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Contents 01 Before you start Checking what’s in the box ..... . . 6 Installing the receiver ......6 Loading the batteries.
Multi-Room and IR receiver setup ....62 SR+ Setup for Pioneer plasma displays..62 OSD Adjustment ......62 10 Using other functions Setting the AV options.
Before you start Chapter 1: Before you start Checking what’s in the box Please check that you've received the following supplied accessories: • Setup microphone (cable: 5m.) • Remote control unit • AA/LR6 dry cell batteries x2 • AM loop antenna •...
5 minute guide Chapter 2: 5 minute guide Introduction to home theater Home theater refers to the use of multiple audio tracks to create a surround sound effect, making you feel like you're in the middle of the action or concert. The surround sound you get from a home theater system depends not only on your speaker setup, but also on the source and the sound settings of the receiver.
5 minute guide SYSTEM OFF RECEIVER INPUT SOURCE SELECT VIDEO 2 VIDEO 1 TV CONT DVR2 CD-R MULTI IN ROOM2/3 DVR1 i Pod TUNER RECEIVER Switch on the receiver and your TV. Connect the microphone to the MCACC SETUP MIC jack on the front panel.
5 minute guide Problems when using the Auto MCACC Setup If the room environment is not optimal for the Auto MCACC Setup (too much background noise, echo off the walls, obstacles blocking the speakers from the microphone) the final settings may be incorrect. Check for household appliances (air conditioner, fridge, fan, etc.), that may be affecting the environment and switch them off if necessary.
Connecting your equipment Chapter 3 Connecting your equipment This receiver provides you with many connection possibilities, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. This page explains the kinds of components you can connect to make up your home theater system. Rear panel This illustration shows the VSX-AX4AVi, however connections for the VSX-AX2AV are the same except where noted.
Connecting the multichannel analog inputs on page 51. 15 Control input/output Use to connect other Pioneer components so that you can control all your equipment from a single IR remote sensor. Operating other Pioneer components with this unit’s sensor on page 72.
Connecting your equipment Connecting your TV and DVD player MULTI-ROOM &SOURCE /REC SEL OUT1 ROOM3(ZONE3) MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE ROOM2(ZONE2) OUT2 S400 AUDIO 12 V TRIGGER (AUDIO) (DC OUT 12V TOTAL 50mA MAX) (SAT) ROOM2 S400 (ZONE2) (DVR/ HDMI VCR 1) (DVR/ VCR 2) (CD-R)
Connecting your equipment Connecting a satellite/cable receiver or other set-top box Satellite and cable receivers, and terrestrial digital TV tuners are all examples of so-called ‘set-top boxes’. VSX-AX4AVi MULTI-ROOM &SOURCE /REC SEL OUT1 FM UNBAL 75Ω ROOM3(ZONE3) MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE MONITOR ROOM2(ZONE2) OUT2...
Connecting your equipment • For a second recorder, use the DVR/ VCR2 outputs. If the device can output digital audio, connect an optical-type digital audio output from the recorder to the DIGITAL 2 (DVR/VCR1) input. Use an optical cable for the connection. •...
Connecting your equipment Connecting digital audio sources This receiver has both digital inputs and outputs, allowing you to connect digital audio components for playback and for making digital recordings. Most digital components also have analog connections. See Connecting analog audio sources on the following page if you want to connect these too.
Connecting your equipment Connecting analog audio sources This receiver features three stereo audio-only inputs. Two of these inputs have corresponding outputs for use with audio recorders. One of the audio inputs (PHONO) is a dedicated turntable input which should not be used for any other type of component.
Connecting your equipment Installing your speaker system To take full advantage of the receiver’s surround sound capabilities connect front, center, surround and surround back speakers, as well as a subwoofer. Although this is ideal, other configurations with fewer speakers—no subwoofer or no center speaker, or even no surround speakers—will work.
Connecting your equipment Bare wire connections Make sure that the speaker cable you’re going to use is properly prepared with about 10 mm of insulator stripped from each wire, and the exposed wire strands twisted together (fig. A). To connect a terminal, unscrew the terminal a few turns until there is enough space to insert the exposed wire (fig.
Connecting your equipment The diagrams below show suggested surround and surround back speaker orientation. The first diagram (fig. A) shows orientation with one surround back speaker (or none) connected. The second (fig. B) shows orientation with two surround back speakers connected. 90~120 fig.
Check the power cord once in a while. If you find it damaged, ask your nearest Pioneer authorized independent service company for a replacement. • Do not use any power cord other than the one supplied with this unit.
Controls and displays Chapter 4: Controls and displays Front panel Illustration shows the VSX-AX4AVi front panel STANDBY/ON PHASE CONTROL PHASE MCACC AUTO SURR/ CONTROL POSITION STREAM DIRECT INPUT SELECTOR SPEAKERS PARAMETER PHONES (ST –) SETUP INPUT SELECTOR dial Use to select an input source. STANDBY/ON Switches the receiver between on and standby.
Controls and displays HDMI indicator Blinks when connecting an HDMI-equipped component; lights when the component is connected (page 47). 10 i.LINK indicator (VSX-AX4AVi only) Lights when an i.LINK-Audio-equipped component is selected (page 48). DIGITAL VIDEO CONVERSION indicator (VSX-AX2AV only) Lights when digital video conversion is enabled (page 63).
Controls and displays Display SIGNAL DIGITAL AUTO WMA9 Pro HDMI SBL SB DIGITAL ANALOG STREAM DIRECT PRO LOGIC ADV.SURROUND STEREO STANDARD SLEEP SIGNAL indicators Light to indicate the currently selected input signal. AUTO lights when the receiver is set to select the input signal automatically (page 28).
Controls and displays Remote control RECEIVER INPUT SELECT DVR2 CD-R DVR1 i Pod SLEEP D.ACCESS AV PARAMETER TOP MENU TUNE SETUP TUNE PTY SEARCH GUIDE TV CONTROL INPUT TV VOL SELECT AUDIO SUBTITLE DISP STATUS SIGNAL SEL MULTI OPE SHIFT PHASE RECEIVER The remote has been conveniently color-coded according...
Controls and displays – Use to turn on/off the power of the TV. TV VOL +/– – Use to adjust the volume on your TV. INPUT SELECT – Use to select the TV input signal. TV CH +/– – Use to select channels. Component control buttons The main buttons ( , , etc.) are used to control a...
Listening to your system Chapter 5: Listening to your system Important • The listening modes and many features described in this section may not be available depending on the current source, settings and status of the receiver. See Listening modes with different input signal formats on page 82 for more on this.
Listening to your system Using the Home THX modes THX and Home THX are technical standards created by Lucasfilm Ltd. for cinema and home theater sound. Home THX is designed to make home theater audio sound more like what you hear in a cinema. Different THX options will be available depending on the source and the setting for surround back channel processing (see Using surround back channel processing...
Listening to your system Listening in stereo When you select STEREO, you will hear the source through just the front left and right speakers (and possibly your subwoofer depending on your speaker settings). Dolby Digital and DTS multichannel sources are downmixed to stereo. STATUS SIGNAL SEL MULTI OPE...
Listening to your system • PCM – Only PCM signals are output. selects the first available signal in the following order: ; HDMI; DIGITAL. When set to DIGITAL or AUTO, 2 DIGITAL lights with Dolby Digital decoding, DTS lights with DTS decoding, and WMA9 Pro lights to indicate decoding of a WMA9 Pro signal.
Using the tuner Chapter 6: Using the tuner Listening to the radio The following steps show you how to tune in to FM and AM radio broadcasts using the automatic (search) and manual (step) tuning functions. If you already know the frequency of the station you want, see Tuning directly to a station below.
Using the tuner Naming station presets For easier identification, you can name your station presets. Choose the station preset you want to name. See Listening to station presets below for how to do this. Press T.EDIT (TUNER EDIT). The display shows STATION NAME, then a blinking cursor at the first character position.
Using the tuner Press ENTER to search for the program type. The system starts searching through the station presets for a match. When it finds one, the search stops and the station plays for five seconds. If you want to keep listening to the station, press ENTER within the 5 seconds.
The System Setup menu Chapter 7: The System Setup menu Making receiver settings from the System Setup menu The following section shows you how to make detailed settings to specify how you’re using the receiver (for example, if you want to set up two speaker systems in separate rooms), and also explains how to fine-tune individual speaker system settings to your liking.
The System Setup menu Connect the microphone to the MCACC SETUP MIC jack on the front panel. Make sure there are no obstacles between the speakers and the microphone. MULTI – ROOM & (TUNE +) SPEAKERS BAND SOURCE/REC SEL CONTROL ON/OFF TUNER PARAMETER...
The System Setup menu • With error messages (such as Ambient Noise or Microphone Check) select RETRY after checking for ambient noise (see Problems when using the Auto MCACC Setup on page 9) and verifying the mic connection. If there doesn’t seem to be a problem, you can simply select GO NEXT and continue.
The System Setup menu Select ‘Surr Back System’ from the System Setup menu. See Making receiver settings from the System Setup menu above if you’re not already at this screen. System Setup 1.Auto MCACC 2.Surr Back System 3.Manual MCACC 4.Data Management 5.Manual SP Setup 6.Input Setup 7.Other Setup...
The System Setup menu The volume increases to the 0dB reference level. 3.Manual MCACC 3a.Fine Channel Level a.Fine Ch Level b.Fine SP Distance c.Standing Wave Please Wait... d.EQ Adjust e.EQ Professional Caution! Loud test tones will be output. :Return Adjust the level of the left channel. This will be the reference speaker level, so you may want to keep the level around 0dB so that you’ll have plenty of room to adjust the other speaker levels.
2 This system allows you to customize your system calibration with the help of a graphical output that can be displayed on-screen, or using a computer (with software available from Pioneer—see Connecting a PC for Advanced MCACC output on page 59 for more on this).
This is done with the help of a graphical output that can be displayed on-screen, or using a computer (with software available from Pioneer — see Connecting a PC for Advanced MCACC output on page 59). How to interpret the graphical output The graph shows decibels on the vertical axis and time (in milliseconds) on the horizontal axis.
The System Setup menu Using Professional Acoustic Calibration EQ Select ‘EQ Professional’ then press ENTER. 3.Manual MCACC a.Fine Ch Level b.Fine SP Distance c.Standing Wave d.EQ Adjust e.EQ Professional :Return Select an option and press ENTER. • Reverb Measurement – Use this to measure the reverb characteristics of your room (for graphical output using a PC, see Connecting a PC for Advanced MCACC output on page 59 to connect an RS-232C...
The System Setup menu After the Acoustic Calibration Equalization is set, you are given the option to check the settings on-screen. Data Management This system allows you to store up to six MCACC presets, allowing you to calibrate your system for different listening positions (or frequency adjustments for the same listening position).
The System Setup menu Select the MCACC preset you’ll be copying the settings ‘From’ then specify where you want to copy them (‘To’). Make sure you don’t overwrite an MCACC preset you’re currently using (this can’t be undone). Select ‘Copy’ to confirm and copy the settings. Copy Complete! shows in the OSD to confirm the MCACC preset has been copied, then you automatically return to the Data Management setup menu.
The System Setup menu Select ‘Speaker Setting’ from the Manual SP Setup menu. 5.Manual SP Setup 5a.Speaker Setting a.Speaker Setting Front SMALL b.Channel Level Center [ SMALL ] c.Speaker Distance Surr [ SMALL ] d.Bass Peak Level [ SMALL x2 ] e.X-Curve SUB W.
The System Setup menu Adjust the level of each channel using the buttons. If you selected Manual, use Auto setup will output test tones in the order shown on- screen: 5b.Channel Level 0.0dB 0.0dB ] 0.0dB ] 0.0dB ] 0.0dB ] 0.0dB ] 0.0dB ] 0.0dB ]...
The System Setup menu Set the bass peak level gradually, then press ENTER at the point just before the tone starts to distort. display on the receiver shows RESUME while the volume returns to its original position, then you automatically return to the main Bass Peak Level menu.
Pioneer dealer. 2 • The controls of your iPod will be inoperable when connected to this receiver (Pioneer shows in the iPod display). Features such as the equalizer cannot be controlled using this receiver, and we recommend switching the equalizer off before connecting.
Other connections Genre Artist Album Song Composer Album Song Shuffle Songs • You can play all of the songs in a particular category by selecting the All item at the top of each category list. For example, you can play all the songs by a particular artist.
Other connections Use an HDMI cable to connect the HDMI OUT interconnect on this receiver to an HDMI interconnect on a HDMI-compatible monitor. • The arrow on the cable connector body should be facing right for correct alignment with the connector on the player.
Other connections Use an i.LINK cable to connect one of the i.LINK connectors on this receiver to an i.LINK connector on your i.LINK component. MULTI-ROOM ANTENNA &SOURCE /REC SEL OUT1 FM UNBAL 75Ω AM LOOP ROOM3(ZONE3) MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE MONITOR MULTI-ROOM &...
Other connections About PQLS rate control Pioneer's PQLS (Precision Quartz Lock System) technology provides high-precision digital audio from DVD-A, SACD and audio CD sources when you use the i.LINK interface. A precision quartz controller in this receiver eliminates distortion caused by timing errors (jitter), giving you the best possible digital-to-analog conversion from the digital source.
Other connections Connecting the multichannel analog inputs For DVD Audio and SACD playback, your DVD player may have 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1 channel analog outputs (depending on whether your player supports surround back channels). Make sure that the player is set to output multichannel analog audio.
USB cable during playback. • To prevent noise being output, don’t use other software on your computer during playback. • Pioneer is not responsible for computer system damage, software crashes or failures, or any other possible computer problems due to this configuration.
Other connections • SP A – Sound is output from speaker system A and the same signal is output from the pre-out terminals. • SP B – Sound is output from the two speakers connected to speaker system B. Multichannel sources will not be heard.
Other connections Connecting additional amplifiers This receiver has more than enough power for any home use, but it’s possible to add additional amplifiers to every channel of your system using the pre-outs. Make the connections shown below to add amplifiers to power your speakers.
Other connections Multi-room listening options The following table shows what you can listen to in each sub room Sub room Input sources available ROOM2 (ZONE2) iPod, the built-in tuner and other analog audio sources (except MULTI CH IN). With video sources, only composite video is possible.
Other connections Using the multi-room controls The following steps use the front panel controls to adjust the sub room volume and select sources. See Multi-room remote controls below (TUNE +) SPEAKERS TUNER PARAMETER EDIT PHONES (ST –) ENTER (ST +) SETUP RETURN (TUNE –)
Note 1 The 3-ringed SR+ cable from Pioneer is commercially available under the part number ADE7095. Contact the Pioneer Customer Support division for more information on obtaining an SR+ cable (you can also use a commercially available 3-ringed mini phone plug for the connection).
• Before you can use the extra SR+ features, you need to make a few settings in the receiver. See The Input Setup menu on page 60 and SR+ Setup for Pioneer plasma displays on page 62 for detailed instructions.
Pioneer website (www.pioneer- eur.com/files/support/MCACC/software.html). Instructions for using the software are also available here. If you have any questions about the software, please contact the Pioneer Service Center specified on your warranty card. Please make sure your system meets the following requirements: •...
Other Settings Chapter 9: Other Settings The Input Setup menu You only need to make settings in the Input Setup menu if you didn’t hook up your digital equipment according to the default settings (see Input function default and possible settings below). In this case, you need to tell the receiver what equipment is hooked up to which terminal so the buttons on the remote correspond to the components you’ve connected.
1 You will have to make an SR+ cable connection from a CONTROL OUT jack on the display to the CONTROL IN jack on this receiver (opposite from the setup in Using this receiver with a Pioneer plasma display on page 57 have to point it at the plasma display’s remote sensor after making this connection.
Note that the number of function settings available will depend on the plasma display you’ve connected. See also Using this receiver with a Pioneer plasma display on page 57 and Using the SR+ mode with a Pioneer plasma display on page 58. Note 1 If you selected MR&S in the Surround back speaker setting on page 35, you won’t be able to change the volume level.
Using other functions Chapter 10 Using other functions Setting the AV options There are a number of additional sound and picture settings you can make using the AV Parameter menu. The defaults, if not stated, are listed in bold. Important •...
Using other functions Setting What it does Adjusts the contrast between light Contrast and dark. Adjusts the red/green balance. a.Only when listening to 2-channel sources in Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music mode (also available with 2 Pro Logic II 5.1 channel sound). b.Only when listening to 2-channel sources in Neo:6 Music mode.
Using other functions Reducing the level of an analog signal The input attenuator lowers the input level of an analog signal when it’s too strong. You can use this if you find the that the OVER indicator is lights often, or you can hear distortion in the sound.
Using other functions The front panel display shows each of the following settings for two seconds each: Input source Signal select Video Select Room 2 / REC SEL When you’re finished, press STATUS again to switch off the display. Resetting the system Use this procedure to reset all the receiver’s settings to the factory default.
2 • When using a Pioneer HDD recorder, please select PIONEER DVR 487, 488, 489 or 493. • When using a Pioneer plasma display released prior to summer 2005, please select preset codes 600 or 231. 3 The remote can store about 200 preset codes (this has been tested with codes of Pioneer format only).
Controlling the rest of your system Point the two remote controls towards each other then press the button that will be doing the learning on this receiver’s remote control. PRES KEY starts flashing to indicate the remote is ready to accept a signal. •...
Controlling the rest of your system Press the button of the component for which you want to check the preset code, then press ENTER. The brand name and preset code appears in the display for three seconds. Renaming input source names You can customize the names that appear on the remote LCD when you select an input source (for example, you could change the name of DVR 1 to HDD/DVR).
(except DVD recorders); • program the power to switch on if it’s the source component selected in step 3; • program a Pioneer TV or monitor to switch on if the input function (selected in step 2) has video input terminals;...
Controlling the rest of your system Controls for TVs This remote control can control components after entering the proper codes or teaching the receiver the commands (see Setting the remote to control other components on page 67 for more on this). Use the input source buttons to select the component.
If you have connected a remote control to the CONTROL IN jack (using a mini-plug cable), you won't be able to control this unit using the remote sensor. • See Using this receiver with a Pioneer plasma display on page 57 if you are connecting a Pioneer plasma display.
• Something is obstructing the fan. Remove the obstruction and try switching the receiver back on. If the then the power automatically fan is still not working, or you can't remove the object, unplug the receiver from the wall and call a Pioneer switches off.
Additional information Symptom No sound from the surround or center speakers. No sound from surround back speakers. No sound from subwoofer. No sound from one speaker. Sound is produced from analog components, but not from digital ones (DVD, LD, CD-ROM etc.). No sound is output or a noise is output when Dolby Digital/DTS software is played back.
Additional information Symptom Remedy When playing a DTS format LD • Make sure that the input signal type is set to DIGITAL (see Choosing the input signal on page 28). there is audible noise on the soundtrack. Can't record audio. •...
Additional information Symptom After using the Auto MCACC Setup, the speaker size setting is incorrect. Can’t adjust the Fine Speaker Distance setting (page 37) properly. The display shows KEY LOCK ON when you try to make settings. Most recent settings have been erased.
• The preset code may be incorrect. Redo the procedure for entering preset codes. The SR cable is connected, but • Reinsert the SR cable, making sure it’s connected to the right jack (see Using this receiver with a Pioneer the connected components can’t plasma display on page 57).
Additional information Symptom You can’t get i.LINK to display when using the SIGNAL SELECT button. After upgrading a component, it is not recognized and cannot be selected using the i.LINK connection. i.LINK messages You may see the following messages displayed in the front panel display when using the i.LINK interface. Message BUS FULL CANNOT LINK 1...
Additional information Symptom Remedy No picture. • If your display device is not SD (480i/576i) compatible then neither the setup screens or the 480i/576i to HDMI converted video will be displayed. In this case, connect using the component, S-video or composite video jacks.
Additional information Surround sound formats Below is a brief description of the main surround sound formats you’ll find on DVDs, satellite, cable and terrestrial broadcasts, and video cassettes. Dolby The Dolby technologies are explained below. See www.dolby.com for more detailed information. Dolby Digital Dolby Digital is a multichannel digital audio coding system widely used in cinemas, and in the home for DVD and digital...
Additional information WMA9 Pro can support up to 5.1/7.1 channel playback with sampling rates up to 24-bit/96kHz. Using the unique WMA compression techniques, WMA9 Pro can deliver multichannel music and soundtracks over high-speed internet networks at low bit rates with minimal audio degradation.
Additional information the THX Surround EX playback mode, otherwise THX Select2 Cinema mode will apply ASA processing to provide optimum replay. • THX MusicMode For the replay of multi-channel music the THX MusicMode should be selected. In this mode THX ASA processing is applied to the surround channels of all 5.1 encoded music sources such as DTS, Dolby Digital and DVD-Audio to provide a wide stable rear soundstage.
Additional information Multichannel signal formats SBch Processing Input signal format SBch WMA9 Pro (6.1/7.1 channel) Processing Dolby Digital EX (6.1 channel ﬂagged) (7.1 channel decoding used for all sources) DTS-ES (6.1 channel sources/6.1 channel ﬂagged) DTS and DTS 96/24 (5.1 channel encoding) Dolby Digital WMA9 Pro (5.1 channel encoding)
Additional information Stream direct with different input signal formats The following charts show what you will hear with different input signal formats, depending on the Stream Direct mode (see Using Stream Direct on page 28) you have selected. Stereo (2 channel) signal formats Surround Back speaker(s) Connected (Maximum 7.1 channel playback)
Additional information Specifications Continuous Power Output – Stereo Front. . . 180 W + 180 W (AX4AVi), 170 W + 170 W (AX2AV) (DIN 1 kHz, THD 1 %, 6 Ω) Front. . . 150 W + 150 W (AX4AVi), 140 W + 140 W (AX2AV) (DIN 1 kHz, THD 1 %, 8 Ω) Continuous Power Output –...
Our philosophy Pioneer is dedicated to making your home theater listening experience as close as possible to the vision of the moviemakers and mastering engineer when they created the original soundtrack.
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