(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-84TXSi, VSX-84TXSi-S, VSX-82TXS, VSX-82TXS-S Responsible Party Name: PIONEER ELECTRONICS SERVICE INC. Address: 1925 E. DOMINGUEZ ST. LONG BEACH, CA 90801-1760, USA Phone: 310–952–2915...
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Before you start Chapter 1: Before you start Checking what’s in the box Please check that you've received the following supplied accessories: • Setup microphone (cable: 16.4 ft.) • Remote control unit • Sub room remote control unit (VSX-84TXSi only) •...
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.
5 minute guide SYSTEM OFF INPUT RECEIVER SOURCE SELECT VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 TV CONT DVR2 CD-R XM RADIO ROOM2/3 DVR1 i Pod TUNER RECEIVER Switch on the receiver and your TV. Connect the microphone to the MCACC SETUP MIC jack on the front panel.
5 minute guide 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.
SPEAKERS SURROUND BACK / CENTER FRONT SURROUND HDMI connectors (x4) (VSX-82TXS) (x5) (VSX-84TXSi) Connecting using HDMI on page 50. Remote inputs (multi-room and source) Connecting an IR receiver on page 59. 12V trigger jacks (total 50 mA max.) (x2) Switching components on and off using the 12 volt Multi-room and source outputs Multi-room listening on page 57.
Connecting the multichannel analog inputs on page 54. 16 Control input/output Use to connect other Pioneer components so that you can control all your equipment from a single IR remote sensor. Operating other Pioneer components with this unit’s sensor on page 76.
Connecting your equipment Connecting your TV and DVD player MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE / REC SEL MAIN ROOM(ZONE1) OUT1 S400 ROOM3 (ZONE3) (AUDIO) ROOM2(ZONE2) OUT2 S400 AUDIO 12 V TRIGGER HDMI (DC OUT 12V TOTAL 50 mA MAX) (SAT) ROOM2 (ZONE2) (DVR/ VCR 1) (DVR/...
Connecting your equipment Connecting a satellite/cable receiver or other set-top box Satellite and cable receivers, and terrestrial digital TV tuners are all examples of so-called ‘set-top boxes’. VSX-84TXSi MULTI-ROOM MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE & SOURCE / REC SEL MAIN ROOM(ZONE1) OUT1 FM UNBAL 75 Ω...
Connecting your equipment • For a second recorder, use the DVR/ VCR2 outputs. If the device can output digital audio, connect an optical-type digital audio output from the recorder to the DIGITAL 2 (DVR/VCR1) input. Use an optical cable for the connection. •...
Connecting your equipment Connecting digital audio sources This receiver has both digital inputs and outputs, allowing you to connect digital audio components for playback and for making digital recordings. Most digital components also have analog connections. See Connecting analog audio sources on the following page if you want to connect these too.
Connecting your equipment Connecting analog audio sources This receiver features three stereo audio-only inputs. Two of these inputs have corresponding outputs for use with audio recorders. One of the audio inputs (PHONO) is a dedicated turntable input which should not be used for any other type of component.
Connecting your equipment Installing your speaker system To take full advantage of the receiver’s surround sound capabilities connect front, center, surround and surround back speakers, as well as a subwoofer. Although this is ideal, other configurations with fewer speakers—no subwoofer or no center speaker, or even no surround speakers—will work.
Connecting your equipment Bare wire connections Make sure that the speaker cable you’re going to use is properly prepared with about 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.
Connecting your equipment The diagrams below show suggested surround and surround back speaker orientation. The first diagram (fig. A) shows orientation with one surround back speaker (or none) connected. The second (fig. B) shows orientation with two surround back speakers connected. 90~120 fig.
Check the power cord once in a while. If you find it damaged, AM LOOP 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.
Controls and displays Chapter 4: Controls and displays Front panel Illustration shows the VSX-84TXSi front panel STANDBY/ON PHASE CONTROL PHASE MCACC AUTO SURR/ CONTROL POSITION STREAM DIRECT INPUT SELECTOR SPEAKERS PARAMETER PHONES (ST –) SETUP INPUT SELECTOR dial Use to select an input source. STANDBY/ON Switches the receiver between on and standby.
10 i.LINK indicator (VSX-84TXSi only) Lights when an i.LINK-Audio-equipped component is selected (page 51). DIGITAL VIDEO SCALER indicator (VSX-82TXS only) Lights when Resolution is set to a setting other than PURE (for example, when the video input signal is upscaled) (page 66).
Controls and displays Display SIGNAL DIGITAL AUTO WMA9 Pro HDMI SBL SB DIGITAL ANALOG STREAM DIRECT PRO LOGIC ADV.SURROUND STEREO STANDARD SLEEP SIGNAL indicators Light to indicate the currently selected input signal. AUTO lights when the receiver is set to select the input signal automatically (page 30).
Controls and displays Remote control INPUT RECEIVER SELECT DVR2 CD-R DVR1 i Pod SLEEP D.ACCESS AV PARAMETER TOP MENU TUNE DTV MENU SETUP TUNE CATEGORY GUIDE TV CONTROL INPUT TV VOL SELECT AUDIO SUBTITLE DISP STATUS SIGNAL SEL MULTI OPE SHIFT PHASE RECEIVER...
Controls and displays TV CONTROL buttons These buttons are dedicated to control the TV assigned to the TV CONT button. Thus if you only have one TV to hook up to this system assign it to the TV CONT input source button.
Controls and displays Sub remote control unit VSX-84TXSi only The second remote control supplied with this receiver is for use with the multi-room listening feature, as explained on page 57. Note that you must connect a separate IR receiver as explained in Connecting an IR receiver on page 59 for remote control in your sub room(s).
Listening to your system 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 86 for more on this.
Listening to your system • 2 Pro Logic IIx MOVIE – See above (only available when you’re using two surround back speakers) • 2 Pro Logic IIx MUSIC – See above • Dolby Digital EX – Creates surround back channel sound for 5.1 channel sources and provides pure decoding for 6.1 channel sources (like Dolby Digital Surround EX)
Listening to your system • When an Advanced Surround listening mode is selected (except ADV. VIR. SURR.), the effect level can be adjusted using the EFFECT parameter in Setting the AV options on page 66. 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).
Listening to your system 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. STATUS SIGNAL SEL MULTI OPE SHIFT PHASE RECEIVER • Press SIGNAL SEL (SIGNAL SELECT ) to select the input signal corresponding to the source component.
Listening to your system • VirtualSB OFF – Virtual Surround Back mode is switched off Processing / Type of source Dolby Digital EX/DTS-ES encoded multichannel sources with 6.1ch surround Dolby Digital/DTS/WMA9 Pro encoded, DVD- Audio and SACD multichannel sources Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM/WMA9 Pro encoded, DVD-Audio and SACD stereo sources Analog 2-channel (stereo) sources a.
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.
Using the tuner Saving station presets If you often listen to a particular radio station, it's convenient to have the receiver store the frequency for easy recall whenever you want to listen to that station. This saves the effort of manually tuning in each time. This receiver can memorize up to 30 stations, stored in three banks, or classes, (A, B and C) of 10 stations each.
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.
The System Setup menu 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. MULTI – ROOM & (TUNE +) SPEAKERS BAND SOURCE/REC SEL VIDEO SIGNAL SBch STEREO...
The System Setup menu • With error messages (such as Ambient Noise or Microphone Check) select RETRY after checking for ambient noise (see Problems when using the Auto MCACC Setup on page 9) and verifying the mic connection. If there doesn’t seem to be a problem, you can simply select OK and continue.
The System Setup menu Select ‘Surr Back System’ from the System Setup menu. See Making receiver settings from the System Setup menu above if you’re not already at this screen. System Setup 2.Surround Back System 1.Auto MCACC 2.Surr Back System Surround Back System 3.Manual MCACC Normal (SB)
The System Setup menu The volume increases to the 0dB reference level. 3.Manual MCACC a.Fine Ch Level b.Fine SP Distance c.Standing Wave d.EQ Adjust e.EQ Professional :Return Adjust the level of the left channel. This will be the reference speaker level, so you may want to keep the level around 0dB so that you’ll have plenty of room to adjust the other speaker levels.
2 This 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 62 for more on this).
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 62). How to interpret the graphical output The graph shows decibels on the vertical axis and time (in milliseconds) on the horizontal axis.
The System Setup menu Using Professional Acoustic Calibration EQ Select ‘EQ Professional’ then press ENTER. 3.Manual MCACC 3e.EQ Professional a.Fine Ch Level 1.Reverb Measurement b.Fine SP Distance 2.Reverb View c.Standing Wave 3.Reverb Output PC d.EQ Adjust 4.Advanced EQ Setup e.EQ Professional :Return ENTER:Next Select an option and press ENTER.
The System Setup menu 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). 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).
The System 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. Select ‘Memory Rename’ from the Data Management setup menu. 4.Data Management 4c.Memory Rename a.MCACC Data Check MCACC Position Rename b.MCACC Data Copy c.Memory Rename...
The System Setup menu Choose the set of speakers that you want to set then select a speaker size. to select the size (and number) of each of the following speakers: • Front – Select LARGE if your front speakers reproduce bass frequencies effectively, or if you didn’t connect a subwoofer.
The System Setup menu • You can change the channel levels at any time by pressing CH LEVEL then using control. Speaker Distance For good sound depth and separation from your system, you need to specify the distance of your speakers from the listening position.
The System Setup menu Set the bass peak level gradually, then press ENTER at the point just before the tone starts to distort. display on the receiver shows RESUME while the volume returns to its original position, then you automatically return to the main Bass Peak Level menu.
• The connected iPod should be updated with iPod updater software higher than version 2004-10-20. 3 • The controls of your iPod will be inoperable when connected to this receiver (Pioneer shows in the iPod display). Features such as the equalizer cannot be controlled using this receiver, and we recommend switching the equalizer off before connecting.
Other connections Use the buttons to browse the selected category (e.g., albums). • Use to move to previous/next levels. Continue browsing until you arrive at what you want to play, then press Navigation through audio categories on your iPod looks like this: Playlist Song...
Other connections Connect an XM Radio Connect-and-Play™ antenna to the XM Radio jack on the rear of this receiver. You will also need to activate the XM Radio service. When activating the XM Radio ‘Connect-and-Play’ ™ digital antenna, make sure to wait until the activation process is complete before changing the XM-RADIO function.
Other connections Listening to channel presets You will need to have some presets stored to do this. Press CLASS to select the class in which the channel is stored. Press repeatedly to cycle through classes A, B and C. Press to select the channel preset you want.
Other connections Use an HDMI cable to connect the HDMI OUT interconnect on this receiver to an HDMI interconnect on a HDMI-compatible monitor. • The arrow on the cable connector body should be facing right for correct alignment with the connector on the player.
Other connections Use an i.LINK cable to connect one of the i.LINK connectors on this receiver to an i.LINK connector on your i.LINK component. MULTI-ROOM MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE & SOURCE / REC SEL OUT1 MAIN ROOM(ZONE1) S400 ROOM3 (ZONE3) (AUDIO) ROOM2(ZONE2) OUT2 S400...
Other connections About PQLS rate control Pioneer's PQLS (Precision Quartz Lock System) technology provides high-precision digital audio from DVD-A, SACD and audio CD sources when you use the i.LINK interface. A precision quartz controller in this receiver eliminates distortion caused by timing errors (jitter), giving you the best possible digital-to-analog conversion from the digital source.
Other connections 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). Make sure that the player is set to output multichannel analog audio.
USB cable during playback. • To prevent noise being output, don’t use other software on your computer during playback. • Pioneer is not responsible for computer system damage, software crashes or failures, or any other possible computer problems due to this configuration.
Other connections • 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.
Other connections 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.
Please note that the XM-Radio function is not available for sub room (ROOM2) listening when using the multi-room feature with the VSX-82TXS. ROOM3 (ZONE3) Only digital audio sources (the input source must already be assigned using the The Input Setup menu on page 63) are available.
Other connections Using the multi-room controls The following steps use the front panel controls to adjust the sub room volume and select sources. See Multi-room remote controls below and (VSX-84TXSi only) Sub remote control unit on page 26 for more on using the remote control with the multi-room feature.
Note 1 The 3-ringed SR+ cable from Pioneer is commercially available under the part number ADE7095. Contact the Pioneer Customer Support division for more information on obtaining an SR+ cable (you can also use a commercially available 3-ringed mini phone plug for the connection).
Other connections Important • If you connect to a Pioneer plasma display using an SR+ cable, you will need to point the remote control at the plasma display remote sensor to control the receiver. In this case, you won’t be able to control the receiver using the remote control if you switch the plasma display off.
(the cable must be cross type, female–female). The software to output the results is available from the support area of the Pioneer website (http:// www.pioneerelectronics.com/pna/ci/codes/ 0,,2076_262707270,00.html). Instructions for using the software are also available here. If you have any questions regarding, please contact the Customer Support Division of Pioneer.
Other Settings Chapter 9: Other Settings The Input Setup menu You only need to make settings in the Input Setup menu if you didn’t hook up your digital equipment according to the default settings (see Input function default and possible settings below). In this case, you need to tell the receiver what equipment is hooked up to which terminal so the buttons on the remote correspond to the components you’ve connected.
1 You will have to make an SR+ cable connection from a CONTROL OUT jack on the display to the CONTROL IN jack on this receiver (opposite from the setup in Using this receiver with a Pioneer plasma display on page 60). Note that to control this receiver using the remote, you will have to point it at the plasma display’s remote sensor after making this connection.
Using other functions Chapter 10 Using other functions Setting the AV options There are a number of additional sound and picture settings you can make using the AV Parameter menu. The defaults, if not stated, are listed in bold. Important •...
Using other functions Setting What it does Adjusts the contrast between light Contrast and dark. Adjusts the red/green balance. Specifies the output resolution of the Resolution video signal (select this according to the resolution of your monitor and the disc you wish to watch). Aspect Specifies the aspect ratio of an analog video signal (if the image...
Using other functions • Note that the setting you make here is stored in memory, even if you switch off the receiver, so if you want to record a different input source later, you must do so with REC SELECT, or by selecting RECOUT SOURCE.
Using other functions Checking your system settings Use the status display screen to check your current settings for features such as surround back channel processing and your current MCACC preset. AUDIO SUBTITLE DISP PHOTO STATUS SIGNAL SEL SBch STEREO MULTI OPE STANDARD ADV.
Using other functions Setting 2PL II Music Options Center Width Dimension Panorama Neo:6 Options Center Image All Inputs Listening Mode (2 ch) AUTO SURROUND Listening Mode (x ch) AUTO SURROUND Listening Mode (HP) See also Setting the AV options on page 66 for other default DSP settings.
2 • When using a Pioneer HDD recorder, please select PIONEER DVR 487, 488, 489 or 493. • When using a Pioneer plasma display released prior to summer 2005, please select preset codes 637 or 660. 3 The remote can store about 200 preset codes (this has been tested with codes of Pioneer format only).
Controlling the rest of your system Point the two remote controls towards each other then press the button that will be doing the learning on this receiver’s remote control. PRES KEY starts flashing to indicate the remote is ready to accept a signal. •...
Controlling the rest of your system Press the button of the component for which you want to check the preset code, then press ENTER. The brand name and preset code appears in the display for three seconds. Renaming input source names You can customize the names that appear on the remote LCD when you select an input source (for example, you could change the name of DVR 1 to HDD/DVR).
(except DVD recorders); • program the power to switch on if it’s the source component selected in step 3; • program a Pioneer TV or monitor to switch on if the input function (selected in step 2) has video input terminals;...
Controlling the rest of your system Controls for TVs This remote control can control components after entering the proper codes or teaching the receiver the commands (see Setting the remote to control other components on page 71 for more on this). Use the input source buttons to select the component.
If you have connected a remote control to the CONTROL IN jack (using a mini-plug cable), you won't be able to control this unit using the remote sensor. • See Using this receiver with a Pioneer plasma display on page 60 if you are connecting a Pioneer plasma display.
• Something is obstructing the fan. Remove the obstruction and try switching the receiver back on. If the then the power automatically fan is still not working, or you can't remove the object, unplug the receiver from the wall and call a Pioneer switches off.
Additional information Symptom No sound from the surround or center speakers. No sound from surround back speakers. No sound from subwoofer. No sound from one speaker. Sound is produced from analog components, but not from digital ones (DVD, LD, CD-ROM etc.). No sound is output or a noise is output when Dolby Digital/DTS software is played back.
Additional information Symptom Remedy When playing a DTS format LD • Make sure that the input signal type is set to DIGITAL (see Choosing the input signal on page 30). there is audible noise on the soundtrack. Can't record audio. •...
Additional information Settings Symptom The Auto MCACC Setup continually shows an error. After using the Auto MCACC Setup, the speaker size setting is incorrect. Can’t adjust the Fine Speaker Distance setting (page 38) properly. The display shows KEY LOCK ON when you try to make settings.
• The preset code may be incorrect. Redo the procedure for entering preset codes. The SR cable is connected, but • Reinsert the SR cable, making sure it’s connected to the right jack (see Using this receiver with a Pioneer the connected components can’t plasma display on page 60).
Additional information Symptom The program format indicators don’t disappear when SACD playback stops. You can’t get i.LINK to display when using the SIGNAL SELECT button. After upgrading a component, it is not recognized and cannot be selected using the i.LINK connection.
Additional information Symptom Remedy No picture. • If your display device is not SD (480i) compatible then the 480i to HDMI converted video will not be displayed. In this case, connect using the component, S-video or composite video jacks. • Depending in the output settings of the source component, it may be outputting a video format that can’t be displayed.
Additional information Surround sound formats Below is a brief description of the main surround sound formats you’ll find on DVDs, satellite, cable and terrestrial broadcasts, and video cassettes. Dolby The Dolby technologies are explained below. See www.dolby.com for more detailed information. Dolby Digital Dolby Digital is a multichannel digital audio coding system widely used in cinemas, and in the home for DVD and digital...
Additional information WMA9 Pro can support up to 5.1/7.1 channel playback with sampling rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz. Using the unique WMA compression techniques, WMA9 Pro can deliver multichannel music and soundtracks over high-speed internet networks at low bit rates with minimal audio degradation.
DVD-A and SACD a.2 PRO LOGIC has a maximum of 5.1 channel playback. b.Unavailable with only one surround back speaker connected. c.VSX-82TXS only – SACD DIRECT is automatically selected with SACD sources. • THX Games Mode For the replay of stereo and multi-channel game audio the THX Games Mode should be selected.
(5.1 channel encoding) DVD-A and SACD (5.1 channel encoding) a.Unavailable with only one surround back speaker connected. b.VSX-82TXS only – SACD DIRECT is automatically selected with SACD sources. c.Automatically selected if no surround back speakers are connected. Standard WMA+THX CINEMA...
Stereo (2 channel) signal formats Surround Back speaker(s) Connected (Maximum 7.1 channel playback) Not connected (Maximum 5.1 channel playback) a.VSX-82TXS only – SACD DIRECT is automatically selected with SACD sources. Multichannel signal formats Surround Back speaker(s) Connected (Maximum 7.1 channel playback) Not connected (Maximum 5.1 channel playback)
Additional information Our philosophy Pioneer is dedicated to making your home theater listening experience as close as possible to the vision of the moviemakers and mastering engineer when they created the original soundtrack. We do this by focusing on three important steps:...
Additional information Selecting fine audio equipment such as the unit you’ve just purchased is only the start of your musical enjoyment. Now it’s time to consider how you can maximize the fun and excitement your equipment offers. This manufacturer and the Electronic Industries Association’s Consumer Electronics Group want you to get the most out of your equipment by playing it at a safe level.
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