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2-320-745-13 (1)
FM Stereo/
FM-AM Receiver
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.
STR-DA7100ES
Sony Corporation
©2005 Sony Corporation
Printed in Malaysia

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  • Page 1 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.
  • Page 2: Important Safety Instruction

    WARNING To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture. To prevent fire, do not cover the ventilation of the apparatus with news papers, table-cloths, curtains, etc. And don’t place lighted candles on the apparatus.
  • Page 3 WIDE BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT. Except for European model 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. European model only Disposal of Old Electrical &...
  • Page 4: About This Manual

    About This Manual • The instructions in this manual are for model STR- DA7100ES. Check your model number by looking at the lower right corner of the front panel. In this manual, model of area code UC is used for illustration purposes unless stated otherwise.
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    (Models of area code CEL only) ... 80 Custom install mode ... 82 Listening to the sound in another zone (2nd (3rd) zone operations) ... 84 Operating Sony components ... 87 Enjoying Surround Sound Using only the front speakers (2CH STEREO) ... 89...
  • Page 7 Using the Remote Menu list of the remote (Operating the receiver) ... 106 Selecting a component ... 108 Operate each component using the remote ... 109 Programming the remote ... 113 Performing several commands in sequence automatically (Macro Play) ... 115 Setting remote control codes that are not stored in the commander ...
  • Page 8: Getting Started

    Getting Started Description and location of parts Front panel Open the front cover.
  • Page 9 Name Function A ?/1 Press to turn the receiver on or off (page 44, 54, 55, 56, 57, 101). B HDMI/i.LINK Lights up in green lamp when HDMI, in blue when i.LINK is selected as a input source to playback (page 58).
  • Page 10 Name Function X i.LINK Press to select input of the component connected to the i.LINK jack (page 29, 58). Y VIDEO 3 INPUT To connect a video camera or TV game (page 42, 56). Z +/–, Adjust to select and MENU, enter menu and MAIN MENU...
  • Page 11 About the indicators on the display Name Function A SW Lights up when sub woofer selection is set to “YES” (page 49). While this indicator lights up, the receiver creates a sub woofer signal based on the L.F.E. signal in the disc being played back or the low frequency components of the front channels.
  • Page 12 Name Function C ;DIGITAL Lights up when Dolby (EX) Digital signals are input. “EX” lights up when Dolby Digital Surround EX signals are decoded. D INPUT Lights up constantly. One of the input indicators also lights up according to the current input.
  • Page 13 Name Function U H.A.T.S. Lights up when an H.A.T.S. signal is input from a component connected to the i.LINK jack (page 69). V DISCRETE Lights up when DTS-ES Discrete decoding is activated (page 96). W MATRIX Lights up when DTS-ES Matrix decoding is activated (page 96).
  • Page 14: Rear Panel

    MONITOR player, or a tuner. An OUT jack image and the sound are output to TV or a projector (page 39). i.LINK jack Connects to Sony Super Audio CD player: SCD- XA9000ES (page 29). B AUDIO INPUT/OUTPUT section AUDIO IN/...
  • Page 15: Speaker Section

    (page 43). D RS-232C jack Used for maintenance and service. E Control jack for Sony equipment and other external components CTRL A1II Connects to a Sony CD player and amplifier, tape deck etc., which has a CONTROL A1II jack (page 87).
  • Page 16 (page 113). If you press the ?/1 switch (A) at the same time, it will turn off the main component and other Sony audio/video components (SYSTEM STANDBY). Note The function of the AV ?/1 switch changes automatically each time you press INPUT SELECTOR (D).
  • Page 17 Name Function J MAIN MENU Press repeatedly to select a menu (LEVEL, SPEAKER SET UP, SURR SET UP, EQUALIZER, TUNER, CUSTOMIZE, CIS) for the receiver. K ON SCREEN Press to display the menus of the receiver on the TV screen. L TV VOL +**/–, Press to operate the TV.
  • Page 18 When you press any of the input buttons, the receiver turns on. The buttons are factory assigned to control Sony components as follows. You can change the button assignments following the steps in “Changing button assignments...
  • Page 19 Operating the components connected to the main receiver from the 2nd (or 3rd) zone Name Function I Operation The following table describes buttons* the function of the buttons. Button(s) Function Starts play. (Starts play on the front side of the cassette.) Starts play on the reverse side of the...
  • Page 20: 1: Installing Speakers

    1: Installing speakers This receiver allows you to use a 9.1 channel system (9 speakers and one sub woofer). Refer to “Quick Setup Guide” supplied with this operating instruction for speaker systems other than 5.1/7.1/9.1 channel systems. Enjoying a 5.1/7.1/9.1 channel system To fully enjoy theater-like multi channel surround sound requires five speakers (two...
  • Page 21: Channel System

    Enjoying a 9.1 channel system This receiver allows you to enjoy a 9.1 channel system. Example of a 9.1 channel speaker system configuration AFront speaker (L) BFront speaker (R) CCenter speaker DSurround speaker 2 (L) ESurround speaker 2 (R) FSurround back speaker (L) GSurround back speaker (R) HSub woofer ISurround speaker 1 (L)
  • Page 22: 2: Connecting Speakers

    2: Connecting speakers A Monaural audio cord (not supplied) B Speaker cords (not supplied) AFront speaker A (L) BFront speaker A (R) CCenter speaker DSurround speaker (L) ESurround speaker (R) FSurround back speaker (L) GSurround back speaker (R) HSub woofer •...
  • Page 23 sure of their impedance. (This information is often on the back of the speaker.) Alternatively, you may connect speakers with nominal impedances between 4 and 8 ohms to any or all of the speaker terminals. However, be sure to set the IMPEDANCE SELECTOR to “4 Ω”...
  • Page 24: 3a: Connecting The Audio Components

    Model with MULTI CH OUTPUT jacks, etc. This connection is used to output audio decoded by the component’s internal multi-channel decoder through this receiver. Model equipped only with AUDIO OUT L/R jacks, etc. If you have Sony components with CONTROL A1II/CONTROL S jacks See “Operating Sony components” on page After hooking up all your components, proceed to “4: Connecting the antennas”...
  • Page 25 Audio input/output jack to be connected The sound quality depends on the connecting jack. Refer to the illustration that follows. Select the connection according to the jacks of your components. Digital Analog High quality sound...
  • Page 26 Component with digital audio input/output jacks The following illustration shows how to connect a Super Audio CD player/CD player and an MD/DAT deck. Super Audio CD player/CD player A Optical digital cord (not supplied) B Audio cord (not supplied) C Coaxial digital cord (not supplied) D Audio cord (not supplied) MD/DAT deck...
  • Page 27 Notes on playing a Super Audio CD disc on a Super Audio CD player • No sound is output when playing a Super Audio CD disc on a Super Audio CD player connected to only the SA-CD/CD OPTICAL or SA-CD/CD COAXIAL IN jack on this receiver.
  • Page 28: Connecting Components With Multi Channel Output Jacks

    Connecting components with multi channel output jacks If your DVD or Super Audio CD player is equipped with multi channel output jacks, you can connect it to the MULTI CHANNEL INPUT jacks of this receiver to enjoy multi channel sound. Alternatively, the multi channel input jacks can be used to connect an external multi channel decoder.
  • Page 29 Components with i.LINK jacks If you have a Sony SCD-XA9000ES Super Audio CD Player, use the i.LINK cable supplied with the player. As of the date when this manual was published, this receiver is only compatible with i.LINK connections to the SCD- XA9000ES.
  • Page 30 • Sound fields and the A/V SYNC, Surround back decoding function are not activated when DSD signals are input to this receiver. • i.LINK is a designation referring to IEEE 1394- 1995 and IEEE 1394a-2000. i.LINK and “ ” are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
  • Page 31 Components with analog audio jacks The following illustration shows how to connect a component such as tape deck, turntable, etc., with analog jacks. Super Audio CD player/ CD player Turntable A Audio cord (not supplied) Note If your turntable has a ground wire, connect it to the (U) SIGNAL GND terminal.
  • Page 32: 3b: Connecting The Video Components

    DVD player Satellite tuner With HDMI jack Video camera, TV game, etc. If you have Sony components with CONTROL A1II/CONTROL S jacks See “Operating Sony components” on page page 35 page 37-38 page 41 page 39 page 42 page 42...
  • Page 33: Function For Conversion Of Video Signals

    Video INPUT/OUTPUT jack to be connected The image quality depends on the connecting jack. Refer to the illustration that follows. Select the connection according to the jacks on your components. TV monitor etc., INPUT jack Receiver MONITOR OUT jack Receiver INPUT jack Video component OUTPUT jack Notes •...
  • Page 34 Notes on converting video signals • You can convert only the 480i of component video signals into HDMI signals, S-VIDEO signals, or VIDEO signals. Signals are converted from 480i interlace scanning to 480p progressive scanning, then the signals are output. •...
  • Page 35 Hooking up a TV monitor The image from a visual component connected to this receiver and the menu of this receiver can be displayed on a TV screen. It is not necessary to connect all the cables. Connect audio and video cords according to the jacks of your components.
  • Page 36 Notes • Connect image display components such as a TV monitor or a projector to the MONITOR OUT jack on the receiver. You may not be able to record, even if you connect recording components. • The sound is output from the TV speaker only when a playback component and this receiver, as well as this receiver and the TV are connected by an HDMI.
  • Page 37: Connecting Audio

    Hooking up a DVD player The following illustration shows how to connect a DVD player. It is not necessary to connect all the cables. Connect audio and video cords according to the jacks of your components. 1 Connecting audio To output multi channel digital audio, set the digital audio output setting on the DVD player.
  • Page 38 2 Connecting video DVD player A Component video cord (not supplied) B S-video cord (not supplied) C Video cord (not supplied)
  • Page 39 DVD player A HDMI cable (not supplied) We recommend that you use a Sony HDMI cable. Note Check the HDMI AUDIO setting in the menu, if the sound is not output from the TV speaker or you cannot play back multi channel software with HDMI connected (page 70).
  • Page 40 HDMI features • A digital audio signal can be output from the speakers and the PRE OUT jack on this receiver. This signal supports Dolby Digital, DTS and linear PCM. • Analog video signals input to the video jack, S-video jack, or component video jack can be output as HDMI signals.
  • Page 41: Connecting A Satellite Tuner

    Connecting a satellite tuner The following illustration shows how to connect a satellite tuner. It is not necessary to connect all the cables. Connect audio and video cords according to the jacks of your components. A Audio cord (not supplied) B Optical digital cord (not supplied) C Coaxial digital cord (not supplied) D Component video cord (not supplied)
  • Page 42 Components with analog video and audio jack The following illustration shows how to connect a component which has analog jacks such as a VCR, etc. To the VIDEO 3 INPUT jacks Camcorder/TV game A Audio/video cord (not supplied) B S-video cord (not supplied) (Front panel)
  • Page 43: 4: Connecting The Antennas

    4: Connecting the antennas Connect the supplied AM loop antenna and FM wire antenna. * The shape of the connector varies depending on the area code of this receiver. Notes • To prevent noise pickup, keep the AM loop antenna away from the receiver and other components.
  • Page 44: 5: Connecting The Ac Power Cord

    5: 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. * A several space is left between the plug and the rear panel even when the power cord is inserted firmly.
  • Page 45: 6: Preparing The Remote

    Press MEMORY/ENTER while “ENTER to Clear ALL” appears on the display. After “MEMORY CLEARING...” appears on the display for a while, “MEMORY CLEARED!” appears. The following items are reset to their factory settings. • All settings in the SPEAKER SET UP, LEVEL, SURR SET UP, EQUALIZER, CUSTOMIZE, TUNER and CIS menus.
  • Page 46 AV SYSTEM2. If you repeat the same operation again, the setting will change to AV SYSTEM1 from AV SYSTEM2. When the Sony equipments are operated by remote of the receiver Change the setting of the receiver and remote to AV SYSTEM1.
  • Page 47: 7: Setting Up The Speakers

    7: 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. 2,3, Press ?/1 to turn on the receiver. Press MAIN MENU repeatedly to select “SPEAKER SET UP,” then press the control key.
  • Page 48 Setting up in using menus displayed on the TV screen Press ON SCREEN, then display a menu on the TV screen connected to this receiver. You can set up menus easily. 4,5, Turn on the receiver and the TV. Press ON SCREEN. Switch the input of the TV so that a setting menu is displayed on the TV screen connected to this receiver.
  • Page 49 x SPEAKER PATTERN (Speaker setup pattern) When “SP EASY SET UP” is set to “YES,” select the speaker setup pattern by moving and pressing the control key (You can also use +/– and MEMORY/ENTER on the receiver). Check your speaker pattern using the supplied “Quick Setup Guide.”...
  • Page 50: Speaker Distance

    • SINGLE If you connect only one surround back speaker, select “SINGLE.” The sound will be output to a maximum of 6.1 channels. • NO If you have not connected surround back speakers, select “NO.” • 2ND ZONE If you use the surround back speaker in the 2nd zone, select “2ND ZONE.”...
  • Page 51 x SURR BACK meter (Surround back speaker distance) Initial setting: 3.0 meter (10 feet) Lets you set the distance from your listening position to the surround back speaker. You can adjust this distance from 1.0 meter to 7.0 meters (3 to 23 feet) in 0.1 meter (1 foot) steps. If you connect two surround back speakers and both surround back speakers are not placed an equal distance from your listening position, set...
  • Page 52: Selecting The Speaker System

    Selecting the speaker system Set the SPEAKERS switch according to the front speakers you want to drive. Set to To select The speakers connected to the FRONT SPEAKERS A terminals. The speakers connected to the FRONT SPEAKERS B terminals. The speakers connected to both the FRONT SPEAKERS A and B terminals (parallel connection).
  • Page 53 Move the control key b to select “AUTO.” The test tone is output from each speaker in sequence. Also, if you press , the pattern will become the “FIX” pattern in, which the test tone is output from the selected speaker only.
  • Page 54: Playback

    Playback Listening to a Super Audio CD/CD • The operation is described for a Sony Super Audio CD. • Refer to the operating instructions supplied with the Super Audio CD player or CD player. You can select the sound field to suit the music.
  • Page 55: Watching A Dvd

    Watching a DVD • Refer to the operating instructions supplied with the TV and DVD player. Select the sound format of the disc to be played, if necessary. You can select the sound field to suit the music. Refer to page 93 for details.
  • Page 56: Enjoying Tv Games

    Enjoying TV games • Refer to the operating instructions supplied with the TV and TV game. You can select the sound field to suit the music. Refer to page 91 for details. Recommend sound field: GAME VIDEO 3 INPUT Turn on the TV and TV game. Turn on the receiver.
  • Page 57: Watching Video

    Watching video • Refer to the operating instructions supplied with the TV and VCR. You can listen to sound recorded in the 2 channel format from all speakers (multi channel). Refer to page 90 for details. Turn on the VCR. Turn on the receiver.
  • Page 58: Amplifier Operation

    Amplifier Operation Selecting a component Press INPUT SELECTOR, then select a component by moving and pressing the easy scroll key. You can also use INPUT SELECTOR on the receiver. To select a component connected to the i.LINK, HDMI or MULTI CH IN jack, press the appropriate button on the receiver.
  • Page 59: Switching The Audio Input Mode (input Mode)

    Notes • The surround effect does not work when MULTI CH IN is selected (page 92). • When you select an input other than “i.LINK” the receiver is set such that the power to the i.LINK circuits is off as the initial setting. (“i.POWER”...
  • Page 60: Naming Inputs

    Audio input modes • AUTO 2CH When there are no digital audio signals, the analog audio signals input to the AUDIO IN (L/R) jacks are selected. • COAXIAL FIXED Specifies the digital audio signals input to the DIGITAL COAXIAL jack. •...
  • Page 61: Listening To Digital Sound From Other Inputs (digital Assign)

    To create an index name Move the control key V/v to create an index name. Turn +/– on the receiver to select a character, then turn MENU to move the cursor to the next position. To enter a blank space Move the control key B/b without inputting a character.
  • Page 62 Press MAIN MENU repeatedly to select “CUSTOMIZE,” then press the control key. You can also use MAIN MENU on the receiver to select “CUSTOMIZE.” Move the control key V/v to select “DIGITAL ASSIGN ?.” You can also use MENU on the receiver. Press the control key.
  • Page 63: Watching Component Images From Other Inputs (component Video Assign)

    Watching component images from other inputs (COMPONENT VIDEO ASSIGN) You can assign a component video input to other inputs (VIDEO 1-3 IN etc.). For example, when you connect a DVD player to a DVD jack, connecting a TV to a COMPONENT MONITOR OUT jack and watching with a component image is done as follows.
  • Page 64: Watching Hdmi Image From Other Inputs (hdmi Video Assign)

    Watching HDMI image from other inputs (HDMI VIDEO ASSIGN) You can assign an HDMI video input to other input. 1,2, 3,4, Press MAIN MENU repeatedly to select “CUSTOMIZE,” then press the control key. You can also use MAIN MENU on the receiver to select “CUSTOMIZE.”...
  • Page 65: Storing The Adjusted Settings (user Preset)

    Storing the adjusted settings (USER PRESET) You can store the adjusted sound field settings, etc., as up to 3 USER PRESET settings, and then you can apply them easily. 2,3, Setting the USER PRESET Adjust the menu you want to store, for example, sound field, etc.
  • Page 66: Changing The Menu Setting

    Note When the DIGITAL ASSIGN setting is changed after you store a USER PRESET and if the stored INPUT MODE setting cannot be used, a selectable setting is applied automatically (page 61). Example: 1) Use the DIGITAL ASSIGN function to assign “DVD OPT”...
  • Page 67 Menu item and parameter The initial setting is marked with an underscore. Menu item Parameter MENU EXPAND (Menu expanding) SB DECODING AUTO (Surround back decoding) SB DEC MODE DDEX (Surround back decoding PLIIx MV mode) PLIIx MS DEC. PRIORITY (Digital audio input decoding priority) AUTO DUAL MONO...
  • Page 68 Menu item Parameter A/V SYNC 0 ms 9.1 CH SP SYSTEM (9.1 ch speaker system) MULTI IN5.1 t 7.1 (Multi channel input 5.1ch t 7.1ch) DC PHASE L. (DC Phase Linearizer) LOW-A, STD-A, HIGH-A, LOW-B, STD-B, HIGH-B i POWER AUTO (i.LINK power management) EVER ON...
  • Page 69 Menu item Parameter H.A.T.S. (H.A.T.S. (High quality digital Audio Transmission System) function) i.LINK VIDEO You can assign video input to an i.LINK input. i.LINK is selected as ASSIGN ? input and the i.LINK component to set up needs to be recognized when (i.LINK video input you do this operation (page 58).
  • Page 70 Menu item Parameter COMPONENT V. DVD, ASSIGN? TV/SAT, (Component Video NONE, Assign) VIDEO 1, VIDEO 2, VIDEO 3, DVD or TV/SAT, TAPE, MD/DAT, SA-CD/CD HDMI VIDEO NONE, ASSIGN ? VIDEO 1, (HMDI Video Assign) VIDEO 2, VIDEO 3, DVD, TV/SAT, TAPE, MD/DAT, SA-CD/CD...
  • Page 71 Menu item Parameter HDMI POWER AUTO EVER ON VIDEO CONVERT* ** ON PROGRESSIVE OUT* ** VIDEO BRIGHTNESS (Video brightness level)** VIDEO COLOR (Video chroma level)** VIDEO HUE (Video hue level)** COLOR SYSTEM (OSD color system) NTSC (Models of area code CEL only) OSD H.POSITION (OSD horizontal...
  • Page 72 Menu item Parameter NAME IN? Lets you set the name of inputs selected. For details, see “Naming (Naming inputs) inputs” on page 60. * Refer to the following table. The video input/output conversion table classified by menu setup of VIDEO CONVERT, PROGRESSIVE OUT CUSTOMIZE menu Input signal...
  • Page 73: Changing The Display

    Changing the display You can check the sound field, etc., by changing the information on the display. DISPLAY Press DISPLAY repeatedly. Each time you press DISPLAY, the display will change as follows. All inputs except “FM” and “AM” Index name and sound field name* y Input name and sound field name “FM”...
  • Page 74: Using The Sleep Timer

    Using the Sleep Timer You can set the receiver to turn off automatically at a specified time by using the remote. Press the < button repeatedly to display the RECEIVER menu. Move the easy scroll key to select SLEEP, then press the key repeatedly.
  • Page 75 Notes • Sound adjustments do not affect the signal output from the TAPE OUT or MD/DAT OUT jacks. • The audio signals input to the MULTI CHANNEL INPUT jacks are output only from the L/R sound of FRONT. To record digital sound Connect a component for playback to the digital audio input (OPTICAL IN) jack, and connect the recording component to the...
  • Page 76: Listening To Fm/am Radio

    Listening to FM/AM radio You can listen to FM and AM broadcasts through the built-in tuner. Before operation, make sure you have connected the FM and AM antennas to the receiver (see page 43). The tuning scale for direct tuning differs depending on the area code as shown in the following table.
  • Page 77: Storing Fm Stations Automatically (autobetical) (models Of Area Code Cel Only)

    Move the easy scroll key to select “FM/AM,” then select FM or AM by pressing the key. Each time you press the easy scroll key, the band switches to FM or AM. You can also use FM/AM on the receiver. Move the easy scroll key to select “DIRECT TUNING”...
  • Page 78: Presetting Radio Stations

    Hold down MEMORY/ENTER and press ?/1 to turn the receiver back on. “Autobetical select” appears on the display and the receiver scans and stores all the FM and FM RDS stations in the broadcast area. For RDS stations, the tuner first checks for stations broadcasting the same program, then stores only the ones with the clearest signal.
  • Page 79 Press PRESET TUNING + or PRESET TUNING – to select a preset number. If you want to switch the memory page, press SHIFT on the remote. If “MEMORY” goes out before you select the preset number, start again from step 4. Press MEMORY/ENTER again.
  • Page 80: Using The Radio Data System (rds)

    Press > repeatedly until the SUB menu appears. Move the easy scroll key to select “PRESET +” or “PRESET –,” then press the key repeatedly to tune in the preset station you want to create an index name for (page 76). Press MAIN MENU repeatedly to select “TUNER,”...
  • Page 81 This information also appears for non-RDS FM stations. Appears only when the preset station is indexed. Type of program being broadcast. Text messages sent by the RDS station. Notes • If there is an emergency announcement by government authorities, “Alarm-Alarm!” flashes in the display.
  • Page 82: 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 83 x 12V TRIG. 3RD (12 V trigger for the 3rd zone) Lets you turn the external equipment on or off by outputting 12V triggers when the receiver is turned on or off. For example, you can automatically unroll your video screen when you turn on the receiver.
  • Page 84: Listening To The Sound In Another Zone (2nd (3rd) Zone Operations)

    E Speaker When using an IR repeater (not supplied), you can also operate both a component in main room and Sony receiver in the 2nd (or 3rd) zone from the 2nd (or 3rd) zone. Use the RM-US106A remote for the operation.
  • Page 85 C IR repeater (not supplied) D Speaker 2:3rd zone connections Main room STR-DA7100ES AUDIO OUT A Audio component B Video component C IR repeater (not supplied) D Sony’s Amplifier/Receiver E Speaker VIDEO OUT 2nd zone monitor RM-US106A 3rd zone RM-US106A continued...
  • Page 86 The following operations are described for connecting an IR repeater and operating the receiver in 2nd zone or 3rd zone. When an IR repeater is not connected, use this receiver in the main room. On the remote, press 2ND ZONE or 3RD ZONE. The remote switches to the 2nd zone or 3rd zone mode.
  • Page 87: Operating Sony Components

    The CONTROL A1 control system has been updated to the CONTROL A1II system which is now the standard system for 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 88: Basic Functions

    Using the 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 89: Enjoying Surround Sound

    Enjoying Surround Sound Using only the front speakers (2CH STEREO) In this mode, the receiver outputs the sound from the front L/R speakers only. There is no sound from the sub woofer. Standard 2 channel stereo sources completely bypass the sound field processing and multi channel surround formats are downmixed to 2 channel.
  • Page 90 Enjoying stereo sound in multi channel This mode lets you specify the type of decoding for 2 channel audio sources. Press SOUND FIELD. The sound field list appears. Move the easy scroll key to select an A.F.D. mode, then press the key to enter the selection.
  • Page 91 Type of A.F.D. mode Decoding A.F.D. mode mode [Display] (Detecting A.F.D. AUTO automatically) [AUTO] Dolby PRO A.F.D. PRO LOGIC LOGIC [PRO LOGIC] Dolby Pro Logic A.F.D. PRO LOGIC II MOVIE [PRO LOGIC II MOVIE] A.F.D. PRO LOGIC II MUSIC [PRO LOGIC II MUSIC] A.F.D.
  • Page 92: Selecting A Sound Field

    The sound field list appears. Types of sound field available x CINEMA STUDIO EX A DCS Reproduces the sound characteristics of the Sony Pictures Entertainment “Cary Grant Theater” cinema production studio. This is a standard mode, great for watching almost any type of movie.
  • Page 93 films where orchestra music is featured in the soundtrack. x V.MULTI DIMENSION DCS Creates 5 sets of virtual speakers from a single pair of actual surround speakers. Notes • This function does not work in following cases. – MULTI CH IN is selected –...
  • Page 94: Receiver Menu

    x HEADPHONE (2CH) This mode is selected automatically when you use headphones when 2 channels mode (page 89)/A.F.D. mode (page 91) is selected. Standard 2 channel stereo sources completely bypass the sound field processing and multi channel surround formats are downmixed to 2 channels.
  • Page 95: Using The Surround Back Decoding Mode

    Using the surround back decoding mode (SURR BACK DECODING) By decoding the surround back signal of DVD software (etc.) recorded in Dolby Digital Surround EX, DTS-ES Matrix, DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, etc., format, you can enjoy the surround sound intended by the filmmakers. SURR BACK DECODING Press SURR BACK DECODING repeatedly to select the surround...
  • Page 96 Notes • This function does not work in the following cases. – MULTI CH IN is selected – The DSD signal is received via i.LINK – The sound mode for music is selected – A DTS 96/24 signal is received and decoding is done for 96kHz •...
  • Page 97: Customizing Sound Fields

    x When the current decoder conforms to Dolby Pro Logic IIx Input stream After a few seconds DOLBY DIGITAL [3/2.1] DOLBY DIGITAL SURROUND EX [3/2.1] DTS [3/2.1] DTS-ES Matrix [3/2.1] DTS-ES Discrete [3/3.1] DTS 96/24 [3/2.1] When the surround back decoder conforms to Dolby Pro Logic IIx, if you decode a DTS-ES Discrete [3/3.1] signal, this unit also decodes a DTS-ES Discrete [3/2.1] signal.
  • Page 98 While monitoring the sound, adjust the selected parameter by moving the control key B/b. You can also use +/– to adjust the selected parameter. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to adjust the other parameters. Note The setup items you can adjust on each menu vary depending on the sound field.
  • Page 99 x VIR.SPEAKERS (Virtual speakers) This parameter is provided especially for Cinema Studio EX modes (page 92). • ON Virtual speakers are created. • OFF Virtual speakers are not created. x A.F.D. 2CH SW (Creating, low frequency signals) This parameter is only available when A.F.D. mode is set to “AUTO.”...
  • Page 100 x SURROUND L (Surround speaker (L) level) Initial setting: 0 dB You can adjust the level from –20 dB to +10 dB in 0.5 dB steps. x SURROUND R (Surround speaker (R) level) Initial setting: 0 dB You can adjust the level from –20 dB to +10 dB in 0.5 dB steps.
  • Page 101: Initial Settings

    x D.RANGE COMP. (Dynamic range compressor) Lets you compress the dynamic range of the sound track. This may be useful when you want to watch movies at low volumes late at night. Dynamic range compression is possible with Dolby Digital sources only. •...
  • Page 102: Advanced Speakers Set Up

    Advanced Speakers Set Up Advanced settings Use the CUSTOMIZE menu and set “MENU EXPAND” to “ON” to enable advanced adjustments. 1,2, Press MAIN MENU repeatedly to select “SPEAKER SET UP,” then press the control key. You can also use MAIN MENU on the receiver to select “SPEAKER SET UP.”...
  • Page 103 x SP POSI. (Surround speaker position) Lets you specify the location of your surround speakers for proper implementation of the surround effects in the Cinema Studio EX modes (page 92). This setup item is not available when the surround speaker parameter is set to “NO”...
  • Page 104: Adjusting The Equalizer (level Of Bass/midrange/treble)

    Adjusting the equalizer (Level of Bass/Midrange/Treble) You can store up to 5 different equalizer settings in the equalizer bank (EQ PRESET [1]-[5]) and apply them. You can set this up for each speaker. Bass Midrange Level (dB) Frequency Frequency (Hz) (Hz) 2,3, 4,5,...
  • Page 105: Clearing Stored Equalizer Settings

    x CENTER BASS speaker bass level) Initial setting: 0 dB You can adjust the level from –10 dB to +10 dB in 1 dB steps. x CENTER MID dB (Center speaker midrange level) Initial setting: 0 dB You can adjust the level from –10 dB to +10 dB in 1 dB steps.
  • Page 106: Using The Remote

    Using the Remote Menu list of the remote (Operating the receiver) See the treelike chart below for the list hierarchy. Details on how to access each list are given from page 58. Some items have sub- lists that appear when you press > (page 110). Press (page 58) Press...
  • Page 107 Press (page 92) Press Sound field list CATEGORY IR SET list list MACRO 1/2 PROGRAM list list LEARNING BUTTON list list TV INPUT list MAKER COMMON list list CATEGORY BUTTON list list MAKER list FUNCTION list...
  • Page 108: Selecting A Component

    • You can customize the input list. If you selected the tape deck Move the easy scroll key to select deck A or B. Note When the remote is programmed to control a non- Sony tape deck, tape deck A and B may not switch.
  • Page 109: Operate Each Component Using The Remote

    Operate each component using the remote When you program the remote to control the following Sony or non-Sony components, you can use the buttons on the remote that are marked with circles. Note, however, that some buttons may not operate your component.
  • Page 110 Table of SUB menu operations Press the > button repeatedly to display a list of operations (SUB menu) for which the corresponding buttons are not found on the remote. The contents of the lists will vary according to the currently selected component. The following table shows the items on each list and the function of each item.
  • Page 111 Component Item(s) Function DVD player AUDIO Changes the sounds. ANGLE Changes the angles. SUBTITLE Changes the Subtitle Language. SUBTITLE Turns the Subtitles ON OFF on or off. TIME Changes the time information. SEARCH Changes the search MODE mode. CLEAR Returns to Continuous Play, etc.
  • Page 112 SHIFT – FOCUS + Adjusts the lens focus of the picture. FOCUS – Only with Sony TVs that supports the wide-picture mode. Only with Sony TVs with the picture-in-picture function. “DISC A/B” appears for non-Sony LD players. Only with the Sony CD changer.
  • Page 113: Programming The Remote

    You can customize the remote to match the components connected to your receiver. You can even program the remote to control non- Sony components and also Sony components that the remote is normally unable to control. The procedure below uses as an example a case in which an Aiwa VCR is connected to the VIDEO 2 jacks on the receiver.
  • Page 114 (“Aiwa,” for example), then press the key to enter the selection. When programming the remote to control a Sony component, select “Sony.” Programming is now completed. Programming the TV operation buttons Press RM SET UP.
  • Page 115: Performing Several Commands In Sequence Automatically (macro Play)

    Performing several commands in sequence automatically (Macro Play) The Macro Play function lets you link several IR codes in a sequential order as a single command. For example, after putting on a light of the room and turning on an air-conditioner then, the receiver plays a number of CDs in a series.
  • Page 116: Setting Remote Control Codes That Are Not Stored In The Commander

    To erase a programmed IR code In step 5, move the easy scroll key to select “Common,” then press the key to enter the selection. Move the easy scroll key to select “NO SET,” then press the key to enter the selection.
  • Page 117 Point the remote code receiver section of the commander toward the receiver/transmitter on the remote control to be learned from. About 5 cm - 10 cm (2" - 4") Move the easy scroll key to select “Learning Start,” then press the key to enter the selection.
  • Page 118: Clearing All The Contents Of The Remote's Memory

    Clearing all the contents of the remote’s memory Press RM SET UP. The set up list appears. Move the easy scroll key to select “ALL CLEAR,” then press the key to enter the selection. The ALL CLEAR list appears. Move the easy scroll key to select “Yes,”...
  • Page 119 TV-COMPO1 or 2. Notes • Switching to VIDEO1–6 input may not be automatic on all Sony TVs. This is because some TVs cannot receive remote control codes immediately after being turned on. • If you select “(Off)” in step 3, the TV input does not switch.
  • Page 120: Changing Button Assignments (rm-us106a Only)

    Move the easy scroll key to select “CONTRAST,” then press the key to enter the selection. Move the easy scroll key to select “+” or “–,” then press the key to enter the selection. Each time you press the key, the contrast of the display changes.
  • Page 121 Referring to the table below, press the input button for the category you want. The indicator turns off when a valid button is pressed. Example: Press DVD twice. Press SOURCE. The new assignment is registered. The indicator slowly lights up twice, then goes off.
  • Page 122: Additional Information

    Additional Information Menu list (LEVEL/SURR SET UP/EQUALIZER/TUNER/SPEAKER SET UP/ CUSTOMIZE/CIS/STREAM INFO) Various configuration are possible using the menu list. The menu list is displayed by pressing MENU. Menu Item LEVEL TEST TONE [xxx] *PHASE NOISE [xxx] *PHASE AUDIO FRONT L--- ---R CENTER [xxx.x dB] SURROUND L [xxx.x dB] –20.0dB to +10.0dB (0.5dB step) SURROUND R [xxx.x dB] –20.0dB to +10.0dB (0.5dB step)
  • Page 123 Menu Item CENTER MID [xxx.x kHz] 100Hz, 300Hz, 1.0kHz, 3.0kHz, CENTER TREBLE [xxx.x SURR/SB BASS [xxx.x SURR/SB TRE. [xxx.x dB] –10.0dB to +10.0dB (1dB step) PRESET x CLEAR [xxx] TUNER FM MODE NAME IN? [xxx] SPEAKER SP EASY SET UP [xxx] SET UP SPEAKER PATTERN [xxx] 2-0, 2-1, 3-0, 3-1, 4-0, 4-1, 5C0, 5C1, SUB WOOFER [xxx]...
  • Page 124 Menu Item i. POWER [xxx] H. A. T. S. [xxx] i.LINK VIDEO ASSIGN? DIGITAL ASSIGN? VIDEO 3 OPT DVD COAX DVD OPT TV/SAT COAX TV/SAT OPT MD/DAT OPT SA-CD COAX SA-CD OPT COMPONENT V. ASSIGN? TV/SAT HDMI VIDEO ASSIGN? HDMI 1 HDMI 2 HDMI AUDIO HDMI POWER...
  • Page 125 Menu Item NAME IN? [xxx] 2ND ZONE 3RD ZONE INSTALLER MODE 12V TRIG. MAIN 12V TRIG. 2ND 12V TRIG. 3RD STREAM INFO STREAM=xxxxxx * This item is displayed only when “MENU EXPAND” is set to “ON” in the CUSTOMIZE menu. Parameter SOURCE, VIDEO1, VIDEO2, VIDEO3, DVD, TV/SAT, TAPE,...
  • Page 126: Glossary

    Glossary x A.F.D. (Auto Format Direct) A function that automatically detects the input audio signal format for optimal processing. Recorded or encoded sound is faithfully reproduced without added sound effects such as reverb, etc. x A/V SYNC When the video lags behind the audio signal, this function can be used to delay the audio for synchronizing the audio and video.
  • Page 127 playback channels varies depending on the software. x DTS Neo:6 This technology converts 2ch stereo recorded audio for 6.1ch playback. There are two modes to select according to the playback source or your preference, CINEMA for movies, and MUSIC for stereo sources such as music. x DTS Digital Surround Digital audio encoding/decoding technology for theaters developed by Digital Theater...
  • Page 128: Technical Terms

    S-Master PRO reproduces the phase characteristics of analog amplifiers by digital processing to deliver familiar low frequency sounds. x Digital Cinema Sound (DCS) Unique sound reproduction technology for home theater developed by Sony, in cooperation with Sony Pictures Entertainment,...
  • Page 129 “S-Master” This receiver is equipped with an “S-Master” full digital amplifier - a unique digital amplifier developed by Sony with the following features. 1:Full digital processing The signals are processed fully in digital, and never go through the analog domain at any time.
  • Page 130: Precautions

    Do not use any type of abrasive pad, scouring powder, or solvent, such as alcohol or benzine. If you have any questions or problems concerning your receiver, please consult your nearest Sony dealer.
  • Page 131: 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.
  • Page 132 Check that the INPUT MODE is not set to “COAXIAL FIXED” for the sources from the OPTICAL input jack, nor set to “OPTICAL FIXED” for the sources from the COAXIAL input jack. • Check that the MULTI CH IN function is not selected.
  • Page 133 • Sound fields do not function for signals with a sampling frequency of more than 48 kHz. Dolby Digital or DTS multi channel sound is not reproduced. • Check that the DVD, etc. you are playing is recorded in Dolby Digital or DTS format.
  • Page 134: Error Messages

    (RM- AAE003 only). • When you operate a programmed non- Sony component, the remote may not function properly depending on the model and the maker of the component (RM- AAE003 only).
  • Page 135: Specifications

    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 136 Reference Power Output in Stereo Mode (4 ohms 1 kHz, THD 0.7%): 170 W + 170 W Reference Power Output (8 ohms 1 kHz, THD 0.7%): FRONT CENTER SURR SURR BACK 170 W Reference Power Output (4 ohms 1 kHz, THD 0.7%): FRONT CENTER...
  • Page 137 Models of other area codes: 531 – 1,602 kHz (With 9-kHz tuning scale) Antenna Loop antenna Usable sensitivity 50 dB µ/m (at 1,000 kHz or 999 kHz) 54 dB (at 50 mV/m) Harmonic distortion 0.5% (50 mV/m, 400 Hz) Selectivity At 9 kHz: 35 dB At 10 kHz:...
  • Page 138: Index

    Index Symbols U SIGNAL GND terminal 31 Numerics 2 channel 89 2CH STEREO 89 2nd (3rd) zone operations 84 5.1 channel 20 7.1 channel 20 9.1 channel 21 A.F.D. 91 AC power cord 44 Adjusting CIS 82 CUSTOMIZE 66 EQUALIZER 104 LEVEL 99 level and balance 99 –...
  • Page 139 MD/DAT deck 26 Menu CIS 82 CUSTOMIZE 66 EQUALIZER 104 LEVEL 99 SPEAKER SET UP 102 STREAM INFO 125 SURR SET UP 97 TUNER 123 Menu list 122 Muting 59 Naming 60 NIGHT MODE 94 ON SCREEN 48 RDS 80 Recording on a video tape 75 on an audio tape or MiniDisc 74...

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