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  • Page 1 Operating Instructions AV Receiver...
  • Page 2 IMPORTANT CAUTION Read these instructions. Only use attachments/accessories specified by RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK the manufacturer. Keep these instructions. DO NOT OPEN Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or Heed all warnings. table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, CAUTION: The exclamation point within an equilateral...
  • Page 3 The Safety of Your Ears is in Your Hands IMPORTANT NOTICE Get the most out of your equipment by playing it at a THE MODEL NUMBER AND SERIAL NUMBER OF safe level a level that lets the sound come through THIS EQUIPMENT ARE ON THE REAR OR BOTTOM.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Thank you for buying this Pioneer product. Please read through these operating instruc- 04 Basic Setup How to use the built-in AVNavigator ..........................41 tions so you will know how to operate your model properly. Automatically conducting optimum sound tuning (Full Auto MCACC) ..............42 Contents The Input Setup menu ..............................44...
  • Page 5 10 Controlling the rest of your system 14 Additional information About the Remote Setup menu............................80 Surround sound formats ...............................114 Operating multiple receivers ............................80 SABRE DAC .................................114 Setting the remote to control other components ......................80 About HDMI ..................................114 Selecting preset codes directly ............................80 HTC Connect ...................................114 Programming signals from other remote controls .......................81 About iPod ..................................115...
  • Page 6 Flow of settings on the receiver The Input Setup menu (page 44 (When using connections other than the recommended connections) 10 Basic playback (page 47 Flow for connecting and setting the receiver The unit is a full-fledged AV receiver equipped with an abundance of functions and terminals. It can be used eas- 11 Adjusting the sound and picture quality as desired ily after following the procedure below to make the connections and settings.
  • Page 7 Before you start Our philosophy ..........................8 Features ............................8 Checking what’s in the box ......................10 Installing the receiver ........................10 Loading the batteries ........................10 Operating range of remote control unit ..................11...
  • Page 8: Our Philosophy

    Video Our philosophy Pioneer is dedicated to making your home theater listening experience as close as possible to the vision of the Ultra HD (with 4K/60p video support) - Pass-through and upscaling - moviemakers and mastering engineer when they created the original soundtrack. We do this by focusing on three...
  • Page 9: Before You Start

    Before you start Connectivity Installation Easy Network connection with the Wireless LAN converter Built-in AVNavigator With the AS-WL300 wireless LAN converter, you can enjoy using a wireless LAN connection for the AV receivers. When accessing the receiver from the browser of your smartphone, tablet, Windows PC or Mac, you can use The AS-WL300 works with the power supply from the AV receiver's dedicated USB terminal, so no AC adapter is Wiring Navi, which explains how to connect or Interactive Operation Guide, which visually and intelligibly required.
  • Page 10: Checking What's In The Box

    Unauthorized transfer, duplication, broadcast, public transmission, translation, sales, lending or other such matters that go beyond the scope of “personal use” or “citation” as defined by Copyright Law may be subject to punitive actions. Permission to use this CD-ROM is granted under license by PIONEER HOME ELECTRONICS WARNING CORPORATION.
  • Page 11: Operating Range Of Remote Control Unit

    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. ! The receiver is located near a device that is emitting infrared rays.
  • Page 12 Controls and displays Remote control ..........................13 Display ............................15 Front panel ............................. 16...
  • Page 13: Remote Control

    Controls and displays The remote has been conveniently color-coded according to component control using the following system: Remote control ! White – Receiver control, TV control ! Blue – Operation of other devices and each input (TUNER, etc.) (See pages This section explains how to operate the remote control for the receiver.
  • Page 14 ! Z3 (ZONE 3) – Holding down this button (for 1.5 seconds) until the remote control LED flashes one time, the mode changes to Zone 3 operation. (SC-82) It is not used with this receiver. (SC-81) ! HDZ (HDZONE) – Holding down this button (for 1.5 seconds) until the remote control LED flashes one time, the mode changes to HDZONE operation.
  • Page 15: Display

    Controls and displays Listening mode indicators Display ! ALC – Lights when the ALC (Auto level control) mode is selected (page 56 ! AUTO SURROUND – Lights when the Auto Surround feature is switched on (page 56 ! STREAM DIRECT – Lights when Direct/Pure Direct is selected (page 57 ! ADV.SURROUND –...
  • Page 16: Front Panel

    Use the arrow buttons when setting up your HOME MENU. Use TUNE i/j to find radio frequencies and use PRESET k/l to find preset stations (page 52 9 10 SC-81 10 VIDEO PARAMETER Use to access the Video options (page 73...
  • Page 17 ), or connect a USB device for audio and photo playback (page 37 22 HDMI 5 INPUT terminal Use for connection to a compatible HDMI device (Video camera, etc.) (page 38 23 PHASE CONTROL SC-81 only Press to switch on/off Phase Control (page 58...
  • Page 18 Connecting your equipment Connecting your equipment ......................19 Rear panel ............................19 Determining the speakers’ application ..................20 Placing the speakers ........................22 Connecting the speakers ....................... 22 Installing your speaker system ..................... 23 Selecting the Speaker system ....................... 24 About the audio connection ......................
  • Page 19: Connecting Your Equipment

    12V TRIGGER Important (OUTPUT 12 V TOTAL 150 mA MAX) ! Illustration shows the SC-82, however connections for the SC-81 are the same except where noted. Notes Rear panel ! The RS-232C terminal is exclusively for the installer. SC-82 ! The input functions below are assigned by default to the receiver’s different input terminals.
  • Page 20: Determining The Speakers' Application

    Connecting your equipment [B] 7.2 channel surround system (Front wide) Determining the speakers’ application ! Speaker System setting: Normal(SB/FW) This unit permits you to build various surround systems, in accordance with the number of speakers you have. ! Be sure to connect speakers to the front left and right channels (L and R). ! It is also possible to only connect one of the surround back speakers (SB) or neither.
  • Page 21 Connecting your equipment [D] 5.2 channel surround system & Front Bi-amping connection (High quality [F] 5.2 channel surround system & HDZONE connection (Multi Zone) surround) ! Speaker System setting: HDZONE With these connections you can simultaneously enjoy 5.2-channel surround sound in the main zone with stereo ! Speaker System setting: Front Bi-Amp playback on another component in HDZONE.
  • Page 22: Placing The Speakers

    Connecting your equipment Placing the speakers Connecting the speakers Refer to the chart below for placement of the speakers you intend to connect. Each speaker connection on the receiver comprises a positive (+) and negative (–) terminal. Make sure to match these up with the terminals on the speakers themselves.
  • Page 23: Installing Your Speaker System

    Connecting your equipment Bi-amping your speakers Installing your speaker system Bi-amping is when you connect the high frequency driver and low frequency driver of your speakers to different At the very least, front left and right speakers only are necessary. Note that your main surround speakers should amplifiers for better crossover performance.
  • Page 24: Selecting The Speaker System

    Connecting your equipment Bi-wiring your speakers Bi-Amping setup Your speakers can also be bi-wired if they support bi-amping. Bi-amping connection of the front speakers for high sound quality with 5.1-channel surround sound. ! With these connections, the Speaker System setting makes no difference. Connect bi-amp compatible speakers to the front and surround back speaker terminals.
  • Page 25: About The Video Converter

    Connecting your equipment About the video converter About HDMI The video converter ensures that all video sources are output through the HDMI OUT terminal. The HDMI connection transfers uncompressed digital video, as well as almost every kind of digital audio. If the TV is only connected to the receiver’s composite VIDEO MONITOR OUT jacks, all the other video devices This receiver incorporates High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI ®...
  • Page 26: Connecting Your Tv And Playback Components

    Connecting your equipment ! When connecting to an HDMI/DVI-compatible monitor using the HDMI OUT 2 terminal, switch the HDMI Connecting your TV and playback components output setting to OUT 2 or OUT 1+2. See Switching the HDMI output page 75 Also, MAIN/HDZONE must be set to MAIN beforehand (page 98 ! For input components, connections other than HDMI connections are also possible (see...
  • Page 27: Connecting Your Dvd Player With No Hdmi Output

    Connecting your equipment ! With factory default settings, video from the video cable or component cable will not be output from the HDMI Connecting your DVD player with no HDMI output terminal. To output video, you must switch video input to the device connected with the video cable or compo- This diagram shows connections of a TV (with HDMI input) and DVD player (or other playback component with no nent cable and set V.CONV to ON (page 73...
  • Page 28: Connecting Your Tv With No Hdmi Input

    Connecting your equipment ! In order to listening to HD audio with this receiver, connect an HDMI cable, and use analog video cable for Connecting your TV with no HDMI input video signal input. This diagram shows connections of a TV (with no HDMI input) and DVD player (or other playback component) to Depending on the player, it may not be possible to output video signals to both HDMI and other video output the receiver.
  • Page 29: Connecting An Hdd/dvd Recorder, Bd Recorder And Other Video Sources

    Connecting your equipment ! If your HDD/DVD recorder, BD recorder, etc., is equipped with an HDMI output terminal, we recommend con- Connecting an HDD/DVD recorder, BD recorder and other video necting it to the receiver’s HDMI DVR/BDR IN terminal. When doing so, also connect the receiver and TV by sources HDMI (see Connecting using HDMI...
  • Page 30 Connecting your equipment ! With factory default settings, video from the video cable or component cable will not be output from the HDMI ! Even if your set-top box is equipped with an HDMI output terminal, in some cases the sound is output from terminal.
  • Page 31: Connecting Other Audio Components

    Connecting your equipment Connecting other audio components Connecting additional amplifiers This receiver has both digital and analog inputs, allowing you to connect audio components for playback. This receiver has more than enough power for any home use, but it’s possible to add additional amplifiers to every When you set up the receiver you’ll need to tell the receiver which input you connected the component to (see channel of your system using the pre-outs.
  • Page 32: Connecting Am/fm Antennas

    Connecting your equipment Connecting external antennas Connecting AM/FM antennas To improve FM reception, connect an external FM antenna to FM UNBAL 75 W. Connect the AM loop antenna and the FM wire antenna as shown below. To improve reception and sound quality, connect external antennas (see Connecting external antennas page 32...
  • Page 33: Multi-zone Setup

    Connecting your equipment MULTI-ZONE setup Note This receiver can power up to four (SC-82)/three (SC-81) independent systems in separate rooms after you have When any of the INTERNET RADIO, PANDORA, MEDIA SERVER, FAVORITES, iPod/USB or ADAPTER PORT made the proper MULTI-ZONE connections.
  • Page 34 Connecting your equipment MULTI-ZONE setup using speaker terminals (ZONE 2) MULTI-ZONE setup using HDMI terminal (HDZONE) You must select ZONE 2 in Speaker system setting (page 93 ) to use this setup. Connect a pair of speakers to the surround back speaker terminals. Important You should have a pair of speakers attached to the surround back speaker terminals as shown below.
  • Page 35: Connecting To The Network Through Lan Interface

    Connecting your equipment Multi-zone connection using the HDMI terminal and speaker terminals (HDZONE) Connecting to the network through LAN interface By connecting this receiver to the network via the LAN terminal, you can listen to Internet radio stations. To listen Important to Internet radio stations, you must sign a contract with an ISP (Internet Service Provider) beforehand.
  • Page 36: Connecting Optional Bluetooth Adapter

    Pod iPhone AUTO/ALC/ DIRECT CONTROL DIRECT STATUS BAND TUNER EDIT ! Pioneer does not guarantee proper connection and operation of this unit with all Bluetooth wireless technology enabled devices. HDMI 5 INPUT Bluetooth ® ADAPTER D P ER ORT ( U UT...
  • Page 37: Connecting A Usb Device

    Connecting your equipment Connecting a USB device Connecting an MHL-compatible device It is possible to play audio and photo files by connecting USB devices to this receiver. An MHL-compatible mobile device can be connected to enjoy 3D/Full-HD videos, high quality multi-channel audio, and photos etc., with charge the battery on the receiver.
  • Page 38: Connecting An Hdmi-equipped Component To The Front Panel Input

    ! If using two remote controls (at the same time), the IR receiver’s remote sensor takes priority over the remote sensor on the front panel. Connect the IR receiver sensor to the IR IN jack on the rear of this receiver. Closet or shelving unit Non Pioneer component Video camera (etc.) Connecting to a wireless LAN...
  • Page 39: Switching Components On And Off Using The 12 Volt Trigger

    A damaged power cord can cause a fire or give you an electric shock. Check the power cord once in a while. If you find it damaged, ask your nearest Pioneer authorized independent service company for a replacement.
  • Page 40 Basic Setup How to use the built-in AVNavigator ..................41 Automatically conducting optimum sound tuning (Full Auto MCACC) ........42 The Input Setup menu ........................44 Operation Mode Setup ......................... 45 Changing the OSD display language (OSD Language)............... 45 Changing the frequency step ....................... 45 About the Home Menu .........................
  • Page 41: How To Use The Built-in Avnavigator

    Basic Setup ! On a Mac, launch Safari and click <SC-82> or <SC-81> displayed in ‘Bonjour’ on the Bookmarks bar. How to use the built-in AVNavigator The built-in AVNavigator is equipped with Wiring Navi, which allows you to perform connection of this receiver and initial settings in interactive mode.
  • Page 42: Automatically Conducting Optimum Sound Tuning (full Auto Mcacc)

    Basic Setup ! When using an Android device, from Google Play Store, download iControlAV5, which is a free application. After launching iControlAV5, follow the instructions on the screen. After that, on the Home screen, tap the CAUTION icon. ! The test tones used in the Full Auto MCACC Setup are output at high volume. Press u STANDBY/ON to switch on the receiver and your TV.
  • Page 43: Basic Setup

    Basic Setup Select the parameters you want to set. Make sure ‘OK’ is selected, then press ENTER. If the speakers are connected using any setup other than Normal(SB/FH), be sure to set Speaker System before A progress report is displayed on-screen while the receiver outputs more test tones to determine the optimum the Full Auto MCACC Setup.
  • Page 44: The Input Setup Menu

    Basic Setup Input function default and possible settings The Input Setup menu The terminals on the receiver generally correspond to the name of one of the input functions. If you have con- You only need to make settings in the Input Setup menu if you didn’t hook up your digital equipment according nected components to this receiver differently from (or in addition to) the defaults below, see The Input Setup to the default settings (see...
  • Page 45: Operation Mode Setup

    Basic Setup Operable settings/items Descriptions Page Operation Mode Setup V.DEPTH Plays with a sound field suited for 3D images. This receiver is equipped with a great number of functions and settings. The Operation Mode feature is provided (Virtual Depth) for users who find it difficult to master all these functions and settings. Other functions One of two settings can be selected for the Operation Mode: Expert and Basic.
  • Page 46: About The Home Menu

    Basic Setup About the Home Menu This receiver’s Home Menu (HOME MENU) can be used to make various settings and to check and adjust items that have been set. ! The OSD display is only displayed when the receiver’s HDMI OUT 1 terminal and the TV’s HDMI input are connected with an HDMI cable.
  • Page 47: Basic Playback

    Basic playback Playing a source ..........................48 Playing an iPod ..........................49 Playing a USB device ........................50 Playing an MHL-compatible device ....................51 Listening to the radio ........................52 Bluetooth ADAPTER for Wireless Enjoyment of Music .............. 53...
  • Page 48: Basic Playback Playing A Source

    Basic playback Playing a source Note Here are the basic instructions for playing a source (such as a DVD disc) with your home theater system. Depending on the input to be played, the playback operation can in some cases be performed using the on- screen display.
  • Page 49: Playing An Ipod

    Use i/j to browse the selected category (e.g., albums). ! Installing software versions other than indicated on the website of Pioneer to your iPod/iPhone may result in ! Use k/l to move to previous/next levels. incompatibility with this receiver.
  • Page 50: Playing A Usb Device

    (MP3 players) of format FAT16/32. ! Pioneer cannot guarantee compatibility (operation and/or bus power) with all USB mass storage devices and assumes no responsibility for any loss of data that may occur when connected to this receiver.
  • Page 51: Playing An Mhl-compatible Device

    Pro, Lossless, Voice. .mp3 MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3 Channel 2 ch e Uncompressed FLAC files are not supported. Pioneer does not guarantee playback. <a> f DSD files cannot be played in the sub zone. Bitrate 8 kbps to 320 kbps...
  • Page 52: Controls And Displays Listening To The Radio

    Basic playback Enjoy Roku video streaming service Saving station presets Connect the Roku Streaming Stick (optional) to the MHL terminal on the main device to enjoy video streaming. If you often listen to a particular radio station, it’s convenient to have the receiver store the frequency for easy recall whenever you want to listen to that station.
  • Page 53: Bluetooth Adapter For Wireless Enjoyment Of Music

    Basic playback Pairing the Bluetooth ADAPTER and Bluetooth wireless technology device Bluetooth ADAPTER for Wireless Enjoyment of Music “Pairing” must be done before you start playback of Bluetooth wireless technology content using the Bluetooth ADAPTER. Make sure to perform pairing the first time you operate the system or any time pairing data is cleared. Device not equipped with The pairing step is necessary to register the Bluetooth wireless technology device to enable Bluetooth communi- Bluetooth...
  • Page 54 ® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by PIONEER CORPORATION is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners. ! With this receiver, when an iPod is connected or disconnected while the music of a Bluetooth wireless technol- ogy device is playing, the connection with the Bluetooth wireless technology device may be canceled.
  • Page 55 Listening to your system Enjoying various types of playback using the listening modes ..........56 Selecting MCACC presets ......................58 Choosing the input signal ......................58 Better sound using Phase Control ....................58...
  • Page 56: Enjoying Various Types Of Playback Using The Listening Modes

    Listening to your system With two channel sources, you can select from: Enjoying various types of playback using the listening modes Pro Logic IIx MOVIE – Up to 7.1 channel sound (surround back), especially suited to movie sources Pro Logic IIx MUSIC – Up to 7.1 channel sound (surround back), especially suited to music sources Using this receiver, you can listen to any source in surround sound.
  • Page 57: Using The Advanced Surround Effects

    Listening to your system Using the Advanced surround effects Using Stream Direct The Advanced surround effects can be used for a variety of additional surround sound effects. Most Advanced Use the Stream Direct modes when you want to hear the truest possible reproduction of a source. All unneces- Surround modes are designed to be used with film soundtracks, but some modes are also suited for music sary signal processing is bypassed, and you’re left with the pure analog or digital sound source.
  • Page 58: Connecting Your Equipment Selecting Mcacc Presets

    Listening to your system Selecting MCACC presets Better sound using Phase Control ! Default setting: MEMORY 1 This receiver’s Phase Control feature uses phase correction measures to make sure your sound source arrives at If you have calibrated your system for different listening positions, you can switch between settings to suit the the listening position in phase, preventing unwanted distortion and/or coloring of the sound.
  • Page 59 Playback with NETWORK features Introduction ........................... 60 Playback with Network functions ....................61 About network playback ......................64 About playable file formats ......................65...
  • Page 60: Playback With Network Features Introduction

    About the Spotify audio stream playback function page 63 iPhone, iPad and the software versions for iTunes that are indicated on the Pioneer website. AirPlay may not be compatible with iPod, iPhone, iPad or iTunes software versions other than those indicated on the Pioneer Notes website.
  • Page 61: Playback With Network Functions

    HTC Connect Certified Smartphones ! Internet radio stations – See Listening to Internet radio stations page 61 The HTC Connect-compatible smartphones, Please check Pioneer website for up to date information about com- ! Pandora – See Listening to Pandora Internet Radio page 62 patible devices and audio format support.
  • Page 62: Listening To Pandora Internet Radio

    Use i/j to select ‘Help’, then press ENTER. Use i/j to select ‘Get access code’, then press ENTER. The access code required for registration on the special Pioneer Internet radio site is displayed. Make a memo of this address. The following can be checked on the Help screen: ! Get access code –...
  • Page 63 Playback with NETWORK features In order to use the Spotify audio stream playback function from the Spotify About the Spotify audio stream playback function application Spotify is a music streaming distribution service managed and operated by Spotify Ltd. and distributing music To use the Spotify audio stream playback function, select this unit on the Spotify application.
  • Page 64: About Network Playback

    ! Some functions may not be supported depending on the server type or version used. Pioneer is not responsible for any malfunction of the player and/or the NETWORK features due to communica- ! Supported file formats vary by server. As such, files not supported by your server are not displayed on this unit.
  • Page 65: About Playable File Formats

    <a> cally, Pro, Lossless, Voice. Bitrate 8 kbps to 320 kbps e Uncompressed FLAC files are not supported. Pioneer does not guarantee playback. VBR/CBR Supported/Supported f DSD files cannot be played in the sub zone. 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, Sampling frequency 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176 4 kHz,...
  • Page 66 Control with HDMI function About the Control with HDMI function ..................67 Making Control with HDMI connections ..................67 HDMI Setup ............................ 67 Before using synchronization ....................... 68 About synchronized operations ....................68 Setting the PQLS function ......................68 About Sound Retriever Link and Stream Smoother Link ............68 Cautions on the Control with HDMI function ................
  • Page 67: Control With Hdmi Function About The Control With Hdmi Function

    About the Control with HDMI function Select ‘HDMI Setup’, then press ENTER. Synchronized operations below with a Control with HDMI-compatible Pioneer TV or Blu-ray Disc player are pos- Select the ‘Control’ setting you want. sible when the component is connected to the receiver using an HDMI cable.
  • Page 68: Before Using Synchronization

    ! Also see the player’s operating instructions. than one connected by HDMI. The operations below can also be used on Pioneer Control with HDMI-compatible TVs. ! When the receiver’s volume is adjusted or the sound is muted, the volume status is displayed on the TV’s Sound Retriever Link screen.
  • Page 69: Cautions On The Control With Hdmi Function

    Control with HDMI function Stream Smoother Link Using the Control with HDMI function, the receiver automatically detects whether a compressed video file is being played on the player, and if so automatically activates the Stream Smoother function. To activate the Stream Smoother Link function, make the setting below. Set the HDMI Setup’s Control to ON, and set the Control Mode setting to ON.
  • Page 70: Using Other Functions

    Using other functions Setting the Audio options ......................71 Setting the Video options ......................73 Switching the output (OUTPUT PARAMETER) ................75 Changing the channel level while listening ................75 Using the MULTI-ZONE controls ....................76 Making an audio or a video recording..................77 Network settings from a web browser ..................
  • Page 71: Setting The Audio Options

    Using other functions Setting What it does Option(s) Setting the Audio options With the Auto Sound Retriever function, DSP processing is used to There are a number of additional sound settings you can make using the AUDIO PARAMETER menu. The compensate for the loss of audio data upon compression, improving defaults, if not stated, are listed in bold.
  • Page 72 Using other functions Setting What it does Option(s) Setting What it does Option(s) Some audio sources include ultra-low bass tones. Set the LFE attenu- When you’re not using front wide speakers, selecting this mode ator as necessary to prevent the ultra-low bass tones from distorting c OFF/ –20dB/ –15dB/ V.WIDE allows you to hear a virtual front wide channel through your front...
  • Page 73: Setting The Video Options

    Using other functions Setting What it does Option(s) Setting the Video options This improves elements that reduce picture quality mainly noticeable There are a number of additional picture settings you can make using the VIDEO PARAMETER menu. The in network contents, such as mosquito noise and block noise. defaults, if not stated, are listed in bold.
  • Page 74 Using other functions Setting What it does Option(s) Setting What it does Option(s) Adjusts how sharp edges appear. Adjusts saturation from dull to bright. DETAIL c 0 to +8 d <d, e> Default: 0 CHROMA c –6 to +6 d (Chroma Level) Default: 0 <d, e>...
  • Page 75: Switching The Output (output Parameter)

    Using other functions Switching the HDMI output Switching the output (OUTPUT PARAMETER) Set which terminal to use when outputting video and audio signals from the HDMI output terminals. You can press OUT P. to switch the output of speaker terminals or HDMI terminals to be played. The HDMI OUT 1 terminal is compatible with the Control with HDMI function.
  • Page 76: Using The Multi-zone Controls

    What it does Important ! ZONE 3 is a function for SC-82 only. It cannot be selected or set with SC-81. Switches on/off power in the sub zone. — The settings must be changed at ZONE Setup in order to use the HDZONE function (page 98 Use to select the input function in the sub zone.
  • Page 77: Making An Audio Or A Video Recording

    Using other functions Making an audio or a video recording Using the sleep timer You can make an audio or a video recording from the built-in tuner, or from an audio or video source connected to The sleep timer switches the receiver into standby after a specified amount of time so you can fall asleep without the receiver (such as a CD player or TV).
  • Page 78: Resetting The System

    Using other functions Setting Default Resetting the system Phase Control Use this procedure to reset all the receiver’s settings to the factory default. Use the front panel controls to do this. iPod/USB, INTERNET RADIO, PANDORA, Set MULTI-ZONE to MULTI ZONE OFF. MEDIA SERVER, FAVORITES, ADAPTER ! Disconnect the iPod and USB memory device from the receiver beforehand.
  • Page 79: Controlling The Rest Of Your System

    Controlling the rest of your system About the Remote Setup menu ....................80 Operating multiple receivers ......................80 Setting the remote to control other components............... 80 Selecting preset codes directly ..................... 80 Programming signals from other remote controls ..............81 Erasing one of the remote control button settings ..............
  • Page 80: About The Remote Setup Menu

    If you can’t find a preset code that matches the component you want to control, you can still teach the remote If you have multiple Pioneer receivers, amplifiers, etc., this setting can be used to prevent other units from individual commands from another remote control (see...
  • Page 81: Programming Signals From Other Remote Controls

    This can also be used to program additional operations (buttons not covered in the presets) after assigning a preset code. The remote can store about 120 preset codes from other components (this has been tested with codes of Pioneer format only).
  • Page 82: Erasing All Learnt Settings That Are In One Input Function

    The All Zone Standby can be used to turn all zones to OFF when the receiver’s power is switched to standby. DVR/BDR 2257 Also, when using separate Pioneer amplifiers/receivers for the sub zones, they can also be set to standby HDMI 2144 simultaneously.
  • Page 83: Controlling Components

    Controlling the rest of your system TV and Audio/Video components Controlling components This remote control can control components after entering the proper codes (see Setting the remote to control HDD/BDR/ Button(s) TV (Monitor) BD/DVD SAT/CATV other components page 80 for more on this). Use the input function buttons to select the component. POWER ON/ POWER ON/ POWER ON/...
  • Page 84 Controlling the rest of your system Audio/Video components TV (Projector) Button(s) CD/CD-R/SACD MD/DAT TAPE Button(s) TV (Projector) u SOURCE POWER ON/OFF POWER ON/OFF POWER ON/OFF POWER ON/OFF u SOURCE POWER ON Number buttons numerics numerics numerics — MOVIE CLEAR STANDARD >10/CLEAR CLEAR <a>...
  • Page 85: The Advanced Mcacc Menu

    The Advanced MCACC menu Making receiver settings from the Advanced MCACC menu ............ 86 Automatic MCACC (Expert)......................86 Manual MCACC setup ........................88 Checking MCACC Data ........................90 Data Management ......................... 91...
  • Page 86: Making Receiver Settings From The Advanced Mcacc Menu

    ! Auto MCACC – The default is ALL (recommended), but you can limit the system calibration to only one set- The Advanced MCACC (Multi Channel ACoustic Calibration) system was developed in Pioneer’s laboratories with ting (to save time) if you want.
  • Page 87 The Advanced MCACC menu Connect the microphone to the MCACC SETUP MIC jack on the front panel. Make sure ‘OK’ is selected, then press ENTER. Make sure there are no obstacles between the speakers and the microphone. A progress report is displayed on-screen while the receiver outputs more test tones to determine the optimum receiver settings.
  • Page 88: Manual Mcacc Setup

    The Advanced MCACC menu Select each channel in turn and adjust the levels (+/–12.0 dB) as necessary. Manual MCACC setup Use k/l to adjust the volume of the speaker you selected to match the reference speaker. When it sounds like both tones are the same volume, press j to confirm and continue to the next channel.
  • Page 89: Standing Wave

    The Advanced MCACC menu Standing Wave Acoustic Calibration EQ Professional ! Default setting: ON/ATT 0.0dB (all filters) This setup minimizes the unwanted effects of room reverberation by allowing you to calibrate your system based Acoustic standing waves occur when, under certain conditions, sound waves from your speaker system resonate on the direct sound coming from the speakers.
  • Page 90: Checking Mcacc Data

    The Advanced MCACC menu If you selected ‘Reverb Measurement’, select EQ ON or EQ OFF, and then START. Checking MCACC Data The following options determine how the reverb characteristics of your listening area are displayed in Reverb View: At the procedure of Automatically conducting optimum sound tuning (Full Auto MCACC) page 42 , the pro-...
  • Page 91: Data Management

    The Advanced MCACC menu Select the setting you want to adjust. Speaker Distance ! Memory Rename – Name your MCACC presets for easy identification (see Renaming MCACC presets Use this to display the distance from the different channels to the listening position. See Speaker Distance page 91 page 94...
  • Page 92: The System Setup And Other Setup Menus

    The System Setup and Other Setup menus Making receiver settings from the System Setup menu ............93 Manual speaker setup ........................93 Network Setup menu ........................95 Checking the Network Information ..................... 96 MHL Setup ............................96 The Other Setup menu ........................97 Making network settings using Safari..................
  • Page 93: Making Receiver Settings From The System Setup Menu

    95 ! HDZONE – Select to use the surround back speaker terminals for an independent system in HDZONE (see ! HDMI Setup – Synchronizes this receiver with your Pioneer component supporting Control with HDMI (page Using the MULTI-ZONE controls...
  • Page 94: Channel Level

    The System Setup and Other Setup menus ! Front – Select LARGE if your front speakers reproduce bass frequencies effectively, or if you didn’t connect a Channel Level subwoofer. Select SMALL to send the bass frequencies to the subwoofer. Using the channel level settings, you can adjust the overall balance of your speaker system, an important factor ! Center –...
  • Page 95: Network Setup Menu

    The System Setup and Other Setup menus Proxy Hostname/Proxy Port Network Setup menu This setting is required when you connect this receiver to the Internet via a proxy server. Enter the IP address Make the settings for connecting the receiver to the Internet and using the network functions. of your proxy server in the ‘Proxy Hostname’...
  • Page 96: Checking The Network Information

    The System Setup and Other Setup menus Parental Lock MHL Setup Set restrictions for using Internet services. Also set the password accompanying the usage restrictions. Press MAIN RECEIVER to switch the remote control to the receiver operation mode, and ! Upon shipment from the factory, the password is set to “0000”. then press HOME MENU.
  • Page 97: The Other Setup Menu

    (page 99 ! FULL (default) – No sound. ! Maintenance Mode – This is used to receive maintenance from a Pioneer service engineer or custom ! –40.0dB/–20.0dB – The volume will be turned down to the level specified here. installer (page 99 When you’re finished, press RETURN.
  • Page 98: Software Update

    ! If an update file is provided on the Pioneer website, download it onto your computer. When downloading an update file from the Pioneer website onto your computer, the file will be in ZIP format. Unzip the ZIP file before Switches the sub-zone setting.
  • Page 99: Maintenance Mode

    Maintenance Mode Select the TONE setting you want. Only use this if so instructed by a Pioneer service engineer or custom installer. This can only be set when ZONE 2 is selected in step 2. The bass and treble for ZONE 2 can be adjusted. When BYPASS is selected, the original sound is played as such.
  • Page 100: Making Network Settings Using Safari

    The System Setup and Other Setup menus Making network settings using Safari Using Safari to set a friendly name Launch Safari on your computer. Launch Safari on your computer. Press Bookmark icon. Click Bonjour list (a), and then select this receiver’s name Press Bookmark icon.
  • Page 101: Using Safari To Update The Firmware

    The System Setup and Other Setup menus The firmware upload status screen is displayed. Using Safari to update the firmware “The upload process finished successfully.” will be shown when the update is completed. Once updating is completed, the receiver’s power automatically turns off. Launch Safari on your computer.
  • Page 102: Faq

    Troubleshooting ..........................103 Power ............................103 No sound ............................103 Other audio problems .........................104 ADAPTER PORT terminal ......................105 Video .............................105 Settings ............................106 Professional Calibration EQ graphical output ................106 Display ............................106 Remote control ..........................107 HDMI .............................107 MHL ...............................108 Built-in AVNavigator ........................108 USB interface ..........................109 iPod ...............................109 Network............................109...
  • Page 103: Troubleshooting

    If the trouble cannot be rectified even after exercis- request repair. ing the checks listed below, ask your nearest Pioneer authorized independent service company to carry out repair AMP OVERHEAT blinks in the dis- Allow the unit to cool down in a well-ventilated place before switching back on (see work.
  • Page 104: Other Audio Problems

    Symptom Remedy Other audio problems No sound from surround back Check that the surround back speakers are set to LARGE or SMALL, and the surround speakers. speakers are not set to NO (see Speaker Setting page 93 Symptom Remedy Check the speaker connections (see Connecting the speakers page 22 ).
  • Page 105: Adapter Port Terminal

    Video Certain listening modes or When Operation Mode is set to Basic, the Pioneer-recommended settings are made and HOME MENU items cannot be not all of the functions can be used. To use all of the functions without restrictions, set...
  • Page 106: Settings

    Check that the player is connected using a digital connection. Certain listening modes or When Operation Mode is set to Basic, the Pioneer-recommended settings are made and sources, the receiver’s format indica- Make sure that the receiver is set to AUTO or DIGITAL (see...
  • Page 107: Remote Control

    Symptom Remedy HDMI When playing a disc with the listen- Make sure that the receiver is set to AUTO or DIGITAL (see Choosing the input signal ing mode set to Auto Surround or page 58 Symptom Remedy ALC, Pro Logic II or DTS Neo:X If a two channel soundtrack is currently playing (including Dolby Surround encoded), The HDMI indicator blinks continu- Check all the points below.
  • Page 108: Mhl

    Symptom Remedy Synchronized operation not possible Check the HDMI connections. using Control with HDMI function. Symptom Remedy The cable may be damaged. When playing an MHL-compat- The MHL device will not operate unless power is being supplied from this receiver. When Select ON for the Control Mode with HDMI setting (see HDMI Setup page 67...
  • Page 109: Usb Interface

    USB interface iPod Symptom Cause Remedy Symptom Cause Remedy The folders/files stored on a The folders/files are currently stored Store the folders/files in the FAT region. iPod is not recognized. This receiver recognizes the iPod as Switch off and on again this receiver. USB memory device are not in a region other than the FAT (File a fraud.
  • Page 110 Symptom Cause Remedy Symptom Cause Remedy The audio files stored on Windows Media Player 11 or Install Windows Media Player 11 or Windows Media Player Audio playback is undesir- The audio file currently being played Check whether the audio file was recorded in a format sup- components on the net- Windows Media Player 12 is not cur- 12 on your PC...
  • Page 111 Symptom Cause Remedy The sound of the Spotify — Check whether this unit is selected on the Spotify applica- audio stream is not pro- tion. duced. Check that contents are playing on the Spotify application. If the above does not solve the problem, turn this unit’s power off then back on.
  • Page 112: Wireless Lan

    ! If WLAN POW ERR is still displayed after repeating the above procedure several times, there is a problem with the receiver or the USB cable. Unplug the receiver from the wall and call a Pioneer authorized inde- Network connections cannot be established even when the above measures are taken.
  • Page 113 Additional information Surround sound formats ......................114 SABRE DAC ..........................114 About HDMI ..........................114 HTC Connect ..........................114 About iPod ...........................115 Windows 8 ...........................115 MHL ...............................115 Software license notice .......................115 Auto Surround, ALC and Stream Direct with different input signal formats ......116 Speaker Setting Guide ........................
  • Page 114: Surround Sound Formats

    Additional information Surround sound formats SABRE DAC Below is a brief description of the main surround sound formats you’ll find on BDs, DVDs, satellite, cable and terrestrial broadcasts, and video cassettes. Dolby The Dolby technologies are explained below. See http://www.dolby.com for more detailed information. SABRE DAC and the logo are trademarks of ESS Technology, Inc.
  • Page 115: About Ipod

    Additional information About iPod Software license notice About Apple Lossless Audio Codec Copyright © 2011 Apple Inc. All rights reserved. Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0. You may obtain a copy of the License at http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0 About FLAC AirPlay works with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iOS 4.3.3 or later, Mac with OS X Mountain Lion, and Mac and PC with iTunes 10.2.2 or later.
  • Page 116: Auto Surround, Alc And Stream Direct With Different Input Signal Formats

    However, if all the speakers are pointed Dolby Digital EX Dolby Digital EX towards the listening position, the sound field will seem cramped. Testing by the Pioneer Multi-channel Research Dolby Digital EX (6.1 channel flagged) Pro Logic IIx MOVIE...
  • Page 117: About Messages Displayed When Using Network Functions

    Additional information Also note that placing it near a wall may result in sympathetic vibrations with the building that could excessively About messages displayed when using network functions amplify the bass sound. If the subwoofer must be installed near a wall, place it at an angle so that it is not parallel to the wall surface. This Refer to the following information when you come up with a status message while operating the Network can help reduce any sympathetic vibrations, but depending on the shape of the room this could result in stand- functions.
  • Page 118: Important Information Regarding The Hdmi Connection

    Additional information Important information regarding the HDMI connection Glossary There are cases where you may not be able to route HDMI signals through this receiver (this depends on the HDMI-equipped component you are connecting-check with the manufacturer for HDMI compatibility Audio formats/Decoding information).
  • Page 119 The term “decoding” (or “matrix decoding”) is also used for the technol- Synchronized operations below with a Control with HDMI-compatible Pioneer TV or Blu-ray Disc player are pos- ogy which converts 2-channel sound sources into multiple channels or expands 5.1-channel signals into 6.1 or sible when the component is connected to the receiver using an HDMI cable.
  • Page 120 Additional information Windows Media Player 11/Windows Media Player 12 Receiver function Windows Media Player is software to deliver music, photos and movies from a Microsoft Windows computer to Operation Mode home stereo systems and TVs. This receiver is equipped with a great number of functions and settings. The Operation Mode feature is provided With this software, you can play back files stored on the PC through various devices wherever you like in your for users who find it difficult to master all these functions and settings.
  • Page 121: Features Index

    Additional information vTuner Features index Listening to Internet radio stations page 61 DLNA Operation Mode About network playback page 64 Operation Mode Setup page 45 AirPlay AVNavigator Using AirPlay on iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, and iTunes page 60 How to use the built-in AVNavigator page 41 Wireless LAN ECO MODE 1, 2...
  • Page 122: Specifications

    7 ch total ................................660 W LINE .................................. 101 dB Continuous Power Output (1 kHz, 8 W, 0.08 %) Front ..............................130 W + 130 W Audio Section (SC-81) Center .................................130 W Input (Sensitivity/Impedance) Surround ............................130 W + 130 W LINE ...............................365 mV/47 kW...
  • Page 123 Dimensions ...................... 435 mm (W) x 185 mm (H) x 441 mm (D) (17.13 in. (W) x 7.28 in. (H) x 17.36 in. (D)) Weight (without package) SC-82 ..............................14.6 kg (32.2 lb) SC-81 ..............................14.3 kg (31.5 lb) Number of Furnished Parts MCACC Setup microphone .............................. 1 Remote control unit ................................1 AAA size IEC R03 dry cell batteries ..........................
  • Page 124: Preset Code List

    Protron 0055 TMK 0004, 0006 Proview 0068 TNCi 0099 Pulsar 0004, 0011, 0099 Toshiba 0026, 0028, 0036, Pioneer 0004, 0006, 0113, Concerto 0004, 0006 GFM 0080, 0084 Luxman 0004, 0006 Quasar 0003, 0010, 0105 0038, 0040, 0043, 0102 0233, 0252, 0275, 0291, 0305...
  • Page 125 ABS 1017 Gateway 1017 Mind 1017 Sansui 1014, 1019 Adventura 1005 GE 1002, 1004 Mitsubishi 1010 Sanyo 1001, 1002 Pioneer 2014, 2197, 2256 Daewoo 2021, 2087 KLH 2070, 2080 Rowa 2071 Aiwa 1005 GOI 1029 Motorola 1004 Sears 1001, 1003, 1004...
  • Page 126 Starcom 6122 United Cable 6072, 6122 Satellite Set Top Box 6106, 6083 Rogers 6029 Stargate 6122 US Electronics 6072 Pioneer 6097, 6098, 6325, Expressvu 6002, 6004 nfusion 6015 Sony 6062, 6063, 6030 Panasonic 6112, 6083 Runco 6112 Suddenlink 6074, 6029...
  • Page 127 253 Alexandra Road, #04-01, Singapore 159936 TEL: 65-6472-7555 PIONEER ELECTRONICS AUSTRALIA PTY. LTD. 5 Arco Lane, Heatherton, Victoria, 3202, Australia, TEL: (03) 9586-6300 PIONEER ELECTRONICS DE MEXICO S.A. DE C.V. Blvd.Manuel Avila Camacho 138 10 piso Col.Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico, D.F. 11000 TEL: 55-9178-4270 K002_B3_En ©...

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