see Controlling the rest of your system on page 55).

4 Number buttons and other receiver/ component controls

Use the number buttons to directly select a radio frequency (page 51) or the tracks on a CD, DVD, etc.

DISC (ENTER) can be used to enter commands for TV or DTV, and can also be used to select a disc in a multi-CD player.

The following are accessed by pressing the RECEIVER button first:

FL DIMMER

Dims or brightens the display.

SR+

Switches the SR+ mode on/off (page 65).

5 Tuner/component control buttons/ SYSTEM SETUP

The following button controls (except SYSTEM SETUP) can be accessed after you have selected the corresponding MULTI CONTROL button (TUNER, DVD/LD, TV/SAT, etc.)

D. ACCESS

After pressing, you can access a radio station directly using the number buttons (page 51).

TOP MENU

Displays the disc ‘top’ menu of a DVD.

DTV MENU

Displays menus on a digital TV.

T. EDIT

Press to memorize and name a station for recall (page 52).

GUIDE

Displays the guides on a digital TV.

SYSTEM SETUP

(Press RECEIVER first to access)

Use to access the System Setup menu (see page 43).

CLASS

Switches between the three banks (classes) of radio station presets (page 52).

MENU

Displays the disc menu of DVD-Video discs. It also displays TV and DTV menus.

BAND

Switches between the tuner AM and FM bands (page 51).

RETURN

Press to confirm and exit the current menu (also use to return to the previous menu with DVDs or to select closed captioning with DTV).

6 (TUNE/ST +/–) /ENTER

Use the arrow buttons when setting up your surround sound system (see page 43). Also used to control DVD menus/options and for deck 1 of a double cassette deck player. Use the TUNE +/– buttons to find radio frequencies and use ST +/– to find preset stations

(page 52).

7 TV CONTROL buttons

These buttons are dedicated to control the TV assigned to the TV CONT button. Thus if you only have one TV to hook up to this system assign it to the TV CONT MULTI CONTROL button. If you have two TVs, assign the main TV to the TV CONT button (see page 55 for more on this).

TV

Use to turn on/off the power of the TV.

TV VOL +/–

Use to adjust the volume on your TV.

INPUT SELECT

Use to select the TV input signal.

TV CH +/–

Use to select channels.

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8 Component control buttons

The main buttons ( , , etc.) are used to control a component after you have selected it using the MULTI CONTROL buttons.

The controls above these buttons can be accessed after you have selected the corresponding MULTI CONTROL button (for example DVD/LD, DVR/VCR or TV/SAT (when connected to a DTV)).

DTV ON/OFF

Switches a digital TV on/off.

DTV INFO

Use to bring up information screens on a digital TV.

TUNER DISPLAY

Switches between named station presets and radio frequencies (page 53).

MPX

Switches between stereo and mono reception of FM broadcasts. If the signal is weak then switching to mono will improve the sound quality (page 51).

AUDIO

Changes the audio language or channel on DVD discs.

CH RETURN

Returns to the last channel selected with DTV, SAT and some TVs.

SUBTITLE

Displays/changes the subtitles included in multilingual DVD-Video discs.

CH +/–

Use to select channels when using a TV, VCR, DVR, etc.

The following DVR controls can be accessed by pressing SHIFT:

REC

Starts recording.

REC STOP

Stops recording.

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HDD/DVD

These buttons switch between the hard disk and DVD controls for DVD/HDD recorders.

9RECEIVER CONTROL buttons

STANDARD

Press for Standard decoding and to switch between the various Pro Logic IIx and Neo:6 options (page 34).

ADV. SURR

Use to switch between the various surround modes (page 35).

STEREO

Switches between direct and stereo playback. Direct playback bypasses the tone controls and any other signal processing for the most accurate reproduction of a source (page 37). Also selects the Auto Surround mode (Auto playback on page 34).

SLEEP

Use to put the receiver in sleep mode and select the amount of time before the receiver turns off (page 42).

MIDNIGHT/LOUDNESS

Use Midnight when listening to movie soundtracks at low volume. Use Loudness to boost the bass and treble at low volume (page 41).

DIALOG E

Use to make dialog stand out when watching TV or a movie (page 41).

ACOUSTIC EQ

Press to select an Acoustic Calibration EQ setting (page 37).

INPUT ATT

Attenuates (lowers) the level of an analog input signal to prevent distortion.

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EFFECT/CH SEL

Press repeatedly to select a channel, then use LEVEL +/– to adjust the level (see Tip on page 50). Also adjusts the level of the Advanced Surround effects (page 35) as well as Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music (page 36) and Neo:6 Music parameters (page 36). You can then use the LEVEL +/– buttons to make these adjustments.

LEVEL +/–

Use to adjust the effect and channel levels, as well as to change Dolby Pro Logic IIx and Neo:6 Music parameter settings.

10 SHIFT

Press to access the DVR controls (above the component control buttons) as well as some RECEIVER controls.

11 SOURCE

Press to turn on/off other components connected to the receiver (see page 55 for more on this).

12 Character display (LCD)

This display shows information when transmitting control signals.

The following commands are shown when you’re setting the remote to control other components (see Controlling the rest of your system on page 55):

SETUP

Indicates the setup mode, from which you choose the options below.

PRESET

See Selecting preset codes directly on page 55.

LEARN

See Programming signals from other remote controls on page 56.

DIRECT F

See Direct function on page 57.

ERASE

English

See Erasing one of the remote control

 

button settings on page 57.

 

RESET

 

See Erasing all of the remote control presets

 

 

on page 57.

 

Deutsch

READ ID

 

 

 

See Confirming preset codes on page 58.

 

 

13 RECEIVER

 

 

Switches the remote to control the receiver

 

 

(used to select the green commands above the

 

Français

page 43).

 

number buttons (FL DIMMER, etc). Also use

 

 

this button to set up surround sound (page 11,

 

 

14 VOL +/–

 

 

Use to set the listening volume.

 

Italiano

15 MUTE

 

 

 

Mutes the sound or restores the sound if it has

 

 

been muted (adjusting the volume also

 

 

restores the sound).

 

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Operating range of remote control

 

 

 

unit

 

 

The remote control may not work properly if:

 

 

• There are obstacles between the remote

 

 

control and the receiver's remote sensor.

 

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• Direct sunlight or fluorescent light is

 

 

 

shining onto the remote sensor.

 

 

• The receiver is located near a device that is

 

 

emitting infrared rays.

 

 

• The receiver is operated simultaneously

 

 

 

 

with another infrared remote control unit.

 

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Chapter 6:

Listening to your system

Important

Certain features explained in this section will not be possible depending on the source (for example, PCM 88.2 / 96kHz, DTS 96kHz (24 bit) or WMA 9 Pro sources).

Auto playback

There are many ways to listen back to sources using this receiver, but for the simplest, most direct listening option is the Auto Surround feature. With this, the receiver automatically detects what kind of source you’re playing and selects multichannel or stereo playback as

necessary.1

 

 

CH

CH

 

RECEIVER CONTROL

SLEEP

STANDARD

ADV.SURR

STEREO

MIDNIGHT/

DIALOGE

ACOUSTIC

INPUTATT

LOUDNESS

EQ

SHIFT

EFFECT

LEVEL

/CHSEL

• While listening to a source, press STEREO for auto playback of a source.

Press repeatedly until AUTO SURR. shows briefly in the display (it will then show the decoding or playback format). Check the digital format indicators in the display to see how the source is being processed.

Listening in surround sound

Using this receiver, you can listen to any source in surround sound. However, the options available will depend on your speaker setup and the type of source you’re listening to.

If you connected surround back speakers, see also Using the surround back channel

(Extended mode) on page 39.2

The following modes provide basic surround sound for stereo and multichannel sources.

 

 

CH

CH

 

RECEIVER CONTROL

SLEEP

STANDARD

ADV.SURR

STEREO

MIDNIGHT/

DIALOGE

ACOUSTIC

INPUTATT

LOUDNESS

EQ

SHIFT

EFFECT

LEVEL

/CHSEL

• While listening to a source, press STANDARD.

If necessary, press repeatedly to select a listening mode.

If the source is Dolby Digital, DTS, or Dolby Surround encoded, the proper decoding format will automatically be selected and shows in the display.3

With two channel sources, you can select from:

2 Pro Logic IIx MOVIE – Up to 7.1 channel sound, especially suited to movie sources

Note

1• Stereo surround (matrix) formats are decoded accordingly using Neo:6 CINEMA or 2 Pro Logic IIx MOVIE (see Listening in surround sound above for more on these decoding formats).

The Auto Surround feature is canceled if you connect headphones or select the multichannel analog inputs.

2If the Extended mode (page 39) is switched to OFF, or the surround back speakers are set to NO (this happens automatically if the Surround back speaker setting on page 43 is set to anything but SB NORM.), 2Pro Logic IIx becomes 2Pro Logic II (5.1 channel sound).

3If the Extended mode (page 39) is switched to OFF, or the surround back speakers are set to NO (page 42), 2 Pro Logic IIx becomes 2 Pro Logic II (5.1 channel sound).

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2 Pro Logic IIx MUSIC – Up to 7.1 channel sound, especially suited to music sources

2 Pro Logic IIx GAME – Up to 7.1 channel sound, especially suited for video games

2 PRO LOGIC – 4.1 channel surround sound (sound from the surround speakers is mono)

Neo:6 CINEMA – 6.1 channel sound, especially suited to movie sources

Neo:6 MUSIC – 6.1 channel sound, especially suited to music sources

With multichannel sources, if you have connected surround back speaker(s) and have

selected Extended ON1, you can select (according to format):

2 Pro Logic IIx MOVIE – See above (only available when you’re using two surround back speakers)

2 Pro Logic IIx MUSIC – See above

Dolby Digital EX – Creates surround back channel sound for 5.1 channel sources and provides pure decoding for 6.1 channel sources (like Dolby Digital Surround EX)

DTS-ES – Allows you to hear 6.1 channel playback with DTS encoded sources

Using the Advanced surround effects

The Advanced surround effects can be used for a variety of additional surround sound effects. Most Advanced Surround modes are designed to be used with film soundtracks, but some modes are also suited for music sources. Try different settings with various soundtracks to

see which you like.2

 

 

CH

CH

 

RECEIVER CONTROL

SLEEP

STANDARD

ADV.SURR

STEREO

MIDNIGHT/

DIALOGE

ACOUSTIC

INPUTATT

LOUDNESS

EQ

SHIFT

EFFECT

LEVEL

/CHSEL

• Press ADV. SURR (ADVANCED SURROUND) repeatedly to select a listening mode.

ADV. MOVIE – Simulates the relaxed environment of a movie theater, and is suitable for watching movies.

ADV. MUSIC – Simulates the acoustic environment of a large concert hall and is suitable for music or musical sources.

TV SURR. – This mode produces surround sound for both mono and stereo TV sources. It is useful for older movies recorded with mono soundtracks.

SPORTS – This is designed for sports programs with a lot of action, adding to the excitement by bringing background action to the forefront.

ADV. GAME – Useful when playing video games. It works especially well with sound moving from left to right in game software.

EXPANDED – This mode is especially designed to give sound depth to stereo sources, and lets you hear two-channel (stereo) signals as simulated multichannel

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1During playback of a Dolby Digital multichannel source with the Extended mode switched ON, you will only be able to select

Dolby Digital EX, 2 Pro Logic IIx MOVIE or 2 Pro Logic IIx MUSIC. See Using the surround back channel (Extended mode) on page 39 for more on this.

2• If you press ADVANCED SURROUND when the headphones are connected, the PHONES SURROUND mode will automatically be selected.

Depending on the source and the sound mode you have selected, you may not get sound from the surround back speakers in your setup. For more on this, refer to Using the surround back channel (Extended mode) on page 39.

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surround sound. Use with Dolby Pro Logic for a stereo surround effect. You can also use with Dolby Digital sources for a wider stereo field than the Standard modes.

7-STEREO – This can be selected to give multichannel sound to a stereo source, using all of the speakers in your setup.

VIR. SURR – Creates a virtual surround effect using just the subwoofer and front speakers.

PHONES SURROUND – When listening through headphones, you can still get the effect of overall surround.

Tip

When an Advanced Surround listening mode is selected, the effect level can be adjusted in the range of 10 to 90 by pressing EFFECT/CH SEL (until EFFECT shows in the display). The effect level can be set for each Advanced Surround mode by pressing +/.

Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music settings

When listening to 2-channel sources in Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music mode, there are three further parameters you can adjust: Center

Width, Dimension, and Panorama.1

 

 

CH

CH

 

RECEIVER CONTROL

SLEEP

STANDARD

ADV.SURR

STEREO

MIDNIGHT/

DIALOGE

ACOUSTIC

INPUTATT

LOUDNESS

EQ

SHIFT

EFFECT

LEVEL

/CHSEL

1With ‘2 Pro Logic IIx MUSIC’ mode active, press EFFECT/CH SEL repeatedly to select ‘C WIDTH’, ‘DIMEN.’ or ‘PNRM’.

C WIDTH – Center Width provides a better blend of the front speakers by spreading the center channel between the front right and left speakers, making it sound wider (higher settings) or narrower (lower settings). (This is applicable only when using a center speaker.)

DIMEN. – Dimension adjusts the depth of the surround sound balance from front to back, making the sound more distant (minus settings), or more forward (positive settings).

PNRM. – Panorama extends the front stereo image to include the surround speakers for a ‘wraparound’ effect.

2Use the +/– buttons to adjust the setting.

Center Width is adjustable between 0 and 7 (default : 3); Dimension between –3 and +3 (default : 0); Panorama is On or Off (default :

Off).

3Press EFFECT/CH SEL again to adjust other settings.

Neo:6 Music settings

• Default setting: 3

When listening to 2-channel sources in Neo:6 Music mode, you can adjust the center image to create a wider stereo effect with vocals. Note that this is only available when using a center speaker.

RECEIVER CONTROL

STANDARD

ADV.SURR

STEREO

SLEEP

MIDNIGHT/

DIALOGE

ACOUSTIC

INPUTATT

LOUDNESS

EQ

SHIFT

EFFECT

LEVEL

/CHSEL

Note

1 If the Extended mode is switched off, 2 Pro Logic IIx becomes 2 Pro Logic II (5.1 channel sound), however these settings will still be effective.

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1With Neo:6 MUSIC mode active, press EFFECT/CH SEL repeatedly to select C. IMAGE.

2Use the +/– buttons to adjust the setting.

Adjust the effect from 0 (all center channel sent to front right and left speakers) to 10 (center channel sent to the center speaker only).

Listening in stereo

When you select STEREO or DIRECT, you will hear the source through just the front left and right speakers (and possibly your subwoofer depending on your speaker settings). Dolby Digital and DTS multichannel sources are downmixed to stereo.

RECEIVER CONTROL

STANDARD

ADV.SURR

STEREO

SLEEP

MIDNIGHT/

DIALOGE

ACOUSTIC

INPUTATT

LOUDNESS

EQ

SHIFT

EFFECT

LEVEL

/CHSEL

• While listening to a source, press STEREO for stereo playback.

Press repeatedly to switch between:

STEREO – The audio is heard with your surround settings (such as channel level) and you can still use digital processing (such as the Midnight, Loudness, and Tone control functions).

DIRECT – Bypass all effects and surround settings so that the audio remains as close to the source audio signal as possible.1

AUTO SURR. – See Auto playback on page 34 for more on this.

Listening with Acoustic

Calibration EQ

Default setting: OFF / ALL CH (after the Auto MCACC Setup or EQ Auto Setting)

You can listen to sources using the Acoustic Calibration Equalization set in Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 12 or Acoustic Calibration EQ on page 46. Refer to these pages for more on Acoustic Calibration Equalization.

RECEIVER CONTROL

STANDARD

ADV.SURR

STEREO

SLEEP

MIDNIGHT/

DIALOGE

ACOUSTIC

INPUTATT

LOUDNESS

EQ

 

 

SHIFT

EFFECT

 

LEVEL

 

 

 

 

/CHSEL

 

 

 

FL DIMMER

INPUT

 

EXTENDED

ACOUSTIC

 

 

ATT

SPEAKERS

MODE

EQ

 

 

 

TUNING

TUNER

 

QUICK

SYSTEM

RETURN

BAND

/STATION

EDIT

 

TONE

SETUP

SETUP

MULTI JOG

• While listening to a source, press ACOUSTIC EQ.

Press repeatedly to select between:

ALL CH – No special weighting is given to any one channel.

F. ALIGN – All speakers are heard in accordance with the front speaker settings.

CUSTOM 1/2 – Custom settings

EQ OFF – Switches Acoustic Calibration EQ off.

The MCACC indicator on the front panel lights when Acoustic Calibration EQ is active.2

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1If you switch on Midnight listening, Loudness, Dialog Enhancement, or the Tone controls when DIRECT is selected, the receiver automatically switches to STEREO.

2• You can’t use Acoustic Calibration EQ when DVD 5.1ch is on, and it has no effect when headphones are connected.

• If you switch on Acoustic Calibration EQ when DIRECT is selected, the receiver automatically switches to STEREO.

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Choosing the input signal

You need to hook up a component to both analog and digital inputs on the rear of the

receiver to select between input signals.1

ADVANCED

ST/DIRECT

SIGNAL

STANDARD SURR

/AUTO SURR

SELECT

LISTENING MODE

1 Press SIGNAL SELECT on the front panel to select the input signal corresponding to the source component.

Press repeatedly to select between:

AUTO – This automatically switches to DIGITAL if a digital source is detected, otherwise it remains on ANALOG.

ANALOG – Selects the analog inputs.

DIGITAL – Selects the digital input.

When set to DIGITAL or AUTO, 2 DIGITAL lights when a Dolby Digital signal is input, and DTS lights when a DTS signal is input.

Note

1 • This receiver can only play back Dolby Digital, PCM (32kHz–96 kHz), WMA9 Pro and DTS digital signal formats. With other digital signal formats, set to ANALOG.

You may get digital noise when a LD or CD player compatible with DTS is playing an analog signal. To prevent noise, make the proper digital connections (page 15) and set the signal input to DIGITAL.

Some DVD players don’t output DTS signals. For more details, refer to the instruction manual supplied with your DVD player.

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INPUT

 

EXTENDED

ACOUSTIC

 

 

 

Using the surround back channel

 

FL DIMMER

SPEAKERS

 

 

 

 

ATT

MODE

EQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Extended mode)

 

 

BAND

/STATION

EDIT

TONE

SETUP

SETUP RETURN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUNING

TUNER

 

 

QUICK

SYSTEM

 

 

• Default setting: EXT. ON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MULTI JOG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can have the receiver automatically use 6.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Press EXTENDED MODE (front panel) to

or 7.1 decoding for 6.1 encoded sources (for

select a surround back channel option.

example, Dolby Digital EX or DTS-ES), or you

Press repeatedly to select between:

can choose to always use 6.1 or 7.1 decoding

EXT. ON – 6.1 or 7.1 decoding is always

(for example, with 5.1 encoded material). With

5.1 encoded sources, a surround back channel

used (for example, a surround back

will be generated, but the material may sound

channel will be generated for 5.1 encoded

better in the 5.1 format for which it was

material)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

originally encoded (in which case, you can

EXT. AUTO – Automatically switches to 6.1

simply switch the Extended mode off).1

or 7.1 decoding for 6.1 encoded sources

 

 

 

 

(for example, Dolby Digital EX or DTS-ES)

 

 

 

 

EXT. OFF – Maximum 5.1 playback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extended

 

Standard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced

 

Type of source

Multichannel

Stereo sources

 

 

 

 

 

mode

 

 

 

 

surround

 

 

sources 2Pro Logic II x 2 Pro Logic

 

Neo:6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolby Digital EX/

ON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

DTS-ES/WMA9 Pro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

encoded multi-

AUTO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

channel source with

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.1/7.1ch surround

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolby Digital/DTS/

ON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

WMA9 Pro encoded

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

multichannel source

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolby Digital/WMA9

ON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

Pro/DTS encoded

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

stereo source; other

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

digital stereo source

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analog 2-channel

ON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(stereo) source

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Note

1 • You must have surround back speakers connected (and set to LARGE or SMALL in the Speaker setting on page 48) and the Surround back speaker setting on page 43 must be set to SB NORM. to hear the surround back channel.

You can’t use the surround back channel with headphones, or the STEREO / DIRECT or AUTO SURR. modes.

You can’t hear the surround back channel with DTS 96kHz/24 bit sources or PCM 96/88.2kHz sources.

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Using the Virtual Surround Back mode (VirtualSB)

Selecting this mode allows you to hear a virtual back channel through your surround speakers. For example, you can choose to listen to sources with no surround back channel information (for example, 5.1 encoded material) with emulated 6.1 encoding (VSB ON). Sometimes the material may sound better in the 5.1 format for which it was originally encoded. In this case you can have the receiver only apply this effect to 6.1 encoded sources like Dolby Digital EX or DTSES (VSB AUTO), or you can simply switch it off

The table indicates when you will hear the virtual surround back channel.

• Press EXTENDED MODE (front panel) repeatedly to select a virtual surround back channel option.

Press repeatedly to select between:

VSB ON – Virtual Surround Back is always used (for example, on 5.1 encoded material)

VSB AUTO – Virtual Surround Back is automatically applied to 6.1 encoded sources (for example, Dolby Digital EX or DTS-ES)

VSB OFF – Virtual Surround Back mode is

(VSB OFF).1

 

 

switched off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSB

 

Standard

 

Advanced

 

Type of source

Multichannel

Stereo sources

 

 

mode

 

surround

 

 

sources

2Pro Logic II 2 Pro Logic

Neo:6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolby Digital EX/

ON

 

 

 

 

 

DTS-ES encoded

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTO

 

 

 

 

 

multichannel source

 

 

 

 

 

with 6.1ch surround

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolby Digital/DTS

ON

 

 

 

 

 

encoded

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTO

 

 

 

 

 

multichannel source

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolby Digital/DTS

ON

 

 

 

 

 

encoded stereo

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTO

 

 

 

 

 

source; other digital

 

 

 

 

 

stereo source

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analog 2-channel

ON

 

 

 

 

 

(stereo) source

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note

1• You can’t use the Virtual Surround Back mode with headphones or the STEREO / DIRECT mode.

You can only use the Virtual Surround Back mode if the surround speakers are on and the Surr Back setting is set to NO in the Speaker setting on page 48.

The Virtual Surround Back mode cannot be applied to sources that do not have surround channel information.

You can’t adjust the surround back channel level when you’re listening to the virtual surround back channel.

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Using Loudness and Midnight listening

The Loudness listening feature can be used to get good bass and treble from music sources at low volume levels.

Using the tone controls

Depending on what you are listening to, you may want to adjust the bass or treble using the

front panel tone control.2

The Midnight listening feature allows you to hear effective surround sound of movies at low volume levels. The effect automatically adjusts according to the volume at which you’re listening.

RECEIVER CONTROL

STANDARD

ADV.SURR

STEREO

SLEEP

MIDNIGHT/

DIALOGE

ACOUSTIC

INPUTATT

LOUDNESS

EQ

SHIFT

EFFECT

LEVEL

/CHSEL

 

 

 

 

AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

MULTI JOG

 

 

 

 

ENTER

 

CD

CD-R/TAPE/MD

TUNER

AUX

 

 

 

 

 

 

MASTER

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUME

 

 

VIDEO INPUT

 

MCACC

 

S-VIDEO

VIDEO

L AUDIO

R

DIGITAL IN SETUP MIC

 

 

 

 

 

DOWN

UP

1 Press MIDNIGHT/LOUDNESS to switch between MIDNIGHT, LOUDNESS, and OFF.1

Enhancing dialog

• Default setting: OFF

The Dialog Enhancement feature localizes dialog in the center channel to make it stand out from other background sounds in a TV or movie soundtrack.

FL DIMMER

INPUT

SPEAKERS

EXTENDED

ACOUSTIC

 

 

ATT

MODE

EQ

 

 

 

TUNING

TUNER

 

QUICK

SYSTEM

RETURN

BAND

/STATION

EDIT

TONE

SETUP

SETUP

MULTI JOG

1Press TONE to select the frequency you want to adjust.

Press to switch between BASS and TREBLE.

2Use the MULTI JOG dial to change the amount of bass or treble as necessary.

RECEIVER CONTROL

STANDARD

ADV.SURR

STEREO

SLEEP

MIDNIGHT/

DIALOGE

ACOUSTIC

INPUTATT

LOUDNESS

EQ

SHIFT

EFFECT

LEVEL

/CHSEL

• Press DIALOG E to switch dialog enhancement on or off.

The bass and treble can be adjusted from –6 to +6 (dB).

Wait about five seconds for your changes to be input automatically.

Note

1• You can’t use MIDNIGHT/LOUDNESS when DVD 5.1ch has been selected.

If you switch on Loudness or Midnight listening when DIRECT is selected, the receiver automatically switches to STEREO.

2You can only use the tone controls when STEREO/DIRECT is selected. DIRECT will switch to STEREO when the tone controls are used.

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Playing other sources

RECEIVER

INPUT

SOURCE

SELECT

 

 

DVD/LD

TV/SAT

DVR/VCR

TV CONT

 

MULTI CONTROL

 

CD

CD-R/TAPE

TUNER

RECEIVER

1Make sure you have set the playback source to the proper output setting.

For example, you might need to set your DVD player to output multichannel analog audio.

2Press DVD/LD.

3Press SIGNAL SELECT to select the multichannel analog inputs.

DVD 5.1ch will show in the display and the ANALOG SIGNAL SELECT indicator will light.

1Turn on the power of the playback component.

2Turn on the power of the receiver.

3Select the source you want to playback. Use the MULTI CONTROL buttons (or INPUT

SELECT).1

4 Start playback of the component you selected in step 1.

Selecting the multichannel analog inputs

If you have connected a decoder or a DVD player with multichannel analog outputs to this receiver (page 18), you can select them for

surround sound playback.2

ADVANCED

ST/DIRECT

SIGNAL

STANDARD SURR

/AUTO SURR

SELECT

LISTENING MODE

Using the sleep timer

The sleep timer switches the receiver into standby after a specified amount of time so you can fall asleep without worrying about the receiver being left on all night. Use the remote control to set the sleep timer.

RECEIVER CONTROL

STANDARD

ADV.SURR

STEREO

SLEEP

MIDNIGHT/

DIALOGE

ACOUSTIC

INPUTATT

LOUDNESS

EQ

SHIFT

EFFECT

LEVEL

/CHSEL

• Press SLEEP repeatedly to set the sleep time.

30 min

60 min

Off

90 min

You can check the remaining sleep time at any time by pressing SLEEP once. Pressing repeatedly will cycle through the sleep options again.3

Note

1If your source is the TV’s built-in tuner, switch to the channel you want to watch, otherwise make 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 the VIDEO 1 input is selected). Turn down the volume of your TV so that all the sound is coming from the speakers connected to this receiver.

2• When playback from the multichannel inputs is selected, you can’t use ACOUSTIC CAL EQ, DIALOG E, INPUT ATT, TONE, VSB and MIDNIGHT/LOUDNESS, as well as any of the listening modes (including STEREO/DIRECT and the Extended mode).

When playback from the multichannel inputs is selected, only the volume and channel levels can be set.

You can’t listen to your speaker B (Second Zone) system during playback from the multichannel inputs.

3You can also switch off the sleep timer simply by switching off the receiver.

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The System Setup menu

Chapter 7:

The System Setup menu

Making receiver settings from the System Setup menu

The following section shows you how to make detailed settings to specify how you’re using the receiver (for example, if you want to set up two speaker systems in separate rooms), and also explains how to fine-tune individual speaker system settings to your liking.

RECEIVER

INPUT

 

SOURCE

FL DIMMER

SR

SELECT

 

 

 

+10

 

DISC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENTER

 

 

 

D.ACCESS

 

 

CLASS

 

 

 

TOP MENU

 

 

MENU

 

 

 

 

TUNE

 

 

 

 

 

DTV MENU ST

ENTER

ST

 

 

 

T.EDIT

BAND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SYSTEM

TUNE

 

 

 

 

 

GUIDE SETUP

TV CONTROL

RETURN

 

 

 

 

 

DVD/LD

TV/SAT

DVR/VCR

TV CONT

 

 

 

 

MULTI CONTROL

TVVOL

INPUT

TV CH

VOL

 

 

SELECT

 

 

CD

CD-R/TAPE

TUNER

RECEIVER

 

 

 

1If the receiver is off, press RECEIVER to turn the power on.

If headphones are connected to the receiver, disconnect them.

2Press RECEIVER on the remote control, then press the SYSTEM SETUP button.

Press SYSTEM SETUP again at any time to exit the System Setup menu.

3Use / (cursor left/right) to select the setting you want to adjust then press ENTER.

Press RETURN to confirm and exit the current menu.

SB. SYSTEM – Specify how you are using your surround back speakers (see

Surround back speaker setting below).

A. MCACC – This is a quick and effective automatic surround setup (see

Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 12).

M. MCACC – Fine tune your speaker settings and customize the Acoustic Calibration EQ (see Manual MCACC speaker setup below).

SP SETUP – Specify the size, number, distance and overall balance of the speakers you’ve connected (see Manual speaker setup on page 48).

IN ASSIG. – Specify what you’ve connected to the digital and component video inputs (see The Input Assign menu on page 66).

OTHER – Make customized settings to reflect how you are using the receiver (see

The Other setup menu on page 67).

Surround back speaker setting

• Default setting: SB NORM.

There are several ways you can use the surround back speaker channels with this system. In addition to a normal home theater setup where they are used for the surround back speakers, they can be used for bi-amping the front speakers or as a separate speaker system in another room.

1Select ‘SB. SYSTEM’ from the System Setup menu.

See Making receiver settings from the System Setup menu above.

2Select the surround back speaker setting.

SB NORM. – Select for normal home theater use with surround back speakers in your main (speaker system A) setup.

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SB 2ND Z – Select to use the (surround back) B speaker terminals to listen to stereo playback in another room (see

Second Zone speaker B setup on page 62).

SB BIAMP – Select this setting if you’re biamping your front speakers (see Bi-amping your front speakers on page 63).

3 When you’re finished, press RETURN.

You will return to the System Setup menu.

Manual MCACC speaker setup

You can use the settings in the Manual MCACC setup menu to make detailed adjustments when you’re more familiar with the system. Before making these settings, you should have already completed Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 12.

You only need to make these settings once (unless you change the placement of your current speaker system or add new speakers).

Important

For some of the settings below, you’ll have to connect the setup microphone to the front panel and place it about ear level at your normal listening position. See

Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 12 if you’re unsure how to do this. Also see Other problems when using the Auto MCACC Setup on page 14 for notes regarding high background noise levels and other possible interference.

If you’re using a subwoofer, switch it on and turn up the volume to the middle position.

1 Select ‘M MCACC’ from the System Setup menu.

See Making receiver settings from the System Setup menu above if you’re not already at this menu.

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2 Select the setting you want to adjust.

If you’re doing this for the first time, you might want to make these settings in order.

CH LEVEL – Make fine adjustments to the overall balance of your speaker system (see

Fine Channel Level below).

CH DISTN. – Make precise delay settings for your speaker system (see Fine Channel Distance below).

The last five settings are specifically for customizing the parameters explained in

Acoustic Calibration EQ on page 46:

EQ A. SET – Measure the acoustic characteristics of your room and automatically adjust the frequency balance of your speaker system (see Setting the Acoustic Calibration EQ automatically on page 46).

EQ COPY – Copy Acoustic Calibration EQ settings for manual adjustment (see

Copying your Acoustic Calibration EQ settings on page 46).

C1 ADJ/C2 ADJ – Make detailed manual adjustments to your custom Acoustic Calibration EQ settings (see Setting the Acoustic Calibration EQ manually on page 46).

EQ CHECK – Check the ALL CH, F. ALIGN and custom settings (see Checking your Acoustic Calibration EQ settings on

page 47).

Fine Channel Level

• Default setting: 0dB (all channels)

You can achieve better surround sound by properly adjusting the overall balance of your speaker system. The following setting can help you make detailed adjustments that you may not achieve using the Quick surround sound setup on page 12.

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1 Select ‘CH LEVEL’ from the Manual MCACC setup menu.

You’ll hear test tones from each speaker in turn. Since the left speaker is the main reference speaker, the level is fixed and cannot be changed.

Caution

The test tones used in the System Setup are output at high volume (the volume increases to -18dB automatically).

2Use /(cursor left/right) to select each channel in turn and adjust the levels (+/–

10dB) as necessary.

Use / (cursor up/down) to adjust the volume of the selected speaker to match the

reference speaker. When it sounds like both tones are the same volume, press (cursor left) to continue to the next channel.

For comparison purposes, the reference speaker will change depending on which speaker you select.

If you want to go back and adjust a channel, simply use / (cursor left/ right) to select it.

3When you're finished, press RETURN.

You will return to the Manual MCACC setup menu.

Fine Channel Distance

• Default setting: 10.0 ft (all channels)

For proper sound depth and separation with your system, it is necessary to add a slight bit of delay to some speakers so that all sounds will arrive at the listening position at the same time. The following setting can help you make detailed adjustments that you may not achieve using the Quick surround sound setup on page 12.

1 Select ‘CH DISTN.’ from the Manual MCACC setup menu.

2Use / (cursor up/down) to adjust the distance of the left channel from the listening position then press ENTER.

3Use /(cursor left/right) to select each channel in turn and adjust the distance as

necessary.

Use / (cursor up/down) to adjust the delay of the selected speaker to match the reference speaker. The delay is measured in terms of speaker distance from 0.5 to 45.0 feet.

Listen to the reference speaker and use it to measure the target channel. From the listening position, face the two speakers with your arms outstretched pointing at each speaker. Try to make the two tones sound as if they are arriving simultaneously at a position slightly in front of you and between your arm span.

When it sounds like the delay settings are matched up, press (cursor right) to confirm and continue to the next channel.

For comparison purposes, the reference speaker will change depending on which speaker you select.

If you want to go back and adjust a channel, simply use / (cursor left/ right) to select it.

4 When you're finished, press RETURN.

You will return to the Manual MCACC setup menu.

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Acoustic Calibration EQ

Acoustic Calibration Equalization is a kind of room equalizer for your speakers (excluding the subwoofer). It works by measuring the acoustic characteristics of your room and neutralizing the ambient characteristics that can color the original source material. This provides a ‘flat’ equalization setting. If you’re not satisfied with the automatic adjustment, you can also adjust these settings manually to get a frequency balance that suits your tastes.

Setting the Acoustic Calibration EQ automatically

If you have already completed Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 12, A. CH ADJ and F.ALG ADJ (below) should already be set. Therefore, if you want to adjust your settings manually, you can skip to

Setting the Acoustic Calibration EQ manually below.

1Select ‘EQ A. SET’ from the Manual MCACC setup menu.

Make sure the microphone is connected.

If you’re using a subwoofer, it is automatically detected every time you switch on the system. Make sure it is on and the volume is at the middle position.

See Other problems when using the Auto MCACC Setup on page 14 for notes regarding high background noise levels and other possible interference.

2Wait for the Auto MCACC Setup to finish.

As the receiver outputs test tones, the frequency balance is adjusted automatically for the following settings:

A. CH All Channel Adjust is a ‘flat’ setting where all the speakers are set individually so no special weighting is given to any one channel.

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F.ALG Front Align Adjust balances the overall sound so that all speakers are set in accordance with the front speaker settings (no equalization is applied to the front left and right channels).

You will return to the Acoustic Cal EQ setup menu after the Acoustic Calibration Equalization is set.

Copying your Acoustic Calibration EQ settings

If you want to manually adjust the Acoustic Calibration EQ (see Setting the Acoustic Calibration EQ manually below), we recommend copying the A. CH or the F.ALG settings from the EQ A. SET setup above (or from Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 12) to one of the custom (C1 or C2) settings. Instead of just a flat EQ curve, this will give you a reference point from which to start.

1Select ‘EQ COPY’ from the Manual MCACC setup menu.

2Use / (cursor left/right) to select C1 or C2 then use the / (cursor up/down) buttons to select the setting you want to copy.

You can also copy from one custom setting to another. For more on the A. CH and

F.ALG settings, see Setting the Acoustic Calibration EQ automatically above.

3Use / (cursor left/right) to select

‘COPY? YES’ to copy and confirm.

You can also use / (cursor up/down) to select COPY? NO to cancel.

Setting the Acoustic Calibration EQ manually

Before manually adjusting the Acoustic Calibration EQ, we recommend copying the A. CH or the F.ALG settings from the auto setup above (or from Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 12) to one of the custom settings. Instead of just a flat EQ

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curve, this will give you a reference point from which to start (see Copying your Acoustic Calibration EQ settings above for how to do this).

1Select ‘C1 ADJ’ or ‘C2 ADJ’ from the Manual MCACC setup menu.

2Use /(cursor left/right) and ENTER to select which method you want to use to adjust the overall frequency balance.

It is best to choose whichever one you copied to the custom setting in Copying your Acoustic Calibration EQ settings above.

A. CH ADJ – All the speakers can be set independently so no special weighting is given to any one channel. When adjusting, test tones will sound for each individual channel.

F.ALG ADJ – Speakers are set in accordance with the front speaker settings. The sound of the test tone will alternate between the left front (reference) speaker and the target speaker.

3Use / (cursor up/down) to select the

channel you want and adjust to your liking.

Use the / (cursor left/right) buttons to select the frequency and / (cursor up/

down) to boost or cut the EQ. When you’re finished, use the / (cursor left/right) buttons to select the channel display (for

example R EQ for the right channel or SBR EQ for the surround back right channel) then / (cursor up/down) to proceed to the next channel.

The front speakers can’t be adjusted if you selected F.ALG ADJ.

The OVER!! indicator shows in the display if the frequency adjustment is too drastic and might distort. If this happens, bring the level down until OVER!! disappears from the display.

Tip

Changing the frequency curve of one channel too drastically will affect the overall balance. If the speaker balance seems uneven, you can raise or lower channel levels using test tones with the

‘trim’ band (TRM shows in the display). Use /(cursor left/right) to select TRM then use /(cursor up/down) to raise or lower the channel level for the current speaker.

4 When you're finished, press RETURN.

Press RETURN once more to go back to the Manual MCACC setup menu.

Checking your Acoustic Calibration EQ settings

After you have completed an automatic or manual Acoustic Calibration EQ adjustment, you can check the ALL CH, F.ALIGN and CUSTOM1/2 settings in the display.

1Select ‘EQ CHECK’ from the Manual MCACC setup menu.

2Use / (cursor up/down) and ENTER to select the setting you want to check.

It is useful to do this while a source is playing so you can compare the different settings.

3Use / (cursor up/down) to select the channel you want, using / (cursor left/ right) to check the settings.

The MCACC channel EQ indicators in the front panel display will light accordingly.

4When you're finished, press RETURN.

You will return to the Manual MCACC setup menu.

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Manual speaker setup

This receiver allows you to make detailed settings to optimize the surround sound performance. You only need to make these settings once (unless you change the placement of your current speaker system or add new speakers.).

These settings are designed to fine-tune your system, but if you’re satisfied with the settings made in Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 12, it isn’t necessary to make all of these settings.

1Select ‘SP SETUP’ from the System Setup menu then press ENTER.

See Making receiver settings from the System Setup menu above.

2Use / (cursor left/right) to select the setting you want to adjust then press ENTER.

If you are doing this for the first time, you may want to adjust these settings in order:

SP SET – Specify the size and number of speakers you’ve connected (see Speaker setting below).

X.OVER– Specify which frequencies will be sent to the subwoofer (see Crossover network on page 49).

CH LEVEL – Adjust the overall balance of your speaker system (see Channel level on page 49).

SP DISTN. – Specify the distance of your speakers from the listening position (see

Speaker Distance on page 50).

1Select SP SET from the SP SETUP menu.

2Use /(cursor left/right) to choose the speaker(s) that you want to set then select a

speaker size.

Use / (cursor up/down) to select the size (and number) of each of the following speakers:

Front (F) – Select LARGE if your front speakers reproduce bass frequencies effectively, or if you didn’t connect a subwoofer. Select SMALL to send the bass frequencies to the subwoofer.1

Center (C) – Select LARGE if your center speaker reproduces bass frequencies effectively, or select SMALL to send bass frequencies to the other speakers or subwoofer. If you didn’t connect a center speaker, choose NO (the center channel is sent to the front speakers).

Surround (S) – Select LARGE if your surround speakers reproduce bass frequencies effectively. Select SMALL to send bass frequencies to the other speakers or subwoofer. If you didn’t connect surround speakers choose NO (the sound of the surround channels is sent to the front speakers or a subwoofer).

Surround Back (SB) – Select the number and size of surround back speakers you have. Select LARGE if your surround back speakers reproduce bass frequencies effectively. Select SMALL to send bass frequencies to the other speakers or subwoofer. If you didn’t connect surround back speakers choose NO.2

Speaker setting

Use this setting to specify your speaker configuration (size, number of speakers). It is a good idea to make sure that the settings made in Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 12 are correct.

Subwoofer (SW) – LFE signals and bass frequencies of channels set to SMALL are output from the subwoofer when YES is selected (see notes below). Choose the PLUS setting if you want the subwoofer to

Note

1 If you select SMALL for the front speakers the subwoofer will automatically be fixed to YES. Also, the center, surround, and surround back speakers can’t be set to LARGE if the front speakers are set to SMALL. In this case, all bass frequencies are sent to the subwoofer.

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output bass sound continuously or you want deeper bass (the bass frequencies that would normally come out the front and center speakers are also routed to the subwoofer). If you did not connect a subwoofer choose NO (the bass frequencies are output from other speakers).

3 When you’re finished, press RETURN.

Tip

If you have a subwoofer and like lots of bass, it may seem logical to select LARGE for your front speakers and PLUS for the subwoofer. This may not, however, yield the best bass results. Depending on the speaker placement of your room you may actually experience a decrease in the amount of bass due low frequency cancellations. In this case, try changing the position or direction of speakers. If you can’t get good results, listen to the bass response with it set to PLUS and YES or the front speakers set to LARGE and SMALL alternatively and let your ears judge which sounds best. If you’re having problems, the easiest option is to route all the bass sounds to the subwoofer by selecting SMALL for the front speakers.

Crossover network

• Default setting: 100Hz

This setting decides the cutoff between bass sounds playing back from the speakers selected as LARGE, or the subwoofer, and bass sounds playing back from those selected as

SMALL.1 It also decides where the cutoff will be for bass sounds in the LFE channel.

1Select ‘X.OVER’ from the SP SETUP menu.

2Use / (cursor up/down) to choose the frequency cutoff point.

Frequencies below the cutoff point will be sent to the subwoofer (or LARGE speakers).

3When you’re finished, press RETURN.

Channel level

Using the channel level settings, you can adjust the overall balance of your speaker system, an important factor when setting up a home theater system.

1Select CH LEVEL from the SP SETUP menu.

2Use / (cursor up/down) to select a setup option.

T. TONE M.– Move the test tone manually from speaker to speaker and adjust individual channel levels.

T. TONE A. – Adjust channel levels as the test tone moves from speaker to speaker automatically.

3Confirm your selected setup option.

The test tones will start after you press ENTER.

4 Adjust the level of each channel using the / (cursor up/down) buttons.

If you selected T. TONE M., use / (cursor left/right) to switch speakers.

The T. TONE A. setup will output test tones in the following order (depending on the speaker setting):

L

C

R

RS

 

 

 

SBR

SW

 

LS

SBL

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Note

2• If the surround speakers are set to NO, the surround back speakers will automatically be set to NO.

If you selected SB 2ND Z or SB BIAMP (in Surround back speaker setting on page 43) you can’t adjust the surround back settings.

If you select one surround back speaker only, make sure that speaker is hooked up to the left surround back terminal.

1 For more on selecting the speaker sizes, see Speaker setting above.

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Adjust the level of each speaker as the test tone is emitted.1

5 When you’re finished, press RETURN.

Tip

You can change the channel levels at any time by using EFFECT/CH SEL and +/– on the remote control. You can set two channel levels: one for DVD 5.1 CH and one for the listening modes.

Speaker Distance

For good sound depth and separation from your system, you need to specify the distance of your speakers from the listening position. The receiver can then add the proper delay needed for effective surround sound.

1Select ‘SP DISTN.’ from the SP SETUP menu.

2Use /(cursor left/right) to choose the

speaker that you want then set the distance.

Use / (cursor up/down) to adjust the distance of each speaker (in 0.5 feet increments).

3When you’re finished, press RETURN.

Note

1 • If you are using a Sound Pressure Level (SPL) meter, take the readings from your main listening position and adjust the level of each speaker to 75 dB SPL (C-weighting/slow reading).

• The subwoofer test tone is output at low volumes. You may need to adjust the level after testing with an actual soundtrack.

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Using the tuner

Chapter 8:

Using the tuner

Listening to the radio

The following steps show you how to tune in to FM and AM radio broadcasts using the automatic (search) and manual (step) tuning functions. If you already know the frequency of the station you want, see Tuning directly to a station below. Once you are tuned to a station you can memorize the frequency for recall later—see Saving station presets on the next page for more on how to do this.

DVD/LD

 

TV/SAT

DVR/VCR

TV CONT

 

 

 

 

 

 

MULTI CONTROL

 

 

 

 

 

CD

CD-R/TAPE

TUNER

RECEIVER

DTVON/OFF

REC

DTVINFO

MUTE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUNER

 

RECSTOP

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISPLAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MPX

CHRETURN

HDD

DVD

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

SUBTITLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CH

CH

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECEIVER CONTROL

SLEEP

 

 

FL DIMMER

SR

STANDARD

ADV.SURR

STEREO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

+10

 

DISC

MIDNIGHT/

 

ACOUSTIC

 

 

 

 

 

ENTER

DIALOGE

INPUTATT

 

 

 

 

 

LOUDNESS

EQ

D.ACCESS

 

 

 

CLASS

 

 

 

 

TOP MENU

 

 

 

MENU

SHIFT

EFFECT

 

 

 

 

TUNE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/CHSEL

LEVEL

DTV MENU

ST

 

ST

 

 

 

 

 

T.EDIT

 

ENTER

BAND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SYSTEM

TUNE

 

 

 

 

 

 

GUIDE SETUP

TV CONTROL

RETURN

 

RECEIVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1Press TUNER to select the tuner.

2Use the BAND button to change the band (FM or AM), if necessary.

Each press switches the band between FM and AM.

3Tune to a station.

There are three ways to do this:

Automatic tuning

To search for stations in the currently selected band, press and hold TUNE +/– for about a second. The receiver will start searching for the next station, stopping when it has found one. Repeat to search for other stations.

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English

Manual tuning

 

 

 

 

 

 

To change the frequency one step at a

 

Deutsch

time, press TUNE +/–.

 

 

 

High speed tuning

 

 

Press and hold TUNE +/– for high speed

 

 

tuning. Release the button at the frequency

 

 

you want.

 

Français

Improving FM stereo sound

 

 

 

If the TUNED or STEREO indicators don't light

 

 

when tuning to an FM station because the

 

 

signal is weak, press the MPX button to switch

 

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the receiver into mono reception mode. This

 

 

 

should improve the sound quality and allow

 

 

you to enjoy the broadcast.

 

 

Tuning directly to a station

 

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Sometimes, you'll already know the frequency

 

 

 

of the station you want to listen to. In this case,

 

 

you can simply enter the frequency directly

 

 

using the number buttons on the remote

 

 

control.

 

 

1 Press the TUNER button to select the

 

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tuner.

 

 

 

2 Use the BAND button to change the band

 

 

(FM or AM), if necessary.

 

 

Each press switches the band between FM and

 

 

AM.

 

 

3 Press D.ACCESS (Direct Access).

 

4 Use the number buttons to enter the

 

frequency of the radio station.

 

For example, to tune to 106.00 (FM), press 1, 0,

 

6, 0, 0.

 

 

If you make a mistake halfway through, press

 

D.ACCESS twice to cancel the frequency and

 

start over.

 

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1 Tune to a station you want to memorize.

Saving station presets

If you often listen to a particular radio station, it's convenient to have the receiver store the frequency for easy recall whenever you want to listen to that station. This saves the effort of manually tuning in each time. This unit can memorize up to 30 stations, stored in three banks, or classes, (A, B and C) of 10 stations each. When saving an FM frequency, the MPX

setting (see previous page) is also stored.1

 

 

 

 

AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

MULTI JOG

 

 

 

 

ENTER

 

D

CD-R/TAPE/MD

TUNER

AUX

 

 

 

 

 

 

MASTER

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUME

 

 

VIDEO INPUT

 

MCACC

 

S-VIDEO

VIDEO

L AUDIO

R

DIGITAL IN SETUP MIC

 

 

 

 

 

DOWN

UP

 

FL DIMMER

INPUT

SPEAKERS

EXTENDED

ACOUSTIC

 

 

 

 

 

ATT

MODE

EQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUNING

TUNER

 

QUICK

 

SYSTEM

RETURN

 

 

BAND

/STATION

EDIT

TONE

SETUP

 

SETUP

 

 

 

 

 

MULTI JOG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENTER

 

 

 

 

 

D.ACCESS

 

 

 

CLASS

 

INPUT

 

 

 

TOP MENU

 

 

 

MENU

RECEIVER

 

SOURCE

 

 

 

TUNE

 

 

SELECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DTV MENU

ST

 

ST

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.EDIT

 

ENTER

BAND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SYSTEM

TUNE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GUIDE SETUP

TV CONTROL

RETURN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TVVOL

 

INPUT

TV CH

VOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELECT

 

 

DVD/LD

TV/SAT

DVR/VCR

TV CONT

 

DTVON/OFF

 

REC

DTVINFO

MUTE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MULTI CONTROL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CD

CD-R/TAPE

TUNER

RECEIVER

 

TUNER

 

 

RECSTOP

 

 

DISPLAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MPX

CHRETURN

HDD

DVD

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

 

SUBTITLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CH

CH

See Listening to the radio on the previous page for more on this.

2 Press T.EDIT (TUNER EDIT).

The display shows ST. MEMORY, then a blinking memory class.

3Press CLASS to select one of the three classes then press ST +/– to select the station preset you want.

You can also use the number buttons or the MULTI JOG dial (front panel) to select a station preset.

4Press ENTER.

After pressing ENTER, the preset class and number stop blinking and the receiver stores the station.

Naming station presets

For easier identification, you can name your station presets.

1Choose the station preset you want to name.

See Listening to station presets below for how to do this.

2Press T.EDIT (TUNER EDIT).

The display shows ST. NAME, then a blinking cursor at the first character position.

3 Input the name you want.

Choose a name up to four characters long.

Use the MULTI JOG dial (front panel) or the ST +/– buttons (remote) to select characters.

Press ENTER to confirm a character. If no character is input, a space is input.

The name is stored when ENTER is pressed after choosing the fourth character.

Note

1 If the receiver is left disconnected from the AC power outlet for over a month, the station memories will be lost and will have to be reprogrammed.

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Tip

To erase a station name, simply repeat steps 1-3 and input four spaces instead of a name.

Once you have named a station preset, you can press TUNER DISPLAY when listening to a station to switch the display between name and frequency.

Listening to station presets

You will need to have some presets stored to do this. See Saving station presets above if you haven’t done this already.

1Press TUNER to select the tuner.

2Press CLASS to select the class in which the station is stored.

Press repeatedly to cycle through classes A, B and C.

3Press ST +/– to select the station preset you want.

You can also use the number buttons on the remote control to recall the station preset.

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09 Making recordings

Chapter 9:

Making recordings

Making an audio or a video recording

You can make an audio or a video recording from the built-in tuner, or from an audio or video source connected to the receiver (such as a CD player or TV).

Keep in mind you can’t make a digital recording from an analog source or vice-versa, so make sure the components you are recording to/from are hooked up in the same way (see Connecting up on page 15 for more on connections).

If you want to record a video source, you also need to use the same type of connection for the source as for the recorder. For example, you can’t record a component hooked up to S-video jacks with a recorder hooked up to the composite video outputs (see page 20 for more on video connections).

RECEIVER

INPUT

SOURCE

SELECT

 

 

1Select the source you want to record. Use the MULTI CONTROL buttons (or INPUT SELECT).

2Select the input signal (if necessary).

Press SIGNAL SELECT to select the input signal corresponding to the source component (see page 38 for more on this).

3Prepare the source you want to record.

Tune to the radio station, load the CD, video, DVD etc.

4Prepare the recorder.

Insert a blank tape, MD, video etc. into the recording device and set the recording levels.

Refer to the instructions that came with the recorder if you are unsure how to do this. Most video recorders set the audio recording level automatically—check the component’s instruction manual if you’re unsure.

5 Start recording, then start playback of the source component.1

DVD/LD

TV/SAT

DVR/VCR

TV CONT

 

MULTI CONTROL

 

CD

CD-R/TAPE

TUNER

RECEIVER

ADVANCED

ST/DIRECT

SIGNAL

STANDARD SURR

/AUTO SURR

SELECT

LISTENING MODE

Note

1• The receiver's volume, balance, tone (bass, treble, loudness), and surround effects have no effect on the recorded signal.

Some digital sources are copy-protected, and can only be recorded in analog.

Some video sources are copy-protected. These cannot be recorded.

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Controlling the rest of your system

Chapter 10:

Controlling the rest of your system

Setting the remote to control other components

Most components can be assigned to one of the MULTI CONTROL buttons using the component’s manufacturer preset code stored in the remote.

However, please note that there are cases where only certain functions may be controllable after assigning the proper preset code, or the codes for the manufacturer in the remote control will not work for the model that

you are using.1

VSX-915 only – If you can’t find a preset code that matches the component you want to control, you can still teach the remote individual commands from another remote control (page 56).

Note

You can cancel or exit any of the steps by pressing RECEIVER. To go back a step, press RETURN.

After one minute of inactivity, the remote automatically exits the operation.

Selecting preset codes directly

RECEIVER

INPUT

 

SOURCE

 

 

 

 

SELECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FL DIMMER

SR

 

 

 

 

+10

 

DISC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENTER

 

 

 

 

D.ACCESS

 

 

CLASS

DVD/LD

TV/SAT

DVR/VCR

TV CONT

TOP MENU

 

 

MENU

 

TUNE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MULTI CONTROL

 

DTV MENU ST

 

 

ST

CD

CD-R/TAPE

TUNER

RECEIVER

ENTER

T.EDIT

BAND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SYSTEM

TUNE

 

 

 

 

 

 

GUIDE SETUP

TV CONTROL

RETURN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TVVOL

INPUT

TV CH

VOL

1While pressing the RECEIVER button, press and hold the 1 button.

The remote LCD display shows SETUP.

2Press the MULTI CONTROL button for the component you want to control.

The LCD on the remote displays the

component you want to control.2

3Use / (cursor left/right) to select

PRESET then press ENTER.

4Use / (cursor up/down) to select the first letter of the brand name of your component then press ENTER.

This should be the manufacturer’s name (for example, P for Pioneer).

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Note

1• TV codes (for example, codes for TV, CATV, Satellite TV or DTV) can only be assigned to the TV/SAT or TV CONT button.

If you assign the TUNER function to another component, you will have to reassign it to the Pioneer preset code to use this receiver’s built-in tuner.

2You can’t assign the RECEIVER button.

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5Use / (cursor up/down) to select the manufacturer’s name from the list then press ENTER.

6Use / (cursor up/down) to select the proper code from the list, then try using this remote control with your component.

The code should start with the component type (for example, DVD 009). If there is more than one, start with the first one.

2 Press the MULTI CONTROL button for the component you want to control.

The LCD on the remote displays the component you want to control.1

3 Use / (cursor left/right) to select

LEARN then press ENTER.

PRES KEY shows in the LCD display.

• To exit or cancel press RECEIVER.

To try out the remote control, switch the component on or off (into standby) by pressing SOURCE . If it doesn’t seem to work, select the next code from the list (if there is one).

VSX-915 only – If you can’t find or properly enter a preset code, you can still teach the remote individual commands from another remote control (see Programming signals from other remote controls below).

7 If your component is controlled successfully, press ENTER to confirm.

The remote LCD display shows OK.

Programming signals from other remote controls

VSX-915 model only

If the preset code for your component is not available, or the available preset codes do not operate correctly, you can program signals from the remote control of another component. This can also be used to program additional operations (buttons not covered in the presets) after assigning a preset code.

1 While pressing the RECEIVER button, press and hold the 1 button.

The remote LCD display shows SETUP.

4 Point the two remote controls towards each other then press the button that will be doing the learning on this receiver’s remote control.

PRES KEY starts flashing to indicate the remote is ready to accept a signal.

The remote controls should be 1–2 inches apart.

1 – 2 inches

5 Press the corresponding button on the other remote control that is sending (teaching) the signal to this receiver’s remote control.

For example, if you want to learn the playback control signal, press and hold for a couple of seconds. The LCD display will show OK if the operation has been learned.

If for some reasons the operation hasn’t been learned the LCD will display ERROR briefly and then display PRES KEY again. If this happens, keep pressing the (teaching) button as you vary the distance between the two remotes, until

the LCD display shows OK.2

Note

1• You can’t assign the RECEIVER button.

TV CONTROL buttons (TV ,TV VOL +/–, TV CH +/– and INPUT SELECT) can only be learned after selecting TV CONT.

2• Some commands from other remote controls cannot be learned, but in most cases the remotes just need to be moved closer together or farther apart.

If the remote LCD shows ERROR, it may also mean the memory is full. See Erasing one of the remote control button settings below to erase a programmed button you’re not using to free up more memory.

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Certain buttons represent operations that cannot be learned from other remote controls. The buttons available are shown below:

RECEIVER

INPUT

 

SOURCE

 

 

 

 

SELECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TV CONTROL

 

 

 

 

 

TVVOL

INPUT

TV CH

VOL

 

 

 

 

 

SELECT

 

 

DVD/LD

TV/SAT

DVR/VCR

TV CONT

 

 

 

 

 

MULTI CONTROL

 

DTVON/OFF

REC

DTVINFO

MUTE

CD

CD-R/TAPE

TUNER

RECEIVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUNER

 

RECSTOP

 

 

 

 

 

DISPLAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

MPX

CHRETURN

HDD

DVD

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

SUBTITLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

CH

CH

 

 

 

 

 

RECEIVER CONTROL

 

 

 

 

 

THX

STANDARD

ADV.SURR

STEREO

 

 

 

 

 

ACOUSTIC

SIGNAL

MIDNIGHT/

 

FL DIMMER

SR

AUTO SURR

EQ

SELECT

LOUDNESS

 

+10

 

DISC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENTER

 

EFFECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHIFT

SLEEP

DIALOG E

D.ACCESS

 

 

CLASS

/CHSEL

TOP MENU

 

 

MENU

 

 

 

 

 

TUNE

 

 

 

 

 

 

DTV MENU

ST

ST

 

 

 

 

 

T.EDIT

ENTER

BAND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECEIVER

 

SYSTEM TUNE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GUIDE SETUP

 

RETURN

 

 

 

 

6To program additional signals for the current component repeat steps 4 and 5.

To program signals for another component, exit and repeat steps 1 through 5.

7Press the RECEIVER button to exit and store the operation(s).

Erasing one of the remote control button settings

VSX-915 model only

This erases one of the buttons you have programmed and restores the button to the factory default.

1While pressing the RECEIVER button, press and hold the 1 button.

The remote LCD display shows SETUP.

2Press the MULTI CONTROL button corresponding to the button setting to be erased.

The LCD on the remote displays the component.

3 Use / (cursor left/right) to select

 

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ERASE then press ENTER.

 

The LCD display flashes PRES KEY.

 

4 Press and hold the button to be erased for

 

two seconds.

 

 

The LCD display shows OK or NO CODE to

 

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confirm the button has been erased.

 

 

 

5 Repeat step 4 to erase other buttons.

 

 

6 Press the RECEIVER button when you’re

 

 

done.

 

 

 

 

 

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Erasing all of the remote control

 

 

 

presets

 

 

This will erase all preset remote control preset

 

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codes and (VSX-915 model only) programmed

 

1 While pressing the RECEIVER button,

 

buttons.

 

 

press and hold the 1 button.

 

 

The remote LCD display shows SETUP.

 

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2 Press the DVD/LD MULTI CONTROL

 

 

 

button.

 

 

3 Use / (cursor left/right) to select

 

 

RESET then press and hold ENTER for about

 

 

two seconds.

 

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The LCD shows OK to confirm the remote

 

 

 

presets have been erased.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct function

 

 

• Default setting: ON

 

You can use the direct function feature to

 

control one component using the remote

 

control while at the same time, using your

 

receiver to playback a different component.

 

This could let you, for example, use the remote

 

control to set up and listen to a CD on the

 

receiver and then use the remote control to

 

rewind a tape in your VCR while you continue

 

to listen to your CD player.

 

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When direct function is on, any component you select (using the MULTI CONTROL buttons) will be selected by both the receiver and the remote control. When you turn direct function off, you can operate the remote

control without affecting the receiver.1

1While pressing the RECEIVER button, press and hold the 1 button.

The remote LCD display shows SETUP.

2Press the MULTI CONTROL button for the component you want to control.

The LCD on the remote displays the component you want to control.

3Use / (cursor left/right) to select

DIRECT F then press ENTER.

The LCD on the remote displays the component you want to control.

4Use / (cursor up/down) to switch direct function ON or OFF then press ENTER.

The LCD shows OK to confirm the setting.

Confirming preset codes

Use this feature to check which preset code is assigned to a MULTI CONTROL button.

1While pressing the RECEIVER button, press and hold the 1 button.

The remote LCD display shows SETUP.

2Press the MULTI CONTROL button of the component for which you want to check the preset code.

3Use / (cursor left/right) to select

READ ID then press ENTER.

The brand name and preset code appears in the display for three seconds.

Note

1 You can’t use direct function with the TV CONT function.

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Controls for TVs

This remote control can control components after entering the proper codes or teaching the receiver the commands (see Setting the remote to control other components on page 55 for more on this). Use the MULTI CONTROL buttons to select the component

The TV CONTROL buttons on the remote control are dedicated to control the TV assigned to the TV CONT button. If you have two TVs, assign the main TV to the TV CONT button.

Button(s)

Function

Components

TV

Switches the DTV on or off.

DTV

 

 

 

 

Switches the TV or CATV between standby and on.

Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV

 

 

 

INPUT

Switches the TV input. (Not possible with all models.)

TV

SELECT

 

 

 

 

 

TV CH +/–

Selects channels.

Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV/

 

 

DTV

 

 

TV VOL +/– Adjust the TV volume.

Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV/

 

 

DTV

 

 

 

SOURCE

Press to switch the component assigned to the TV CONT

Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV/

 

button on or off.

DTV

 

 

 

 

Switches the DTV on or off.

DTV

 

 

 

 

Press to get information on DTV programs.

DTV

 

 

 

 

Use to choose the BLUE commands on a DTV menu.

DTV

 

 

 

 

Use to choose the YELLOW commands on a DTV menu.

DTV

 

 

 

 

Use to choose the GREEN commands on a DTV menu.

DTV

 

 

 

 

Use to choose the RED commands on a DTV menu.

DTV

 

 

 

AUDIO

Use to switch DTV audio tracks.

DTV

 

 

 

CH RETURN

Use to return to the previously selected channel.

Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV/

 

 

DTV

 

 

DTV MENU Press to display the DTV menu.

DTV

 

 

 

GUIDE

Use as the GUIDE button for navigating.

Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV/

 

 

DTV

 

 

 

RETURN

Use to select closed captioning with DTV.

DTV

 

 

 

Number

Use to select a specific TV channel.

Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV/

Buttons

 

DTV

 

 

 

10

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Button(s)

Function

Components

 

+10 button

Use to add a decimal points when selecting TV channels.

DTV

 

 

 

 

 

ENTER/

Use to enter a channel.

Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV/

 

DISC

 

DTV

 

 

 

 

 

MENU

Select different menus from the DTV functions.

DTV

 

 

 

 

 

 

Select the menu screen.

Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV

 

 

 

 

 

&

Press to select or adjust and navigate items on the menu

Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV/

 

ENTER

screen.

DTV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Controls for other components

This remote control can control these components after entering the proper codes or teaching the receiver the commands (see Setting the remote to control other components on page 55 for more on this). Use the MULTI CONTROL buttons to select the component.

Button (s)

Function

Components

 

 

SOURCE

Press to switch the component between standby and on. CD/MD/CD-R/VCR/DVD/LD/

 

 

DVR player/Cassette deck

 

 

 

 

Press to return to the start of the current track.

CD/MD/CD-R/DVD/LD

 

Repeated presses skips to the start of previous tracks.

player

 

 

 

 

Go back channels (channel –).

DVR/VCR

 

 

 

 

Press to advance to the start of the next track.

CD/MD/CD-R/DVD/LD

 

Repeated presses skips to the start of following tracks.

player

 

 

 

 

Go forward channels (channel +).

VCR

 

 

 

 

Pause playback or recording.

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

 

 

DVR player/Cassette deck

 

 

 

 

Start playback.

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

 

 

DVR player/Cassette deck

 

 

 

 

Hold down for fast forward playback.

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

 

 

DVR player/Cassette deck

 

 

 

 

Hold down for fast reverse playback.

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

 

 

DVR player/Cassette deck

 

 

 

 

Stops playback (on some models, pressing this when the

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

 

disc is already stopped will cause the disc tray to open).

DVR player/Cassette deck

 

 

 

REC

Starts recording. To prevent accidental recording, this

MD/CD-R/VCR/ DVR player/

(SHIFT+ )

button must be pressed twice to take effect.

Cassette deck

 

 

 

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Button (s)

Function

Components

 

 

 

REC STOP

Stops recording.

DVR player

(SHIFT+ )

 

 

 

 

 

Number

Directly access tracks on a program source.

CD/MD/CD-R/VCR/LD

buttons

 

player

 

 

 

Use the number buttons to navigate the on-screen display. DVD/DVR player

 

 

 

+10 button

Selects tracks higher than 10. (For example, press +10

CD/MD/CD-R/VCR/LD

 

then 3 to select track 13.)

player

 

 

 

ENTER/

Chooses the disc.

Multiple CD player

DISC

 

 

Ejects the disc.

MD player

 

 

 

 

 

Use as the ENTER button.

VCR

 

 

 

 

Use as the CLEAR button.

DVD

 

 

 

 

Displays the setup screen for DVR players.

DVR player

 

 

 

 

Changes sides of the LD.

LD player

 

 

TOP MENU Displays the disc ‘top’ menu of a DVD player.

DVD/DVR player

 

 

MENU

Displays menus for the current DVD or DVR you are using. DVD/DVR player

 

 

 

 

Pauses the tape.

Cassette deck

 

 

 

 

Stops the tape.

Cassette deck

 

 

 

ENTER

Starts playback.

Cassette deck

 

 

 

/

Fast rewinds/fast forwards the tape.

Cassette deck

 

 

 

&

Navigates DVD menu/options.

DVD/DVR Player

ENTER

 

 

 

 

 

GUIDE

Press to access the DVD player setup screen.

DVD/DVR Player

 

 

 

CH +/–

Selects channels.

VCR/DVD/DVR Player

 

 

 

 

Selects tracks.

CD/MD/CD-R/Cassette deck

 

 

 

AUDIO

Changes the audio language or channel.

DVD/DVR Player

 

 

 

SUBTITLE

Displays/changes the subtitles on multilingual DVDs.

DVD/DVR Player

 

 

 

HDD (SHIFT

Switches to the hard disk controls when using a DVD/

DVR Player

+ CH–)

HDD recorder.

 

 

 

 

DVD (SHIFT

Switches to the DVD controls when using a DVD/HDD

DVR Player

+ CH+)

recorder.

 

 

 

 

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Chapter 11:

Other connections

Caution

Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the power outlet. Plugging in components should be the last connection you make with your system.

Be careful not to allow any contact between speaker wires from different terminals.

You can use speakers with a nominal impedance between 6–16Ω (please see

Switching the speaker impedance on

page 72 if you plan to use speakers with an impedance of less than 8Ω).

Second Zone speaker B setup

After selecting SB 2ND Z in Surround back speaker setting on page 43, you can use the speakers connected to the (surround back) B speaker terminals on the rear panel to listen to stereo playback in another room. See

Switching the speaker system below for the listening options with this setup.

1 Connect a pair of speakers to the surround back speaker terminals on the rear panel.

Connect them the same way you connected your speakers in Connecting the speakers on page 23. Make sure to review Hints on speaker placement on page 24 when placing the speakers in another room.

2 Select SB 2ND Z from the ‘SB. SYSTEM’ menu.

See Surround back speaker setting on page 43 to do this.

Switching the speaker system

If you selected SB 2ND Z in Surround back speaker setting on page 43, three speaker system settings are possible using the SPEAKERS button. If you selected SB NORM. or SB BIAMP, the speaker system is fixed as SP A or SP AB (respectively). The options

below are for the SB 2ND Z setting only.1

• Use the SPEAKERS button on the front panel to select a speaker system setting.

FL DIMMER

INPUT

SPEAKERS

EXTENDED

ACOUSTIC

 

 

ATT

MODE

EQ

 

 

 

TUNING

TUNER

 

QUICK

SYSTEM

RETURN

BAND

/STATION

EDIT

TONE

SETUP

SETUP

MULTI JOG

Press repeatedly to choose a speaker system option:

SP A – Sound is output from the speakers connected to the A speaker terminals (multichannel playback is possible).

SP B – Sound is output from the two speakers connected to speaker system B (only stereo playback is possible).

Note

1 • The subwoofer output depends on the settings you made in Speaker setting on page 48. However, if SP B is selected above, no sound is heard from the subwoofer (the LFE channel is not downmixed).

Depending on the Surround back speaker setting on page 43 output from the surround back pre-out terminals may change.

All speaker systems (except SB 2ND Z connections) are switched off when headphones are connected.

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SP AB – Sound is output from speaker system A (up to 5 channels, depending on the source), the two speakers in speaker system B, and the subwoofer. Multichannel sources (heard through speaker system A) are downmixed for stereo output from speaker system B.

Bi-amping your front speakers

Bi-amping is when you connect the high frequency driver and low frequency driver of your speakers to different amplifiers (in this case, to both front and surround back terminals) for better crossover performance. Your speakers must be bi-ampable to do this (having separate terminals for high and low) and the sound improvement will depend on the kind of speakers you’re using.

1 Connect your speakers as shown below.

This illustration below shows the connections for bi-amping your front left speaker. Hook up your front right speaker in the same way.

 

S A R FRONT L CENTER R SURROUND BACK L B R SURROUND L

 

P

 

E

Front left

A

K

speaker

E

R

 

S

Hi

Lo

Since both front and surround back speaker terminals output the same audio, it doesn’t matter which set (front or surround back) is powering which part (Hi or Low) of the speaker.

Make sure that the + / connections are properly inserted.

2 Select the SB BIAMP setting from the ‘SB. SYSTEM’ menu.

See Surround back speaker setting on page 43 to specify how you’re using the surround back speaker terminals.

Caution

Most speakers with both Hi and Low terminals have two metal plates that connect the Hi to the Low terminals. These must be removed when you are bi-amping the speakers or you could severely damage the amplifier. See your speaker manual for more information.

If your speakers have a removable crossover network, make sure you do not remove it for bi-amping. Doing so may damage your speakers.

Bi-wiring your speakers

The reasons for bi-wiring are basically the same as bi-amping, but additionally, interference effects within the wire could be reduced, producing better sound. Again, to do this your speakers must be bi-wireable (that is they must have separate terminals for the high and low frequencies). When bi-wiring, make sure you’ve selected SB NORM. or SB 2ND Z in

Surround back speaker setting on page 43.

• To bi-wire a speaker, connect two speaker cords to the speaker terminal on the receiver.

Using a banana plug for the second connection is recommended.

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Caution

Make sure you use a parallel (not series, which are fairly uncommon) connection when bi-wiring your speakers.

Don't connect different speakers from the same terminal in this way.

Using this receiver with a Pioneer plasma display

If you have a Pioneer plasma display2, you can use an SR+ cable to connect it to this unit and take advantage of various convenient features, such as automatic video input switching of the plasma display when the input is changed.

Connecting additional amplifiers

This receiver has more than enough power for any home use, but it’s possible to add additional amplifiers to every channel of your system using the pre-outs. Make the connections shown below to add amplifiers to

power your speakers.1

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

ANALOG

INPUT

 

 

Center channel

R

 

amplifier (mono)

S-VIDEO

 

 

N ¥

 

ANALOG

FRONT SURROUND SURROUND BACK PREOUT

INPUT

PR

R

 

L

 

L

L

L

Surround back

 

channel amplifier

 

 

 

 

N ø

R

R

R CENTER

ANALOG

BACK L B

R

SURROUND

L

INPUT

 

 

 

L

R

 

 

 

 

Surround channel

 

 

 

 

amplifier

 

 

 

 

ANALOG

 

 

 

 

INPUT

 

 

 

L

R

 

 

 

 

Front channel

 

 

 

 

amplifier

 

 

 

 

ANALOG

 

 

 

 

INPUT

 

 

 

 

Powered

To SUB WOOFER PREOUT jack

subwoofer

 

CONTROL

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

Pioneer plasma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

display

 

 

IN

AUX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FM UNBAL

AM

 

 

 

 

IN

CD

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R

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

OPT

OUT

DVR/

 

CONTROL

 

 

 

2

 

VCR

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

(DVR/VCR)

IN

 

 

 

 

 

OPT

 

VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVR/

 

1

 

TV /

IN

OUT

 

VCR

 

 

 

 

IN

 

(TV/SAT)

IN

SAT

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVD

IN

 

 

TV/

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

 

 

 

 

/LD

 

OUT

IN

SAT

ASSIGNABLE

COAX

IN

FRONT

 

 

DIGITAL IN

 

 

D V D

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

5.1CH

SUB

 

DVD

 

(CD)

 

REC

INPUT

WOOFER

IN /LD

 

 

OUT

CD-R

IN

PREOUT

 

 

 

COAX

/TAPE

 

S-VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

/MD

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD

IN

PLAY

 

 

 

 

 

/LD)

R

AUDIO L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note

1• You can use the additional amplifier on the surround back channel pre-outs for a single speaker as well. In this case plug the amplifier into the left (L (Single)) terminal only.

The sound you hear from the surround back terminals depends on the Surround back speaker setting on page 43.

To hear sound only from the pre-outs, simply disconnect any speakers that are connected directly to the receiver.

If you’re not using a subwoofer, change the front speaker setting (see Speaker setting on page 48) to large.

2This receiver is compatible with all Pioneer plasma displays from 2003 onward.

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• Use a 3-ringed miniplug SR+ cable1 to connect the CONTROL IN jack of this receiver with the CONTROL OUT of your plasma display.

Before you can use the extra SR+ features, you need to make a few settings in the receiver. See The Input Assign menu on page 66 for detailed instructions.

VIDEO

Pioneer plasma

VIDEO

INPUT 1

INPUT 2

display

 

 

DVD player

Satellite receiver, etc

DVD

TV/SAT

AUDIO IN

AUDIO IN

This receiver

To make the most of the SR+ features, you should connect your source components (DVD player, etc.) in a slightly different way to that described in this chapter. For each component, connect the video output directly to the plasma display, and just connect the audio (analog and/or digital) to this receiver.

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Using the SR+ mode with a

English

 

Pioneer plasma display

 

 

When connected using an SR+ cable, a

 

number of features become available to make

 

using this receiver with your Pioneer plasma

Deutsch

• On-screen display of listening mode.

display even easier. These features include:

 

• On-screen volume display.

 

 

 

• Automatic video input switching on the

 

plasma display.

 

 

Français

See also The Input Assign menu on page 66 for

• Automatic volume muting on the plasma

 

display.2

 

 

 

 

more on setting up the receiver.

 

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RECEIVER

INPUT

SOURCE

 

 

SELECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FL DIMMER

SR

Nederlands

 

 

+10

 

DISC

 

DVD/LD

TV/SAT DVR/VCR

TV CONT

 

ENTER

 

 

 

 

 

MULTI CONTROL

D.ACCESS

 

CLASS

 

 

TOP MENU

 

MENU

 

CD

CD-R/TAPE TUNER

RECEIVER

TUNE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DTV MENU ST

 

ST

 

1 Make sure that the plasma display and

 

this receiver are switched on and that they

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are connected with the SR+ cable.

 

 

 

See Using this receiver with a Pioneer plasma display above for more on this.

2 To switch SR+ mode on/off, press RECEIVER, then the SR+ button.

The front panel display shows SR+ ON or OFF.

Note

1• The 3-ringed SR+ cable from Pioneer is commercially available under the part number ADE7095. Contact the Pioneer Customer Support division for more information on obtaining an SR+ cable (you can also use a commercially available 3-ringed mini phone plug for the connection).

If you connect to a Pioneer plasma display using an SR+ cable, you will need to point the remote control at the plasma display remote sensor to control the receiver. In this case, you won’t be able to control the receiver using the remote control if you switch the plasma display off.

2The automatic volume muting feature is enabled separately; see The Input Assign menu on page 66.

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Chapter 12:

Other Settings

The Input Assign menu

You only need to make settings in the Input Assign menu if you didn’t hook up your digital equipment according to the default settings for the digital inputs, or if you have connected equipment using component video cables.

1Select ‘IN ASSIG.’ from the System Setup menu.

See Making receiver settings from the System Setup menu on page 43 for more on this.

2Use / (cursor left/right) to select the setting you want to adjust then press ENTER.

DIG. IN – See Assigning the digital inputs below.

COMP. IN – See Assigning the component video inputs below.

Assigning the digital inputs

Default settings:

COAX 1 (coaxial) – DVD COAX 2 (coaxial) – CD OPT 1 (optical) – TV

OPT 2 (optical) – DVR

You only need to do this if you didn’t hook up your digital equipment according to the default settings for the digital inputs (see above). This setting tells the receiver what digital equipment is hooked up to which terminal so the buttons on the remote correspond to what you have hooked up.

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1Select ‘DIG. IN’ from the ‘IN ASSIG.’ menu.

2Select the number of the digital input to which you’ve connected your digital

component.

Use the / (cursor left/right) buttons to do this.

The numbers correspond with the numbers beside the inputs on the back of the receiver.

3Select the component that corresponds

with the one you connected to that input.

Use the / (cursor up/down) buttons to select DVD, TV, CD, CDR, DVR or OFF.

If you assign a digital input to a certain function (for example, DVD) then any digital inputs previously assigned to that function will automatically be switched off.

4When you're finished, press RETURN.

Assigning the component video inputs

Default settings:

COMP 1 DVD

COMP 2 TV

COMP 3 DVR

When you select an input source (DVD/LD, TV/SAT, etc.), the receiver outputs the component video signal assigned to that source. If you didn’t make component video connections according to the defaults above, you must assign the numbered input to the component you’ve connected (or else you may see the video signal of a different component). For more on this, see Using the component video jacks on page 21.

1 Select COMP. IN from the IN ASSIG. menu.

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2Select the number of the component video input to which you’ve connected your

video component.

Use / (cursor left/right) to do this.

The numbers correspond with the numbers beside the inputs on the back of the receiver.

3Select the component that corresponds

with the one you connected to that input.

Use the / (cursor up/down) buttons to select between DVD, TV, DVR or OFF.

Make sure you have connected the audio from the component to the corresponding inputs on the rear of the receiver.

If you connect any source component to the receiver using a component video input, you should also have your TV connected to this receiver's COMPONENT VIDEO MONITOR OUT jacks.

4When you're finished, press RETURN.

The Other setup menu

The Other menu is where you can make customized settings to reflect how you are using the receiver.

1Select OTHER from the System Setup menu.

See Making receiver settings from the System Setup menu on page 43 for more on this.

2Use / (cursor left/right) to select the setting you want to adjust then press ENTER.

If you are doing this for the first time, you may want to adjust these settings in order:

DRC – Specify the amount of dynamic range adjustment to Dolby Digital soundtracks (see Dynamic Range Control Setup below).

DUALMONO – Isolate one channel when listening to discs with dual mono encoding (see Dual Mono Setup below).

LFE ATT – Set the attenuator level for the LFE channel (see LFE Attenuator Setup below).

SR+ – Specify how you want to control your Pioneer plasma display (see SR+ Setup for Pioneer plasma displays below)

3 Make the adjustments necessary for each setting, pressing RETURN to confirm after each menu.

Dynamic Range Control Setup

• Default setting: OFF

This setting specifies the amount of dynamic range adjustment to Dolby Digital and DTS movie soundtracks. You may want to use this when listening to surround sound at low volumes.

1Select DRC from the OTHER setup menu.

2Use / (cursor up/down) to choose the setting that you want.

OFF – No dynamic range adjustment (use when listening at higher volume).

MID – Mid setting.

MAX – Dynamic range is reduced (loud sounds are reduced in volume while quieter sounds are increased).

3When you're finished, press RETURN.

Dual Mono Setup

Default setting: CH1

You can specify how dual mono encoded Dolby Digital soundtracks should be played. Dual mono is not widely used, but is sometimes necessary when two languages need to be sent

to separate channels.1

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1 This setting works only with dual mono encoded Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks.

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1Select DUAL MONO from the OTHER setup menu.

2Use / (cursor up/down) to choose the setting that you want.

CH1 – Only channel 1 is played

CH2 – Only channel 2 is played

CH1 CH2 – Both channels are played through the front speakers

3When you're finished, press RETURN.

LFE Attenuator Setup

• Default setting: ATT 0 dB

Some Dolby Digital and DTS audio sources include ultra-low bass tones. Set the LFE attenuator as necessary to prevent the ultralow bass tones from distorting the sound from the speakers.

1Select LFE ATT from the OTHER setup menu.

2Use / (cursor up/down) to choose the setting that you want.

LFEAT 0 – No limiting (recommended setting)

LFEAT 10 – 10dB of limiting

LFEAT ** – No sound from LFE channel

3When you're finished, press RETURN.

SR+ Setup for Pioneer plasma displays

Make the following settings if you have connected a Pioneer plasma display to this receiver using an SR+ cable. Note that the number of function settings available will depend on the plasma display you’ve connected.

See also Using this receiver with a Pioneer plasma display on page 64 and Using the SR+ mode with a Pioneer plasma display on page 65.

1 Select ‘SR+’ from the OTHER setup menu.

2Use / (cursor up/down) and ENTER to select the ‘VOL C.’ setting you want.

VOL C. OFF – The receiver does not control the volume of the plasma display

VOL C. ON – When the receiver is switched to one of the inputs that use the plasma display (DVD/LD, or another one of functions below), the volume on the plasma display is muted so only sound from the receiver is heard.

3Assign any input source connected to the plasma display to the corresponding input

number.

Use / (cursor left/right) to select the source (DVD, TV, DVR or VDEO), then / (cursor up/down) to select the input number.

This matches the receiver’s input source with a numbered video input on the plasma display. For example, assign DVD:3 if you have connected the your DVD video output to video input 3 on the plasma display.

4 When you're finished, press RETURN.

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Troubleshooting

Incorrect operations are often mistaken for trouble and malfunctions. If you think that there is something wrong with this component, check the points below. Sometimes the trouble may lie in another component. Investigate the other components and electrical appliances being used. If the trouble cannot be rectified even after exercising the checks listed below, ask your nearest Pioneer authorized independent service company to carry out repair work.

If the unit does not operate normally due to external effects such as static electricity disconnect the power plug from the outlet and insert again to return to normal operating conditions.

Problem

Remedy

The power does not turn on. • Connect the power plug to the wall outlet.

Disconnect the power plug from the outlet, and insert again.

Make sure there are no loose strands of speaker wire touching the rear panel. This could cause the receiver to shut off automatically.

If the power shuts off automatically, take the unit to your nearest Pioneer authorized service center or your dealer for servicing.

No sound is output when a • Make sure the component is connected correctly (refer to function is selected. Connecting up on page 15).

Press MUTE on the remote control to turn muting off.

Press SPEAKERS to select the proper speaker set (see Switching the speaker system on page 62).

Press SIGNAL SELECT to select the proper input signal (see

Choosing the input signal on page 38).

No image is output when a • Make sure the component is connected correctly (refer to function is selected. Connecting up on page 15).

Select the correct component (use the input select buttons).

Check Assigning the component video inputs on page 66 to make sure you’re assigned the correct input.

The video input selected on the TV monitor is incorrect. Refer to the instruction manual supplied with the TV.

VSX-915 only – The video converter can convert composite video to S- video, but not vice-versa (and not component video). See About the video converter on page 16 for more on this.

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Problem

Remedy

Considerable noise in radio

• Tune in the correct frequency.

broadcasts.

• Connect the antenna (refer to page 22).

 

• Route any loose cables away from the antenna terminals and wires.

 

• Fully extend the FM wire antenna, position for best reception, and

 

secure to a wall.

 

• Connect an outdoor FM antenna (refer to page 22).

 

• Adjust the direction and position for best reception.

 

• Connect an additional internal or external AM antenna (refer to

 

page 22).

 

• Turn off the equipment causing the noise or move it away from the

 

receiver.

 

• Move antennas farther away from equipment causing the noise.

 

 

Broadcast stations cannot be

• Connect an outdoor antenna (refer to page 22).

selected automatically.

 

 

 

No sound from surround or

• Connect the speakers properly (refer to page 23).

center speakers.

• Refer to Speaker setting on page 48 to check the speaker settings.

 

• Refer to Channel level on page 49 to check the speaker levels.

 

 

No sound from surround

• Refer to Speaker setting on page 48 to check the surround back

back speakers.

speaker settings.

 

• Refer to Channel level on page 49 to check the speaker levels.

 

• Refer to Using the surround back channel (Extended mode) on

 

page 39 to make sure the Extended mode and the sound mode are set

 

for surround back sound.

 

 

No sound from subwoofer.

• Make sure the subwoofer is switched on.

 

• If the subwoofer has a volume knob, make sure it’s turned up.

 

• The Dolby Digital or DTS source you are listening to may not have an

 

LFE channel.

 

• Switch the subwoofer setting in Speaker setting on page 48 to YES or

 

PLUS.

 

• Switch the LFE Attenuator Setup on page 68 to LFEAT 0 or LFEAT

 

10.

 

 

Noise during playback of a

• Move the cassette deck further from your receiver, until the noise

cassette deck.

disappears.

 

 

Sound is produced from

• Set the SIGNAL SELECT to AUTO, DIGITAL or ANALOG according

other components, but not

to the type of connections made. (refer to page 38).

from LD or DVD player.

• Set the digital input settings correctly (refer to page 66).

 

• Make digital connections (refer to page 17) and set the SIGNAL

 

SELECT to DIGITAL (refer to page 38).

 

• Refer to the instruction manual supplied with the DVD player.

 

 

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Problem

Remedy

No sound is output or a noise

• Set the digital volume level of the player to full, or to the neutral

is output when software with

position.

DTS is played back.

• Make sure the player's settings are correct and/or the DTS signal out

 

is on. Refer to the instruction manual supplied with the DVD player.

 

• Set the input signal type to DIGITAL (see Choosing the input signal

 

on page 38)

 

 

When a search is performed

• This is not a malfunction, but be sure to turn the volume down to

by a DTS compatible CD

prevent the output of loud noise from your speakers.

player during playback, noise

 

is output.

 

 

 

Everything seems to be set up

Check that the positive/negative speaker terminals on the receiver are

correctly, but the playback

matched with the corresponding terminals on the speakers (see

sound is odd.

Connecting the speakers on page 23).

 

 

There seems to be a time lag

• See Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 12

between the speakers and the

to set up your system again using MCACC (this will automatically

output of the subwoofer.

compensate for a delay in the subwoofer output).

 

 

After using the Auto MCACC

• Low-frequency noise could have been caused by an air conditioner or

Setup, the speaker size

motor. Switch off all appliances in the room and rerun the Auto

setting (LARGE or SMALL) is

MCACC Setup.

incorrect.

 

 

 

Can’t operate the remote

• Replace the batteries (refer to page 7).

control.

• Operate within 23 ft. (7 m), 30° of the remote sensor on the front

 

panel (refer to page 33).

 

• Remove the obstacle or operate from another position.

 

• Avoid exposing the remote sensor on the front panel to direct light.

 

• Unplug anything connected to the CONTROL IN jack and use remote

 

normally (see Operating other Pioneer components on page 26).

 

 

The SR cable is connected,

• Reinsert the SR cable, making sure it’s connected to the right jack

but the connected

(see Operating other Pioneer components on page 26).

components can’t be

• Make sure an analog connection has been made between the units.

operated with the remote.

• This feature only works with Pioneer products.

 

 

The display is dark or off.

• Press FL DIMMER on the remote control repeatedly to return to the

 

default.

 

 

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Resetting the main unit

Use this procedure to reset all the receiver’s settings to the factory default. Use the front panel controls to do this.

1Switch the receiver into standby.

2While holding down the TONE button,

press and hold the STANDBY/ON button for about three seconds.

3When you see RESET? appear in the display, press ENTER.

OK? shows in the display.

4Press SYSTEM SETUP to confirm.

OK appears in the display to indicate that the receiver has been reset to the factory default settings.

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Switching the speaker impedance

We recommend using speakers of 8Ωwith this system, but it is possible to switch the impedance setting if you plan to use speakers with a 6Ω impedance rating.

• With the receiver in standby, press STANDBY/ON while holding down the SPEAKERS button.

Each time you do this, you switch between the impedance settings:

SP 6 OHM – Use this setting if your speakers are rated at 6Ω.

SP 8 OHM – Use this setting if your speakers are rated at 8Ω or more.

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Specifications

Amplifier section

Continuous power output (stereo)1

Front:

VSX-815 . . . 100 W (20–20,000 Hz, THD 0.7%, 8 Ω) VSX-915 . . . 120 W (20–20,000 Hz, THD 0.7%, 8 Ω)

Continuous power output (surround)

VSX-815 model:

Front . . . . . 100 W per channel (1kHz, 1.0%, 8 Ω) Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 W (1kHz, 1.0%, 8 Ω) Surround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 W per channel (1kHz, 1.0%, 8 Ω)

Surround Back. . . . . . . . . . . . .100 W per channel (1kHz, 1.0%, 8 Ω)

VSX-915 model:

Front . . . . . 110 W per channel (1kHz, 1.0%, 8 Ω) Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 W (1kHz, 1.0%, 8 Ω) Surround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110 W per channel (1kHz, 1.0%, 8 Ω)

Surround Back. . . . . . . . . . . . .110 W per channel (1kHz, 1.0%, 8 Ω)

Total harmonic distortion

VSX-815 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.09% (1kHz, 100 W, 8 Ω) VSX-915 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.09% (1kHz, 120 W, 8 Ω)

Audio section

• Input (Sensitivity/Impedance)

CD, DVR/VCR, CD-R/TAPE/MD,

DVD/LD, TV/SAT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200 mV/47 kΩ

Frequency response

CD, DVR/VCR, CD-R/TAPE/MD, DVD/LD,

TV/SAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Hz to 100,000 Hz dB

• Output (Level/Impedance)

DVR/VCR REC, CD-R/TAPE/

MD REC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 mV/2.2 kΩ

Tone control

Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .± 6 dB (100 Hz) Treble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .± 6 dB (10 kHz) Loudness . . . . . . +10 dB/+5 dB (100 Hz/10 kHz)

(at volume level –50 dB)

• Signal-to-Noise Ratio (IHF, short circuited, A network)

CD, DVR/VCR, CD-R/TAPE/MD,

DVD/LD, TV/SAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 dB

• Signal-to Noise Ratio [EIA, at 1 W (1 kHz)]

CD, DVR/VCR, CD-R/TAPE/MD,

DVD/LD, TV/SAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 dB

Video Section

Input (Sensitivity/Impedance)

DVR/VCR, DVD/LD, TV/SAT . . . . . . . . 1 Vp-p/75 Ω

Output (Level/Impedance)

DVR/VCR, MONITOR OUT . . . . . . . . . 1 Vp-p/75 Ω

• Frequency response

DVR/VCR, DVD/LD,

TV/SAT MONITOR . . . . . . 5 Hz to 7 MHz dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 dB Crosstalk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 dB

Component video section

Input (Sensitivity)

DVD/LD, TV/SAT, DVR/VCR . . . . . . . . 1 Vp-p/75 Ω

Output (Level/Impedance)

MONITOR OUT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vp-p/75 Ω

• Frequency response

DVD/LD, TV/SAT,

DVR/VCR MONITOR . . . 5 Hz to 40 MHz dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 dB

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1 Continuous average power output of 100 watts (VSX-815) / 120 watts (VSX-915)* per channel, min., at 8ohms, from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz with no more than 0.2%** total harmonic distortion (front).

*Measured pursuant to the Federal Trade Commission’s Trade Regulation rule on Power Output Claims for Amplifiers.

**Measured by Audio Spectrum Analyzer.

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FM Tuner Section

Frequency Range . . . . . . . . 87.5 MHz to 108 MHz Usable Sensitivity . . . . . . . . . .Mono:13.2 dBf, IHF (1.3 µV/ 75 Ω)

50 dB Quieting Sensitivity . . . . . . .Mono: 20.2 dB Stereo: 38.6 dBf Signal-to-Noise Ratio . . . Mono: 73 dB (at 85 dBf) Stereo: 70 dB (at 85 dBf)

Distortion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stereo: 0.5 % (1 kHz) Alternate Channel Selectivity. . . . . . . . . . . . 60 dB (400 kHz)

Stereo Separation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 dB (1 kHz) Frequency Response . . . . . . . . . . 30 Hz to 15 kHz (±1 dB)

Antenna Input (DIN) . . . . . . . . . 75 Ω unbalanced

AM Tuner Section

Frequency Range . . . . . . . . 530 kHz to 1,700 kHz Sensitivity (IHF, Loop antenna) . . . . . . . 350 µV/m Signal-to-Noise Ratio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 dB Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Loop antenna

Miscellaneous

Power requirements . . . . . . . . . . . AC 120V / 60Hz Power consumption . . . . . . . . . . . .360W / 480 VA In standby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.5 W

Dimensions . . .169/16 (W) x 61/4 (H) x 157/8 (D) in. 420 (W) x 158 (H) x 402.5 (D) mm Weight (without package) . . . . . .22.4 lb (10.2 kg)

Furnished Parts

Microphone (for Auto MCACC setup). . . . . . . . . 1

Dry cell batteries (AA size IEC R6). . . . . . . . . . 2 Remote control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 AM loop antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 FM wire antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Warranty card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 These operating instructions

Note

Specifications and the design are subject to possible modifications without notice, due to improvements.

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Power cord caution

Handle the power cord by the plug. Do not pull out the plug by tugging the cord and never touch the power cord when your hands are wet as this could cause a short circuit or an electric shock. Do not place the unit, a piece of furniture, etc., on the power cord, or pinch the cord. Never make a knot in the cord or tie it with other cords. The power cords should be routed such that they are not likely to be stepped on. A damaged power cord can cause a fire or give you an electrical shock. Check the power cord once in a while. When you find it damaged, ask your nearest Pioneer authorized service center or your dealer for a replacement.

Cleaning the unit

Use a polishing cloth or dry cloth to wipe off dust and dirt.

When the surface is dirty, wipe with a soft cloth dipped in some neutral cleanser diluted five or six times with water, and wrung out well, and then wipe again with a dry cloth. Do not use furniture wax or cleansers.

Never use thinners, benzine, insecticide sprays or other chemicals on or near this unit, since these will corrode the surface.

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Selecting fine audio equipment such as the unit you’ve just purchased is only the start of your musical enjoyment. Now it’s time to consider how you can maximize the fun and excitement your equipment offers. This manufacturer and the Electronic Industries Association’s Consumer Electronics Group want you to get the most out of your equipment by playing it at a safe level. One that lets the sound come through loud and clear without annoying blaring or distortion-and, most importantly, without affecting your sensitive hearing.

Sound can be deceiving. Over time your hearing “comfort level” adapts to higher volumes of sound. So what sounds “normal” can actually be loud and harmful to your hearing. Guard against this by setting your equipment at a safe level BEFORE your hearing adapts.

To establish a safe level:

Start your volume control at a low setting.

Slowly increase the sound until you can hear it comfortably and clearly, and without distortion.

Once you have established a comfortable sound level:

• Set the dial and leave it there.

Taking a minute to do this now will help to prevent hearing damage or loss in the future. After all, we want you listening for a lifetime.

We Want You Listening For A Lifetime

Used wisely, your new sound equipment will provide a lifetime of fun and enjoyment. Since hearing damage from loud noise is often undetectable until it is too late, this manufacturer and the Electronic Industries Association’s Consumer Electronics Group recommend you avoid prolonged exposure to excessive noise. This list of sound levels is included for your protection.

Decibel

Level Example

30 Quiet library, soft whispers

40 Living room, refrigerator, bedroom away from traffic

50 Light traffic, normal conversation, quiet office

60 Air conditioner at 20 feet, sewing machine

70 Vacuum cleaner, hair dryer, noisy restaurant

80Average city traffic, garbage disposals, alarm clock at two feet.

THE FOLLOWING NOISES CAN BE DANGEROUS UNDER CONSTANT EXPOSURE

90 Subway, motorcycle, truck traffic, lawn mower

100 Garbage truck, chain saw, pneumatic drill

120 Rock band concert in front of speakers, thunderclap

140 Gunshot blast, jet plane

180 Rocket launching pad

Information courtesy of the Deafness Research Foundation.

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Should this product require service in the U.S.A. and you wish to locate the nearest Pioneer Authorized Independent Service Company, or if you wish to purchase replacement parts, operating instructions, service manuals, or accessories, please call the number shown below.

8 0 0 – 4 2 1 – 1 4 0 4

Please do not ship your product to Pioneer without first calling the Customer Support Division at the above listed number for assistance.

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

Customer Support Division

P.O. BOX 1760, Long Beach,

CA 90801-1760, U.S.A.

For warranty information please see the Limited Warranty sheet included with your product.

Should this product require service in Canada, please contact a Pioneer Canadian Authorized Dealer to locate the nearest Pioneer Authorized Service Company in Canada. Alternatively, please contact the Customer Satisfaction Department at the following address:

Pioneer Electronics of Canada, Inc.

Customer Satisfaction Department

300 Allstate Parkway, Markham, Ontario L3R OP2 1(877)283-5901

For warranty information please see the Limited Warranty sheet included with your product.

Si ce produit doit être réparé au Canada, veuillez vous adresser à un distributeur autorisé Pioneer du Canada pour obtenir le nom du Centre de Service Autorisé Pioneer le plus près de chez-vous. Vous pouvez aussi contacter le Service à la clientèle de Pioneer:

Pioneer Électroniques du Canada, Inc. Service à la clientèle

300, Allstate Parkway, Markham, Ontario L3R OP2 1(877)283-5901

Pour obtenir des renseignements sur la garantie, veuillez vous reporter au feuillet sur la garantie restreinte qui accompagne le produit.

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