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Multi Channel AV
Receiver
Operating Instructions
STR-DH500
©2009 Sony Corporation
4-129-450-42(1)

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  • Page 1 Multi Channel AV Receiver Operating Instructions STR-DH500 ©2009 Sony Corporation 4-129-450-42(1)
  • Page 2 Notice for customers: The following information is only applicable to equipment sold in the countries applying EU Directives. The manufacturer of this product is Sony Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan Minato-ku Tokyo, 108-0075 Japan. The Authorized Representative for EMC and product safety is Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Page 3: About This Manual

    For customers in Australia Disposal of Old Electrical & Electronic Equipment (Applicable in the European Union and other European countries with separate collection systems) For customers in Europe and Australia This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of the Hot Surface that may be hot if it is touched during the normal operation.
  • Page 4 On Copyrights This receiver incorporates Dolby* Digital and Pro Logic Surround and the DTS** Digital Surround System. * Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. Dolby, Pro Logic, and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. ** Manufactured under license under U.S. Patent #’s: 5,451,942;...
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Description and location of parts ... 6 Getting Started 1: Installing the speakers... 13 2: Connecting the speakers ... 14 3: Connecting the TV... 15 4a: Connecting the audio components ... 16 4b: Connecting the video components ... 17 5: Connecting the antennas (aerials) ...
  • Page 6: Description And Location Of Parts

    Description and location of parts Front panel INPUT SELECTOR INPUT MODE PHONES Name Function A ?/1 Press to turn the receiver on (on/standby) or off (page 23, 31, 32, 49). B INPUT Turn to select the input SELECTOR source to play back (page 29, 30, 31, 32, 49, 50, 53, 56, 60).
  • Page 7 About the indicators on the display COAX Name Function A SW Lights up when subwoofer selection is set to “YES” (page 40) and the audio signal is output from the SUBWOOFER jack. B LFE Lights up when the disc being played back contains an LFE (Low Frequency Effect) channel and the LFE channel...
  • Page 8 Name Function F Dolby Pro Lights up one of the respective Logic indicators when the receiver indicators applies Dolby Pro Logic processing to 2 channel signals in order to output the center and surround channel signals. Dolby Pro Logic PLII Dolby Pro Logic II Note These indicators do not light up...
  • Page 9: Rear Panel

    Rear panel HDMI SAT IN DVD IN BD IN CONNECT TO DIGITAL INPUT AUDIO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO OPTICAL SAT IN DVD IN MONITOR COMPONENT VIDEO COAXIAL AUDIO AUDIO DIGITAL DC5V 0.7A MAX SA-CD/CD VIDEO AUTO CAL DMPORT A DIGITAL INPUT/OUTPUT section OPTICAL Connects to a DVD IN jacks...
  • Page 10: Component Video Input

    Connects to a Super You can use the supplied remote to operate the Audio CD player, CD player, etc. receiver and to control the Sony audio/video (page 16). components that the remote is assigned to operate (page 60). Connects to a...
  • Page 11 (C). B ?/1 Press to turn the receiver on or (on/standby) off. To turn off all Sony components, press ?/1 and AV ?/1 (A) at the same time (SYSTEM STANDBY). C Input buttons Press one of the buttons to select the component you want to use.
  • Page 12 DVD player or Blu-ray disc player. Press TOOLS/OPTIONS and TV (M) at the same time to display options applicable to the Sony TV. S -/-- Press to select the channel entry mode, either one or two digit of the VCR.
  • Page 13: Getting Started

    Name Function T Numeric Press to buttons – preset/tune to preset (number 5 stations. – select track numbers of the CD player, DVD player or Blu-ray disc player. Press 0/10 to select track number – select channel numbers of the VCR or satellite tuner. Press the numeric buttons and TV (M) at the same time to select the TV channels.
  • Page 14: 2: Connecting The Speakers

    2: Connecting the speakers Before connecting cords, make sure to disconnect the AC power cord (mains lead). ANTENNA BD IN VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO DVD IN MONITOR NENT VIDEO MONITOR AUDIO AUDIO AUDIO AUDIO SA-CD/CD VIDEO SUBWOOFER A Monaural audio cord (not supplied) B Speaker cords (not supplied) AFront speaker (left) BFront speaker (right)
  • Page 15: 3: Connecting The Tv

    AUTO CAL DMPORT A Audio cord (not supplied) B HDMI cable (not supplied) We recommend that you use a Sony HDMI cable. C Component video cord (not supplied) D Video cord (not supplied) Note Be sure to turn on the receiver when the video and audio signals of a playback component are being output to a TV via the receiver.
  • Page 16: 4a: Connecting The Audio Components

    4a: Connecting the audio components Connecting a Super Audio CD/ CD player The following illustration shows how to connect a Super Audio CD/CD player. Before connecting cords, make sure to disconnect the AC power cord (mains lead). After connecting your audio component, proceed to “4b: Connecting the video components”...
  • Page 17: 4b: Connecting The Video Components

    4b: Connecting the video components How to connect your components This section describes how to connect your video components to this receiver. Before you begin, refer to “Component to be connected” below for the pages which describe how to connect each component. Before connecting cords, make sure to disconnect the AC power cord (mains lead).
  • Page 18 DC5V 0.7A MAX SA-CD/CD AUTO CAL DMPORT A Optical digital cord (not supplied) B HDMI cable (not supplied) We recommend that you use a Sony HDMI cable. C Coaxial digital cord (not supplied) DVD player Audio/video Audio signals signals ANTENNA...
  • Page 19 Notes on HDMI connections • 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 via the HDMI jack. To output the sound from the speakers and to take advantage of the multi channel surround sound, be sure to –...
  • Page 20: Connecting A Dvd Player

    Connecting a DVD player The following illustration shows how to connect a DVD player. It is not necessary to connect all the cords. Connect audio and video cords according to the jacks of your components. DVD player Audio signals HDMI SAT IN DVD IN BD IN...
  • Page 21: Connecting A Satellite Tuner

    Connecting a satellite tuner/ set-top box The following illustration shows how to connect a satellite tuner or a set-top box. It is not necessary to connect all the cords. Connect audio and video cords according to the jacks of your components. Satellite tuner/set-top box Audio signals HDMI...
  • Page 22: 5: Connecting The Antennas (aerials)

    Connecting components with analog video and audio jack The following illustration shows how to connect a component which has analog jacks such as DVD recorder, VCR, etc. It is not necessary to connect all the cords. Connect audio and video cords according to the jacks of your components.
  • Page 23: 6: Preparing The Receiver And The Remote

    6: Preparing the receiver and the remote Connecting the AC power cord (mains lead) Connect the AC power cord (mains lead) to a wall outlet. Notes • Before connecting the AC power cord (mains lead), make sure that the stripped end of the speaker cords are not touching each other between the speaker terminals.
  • Page 24: 7: Calibrating The Appropriate Settings Automatically (auto Calibration)

    Inserting batteries into the remote Insert two R6 (size-AA) batteries in the RM-AAU020 Remote Commander. Observe the correct polarity when installing batteries. Notes • Do not leave the remote in an extremely hot or humid place. • Do not use a new battery with old ones. •...
  • Page 25: Performing Auto Calibration

    Notes • The Auto Calibration function does not work when headphones are connected. • If the muting function has been activated before you perform Auto Calibration, the muting function will be set to off automatically. HDMI ANTENNA SAT IN DVD IN BD IN CONNECT TO Optimizer microphone...
  • Page 26 The table below shows the display when measurement starts. Measurement for Display Environment noise NOISE.CHK level Speaker connection MEASURE and SP DET. appears alternately* Speaker level MEASURE and GAIN appears alternately* Speaker distance MEASURE and DISTANCE appears alternately* * The corresponding speaker indicator lights up in the display during measurement.
  • Page 27 When warning codes appear During Auto Calibration, the warning code provides information on the measurement result. The warning code will appear on the display cyclically as follows: Warning code t blank display t (warning code t blank display) t PUSH t blank display t ENTER Appears when there are more than one warning code.
  • Page 28: 8: Adjusting The Speaker Levels And Balance (test Tone)

    8: Adjusting the speaker levels and balance (TEST TONE) You can adjust the speaker levels and balance while listening to the test tone from your listening position. The receiver employs a test tone with a frequency centered at 800 Hz. TV INPUT TV ?/1 SLEEP...
  • Page 29: Playback

    Playback Selecting a component TV INPUT TV ?/1 SLEEP DMPORT AV ?/1 SYSTEM STANDBY VIDEO SA-CD/CD TUNER A.F.D. MOVIE MUSIC DVD/BD MENU D.SKIP D.TUNING >10/ MEMORY AMP MENU 0/10 ENTER CLEAR TOOLS/ DISPLAY OPTIONS MUTING V/v/B/b, TV VOL MASTER VOL RETURN/EXIT MENU/HOME Press the input button to select...
  • Page 30: Naming Inputs

    Naming inputs You can enter a name of up to 8 characters for inputs and display it on the receiver’s display. This is convenient for labeling the jacks with the names of the connected components. Press the input button to select the input you want to create an index name for.
  • Page 31: Listening/watching A Component

    TUNING – TUNING + FM MODE Notes • The operation is described for a Sony Super Audio CD player. • 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 32: Disc Player

    Watching a DVD/Blu-ray disc TV INPUT TV ?/1 SLEEP DMPORT AV ?/1 SYSTEM STANDBY VIDEO SA-CD/CD TUNER A.F.D. MOVIE MUSIC DVD/BD MENU D.SKIP D.TUNING >10/ MEMORY AMP MENU 0/10 ENTER CLEAR TOOLS/ DISPLAY OPTIONS MUTING TV VOL MASTER VOL RETURN/EXIT MENU/HOME TV CH –...
  • Page 33: Amplifier Operations

    Amplifier Operations Navigating through menus By using the amplifier menus, you can make various adjustments to customize the receiver. D.TUNING >10/ MEMORY AMP MENU 0/10 ENTER CLEAR TOOLS/ DISPLAY OPTIONS MUTING V/v/B/b, TV VOL MASTER VOL RETURN/EXIT MENU/HOME TV CH – TV CH + PRESET –...
  • Page 34: Overview Of The Menus

    Overview of the menus The following options are available in each menu. For details on navigating through menus, see page 33. Menu Parameters [Display] [Display] LEVEL Test tone [T. TONE] [1-LEVEL] Front speaker balance (page 36) [FRT BAL] Center speaker level [CNT LVL] Surround left speaker level [SL LVL]...
  • Page 35 Menu Parameters [Display] [Display] VIDEO DIGITAL MEDIA PORT [6-VIDEO] video assign (page 39) [DMPORT V.] SYSTEM Subwoofer [7-SYSTEM] [SW SPK] (page 40) Front speakers [FRT SPK] Center speaker [CNT SPK] Surround speakers [SUR SPK] Front speaker distance [FRT DIST.] Center speaker distance [CNT DIST.] Surround left speaker distance [SL DIST.]...
  • Page 36: Adjusting The Level (level Menu)

    Adjusting the level (LEVEL menu) You can use the LEVEL menu to adjust the balance and level of each speaker. These settings are applied to all sound fields. Select “1-LEVEL” in the amplifier menus. For details on adjusting the parameters, see “Navigating through menus”...
  • Page 37: Adjusting The Tone (tone Menu)

    Adjusting the tone (TONE menu) You can use the TONE menu to adjust the tonal quality (bass/treble level) of the front speakers. These settings are applied to all sound fields. Select “2-TONE” in the amplifier menus. For details on adjusting the parameters, see “Navigating through menus”...
  • Page 38: Settings For The Tuner (tuner Menu)

    Settings for the tuner (TUNER menu) You can use the TUNER menu to set the FM station receiving mode and to name preset stations. Select “4-TUNER” in the amplifier menus. For details on adjusting the parameters, see “Navigating through menus” (page 33) and “Overview of the menus”...
  • Page 39: Settings For The Video (video Menu)

    Notes • This parameter is useful when you use a large LCD or plasma TV or a projector. • This parameter is valid only when you use a sound field selected with the 2CH or A.F.D. buttons. • This parameter is not valid when –...
  • Page 40: Settings For The System (system Menu)

    Settings for the system (SYSTEM menu) You can use the SYSTEM menu to set the size and distance of the speakers connected to this system. Select “7-SYSTEM” in the amplifier menus. For details on adjusting the parameters, see “Navigating through menus” (page 33) and “Overview of the menus”...
  • Page 41: Speaker Distance

    x SUR SPK (Surround speakers) • NO If you have not connected surround speakers, select “NO”. • SMALL If the sound is distorted, or you feel a lack of surround effects when using multi channel surround sound, select “SMALL” to activate the bass redirection circuitry and output the surround channel bass frequencies from the subwoofer or other “LARGE”...
  • Page 42: Surround Speaker Position

    To enjoy better surround sound, the distance between the center speaker and the listening position B cannot be more than 1.5 meters closer than the one between the listening position and the front speaker A. Place the speakers so that the difference in the length of B in the following diagram is no more than 1.5 meters closer than the length of A.
  • Page 43: Calibrating The Appropriate Settings Automatically (a. Cal Menu)

    Surround speaker position is designed specifically for implementation of the Cinema Studio EX modes. For other sound fields, speaker position is not so critical. Those sound fields were designed under the premise that the surround speakers would be located behind the listening position, but presentation remains fairly consistent even with the surround speakers positioned at a rather wide angle.
  • Page 44: Enjoying Surround Sound

    Enjoying Surround Sound Enjoying Dolby Digital and DTS Surround sound (AUTO FORMAT DIRECT) The Auto Format Direct (A.F.D.) mode allows you to listen to higher fidelity sound and select the decoding mode for listening to a 2 channel stereo sound as multi channel sound. VIDEO SA-CD/CD TUNER...
  • Page 45 Types of A.F.D. mode A.F.D. mode Multi channel [Display] audio after decoding A.F.D. AUTO (Detecting [A.F.D. AUTO] automatically) PRO LOGIC 4 channel [DOLBY PL] PRO LOGIC II MOVIE 5 channel [PLII MV] PRO LOGIC II MUSIC 5 channel [PLII MS] MULTI STEREO (Multi Stereo) [MULTI ST.]...
  • Page 46: Selecting A Pre-programmed Sound Field

    Selecting a pre- programmed sound field You can take advantage of surround sound simply by selecting one of the receiver’s pre- programmed sound fields. They bring the exciting and powerful sound of movie theaters and concert halls into your home. SA-CD/CD A.F.D.
  • Page 47 * You can only select this sound field if the headphones are connected to the receiver. Effect 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 48: Using Only The Front Speakers (2ch Stereo)

    Notes • The effects provided by the virtual speakers may cause increased noise in the playback signal. • When listening with sound fields that employ the virtual speakers, you will not be able to hear any sound coming directly from the surround speakers. •...
  • Page 49: Listening To The Sound Without Any Adjustment (analog Direct)

    Listening to the sound without any adjustment (ANALOG DIRECT) You can switch the audio of the selected input to two channel analog input. This function enables you to enjoy high quality analog sources. When using this function, only the volume and front speaker balance can be adjusted.
  • Page 50: Tuner Operations

    Tuner Operations 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 (aerials) to the receiver (page 22). The tuning scale for direct tuning differs depending on the area code as shown in the following table.
  • Page 51: Direct Tuning

    Tuning into a station directly (Direct Tuning) Enter the frequency of a station directly by using the numeric buttons. Press TUNER repeatedly to select the FM or AM band. You can also use INPUT SELECTOR on the receiver. Press D.TUNING. Press the numeric buttons to enter the frequency.
  • Page 52: Presetting Radio Stations

    Presetting radio stations You can preset up to 30 FM stations and 30 AM stations. Then you can easily tune in the stations you often listen to. VIDEO SA-CD/CD TUNER A.F.D. MOVIE MUSIC DVD/BD MENU Numeric D.SKIP buttons D.TUNING >10/ MEMORY AMP MENU 0/10 ENTER...
  • Page 53 Tuning to preset stations Press TUNER repeatedly to select the FM or AM band. Press PRESET + or PRESET – repeatedly to select the preset station you want. Each time you press the button, you can select a preset station as follows: You can also press the numeric buttons to select the preset station you want.
  • Page 54: Using The Radio Data System (rds)

    Note (Models of area code CEL, CEK, RU only) When you name an RDS station and tune in that station, the Program Service name appears instead of the name you entered. (You cannot change the Program Service name. The name you entered will be overwritten by the Program Service name.) Using the Radio Data System (RDS)
  • Page 55: Displaying Rds Information

    Displaying RDS information While receiving an RDS station, press DISPLAY repeatedly on the receiver. Each time you press the button, RDS information on the display changes cyclically as follows: Program Service name t Frequency t Program Type indication t Radio Text indication t Current Time indication (in 24-hour system mode) t Sound field...
  • Page 56: Other Operations

    Other Operations Switching between digital and analog audio (INPUT MODE) When you connect components to both digital and analog audio input jacks on the receiver, you can fix the audio input mode to either of them, or switch from one to the other, depending on the type of material you intend to watch.
  • Page 57: Connecting The Digital Media Port Adapter

    Connecting the DIGITAL MEDIA PORT adapter You can listen to the sound from the component connected through the DIGITAL MEDIA PORT adapter to the DMPORT jack on the receiver. DIGITAL MEDIA PORT adapter * The type of connector varies depending on the DIGITAL MEDIA PORT adapter. For details, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the DIGITAL MEDIA PORT adapter.
  • Page 58 Listening to a connected component through DMPORT connection Press DMPORT. You can also use the INPUT SELECTOR on the receiver to select “DMPORT”. Start playback of the connected component. The sound is played back on the receiver. For details, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the DIGITAL MEDIA PORT adapter.
  • Page 59: Changing The Display

    Changing the display You can check the sound field, etc., by changing the information on the display. Be sure to use the buttons on the receiver for this operation. Press DISPLAY repeatedly. Each time you press DISPLAY, the display changes cyclically as follows. All inputs except the FM and AM band t Selected input...
  • Page 60: Recording Using The Receiver

    Recording using the receiver Recording onto a recording media You can record from a video component using the receiver. Refer to the operating instructions supplied with your recording component. Press one of the input buttons to select the playback component. You can also use INPUT SELECTOR on the receiver.
  • Page 61: Glossary

    Blu-ray disc player (command mode BD1) Blu-ray disc recorder (command mode BD3) Sony VCRs are operated with a VTR 2 or VTR 3 setting which corresponds to 8 mm and VHS respectively. Sony DVD recorders are operated with a DVD1 or DVD3 setting.
  • Page 62: Dolby Digital

    Digital Cinema Sound (DCS) A unique sound reproduction technology for home theater developed by Sony, in cooperation with Sony Pictures Entertainment, for enjoying the exciting and powerful sound of movie theaters at home. With this “Digital Cinema Sound” developed by integrating a...
  • Page 63: 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 64: Troubleshooting

    If you experience any of the following difficulties while using the receiver, use this troubleshooting guide to help you remedy the problem. Should any problem persist, consult your nearest Sony dealer. Audio There is no sound, no matter which component is selected, or only a very low-level sound is heard.
  • Page 65 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 66 Video There is no picture or an unclear picture appears on the TV screen. • Select the appropriate input using the input buttons. • Set your TV to the appropriate input mode. • Move your audio components away from the TV. •...
  • Page 67: Troubleshooting Guide

    If the problem persist Consult your nearest Sony dealer. Note that if service personnel changes some parts during repair, these parts may be retained. Reference sections for clearing the receiver’s memory...
  • Page 68: Specifications

    Specifications Amplifier section Models of area code CEL, CEK, AU, RU Minimum RMS Output Power (8 ohms, 20 Hz – 20 kHz, THD 0.09%) 85 W + 85 W Stereo Mode Output Power (8 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1%) 100 W + 100 W Surround Mode Output Power THD 10%) 130 W/ch...
  • Page 69 General Power requirements Area code Power requirements CEL, CEK, RU 230 V AC, 50/60 Hz 230 V AC, 50 Hz Power output (DIGITAL MEDIA PORT) DC OUT: 5 V, 0.7 A MAX Power consumption Area code Power consumption CEL, CEK, AU, RU 230 W Dimensions (w/h/d) (Approx.) 430 ×...
  • Page 70: Index

    Index Numerics 2 channel 48 2CH STEREO 48 5.1 channel 13 AUTO CALIBRATION 24 AUTO FORMAT DIRECT (A.F.D.) 44 Blu-ray disc player connecting 18 playback 32 CD player connecting 16 playback 31 Digital Cinema Sound (DCS) 47 DIGITAL MEDIA PORT connecting 57 input 29 video assign 58...
  • Page 72 Sony Corporation Printed in Malaysia...

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