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AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER

VSX-9130TXH-K

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Operating Instructions

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 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-9130TXH-K

Responsible Party Name:

PIONEER ELECTRONICS SERVICE, INC.

Address:

1925 E. DOMINGUEZ ST. LONG BEACH, CA 90801-1760, U.S.A.

Phone:

1-800-421-1404

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).

Operating Environment

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

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

WARNING

VENTILATION CAUTION

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

WARNING

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

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

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IMPORTANT

CAUTION

RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK

DO NOT OPEN

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

CAUTION:

TO PREVENT THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO USER-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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1)Read these instructions.

2)Keep these instructions.

3)Heed all warnings.

4)Follow all instructions.

5)Do not use this apparatus near water.

6)Clean only with dry cloth.

7)Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

8)Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.

9)Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.

10)Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.

11)Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.

12)Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.

13)Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.

14)Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.

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WARNING

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

WARNING

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

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

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.

CAUTION

To prevent fire hazard, the Class 2 Wiring Cable should be used for connection with speaker, and should be routed away from hazards to avoid damage to the insulation of the cable.

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WARNING: Handling the cord on this product or cords associated with accessories sold with the product will expose you to chemicals listed on proposition 65 known to the State of California and other governmental entities to cause cancer and birth defect or other reproductive harm.

Wash hands after handling

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

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

This product contains mercury. Disposal of this material may be regulated due to environmental considerations. For disposal or recycling information, please contact your local authorities or the Electronics Industries Alliance : www.eiae.org.

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For U.S. and Australia Model

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

Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Checking what’s in the box. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Installing the receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Loading the batteries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

02 5 minute guide

Introduction to home theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Listening to Surround Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Automatically setting up for surround sound

(Auto MCACC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Problems when using the Auto MCACC Setup . . . . . 11 Playing a source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Better sound using Phase Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

03 Connecting your equipment

Rear panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 When making cable connections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 About the video converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Connecting using HDMI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 About HDMI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Connecting your TV and DVD player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Connecting your Blu-ray disc player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Connecting a satellite/cable receiver

or other set-top box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Connecting a DVD/HDD recorder, VCR

and other video sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Using the component video jacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Connecting digital audio sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 About the WMA9 Pro decoder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Connecting analog audio sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Connecting a component to the front panel inputs . . . . 20 Installing your speaker system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Connecting the speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Placing the speakers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 THX speaker system setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Connecting antennas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Connecting external antennas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Plugging in the receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

04 Controls and displays

Front panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Operating range of remote control unit . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Remote control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

05 Listening to your system

Auto playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Listening in surround sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Standard surround sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Using the Home THX modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Using the Advanced surround effects . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Listening in stereo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Using Front Stage Surround Advance . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Using Stream Direct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Selecting MCACC presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Choosing the input signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Using surround back channel processing . . . . . . . . . . 34 Using the Virtual Surround Back mode . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Using the genre synchronizing function. . . . . . . . . . . . 35

06 Using the tuner

Listening to the radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Improving FM stereo sound. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Using Neural THX. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Tuning directly to a station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Saving station presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Naming station presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Listening to station presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

07 The System Setup menu

Making receiver settings from the System

Setup menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Automatic MCACC (Expert) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Surround back speaker setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Manual MCACC setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Fine Channel Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Fine Speaker Distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Standing Wave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Acoustic Calibration EQ Adjust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Acoustic Calibration EQ Professional . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Data Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Manual speaker setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Speaker Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Channel Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Speaker Distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 X-Curve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 THX Audio Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

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08 Other connections

Connecting an iPod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Connecting your iPod to the receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 iPod playback. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Connecting a USB device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Connecting your USB device to the receiver . . . . . . . 54 Basic playback controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Compressed audio compatibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Using XM Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Connecting your XM Radio receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Listening to XM Radio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Using XM HD Surround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Saving channel presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Using the XM Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Using SIRIUS Radio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Connecting your SiriusConnectTM Tuner. . . . . . . . . . . 57 Listening to SIRIUS Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Saving channel presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Using the SIRIUS Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Connecting the multichannel analog inputs. . . . . . . . . 59 Selecting the multichannel analog inputs . . . . . . . . . 59 Speaker B setup. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Switching the speaker system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Bi-amping your front speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Bi-wiring your speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Connecting additional amplifiers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 MULTI-ZONE listening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Making MULTI-ZONE connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Using the MULTI-ZONE controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Connecting an IR receiver. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Switching components on and off

using the 12 volt trigger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Using this receiver with a Pioneer flat panel TV . . . . . . 64 Using the SR+ mode with a Pioneer flat panel TV . . . . 65 Connecting a PC for Advanced MCACC output . . . . . . 66 Advanced MCACC output using your PC . . . . . . . . . . 66

09 HDMI Control

Making the HDMI Control connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Setting the HDMI options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Setting the HDMI Control mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Before using synchronization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Synchronized amp mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Synchronized amp mode operations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Canceling synchronized amp mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 About HDMI Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

10 Other Settings

The Input Setup menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Input function default and possible settings . . . . . . . 70 The Other Setup menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Multi Channel Input Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

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ZONE Audio Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 SR+ Setup for Pioneer flat panel TVs. . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 OSD Adjustment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

11 Using other functions

Setting the Audio options. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Setting the Video options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Making an audio or a video recording. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Reducing the level of an analog signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Using the sleep timer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Dimming the display. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Switching the speaker impedance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Checking your system settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Resetting the system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

Default system settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

12 Controlling the rest of your system

Setting the remote to control other components. . . . . 78 Selecting preset codes directly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Preset code list . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Controls for TVs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Controls for other components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Operating other Pioneer components

with this receiver’s sensor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

13 Additional information

Troubleshooting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Power. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 No sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Other audio problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Professional Calibration EQ graphical output . . . . . . 86 Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Remote control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 USB interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 HDMI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Important information regarding

the HDMI connection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 XM radio messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 SIRIUS radio messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Surround sound formats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Dolby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 DTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Windows Media Audio 9 Professional . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 About THX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 About Neural – THX Surround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 About XM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 About SIRIUS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

Listening modes with different input

signal formats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Stream direct with different input signal formats . . . 101 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Cleaning the unit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

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Before you start

Chapter 1:

Before you start

Features

Advanced Direct Energy design

This receiver offers a new advancement in discrete design unique to Pioneer for high-power drivability, low distortion and stable imaging. Through a circuit design that minimizes the energy loss of the amplifier for each of the channels, this receiver generates equal amplifier power to all channels, eliminating the possibility of one channel dominating a particular sound field.

Easy setup using Advanced MCACC

The Auto MCACC Setup provides a quick but accurate surround sound setup, which includes the advanced features of Professional Acoustic Calibration EQ. This innovative technology measures the reverb characteristics of your listening area, allowing you to customize your system calibration with the help of a graphical output that can be displayed on-screen or using computer. With the additional benefits of numerous MCACC preset memories, standing wave control and microphone measurements from a series of reference points, your home theater experience can be truly customized for optimal surround sound.

THX Select2 Plus certified design

This receiver bears the THX Select2 Plus logo, which means it has passed a rigorous series of quality and performance tests covering every aspect of the product. This includes testing of pre-amplifier and power amplifier performance and operation, and hundreds of other parameters in both the digital and analog domain, making your home theater experience as faithful as possible to what the director intended.

• Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, including Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS 96/24, DTS-ES, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-EXPRESS and DTS-HD Master Audio

Dolby Digital and DTS decoding brings theater sound right into your home with up to six channels of surround sound, including a special LFE (Low Frequency Effects) channel for deep, realistic sound effects.

The built-in Dolby Pro Logic IIx and DTS Neo:6 decoders not only provide full surround sound decoding for Dolby Surround sources, but will also generate convincing surround sound for any stereo source.

Also, with the addition of a surround back speaker, you can take advantage of the built-in Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES decoders for six-channel surround sound.

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Furthermore, Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD, which are designed for the next-generation highdefinition media such as Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD, support up to 7.1 channels and 8 channels respectively.

DTS-EXPRESS is a low-bitrate encoding technology supporting up to 5.1 channels, with fixed data transfer rates ranging from 24 kbps to 256 kbps (this encoding is available only when signals are delivered to this receiver as primary audio).

DTS-HD Master Audio delivers audio signals to listeners without any loss of data with its high transfer rates.

Phase Control

The Phase Control technology incorporated into this receiver’s design provides coherent sound reproduction through the use of phase matching for an optimal sound image at your listening position.

Sound Retriever

The Sound Retriever feature employs DSP technology that helps bring CD quality sound back to WMA, MP3 and MPEG-4 AAC audio files by restoring sound pressure and smoothing jagged artifacts left over after compression.

Front Stage Surround Advance

With the Front Stage Surround Advance feature, you can enjoy seamless, natural surround sound effects using only the front speakers, without deteriorating the quality of the original sound.

Auto Level Control

When the source is played in Auto level control stereo mode (A.L.C.), this receiver automatically equalizes the playback sound level according to the variation in recording levels between music sources recorded in the portable audio player.

HDMI and digital video conversion

This receiver is compatible with the HDMI digital video format, providing you with high-definition digital video/ audio via a single cable.

High-quality sound formats such as DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD are supported while this receiver is also compatible with the DeepColor feature. You can operate this receiver in synchronization with your Pioneer component that supports the HDMI Control function by connecting your component to this receiver via HDMI. Also, the built-in digital video converter of this receiver makes both de-interlacing and up-scaling possible, and analog video signals being input are converted and output as digital video signals at the HDMI terminal.

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01 Before you start

iPod and USB Ready

This receiver has the terminals for connecting an iPod unit and a USB mass storage device.

The iPod terminal is ready for handling digital audio, and this receiver’s enhanced compatibility makes on-screen control of your iPod an added possibility.

The USB terminal allows you to listen to two-channel audio from a USB mass storage device connected to this receiver.

XM and SIRIUS Ready

With the new XM and SIRIUS Radio terminals, you’ll be up and running in no time. This receiver’s enhanced compatibility makes XM HD Surround playback as well as on-screen control of XM and SIRIUS Radio an added possibility.

Checking what’s in the box

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

Setup microphone (cable: 5 m (16.4 ft.))

Remote control unit

AA/IEC R6P dry cell batteries x2

AM loop antenna

FM wire antenna

Warranty card

These operating instructions

Installing the receiver

When installing this receiver, 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)

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.

WARNING

Do not use or store batteries in direct sunlight or other excessively hot place, such as inside a car or near a heater. This can cause batteries to leak, overheat, explode or catch fire. It can also reduce the life or performance of batteries.

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5 minute guide

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 30.

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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 22 for more on this.

Center (C)

Front

 

 

 

Right (R)

 

Front

 

 

Surround

Left (L)

Subwoofer (SW)

 

 

 

Right (SR)

 

 

 

Surround

Listening

 

 

Back Right (SBR)

 

 

 

position

 

 

 

 

Surround

 

 

 

Left (SL)

Surround Back Left (SBL)

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 receiver to an AC power source.

1 Connect your TV and DVD player.

See Connecting your TV and DVD player on page 17 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 21.

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

Plug the power cable into the AC outlet and switch on the

receiver.1 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 (Auto MCACC) on page 10 for more on this.

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

Make sure that DVD is showing in the receiver’s display, indicating that the DVD input is selected. If it isn’t, press DVD 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 11, there are several other sound options you can select. See Listening to your system on page 30 for more on this.

See also Making receiver settings from the System Setup menu on page 38 for more setup options.

Note

1 After this receiver is connected to an AC outlet, a 15-second HDMI initialization process begins. You cannot carry out any operations during this process. The HDMI indicator in the front panel display blinks during this process, and you can turn on this receiver once it has stopped blinking. When you set the HDMI Control mode to OFF, you can skip this process. For details about the HDMI Control feature, see HDMI Control on page 67.

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Automatically setting up for surround sound (Auto 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 11.

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 and the iPod USB, XM or SIRIUS Radio function should not be selected as an input source.

Caution

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

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

 

VIDEO

ANT

MPX SIGNAL SEL

 

 

 

 

PARAMETER

 

PARAMETER

 

 

RECEIVER

 

 

SOURCE

EXIT

TUNE

TOOLS

 

MEM

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO DISPLAY

CH

 

 

 

 

TOP

 

MENU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDIT

 

 

DVD

BD

TV

HDMI

ST

ENTER

ST

TV CTRL

RECEIVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVR 1

DVR 2

CD

CD-R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CATEGORY

 

RETURN

 

 

FM/AM

XM

SIRIUS

iPod USB

SETUP

TUNE

 

MAIN

ZONE 2

iPod CTRL

INPUT

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.

 

AUTO SURR/

HOME

STANDARD

ADVANCED

STEREO/

 

 

 

 

 

STREAM DIRECT

THX

SURROUND

SURROUND

A.L.C.

VIDEO INPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iPod DIRECT

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

L AUDIO R

DIGITAL IN

USB

SETUP MIC

PHONES

MULTI-ZONE

 

ST –

ST +

 

 

 

 

 

CONTROL

ON/OFF

SPEAKERS

 

 

 

 

The Auto MCACC display appears once the microphone is connected.1

1.Auto MCACC

Surround Back System

[ Normal ]

Save SYMMETRY to

[ M1.MEMORY 1 ]

START

ENTER:Start :Cancel

3Make sure ‘Normal’ is selected,2 select an MCACC preset3, press RECEIVER and then select START4.

4Follow 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.

5 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

If no operations are performed for 10 seconds while the speaker configuration check screen is being displayed, the Auto MCACC Setup will resume automatically. In this case, you don’t need to select ‘OK’ and press ENTER in step 6.

Note

1• You can’t use the System Setup menu in either the main or sub zone when the iPod USB, XM or SIRIUS Radio input source is selected. When you set ZONE 2 to ON (page 62), you can’t use the System Setup menu.

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

2• 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 41 and make sure to connect your speakers as necessary before continuing to step 4.

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

3The 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 46).

4Note that correction curves are saved only when set to SYMMETRY. Select CUSTOM to save other correction curves (such as ALL CH ADJUST and FRONT ALIGN). See Automatic MCACC (Expert) on page 38 for more on this.

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

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With error messages (such as Too much ambient noise! or Check Microphone.) 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 ]

 

Surr

[ YES ]

Microphone

[

]

 

SB

[ YES x 2 ]

Speaker YES/NO

[

]

 

SW

[ YES ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Cancel

10

 

OK

:Cancel

 

 

 

 

 

 

The configuration shown on-screen should reflect the actual speakers you have.1

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.

6 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, Standing Wave and Acoustic Cal EQ.

Again, try to be as quiet as possible while this is happening. It may take 3 to 7 minutes.

7 The Auto MCACC Setup has finished! Press RETURN

to go back to the System Setup menu.2

Be sure to disconnect the microphone from this receiver upon completion of the Auto MCACC setup.

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 38).3

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.

 

 

 

 

4

5

6

 

 

 

 

RECEIVER

 

 

SOURCE

SR+

SBch

A.ATT

CATEGORY

 

 

RETURN

 

 

7

8

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D.ACCESS

CH LEVEL

CLASS

 

SETUP

TUNE

 

DVD

BD

TV

HDMI

 

0

ENTER

iPod CTRL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INPUT

MASTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUME

AUTO/

STEREO/

BD MENU

DVR 1

DVR 2

CD

CD-R

 

 

 

DIRECT

A.L.C.

STANDARD ADV SURR

 

 

 

 

TV CONTROL

 

HDD

DVD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FM/AM

XM

SIRIUS

iPod USB

 

 

 

THX

STATUS

PHASE

 

 

 

 

CH

VOL

MUTE

 

 

 

 

INPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIMMER

 

 

 

ANT

 

MPX

SIGNAL SEL

SELECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

3

AUDIO

 

VIDEO

 

 

 

MEM

 

 

 

 

PARAMETER

 

PARAMETER

AUDIO

DISPLAY

CH

GENRE

MCACC

SLEEP

EXIT

TUNE

TOOLS

1 Switch on your system components and receiver.

Start by switching on the playback component (for

example a DVD player), your TV4 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 controls.5

3 Press AUTO/DIRECT (AUTO SURR/STREAM DIRECT) to select ‘AUTO SURROUND’ and start

playback of the source.6

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.

Note

1If you’re using the front panel display, the diagram in Listening to Surround Sound on page 9 indicates (in bold) how each speaker is displayed.

2You can also choose to view the settings from the MCACC Data Check screen. See Automatic MCACC (Expert) on page 38 for more on this.

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

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

If Auto MCACC Setup measurement results are incorrect due to the interaction of the speakers and viewing environment, we recommend adjusting the settings manually.

4Make 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).

5If you need to manually switch the input signal type press SIGNAL SEL (page 33).

6• 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 kHz / 96 kHz 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 30 if you need to do this) if you want multichannel surround sound.

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See also Listening to your system on page 30 for information on different ways of listening to sources.

It is possible to check on the display whether or not multichannel playback is being performed properly.

When using a surround back speaker, 2D+PL IIx MOVIE is displayed when playing Dolby Digital signals, and DTS+Neo:6 is displayed when playing DTS 5.1- channel signals.

Phase Control ON

 

Front speaker

Listening

 

 

position

Sound

 

Original sound

source

Subwoofer

preserved with no

 

 

loss of clarity

When not using a surround back speaker, DOLBY DIGITAL is displayed when playing Dolby Digital signals.

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).

During multichannel playback, LFE (Low-Frequency Effects) signals as well as low-frequency signals in each channel are assigned to the subwoofer or other the subwoofer and the most appropriate speaker. At least in theory, however, this type of processing involves a group delay that varies with frequency, resulting in phase distortion where the low-frequency sound is delayed or muffled by the conflict with other channels. With the Phase Control mode switched on, this receiver can reproduce powerful bass sound without deteriorating the quality of the original sound (see illustration below).

Rhythms with crystal-like clarity

Bass sound with no loss of depth

Sound of musical instruments with superb reality Phase Control technology provides coherent sound

reproduction through the use of phase matching1 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.

THX

STATUS

PHASE

ANT

MPX

SIGNAL SEL

 

 

MEM

AUDIO

DISPLAY

CH

TV CTRL

RECEIVER

• Press RECEIVER, then press PHASE (PHASE CONTROL) to switch on phase correction.

The PHASE CONTROL indicator on the front panel lights.

Phase Control OFF

 

Front speaker

Listening

 

 

position

Sound

Subwoofer

Sound muffled due

source

to a delay in time

Rhythms blurred and difficult to hear

Bass sound with loss of depth

Sound of musical instruments with no reality

Note

1 • Phase 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.

The PHASE CONTROL feature is available even when the headphones are plugged in.

If your subwoofer has a phase control switch, set it to the plus (+) sign (or 0°). However, the effect you can actually feel when PHASE CONTROL is set to ON on this receiver depends on the type of your subwoofer. Set your subwoofer to maximize the effect. It is also recommended you try changing the orientation or the place of your subwoofer.

Set the built-in lowpass filter switch of your subwoofer to OFF. If this cannot be done on your subwoofer, set the cutoff frequency to a higher value.

If the speaker distance is not properly set, you may not have a maximized PHASE CONTROL effect.

The PHASE CONTROL mode cannot be set to ON in the following cases:

When the PURE DIRECT mode is switched on.

When the HDMI audio output parameter is set to THROUGH in Setting the Audio options on page 73.

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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

1

HDMI

2

5

VIDEO9

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

14

15IN

IN 2

IN 3

 

18

ANTENNA

 

 

 

S-

IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

MONITOR

OUT

COMPONENT VIDEO

 

MONITOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

COAXIAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE 1 - 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

IN 1

 

VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD)

RS-232C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB

FM UNBAL 75

AM LOOP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BD IN

IN 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

 

 

 

 

PR

ASSIGNABLE

 

 

(CD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVD

TV SAT

DVR1

 

DVR2

 

SIRIUS

ZONE 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 - 3

 

 

 

 

 

TROL

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

 

 

17

 

 

(Single) PRE OUT

 

 

XM IN

CON-

IN

IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

FRONT CENTER

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPTICAL

6

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 1

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 1

(TV4SAT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 2

 

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IR

 

 

 

 

 

CD

CD-R

 

 

 

(DVR1)

 

 

 

 

 

SUBWOOFER SURROUND

SURROUND BACK

 

 

ZONE2

 

 

SPEAKERS

FRONT

CENTER

SURROUND

SURROUND BACK / B

 

 

7

10

 

IN 2

IN 3

IN

 

A

R

 

L

R

L R

L

 

MULTI CH IN

 

 

(DVR2)

 

11

 

 

 

 

(Single)

ASSIGN-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRONT

CENTER SURROUND SURROUND BACK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 - 2

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

128VTRIGGER

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 - 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(OUTPUT

12 V TOTAL R

50 mA MAX)

DIGITAL

SUBWOOFER

SELECTABLE

SEE INSTRUCTION MANUAL

 

 

SELECTABLE

VOIR LE MODE D'EMPLOI

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 HDMI connectors (x4)

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

See Connecting using HDMI on page 16.

2 Coaxial digital audio inputs (x2)

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

See also The Input Setup menu on page 69 to assign the inputs.

3XM Radio input

See Using XM Radio on page 55.

4Optical digital audio output/input(s) (x4)

Use the OUT jack for recording to a CD or MiniDisc recorder.

See Connecting digital audio sources on page 19.

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

See also The Input Setup menu on page 69 to assign the inputs.

5 RS-232C connector

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

See Connecting a PC for Advanced MCACC output on page 66.

6 Control input/output

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

See Operating other Pioneer components with this receiver’s sensor on page 81.

7 Remote input/output (MULTI-ZONE)

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

See Connecting an IR receiver on page 63.

8 12 V 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.

See Switching components on and off using the 12 volt trigger on page 64.

9 Audio/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-Video and stereo analog audio.

See Connecting a DVD/HDD recorder, VCR and other video sources on page 18.

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10 Multichannel analog audio inputs

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

See Using XM Radio on page 55.

11 Speaker terminals

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

See Installing your speaker system on page 21.

12Composite and S-Video monitor outputs

Use to connect monitors and TVs.

See Connecting your TV and DVD player on page 17.

13SIRIUS Radio input

See Using SIRIUS Radio on page 57.

14ZONE 2 audio/video outputs

Use to connect a second receiver in a separate room.

See MULTI-ZONE listening on page 61.

15 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.

See Using the component video jacks on page 19.

16Stereo analog audio source inputs/(outputs) (x3)

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

See Connecting analog audio sources on page 20.

17Multichannel pre-amplifier outputs

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

See Connecting additional amplifiers on page 61 (see also Installing your speaker system on page 21 for powered subwoofer connection).

18 AM and FM antenna terminals

Use to connect indoor or outdoor antennas for radio broadcasts.

See Connecting antennas on page 23.

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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.

03

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: since this resolution cannot be downsampled, you must connect your monitor/TV to the receiver’s HDMI video outputs when connecting this

video source.1

If several video components are assigned to the same input function (see The Input Setup menu on page 69), the converter gives priority to HDMI, component, S- Video, then composite (in that order).

Terminal for connection

Terminal for connection

with source device

with TV monitor

quality

 

 

picture

HDMI IN

HDMI OUT

 

High

Y

Y

PB

PB

 

 

PR

PR

 

COMPONENT VIDEO IN

COMPONENT VIDEO

 

 

MONITOR OUT

 

S-VIDEO IN

S-VIDEO

 

 

MONITOR OUT

 

VIDEO IN

VIDEO

 

 

MONITOR OUT

Video signals can be output

For optimal video performance, THX recommends switching Digital Video Conversion (in Setting the Video options on page 74) OFF.

This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by method claims of certain U.S. patents and other intellectual property rights owned by Macrovision Corporation and other rights owners. Use of this copyright protection technology must be authorized by Macrovision Corporation, and is intended for home and other limited viewing uses only unless otherwise authorized by Macrovision Corporation. Reverse engineering or disassembly is prohibited.

Note

1 • If the video signal does not appear on your TV or flat panel TV, 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, try switching Digital Video Conversion (in Setting the Video options on page 74) OFF.

• The ZONE 2 video input can also be converted. For details, see Setting the Video options on page 74.

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Connecting using HDMI

If you have an HDMI or DVI (with HDCP) equipped component, you can connect it to this receiver using a

commercially available HDMI cable.1

The HDMI connection transfers uncompressed digital video, as well as almost every kind of digital audio that the connected component is compatible with, including DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, SACD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio (see below for limitations), Video CD/Super VCD, CD and MP3. See

About the video converter on page 15 for more on HDMI compatibility.

HDMI/DVI-compatible monitor or flat panel TV

HDMI IN

HDMI

 

 

 

S-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

 

COAXIAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE 1 - 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

IN 1

 

 

VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RS-232C

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BD IN

(CD)

 

 

DVD

TV SAT

DVR1

 

DV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XM IN

 

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

CON-

IN

IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

 

OPTICAL

TROL

 

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 1

IN 1

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

(TV SAT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 2

 

 

R

 

 

 

 

 

IR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVR1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZONE2

 

 

 

 

SPE

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

IN 2

IN 3

 

 

 

MULTI CH IN

 

A

ASSIGN-

(DVR2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

ABLE

 

 

FRONT

CENTER

SURROUND SURROUND BACK

1 - 2

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

L

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

12 V TRIGGER

 

 

 

 

 

1 - 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(OUTPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 V

TOTAL

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 mA MAX)

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL

 

 

 

SUBWOOFER

 

 

 

VSX-9130TXH

HDMI/DVI-equipped component

HDMI OUT

1 Use an HDMI cable to connect one of the HDMI IN interconnects on this receiver to an HDMI output on your HDMI component.

The HDMI indicator lights on the front panel when an HDMI-equipped component is connected.

2Use an HDMI cable to connect the HDMI OUT interconnect on this receiver to an HDMI interconnect on an HDMI-compatible monitor.

The arrow on the cable connector body should be facing left for correct alignment with the connector on the player.

3Use the INPUT SELECT button to select the HDMI input you’ve connected to (for example, HDMI 2).

You can also perform the same operation by using the INPUT SELECTOR dial on the front panel or by pressing HDMI on the remote control repeatedly.

Set the HDMI parameter in Setting the Audio options on page 73 to THROUGH if you want to hear HDMI audio output from your TV or flat panel TV (no sound will be heard from this receiver).

If the video signal does not appear on your TV or flat panel TV, 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 video connection.

You can’t hear HDMI audio through this receiver’s digital out jacks.

About HDMI

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) supports both video and audio on a single digital connection for use with DVD players, DTV, set-top boxes, and other AV devices. HDMI was developed to provide the technologies of High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) as well as Digital Visual Interface (DVI) in one specification. HDCP is used to protect digital content transmitted and received by DVI-compliant displays.

HDMI has the capability to support standard, enhanced, or high-definition video plus standard to multi-channel surround-sound audio. HDMI features include uncompressed digital video, one connector (instead of several cables and connectors), and communication between the AV source and AV devices such as DTVs.

HDMI, the HDMI Logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.

Note

1 • An HDMI connection can only be made with DVI-equipped components compatible with both DVI and High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP). If you choose to connect to a DVI connector, you will need a separate adaptor (DVI HDMI) to do so. A DVI connection, however, does not support audio signals. Consult your local audio dealer for more information.

If you connect a component that is not compatible with HDCP, an HDCP ERROR message is displayed on the front panel display. Some components that are compatible with HDCP still cause this message to be displayed, but so long as there is no problem with displaying video this is not a malfunction.

Depending on the component you have connected, using a DVI connection may result in unreliable signal transfers.

This receiver supports SACD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. To take advantage of these formats, however, make sure that the component connected to this receiver also supports the corresponding format.

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Connecting your TV and DVD player

VIDEO

S-VIDEO

IN

IN

TV 1

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03

3Connect a coaxial-type1 digital audio output on your DVD player to the COAXIAL IN 1 (DVD) input.

Use a coaxial cable designed for digital audio.

4Connect the stereo audio outputs on your DVD player to the DVD AUDIO inputs.

Connect using a stereo RCA/phono jack cable.

If your DVD player has multichannel analog outputs, you can connect these instead. See also Using XM Radio on page 55.

HDMI

 

 

S-

 

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

OU

 

 

 

 

VIDEO IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

 

 

COAXIAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE 1 - 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

IN 1

 

VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connecting your Blu-ray disc player

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RS-232C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BD IN

(CD)

 

DVD

TV SAT

DVR1

 

DVR2

 

SIRIUS

ZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TROL

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSX-9130TXH

 

XM IN

IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

IN

OU

 

 

CON-

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPTICAL

 

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 1

IN 1

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(TV SAT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HDMI

 

S-

 

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

OU

 

IN 2

 

R

 

 

 

COAXIAL

VIDEO IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

 

IR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVR1)

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE 1 - 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZONE2

 

SPEAKERS

FRONT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 2

IN 3

IN

MULTI CH IN

A

R

OUT

IN 1

VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVR2)

 

 

 

 

(DVD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGN-

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

RS-232C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABLE

 

 

FRONT

CENTER SURROUND SURROUND BACK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 - 2

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

L

 

BD IN

(CD)

 

 

DVD

TV SAT

DVR1

 

DVR2

SIRIUS

ZON

 

ASSIGNABLE

12 VTRIGGER

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 - 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

XM IN

CON-

IN

IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

IN

OU

 

 

(OUTPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 V

TOTAL

R

 

 

OPTICAL

TROL

 

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 mA MAX)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL

 

 

 

SUBWOOFER

IN 1

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(TV SAT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 2

 

 

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVR1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZONE2

 

 

 

 

SPEAKERS

FRONT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 2

IN 3

 

IN

 

MULTI CH IN

 

A

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVR2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGN-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABLE

 

 

FRONT

CENTER

SURROUND SURROUND BACK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 - 2

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

12 VTRIGGER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 - 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(OUTPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 V

TOTAL

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 mA MAX)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL

 

 

 

SUBWOOFER

 

 

 

 

 

 

COAXIAL

OPTICAL

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 component video jacks on page 19 if your TV and/or DVD player has component video inputs/outputs. If your DVD player offers multichannel analog audio outputs, see

Using XM Radio on page 55.

1Connect 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 an S-Video cable to connect to the S-Video jack.

2Connect a composite or S-Video output on your DVD player to the DVD VIDEO or DVD S-VIDEO input.

Connect using a standard video cable or an S-Video cable.

HDMI OUT

Blu-ray disc player

 

The diagram shows a basic setup of this receiver together with a Blu-ray disc player, with HDMI connections. If your Blu-ray disc player offers multi-channel analog audio outputs, see Using XM Radio on page 55.

• Connect an HDMI output on your Blu-ray disc player to the BD HDMI input.

Connect using an HDMI cable.

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 69).

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Connecting a satellite/cable receiver or other set-top box

Connecting a DVD/HDD recorder, VCR and other video sources

Satellite and cable receivers, and terrestrial digital TV

This receiver has two sets of audio/video inputs and

tuners are all examples of so-called ‘set-top boxes’.

outputs suitable for connecting analog or digital video

 

devices, including DVD/HDD recorders and VCRs.

VSX-9130TXH

HDMI

 

S-

 

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

VSX-9130TXH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

OU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COAXIAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE 1 - 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HDMI

S-

 

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

OU

OUT

IN 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COAXIAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE 1 - 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RS-232C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(CD)

DVD

TV SAT

DVR1

 

DVR2

 

SIRIUS

ZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BD IN

 

 

RS-232C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XM IN

IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

IN

OU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVR1

 

 

 

SIRIUS

ZON

 

OPTICAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BD IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 1

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

 

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

IN

 

IN 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CON- IN

 

OU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TROL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IR

 

 

 

 

IN 1

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZONE2

IN

 

SPEAKERS

FRONT

 

 

 

 

 

IN 2

IN 3

 

MULTI CH IN

A

R

IN 2

IR

 

 

 

 

ASSIGN-

(DVR2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

ZONE2

 

 

FRONT

ABLE

 

 

 

SURROUND SURROUND BACK

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

1 - 2

OUT

 

 

 

 

IN 2

 

 

MULTI CH IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

L

 

 

ASSIGN

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

12 VTRIGGER

 

 

ABLE

 

FRONT

CENTER

SURROUND

 

1 - 3

 

 

 

1 -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(OUTPUT

2

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L

 

 

 

 

12 V

TOTAL

R

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

12 VTRIGGER

 

 

 

 

50 mA MAX)

 

 

 

1 - 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL

 

 

SUBWOOFER

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(OUTPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 V

TOTAL

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 mA MAX)

 

 

 

DIGITAL

SUBWOOFER

DIGITAL

R AUDIO L

VIDEO S-VIDEO

AV OUT

STB

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

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

2Connect an optical-type1 digital audio output from

your set-top box to the OPTICAL IN 1 (TV SAT) input.2

Use an optical cable for the connection.

COAXIAL OPTICAL

VIDEO S-VIDEO

R AUDIO L

VIDEO

S-VIDEO

R AUDIO L

DIGITAL OUT

AV IN

 

AV OUT

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

1

2

DVR, VCR, etc.

1Connect the audio/video outputs of the video player/recorder to the DVR1 AUDIO and 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.

For a second recorder, use the DVR2 IN inputs.

2If the device can record, connect the DVR1 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.

For a second recorder, use the DVR2 OUT outputs.

Note

1If 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 69).

2If your satellite/cable receiver doesn’t have a digital audio output, you can skip this step.

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3 If the device can output digital audio, connect an

optical-type1 digital audio output from the recorder to the OPTICAL IN 2 (DVR1) input.

Use an optical cable for the connection.2

For a second recorder, use the OPTICAL IN 3 (DVR2) 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMPONENT

 

2

 

TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

 

COMPONENT VIDEO

 

MONITOR

 

ANTENNA

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

OUT

IN 1

IN 2

IN 3

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB FM UNBAL 75

AM LOOP

DVR1

 

DVR2

SIRIUS

ZONE 2

 

 

 

PR

ASSIGNABLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 - 3

 

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

FRONT

CENTER

(Single) PRE OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

CD

CD-R

 

SUBWOOFER SURROUND SURROUND BACK

 

 

SPEAKERS

FRONT

 

CENTER

 

SURROUND

 

SURROUND BACK / B

I CH IN

 

A

R

 

L

 

R

 

 

L

R

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Single)

SURROUND SURROUND BACK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELECTABLE

SEE INSTRUCTION MANUAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELECTABLE

VOIR LE MODE D'EMPLOI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

COMPONENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 69.

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

Use a three-way component video cable.

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 page 20 if you want to connect these too.

VSX-9130TXH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HDMI

 

 

 

S-

 

 

 

 

 

 

M

 

 

 

 

VIDEO IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

 

IN

 

 

COAXIAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE 1 - 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

IN 1

 

 

VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RS-232C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BD IN

(CD)

 

 

DVD

TV SAT

DVR1

 

DVR2

 

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XM IN

 

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CON-

IN

IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

 

IN

 

 

OPTICAL

TROL

 

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 1

IN 1

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(TV SAT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 2

 

 

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVR1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZONE2

 

 

 

 

SPEAKERS

F

IN 2

IN 3

 

IN

 

MULTI CH IN

 

A

R

 

 

 

(DVR2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGN-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABLE

 

 

 

FRONT

CENTER

SURROUND SURROUND BACK

 

 

 

1 - 2

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

 

 

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 - 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(OUTPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 V

TOTAL

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 mA MAX)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL

 

 

 

SUBWOOFER

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPTICAL

OPTICAL

COAXIAL

DIGITAL IN

DIGITAL OUT

DVD player

2

1

CD-R, MD,

DAT, etc.

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 69).

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1Connect a coaxial-type1 digital audio output on your digital component to the COAXIAL IN 2 (CD) input.

Use a coaxial cable for the connection.

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

Use an optical cable to connect to the OPTICAL OUT.2

About the WMA9 Pro decoder

This receiver has an on-board Windows Media™ Audio 9

Professional3 (WMA9 Pro) decoder, so it is possible to playback WMA9 Pro-encoded audio using a coaxial or optical digital connection when connected to a WMA9 Pro-compatible player. However, the connected PC, DVD player, set-top box, etc. must be able to output WMA9 Pro format audio signals through a coaxial or optical digital output.

Connecting analog audio sources

This receiver features two stereo audio-only inputs. One of these inputs (CD-R) has corresponding outputs for use with audio recorders.

• 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.

Connecting a component to the front panel inputs

The front panel inputs comprise a composite video jack (VIDEO), stereo analog audio inputs (AUDIO L/R) and an optical digital audio input (DIGITAL IN). 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.

 

AUTO SURR/

HOME

STANDARD

ADVANCED

STEREO/

 

 

 

 

 

STREAM DIRECT

THX

SURROUND

SURROUND

A.L.C.

VIDEO INPUT

 

iPod DIRECT

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

L AUDIO R

DIGITAL IN

USB

SETUP MIC

PHONES

MULTI-ZONE

 

ST

ST +

 

 

 

 

 

CONTROL

ON/OFF

SPEAKERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

 

COMPONENT VIDEO

 

MONITOR

ANTENNA

 

 

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

OUT

IN 1

IN 2

IN 3

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO OUTPUT

DIGITAL OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB

FM UNBAL 75

AM LOOP

TV game, video camera, etc.

 

DVR1

 

DVR2

SIRIUS

ZONE 2

 

 

 

PR

ASSIGNABLE

 

• Select these inputs by pressing VIDEO or using

 

 

 

 

 

1 - 3

 

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

IN

 

 

OUT

IN

 

 

(Single) PRE OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INPUT SELECT (remote) to select VIDEO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CD-R

 

SURROUND SURROUND BACK

 

 

 

 

SPEAKERS

FRONT

 

CENTER

 

SURROUND

SURROUND BACK / B

 

 

I CH IN

 

A

R

 

L

 

R

 

L

R

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Single)

 

 

URROUND SURROUND BACK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELECTABLE

SEE INSTRUCTION MANUAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELECTABLE

VOIR LE MODE D'EMPLOI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSX-9130TXH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

L

 

 

 

 

AUDIO IN/OUT

Tape deck, etc.

Note

1• If your digital component 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 component to (see also The Input Setup menu on page 69).

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 69).

2In order to record some digital sources, you must make analog connections as explained in Connecting analog audio sources below.

3Windows 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 96 kHz sources will be downsampled to 48 kHz.

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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.1 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 Ω and 16 Ω (please see Switching the speaker impedance on page 76 if you plan to use speakers with an impedance of less than 8 Ω).

Front

Front

Subwoofer

left

right

 

Center

LINE LEVEL

INPUT

HDMI

 

 

S-

 

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

OUT

COMPONENT VIDEO

 

MONITOR

ANTENNA

 

COAXIAL

 

VIDEO IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN 1

IN 2

IN 3

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE 1 - 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

 

OUT

IN 1

 

VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD)

RS-232C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB

FM UNBAL 75

AM LOOP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PR

ASSIGNABLE

 

 

(CD)

 

DVD

TV SAT

DVR1

 

DVR2

 

SIRIUS

ZONE 2

 

 

 

 

BD IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 - 3

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Single) PRE OUT

 

XM IN

CON-

IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

FRONT CENTER

 

 

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPTICAL

TROL

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 1

IN 1

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(TV SAT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 2

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IR

 

 

 

 

CD

CD-R

 

 

 

(DVR1)

 

 

 

 

SUBWOOFER SURROUND

SURROUND BACK

 

 

ZONE2

 

 

SPEAKERS

FRONT

CENTER

SURROUND

SURROUND BACK / B

IN 2

IN 3

IN

MULTI CH IN

A R

 

L

R

L R

L

 

(DVR2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Single)

ASSIGN-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 - 2

OUT

FRONT

CENTER

SURROUND SURROUND BACK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 - 3

12 V TRIGGER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(OUTPUT

12 V TOTAL R

50 mA MAX)

DIGITAL

SUBWOOFER

SELECTABLE

SEE INSTRUCTION MANUAL

 

 

SELECTABLE

VOIR LE MODE D'EMPLOI

VSX-9130TXH

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

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

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.

Note

1• When using only one surround back speaker, connect it to the SURROUND BACK L (Single) terminals.

• To use a 5.1-channel speaker set, use the surround speakers for the surround channel, not the surround back channel.

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Bare wire connections

Make sure that the speaker cable you’re going to use is

properly prepared with about 10 mm (3/8 in.) 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

10 mm (3/8 in.)

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 52 provides greater detail on alternate speaker setups, such as using speaker system B (page 59), bi-amping and bi-wiring

(page 60).

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 2 m to 3 m (6 ft. to 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 60 cm to 90 cm (2 ft. to 3 ft.) 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

 

 

Front

left

Center

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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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° to 120°

LS

RS

LS

RS

 

0° to 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.

L

C

R

SL

SR

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 50 to make the settings that will give you the best sound experience when using the Home THX modes (page 31).

03

Connecting antennas

Connect the AM loop antenna and the FM wire antenna as shown below. To improve reception and sound quality, connect external antennas (see Connecting external antennas on page 24).

fig. a

fig. b

fig. c

 

3

ANTENNA

 

5

 

FM UNBAL 75

AM LOOP

 

4

1 2

1Pull off the protective shields of both AM antenna wires.

2Push open the tabs, then insert one wire fully into each terminal, then release the tabs to secure the AM antenna wires.

3Fix the AM loop antenna to the attached stand.

To fix the stand to the antenna, bend in the direction indicated by the arrow (fig. a), then clip the loop onto the stand (fig. b).

If you plan to mount the AM antenna to a wall or other surface, secure the stand with screws (fig. c) before clipping the loop to the stand. Make sure the reception is clear.

4Place the AM antenna on a flat surface and in a direction giving the best reception.

5Connect the FM wire antenna in the same way as the AM loop 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.

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Connecting external antennas

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

75 Ω coaxial cable

 

ANTENNA

FM UNBAL

AM LOOP

To improve AM reception, connect a 5 m to 6 m (16 ft. to 20 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

ANTENNA

 

 

5 m to 6 m

 

(16 ft. to 20 ft.)

FM UNBAL 75

AM LOOP

Indoor antenna (vinyl-coated wire)

Plugging in the receiver

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

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.

Plug the power cord into a power outlet.

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04

Chapter 4:

Controls and displays

Front panel

1

2

3

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

5

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER

VSX-9130TXH

 

 

STANDBY/ON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHASE

 

 

ADVANCED

 

DIGITAL PRECISION

 

DIGITAL VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTROL

 

 

MCACC

 

PROCESSING

 

 

SCALER

HDMI

 

 

 

 

 

DVD

BD

TV

SAT

DVR 1/DVR 2

VIDEO

HDMI 1/HDMI 2

CD/CD-R

FM/AM

XM/SIRIUS

iPod USB

MULTI CH IN

 

 

 

INPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MASTER

 

SELECTOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUME

 

 

 

AUTO SURR/

HOME

STANDARD

ADVANCED

STEREO/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STREAM DIRECT

THX

SURROUND

SURROUND

A.L.C.

VIDEO INPUT

 

iPod DIRECT

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

L AUDIO R

DIGITAL IN

USB

SETUP MIC

 

 

PHONES

MULTI-ZONE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ST

ST +

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTROL ON/OFF

SPEAKERS

 

 

 

 

11

 

 

12

 

 

 

7

8

 

9

10

 

AUTO SURR/

HOME

STANDARD

ADVANCED

STEREO/

 

 

 

 

 

 

STREAM DIRECT

THX

SURROUND

SURROUND

A.L.C.

 

 

 

 

 

PHONES

MULTI-ZONE

 

 

ST

ST +

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTROL

ON/OFF

SPEAKERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 14 15

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.

3 Remote sensor

Receives the signals from the remote control (see

Operating range of remote control unit on page 26).

4PHASE CONTROL indicator – Lights when the Phase Control is switched on (page 12).

ADVANCED MCACC indicator – Lights when one of the MCACC presets (page 33) is selected.1

DIGITAL PRECISION PROCESSING indicator

Lights to indicate digital processing (for example, it disappears when Pure Direct (page 33) is on, or when listening through the multichannel analog inputs).

DIGITAL VIDEO SCALER indicator – Lights when Resolution is set to a setting other than PURE (for example, when the video input signal is upscaled) (page 73).

HDMI indicator – Blinks when connecting an HDMIequipped component; lights when the component is connected (page 67).

5 MULTI CH IN

Press to select the multichannel analog inputs (page 59).

6MASTER VOLUME dial

7Input source buttons

Press to select an input source.

8VIDEO INPUT

See Connecting a component to the front panel inputs on page 20.

9 iPod DIRECT USB terminal

Use to connect your Apple iPod as an audio source (page 52), or connect a USB audio device for playback (page 54).

Note

1 The MCACC indicator does not light when the MCACC preset memory currently being selected has not been corrected with Acoustic Calibration EQ Professional or when EQ is set to OFF in the Audio parameter menu (see Setting the Audio options on page 73).

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10 MCACC SETUP MIC jack

Use to connect the supplied microphone.

11 PHONES jack

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

12Listening mode buttons

AUTO SURR/STREAM DIRECT – Switches between Auto surround mode (Auto playback on page 30) and Stream Direct playback. Stream Direct playback bypasses the bass/treble controls for the most accurate reproduction of a source (page 33).

HOME THX – Press to select a Home THX listening mode (page 31).

STANDARD SURROUND – Press for Standard decoding and to switch between the various 2Pro Logic IIx and Neo:6 options (page 30).

ADVANCED SURROUND – Use to switch between the various surround modes (page 31).

STEREO/A.L.C. – Switches between stereo playback, Auto level control stereo mode and Front Stage Surround Advance modes (page 32).

13MULTI-ZONE controls

If you’ve made MULTI-ZONE connections (see MULTIZONE listening on page 61), use these controls to control the sub zone from the main zone (see Using the MULTIZONE controls on page 62).

14 SPEAKERS

Use to change the speaker system (page 59).

15 ST +/–

Use to select preset radio stations (page 36).

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.

30° 30°

7 m (23 ft.)

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Display

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

 

AUTO

 

 

L

C

R

 

PCM

 

SL

S

SR

 

HDMI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SBL

SB

SBR

DIGITAL

 

 

 

 

ANALOG

 

 

LFE

 

 

 

 

 

STREAM DIRECT

2PRO LOGICNeo :6

THX ADV.SURROUND

STEREO STANDARD SPAB SLEEP

13 14 15 16 17

2DIGITAL 2HD

PHASE CONTROL

DNR

TUNED

 

DTS WMA9 Pro

MULTI-ZONE

DIALOG E

ATT OVER

STEREO

 

DSD

PCM

S.RTRV SOUND

 

V.SB

MONO

dB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CD

TUNER

SIRIUS

DVD

TV

VIDEO

USB XM SR+

CD-R

 

iPod

BDP

DVR

HDMI [ 1 ]

[ 2 ]

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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 33).

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 the DSD (Direct Stream Digital) to PCM conversion with SACDs).

4 S.RTRV

Lights when the Sound Retriever is switched on (page 73).

5 MULTI-ZONE

Lights when the MULTI-ZONE feature is active (page 61).

6 PHASE CONTROL

Lights when the Phase Control is switched on (page 12).

7 Sound processing indicators

Light according to the active Audio parameter(s) (page 73) and/or ANALOG ATT (page 76).

8 V.SB

Lights during Virtual surround back processing (page 34).

9TUNER indicators

TUNED – Lights when a broadcast is being received.

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

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

10 SOUND

Lights when any of the Midnight, Loudness or bass/treble controls feature is selected (page 73).

11Master volume level

12SR+

Lights when the SR+ mode is switched on (page 65).

13 STREAM DIRECT

Lights when Direct/Pure Direct is selected (page 33).

14 Speaker indicators

Indicate the current speaker system, A and/or B (page 59).

15Listening mode indicators

THX – Lights when a Home THX mode is selected.

ADV. SURROUND – Lights when an Advanced Surround mode has been selected (page 31).

STEREO – Lights when the stereo mode is selected (page 32).

STANDARD – Lights when a Standard Surround mode is switched on (see Listening in surround sound on page 30).

16SLEEP

Lights when the receiver is in sleep mode (page 76).

17Matrix decoding format indicators

2PRO LOGIC IIx – This lights to indicate 2Pro Logic II / 2Pro Logic IIx decoding (page 30).

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

(page 30).

18Character display

Displays various system information.

19 Input source indicators

Light to indicate the input source you have selected.

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Remote control

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

 

RECEIVER

 

 

 

SOURCE

1

 

 

 

 

 

13

 

DVD

 

BD

 

TV

HDMI

2

DVR 1

DVR 2

CD

CD-R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FM/AM

 

XM

SIRIUS

iPod USB

 

 

INPUT

 

 

DIMMER

 

 

SELECT

 

 

 

1

 

 

2

 

3

 

GENRE

MCACC

SLEEP

3

4

 

 

5

 

6

SR+

 

SBch

 

A.ATT

 

7

 

 

8

 

9

 

D.ACCESS

CH LEVEL

CLASS

 

 

 

 

0

 

ENTER

 

 

 

INPUT

 

MASTER

 

 

 

 

VOLUME

4

TV CONTROL

 

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CH

 

 

VOL

 

MUTE

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

5

PARAMETER

 

 

 

 

PARAMETER

EXIT

TUNE

TOOLS

TOP MENU

 

 

 

 

MENU

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

T.EDIT

ST

 

ENTER

 

ST

 

 

 

 

CATEGORY

 

 

 

 

RETURN

 

SETUP

TUNE

 

 

 

iPod CTRL

 

 

 

 

7

AUTO/

STEREO/

 

BD MENU

DIRECT

 

A.L.C.

STANDARD ADV SURR

HDD

 

DVD

 

 

 

 

THX

 

STATUS

PHASE

8

ANT

 

 

MPX

SIGNAL SEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEM

9

AUDIO

DISPLAY

 

CH

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

TV CTRL

 

 

RECEIVER

 

 

 

 

 

16

11

 

MAIN

 

ZONE 2

RECEIVER

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

White – Receiver controls (see below)

Blue – Other controls (page 80)

1 RECEIVER

This switches between standby and on for this receiver.

2 Input source buttons

Press to select control of other components (see

Controlling the rest of your system on page 78).

3 Number buttons and other receiver/component controls

Use the number buttons to directly select a radio frequency (page 36) or the tracks on a CD, DVD, etc.

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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:

INPUT SELECT – Use to select the input source. DIMMER – Dims or brightens the display (page 76).

GENRE – Automatically selects the most appropriate Advanced Surround mode for the genre of the source currently being played back (this feature is available only when a Pioneer DVD recorder supporting HDMI Control is connected to this receiver via HDMI)

(page 35).

MCACC – Press to switch between MCACC presets (page 33).

SLEEP – Use to put the receiver in sleep mode and select the amount of time before sleep (page 76).

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

SBch – Use to select the surround/virtual back channel mode (page 34).

A.ATT – Attenuates (lowers) the level of an analog input signal to prevent distortion (page 76).

CH LEVEL – Press repeatedly to select a channel, then use / to adjust the level (page 49).

Press FM/AM first to access:

D.ACCESS – After pressing, you can access a radio station directly using the number buttons (page 36).

CLASS – Switches between the three banks (classes) of radio station presets (page 36).

4 TV CONTROL buttons

These buttons are dedicated to control the TV assigned to the TV CTRL button. Thus if you only have one TV to hook up to this system assign it to the TV CTRL input source button. If you have two TVs, assign the main TV to the TV CTRL button (see page 79 for more on this).

TV – Use to turn on/off the power of the TV. INPUT – Use to select the TV input signal. CH +/– – Use to select channels.

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

5 Tuner/component control buttons/SETUP

These button controls can be accessed after you have selected the corresponding input source button (DVD, DVR1, TV, etc.). The T.EDIT tuner controls are explained from page 36.

Press RECEIVER first to access:

AUDIO PARAMETER – Use to access the Audio options (page 73).

VIDEO PARAMETER – Use to access the Video options (page 74).

SETUP – Use to access the System Setup menu (page 38).

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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 (page 38) and the Audio or Video options (page 73 or 74). 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 36).

7 Receiver controls

Press RECEIVER first to access:

AUTO/DIRECT – Press to select Auto Surround (page 30) or Stream Direct (page 33) listening.

STEREO/A.L.C. – Switches between the stereo playback mode and the Front Stage Surround Advance mode (page 32).

STANDARD – Press for Standard decoding and to switch between the various 2Pro Logic IIx and Neo:6 options (page 30).

ADV SURR – Use to switch among the various surround modes (page 31).

THX – Press to select a Home THX listening mode (page 31).

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, DVR1 or TV). These buttons also function as described below.

Press RECEIVER first to access:

STATUS – Press to check selected receiver settings (page 76).

PHASE – Press to switch on/off Phase Control (page 12).

SIGNAL SEL – Use to select an input signal (page 33). Press TV first to access:

ANT – Use to select the VHF/UHF antennas or Cable TV.

Press FM/AM first to access:

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 36).

9AUDIO – Changes the audio or channel on DVD discs.

DISPLAY – Switches between named station presets and radio frequencies (page 37).

CH +/– – Use to select channels for DVR units.

10 TV CTRL

Use this button to set preset code of your TV’s manufacturer when controlling TV (see Selecting preset codes directly on page 78 for more on this).

11 MULTI-ZONE operation selector switch

Switch to perform operations in the main zone and zone 2 (page 61).

12 Remote control LED

Lights when a command is sent from the remote control.

13 SOURCE

Press to turn on/off other components connected to the receiver (see page 78 for more on this).

14MASTER VOLUME +/–

Use to set the listening volume.

15MUTE

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

16 RECEIVER

Switches the remote to control the receiver (used to select the white commands above the number buttons (A.ATT, etc.)). Also use this button to set up surround sound (page 10, page 38).

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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 96 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

AUTO/

STEREO/

STANDARD

BD MENU

DIRECT

A.L.C.

ADV SURR

HDD

DVD

 

 

THX

STATUS

PHASE

ANT

 

MPX

SIGNAL SEL

 

 

 

MEM

AUDIO

DISPLAY

CH

TV CTRL

 

RECEIVER

 

While listening to a source, press RECEIVER, then

press AUTO/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.

When listening to XM Radio, the XM HD Surround feature is selected automatically (see Using XM HD Surround on page 56 for more on this), and also when listening to the FM Radio, the Neural THX feature is selected automatically (see Using Neural THX on page 36 for more on this).

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 34.

Standard surround sound

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

AUTO/

STEREO/

STANDARD

BD MENU

DIRECT

A.L.C.

ADV SURR

HDD

DVD

 

 

THX

STATUS

PHASE

ANT

 

MPX

SIGNAL SEL

 

 

 

MEM

AUDIO

DISPLAY

CH

TV CTRL

 

RECEIVER

 

• While listening to a source, press RECEIVER, then 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

Note

1• Stereo surround (matrix) formats are decoded accordingly using Neo:6 CINEMA or 2Pro 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.

2For more options using this button, see Using Stream Direct on page 33.

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

4If surround back channel processing (page 34) is switched off, or the surround back speakers are set to NO (this happens automatically if the Surround back speaker setting on page 41 is set to anything but Normal), 2Pro Logic IIx becomes 2Pro 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: C.WIDTH, DIMENSION, and PANORAMA. See Setting the Audio options on page 73 to adjust them.

6When listening to 2-channel sources in Neo:6 Cinema or Neo:6 Music mode, you can also adjust the center image effect (see Setting the Audio options on page 73).

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Neural THX – Up to 7.1 channel sound, especially suited to music sources1

XM HD Surround – Up to 7.1 channel sound, especially suited to music sources2

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

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

2Pro Logic IIx MUSIC – See page 30

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

Using the Home THX modes

THX and Home THX are technical standards created by THX 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 34 for more on this).

THX

STATUS

PHASE

ANT

MPX

SIGNAL SEL

 

 

MEM

AUDIO

DISPLAY

CH

TV CTRL

RECEIVER

Press RECEIVER, then press THX (HOME THX) to

select a listening mode.3

With two channel sources, press THX repeatedly to select a matrix-decoding process for the THX CINEMA mode (see Listening in surround sound on page 30 for an explanation of each process):

2 Pro Logic IIx MOVIE+THX CINEMA

2 PRO LOGIC+THX CINEMA

Neo:6 CINEMA+THX CINEMA

2 Pro Logic IIx MUSIC+THX MUSIC

Neo:6 MUSIC+THX MUSIC

2 Pro Logic IIx GAME+THX GAMES

THX SELECT2 GAMES

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

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

2 Pro Logic IIx MOVIE+THX CINEMA

THX SELECT2 CINEMA – Allows you to hear 7.1 channel playback with 5.1 channel sources

2 Pro Logic IIx MUSIC+THX MUSIC

THX SELECT2 MUSIC – This mode is suited not only for sources recorded in Dolby Digital and DTS, but also to all multi-channel music sources (DVD-Audio, etc.).

THX SELECT2 GAMES – This mode is suited to playing the sound of games.

Using the Advanced surround effects

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

AUTO/

STEREO/

STANDARD

BD MENU

DIRECT

A.L.C.

ADV SURR

HDD

DVD

 

 

THX

STATUS

PHASE

ANT

 

MPX

SIGNAL SEL

 

 

 

MEM

AUDIO

DISPLAY

CH

TV CTRL

 

RECEIVER

 

• Press RECEIVER, then press ADV SURR (ADVANCED SURROUND) repeatedly to select a

listening mode.4

ACTION – Designed for action movies with dynamic soundtracks

DRAMA – Designed for movies with lots of dialog

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

MONOFILM – Creates surround sound from mono soundtracks

ENT.SHOW – Suitable for musical sources

EXPANDED – Creates an extra wide stereo field5

TV SURROUND – Provides surround sound for both mono and stereo TV sources

Note

1Neural THX can be selected when the input signal is an analog, PCM signal or FM input.

2XM HD Surround can be selected only with the XM input.

3If you only have one surround back speaker connected, THX SELECT2 GAMES is not available.

4• Depending on the source and the sound mode you have selected, you may not get sound from the surround back speakers in your setup. See Using surround back channel processing on page 34 for more on this.

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

5Use with Dolby Pro Logic for a stereo surround effect (stereo field is wider than Standard modes with Dolby Digital sources).

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ADVANCED GAME – Suitable for video games

SPORTS – Suitable for sports programs

CLASSICAL – Gives a large concert hall-type sound

ROCK/POP – Creates a live concert sound for rock and/or pop music

UNPLUGGED – Suitable for acoustic music sources

EXT.STEREO – Gives multichannel sound to a stereo source, using all of your speakers

Using Front Stage Surround Advance

The Front Stage Surround Advance function allows you to create natural surround sound effects using just the front speakers and the subwoofer.

AUTO/

STEREO/

BD MENU

DIRECT

A.L.C. STANDARD

ADV SURR

HDD

DVD

 

THX

STATUS

PHASE

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

Tip

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

EFFECT parameter in Setting the Audio options on page 73.

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, DTS and WMA9 Pro multichannel sources are downmixed to stereo.

In the Auto level control stereo mode (A.L.C.), this receiver equalizes playback sound levels if each sound level varies with the music source recorded in a portable audio player.

AUTO/

STEREO/

STANDARD

BD MENU

DIRECT

A.L.C.

ADV SURR

HDD

DVD

 

 

THX

STATUS

PHASE

ANT

 

MPX

SIGNAL SEL

 

 

 

MEM

AUDIO

DISPLAY

CH

TV CTRL

 

RECEIVER

 

• While listening to a source, press RECEIVER, then press STEREO/A.L.C. for stereo playback.

Press repeatedly to switch between:

STEREO – The audio is heard with your surround settings and you can still use the Midnight, Loudness, and bass/treble controls.

A.L.C. – Listening in Auto level control stereo mode.

F.S.SURR FOCUS – See Using Front Stage Surround Advance below for more on this.

F.S.SURR WIDE – See Using Front Stage Surround Advance below for more on this.

ANT

MPX SIGNAL SEL

 

MEM

AUDIO DISPLAY

CH

TV CTRL

RECEIVER

• While listening to a source, press RECEIVER, then press STEREO/A.L.C. to select Front Stage Surround Advance modes.

STEREO – See Listening in stereo above for more on this.

A.L.C. – See Listening in stereo above for more on this.

F.S.SURR FOCUS – Use to provide a rich surround sound effect directed to the center of where the front left and right speakers sound projection area converges.

F.S.SURR WIDE – Use to provide a surround sound effect to a wider area than FOCUS mode.1

FOCUS position

 

WIDE position

(Recommended)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front left

Frontright

 

Front left

Frontright

speaker

speaker

 

speaker

speaker

 

 

 

 

 

Note

1 When using F.S.SURR WIDE, a better effect can be obtained if Auto MCACC Setup is performed. See Automatically setting up for surround sound (Auto MCACC) on page 10 for more on this.

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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 101).

AUTO/

STEREO/

STANDARD

BD MENU

DIRECT

A.L.C.

ADV SURR

HDD

DVD

 

 

THX

STATUS

PHASE

ANT

 

MPX

SIGNAL SEL

 

 

 

MEM

AUDIO

DISPLAY

CH

TV CTRL

 

RECEIVER

 

1 While listening to a source, press RECEIVER, then press AUTO/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.

AUTO SURROUND – See Auto playback on page 30.

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, any sound delay and hibit settings. You will hear sources according to the number of channels in the signal.

PURE DIRECT – Analog and PCM sources are heard

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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).

 

 

 

ANT

MPX SIGNAL SEL

INPUT

DIMMER

 

MEM

SELECT

AUDIO DISPLAY

CH

1

2

3

 

 

GENRE

MCACC

SLEEP

TV CTRL

RECEIVER

4

5

6

 

 

SR+

SBch

A.ATT

 

 

7

8

9

 

 

D.ACCESS

CH LEVEL

CLASS

MAIN

ZONE 2

 

0

 

 

ENTER

 

 

• While listening to a source, press RECEIVER, then press MCACC.

Press repeatedly to select one of the six MCACC presets3 or to switch calibration off. See Data Management on page 46 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

THX

STATUS

PHASE

ANT

MPX

SIGNAL SEL

 

 

MEM

without any digital processing.1 No sound is output from the Second Zone in this mode.

AUDIO DISPLAY

CH

TV CTRL

RECEIVER

• Press RECEIVER, then press SIGNAL SEL to select the input signal corresponding to the source component.

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.

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 (Auto MCACC) on page 10 or Automatic MCACC (Expert) on page 38, either of which you should have already completed.

3• These settings have no effect when headphones are connected.

You can also press / to select the MCACC preset.

4• This receiver can only play back Dolby Digital, PCM (32 kHz to 192 kHz), DTS (including DTS 96 kHz/24 bit) and WMA9 Pro digital signal formats. The compatible signals via the HDMI terminals are: Dolby Digital, DTS, WMA 9 Pro, PCM (32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz sampling frequencies), Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-HD Master Audio, SACD and DVD Audio (including 192 kHz). With other digital signal formats, set to

ANALOG (the MULTI CH IN and FM/AM).

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 19) and set the signal input to DIGITAL.

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

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HDMI – Selects an HDMI signal.1

PCM – Only PCM signals are output.2

When set to DIGITAL or AUTO, 2 DIGITAL lights with Dolby Digital or Dolby Digital Plus decoding, 2 HD lights with Dolby TrueHD decoding, DTS lights with DTS or DTS-HD decoding, and WMA9 Pro lights to indicate that a WMA9 Pro signal is being decoded.

• Press RECEIVER, then press SBch repeatedly to cycle the surround back channel options.

Each press cycles through the options as follows:

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)

Using surround back channel processing

SBch OFF – No sound is output from the surround back speakers

• 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)).

ANT

MPX SIGNAL SEL

1 2 3

MEM

GENRE

MCACC

SLEEP

AUDIO DISPLAY

CH

4

5

6

 

 

SR+

SBch

A.ATT

TV CTRL

RECEIVER

7

8

9

 

 

D.ACCESS

CH LEVEL

CLASS

 

 

 

0

ENTER

 

 

 

INPUT

MASTER

MAIN

ZONE 2

 

VOLUME

 

 

 

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.3

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

• Press SBch 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

 

Type of source

Processing /

Multichannel

Stereo sources

Advanced

Virtual SB

surround

 

 

 

mode

sources

2Pro Logic IIx 2 Pro Logic

Neo:6

 

 

 

 

 

Dolby Digital EX/DTS-ES 5.1 ch

ON

 

 

 

sources with 6.1 ch flagged

 

 

 

 

AUTO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolby Digital/DTS/SACD and DVD-

ON

 

 

 

Audio 5.1 ch sources

 

 

 

 

AUTO

c

 

 

 

 

Note

1When the HDMI option in Setting the Audio options on page 73 is set to THROUGH, the sound will be heard through your TV, not from this receiver.

2• 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.

3• You can’t use the Virtual Surround Back mode when the headphones are connected to this receiver or when any of the THX, stereo, Front Stage Surround Advance, Auto level control stereo or Stream Direct mode is selected.

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

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

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05

 

SBch

 

Standard / THX

 

 

Type of source

Processing /

Multichannel

 

Stereo sources

 

Advanced

Virtual SB

 

 

surround

 

 

 

 

 

mode

sources

2Pro Logic IIx

2 Pro Logic

Neo:6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM/SACD/WMA9

ON

 

 

a

 

 

Pro and DVD-Audio stereo sources

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTO

 

b

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analog 2-channel (stereo) sources

ON

 

 

a

 

 

 

AUTO

 

b

 

 

 

DTS-HD Master Audio/DTS-HD/Dolby

ON

 

 

 

 

d

Digital Plus/Dolby TrueHD/WMA9 Pro

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTO

 

 

 

 

d

encoded and PCM 6.1 ch/7.1 ch

 

 

 

 

sources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolby Digital Plus/Dolby TrueHD/

ON

 

 

 

 

d

WMA9 Pro encoded and PCM 5.1 ch

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTO

c

 

 

 

d

sources

 

 

 

DTS-HD Master Audio/DTS-HD/

ON

e

 

 

 

d

DTS-EXPRESS encoded 5.1 ch

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTO

e

 

 

 

d

sources

 

 

 

Dolby Digital Plus/Dolby TrueHD

ON

 

 

a

 

d

encoded stereo sources

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTO

 

b

 

 

d

 

 

 

 

DTS-HD Master Audio/DTS-HD/

ON

 

 

 

 

 

DTS-EXPRESS encoded stereo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sources

AUTO

 

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

c.Sound is output from the surround back speakers only when THX SELECT2 CINEMA, THX SELECT2 MUSIC or THX SELECT2 GAMES is selected. d.Advanced surround mode may not be available depending on the input signal.

e.Only applicable when two surround back speakers are connected. Also, depending on the input signal, it may happen that no sound is output from the surround back speakers.

Using the genre synchronizing function

This feature automatically selects the most appropriate Advanced Surround mode for the source currently being played back on a Pioneer DVD recorder supporting HDMI

Control connected to this receiver via HDMI.1 For details on HDMI Control, see HDMI Control on page 67.

INPUT

 

 

 

MEM

SELECT

DIMMER

AUDIO

DISPLAY

CH

1

2

3

 

 

 

GENRE

MCACC

SLEEP

TV CTRL

 

RECEIVER

4

5

6

 

 

 

SR+

SBch

A.ATT

 

 

 

7

8

9

 

 

 

D.ACCESS

CH LEVEL

CLASS

 

MAIN

ZONE 2

 

0

ENTER

 

 

 

1 Press RECEIVER, then press GENRE while the source assigned to a genre is being played back.

The most appropriate Advanced Surround mode for the source being played back is automatically selected.

Note

1 • This feature is available only when the source being played back is assigned to a genre. When the source has no genre assigned to, NO GENRE appears showing that this feature is not available.

• Make sure that HDMI Control is set to ON. When OFF is selected, CANNOT SELECT appears showing that this feature is not available (see Setting the HDMI options on page 67).

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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 below for more on how to do this.

FM/AM

XM

SIRIUS

iPod USB

 

 

 

AUTO/

STEREO/

STANDARD

BD MENU

AUDIO

 

VIDEO

DIRECT

A.L.C.

ADV SURR

 

 

 

 

PARAMETER

 

PARAMETER

HDD

DVD

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXIT

TUNE

TOOLS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INPUT

 

DIMMER

 

 

 

THX

STATUS

PHASE

SELECT

 

 

 

 

 

TOP

 

MENU

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDIT

 

 

 

 

GENRE

MCACC

SLEEP

 

 

 

ANT

 

MPX

SIGNAL SEL

ST

ENTER

ST

 

 

 

 

4

 

5

6

 

 

 

MEM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SR+

 

SBch

A.ATT

 

 

 

AUDIO

DISPLAY

CH

7

 

8

9

CATEGORY

 

RETURN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D.ACCESS

CH LEVEL

CLASS

SETUP

TUNE

 

TV CTRL

 

RECEIVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

ENTER

iPod CTRL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MASTER

1Press the FM/AM button to select the tuner.

2Use the FM/AM 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.

Using Neural THX

This feature uses Neural Surround™, THX® technology to achieve optimal surround sound from FM radio.

While listening to FM radio, press AUTO/DIRECT for Neural THX listening.

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See About Neural – THX Surround on page 94 for more on this.

The Neural THX mode can be selected also with the

STANDARD button.

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 FM/AM button to select the tuner.

2Use the FM/AM 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.

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 above) is also stored.

4

5

6

AUDIO

 

VIDEO

 

PARAMETER

TUNE

PARAMETER

 

SR+

SBch

A.ATT

EXIT

TOOLS

MPX SIGNAL SEL

 

 

ANT

7

8

9

TOP

 

MENU

MEM

D.ACCESS

CH LEVEL

CLASS

 

 

T.EDIT

CH

 

 

AUDIO DISPLAY

 

0

ENTER

ST

ENTER

ST

 

 

 

 

 

INPUT

MASTER

 

 

TV CTRL

RECEIVER

 

VOLUME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CATEGORY

 

RETURN

 

TV CONTROL

SETUP TUNE

1Tune to a station you want to memorize.

See Listening to the radio above for more on this.

2Press T.EDIT (Tuner Edit).

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

3 Press 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.

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06

4 Press 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

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

Use / to select a character, /to set the position, and ENTER to confirm your selection.

Tip

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

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

Listening to station presets

You will need to have some presets stored to do this. See Saving station presets on page 36 if you haven’t done this already.

1Press FM/AM 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.

 

 

 

 

EXIT

TUNE

TOOLS

 

MEM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECEIVER

 

 

SOURCE

TOP

 

MENU

AUDIO DISPLAY

CH

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

ST

ENTER

ST

TV CTRL

RECEIVER

DVD

BD

TV

HDMI

 

 

DVR 1

DVR 2

CD

CD-R

CATEGORY

 

RETURN

 

 

 

 

 

 

SETUP

TUNE

 

MAIN

ZONE 2

FM/AM

XM

SIRIUS

iPod USB

iPod CTRL

 

 

 

 

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.2

An on-screen display (OSD) appears on your TV. Use / / / 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 MENU

1 . Auto MCACC

2 . Surround 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 (Auto MCACC) on page 10 for a quick and effective automatic surround setup. See

Automatic MCACC (Expert) below for a more detailed setup.

Surround Back System – Specifies how you are using your surround back speakers (see Surround back speaker setting on page 41).

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

Manual MCACC setup on page 41).

Data Management – Checks your MCACC presets and manages them through copying, renaming or deleting (see Data Management on page 46).

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

Input Setup – Specifies what you’ve connected to the digital, HDMI and component video inputs (see

The Input Setup menu on page 69).

Other Setup – Makes customized settings to reflect how you are using the receiver (see The Other Setup menu on page 70).

Automatic MCACC (Expert)

If your setup requires more detailed settings than those provided in Automatically setting up for surround sound (Auto MCACC) on page 10, 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 USB, XM or SIRIUS Radio input source is selected (in either the main or sub zone). When you set ZONE 2 to ON (page 62), you can’t use the System Setup menu.

3These are stored in memory and referred to as MEMORY16 (or M16) until you rename them in Data Management on page 46.

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 CUSTOM setup screen (step 2).

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07

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

If the System Setup screen is not displayed, refer to

Making receiver settings from the System Setup menu on page 38.

System Setup MENU

 

1.Auto

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surround Back System

1

. Auto

MCACC

 

2

. Surround Back System

 

[

Normal

]

3

. Manual MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

4

. Data

Management

 

Save

SYMMETRY

to

5

. Manual SP Setup

 

 

 

[ M1.MEMORY 1 ]

6

. Input

Setup

 

 

 

 

 

7

. Other

Setup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

START

 

 

 

 

:Exit

 

ENTER:Start

:Cancel

2 Make sure ‘Normal’ is selected,1 select an MCACC

preset2, then select START.3

For a fully customized Auto MCACC setup, select CUSTOM and set the following parameters using /:4

1.Auto

MCACC

 

 

1.Auto MCACC

 

 

 

1.Auto MCACC

 

 

 

Surround Back System

 

Custom Menu

 

 

 

SYMMETRY

 

 

 

[

Normal

]

 

 

ALL

 

 

 

M1.MEMORY

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL CH ADJ

 

 

 

Save

SYMMETRY

to

 

 

Speaker

Setting

 

[

M2.MEMORY

2

]

 

 

[ M1.MEMORY 1 ]

 

 

Channel Level

 

 

FRONT ALIGN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaker

Distance

 

[

M3.MEMORY

3

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

EQ Pro. & S-Wave

 

 

THX Speaker

[ NO

]

 

 

CUSTOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

[

START

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Cancel

 

 

 

:Return

 

 

ENTER:Next

 

ENTER:Next

 

ENTER:Start

:Return

Custom Menu – The default is ALL (recommended), but you can limit the system calibration to only one setting (to save time) if you want.5 The available options are ALL, Keep SP System,6 Speaker Setting, Channel Level, Speaker Distance and EQ Pro. & S-Wave.

EQ Type (only available when the Custom Menu above is EQ Pro. & S-Wave) – This determines how the frequency balance is adjusted.

After a single calibration is performed, each of the following three correction curves can be stored separately in the MCACC memory. SYMMETRY (default) implements symmetric correction for each pair of left and right speakers to flatten the frequency-amplitude characteristics. ALL CH ADJUST is a ‘flat’ setting where all the speakers are set individually so no special

weighting is given to any one channel. FRONT ALIGN7 sets all speakers in accordance with the front speaker settings (no equalization is applied to the front left and right channels).

THX Speaker (only available when the Custom Menu 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.

Stand.Wave Multi-Point (only available when the Custom Menu above is EQ Pro. & S-Wave) – 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.8 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.

3 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.

 

AUTO SURR/

HOME

STANDARD

ADVANCED

STEREO/

 

 

 

 

 

STREAM DIRECT

THX

SURROUND

SURROUND

A.L.C.

VIDEO INPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iPod DIRECT

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

L AUDIO R

DIGITAL IN

USB

SETUP MIC

PHONES

MULTI-ZONE

 

ST –

ST +

 

 

 

 

 

CONTROL

ON/OFF

SPEAKERS

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

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 41 and make sure to connect your speakers as necessary before continuing to step 3.

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 46).

3Note that correction curves are saved only when set to SYMMETRY. Select CUSTOM to save other correction curves (such as ALL CH ADJUST and

FRONT ALIGN).

4Select DEMO, and then press ENTER to activate the demo mode of Auto MCACC. In the demo mode, no settings are saved and no errors occur. When the speakers are connected to this receiver, the test tone is output repeatedly. Press RETURN to cancel the test tone.

5• The EQ Pro. & S-Wave measurement is also taken when ALL is selected. See Acoustic Calibration EQ Professional on page 44 for more on this.

• Either effect of Acoustic Calibration EQ Professional and Standing Wave can be switched on and off in the respective MCACC preset. For details, see

Setting the Audio options on page 73.

6The Keep SP System option allows you to calibrate your system while leaving your current speaker setting (page 48) unchanged.

7If you selected ALL as your Custom Menu, you can specify the MCACC preset where you want to save the ALL CH ADJUST and FRONT ALIGN settings.

8Switch the Multi-Point setting NO if you only use one listening position.

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See Problems when using the Auto MCACC Setup on page 11 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.

With error messages (such as Too much ambient noise! or Check Microphone) select RETRY after checking for ambient noise (see Problems when using the Auto MCACC Setup on page 11) and verifying the mic connection. If there doesn’t seem to be a problem, you can simply select GO NEXT and continue.

6If necessary, confirm the speaker configuration in

the OSD.1

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

1.Auto

MCACC

 

 

 

1.Auto

MCACC

Now

Analyzing…

 

(2/9)

 

 

CHECK!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front

[ YES ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment Check

 

 

 

Center

[ YES ]

Ambient Noise

[

OK ]

 

Surr

[ YES ]

Microphone

[

]

 

SB

[ YES x 2 ]

Speaker YES/NO

[

]

 

SW

[ YES ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Cancel

10

 

OK

:Cancel

 

 

 

 

 

 

If no operations are performed for 10 seconds while the speaker configuration check screen is being displayed, the Auto MCACC Setup will resume automatically. In this case, you don’t need to select ‘OK’ and press ENTER in step 7.

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.

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

Analysis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 3 to 7 minutes.

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

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 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 38).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 48 for more on this)

Channel Level – The overall balance of your speaker system (see page 49 for more on this)

Speaker Distance – The distance of your speakers from the listening position (see page 50 for more on this)3

Standing Wave – Filter settings to control lower ‘boomy’ frequencies (see page 43 for more on this)

Acoustic Cal EQ – Adjustments to the frequency balance of your speaker system based on the acoustic characteristics of your room (see page 44 for more on this)

Note

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

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

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

If Auto MCACC Setup measurement results are incorrect due to the interaction of the speakers and viewing environment, we recommend adjusting the settings manually.

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

Be sure to disconnect the microphone from this receiver upon completion of the Auto MCACC setup.

Surround back speaker setting

• Default setting: Normal

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.

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

See Making receiver settings from the System Setup menu on page 38 if you’re not already at this screen.

System Setup MENU

 

2.Surround Back System

1

. Auto

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Normal

 

2

. Surround Back System

 

 

Front

: Normal

 

3

. Manual MCACC

 

 

4

. Data

Management

 

Center : Normal

5

. Manual SP Setup

 

Surr

: Normal

6

. Input

Setup

 

SB

: Normal

7

. Other

Setup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Exit

 

 

 

:Finish

2Select the surround back speaker setting.

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

Speaker B – Select to use the (surround back) B speaker terminals to listen to stereo playback in another room (see Speaker B setup on page 59).

Front Bi-Amp – Select this setting if you’re biamping your front speakers (see Bi-amping your front speakers on page 60).

ZONE 2 – Select to use the (surround back) B speaker terminals for an independent system in another zone (see MULTI-ZONE listening on page 61).

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 (Auto MCACC) on page 10.

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

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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 38). When Manual MCACC is selected while MCACC is set to OFF, the selection screen for the MCACC memory appears. Select a memory to adjust manually.

3.Manual MCACC

Select MCACC memory.

MCACC OFF

M1.MEMORY 1

ENTER:Next :Cancel

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.

Press SETUP to display the System Setup menu before you connect the microphone to this receiver. If the microphone is connected while the System Setup menu is not being displayed, the display will change to the Auto MCACC setup menu. See Problems when using the Auto MCACC Setup on page 11 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 38 if you’re not already at this screen.

System Setup MENU

 

3.Manual

MCACC

1

. Auto

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

a . Fine Channel Level

2

. Surround 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 Channel Level – Make fine adjustments to the overall balance of your speaker system (see Fine Channel Level on page 42).

Fine SP Distance – Make precise delay settings for your speaker system (see Fine Speaker Distance on page 42).

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Standing Wave – Control overly resonant low frequencies in your listening room (see Standing Wave on page 43).

The last two settings are specifically for customizing the parameters explained in Acoustic Calibration EQ Adjust on page 43:

EQ Adjust – Manually adjust the frequency balance of your speaker system while listening to test tones (see Acoustic Calibration EQ Adjust on page 43).

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 Acoustic Calibration EQ Professional on page 44).

Fine Channel Level

• Default setting: 0.0dB (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 48.

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

The volume increases to the 0.0 dB reference level.

3.Manual

MCACC

 

3a.Fine

Channel Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a . Fine Channel 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.

This will be the reference speaker level, so you may want to keep the level around 0.0dB so that you’ll have plenty of room to adjust the other speaker levels.

3a.Fine Channel Level

MCACC : M1.MEMORY 1

Ref.Ch : L

+0.5dB

ENTER:Next :Cancel

• After pressing ENTER, test tones will be output.

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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

 

 

 

 

R

L

 

 

L

 

 

+0.5dB

 

 

 

R

 

[

-1.5dB]

SBL

[

-9.5dB]

C

 

[

+1.0dB]

SBR

[ +10.0dB]

SL

[

-9.5dB]

SW

[

-1.5dB]

SR

[+10.0dB]

 

 

 

: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: 10’00’’ (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. You can adjust the distance of each speaker in 1 inch increments. The following setting can help you make detailed adjustments that you may not achieve using the Manual speaker setup on page 48.

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

3.Manual

MCACC

 

3b.Fine

SP

Distance

 

a . Fine Channel Level

 

MCACC

: M1.MEMORY 1

 

b . Fine SP Distance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

c . Standing Wave

 

Ref.Ch

 

:

L

 

 

 

d . EQ

Adjust

 

 

 

e . EQ

Professional

 

 

10

' 00 "

 

 

 

 

 

:Return

 

ENTER:Next

 

 

:Cancel

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 0’01’’ to 45’00’’.

3b.Fine

 

SP

 

Distance

 

3b.Fine

 

SP

 

Distance

 

 

SL

 

 

L

 

 

 

SBL

 

SL

L

 

10

'

10

"

 

 

 

 

 

 

SBL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

'

02

"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R

[

9

'

11

" ]

 

 

 

 

 

SBR

[ 6

'

03

" ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C

[ 10 '

10

" ]

 

 

 

 

 

SW

[ 12

'

01

" ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

SL

 

9

'

08

"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SR

[

9

'

09

" ]

:Finish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Finish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

En

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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: ON2/ATT 0.0dB (all filters)

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 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.3

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

3.Manual

MCACC

 

3c.Standing Wave

 

 

 

 

 

a . Fine Channel Level

 

MCACC :

M1. MEMORY

1

 

 

b . Fine SP Distance

 

Filter

Ch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

c . Standing Wave

 

 

 

 

 

 

SW

 

 

d . EQ

Adjust

 

 

TRIM

 

 

 

[

+12.0dB]

 

 

e . EQ

Professional

 

No.

 

1

 

 

2

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

f

[

63Hz

]

[

110Hz ]

[

250Hz ]

 

 

 

 

 

Q

[

3.0

]

[

8.0

]

[

5.0 ]

 

 

:Return

 

ATT [

2.5dB ]

[

6.0dB

]

[

6.0dB ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Finish

2Adjust 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 SW (subwoofer).

TRIM (only available when Filter Ch above is SW)

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 Adjust

• Default setting: ON2/0.0dB (all channels/bands)

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 (Auto MCACC) on page 10 or Automatic MCACC (Expert) on page 38, you can also adjust these settings manually to get

a frequency balance that suits your tastes.4

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

3.Manual MCACC

a . Fine Channel Level

b . Fine SP Distance

c . Standing Wave

d . EQ Adjust

e . EQ Professional

:Return

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

3d.EQ Adjust

MCACC : M1.MEMORY 1

[ START ]

ENTER:Next :Cancel

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).

2You can switch on or off the Standing Wave Control and Acoustic Cal EQ feature in the AUDIO PARAMETER menu. See Setting the Audio options on page 73 for more on this.

3• 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.

When Standing Wave is selected for a MCACC preset memory where S-WAVE is set to OFF in the AUDIO PARAMETER, S-WAVE ON is automatically selected.

4When EQ Adjust is selected for a MCACC preset memory where EQ is set to OFF in the AUDIO PARAMETER, EQ ON is automatically selected.

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

3d.EQ

Adjust

 

 

 

 

MCACC

: M1

 

63Hz [

0.0]

Ch

 

[SBL]

 

125Hz [

0.0]

dB

 

 

 

250Hz [

0.0]

 

 

 

 

 

500Hz [

0.0]

 

 

 

 

 

1kHz

0.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

2kHz [

0.0]

 

 

 

 

 

 

4kHz [

0.0]

 

 

 

 

 

8kHz [

0.0]

63 125 250 500

1k

2k 4k 8k 16k

TRM

16kHz [

0.0]

 

:Finish

 

TRIM [

0.0]

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 66).

Use / to select the channel.

Use / 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 / 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.

Acoustic Calibration EQ Professional

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.1

How to use Acoustic Calibration EQ Professional

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 EQ Pro. & S-Wave (or ALL) for the

Custom Menu setting in Automatic MCACC (Expert) on page 38 to calibrate the room automatically. This should provide a balanced calibration that suits the characteristics of your listening room.

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 100 ms 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.2

Setting Acoustic Calibration EQ Professional 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 conventional acoustic calibration and professional calibration (the gray circle indicates the point where the microphone captures sound during frequency analysis).

Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Test tone

 

Acoustic Cal. EQ Pro.

ConventionalMCACC

 

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 30~50ms to compensate for two major factors that will influence the sound of most rooms:

Note

1This 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 66 for more on this).

2Note 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 0 ms). This initial slope is not a problem (i.e. excessive reverb) with your listening room.

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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.

ConventionalMCACC

 

 

 

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.

ConventionalMCACC

 

 

 

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 30~50ms 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.

Using Acoustic Calibration EQ Professional

1 Select ‘EQ Professional’, then press ENTER.

3.Manual

MCACC

 

3 e.EQ Professional

 

a . Fine Channel Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

b . Fine SP Distance

 

 

1

. Reverb Measurement

 

 

c . Standing Wave

 

 

2

.Reverb View

 

 

 

d . EQ

Adjust

3

. 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 66 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.1

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 (Auto MCACC) on page 10 or Automatic MCACC (Expert) on page 38 and is not necessary if you’re satisfied with these settings.

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

3e1.Reverb Measurement

 

3e1.Reverb Measurement

MCACC

: M1.MEMORY 1

 

Now Analyzing…

 

(2/5)

Measure

with

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment Check

 

 

 

 

EQ OFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambient Noise

[

OK ]

 

 

 

 

 

Microphone

[

]

 

[ START ]

 

Speaker Level

[

]

 

 

:Cancel

 

 

 

 

:Cancel

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

Reverb View and Output PC (Data Management):

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).2 Note that the EQ response may not appear entirely flat due to adjustments necessary for your listening area.

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 86 for troubleshooting information.

Note

1If the Reverb View procedure is performed after the Automatically setting up for surround sound (Auto MCACC) on page 10 or Reverb Measurement operation, depending on the standing wave control setting, differences may appear on the reverb graph. With the Auto MCACC function, the reverberations are measured with the standing waves controlled, so the reverb characteristics graph shows the characteristics with the effect of the standing waves eliminated. By contrast, the Reverb Measurement function measures the reverberations without controlling the standing waves, so the graph indicates the reverb characteristics including the effect of the standing waves. If you wish to check the reverb characteristics of the room itself (with the standing waves as such), we recommend using the Reverb Measurement function.

2The 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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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

Fq [

125Hz ]

 

 

 

 

 

dB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

 

 

80

160ms

 

 

 

 

 

:Return

This appears according to the setting you chose in Reverb Measurement (step 3 on page 45). Use /to select the channel and the frequency you want to check. Use /to go back and forth between the two. Note that the markers on the vertical axis indicate decibels in 2 dB steps.

5 If ‘Advanced EQ Setup’ is selected, enter the desired time setting for calibration. Press to proceed to the next screen, and then select START.

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 30~50ms setting.

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(1/2)

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(2/2)

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 on page 38 if you’re not already at this screen.

System Setup MENU

 

4.Data Management

1

. Auto

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

a . MCACC Data Check

2

. Surround Back System

 

 

b . Memory Rename

 

3

. Manual MCACC

 

 

c . MCACC Memory Copy

 

4

. Data

Management

 

 

 

d . MCACC Memory Clear

 

5

. Manual SP Setup

 

 

 

e . Output PC

6

. Input

Setup

 

 

 

 

7

. Other

Setup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Exit

 

 

:Return

2Select the setting you want to adjust.

MCACC Data Check – Checks the settings for any of your MCACC presets using the on-screen display (see Checking MCACC preset data on page 47).

Ch

L

Fq

[

125Hz ]

MCACC

: M1.MEMORY 1

 

 

L

Tm [ 30-50ms ]

EQ Type

[ SYMMETRY

]

dB

 

 

 

 

Stand Wave Multi - Point

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

[

YES

 

 

 

 

 

Place the mic at your

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd reference point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[ START

]

 

0

 

80

 

160ms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Cancel

ENTER:Start

:Cancel

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

You can switch between your connected speakers (excluding the subwoofer), and display the measurements for the following frequencies: 63Hz,

125Hz, 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 START. It will take about 2 to 4 minutes for the calibration to finish.

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

Memory Rename – Names your MCACC presets for easy identification (see Renaming MCACC presets on page 47).

MCACC Memory Copy – Copies settings from one MCACC preset to another (see Copying MCACC preset data on page 47).

MCACC Memory Clear – Clears any MCACC presets that you don’t want (see Clearing MCACC presets on page 47).

Output PC – See Connecting a PC for Advanced MCACC output on page 66 for more on this.

Note

1 This can be done in Automatically setting up for surround sound (Auto MCACC) on page 10 or Automatic MCACC (Expert) on page 38, either of which you should have already completed.

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Checking MCACC preset data

Copying MCACC preset data

After you have completed Automatically setting up for surround sound (Auto MCACC) on page 10 or Automatic MCACC (Expert) on page 38, you can check your calibrated settings using the on-screen display.

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

4.Data Management

 

4a.MCACC Data

Check

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a . MCACC Data Check

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

b . Memory Rename

 

 

 

1

. Speaker

Setting

 

 

c . MCACC Memory Copy

 

 

2

. Channel

Level

 

 

d . MCACC Memory Clear

3

. Speaker

Distance

 

e . Output PC

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 / if necessary to switch speakers/settings.

4a5.EQ

Data

Check

 

MCACC

 

 

 

63Hz

0.0

 

M1

 

Ch

 

[SBL]

 

125Hz

0.0

dB

 

 

 

250Hz

0.0

 

 

 

 

 

500Hz

0.0

 

 

 

 

 

1kHz

0.0

 

 

 

 

 

2kHz

0.0

 

 

 

 

 

4kHz

0.0

 

 

 

 

 

8kHz

0.0

 

63 125 250 500 1k

2k 4k 8k 16k

TRM

16kHz

0.0

 

:Return

 

TRIM

0.0

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

5When you’re finished, press RETURN.

You will 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.

If you want to manually adjust the Acoustic Calibration EQ (see Manual MCACC setup on page 41), we

recommend copying your current settings1 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 Memory Copy’ from the Data Management setup menu.

4.Data Management

 

4c.MCACC Memory Copy

 

a . MCACC Data Check

 

Copy

 

 

 

b . Memory Rename

 

All Data

 

All Data

 

 

c . MCACC Memory Copy

 

 

From

 

 

 

 

d . MCACC Memory Clear

 

 

[ M1. MEMORY 1 ]

 

e . Output PC

 

To

 

 

 

 

 

 

[ M2. MEMORY 2 ]

 

 

 

 

Start Copy

[ Cancel ]

 

:Return

 

 

 

:Cancel

2Select the setting you want to copy.

All Data – Copies all the settings of the selected MCACC preset memory.

LEVEL & DISTANCE – Copies only the channel level and speaker distance settings of the selected MCACC preset memory.

3Select 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).

4Select ‘Copy’ to confirm and copy the settings. Completed! shows in the OSD to confirm the MCACC preset has been copied, then you automatically 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 ‘MCACC Memory Clear’ from the Data Management setup menu.

4.Data Management

 

4b.Memory Rename

 

 

 

 

4.Data Management

 

 

 

4d.MCACC Memory Clear

 

a . MCACC Data Check

 

MCACC Position Rename

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a . MCACC Data Check

 

 

 

 

 

 

b . Memory Rename

 

 

M1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

c . MCACC Memory Copy

 

 

 

MEMORY

1

 

 

 

 

b . Memory

Rename

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

d . MCACC Memory Clear

 

M2

[ MEMORY

2

]

 

 

c . MCACC

Memory

Copy

 

Clear

 

 

 

e . Output PC

 

M3

[ MEMORY

3

]

 

 

d . MCACC

Memory

Clear

 

 

 

M1. MEMORY 1

 

 

 

 

 

M4

[ MEMORY

4

]

 

 

e . Output

PC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M5

[ MEMORY

5

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M6

[ MEMORY

6

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start Clear

[ Cancel ]

 

:Return

 

 

 

 

 

:Finish

 

 

 

 

:Return

 

 

 

:Cancel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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. Completed! shows in the OSD to confirm the MCACC preset has been cleared, then you automatically return to the Data Management setup menu.

Note

1 The settings made in Automatically setting up for surround sound (Auto MCACC) on page 10 or Automatic MCACC (Expert) on page 38.

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Manual speaker setup

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

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

Automatically setting up for surround sound (Auto MCACC) on page 10, 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 MENU

 

5.Manual SP

Setup

1

. Auto

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

2

. Surround Back System

 

 

a . Speaker

Setting

 

3

. Manual MCACC

 

 

b . Channel

Level

4

. Data

Management

 

 

c . Speaker

Distance

 

5

. Manual SP Setup

 

 

 

d . X-Curve

 

 

 

6

. Input

Setup

 

 

 

e . 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 – Specifies the size and number of speakers you’ve connected (see below).

Channel Level – Adjusts the overall balance of your speaker system (page 49).

Speaker Distance – Specifies the distance of your speakers from the listening position (page 50).

X-Curve – Adjusts the tonal balance of your speaker system for movie soundtracks (page 50).

THX Audio Setting – Specifies whether you are using a THX speaker setup (page 50).

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

Speaker Setting

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 (Auto

MCACC) on page 10 are correct.1 Note that this setting applies to all MCACC presets, and cannot be set independently.

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

5.Manual SP

Setup

 

5a.Speaker

Setting

 

 

 

 

 

Front

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMALL

 

a . Speaker

Setting

 

 

Center

[

SMALL

]

 

 

b . Channel

Level

 

 

Surr

 

[ SMALL ]

 

 

c . Speaker

Distance

 

SB

[ SMALLx2 ]

 

d . X-Curve

 

 

 

SW

[

 

 

YES ]

 

e . THX Audio Setting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X. OVER

[

80Hz]

 

 

:Return

 

(THX:ALL

SMALL )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Return

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:2

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).

Surr – 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).

SB – Select the number of surround back speakers you have (one, two or none).3 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.

Note

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

2If 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.

3• 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.

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SW – 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).1 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.2

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.

Important

When Channel Level is selected while MCACC is set to OFF, the selection screen for the MCACC memory appears. Select a memory to adjust manually.

5b.Channel Level

Select MCACC memory.

MCACC OFF

M1.MEMORY 1

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

Please wait... 20

CAUTION

Loud test tones will be output.

:Cancel

4 Adjust the level of each channel using /.

If you selected MANUAL, use / to switch speakers. The AUTO setup will output test tones in the order shown on-screen:

5b.Channel

Level

 

 

MCACC

: M1.MEMORY 1

L

 

 

SR

[

0.0 dB ]

 

0.0 dB

C

[

0.0 dB ] SBR

[

0.0 dB ]

R

[

0.0 dB ] SBL

[

0.0 dB ]

 

 

 

 

SL

[

0.0 dB ]

 

 

 

 

SW

[

0.0 dB ]

:Finish

Adjust the level of each speaker as the test tone is emitted.3

5 When you’re finished, press RETURN.

You will return to the Manual SP Setup menu.

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

5.Manual SP

Setup

 

 

5b.Channel

Level

 

 

a . Speaker

Setting

 

 

MCACC

: M1.MEMORY 1

 

 

 

 

Test Tone

 

 

 

 

b . Channel

Level

 

 

 

 

AUTO

 

 

c . Speaker

Distance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

d . X-Curve

 

 

 

+0.5dB

 

e . THX Audio Setting

Tip

You can change the channel levels at any time by

press RECEIVER, then press CH LEVEL, and then using / on the remote control.

:Return

ENTER:Next

:Cancel

 

Note

1If 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.

2• 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.

3• 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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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 ‘X-Curve’ from the Manual SP Setup menu.

5.Manual SP Setup

5d.X-Curve

X-Curve -2.0dB/oct

a . Speaker Setting

b . Channel Level

c . Speaker Distance

d . X-Curve

e . THX Audio Setting

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125

250

500

1k

2k

4k

8k

16k

Important

When Speaker Distance is selected while MCACC is set to OFF, the selection screen for the MCACC memory appears. Select a memory to adjust manually.

5c.Speaker Distance

Select MCACC memory.

MCACC OFF

M1.MEMORY 1

ENTER:Next :Cancel

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

: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 2 kHz. 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.

5.Manual SP Setup

a . Speaker Setting

b . Channel Level

c . Speaker Distance

d . X-Curve

e . THX Audio Setting

:Return

2 Adjust the distance of each speaker using /.

You can adjust the distance of each speaker in 1 inch increments.

5c.Speaker

Distance

 

5c.Speaker

Distance

MCACC

: M1.MEMORY 1

 

MCACC

: M1

.MEMORY 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

' 11

''

 

 

 

 

 

L

 

10

' 00

''

 

 

 

SBR

[

11 ' 09 ''

]

 

 

 

 

C

[

0

' 11

''

]

 

 

SBL

[ 12

' 05

''

]

 

 

 

 

R

[

11 ' 09

'' ]

 

 

SL

[ 13

' 10

''

]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SW

[ 45

' 00

'' ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Finish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:Finish

3 When 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.

X-Curve

3 Select ‘Return’, then press ENTER to finish.

THX Audio Setting

When the THX Loudness Plus function is used, sound can be played with the full surround effect even when the volume is low.

For the most effective results when using the THX SELECT2 Cinema, THX SELECT2 Music and THX SELECT2 Games listening modes (see Using the Home THX modes on page 31) with the Advanced Speaker Array (ASA) system (see About THX on page 93), it is required that you make the setting. See Placing the speakers on

page 22 for more on THX speaker placement.2

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 . X-Curve

e . THX Audio Setting

:Return

2 Select either ON or OFF for THX Loudness Plus setting.

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.1

5e.THX Audio Setting

Loudness Plus ON

SB SP Position

0 - 1 ft

:Finish

Note

1Since 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 31).

2If you don’t have surround back speakers, or have only one surround back speaker or select Speaker B, Front Bi-Amp or ZONE 2 for Surround Back System, you won’t be able to select this setting (Cannot select shows in the display).

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

5e.THX Audio Setting

Loudness Plus

 

[ ON ]

SB SP Position

 

 

 

 

 

 

0 - 1

ft

: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.

4 When you’re finished, press RETURN.

You will return to the Manual SP Setup menu.

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Chapter 8:

Other connections

Caution

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

Do not allow any contact between speaker wires from different terminals.

Connecting an iPod

This receiver has a dedicated iPod terminal that will allow you to control playback of audio content from your iPod

using the controls of this receiver.1

 

N

 

DIGITAL VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCALER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HDMI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CD/CD-R

 

FM/AM

XM/SIRIUS

 

iPod USB

 

MULTI CH IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MASTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUME

 

 

 

 

VIDEO INPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

iPod DIRECT

 

MCACC

 

 

VIDEO

 

L AUDIO R

 

DIGITAL IN

 

 

 

 

USB

 

SETUP MIC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSX-9130TXH

USB cable (for iPod connection)

iPod

MENU

 

 

Connecting your iPod to the receiver

1 Set this receiver to the standby mode, and then use

the USB cable (for iPod connection)2 to connect your iPod to the iPod DIRECT USB terminal on the front panel of this receiver.

For the cable connection, refer to also the operating instructions for iPod.

2Switch the receiver on and press the iPod USB input source button on the remote control to switch the receiver to the iPod USB.

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

3Press TOP MENU to display iPod Top menu.

When the display shows Top Menu you’re ready to play

music from the iPod.3

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

iPod playback

To navigate songs on your iPod, you can take advantage

of the OSD of your TV connected to this receiver.4 You can also control all operations for music in the front panel display of this receiver.

Finding what you want to play

When your iPod is connected to this receiver, you can browse songs stored on your iPod by playlist, artist, album name, song name, genre or composer, similar to using your iPod directly.

iPod Top

[

Playlists

]

[

Artists

]

[ Albums

]

[ Songs

]

[ Podcasts

]

[ Genres

]

[ Composers

]

[ Audiobooks

]

[ Shuffle Songs

]

 

Enter

 

1Use / to select a category, then press ENTER to browse that category.

To return to the previous level any time, press

RETURN.

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

Use / to move to previous/next levels.

Note

1• This system is compatible with the audio of iPod nano, iPod fifth generation, iPod classic, iPod touch (not supported iPod shuffle and iPhone). However, that some of the functions may be restricted for some models. Note, however, compatibility may vary depending on the software version of your iPod. Please be sure to use the latest available software version.

iPod is licensed for reproduction of non-copyrighted materials or materials the user is legally permitted to reproduce.

Features such as the equalizer cannot be controlled using this receiver, and we recommend switching the equalizer off before connecting.

Pioneer cannot under any circumstances accept responsibility for any direct or indirect loss arising from any inconvenience or loss of recorded material resulting from the iPod failure.

2The USB cable (for iPod connection) is not included with this receiver.

3• The controls of your iPod will be inoperable when connected to this receiver.

You can’t use the iPod USB, XM and SIRIUS radio functions simultaneously with using the MULTI-ZONE feature (page 61).

4• Note that non-roman characters in the title are displayed as #.

This feature is not available for photos or video clips on your iPod.

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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:

Playlists Songs

Artists Albums Songs Albums Songs

Songs Podcasts

Genres Artists Albums Songs Composers Albums Songs Audiobooks

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.

Basic playback controls

The following table shows the basic playback controls for your iPod. Press iPod USB to switch the remote control to the iPod USB operation mode.

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.

Pauses playback, or restarts playback when paused.

/ Press and hold during playback to start scanning.

/ Press to skip to previous/next track.

Press repeatedly to switch between Repeat One,

Repeat All and Repeat Off.

Press repeatedly to switch between Shuffle Songs,

Shuffle Albums and Shuffle Off.

DISPLAY Press repeatedly to change the song playback information displayed in the front panel display.

/ When browsing, press to move to previous/next levels. During playback, press to skip to previous/ next track.

/ During Audiobook playback, press to switch the playback speed: Faster Normal Slower

TOP Press to return to the iPod Top menu screen.

MENU

Important

If an error message lights in the display, try following the points below:

Symptom What it means

Error I1 There is a problem with the signal path from the iPod to the receiver. Switch off the receiver and reconnect the iPod to the receiver. If this doesn’t seem to work, try resetting your iPod.

Error I2 The software version being used with the iPod needs to be updated. Update the software being used with the iPod (please use the latest iPod software versions later than the iPod updater 2004-10-20).

Error I3 The iPod that is not supported is connected. Check whether the iPod was supported by this receiver (page 52).

When the iPod software version is too old. Update the iPod software to the latest version.

Error I4 When there is no response from the iPod. Update the iPod software to the latest version. If this doesn’t seem to work, try resetting your iPod.

No Music There are no playable songs currently stored in the Track iPod. Input some music files compatible with iPod

playback.

No Track When there are no tracks in the category selected on the iPod. Select a different category.

Switching the iPod controls2

You can switch over the iPod controls between the iPod and the receiver.

1 Press iPod CTRL to switch the iPod controls.3

This enables operation and display on your iPod, and this receiver’s remote control and OSD become inactive.

2 Press iPod CTRL again to switch back to the receiver controls.

iPod is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

RETURN Press to return to the previous level.

Note

1If you’re in the song category, you can also press ENTER to start playback.

2You cannot use this function, when an iPod of fifth generation or iPod nano of first generation is connected.

3When this function is set, iPod images cannot be played on this receiver.

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Connecting a USB device

It is possible to listen to two-channel audio1 using the USB interface on the front of this receiver. Connect a

USB mass storage device2 as shown below.

Basic playback controls

The following table shows the basic controls on the remote for USB playback. Press iPod USB to switch the remote control to the iPod USB operation mode.

Button

What it does

Starts normal playback.

 

AUTO SURR/

HOME

STANDARD

ADVANCED

STEREO/

 

 

 

 

 

STREAM DIRECT

THX

SURROUND

SURROUND

A.L.C.

VIDEO INPUT

 

iPod DIRECT

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

L AUDIO R

DIGITAL IN

USB

SETUP MIC

PHONES

MULTI-ZONE

 

ST

ST +

 

 

 

 

 

CONTROL

ON/OFF

SPEAKERS

 

 

 

 

USB mass storage device

Connecting your USB device to the receiver

1Switch on the receiver and your TV.

2Press iPod USB on the remote control to switch the receiver to the iPod USB.

No Device appears in the OSD.

3Connect your USB device.3

The USB terminal is located on the front panel.

Loading appears in the OSD as this receiver starts recognizing the USB device connected. After the recognition, a playback screen appears in the OSD and

playback starts automatically.4

Folder/File number

Pauses/unpauses playback.

/ Press to skip to previous/next track.

Press repeatedly to switch between Repeat

Folder, Repeat One and Repeat All.

Press repeatedly to switch between Shuffle On and Shuffle Off.

DISPLAY Press repeatedly to change the song playback information displayed in the front panel display.

/ During playback, press to skip to previous/next track.

TOP MENU Press to skip to first track.

Important

If a USB ERROR message lights in the display, try following the points below:

USB ERROR

What it means

USB ERROR1

The power requirements of the USB device

 

are too high for this receiver.

 

 

USB ERROR2

The USB device is incompatible.

USB

FLD004TRK001

 

 

 

 

File format

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repeat or Shuffle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MP3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R e l a x Yo u r B o dy

 

 

 

 

 

Song name

 

 

 

 

 

Kev i n J a ck s o n

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist name

 

 

 

 

 

We a r e a l l o n e

 

 

 

 

Album name

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play

0:01

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elapsed time

 

 

 

 

USB ERROR3

See Troubleshooting on page 82 for more on

 

this error message.

 

 

DECODE

There is some problem with the audio data or

ERROR5

the file’s additional information.

Switch the receiver off, then on again.

Reconnect the USB device with the receiver switched off.

Select another input source (like DVD), then switch back to iPod USB.

Use a dedicated AC adapter (supplied with the device) for USB power.

If this doesn’t remedy the problem, it is likely your USB device is incompatible.

Note

1This includes playback of WMA/MP3/MPEG-4 AAC files (except files with copy-protection or restricted playback).

2• Compatible USB devices include external magnetic hard drives, portable flash memory (particularly keydrives) and digital audio players (MP3 players) of format FAT16/32. It is not possible to connect this receiver to a personal computer for USB playback.

Pioneer cannot guarantee compatibility (operation and/or bus power) with all USB mass storage devices and assumes no responsibility for any loss of data that may occur when connected to this receiver.

With large amounts of data, it may take longer for the receiver to read the contents of a USB device.

3Make sure the receiver is in standby when disconnecting the USB device.

4• If the file selected cannot be played back, this receiver automatically skips to the next file playable.

When the file currently being played back has no title assigned to it, the file name is displayed in the OSD instead; when neither the album name nor the artist name is present, the row is displayed as a blank space.

Note that non-roman characters in the playlist are displayed as #.

It is not possible to output the USB audio to ZONE 2.

5• If this error occurs, playback is interrupted and the next playable file is played automatically.

This error may occur if the title information is changed on a computer, etc.

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Compressed audio compatibility

Note that although most standard bit/sampling rate combinations for compressed audio are compatible, some irregularly encoded files may not play back. The list below shows compatible formats for compressed audio files:

MP3 (MPEG-1/2/2.5 Audio Layer 3) – Sampling rates: 8 kHz to 48 kHz; Bit rates: 8 kbps to 320 kbps (128 kbps or higher recommended); File extension: .mp3

WMA (Windows Media Audio) – Sampling rates: 32 kHz / 44.1 kHz; Bit rates: 32 kbps to 192 kbps (128 kbps or higher recommended); File extension: .wma; WMA9 Pro and WMA lossless encoding: No

AAC (MPEG-4 Advanced Audio Coding) – Sampling rates: 11.025 kHz to 48 kHz; Bit rates: 16 kbps to 320 kbps (128 kbps or higher recommended); File extension: .m4a; Apple lossless encoding: No

Other compatibility information

VBR (variable bit rate) MP3/WMA/MPEG-4 AAC playback: Yes1

DRM (Digital Rights Management) protection compatible: Yes (DRM-protected audio files will not play in this receiver).

About MPEG-4 AAC

Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) is at the core of the MPEG-4 AAC standard, which incorporates MPEG-2 AAC, forming the basis of the MPEG-4 audio compression technology. The file format and extension used depend on the application used to encode the AAC file. This receiver plays back AAC files encoded by

iTunes® bearing the extension ‘.m4a’. DRM-protected files will not play, and files encoded with some versions

of iTunes® may not play.

Apple and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

About WMA

WMA is an acronym for Windows Media Audio and refers to an audio compression technology developed by Microsoft Corporation. This receiver plays back WMA

files encoded using Windows Media® Player bearing the extension ‘.wma’. Note that DRM-protected files will not play, and files encoded with some versions of Windows

Media® Player may not play.

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

Using XM Radio

XM is North America’s number one satellite radio company, offering an extraordinary variety of commercial-free music, plus the best in premier sports, news, talk radio, comedy, children’s and entertainment programming, broadcast in superior digital audio quality coast to coast. For more information, or to subscribe, U.S. customers visit xmradio.com or call XM Listener Care at 1-800-XMRADIO (1-800-967-2346); Canadian customers visit xmradio.ca or call XM Listener Care at 1-877-GETXMSR (1-877-438-9677).

For more details see About XM on page 95.

Connecting your XM Radio receiver

After purchasing an XM Mini-Tuner (sold separately), you will also need to activate the XM Radio service to begin receiving broadcasts.

HDMI

 

 

 

S-

 

 

 

 

 

MONIT

 

 

 

 

VIDEO IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

 

COAXIAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE 1 - 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

IN 1

 

 

VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RS-232C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BD IN

(CD)

 

 

DVD

TV SAT

DVR1

 

DVR2

SIRIU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XM IN

 

 

IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

IN

 

OPTICAL

 

 

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 1

(TV SAT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 2

 

 

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVR1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZONE2

IN

 

 

 

 

SPEAKERS

FRON

IN 2

IN 3

 

 

MULTI CH IN

 

A

R

 

ASSIGN-

(DVR2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABLE

 

 

 

FRONT

CENTER

SURROUND SURROUND BACK

 

 

1 - 2

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

12 V TRIGGER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 - 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(OUTPUT

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 V

TOTAL

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 mA MAX)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL

 

 

 

SUBWOOFER

 

 

 

 

 

VSX-9130TXH

SATELLiTE

RADiO

SATELLiTE RADiO

XM Mini-Tuner

The Windows Media® logo printed on the box indicates that this receiver can playback Windows Media Audio content.

1Connect an XM Mini-Tuner to the XM IN jack on the rear of this receiver.

You will also need to activate the XM Radio service.

2Press XM to switch to the XM Radio input.

For best reception, you may need to move the XM MiniTuner antenna near a window (the southernmost window should produce the best results).

Note

1 Note that in some cases playback time will not be displayed correctly.

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If after pressing XM the display shows Check XM Tuner or Check Antenna, try disconnecting the receiver and tuner connections, and then plugging them back in.1

Listening to XM Radio

After connecting, you will be able to use this receiver to select channels and navigate categories using the on-

screen display.2 The information displayed is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current preset class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XM Satellite

Radio

A

 

 

 

 

Signal strength

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preset number

H i t

s

 

 

A1

 

 

 

 

T h e B l e n d

 

XM025

 

 

Channel number

 

 

 

 

Elton John

 

 

Artist name

 

 

 

 

Candle In the Wind

 

 

Song name

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Channel name

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selecting channels and browsing by genre

From the XM Channel List, you can browse XM Radio channels in the order that they appear, or you can narrow

your channel search by genre.3

• While listening to XM Radio, press AUTO/DIRECT for XM HD Surround listening.

See About Neural – THX Surround on page 94 for more on this.

XM HD Surround can be selected also with the

STANDARD button.

Saving channel presets

This receiver can memorize up to 30 channels, stored in three banks, or classes, (A, B and C) of 10 channels each.

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 XM001.

4Press ENTER.

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

XM Satellite

Radio

A

 

 

XM Channel List

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UP

 

 

 

H i t s

 

A1

000

RADIO ID

 

 

 

 

 

 

001

XM Preview

 

 

T h e B l e n d

 

XM025

 

004

The 40s

 

 

 

[

005

The 50s

]

 

 

 

 

 

Elton John

006

The 60s

 

 

 

 

 

 

007

The 70s

 

 

Candle In the Wind

008

The 80s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOWN

 

 

ENTER

: Exit

• Use / 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.

To cancel and exit any time, press RETURN.

Tip

You can select channels directly by pressing D.ACCESS, then the three-digit channel number.

You can press DISPLAY to change XM Radio information in the front panel display.

The currently selected channel is automatically chosen (without pressing ENTER) after 5 seconds.

Using XM HD Surround

XM HD Surround uses Neural Surround™, THX® technologies to achieve optimal surround sound from XM radio. XM HD Surround Sound is available on select XM channels only.

Tip

You can also press MEM (Memory) during reception display to save the information of up to five 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.

Note

1You can check the strength of reception in Using the XM Menu on page 57.

2It’s easiest if you have your TV switched on to take advantage of the OSDs. You can, however, use just the front panel display to do everything if you prefer.

3Select XM000 (RADIO ID) from the on-screen display to check the Radio ID of the XM Mini-Tuner.

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Using the XM Menu

The XM Menu provides additional XM Radio features.

1Press TOP MENU.

2Use / to select a menu item, then press ENTER.

Choose between the following menu items:

Channel Skip/Add – Use / and ENTER to select channels you would like to remove/restore from/to the channel list.

Antenna Aiming – Check the strength of satellite and terrestrial reception.

Memory Recall – Use / to browse your saved song information (See Tip above)

3When you’re finished press TOP MENU to return to the reception display.

Connecting your SiriusConnect™ Tuner

To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio broadcasts, you will need to activate your SiriusConnect™ tuner.1

VSX-9130TXH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HDMI

 

 

 

S-

 

 

 

 

 

MONITOR

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

OU

 

COAXIAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE 1 - 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

IN 1

 

 

VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RS-232C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BD IN

(CD)

 

 

DVD

TV SAT

DVR1

 

DVR2

SIRIUS

ZON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XM IN

CON-

IN

IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

IN

OU

 

OPTICAL

TROL

 

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 1

IN 1

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(TV SAT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN 2

 

 

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVR1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZONE2

 

 

 

 

SPEAKERS

FRONT

 

IN 2

IN 3

 

IN

 

MULTI CH IN

 

A

R

 

 

ASSIGN-

(DVR2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABLE

 

 

 

FRONT

CENTER

SURROUND SURROUND BACK

 

 

 

1 - 2

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

12 V TRIGGER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 - 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(OUTPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 V

TOTAL

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 mA MAX)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL

 

 

 

SUBWOOFER

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antenna

SIRIUS

Using SIRIUS Radio

With SIRIUS you get The Best Radio on Radio™ with all your favorite entertainment including 100 % commercialfree music, plus superior sports coverage, uncensored talk and comedy, world-class entertainment, news, weather and more for your car, home or office. For more information visit sirius.com or siriuscanada.ca

SIRIUS is available in the US for subscribers with addresses in the continental US and is available in Canada for subscribers with a Canadian address. Required subscription plus compatible SIRIUS tuner and antenna are required and sold separately. SIRIUS Programming is subject to change. Visit HYPERLINK “http://www.sirius.com” sirius.com for the most complete and up-to-date channel lineup and product information.

SIRIUS

 

SiriusConnect™ HOME tuner AC adapter

1Connect a SiriusConnect™ tuner to the SIRIUS IN jack on the rear of this receiver.

You will also need to connect the antenna and AC adapter to the SiriusConnect™ tuner.

2Press SIRIUS to switch to the SIRIUS input.

For best reception, you may need to move the SiriusConnect™ tuner antenna near a window (refer to the manual for the SiriusConnect™ Home tuner for antenna placement recommendations).

If after pressing SIRIUS the display shows Antenna Error, try disconnecting the antenna and reconnecting.2 If the display shows Check Sirius Tuner, check the connection of the AC adapter and this receiver to the SiriusConnect™ tuner.

Note

1• In order to activate your radio subscription, you will need the SIRIUS ID (SID) which uniquely identifies your tuner. The SID may be found on a sticker located on the packaging, or on the bottom of the tuner itself. The label will have a printed 12-digit SID number. When you have located the SID, write it down in the space provided near the end of this manual. Connect SIRIUS on the internet at: https://activate.siriusradio.com

Follow the prompts to activate your subscription, or you can also call SIRIUS toll-free at 1-888-539-SIRIUS (1-888-539-7474).

Select 000 (SIRIUS ID) from the on-screen display to check the Radio ID of the SIRIUS Connect tuner (see Selecting channels and browsing by genre on page 58).

2You can check the strength of reception in Using the SIRIUS Menu on page 58.

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Listening to SIRIUS Radio

After connecting, you will be able to use this receiver to select channels and navigate categories using the on-

screen display.1 The information displayed is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current preset class

SIRIUS

A

 

 

 

 

 

Signal strength

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decades

 

 

A0

 

 

 

Preset number

 

 

The '50s

005

 

 

 

Channel number

 

 

 

 

Chuck Berry

 

 

 

Artist name

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johnny B. Good

 

 

 

Song name

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck Berry

 

 

 

Composer name

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Channel name

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

4Press ENTER.

After pressing ENTER, the preset class and number stop blinking and the receiver stores the SIRIUS channel.2

Tip

You can also press MEM (Memory) during reception display to save the information of up to five songs. See Using the SIRIUS Menu below to recall this information.2

Selecting channels and browsing by genre

From the SIRIUS Channel Guide, you can browse SIRIUS Radio channels in the order that they appear, or you can narrow your channel search by genre.

Listening to channel presets

You will need to have some presets stored to do this.

1 Press CLASS to select the class in which the channel is stored.

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

SIRIUS

A

 

 

SIRIUS Channel List

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UP

 

 

 

 

Decades

A0

000

Sirius ID

 

 

 

 

 

 

001

Top 40 Hits

 

 

 

The '50s

005

 

 

002

Lite Pop

 

 

 

 

 

 

[

003

Love Songs

 

]

 

Chuck Berry

004

Easy Listening

 

 

 

 

 

 

005

The '50s

 

 

 

 

Johnny B. Good

006

The '60s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOWN

 

 

 

 

Chuck Berry

 

ENTER

: Exit

• Press / to enter the SIRIUS Channel Guide, then navigate through the channels one at time with /, then press ENTER to listen to the SIRIUS radio broadcast.

To browse by genre, first press CATEGORY, use / to select a genre, then press ENTER.

To cancel and exit any time, press RETURN.

Tip

You can select channels directly by pressing D.ACCESS, then the three-digit channel number.

You can press DISPLAY to change SIRIUS Radio information in the front panel display.

The currently selected channel is automatically chosen (without pressing ENTER) after 5 seconds.

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 SIRIUS Menu

The SIRIUS Menu provides additional SIRIUS Radio features.2

1Press TOP MENU.

2Use / to select a menu item, then press ENTER.

Choose from the following menu items:

Channel Skip/Add – Use / and ENTER to select channels you would like to remove/restore from/to the channel guide.

Parental Lock – Use / and ENTER to select channels you would like to place under parental lock. Channels put under parental lock are not displayed in the Channel Guide, but may be accessed by directly inputting their channel number and providing the parental lock password.

Antenna Aiming – Check the strength of satellite and terrestrial reception.

Saving channel presets

This receiver can memorize up to 30 channels, stored in three banks, or classes, (A, B and C) of 10 channels each.

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.

Memory Recall – Use / to browse your saved song information (see Tip above).

Password Set – Set the parental lock password.

3 When you’re finished, press TOP MENU to return to the reception display.

Note

1It’s easiest if you have your TV switched on to take advantage of the OSDs. You can, however, use just the front panel display to do everything if you prefer.

2You can reset the Channel presets, Memory, Channel Skip/Add, Parental Lock and Password settings in Resetting the system on page 77.

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Connecting the multichannel analog inputs

For DVD Audio and SACD playback, your DVD player may have 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1 channel analog outputs (depending on whether your player supports surround back

channels).1 Make sure that the player is set to output multichannel analog audio.

08

2 Press MULTI CH IN on the front panel to turn the multi-channel input on.

Depending on the DVD player you’re using, the analog output level of the subwoofer channel may be too low. In this case, the output level of the subwoofer can be increased by 10 dB in the Multi Ch In Setup in Other Setup. For details, see Multi Channel Input Setup on page 71.

1Connect the front, surround, center and subwoofer outputs on your DVD player to the corresponding MULTI CH IN jack on this receiver.

Use standard RCA/phono jack cables for the connections.

2If your DVD player also has outputs for surround back channels, connect these to the corresponding MULTI CH IN jacks on this receiver.

Use standard RCA/phono jack cables for the connections.

If there is a single surround back output, connect it to the SURROUND BACK L (Single) jack on this receiver.

To use a 5.1-channel speaker set, use the surround speakers for the surround channel, not the surround back channel.

Selecting the multichannel analog inputs

If you have connected a decoder or a DVD player as above, you must select the analog multichannel inputs

for surround sound playback.2

 

 

 

 

SIRIUS

iPod USB

MULTI CH IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GITAL IN

iPod DIRECT

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

USB

SETUP MIC

 

ADVANCED

DIGITAL PRECISION

DIGITAL VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

MCACC

PROCESSING

SCALER

 

 

 

 

 

 

TV SAT

DVR 1/DVR 2

VIDEO HDMI 1/HDMI 2 CD/CD-R

FM/AM

XM/SIRIUS

iPod USB

MULTI CH IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MASTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUME

ME

STANDARD

ADVANCED

STEREO/

 

 

 

 

 

 

HX

SURROUND

SURROUND

A.L.C.

VIDEO INPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iPod DIRECT

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

L AUDIO R

DIGITAL IN

USB

SETUP MIC

 

 

OFF

SPEAKERS

ST

ST +

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Speaker B setup

Caution

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

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

You can use speakers with a nominal impedance between 6 Ω to 16 Ω (please see Switching the

speaker impedance on page 76 if you plan to use speakers with an impedance of less than 8 Ω).

After selecting Speaker B in Surround back speaker setting on page 41, you can use the speakers connected to the (surround back) B speaker terminals on the rear panel to listen to stereo playback in another room. See

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

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

Connect them the same way you connected your speakers in Installing your speaker system on page 21. Make sure to review Placing the speakers on page 22 when placing the speakers in another room.

2Select ‘Speaker B’ from the Surround Back System menu.

See Surround back speaker setting on page 41 to do this.

Switching the speaker system

If you selected Speaker B in Surround back speaker setting on page 41, three speaker system settings are possible using the SPEAKERS button. If you selected Normal or Front Bi-Amp, the button will simply switch your main speaker system on or off. The options below

are for the Speaker B setting only.3

Note

1To listen to multichannel analog audio you’ll need to select MULTI CH IN (see Selecting the multichannel analog inputs below for more on this).

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

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

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

Depending on the settings in Surround back speaker setting on page 41 output from the surround back pre-out terminals may change.

All speaker systems (except Speaker B connections) are switched off when headphones are connected.

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

As mentioned above, if you have selected Normal, the button will simply switch your main speaker system (A) on or off.

 

AUTO SURR/

HOME

STANDARD

ADVANCED

STEREO/

 

 

 

 

 

STREAM DIRECT

THX

SURROUND

SURROUND

A.L.C.

VIDEO INPUT

 

iPod DIRECT

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

L AUDIO R

DIGITAL IN

USB

SETUP MIC

PHONES

MULTI-ZONE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ST –

ST +

 

 

 

 

 

CONTROL

ON/OFF

SPEAKERS

 

 

 

 

Press repeatedly to choose a speaker system option:

SP A – Sound is output from speaker system A and the same signal is output from the pre-out terminals.

SP B – Sound is output from the two speakers connected to speaker system B. Multichannel sources will not be heard. The same signal is output from the surround back channel pre-out terminals.

SP AB – Sound is output from speaker system A (up to 5 channels, depending on the source), the two speakers in speaker system B, and the subwoofer. The sound from speaker system B will be the same as the sound from speaker system A (multichannel sources will be downmixed to 2 channels).

SP (off) – No sound is output from the speakers. The same sound is output from the pre-out terminals (including from your subwoofer, if connected) as when selecting speaker system A (above).

Bi-amping your front speakers

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

1 Connect your speakers as shown below.

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

 

SPEAKERS

FRONT

CENTER

SURROUND

L

R

SURROUND BACK / B

Front left

A

R

 

L

R

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Single)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

speaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELECTABLE SEE INSTRUCTION MANUAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELECTABLE VOIR LE MODE D'EMPLOI

High

Low

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

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Make sure that the + / connections are properly inserted.

2 Select the ‘Front Bi-Amp’ setting from the Surround Back System menu.

See Surround back speaker setting on page 41 to specify how you’re using the surround back speaker terminals.

Caution

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

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

Bi-wiring your speakers

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

Normal or Speaker B in Surround back speaker setting on page 41.

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

Using a banana plug for the second connection is recommended.

Caution

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

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

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Connecting additional amplifiers

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANALOG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

L

R

 

 

MONITOR

 

ANTENNA

 

 

Front channel

IN 3

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

 

 

 

amplifier

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANALOG

 

 

PB FM UNBAL 75

AM LOOP

 

INPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

PR

ASSIGNABLE

 

 

 

Center channel

 

 

 

 

amplifier (mono)

 

 

 

1 - 3

 

 

 

IN

FRONT

CENTER

(Single) PRE OUT

 

ANALOG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

L

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surround channel

-R

 

SUBWOOFER SURROUND SURROUND BACK

 

 

amplifier

 

 

 

 

SURROUND

 

SURROUND BACK / B

 

ANALOG

 

 

 

L

R

L

 

INPUT

 

 

 

 

 

(Single)

L

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surround back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

channel amplifier

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANALOG

Powered

 

 

 

 

 

 

INPUT

 

 

 

SELECTABLE

SEE INSTRUCTION MANUAL

 

 

subwoofer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELECTABLE

VOIR LE MODE D'EMPLOI

 

 

 

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

The sound from the surround back terminals will depend on how you have configured the Surround back speaker setting on page 41.

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

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

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MULTI-ZONE listening

This receiver can power up to two independent systems in separate rooms after you have made the proper MULTIZONE connections. An example MULTI-ZONE setup is shown below.

Sub zone

Main zone

 

 

 

MONITOR

OUT

COMPONENT VIDEO

M

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN 1

IN 2

IN 3

R1

DVR2

 

SIRIUS

ZONE 2

 

 

 

IN

OUT

IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

 

 

 

CD

CD-R

SPEAKERS

FRONT

CENTER

SURROU

A

R

 

L

R

SURROUND BACK

 

 

 

 

AUDIO IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Different sources can be playing in two zones at the same time or, depending on your needs, the same source can also be used. The main and sub zones have independent power (the main zone power can be off while the sub zone is on) and the sub zone can be controlled by the remote or front panel controls. However, you may need to specify the volume settings in ZONE Audio Setup on page 71.

Making MULTI-ZONE connections

It is possible to make these connections if you have a

separate TV and speakers for your sub zone (ZONE 2).1 You will also need a separate amplifier if you are not using the Surround Back System setup (page 62) for your sub zone.

Note

1 You can’t use sound controls (such as the bass/treble controls or Midnight listening) or any surround modes with a separate amplifier in the sub zone. You can, however, use the features available with your sub zone amplifier.

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MULTI-ZONE listening options

The following table shows what you can listen to in the sub zone:

Sub Zone

Input sources available

ZONE2

iPod, XM or SIRIUS Radio, the built-in tuner

and other analog audio sources.a With video sources, only composite video is possible.

a.• With the MULTI CH IN input, sound is output only from the front L/R channels.

• The USB audio cannot be output to ZONE 2.

Basic MULTI-ZONE setup (ZONE 2)

• Connect a separate amplifier to the ZONE 2 AUDIO OUT jacks and a TV monitor to the ZONE 2 VIDEO OUT jacks, both on the rear of this receiver.

You should have a pair of speakers attached to the sub zone amplifier as shown in the following illustration.

Sub zone

Main zone

 

 

 

MONITOR

OUT

COMPONENT VIDEO

M

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN 1

IN 2

IN 3

R1

DVR2

 

SIRIUS

ZONE 2

 

 

 

IN

OUT

IN

IN

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

 

 

 

CD

CD-R

SPEAKERS

FRONT

CENTER

SURROU

A

R

 

L

R

SURROUND BACK

 

 

 

 

AUDIO IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSX-9130TXH

Surround Back System MULTI-ZONE setup (ZONE 2)

You must select ZONE 2 in Surround back speaker setting on page 41 to use this setup. Note that the sound in the sub zone will be temporarily interrupted when controlling the main zone (for example, changing the input source or starting playback).

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• Connect a TV monitor to the ZONE 2 VIDEO OUT jacks on the rear of this receiver.

You should have a pair of speakers attached to the surround back speaker terminals as shown below.

Sub zone

Main zone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSX-9130TXH

R

 

COMPONENT VIDEO

 

MONITOR

ANTENNA

 

OUT

IN 1

IN 2

IN 3

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB

FM UNBAL 75

AM LOOP

S

ZONE2

 

 

 

 

PR

ASSIGNABLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 - 3

 

 

OUT

IN

OUT

IN

FRONT

CENTER

(Single) PRE OUT

 

 

CD

CD-R

 

SUBWOOFER SURROUND SURROUND BACK

 

L

CENTER

R

SURROUND

L

SURROUNDBACK// B

 

 

 

 

R

L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Single)( i l )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELECTABLE SEEINSTRUCTIONI I MANUAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELECTABLE VOIRIRLEMODED'EMPLOI' I

Using the MULTI-ZONE controls

The following steps use the front panel controls to adjust the sub zone volume and select sources. See MULTIZONE remote controls on page 63.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER VSX-9130TXH

 

STANDBY/ON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHASE

 

ADVANCED

 

 

DIGITAL PRECISION

 

DIGITAL VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

CONTROL

 

MCACC

 

 

PROCESSING

 

SCALER

 

HDMI

 

 

 

DVD

BD

TV

SAT

DVR 1/DVR 2

VIDEO

HDMI 1/HDMI 2

CD/CD-R

FM/AM

XM/SIRIUS

iPod USB

MULTI CH IN

INPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MASTER

SELECTOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUME

 

 

 

AUTO SURR/

HOME

STANDARD

 

ADVANCED

STEREO/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STREAM DIRECT

THX

SURROUND

 

SURROUND

A.L.C.

 

 

VIDEO INPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iPod DIRECT

MCACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

L AUDIO R

DIGITAL IN

USB

SETUP MIC

 

 

PHONES

MULTI-ZONE

 

 

ST –

ST +

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTROL

ON/OFF

SPEAKERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTO SURR/

HOME

STANDARD

ADVANCED

 

STEREO/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STREAM DIRECT

THX

SURROUND

SURROUND

 

A.L.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHONES

MULTI-ZONE

 

ST

 

ST +

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTROL

ON/OFF

SPEAKERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Press the MULTI-ZONE ON/OFF button on the front panel.

Each press selects a MULTI-ZONE option:

ZONE 2 ON – Switches the MULTI-ZONE feature on

ZONE 2 OFF – Switches the MULTI-ZONE feature off

The MULTI-ZONE indicator lights when the MULTI-ZONE control has been switched ON.

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2Press CONTROL.

When the receiver is on,1 make sure that any operations for the sub zone are done while ZONE 2 shows in the display. If this is not showing, the front panel controls affect the main zone only.

3Use the INPUT SELECTOR dial to select the source for the zone you have selected.

For example, ZONE 2 CD-R sends the source connected to the CD-R inputs to the sub room (ZONE 2).

If you select FM/AM, you can use the tuner controls to select a preset station (see Saving station presets

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Connecting an IR receiver

If you keep your stereo components in a closed cabinet or shelving unit, or you wish to use the sub zone remote control in another zone, you can use an optional IR receiver (such as a Niles or Xantech unit) to control your system instead of the remote sensor on the front panel of

this receiver.5

1 Connect the IR receiver sensor to the IR ZONE2 IN jack on the rear of this receiver.

on page 36 if you’re unsure how to do this).2

You can’t use the iPod USB, XM and SIRIUS Radio functions simultaneously with using the MULTIZONE feature.

4 Use the MASTER VOLUME dial to adjust the volume.

This is only possible if you selected the VARIABLE volume control in ZONE Audio Setup on page 71.3

5 When you’re finished, press CONTROL again to return to the main zone controls.

You can also press the MULTI-ZONE ON/OFF button on the front panel to switch off all output to the sub zone.4

MULTI-ZONE remote controls

Set the MULTI-ZONE operation switch to ZONE 2 to operate the corresponding zone.

The following table shows the possible MULTI-ZONE remote controls:

Button

What it does

 

 

Switches on/off power in the sub zone.

INPUT

Use to select the input source in the sub zone.

SELECT

 

 

 

Input

Use to select the input source directly (this may

source

not work for some functions) in the sub zone.

buttons

 

 

 

MASTER

Use to set the listening volume in the sub zone.

VOLUME

 

+/–

 

 

 

Closet or shelving unit

Non-Pioneer

IR component

IN

 

 

Pioneer

 

 

CONTROL

component

 

IN

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

HDMI

 

 

 

S-

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO IN IN

OUT IN

OU

 

COAXIAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE 1 - 2

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

IN 1

 

 

)

 

DVD

 

(DVD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

RS-232C

 

 

 

 

IN 2

 

 

 

 

AUDIO

 

(CD)

 

 

 

CON-

IN

BD IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XM IN

CON-

IN

AL

TROL

L

 

OPTICAL

TROL

 

 

 

IN 1

OUT

1

OUT

IN 1

(TV SAT)

 

 

 

 

T)

 

 

IN 2

IR

 

 

 

 

(DVR1)

 

 

R

 

 

ZONE2

IN

2

IN 2

IN 3

 

 

 

 

IR

ASSIGN-

(DVR2)

 

 

1)

ABLE

 

OUT

 

ZONE2

1 - 2

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

3

IN

 

ASSIGNABLE

12 V TRIGGER

 

 

1 - 3

 

 

 

(OUTPUT

2

2)

 

 

 

12 V

TOTAL

 

OUT

 

 

50 mA MAX)

 

 

DIGITAL

 

 

UT

FRONT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

SIGNABLE

L

 

 

 

 

 

IR receiver

 

 

 

 

 

2 Connect the IR ZONE2 IN jack of another component to the IR ZONE2 OUT jack on the rear of this receiver to link it to the IR receiver.

Please see the manual supplied with your IR receiver for the type of cable necessary for the connection.

If you want to link a Pioneer component to the IR receiver, see Operating other Pioneer components with this receiver’s sensor on page 81 to connect to the CONTROL jacks instead of the IR ZONE2 OUT jack.

Note

1If the receiver is in standby, the display is dimmed, and ZONE 2 continues to show in the display.

2The tuner cannot be tuned to more than one station at a time. Therefore, changing the station in one zone also changes the station in the other zone. Please be careful not to change stations when recording a radio broadcast.

3The volume levels of the main and sub zones are independent.

4• You won’t be able to switch the main zone off completely unless you’ve switched off the MULTI-ZONE control first.

If you don’t plan to use the MULTI-ZONE feature for a while, turn off the power in both the sub and main rooms so that this receiver is in standby.

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

Note that other manufacturers may not use the IR terminology. Refer to the manual that came with your component to check for IR compatibility.

If using two remote controls (at the same time), the IR receiver’s remote sensor takes priority over the remote sensor on the front panel.

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Switching components on and off using the 12 volt trigger

You can connect components in your system (such as a screen or projector) to this receiver so that they switch on or off using 12 volt triggers when you select an input function. However, you must specify which input functions switch on the trigger using the The Input Setup menu on page 69. Note that this will only work with components that have a standby mode.

12 V

TRIGGER

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IN 2

 

 

R

 

 

 

IR

 

 

 

 

 

(DVR1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZONE2

IN

 

 

 

IN 2

IN 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MULTI CH IN

 

(DVR2)

 

 

 

ASSIGN-

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

ABLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRONT

CENTER

SURROUND SURROUND

1 - 2

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

L

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

12 VTRIGGER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 - 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(OUTPUT

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 V

TOTAL

R

 

 

 

 

50 mA MAX)

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL

 

 

 

SUBWOOFER

 

• Connect the 12 V TRIGGER jack of this receiver to the 12 V trigger of another component.

Use a cable with a mono mini-plug on each end for the connection.

The trigger maximum power is DC OUT 12 V/50 mA (50 mA total for terminals 1 and 2).

After you’ve specified the input functions that will switch on the trigger, you’ll be able to switch the component on or off just by pressing the input function(s) you’ve set on

The Input Setup menu on page 69.

Using this receiver with a Pioneer flat panel TV

If you have a Pioneer flat panel TV, you can use an SR+

cable1 to connect it to this receiver and take advantage of various convenient features, such as automatic video input switching of the flat panel TV when the input is

changed.2

 

 

Pioneer flat panel TV

CONTROL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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