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Pioneer Elite VSX-35TX Operating Instructions Manual

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AUDIO/VIDEO
MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER
VSX-35TX
Operating Instructions

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  • Page 1 AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL RECEIVER VSX-35TX Operating Instructions...
  • Page 2: Important Notice

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  • Page 3: Important Safety Instructions

    This is a safety feature. If you are shock.
  • Page 4: Quick Start Guide

    Optical Digital Connection If your DVD player has an optical terminal (not a PCM-only output) for the audio out you can hook it up using this following the diagram on the next page. You will need to assign the digital input (tell the receiver which input...
  • Page 5: Speaker Connections

    The diagram below also explains how to hook up a subwoofer which provides realistic bass sounds. Make sure you connect the speaker on the right to the right terminal and the speaker on the left to the left terminal. Also make sure the positive and negative (+/–) terminals on the amplifier match those on the speakers.
  • Page 6: Digital Input Assignment

    2 Plug the main unit into an AC wall outlet. 4 4 4 4 4 Digital Input Assignment This is only necessary if you did not hook up your DVD to DIGITAL IN 1, as in the first diagram on p. 4. Î As s g...
  • Page 7: Playing A Dvd With Surround Sound

    Setup menu. 1 Use the 5¥∞ buttons to choose the Digital-3 and press ENTER. D i g i t a l - I n Se l e c t Mu l t i n ne l D i g i t a l - i...
  • Page 8 Digital noise reduction filters out unwanted noise from recordings to give you a clearer sound and the 7 channel tone control allows you to adjust the treble and bass of each channel individually to suit your listening tastes.
  • Page 9: Table Of Contents

    Digital Connections ..........13 Multi Operations ............73 Video Components ........... 14 System Off ..............75 Example Connection for a DVD/LD or LD player ..15 Setting Up the Direct Function ........ 76 Satellite TV Components ......... 16 Remote Back Light ............ 77 TV ................
  • Page 10: Before You Start

    • Never use new and old batteries together. • Insert the plus and minus sides of the batteries properly according to the marks in the battery case. • Batteries with the same shape may have different voltages. Do not use different batteries together.
  • Page 11: Installing The Receiver

    Operating range of remote control unit The area in which you can use the remote control to operate the VSX-35TX is fairly large. To use, point the remote control toward the remote sensor on the front panel of this unit while within the range shown below.
  • Page 12: Connecting Your Equipment

    (turntable, cassette deck) use these jacks. Remember that for components you want to record with you need to hook up four plugs (a set of stereo ins and a set of stereo outs), but for components that only play (like a turntable) you only need to hook up one set of stereo plugs (two plugs).
  • Page 13: Digital Connections

    DIGITAL IN 4: TV/SAT You will notice that Digital IN 1, for example, is a coaxial jack. If your DVD/LD player only has an optical out jack on it then you won't be able to hook up your components in accordance with the VSX-35TX default setting. In...
  • Page 14: Video Components

    (the quality descends in this order) but remember, the video component you are watching and your TV must be hooked up with same type of video cord or you won't be able to see the picture. For the audio signal, order to use Dolby Digital/DTS you must hook up a digital input.
  • Page 15: Example Connection For A Dvd/ld Or Ld Player

    Example Connection for a DVD/LD or LD player Make sure you connect your DVD/LD or LD players using both a RF demodulator and either a coaxial or optical (you don't need to do both of these) digital connections. To connect a DVD/LD player or LD player with it's output, a commercially available RF demodulator (RFD-1) is required.
  • Page 16: Satellite Tv Components

    TV) you must hook up a digital input. Use either a coaxial or optical cables, it doesn't matter which (you don't need to use both). It's also a good idea to hook up your audio with analog cables (see below).
  • Page 17: Multi Channel Input (external Decoder)

    (the quality descends in this order) but remember, the video component you are watching and your TV must be hooked up with same type of video cord or you won't be able to see the picture. Before making or changing the connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC wall outlet.
  • Page 18: Connecting The Radio Antennas

    Connecting Your Equipment Connecting the Radio Antennas Connect the supplied FM wire antenna and the AM loop antenna to the antenna terminals as shown below. These antennas should provide adequate reception quality in most cases, but connecting outdoor antennas should noticeably improve sound quality.
  • Page 19: Speakers

    BACK speaker hook it up to the SURROUND BACK L (SINGLE) terminal on the back of the receiver. In general, make sure you connect the speaker on the right to the right terminal and the speaker on the left to the left terminal.
  • Page 20: Placing Your Speakers

    CAUTION: When installing the center speaker on top of the TV, be sure to secure it with tape or some other suitable means. Otherwise, the speaker may fall from the TV due to external shocks such as earthquakes, and it may lead to endangering those nearby or damaging the speaker .
  • Page 21: Connecting Additional Amplifiers

    Connecting Additional Amplifiers To hook up surround back speakers you need to use an additional amplifier. Other than for that purpose this receiver has more than sufficient power for any home use, but it is possible to add additional amplifiers to every channel of your system.
  • Page 22: Displays & Controls

    Displays & Controls Front Panel All the controls on the front panel are explained and/or referenced here. To open the front panel push gently on the lower third of the panel. 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 12 13 STANDBY/ON button / DTS buttons (See p.
  • Page 23 TUNER – The built-in tuner. 10 TUNER CONTROL buttons (See p.54-57) PHONO – Turntable. BAND – Press to select the AM or FM band. VIDEO – Video camera (etc.) connected to the CLASS – Press repeatedly to switch the preset VIDEO INPUT on the front panel.
  • Page 24: Remote Control

    Use this button to start the MULTI OPERATION TV only and can be used no matter what mode. See p. 73 – 74 for how to program and function the remote control is set to. use the MULTI OPERATION mode.
  • Page 25 Use to lower the input level of an analog signal DIGITAL NR button that is too powerful, thus causing the sound to Press to switch Digital NR on or off. (See p. 48) distort (the OVERLOAD indicactor will light). SIGNAL SELECT button (See p. 45)
  • Page 26: Display

    LOUDNESS – Lights when the Loudness is on. indicators change according to which channels TONE – Lights when the Tone control is on. are active in the source. When all three LS (left MIDNIGHT – Lights when the Midnight mode surround), S (surround) and RS (right surround) is on.
  • Page 27: Initial Setup

    There are a number of possible ways to hook up the receiver to your video components, like a DVD player, and hook up to your receiver to your TV, but some of them will not allow you to use the on-screen display of this unit.
  • Page 28: Setting Up For Surround Sound

    To set up this receiver's home cinema system you can use on-screen displays on your TV or the front panel display on the receiver. Switch on the receiver and your TV, and make sure that the receiver is selected as your TV's video input.
  • Page 29 This feature lets you rename specific "functions," which in this SYSTEM SETUP EFFECT/ FUNCTION CH SEL case stands for components like DVD/LD, VCR 1 , etc. This is a ENTER (to exit useful feature for matching the remote control and receiver DIGITAL SIGNAL –...
  • Page 30 Digital In Select In order to be able to use your digital equipment properly you need to assign digital inputs for each of the digital components you connected. Match the Digital 1-4 settings with the digital jacks 1-4 in accordance with what is connected to each digital jack.
  • Page 31 Multi Channel In For most people this setting will not be necessary, if this is the case for you go on to the next setup. If you have a Multi Channel external decoder you can choose whether to have the sound level set to BYPASS, which bypasses the level adjust circuit or set to ADJUST, which goes through the level adjust circuit.
  • Page 32 Component In Select For most people this setting will not be necessary, if this is the case for you go on to the next setup. In order to be able to use you components hooked up with component video you need to assign the terminals for the devices you connected.
  • Page 33: Speaker Setting

    SURROUND SETUP (SURROUND SET is shown on the receiver’s display). The steps below show you how to specify the type of speakers you connected. Use the 5¥∞ buttons to make a selection from the on-screen menus, and use the ENTER button to register the information.
  • Page 34: Initial Setup

    • Select LARGE if your speakers will reproduce bass frequencies effectively. If you have a subwoofer and like lots of bass, it may • Select SMALL to send bass frequencies to the other seem logical to select LARGE for your FRONT speakers or subwoofer.
  • Page 35: Channel Delay

    Channel Delay Adding a slight delay to some speakers is necessary to achieve a surround sound effect. You need to figure out the distance from your listening position to your speakers to add the proper delay. The following steps show you how to set the delay time for each channel by specifying the distances from your listening position to each speaker.
  • Page 36: Channel Level

    Initial Setup Channel Level The following steps show you how to balance the sound output level of your speakers. Proper speaker balance is essential for obtaining high quality surround sound. If continuing from Channel Delay go to step 1. If starting fresh, complete steps 1-3 in “Setting Up for Surround Sound“ (p.28) first.
  • Page 37 When sounding the TEST TONE for the SURROUND BACK speakers you must use the external amplifier you hooked up with your SURROUND BACK (see p.19, 21) so the amplfier must be on and have the volume turned up. It is possible to set channels levels independently for /dts, STEREO, MULTI CHANNEL IN and each DSP mode for listening-once purposes (see p.44 ) but if you do so these levels will remain in...
  • Page 38: Crossover Network

    LARGE in Speaker Setting. The Crossover Network setting lets you specify a frequency, below which, sound will be routed to these other speakers. If continuing from Channel Level go to step 1. If starting fresh, complete steps 1-3 in “Setting Up for Surround Sound“ (p.28) first.
  • Page 39: Bass Peak Level

    The LFE (Low Frequency Effect) channel in Dolby Digital or DTS program sources can produce heavy ultra-low bass tones that may exceed the capabilities of your speaker system. The following steps show you how to set a maximum output level for the LFE channel. If continuing from Crossover Network go to step 1. If starting fresh, complete steps 1-3 in "Setting Up for Surround Sound"...
  • Page 40: Dynamic Range Control

    MIDNIGHT LISTENING mode accomplishes the same end for a variety of sources (see p.49). If continuing from Bass Peak Level go to step 1. If starting fresh, complete steps 1-3 in “Setting Up for Surround Sound“ (p.28) first.
  • Page 41: Basic Playback

    Basic Playback Sound Modes The five sound modes on the receiver are explained here. These can be turned on from the front panel or from the remote control. There are three cinema modes: STANDARD, HOME THX CINEMA, and ADVANCED THEATER. These are designed to be used with multi channel surround sound audio/visual sources (like DVDs and LDs).
  • Page 42: Home Thx Cinema Modes

    SURROUND BACK speakers. For more detailed information see p.19,21,33-34.This mode is best if you are unsure which of the above THX modes to use. The display will show you what kind of source (Dolby Digital, DTS, etc.) is being played.
  • Page 43: Dsp Modes

    The DSP (Digital Signal Processing) modes allow you to transform your living room into a variety of different sonic environments when playing either two-channel or multi-channel sources. If you have SURROUND BACK speaker(s) switched on (see p.33-34) then 7.1 will appear after the name of all of these modes in the display on the receiver.
  • Page 44: Selecting A Sound Mode

    EFFECT +/– (The default setting is 70). Also, the effect level can be set in each ADVANCED THEATER mode by pressing the EFFECT(+/–) button. • The amount of effect of each DSP mode can be adjusted in the range of 10 to 90 (the default setting value is 70) by pressing EFFECT +/–.
  • Page 45: Playing Sources With Dolby Digital Or Dts Sound

    Basic Playback Playing Sources with Dolby Digital or DTS Sound The following instructions show you how to play Dolby Digital or DTS sound sources with the VSX-35TX. 1 Put the remote control slide switch in USE. Î SETUP S0URCE RECEIVER...
  • Page 46: Playing Stereo Sources

    Playing Stereo Sources The following instructions show you how to use the receiver for stereo audio or audio-visual. If the TAPE 2 indicator is visible in the display, it means the TAPE 2 MONITOR is on. Press TAPE 2 memo MONITOR on the front panel to turn it off unless you want to listen to TAPE 2.
  • Page 47: Switching Analog And Digital Signal Input

    For example, the switch would have to be on DIGITAL to use DOLBY DIGITAL or DTS surround sound but it would have to be on ANALOG to record to the analog out jacks on the receiver.
  • Page 48: Reducing Noise During Playback

    Basic Playback Reducing Noise During Playback To reduce extraneous noise switch on DIGITAL NR. This noise reduction can be used with sound every mode except THX, MULTI CHANNEL IN and DIRECT. 1 Put the remote control slide switch in USE.
  • Page 49: Listening In Midnight Mode

    REMOTE CONTROL UNIT Listening the Loudness Mode The LOUDNESS mode allows you to boost the bass in a signal. It is useful for listening to music at low volumes. Press the LOUDNESS button. Each press switches LOUDNESS mode between on and off.
  • Page 50: Adjusting Bass And Treble

    Adjusting Bass and Treble You can use BASS +/– or TREBLE +/– buttons to adjust the low and high frequencies for each individual set of speakers. If the receiver is in STEREO mode you can only adjust the FRONT speakers. In a surround mode (STANDARD, ADVANCED THEATER, etc.) you can adjust the FRONT, CENTER, SURROUND and SURROUND...
  • Page 51: Multi Channel In Playback

    This receiver is capable of playing back advanced DVD discs which are recorded in 96 kHz/24 bit format (these are all stereo discs) and any source recorded in 96 kHz and up to 24 bit. The receiver will automatically read the format of the source and play accordingly (of course the SIGNAL SELECT will have to set to AUTO or DIGITAL to read the DVD soundtrack).
  • Page 52: Direct Playback

    Basic Playback Direct Playback This mode is for playing back a sound source in its purest form, no tone adjustments or other sound modes can be used. 1 Put the remote control slide switch in USE. Î SETUP S0URCE RECEIVER...
  • Page 53: Dual Mono Setting

    Dual mono software usually is used to put two different soundtracks on one DVD. With this setting you can choose which channel in the dual mono setting you want to listen to. Thus, it is useful for soundtracks that have one language on one channel and a different language on the other.
  • Page 54: Using The Tuner

    Automatic and Manual Tuning The following steps show you how to tune in FM and AM radio broadcasts using the automatic (search) and manual (step) tuning functions. If you already know the exact frequency of the station you desire, see “Direct Access Tuning“...
  • Page 55: Direct Access Tuning

    Using the Tuner Direct Access Tuning The following steps show you how to tune directly to a specific frequency using the remote control. 1 Put the remote control slide switch in USE. Î SETUP S0URCE RECEIVER MULTI SYSTEM 2 Press the TUNER button.
  • Page 56: Memorizing Frequently Used Stations

    Using the Tuner Memorizing Frequently Used Stations The following steps show you how to memorize up to 30 radio stations in 3 classes (each holding 10 channels). When memorizing FM frequencies, the receiver also memorizes the MPX mode (STEREO or MONO).
  • Page 57: Recalling Memorized Stations

    ADVANCED STANDARD To select channel 0, press AV PRE-PROGRAMMED AND LEARNING For example : If 99.50 MHz (FM) was memorized in class A at REMOTE CONTROL UNIT channel 7. To skip through each channel in order Press STATION –/+ repeatedly.
  • Page 58: Remote Control Of Other Components

    In addition to controlling the receiver, the supplied remote control can operate your other components (VCR, TV, LD, CD, etc.) after you program it to do so. In this way, instead of fumbling with many different controls and buttons, you only need to use one remote control. If your component(s) are listed in the remote control's memory, simply follow the steps below.
  • Page 59 OFF signal. If the component turns ON or OFF, you have entered the proper code. If the component does not turn ON or OFF and there is more than one setup code, try inputting another code (starting again from step 4). Some manufacturers use several sets of remote control signals and the first code may not correspond to your component.
  • Page 60: Learning Commands From Other Remote Controls

    Learning Commands from Other Remote Controls If preset codes are not available for your component(s), or the available preset codes do not operate correctly, you can use this function to program in signals from the remote control(s) of your other component(s). This operation can also be used after recalling a preset code to program additional operations not covered in the preset codes.
  • Page 61 Remote Control of Other Components 5 Press the button to be programmed. The MULTI CONTROL button lights steadily. Î SETUP • The TV POWER, TV FUNC and TV VOL +/– buttons are only S0URCE RECEIVER MULTI SYSTEM available for learning when programming TV CONTROL OPERATION operations.
  • Page 62: Using The Remote Control With Other Components

    The following operations are available from the receiver's remote control after you program your DVD or LD player's preset code, but some operations may need to be learned by the receiver (see “Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other Components,“ on p. 58 – 61).
  • Page 63 (see “Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other Components," on p. 58 – 61). • To perform these operations, press the VCR 1/DVR or VCR 2 button to set the remote to the VCR, DVD video recorder operation mode.
  • Page 64 The following operations are available from the receiver's remote control after you program your CD player or CD-R's preset code, but some operations may need to be learned by the receiver (see “Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other Components,“ on p. 58 – 61).
  • Page 65 The following operations are available from the receiver's remote control after you program your MD recorder's preset code, but some operations may need to be learned by the receiver (see “Setting up the Remote Control to Control Other Components,“ on p. 58 – 61).
  • Page 66: Exit Menu

    The following operations are available from the receiver's remote control after you program your satellite tuner's (or cable TV's) preset code, but some operations may need to be learned by the receiver (see “Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other Components,“ on p. 58 – 61).
  • Page 67 (see “Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other Components,“ on p.58 – 61). • To perform these operations, press the TV/SAT and TV CONT button to set the remote to the TV operation mode. •...
  • Page 68: Cassette Deck Operations

    The following operations are available from the receiver's remote control after you recall a cassette deck's preset code , but some operations may need to be learned by the receiver (see “Setting Up the Remote Control to Control Other Components,“ on p. 58 – 61).
  • Page 69: Using Other Functions

    (for example if you connect a video camera to the VIDEO jacks on the front of the receiver).
  • Page 70 TV CONTROL VOLUME TV VOL – – TV FUNC function name using the same procedure. • If you make a mistake you can use the RETURN button (2 REMOTE SETUP INPUT MENU MUTE button) to go back a step. SYSTEM SETUP...
  • Page 71: Recording From Audio Components

    The following explanations show you how to record an analog or digital audio signal. Note that your analog components cannot record a player that is only connected digitally (and vice-versa). If you want to record from a digital component to an analog one (for example, a tape deck), or vice-versa, the digital component it must be connected via analog jacks and you need to set the SIGNAL SELECT switch to ANALOG.
  • Page 72: Recording From Digital Audio Components

    The following operations show you how to record audio and video to the video tape recorder connected to the VCR 1, VCR 2 or DVR jacks. Note that all signals coming out of these jacks will be analog and it is not possible to record Dolby Digital/DTS soundtracks.
  • Page 73: Multi Operations

    Using Other Functions Multi Operations A Multi Operation is a sequence of commands programmed into a single button to save you a lot of repetitive button pressing. Once setup, pressing the MULTI OPERATION button followed by one of the MULTI CONTROL buttons will switch on that component, the receiver and your TV, and switch the function of the receiver to that component.
  • Page 74: Performing Multi Operations

    2 Press the DVD/LD button then (POWER) to turn on your EFFECT/ FUNCTION CH SEL DVD player (if it is not a PIONEER product). ENTER 3 Press the DVD/LD button then 3 (play) to start playing the SIGNAL DIGITAL – SELECT DVD player. MULTI CH...
  • Page 75: System Off

    For example, you can program the unit to stop your DVD, turn off your TV, turn off your DVD player and turn off the receiver itself. You don't need to program in other the power for PIONEER components, they will go off automatically in this mode.
  • Page 76: Setting Up The Direct Function

    (for example purposes, the VCR 2 button). Yet, if you put the receiver in VCR 2 mode you'll get no picture on your TV because the external video deck signal is not going through the receiver.
  • Page 77: Remote Back Light

    Remote Back Light When you press any button on the remote all the buttons light for a few seconds. You can change the strength of this light here. MAX is the strongest. MID is slightly weaker. There's also the option to switch off backlighting altogether.
  • Page 78: Erasing Learned Remote Control Commands

    The MULTI CONTROL buttons will blink 3 times and all signals which have been learned from other remote controls will be erased. GUIDE EXIT • When you're done setting up, remember to set the slide ENTER DISC switch back to USE. TV VOL...
  • Page 79: Video Select

    This function allows you to listen to one sound source while you watch a different video source on your TV. The sound source is set in the normal fashion as is explained on p. 45. You then alter the video input with the VIDEO SELECT button.
  • Page 80: Multi-room

    (the main room power can be off while the sub room is on) and the sub room can be controlled by this unit's remote control. If you go into the main room to change the source but forget the remote control it's not a problem.
  • Page 81 After you have completed the necessary connections for MULTI-ROOM operation you need to set up the receiver for such operation. Follow the instructions below. The page after this one explains how to use the MULTI-ROOM function once it's been set up.
  • Page 82 MULTI-ROOM set up and return to representative to be sure. the ASSIGN SETUP MENU operations. D i g i t a l - I n Se l e c t Mu l t i n ne l C ompo...
  • Page 83 VOLUME. The volume can be adjusted in a range of –82dB to 0dB. If you slelcted FIXED in the SETUP MODE on the memo If you don't turn the multi room previous page you won't be able to adjust the volume.
  • Page 84 TV VOL TV CONTROL VOLUME – – TV FUNC • RECEIVER button • FUNCTION button (will not select PHONO, VCR 2 or VIDEO) REMOTE SETUP INPUT MENU MUTE • VOLUME +/– buttons (for adjusting the sub-room's volume SYSTEM SETUP EFFECT/...
  • Page 85 IR receiver during operation. • If you plan to leave the MULTI ROOM feature off for a lengthy period please turn off the power in both the SUB and MAIN rooms. Make sure the STANDBY indicator turns red and the MR&S indicator goes off.
  • Page 86: Techno Tidbits & Problem-solving

    PARK” in 1993, and has a good reputation for high quality sound and dynamic surround effects. In this system, 6 channels of digital sound are recorded on CD-ROM, rather than on the film. DTS adopts a simultaneous playback format. With a low rate of compression of sound signals and a high rate of transmittance, a higher sound quality format is produced.
  • Page 87: Thx

    Because of these differences we often miss the power and emotion that thrills us in a good movie. Now Pioneer and THX have teamed up to bring the full glory of accurate cinema sound to the comfort and convenience of your home.
  • Page 88: Preset Code List

    OPTIMUS PIONEER In this list the DVR codes are listed under the DVD and the VCR section, the SAT and the DTV codes are memo listed under the STB section, and the DAT codes are listed under the MD section.
  • Page 89: Troubleshooting

    Techno Tidbits & Problem-solving Troubleshooting Incorrect operations are often mistaken for trouble and malfunctions. If you think that there is something wrong with this component, check the points below. Sometimes the trouble may lie in another component. Investigate the other components and electrical appliances being used.
  • Page 90 DTS is played back. When a search is performed by • The search function performed by • This is not a malfunction, but be sure a DTS compatible CD player the player interferes with the to turn the volume down to prevent during playback, noise is output.
  • Page 91 DTS. If the unit does not operate normally due to external effects such as static electricity Disconnect the power plug from the outlet and insert again to return to normal operating conditions. STATION CALL button fill in sheet It's a good idea to make a note of your preset stations.
  • Page 92: Specifications

    Continuous Power Output Y ..........5 Hz to 20 MHz –3 Front ..90 W + 90 W (20 Hz – 20 kHz, 0.09 %, 8 ) .......... 5 Hz to 13 MHz –3 Center ....90 W (20 Hz – 20 kHz, 0.09 %, 8 ) Rear ..
  • Page 93: Power Cord Caution

    Never make a knot in the cord or tie then wipe again with a dry cloth. Do not use it with other cords.
  • Page 94 Techno Tidbits & Problem-solving...
  • Page 95 Techno Tidbits & Problem-solving...
  • Page 96 Should this product require service in the U.S.A. and you wish to locate the nearest Pioneer Authorized Independent Service Company, or if you wish to purchase replacement parts, operating instructions, service manuals, or accessories, please call the number shown below.

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