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Pioneer DEQ-P9 Owner's Manual

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Universal Digital Preamp Equalizer
Owner's Manual


   Summary of Contents for Pioneer DEQ-P9

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    Universal Digital Preamp Equalizer Owner’s Manual DEQ-P9...

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    About the Digital Network ... 8 MODE Switch Setting ... 9 Resetting the Microprocessor ...10 Precaution ... 11 After-sales Service for Pioneer Products ... 12 Audio Adjustment ... 13 Audio Menu ... 13 Switching to the Audio Menu Audio Adjustment <Main> ... 15 Main Menu ...

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    Audio Adjustment <Network> ... 27 What is the Multi-Amp System? ... 27 Network Menu ... 28 Switching to the Network Menu Time Alignment Adjustment ... 29 Switching to the Time Alignment Adjustment Mode Measuring the Distance to be Corrected Inputting the Distance to be Corrected Filter Adjustment ...

  • Page 4: Dear Customer

    Selecting fine audio equipment such as the unit you’ve just purchased is only the start of your musical enjoyment. Now it’s time to consider how you can maximize the fun and excitement your equipment offers. This manufacturer and the Electronic Industries Association’s Consumer Electronics Group want you to get the most out of your equipment by playing it at a safe level.

  • Page 5: Key Finder

    Key Finder Head Unit (DEX-P9) Remote Controller (DEX-P9) This unit can be operated with the combined Head Unit DEX-P9 (sold separately). Opening the cover enables the SHIFT, RETURN and FUNCTION buttons 1–6 inside this unit. For more details, refer to the page 5. MENU button Closed state 5/∞/2/3 buttons...

  • Page 6: Opening And Closing The Remote Controller Cover

    Key Finder Opening and Closing the Remote Controller Cover When the remote controller is opening the cover enables the SHIFT, RETURN and FUNCTION buttons 1–6 inside the unit. Menu displays with cover open and closed in this system, the available functions and the menu display vary depending on the condition of the remote controller in use.

  • Page 7: When The Cover Is Closed

    When the Cover is Closed Closing the cover of the remote controller makes the menu display to the closed state. Menu display in closed state Example: Main Menu Screen Note: • Menu display in closed state: Current mode and functions which are ON are displayed. When the Cover is Open Opening the cover of the remote controller makes the menu display to the open state.

  • Page 8: Before Using This Product

    Before Using This Product About This Product This product is universal digital preamp equalizer which can be operated with the com- bined head unit DEX-P9 (sold separately). You can operate a number of Audio Adjustment functions with separately sold head unit. About This Manual This product features a number of sophisticated functions ensuring superior reception and operation.

  • Page 9: Important

    Important The serial number of this device is located on the bottom of this product. For your own security and convenience, be sure to record this number on the enclosed warranty card. About the Digital Network A vehicle, unlike the home audio, imposes several constraints upon the quality of repro- duced sound, and have the following effects: •...

  • Page 10: Mode Switch Setting

    Before Using This Product MODE Switch Setting This product equipped two setting modes. The one is LR/IND mode and the other is LR/COM mode. LR/IND mode can be adjusted the equalizer and network adjustment independently between Left and Right channel. LR/COM mode can be adjusted these adjustment simultaneously between Left and Right channel.

  • Page 11: Resetting The Microprocessor

    Resetting the Microprocessor The microprocessor must be reset under the following conditions: When using this product for the first time after installation. When the machine fails to operate properly. When strange (incorrect) messages appear on the display. When setting the position of the MODE switch of this product. •...

  • Page 12: Precaution


  • Page 13: After-sales Service For Pioneer Products

    After-sales Service for Pioneer Products Please contact the dealer or distributor from where you purchased the product for its after- sales service (including warranty conditions) or any other information. In case the necessary information is not available, please contact the companies listed below: Please do not ship your product to the companies at the addresses listed below for repair without advance contact.

  • Page 14: Audio Adjustment

    Audio Adjustment Audio Menu This system has the following three Audio Menus: Main <Main> (page 15) This carries out Fader/Balance Adjustments as well as Bass/Treble Adjustment, the basis for sound quality adjustments. It also sets up and adjusts the Position Selector, which cor- rects the orientation of the sound image for the listener’s position in the vehicle.

  • Page 15: Switching To The Audio Menu

    Switching to the Audio Menu When the system is ON, you can adjust the sound quality. 1. Each press of MENU button selects the desired Audio Menu in the following order: Main (Main Menu) = Equalizer (Equalizer Menu) = Network (Network Menu) 2.

  • Page 16: Audio Adjustment

    Audio Adjustment <Main> Main Menu <MAIN> With this menu, you can make the following four adjustments. • Fader/Balance Adjustment <FAD/BAL CONTROL> (Closed state) • Bass/Treble Adjustment <B/T> (Open state) • Listening Position Adjustment <PS> (Open state) • Source Level Adjustment <SLA> (Open state) Switching to the Main Menu •...

  • Page 17: Bass/treble Adjustment

    Bass/Treble Adjustment <B/T> (Open state) It is possible to select one from a choice of four frequencies to becomes the reference when adjusting the bass/treble tone. The frequencies and level adjustment ranges from which selections may be made are as follows: Bass : 63 Hz, 100 Hz, 160 Hz, 250 Hz Treble: 4 kHz, 6.3 kHz, 10 kHz, 16 kHz Level adjustment range: –12 dB —...

  • Page 18: Adjusting The Listening Position

    Audio Adjustment <Main> Adjusting the Listening Position <PS> (Open state) One way to assure a more natural sound is to clearly position the stereo sound image (putting you in the center of the sound field). The Position Selector function adjusts distance and volume level of sound from each speaker to match seat positions and the number of people in the car, and lets you recall set- tings at the touch of a button.

  • Page 19: Fine Tuning The Position

    Fine Tuning the Position After choosing the position using the Position Selector function, it is possible to fine tune the distance and the difference in sound levels. Conduct the fine tuning to match the loca- tion of the left and right speakers and the shape of the car and correct the position of the sound image so that the sounds are most natural.

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    Audio Adjustment <Main> 4. Press the 2/3 buttons to correct the position of the sound image. Holding down these buttons continues their operations (during distance tuning, holding down the button moves the distance 1.34 in./1 step). 5. After tuning has been completed, press the RETURN button to cancel the Position Fine Tuning Screen.

  • Page 21: Effective Distance Adjustment

    Effective distance Adjustment Using the Position Fine Tuning function — Relation to Time Alignment Adjustment function — When the system comprises a multi-amp system, the distance between the listening posi- tion and each speaker can be tuned using either of two methods. Time Alignment Adjustment function of the Network Menu (page 29) The distance between the listening position and each speaker of each band (high, mid, low and subwoofer) can be adjusted for the left and right speakers.

  • Page 22: Source Level Adjustment

    Audio Adjustment <Main> Source Level Adjustment <SLA> (Open state) The SLA (Source Level Adjustment) function prevents radical leaps in volume level when switching between sources. Settings are based on the FM volume level, which remains unchanged. 1. Compare the FM volume with the volume of the other source (refer to DEX-P9 (sold separately) Owner’s Manual).

  • Page 23: Audio Adjustment

    Audio Adjustment <Equalizer> Equalizer Menu <GEQ> With this menu, you can make the following four adjustments. • Recalling the Equalizer Curve (Closed state) (Refer to page 41.) • Adjusting the 31 Band Graphic Equalizer <FINE> (Open state) • Flat function <FLT> (Open state) •...

  • Page 24: Relation Between Frequency Characteristics And Sound Quality

    Audio Adjustment <Equalizer> Relation Between Frequency Characteristics and Sound Quality Sound quality generally has the following characteristics, depending on the frequency. Refer to these characteristics when making adjustments. Baritone Bass Guitar Bass Drum q This sound range feels almost like pressure on the ears of the listener, particularly if the sound is too strong.

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    The points when adjusting the equalizer curve • Take the recreated frequency bands of the speakers into consideration when adjusting. For example, when a speaker with a band between 80 Hz and 4 kHz is connected, adjusting the level in 50 Hz or 10 kHz will have no effect.

  • Page 26: Adjusting The 31 Band Graphic Equalizer

    Audio Adjustment <Equalizer> Adjusting the 31 Band Graphic Equalizer <FINE> (Open state) Adjustable frequency : 20 Hz — 20 kHz (Every 1/3 octaves, total 31 bands) Level adjustment range: –12 dB — +12 dB (0.5 dB/1 step) 1. Open the cover of the remote controller in the Equalizer Menu (refer to page 5).

  • Page 27: The Flat Function

    The Flat function <FLT> (Open state) The adjusted equalizer curve can be temporarily returned to its prior status before making the adjustment (all levels are 0 dB), using the Flat function. This is convenient for checking the effects of the adjusted equalizer curve. 1.

  • Page 28: Audio Adjustment

    Audio Adjustment <Network> What is the Multi-Amp System? The multi-speaker system reproduces each frequency band (high, mid, low and ultrabass- ranges) through its own exclusive speaker unit. The multi-amp system provides an exclusive power amplifier for each speaker unit. There is only limited space in a vehicle for installing speakers, and it is difficult to install large-diameter speakers in a door or on the dashboard and get high sound quality.

  • Page 29: Network Menu

    Network Menu <N.W.> With this menu, you can make the following three adjustments. • Time Alignment Adjustment <T.A.> (Open state) • Filter Adjustment <FTR> (Open state) • Memory functions of Adjusted Network (Open state) (Refer to page 38.) Switching to the Network Menu •...

  • Page 30: Switching To The Network Menu

    Audio Adjustment <Network> Time Alignment Adjustment <T.A.> (Open state) In the vehicle, the different speaker units are at widely differing distances from the listener. The sounds from the speakers therefore reach the listener at different times. When a multi-amp system is set up, this causes different delays for each frequency band (high, mid, low and ultrabass-ranges), marring the position of the sound image and the overall balance and disturbing the frequency characteristics.

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    Example: making corrections for the driver’s seat in a left-hand drive vehicle • Measure the distance between the head of the listener, when sitting in the driver’s seat, and each speaker unit. Note: • The unit of distance must be inches. Left Speaker (L) Front tweeter (high-range)

  • Page 32: Inputting The Distance To Be Corrected

    Audio Adjustment <Network> Inputting the Distance to be Corrected (Delay Time) Scope of adjustment: 0 — 134 in. (0.67 in./1 step) 1. Open the cover of the remote controller in the Network Menu (refer to page 5). This switches to Network Menu Setting Screen. 2.

  • Page 33

    6. Press the 5/∞ buttons to input the distance to be corrected (delay time). Input the distance to be corrected, as measured on page 30. Holding down these buttons continues their operations (during distance tuning, holding down the button moves the distance 1.34 in./1 step).

  • Page 34: Filter Adjustment

    Audio Adjustment <Network> Filter Adjustment <FTR> (Open state) The following adjustments can be made during filter adjustments. Make the appropriate adjustments for the reproduced frequency band and characteristics of the connected speaker unit. Filter frequency adjustment: Every 1/3 octave Level adjustment: 0.5 dB/1 step The cut-off frequencies of the high pass filter (H.P.F.) and the low pass filter (L.P.F.) of each band (subwoofer, low, mid, high) and the reproduction level of each band are set up.

  • Page 35: Switching To The Filter Adjustment Mode

    About the H.P.F. and L.P.F. High pass filter eliminates lower sound ranges (low-range) from the set up frequencies and allows high ranges through. Low pass filter eliminates upper sound ranges (high-range) from the set up frequencies and allows low ranges through. About the slope This value indicates how many dB the signals attenuate when the frequency increases (or decreases) 1 octave (unit: dB/oct.).

  • Page 36: Adjusting The Filter

    Audio Adjustment <Network> Adjusting the Filter First, determine the approximate band to be used, taking into consideration the reproduced frequency band and the characteristics of the connected speaker. 1. Open the cover of the remote controller in the Network Menu (refer to page 5).

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    7. Press the 5/∞ buttons and adjust the level of each band. Holding down these buttons continues their operations. Switch to each band and adjust the level in order to create a better overall balance. 8. Press FUNCTION button 3 and adjust the slope of each filter.

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    Audio Adjustment <Network> Important points in adjusting the slope • A decrease in the absolute value of the slope (more gentle inclination) makes the frequency characteristics more susceptible to interference from the next band. • Increasing the absolute value of the slope (sharper inclination) lessens the connections between bands, giving the listener the impression of hearing separate, unrelated sounds.

  • Page 39: Audio Adjustment

    Audio Adjustment <Memory Functions> Memory Functions of Adjusted Audio Menu (MEMO) This system allows the contents of the adjusted equalizer and network to be stored in mem- ory as follows. The numbers in ( ) represent the numbers of the memory registers to be used.

  • Page 40: Switching To Memory Mode

    Audio Adjustment <Memory Functions> Switching to Memory Mode Memory operations are conducted in the memory mode of each Audio Menu. Equalizer Menu 1. Open the cover of the remote controller in the Equalizer Menu (refer to page 5). 2. Press the SHIFT button. The display switches to Equalizer Memory Operation Screen for conducting memory operations.

  • Page 41: Storing The Adjustment Data In Memory

    Storing the Adjustment Data in Memory 1. Adjust each Audio Menu. Equalizer Menu (page 22) Network Menu (page 27) 2. Switch to the memory mode of each menu (refer to page 39). The display switches to Memory Operation Screen of each menu. 3.

  • Page 42: Recalling Data Stored In Memory

    Audio Adjustment <Memory Functions> Recalling Data Stored in Memory There are two ways to recall data stored in memory. In Forward/Reverse Order — Functions of Equalizer Menu — This function can be operated when the cover of the remote controller is closed. Stored data can be recalled by moving forwards or backwards through the memory numbers (the numbers of the corresponding FUNCTION buttons).

  • Page 43: Specifying The Memory Number Directly

    Specifying the Memory Number Directly 1. Switch to the memory mode of each menu (refer to page 39). The display switches to Memory Operations Screen of each menu. 2. Press the FUNCTION button to recall the memory. Press the FUNCTION button which corresponds to the desired memory number. Memory recall operations on the Equalizer Menu •...

  • Page 44: Memory Protect Function

    Audio Adjustment <Memory Functions> Memory Protect function In order to avoid accidentally erasing data which have been stored in memory, or to avoid replacing stored data, it is possible to set up a Protect function for the following memory numbers. When the Protect function is ON, adjustment data storage operations are not accepted.

  • Page 45: Memory Clearing Operations

    Memory Clearing Operations It is possible to clear the memory of the equalizer and network. Clearing operations are conducted as follows. 1. Recall the memory to be cleared by clearing operation (refer to page 42). Specify the memory number directly to recall the memory. 2.

  • Page 46: Display For The Person Who Set Up The Audio Adjustments

    Display for the Person who Set Up the Audio Adjustments Inputting the Name Inputting the name of the person who set up the memory (Equalizer and Network) of the Audio menu, or messages, stores them in the DEX-P9’s head unit’s memory. The DEX-P9 head unit is sold separately.

  • Page 47

    4. Switch the desired character type with FUNCTION button 1. Each press of FUNCTION button 1 changes the Character type in the fol- lowing order: Upper case alphabet (Capital Letter), Numbers and Symbols = Lower case alphabet (Small Letter) Note: •...

  • Page 48

    Display for the Person who Set Up the Audio Adjustments 7. When you have completed title input, memorize by pressing the FUNCTION button 5. 8. Press the FUNCTION button 6 or RETURN button and return to the previous mode. 9. The contents stored in memory are indicated on the display. Switching the Audio Menu displays on the title screen the contents stored in memory.

  • Page 49: Memory Data Memo

    Memory Data Memo Equalizer Frequency 20 Hz 25 Hz 31.5 Hz 40 Hz 50 Hz 63 Hz 80 Hz 100 Hz 125 Hz 160 Hz 200 Hz 250 Hz 315 Hz 400 Hz 500 Hz 630 Hz 800 Hz 1 kHz 1.25 kHz 1.6 kHz 2 kHz...

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    Memory Data Memo Network: Filter characteristics L.P.F. Frequency Slope HIGH LEFT S.W. HIGH RIGHT S.W. L.P.F. Frequency Slope HIGH LEFT S.W. HIGH RIGHT S.W. L.P.F. Frequency Slope HIGH LEFT S.W. HIGH RIGHT S.W. H.P.F. L.P.F. Level Phase Frequency Slope Frequency H.P.F.

  • Page 51

    Network: Time Alignment Position: S.W. Left (LEFT) Right (RIGHT) Position: S.W. Left (LEFT) Right (RIGHT) Position: S.W. Left (LEFT) Right (RIGHT) Position: S.W. Left (LEFT) Right (RIGHT) Position: S.W. Left (LEFT) Right (RIGHT) HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH...

  • Page 52: Connecting The Units

    Connecting the Units Note: • This unit is for vehicles with a 12-volt battery and negative grounding. Before installing it in a recre- ational vehicle, truck, or bus, check the battery voltage. • To avoid shorts in the electrical system, be sure to disconnect the ≠...

  • Page 53: Routing The Optical Cable

    To prevent the optical cable from being strained, use the corrugated tube after cut- ting it to the correct length. • Insert the optical cable into the cor- rugated tube. DEX-P9 (sold separately) RCA Input Amplifier Front Woofer Optical cable Corrugated tube DEQ-P9 Subwoofer...

  • Page 54: Connection Diagram

    Connecting the Units Connection Diagram To IP-BUS OUTPUT (black) To Optical OUTPUT (black) Blue/white To system control terminal of the power amp (max. 300 mA 12 V DC). Yellow To terminal always supplied with power regardless of ignition switch position. Black (ground) To vehicle (metal) body.

  • Page 55: Connecting The Rca Input Amplifier

    Connecting the RCA Input Amplifier White White For system remote control Blue/white Blue/white Tweeter Power Amplifier Mid range Power Amplifier Woofer Power Amplifier Subwoofer Power Amplifier...

  • Page 56: Connecting The Power Terminal

    Connecting the Units Connecting the Power Terminal 1. Put the short-circuit protection cover around the blue/white, yellow and black lead. Be sure to use this cover to prevent short-circuit. 2. Connecting the leads. Securely fasten the leads with terminal screws. G N D B A C K U R E M O T...

  • Page 57: Connecting The Ip-bus And Optical Cable

    Connecting the IP-BUS and Optical Cable Connecting the Cables 1. Attach the cable clamp. When plugging the optical cable and IP-BUS cable into the unit, use the supplied cable cramp to prevent the cables from being bent sharply. 2. Route the optical cable and IP-BUS cable through the cable clamp.

  • Page 58: Installation

    Installation Note: • Before finally installing the unit, connect the wiring temporarily, making sure it is all connected up properly, and the unit and the system work properly. • Use only the parts included with the unit to ensure proper installation. The use of unauthorized parts can cause malfunction.

  • Page 59: Troubleshooting

    2. If connections and settings are correct, press the RESET button. Refer to “Resetting the Microprocessor” on page 10. 3. If the malfunction continues even after pressing the RESET button, contact your dealer or nearest authorized Pioneer Service Station. Checklist Symptom...

  • Page 60: Specifications

    Specifications GENERAL Power Source ... DC 14.4 V (10.8 — 15.1 V allowable) Grounding system ... Negative type Fuse ... 4 A Dimensions ... 191 (W) × 49 (H) × 220 (D) mm Weight ... 1.8 kg DSP/PREAMP Tone controls (parametric) Bass frequency ...

  • Page 62

    A Title (English)

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    A Title (English)

  • Page 64

    TEL: (03) 9586-6300 PIONEER ELECTRONICS OF CANADA, INC. 300 Allstate Parkway, Markham, Ontario L3R OP2, Canada TEL: (905) 479-4411 PIONEER ELECTRONICS DE MEXICO, S.A. de C.V. San Lorenzo 1009 3er. Piso Desp. 302 Col. Del Valle Mexico, D.F. C.P. 03100 TEL: 5-688-52-90 <KSNFF/01A00000>...

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