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Kenwood VR-8050 Instruction Manual

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VR - 8050
About the supplied remote control
Compared to standard remote controls, the remote control supplied with this receiver has several
operation modes. These modes enable the remote control to control other audio/video components. In
order to effectively use the remote control it is important to read the operating instructions and obtain a
proper understanding of the remote control and how to switch its operation modes (etc.).
Using the remote control without completely understanding its design and how to switch the operation
modes may result in incorrect operations.
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  • Page 1 Using the remote control without completely understanding its design and how to switch the operation modes may result in incorrect operations. For the U.S.A. Register Online Register your Kenwood Home Audio product at Plus opt in to receive e-mail updates and other offers when you register at our web site.
  • Page 2: Before Applying The Power

    Before applying the power Units are designed for operation as follows. U.S.A. and Canada ... AC 120 V only Australia ... AC 240 V only Europe and U.K ... AC 230 V only China and Russia ... AC 220 V only Other countries ...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    If any accessories are missing, or if the unit is damaged or fails to operate, notify your dealer immediately. If the unit was shipped to you directly, notify your shipper immediately. Kenwood recommends that you retain the original carton and packing materials in case you need to move or ship the unit in the future.
  • Page 4: Preparing The Remote Control

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  • Page 5: Special Features

    Before applying the power Special features True home theater sound This receiver incorporates a wide variety of surround modes to bring you maximum enjoyment from your video software. Select a surround mode according to your equipment or the software you are going to play and enjoy! Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital EX The DOLBY DIGITAL mode lets you enjoy full digital surround from...
  • Page 6: Names And Functions Of Parts

    Names and functions of parts Main unit Speaker MUTE indicators indicator SL S Input channel indicators Output channel indicators POWER STANDBY SPEAKER EQ ACTIVE EQ ON/STANDBY A SPEAKERS B ACTIVE EQ SPEAKER EQ LOUDNESS DVD/6CH CD/DVD PHONES VIDEO 1 VIDEO 2 1 POWER ON/STANDBY &...
  • Page 7: Remote Control Unit

    Names and functions of parts Remote control unit This remote control unit can be use not only for Kenwood products but also for other non-Kenwood products by setting the appropriate manufacturer’s setup codes. 1 Source keys (MD/TAPE, CD/DVD, DVD/6CH, TUNER, VID1, VID2, VID3, AV AUX, PHONO)
  • Page 8: Setting Up The System

    Setting up the system Make connections as shown in the following pages. When connecting the related system components, be sure to refer to the instruction manuals supplied with the components you are connecting. Do not connect the power cord to a wall outlet until all connections are completed.
  • Page 9: Connecting The Terminals

    Setting up the system Connecting the terminals 1 Strip coating. 2 Loosen. 3 Insert. 4 Secure. 1 Strip coating. 2 Push the lever. 3 Insert the cord. 4 Return the lever. Connection of banana plugs 1 Secure. 2 Insert. • Sound will not be heard if the speaker terminal is not fully secured. •...
  • Page 10: Connecting Audio Components

    Setting up the system Connecting audio components PHONO CAUTION Be sure to adhere to the following, or proper ventilation will be blocked causing damage or fire hazard. • Do not place any object impairing heat radiation onto the top of the unit. •...
  • Page 11: Connecting Video Components

    Setting up the system Connecting video components S VIDEO Jacks S VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO A video component with digital audio outputs should be connected to the VIDEO 2 or VIDEO 3 jacks. S VIDEO S VIDEO S VIDEO S VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO...
  • Page 12: Digital Connections

    Setting up the system Digital connections The digital in jacks can accept DTS, Dolby Digital, or PCM signals. Connect components capable of outputting DTS, Dolby Digital, or standard PCM (CD) format digital signals. If you have connected any digital components to the receiver, be sure to read the “Input mode settings” section carefully. COAXIAL OPTICAL VIDEO...
  • Page 13: Connecting Video Components

    Setting up the system Connecting video components (COMPONENT VIDEO) If you have connected the receiver to a video component with COMPONENT jacks, you can get a better picture quality than by connecting to the S-VIDEO jacks. VIDEO When connecting the TV to the COMPONENT jacks, be sure to connect all the other components to the COMPONENT jacks. COMPONENT VIDEO MONITOR OUT DVD Player (with component jacks)
  • Page 14: Connecting A Dvd Player (6-Channel Input)

    Setting up the system Connecting a DVD player (6-channel input) If you have connected a DVD player to the receiver with digital connection, be sure to read the “Input mode settings” section carefully. VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO OUT VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO MONITOR COAXIAL...
  • Page 15: Connecting The Speakers

    Setting up the system Connecting the speakers Surround Back/ Subwoofer Use these terminals if you wish to connect to a Sur- round Back Speaker with Surround Speakers the SETUP of “SB/SW AMP (Be sure to connect both SB” or to connect to a Surround Speakers) Subwoofer with the SETUP of “SB/SW AMP SW”.
  • Page 16: Connecting To The Av Aux Jacks

    Setting up the system Connecting to the AV AUX Jacks The AV AUX jacks are convenient for connection of video components such as a camcorder or a video game. S VIDEO VIDEO L-AUDIO-R S VIDEO cord VIDEO OUT Camcorder, other VCR, video game or S VIDEO OUT portable MD Player...
  • Page 17: Preparing For Surround Sound

    Preparing for surround sound Speaker settings To enable you to obtain optimum enjoyment from the receiver’s listening modes, make sure to complete the speaker settings (Subwoofer, Front, Center, Surround and Surround Back Speakers) as described below. POWER ON/STANDBY SETUP MULTI CONTROL TUNER (Multi %/ fi, @/#)
  • Page 18 Preparing for surround sound 6 Use the MULTI CONTROL knob or Multi (%/fi) keys to select the appropriate Center Speaker setting. If you selected “LARGE” as the Front Speakers setting, 1 CNTR NORMAL : An average size Center Speaker is connected to the receiver.
  • Page 19 Preparing for surround sound Distance to Surround Back Left (SBL) : ____ feet (meters) Distance to Surround Left (SL) Distance to Subwoofer (SW) • If you have selected “SB/SW AMP SB”, “SBR” and “SBL” are not appeared but “SB” is appeared on the Display. 3 Use the ∧...
  • Page 20: Normal Playback

    Normal playback Preparing for playback Some preparatory steps are needed before starting playback. POWER ON/STANDBY A SPEAKERS B INPUT MODE MD/TAPE Turning on the receiver 1 Turn on the power to the related components. 2 Turn on the power to this receiver by pressing the POWER ON/STANDBY key.
  • Page 21: Adjusting The Sound

    Normal playback Adjusting the sound SPEAKER EQ LOUDNESS A SPEAKERS B TONE MULTI CONTROL PHONES ACTIVE EQ TUNER Tone Active EQ Adjusting the TONE You can adjust the sound quality when the receiver is in the PCM stereo and analog stereo mode. 1 For the remote control, press and hold the TUNER key for more than 3 seconds to switch to receiver mode.
  • Page 22 Normal playback ACTIVE EQ mode You can enjoy a more impressive sound effect when ACTIVE EQ is turned ON. Press the ACTIVE EQ key for the following selections; 1 ACTIVE EQ MUSIC : Effective when listening to music. (The ACTIVE EQ indicator lights up.) 2 ACTIVE EQ CINEMA : Effective when watching a movie.
  • Page 23: Recording

    Recording Recording audio (analog sources) MD/TAPE Recording a music source 1 Use the Input Selector keys to select the source (other than “MD/ TAPE”) you want to record. 2 Set the MD or TAPE recorder to record. 3 Start playback, then start recording. Recording video 1 Use the Input selector keys to select the video source (other than “VIDEO 1”) you want to record.
  • Page 24: Listening To Radio Broadcasts

    Listening to radio broadcasts The receiver can store up to 40 stations in the memory and recall them by one-touch operation. Tuning radio stations BAND MULTI CONTROL TUNER AUTO TUNER Tune – 1 Tune + ¡ Use the TUNER key to select the tuner. Use the BAND key to select the desired broadcast band.
  • Page 25: Receiving Preset Stations

    Listening to radio broadcasts Receiving preset stations TUNER Numeric keys Press the TUNER key to select tuner as the source. Enter the number of the preset station you want to receive (up to “40”). Press the Numeric keys in the following order: For “15”, press 0,0,) For “20”, press...
  • Page 26: Ambience Effects

    Ambience effects This receiver is equipped with listening modes that allow you to enjoy an enhanced sonic ambience with a variety of video sources. In order to obtain the optimum effect from the surround modes, make sure to input the proper speaker settings beforehand. Surround modes The below speaker placements are for 5.1 channel surround sound system which are;...
  • Page 27 However, in order to enjoy the benefit of true 6.1 channel Dolby Digital Surround EX sound or 5.1 channel Dolby Digital Surround sound, KENWOOD recommends that you connect a full set of speakers. Although only Dolby Digital soundtracks incorporate a separate low frequency channel, connecting a subwoofer will also improve deep bass performance in the other surround modes.
  • Page 28: Surround Play

    Ambience effects DSP mode The DSP mode lets you add the atmosphere of a live concert or hall to almost any type of program source. These modes are particu- larly effective when used with stereo program sources, like CD, television, and FM radio. You might enjoy trying the ARENA, JAZZ CLUB, THEATER, STADIUM or DISCO mode the next time you watch a concert or sporting event! What's DSP?
  • Page 29 Ambience effects When the DOLBY DIGITAL or DOLBY DIGITAL EX signal is input : (The DOLBY DIGITAL or PRO LOGIC indicator lights up.) 1 DOLBY DIGITAL : DOLBY DIGITAL surround. 2 DOLBY D EX : DOLBY DIGITAL EX surround. 3 ŸD+PLIIx MOVIE : DOLBY DIGITAL+PRO LOGIC IIx surround MOVIE mode.
  • Page 30: Dvd 6-Channel Playback

    Ambience effects DVD 6-channel playback Using a DVD player or the like equipped with six (5.1) output channels and the receiver, you can enjoy surround sound playback. Connecting a DVD player which can decode the surround signal itself is also acceptable. INPUT MODE DVD/6CH Input Mode...
  • Page 31 Ambience effects Midnight mode (Dolby Digital and DTS mode only) When watching movies at night , you might not be able to raise the volume as loud as normal. Midnight mode compresses the dynamic range of previously specified heavy sound passage of the Dolby Digital and DTS sound track (like scenes with sudden increases in volume) to minimize the difference in volume between the scenes with heavy sound passage and scenes with normal sound passage.
  • Page 32 Ambience effects Dual Mono mode (Dolby Digital mode only) When the Dolby Digital source have Multiplex sound, you can select Main / Sub sound for Audio output. 1 Press the SOUND key, then press the ∧ ∧ ∧ ∧ ∧ / ∨ ∨ ∨ ∨ ∨ keys or @/# keys until “DUAL MONO”...
  • Page 33: Basic Remote Control Operations For Other Components

    Find the setup code of the component to be registered. • Refer to the setup code lists to find the setup code for the component to be registered. Example: To register a DVD made by KENWOOD, you would enter “0534”. Input jack...
  • Page 34: Checking The Codes

    Basic remote control operations for other components Checking the codes If you have setup the remote control using the procedures described in “Searching for your codes”, you may need to find out which four-digit code is operating your equipment: For example, to find out which code is operating your TV: Press the TV key once.
  • Page 35: Setup Code Chart

    Fuji 0033, 0035 0035, 0060, 0760 HI-Q 0047 Harman/Kardon 0081 Hitachi 0042 Hughes Network 0042 Systems 0067 Kenwood 0067 Kodak 0035 0035 0043 Magnavox 0035, 0039, 0081, 0563 Marantz 0035, 0081 Matsushita 0035, 0162 Memorex 0035, 0039, 0047, 0048, 0104, 0162,...
  • Page 36 0093 Hitachi 0016, 0056, 0145, 0800 Infinity 0054 Inteq 0017 0054 0000 0053 0180, 0802 0030, 0180 Kenwood 0019, 0030 Kodak 0802 Konka 0632, 0628, 0638, 0703, 0707 0056 0047, 0054, 0154, 0156, 0178, 0747, 0802 Logik 0016 Luxman 0056 Lloyd’s...
  • Page 37 Basic remote control operations for other components Setup code chart Maker Setup Codes Orion 0179, 0236, 0463, 0817 Panasonic 0051, 0250, 0809, 0812, 0815, 0907, 0908 Penney 0019, 0021, 0030, 0047, 0051, 0060, 0156, 0178, 0747, 0802, 0804, 0809, 0814, 1347 Philco 0019, 0030, 0054, 0145, 0463 Philips...
  • Page 38 0769 Go Video 0715 Gradiente 0651 Greenhill 0717 Harman/Kardon 0582, 0702 Hitachi 0573, 0664 Hiteker 0672 0702 0558, 0623 0717 Kenwood 0490, 0534, 0682 Konka 0711 Koss 0651 Magnavox 0503, 0675 Marantz 0539 Microsoft 0522 Mintek 0717 Mitsubishi 0521 Nesa...
  • Page 39: Cassette Deck, Cd Player & Md Recorder Operations

    2 Press the keys corresponding to the operations you desire. Refer to the following sections for details. These keys can be used to perform the basic operations of KENWOOD and other manufacturers’ components which the setup code for each component had been entered beforehand.
  • Page 40: Other Components' Operations

    Basic remote control operations for other components Other components’ operations Refer to the following for the type of remote control operations available for each component. TV operation keys TUNER VID1 VID3 AV AUX VID2 TAPE PHONO POWER RCVR Numeric keys Multi Enter Enter...
  • Page 41 Basic remote control operations for other components Refer to the following for the type of remote control operations available for each component. DSS operation keys TUNER VID1 VID3 AV AUX VID2 TAPE PHONO POWER RCVR SRC Power (Source power) Enter Multi Enter Numeric keys...
  • Page 42: In Case Of Difficulty

    In case of difficulty Resetting the Microcomputer The microcomputer may malfunction (unit cannot be operated, or shows an erroneous display) if the power cord is unplugged while the power is ON, or due to some other external factor. If this happens, execute the following procedure to reset the microcomputer and return the unit to its normal operating condition.
  • Page 43 In case of difficulty Remote control unit Symptom Certain inputs cannot be selected using the remote control. Remote control operation is not possible. Cause • No setup codes registered for the respective input(s). • The remote control is set to a different operation mode.
  • Page 44: Specifications

    Coaxial ... 0.5 Vp-p / 75 Ω Notes 1. KENWOOD follows a policy of continuous advancements in development. For this reason specifications may be changed without notice. 2. The full performance may not be exhibited in an extremely cold location (under a water-freezing temperature).