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A and B speaker systems ... 20 Hints on speaker placement ... 20 Connecting additional amplifiers ... 22 AC outlet ... 23 Operating other Pioneer components ... 23 4 Controls and displays Front panel ...24 Display ... 25 Remote control ... 27 5 Playing sources Introduction to Sound Modes ...
Coaxial digital input settings ... 41 Optical digital input settings ... 41 Setting the relative volume level of each channel ... 42 7 Using the tuner Listening to the radio ... 43 Improving FM stereo sound ...43 Tuning directly to a station ... 43 Saving station presets ...44 Naming station presets ...
Before you start Checking what’s in the box Please check that you've received the following supplied accessories: • AM loop antenna • FM wire antenna • Dry cell batteries x 2 (AA size IEC LR6) • Remote control • These operating instructions Installing the receiver Please note the following points: •...
5 minute guide Introduction to home theater You are probably used to using stereo equipment to listen to music, but may not be used to home theater systems that give you many more options (such as surround sound) when listening to soundtracks.
5 minute guide Listening to Surround Sound This receiver was designed with the easiest possible setup in mind, so with the following quick setup guide, you should have your system hooked up for surround sound in no time at all. In most cases, you can simply leave the receiver in the default settings.
5 minute guide Connect your speakers. A complete setup of eight speakers is shown here (including the subwoofer) but everyone’s home setup will vary. Simply connect the speakers you have in the manner shown below. The receiver will work with just two stereo speakers (the front speakers in the diagram) but using at least three speakers is recommended, and a complete setup is best.
5 minute guide If you only have one surround back speaker connect as below. You could also use this method for a subwoofer when using the surround back speaker terminal for a passive subwoofer. SURROUND BACK • Be sure to complete all connections before connecting this unit to the AC power source. •...
5 minute guide Plug in the receiver and switch it on, followed by your DVD player, your subwoofer and the TV. Make sure you’ve set the video input on your TV to this receiver. Check the manual that came with the TV if you don’t know how to do this.
5 minute guide Using the Quick Setup You can use the Quick Setup to get your system up and running with just a few button presses. The receiver automatically makes the necessary settings after you have selected your speaker setup and room size. If you want to make more specific settings, refer to Choosing your receiver setup on pages 36–42 Use the front panel controls for the steps below.
Connecting up Before making or changing any connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC wall outlet. Audio/Video cords Use audio/video cords (not supplied) to connect the audio/video components and a video cord to connect the monitor TV. Connect red plugs to R (right), white plugs to L (left), and the yellow plugs to VIDEO.
(for example, the coaxial output from the component to coaxial input on the receiver). The VSX-41 has four digital inputs (two coaxial inputs and two optical inputs). Connect your digital components to the rear panel as shown below. See page 17 to connect the front panel optical input.
Connecting up Connecting audio components To begin set up, connect your analog audio components (such as a cassette deck) to the jacks. For components you want to record with, you need to hook up four plugs to the receiver (a set of stereo inputs and a set of stereo outputs), but for components that only play, you only need to hook up one set of stereo plugs.
Connecting up Connecting DVD 7.1 channel components If you prefer to use a separate component for decoding DVDs, you can connect a decoder or a DVD player with multichannel analog outputs to the multichannel inputs of this receiver. When connecting your equipment, always make sure the power is turned off and the power cord is disconnected from the AC wall outlet.
Connecting up The arrows indicate the direction of the signal. OUTPUT VIDEO TV tuner (or Satellite tuner) OUTPUT VIDEO DVD or LD player TV (monitor) DVD or LD player Connecting to the front panel video terminal Front video connections are accessed via the front panel input selector as VIDEO.
Connecting up Connecting antennas Connect the AM loop antenna and the FM wire antenna as shown below. To improve reception and sound quality, connect external antennas (see Using external antennas below). Always make sure that the receiver is switched off and unplugged from the wall outlet before making or changing any connections.
Connecting up Connecting the speakers A complete setup of eight speakers (including the subwoofer) is shown below, but everyone’s home setup will vary. Simply connect the speakers you have in the manner shown below. The receiver will work with just two stereo speakers (the front speakers in the diagram) but using at least three speakers is recommended, and a complete setup is best for surround sound.
Connecting up • When using the speaker on your TV as the center speaker (C), connect the CENTER PREOUT jack on this unit to the audio input jack on your TV. In this case the center speaker shown is unnecessary. •...
Connecting up • Place the center speaker above or below the TV so that the sound of the center channel is localized at the TV screen. If you choose to install the center speaker on top of the TV, be sure to secure it with putty, or by other suitable means, to reduce the risk of damage or injury resulting from the speaker falling from...
Connecting up Connecting additional amplifiers This receiver has more than sufficient power for any home use, however it is possible to add additional amplifiers to every channel. Make the connections shown below to add amplifiers to power your speakers. Always make sure that the receiver is switched off and unplugged from the wall outlet before making or changing any connections.
A damaged power cord can cause a fire or give you an electrical shock. Check the power cord once in a while. When you find it damaged, ask your nearest Pioneer authorized service center or your dealer for a replacement.
Controls and Displays Front panel STANDBY STANDBY / ON PHONES STANDBY/ON Switches the receiver between on and standby. STANDBY indicator Lights when the receiver is in standby. Remote sensor Receives the signals from the remote control. ENTER button MULTI JOG/INPUT SELECTOR dial The MULTI JOG/INPUT SELECTOR dial performs a number of tasks.
Controls and Displays 11 SIGNAL SELECT (pages 32, 35, 46) Use to select an input signal. 12 MIDNIGHT/LOUDNESS (page 33) Use Midnight when listening to movie soundtracks at low volume. Use Loudness to boost the bass and treble at low volume. 13 SPEAKERS Use to cycle through the speaker system: A = B = A+B...
Controls and Displays 2 DIGITAL Lights when a Dolby Digital signal is detected. ANALOG Lights when an analog signal is detected. Lights when a source with DTS audio signals is detected. When the Standard mode of the receiver is on, this lights to indicate decoding of a DTS signal.
Controls and Displays Remote control SOURCE RECEIVER LEARN ERASE SEARCH BY BRAND CD-R MULTI CONTROL TEST TONE INPUT ATT FL DIMMER CH SELECT LEVEL EFFECT DISPLAY DISC ENTER DTV INFO MPX/RETURN D.ACCESS T.EDIT/GUIDE ¶ BAND CLASS DTV ON/OFF DTV MENU ¡...
Controls and Displays MULTI CONTROL buttons Press to select control of other components (see Controlling the Rest of Your System on pages 47–51). Switches the remote to controls the receiver (used to select the features above the number buttons. (ex. INPUT ATT, FL. DIMMER)). Also use this button to set up surround sound (pages 36, 42).
Controls and Displays DTV MENU Displays menus on a digital TV. DVD controls (Press DVD first to access) These controls will also function as DTV controls, depending on the component you’ve selected. TOP MENU Displays the disc ‘top’ menu of a DVD. AUDIO Changes the audio language or channel.
Playing sources Introduction to Sound Modes There are three basic sound options: Stereo/ Direct, Standard or Advanced Surround. Stereo/Direct When you select STEREO or DIRECT, you will hear the source through just the front left and right speakers (and possibly your subwoofer depending on your speaker settings).
Playing sources Advanced Surround modes These are designed to be used with multichannel surround sound audio/video sources (like DVDs and LDs). Most Advanced Surround modes are designed to be used with film soundtracks, but some modes are also suited for music sources. Try different settings with various soundtracks to see which you like.
Playing sources Choosing the input signal You need to hook up a component to both analog and digital inputs on the rear of the receiver to select between input signals. Press SIGNAL SEL (SIGNAL SELECT) to • select the input signal corresponding to the source component.
Playing sources If you are listening to a two channel source, each press changes the display as follows: Pro Logic II Movie Pro Logic Neo:6 Neo:6 Music Cinema Refer to page 30 for more details about each mode. Start playback of the component you selected in step 1.
Playing sources Using the tone controls Depending on what you are listening to, you may want to adjust the bass or treble using the front panel tone control. SPEAKERS MONITOR TONE QUICK SETUP MULTI JOG VIDEO INPUT S-VIDEO VIDEO AUDIO Press TONE to select the frequency you want to adjust.
Playing sources SOURCE RECEIVER LEARN ERASE SEARCH BY BRAND CD-R MULTI CONTROL TEST TONE INPUT ATT FL DIMMER CH SELECT LEVEL EFFECT DISPLAY DISC ENTER DTV INFO MPX/RETURN D.ACCESS T.EDIT/GUIDE ¶ BAND CLASS DTV ON/OFF DTV MENU ¡ ¢ TOP MENU AUDIO SUB TITLE ANGLE...
Setting up the receiver Choosing your receiver setup To ensure the best possible surround sound, be sure to complete the following set up operations. This is particularly important when using Dolby surround. You only need to make these settings once (unless you change the placement of your current speaker system or add new speakers, etc.).
Setting up the receiver Component video input setting (page Specify the components to be assigned to the component video inputs (below). • Component video 1 input setting • Component video 2 input setting Surround back channel input setting (page 40) Specify the number of surround back inputs you have connected.
Setting up the receiver 6.1 channel setting • Default setting: 6.1 FIX You can have the receiver automatically switch to Dolby Digital Surround EX or DTS-ES decoding for 6.1 encoded sources (6.1 AUTO), or you can choose to listen to other kinds of sources (for example, 5.1 encoded material) with 6.1 encoding (6.1 FIX).
Setting up the receiver LFE attenuator setting • Default setting: 0 dB Dolby Digital and DTS audio sources include ultra-low bass tones. Set the LFE attenuator as necessary to prevent the ultra-low bass tones from distorting the sound from the speakers. Use ’...
Setting up the receiver Dynamic range control setting • Default setting: OFF Dynamic range is the difference between the loudest and softest sounds in any given signal. With this setting, you can compress the dynamic range, so that low level sounds can be heard more easily (sounding relatively louder) yet louder sounds won’t be too overbearing.
Setting up the receiver Coaxial digital input settings Here you tell the receiver what components you have hooked up to the coaxial DIGITAL IN jacks 1 and 2 on the back of the receiver. Coaxial digital 1: • Default settings: DVD/LD Use ’...
Setting up the receiver Setting the relative volume level of each channel • Default setting: 0db For best surround sound playback, you should set the relative channel levels from the main listening position. You can set separate levels for each surround mode. Press RCV.
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 Saving station presets 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. This saves the effort of manually tuning in each time.
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 (this page) for how to do this. Press T.EDIT (TUNER EDIT). The display shows ST. NAME, then a blinking cursor at the first character position.
Making Recordings Making an audio or a video recording You can make an audio or a video recording from the built-in tuner, or from an audio or video source connected to the receiver (such as a CD player or TV). Keep in mind you can’t make a digital recording from an analog source or vice-versa, so make sure the components you are recording to/from...
Controlling the rest of your system Setting the remote to control other components There are several ways to set your remote to control the other components in your system. The easiest way to do this is to assign the component’s manufacturer preset code (listed on page 55) to one of the MULTI CONTROL buttons on the remote control.
Controlling the rest of your system Setting Up Using Full Library Search An alternative method of setting up the remote with preset codes is to use the Library Search feature. The remote transmits batches of 10 codes; when you see the component you want to control respond (by turning on or off) you just scan through those last 10 codes until you find the correct one.
Controlling the rest of your system Searching for preset codes using brand names Another way of assigning preset codes is to use the Brand Search feature. 1 Switch on the component you want to control. If the component is some kind of player (CD player, VCR, etc.), then start it playing.
Controlling the rest of your system The LCD display will show OK if the operation has been learned. If for some reasons the operation hasn’t been learned the LCD will display ERROR for three seconds and then display PRES KEY again.
Controlling the rest of your system Direct function • Default setting: ON You can use the direct function feature to control one component using the remote control while at the same time, using your receiver to playback a different component. This could let you, for example, use the remote control to set up and listen to a CD on the receiver and then use the remote control to...
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 pages 55–66). Use the MULTI CONTROL buttons to select the component. Button (s) Switches the DTV on or off.
Controlling the rest of your system Button (s) MENU Select different menus from the DTV functions. Select the menu screen. }]’‘ & Select or adjust and navigate items on the menu screen. ENTER ENTER brings up the DTV menus. Press to select or adjust and navigate items on the menu screen.
Controlling the rest of your system Button (s) ¡ Hold down for fast forward playback. Hold down for fast reverse playback. Stops playback (on some models, pressing this when the disc is already stopped will cause the disc tray to open). ¶...
Controlling the rest of your system Preset Code List You can only set these codes for the buttons that assigned to the respective components. So, for example, the TV codes can only be set to the TV or TVC button. Manufacturer Code PHILIPS...
Sometimes the trouble may lie in another component. Investigate the other components and electrical appliances being used. If the trouble cannot be rectified even after exercising the checks listed below, ask your nearest Pioneer authorized service center or your dealer to carry out repair work.
Additional information Problem No sound from surround or center speakers. No sound from surround back speakers. Noise during playback of a cassette deck. Sound is produced from other components, but not from LD or DVD player. No sound is output or a noise is output when software with DTS is played back.
Additional information Specifications Amplifier Section Continuous average power output of 110 watts* per channel, min., at 8 ohms, from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz with no more than 0.2 %** total harmonic distortion (front). Continuous Power Output Front ... 110 W per channel (1kHz, 1.0 %, 8 Ω) Center ...
Additional information Miscellaneous Power Requirements ... AC 120 V, 60Hz Power Consumption ... 300W, 420 VA In Standby ... 1 W AC Outlet ... 100 W MAX. (SWITCHED) Dimensions ... 420 (W) x 158 (H) x 401 (D) mm Weight (without package) ... 10.5 kg Furnished Parts AM loop antenna ...
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