4-229-126-13(2)
FM Stereo
FM-AM Receiver
Operating Instructions
STR-DE945
STR-DE845
 2000 Sony Corporation
WARNING
To prevent fire or shock
hazard, do not expose the
unit to rain or moisture.
Precautions
CAUTION
On safety
You are cautioned that any changes or
modification not expressly approved in
this manual could void your authority to
operate this equipment.
Should any solid object or liquid fall into
the cabinet, unplug the receiver and have it
checked by qualified personnel before
operating it any further.
Note to CATV system installer:
On power sources
This reminder is provided to call CATV
system installer’s attention to Article 82040 of the NEC that provides guidelines for
proper grounding and, in particular,
specifies that the cable ground shall be
connected to the grounding system of the
building, as close to the point of cable
entry as practical.
• Before operating the receiver, check that
the operating voltage is identical with
your local power supply. The operating
voltage is indicated on the nameplate at
the rear of the receiver.
• The unit is not disconnected from the AC
power source (mains) as long as it is
connected to the wall outlet, even if the
unit itself has been turned off.
• If you are not going to use the receiver
for a long time, be sure to disconnect the
receiver from the wall outlet. To
disconnect the AC power cord, grasp the
plug itself; never pull the cord.
• One blade of the plug is wider than the
other for the purpose of safety and will
fit into the wall outlet only one way. If
you are unable to insert the plug fully
into the outlet, contact your dealer.
• AC power cord must be changed only at
the qualified service shop.
For customers in the United States
Owner’s Record
This symbol is intended to alert the user to the
presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage”
within the product’s enclosure that may be of
sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of
electric shock to persons.
The model and serial numbers are located
on the rear of the unit. Record the serial
number in the space provided below.
Refer to them whenever you call upon
your Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No. STR-DE945/DE845
Serial No.
This symbol is intended to alert the user to
the presence of important operating and
maintenance (servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the appliance.
INFORMATION
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses, and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the
following measures:
– Reorient or relocate the receiving
antenna.
– Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
– Connect the equipment into an outlet on
a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
– Consult the dealer or an experienced
radio/TV technician for help.
2
On placement
ENERGY STAR® is a U.S. registered mark.
As an ENERGY STAR® partner, Sony
Corporation has determined that this
product meets the ENERGY STAR®
guidelines for energy efficiency.
For customers in Canada
CAUTION
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO
NOT USE THIS POLARIZED AC PLUG
WITH AN EXTENSION CORD,
RECEPTACLE OR OTHER OUTLET
UNLESS THE BLADES CAN BE FULLY
INSERTED TO PREVENT BLADE
EXPOSURE.
• Place the receiver in a location with
adequate ventilation to prevent heat
buildup and prolong the life of the
receiver.
• Do not place the receiver near heat
sources, or in a place subject to direct
sunlight, excessive dust or mechanical
shock.
• Do not place anything on top of the
cabinet that might block the ventilation
holes and cause malfunctions.
On operation
Before connecting other components, be
sure to turn off and unplug the receiver.
On cleaning
Clean the cabinet, panel and controls with
a soft cloth slightly moistened with a mild
detergent solution. Do not use any type of
abrasive pad, scouring powder or solvent
such as alcohol or benzine.
If you have any question or problem
concerning your receiver, please
consult your nearest Sony dealer.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
About This Manual
The instructions in this manual are for models
STR-DE945 and STR-DE845. Check your model number
by looking at the upper right corner of the front panel. In
this manual, the STR-DE945 is used for illustration
purposes unless stated otherwise. Any difference in
operation is clearly indicated in the text, for example,
“STR-DE945 only.”
Type of differences
Model
DE945
DE845
Feature
5 audio/video inputs
Hooking Up and Setting Up the
Speaker System 15
z
About area codes
The area code of the player you purchased is shown on the
lower portion of the rear panel (see the illustration below).
SPEAKERS
A
L
R
R
+
–
–
SUB WOOFER
–
FRONT
IMPEDANCE USE 4 – 16Ω
R
Speaker System Hookup 16
Performing Initial Setup Operations 18
Multi Channel Surround Setup 19
Before You Use Your Receiver 23
AUDIO
OUT
L
+ +
L
Unpacking 4
Antenna Hookups 5
Audio Component Hookups 6
Video Component Hookups 8
Digital Component Hookups 9
5.1CH Input Hookups 11
Other Hookups 12
z
4 audio/video inputs
B
Hooking Up the Components 4
L
4Ω
REAR
CENTER
8 – 16Ω
FRONT
8Ω
IMPEDANCE SELECTOR
AC OUTLET
4-XXX-XXX-XX AA
Area code
Location of Parts and Basic
Operations 26
Front Panel Parts Description 26
Any differences in operation, according to the area code, are
clearly indicated in the text, for example, “Models of area
code AA only”.
Conventions
• The instructions in this manual describe the controls on
the receiver. You can also use the controls on the
supplied remote if they have the same or similar names
as those on the receiver. For details on the use of your
remote, refer to the separate operating instructions
supplied with the remote.
• The following icon is used in this manual:
z Indicates hints and tips for making the task easier.
This receiver incorporates Dolby* Digital and Pro Logic
Surround and the DTS** Digital Surround System.
Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories.
“Dolby”, “AC-3”, “Pro Logic” and the double-D symbol ; are
trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
Confidential unpublished Works. © 1992-1997 Dolby Laboratories.
All rights reserved.
Manufactured
under license from Digital Theater Systems, Inc. US
**
Pat. No. 5,451,942 and other worldwide patents issued and pending.
“DTS” and “DTS Digital Surround” are trademarks of Digital
Theater Systems, Inc. © 1996 Digital Theater Systems, Inc. All
rights reserved.
*
Enjoying Surround Sound
31
Selecting a Sound Field 32
Understanding the Multi-Channel Surround
Displays 36
Customizing Sound Fields 38
Receiving Broadcasts 43
Direct Tuning 44
Automatic Tuning 45
Preset Tuning 45
Other Operations
47
Naming Preset Stations and Program Sources 48
Recording 48
Using the Sleep Timer 49
Adjustments Using the SET UP Button 50
CONTROL A1 Control System 51
Additional Information 53
Troubleshooting 53
Specifications 55
Glossary 58
Tables of Settings Using SUR, LEVEL, EQ, and SET
UP buttons 59
3
Index 61
Hooking Up
the
Components
This chapter describes how to connect
various audio and video components
to the receiver. Be sure to read the
sections for the components you have
before you actually connect them to
the receiver.
Unpacking
Check that you received the following items with the
remote:
• FM wire antenna (1)
• AM loop antenna (1)
• R6 (size-AA) batteries (3)
Models of area code U, CA only
• Audio/video/control S connecting cord (1)
• Control S connecting cord (1)
STR-DE945 only
• Remote commander RM-LJ304 (remote) (1)
STR-DE845 only
• Remote commander RM-LP204 (remote) (1)
Inserting batteries into the remote
Insert R6 (size-AA) batteries with the + and – properly
oriented in the battery compartment. When using the
remote, point it at the remote sensor on the receiver.
For details, refer to the operating instructions supplied
with your remote.
z When to replace batteries
Under normal conditions, the batteries should last for about
3 months (alkaline batteries) or 2 months (manganese batteries).
When the remote no longer operates the receiver, replace all
batteries with new ones.
Notes
• Do not leave the remote in an extremely hot or humid place.
• Do not use a new battery with an old one.
• Do not expose the remote sensor to direct sunlight or lighting
apparatuses. Doing so may cause a malfunction.
• If you don’t use the remote for an extended period of time,
remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from battery
leakage and corrosion.
• This remote is designed for use with alkaline batteries only. Do
not use a combination of different battery types.
Before you get started
• Turn off the power to all components before making
any connections.
• Do not connect the AC power cord until all of the
connections are completed.
• Be sure to make connections firmly to avoid hum and
noise.
• When connecting an audio/video cord, be sure to
match the color-coded pins to the appropriate jacks on
the components: yellow (video) to yellow; white (left,
audio) to white; and red (right, audio) to red.
4
Antenna Hookups
Hooking Up the Components
AM loop antenna
(supplied)
FM wire antenna
(supplied)
FRONT
ANTENNA
REAR
OPTICAL
CENTER
TV/SAT
IN
MD/DAT
IN
MD/DAT
OUT
L
SPEAKERS
COAX
DVD/LD
IN
B
DVD/LD
IN
A
R
+
AM
AUDIO
OUT
L
+ +
+
R
5.1CH INPUT
R
SUB
WOOFER
L
R
L
–
DIGITAL
–
SUB WOOFER
y
–
–
R
L
4Ω
FRONT
8Ω
COAXIAL
CTRL S
IN
FM
75Ω
S-VIDEO
OUT
CTRL S
STATUS IN
CTRL S
OUT
CTRL S
OUT
S-VIDEO
OUT
FRONT
IMPEDANCE USE 4 – 16Ω
S-VIDEO
IN
S-VIDEO
IN
S-VIDEO
IN
VIDEO IN
VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN
AUDIO IN
AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN
REAR
CENTER
8 – 16Ω
IMPEDANCE SELECTOR
VIDEO OUT
AC OUTLET
y
SIGNAL
GND
MONITOR
CONTROL A1
L
R
IN
IN
PHONO
CD
OUT
IN
MD/DAT
OUT
IN
TV/SAT DVD/LD
TAPE
VIDEO 2
VIDEO 1
2ND AUDIO
OUT
Terminals for connecting the antennas
Connect the
To the
AM loop antenna
AM terminals
FM wire antenna
FM 75Ω COAXIAL terminal
Assembling the supplied FM antenna
(Models of area code U,CA only)
The supplied FM wire antenna must be connected to the
supplied FM antenna adaptor.
Notes on antenna hookups
• To prevent noise pickup, keep the AM loop antenna
away from the receiver and other components.
• Be sure to fully extend the FM wire antenna.
• After connecting the FM wire antenna, keep it as
horizontal as possible.
z If you have poor FM reception
Use a 75-ohm coaxial cable (not supplied) to connect the receiver
to an outdoor FM antenna as shown below.
Outdoor FM antenna
Receiver
ANTENNA
AM
CO
FM
75Ω
AX
IAL
y
COAXIAL
FM
75Ω
Ground wire
(not supplied)
To ground
Important
If you connect the receiver to an outdoor antenna, ground
it against lightning. To prevent a gas explosion, do not
connect the ground wire to a gas pipe.
Note
Do not use the U SIGNAL GND terminal for grounding the
receiver.
5
Audio Component Hookups
STR-DE945
Required cords
Hooking Up the Components
Audio cords (not supplied)
MD/DAT deck
When connecting a cord, be sure to match the color-coded pins to
the appropriate jacks on the components.
INPUT OUTPUT
LINE
LINE
L
FRONT
ANTENNA
REAR
OUT
IN
OPTICAL
CENTER
MD/DAT
OUT
L
ç
Turntable
ç
R
White (L)
Red (R)
Red (R)
SPEAKERS
COAX
TV/SAT
IN
MD/DAT
IN
White (L)
DVD/LD
IN
B
DVD/LD
IN
A
R
+
AM
AUDIO
OUT
L
+ +
+
R
5.1CH INPUT
R
SUB
WOOFER
L
R
L
–
DIGITAL
–
SUB WOOFER
y
–
–
R
L
4Ω
FRONT
8Ω
COAXIAL
CTRL S
IN
FM
75Ω
S-VIDEO
OUT
CTRL S
STATUS IN
S-VIDEO
OUT
S-VIDEO
IN
VIDEO IN
VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN
AUDIO IN
AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN
CTRL S
OUT
CTRL S
OUT
FRONT
IMPEDANCE USE 4 – 16Ω
S-VIDEO
IN
S-VIDEO
IN
REAR
CENTER
8 – 16Ω
IMPEDANCE SELECTOR
VIDEO OUT
AC OUTLET
y
SIGNAL
GND
MONITOR
CONTROL A1
L
R
IN
IN
PHONO
CD
OUT
IN
MD/DAT
OUT
TAPE
IN
TV/SAT DVD/LD
VIDEO 2
VIDEO 1
IN
OUTPUT
ç
ç
OUT
INPUT OUTPUT
LINE
LINE
LINE
L
L
R
R
Tape deck
CD player
Jacks for connecting audio components
Connect a
To the
Turntable
PHONO jacks
CD player
CD jacks
Tape deck
TAPE jacks
MD deck or DAT deck
MD/DAT jacks
Note on audio component hookups
If your turntable has a ground wire, connect it to the
U SIGNAL GND terminal on the receiver.
6
2ND AUDIO
OUT
STR-DE845
Required cords
When connecting a cord, be sure to match the color-coded pins to
the appropriate jacks on the components.
INPUT OUTPUT
LINE
LINE
L
White (L)
White (L)
Red (R)
Red (R)
FRONT
ANTENNA
REAR
OUT
IN
OPTICAL
CENTER
MD/TAPE
OUT
L
ç
Turntable
ç
R
TV/SAT
IN
MD/TAPE
IN
SPEAKERS
COAX
DVD/LD
IN
B
DVD/LD
IN
A
R
+
AM
AUDIO
OUT
L
+ +
+
R
5.1CH INPUT
R
SUB
WOOFER
L
R
L
–
DIGITAL
–
SUB WOOFER
y
–
–
R
L
4Ω
FRONT
8Ω
COAXIAL
CTRL S
IN
FM
75Ω
S-VIDEO
OUT
CTRL S
STATUS IN
S-VIDEO
OUT
S-VIDEO
IN
VIDEO IN
VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN
AUDIO IN
AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN
CTRL S
OUT
CTRL S
OUT
FRONT
IMPEDANCE USE 4 – 16Ω
S-VIDEO
IN
S-VIDEO
IN
REAR
CENTER
8 – 16Ω
IMPEDANCE SELECTOR
VIDEO OUT
AC OUTLET
y
SIGNAL
GND
MONITOR
CONTROL
A1
L
R
IN
IN
PHONO
CD
OUT
IN
MD/TAPE
TV/SAT DVD/LD
VIDEO 2
VIDEO 1
OUTPUT
LINE
L
R
CD player
Jacks for connecting audio components
Connect a
To the
Turntable
PHONO jacks
CD player
CD jacks
MD deck or tape deck
MD/TAPE jacks
Note on audio component hookups
If your turntable has a ground wire, connect it to the
U SIGNAL GND terminal on the receiver.
7
Hooking Up the Components
Audio cords (not supplied)
MD/TAPE deck
Video Component Hookups
Required cords
Hooking Up the Components
Audio/video cords (not supplied)
When connecting a cord, be sure to match the color-coded pins to
the appropriate jacks on the components.
DVD or LD player
TV or satellite tuner
OUTPUT
AUDIO OUT
L
R
OUTPUT
VIDEO
OUT
AUDIO OUT
L
R
VIDEO
OUT
Yellow (video)
Yellow (video)
White (L/audio)
White (L/audio)
Red (R/audio)
Red (R/audio)
Video cord for connecting a TV monitor
You can use the video cord of the supplied audio/video/control
S cord. (Models of area code U, CA only. See page 12 for details).
FRONT
ANTENNA
REAR
OPTICAL
CENTER
TV/SAT
IN
MD/DAT
IN
MD/DAT
OUT
L
SPEAKERS
COAX
DVD/LD
IN
B
DVD/LD
IN
A
R
+
AM
AUDIO
OUT
L
+ +
+
R
5.1CH INPUT
R
SUB
WOOFER
L
R
L
–
DIGITAL
–
SUB WOOFER
y
–
R
–
L
4Ω
FRONT
8Ω
COAXIAL
S-VIDEO
OUT
CTRL S
IN
FM
75Ω
CTRL S
STATUS IN
S-VIDEO
OUT
S-VIDEO
IN
VIDEO IN
VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN
AUDIO IN
AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN
CTRL S
OUT
CTRL S
OUT
FRONT
IMPEDANCE USE 4 – 16Ω
S-VIDEO
IN
S-VIDEO
IN
REAR
CENTER
8 – 16Ω
IMPEDANCE SELECTOR
VIDEO OUT
AC OUTLET
y
SIGNAL
GND
MONITOR
CONTROL A1
L
R
IN
CD
OUT
IN
MD/DAT
OUT
TAPE
IN
TV/SAT DVD/LD
VIDEO 2
VIDEO 1
2ND AUDIO
OUT
OUT
Ç
INPUT OUTPUT
INPUT OUTPUT
VIDEO
IN
VIDEO
OUT
VIDEO
IN
VIDEO
OUT
AUDIO
IN
AUDIO
OUT
AUDIO
IN
AUDIO
OUT
L
L
R
Jacks for connecting video components
Connect a
To the
TV or satellite tuner
TV/SAT jacks
VCR
VIDEO 1 jacks
Additional VCR
VIDEO 2 jacks
DVD or LD player
DVD/LD jacks
TV monitor
MONITOR VIDEO OUT jack
Camcorder or video game
VIDEO 3 INPUT jacks on the
front panel (STR-DE945 only)
For STR-DE945, you can display the SURROUND, LEVEL,
EQUALIZER parameters by pressing the ON SCREEN button
on the remote.
8
Ç
INPUT
TV monitor
1)
IN
VIDEO
IN
Camcorder
or video
game
(STR-DE945
only)
1)
OUT
IN
Ç
To the front panel
Ç
IN
PHONO
R
VCR
VCR
Note on video component hookups
You can connect your TV’s audio output jacks to the TV/
SAT AUDIO IN jacks on the receiver and apply sound
effects to the audio from the TV. In this case, do not
connect the TV’s video output jack to the TV/SAT VIDEO
IN jack on the receiver. If you are connecting a separate
TV tuner (or satellite tuner), connect both the audio and
video output jacks to the receiver as shown above.
z When using the S-video jacks instead of the video jacks
Your monitor must also be connected via an S-video jack. S-video
signals are on a separate bus from the video signals and will not
be output through the video jacks.
Digital Component Hookups
Connect the digital output jacks of your DVD player and
satellite tuner (etc.) to the receiver’s digital input jacks to
bring the multi channel surround sound of a movie
theater into your home. To enjoy full effect of multi
channel surround sound, five speakers (two front
speakers, two rear speakers, and a center speaker) and a
sub woofer are required. You can also connect an LD
player with an RF OUT jack via an RF demodulator, like
the Sony MOD-RF1 (not supplied).
Required cords
Black
Black
Coaxial digital cord (not supplied)
Yellow
Yellow
Audio/video cords (not supplied)
When connecting a cord, be sure to match the color-coded pins to
the appropriate jacks on the components.
Yellow (video)
TV or satellite tuner
OUTPUT
OUTPUT
VIDEO
OUT
VIDEO
OUT
AUDIO
OUT
OUTPUT
OUTPUT
OUTPUT
DIGITAL
OPTICAL
DIGITAL
OPTICAL
DIGITAL
COAXIAL
REAR
Red (R/audio)
R
OPTICAL
CENTER
MD/DAT
OUT
L
TV/SAT
IN
MD/DAT
IN
SPEAKERS
COAX
DVD/LD
IN
B
DVD/LD
IN
A
R
+
AM
Red (R/audio)
L
R
FRONT
White (L/audio)
AUDIO
OUT
L
ANTENNA
Yellow (video)
DVD or LD player (etc.)* White (L/audio)
AUDIO
OUT
L
+ +
+
R
5.1CH INPUT
R
SUB
WOOFER
L
R
L
–
DIGITAL
–
SUB WOOFER
y
–
–
R
L
4Ω
FRONT
8Ω
COAXIAL
CTRL S
IN
FM
75Ω
S-VIDEO
OUT
CTRL S
STATUS IN
CTRL S
OUT
CTRL S
OUT
S-VIDEO
IN
S-VIDEO
IN
VIDEO IN
VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN
AUDIO IN
AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN
S-VIDEO
OUT
FRONT
IMPEDANCE USE 4 – 16Ω
S-VIDEO
IN
REAR
CENTER
8 – 16Ω
IMPEDANCE SELECTOR
VIDEO OUT
AC OUTLET
y
SIGNAL
GND
MONITOR
CONTROL A1
L
R
*
IN
IN
PHONO
CD
OUT
IN
OUT
TAPE
MD/DAT
IN
TV/SAT DVD/LD
VIDEO 2
VIDEO 1
2ND AUDIO
OUT
Make either coaxial or optical connections. We recommended making coaxial connections instead of optical connections.
Example of LD player connected via an RF demodulator
Please note that you cannot connect an LD player’s AC-3 RF OUT jack directly to this unit’s digital input jacks. You must
first convert the RF signal to either an optical or coaxial digital signal. Connect the LD player to the RF demodulator, then
connect the RF demodulator’s optical or coaxial digital output to this unit’s OPT or COAX DVD/LD IN jack. Refer to the
instruction manual supplied with your RF Demodulator for details on AC-3 RF hookups.
VIDEO OUT
LD player
AC-3 RF
OUT
RF demodulator
DIGITAL
DIGITAL
DVD/LD
DVD/LD IN
IN
(COAX)
(COAXIAL)
or (OPTICAL)
(OPTICAL)
DVD/LD
VIDEO IN
MULTI CHANNEL DECODING
DIMMER
DISPLAY
EQUALIZER BASS BOOST
SPEAKERS
OFF A B
A+B
–
CINEMA STUDIO EX.
A
MD/DAT
CD
SHIFT
– TUNING +
MEMORY
MASTER VOLUME
VIDEO 1 VIDEO 2 VIDEO 3 DVD/LD TV/SAT
TAPE
PHONES
PRESET
– TUNING +
FM/AM FM MODE 2ND AUDIO
INPUT MODE 5.1CH INPUT
B
LEVEL
A.F.D.
2CH
+
BASS
MUTING EQUALIZER BOOST
SET UP
C
SOUND FIELD
TUNER PHONO
MODE
SUR
NAME
VIDEO 3 INPUT
EQ
ENTER
0
10
VIDEO
L AUDIO R
Note
When making connections as shown above, be sure to set INPUT MODE (3 on page 27) manually. This unit may not operate correctly if
INPUT MODE is set to “AUTO.”
9
Hooking Up the Components
Optical digital cords (not supplied)
Digital Component Hookups
Required cords
Optical digital cords (not supplied)
Black
Audio cords (not supplied)
MD or DAT deck
DIGITAL
INPUT OUTPUT
LINE
OPTICAL
IN
LINE
Black
When connecting a cord, be sure to match the color-coded pins to
the appropriate jacks on the components.
L
OUT
White (L)
White (L)
Red (R)
Red (R)
ç
ç
R
ç
Hooking Up the Components
Connect the digital output jacks of your MD or DAT deck
to the receiver’s digital input jack and connect the digital
input jacks of your MD or DAT deck to the receiver’s
digital output jack. These connections allow you to make
digital recordings of a CDs played back through your
DVD (or LD player) and satellite broadcasts.
ç
OUT
IN
OUT
IN
FRONT
ANTENNA
REAR
OPTICAL
CENTER
MD/DAT
OUT
L
TV/SAT
IN
MD/DAT
IN
SPEAKERS
COAX
DVD/LD
IN
B
DVD/LD
IN
A
R
+
AM
AUDIO
OUT
L
+ +
+
R
5.1CH INPUT
R
SUB
WOOFER
L
R
L
–
DIGITAL
–
SUB WOOFER
y
–
–
R
L
4Ω
FRONT
8Ω
COAXIAL
CTRL S
IN
FM
75Ω
S-VIDEO
OUT
CTRL S
STATUS IN
CTRL S
OUT
S-VIDEO
IN
S-VIDEO
IN
VIDEO IN
VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN
AUDIO IN
AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN
CTRL S
OUT
S-VIDEO
OUT
FRONT
IMPEDANCE USE 4 – 16Ω
S-VIDEO
IN
REAR
CENTER
8 – 16Ω
IMPEDANCE SELECTOR
VIDEO OUT
AC OUTLET
y
SIGNAL
GND
MONITOR
CONTROL A1
L
R
IN
IN
PHONO
CD
OUT
IN
MD/DAT
OUT
TAPE
IN
TV/SAT DVD/LD
VIDEO 2
VIDEO 1
2ND AUDIO
OUT
Notes
• Please note that you cannot make a digital recording of a digital multi channel surround signal.
• To make a digital recording from your CD player, connect the CD player’s digital output directly to the digital input on your MD or DAT
deck. Refer to the instructions supplied with your CD player and MD or DAT deck for details.
• The DVD/LD IN OPTICAL and COAX jacks are compatible with 96 kHz, 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz and 32 kHz sampling frequencies. The other
OPTICAL jacks are compatible with 48 kHz, 44.1 kHz and 32 kHz sampling frequencies.
• It is not possible to record analog signals to TAPE and VIDEO with only digital connections. To record analog signals, make analog
connections. To record digital signals, make digital connections.
• Input signals with 96 kHz sampling frequencies to the DVD/LD IN OPTICAL or COAX jacks. Using other jacks may result in
intermittent sound.
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5.1CH Input Hookups
Although this receiver incorporates a multi channel
decoder, it is also equipped with 5.1CH INPUT jacks.
These connections allow you to enjoy multichannel
software encoded in formats other than Dolby Digital
(AC-3) and DTS. If your DVD player is equipped with
5.1CH OUTPUT jacks, you can connect them directly to
this unit to enjoy the sound of the DVD player’s multi
channel decoder. Alternatively, the 5.1CH INPUT jacks
can be used to connect an external multi channel decoder.
To fully enjoy multi channel surround sound, you will
need five speakers (two front speakers, two rear speakers,
and a center speaker) and a sub woofer. Refer to the
instruction manual supplied with your DVD player, multi
channel decoder, etc., for details on the 5.1 channel input
hookups.
Required cords
Two for the 5.1CH INPUT FRONT and REAR jacks
White (L)
White (L)
Red (R)
Red (R)
Monaural audio cords (not supplied)
Two for the 5.1CH INPUT CENTER and SUB WOOFER jacks
Black
Black
Video cord (not supplied)
One for the DVD/LD VIDEO IN jacks (etc.)
Yellow
Yellow
DVD player,
Multichannel decoder, etc.
Note
When using the connections described below, adjust the level of
your surround speakers and sub woofer from the DVD player or
multichannel decoder.
L
CENTER
FRONT
R
REAR
Hooking Up the Components
Audio cords (not supplied)
SUB WOOFER
5.1CH OUTPUT
FRONT
ANTENNA
REAR
OPTICAL
CENTER
MD/DAT
OUT
L
TV/SAT
IN
MD/DAT
IN
SPEAKERS
COAX
DVD/LD
IN
B
DVD/LD
IN
A
R
+
AM
AUDIO
OUT
L
+ +
+
R
5.1CH INPUT
R
SUB
WOOFER
L
R
L
–
DIGITAL
–
SUB WOOFER
y
–
–
R
L
4Ω
FRONT
8Ω
COAXIAL
CTRL S
IN
FM
75Ω
S-VIDEO
OUT
CTRL S
STATUS IN
S-VIDEO
OUT
S-VIDEO
IN
VIDEO IN
VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN
AUDIO IN
AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN
CTRL S
OUT
CTRL S
OUT
FRONT
IMPEDANCE USE 4 – 16Ω
S-VIDEO
IN
S-VIDEO
IN
REAR
CENTER
8 – 16Ω
IMPEDANCE SELECTOR
VIDEO OUT
AC OUTLET
y
SIGNAL
GND
MONITOR
CONTROL A1
L
R
IN
IN
PHONO
CD
OUT
IN
MD/DAT
OUT
TAPE
IN
TV/SAT DVD/LD
VIDEO 2
VIDEO 1
2ND AUDIO
OUT
Example of a DVD player hookup using the 5.1CH INPUT jacks
Front Speaker (L)
Front Speaker (R)
VIDEO OUT
DVD/LD
IN VIDEO etc.
5.1 CH INPUT
SPEAKERS
FRONT
MULTI CHANNEL DECODING
DIMMER
DISPLAY
EQUALIZER BASS BOOST
DVD player
A+B
–
CINEMA STUDIO EX.
A
TAPE
MD/DAT
CD
SHIFT
– TUNING +
MEMORY
MASTER VOLUME
VIDEO 1 VIDEO 2 VIDEO 3 DVD/LD TV/SAT
PHONES
PRESET
– TUNING +
FM/AM FM MODE 2ND AUDIO
INPUT MODE 5.1CH INPUT
SPEAKERS
OFF A B
B
LEVEL
A.F.D.
2CH
+
BASS
MUTING EQUALIZER BOOST
SET UP
C
SOUND FIELD
TUNER PHONO
MODE
SUR
NAME
VIDEO 3 INPUT
EQ
ENTER
0
10
VIDEO
L AUDIO R
SPEAKERS
REAR/CENTER
SUB WOOFER
Rear Speaker (L)
Rear Speaker (R)
Center Speaker
Active Woofer
Note
See page 16 for details on speaker system hookup.
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Other Hookups
Required cords
Hooking Up the Components
Audio cords (not supplied)
When connecting a cord, be sure to match the color-coded pins to the
appropriate jacks on the components.
White (L)
White (L)
Red (R)
Red (R)
Audio/video/control S connecting cord (1)**
Yellow (video) A
White (L/audio) B
Red (R/audio) C
Black (control S) D
Yellow (video) A
White (L/audio) B
Red (R/audio) C
Black (control S) D
Control S connecting cord (1)**
Black E
CTRL S (STATUS) IN/OUT**
FRONT
ANTENNA
REAR
OPTICAL
CENTER
MD/DAT
OUT
L
AC power cord
CONTROL A1
SPEAKERS
COAX
TV/SAT
IN
MD/DAT
IN
DVD/LD
IN
Black E
B
DVD/LD
IN
A
R
+
AM
AUDIO
OUT
L
+ +
+
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
5.1CH INPUT
L
R
L
–
DIGITAL
–
SUB WOOFER
y
–
–
R
L
4Ω
FRONT
8Ω
COAXIAL
S-VIDEO
OUT
CTRL S
IN
FM
75Ω
CTRL S
STATUS IN
S-VIDEO
OUT
S-VIDEO
IN
VIDEO IN
VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN
AUDIO IN
AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN
CTRL S
OUT
CTRL S
OUT
FRONT
IMPEDANCE USE 4 – 16Ω
S-VIDEO
IN
S-VIDEO
IN
REAR
CENTER
8 – 16Ω
IMPEDANCE SELECTOR
VIDEO OUT
AC OUTLET
y
SIGNAL
GND
MONITOR
CONTROL A1
L
R
IN
IN
PHONO
CD
OUT
IN
OUT
IN
TAPE
MD/DAT
TV/SAT DVD/LD
VIDEO 2
VIDEO 1
2ND AUDIO
OUT
b
AC OUTLET*
2ND AUDIO OUT
(STR-DE945 only)
To a wall outlet
* The configuration, shape, and number of AC outlets on the rear panel varies according to the model and country to which the receiver is shipped.
** Models of area code U, CA only.
Example of a sub room hookup using the 2ND AUDIO OUT jacks (STR-DE945 only)
You can use the 2ND AUDIO OUT jacks to output audio signals to a stereo amplifier located in another room.
Press 2ND AUDIO (qf on page 29) repeatedly to switch the audio signals output to the sub room.
Main room
Sub room
MULTI CHANNEL DECODING
DIMMER
DISPLAY
EQUALIZER BASS BOOST
VIDEO 1 VIDEO 2 VIDEO 3 DVD/LD TV/SAT
CINEMA STUDIO EX.
A
MD/DAT
CD
– TUNING +
MEMORY
MASTER VOLUME
–
TAPE
PHONES
SHIFT
FM/AM FM MODE 2ND AUDIO
INPUT MODE 5.1CH INPUT
SPEAKERS
OFF A B
A+B
PRESET
– TUNING +
B
A.F.D.
2CH
LEVEL
AUDIO
OUT
BASS
MUTING EQUALIZER BOOST
SET UP
C
SOUND FIELD
TUNER PHONO
+
MODE
SUR
NAME
VIDEO 3 INPUT
EQ
ENTER
0
10
VIDEO
L AUDIO R
Note
This function is not available when 5.1CH INPUT is selected.
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AUDIO
IN
Stereo amplifier
R
Speaker (L)
L
Speaker (R)
SPEAKERS
If you have a S-LINK CONTROL S-compatible Sony TV,
satellite tuner, monitor, DVD player or VCR, use an
audio/video/control S connecting cord (supplied) or a
control S connecting cord (supplied) to connect the CTRL
S (STATUS) IN (for TV, satellite tuner, or monitor) or OUT
(for VCR, etc.) jack on the receiver to the appropriate SLINK jack on the respective component. Refer to the
operating instructions supplied with your TV, satellite
tuner, monitor, VCR, etc., for details.
The following illustration is an example of S-LINK
CONTROL S hookups between the receiver, a TV, a VCR,
and a DVD player. When your TV is connected to the
receiver as shown below, the TV input mode will change
to video input whenever you turn on the receiver. When
you connect the receiver as shown below, input mode of
the receiver changes to VIDEO 1 or DVD/LD whenever
you play your VCR or DVD.
The following connections also change the input mode of
the receiver to TV whenever you operate your TV.
TV
Note
Refer to the instructions supplied with your TV for details
regarding the operations you can control from your TV.
CONTROL A1
hookup
• If you have a CONTROL A1 compatible Sony
CD player, tape deck, or MD deck
Use a CONTROL A1 cord (not supplied) to connect the
CONTROL A1 jack on the CD player, tape deck, or
MD deck to the CONTROL A1 jack on the receiver.
Refer to “CONTROL A1 Control System” on page 51
and the operating instructions supplied with your CD
player, tape deck, or MD deck for details.
Note
If you make CONTROL A1 connections from the receiver to
an MD deck that is also connected to a computer, do not
operate the receiver while using the “Sony MD Editor”
software. This may cause a malfunction.
S-LINK
OUT
D
AUDIO
OUT
B
VIDEO
IN
C
A
**
CTRL S
IN
• If you have a Sony CD changer with a
COMMAND MODE selector
If your CD changer’s COMMAND MODE selector can
be set to CD 1, CD 2, or CD 3, be sure to set the
command mode to “CD 1” and connect the changer to
the CD jacks on the receiver.
If, however, you have a Sony CD changer with VIDEO
OUT jacks, set the command mode to “CD 2” and
connect the changer to the VIDEO 2 jacks on the
receiver.
IN
E
Receiver
* Audio/video/control S connecting cord (Pull the video cord away
from the supplied audio/video/control S cable for connection A.)
** Control S connecting cord
*
*
S-VIDEO CTRL S
S-VIDEO
OUT
STATUS IN
S-VIDEO
IN
CTRL S
OUT
CTRL S
OUT
S-VIDEO S-VIDEO
OUT
IN
VIDEO OUT
MONITOR
VIDEO IN
VIDEO IN
VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN
AUDIO IN
AUDIO IN
AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN
TV/SAT DVD/LD
VIDEO 1
*
VCR 1
OUTPUT
S-LINK
VIDEO
OUT
IN
AUDIO
OUT
*
DVD
player
OUTPUT
VIDEO
OUT
S-LINK
IN
AUDIO
OUT
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Hooking Up the Components
S-LINK CONTROL S hookup
(Models of area code U,CA only)
Other Hookups
Setting a voltage selector
Hooking Up the Components
If your receiver has a voltage selector on the rear panel,
check that the voltage selector on the rear panel of the
receiver is set to the local power supply voltage. If not,
use a screwdriver to set the selector to the correct position
before connecting the AC power cord to a wall outlet.
VOLTAGE SELECTOR
Connecting the AC power cord
Before connecting the AC power cord of this receiver to a
wall outlet:
• Connect the speaker system to the receiver (see page
16).
• Turn the MASTER VOLUME control to the leftmost
position (0).
Connect the AC power cord(s) of your audio/video
components to a wall outlet.
220V
240V
120V
If you connect other audio/video components to the AC
OUTLET(s) on the receiver, the receiver will supply power
to the connected component(s), allowing you to turn the
whole system on or off when you turn the receiver on or
off.
Caution
Make sure that the total power consumption of the component(s)
connected to the receiver’s AC OUTLET(s) does not exceed the
wattage stated on the rear panel. Do not connect high-wattage
electrical home appliances such as electric irons, fans, or TVs to
this outlet.
Note
If the AC power cord is disconnected for about two weeks, the
receiver’s entire memory will be cleared and the demonstration
will start.
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SET UP
Cursor buttons
MULTI CHANNEL DECODING
DIMMER
DISPLAY
EQUALIZER BASS BOOST
INPUT MODE 5.1CH INPUT
SPEAKERS
OFF A B
A+B
CINEMA STUDIO EX.
A
MD/DAT
CD
SHIFT
– TUNING +
MEMORY
MASTER VOLUME
–
VIDEO 1 VIDEO 2 VIDEO 3 DVD/LD TV/SAT
TAPE
PHONES
PRESET
– TUNING +
FM/AM FM MODE 2ND AUDIO
B
LEVEL
A.F.D.
2CH
BASS
MUTING EQUALIZER BOOST
SET UP
C
SOUND FIELD
TUNER PHONO
+
MODE
SUR
NAME
VIDEO 3 INPUT
EQ
ENTER
0
10
VIDEO
L AUDIO R
Jog dial
This chapter describes how to hook
up your speaker system to the
receiver, how to position each speaker,
and how to set up your speakers to
enjoy multi channel surround sound.
Brief descriptions of buttons and control
used to set up the speaker system
SET UP button: Press to enter the setup mode when
specifying speaker types and distances.
Cursor buttons ( / ): Use to select parameters after
pressing the SET UP button.
Jog dial: Use to adjust the setting of each parameter.
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Hooking Up and Setting Up the Speaker System
Hooking Up
and Setting Up
the Speaker
System
Speaker System Hookup
Required cords
Speaker cords (not supplied)
One for each front, rear, and center speaker
Hooking Up and Setting Up the Speaker System
(+)
(+)
(–)
(–)
Front speaker (R)
Front speaker (L)
]
}
Center speaker
]
}
]
}
Monaural audio cord (not supplied)
One for an active sub woofer
Black
Black
FRONT
ANTENNA
REAR
OPTICAL
CENTER
MD/DAT
OUT
L
TV/SAT
IN
MD/DAT
IN
IMPEDANCE
SELECTOR
FRONT
SPEAKERS B
SPEAKERS
COAX
DVD/LD
IN
B
DVD/LD
IN
A
R
+
AM
AUDIO
OUT
L
+ +
+
R
5.1CH INPUT
R
SUB
WOOFER
L
R
L
–
DIGITAL
–
SUB WOOFER
y
–
–
R
L
4Ω
FRONT
8Ω
COAXIAL
CTRL S
IN
FM
75Ω
S-VIDEO
OUT
CTRL S
STATUS IN
CTRL S
OUT
CTRL S
OUT
S-VIDEO
IN
S-VIDEO
IN
VIDEO IN
VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN
AUDIO IN
AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN
S-VIDEO
OUT
FRONT
IMPEDANCE USE 4 – 16Ω
S-VIDEO
IN
REAR
CENTER
8 – 16Ω
IMPEDANCE SELECTOR
VIDEO OUT
AC OUTLET
y
SIGNAL
GND
MONITOR
CONTROL A1
L
R
IN
IN
PHONO
CD
OUT
IN
MD/DAT
OUT
TAPE
IN
TV/SAT DVD/LD
VIDEO 2
VIDEO 1
2ND AUDIO
OUT
INPUT
}
]
Rear speaker (R)
Terminals for connecting the speakers
Connect the
To the
Front speakers (8 or 4* ohm)
SPEAKERS FRONT A terminals
Additional pair of front
speakers (8 or 4* ohm)
SPEAKERS FRONT B terminals
Rear speakers (8 ohm)
SPEAKERS REAR terminals
Center speaker (8 ohm)
SPEAKERS CENTER terminals
Active sub woofer
SUB WOOFER AUDIO OUT
jack**
* See “Speaker impedance” on the next page.
** You can connect an active sub woofer to either of the two jacks. The
remaining jack can be used to connect a second active sub woofer.
16
}
]
Rear speaker (L)
AUDIO
IN
Active sub woofer
Notes on speaker system hookup
• Twist the stripped ends of the speaker cords about
2/3 inch (10 mm). Be sure to match the speaker cord to
the appropriate terminal on the components: + to + and
– to –. If the cords are reversed, the sound will be
distorted and will lack bass.
• If you use front speakers with low maximum input
rating, adjust the volume carefully to avoid excessive
output on the speakers.
To avoid short-circuiting the speakers
Short-circuiting of the speakers may damage the receiver.
To prevent this, make sure to take the following
precautions when connecting the speakers.
Examples of poor conditions of the speaker cord
To enjoy multi channel surround, connect front, center,
and rear speakers with a nominal impedance of 8 ohms or
higher, and set the speaker IMPEDANCE SELECTOR to
“8Ω.” Check the instruction manual supplied with your
speakers if you’re not sure of their impedance. (This
information is usually printed on a label on the back of
the speaker.)
You may connect a pair of speakers with a nominal
impedance between 4 and 8 ohms to the FRONT
SPEAKERS terminals, if you set the IMPEDANCE
SELECTOR to “4Ω.” Speakers connected to the REAR and
CENTER SPEAKERS terminals must have a nominal
impedance of 8 ohms or higher (regardless of the setting
of the IMPEDANCE SELECTOR).
Note
Stripped speaker cord is touching another speaker terminal.
Be sure to connect front speakers with a nominal impedance of
8 ohms or higher if you want to select both sets (A+B) of front
speakers (see page 27). In this case, set the IMPEDANCE
SELECTOR to “4Ω.”.
Stripped cords are touching each other due to excessive
removal of insulation.
After connecting all the components, speakers,
and AC power cord, output a test tone to check
that all the speakers are connected correctly. For
details on outputting a test tone, see page 22.
If no sound is heard from a speaker while outputting a
test tone or a test tone is output from a speaker other than
the one whose name is currently displayed on the
receiver, the speaker may be short-circuited. If this
happens, check the speaker connection again.
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Hooking Up and Setting Up the Speaker System
Make sure the stripped ends of each speaker cord
do not touch another speaker terminal or the
stripped end of another speaker cord.
Speaker impedance
Performing Initial Setup Operations
Once you have hooked up the speakers and turned on the
power, clear the receiver’s memory. Then specify the
speaker parameters (size, position, etc.) and perform any
other initial setup operations necessary for your system.
Hooking Up and Setting Up the Speaker System
Before turning on the receiver
Make sure that you have:
• Turned MASTER VOLUME to the leftmost position (0).
• Selected the appropriate front speakers (see “7
SPEAKERS selector” on page 27).
Clearing the receiver’s memory
Before using your receiver for the first time, or when you
want to clear the receiver’s memory, do the following.
This procedure is not necessary if the demonstration
activates when you turn the power on.
1/u
MULTI CHANNEL DECODING
DIMMER
DISPLAY
EQUALIZER BASS BOOST
MD/DAT
CD
MEMORY
MASTER VOLUME
–
VIDEO 1 VIDEO 2 VIDEO 3 DVD/LD TV/SAT
TAPE
PHONES
SHIFT
– TUNING +
FM/AM FM MODE 2ND AUDIO
INPUT MODE 5.1CH INPUT
SPEAKERS
OFF A B
A+B
PRESET
– TUNING +
CINEMA STUDIO EX.
A
B
C
LEVEL
SOUND FIELD
SUR
TUNER PHONO
A.F.D.
2CH
MODE
+
BASS
MUTING EQUALIZER BOOST
SET UP
NAME
VIDEO 3 INPUT
EQ
ENTER
0
10
VIDEO
L AUDIO R
1
Turn off the receiver.
2
Hold down ?/1 for 5 seconds.
The currently selected function, followed by the
demonstration message appears in the display. All of
the following items are reset or cleared:
• All preset stations are reset or cleared.
• All sound field parameters are reset to their factory
settings.
• All index names (of preset stations and program
sources) are cleared.
• All adjustments made with the SET UP button are
reset to their factory settings.
• The sound field memorized for each program source
and preset stations are cleared.
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Performing initial setup operations
Before using your receiver for the first time, use the SET
UP button to adjust the setup parameters so that they
correspond to your system. You can adjust the following
items. For details on how to make adjustments, see the
page in parenthesis.
• Speaker size and placement (pages 19~22).
• Speaker distance (page 19).
• The video signal paired with the 5.1CH INPUT (page
50).
• Whether other components will turn on or off
automatically via the CONTROL A1 control system
(page 50).
• STR-DE945 only:
– 2 way remote control system operation (page 50).
– Selecting the color of the on-screen display (page 51).
Demonstration Mode
The demonstration will activate the first time you turn on
the power. When the demonstration starts, the following
message appears in the display twice:
“Now Demonstration Mode!! To finish the
demonstration, please push POWER KEY while this
message appears in the display. Thank you!”
To cancel the demonstration
Press ?/1 to turn the receiver off during the previous
message. The next time you turn the receiver on, the
demonstration will not appear.
To view the demonstration
Hold down SET UP and press ?/1 to turn on the power.
Note
Running the demonstration will clear the receiver’s
memory. For details on what will be cleared, see “Clearing
the receiver's memory” on this page.
Multi Channel Surround Setup
You can place the rear speakers either behind you or to
the side, depending on the shape of your room (etc.).
Specifying the speaker parameters
1
Press ?/1 to turn on the receiver.
2
Press SET UP.
3
Press the cursor buttons ( or
parameter you want to adjust.
4
Turn the jog dial to select the setting you desire.
The setting is entered automatically.
5
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have set all of the
parameters that follow.
When placing rear speakers to your side
B
A
) to select the
A
45°
C
C
90°
20°
x Front speaker size (FRONT)
Initial setting : LARGE
• If you connect large speakers that will effectively
reproduce bass frequencies, select “LARGE”. Normally,
select “LARGE”.
• If the sound is distorted, or you feel a lack of surround
effects when using multi channel surround sound,
select “SMALL” to activate the bass redirection circuitry
and output the front channel bass frequencies from the
sub woofer.
• When the front speaker is set to “SMALL”, the center
and rear speakers are also automatically set to
“SMALL” (unless previously set to “NO”).
When placing rear speakers behind you
B
A
A
45°
C
C
90°
20°
Note
Do not place the center speaker farther away from the listening
position than the front speakers.
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Hooking Up and Setting Up the Speaker System
For the best possible surround sound all speakers should
be the same distance from the listening position (A).
However, this unit lets you to place the center speaker up
to 5 feet (1.5 meters) closer (B) and the rear speakers up
to 15 feet (4.5 meters) closer (C) to the listening position.
The front speakers can be placed from 3 to 40 feet (1.0 to
12.0 meters) from the listening position (A).
Multi Channel Surround Setup
Hooking Up and Setting Up the Speaker System
x Center speaker size (CENTER)
Initial setting : LARGE
• If you connect a large speaker that will effectively
reproduce bass frequencies, select “LARGE”. Normally,
select “LARGE”. However, if the front speakers are set
to “SMALL”, you cannot set the center speaker to
“LARGE”.
• If the sound is distorted, or you feel a lack of surround
effects when using multi channel surround sound,
select “SMALL” to activate the bass redirection circuitry
and output the center channel bass frequencies from the
front speakers (if set to “LARGE”) or sub woofer. *1
• If you do not connect a center speaker, select “NO”. The
sound of a center channel will be output from the front
speakers.*2
x Rear speaker size (REAR)
Initial setting : LARGE
• If you connect large speakers that will effectively
reproduce bass frequencies, select “LARGE”. Normally,
select “LARGE”. However, if the front speakers are set
to “SMALL”, you cannot set the rear speakers to
“LARGE”.
• If the sound is distorted, or you feel a lack of surround
effects when using multi channel surround sound,
select “SMALL” to activate the bass redirection circuitry
and output the rear channel bass frequencies from the
sub woofer or other “LARGE” speakers.
• If you do not connect rear speakers, select “NO”.*3
z *1~*3 correspond to the following Dolby Pro Logic modes
z About speaker sizes (LARGE and SMALL)
Internally, the LARGE and SMALL settings for each speaker
determine whether or not the internal sound processor will cut
the bass signal from that channel. When the bass is cut from a
channel, the bass redirection circuitry sends the corresponding
bass frequencies to the sub woofer or other “LARGE” speakers.
However, since bass sounds have a certain amount of
directionality, it best not to cut them, if possible. Therefore, even
when using small speakers, you can set them to “LARGE” if you
want to output the bass frequencies from that speaker. On the
other hand, if you are using a large speaker, but prefer not to
have bass frequencies output from that speaker, set it to
“SMALL”.
If the overall sound level is lower than you prefer, set all speakers
to “LARGE”. If there is not enough bass, you can use the
equalizer to boost the bass levels. To adjust the equalizer, see
page 40.
x Rear speaker position (REAR PLACE)*
Initial setting : BEHIND
This parameter lets you specify the location of your rear
speakers for proper implementation of the Digital Cinema
Sound surround modes in the “VIRTUAL” sound fields.
Refer to the illustration below.
• Select “SIDE” if the location of your rear speakers
corresponds to section A.
• Select “MIDDLE” if the location of your rear speakers
corresponds to section B.
• Select “BEHIND” if the location of your rear speakers
corresponds to section C.
This setting only effects the surround modes in the
“VIRTUAL” sound fields.
*1 NORMAL
*2 PHANTOM
*3 3 STEREO
90°
A
A
60°
30°
B
C
20°
20
B
C
B
B
60
A
x Sub woofer selection (SUB WOOFER)
Initial setting : YES
• If you connect a sub woofer, select “YES”.
• If you do not connect a sub woofer, select “NO”. This
activates the bass redirection circuitry and outputs the
LFE signals from other speakers.
• In order to take full advantage of the Dolby Digital
(AC-3) bass redirection circuitry, we recommend setting
the sub woofer’s cut off frequency as high as possible.
x Front speaker distance (FRONT)
Initial setting : 16 feet* (5.0 meter)
Set the distance from your listening position to the front
(left or right) speaker (A on page 19).
• Front speaker distance can be set in 1 foot* (0.1 meter)
steps from 3 to 40 feet* (1.0 to 12.0 meters).
• If both speakers are not placed an equal distance from
your listening position, set the distance to the closest
speaker.
* Models of area code U, CA only.
A
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* These parameters are not available when “Rear speaker
size (REAR)” is set to “NO”.
z About the rear speaker position (SIDE, MIDDLE, and BEHIND)
This setting is designed specifically for implementation of the
Digital Cinema Sound modes in the “VIRTUAL” sound fields.
With the Digital Cinema Sound modes, speaker position is not as
critical as other modes. All of the modes in the “VIRTUAL”
sound fields were designed under the premise that the rear
speaker would be located behind the listening position, but
presentation remains fairly consistent even with the rear speakers
positioned at a rather wide angle. However, if the speakers are
pointing toward the listener from the immediate left and right of
the listening position, the “VIRTUAL” sound fields will not be
effective unless the rear speaker position parameter is set to
“SIDE”.
Nevertheless, each listening environment has many variables,
like wall reflections, and you may obtain better results using
“BEHIND” or “MIDDLE” if your speakers are located high above
the listening position, even if they are to the immediate left and
right.
Therefore, although it may result in a setting contrary to the
“Rear speaker position” explanation, we recommend that you
playback multi channel surround encoded software and listen to
the effect each setting has on your listening environment. Choose
the setting that provides a good sense of spaciousness and that
best succeeds in forming a cohesive space between the surround
sound from the rear speakers and the sound of the front speakers.
If you are not sure which sounds best, select “BEHIND” and then
use the speaker distance parameter and speaker level
adjustments to obtain proper balance.
x Center speaker distance (CENTER)
Initial setting : 16 feet* (5.0 meter)
Set the distance from your listening position to the center
speaker.
• Center speaker distance can be set in 1 foot* (0.1 meter)
steps from a distance equal to the front speaker distance
(A on page 19) to a distance 5 feet* (1.5 meters) closer to
your listening position (B on page 19).
• Do not place the center speaker farther away from your
listening position than the front speakers.
* Models of area code U, CA only.
x Rear speaker distance (REAR)
Initial setting : 11 feet* (3.5 meter)
Set the distance from your listening position to the rear
(left or right) speaker.
• Rear speaker distance can be set in 1 foot* (0.1 meter)
steps from a distance equal to the front speaker distance
(A on page 19) to a distance 15 feet* (4.5 meters) closer
to your listening position (C on page 19).
• Do not place the rear speakers farther away from your
listening position than the front speakers.
• If both speakers are not placed an equal distance from
your listening position, set the distance to the closest
speaker.
* Models of area code U, CA only.
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Hooking Up and Setting Up the Speaker System
x Rear speaker height (REAR HEIGHT)*
Initial setting : LOW
This parameter lets you specify the height of your rear
speakers for proper implementation of the Digital Cinema
Sound surround modes in the “VIRTUAL” sound fields.
Refer to the illustration below.
• Select “LOW” if the location of your rear speakers
corresponds to section A.
• Select “HIGH” if the location of your rear speakers
corresponds to section B.
This setting only effects the surround modes in the
“VIRTUAL” sound fields.
Multi Channel Surround Setup
z About speaker distances
Hooking Up and Setting Up the Speaker System
This unit allows you to input the speaker position in terms of
distance. However, it is not possible to set the center speaker
further than the front speakers. Also, the center speaker cannot be
set more that 5 feet* (1.5 meters) closer than the front speakers.
Likewise, the rear speakers can not be set farther away from the
listening position than the front speakers. And they can be no
more than 15 feet* (4.5 meters) closer.
This is because incorrect speaker placement is not conducive to
the enjoyment of surround sound.
Please note that, setting the speaker distance closer than the
actual location of the speakers will cause a delay in the output of
the sound from that speaker. In other words, the speaker will
sound like it is farther away.
For example, setting the center speaker distance 3~6 feet* (1~2 m)
closer than the actual speaker position will create a fairly realistic
sensation of being “inside” the screen. If you cannot obtain a
satisfactory surround effect because the rear speakers are too
close, setting the rear speaker distance closer (shorter) than the
actual distance will create a larger soundstage.
Adjusting these parameter while listening to the sound often
results in much better surround sound. Give it a try!
* Models of area code U, CA only.
Adjusting the speaker volume
Use the remote while seated in your listening position to
adjust the volume of each speaker.
Note
This unit incorporates a new test tone with a frequency centered
at 800 Hz for easier speaker volume adjustment.
1
Press ?/1 to turn on the receiver.
2
Press TEST TONE on the supplied remote.
You will hear the test tone from each speaker in
sequence.
3
Adjust the volume level so that the volume of the
test tone from each speaker sounds the same
when you are in your main listening position.
• To adjust the balance of the front right and front left
speakers, use the front balance parameter in the
LEVEL menu (see page 39).
• To adjust the balance of the rear right and rear left
speakers, use the rear balance parameter in the
LEVEL menu (see page 39).
• To adjust the volume level of the center speaker,
press the LEVEL CENTER +/– buttons on the
remote.
• To adjust the volume level of the rear speakers, press
the LEVEL REAR +/– buttons on the remote.
4
Press TEST TONE on the remote again to turn off
the test tone.
x Distance unit (DIST. UNIT)
Initial setting : feet* (meter)
Lets you select either feet or meters as the unit of measure
for setting distances. 1 foot corresponds to a 1 ms
difference.
* Models of area code U, CA only.
x Front speaker crossover frequency
(FRONT SP >)
Initial setting : 120 Hz
Lets you adjust the front speaker bass crossover frequency
when the front speakers are set to “SMALL”. The
frequency can be adjusted in 30 Hz steps from 60 Hz to
180 Hz.
x Center speaker crossover frequency
(CENTER SP >)
Initial setting : 120 Hz
Lets you to adjust the center speaker bass crossover
frequency when the center speaker is set to “SMALL”.
The frequency can be adjusted in 30 Hz steps from 60 Hz
to 180 Hz.
x Rear speaker crossover frequency (REAR SP >)
Initial setting : 120 Hz
Lets you adjust the rear speaker bass crossover frequency
when the rear speakers are set to “SMALL”. The
frequency can be adjusted in 30 Hz steps from 60 Hz to
180 Hz.
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Note
The test tone cannot be output when the receiver is set to 5.1CH
INPUT.
z You can adjust the volume level of all speakers at the same
time
Rotate MASTER VOLUME on the main unit or press MASTER
VOLUME +/– on the remote.
Before You Use Your
Receiver
Notes
Before turning on the receiver
Make sure that you have:
• Turned MASTER VOLUME to the leftmost position (0).
• Selected the appropriate front speakers (see “7
SPEAKERS selector” on page 27).
Checking the connections
After connecting all of your components to the receiver,
do the following to verify that the connections were made
correctly.
1/u Function buttons
MASTER VOLUME
MULTI CHANNEL DECODING
DIMMER
DISPLAY
EQUALIZER BASS BOOST
INPUT MODE 5.1CH INPUT
SPEAKERS
OFF A B
A+B
A
MD/DAT
CD
SHIFT
– TUNING +
MEMORY
MASTER VOLUME
–
VIDEO 1 VIDEO 2 VIDEO 3 DVD/LD TV/SAT
TAPE
PHONES
PRESET
– TUNING +
FM/AM FM MODE 2ND AUDIO
CINEMA STUDIO EX.
B
C
SOUND FIELD
TUNER PHONO
A.F.D.
2CH
MODE
LEVEL
SUR
+
BASS
MUTING EQUALIZER BOOST
SET UP
NAME
VIDEO 3 INPUT
EQ
ENTER
0
10
VIDEO
L AUDIO R
1
Press ?/1 to turn on the receiver.
2
Press a function button to select a component
(program source) that you connected (e.g., CD
player or tape deck).
3
Turn on the component and start playing it.
4
Rotate MASTER VOLUME to turn up the volume.
If you do not obtain normal sound output after
performing this procedure, look for the reason in the
checklist on the following page and take the appropriate
measures to correct the problem.
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Hooking Up and Setting Up the Speaker System
• The front balance, rear balance, center level, and rear level are
shown in the display during adjustment.
• Although these adjustments can also be made via the front
panel using the LEVEL menu (when the test tone is output, the
receiver switches to the LEVEL menu automatically), we
recommend you follow the procedure described above and
adjust the speaker levels from your listening position using the
remote control.
Before You Use Your Receiver
Hooking Up and Setting Up the Speaker System
There is no sound no matter which component is
selected.
, Check that both the receiver and all components
are turned on.
, Check that the MASTER VOLUME control is not
set at 0.
, Check that the SPEAKERS selector is not set to
OFF or to a position for front speakers that are not
connected to the receiver (see “7 SPEAKERS
selector” on page 27).
, Check that all speaker cords are connected
correctly.
, Press the MUTING button to turn off the indicator
on the button.
There’s no sound from a specific component.
, Check that the component is connected correctly to
the audio input jacks for that component.
, Check that the cord(s) used for the connection is
(are) fully inserted into the jacks on both the
receiver and the component.
No sound is heard from one of the front
speakers.
, Connect a pair of headphones to the PHONES jack
and set the SPEAKERS selector to OFF to verify
that sound is output from the headphones (see “7
SPEAKERS selector” and “PHONES jack” on page
27).
If only one channel is output from the headphones,
the component may not be connected to the
receiver correctly. Check that all the cords are fully
inserted into the jacks on both the receiver and the
component.
If both channels are output from the headphones,
the front speaker may not be connected to the
receiver correctly. Check the connection of the
front speaker which is not outputting any sound.
If you encounter a problem that is not included above, see
“Troubleshooting” on page 53.
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Hooking Up and Setting Up the Speaker System
25
Location of
Parts and Basic
Operations
Front Panel Parts
Description
This chapter provides information
about the locations and functions of
the buttons and controls on the front
panel. It also explains basic
operations.
1 ?/1 switch
Press to turn the receiver on and off.
• Before you turn on the receiver, make sure that you have
turned the MASTER VOLUME control to the leftmost
position to avoid damaging your speakers.
2 Function buttons
Press one of the buttons to select the component you
want to use.
To select
Press
VCR
VIDEO 1 or VIDEO 2
Camcorder or video game VIDEO 3 (STR-DE945 only)
DVD or LD player
DVD/LD
TV or satellite tuner
TV/SAT
Tape deck
MD or Tape deck
TAPE (STR-DE945)
MD/TAPE (STR-DE845)
MD or DAT deck
MD/DAT (STR-DE945 only)
CD player
CD
Built in tuner
TUNER
Turntable
PHONO
After selecting the component, turn on the component
you selected and play the program source.
• After selecting VCR, camcorder, video game, DVD player,
or LD player, turn on the TV and set the TV’s video input
to match the component you selected.
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(STR-DE945 only)
1
2
(STR-DE845 only)
3 4
5
4
MULTI CHANNEL DECODING
DIMMER
DISPLAY
EQUALIZER
MD/DAT
CD
CINEMA STUDIO EX.
B
C
SOUND FIELD
TUNER PHONO
A.F.D.
2CH
MODE
+
LEVEL
BASS
MUTING EQUALIZER BOOST
SET UP
NAME
SUR
VIDEO 3 INPUT
EQ
ENTER
0
7
Select
To
AUTO
Give priority to digital signals
when there are both digital and
analog connections. If there are
no digital signals, analog is
selected
DIGITAL (COAXIAL)
ANALOG
VIDEO
L AUDIO R
6
3 INPUT MODE button
Press to select the input mode for your digital
components (DVD/LD, TV/SAT, and MD/DAT
(STR-DE945) or MD/TAPE (STR-DE845)).
Each press switches the input mode of the currently
selected component.
DIGITAL (OPTICAL)
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5 MASTER VOLUME control
After turning on the component you selected, rotate to
adjust the volume.
6 MUTING button
Press to mute the sound. The indicator on the button
lights up when the sound is muted.
7 SPEAKERS selector
Set according to the front speakers you want to drive.
Set to
To select
A
The speakers connected to the FRONT
SPEAKERS A terminals
B
Specify the digital audio signals
input to the DIGITAL COAX
input jacks (DVD/LD only)
The speakers connected to the FRONT
SPEAKERS B terminals
A+B*
Specify the analog audio signals
input to the AUDIO IN (L and R)
jacks
The speakers connected to both the FRONT
SPEAKERS A and B terminals (parallel
connection)
OFF
No speaker output
Specify the digital audio signals
input to the DIGITAL OPTICAL
input jacks
4 5.1CH INPUT button
Press to enjoy the audio source connected to the 5.1CH
INPUT jacks. Press 5.1 CH again to return to the
original function.
• When 5.1CH INPUT is selected, the equalizer, bass boost,
and sound field effects do not function.
• To change the video input displayed when 5.1CH INPUT is
selected, press SET UP (qj) then press the cursor buttons
(w;) repeatedly to select “5.1CH V:” (see page 50 for
details).
*
Be sure to connect front speakers with a nominal impedance of
8 ohms or higher if you want to select both sets (A+B) of front
speakers. In this case, set the IMPEDANCE SELECTOR to
“4Ω”
PHONES jack
Connects headphones.
• To use the headphones, set the SPEAKERS selector to OFF
to output sound to the headphones.
• To enjoy surround sound from the headphones, we
recommend selecting the HEADPHONE THEATER sound
field. Selecting other sound fields when the SPEAKERS
selector is set to OFF automatically presents a 2 channel
(stereo) downmix from the headphones.
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Location of Parts and Basic Amplifier Operations
–
A
TAPE
MEMORY
MASTER VOLUME
5.1CH
VIDEO 1 VIDEO 2 VIDEO 3 DVD/LD TV/SAT INPUT
PHONES
SHIFT
– TUNING +
FM/AM FM MODE 2ND AUDIO
INPUT MODE 5.1CH INPUT
SPEAKERS
OFF A B
A+B
BASS BOOST
PRESET
– TUNING +
Front Panel Parts Description
8 9
qa
0
qs
qd
qf
MULTI CHANNEL DECODING
DIMMER
DISPLAY
EQUALIZER BASS BOOST
–
Location of Parts and Basic Amplifier Operations
MD/DAT
CD
MEMORY
MASTER VOLUME
VIDEO 1 VIDEO 2 VIDEO 3 DVD/LD TV/SAT
TAPE
SHIFT
– TUNING +
FM/AM FM MODE 2ND AUDIO
INPUT MODE 5.1CH INPUT
SPEAKERS
OFF A B
A+B
PRESET
– TUNING +
CINEMA STUDIO EX.
A
B
C
LEVEL
SOUND FIELD
SUR
TUNER PHONO
PHONES
A.F.D.
2CH
MODE
+
BASS
MUTING EQUALIZER BOOST
SET UP
NAME
VIDEO 3 INPUT
EQ
ENTER
0
wd wa
wf ws
8 DIMMER button
Press repeatedly to adjust the brightness of the display.
When you want to turn off the display, set in the
“DIMM. RANGE” parameter in the SET UP menu.
9 DISPLAY button
Press repeatedly to change the information on the
display window as follows:
v
Index name of the component or the preset station*
v
Function button indication or frequency**
v
Sound field applied to the program source
* Index name appears only when you have assigned one to the
component or preset station (see page 48). Index name does not
appear when only blank spaces have been entered, or it is the
same as the function button.
** Frequency appears only when the tuner is selected.
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VIDEO
L AUDIO R
ql qj
w;
qk
qh qg
0 Use the SOUND FIELD buttons to enjoy surround
sound. For details, see “Enjoying Surround Sound”
starting from page 31.
A.F.D. button / indicator
Press to set the receiver to automatically detect the
type of audio signal being input and perform proper
decoding (if necessary). For details, see “AUTO
FORMAT DECODING” on page 35.
2CH button / indicator
Press to output sound from only the front (left and
right) speakers. For details, see “2 CHANNEL” on
pate 35.
MODE button / indicator
Press to activate the sound field selection mode. For
details, see “Selecting a Sound Field” on page 32.
• Sound fields are not compatible with 96 kHz digital audio
signals.
qa CINEMA STUDIO EX. A~C buttons
Press to select CINEMA STUDIO EX. A~C sound field.
For details, see “CINEMA STUDIO EX. A~C” on page
33.
qs MULTI CHANNEL DECODING indicator
This indicator lights when the unit is decoding signals
recorded in a multi channel format.
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qd The following buttons operate the built-in tuner. For
details, see “Receiving Broadcasts” starting from page
43.
PRESET TUNING +/– buttons
Scans all preset stations.
SHIFT button
Selects a memory page for preset stations.
MEMORY button
Press to memorize a preset station.
FM/AM button
Selects the FM or AM band.
FM MODE button
If “STEREO” flashes in the display and the FM stereo
reception is poor, press this button. You will not have
the stereo effect but the sound quality improves.
qf 2ND AUDIO button (STR-DE945 only)
Press repeatedly to select 2 channel (stereo) audio
signals for output to a stereo amplifier in another
room (page 12).
Each press selects another audio source (except
PHONO) to be output from the 2ND AUDIO OUT
jacks. “SOURCE” selects the same program source as
the main function controls.
• The bass booster is not compatible with 96 kHz digital
audio signals and during 5.1 CH input.
z When you want to listen to an analog source without any
digital processing
Do the following to bypass the sound field, equalization, and
bass booster circuits.
1 Press BASS BOOST to turn off the BASS BOOST indicator.
2 Press EQUALIZER to turn off the EQUALIZER indicator.
3 Press 2CH.
The result will be a sound that is highly faithful to the program
source.
qh EQUALIZER button
Press to turn the equalizer on or off. The EQ indicator
in the display lights when the equalizer is turned on.
When you adjust the equalizer using the EQ
parameters (page 40), the settings are stored
automatically and can be reproduced whenever you
turn on the equalizer.
• The equalizer is not compatible with 96 kHz digital audio
signals and during 5.1CH input.
• Even if 2ND AUDIO is set to “SOURCE”, no sound is
output when the receiver is set to 5.1CH INPUT.
• Only signals from components connected to the analog
inputs are output through the 2ND AUDIO OUT jacks. No
signals are output from components connected to only the
digital inputs.
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Location of Parts and Basic Amplifier Operations
TUNING +/– buttons
Scans all the available radio stations.
qg BASS BOOST button
Press to increase the bass of the front speakers. The
BASS BOOST indicator lights up when the function is
turned on.
Front Panel Parts Description
qj SET UP button
Press to activate the setup mode, then use the cursor
buttons (w;) to select any of the following parameters.
You can make various settings using the jog dial (wa).
When you select
You can
Speaker setup
Specify the front, center, rear speaker
sizes, the rear speaker position, and
whether or not you are using a sub
woofer (page 19).
Location of Parts and Basic Amplifier Operations
Speaker Distance
Specify the front, center, and rear speaker
distances and the unit of measurement
(page 21).
Crossover
frequency*
Specify the front, center, and rear speaker
bass crossover frequency (page 22).
5.1CH video input Specify the video input to be used with
the audio signals from the 5.1CH INPUT
jacks (page 11).
Auto Function
Specify whether or not Sony components
connected via Control A1 cords will turn
on or off when selected using the
function buttons (page 50).
2 way remote
Turn on or off response to remote
(STR-DE945 only) signals sent from the 2 way remote (page
50).
OSD color
Specify the color of the on-screen
(STR-DE945 only) display (page 51).
Dimmer Range
Specify the display to turn off when you
press the DIMMER button several times
(page 51).
* Only when the speaker is set to“SMALL” in the speaker setup
parameter.
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qk NAME button
Press to activate the name function and enter names
for preset stations and program sources (page 48).
ql ENTER button
Press to enter individual characters for the preset
station and program source names.
w; Cursor buttons ( / )
Press to select various speaker level, surround, and
equalizer parameters (etc.).
wa Jog dial
Turn to adjust the selected speaker level, surround,
and equalizer parameters (etc.).
ws EQ button
Press to activate the equalizer parameters (page 40).
The indicator on the button lights up and you can
adjust the various equalizer parameters.
wd SUR button
Press to activate the surround parameters (page 38).
The indicator on the button lights up and you can
adjust the various surround parameters (effect level,
wall type, etc.).
wf LEVEL button
Press to activate the speaker level parameters (page
39). The indicator on the button lights up and you can
adjust the various speaker level parameters (front
balance, rear balance, etc.).
Enjoying
Surround
Sound
This chapter describes how to set up
the receiver to enjoy surround sound.
You can enjoy multi channel surround
when playing back software encoded
with Dolby Digital or DTS.
A.F.D.
The “Auto Format Decoding” sound mode presents the
sound exactly as it was encoded, without adding any
reverberation (etc.).
To fully enjoy surround sound, you must register the
number and location of you speakers. See “Multi Channel
Surround setup” starting on page 19 to set the speaker
parameters before enjoying surround sound.
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Enjoying Surround Sound
You can take advantage of surround sound simply by
selecting one of the receiver’s pre-programmed sound
modes. They bring the exciting and powerful sound of
movie theaters and concert halls into your home. You can
also customize the sound modes to obtain the sound you
desire by changing the various surround parameters.
The receiver contains a variety of different sound modes.
The cinema sound modes are designed for use when
playing back movie software (DVD, LD, etc.) encoded
with multi channel surround sound or Dolby Pro Logic.
In addition to decoding the surround sound, some of
these modes also provide sound effects commonly found
in movie theaters.
The virtual sound modes contain compelling applications
of the Sony Digital Cinema Sound digital signal
processing technology. They shift the sound away from
the actual speaker locations to simulate the presence of
several “virtual” speakers.
The music (etc.) sound modes are designed for use with
standard audio sources and TV broadcasts. They add
reverberation to the source signal to make you feel as if
you were in a concert hall or stadium (etc.). Use these
sound modes with two-channel sources like CD and
stereo broadcasts of sports programs or musical concerts.
For more information about the sound modes, see pages
33~35.
SOUND FIELD buttons
Selecting a Sound Field
Cursor buttons
LEVEL
MULTI CHANNEL DECODING
DIMMER
DISPLAY
EQUALIZER BASS BOOST
VIDEO 1 VIDEO 2 VIDEO 3 DVD/LD TV/SAT
A
TAPE
MD/DAT
CD
MEMORY
MASTER VOLUME
–
PHONES
SHIFT
– TUNING +
FM/AM FM MODE 2ND AUDIO
INPUT MODE 5.1CH INPUT
SPEAKERS
OFF A B
A+B
PRESET
– TUNING +
CINEMA STUDIO EX.
B
C
LEVEL
SUR
SOUND FIELD
TUNER PHONO
A.F.D.
2CH
MODE
+
BASS
MUTING EQUALIZER BOOST
SET UP
NAME
VIDEO 3 INPUT
EQ
ENTER
0
EQ
SUR Jog dial
10
VIDEO
EQUALIZER
LEVEL button: Press to light and customize the level
parameters.
Enjoying Surround Sound
SUR button: Press to light and customize the surround
parameters in the current sound field.
EQ button: Press to light and customize the equalizer
parameters in the current sound field.
Cursor buttons ( / ): Use to select parameters after
pressing the LEVEL, SUR, or EQ buttons.
Jog dial: Use to adjust parameters and select sound fields
(etc.).
SOUND FIELD buttons:
A.F.D. button: Press to set the receiver to
automatically detect the type of audio signal being
input and perform proper decoding (if necessary).
2CH button: Press to output sound from only the
front (left and right) speakers.
MODE button: Press to activate the sound field
selection mode.
CINEMA STUDIO EX. A~C buttons: Press to select
CINEMA STUDIO EX. A~C sound field.
EQUALIZER button: Turns the equalizer on or off.
1
Press MODE.
The current sound field is indicated in the display.
2
Turn the jog dial or press the cursor buttons ( or
) to select the sound field you want.
See the table starting on page 33 for information on
each sound field.
L AUDIO R
Brief descriptions of buttons used to
enjoy surround sound
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You can enjoy surround sound simply by selecting one of
the pre-programmed sound fields according to the
program you want to listen to.
To turn the sound field off
Press A.F.D. or 2CH (page 35).
z The receiver memorizes the last sound field selected for each
program source (Sound Field Link)
Whenever you select a program source, the sound field that was
last applied is automatically applied again. For example, if you
listen to CD with STADIUM as the sound field, change to a
different program source, then return to CD, STADIUM will be
applied again. With the tuner, sound fields are memorized
separately for AM, FM, and all preset stations.
z You can identify the encoding format of program software
by looking at its packaging
Dolby Digital discs are labeled with the
logo, and Dolby
Surround encoded programs are labeled with the A
logo.
Effect
NORMAL SURROUND
Software with multi channel surround audio signals is
played according to the way it was recorded.
Software with 2 channel audio signals, is decoded with
Dolby Pro Logic to create surround effects.
CINEMA STUDIO EX. A1)2)
(Press CINEMA STUDIO EX. A
button)
Reproduces the sound characteristics of the Sony
Pictures Entertainment “Cary Grant Theater” cinema
production studio using the 3D sound imaging of
V. MULTI DIMENSION (page 34) to create 5 sets of
virtual speakers surrounding the listener from a single
pair of actual rear speakers.
This is a standard mode, great for
watching most any type of movie.
CINEMA STUDIO EX. B1)2)
(Press CINEMA STUDIO EX. B
button)
Reproduces the sound characteristics of the Sony
Pictures Entertainment “Kim Novak Theater” cinema
production studio using the 3D sound imaging of
V. MULTI DIMENSION (page 34) to create 5 sets of
virtual speakers surrounding the listener from a single
pair of actual rear speakers.
This mode is ideal for watching sciencefiction or action movies with lots of sound
effects.
CINEMA STUDIO EX. C1)2)
(Press CINEMA STUDIO EX. C
button)
Reproduces the sound characteristics of the Sony
Pictures Entertainment scoring stage using the 3D
sound imaging of V. MULTI DIMENSION (page 34) to
create 5 sets of virtual speakers surrounding the listener
from a single pair of actual rear speakers.
This mode is ideal for watching musicals
or classic films where music is featured in
the soundtrack.
SEMI CINEMA STUDIO EX. A1)
Reproduces the sound characteristics of the Sony
Pictures Entertainment “Cary Grant Theater” cinema
production studio using the 3D sound imaging of
V. SEMI-M. DIMENSION (page 34) to create 5 sets of
virtual speakers surrounding the listener from the
sound of the front speakers (without using actual rear
speakers).
SEMI CINEMA STUDIO EX. B1)
Reproduces the sound characteristics of the Sony
Pictures Entertainment “Kim Novak Theater” cinema
production studio using the 3D sound imaging of
V. SEMI-M. DIMENSION (page 34) to create 5 sets of
virtual speakers surrounding the listener from the
sound of the front speakers (without using actual rear
speakers).
SEMI CINEMA STUDIO EX. C1)
Reproduces the sound characteristics of the Sony
Pictures Entertainment scoring stage using the 3D
sound imaging of V. SEMI-M. DIMENSION (page 34) to
create 5 sets of virtual speakers surrounding the listener
from the sound of the front speakers (without using
actual rear speakers).
NIGHT THEATER
Allows you to retain a theater like environment while
listening at low volume levels, such as late at night.
MONO MOVIE
Creates a theater like environment from movies with
monaural soundtracks.
STEREO MOVIE
Creates a theater like environment from movies
recorded with stereo soundtracks
HEADPHONE THEATER
Allows you to experience a theater like environment
while listening through a pair of headphones.
Notes
L
C
R
LS
RS
LS
RS
LS
RS
Very effective with 5.1ch discreet signal
sources like Dolby Digital and DTS.
1)
“VIRTUAL” sound field: Sound field with virtual speakers.
However, turning the SUR menu “VIR. SPEAKERS” parameter off when using “CINEMA STUDIO EX. A~C” or “SEMI CINEMA
STUDIO EX. A~C” reproduces the sound characteristics of each cinema production studio without virtual speakers.
2)
You can select directly by pressing the buttons on the front panel.
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Sound field
Selecting a Sound Field
Sound field
Effect
V. MULTI DIMENSION1)
(Virtual Multi Dimension)
Uses 3D sound imaging to create an array of virtual rear
speakers positioned higher than the listener from a
single pair of actual rear speakers. This mode creates 5
sets of virtual speakers surrounding the listener at
approximately a 30° angle of elevation.
Notes
L
C
R
SIDE*
LS
RS
LS
RS
LS
L
RS
C
R
MIDDLE*
LS
RS
LS
RS
LS
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L
RS
C
R
BEHIND*
LS
RS
LS
RS
LS
V. MULTI REAR1)
(Virtual Multi Rear)
Uses 3D sound imaging to create 3 sets of virtual rear
speakers from 1 set of actual rear speakers.
L
SIDE*
RS
C
* See
page 20
R
LS
RS
LS
RS
LS
L
RS
C
R
MIDDLE*
LS
RS
LS
RS
LS
L
RS
C
R
BEHIND*
LS
RS
LS
RS
LS
V. SEMI-M. DIMENSION1)
(Virtual Semi Multi Dimension)
Uses 3D sound imaging to create virtual rear speakers
from the sound of the front speakers without using
actual rear speakers. This mode creates 5 sets of virtual
speakers surrounding the listener at a 30° angle of
elevation.
L
RS
C
R
LS
RS
LS
RS
LS
1)
“VIRTUAL” sound field: Sound field with virtual speakers.
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* See
page 20
RS
Sound field
Effect
VIRTUAL ENHANCED A1)
(Virtual Enhanced Surround A)
Uses 3D sound imaging to create 3 sets of virtual rear
speakers from the sound of the front speakers without
using actual rear speakers.
Notes
L
C
R
LS
VIRTUAL ENHANCED B1)
(Virtual Enhanced Surround B)
Uses 3D sound imaging to create 1 set of virtual rear
speakers from the sound of the front speakers without
using actual rear speakers.
RS
L
C
R
LS
RS
LS
RS
LS
RS
Reproduces the acoustics of a small rectangular concert
hall.
LARGE HALL
Reproduces the acoustics of a large rectangular concert
hall.
OPERA HOUSE
Reproduces the acoustics of an opera house.
JAZZ CLUB
Reproduces the acoustics of a jazz club.
DISCO/CLUB
Reproduces the acoustics of a discotheque/dance club.
CHURCH
Reproduces the acoustics of a stone church.
LIVE HOUSE
Reproduces the acoustics of a 300-seat live house.
ARENA
Reproduces the acoustics of a 1000-seat concert hall.
STADIUM
Reproduces the feeling of a large open-air stadium.
Great for sporting events or electric
(amplified) music.
GAME
Obtains maximum audio impact from video game
software.
Be sure to set the game machine to stereo
mode when using game software with
stereo sound capabilities.
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SMALL HALL
Ideal for soft acoustic sounds.
Ideal for musicals and opera.
Great for rock or pop music.
“VIRTUAL” sound field: Sound field with virtual speakers.
Notes
• The effects provided by the virtual speakers may cause increased noise in the playback signal.
• When listening to sound fields that employ the virtual speakers, you will not be able to hear any sound coming directly from the rear
speakers.
Use the buttons on the front panel to operate the following modes
AUTO FORMAT DECODING
(Press the A.F.D. button)
Automatically detects the type of audio signal being
input (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic, or standard
2 channel stereo) and performs the proper decoding if
necessary. This mode presents the sound as it was
recorded/encoded, without adding any effects.
You can use this mode as a reference. Set
the equalizer to OFF while using this mode
to hear the source sound exactly as it was
recorded.
2 CHANNEL
(Press the 2CH button)
Outputs the sound from the front left and right
speakers only. Standard two channel (stereo) sources
completely bypass the sound field processing. Multi
channel surround formats are downmixed to two
channels.
This allows you to play any source using
only the front left and right speakers.
Note
No sound is output from the sub woofer when the 2 CHANNEL mode is selected. To listen to two channel (stereo) sources using the front
left and right speakers and a sub woofer, use the AUTO FORMAT DECODING mode.
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1
2
3
4
OPTICAL COAXIAL
a DIGITAL L C R
MPEGDTSDUAL PRO LOGIC LS S RS
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0
6
L.F.E.
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2 COAXIAL
Lights up when the source signal is a digital signal
being input through the COAX terminal.
3 ; DIGITAL
This indicator lights when a sound field other than
2 CHANNEL is selected and the unit is decoding
signals recorded in the Dolby Digital (AC-3) format.
4 Playback channel indicators
The letters light to indicate the channels being played
back.
L: Front Left
R: Front Right
C: Center (monaural)
LS: Left Surround
RS: Right Surround
S: Surround (monaural or the rear components
obtained by Pro Logic processing)
The boxes around the letters light to indicate the
speakers used to playback the channels.
See the next page for details regarding the playback
channel indicators.
5 L.F.E.
The letters “L.F.E.” light up when the disc being
played contains the LFE (Low Frequency Effect)
channel. When the sound of the LFE channel signal is
actually being reproduced, the bars underneath the
letters lights up to indicate the level. Since the LFE
signal is not recorded in all parts of the input signal
the bar indication will fluctuate (and may turn off)
during playback.
7
S.WOOFER STEREO RDS MEMORY
D.RANGE EQ MONO TA NEWS INFO
9
1 OPTICAL
Lights up when the source signal is a digital signal
being input through the OPTICAL terminal.
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5
8
6 S.WOOFER
Lights when sub woofer selection is set to “YES” and
this unit detects that the disc being played does not
contain the LFE channel signal. While this indicator is
lit, this unit creates a sub woofer signal based on the
low frequency components of the front channels.
7 Tuner indicators
These indicators light when using the receiver to tune
in radio stations, etc. See pages 43~46 for tuner
operations.
8 D. RANGE
Lights when dynamic range compression is active. See
page 40 to adjust the dynamic range compression.
9 PRO LOGIC
Lights when this unit applies Pro Logic processing to
two channel signals in order to output the center and
surround channel signals.
0 DTS
Lights up when DTS signals are input.
Note
When playing a DTS format disc, be sure that you have made
digital connections and that INPUT MODE is NOT set to
ANALOG (see 3 on page 27).
qa ;
Lights when Dolby Digital (AC-3) signals are input.
Source sound displays
The letters (L, C, R, etc.) indicate the source sound. The boxes around the letters vary to show how the receiver downmixes
the source sound (based on the speakers settings). When using music sound modes like LARGE HALL or SMALL HALL
the receiver adds reverberation based on the source sound.
The following table shows how the indicators light when using AUTO FORMAT DECODING mode.
Although the table below shows almost all of the configurations available from multi channel surround signals, the ones
marked “ ” are the most common.
Recording
Format
(Front/Rear)
Source Sound and Output Channel Display
Input Channel Display
All speakers
present
DOLBY DIGITAL [1/0]
a DIGITAL
Rear speakers
absent
a DIGITAL
C
Center speaker
absent
a DIGITAL
C
Rear/center
speakers absent
a DIGITAL
C
C
1/0
dts [1/0]
C
DTS
L
R
L
R
C
DTS
L
R
L
R
DTS
L
R
L
R
L
R
L
R
2/0*
dts [2/0]
DOLBY DIGITAL [3/0]
DTS
a DIGITAL
DTS
L
C
R
L
C
R
a DIGITAL
DTS
L
C
R
L
C
R
a DIGITAL
DTS
L
C
R
L
C
R
a DIGITAL
L
C
R
L
C
R
3/0
dts [3/0]
DOLBY DIGITAL [2/1]
DTS
a DIGITAL
DTS
L
DOLBY DIGITAL [3/1]
a DIGITAL
S
DOLBY DIGITAL [2/2]
a DIGITAL
2/2
dts [2/2]
DOLBY DIGITAL [3/2]
DTS
a DIGITAL
3/2
dts [3/2]
2/0**
DTS
C
S
R
L
C
S
R
PRO LOGIC
DOLBY PROLOGIC
PRO LOGIC
PCM XX kHz***
R
RS
L
LS
R
RS
L C R
LS
RS
L C R
RS
LS
L
L
L
a DIGITAL
C
S
R
C
S
R
a DIGITAL
DTS
a DIGITAL
DTS
C
S
R
L
C
S
R
R
RS
L
LS
R
RS
L C R
LS
RS
L C R
RS
LS
L
PRO LOGIC
R
L
a DIGITAL
C
S
R
C
S
R
a DIGITAL
DTS
a DIGITAL
DTS
C
S
R
L
C
S
R
R
RS
L
LS
R
RS
L C R
LS
RS
L C R
RS
LS
L
L
PRO LOGIC
R
L
S
a DIGITAL
L
C
S
R
L
C
S
R
DTS
L
LS
C
S
R
C
S
R
a DIGITAL
DTS
a DIGITAL
DTS
L
LS
R
RS
L
LS
R
RS
L C R
LS
RS
L C R
RS
LS
L
C
S
R
L
C
S
R
PRO LOGIC
PRO LOGIC
R
R
L
DTS
L
PRO LOGIC
R
L
S
S
DTS
L
LS
L
a DIGITAL
R
L
DTS
L
PRO LOGIC
R
S
S
DTS
L
LS
L
DOLBY DIGITAL [2/0]
a DIGITAL
R
L
DTS
L
DTS
R
L
DTS
S
R
L
DTS
3/1
dts [3/1]
a DIGITAL
S
2/1
dts [2/1]
R
DTS
L
R
* Signals with Dolby surround encoded flag OFF
** Signals with Dolby surround encoded flag ON
*** Sampling frequency is displayed
Notes
• The receiver performs Pro Logic decoding and the display conforms to 2/0** when using the following movie sound modes with 2/0* or
STEREO PCM format signals. (CINEMA STUDIO EX. A, B, C, SEMI CINEMA STUDIO EX. A, B, C, NIGHT THEATER, V. MULTI
DIMENSION, V. MULTI REAR, V. SEMI-M. DIMENSION, VIRTUAL ENHANCED A, or VIRTUAL ENHANCED B)
• When using music sound modes like LARGE HALL or SMALL HALL with standard audio formats, like PCM, the receiver creates rear
signals from the front L and R signals. In this case, sound is output from the rear speakers, but output channel indicators for the rear
speakers do not light.
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C
C
DTS
Customizing Sound Fields
By adjusting the surround parameters and the
equalization of the front, rear and center speakers, you
can customize the sound fields to suit your particular
listening situation.
Once you customize a sound field, the changes are stored
in the memory indefinitely (unless the receiver is
unplugged for about two weeks). You can change a
customized sound field any time by making new
adjustments to the parameters.
See the table on page 41 for the parameters available in
each sound field.
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To get the most from multi channel
surround sound
Position your speakers and do the procedures described
in “Multi Channel Surround Setup” starting from page 19
before you customize a sound field.
Adjusting the surround parameters
The SUR menu contains parameters that let you
customize various aspects of the current sound field. The
settings available in this menu are stored individually for
each sound field.
1
Start playing a program source encoded with multi
channel surround sound.
2
Press SUR.
The button lights up and the first parameter is
displayed.
3
Press the cursor buttons ( or
parameter you want to adjust.
4
Turn the jog dial to select the setting you desire.
The setting is entered automatically.
) to select the
Effect level (EFFECT)
Initial setting : (depends on sound mode)
This parameter lets you adjust the “presence” of the
current surround effect.
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Wall type (WALL)
Initial setting : midpoint
When sound is reflected off soft material, such as a
curtain, the high frequency elements are reduced. A hard
wall is highly reflective and does not significantly effect
the frequency response of the reflected sound. This
parameter lets you control the level of the high
frequencies to alter the sonic character of your listening
environment by simulating a softer (S) or harder (H) wall.
The midpoint designates a neutral wall (made of wood).
Reverberation (REVERB)
Initial setting : midpoint
Before sound reaches our ears, it is reflected
(reverberated) many times between he left and right
walls, ceiling, and floor. In a large room, sound takes more
time to bounce from one surface to another than in a
smaller room. This parameter lets you control the spacing
of the early reflections to simulate a sonically longer (L) or
shorter (S) room.
• The reverberation can be adjusted ±8 from S (short, –8)
to L (long, +8) in 17 steps.
• The midpoint (0) designates a standard room with no
adjustment.
Screen depth (SCREEN DEPTH)
Initial setting : MID
In a movie theater, sound seems to come from inside the
image reflected on the movie screen. This parameter
allows you to create the same sensation in your listening
room by shifting the sound of the front speakers “into”
the screen.
• The screen depth can be set to OFF, MID, or DEEP.
• DEEP provides the greatest amount of screen depth.
Virtual speaker (VIR. SPEAKERS)
Initial setting : ON
Allows you turn the virtual speakers created by the
CINEMA STUDIO EX. A, B, C and SEMI CINEMA
STUDIO EX. A, B, C sound fields off or on.
Adjusting the level parameters
The LEVEL menu contains parameters that let you adjust
the balance and speaker volumes of each speaker. The
settings available in this menu are applied to all sound
fields.
Start playing a program source encoded with multi
channel surround sound.
2
Press LEVEL.
The button lights up and the first parameter is
displayed.
3
Press the cursor buttons ( or
parameter you want to adjust.
4
Turn the jog dial to select the setting you desire.
The setting is entered automatically.
) to select the
Front balance (FRONT)
Initial setting : center
Lets you adjust the balance between the front left and
right speakers. The level can even be adjusted during 5.1
CH input.
• The balance can be adjusted ±8 dB in 1 dB steps.
• This settings can also be adjusted using the supplied
remote. See “Adjusting the speaker volume” (page 22).
Rear balance (REAR)
Initial setting : center
Lets you adjust the balance between the rear left and right
speakers. The level can even be adjusted during 5.1 CH
input.
• The balance can be adjusted ±8 dB in 1 dB steps.
However, during 5.1CH input, the balance can be
adjusted ±4 dB in 1 dB steps.
• This settings can also be adjusted using the supplied
remote. See “Adjusting the speaker volume” (page 22).
Rear level (REAR)
Initial setting : 0 dB
Lets you adjust level of the rear (left and right) speakers.
The level can even be adjusted during 5.1 CH input.
• The level can be adjusted in 1 dB steps from –10 dB to
+10 dB. However, during 5.1CH input, the level can be
adjusted in 1 dB steps from –6 dB to +10 dB steps.
• This settings can also be adjusted directly using the
supplied remote. See “Adjusting the speaker volume”
(page 22).
Sub woofer level (SUB WOOFER)
Initial setting : 0 dB
Lets you adjust the level of the sub woofer. The level can
even be adjusted during 5.1 CH input.
• The level can be adjusted in 1 dB steps from –10 dB to
+10 dB.
LFE (Low Frequency Effect) mix level
Initial setting : 0 dB
This parameter lets you attenuate the level of the LFE
(Low Frequency Effect) channel output from the sub
woofer without effecting the level of the bass frequencies
sent to the sub woofer from the front, center or rear
channels via the Dolby Digital (AC-3) bass redirection
circuitry.
• The level can be adjusted in 1 dB steps from –20 dB to
0 dB (line level). 0 dB outputs the full LFE signal at the
mix level determined by the recording engineer.
• Selecting OFF mutes the sound of the LFE channel from
the sub woofer. However, the low frequency sounds of
the front, center, or rear speakers are output from the
sub woofer according to the settings made for each
speaker in the speaker setup (page 19~21).
dts LFE (Low Frequency Effect) mix level
Initial setting : 0 dB
This parameter lets you attenuate the level of the LFE
(Low Frequency Effect) channel output from the sub
woofer without effecting the level of the bass frequencies
sent to the sub woofer from the front, center or rear
channels via the “dts” bass redirection circuitry.
• The level can be adjusted in 1 dB steps from +10.0 dB to
–20.0 dB (line level).
• Selecting OFF mutes the sound of the LFE channel from
the sub woofer. However, the low frequency sounds of
the front, center, or rear speakers are output from the
sub woofer according to the settings made for each
speaker in the speaker setup (page 19~21).
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Center level (CENTER)
Initial setting : 0 dB
Lets you adjust the level of the center speaker. The level
can even be adjusted during 5.1 CH input.
• The level can be adjusted in 1 dB steps from –10 dB to
+10 dB.
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z About the level differences in the LFE MIX settings
The “dts LFE MIX” level is set to +10.0 dB and “LFE MIX” (Dolby
Digital) is set to 0 dB. This is because there is an initial difference
of 10 dB in the overall mix between the Dolby Digital and dts
LFE channel levels. Essentially, with the “dts LFE MIX” level set
to +10 dB and the “LFE MIX (Dolby Digital)” level set to 0 dB,
approximately the same amounts of LFE channel signal are
distributed to the other audio channels in the overall mix.
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Dynamic range compressor (D. RANGE COMP)
Initial setting : OFF
Lets you compress the dynamic range of the sound track.
This may be useful when you want to watch movies at
low volumes late at night.
• OFF reproduces the sound track with no compression.
• STD reproduces the sound track with the dynamic
range intended by the recording engineer.
• 0.1 ~ 0.9 allow you to compress the dynamic range in
small steps to achieve the sound you desire.
• MAX provides a dramatic compression of the dynamic
range.
Note
Dynamic range compression is possible with Dolby Digital
sources only.
z About the Dynamic Range Compressor
This parameter allows you to compress the dynamic range of the
soundtrack based on the dynamic range information included in
the Dolby Digital signal. “STD” is standard compression, but
because many sources have only light compression, you may not
notice much difference when using 0.1~0.9.
Therefore, we recommend using the “MAX” setting. This greatly
compresses the dynamic range and allows you to view movies
late at night at low volumes. Unlike analog limiters, the levels are
predetermined and provide a very natural compression.
Adjusting the equalizer
The EQ menu lets you adjust the equalization (low, mid,
and high frequencies) of the front, rear and center
speakers. The equalizer settings are stored individually
for each sound field.
1
Start playing a program source encoded with multi
channel surround sound.
2
Press EQ.
The button lights up and the first parameter is
displayed.
3
Press the cursor buttons ( or
parameter you want to adjust.
4
Turn the jog dial to select the setting you desire.
The setting is entered automatically.
) to select the
z You can turn off the equalization without erasing it
The equalizer settings are stored separately for each sound field.
Press the EQUALIZER button to turn the EQ indicator off.
Front speaker bass adjustment (Level/Frequency)
1 Use the cursor buttons ( or ) to select the level
(dB) or frequency (Hz).
2 Use the jog dial to adjust.
Repeat until you achieve the sound you desire.
• The level can be adjusted ±10 dB in 1 dB steps.
• The frequency can be adjusted from 100 Hz to 1.0 kHz
in 21 steps.
Front speaker midrange adjustment (Level/
Frequency)
Adjust as described in “Front speaker bass adjustment”.
Level (dB)
Frequency (Hz)
• The level can be adjusted ±10 dB in 1 dB steps.
• The frequency can be adjusted from 500 Hz to 5 kHz in
21 steps.
Front speaker treble adjustment (Level/
Frequency)
Adjust as described in “Front speaker bass adjustment”.
• The level can be adjusted ±10 dB in 1 dB steps.
• The frequency can be adjusted from 1.0 kHz to 10 kHz
in 21 steps.
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Center speaker bass adjustment (Level/
Frequency)
Adjust as described in “Front speaker bass adjustment”.
• The level can be adjusted ±10 dB in 1 dB steps.
• The frequency can be adjusted from 100 Hz to 1.0 kHz
in 21 steps.
Adjustable parameters for each sound
field
<
SUR
>
EFFECT WALL REVERBSCREEN VIRTUAL
LEVEL TYPE TIME DEPTH SPEAKER
Center speaker midrange adjustment (Level/
Frequency)
Adjust as described in “Front speaker bass adjustment”.
• The level can be adjusted ±10 dB in 1 dB steps.
• The frequency can be adjusted from 500 Hz to 5.0 kHz
in 21 steps.
2CH
A.F.D.
NORMAL SURROUND
z
z
z
CINEMA STUDIO EX. B
z
z
z
Center speaker treble adjustment (Level/
Frequency)
Adjust as described in “Front speaker bass adjustment”.
• The level can be adjusted ±10 dB in 1 dB steps.
• The frequency can be adjusted from 1.0 kHz to 10 kHz
in 21 steps.
CINEMA STUDIO EX. C
z
z
z
SEMI CINEMA STUDIO EX. A
z
z
z
SEMI CINEMA STUDIO EX. B
z
z
z
SEMI CINEMA STUDIO EX. C
z
z
z
NIGHT THEATER
z
z
z
Rear speaker bass adjustment (Level/Frequency)
Adjust as described in “Front speaker bass adjustment”.
• The level can be adjusted ±10 dB in 1 dB steps.
• The frequency can be adjusted from 100 Hz to 1.0 kHz
in 21 steps.
MONO MOVIE
z
z
z
STEREO MOVIE
z
z
z
HEADPHONE THEATER
z
V. MULTI DIMENSION
V. MULTI REAR
Rear speaker midrange adjustment (Level/
Frequency)
Adjust as described in “Front speaker bass adjustment”.
• The level can be adjusted ±10 dB in 1 dB steps.
• The frequency can be adjusted from 500 Hz to 5.0 kHz
in 21 steps.
Rear speaker treble adjustment (Level/Frequency)
Adjust as described in “Front speaker bass adjustment”.
• The level can be adjusted ±10 dB in 1 dB steps.
• The frequency can be adjusted from 1.0 kHz to 10 kHz
in 21 steps.
Resetting customized sound fields to the
factory settings
1
If the power is on, press ?/1 to turn off the power.
2
Hold down MODE and press ?/1.
“S.F Initialize” appears in the display and all sound
fields are reset at once.
V. SEMI-M. DIMENSION
VIRTUAL ENHANCED A
VIRTUAL ENHANCED B
SMALL HALL
z
z
z
LARGE HALL
z
z
z
OPERA HOUSE
z
z
z
JAZZ CLUB
z
z
z
DISCO/CLUB
z
z
z
CHURCH
z
z
z
LIVE HOUSE
z
z
z
ARENA
z
z
z
STADIUM
z
z
z
GAME
z
z
z
5.1CH INPUT
z: Can be stored in each sound field.
x: The stored parameter is applied to all of the sound fields.
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Customizing Sound Fields
Adjustable parameters for each sound field (continued)
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FRONT
BAL.
REAR
BAL.
REAR
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EQ
CENTER WOOFER (dts) LFE D.RANGE FRONT CENTER
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MIX*
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EQ
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x
NORMAL SURROUND
x
x
x
CINEMA STUDIO EX. A
x
x
CINEMA STUDIO EX. B
x
CINEMA STUDIO EX. C
x
SEMI CINEMA STUDIO EX. A
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EQ
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z
z
SEMI CINEMA STUDIO EX. B
x
x
x
x
x
z
z
SEMI CINEMA STUDIO EX. C
x
x
x
x
x
z
z
NIGHT THEATER
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
z
z
z
MONO MOVIE
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
z
z
z
STEREO MOVIE
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
z
z
z
HEADPHONE THEATER
x
V. MULTI DIMENSION
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
z
z
z
V. MULTI REAR
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
z
z
z
V. SEMI-M. DIMENSION
x
x
x
x
x
z
z
VIRTUAL ENHANCED A
x
x
x
x
x
z
z
VIRTUAL ENHANCED B
x
x
x
x
x
z
z
SMALL HALL
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
z
z
z
LARGE HALL
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
z
z
z
OPERA HOUSE
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
z
z
z
JAZZ CLUB
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
z
z
z
DISCO/CLUB
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
z
z
z
CHURCH
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
z
z
z
LIVE HOUSE
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
z
z
z
ARENA
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
z
z
z
STADIUM
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
z
z
z
GAME
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
z
z
z
5.1CH INPUT
x
x
x
x
x
x
z: Can be stored in each sound field.
x: The stored parameter is applied to all of the sound fields.
*: These parameters may not operate depending on the source or may not operate as adjusted. For details, see each item in “Adjusting the
level parameters” (page 39).
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Receiving
Broadcasts
You can tune in stations on this receiver in the following
ways:
This chapter describes how to receive
FM or AM broadcasts and how to
preset selected stations.
Automatic Tuning
If you don’t know the frequency of the station you want,
you can let the receiver scan all available stations in your
area (see page 45).
Direct Tuning
You can enter a frequency of the station you want directly
by using the numeric buttons on the supplied remote (see
page 44).
Preset Tuning
After you have tuned in stations using Direct Tuning or
Automatic Tuning, you can preset them to the receiver
(see page 45). Then you can tune in any of the stations
directly by entering its 2-character code using the
supplied remote (see page 46). Up to 30 FM or AM
stations can be preset. The receiver will also scan all the
stations that you have preset (see page 46).
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Receiving Broadcasts
Before you begin, make sure you have:
• Connected FM and AM antennas to the receiver (see
page 5).
• Selected the appropriate speaker system (see page 27).
Direct Tuning
TUNING +/
PRESET
TUNING +/
EQUALIZER BASS BOOST
PRESET
– TUNING +
SHIFT
– TUNING +
MEMORY
SHIFT
Use the supplied remote to perform the following
operations. For details on the buttons used in this section,
see the operating instructions for the supplied remote.
1
Press TUNER to light the button up.
The last received station is tuned in.
2
Press FM/AM to select the FM or AM band.
3
Press D. TUNING.
4
Press the numeric buttons to enter the frequency.
FM/AM FM MODE 2ND AUDIO
MASTER VOLUME
+
BASS
MUTING EQUALIZER BOOST
SET UP
NAME
VIDEO 3 INPUT
ENTER
0
10
VIDEO
L AUDIO R
FM/AM
Example 1: FM 102.50 MHz
MEMORY
1 b 0 b 2 b 5 b 0
FM MODE
Brief descriptions of buttons used to
receive broadcasts
Example 2: AM 1350 kHz
(You don’t have to enter the last “0” when the tuning scale is
set to 10 kHz.)
1 b 3 b 5 b 0
Receiving Broadcasts
PRESET TUNING +/– buttons: Press to scan all preset
radio stations.
If you cannot tune in a station and the
entered numbers flash
Make sure you’ve entered the right frequency. If not,
repeat Steps 3 and 4.
If the entered numbers still flash, the frequency is not
used in your area.
TUNING +/– buttons: Press to scan all available radio
stations.
FM MODE button: If “STEREO” flashes in the display
and the FM stereo reception is poor, press this button to
improve the sound. You will not be able to enjoy stereo
effect but the sound will be less distorted.
5
If you’ve tuned in an AM station, adjust the
direction of the AM loop antenna for optimum
reception.
6
Repeat Steps 2 to 5 to receive another station.
Note
If “STEREO” does not appear at all even when the FM broadcast
is received normally, press this button to turn on the “STEREO”
indication.
FM/AM button: Press to select the FM or AM band.
z If you try to enter a frequency that is too precise for the
tuning scale
The entered value is automatically rounded up or down.
MEMORY button: Uses for memorizing preset stations.
SHIFT button: Press to select a memory page (A, B, or C)
for presetting radio stations or tuning to preset stations.
TUNER button: Selects the tuner.
The tuning scale for direct tuning differs depending on the area
code as shown in the following table. For details on area codes,
see page 3.
Area code
FM tuning scale
AM tuning scale
U, CA
50 kHz
AU, CN, SP
E
50 kHz
50 kHz
10 kHz
(can be changed to 9 kHz)*
9 kHz
9 kHz
(can be changed to 10 kHz)*
* To change the AM tuning scale, see page 56.
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Automatic Tuning
Preset Tuning
For details on the buttons used in this section, see “Brief
descriptions of buttons used to receive broadcasts” on
page 44.
For details on the buttons used in this section, see “Brief
descriptions of buttons used to receive broadcasts” on
page 44.
1
Press TUNER to light the button up.
The last received station is tuned in.
Before tuning to preset stations, be sure to preset them by
performing steps on “Presetting radio stations” below.
2
Press FM/AM to select the FM or AM band.
3
Press TUNING + or TUNING –.
Press the + button to scan from low to high; press the –
button to scan from high to low.
The receiver stops scanning whenever a station is
received.
When the receiver reaches either end of the
band
Scanning is repeated in the same direction.
4
Presetting radio stations
Press TUNER to light the button up.
The last received station is tuned in.
2
Tune in the station that you want to preset using
Direct Tuning (page 44) or Automatic Tuning (this
page).
3
Press MEMORY.
“MEMORY” appears in the display for a few seconds.
Do Steps 4 to 6 before “MEMORY” goes out.
4
Press SHIFT to select a memory page (A, B or C).
Each time you press SHIFT, the letter “A,” “B” or “C”
appears in the display.
5
Press PRESET TUNING +/– to select a preset number.
If “MEMORY” goes out before you press the preset
number, start again from Step 3.
6
Press MEMORY again to store the station.
If “MEMORY” goes out before you press the preset
number, start again from Step 3.
7
Repeat Steps 2 to 6 to preset another station.
To continue scanning, press TUNING + or TUNING –
again.
To change a preset number to another station
Do Steps 1 to 6 to preset the new station to the number.
Note
If the AC power cord is disconnected for about two weeks, all the
preset stations will be cleared from the receiver’s memory, and
you will have to preset the stations again.
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Receiving Broadcasts
1
Preset Tuning
Tuning to preset stations
You can tune the preset stations either of the following
two ways.
Scanning the preset stations
1
Press TUNER to light the button up.
The last received station is tuned in.
2
Press PRESET TUNING + or PRESET TUNING –
repeatedly to select the preset station you want.
Each time you press the button, the receiver tunes in
one preset station at a time, in the corresponding order
and direction as follows:
nA1˜A2˜...˜A0˜B1˜B2˜...˜B0N
nC0˜...C2˜C1N
Receiving Broadcasts
Using the preset codes
Use the supplied remote to perform the following
operations. For details on the buttons used in this section,
see the operating instructions for the supplied remote.
1
Press TUNER to light the button up.
The last received station is tuned in.
2
Select the preset station you want from the list
displayed on the supplied remote when TUNER is
selected.
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Other
Operations
Cursor buttons
SET UP
MULTI CHANNEL DECODING
DIMMER
DISPLAY
EQUALIZER BASS BOOST
INPUT MODE 5.1CH INPUT
SPEAKERS
OFF A B
A+B
MD/DAT
CD
SHIFT
– TUNING +
MEMORY
MASTER VOLUME
–
VIDEO 1 VIDEO 2 VIDEO 3 DVD/LD TV/SAT
TAPE
PRESET
– TUNING +
FM/AM FM MODE 2ND AUDIO
CINEMA STUDIO EX.
A
B
C
LEVEL
SOUND FIELD
SUR
TUNER PHONO
PHONES
A.F.D.
2CH
MODE
+
BASS
MUTING EQUALIZER BOOST
SET UP
NAME
VIDEO 3 INPUT
EQ
ENTER
0
TUNER
ENTER
Jog dial
10
VIDEO
L AUDIO R
NAME
Brief descriptions of buttons that appear
in this chapter
NAME button: Press to name preset stations or program
sources.
Jog dial: Use to select characters when naming preset
stations or program sources.
Cursor buttons ( / ): Use to move the cursor when
naming preset stations or program sources.
TUNER button: Press to select the tuner.
ENTER button: Press to enter the completed name of the
preset station or program source.
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Other Operations
SET UP button: Press to enter the set up mode.
Naming Preset Stations and
Program Sources
You can enter a name of up to 8 characters for preset
stations and program sources. These names (for example,
“VHS”) appear in the receiver’s display when a station or
program source is selected.
Note that no more than one name can be entered for each
preset station or program source.
This function is useful for distinguishing components of
the same kind. For example, two VCRs can be specified
as “VHS” and “8mm,” respectively. It is also handy for
identifying components connected to jacks meant for
another type of component, for example, a second CD
player connected to the MD/DAT jacks.
Recording
Your receiver makes it easy to record to and from the
components connected to it. You don’t have to connect
the playback and recording components directly to each
other: once you select a program source on the receiver,
you can record and edit as you normally would using the
controls on each component.
Before you begin, make sure you’ve connected all
components properly.
MULTI CHANNEL DECODING
DIMMER
DISPLAY
EQUALIZER BASS BOOST
–
A
To index a preset station
Press TUNER.
The last station you received is tuned in.
Press NAME.
4
Create an index name by using the jog dial and
cursor buttons:
Turn the jog dial to select a character, then press
to
move the cursor to the next position.
To insert a space
Turn the jog dial until a blank space appears in the
display (the space character is between “11” and “A”).
If you’ve made a mistake
Press
or
repeatedly until the character to be
changed flashes, then turn the jog dial to select the
right character.
5
Press ENTER.
To assign index names to other stations
Repeat Steps 2 to 5.
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SOUND FIELD
2CH
MODE
LEVEL
SUR
+
BASS
MUTING EQUALIZER BOOST
SET UP
NAME
VIDEO 3 INPUT
EQ
.
0
Function buttons
Playback component
(program source)
10
VIDEO
L AUDIO R
.
3
CINEMA STUDIO EX.
B
C
TUNER PHONO
l
Other Operations
Tune in the preset station you want to create an
index name for.
If you are not familiar with how to tune in preset
stations, see “Tuning to preset stations” on page 46.
CD
ENTER
To index a program source
Select the program source (component) to be
named, then go to Step 3.
2
MD/DAT
A.F.D.
l
1
TAPE
MEMORY
MASTER VOLUME
VIDEO 1 VIDEO 2 VIDEO 3 DVD/LD TV/SAT
PHONES
SHIFT
– TUNING +
FM/AM FM MODE 2ND AUDIO
INPUT MODE 5.1CH INPUT
SPEAKERS
OFF A B
A+B
PRESET
– TUNING +
Recording component
(tape deck, MD deck,
VCR)
l: Audio signal flow
.: Video signal flow
Recording on an audio tape or MiniDisc
You can record on a cassette tape or MiniDisc using the
receiver. See the instruction manual of your cassette deck
or MD deck if you need help.
1
Select the component to be recorded.
2
Prepare the component for playing.
For example, insert a CD into the CD player.
3
Insert a blank tape or MD into the recording deck
and adjust the recording level, if necessary.
4
Start recording on the recording deck, then start
playback on the playback component.
Notes
• You cannot record a digital audio signal using a component
connected to the analog TAPE OUT or MD/DAT OUT jacks
(STR-DE945) or the analog MD/TAPE OUT jacks (STR-DE845).
To record a digital audio signal, connect a digital component to
the DIGITAL MD/DAT OUT jacks (STR-DE945) or the
DIGITAL MD/TAPE OUT jacks (STR-DE845).
• Sound adjustments do not affect the signal output from the
TAPE OUT or MD/DAT OUT jacks (STR-DE945) or the MD/
TAPE OUT jacks (STR-DE845).
Using the Sleep Timer
Recording on a video tape
You can record from a VCR, a TV, or an LD player using
the receiver. You can also add audio from a variety of
audio sources when editing a video tape. See your VCR
or LD player’s instruction manual if you need help.
1
Select the program source to be recorded.
2
Prepare the component for playing.
For example, insert the laser disc you want to record
into the LD player.
3
4
Insert a blank video tape into the VCR (VIDEO 1 or
VIDEO 2) for recording.
Start recording on the recording VCR, then start
playing the video tape or laser disc you want to
record.
You can set the receiver to turn off automatically at a
specified time.
Press SLEEP on the remote while the power is on.
Each time you press SLEEP, the time changes as shown
below.
n 2:00:00 n 1:30:00n 1:00:00 n 0:30:00 n OFF
The display dims after you have specified the time.
z You can freely specify the time
First, press SLEEP on the remote, then specify the time you want
using the jog dial on the receiver. The sleep time changes in 1
minute intervals. You can specify up to 5 hours.
z You can check the time remaining before the receiver turns
off
Press SLEEP on the remote. The remaining time appears in the
display.
z You can record the sound from any audio source onto a
video tape while copying from a video tape or laser disc
Locate the point where you want to start recording from another
audio source, select the program source, then start playback. The
audio from that source will be recorded onto the audio track of
the video tape instead of the audio from the original medium.
Other Operations
To resume audio recording from the original medium, select the
video source again.
Notes
• Please be sure to make both digital and analog connections to
the TV/SAT and DVD/LD inputs. Analog recording is not
possible if you only make digital connections.
• Some sources contain copy guards to prevent recording. In this
case, you may not be able to record from the sources.
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Adjustments Using the SET UP Button
The SET UP button allows you to make the following
adjustments.
Selecting the 5.1CH video input
This parameter lets you specify the video input to be used
with the audio signals from the 5.1CH INPUT jack.
The 5.1CH video input is set to DVD/LD by default.
1
Press SET UP.
2
Press the cursor buttons (
“5.1CH V:”.
3
or
) to select
Turn the jog dial to select the video input you
desire.
Adjusting the Control A1
auto function
Turning on the Control A1 auto function parameter lets
you turn Sony components connected via Control A1
cords (see page 13) on automatically when you press the
corresponding function button.
Auto function is set to ON by default.
Other Operations
1
Press SET UP.
2
Press the cursor buttons (
FUNCTION.”
3
Turn the jog dial to select “ON” or “OFF.”
50
or
) to select “AUTO
Setting up the 2 way remote
(STR-DE945 only)
This receiver is shipped from the factory with the 2 way
remote control system set to “ON”. Normally, you can use
the receiver as is.
However, if you want to use this receiver together with
another component that is also compatible with the 2 way
remote control system, be sure to perform the following
operation to limit response to signals sent from the remote
controls.
To use with the TA-E9000ES
Perform the following steps to turn OFF this unit’s 2 way
remote control system. Also, be sure the TA-E9000ES is
turned on when using this unit.
To use with other components that have the
logo
Turn OFF the other component’s 2 way remote control
system. For details, refer to the operating instructions
suppled with your other components.
To use with Sony CD players CDP-CX260 or CDPCX88ES
Turn OFF the remote control adapter switch on the
CDP-CX260 or CDP-CX88ES. For details, refer to the
operating instructions suppled with the CDP-CX260 or
CDP-CX88ES.
Also when using several 2 way remote control system
components together, be sure to place them close together
in order to enable proper remote operation.
1
Press SET UP.
2
Press the cursor buttons (
REMOTE”.
3
Turn the jog dial to select “ON” or “OFF”.
or
) to select “2 WAY
CONTROL A1
System
Selecting the color of the on-screen
display (STR-DE945 only)
Select the color of the on-screen display. You can
select either COLOR or MONOCHROME. The color of the
on-screen display is set to COLOR by default.
1
Press SET UP.
2
Press the cursor buttons (
COLOR”.
3
Turn the jog dial to select “COLOR” or
“MONOCHROME”
or
) to select “OSD
Set the display to turn off
This parameter lets you specify whether or not the display
turns off when you press the DIMMER button several
times. When “WIDE” is selected, you can set the display
to turn off, but when “NARROW” is selected, you cannot
set the display to turn off. The default setting is set to
“NARROW”.
Control
Getting Started
This section explains the basic functions of the
CONTROL A1 Control System. Certain components
have special functions, like “CD Synchro Dubbing” on
cassette decks, that require CONTROL A1
connections. For detailed information regarding
specific operations, be sure to also refer to the
Operating Instructions supplied with your
component(s).
The CONTROL A1 Control System was designed to
simplify the operation of audio systems composed of
separate Sony components. CONTROL A1 connections
provide a path for the transmission of control signals
which enable automatic operation and control features
usually associated with integrated systems.
Currently, CONTROL A1 connections between a Sony
CD player, amplifier (receiver), MD deck and cassette
deck provide automatic function selection and
synchronized recording.
In the future the CONTROL A1 connection will work as
a multifunction bus allowing you to control various
functions for each component.
Press SET UP.
2
Press the cursor buttons (
RANGE”.
3
Turn the jog dial to select “NARROW” or “WIDE”.
or
) to select “DIMM.
• The CONTROL A1 Control System is designed to maintain
upward compatibility as the Control System is upgraded to
handle new functions. In this case, however, older components
will not be compatible with the new functions.
• Do not operate a 2 way remote control unit when the
CONTROL A1 jacks are connected via a PC interface kit to a
personal computer running “MD Editor” or similar application.
Also, do not operate the connected component in a manner
contrary to the functions of the application, as this may cause
the application to operate incorrectly.
CONTROL A1
and CONTROL A1 compatibility
The CONTROL A1 control system has been updated to the
CONTROL A1 which is the standard system in the SONY
300 disc CD changer and other recent Sony components.
Components with CONTROL A1 jacks are compatible with
components with CONTROL A1 , and can be connected to
each other. Basically, the majority of the functions available
with the CONTROL A1 control system will be available with
the CONTROL A1 control system.
However, when making connections between components
with CONTROL A1 jacks and components with CONTROL
A1 jacks, the number of functions that can be controlled
may be limited depending on the component. For detailed
information, refer to the Operating Instructions supplied with
the component(s).
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Other Operations
Notes
1
CONTROL A1
Control System
Connections
Basic Functions
Connect monaural (2P) mini-plug cords in series to the
CONTROL A1 jacks on the back of each component. You
can connect up to ten CONTROL A1 compatible
components in any order. However, you can connect only
one of each type of component (i.e., 1 CD player, 1 MD
deck, 1 tape deck and 1 receiver).
(You may be able to connect more than one CD player or
MD deck, depending on the model. Refer to the operating
instructions supplied with the respective component for
details.)
Example
The CONTROL A1 functions will operate as long as the
component you want to operate is turned on, even if all of
the other connected components are not turned on.
Automatic function selection
When you connect a CONTROL A1 compatible Sony
amplifier (or receiver) to other Sony components using
monaural mini-plug cords, the function selector on the
amplifier (or receiver) automatically switches to the
correct input when you press the play button on one of
the connected components.
Notes
Amplifier
(Receiver)
CD
player
MD
deck
Tape
deck
Other
component
In the CONTROL A1 control system, the control signals
flow both ways, so there is no distinction of IN and OUT
jacks. If a component has more than one CONTROL A1
jack, you can use either one, or connect different
components to each jack.
Jacks and connection examples
• You must connect a CONTROL A1 compatible amplifier
(receiver) using a monaural mini-plug cord in order to take
advantage of the automatic function selection feature.
• This function only works when the components are connected
to the amplifier (or receiver) inputs according to the names on
the function buttons. Certain receivers allow you to switch the
names of the function buttons. In this case, refer to the
Operating Instructions supplied with the receiver.
• When recording, do not play any components other than the
recording source. It will cause the automatic function selection
to operate.
CONTROL A1
Other Operations
Synchronized recording
This function lets you conduct synchronized recording
between the selected source and recorder components.
CONTROL A1
1
Set the function selector on the amplifier (or
receiver) to the source component.
2
Set the source component to pause mode (make
sure both the ( and P indicators light together).
3
Set the recorder component to the REC-PAUSE
mode.
4
Press PAUSE on the recorder component.
The source component is released from the pause
mode, and recording begins shortly thereafter.
When playback ends from the source component,
recording stops.
CD player
MD deck
On CONTROL A1 jacks and connections
It is possible to make connections between CONTROL A1
and CONTROL A1 jacks. For details regarding
particular connections or setup options, refer to the
Operating Instructions supplied with the component(s).
About the connecting cord
Some CONTROL A1 compatible components are supplied
with a connecting cord as an accessory. In this case, use
the connecting cord for your connection.
When using a commercially available cord, use a
monaural (2P) mini-plug cord less than 2 meters long,
with no resistance (like the Sony RK-G69HG).
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Notes
• Do not set more than one component to the pause mode.
• Certain recorder components may be equipped with a special
synchronized recording function that uses the CONTROL A1
Control System, like “CD Synchro Dubbing”. In this case, refer
to the Operating Instructions supplied with the recorder
component.
Additional
Information
Troubleshooting
If you experience any of the following difficulties while
using the receiver, use this troubleshooting guide to help
you remedy the problem. Also, see “Checking the
connections” on page 23 to verify that the connections are
correct. Should any problem persist, consult your nearest
Sony dealer.
There’s no sound or only a very low-level sound
is heard.
, Check that the speakers and components are
connected securely.
, Make sure that you’ve selected the correct
component on the receiver.
, Make sure that you’ve set the SPEAKERS selector
correctly (see page 27).
, Press MUTING on the remote if the MUTING
indicator is lit.
, The protective device on the receiver has been
activated because of a short circuit. Turn off the
receiver, eliminate the short-circuit problem and
turn on the power again.
The left and right sounds are unbalanced or
reversed.
, Check that the speakers and components are
connected correctly and securely.
, Adjust front balance parameter in the LEVEL
menu.
Intermittent sound from a digital source.
, Make sure signals with 96 kHz sampling
frequencies are input to the DVD/LD IN OPTICAL
or COAX jacks.
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Additional Information
Severe hum or noise is heard.
, Check that the speakers and components are
connected securely.
, Check that the connecting cords are away from a
transformer or motor, and at least 10 feet (3 meters)
away from a TV set or fluorescent light.
, Move your TV away from the audio components.
, Make sure you’ve grounded U SIGNAL GND
terminal.
, The plugs and jacks are dirty. Wipe them with a
cloth slightly moistened with alcohol.
Troubleshooting
No sound is heard from the center speaker.
, Make sure the sound field function is on (press
SOUND FIELD — MODE).
, Select a sound field containing the word “cinema”
or “virtual” (see page 33~35).
, Adjust the speaker volume (see page 22).
, Make sure the center speaker size parameter is set
to either SMALL or LARGE (see page 20).
No sound or only a very low-level sound is heard
from the rear speakers.
, Make sure the sound field function is on (press
SOUND FIELD – MODE).
, Select a sound field containing the word “cinema”
or “virtual” (see page 33~35).
, Adjust the speaker volume (see page 22).
, Make sure the rear speaker size parameter is set to
either SMALL or LARGE (see page 20).
The surround effect cannot be obtained.
, Make sure the sound field function is on (press
SOUND FIELD – MODE).
, Make sure that the SPEAKERS selector is set to A
or B (not A+B) if you connected two sets of front
speakers.
Additional Information
Recording cannot be done.
, Check that the components are connected correctly.
, Select the source component with a FUNCTION
button.
, When recording from a digital component, make
sure the input mode is set to ANALOG (see page
27) before recording with a component connected
to the analog MD/DAT or TAPE terminals
(STR-DE945) or the analog MD/TAPE terminals
(STR-DE845).
, When recording from a digital component, make
sure the input mode is set to DIGITAL (see page
27) before recording with the component
connected to the DIGITAL MD/DAT OUT
terminals (STR-DE945) or the DIGITAL MD/TAPE
OUT terminals (STR-DE845).
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Radio stations cannot be tuned in.
, Check that the antennas are connected securely.
Adjust the antennas and connect an external
antenna if necessary.
, The signal strength of the stations is too weak
(when tuning in with automatic tuning). Use
direct tuning.
, Make sure you set the tuning interval correctly
(when tuning in AM stations with direct tuning)
(see pages 44 and 56).
, No stations have been preset or the preset stations
have been cleared (when tuning by scanning preset
stations). Preset the stations (see page 45).
, Press DISPLAY so that the frequency appears in
the display.
Nothing appears on the display
, When the display turns off immediately after the
receiver is turned on, press DIMMER to change the
display mode.
No picture or an unclear picture appears on the
TV screen or monitor.
, Select the appropriate function on the receiver.
, Set your TV to the appropriate input mode.
, Move your TV away from the audio components.
The remote does not function.
, Point the remote at the remote sensor on the
receiver.
, Remove any obstacles in the path between the
remote and the receiver.
, Replace both batteries in the remote with new
ones, if they are weak.
, Make sure you select the correct function on the
remote.
, If the remote is set to operate the TV only, use the
remote to select a source or component other than
TV before operating the receiver or other
component.
Reference sections for clearing the
receiver’s memory
To clear
See
All memorized settings
page 18
Customized sound fields
page 41
Specifications
AUDIO POWER
SPECIFICATIONS
POWER OUTPUT AND
TOTAL HARMONIC
DISTORTION:
With 8 ohm loads, both
channels driven, from 20 20,000 Hz; rated 110 watts
(STR-DE945) and 100 watts
(STR-DE845) per channel
minimum RMS power,
with no more than 0.09 %
total harmonic distortion
from 250 milliwatts to
rated output (USA model
only).
Amplifier section
POWER OUTPUT
Models of area code U, CA
Rated Power Output at Stereo Mode
(8 ohms 20 Hz – 20 kHz, THD 0.09 %)
STR-DE945: 110 W + 110 W
STR-DE845: 100 W + 100 W
Reference Power Output
(8 ohms 1 kHz, THD 0.7 %)
FRONT1):
100 W + 100 W
CENTER1): 100 W
REAR1):
100 W + 100 W
(8 ohms 20 Hz – 20 kHz, THD 0.09 %)
FRONT1):
95 W + 95 W
CENTER1): 95 W
REAR1):
95 W + 95 W
(8 ohms 1 kHz, THD 10 %)
FRONT1):
135 W + 135 W
CENTER1): 135 W
REAR1):
135 W + 135 W
1) Depending on the sound field settings and
the source, there may be no sound output.
2) Measured under the following conditions:
Area code
Power requirements
AU, E
240 V AC, 50 Hz
CN, SP
230 V AC, 50 Hz
3) Measured under the following conditions:
Area code
Power requirements
CN
220 V AC, 50 Hz
Frequency response
PHONO: RIAA
equalization curve
±0.5 dB
CD, TAPE, MD/DAT,
MD/TAPE, DVD/
LD, TV/SAT,
VIDEO 1, 2, and
VIDEO 3:
10 Hz – 50 kHz
+0.5/–2 dB (with
sound field,
equalizer, and bass
boost bypassed)
Inputs (Analog)
PHONO:
Sensitivity: 2.5 mV
Impedance: 50
kilohms
S/N4): 86 dB
(A, 2.5 mV5))
5.1CH INPUT, CD,
TAPE, MD/DAT,
MD/TAPE, DVD/
LD, TV/SAT, VIDEO
1, 2, and VIDEO 3:
Sensitivity: 150 mV
Impedance:
50 kilohms
S/N4): 96 dB
(A, 150 mV5))
4) INPUT SHORT
5) Weighted network, input level
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Additional Information
Reference Power Output
(8 ohms 1 kHz, THD 0.7 %)
STR-DE945: FRONT:1)
110 W + 110 W
CENTER1): 110 W
REAR1):
110 W + 110 W
STR-DE845: FRONT1):
100 W + 100 W
CENTER1): 100 W
REAR1):
100 W + 100 W
Models of other area code
STR-DE845:
Rated Power Output at Stereo Mode
(8 ohms 1 kHz, THD 0.7 %)
100 W + 100 W2)
90 W + 90 W3)
Specifications
Inputs (Digital)
DVD/LD IN(Coaxial):
Sensitivity: –
Impedance: 75 ohms
S/N: 100 dB
(A, 20 kHz LPF)
DVD/LD IN, TV/SAT
IN, MD/DAT IN
(Optical):
Sensitivity: –
Impedance: –
S/N: 100 dB
(A, 20 kHz LPF)
Outputs
Additional Information
BASS BOOST
TAPE, MD/DAT, MD/
TAPE; VIDEO 1, 2
(AUDIO OUT):
Voltage: 150 mV,
Impedance:
1 kilohms
SUB WOOFER:
Voltage: 2 V
Impedance:
1 kilohms
PHONES:
Accepts low- and
high-impedance
headphones
+6 dB at 70 Hz
FM tuner section
Tuning range 87.5 - 108.0 MHz
Antenna terminals
75 ohms, unbalanced
Sensitivity
Mono: 18.3 dBf,
2.2 µV/75 ohms
Stereo: 38.3 dBf,
22.5 µV/75 ohms
Usable sensitivity
11.2 dBf, 1 µV/75 ohms
S/N
Mono: 76 dB
Stereo: 70 dB
Harmonic distortion at 1 kHz
Mono: 0.3%
Stereo: 0.5%
Separation
45 dB at 1 kHz
Frequency response
30 Hz – 15 kHz
+0.5/–2 dB
Selectivity
60 dB at 400 kHz
AM tuner section
Tuning range
Models of area code U, CA
With 10-kHz tuning
scale:
530 – 1710 kHz6)
With 9-kHz tuning
scale:
531 – 1710 kHz6)
Models of area code AU, CN, SP
With 9-kHz tuning
scale:
531 – 1602 kHz
Models of area code E
With 10-kHz tuning
scale:
530 – 1610 kHz6)
With 9-kHz tuning
scale:
531 – 1602 kHz6)
Antenna
Loop antenna
Usable sensitivity
50 dB/m (at 1,000 kHz
or 999 kHz)
S/N
54 dB (at 50 mV/m)
Sampling Frequency
48 kHz
Harmonic distortion
0.5 % (50 mV/m,
400 kHz)
EQ
Selectivity
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BASS:
100 Hz~1.0 kHz
(21 steps)
MID:
500 Hz~5.0 kHz
(21 steps)
TREBLE:
1.0 kHz~10 kHz
(21 steps)
Gain levels:
±10 dB, 1 dB step
At 9 kHz: 35 dB
At 10 kHz: 40 dB
6) You can change the AM tuning scale to
9 kHz y 10 kHz. After tuning in any AM
station, turn off the receiver. Hold down the
TUNING + button and press the ?/1
button. All preset stations will be erased
when you change the tuning scale. To reset
the scale to 10 kHz (or 9 kHz), repeat the
procedure.
Video section
Inputs
Video: 1 Vp-p 75 ohms
S-video:
Y: 1 Vp-p 75 ohms
C: 0.286 Vp-p
75 ohms
Outputs
Video: 1 Vp-p 75 ohms
S-video:
Y: 1 Vp-p 75 ohms
C: 0.286 Vp-p
75 ohms
AC outlets
General
System
Models of area code U,
CA
2 switched,
total 120 W/1A
Models of area code
AU, SP
1 switched,
total 100 W
Models of area code E,
CN
2 switched,
total 100 W
Tuner section:
PLL quartz-locked
digital synthesizer
system
Preamplifier section:
Low-noise NF type
equalizer
Power amplifier
section:
Pure-complementary
SEPP
Power requirements
Models of area code U,
CA
120 V AC, 60 Hz
Models of area code
CN, SP
220 – 230 V AC,
50/60 Hz
Models of area code AU
240 V AC, 50 Hz
Models of area code E
120/220/240 V AC,
50/60 Hz
430 × 158 × 378 mm
(17 × 61/4 × 15 in.)
including projecting
parts and controls
Mass (Approx.)
10.3 kg (22 lb 12 oz)
Supplied accessories
See page 4.
For details on the area code of the
component you are using, see
page 3.
Design and specifications are subject
to change without notice.
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Additional Information
Power consumption
Models of area code U
STR-DE945: 290 W
STR-DE845: 280 W
Models of area code CA
STR-DE945: 345 VA
STR-DE845: 335 VA
Models of area code
CN, SP
STR-DE845: 220 W
Models of area code AU
STR-DE845: 230 W
Models of area code E
STR-DE845: 320 W
Dimensions
Glossary
Surround sound
Sound that consists of three elements:
direct sound, early reflected sound
(early reflections) and reverberative
sound (reverberation). The acoustics
of the surrounding space affect the
way these three sound elements are
heard. Surround sound combines
these sound elements in such a way
that you actually can sense the size of
the venue, as well as its type.
• Types of sound
Reverberation
Early reflections
Direct sound
Dolby Digital (AC-3)
This sound format for movie theaters
is more advanced than Dolby Pro
Logic Surround. In this format, the
rear speakers output stereo sound
with an expanded frequency range
and a sub woofer channel for deep
bass is independently provided. This
format is also called “5.1” because the
sub woofer channel is counted as 0.1
channel (since it functions only when
a deep bass effect is needed). All six
channels in this format are recorded
separately to realize superior channel
separation. Furthermore, since all the
signals are processed digitally, less
signal degradation occurs. The name
“AC-3” comes from the fact that it is
the third audio coding method to be
developed by the Dolby Laboratories
Licensing Corporation.
• Transition of sound from rear speakers
Direct sound
Level
Early
reflections
Additional Information
Early reflection time
Reverberation
Time
Dolby Pro Logic Surround
As one method of decoding Dolby
Surround, Dolby Pro Logic Surround
produces four channels from twochannel sound. Compared with the
former Dolby Surround system,
Dolby Pro Logic Surround reproduces
left-to-right panning more naturally
and localizes sounds more precisely.
To take full advantage of Dolby Pro
Logic Surround, you should have one
pair of rear speakers and a center
speaker. The rear speakers output
monaural sound.
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Digital Cinema Sound
This is the generic name of the
surround sound produced by digital
signal processing technology
developed by Sony. Unlike previous
surround sound fields mainly
directed at the reproduction of music,
Digital Cinema Sound is designed
specifically for the enjoyment of
movies.
Tables of Settings Using SUR, LEVEL, EQ, and SET UP
buttons
You can make various settings using the LEVEL, SUR, EQ, SET UP buttons, jog dial, and cursor buttons. The tables below
show each of the settings that these buttons can make.
Press and light
Press
SUR button
LEVEL button
EQ button
or
to select
Turn jog dial to select
See page
EFFECT LEVEL
depends on sound mode (in 21 steps)
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WALL TYPE
between –8 to +8 (in 1 increment steps)
REVERBERATION TIME
between –8 to +8 (in 1 increment steps)
SCREEN DEPTH
OFF, MID, DEEP
VIRTUAL SPEAKER
ON, OFF
FRONT BALANCE
between –8 dB to +8 dB (in 1 dB steps)
REAR BALANCE
between –8 dB to +8 dB (in 1 dB steps)
(during 5.1CH input: –4 dB ~ +4 dB (in 1 dB steps))
REAR LEVEL
between –10 dB to +10 dB (in 1 dB steps)
(during 5.1 CH input: –6 dB ~ +10 dB (in 1 dB steps))
CENTER LEVEL
between –10 dB to +10 dB (in 1 dB steps)
SUB WOOFER LEVEL
between –10 dB to +10 dB (in 1 dB steps)
LFE MIX LEVEL
OFF, or –20 dB to 0 dB (in 1 dB steps)
dts LFE MIX LEVEL
OFF, or –20 dB to +10 dB (in 1 dB steps)
DYNAMIC RANGE COMP
Off, 0.1 to 0.9 (in 0.1 dB steps), STD, or MAX
FRONT BASS GAIN
between –10 dB to +10 dB (in 1 dB steps)
FRONT BASS FREQUENCY
between 100 Hz and 1.0 kHz (in 21 steps)
FRONT MID GAIN
between –10 dB to +10 dB (in 1 dB steps)
FRONT MID FREQUENCY
between 500 Hz and 5.0 kHz (in 21 steps)
FRONT TREBLE GAIN
between –10 dB to +10 dB (in 1 dB steps)
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Additional Information
FRONT TREBLE FREQUENCY between 1.0 kHz and 10 kHz (in 21 steps)
CENTER BASS GAIN
between –10 dB to +10 dB (in 1 dB steps)
CENTER BASS FREQUENCY
between 100 Hz and 1.0 kHz (in 21 steps)
CENTER MID GAIN
between –10 dB to +10 dB (in 1 dB steps)
CENTER MID FREQUENCY
between 500 Hz and 5.0 kHz (in 21 steps)
CENTER TREBLE GAIN
between –10 dB to +10 dB (in 1 dB steps)
CENTER TREBLE
FREQUENCY
between 1.0 kHz and 10 kHz (in 21 steps)
REAR BASS GAIN
between –10 dB to +10 dB (in 1 dB steps)
REAR BASS FREQUENCY
between 100 Hz and 1.0 kHz (in 21 steps)
REAR MID GAIN
between –10 dB to +10 dB (in 1 dB steps)
REAR MID FREQUENCY
between 500 Hz and 5.0 kHz (in 21 steps)
REAR TREBLE GAIN
between –10 dB to +10 dB (in 1 dB steps)
REAR TREBLE FREQUENCY
between 1.0 kHz and 10 kHz (in 21 steps)
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Tables of Settings Using SUR, LEVEL, EQ, and SET UP buttons
Press
Press
SET UP
or
to select
Turn jog dial to select
See page
FRONT [XXX]
LARGE or SMALL
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CENTER [XXX]
LARGE, SMALL, or NO
REAR [XXX]
LARGE, SMALL, or NO
REAR PLACE [XXX]
SIDE, MIDDLE, or BEHIND
REAR HEIGHT [XXX]
LOW or HIGH
SUB WOOFER [XXX]
YES or NO
3)
FRONT XX.X FEET (METER)
between 3 feet3) (1.0 meters) and 40 feet3)
(12.0 meters) (in 1 foot3) (0.1 meter) steps)
CENTER XX.X FEET3)(METER)
between FRONT and 5 feet3) (1.5 meters)
(in 1 foot3) (0.1 meter) steps)
REAR XX.X FEET
between FRONT and 15 feet3) (4.5 meters)
(in 1 foot3) (0.1 meter) steps)
DIST. UNIT [XXX]
feet or meter
1)
FRONT SP > XXX Hz
60 Hz, 90 Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz
1)
CENTER SP > XXX Hz
REAR SP > XXX Hz
1)
60 Hz, 90 Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz
5.1CH V: [XXX]
DVD/LD, TV/SAT, VIDEO 1, VIDEO 2,
VIDEO 32)
AUTO FUNCTION [XXX]
2)
Additional Information
1)
2)
3)
50
ON, OFF
2 WAY REMOTE [XXX]
ON, OFF
OSD [XXX]2)
COLOR, MONOCHROME
DIMM. RANGE [XXX]
NARROW, WIDE
When the speakers are set to SMALL only.
STR-DE945 only.
Models of area code U, CA only.
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60 Hz, 90 Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 180Hz
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Index
A
I, J, K
AC-3. See Dolby Digital (AC-3)
Adjusting
brightness of the display 28
equalizer 40
speaker volumes 22
surround parameters 38
Automatic tuning 45
Indexing. See Naming
L, M
Labeling. See Naming
N
Naming 48
T
Test tone 22
Tuning
automatically 45
directly 44
preset stations 45
U, V, W, X, Y, Z
Unpacking 4
B
O
Basic operations 26~30
Battery 4
OSD 51
P, Q
C
Changing
display 28
effect level 38
Checking the connections 23
Clearing receiver’s memory 18
Connecting 4~14
Crossover frequency 22
Customizing sound fields 38~42
Parameter 41, 42, 59, 60
Preset stations
how to preset 45
how to tune 46
R
Receiving broadcasts
automatically 45
directly 44
preset stations 46
Recording
on an audio tape or MD 48
on a video tape 49
D
E, F, G
Editing. See Recording
Effect level 38
EQ 40
H
Hookups
5.1 CH input 11
AC power cord 14
antennas 5
audio components 6, 7
digital components 9, 10
CONTROL A1 II 12
S-LINK CONTROL S 13
speaker system 16
video components 8
S
Scanning
preset stations. See Preset
tuning
radio stations. See Automatic
tuning
Selecting
component 26
front speaker system 27
sound field 32
Sleep timer 49
Sound field
adjustable parameters 41, 42
customizing 38~42
pre-programmed 33~35
resetting 41
selecting 32
Speakers
adjusting speaker volume 22
connection 16
impedance 17
placement 19~22
Supplied accessories 4
Surround sound 31~42
Additional Information
Digital Cinema Sound 58
Dimmer Range 51
Direct tuning 44
Dolby Digital (AC-3) 58
Dolby Pro Logic Surround 58
Dubbing. See Recording
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Additional Information
62
Additional Information
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