IMPORTANT This product is for general household purposes. Any failure due to use for other than household purposes CAUTION (such as long-term use for business purposes in a restaurant or use in a car or ship) and which requires RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK repair will be charged for even during the warranty DO NOT OPEN period.
If the AC plug of this unit does not match the AC outlet you want to use, the plug must be removed and appropriate one fitted. Replacement and mounting of an AC plug on the power supply cord of this unit should be performed only by qualified service personnel.
Thank you for buying this Pioneer product. Please read through these operating instructions so you will know how to operate your model properly. After you have finished reading the instructions, put them away in a safe place for future reference.
Before you start Flow of settings on the receiver The FL Demo Mode menu (page 26) (When you don’t want the demo display to show on the Checking what’s in the box The unit is a full-fledged AV receiver equipped with an front panel display.) Please check that you’ve received the following supplied abundance of functions and terminals.
Controls and displays Chapter 1: Controls and displays Front panel VSX-321 AUDIO/ VIDEO MULTI- CHANNEL RECEIVER HDMI SPEAKERS DIMMER DISPLAY BAND TUNER EDIT TUNE PRESET ENTER AUTO SURROUND/ ALC/ ADVANCED SOUND STREAM DIRECT STANDARD SURR SURROUND STEREO RETRIEVER INPUT MASTER SELECTOR VOLUME STANDBY/ ON...
Controls and displays NEO:6 – When one of the NEO:6 modes of the receiver is 11 SOUND RETRIEVER Press to restore CD quality sound to compressed audio on, this lights to indicate NEO:6 processing (page 21). sources (page 22). 20 Dolby Digital indicators 2D –...
Use to select the input source to this receiver (page 17). This MENU Press TUNER first to access: will enable you to control other Pioneer components with the MENU remote control. TUNER EDIT – Memorizes stations for recall (page 18), also used to change the name (page 19).
12 SOURCE Insert the plus and minus sides of the batteries properly Turns on or off the power of the Pioneer DVD/DVR units when according to the marks in the battery case. BD, DVD, DVR/BDR or CD is selected using the input Batteries with the same shape may have different function buttons.
Connecting your equipment Chapter 2: a. This layout is available only when the additional amplifier is connected to the unit and the surround back speakers are connected to the amplifier. For details, see Connect the surround back Connecting your equipment speakers on page 11.
Connecting your equipment Front right Front left Subwoofer 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 sound.
Connecting your equipment Note About HDMI Making cable connections ® • Use a High Speed HDMI cable. If HDMI cable other than The HDMI connection transfers uncompressed digital video, Make sure not to bend the cables over the top of this unit. If ®...
Connecting your equipment Analog audio cables Video cables About video outputs connection Use stereo RCA phono cables to connect analog audio This receiver is not loaded with a video converter. When you Standard RCA video cables components. These cables are typically red and white, and use HDMI cables for connecting to the input device, the These cables are the most common type of video connection you should connect the red plugs to R (right) terminals and...
Connecting your equipment Connecting your component with no HDMI terminal Connecting a TV and playback components This diagram shows connections of a TV and DVD player (or other playback component) with no HDMI terminal to the receiver. 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.
Connecting your equipment Connecting a satellite receiver or other digital Connecting other audio components Connecting antennas set-top box The number and kind of connections depends on the kind of Connect the AM loop antenna and the FM wire antenna as component you’re connecting.
(not supplied) Check the power cord once in a while. If you find it UNBAL damaged, ask your nearest Pioneer authorized independent service company for a replacement. • Do not use any power cord other than the one supplied To improve AM reception with this unit.
Basic playback Chapter 3: • The input source can also be selected by using INPUT Selecting the audio input signal Basic playback buttons on the remote control, or by SELECT The audio input signal can be selected for each input source. using the front panel INPUT SELECTOR dial.
Basic playback • When digital input (optical or coaxial) is selected, this • You may get digital noise when a LD or CD player Listening to the radio receiver can only play back Dolby Digital, PCM (32 kHz to compatible with DTS is playing an analog signal. To 96 kHz) and DTS (including DTS 96 kHz/24 bit) digital prevent noise, make the proper digital connections The following steps show you how to tune in to FM and AM...
Basic playback Saving station presets Listening to station presets Changing the radio frequency step If you often listen to a particular radio station, it’s convenient You will need to have some presets stored to do this. See If you find that you can’t tune into stations successfully, the to have the receiver store the frequency for easy recall Saving station presets above if you haven’t done this already.
Basic playback 4 Prepare the recorder. Making an audio recording Insert a blank tape, MD etc. into the recording device and set the recording levels. You can make an audio recording from the built-in tuner, or Refer to the instructions that came with the recorder if you from an audio source connected to the receiver (such as a are unsure how to do this.
Listening to your system Chapter 4: Note Surround Listening to your system Type of surround • Stereo surround (matrix) formats are decoded Suitable sources back modes accordingly using NEO:6 CINEMA or DOLBY PLIIx speaker(s) MOVIE (see Listening in surround sound below for more Movie –...
Listening to your system Using Stream Direct Better sound using Phase Control Using the Advanced surround ADVANCED AUTO SURROUND/ BD MENU AUTO/ SURROUND STREAM DIRECT ADV SURR DIRECT This receiver’s Phase Control feature uses phase correction The Advanced surround feature creates a variety of surround Use the Stream Direct modes when you want to hear the measures to make sure your sound source arrives at the effects.
Listening to your system Using surround back channel processing Setting the Up Mix function Setting the Audio options You can have the receiver automatically use 6.1 or 7.1 In a 7.1-channel surround system with surround speakers There are a number of additional sound settings you can decoding for 6.1 encoded sources (for example, Dolby Digital placed directly at the sides of the listening position, the make using the AUDIO PARAMETER menu.
Listening to your system Setting/What it does Option(s) Setting/What it does Option(s) Setting/What it does Option(s) LFE ATT (LFE Attenuate) 0 (0 dB) 0 to 10 S.RTV (Sound Retriever) C.IMG (Center Image) Default: 3 Some Dolby Digital and DTS audio sources When audio data is removed during the (Applicable only when using a center speaker) 5 (–5 dB)
The System Setup menu Chapter 5: • APD – Sets to automatically turn off the power when the continuously or you want deeper bass (the bass The System Setup menu receiver has not operated for several hours (see The Auto frequencies that would normally come out the front and Power Down menu on page 26).
The System Setup menu 1 Use / to select ‘SP SETUP’ from the System Setup 1 Use / to select ‘APD’ from the System Setup menu, Note menu, then press ENTER. then press ENTER. • If you are using a Sound Pressure Level (SPL) meter, take 2 Use /...
ARC (Audio Return Channel) function Chapter 6: Before starting ARC operation ARC Setup ARC (Audio Return When starting ARC operation, put the TV and this unit in 1 Press RECEIVER to switch the receiver on. STANDBY mode after connecting this unit with the TV. Next, Channel) function turn ON the power of this unit and then the TV, in this order.
DVD player. No image is output when an input function is selected. ask your nearest Pioneer authorized independent service Make sure the component is connected correctly (refer to Can’t operate the remote control.
Additional information HDMI Important information regarding the HDMI Resetting the main unit connection No picture or sound. Use this procedure to reset all the receiver’s settings to the If the problem still persists when connecting your HDMI There are cases where you may not be able to route HDMI factory default.