Audiovox CNP2000 - XM Mini-Tuner - Radio Tuner Module Owner`s manual

Audiovox CNP2000 - XM Mini-Tuner - Radio Tuner Module Owner`s manual
AVR 7550HD
AUDIO/VIDEO RECEIVER
OWNER’S MANUAL
SAFETY INFORMATION
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
1. Read these instructions.
2. Keep these instructions.
3. Heed all warnings.
4. Follow all instructions.
5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
6. T he A/V receiver’s cabinet may be cleaned by gently wiping with a soft
cotton or microfiber cloth. Do not use water or any liquid cleaners.
7. D
o not block any of the ventilation openings. Install in accordance with
the manufacturer’s instructions.
8. D
o not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers,
stoves or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9. D
o not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type
plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other.
A grounding-type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong.
The wide blade or the third prong is provided for your safety. When the
provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for
replacement of the obsolete outlet.
10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched, particularly
at plugs, convenience receptacles and the point where they exit from
the apparatus.
11. Only use the attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
12. Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket or table specified by the
manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use
caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury
from tip-over.
13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long
periods of time.
14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing
is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any
way, such as power supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid
has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus,
the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate
normally, or has been dropped.
Wet Location Marking
Apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing and no objects
filled with liquids, such as vases, shall be placed on the apparatus.
Service Instructions
CAUTION – These servicing instructions are for use by qualified service
personnel only. To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not perform any servicing other than that contained in the operating instructions, unless
you are qualified to do so.
Outdoor Use Marking
WARNING – To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this
apparatus to rain or moisture.
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SAFETY INFORMATION
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Verify Line Voltage Before Use
Your AVR 7550HD has been designed for use with 120-volt AC current.
Connection to a line voltage other than that for which it is intended can
create a safety and fire hazard and may damage the unit.
If you have any questions about the voltage requirements for your specific
model, or about the line voltage in your area, contact your selling dealer
before plugging the unit into a wall outlet.
Do Not Use Extension Cords
To avoid safety hazards, use only the power cord supplied with your unit.
We do not recommend that extension cords be used with this product. As
with all electrical devices, do not run power cords under rugs or carpets or
place heavy objects on them. Damaged power cords should be replaced
immediately by an authorized service center with a cord meeting factory
specifications.
Handle the AC Power Cord Gently
When disconnecting the power cord from an AC outlet, always pull the
plug; never pull the cord. If you do not intend to use the unit for any
considerable length of time, disconnect the plug from the AC outlet.
Do Not Open the Cabinet
There are no user-serviceable components inside this product. Opening the
cabinet may present a shock hazard, and any modification to the product
will void your warranty. If water or any metal object such as a paper clip,
wire or staple accidentally falls inside the unit, disconnect it from the AC
power source immediately, and consult an authorized service center.
CATV or Antenna Grounding
If an outside antenna or cable system is connected to this product, be
certain that it is grounded so as to provide some protection against voltage surges and static charges. Section 810 of the National Electrical Code,
ANSI/NFPA No. 70-1984, provides information with respect to proper
grounding of the mast and supporting structure, grounding of the lead-in
wire to an antenna discharge unit, size of grounding conductors, location
of antenna discharge unit, connection to grounding electrodes and requirements of the grounding electrode.
NOTE TO CATV SYSTEM INSTALLER: This reminder is provided
to call the CATV (cable TV) system installer’s attention to article 820-40 of
the NEC, which 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 possible.
Installation Location
• To ensure proper operation and to avoid the potential for safety hazards,
place the unit on a firm and level surface. When placing the unit on a
shelf, be certain that the shelf and any mounting hardware can support
the weight of the product.
• Make certain that proper space is provided both above and below the
unit for ventilation. If this product will be installed in a cabinet or other
enclosed area, make certain that there is sufficient air movement within
the cabinet. Under some circumstances, a fan may be required.
• Do not place the unit directly on a carpeted surface.
• Avoid installation in extremely hot or cold locations, or in an area that is
exposed to direct sunlight or heating equipment.
• Avoid moist or humid locations.
• Do not obstruct the ventilation slots on the top of the unit, or place
objects directly over them.
• Due to the weight of the AVR 7550HD and the heat generated by the
amplifiers, there is the remote possibility that the rubber padding on the
bottom of the unit’s feet may leave marks on certain wood or veneer
materials. Use caution when placing the unit on soft woods or other
materials that may be damaged by heat or heavy objects. Some surface
finishes may be particularly sensitive to absorbing such marks, due to
a variety of factors beyond our control, including the nature of the finish,
cleaning materials used, and normal heat and vibration caused by the
use of the product, or other factors. We recommend that caution be exercised in choosing an installation location for the component and in normal
maintenance practices, as your warranty will not cover this type of damage
to furniture.
Cleaning
When the unit gets dirty, wipe it with a clean, soft, dry cloth. If necessary,
and only after unplugging the AC power cord, wipe it with a soft cloth
dampened with mild soapy water, then a fresh cloth with clean water. Wipe
it dry immediately with a dry cloth. NEVER use benzene, aerosol cleaners,
thinner, alcohol or any other volatile cleaning agent. Do not use abrasive
cleaners, as they may damage the finish of metal parts. Avoid spraying
insecticide near the unit.
Moving the Unit
Before moving the unit, be certain to disconnect any interconnection cords
with other components, and make certain that you disconnect the unit from
the AC outlet.
Important Information for the User
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. The 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 communication.
However, there is no guarantee that harmful 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.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
NOTE: Changes or modifications may cause this unit to fail to comply with
Part 15 of the FCC Rules and may void the user’s authority to operate the
equipment.
UNPACKING
The carton and shipping materials used to protect your new receiver during
shipment were specially designed to cushion it from shock and vibration.
We suggest that you save the carton and packing materials for use in shipping if you move, or should the unit ever need repair.
To minimize the size of the carton in storage, you may wish to flatten it.
This is done by carefully slitting the tape seams on the bottom and collapsing the carton. Other cardboard inserts may be stored in the same manner.
Packing materials that cannot be collapsed should be saved along with the
carton in a plastic bag.
If you do not wish to save the packaging materials, please note that the
carton and other sections of the shipping protection are recyclable. Please
respect the environment and discard those materials at a local recycling
center.
It is important that you remove the protective plastic film from the frontpanel lens. Leaving the film in place will affect the performance of your
remote control.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
2 SAFETY INFORMATION
5 INTRODUCTION
7 FRONT-PANEL CONTROLS
9 REAR-PANEL CONNECTIONS
12 MAIN REMOTE CONTROL
FUNCTIONS
15 ZONE 2 REMOTE CONTROL
FUNCTIONS
17 INTRODUCTION TO HOME THEATER
18 CONNECTIONS
18 Speaker Connections
18 Subwoofer
18 Connecting Source Devices to the AVR
18
Audio Connections
18
Digital Audio
19
Analog Audio
19
Video Connections
19
Digital Video
19
Analog Video
20 Antennas
20 RS-232 Serial Port
21 SPEAKER PLACEMENT
22 GETTING STARTED
24 INSTALLATION
29 INITIAL SETUP
29 Using the On-Screen Menu System
29 Configure the AVR 7550HD, Using EzSet/EQ™ II Technology
30 Set Up Sources
33 OPERATION
33 Turning On the AVR 7550HD
33 Volume Control
33
Dolby Volume
34 Mute Function
34 Sleep Timer
34 Audio Effects
34 Video Modes
34 Headphones
34 Source Selection
34 Using the Tuner
35 XM® Radio Operation
36 USB Playback
36 Internet Radio
37 Network Playback
37 Recording
37 Using
Docking Station
39
Selecting
a Surround Mode
40 ADVANCED FUNCTIONS
40 Audio Processing and Surround Sound
40
Analog Audio Signals
40
Digital Audio Signals
40
Surround Modes
41
Dolby® Surround Settings
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41 Manual Speaker Setup
44 Audio Effects
45 Video Adjustments
47 Multizone Operation
47 System Settings
48 Advanced Remote Control Functions
51 Processor Reset
51 Memory
52 TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
53 APPENDIX
67 Trademark Acknowledgments
67 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose
WARNING
this appliance to rain or moisture.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with
Canadian ICES-003. For models having a
power cord with a polarized plug:
CAUTION: To prevent electric shock, match
For
Canadian model
wide blade of plug to wide slot, fully insert.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est
conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
Sur les modèles dont la fiche est polarisee:
ATTENTION: Pour éviter les chocs électriques,
introduire la lame la plus large de la fiche
dans la borne correspondante de la prise et
Modèle
pour les Canadien
pousser jusqu’au fond.
INTRODUCTION
Harman Kardon AVR 7550HD 7.2-Channel
Audio/Video Receiver
Please register your AVR 7550HD at
www.harmankardon.com.
NOTE: You’ll need the product’s serial number. At the same
time, you can choose to be notified about new products and/or
special promotions.
Thank you for choosing a Harman Kardon
product!
®
For more than fifty years, the Harman Kardon® mission has been to
share a passion for music and entertainment, using leading-edge
technology to achieve premium performance. Harman Kardon, Inc.,
invented the receiver, a single component designed to simplify
home entertainment without compromising performance. Over
the years, Harman Kardon products have become easier to use,
while offering more features and sounding better than ever. The
AVR 7550HD multizone 7.2-channel digital audio/video receiver
continues this tradition with some of the most advanced audio and
video processing capabilities yet, and a wealth of listening and
viewing options.
To obtain the maximum enjoyment from your new receiver, please
read this manual and refer back to it as you become more familiar
with its features and their operation.
If you have any questions about this product, its installation or its
operation, please contact your Harman Kardon retailer or custom
installer, or visit the Web site at www.harmankardon.com.
Audio Section
• 110 watts RMS per channel (two channels driven), 0.07% THD,
20Hz – 20kHz at 8 ohms.­­
• High-current capability, ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier design
with low negative feedback
• All-discrete amplifier circuitry
• Quadruple-crossover bass management with DVD-Audio bass
management capability
• Dual 32-bit TI DA 710 DSP processors
• 192kHz/24-bit A/D and D/A conversion
• Sampling upconversion to 96kHz
• Dolby® Volume processing
Surround Modes
• Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD
• Dolby Pro Logic® II and IIx (Movie, Music and Game), up to 96kHz
• Dolby Virtual Speaker Version 2 (Reference or Wide, 2-channel)
• Dolby Headphone Version 2, up to 96kHz
• DTS-HD High Resolution Audio™, DTS-HD Master Audio™
• DTS® (5.1; DTS Stereo; DTS-ES® 6.1 Discrete and Matrix)
• DTS 96/24™ (DTS Stereo)
• DTS Neo:6® (Cinema 5-, 6- or 7-channel; Music 5-, 6- or
7-channel), up to 96kHz
• Logic 7® (Movie, Music and Game), up to 96kHz
• 5- or 7-Channel Stereo, up to 96kHz
• Surround Off (DSP or Analog Bypass)
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INTRODUCTION
Audio Inputs
Ease of Use
• AM/FM/XM * tuner
• Analog Audio 1 through 5
• Front-panel Analog Audio
• 6-/8-Channel Analog Audio
• EzSet/EQ™ II automated setup (microphone supplied)
• Full-color user interface and setup menu, generated in
high-definition video
• Text-based on-screen menus available to Zone 2
• Two-line dot-matrix front-panel display
• Color-coded connections
• Programmable, learning seven-device main remote control
(includes AVR control over The Bridge II)
• Source input renaming
• Lip Sync Delay (up to 180msec)
• RS-232 serial port for system control
• System upgradeable from USB device
• Switched accessory power outlet
• Remote infrared (IR) input and output
• Zone 2 IR input and Carrier IR output
• Two trigger outputs (3–30V DC) for auto turn-on of other
system components
• IEC detachable AC power cord for easy installation
®
Audio/Video Inputs
• Three Analog Video
• Front-panel Analog Video
• Three Component Video 100MHz
• Four HDMI™ (V.1.3a with Deep Color)
• Faroudja DCDi Cinema™ video processing
u Transcodes composite and S-video to component video
uT
ranscodes 480i video to component video format, with
upscaling to 1080i
uT
ranscodes 480i video to HDMI output, with upscaling
to 1080p
dock for iPod** connectivity with audio/video playback
•
• Ethernet port for Internet Radio and Network
• USB Port for audio and still-image playback from compatible
storage devices
Digital Audio Inputs
• Coaxial: three rear-panel/one front-panel
• Optical: three rear-panel/one front-panel
Outputs
• 7.2-Channel preamp outputs
• Analog Audio 3 and 4
• Analog Video 2 (composite and S-video)
• Video Monitor (composite, S-video and component)
• Digital Audio (one coaxial, one optical)
• HDMI (V.1.3a with Deep Color)
• Multizone Audio: speaker- and two line-level (one dedicated,
one shared with surround back channels)
• Multizone Video: composite
• A-BUS® port
• Headphone
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Supplied Accessories
The following accessory items are supplied with the AVR 7550HD.
If any of these items are missing, please contact Harman Kardon
customer service at www.harmankardon.com.
• System and Zone 2 remote controls
• EzSet/EQ II microphone
• Extension rod for EzSet/EQ II
microphone
•
docking station for iPod
• AM loop antenna
• FM wire antenna
• Six AAA batteries
• AC power cord
* XM antenna module and subscription to XM service required. Hardware and
service sold separately. XM service is not available in Alaska or Hawaii.
** Compatible with most docking iPod models, 4G and later. Video and still-image
viewing requires an iPod that supports video browsing.
Main
Power
Switch
Source
List
Surround
Modes
Video
Modes
Audio
Effects
Resolution
Info
Settings
AVR
Settings
Remote
IR Sensor
Menu
Back/Exit
/
/
Navigation
OK
USB Port
USB
Headphone
Jack
Message Display
Digital
Video Inputs
EzSet/EQ II
Audio Inputs (S- and Composite
Microphone
(Optical and
Front)
Input
Analog Audio
Coaxial Front)
Front Inputs
Volume
NOTE: To make it easier to follow the instructions throughout the manual that refer to this illustration, a copy of this page may be downloaded from the Product
Support section at www.harmankardon.com.
Standby/On
Switch
Power
Indicator
FRONT-PANEL CONTROLS
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FRONT-PANEL CONTROLS
Power Indicator: This LED has three possible modes:
•M
ain Power Off: When the AVR is unplugged or the Main
Power Switch is off, this LED is off.
• Standby: Amber indicates that the AVR is ready to be turned on.
• On: When the AVR is turned on, this LED turns white.
NOTE: If the PROTECT message ever appears, turn off the
AVR and unplug it. Check all speaker wires for a possible short.
If none is found, bring the unit to an authorized Harman Kardon
service center for inspection and repair before using it again.
Standby/On Switch: This electrical switch turns the
receiver on, or places it in Standby mode for quick turn-on.
Front-Panel Door (not shown): Most of the controls
and connectors described below are hidden behind this door. To
open it, gently grab the right or left edge of the door and pull it
forward and down.
Main Power Switch: This mechanical switch turns the
power supply on or off. It is usually left on, and cannot be turned
on or off using the remote control.
AVR Settings Button: Press this button to access the
AVR’s main menu.
Menu Button: Press to display the menus for the tuner, the
USB device, The Bridge II, the Network or Internet Radio, when any
of those sources is in use.
Back/Exit: Press this button to return to the previous menu,
or to exit the menu system.
1/57/3 Navigation: These buttons are used to navigate the
AVR’s menus, including the menus for the tuner, the USB device,
The Bridge II, the Network and Internet Radio.
OK: Press this button to select the currently highlighted item.
Headphone Jack: Plug a 1/4” stereo headphone plug into
this jack for private listening.
USB Port: Connect a USB flash drive, to play audio files in
the MP3 or WMA format or still images in the JPEG format. DO NOT
connect a PC, keyboards, pointing devices or other peripheral products to the AVR 7550HD. Do not connect an iPod here; use The Bridge
II instead. Do not connect a USB hub or multi-card device.
Digital Audio, Video and Analog Audio Front
Inputs: Connect a source component that will only be used
temporarily, such as a digital camera or game console, to these
jacks. Use only one type of audio and one type of video connection.
Info Settings Button: Press this button to directly access
NOTE: The AVR’s menus refer to these jacks as the Optical
Front, Coaxial Front, Composite Front, S-Video Front and
Analog Front inputs.
Resolution: Press this button to access the AVR’s video output
EzSet/EQ II Microphone Input: This jack is used to
connect the supplied microphone for the EzSet/EQ II procedure
described in the Initial Setup section.
the AVR’s Source Info submenu, which contains the settings for the
current source.
resolution setting: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i or 1080p.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If the AVR’s video output resolution
is set higher than the capabilities of the actual connection,
you will not see a picture. If the best available video connection
from the AVR to the TV is either composite or S-video, press
this button and change the resolution to 480i.
Audio Effects: Press this button to directly access the Audio
Effects submenu, which allows adjustment of the tone and other
audio controls. See the Initial Setup section for more information.
Video Modes: Press this button for direct access to the Video
Modes submenu, which contains settings that may be used to
improve the picture, if necessary, after you have adjusted the
picture settings using the video display or TV.
Surround Modes: Press this button to select a surround
sound (e.g., multichannel) mode. The Surround Modes menu will
appear on screen, and the menu line will appear in the front-panel
display. See the Advanced Functions section for more information
on surround modes.
Source List: Press this button to select a source device,
which is a component where a playback signal originates, e.g., DVD.
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Volume Knob: Turn this knob to raise or lower the volume.
Message Display: Various messages appear in this two-line
display in response to commands and changes in the incoming signal.
In normal operation, the current source name appears on the upper
line, while the surround mode is displayed on the lower line. When
the on-screen display menu system (OSD) is in use, the current
menu settings appear.
Remote IR Sensor: This sensor receives infrared (IR)
commands from the remote control. It is important to ensure that it
is not blocked. If covering the sensor is unavoidable, use an optional
Harman Kardon HE 1000, or other infrared receiver, connecting it to
the Remote IR Input on the AVR 7550HD’s rear panel.
Navigation
/
SR
FR
GROUND
SR
FR
SUBWOOFER 1
CENTER
PRE OUT
SL
IN
SBR
SBL
SBR
IN
THE BRIDGE
NETWORK
Class 2
Zone 2
Audio
Outputs
RS 232
RS-232 Port
2
IN
TRIGGER OUT ZONE 2
1
Zone 2
IR Input
IN
The Bridge II
1
OUT
MONITOR OUT
Fan Vents
S-Video 2
Output
Zone 2 Video
Output
Surround
Back/
Zone 2
Speaker
Outputs
Center
Speaker
Outputs
Composite
1, 2 & 3
AC OUTLET
AVR7550HD
US Patent # 7,181,023, 6,389,139
EP Patent # 1004222
US Patent Nos. 5,315,448;
6,516,132; 6,381,747; & 6,836,549.
VIDEO 3
~120V/60Hz SWITCHED
100W, 1A MAX
IN
3
NORTHRIDGE
CALIFORNIA, USA
MADE IN CHINA
VIDEO 2
VIDEO
SPEAKERS ( 8 )
VIDEO
2
HDMI 1, 2, 3 & 4
MODEL NO. AVR 7550 HD
ZONE 2
RIGHT
or
SBR
ZONE 2
LEFT
or
SBL
CENTER
1
S-Video
1, 2 & 3
ZONE 2 OUT
OUT CARRIER
OUT
REMOTE
ovided the audio output power exceeds 10W per channel under
normal operating conditions or the apparatus is intended to be installed or interconnected
in the field by a skilled person.
Front Subwoofer 2
Speaker
Output
Outputs
SURR. LEFT FRONT RIGHT FRONT LEFT
SPEAKERS ( 8 )
SURR. LEFT FRONT RIGHT FRONT LEFT
Surround
Speaker
Outputs
SURR. RIGHT
XM
SUBWOOFER 2
OPTICAL OUT
COAXIAL OUT
ANALOG 5 IN ZONE 2 OUT
3
3
XM Antenna
Optical Digital
Audio Output
Network
Trigger Outputs
1&2
Remote IR Carrier IR
Input
Output
COMPONENT
4
1
2
COMPONENT
3
MONITOR OUT
AC INPUT
~120V/60Hz 600W
COMPONENT
COMPONENT VIDEO
MONITOR
OUT
HDMI Monitor
Output
Pr
Pb
Y
Switched AC
Accessory Outlet
AC Power
Input
Component
1, 2 & 3
Component
Video Monitor
Outputs
Video Monitor
Outputs
NOTE: To make it easier to follow the instructions throughout the manual that refer to this illustration, a copy of this page may be downloaded from the Product
Support section at www.harmankardon.com.
AM Antenna
A-BUS
Port
A-BUS
LR 46800
OPTICAL
2
SURR. RIGHT
OUT ANALOG 4
OPTICAL
1
OPTICAL
COAXIAL
2
DIGITAL AUDIO
COAXIAL
1
COAXIAL
Coaxial 1, 2 & 3
Digital Audio
ANALOG AUDIO
SBL
AM
OUT ANALOG 3
SUBWOOFER
CENTER
RADIO ANTENNAS
FL
FM 75
ANALOG 1 IN ANALOG 2 IN
SL
FL
Preamp Subwoofer 1
Outputs
Output
R
L
FM Antenna
Analog 4
Outputs
Analog 3
Outputs
Analog 1-5
Inputs
6/8
CHANNEL
INPUT
6-/8-Channel
Inputs
Coaxial Digital
Audio Output
S-VIDEO
COMPOSITE
Optical 1, 2 & 3
Digital Audio
Remote IR
Output
REAR-PANEL CONNECTIONS
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REAR-PANEL CONNECTIONS
6-/8-Channel Inputs: Connect the multichannel analog
audio outputs of a non-HDMI player (DVD-Audio, SACD™, Blu-ray
Disc™ or HD-DVD, or any other external decoder) to these jacks.
IR receiver to the Remote IR Input jack. The Remote IR Output may
be connected to the Remote IR Input of a compatible product to
enable remote control through the AVR.
Coaxial 1/2/3 and Optical 1/2/3 Digital Audio
Inputs: If a source has a compatible digital audio output, and
Remote IR Carrier Output: This output is similar in
function to the Remote IR Output, with the difference that this jack
outputs the full infrared signal as received by the AVR’s IR sensor
or the Remote IR Input, while the Remote IR Output jack outputs a
“stripped” signal that has no carrier frequency.
if you are not using an HDMI connection for audio for the device,
connect it to one of these jacks to hear digital audio formats, such
as Dolby Digital, DTS and linear PCM. Use only one type of digital
audio connection for each source.
Coaxial and Optical Digital Audio Outputs: If
a source is also an audio recorder, connect one of the Digital Audio
Outputs to the recorder’s matching input for improved recording
quality. Only PCM digital audio signals are available for recording.
Both coaxial and optical digital audio signals are available at either
Digital Audio Output.
XM Antenna Jack: Plug in an XM Connect-and-Play or
Mini-Tuner antenna module here.
Network Jack: Plug in an RJ-45-compatible cable that connects to a personal computer (PC), router or Internet access. When
connected to a PC, the AVR 7550HD is capable of playing audio and
JPEG files stored on the PC. When connected to the Internet, the
AVR 7550HD may be used to enjoy Internet Radio. See pages 36
and 37 for more information.
RS-232 Serial Port: This bi-directional port may be used
to control the AVR 7550HD using an RS-232 serial control link to a
compatible computer or programmable remote control system. Due
to the complexity of programming RS-232 commands, connections
and programming for control purposes should be performed by a
qualified custom installer.
Trigger 1 and 2 Outputs: Connect these control jacks
to the trigger input jack of an external component, such as an audio
power amplifier, that you want to power on any time the AVR 7550HD
is turned on, without using the AVR’s Switched Accessory Outlet for
power. When this connection is used, the AVR 7550HD will automatically send a low-voltage signal to the connected device that
triggers it to turn on when the AVR 7550HD is on, and off when the
AVR 7550HD is placed in the Standby Mode. The connected component must respond to 6-volt presence as the control signal.
The Trigger 2 Output may be programmed to transmit its signal only
when certain of the AVR’s source inputs are selected. For example,
to lower a screen when watching a DVD movie, but not while listening to the tuner, connect the Trigger 2 Output to the screen and
program it to be on when the DVD source is selected, but off when
the AM, FM or XM bands are in use. See the Initial Setup section for
more information on programming this setting in the Info Settings
menus for each source.
Zone 2 Infrared (IR) Input: Connect a remote IR receiver
located in the remote zone of a multizone system to this jack to
control the AVR (and any source devices connected to the Remote
IR Output) from the remote zone.
Remote Infrared (IR) Input and Output: When the
remote IR receiver on the front panel is blocked, connect an optional
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HDMI Inputs and Output: HDMI (High-Definition
Multimedia Interface) is a connection for transmitting digital audio
and video signals between devices. Connect up to four HDMIequipped source devices to the HDMI inputs using a single-cable
connection.
When you connect the HDMI Output to your video display, the
AVR 7550HD will automatically transcode analog video signals to
the HDMI format, upscaling to as high as 1080p.
NOTES: When connecting a DVI-equipped display to one of
the HDMI Outputs:
• Use an HDMI-to-DVI adapter.
• Make sure the display is HDCP-compliant. If it isn’t, do not
connect it to an HDMI Output; use an analog video connection
instead.
• Always make a separate audio connection.
Analog 1 – 5 Inputs: Connect the left and right analog
audio outputs of a source device to any of these inputs. These
inputs may be paired with any video inputs.
NOTES:
• The Analog 3 and 4 inputs are each associated with a set
of outputs. Consider using these connectors for an audio or
video recorder.
• You may optionally connect a source to both an analog and
digital audio input. This is useful for making recordings, for
multizone applications or simply as a backup.
Analog 3 and 4 Outputs: Connect either of these analog
audio outputs to the analog audio inputs of a recording device.
A signal is available at these outputs whenever an analog audio
source is playing.
Zone 2 Audio Outputs: Connect these jacks to an external
amplifier to power the speakers in the remote zone of a multizone
system.
Subwoofer 1 and 2 Outputs: If you have a powered
subwoofer with a line-level input, connect it to the Subwoofer 1
Output. For improved performance, connect a second powered
subwoofer to the Subwoofer 2 Output.
The Bridge II Input: Connect the included Harman Kardon
docking station to this input for use with most docking
iPod models, 4G and later (not included). Turn the receiver off (Standby mode) when connecting The Bridge II.
REAR-PANEL CONNECTIONS
Fan Vents: This area contains vents used by the AVR 7550HD’s
fan to cool the system. Maintain a clearance of at least 3 inches
from the nearest surface to avoid overheating the unit. It is normal
for the fan to remain off at most normal volume levels. An automatic
temperature sensor turns the fan on only when it is needed.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Never block the fan vents, as doing
so could allow the AVR to overheat to dangerous levels.
Zone 2 Video Output: Connect this composite video jack
to a video display located in the remote zone of a multizone system.
When the multizone system is in use, viewers in the remote zone
will be able to see the AVR’s on-screen text menus and any available
source video, as long as the source is connected to a Composite
Video Input, and that input is specified for that source in the Zone 2
Video setting of the Info Settings menu.
Composite and S-Video 1, 2 and 3 Video Inputs:
Use these jacks to connect your video-capable source components
(e.g., VCR, DVD player, cable TV box) to the receiver. Use only one
type of video connection for each source.
Preamp Outputs: Connect these jacks to an external
amplifier if more power is desired. The Surround Back/Zone 2
Preamp Outputs may be used with an external amplifier to power
the remote zone of a multizone system.
A-BUS Port: Use a Category 5/5e cable to connect this port to
optional A-BUS equipment for multizone operation. When the A-BUS
system is used, it is possible to have a full 7.2-channel system in
the main listening room at the same time the multizone system is
in use.
Front, Center and Surround Speaker Outputs:
Use two-conductor speaker wire to connect each set of terminals
to the correct speaker. Remember to observe the correct polarity
(positive and negative connections).
Surround Back/Zone 2 Speaker Outputs: These
speaker outputs are used for the surround back channels in a
7.2-channel home theater, or may be reassigned to a remote room
for multizone operation.
Composite and S-Video 2 Outputs: Connect one of
Switched AC Accessory Outlet: You may plug the
AC power cord of one source device into this outlet, and it will turn
on whenever you turn on the receiver. Do not use a source that
consumes more than 50 watts of power.
Composite and S-Video Monitor Outputs: If any
AC Power Input: After you have made all other connections,
plug the AC power cord into this receptacle and into an unswitched
wall outlet.
these analog video outputs to the composite or S-video inputs of
a recording device. A signal is available at these outputs whenever
an analog video source is playing.
of your sources use composite or S-video connections, connect one
or both of these monitor outputs to the corresponding inputs on
your video display. If your video display is equipped with HDMI or
component video inputs, these connections are unnecessary, as the
AVR 7550HD will convert the composite or S-video source signal
to the correct format for a single video-cable connection to the TV.
Component Video 1, 2 and 3 Inputs: If a video
source has analog component video (Y/Pb/Pr) capability, and if you
are not using an HDMI connection, connect the component video
outputs of the source to one of the sets of component video inputs.
Do not make any other video connections to that source.
Component Video Monitor Outputs: If you are
using one of the Component Video Inputs and your television or
video display is component-video-capable (but does not have
HDMI), connect these jacks to the video display.
NOTES:
• Due to copy-protection restrictions, there is no output at
the Component Video Monitor Outputs for copy-protected
sources.
• Composite and S-video signals are upscaled to as high as
1080i and available at these outputs. If your video display’s
best connection is component video, it is the only video
connection required from the AVR to the display.
AM and FM Antenna Terminals: Connect the included
AM and FM antennas to their respective terminals for radio reception.
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MAIN REMOTE CONTROL FUNCTIONS
IR Transmitter Lens
AVR Power Off
AVR Power On
Device Power On
Device Power Off
LCD Display
Source Selectors
Audio Effects
Video Modes
Surround Modes
Alphanumeric Keys
Last
Back/Exit
Activity
Menu
Navigation
OK
Light
Disc Menu
Soft Keys
Volume
Mute
Record
Info Settings
AVR Settings/Remote Menu
Channel
Transport Controls
Source Settings
Sleep Settings
Zone Selector
NOTE: To make it easier to follow the instructions
throughout the manual that refer to this illustration,
a copy of this page may be downloaded from the
Product Support section at www.harmankardon.com.
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MAIN REMOTE CONTROL FUNCTIONS
The AVR 7550HD remote is capable of controlling up to 14 devices,
including the AVR itself, an iPod docked in the included The Bridge II,
a USB device and a Network device (see page 37 for details). During
the installation process, you may program the codes for your source
components into the remote. To operate a component, press its
Selector button to change the device mode. The device mode will
appear on the top line of the remote’s LCD Display.
NOTE: Four of the sources do not have dedicated Source
Selectors: Source A, Source B, Source C and Source D. To
select one of these sources, first press the AVR Settings Button,
then press the appropriate Soft Key: Red for Source A, Green
for Source B, Yellow for Source C and Blue for Source D. These
sources may also be selected using the AVR Settings menu.
Each Source Selector has been preprogrammed to control certain
types of components, with only the codes specific to each brand and
model changing, depending on which product code is programmed.
The AUX and Cable/SAT Source Selectors may be used for multiple
device types. All of the external Source Selectors may be reassigned
to other device types (see Initial Setup section).
AUX Source Selector: CD player, VCR, HDTV set-top box,
PVD or TiVo® set-top box.
Cable/SAT Source Selector: Cable set-top box or satel-
lite set-top box.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All of the AVR 7550HD’s audio and
video inputs are independently assignable. Select the inputs
to which the device is physically connected during Initial
Setup. Any device may be connected to any compatible input
and given any name (e.g., DVD or Game).
Most of the buttons on the remote have dedicated functions,
although the precise codes transmitted vary, depending on the
device mode. Due to the wide variety of functions for various source
devices, only a few of the most-often used functions on the remote
have been included: alphanumeric keys, transport controls, televisionchannel control, menu access, and power on and off.
Buttons dedicated to the AVR are available at any time, even in
another device mode: AVR Power On and Off, Audio Effects, Video
Modes, Surround Modes, Volume, Mute and Sleep Settings. Press
the AVR Settings Button near the bottom of the remote to return it
to AVR mode.
A button’s function depends on which component is being controlled. See Table A14 in the appendix for listings of the functions
for each type of component.
LCD Display: This two-line text display informs you of the
current device mode (i.e., which source is active) on the upper line.
When you press a key, the command will appear briefly on the
lower line.
Source Selectors: Press one of these buttons to select a
source device, e.g., DVD, CD, cable TV, satellite or HDTV tuner. This
will also turn on the receiver and switch the remote’s device mode
to operate the source. The first press of the Radio Selector switches
the AVR to the last-used tuner band (AM, FM or XM). Each successive press changes the band. Similarly, the Network Button toggles
between the Network and Internet Radio sources.
Audio Effects: Press to directly access the Audio Effects
submenu, which allows adjustment of the AVR’s tone and other
audio controls. See the Initial Setup section for more information.
Video Modes: Press for direct access to the Video Modes
submenu, which contains picture settings to be used after you
have adjusted the picture settings on the video display or TV.
See the Advanced Functions section for more information.
Surround Modes: Press to directly access the Surround
Modes submenu. Scroll to the lines for the Surround Mode categories:
Auto Select, Virtual Surround, Stereo, Movie, Music or Video Game.
The surround mode will change when the menu line is highlighted.
To change the surround mode for the selected category, press the
OK Button when the menu line for the Surround Mode category
matching the audio program is highlighted, and select one of the
available surround mode options using the 1/5 Buttons. Press the
OK Button.
See the Advanced Functions section for more information on
surround modes.
Alphanumeric Keys: Use these buttons to enter numbers
for radio station frequencies or channels, or to select station presets.
Last Channel: When controlling the tuner; a cable, satellite or
HDTV set-top box; or a TV, press this button to return to the
previous station or channel. For Internet Radio, this is only available
to toggle between stations previously saved as presets.
Activity: With this button, up to 11 Activities may be programmed to transmit a series of commands with a single press.
Execute an Activity by pressing this button, then the Alphanumeric
Key (or the AVR Power On or Off Button by themselves) into which
it was programmed. See the Advanced Functions section for more
information on Activities.
IR Transmitter Lens: As buttons are pressed on the
remote, infrared codes are emitted through this lens.
Back/Exit: Press to return to the previous menu or to exit the
AVR Power On Button: Press to turn on the AVR. The
Menu Button: This button is used within the Now Playing
menu for the tuner (including XM Radio), USB, The Bridge II, Internet
Radio and the Network, and to display the main menu on some
source devices. To display the AVR 7550HD’s main menu, press the
AVR Settings Button.
Master Power Switch behind the front-panel door must be on.
AVR Power Off Button: Press to turn off the AVR 7550HD.
Device Power On Button: Press a device’s Source
Selector, then press this button to turn on the device.
Device Power Off Button: Press a device’s Source
Selector, then press this button to turn off the device.
menu system.
Navigation (1/57/3) and OK Buttons: These buttons
are used to make selections within the menu system and to operate
the tuner.
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MAIN REMOTE CONTROL FUNCTIONS
Light: Press to illuminate the buttons on the remote. Press it
again to turn the back light off, or wait 10 seconds after the last
button press for the light to turn off on its own.
Disc Menu: While a DVD is playing, press the DVD Source
Selector, then this button, to display the disc’s menu.
Soft Keys: These buttons are used to select sources A, B, C
and D (see note on page 13), or for other functions with some
source devices. See Table A14 in the appendix for details. They
are also used with a Teletext-capable television if your broadcast,
cable or satellite provider offers Teletext service.
Volume Control: Press to raise or lower the volume.
Mute Button: Press to mute the AVR 7550HD’s speaker and
headphone outputs. To end the muting, press this button, adjust the
volume, or turn off the receiver.
Channel/Page Control: When the tuner has been selected,
this control changes the station. When using The Bridge II or a USB
drive, this control allows you to scroll a page at a time through a
long list of content. While operating a cable, satellite or HDTV settop box or a television, press these buttons to change channels.
Transport Controls: These buttons are used to control
source playback.
Record Button: Use this button to make recordings when
an audio or video recorder is in use.
AVR Settings/Remote Menu Button: Press to
display the AVR’s Main Menu, or to switch the remote to AVR device
mode. Press and hold for 3 seconds to access the menu for the
remote control. The menu commands and options will appear in
the LCD Display.
The functions are: program the codes for a device, learn codes
for an individual key, change the device type of a selector, program
an activity (macro), program punch-through functions for channel
control or transport control, rename a device or a key’s function,
change the brightness of the back light, reset the remote to its
factory-default status, or exit the remote menu. See the Initial
Setup section for details on programming the remote, and see
the Advanced Functions section for further information.
Info Settings Button: Press to display the AVR’s Info Menu,
which contains the settings for the current source.
Source Settings Button: Press a Source Selector and
then this button to display a source device’s settings menu.
Sleep Settings Button: Press to activate the sleep timer,
which turns off the receiver after a programmed period of time of
up to 90 minutes. Each press decreases the timer by 10 minutes,
ending with the “Sleep Off” message.
Zone Selector: Use this switch to select whether AVR commands
will affect the main listening area (Zone 1) or the remote zone of a
multizone system (Zone 2). For normal operation, leave the switch
in the Zone 1 position.
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ZONE 2 REMOTE CONTROL FUNCTIONS
IR Transmitter
Power Off
Mute
USB
Source Selectors
Network
BACK/EXIT
Back/Exit
MENU
Sleep Settings
AVR Settings
Menu
Navigation
OK
Volume Controls
Transport Controls
Zone Selector
Zone Indicator
NOTE: To make it easier to follow the instructions
throughout the manual that refer to this illustration,
a copy of this page may be downloaded from the
Product Support section at www.harmankardon.com.
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ZONE 2 REMOTE CONTROL FUNCTIONS
The Zone 2 remote control is used in the remote zone of a multizone
system with an IR receiver connected to the Zone 2 IR Input or an
A-BUS device. It may be used to control the power, volume and
mute functions or to select a source input for the remote zone, and
to control a Harman Kardon source connected to one of the AVR’s
Remote IR Outputs or the A-BUS IR Output.
The Zone 2 remote may also be used in the main listening room
to directly control the AVR 7550HD and Harman Kardon DVD, CD or
tape players. When the Zone Selector is pressed to switch the remote
to Zone 1 mode (the Zone Indicator will turn green), the power,
volume and mute controls will only affect the main listening area. To
control operation for the remote zone, press the Zone Selector
so that the Zone Indicator turns red.
The Zone 2 remote requires two AAA batteries (included) that are
installed in the battery compartment on the back of the remote. Make
sure to observe proper polarity by matching the + and – symbols
on the batteries to the symbols printed inside the compartment.
Menu Button: This button is used within the Now Playing
menu for the tuner (including XM Radio), USB, The Bridge II, Internet
Radio and the Network, and to display the main menu on some
source devices. To display the AVR 7550HD’s main menu, press the
AVR Settings Button.
IR Transmitter: This lens emits infrared codes when buttons
in the remote zone.
on the remote are pressed.
Power: Press to turn the AVR 7550HD on or off. The AVR also
turns on its multizone system automatically when any of the Input
Selectors is pressed, even if the AVR itself is in Standby mode.
When in the main listening room, press any Input Selector or the
AVR Selector to turn on the AVR 7550HD.
Mute: Press to mute the AVR 7550HD’s remote zone speakers
temporarily. To end the muting, press this button, adjust the volume,
or turn off the multizone system. Make sure to switch the remote
to Zone 2 mode, so that only the remote zone will be affected.
Source Selectors: Press one of these buttons to select a
source device for the remote zone. It will also turn on the multizone
system and switch the remote to the source’s device mode. You
may select a different external source device than that for the main
room, but not different internal sources (the tuner, USB, Internet
Radio or the Network). If you select the same source as that for
the main room, then any commands sent to the source will affect
both zones. The first press of the Radio Selector switches the
AVR to the last-used tuner band (AM, FM or XM). Each successive
press changes the band. Each press of the Network Button toggles
between the Network and Internet Radio sources.
Transport Controls: These buttons are used to control
many source components.
AVR Settings Button: Press to display the AVR’s Main
Menu. It is also used to switch the remote to AVR device mode.
Sleep Settings Button: Press to activate the sleep timer,
which turns off the receiver after a programmed period of time of
up to 90 minutes. Each additional press decreases the timer by
10 minutes, ending with the “Sleep Off” message.
Back/Exit: Press to return to the previous menu or to exit the
menu system.
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Navigation (1/57/3) and OK Buttons: These buttons are used to make selections within the menu system and also
to operate the tuner, USB, The Bridge II, Internet Radio and the
Network device.
Zone Selector and Zone Indicator: Each press
of the Zone Selector determines whether the AVR commands will
affect the main listening area (Zone 1) or the remote zone (Zone 2).
The Zone Indicator will turn green when Zone 1 has been selected,
and red for Zone 2. The Zone Indicator will also light briefly whenever any button is pressed.
Volume Controls: Press to raise or lower the volume level
INTRODUCTION TO HOME THEATER
This introductory section will help you to familiarize yourself with
some basic concepts unique to multichannel surround sound
receivers, which will make setup and operation smoother.
Typical Home Theater System
A home theater typically includes an audio/video receiver, which
controls the system; a disc player; a source component for television
broadcasts (cable box, satellite dish receiver, HDTV tuner or antenna
connected to the TV); a video display (television); and loudspeakers.
Multichannel Audio
channel packs the punch of a rumbling train or airplane, or the
power of an explosion, adding realism and excitement to your
home theater. Some people use two subwoofers, for additional
power and even distribution of the sound.
Surround Modes
There are different theories as to the best way to present surround
sound and to distribute information to the speakers. A variety of
algorithms have been developed in an effort to reproduce the way we
hear sounds in the real world, resulting in a rich variety of options.
Several companies have taken surround sound in different directions:
The main benefit of a home theater system is the placement of
loudspeakers around the room to produce “surround sound.”
Surround sound immerses you in the presentation for increased
realism.
The AVR 7550HD may have up to seven speakers connected directly
to it (plus up to two subwoofers). Each main speaker is powered by
its own amplifier channel inside the receiver. A system with more
than two speakers is called a multichannel system.
•D
olby Laboratories – Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus,
Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic II and IIx, Dolby
Virtual Speaker, Dolby Headphone
•F
ront Left and Right – The main speakers are used as
in a 2-channel system. In many surround modes, these speakers are secondary, while the main action, especially dialogue, is
moved to the center speaker.
•S
tereo Modes – Generic modes that expand upon conventional 2-channel stereo, including 5- and 7-channel stereo
Table A13 in the appendix contains detailed explanations of the
mode groups and the mode options available within each group.
Digital modes, such as Dolby Digital and DTS, are only available
with specially encoded programs, such as HDTV, Blu-ray Disc media
and digital cable or satellite television. Other modes may be used
with digital and analog signals to create a different surround presentation, or to use a different number of speakers. Surround Mode
selection depends upon the number of speakers in your system, the
materials you are watching or listening to, and your personal tastes.
•C
enter – The center speaker is used for dialogue in movies
and television programs, allowing the dialogue to originate near
the actors’ faces, for a more natural sound.
•S
urround Left and Right – The surround speakers
improve directionality of ambient sounds. In addition, more loudspeakers play dynamic soundtracks without risk of overloading
any one speaker.
•D
TS – DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio,
DTS, DTS-ES (Discrete and Matrix), DTS Neo:6, DTS 96/24
•H
arman International (the Harman Kardon
parent company) – Logic 7
•S
urround Back Left and Right – Additional surround
speakers may be placed behind the listening position, improving the
precision of ambient sounds and allowing for more realistic pans.
The surround back speakers are used with surround modes
designed for 7.1-channel systems, such as Dolby Digital EX,
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-ES (Discrete and Matrix),
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio and Logic
7 (7.1 and 7.2 modes). The surround back speakers are optional,
and the AVR 7550HD may be set up with a 5.1- or 5.2-channel
system in the main listening area, and the surround back channels
reassigned to a multizone system, where the surround back
channels power loudspeakers located in another room.
Many people expect the surround speakers to play as loudly as
the front speakers. Although all of the speakers in the system will
be calibrated to sound equally loud at the listening position, most
artists use the surround speakers for ambient effects only, and
they program their materials to steer very little sound to these
speakers.
•S
ubwoofer – A subwoofer is designed to play only the lowest
frequencies (the bass). It augments smaller, limited-range satellite
speakers used for the other channels. Many digital-format programs,
such as movies recorded in Dolby Digital, contain a low-frequency
effects (LFE) channel which is directed to the subwoofer. The LFE
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CONNECTIONS
There are different types of audio and video connections used
to connect the receiver, the speakers, the video display, and the
source devices. The Consumer Electronics Association has established the CEA® color-coding standard. See Table 1.
Table 1 – Connection Color Guide
Audio Connections
Left
White
Front (FL/FR)
Center (C)
Surround (SL/SR)
Surround Back (SBL/SBR)
Subwoofer (SUB)
Right
Red
Green
Blue
Gray
Brown
Tan
Purple
Digital Audio Connections
Coaxial
Orange
Optical
Input
Output
Video Connections
Component
Composite
Y
Green
Pb
Blue
Pr
Subwoofer
The subwoofer is dedicated to the low frequencies (bass), which
require more power. To obtain the best results, most speaker
manufacturers offer powered subwoofers that contain their own
amplifier. Usually, a line-level (nonamplified) connection is made
from the receiver’s Subwoofer Output to a corresponding jack
on the subwoofer, as shown in Figure 3. The AVR 7550HD offers
the option of connecting two subwoofers to independent outputs,
which enables the EzSet/EQ II process to configure each subwoofer
precisely to account for its unique characteristics and placement
within the room.
Although the purple subwoofer outputs look similar to full-range
analog audio jacks, they are filtered to allow only the low frequencies to pass. Don’t connect these outputs to any other devices.
Red
Yellow
S-Video
Preout
HDMI Connections (digital audio/video)
™
HDMI
Figure 3 – Subwoofer
Speaker Connections
Speaker cables carry an amplified signal from the receiver’s speaker
terminals to each loudspeaker. They contain two wire conductors,
or leads, inside plastic insulation, that are differentiated in some
way, such as with colors or stripes.
The differentiation preserves polarity, without which low-frequency
performance can suffer. Each speaker is connected to the receiver’s
speaker-output terminals using two wires, one positive (+) and one
negative (–). Always connect the positive terminal on the speaker,
which is usually colored red, to the positive terminal on the receiver,
which is colored as indicated in the Connection Color Guide above
(Table 1). The negative terminals are both black.
The AVR 7550HD uses binding-post
speaker terminals that can accept
banana plugs or bare-wire cables.
+
Banana plugs are inserted into the
hole in the middle of the terminal
cap. See Figure 1.
Figure 1 – Binding-Post Speaker Terminals With Banana Plugs
Bare wire cables are installed as follows (see Figure 2):
1. Unscrew the terminal cap until the pass-through hole is revealed.
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Branchez toujours la borne (+) colorée sur AVR à la borne (+) rouge sur le haut-parleur;
et la noire (–) à la noire (–).
Conecte siempre el terminal de color (+) en el AVR al terminal rojo (+) en el altavoz;
y el negro (–) al negro (–).
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Subwoofer
CONNECTING SOURCE DEVICES
TO THE AVR
Audio and video signals originate in “source devices,” including
your Blu-ray Disc or DVD player, CD player, DVR (digital video
recorder) or other recorder, tape deck, game console, cable or
satellite television box, MP3 player, USB drive or network device.
The AVR’s tuner also counts as a source, even though no external
connections are needed, other than the FM and AM antennas
and the XM antenna module.
Separate connections are required for the audio and video portions
of the signal, except for digital HDMI connections. The types of
connections used depend upon the capabilities of the source device
and video display.
Audio Connections
There are two types of audio connections: digital and analog.
Digital audio signals are required for listening to sources encoded
with digital surround modes, such as Dolby Digital and DTS, or for
noncompressed PCM digital audio. There are three types of digital
audio connections: HDMI, coaxial and optical. Do not use more
than one type of digital audio connection for each source device.
However, it’s okay to make both analog and digital audio connections to the same source.
NOTE: HDMI signals may carry both audio and video. If your
video display device has an HDMI input, make a single HDMI
connection from each source device to the AVR. Usually, a
separate digital audio connection is not required. Turn the
volume on your television all the way down.
Digital Audio
The AVR 7550HD is equipped with four HDMI (High-Definition
Multimedia Interface) inputs, and one output. HDMI technology
enables digital audio and video information to be carried using
a single cable, delivering the highest quality picture and sound.
The AVR 7550HD uses HDMI (V.1.3a with Deep Color) technology
and is capable of processing both the audio and video components
CONNECTIONS
of the HDMI data, minimizing the number of cable connections
in your system. The AVR 7550HD implements Deep Color, which
increases by an order of magnitude the shades of color that can
be displayed, and the latest lossless multichannel audio formats,
including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.
You may only record materials from DVDs or other copy-protected
sources using analog connections. Remember to comply with all copyright laws, if you choose to make a copy for your own personal use.
L
Analog audio
cable (RCA)
NOTE: Some DVD-Audio, SACD, Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD
players only output multichannel audio through their multichannel analog outputs. Make a separate analog audio connection in addition to the HDMI connection, which is still used
for video and to listen to Dolby Digital, DTS or PCM materials
that may be stored on the disc.
R
Figure 7 – Analog Audio
Multichannel analog connections are used with high-definition
sources that decode the copy-protected digital content, such as
some DVD-Audio, SACD, Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD players. See
Figure 8. The multichannel analog audio connection is not required
for players compliant with HDMI version 1.1 or better, or that output
linear PCM signals via an HDMI connection. Consult the owner’s
guide for your disc player for more information.
The AVR 7550HD converts analog video signals to the HDMI format,
including its on-screen menus, upscaling to high-definition 1080p
resolution.
The HDMI connector is shaped for easy plug-in (see Figure 4). If
your video display has a DVI input and is HDCP-compliant, use an
HDMI-to-DVI adapter (not included). A separate audio connection is
required. HDMI cable runs are limited to about 10 feet.
Front Surround Center
Multichannel
analog audio
cable (RCA)
White
Blue
Subwoofer
Red
Figure 4 – HDMI Connection
COAXIAL
OPTICAL
audio cable
COAXIAL
OPTICAL
COAXIAL
OPTICAL
COAXIAL OUT
RS 232
Class 2
OPTICAL OUT
XM
TRIGGER OUT ZONE 2
ovided the audio output power exceeds 10W per channel under
normal operating conditions or the apparatus is intended to be installed or interconnected
in the field by a skilled person.
ANALOG 1 IN ANALOG 2 IN
OUT ANALOG 3
IN
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IN
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US Patent # 7,181,023, 6,389,139
EP Patent # 1004222
US Patent Nos. 5,315,448;
6,516,132; 6,381,747; & 6,836,549.
SUBWOOFER 2 THE BRIDGE
ANALOG AUDIO
Figure 9 – The Bridge II port
Coaxial
CENTER
Figure 6 – Optical Digital Audio
SURR. RIGHT SURR. LEFT FRONT RIGHT FRONT LEFT
Optical
Output
Input
SBL
Video Connections
Analog Audio
RADIO ANTENNAS
ZONE 2
FL
SL
CENTER
SBL
LEFT
Video
Connections
Many sources output both audio and video
signals (e.g., Blu-ray
Analog
connections require two cables, one for the left channel
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Disc or DVD player, cable television box,
Component
Y
Pb two cables are
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(white) and one for the right channel
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video connection for each of these sources (only
at a time
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SPEAKERS ( 8 )
For sources that are capable of both digital and analog audio, you
S-Video
any source).
may make both connections.
Digital Video
The analog audio connection is required for multizone operation,
as the AVR 7550HD’s multizone system is not capable of converting
If you have already connected a source device to one of the HDMI
a digital signal to analog format. Use the analog audio connecinputs, you have automatically made a video connection, as the
tions even with the Surround Back/Zone 2 speaker outputs, in case
HDMI signal includes both digital audio and video components.
another 2-channel digital audio source is in use in the main listenAnalog Video
ing area. The AVR 7550HD is only capable of processing one PCM
source at a time.
There are three types of analog video connections: composite video,
S-video and component video.
FM 75
MONITOR
OUT
REMOTE
COMPOSITE
DigitalOptical
Audio digital
Connections
The AVR 7550HD also includes a proprietary, dedicated audio connection for The Bridge II docking station for iPod. If you own a docking iPod (most models, 4G or later), connect The Bridge II (included)
to The Bridge II port on the receiver. See Figure 9. Dock your iPod
(not included) in The Bridge II, and you may listen to your audio
materials through your high-performance audio system. You may
view still images or video materials stored on a photo- or videocapable iPod that supports video browsing. Use the AVR 7550HD
remote to control the iPod, with navigation messages displayed on
the front panel and on a video display connected to the AVR. The
NETWORK
Bridge II outputs analog audio to the AVR 7550HD, and is available
1
2
3
4
OUT
to the multiroom system.1 2 IN IN OUT CARRIER
Coaxial
Left 1
Right
2
3
SL
CENTER
SBL
Figure 5 – Coaxial Digital Audio 6/8 FL
CHANNEL
Front (FL/FR)
INPUT
Optical digital audio connectors
are normally covered by a shutter
Center (C)
to protect them from dust. The shutter opens as the cable is inserted.
Surround
(SL/SR) are color-coded
2
1
3
FR using
SR SUBWOOFER
SBR shutter,
Input connectors
a black
while
DIGITAL AUDIO outputs
Subwoofer
(SUB)
use a gray
shutter. See Figure
6.
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Purple
S-VIDEO
Coaxial digital
Gray
Figure 8 – Multichannel Analog Audio
If your video display or source device is not HDMI-capable, use one
of the analog video connections (composite, S- or component video)
and a separate audio connection.
Coaxial digital audio jacks are usually color-coded in orange.
Although they look similar to analog jacks, you should not connect
coaxial digital audio outputs to analog inputs or vice versa. See
Figure 5.
Audio
Connections
audio
cable
Green
AM
AVR7550HD
or
LR 46800
or
MODEL NO. AVR 7550 HD
SUBWOOFER 1
~120V/60Hz SWITCHED
100W, 1A MAX
NORTHRIDGE
CALIFORNIA, USA
MADE IN CHINA
20
~120V/60Hz 600W
AC INPUT
CONNECTIONS
Composite video is the basic connection most commonly available.
The jack is usually color-coded yellow, and looks like an analog
audio jack. Do not plug a composite video cable into an analog
or coaxial digital audio jack, or vice versa. Both the chrominance
(color) and luminance (intensity) components of the video signal
are transmitted using a single cable. See Figure 10.
The AM loop antenna needs to be assembled. Connect the two leads
to the spring terminals on the receiver. The AM antenna leads have
no polarity, and you may connect them to either terminal. See
Figure 14.
Composite
video cable
Figure 10 – Composite Video
S-video, or “separate” video, transmits the chrominance and luminance components using separate wires contained within a single
cable. The plug on an S-video cable contains four metal pins, plus a
plastic guide pin. Align the plug correctly when you insert it into the
jack. See Figure 11.
S-video cable
Figure 11 – S-Video
Component video separates the video signal into three components – one luminance (“Y”) and two sub-sampled color signals
(“Pb” and “Pr”) – that are transmitted using three separate cables.
See Figure 12.
Audio Connections
Component
video cable
Front (FL/FR)
Center (C)
Surround
(SL/SR) Video
Figure
12 – Component
Subwoofer (SUB)
Y Green
Left
Pb Blue
Right
Pr Red
If it’s available on your video display, an HDMI connection is recommended
as the
best quality connection, followed by component
Digital Audio
Connections
video,
S-video
and
then composite video.
Coaxial
Optical
Output
Input
NOTES:
Connections sources are not available at the Component
•Video
Copy-protected
Component
Y
Pb
Pr
Video Monitor Outputs.
Composite
• Standard and high-definition analog video signals may
S-Video
be upscaled to 1080i resolution for the Component Video
Monitor Outputs. For improved video performance, consider
upgrading to an HDMI-capable video display with 1080p
resolution.
ANTENNAS
The AVR 7550HD uses separate terminals for the included FM and
AM antennas.
The FM antenna uses a 75-ohm F-connector. See Figure 13.
Figure 13 – FM Antenna
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Figure 14 – AM Antenna
To enjoy XM satellite radio, purchase an XM Ready antenna module
and a subscription to the XM service. The XM Mini Tuner and Home
Dock Bundle, available at www.xmradio.com, is recommended.
The older Connect-and-Play module is also compatible with the
AVR 7550HD, but it may no longer be available. Although you may
use a module with standard audio connections, labeled for “car
and home use,” you will not be able to enjoy the AVR 7550HD’s
ease of control.
RS-232 SERIAL PORT
The RS-232 serial port may be connected to an external computer
or control device to allow the external device to transmit control
commands to the AVR. The port is bidirectional, so that the AVR can
transmit status updates to the control device. Connecting and using
the RS-232 port requires technical knowledge, and is best left to
a professional custom installer.
SPEAKER PLACEMENT
SPEAKER PLACEMENT
.
PLACEMENT DES HAUT-PARLEURS COLOCACIÓN DE LOS ALTAVOCES
Optimally, the speakers should be placed in a circle with the listening
position at its center. The speakers should be angled so that they
directly face the listening position.
Green
Purple
SUB 1
SUB 2
C
Purple
FR Red
White FL
Front Speaker Placement
The center speaker is placed either on top of, below or mounted on
the wall above or below the
videoSUBdisplay screen.
C
The front left andFLright speakers areFR placed along the circle, about
30 degrees from the center speaker and angled toward the listener.
Place the front
left/right and center speakers
at the same height,
SL
SR
preferably at about the same height as the listener’s ears. The
center speaker should be no more than 2 feet above or below
the left/right speakers. If you’re using only two speakers with the
AVR 7550HD, place them in the front left and right positions.
SBL
SBR
Placement of the surround speakers depends on the number of
speakers in your system.
30°
90°
150°
90°
150°
150°
90°
SR Gray
Blue SL
150°
Green
White
30°
30°
90°
Purple
30°
SUB 1
Brown SBL
SUB 2
C
Purple (Optional)
FR
FL
30°
110°
150°
Blue SL
SR Gray
Alternate placement
for Side Surround
Left Speaker (Blue)
FL
SBR
Tan
Figure 16 – Speaker Placement (7.1- or 7.2-Channel System)
30°
Red
30°
110°
150°
SUB
C
Alternate placement
for Side Surround
Right Speaker (Gray)
Figure 15 – Speaker Placement (5.1- or 5.2-Channel System)
Placement of Surround Speakers in a
5.1- or 5.2-Channel System
The side surround speakers should be placed 110 degrees from
the center speaker, slightly behind and angled toward the listener.
Alternatively, place them behind the listener, with each surround
speaker facing the opposite-side front speaker. See Figure 15.
The surround speakers may be placed a little higher than the
listener’s ears.
Placement of Surround Speakers in a
7.1- or 7.2-Channel System
FR
30°
NOTE: Some speaker manufacturers offer 6.1-channel
speaker systems, for 6.1-channel surround sound formats,
such as Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES Discrete and Matrix modes
and DTS Neo:6 mode. Using the AVR 7550HD in a 6.1-channel
110°
configuration is not recommended.
The 6.1-channel formats
SL
will sound better when played 150°
through a 7.1-channel sys- 150°
tem. The same surround back channel information is played
through both surround back speakers, but with twice the
power and clarity.
To use the AVR 7550HD with a 6.1-channel speaker system,
place the single surround back speaker directly behind the
listener, but do not connect it until after you have run the
EzSet/EQ II procedure for a 5.1-channel system. After the
EzSet/EQ II process finishes, connect the surround back
speaker to the Surround Back Left Speaker Output. Then
follow the directions inSBL
the Advanced Features section for
manual setup of the surround back speaker.
Subwoofer Placement
Placement of the subwoofers is less critical, since low-frequency
sounds are omnidirectional. Placing each subwoofer close to a wall
or in a corner will reinforce the low frequencies, and may create
a “boomy” sound. Temporarily place one subwoofer where the
listener normally sits, then walk around the room until the low
frequencies sound best. Place the subwoofer in that spot. To place
the optional second subwoofer, you may continue this method for
finding a second optimal location, or place each subwoofer near
the front left and right speakers, as shown in the diagrams.
NOTE: Your receiver will sound its best when the same
model or brand loudspeaker is used for all positions.
In a 7.1- or 7.2-channel system, the side surround speakers are
placed 90 degrees from the center speaker, directly to either side of
the listening position. The surround back left and right speakers are
placed 150 degrees from the center speaker, or directly facing the
opposite-side front speaker. See Figure 16.
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110°
SBR
GETTING STARTED
Installing the AVR 7550HD and connecting it to the other system components can be complex. To simplify installation, it is suggested that
you design your system before you begin connecting wires and cables.
Although the rear-panel jacks allow for a variety of audio and video
connections to other components, the AVR’s software organizes
the connections into 10 conventional sources: CBL/SAT, DVD, TV,
Game, Media Server, AUX, A, B, C and D. The internal sources (the
tuner, The Bridge II dock for iPod, the USB Port, the Internet Radio
and the Network) will be explained later.
Table A1 in the appendix indicates the default device types for
each source, and the default audio/video connection assignments.
If the defaults suit your system, then connect your devices to
the audio/video inputs shown. Otherwise, design your system as
explained below.
1. Best video connection type for your system:
Examine the video inputs on your TV or video display. Write down
the best available video connection type here: ____________.
The options, in order of preference, are: HDMI, DVI (must be HDCPcompliant), component video, S-video or composite video. This is
the “system-best” video connection for your system.
2. Decide which source will be used for each
device: Match up to 10 devices to the 10 conventional sources
listed in the Table 2 worksheet below. Use the AUX source for any
of these device types: CD player, HDTV set-top box, personal video
recorder (PVR), TiVo device or VCR. The A, B, C and D sources were
added to the AVR 7550HD to enable you to benefit from the wide
variety of audio and video inputs available, and these sources may
be used for any device type.
NOTE: You may match any device type to any source. The
device type is only relevant for programming control codes
into the handheld remote and, as explained on page 27, you
may reassign any Source Selector’s device type. Any audio or
video source may be connected to any matching jack on the
AVR, regardless of device type.
3. Best video connection for each source: Examine
each source device and write down the best available type of video
connection, but not better than the system-best connection. Leave
blank audio-only sources, such as a CD player.
4. Best audio connection for each source: For
each source device, write down the best available type of audio
connection. See the note below, and if the HDMI connection may
be used for audio, it is the best option. The other options, in order
of preference, are: optical digital audio, coaxial digital audio,
2-channel analog audio.
NOTES:
• For multichannel disc players, if both the device and the
TV use HDMI connections for video, then check the owner’s
manual for the device to determine whether it transmits
multichannel audio via its HDMI output. If it does, then no
separate audio connection is required. If not, write down
the multichannel analog audio connection in addition to any
other audio type.
• If the device uses an HDCP-compliant DVI output for video,
then connect it to one of the AVR’s HDMI Inputs using an
HDMI-to-DVI adapter, but a separate audio connection will
always be required.
5. Decide which sources to connect to each of
the video inputs: Assign only one unique video input to each
source, except that you may add a composite video connection to
make the source’s video signal available to the multizone system.
Use the best type of video connection available for each source.
• If your system-best video connection is “HDMI”, select up to
four HDMI source devices and assign them to one of the four
numbered HDMI Inputs.
• If your system-best video connection is “Component”, or if you
have source devices with component video outputs that weren’t
assigned to one of the HDMI Inputs, assign up to three devices
to one of the three numbered Component Video Inputs.
Table 2 – Source Assignment Worksheet
Source
Device Type Best Video Video Input Second Composite
Connection
Assigned
Video Input for
(HDMI, DVI,
Multizone
Component,
Operation
S-Video,
Composite)
Cable/SAT
DVD
TV
Game
Media Server
AUX
A
B
C
D
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Best Audio
Audio Input
Connection
Assigned (may
(HDMI, Optical,
be one digital Coaxial, 2-Ch
plus one or more Analog, 6-/8-Ch analog)
Analog)
Analog Audio
Input for
Recording or
Multizone Operation
GETTING STARTED
• If your system-best video connection is “S-video”, or if you have
source devices with S-video outputs that have not been assigned
to an HDMI or Component Video Input, then assign up to three
devices to one of the three numbered S-video Inputs.
• If your system-best video connection is “Composite Video”, or if
you have source devices with composite video outputs that have
not been assigned to any other video input, then assign up to three
devices to one of the three numbered composite video Inputs.
NOTE: If the source device is a video recorder that will
be used to record from other devices connected to the AVR,
assign the recorder to the Composite or S-Video Video 2 Input,
which has a recording output. Any of the Coaxial or Optical
Digital Inputs may be assigned to the recorder for audio, if it
is capable of making digital audio recordings. To make analog
recordings, assign either the Analog 3 or 4 Audio Inputs to the
recorder, as both have recording outputs. It is
not necessary to connect TiVo or PVR devices that will only
record from their direct cable or satellite television signals to
the AVR’s recording outputs.
6. Decide which audio inputs to connect to each
source: Assign only one unique digital audio input to each digital
source. Assign analog audio inputs to analog sources, or as secondary connections for digital sources for backup, for recording or to
make the source available to the multizone system.
• Any source using an HDMI Input requires no additional connection
for audio unless:
uT
he source doesn’t output multichannel audio through its HDMI
output. Make a second connection to the 6-/8-Channel Analog
Audio Inputs.
uT
he source has an HDCP-compliant DVI output for video only.
Assign a digital or analog audio input.
• For any source whose best audio connection is optical or coaxial
digital audio, assign one of the four Optical or four Coaxial Digital
Audio Inputs. Do not connect both types of digital audio to the
same source device.
• You may assign one of the 2-Channel Analog Audio Inputs to
a digital source.
• You may also assign the 6-/8-Channel Analog Audio Inputs,
if available, to a digital source.
• Assign one of the six 2-channel Analog Audio Inputs to an
analog source.
NOTE: If the source device is a digital audio recorder, it may
be used with any of the Coaxial or Optical Digital Audio Inputs
and Outputs. Both coaxial and optical signals are available at
either digital audio output. To make analog recordings, assign
either the Analog 3 or 4 Audio Inputs to the recorder, as both
have recording outputs.
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INSTALLATION
You are now ready to begin installing the AVR. Before beginning to
connect the various components to the receiver, turn off all devices,
including the AVR 7550HD, and unplug their power cords. Don’t
plug in any of the power cords until you have finished making
all of your connections.
The receiver generates heat. Select a location that leaves several
inches of space on all sides. Avoid completely enclosing the receiver
inside an unventilated cabinet. Place components on separate
shelves rather than stacking them directly on top of the receiver.
Never block the AVR’s ventilation slots on the top and side panels.
Doing so could cause the AVR to overheat, with potentially serious consequences. Some shelf surface finishes are delicate. Try to
select a location with a sturdy surface finish.
TIP: Label each cable before connecting it, to avoid mistakes.
Write a description of the cable on a blank adhesive label,
e.g., “DVD”, and fold the label around the cable about 6 inches
from the end to be plugged into the AVR.
Almost all of the following installation steps are optional, depending
on your system. Skip any step that does not apply to your system.
STEP FIVE – Connect FM Antenna
Connect the included FM antenna to the 75-ohm FM antenna terminal.
STEP SIX – Connect AM Antenna
Assemble the included AM antenna (see Figure 17) and connect it
to the AM and Ground antenna terminals. The antenna is not polarized, and either lead may be connected to either terminal.
Figure 17 – AM Antenna Assembly
STEP SEVEN – Connect XM Antenna
Module
Leaving all AC power cords unplugged, connect the source devices
to the AVR using the audio and video inputs you assigned in Table 2.
If you have purchased an optional XM antenna module designed
for XM Ready® devices, plug it into the XM jack. Purchase a
subscription and activate the module, following the instructions
posted at www.xmradio.com. Place the module within view of
a south-facing window.
STEP TWO – Connect TV
STEP EIGHT – Connect USB Device
Connect the system-best video input on the TV to the corresponding
video monitor output on the AVR.
To play MP3 or WMA audio files or JPEG still-image files stored on
a USB storage device, connect the device to the front-panel USB
Port, using a cable or connector that is attached to the device or
provided by you.
STEP ONE – Connect Source Devices
STEP THREE – Connect Loudspeakers
After you have placed your loudspeakers in the room as explained
on page 21, connect each speaker to its color-coded terminal on
the AVR. Maintain proper polarity by connecting the negative terminal
on the speaker (usually colored black) to the negative terminal on
the AVR (also colored black); and the positive terminal on the speaker
(usually red) to the positive terminal on the AVR (color varies by
channel; see Table 1 on page 18).
If you have a subwoofer, connect its line-level or LFE input to the
purple Subwoofer 1 Output. An optional second subwoofer may be
connected to the Subwoofer 2 Output.
NOTE: If the subwoofer only has speaker-level inputs, after
you have configured the AVR using EzSet/EQ II technology as
described on page 29, connect the subwoofer’s left and right
speaker input terminals to the AVR’s Front Left and Front Right
Speaker Outputs, then connect the front left and right main
speakers to the subwoofer’s left and right speaker output
terminals. Consult the owner’s manual for the subwoofer for
specific installation instructions.
STEP FOUR – Connect
Dock
To enjoy content stored on a compatible iPod (not included), connect The Bridge II dock (included) to its proprietary connector.
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STEP NINE – Connect AVR to Internet
To use the AVR’s internal Internet Radio tuner to listen to MP3 or
WMA audio streams, connect the Network Jack to the Ethernet port
on a router or modem that has Internet access, a home network,
or directly to a PC. You may need to contact your Internet service
provider (ISP), or the manufacturer of your router, to obtain the
information necessary to set up the network connection. See
pages 36 and 37.
STEP TEN – Connect Remote IR Inputs
and Outputs
The AVR 7550HD is equipped with a Remote IR Input, a Zone 2
Input and both full-carrier and stripped Remote IR Outputs to facilitate
use of your system with a remote control in a variety of situations.
When the AVR 7550HD is placed inside a cabinet or facing away
from the listener, connect an external IR receiver, such as the
optional Harman Kardon HE 1000, to the Remote IR Input jack. For
multizone operation, connect an optional IR receiver, keypad or
other control device to the Zone 2 IR Input for remote control of the
AVR 7550HD (and any sources connected to the AVR’s Remote IR
Output) from the remote zone. Signals transmitted through the Zone
2 IR Input will control source selection and volume for the main or
remote zone, depending on the setting of the remote’s Zone Selector.
If a source device is shared with the main listening area, any control
commands issued to that source will also affect the main room.
INSTALLATION
If any source devices are equipped with a compatible Remote IR
Input, use a 1/8-inch mini-plug interconnect cable (not included)
to connect the AVR’s Remote IR Output to the source device’s
Remote IR Input.
The AVR 7550HD outputs a “stripped carrier” IR signal through the
Remote IR Output, but a full-carrier IR signal is available at the
Carrier Remote IR Output. The Carrier Remote IR Output is only
available to one sender at a time, which is assigned in the AVR’s
Zone 2 menu. Depending on whether you select Zone 2, Front or
A-BUS, the Carrier Remote IR will only transmit commands received
from the Zone 2 IR Input, the front-panel IR receiver or the A-BUS
system to a device connected to it. This avoids having conflicting
control commands sent to a device from listeners in different areas
of the home.
To control more than one source device through the Remote IR
Output, connect all sources in “daisy chain” fashion, connecting
each device’s IR output to the next device’s IR input, starting with
the AVR. Connect devices expecting a full-carrier IR signal to the
Carrier Remote IR Output, and assign the desired sending zone in
the Zone 2 menu. Use the Remote IR Output for devices expecting
a stripped signal.
STEP ELEVEN – Install a Multizone System
The AVR 7550HD offers several methods of distributing audio to
other areas in your home, and it also features video distribution.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Installing a multizone
system typically requires running cables inside walls. Always
comply with the appropriate safety codes when installing
concealed wiring, particularly all applicable state and local
building codes and the NEC (National Electrical Code). Failure
to do so may present a safety hazard. If you have any doubt
about your ability to work with electrical and telecommunications wiring, hire a licensed electrician or custom installer to
install the multizone system.
When the system is installed using method B or C below, multizone
operation takes over the Surround Back/ Zone 2 amplifier channels,
limiting the system in the main listening room to 5.2 channels.
Select one or all of these methods for audio
distribution:
A. Connect an external amplifier to the Zone 2
Audio Outputs. It is recommended that you place the amplifier
in the same room as the AVR 7550HD so that a shorter length of
interconnect cable is used with a long run of speaker wire to the
remote room. A long run of interconnect cable would be subject
to signal degradation. Depending on your amplifier, distribute the
audio signal to a single pair of speakers, or to several pairs placed
in different rooms.
The Zone 2 Audio Outputs offer the benefit of 7.2-channel audio in
the main room simultaneously with multizone operation. However,
the benefit is achieved with the expense of an additional component, i.e., the amplifier.
B. Connect the remote room’s speakers directly
to the Surround Back/Zone 2 Speaker Outputs.
Reassign the Surround Back amplifier channels to power the
speakers (see page 47).
Your main system will be limited to 5.2 channels, affecting playback
of programs recorded in 6.1 or 7.1 channels.
C. Connect an external amplifier to the Surround
Back/Zone 2 Preamp Outputs. This method requires an
additional amplifier, but may increase the total number of remote
rooms when used with methods A and B.
D. Connect an A-BUS hub or other A-BUS components to the A-BUS port. Use Category 5/5e cable,
as described in the instructions for your A-BUS components. The
A-BUS system carries the audio signal to the remote components,
while receiving IR control codes. A hub may distribute audio to
many remote rooms. To control source devices exclusively from the
remote A-BUS module, connect the AVR’s Carrier Remote IR Output
to a compatible IR input on the source, and assign the full-carrier
output to the A-BUS system in the AVR’s Zone 2 menu. This avoids
having conflicting control commands sent to a source intended for
the A-BUS system.
IR commands received from the A-BUS system are also
distributed to the AVR’s other IR outputs. Visit the Web site
at www.harmankardon.com for information on available
Harman Kardon hubs, the ABH 4 and ABH 4000, and amplified
in-wall modules, the AB 1 and AB 2.
Connect a Video Display Device or
Switcher
To add video distribution to your multiroom system, connect the
Multizone Video Output either directly to the video display in the
remote room or to any optional video distribution switchers or
amplifiers that may be required.
NOTES:
• Only composite video is output to the multizone system.
• S-video, component or HDMI video sources may not be routed
through the multizone system. Make a second, composite
video connection for the multizone system.
• When connecting the AVR 7550HD to the remote room’s
video display, distance limitations may exist for composite
video connections. Although the use of low-loss coax cables
may reduce signal loss, optional distribution amplifiers may
occasionally be required when long cable runs are used.
Connect IR Control Devices to the Zone 2
IR Input
For methods A, B and C, connect an IR control device to the Zone
2 IR Input for remote-room control of the multizone system, source
devices and volume in the remote zone. An A-BUS system does
not require a separate IR control connection.
NOTE: Only analog audio sources are available to the multizone system. For digital sources, make a second, analog audio
connection. The USB, The Bridge II and Internet Radio sources
are available to the multizone system.
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INSTALLATION
STEP TWELVE – Plug in AC Power Cords
Before plugging the AVR into an unswitched electrical outlet, make
sure the Main Power Switch behind the front-panel door is off, to
prevent the possibility of damaging the AVR in case of a transient
power surge. When pressed in, the switch is on. When pressed
again to unlatch it, the switch pops out.
You may plug one device that draws no more than 50 watts into
the AC Switched Accessory Outlet on the rear panel. Turn on the
device’s mechanical or master power switch, and that device will
power on any time the AVR 7550HD is turned on (some devices may
require additional steps to power on from their standby mode). If the
device has a clock or must always be on (such as a cable set-top
box programmed to make recordings), do not plug it into this outlet.
The AVR 7550HD is equipped with a detachable power cord, allowing you to fully wire your system before installing the AVR. Plug the
male end of the cord into an unswitched AC outlet, and the female
end into the AVR 7550HD.
It is recommended that you copy the appropriate information from
the Table 2 worksheet to Table A5 in the appendix for future reference, in the event changes are made to the system components.
STEP THIRTEEN – Insert Batteries in
Remote
The AVR 7550HD remote control uses four AAA batteries (included).
To remove the battery cover located on the back of the remote,
squeeze the tab and lift the cover.
Insert the batteries as shown in Figure 18, observing the correct
polarity.
Figure 18 – Remote Battery Compartment
Point the remote’s lens toward the front panel of the AVR 7550HD.
Make sure no objects, such as furniture, are blocking the remote’s
path to the receiver. Bright lights, fluorescent lights and plasma
video displays may interfere with the remote’s functioning. The
remote has a range of about 20 feet, depending on the lighting
conditions. It may be used at an angle of up to 30 degrees to either
side of the AVR.
Leave the Zone Selector Switch at the bottom in the Zone 1 position
for normal use.
If the remote seems to operate intermittently, or if pressing a button
on the remote does not cause the AVR Settings Button or one of the
Source Selectors to light, check or replace the batteries.
STEP FOURTEEN – Program Sources Into
the Remote
The AVR 7550HD remote may be programmed to control many
brands and models of DVD players, cable boxes, satellite receivers,
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the Harman Kardon DMC 1000 digital media center and TVs.
It is also preprogrammed to operate your iPod when docked in
The Bridge II.
To access the functions for a particular device, switch the remote’s
device mode. Press the AVR Settings Button to access the codes
that control the receiver, or the Source Selector Buttons to access
the codes for the devices programmed into the remote.
To program the codes for a source device into
the remote:
1. Turn on the source device.
2. Access the remote’s menu system by pressing and holding the
AVR Settings Button for 3 seconds, until the “Main Menu” and
“Program Device” messages appear in the LCD Display.
3. Press the OK Button to select the Program Device function.
4. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select the Source Selector (or device)
to program, and press the OK Button when the desired device
appears on the lower line of the LCD Display.
5. For two of the Source Selectors and for sources A, B, C and D,
the next step requires you to specify the device type. For the
other Source Selectors, proceed to step 6.
• Cable/SAT: Use the 1/5 Buttons to select either a cable
television or satellite television set-top box, and press the OK Button.
• AUX: Use the 1/5 Buttons to select a CD player, HDTV set-top
box, PVD (personal video device, such as a DVR), TiVo system or
VCR. Press the OK Button when the desired device appears.
• A, B, C, D: Select any desired device type.
6. Select whether to program the device manually or use the
remote’s Auto Search capability. Manual programming simply
requires you to select the brand name of your device and try a
handful of possible codes. There is no need to look up numeric
codes; the AVR 7550HD does the work for you. It is recommended
that you select Manual programming first.
• Manual Programming: Use the 1/5 Buttons to scroll
through the list of brands for which the remote has codes stored
in its library. When your brand appears on the lower line, press the
OK Button.
The remote will look up the brand in its library and display the
number of codes available. Press the “1” Alphanumeric Key first.
The remote will transmit the Power Off command associated
with the first code set to the device. If the device turns off, then
a compatible code set has been found. Press the OK Button to
accept it.
If the device remains powered on, press the “2” Alphanumeric Key.
Proceed in this fashion until either a compatible code set is found,
or you run out of codes for that brand.
If you run out of codes, press the Back/Exit Button to end the process, and repeat steps 2 through 5. At step 6, select Auto
and follow the instructions in the next bullet.
• Auto Programming: Wait for the remote to retrieve its
entire library of codes for the device type. You will have to press
the 1/5 Buttons to transmit every code for the device type until
a compatible code set is found.
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7. When a compatible code set is found, press the OK Button to
program it into the Source Selector.
8. Check that other functions control the device correctly. Sometimes
manufacturers use the same Power code for several models,
while other codes vary. Repeat this process until you’ve programmed a satisfactory code set that operates most functions.
To change the device type of a Source Selector:
If your system includes two products of one device type but no
product corresponding to a different Source Selector, you may
program one product into its corresponding Source Selector, and
change another Source Selector’s device type to program the
second product by following this procedure:
1. Access the remote’s menu system by pressing and holding the
AVR Settings Button for 3 seconds, until the “Main Menu” and
“Program Device” messages appear in the LCD Display.
2. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select “Change Device Type” from the
remote’s main menu, and press the OK Button.
3. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select the Source Selector whose device
type you wish to change, and press the OK Button. Your selection
will appear on the left side of the lower line, while the choice of
new device types will appear on the right side.
4. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select the new device type you wish to
assign to the Source Selector, and press the OK Button.
5. Program your product into the Source Selector by choosing the
brand, then searching for a compatible code set, as described in
the preceding section. If you allow the remote to “time out”, then
the device type reassignment will not take effect.
To “learn” individual key codes:
If some functions do not work correctly, you may reprogram individual
keys from the device’s original remote by following this procedure:
1. Place the two remotes with their IR transmitters facing each
other, about one inch apart. See Figure 19.
Figure 19 – AVR and Device Remotes “Head to Head”
2. Access the remote’s menu system by pressing and holding the
AVR Settings Button for 3 seconds, until the “Main Menu” and
“Program Device” messages appear in the LCD Display.
3. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select “Learn” from the remote’s main
menu, and press the OK Button.
4. When the “Learn Menu” message appears in the upper line of
the LCD Display, make sure the “Learn” message appears in the
lower line (not “Learn Delete”), and press the OK Button.
5. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select the device you wish to learn a
code for, and press the OK Button.
6. Press the destination button, and the menu will prompt you to
press the key on the original remote whose code you wish to
program into the destination button. You may learn a new code
into the following buttons: Device Power On/Off, Alphanumeric
Keys, Last Button, Back/Exit Button, Menu Button, Navigation
Buttons, OK Button, Disc Menu Button, the four Soft Keys,
Channel Up/Down, Volume Up/Down, Mute and the Transport
Controls (including Record).
NOTE: If you press the wrong destination button and wish to
cancel the learning process, you must wait about 30 seconds
for the remote to “time out”. It will exit its program mode and
return to normal operation, and you may begin again. Pressing
another button will have no effect.
7. Press the key on the original remote, and if the code was learned
correctly, the Navigation and OK Buttons will light up. The Learn
Menu will prompt you to learn another key, rename the key just
learned or exit Learn mode. Use the 1/5 Buttons to make your
selection, and press the OK Button.
To delete a programmed or learned code:
1. Access the remote’s menu system by pressing and holding the
AVR Settings Button for 3 seconds, until the “Main Menu” and
“Program Device” messages appear in the LCD Display.
2. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select “Learn” from the remote’s main
menu, and press the OK Button.
3. When the “Learn Menu” message appears in the upper line of
the LCD Display, scroll to the “Learn Delete” option, and press
the OK Button.
4. The Learn Delete menu offers the options of deleting a single
learned key code, an entire device or all devices. Scroll to the
desired option and press the OK Button.
• To delete an individual key code, the remote will first prompt
you to select the device containing the key code, then prompt
you to press the key. It will confirm the deletion, then offer
you the opportunity to delete another learned key or exit the
delete key function.
• To delete an entire device, the remote will prompt you to
select the device. When you scroll to the device and press
the OK Button, the remote will confirm the deletion and exit
its programming mode, returning to normal operation.
• To delete all devices, wait a few moments while the remote
deletes all programmed device codes. It will then return to
normal operation.
To rename a key or device:
If you wish to change the name of a device or key as it appears in
the LCD Display, follow these steps:
1. Access the remote’s menu system by pressing and holding the
AVR Settings Button for 3 seconds, until the “Main Menu” and
“Program Device” messages appear in the LCD Display.
2. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select “Rename” and press the OK Button.
3. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select whether to rename a device or a
key, and press the OK Button.
4. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select the device, either to rename the
device itself or a key function used by that device, and press the
OK Button.
5. The current name of the device or key will appear on the lower
line of the LCD Display, with the cursor at the end of the line.
Use the 7 Button to move the cursor to the beginning of the name,
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then type over the current name using the Alphanumeric Keys.
E ach Alphanumeric Key has the characters available in addition
to its number printed above the key. Each press of the key
scrolls through the available characters. To move to the next
character, either press the 3 Button or press the next desired
Alphanumeric Key.
Press the OK Button to finish, and the remote will prompt you to
rename another key or device, or to exit.
STEP FIFTEEN – Turn On the AVR 7550HD
Two steps are required the first time you turn on the AVR 7550HD.
1. Flip down the Front-Panel Door and press the Main Power Switch
in. The Power Indicator on the front panel will turn amber, indicating that the AVR is in Standby mode and is ready to be turned
on. Normally, you may leave the Main Power Switch on, even
when the receiver is not being used.
2. There are several ways to turn on the AVR from Standby mode.
a) Press the Standby/On Switch on the front panel.
b) Using the remote, press the AVR Power On Button or any of
the Source Selectors.
NOTES:
• Any time you press one of the Source Selectors on the
remote, the remote will switch device modes. To control the
receiver, press the AVR Settings Button. Some AVR functions
are available in all device modes: Volume Controls (including
Mute), Audio Effects, Video Modes, Surround Modes, AVR
Settings, Info Settings, Sleep Settings and AVR Power On
and Off.
• If you do not see a picture within about 1 minute, refer to
the Video Troubleshooting Tips on page 34.
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INITIAL SETUP
In this section, you will configure the AVR 7550HD to match your
actual system. A video display must be connected to one of the
video monitor outputs on the receiver.
USING THE ON-SCREEN MENU SYSTEM
Although it’s possible to configure the AVR using only the remote
and the front-panel messages, it is easier to use the full-screen
menu system.
The menu system is accessed by pressing the AVR Settings Button
on the remote or front panel.
The Main Menu will appear (see Figure 20), and if a video source
is playing, it will be visible behind the transparent menu.
Until recently, most receivers required manual calibration and
configuration, a tedious process that called for a good ear or the
purchase of an SPL (sound-pressure level) meter. Although you may
configure the AVR 7550HD manually, as described in the Advanced
Functions section, it is recommended that you take advantage of
the signature Harman Kardon EzSet/EQ II system.
Eliminate extraneous background noise, such as noisy air conditioning.
Avoid making any loud noises while running EzSet/EQ II setup.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: During the EzSet/EQ II
procedure, a series of very loud test sweeps will be played
through all of the speakers. Avoid sitting or standing close to
any one speaker during the procedure. If you are particularly
sensitive to loud noises, you may wish to leave the room and
have someone else run the EzSet/EQ II process.
STEP ONE – Place the included EzSet/EQ II microphone
in the listening position or in the center of the room, at about
the same height as the listeners’ ears. The microphone features
a threaded insert on the bottom, for mounting on the included
extension rod or a camera tripod.
STEP TWO – Plug the EzSet/EQ II microphone into the
Figure 20 – Main Menu
NOTE: When using the AVR’s on-screen menu system, a
video output resolution of 720p or higher is recommended
for best legibility, and to provide graphics that simplify some
configuration options. Depending on the resolution selected,
the menus shown by your system may vary in appearance.
The main menu system consists of five submenus: Source
Selection, Setup Source, Speaker Setup, Zone 2 and System.
Use the 1/57/3 Buttons on the remote or front panel to navigate
the menu system, and press the OK Button to select a menu or
setting line, or to enter a new setting.
The current menu, setting line or setting will appear in the Message
Display, as well as on screen.
To return to the previous menu or exit the menu system, press the
Back/Exit Button. Be certain all settings are correct, as any changes
you have made will be retained.
Most users should follow the instructions in this Initial Setup section
to configure a basic home theater system. You may return to these
menus at any time to make additional adjustments, such as those
described in the Advanced Functions section.
Before beginning initial setup, all loudspeakers, a video display and
all source devices should be connected. You should be able to turn
on the receiver and view the main menu when you press the AVR
Settings Button. If necessary, reread the Installation Section and the
beginning of this section before continuing.
Configure the AVR 7550HD, Using EzSet/
EQ II Technology
One of the most important steps in setting up a home theater
system is to calibrate the receiver to match the loudspeakers,
optimizing sound reproduction.
EzSet/EQ II Microphone Input Jack on the front of the receiver,
and set the level control on the subwoofer to the halfway point.
STEP THREE – Turn on the AVR 7550HD and the video
display. Press the AVR Settings Button to display the Main Menu.
Use the 5 Button to highlight the Speaker Setup line, then press
the OK Button. See Figure 21.
Figure 21 – Speaker Setup Menu Screen
Select “Automatic Setup-EzSet/EQ II”.
To return to the Speaker Setup menu without starting the EzSet/EQ
II process, select Back. When you are ready to begin, select Continue.
To manually program the speaker crossover settings before the EzSet/
EQ II test is run, select Manually Set Crossovers. It is recommended
that you allow the EzSet/EQ II process to detect the crossovers and only
adjust them manually if you have previously run the EzSet/EQ II test and
you wish to change the settings to obtain different results.
NOTE: The AVR 7550HD will automatically set its master
volume to – 25dB.
STEP FOUR – After you select “Continue”, the test will
begin. Maintain silence during the EzSet/EQ II configuration.
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As the EzSet/EQ II system tests each speaker, its position will appear
on screen. If the test sweep is heard from a different speaker than
the one indicated on screen, turn off the AVR and check the speakerwire connections, then begin again.
When the Speaker Detection test is completed, select the Continue
option. The results will be displayed, along with these options:
• The Retest option repeats the EzSet/EQ II process. Increase the
master volume manually, if some speakers were not correctly
detected.
• Select Cancel to return to the Speaker Setup menu.
See the Advanced Functions section for instructions on how to
manually configure the speakers or manually adjust the settings
established by the EzSet/EQ II process.
During the Near Field test, follow the instructions that appear on
screen. You may be directed to hold the microphone about 2 feet
away from some speakers.
When the test is finished, you will be given the option of saving
the EzSet/EQ II test results in one of two “listening positions”, or
not saving the results at all. The purpose is to allow you to run the
EzSet/EQ II tests for two different frequently used listening positions
within the room to optimize performance, depending on how you
use the room.
After the results have been saved, the menu for manual adjustment
of the listening position settings will appear. See the Advanced
Functions section for instructions on manually adjusting the speaker
settings.
If you do not save the results, you may go back and repeat the
EzSet/EQ II test.
You may adjust the settings for either listening position, or repeat
the EzSet/EQ II test, from the Speaker Setup menu (Figure 21).
Set Up Sources
The Info Settings menu is used to assign the correct physical audio
and video connections to each source.
The following settings are not optional and must be adjusted now
to enable playback of each source: Video Input From Source, Audio
Input From Source and Resolution to Display. The other settings
may be adjusted later.
To display the Info Settings menu, press the Info Settings Button
(front panel or remote). Or, from the Main Menu, select the Setup
Source line and select a source from the slide-in menu. A screen
similar to the one shown in Figure 22 will appear.
Audio Effects: Displays the Audio Effects submenu, where
you may adjust the Dolby Volume setting, the bass and treble tone
controls, and the LFE trim, or you may select the EzSet/EQ II listening
position. These settings affect each source independently. Leave
this submenu at its default settings, and return to it later if your
system requires fine-tuning. See the Advanced Functions section
for more information.
Video Modes: Displays the Video Modes submenu, where you
may make picture adjustments for each source independently. Leave
the settings at their factory defaults. Picture adjustments should be
made to your video display first, with this menu used only for finetuning. See the Advanced Functions section for more information.
Surround Modes: Displays the Surround Modes submenu,
where you may program surround modes for analog movies, music
and games for each source independently.
Digital surround signals, such as Dolby Digital and DTS, are automatically played in their native formats, although you may change
the surround mode. See the Advanced Functions section for more
information.
Audio Format From Source: This line is informational
only. When a digital program is playing, its format will be identified
here. When analog audio programs are playing, this line displays
ANALOG.
Audio and Video Input Selection
See Table A2 in the appendix for the factory default input assignments
for each source. You may assign any available input to any source
using the Info Settings menu.
When a source is selected, the AVR will check the assigned digital
audio input for a signal. If one is present, the digital input will be
selected. If not, the AVR will select the analog audio input specified
at the Audio Auto Polling line of the Info Settings menu. If you don’t
want the AVR to select an analog audio input for the source, leave
this setting at its default of Off.
The AVR will also select the assigned video source. The only “audioonly” sources on the AVR 7550HD are the Radio, The Bridge II (video
may be available; see page 37), USB, the Network and Internet
Radio, which use special on-screen menus. If no video
signal is present, the display will remain black. You may pair
an audio device with an A/V device’s video signal using the Info
Settings menu. Sources may share audio or video inputs.
NOTE: The Bridge II obtains its audio and video signals
(when available) from the iPod docked in it, and it may not
be used with other audio or video sources.
Video Input From Source: Assign the correct video
input. Refer to Table 2, where you noted the physical video input
the source is connected to, and select that input here.
Audio Input From Source: Assign the correct analog or
Figure 22 – Setup Source Menu
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digital audio input. Refer to Table 2, where you noted the physical
audio input the source is connected to, and select that input here.
If both analog and digital audio connections were made, select the
digital input here, and select the analog input at the Audio Auto
Polling and Zone 2 Audio lines below.
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6-/8-Channel Inputs
The 6-/8-Channel Analog Audio Inputs are used when playing
certain multichannel discs (DVD-Audio, Blu-ray Disc, SACD and
HD-DVD) on a player that decodes the audio and outputs it via its
multichannel analog audio outputs but not via its HDMI output.
HDMI-Equipped Multichannel Disc Player:
• Connect the player’s HDMI output to one of the AVR’s HDMI
Inputs. No other connections are necessary.
• Assign the HDMI Input to both the Audio and Video Input From
Source settings.
HDMI-Equipped Multichannel Disc Player
That Does Not Output Multichannel Audio
via an HDMI Connection:
• Connect the player’s HDMI output and its multichannel analog
audio outputs to one of the AVR’s HDMI Inputs and to the AVR’s
6-/8-Channel Analog Audio Inputs.
• Assign the HDMI Input to both the Audio and Video Input From
Source settings.
• When listening to DVD-Video discs, CDs or other materials outputting standard-definition digital audio, do nothing, as long as the
HDMI Input is assigned to the Audio Input From Source setting.
• To listen to high-resolution multichannel discs, change the Audio
Input From Source setting to “6/8 Channel”. Change it back to the
HDMI Input to listen to standard-resolution digital materials.
Multichannel Disc Player Without HDMI Output,
or When Video Display Has No HDMI Input:
• Connect the player’s component video outputs to one set of
Component Video Inputs on the AVR. Depending on the capabilities of the player and your video display, you may need to use
a composite or S-video connection instead.
• Connect the player’s digital audio output to a digital audio input
on the AVR.
• Connect the player’s multichannel audio outputs to the AVR’s
6-/8-Channel Analog Audio Inputs.
• Assign the correct digital audio and analog video inputs to the
Audio and Video Input From Source settings.
• When listening to DVD-Video discs, CDs or other materials outputting standard-definition digital audio, do nothing, as long
as the correct digital audio input is assigned to the Audio Input
From Source setting.
• To listen to high-resolution multichannel discs, change the Audio
Input From Source setting to “6/8 Channel”. Change it back to the
digital audio input to listen to standard-resolution digital materials.
NOTE: The AVR is capable of processing the signal received
at the 6-/8-Channel Analog Audio Inputs. With these inputs
selected, press the Audio Effects Button to view the Audio
Effects menu. Change the Tone Control setting to “On”, and
you may adjust the Dolby Volume setting, the tone controls or
the EzSet/EQ II settings. With the Tone Control setting off, the
AVR will pass the incoming signal directly to the volume control,
without digitizing or processing it.
Resolution to Display: This setting reflects the video
output resolution, which is dependent upon the capabilities of the
video display.
• If the display is connected to the AVR’s HDMI Output, the two
devices will communicate with each other, and the AVR will automatically select the best available video output resolution.
• If the display is connected to the AVR’s Component Video Outputs,
there is no automatic detection of the display’s capabilities, and
the video output resolution must be manually adjusted to match
the display’s capabilities (which may be obtained from the display’s
manual or its manufacturer’s Web site).
• If the display is connected to the AVR’s Composite or S-Video
Monitor Output, the video output resolution must be set to 480i
(the factory default) to view any content, including the AVR’s own
menus.
Adjust the resolution by pressing the front-panel Resolution Button
and using the 1/5 Buttons until the correct setting appears in the
front-panel Message Display. For composite and S-video, the correct
setting is 480i. For component video, it is the highest resolution
where a picture is visible. You will be prompted to accept or cancel
the resolution change; the CANCEL message will appear on the front
panel with a timer countdown. Press the 5 Button to view the ACCEPT
option before the timer reaches 0, and then press the OK Button.
NOTE: When the display has a DVI input which is connected
to the AVR using an HDMI-to-DVI adapter, the picture will be
distorted or blank if the display is not HDCP-compliant. In that
case, a different video connection must be used (component,
composite or S-video).
Resolution From Source: Informational only. Indicates
the resolution of the video output by the source device.
HDMI Bypass: When an HDMI source signal is in use and
the system includes an HDMI-capable display, the HDMI Bypass
mode passes the source signal directly to the HDMI Output, bypassing all video processing within the AVR, including video output
resolution adjustment. To allow the AVR to process all video, including “blending” the source video with its on-screen messages and
menus so that you may adjust the AVR without missing any portion
of the program, turn this setting off. When the HDMI Bypass mode
is on, it is not possible to “blend” the video source signal with the
AVR’s on-screen menus. When any remote or front-panel buttons
are pressed, the AVR will momentarily exit HDMI Bypass mode and
display the on-screen menu on a black background. After the menu
is cleared from the screen, either by timing out or when the Back/Exit
Button is pressed, the AVR will return to HDMI Bypass mode.
Change Name: Change the display name for your source,
which is useful if your source’s device type is different from the
available source names. Select this line and use the 1/5 Buttons
to scroll forward or reverse through the alphanumeric characters.
When the desired character appears, use the 3 Button to move the
cursor to the next position. Move the cursor again to leave a blank
space. When you have finished, press the OK Button. The name will
appear on the front panel and next to its original name, e.g., DVD,
throughout the on-screen menu system. To clear the entry without
making any changes, scroll to the blank character before “A”.
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Adjust Lip Sync: Resynchronizes the audio and video
signals from a source to eliminate a “lip sync” problem. Lip sync
issues can occur when the video portion of a signal undergoes
additional processing in either the source or the video display.
The Lip Sync adjuster appears by itself, enabling you to view the
video while listening to the audio. Use the 7/3 Buttons to delay
the audio by up to 180ms. See Figure 23.
Figure 23 – Adjust Lip Sync
Input Level From Source: This setting defaults to 0dB
for all sources. If you notice that one device tends to sound louder
or softer than other sources in your system, use the 7/3 Buttons to
adjust the input level from the source to compensate for the volume
difference without compressing or distorting the signal. This setting
is not the same as the Dolby Volume setting in the Audio Effects
menu, which adjusts for volume differences within the source, e.g.,
television commercial advertisements versus the main program.
See page 33 for information on the Dolby Volume setting.
Audio Auto Polling: Used when both analog and digital
audio connections are made. When no digital signal is present, the
AVR will automatically switch to the analog audio input.
This can be useful for older cable television systems that broadcast
channels in both analog and digital audio.
If an analog audio connection was made, select it here. If not,
choose the Off setting, and the AVR will always use the digital audio
connection.
Zone 2 Audio: Determines the audio source for the multizone
system remote zone. Select the analog audio input the source is
connected to. Digital audio is not available to the multizone system.
Zone 2 Video: Determines the video source for the multizone
system remote zone. Select the composite video input the source
is connected to. Only composite video sources are available to the
multizone system.
Trigger 2: Determines whether a signal will be present at the
Trigger 2 Output when this source is selected.
Record Out: Determines the signal available at the analog
audio outputs.
•A
nalog: Passes through the analog audio signal selected as
the source input.
•D
SP Downmix: When a multichannel audio source is selected
as the input, the AVR creates a 2-channel “LtRt” analog downmix
of the signal.
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Press the Back/Exit Button, then return to the Setup Source line
of the Main Menu to configure the next source. When you have
finished, press the Back/Exit Button to clear the menus from view.
You are now ready to begin enjoying your new receiver!
OPERATION
Now that you have installed your components and completed a
basic configuration, you are ready to begin enjoying your home
theater system.
TURNING ON THE AVR 7550HD
Flip down the Front-Panel Door and press the Main Power Switch
in. The Power Indicator on the front panel will turn amber, indicating
that the AVR is in Standby mode and is ready to be turned on. The
Main Power Switch is normally left on.
There are several ways to turn on the AVR 7550HD:
a) Press the Standby/On Switch on the front panel.
b) Using the remote, press the AVR Power On Button or any of the
Source Selectors.
To turn the receiver off, press either the Standby/On Switch on the
front panel or the AVR Power Off Button on the remote. Unless the
receiver will not be used for an extended period of time, leave the
Main Power Switch on. When the Main Power Switch is turned off,
any settings you have programmed will be preserved for up to four
weeks.
or while listening to different tracks on a USB drive. The Modeler
module endeavors to re-create the reference presentation that
was heard in the recording studio without losing portions of the
program at the typically lower volume levels often used in the
home. When the Modeler module is active, you may notice details
of the performance that were hidden when the program was played
on other equipment.
NOTE: The Dolby Volume processor is not used to level
volume across sources. If one source sounds significantly
louder or softer than the others, compensate by adjusting the
Input level from source setting in the Info Settings menu for
the source.
To adjust the Dolby Volume setting, press the Audio Effects Button.
A screen similar to the one shown in Figure 24 will appear. Move
the cursor to highlight the Dolby Volume setting, and each press of
the OK Button will switch to one of the options in Table 3 below. The
settings do not refer to the volume level, which is adjusted normally
using the Volume Control, but rather to the amount of Dolby Volume
processing desired. See Figure 24.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If the PROTECT message ever
appears in the Message Display, turn off the AVR and unplug
it. Check all speaker wires for a short. If none is found, bring
the unit to an authorized Harman Kardon service center for
inspection and repair before using it again.
VOLUME CONTROL
Adjust the volume either by turning the knob on the front panel
(clockwise to increase volume or counterclockwise to decrease
volume), or by pressing the Volume Control on the remote. The
volume is displayed as a negative number of decibels (dB) below
the 0dB reference point.
0dB is the maximum recommended volume for the AVR 7550HD.
Although it’s possible to turn the volume to a higher level, doing
so may damage your hearing and your speakers. For certain more
dynamic audio materials, even 0dB may be too high, allowing for
damage to equipment. Use caution with regard to volume levels.
To change the volume level display from the default decibel scale
to a 0-to-90 scale, adjust the Volume Units setting in the System
Settings menu, as described on page 48.
Dolby Volume
The AVR 7550HD is one of the first products to implement Dolby
Volume processing, which can improve the audio performance of the
system by revealing subtle details even at normal home-listening
volumes.
One concern of the typical home theater listener is that volumes
can vary widely for different programs played by a source, e.g.,
television commercial advertisements are often much louder than
the main feature. Another is that details heard in the recording
studio at typically high reference volumes are lost at the lower
volumes used by many listeners.
The AVR 7550HD uses two Dolby Volume techniques to address
these issues. The Leveler module maintains a consistent listening
volume within a source, e.g., while watching commercial television
Figure 24 – Adjust Dolby Volume
Table 3 – Dolby Volume Settings
Setting
Off
Low
Medium
Max
Effect
No Dolby Volume processing
Only Dolby Volume Modeler module is active
Both Modeler and Leveler modules are active;
Leveler module has a value of 3
Both Modeler and Leveler modules are active;
Leveler module has a value of 9
NOTE: Dolby Volume is compatible with sources recorded
at a sampling rate of 48kHz. High-resolution sources, such as
DTS 96/24, will be decoded at 48kHz. DTS 96/24 programs
will be played in DTS 5.1 mode. To hear DTS 96/24 materials
in high resolution, turn off Dolby Volume.
Dolby Volume Calibration Offset
Calibration Offset is a feature of Dolby Volume that allows you to
adjust the calibration of the AVR 7550HD to optimally match your
speakers and listening environment. The AVR 7550HD is calibrated
with the average speaker sensitivity in mind; however, different
speakers may have different sensitivities. Use Calibration Offset to
ajust the calibration of the AVR 7550HD according to the types of
speakers you have.
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OPERATION
The average home audio speaker sensitivity is 88dB SPL (8 ohms,
1 watt, 1 meter). Check the sensitivity specification for your loudspeakers, found in the owner’s manual or on the manufacturer’s
Web site. If your speakers have a sensitivity rating greater than
88dB SPL, increase Calibration Offset by the difference between
your speakers’ sensitivity and 88dB. If they have a sensitivity rating
of less than 88dB SPL, decrease Calibration Offset by the difference
between your speakers’ sensitivity and 88dB.
To adjust the Calibration Offset, press the AVR Settings Button and
scroll to the System Setup menu, then select it. Scroll to the Dolby
Volume Calibration line, which defaults to 0dB. Use the 7/3 Buttons
to adjust the setting within the range of –10dB to +10dB.
MUTE FUNCTION
To temporarily mute all speakers and the headphones, press the
Mute Button on the remote. Any recording in progress will not
be affected. The MUTE message will appear in the display as a
reminder. To restore normal audio, press the Mute Button again,
or adjust the volume. Turning off the AVR will also end muting.
SLEEP TIMER
The sleep timer sets the AVR to play for up to 90 minutes and then
turn off automatically.
Press the Sleep Settings Button on the remote, and the time
until turn-off will be displayed. Each additional press of the Sleep
Button decreases the play time by 10 minutes, with a maximum
of 90 minutes. The SLEEP OFF setting disables the sleep timer.
When the sleep timer has been set, the front-panel display will
automatically dim to half-brightness and the Volume Control will
go dark.
If you press the Sleep Button after the timer has been set, the
remaining play time will be displayed. Press the Sleep Button again
to change the play time.
AUDIO EFFECTS
Adjust the Dolby Volume setting, tone controls, LFE trim or equalization, or select a speaker configuration to improve performance.
Access these settings from the Audio Effects submenu, as described
in the Advanced Functions section.
It is recommended that you leave the settings at their default values
until you are more familiar with your system.
VIDEO MODES
The settings in the Video Modes menu are used to fine-tune the
picture, if necessary, after making all adjustments on the video display. It is recommended that you leave the settings at their defaults.
See the Advanced Functions section for detailed information.
HEADPHONES
Plug the 1/4”-inch plug on a pair of headphones into the jack
behind the front-panel door for private listening. The default
Dolby Headphone bypass mode delivers a conventional 2-channel
signal to the headphones.
Press the Surround Modes Button on the front panel or the remote,
to switch to Dolby Headphone virtual surround processing, which
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emulates a 5.1-channel speaker system. No other surround modes
are available for the headphones.
SOURCE SELECTION
Press the front-panel Source List Button. Use the 1/5 Buttons
to scroll through the sources. Using the on-screen menus, press
the AVR Settings Button, highlight “Source Select” and press the
OK Button. Scroll to the desired source in the slide-in menu and
press the OK Button.
For direct access to any source, press its Source Selector on
the remote. To directly select Source A, B, C or D, first press the
AVR Settings Button, then press the appropriate Soft Key: red
for Source A, green for Source B, yellow for Source C or blue for
Source D. When using the Zone 2 remote, make sure to connect
the Zone 2 Video Output to a display in the remote zone, and
select these sources using the on-screen menu system.
The AVR selects the audio and video inputs assigned to the source,
and any other settings made during setup.
The source name, the audio and video inputs assigned to the
source, and the surround mode will appear on the front panel.
The source name and surround mode will also appear on screen.
VIDEO TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS:
If there is no picture:
• Check the source selection and video input assignment.
• Check the wires for a loose or incorrect connection.
• Check the video input selection on the display device (TV).
• Press the front-panel Resolution Button and use the
1/5 Buttons until the correct video output resolution is
selected and a picture appears. The CANCEL message will
appear. Press the 5 Button to view the ACCEPT option, then
press the OK Button.
Additional Tips for HDMI Connections:
• Turn off all devices (including the TV, AVR and any source
components).
• Unplug the HDMI cables, starting with the cable between
the TV and AVR, and continuing with the cables between
the AVR and each source device.
• Carefully reconnect the cables from the source devices to
the AVR. Connect the cable from the AVR to the TV last.
• Turn on the devices in this order: TV, AVR, source devices.
USING THE TUNER
To select the AVR 7550HD’s built-in tuner:
1. Press the Source List Button on the front panel. Use the 1/5 Buttons
to scroll to the desired tuner band.
2. Press the Radio Source Selector on the remote. Press it again
to switch bands (AM, FM or XM).
A screen similar to the one shown in Figure 25 will appear.
The XM band uses a different screen.
OPERATION
Figure 25 – FM Radio
Use the 1/5 Buttons or the Channel Control to tune a station
(or channel for XM Radio), as displayed on the front panel and on
screen.
The AVR defaults to automatic tuning, meaning each press of the
1/5 Buttons scans through all frequencies until a station with
acceptable signal strength is found. To switch to manual tuning,
in which each press of the 1/5 Buttons steps through a single
frequency increment (0.1MHz for FM, or 10kHz for AM), press the
Menu Button. The Mode line will display the current setting. Each
press of the OK Button toggles between automatic and manual
tuning modes.
When an FM station has been tuned, toggling the tuning mode also
switches between stereo and monaural play, which may improve
reception of weaker stations.
A total of 30 stations (AM and FM together) may be stored as presets.
When the desired station has been tuned, press the OK Button, and
two dashes will flash in the front-panel display. Use the Alphanumeric
Keys to enter the desired preset number.
To tune a preset station, press the 7/3 Buttons or the I‹‹ / ››I
Transport Controls, or press the Menu Button and scroll to the
desired preset, then press the OK Button; or enter the preset number
using the Numeric Keys. For presets 10 through 30, press 0 before
the preset number. For example, to enter preset 21, press 0-2-1.
XM RADIO OPERATION
To listen to Satellite Radio, you’ll need to connect an XM Satellite
Radio tuner (sold separately) to your XM Ready receiver. XM Satellite
Radio is available to residents of the U.S. (except Alaska and Hawaii)
and Canada.
Satellite Radio delivers a variety of commercial-free music from
categories including Pop, Rock, Country, R&B, Dance, Jazz, Classical
and many more, plus coverage of all the top professional and college
sports, including play-by-play games from select leagues and teams.
Additional programming includes expert sports talk, uncensored
entertainment, comedy, family programming, local traffic and weather,
and news from your most trusted sources.
Once you’ve purchased an XM tuner, you’ll need to activate and
subscribe to begin enjoying the service. Easy-to-follow installation
and setup instructions are provided with the satellite tuners. There
are a variety of programming packages available, including the option
of adding “The Best of SIRIUS” programming. (“The Best of SIRIUS”
service is not available to XM Canada subscribers at this time.)
Family-friendly packages are also available to restrict channels
featuring content that may be inappropriate for children.
To subscribe to XM, U.S. customers should visit xmradio.com or
call 1-800-XMRADIO (1-800-967-2346); Canadian customers
should visit xmradio.ca or call XM Listener Care at 1-877-GETXMSR
(1-877-438-9677).
The AVR 7550HD is an XM Ready device, and is able to receive the
XM service when a user-supplied XM antenna module is connected
and the service activated.
Select an antenna module designated for XM Ready audio components.
An XM Ready module uses the special connector on the AVR and is
controlled by the AVR’s tuner, including its 40 preset station locations
and remote control. Although you may use a “car and home” module
with standard audio connections, you will not be able to enjoy the
AVR’s ease of control.
The XM Mini-Tuner and Home Dock (Models CNP-2000 and
CNP-2000H; both pieces are required) are compatible with the
AVR 7550HD. The older Audiovox® CNP 1000 “Connect-and-Play”
module for home audio use is also compatible, but has been discontinued. Other modules that have standard analog or digital audio
outputs may be connected to a compatible input and operated
using their own controls.
Plug the module into the XM Antenna Jack on the rear of the
AVR 7550HD. Place the antenna module so that it has a clear view
through a south-facing window.
Select XM Radio as the source in one of these ways:
1. Press the Source List Button on the front panel. Use the
1/5 Buttons to scroll to “XM Radio” and press the OK Button.
2. Press the Radio Source Selector on the remote repeatedly until
XM Radio is selected.
There are four ways to tune an XM Radio channel:
1. Use the 1/5 Buttons or the Channel Control to scan through
the channel numbers.
2. Use the 7/3 Buttons to scan through any previously programmed
preset stations.
3.After you have programmed presets, directly enter the preset
number (1 through 40) using the Alphanumeric Keys. For two-digit
positions, enter a “0” before the number.
4. Press the Menu Button to search for a channel by: preset, category,
all channels or direct entry.
When you are able to hear Channel 1, you are ready to activate your
module. If you don’t hear Channel 1, make sure the module’s plug
is firmly seated in the XM Antenna jack, and that the module is near
a south-facing window. Try unfolding the module and rotating it to
obtain reception. You may need to purchase an extension cable to
ensure that the module is near the window.
Tune to Channel 0 for a display of your module’s Radio ID number.
You may also view the Radio ID number by pressing the Menu Button
and selecting “XM Setting”.
The current channel number and preset location will appear in
the upper line of the Message Display, and the channel name will
appear in the lower line. Three signal-strength bars will appear to
the right of the channel number and preset location. The song title,
artist and channel category, along with the channel number and
preset position (if programmed), will all appear on screen when
a video display is in use.
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OPERATION
For traffic and weather channels, the current city’s name will
appear instead of the channel name, and the local weather and
temperature will be displayed on screen.
To store a channel in one of the 40 preset locations:
1. Tune to the desired channel and press the OK Button. Two dashes
will flash.
2. Use the Alphanumeric Keys to enter the numbered preset location you wish to store the channel in. For two-digit numbers,
enter a “0” before the number.
3.After you have programmed presets, directly enter the preset
number (1 through 40) using the Alphanumeric Keys. For twodigit positions, enter a “0” before the number.
USB PLAYBACK
To enjoy audio and still-image playback of media stored on a USB
flash drive, connect the drive to the front-panel USB Port and select
the USB source on the AVR. Press the Menu Button and select
“Browse USB”. The AVR will list the folders and files of audio and
still-image content. Do not connect a personal computer or peripheral
to the USB Port. USB hubs and multi-card readers are not supported.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The AVR 7550HD’s internal processor
requires about 10 seconds to detect, recognize and connect
to a USB device. Please wait 10 seconds after inserting a device
or switching the USB source before attempting to browse the
device. If you try to browse the device sooner, the AVR may
not display the device’s contents correctly in the on-screen
slide-in menu. If that happens, remove the device and reinsert
it into the USB Port, then wait 10 seconds before browsing.
Always stop playback before removing a USB drive, and wait
at least 10 seconds before inserting another drive.
• To expand a folder, press the OK Button or the 3 Navigation Button.
• To collapse a folder or return to the previous menu level, press
the Back/Exit Button or the 7 Button.
• To play all audio or still-image files within a folder, select the
folder and press the OK Button or the Play Button.
• To skip to the next track or image, press the 3 Navigation Button.
• To return to the beginning of the current track, press the
7 Button once; to return to the previous track, press the
7 Button twice. When displaying images, pressing the
7 Button returns to the previous image.
• The Transport Controls may be used to control playback for
skipping to the previous or next track, searching at high speed
forward or backward within a track, playing a file, pausing
playback or stopping playback.
• To repeat a file or folder, press the Menu Button and select the
Repeat option. Each press of the OK Button will change the
setting from Off (no repeat) to Repeat One (file) to Repeat All
(files at the current directory level of the drive). Repeat All will
always be activated when Random Music playback is turned on.
• To play the audio tracks in random order, press the Menu
Button and select the Random Music setting. Each press of the
OK Button turns the setting on or off. The AVR will automatically
repeat the tracks until playback is stopped manually.
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• To view the still images in random order, press the Menu
Button and select the Random Photos setting. Each press of
the OK Button turns the setting on or off.
• To view a slideshow of images, select a folder containing the
images for playback. You may also select audio files stored
on the same device for playback as background music to the
slideshow. Select the audio file, then the image files.
• When both music and a slideshow are playing, if the slide-in
menu is not displayed, press the 7/3 Buttons to skip to the
next picture or return to the previous picture. When the slide-in
menu is displayed, press the 7/3 Buttons to skip to the next
or previous audio track.
• While an image is being displayed, each press of the 1 Button
rotates the image 90º clockwise, and each press of the 5 Button
rotates the image 90º counterclockwise.
• To change the duration of each image on screen during a
slideshow, press the Menu Button and select the Slideshow
Speed setting. Each press of the OK Button changes the speed:
Slow, Medium or Fast.
INTERNET RADIO
With its network connection, the AVR 7550HD opens a world of
MP3- and WMA-format streams when Internet access is available.
Connect the RJ-45 Network jack on the AVR to an Ethernet port
on a home-network router. Turn on the AVR and the video display,
and press the Network Selector on the remote. Each press toggles
between the Network Now Playing and Internet Radio screens.
With the Internet Radio screen displayed, the AVR will automatically connect to the Internet via the www.radioharmankardon.com
portal. To select a stream, press the Menu Button, and use the
1/5 Buttons to search by category: Presets, Favourites, Location,
Genre, New Stations, Most Popular or Podcasts.
To create a Favourites list, log onto www.radioharmankardon.com
from your PC. Enter the ID # of your AVR 7550HD (found by pressing the Menu Button and selecting “Network Setup”) and create an
account. Favourites that you select on the Web site will be available
on the AVR.
Navigation is similar to other slide-in menus. Scroll to the desired
item and press the OK Button or the 3 Button to select it. To return
to the previous menu level (or to clear the menu from view from the
top level), press the Back/Exit Button or the 7 Button.
If you know the URL (Uniform Resource Locator, or Web address)
of a specific audio stream, select the Direct Station option from
the menu. The AVR 7550HD is not able to connect to streams that
require site registration or other interaction prior to playing the
stream. A live stream is required. If the AVR cannot connect to the
stream, the “Station Not Live” message will appear briefly, and the
Internet Radio screen will remain essentially blank. Not all URLs
will be accessible.
Up to 30 preset Internet Radio stations may be programmed. To
set a preset, first tune the station. Press the OK Button, and two
dashes will flash. Enter the preset number using the Alphanumeric
Keys. The connection to the station will momentarily stop, interrupting the program, and the AVR will reconnect to the station.
To connect to a station programmed as a preset, enter its preset
number using the Alphanumeric Keys, or select from the previously
programmed presets using the 7/3 Buttons.
OPERATION
NOTES ON NETWORK SETUP:
• It is recommended that the AVR be connected to a home-network
router so that it can directly access the Internet for Internet
Radio, or access a PC on the network for playback of content
stored on the PC (see the Network Playback section below).
• If you are unable to connect to the Internet, try adjusting the
network settings. Press the Menu Button and select Network
Setup. The Network Settings line will be highlighted. Each
press of the OK Button toggles between Manual and Automatic
network setup. Select Manual, and the other network settings
will be displayed: IP Address, Subnet Mask, Gateway, Primary
DNS, Secondary DNS, Proxy Address and Proxy Port. Contact
your ISP (Internet Service Provider) for the correct information
to enter into these settings. To change a setting, highlight it
and press the OK Button. Use the 7/3 Buttons to move the
cursor from one position to the next, and scroll to the desired
number using the 1/5 Buttons. Press the OK Button when
you are finished with an entry. Scroll down to the “Apply and
Save” Button and select it. The AVR will turn off and must be
powered back on. To return to the previous menu screen,
press the Back/Exit Button.
NETWORK PLAYBACK
The AVR 7550HD is capable of playing audio media stored on
a PC when both the PC and the AVR are connected to a homenetwork router.
NOTES:
• The PC must be running Windows Media® Player version 11
or higher, Windows Media Center version 2.0 or 3.0, or
Intel® Media Server. It is recommended that any firewalls be
turned off, although Windows Media Player may automatically make any necessary adjustments to the firewall settings
to allow media sharing.
• An Apple Macintosh computer must be running DLNA
(Digital Living Network Alliance)- compliant software.
Examples of compatible software include the MediaLink
program by Nullriver, Inc., and EyeConnect ™ software by
Elgato Systems.
From the media player software, select the “Share media” option
(or a similar menu option), and select the AVR as the device.
On the AVR, select Network as the source. Press the Network
Source Selector a second time, if necessary, to switch from the
Internet Radio source to the Network source. Press the Menu
Button, and the PC should appear by name.
Browse the content stored in the PC’s media player library, using the
slide-in menu. Scroll to the desired item and press the OK Button or
the 3 Navigation Button to select it. To return to the previous menu
level (or to clear the menu from view from the top level), press the
Back/Exit Button or the 7 Button.
NOTES:
• The Repeat, Random and Slideshow Speed settings are
global for Network Playback and USB Playback. Changing
these settings for one of these sources will have the same
effect for the other source.
• Although video content may appear in the menu, the AVR
does not support video playback from the network connection.
RECORDING
Two-channel analog and digital audio signals, as well as composite
and S-video signals, are normally available at the appropriate
recording outputs. To make a recording, connect your audio or
video recorder to the appropriate output jacks, as described in the
Installation section, insert blank media and make sure the recorder
is turned on and recording while the source is playing.
NOTES:
1. Analog and digital audio signals are not converted to the
other format.
2. Only PCM digital audio signals are available for recording.
Proprietary formats such as Dolby Digital and DTS may not
be recorded using the digital audio connections. Use the
analog audio connections to make an analog recording.
3. HDMI and component video sources are not available for
recording.
4. Please make certain that you are aware of any copyright
restrictions on any material you record. Unauthorized duplication of copyrighted materials is prohibited by federal law.
USING
DOCKING STATION
The Bridge II is an included dock that is compatible with most
docking iPod models, 4G and later (not included). When The Bridge
II is connected to its proprietary input on the AVR 7550HD and the
iPod is docked, you may play the audio, video and still-image
materials on your iPod through your high-quality audio/video system,
operate the iPod using the AVR remote or the AVR’s front-panel
controls, view navigation messages on the AVR’s front panel or
a connected video display, and charge the iPod.
When the source The Bridge is selected and an iPod is docked,
the message “The Bridge” appears in the front-panel Message
Display. If the AVR doesn’t detect the iPod, turn off the AVR, remove
the iPod from The Bridge II and reset the iPod. When the iPod
returns to its main menu, redock it and turn on the AVR.
Table 4 summarizes the controls available with The Bridge II during
normal playback.
Table 4 – Using The Bridge II
iPod Function
Play
Pause
Menu
Back/Exit Select
Scroll Reverse
Scroll Forward
Forward Search
Reverse Search
Next Track
Previous Track
Page Up/Down
Stop
Remote Control Key
Play ( 3)
Pause ( II )
Menu
Back/Exit or Left Arrow (7 )
OK or Right Arrow ( 3)
Up Arrow (1)
Down Arrow ( 5)
Forward Search ( 33)
Reverse Search (77 )
Next ( 33I ) or Right Arrow ( 3)
Previous ( I77 ) or Left Arrow (7 )
Page Up/Down
Stop ( n )
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OPERATION
Press the Menu Button to view the slide-in menu:
Music: Navigates the audio materials stored on the iPod.
Photo/Manual: Select this line to view still images stored on
a photo-capable iPod. The system will switch to iPod Manual Mode,
and control will shift to the iPod. Use the screen and controls on the
iPod. The AVR remote may also be used.
To view photos on a video monitor connected to the AVR, select the
photo and press the Play Button on the iPod, or press the OK Button
on the remote three times.
Videos: Select this line to view videos stored on an iPod that
supports video browsing.
NOTES ON VIDEO PLAYBACK:
• As of this writing, video browsing is only supported on the
iPod 5G, iPod classic (80GB, 120GB and 160GB), iPod nano
3G and 4G, and iPod touch (when loaded with software
version 2 or higher). For other iPod models, it is not possible
to view photos (except iPod 4G) or videos on an external
monitor while using The Bridge II.
• Before attempting to view photos or videos stored on your
iPod, check the Video Settings menu on the iPod and make
sure that the TV Out setting is set to On. The TV Signal
setting should be NTSC, to match the capabilities of your
video display. If your selection was playing and is paused,
the iPod requires you to reselect the video for the new
TV Out setting to take effect.
• If you do not see the Videos line in the menu, and the iPod
supports video browsing and has video content stored on
it, you may need to turn off the AVR, remove the iPod from
The Bridge II, reset the iPod, turn the AVR back on and dock
the iPod again. This procedure may also help when a video
program is selected but the “Now Playing” screen appears
instead of the video images.
To exit iPod Manual Mode, with the AVR remote in The Bridge mode,
press the Menu Button. To return to a previous menu level on the
iPod, press the Back/Exit Button.
Random: Select this setting for random playback, also known as
“Shuffle Mode”. Each press of the OK Button switches the setting:
shuffle by Song, shuffle by Album, or Off to end random playback.
Repeat: Select this setting to repeat a track or all tracks in the
current album or playlist. Each press of the OK Button switches
the setting: repeat Off, repeat One or repeat All.
NOTE: The iTunes application allows you to exempt some
tracks from Shuffle mode. The AVR 7550HD cannot override
this setting.
While a selection is playing, the song title and play mode icon will
appear in the front-panel Message Display.
If a video monitor is connected to the AVR 7550HD and the system
is not in iPod Manual Mode, the Now Playing screen will appear and
display the play mode icon, song title, artist and album. A graphic
bar indicates the current play position within the track. If random or
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repeat play has been programmed, an icon will appear in the upper
right corner.
The screen may disappear from view, depending on the Setup and
Slide-In Menus setting in the System Settings menu (described in
the Advanced Functions section). Restore the Now Playing screen
to view by pressing either of the 7/3 Buttons.
NOTE: It is strongly recommended that you use the screen
saver built into your video display to avoid possible damage
from “burn-in” that may occur with plasma and many CRT
displays when a still image, such as a menu screen, remains
on display for an extended period of time.
iPod MANUAL MODE
Press the Menu Button and select Photo/Manual to enter iPod
Manual Mode. This is required to view photos stored on the iPod.
Table 5 summarizes the controls available with The Bridge II in iPod
Manual Mode.
Table 5 – Using The Bridge II in iPod Manual Mode
iPod Function
Play
Pause
Menu
Select
Select Next Screen (Scrubber, Cover Art, Ratings)
Scroll Reverse
Scroll Forward
Next Track
Previous Track
Remote Control Key
Play ( 3)
Pause ( II )
Back/Exit or Left Arrow (7 )
OK
Right Arrow ( 3)
Page Up or Up Arrow (1)
Page Down or Down Arrow ( 5 )
Next ( 33I )
Previous ( I77 )
The AVR supports audio playback from some applications available
for the iPod touch. Place the system in iPod Manual Mode by pressing the Menu Button and selecting “Photo/Manual”. Then use the
controls on the iPod touch to run the application. Due to the wide
variety of applications and many factors affecting them, playback is
not guaranteed.
While scrolling, hold the key to scroll faster. Use the Page Up/Down
control on the remote to scroll a page at a time (not in Manual Mode).
NOTES:
• The Play and Pause functions are not available unless
content has been selected for playback.
• To search within a track (not in Manual Mode), press and
hold the indicated button. Press the Previous Track Button
once to skip to the beginning of the current track. Press the
Previous Track Button twice to skip to the beginning of the
previous track.
OPERATION
When a slideshow is being displayed, some controls have different
effects:
• To pause the slideshow, including any audio track that is playing,
press the Pause Button.
• To resume a paused slideshow, press the Pause Button. Pressing
the Play Button begins audio playback.
• To play an audio track stored on the iPod, adjust the slideshow
settings on the iPod.
• To skip to the next or previous photo on the iPod, press the Next
or Previous Transport Control.
• It is not possible to skip to the next or previous audio track during
a slideshow.
• To search forward or in reverse within an audio track, press the
Forward or Reverse Search Transport Control. If no audio track is
playing, these controls will have no effect during the slideshow.
SELECTING A SURROUND MODE
Surround mode selection can be as simple or sophisticated as
your individual system and tastes. Feel free to experiment, and
you may find a few favorites for certain sources or program types.
More detailed information on surround modes may be found in
the Advanced Functions section.
To select a surround mode, press the Surround Modes Button
(front panel or remote). The Surround Modes menu will appear
(see Figure 26). Use the 1/5 Buttons until the desired surround
mode category appears: Auto Select, Virtual Surround, Stereo,
Movie, Music or Video Game. Press the OK Button to change
the audio type’s surround mode.
setting in the Audio Effects submenu, and the AVR does the rest.
• 5 CH STEREO plays the left-channel signal through the front
and surround left speakers, the right-channel signal through the
right speakers and a summed mono signal through the center
speaker.
• 7 CH STEREO follows the same scheme as 5 CH STEREO, but
adds the surround back speakers. This mode is only available
when the surround back speakers are present and have not
been reassigned to multizone operation. See page 47 for more
information.
Movie: Use when a surround mode is desired for movie playback:
Logic 7 Movie, DTS Neo:6 Cinema or Dolby Pro Logic II (IIx when
seven main speakers are present).
Music: Use when a surround mode is desired for music playback:
Logic 7 Music, DTS Neo:6 Music or Dolby Pro Logic II (IIx when
seven main speakers are present). The Dolby Pro Logic II/IIx Music
mode allows access to a submenu with some additional settings.
See the Advanced Functions section for more information.
Video Game: Use to select a surround mode for game playback:
Logic 7 Game, or Dolby Pro Logic II (IIx when seven main speakers
are present) Game.
After you have made your selection, press the Back/Exit Button.
See the Advanced Functions section for more information on
surround modes.
Figure 26 – Surround Modes Menu
Auto Select: For digital programs, such as movies recorded
with a Dolby Digital soundtrack, the AVR will automatically use the
native surround format. For 2-channel analog and PCM programs,
the AVR uses Logic 7 Movie, Music or Game mode, depending on
the source.
Virtual Surround: When only two main speakers are present
in the system, Dolby Virtual Surround may be used to create an
enhanced soundfield that virtualizes the missing speakers. Select
between Wide and Reference modes.
Stereo: When 2-channel playback is desired, select the number
of speakers used for playback:
• 2 CH STEREO uses only two speakers. As described on page 40,
you may select Analog Bypass mode for a pure analog signal
when analog audio inputs are in use. Turn off the Tone Control
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Much of the AVR 7550HD’s performance is handled automatically,
with little intervention required on your part. The AVR 7550HD is
capable of being customized to suit your system and your tastes.
In this section, some of the more advanced adjustments available
are described.
AUDIO PROCESSING AND SURROUND
SOUND
Audio signals output by sources are encoded in a variety of formats
that can affect not only the quality of the sound but the number of
speaker channels and the surround mode. You may also manually
select a different surround mode, when available.
Analog Audio Signals
Analog audio signals usually consist of two channels – left and
right. The AVR 7550HD offers three options for playback:
1. Analog Bypass Mode: The 2-channel signal is passed
directly from the input to the volume control, without being
digitized or undergoing any processing for bass management
or surround sound. To select analog bypass mode:
a) The analog audio inputs for the source must be selected. If
necessary, press the Info Button on the remote and use the
1/5 Buttons to scroll to the Audio Input from source setting.
b) The tone controls must be disabled by setting the Tone Control
to Off. Press the Audio Effects Button to access the Tone
Control setting.
c) The 2-channel Stereo mode must be selected. Press the
Surround Modes Button to access the STEREO line of the
Surround Modes submenu. Press the OK Button to select
2-channel Stereo.
When the Tone Control setting is Off, the front speakers will
be set to Large automatically. When the Tone Control setting
is turned On, if you have set the front speaker crossover to
a numeric setting, the front speakers will return to the Small
setting.
NOTE: Audio from The Bridge II source is analog, and when
2-channel Stereo mode is selected, the audio will be played in
Analog Bypass mode.
2. DSP Surround Off Mode: The DSP Surround Off mode
digitizes the incoming signal and applies the bass management
settings, including speaker configuration, delay times and output
levels. Select this mode when your front speakers are small,
limited-range satellites and you are using a subwoofer. To select
this mode, use a digital audio input, or turn the Tone Control
setting off, and select 2-channel Stereo mode.
3. Analog Surround Modes: The AVR 7550HD is able to
process 2-channel audio signals to produce multichannel surround sound, even when no surround sound has been encoded
in the recording. Among the available modes are the Dolby
Pro Logic II/IIx modes, the Dolby Virtual Speaker modes, the
DTS Neo:6 modes, the Logic 7 modes and the Stereo modes.
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Digital Audio Signals
Digital audio signals offer greater capacity, which allows the
encoding of center and surround channel information directly
into the signal. The result is improved sound quality and startling
directionality, since each channel is reproduced discretely.
Even when only two channels are encoded, the digital signal
allows for a higher sampling rate that delivers greater detail.
High-resolution recordings sound extraordinarily distortion-free,
especially at high frequencies.
Surround Modes
Surround mode selection is dependent upon the format of the
incoming audio signal, as well as personal taste. Table A13 offers a
brief description of each mode and indicates the types of incoming
signals or digital bitstreams the mode may be used with. Additional
information about the Dolby and DTS modes is available on the
companies’ Web sites: www.dolby.com and www.dtsonline.com.
When in doubt, check the jacket of your disc for more information
on which surround modes are available. Usually, nonessential
sections of the disc, such as trailers, extra materials or the disc
menu, are only available in Dolby Digital 2.0 (2-channel) or PCM
2-channel mode. If the main title is playing and the display shows
one of these surround modes, look for an audio or language setup
section in the disc’s menu. Also, make sure your player’s audio
output is set to the original bitstream rather than 2-channel PCM.
Stop play and check the player’s output setting.
For any incoming signal, only a limited number of surround
modes are available. Although there is never a time when all of
the AVR 7550HD’s surround modes are available, there is usually
a wide variety of modes available for a given input.
Multichannel digital recordings are found in the 5.1-, 6.1- or 7.1channel formats. The channels included in a 5.1-channel recording
are front left, front right, center, surround left, surround right and
LFE. The LFE channel is denoted as “.1” to represent the fact that
it is limited to the low frequencies.
6.1-Channel recordings add a single surround back channel, and
7.1-channel recordings add surround back left and surround back
right channels to the 5.1-channel configuration. New formats are
available in 7.1-channel configurations. The AVR 7550HD is able to
play the new audio formats, delivering a more exciting home theater
experience.
NOTE: To use the 6.1- and 7.1-channel surround modes,
the Surround Back channels must be enabled. See the Manual
Speaker Setup section on page 41 for more information.
The Digital formats are Dolby Digital 2.0 (two channels only), Dolby
Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital EX (6.1), Dolby Digital Plus (7.1), Dolby
TrueHD (7.1), DTS-HD High-Resolution Audio (7.1), DTS-HD Master
Audio (7.1), DTS 5.1, DTS-ES (6.1 Matrix and Discrete), DTS 96/24
(5.1), 2-channel PCM modes in 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz or 96kHz,
and 5.1 or 7.1 multichannel PCM.
When a digital signal is received, the AVR 7550HD detects the
encoding method and the number of channels, which is displayed
briefly as three numbers, separated by slashes (e.g., “3/2/.1”).
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The first number indicates the number of front channels in the signal:
“1” represents a monophonic recording, usually an older program
that has been digitally remastered or, more rarely, a modern
program for which the director has chosen a special effect.
“2” indicates the presence of the left and right channels, but no
center channel.
“3” indicates that all three front channels (left, right and center)
are present.
The second number indicates whether any surround channels are
present:
“0” indicates that no surround information is present.
“1” indicates that a matrixed surround signal is present.
“2” indicates discrete left and right surround channels.
“3” is used with DTS-ES bitstreams to represent the presence
of the discrete surround back channel, in addition to the side
surround left and right channels.
“4” is used with 7.1-channel digital formats to indicate the presence
of two discrete side surround channels and two discrete back
surround channels.
The third number is used for the LFE channel:
“0” indicates no LFE channel.
“.1” indicates that an LFE channel is present.
The 6.1-channel signals – Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES Matrix
and Discrete – each include a flag meant to signal the receiver to
decode the surround back channel, indicated as 3/2/.1 EX-ON for
Dolby Digital EX materials, and 3/3/.1 ES-ON for DTS-ES materials.
Dolby Digital 2.0 signals may include a Dolby Surround flag indicating
DS-ON or DS-OFF, depending on whether the 2-channel bitstream
contains only stereo information, or a downmix of a multichannel
program that can be decoded by the AVR’s Dolby Pro Logic decoder.
By default, these signals are played in Dolby Pro Logic IIx Movie mode.
When a PCM signal is received, the PCM message and the sampling
rate (32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz or 96kHz) will appear.
When only two channels – left and right – are present, the analog
surround modes may be used to decode the signal into the remaining channels. If you would prefer a different surround format than
the native signal’s digital encoding, press the Surround Modes
Button to display the Surround Modes menu (see Figure 26).
The Auto Select option uses the native signal’s digital encoding,
e.g., Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio.
For 2-channel materials, the AVR defaults to Logic 7 Movie mode.
If you prefer a different surround mode, select the surround mode
category: Virtual Surround, Stereo, Movie, Music or Video Game.
Press the OK Button to change the mode.
Each category is set to a default surround mode:
• Virtual Surround: Dolby Virtual Speaker Reference
• Stereo: 7-channel stereo
• Movie: Logic 7 Movie
• Music: Logic 7 Music
• Video Game: Logic 7 Game
You may select a different mode. The choice of surround modes
depends on the number of speakers in your system.
• Virtual Surround: Dolby Virtual Speaker Reference or Wide
• Stereo: 2-channel stereo, 5-channel stereo or 7-channel stereo
•M
ovie: Logic 7 Movie, DTS Neo:6 Cinema, Dolby Pro Logic II
Movie, Dolby Pro Logic IIx Movie
•M
usic: Logic 7 Music, DTS Neo:6 Music, Dolby Pro Logic II
Music, Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music
•V
ideo Game: Logic 7 Game, Dolby Pro Logic II Game, Dolby
Pro Logic IIx Game
Once you have programmed the surround mode for each type of
audio, select the line from the Surround Modes menu to override
the AVR’s automatic surround mode selection. The AVR will use the
same surround mode the next time the source is selected.
Please refer to Table A13 in the appendix for more information on
which surround modes are available with different bitstreams.
Dolby Surround Settings
Some additional settings are available for Dolby modes. When the
Dolby Pro Logic II or IIx Music modes have been selected, choose
the Edit submenu to adjust the Center Width, Dimension and
Panorama settings. See Figure 27.
Figure 27 – Dolby Pro Logic II/IIx Music Mode Settings
Center Width: This setting affects how vocals sound through
the three front speakers. A higher number (up to 7) focuses the
vocal information tightly on the center channel. Lower numbers
broaden the vocal soundstage. Use the 7/3 Buttons to adjust.
Dimension: This setting affects the depth of the surround presentation, allowing you to “move” the sound toward the front or rear of
the room. The setting of “0” is a neutral default. Setting “F-3” moves
the sound toward the front of the room, while setting “R-3” moves
the sound toward the rear. Use the 7/3 Buttons to adjust.
Panorama: With the Panorama mode turned ON, some of the
sound from the front speakers is moved to the surround speakers,
creating an enveloping “wraparound” effect. Each press of the OK
Button toggles the setting on or off.
MANUAL SPEAKER SETUP
The AVR 7550HD is flexible and may be configured for most speakers,
and to compensate for the acoustic characteristics of your room.
The EzSet/EQ II process automatically detects the capabilities of
each speaker, and optimizes the AVR 7550HD’s performance. If you
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are unable to run EzSet/EQ II calibration, or if you wish to make
further adjustments, use the Manual Speaker Setup on-screen
menus.
Before beginning, place your loudspeakers as explained in the
Speaker Placement section, and connect them to the AVR. Consult
the owner’s guide for the speakers or the manufacturer’s Web site
for the frequency range specification. Although you may set the output levels “by ear,” an SPL (sound-pressure level) meter purchased
at a local electronics store will provide greater accuracy.
Record your configuration settings in Tables A3 through A12 in
the appendix for easy re-entry after a system reset, or if the AVR’s
Master Power Switch is turned off or the unit is unplugged for
more than four weeks.
NOTE: When using the AVR’s Speaker Setup menus, select
a video output resolution of 720p or higher to view graphics
that simplify configuration.
STEP THREE – Manual Setup Menu
Now you are ready to program the receiver. Sit in the usual listening
position and make the room as quiet as possible.
With the receiver and video display turned on, press the AVR
Settings Button to display the menu system. Use the 5 Button to
move the cursor to the Speaker Setup line, and press the OK Button
to display the Speaker Setup menu. See Figure 21.
If you have run the EzSet/EQ II process, the results were saved
in one of the two listening positions. Adjust the Speaker Setup
setting in the Audio Effects menu to activate the results for either
position (see page 45). To tweak the EzSet/EQ II results, or to configure the AVR from scratch, select Setup Listening Position 1 or
Setup Listening Position 2. A screen similar to the one shown in
Figure 28 will appear.
STEP ONE – Determine Speaker
Crossover
Without using the EzSet/EQ II process, the AVR 7550HD can’t detect
how many speakers you’ve connected to it; nor can it determine
their capabilities. Consult the speaker’s technical specifications
and locate the frequency response, usually given as a range, e.g.,
100Hz – 20kHz (±3dB). Write down the lowest frequency that each
of your main speakers is capable of playing (100Hz in the example)
as the crossover in Table A3 in the appendix. This is not the same
as the crossover frequency listed in the speaker’s specifications.
For the subwoofer, write down the transducer size.
The receiver’s bass management determines which speakers will
be used to play back the low-frequency (bass) portion of the source
program. Sending the lowest notes to small satellite speakers won’t
sound right, and may even damage the speaker. The highest notes
may not be heard at all through the subwoofer.
With proper bass management, the AVR 7550HD divides the source
signal at a crossover point. All information above the crossover
point is played through the satellite speaker, and all information
below the crossover point is played through the subwoofer. Each
loudspeaker in your system performs at its best, delivering an
enjoyable sound experience.
Figure 28 – Speaker Setup Position Menu
NOTE: All of the speaker setup submenus include the Back
option, as shown at the bottom of Figure 28. To save the current
settings, select the Back option.
To reconfigure the speakers from scratch, select the Reset option.
For best results, adjust the submenus in this order: Number of
Speakers, Crossover (Size), Sub Mode, Distance and Level Adjust.
Number of Speakers
Move the cursor to the Number of Speakers line and press the
OK Button. See Figure 29.
STEP TWO – Measure Speaker Distances
Ideally, all of your speakers would be placed in a circle, with the
listening position at the center. However, you may have had to place
some speakers a little further away from the listening position than
others. Sounds that are supposed to arrive simultaneously from
different speakers may blur, due to different arrival times.
Use the AVR’s delay adjustment to compensate for real-world
speaker placements.
Measure the distance from each speaker to the listening position,
and write it down in Table A4 in the appendix. Even if all of your
speakers are the same distance from the listening position, enter
your speaker distances as described in Step Three.
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Figure 29 – Number of Speakers Menu
Program the correct setting for each speaker group: ON when the
speakers are present in the system, and OFF for positions where no
speakers are installed. The Front Left & Right speakers are always
ON and may not be disabled. Any changes will be reflected in the
total number of speakers displayed at the top of the screen.
The setting for the surround back speakers includes a third option:
Zone 2. The AVR 7550HD is capable of multizone operation, supporting
placement of a pair of speakers in another room. The AVR 7550HD’s
assignable surround back amplifier channels make multizone operation
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easier than ever, since an external power amplifier is not required.
Select the Zone 2 option at this line, and connect the Surround
Back Speaker Outputs to loudspeakers located in the remote room.
The main room will be configured automatically for up to 5.1 channels.
See the Multizone Operation section for more information.
NOTE: When the Surround Back speakers are set to “Zone 2”,
they will not be configured during the EzSet/EQ II process. To
use the speakers in the main listening area, configure them as
“On”, and run the EzSet/EQ II process for a 7.1- or 7.2-channel
system. If the speakers will only be used during multizone
operation, configure them manually, as explained below.
The settings in this menu affect the remainder of the speaker setup
process and the availability of various surround modes at any time.
When you have finished, select the Back option or use the Back/
Exit Button.
Adjust Crossover Frequencies Menu
After you have programmed the number of speakers, the AVR will
return to the Speaker Setup Position menu (see Figure 28). Navigate
to the Crossover (Size) line and press the OK Button to display the
Adjust Crossover Frequencies menu (see Figure 30).
have a subwoofer, either upgrade to full-range speakers or add
a subwoofer at the earliest opportunity.
• If you set the front speakers to LARGE, select one of the three
settings for the subwoofer.
u L/R+LFE: This setting sends all low-frequency information
to the subwoofer, including both information that would normally be played through the front left and right speakers, and
the special low-frequency effects (LFE) channel information.
uO
ff: Select this setting when no subwoofer is in use. All
low-frequency information will be sent to the front left and
right speakers.
uL
FE: This setting plays low-frequency information contained
in the left and right program channels through the front
speakers, and directs only the LFE channel to the subwoofer.
NOTE: If you are using a Harman Kardon HKTS Series
speaker system, select the appropriate numeric crossover
frequency for the Main Speaker groups, and the subwoofer
will automatically be set to LFE.
Adjust Speaker Distance Menu
Placing the speakers at different distances from the listening positions
can muddy the sound, as sounds are heard earlier or later than desired.
Even if all of your speakers are placed the same distance from the
listening position, do not skip this menu.
On the Speaker Setup Position menu, move the cursor to the
Distance line and press the OK Button to display the Adjust Speaker
Distance menu. See Figure 31.
Figure 30 – Adjust Crossover Frequencies Menu
The AVR will only display those speaker groups programmed in the
Number of Speakers menu.
Refer to Table A3 for each speaker’s crossover. For the main speakers,
this is the lowest frequency the speaker reproduces well.
For each main speaker, select one of the seven crossover frequencies:
40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz or 200Hz. If the crossover
frequency is below 40Hz, select the first option, “Large”. This setting
doesn’t refer to the speaker’s physical size, but to its frequency
response, which is also called “full range”.
Specify the size of the subwoofer’s transducer as 8, 10, 12 or 15
inches. The AVR always sets the subwoofer crossover to 100Hz, but
uses the transducer size for equalization. Write down the settings
in Table A3 in the appendix.
When you have finished entering the settings, select Back, or press
the Back/Exit Button.
Sub Mode
Move the cursor to the Sub Mode line. This setting depends upon
how you programmed the front left and right speakers.
• If you set the front speakers to a numeric crossover frequency,
the subwoofer setting will always be LFE. All low-frequency
information will always be sent to the subwoofer. If you don’t
Figure 31 – Adjust Speaker Distance Menu
Enter the distance from each speaker to the listening position, as
measured in Step Two – Measure Speaker Distances and recorded
in Table A4 in the appendix (see page 42).
The default unit of measurement is feet. To change the unit to
meters, return to the main AVR menu. Select the System Settings
menu, then scroll down to the General AVR Settings section and
select the Unit of Measure line. Press the OK Button to change
the setting.
Select a speaker, then use the 7/3 Buttons to change the measurement. The values vary between 0 and 30 feet, with a default
of 12 feet for all speakers except the Surround Left and Right
Speakers, for which the default is 10 feet.
NOTE: If the surround back channels are assigned to the
multizone system, you will not be able to adjust their delay
settings.
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STEP FOUR – Setting Channel Output
Levels Manually
For a conventional 2-channel receiver, the balance control affects
the stereo imaging by adjusting the relative loudness of the left and
right channels.
With up to seven main channels, plus a subwoofer, imaging
becomes both more critical and more complex. The goal is to
ensure that each channel is heard at the listening position with
equal loudness.
EzSet/EQ II calibration can handle this critical task for you, simply
and automatically. However, the AVR’s Adjust Speaker Levels menu
allows you to calibrate the levels manually, either using the system’s
test tone or while playing source material.
1. Make sure all speakers have been placed and connected correctly.
2. Adjust the number of speakers, crossover, distance and sub mode
for each speaker in your system, as described in Step Three.
3. Measure the channel levels in one of these ways, and adjust the
channel levels using the Adjust Speaker Levels menu:
a) Preferably, use a handheld SPL meter set to the C-Weighting,
Slow scale. Adjust each channel so that the meter reads 75dB.
b) By ear. Adjust the levels so that all channels sound equally loud.
c) If you are using a handheld SPL meter with source material,
such as a test disc or an audio selection, play it and adjust the
AVR’s master volume control until the meter measures 75dB.
Press the AVR Settings Button to display the menu system, and then
navigate to the Speaker Setup line. Press the OK Button to display
the Speaker Setup menu. Select Setup Listening Position 1 or 2,
press the OK Button, and then navigate to the Level Adjust line.
Press the OK Button to display the Adjust Speaker Levels menu.
See Figure 32.
When this setting reads AUTO, the test tone will automatically
circulate to all channels, pausing for a few moments at each channel
and then moving to the next channel several seconds later, as
indicated by the highlight bar. Adjust the level for any channel
when the test tone is paused there, using the 7/3 Buttons. Use
the 1/5 Buttons to move the cursor to another line, and the test
tone will follow the cursor.
When this setting reads MANUAL, the test tone will not move to the
next channel until you use the 1/5 Buttons.
Individual Channels: If you are using an external source
to set your output levels, navigate to each channel and use the
7/3 Buttons to adjust the level, as desired, between –10dB
and +10dB.
When you have finished adjusting the speaker levels, select the
Back option or press the Back/Exit Button. Record the level settings
in Table A3 in the appendix.
AUDIO EFFECTS
To adjust other audio settings, such as the tone controls, to improve
performance, press the Audio Effects Button to display the Audio
Effects menu (see Figure 24). The menu may also be accessed from
the Setup Source menu by pressing the Info Settings Button and
selecting Audio Effects.
NOTE: The settings in the Audio Effects menu affect each
source independently.
Dolby Volume: See page 33 for an explanation of Dolby Volume
processing and its benefits. Refer to Table 3 on that page for an
explanation of each of the Dolby Volume settings.
Tone Control: Determines whether the treble and bass
controls are active. When it’s off, the tone controls are “flat”, with
no changes. When it’s on, the bass and treble frequencies are
boosted or cut, depending upon the tone-control settings. When an
analog audio source is in use and the 2-Channel Stereo surround
mode is selected, setting the Tone Control to “Off” places the unit
in analog bypass mode.
Treble and Bass: Boost or cut the high or low frequencies by
up to 10dB by using the 7/3 Buttons to change the temperature
bar setting. The default setting is 0dB, at the center of the temperature bar.
Figure 32 – Adjust Speaker Levels Menu
All of the speaker channels will appear with their current level settings.
Reset Levels: To reset all levels to their factory defaults of 0dB,
scroll down to this line at the bottom of the menu and press the OK
Button.
To set your levels using the AVR 7550HD’s internal test tone, adjust
the TEST TONE line as follows:
Test Tone: Determines whether the test tone is active. To begin,
press the OK Button repeatedly to select the OFF, AUTO or MANUAL
setting. Manually moving the cursor out of the channel listings area
of the screen automatically stops the test tone.
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LFE Trim: Attenuates the loudness of the subwoofer. The setting
defaults to the maximum of 0dB. Press the 7/3 Buttons to reduce
the level by up to 10dB; the setting will appear as a negative number.
EQ: This setting activates or deactivates the equalization settings
obtained when the EzSet/EQ II process was run. The settings are
saved for reactivation at a later listening session.
Speaker Setup: Select Position 1 or 2 to activate the speaker
configuration settings saved for the desired position. The settings
may be configured either by running the EzSet/EQ II process and
saving the results, or manually, as explained in the Manual Speaker
Setup section on page 41.
When you have finished, press the Audio Effects Button or the
Back/Exit Button.
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VIDEO ADJUSTMENTS
The AVR 7550HD uses leading-edge Faroudja DCDi Cinema video
processing technology. Incoming video is upscaled to 1080p (1080i
with component video outputs) for outstanding video quality, even
with analog video sources. The Faroudja DCDi Cinema Dual 3D
comb filters and 10-bit video processing eliminate the jagged
edges and moiré patterns seen with less advanced processing.
The “Torino” video processing chip generates on-screen graphics
in high definition, and blends it with the incoming video, so that
you can continue to watch a program while using system menus.
The video processor automatically provides the best picture based
on the capabilities of your video display and the incoming source
video. You may experiment with the Video Modes menu adjustments
to try to improve the picture further.
Video Modes
Adjust the picture settings on your video display before adjusting the
AVR. Access the picture settings from the Video Modes menu. Press the
Video Modes Button, and the screen shown in Figure 33 will appear.
The menu may also be accessed from the Info Settings menu.
NOTE: The settings in the Video Modes menu affect each
source independently.
Figure 33 – Video Modes Menu
Video Mode: The default setting of Off passes the video signal
through to the display without any picture processing. Video scaling
cannot be turned off, but selecting the HDMI Bypass mode in the
Info Settings menu for a source connected to one of the HDMI Inputs
passes the video signal directly from the HDMI Input to the HDMI
Output, bypassing all video processing. Select one of these processing
options to optimize the picture for the current program by applying
adjustments to the brightness, contrast, color and sharpness:
• Sports: For sporting events.
• Nature: For programs shot outdoors, in a natural setting.
• Movie: For movies and many television broadcasts.
• Custom: Allows manual adjustment of the picture settings. The
Brightness, Contrast, Color and Sharpness settings appear as
sliders with values ranging from 0 to 100. The default setting
for each adjustment is 50. Use the 7/3 Buttons to change each
setting’s value.
Picture Adjust: Changes the aspect ratio of the displayed
image.
Widescreen (16:9) images are displayed on a full-screen (4:3)
device in letterbox format. Black bars may appear above and below
the image.
When displaying full-screen images on a widescreen device, black
or gray bars may appear to the left and right of the image (pillarboxing).
Plasma and CRT monitors may suffer from “burn-in” when the
same image, such as the horizontal or vertical bars, is left on screen
for a long period of time. Adjust the picture so that it fills the display’s
screen. Highlight this setting and press the OK Button. Each press
of the 1/5 Buttons changes the setting. Press the OK Button when
the desired setting appears.
•A
uto Fit: The AVR automatically adjusts the image, as required,
to fit the display’s capabilities.
•H
eight Fit: Adjusts the image to eliminate any bars above or
below it. Bars may remain at the sides.
• Width Fit: Adjusts the image to eliminate any bars on the
sides. Bars may remain above and below the image.
•Z
oom 1x: Displays the image as received from the source.
If the image is in the 4:3 aspect ratio, on widescreen displays
pillarbox format may be used. If the image is in the 16:9 aspect
ratio, on full-screen (4:3) displays letterbox format may be used.
•Z
oom 2x and Zoom 3x: Stretches the image evenly to
completely fill the screen. The outer portions of the image may
be cropped.
Experiment with this setting until you find a pleasing display format
for each program.
Overscan: For historical reasons, there is a convention to
reserve an area around the border of a video frame, called “overscan”, that may be viewed on newer high-definition displays,
although it was not visible on older analog television sets. However,
since not all displays are capable of showing this portion of the
frame, directors avoid placing important information in that area. If
your video display is capable of displaying the overscan area, turn
this setting on to avoid seeing a black border around the image
which could cause unwanted “burn-in” on some plasma and CRT
displays. The AVR turns this setting off by default when the source
device is connected to one of the HDMI Inputs. The setting is turned
on by default when the source is connected to one of the analog
video inputs.
Advanced Video Settings: Press the 3 or OK Button to
display the Advanced Video Modes submenu (see Figure 34). This
submenu is not accessible when the video processor (Video Mode
setting) is turned off.
Figure 34 – Advanced Video Modes Menu
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Noise Reduction: Adjust this setting to Low, Medium or High
to filter out signal noise, or turn it off.
MPEG Noise Reduction: This setting is designed to address
two specific types of video distortion, mosquito noise and blocking
artifacts. If you see haziness or shimmering around the edges of
objects or the scrolling credits in a film, or if the image appears to
“pixellate” into blocks, change the MPEG Noise Reduction setting
from Off to Low, Medium or High.
Cross Color Suppressor: Turn this setting on to remove
cross color artifacts, which can occur when high-frequency luminance
(brightness) signals are misinterpreted as chroma (color) signals,
causing unwanted flickering, flashing colors or rainbow patterns.
Flesh Tone Enhancement: Turn this setting on to improve
the appearance of actors’ skin tones.
Black Level: This setting is only effective when used with the
Composite Video Output. Turn it on for a full black-level setting that
provides the full dynamic range of black as presented on most
DVDs. When turned off, the setting complies with NTSC standards
for video with “setup”, and may be more appropriate when your
video display has limited video processing capability.
Deinterlacing: For historical reasons, video in the NTSC format
was interlaced. That is, each refresh of the television screen displayed only half the pixels in a frame, alternating between all of the
even rows of pixels and all of the odd rows. Modern displays are
capable of displaying the complete frame all at once by progressively
scanning all of the rows of pixels from top to bottom. For optimal
viewing on a progressive-scan display (most flat-panel displays),
the video images must be deinterlaced. When viewing images via
the Composite or S-Video Monitor Output, or any time the AVR’s
video output resolution is 480i, this setting may be turned off.
With a color bar test pattern from a test disc or other source on
screen, the following adjustments may be made:
• The color intensity setting on your TV.
• Color adjustments using the color bars, which may be (left to
right) black, white, yellow, cyan (turquoise), green, magenta, red,
blue, black.
• The color transition, seen as sharp separation of the bars.
• The performance of the color circuits in your TV (with “Video”
signals); bar edges should show no vertical crawling dots.
Use the gray scale and the black/white fields in the test pattern to
adjust the brightness and contrast.
Brightness Adjustment
1. Turn down the color control on your TV until the color bars appear
in black and white.
2. Adjust the contrast to the lowest level where you still can see all
gray scale bars separately and clearly.
3. Adjust the brightness so that the bars in the gray scale are all
visible. The bar farthest to the left has to be as black as possible
rather than gray but the next gradation must clearly be distinct
from it. The bars in the gray scale should gradually and evenly
change from black to white.
Contrast Adjustment
Film Mode Detect: This setting is only accessible when the
Deinterlacing setting is turned on. It compensates for the different
frame rates in which film and video are shot. Film is shot at a rate
of 24 frames per second (progressive scan), while video is shot
at slightly less than 60 frames per second (interlaced). The AVR
is able to detect whether the program was originally shot on film
and transferred to video (e.g., to create a DVD), and to compensate
appropriately for any authoring errors in the conversion. Select a
setting of 3:2 (for NTSC materials), 2:2 (for PAL materials originating
overseas), Off or Auto.
1. Adjust the contrast on your TV until you see a bright white bar in
the lower right corner of the screen and a deep-dark-black bar to
the left.
2. If the brightness of the white bar no longer increases when the
contrast is turned up or the borders of white letters bloom (overlight)
into the black areas (drastically decreasing the sharpness of the
type), the contrast has been turned up too much. Reduce the contrast
until these effects disappear and the video still looks realistic.
3. If you are watching TV with ambient daylight, adjust the contrast
so that a normal video picture looks the same as the surroundings in your room; that way the eye is relaxed when watching
the TV picture. Reduce the setting when the surrounding light is
dimmed to improve the sharpness of the picture.
4. The gray scale in the middle line should retain the same distinction between each bar as before the contrast adjustment. If not,
repeat both Step 3 of the Brightness Adjustment and the Contrast
Adjustment.
How to Adjust the Custom Picture Settings
Color Adjustment
Set the Video Mode to Custom to display the picture settings, as
shown in Figure 35.
Figure 35 – Video Modes Custom Processing
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1. When the brightness and contrast are set optimally, adjust the
color control. Set the level so that the colors look strong but still
natural, not overdone. If the color level is too high, depending on
the TV, some of the bars will seem wider or the color intensity
will not increase when the control is turned up. Test the color
intensity with a video of pictures of faces, flowers, fruit and
vegetables.
2. Refer to the large white bar below the gray scale to tweak the
warmth of the picture using the Tint control on your TV.
ADVANCED FUNCTIONS
Sharpness Adjustment
Contrary to intuition, the picture will appear sharper and clearer
with the sharpness backed off from the maximum setting. Reduce
the sharpness setting on your television, and the setting on the
AVR 7550HD, if necessary, to minimize the appearance of any white
lines between the bars in the gray scale portion of the test screen.
Convergence and Edge Focus
The crosshatch pattern that surrounds the test screen may be used
to evaluate edge focus and convergence in front- or rear-projection
video displays. If you are unable to improve the picture using the
available controls, contact the video display manufacturer’s authorized
service representative for assistance.
When you have finished making any video adjustments, press the
Back/Exit Button.
MULTIZONE OPERATION
With the multizone system in use, you may enjoy an exciting 5.1or 5.2-channel home theater presentation in the main listening
area, while others listen to the same materials or an entirely
different presentation in another room.
Although installation of a multizone system is not complicated, it
requires running wires inside walls. Check your local building codes
and comply with the requirements for in-wall wiring systems, to
prevent the possibility of a dangerous situation. If you have any
questions about installing a multizone system, it is strongly recommended that you contact a professional custom installer. See Step
Eleven of the Installation section on page 25 for instructions on
installing a multizone system.
Operating the Multizone System
The AVR 7550HD’s multizone system is accessed using the onscreen Zone 2 menu. Press the AVR Settings Button, and use the
1/5 Buttons to navigate to the Zone 2 line. Press the OK Button to
display the Zone 2 menu. See Figure 36.
NOTE: When the Zone 2 Video Output is connected to a
display, a text-based version of the menu will appear. However,
no menus will appear when USB, Internet Radio or the Network
is selected as the source in either the main or remote zone,
and a different source is selected for the other zone.
NOTE: Only analog audio sources, including The Bridge II,
are available to the multizone system. The USB, Network and
Internet Radio sources are also available. To hear digital devices,
such as a CD player, in the remote zone, follow these steps:
1. In addition to a digital audio connection, connect the source
device’s analog audio outputs to the AVR. Make a note in
Table A5 in the appendix on which set of inputs was used.
2. In the Info Settings menu, leave the Audio Input From
Source setting at the digital audio input. Scroll down to the
Zone 2 Audio setting and select the analog audio input.
Volume: The volume is controlled separately for the remote zone.
Surround Back Amps: Reassign the surround back channels to the multizone system. When this line is set to Zone 2, you
may only configure the main listening room for up to 5.2 channels.
EzSet/EQ II will only configure the main system. Use the Manual
Setup section of the Speaker Setup menu to configure the remote
speakers with this setting at Main Room, then return this setting
to Zone 2.
Carrier Out: The Carrier IR Output passes the full remote infrared signal, rather than a signal stripped of the carrier frequency, as
is available at the Remote IR Output. This setting determines the
source for the Carrier IR Output.
• Zone 2: Uses the Zone 2 IR Input.
• Front Panel: Uses either the front-panel IR receiver or the Remote
IR Input.
• A-BUS: Uses the A-BUS system.
To operate the multizone system using the main remote, slide the
Zone Select Switch at the bottom of the remote to the “2” position.
To select a zone using the Zone 2 remote, press the Zone Selector,
and the Zone Indicator will turn green when the remote is set to
operate Zone 1, or red to operate Zone 2.
SYSTEM SETTINGS
The AVR 7550HD offers system settings for ease of use. These
settings may be accessed from the System Settings menu, which
is selected by pressing the AVR Settings Button and navigating to
the System line. Press the OK Button to display the System Settings
menu. See Figure 37.
Figure 36 – Zone 2 Menu
Status: Turns the multizone system on or off. When no one is
listening in the remote room, leave this setting at the default of OFF.
Source: Indicates the source input for the remote zone. You may
select a different source from the main listening area. However, if the
same source has been selected for both the main listening area and
the remote zone, listeners in both areas will hear the same content.
Figure 37 – Systems Settings Screen
Front-Panel Dimmer: Select On 100% for full brightness,
dim to 50% or 25% of full brightness or select Off to fully darken
the display. The light inside the Volume Control will go out when the
display is partly or fully dimmed, but the Power Indicator will always
remain lit to remind you that the AVR is powered on.
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ADVANCED FUNCTIONS
General AVR Settings
Menu Appearance
Network Settings: When the AVR is connected to a home
network router using the Network Jack, you may play shared content
stored on a PC or other device connected to the network, and you
may enjoy Internet Radio streams when the network is connected
to the Internet. If you are having difficulty accessing these sources,
check the Network Settings. Highlight the Network Settings line and
press the OK Button to view the Network Settings submenu.
Menu Transparency: Select whether video programs will
be visible when the menu system is in use. Select Normal for a fully
transparent background, Medium for partial transparency or Opaque
to block video programs while the menus are on screen.
• ID #: This line is informational only, and identifies the AVR
to other devices on your home network and the Internet for www.
radioharmankardon.com.
•N
etwork Settings: If leaving this setting at “Automatic”
does not allow access, press the OK Button to change it to
“Manual” and adjust the other settings below it.
• IP Address, Subnet Mask, Gateway, Primary
DNS, Secondary DNS: Depending on your system, this
information may be set automatically and may change each
time the AVR accesses the network for a new listening session.
Contact your ISP for this information.
•P
roxy Address and Proxy Port: Some network security
systems access the Internet using a proxy server. Sometimes
filling in just this information correctly may resolve Internet
access issues.
Volume Units: Select whether volume is displayed in the
conventional decibel scale or on a numeric scale from 0 to 90.
When the decibel scale is used, 0dB is the maximum recommended
volume, with lower volumes displayed as negative values.
Volume Default and Volume Default Level: These two
settings are used together to program the volume level at turn-on.
Turn Volume Default on, and then set the Volume Default Level to
the desired turn-on volume. When the Volume Default setting is left
off, the AVR will play at the last-used volume setting from the previous listening session.
Unit of Measure: Adjusts the speaker-distance settings for
Manual Speaker Setup. Select between meters and feet.
Language: Select the preferred language for the AVR’s on-screen
menus and displays: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian or
Russian.
HDMI Audio to TV: Determines whether HDMI audio signals
are passed through the HDMI Output to the video display. In normal
operation, leave this setting Off, as audio will be played through the
AVR. To use the TV by itself, without the home theater system, turn
this setting On. Mute the TV’s speakers when using the AVR for audio.
Dolby Volume Calibration: This setting determines the
Dolby Volume Calibration Offset, as described on page 33. Its
default of 0dB is best when the system’s loudspeakers have a
sensitivity rating of 88dB (8 ohms, 1 watt, 1 meter). If your loudspeakers have a higher sensitivity rating, increase the Dolby Volume
Calibration setting by the difference between your speakers’ sensitivity and 88dB. If your speakers have a lower sensitivity, decrease
the Dolby Volume Calibration setting by the difference between
88dB and your speakers’ sensitivity.
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Volume Status Messages: When the AVR is turned on,
the volume is adjusted or the source is changed, or if a change in
the input signal is detected, a status message will be displayed on
screen. Select how long the message remains visible, from 2 to
10 seconds, with a default of 3 seconds. Select “Off” if you do not
wish to see the status messages.
Menus: The settings in the Surround Modes, Video Modes and
Audio Effects menus only remain in effect during the current listening
session. This setting governs how long these menus remain visible after the last adjustment: 5, 10 or 30 seconds, 1 minute or 5
minutes. Select “No Time-Out” to view the menus indefinitely, but
this setting is not recommended, due to the danger of “burn-in” on
some video displays.
Setup and Slide-In Menus: This setting determines how
long the setup menus (Main Menu, Speaker Setup Menu, Zone 2
Menu, all slide-in menus) remain visible after the last adjustment.
Select a time-out period of 5, 10 or 15 (the default) minutes, or no
time-out, which leaves the menus on screen until manually cleared.
A time-out period avoids the possibility of burn-in damage to plasma or CRT displays.
Screen Saver: Program a time-out period for no activity (with
no menus displayed) before the AVR’s built-in screen saver begins.
Select a period of 5, 10, 20 or 30 minutes or 1 hour, or turn off the
screen saver. A time-out period avoids the possibility of burn-in
damage to plasma or CRT displays.
System Information
Software Version: This line is informational only. From time
to time, Harman Kardon, Inc., may release software upgrades that
improve performance or add features. If you are experiencing difficulties with the AVR, a customer service representative may ask for
the software version of your product to determine whether a later
upgrade is available.
Upgrade Software: If a software upgrade is released for
the AVR 7550HD, installation instructions will be available in the
Product Support section of the Web site or from Harman Kardon
Customer Service. At that time, you may access this submenu to
install the upgrade software.
NOTE: During a system upgrade, do not power off the
AVR or use any of its controls. Doing so could permanently
damage the AVR.
ADVANCED REMOTE CONTROL
FUNCTIONS
The AVR 7550HD remote control also serves as a universal remote
that may be programmed to operate other components. Refer to the
Function List (Table A14 in the appendix) for assistance in operating
ADVANCED FUNCTIONS
your other components. The function of each button will not necessarily correspond to the label printed on the button.
The AVR 7550HD remote is a sophisticated and versatile device that
is easy to program, thanks to its menu-based system.
To access the menu, press and hold the AVR Settings Button for at
least 3 seconds, until the remote’s Main Menu appears in its LCD
Text Display.
The remote’s menu is navigated using the 1/57/3 Buttons and
the OK Button. Scroll up or down to a desired menu option, and
press the OK Button to select it.
Main Menu
•P
rogram Device: Used to program the control codes for a
source device into the appropriate Source Selector. See page 26
in the Installation section for detailed instructions.
•L
earn: Used to “learn” control codes from a source device’s
original remote, or to delete previously learned codes for individual
keys or entire devices. See page 27 in the Installation section for
detailed instructions.
•C
hange Device: Used while programming a Source Selector
when the source device doesn’t match the Source Selector’s
device type. For example, when the system uses two DVD players
but no media server, you may program the second DVD player’s
control codes into the Media Server Source Selector by changing
its device type to DVD. See page 27 in the Installation section for
detailed instructions.
•A
ctivity: Used to program a sequence of up to 20 commands
into one of 10 activities so that the sequence may be executed by
pressing only two buttons (Activity Button and Alphanumeric Key
for the specific activity). See below for detailed instructions.
•P
unch-Through: Used to allow transport- or channel-control
of a different system component than the one currently being
used. See below for detailed instructions.
•R
ename: Used to rename a Source Selector or key on the
remote to correspond to its actual function. Renaming only
affects information appearing in the remote’s LCD Text Display.
See page 27 in the Installation section for detailed instructions.
•B
ack Light: Used to program the functioning of the remote’s
back light. See below for detailed instructions.
•R
emote Reset: Used to reset the remote to its factory
defaults, deleting all user programming. See below for detailed
instructions.
NOTE: Use caution when programming complicated activities.
It isn’t possible to program a pause or delay before sending
commands after Power On, and the component may not be
ready to respond to commands immediately after powering on.
To program, or “record” an activity:
1. Press and hold the AVR Settings Button for 3 seconds. The
remote will enter Program mode, and its Main Menu will be
displayed.
2. Use the 1/5 Buttons to scroll to the Activity option, and press
the OK Button.
3. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select the Record Activity option, and
press the OK Button.
4. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select the command button, and press
the OK Button. The command button is the key the user will
press to execute the activity. Select the AVR Power On Button,
the AVR Power Off Button or one of the Alphanumeric Keys.
NOTE: When one of the Alphanumeric Keys is used as
the command button, first press the Activity Button, then
the Alphanumeric Key, to execute the activity. When the
Alphanumeric Key is pressed by itself, the activity will not
be executed. However, when the AVR Power On Button or the
AVR Power Off Button is selected as the command button,
the activity will be executed every time the programmed
AVR Power Button is pressed.
5. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select the last source, and press the
OK Button. This places the AVR and the remote in the desired
device mode after the Activity is finished.
6. Begin pressing the keys for the desired commands. Each command will appear in the LCD Display, with the source in use
shown in square brackets on the left.
• To switch to another source, press its Source Selector. This will
count as one of the 20 commands allowed in each activity.
• To include the AVR Power On or AVR Power Off commands, first
press the AVR Settings Button to set the remote in AVR device
mode, then press the desired power button.
• To program menu navigation, press the 3 Button to make a
selection, and press the 7 Button to return to a previous menu
level. Pressing the OK Button will end the command sequence
and save it as an activity, while pressing the Back/Exit Button
will exit Program mode without saving the activity.
7. To end the command sequence, press the OK Button.
8. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select either the End Activity option or
the Edit Title option, and press the OK Button.
•E
xit: Exits the remote’s Program Mode when you scroll to this
option and press the OK Button.
•E
nd Activity: The activity will be saved. When the activity
is executed, its command button, e.g., Activity 9, will appear
in the LCD Display.
Activities (Macros)
•E
dit Title: You may name the activity, e.g., All Power Off.
When the activity is executed, its name will appear in the LCD
Display. When this option is selected, the cursor will flash. Type
the title for the activity using the Alphanumeric Keys. Each
Alphanumeric Key has the characters available in addition to
its number printed above the key. Each press of the key scrolls
through the available characters. To move to the next character,
Activities are used to program sequences of up to 20 commands
that are executed with a single button press. Activities are well
suited for power-on and -off commands, to send out a multidigit
channel number with one button press, or to control another device
with more flexibility than the built-in punch-through controls. Up to
11 activities may be programmed.
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ADVANCED FUNCTIONS
either press the 3 Button, or press the next desired Alphanumeric
Key. Press the OK Button when you have finished.
To execute an activity, press the Activity Button, then the Alphanumeric
Key you selected as the command button in Step 4. If you selected
the AVR Power On or Off Button in Step 4, you do not need to press
the Activity Button first.
To view the steps previously programmed for an activity without
executing it:
1. Press and hold the AVR Settings Button for 3 seconds. The
remote will enter Program mode, and its Main Menu will be
displayed.
2. Use the 1/5 Buttons to scroll to the Activity option, and press
the OK Button.
3. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select the Read Activity option, and
press the OK Button.
4. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select the command button, and press
the OK Button.
5. Use the 1/5 Buttons to scroll through the steps programmed
into the activity. It is not possible to make any changes. When
you have finished, press the OK Button or the Back/Exit Button
to exit Program mode.
It isn’t possible to “edit” a command within an activity. To delete the
activity:
1. Press and hold the AVR Settings Button for 3 seconds. The remote
will enter Program mode, and its Main Menu will be displayed.
2. Use the 1/5 Buttons to scroll to the Activity option, and press
the OK Button.
3. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select the Delete Activity option, and
press the OK Button.
4. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select the command button or title, and
press the OK Button. The activity, including any title you gave it,
will be deleted.
Punch-Through Programming
The punch-through feature allows you to operate one component,
while setting certain groups of controls to operate another component.
For example, while using the AVR controls for surround modes and
other audio functions, you may operate the transport controls of
your DVD player. Or while using the remote to control video functions
on your TV, you may use your cable box to change channels.
To program punch-through control while operating any device:
1. Press and hold the AVR Settings Button for 3 seconds. The
remote will enter Program mode, and its Main Menu will be
displayed.
2. Use the 1/5 Buttons to scroll to the Punch-Through option,
and press the OK Button.
3. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select either Channel or Transport
control, and press the OK Button.
4. Use the 1/5 Buttons to scroll to the device in use, and press
the OK Button. For example, to change channels using the cable
or satellite set-top box while using the remote to operate the TV,
select the TV source in this step.
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5. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select the punch-through device (CBL/
SAT in the example given in step 4), press the OK Button, and the
Punch-Through programming will be saved.
To undo punch-through programming, follow the same steps as
above, but select the same Source in Steps 4 and 5.
NOTE: The Volume and Mute controls are always dedicated
to the AVR.
Back Light
The AVR remote is equipped with a back light to illuminate the keys
and LCD Display to facilitate its use in a darkened home theater
environment.
To turn the back light on or off at any time, press the Back Light Button.
The back light’s turn-on mode may be programmed:
•N
ormal: The back light stays off unless the Back Light Button
is pressed.
• On Full: The back light will turn on any time a key is pressed.
In both modes, the back light will remain on for 5 seconds after the
last button press, and then turn off automatically.
To program the remote’s back light mode:
1. Press and hold the AVR Settings Button for 3 seconds. The
remote will enter Program mode, and its Main Menu will be
displayed.
2. Use the 1/5 Buttons to scroll to the Back Light option, and
press the OK Button.
3. Use the 1/5 Buttons to select the Normal or On Full option, and
press the OK Button to finish.
Remote Reset
To reset the remote to its factory defaults, erasing all product
codes, learned codes, activities and other user programming:
1. Press and hold the AVR Settings Button for 3 seconds. The
remote will enter Program mode, and its Main Menu will be
displayed.
2. Use the 1/5 Buttons to scroll to the Remote Reset option, and
press the OK Button. The process may take a few minutes,
depending on the amount of user programming requiring erasure.
Please wait until the “Remote Reset Complete” message appears
before pressing any keys.
ADVANCED FUNCTIONS
PROCESSOR RESET
If the unit behaves erratically after a power surge, first turn off
the Main Power Switch and unplug the AC power cord for at least
3 minutes. Plug the cord back in and turn the receiver on. If this
doesn’t help, reset the AVR.
NOTE: A system reset erases all user configurations, including
video resolution, speaker and level settings, and tuner presets.
After a reset, reenter all of these settings from your notes in
the appendix worksheets.
To reset the AVR 7550HD, place it in Standby mode (press the frontpanel Standby/On Switch so that the Power Indicator turns amber).
Then press the front-panel AVR Settings and Source List Buttons
simultaneously until the RESET message appears.
If the receiver does not function correctly after a processor reset,
contact an authorized Harman Kardon service center for assistance.
Authorized service centers may be located by visiting the Web site
at www.harmankardon.com.
NOTE: After performing a system reset, wait at least 1 minute before pressing any Source Selectors. If The Bridge Source
Selector is pressed too soon, video playback from the iPod will
not be available.
MEMORY
If the AVR 7550HD is unplugged or experiences a power outage, it
will retain user settings for up to four weeks.
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TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
SYMPTOM
CAUSE
SOLUTION
Unit does not function when Main
• No AC Power
Power Switch is turned on
• Make certain AC power cord is plugged into a live outlet
• Check whether outlet is switch-controlled
Display lights, but no sound
or picture
• Intermittent input connections
• Mute is on
• Volume control is down
• Secure all input and speaker connections
• Press Mute Button
• Turn up volume control
No sound from any speaker;
PROTECT message appears on
front panel
• Amplifier is in protection mode due to possible short
• Amplifier is in protection mode due to internal problems
• Check speaker wires for shorts at receiver and speaker ends
• Contact your local Harman Kardon service center
No sound from surround or
• Incorrect surround mode
center speakers
• Input is monaural
• Incorrect configuration • Stereo or Mono program material
• Select a mode other than Stereo
• There is no surround information from mono sources
• Check speaker configuration
• The surround decoder may not create center- or rear-channel
information from nonencoded programs
Unit does not respond to
• Weak batteries in remote
remote commands
• Wrong device selected
• Remote sensor is obscured
• Change remote batteries
• Press the AVR Settings Button
• Make certain front-panel sensor is in line of sight of remote
or connect an optional remote sensor
Intermittent buzzing in tuner
• Local interference
• Move unit or antenna away from computers, fluorescent
lights, motors or other ­electrical appliances
Surround Back Speaker settings cannot be accessed, and test tone does not play through Surround Back Speakers
• Multizone system has been turned • Use the menu system to access the Zone 2 menu and reassign
on, and the surround back channels
the surround back channels to the main room
were reassigned to multizone operation
The XM Preview Channel (001) • XM antenna is not plugged in
is silent
• XM antenna is not located in such a way as to enable reception
• XM signal requires a refresh
• Use an XM antenna module designed for use with XM Ready home
audio equipment, and plug the module into the XM Radio Jack
• The XM antenna module needs an unobstructed view of the
southern sky, or to be within range of an XM terrestrial repeater;
if necessary, purchase an extension cable from your XM Radio dealer
• Visit www.xmradio.com
Unable to activate Program mode
on remote
• Follow the instructions in the remote’s LCD Display
• AVR Settings Button not held for at least 3 seconds
Remote buttons light, but AVR does
• Remote is in Zone 2 mode
not respond
• Slide the Zone Switch at the bottom of the remote to the
Zone 1 position
Unable to play Internet Radio
• AVR is not able to access the Internet • Make sure the Network Jack is connected to an active router;
navigate to the Network Settings submenu in the System Setup
menu and change the Network Settings line to “Manual”; contact
your ISP to obtain the correct information for the other settings in
this submenu
Unable to access content on PC • Content not in proper format
from Network source
• Content has not been shared by network device
• Only content in the form of MP3, WMA and JPEG files may be shared
with the AVR
• Network device must be running compatible software; network device
must be programmed to share the content over the network; refer to the Network Playback section on page 37 for details
Additional information on troubleshooting possible problems with your AVR 7550HD, or installation-related issues, may be found in the list of “Frequently
Asked Questions”, which is located in the Product Support section at www.harmankardon.com.
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Appendix – Default settings, worksheets, remote product codes
Table A1 – Recommended Source Component Connections
Device Type
AVR 7550HD Source
Digital Audio Connection Analog Audio Connection Video Connections
Cable TV, satellite TV, HDTV or other device that delivers
television programs
CBL/SAT
HDMI 2
Analog 1
HDMI 2
DVD Audio/Video, SACD, Blu-ray Disc, HD-DVD player
DVD
HDMI 1
Analog 2
HDMI 1
Media Server, including Harman Kardon DMC 1000
Media Server
HDMI 4
Analog 5
HDMI 4
TV
TV
Optical 1
Analog 3
Component 1*
Video game console
Game
HDMI 3
Analog 4
HDMI 3
Any audio or video device, AUX
Coax Front
Analog Front
e.g., CD player, camcorder, cassette deck
Composite Front (not used for
audio-only devices)
Recorder
Source D
Composite OR S-Video 2 input and output
Coaxial 2 input and Analog 4 inputs and outputs
Coaxial Output
iPod
The Bridge II
None
The Bridge II The Bridge II for photo- and
video-capable iPod models
* Make this connection only when using the TV source for a non-display device. Do not connect your television’s or video display’s video output to the AVR at any time.
NOTE: Additional components may be connected to available audio and video inputs and assigned to Sources A, B, C and D. A USB drive may be plugged into the front-panel USB Port. For
access to content on network computers and other devices, and to enjoy Internet Radio, connect the Network Jack to a home-network router. See pages 36 and 37 for more information.
Table A2 – Source Setting Defaults
Cable/Sat DVD
Media Server Radio
TV
Game
AUX
The Bridge
Surround Modes (Auto Select) Logic 7 Movie Logic 7 Movie Logic 7 Music
Logic 7 Movie Logic 7 Movie Logic 7 Movie Logic 7 Music
Logic 7 Music
Video Input
HDMI 2
HDMI 1
HDMI 4
N/A Component 1 HDMI 3
Composite Front The Bridge II
Audio Input
HDMI 2
HDMI 1
HDMI 4
N/A
Optical 1
HDMI 3
Coaxial Front
The Bridge II
Resolution to Display *
480i
480i
480i
480i
480i
480i
480i
480i
Audio Auto Polling
Off
Off
Off
N/A
Off
Off
Off
N/A
Zone 2 Audio
Analog 1
Analog 2
Analog 5
Radio
Analog 3
Analog 4
Analog Front
The Bridge II
Zone 2 Video
Composite Video 1
Composite
Video 2
Composite
N/A
Video 3
Composite
Video 2
Composite
Video 3
Composite
Video Front
The Bridge II
Trigger 2
On
On
On
On
On
On
On
On
Dolby Volume
Medium
Low
Medium
Medium
Medium
Medium
Low
Medium
Record Out
Analog
Analog
Analog
Analog
Analog
Analog
Analog
Analog
* Video output resolution may vary for HDMI connections.
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Table A2 – continued
USB
Source C
Source D
Logic 7 Movie Logic 7 Movie
Logic 7 Movie
Logic 7 Movie
Video Input
USB
Internet Radio
Network
Component
Video 2
Component
Video 3
Composite Video 1
Composite
Video 2
Audio Input
USB
N/A
Network
Optical 2
Optical 3
Analog 1
Coaxial 2
Resolution to Display
480i
480i
480i
480i
480i
480i
480i
Audio Auto Polling
N/A
N/A
N/A
Off
Off
Off
Off
Zone 2 Audio
USB
Internet Radio
Network
Analog 1
Analog 2
Analog 3
Analog 4
Zone 2 Video
N/A
N/A
N/A
Composite
Video 1
Composite
Video 2
Composite
Video 3
Composite
Video Front
Trigger 2
On
On
On
On
On
On
On
Dolby Volume
Medium
Medium
Medium
Medium
Medium
Medium
Medium
Record Out
Analog
Analog
Analog
Analog
Analog
Analog
Analog
Surround Modes (Auto Select) Logic 7 Movie
Internet Radio Network
Source A
Logic 7 Music
Logic 7 Music
Source B
Table A3 – Speaker/Channel Setting Defaults
All Digital and 2-Chan­nel Analog Audio Inputs
6-/8-Channel Your Settings
Analog Audio Inputs* Position 1
Left/Right Speakers
ON
ON
Center Speaker
ON
ON
Left/Right Surround Speakers
ON
ON
Left/Right Surround Back Speakers
OFF
OFF
Subwoofer 1
ON
ON
Subwoofer 2
ON
ON
Left/Right Speakers Crossover
100Hz
Large*
Center Speaker Crossover
100Hz
Large*
Left/Right Surround Speakers Crossover
100Hz
Large*
Left/Right Surround Back Speakers Crossover 100Hz
Large*
Subwoofer Mode
LFE
LFE*
Subwoofer 1 Size
10 inch
ON
Subwoofer 2 Size
10 inch
OFF
Front Left Level
0dB
0dB
Center Level
0dB
0dB
Front Right Level
0dB
0dB
Surround Right Level
0dB
0dB
Surround Back Right Level
0dB
0dB
Surround Back Left Level
0dB
0dB
Surround Left Level
0dB
0dB
Sub Level
0dB
0dB
Your Settings
Position 2
* Note:
When the Tone Mode setting is Off, the 6-/8-Channel Inputs are “direct” inputs whose signals are passed directly to the volume control without any bass management
processing. The speakers remain full-range and cannot be adjusted. When the Tone Mode setting is On, the defaults are the same as for the other audio inputs. The settings
are global for the remaining audio inputs.
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Table A4 – Delay Setting Defaults
Speaker Position
Distance From Speaker to
Listening Position
Front Left
12 feet
Center
12 feet
Front Right 12 feet
Surround Right 10 feet
Surround Left
10 feet
Surround Back Right 10 feet
Surround Back Left
10 feet
Subwoofer 1
12 feet
Subwoofer 2
12 feet
A/V Lip Sync Delay (See Info Settings Menu)
0mS
Your Delay Settings
Position 1
Your Delay Settings
Position 2
Table A5 – Source Settings
Cable/Sat DVD
Media Server Radio
TV
Game
AUX
The Bridge
Device Type
Surround Modes
Video Input
The Bridge II
Audio Input
The Bridge II
Resolution to Display
Adjust Lip Sync
Change Name
N/A
Audio Auto Polling
N/A
Zone 2 Audio
The Bridge II
Zone 2 Video
Trigger 2
Dolby Volume
Record Out
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Table A5 – continued
USB
Internet Radio Network
Device Type
USB Drive
N/A
Source A
Source B
Source C
Source D
Surround Modes
Video Input
USB
N/A
Network
Audio Input
USB
Internet Radio
Network
Resolution to Display
Adjust Lip Sync
Change Name
Audio Auto Polling
N/A
N/A
N/A
Zone 2 Audio
USB
Internet Radio
Network
Zone 2 Video
N/A
N/A
N/A
Trigger 2
Dolby Volume
Record Out
Table A6 – Audio Effects Settings
Default
Cable/Sat DVD
Media Server Radio
TV
Game
Dolby Volume
See Source
Tone Control
Off
Treble
0dB
Bass
0dB
LFE Trim
0dB
EQ
On
Speaker Setup
Position 1
AUX
The Bridge
Table A6 – continued
USB
Internet Radio Network
Source A
Source B
Dolby Volume
Tone Control
Treble
Bass
LFE Trim
EQ
Speaker Setup
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Source C
Source D
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Table A7 – Video Modes Settings
Default
Video Mode
Off
Brightness*
50
Contrast*
50
Color*
50
Sharpness*
50
Picture Adjust
Auto Fit
Overscan
On
Noise Reduction**
Low
Cable/Sat DVD
Media Server Radio
TV
Game
AUX
The Bridge
MPEG Noise Reduction** Low
Cross Color Suppressor** On
Flesh Tone Enhancement** Off
Black Level**
Off
Deinterlacing**
On
Film Mode Detect**
3:02
Table A7 – continued
USB Internet Radio
Network
Source A
Source B
Source C
Source D
Video Mode
Brightness*
Contrast*
Color*
Sharpness*
Picture Adjust
Overscan
Noise Reduction**
MPEG Noise Reduction**
Cross Color Suppressor**
Flesh Tone Enhancement**
Black Level**
Deinterlacing**
Film Mode Detect**
* Note: These settings are only available when the Video Mode is set to Custom.
** Note: These settings are only displayed when Advanced Video Settings is selected.
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Table A8 – Surround Modes
Default
Cable/Sat DVD
Auto Select
Logic 7 Movie or
native digital format
Virtual Surround
Dolby Virtual
Speaker Reference
Stereo
5 CH Stereo
Movie
Logic 7 Movie
Music
Logic 7 Music
Game
Logic 7 Game
Center Width*
0
Dimension*
0
Panorama*
Off
Media Server Radio
TV
Game
AUX
The Bridge
Table A8 – continued
USB
Internet Radio
Network
Source A
Source B
Source C
Source D
Auto Select
Virtual Surround
Stereo
Movie
Music
Game
Center Width*
Dimension*
Panorama*
* Note: These settings are only available when Dolby Pro Logic II or IIx Music mode has been selected. Access these settings by selecting the Edit option.
Table A9 – Remote Control Codes
Source Input
Device Type (if changed)
Cable/Sat
DVD
Media Server
TV
Game
AUX
Source A (Red Soft Key)
Source B (Green Soft Key)
Source C (Yellow Soft Key)
Source D (Blue Soft Key)
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Table A10 – System Settings
Feature
Default
Your Settings
Front-Panel Dimmer
On 100%
Volume Units
dB
Volume Default
Off
Volume Default Level
–25dB
Unit of Measure
Feet
Language
English
HDMI Audio to TV
Off
Dolby Volume Calibration
0dB
Menu Transparency
Medium
Volume/Status Messages
3 seconds
Menus
1 minute
Setup and Slide-In Menus
15 minutes
Screen Saver
10 minutes
Software Version
Check your product
Table A11 – Network Settings
Setting
Your Settings
ID #
Network Settings
IP Address
Subnet Mask
Gateway
Primary DNS
Secondary DNS
Proxy Address
Proxy Port
Table A12 – Zone 2 Settings
Source Input
Default
Status
Off
Source
FM Radio
Volume
–25dB
Surround Back Amps
Main Room
Carrier Out
Zone 2
Your Settings
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Table A13 – Surround Modes
Surround Mode
Description
Incoming Bitstream or Signal
Dolby Digital
Provides up to five separate main audio channels and a dedicated
low-frequency effects (LFE) channel. • Dolby Digital 1/0/.0 or .1, 2/0/.0 or .1,
3/0/.0 or .1, 2/1/.0 or .1, 2/2/.0 or .1,
3/2/.0 or .1
• Dolby Digital EX (played as 5.1)
• Dolby Digital Plus decoded and delivered
via coax or optical connection
Dolby Digital EX
An expansion of Dolby Digital 5.1 that adds a surround back channel which may be played through one or two surround back speakers. May be manually selected when a non-EX Dolby Digital stream is detected.
• Dolby Digital EX
• Dolby Digital 2/2/.0 or .1, 3/2/.0 or .1
Dolby Digital Plus
An enhanced version of Dolby Digital encoded more efficiently, Dolby
• Dolby Digital Plus via HDMI connection
Digital Plus has the capacity for additional discrete channels and for
(source device decodes to Dolby Digital
streaming audio from the Internet, all with enhanced audio quality. Source when a coax or optical connection is used)
material may be delivered via an HDMI connection, or decoded to Dolby
Digital or PCM and transmitted via S/P-DIF coaxial or optical digital audio.
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby TrueHD is an expansion of MLP Lossless™ audio, the same format
used on DVD Audio discs. Dolby TrueHD adds the features found in Dolby Digital, such as night mode settings, while delivering fully lossless
audio that is a true reproduction of the studio master recording.
Dolby Digital Stereo
Delivers a 2-channel downmix of Dolby Digital materials.
Dolby Pro Logic II
Mode Group
• Blu-ray Disc or HD-DVD encoded with
Dolby TrueHD, delivered via HDMI
• Dolby Digital 1/0/.0 or .1, 2/0/.0 or .1, 3/0/.0 or .1, 2/1/.0 or .1, 2/2/.0 or .1, 3/2/.0 or .1
• Dolby Digital EX
Analog decoder that derives five full-range, discrete main audio channels See below
from matrix surround-encoded or 2-channel analog sources. Four variants
are available.
Dolby Pro Logic II Variant of Dolby Pro Logic II that is optimized for movie and Movie
television programs.
• Dolby Digital 2.0 or 2.1
• Analog (2-channel)
• Tuner
• PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz)
Dolby Pro Logic II Music
• Dolby Digital 2.0 or 2.1
• Analog (2-channel)
• Tuner
• PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz)
Variant of Dolby Pro Logic II that is optimized for music selections. Allows adjustment of sound field presentation in three dimensions:
• Center Width (adjusts width of vocal soundstage)
• Dimension (adjusts depth of soundstage) • Panorama (adjusts wraparound surround effect)
Dolby Pro Logic II Variant of Dolby Pro Logic II that emphasizes use of the surround Game
channels and subwoofer for total immersion in the video gaming experience.
• Dolby Digital 2.0 or 2.1
• Analog (2-channel)
• Tuner
• PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz)
Dolby Pro Logic
Original version of Dolby Pro Logic that steered a mono signal containing information below 7kHz to the surround channels.
• Dolby Digital 2.0 or 2.1
• Analog (2-channel)
• Tuner
• PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz)
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Table A13 – continued
Surround Mode
Description
Dolby Pro Logic IIx
Mode Group
An expansion of Dolby Pro Logic II that adds a surround back channel
which may be played through one or two surround back speakers. The
Dolby Pro Logic IIx modes may be selected not only with Dolby Digital bitstreams, but thanks to the AVR 7550HD’s post-processor, they may also be used
with some DTS bitstreams to add a surround back channel to 5.1 modes.
Incoming Bitstream or Signal
Dolby Pro Logic IIx This mode is similar to Dolby Pro Logic II Movie, with an added surround Movie
back channel. • Dolby Digital 2/0/.0 or .1, 2/2/.0 or .1,
3/2/.0 or .1, EX
• Analog (2-channel)
• Tuner
• PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz)
Dolby Pro Logic IIx This mode is similar to Dolby Pro Logic II Music, including the availability Music
of center width, dimension and panorama adjustments. Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music adds a surround back channel. • Dolby Digital 2/0/.0 or .1, 2/2/.0 or .1,
3/2/.0 or .1, EX
• Analog (2-channel)
• Tuner
• PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz)
Dolby Pro Logic IIx This mode is similar to Dolby Pro Logic II Game, with the added benefit Game
of a surround back channel.
• Dolby Digital 2/0/.0 or .1
• Analog (2-channel)
• Tuner
• PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz or 48kHz)
Dolby Virtual Speaker Simulates 5.1 channels when only two speakers are present, or a more Mode Group
enveloping sound field is desired.
See below
Dolby Virtual Speaker When only two main speakers are present, the Reference mode virtualizes Reference
a full surround presentation with accurate localization. • Dolby Digital (uses only two-speaker mode
when signal does not contain center channel information)
• Analog (2-channel)
• Tuner
• PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz or 48kHz)
Dolby Virtual Speaker Wide mode may be used with two main speakers to widen the front
Wide
soundstage by virtualizing the locations of the left and right speakers. • Dolby Digital (number of channels available
varies by number of channels in signal)
• Analog (2-channel)
• Tuner
• PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz or 48kHz)
DTS Digital
Using a different encoding/decoding method than Dolby Digital, it also provides up to five discrete main channels, plus an LFE channel.
• DTS 1/0/.0 or .1, 2/0/.0 or .1, 3/0/.0 or .1,
3/1/.0 or .1, 2/2/.0 or .1, 3/2/.0 or .1
• DTS-ES Matrix (played as 5.1)
• DTS-ES Discrete (played as 5.1)
DTS-HD
• Blu-ray Disc or HD-DVD discs encoded
with DTS-HD modes, delivered via HDMI
DTS-HD is a new high-definition audio format that complements the
high-definition video found on Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD discs. It is transmitted using a DTS core with high-resolution extensions. Even when
only DTS 5.1 surround sound is desired (or available, if the multizone
system is in use), the higher capacity of high-resolution discs serves up
DTS at twice the bit rate used on DVD-Video discs.
DTS-HD Master Audio DTS-HD Master Audio technology delivers bit-for-bit reproductions of the • Blu-ray Disc or HD-DVD discs encoded with
studio master recording in up to 7.1 channels, for an incredibly accurate DTS-HD Master Audio technology, delivered
performance.
via HDMI
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Table A13 – continued
Surround Mode
Description
Incoming Bitstream or Signal
DTS-ES Matrix
DTS Extended Surround adds a single surround back channel to DTS 5.1 digital surround sound. The Matrix version includes the surround back
channel information “matrixed” into the left and right (side) surround
channels, for compatibility with 5.1-channel systems.
• DTS-ES Matrix
DTS-ES Discrete
DTS-ES Discrete is another Extended Surround mode that adds a surround • DTS-ES Discrete
back channel, but this information is encoded discretely on the disc, and
is not derived from information contained in the surround channels.
DTS Stereo
Delivers a 2-channel downmix of DTS Digital materials, or presents a matrix-encoded surround presentation.
DTS Neo:6
Mode Group
• DTS 1/0/.0 or .1, 2/0/.0 or .1, 3/0/.0 or .1, 3/1/.0 or .1, 2/2/.0 or .1, 3/2/.0 or .1
• DTS 96/24
• DTS-ES Matrix
• DTS-ES Discrete
DTS Neo:6 analog processing is available with DTS and DTS 96/24
See below
signals and 2-channel analog or PCM signals to create a 3-, 5- or 6-channel presentation.
DTS Neo:6 Depending on the number of speakers in your system, select 3-, 5- or Cinema
6-channel modes, enhanced for movie or video presentations.
• DTS 2/2/.0 or .1, 3/2/.0 or .1
• DTS 96/24
• Analog (2-channel)
• PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz or 48kHz)
DTS Neo:6 Available only in 5- and 6-channel modes, creates a surround presentation • DTS 2/2/.0 or .1, 3/2/.0 or .1
Music
suitable for music recordings.
• DTS 96/24
• Analog (2-channel)
• PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz or 48kHz)
Logic 7
Mode Group
A Harman International proprietary technology, Logic 7 technology enhances See below
2-channel and matrix-encoded recordings by deriving separate information for the surround back channels. This provides more accurate placement of sound, improves panning and expands the sound field, even when used with 5.1-channel systems. Logic 7 technology uses 96kHz processing, and
is available in 5.1- or 7.1-channel modes. Three variants are available.
Logic 7 Especially suited to 2-channel sources containing Dolby Surround or matrix • Analog (2-channel)
Movie
encoding, Logic 7 Movie mode increases center channel intelligibility.
• Tuner
• PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz)
Logic 7 Music
The AVR 7550HD is programmed at the factory to default to this mode for • Analog (2-channel)
2-channel signals. Logic 7 Music mode is well suited to conventional • Tuner
2-channel music recordings.
• PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz)
Logic 7 Game
Use Logic 7 Game mode to enhance enjoyment of video game consoles.
• Analog (2-channel)
• Tuner
• PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz)
5-Channel Stereo
• Analog (2-channel)
• Tuner
• PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz or 48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz)
Useful for parties, the left- and right-channel information is played through both the front and surround speakers on each side, while the center speaker plays a summed mono mix.
7-Channel Stereo
Expands the 5-Channel Stereo presentation to include the surround back channels.
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• Analog (2-channel)
• Tuner
• PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz or 48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz)
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Table A13 – continued
Surround Mode
Description
Incoming Bitstream or Signal
2-Channel Stereo
Turns off all surround processing and plays a pure 2-channel signal or a downmix of a multichannel signal. The signal is digitized and bass
management settings are applied, making it appropriate when a subwoofer is used.
• Analog (2-channel; DSP downmix available
for multichannel)
• Tuner
• PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz)
2-Channel Stereo (Analog Bypass)
Maintains an analog input signal in that form, bypassing all digital processing • Analog (2-channel)
(i.e., surround and bass management). Requires Tone Control setting to be off. • Tuner
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1
2
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
34
35
37
36
39
40
38
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
58
65
31
32
33
Figure 38 – Remote Control Function List Reference
4
5
30
Refer to the numbered buttons in Figure 38
when using the Function List.
3
56
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Table A14 – Remote Control Function List
No.
­ 01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36­
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
Button Name
AVR
FM
Radio
AM
XM
DVD
Media Server
DMC1000
TV
AVR Power On
AVR Power On
AVR Power On
AVR Power On
AVR Power On
AVR Power On
AVR Power On
AVR Power On
AVR Power Off
AVR Power Off
AVR Power Off
AVR Power Off
AVR Power Off
AVR Power Off
AVR Power Off
AVR Power Off
Device Power On
Power On
On
Power On
Device Power Off
Power Off
Off
Power Off
Cable/SAT
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
DVD
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
The Bridge
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
USB
USB
USB
USB
USB
USB
USB
USB
Radio
Radio
Radio
Radio
Radio
Radio
Radio
Radio
TV
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Game
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Media Server
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
AUX
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Network
Network
Network
Network
Network
Network
Network
Network
Audio Effects
Audio Effects
Audio Effects
Audio Effects
Audio Effects
Audio Effects
Audio Effects
Audio Effects
Video Modes
Video Modes
Video Modes
Video Modes
Video Modes
Video Modes
Video Modes
Video Modes
Surround Modes Surround Modes Surround Modes Surround Modes Surround Modes
Surround Modes
Surround Modes
Surround Modes
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
6
6
6
6
6
6
6
6
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
Last
Last
Last
Last
Last
Prev. Ch
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Activity
Activity
Activity
Activity
Activity
Activity
Activity
Activity
Back/Exit
Back/Exit
Back/Exit
Back/Exit
Back/Exit
Clear
Back
Menu
Menu
Menu
Menu
Menu
Menu
Menu
Menu
Up
Up
Tune Up
Tune Up
Channel/Preset Up
Up
Up
Up
Left Left
Preset/Down
Preset/Down Preset/Category Down Left
Left Left
OK
OK
OK
OK
OK
Enter
Enter OK
Right
Right
Preset/Up
Preset/Up
Preset/Category Up Right
Right
Right
Light
Light
Light
Light
Light
Light
Light
Light
Down
Down
Tune Down
Tune Down
Channel/Preset Down
Down
Down
Down
Disc Menu
Disc Menu
Disc Menu
OSD
Red
Input Sel (A)
Input Sel (A)
Input Sel (A)
Input Sel (A)
Angle
Angle
Green
Input Sel (B)
Input Sel (B)
Input Sel (B)
Input Sel (B)
Subtitle
Subtitle
Yellow
Input Sel (C)
Input Sel (C)
Input Sel (C)
Input Sel (C)
Audio
Audio
Blue
Input Sel (D)
Input Sel (D)
Input Sel (D)
Input Sel (D)
Zoom
Zoom
Volume +
AVR Volume +
AVR Volume +
AVR Volume +
AVR Volume +
AVR Volume +
AVR Volume +
AVR Volume +
Volume –
AVR Volume –
AVR Volume –
AVR Volume –
AVR Volume –
AVR Volume –
AVR Volume –
AVR Volume –
Mute
AVR Mute
AVR Mute
AVR Mute
AVR Mute
AVR Mute
AVR Mute
AVR Mute
Channel/Page Up Channel/Preset Up
Preset Up
Preset Up
Preset Up
Page Up
Channel Up
Channel/Page Down Channel/Preset Down Preset Down
Preset Down
Preset Down
Page Down
Channel Down
Previous
Prev. Step
Previous
Pause
Pause
Pause
Next
Next Step
Next Step
Rew 77
Rew 77
Rew 77
Play 3
Play 3
Play 3
FF 33
FF 33
FF 33
Record
Record
Stop
Stop
Stop
AVR Settings
AVR Settings
AVR Settings
AVR Settings
AVR Settings
AVR Settings
AVR Settings
AVR Settings
Info Settings
Info Settings
Info Settings
Info Settings
Info Settings
Info Settings
Info Settings
Info Settings
Source Settings
Setup
Setup
TV/VCR
Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Zone Select
Zone Select
Zone Select
Zone Select
Zone Select
Zone Select
Zone Select
Zone Select
The Bridge
AVR Power On
AVR Power Off
Power On
Power Off
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
USB
Radio
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Network
Audio Effects
Video Modes
Surround Modes
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Last
0
Activity
Back/Exit
Menu
Up
Left
OK
Right
Light
Down
Input Sel (A)
Input Sel (B)
Input Sel (C)
Input Sel (D)
AVR Volume +
AVR Volume –
AVR Mute
Page Up
Page Down
Previous
Pause
Next
Rew 77
Play 3
FF 33
Stop
AVR Settings
Info Settings
Sleep
Zone Select
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APPENDIX
Table A14 – continued
No. Button Name
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
67
Cable/SAT
Game
CD
HDTV
AUX
PVR
TiVo
VCR
AVR Power On
AVR Power On
AVR Power On
AVR Power On
AVR Power On
AVR Power On
AVR Power On
AVR Power On
AVR Power Off
AVR Power Off
AVR Power Off
AVR Power Off
AVR Power Off
AVR Power Off
AVR Power Off
AVR Power Off
Device Power On
Power On
Play
Power On
Power On
Power On
Power On
Power On
Device Power Off
Power Off
Stop
Power Off
Power Off
Power Off
Power Off
Power Off
Cable/SAT
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
DVD
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
The Bridge
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
USB
USB
USB
USB
USB
USB
USB
USB
Radio
Radio
Radio
Radio
Radio
Radio
Radio
Radio
TV
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Game
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Media Server
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
AUX
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Network
Network
Network
Network
Network
Network
Network
Network
Audio Effects
Audio Effects
Audio Effects
Audio Effects
Audio Effects
Audio Effects
Audio Effects
Audio Effects
Video Modes
Video Modes
Video Modes
Video Modes
Video Modes
Video Modes
Video Modes
Video Modes
Surround Modes
Surround Modes Surround Modes Surround Modes Surround Modes
Surround Modes Surround Modes
Surround Modes
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
5
6
6
6
6
6
6
6
6
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
Last
Prev. Ch
Enter
Prev. Ch
Instant Replay
Enter/Last
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Activity
Activity
Activity
Activity
Activity
Activity
Activity
Activity
Back/Exit
Bypass
Clear
Exit/Cancel
Exit
Exit
Cancel
Menu
Menu
Start
Menu
Menu
Menu
Menu
Up
Up
Up
Up
Up
Up
Up
Left Left
Left
Left
Left
Left
Left
OK
OK
Select
Enter
Setup
Select Enter
Right Right
Right
Right
Right
Right
Right
Light
Light
Light
Light
Light
Light
Light
Light
Down
Down
Down
Down
Down
Down
Down
Disc Menu
OSD
DVD Menu
OSD
AV
TiVo
OSD
Red
Guide
•
Open/Close
Caption
Mark
Window
Green
PPV
n
Random Play
Fav. Ch
Repeat
Live TV
Yellow
Fav. Ch
s
Repeat
MTS
Jump Up
Slow
Blue
Music
X
Intro Scan
Aspect
Jump Down
Skip
Volume +
AVR Volume +
AVR Volume +
AVR Volume +
AVR Volume +
AVR Volume +
AVR Volume +
AVR Volume +
Volume –
AVR Volume –
AVR Volume –
AVR Volume –
AVR Volume –
AVR Volume –
AVR Volume –
AVR Volume –
Mute
AVR Mute
AVR Mute
AVR Mute
AVR Mute
AVR Mute
AVR Mute
AVR Mute
Channel/Page Up
Channel Up
Scan Up
(+10)
Channel Up
Channel Up
Channel Up
Channel Up
Channel/Page Down
Channel Down
Scan Down
Disc Skip
Channel Down
Channel Down
Channel Down
Channel Down
Previous
Slow Down
Skip Down
Back
Last Clip
Thumb Down
Scan Down
Pause
Pause
Pause
Pause
Pause
Pause
Pause
Next
Slow Up
Skip Up
Replay
Next Clip
Thumb Up
Scan Up
Rew 77
Prev.
R. Search
Rew 77
Rew 77
Rew 77
Rew 77
Play 3
Play 3
Play 3
Play 3
Play 3
Play 3
Play 3
FF 33
Next
F. Search
FF 33
FF 33
FF 33
FF 33
Record
Subtitle
Time
Record
Record
Record
Record
Stop
Stop
Stop
Stop
Stop
Stop
Stop
AVR Settings
AVR Settings
AVR Settings
AVR Settings
AVR Settings
AVR Settings
AVR Settings
AVR Settings
Info Settings
Info Settings
Info Settings
Info Settings
Info Settings
Info Settings
Info Settings
Info Settings
Source Settings
TV/CATV
Program
TV/VCR
TV/DVR
TV Input
TV/VCR
Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Zone Select
USB
Network
AVR Power On
AVR Power Off
AVR Power O
AVR Power Off
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
USB
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Network
Audio Effects
Video Modes
Surround Modes
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Last
0
Activity
Back/Exit
Menu
Up
Left
OK
Right
Light
Down
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
USB
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Input Sel
Network
Audio Effects
Video Modes
Surround Modes
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Last
0
Activity
Back/Exit
Menu
Up
Left
OK
Right
Light
Down
Input Sel (A)
Input Sel (B)
Input Sel (C)
Input Sel (D)
AVR Volume +
AVR Volume –
AVR Mute
Channel Up
Channel Down
Previous
Pause
Next
Rew 77
Play 3
FF 33
Input Sel (A)
Input Sel (B)
Input Sel (C)
Input Sel (D)
AVR Volume +
AVR Volume –
AVR Mute
Channel Up
Channel Down
Previous
Pause
Next
Rew 77
Play 3
FF 33
Stop
AVR Settings
Info Settings
Stop
AVR Settings
Info Settings
Sleep
Zone Select
Sleep
Zone Select
AVR 7550HD TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Audio Section
Power Output
110 watts RMS per channel (two channels driven),
0.07% THD, 20Hz – 20kHz at 8 ohms
Input Sensitivity/Impedance
Linear (High-Level)
200mV/47k ohms
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (IHF-A)
100dB
Surround System Adjacent Channel Separation
Pro Logic® I/ II 40dB
Dolby® Digital (AC-3)
55dB
DTS 55dB
®
Frequency Response
@ 1W (+0dB, –3dB)
10Hz – 130kHz
High Instantaneous
Current Capability (HCC)
±60 Amps
Transient Intermodulation
Distortion (TIM)
Unmeasurable
Slew Rate
40V/µsec
FM Tuner Section
Frequency Range
Usable Sensitivity
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
Distortion
Stereo Separation
Selectivity
Image Rejection
IF Rejection
87.5 –108.0MHz
IHF 1.3µV/13.2dBf
Mono/Stereo 70/68dB
Mono/Stereo 0.2/0.3%
40dB @ 1kHz
±400kHz, 70dB
80dB
90dB
AM Tuner Section
Frequency Range
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
Usable Sensitivity
Distortion
Selectivity
520–1720 kHz
45dB
Loop 500 µV
1kHz, 50% Mod 0.8%
±10kHz, 30dB
Please register your AVR 7550HD at www.harmankardon.com.
You’ll need the product’s serial number. At the same time, you can
choose to be notified about new products and/or special promotions.
Video Section
Television Format
Input Level/Impedance
Output Level/Impedance
Video Frequency Response (Composite and S-Video)
Video Frequency Response
(Component Video)
HDMI ™
NTSC
1Vp-p/75 ohms
1Vp-p/75 ohms
10Hz–8MHz (–3dB)
10Hz–100MHz (–3dB)
Version 1.3a with 10-bit Deep Color
General
Power Requirement
Power Consumption
AC 120V/60Hz
120W idle, 1405W maximum
(7 channels driven)
(Product)
17-5/16 inches (440mm)
6-1/2 inches (165mm)
17-1/16 inches (435mm)
(Shipping)
20-1/2 inches (520mm)
11 inches (280mm)
22-13/16 inches (580mm)
(Product)
44 lb (20kg)
(Shipping)
51 lb (23.3kg)
Dimensions Width
Height
Depth
Weight Depth measurement includes knobs, buttons and terminal connections.
Height measurement includes feet and chassis.
Features, specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.
Harman Kardon and Logic 7 are trademarks of Harman International Industries, Incorporated,
registered in the United States and/or other countries. EzSet/EQ, Designed to Entertain and
The Bridge II logo are trademarks of Harman International Industries, Incorporated.
Apple, iPod, iTunes and Macintosh are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other
countries. iPod not included. “Made for iPod” means that an electronic accessory has been designed
to connect specifically to iPod and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance
standards. Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with safety
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A-BUS is a registered trademark of Leisure Tech Electronics Pty Ltd.
Audiovox is a registered trademark of Audiovox Corporation.
Blu-ray Disc is a trademark of the Blu-ray Disc Association.
CEA is a registered trademark of the Consumer Electronics Association.
Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. Dolby, the double-D symbol and Pro Logic
are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. MLP Lossless is a trademark of Dolby Laboratories.
Manufactured under license under U.S. Patent #’s 5,451,942; 5,956,674; 5,974,380; 5,978,762;
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DTS, DTS-ES and DTS Neo:6 are registered trademarks, and DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-HD High
Resolution Audio and DTS-HD Master Audio are trademarks, of DTS, Inc. © 1996-2007 DTS, Inc.
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EyeConnect is a trademark of Elgato Systems.
Faroudja DCDi Cinema is a trademark of Genesis Microchip Inc.
HD-DVD is a trademark of the DVD Format/Logo Licensing Corporation (DVD FLLC).
HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered
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Intel is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.
SACD is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
TiVo is a registered trademark of TiVo Inc.
Windows Media is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or
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otherwise make available any technology or software incorporated in receivers compatible with the
XM Satellite Radio System. Service not available in Alaska or Hawaii.
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