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AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL
RECEIVER
VSX-45TX
Operating Instructions

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  • Page 1 AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER VSX-45TX 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

    Controlling the MULTI ROOM system from the Speaker Placement Information ... 109 sub room ... 78 Troubleshooting ... 111 The PIONEER SR System: Operating other PIONEER Preset Code Brands ... 116 components ... 79 Specifications ... 119 Multi Operations ... 80 Performing multi operations ...
  • Page 5 Controlling the MULTI ROOM system from the Speaker Placement Information ... 109 sub room ... 78 Troubleshooting ... 111 The PIONEER SR System: Operating other PIONEER Preset Code Brands ... 116 components ... 79 Specifications ... 119 Multi Operations ... 80 Performing multi operations ...
  • 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-45TX 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

    “AA” IEC LR6 batteries x 4 Microphone for Auto Microphone Stand for Auto Surround Sound Setup “ AA” IEC LR6 batteries x 4 AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER VSX-45TX Operating Instructions Operating Instructions Shows when the batteries are getting weak SETUP...
  • 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-45TX 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-45TX 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 AUTO SURROUND SOUND SETUP If setting up your surround sound speakers seems like it's going to be an involved task you only need to use this quick, automatic method, known as the MCACC system, to achieve good surround sound. You'll need to hook up the microphone so that the receiver can hear and judge the distance, size, sound character and sound pressure level of the speakers and thus know what settings to make.
  • Page 14: Speaker Setting

    Easy Setup Guide Part2 1.Surround Setup [ SurrBack System Auto Setting [ Quick [ Normal [ Expert [ Exit Auto Surround Setup Set microphone Turn on subwoofer Start [ Cancel ] Auto Surround Setup Please Wait Caution!! Test tone is output loudly.
  • Page 15: Playing A Dvd With Surround Sound

    memo • Make sure the room environment follows the guidelines displayed on the OSD during auto setup. If the room environment is not optimal for auto setup (too much ambient noise, obstacles blocking the speakers from the microphone, etc.) the final settings may be incorrect.
  • Page 16: 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 17: Connecting Video Components

    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. Hook up your video signal with either component video, S video or composite video cords (the quality descends in this order) but you must use the same type of cord as you used to hook up your TV.
  • Page 18: Connecting Vcrs Or Dvrs

    Connecting Your Equipment 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 16).
  • Page 19: Connecting Satellite Tv(sat) Components

    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 16).
  • Page 20: Connecting Analog Audio Components

    Connecting Your Equipment 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 21: Connecting To The Multi Channel Analog Inputs (dvd-audio Or Super Audio Cd (sacd) Compatible Player)

    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 22: Connecting Digital Audio Components

    AC outlet. Connect your digital components as shown below. The VSX-45TX has two coaxial and two optical inputs for a total of four digital inputs on the rear panel plus one digital input on the front panel. In order to use digital soundtracks like Dolby Digital or DTS (among others) you need to make digital audio connections.
  • Page 23: Digital Input Default Settings

    7 Coaxial cords/Optical cables Commercially available digital audio coaxial cords (standard video cords can also be used) or optical cables (not supplied) are used to connect digital components to this receiver. Be sure to insert completely and in the case of the optical cable, right-side up.
  • Page 24: Connecting The Radio Antennas

    Connecting Your Equipment 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 25: Connecting Speakers

    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. Simply connect the speakers you have in the manner described below. One of the latest features of home theater is the use of surround back speakers.
  • Page 26: Speaker Impedance

    Connecting Your Equipment Speaker impedance You can change the speaker impedance for VSX-45TX 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 27: Placing Your Speakers

    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 109 & 110. 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 28: Displays & Controls

    STEREO/DIRECT MULTI CH IN ACOUSTIC EQ MASTER VOLUME MULTI ROOM TUNER & SOURCE EDIT CONTROL ON/OFF MULTI JOG/ENTER S-VIDEO VIDEO AUDIO VIDEO INPUT STATION TUNING TUNER MULTI ROOM & SOURCE EDIT CONTROL ON/OFF MULTI JOG/ENTER S-VIDEO VIDEO AUDIO VIDEO INPUT 10 11 VSX-45TX...
  • Page 29 17 MULTI ROOM & SOURCE buttons (See pages 74–79) 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 pages 74–79) Used together with the INPUT SELECTOR to...
  • Page 30: Remote Control

    + 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 31 OFF/AUTO. = SYSTEM OFF button (see pages 82–83) 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.
  • Page 32 Displays & Controls $ RETURN button When you are in a receiver setup operation this button will go back one step in the SYSTEM SETUP procedure. When you are using your DVD menu screen this button acts the same as the DVD player's "Return"...
  • Page 33: Display

    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 input signal automatically.
  • Page 34: 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 35 ASSIGNABLE MONITOR OUT TRIGGER (DC OUT12V/ 100mA MAX) (DVD/LD) MULTI-ROOM SPEAKERS & SOURCE Å REMOTE IN ª · RS-232C (TV/SAT) COMPONENT VIDEO 10 MULTI ROOM & SOURCE REMOTE IN terminals (see pages 74–79). Use these terminals to hook up a sub-system in a secondary room.
  • Page 36: 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 37: Surrback System (surround Back System)

    This setup selects how your surround back system will be used. If you want to use it for surround back speakers in your main speaker system choose 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-45TX. If starting fresh, complete steps 1-3 in page 36.
  • Page 38: Quick Setup

    Setting Up for Surround Sound QUICK setup This simple and quick setup method allows you to make all the necessary settings manually with the minimum of hassle. If you did the AUTO SURROUND SOUND SETUP method on pages 13-15 you don’t need to do this setup.
  • Page 39: Normal Setup

    NORMAL setup This is the manual method to setup your sound parameters for surround sound. It is more exact than the QUICK setup and should give you finer surround sound. You don’t need to do this, however, if you did the AUTO SURROUND SOUND SETUP method on pages 13-15.
  • Page 40: Speaker Setting

    Setting Up for Surround Sound 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 41: Speaker System Setting

    – VIDEO SEL HI-BIT DISC ENTER DIRECT ACCESS SEARCH MODE SYSTEM SETUP GUIDE MENU TOP MENU TUNER EDIT TRACK ENTER EXIT AUDIO RETURN DTV ON/OFF DISP MODE ¶ SUB TITLE – TUNING BAND TUNING ¡ STANDBY/ON STANDBY MOVIE MUSIC ENTER MULTI JOG MULTI JOG CONTROL SIGNAL...
  • Page 42: Channel Level (channel Balance)

    Setting Up for Surround Sound 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 1. If starting fresh, complete steps 1–2 on page 39.
  • Page 43: Channel Delay

    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. 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.
  • Page 44: Basic Operation

    Basic Operation Stereo and Multichannel Playback The following instructions show you how to play sound sources with the VSX-45TX. Before doing so be sure to complete the setup procedures described in the "Easy Setup Guide Part 2" (starting on page 13) or "Setting Up for Surround Sound" (starting on page 36). This is particularly important to achieve a surround sound effect with Dolby Digital or DTS sources.
  • Page 45: Switching Analog/digital Signal Input

    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 digital sources like Dolby Digital or DTS but it would have to be on analog to record from the ANALOG out jacks on the receiver.
  • Page 46: Listening Modes

    Basic Operation Listening Modes The three listening mode types on the receiver are explained here (to select listening modes see pages 43-44). The kind of playback you can get in the three modes depends on what kind of a source (DVD, etc.) you are using.
  • Page 47: Thx Cinema

    (for example, Dolby Digital or DTS). 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 48: 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 49: Adjusting The Effect Of A Listening Mode

    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 50: Listening With Acoustic Calibration Eq

    CUSTOM 2 and OFF. When ACOUSTIC EQ is being MUTE applied the MCACC indicator lights. REMOTE SETUP Î memo VSX-45TX STEREO/DIRECT MULTI CH IN ACOUSTIC EQ MASTER VOLUME 1 Press RECEIVER. 2 Press the DNR button on the remote control.
  • Page 51: Listening In Midnight Mode

    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 52: Adjusting Bass And Treble (tone Control)

    Basic Operation 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. SETUP S0URCE SYSTEM RECEIVER VCR1/ DVD/LD TV/SAT MULTI CONTROL VCR2 VIDEO CD-R/ TUNER...
  • Page 53: Listening In Hi-bit/sampling Mode

    MUSIC MUTE MODE SURROUND REMOTE SETUP STEREO/ SB CH ENTER DIRECT MODE Î AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER VSX-45TX MULTI CHANNNEL ACOUSTIC CALIBRATION STEREO/DIRECT MULTI CH IN ACOUSTIC EQ MASTER VOLUME STATION TUNING TUNER MULTI ROOM & SOURCE SELECT EDIT CONTROL ON/OFF 1 Press RECEIVER.
  • Page 54: Sb Ch Mode Button

    AUDIO VIDEO INPUT stereo signal you must choose the NEO:6 MOVIE/MUSIC SURROUND mode or a Pioneer original sound mode (see pages 47–48). VIRTL SB AUTO: same as above except whether virtual surround back sound is available with any of the PRO LOGIC II (or PRO LOGIC) modes depends on whether the source has an EX or ES flag or not.
  • Page 55: Dual Mono Setting And Playback

    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 56: Video Select

    Basic Operation 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 44 You then change the video input with the VIDEO SEL button.
  • Page 57: Using The Tuner

    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“...
  • Page 58: Direct Access Tuning

    Using the Tuner Direct Access Tuning The following steps show you how to tune directly to a specific frequency using the remote control. SETUP S0URCE SYSTEM RECEIVER VCR1/ DVD/LD TV/SAT MULTI CONTROL VCR2 VIDEO CD-R/ TUNER TAPE1 TAPE2 DIMMER LOUDNESS TONE SIGNAL SEL BASS/TREBLE...
  • Page 59: Memorizing Frequently Used Stations

    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). SETUP S0URCE SYSTEM RECEIVER VCR1/ DVD/LD...
  • Page 60: Naming Memorized Stations

    Using the Tuner Naming Memorized Stations You can input a name of up to four characters for each preset station in the receiver’s memory (see the previous page). This name can be anything you choose. For example, you could input JAZZ for that station and when you listen to it the name, rather than the frequency number, will appear on your display.
  • Page 61: Recalling Memorized Stations

    Recalling Memorized Stations SETUP S0URCE SYSTEM RECEIVER VCR1/ DVD/LD TV/SAT TV CONT MULTI CONTROL MULTI VCR2 VIDEO OPERATION CD-R/ TUNER RECEIVER TAPE1 TAPE2 DIMMER LOUDNESS TONE EFFECT/CH SEL SIGNAL SEL BASS/TREBLE – VIDEO SEL HI-BIT DISC ENTER DIRECT ACCESS SEARCH MODE SYSTEM SETUP GUIDE MENU...
  • Page 62: 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 63 This method should help you customize the remote control for your system and let you control all of your components with the remote control for the VSX-45TX. 8 Repeat the process from step 2 for all of your components.
  • Page 64: 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 pages 62–63).
  • Page 65 5∞ buttons to select YES. Press ENTER. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to teach the remote control of the VSX-45TX all the commands from the other remote control. 7 If you want to program in commands for another MULTI CONTROL button use the 5∞...
  • Page 66: Using Remote Control With Other Components

    Remote Control of 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,“ pages 62–65). •...
  • Page 67: Cable Tv/satellite Tv/digital Tv/tv Operations

    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,“ pages 62–65). • To perform these operations, press the MULTI CONTROL button for the component you want to control.
  • Page 68: 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-45TX. 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 69: 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 70: Second Zone (speaker System B) Setup

    This setup enables you to listen to a pair of stereo speakers independently of the main speaker system (A speakers) hooked up to the receiver. The VSX-45TX 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 71: Setting Up And Using The Usb Audio Connection

    Setting up and Using the USB Audio Connection The USB Audio Connection feature allows you hook up a PC to this receiver. In this way you can hear soundtracks from your computer. To use this feature follow the steps below. A few points to remember when hooking up this receiver to a computer: the USB drive is bus powered, which means a power current is inherent in the connection.
  • Page 72: Switch On The Receiver

    • Don't use other applications on your computer when playing back through this USB connection. • Pioneer cannot be held responsible for damage to your computer system, software crashes or failures or any other possible computer problems due to this configuration.
  • Page 73: 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 74: Multi Room

    45TX is able to change the input even though the receiver is off. MULTI ROOM connections On the VSX-45TX, 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 VIDEO OUT jacks.
  • Page 75 Setup example when MR&S is selected in the SURRBACK SYSTEM (see page 37) Sub room IR receiver (MR-100) If you use the above setup controlling the main room source will affect the sound in the sub room. When memo a function (like DVD) is chosen or an operation (like pushing 3) is done the sound in the sub room will be temporarily interrupted.
  • Page 76: Multi Room Setup

    VARIABLE or FIXED. Press ENTER. If you hook up a just a power amplifier in the sub room the VSX-45TX will act as a pre-amp. In this case choose VARIABLE. If you hook up a full integrated amplifier in the sub room (such as another Pioneer VSX receiver) choose FIXED.
  • Page 77: Controlling The Multi Room System From The Main Room

    ON/OFF button to turn on the MULTI ROOM system. The display shown below will illuminate when the receiver is in STANDBY mode. VSX-45TX Also, the MULTI ROOM indicator will light. M R & S O N ACOUSTIC EQ 2 Press the CONTROL button to enter the control mode.
  • Page 78: Controlling The Multi Room System From The Sub Room

    • When you are doing the REMOTE SETUP process the MULTI ROOM cannot be used. • If you use a PIONEER amplifier in the sub room, when you want to control the VSX-45TX only you will also change the settings in the sub room. To avoid this, cover up the remote sensor on the sub room amplifier.
  • Page 79: The Pioneer Sr System: Operating Other Pioneer Components

    • When operating MULTI ROOM & SOURCE with the MULTI ROOM & SOURCE OUT jacks connected to a sub room amplifier which bears the PIONEER component with an CONTROL terminals and has a remote sensor, both the IR receiver and the amplifier may receive remote control commands (making correct operation impossible).
  • Page 80: 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 81: Performing Multi Operations

    10 Select EXIT and press ENTER again. You will exit the REMOTE SETUP menu and return to normal operation. 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- mand for that unit is entered in the MULTI OPERA- TIONS settings.
  • Page 82: System Off

    For example, you can program the unit to stop your DVD, turn off your TV and turn off your DVD player. You don't need to program power off for PIONEER components, they will go off automatically in this mode.
  • Page 83: Using System Off

    The remote control must be on to be able to use this command but it can be in any mode. All the components programmed into the SYSTEM OFF mode will stop and/or go off. The receiver and Pioneer components will go off as well. Using Other Functions...
  • Page 84: Editing Remote Control Display Names

    Using Other Functions Editing Remote Control Display Names Use this capability to rename the display on the remote control for different MULTI CONTROL buttons (DVD/LD, etc.). For example, you could change TV to DVD2. In this way you can personalize your system. This is similar to the feature on page 93 but that feature changes the display on the receiver.
  • Page 85: Editing Buttons Names (key Label)

    Editing Button Names (KEY LABEL) Use the KEY LABEL capability to rename the display on the remote control for different buttons (keys). You would want to do this if you taught a specific button a new operation. SETUP S0URCE SYSTEM RECEIVER VCR1/ DVD/LD TV/SAT...
  • Page 86: Adjusting The Light On The Remote Control

    Using Other Functions Adjusting the Light on the Remote Control This feature allows you to adjust the brightness of the light on the remote control. S0URCE DVD/LD TV/SAT MULTI CONTROL VCR2 VIDEO CD-R/ TAPE1 TAPE2 DIMMER LOUDNESS SIGNAL SEL VIDEO SEL HI-BIT SYSTEM SETUP MENU...
  • Page 87: Clearing Remote Control Settings You Have Input

    Clearing Remote Control Settings You Have Input This feature allows you to clear a particular setting, or all of the settings from a function in the REMOTE SETUP menu. SETUP S0URCE SYSTEM RECEIVER VCR1/ DVD/LD TV/SAT TV CONT MULTI CONTROL MULTI VCR2 VIDEO...
  • Page 88: Resetting The Main Unit

    PHONES TONE CONTROL SETUP SPEAKERS TONE BASS/TREBLE 1 While holding down the TONE AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER VSX-45TX button press the STANDBY/ON MULTI CHANNNEL ACOUSTIC CALIBRATION STEREO/DIRECT MULTI CH IN ACOUSTIC EQ button for about three seconds. MASTER VOLUME STATION TUNING...
  • Page 89: 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 90: Thx Cinema Setup

    Fine Tuning Your System THX CINEMA Setup This setup lets you choose which decoding method for 2 channel sources the receiver will use for THX CINEMA. For more information on the decoding (playback) formats see "Techno Tidbits" starting on page 105. SETUP S0URCE SYSTEM RECEIVER...
  • Page 91: Assigning The Digital Inputs

    Assigning the Digital Inputs If you did not hook up your digital equipment in accordance with the default settings for the digital inputs (see pages 17,19 & 22–23) 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 corre- spond to what you have hooked up.
  • Page 92: Assigning The Component Video Inputs

    Fine Tuning Your System 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).
  • Page 93: Function Rename

    FUNCTION RENAME Use the FUNCTION RENAME capability to rename the display on the receiver and your OSD for different functions (DVD, etc.). For example, you could rename VCR1/DVR as DVR-7000. For this particular setup using the controls on the front panel is more convenient than using the remote control. Use the MULTI JOG dial instead of the 5∞...
  • Page 94: Phono/line Setup

    Fine Tuning Your System PHONO/LINE Setup The PHONO/LINE setup allows you to decide whether you'll hook up a turntable or a line level component (most components, like CD players and DVD players, are line level). VCR1/ DVD/LD TV/SAT MULTI CONTROL VCR2 VIDEO CD-R/...
  • Page 95: 12v Trigger

    12V TRIGGER This feature allows you to hook up equipment (for example, a relay device) to this receiver that will send a power signal automatically when you select the function turned on here (for example, DVD/LD). To use this feature follow the steps below. VCR1/ DVD/LD TV/SAT...
  • Page 96: Expert Setup

    Fine Tuning Your System 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 AUTO setup (page 13–15), QUICK setup (page 38) or NORMAL setup (page 39–43). These settings are to further heighten your surround sound.
  • Page 97: Crossover Network

    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 98: Fine Channel Level

    Fine Tuning Your System 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 42). 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 99: Fine Channel Delay

    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 43). Adding a slight delay to some speakers is necessary to achieve proper sound depth, separation as well as an effective surround sound effect.
  • Page 100: Acoustic Cal Eq

    Fine Tuning Your System ACOUSTIC CAL EQ This setting is a kind of room equalizer for your speakers and is set automatically if you did the AUTO SURROUND SOUND SETUP (see pages 13–15), which we strongly recommend. It balances the frequency response between your speakers.
  • Page 101 For explanation purposes the illustrations use ALL CH ADJUST. Acoustic Cal EQ CUSTOM1 ADJUST CUSTOM2 ADJUST DATA COPY DATA CHECK [Exit Acoustic Cal EQ ALL CH ADJUST FRONT ALIGN [Exit ALL CH ADJUST Front Center Front Surround SurrBack SurrBack Surround [Exit ] Center EQ 63Hz...
  • Page 102 Fine Tuning Your System Center EQ 63Hz 2. 0dB 125Hz 2. 5dB 250Hz 4. 0dB 4 kHz 5. 5dB 11.3 kHz 0. 5dB TRIM 1. 0dB [Exit] Center EQ 63Hz 2. 0dB 125Hz 2. 5dB 250Hz 4. 0dB 4 kHz 5.
  • Page 103: Bass Peak Level

    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 limit the peak level for the LFE channel. If continuing from the preceding page the BASS PEAK LEVEL should be selected.
  • Page 104: Dynamic Range Control

    Fine Tuning Your System 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 105: 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-45TX Dolby Pro Logic II may not have the memo above mentioned functions.
  • Page 106: Dolby Digital Surround Ex

    Techno Tidbits & Problem-solving 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 107: 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 108: Schemata Of Setup Screens

    [Exit] Component-In Select Component-1 [DVD/LD Component-2 [ TV/SAT ] [Exit ] DVD/LD TV/SAT [ VCR1/DVR ] VCR2 F.VIDEO PHONO [ MD/TAPE2 ] [VARIABLE [PIONEER [OFF] [OFF] [OFF] [OFF] [OFF] [OFF] [OFF] [OFF] [OFF] [OFF] [OFF] SurrBack System Normal System [ Secound Zone [ MR&S...
  • Page 109: 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 110 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 111: 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 112 Techno Tidbits & Problem-solving Symptom No audio No sound is output when a function is selected. 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.
  • Page 113 Symptom Cause Sound is produced from • SIGNAL SELECT is set incorrectly. some components, but not from digital components. • The digital inputs are assigned incorrectly, or not at all. • The digital components aren't connected properly. • The player is not compatible with the source you're using, or the player settings are incorrect.
  • Page 114 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 115: Front Panel

    Symptom Cause During playback of a 96kHz • SIGNAL SELECT is set to ANALOG source, the display doesn't show 96kHz Remote control Cannot be remote • The remote control batteries have worn controlled. out. • Too far away or improper angle of operation.
  • Page 116: Preset Code Brands

    If you can’t find a preset code brands that matches the component you want to control, you can still teach the remote individual commands from another remote control (see pages 64-65). Brand PIONEER DENON PHILIPS PANASONIC...
  • Page 117 Brand PIONEER PANASONIC ADMIRAL PHILCO AIWA PHILIPS AKAI PHONOLA ALBA PORTLAND PROSCAN BESTAR QUASAR BLAUPUNKT RADIO BLUE SKY RADIO SHACK BRANDT RADIOLA BROCSONIC RCA/PROSCAN BUSH SABA CLATRONIC SAMSUNG CRAIG SANYO CROSLEX SCHNEIDER CURTIS MATHIS SCOTT DAEWOO SHARP DAYTRON SIEMENS DUAL...
  • Page 118 Techno Tidbits & Problem-solving 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 119: Specifications

    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 120 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/02K00001> 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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