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Pioneer Elite VSX-40 Operating Instructions Manual

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Operating Instructions


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  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    • Receive free tips, updates and service bulletins on your new product • Improve product development Your input helps us continue to design products that meet your needs. • Receive a free Pioneer newsletter Registered customers can opt in to receive a monthly newsletter. Operating Instructions...
  • Page 2 VENTILATION CAUTION IMPORTANT When installing this unit, make sure to leave space around the unit for ventilation to improve heat radiation CAUTION (at least 40 cm at top, 20 cm at rear, and 20 cm at each RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK side).
  • Page 3 This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003. D8-10-1-3_A1_En Only use attachments/accessories specified by Read these instructions. CAUTION the manufacturer. Keep these instructions. This product satisfies FCC regulations when shielded Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or Heed all warnings.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Thank you for buying this Pioneer product. Please read Connecting an iPod ......21 06 The System Setup menu Connecting a USB device .
  • Page 5: Before You Start

    Before you start Flow of settings on the The Speaker System setting (page 41) (Specify either using the surround back or front height receiver speaker.) Checking what’s in the box The Input Assign menu (page 40) The unit is a full-fledged AV receiver equipped with an Please check that you’ve received the following supplied abundance of functions and terminals.
  • Page 6: Controls And Displays

  • Page 7: Display

    Controls and displays 11 Listening mode buttons 19 Speaker indicators 27 SIGNAL SELECT indicators Indicates the speaker terminal, A and/or B, to which audio AUTO SURROUND/STREAM DIRECT – Switches DIGITAL – Lights when a digital audio signal is selected. signal output is currently set (page 12). between Auto surround mode (page 33) and Stream Blinks when a digital audio signal is selected and Direct playback (page 34).
  • Page 8: Remote Control

    Controls and displays 1 SLEEP SETUP – Press to access the System Setup menu Remote control Press to change the amount of time before the receiver (page 38). switches into standby (30 min – 60 min – 90 min – Off). You RETURN –...
  • Page 9: Loading The Batteries

    CH +/– – Use to select channels. modes for Pioneer TVs. Do not use or store batteries in direct sunlight or other VOL +/– – Use to adjust the volume on your TV.
  • Page 10: Connecting Your Equipment

    Connecting your equipment Chapter 2: • To connect the ZONE 2 speakers, an additional Note amplifier is required. Connecting your • Both the surround back speakers and the front height speakers can be connected at the same time. In this case, Main zone sound will be output from either the front height speaker equipment...
  • Page 11 Connecting your equipment If the surround speakers cannot be set directly to the The front height terminals can also be used for Speaker B. side of the listening position with a 7.1-channel system, the surround effect can be enhanced by turning off the Front height setting Up Mix function (see Setting the Up Mix function on Front height left...
  • Page 12: Connecting The Speakers

    Connecting your equipment B-Speaker terminals: CAUTION Switching the speaker terminal Twist exposed wire strands together. • Make sure that all speakers are securely installed. This If you selected Surr.Back in The Speaker System setting on Push open the tabs and insert exposed wire. not only improves sound quality, but also reduces the risk page 41, you can switch between speakers using the SPEAKERS button.
  • Page 13: Making Cable Connections

    Connecting your equipment • If the video signal does not appear on your TV, try • 3D, Deep Color, x.v.Color signal transfer and Audio Making cable connections adjusting the resolution settings on your component or Return Channel are only possible when connected to a display.
  • Page 14: Video Cables

    Connecting your equipment Note Note About the video converter • When connecting optical cables, be careful when • If several video components are assigned to the same The video converter ensures that all video sources are output inserting the plug not to damage the shutter protecting input function, the converter gives priority to HDMI, from HDMI OUT terminal.
  • Page 15: Connecting A Tv And Playback Components

    Connecting your equipment Connecting a TV and playback components COAXIAL OPTICAL HDMI DVR/BDR IN DVD IN BD IN VIDEO 1 IN ASSIGNABLE ASSIGNABLE Connecting using HDMI TV/SAT CD-R/TAPE AUDIO VIDEO If you have an HDMI or DVI (with HDCP) equipped DVR/BDR CD-R/TAPE ZONE2...
  • Page 16: Connecting Your Tv With No Hdmi Input

    Connecting your equipment Connecting your TV with no HDMI input This diagram shows connections of a TV (with no HDMI input) and DVD player (or other playback component) to the COAXIAL HDMI DVR/BDR IN DVD IN BD IN VIDEO 1 IN OPTICAL ASSIGNABLE receiver.
  • Page 17: Connecting Your Dvd Player With No Hdmi Output

    Connecting your equipment Connecting your DVD player with no HDMI output COAXIAL HDMI HDMI DVR/BDR IN DVD IN BD IN VIDEO 1 IN OPTICAL ASSIGNABLE This diagram shows connections of a TV (with HDMI input) ASSIGNABLE and DVD player (or other playback component with no HDMI TV/SAT CD-R/TAPE output) to the receiver.
  • Page 18: Connecting A Satellite Receiver Or Other Digital Set-top Box

    Connecting your equipment Connecting a satellite receiver or other digital set-top box Connecting an HDD/DVD recorder, Blu-ray Disc recorder and other video sources Satellite and cable receivers, and terrestrial digital TV tuners are all examples of so-called ‘set- top boxes’. This receiver has audio/video inputs and outputs suitable for connecting analog or digital •...
  • Page 19: Using The Component Video Jacks

    Connecting your equipment Using the component video jacks Connecting other audio components Component video should deliver superior picture quality when compared to composite video. The number and kind of connections depends on the kind of component you’re connecting. A further advantage (if your source and TV are both compatible) is progressive-scan video, Follow the steps below to connect a CD-R, MD, DAT, tape recorder or other audio component.
  • Page 20: Connecting Optional Bluetooth® Adapter

    ADAPTER Connecting your SiriusConnect™ Tuner Connecting antennas When the Bluetooth ADAPTER (Pioneer Model No. AS-BT100 To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio broadcasts, you will need to Connect the AM loop antenna and the FM wire antenna as or AS-BT200) is connected to this unit, a product equipped activate your SiriusConnect tuner.
  • Page 21: Using External Antennas

    Connecting your equipment Using external antennas Connecting to the front panel video terminal Connecting an iPod Front video connections are accessed via the front panel This receiver has a dedicated iPod terminal that will allow you To improve FM reception using the INPUT SELECTOR or VIDEO2 button on the remote to control playback of audio content from your iPod using the Use an F connector (not supplied) to connect an external FM...
  • Page 22: Connecting A Usb Device

    Connecting your equipment Connecting a USB device Connecting an IR receiver Switching components on and off using the 12 volt trigger It is possible to listen to two-channel audio using the USB If you keep your stereo components in a closed cabinet or interface on the front of this receiver.
  • Page 23: Plugging In The Receiver

    Check the power cord once in a while. If you find it damaged, ask your nearest Pioneer authorized independent service company for a replacement. • The receiver should be disconnected by removing the mains plug from the wall socket when not in regular use, e.g., when on vacation.
  • Page 24: Basic Setup

    Basic Setup Chapter 3: Switch on the receiver and your TV. Select ‘Auto MCACC’ from the System Setup menu, then press ENTER. Basic Setup Switch the TV input so that it connects to the receiver. Connect the microphone to the MCACC SETUP MIC jack System Setup on the front panel.
  • Page 25: Other Problems When Using The Auto Mcacc Setup

    Basic Setup Confirm the speaker configuration. The Auto MCACC setup has finished! You return to the The configuration shown on-screen should reflect the actual System Setup menu. speakers you have. The settings made in the Auto MCACC setup should give you excellent surround sound from your system, but it is also 1.Auto MCACC possible to adjust these settings manually using the System...
  • Page 26: Basic Playback

    Basic playback Chapter 4: If you selected the proper input source and there is still no Selecting the audio input signal sound, select the audio input signal for playback (see Basic playback The audio input signal can be selected for each input source. Selecting the audio input signal below).
  • Page 27: Playing An Ipod

    DVD IN BD IN VIDEO 1 IN •Installing software versions other than indicated on the ASSIGNABLE Audio ASSIGNABLE website of Pioneer to your iPod/iPhone/iPad may result in incompatibility with this receiver. CD-R TV/SAT CD-R/TAPE (CD-R input) AUDIO • iPod and iPhone are licensed for reproduction of non-...
  • Page 28: Playing Back Files Stored On An Ipod

    • Press iPod USB to switch the remote control to the iPod/ connected to this receiver. Important USB operation mode. Playing back files stored on an iPod • Pioneer cannot guarantee compatibility (operation and/or MUTE DTV/ TV AUTO/ ALC/ BD MENU...
  • Page 29: Basic Playback Controls

    Wireless music play format and extension used depend on the application used to is incompatible. encode the AAC file. This receiver plays back AAC files When the Bluetooth ADAPTER (Pioneer Model No. AS-BT100 ® encoded by iTunes bearing the extension ‘.m4a’. DRM-...
  • Page 30: Before You Start

    Important wireless technology device. Press ENTER to enter PAIRING. • Pioneer does not guarantee proper connection and This receiver’s remote control buttons can be used for basic Select the PIN code to be used from 0000/1234/8888 operation of this unit with all Bluetooth wireless playback of files stored on the Bluetooth wireless technology using /, then press ENTER.
  • Page 31: Listening To Sirius Radio

    Basic playback programming to the SIRIUS service. The ‘Best of XM’ service Selecting channels and browsing by genre Using the SIRIUS Menu is not available to SIRIUS Canada subscribers at this time. Use the front panel display to select channels. You can select The SIRIUS Menu provides additional SIRIUS Radio features.
  • Page 32: Listening To The Radio

    Basic playback Saving station presets Listening to station presets Listening to the radio If you often listen to a particular radio station, it’s convenient You will need to have some presets stored to do this. See The following steps show you how to tune in to FM and AM to have the receiver store the frequency for easy recall Saving station presets above if you haven’t done this already.
  • Page 33: Listening To Your System

    Listening to your system Chapter 5: Auto playback AUTO SURROUND/ AUTO/ Listening to your system STREAM DIRECT DIRECT Type of surround Suitable sources The simplest, most direct listening option is the AUTO modes SURROUND feature. With this, the receiver automatically Choosing the listening mode detects what kind of source you’re playing and selects multichannel or stereo playback as necessary.
  • Page 34: Using The Advanced Surround

    Listening to your system a. If surround back channel processing (page 35) is switched off, F.S.S.ADVANCE Allows you to create natural surround Using the Sound Retriever or the surround back speakers are set to NO, DOLBY PLIIx (Front Stage sound effects using just the front speakers becomes DOLBY PLII (5.1 channel sound).
  • Page 35: Better Sound Using Phase Control

    Listening to your system Better sound using Phase Control Using surround back channel processing Setting the Up Mix function This receiver’s Phase Control feature uses phase correction You can have the receiver automatically use 6.1 or 7.1 In a 7.1-channel surround system with surround speakers measures to make sure your sound source arrives at the decoding for 6.1 encoded sources (for example, Dolby Digital placed directly at the sides of the listening position, the...
  • Page 36: Setting The Audio Options

    Listening to your system Setting/What it does Option(s) Setting/What it does Option(s) Setting the Audio options M/L OFF LFE ATT (LFE Attenuate) 0 (0 dB) There are a number of additional sound settings you can MIDNIGHT/LOUDNESS Some Dolby Digital and DTS audio sources make using the AUDIO PARAMETER menu.
  • Page 37: Making An Audio Or A Video Recording

    Listening to your system Refer to the instructions that came with the recorder if you Setting/What it does Option(s) Making an audio or a video recording are unsure how to do this. Most video recorders set the audio recording level automatically—check the component’s PNRM.
  • Page 38: The System Setup Menu

    The System Setup menu Chapter 6: • Auto MCACC – This is a quick and effective automatic Manual speaker setup surround setup (see Automatically setting up for surround The System Setup menu sound (MCACC) on page 24). This receiver allows you to make detailed settings to optimize •...
  • Page 39: Crossover Network

    The System Setup menu • Front – Select LARGE if your front speakers reproduce Choose the frequency cutoff point. Note bass frequencies effectively, or if you didn’t connect a Frequencies below the cutoff point will be sent to the • If you select SMALL for the front speakers, the subwoofer subwoofer.
  • Page 40: Speaker Distance

    The System Setup menu Adjust the level of each channel using /. If you didn’t make component video connections according Speaker Distance If you selected Manual, use / to switch speakers. The to the defaults above, you must assign the numbered input to For good sound depth and separation from your system, you Auto setup will output test tones in the order shown on- the component you’ve connected (or else you may see the...
  • Page 41: The Speaker System Setting

    The System Setup menu Resolution The Speaker System setting The Video Parameter setting Specifies the output resolution of the video signal (when Specify either using the surround back speaker (or the This receiver can up-convert the video signal input from the video input signals are output at the HDMI OUT terminal, speaker B), or the front height speaker connection with the B- composite/component video terminals;...
  • Page 42: Aspect

    The System Setup menu Aspect The Auto Power Down menu The 12 V Trigger Setting Specifies the aspect ratio when analog video input signals Set to automatically turn off the receiver after a specified time If the input switches over to the input function set here, a are output at the HDMI OUT terminal.
  • Page 43: Control With Hdmi Function

    Synchronized operations below with a Control with HDMI- HDMI connections, if the TV supports the HDMI Audio compatible Pioneer TV or Blu-ray Disc player or with a Return Channel function, the sound of the TV is input to Switch on the receiver and your TV.
  • Page 44: Before Using Synchronization

    TV can sound from the TV is performed from the TV’s menu player or recorder of a brand other than Pioneer that supports the Control with HDMI function. be input via the HDMI terminal.
  • Page 45: Using The Multi-zone Feature

    Using the MULTI-ZONE feature Chapter 8: Use the INPUT SELECTOR dial to select the source for the Sub zone zone you have selected. Using the MULTI-ZONE For example, Z2: CDR sends the source connected to the CDR inputs to the sub room (ZONE 2). feature •...
  • Page 46: Controlling The Rest Of Your System

    Controlling the rest of your system Chapter 9: Selecting preset codes directly Clearing all the remote control settings Controlling the rest of You can clear all presets and restore the factory default settings. your system DISP RECEIVER SLEEP SOURCE CONTROL ...
  • Page 47: Controls For Tvs

    DTV/TV Switches between the DTV and – this when the disc is already stopped will Manufacturer analog TV input modes for Pioneer cause the disc tray to open). TVs. Number buttons Use to enter a title/chapter/track number.   ...
  • Page 48 0006 Element 0082 Memorex 0001, 0005, 0006, 0009, 0090, 0104 iSymphony 2060 If operations are not Pioneer 0291, 0113, 0294, 0296 Emerson 0004, 0006, 0007, 0041 Sears 0000, 0004, 0006, 0009, JBL 2084 possible using the preset Admiral 0001, 0014...
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  • Page 50: Additional Information

    0º (or depending on the subwoofer, the Switching the speaker terminal on page 12). ask your nearest Pioneer authorized independent service setting where you think it has the best overall effect on the  Set the SIGNAL SEL to H (HDMI), C1/O1/O2 (digital) or A company to carry out repair work.
  • Page 51: Hdmi

    Additional information  Check that pairing is correct. The pairing setting was deleted After using the Auto MCACC setup, the speaker size setting Synchronized operation not possible using Control with (LARGE or SMALL) is incorrect. from this unit or the Bluetooth wireless technology device. HDMI function.
  • Page 52: Ipod Messages

    Additional information Note SIRIUS radio messages Resetting the main unit • Depending on the component, audio output may be ‘NO ANT’ Use this procedure to reset all the receiver’s settings to the limited to the number of channels available from the ...
  • Page 53: Cleaning The Unit

    Additional information Tuner Section Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. “Dolby”, Cleaning the unit Frequency Range (FM) ....87.5 MHz to 108 MHz “Pro Logic”, “Surround EX”, and the double-D symbol are Antenna Input (FM) .
  • Page 54 Additional information...
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