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AV Receiver
VSX-43
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    • Receive free tips, updates and service bulletins on your new product • Improve product development Your input helps us continue to design products that meet your needs. • Receive a free Pioneer newsletter Registered customers can opt in to receive a monthly newsletter. Operating Instructions...

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    VENTILATION CAUTION IMPORTANT When installing this unit, make sure to leave space around the unit for ventilation to improve heat radiation CAUTION (at least 40 cm at top, 20 cm at rear, and 20 cm at each RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK side).

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    This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003. D8-10-1-3_A1_En Only use attachments/accessories specified by Read these instructions. the manufacturer. Keep these instructions. Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or Heed all warnings. CAUTION table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with Follow all instructions.

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Contents Thank you for buying this Pioneer product. Please read 03 Basic Setup 06 Playback with NETWORK features through these operating instructions so you will know how to Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) . . 23 Introduction ........39 operate your model properly.

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Contents 08 Using the MULTI-ZONE feature MULTI-ZONE listening ......54 Making MULTI-ZONE connections ....54 Using the MULTI-ZONE controls .

  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Before you start Flow of settings on the receiver The unit is a full-fledged AV receiver equipped with an The Speaker System setting (page Checking what’s in the box abundance of functions and terminals. It can be used easily (Specify either using the surround back front height after following the procedure below to make the connections Please check that you’ve received the following supplied Speaker Bi-amp ZONE 2 speaker.)

  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Chapter Controls and displays Front panel – Use with /, PRESET / INPUT SELECTOR dial TUNER EDIT TUNE PHONES jack Selects an input source (page 25). to memorize and name stations for recall Use to connect headphones. When the headphones are ENTER (page 32).

  • Page 8: Table Of Contents

    Controls and displays Character display DIR. Switches between ECO Mode 1/ECO Mode 2. When ECO Displays various system information. Lights when the DIRECT or PURE DIRECT mode is switched Mode is turned ON, the display will go dark (page 35). (page 35).

  • Page 9: Table Of Contents

    Controls and displays • The following buttons are not used with this receiver: – Displays the disc ‘top’ menu of a Blu-ray TOP MENU Remote control Disc/DVD. PTY, SHIFT – Displays the HOME MENU screen. HOME MENU SLEEP – Confirm and exit the current menu screen. RETURN Press to change the amount of time before the receiver RECEIVER...

  • Page 10: Table Of Contents

    Controls and displays – Press to switch on/off Acoustic Calibration EQ VOLUME +/– Operating range of remote control setting (page 36). Use to set the listening volume. The remote control may not work properly if: – Press to switch on/off Phase Control (page 36).

  • Page 11: Determining The Speakers' Application

    Chapter Connecting your equipment Speaker B connection Bi-amping connection Determining the speakers’ application You can use the speakers connected to the B speaker Bi-amping connection of the front speakers for high sound terminals to listen to stereo playback in another room. See quality with 5.1-channel surround sound.

  • Page 12: Some Tips For Improving Sound Quality, Connecting The Speakers

    Connecting your equipment • Surround and surround back speakers should be Some tips for improving sound quality positioned 60 cm to 90 cm higher than your ears and titled Connecting the speakers Where you put your speakers in the room has a big effect on slight downward.

  • Page 13: Speakers

    Connecting your equipment Connection diagram CAUTION The front height terminals can also be used for Speaker B. • These speaker terminals carry HAZARDOUS LIVE voltage. To prevent the risk of electric shock when connecting or disconnecting the speaker cables, disconnect the power cord Front height setting before touching any uninsulated parts.

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    Connecting your equipment Front Bi-Amp connection Front left Front right Hight Hight Front height left Center Front height right Subwoofer Surround right Surround left...

  • Page 15: Switching The Speaker Terminal, About Hdmi

    Connecting your equipment resolutions that may not be displayed. In this case, use a Switching the speaker terminal Making cable connections (analog) composite connection. When the The Speaker System setting on page 52 is set to Make sure not to bend the cables over the top of this unit (as •...

  • Page 16: Digital Audio Cables, Video Cables

    Connecting your equipment • 3D, Deep Color, x.v.Color, 4K signal transfer and Audio Note Return Channel are only possible when connected to a About video outputs connection • When connecting optical cables, be careful when inserting compatible component. This receiver is not loaded with a video converter. When you the plug not to damage the shutter protecting the optical •...

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    Connecting your equipment Connecting a TV and playback components DVD player HDMI/DVI-compatible components Blu-ray Disc player Connecting using HDMI If you have an HDMI or DVI (with HDCP) equipped component (Blu-ray Disc player, etc.), you can connect it to this receiver HDMI OUT using a commercially available HDMI cable.

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    Connecting your equipment Connecting your TV with no HDMI input DVD player Set-top box This diagram shows connections of a TV (with no HDMI input) and DVD player (or other playback component) to the receiver. • With these connections, the picture is not output to the TV Select one Select one VIDEO OUT...

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    ADAPTER necessary to set up the network manually. For details, see interface When the Bluetooth ADAPTER (Pioneer Model No. AS-BT100 Network Setup menu on page or AS-BT200) is connected to this unit, a product equipped By connecting this receiver to the network via the LAN with Bluetooth wireless technology (portable cell phone, terminal, you can listen to Internet radio stations.

  • Page 20: Connecting Antennas, Connecting An Ir Receiver

    Connecting your equipment Using external antennas Connecting antennas Connecting an IR receiver Connect the AM loop antenna and the FM wire antenna as If you keep your stereo components in a closed cabinet or To improve FM reception shown below. To improve reception and sound quality, shelving unit, or you wish to use the sub zone remote control Use an F connector (not supplied) to connect an external FM connect external antennas (see...

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    The iPod cable is not included with this receiver. The It is possible to play audio and photo files by connecting USB optional iPod cable from Pioneer is sold separately under devices to this receiver. the part number L308102013030-IL. Contact the Pioneer Customer Support division for more information on ...

  • Page 22: Input, Plugging In The Receiver

    A damaged power cord can cause a fire or give you an Video camera (etc.) 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. MHL cable (sold •...

  • Page 23: Automatically Setting Up For Surround Sound (mcacc)

    Chapter Basic Setup • Press at any time to exit the Home HOME MENU Switch on the receiver and your TV. Automatically setting up for surround sound Menu. If you cancel the Auto MCACC setup at any time, the receiver automatically exits and no settings (MCACC) Switch the TV input to the input that connects this will be made.

  • Page 24: Other Problems When Using The Auto Mcacc Setup

    Basic Setup appliances (air conditioner, fridge, fan, etc.), that may be Wait for the test tones to finish. Make sure ‘OK’ is selected, then press ENTER. affecting the environment and switch them off if necessary. If A progress report is displayed on-screen while the If the screen in step 8 is left untouched for 10 seconds there are any instructions showing in the front panel display, receiver outputs test tones to determine the speakers...

  • Page 25: Selecting The Audio Input Signal

    Chapter Basic playback If you selected the proper input source and there is still Selecting the audio input signal Playing a source no sound, select the audio input signal for playback (see The audio input signal can be selected for each input source. Selecting the audio input signal below).

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    Basic playback • When digital input (optical or coaxial) is selected, this receiver can only play back Dolby Digital, PCM (32 kHz to 96 kHz) and DTS (including DTS 96 kHz/24 bit) digital signal • In order to enjoy the picture and/or sound from devices connected to each terminal, select the input by doing the following. formats.

  • Page 27: Playing Back Files Stored On An Ipod, Basic Playback Controls, Watching Photos And Video Content

    Installing software versions other than indicated on the browse that category. the composite MONITOR OUT jack and TV. The photos website of Pioneer to your iPod/iPhone/iPad may result in • When  or  is pressed at the list screen, the and video content will not appear if you have connected incompatibility with this receiver.

  • Page 28: Device, Power On

    • To return to the previous level any time, press RETURN. to iPod/USB. • Pioneer cannot guarantee compatibility (operation and/or • Use a dedicated AC adapter (supplied with the device) Continue browsing until you arrive at what you want to bus power) with all USB mass storage devices and for USB power.

  • Page 29: About Playable File Formats

    88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, but some parts of the specification are not supported; ENTER ENTER 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz specifically, Pro, Lossless, Voice. Uncompressed FLAC files are not supported. Pioneer does not Quantization bitrate 16 bit, 24 bit HOME guarantee playback. MENU...

  • Page 30: Power On

    Pairing is required when you first use Bluetooth wireless Wireless music play technology device and Bluetooth ADAPTER. When the Bluetooth ADAPTER (Pioneer Model No. AS-BT100 • To enable Bluetooth communication, pairing should be or AS-BT200) is connected to this unit, a product equipped...

  • Page 31: Air Jam

    AIR JAM Bluetooth wireless technology device. Press to set the ADAPTER input, then conduct Air Jam – a Pioneer-exclusive application and available for ADAPTER the pairing operation on the Bluetooth wireless technology free. From the Bluetooth wireless technology device list, device.

  • Page 32: Listening To The Radio, Saving Station Presets

    Basic playback Note Saving station presets Listening to the radio • Bluetooth technology works with iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, If you often listen to a particular radio station, it’s convenient The following steps show you how to tune in to FM and AM iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone, iPad (3rd and 4th to have the receiver store the frequency for easy recall radio broadcasts using the automatic (search) and manual...

  • Page 33: Listening To Station Presets, Naming Preset Stations

    Basic playback Listening to station presets You will need to have some presets stored to do this. See Saving station presets above if you haven’t done this already.  PRESET / Press to select the station preset you want. • You can also use the number buttons on the remote control to recall the station preset.

  • Page 34: Choosing The Listening Mode

    Chapter Listening to your system Note Choosing the listening mode • Stereo surround (matrix) formats are decoded accordingly This receiver offers a variety of listening modes to using NEO:6 CINEMA or DOLBY PLIIx MUSIC (see accommodate playback of various audio formats. Choose one Listening in surround sound below for more on these according to your speaker environment or the source.

  • Page 35: Using Stream Direct, Using The Sound Retriever, On (page

    Listening to your system If surround back channel processing (page 36) is switched off, Sources are heard according to the settings Note DIRECT or the surround back speakers are set to NO, DOLBY PLIIx made in the Manual SP Setup (speaker •...

  • Page 36: Listening With Acoustic Calibration Eq

    Listening to your system  • With a 7.1-channel surround system, audio signals that While listening to a source, press , then press RECEIVER Listening with Acoustic Calibration EQ have undergone matrix decoding processing through PHASE to switch the P.CTL (Phase Control) ON or OFF. surround back channel processing to which the Up Mix You can listen to sources using the Acoustic Calibration Note...

  • Page 37: Setting The Audio Options

    Listening to your system • Depending on the positions of the speakers and the sound Important Setting/What it does Option(s) source, in some cases it may not be possible to achieve • Note that if a setting doesn’t appear in the AUDIO EQ (Acoustic Calibration EQ) good results.

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    Listening to your system Only when listening to 2-channel sources in NEO:6 CINEMA Setting/What it does Option(s) Setting/What it does Option(s) and NEO:6 MUSIC mode. DRC (Dynamic Range Control) –3 to +3 DIMEN (Dimension) AUTO Adjusts the level of dynamic range for movie Default: 0 Adjusts the surround sound balance from soundtracks optimized for Dolby Digital, DTS,...

  • Page 39: About Playable Dlna Network Devices, Authorizing This Receiver

    Playback the music files stored in PCs on the Pioneer website. AirPlay may not be compatible with Digital Media Controller (DMC). Devices controlled by this You can playback a lot of musics stored in your PCs using this iPod, iPhone, iPad or iTunes software versions other than DMC to play files are called DMRs (Digital Media Renderers).

  • Page 40: Playback With Network Functions, Power On

    NETWORK to switch the remote control to the When NETRADIO is selected, the radio station that Pioneer website for up to date information about compatible NETRADIO, PANDORA, M.SERVER or FAVORITE was playing last time is played. devices and audio format support.

  • Page 41: Listening To Pandora Internet Radio

    In this case of the world. Some are hosted, managed, and broadcast by receiver, use this access code to access the special Pioneer they are registered on the receiver as favorite broadcast...

  • Page 42: Network, Playing Back Your Favorite Songs

    Playback with NETWORK features Playing back audio files stored on components on Network Configuration The Network Setup menu the network Setting up the network to listen to Internet radio on this IP address/Proxy setting This unit allows you to play music on media servers connected receiver.

  • Page 43: Firmware Update

    / to set the position, determine the IP address. If an update file does not exist in the Pioneer’s website, to confirm your selection. ENTER • The IP address determined by the Auto IP function is updating the firmware for the receiver is not necessary.

  • Page 44: Friendly Name Setting Using Safari Browser, Firmware Update Using Safari Browser

    Playback with NETWORK features Select ‘Firmware Update’ from the Network Setup Network setting using Safari browser Friendly Name setting using Safari browser menu. Launch Safari on your computer. Launch Safari on your computer. The receiver checks whether the USB memory device inserted into the USB port on the receiver’s front panel Press Bookmark icon.

  • Page 45: Factory Reset

    Playback with NETWORK features Click Firmware Update. Browse the latest firmware on your computer (a) and Factory Reset then press Upload (b). Use to reset all network connection settings to their initial, The extension of the firmware is fw. Please select a file factory-setting condition.

  • Page 46: About Network Playback

    WARRANTY. refer to the operating instructions for the software or device affect unprotected content. When you download licenses for IN NO EVENT WILL PIONEER, ITS AFFILIATES, OR THEIR for more information. protected content, you agree that Microsoft may include a RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, OR EMPLOYEES BE DLNA™, the DLNA Logo and DLNA CERTIFIED™...

  • Page 47: About Playback Behavior Over A Network

    FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is an audio format allows through various devices wherever you like in your home. Pioneer is not responsible for any malfunction of the player lossless codec. Audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss This software can be downloaded from Microsoft’s website.

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    32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, but some parts of the specification are not supported; 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, specifically, Pro, Lossless, Voice. 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz Uncompressed FLAC files are not supported. Pioneer does not Quantization bitrate 16 bit, 24 bit guarantee playback. Channel...

  • Page 49: Using The Home Menu, Manual Speaker Setup

    Chapter Home Menu Select the setting you want to adjust. Using the Home Menu Manual speaker setup The following section shows you how to make detailed This receiver allows you to make detailed settings to optimize Home Me nu settings to specify how you’re using the receiver, and also the surround sound performance.

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    Home Menu • Center – Select LARGE if your center speaker reproduces • If you have a subwoofer and like lots of bass, it may seem Channel Level bass frequencies effectively, or select SMALL to send bass logical to select LARGE for your front speakers and PLUS Using the channel level settings, you can adjust the overall frequencies to the other speakers or subwoofer.

  • Page 51: Speaker Distance, Component Input

    Home Menu Adjust the level of each channel using /. Select ‘Manual SP Setup’ from the Home Menu. Select the desired input option for the ANALOG IN1 If you selected Manual, use / to switch speakers. The audio input terminal. Select ‘Speaker Distance’...

  • Page 52: The Auto Power Down Menu, The Speaker System Setting

    Home Menu • OFF – The AirPlay function cannot be used when the The Auto Power Down menu receiver is in the standby mode (This lets you reduce The Speaker System setting power consumption in the standby mode). Set to automatically turn off the receiver after a specified time Specify either using the surround back speaker (or the If the Network Standby setting is set to ON, the has passed (when the power has been on with no operation...

  • Page 53: The Osd Setup Menu

    Home Menu The 12 V Trigger Setting The OSD Setup menu If the input switches over to the input function set here, a Sets the overlay function ON/OFF. control signal is output from the receiver’s 12 V trigger Select ‘OSD Setup’ from the Home Menu. terminal, and operations such as power coupling with other devices and equipment can be achieved.

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    Chapter Using the MULTI-ZONE feature • When the receiver is on, make sure that any operations MULTI-ZONE remote controls MULTI-ZONE listening for the sub zone are done while ZONE lights in the Press button on the remote control, then with RECEIVER display.

  • Page 55: Making Control With Hdmi Connections, Hdmi Setup

    Synchronized operations below with a Control with HDMI- Important Select ‘HDMI Setup’ from the Home Menu. compatible Pioneer TV or Blu-ray Disc player are possible • When connecting this system or changing connections, be when the component is connected to the receiver using an Ho me Me nu 5 .

  • Page 56: About Synchronized Operations

    Control with HDMI function • LAST – The HDMI input signal selected previously will When in the synchronized amp mode, the synchronized be output. amp mode is canceled if an operation that produces sound from the TV is performed from the TV’s menu •...

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    Chapter Controlling the rest of your system Setting the remote to control other Selecting preset codes directly Clearing all the remote control settings You can clear all presets and restore the factory default components settings. Most components can be assigned to one of the input ...

  • Page 58: Preset Code List

    Press to advance to the start of the next track.  +/– Category Repeated presses skips to the start of following Adjust the TV volume. TV CONTROL tracks. Pioneer 0004 Preset code VOL +/– Pause playback or recording.  Manufacturer Press to switch the component assigned to the SOURCE button on or off.

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    Zenith 6112 CD-R Pioneer 5001, 5053, 5071 Cable Set Top Box (Cable/ Philips 5054 PVR Combination) Yamaha 5055 Pioneer 6029, 6325, 6328, 6329 Amino 6078 Tuner Bright House 6074, 6029 Pioneer 5060 Cable One 6074, 6029 Cablevision 6074, 6029 Laser Disc Player...

  • Page 62: Troubleshooting, General

    Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on  Switch the LFE ATT (LFE Attenuate) on page 38 to LFEATT 0 or power and call a Pioneer authorized independent service page 23 to set up your system again using MCACC (this will LFEATT 5. company.

  • Page 63: Network Feature

    Additional information  technology. Check the setting of the Bluetooth wireless played back on Windows Media Player 11 or Windows Media After using the Auto MCACC setup, the speaker size technology device. Player 12. Try using another server. Refer to the operation setting (LARGE or SMALL) is incorrect.

  • Page 64: Windows 7

    Additional information   This receiver is HDCP-compatible. Check that the components Cannot access Windows Media Player 11 or Windows Configuration you are connecting are also HDCP-compatible. If they are not, Media Player 12. Connect your HDMI-equipped component directly to the ...

  • Page 65: Apple Lossless Audio Codec, About Flac

    Additional information About iPod/iPhone/iPad Apple Lossless Audio Codec About messages displayed when using Copyright © 2011 Apple Inc. All rights reserved. network functions Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0. You may Refer to the following information when you come up with a obtain a copy of the License at status message while operating the Network functions.

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    Additional information Resetting the main unit Use this procedure to reset all the receiver’s settings to the factory default. Use the front panel controls to do this. • For instructions on resetting the network connection settings, see Factory Reset on page Switch the receiver into standby.

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    Additional information Network Section The Safety of Your Ears is in Your Hands Specifications LAN terminal ....10 BASE-T/100 BASE-TX Get the most out of your equipment by playing it at a safe level –...

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