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AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER

VSX-74TXVi

VSX-74TXVi-S

VSX-72TXV

VSX-72TXV-S

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Operating Instructions

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CAUTION – TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT USE THIS (POLARIZED) PLUG WITH AN EXTENSION CORD.

RECEPTACLE OR OTHER OUTLET UNLESS THE BLADES CAN BE FULLY INSERTED TO PREVENT BLADE EXPOSURE.

ATTENTION – POUR PREVENIR LES CHOCS ELECTRIQUES, NE PAS UTILISER CETTE FICHE POLARISEE AVEC UN PROLONGATEUR, UNE PRISE DE COURANT, OU UNE AUTRE SORTIE DE COURANT, SAUF SI LES

LAMES PEUVENT ETRE INSEREES A FOND SANS EN LAISSER AUCUNE PARTIE A DECOUVERT.

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WARNING – TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK

HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS

APPLIANCE TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY

This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Product Name:

AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER

Model Number:

VSX-74TXVi, VSX-74TXVi-S, VSX-72TXV, VSX-72TXV-S

Responsible Party Name:

PIONEER ELECTRONICS SERVICE INC.

Address:

1925 E. DOMINGUEZ ST. LONG BEACH, CA 90801-1760, USA

Phone:

310–952–2915

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

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

Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

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

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

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

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

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Information to User

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

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

CAUTION

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

CAUTION

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

RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK

DO NOT OPEN

CAUTION:

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

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

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

READ INSTRUCTIONS — All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the product is operated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GROUNDING OR POLARIZATION

If this product is equipped with a polarized alternating current line plug (a plug having one blade wider than the other), it will fit into the outlet only one way. This is a safety feature. If you are unable to insert the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing the plug. If the plug should still fail to fit, contact your electrician to replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized plug.

If this product is equipped with a three-wire grounding type plug, a plug having a third (grounding) pin, it will only fit into a grounding type power outlet. This is a safety feature. If you are unable to insert the plug into the outlet, contact your electrician to replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the

grounding type plug.

POWER-CORD PROTECTION Power-supply cords should be routed so that they are not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed upon or against them, paying particular attention to cords at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the product.

OUTDOOR ANTENNA GROUNDING — If an outside antenna or cable system is connected to the product, be sure the antenna or cable system is grounded so as to provide some protection against voltage surges and built-up static charges. Article 810 of the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70, provides information with regard to proper grounding of the mast and supporting structure, grounding of the lead-in wire to an antenna discharge unit, size of grounding conductors, location of antenna-discharge unit, connection to grounding electrodes, and requirements for the grounding electrode. See Figure A.

LIGHTNING — For added protection for this product during a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable system. This will prevent damage to the product due to lightning and power-line surges.

POWER LINES — An outside antenna system should not be located in the vicinity of overhead power lines or other electric light or power circuits, or where it can fall into such power lines or circuits. When installing an outside antenna system, extreme care should be taken to keep from touching such power lines or circuits as contact with them might be fatal.

OVERLOADING — Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords, or integral convenience receptacles as this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock.

OBJECT AND LIQUID ENTRY — Never push objects of any kind into this product through openings as they may touch dangerous voltage points or short-out parts that could result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind on the product.

SERVICING — Do not attempt to service this product yourself as opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.

DAMAGE REQUIRING SERVICE — Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the following conditions:

When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged.

If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen into the product.

If the product has been exposed to rain or water.

If the product does not operate normally by following the operating instructions. Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating instructions as an improper adjustment of other controls may result in damage and will often require extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the product to its normal operation.

If the product has been dropped or damaged in any way.

When the product exhibits a distinct change in

performance — this indicates a need for service. REPLACEMENT PARTS — When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has

used replacement parts specified by the manufacturer or have the same characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric shock, or other hazards.

SAFETY CHECK — Upon completion of any service or repairs to this product, ask the service technician to perform safety checks to determine that the product is in proper operating condition.

WALL OR CEILING MOUNTING — The product should not be mounted to a wall or ceiling.

HEAT — The product should be situated away from heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other products (including amplifiers) that produce heat.

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

Contents

01 Before you start

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

02 5 minute guide

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

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

03 Connecting your equipment

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

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

other video sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Using the component video jacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Connecting digital audio sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 About the WMA9 Pro decoder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Connecting analog audio sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Connecting a component to the front panel inputs . . 16 Installing your speaker system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Connecting the speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Placing the speakers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 THX speaker system setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Connecting antennas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 AM loop antenna. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 FM wire antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Connecting external antennas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Plugging in the receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 AC outlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

05 Listening to your system

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

06 Using the tuner

Listening to the radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Improving FM stereo sound. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Tuning directly to a station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Saving station presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Naming station presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Listening to station presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

07 The System Setup menu

Making receiver settings from the System

Setup menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Automatic MCACC (Expert) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Surround back speaker setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Manual MCACC setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Fine Channel Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Fine Speaker Distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Standing Wave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Acoustic Calibration EQ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Professional Acoustic Calibration EQ . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Data Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Manual speaker setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Speaker Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Channel Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Speaker Distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Bass Peak Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 X-Curve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 THX Audio Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

04 Controls and displays

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

08 Other connections

Connecting an iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Connecting your iPod to the receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Playing music from your iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Using XM Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Connecting your XM Radio receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Listening to XM Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Saving channel presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Using the XM Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

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Connecting using HDMI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 About HDMI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Using the i.LINK interface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Checking the i.LINK inputs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 About i.LINK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 About PQLS rate control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Creating an i.LINK network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Connecting the multichannel analog inputs . . . . . . . 51 Selecting the multichannel analog inputs . . . . . . . . 51 Using the USB interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Second Zone speaker B setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Switching the speaker system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Bi-amping your front speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Bi-wiring your speakers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Connecting additional amplifiers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Multi-room listening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Making multi-room connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Using the multi-room controls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Connecting an IR receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Switching components on and off using the

12 volt trigger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Using this receiver with a Pioneer plasma

display. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Using the SR+ mode with a Pioneer plasma

display. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Connecting a PC for Advanced MCACC output . . . . . 60 Advanced MCACC output using your PC . . . . . . . . . 60

09 Other Settings

The Input Setup menu. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Input function default and possible settings . . . . . . 62 The Other Setup menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Multi-Room and IR receiver setup. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 SR+ Setup for Pioneer plasma displays. . . . . . . . . . 63 OSD Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

10 Using other functions

Setting the AV options. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Making an audio or a video recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Playing a different source when recording. . . . . . . . 65 Reducing the level of an analog signal . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Watching video and audio sources

independently. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Using the sleep timer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Dimming the display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Switching the speaker impedance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Checking your system settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Resetting the system. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

Default system settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

11 Controlling the rest of your system

Setting the remote to control other components . . . . 68 Selecting preset codes directly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Programming signals from other remote controls. . . 68 Erasing one of the remote control button settings. . . 69 Resetting the remote control presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Confirming preset codes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Renaming input source names . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Direct function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Multi Operation and System Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Programming a multi-operation or a shutdown sequence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Using multi operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Using System off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

Controls for TVs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Controls for other components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Operating other Pioneer components with this

unit’s sensor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

12 Additional information

Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Power. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 No sound. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Other audio problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Display. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Remote control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 i.LINK interface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 i.LINK messages. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 USB interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 HDMI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 iPod messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 XM radio messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Surround sound formats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Dolby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 DTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Windows Media® Audio 9 Professional . . . . . . . . . 81 About THX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

Listening modes with different input signal

formats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Stream direct with different input signal formats . . . 85 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Cleaning the unit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Our philosophy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

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

Wash hands after handling

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

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01 Before you start

Chapter 1:

Before you start

Checking what’s in the box

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

Setup microphone (cable: 20 ft.)

Remote control unit

AA/IEC R6P dry cell batteries x2

AM loop antenna

FM wire antenna

Audio control cable for iPod

Warranty card

These operating instructions

Installing the receiver

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

Don’t install it on the following places:

on a color TV (the screen may distort)

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

in direct sunlight

in damp or wet areas

in extremely hot or cold areas

in places where there is vibration or other movement

in places that are very dusty

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

Ventilation

When installing this unit, make sure to leave space around the unit for ventilation to improve heat dispersal (at least 8 in. (20 cm) at the top). If not enough space is provided between the unit and walls or other equipment, heat will build up inside, interfering with performance and/or causing malfunctions.

8 inches Receiver (20 cm)

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

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Loading the batteries

Caution

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

Never use new and old batteries together.

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

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

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

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Chapter 2:

5 minute guide

Introduction to home theater

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

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

Listening to Surround Sound

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

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

1 Connect your TV and DVD player.

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

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

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

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

Center (C)

Front

 

 

Right (R)

 

Front

 

 

Left (L)

Subwoofer (SW)

Surround

 

 

Right (SR)

 

Surround

Listening

Back

Right (SBR)

position

 

 

Surround

 

Left (SL)

 

Surround

 

Back Left (SBL)

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

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

Set the subwoofer volume to a comfortable level.

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

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

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

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

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

See also Making receiver settings from the System Setup menu on page 32 for more setup options.

Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC)

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

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

Important

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

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

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

Caution

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

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INPUT

 

SYSTEM OFF

 

 

 

 

 

RECEIVER

 

SOURCE

D.ACCESS

 

 

 

CLASS

 

SELECT

 

 

+10

 

 

DISC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENTER

 

 

 

 

AVPARAMETER

 

 

CH LEVEL

 

 

 

 

TOP MENU

 

 

 

MENU

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUNE

 

 

 

 

 

 

DTVMENU ST

 

ENTER

ST T.EDIT

 

 

 

 

SETUP

 

RETURN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CATEGORY

TUNE

 

BAND

 

 

 

 

GUIDE

 

 

 

 

CD

TV

VIDEO 2

 

 

 

TV CONTROL

 

DVD

SAT

VIDEO1

TVCONT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TVVOL

INPUT

TV CH

VOL

DVR2

CD-R

XMRADIO

ROOM2/3

SELECT

 

 

 

DVR1

iPod

TUNER

RECEIVER

 

 

 

 

 

1Switch on the receiver and your TV.

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

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

SPEAKERS

 

(TUNE +)

 

BAND

MULTI – ROOM &

VIDEO

SIGNAL

SBch

 

 

SOURCE/REC SEL

 

 

 

 

 

CONTROL ON/OFF

SELECT

SELECT

PROCESSING STEREO

 

AV

 

TUNER

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARAMETER

 

EDIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO/GAME 2 INPUT

PHONES

(ST –)

ENTER

(ST +)

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

SETUP MIC

 

 

 

 

SETUP

 

RETURN

 

 

 

 

 

(TUNE –)

DIGITAL IN

S-VIDEO

VIDEO

L AUDIO R

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

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

it’s doing this.5

With error messages (such as Ambient Noise or Microphone Check) select RETRY after checking for ambient noise (see Problems when using the Auto MCACC Setup below) and verifying the mic connection. If there doesn’t seem to be a problem, you can simply select GO NEXT and continue.

 

1.Auto MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

1.Auto MCACC

 

 

Now Analyzing…

 

(2/9)

 

 

 

 

Check!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front

[

 

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment Check

 

 

 

 

 

Center

[

YES

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambient Noise

[ OK ]

 

 

Surround

[ YES ]

 

 

 

 

Microphone

[

]

 

 

 

SB

[ Yx2 ]

 

 

 

 

Speaker YES/NO

[

]

 

 

 

SUB W.

[ YES ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Cancel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[ OK ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Cancel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

An on-screen display (OSD) appears on your TV. Use the / / / buttons and ENTER to navigate through the

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

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

 

System Setup

 

 

1.Auto

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surr

Back System

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.Auto

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.Surr

Back System

 

 

 

[

Normal (SB)

]

 

 

 

3.Manual MCACC

 

 

Data

Save to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.Data

Management

 

 

 

[M1. MEMORY

1 ]

 

 

 

5.Manual SP Setup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.Input

Setup

 

 

Setting Start?

 

[

OK

]

 

 

 

7.Other

Setup

 

 

 

 

[Option]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

: Exit

 

 

ENTER:Next

:Cancel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

6Follow the instructions on-screen.

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

9 The Auto MCACC Setup has finished! Press RETURN

to go back to the System Setup menu.7

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

System Setup menu (starting on page 32).8

Note

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

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

3• If you are planning on bi-amping your front speakers, or setting up a separate speaker system in another room, read through Surround back speaker setting on page 34 and make sure to connect your speakers as necessary before continuing to step 6.

If you have THX-certified speakers, select Option and choose YES for the THX Speaker setting.

4The six MCACC presets are used for storing surround sound settings for different listening positions. Simply choose an unused preset for now (you can rename it later in Data Management on page 40).

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

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

7You can also choose to view the settings from the MCACC Data Check screen. See Automatic MCACC (Expert) on page 32 for more on this.

8• Depending on the characteristics of your room, sometimes identical speakers with cone sizes of around 5 inches (12cm) will end up with different size settings. You can correct the setting manually using the Manual speaker setup on page 41.

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

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Problems when using the Auto MCACC Setup

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

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

Playing a source

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

 

 

 

 

 

TV CONTROL

 

 

 

 

 

TVVOL

INPUT

TV CH

VOL

 

 

 

 

SELECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INPUT

 

SYSTEM OFF

 

 

 

 

RECEIVER

 

SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

SELECT

 

 

 

REC

DTV INFO

MUTE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MPX

 

REC STOP

MEMORY

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

SUBTITLE

HDD

DVD

 

 

 

 

DISP

 

CH

CH

 

 

 

 

STATUS

SIGNAL SEL

SBch

STEREO

CD

TV

VIDEO 2

 

MULTI OPE

THX

STANDARD

ADV. SURR

 

 

 

 

DVD

SAT

VIDEO1

TVCONT

 

 

 

 

DVR2

CD-R

XMRADIO

ROOM2/3

SHIFT

PHASE

MCACC

S.DIRECT

 

DVR1

iPod

TUNER

RECEIVER

 

 

 

 

1 Switch on your system components and receiver.

Start by switching on the playback component (for

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

• Make sure the setup mic is disconnected.

2 Select the input source you want to play.

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

SELECTOR dial.2

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

SURROUND’ and start playback of the source.3

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

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

4 Use the volume control to adjust the volume level.

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

Better sound using Phase Control

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

P

 

Front speaker

Listening

H

 

 

position

A

 

 

S

 

 

 

E

 

 

?

C

 

 

 

 

 

O

 

 

 

N

 

 

 

T

 

 

 

O

Sound

 

 

F

Subwoofer

 

F

source

 

P

 

Front speaker

Listening

 

 

position

H

 

 

A

 

 

 

S

 

 

 

E

 

 

 

C

 

 

 

O

 

 

 

N

 

 

 

T

Sound

 

 

O

Subwoofer

 

N

source

 

Phase Control technology provides coherent sound

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

STATUS

SIGNAL SEL

SBch

STEREO

MULTI OPE

THX

STANDARD

ADV. SURR

SHIFT

PHASE

MCACC

S.DIRECT

 

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

The PHASE CONTROL indicator on the front panel lights.

Note

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

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

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

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

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

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Chapter 3

Connecting your equipment

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

Rear panel

This illustration shows the VSX-74TXVi, however connections for the 72TXV are the same except where noted.

FRONT

CENTER

 

 

IN

IN

 

 

 

SAT

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

VIDEO1/

 

 

 

GAME1

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

DVR/

 

 

 

VCR 1

 

 

 

IN

4

 

 

OUT

IN

 

DVR/

 

 

VCR 2

 

XM

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

 

DIG

IDEO

 

21

AC OUTLET

 

L

CENTER

R SURROUND

Caution

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

1 Optical digital audio output(s)

Use the OUT1 and (VSX-74TXVi only) OUT2 jack for recording to a CD or MiniDisc recorder.

Connecting digital audio sources on page 15.

The OUT1 jack is also used for multi-room connections.

Multi-room listening on page 55.

2 USB audio input (VSX-74TXVi only)

Use to connect your PC as an audio source.

Using the USB interface on page 52.

3Optical and coaxial digital audio inputs (x6)

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

See also The Input Setup menu on page 61 to assign the inputs.

4XM Radio input

See Using XM Radio on page 46.

5S-400 i.LINK connectors (x2) (VSX-74TXVi only)

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

Using the i.LINK interface on page 49.

10

6 HDMI connectors (x3)

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

Connecting using HDMI on page 48.

7 Remote input (multi-room and source)

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

Connecting an IR receiver on page 57.

8 12V trigger jacks (total 50 mA max.) (x2)

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

Switching components on and off using the 12 volt trigger on page 58.

9 Multi-room and source outputs

Use to connect a second amplifier in a separate room.

Multi-room listening on page 55.

10 Component video connections (x4)

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

Using the component video jacks on page 14.

11 AM and FM antenna terminals

Use to connect indoor or outdoor antennas for radio broadcasts.

Connecting antennas on page 19.

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12Composite and S-video monitor outputs

Use to connect monitors and TVs.

Connecting your TV and DVD player on page 12.

13Audio/video source inputs/(outputs) (x6)

Use for connection to audio/visual sources, such as DVD players/recorders, VCRs, etc. Each set of inputs has jacks

for composite video, S-video1 and stereo analog audio.

Connecting a DVD/HDD recorder, VCR and other video sources on page 13.

14Stereo analog audio source inputs/(outputs) (x3)

Use for connection to audio sources such as CD players, tape decks, turntables, etc.

Connecting analog audio sources on page 16.

15Multichannel analog audio inputs

7.1 channel inputs for connection to a DVD player with multichannel analog outputs.

Connecting the multichannel analog inputs on page 51.

16 Control input/output

Use to connect other Pioneer components so that you can control all your equipment from a single IR remote sensor.

Operating other Pioneer components with this unit’s sensor on page 73.

17 Multichannel pre-amplifier outputs

Use to connect separate amplifiers for center, surround, surround back and subwoofer channels.

Connecting additional amplifiers on page 54 (see also Installing your speaker system on page 17 for powered subwoofer connection).

18 iPod input terminal

Use to connect your Apple iPod as an audio source.

Connecting an iPod on page 45.

19 RS-232C connector

Use for connection to a PC for graphical output when using Advanced MCACC.

Connecting a PC for Advanced MCACC output on page 60.

20 Speaker terminals

Use for connection to the main front, center, surround and surround back speakers.

Installing your speaker system on page 17.

21 Switched AC power outlet (100W/0.8A max.)

Use to power another component in the system. Power to the outlet switches on and off with the receiver.

AC outlet on page 20.

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When making cable connections

To avoid hum, do not lay connected cables over the top of the receiver.

When connecting optical cables, be careful when inserting the plug not to damage the shutter protecting the optical socket.

When storing optical cable, coil loosely. The cable may be damaged if bent around sharp corners.

About the video converter

The video converter ensures that all video sources are output through all of the MONITOR VIDEO OUT jacks. The only exception is HDMI and high-definition component video: since these resolutions cannot be downsampled, you must connect your monitor/TV to the receiver’s HDMI/component video outputs when

connecting these video sources.2

If several video components are assigned to the same input function (see The Input Setup menu on page 61), the converter gives priority to HDMI, component, S-video, then composite (in that order).

For optimal video performance, THX recommends switching Digital Video Conversion (in Setting the AV options on page 64) OFF.

Note

1You must assign the input source to the S-video input to which you’ve connected your video component (see The Input Setup menu on page 61).

2If the video signal does not appear on your TV or plasma display, try adjusting the resolution settings on your component or display. Note that some components (such as video game units) have resolutions that may not be converted. In this case, use an (analog) S-video or composite connection.

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Connecting your TV and DVD player

component video jacks on page 14 if your TV and/or DVD player has component video inputs/outputs. If your DVD player offers multichannel analog audio outputs, see

Connecting the multichannel analog inputs on page 51.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Connect the MONITOR OUT video jack to a video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

input on your TV.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use a standard RCA/phono jack video cable to connect to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the composite video jack, or for higher quality video, use

 

TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

an S-video cable to connect to the S-video jack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Connect a composite or S-video output on your DVD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

player to the DVD/LD VIDEO or DVD/LD S-VIDEO input.

 

 

 

VIDEO

S-VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

Connect using a standard video cable or an S-video

 

 

 

IN

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

cable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Connect a coaxial-type1 digital audio output on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

your DVD player to the DIGITAL 1 (DVD/LD) input.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use a coaxial cable designed for digital audio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Connect the stereo audio outputs on your DVD

MULTI-ROOM

 

 

 

 

 

ANTENNA

AUDIO

player to the DVD/LD AUDIO inputs.

&SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

Connect using a stereo RCA/phono jack cable.

ROOM3(ZONE3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHONO

/RECSEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT1

 

 

 

FMUNBAL75

 

AMLOOP

 

 

 

 

 

 

MULTI-ROOM&SOURCE

MONITOR

MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE

IN

 

 

OUT2

S400

IN

ROOM2(ZONE2) OUT

OUT

 

R ROOM2(ZONE2) L

IN

 

• If your DVD player has multichannel analog outputs,

 

IR

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CD

 

 

USB

(AUDIO)

 

 

 

 

DVD/

 

 

 

you can connect these instead. See also Connecting

AUDIO

 

12 V TRIGGER

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

IN1

 

LD

 

 

 

the multichannel analog inputs on page 51.

IN1

S400

ROOM2

MULTI-ROOM

 

IN

 

OUT

 

 

(DCOUT12VTOTAL50mAMAX)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(SAT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

& SOURCE

 

 

TV

 

 

 

 

IN2

 

(ZONE2)

MONITOR

IN2

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

CD-R/

 

 

(DVR/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HDMI IN1

OUT

 

 

 

 

TAPE

 

 

VCR 1)

IN1(DVD/LD)

 

SAT

 

 

 

 

IN1

Y

Y

IN2(TV)

 

 

IN

 

 

IN3

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

R

 

 

(DVR/

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

 

 

 

FR

 

FL

VCR 2)

 

 

 

 

VIDEO1/

 

 

IN4

 

PB

PB

 

 

GAME1

 

 

 

 

(CD-R)

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

14

IN2

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUB W.

 

ASSIGNA-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLE

 

PR

PR

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

IN1 12

 

 

 

 

 

DVR/

 

SUR-

 

 

(DVD/

 

IN2

IN3

 

 

VCR1

 

ROUND

 

LD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

Y

Y

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

IN2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

 

 

(CD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB

PB

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

DVR/

 

R

SURROU

 

 

 

 

 

 

VCR2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B

XM

 

PR

PR

 

 

IN

 

 

 

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S-VIDEO

VIDEO

R

L

 

OUT

IN

 

 

ASSIGNABLE 13

CONTROL

 

DIGITAL

COMPONENT VIDEO

VIDEO

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSX-74TXVi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPTICAL

COAXIAL

S-VIDEO

R AUDIO L

DIGITAL OUT

VIDEO OUT

ANALOG OUT

3

 

2

4

DVD player

The diagram shows a basic setup of this receiver together with a TV and DVD player, with S-video or composite video connections. Different TVs and DVD players may offer alternative connections. See also Using the

Note

1 If your DVD player only has an optical digital output, you can connect it to one of the optical inputs on this receiver using an optical cable. When you set up the receiver you’ll need to tell the receiver which input you connected the player to (see The Input Setup menu on page 61).

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Connecting your equipment

03

Connecting a satellite/cable receiver

Connecting a DVD/HDD recorder, VCR

or other set-top box

and other video sources

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

This receiver has two sets of audio/video inputs and outputs suitable for connecting analog or digital video devices, including DVD/HDD recorders and VCRs.

VSX-74TXVi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSX-74TXVi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MULTI-ROOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANTENNA

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

&SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/RECSEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHONO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT1

 

 

 

 

FMUNBAL75

 

AMLOOP

 

 

 

 

MULTI-ROOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROOM3(ZONE3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANTENNA

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

MULTI-ROOM&SOURCE

MONITOR

MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE

 

 

&SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROOM2(ZONE2) OUT

 

 

 

/RECSEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHONO

 

 

OUT2

 

 

IN

OUT

 

R ROOM2(ZONE2) L

CD

 

 

OUT1

 

 

 

 

FMUNBAL75

 

AM LOOP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROOM3(ZONE3)

 

 

MULTI-ROOM&SOURCE

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

S400

 

IR

 

 

 

OUT

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE

 

 

 

USB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT2

 

 

IN

ROOM2(ZONE2) OUT

OUT

 

R ROOM2(ZONE2) L

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

12 V TRIGGER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CD

 

 

 

IN

(AUDIO)

 

 

 

 

 

DVD/

 

 

 

 

S400

 

IR

 

 

 

OUT

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN1

 

LD

 

 

 

 

USB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN1

 

 

(DCOUT12VTOTAL50mAMAX)

 

IN

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

12 V TRIGGER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(SAT)

 

ROOM2

MULTI-ROOM

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVD/

 

 

 

 

 

 

S400

 

 

 

 

 

 

(AUDIO)

 

1

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

& SOURCE

 

 

TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN1

 

LD

 

 

 

 

 

IN2

 

 

 

MONITOR

IN2

 

IN

 

 

 

 

IN1

 

 

(DCOUT12VTOTAL50mAMAX)

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

(ZONE2)

OUT

 

 

 

 

CD-R/

 

 

(SAT)

 

ROOM2

MULTI-ROOM

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

(DVR/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VCR 1)

HDMI

IN1

OUT

IN1(DVD/LD)

 

SAT

 

TAPE

 

 

 

 

& SOURCE

IN2

 

TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN1

 

Y

Y

IN2(TV)

 

 

IN

 

 

IN2

 

 

 

MONITOR

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

IN3

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

(ZONE2)

OUT

 

 

 

 

CD-R/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

 

 

R

 

 

(DVR/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVR/

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

 

 

 

FR

 

FL

VCR 1)

HDMI

IN1

OUT

IN1(DVD/LD)

 

SAT

 

TAPE

 

 

 

VCR 2)

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO1/

 

 

IN1

 

Y

Y

 

 

IN

 

 

 

IN4

 

 

PB

PB

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN3

 

 

IN2(TV)

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

 

 

R

 

 

L

(CD-R)

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

(DVR/

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

 

 

 

FR

 

FL

 

 

14

IN2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUB W.

CE

VCR 2)

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO1/

 

 

 

ASSIGNA-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN4

 

 

PB

PB

 

 

GAME1

 

 

 

 

 

BLE

 

 

PR

PR

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

(CD-R)

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

IN1 12

 

 

IN2

IN3

 

 

DVR/

 

SUR-

 

 

14

IN2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUB W.

CENTER

(DVD/

 

 

 

 

VCR1

 

ROUND

 

ASSIGNA-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LD)

 

 

Y

Y

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

BLE

 

 

PR

PR

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN1 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVR/

 

SUR-

 

 

 

IN

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

 

 

(DVD/

 

 

IN2

IN3

 

 

VCR1

 

ROUND

 

 

(CD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB

PB

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

Y

Y

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

 

 

L

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVR/

 

R

SURROUND

(CD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VCR2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BACK

 

 

 

PB

PB

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PR

PR

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MULT

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVR/

 

R

 

 

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SURROUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VCR2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S-VIDEO

VIDEO

R

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BACK

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE 13

CONTROL

 

XM

 

 

PR

PR

 

 

IN

 

 

 

MULTI CH

 

DIGITAL

 

 

COMPONENT VIDEO

VIDEO

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S-VIDEO

VIDEO

R

L

 

OUT

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE 13

CONTROL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL

 

 

COMPONENT VIDEO

VIDEO

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL OUT

R AUDIO L

VIDEO S-VIDEO

AV OUT

OPTICAL

COAXIAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

R AUDIO L

VIDEO

S-VIDEO

R AUDIO L

VIDEO

S-VIDEO

DIGITAL OUT

 

AV OUT

 

 

AV IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

1

2

STB

1 Connect the audio/video outputs on the set-top box to the SAT AUDIO and VIDEO inputs.

Connect using a stereo RCA/phono jack cable and a video or S-video1 cable.

2 Connect an optical-type2 digital audio output from

your set-top box to the DIGITAL 1 (SAT) input.3

Use an optical cable for the connection.

DVR, VCR, etc.

1 Connect the audio/video outputs of the video player/recorder to the DVR/VCR1 AUDIO and VIDEO inputs.

Use a stereo RCA/phono jack audio cable for the audio

connection and a video or S-video4 cable for the video connection.

• For a second recorder, use the DVR/VCR2 IN inputs.

2 If the device can record, connect the DVR/VCR1 AUDIO and VIDEO outputs to the recorder’s audio/ video inputs.

Use a stereo RCA/phono jack audio cable for the audio connection and a video or S-video cable for the video connection.

Note

1See The Input Setup menu on page 61 to assign the S-VIDEO 2 input to the SAT input function if you make this connection.

2If your set-top box only has a coaxial digital output, you can connect it to one of the coaxial inputs on this receiver using a coaxial digital audio cable. When you set up the receiver you’ll need to tell the receiver which input you connected the set-top box to (see The Input Setup menu on page 61).

3If your satellite/cable receiver doesn’t have a digital audio output, you can skip this step.

4See The Input Setup menu on page 61 to assign the S-VIDEO 2 input to the DVR/VCR1 input function if you make this connection.

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03 Connecting your equipment

• For a second recorder, use the DVR/VCR2 outputs.

3 If the device can output digital audio, connect an

optical-type1 digital audio output from the recorder to the DIGITAL 2 (DVR/VCR1) input.

Use an optical cable for the connection.2

For a second recorder, use the DIGITAL 3 (DVR/ VCR2) inputs.

Using the component video jacks

Component video should give superior picture quality when compared to composite or S-video. You can also take advantage of progressive scan video (if your source and TV are both compatible), which delivers a very stable, flicker-free picture. See the manuals that came with your TV and source component to check whether they are compatible with progressive-scan video.

1Connect the component video outputs of your source to a set of ASSIGNABLE COMPONENT VIDEO inputs.

Connect using a three-way component video cable.

Since they are assignable, it doesn’t matter which component video inputs you use for which source. After connecting everything, you’ll need to assign the component video inputs—see The Input Setup menu on page 61.

2Connect the COMPONENT VIDEO OUT jacks to the component video inputs on your TV or monitor.

Use a three-way component video cable.

VSX-74TXVi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MULTI-ROOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANTENNA

AUDIO

 

 

 

&SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/REC SEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHONO

 

 

 

OUT1

 

 

 

 

FM UNBAL 75

 

AM LOOP

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROOM3(ZONE3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE

MONITOR

MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE

 

 

 

 

OUT2

 

 

IN

ROOM2(ZONE2) OUT

OUT

 

R ROOM2(ZONE2) L

CD

 

 

 

 

S400

 

IR

 

 

 

OUT

 

IN

 

 

 

 

USB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

12 V TRIGGER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVD/

 

 

 

 

 

 

(AUDIO)

 

1

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN1

 

LD

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN1

 

 

(DCOUT12VTOTAL50mAMAX)

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

(SAT)

 

ROOM2

MULTI-ROOM

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

S400

 

 

& SOURCE

 

 

TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN2

 

(ZONE2)

MONITOR

IN2

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

CD-R/

 

 

 

 

(DVR/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HDMI

IN1

OUT

 

 

 

 

TAPE

 

 

 

 

VCR 1)

IN1(DVD/LD)

 

SAT

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN1

 

Y

Y

IN2(TV)

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

IN3

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

R

 

 

L

 

(DVR/

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

 

 

 

FR

 

FL

 

 

VCR 2)

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO1/

 

 

 

 

IN4

 

 

PB

PB

 

 

GAME1

 

 

 

 

 

 

(CD-R)

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

IN2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUB W.

CENTER

 

ASSIGNA-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLE

 

 

PR

PR

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN1 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVR/

 

SUR-

 

 

 

 

(DVD/

 

 

IN2

IN3

 

 

VCR 1

 

ROUND

 

 

 

LD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

Y

Y

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

 

 

L

 

(CD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB

PB

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVR/

 

R

SURROUND

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VCR 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BACK

 

XM

 

 

PR

PR

 

 

IN

 

 

 

MULTI CH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S -VIDEO

VIDEO

R

L

 

OUT

IN

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE 13

CONTROL

 

 

 

DIGITAL

 

 

COMPONENT VIDEO

VIDEO

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

COMPONENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

COMPONENT

DVD player

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note

1• In order to record, you must connect the analog audio cables (the digital connection is for playback only).

If your video component doesn’t have a digital audio output, you can skip this step.

2If your recorder only has a coaxial digital output, you can connect it to one of the coaxial inputs on this receiver using a coaxial digital audio cable. When you set up the receiver you’ll need to tell the receiver which input you connected the recorder to (see also The Input Setup menu on page 61).

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Connecting your equipment

Connecting digital audio sources

This receiver has both digital inputs and outputs, allowing you to connect digital audio components for playback and for making digital recordings.

Most digital components also have analog connections. See Connecting analog audio sources on the following page if you want to connect these too.

03

1Connect an optical-type1 digital audio output on your digital component to the DIGITAL 4 (CD-R) input.

Use an optical cable for the connection.

2For recording equipment, connect one of the optical-type DIGITAL outputs to a digital input on the recorder.

Use an optical cable to connect to the DIGITAL OUT1 or (VSX-74TXVi only) OUT2 (OUT1 is shown in the

illustration).2

VSX-74TXVi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the WMA9 Pro decoder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MULTI-ROOM

 

 

 

FM UNBAL 75

 

AM LOOP

 

AUDIO

 

This unit has an on-board Windows Media

®

Audio 9

OUT1

 

 

 

 

 

 

&SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANTENNA

 

 

 

 

 

/REC SEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHONO

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROOM3(ZONE3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

Professional

3

(WMA9 Pro) decoder, so it is possible to

 

 

MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE

MONITOR

MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE

 

 

OUT2

 

IN

ROOM2(ZONE2) OUT

OUT

 

 

R ROOM2(ZONE2) L

CD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USB

S400

IR

12 V TRIGGER

 

 

 

OUT

 

IN

 

 

playback WMA9 Pro-encoded audio using a coaxial or

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

(AUDIO)

 

 

 

 

 

DVD/

 

 

 

 

optical digital connection when connected to a WMA9

IN1

(DCOUT12VTOTAL50mAMAX)

IN1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

 

 

 

LD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(SAT)

S400

ROOM2

MULTI-ROOM

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

Pro-compatible player. However, the connected PC, DVD

 

 

 

 

TV

 

 

 

IN2

(ZONE2)

OUT

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

& SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

 

2

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVR/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CD-R/

 

 

player, set-top box, etc. must be able to output WMA9 Pro

VCR 1)

HDMI IN1

OUT

IN1(DVD/LD)

 

IN

 

TAPE

 

 

 

IN1

Y

Y

IN2(TV)

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN3

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

 

R

 

 

format audio signals through a coaxial or optical digital

(DVR/

 

PB

PB

ASSIGNABLE

 

GAME1

 

FR

 

FL

IN4

 

 

 

 

VCR 2)

 

 

 

 

VIDEO1/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(CD-R)

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

SUB W.

 

output.

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNA-

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14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLE

 

PR

PR

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN1 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVR/

 

SUR-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD/

 

IN2

IN3

 

 

 

VCR 1

 

ROUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

LD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

Y

Y

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(CD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB

PB

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVR/

 

R

SURROU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VCR 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B

 

 

 

 

 

XM

 

PR

PR

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S -VIDEO

 

VIDEO

R

L

 

OUT

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE 13

 

CONTROL

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL

COMPONENT VIDEO

VIDEO

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

OPTICAL

COAXIAL

OPTICAL

2

 

DIGITAL OUT

DIGITAL IN

 

CD-R, MD, DAT, etc.

Note

1• If your digital component only has a coaxial digital output, you can connect it to one of the coaxial inputs on this receiver using a coaxial cable. When you set up the receiver you’ll need to tell the receiver which input you connected the component to (see also The Input Setup menu on page 61).

The digital outputs from other components can be connected to any spare digital audio inputs on this receiver. You can assign them when setting up the receiver (see also The Input Setup menu on page 61).

2• You must switch ZONE 3 ON in Using the multi-room controls on page 56 to hear audio from the DIGITAL OUT1.

In order to record some digital sources, you must make analog connections as explained in Connecting analog audio sources below.

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

• With WMA9 Pro, sound problems may occur depending on your computer system. Note that WMA9 Pro 96kHz sources will be downsampled to 48kHz.

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Connecting analog audio sources

This receiver features three stereo audio-only inputs. Two of these inputs have corresponding outputs for use with audio recorders.

One of the audio inputs (PHONO) is a dedicated turntable input which should not be used for any other type of component. This input also has a grounding terminal that most turntables require.

2

Turntable

2 Turntables only: Connect the stereo audio outputs to the PHONO inputs.

If your turntable has a grounding wire, secure it to the ground terminal on this receiver.

If your turntable has line-level outputs (i.e., it has a built-in phono pre-amp), connect it to the CD inputs instead.

Connecting a component to the front panel inputs

The front panel inputs comprise a composite video jack (VIDEO), an S-Video jack (S-VIDEO), stereo analog audio inputs (AUDIO L/R) and an optical digital audio input (DIGITAL). You can use these connections for any kind of audio/video component, but they are especially convenient for portable equipment such as camcorders, video games and portable audio/video equipment.

VSX-74TXVi

 

 

 

 

 

SPEAKERS

 

(TUNE +)

 

 

BAND

MULTI – ROOM &

VIDEO

SIGNAL

SBch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE/REC SEL

STEREO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTROL

ON/OFF

SELECT

SELECT

PROCESSING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AV

 

TUNER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARAMETER

 

EDIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

PREOUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO/GAME 2 INPUT

 

 

 

 

ANTENNA

 

PHONES

(ST –)

ENTER

(ST +)

 

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FM UNBAL 75

AM LOOP

PHONO

R

L

FRONT

 

 

SETUP MIC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SETUP

 

RETURN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M & SOURCE

MONITOR

MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CD

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(TUNE –)

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL IN

S-VIDEO

VIDEO

L AUDIO

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OUT

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SUR-

 

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2

 

DVD/

 

 

 

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LD

 

 

 

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IN

 

 

SUR-

 

 

 

OUT

 

ROUND

ULTI-ROOM

 

 

 

BACK

& SOURCE

 

TV

 

 

 

MONITOR

IN2

IN

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

CD-R/

 

(Single)

OUT

IN1(DVD/LD)

SAT

TAPE

R

L

Y

IN2(TV)

IN

 

 

 

IN

L

 

 

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FL

 

iPod

SPEAKERS

 

PB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IN

 

 

 

IN

SUB W.

CENTER

 

A R FRONT L CENTER

 

PR

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVR/

SUR-

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN3

 

VCR 1

ROUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

 

 

L

 

DIGITAL OUT

VIDEO OUTPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

TV game, video camera, etc.

 

 

 

DVR/

R

 

 

L

 

 

 

 

SURROUND

 

RS-232C

 

 

 

VCR 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BACK

 

 

 

 

PR

 

IN

 

 

MULTI CH

 

• Select these inputs using INPUT SELECT (remote) or

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S -VIDEO VIDEO

R

L

OUT

IN

 

IN

T VIDEO

VIDEO

AUDIO

CONTROL

 

 

 

the INPUT SELECTOR dial (front panel) to select

VIDEO/GAME 2.

1

OUT

 

PLAY

 

IN

 

REC

 

R

L

AUDIO IN/OUT

Tape deck, etc.

1 Connect the analog audio outputs of the source component to one of the AUDIO inputs.

Connect using a stereo RCA/phono jack audio cable.

If you’re connecting a tape deck, MD recorder, etc., connect the analog audio outputs (OUT) to the analog audio inputs on the recorder.

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03

Installing your speaker system

To take full advantage of the receiver’s surround sound capabilities connect front, center, surround and surround back speakers, as well as a subwoofer. Although this is ideal, other configurations with fewer speakers—no subwoofer or no center speaker, or even no surround speakers—will work. At the very least, front left and right speakers only are necessary. Note that your

main surround speakers should always be connected as a pair, but you can connect just one surround back speaker if you like (it must be connected to the left surround back terminal). You can use speakers with a nominal impedance between 6–16Ω (please see

Switching the speaker impedance on page 66 if you plan to use speakers with an impedance of less than 8Ω).

Subwoofer

Front

Front

 

left

right

Center

LINE LEVEL

INPUT

MULTI-ROOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANTENNA

AUDIO

 

 

 

PREOUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

&SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/REC SEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHONO

 

 

R

L

FRONT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT1

 

 

 

 

FM UNBAL 75

 

AM LOOP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROOM3(ZONE3)

 

MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT2

 

 

IN

ROOM2(ZONE2) OUT

OUT

 

R ROOM2(ZONE2) L

CD

 

 

 

SUBW.

CENTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USB

S400

 

IR

 

 

 

OUT

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

12 V TRIGGER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUR-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AC OUTLET

IN

(AUDIO)

 

 

 

 

 

DVD/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN1

 

LD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN1

 

 

(DCOUT12VTOTAL50mAMAX)

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUR-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(SAT)

 

ROOM2

MULTI-ROOM

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

ROUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BACK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

& SOURCE

 

 

TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN2

 

 

 

MONITOR

IN2

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(ZONE2)

OUT

 

 

 

 

CD-R/

 

 

 

 

 

(Single)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVR/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VCR 1)

HDMI

IN1

OUT

IN1(DVD/LD)

 

SAT

 

TAPE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWITCHED 100W(0.8A)MAX

 

IN1

 

Y

Y

IN2(TV)

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN3

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

R

 

 

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVR/

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

 

 

 

FR

 

FL

 

iPod

 

SPEAKERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VCR 2)

 

 

PB

PB

 

VIDEO1/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN4

 

 

 

 

GAME1

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SURROUND BACK / B

(CD-R)

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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R

FRONT

L

CENTER

R

SURROUND

L

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IN2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PR

PR

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DVR/

 

SUR-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD/

 

 

IN2

IN3

 

 

VCR 1

 

ROUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

Y

Y

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(CD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

 

 

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB

PB

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVR/

 

R

SURROUND

L

 

RS-232C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VCR 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BACK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XM

 

 

PR

PR

 

 

IN

 

 

 

MULTI CH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S -VIDEO

VIDEO

R

L

 

OUT

IN

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELECTABLE

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE 13

CONTROL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL

 

COMPONENT VIDEO

VIDEO

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSX-74TXVi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surround

Surround

left

right

Surround

Surround

back left

back right

Connecting the speakers

Each speaker connection on the receiver comprises a positive (+) and negative (–) terminal. Make sure to match these up with the terminals on the speakers themselves.

Caution

Make sure that all the bare speaker wire is twisted together and inserted fully into the speaker terminal. If any of the bare speaker wire touches the back panel it may cause the power to cut off as a safety measure.

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Bare wire connections

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

To connect a terminal, unscrew the terminal a few turns until there is enough space to insert the exposed wire (fig. B). Once the wire is in position, tighten the terminal until the wire is firmly clamped (fig. C).

fig. A

fig. B

fig. C

3/8 in. (10mm)

 

 

Banana plug connections

If you want to use speaker cables terminated with banana plugs, screw the speaker terminal fully shut then plug the banana plug into the end of the speaker terminal.

Important

Please refer to the manual that came with your speakers for details on how to connect the other end of the speaker cables to your speakers.

Other connections on page 45 provides greater detail on alternate speaker setups, such as using speaker system B (page 52), bi-amping (page 53) and biwiring (page 54).

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.

Placing the speakers

Where you put your speakers in the room has a big effect on the quality of the sound. The following guidelines should help you to get the best sound from your system.

The subwoofer can be placed on the floor. Ideally, the other speakers should be at about ear-level when you’re listening to them. Putting the speakers on the floor (except the subwoofer), or mounting them very high on a wall is not recommended.

For the best stereo effect, place the front speakers 6–9 ft. apart, at equal distance from the TV.

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

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

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

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

Surround and surround back speakers should be positioned a foot-and-a-half to three feet (60 cm–90 cm) higher than your ears and titled slight downward. Make sure the speakers don't face each other. For DVD-Audio, the speakers should be more directly behind the listener than for home theater playback.

Try not to place the surround speakers farther away from the listening position than the front and center speakers. Doing so can weaken the surround sound effect.

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

Front

Center

Front

left

right

 

 

Subwoofer

Surround

 

Surround

left

 

right

Listening position

Surround back left

 

Surround back right

Single surround back speaker

Caution

Make sure that all speakers are securely installed. This not only improves sound quality, but also reduces the risk of damage or injury resulting from speakers being knocked over or falling in the event of external shocks such as earthquakes.

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Connecting your equipment

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

90~120

LS

RS

LS

RS

 

 

0~60

 

LS

RS

 

 

SB

 

SBL SBL SBR

SBR

fig. A

 

fig. B

 

If you have two surround back speakers THX recommends placing them together and the same distance from your listening position (see below).

THX speaker system setup

If you have a complete THX speaker system, follow the diagram below to place your speakers. Note that the surround speakers ( indicates bi-polar radiating speakers) should output at an angle parallel to the listener.

FL

C

FR

LS

RS

Surround

Surround

SBL SBR

Surround back

If you have two surround back speakers THX recommends placing them together and the same distance from your listening position for the following THX modes: THX Select2 CINEMA, THX MUSICMODE and THX GAMES MODE.

See also THX Audio Setting on page 44 to make the settings that will give you the best sound experience when using the Home THX modes (on page 27).

03

Connecting antennas

The supplied antennas provide a simple way to listen to AM and FM radio. If you find that reception quality is poor, an outdoor antenna should give you better sound quality—see Connecting external antennas below.

MULTI-ROOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANTENNA

AUDIO

 

 

 

PREOUT

 

 

 

 

&SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/RECSEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHONO

 

 

R

L

FRONT

 

 

 

OUT1

 

 

 

 

FMUNBAL75

 

AM LOOP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROOM3(ZONE3)

 

 

MULTI-ROOM &SOURCE

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT2

 

 

IN

ROOM2(ZONE2) OUT

OUT

 

R ROOM2(ZONE2) L

CD

 

 

 

SUBW.

CENTER

 

 

 

S400

 

IR

 

 

 

OUT

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUR-

 

 

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

12 V TRIGGER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVD/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROUND

 

 

 

(AUDIO)

 

1

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN1

 

LD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN1

 

 

(DCOUT12VTOTAL50mAMAX)

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUR-

 

 

 

(SAT)

 

ROOM2

MULTI-ROOM

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

ROUND

 

 

 

S400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BACK

 

 

 

 

 

& SOURCE

 

 

TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN2

 

 

 

MONITOR

IN2

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(ZONE2)

OUT

 

 

 

 

CD-R/

 

 

 

 

 

(Single)

 

 

 

(DVR/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

L

 

 

 

 

VCR 1)

HDMI

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OUT

IN1(DVD/LD)

 

SAT

 

TAPE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN1

 

Y

Y

IN2(TV)

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN3

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

R

 

 

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVR/

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

 

 

 

FR

 

FL

 

iPod

 

SPEAKERS

 

VCR 2)

 

 

PB

PB

 

VIDEO1/

 

 

 

 

 

IN4

 

 

 

 

GAME1

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

(CD-R)

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PR

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DIGITAL

 

 

COMPONENT VIDEO

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AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AM loop antenna

1 Assemble the stand as shown in the illustration.

fig. A

fig. B

fig. C

Bend the stand in the direction indicated (fig. A).

Clip the loop into the stand (fig. B).

It’s possible to fix the AM antenna to a wall (fig. C). Before fixing, make sure that the reception is satisfactory.

2Pull off the protective shields of both AM antenna wires.

3Press the AM LOOP antenna terminal tabs to open and insert one wire into each terminal.

4Release the tabs to secure the AM antenna wires.

5Place the AM antenna on a flat surface and point in the direction giving the best reception.

Avoid placing near computers, television sets or other electrical appliances and do not let it come into contact with metal objects.

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Important

The signal ground ( ) is designed to reduce noise that occurs when an antenna is connected. It is not an electrical safety ground.

FM wire antenna

• Connect the FM wire antenna to the FM UNBAL 75in the same way as the AM antenna.

For best results, extend the FM antenna fully and fix to a wall or door frame. Don’t drape loosely or leave coiled up.

Connecting external antennas

To improve FM reception connect an external FM antenna to the FM UNBAL 75Ω.

75coaxial cable

ANTENNA

To improve AM reception, connect a 15–18 ft. length of vinyl-coated wire to the AM LOOP terminals without disconnecting the supplied AM loop antenna.

For the best possible reception, suspend horizontally outdoors.

Outdoor antenna

Indoor antenna (vinyl-coated wire)

15–18 feet (5–6 meters)

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Plugging in the receiver

Only plug in after you have connected all your components to this receiver, including the speakers.

• Plug the AC power cord into a convenient AC power outlet.

Caution

Handle the power cord by the plug part. Do not pull out the plug by tugging the cord, and never touch the power cord when your hands are wet, as this could cause a short circuit or electric shock. Do not place the unit, a piece of furniture, or other object on the power cord or pinch the cord in any other way. Never make a knot in the cord or tie it with other cables. The power cords should be routed so that they are not likely to be stepped on. A damaged power cord can cause a fire or give you an electric shock. Check the power cord once in a while. If you find it damaged, ask your nearest Pioneer authorized independent service company for a replacement.

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

Make sure the blue STANDBY/ON light has gone out before unplugging.

AC outlet

Power supplied through this outlet is turned on and off by the receiver's power switch. Total electrical power consumption of connected equipment should not exceed 100 W (0.8 A).

Caution

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

Do not connect appliances with high power consumption to the AC outlet in order to avoid overheating and fire risk. This can also cause the receiver to malfunction.

Since a subwoofer or power amplifier can exceed the 100W maximum when playing sources at a high volume, this type of equipment should not be connected to the AC outlet.

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Chapter 4:

Controls and displays

Front panel

Illustration shows the VSX-74TXVi front panel

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AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER

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STANDBY/ON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHASE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTROL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL PRECISION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROCESSING

 

 

 

 

 

PHASE

MCACC

AUTO SURR/

 

 

 

 

 

HOME

STANDARD

ADVANCED

 

CONTROL

POSITION

STREAM DIRECT

 

 

 

 

 

THX

SURROUND

SURROUND

 

INPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MASTER

 

SELECTOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUME

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SPEAKERS

 

(TUNE +)

 

BAND

MULTI – ROOM &

VIDEO

SIGNAL

SBch

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE/REC SEL

STEREO

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTROL ON/OFF

SELECT

SELECT PROCESSING

 

 

AV

 

TUNER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARAMETER

 

EDIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO/GAME 2 INPUT

 

 

 

 

PHONES

(ST –)

ENTER

(ST +)

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SETUP MIC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SETUP

 

RETURN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIGITAL IN

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1INPUT SELECTOR dial

Use to select an input source.

2STANDBY/ON

Switches the receiver between on and standby. Power indicator lights when the receiver is on.

3PHASE CONTROL – Press to switch on/off phase correction (page 9).

MCACC POSITION – Press to switch between MCACC presets (page 28).

AUTO SURR / STREAM DIRECT – Press to select Auto Surround (page 26) or Stream Direct (page 28) listening.

4PHASE CONTROL indicator

Lights when Phase Control is switched on (page 9).

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5 Remote sensor

Receives the signals from the remote control (see

Operating range of remote control unit on page 22).

6 MCACC indicator

Lights when one of the MCACC presets (page 28) is selected.

7 Digital Precision Processing indicator

Lights to indicate digital processing (for example, it disappears when Pure Direct (page 28) is on, or when listening through the multichannel analog inputs).

8 Character display

See Display on page 23.

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9 HDMI indicator

Blinks when connecting an HDMI-equipped component; lights when the component is connected (page 48).

10i.LINK indicator (VSX-74TXVi only)

Lights when an i.LINK-Audio-equipped component is selected (page 49).

DIGITAL VIDEO CONVERSION indicator (VSX-72TXV only)

Lights when digital video conversion is enabled (page 64).

11Listening mode buttons

HOME THX – Press to select a Home THX listening mode (page 27).

STANDARD SURROUND – Press for Standard decoding and to switch between the various 2Pro Logic IIx and Neo:6 options (page 26).

ADVANCED SURROUND – Use to switch between the various surround modes (page 27).

12MASTER VOLUME dial

13Front panel controls

To access the front panel controls, push gently on the lower third portion of the panel with your finger.

14 SPEAKERS

Use to change the speaker system (page 53).

15 AV PARAMETER

Use to access the AV options (page 64).

16 TUNER EDIT

Use with /to memorize and name stations for recall (page 31).

17 BAND

Switches between AM and FM radio bands (page 30).

18 MULTI ROOM & SOURCE / REC SEL controls

If you’ve made multi-room connections (see Multi-room listening on page 55) use these controls to control the sub room from the main room (see Using the multi-room controls on page 56).

You will also need to use the REC SEL controls when recording a source (see Making an audio or a video recording on page 65).

19 VIDEO SELECT

Press repeatedly to select the video source (page 66).

20 SIGNAL SELECT

Use to select an input signal (page 28).

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21 SBch PROCESSING

Selects the surround back channel mode (page 29) or virtual surround back mode (page 29).

22 STEREO

Switches to stereo playback (page 28).

23 PHONES jack

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

24 SETUP

Press to access the System Setup menu (see page 32).

25 (TUNE/ST +/–) /ENTER

Use the arrow buttons when setting up your surround sound system (see page 32). Use the TUNE +/– buttons to find radio frequencies and use ST +/– to find preset stations (page 31).

26 RETURN

Press to confirm and exit the current menu screen.

27 MCACC SETUP MIC jack

Use to connect the supplied microphone.

28 VIDEO/GAME 2 INPUT

See Connecting a component to the front panel inputs on page 16.

Operating range of remote control unit

The remote control may not work properly if:

There are obstacles between the remote control and the receiver's remote sensor.

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

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

The receiver is operated simultaneously with another infrared remote control unit.

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Display

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DTS

VIDEO CONV. V.SB DNR

MIDNIGHT

TUNED

AUTO

SL

S

SR

WMA9 Pro 96/24

MULTI-ROOM DIALOGUE LOUDNESS STEREO

HDMI

DSD

PCM

OVER

ATT Hi-bit/sampling TONE

MONO

SBL

SB

SBR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL

 

LFE

 

CD

TUNER MULTI IN

DVD

SAT VIDEO HDMI

ANALOG

 

 

 

 

 

CD-R

PHONO

iPod

TV

DVR

[ 1 ] [ 2 ]

STREAM DIRECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2PRO LOGIC Neo :6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THX ADV.SURROUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEREO

STANDARD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SP AB

SLEEP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dB

USB XM SR+

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1 SIGNAL indicators

Light to indicate the currently selected input signal. AUTO lights when the receiver is set to select the input signal automatically (page 28).

2 Program format indicators

These change according to which channels are active in digital sources.

L – Left front channel C – Center channel

R – Right front channel

SL – Left surround channel

S – Surround channel (mono) SR – Right surround channel

SBL – Left surround back channel SB – Surround back channel (mono) SBR – Right surround back channel

LFE – Low frequency effects channel (the ((( ))) indicators light when an LFE signal is being input)

3 Digital format indicators

Light when a signal encoded in the corresponding format is detected (DSD PCM lights during DSD (Digital Stream Direct) to PCM conversion with SACDs).

4 OVER / ATT

OVER lights to indicate that the level of an analog source is too high. ATT lights when you use the attenuator (ANALOG ATT) to reduce it.

5 MULTI-ROOM

Lights when the multi-room feature is active (page 55).

6 VIDEO CONV.

Lights when digital video conversion is enabled(page 64).

7 V.SB

Lights during Virtual surround back processing (page 29).

8 Sound processing indicators

Light according to the active AV parameter(s) (page 64).

9TUNER indicators

TUNED – Lights when a broadcast is being received.

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

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

10 Master volume level

Shows the overall volume level. –80dB indicates the minimum level, and +12dB indicates the maximum level.

11 Input source indicators

Light to indicate the input source you have selected.

12 STREAM DIRECT

Lights when Direct / Pure Direct is selected (page 28).

13 Speaker indicators

Lights to indicate the current speaker system, A and/or B (page 53).

14Listening mode indicators

THX – Lights when one of the Home THX modes is selected.

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

STEREO – Lights when stereo listening is switched on (see Listening in stereo on page 28).

STANDARD – Lights when one of the Standard Surround modes is switched on (see Listening in surround sound on page 26).

15SLEEP

Lights when the receiver is in sleep mode (page 66).

16Matrix decoding format indicators

2PRO LOGIC IIx – This lights to indicate 2Pro Logic II / 2Pro Logic IIx decoding (page 26).

Neo:6 – When one of the Neo:6 modes of the receiver is on, this lights to indicate Neo:6 processing

(page 26).

17Character display

Displays various system information.

18 SR+

Lights when the SR+ mode is switched on (page 59).

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Remote control

 

 

INPUT

 

SYSTEM OFF

 

 

RECEIVER

 

SOURCE

 

1

 

SELECT

 

 

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CD

TV

VIDEO 2

 

 

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DVD

SAT

VIDEO1

TVCONT

 

DVR2

CD-R

XMRADIO

ROOM2/3

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DVR1

iPod

TUNER

RECEIVER

 

SLEEP

VIDEO

ANALOG

 

 

 

 

SEL

ATT

 

 

SR+

DIMMER

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

D.ACCESS

 

 

CLASS

 

 

+10

 

DISC

 

 

 

 

 

ENTER

 

 

AVPARAMETER

 

CH LEVEL

 

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TOP MENU

 

MENU

 

 

TUNE

 

 

 

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DTVMENU

ST

ST

T.EDIT

 

SETUP

ENTER

RETURN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CATEGORY TUNE

BAND

 

 

GUIDE

TV CONTROL

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SELECT

 

 

15

 

TVVOL

INPUT

TV CH

VOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

REC

DTV INFO

MUTE

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MPX

 

REC STOP

MEMORY

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AUDIO

SUBTITLE

HDD

DVD

 

 

DISP

 

CH

CH

 

9

STATUS

SIGNAL SEL

SBch

STEREO

 

 

 

 

 

17

10

MULTI OPE

THX

STANDARD

ADV. SURR

 

 

 

 

 

11

SHIFT

PHASE

MCACC

S.DIRECT

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RECEIVER

The remote has been conveniently color-coded according to component control using the following system (press the corresponding input source button to access):

Green – Receiver controls (see below)

Red – DVD controls (page 72)

Blue – Tuner/XM Radio controls (page 30)

Yellow – iPod controls (page 45)

White – Other controls (page 72)

1 RECEIVER

This switches between standby and on for this receiver.

2 INPUT SELECT

Use to select the input source (use SHIFT for INPUT SELECT ).

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3 Input source buttons

Press to select control of other components (see

Controlling the rest of your system on page 68).

4 Number buttons and other receiver/component controls

Use the number buttons to directly select a radio frequency (page 30) or the tracks on a CD, DVD, etc.

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

Press RECEIVER first to access:

SLEEP – Use to put the receiver in sleep mode and select the amount of time before sleep (page 66).

VIDEO SEL – Press repeatedly to select the video source (page 66).

ANALOG ATT – Attenuates (lowers) the level of an analog input signal to prevent distortion (page 66).

SR+ – Switches the SR+ mode on/off (page 59).

DIMMER – Dims or brightens the display (page 66).

Press TUNER first to access:

D.ACCESS – After pressing, you can access a radio station directly using the number buttons (page 30).

CLASS – Switches between the three banks (classes) of radio station presets (page 31).

5 Tuner/component control buttons/SETUP

These button controls can be accessed after you have selected the corresponding input source button (DVD/ LD, TV/SAT, etc.). The BAND and T.EDIT tuner controls are explained on page 30 and page 31. Press RECEIVER first to access the following controls:

AV PARAMETER – Use to access the AV options (page 64).

SETUP – Use to access the System Setup menu (page 32).

CH LEVEL – Press repeatedly to select a channel, then use / to adjust the level (page 43).

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

6 (TUNE/ST) /ENTER

Use the arrow buttons when setting up your surround sound system (see page 32) and the AV options

(page 64). Also used to control DVD menus/options and for deck 1 of a double cassette deck player. Use the TUNE /buttons to find radio frequencies and use ST / to find preset stations (page 31).

7 TV CONTROL buttons

These buttons are dedicated to control the TV assigned to the TV CONT button. Thus if you only have one TV to hook up to this system assign it to the TV CONT input source button. If you have two TVs, assign the main TV to the TV CONT button (see page 68 for more on this).

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

TV VOL +/– – Use to adjust the volume on your TV.

INPUT SELECT – Use to select the TV input signal.

TV CH +/– – Use to select channels.

8 Component control buttons

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

The controls above these buttons can be accessed after you have selected the corresponding input source button (for example DVD/LD, DVR/VCR or TV/SAT (when connected to a DTV)). The following controls can be accessed when listening to the built-in tuner:

MPX – Switches between stereo and mono reception of FM broadcasts. If the signal is weak then switching to mono will improve the sound quality (page 30).

DISP – Switches between named station presets and radio frequencies (page 31).

9 STATUS

Press to check selected receiver settings (page 66).

10 MULTIOPE

Use this button to perform multi operations (page 70).

11 SHIFT

Press to access the controls outlined in white boxes (for

example, INPUT SELECT

 

), or to display the currently

 

selected input source in the remote control LCD.

12 SOURCE

Press to turn on/off other components connected to the receiver (see page 68 for more on this).

13 Character display (LCD)

This display shows information when transmitting control signals.

The following commands are shown when you’re setting the remote to control other components (see Controlling the rest of your system on page 68):

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

PRESET – See Selecting preset codes directly on page 68.

LEARNING See Programming signals from other remote controls on page 68.

MULTI OP – See Multi Operation and System Off on page 70.

SYS OFF – See Multi Operation and System Off on page 70.

DIRECT F – See Direct function on page 70.

RENAME – See Renaming input source names on page 70.

ERASE – See Erasing one of the remote control button settings on page 69.

RESET – See Resetting the remote control presets on page 69.

READ ID – See Confirming preset codes on page 69.

14 RECEIVER

Switches the remote to control the receiver (used to select the green commands above the number buttons (ANALOG ATT, etc). Also use this button to set up surround sound (page 7, page 32). With SHIFT, this selects the multi-room control (page 55), shown in the display as RCV/RM2, RCV/RM3.

15 VOL +/–

Use to set the listening volume.

16 MUTE

Mutes the sound or restores the sound if it has been muted (adjusting the volume also restores the sound).

17Receiver controls

SIGNAL SEL – Use to select an input signal (page 28).

SBch – Use to select the surround/virtual back channel mode (page 29).

STEREO – Switches between direct and stereo playback. Direct playback bypasses the tone controls and any other signal processing for the most accurate reproduction of a source (page 28).

THX – Press to select a Home THX listening mode (page 27).

STANDARD – Press for Standard decoding and to switch between the various Pro Logic IIx and Neo:6 options (page 26).

ADV.SURR – Use to switch between the various surround modes (page 27).

18PHASE – Press to switch on/off phase correction (page 9).

MCACC – Press to switch between MCACC presets (page 28).

S.DIRECT – Press to select Auto Surround (page 26) or Stream Direct (page 28) listening.

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Chapter 5:

Listening to your system

Important

The listening modes and many features described in this section may not be available depending on the current source, settings and status of the receiver.

See Listening modes with different input signal formats on page 83 for more on this.

Auto playback

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

multichannel or stereo playback as necessary.1

STATUS

SIGNAL SEL

SBch

STEREO

MULTI OPE

THX

STANDARD

ADV. SURR

SHIFT

PHASE

MCACC

S.DIRECT

 

While listening to a source, press S.DIRECT (AUTO

SURR/STREAM DIRECT)2 for auto playback of a source. AUTO SURROUND shows briefly in the display before showing the decoding or playback format. Check the digital format indicators in the front panel display to see how the source is being processed.

Listening in surround sound

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

If you connected surround back speakers, see also Using surround back channel processing on page 29.

Standard surround sound

The following modes provide basic surround sound for stereo and multichannel sources.3

• While listening to a source, press STANDARD (STANDARD SURROUND).

If necessary, press repeatedly to select a listening mode.

If the source is Dolby Digital, DTS, or Dolby Surround encoded, the proper decoding format will automatically be selected and shows in the display.4

With two channel sources, you can select from:

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

2 Pro Logic IIx MUSIC – Up to 7.1 channel sound, especially suited to music sources5

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

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

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

Neo:6 MUSIC – 6.1 channel sound, especially suited to music sources6

With multichannel sources, if you have connected surround back speaker(s) and have selected SBch ON, you can select (according to format):

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

2 Pro Logic IIx MUSIC – See above

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

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

DTS Neo:6 – Allows you to hear 6.1 channel playback with DTS encoded sources

STATUS

SIGNAL SEL

SBch

STEREO

MULTI OPE

THX

STANDARD

ADV. SURR

SHIFT

PHASE

MCACC

S.DIRECT

 

Note

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

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

2For more options using this button, see Using Stream Direct on page 28.

3In modes that give 6.1 channel sound, the same signal is heard from both surround back speakers.

4If surround back channel processing (page 29) is switched OFF, or the surround back speakers are set to NO (this happens automatically if the Surround back speaker setting on page 34 is set to anything but Normal (SB)), 2 Pro Logic IIx becomes 2 Pro Logic II (5.1 channel sound).

5When listening to 2-channel sources in Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music mode, there are three further parameters you can adjust: Center Width, Dimension, and Panorama. See Setting the AV options on page 64 to adjust them.

6When listening to 2-channel sources in Neo:6 Music mode, you can also adjust the center image effect (see Setting the AV options on page 64).

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Using the Home THX modes

Using the Advanced surround effects

THX and Home THX are technical standards created by Lucasfilm Ltd. for cinema and home theater sound. Home THX is designed to make home theater audio sound more like what you hear in a cinema.

Different THX options will be available depending on the source and the setting for surround back channel processing (see Using surround back channel processing on page 29 for more on this).

STATUS

SIGNAL SEL

SBch

STEREO

MULTI OPE

THX

STANDARD

ADV. SURR

SHIFT

PHASE

MCACC

S.DIRECT

 

• Press THX (HOME THX) to select a listening mode.1

With two channel sources, press THX (HOME THX) repeatedly to select a matrix-decoding process for the

THX CINEMA mode (see Listening in surround sound above for an explanation of each process):

2 Pro Logic IIx MOVIE+THX

2 PRO LOGIC+THX

Neo:6 CINEMA+THX

THX GAMES MODE

With multichannel sources, press THX (HOME THX) repeatedly to select from:

THX CINEMA – Gives you cinema-quality sound from your home theatre system using all the speakers in your setup

2 Pro Logic IIx MOVIE+THX – Especially suited to movie sources, this allows you to hear 7.1 channel playback with 5.1 channel sources

THX Surround EX – Allows you to hear 6.1 or 7.1 channel playback with 5.1 channel sources

THX Select2 CINEMA – Allows you to hear 7.1 channel playback with 5.1 channel sources

THX MUSICMODE – Allows you to hear 7.1 channel playback with 5.1 channel sources

THX GAMES MODE – Allows you to hear 7.1 channel playback from the output of a video game console

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

STATUS

SIGNAL SEL

SBch

STEREO

MULTI OPE

THX

STANDARD

ADV. SURR

SHIFT

PHASE

MCACC

S.DIRECT

 

Press ADV.SURR (ADVANCED SURROUND)

repeatedly to select a listening mode.2

ACTION – Designed for action movies with dynamic soundtracks

SCI-FI – Designed for science fiction with lots of special effects

DRAMA – Designed for movies with lots of dialog

MUSICAL – Creates a concert hall-type sound for musicals

MONOFILM – Creates surround sound from mono soundtracks

7-D THEATER – Creates an extra wide stereo field

CLASSICAL – Gives a large concert hall-type sound

CHAMBER – Creates a space with alot of reverb

JAZZ – Creates the sound of a small jazz club

ROCK – Creates a live concert sound for rock music

DANCE – Designed for music with lots of bass

7ch STEREO – Allows you to hear stereo sources from all the speakers in your setup

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

Tip

When an Advanced Surround listening mode is selected, the effect level can be adjusted using the

EFFECT parameter in Setting the AV options on page 64.

Note

1• If you only have one surround back speaker connected, 2 Pro Logic IIx MOVIE+THX, THX Select2 CINEMA, THX MUSICMODE and THX GAMES MODE are not available.

You can’t use the THX modes when headphones are connected.

2• Depending on the source and the sound mode you have selected, you may not get sound from the surround back speakers in your setup. For more on this, refer to Using surround back channel processing on page 29.

If you press ADV. SURR when the headphones are connected, the PhonesSurround mode will automatically be selected.

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Listening in stereo

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

STATUS

SIGNAL SEL

SBch

STEREO

MULTI OPE

THX

STANDARD

ADV. SURR

SHIFT

PHASE

MCACC

S.DIRECT

 

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

Using Stream Direct

Use the Stream Direct modes when you want to hear the truest possible reproduction of a source. All unnecessary signal processing is bypassed, and you’re left with the pure analog or digital sound source (see Stream direct with different input signal formats on page 85).

STATUS

SIGNAL SEL

SBch

STEREO

MULTI OPE

THX

STANDARD

ADV. SURR

SHIFT

PHASE

MCACC

S.DIRECT

 

1 While listening to a source, press S.DIRECT (AUTO SURR/STREAM DIRECT) to select the mode you want.

Check the digital format indicators in the front panel display to see how the source is being processed.

Selecting MCACC presets

• Default setting: MEMORY 1

If you have calibrated your system for different listening

positions2, you can switch between settings to suit the kind of source you’re listening to and where you’re sitting (for example, watching movies from a sofa, or playing a video game close to the TV).

STATUS

SIGNAL SEL

SBch

STEREO

MULTI OPE

THX

STANDARD

ADV. SURR

SHIFT

PHASE

MCACC

S.DIRECT

 

• While listening to a source, press MCACC (MCACC POSITION).

Press repeatedly to select one of the six MCACC presets3 or to switch calibration off. See Data Management on page 40 to check and manage your current settings.

Choosing the input signal

You need to hook up a component to both analog and digital inputs on the receiver to select between input

signals.4

STATUS

SIGNAL SEL

SBch

STEREO

MULTI OPE

THX

STANDARD

ADV. SURR

SHIFT

PHASE

MCACC

S.DIRECT

 

• Press SIGNAL SEL (SIGNAL SELECT) to select the input signal corresponding to the source component.

AUTO SURROUND – See Auto playback on page 26.

DIRECT – Sources are heard according to the settings made in the Surround Setup (speaker setting, channel level, speaker distance, acoustic calibration EQ, and X-curve), as well as with dual mono, the input attenuator, and any sound delay and hi-bit/hi-sampling settings. You will hear sources according to the number of channels in the signal.

PURE DIRECT – Analog and PCM sources are heard without any digital processing.1 No sound is output from the Second Zone in this mode.

Each press cycles through the options as follows:

AUTO – This is the default setting. The receiver selects the first available signal in the following order: ; HDMI; DIGITAL; ANALOG.

ANALOG – Selects an analog signal.

DIGITAL – Selects an optical or coaxial digital signal.

HDMI – Selects an HDMI signal.5

– Selects an i.LINK signal (VSX-74TXVi only).

Note

1There are cases where a brief noise is heard before playback of sources other than PCM. Please select AUTO SURROUND or DIRECT if this is a problem.

2Different presets might also have separate calibration settings for the same listening position, depending on how you’re using your system. These presets can be set in Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 7 or Automatic MCACC (Expert) on page 32, either of which you should have already completed.

3You can’t use these settings when MULTI CH IN is switched on, and they has no effect when headphones are connected.

4• This receiver can only play back Dolby Digital, PCM (32kHz–96 kHz), DTS (including DTS 96kHz/24 bit) and WMA9 Pro digital signal formats. With other digital signal formats, set to ANALOG (the MULTI CH IN, TUNER and iPod input functions are all fixed to ANALOG).

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

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

Even when i.LINK is selected and the i.LINK indicator lights, you won’t hear any sound if the output settings of your i.LINK device are off.

The input signal for unassigned i.LINK-equipped components is fixed to . See Checking the i.LINK inputs on page 50.

5When the HDMI option in Setting the AV options on page 64 is set to THROUGH, the sound will be heard through your TV, not from this receiver.

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05

PCM – Only PCM signals are output.1 The receiver selects the first available signal in the following

order: ; HDMI; DIGITAL.

When set to DIGITAL or AUTO, 2 DIGITAL lights with Dolby Digital decoding, DTS lights with DTS decoding, and WMA9 Pro lights to indicate decoding of a WMA9 Pro signal.

SBch ON – 6.1 or 7.1 decoding is always used (for example, a surround back channel will be generated for 5.1 encoded material)

SBch AUTO – Automatically switches to 6.1 or 7.1 decoding for 6.1 encoded sources (for example, Dolby Digital EX or DTS-ES)

SBch OFF – Maximum 5.1 playback

Using surround back channel processing

• Default setting: SBch ON

You can have the receiver automatically use 6.1 or 7.1 decoding for 6.1 encoded sources (for example, Dolby Digital EX or DTS-ES), or you can choose to always use 6.1 or 7.1 decoding (for example, with 5.1 encoded material). With 5.1 encoded sources, a surround back channel will be generated, but the material may sound better in the 5.1 format for which it was originally encoded (in which case, you can simply switch surround back channel processing off).

The table below indicates when you will hear the surround back channel when playing various kinds of sources. ( =Sound plays through surround back speaker(s))

STATUS

SIGNAL SEL

SBch

STEREO

MULTI OPE

THX

STANDARD

ADV. SURR

SHIFT

PHASE

MCACC

S.DIRECT

 

• Press SBch (SBch PROCESSING) repeatedly to cycle the surround back channel options.

Each press cycles through the options as follows:

Using the Virtual Surround Back mode

When you’re not using surround back speakers, selecting this mode allows you to hear a virtual surround back channel through your surround speakers. You can choose to listen to sources with no surround back channel information, or if the material sounds better in the format (for example, 5.1) for which it was originally encoded, you can have the receiver only apply this effect

to 6.1 encoded sources like Dolby Digital EX or DTS-ES.2

The table indicates when you will hear the virtual surround back channel. ( =Virtual surround back channel is active)

• Press SBch (SBch PROCESSING) repeatedly to cycle the virtual surround back channel options.

Each press cycles through the options as follows:

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

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

VirtualSB OFF – Virtual Surround Back mode is switched off

 

SBch

 

Standard / THX

 

Advanced

Type of source

Processing /

Multichannel

 

Stereo sources

 

Virtual SB

 

 

surround

 

 

 

 

 

mode

sources

2 Pro Logic II x

2 Pro Logic

Neo:6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolby Digital EX/DTS-ES encoded

ON

 

 

 

 

 

multichannel sources with 6.1ch surround

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolby Digital/DTS/WMA9 Pro encoded, DVD-

ON

 

 

 

 

 

Audio and SACD multichannel sources

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM/WMA9 Pro encoded,

ON

 

 

a

 

 

DVD-Audio and SACD stereo sources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTO

 

b

 

b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analog 2-channel (stereo) sources

ON

 

 

a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTO

 

b

 

 

 

a.Only applicable when using the Virtual Surround Back mode.

b.Not applicable when using the Virtual Surround Back mode.

Note

1• This is useful if you find there is a slight delay before AUTO recognizes the PCM signal on a CD, for instance.

When PCM is selected, noise may be output during playback of non-PCM sources. Please select another input signal if this is a problem.

2• You can’t use the Virtual Surround Back mode with headphones, or with the THX, STEREO or Stream Direct modes.

You can only use the Virtual Surround Back mode if the surround speakers are on and the Surr Back setting is set to NO in the Speaker Setting on page 41.

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

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06 Using the tuner

Chapter 6:

Using the tuner

Listening to the radio

The following steps show you how to tune in to FM and AM radio broadcasts using the automatic (search) and manual (step) tuning functions. If you already know the frequency of the station you want, see Tuning directly to a station below. Once you are tuned to a station you can memorize the frequency for recall later—see Saving station presets on page 31 for more on how to do this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELECT

 

 

 

INPUT

 

SYSTEM OFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECEIVER

 

SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELECT

 

 

D.ACCESS

+10

 

CLASS

 

REC

DTV INFO

MUTE

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AVPARAMETER

 

CH LEVEL

MPX

 

REC STOP

MEMORY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOP MENU

 

MENU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUNE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ST

 

ST T.EDIT

AUDIO

SUBTITLE

HDD

DVD

 

 

 

 

DTVMENU

 

DISP

 

CH

CH

 

 

 

 

SETUP

ENTER

RETURN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATUS

SIGNAL SEL

SBch

STEREO

 

 

 

 

CATEGORY TUNE

 

BAND

 

 

 

 

CD

TV

VIDEO 2

 

GUIDE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TV CONTROL

 

MULTI OPE

THX

STANDARD

ADV. SURR

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVD

SAT

VIDEO1

TVCONT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVR2

CD-R

XMRADIO

ROOM2/3

TVVOL

INPUT

TV CH

VOL

SHIFT

PHASE

MCACC

S.DIRECT

SELECT

 

DVR1

iPod

TUNER

RECEIVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1Press the TUNER button to select the tuner.

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

Each press switches the band between FM and AM.

3Tune to a station.

There are three ways to do this:

Automatic tuning

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

Manual tuning

To change the frequency one step at a time, press

TUNE /.

High speed tuning

Press and hold TUNE / for high speed tuning. Release the button at the frequency you want.

Improving FM stereo sound

If the TUNED or STEREO indicators don't light when tuning to an FM station because the signal is weak, press the MPX button to switch the receiver into mono reception mode. This should improve the sound quality and allow you to enjoy the broadcast.

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Tuning directly to a station

Sometimes, you'll already know the frequency of the station you want to listen to. In this case, you can simply enter the frequency directly using the number buttons on the remote control.

1Press the TUNER button to select the tuner.

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

Each press switches the band between FM and AM.

3Press D.ACCESS (Direct Access).

4Use the number buttons to enter the frequency of the radio station.

For example, to tune to 106.00 (FM), press 1, 0, 6, 0, 0.

If you make a mistake halfway through, press D.ACCESS twice to cancel the frequency and start over.

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Using the tuner

Saving station presets

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

 

 

 

SYSTEM OFF

 

 

 

 

 

REC

DTV INFO

MUTE

RECEIVER

INPUT

 

SOURCE

D.ACCESS

+10

 

CLASS

 

 

 

 

 

SELECT

 

 

 

 

DISC

MPX

 

REC STOP

MEMORY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AVPARAMETER

 

CH LEVEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOP MENU

 

MENU

AUDIO

SUBTITLE

HDD

DVD

 

 

 

 

 

TUNE

 

 

DISP

 

CH

CH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DTVMENU

ST

 

ST T.EDIT

STATUS

SIGNAL SEL

SBch

STEREO

 

 

 

 

SETUP

ENTER

RETURN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CATEGORY TUNE

 

BAND

MULTI OPE

THX

STANDARD

ADV. SURR

 

 

 

 

GUIDE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CD

TV

VIDEO 2

 

 

TV CONTROL

 

SHIFT

 

 

 

DVD

SAT

VIDEO1

TVCONT

 

 

 

 

PHASE

MCACC

S.DIRECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TVVOL

INPUT

TV CH

VOL

 

 

 

 

DVR2

CD-R

XMRADIO

ROOM2/3

SELECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVR1

iPod

TUNER

RECEIVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SLEEP

VIDEO

ANALOG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Tune to a station you want to memorize.

See Listening to the radio on page 30 for more on this.

2 Press T.EDIT (TUNER EDIT).

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

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

You can also use the number buttons to select a station preset.

4Press ENTER.

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

Naming station presets

For easier identification, you can name your station presets.

1 Choose the station preset you want to name.

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

2 Press T.EDIT (TUNER EDIT).

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

3 Input the name you want.

Choose from the following characters for a name up to four characters long.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

0123456789

!”#$%&’() +,–./:;<=>?@[ \ ]^_{|} ˜

Use the ST / buttons (remote) to select characters.

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

06

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

Tip

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

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

Listening to station presets

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

1Press TUNER to select the tuner.

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

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

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

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

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07 The System Setup menu

Chapter 7:

The System Setup menu

Making receiver settings from the System Setup menu

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

 

INPUT

 

SYSTEM OFF

 

 

 

 

 

RECEIVER

 

SOURCE

D.ACCESS

 

 

 

CLASS

 

SELECT

 

 

+10

 

 

DISC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENTER

 

 

 

 

AVPARAMETER

 

 

CH LEVEL

 

 

 

 

TOP MENU

 

 

 

MENU

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUNE

 

 

 

 

 

 

DTVMENU ST

 

ENTER

ST T.EDIT

 

 

 

 

SETUP

 

RETURN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CATEGORY

TUNE

 

BAND

 

 

 

 

GUIDE

 

 

 

 

CD

TV

VIDEO 2

 

 

 

TV CONTROL

 

DVD

SAT

VIDEO1

TVCONT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TVVOL

INPUT

TV CH

VOL

DVR2

CD-R

XMRADIO

ROOM2/3

SELECT

 

 

 

DVR1

iPod

TUNER

RECEIVER

 

 

 

 

 

1Switch on the receiver and your TV.

Use the RECEIVER button to switch on.1

If headphones are connected to the receiver, disconnect them.

2Press RECEIVER on the remote control, then press

the SETUP button.2

An on-screen display (OSD) appears on your TV. Use the / / / buttons and ENTER to navigate through the

screens and select menu items. Press RETURN to confirm and exit the current menu.

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

3 Select the setting you want to adjust.

System Setup

1.Auto MCACC 2.Surr Back System 3.Manual MCACC 4.Data Management 5.Manual SP Setup 6.Input Setup 7.Other Setup

: Exit

Auto MCACC – See Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 7 for a quick and effective automatic surround setup. See Automatic MCACC (Expert) below for a more detailed setup.

Surr Back System – Specify how you are using your surround back speakers (see Surround back speaker setting on page 34).

Manual MCACC – Fine tune your speaker settings and customize the Acoustic Calibration EQ (see

Manual MCACC setup on page 35).

Data Management – Check your MCACC presets and manage them through copying, renaming or deleting (see Data Management on page 40).

Manual SP Setup – Specify the size, number, distance and overall balance of the speakers you’ve connected (see Manual speaker setup on page 41).

Input Setup – Specify what you’ve connected to the digital and component video inputs (see The Input Setup menu on page 61).

Other Setup – Make customized settings to reflect how you are using the receiver (see The Other Setup menu on page 62).

Automatic MCACC (Expert)

If your setup requires more detailed settings than those provided in Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 7, you can customize your setup options below. You can calibrate your system differently

for up to six different MCACC presets3, which are useful if you have different listening positions depending on the type of source (for example, watching movies from a sofa,

or playing a video game close to the TV).4

Important

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

Using the Auto MCACC Setup will overwrite any existing settings for the MCACC preset you select.5

The screen saver will automatically appear after three minutes of inactivity.

Caution

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

Note

1Make sure not to switch off the power when using the System Setup menu.

2• Note that when editing items in the Manual MCACC menu, you will need to first specify the MCACC preset you want to adjust by pressing MCACC before pressing SETUP.

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

3These are stored in memory and referred to as MEMORY16 (or M16) until you rename them in Data Management on page 40.

4You may also want to have separate calibration settings for the same listening position, depending on how you’re using your system.

5Except in cases where you are only adjusting one parameter (i.e. channel level) from the Option setup screen (step 3).

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The System Setup menu

07

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

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

SPEAKERS

 

(TUNE +)

 

BAND

MULTI – ROOM &

VIDEO

SIGNAL

SBch

 

 

SOURCE/REC SEL

 

 

 

 

 

CONTROL ON/OFF

SELECT

SELECT

PROCESSING STEREO

 

AV

 

TUNER

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARAMETER

 

EDIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO/GAME 2 INPUT

PHONES

(ST –)

ENTER

(ST +)

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

SETUP MIC

 

 

 

 

SETUP

 

RETURN

 

 

 

 

 

(TUNE –)

DIGITAL IN

S-VIDEO

VIDEO

L AUDIO R

weighting is given to any one channel. Optionally,5 FRONT ALIGN sets all speakers in accordance with the front speaker settings (no equalization is applied to the front left and right channels), and OFF (only available when ALL is selected) allows you to save calibration settings (such as speaker distance and channel level) with no EQ or standing wave adjustment to your selected preset.

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

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

System Setup

 

1.Auto

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surr

Back System

 

 

 

 

1.Auto

MCACC

 

 

 

 

2.Surr

Back System

 

[

Normal (SB)

]

 

3.Manual MCACC

 

Data

Save to

 

 

 

 

 

4.Data

Management

 

 

[M1. MEMORY

1 ]

 

5.Manual SP Setup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.Input

Setup

 

Setting Start?

 

[

OK

]

 

7.Other

Setup

 

 

 

[Option]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

: Exit

 

ENTER:Next

:Cancel

3 Make sure ‘Normal (SB)’ is selected,1 select an

MCACC preset2 then select OK.

For a fully customized Auto MCACC setup, select Option and set the following parameters:

1.Auto

MCACC

Option

 

 

 

1. Auto

MCACC

Option

 

 

 

1.Auto

MCACC Option

Auto

Mode

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

( Back )

 

 

 

Auto

Mode

 

 

 

 

 

[

 

ALL

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[

Aco Cal

EQ

Pro. ]

Speaker settings

 

 

 

EQ Type : FRONT ALIGN

 

 

 

EQ Type

 

 

 

 

will be updated.

 

 

 

Data

Save to

 

 

 

 

 

[ALL

CH

ADJUST]

THX

Speaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

EQ Type :

M2.

MEMORY

2

 

 

Multi-Point

 

 

YES

 

 

 

NO

 

 

OFF

 

 

 

 

Please place the mic

If you are using THX

Data

Save to

 

 

 

 

speakers,

select

YES.

 

[ – – . – – –

]

 

at your 2nd reference

 

(

Next )

 

 

 

: Return to

Auto MCACC

point.

 

 

 

 

: Return

to Auto

MCACC

: Return to

Auto MCACC

Auto Mode – The default is ALL (recommended), but you can limit the system calibration to only one setting (to save time) if you want.3 The available options are ALL, ALL (Keep SPsetting),4 Speaker Setting, Channel Level, Speaker Distance, Acoustic Cal EQ, and Aco Cal EQ Pro.

THX Speaker (only available when the Auto Mode above is ALL or Speaker Setting) – Select YES if you are using THX speakers (set all speakers to SMALL), otherwise leave it set to NO.

EQ Type (only available when the Auto Mode above is

Acoustic Cal EQ or Aco Cal EQ Pro.) – This determines how the frequency balance is adjusted. ALL CH ADJUST (default) is a ‘flat’ setting where all the speakers are set individually so no special

Multi-Point (only available when the Auto Mode above is Acoustic Cal EQ or Aco Cal EQ Pro.) – In addition to measurements at the listening position, you can use two more reference points for which test tones will be analyzed for standing waves. This is useful if you want to get a balanced ‘flat’ calibration for several seating positions in your listening area.6 Place the microphone at the reference point indicated on-screen and note the last microphone placement will be at your main listening position:

2nd reference

3rd reference

point

point

1

2

3

Main listening position

When you’re finished settings the options, press RETURN to go back to the Auto MCACC main setup.

4Follow the instructions on-screen.

Make sure the microphone is connected.

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

See Problems when using the Auto MCACC Setup on page 9 for notes regarding high background noise levels and other possible interference.

5Wait for the Auto MCACC Setup to finish outputting test tones.

A progress report is displayed on-screen while the receiver outputs test tones to determine the speakers present in your setup. Try to be as quiet as possible while it’s doing this.

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

Note

1If you are planning on bi-amping your front speakers, or setting up a separate speaker system in another room, read through Surround back speaker setting on page 34 and make sure to connect your speakers as necessary before continuing to step 4.

2The six MCACC presets are used for storing surround sound settings for different listening positions. Simply choose an unused preset for now (you can rename it later in Data Management on page 40).

3The Aco Cal EQ Pro. measurement is also taken when ALL is selected. See Professional Acoustic Calibration EQ on page 37 for more on this.

4The ALL (Keep SPsetting) option allows you to calibrate your system while leaving your current speaker setting (page 41) unchanged.

5If you selected ALL as your Auto Mode setting, you can specify the MCACC preset where you want to save the FRONT ALIGN and/or OFF settings.

6Switch the Multi-Point setting OFF if you only use one listening position.

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With error messages (such as Ambient Noise or Microphone Check) select RETRY after checking for ambient noise (see Problems when using the Auto MCACC Setup on page 9) and verifying the mic connection. If there doesn’t seem to be a problem, you can simply select GO NEXT and continue.

6 If necessary, confirm the speaker configuration in the OSD.1

8 The Auto MCACC Setup has finished! Press RETURN to go back to the System Setup menu.

4a.MCACC Data Check

1.Speaker Setting 2.Channel Level 3.Speaker Distance 4.Standing Wave 5.Acoustic Cal EQ

ENTER:Next :Return

The configuration shown on-screen should reflect the actual speakers you have.

 

1.Auto MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

1.Auto MCACC

 

 

Now Analyzing…

 

(2/9)

 

 

 

 

Check!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front

[

 

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment Check

 

 

 

 

 

YES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Center

[

YES

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambient Noise

[ OK ]

 

 

Surround

[ YES ]

 

 

 

 

Microphone

[

]

 

 

 

SB

[ Yx2 ]

 

 

 

 

Speaker YES/NO

[

]

 

 

 

SUB W.

[ YES ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Cancel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[ OK ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Cancel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

System Setup menu (starting on page 32).2

You can also choose to view the settings by selecting individual parameters from the MCACC Data Check screen:

Speaker Setting – The size and number of speakers you’ve connected (see page 41 for more on this)

Channel Level – The overall balance of your speaker system (see page 42 for more on this)

Speaker Distance – The distance of your speakers from the listening position (see page 43 for more on this)3

Standing Wave – Filter settings to control lower ‘boomy’ frequencies (see page 36 for more on this)

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

 

1.Auto MCACC

 

 

 

1.Auto MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

Now Analyzing…

 

 

Now

Analyzing…

(6/9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subwoofer Check

 

 

Surround

Analyzing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaker

System

[

OK ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Channel

Level

[

OK ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaker

Distance

[

]

 

 

 

 

:Cancel

 

 

 

 

:Cancel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

If you selected a Multi-Point setup (in step 3), you will be asked to place the mic at the 2nd and 3rd reference points before finally placing it at your main listening position.

Acoustic Cal EQ – Adjustments to the frequency balance of your speaker system based on the acoustic characteristics of your room (see page 37 for more on this)

Press ENTER after you have finished checking each screen. When you’re finished, select RETURN to go back to the System Setup menu.

Surround back speaker setting

• Default setting: Normal (SB)

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

Note

1This screen is only shown if you selected ALL or Speaker Setting in Auto Mode from the Auto MCACC Option menu.

2• Depending on the characteristics of your room, sometimes identical speakers with cone sizes of around 5 inches (12cm) will end up with different size settings. You can correct the setting manually using the Manual speaker setup on page 41.

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

3Since the distance measurements have been set according to the sound characteristics of your speakers, there are cases where (for optimal surround sound) the actual distance may differ from the speaker distance setting.

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1 Select ‘Surr Back System’ from the System Setup menu.

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

System Setup

 

2.Surround Back System

 

1.Auto

MCACC

 

 

Surround Back System

 

2.Surr

Back System

 

 

 

 

3.Manual MCACC

 

 

 

Normal (SB)

 

 

4.Data

Management

 

 

 

 

 

5.Manual SP Setup

 

 

 

 

 

6.Input

Setup

 

 

 

 

 

7.Other

Setup

 

 

 

 

 

 

: Exit

 

 

:Return

2Select the surround back speaker setting.

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

2nd Zone – Select to use the (surround back) B speaker terminals to listen to stereo playback in another room (see Second Zone speaker B setup on page 52).

Front Bi-Amp – Select this setting if you’re biamping your front speakers (see Bi-amping your front speakers on page 53).

Multi Room & Source – Select to use the (surround back) B speaker terminals for an independent system in another room (see Multi-room listening on

page 55).

3When you’re finished, press RETURN.

You will return to the System Setup menu.

Manual MCACC setup

You can use the settings in the Manual MCACC setup menu to make detailed adjustments when you’re more familiar with the system. Before making these settings, you should have already completed Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 7.

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

Caution

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

Important

You will need to first specify the MCACC preset you want to adjust by pressing MCACC before pressing

SETUP (step 2 in Making receiver settings from the System Setup menu on page 32).

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

Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC)

on page 7 if you’re unsure how to do this. Also see

Problems when using the Auto MCACC Setup on page 9 for notes regarding high background noise levels and other possible interference.

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

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

See Making receiver settings from the System Setup menu on page 32 if you’re not already at this screen.

System Setup

 

3.Manual

MCACC

 

1.Auto

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a.Fine

Ch

Level

 

2.Surr

Back System

 

 

b.Fine

SP

Distance

 

 

3.Manual MCACC

 

 

 

c.Standing Wave

 

4.Data

Management

 

 

 

d.EQ

Adjust

 

5.Manual SP Setup

 

 

e.EQ

Professional

 

6.Input

Setup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.Other

Setup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

: Exit

 

 

 

 

:Return

2 Select the setting you want to adjust.

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

Fine Ch Level – Make fine adjustments to the overall balance of your speaker system (see Fine Channel Level below).

Fine SP Distance – Make precise delay settings for your speaker system (see Fine Speaker Distance on page 36).

Standing Wave – Control overly resonant low frequencies in your listening room (see Standing Wave on page 36).

The last two settings are specifically for customizing the parameters explained in Acoustic Calibration EQ on page 37:

EQ Adjust – Manually adjust the frequency balance of your speaker system while listening to test tones (see Acoustic Calibration EQ on page 37).

EQ Professional – Calibrate your system based on the direct sound coming from the speakers and make detailed settings according to your room’s reverb characteristics (see Professional Acoustic Calibration EQ on page 37).

Fine Channel Level

• Default setting: 0dB (all channels)

You can achieve better surround sound by properly adjusting the overall balance of your speaker system. The following setting can help you make detailed adjustments that you may not achieve using the Manual speaker setup on page 41.

1 Select ‘Fine Ch Level’ from the Manual MCACC setup menu.

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The volume increases to the 0dB reference level.

 

3.Manual

MCACC

 

 

3a.Fine Channel Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a.Fine

Ch

Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

b.Fine

SP

Distance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

c.Standing

Wave

 

 

Please Wait... 20

 

 

d.EQ

Adjust

 

 

 

 

 

 

e.EQ

Professional

 

 

Caution!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loud test tones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

will be output.

 

 

 

 

:Return

 

 

:Cancel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Adjust the level of the left channel.

1 Select ‘Fine SP Distance’ from the Manual MCACC setup menu.

3.Manual

MCACC

3b.Fine SP

Distance

a.Fine

Ch

Level

MCACC:M1. MEMORY 1

b.Fine

SP

Distance

 

 

c.Standing

Wave

 

 

d.EQ

Adjust

L(Reference)

e.EQ

Professional

10.0ft

 

 

:Return

Enter:Next

:Cancel

This will be the reference speaker level, so you may want to keep the level around 0dB so that you’ll have plenty of room to adjust the other speaker levels.

3a.Fine Channel Level

MCACC:M1. MEMORY 1

L(Reference)

+0.5dB

Enter:Next :Cancel

• After pressing ENTER, test tones will be output.

3 Select each channel in turn and adjust the levels (+/

– 10dB) as necessary.

Use / to adjust the volume of the speaker you selected to match the reference speaker. When it sounds like both tones are the same volume, press to confirm and continue to the next channel.

3a.Fine Channel Level

L

 

+0.5dB (Reference)

R

[

0.0dB ]

 

 

 

C

 

+1.0dB

 

 

 

 

SL

[

-3.0dB

]

 

 

 

SR

[ +10.0dB ]

 

 

 

SBL

[

-10.0dB ]

 

 

 

SBR

[

+9.5dB ]

 

 

 

SW

[

-1.5dB ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Finish

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

If you want to go back and adjust a channel, simply use / to select it.

4 When you're finished, press RETURN.

You will return to the Manual MCACC setup menu.

Fine Speaker Distance

• Default setting: 10.0 ft (all speakers)

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

2Adjust the distance of the left channel from the listening position.

3Select each channel in turn and adjust the distance

as necessary.

Use /to adjust the delay of the speaker you selected to match the reference speaker. The delay is measured in terms of speaker distance from 0.5 to 45.0 feet.

3b.Fine

SP

Distance

L

 

10.0ft (Reference)

R

[

9.0ft ]

 

 

 

 

C

 

9.5ft

 

 

 

 

 

SL

[

6.0ft

]

 

 

 

 

SR

[

6.5ft ]

 

 

 

 

SBL

[

6.0ft ]

 

 

 

 

SBR

[

6.5ft ]

 

 

 

 

SW

[ 12.5ft ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Finish

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

you and between your arm span.1

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

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

If you want to go back and adjust a channel, simply use / to select it.

4 When you're finished, press RETURN.

You will return to the Manual MCACC setup menu.

Standing Wave

• Default setting: ON

Acoustic standing waves occur when, under certain conditions, sound waves from your speaker system resonate mutually with sound waves reflected off the walls in your listening area. This can have a negative effect on the overall sound, especially at certain lower

Note

1• If you can’t seem to achieve this by adjusting the distance setting, you may need to change the angle of your speakers very slightly.

For better audibility, the subwoofer emits a continuous test tone (oscillating pulses are heard from your other speakers). Note that it may be difficult to compare this tone with the other speakers in your setup (depending on the low frequency response of the reference speaker).

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frequencies. Depending on speaker placement, your listening position, and ultimately the shape of your room, it results in an overly resonant (‘boomy’) sound. The Standing Wave Control uses filters to reduce the effect of overly resonant sounds in your listening area. During playback of a source, you can customize the filters used for Standing Wave Control for each of your MCACC

presets.1

1 Select ‘Standing Wave’ from the Manual MCACC setup menu.

3.Manual

MCACC

 

3c.Standing Wave

 

 

 

 

 

a.Fine

Ch

Level

 

MCACC :

 

M1. MEMORY

1

 

 

b.Fine

SP

Distance

 

Standing

Wave Control

 

 

 

c.Standing

Wave

 

 

Filter Ch

 

 

[

 

 

ON

]

 

 

d.EQ

Adjust

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAIN

 

 

 

e.EQ

Professional

 

No.

1

 

 

2

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

f

[

68Hz

]

[ 120Hz

]

[ 201Hz

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q

[

5.0

]

[

5.0

 

]

[

5.0

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

[

0.0dB

]

[

0.0dB

]

[ 0.0dB ]

 

 

 

:Return

 

TT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Finish

2Select ‘ON’ (if it is not already selected) then adjust the parameters for the Standing Wave Control.

Filter Ch – Select the channel to which you will apply the filter(s): Main (all except center channel and subwoofer), Center or SUB W. (subwoofer).

TRIM (only available when the filter channel above is

SUB W.) – Adjust the subwoofer channel level (to compensate for the difference in output post-filter).

f / Q / ATT – These are the filter parameters where f represents the frequency you will be targeting and Q is the bandwidth (the higher the Q, the narrower the bandwidth, or range) of the attenuation (ATT, the amount of reduction to the targeted frequency).

3When you're finished, press RETURN.

You will return to the Manual MCACC setup menu.

Acoustic Calibration EQ

Acoustic Calibration Equalization is a kind of room equalizer for your speakers (excluding the subwoofer). It works by measuring the acoustic characteristics of your room and neutralizing the ambient characteristics that can color the original source material (providing a ‘flat’ equalization setting). If you’re not satisfied with the adjustment provided in Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 7 or Automatic MCACC (Expert) on page 32, you can also adjust these settings manually to get a frequency balance that suits your tastes.

Note

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

3.Manual

MCACC

 

3d.EQ Adjust

 

 

 

 

a.Fine

Ch

Level

 

MCACC:M1. MEMORY 1

 

b.Fine

SP

Distance

 

 

c.Standing

Wave

 

 

 

 

 

 

d.EQ

Adjust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

e.EQ

Professional

 

 

Setting Start?

[

 

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

OK

 

 

 

:Return

 

Enter:Next

:Cancel

2Confirm that the MCACC preset shown in the display is the one you want to adjust, then select OK.

3Select the channel(s) you want and adjust to your liking.

3d.EQ

Adjust

 

unit:dB

 

 

 

 

63Hz [ +1.0]

MCACC

: M1

 

125Hz [ +5.5]

Ch

 

[SBL]

250Hz [

-3.0]

 

 

 

 

500Hz [

0.0]

 

 

 

 

1kHz

+12.0

 

 

 

 

2kHz [

+5.5]

 

 

 

 

4kHz [

-3.0]

 

 

 

 

8kHz [

0.0]

 

 

 

 

16kHz [ +7.0]

63 125 250 500

1k 2k

4k 8k 16k

TRM

TRIM [

-2.5]

 

 

 

 

:Finish

Use the / buttons to select the channel.

Use the / buttons to select the frequency and / to boost or cut the EQ. When you’re finished, go back to the top of the screen and use the /buttons to select the next channel.

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

Tip

Changing the frequency curve of one channel too drastically will affect the overall balance. If the speaker balance seems uneven, you can raise or

lower channel levels using test tones with the TRIM feature. Use / to select TRIM then use / to raise or lower the channel level for the current speaker.

4 When you're finished, press RETURN.

You will return to the Manual MCACC setup menu.

Professional Acoustic Calibration EQ

This setup minimizes the unwanted effects of room reverberation by allowing you to calibrate your system based on the direct sound coming from the speakers. It can also provide you with a graphical output of the

frequency response of your room.2

1• Since they will be overwritten, you may want to save the standing wave settings made with the Auto MCACC Setup to another MCACC preset.

Standing Wave control filter settings cannot be changed during playback of sources using the HDMI connection.

2This system allows you to customize your system calibration with the help of a graphical output that can be displayed on-screen, or using a computer (with software available from Pioneer—see Connecting a PC for Advanced MCACC output on page 60 for more on this).

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How to use Professional Acoustic Calibration EQ

If you find that lower frequencies seem overly reverberant in your listening room (i.e. it sounds `boomy'), or that different channels seem to exhibit different reverb characteristics, select Aco Cal EQ Pro. (or ALL) for the

Auto Mode setting in Automatic MCACC (Expert) on page 32 to calibrate the room automatically. This should provide a balanced calibration that suits the characteristics of your listening room.

If you still aren't satisfied with the results, the manual Advanced EQ setup (below) provides a more customized calibration of your system using the direct sound of the speakers. This is done with the help of a graphical output that can be displayed on-screen, or using a computer (with software available from Pioneer — see Connecting a PC for Advanced MCACC output on page 60).

How to interpret the graphical output

The graph shows decibels on the vertical axis and time (in milliseconds) on the horizontal axis. A straight line indicates a flat-response room (no reverb), whereas a sloping line indicates the presence of reverberation when outputting test tones. The sloping line will eventually flatten out when the reverberant sound stabilizes (this usually takes about 100ms or so).

By analyzing the graph, you should be able to see how your room is responding to certain frequencies. Differences in channel level and speaker distance are taken into account automatically (compensation is provided for comparison purposes), and the frequency measurements can be examined both with and without

the equalization performed by this receiver.1

Setting Professional Acoustic Calibration EQ according to your room characteristics

Using the manual setup, you can set the time period at which the frequency response is analyzed, pinpointing the time that is best for system calibration with your particular room characteristics.

The graph below shows the difference between standard acoustic calibration and professional calibration (the gray circles represent the point at which the microphone captures the sound for frequency analysis).

Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Test tone

 

Acoustic Cal. EQ Pro

Standard Acoustic Cal.

 

 

calibration range

EQ calibration range

 

 

 

 

Time

0

80

160

(in msec.)

 

As soon as audio is output from your speaker system, it is influenced by room characteristics, such as walls, furniture, and the dimensions of the room. The sooner the frequency analysis, the less it is influenced by the room. We recommend an earlier time setting of 20–40ms to compensate for two major factors that will influence the sound of most rooms:

Reverberance of high vs. low frequencies

Depending on your room, you may find that lower frequencies seem overly reverberant compared to higher frequencies (i.e. your room sounds ‘boomy’). This may result in a skewed frequency analysis if the measurement is done too late.

Level

 

 

Low

 

 

frequencies

 

 

 

 

High

 

 

 

 

frequencies

 

 

Acoustic Cal. EQ Pro

Standard Acoustic Cal.

 

 

 

 

calibration range

EQ calibration range

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time

0

80

160

 

(in msec.)

 

 

Reverb characteristics for different channels

Reverb characteristics can be somewhat different for each channel. Since this difference increases as the sound is influenced by the various room characteristics, it is often better to capture a frequency analysis early on for smoother mixing of channel frequencies/sounds.

Level

 

 

Left

 

 

surround

 

 

 

 

Right

 

 

 

 

Surround

 

 

Acoustic Cal. EQ Pro

Standard Acoustic Cal.

 

 

 

 

calibration range

EQ calibration range

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time

0

80

160

 

(in msec.)

 

 

If your room isn’t affected by the factors above, it is often not necessary to make a 20–40ms setting. Later time settings may provide a more detailed sound experience with your speaker system. It is best to try and see what works best for your particular room.

Note that changing the room (for example, moving furniture or paintings) will affect the calibration results. In such cases, you should recalibrate your system.

Note

1 Note that due to an effect known as ‘group delay’, lower frequencies will take longer to be generated than higher frequencies (this is most obvious when comparing the frequencies at 0ms). This initial slope is not a problem (i.e. excessive reverb) with your listening room.

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Using Professional Acoustic Calibration EQ

1 Select ‘EQ Professional’ then press ENTER.

3.Manual

MCACC

 

3e.EQ Professional

 

a.Fine

Ch

Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.Reverb

Measurement

 

b.Fine

SP

Distance

 

 

2.Reverb

View

 

 

 

c.Standing

Wave

 

 

3.Reverb

Output

PC

 

d.EQ

Adjust

 

 

4.Advanced EQ

Setup

 

e.EQ

Professional

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Return

 

 

ENTER:Next

:Return

2Select an option and press ENTER.

Reverb Measurement – Use this to measure the reverb characteristics of your room (for graphical output using a PC, see Connecting a PC for Advanced MCACC output on page 60 to connect an RS-232C cable before selecting this option).

Reverb View – You can check the reverb measurements made for specified frequency ranges in each channel.

Reverb Output PC – See Connecting a PC for Advanced MCACC output on page 60 for more on this.

Advanced EQ Setup – Use this to select the time period that will be used for frequency adjustment and calibration, based on the reverb measurement of your listening area. Note that customizing system calibration using this setup will alter the settings you made in Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 7 or Automatic MCACC (Expert) on page 32 and is not necessary if you’re satisfied with these settings.

3If you selected ‘Reverb Measurement’, select EQ ON or OFF and then OK.

3e1.Reverb Measurement

 

3e1.Reverb Measurement

 

 

MCACC: M1.MEMORY 1

 

Now Analyzing…

(1/5)

Measure with

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EQ OFF

 

 

M1. MEMORY 1

 

EQ:ON

Setting Start?

[OK]

 

 

 

Ambient Noise

 

[

OK

]

 

 

 

 

Microphone

[

 

]

 

 

 

 

Speaker Level

[

]

 

 

 

 

Delay Check

[

]

 

:Cancel

 

Reverb

[

]

 

 

 

 

:Cancel

When the reverb measurement is finished, you can select Reverb View to see the results on-screen. See

Professional Calibration EQ graphical output on page 77 for troubleshooting information.

4 If you selected ‘Reverb View’, you can check the reverb characteristics for each channel. Press RETURN when you’re done.

3e2.Reverb View

 

 

 

 

M1 : EQ OFF Ch

[

L ]

 

dB

Fq

[

40Hz

]

 

 

 

 

 

0

80

160ms

 

 

 

 

:Return

This appears according to the setting you chose in Reverb Measurement (step 3 above). Use the / buttons to select the channel and the frequency you want to check. Use the / buttons to go back and forth between the two. Note that the markers on the vertical axis indicate decibels in 2dB steps.

5 If you selected ‘Advanced EQ Setup’, input the time setting you want to use for calibration, then select ‘Go’. Select ‘Start’ from the next screen.

Based on the reverb measurement above, you can choose the time period that will be used for the final frequency adjustment and calibration. Even though you can make this setting without reverb measurement, it is best to use the measurement results as a reference for your time setting. For an optimal system calibration based on the direct sound coming from the speakers, we recommend using the 20–40ms setting.

3e4.

Adv. EQ Setup

(1/2)

 

 

3e4. Adv. EQ Setup

(2/2)

 

 

 

Ch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L

( Back )

 

 

 

dB

Fq

[

40Hz ]

EQ Type

 

 

 

 

 

Tm

[60~80ms]

[ALL CH

ADJUST]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multi-Point

 

NO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setting Start?

 

[OK]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please place the mic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

at your 2nd reference

0

80

160ms

point.

 

 

 

(

Next)

 

:Cancel

 

 

 

 

: Cancel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following options determine how the reverb characteristics of your listening area are displayed in

Reverb View and Reverb Output PC:

EQ OFF – You will see the reverb characteristics of your listening area without the equalization performed by this receiver (before calibration).

EQ ON – You will see the reverb characteristics of your listening area with the equalization performed by this receiver (after calibration).1 Note that the EQ response may not appear entirely flat due to adjustments necessary for your listening area.

Use the / buttons to select the channel, frequency, and time setting. Use the / buttons to switch between them.

You can switch between your connected speakers (excluding the subwoofer), and display the measurements for the following frequencies: 63Hz, 125 Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz, 4kHz, 8kHz and 16kHz.

Select the setting from the following time periods (in milliseconds): 0–20ms, 10–30ms, 20–40ms, 30–50ms, 40–60ms, 50–70ms and 60–80ms. This setting will be applied to all channels during calibration.

When you’re finished, select OK. It will take about 1–4 minutes for the calibration to finish.

Note

1 The calibration corresponding to the currently selected MCACC preset will be used when EQ ON is selected. To use another MCACC preset, exit the System Setup menu and press MCACC to select it before pressing SETUP.

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After the Acoustic Calibration Equalization is set, you are given the option to check the settings on-screen.

Data Management

This system allows you to store up to six MCACC presets, allowing you to calibrate your system for different listening positions (or frequency adjustments for the

same listening position).1 This is useful for alternate settings to match the kind of source you’re listening to and where you’re sitting (for example, watching movies from a sofa, or playing a video game close to the TV).

From this menu you can check your current settings, copy from one preset to another, name presets for easier identification and clear any ones you don’t need.

1 Select ‘Data Management’ from the System Setup menu.

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

 

System Setup

 

 

 

4.Data Management

 

 

 

 

 

1.Auto

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a.MCACC

Data

Check

 

 

2.Surr

Back System

 

 

 

b.MCACC

Data

Copy

 

 

 

 

3.Manual MCACC

 

 

 

c.Memory

Rename

 

 

4.Data

Management

 

 

 

 

 

d.Memory

Clear

 

 

 

 

 

5.Manual SP Setup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.Input

Setup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.Other

Setup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

: Exit

 

 

 

 

:Return

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Select the setting you want to adjust.

MCACC Data Check – Check the settings for any of your MCACC presets using the on-screen display (see Checking MCACC preset data below).

1 Select ‘MCACC Data Check’ from the Data Management setup menu.

 

4.Data Management

 

 

 

 

 

4a.MCACC Data Check

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a.MCACC

Data

Check

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

b.MCACC

Data

Copy

 

 

 

 

 

1.Speaker Setting

 

 

 

 

c.Memory

Rename

 

 

 

2.Channel

Level

 

 

 

 

d.Memory

Clear

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.Speaker

Distance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.Standing

Wave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.Acoustic

Cal EQ

 

 

 

:Return

 

 

ENTER:Next

:Return

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Select the setting you want to check.

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

3Select the MCACC preset that you want to check.

Use the / buttons if necessary to switch speakers/ settings.

4a4.EQ

Data Check

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

63Hz

: +1.0

 

MCACC

 

M1

 

125Hz

: +5.5

 

Ch

 

 

[SBL]

 

250Hz

: -3.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

500Hz

:

0.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

1kHz

+ 12.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

2kHz

: +5.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

4kHz

: -3.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

8kHz

:

0.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

16kHz : +7.0

 

63 125 250 500 1k

2k

4k 8k 16k TRM

TRIM : -2.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Return

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Press RETURN to go back to the Data Check menu, repeating steps 2 and 3 to check other settings.

 

4a2.Speaker

Distance

 

 

4a3.Standing

Wave

 

 

 

 

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCACC

 

 

 

M1. MEMORY 1

M1. MEMORY 1

 

L

: 10.5ft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sranding

Wave Control

 

C

:

9.0ft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:

ON

 

 

 

 

R

: 10.0ft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filter

Ch

 

[ SUB W. ]

 

SR

:

8.5ft

 

 

 

 

 

TRIM

 

 

:+12.0dB

 

 

 

 

SBR

:

7.0ft

 

 

 

 

 

No.

1

 

 

2

3

 

 

 

SBL

:

8.0ft

 

 

 

 

 

f

: 110Hz

: 110Hz

: 110Hz

 

SL

:

8.0ft

 

 

 

 

 

Q

: 3.0

:

3.0

: 3.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

SW

: 11.5ft

 

 

A

: 12.0dB : 10.0dB

: 12.0dB

 

 

 

T

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Return

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Return

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCACC Data Copy – Copy settings from one MCACC preset to another (see Copying MCACC preset data below).

Memory Rename – Name your MCACC presets for easy identification (see Renaming MCACC presets below).

Memory Clear – Clear any MCACC presets that you don’t want (see Clearing MCACC presets below).

Checking MCACC preset data

After you have completed Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 7 or Automatic MCACC (Expert) on page 32, you can check your calibrated settings using the on-screen display.

5 When you're finished, press RETURN.

You will return to the Data Management setup menu.

Copying MCACC preset data

If you want to manually adjust the Acoustic Calibration EQ (see Manual MCACC setup above), we recommend

copying your current settings2 to an unused MCACC preset. Instead of just a flat EQ curve, this will give you a reference point from which to start.

1 Select ‘MCACC Data Copy’ from the Data Management setup menu.

 

4.Data Management

 

 

 

 

 

4b.MCACC Data

Copy

 

 

 

a.MCACC

Data

Check

 

 

From

 

 

 

 

 

b.MCACC

Data

Copy

 

 

 

 

[

M1. MEMORY 1

]

 

 

c.Memory

Rename

 

 

 

 

To

 

 

 

 

 

 

d.Memory

Clear

 

 

 

 

 

[ M2. MEMORY 2 ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start Copy

[Cancel]

 

 

 

:Return

 

 

 

 

:Cancel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note

1This can be done in Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 7 or Automatic MCACC (Expert) on page 32, either of which you should have already completed.

2The settings made in Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 7 or Automatic MCACC (Expert) on page 32.

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2Select the MCACC preset you’ll be copying the settings ‘From’ then specify where you want to copy them (‘To’).

Make sure you don’t overwrite an MCACC preset you’re currently using (this can’t be undone).

3Select ‘Copy’ to confirm and copy the settings. Copy Complete! shows in the OSD to confirm the MCACC preset has been copied, then you automatically return to the Data Management setup menu.

Renaming MCACC presets

If you have several different MCACC presets that you’re using, you may want to rename them for easier identification.

1 Select ‘Memory Rename’ from the Data Management setup menu.

4.Data Management

 

4c.Memory Rename

 

 

a.MCACC

Data

Check

 

MCACC

Position

Rename

 

b.MCACC

Data

Copy

 

M1

[

 

 

]

 

c.Memory

Rename

 

 

MEMORY

1

 

d.Memory

Clear

 

 

 

M2

[

MEMORY

2

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

M3

[ MEMORY 3

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

M4

[ MEMORY 4

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

M5

[ MEMORY 5

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

M6

[ MEMORY 6

]

 

 

 

:Return

 

 

 

 

:Finish

2Select the MCACC preset you want to rename, then

select an appropriate preset name.

Use / to select the preset, then / to select a preset name.

3Repeat for as many MCACC presets as necessary, then press RETURN when you're finished.

You will return to the Data Management setup menu.

Clearing MCACC presets

If you are no longer using one of the MCACC presets stored in memory, you can choose to clear the calibration settings of that preset.

1 Select ‘Memory Clear’ from the Data Management setup menu.

4.Data Management

 

4d.Memory Clear

 

 

 

a.MCACC

Data

Check

 

 

 

 

 

 

b.MCACC

Data

Copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

c.Memory

Rename

 

Clear

 

 

 

d.Memory

Clear

 

 

 

 

M1. MEMORY 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start Clear

[Cancel]

 

 

 

:Return

 

 

 

:Cancel

07

Manual speaker setup

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

These settings are designed to customize your system, but if you’re satisfied with the settings made in

Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 7, it isn’t necessary to make all of these settings.

Caution

• The test tones used in the System Setup are output at high volume.

1 Select ‘Manual SP Setup’ then press ENTER.

System Setup

 

5.Manual SP

Setup

 

1.Auto

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a.Speaker

Setting

 

2.Surr

Back System

 

 

b.Channel

Level

 

 

3.Manual MCACC

 

 

c.Speaker

Distance

 

4.Data

Management

 

 

d.Bass Peak

Level

 

5.Manual SP Setup

 

 

 

e.X-Curve

 

 

 

 

6.Input

Setup

 

 

 

f.THX Audio

Setting

 

7.Other

Setup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

: Exit

 

 

 

 

:Return

2 Select the setting you want to adjust.

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

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

Channel Level – Adjust the overall balance of your speaker system (page 42).

Speaker Distance – Specify the distance of your speakers from the listening position (page 43).

Bass Peak Level – Prevent bass tones from distorting the sound from your speakers (page 43).

X-Curve – Adjust the tonal balance of your speaker system for movie soundtracks (page 44).

THX Audio Setting – Specify whether you are using a THX speaker setup (page 44).

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

Speaker Setting

2Select the MCACC preset you want to clear.

Make sure you don’t clear an MCACC preset you’re currently using (this can’t be undone).

3Select ‘Clear’ to confirm and clear the preset. Clear Complete! shows in the OSD to confirm the MCACC preset has been cleared, then you automatically return to the Data Management setup menu.

Use this setting to specify your speaker configuration (size, number of speakers and crossover frequency). It is a good idea to make sure that the settings made in

Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on

page 7 are correct.1 Note that this setting applies to all MCACC presets, and cannot be set independently.

Note

1 If you’re using a THX speaker setup, set all speakers to SMALL.

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1 Select ‘Speaker Setting’ from the Manual SP Setup menu.

 

5.Manual SP

Setup

 

 

5a.Speaker

Setting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a.Speaker

Setting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMALL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

b.Channel

Level

 

 

 

 

Center

[

SMALL

]

 

 

 

 

 

c.Speaker

Distance

 

 

Surr

[

SMALL ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

d.Bass Peak

Level

 

 

SB

[

Sx2

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

e.X-Curve

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUB W.

[

YES

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

f.THX Audio

Setting

 

 

X. OVER [

80Hz

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(THX:ALL

SMALL )

 

 

 

 

:Return

 

 

 

 

 

:Finish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Choose the set of speakers that you want to set then select a speaker size.

Use / to select the size (and number) of each of the following speakers:1

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

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

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

Surr Back – Select the number of surround back speakers you have (one, two or none).2 Select LARGE if your surround back speakers reproduce bass frequencies effectively. Select SMALL to send bass frequencies to the other speakers or subwoofer. If you didn’t connect surround back speakers choose

NO.

Subwoofer – LFE signals and bass frequencies of channels set to SMALL are output from the subwoofer when YES is selected. Choose the PLUS setting if you want the subwoofer to output bass sound continuously or you want deeper bass (the bass frequencies that would normally come out the

front and center speakers are also routed to the

subwoofer).3 If you did not connect a subwoofer choose NO (the bass frequencies are output from other speakers).

3Select ‘X. OVER’ and set the crossover frequency.4

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

4When you’re finished, press RETURN.

You will return to the Manual SP Setup menu.

Channel Level

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

1 Select ‘Channel Level’ from the Manual SP Setup menu.

5.Manual SP

Setup

5b.Channel Level

 

a.Speaker

Setting

Test Tone

Manual

b.Channel

Level

 

 

c.Speaker

Distance

 

 

d.Bass Peak

Level

 

 

e.X-Curve

 

 

 

 

f.THX Audio

Setting

 

 

 

 

:Return

ENTER:Next

:Cancel

2Select a setup option.

Manual – Move the test tone manually from speaker to speaker and adjust individual channel levels.

Auto – Adjust channel levels as the test tone moves from speaker to speaker automatically.

3Confirm your selected setup option.

The test tones will start after you press ENTER.

5b.Channel

Level

 

Test

Tone

[ Manual ]

Setting

Start

 

 

Please Wait . . .

20

 

Caution!

 

Loud

test

tones

 

 

will

be output.

 

:Cancel

Note

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

2• If you selected 2nd Zone or Front Bi-Amp (in Surround back speaker setting on page 34) you can’t adjust the surround back settings.

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

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

3If you have a subwoofer and like lots of bass, it may seem logical to select LARGE for your front speakers and PLUS for the subwoofer. This may not, however, yield the best bass results. Depending on the speaker placement of your room you may actually experience a decrease in the amount of bass due low frequency cancellations. In this case, try changing the position or direction of speakers. If you can’t get good results, listen to the bass response with it set to PLUS and YES or the front speakers set to LARGE and SMALL alternatively and let your ears judge which sounds best. If you’re having problems, the easiest option is to route all the bass sounds to the subwoofer by selecting SMALL for the front speakers.

4• This setting decides the cutoff between bass sounds playing back from the speakers selected as LARGE, or the subwoofer, and bass sounds playing back from those selected as SMALL. It also decides where the cutoff will be for bass sounds in the LFE channel.

•If you’re using a THX speaker setup, confirm that the crossover frequency is set to 80Hz.

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4 Adjust the level of each channel using the / buttons.

If you selected Manual, use /to switch speakers. The Auto setup will output test tones in the order shown onscreen:

5b.Channel Level

L

 

0.0dB

 

 

 

C

[

0.0dB

]

 

 

R

[

0.0dB ]

 

 

SR

[

0.0dB ]

 

 

SBR

[

0.0dB ]

 

 

SBL

[

0.0dB ]

 

 

SL

[

0.0dB ]

 

 

SW

[

0.0dB ]

 

 

 

 

:Finish

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

5 When you’re finished, press RETURN.

You will return to the Manual SP Setup menu.

Tip

You can change the channel levels at any time by pressing CH LEVEL then using / on the remote control.

Speaker Distance

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

1 Select ‘Speaker Distance’ from the Manual SP Setup menu.

Bass Peak Level

Some audio sources (for example, Dolby Digital and DTS) include ultra-low bass tones. Set the bass limiter as needed to prevent the bass from distorting the sound.

1 Select ‘Bass Peak Level’ from the Manual SP Setup menu.

The current setting is displayed. When OFF is displayed the attenuator is off (bass output is not affected).

 

 

5.Manual SP

Setup

 

 

 

 

5d.Bass

Peak

Level

 

 

 

 

 

a.Speaker

Setting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bass

Peak

Level

:OFF

 

 

 

b.Channel

Level

 

 

 

 

 

[Setting

Start

]

 

 

 

 

c.Speaker

Distance

 

 

 

 

 

[Setting

Clear

]

 

 

 

 

d.Bass Peak

Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

e.X-Curve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

f.THX Audio

Setting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Return

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Return

2

Select a setup option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5d.Bass

Peak

Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bass

Peak

Level

:OFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[

Setting

Start

 

 

 

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Setting

Clear

 

 

 

]

 

 

 

 

Enter:Setting Start

:Return

Setting Start – The volume is set to –60dB, a test tone plays back and you make the setting.

Setting Clear – Clears any previous setting and switches limiting off.

3 If you selected ‘Setting Start’, use / to adjust the test tones and specify the bass peak level then press ENTER.

5.Manual SP

Setup

 

5c.Speaker

Distance

 

a.Speaker

Setting

 

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.0ft

 

b.Channel

Level

 

C

[

 

3.0ft

]

 

 

 

 

c.Speaker

Distance

 

 

R

[

 

3.0ft ]

 

 

 

 

d.Bass Peak

Level

 

 

SR

[

 

3.0ft ]

 

 

 

 

e.X-Curve

 

 

 

 

SBR

[

 

3.0ft ]

 

 

 

 

f.THX Audio

Setting

 

SBL

[

 

3.0ft ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SL

[

 

3.0ft ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SW

[

 

3.0ft ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Return

 

 

 

 

 

:Finish

5d.Bass Peak Level

Bass Peak Level

-60dB

Increase the Bass Peak Level to

a comfortable Volume (-80=no sound)

ENTER:Finish :Cancel

2Adjust the distance of each speaker using the / buttons.

You can adjust the distance of each speaker in 0.5 feet increments.

3When you’re finished, press RETURN.

You will return to the Manual SP Setup menu.

Tip

For best surround sound, make sure the surround back speakers are the same distance from the listening position.

Note

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

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

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Set the bass peak level gradually, then press ENTER at

the point just before the tone starts to distort.1 The display on the receiver shows RESUME while the volume returns to its original position, then you automatically return to the main Bass Peak Level menu.

4 When you're finished, press RETURN.

You will return to the Manual SP Setup menu.

X-Curve

Most soundtracks mixed for cinema sound too bright when played back in large rooms. The X-Curve setting acts as a kind of re-equalization for home theater listening, and restores proper tonal balance of movie

soundtracks.2

1 Select ‘X-Curve’ from the Manual SP Setup menu.

 

5.Manual SP

Setup

 

 

 

5e.X-Curve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a.Speaker

Setting

 

 

X-Curve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-2.0dB/oct

 

 

b.Channel

Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

c.Speaker

Distance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

d.Bass Peak

Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

e.X-Curve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

f.THX Audio

Setting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

63

125

250

500

1k

2k

4k

8k

16k

 

 

 

 

:Return

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Finish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Choose the X-Curve setting you want.

Use /to adjust the setting. The X-Curve is expressed as a downwards slope in decibels per octave, starting at 2kHz. The sound becomes less bright as the slope increases (to a maximum of -3.0dB/oct). Use the following guidelines to set the X-Curve according to your room size:

Room size (ft2)

400

550

650

800

2200

12000

X-Curve (dB/oct)

–0.5

–1

–1.5

–2

–2.5

–3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you select OFF, the frequency curve will be flat and the X-Curve has no effect.

3 Select ‘Return’ then press ENTER to finish.

THX Audio Setting

For the most effective results when using the THX Select2 Cinema and THX MusicMode listening modes (see Using the Home THX modes on page 27) with the Advanced Speaker Array (ASA) system (see About THX on page 82), it is required that you make the setting. See Placing the speakers on page 18 for more on THX speaker

placement.3

1 Select ‘THX Audio Setting’ from the Manual SP Setup menu.

5.Manual SP Setup

a.Speaker Setting b.Channel Level c.Speaker Distance d.Bass Peak Level e.X-Curve

f.THX Audio Setting

:Return

2 Specify the distance of your surround back speakers from each other.

5f.THX Audio Setting

SB SP Position

0-1 ft

SBL-SBR

:Finish

0–1 ft – Surround speakers within 1 foot apart (best for THX surround sound).

1– 4 ft – Surround speakers between 1 and 4 feet apart.

4 ft < – Surround speakers more than 4 feet apart.

3 When you're finished, press RETURN.

You will return to the Manual SP Setup menu.

Note

1If the YES or PLUS setting on the subwoofer is selected (in Speaker Setting on page 41), the test tone will only play back from the subwoofer. If not, the test tone will play back from the front and surround speakers set to LARGE.

2Since the principal is the same, X-Curve isn’t applied when you’re using any of the Home THX modes (see Using the Home THX modes on page 27).

3If you don't have surround back speakers, or just have one, you won't be able to select this setting (Cannot select shows in the display).

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Chapter 8:

Other connections

Caution

Make sure the power is switched off before making or changing the connections.

Connecting an iPod

This receiver has a dedicated iPod terminal that will allow you to control playback of your iPod using the controls of

this receiver.1

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2 Use the iPod input source button to switch the receiver to the iPod.

The front panel display shows Loading while the receiver verifies the connection and retrieves data from the iPod.

When the display shows Top Menu you’re ready to play music from the iPod.2

If after pressing iPod the display shows No Connection, try switching off the receiver and reconnecting the iPod to the receiver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playing music from your iPod

Connecting your iPod to the receiver

 

To navigate the music on your iPod it’s easiest if you have

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

your TV switched on to take advantage of the OSDs.3 You

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

can, however, use just the receiver’s front panel display

L

 

 

 

 

PHONO

 

 

R

L FRONT

to do everything if you prefer.

 

ROOM

 

 

 

ANTENNA

AUDIO

 

 

PREOUT

 

 

CE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3(ZONE3)

 

 

FM UNBAL 75

AM LOOP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE

MONITOR

MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

ROOM2(ZONE2) OUT

OUT

R ROOM2(ZONE2) L

CD

 

 

 

SUBW.

CENTER

Finding what you want to play

 

S400

IR

12 V TRIGGER

 

OUT

IN

 

 

 

 

SUR-

 

(AUDIO)

(DCOUT12VTOTAL50mAMAX)

IN1

IN

 

 

 

 

 

ROUND

When connected to this receiver, you can browse the

 

 

 

 

 

SUR-

 

1

2

 

LD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

IN2

IN

OUT

 

 

 

 

ROUND

music stored on your iPod by playlist, artist, album name,

S400

ROOM2

MULTI-ROOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

BACK

 

 

 

& SOURCE

 

TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(ZONE2)

OUT

 

 

CD-R/

 

 

 

 

(Single)

song name, genres or composers, similar to using the

IN1

Y

Y

 

SAT

TAPE

 

 

 

R

L

HDMI IN1

OUT

IN1(DVD/LD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN2(TV)

IN

IN

 

 

L

 

 

iPod directly.

 

 

 

 

12

VIDEO1/

R

 

 

 

SPEAKERS

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

FR

 

FL

 

iPod

 

 

PB

PB

 

GAME1

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

14 IN2

 

 

 

IN

SUB W.

CENTER

 

A R FRO

 

 

GNA-

PR

PR

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iPod Top

 

12

 

 

 

DVR/

SUR-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN2

IN3

 

VCR 1

ROUND

 

 

 

 

[ Playlists

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

Y

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[ Artists

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

 

 

L

 

 

[ Albums

]

 

PB

PB

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

[ Songs

]

 

 

 

 

DVR/

R

 

 

L

RS-232C

[ Genres

]

 

 

 

 

SURROUND

[ Composers

]

 

 

 

 

VCR 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BACK

 

 

 

 

PR

PR

 

IN

 

 

MULTI CH

 

 

[ Shuffle Songs

]

 

 

 

S -VIDEO VIDEO

R L

 

OUT

IN

 

IN

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE 13

CONTROL

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL

COMPONENT VIDEO

VIDEO

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iPod

Music

>

Extras

>

Settings >

Shuffle Songs

Backlight

MENU

VSX-74TXVi

1 Use the /buttons to select a category then press

ENTER to browse that category.

• To return to the previous level any time, press

RETURN.

2 Use the / buttons to browse the selected category (e.g., albums).

• Use / to move to previous/next levels.

iPod

1 Use the supplied iPod audio control cable to connect your iPod to the iPod jack on the rear of the receiver.

Make sure to switch off the receiver before making this connection.

Note

1This system is compatible with an iPod, iPod mini and iPod Photo portable device (third generation and above), however, compatibility may vary depending on the software version of your iPod. This receiver does not support software versions prior to iPod update 2004-10-20. For supported versions, consult your local Pioneer dealer.

2• The controls of your iPod will be inoperable when connected to this receiver (Pioneer shows in the iPod display). Features such as the equalizer cannot be controlled using this receiver, and we recommend switching the equalizer off before connecting.

• You can’t use the iPod and XM Radio functions simultaneously using the multi-room feature on page 55.

3Note that non-roman characters in playlists will be displayed as #.

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3 Continue browsing until you arrive at what you

want to play, then press to start playback.1

Navigation through categories on your iPod looks like this:

Playlist Song

Artist Album Song Album Song

Song

Genre Artist Album Song Composer Album Song Shuffle Songs

Tip

You can play all of the songs in a particular category by selecting the All item at the top of each category list. For example, you can play all the songs by a particular artist.

Using XM Radio

XM is the leading provider of satellite radio service in the United States. Through two high-power satellites, Rock and Roll, XM Radio service offers over 150 channels of music, news, talk, sports and children's programming on a monthly subscription basis. XM Radio offers consumers clear sound quality from digital signal radios, an extensive variety of programming and nationwide coverage. Visit www.xmradio.com for more details on this service.

Connecting your XM Radio receiver

After purchasing a Connect-and Play™ antenna (sold separately), you will also need to activate the XM Radio

digital radio service to receive broadcasts.2

Basic playback controls

The following table shows the basic playback controls for your iPod:

Button What it does

Press to start playback.

If you start playback when something other than a song is selected, all the songs that fall into that category will play.

Press to stop playback.

Pauses playback, or restarts playback when paused.

/ Press and hold during playback to start scanning.

/ Press to skip to previous/next song.

Press repeatedly to switch between Repeat

One, Repeat All and Repeat Off .

Press repeatedly to switch between Shuffle

Songs , Shuffle Albums and Shuffle Off .

DISP Press repeatedly to change the song playback information displayed.

/ During playback, press to skip to previous/next playlist; when browsing, press to move to previous/next levels.

TOP Press to return to the iPod Top menu screen.

MENU

iPod® is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

MULTI-ROOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANTENNA

AUDIO

 

 

 

PREOUT

&SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

/RECSEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHONO

 

 

L

OUT1

 

 

 

 

FM UNBAL 75

 

AM LOOP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROOM3(ZONE3)

 

MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

OUT2

 

 

IN

ROOM2(ZONE2) OUT

OUT

 

R ROOM2(ZONE2) L

CD

 

 

 

SUBW.

USB

S400

 

IR

 

 

 

OUT

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

12 V TRIGGER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

(AUDIO)

 

 

 

 

 

DVD/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN1

 

LD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN1

 

 

(DCOUT12VTOTAL50mAMAX)

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(SAT)

S400

ROOM2

MULTI-ROOM

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

& SOURCE

 

 

TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN2

 

(ZONE2)

MONITOR

IN2

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

CD-R/

 

 

 

 

 

(DVR/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

L

VCR 1)

HDMI

IN1

OUT

IN1(DVD/LD)

 

SAT

 

TAPE

 

 

 

 

IN1

 

Y

Y

IN2(TV)

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

IN3

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

R

 

 

L

 

 

(DVR/

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

 

 

 

FR

 

FL

 

iPod

 

VCR 2)

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO1/

 

 

 

 

IN4

 

 

PB

PB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME1

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

(CD-R)

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

IN2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUB W.

CENTER

 

 

ASSIGNA-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLE

 

 

PR

PR

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN1 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVR/

 

SUR-

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD/

 

 

IN2

IN3

 

 

VCR 1

 

ROUND

 

 

 

 

LD)

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

 

 

L

 

 

(CD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB

PB

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVR/

 

R

SURROUND

L

 

RS-232C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VCR 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BACK

 

 

 

XM

 

 

PR

PR

 

 

IN

 

 

 

MULTI CH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S -VIDEO

VIDEO

R

L

 

OUT

IN

 

IN

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE 13

CONTROL

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL

 

COMPONENT VIDEO

VIDEO

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSX-74TXVi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connect-and-Play antenna

1 Connect an XM Radio Connect-and-Play™ antenna to the XM Radio jack on the rear of this receiver.

You will also need to activate the XM Radio service.

Note

1If you’re in the song category, you can also press ENTER to start playback.

2Hardware and required basic monthly subscription sold separately. Premium Channel available at additional monthly cost. Installation costs and other fees and taxes, including a one-time activation fee may apply. Subscription fee is consumer only. All fees and programming subject to change. Channels with frequent explicit language are indicated with an XL. Channel blocking is available for XM radio receivers by calling 1-800-XMRADIO. Subscriptions subject to Customer Agreement available at xmradio.com. Only available in the 48 contiguous United States.

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2 Use the XM RADIO (SHIFT+TUNER) input source

button to switch to the XM RADIO input.1

For best reception, you may need to move the Connect- and-Play™ antenna near a window (the southernmost window should produce the best results).

If after pressing XM RADIO the display shows Check Antenna, try disconnecting the antenna and reconnecting.2

Listening to XM Radio

After connecting, you will be able to use this receiver to select channels, navigate categories and save song information (like the artist’s name) using the on-screen

display.3 The information displayed is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preset class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XM Satellite

Radio

A

 

 

 

Signal strength

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decades

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A0

 

 

Preset number

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 50s

 

CH005

 

 

Channel number

 

 

 

 

 

Remy Sherman

 

 

Artist name

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lovin' You

 

 

Song name

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Channel name

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selecting channels and browsing by genre

From the XM channel Guide, you can browse XM Radio channels in the order that they appear, or you can narrow your channel search by genre.

XM Satellite

Radio

A

 

XM Channel Guide

 

 

 

 

 

[

 

Previous

]

Decades

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

000

RADIO ID

 

 

A0

[

001

XM Preview

]

 

 

 

 

[ 004

The 40s

]

The 50s

 

CH005

[ 005

The 50s

]

 

 

 

 

[ 006

The 60s

]

 

Remy Sherman

[ 007

The 70s

]

 

 

 

 

[ 008

The 80s

]

 

Lovin' You

[ 009

The 90s

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next

 

1 Select the channel you want to memorize.

See Selecting channels and browsing by genre above.

2 Press T.EDIT.

The display shows a blinking memory class.

3Press CLASS to select one of the three classes then press / to select the channel preset you want.

You can also use the number buttons to select a preset.

The default for all presets is CH001.

4Press ENTER.

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

Tip

You can also press MEMORY during reception display to save the information of up to 8 songs. See Using the XM Menu below to recall this information.

Listening to channel presets

You will need to have some presets stored to do this.

1Press CLASS to select the class in which the channel is stored.

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

2Press / to select the channel preset you want.

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

Using the XM Menu

The XM Menu provides additional XM Radio features.

1 Press TOP MENU.

• Use the / buttons to select a channel then press

ENTER to listen to the XM radio broadcast.

To browse by genre, first press CATEGORY, use / to select a genre then press ENTER.4

To cancel and exit any time, press RETURN.

2 Use / to select a menu item then press ENTER.

Choose between the following menu items:

Memory Recall – Use / to browse your saved song information (see Tip above).

Channel Skip/Add – Use / and ENTER to select channels you would like to remove/restore from/to the channel guide.

Tip

You can select channels directly by pressing D.ACCESS then the three-digit channel number.

You can press DISP to change XM Radio information in the front panel display.

Saving channel presets

This receiver can memorize up to 30 channels, stored in three banks, or classes, (A, B and C) of 10 stations each.

Antenna Aiming – Check the strength of satellite and terrestrial reception.

3 When you’re finished press TOP MENU to return to the reception display.

Connect & Play™, XM-Ready