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Summary of Contents

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Features ... 6 Before You Start ... 7 Checking the Supplied Accessories ... 7 Preparing the Remote Control ... 7 Loading the batteries ... 7 Operating range of remote control unit ... 8 Installing the Receiver ... 8 Opening the Front Panel ...

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Controlling the MULTI ROOM system from the main room ... 72 Controlling the MULTI ROOM system from the sub room ... 73 The PIONEER SR System: Operating other PIONEER components ... 74 Multi Operations ... 75 Performing Multi Operations ... 76 System Off ...

  • Page 6: Features

    Features Before You Start Multichannel Acoustic Calibration EQ System (MCACC) In order to make setting up as easy as possible for users we have created the MCACC system. This unique and convenient way of getting good surround sound from the receiver makes trouble-free setup a snap. With the included microphone plugged into the front panel the MCACC system creates a monitoring environment to establish the parameters of the sound for the specific room you are using.

  • Page 7: Before You Start, Checking The Supplied Accessories, Preparing The Remote Control, Loading The Batteries

    Before You Start Before You Start Checking the Supplied Accessories Please check that you have received all of the following supplied accessories. AM Loop Antenna FM Wire Antenna Remote Control Unit Preparing the Remote Control Loading the batteries Load the batteries into the remote control as shown below. Please use alkaline batteries. When you notice a decrease in the operating range, replace all batteries with new ones.

  • Page 8: Operating Range Of Remote Control Unit, Installing The Receiver, Opening The Front Panel

    Before You Start Operating range of remote control unit The area in which you can use the remote control to operate the VSX-53TX is fairly large. To use, point the remote control toward the remote sensor on the front panel of this unit while within the range shown below. Remote control may not function properly if: •...

  • Page 9: Easy Setup Guide Part 1, Home Theater: The Basics, Your Home System, The Source Material

    Easy Setup Guide Part 1 Displays & Controls Home Theater: The Basics Most consumers are used to using stereo equipment to listen to music but many people are not used to home theater systems that give you many more options when listening to soundtracks. In fact, home theater is not really complicated and this little guide should give you an understanding of the basics.

  • Page 10: Hooking Up Your Dvd Player And Tv, Digital Connections

    Easy Setup Guide Part 1 Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. 1 Hooking Up Your DVD Player and TV In order to use Dolby Digital/DTS soundtracks, which are at the heart of home theater, you need to hook up your DVD player with digital audio connections.

  • Page 11: Speaker Connections

    2 Speaker Connections Home theater is designed to be setup with five, or seven speakers (front left and right; center; surround left and right; and, optimally, surround back left and right) and a subwoofer, but you can use this receiver with fewer speakers.

  • Page 12: Setting Up The Main Unit, Assigning The Digital Inputs

    Easy Setup Guide Part 1 3 Setting up the Main Unit 1 Plug the AC power cord into a wall outlet. 2 Press the  STANDBY/ON button to switch the receiver ON. 4 Assigning the Digital Inputs This is only necessary if you did not hook up your DVD player to DIGITAL IN 3 using a coaxial cable but rather connected it to one of the optical digital inputs.

  • Page 13: Easy Setup Guide Part 2, Auto Surround Sound Setup

    Easy Setup Guide Part 2 1 Auto Surround Sound Setup If setting up your surround sound speakers seems like it's going to be an involved task you only need to use this quick, automatic method, known as the MCACC system, to achieve good surround sound. You'll need to hook up the microphone so that the receiver can hear and judge the distance, size, sound character and sound pressure level of the speakers and thus know what settings to make.

  • Page 14

    Easy Setup Guide Part 2 Speaker Distance Select AUTO SETTING with the  buttons and press ENTER. Some auto setup instructions will be listed, make sure to follow them. Make sure you have: hooked up the microphone and moved obstacles to the speakers out of the way. If you have a subwoofer make sure it is turned on and has the volume turned up.

  • Page 15: Playing A Dvd With Surround Sound

    Memo: • Make sure the room environment follows the guidelines displayed on the OSD during auto setup. If the room environment is not optimal for auto setup (too much ambient noise, obstacles blocking the speakers from the microphone, etc.) the final settings may be incorrect.

  • Page 16: Connecting Your Equipment, Connecting Your Tv, Component Video Input Default Settings

    Connecting Your Equipment Connecting Your Equipment Connecting your TV Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. Connect your TV to the jacks as shown below. Hook up with either component video, S video, or composite video cords (the quality descends in this order) but you must use the same type of video cords to hook up your DVD player (and all other video components) as you use to hook up your TV.

  • Page 17: Connecting Video Components, Connecting A Dvd Player

    Connecting Video Components Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. Connect your video components as shown on this and the following page. For video components (for example, a DVD player) there are two types of connections to make, video and audio. Hook up your video signal with either component video, S video or composite video cords (the quality descends in this order) but you must use the same type of cord as you used to hook up your TV.

  • Page 18: Connecting Vcrs Or Dvrs, Connecting A Video Component To The Front Panel

    Connecting Your Equipment Connecting VCRs or DVRs Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. Connect the video out of your VCR/DVR using either S video or composite video cords, depending on how you connected the receiver to your TV (see page 16).

  • Page 19: Connecting Satellite Tv (sat) Components

    Connecting Satellite TV (SAT) Components Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. Hook up the video signal with either component video, S video, or composite video cords, depending on how you connected the receiver to your TV (see page 16).

  • Page 20: Connecting Analog Audio Components

    Connecting Your Equipment Connecting Analog Audio Components Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. Connect your audio components to the jacks as shown below. These are all analog connections and your analog audio components (turntable, cassette deck) use these jacks.

  • Page 21

    Connecting to the Multi Channel Analog Inputs (DVD-Audio or Super Audio CD (SACD) compatible player) Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. If you have a DVD-Audio or Super Audio CD (SACD) compatible player, or are using an external Dolby Digital/ DTS decoder, connect it to the multichannel analog inputs as shown below.

  • Page 22: Connecting Digital Audio Components

    Connecting Your Equipment Connecting Digital Audio Components Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. Connect your digital components as shown below. The VSX-53TX has two coaxial and two optical inputs for a total of four digital inputs on the rear panel plus one digital input on the front panel.

  • Page 23: Digital Input Default Settings

     Coaxial 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 and in the case of the optical cable, right-side up.

  • Page 24: Connecting The Radio Antennas, Using Outdoor Antennas

    Connecting Your Equipment Connecting the Radio Antennas Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. Connect the supplied FM wire antenna and the AM loop antenna to the ANTENNA terminals as shown below. These antennas should provide adequate reception quality in most cases, but connecting outdoor antennas should noticeably improve sound quality.

  • Page 25: Connecting Speakers

    Connecting Speakers Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. We recommend a full complement of seven speakers and a subwoofer as shown here but, naturally, everyone's home setup will vary. Simply connect the speakers you have in the manner described below. One of the latest features of home theater is the use of surround back speakers.

  • Page 26: Speaker Impedance, Bi-wiring Your Speakers

    Connecting Your Equipment Speaker impedance You can change the speaker impedance for VSX-53TX but we recommend using speakers with an impedance of 8 (the default setting). If you are using 6 the impedance setting. Use any speaker rated between 6 Bi-wiring your speakers This high quality but difficult method of wiring speakers will be unnecessary for most users.

  • Page 27: Placing Your Speakers, Speaker Placement, Power Connections (ac Outlets)

    Placing Your Speakers Proper speaker placement is essential to realize the best sound from your system. It is very important for speaker placement to read the instructions that come with your speakers so please be sure to do so. Speaker placement If you have a multiple speaker arrangement the placement of the speakers is extremely important.

  • Page 28: Displays And Controls, Front Panel

    Displays and Controls Displays & Controls Displays and Controls Front Panel All the controls on the front panel are explained and/or referenced here. To open the front panel push gently on the lower third of the panel. 1 MULTI JOG dial You can use this dial for many purposes.

  • Page 29

    10 ACOUSTIC EQ button (see pages 49 and Press to switch on/off and select the type of acoustic calibration EQ. 11 MASTER VOLUME dial Use to raise or lower the volume of the receiver. 12 MULTI JOG CONTROL buttons SET UP Press to switch the SYSTEM SETUP mode.

  • Page 30: Remote Control

    Displays and Controls Remote Control This page describes the buttons on the remote control used to operate the receiver. 1  RECEIVER (STANDBY/ON) button Press to turn power of the receiver on or to standby (off). 2 MULTI CONTROL buttons These buttons are the basic controls that switch the mode of the receiver and the remote control, which allows you to control your other...

  • Page 31

    BASS/TREBLE buttons (see page 51) Use to select whether the bass or treble will be adjusted. (+/–) buttons Use to adjust the TONE level, effect level, channel level and sound delay as well as make Dolby Pro Logic II MUSIC parameter settings. EFFECT/CH SEL button Switches between the different channels so you can add volume individually to each channel with...

  • Page 32

    Displays and Controls 14 MASTER VOLUME (+/–) buttons Use to raise or lower the volume of the receiver. 15 TOP MENU/GUIDE button Use to find stations or menus on a digital TV tuner. For a DVD player use this button to bring up the DVD menu.

  • Page 33: Display

    Display All the display information is explained and/or referenced here. 1 SIGNAL indicators Light to indicate the input signal you selected. AUTO: Lights when the receiver is set to select the input signal automatically. DIGITAL: Lights when digital audio signals are selected.

  • Page 34: Back Panel

    2 CONTROL IN/OUT terminals (see page 74) You can use these jacks to hook up other PIONEER equipment, that has a CONTROL terminal, so that you can control them all by pointing the remote control(s) at one remote sensor.

  • Page 35

    9 MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE REMOTE IN terminal (see page 70) Use this terminal to hook up a sub-system in a secondary room. This hook up requires a separately sold IR receiver and allows you to use the receiver to hear different audio sources in different rooms.

  • Page 36: Setting Up For Surround Sound

    Setting Up for Surround Sound Displays & Controls Setting Up for Surround Sound To ensure the best possible surround sound, complete the following setup operations. Some of these are the same (and take precedence over) the settings you made in the Easy Setup Guide, so consider if the ones you made at that time were adequate.

  • Page 37: Surround Back System

    Surround Back System This setup selects how your surround back system will be used. If you want to use it for surround back speakers in your main speaker system choose NORMAL SYSTEM. In this case you won’t have any B (or secondary) speaker system as these speakers fill that role also for the VSX-53TX.

  • Page 38: Normal Setup

    Setting Up for Surround Sound NORMAL Setup This is the manual method to setup your sound parameters for surround sound. You don’t need to do this, however, if you did the AUTO SURROUND SETUP method on page 13. If you feel the settings in the AUTO SURROUND SETUP do not suit your personal tastes, the settings you input here will override them and allow you to adjust the parameters manually.

  • Page 39: Speaker Setting

    Speaker Setting The information below shows you how to select the correct settings for the type and number of speakers you connected. Most importantly, you need to decide how to route the sound for all the speakers you connected. To do this select the size of the front, center, surround and surround back speakers (if you hooked them up).

  • Page 40

    Setting Up for Surround Sound (THX Speaker:SMALL) (THX Speaker:SMALL) 1 SPEAKER SETTING should be selected. If it isn’t use the  buttons to select it. Press the ENTER button. The setup possibilities appear on your TV. 2 With the  buttons choose the speakers that you want to set.

  • Page 41: Channel Level

    Channel Level The following steps show you how to balance the sound output level of your speakers. Proper speaker balance is essential for obtaining high quality surround sound. If continuing from SPEAKER SETTING go to step 1. If starting fresh, complete steps 1–2 on page 38. Speaker Distance Left Left...

  • Page 42: Speaker Distance

    Setting Up for Surround Sound Speaker Distance Adding a slight delay to some speakers is necessary to achieve proper sound depth, separation as well as an effective surround sound effect. You need to figure out the distance from your listening position to your speakers to add the proper delay.

  • Page 43: Basic Operation, Stereo And Multichannel Playback

    Basic Operation Displays & Controls Stereo and Multichannel Playback The following instructions show you how to play sound sources with the VSX-53TX. Before doing so be sure to complete the setup procedures described in the “Easy Setup Guide Part 2” (starting on page 13) or “Setting Up for Surround Sound”...

  • Page 44: Selecting The Input Signal

    Basic Operation Selecting the Input Signal This button selects the type of input signal, AUTO, ANALOG or DIGITAL, sent to the receiver. You need to take special care to switch to the appropriate input when necessary. For example, the switch would have to be on DIGITAL to hear digital sources like Dolby Digital or DTS but it would have to be on analog to record from the ANALOG out jacks on the receiver.

  • Page 45: Listening Modes, Stereo Modes

    Listening Modes The three listening mode types on the receiver are explained here (to select listening modes see page 43). The kind of playback you can get in the three modes depends on what kind of a source (DVD, etc.) you are using. The basic distinction is between 2 channel sources and multichannel sources.

  • Page 46: Movie Modes (surround Mode)

    (for example, Dolby Digital or DTS). With two channel sources these first four modes will create surround channels. Next, there are six PIONEER original sound modes that use DSP (Digital Signal Processing) to create different types of sound environments as described below.

  • Page 47: Music Modes (surround Mode)

    (for example, Dolby Digital or DTS). With two channel sources these first two modes will create surround channels. Then there are five PIONEER original sound modes that use DSP (Digital Signal Processing) to create different types of sound environments as described below.

  • Page 48: Adjusting The Effect Of A Listening Mode

    Basic Operation Adjusting the Effect of a Listening Mode The DSP (Digital Signal Processing) listening modes have sound processing added to accentuate a certain kind of atmosphere or effect (see the preceding pages for explanation). You can choose if you want to strengthen or weaken this effect in the given mode.

  • Page 49: Listening With Acoustic Cal Eq, Digital Noise Reduction (digital Nr Function)

    Listening with ACOUSTIC CAL EQ You can listen to the soundtrack with the ACOUSTIC CAL EQ you set automatically when you did the AUTO SURROUND SETUP (page 13) or you set manually on (page 89). To do so follow the instructions below. MCACC indicator Digital Noise Reduction (DIGITAL NR Function) To reduce extraneous noise switch on DIGITAL NR.

  • Page 50: Listening In Midnight Mode, Listening In Loudness Mode

    Basic Operation Listening in MIDNIGHT Mode This useful feature makes it possible to get excellent surround sound effects even when listening at low volumes. It can be used with any surround sound source and play soundtracks so that the quieter sounds are audible even while playing a soundtrack at low volumes.

  • Page 51: Adjusting Bass And Treble, Listening With Sound Delay

    Adjusting Bass and Treble You can adjust the low (bass) and high (treble) frequencies. The TONE button can also be used to bypass the tone circuitry. 2 3 4 Listening with Sound Delay Some video displays have a slight delay in presentation of the video. Using sound delay you can slow the presentation of the sound to match the presentation of the video.

  • Page 52: Listening In Audio Scaler Mode

    Basic Operation Listening in Audio Scaler mode Use to hear CD and DVD, as well as other digital soundtracks, at a wider dynamic range, allowing for finer audio reproduction. 1 Press RECEIVER. 2 Press the HI-BIT button on the remote control or HI-BIT/HI-SAMPLING button on the front panel.

  • Page 53: Multi Channel In Playback

    Multi Channel In Playback MULTI CH IN allows you to connect a DVD-Audio/SACD player or an external decoder to enjoy certain multichannel discs. To use MULTI CH IN playback follow the instructions below. 1 Press the MULTI CH INPUT button on the remote control or the MULTI CH IN button on the front panel.

  • Page 54: Surround Back Channel Modes, Surround Back Channel Mode, Virtual Surround Back Mode

    VIRTL SB ON: virtual surround back sound is available with all SURROUND modes except THX CINEMA; for a stereo signal you must choose the NEO:6 MOVIE/MUSIC SURROUND mode or a Pioneer original sound mode (see pages 46 and 47). VIRTL SB AUTO: same as above except whether virtual...

  • Page 55: Dual Mono Setting And Playback, Using Headphones

    Dual Mono setting and playback The dual mono setting can only be used when listening to Dolby Digital or homemade discs that have dual mono software encoded in them. Dual mono software usually is used to put two different mono soundtracks, that you can listen to together or separately, on one DVD.

  • Page 56: Video Select, Adjusting The Brightness Of The Display (dimmer)

    Basic Operation Video Select This function allows you to listen to one sound source while you watch a different video source on your TV. The sound source is set in the normal fashion as explained on page 43. You then change the video input with the VIDEO SEL button.

  • Page 57: Using The Tuner, Automatic And Manual Tuning, Mpx Mode

    Using the Tuner Automatic and Manual Tuning The following steps show you how to tune in 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, see “Direct Access Tuning“ on the following page.

  • Page 58: Direct Access Tuning

    Using the Tuner Direct Access Tuning The following steps show you how to tune directly to a specific frequency using the remote control. 1 Press the TUNER button. This selects the tuner function on the receiver and sets the remote to the tuner operation mode. 2 Press the BAND button to select the band (FM or AM).

  • Page 59: Memorizing Frequently Used Stations

    Memorizing Frequently Used Stations The following steps show you how to memorize up to 30 radio stations in 3 classes (each holding 10 stations). When memorizing FM frequencies, the receiver also memorizes the MPX mode (STEREO or MONO). 3 4 2 (3-4) 5 1 Tune in the station you want.

  • Page 60: Naming Memorized Stations

    Using the Tuner Naming Memorized Stations 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 JAZZ for that station and when you listen to it the name, rather than the frequency number, will appear on your display.

  • Page 61: Recalling Memorized Stations

    Recalling Memorized Stations 1 Press the TUNER button. This selects the TUNER function on the receiver and sets the remote to the TUNER operation mode. STEREO PRO LOGIC Neo :6 LOUDNESS MIDNIGHT TONE DNR TUNED RF ATT DIGITAL AUTO DTS ES EX Hi-BIT/ DIGITAL MPEG AAC...

  • Page 62: Remote Control Of Other Components, Setting Up The Remote Control To Control Other Components

    Remote Control of Other Components Displays & Controls Remote Control of Other Components Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other Components In addition to controlling the receiver, the supplied remote control can operate your other components (VCR, TV, DVD, CD, etc.) after you program it to do so. If your component(s) are listed in the remote control's memory, simply follow the steps below.

  • Page 63

    Programming Signals from Other Remote Controls (LEARNING Mode) If preset codes are not available for your component(s), or the available preset codes do not operate correctly, you can use this procedure to program in signals from the remote control(s) of your other component(s). These steps can also be used to add further operations to the remote control that were successfully set with the stored settings (see page 62).

  • Page 64: Using Remote Control With Other Components, Cd/md/cd-r/vcr/dvd/ld/dvd Recorder Cassette Deck Operations

    Remote Control of Other Components Using Remote Control with Other Components CD/MD/CD-R/VCR/DVD/LD/DVD Recorder/Cassette Deck operations Button(s) SOURCE  Press to switch the components between STANDBY and ON. Press to return to the start of the current track or chapter. Repeated presses skips to the start of previous tracks or chapter.

  • Page 65: Cable Tv/satellite Tv/digital Tv/tv Operations

    Button(s) RETURN button Takes you to the previous menu.  Navigate menus/options. & ENTER Basic playback options. Cable TV/Satellite TV/Digital TV/TV operations Button(s) Press to switch the TV, Satellite TV or Cable TV between STANDBY TV and ON. INPUT SELECT Press to switch the TV input.

  • Page 66: Setting Up The Direct Function

    Remote Control of Other Components Setting up the Direct Function The direct function is designed in case you have an external video source connected to your TV (a video source that is not going through the VSX-53TX). For this explanation we'll call this the external video deck. You'd like to control external video deck with this unit's remote control so you've assigned it a function button (for example purposes, the VCR 2 button).

  • Page 67: Using Other Functions, Recording From Audio/video Components

    Using Other Functions Recording from Audio/Video Components The following explanations show you how make a recording from one component to another connected to this receiver. Note that an analog recorder (such as a VCR) cannot record from a source that is connected using only a digital connection.

  • Page 68: Second Zone (speaker System B) Setup, Stereo Playback In Another Room, Speakers Button

    Using Other Functions SECOND ZONE (Speaker System B) Setup Stereo playback in another room This setup enables you to listen to a pair of stereo speakers independently of the main speaker system (A speakers) hooked up to the receiver. The VSX-53TX has two possibilities for playback in another room. You can choose SECOND ZONE, and use the speakers hooked up to the surround back terminals as a B speaker system, that is, playing the same source as the main speaker system but from independent stereo speakers.

  • Page 69: Connecting Additional Amplifiers

    Connecting Additional Amplifiers This receiver has more than sufficient power for any home use, but it is possible to add additional amplifiers to every channel of your system. Make the connections shown below to add amplifiers to power your speakers. Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet.

  • Page 70: Multi Room Function, Multi Room Connections

    Using Other Functions MULTI ROOM function To use this receiver with a MULTI ROOM setup you need an external IR receiver. When used together with an IR receiver (not included), this receiver is capable of outputting two different sources at the same time.

  • Page 71: Multi Room Setup

    If you hook up a just a power amplifier in the sub room the VSX-53TX will act as a pre-amp. In this case choose VARIABLE. If you hook up a full integrated amplifier in the sub room (such as another Pioneer VSX receiver) choose FIXED. CAUTION! If the MULTI ROOM is set to FIXED the volume on the main unit will be set to maximum.

  • Page 72: Controlling The Multi Room System From The Main Room

    Using Other Functions Controlling the MULTI ROOM system from the main room 4 4 2 1 Memo: If you don't turn the MULTI ROOM function off the receiver will not turn off completely. 1 Press the MULTI ROOM & SOURCE ON/OFF button to turn on the MULTI ROOM system.

  • Page 73: Controlling The Multi Room System From The Sub Room

    When you are doing the REMOTE SETUP process the MULTI ROOM cannot be used. • If you use a PIONEER amplifier in the sub room, when you want to control the VSX-53TX only you will also change the settings in the sub room.

  • Page 74: The Pioneer Sr System: Operating Other Pioneer Components

    When operating MULTI ROOM & SOURCE with the MULTI ROOM & SOURCE OUT jacks connected to a sub room amplifier which bears the PIONEER component with an CONTROL terminals and has a remote sensor, both the IR receiver and the amplifier may receive remote control commands (making correct operation impossible).

  • Page 75: Multi Operations

    MULTI CONTROL button. You don't need to program power commands for this receiver or any other Pioneer components. They will automatically turn on when a multi operation is performed. (Programming Pioneer video components automatically turns on Pioneer TVs.) Memo: •...

  • Page 76: Performing Multi Operations

    1 Press the TV CONT button and TV  to turn on your TV (as explained above). 2 Press the DVD/LD button then SOURCE  to turn on your DVD player (if it is not a PIONEER product). 3 Press the DVD/LD button then  (play) to start playing the DVD player.

  • Page 77: System Off, Using System Off

    Do the following to use the SYSTEM OFF function. The SYSTEM OFF feature allows you to tell the receiver and your other components to stop and/or turn off with the remote control. Most Pioneer components will automatically turn off. The receiver itself will go off automatically as well.

  • Page 78: Resetting The Remote Control, Erasing Multi Operations, Erasing Learning Remote Control Commands

    Using Other Functions Resetting the Remote Control Erasing Multi Operations Erasing Learning Remote Control Commands Erasing All Remote Control Settings 1 Press and hold both the REMOTE SETUP button and 8 for more than 3 seconds. LED lights will blink 3 times and all multi operation settings will be erased.

  • Page 79: Resetting The Main Unit

    Resetting the Main Unit The following operations allow you to reset the unit to the default settings. Using Other Functions 1 While holding down the TONE button press the STANDBY/ON button for about three seconds. 2 When you see RESET? appear in the display, press the TONE –...

  • Page 80: Fine Tuning Your System, Thx Cinema Setup

    Fine Tuning Your System Fine Tuning Your System THX CINEMA Setup This setup lets you choose which decoding method for 2 channel sources the receiver will use for THX CINEMA. For more information on the decoding (playback) formats see "Techno Tidbits" starting on page 96. 1 Turn on the receiver and your TV, press RECEIVER on the remote con- trol.

  • Page 81: Assigning The Digital Inputs

    Assigning the Digital Inputs If you did not hook up your digital equipment in accordance with the default settings for the digital inputs (see pages 17, 19 and 22) you need to complete the procedure below. You have to do this in order to tell the receiver what digital equipment is hooked up to which terminal so the buttons on the remote correspond to what you have hooked 3-8 2 Memo:...

  • Page 82: Assigning The Component Video Inputs

    Fine Tuning Your System Assigning the Component Video Inputs This receiver has two component video inputs. Their default settings are video inputs for the DVD/LD (COMPONENT VIDEO IN 1) and TV/SAT (COMPONENT VIDEO IN 2) functions, but you can reassign them if you want to use them as video inputs for other receiver functions (for example a VCR).

  • Page 83: Function Rename

    Function Rename Use the FUNCTION RENAME capability to rename the display on the receiver and your OSD for different functions (DVD, etc.). For example, you could rename VCR1/DVR as DVR-7000. For this particular setup using the controls on the front panel is more convenient than using the remote control. Use the MULTI JOG dial instead of the  buttons and use the ENTER button on the front panel.

  • Page 84: V Trigger Function

    Fine Tuning Your System 12V TRIGGER function This feature allows you to hook up equipment (for example, a relay device) to this receiver that will send a power signal automatically when you select the function turned on here (for example, DVD/LD). To use this feature follow the steps below.

  • Page 85: Expert System Settings, Expert Setup

    Expert System Settings EXPERT Setup The settings here can only be done if you've performed the more basic preliminary setups. Thus, before doing these settings do either AUTO SETTING on page 13 or NORMAL setup page 38. These settings are to further heighten your surround sound.

  • Page 86: Crossover Network

    Expert System Settings Crossover Network Crossover frequency is the point where the receiver divides the high and low sounds (the frequencies) between the speakers. Certain bass sounds will play back from the subwoofer if you selected it as YES (or PLUS) or from the front speakers if you selected them as LARGE.

  • Page 87: Fine Channel Level

    Fine Channel Level The following steps show you how to balance the sound output level of your speakers more finely than in the NORMAL setup (see page 38). Proper speaker balance is essential for obtaining high quality surround sound and the better the speaker balance the better surround sound you can get.

  • Page 88: Fine Channel Delay

    Expert System Settings Fine Channel Delay The following steps show you how to adjust the delay level of your speakers more finely than in the NORMAL setup (see page 38). Adding a slight delay to some speakers is necessary to achieve proper sound depth, separation as well as an effective surround sound effect.

  • Page 89: Acoustic Calibration Eq

    Acoustic Calibration EQ This receiver lets you choose between two types of ACOUSTIC CAL EQ equalizer curves: ALL CH ADJUST and FRONT ALIGN, with the former equalizing the speakers individually and the latter equalizing the speakers in accordance with the front speakers. Features here allow you to put in your own equalizer preferences. To do this use the DATA COPY feature to copy the settings in ALL CH ADJUST and FRONT ALIGN modes and paste them into CUSTOM 1 or CUSTOM 2.

  • Page 90

    Expert System Settings To start the process use DATA COPY to paste the ALL CH ADJUST or FRONT ALIGN settings into CUSTOM 1 or CUS- TOM 2. Follow steps 1-5 on page 85, if necessary, to get to the starting point mentioned here. 1 ACOUSTIC CAL EQ should be selected, if it isn’t use the ...

  • Page 91

    For explanation purposes the illustrations use ALL CH ADJUST. Left Right Expert System Settings This explanation is for CUSTOM 1 or CUSTOM 2. 1 The four possibilities should be on the OSD. Use the  buttons to select CUSTOM 1 or CUSTOM 2. Press ENTER.

  • Page 92

    Expert System Settings 5 Use the  buttons to adjust the frequency. When you have it at the level you want press ENTER. Set the frequencies within the –6 dB to +6 dB range in steps of 0.5 dB. If OVER appears in the display you have set the levels too high.

  • Page 93

    Left Right Expert System Settings To use the DATA CHECK feature follow the steps here. 1 Use the  buttons to select DATA CHECK. Press ENTER. 2 Select either ALL CH ADJUST or FRONT ALIGN as the data you want to check.

  • Page 94: Bass Peak Level

    Expert System Settings Bass Peak Level The LFE (Low Frequency Effect) channel in Dolby Digital and DTS program sources can produce heavily concentrated ultra-low bass tones that may exceed the capabilities of your speaker system. The following steps show you how to limit the peak level for the LFE channel. If continuing from the preceding page the BASS PEAK LEVEL should be selected.

  • Page 95: Dynamic Range Control

    Dynamic Range Control This feature makes it possible to enjoy full surround sound effects on Dolby Digital and DTS sources even at low volumes. It does this by compressing the dynamic range. Dynamic range is the difference between the loudest and the softest sounds in any given signal.

  • Page 96: Techno Tidbits And Problem-solving, Dolby, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic Ii, Dolby Digital Surround Ex

    Techno Tidbits and Problem-solving Techno Tidbits and Problem-solving Dolby Dolby Digital Dolby Digital is a discrete digital surround format used for multichannel surround sound. It was developed after the Dolby Surround System and Dolby Pro Logic Surround System. Dolby Digital is a high quality digital sound format that is used by many theatrical film releases.

  • Page 97: Dts-es, Dts Neo:6, Dts 96/24

    Because of these differences we often miss the power and emotion that thrills us in a good movie. Now Pioneer and THX have teamed up to bring the full glory of accurate cinema sound to the comfort and convenience of your home.

  • Page 98: Troubleshooting

    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...

  • Page 99

    Symptom Cause Setup The setup screen doesn't • The output jacks haven't been con- appear. nected properly. • The TV hasn't been connected to the MONITOR OUT jack. • You connected your TV to the MULTI- ROOM & SOURCE MONITOR OUT jack instead of the main MONITOR OUT jack.

  • Page 100

    Techno Tidbits and Problem-solving Symptom No sound output from the subwoofer. No sound output from the surround back speakers. No sound output from one (set of) speaker(s). Sound is produced from some components, but not from digital components. Cause • The subwoofer setting is NO. •...

  • Page 101

    Symptom Cause Other audio problems Subwoofer output is very low. • Settings route signal away from sub- woofer. During multi channel • That speaker is set to NO. playback, there is no sound output from one speaker. A multi channel DVD source •...

  • Page 102

    Techno Tidbits and Problem-solving Symptom Video No image is output when a function is selected. There is no image coming from the selected component video jacks. Can't record video. Input/display The display is dark. You can't get DIGITAL to come up when using the SIGNAL SELECT button.

  • Page 103

    Symptom Cause During playback of a 96kHz • SIGNAL SELECT is set to ANALOG source, the display doesn't show 96kHz Remote control Cannot be remote controlled. • The remote control batteries have worn out. • Too far away or improper angle of opera- tion.

  • Page 104: Preset Code Brands

    Techno Tidbits and Problem-solving Preset Code Brands Manufacturer Code PIONEER 1001, 1002, 1003 DENON 1004 1005 PANASONIC 1002 PHILIPS 1006 1007 SAMSUNG 1008 SONY 1009 TOSHIBA 1010 YAMAHA 1011, 1012 Manufacturer Code PIONEER 2001, 2002 DENON 2003 KENWOOD 2004 PANASONIC...

  • Page 105

    EST 1924 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.

  • Page 106: Specifications

    Techno Tidbits and Problem-solving Specifications Amplifier Section Continuous average power output of 100 watts* per channel, min., at 8 ohms, from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz with no more than 0.09%** total harmonic distortion (front). Continuous Power Output Front ... 100 W +100 W (20 Hz – 20 kHz, 0.09%, 8 ) Center ...

  • Page 107

    Published by Pioneer Corporation. Copyright © 2003 Pioneer Corporation. All rights reserved. <TNMWF/03C00001> Printed in <ARB7285-A>...

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