Pioneer VSX-D512 User Manual

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AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER

SINTOAMPLIFICATORE AUDIO/VIDEO MULTICANALE

VSX-D512

Operating Instructions

Istruzioni per l’uso

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Thank you for buying this Pioneer product.

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

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.

Operating Environment

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Operating environment temperature and humidity: +5°C – +35°C (+41°F – +95°F); less than 85%RH (cooling vents not blocked)

Do not install in the following locations

Location exposed to direct sunlight or strong artificial light

Location exposed to high humidity, or poorly ventilated location

Installing the Receiver

VENTILATION: 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: Slot and openings in the cabinet are provided for ventilation and to ensure reliable operation of the product and to protect it from overheating, to prevent fire hazard, the openings should never be blocked and covered with items, such as newspapers, tablecloths, curtains, etc. Also do not put the apparatus on the thick carpet, bed,

sofa, or fabric having a thick pile.

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

"DTS", and "DTS Digital Surround" are registered trademarks of Digital Theater Systems, Inc.

Contents

 

1 Before you start

 

Checking what’s in the box ...............................

6

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

6

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

6

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

6

2 5 minute guide

 

Introduction to home theater ............................

7

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

8

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

11

3 Connecting up

 

Audio/Video cords ...........................................

12

Digital audio cords/Optical cables .................

12

Connecting digital components ....................

13

Connecting audio components ......................

13

Connecting DVD 5.1 channel components ...

14

Connecting video components .......................

14

Connecting antennas .....................................

15

FM wire antenna ..............................................

15

AM loop antenna ..............................................

16

Antenna snap connectors ........................

16

Using external antennas .................................

16

To improve FM reception ............................

16

To improve AM reception ...........................

16

Connecting the speakers ................................

17

Speaker terminals .....................................

17

Hints on speaker placement ...........................

18

4 Controls and displays

 

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

20

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

22

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

24

5 Playing sources

 

Introduction to Sound Modes ........................

26

Stereo/Direct ...............................................

26

Standard modes .........................................

26

Advanced Surround modes .......................

26

Choosing the input signal ..............................

27

Using Stereo/Direct .........................................

27

Listening to multi-channel playback ..............

28

Using Advanced Surround .............................

28

Using Loudness and Midnight listening ........

28

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

29

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

29

Selecting the multi-channel analog inputs ...

30

6 Setting up the receiver

 

Choosing your receiver setup ........................

31

Speaker setting ..........................................

32

Subwoofer setting .....................................

32

Crossover frequency setting ......................

32

LFE attenuator setting ................................

33

Front speaker distance setting ..................

33

Center speaker distance setting ..............

33

Surround speaker distance setting ..........

33

Dynamic range control setting ..................

34

Dual mono setting .....................................

34

Coaxial digital input setting .......................

34

Optical digital input setting .......................

35

Setting the relative volume level

 

of each channel ...............................................

35

7 Using the tuner

 

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

36

Improving FM stereo sound .......................

36

Using the RF attenuator ............................

36

Saving station presets .....................................

37

Naming station presets ..................................

38

Listening to station presets ............................

38

An introduction to RDS ..................................

39

Using the RDS display ..............................

40

Searching for RDS programs ...................

40

Basics of EON .................................................

41

Using EON .................................................

41

Clearing all stations

 

from the RDS or EON search .........................

42

8 Making recordings

 

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

43

Monitoring your recording ........................

43

9 Additional information

 

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

44

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

46

Cleaning the unit ..............................................

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01 Before you start

Checking what’s in the box

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

AM loop antenna

FM wire antenna

Dry cell batteries (AA size IEC R6) x 2

Remote control

These operating instructions

Making cable connections

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

Loading the batteries

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.

Operating range of remote control unit

The remote control may not work properly if:

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

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

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

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

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30

Dry cell batteries (AA size IEC R6) × 2

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

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5 minute guide

Introduction to home theater

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

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

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

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

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02 5 minute guide

Listening to Surround Sound

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

1 Hook up your DVD player.

For surround sound, you’ll want to hook up using a digital connection from the DVD player to the receiver. You can do this with either a coaxial, or an optical connection (you don’t need to do both). If you hook up using an optical cable, you should refer to Optical digital input setting on page 35 to assign the optical input to DVD.

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

2 Hook up your TV.

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

Optical cable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: If you hook up

Coaxial cable

 

 

 

 

 

using a optical cable,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

see Optical digital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

input setting on page

 

Video cord

 

 

 

 

35 to assign the

 

DIGITAL IN

COAX

OPT

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNABLE

 

 

 

optical input to DVD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DVD/LD) ¥

(CD) ø (T V / S A T ) ¥

This receiver*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL OUT

VIDEO OUT

DVD

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

/ LD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRONT

 

 

 

 

 

 

S

 

D V D

 

 

 

 

 

 

REC

5.1CH

 

 

 

 

 

 

INPUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

CD-R

IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

/ TAPE

 

 

VIDEO

 

 

 

 

/ MD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

 

 

 

 

IN

 

MONITOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT

 

DVD player

 

 

 

 

 

SUB

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOOFER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREOUT

 

VIDEO IN

TV

Video cord

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3 Connect your speakers.

A complete setup of six speakers (including the subwoofer) is shown here, but everyone’s home setup will vary. Simply connect the speakers you have in the manner shown below. The receiver will work with just two stereo speakers (the front speakers in the diagram) but using at least three speakers is recommended, and all six is best. If you’re not using a subwoofer, change the front speaker setting (see Speaker setting on page 32) to large.

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

Use speakers with a nominal impedance of 8 Ω to 16 Ω.

Front Speakers

Center Speaker

Surround Speakers

FL

 

FR

C

SL

SR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R L

R L

SW

INPUT

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

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02 5 minute guide

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

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

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

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

Use the MULTI JOG/INPUT SELECTOR dial to select and ENTER to confirm your selection. See Using the Quick Setup on the next page if you’re unsure about the settings.

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

There are several other sound options you can select. See pages 26 to 29 for more on this. See also Choosing your receiver setup on pages 31 to 35 for more setup options.

Depending on your DVD player or source discs, you may only get digital 2 channel stereo and analog sound. In this case, the listening mode must be set to Standard (it should already be set— see page 28 if you need to do this) if you want multi-channel surround sound.

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Using the Quick Setup

You can use the Quick Setup to get your system up and running with just a few button presses. The receiver automatically makes the necessary settings after you have selected your speaker setup and room size. If you want to make more specific settings, refer to Choosing your receiver setup on pages 31 to 35. Use the front panel controls for the steps below.

 

 

 

 

 

INPUTINPUT

 

 

 

 

MULTIMULTI JOGJOG

SELECTORSELECTOR

 

 

 

 

ENTERENTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

MASTERMASTER VOLUMEVOLUME

T

LOUDNESS

TONE

QUICK

SETUP

 

T

LOUDNESS

TONE

QUICK

SETUP

 

 

 

 

 

DOWN

UPUP

 

 

 

 

DOWN

 

 

MULTI JOG

 

 

 

 

MULTI JOG

 

 

1 Press STANDBY/ON to turn the power on.

The STANDBY indicator goes out.

2 Press QUICK SETUP.

The display prompts you to select your speaker setup.

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

Cycle between the following choices:

5.1ch 5.0ch

3.0ch

4.1ch

3.1ch 4.0ch

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Check the table below to find the speaker setup that corresponds with your system.

 

Front

Center

Surround

Sub

 

Speakers

Speaker

Speakers

Woofer

 

 

 

 

 

3.0 ch

 

 

3.1 ch

 

4.0 ch

 

 

4.1 ch

 

5.0 ch

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.1 ch

4 Press ENTER.

The display prompts you to select your room size.

5 Use the MULTI JOG/INPUT SELECTOR dial to choose your room size.

Depending on the distance of your surround speakers, choose between Small, Medium, or Large (see table below).

 

S

M

L

 

 

 

 

Front

3.6 m

3.6 m

3.6 m

 

 

 

 

Center

3.0 m

3.0 m

3.0 m

Surround

1.8 m

2.1 m

2.7 m

6 Press ENTER to confirm your setup.

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

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03 Connecting up

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

Audio/Video cords

Use audio/video cords (not supplied) to connect the audio/video components and a video cord to connect the monitor TV.

Connect red plugs to R (right), white plugs to L (left), and the yellow plugs to VIDEO.

Be sure to insert completely.

R

L

 

VIDEO

Digital audio cords/Optical cables

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

Be sure to insert completely.

Digital audio coaxial cord

Optical cable

(or standard video cord)

 

 

 

 

 

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Connecting up

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Connecting digital components

For proper decoding of Dolby Digital/DTS soundtracks, you need to make digital audio connections. You can do this by either coaxial or optical connections (you don’t need to do both). The quality of these two types of connections is the same, but since some digital components only have one type of digital terminal, it is a matter of matching like with like (for example, the coaxial output from the component to the coaxial input on the receiver). This receiver has both a coaxial and an optical input for a total of three digital inputs. Connect your digital components as shown below.

When connecting your equipment, always make sure the power is turned off and the power cord is disconnected from the wall outlet.

DIGITAL

OUT (OPTICAL)

TV tuner (or Satellite tuner)

DIGITAL

OUT (COAXIAL)

CD player

DIGITAL

OUT (COAXIAL)

DVD player

The arrows indicate the direction of the audio signal.

Connecting audio components

To begin set up, connect your analog audio components (such as a cassette deck) to the jacks. For components you want to record with, you need to hook up four plugs (a set of stereo ins and a set of stereo outs), but for components that only play, you only need to hook up one set of stereo ins (two plugs). You should also hook up your digital components to analog audio jacks if you want to record to/from digital components (like an MD) to/from analog components. See above for more on digital connections.

When connecting your equipment, always make sure the power is turned off and the power cord is disconnected from the wall outlet.

ANALOG

 

OUT

 

CD player

The arrows

 

ANALOG

indicate the

IN (REC)

direction of the

ANALOG

audio signal.

 

OUT (PLAY)

 

CD-R/Tape/MD Deck

 

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Connecting DVD 5.1 channel components

If you prefer to use a seperate component for decoding DVDs, you can connect a decoder or a DVD player with multi-channel analog outputs to the multi-channel inputs of this receiver.

When connecting your equipment, always make sure the power is turned off and the power cord is disconnected from the wall outlet.

CENTER

OUTPUT

SUBWOOFER

OUTPUT

SURROUND

OUTPUT DVD/multi-channel decoder

VIDEO

with 5.1 channel analog

output jacks

OUTPUT

 

FRONT

 

OUTPUT

 

The 5.1 channel input can only be used when DVD 5.1 ch is selected (see page 30).

The arrows indicate the direction of the signal.

Connecting video components

Connect your video components to the jacks as shown below. Regarding digital video components (like a DVD player), you must use the connections pictured on this page for the video signal, but in order to hear a digital source (like a DVD) you should hook up the audio to a digital input (see page 13). It is also a good idea to hook up your digital components with analog audio connections (see page 13).

When connecting your equipment always make sure the power is turned off and the power cord is disconnected from the wall outlet.

AUDIO

 

INPUT

 

VIDEO

 

INPUT

 

VIDEO

The arrows

OUTPUT

 

 

indicate the

Video deck

AUDIO

direction of

 

 

 

 

the signal.

OUTPUT

 

 

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AUDIO

OUTPUT

VIDEO

OUTPUT

TV tuner (or Satellite tuner)

VIDEO

OUTPUT

AUDIO DVD player (or LD player) OUTPUT

VIDEO

INPUT

TV (monitor)

The arrows indicate the direction of the signal.

The arrows indicate the direction of the signal.

Connecting antennas

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

FM wire antenna

Connect the FM wire antenna and fully extend vertically along a window frame or other suitable area, etc.

AM LOOP

ANTENNA

FM WIRE

ANTENNA

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AM loop antenna

Assemble the antenna and connect to the receiver. Attach to a wall, etc. (if desired) and face in the direction that gives the best reception.

Using external antennas

To improve FM reception

Connect an external FM antenna.

One touch PAL connector

Antenna snap connectors

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

10mm

75 coaxial cable

To improve AM reception

Connect a 5–6 m length of vinyl-coated wire to the AM antenna terminal without disconnecting the supplied AM loop antenna.

For the best possible reception, suspend horizontally outdoors.

Outdoor antenna

Indoor antenna

(Vinyl-coated wire) AM

LOOP

5–6 m

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Connecting the speakers

A complete setup of six speakers (including the subwoofer) is shown here, but everyone’s home setup will vary. Simply connect the speakers you have in the manner shown below. The receiver will work with just two stereo speakers (the front speakers in the diagram) but using at least three speakers is recommended, and a complete setup is best for surround sound. If you’re not using a subwoofer, change the front speaker setting (see Speaker setting on page 32) to large.

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

Front Speakers

Center Speaker

Surround Speakers

FL

FR

C

SL

SR

Use speakers with a nominal impedance of 8 Ω to 16 Ω.

R L

R L

SW

INPUT

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

Powered subwoofer

Speaker terminals

1Twist around 10 mm of bare wire strands together.

2Unclip the speaker terminal and insert the wire.

10 mm

3 Snap shut the speaker terminal to secure.

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03 Connecting up

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 rear panel it may cause the power to cut off as a safety measure. Use good quality speaker wire to connect the speakers to the receiver.

Hints on speaker placement

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

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

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

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

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

• If possible, place the surround speakers slightly above ear level.

• Try not to place the surround speakers further away from the listening position than the front and center speakers. Doing so can

weaken the surround sound effect.

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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.

Overhead view of speaker set up

Front

Front

Left (FL)

Center (C) Right (FR)

 

Subwoofer

 

(SW)

Surround

Surround

Left (SL)

Right (SR)

Listening Position

3-D view of speaker set up

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POWER-CORD CAUTION

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

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04 Controls and displays

Front Panel

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

STANDBY

STANDBY/ON

 

 

ADVANCED

STEREO/

SIGNAL

MONITOR

MIDNIGHT LOUDNESS

TONE QUICK SETUP

STATION

TUNING

STANDARD SURROUND

DIRECT

SELECT

OFF -ON

 

 

 

LISTENING MODE

MULTI JOG

 

 

 

 

PTY

EON

 

TUNER EDIT

CLASS

BAND

MPX

SEARCH

MODE

 

MULTI JOG

 

 

 

MULTI JOG

 

 

PHONES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INPUT

MULTI JOG

SELECTOR

ENTER

MASTER VOLUME

DOWN

UP

8

9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

20 21

22

1 STANDBY/ON-power OFF _ ON buttons

STANDBY/ON switches the receiver between on and standby. The power button switches the receiver off.

2 STANDBY indicator

Lights when the receiver is in standby mode.

3STATION (+/–) buttons (pages 38) Selects station presets when using the tuner.

4TUNING (+/–) buttons (page 36) Selects the frequency when using the tuner.

5Remote sensor

Receives the signals from the remote control.

6ENTER

7MULTI JOG/INPUT SELECTOR dial The MULTI JOG/INPUT SELECTOR dial performs a number of tasks. Use it to select

options after pressing TONE, QUICK SETUP or

TUNER EDIT.

8PHONES jack

Use to connect headphones.

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

9 TUNER EDIT (pages 37–38)

Press to memorize and name a station for recall using the STATION (+/–) buttons.

10 CLASS (pages 37–38)

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

11 BAND (page 36)

Switches between AM and FM radio bands.

12 MPX (page 36)

Press the MPX button to receive a radio broadcast in mono.

13 PTY SEARCH (pages 40)

Use to search for different program types in RDS mode.

14 EON MODE (pages 41–42)

Use to search for different programs that are transmitting traffic or news information (this search method is called EON).

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Controls and displays

15LISTENING MODE buttons

STANDARD (pages 26, 28)

Press for Standard decoding and to switch between the various Pro Logic II options.

ADVANCED SURROUND (pages 26, 28) Use to switch between the various surround modes.

STEREO/DIRECT (pages 26, 27) Switches direct playback on or off. Direct playback bypasses the tone controls and channel levels for the most accurate reproduction of a source.

16SIGNAL SELECT (page 27, 30)

Use to select between an analog or digital signal.

17 MONITOR (page 43)

Press to switch tape monitoring on/off.

18 MIDNIGHT (page 28)

Use when listening to movie soundtracks at low volumes.

19 LOUDNESS (page 28)

Use to boost the bass and treble at low volumes.

20 TONE (page 29)

Press this button to access the bass and treble controls, which you can then adjust with the

MULTI JOG/INPUT SELECTOR dial.

21QUICK SETUP (page 11)

22MASTER VOLUME

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04 Controls and displays

Display

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

SIGNAL AUTO

DIGITAL DIGITAL ANALOG DTS

 

DIGITAL

Neo:6

PROLOGIC

ADV.SURR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATT DIRECT

MONITOR

RFATT EON

Re-EQ MIDNIGHT STEREO

TUNED RDS

 

LOUDNESS MONO

 

SP A B

dB

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1 SIGNAL SELECT indicators

Lights to indicate the type of input signal assigned for the current component:

AUTO : Lights when AUTO signal select is on.

DIGITAL : Lights when a digital audio signal is detected.

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

ANALOG : Lights when an analog signal is detected.

DTS : Lights when a source with DTS audio signal is detected.

2 DTS

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

3 2 DIGITAL

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

4 2 PRO LOGIC II

When the Standard mode of the receiver is on, this lights to indicate Prologic II decoding.

5 ATT

Lights when INPUT ATT is used to attenuate (reduce) the level of the input signal (can only be used with an analog signal).

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14

15

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6 DIRECT

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

7 MIDNIGHT

Lights during Midnight listening.

8 MONITOR

Lights when MONITOR is selected.

9 RF ATT

Lights when the RF ATT is on (page 36).

10 EON and

The indicator lights to inform you that the currently tuned station carries the EON data service. When the EON mode is set, the EON indicator lights, but during actual reception of an EON broadcast the EON indicator will flash.

RDS: Lights when an RDS broadcast is received.

11Character display

12ADV. SURR. (Advanced Surround)

Lights when one of the Advanced Surround listening modes of the receiver is selected.

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Controls and displays

13 LOUDNESS

Lights during Loudness listening.

14 TUNER indicators

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.

TUNED : Lights when a broadcast is being received.

15 Master volume level

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

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

16 Speaker indicator

Shows if the speaker system is on or not.

SP 3A means speakers are switched on. SP 3 means the headphones are connected.

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Remote Control

 

ADVANCED SURROUND (pages 26, 28)

 

 

 

Use to switch between the various

 

 

 

surround modes.

 

 

 

STEREO (pages 26, 27)

 

 

 

Switches direct playback on or off. Direct

 

 

 

playback bypasses the tone controls and

 

 

 

channel levels for the most accurate

 

INPUT SELECTOR

reproduction of a source.

RECEIVER DVD/LD TV/SAT

CD

 

1

CD-R/

VCR/

8

MIDNIGHT/

4 INPUT ATT

LOUDNESS TUNER TAPE/MD DVR

2

 

ADVANCED

 

MASTER

Use to attenuate (lower) the level of an analog

3

STANDARD SURROUND STEREO

VOLUME

input signal to prevent distortion.

INPUT

FL

 

9

4

MUTE

 

 

ATT

DIMMER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

FL DIMMER

5

TUNING

STATION

Use this button to make the fluorescent display

 

 

 

 

10

 

BAND

CLASS

MPX

DISPLAY

(FL) dimmer or brighter.

6

7

MENU

 

TOP MENU

TUNER

SETUP

RF ATT

EDIT

 

ENTER

 

 

RECEI-

DVD

 

 

VER

DVD

CH SELECT

 

11

12

13

6 MENU (DVD control)

Use to access different menus associated with your DVD player.

TUNER EDIT (Receiver control) (pages 37–

AUDIO TEST LEVEL EFFECT

TONE

1438)

Use for memorizing and naming stations.

SUBTITLE

1 3

¡

15

 

 

78 4 ¢

DVD CONTROL

AV RECEIVER

1 RECEIVER

Switches the receiver between on and standby.

2MIDNIGHT/LOUDNESS (page 28) Use to switch to Midnight or Loudness listening.

3LISTENING MODE buttons

STANDARD (pages 26, 28)

Press for Standard decoding and to switch between the various Pro Logic II options.

7 DVD

Use to switch over to the DVD controls on the remote control.

The DVD controls on the remote control (TOP MENU, MENU, } ] ’‘and ENTER/SETUP buttons) can only be used for DVD control after pressing DVD on the remote. See page 25 for more on the seperate DVD CONTROL buttons.

8 INPUT SELECTOR buttons

Use to select the input source.

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9 MASTER VOLUME

Use MASTER VOLUME +/– to set the overall listening volume. Use MUTE to mute the sound or restore the sound if it has been muted.

10 Tuner controls

The TUNING +/– buttons can be used to find radio frequencies (pages 36). The STATION +/– buttons can be used to select preset radio stations (page 38).

BAND (page 36)

Use to switch between the AM and FM bands when the tuner is selected.

CLASS (pages 37–38)

Use to switch between the three banks (classes) of station presets.

MPX (page 36)

Use to switch between auto stereo and mono reception of FM broadcasts. If the signal is weak then switching to mono will improve the sound quality.

DISPLAY (page 38, 40)

Use to switch the display between tuner displays (including RDS information).

11 TOP MENU (DVD control)

Displays the disc ‘top’ menu of a DVD.

RF ATT (Receiver control) (page 36) Use to lower the input level of a radio signal

that is too powerful or contain interference thus causing the receiver to distort.

12} ] ’ ‘ and ENTER/SETUP buttons

Use these arrow buttons when setting up your surround sound system. These buttons are also used to control DVD menus/options and when selecting preset radio stations.

13RECEIVER

Use to switch to the receiver controls on the remote control. Also used when setting up the surround sound for the receiver.

14 CH SELECT (page 35)

Use to select a channel when setting up the surround sound of the receiver.

TEST TONE (page 35)

Use to sound the test tones when setting up the surround sound of the receiver.

LEVEL +/– (page 35)

Use to set up the levels of the surround sound of the receiver.

EFFECT +/– (page 28)

Use to add or subtract the amount of effect in the Movie, Music and Expanded Advanced Surround modes.

15 DVD CONTROL buttons

You can use these buttons to control a Pioneer DVD player connected to your system.

Button

What it does

DVD

Turns DVD power on/off.

 

 

AUDIO

Changes the audio language or

 

channel.

 

 

SUBTITLE

Displays/changes the subtitles

 

included in multilingual DVD-

 

Video discs.

1Press to start fast reverse scanning.

3Starts playback.

¡Press to start fast forward scanning.

7Stops playback.

8Pauses a disc that’s playing, or restarts a paused disc.

4Skips to the start of the current track or chapter, then to previous tracks/chapters.

¢Skips to the next track or chapter.

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Introduction to Sound Modes

There are three basic sound options: Stereo/ Direct, Standard or Advanced Surround.

Stereo/Direct

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

In STEREO, the audio plays according to the surround setup settings and you can still use Midnight mode, Loudness mode and Tone Control functions.

When you select DIRECT, the audio bypasses the tone controls and channel levels for the most accurate reproduction of a source.

Standard modes

The Standard mode can be used to decode Dolby Digital, DTS or Dolby Surround sources. The surround mode options (below) can also add surround sound to regular stereo sources.

You can identify Dolby Digital software by the

1ormarks. Most Dolby Surround software is marked 3, but unmarked software may also incorporate Dolby Surround.

Choose one of the following to add depth to a 2 channel source:

Pro Logic

This mode gives 4.1 channel surround sound. It is less sensitive to the quality of the source material, so may be useful when Pro Logic II Movie/ Music modes do not give good results.

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Pro Logic II Movie

This mode gives 5.1 channel surround sound. It is suitable for movies, especially those recorded in Dolby Surround. The channel separation and movement of surround effects is comparable to Dolby Digital 5.1.

Pro Logic II Music

This mode gives 5.1 channel surround sound and is suitable for music. Compared to Pro Logic II Movie, the surround effect is more enveloping.

Advanced Surround modes

These are designed to be used with multi channel surround sound audio/visual sources (like DVDs and LDs). 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.

Movie

Simulates the relaxed environment of a movie theater, and is suitable for watching movies on

sources marked 1(

) or

.

Music

Simulates the acoustic environment of a large concert hall and is suitable for music or

musical sources marked 1(

) or

.

Virtual Surround Back (VIRTL SB)

The Virtual Surround Back effect simulates 6.1 surround channel listening, giving the impression that there is a surround back speaker in your system when listening to a 5.1 channel source.

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Expanded

This mode is especially designed to give sound depth to stereo sources. The overall effect builds a dynamic and broad sound space, allowing two-channel (stereo) signals to imitate a five speaker sound. Use with Dolby Pro Logic for a stereo surround effect. You can also use with Dolby Digital sources for a wider stereo field than the Standard modes.

5-Channel Stereo

This can be selected to give multi-channel sound to a stereo source, using all the speakers in your setup.

Choosing the input signal

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

DVD 5.1 ch is only available when DVD/ LD is selected as the source.

This receiver can only play back Dolby Digital, PCM (32kHz, 44kHz, 48kHz, and 96 kHz) and DTS digital signal formats. With other digital signal formats, set to ANALOG.

You may get digital noise when a LD or CD player compatible with DTS is playing an analog signal. To prevent noise, make the proper digital connections (page 13) 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.

You can only select DIGITAL if the source you selected is assigned to a digital input. See page 34–35 for more on the digital input settings.

 

INPUT

MULTI JOG

SELECTOR

ENTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MASTER VOLUME

STEREO/

SIGNAL

MONITOR

MIDNIGHT

LOUDNESS

TONE

QUICK

SETUP

 

DIRECT

SELECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOWN

UP

 

 

 

 

 

MULTI JOG

 

 

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

Each press switches between AUTO, DVD 5.1 ch, ANALOG and DIGITAL. The default is

AUTO.

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

Using Stereo/Direct

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

• Press STEREO (STEREO/DIRECT on the front panel) repeatedly to switch between the two options.

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

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Listening to multi-channel playback

INPUT SELECTOR

RECEIVER DVD/LD TV/SAT CD

CD-R/ VCR/

TUNER TAPE/MD DVR

STANDARD

1Switch on the playback component.

2Switch on the receiver.

3Select the source you want to playback.

Use the INPUT SELECTOR buttons on the remote (or the MULTI JOG/INPUT SELECTOR

dial on the front panel).

4 Press STANDARD.

For multi-channel sources, Dolby/DTS decoding is selected automatically according to the source and shows in the display.

For a two channel source, you can press STANDARD repeatedly to select the Pro Logic II mode you want:

Pro Logic

Pro Logic II

Music

Pro Logic II Movie

Refer to page 26 for more details about each mode.

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

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Using Advanced Surround

Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Digital and DTS signal processing is done automatically corresponding to the input signal.

• Press ADVANCED SURROUND repeatedly to cycle the sound options.

Each press changes the display as follows:

Movie Music

Virtual SB

5-Stereo Expanded

Refer to page 26 for more details about each surround effect.

• The Movie, Music, and Expanded effects of Dolby/DTS can be adjusted in the range of 10 to 90 (the default setting is 70) by pressing EFFECT +/– . The effect level can be set for each of these Advanced Surround mode. The Standard and Stereo modes cannot be changed.

Using Loudness and Midnight listening

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

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

• Press MIDNIGHT/LOUDNESS.

Each press cycles through the effects as follows:

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Midnight

Off

Loudness

You can also press MIDNIGHT or LOUDNESS on the front panel. Each press switches the effect on or off.

Using the tone controls

Depending on what you are listening to, you may want to adjust the bass or treble using the front panel tone control.

• When the receiver is switched to Direct, using the tone controls automatically switches the receiver to Stereo mode.

Playing other sources

INPUT SELECTOR

RECEIVER DVD/LD TV/SAT CD

CD-R/ VCR/

TUNER TAPE/MD DVR

 

 

 

INPUT

 

 

MULTI JOG

SELECTOR

 

 

ENTER

 

 

 

 

MASTER VOLUME

R

MIDNIGHT LOUDNESS

TONE QUICK SETUP

 

 

 

DOWN

UP

 

 

MULTI JOG

 

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

Each press switches between BASS and

TREBLE.

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

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

• The tone controls can only be used with the Stereo sound mode.

1Turn on the power of the playback component.

2Turn on the power of the receiver.

3Select the source you want to playback.

Use the INPUT SELECTOR buttons on the remote (or the MULTI JOG/INPUT SELECTOR

dial on the front panel).

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

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