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Pioneer VSX-818V Operating Instructions Manual

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Operating Instructions

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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    • Receive free tips, updates and service bulletins on your new product • Improve product development Your input helps us continue to design products that meet your needs. • Receive a free Pioneer newsletter Registered customers can opt in to receive a monthly newsletter. Operating Instructions...

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    Wash hands after handling K057_En AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER VSX-918V-K, VSX-918V-S, VSX-818V-K, VSX-818V-S PIONEER ELECTRONICS SERVICE INC. 1925 E. DOMINGUEZ ST. LONG BEACH, CA 90801-1760, USA 1-800-421-1404 D3-4-2-2-1a_A_En...

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    IMPORTANT The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated "dangerous voltage" within the product's enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    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 5

    The Input Assign menu ....64 The Other Setup menu ....66 SR+ Setup for Pioneer flat panel TVs ..66 12 Additional information Troubleshooting .

  • Page 6: 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: • Setup microphone • Remote control unit • Dry cell batteries (AA size IEC R6) x2 • AM loop antenna •...

  • 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: Automatically Setting Up For Surround Sound (mcacc)

    GUIDE CATEGORY TUNE SETUP RETURN SUBTITLE AUDIO Above: VSX-918V (left) and VSX-818V (right) Try to be as quiet as possible after pressing ENTER. The system outputs a series of test tones to establish the ambient noise level. MASTER VOLUME MCACC...

  • Page 9

    5 minute guide Follow the instructions on-screen. • Make sure the microphone is connected. • If you’re using a subwoofer, it is automatically detected every time you switch on the system. Make sure it is on and the volume is turned up. •...

  • Page 10: Other Problems When Using The Auto Mcacc Setup

    5 minute guide You can also choose to view the settings by selecting individual parameters from the Analyzed Data Check screen: • Speaker Setting – The size and number of speakers you’ve connected (see page 42 for more on this) •...

  • Page 11: Connecting Up

    Connecting up Chapter 3: 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 Dvd Player And Tv

    COAXIAL on your (DVD / BD) IN and a stereo (TV / SAT) IN VSX-918V The illustration shows the VSX-918V, but connections for the VSX-818V are the same. DVD player ANALOG AUDIO OUT VIDEO OUT ANTENNA HDMI FM UNBAL CONTROL...

  • Page 13: Connecting The Multichannel Analog

    DVD/multi-channel decoder with multi-channel analog output jacks The illustration shows the VSX-918V, but connections for the VSX-818V are the same. Connecting a satellite receiver or other digital set-top box Satellite and cable receivers, and terrestrial digital TV tuners are all examples of so-called ‘set-top boxes’.

  • Page 14: Connecting Other Audio Components

    AUDIO OUT CD-R, MD, DAT, Tape recorder, etc. The illustration shows the VSX-918V, but connections for the VSX-818V are the same. About the WMA9 Pro decoder This unit has an on-board Windows Media Audio 9 Professional (WMA9 Pro) decoder, so...

  • Page 15: Connecting An Hdd/dvd Recorder, Vcr And Other Video Sources

    64). VSX-918V (DVD / BD) IN (TV / SAT) IN PLAY AUDIO OUT DVR, VCR, LD player, etc. The illustration shows the VSX-918V, but connections for the VSX-818V are the same. ANTENNA HDMI FM UNBAL CONTROL CD-R / TAPE (ASSIGNABLE)

  • Page 16: Using The Component Video Jacks

    COAX (DVD / BD) (ASSIGNABLE) AUDIO VSX-818V HDMI IN HDMI/DVI-compatible monitor or flat panel TV The illustration shows the VSX-818V, but connections for the VSX-918V are the same. DIGITAL AUDIO OUT OPTICAL COAXIAL ANTENNA FM UNBAL DIGITAL IN (TV / SAT)

  • Page 17: About Hdmi

    • The arrow on the cable connector body should be facing left for correct alignment with the connector on the player. VSX-818V model only: To hear audio from your HDMI component through this system, make analog and/or digital connections as necessary.

  • Page 18: Connecting To The Front Panel Audio

    Connecting up Connecting to the front panel audio mini jack Front audio connections are accessed via the front panel using the VIDEO/PORTABLE button. Press VIDEO/PORTABLE and select PORTABLE input. Use a stereo mini-jack cable to connect a digital audio player, etc. This receiver MCACC PORTABLE...

  • Page 19: 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 20: Connecting The Speakers

    AUDIO VIDEO VIDEO The illustration shows the VSX-918V, but connections for the VSX-818V are the same. You can use the speakers connected to the B speaker terminals to listen to stereo playback in another room. Make sure to review Hints on speaker placement on page 21 when placing the speakers in another room.

  • Page 21: Hints On Speaker Placement

    Connecting up Bare wire connections A-Speaker terminals: Twist exposed wire strands together. Loosen terminal and insert exposed wire. Tighten terminal. 10 mm (3/8 in.) B-Speaker terminals: Twist exposed wire strands together. Push open the tabs and insert exposed wire. Release the tabs. 10 mm (3/8 in.) Caution...

  • Page 22: Speaker Placement Diagrams

    Connecting up Caution • If you choose to install the center speaker on top of the TV, be sure to secure it with putty, or by other suitable means, to reduce the risk of damage or injury resulting from the speaker falling from the TV in the event of external shocks such as earthquakes.

  • Page 23: Controls And Displays

    Controls and displays Chapter 4: Controls and displays Front panel Illustration shows the VSX-918V model PHASE CONTROL STANDBY / ON INPUT SELECTOR PHONES SOUND RETRIEVER PHONES SOUND RETRIEVER VSB MODE STANDBY/ON INPUT SELECTOR dial Selects an input source. Input select buttons Selects an input source.

  • Page 24: Display

    Controls and displays 10 MCACC PORTABLE jack Use to connect a microphone when performing Auto MCACC setup, or connect an auxiliary component using a stereo mini-jack cable (page 18). 11 PHONES jack Use to connect headphones (when connected, there is no sound output from the speakers (except speaker system B connections)).

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    Controls and displays ANALOG Lights when an analog signal is detected. Lights when a source with DTS encoded audio signals is detected. Lights to indicate decoding of a DTS multichannel signal. 2 DIGITAL Lights to indicate decoding of a Dolby Digital multichannel signal.

  • Page 26: Remote Control

    Controls and displays Remote control Illustration shows the VSX-918V model RECEIVER INPUT SELECT MULTI CONTROL CD-R STEREO/ AUTO/DIRECT STANDARD A.L.C. ACOUSTIC PHASE DIALOG CH SEL MUTE MASTER VOLUME RECEIVER CONTROL ONE TOUCH COPY TUNE PARAMETER TOP MENU ENTER GUIDE CATEGORY TUNE SETUP SUBTITLE...

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    Controls and displays LEVEL +/– Use to adjust the channel levels. MASTER VOLUME +/– Use to set the listening volume. System Setup and Component control buttons The following button controls can be accessed after you have selected the corresponding MULTI CONTROL button (DVD, DVR, RECEIVER, etc.).

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    Controls and displays TUNER DISP* Switches between named station presets and radio frequencies (page 47). CLASS* Switches between the three banks (classes) of radio station presets (page 47). MPX* Switches between stereo and mono reception of FM broadcasts. If the signal is weak then switching to mono will improve the sound quality (page 46).

  • Page 29: Operating Range Of Remote Control

    Controls and displays Operating range of remote control The remote control may not work properly if: • There are obstacles between the remote control and the receiver’s remote sensor. • Direct sunlight or fluorescent light is shining onto the remote sensor. •...

  • Page 30: Listening To Your System

    Listening to your system Chapter 5: 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 WMA9 Pro sources). Auto playback The simplest, most direct listening option is the Auto Surround feature.

  • Page 31: Using The Advanced Surround Effects

    Listening to your system Using the Advanced surround effects The Advanced surround feature creates a variety of surround effects. Try different modes with various soundtracks to see which you like. STEREO/ AUTO/DIRECT STANDARD ADV SURR A.L.C. ACOUSTIC SOUND PHASE DIALOG RETRIEVER •...

  • Page 32: Using Front Stage Surround Advance

    Listening to your system Using Front Stage Surround Advance The Front Stage Surround Advance function allows you to create natural surround sound effects using just the front speakers and the subwoofer. STEREO/ AUTO/DIRECT STANDARD A.L.C. ACOUSTIC PHASE DIALOG • While listening to a source, press STEREO/ A.L.C.

  • Page 33: Listening With Acoustic Calibration Eq

    Listening to your system Listening with Acoustic Calibration EQ • Default setting: OFF / ALL CH (after the Auto MCACC Setup or EQ Auto Setting) You can listen to sources using the Acoustic Calibration Equalization set in Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 8 or Acoustic Calibration EQ on page 40.

  • Page 34: Setting The Av Options

    Listening to your system Setting the AV options There are a number of additional sound settings you can make using the AV Parameter menu. The defaults, if not stated, are listed in bold. Important • The AV Parameter menu is not available with DVD 5.1ch selected by SIGNAL SEL (SIGNAL SELECT) (see Choosing the input signal on page 36).

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    Listening to your system Setting What it does Specifies how dual mono encoded Dolby Digital DUAL MONO soundtracks should be played. Adjusts the level of dynamic range for movie soundtracks optimized for Dolby Digital and DTS (you may need to use (Dynamic Range this feature when listening to surround sound at low Control)

  • Page 36: Playing Other Sources

    Listening to your system Playing other sources Turn on the power of the playback component. Turn on the power of the receiver. Select the source you want to playback. Use the MULTI CONTROL buttons (INPUT SELECTOR). Start playback of the component you selected in step 1.

  • Page 37: The System Setup Menu

    4.Input Assign 5.Other Setup : Exit Above: VSX-918V (left) and VSX-818V (right) Note 1 If headphones are connected to the receiver, disconnect them. 2 • You can’t use the System Setup menu when the iPod, XM Radio, SIRIUS Radio or PORTABLE input is selected.

  • Page 38: Fine Channel Level

    The System Setup menu Important • For some of the settings below, you’ll have to connect the setup microphone to the front panel and place it about ear level at your normal listening position. See Automatically setting up for surround sound (MCACC) on page 8 if you’re unsure how to do this.

  • Page 39: Fine Speaker Distance

    The System Setup menu When it sounds like both tones are the same volume, press ENTER to confirm and continue to the next channel. 2a.Fine Channel Level + 0.0dB (Reference) 0.0dB ] +1.0dB –3.0dB ] [ +10.0dB ] –1.5dB ] :Finish •...

  • Page 40: Acoustic Calibration Eq

    The System Setup menu • If you want to go back and adjust a channel, simply use When you’re finished, press RETURN. You return to the Manual MCACC setup menu. Acoustic Calibration EQ Acoustic Calibration Equalization is a kind of room equalizer for your speakers (excluding the subwoofer).

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    The System Setup menu Select CUSTOM1 or CUSTOM2 then use to select the setting you want to copy. 2d.EQ Data Copy 2d.EQ Data Copy FROM CUSTOM1 CUSTOM1 CUSTOM1 CUSTOM2 CUSTOM2 CUSTOM2 Start Copy Start Copy :Cancel • You can also copy from one custom setting to another.

  • Page 42: Manual Speaker Setup

    The System Setup menu Checking your Acoustic Calibration EQ settings After you have completed an automatic or manual Acoustic Calibration EQ adjustment, you can check the ALL CH ADJUST, FRONT ALIGN and custom settings using the on- screen display. Select ‘EQ Data Check’ from the Manual MCACC setup menu.

  • Page 43: Crossover Network

    The System Setup menu Select ‘Speaker Setting’ from the Manual SP Setup menu. 3a.Speaker Setting 3.Manual SP Setup Front a.Speaker Setting Center b.Crossover Network Surr c.Channel Level SUB W. : d.Speaker Distance :Return Choose the set of speakers that you want to set then select a speaker size.

  • Page 44: Channel Level

    The System Setup menu Select ‘Crossover Network’ from the Manual SP Setup menu. 3.Manual SP Setup a.Speaker Setting b.Crossover Network c.Channel Level d.Speaker Distance :Return Choose the frequency cutoff point. Frequencies below the cutoff point will be sent to the subwoofer (or LARGE speakers). When you’re finished, press RETURN.

  • Page 45: Speaker Distance

    The System Setup menu Speaker Distance For good sound depth and separation from your system, you need to specify the distance of your speakers from the listening position. The receiver can then add the proper delay needed for effective surround sound. Select ‘Speaker Distance’...

  • Page 46: Using The Tuner

    Using the tuner Chapter 7: Using the tuner Listening to the radio The following steps show you how to tune in to FM and AM radio broadcasts using the automatic (search) and manual (step) tuning functions. If you already know the frequency of the station you want, see Tuning directly to a station below.

  • Page 47: Saving Station Presets

    Using the tuner Saving station presets If you often listen to a particular radio station, it’s convenient to have the receiver store the frequency for easy recall whenever you want to listen to that station. This saves the effort of manually tuning in each time.

  • Page 48: Making Recordings

    Making recordings Chapter 8: 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 49: Controlling The Rest Of Your System

    Operating other Pioneer components VSX-918V model only Many Pioneer components have SR CONTROL jacks which can be used to link components together so that you can use just the remote sensor of one component. When you use a remote control, the control signal is passed along the chain to the appropriate component.

  • Page 50: Selecting Preset Codes Directly

    Controlling the rest of your system Selecting preset codes directly RECEIVER SOURCE INPUT SELECT MULTI CONTROL TV CTRL PORTABLE iPod CD-R SIRIUS RECEIVER STEREO/ While pressing the RECEIVER button, press and hold the ‘ 1 ’ button. The LED blinks. Press the MULTI CONTROL button for the component you want to control.

  • Page 51: 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 Controlling the rest of your system on page 49 for more on this). Use the MULTI CONTROL buttons to select the component •...

  • Page 52: Controls For Other Components

    Controlling the rest of your system Controls for other components This remote control can control these components after entering the proper codes or teaching the receiver the commands (see Controlling the rest of your system on page 49 for more on this). Use the MULTI CONTROL buttons to select the component.

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    Controlling the rest of your system Button(s) Function ENTER / Chooses the disc. DISC Ejects the disc. Use as the ENTER button. Displays the setup screen for DVR players. Changes sides of the LD. TOP MENU Displays the disc ‘top’ menu of a DVD player. MENU Displays menus for the current DVD or DVR you are using.

  • Page 54: Preset Code List

    FUNAI 658 AIWA 660 NEC 659 Manufacturer Code GRANDIENTE 630 RCA 401, 413, 415 PIONEER 600, 667, 668, 669, ZENITH 403 670, 631, 632, 633, 634, MAGNAVOX 414 635, 636, 637, 638, 639 FISHER 412, 426, 427 PANASONIC 408, 432, 433,...

  • Page 55: Other Connections

    • Pioneer cannot under any circumstances accept responsibility for any direct or indirect loss arising from any inconvenience or loss of recorded material resulting from the iPod failure. 2 The controls of your iPod will be inoperable when connected to this receiver (Pioneer shows in the iPod display). Connecting your iPod to the receiver...

  • Page 56: Ipod Playback

    Other connections iPod playback To navigate songs on your iPod, you can take advantage of the OSD of your TV connected to this receiver. You can also control all operations for music in the front panel display of this receiver. Finding what you want to play When your iPod is connected to this receiver, you can browse songs stored on your iPod by...

  • Page 57: Using Xm Radio

    Other connections Switching the iPod controls You can switch over the iPod controls between the iPod and the receiver. Press iPod CTRL to switch the iPod controls. This enables operation and display on your iPod, and this receiver’s remote control and OSD become inactive.

  • Page 58: Listening To Xm Radio

    Other connections Listening to XM Radio After connecting, you will be able to use this receiver to select channels and navigate categories using the on-screen display. information displayed is as follows: XM Satellite Radio H i t s T h e B l e n d XM025 Elton John Candle In the Wind...

  • Page 59: Using The Xm Menu

    Other connections Listening to channel presets You will need to have some presets stored to do this. Press CLASS ( SHIFT +2) to select the class in which the channel is stored. Press repeatedly to cycle through classes A, B and C.

  • Page 60: Using Sirius Radio

    Other connections programming. There are three places to find your eight character XM Radio ID: On the XM Mini-Tuner, on the XM Mini-Tuner package, and on XM Channel 0. Record the Radio ID in the following eight squares for reference. Note: The XM Radio ID does not use the letters “I”, “O”, “S”...

  • Page 61: Listening To Sirius Radio

    Other connections • If after pressing SIRIUS the display shows Antenna Error, try disconnecting the antenna and reconnecting. shows Check Sirius Tuner, check the connection of the AC adapter and this receiver to the Sirius Connect tuner. Listening to SIRIUS Radio After connecting, you will be able to use this receiver to select channels and navigate categories using the on-screen display.

  • Page 62: Using The Sirius Menu

    Recall, Channel Skip/Add and Password Set in Resetting the main unit on page 72. Note 1 This receiver is compatible with all Pioneer flat panel TVs from 2003 onward. Using this receiver with a Pioneer flat panel TV (VSX-918V model only)

  • Page 63: Using The Sr+ Mode With A Pioneer

    • If you connect to a Pioneer flat panel TV using an SR+ cable, you will need to point the remote control at the flat panel TV remote sensor to control the receiver. In this case, you won’t be able to control the receiver using the remote control if you switch the flat panel TV off.

  • Page 64: Other Settings

    System Setup 1.Auto MCACC 2.Manual MCACC 3.Manual SP Setup 4.Input Assign 5.Other Setup : Exit Above: VSX-918V (left) and VSX-818V (right) Select ‘Input Assign’ from the System Setup menu. 4.Input Assign a.Digital Input b.Component Input c.HDMI Input Assigning the digital inputs •...

  • Page 65

    • If you assign an HDMI input(s) to a certain function, any HDMI inputs previously assigned to that function will automatically be switched off • VSX-818V model only: To hear audio from your HDMI component (through this system), you must also make separate audio connections to the corresponding inputs on the rear of the receiver.

  • Page 66: The Other Setup Menu

    SR+ cable. Note that the number of settings available will depend on the flat panel TV you’ve connected. See also Using this receiver with a Pioneer flat panel TV on page 62. Press RECEIVER on the remote control, then press the SETUP button.

  • Page 67: Additional Information

    The receiver suddenly switches • After about a minute (you won’t be able to switch the unit on during this time), off and the power indicator switch the receiver back on. If the message persists, call a Pioneer authorized blinks. independent service company.

  • Page 68: Hdmi

    • VSX-918V model only: Unplug anything connected to the CONTROL IN jack and use remote normally (see Operating other Pioneer components on page 49). • Reinsert the SR cable, making sure it’s connected to the right jack (see Using this receiver with a Pioneer flat panel TV on page 62).

  • Page 69: Important Information Regarding The Hdmi Connection

    – If the component is a DVI device, use a separate connection for the audio. • VSX-818V model only: Since the HDMI audio signal is sent through this receiver to your TV, you need to make separate connections for audio if you want to hear your HDMI component through this system.

  • Page 70: Ipod Messages

    Additional information iPod messages Symptom Cause Error I1 There is a problem with the signal path from the iPod to the amplifier. Error I2 The software version being used with the iPod needs to be updated. Error I3 The iPod that is not supported is connected. When the iPod software version is too old.

  • Page 71: Sirius Radio Messages

    Additional information Symptom Cause – – – – – – – – No artist name or song title is available for this selection. Upgrade XM The connected XM CNP-1000 is incompatible. This receiver features advanced technology that Tuner is designed for use with the XM Mini-Tuner. XM Power Error A short-circuit occurring in the antenna or surrounding antenna cable.

  • Page 72: Resetting The Main Unit

    Additional information Resetting the main unit Use this procedure to reset all the receiver’s settings to the factory default. Use the front panel controls to do this. Switch the receiver into standby. While holding down the ADVANCED SURROUND button, press and hold the STANDBY/ON button for about three seconds.

  • Page 73

    Additional information Video Section • Input (Sensitivity/Impedance) DVR/VCR, DVD/BD, TV/SAT ..1 Vp-p/75 • Output (Level/Impedance) DVR/VCR, MONITOR OUT ..1 Vp-p/75 • Frequency response DVR/VCR, DVD/BD, TV/SAT MONITOR .

  • Page 74: Power Cord Caution

    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. We Want You Listening For A Lifetime Used wisely, your new sound equipment will provide a lifetime of fun and enjoyment.

  • Page 75

    Within 40 days of receiving your complaint, Pioneer will investigate the dispute and will either: (1) respond to your complaint in writing informing you what action Pioneer will take, and in what time period, to resolve the dispute; or (2) respond to your complaint in writing informing you why it will not take any action.

  • Page 76

    Should this product require service in the U.S.A. and you wish to locate the nearest Pioneer Authorized Independent Service Company, or if you wish to purchase replacement parts, operating instructions, service manuals, or accessories, please call the number shown below.

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