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Table of Contents

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

6

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

7

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

7

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

7

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

7

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

8

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

8

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

8

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

9

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

9

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

9

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

9

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

9

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

9

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

10

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

10

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

11

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

12

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

12

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

13

1 Auto Surround Sound Setup ........................................

13

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

15

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

16

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

16

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

16

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

17

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

17

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

18

Connecting a Video Component to the

 

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

18

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

19

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

20

Connecting to the Multi Channel Analog Inputs

 

(DVD-Audio or Super Audio CD

 

(SACD) compatible player) ..........................................

21

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

22

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

23

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

24

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

24

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

25

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

26

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

26

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

27

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

27

Power Connections (AC OUTLETS) ................................

27

Displays and Controls ........................

28

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

28

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

30

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

33

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

34

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

36

Surround Back System ....................................................

37

NORMAL Setup ................................................................

38

Speaker Setting ............................................................

39

Channel Level ...............................................................

41

Speaker Distance .........................................................

42

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

43

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

43

Selecting the Input Signal ...........................................

44

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

45

Stereo modes ................................................................

45

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

46

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

47

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

48

Adding/Adjusting the Effect in

 

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

48

Listening with ACOUSTIC CAL EQ ..................................

49

Digital Noise Reduction (DIGITAL NR Function) ...........

49

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

50

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

50

Adjusting Bass and Treble ..............................................

51

Listening with Sound Delay .............................................

51

Listening in Audio Scaler mode ......................................

52

Multi Channel In Playback ...............................................

53

Surround Back Channel Modes ......................................

54

Surround Back Channel Mode ...................................

54

Virtual Surround Back Mode .......................................

54

Dual Mono setting and playback ....................................

55

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

55

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

56

Adjusting the Brightness of the Display (DIMMER) ......

56

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

57

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

57

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

57

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

58

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

59

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

60

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

61

Remote Control of

 

Other Components .............................

62

Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other

 

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

62

Recalling Settings Stored in the Remote Control .....

62

Programming Signals from Other Remote Controls

 

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

63

Using Remote Control with Other Components ............

64

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

 

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

64

Cable TV/Satellite TV/Digital TV/TV operations ..........

65

Setting up the Direct Function ........................................

66

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Using Other Functions .......................

67

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

67

SECOND ZONE (Speaker System B) Setup ...................

68

Stereo playback in another room ...............................

68

SPEAKERS Button .......................................................

68

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

69

MULTI ROOM function ....................................................

70

MULTI ROOM connections .........................................

70

MULTI ROOM setup ....................................................

71

Controlling the MULTI ROOM system

 

from the main room .....................................................

72

Controlling the MULTI ROOM system

 

from the sub room .......................................................

73

The PIONEER SR System: Operating other PIONEER

 

components .....................................................................

74

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

75

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

76

System Off ........................................................................

77

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

77

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

78

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

78

Erasing Learning Remote Control Commands .........

78

Erasing All Remote Control Settings .........................

78

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

79

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

80

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

80

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

81

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

82

Function Rename ............................................................

83

12V TRIGGER function .....................................................

84

Expert System Settings ......................

85

EXPERT Setup ..................................................................

85

Crossover Network .......................................................

86

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

87

Fine Channel Delay ......................................................

88

Acoustic Calibration EQ ..............................................

89

Bass Peak Level ...........................................................

94

Dynamic Range Control ..............................................

95

Techno Tidbits and

 

Problem-solving .................................

96

Dolby .................................................................................

96

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

96

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

96

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

96

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

96

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

96

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

97

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

97

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

97

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

97

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

98

Preset Code Brands .......................................................

104

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

106

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SETUP SURROUND PREPARATION GUIDE SETUP EASY

BASIC

EXPERT

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FeaturesB fore You Start

Multichannel Acoustic Calibration EQ System (MCACC)

In order to make setting up as easy as possible for users we have created the MCACC system. This unique and convenient way of getting good surround sound from the receiver makes trouble-free setup a snap. With the included microphone plugged into the front panel the MCACC system creates a monitoring environment to establish the parameters of the sound for the specific room you are using. The MCACC system adjusts the parameters to establish excellent surround sound effects and offers you studio quality home theater sound with minimum effort.

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

The VSX-53TX is equipped with Dolby Digital EX decoding, the very latest Dolby Digital contribution to home theater with surround back speakers in addition to surround speakers. These additional speakers make home theater even more realistic and powerful. Naturally, you can also play all existing audio formats, including the recently developed Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS-ES Extended Surround formats on the VSX-53TX as well. On the video side, the component video output is fully compatible with high definition, progressive-scan digital video (720p).

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

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

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

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

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

12V Trigger

For extra convenience the 12V Trigger is a connection method that enables external components to turn on automatically when the VSX-53TX is switched on.

Audio Scaler (HI BIT/HI SAMPLING)

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

The Energy-saving Design

This unit is designed to use 0.8 W of energy when the receiver is in standby mode.

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Before You Start

Checking the Supplied Accessories

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

 

 

 

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AM Loop Antenna

FM Wire Antenna

“AA” IEC LR6

 

Operating

 

 

batteries x 2

1

Instructions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microphone for Auto

Microphone Stand for Auto

Remote Control Unit

Surround Sound Setup

Surround Sound Setup

Preparing the Remote Control

Loading the batteries

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

1 2 3

“AA” IEC LR6 batteries x 2

CAUTION!

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

Never use new and old batteries together.

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

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

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

PREPARATION

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Before You Start

Operating range of remote control unit

The area in which you can use the remote control to operate the VSX-53TX is fairly large. To use, point the remote control toward the remote sensor on the front panel of this unit while within the range shown below.

Remote control may not function properly if:

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

Direct sunlight or fluorescent light is shining onto the

remote sensor.

• The receiver is located near a device emitting infrared rays.

• Operated simultaneously with another remote control which uses infrared rays.

Installing the Receiver

CAUTION!

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

Do not any place object directly on top of this unit. This also would prevent proper heat dispersal.

Be sure to leave adequate ventilation space around the amp! When installing in a rack, shelf, etc., be sure to leave more than 8 inches of space above the receiver.

8 inches (20 cm)

Receiver

Opening the Front Panel

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

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DiEasplaysSetup& ControlsGuidePart 1

Home Theater: The Basics

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

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

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

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

3)The last factor is the listening mode you choose on the VSX-53TX receiver. These are explained below and in subsequent chapters but most likely the PRO LOGIC II MOVIE for moves and the PRO LOGIC II MUSIC for music will be fine.

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

1) Your Home System

The heart of your system is the VSX-53TX receiver and it is very flexible in getting you theater-like surround sound. You can use this receiver with anywhere from two to seven speakers (front left, front right, center, surround left and right, and surround back left and right) and a subwoofer to get home theater surround sound. We recommend you use seven speakers and a subwoofer. If this is not possible follow the instructions in "Auto Surround Sound Setup" in the "Easy Setup Guide Part 2" and you will still be able to get good surround sound. Also, a DVD player is essential for home theater and you can also hook up satellite or cable TV tuner to this receiver and get a more home theaterlike sound from these sources.

2) The Source Material

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

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

3) The Listening Modes

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

To listen to music in stereo simply choose the STEREO listening mode. Other possibilities (like listening to a stereo CD with all seven speakers or taking a stereo source and getting multichannel home theater-like sound) are explained in listening modes (page 47).

Conclusion

These are the three basic factors that contribute to your home theater sound. The easiest thing is to hook up seven speakers and a subwoofer and simply play your DVDs with PRO LOGIC II MOVIE listening mode. This will give you realistic and enjoyable home theater sound. First hook up your equipment, like your DVD player, TV and speakers.

Then follow the Easy Setup Guide instructions to set up your system for surround sound. It is very important you do one of the surround sound setups to get optimal sound from your receiver.

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

PREPARATION GUIDE SETUP EASY

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Easy Setup Guide Part 1

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

1 Hooking Up Your DVD Player and TV

In order to use Dolby Digital/DTS soundtracks, which are at the heart of home theater, you need to hook up your DVD player with digital audio connections. You can do this by either a coaxial or an optical connection, you don’t need to do both. The quality of these two types of connections is the same but since some DVD players only have one type of digital terminal you need to figure out which yours has and hook it up to the appropriate terminal on the receiver. In order to do this you will need the proper cable. For coaxial connections you can use a coaxial digital cord or a regular RCA video cord, which have the same type of plugs. For optical connections you will need a special optical cable which you can buy at your local stereo store. For more information on cords and cables see page 23. You should also hook up your DVD player with analog audio connections. Use regular RCA stereo cords for these connections. Also hook up the video connection on your DVD player, and your TV to this receiver. For your TV it's easiest to use a regular composite (RCA) video cord, as shown below.

Digital Connections

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

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

 

 

 

 

RCA video cord

RCA stereo cord

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

DVD player

RCA video cord

(not a PCM-only output)

You only need to make one DIGITAL connection.

coaxial cord

optical cord

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Easy Setup Guide Part 1

2 Speaker Connections

Home theater is designed to be setup with five, or seven speakers (front left and right; center; surround left and right; and, optimally, surround back left and right) and a subwoofer, but you can use this receiver with fewer speakers. Hook up the speakers you have to the A speaker terminals on the back of the receiver. If you only have two speakers hook them up as FRONT. If you have three hook up the single speaker as CENTER. Follow the diagram below in order to hook up all your speakers. A center speaker is very important for watching films because in digital soundtracks the dialog comes from the center speaker. If you do not have a center speaker you must tell the receiver the center channel is off or when you listen to digital soundtracks you won't hear any dialog. This can be done automatically by following the “Auto Surround Sound Setup” instructions from page 13 in this Easy Setup Guide. If possible, use surround back speakers. These speakers are important to take full advantage of all the sound channels on new, eight channel home theater DVDs. The diagram below also explains how to hook up a subwoofer which provides realistic bass sounds. For the subwoofer use a mono (single plug) RCA cord and for the other speakers use regular speaker cords.

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

 

Powered

 

Front

subwoofer

Front

speaker

TV/monitor

speaker

(Left)

 

(Right)

 

 

Center

 

 

speaker

Surround

 

 

speaker

 

Surround

(Left)

 

 

speaker

 

 

(Right)

Surround back

 

Surround back

speaker (Left)

 

speaker (Right)

Memo:

We recommend speakers with a nominal impedance rated 8 -16 , but you can change the speaker impedance setting of the receiver (see page 26).

If you only have one surround back speaker hook it up to the left surround back terminal.

If you use a THX certified subwoofer use the THX INPUT jack on the subwoofer (if your subwoofer has one) or switch the filter position to THX on your subwoofer.

When you attached your speaker wire to the speaker terminal make sure that not even one strand of wire touches the back of the receiver. If this happens it could short out the receiver.

Speaker terminals

 

 

 

The speaker terminals also

1 Twist exposed wire

2 Loosen speaker terminal

3 Tighten

 

accept single banana plugs.

 

(Refer to speaker manual for

strands together

and insert

terminal.

 

 

details.)

tightly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easy Setup Guide Part 1

3 Setting up the Main Unit

1 Plug the AC power cord into a wall outlet.

2 Press the STANDBY/ON button to switch the receiver ON.

4 Assigning the Digital Inputs

This is only necessary if you did not hook up your DVD player to DIGITAL IN 3 using a coaxial cable but rather connected it to one of the optical digital inputs. The following example shows how to assign the DIGITAL IN 2 jack to DVD.

 

1

Turn on the receiver and your TV,

 

 

press the RECEIVER button on the

 

 

remote control.

 

2

Press the SYSTEM SETUP button.

 

 

The SYSTEM SETUP menu appears on your TV (if it

 

 

doesn't, refer to page 10 to make sure you have prop-

 

 

erly connected the receiver to your TV).

 

3

Looking at the on-screen display on

 

 

your TV, use the buttons to

3

 

select INPUT ASSIGN. Press the

 

ENTER button.

 

4

DIGITAL IN-SELECT should be

 

 

selected, if not use the buttons

 

 

to select it. Press the ENTER button.

4

5

Use the buttons to select

 

DIGITAL-2 and press ENTER.

 

 

The default setting for the DIGITAL-2 jack is CD-R.

6Use the buttons to select DVD/

LD and press ENTER.

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Press the SYSTEM SETUP button.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The receiver exits the setup process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easy Setup Guide Part 2

Easy Setup Guide Part 2

1 Auto Surround Sound Setup

 

If setting up your surround sound speakers seems like it's going to be an involved task you only need to use this quick, automatic method, known as the MCACC system, to achieve good surround sound. You'll need to hook up the microphone so that the receiver can hear and judge the distance, size, sound character and sound pressure level of the speakers and thus know what settings to make.

First turn the volume down, then plug the microphone into the SETUP MIC jack on the front panel of the receiver and put the microphone into its stand.

Follow the step-by-step guide to setting up your surround sound below. This will customize the surround sound for your listening environment. If you want to personalize your surround sound setups by making the settings manually go to "Setting Up for Surround Sound" (starting on page 36) and "EXPERT Setup" (starting on page 85). Make sure all the components you need, especially speakers, have been properly connected before you do the steps described here.

1

 

 

1 Hook up the microphone to the

 

 

 

SETUP MIC jack on the Front Panel.

 

 

 

2 Place the microphone at your normal

 

 

microphone

listening position.

microphone

 

stand

Use a table, chair or something else to put the micro-

 

 

phone at the same height as you usually listen to your

 

 

 

 

 

 

system from.

Center Speaker

Front Speaker (R)

If you have a tripod you can affix the mic stand to it.

 

Subwoofer

Surround

3 Switch on the receiver and your TV.

 

Make sure your TV is set to this receiver as you will

 

 

Speaker

Front

 

(R)

use the on-screen displays (OSDs) on your TV to fol-

 

 

low these instructions.

Speaker

 

Surround

 

(L)

 

 

 

Back

 

Listening

 

Speaker

4 If you have a subwoofer turn it on.

Position

 

(R)

 

Surround Speaker (L)

Surround Back

Speaker (L)

5Press the RECEIVER button on the remote control.

6Press the SYSTEM SETUP button and use the on-screen display (OSD) that appears on your TV.

7The arrow should be pointing at SURROUND SETUP, press ENTER.

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Easy Setup Guide Part 2

8

10

11

Speaker Distance

8Select AUTO SETTING with the buttons and press ENTER.

9Some auto setup instructions will be

listed, make sure to follow them.

Make sure you have: hooked up the microphone and moved obstacles to the speakers out of the way. If you have a subwoofer make sure it is turned on and has the volume turned up.

WARNING: The test tones are very loud!! Make sure there are no infants or small children in the room and that no one who will be scared, upset or injured by loud noise is present. You yourself may want to wear earplugs. It is possible to lower the volume of test tones, but this could result in incorrect speaker settings.

10If you have followed all setup instructions and warnings above make sure that the arrow is pointed to START and press ENTER. Be prepared

for loud test tones.

Try to be as quiet as possible after hitting ENTER. The test tones may take up to 30 seconds.

The volume automatically increases to 0 dB, then the system will output some test tones and establish ambient noise levels, the microphone status, and what speakers you hooked up.

11 Check the speaker settings on the OSD.

If they match your speaker configuration make sure OK is selected and press ENTER. The test tones will be output loudly again. The test tones may take up to 5 minutes this time.

After they have finished, you see the SPEAKER SYSTEMS CHECK screen. If you want to view the settings select NEXT and press ENTER repeatedly. If not, simply go to step 13.

If they do not match the speaker configuration you hooked up and you want to try again select RETRY withbuttons and press ENTER. Follow the instructions above from step 10.

If you get an error message instructing you to do something, follow the instructions and RETRY with buttons and press ENTER.

If the speaker settings do not match the speaker configuration you connected and you want to input the settings manually select ERR FIX SP with the buttons, press ENTER. Go to step 12.

If you see an ERR message in the right side column, there may be a problem with the speaker connection. If selecting RETRY doesn't fix the problem, turn off the power and check the speaker connections.

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Easy Setup Guide Part 2

Memo:

Make sure the room environment follows the guidelines displayed on the OSD during auto setup. If the room environment is not optimal for auto setup (too much ambient noise, obstacles blocking the speakers from the microphone, etc.) 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.

Screens will turn off after three minutes and the receiver will automatically exit from the setup process.

If you leave CHECK!! or other error message on the screen for three minutes, or you choose CANCEL at anytime during the setup, the settings made up to that point will be cleared.

After completing the Auto Surround Sound Setup, ACOUSTIC CAL EQ ON (ALL CH ADJUST) is set automatically.

Some older TVs may interfere with the operation of the mic. If this is the case turn the TV off when doing Auto Surround Sound Setup.

12Use the buttons to select a speaker press ENTER. Then use thebuttons to select the size of each speaker individually. Press ENTER. Use the buttons to select OK and

press ENTER.

The system will output another series of test tones to establish the proper channel level, channel delay and acoustic calibration EQ. Again, be prepared for loud test tones.

After it has finished, you see the SPEAKER SYSTEMS CHECK screen. If you want to view the settings select NEXT and press ENTER repeatedly. If not, simply go to the next step.

13Select EXIT and press ENTER to go back to the SURROUND SETUP menu. Then choose EXIT twice to return to

normal use.

You should now have settings that will give you good surround sound. The MCACC indicator will light and the surround sound settings are complete.

2 Playing a DVD with Surround Sound

1Make sure the receiver, your TV, your subwoofer and your DVD player are switched ON.

2Press the DVD/LD button on the remote control.

You should see DVD/LD in the display on the receiver.

3 Play a DVD then adjust the MASTER VOLUME.

Memo:

To get a more refined sound, make the sound settings in “EXPERT Setup” on page 85.

If you're having trouble getting surround sound playback look at this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) guide:

Q1: Even though I'm playing a DVD I'm not getting 5.1 channel playback.

A1: Either the DVD is not set for digital output, or the Dolby Digital/DTS output settings are not correct.

Set the DVD player to output a digital signal and set the Dolby Digital and DTS output properly. If you are unsure how to do this check the DVD initial setup in the manual that came with your DVD player.

Q2: There is no sound from the subwoofer or it is very low.

A2: There is a good possibility you haven't reached a part of the DVD that has an LFE channel (which feeds the subwoofer) yet. The LFE channel only appears in selected parts of the soundtrack. Continue playing and listen for the subwoofer.

If you want to hear more sound from the subwoofer set it to PLUS (see page 39 for more information and consult the Memo on page 40).

GUIDE SETUP EASY

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ConnectingYour EquipmentYour Equipment

Connecting your TV

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

Connect your TV to the jacks as shown below. Hook up with either component video, S video, or composite video cords (the quality descends in this order) but you must use the same type of video cords to hook up your DVD player (and all other video components) as you use to hook up your TV. If you plan to hook up your DVD player with component video cords hook up your TV with them as well. Composite video cords, which look just like regular RCA audio cords (see page 20) but have only one cable are the most common.

CAUTION:

 

Don't confuse the

 

MONITOR OUT for

TV/monitor

your TV with the

 

MULTI ROOM &

 

SOURCE MONI-

 

TOR OUT (for the

 

MULTI ROOM fea-

 

ture only).

 

S Video

S video cables produce clearer picture reproduction by sending separate signals for the luminance and the color.

Component video

The video signal is divided into the luminance (Y) signal and the color (PB and PR) signals. In this way, interference between the signals is avoided.

Composite Video

Composite video cords are the most common or standard video cord but also the lowest quality. The color on the connector is yellow to distinguish it from regular RCA audio cords which have white and red connectors (see page 20). It is important to use a true composite video cord and not an audio cord (though they look exactly the same) because the impedance is different and this will affect the picture quality.

Component Video Input Default Settings

If you use component video cords to hook up your video equipment it is easiest to do so following the default settings, which are listed below. Remember you must use component video cords from your video source (for example, a DVD player) to the receiver and from the receiver to your TV (or monitor). If you don't follow the default settings below you must assign the inputs you used with the "Assigning the Component Video Inputs" procedure (see page 82).

The default settings are:

COMPONENT VIDEO IN 1: DVD/LD

COMPONENT VIDEO IN 2: TV/SAT

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Connecting Your Equipment

Connecting Video Components

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

Connect your video components as shown on this and the following page. For video components (for example, a DVD player) there are two types of connections to make, video and audio. Hook up your video signal with either component video, S video or composite video cords (the quality descends in this order) but you must use the same type of cord as you used to hook up your TV.

For the audio signal, in order to use digital soundtracks like Dolby Digital or DTS you must hook up a digital input, with either a coaxial or optical cord (see page 23). It is also a good idea to hook up your components with analog audio connections as well.

If you want to record from your DVD player composite (or S video) cord connections and analog audio connections are necessary.

Connecting a DVD player

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

Hook up your audio signal with either a coaxial or optical digital cords (you don't need to do both). If you hook up your DVD/LD player using component video cable connections you might need to setup your DVD player for component video output as well. See your DVD manual for details. If you have a DVD-Audio or Super Audio CD (SACD) compatible player, see page 21.

You need to hook up your audio with analog connections as well.

*The arrows indicate the direction of the signal.

 

 

DIGITAL OUT

 

1

 

 

 

2

3

(not a PCM-only output)

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

 

 

COMPO-

VIDEO

 

 

NENT

OUT

 

 

 

Y

DVD player

 

 

 

 

 

S-VIDEO

 

 

PB

 

 

PR

 

-

ANALOG

 

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

L

 

 

 

R

 

Memo:

 

 

 

Be sure to make either a digital coaxial or digital optical connection (pictured in this diagram as DIGITAL jack 3 or DIGITAL jack 2) but you don't need to make both.

If your digital connections are different than the default settings (see page 23) you will need to assign the digital jacks to the proper component(s).

PREPARATION

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Connecting Your Equipment

Connecting VCRs or DVRs

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

Connect the video out of your VCR/DVR using either S video or composite video cords, depending on how you connected the receiver to your TV (see page 16). Use analog audio cords for the audio signal. To record, you also need to connect a set of audio/video outputs from the receiver to the audio/video inputs on your VCR/ DVR. Note that to record video from a source component, the video connection from the source to the receiver and from the receiver to the recorder must be the same type.

VCR/DVD recorder

VCR

Connecting a Video Component to the Front Panel

Connect a portable DVD player, video game console or any video component to the front panel as show here. Front video connections are accessed via the front panel input selector as VIDEO. You cannot assign the digital input on the front panel.

Be careful! For portable DVD players you will need a specialized optical cord (for the audio) that has a mini optical plug on one end and a regular optical plug on the other.

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Connecting Your Equipment

Connecting Satellite TV (SAT) Components

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

Hook up the video signal with either component video, S video, or composite video cords, depending on how you connected the receiver to your TV (see page 16).

For the audio signal, in order to use digital soundtracks broadcast you must hook up a digital input. Use either a coaxial or optical cable, it doesn't matter which (see page 23). We recommend hooking up your audio with analog cables as well (see below).

*The arrows indicate the direction of the TV signal.

VIDEO

COMPO-

VIDEO

NENT

OUT

Y

 

PB

S-VIDEO

PR

 

 

Satellite tuner

ANALOG

DIGITAL

AUDIO

DIGITAL

L

 

R

 

Memo:

 

If your digital connections are different than the default settings (see page 23) you will need to assign the digital jacks to the proper component(s).

PREPARATION

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Connecting Your Equipment

Connecting Analog Audio Components

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

Connect your audio components to the jacks as shown below. These are all analog connections and your analog audio components (turntable, cassette deck) use these jacks. Remember that for components you want to record with you need to hook up four plugs (a set of stereo ins and a set of stereo outs), but for components that only play (like a turntable) you only need to hook up one set of stereo plugs (two plugs). If you want to record to/from digital components (like a CD-R) to/from analog components you must hook up your digital equipment with these analog connections.

*The arrows indicate the direction of the audio signal.

Audio cords

Use (RCA) audio cords (not supplied) to connect the audio components.

Connect red plugs to R (right) and white plugs to L (left).

Be sure to insert completely.

CD player

CD recorder

ANALOG

Cassette deck

Turntable (etc)

If you use a turntable with this LINE IN jack only connect one with a built-in phono equalizer.

Memo:

Depending on where the cassette deck is placed, noise may occur during playback of your cassette deck which is caused by leakage flux from the transformer in the receiver. If you experience noise, move the cassette deck farther away from the receiver.

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Connecting Your Equipment

Connecting to the Multi Channel Analog Inputs (DVD-Audio or Super Audio CD (SACD) compatible player)

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

If you have a DVD-Audio or Super Audio CD (SACD) compatible player, or are using an external Dolby Digital/ DTS decoder, connect it to the multichannel analog inputs as shown below.

Components equipped with

5.1 (7.1) channel analog output jacks

PREPARATION

Memo:

If you use only one surround back input, be sure to hook up to the SURROUND BACK L jack.

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Connecting Your Equipment

Connecting Digital Audio Components

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

Connect your digital components as shown below. The VSX-53TX has two coaxial and two optical inputs for a total of four digital inputs on the rear panel plus one digital input on the front panel. In order to use digital soundtracks like Dolby Digital or DTS (among others) you need to make digital audio connections. You can do this by either a coaxial or an optical connection (you don’t need to do both). The quality of these two types of connections is the same but since some digital components only have one type of digital terminal, it is a matter of matching like with like (for example, the coaxial out from the component to coaxial in on the receiver).

Hook up your audio signal with either a coaxial or optical digital cords (you don't need to do both). If you hook up your DVD/LD player using component video cable connections you might need to setup your DVD player for component video output as well. See your DVD manual for details.

There are two optical digital out jacks (the CD recorder is connected to one in the diagram below). If you connect this to the optical input on a digital recorder (currently these include MD, DAT and CD-R) you can make direct digital recordings with this unit.

We also recommend hooking up your digital components to analog audio jacks (see “Connecting Analog Audio Components” on page 20) in order to make recordings (some digital sources may be protected against making digital copies).

*The arrows indicate the direction of the audio signal.

DIGITAL

OUTPUT

DIGITAL

DIGITAL

OUTPUT

INPUT

(PLAY)

(REC)

DIGITAL

OUTPUT

(not a PCM-only output)

DIGITAL

OUTPUT

Satellite tuner

CD recorder

DVD player

CD player

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Connecting Your Equipment

Coaxial cords/Optical cables

Commercially available digital audio coaxial cords (standard video cords can also be used) or optical cables (not supplied) are used to connect digital components to this receiver.

Be sure to insert completely and in the case of the optical cable, right-side up. If it is inserted improperly it can break the shutter on the optical terminal (this won't, however, affect the connection or insertion of an optical cable).

Coaxial cord

Optical cable

(or standard [composite]

 

video cord)

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Input Default Settings

Unlike analog connections, the jacks for digital connections are not dedicated to one type of component, they can be used freely. Thus you must tell the receiver what digital component is connected to which jack so your components will be in sync with the names on the remote control buttons and the like. To avoid having to assign the digital inputs you can hook up your equipment in accordance with the receiver's default settings.

The default settings are:

DIGITAL IN 1 (optical): TV/SAT

DIGITAL IN 2 (optical): CD-R/TAPE1

DIGITAL IN 3 (coaxial): DVD/LD

DIGITAL IN 4 (coaxial): CD

See “Assigning the Digital Inputs” on page 81 if the way you hook up your equipment is different from the default settings listed here.

PREPARATION

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Connecting Your Equipment

Connecting the Radio Antennas

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

Connect the supplied FM wire antenna and the AM loop antenna to the ANTENNA terminals as shown below. These antennas should provide adequate reception quality in most cases, but connecting outdoor antennas should noticeably improve sound quality.

FM wire

AM loop

antenna

antenna

(Single)

AMloop antenna

1 Assemble the antenna.

2 Twist exposed wire strands

 

together and insert.

3 Attach toa wall, etc. (if desired) and face toward the direction providing the best reception.

Using outdoor antennas

To improve FM reception

Connect an external FM antenna.

75Ω coaxial cable

To improve AM reception

Connect a 15 to 18 feet (5 – 6 meter) length of vinyl-coated wire to the AM LOOP ANTENNA terminal in addition to the supplied AM loop antenna.

For best possible reception, suspend horizontally outdoors. Outdoor antenna

AM loop antenna

Indoor antenna (vinyl-coated wire)

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Connecting Your Equipment

Connecting Speakers

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

We recommend a full complement of seven speakers and a subwoofer as shown here but, naturally, everyone's home setup will vary. Simply connect the speakers you have in the manner described below.

One of the latest features of home theater is the use of surround back speakers. These speakers add even greater realism in movie sound effects and some new discs with soundtracks in Dolby Digital or DTS incorporate these channels. See page 27 for speaker placement.

In general, make sure you connect the speaker on the right to the R terminal and the speaker on the left to the L terminal. Also make sure the positive and negative (+/–) terminals on the receiver match those on the speakers.

Memo:

We recommend speakers with a nominal impedance rated 8 -16 , but you can change the speaker impedance setting of the receiver (see page 26).

If you only have one surround back speaker hook it up to the left surround back terminal.

If you are using a THX certified subwoofer use the THX INPUT jack on the subwoofer (if your subwoofer has one) or switch the filter position to THX on your subwoofer.

 

Powered

 

Front

subwoofer

Front

TV/monitor

speaker

speaker

(Left)

 

(Right)

 

 

Center

 

 

speaker

Surround

 

 

speaker

 

Surround

(Left)

 

 

 

speaker

 

 

(Right)

Surround back

 

Surround back

speaker (Left)

 

speaker (Right)

PREPARATION

Speaker terminals

 

 

The speaker terminals also

1 Twist exposed wire

2 Loosen speaker terminal

3 Tighten

accept single banana plugs.

(Refer to speaker manual

strands tightly

and insert

terminal.

for details.)

together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Connecting Your Equipment

Speaker impedance

You can change the speaker impedance for VSX-53TX but we recommend using speakers with an impedance of 8 Ω -16 Ω (the default setting). If you are using 6 Ω - less than 8 Ω impedance speakers, you need to change the impedance setting. Use any speaker rated between 6 Ω -16 Ω .

First put the receiver in STANDBY mode, then press the power button while holding down the SPEAKERS button.

The receiver will reset to the new impedance setting. With this method you can choose the 8 Ω -16 Ω setting or the 6 Ω - 8 Ω setting.

(This display indicates an 8- 16impedance setting.)

(This display indicates a 6- less than 8impedance setting.)

Bi-wiring your speakers

This high quality but difficult method of wiring speakers will be unnecessary for most users. In order to do this your speakers must be bi-wireable (that is they must have separate terminals for the high and low frequencies).

To bi-wire a speaker, connect two sets of speaker cords to each speaker terminal on the receiver. The easiest way to do this is to connect one wire in the normal way, and use a banana plug for the other one. Make sure you use a parallel (not series) connection when doing so. Don't connect different speakers from the same terminal in this way.

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Connecting Your Equipment

Placing Your Speakers

Proper speaker placement is essential to realize the best sound from your system. It is very important for speaker placement to read the instructions that come with your speakers so please be sure to do so.

Speaker placement

If you have a multiple speaker arrangement the placement of the speakers is extremely important. To achieve the best possible surround sound, install your speakers as shown below. Make sure all speakers are installed securely to prevent accidents and improve sound quality. Some speakers are designed to be floor-standing but others benefit greatly from speaker stands which raise them off the floor. Be sure to read your speaker manuals for the best placement of the speakers.

 

Center Speaker

Front Speaker

Front Speaker

(L)

(R)

 

Subwoofer

Surround

Surround

Speaker (L)

Speaker (R)

Surround Back

Surround Back

Speaker (L)

Speaker (R)

Memo:

When installing speakers near the TV, we recommend using magnetically shielded speakers to prevent distortion in the color of the TV screen. If you do not have magnetically shielded speakers and notice discoloration of the TV screen, place the speakers farther away from the TV.

Install the center speaker above or below the TV so that the sound of the center channel is localized at the TV screen.

THX recommends that if you have two surround back speakers you place them close together.

PREPARATION

CAUTION:

When installing the center speaker on top of the TV, be sure to secure it with suitable means.

Power Connections (AC OUTLETS)

[SWITCHED TOTAL 100 W MAX]

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

CAUTION!

Do not connect appliances with high power consumption such as heaters, irons, or television sets to the AC OUTLET in order to avoid overheating or fire risk. This can cause the amplifier to malfunction.

The equipment should be disconnected by removing the mains plug from the wall socket when not in regular use, e.g. when on vacation.

CAUTION!

DO NOT CONNECT A MONITOR OR TV SET TO THIS UNIT’S AC OUTLET.

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DisplaysDis ays & Controlsand Controls nd Controls

Front Panel

All the controls on the front panel are explained and/or referenced here. To open the front panel push gently on the lower third of the panel.

1MULTI JOG dial

You can use this dial for many purposes. When you press the SET UP button (12), you can use it to perform SYSTEM SETUP operations; select a function or a listening mode or do TUNER EDIT functions (in TUNER mode).

2STANDBY/ON button

Press to switch the receiver ON or into STANDBY mode.

3Listening mode buttons (page 45)

There are two types of SURROUND modes: MOVIE: Press to put the receiver into MOVIE mode (see page 46).

MUSIC: Press to put the receiver into MUSIC mode (see page 47).

STEREO/DIRECT (see page 45): Switches the receiver into STEREO mode if it was in a different sound mode or toggles between DIRECT and STEREO mode.

4ENTER button

Use this button to enter information concerning the SYSTEM SETUP, listening mode or the tuner.

5STANDBY indicator

Lights when the receiver is in STANDBY mode. (Please note that this receiver consumes a small amount of power [0.8 W] in the standby mode.)

6Remote sensor

Receives the signals from the remote control.

7Display (See page 33)

8MCACC indicator (see pages 13 and 49)

Lights when the ACOUSTIC CAL EQ is on. (After the Auto Surround Sound Setup has been completed the ACOUSTIC CAL EQ is set on and this display will light.)

9MULTI CH IN button

Use this button to select the component you have hooked up to the MULTI CH IN terminals (for example, a DVD-Audio player).

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Displays and Controls

10 ACOUSTIC EQ button (see pages 49 and

89)

Press to switch on/off and select the type of acoustic calibration EQ.

11 MASTER VOLUME dial

Use to raise or lower the volume of the receiver.

12 MULTI JOG CONTROL buttons

SET UP

Press to switch the SYSTEM SETUP mode.

RETURN

Press to move back one step in the SYSTEM SETUP process.

13 SIGNAL SELECT button (see page 44)

Press SIGNAL SELECT repeatedly to select one of the following:

AUTO – If there are analog and digital signals input, the receiver automatically selects the digital signal.

DIGITAL – To select an optical or coaxial digital signal.

ANALOG – To select an analog signal.

14HI-BIT HI-SAMPLING button (see page 52)

Use this button to switch the AUDIO SCALER mode on or off.

15SB CH MODE button (see page 54)

Use this button to turn the surround back channels ON/OFF/AUTO or switch the virtual surround back mode between ON/OFF/AUTO.

16Tuner control buttons (see page 57) BAND

Press to select the AM or FM band.

CLASS

Press repeatedly to switch the preset station classes.

SELECT

Switches the –/+ buttons between station memory and frequency select modes.

–/+

Selects station memories or frequencies when using the tuner.

TUNER EDIT

Press to memorize and name a station for recall using the MULTI JOG and ENTER buttons.

17 MULTI ROOM & SOURCE buttons (see page 72)

Press to use the multi room feature (requires an optional IR receiver).

CONTROL button

Used together with the MULTI JOG to select the function or use with the MASTER VOLUME to select the volume of the MULTI ROOM system.

ON/OFF button

Use to switch MULTI ROOM function on or off.

18 PHONES jack

Connect headphones for private listening (no sound will be heard through the speakers).

19 SPEAKERS (A/B) button

The use of this button depends on how the SURRBACK SYSTEM (see page 37) is set. If NORMAL SYSTEM or MR&S is chosen this button toggles between A and OFF. If SECOND ZONE is chosen this button toggles between A, B, A+B and OFF.

20 TONE CONTROL buttons (see page 51)

TONE button

This button switches between TONE on and off, which bypasses the tone circuitry.

BASS/TREBLE button

Use to select whether the bass or treble will be adjusted.

–/+ buttons

Use to adjust the frequency levels.

21 SETUP MIC jack (see page 13)

Plug in the set up mic here. This is very important in order to set up your system and get proper surround sound.

22 VIDEO INPUT jacks (see page 18)

DIGITAL IN

Digital input for connecting a game console, DVD player or video camera (etc.), that has an optical digital connection.

S-VIDEO

Video input for connecting a portable DVD player or video camera (etc.), that has an S video out.

RCA VIDEO / AUDIO (L/R)

Video input for connecting a portable DVD player or video camera (etc.), that has standard RCA video/audio outputs.

PREPARATION

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Displays and Controls

Remote Control

This page describes the buttons on the remote control used to operate the receiver.

1RECEIVER (STANDBY/ON) button

Press to turn power of the receiver on or to standby (off).

2MULTI CONTROL buttons

These buttons are the basic controls that switch the mode of the receiver and the remote control, which allows you to control your other components.

TV CONT: Press so that the remote control can operate the TV control commands.

3Listening mode buttons (see page 45)

SURROUND buttons (MOVIE, MUSIC, & ENTER):

MOVIE: Press to put the receiver into MOVIE listening mode (see page 46).

MUSIC: Press to put the receiver into MUSIC listening mode (see page 47).

: Use to select the MOVIE or MUSIC listening mode.

ENTER: Use this button to enter information concerning the listening modes.

STEREO/DIRECT (see page 45): Switches the receiver into STEREO mode if it was in a different sound mode or toggles between DIRECT and STEREO mode.

4SYSTEM SETUP button

Use for all system setups, including the speaker and sound systems. For more information see “Setting Up for Surround Sound” starting on page 36. For a DVD player use this button to bring up the DVD menu and for a tuner use this button in the same way as the TUNER EDIT button.

5AUDIO button

Use to switch the audio tracks of a DVD when in DVD mode.

6Command button for other components (see page 64)

Use these buttons to control other components you selected with the MULTI CONTROL buttons. You must input the preset code in order use this function (see page 62).

7Number buttons

These can be used for many purposes depending on the mode of the remote control.

When in receiver mode the buttons operate as below:

DIMMER button (see page 56)

Use to adjust the brightness of the receiver's display.

LOUDNESS button (see page 50)

Switches the LOUDNESS mode on or off.

TONE button (see page 51)

This button switches between TONE on and off, which bypasses the tone circuitry.

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Displays and Controls

BASS/TREBLE buttons (see page 51)

Use to select whether the bass or treble will be adjusted.

(+/–) buttons

Use to adjust the TONE level, effect level, channel level and sound delay as well as make Dolby Pro Logic II MUSIC parameter settings.

EFFECT/CH SEL button

Switches between the different channels so you can add volume individually to each channel with the + and – buttons. Also selects EFFECT mode, Dolby Pro Logic II MUSIC parameters (see

page 48) and sound delay settings (see page 51). You can then use the + and – buttons to make these adjustments.

SIGNAL SEL button (see page 44)

Press repeatedly to select one of the following: AUTO – If there are analog and digital signals input, the receiver automatically selects the digital signal.

DIGITAL – To select an optical or coaxial digital signal.

ANALOG – To select an analog signal.

DNR (DIGITAL NR) button (see page 49)

Switches the DIGITAL NR on or off.

VIDEO SEL button (see page 56)

Use to toggle between the different video input possibilities.

HI-BIT button (see page 52)

Use this button to switch the AUDIO SCALER on or off.

8TV CONTROL buttons

The following buttons are used to control the TV only and can be used once they are preset to control your TV.

TV button

This is a dedicated TV button. Use it to turn on/ off your TV.

INPUT SELECT: Press to select the input source for the TV.

CHANNEL +/– : Use these buttons to change the channel of the TV.

VOLUME +/– : Press to control the volume of the TV.

9MULTI OPERATION button

Use this button with MULTI OPERATION (page 75) and SYSTEM OFF (page 77).

10LED display

This display flashes when a command is sent from the remote control to the receiver. It also flashes at other times, for example when teaching the receiver preset codes.

11SOURCE button

Use this button to turn on/off other components. You must input the preset code in order to use this function (see page 62).

12RECEIVER button

Use this button to switch the remote control into receiver mode in order to get certain receiver functions or do receiver setups.

13Receiver functions

ACOUSTIC EQ button (see page 89)

Press to switch on/off and select the type of acoustic calibration EQ.

INPUT button

Press to select an input source. The button will cycle through all the possible sources.

SB CH MODE button (see page 54)

Use this button to turn the surround back channels ON/OFF/AUTO or switch the virtual surround back mode between ON/OFF/AUTO.

MULTI CH INPUT button (see page 53)

Use this button to select the component you have hooked up to the MULTI CH IN terminals (for example, a DVD-Audio player).

MIDNIGHT button (see page 50)

Switches the MIDNIGHT listening mode on or off.

MUTE button

Press to mute or restore the volume.

PREPARATION

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Displays and Controls

14 MASTER VOLUME (+/–) buttons

Use to raise or lower the volume of the receiver.

15 TOP MENU/GUIDE button

Use to find stations or menus on a digital TV tuner. For a DVD player use this button to bring up the DVD menu.

16 / / / /ENTER buttons

These buttons can be used for a variety of operations in the SYSTEM SETUP menu.

These buttons are used to control the menus for other components when in those modes (DVD, digital TV tuner, satellite tuner, cable tuner, etc.). In TUNER mode, they can select a station and/or a frequency.

17 RETURN button

When you are in a receiver setup operation this button will go back one step in the SYSTEM SETUP procedure. When you are using your DVD menu screen this button acts the same as the DVD player's "Return" button. When you are using cable tuners, satellite tuners or digital TV tuners this button will either exit you from the menu screen or act like a "Return" button above, depending on the maker of the unit.

18 SUB TITLE button

Use to switch the subtitles on a DVD player or disc.

19 REMOTE SETUP button

Use to customize the remote control functions and the remote control itself. (See “Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other Components” starting on page 62).

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Displays and Controls

Display

All the display information is explained and/or referenced here.

1SIGNAL indicators

Light to indicate the input signal you selected. AUTO: Lights when the receiver is set to select the input signal automatically.

DIGITAL: Lights when digital audio signals are selected.

ANALOG: Lights when analog signals are selected.

2Digital format indicators

PRO LOGIC II: Lights during Dolby Pro Logic II processing.

NEO:6: Lights during NEO:6 processing.

2 DIGITAL: Lights when a Dolby Digital signal is detected.

DTS: Lights when a DTS signal is detected. ES: Lights when playing back a DTS ES signal.

EX: Lights when playing back a Dolby Digital EX signal.

STEREO: Lights during two-channel playback.

3LOUDNESS indicator

Lights when LOUDNESS is on.

4MIDNIGHT indicator

Lights when MIDNIGHT is on.

5TONE indicator

Lights when the TONE control is on.

6DNR indicator

Lights when DIGITAL NR is on.

7TUNER indicators

STEREO: Lights when an FM stereo broadcast is received in the auto stereo mode.

MONO: Lights when the tuner is set to receive FM broadcasts and when MPX mode is selected. TUNED: Lights when a broadcast is received.

8Volume level indicator

9MULTI-ROOM indicator

10Hi-BIT/SAMPLING indicator

Lights when a AUDIO SCALER mode is on.

11DSP indicators

MOVIE: Lights when a MOVIE mode is selected. When a DSP MOVIE mode is selected DSP will light with a box around it.

MUSIC: Lights when a MUSIC mode is selected. When a DSP MUSIC mode is selected DSP will light with a box around it.

12Speaker indicators (see page 68)

Lights to indicate the current speaker system, A and/or B.

13Program Format indicators

For Dolby Digital or DTS sources: These indicators change according to which channels are active in the source. When all three LS (left surround), S (surround) and RS (right surround) light at the same time it means a source with a 6.1 channel playback flag is being used.

L – Left front channel. C – Center channel.

R – Right front channel.

LS – Left surround channel.

S – Surround channel or Surround back channel. RS – Right surround channel.

LFE – Low Frequency Effects channel. O – Lights when LFE signal is input.

14 SB CH indicators (see page 54)

Light to indicate the status of the surround back channels.

AUTO – Lights when the SB CH MODE or virtual surround back mode is set to AUTO.

ON – Lights when the SB CH MODE or virtual surround back mode is set to ON.

OFF – Lights when the SB CH MODE or virtual surround back mode is set to OFF.

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Lights when the MULTI ROOM system is on.

Displays and Controls

Back Panel

All the terminals on the back panel are explained and/or referenced here.

1DIGITAL OUT terminals (see page 22)

Use these terminals to output a digital signal to a DVD-R, CD-R, MD recorder or any other kind of digital recorder.

2CONTROL IN/OUT terminals (see page 74)

You can use these jacks to hook up other PIONEER equipment, that has a CONTROL terminal, so that you can control them all by pointing the remote control(s) at one remote sensor.

3Radio antenna terminals (see page 24)

Hook up antennas for the radio tuner built into the receiver here.

4MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE OUT terminals (see page 70)

These terminals output the audio and video signal to a sub-system in a secondary room. Note that the MONITOR OUT here is different than the MONITOR OUT for the main system. These are analog jacks.

5MONITOR OUT terminals (connect a TV or monitor here, see page 16)

Use these terminals to output the video signal to your TV, video projector or monitor in your main room. Be careful not to confuse these jacks with the MULTI ROOM & SOURCE MONITOR OUT.

6PRE OUT analog terminals (connect an amplifier here, see page 69)

Use these terminals to output the audio signal from this amplifier to a different amplifier if that's how you choose to set up your system.

7COMPONENT VIDEO MONITOR OUT terminals

Use these terminals to output the video signal from the COMPONENT VIDEO IN terminals to your TV. See page 16 for more information.

812V TRIGGER terminal (see page 84)

Use this terminal to output a signal that can automatically turn on another component. DC OUT12V/100mA is the maximum power.

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Displays and Controls

(Single)

PREPARATION

 

9MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE REMOTE IN terminal (see page 70)

Use this terminal to hook up a sub-system in a secondary room. This hook up requires a separately sold IR receiver and allows you to use the receiver to hear different audio sources in different rooms.

10SPEAKERS terminals (see page 25)

Use these terminals to connect speakers to the receiver. The FRONT, CENTER and SURROUND terminals are for the main speaker system and the SURROUND BACK speakers can be set to either the main system, the SECOND ZONE, or the MULTI ROOM. See page 37 to set the SURROUND BACK speakers.

11AC OUTLET (switched, 100 W max)

Hook up an external component to the power supply of this receiver. Only do this with audio or video components being used in this system and never hook up heavy equipment (like TVs, heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators, etc.) to this receiver.

12DIGITAL IN terminals (see page 22)

Use these terminals to input the signal from a DVD, CD player or any other kind of digital player. To be able to play Dolby Digital and other surround soundtracks you need to make digital connections. To do this use the digital terminals here. If you don't connect as per the default settings (see page 23) you need to complete “Assigning the Digital Inputs” on page 81.

13 Audio input/output terminals (connect analog components here, see page 20)

Use these terminals to input/output the audio signal from analog components (like a cassette deck or turntable). These are analog jacks.

14Video components input/output terminals

Input/output signals from your video components (DVD, VCR, TV tuners, SAT tuners, etc.) here (see page 17).

15MULTI CH IN terminals (see page 21)

Use these terminals to input a multichannel surround signal (for example, a DVD-Audio signal) in an analog fashion. These are analog jacks.

16COMPONENT VIDEO IN terminals

Use these terminals to hook up the video connections of your video components with this high quality method. Your components will have to have the terminals as well to take advantage of this kind of connection. If you don't connect as per the default settings (see page 16) you need to complete “Assigning the Component Video Inputs” on page 82.

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SettingDisplays &UpControlsfor Surround Sound

Up for Surround

To ensure the best possible surround sound, complete the following setup operations. Some of these are the same (and take precedence over) the settings you made in the Easy Setup Guide, so consider if the ones you made at that time were adequate. If you feel they were, move on to the next setting in this section.

These setup operations use on-screen displays (OSDs) on your TV to display the settings and choices so be sure your TV and receiver are properly hooked up and that your TV is set to this receiver. You need to connect the setup mic to the front panel of the receiver so that it can measure the sound and ensure the proper settings. For more information on the mic hookup see page 13.

1Turn on the receiver and your TV. Press the RECEIVER button on the remote con-

 

 

trol.

 

 

Make sure your TV is connected and set to the video input the

 

 

receiver is using.

 

2

Press the SYSTEM SETUP button.

 

 

The menu possibilities appear on your TV.

 

3 SURROUND SETUP should be selected. If

 

 

it isn’t use the buttons to select it.

 

 

Press the ENTER button.

 

4

Use the buttons to navigate

 

 

through the menus. When you have the

 

 

setting you want in a particular menu,

3-4

2

press ENTER.

In each mode, the current settings are displayed. We suggest

 

 

you do a basic system setup for surround sound when you

 

 

first hook up the receiver. That gets it out of the way and you

 

 

won't need to do it again unless you change your home set up

 

 

(by adding new speakers, etc.). To do a basic setup use the

 

 

SURRBACK menu if necessary and then choose either the

 

 

AUTO SETTING or NORMAL setup procedure and complete

 

 

that. You don’t need to do both as they accomplish the same

 

 

ends and we recommend the AUTO SETTING method.

 

 

To do a more advanced setup for surround sound see EXPERT

 

 

setup starting on page 85.

 

 

SURRBACK SYSTEM (page 37)

 

 

Use to choose options for your surround back speakers.

3

4

AUTO SETTING (page 13)

See the Easy Setup Guide Part 2 for an explanation of this setup.

NORMAL (page 38)

Use this method to manually adjust all the surround sound functions.

EXPERT (page 85)

Use these settings to fine tune your surround sound and make it more personalized.

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Setting Up for Surround Sound

Surround Back System

This setup selects how your surround back system will be used. If you want to use it for surround back speakers in your main speaker system choose NORMAL SYSTEM. In this case you won’t have any B (or secondary) speaker system as these speakers fill that role also for the VSX-53TX. If starting fresh, complete steps 1-3 on page 36.

1

SURRBACK SYSTEM should be selected.

 

If it isn’t use the buttons to select it.

 

Press the ENTER button.

 

The setup possibilities appear on your TV.

2

Use the buttons to select the

1-3

surround back system setting. Press the

 

ENTER button.

 

Choose from:

 

NORMAL SYSTEM: if you want to use these speaker

 

terminals for your surround back speakers in your main

 

speaker system (referred to as the A speaker system).

 

SECOND ZONE: if you want to use the these speaker

 

terminals for an independent speaker system (referred to

 

as speaker system B)

 

MR&S: if you want to use these speaker terminals for a

 

different, independent room. You can hear a completely

 

independent source through these speakers but you will

1

need a separate IR receiver (see page 70).

 

3 EXIT should be selected. Press the ENTER button.

You will return to the SURROUND SETUP menu display. Next, proceed to either AUTO SETTING (page 13) or NORMAL (page 38).

If you want to change a setting before proceeding

2

 

start over from step 1.

 

 

 

 

 

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Setting Up for Surround Sound

NORMAL Setup

This is the manual method to setup your sound parameters for surround sound. You don’t need to do this, however, if you did the AUTO SURROUND SETUP method on page 13. If you feel the settings in the AUTO SURROUND SETUP do not suit your personal tastes, the settings you input here will override them and allow you to adjust the parameters manually.

You only need to do these settings once (unless you change the placement of your current speaker system or add new speakers, etc.). If starting fresh, complete steps 1–3 on page 36.

1

Use the buttons to select NORMAL.

 

Press the ENTER button.

 

The setup possibilities appear on your TV.

2

Use the buttons to navigate

1-2

through the NORMAL setup menus.

When you have the setting you want in

 

a particular menu, press ENTER.

 

In each mode, the current settings are displayed. We suggest

 

you adjust all these settings when you first hook up the

 

receiver. That gets them out of the way and you won't need to

 

return to this setting mode unless you change your home set

 

up by adding new speakers (etc.).

 

SPEAKER SETTING (page 39)

 

Use to specify the type and number of speakers you con-

 

nected.

 

CHANNEL LEVEL (page 41)

 

Use to balance the volumes of your different speakers. This is

 

also necessary for the most realistic surround sound.

1

2

SPEAKER DISTANCE (page 42)

Use to select the distance settings for each set of speakers. You must add distance settings to all your speakers for the most realistic surround sound. Adding a slight delay to some speakers enhances sound separation and is particularly important for achieving a surround sound effect. You need to figure out the distance from your listening position to your speakers to add the proper delay.

See the next four pages for more information on these settings.

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Setting Up for Surround Sound

Speaker Setting

The information below shows you how to select the correct settings for the type and number of speakers you connected. Most importantly, you need to decide how to route the sound for all the speakers you connected. To do this select the size of the front, center, surround and surround back speakers (if you hooked them up). It is important to make these settings as accurately as possible or, in some cases, you may not get the full soundtrack from a disc. Use the information below to complete the steps that follow and set up the receiver to match the speakers you have hooked up.

Complete steps 1–2 on page 38 to start.

FRONT (default setting is SMALL)

Select SMALL to send bass frequencies to the subwoofer. Select LARGE if your speakers will reproduce bass frequencies effectively or if you did not connect a subwoofer. (If you select SMALL for the front speakers the subwoofer will automatically be switched YES. Also, the center and surround speakers cannot be set to LARGE if the front speakers are set to SMALL. In this case, all bass frequencies are sent to the subwoofer.)

CENTER (default setting is SMALL)

Select LARGE if your speaker will reproduce bass frequencies effectively.

Select SMALL to send bass frequencies to the other speakers or subwoofer.

If you did not connect a center speaker, choose NO. In this case, the center channel is output from the front speakers.

SURROUND (default setting is SMALL)

Select LARGE if your speakers will reproduce bass frequencies effectively.

Select SMALL to send bass frequencies to the other speakers or subwoofer.

If you did not connect surround speakers choose NO. In this case, the sound of the surround channels is output from the front and center speakers.

If the front speakers are set to SMALL, the surround speakers will automatically be set to SMALL.

SURRBACK (default setting is SMALL X2)

If you chose SECOND ZONE or MR&S in SURRBACK SYSTEM on page 37, or if you chose NO for SURROUND, you won’t be able to choose this setting.

Select the number of surround back speakers you have. You can choose one speaker, two, or none.

If you select one speaker, make sure to hook it up to the SURROUND BACK L terminal.

Select LARGE if your speakers will reproduce bass frequencies effectively.

Select SMALL to send bass frequencies to the other speakers or subwoofer.

If you did not connect surround back speakers choose NO.

If the front speakers or the surround speakers are set to SMALL, the surround back speakers will automatically be set to SMALL.

SUBWOOFER (default setting is YES)

Leave it selected if you connected a subwoofer.

If you selected SMALL for the front speakers the subwoofer will automatically be set to on (you won’t be able to choose NO or PLUS).

If you did not connect a subwoofer choose NO. In this case, the bass frequencies are output from the front or surround speakers.

Choose the PLUS setting if you want stronger reproduction of deep bass sounds.

If you select PLUS the bass frequencies that would normally come out the front and center speakers are all routed to the subwoofer.

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Setting Up for Surround Sound

 

1

SPEAKER SETTING should be selected. If

 

it isn’t use the buttons to select it.

 

Press the ENTER button.

 

The setup possibilities appear on your TV.

2

With the buttons choose the

1-5

speakers that you want to set. Press the

 

ENTER button.

 

The setup possibilities appear on your TV.

3

Use the buttons to choose the

 

number (YES or NO, X1 or X2) and the

 

size (LARGE or SMALL) for each set of

 

speakers. Press ENTER.

 

PLUS is also a possibility for the SUBWOOFER.

1

2

4Repeat steps 2 and 3 for all speakers channels.

5Use the buttons to select EXIT and

press ENTER.

Next, proceed to CHANNEL LEVEL below.

If you want to change a setting before proceeding start over from step 1.

 

 

 

Memo:

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have a subwoofer and like lots of bass, it may seem logical

 

 

 

to select LARGE for your front speakers and leave the subwoofer

(THX Speaker:SMALL)

selected. This may not, however, yield the best bass results.

 

 

 

Depending on the size and shape of your room you may actually

3

 

 

experience a decrease in the amount of bass due to what is

 

 

called low frequency cancellations. If you have a subwoofer, listen

 

 

to the bass response with the front speakers set to LARGE and

 

 

 

SMALL alternately and let your ears judge which sounds best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The safest option is to route all the bass sounds to the subwoofer

 

 

 

by selecting SMALL for the front speakers.

(THX Speaker:SMALL)

 

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Setting Up for Surround Sound

Channel Level

The following steps show you how to balance the sound output level of your speakers. Proper speaker balance is essential for obtaining high quality surround sound. If continuing from SPEAKER SETTING go to step 1. If starting fresh, complete steps 1–2 on page 38.

 

1

CHANNEL LEVEL should be selected. If it

 

 

isn’t use the buttons to select and

 

 

press ENTER.

1-5

2

There are two ways to set the CHANNEL

 

LEVEL: MANUAL or AUTO. Select a

 

 

setting mode with the buttons and

 

 

press ENTER.

 

 

Test tones will be output.

 

 

WARNING: Be prepared! The test tones are output at a

 

 

high volume level.

 

 

MASTER VOLUME rotates to the reference position (0 dB) and

 

 

the display on the receiver flashes TEST TONE. After a few

 

 

seconds the test tone is output.

1

 

 

 

MANUAL: move the test tone manually and adjust the chan-

 

 

 

nel level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTO: the test tone moves by itself and you adjust the levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaker Distance

 

2

3

Left

Left

Right

Right

 

in MANUAL setting

in AUTO setting

Memo:

If your subwoofer has a volume control, set it to the middle position before doing these operations.

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 75dB SPL (C- weighting/ slow reading).

The volume of the subwoofer test tone tends to sound lower than it actually is. You may need to adjust the level after testing your system with an actual soundtrack.

You can also set the channel level manually at any time by pressing RECEIVER then EFFECT/CH SEL on the remote control. Use the (+/–) buttons directly below the EFFECT/CH SEL button to adjust the level.

3Adjust the speaker level with the instructions below for the method you chose.

Adjust the channel level from –10 dB to +10 dB in 0.5 dB increments.

The default setting is 0 dB.

In MANUAL (manual test tone) mode

To switch the test tone between each speaker use the buttons and push ENTER. Adjust the level of each speaker using the buttons and ENTER. When done go to step 4.

In AUTO (automatic test tone) mode

This mode switches the test tone between each speaker automatically. The test tone output cycles through the speakers in the following order:

Adjust the level of each speaker using the buttons as the test tone is emitted and wait for it to move to the next speaker. When done go to step 5.

If you want to change a setting before proceeding you need to complete the procedure and start over from step 1.

4When you have the levels you want press ENTER. EXIT should be selected (if it isn’t select it with the buttons).

5Press ENTER.

Next, proceed to SPEAKER DISTANCE next page.

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Setting Up for Surround Sound

Speaker Distance

Adding a slight delay to some speakers is necessary to achieve proper sound depth, separation as well as an effective surround sound effect. You need to figure out the distance from your listening position to your speakers to add the proper delay. The following steps show you how to set the delay time for each channel by specifying the distances from your listening position to each speaker. Once you specify the speaker distances (or it is done automatically in the Easy Setup Guide), the receiver calculates the correct delay times automatically. If continuing from CHANNEL LEVEL go to step 1. If starting fresh, complete steps 1–2 on page 38.

 

 

1

The SPEAKER DISTANCE should be

 

 

 

selected. If it isn’t use the buttons to

 

 

 

select it. Press the ENTER button.

 

 

 

The setup possibilities appear on your TV.

1-5

6

2

Select each speaker channel with the

 

buttons and press ENTER.

 

 

3

Use the buttons to add or subtract

 

 

 

the distance in feet that the speaker is

 

 

 

from your normal listening position.

 

 

 

Press the ENTER button.

 

 

 

Adjust the speaker distance in half foot increments from 0.5

 

 

 

to 45 feet.

 

 

 

The default setting is 10 feet.

1

 

4

Repeat steps 2 and 3 for all speaker

 

 

channels.

 

 

5

Use the buttons to select EXIT and

 

 

 

press ENTER.

 

 

 

If you want to change a setting before proceeding

 

 

 

start over from step 1.

2

 

6

Press the SYSTEM SETUP button to

 

 

 

 

 

leave the SYSTEM SETUP mode.

3

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Basic Operation

Basic Operation

Di plays & Controls

 

 

 

Stereo and Multichannel Playback

The following instructions show you how to play sound sources with the VSX-53TX.

Before doing so be sure to complete the setup procedures described in the “Easy Setup Guide Part 2” (starting on page 13) or “Setting Up for Surround Sound” (starting on page 36). This is particularly important to achieve a surround sound effect with Dolby Digital or DTS sources.

1Turn on the power of the playback component.

 

 

2 Press the STANDBY/ON

 

 

 

 

button to turn on the

STANDBY

 

 

 

receiver.

 

 

 

indicator

 

 

 

Be sure that the STANDBY indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

turns off on the front panel.

 

 

 

3

Press the MULTI CONTROL (or INPUT)

 

 

 

on the remote control to select the

 

 

 

source you want to playback.

 

 

 

 

Choose the type of signal input with the SIGNAL SELECT

 

 

 

button.

 

 

 

 

See the next page for more details, if necessary.

 

 

4 Choose a LISTENING MODE one of

 

 

 

two ways.

 

 

 

 

For SURROUND modes: press MOVIE or MUSIC, use the

 

 

 

buttons to select the mode you want and press

 

 

 

ENTER.

 

 

 

 

For STEREO/DIRECT: press the button for that mode.

 

 

 

On the front panel, use the MOVIE or MUSIC buttons and

 

 

 

the MULTI JOG dial. Press the button of the mode type

2

4

 

you want and then use the dial to cycle through the possi-

4

bilities. Press ENTER.

 

See “MOVIE modes” (page 46) or “MUSIC modes” (page

 

 

 

47) for details on which modes are available and in which

 

 

 

situations they are designed to be used.

 

 

 

 

When playing source signals greater than 88.2kHz over a

 

 

 

digital connection, MOVIE/MUSIC modes cannot be

 

 

 

selected.

 

 

 

5

Start playback of the component you

 

 

 

selected in step 3.

3

6

6

Adjust the volume by using the

 

MASTER VOLUME buttons on the

 

 

 

 

 

 

remote control. On the front panel

 

 

 

use the MASTER VOLUME dial.

SETUP SURROUND

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Basic Operation

Selecting the Input Signal

This button selects the type of input signal, AUTO, ANALOG or DIGITAL, sent to the receiver. You need to take special care to switch to the appropriate input when necessary. For example, the switch would have to be on DIGITAL to hear digital sources like Dolby Digital or DTS but it would have to be on analog to record from the ANALOG out jacks on the receiver. The default setting is AUTO which will select from either DIGITAL or ANALOG depending on what inputs are available.

1 Press the MULTI CONTROL (or INPUT) on the remote to select a source component.

2 Press RECEIVER.

3 Press the SIGNAL SELECT button to select the input signal corresponding to the format of the source component.

Each press switches the signal in the order below:

3

Memo:

When DIGITAL signal is selected, 2 DIGITAL lights when a Dolby Digital signal is input; DTS lights when a DTS signal is input.

If no digital inputs are assigned (see page 81) you can only choose ANALOG in the SIGNAL SELECT.

Because the audio signal from a karaoke microphone and LDs are recorded with analog audio only, they are not output from the digital outputs. Set SIGNAL SELECT to ANALOG to listen to these formats.

When an LD with DTS is played back with the SIGNAL SELECT set in ANALOG, digital noise caused by playing back the DTS signal directly (with no decoding) is output. To prevent noise, you need to make digital connections (See pages 22 and 23) and set SIGNAL SELECT to AUTO or DIGITAL.

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

When using DIGITAL IN terminals the following digital signal formats are supported: Dolby Digital, DTS and PCM (32, 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz sampling frequencies).

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Basic Operation

Listening Modes

The three listening mode types on the receiver are explained here (to select listening modes see page 43). The kind of playback you can get in the three modes depends on what kind of a source (DVD, etc.) you are using. The basic distinction is between 2 channel sources and multichannel sources. The MOVIE and MUSIC modes that are available to you will also differ according to your source and which SB CH MODE you choose. This is explained below as well.

For home theater the MOVIE and MUSIC listening modes are designed to deliver realistic and powerful multichannel surround sound that recreates the movie theater or concert experience. The first four MOVIE modes (THX CINEMA, 2PRO LOGIC II (MOVIE), 2PRO LOGIC, NEO:6 CINEMA) and first two MUSIC modes (2PRO LOGIC II MUSIC, NEO:6 MUSIC) incorporate pure decoding of the signal. That is they present it as it was recorded in the sound studio. The other modes are DSP modes. They add some type of effect to the signal. You may need to experiment with these modes to see which suit your home system and personal tastes.

The MUSIC and STEREO modes are designed to be used with music sources but some MUSIC modes are also suitable for film soundtracks. Again, try different modes with various soundtracks to see which you like but you must choose one of the MOVIE and MUSIC listening modes in order to get surround sound.

Depending on your setup, in STEREO mode only the front two speakers, and sometimes the subwoofer (if you have one), are used.

Stereo modes

When a source is played in this mode, it plays 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.

STEREO

In STEREO mode the audio plays according to the surround setup settings and you can still use ACOUSTIC CAL EQ, DIGITAL NR, MIDNIGHT, LOUDNESS, AUDIO SCALER mode, and TONE Control functions.

DIRECT

In DIRECT mode, the audio bypasses all types of signal processing to remain as close to the source audio quality as possible.

Memo:

If you switch on ACOUSTIC CAL EQ, DIGITAL NR, MIDNIGHT, LOUDNESS, AUDIO SCALER mode, and TONE Control when DIRECT is selected, the receiver automatically switches to STEREO.

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Basic Operation

MOVIE modes (SURROUND mode)

The MOVIE mode is a newly designed system for enhancing movie soundtracks and other audio-visual sources that optimizes its effects in accordance with your source, SB CH MODE and speaker configuration. The first four modes are for pure decoding of multichannel sound sources. With these modes the receiver will automatically employ the format of the sound source (for example, Dolby Digital or DTS). With two channel sources these first four modes will create surround channels. Next, there are six PIONEER original sound modes that use DSP (Digital Signal Processing) to create different types of sound environments as described below.

THX CINEMA

THX is a set of technical standards created by Lucasfilm Ltd. These standards were designed to emulate a film sound stage and thus reproduce, with the greatest possible accuracy, the soundtrack intended by the filmmakers.

2PL II MOVIE (2PRO LOGIC II MOVIE)*

This mode gives 5.1 channel surround sound. It is suitable for movies, especially those recorded in Dolby Surround. The channel separation and movement of surround effects is comparable to Dolby Digital 5.1. With sources other than stereo (5.1, etc.) the display will automatically show the type of decoding being employed (Dolby Digital, DTS-ES, etc.).

2PRO LOGIC*

This mode gives 4.1 channel surround sound. It is less sensitive to the quality of the source material, so may be useful when 2PRO LOGIC II MOVIE or 2PRO LOGIC II MUSIC modes do not give good results. With sources other than stereo (5.1, etc.) the display will automatically show the type of decoding being employed (Dolby Digital, DTS-ES, etc.).

NEO:6 CINEMA*

This mode gives 6.1 channel surround sound and is suitable for movies. The NEO:6 CINEMA mode delivers good channel separation for movie soundtracks. With sources other than stereo (5.1, etc.) the display will automatically show the type of decoding being employed (Dolby Digital, DTS-ES, etc.).

ACTION

This mode is designed for action movies, which generally use lots of sound effects. The mode enriches the sound to make it more realistic and extends the parameters to pick up high and low sound effects.

SCI-FI

This mode is designed for science fiction movies. It creates a broad sound space, separating dialog from sound effects to heighten the overall impact of the soundtrack.

DRAMA

This mode is designed for movies with a lot of dialog. The elements of dialog are enhanced, making the characters seem more real. The mode also compresses the dynamic range somewhat so loud sounds do not overpower softer ones (compare this with the MIDNIGHT listening mode explained on page 50).

MUSICAL

This mode is primarily for music and adds a spacious feeling to the sound. A long delay time of reflected sounds provides resonant tones which emulate a concert hall.

MONOFILM

This mode is designed for older movies which are recorded with mono soundtracks. The special sound processing of this mode will allow you to experience these movies in surround sound even though they were not recorded that way originally.

5/7-D THEATER

This mode is especially designed to give sound depth to stereo sources. The overall effect builds a dynamic and broad sound space, allowing two-channel (stereo) signals to faithfully imitate a five speaker sound. The mode should be used in conjunction with Dolby Pro Logic for sources bearing the 3mark. The display will show either 5-D THEATER or 7-D THEATER according to the source, SB CH MODE and speaker configuration.

*When you input a multichannel signal the decoding is done automatically so you cannot choose these modes.

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Basic Operation

MUSIC modes (SURROUND mode)

The MUSIC modes allow you to transform your living room into a variety of different sonic environments when playing either two-channel or multichannel sources. It optimizes its effects in accordance with your source, SB CH MODE and speaker configuration. The first two modes are for pure decoding of multichannel sound sources. With these modes the receiver will automatically employ the format of the sound source (for example, Dolby Digital or DTS). With two channel sources these first two modes will create surround channels. Then there are five PIONEER original sound modes that use DSP (Digital Signal Processing) to create different types of sound environments as described below. Lastly, the 5/7-CH STEREO mode simply outputs a stereo signal through all of your speakers.

2PL II MUSIC (2PRO LOGIC II MUSIC)*

 

This mode gives 5.1 channel surround sound and is suitable for music. Compared to the Movie Mode PRO

 

LOGIC, the surround effect is more enveloping. With sources other than stereo (5.1, etc.) the display will

 

automatically show the type of decoding being employed (Dolby Digital, DTS-ES, etc.).

 

NEO:6 MUSIC*

 

This mode gives 6.1 channel surround sound and is suitable for music. The NEO:6 MUSIC mode plays the stereo

 

source as is through the front left/right speakers, and generates a natural, ambient surround and center sound.

 

With sources other than stereo (5.1, etc.) the display will automatically show the type of decoding being

 

employed (Dolby Digital, DTS-ES, etc.).

 

CLASSICAL

 

Simulates the acoustic effects of a large concert hall. Suitable for classical music. A long delay time of reflected

 

sounds, coupled with reverb effects, let the listener experience the dynamic and rich sounds characteristic of

 

concert halls and powerful orchestral performances.

 

CHAMBER

 

Simulates the acoustic environment of a very resonant concert hall. Rich reverberation and a full sound create

 

the impression of a lively performance space.

 

JAZZ

 

Simulates the acoustic effects of a jazz club. Reflected sound is virtually below 100 msec so that the listener can

 

experience a live band effect.

 

ROCK

 

Simulates the acoustic effects of a mid-sized concert hall. The listener can experience a live band effect with

 

good separation of the instruments, a strong bass and the vivid feeling of a live performance.

 

DANCE

 

Simulates the acoustic effects of a dance club. Features a strong bass sound. Reflected sound delay time is

 

virtually below 50 msec, for the listener to experience the visceral power of dance music.

 

5/7CH STEREO

 

Simulates the acoustic environment of a regular stereo while using all the speakers in the system to induce a

 

rich, all-around sound. The display will change to 5-CH STEREO or 7-CH STEREO according to the SB CH MODE

 

and speaker configuration.

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* When you input a multichannel signal the decoding is done automatically so you cannot choose these

 

modes.

 

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Basic Operation

Adjusting the Effect of a Listening Mode

The DSP (Digital Signal Processing) listening modes have sound processing added to accentuate a certain kind of atmosphere or effect (see the preceding pages for explanation). You can choose if you want to strengthen or weaken this effect in the given mode. The DSP MOVIE modes are: ACTION, SCI-FI, DRAMA, MUSICAL, MONOFILM, 5/7-D THEATER. The DSP MUSIC modes are: CLASSICAL, CHAMBER, JAZZ, ROCK, DANCE, 5/7CH STEREO.

1 Press RECEIVER.

2 Press the EFFECT/CH SEL button repeatedly until you see EFFECT in the receiver’s display.

3 Use the +/– buttons to add or subtract the amount of effect.

The amount of effect can be adjusted from 10 to 90.

Memo:

• The default setting for 5/7CH STEREO is 90.

• The default setting for other modes is 50.

Adding/Adjusting the Effect in Dolby Pro Logic II Music Mode

The Dolby Pro Logic II Music mode has three settings you can choose from which adjust the spatial feeling of the surround sound. These settings are best matched to each individual source instead of one setting being left on for all sources. The three settings and how to apply them are explained here. To start this setup select Dolby Pro Logic ll (if necessary) with the MUSIC button.

1 Press RECEIVER.

2 Press the EFFECT/CH SEL button repeatedly and select the setting you want. They appear in the receiver’s display.

CENTER WIDTH: With Pro Logic decoding center channel signals can come only from the center speaker. If no center speaker is present this channel is split between the two front speakers, creating a "phantom" channel. The CENTER WIDTH feature lets you adjust the center channel so it can heard only from the center speaker, only as a "phantom" channel or in varying degrees of both.

DIMENSION: This allows you to adjust the soundfield towards the front or towards the rear of your room.

PANORAMA: This gives the music a wraparound surround feel.

Memo:

Use your CENTER WIDTH setting carefully. If you set it to 0 all the center channel signal will go to your center speaker. If you set it to 7 all the center channel signal will go to your front speakers, creating a “phantom” channel.

3Use the +/– buttons to add or subtract the amount of effect or turn on/off.

CENTER WIDTH: Strengthen or weaken the effect between 0–7. The default is 3.

DIMENSION: Move soundfield backward or forward with - 3 being the furthest back and +3 being the furthest forward. The default is 0.

PANORAMA: Turn on or off. The default is off.

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Basic Operation

Listening with ACOUSTIC CAL EQ

You can listen to the soundtrack with the ACOUSTIC CAL EQ you set automatically when you did the AUTO SURROUND SETUP (page 13) or you set manually on (page 89). To do so follow the instructions below.

1 Press the ACOUSTIC EQ button.

Each press switches ACOUSTIC CAL EQ between ALL CH ADJUST, FRONT ALIGN, CUSTOM 1, CUSTOM 2 and OFF. When ACOUSTIC EQ is being applied the MCACC indicator lights.

MCACC indicator

1

Memo:

• After completing the AUTO SURROUND SETUP (page 13) ACOUSTIC EQ ON (ALL CH ADJUST) is set automatically.

• You can’t turn on ACOUSTIC EQ on in MULTI CH IN mode.

• If you turn ACOUSTIC EQ on in DIRECT mode, the receiver automatically switches to STEREO mode.

Digital Noise Reduction (DIGITAL NR Function)

To reduce extraneous noise switch on DIGITAL NR. This feature is effective with sources containing a lot of background noise like cassette and video tape.

1 Press RECEIVER.

2 Press the DNR button on the remote control.

Each press switches DIGITAL NR on or off.

When on, DNR lights in the display.

Memo:

• In cases described below, noise may not be reduced even if DIGITAL NR is on.

· Sudden noise

· Extremely loud noise

· Signals that contain too many high frequencies · Signals which are very clean to begin with

• DIGITAL NR is effective at levels shown below for each

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

source.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEREO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

.....................................................· Analog input

10-18 dB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

......................................................· Digital input

10-15 dB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

· AM/FM tuner ....................................................

10-15 dB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

· MOVIE/MUSIC ...................................................

6-10 dB

• Depending on the condition of the source, there may not be a noticeable improvement in the quality of the sound.

You can’t use the DIGITAL NR mode with the THX CINEMA, MULTI CH IN modes or source signals greater than 88.2kHz over a digital connection.

If you set the DIGITAL NR on in DIRECT mode the receiver will switch to STEREO mode.

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49

Basic Operation

Listening in MIDNIGHT Mode

This useful feature makes it possible to get excellent surround sound effects even when listening at low volumes. It can be used with any surround sound source and play soundtracks so that the quieter sounds are audible even while playing a soundtrack at low volumes. This feature is applicable only when the master volume is under –20 dB.

1 Press the MIDNIGHT button on the remote control.

Each press switches MIDNIGHT mode on or off. When on,

MIDNIGHT lights in the display.

Memo:

• The surround effect adjusts itself automatically in accordance with the volume level.

• You can’t use the MIDNIGHT mode with the THX CINEMA, MULTI CH IN or LOUDNESS modes.

If you set MIDNIGHT on when in DIRECT mode the receiver switches to STEREO mode.

Listening in LOUDNESS Mode

The LOUDNESS mode boosts the bass and treble in a signal. It is useful for listening to music at low volumes. This feature is applicable only when the master volume is under –20 dB.

1 Press RECEIVER.

2 Press the LOUDNESS button on the remote control.

Each press switches LOUDNESS mode on or off. When on, LOUDNESS lights in the display.

Memo:

• You can’t use the LOUDNESS mode with the THX CINEMA, MULTI CH IN or MIDNIGHT modes.

• If you set LOUDNESS on in DIRECT mode the receiver will switch to STEREO mode.

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Basic Operation

Adjusting Bass and Treble

You can adjust the low (bass) and high (treble) frequencies. The TONE button can also be used to bypass the tone circuitry.

1 Press RECEIVER.

2 Press the TONE button on the remote control or the front panel to put the receiver in tone adjust mode.

Pressing the TONE button changes the mode to either on or off. When the mode is set to on, TONE appears in the display.

3 Press the BASS/TREBLE button repeatedly to select BASS or TREBLE.

If TONE: BYPASS appears, press the TONE button to get

TONE: on.

2 3 4

4Use the +/– buttons to adjust the low or high frequency levels.

A few seconds after you finish adjusting the tone the receiver will revert to the sound mode it was in at the beginning of the process.

Memo:

The tone control can be adjusted in a range of ±6 dB.

The tone control cannot be set on in THX CINEMA, MULTI CH IN modes.

If you set TONE control on in DIRECT mode the receiver will switch to STEREO mode.

Listening with Sound Delay

Some video displays have a slight delay in presentation of the video. Using sound delay you can slow the presentation of the sound to match the presentation of the video.

1 Press RECEIVER.

2 Press the EFFECT/CH SEL button repeatedly until you see DELAY in the receiver’s display.

3 Use the +/– buttons to add or subtract the amount of delay.

Memo:

• The amount of delay changes in 0.1 frame steps from 0.0 – 6.0 frame. (The default setting value is 0.0 frame.)

• When in DIRECT or MULTI CH IN modes, sound delay cannot be used.

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51

Basic Operation

Listening in Audio Scaler mode

Use to hear CD and DVD, as well as other digital soundtracks, at a wider dynamic range, allowing for finer audio reproduction.

1 Press RECEIVER.

2 Press the HI-BIT button on the remote control or HI-BIT/HI-SAMPLING button on the front panel.

Each press switches AUDIO SCALER mode on or off.

HI-BIT/SAMPLING lights in the display.

Memo:

• This mode cannot be used with MULTI CH IN mode.

• If the receiver is in DIRECT mode and you press the HIBIT button the receiver will switch to STEREO mode.

• This feature cannot be used with source signals greater than 88.2kHz over a digital connection.

2

52

Basic Operation

Multi Channel In Playback

MULTI CH IN allows you to connect a DVD-Audio/SACD player or an external decoder to enjoy certain multichannel discs. To use MULTI CH IN playback follow the instructions below.

1 Press the MULTI CH INPUT button on the remote control or the MULTI CH IN button on the front panel.

Each press switches the input between the previous mode and MULTI CH IN.

ON: This is a true playback of the signal from the MULTI CH IN terminals, output without digital processing. You can only control each channel level.

1

OFF: Cancels the MULTI CH IN modes.

Memo:

• You can’t use any kind of sound processing with MULTI CH IN. Selecting a listening mode, or switching these modes, cancels the MULTI CH IN.

• If any speakers are set to NO the signal for that (those) channel(s) won’t get output at all.

• You cannot set sound features (page 49, 50, 51 and 52) on, in MULTI CH IN mode.

You cannot listen to the SECOND ZONE in MULTI CH IN mode.

If you’re listening to DVD-Audio/SACD but can only get stereo sound set your DVD player’s 5.1 channel analog playback to on.

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53

Basic Operation

Surround Back Channel Modes

Surround Back Channel Mode

The SB CH MODE makes available surround back channels through your surround back speakers. You must have chosen NORMAL SYSTEM in the SURRBACK SYSTEM setting (see page 37) and have SURROUND and SURROUND BACK speakers set to something other than NO (see page 39) to use this feature. To accomplish the same settings, you could have had the AUTO SURROUND SETUP automatically set the SURROUND and the SURROUND BACK speakers on (see page 13).

1 Press the SB CH MODE button on the remote control.

Each press switches between ON, OFF and AUTO.

ON: surround back channels are available with all SURROUND modes.

AUTO: same as above except whether SURROUND

BACK channels are available with any of the PRO LOGIC

II (or PRO LOGIC) modes depends on whether the source has an EX or ES flag or not.

With the NEO:6 modes surround back channels will always be available.

OFF: SURROUND BACK channels will not be heard.

1

Virtual Surround Back Mode

The virtual surround back mode emulates surround back channels through your surround speakers. You must have chosen NORMAL SYSTEM in the SURRBACK SYSTEM setting (see page 37); have SURROUND speakers set to something other than NO, and have chosen NO for the SURROUND BACK speakers in SPEAKER SETTING (see page 39) to use this mode. To accomplish the same settings, you could have had the AUTO SURROUND SETUP automatically set the SURROUND speakers on and the SURROUND BACK speakers off (see page 13) to use this mode.

 

1 Press the SB CH MODE button on the

 

remote control.

 

Each press switches between VIRTL SB ON, VIRTL SB

 

OFF and VIRTL SB AUTO.

 

VIRTL SB ON: virtual surround back sound is available

 

with all SURROUND modes except THX CINEMA; for a

 

stereo signal you must choose the NEO:6 MOVIE/MUSIC

 

SURROUND mode or a Pioneer original sound mode (see

 

pages 46 and 47).

 

VIRTL SB AUTO: same as above except whether virtual

 

surround back sound is available with any of the PRO

 

LOGIC II (or PRO LOGIC) modes depends on whether the

1

source has an EX or ES flag or not.

With the NEO:6 modes virtual surround back sound will

always be available.

 

VIRTL SB OFF: virtual surround back sound will not be

 

heard.

Memo:

 

You can’t use the SB CH MODE with MULTI CH IN or STEREO/DIRECT modes.

You can’t use the virtual surround back mode with the THX CINEMA, MULTI CH IN, STEREO/DIRECT modes.

This feature cannot be used when playing source signals greater than 88.2kHz over a digital connection.

When using the virtual surround back mode with the SURROUND modes, +VSB will show in the display.

54

Basic Operation

Dual Mono setting and playback

The dual mono setting can only be used when listening to Dolby Digital or homemade discs that have dual mono software encoded in them. Dual mono software usually is used to put two different mono soundtracks, that you can listen to together or separately, on one DVD. With this setting you can choose which dual mono setting you want to listen to. Remember this setting is only applicable if you are using Dolby Digital software with dual mono and want to isolate one of the channels therein.

1 Press the RETURN button for more than three seconds to put the receiver in DUAL MONO mode.

Hold down the RETURN button to cycle through the different DUAL MONO settings. When you find the one you want release the button. The L (ch1) and R (ch2) indicators in the display light to indicate the playback channel.

1

The different settings are: DUAL CH1, where you only hear channel 1; DUAL CH2, where you only hear channel 2; and DUAL CH1/CH2, where you hear both channels, but independently from different speakers.

Memo:

The default setting is DUAL CH1.

You can only use this function with Dolby Digital sources that have this encoding.

Using Headphones

 

 

 

1

Plug headphones into the PHONES

 

 

jack on the front of the receiver.

 

 

No sound will be audible from the speakers when head-

 

 

phones are plugged in except in MULTI CH IN mode or

 

 

when using the pre-outs. In MULTI CH IN mode the sub-

 

 

woofer will be audible even if the headphones are

 

 

plugged in.

1 PHONES jack

Memo:

All SURROUND modes will be downmixed to 2 channels.

If you’re listening to a 2 channel source there will be no matrix decoding (i.e. you will not be able to get surround sound decoding).

For MULTI CH IN mode, only the FRONT L and R channels can be heard.

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55

Basic Operation

Video Select

This function allows you to listen to one sound source while you watch a different video source on your TV. The sound source is set in the normal fashion as explained on page 43. You then change the video input with the VIDEO SEL button.

1 Press RECEIVER.

2 Press the VIDEO SEL button on the remote control to cycle through the different possible video inputs.

The first press shows the video input you are currently using. After that pressing VIDEO SELECT cycles though the possibilities in the following order:

The OFF setting means you are listening without a video signal. (Also, when you select CD, CD-R/TAPE1, MD/ TAPE2, TUNER or LINE the VIDEO SELECT will be set to off.)

Memo:

The VIDEO SELECT remains set to the input you chose until you change the audio input.

If you change audio functions the receiver will reset itself to make the video and audio inputs correspond. Also, if you switch the power of the receiver off when you turn it back on the video and audio inputs will reset so that they correspond.

Adjusting the Brightness of the Display (DIMMER)

Use the display DIMMER button to adjust the brightness of the fluorescent display.

1 Press RECEIVER.

2 Use the display DIMMER button on the remote control to alternate between the different levels of brightness for the display.

Four levels of brightness ranging from very dim to very bright can be selected. Also, when set to very dim, the MCACC indicator will turn off.

Memo:

It is a feature of this unit that the fluorescent display will be brighter for a few seconds after you choose a function (like DVD/LD, CD, etc.) and then get softer. This will still happen when you adjust the brightness but the new setting will be the one the display softens to.

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Using the Tuner Using the Tuner

Automatic and Manual Tuning

The following steps show you how to tune in FM and AM radio broadcasts using the automatic (search) and manual (step) tuning functions. If you already know the exact frequency of the station you want, see “Direct Access Tuning“ on the following page.

1 Press the TUNER button.

On the remote, this selects the tuner function on the receiver and sets the remote to the tuner operation mode.

 

 

 

PRO LOGIC Neo :6 LOUDNESS MIDNIGHT TONE DNR ATT

STEREO MONO

AUTO

 

 

DIGITAL

TUNED RF ATT

 

RF

 

DTS ES EX

RDS EON

DIGITAL

MPEG AAC

Hi-BIT/

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPLING

SB CH

 

 

DSP

MULTI-ROOM

AUTO

ON

MOVIE

 

 

 

OFF

MUSIC

 

L

C

 

R

LFE

 

LS

S

 

RS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Press the BAND button to select the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

band (FM or AM).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each press switches the band: FM AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRO LOGIC Neo :6 LOUDNESS MIDNIGHT TONE DNR ATT

STEREO MONO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTO

 

 

DIGITAL

TUNED RF ATT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RF

 

DTS ES EX

RDS EON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL

MPEG AAC

Hi-BIT/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPLING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSP

MULTI-ROOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SB CH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTO

ON

MOVIE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OFF

MUSIC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L C

 

R

LFE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LS S RS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MPX

 

3

Tune in the station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

button

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Automatic Tuning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press and hold TUNING –/+ for about one second, then

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tuner starts searching the selected band and stop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

automatically at the first station it locates. Repeat to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

locate other stations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Manual Tuning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To change frequencies one step at a time, press TUN-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ING –/+ repeatedly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To change frequencies quickly, hold down TUNING –/+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and release when you reach the frequency you want.

1

2

3

MPX Mode

If the TUNED or STEREO indicators do not light when tuning an FM station, because the station is too far away or the broadcast signal is weak, press MPX on the remote control to switch to MONO reception. This should improve reception enough for you to enjoy the broadcast.

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57

Using the Tuner

Direct Access Tuning

The following steps show you how to tune directly to a specific frequency using the remote control.

1 Press the TUNER button.

This selects the tuner function on the receiver and sets the remote to the tuner operation mode.

2 Press the BAND button to select the band (FM or AM).

Each press switches the band: FM AM

3 Press the D.ACCESS button to activate the direct access tuning mode.

The cursor blinks in the display on the front panel.

4 Use the number buttons to enter the frequency of the station you want.

Example:

To tune station 106.00 (FM), press: 1 0 6 0 0

To cancel before inputting the frequency

Press D.ACCESS, and enter the frequency again.

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Using the Tuner

Memorizing Frequently Used Stations

The following steps show you how to memorize up to 30 radio stations in 3 classes (each holding 10 stations). When memorizing FM frequencies, the receiver also memorizes the MPX mode (STEREO or MONO).

1 Tune in the station you want.

See “Automatic and Manual Tuning” on page 57 or “Direct

Access Tuning” on page 58.

2 Press the TUNER EDIT button to activate the memory function.

3 Press the CLASS button repeatedly to select a class number.

Each press switches the display:

CLASS A CLASS B CLASS C

4Press the ST –/+ buttons repeatedly (or use the MULTI JOG) to select a channel (0~9) within the respective

class.

 

 

 

PRO LOGIC Neo :6 LOUDNESS MIDNIGHT TONE DNR ATT

STEREO MONO

AUTO

 

 

DIGITAL

TUNED RF ATT

 

RF

 

DTS ES EX

RDS EON

DIGITAL

MPEG AAC

Hi-BIT/

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPLING

 

 

 

 

DSP

MULTI-ROOM

SB CH

 

 

AUTO

ON

MOVIE

 

 

 

OFF

MUSIC

 

L

C

 

R

LFE

 

LS

S

 

RS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Press the ENTER button to input your choice.

To continue, repeat steps 1-5.

 

 

 

3 4 2

(3-4) 5

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Using the Tuner

Naming Memorized Stations

You can input a name of up to four characters for each preset station in the receiver’s memory (see the previous page). This name can be anything you choose. For example, you could input JAZZ for that station and when you listen to it the name, rather than the frequency number, will appear on your display.

1 Press the TUNER button on the remote control.

2 Press CLASS repeatedly to select the class.

Repeatedly pressing this button cycles through the three available classes, A, B and C.

3 Press ST + or ST – to select the preset channel.

4 Press TUNER EDIT to select the station name mode.

5 Enter the station name you want.

1,5

5,6

2 3,5 4

Names can be 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.

To erase a station name, simply repeat steps 1-4 and input four spaces instead of a name.

The possible selections are shown below.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789

!”#$%&’()*+,–./:;<=>?@[ \ ]ˆ_{|} [space]

6Press ENTER when you have got the characters you want to enter.

Repeat steps 2 to 5 to memorize up to 30 preset broadcast

station names.

Memo:

To change a station name, enter a new name over the top of the existing one.

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Using the Tuner

Recalling Memorized Stations

1 Press the TUNER button.

This selects the TUNER function on the receiver and sets the remote to the TUNER operation mode.

 

 

PRO LOGIC Neo :6 LOUDNESS MIDNIGHT TONE DNR ATT

STEREO MONO

AUTO

 

 

DIGITAL

TUNED RF ATT

RF

 

DTS ES EX

RDS EON

DIGITAL

MPEG AAC

Hi-BIT/

 

 

 

 

SAMPLING

SB CH

 

 

DSP

MULTI-ROOM

AUTO

ON

MOVIE

 

 

OFF

MUSIC

 

L C R LFE

LS S RS

2 Press the CLASS button repeatedly to select a class number.

Each press switches the display:

CLASS A CLASS B CLASS C

3 Use the number buttons to select the channel you want.

To select channel 7, press 7.

To select channel 0, press 0.

For example: If 99.50 MHz (FM) was memorized in class

B at channel 7.

 

 

PRO LOGIC N eo :6 LOUDNESS MI DN IGHT TONE DN R ATT

STEREO M ONO

AUTO

 

 

DIGITAL

TUNED RF ATT

RF

 

DTS ES EX

RDS EON

DIGITAL

M PEG AAC

Hi-BIT/

 

 

 

 

SAM PLING

 

 

 

DSP

M ULTI-ROOM

SB CH

 

 

AUTO

ON

M OVIE

 

 

OFF

M USIC

 

L C R LFE

LS S RS

 

To step through each channel in order

 

Press the ST –/+ buttons repeatedly.

 

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3

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RemoteDisplays & Controlontrols of Other Components

Control f Other C mponents

Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other Components

In addition to controlling the receiver, the supplied remote control can operate your other components (VCR, TV, DVD, CD, etc.) after you program it to do so. If your component(s) are listed in the remote control's memory, simply follow the steps below. If your component(s) are not listed, or if you want the remote to learn additional operations, you can use the learning mode to input the information from the remote controls supplied with your other components.

Recalling Settings Stored in the Remote Control

The following steps show you how to recall the setting stored in the remote control. Once a setting is recalled and the component assigned, you can use this remote to easily operate the component.

Memo:

To exit from the remote control setup mode at any time, press REMOTE SETUP.

See page 64 to operate your other components.

1 While holding down the REMOTE SETUP button press 1 to select the preset recall setup mode.

The LED begins to blink.

To cancel the preset recall setup mode press REMOTE

SETUP.

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

The LED lights continuously.

The TUNER button cannot be assigned.

3 Point the remote toward the component to be controlled, enter the 4 digit setup code (see page 104 for codes).

The LED blinks.

After a code has been input the power of the component being input will turn on or off.

The remote will return to the previous mode after thirty seconds of inactivity.

The power of the component being input will only turn on or off if that component is able to be turned on directly by remote control.

Repeat steps 2 through 3 to assign preset codes for as many components as necessary.

If you can’t get your component to respond to any of the codes you can still program the component into the remote control using the procedure in the next section.

4Press the REMOTE SETUP button to exit the preset recall setup mode.

The remote control and receiver return to their previous operation modes.

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Remote Control of Other Components

Programming Signals from Other Remote Controls (LEARNING Mode)

If preset codes are not available for your component(s), or the available preset codes do not operate correctly, you can use this procedure to program in signals from the remote control(s) of your other component(s). These steps can also be used to add further operations to the remote control that were successfully set with the stored settings (see page 62).

Memo:

To exit from the remote control setup mode at any time, press REMOTE SETUP.

Some commands cannot be programmed.

Buttons that are able to learn new commands

1While holding down the REMOTE SETUP button press 2 to select the learning setup mode.

The LED begins to blink.

To cancel the learning setup mode press REMOTE SETUP.

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

The LED lights continuously.

The TUNER button cannot be assigned.

3 Press the button to be programmed.

The LED blinks rapidly.

The TV , TV INPUT SELECT, TV CHANNEL +/– and TV VOLUME +/– buttons are only available for learning when programming TV CONTROL operations.

4Point the remote controls at each other and press the button on the other remote control for the operation you wish to program.

1 Point the remote controls toward each other.

2 Press the button on the other remote control corresponding to the operation you wish to program.

The LED will turn off and then light again.

To program additional operations for the current component, repeat steps 3 and 4.

To program operations for another component, go back to step 2.

5Press the REMOTE SETUP button to exit the learning setup mode.

The remote control and receiver return to their previous operation modes.

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Remote Control of Other Components

Using Remote Control with Other Components

CD/MD/CD-R/VCR/DVD/LD/DVD Recorder/Cassette Deck operations

Button(s)

Function

Components

 

 

 

 

 

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

SOURCE

Press to switch the components between STANDBY and ON.

LD/DVD recorder/Cassette

 

 

deck

 

 

 

 

Press to return to the start of the current track or chapter. Repeated

CD/MD/CD-R/DVD/LD

 

presses skips to the start of previous tracks or chapter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go back channels (channel –).

VCR/DVD recorder

 

 

 

 

Play the reverse side of the tape on a reversible deck.

Cassette deck

 

 

 

 

Press to advance to the start of the next track or chapter.

CD/MD/CD-R/DVD/LD

Repeated presses skips to the start of following tracks or chapter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go forward channels (channel +).

VCR/DVD recorder

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Pause playback or recording.

LD/DVD recorder/Cassette

 

 

deck

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Hold down for fast forward playback.

LD/DVD recorder/Cassette

 

 

deck

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Hold down for fast reverse playback.

LD/DVD recorder/Cassette

 

 

deck

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Start playback.

LD/DVD recorder/Cassette

 

 

deck

 

 

 

 

Stop playback (on some models, pressing this when the disc is

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

 

LD/DVD recorder/Cassette

already stopped will cause the disc tray to open).

 

deck

 

 

 

 

 

SUBTITLE

Displays/changes the subtitles on multilingual DVDs.

DVD/DVD recorder

button

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directly access tracks on a program source.

CD/MD/CD-R/LD

 

 

 

Number buttons

Directly access chapter on a program source.

DVD/DVD recorder

 

 

 

 

Directly select a channel.

VCR/DVD recorder

 

 

 

 

Select tracks or chapter higher than 10. Press this button and the

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

+10 button

remaining number to get the track or chapter (+10 Button + 3= track

DVD recorder

 

or chapter 13). Some components may operate differently

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press to start Search mode.

DVD

 

 

 

 

Takes you to the disc navigator.

DVD recorder

ENTER/DISC

 

 

Changes between sides A & B of the disc.

LD

button

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press to enter the selected channel.

VCR

 

 

 

 

Selects a disc in a multi-disc CD player.

CD

 

 

 

MENU

Displays menus concerning the current DVD, DVR or VCR you are

DVD/DVD recorder/VCR

using.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changes the audio track of discs with more than one audio track.

DVD/LD/DVD recorder

 

 

 

AUDIO

Changes between the tuner in the TV and the tuner in the VCR.

VCR

 

 

 

 

Play the reverse side of the tape on a reversible deck.

Double cassette 2nd deck

 

 

 

 

Displays the top menu of the current DVD, LD or DVR you are using.

DVD/LD/DVD recorder

TOP MENU/

 

 

Takes you to the guide menu of that system.

VCR

GUIDE button

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press to select a track

CD

 

 

 

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Remote Control of Other Components

 

 

 

 

 

 

Button(s)

Function

Components

 

 

 

RETURN button

Takes you to the previous menu.

DVD/LD/VCR/DVD recorder

 

 

 

 

Navigate menus/options.

DVD/LD/DVD recorder/VCR

& ENTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic playback options.

Double cassette 2nd deck

 

 

 

 

 

Cable TV/Satellite TV/Digital TV/TV operations

 

 

 

 

Button(s)

Function

Components

 

 

 

TV

Press to switch the TV, Satellite TV or Cable TV between STANDBY

Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV

and ON.

 

 

 

 

 

INPUT SELECT

Press to switch the TV input.

TV

 

 

 

TV CHANNEL

Select channels.

Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV

(+/ –)

 

 

 

 

 

TV VOLUME

Adjust the TV volume.

TV

(+/ –)

 

 

 

 

 

MENU

Takes you to the TV menu of that system.

Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV/

Digital TV

 

 

 

 

 

GUIDE

Takes you to the guide menu of that system.

Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV/

Digital TV

 

 

 

 

 

RETURN

Exits the menu you are viewing.

Cable TV/Satellite TV/

Digital TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use to move back channels.

Satellite TV/Digital TV/

Cable TV/TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

A/DTV ON/OFF

Satellite TV/Digital TV

 

 

 

 

Use to move forward channels.

Satellite TV/Digital TV/

Cable TV/TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

B/BLUE

Satellite TV/Digital TV

 

 

 

 

Use to move back a page in the menu.

Cable TV

 

 

 

 

C/GREEN

Satellite TV/Digital TV

 

 

 

 

D/RED

Satellite TV/Digital TV

 

 

 

 

E/YELLOW

Satellite TV/Digital TV

 

 

 

 

Use to move forward a page in the menu.

Cable TV

 

 

 

Number buttons

Use to select a specific TV channel.

Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV/

Digital TV

 

 

 

 

 

ENTER/DISC

Use this button to immediately enter a new channel.

Cable TV/ TV/Digital TV

button

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press to select or adjust and navigate items on the menu screen.

Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV/

& ENTER

Digital TV

 

 

 

 

Memo:

The above operations are available from the receiver's remote control after you program it (see page 62).

To perform these operations, press the MULTI CONTROL button for the component you want to control.

For more information on individual commands consult the manual that came with the component.

The first four buttons on the table “Cable TV/Satellite TV/Digital TV/TV operations” are dedicated to control the TV assigned to the TV CONT button. Thus if you only have one TV hooked up to this system, assign it to the TV CONT button. If you have two TVs, assign the main TV to the TV CONT button. If you hook up your system this way, the first four TV controls will always be accessible.

Depending on the maker and individual model, there are some buttons that may not be able operate some equipment or may operate it in a different way.

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Remote Control of Other Components

Setting up the Direct Function

The direct function is designed in case you have an external video source connected to your TV (a video source that is not going through the VSX-53TX). For this explanation we'll call this the external video deck. You'd like to control external video deck with this unit's remote control so you've assigned it a function button (for example purposes, the VCR 2 button). Yet, if you put the receiver in VCR 2 mode you'll get no picture on your TV because the external video deck signal is not going through the VSX-53TX. To get around this problem you set the direct function for VCR 2 to OFF. Now when you press VCR 2 function button you can control the external video deck with the remote but the receiver does not go into VCR 2 mode.

1 While holding down the REMOTE SETUP button press 4 to select the direct function setup mode.

The LED begins to blink.

To cancel the direct function setup mode press REMOTE

SETUP.

2 Press the MULTI CONTROL button of the component whose direct function you want to turn on or off.

The LED lights and remains lit.

For example, if you want to turn off direct function for VCR 2, you would press VCR 2.

The TUNER button cannot be assigned.

3 Set the direct function of each external source to OFF by pressing 2, ON by pressing 1.

The LED blinks.

ON: The direct function is on.

OFF: The direct function is off.

For example, if you want to turn off direct function for

VCR 2, you would press 2.

Memo:

To exit from the REMOTE SETUP at any time, press REMOTE SETUP.

The default setting for all direct functions is ON.

4Repeat steps 2-3 to set the direct function for as many components as you want.

5Press the REMOTE SETUP button to exit the direct function setup mode.

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Using Other Functions Using Other Functions

Recording from Audio/Video Components

The following explanations show you how make a recording from one component to another connected to this receiver. Note that an analog recorder (such as a VCR) cannot record from a source that is connected using only a digital connection. Likewise, a digital recorder (such as a CD-R) cannot record digitally from a component that is connected using only analog connections. In both of these cases, make sure that the digital component also has analog connections to the receiver, and that the SIGNAL SELECT is set to ANALOG.

When recording from one digital component to another, bear in mind that the digital signal output from this receiver mirrors the input from the source. So if the input is, say, Dolby Digital, the output will also be Dolby Digital. Before recording, make sure that the recorder is compatible with the source digital audio format.

See page 20 for more on analog audio connections and page 22 for digital audio connections.

Memo:

The receiver's volume, channel level, balance, TONE, DIGITAL NR, MIDNIGHT, LOUDNESS, ACOUSTIC EQ and surround effects have no effect on the recorded signal.

In some cases, digital recordings have copy guard protections and making a digital copy is not possible. In this case you can only copy them in an analog manner.

Some video recordings are copy-protected; these sources cannot be recorded.

When recording video, the source must be connected to the receiver using the same type of video cord (composite, or S video) as you used to connect the recorder to the receiver.

1 Turn on the receiver.

2 Press the MULTI CONTROL (or INPUT) on the remote to select a source component.

3 Press RECEIVER.

4 Press the SIGNAL SELECT button to select the input signal (ANALOG or DIGITAL).

5 Start recording (tape deck, CD recorder, VCR, etc.)

6 Playback the source to be recorded.

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67

Using Other Functions

SECOND ZONE (Speaker System B) Setup

Stereo playback in another room

This setup enables you to listen to a pair of stereo speakers independently of the main speaker system (A speakers) hooked up to the receiver. The VSX-53TX has two possibilities for playback in another room. You can choose SECOND ZONE, and use the speakers hooked up to the surround back terminals as a B speaker system, that is, playing the same source as the main speaker system but from independent stereo speakers. Or, you can choose MR&S and use the speakers hooked up to the surround back terminals for MULTI-ROOM playback (see pages page 70 for more on MULTI-ROOM).

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

2Select SECOND ZONE or MR&S (MULTI-ROOM) in the SURRBACK SYSTEM setup (see page 37).

Memo:

Please use speakers with a nominal impedance rated 8 Ω-16 Ω.

SPEAKERS Button

If you selected NORMAL SYSTEM in the SURRBACK SYSTEM setup (see page 37) your surround back speakers will be used as part of your A speakers (main speaker system) and this button will simply switch it off or on. If you selected MR&S in the SURRBACK SYSTEM setup (see page 37) the surround back speakers will be used for the MULTI-ROOM and this button will simply switch A speakers (main speaker system) on or off. If you selected SECOND ZONE in the SURRBACK SYSTEM setup (see page 37) this button will cycle through the A (main) speaker system, the B speaker system (the surround back speakers acting as a separate second zone), both speaker systems, and off.

1

Press the SPEAKERS button (on the

 

front panel) to switch speakers on/

 

off or cycle through the different

 

speaker systems if SECOND ZONE has

1

been selected in the SURRBACK SYS-

TEM setup (see page 37).

A(SP A):

Sound is output from speaker system A and the same signal is output from the pre out

 

terminals.

B(SP B):

Sound is output from the two speakers in speaker system B (the surround back speakers).

 

Multichannel sources won't be heard from these speakers.

A&B(SP AB):Sound is output from speaker system A and the B speakers. Multichannel sources will be downmixed to two channels.

OFF(SP ): No sound is output from the speakers. Depending on the input signal and settings in SPEAKER SETTING sound may be output from the subwoofer. The same sound is output from the pre out terminals as when selecting speaker system A (above).

Memo:

What is output from the subwoofer depends on the SPEAKER SETTING settings and the type of source.

Depending on the settings in SPEAKER SETTING and the MULTI CH IN SELECT, output from the SURROUND BACK pre out terminals may change.

When using headphones the speakers are switched off.

Please use speakers with a nominal impedance rated 8 Ω-16 Ω.

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Using Other Functions

Connecting Additional Amplifiers

This receiver has more than sufficient power for any home use, but it is possible to add additional amplifiers to every channel of your system. Make the connections shown below to add amplifiers to power your speakers. Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet.

*The arrows indicate the direction of the signal.

Powered subwoofer

Front channel amplifier

Surround channel amplifier

Surround back channel amplifier

Center channel amplifier (mono)

Memo:

You can use the additional amplifier on the surround back channels for a single speaker as well. In this case plug the amplifier into the L (SINGLE) terminal only.

The sound from the surround back terminals will depend on how you have set up the SURRBACK SYSTEM (see page 37).

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Using Other Functions

MULTI ROOM function

To use this receiver with a MULTI ROOM setup you need an external IR receiver.

When used together with an IR receiver (not included), this receiver is capable of outputting two different sources at the same time. One to the VIDEO OUT jack and SPEAKERS terminals and another to the MULTI ROOM & SOURCE AUDIO and VIDEO OUT jacks. Thus the VSX-53TX can power two independent systems, in separate rooms, listening to or watching different sources. With this system the two rooms can have completely independent power (the main room power can be off while the sub room is on) and the sub room can be controlled by this unit's remote control. If you go into the main room to change the source but forget the remote control it's not a problem. While in MULTI ROOM mode the input selector on the front panel of the VSX53TX is able to change the input even though the receiver is off.

MULTI ROOM connections

On the VSX-53TX, connect the IR receiver sensor to the MULTI ROOM & SOURCE REMOTE IN jack, then connect a separate amplifier (and speakers) and TV monitor to the MULTI ROOM & SOURCE AUDIO and VIDEO OUT jacks. All of this equipment should be placed in your sub-room as shown below.

Memo:

When connecting the IR receiver, be sure to connect it to the green MULTI ROOM & SOURCE REMOTE IN jack, not the black CONTROL IN or OUT jacks.

It is not possible to input digital signals into the sub room. You must use an analog signal.

You can't use tone controls (etc.) or any surround modes in the sub room.

Setup example

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sub room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main room

(IR receiver, amplifier, speakers

 

 

 

(Receiver, source components,

and TV monitor)

 

 

 

 

front, center, and surround

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

speakers, TV monitor etc.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IR receiver

Setup example when MR&S is selected in the SURRBACK SYSTEM (see page 37)

Sub room

Main room

IR receiver

Memo:

If you use the above setup controlling the main room source will affect the sound in the sub room. When a function (like DVD) is chosen or an operation (like pushing ) is done the sound in the sub room will be temporarily interrupted.

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Using Other Functions

MULTI ROOM setup

 

 

 

1

Turn on the receiver, your TV and

 

 

press RECEIVER on the remote con-

 

 

trol.

 

 

Make sure your TV is set to the receiver.

 

2

Press the SYSTEM SETUP button.

 

 

The SYSTEM SETUP menu appears on the OSD.

 

3

Use the buttons to select MULTI

 

 

ROOM. Press ENTER.

3

4

VOLUME LEVEL should be selected (if

 

 

it isn't use the buttons to select

 

 

it). Press ENTER.

 

 

Use the buttons to select the VOLUME LEVEL,

 

 

VARIABLE or FIXED. Press ENTER.

 

 

If you hook up a just a power amplifier in the sub room the

4

 

VSX-53TX will act as a pre-amp. In this case choose

 

VARIABLE. If you hook up a full integrated amplifier in the

 

sub room (such as another Pioneer VSX receiver) choose

VARIABLE

 

FIXED.

 

 

PIONEER

5

VARIABLE

OTHERS

6

VARIABLE

OTHERS

CAUTION!

If the MULTI ROOM is set to FIXED the volume on the main unit will be set to maximum. Thus, when output, it will be extremely loud. Please set the master volume controls of the integrated amplifier in the sub room very low at first and experiment to find the correct volume.

5IR RECEIVER should be selected (if it isn't use the buttons to select it).

Press ENTER.

Use the buttons to select the IR RECEIVER type, PIONEER or OTHERS. Press ENTER.

If you have an IR receiver from a different company than PIONEER, select OTHERS. However, if selecting OTHERS doesn’t seem to work, try selecting PIONEER.

Memo:

There may be some IR receivers that can't be used with this receiver. Check with a PIONEER representative to be sure.

If you selected MR&S in the SURRBACK SYSTEM setting on page 37 you won't be able to set the VOLUME LEVEL.

6Use the buttons to select EXIT, then press ENTER to go back to the SYSTEM SETUP menu.

7Use the buttons to select EXIT and press ENTER.

You will exit the SYSTEM SETUP menu and return to normal operation.

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Controlling the MULTI ROOM system from the main room

4

4

2

1

3

1Press the MULTI ROOM & SOURCE ON/OFF button to turn on the MULTI ROOM system.

The display shown below will illuminate when the receiver is in STANDBY mode.

Also, the MULTI-ROOM indicator will light.

2Press the CONTROL button to enter the control mode.

All operations regarding the sub-room MUST be made while MULTIROOM appears in the receiver's display. Once it reverts to its previous display any adjustments will affect the main room, not the sub room.

3

Memo:

If you don't turn the MULTI ROOM function off the receiver will not turn off completely.

3Select the source with the MULTI JOG and adjust the volume.

You can adjust the volume level in the following range:

VARIABLE: –60dB to 0dB

When using the surround back terminal: –80dB to +12dB FIXED: (cannot be adjusted)

For this example we'll use the DVD/LD function. The display shown below will illuminate.

The volume doesn’t appear if you selected FIXED

The MULTI JOG steps through the functions in the following order:

4When in TUNER function, press the CLASS button and use STATION –/+ to select the station.

The display will appear as shown below.

Press CONTROL at any time to exit the control mode of the MULTI ROOM system.

Press MULTI ROOM & SOURCE ON/OFF button at any time to turn off the MULTI ROOM system.

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Controlling the MULTI ROOM system from the sub room

RECEIVER

 

1

From the sub room, point the remote

 

 

control at the IR Receiver and press a

 

 

 

STANDBY/ON button to turn on

 

 

 

MULTI

 

 

the MULTI ROOM system.

CONTROL

INPUT

 

The MULTI ROOM & SOURCE indicator lights on the front

 

 

 

panel in the main room.

 

MASTER

2

Press the INPUT button to select the

 

 

sub room source.

 

VOLUME +/

 

ST /+

 

You can also use a specific MULTI CONTROL button (for

 

 

 

 

 

example, the DVD/LD button) for this purpose.

 

 

3

Press VOLUME +/– to adjust the

 

CLASS

 

volume.

 

 

The following remote control buttons can be used to

 

 

 

Number

 

 

operate the receiver from the sub room.

 

 

RECEIVER button

button

 

 

 

 

MULTI CONTROL button (will not select MD/TAPE2,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VCR 2 or VIDEO)

 

 

 

MASTER VOLUME +/– buttons (for adjusting the sub-

Memo:

 

 

 

room's volume level, but can't be used when set to

 

 

 

FIXED)

• Make sure the system is in STANDBY mode

 

 

 

CLASS button (for selecting the memory class you

or ON.

 

 

 

 

 

want)

• When someone is controlling the system

 

 

 

ST –/+ button (for recalling memorized radio stations

from the main room you won't be able to

 

 

 

(the tuner is selected automatically))

operate the remote room controls.

 

Number button (0~9)

When you are doing the REMOTE SETUP process the MULTI ROOM cannot be used.

If you use a PIONEER amplifier in the sub room, when you want to control the VSX-53TX only you will also change the settings in the sub room. To avoid this, cover up the remote sensor on the sub room amplifier.

Sub room

Main room

IR Receiver

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Memo:

Remote operation may not be possible if direct light from a strong fluorescent lamp is shining on the IR receiver remote sensor window.

The tuner cannot be tuned to more than one station at a time. Therefore, changing the station in one room also changes the station in the other room. Please be careful not to change stations when recording a radio broadcast.

The volume levels of the main and sub rooms are independent.

When more than one remote control signal is transmitted at the same time, the receiver does not operate.

When operating MULTI ROOM & SOURCE with the MULTI ROOM & SOURCE OUT jacks connected to a sub room amplifier which bears the PIONEER component with an CONTROL terminals and has a remote sensor, both the IR receiver and the amplifier may receive remote control commands (making correct operation impossible). In this case, place the IR receiver and amplifier apart from each other, and point the remote control directly at the IR receiver during operation.

If you plan to leave the MULTI ROOM feature off for a lengthy period please turn off the power in both the sub and main rooms. Make sure the STANDBY indicator turns red and the MULTI ROOM indicator goes off.

If you send the SYSTEM OFF command from the sub room by remote control, the power of both rooms will go off. Please be careful when making a recording in the main room.

The PIONEER SR System: Operating other PIONEER components

Connecting an optional control cord allows you to operate other PIONEER components simply by pointing the receiver's remote control at the remote sensor on the front panel of the receiver. The receiver then sends the remote control signals to the other devices via the CONTROL OUT terminal.

Receiver

PIONEER component with an CONTROL terminals

 

To CONTROL IN

 

terminal of another

 

PIONEER component

 

with an CONTROL

Remote Control

terminals

 

Memo:

You can also control PIONEER components (and those made by other manufacturers) by pointing the receiver's remote control directly at the respective component. This type of operation does not require control cords. All you have to do is recall the appropriate stored settings (see page 62).

If you use a remote control hooked up via the CONTROL IN jack with a control cord, you won't be able to use this unit's remote control.

If you use this feature make sure an analog (audio and/or video) connection has been made between the units.

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Multi Operations

Multi operations allow you to tell the receiver and your other components to do a number of things with the push of only two buttons on the remote control. For example, you can program the unit to turn on your TV, turn on your DVD player and start playing the loaded DVD. This allows you to freely decide which operations you want performed as well as the order in which you want them performed. The steps below show you how to program a string of up to 5 different operations for each MULTI CONTROL button. You don't need to program power commands for this receiver or any other Pioneer components. They will automatically turn on when a multi operation is performed. (Programming Pioneer video components automatically turns on Pioneer TVs.)

Memo:

• Be sure to set up each component before programming multi operations (see “Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other Components” on page 62).

• To exit from the REMOTE SETUP mode at anytime press the REMOTE SETUP button.

1 While holding down the REMOTE SETUP button press 3 to select the multi operation setup mode.

The LED begins to blink.

To cancel the multi operation setup mode press REMOTE

SETUP.

2 Select a MULTI CONTROL button for this multi operation.

The LED lights and remains lit.

Each MULTI CONTROL button can be used for one multi operation. If a multi operation relates to using a DVD player, for example, it makes sense to select the DVD/LD button.

3 Press the MULTI CONTROL button for the component that will perform the step in the multi operation, then press the operation button you want.

For example, press CD then (play), if you want to start

CD playback.

Buttons that can be programmed with Multi Operations

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4 Repeat step 3 to input multi operations to the MULTI CONTROL button you pressed in step 3.

You can repeat this process for up to five commands.

For example: you could enter the following three operations using the preceding step 3.

1 Press the TV CONT button and TV to turn on your TV (as explained above).

2 Press the DVD/LD button then SOURCE to turn on your DVD player (if it is not a PIONEER product).

3 Press the DVD/LD button then (play) to start playing the DVD player.

When you employ multi operations (see below), these three tasks will be performed in the same order.

5 Press the REMOTE SETUP button to exit the multi operation setup mode.

The remote control return to their previous operation modes.

Performing Multi Operations

Do the following to use the multi operations.

1 Press the MULTI OPERATION button.

2 Press the MULTI CONTROL button for the component that has been set up with multi operations.

The power of the receiver (and any Pioneer components use in the program) goes on and the programmed multi operations are performed automatically.

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System Off

The SYSTEM OFF feature allows you to tell the receiver and your other components to stop and/or turn off with the push of only one button on the remote control. The steps below show you how to program a string of up to 5 different SYSTEM OFF operations. Be sure to set up each component before programming SYSTEM

OFF operations (see “Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other Components” on page 62).

Memo:

To exit from the REMOTE SETUP mode at anytime press the REMOTE SETUP button.

1 While holding down the REMOTE SETUP button press 3 to select the SYSTEM OFF setup mode.

The LED begins to blink.

To cancel the SYSTEM OFF setup mode press REMOTE

SETUP.

2 Press the RECEIVER button.

The LED lights and remains lit.

3 Select a MULTI CONTROL button for SYSTEM OFF.

Each MULTI CONTROL button can be used for SYSTEM OFF. If a SYSTEM OFF command relates to using a DVD player, for example, it makes sense to select the DVD/LD button.

4 Press the SOURCE button of the component to be set with SYSTEM OFF operations.

5 Press the REMOTE SETUP button to exit the SYSTEM OFF setup mode.

The remote control return to their previous operation modes.

Using SYSTEM OFF

Do the following to use the SYSTEM OFF function.

The SYSTEM OFF feature allows you to tell the receiver and your other components to stop and/or turn off with the remote control. Most Pioneer components will automatically turn off. The receiver itself will go off automatically as well.

The following Pioneer components can be turned off using the SYSTEM OFF function: DVD, DVD-Recorder, LD, CATV, CD, CD-R, MD, Satellite Tuner, Tape, Tuner, VCR, and TV.

1 Press the MULTI OPERATION button and within 5 seconds press the RECEIVER button.

All the Pioneer components connected to the receiver and the receiver will stop and/or go off.

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Resetting the Remote Control

Erasing Multi Operations

1 Press and hold both the REMOTE SETUP button and 8 for more than 3 seconds.

LED lights will blink 3 times and all multi operation settings will be erased.

Erasing Learning Remote Control Commands

1 Press and hold both the REMOTE SETUP button and 9 for more than 3 seconds.

LED lights will blink 3 times and all learned remote control commands will be erased.

Erasing All Remote Control Settings

1 Press and hold both the REMOTE SETUP button and 0 for more than 3 seconds.

LED lights will blink 3 times and all remote control settings will be erased.

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Resetting the Main Unit

The following operations allow you to reset the unit to the default settings.

 

1

While holding down the TONE button

 

 

press the STANDBY/ON button for

 

 

about three seconds.

 

2

When you see RESET? appear in the

 

 

display, press the TONE – button. OK?

1

1

appears in the display, press TONE +.

When OK appears in the display all the settings,

including the speaker, surround sound settings and tuner settings, will be reset in the unit to the default settings.

Memo:

• When resetting the receiver make sure the MULTI-ROOM

feature is off.

• If the receiver is disconnected from a power source for

about a month or longer it will reset to the default

settings.

2 2

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FineTuningTuningYour SystemYour System

THX CINEMA Setup

This setup lets you choose which decoding method for 2 channel sources the receiver will use for THX CINEMA. For more information on the decoding (playback) formats see "Techno Tidbits" starting on page 96.

 

1

Turn on the receiver and your TV,

 

 

press RECEIVER on the remote con-

 

 

trol.

 

2

Press the SYSTEM SETUP button.

 

3

Looking at the on-screen display on

 

 

your TV, use the buttons to select

 

 

THX CINEMA SETUP. Press the ENTER

 

 

button.

 

4

Use the buttons to choose either

 

 

PRO LOGIC ll MOVIE, PRO LOGIC or

3-6

2

NEO:6 CINEMA as the decoding

method. Press the ENTER button.

 

 

 

 

The default is PRO LOGIC ll MOVIE.

 

5

EXIT should be selected (if not, use

 

 

the buttons to select it). Press

 

 

ENTER.

 

6

Use the buttons to select EXIT

 

 

and press ENTER, again.

 

 

This exits the SYSTEM SETUP mode and returns to

 

 

normal operation.

3

4

5

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Fine Tuning Your System

Assigning the Digital Inputs

If you did not hook up your digital equipment in accordance with the default settings for the digital inputs (see pages 17, 19 and 22) you need to complete the procedure below. You have to do this in order to tell the receiver what digital equipment is hooked up to which terminal so the buttons on the remote correspond to what you have hooked up.

 

1

Turn on the receiver and your TV,

 

 

press RECEIVER on the remote con-

 

 

trol.

 

2

Press the SYSTEM SETUP button.

 

3

Looking at the on-screen display on

 

 

your TV, use the buttons to select

 

3-8 2

INPUT ASSIGN. Press the ENTER

 

button.

 

 

 

4

DIGITAL–IN SELECT should be

 

 

selected, if not use the buttons to

 

 

select it. Press the ENTER button.

 

5

Use the buttons to move through

 

 

the different digital inputs and press

3

 

the ENTER button.

6

Use the buttons select the

 

 

 

component that you hooked up to

 

 

that digital in. Press the ENTER

 

 

button.

 

 

If you're not sure which component is connected to which

4

 

digital in, look on the back of the receiver and check the

 

cables you connected.

 

 

 

7

When you're finished use the

 

 

buttons to select EXIT and press

 

 

ENTER.

 

 

This exits the DIGITAL–IN SELECT mode.

5

8

Use the buttons to select EXIT

 

and press ENTER. Then, use the

buttons to select EXIT and press ENTER again.

Memo:

The possible digital inputs that can be assigned are: DVD/LD, TV/SAT, VCR1, VCR2, CD, CD-R, MD.

If you assign a digital input to a certain function (for example DVD/LD) then any digital inputs previously assigned to that function will automatically be set to OFF. This is because one function cannot be assigned to two different places.

This exits the SYSTEM SETUP mode and returns to normal operation.

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Fine Tuning Your System

Assigning the Component Video Inputs

This receiver has two component video inputs. Their default settings are video inputs for the DVD/LD (COMPONENT VIDEO IN 1) and TV/SAT (COMPONENT VIDEO IN 2) functions, but you can reassign them if you want to use them as video inputs for other receiver functions (for example a VCR).

See pages 16 and 17 for more on connecting equipment using component video cords.

 

1

Turn on the receiver and your TV,

 

 

press RECEIVER on the remote con-

 

 

trol.

 

2

Press the SYSTEM SETUP button.

 

3

Looking at the on-screen display on

3-8

2

your TV, use the buttons to select

INPUT ASSIGN. Press the ENTER

 

 

button.

 

4

Use the buttons to select

 

 

COMPONENT–IN SELECT then press

 

 

ENTER.

 

5

Use the buttons to select the

 

 

component video input you want to

 

 

reassign. Press the ENTER button.

3

4

5

6

6Use the buttons to assign a receiver function.

Choose between DVD/LD, TV/SAT, VCR1 and VCR2.

7When you're finished use the buttons to select EXIT and press ENTER.

You will leave the COMPONENT–IN SELECT mode.

8Use the buttons to select EXIT and press ENTER. Then, use the buttons to select EXIT and press ENTER again.

This exits the SYSTEM SETUP mode and returns to normal operation.

Memo:

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 output.

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Function Rename

Use the FUNCTION RENAME capability to rename the display on the receiver and your OSD for different functions (DVD, etc.). For example, you could rename VCR1/DVR as DVR-7000. For this particular setup using the controls on the front panel is more convenient than using the remote control. Use the MULTI JOG dial instead of the buttons and use the ENTER button on the front panel. You can also use the display on the front panel as opposed to the OSD.

3-9 2 RETURN button

5 Use the MULTI JOG to cycle the cursor

through the letters, numbers and

 

symbols. Use the ENTER button to

 

enter one of the possibilities or move

 

forward a space.

 

The possible selections are shown below.

 

 

 

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

 

 

 

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

1 Turn on the receiver and your

0123456789

 

TV. (If you want to use the

 

 

!”#$%&’()*+,–./:;<=>?@[ \ ]ˆ_{|} [space]

remote control for this setup,

 

 

 

 

 

6 Repeat step 5 until you get the name

press the RECEIVER button.)

 

 

 

 

as you want it.

2 Press the SET UP button.

This display appears on the receiver.

3Looking at the display on your receiver, use the MULTI JOG to select FUNCTION RENAME.

Press the ENTER button.

4Use the MULTI JOG to select the name of the function (for example, DVD/LD) you want to change. Press ENTER.

Either the cursor underline bar or a character (depending on which is selected) will blink.

The functions are divided into three different onscreen displays so you may have to move through them to find the function you want to rename.

You can input up to ten characters.

7Press ENTER repeatedly to exit the name. The new function name is set.

8Repeat steps 4-7 to change other function names. Use the MULTI JOG to select EXIT and press ENTER.

9Use the MULTI JOG to select EXIT and press ENTER.

This exits the SYSTEM SETUP mode and returns to normal operation.

Memo:

Use the RETURN button to move the cursor back one character when entering a name.

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Fine Tuning Your System

12V TRIGGER function

This feature allows you to hook up equipment (for example, a relay device) to this receiver that will send a power signal automatically when you select the function turned on here (for example, DVD/LD). To use this feature follow the steps below.

 

Connect the equipment you want to use with this fea-

 

ture to the 12V TRIGGER terminal on the back panel.

 

1

Turn on the receiver and your TV,

 

 

press RECEIVER on the remote con-

 

 

trol.

 

2

Press the SYSTEM SETUP button.

 

3

Looking at the on-screen display on

 

 

your TV, use the buttons to select

3-7

2

12V TRIGGER. Press the ENTER

button.

 

 

 

4

Use the buttons to select the

 

 

component you want to use the 12V

 

 

trigger with (for example, DVD/LD).

 

 

Press ENTER.

 

5

Use the buttons to select the ON

 

 

or OFF. Press ENTER.

3

4

ON: 12V TRIGGER function is activated.

OFF: 12V TRIGGER function is not activated.

6Repeat steps 4 and 5 to set 12V TRIGGER for as many terminals as you want.

7Use the buttons to select EXIT and press ENTER. EXIT should be selected (if not, use the buttons to select it). Press ENTER.

This exits the SYSTEM SETUP mode and returns to normal operation.

Memo:

Use a mono mini cord to hook up the 12V TRIGGER equipment.

DC OUT12V/100mA is the maximum power.

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Expert System Settings

Expert System Settings

EXPERT Setup

 

The settings here can only be done if you've performed the more basic preliminary setups. Thus, before doing these settings do either AUTO SETTING on page 13 or NORMAL setup page 38. These settings are to further heighten your surround sound. They are not absolutely necessary but may give more defined and enjoyable surround sound. You can decide if you want to make these settings or not. You only need to make these settings once (unless you change the placement of your current speaker system, add new speakers or components to your system, etc.). These setup operations use your TV to display the settings and choices so be sure your TV and receiver are properly hooked up.

 

1

Turn on the receiver and your TV,

 

 

press RECEIVER on the remote con-

 

 

trol.

 

 

Make sure your TV is set to the receiver.

 

2

Press the SYSTEM SETUP button.

 

 

The menu possibilities appear on your TV.

 

3

SURROUND SETUP should be selected

3-5

2

(if it's not use the buttons to

select it). Press the ENTER button.

 

4

Select EXPERT with the buttons.

 

 

Press the ENTER button.

 

5

Follow the order below to make

 

 

expert settings. Use the buttons

 

 

to navigate through the menus.

 

 

When you have the setting you want

3

 

in particular menu, press ENTER.

 

In each mode, the current settings are displayed on the

 

screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CROSSOVER NETWORK (page 86)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This feature determines which frequencies will be sent to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the subwoofer (or large speakers).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE CHANNEL LEVEL (page 87)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This feature balances the sound output level of your

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

speakers more finely than in the NORMAL setup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE CHANNEL DELAY (page 88)

 

 

 

 

 

 

This feature adjusts the delay level of your speakers more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

finely than in the NORMAL setup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACOUSTIC CAL EQ (page 89)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This feature allows you to adjust the amount of a certain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

frequency in a soundtrack, acting as a kind of room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

equalizer for your speakers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BASS PEAK LEVEL (page 94)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolby Digital and DTS audio sources include ultra-low

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

bass tones. Set the bass peak level as needed to prevent

 

 

 

 

 

 

the ultra-low bass tones from distorting the sound from

 

 

 

 

 

 

the speakers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D-RANGE CONTROL (page 95)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This feature makes possible excellent surround sound

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

effects when listening to Dolby Digital and DTS sources at

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

low volumes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Expert System Settings

Crossover Network

Crossover frequency is the point where the receiver divides the high and low sounds (the frequencies) between the speakers. Certain bass sounds will play back from the subwoofer if you selected it as YES (or PLUS) or from the front speakers if you selected them as LARGE. This setting decides where the cutoff will be between those bass sounds playing back from the speaker selected as above and the bass sounds for the entire soundtrack, which play back from all speakers used.

If all speakers are set to LARGE (see page 39) this setup is unnecessary.

 

Follow steps 1-5 on page 85, if necessary, to get to the

 

starting point mentioned here.

 

1 CROSSOVER NETWORK should be

 

 

selected, if it isn’t use the buttons

 

 

to select and press ENTER.

1-3

2

Use the buttons to select

 

frequency cut off point. Press ENTER.

 

 

 

 

Frequencies below the cut off point will be sent to the

 

 

subwoofer (or large speakers). For example, choosing 50

 

 

Hz sends bass frequencies below 50 Hz to the subwoofer

 

 

(or large speakers).

 

3 EXIT should be selected (if it's not use

 

 

the buttons to select it). Press

 

 

ENTER.

 

 

Next, proceed to FINE CHANNEL LEVEL.

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to change a setting before proceeding

1

 

 

 

 

start over from step 1.

 

 

 

 

Memo:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The default is 80Hz.

 

 

 

 

 

2

3

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Expert System Settings

Fine Channel Level

The following steps show you how to balance the sound output level of your speakers more finely than in the NORMAL setup (see page 38). Proper speaker balance is essential for obtaining high quality surround sound and the better the speaker balance the better surround sound you can get.

 

Follow steps 1-5 on page 85, if necessary, to get to the

 

starting point mentioned here.

 

1

FINE CHANNEL LEVEL should be

 

 

selected, if it isn’t use the buttons

 

 

to select and press ENTER.

1-6

2

Use the buttons to adjust the

 

level of the left channel. Press ENTER.

 

 

Test tones will be output.

 

 

WARNING: Be prepared! The test tones are output at

 

 

a high volume level.

 

 

MASTER VOLUME rotates to the reference position (0 dB)

 

 

and after a few seconds the test tone is output.

 

3

Use the buttons to select the

 

 

subsequent channel. Press ENTER.

4

Adjust the level of the channel using

1

the buttons.

Adjust the channel level from –10dB to +10dB in 0.5dB

increments.

The default setting is 0dB.

Try to get the volume level of the target speaker to match that of the front left speaker, which is the reference level. Adjust so that you hear both tones at the same volume.

When you press ENTER you will automatically go to the next channel.

2

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5Press ENTER to select a new channel. Repeat step 3 for every channel.

If you want to change a setting before proceeding

Use the buttons to go back to the channel you want to adjust and press ENTER. Then follow step 3.

6 When done select EXIT (if it's not already selected) and press ENTER.

Next, if you want, proceed to FINE CHANNEL DELAY.

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Expert System Settings

Fine Channel Delay

The following steps show you how to adjust the delay level of your speakers more finely than in the NORMAL setup (see page 38). Adding a slight delay to some speakers is necessary to achieve proper sound depth, separation as well as an effective surround sound effect.

 

Follow steps 1-5 on page 85, if necessary, to get to the

 

starting point mentioned here.

 

1 FINE CHANNEL DELAY should be

 

 

selected, if it isn’t use the buttons

 

 

to select and press ENTER.

1-6

2

Use the buttons to adjust the

 

 

distance of the left channel. Press

 

 

ENTER.

 

 

This channel will be the target reference which you use to

 

 

measure the other channels.

 

3

Use the buttons to select the

 

 

subsequent channel. Press ENTER.

 

 

Test tones will be output for the channel you want to

 

 

adjust and a reference channel.

 

 

Listen to the reference channel and use it to measure the

 

 

target channel.

1

2

4Adjust the distance of each channel using the buttons.

Listen to the reference channel and use it to measure the target channel. Stand facing 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. The distance can be set within a range of 0.5 to 45 feet in 0.5 foot steps.

When you press ENTER you will automatically go to the next channel.

3

5

Press ENTER to select a new channel.

 

 

Repeat step 4 for every channel.

 

 

 

Left

If you want to change a setting before proceeding

Use the buttons to go back to the channel you want to adjust and press ENTER. Then follow step 3.

6 When done select EXIT (if it's not already selected) and press ENTER.

Next, if you want, proceed to ACOUSTIC CAL EQ.

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Expert System Settings

Acoustic Calibration EQ

This receiver lets you choose between two types of ACOUSTIC CAL EQ equalizer curves: ALL CH ADJUST and FRONT ALIGN, with the former equalizing the speakers individually and the latter equalizing the speakers in accordance with the front speakers. Features here allow you to put in your own equalizer preferences. To do this use the DATA COPY feature to copy the settings in ALL CH ADJUST and FRONT ALIGN modes and paste them into CUSTOM 1 or CUSTOM 2. You then choose between the ALL CH ADJUST and FRONT ALIGN types of curves and increase the amount of a certain frequency in each speaker in accordance with your preferences. When you playback a source you can choose CUSTOM 1 or CUSTOM 2 to apply your preferences to playback. When setting up using the ALL CH ADJUST mode you can adjust each speaker individually. With the FRONT ALIGN mode the front speakers will serve as the reference so you cannot adjust them.

The DATA CHECK feature allows you to see how the settings in ALL CH ADJUST and FRONT ALIGN currently stand.When you use ACOUSTIC CAL EQ function (see page 49) you can toggle between the two basic settings, ALL CH ADJUST and FRONT ALIGN, and the variations you set yourself, CUSTOM 1 and CUSTOM 2.

 

To use the EQ AUTO SETTING feature follow the step

 

here.

 

Follow steps 1-5 on page 85, if necessary, to get to the

 

starting point mentioned here.

1-4

Memo:

If you have already performed AUTO SETTING (page 13), this

 

setting is not necessary.

 

1 ACOUSTIC CAL EQ should be selected.

 

If it isn’t use the buttons to select

 

and press ENTER.

 

2 EQ AUTO SETTING should be

 

selected. If it isn’t use the buttons

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to select and press ENTER.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Select START and then press ENTER to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

start EQ AUTO SETTING.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure you have hooked up the microphone and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moved obstacles to the speakers out of the way. If you

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

have a subwoofer make sure it is turned on and has the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

volume turned up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WARNING: The test tones are very loud!! Make sure there

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

are no infants or small children in the room and that no

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

one who will be scared, upset or injured by loud noise is

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

present. You yourself may want to wear earplugs. It is

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

possible to lower the volume of test tones, but this could

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

result in incorrect speaker settings.

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When done !! FINISH !! will appear on the screen. After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

they have finished, move to the next step.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATA COPY: You can store the settings in CUSTOM1 or

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CUSTOM2 by selecting DATA COPY and pressing ENTER.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(For information on subsequent operations, see step 3 on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the following page.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHECK: If you like to view the settings, select CHECK and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

then press ENTER. By selecting NEXT repeatedly, you can

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

view the settings for each channel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

When done select EXIT (if it’s not

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

already selected) and press ENTER.

Leave the setup by using the buttons to select EXIT and pressing ENTER. You can now go to another ACOUSTIC CAL EQ setting by using the buttons and pressing ENTER. The MCACC indicator will light.

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To start the process use DATA COPY to paste the ALL CH

ADJUST or FRONT ALIGN settings into CUSTOM 1 or CUS-

TOM 2.

Follow steps 1-5 on page 85, if necessary, to get to the

starting point mentioned here.

1

ACOUSTIC CAL EQ should be selected,

1-5

if it isn’t use the buttons to select

 

and press ENTER.

2

Use the buttons to select DATA

 

COPY. Press ENTER.

3

Use the buttons to select CUS-

 

TOM 1 or CUSTOM 2 as the destina-

1

tion you want to copy the data to.

Press ENTER.

4

Use the buttons to select ALL CH

 

ADJUST or FRONT ALIGN as the type

 

of curve you want to copy. Press

 

ENTER.

2

3

When you press ENTER the data is copied to the destination you chose.

After you have done this process once you can also copy data in CUSTOM 1 or CUSTOM 2.

5When done select EXIT (if it’s not already selected) and press ENTER.

You can now adjust the settings in CUSTOM 1 or CUSTOM 2.

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For explanation purposes the illustrations use ALL CH ADJUST.

1

2

3

Left

Right

4

This explanation is for CUSTOM 1 or CUSTOM 2.

1The four possibilities should be on the OSD. Use the buttons to select CUSTOM 1 or CUSTOM 2. Press ENTER.

2Use the buttons to select ALL CH

ADJUST or FRONT ALIGN and press ENTER.

The test tones will sound.

WARNING: the test tones are very loud!! Make sure there are no infants or small children in the room and that no one who will be scared, upset or damaged by loud noise is present. You yourself may want to wear earplugs.

Here the terms ALL CH ADJUST and FRONT ALIGN represent two types of equalizer methods that emphasize different characteristics of the sound.

ALL CH ADJUST: In this method all the speakers (except for the subwoofer) are independent. The settings that were input when you did the AUTO SURROUND SETUP (see page 13) will be present but you can adjust each speaker individually to suit your taste. The test tones for each channel will sound individually.

FRONT ALIGN: In this method all speakers (except for the subwoofer) are set in accordance with the settings of the FRONT speakers. The settings that were input when you did the AUTO SURROUND SETUP (see page 13) will be present but you can adjust each speaker individually to suit your taste. This setting allows the listener to enjoy a sound balance defined by the front speakers. The front left speaker will serve as the reference tone. The front left tone and the target speaker (the one you are trying to adjust) will sound in turns, so you can judge which needs to be louder.

3Use the buttons to select the channel that you want to adjust. Press ENTER.

For FRONT ALIGN you won't be able to adjust the FRONT speakers.

4Use the buttons to select the frequency you want to adjust. Press ENTER.

For the speakers you set to SMALL (see page 39) you won't be able to adjust the 63 Hz setting.

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7

9

5Use the buttons to adjust the frequency. When you have it at the level you want press ENTER.

Set the frequencies within the –6 dB to +6 dB range in steps of 0.5 dB. If OVER appears in the display you have set the levels too high. Reduce them until OVER disappears.

6The cursor automatically goes to the next frequency. Press ENTER and repeat steps 4 and 5 to adjust all the frequencies.

7TRIM should be selected (if it isn’t use the buttons to select it) and press

ENTER.

8Use the buttons to adjust the

TRIM and press ENTER.

TRIM will balance the volume level of each frequency in the overall volume of that speaker.

9EXIT should be selected (if it isn’t use the buttons to select it) and press

ENTER.

10The cursor automatically goes to the next channel. Press ENTER and repeat steps 3 – 8 to adjust all the channels.

11EXIT should be selected (if it isn’t use the buttons to select it) and press

ENTER.

Leave the setup by using the buttons to select EXIT and pressing ENTER. You can now go to DATA CHECK or leave the ACOUSTIC CAL EQ setting by using the buttons to select EXIT and pressing ENTER.

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To use the DATA CHECK feature follow the steps here.

1

2

3

Left

Right

4

1Use the buttons to select DATA

CHECK. Press ENTER.

2Select either ALL CH ADJUST or FRONT ALIGN as the data you want to check. Press ENTER.

3Use the buttons to select the channel that you want to check. Press ENTER.

That channel appears so you can check the setting.

4When that channel has been checked, use the buttons to select the EXIT and press ENTER.

5Repeat step 3 and 4 to check all the channels.

6When all channels have been checked select EXIT (if it's not already selected) and press ENTER.

Leave the setup by using the buttons to select EXIT and pressing ENTER. You can now go to another ACOUSTIC CAL EQ setting by using the buttons and pressing ENTER.

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Bass Peak Level

The LFE (Low Frequency Effect) channel in Dolby Digital and DTS program sources can produce heavily concentrated ultra-low bass tones that may exceed the capabilities of your speaker system. The following steps show you how to limit the peak level for the LFE channel. If continuing from the preceding page the BASS PEAK LEVEL should be selected.

 

Follow steps 1-5 on page 85, if necessary, to get to the

 

starting point mentioned here.

 

1

BASS PEAK LEVEL should be selected,

 

 

if it isn’t use the buttons to select

 

 

and press ENTER.

1-5

2 Use the buttons to select SETTING

 

START or SETTING CANCEL. Press

 

 

 

 

ENTER.

 

 

SETTING START: The MASTER VOLUME is set to -80, a

 

 

test tone plays back and you make the setting (go to step

 

 

3).

 

 

SETTING CANCEL: This setting won't limit the peak level

 

 

of the LFE channel.

 

 

If you selected SETTING CANCEL go to step 4.

1

3

Use the buttons to adjust the test

 

tone and specify the bass peak level.

 

 

1 Raise the level gradually.

 

 

2 Set the bass peak level at the point just before the tone

 

 

starts to distort.

 

 

Be careful! Test tones play back at loud volumes.

 

 

Make sure there are no infants or small children in

 

 

the room.

 

 

You can leave this setup any time by pressing ENTER.

2

3

If the YES or PLUS setting on the subwoofer is selected the test tone will only play back from the subwoofer. If not, the test tone will play back from all speakers set to LARGE except for the subwoofer.

4 Press ENTER.

The display on the receiver will show FADE and then RESUME while the MASTER VOLUME returns to its original position.

5EXIT should be selected (if it isn’t use the buttons to select it), press

ENTER.

If you want to change a setting before proceeding

Start over from step 1.

Next, if you want, proceed to D-RANGE CONTROL.

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Dynamic Range Control

This feature makes it possible to enjoy full surround sound effects on Dolby Digital and DTS sources even at low volumes. It does this by compressing the dynamic range. Dynamic range is the difference between the loudest and the softest sounds in any given signal. Compressing the range plays sounds so the quieter ones are audible and the louder ones don’t get distorted or become overpowering. This feature only applies to Dolby Digital and DTS sources but the MIDNIGHT mode (see page 50) accomplishes the same end for a variety of sources. If continuing from BASS PEAK LEVEL, D-RANGE CONTROL should be selected.

 

Follow steps 1-5 on page 85, if necessary, to get to the

 

starting point mentioned here.

 

1 D-RANGE CONTROL should be

 

 

selected, if it isn’t use the buttons

 

 

to select and press ENTER.

1-6

2

Use the buttons to choose either

 

OFF, MID or MAX. Press ENTER.

 

 

Dynamic Range Control is set.

 

 

OFF: No Dynamic Range Control

 

 

MID: A moderate amount of Dynamic Range Control is

 

 

applied.

 

 

MAX: The most Dynamic Range Control available is

 

 

applied.

 

3

EXIT should be selected (if it isn’t use

 

 

the buttons to select it), press

 

 

ENTER.

1

2

Dynamic Range Control

Select Mode OFFMID MAX

If you want to change a setting before proceeding

Start over from step 1.

4You are now finished with EXPERT SETUP, EXIT should be selected (if it isn’t use the buttons to select it), press ENTER.

5EXIT in SURROUND SETUP menu should be selected (if it isn’t use thebuttons to select it), press ENTER.

6Use the buttons to select EXIT in the SYSTEM SETUP menu, press ENTER.

The receiver returns to normal operation.

Memo:

The default is OFF.

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Dolby

Dolby Digital

Dolby Digital is a discrete digital surround format used for multichannel surround sound. It was developed after the Dolby Surround System and Dolby Pro Logic Surround System. Dolby Digital is a high quality digital sound format that is used by many theatrical film releases.

Other features include:

1)Downmixing on playback for compatibility with mono, stereo, Dolby Pro Logic and 5.1 channel audio.

2)A wide range of bitrates and channels.

3)Decoding dynamic range information and adjusting the dialog level in the soundtrack (called Dialog Normalization, see below for more information).

Dialog Normalization

When a Dolby Digital soundtrack is played back the Dialog Normalization function of the receiver activates automatically. Dialog Normalization is a Dolby Digital function that establishes the average dialog level for the program source being played. If the receiver's level does not match the average dialog level, first you see "DIAL NORM" and "OFFSET +4 dB" (as an example) appear in the receiver's display. In this example, the number +4 dB is the difference between the receiver's gain structure and the Dolby Digital average dialog level. To match the average dialog level, subtract or add the OFFSET level. For example, if the OFFSET level is +4 dB, the amplifier's output is 4 dB over the average recorded level.

Dolby Pro Logic II

Dolby Pro Logic II is an improved version of Dolby Pro Logic technology with extended matrix decoding technology that can create 5.1 channel sound from two channel sources. Dolby Pro Logic II creates basic 5 channel sound by using the innovative "steering logic" circuit. Therefore when listening to typical two-channel sources like CD, the listener can enjoy a richer spatial effect. When using software encoded with Dolby Surround, this decoding system affords the listener an improved surround experience with greater sound detail.

Chart Comparing Dolby Pro Logic and Dolby Pro Logic II

 

Pro Logic

Pro Logic II

 

 

 

Effective sound source

Dolby Surround encoded sources

All two channel stereo sources

 

 

 

Surround Sound

Mono

Stereo

 

 

 

Frequency Range

Surround within 7kHz

All Channels/Full Range

 

 

 

Dolby Digital Surround EX

This new recording technology is able to play 6.1 channel sound and was developed in a collaboration between Dolby Laboratories and Lucasfilm, Ltd. for the film "Star Wars: The First Episode", the first movie ever to be made with Dolby Digital Surround EX technology. In a movie theater this format affords the listener vivid surround sound experience replete with the effect of sounds flying overhead, even for those seated towards the sides of the theater. Dolby Digital Surround EX contains surround back channels which are dubbed into the soundtrack in studio. The channels are encoded into the left and right channels of the soundtrack so this format can be compatible with Dolby Digital 5.1 channel decoding. For a list of movies that contain Dolby Digital Surround EX soundtracks see Dolby website at: http://www.dolby.com

DTS

DTS

In this system, 6 channels of digital sound are recorded on CD-ROM. DTS adopts a simultaneous playback format. With a low rate of compression of sound signals and a high rate of transmittance, a higher sound quality format is produced. For this reason, the format is being introduced in more and more movie theaters, and is being adopted for home use as DTS Digital Surround. When used with movies it's called DTS-LD DVD and for music software (5.1 channel CD) as DTS-CD.

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DTS-ES

DTS launched a new surround format in November 2000. This has come to be known as DTS Extended Surround or simply DTS-ES. The technology has been advanced to include two new home formats DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 format, and DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 ch format, both are able to playback discrete, 6.1-channel content from DVDs and CDs. Both of these formats are compatible with a conventional DTS 5.1 ch decoder. In this system each channel is encoded and decoded individually, adding to the separation of the channels. Since DTS adds a third surround channel, the surround back channel, the realism and all-encompassing nature of the sound reaches levels not seen before in home theater. This unit is equipped with a DTS-ES decoder.

DTS Neo:6

This is a matrix decoding technology that transforms two-channel sources into 6.0 channel surround sound. There are two modes, CINEMA mode and MUSIC mode.

DTS 96/24

For compatibility with equipment that was produced before this format was made, DVD players can play this software using a conventional DTS 5.1ch decoder. This unit is equipped with a DTS 96 kHz/24 bit decoder to take advantage of the higher sound quality available.

THX

THX is a Lucasfilm, Ltd. program dedicated to maximum accuracy in movie presentation. Movie sound tracks are recorded in large movie dubbing stages using movie theater equipment. For a sound track to be presented accurately in your home, special technologies are required. In your home the room is much smaller and has a bright sound, the speakers are very different and there are only six-eight of them, plus, you sit much closer to each one of those speakers. Because of these differences we often miss the power and emotion that thrills us in a good movie. Now Pioneer and THX have teamed up to bring the full glory of accurate cinema sound to the comfort and convenience of your home.

Re-Equalization™ : In a theater the room is very large and dead sounding, you sit a long way back from the speakers and the speakers themselves are very specialized. Because a sound track recorded in this dead sounding space when it is played at home it sounds overbright. THX Re-Equalization adjusts for this difference in a very precise way.

Adaptive Decorrelation™ : When a sound track sends mono sound to the surround speakers it often seems to be coming come from one side instead of from all around you as it would in a theater. Adaptive Decorrelation helps to correct this inaccuracy.

Timbre Matching™ : When recording a sound track it is very important that the surround sounds move smoothly and seamlessly around the theater. It is very distracting when sounds seem to jump from speaker to speaker. Timbre Matching helps to smooth the movement of the surround sounds even though you are using only two speakers.

Bass Peak Level Manager™ : Some Dolby Digital sound tracks can produce bass peaks that are undesirable in a home theater environment. The Bass Peak Level Manager allows you to set the maximum peak levels appropriate to your system. Set this function according to the Bass Peak Level instructions (page 94).

Loudspeaker Position Time Synchronization™ : This feature allows you to adjust for the difference in the distance from each individual loudspeaker to the listening position. Doing this ensures that all the speakers operate in precise synchronization improving the seamless nature of the soundfield. Set this function according to the Speaker Distance instructions (page 42) or Fine Channel Delay instructions (page 88).

THX Surround EX™ : THX Surround EX–Dolby Digital Surround EX is a joint development of Dolby Laboratories and the THX division of Lucasfilm Ltd.

This product may also engage the "THX Surround EX" mode during the playback of 5.1 channel material that is not Dolby Digital Surround EX encoded. In such case the information delivered to the Surround Back channel will be program dependent and may or may not be very pleasing depending on the particular soundtrack and the tastes of the individual listener.

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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 service center or your dealer to carry out repair work.

Symptom

Cause

Remedy

 

 

 

Power

 

 

The power does not turn on

• The power plug is disconnected.

• Connect the power plug to the wall

 

• The protection circuit may have been

outlet.

 

• Disconnect the power plug from the

 

activated.

outlet, and insert again.

 

 

 

During loud playback the power suddenly switches off.

The protection circuit has been activated because the lowest actual impedance of the speakers (as opposed to the speakers’ rated impedance) is dangerously low.

Turn down the volume.

When it’s convenient go to ACOUSTIC CAL EQ (see page 89) and lower the 63 Hz and 125 Hz equalizer levels using manual setting.

Turning DIGITAL SAFETY on may allow you to turn up the volume a little more. (From the Standby mode, and while holding down the MULTI JOG CONTROL SET UP button press the STANDBY/ON button. Each action switches SAFETY ON or OFF.)

The unit does not respond • Static electricity caused by dry air. when the buttons are pressed.

Switch the unit off, then on again.

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

During operation, the unit suddenly switches off.

The speaker wires are frayed or sticking out of the jack, and are touching the back of the receiver or another set of wires.

Reinsert the speaker wires, making sure there are no stray strands of wire and that they are inserted fully (see page 25).

AMP ERR blinks in the display and the unit turns off. The STANDBY indicator will blink and the unit cannot be turned on.

The receiver probably has a serious problem.

Don't try to turn on the receiver. Call a Pioneer-accredited repair center to look at the problem.

FAN STOP blinks in the display and the unit turns off.

Something is stuck in the fan and/or the fan is broken.

Remove the foreign object from the fan. If you can't do this and/or the fan is broken call a Pioneer-accredited repair center to look at the problem.

OVERHEAT blinks in the display and no sound is output.

• The receiver has gotten too hot.

Turn the receiver off and allow it to cool down with good ventilation. It is very likely that you have a heat dispersal and ventilation problem so please follow the instructions in “Installing the Receiver” on page 8 carefully.

THDCT NG blinks in the display and the unit turns off.

The thermistor (temperature sensor) is broken.

Turn the receiver off, unplug from wall and call a Pioneer-accredited repair center to look at the problem.

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Symptom

Cause

Remedy

Setup

The setup screen doesn't appear.

The output jacks haven't been connected properly.

The TV hasn't been connected to the MONITOR OUT jack.

You connected your TV to the MULTIROOM & SOURCE MONITOR OUT jack instead of the main MONITOR OUT jack.

Some TVs connected to the receiver with component video cords do not display the Setup Screen when color burst is on.

Check all connections (see pages 16, 17, 20 and 22).

Connect the TV to the MONITOR OUT jacks (see page 16).

Turn the color burst to off. (From the Standby mode, and while holding down the MULTI JOG CONTROL RETURN button press the STANDBY/ ON button. Each action switches the color burst on or off.)

Every time AUTO SURROUND SETUP is attempted, there is some kind of error, or the settings seem incorrect.

The room environment is not optimal for auto setup (too much ambient noise; obstacles blocking the speakers from the microphone; the monitor noise is interfering with the setup; etc.).

Make sure the room environment is in line with the guidelines for auto setup in this manual (see page 13 and Memo on page 15).

The LARGE and SMALL settings for speakers after the Auto Surround Sound Setup are incorrect.

There are other frequencies in the room that are affecting the auto setup.

Check for household appliances (air conditioner, fan, etc.) that may be affecting the environment and switch them off if necessary.

After the proper settings have

• The speakers have been incorrectly con-

• Check all connections. Be sure match

been made, there still seems

nected (left and right connections are

the right channel on the speaker with

to be something wrong with

reversed).

the right channel on the speaker termi-

the sound.

 

nals (see page 25).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No audio

 

 

 

No sound is output when a

• Improper connections.

• Make sure the component/speakers

function is selected.

 

are connected correctly (see pages 16,

 

• Sound is muted.

17, 20, 22, 24 and 25).

 

• Press MUTING on the remote control.

 

• The volume is turned down.

• Adjust MASTER VOLUME.

 

• Speakers are turned off.

• Press SPEAKERS (A/B) to select the

 

• DIGITAL/ANALOG setting is incorrect.

speakers you connected (see page 68).

 

• Select the proper signal with the SIG-

 

• MULTI CH IN mode is on.

NAL SELECT button (see page 44).

 

• Turn MULTI CH IN mode off (see

 

 

page 53).

 

 

 

 

No sound output from the front speakers.

The front speakers aren't connected properly.

• Check all connections (see page 25).

No sound output from

• Speaker settings are incorrect.

surround or center speakers.

 

 

 

The surround or center speakers aren't

 

 

connected properly.

 

• The listening mode is STEREO.

See SPEAKER SETTING on page 39 to check the speaker settings.

Check all connections (see page 25).

Choose a surround listening mode (see page 43).

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Symptom

Cause

Remedy

No sound output from the subwoofer.

The subwoofer setting is NO.

The subwoofer output setting is too low.

The bass peak level setting is too low.

There is very little low frequency information in your source.

The crossover frequency is set too low.

There is a problem with the subwoofer.

• The subwoofer isn't connected properly.

Change the setting to YES or PLUS (see page 39).

Adjust the output setting to the level you want (see pages 41 and 87).

Adjust the bass peak level setting to the level you want (see page 94).

Change your subwoofer setting to one of the following (see page 39):

Front: SMALL Subwoofer:YES

Front:LARGE Subwoofer:PLUS

Raise the frequency level to match your speakers' characteristics (see page 86)

Check the three following points:

Check the power.

Check the subwoofer volume control.

Check the subwoofer hasn't automatically switched to standby mode (check the subwoofer manual)

Check all connections (see page 25).

No sound output from the surround back speakers.

The SB CH MODE is set to OFF.

The source is not a 6.1 channel playback source.

The surround back speakers aren't connected properly.

The surround back channel is set to 1 speaker setting only, and the speaker is connected to the right channel output.

Set the SB CH MODE to ON or AUTO (see page 54).

Set the SB CH MODE to ON or AUTO (see page 54) and choose one of the SURROUND listening modes (see pages 46 and 47).

Check all connections (see page 25).

Connect the speaker to the surround back left channel output (see page 25).

No sound output from one (set of) speaker(s).

The speaker system setting is NO.

The speaker isn't connected properly.

The source has no sound output for that channel.

The speaker output level is set too small.

Change the speaker setting to YES (see page 39).

Check all connections (see page 25).

If you choose one of the SURROUND listening modes, a channel may be created for the speaker (see page 43).

Increase the speaker output level.

Sound is produced from some components, but not from digital components.

SIGNAL SELECT is set incorrectly.

The digital inputs are assigned incorrectly, or not at all.

The digital components aren't connected properly.

The player is not compatible with the source you're using, or the player settings are incorrect.

The MULTI CH IN mode has been selected.

The digital output level has been turned down on a CD player or other component equipped with digital output level adjustment capability.

Set SIGNAL SELECT to AUTO or according to the type of connections made (see page 44).

Set the digital input settings correctly (see pages 12, 23, and especially 81).

Check all connections.

Choose a compatible source, or check the player's manual for the correct settings.

Choose one of the listening modes (see page 45). The MULTI CH IN switches off automatically.

Set the digital volume level of the player to full, or to the neutral position.

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