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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: Operating Environment

    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. the manufacturer. Keep these instructions. Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or Heed all warnings. CAUTION table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with Follow all instructions.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Contents Thank you for buying this Pioneer product. Please read 04 Basic playback 07 Additional information through these operating instructions so you will know how to Playing a source ....... . 21 Troubleshooting .
  • Page 5: Before You Start

    Before you start Flow of settings on the receiver The unit is a full-fledged AV receiver equipped with an  Checking what’s in the box abundance of functions and terminals. It can be used easily after following the procedure below to make the connections Please check that you’ve received the following supplied Use the on-screen automatic MCACC setup to set up and settings.
  • Page 6: Controls And Displays

    Chapter Controls and displays Front panel 11 12 – Use with /, PRESET / INPUT SELECTOR dial TUNER EDIT TUNE PHONES jack Selects an input source (page 21). to memorize and name stations for recall Use to connect headphones. When the headphones are ENTER (page 25).
  • Page 7: Display

    Controls and displays iPod iPhone DIRECT CONTROL DTS indicators Change the receiver’s input to the iPod and enable iPod DTS – Lights when a source with DTS encoded audio operations on the iPod (page 23). signals is detected. HD – Lights when a source with DTS-EXPRESS or DTS-HD iPod/iPhone terminal Use to connect your Apple iPod or USB mass storage device encoded audio signals is detected.
  • Page 8: Remote Control

    Use to select the input source to this receiver (page 21). This MENU PARAMETER MENU will enable you to control other Pioneer components with the Press first to access: TUNER MENU remote control. – Memorizes stations for recall, also used to...
  • Page 9: Loading The Batteries

    When disposing of used batteries, please comply with SOURCE governmental regulations or environmental public Turns on or off the power of the Pioneer DVD/DVR units when institution’s rules that apply in your country/area. is selected using the input function buttons.
  • Page 10: Connecting Your Equipment

    Chapter Connecting your equipment Hints on the speaker placement Placing the speakers Where you put your speakers in the room has a big effect on the quality of the sound. The By connecting the left and right front speakers (L/R), the center speaker (C), the left and right following guidelines should help you to get the best sound from your system.
  • Page 11: Connecting The Speakers

    Connecting your equipment Subwoofer Front right Front left Connecting the speakers Center The receiver will work with just two stereo speakers (the front speakers in the diagram) but using at least three speakers is recommended, and a complete setup is best for surround LINE LEVEL sound.
  • Page 12: Making Cable Connections

    Connecting your equipment • If the video signal does not appear on your TV, try adjusting Note Making cable connections the resolution settings on your component or display. Note ®/ • Use a High Speed HDMI ™ Cable. If HDMI cable other that some components (such as video game units) have Make sure not to bend the cables over the top of this unit (as ®/...
  • Page 13: Analog Audio Cables

    Connecting your equipment Analog audio cables Standard RCA video cables About video outputs connection Use stereo RCA phono cables to connect analog audio These cables are the most common type of video connection This receiver is not loaded with a video converter. When you components.
  • Page 14: Connecting A Tv And Playback Components

    Connecting your equipment Game console HDMI/DVI-compatible components Connecting a TV and playback components DVD player, Blu-ray Disc player, Set-top box HDD/DVD recorder Blu-ray Disc recorder Connecting using HDMI If you have an HDMI or DVI (with HDCP) equipped component (Blu-ray Disc player, etc.), you can connect it to this receiver using a commercially available HDMI cable.
  • Page 15: Connecting Your Component With No Hdmi Terminal

    Connecting your equipment Connecting your component with no HDMI terminal DVD player Set-top box This diagram shows connections of a TV and DVD player (or other playback component) with no HDMI terminal to the Select one Select one receiver. VIDEO OUT VIDEO OUT ANALOG AUDIO OUT DIGITAL AUDIO OUT...
  • Page 16: Connecting Antennas

    Connecting your equipment Place the AM antenna on a flat surface and in a direction To improve AM reception Connecting antennas Connect a 5 m to 6 m (16 ft. to 20 ft.) length of vinyl-coated giving the best reception. wire to the AM antenna terminal without disconnecting the Connect the AM loop antenna and the FM wire antenna as Connect the FM wire antenna into the FM antenna...
  • Page 17: Connecting An Ipod

    Connecting your equipment Connecting an iPod Connecting a USB device This receiver has a dedicated iPod/iPhone terminal that will It is possible to listen to two-channel audio using the USB allow you to control playback of audio content from your iPod interface on the front of this receiver.
  • Page 18: Plugging In The Receiver

    A damaged power cord can cause a fire or give you an electrical shock. Check the power cord once in a while. When you find it damaged, ask your nearest PIONEER authorized service center or your dealer for a replacement.
  • Page 19: Basic Setup

    Chapter Basic Setup Switch on the receiver and your TV. Press RECEIVER on the remote control, then press the Automatically setting up for surround sound HOME MENU button. (MCACC) Switch the TV input to the input that connects this /// The Home Menu appears on your TV.
  • Page 20: Other Problems When Using The Auto Mcacc Setup

    Basic Setup Wait for the test tones to finish. Make sure ‘OK’ is selected, then press ENTER. Other problems when using the Auto MCACC A progress report is displayed on-screen while the If the screen in step 8 is left untouched for 10 seconds setup receiver outputs test tones to determine the speakers is not pressed in step 9, the Auto MCACC...
  • Page 21: Basic Playback

    Chapter Basic playback  Press AUTO/DIRECT to select ‘AUTO SURROUND’ and Press SIGNAL SEL to select the audio input signal Playing a source start playback of the source. corresponding to the source component. Here are the basic instructions for playing a source (such as If you’re playing a Dolby Digital or DTS surround sound Each press cycles through the following: a DVD disc) with your home theater system.
  • Page 22 Basic playback • Some DVD players don’t output DTS signals. For more details, refer to the instruction manual supplied with your DVD player. • In order to enjoy the picture and/or sound from devices connected to each terminal, select the input by doing the following. Audio (TV input) Other than TV input...
  • Page 23: Playing An Ipod

    Installing software versions other than indicated on the • This feature is not available for photos or video clips on your website of Pioneer to your iPod/iPhone may result in iPod. Switches between the iPod controls and the incompatibility with this receiver.
  • Page 24: Playing A Usb Device

    • MP3 (MPEG-1/2/2.5 Audio Layer 3) – Sampling rates: • Pioneer cannot guarantee compatibility (operation and/or 32 kHz/44.1 kHz/48 kHz; Bit rates: 32 kbps to 320 kbps bus power) with all USB mass storage devices and Basic playback controls (128 kbps or higher recommended);...
  • Page 25: Listening To The Radio

    Basic playback Note Improving FM sound Listening to the radio • If the receiver is left disconnected from the AC power outlet If the TUNE or ST indicators don’t light when tuning to an FM The following steps show you how to tune in to FM and AM for over a month, the station memories will be lost and will station because the signal is weak, set the receiver to the radio broadcasts using the automatic (search) and manual...
  • Page 26: Listening To Your System

    Chapter Listening to your system Note Type of surround modes Suitable sources Choosing the listening mode • Stereo surround (matrix) formats are decoded accordingly This receiver offers a variety of listening modes to Two channel sources using NEO:6 CINEMA (see Listening in surround sound accommodate playback of various audio formats.
  • Page 27: Using The Advanced Surround

    Listening to your system  Note Press S.RETRIEVER to switch the S.RTV (Sound ADVANCED Using the Advanced surround SURROUND • During ECO mode, the brightness switches between 2 ADV SURR Retriever) ON or OFF. levels. If the dimmest level is selected, DIMMER will be The Advanced surround feature creates a variety of surround Note shown on the display.
  • Page 28: Setting The Audio Options

    Listening to your system Phase Control technology provides coherent sound Setting/What it does Option(s) reproduction through the use of phase matching for an Setting the Audio options EQ (Acoustic Calibration EQ) optimal sound image at your listening position. The default There are a number of additional sound settings you can Switches on/off the effect of Acoustic setting is on and we recommend leaving Phase Control...
  • Page 29 Listening to your system Setting/What it does Option(s) Setting/What it does Option(s) DRC (Dynamic Range Control) –3 to +3 DIMEN (Dimension) AUTO Adjusts the level of dynamic range for movie Default: 0 Adjusts the surround sound balance from soundtracks optimized for Dolby Digital, DTS, front to back, making the sound more distant Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD (minus settings), or more forward (positive...
  • Page 30: Home Menu

    Chapter Home Menu Select the setting you want to adjust. Using the Home Menu Manual speaker setup The following section shows you how to make detailed This receiver allows you to make detailed settings to optimize Home Me nu settings to specify how you’re using the receiver, and also the surround sound performance.
  • Page 31: X.over

    Home Menu • Surr – Select LARGE if your surround speakers reproduce X.Over Select ‘Manual SP Setup’ from the Home Menu. bass frequencies effectively. Select SMALL to send bass • Default setting: 100Hz frequencies to the other speakers or subwoofer. If you Select ‘Channel Level’...
  • Page 32: Speaker Distance

    Home Menu Adjust the level of each speaker as the test tone is Adjust the distance of each speaker using /. emitted. The Auto Power Down menu You can adjust the distance of each speaker in 0.1 feet Set to automatically turn off the receiver after a specified time Note increments.
  • Page 33: The Hdmi Setup Menu

    Home Menu When you're finished, press RETURN. The HDMI Setup menu You return to the Home Menu. If your TV supports an audio return channel (ARC) function, connect your TV and this unit with an HDMI cable and the TV Before starting ARC operation audio will be inputted into this unit via the HDMI terminal When starting ARC operation, put the TV and this unit in...
  • Page 34: Additional Information

     Switch the subwoofer setting in Speaker Setting on page 30 power and call a Pioneer authorized independent service YES or PLUS.  After using the Auto MCACC setup, the speaker size company.
  • Page 35: Hdmi

    Additional information   Depending on the connected source component, it’s possible Can’t operate the remote control. Note that it will not work with this receiver (even if it is HDCP-  Replace the batteries (page • Depending on the component, audio output may be limited compatible).
  • Page 36: About Ipod/iphone

    Additional information • If the Standby Through is not set to OFF, you may not be Digital In/Out Section About iPod/iPhone able to initialize the unit. HDMI terminal ......Type A (19-pin) HDMI output type .
  • Page 37 Additional information The Safety of Your Ears is in Your Hands Get the most out of your equipment by playing it at a safe level – a level that lets the sound come through clearly without annoying blaring or distortion and, most importantly, without affecting your sensitive hearing.
  • Page 38 253 Alexandra Road, #04-01, Singapore 159936 TEL: 65-6472-7555 PIONEER ELECTRONICS AUSTRALIA PTY. LTD. 5 Arco Lane, Heatherton, Victoria, 3202, Australia, TEL: (03) 9586-6300 PIONEER ELECTRONICS DE MEXICO S.A. DE C.V. Blvd.Manuel Avila Camacho 138 10 piso Col.Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico, D.F. 11000 TEL: 55-9178-4270 K002_B3_En...

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  • chris baines Feb 17, 2019 08:28:
    I accidental​ly touched an unknown button on my remote and now get NO SOUND from the Receiver ? The sound just stopped???​?
  • Deba Jul 24, 2016 08:13:
    Thanks for the manual. But this is not neededaa
  • boniface Oct 12, 2015 03:03:
    my pioneer 523k is flicking where symbol HDMI is on right hand side and it is not coming on completely​.
    What should I do?
  • antonio Jun 15, 2015 01:22:
    this happened after i press the keyboard
  • antonio Jun 15, 2015 01:00:
    this hapend after i put keyboard