Sony STR-DA9000ES Operating Instructions Manual

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Owner's Record
The model and serial numbers are located on the rear of the unit. Record the serial
number in the space provided below. Refer to them whenever you call upon your
Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No.
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©2003 Sony Corporation

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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    Owner’s Record The model and serial numbers are located on the rear of the unit. Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to them whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. Serial No.

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    ENERGY STAR® is a U.S. registered mark. As an ENERGY STAR® partner, Sony Corporation has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR® guidelines for energy efficiency. For customers in the United States...

  • Page 3: About This Manual, Important Safety Instruction

    For customer in Canada CAUTION TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, MATCH WIDE BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT. Important Safety Instruction 1 Read these instructions. 2 Keep these instructions. 3 Heed all warnings. 4 Follow all instructions. 5 Do not use this apparatus near water. 6 Clean only with dry cloth.

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Getting Started 1: Check how to hookup your components ... 6 1a: Connecting components with digital audio output jacks ... 8 1b: Connecting components with multi channel output jacks... 11 1c: Connecting components with only analog audio jacks ... 13 2: Connecting the antennas ...

  • Page 6: Components

    Getting Started 1: Check how to hookup your components Steps 1a through 1c beginning on page 8 describe how to hook up your components to this receiver. Before you begin, refer to “Connectable components” below for the pages which describe how to connect each component.

  • Page 7: Required Cords

    • When connecting optical digital cords, insert the cord plugs straight in until they click into place. • Do not bend or tie optical digital cords. If you have Sony components with CONTROL A1II/CONTROL S jacks See “CONTROL A1II Control System” on page 55.

  • Page 8: A: Connecting Components With Digital Audio Output Jacks

    1a: Connecting components with digital audio output jacks Hooking up a DVD player, LD player, VCR, TV monitor, or satellite tuner For details on the required cords (A–J), see page 7. 1 Connect the audio jacks. OUTPUT OUTPUT DIGITAL OPTICAL DIGITAL COAXIAL DIGITAL...

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    2 Connect the video jacks. The following illustration shows how to connect a TV or satellite tuner and a DVD player with COMPONENT VIDEO (Y, P video input jacks allows you to enjoy higher quality video. You can upconvert the video signals, and adjust the hue, etc.

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    Hooking up a CD/Super Audio CD player or MD/DAT deck For details on the required cords (A–J), see page 7. CD/Super Audio CD player OUTPUT AUDIO OUTPUT DIGITAL COAXIAL * Connect to either the CD/SACD COAXIAL IN or the CD/SACD OPTICAL IN jack. We recommend making connections to the CD/SACD COAXIAL IN jack.

  • Page 11: B: Connecting Components With Multi Channel Output Jacks

    1b: Connecting components with multi channel output jacks 1 Connect the audio jacks. If your DVD or Super Audio CD player is equipped with multi channel output jacks, you can connect it to this receiver’s MULTI CHANNEL INPUT jacks to enjoy the multi channel sound. Alternatively, the multi channel input jacks can be used to connect an external multi channel decoder.

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    2 Connect the video jacks. The following illustration shows how to connect a DVD player with COMPONENT VIDEO (Y, P /B-Y, P /R-Y) output jacks. Connecting a TV with component video input jacks allows you to enjoy higher quality video. You can upconvert the video signals, and adjust the hue, etc. of the converted signals (page 42).

  • Page 13: C: Connecting Components With Only Analog Audio Jacks

    1c: Connecting components with only analog audio jacks Hooking up audio components For details on the required cords (A OUTPUT AUDIO CD/Super Audio CD player AUDIO DIGITAL OPTICAL VIDEO 1 TAPE VIDEO 1 MD/DAT OUT 1 OUT 2 TV/SAT SACD CONTROL S MD/DAT FRONT...

  • Page 14: Hooking Up Video Components

    Hooking up video components If you connect your TV to the MONITOR jacks, you can watch the video from the selected input (page 25). You can also display the SPEAKER SET UP, LEVEL, SURR SET UP, EQUALIZER, CUSTOMIZE menu settings and sound fields on your TV by pressing ON SCREEN on the remote. For details on the required cords (A B, D DIGITAL...

  • Page 15: Connecting The Antennas


  • Page 16: Connecting Speakers

    3: Connecting speakers Connect your speakers to the receiver. This receiver allows you to use a 9.1 channel system. To fully enjoy theater-like multi channel surround sound requires five speakers (two front speakers, a center speaker, and two surround speakers) and a sub woofer (5.1 channel). You can enjoy high fidelity reproduction of DVD software recorded in the Surround EX format if you connect one additional surround back speaker (6.1 channel) or two surround back speakers (7.1 channel) (see “Selecting the surround back decoding mode”...

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    Required cords A Speaker cords (not supplied) (–) Surround speaker Sub woofer INPUT AUDIO COMPONENT ANTENNA VIDEO VIDEO 1 /B-Y /B-Y COAXIAL /R-Y /R-Y MONI /B-Y /B-Y TRIGGER /R-Y /R-Y FRONT SURROUND SURR BACK CENTER SUB WOOFER PRE OUT Surround back Front speaker (R) speaker (R) When you connect a sub woofer with an auto standby function, turn off the function when watching movies.

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    To connect certain speakers to another power amplifier, use the PRE OUT jacks. The same signal is output from both the SPEAKERS FRONT jacks and the PRE OUT jacks. For example, if you want to connect just the front speakers to another amplifier, connect that amplifier to the PRE OUT FRONT L and R jacks.

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    However, this large number of speakers may narrow the surround effect area. Thus, it may be more effective to set “VIR.SPEAKERS” in the SURR SET UP menu to “OFF”. Please note that the front L/R and center speakers are common to all modes, and this function only changes the use of the surround speakers.

  • Page 20: Connecting The Ac Power Cord

    4: Connecting the AC power cord Connect the supplied AC power cord to the AC IN terminal on the receiver, then connect the AC power cord to a wall outlet. AC OUTLET SPEAKERS SURROUND CENTER SURROUND BACK FRONT IMPEDANCE USE 4-16 A+B USE 8-16 Notes •...

  • Page 21: Setting Up The Speakers

    5: Setting up the speakers You can use the SPEAKER SET UP menu to set the size and distance of the speakers connected to this system. Press ?/1 to turn on the system. Rotate MAIN MENU to select “SPEAKER SET UP”. Rotate MENU to select the menu item you want.

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    • NO or MIX If you did not connect a center speaker, select “NO” or “MIX”. When set to “MIX”, the sound of the center speaker can be output from the front speakers without deteriorating the sound quality. For details, see “MIX SCALING”...

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    When placing two surround back speakers (The angle B should be the same) 30˚ 30˚ 100˚-120˚ 100˚-120˚ x CENTER XX feet (Center speaker distance) Initial setting: 10 feet Lets you set the distance from your listening position to the center speaker. You can adjust from 3 feet to 23 feet in 1 foot steps.

  • Page 24: Adjusting The Speaker Levels And Balance, Test Tone

    6: Adjusting the speaker levels and balance — TEST TONE Adjust the speaker levels and balance while listening the test tone from your listening position. Use the remote for these operations. For details on remote operations, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the remote. The receiver employs a test tone with a frequency centered at 800 Hz.

  • Page 25: Selecting The Component

    Amplifier Operation Selecting the component Rotate INPUT SELECTOR to select the input. The selected input appears in the display. To select the Display VIDEO 1, VIDEO 2, VIDEO 3 or VIDEO 4 Camcorder or TV game VIDEO 5 LD player DVD player Satellite tuner TV/SAT...

  • Page 26: Listening To Multi Channel Sound

    Listening to multi channel sound — MULTI CH IN You can select the audio directly from the components connected to the MULTI CHANNEL IN jacks. This enables you to enjoy high quality analog inputs like DVD or Super Audio CD. Surround effects and LIP SYNC (page 41) are not activated when using this input.

  • Page 27: Presetting Radio Stations

    Touch FM/AM to select FM or AM band. You can also use the FM/AM button on the receiver. Touch b to display screen 2/6. Touch DIRECT. Touch the numeric buttons to enter the frequency. Example 1: FM 102.50 MHz Touch 1 b 0 b 2 b 5 b 0 (You do not have to enter the last “0”...

  • Page 28: Changing The Display

    Each time you press the button, you can select the preset station as follows: tA1yA2y...yA0yB1yB2y...yB0T tC0y...yC2yC1T Using the remote (RM-TP2 only) Touch RM SELECT. Touch AMP, then touch TUNER. The input of the receiver switches to TUNER. Touch RM SELECT. Touch TUNER.

  • Page 29: About The Indications In The Display

    About the indications in the display INPUT AUTO I.LINK DIGITAL EX L.F.E. PRO LOGIC II MOVIE A SW: Lights up when sub woofer selection is set to “YES” (page 21). While this indicator lights up, the receiver creates a sub woofer signal based on the LFE signal in the disc being played back or the low frequency components of the front channels.

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    N EQ: Lights up when the equalizer is activated. O Tuner indicators: Lights up when using the receiver to tune in radio stations, etc. See pages 26–28 for tuner operations. P H.A.T.S.: Lights up when the connected i.LINK component is compatible with the H.A.T.S.

  • Page 31: Using Only The Front Speakers, Enjoying Higher Fidelity Sound

    Enjoying Surround Sound Using only the front speakers In this mode, the receiver outputs the sound from the front L/R speakers only. There is no sound from the sub woofer. Listening to 2 channel stereo sources (2CH STEREO) Standard 2 channel stereo sources completely bypass the sound field processing and multi channel surround formats are downmixed to 2 channel.

  • Page 32: Selecting A Sound Field

    Sound fields marked use DCS technology. DCS is the concept name of the surround technology for home theater developed by Sony. DCS uses the DSP (Digital Signal Processor) technology to reproduce the sound characteristics of an actual cinema cutting studio in Hollywood.

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    DC S x CINEMA STUDIO EX C Reproduces the sound characteristics of the Sony Pictures Entertainment scoring stage. This mode is ideal for watching musicals or films where orchestra music is featured in the soundtrack. D C S x V.MULTI DIMENSION Creates 5 sets of virtual speakers from a single pair of actual surround speakers.

  • Page 34: Selecting The Surround Back Decoding Mode, Surr Back Decoding

    x HEADPHONE THEATER Press MOVIE or MUSIC. Allows you to experience a theater-like environment while listening through a pair of headphones. To turn off the surround effect Press 2CH, or press A.F.D. to select “A.F.D. AUTO”. Enjoying the surround effect at low volume level (NIGHT MODE) This function allows you to retain a theater like...

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    How to select the surround back decoding mode You can select the surround back mode you want according to the input stream. When you select “AUTO” When the input stream contains the 6.1 channel decode flag decode the surround back signal. Input stream Output channel Dolby Digital 5.1...

  • Page 36: Assigning The Audio Input, Digital Assign

    Advanced Adjustments and Settings Assigning the audio input — DIGITAL ASSIGN You can assign the digital audio inputs to other inputs. This function is convenient in the following cases. (Example) When you have two DVD players and no digital audio input jack is available for the second DVD player.

  • Page 37: Switching The Audio Input Mode For Digital Components

    Switching the audio input mode for digital components — INPUT MODE You can switch the audio input mode for components for which this receiver has digital audio input jacks. Rotate INPUT SELECTOR to select the input. Press INPUT MODE repeatedly to select the audio input mode.

  • Page 38: Resetting Sound Fields To The Initial Settings

    Adjusting the LEVEL menu You can adjust the balance and level of each speaker. These settings are applied to all sound fields. Start playing a source encoded with multi channel surround effects (DVD, etc.). Rotate MAIN MENU to select “LEVEL”. Rotate MENU to select the parameter.

  • Page 39: Adjusting The Equalizer

    Adjusting the equalizer You can adjust the tonal quality (bass, midrange, treble level) of each speaker using the EQUALIZER menu. Midrange Bass Level (dB) Frequency (Hz) You can store up to 5 different equalizer settings in the equalizer bank (EQ BANK [1] – [5]) and apply them.

  • Page 40: Advanced Settings

    For advanced EQUALIZER menu adjustments Use the CUSTOMIZE menu and set “MENU EXPAND” to “ON” to enable advanced adjustments. For details on “MENU EXPAND”, see page 40. For details on how to set the items, see page 46. Advanced settings Using the CUSTOMIZE menu to adjust the receiver You can adjust various receiver settings using...

  • Page 41

    x i POWER (i.LINK power management) • AUTO Lets you turn off the power of the unnecessary i.LINK circuits automatically. You can enjoy high quality digital or analog audio without the influence of the i.LINK circuits. When set to “AUTO”, it takes some time to output the sound.

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    TUNER, PHONO and i.LINK, and “PCM” for DVD, CD/SACD and MD/DAT. You can use DECODE PRIORITY on the front panel. • AUTO Automatically switches the input mode between DTS, Dolby Digital, or PCM. • PCM PCM signals are given priority (to prevent interruption when playback starts).

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    Therefore, although it may result in a setting contrary to the above explanation, we recommend that you playback multi channel surround encoded software and select the setting that provides a good sense of spaciousness and that best succeeds in forming a cohesive space between the surround sound from the surround speakers and the sound of the front speakers.

  • Page 45

    Normally, select “STD”. • WET Select to increase front reverberations. x SCREEN DEPTH (Screen depth) Lets you create the sensation that the sound of the front speakers comes from inside the screen in your listening room, like theatres. • ON Lets you create the sensation that the sound comes from a very large screen with a great amount of screen depth.

  • Page 46

    hearing the dialog. If you did not install a center speaker, this parameter adjusts the level of the center channel as it is mixed with the sound of the front speakers. You can adjust from –3 dB to +3 dB in 0.5 dB steps.

  • Page 47: Custom Install Mode

    Custom install mode This receiver features the custom install modes described below. Depending on how you intend to use these features, use of these modes may require additional equipment (available separately) or modification of your listening environment. Please consult the retailer where you purchased this receiver for more information.

  • Page 48: Storing The Adjusted Settings, User Preset

    Storing the adjusted settings — USER PRESET You can store the adjusted sound field settings, etc. as user presets. You can store up to 3 user presets and easily apply then. Setting the USER PRESET Adjust the sound field, etc. For the settings you can store, see “Settings that can be stored in USER PRESET”.

  • Page 49: Naming Preset Stations And Inputs

    Other Operations Naming preset stations and inputs You can enter a name of up to 8 characters for preset stations and inputs selected with INPUT SELECTOR, and display it in the receiver’s display. To index a preset station Rotate INPUT SELECTOR to select tuner (“FM”...

  • Page 50: Using The Sleep Timer, Selecting The Speaker System

    Using the Sleep Timer You can set the receiver to turn off automatically at a specified time. Use the remote for this operation. Press SLEEP repeatedly while the power is Each time you press SLEEP, the display changes cyclically as follows: 2:00:00 t 1:30:00 t 1:00:00 t 0:30:00 t While using Sleep Timer, “SLEEP”...

  • Page 51

    Set to To select OFF** No speaker output. (All the sound output from SPEAKERS and PREOUT jacks are turned off.) * When the IMPEDANCE SELECTOR is set to “8 ”, connect speakers with a nominal impedance of 16 ohm or higher. When the IMPEDANCE SELECTOR is set to “4 ”, connect the speakers with a nominal impedance of 8 ohms or higher.

  • Page 52: Recording

    Recording Before you begin, make sure you have connected all components properly. Recording on an audio tape or MiniDisc You can record on a MiniDisc or cassette tape using the receiver. See the operating instructions of your cassette deck or MD deck if you need help.

  • Page 53: Listening To The Sound In Another Zone


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    2nd zone connections Main receiver Audio/video components STR-DA9000ES 3rd zone connections Main receiver Audio components STR-DA9000ES 2nd zone Speaker ZONE Amplifier/Receiver 3rd zone Speaker ZONE Amplifier/Receiver Monitor Speaker Speaker...

  • Page 55: Control A1ii Control System

    The CONTROL A1 control system has been updated to the CONTROL A1II which is the standard system in the Sony 300 disc CD changer and other recent Sony components. Components with CONTROL A1 jacks are compatible with components with CONTROL A1II, and can be connected to each other.

  • Page 56: Using Control S Control System

    Using CONTROL S Control System If you have a CONTROL S-compatible Sony TV, satellite tuner, monitor, DVD player or VCR, use a control S connecting cord (not supplied) to connect the CTRL S IN (for TV, satellite tuner, or monitor) or CTRL S OUT (for VCR, etc.) jack on the receiver to the...

  • Page 57: Connection

    i.LINK connection If you have the i.LINK component SCD- XA9000ES, connect to this receiver with an i.LINK cable (supplied with SCD-XA9000ES). This receiver is only compatible with i.LINK connections to the SCD-XA9000ES. i.LINK connections to SCD-XA9000ES through other components, and i.LINK connections to other component are not guaranteed.

  • Page 58: Precautions

    Do not use any type of abrasive pad, scouring powder or solvent such as alcohol or benzine. If you have any question or problem concerning your receiver, please consult your nearest Sony dealer.

  • Page 59: Troubleshooting

    Should any problem persist, consult your nearest Sony dealer. There is no sound no matter which component is selected. • Check that both the receiver and all components are turned on.

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    There is severe hum or noise. • Check that the speakers and components are connected securely. • Check that the connecting cords are away from a transformer or motor, and at least 3 meters away from a TV set or fluorescent light. •...

  • Page 61: Remote Control, Error Messages

    Turn off the receiver, leave the receiver for a while and turn on the power again. PROTECTOR/CHECK CODE 21 Turn off the receiver and consult your nearest Sony dealer. PROHIBITED/CHECK CODE 71 The receiver cannot output the sound due to the copyright protection.

  • Page 62: Specifications

    Specifications AUDIO POWER SPECIFICATIONS POWER OUTPUT AND TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION: (Models of area code U only) With 8 ohm loads, both channels driven, from 20 – 20,000 Hz; rated 170 watts per channel minimum RMS power, with no more than 0.09% total harmonic distortion from 250 milliwatts to rated output.

  • Page 63

    4) You can change the AM tuning scale to 9 kHz or 10 kHz. After tuning in any AM station, turn off the receiver. While holding down PRESET TUNING + or TUNING +, press ?/1. All preset stations will be erased when you change the tuning scale.

  • Page 64: List Of Button Locations And Reference

    List of button locations and reference pages How to use this page Use this page to find the location of buttons and other parts of the system that are mentioned in the text. Main unit ALPHABETICAL ORDER A.F.D. 7 (31, 32, 34) BASS eh (39) DECODE PRIORITY ws (41) Digital Cinema Sound indicator...

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  • Page 66: Index

    Index Adjusting CIS parameters 47 CUSTOMIZE parameters EQUALIZER parameter 39 LEVEL parameter 38 SPEAKER SET UP param- eters 21 speaker volume 24 SURR SET UP parameters Automatic tuning 26 Changing display 28 effect level 37 CIS 47 CIS menu 47 Clearing receiver’s memory 20 CONTROL A1 II 55 Crossover frequency 44...

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    Printed on 100% recycled paper using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)- free vegetable oil based ink. Sony Corporation Printed in Japan...

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