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Pioneer VSX-516-S/-K Operating Instructions Manual

Pioneer audio/video multi-channel receiver operating instructions.
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  • Page 1 AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER VSX-416 VSX-516 Operating Instructions -S/-K -S/-K...
  • Page 2 IMPORTANT IMPORTANT The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is intended to within an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated alert the user to the presence of uninsulated "dangerous voltage"...
  • Page 3 Voltage selector You can find the voltage selector switch on the rear panel of multi-voltage models. The factory setting for the voltage selector is 220 V. Please set it to the correct voltage for your country or region. • Saudi Arabia operates on 127 V and 220 V mains voltage.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Contents 01 Before you start Checking what’s in the box ....5 Loading the batteries ....5 Operating range of remote control unit .
  • Page 5: Before You Start

    Before you start Chapter 1: 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 • AA size IEC R6 dry cell batteries (to confirm system operation) x2 •...
  • Page 6: Installing The Receiver

    Before you start Installing the receiver • When installing this unit, make sure to put it on a level and stable surface. Don’t install it on the following places: – on a color TV (the screen may distort) – near a cassette deck (or close to a device that gives off a magnetic field).
  • Page 7: 02 5 Minute Guide

    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.
  • Page 8: Using The Quick Setup

    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, room size and listening position. •...
  • Page 9: Quick Surround Sound Setup

    Quick surround sound setup Chapter 3: Quick surround sound setup VSX-516 model only Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) The Auto Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration (MCACC) setup measures the acoustic characteristics of your listening area, taking into account ambient noise, speaker size and distance, and tests for both channel delay and channel level.
  • Page 10: Other Problems During Auto Mcacc

    Quick surround sound setup If you see an ERR message in the display, there may be a problem with your mic or the speaker connections. Turn off the power, and check the problem indicated by the ERR message (see below), then try the auto surround setup again. •...
  • Page 11: Connecting Up

    Connecting up Chapter 4: Connecting up Making cable connections Make sure not to bend the cables over the top of this unit (as shown in the illustration). If this happens, the magnetic field produced by the transformers in this unit may cause a humming noise from the speakers.
  • Page 12: Connecting A Tv And Dvd Player

    Connecting up Connecting a TV and DVD player This page shows you how to connect your DVD player and TV to the receiver. Connect a coaxial digital audio output on your DVD player to the DIGITAL COAX 1 (DVD/LD) input on this receiver. Use a coaxial digital audio cable for the connection.
  • Page 13: Connecting The Multichannel Analog Outputs

    Connecting up Connecting the multichannel analog outputs For DVD Audio and SACD playback, your DVD player may have 5.1 channel analog outputs.In this case, you can connect them to the multi- channel inputs of the receiver as shown below. This receiver FM UNBAL ANTENNA Ω...
  • Page 14: Connecting Other Audio Components

    Connecting up Connecting other audio components The number and kind of connections depends on the kind of component you’re connecting. Follow the steps below to connect a CD-R, MD, DAT, tape recorder or other audio component. If your component has a digital output, connect this to a digital input on the receiver.
  • Page 15: Connecting Other Video Components

    Connecting up ® Microsoft, Windows Media , and the Windows logo are trademarks, or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Connecting other video components This receiver has audio/video inputs and outputs suitable for connecting analog or digital video recorders, including VCRs, DVD- recorders and HDD recorders.
  • Page 16: Connecting Antennas

    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). fig. a fig. b FM UNBAL Ω LOOP Pull off the protective shields of both AM antenna wires.
  • Page 17: Connecting The Speakers

    Connecting up Connecting the speakers A complete speaker setup is shown below, but everyone’s home setup will vary. Simply connect the speakers you have in the manner illustrated. The receiver will work with just two stereo speakers (the front speakers in the diagram) but using at least three speakers (VSX-416 model) / four speakers (VSX-516 model) is recommended, and a complete setup is best for surround sound.
  • Page 18: Speaker Terminals

    Connecting up VSX-416 model Twist exposed wire strands together. Push open the tabs and insert exposed wire. Release the tabs. VSX-516 model Twist exposed wire strands together. Loosen terminal and insert exposed wire. Tighten terminal. Speaker terminals Make sure that all the bare speaker wire is twisted together and inserted fully into the speaker terminal.
  • Page 19: Speaker Placement Diagrams

    Connecting up Speaker placement diagrams The following illustrations show a 6.1 channel speaker setup. 3-D view of 6.1 channel speaker setup Overhead view of speaker setup Front Center left Subwoofer Surround left Listening position Surround back speaker Note 1 VSX-416 model only – Follow the speaker placement diagrams, disregarding the surround back speaker. Extra Power mode speaker setup VSX-416 model only –...
  • Page 20: Controls And Displays

  • Page 21: Display

    Controls and displays 10 DIALOGUE ENHANCEMENT (VSX-416 model only) Use to make dialog stand out when watching TV or a movie (page 33). 11 MCACC SETUP MIC jack (VSX-516 model only) Use to connect the supplied microphone. 12 MASTER VOLUME 13 LISTENING MODE buttons STANDARD Press for Standard decoding and to switch...
  • Page 22 Controls and displays SIGNAL SELECT indicators Lights to indicate the type of input signal assigned for the current component: AUTO Lights when AUTO signal select is on. SB (VSX-516 model only) Depending on the source, this lights when a signal with surround back channel encoding is detected.
  • Page 23: Remote Control (vsx-516)

    Controls and displays 21 Master volume level 22 MCACC channel EQ indicators (VSX-516 model only) These indicators show the EQ balance for each channel in Checking your Acoustic Calibration EQ settings on page 37. Remote control (VSX-516) RECEIVER SOURCE INPUT SELECT MULTI CONTROL TV CTRL DVD/LD...
  • Page 24 Controls and displays SLEEP Press to change the amount of time before the receiver switches into standby (30 min – 60 min – 90 min – Off). You can check the remaining sleep time at any time by pressing SLEEP once. S.
  • Page 25 Controls and displays HDD/DVD* These buttons switch between the hard disk and DVD controls for DVD/HDD recorders. REC STOP* Stops recording. Number buttons and other component controls Use the number buttons to directly select a radio frequency (page 41) or the tracks on a CD, DVD, etc.
  • Page 26: Remote Control (vsx-416)

  • Page 27 ONE TOUCH COPY Copies the currently playing title from DVD to HDD or vice-versa. 12 DVD/DVR control buttons Use these buttons to control a Pioneer DVD player or recorder connected to your system (press DVD or DVR to access the below controls).
  • Page 28: Listening To Your System

    Listening to your system Chapter 6: Listening to your system Important • Certain features explained in this section will not be possible depending on the source (for example, PCM 88.2 kHz / 96 kHz, DTS 96 kHz (24 bit) or WMA 9 Pro sources).
  • Page 29: Using The Advanced Surround Effects

    Listening to your system VSX-516 model: • 2 Pro Logic IIx MOVIE – Up to 6.1 channel sound, especially suited to movie sources • 2 Pro Logic IIx MUSIC – Up to 6.1 channel sound, especially suited to music sources •...
  • Page 30: Listening In Stereo

    Listening to your system Press EFFECT/CH SEL again to adjust other settings . Setting What it does Center Spreads the center channel between the front right and Width left speakers, making it (Applicable sound wider (higher settings) only when using a cen- or narrower (lower settings).
  • Page 31: Choosing The Input Signal

    Listening to your system • While listening to a source, press ACOUSTIC EQ. Press repeatedly to select between: • ALL CH – No special weighting is given to any one channel. • F. ALIGN – All speakers are heard in accordance with the front speaker settings.
  • Page 32: Using Virtual Surround Back (vsb)

    Listening to your system Using Virtual Surround Back (VSB) When you’re not using surround back speaker, selecting this mode allows you to hear a virtual surround back channel through your surround speakers. You can choose to listen to sources with no surround back channel information, or if the material sounds better in the format (for example, 5.1) for which it was originally encoded, you can have the receiver only apply...
  • Page 33: Using Midnight And Loudness

    Listening to your system Using Midnight and Loudness These features give you good sound at low volume levels when listening to movie (Midnight) or music (Loudness) sources. • Press MIDNIGHT/LOUDNESS to switch between MIDNIGHT, LOUDNESS, and OFF. Enhancing dialog • Default setting: OFF The Dialog Enhancement feature localizes dialog in the center channel to make it stand out from other background sounds in a TV or...
  • Page 34: The System Setup Menu

    The System Setup menu Chapter 7: The System Setup menu Using the System Setup menu The following section shows you how to make detailed settings to specify how you’re using the receiver. It also explains how to fine-tune individual speaker system settings. INPUT SELECTOR DVD 5.1 RECEIVER...
  • Page 35: Fine Channel Level

    The System Setup menu • CH LEVEL – Make fine adjustments to the overall balance of your speaker system (see Fine Channel Level below). • SP DISTN. – Make precise delay settings for your speaker system (see Fine Speaker Distance below). The last five settings are specifically for customizing the parameters explained in Acoustic Calibration EQ on page 36:...
  • Page 36: Acoustic Calibration Eq

    The System Setup menu Listen to the reference speaker and use it to measure the target channel. From the listening position, face the two speakers with your arms outstretched pointing at each speaker. Try to make the two tones sound as if they are arriving simultaneously at a position slightly in front of you and between your arm span.
  • Page 37 The System Setup menu to select C1 or C2 then use the buttons to select the setting you want to copy. • You can also copy from one custom setting to another. For more on the A. CH and F.ALG settings, see Setting the Acoustic Calibration EQ automatically above.
  • Page 38: Manual Speaker Setup

    The System Setup menu to select the channel you want, using to check the settings. The MCACC channel EQ indicators in the front panel display will light accordingly. When you're finished, press RETURN. You will return to the Manual MCACC setup menu. Manual speaker setup These settings optimize surround sound performance (if you’re satisfied with the settings...
  • Page 39: Crossover Network

    The System Setup menu come out the front and center speakers are also routed to the subwoofer). not connect a subwoofer choose NO (the bass is output from other speakers). Crossover network • Default setting: 100Hz This setting decides the cutoff between bass sounds playing back from the speakers selected as LARGE, or the subwoofer, and bass sounds playing back from those selected as...
  • Page 40: The Other Setup Menu

    The System Setup menu You only need to do this if you didn’t connect your digital components according to the defaults above. This tells the receiver what component is connected to which terminal so it corresponds to the buttons on the remote. Select ‘IN ASSIG.’...
  • Page 41: Using The Tuner

    Using the tuner Chapter 8: Using the tuner Listening to the radio The following steps show you how to tune in to FM and AM radio broadcasts and memorize the frequency for recall later. Press AM or FM to select the tuner band. Tune to a station.
  • Page 42: Listening To Station Presets

    Using the tuner Press ‘T.EDIT’ (VSX-516 model) / (SHIFT +) TUNER EDIT (VSX-416 model). A cursor appears at the first character position. Input the name you want then press ENTER. Names can be up to four characters long. • Use the MULTI JOG dial (front panel) or the ST +/–...
  • Page 43: Making Recordings

    Making recordings Chapter 9: 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...
  • Page 44: Controlling The Rest Of Your System

    Controlling the rest of your system Chapter 10: Controlling the rest of your system VSX-516 model only Setting the remote to control other components Most components can be assigned to one of the MULTI CONTROL buttons using the component’s manufacturer preset code stored in the remote.
  • Page 45: Direct Function

    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...
  • Page 46: Controls For Tvs

    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 44 for more on this). Use the MULTI CONTROL buttons to select the component. •...
  • Page 47: Controls For Other Components

    Controlling the rest of your system Button(s) Function +10 button Use to add a decimal point when selecting a specific TV channel. INFO Press to get information on DTV programs. ENTER/ Use to enter a channel. DISC & Select or adjust and navigate items on the menu screen. ENTER ENTER brings up the DTV menus.
  • Page 48 Controlling the rest of your system Button (s) Function REC STOP Stops recording. (SHIFT+ ) Number Directly access tracks on a program source. buttons Use the number buttons to navigate the on-screen display. +10 button Selects tracks higher than 10. (For example, press +10 then 3 to select track 13.) ENTER/ Changes the search mode.
  • Page 49: Preset Code List

    PIONEER 200 TOSHIBA 605, 626, 663 SHARP 602, 619, 627 Manufacturer Code HITACHI 606, 624, 625, 664 SANYO 621, 614 PIONEER 207, 229, 231, 232 MITSUBISHI 609 PANASONIC 226, 230 JVC 227 GOLDSTAR 610, 623 JVC 613, 665 TOSHIBA 228...
  • Page 50: Additional Information

    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.
  • Page 51 Additional information Problem Remedy No sound from surround or • Connect the speakers properly (refer to page 17). center speakers. • Refer to Speaker setting on page 38 to check the speaker settings. • Refer to Channel level on page 39 to check the speaker levels. No sound from surround back •...
  • Page 52: Resetting The Main Unit

    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.
  • Page 53: Specifications

    Additional information Specifications Amplifier section • Continuous power output (stereo) Front ..100 W (DIN 1 kHz, THD 1.0 %, 8 • Maximum Power output (surround) Front ..130 W per channel (1 kHz, THD 10 %, 8 Center .
  • Page 54: Cleaning The Unit

    Additional information Dimensions VSX-416 ..420 (W) mm x 158 (H) mm x 348 (D) mm VSX-516 ..420 (W) mm x 158 (H) mm x 352.5 (D) mm Weight (without package) VSX-416 .
  • Page 55 253 Alexandra Road, #04-01, Singapore 159936 TEL: 65-6472-7555 PIONEER ELECTRONICS AUSTRALIA PTY. LTD. 178-184 Boundary Road, Braeside, Victoria 3195, Australia, TEL: (03) 9586-6300 PIONEER ELECTRONICS DE MEXICO S.A. DE C.V. Blvd.Manuel Avila Camacho 138 10 piso Col.Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico,D.F. 11000 TEL: 55-9178-4270 <06C00001>...

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