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Harman-Kardon AVR 445 Owner's Manual

Harman-kardon audio/video receiver owner's manual avr 445.

 
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Designed to Entertain
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AVR 445
AUDIO/VIDEO RECEIVER
OWNER'S MANUAL
AVR
445

Summary of Contents

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    ® Designed to Entertain ™ AVR 445 AUDIO/VIDEO RECEIVER OWNER’S MANUAL...

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    AVR 445 AUDIO/VIDEO RECEIVER Introduction Important Safety Information Unpacking Front-Panel Controls Rear-Panel Connections Main Remote Control Functions ZR 10 Remote Control Functions Installation and Connections System Configuration Speaker Placement In/Out Setup Audio Setup Surround Setup Using EzSet/EQ Manual Setup Speaker Size and Crossover...

  • Page 3: Introduction

    Although the power of the AVR 445 makes them easy to use, we strongly recommend that you take a few minutes to read this owner’s manual to familiarize yourself with how the full suite of AVR 445 features and capabilities are configured and used in day-to-day operation.

  • Page 4: Important Safety Information, Unpacking

    Do not obstruct the ventilation slots on the top of Í Í the unit, or place objects directly over them. Due to the weight of the AVR 445 and the heat Í Í generated by the amplifiers, there is the remote possibility that the rubber padding on the bottom of the unit’s feet may leave marks on certain wood...

  • Page 5: Front-panel Controls

    NOTE: To make it easier to follow the instructions that refer to this illustration, a larger copy may be downloaded from the Product Support section for this product at www.harmankardon.com. The following controls and indicators are available on the AVR 445’s front panel: 1 Standby/On Switch...

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    ) Volume Control: Turn this knob clockwise to increase the volume, counterclockwise to decrease the volume. If the AVR 445 is muted, adjusting the volume control will automatically release the unit from the silenced condition.

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    NOTE: This switch is normally left in the “ON” position. B Headphone Jack: This jack may be used to lis- ten to the AVR 445’s output through a pair of head- phones. Be certain that the headphones have a stan- dard 1/4"...

  • Page 8: Rear-panel Connections

    REAR-PANEL CONNECTIONS REAR-PANEL CONNECTIONS NOTE: To make it easier to follow the instructions that refer to this illustration, a larger copy may be downloaded from the Product Support section for this product at www.harmankardon.com. Preamp Outputs Subwoofer Output Tape Outputs A-BUS Connector Tape Inputs Surround Speaker Outputs...

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    AVR 445 will automatically send a low-voltage signal to the connected device that turns it on when the AVR 445 is on, and off when the AVR 445 is placed in the Standby mode. The con- nected component must respond to a 6-volt presence as the control signal.

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    & Play module is connected to this jack, and the XM service activated, you will be able to enjoy the XM Radio through your AVR 445. See page 39 for more information. USB Connector: Connect a cable with a USB “Mini B”...

  • Page 11: Main Remote Control Functions

    Lens NOTES: • The function names shown here are each button’s feature when used with the AVR 445. Most buttons have additional functions when used with other devices. When a button is pressed, the function name will appear in the bottom line of the LCD Information Display c.

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    AVR Selector: Pressing this button will switch the remote so that it will operate the AVR 445’s functions. If the AVR 445 is in the Standby mode, it will also turn the AVR 445 on. Test Button: Press this button to begin the sequence used to manually calibrate the AVR 445’s...

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    Selectors have been pressed. s Transport Fast-Play/Scan Buttons: These but- tons have no direct function on the AVR 445, but they are used when the remote is programmed for a com- patible DVD, CD or tape player. Pressing these buttons...

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    Lens: The infrared emitters behind the plastic lens at the top of the remote communicate the remote codes to the AVR 445. Be certain that the lens is not covered when using the remote, and point the lens toward the AVR for best results. In learning mode, the remote receives IR codes to be learned through a sensor behind the lens.

  • Page 15: Zr 10 Remote Control Functions

    ß Mute Button † IR Transmitter Lens NOTES: • The ZR 10 remote may be used either in the same room where the AVR 445 is located or in a separate room with an optional infrared sensor or A-BUS ® product that is connected to the AVR 445’s Multiroom IR Input...

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    AVR 445’s configuration settings. ç AVR Selector Button: Press this button to turn on the AVR 445. The input in use when the unit was last on will be selected. ∂ Input Selectors: When the AVR 445 is off, press one of these buttons to select a specific input and turn the unit on.

  • Page 17: Installation And Connections

    Optical and Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs 4. Connect the coaxial or optical Digital Audio Outputs on the rear panel of the AVR 445 to the match- ing digital input connections on a CD-R, MiniDisc or other digital recorder.

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    AVR 445’s rear panel. Option 2: Connect the Multiroom Audio Outputs on the AVR 445 to the inputs of an optional stereo power amplifier. Run high-quality speaker wire from the amplifier to the speakers in the remote room.

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    AVR’s rear panel. NOTES ON USB: • The USB port on the AVR 445 is to be used only for connection to a computer or a hub connected directly to a computer. DO NOT connect it to other...

  • Page 20: System Configuration, Speaker Placement

    SYSTEM CONFIGURATION When all audio, video and system connections have been made, the final steps before listening to your new AVR are to make the configuration adjustments that tailor the unit to the other components in your system, as well as accommodate your personal listening pref- erences.

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    You are now ready to power up the AVR 445 to begin these final adjustments. 1. Make certain that the AC power cord is firmly inserted into the AC Power Cord Socket and plug the cord into an unswitched AC outlet.

  • Page 22: In/out Setup

    SYSTEM CONFIGURATION SYSTEM CONFIGURATION Setting the System Configuration Memory The AVR 445 features an advanced memory system that enables you to establish different configurations for the component video assignment, digital input and surround mode and other settings for each input source.

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    Video 4 jacks are now record outputs. NOTE: Selection of the front-panel jacks as outputs will remain effective as long as the AVR 445 is on. Once the unit is turned off, the jacks will revert to their normal use as inputs when the unit is turned on again.

  • Page 24: Audio Setup, Surround Setup

    – you may change it later. However, to make it easier to establish the initial parameters for the AVR 445, we suggest Logic 7 (Cinema or Music) for most analog inputs. For inputs such as a CD Player, Tape Deck or Tuner, you may wish to set the mode to Stereo (“Surround Off”), as...

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    Stereo mode in the PCM menus) should never be disabled. A complete list of the AVR 445’s surround modes is found on page 58, but here are some items that will help you decide which modes you want included in your setup, and which modes you may wish to turn off.

  • Page 26: Using Ezset/eq

    BACK TO MASTER MENU and press the Set Button pœ to return to the main menu so that you may move to the next step in configuring your AVR 445. Using EzSet/EQ The AVR 445 uses Harman Kardon’s EzSet/EQ tech-...

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    Step 5. At this point, a series of test tones will circu- late among all the speakers in your system. While this is happening, the AVR 445 is reading the signal to determine which speaker positions are active, what type of speaker is present at each active position,...

  • Page 28: Manual Setup

    However, if you feel that your listening room or system components are best suited to manual entry of these settings, the AVR 445 also allows you to enter or trim any of these system parameters. Even if you do make...

  • Page 29: Speaker Size And Crossover

    EzSet/EQ, to accommodate personal listening preferences. The menu system used in your AVR 445 differs somewhat from conventional speaker setup menus in that it consolidates the speaker “size” and crossover into one convenient menu.

  • Page 30: Delay Settings

    “sweet spot” position. In addition to providing delaying adjustments for each individual speaker position, the AVR 445 allows you to adjust the delay for the combined output of all speak- ers as a group. This feature is called A/V Sync Delay;...

  • Page 31: Output Level Adjustment

    Output level adjustment is a key part of the configura- tion of any surround sound product. It is particularly important for a digital receiver such as the AVR 445, as correct outputs ensure that you hear soundtracks with the proper directionality and intensity.

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    SYSTEM CONFIGURATION SYSTEM CONFIGURATION AVR 445 back on and return to this menu to resume the channel adjustment procedure. If any speaker con- nections were changed we also recommend that you rerun EzSet/EQ before making any manual calibration adjustments.

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    Once the settings outlined on the previous pages have been made, the AVR 445 is ready for operation. While there are some additional settings to be made, these are best done after you have had an opportunity to lis-...

  • Page 34: Operation, Basic Operation, Source Selection

    OPERATION Basic Operation Once you have completed the initial setup and configu- ration, the AVR 445 is simple to operate and enjoy. The following instructions will help you maximize the enjoy- ment of your new receiver: Turning the AVR 445 On or Off •...

  • Page 35: Volume And Tone Control, Surround Mode Selection, Digital Audio Playback

    Display Line when the Dolby Headphone mode is in use. Surround Mode Selection One of the most important features of the AVR 445 is its ability to reproduce a full multichannel surround sound field from digital sources, analog matrix surround-encoded programs and standard stereo programs.

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    With the AVR 445 you are able to not only play back the origi- nal compatible digital format, but using the processing power of the Texas Instruments DSP processor, it is possible to decode the basic digital track for 2.0 or...

  • Page 37: Usb Playback

    For information about the specific setting on your source player, consult the manufacturer. This is not a problem with the AVR 445, but rather it is a by-product of HDMI and its associated content protection systems.

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    DVD player (usually with the “Audio Select” button or in a menu screen on the disc) to send a full 5.1 feed to the AVR 445. It is also possible for the type of signal feed to change during the course of a DVD’s playback.

  • Page 39: Am/fm Tuner Operation, Xm Radio Operation

    (Fig. 3) to DSP DWNMIX. The digital signals will be passed through to the Digital Audio Outputs Bridge Using The AVR 445 is equipped for use with Harman Kardon’s Bridge optional iPod docking station. When The Bridge is connected to the AVR and an...

  • Page 40: Recording, Front-panel Connections

    Once changed to an output, the setting will remain as long as the AVR 445 is turned on, unless the setting is changed in the OSD menu system. However, once the AVR 445 is turned off, the setting is canceled.

  • Page 41: Output Level Trim Adjustment, Dim Function

    Repeat the procedure as needed until all channels requiring adjustment have been set. When all adjust- ments have been made and no further adjustments are made for 5 seconds, the AVR 445 will return to normal operation. The output levels may also be adjusted using the...

  • Page 42: Advanced Features, Front-panel Display Fade, Display Brightness, Turn-on Volume, Semi-osd Settings

    Turn-On Volume Level As is the case with most audio/video receivers, when the AVR 445 is turned on, it will always return to the volume setting in effect when the unit was turned off. However, you may prefer to always have the AVR 445 turn on at a specific setting, regardless of what was last in use when the unit was turned off.

  • Page 43: Full-osd Time-out Adjustment, Dmp/the Bridge Auto Power

    Full-OSD Time-Out Adjustment The FULL OSD menu system is used to simplify the setup and adjustment of the AVR 445 by using a series of on-screen menus. The factory default setting for these menus leaves them on the screen for 20 seconds after a period of inactivity before they disap- pear from the screen (Time-Out).

  • Page 44: Multiroom Operation, Multiroom Setup, Surround Channel Amplifier Assignment

    MULTIROOM OPERATION The AVR 445 is fully equipped to operate as the con- trol center for a complete multiroom system that is capable of sending one audio source to a second zone in the house while a separate source is listened to in the main room.

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    To turn the system off from the remote room, press å. Remember that the the Power Off Button AVR 445 may be turned on or off from the remote room, regardless of the system’s operation or status in the main room.

  • Page 46: Configuring The Remote, Preprogrammed Code Entry

    CD recorders and cassette decks. The codes for other brand devices may be programmed into the AVR 445 remote using its extensive library of remote codes or a head-to-head learning process for codes not in the internal library.

  • Page 47: Automatic Code Entry, Learning Commands

    To teach commands from one product’s remote into the AVR remote: The AVR 445’s remote not only allows you to “learn” in the commands from any compatible remote; it also allows you to learn a separate code into the Input Selector Buttons d.

  • Page 48: Learning Codes For An Input Selector

    Step 4. Learning Codes for an Input Selector The AVR 445’s remote allows you to learn a specific code to be attached to one of the Input Selectors d so that whenever that button is pressed, you will not only be selecting that device as the AVR’s input and...

  • Page 49: Changing Devices, Macro Programming

    However, in some circumstances you may have con- figured your system so that the devices connected to the AVR 445 do not correspond to the default device settings and the legends printed on the remote. For example, if your system has two VCRs you may con- nect the second VCR to the VID 2 input.

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    Following the instructions on the remote’s LCD screen, press the first key you wish to be transmitted in the macro. In our example, we first want the AVR 445 to turn on, so the Power Button should be pressed.

  • Page 51: Punch-through Configuration

    For example, if your TV, cable box or satellite receiver is connected through the AVR 445, you will most likely want to use the AVR 445’s volume control commands even when the remote has been set to issue all other commands for the video device.

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    CONFIGURING THE REMOTE Channel Punch-Through Channel punch-through allows the Channel Up/Down buttons to send commands to a different device than the one selected for other commands. For example, you may wish to use a cable box or satellite receiver as the source for a VCR, so you would want the Channel Up/Down Buttons to transmit com- mands to the cable box even though the other button...

  • Page 53: Renaming

    Note that renaming a device in the remote will not change the name of the input used by the on-screen menu system of the AVR 445. NOTES ON RENAMING DEVICES: • To move the cursor to the right or left of the display during the renaming process, press the ‹...

  • Page 54: Resetting The Remote

    CONFIGURING THE REMOTE 2. The remote’s MAIN MENU message (Figure 26), will appear in the LCD and the Set Button will remain illuminated in red. Press the ⁄ ¤ Navigation Button until RENAME appears on the bottom line of the LCD screen, as shown in Figure 75.

  • Page 55: Device Priority Timing

    Backlight Options The AVR 445’s remote has a built-in backlight system that makes it easier to use the remote when the room lighting is dimmed for an optimal home theater experi- ence.

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    CONFIGURING THE REMOTE CONFIGURING THE REMOTE • Extensive use of the programming, learning and configuration functions of the remote may consume significantly more battery power than normal remote operation. While the batteries should last for four to six months in normal operation, you may find that they need to be changed sooner after the remote is programmed for the first time.

  • Page 57: Troubleshooting Guide, Processor Reset

    • Additional cooling may not be required In addition to the items shown above, additional information on troubleshooting possible problems with your AVR 445, or installation-related issues, may be found in the list of “Frequently Asked Questions” which is located in the Product Support section of our Web site at www.harmankardon.com.

  • Page 58: Appendix

    APPENDIX Surround Mode Chart MODE FEATURES Dolby Digital Available only with digital input sources encoded with Dolby Digital data. It provides up to five separate main audio channels and a special dedicated low-frequency effects channel. Dolby Digital EX Available when the receiver is configured for 6.1/7.1-channel operation, Dolby Digital EX is the latest version of Dolby Digital. When used with movies or other programs that have special encoding, Dolby Digital EX reproduces specially encoded soundtracks so that a full 6.1/7.1 sound field is available.

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    SYSTEM DEFAULTS The two tables in this section show the factory default settings for all inputs to give you a picture of the AVR 445’s initial settings. You may then decide whether any item needs to be changed so that it is more appropriate for your specific installation. Any of the settings shown may be changed as shown in the pages of the System Configuration section of this manual (pages 20–33).

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    APPENDIX System Default and Personal Settings Worksheets Worksheet B: Delay Defaults and Setting Feature System Default Front Left Center Front Right Surround Right Surround Back Right Surround Back Left Surround Left Subwoofer Worksheet C: System Defaults and Settings Feature System Default Front L/R Speaker Size &...

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    APPENDIX APPENDIX...

  • Page 62: Technical Specifications

    Image Rejection 80dB IF Rejection 90dB Supplied Accessories The AVR 445 is supplied with the following accessory items. If any item is missing, please contact Harman Kardon customer service at www.harmankardon.com. • Six AAA batteries • Extender rod for microphone •...

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    250 Crossways Park Drive, Woodbury, New York 11797 www.harmankardon.com © 2006 Harman International Industries, Incorporated. All rights reserved. ® Part No. ZKD3101HA00...

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