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Quick Start Guide This is a quick guide to setting up your new receiver so you can get home theater surround sound. For more details on any of the information presented here check the main section of the manual. Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet.
Quick Start Guide 2 2 2 2 2 Speaker Connections Home theater is designed to be setup with five, or seven speakers (front left & right; center; surround left & right; and, optimally, surround back left & right) and a subwoofer but you can use this receiver with fewer speakers.
Quick Start Guide 4 4 4 4 4 Digital Input Assignment This is only necessary if you did not hook up your DVD to DIGITAL IN 1, as in the first diagram on p. IV. Receiver RECEIVER TAPE 2 MONITOR DIMMER DVD/LD BASS...
5 5 5 5 5 Playing a DVD with Surround Sound 1 Turn on the receiver, your TV, and the DVD player. 2 Press the STANDARD button on the front panel for the basic surround sound setting. You can also press the remote control RECEIVER button and then press the STANDARD button on that screen.
Features Multi Channel Stereophonic Concept The VSX-39TX receiver is constructed with Pioneer’s industry-leading multi channel stereophonic concept. This well-developed approach to receiver circuitry takes the high level base technology that, up until now, has been only used for stereo equipment and applies it to multi-channel audio-visual receivers. The result is that the product, in addition to being expertly built, and gives you optimal sound reproduction of DVDs, other multi channel sources and stereo sources as well.
Using the front panel with the MULTI-ROOM system ... 81 Using the remote control with the MULTI-ROOM system ... 82 The PIONEER SR System Operating other PIONEER components ... 83 Techno Tidbits & Problem-solving ... 84 Dolby Digital ... 84 DTS ...
4 AM Loop Antenna How to Use This Manual This manual is for the VSX-39TX Audio/Video Multi- Channel Receiver. This manual is divided into three main sections which will tell you how to setup and use the unit : PREPARATION First carry out the tasks below in this “Before You...
Operating range of remote control unit The area in which you can use the remote control to operate the VSX-39TX is fairly large. To use, point the remote control toward the remote sensor on the front panel of this unit while within the range shown right.
Connecting Your Equipment Audio Components To begin set up connect your audio components to the jacks as shown below. These are all analog connections and your analog audio components (turntable, cassette deck) use these jacks. Remember that for components you want to record with you need to hook up four plugs (a set of stereo ins and a set of stereo outs), but for components that only play (like a turntable) you only need to hook up one set of stereo plugs (two plugs).
You will notice that Digital IN 1, for example, is a coaxial jack. If your DVD/LD player only has an optical out jack on it then you won't be able to hook up your components in accordance with the VSX-39TX's default setting.
These jacks are labeled by the Japanese designation "S2" on the VSX-39TX but they are simply S-video jacks. However, if you use S-video cords for your video hook ups you must also hook up your TV with S-video connections.
Connecting Your Equipment Satellite TV Components Connect your satellite TV components to the jacks as shown below. Hook up the video signal with either component video, S-video, or composite video cords (the quality descends in this order) but remember, the video component you are watching and your TV must be hooked up with same type of video cord or you won't be able to see the picture.
Connect your TV to the jacks as shown below. Hook up the signal with either component video, S-video, or composite video cords (the quality descends in this order) but remember, the video component you are watching and your TV must be hooked up with same type of video cord or you won't be able to see the picture.
Connecting Your Equipment Connecting the Radio Antennas Connect the supplied FM wire antenna and the AM loop antenna to the antenna terminals as shown below. These antennas should provide adequate reception quality in most cases, but connecting outdoor antennas should noticeably improve sound quality. Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet.
In order to be able to use these channels you must hook your SURROUND BACK speakers up to an external amplifier and then connect that to the VSX-39TX, as shown in the diagram below. If you only have one SURROUND BACK speaker hook it up to the SURROUND BACK L (SINGLE) terminal on the back of the receiver.
Connecting Your Equipment 7 Speaker terminals 1 Twist exposed wire strands together. 3/8 in. (10 mm) Placing Your Speakers Proper speaker placement is essential to realize the best sound from your system. The diagram and tips given here are just a rough guide. Be sure to read the instructions that come with your speakers. Speaker placement If you have a multiple speaker arrangement the placement of the speakers is extremely important.
Connecting Additional Amplifiers To hook up surround back speakers you need to use an additional amplifier. Other than for that purpose this receiver has more than sufficient power for any home use, but it is possible to add additional amplifiers to every channel of your system.
STANDARD modes, those without can only use the STANDARD mode. Use to hook up an external component that can decode other types of signals and input them into the VSX-39TX. TONE button This button has two functions. Firstly, it switches between TONE ON and TONE BYPASS, which bypasses the tone circuitry.
. 8 MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE button (See p.79-83) Press to use the multi room feature (requires an optional PIONEER Multi-Room Remote Sensor Unit MR-100 or another IR receiver). CONTROL button (See p.79-83): Used together with the INPUT SELECTOR to select...
Displays & Controls Display All the display information is explained and/or referenced here. 2 3 4 5 SIGNAL LOUDNESS SELECT OVER ANALOG SP DIGITAL MONO STEREO AC-3RF AUTO TUNED AMFM AC-3 DTS 1 SIGNAL SELECT indicators Light to indicate the input signal you selected. ANALOG : Lights when analog signals are assigned.
/ dts mode indicators DIGITAL : When the /dts mode on the receiver is on, this indicator lights to indicate playback of a Dolby Digital signal. However, PRO LOGIC lights during 2 channel playback of Dolby Digital. PRO LOGIC : When the /dts mode on the receiver is on, this indicator lights during 2 channel playback.
Press to mute or restore the volume. - SYSTEM OFF button (see p.76) This button turns off components in two ways. First, when pressed it will turn off all PIONEER components. Secondly, any component that has programmed into the SYSTEM OFF settings will be turned off.
0 MULTI CH IN button (See p.52) Use to hook up an external component that can decode other types of signals and input them into the VSX-39TX. - EFFECT +/– button Use these buttons to increase or decrease the amount of effect applied in a DSP or Advanced Theater mode.
Displays & Controls Receiver SUB Screen 1 Receiver SUB button Press this button to select the sub receiver screen (above) when the remote control is on the main receiver screen. 2 TAPE 2 MONITOR button Selects the tape deck (or MD recorder, etc.) connected to the TAPE 2 MONITOR inputs/ outputs.
Initial Set Up On Screen Display There are a number of possible ways to hook up the receiver to your video components, like a DVD player, and hook up to your receiver to your TV, but some of them won't allow you to use the on-screen display of this unit. To avoid this one simply needs to follow two rules.
Initial Set Up Setting Up the Remote Control Since this remote is based on LCD screens, you should try and get used to the touch-sensitive nature of the buttons as well as the way in which different screens control different operations. You can move between the different screens with the function buttons on the left and right and/or certain buttons within each screen.
RECEIVER DVD/LD TV/SAT VCR1 VCR2 MASTER VOLUME MULTI SYSTEM OPERATION STANDBY/ON MUTING ENTER BACK LIGHT on/off (BACK LIGHT) LCD Commander BACK RECEIVER TOUCH PANEL BACK LIGHT ON ADJUSTMENT DVD/LD LCD CONTRAST TV/SAT LCD TIMER : VCR1 BEEP VCR2 5 Decide which other adjustments you‘d like to make and press those buttons.
Initial Set Up Setting Up for Surround Sound To ensure the best possible surround sound, complete the following set up operations. You only need to make these settings once (unless you change the placement of your current speaker system or add new speakers, etc.).
DIGITAL INPUT SELECT In order to be able to use your digital equipment properly you need to assign digital inputs for each of the digital components you connected. Match the DIGITAL IN buttons 1-5 with the digital jacks 1-5 in accordance with what component is hooked up to each digital jack.
Initial Set Up SPEAKER SETTING The following steps show you how to select the correct set up for the type and number of speakers you connected. If continuing from DIGITAL INPUT SELECT go to step 1. If starting fresh, complete steps 1-3 on p.32 first.
ONE (SINGLE) SURROUND BACK SPEAKER Center Front woofer Speaker Setting BACK Front FREE Surround SETUP Surround back NO SURROUND BACK SPEAKERS Center Front woofer Speaker Setting BACK Front FREE Surround SETUP Surround back (not hooked up) Speaker Setting BACK FREE SETUP «...
Initial Set Up CHANNEL DELAY Adding a slight delay to some speakers is necessary to achieve a surround sound effect. You need to figure out the distance from your listening position to your speakers to add the proper delay. The following steps show you how to set the delay time for each channel by specifying the distances from your listening position to each speaker.
CHANNEL LEVEL The following steps show you how to balance the sound output level of your speakers. Proper speaker balance is essential for obtaining high quality surround sound. If continuing from CHANNEL DELAY go to step 1. If starting fresh, complete steps 1-3 in “Setting Up for Surround Sound“ (p.32) first. System Setup BACK DIGITAL INPUT...
initial Set Up DVD/LD TV/SAT VCR1 VCR2 ENTER BACK LIGHT on/off 5˜∞ buttons 3 Using the remote control display, follow the instructions below to adjust the speaker levels so that you hear the test tone at the same volume from each speaker when seated in your normal listening AUTO T.TONE...
CROSSOVER NETWORK The following steps show you how to adjust the crossover network. The crossover network is the frequency at which the system divides the signal and sends the different parts (high, mid, low) to different speakers. Speaking precisely, this setting sets the cutoff point for the bass frequencies rerouted from your SMALL speakers to your subwoofer or speaker set to LARGE.
Initial Set Up BASS PEAK LEVEL MANAGER The LFE (Low Frequency Effect) channel in Dolby Digital, DTS program sources can produce heavily concentrated ultra-low bass tones that may exceed the capabilities of your speaker system. The following steps show you how to set the peak level for the ultra-low bass (LFE) channel. If continuing from CROSSOVER NETWORK go to step 1.
DYNAMIC RANGE CONTROL This feature makes it possible to enjoy full surround sound effects on Dolby Digital sources even at low volumes. It does this by compressing the dynamic range. Dynamic range is the difference between the loudest and the softest sounds in any given signal. Compressing the range plays sounds so the quieter ones are audible and the louder ones don’t get distorted or become overpowering.
Initial Set Up DUAL MONO SETTING The dual mono setting can only be used when listening to Dolby Digital discs that have dual mono software encoded in them. Dual mono software usually is used to put two different soundtracks on one DVD. With this setting you can choose which channel in the dual mono setting you want to listen to.
Basic Playback Sound Modes The five sound modes on the receiver are explained here. These can be turned on from the front panel or from the RECEIVER MAIN SCREEN on the remote control. There are three cinema modes: STANDARD, HOME THX CINEMA, and ADVANCED THEATER. These are designed to be used with multi channel surround sound audio/visual sources (like DVDs and LDs).
Basic Playback HOME THX CINEMA modes THX is a set of technical standards created by Lucasfilm, Ltd. These standards were designed to emulate a film sound stage and thus reproduce, with the greatest possible accuracy, the soundtrack intended by the filmmakers. To get THX sound use one the three modes explained below.
Use the STEREO mode to enjoy standard (two-channel) stereo sound from the front left and right speakers. This mode is most like the sound reproduction you would get from a regular stereo receiver or amplifier that is not equipped to handled A/V formats as this one is. You might want to use this mode for listening to regular music sources (like CDs) but remember, you will only get sound from your front two speakers (and possibly your subwoofer).
Basic Playback Selecting a Sound Mode To ensure the best possible surround sound, be sure to complete the set up procedures described in “Setting Up for Surround Sound” (starting on page 32) before using the sound modes. This is particularly important when using the 2(Dolby) Digital or DTS sources.
Playing Sources with Dolby Digital or DTS Sound The following instructions show you how to play Dolby Digital or DTS sound sources with the VSX-39TX. REMOTE RECEIVER SETUP DVD/LD MD/TAPE1 TV/SAT VCR1 TUNER VCR2 CONTROL MASTER VOLUME MULTI SYSTEM OPERATION...
Playing Sources with Stereo Sound The following instructions show you how to play audio or audio-visual sources with the VSX-39TX. If the TAPE 2 indicator is visible in the display, it means the TAPE 2 MONITOR is on. Press TAPE 2 memo MONITOR on the front panel to turn it off unless you want to listen to TAPE 2.
Switching ANALOG/DIGITAL Signal Input This button selects the type of input, ANALOG, DIGITAL or 2 RF, sent to the receiver. You need to take special care to switch to the appropriate input when necessary. For example, the switch would have to be on DIGITAL to hear DOLBY DIGITAL or DTS surround sound material but it would have to be on analog to record from the ANALOG out jacks on the receiver.
Basic Playback Reducing Noise During Playback (DIGITAL NR Function) To reduce extraneous noise switch on DIGITAL NR. This noise reduction can be used with every mode except THX and MULTI CH IN. MAIN Receiver MAIN STEREO / dts ADVANCED STANDARD THEATER MIDNIGHT DIGITAL...
Listening in LOUDNESS Mode The LOUDNESS mode allows you to boost the bass in a signal. It is useful for listening to music at low volumes. MAIN Receiver MAIN STEREO / dts EFFECT ADVANCED STANDARD THEATER MULTI CH MIDNIGHT SIGNAL DIGITAL LOUDNESS SELECT...
Basic Playback MULTI CHANNEL IN Playback MULTI CH IN allows you to connect an external decoder to enjoy certain types of specialized discs. To use MULTI CH playback follow the instructions below. Receiver MAIN STEREO / dts EFFECT ADVANCED STANDARD THEATER MULTI CH MIDNIGHT...
Direct Playback STEREO MAIN Receiver MAIN STEREO / dts EFFECT ADVANCED STANDARD THEATER MULTI CH MIDNIGHT SIGNAL DIGITAL LOUDNESS SELECT STEREO/DIRECT Adjusting the Brightness of the Display Use the FL DIMMER button to adjust the brightness of the fluorescent display (FL=fluorescent display). FL DIMMER Receiver MAIN...
Using the Tuner Automatic and Manual Tuning The following steps show you how to tune in FM and AM radio broadcasts using the automatic (search) and manual (step) tuning functions. If you already know the exact frequency of the station you want, see “Direct Access Tuning“...
Direct Access Tuning The following steps show you how to tune directly to a specific frequency using the remote control. Tuner RECEIVER REMOTE SETUP STATION DVD/LD MD/TAPE1 TV/SAT TUNING VCR1 TUNER MPX BAND CLASS DIRECT VCR2 ACCESS CONTROL MASTER VOLUME MULTI SYSTEM STANDBY/ON...
Using the Tuner Memorizing Frequently Used Stations The following steps show you how to memorize up to 30 radio stations in 3 classes (each holding 10 stations). When memorizing FM frequencies, the receiver also memorizes the MPX mode (STEREO or MONO). Using the front panel 1 Tune in the station you want.
Recalling Memorized Stations Using the remote control Tuner REMOTE RECEIVER SETUP STATION DVD/LD MD/TAPE1 TV/SAT TUNING VCR1 MPX BAND CLASS TUNER DIRECT VCR2 ACCESS CONTROL MASTER VOLUME MULTI SYSTEM OPERATION MUTING STANDBY/ON ENTER — BACK LIGHT on/off Using the front panel 1 Press the TUNER.
Remote Control of Other Components Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other Components In addition to controlling the receiver, the supplied remote control can operate your other components (VCR, TV, LD, CD, etc.) after you program it to do so. In this way, instead of fumbling with many different controls and buttons, you only need to use one remote control.
+/– buttons to go back and forth between the two sets of makers' names. For explanation purposes, we'll use PIONEER as an example. 6 Press the NUMBER 1 button. If the component you are trying to control turns on/...
Remote Control of Other Components Learning Mode: Programming Signals from Other Remote Controls If preset codes are not available for your component(s), or the available preset codes do not operate correctly, you can use this procedure to program in signals from the remote control(s) of your other component(s). These steps can also be used to add further operations to the remote control screens that were successfully set with the stored settings (see p.58-59).
SETUP the operation you want to program. MD/TAPE1 LEARNING flashes in the display on the VSX-39TX remote control. After the process is complete and the command has been learned, OK will appear at the top of the remote control LCD display. If NG (no good) appears, it means TUNER that for some reason the command was not learned.
DVD or CD player. For example, you could add the name of the company that makes your component, then the top line of the screen for the respective component would read something like "DVD PIONEER" . Remote Setup...
Key Rename Use the KEY RENAME capability to rename the buttons (keys) on the remote control screens for different functions (DVD, etc.). You would want to do this if you taught a specific button a new operation on the previous two pages.
Remote Control of Other Components Using Remote Control with Other Components DVD or LD player operations • The following operations are available from the receiver's remote control after you program memo your DVD or LD player into it, but some operations may need to be learned separately by the receiver (see “Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other Components,“...
CD player operations • The following operations are available from the receiver's remote control after you program memo your CD player into it, but some operations may need to be learned separately by the receiver (see “Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other Components,“ p.58-61). •...
Remote Control of Other Components MD operations • The following operations are available from the receiver's remote control after you program memo your MD recorder into it, but some operations may need to be learned separately by the re- ceiver (see “Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other Components,“ p.58-61). •...
TV operations • The following operations are available from the receiver's remote control after you program memo your TV into it, but some operations may need to be learned separately by the receiver (see “Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other Components,“ p.58-61). •...
• To perform these operations, press the TV/SAT button to set the remote to the DIGITAL TUNER operation mode. • For more information on individual commands consult the manual that came with the component. • When presetting a PIONEER digital tuner, this screen will appear. Digital Tuner screen STB (DTV)
• For more information on individual commands consult the manual that came with the component. • When presetting a satellite tuner other than one made by PIONEER, screen1 will appear. • When presetting a PIONEER satellite tuner, screen 2 will appear.
Remote Control of Other Components Cassette deck operations You can use this remote control to control a single or a double cassette deck after you program the deck player into it. If you have a regular cassette deck with only one set of tape heads use the buttons on the right marked “SINGLE/DECK II“.
Other screen for preset operations In addition to the operations mentioned in this section up to this point, the VSX-39TX is equipped with remote control screens to deal with a variety of cutting edge technologies and components that may or may not have appeared on the market yet.
Using Other Functions Recording from Audio Components The following explanations show you how to record an analog or digital audio signal. Note that your analog components cannot record a player that is only connected digitally (and vice-versa). If you want to record from a digital component to an analog one (for example, a tape deck), or vice-versa, the digital component it must be connected via analog jacks and you need to set the SIGNAL SELECT switch to ANALOG.
Video Select This function allows you to listen to one sound source while you watch a different video source on your TV. The sound source is set in the normal fashion as is explained on p.47. You then alter the video input with the VIDEO SELECT button.
Using Other Functions Multi Operations Multi operations allow you to tell the receiver and your other components to do a number of things with the push of only two buttons on the LCD commander. For example, you can program the unit to turn on your TV, turn on your DVD player and start playing the loaded DVD.
REMOTE SETUP MD/TAPE1 You don't need to program power on for PIONEER memo components (except for the first generation of Pio- neer DVRs), they will go on automatically if a com- TUNER mand for that unit is entered in the MULTI OPERA- TIONS settings.
For example, you can program the unit to stop your DVD, turn off your TV, turn off your DVD player and turn off the receiver itself. You don't need to program in other the power for PIONEER components, they will go off automatically in this mode.
DVD:System Off BACK RECEIVER DVD/LD TV/SAT SEARCH MODE VCR1 MENU VCR2 MENU SET UP « System OFF BACK RECEIVER SELECT FUNCTION DVD/LD TV/SAT VCR1 CLEAR SETUP VCR2 RECEIVER DVD/LD TV/SAT VCR1 VCR2 Using SYSTEM OFF Do the following to use the SYSTEM OFF function. VCR2 MULTI SYSTEM...
VCR 2 mode you'll get no picture on your TV because the external video deck signal is not going through the VSX-39TX. To get around this problem you set the DIRECT FUNCTION for VCR 2 to OFF. Now when you press VCR 2 function button you can control the external video deck with the remote but the receiver does not go into VCR 2 mode.
VSX-39TX is able to change the input even though the receiver is off. MULTI-ROOM connections On the VSX-39TX, connect the IR receiver sensor to the MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE REMOTE IN jack, then connect a separate amplifier (and speakers) and TV monitor to the MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE AUDIO and MONITOR OUT jacks.
VARIABLE or FIXED. If you hook up a just a power amplifier in the sub room the VSX-39TX will act as a pre-amp. In this case choose VARIABLE for the VOLUME LEVEL setting. If you hook up a full integrated amplifier in the sub room...
Using the front panel with the MULTI-ROOM system 3,4,5 1 2,4,5 INPUT MULTI-ROOM SELECTOR & SOURCE CONTROL MASTER TUNER PHONO VOLUME TUNER CONTROL FM/AM - TUNING + MEMRY - STATION + « MULTI-ROOM & SOURCE CONTROL memo If you don't turn the multi room function off you won't be able to turn the entire main room system off.
Using Other Functions Using the remote control with the MULTI-ROOM system Number STATION –/+ button Tuner RECEIVER STATION DVD/LD TV/SAT TUNING VCR1 MPX BAND CLASS DIRECT VCR2 ACCESS MULTI STANDBY/ON OPERATION ENTER BACK LIGHT on/off CLASS STANDBY/ON SUB room 1 From the sub room, point the remote control at the MULTI ROOM FUNCTION sensor and press a...
The PIONEER SR System: Operating other PIONEER components Connecting an optional control cord allows you to operate other PIONEER components simply by pointing the receiver's remote control at the remote sensor on the front panel of the receiver. The receiver then sends the remote control signals to the other devices via the CONTROL OUT terminal.
Techno Tidbits & Problem-solving Dolby Digital Dolby Digital is a compression format which records the sound of 6 or 8 channels of the theater surround system (Dolby Digital) on the movie film digital track. Of the 6-8 channels, the sub woofer channel is intended for bass only, and because the frequency range is smaller than a main channel, the overall soundtrack is expressed as 5.1 or 7.1 channels.
Because of these differences we often miss the power and emotion that thrills us in a good movie. Now Pioneer and THX have teamed up to bring the full glory of accurate cinema sound to the comfort and convenience of your home.
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. Symptom The power does not turn ON.
Symptom No sound from surround or center speakers. Sound is produced from some components, but not from digital components. No sound is output or a noise is output when software with DTS is played back. The sound is output intermittently when software with DTS is played back.
Techno Tidbits & Problem-solving Symptom You can't get DIGITAL to come up when using the SIGNAL SELECT button. When using THX AUTO mode the receiver is not playing in the EX mode. The Dolby Digital / DTS indicator doesn't light up even when playing a Dolby Digital / DTS source.
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. E S T 1 9 2 4 Selecting fine audio equipment such as the unit you’ve...
Techno Tidbits & Problem-solving Specifications Amplifier Section Continuous average power output of 120 watts* per channel, min., at 6 ohms, from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz with no more than 0.09 %** total harmonic distortion (front). Continuous Power Output Front ... 120 W + 120 W (20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.09 %, 6 ) Center ...
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