IMPORTANT The lightning flash with arrowhead, within an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated "dangerous voltage" within the product's enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons. 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.
UK 3-pin type (Except Australian model) VSX-D814-S (silver model) Round 2-pin type, flat blade 2-pin type, UK 3-pin type and Australian type • Power plug adaptor (VSX-D514/D714/ D814-K only) x1 • J-shape plug (VSX-D514/D714/ D814-K only) x1 • These operating instructions...
Before you start 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. •...
5 minute guide Chapter 2: 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.
Use a video cord to connect your receiver to the TV using the jacks as shown below. Optical cable DIGITAL OUT STANDBY/ON ¡ ¢ DVD player VIDEO OUT * The illustration shows the VSX-D814, but connections for the VSX-D514/D714 are the same. DIGITAL Coaxial cable (CD-R/TAPE/MD) DIGITAL OUT (TV /...
5 minute guide Connect your speakers. A complete setup of speakers is shown here (six speakers for the VSX-D514/D714, and eight for the VSX-D814), but different home setups may 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.
5 minute guide Front speakers FM UNBAL DIGITAL OUT DVR/ (DVR/VCR) VIDEO TV / (TV / SAT) ASSIGNABLE COAX DIGITAL IN FRONT (CD) D V D 5.1CH COAX INPUT CD-R (DVD / TAPE /LD) / MD PLAY AUDIO VSX-D814 Powered subwoofer •...
5 minute guide • If you select subwoofer (SB SW) in the Surround back speaker setting on page 46 you can hook up a subwoofer instead of speakers to the surround back speaker terminals. Connect the wires just as above (and as shown below), connecting the positive wire to the right channel (+) terminal, and the negative wire to the left channel (–) terminal.
6.1ch * VSX-D814 only If a subwoofer wasn’t detected in step 2, you can cycle between the following choices: 7.0ch* * VSX-D814 only VSX-D514 – Cycle between the following choices: 2.0ch MULTI JOG ENTER MASTER VOLUME • Check the table below to find the speaker DOWN setup that corresponds with your system.
5 minute guide Press ENTER. Use the MULTI JOG dial to choose your room size. Depending on the distance of your speakers from the listening position, choose between small, medium, or large (S, M or L), M being an average-sized room. Press ENTER.
Connecting up Chapter 3: Connecting up • Before making or changing any 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.
(for example, the coaxial output from the component to coaxial input on the receiver). The VSX-D514/D714 has three digital inputs on the rear panel (two coaxial inputs and an optical input) and the VSX-D814 has four (two coaxial inputs and two optical inputs). Connect your digital components to the rear panel as shown below.
AC outlet. • The arrows indicate the direction of the audio signal. CD player CD-R/Tape/MD deck * The illustration shows the VSX-D814, but connections for the VSX-D514/D714 are the same. This receiver* OUTPUT DIGITAL OUT DVR/...
S-VIDEO PLAY AUDIO This receiver* * The illustration shows the VSX-D814, but connections for the VSX-D514/D714 are the same. • The multichannel input can only be used when DVD 5.1 ch is selected (see page 42). CEN- SUB WOOFER COMPONENT VIDEO...
TV tuner (or Satellite tuner) OUTPUT VIDEO DVD or LD player * The illustration shows the VSX-D814, but connections for the VSX-D514/D714 are the same. Connecting to the front panel video terminal VSX-D714/D814 only Front video connections are accessed via the front panel using the VIDEO button.
Connecting up 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). Always make sure that the receiver is switched off and unplugged from the wall outlet before making or changing any connections.
CD-R (DVD / TAPE /LD) / MD PLAY AUDIO Powered subwoofer * The illustration shows the VSX-D714, but connections for the VSX-D514 are the same. Center speaker Surround speakers CEN- SUB WOOFER COMPONENT VIDEO ASSIGNABLE FM UNBAL ( D V D / LD) IN ¥...
Connecting up Connecting the speakers (VSX-D814) A complete setup of eight speakers (including the subwoofer) is shown below, 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.
Connecting up • When using the speaker on your TV as the center speaker (C), connect the CENTER PREOUT jack on this unit to the audio input jack on your TV. In this case the center speaker shown is unnecessary. •...
Speaker placement diagrams The following illustrations show 6.1 and 7.1 channel speaker setups. • VSX-D514 only – Follow the speaker placement diagrams below, disregarding the surround back speakers. • VSX-D714 only – See Connecting additional amplifiers on page 24 for more on connecting a surround back speaker.
Connecting up Connecting additional amplifiers VSX-D714/D814 only This receiver has more than sufficient power for any home use, however it is possible to add additional amplifiers to every channel on the VSX-D814 or the surround back channel of the VSX- D714.
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.
AUDIO * The illustration shows the VSX-D814, but connections for the VSX-D714 are the same. • 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.
Controls and displays Chapter 4: Controls and displays Front panel (VSX-D514) DVD/LD DVD 5.1 TV/SAT DVR/VCR CD-R/ TAPE/MD STANDBY / ON PHONES STATION TUNER EDIT CLASS MULTI JOG 22 21 20 19 18 17 STANDBY/ON Switches the receiver between on and standby.
Controls and displays STATION +/– buttons Selects station presets when using the tuner (page 58). TUNING +/– buttons Selects the frequency when using the tuner (page 56). 10 LISTENING MODE buttons STANDARD Press for Standard decoding and to switch between the various Pro Logic II and (VSX-D714/D814 only) Neo:6 options (page 36).
Controls and displays Front panel (VSX-D714/D814) DVD/LD TV/SAT DVR/VCR VIDEO CD-R/ TAPE/MD TUNER STANDBY / ON PHONES STATION TUNER EDIT CLASS BAND MULTI JOG 25 24 23 22 21 20 STANDBY/ON Switches the receiver between on and standby. Input select buttons Press to select an input source.
Controls and displays 11 LISTENING MODE buttons STANDARD Press for Standard decoding and to switch between the various Pro Logic II and (VSX-D714/D814 only) Neo:6 options (page 36). ADVANCED SURROUND Use to switch between the various surround modes (page 37). STEREO/DIRECT Switches between direct and stereo playback.
Controls and displays Display SIGNAL SELECT indicators Lights to indicate the type of input signal assigned for the current component: AUTO Lights when AUTO signal select is on. Depending on the source, this lights when a signal with surround back channel encoding is detected.
Controls and displays 10 Speaker indicator VSX-D714/D814 only Shows the speaker system currently in use. 11 Character display 12 Neo:6 VSX-D714/D814 only When the (STANDARD) NEO:6 mode of the receiver is on, this lights to indicate NEO:6 processing. 13 ADV.SURR. (Advanced Surround) Lights when one of the Advanced Surround modes has been selected.
Controls and displays RECEIVER Switches the remote to control the receiver (used to select the features such as SLEEP, MCACC SETUP, etc). Also use this button to set up surround sound (page 44, page 52). RECEIVER CONTROL buttons STANDARD Press for Standard decoding and to switch between the various Pro Logic II and (VSX-D714/D814 only) Neo:6 options (page 36).
Controls and displays SUBTITLE Displays/changes the subtitles included in multilingual DVD-Video discs. SLEEP Use to put the receiver in sleep mode and select the amount of time before the receiver turns off. (TUNE +/–, ST +/–) /ENTER Use the arrow buttons when setting up your surround sound system (see page 44).
With two channel sources, press STANDARD repeatedly to select from: VSX-D514 only: • 2 Pro Logic II MOVIE – Up to 5.1 channel sound, especially suited to movie sources • 2 Pro Logic II MUSIC – Up to 5.1 channel sound, especially suited to music sources •...
Dolby Digital sources for a wider stereo field than the Standard modes. • 5-STEREO (VSX-D514) / 6-STEREO (VSX- D714/D814) – This can be selected to give multichannel sound to a stereo source, using all of the speakers in your setup.
Listening to your system Listening in stereo 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.
Listening to your system Using the Surround Back Channel (SB CH) (VSX-D714/D814 only) • Default setting: SB ON (VSX-D814), SB OFF (VSX-D714) You can use automatic 6.1 decoding for 6.1 encoded sources (for example, Dolby Digital EX or DTS-ES), or you can choose to always use 6.1 decoding with other sources (for example, 5.1 encoded material).
Listening to your system Using the Virtual Surround Back mode (VSB) Selecting this mode allows you to hear a virtual back channel through your surround speakers. For example, you can choose to listen to sources with no surround back channel information (for example, 5.1 encoded material) with emulated 6.1 encoding (VSB ON).
Listening to your system Using Midnight and Loudness listening 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. The Loudness listening feature can be used to get good bass and treble from music sources at low volume levels.
If you have connected a decoder or a DVD player with multichannel analog outputs to this receiver (page 17), you must select the analog multichannel inputs for surround sound playback. VSX-D514 model: DVD/LD DVD 5.1 TV/SAT DVR/VCR CD-R/...
Listening to your system Using the sleep timer The sleep timer switches the receiver into standby after a specified amount of time so you can fall asleep without worrying about the receiver being left on all night. Use the remote control to set the sleep timer.
(and on the following pages). The current setting is shown for each option as you cycle through the display. The VSX-D514 and VSXD714/D814 settings are separated below for easy reference. VSX-D514 only: RECEIVER to turn the power...
Optical digital input 1 setting • Optical digital input 2 setting (VSX- D814 only) SR+ control settings Specify how you want to control your Pioneer plasma display. • Control mode setting • Volume control setting • Function setting for DVD input •...
• The setting display is automatically exited after 3 minutes of inactivity. Speaker setting • VSX-D514 default setting: S (all speakers) • VSX-D714/D814 default setting: FL-CS-SS (If a subwoofer is detected when you turn the receiver on, the default is FS-CS-SS.) You must let the receiver know how many speakers you have, and how big they are.
Setting up the receiver • To select SB L, you must have SL selected in the Speaker setting. Subwoofer setting You can choose whether the subwoofer is used or not. Use the plus (PLUS) setting for extra bass. • to select subwoofer YES, PLUS or NO.
Setting up the receiver Front speaker distance setting VSX-D514 only • Default setting: 3 m Sets the distance from the front left speaker to the listening position. • to set the distance of the front speakers from the main listening position (within the range of 0.1 m to 9.0...
Setting up the receiver Surround right speaker distance setting VSX-D714/D814 only • Default setting: 3 m You should set the distance of the surround speakers accurately to hear sounds coming from all speakers at the same time. • to set the distance of the surround right speaker from the main listening position (within the range of 0.1 m to 9.0 m).
Setting up the receiver Dynamic range control setting • Default setting: OFF Dynamic range is the difference between the loudest and softest sounds in any given signal. With this setting, you can compress the dynamic range, so that low level sounds can be heard more easily (sounding relatively louder) yet louder sounds won’t be too over- bearing.
SR+ cable. Note that the number of function settings available will depend on the plasma display you’ve connected. See also Using this receiver with a Pioneer plasma display on page 26 and Using the SR+ mode with a Pioneer plasma display on page 54.
Setting up the receiver Function setting for VIDEO input • VIDEO:1 – VIDEO:5 or TV – Matches the VIDEO function of the receiver with a numbered video input on the plasma display. For example, VIDEO:4 matches the VIDEO input with video input 4 on the plasma display.
Setting up the receiver to adjust the delay for each channel in turn, pressing ENTER to go to the next channel when you’re done. Listen to the reference channel and use it to measure the target channel. Stand facing the two speakers with your arms outstretched pointing at each speaker.
• Automatic volume muting on the plasma display. See also Using this receiver with a Pioneer plasma display on page 26 for connecting up, and SR+ control for Pioneer plasma displays on page 51 for setting up the receiver.
Setting up the receiver • If you disconnect the SR+ cable or switch the plasma display off while SR+ is on, the receiver will automatically revert to SR+ OFF. • SR+ ERR shows in the display if no SR+ connection is detected (for example, the cable isn’t connected).
Using the tuner Chapter 7: 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 Press D.ACCESS (Direct Access). Use 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. STEREO 106.00 If you make a mistake halfway through, press D.ACCESS twice to cancel the frequency and start over.
Switch the receiver into standby. On the front panel, press ON while you press and hold the BAND (VSX-D714/D814) / CLASS (VSX-D514) button. The channel tuning step alternates between FM 100 kHz/AM 10kHz and FM 50 kHz/AM 9 kHz each time you do this.
Making recordings Chapter 8: Making recordings Making an audio or a video recording You can make an audio or a video recording from the built-in tuner, or from an audio or video source connected to the receiver (such as a CD player or TV). Keep in mind you can’t make a digital recording from an analog source or vice- versa, so make sure the components you are...
Controlling the rest of your system Chapter 9: Controlling the rest of your system Setting the remote to control other components There are several ways to set your remote to control the other components in your system. The easiest way to do this is to assign the component’s manufacturer preset code (starting on page 66) to one of the MULTI CONTROL buttons on the remote control.
Use the number buttons to enter the preset code. You can find the preset codes on page 66 (VSX-D514/D714) and page 68 (VSX-D814). The LED blinks again after you enter the code. If the correct code has been input the power of the component being input will turn on or off.
Controlling the rest of your system When you’re done, press RECEIVER to store the operation(s). • Some commands from other remote controls cannot be learned, but in most cases the remotes just need to be moved closer together or farther apart. •...
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 60 for more on this). Use the MULTI CONTROL buttons to select the component. Button(s) Function Switches the DTV on or off.
Controlling the rest of your system Button(s) Function ENTER/ Use to enter a channel. DISC & Select or adjust and navigate items on the menu screen. ENTER ENTER brings up the DTV menus. Press to select or adjust and navigate items on the menu screen.
Controlling the rest of your system Button (s) Function Hold down for fast reverse playback. Stops playback (on some models, pressing this when the disc is already stopped will cause the disc tray to open). Number Directly access tracks on a program source. buttons Use the number buttons to navigate the on-screen display.
Controlling the rest of your system Preset Code List (VSX-D514/D714) You should have no problem controlling a component if you find the manufacturer in this list, but please note that there are cases where codes for the manufacturer in the list will not work for the model that you are using.
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. Problem The power does not turn on.
Additional information Problem Remedy Considerable noise in radio • Tune in the correct frequency. broadcasts. • Connect the antenna (refer to page 19). • Route any loose cables away from the antenna terminals and wires. • Fully extend the FM wire antenna, position for best reception, and secure to a wall.
Additional information Problem No sound is output or a noise is output when software with DTS is played back. When a search is performed by a DTS compatible CD player during playback, noise is output. Can’t operate the remote control. The display is dark or off.
Additional information Specifications Amplifier section Continuous power output (stereo) Front ..100 W (DIN 1kHz, THD 1.0%, 8 Continuous power output (surround) Front ..100 W per channel (1kHz, 1.0%, 8 Center ....100 W (1kHz, 1.0%, 8 Surround .