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Table of Contents Introductory Information ... 5 Checking the Supplied Accessories ... 5 Using this Manual ... 5 Preparing the Remote Control ... 6 Connecting Your System ... 7 Connecting Antennas ... 7 Connecting Audio Components ... 8 Connecting DVD 5.1 Channel Components ... 9 Connecting Video Components ...
Features Five channels of independent amplification Five independent power amplifiers, each rated at 80W, ensure accurate, dynamic reproduction of all multi-channel material. Dolby* Pro Logic Enjoy stunning multi-channel, surround sound effects from movies and other material recorded in Dolby Surround/Pro Logic. Enhance your listening experience further with built-in signal processing that recreates the movie theater ambience in your living room.
Please check that you've received the following supplied accessories: AM loop antenna FM wire antenna Using this Manual This manual is for the VSX-409RDS audio/video multi-channel receiver. It is divided into two main sections: Set up This section covers installing your receiver and connecting up all the other components in your home theater system to it.
TUNER, etc.) and use the SOURCE SELECT buttons to change which component the remote control itself will operate. Thus, if the VSX-409RDS is in TUNER mode, for example, and you want to listen to your CD player, you need to select the CD mode with the FUNCTION button.
Connecting Your System Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power switch and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. Connecting Antennas Connect the AM loop antenna and the FM wire antenna as shown below. To improve reception and sound quality, connect external antennas (see Using external antennas, below).
Connecting Your System Connecting Audio Components Connect your audio components as shown below. When connecting equipment, always make sure the power switched off and the power cord is disconnected from the wall outlet. AM LOOP ANTENNA CONTROL VCR/ FM ANTENNA MONITOR WOOFER UNBAL...
Connecting DVD 5.1 Channel Components DVD and LD discs are often compatible with both 2 channel and 5.1 channel audio output formats. Refer to page 21 for more information on how to switch between the two input methods. Connections can be made from a DVD player, multi channel decoder equipped with 5.1 analogue outputs to the 5.1 analogue inputs on this unit.
Connecting Your System Connecting Video Components Connect your video components as shown below. When connecting equipment, make sure the power is switched off and the power cord disconnected from the wall outlet. VCR, DVR, etc. AM LOOP ANTENNA CONTROL VCR/ FM ANTENNA MONITOR UNBAL...
Connecting Speakers Connect your speakers as shown below. Be sure to connect each speaker to the appropriate speaker terminals, and also to connect the positive and negative terminals correctly (positive to positive, negative to negative). When connecting equipment, always make sure the power switched off and the power cord is disconnected from the wall outlet.
Connecting Your System 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.
Setting Up for Surround Sound The VSX-409RDS offers several options for surround sound listening, depending on the speakers in your set up. Having installed the speakers in your room it's important to set up the relative volume levels and speaker distances in order to make the most of the receiver's surround sound capabilities.
Setting Up for Surround Sound SOURCE SELECT SOURCE TUNER TV CONT. TAPE CD-R TV FUNC. & TV VOL. CHANNEL EFFECT STATION , 8,10 D. ACCESS CLASS TOP MENU MENU 5,7,9 RF ATT DISP ENTER TEST TONE SET UP 6, 8,10 SORROUND DSP MODE MUTING...
Setting up speaker levels for Dolby Pro Logic In order to get the best surround sound you need to set up the relative speaker levels so that they all have the same volume from your normal listening position. Follow the steps below using the TEST TONE to do this. SOURCE SELECT SOURCE TUNER...
Setting Up for Surround Sound Setting up speaker levels for DSP SOURCE SELECT SOURCE TUNER TV CONT. TAPE CD-R TV FUNC. & TV VOL. CHANNEL EFFECT STATION D. ACCESS CLASS TOP MENU MENU RF ATT DISP ENTER TEST TONE SET UP SORROUND DSP MODE MUTING...
Displays & Controls Front Panel 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 MAIN POWER button Push to send electricity to the receiver. Note the STANDBY/ON button below actually turns the receiver on and standby. 2 STANDBY indicator Lights when the receiver is in standby mode (note that the receiver consumes a small amount of power (1W) in standby mode).
Displays & Controls Display PRO LOGIC PRO LOGIC indicator Lights when any Dolby Pro Logic mode is selected. The main character display briefly shows the current Pro Logic mode (PRO LOGIC, THEATER1, THEATER2) after selection (see page 20). 2 DSP indicator Lights when any DSP mode is selected.
AV MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER Î REMOTE CONTROL UNIT 1 SOURCE (POWER) button This button turns on/off the power for PIONEER components connected to the VSX-409RDS. 2 NUMBER/PLAYER COMMAND buttons (see p. 24, 34-37) Use to select radio frequency in tuner mode.
Listening in Dolby Pro Logic Mode To really appreciate what the VSX-409RDS can do, sit back and experience a movie encoded in Dolby Digital or Dolby Pro Logic with five speaker surround sound creating theater-like sound effects in your living room. When choosing software, look out for the (sometimes, unmarked software is also recorded in Dolby Pro Logic).
Listening in DVD 5.1 Channel Input Mode Some DVD players feature a built-in Dolby Digital decoder with separate analogue audio outputs for the front left and right, centre, surround left and right, and sub-woofer channels. Connect these to the 5.1 channel inputs of the VSX–409RDS for enhanced playback of Dolby Digital material—see page 9 for instructions on connecting up.5.1 channel mode of the VSX–409RDS provides better surround-channel sound and overall channel separation than the Dolby Pro Logic mode.
Listening in Surround Sound Listening in DSP Mode The DSP (Digital Signal Processing) modes transform your living room into a variety of different sound environments when playing standard (two channel) stereo sources. Optionally, you can adjust the amount of effect added to the source. The descriptions below give an idea of what the five different modes sound like, but the best idea is to play a source and experiment.
Using the Tuner Finding a Station 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 exact frequency of the station you want to listen to, see Tuning Directly to a Station on the following page.
Using the Tuner Tuning Directly to a Station Sometimes, you'll already know the frequency of the station you want to listen. In this case, you can simply enter the frequency directly using the number buttons on the remote control (this function is not available using the front panel controls of the receiver).
This saves the effort of manually tuning in each time. The VSX-409RDS can memorise up to 30 stations, stored in three banks, or classes(A,B and C) of 10 presets each. When memorizing FM frequencies, the receiver also stores the MPX setting (auto stereo or mono), and RF ATT settings.
Using the Tuner Naming Memorized Stations (front panel only) You can input a name of up to four characters for each preset station in the receiver's memory (see the previous page). This name can be anything you choose. For example, you could input "BBC1" for that station and when you listen to it the name, rather than the frequency number, will appear on your display.
Recalling Memorized Stations Having memorized up to 30 stations (see the previous page for how to do this), you can quickly recall one of these stations. SOURCE SELECT SOURCE TUNER TV CONT. TAPE CD-R TV FUNC. & TV VOL. CHANNEL EFFECT STATION D.
There are around 30 such programme types, including various genres of music, news, sport, talk shows, financial information, and so on. The VSX-409RDS receiver lets you display three different kinds of RDS information: Radio Text, Programme Service Name, and Programme Type.
Using the RDS display To display the different types of RDS information available (RT, PT and PTY as explained on the previous page), press TUNER on the remote control and use the DISP button (also marked 3) to cycle through the types of RDS information.
Using the Tuner Searching for RDS Programmes (front panel only) One of the most useful features of RDS is the ability to search for a particular kind of radio programme. You can search for any of the programme types listed on page 27—this covers all kinds of music, as well as news, weather forecasts, sports programmes, and a variety of others.
Using EON search (front panel only) 1 Put the receiver in FM band by pressing the FM/AM button. EON is only broadcast on FM. 2 Choose a station stored in the receiver’s preset memory (see p. 25-26). 3 Press the EON MODE button and choose the EON search you want.
Making a Recording Making an Audio Recording The following steps show you how to make an audio recording from the built in tuner, or from an audio source connected to the receiver (such as a CD player or MD player). Recordings can be made to a CD-Recorder, cassette deck or MD deck connected to the CD-R/TAPE/MD in/out connectors.
Making a Video Recording The following steps show you how to make a video recording from a video source connected to the receiver, such as a DVD player, LD player, etc., to a video deck connected to the VCR/DVR connectors. The receiver's volume, channel levels, tone (bass, treble), S.
The following controls are available from the receiver's remote if your CD, MD or CD-R player is memo made by Pioneer. To control your CD, MD or CD-R player with this remote control, first put the remote into CD, MD or CD-R mode with the proper SOURCE SELECT button (i.e.
The following controls are available from the receiver's remote if your cassete deck is made by memo Pioneer. To control your cassette deck with this remote control, first put the remote into the TAPE mode with the TAPE SOURCE SELECT button.
The following controls are available from the receiver's remote if your DVD player is made by memo Pioneer. To control your DVD player with this remote control, first put the remote into DVD mode with the DVD SOURCE SELECT button.
TV Controls The following controls are available from the receiver's remote if your TV is made by Pioneer. memo To control your TV with this remote control, first put the remote into TV mode with the TV CONT SOURCE SELECT button.
Sometimes the trouble may lie in another component. Investigate the other components and electrical appliances being used. If the trouble cannot be rectified even after exercising the checks listed below, ask your nearest Pioneer authorized service center or your dealer to carry out repair work.
Symptom Broadcast stations cannot be se- lected automatically. No sound from surround or center speakers. Cannot be remote controlled. If the unit does not operate normally due to external effects such as static electricity ¶ Disconnect the power plug from the outlet and insert again to return to normal operating conditions. Cause •...
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