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.
Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. "Dolby", "Pro Logic", "Surround EX", and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. "DTS" ,"DTS-ES Extended Surround" and "Neo:6" are trademarks of Digital Theater Systems, Inc.
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/R6 dry cell batteries x2 • Remote control • These operating instructions Installing the receiver Please note the following points: •...
Before you start Incorrect use of batteries may result in such hazards as leakage and bursting. Observe the following precautions: • Never use new and old batteries together. • Insert the plus and minus sides of the batteries properly according to the marks in the battery case.
5 minute guide Chapter 2: 5 minute guide Introduction to home theater You are probably used to using stereo equipment to listen to music, but may not be used to home theater systems that give you many more options (such as surround sound) when listening to soundtracks.
VIDEO OUT Connect your speakers. A complete setup of speakers is shown here (six speakers for the VSX-D712, and eight for the VSX-D812), but everyone’s home setup will vary. Simply connect the speakers you have in the manner shown below. The receiver will work with just two stereo speakers (the front speakers in the diagram) but using at least three speakers is recommended, and a complete setup is best.
VCR / FRONT CENTER TV / MONITOR T V / / LD FRONT D V D 5.1CH INPUT WOOFER DVD / CD-R PREOUT / MD SURROUND BACK PLAY S-VIDEO ø (T V / SAT) IN SURROUND FRONT AC OUTLET VSX-D712...
5 minute guide Front speakers Center speaker DIGITAL ANTENNA MONITOR OUT VCR / CONTROL (CD-R/TAPE/MD) VIDEO VCR / TV / (TV / SAT) ASSIGNABLE COAX MONITOR T V / / LD DIGITAL FRONT (CD) D V D 7.1CH SUB W. COAX INPUT DVD /...
5 minute guide • If you are using only one surround back speaker, connect the positive wire to the right channel ( + ) terminal, and the negative wire to the left channel ( – ) terminal (shown below). • If you select subwoofer ( SB SW ) in the Surround back speaker setting on page 46 you can hook up a subwoofer instead of speakers to the surround back speaker terminals.
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.
5 minute guide Use the MULTI JOG dial to choose your listening position. Cycle between the following choices: BACK FWD – If you are nearer to the front speakers than the surround speakers MID – If you are equal distance from the front and surround speakers BACK –...
Connecting up Chapter 3: Connecting up • Before making or changing any connec- tions, switch off the power and discon- nect the power cord from the AC outlet. Audio/Video cords Use audio/video cords (not supplied) to connect the audio/video components and a video cord to connect the monitor TV.
(for example, the coaxial output from the component to coaxial input on the receiver). The VSX-D712 has three digital inputs on the rear panel (two coaxial inputs and an optical input) and the VSX-D812 has four (two coaxial inputs and two optical inputs).
AC outlet. • The arrows indicate the direction of the signal. OUTPUT CD player REC PLAY CD-R/Tape/MD deck * The illustration shows the VSX-D812, but connections for the VSX-D712 are the same. This receiver* FM UNBAL LOOP Ω DIGITAL...
/ MD PLAY AUDIO * The illustration shows the VSX-D812, but connections for the VSX-D712 are the same. • The multi-channel input can only be used when DVD 5.1 ch (or DVD 7.1 ch ) is selected (see page 43).
(or Satellite tuner) OUTPUT VIDEO DVD or LD player * The illustration shows the VSX-D812, but connections for the VSX-D712 are the same. Connecting to the front panel video terminal Front video connections are accessed via the front panel using the VIDEO button. There are standard audio/video jacks as well as an S-video jack.
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). Always make sure that the receiver is switched off and unplugged from the wall outlet before making or changing any connections.
Connecting up Connecting the speakers (VSX-D712) A complete setup of six speakers (including the subwoofer) is shown below, but everyone’s home setup will vary. Simply connect the speakers you have in the manner shown below. The receiver will work with just two stereo speakers (the front speakers in the diagram) but using at least three speakers is recommended, and a complete setup is best.
Connecting up Connecting the speakers (VSX-D812) A complete setup of eight speakers (including the subwoofer) is shown below, but everyone’s home setup will vary. Simply connect the speakers you have in the manner shown below. The receiver will work with just two stereo speakers (the front speakers in the diagram) but using at least three speakers is recommended, and a complete setup is best for surround sound.
Connecting up • When using the speaker on your TV as the center speaker (C), connect the CENTER PREOUT jack on this unit to the audio input jack on your TV. In this case the center speaker shown is unnecessary. •...
Connecting up • Place the front left and right speakers at equal distances from the TV. • When placing speakers near the TV, we recommend using magnetically shielded speakers to prevent possible interference, such as discoloration of the picture when the TV is switched on.
Connecting up 3-D view of 6.1 channel speaker setup Overhead view of 7.1 channel speaker setup Front Center Left Surround Left Listening Position Surround Back Surround Back Left 3-D view of 7.1 channel speaker setup Front Right Subwoofer Surround Right Right...
D712. Make the connections shown below to add amplifiers to power your speakers. Always make sure that the receiver is switched off and unplugged from the wall outlet before making or changing any connections. • The arrows indicate the direction of the audio signal. VSX-D712 DIGITAL VCR / TV /...
• If you’re not using a subwoofer, change the front speaker setting (see Speaker setting on page 45) to large. • VSX-D712 only – If you connect to a surround back speaker, make sure the Surround back speaker setting on page 46 is switched on and set to the proper speaker size.
Operating other Pioneer components By connecting a control cord (optional), you can point the remote controls of other Pioneer components at the receiver’s remote sensor. The remote control signals are received by the remote sensor of this unit, and sent to the other devices via the CONTROL OUT terminals on the receiver.
Controls and displays Chapter 4: Controls and displays Front panel DVD/LD TV/SAT VCR/DVR VIDEO CD-R/ TAPE/MD TUNER STANDBY STANDBY / ON PULL OPEN PHONES STATION TUNER EDIT CLASS MULTI JOG 24 23 22 21 20 19 STANDBY/ON Switches the receiver between on and standby.
Controls and displays STATION +/– buttons Selects station presets when using the tuner (page 55). 10 TUNING +/– buttons Selects the frequency when using the tuner (page 54). 11 LISTENING MODE buttons STANDARD Press for Standard decoding and to switch between the various Pro Logic II and Neo:6 options (page 38).
Controls and displays Display SIGNAL SELECT indicators Lights to indicate the type of input signal assigned for the current component: AUTO Lights when AUTO signal select is on. Depending on the source, this lights when a signal with surround back channel encoding is detected.
Controls and displays 13 ADV.SURR. (Advanced Surround) Lights when one of the Advanced Surround modes has been selected. 14 LOUDNESS Lights when LOUDNESS has been selected. 15 TUNER indicators STEREO Lights when a stereo FM broadcast is being received in auto stereo mode. MONO Lights when the mono mode is set using the MPX button.
Controls and displays Remote control RECEIVER SOURCE INPUT SELECT MULTI CONTROL DVD/LD TV / SAT VCR/DVR TV CONT CD-R/TAPE TUNER RECEIVER ADVANCED STEREO/ MIDNIGHT/ STANDARD SURROUND DIRECT LOUDNESS TEST SELECT LEVEL TONE EFFECT DIMMER MUTE RECEIVER CONTROL MASTER VOLUME TOP MENU SETUP TUNE DTV MENU...
Controls and displays FL DIMMER Dims or brightens the display. MASTER VOLUME +/– Use to set the listening volume. Receiver and component control buttons (Press the corresponding MULTI CONTROL button first to access). These controls function according to the component you’ve selected. TOP MENU Displays the disc ‘top’...
Controls and displays D.ACCESS After pressing, you can access a radio station directly using the number buttons (page 54). Number buttons Use the number buttons to directly select a radio frequency (page 54) or the tracks on a CD, DVD, etc. CHANNEL +/–...
Playing sources Chapter 5: Playing sources Introduction to Sound Modes There are three basic sound options: Stereo/ Direct (STEREO/DIRECT), Standard (STAN- DARD) or Advanced Surround (ADVANCED SURROUND). Stereo/Direct When you select STEREO or DIRECT, you will hear the source through just the front left and right speakers (and possibly your subwoofer depending on your speaker settings).
Playing sources Neo:6 Music (MUSIC) This mode gives 6.1 channel surround sound and is suitable for music. The Neo:6 Music mode plays the stereo source as is through the front left/right speakers, and generates a natural, ambient surround and center sound. Advanced Surround modes These are designed to be used with multi- channel surround sound audio/visual...
The AUTO setting automatically switches to DIGITAL if a digital source is detected, other- wise the signal select will be ANALOG. DVD 5.1ch (VSX-D712) and DVD 7.1ch (VSX- D812) will only appear when DVD/LD is selected. When set to DIGITAL or AUTO, 2 DIGITAL lights when a Dolby Digital signal is input, and DTS lights when a DTS signal is input.
Playing sources Start playback of the component you selected in step 1. • You can’t use the STANDARD mode with 96kHz PCM or DTS 96kHz/24-bit stereo sources. Using Stereo/Direct When you select STEREO or DIRECT, you will hear the source through just the front left and right speakers (and possibly your subwoofer depending on your speaker settings).
Playing sources Using the Surround Back Channel (SB CH) • Default setting: SB ON (VSX-D812), SB OFF (VSX-D712) You can have the receiver automatically switch to Dolby Digital EX or DTS-ES decoding for 6.1 encoded sources (SB AUTO), or you can choose to listen to other kinds of sources (for example, 5.1 encoded...
Playing sources Using the Virtual Surround Back mode (VSB) Selecting this mode allows you to hear a virtual back channel through your surround speakers. For example, you can choose to listen to sources with no surround back channel information (for example, 5.1 encoded material) with emulated 6.1 encoding (VSB ON).
Playing sources Using Midnight and Loudness listening The Midnight listening feature allows you to hear effective surround sound of movies at low volume levels. The effect automatically adjusts according to the volume at which you’re listening. The Loudness listening feature can be used to get good bass and treble from music sources at low volume levels.
Playing sources Start playback of the component you selected in step 1. Selecting the multi-channel analog inputs If you have connected a decoder or a DVD player with multi-channel analog outputs to this receiver (page 18), you must select the analog multi-channel inputs for surround sound playback.
Refer to the following pages for details on each of the settings. • If you are using the Pioneer S-FCRW230/ 730 speaker system, make sure the Subwoofer setting is set to YES and the Speaker setting is set to FS-CS-SS.
Setting up the receiver Surround right speaker distance setting (page 48) Specify the distance from your listening position to your surround right speaker. Surround back speaker distance setting (page 48) Specify the distance from your listening position to your surround back speakers. Surround left speaker distance setting (page 48) Specify the distance from your listening...
Setting up the receiver One of the following configurations should match your setup: FS-CS-SS FL-C -S FL-C -SS FL-C -SL FL-CS-S FL-CS-SS FL-CS-SL Surround back speaker setting • Default setting: S (VSX-D812), D712) You must let the receiver know if surround back speaker(s) have been connected, and how big they are.
Setting up the receiver We recommend setting this to 200Hz if your S speakers are smaller bookshelf-type speakers. • to specify the crossover frequency for your small speakers (100 Hz, 150 Hz or 200 Hz). 100Hz 150Hz 200Hz 100Hz Sends bass frequencies below 100 Hz to the subwoofer (or L speakers).
Setting up the receiver • to set the distance of the center speaker from the main listening position (within the range of 0.5 ft. to 45 ft.). • When C is selected in the speaker setting, the center speaker distance can’t be set.
Setting up the receiver Subwoofer distance setting • Default setting: 10 ft. Like your speakers, you should set the distance of the subwoofer accurately to hear sounds from all speakers at the same time. • to set the distance of the subwoofer from the main listening posi- tion (within the range of 0.5 ft.
Setting up the receiver Surround back channel input setting (VSX-D812 only) • Default setting: SB 2ch IN You only have to make this setting if you are using a seperate component for decoding DVDs, and the component has only one surround back channel output.
Setting up the receiver Manually calibrating your listening area (MCACC) You can use the Multi-Channel Acoustic Cali- bration (MCACC) system to fine tune your speaker levels and channel delay. These are calibrated according to the distance from your left front speaker to the listening posi- tion.
Setting up the receiver The test tone for channel delay is output in the same order as step 5: After you have completed all the channels in your speaker setup, the volume level returns to normal and COMPLETE, then RESUME shows in the display.
Setting up the receiver Press MASTER VOLUME +/– to adjust the volume to an appropriate level. Use LEVEL +/– to adjust the speaker levels in turn. You should hear the test tone at the same volume from each speaker when seated in the main listening position.
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.
Using the tuner Press D.ACCESS (Direct Access). Use the number buttons to enter the frequency of the radio station. For example, to tune to 106.00 (FM), press 1 , 0 , 6 , 0 , 0 . STEREO 106.00 If you make a mistake halfway through, press D.ACCESS twice to cancel the frequency and start over.
Using the tuner Press ENTER. After pressing ENTER , the preset class and number stop blinking and the receiver stores the station. Naming station presets For easier identification, you can name your station presets. Choose the station preset you want to name.
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...
Controlling the rest of your system Chapter 9: Controlling the rest of your system Setting the remote to control other components There are several ways to set your remote to control the other components in your system. The easiest way to do this is to assign the component’s manufacturer preset code (starting on page 63) to one of the MULTI CONTROL buttons on the remote control.
Controlling the rest of your system If the correct code has been input the power of the component being input will turn on or off. The power of the component being input will only turn on or off if that component is able to be turned on directly by remote control.
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 58 for more on this). Use the MULTI CONTROL buttons to select the component. Button(s) Function Switches the DTV on or off.
Controlling the rest of your system Button(s) Function & Select or adjust and navigate items on the menu screen. ENTER ENTER brings up the DTV menus. Press to select or adjust and navigate items on the menu screen. • The four TV CONTROL buttons on the remote control are dedicated to control the TV assigned to the TV CONT button.
Controlling the rest of your system Button (s) Function 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.
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. Problem Remedy The power does not turn on.
Additional information Problem Broadcast stations cannot be selected automatically. No sound from surround or center speakers. No sound from surround back speakers. No sound from subwoofer. Noise during playback of a cassette deck. Sound is produced from other components, but not from LD or DVD player.
Additional information • If the unit does not operate normally due to external effects such as static electricity discon- nect the power plug from the outlet and insert again to return to normal operating condi- tions. Resetting the main unit Use this procedure to reset all the receiver’s settings to the factory default.
Additional information 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 0.2 %** total harmonic distortion (front). Continuous power output (stereo) Front....100 W per channel (20–20,000 Hz, THD 0.2 %, 8 Ω) Continuous power output (surround) Front.