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AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL
RECEIVER
VSX-43TX
Operating Instructions

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  • Page 1 AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER VSX-43TX Operating Instructions...
  • Page 2 Thank you for buying this Pioneer product. Please read through these operating instructions so you will know how to operate your model properly. After you have finished reading the instructions, put them away in a safe place for future reference.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Multi Operations ... 68 Performing Multi Operations ... 69 SYSTEM OFF ... 70 Using SYSTEM OFF ... 71 The PIONEER SR System: Operating other PIONEER components ... 71 Resetting the Remote Control ... 72 Erasing Multi Operations ... 72 Erasing Learned Remote Control Commands ... 72 Erasing All Remote Control settings ...
  • Page 5 Multi Operations ... 68 Performing Multi Operations ... 69 SYSTEM OFF ... 70 Using SYSTEM OFF ... 71 The PIONEER SR System: Operating other PIONEER components ... 71 Resetting the Remote Control ... 72 Erasing Multi Operations ... 72 Erasing Learned Remote Control Commands ... 72 Erasing All Remote Control settings ...
  • Page 6: Features

    Naturally, you can also play all existing audio formats, including the recently developed Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS-ES Extended Surround formats on the VSX-43TX as well. On the video side, the component video output is fully compatible with high definition, progressive-scan digital video (720p).
  • Page 7: Before You Start

    • When disposing of used batteries, please comply with governmental regulations or environmental public institution’s rules that apply in your country or area. “AA” IEC LR6 batteries x 2 AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER VSX-43TX Operating Instructions Operating Instructions “ AA” IEC LR6...
  • Page 8: Operating Range Of Remote Control Unit

    Operating range of remote control unit The area in which you can use the remote control to operate the VSX-43TX 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 below.
  • Page 9: Easy Setup Guide Part1

    1) Your Home System The heart of your system is the VSX-43TX receiver and it is very flexible in getting you theater-like surround sound. You can use this receiver with anywhere from two to seven speakers (front left, front right, center, surround left and right, and surround back left and right) and a subwoofer to get home theater surround sound.
  • Page 10: Hooking Up Your Dvd Player & Tv

    Easy Setup Guide Part1 Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. 1 1 1 1 1 Hooking Up Your DVD Player & TV In order to use Dolby Digital/DTS soundtracks, which are at the heart of home theater, you need to hook up your DVD player with digital audio connections.
  • Page 11: Speaker Connections

    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.
  • Page 12: Setting Up The Main Unit

    Easy Setup Guide Part1 3 3 3 3 3 Setting up the Main Unit 1 Plug the AC power cord into a wall outlet. 2 Press the STANDBY/ON button to switch the receiver ON. 4 4 4 4 4 Assigning the Digital Inputs This is only necessary if you did not hook up your DVD player to DIGITAL IN 3 using a coaxial cable but rather connected it to one of the optical digital inputs.
  • Page 13: Easy Setup Guide Part2

    Easy Setup Guide Part2 1 1 1 1 1 QUICK setup With this QUICK setup you can quickly and easily adjust the speakers settings so that you get enjoyable surround sound with minimum effort. You must have front and surround speakers hooked up to use this setup. You only need to do these settings once (unless you change the placement of your current speaker system or add new speakers, etc.).
  • Page 14: Playing A Dvd With Surround Sound

    Easy Setup Guide Part2 2 2 2 2 2 Playing a DVD with Surround Sound 1 Make sure the receiver, your TV, your subwoofer and your DVD player are switched ON. 2 Press the DVD/LD button on the remote control. You should see DVD/LD in the display on the receiver.
  • Page 15: Connecting Your Equipment

    Connecting Your Equipment Connecting your TV Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. Connect your TV to the jacks as shown below. Hook up with either component video, S video, or compos- ite video cords (the quality descends in this order) but you must use the same type of video cords to hook up your DVD player (and all other video components) as you use to hook up your TV.
  • Page 16: Connecting Video Components

    Connecting Your Equipment Connecting Video Components Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. Connect your video components as shown on this and the following page. For video components (for example, a DVD player) there are two types of connections to make, video and audio.
  • Page 17: Connecting Vcrs Or Dvrs

    Connecting VCRs or DVRs Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. Connect the video out of your VCR/DVR using either S video or composite video cords, depending on how you connected the receiver to your TV (see page 15).
  • Page 18: Connecting Satellite Tv (sat) Components

    Connecting Your Equipment Connecting Satellite TV (SAT) Components Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. Hook up the video signal with either component video, S video, or composite video cords, depending on how you connected the receiver to your TV (see page 15).
  • Page 19: Connecting Analog Audio Components

    Connecting Analog Audio Components Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. 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.
  • Page 20: Connecting To The Multi Channel Analog Inputs (dvd-audio Or Super Audio Cd (sacd) Compatible Player)

    Connecting Your Equipment Connecting to the Multi Channel Analog Inputs (DVD-Audio or Super Audio CD (SACD) compatible player) Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. If you have a DVD-Audio or Super Audio CD (SACD) compatible player, or are using an external Dolby Digital/DTS decoder, connect it to the multichannel analog inputs as shown below.
  • Page 21: Connecting Digital Audio Components

    Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. Connect your digital components as shown below. The VSX-43TX has two coaxial, two optical inputs for a total of four digital inputs. In order to use digital soundtracks like Dolby Digital or DTS (among others) you need to make digital audio connections.
  • Page 22: Digital Input Default Settings

    Connecting Your Equipment Digital Input Default Settings Unlike analog connections, the jacks for digital connections are not dedicated to one type of component, they can be used freely. Thus you must tell the receiver what digital component is connected to which jack so your components will be in sync with the names on the remote control buttons and the like.
  • Page 23: Connecting The Radio Antennas

    Connecting the Radio Antennas Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. Connect the supplied FM wire antenna and the AM loop antenna to the ANTENNA terminals as shown below.
  • Page 24: Connecting Speakers

    Connecting Your Equipment Connecting Speakers Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet. We recommend a full complement of seven speakers and a subwoofer as shown here but, naturally, everyone's home setup will vary.
  • Page 25: Speaker Impedance

    Speaker impedance You can change the speaker impedance for VSX-43TX but we recommend using speakers with an imped- ance of 8 -16 (the default setting). If you are using 6 - less than 8 to change the impedance setting. Use any speaker rated between 6 -16 .
  • Page 26: Placing Your Speakers

    Connecting Your Equipment 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, for more information see pages 91 & 92. Also, it is very important for speaker placement to read the instructions that come with your speakers so please be sure to do so.
  • Page 27: Displays & Controls

    Displays & Controls Display All the display information is explained and/or referenced here. PRO LOGIC LOUDNESS SIGNAL Neo :6 AUTO DIGITAL DTS ES EX MPEG AAC DIGITAL STEREO ANALOG SB CH MOVIE AUTO MUSIC 1 SIGNAL SELECT indicators Light to indicate the input signal you selected. AUTO: Lights when the receiver is set to select the audio input signal automatically.
  • Page 28: Front Panel

    6 Remote sensor Receives the signals from the remote control. 7 Display (See page 27) 8 MCACC indicator (see page 47) Lights when the ACOUSTIC CAL EQ is on. VSX-43TX AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER STEREO/DIRECT MULTI CH IN ACOUSTIC EQ MASTER VOLUME...
  • Page 29 9 MULTI CH IN button Use this button to select the component you have hooked up to the MULTI CH IN terminals (for example, a DVD-Audio player). 10 ACOUSTIC EQ button (see page 47) Use to switch on and off the Acoustic Calibra- tion EQ.
  • Page 30: Remote Control

    Displays & Controls Remote Control This page describes the buttons on the remote control used to operate the receiver. RECEIVER MULTI SYSTEM OPERATION MULTI CONTROL DVD/LD TV / SAT VCR/DVR VCR 2 TUNER ACOUSTIC MOVIE MUSIC SURROUND SB CH MODE MODE STEREO/ ENTER...
  • Page 31 + and – buttons. Also selects EFFECT mode of Pioneer original sound modes and Dolby Pro Logic II MUSIC parameter settings. You can then use the + and – buttons to make these adjustments.
  • Page 32: Back Panel

    3 CONTROL IN/OUT terminal (see page You can use this jack to hook up other PIONEER equipment, that has a CONTROL terminal, so that you can control them all by pointing the remote control(s) at one remote sensor.
  • Page 33 ASSIGNABLE MONITOR OUT (DVD/LD) (TV/SAT) COMPONENT VIDEO 8 SPEAKERS terminals (see page 24) Use these terminals to connect speakers to the receiver. The FRONT, CENTER and SUR- ROUND terminals are for the main speaker system and the SURROUND BACK speakers can be set to either the main system, the SECOND ZONE or the FRONT BI-AMP setting.
  • Page 34: Setting Up For Surround Sound

    Setting Up for Surround Sound To ensure the best possible surround sound, complete the following setup operations. Some of these are the same (and take precedence over) the settings you made in the Easy Setup Guide, so consider if the ones you made at that time were adequate.
  • Page 35: Surrback System (surround Back System)

    NORMAL SYSTEM. In this case you won’t have any B (or secondary) speaker system as these speakers fill that role also for the VSX-43TX. If you want to use your surround back speakers in a different room choose SECOND ZONE. Alternatively, you can choose the FRONT BI-AMP setting, in order to deliver more power to the front speakers.
  • Page 36: Normal Setup

    Setting Up for Surround Sound NORMAL setup This is the manual method to setup your sound parameters for surround sound. It is more exact than the QUICK set up and should give you finer surround sound. You only need to do these settings once (unless you change the placement of your current speaker system or add new speakers, etc.).
  • Page 37: Speaker Setting

    SPEAKER SETTING The information below shows you how to select the correct settings for the type and number of speakers you connected. Most importantly, you need to decide how to route the sound for all the speakers you connected. To do this select the size of the front, center, surround and surround back speakers (if you hooked them up).
  • Page 38 Setting Up for Surround Sound MASTER VOLUME MENU TUNER EDIT TUNE SYSTEM SETUP ENTER AUDIO TUNE CHANNEL DTV ON/OFF BAND D.ACCESS STANDBY/ON STANDBY MOVIE MUSIC ENTER MULTI JOG MULTI JOG CONTROL SET UP RETURN PHONES SPEAKERS Follow steps 1-3 on page 34, if necessary, to get to the starting point mentioned here.
  • Page 39: Channel Level (channel Balance)

    CHANNEL LEVEL (channel balance) 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 SPEAKER SETTING go to step 2. MENU TUNER EDIT TOP MENU TUNE...
  • Page 40: Channel Delay

    Setting Up for Surround Sound CHANNEL DELAY Adding a slight delay to some speakers is necessary to achieve proper sound depth, separation as well as an effective surround sound effect. You need to figure out the distance from your listening position to your speakers to add the proper delay.
  • Page 41: Basic Operation

    Stereo and Multichannel Playback The following instructions show you how to play Dolby Digital or DTS sound sources with the VSX-43TX. Before doing so be sure to complete the setup procedures described in QUICK setup in the Easy Setup Guide Pt.
  • Page 42: Switching Analog/digital Signal Input

    Basic Operation Switching ANALOG/DIGITAL Signal Input This button selects the type of input signal, ANALOG or DIGITAL, 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.
  • Page 43: Listening Modes

    Listening Modes The three listening mode types on the receiver are explained here (to select listening modes see page 41). The kind of playback you can get in the three modes depends on what kind of a source (DVD, etc.) you are using.
  • Page 44: Thx Cinema

    (for example, Dolby Digital or DTS) and display it on screen. With two channel sources these first four modes will create surround channels. Next, there are six PIONEER original sound modes that use DSP (Digital Signal Processing) to create different types of sound environments as described below.
  • Page 45: Music Modes (surround Mode)

    Digital or DTS). With two channel sources these first four modes will create surround channels. Then there are five PIONEER original sound modes that use DSP (Digital Signal Processing) to create different types of sound environments as described below. Lastly, the 5/7-CH STEREO mode simply outputs a stereo signal through all of your speakers.
  • Page 46: Adjusting The Effect Of A Listening Mode

    Basic Operation Adjusting the Effect of a Listening Mode The DSP (Digital Signal Processing) listening modes have sound processing added to accentuate a certain kind of atmosphere or effect (see the preceding pages for explanation). You can choose if you want to strengthen or weaken this effect in the given mode.
  • Page 47: Listening With Acoustic Calibration Eq

    DIRECT MIDNIGHT MUTE MASTER VOLUME MCACC indicator VSX-43TX AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER STEREO/DIRECT MULTI CH IN ACOUSTIC EQ MASTER VOLUME Reducing Noise During Playback (DIGITAL NR Function) To reduce extraneous noise switch on DIGITAL NR. This feature is effective with sources containing a lot of...
  • Page 48: Listening In Midnight Mode

    Basic Operation Listening in MIDNIGHT Mode This useful feature makes it possible to get excellent surround sound effects even when listening at low volumes. It can be used with any surround sound source and play soundtracks so that the quieter sounds are audible even while playing a soundtrack at low volumes.
  • Page 49: Adjusting Bass And Treble (tone Control)

    Adjusting Bass and Treble (TONE CONTROL) You can adjust the low (bass) and high (treble) frequencies. The TONE button can also be used to bypass the tone circuitry. RECEIVER SOURCE MULTI SYSTEM OPERATION MULTI CONTROL DVD/LD TV / SAT VCR/DVR TV CONT VCR 2 TUNER...
  • Page 50: Listening In Hi-bit/sampling Mode

    INPUT processing. You can only control each channel level. MUTE OFF: Cancels the MULTI CH IN modes. memo VSX-43TX STEREO/DIRECT MULTI CH IN ACOUSTIC EQ MASTER VOLUME • You can’t use any kind of sound processing to- gether with MULTI CH IN. Selecting a listening mode, or switching these modes, cancels the MULTI CH IN.
  • Page 51: Sb Ch Mode Button

    VIRTL SB ON: virtual surround back sound is available with all SURROUND modes except THX CINEMA; for a stereo signal you must choose the NEO:6 MOVIE/MUSIC SURROUND mode or a Pioneer original sound mode (see pages 44–45). TUNER EDIT...
  • Page 52: Dual Mono Setting And Playback

    Basic Operation DUAL MONO setting and playback The dual mono setting can only be used when listening to Dolby Digital or homemade discs that have dual mono software encoded in them. Dual mono software usually is used to put two different mono soundtracks, that you can listen to together or separately, on one DVD.
  • Page 53: Video Select

    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 explained on page 41. You then change the video input with the VIDEO SEL button.
  • Page 54: Using The Tuner

    • To change frequencies one step at a time, press TUNE –/+ repeatedly. • To change frequencies quickly, hold down TUNE –/+ and release when you reach the frequency you desire. VSX-43TX AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER MPX Mode STEREO/DIRECT MULTI CH IN ACOUSTIC EQ...
  • Page 55: Direct Access Tuning

    Direct Access Tuning The following steps show you how to tune directly to a specific frequency using the remote control. RECEIVER SOURCE MULTI SYSTEM OPERATION MULTI CONTROL DVD/LD TV / SAT VCR/DVR TV CONT VCR 2 TUNER RECEIVER ACOUSTIC MOVIE MUSIC INPUT SURROUND...
  • Page 56: Memorizing Frequently Used Stations

    (0~9) within the respective class. SIGNAL AUTO DIGITAL ANALOG SB CH AUTO AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER VSX-43TX 5 Press the ENTER button to input STEREO/DIRECT MULTI CH IN ACOUSTIC EQ your choice. MASTER VOLUME STATION TUNING TUNER CLASS...
  • Page 57: Naming Memorized Stations

    (remote) to select characters. • Press ENTER to confirm a character. If no character is input, a space is input. The possible selections are shown below. AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER VSX-43TX ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ STEREO/DIRECT MULTI CH IN ACOUSTIC EQ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz MASTER VOLUME 0123456789 !”#$%&’()*+,–./:;<=>?@[ \ ]ˆ_{|} [space]...
  • Page 58: Recalling Memorized Stations

    Using the Tuner Recalling Memorized Stations RECEIVER MULTI SYSTEM OPERATION MULTI CONTROL DVD/LD TV / SAT VCR/DVR VCR 2 TUNER ACOUSTIC MOVIE MUSIC SURROUND SB CH MODE MODE STEREO/ DIRECT ENTER MIDNIGHT MASTER VOLUME MENU TUNER EDIT TUNE SYSTEM SETUP ENTER AUDIO TUNE...
  • Page 59: Remote Control Of Other Components

    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, DVD, 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.
  • Page 60: Programming Signals From Other Remote Controls (learning Mode)

    Remote Control of Other Components Programming Signals from Other Remote Controls (LEARNING Mode) 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 that were successfully set with the stored settings (see page 59).
  • Page 61: Using Remote Control With Other Components

    Using Remote Control with Other Components CD/MD/CD-R/VCR/DVD/LD/DVD recorder/Cassette Deck operations • The following operations are available from the receiver's remote control after you program it memo (see “Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other Components,“ page 59). • To perform these operations, press the MULTI CONTROL button for the component you want to control.
  • Page 62: Cable Tv/satellite Tv/digital Tv/tv Operations

    Remote Control of Other Components Cable TV/Satellite TV/Digital TV/TV operations • The following operations are available from the receiver's remote control after you program it memo (see “Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other Components,“ page 59). • To perform these operations, press the MULTI CONTROL button for the component you want to control.
  • Page 63: Setting Up The Direct Function

    VCR 2 mode you'll get no picture on your TV because the external video deck signal is not going through the VSX-43TX. 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.
  • Page 64: Using Other Functions

    Using Other Functions Recording from Audio/Video Components The following explanations show you how make a recording from one component to another connected to this receiver. Note that an analog recorder (such as a VCR) cannot record from a source that is connected using only a digital connection.
  • Page 65: Second Zone (speaker System B)/front Bi-amp Setup

    This setup enables you to listen to a pair of stereo speakers independently of the main speaker system hooked up to the receiver. The VSX-43TX has two possibilities for playback in another room. You can choose SECOND ZONE, and use the speakers hooked up to the surround back terminals as a B speaker system, that is, playing the same source as the main speaker system but from independent stereo speakers.
  • Page 66: A/b Speaker Button

    Using Other Functions A/B Speaker Button If you selected NORMAL SYSTEM in the SURRBACK SYSTEM setup (see page 35) your surround back speakers will be used was part of your of main speaker systems and this button will simply switch if off or on. If you selected SECOND ZONE in the SURRBACK SYSTEM setup (see page 35) this button will cycle through the A (main) speaker system, the B speaker system (the surround back speakers acting as a separate second zone), both speaker systems, and off.
  • Page 67: Connecting Additional Amplifiers

    Connecting Additional Amplifiers 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. Make the connections shown below to add amplifiers to power your speakers. Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet.
  • Page 68: Multi Operations

    The steps below show you how to program a string of up to 5 different operations for each MULTI CONTROL button. You don't need to program the power of this receiver (or any Pioneer component used) to go on, it (or they) will do so automatically when multi operations are performed.
  • Page 69: Performing Multi Operations

    1 Press the TV CONTROL button and TV to turn on your TV (as explained above). 2 Press the DVD/LD button then on your DVD player (if it is not a PIONEER product). 3 Press the DVD/LD button then 3 (play) to start playing the DVD player.
  • Page 70: System Off

    For example, you can program the unit to turn off your TV and turn off your DVD player, etc. You don't need to program power off for PIONEER components, they will go off automatically in this mode.
  • Page 71: Using System Off

    Do the following to use the SYSTEM OFF function. The SYSTEM OFF feature allows you to tell the receiver and your other components to stop and/or turn off with the remote control. Most Pioneer components will automatically turn off. The receiver itself will go off automatically as well.
  • Page 72: Resetting The Remote Control

    Using Other Functions Resetting the Remote Control The following operations allow you to erase the settings stored in the remote control. Erasing Multi Operations DIMMER LOUDNESS SIGNAL SEL BASS/TREBLE VIDEO SEL HI-BIT TV CONTROL CHANNEL RECEIVER Erasing Learned Remote Control Commands DIMMER LOUDNESS SIGNAL SEL...
  • Page 73: Resetting The Main Unit

    TONE CONTROL SPEAKERS TONE BASS/TREBLE S-VIDEO VIDEO 1 While holding down the TONE AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER VSX-43TX button press the STANDBY/ON STEREO/DIRECT MULTI CH IN ACOUSTIC EQ button for about three seconds. MASTER VOLUME TUNER EDIT 2 When you see RESET? appear in the display, press the TONE –...
  • Page 74: Fine Tuning Your System

    Fine Tuning Your System Other System Settings These settings are more advanced. Some could add depth or listenability to your sound (like the THX CINEMA setup) and others are for your convenience (like the FUNCTION RENAME). You can decide if you want to make these settings or not.
  • Page 75: Thx Cinema Setup

    THX CINEMA Setup This setup lets you choose which decoding method for 2 channel sources the receiver will use for THX CINEMA. The three THX CINEMA decoding methods are; PRO LOGIC II MOVIE, PRO LOGIC and NEO:6 CINEMA. For more information on the decoding (playback) formats see "Techno Tidbits" on page 88. RECEIVER SOURCE MULTI...
  • Page 76: Assigning The Digital Inputs

    Fine Tuning Your System Assigning the Digital Inputs If you did not hook up your digital equipment in accordance with the default settings for the digital inputs (see page 16,18 & 21) you need to complete the procedure below. You have to do this in order to tell the receiver what digital equipment is hooked up to which terminal so the buttons on the remote correspond to what you have hooked up.
  • Page 77: Assigning The Component Video Inputs

    Assigning the Component Video Inputs This receiver has two component video inputs. Their default settings are video inputs for the DVD/LD (COMPONENT VIDEO IN 1) and TV/SAT (COMPONENT VIDEO IN 2) functions, but you can reassign them if you want to use them as video inputs for other receiver functions (for example a VCR). See pages 15–18 for more on connecting equipment using component video cords.
  • Page 78: Function Rename

    Fine Tuning Your System FUNCTION RENAME Use the FUNCTION RENAME capability to rename the display on the receiver for different functions (DVD, etc.). For example, you could rename DVD/LD as DVR-7000. For this setup in particular using the controls on the front panel is more convenient than using the remote control.
  • Page 79: Expert Setup

    Expert Setup The settings here can only be done if you've performed the more basic preliminary setups. Thus, before doing these settings do either QUICK setup (page 13) or NORMAL setup (page 36-40). These settings are to further heighten your enjoyment of surround sound. They are not absolutely necessary but may give more defined and enjoyable surround sound.
  • Page 80: Crossover Network

    Fine Tuning Your System CROSSOVER NETWORK Crossover frequency is the point where the receiver divides the high and low sounds (the frequencies) between the speakers. Certain bass sounds will play back from the subwoofer if you selected it as YES (or PLUS) or from the front speakers if you selected them as LARGE.
  • Page 81: Fine Channel Level

    FINE CHANNEL LEVEL The following steps show you how to balance the sound output level of your speakers more finely than in the NORMAL setup (see page 36). Proper speaker balance is essential for obtaining high quality surround sound and the better the speaker balance the better surround sound you can get.
  • Page 82: Fine Channel Delay

    Fine Tuning Your System FINE CHANNEL DELAY The following steps show you how to adjust the delay level of your speakers more finely than in the NORMAL setup (see page 36). Adding a slight delay to some speakers is necessary to achieve proper sound depth, separation as well as an effective surround sound effect.
  • Page 83 5 Press ENTER to select a new channel. Repeat step 4 for every channel. If you want to change a setting before pro- ceeding Use the 5∞ buttons to go back to the channel you want to adjust and press ENTER. Then follow step 3.
  • Page 84: Acoustic Cal Eq

    Fine Tuning Your System ACOUSTIC CAL EQ This setting is a kind of room equalizer for your speakers. This receiver let's you equalize the speakers in accordance with the front speakers. The front left speaker will serve as the reference tone. The front left tone and the target speaker (the one you are trying to adjust) will sound in turns, so you can judge which needs to be louder.
  • Page 85 6 TRIM should be selected (if it isn’t use the 5∞ buttons to select it) and press ENTER. SIGNAL PRO LOGIC Neo :6 LOUDNESS MIDNIGHT TONE DNR STEREO TUNED RF ATT AUTO DIGITAL DTS ES EX Hi-BIT/ DIGITAL MPEG AAC SAMPLING STEREO ANALOG...
  • Page 86: Bass Peak Level

    Fine Tuning Your System BASS PEAK LEVEL The LFE (Low Frequency Effect) channel in Dolby Digital and 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 LFE channel. If continuing from the preceding page the BASS PEAK LEVEL should be selected.
  • Page 87: Dynamic Range Control

    DYNAMIC RANGE CONTROL This feature makes it possible to enjoy full surround sound effects on Dolby Digital and DTS 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.
  • Page 88: Techno Tidbits & Problem-solving

    Movie Mode or Music Mode do not give good results). One can select one of them depending on your soundtrack of choice. • For receivers and components other than the VSX-43TX Dolby Pro Logic II may not have the above memo mentioned functions.
  • Page 89: Dolby Digital Surround Ex

    Dolby Digital Surround EX This new recording technology is able to play 6.1 channel sound and was developed in a collaboration between Dolby Laboratories and Lucasfilm, Ltd. for the film "Stars Wars: The First Episode", the first movie ever to be made with Dolby Digital Surround EX technology.
  • Page 90: Thx

    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.
  • Page 91: Speaker Placement Information

    Speaker Placement Information Placement of your speakers is a crucial aspect of attaining accurate and realistic surround sound. Certain pointers concerning speakers stands, direction, angle and distance of speakers will be useful in this regard. Firstly, it is best not to put your speakers directly on the floor. If you do this some of the sound vibra- tion (especially bass) will go directly into the flooring and be lost.
  • Page 92 Techno Tidbits & Problem-solving Speaker Placement for a Complete THX Speaker System If you have a complete THX Speaker System set (LucasFilm authorized), follow the diagram below to place your speakers. Notice the surround speakers should output at an angle parallel to the listener. Also, notice the angle of the front speakers.
  • Page 93: Preset Code List

    1010 PANASONIC 1002 SONY 1009 1005 SAMSUNG 1008 1007 DENON 1004 PHILIPS 1006 TOSHIBA 1010 YAMAHA 1011, 1012 PIONEER 1001, 1002, 1003 Manufacturer Code SONY 2008 PHILIPS 2006, 2007 PANASONIC 2005 KENWOOD 2004 DENON 2003 YAMAHA 2009 PIONEER 2001, 2002...
  • Page 94 3182, 3183, 3184 UNIVERSUM 3185, 3186, 3187 W. WHOUSE 3188 WARDS 3189, 3190, 3191, 3192, 3193 YAMAHA 3194, 3195, 3196 ZENITH 3197 PIONEER 6001, 6002, 6003, 6004, 6005, 6006 BELL 6049 BLAUPUNKT 6007 ECHOSTAR 6047 GENERAL INSTRUMENT 6008 GOLDSTAR 6009...
  • Page 95: Troubleshooting

    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...
  • Page 96 Techno Tidbits & Problem-solving Symptom No sound output from the front speakers. No sound output from surround or center speakers. No sound output from the subwoofer. No sound output from the surround back speakers. No sound output from one (set of) speaker(s). Sound is produced from some components, but not from digital components.
  • Page 97 Symptom Cause Other audio problems Subwoofer output is very • Settings route signal away from low. subwoofer. During multi channel • That speaker is set to NO. playback, there is no sound output from one speaker. A multi channel DVD source •...
  • Page 98 Techno Tidbits & Problem-solving Symptom Video No image is output when a function is selected. There is no image coming from the selected component video jacks. Can't record video. Input/display The display is dark. You can't get DIGITAL to come up when using the SIGNAL SELECT button.
  • Page 99 Symptom Cause During playback of a DVD • The multichannel connections are analog, audio source, the player so there is no digital transfer. shows a transfer rate of 96kHz, but the receiver does not. During playback of a 96kHz • The receiver may be on a different mode source, the display doesn't than STEREO.
  • Page 100: Schemata Of Setup

    Techno Tidbits & Problem-solving Schemata of Setup 1.Surround Setup 2. THX CINEMA Setup 3.Input Assign System Setup [1. Surround Setup [2. THX CINEMA Setup [3. Input Assign [4. Function Rename [Exit (4. Function Rename) DVD/LD TV/SAT VCR1/DVR VCR2 VIDEO LINE CD-R/TAPE1 [ CDR/TAPE1 ] MD/TAPE2 [Exit ]...
  • Page 101 EST 1924 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 102: Specifications

    Techno Tidbits & Problem-solving Specifications Amplifier Section Continuous average power output of 100 watts* per channel, min., at 8 ohms, from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz with no more than 0.09 %** total harmonic distortion (front). Continuous Power Output Front ... 100 W +100 W (20 Hz – 20 kHz, 0.09 %, 8 ) Center ...
  • Page 103 Techno Tidbits & Problem-solving...
  • Page 104 PIONEER EUROPE NV Haven 1087, Keetberglaan 1, B-9120 Melsele, Belgium TEL: 03/570.05.11 PIONEER ELECTRONICS AUSTRALIA PTY. LTD. PIONEER ELECTRONICS DE MEXICO S.A. DE C.V. <TNGZF/02E00001> 4-1, Meguro 1-Chome, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8654, Japan P.O. BOX 1540, Long Beach, California 90801-1540, U.S.A.

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