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AUDIO/VIDEO MULTI-CHANNEL
RECEIVER
VSX-D712
VSX-D812
Operating Instructions
Thank you for buying this Pioneer product.
Please read through these operating instructions
so you will know how to operate your model
properly. After you have finished reading the
instructions, put them away in a safe place for future
reference.
IMPORTANT NOTICE
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The serial number for this equipment is located in the
rear panel. Please write this serial number on your
enclosed warranty card and keep it in a secure area.
This is for your security.
WARNING:
Handling the cord on this
product or cords associated with accessories
sold with the product will expose you to lead, a
chemical known to the State of California and
other governmental entities to cause cancer
and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Wash hands after handling.
Manufactured under license from Dolby
Laboratories. "Dolby", "Pro Logic",
"Surround EX", and the double-D symbol
are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
"DTS" ,"DTS-ES Extended Surround" and
"Neo:6" are trademarks of Digital Theater
Systems, Inc.
Contents
01 Before you start
04 Controls and displays
Checking what’s in the box. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing the receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Making cable connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Loading the batteries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Operating range of the remote
control unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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05 Playing sources
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02 5 minute guide
Introduction to home theater . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Listening to Surround Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Using the Quick Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
03 Connecting up
Audio/Video cords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
S-video cables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Component video cords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Digital audio coaxial cords/
Optical cables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting digital components . . . . . . . . .
Connecting audio components . . . . . . . . .
Connecting DVD multi-channel
components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting video components. . . . . . . . . .
Connecting to the front panel
video terminal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting antennas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
FM wire antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
AM loop antenna. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using external antennas . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting the speakers (VSX-D712) . . . .
Connecting the speakers (VSX-D812) . . . .
Speaker terminals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A and B speaker systems . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hints on speaker placement . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting additional amplifiers . . . . . . . .
AC outlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power cord caution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Operating other Pioneer components . . . .
Front panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Remote control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
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Introduction to Sound Modes . . . . . . . . . . .
Stereo/Direct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Standard mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Advanced Surround modes . . . . . . . . . . .
Choosing the input signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Listening to multi-channel playback . . . . .
Using Stereo/Direct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Advanced Surround . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the Surround Back
Channel (SB CH) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the Virtual Surround Back
mode (VSB). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Midnight and Loudness listening . .
Using the tone controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Playing other sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selecting the multi-channel
analog inputs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the sleep timer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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06 Setting up the receiver
Choosing your receiver setup . . . . . . . . . . .
Speaker setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Surround back speaker setting . . . . . . . .
Subwoofer setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Crossover frequency setting. . . . . . . . . . .
LFE attenuator setting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Front left speaker distance setting . . . . .
Center speaker distance setting . . . . . . .
Front right speaker distance setting . . . .
Surround right speaker
distance setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Surround back speaker
distance setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Surround left speaker distance setting . .
Subwoofer distance setting . . . . . . . . . . .
Dynamic range control setting. . . . . . . . .
Dual mono setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Component video input settings . . . . . . .
Surround back channel
input setting (VSX-D812 only) . . . . . . . . . .
Digital input settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Manually calibrating your listening
area (MCACC). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting separate channel levels for
listening modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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07 Using the tuner
Listening to the radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Improving FM stereo sound . . . . . . . . . . .
Tuning directly to a station . . . . . . . . . . . .
Saving station presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Naming station presets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Listening to station presets. . . . . . . . . . . .
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08 Making recordings
Making an audio or a video recording . . . . 57
09 Controlling the rest of your
system
Setting the remote to control other
components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Selecting preset codes directly . . . . . . . . . . 58
Clearing all the remote control settings . . . 59
Direct function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Controls for TVs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Controls for other components . . . . . . . . . . 61
Preset Code List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
10 Additional information
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Resetting the main unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Cleaning the unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
01
Before you start
Chapter 1:
Before you start
Checking what’s in the box
Making cable connections
Please check that you've received the
following supplied accessories:
Make sure not to bend the cables over the top
of this unit (as shown in the illustration). If this
happens, the magnetic field produced by the
transformers in this unit may cause a
humming noise from the speakers.
• AM loop antenna
• FM wire antenna
• AA/R6 dry cell batteries x2
• Remote control
• These operating instructions
Installing the receiver
Please note the following points:
• Do not place objects directly on top of this
unit. This prevents proper heat dispersal.
• When installing on a rack, shelf, etc., be
sure to leave more than 8 inches (20 cm.)
of space above the receiver.
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Loading the batteries
Before you start
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Incorrect use of batteries may result in such
hazards as leakage and bursting. Observe the
following precautions:
• Never use new and old batteries together.
• Insert the plus and minus sides of the
batteries properly according to the marks
in the battery case.
• Batteries with the same shape may have
different voltages. Do not use different
batteries together.
• When disposing of used batteries, please
comply with governmental regulations or
environmental public instruction’s rules
that apply in your country or area.
Operating range of the
remote control unit
The remote control may not work properly if:
• There are obstacles between the remote
control and the receiver's remote sensor.
• Direct sunlight or fluorescent light is
shining onto the remote sensor.
• The receiver is located near a device that
is emitting infrared rays.
• The receiver is operated simultaneously
with another infrared remote control unit.
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30
23ft (7m)
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5 minute guide
Chapter 2:
5 minute guide
Introduction to home theater
You are probably used to using stereo equipment to listen to music, but may not be used to
home theater systems that give you many more options (such as surround sound) when
listening to soundtracks.
Home theater refers to the use of multiple audio tracks to create a surround sound effect,
making you feel like you're in the middle of the action or concert. The surround sound you get
from a home theater system depends not only on the speakers you have set up in your room, but
also on the source and the sound settings of the receiver.
DVD-Video has become the basic source material for home theater due to its size, quality, and
ease of use. Depending on the DVD, you can have up to seven different audio tracks coming
from one disc, all of them being sent to different speakers in your system. This is what creates
a surround sound effect and gives you the feeling of ‘being there’.
This receiver will automatically decode Dolby Digital, DTS, or Dolby Surround DVD-Video discs,
according to your speaker setup. In most cases, you won’t have to make changes for realistic
surround sound, but other possibilities (like listening to a CD with multi-channel surround
sound) are explained in Playing sources on page 36.
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Listening to Surround Sound
This receiver was designed with the easiest possible setup in mind, so with the following quick
setup guide, you should have your system hooked up for surround sound in no time at all. In
most cases, you can simply leave the receiver in the default settings.
Be sure to complete all connections before connecting this unit to the AC power source.
1 Hook up your DVD player.
For surround sound, you’ll want to hook up using a digital connection from the DVD player to
the receiver. You can do this with either a coaxial, or an optical connection (you don’t need to
connect both). If you hook up using an optical cable, you should refer to Digital input settings
on page 50 to assign the optical input to DVD.
Use a video cord to connect the video output on your DVD player to the receiver using the jacks
as shown in the illustration.
2 Hook up your TV.
Use a video cord to connect your receiver to the TV using the jacks as shown in the illustration.
Optical cable
VIDEO IN
Video cord
TV
DIGITAL
OUT
DIGITAL OUT
Coaxial
cable
OPT
This receiver*
OPT
AM
LOOP
2
(CD-R/TAPE/MD)
OPT
IN
DIGITAL
OUT
CENTER
FM UNBAL
75 Ω
AUX
(TV /
SAT)
DVD PLAYER
COAX
CD
IN
OPT OUT
ANTENNA
COAX
41
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7
8
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3
(DVD
/LD)
OUT
MONITOR OUT
IN
CONTROL
IN
1
TV /
SAT
(TV /
SAT) IN
ASSIGNABLE
DIGITAL
IN
1
STANDBY/ON
VCR /
DVR
2
(CD-R/TAPE/MD)
OPT
2
(CD)
DVD
7.1CH
INPUT
SURROUND
OPT
1
ASSIGNABLE
DIGITAL
IN
SUB W.
COAX
DVD
/ LD
FRONT
2
(CD) IN
IN
1
(DVD OUT
/LD)
IN
PLAY
R
AUDIO
DVD player
L
VCR /
DVR
OUT
DVD
7.1CH
REC INPUT
IN
CD-R
/ TAPE
/ MD
COAX
OUT
VIDEO
IN
IN
TV/
SAT
IN
MONITOR
OUT
SUB W.
DVD /
LD
IN
PREOUT
S-VIDEO
R
L
R
L
Y
SURROUND BACK
S
P
E
A
A
K
E IN
R
S
R
FRONT
PREOUT
COMPONENT
VIDEO
ASSIGNABLE ( D V D / LD) IN
¥
L
L
SURROUND
BACK
MONITOR OUT
PB
L
PR
Y
CENTER
PB
(T V / SAT) IN ø
PR
R SURROUND BACK L
R
FRONT
R
SURROUND
CENTER
R SURROUND L
R
FRONT
L
VIDEO
OUT
SINGLE
SEE INSTRUCTION
MANUAL
B
MONITOR
OUT
SUB
WOOFER
DVD
/ LD
FRONT
VIDEO OUT
IN
DVD
7.1CH
REC INPUT
IN
CD-R
/ TAPE
/ MD
S
PREOUT
* The illustration
shows the VSXD812, but DVD
connections for
the VSX-D712 are
the same.
Video cord
3 Connect your speakers.
A complete setup of speakers is shown here (six speakers for the VSX-D712, and eight for the
VSX-D812), but everyone’s home setup will vary. Simply connect the speakers you have in the
manner shown below. The receiver will work with just two stereo speakers (the front speakers in
the diagram) but using at least three speakers is recommended, and a complete setup is best.
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Make sure you connect the speaker on the right to the right terminal and the speaker on the left
to the left terminal. Also make sure the positive and negative ( +/–) terminals on the receiver
match those on the speakers.
• Use speakers with a nominal impedance of 8 Ω to 16 Ω.
• If you’re not using a subwoofer, change the front speaker setting (see Speaker setting on
page 45) to large.
Front speakers
L
Center speaker
R
OUT
Surround speakers
C
LS
RS
OUT
CD
MONITOR OUT
VCR /
DVR
OUT
OUT
SURROUND
DVD 5.1CH INPUT
IN
Y
CONTROL
OPT
IN
1
TV /
SAT
(TV /
SAT) IN
ASSIGNABLE
DIGITAL
IN
COAX
DVD
/ LD
FRONT
2
(CD) IN
1
(DVD OUT
/LD)
IN
PLAY
R
AUDIO
L
Powered
subwoofer
SW
10
PB
PR
OUT
VIDEO
VCR /
DVR
OUT
IN
IN
DVD
5.1CH
REC INPUT
IN
CD-R
/ TAPE
/ MD
COAX
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IN
TV/
SAT
IN
MONITOR
OUT
SUB
WOOFER
DVD /
LD
IN
PREOUT
SURROUND
BACK
S-VIDEO
S
P
E
A
A
K
E
R
S
R
FRONT
L
CENTER
Y
PB
(T V / SAT) IN ø
PR
R SURROUND L
R
FRONT
L
AC OUTLET
B
VSX-D712
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Front speakers
L
Center speaker
R
CENTER
UB W.
OPT
CD
IN
OPT OUT
VCR /
DVR
2
ANTENNA
OUT
MONITOR OUT
TV /
SAT
(TV /
SAT) IN
COAX
DVD
/ LD
FRONT
2
(CD) IN
IN
1
(DVD OUT
/LD)
IN
AUDIO
VCR /
DVR
IN
IN
TV/
SAT
IN
MONITOR
OUT
SUB W.
DVD /
LD
IN
PREOUT
PLAY
R
OUT
VIDEO
OUT
DVD
7.1CH
REC INPUT
IN
CD-R
/ TAPE
/ MD
COAX
S-VIDEO
L
L
R
IN
CONTROL
IN
1
R
RS
SBL
SBR
DVD
7.1CH
INPUT
SURROUND
(CD-R/TAPE/MD)
OPT
ASSIGNABLE
DIGITAL
IN
LS
AUX
IN
DIGITAL
OUT
Surround back speakers
Surround speakers
C
PREO
COMPONENT
VIDE
ASSIGNABLE
L
L
SURROUND
BACK
MONITOR OUT
L
Y
SURROUND BACK
S
P
E
A
A
K
E
R
S
R
FRONT
PB
L
PR
CENTER
Y
PB
(T V / SAT) IN ø
PR
R SURROUND BACK L
R
FRONT
R
SURROUND
CENTER
R SURROUND L
R
FRONT
L
AC OUTLET
SINGLE
B
SEE INSTRUCTION
MANUAL
VSX-D812
Powered subwoofer
SW
INPUT
Passive
subwoofer
or single
surround
back
speaker
TV
VSX-D812 only
• When using the speaker on your TV as the center speaker (C), connect the CENTER PREOUT
jack on this unit to the audio input jack on your TV. In this case the center speaker shown is
unnecessary.
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• If you are using only one surround back speaker, connect the positive wire to the right
channel (+) terminal, and the negative wire to the left channel (–) terminal (shown below).
• If you select subwoofer (SB SW) in the Surround back speaker setting on page 46 you can
hook up a subwoofer instead of speakers to the surround back speaker terminals. Connect
the wires just as above (and as shown below), connecting the positive wire to the right
channel (+) terminal, and the negative wire to the left channel (–) terminal.
Surround back
speaker (or
subwoofer)
VSX-D812
R SURROUND BACK L
4 Plug in the receiver and switch it on, followed by your DVD player, your subwoofer
and the TV.
Make sure you’ve set the video input on your TV to this receiver. Check the manual that came
with the TV if you don’t know how to do this.
Also make sure that DVD/LD is showing in the receiver’s display, indicating that the DVD input
is selected. If it isn’t, press DVD/LD on the remote control to set the receiver to the DVD input.
5 Press QUICK SETUP on the front panel to specify your speaker setup, room size and
listening position.
Use the MULTI JOG dial to select and ENTER to confirm your selection. See Using the Quick
Setup on page 13 if you’re unsure about the settings.
6 Play a DVD, and adjust the volume to your liking.
There are several other sound options you can select. See Introduction to Sound Modes on
page 36 for more on this. See also Choosing your receiver setup on page 44 for more setup
options.
• Depending on your DVD player or source discs, you may only get digital 2 channel stereo
and analog sound. In this case, the listening mode must be set to STANDARD (it should
already be set—see Listening to multi-channel playback on page 38 if you need to do this) if
you want multi-channel surround sound.
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Using the Quick Setup
You can use the Quick Setup to get your
system up and running with just a few button
presses. The receiver automatically makes
the necessary settings after you have selected
your speaker setup, room size and listening
position. If you want to make more specific
settings, refer to Choosing your receiver setup
on page 44.
Use the front panel controls for the steps
below.
If a subwoofer wasn’t detected in step 2, you
can cycle between the following choices:
2.0ch
3.0ch
4.0ch
7.0ch*
6.0ch
5.0ch
* VSX-D812 only
• Check the table below to find the speaker
setup that corresponds with your system.
MULTI JOG
ENTER
MASTER VOLUME
ADVANCED
SURROUND
STEREO/
DIRECT
SIGNAL
SELECT
MIDNIGHT/
LOUDNESS
SPEAKERS
SB CH
MODE
TONE
PHONES SURR.
QUICK
SETUP
DOWN
MULTI JOG
LISTENING MODE
UP
VIDEO INPUT
FL DIMMER
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
L
AUDIO
R
1 If the receiver is off, press
STANDBY/ON to turn the power on.
The STANDBY indicator goes out.
2 Press QUICK SETUP.
SW DET flashes in the display while the
receiver checks your setup for a subwoofer.
SW YES or SW NO confirms the subwoofer
check, then the display prompts you to select
your speaker setup.
3 Use the MULTI JOG dial to choose your
speaker setup.
When a subwoofer was detected in step 2, you
can cycle between the following choices:
2.1ch
3.1ch
* VSX-D812 only
4
Press ENTER.
5 Use the MULTI JOG dial to choose your
room size.
Depending on the distance of your speakers
from the listening position, choose between
small, medium, or large (S, M or L), M being
an average-sized room.
6
Press ENTER.
4.1ch
7.1ch*
6.1ch
5.1ch
* VSX-D812 only
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7 Use the MULTI JOG dial to choose your
listening position.
Cycle between the following choices:
FWD
MID
BACK
FWD – If you are nearer to the front
speakers than the surround speakers
MID – If you are equal distance from the
front and surround speakers
BACK – If you are nearer to the surround
speakers than the front speakers
8 Press ENTER to confirm your setup.
The display shows the speaker setup, room
size and listening position that you’ve
selected.
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Connecting up
Chapter 3:
Connecting up
Component video cords
• Before making or changing any connections, switch off the power and disconnect the power cord from the AC outlet.
Audio/Video cords
Use audio/video cords (not supplied) to
connect the audio/video components and a
video cord to connect the monitor TV.
Use component video cords to get the best
possible color reproduction of your video
source. The color signal of the TV is divided
into the luminance (Y) signal and the color
(PB and PR) signals and then output. In this
way, interference between the signals is
avoided. Connect from the component video
jacks on the rear of the receiver to the component video jacks on the video component you
are hooking up.
Connect red plugs to R (right), white plugs to
L (left), and the yellow plugs to VIDEO.
Y
Be sure to insert completely.
R
PB
Green
L
PR
Blue
VID
Red
EO
Digital audio coaxial cords/
Optical cables
S-video cables
Use S-video cables (not supplied) to get
clearer picture reproduction than regular
video cords.
Connect from an S-video jack on the rear of
the receiver to an S-video jack on the video
component you are hooking up.
Commercially available digital audio coaxial
cords (standard video cords can also be used)
or optical cables (not supplied) are used to
connect digital components to this receiver.
Be sure to insert completely.
Digital audio coaxial cord
(or standard video cord)
Optical cable
Be sure to insert completely.
SV
IDE
O
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Connecting up
Connecting digital components
The easiest way to hook up this receiver for surround sound is to use a digital input. You can do
this by either coaxial or optical connections (you do not need to do both). The quality of these
two types of connections is the same but since some digital components only have one type of
digital terminal, it is a matter of matching like with like (for example, the coaxial output from the
component to coaxial input on the receiver). The VSX-D712 has three digital inputs on the rear
panel (two coaxial inputs and an optical input) and the VSX-D812 has four (two coaxial inputs
and two optical inputs). Connect your digital components to the rear panel as shown below.
There is one digital output jack which is marked DIGITAL OUT. If you connect this to the optical
input on a digital recorder (currently these include MD, DAT and CD-R) you can make direct
digital recordings with this unit.
When connecting your equipment, always make sure the power is turned off and the power cord
is disconnected from the AC outlet.
• The arrows indicate the direction of the signal.
CD recorder
DIGITAL
OUT
DIGITAL
IN
This receiver*
AM
LOOP
VSX-D812 only
DIGITAL
OUT
Satellite tuner
DIGITAL
OUT
IN
AUX
IN
CD
OPT
OPT OUT
VCR /
DVR
2
TV /
SAT
COAX
DVD
/ LD
FRONT
2
(CD) IN
IN
1
(DVD OUT
/LD)
IN
PLAY
R
AUDIO
L
R
OUT
VCR /
DVR
IN
IN
TV/
SAT
IN
MONITOR
OUT
SUB W.
DVD /
LD
IN
PREOUT
S-VIDEO
16
COMPONENT
VIDEO
MONITOR O
L
Y
SURROUND BACK
S
P
E
A
A
K
E
R
S
DIGITAL OUT
COAX
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DVD
7.1CH
INPUT
L
R
IN
VIDEO
OUT
DVD
7.1CH
REC INPUT
IN
CD-R
/ TAPE
/ MD
COAX
DVD player
OUT
MONITOR OUT
CONTROL
1
DIGITAL OUT
COAX
ANTENNA
IN
(TV /
SAT) IN
CD player
SUB W.
SURROUND
(CD-R/TAPE/MD)
OPT
ASSIGNABLE
DIGITAL
IN
CENTER
FM UNBAL
75 Ω
R
FRONT
PB
L
03
Connecting up
• If you have an LD player, you need to make special connections to ensure you can play 2
RF format LDs on your system. If this is the case, hook up your DVD or LD player directly to
an RF demodulator using both the 2 RF output and either a coaxial or optical digital
connection. We also recommend hooking up your digital components to analog audio jacks
as well. Make sure the RF demodulator digital in switch is set correctly (optical or coaxial
depending on the connection). See the component's instruction manual if you are unsure
about its input and output jacks.
Connecting audio components
To begin set up, connect your analog audio components (such as a cassette deck) to the jacks.
For components you want to record with, you need to hook up four plugs to the receiver (a set
of stereo inputs and a set of stereo outputs), but for components that only play, you only need
to hook up one set of stereo plugs. You must also hook up your digital components to analog
audio jacks if you want to record to/from digital components (like an MD) to/from analog components. See page 16 for more on digital connections.
When connecting your equipment, always make sure the power is turned off and the power cord
is disconnected from the AC outlet.
• The arrows indicate the direction of the signal.
This receiver*
O
OUTPUT
CD player
AM
LOOP
L
R
OPT
CD
IN
OPT OUT
VCR /
DVR
2
OUT
MONITOR OUT
TV /
SAT
COAX
DVD
/ LD
FRONT
2
(CD) IN
IN
1
(DVD OUT
/LD)
IN
PLAY
R
AUDIO
L
OUT
VIDEO
VCR /
DVR
OUT
IN
IN
DVD
7.1CH
REC INPUT
IN
CD-R
/ TAPE
/ MD
COAX
R
DVD
7.1CH
INPUT
L
R
IN
CONTROL
(TV /
SAT) IN
ASSIGNABLE
DIGITAL
IN
ANTENNA
IN
1
REC PLAY
SUB W.
SURROUND
(CD-R/TAPE/MD)
OPT
CD-R/Tape/MD deck
CENTER
FM UNBAL
75 Ω
AUX
IN
DIGITAL
OUT
TV/
SAT
IN
MONITOR
OUT
SUB W.
DVD /
LD
IN
PREOUT
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
VIDEO
ASSIGNABLE ( D V D / LD) IN
¥
L
MONITOR OUT
L
Y
SURROUND BACK
S
P
E
A
A
K
E
R
S
R
FRONT
PB
L
PR
Y
CENTER
PB
(T V / SAT) IN ø
PR
R SURROUND BACK L
R
FRONT
SU
R S
SINGLE
SEE INSTRUCTION
MANUAL
* The illustration shows the VSX-D812, but connections for the VSX-D712 are the same.
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Connecting DVD multi-channel components
If you prefer to use a seperate component for decoding DVDs, you can connect a decoder or a
DVD player with multi-channel analog outputs to the multi-channel inputs of this receiver.
When connecting your equipment, always make sure the power is turned off and the power cord
is disconnected from the AC outlet.
• The arrows indicate the direction of the signal.
This receiver*
AM
LOOP
SUB W.
DVD
7.1CH
INPUT
SURROUND
OPT
CD
IN
OPT OUT
VCR /
DVR
2
(CD-R/TAPE/MD)
OPT
ANTENNA
OUT
MONITOR OUT
1
TV /
SAT
COAX
DVD
/ LD
FRONT
2
(CD) IN
IN
COAX
1
(DVD OUT
/LD)
IN
PLAY
R
AUDIO
L
L
PREOUT
COMPONENT
VIDEO
ASSIGNABLE ( D V D / LD) IN
¥
MONITOR OUT
VCR /
DVR
IN
IN
TV/
SAT
IN
MONITOR
OUT
SUB W.
DVD /
LD
IN
PREOUT
S-VIDEO
L
( D V D / LD) IN ¥
L
L
SURROUND
BACK
PREOUT
SURROUND
BACK
L
VSX-D812 only
L
SURROUND BACK
Y
PB
PR
OUT
VIDEO
OUT
DVD
7.1CH
REC INPUT
IN
CD-R
/ TAPE
/ MD
R
R
IN
CONTROL
IN
(TV /
SAT) IN
ASSIGNABLE
DIGITAL
IN
CENTER
FM UNBAL
75 Ω
AUX
IN
DIGITAL
OUT
S
P
E
A
A
K
E
R
S
R
FRONT
L
CENTER
Y
Y
PB
PR
PB
PR
(T V / SAT) IN ø
R
R
SURROUND
FRONT
V / SAT) IN ø BACK L
R(T SURROUND
R SURROUND BACK L
R
CENTER
R
SURROUND
CENTER
FRONT
L SURROUND
R FRONT
RSURROUND
OUTPUT
OUTPUT
SURROUND
FRONT
FRONT
R
L
L
R
SINGLE
SEE INSTRUCTION
MANUAL
R
L
L
SURROUND
BACK OUTPUT
L
R
L
AC OUTLET
SUB
WOOFER
OUTPUT
CENTER
OUTPUT
VIDEO
OUTPUT
AC OUTLET
B
B
R
DVD/multi-channel decoder
with multi-channel analog
output jacks
* The illustration shows the VSX-D812, but connections for the VSX-D712 are the same.
• The multi-channel input can only be used when DVD 5.1 ch (or DVD 7.1 ch) is selected (see
page 43).
• If the component you are connecting (to the VSX-D812) only has one surround back channel
output, change the Surround back channel input setting (page 50) to SB 1ch IN.
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Connecting video components
Connect your video components to the jacks as shown in the illustration. With digital video
components (like a DVD player), you must use the connections shown on this page for the video
signal, but in order to hear a digital source (like a DVD) you should hook up the audio to a digital
input (see page 16). It is also a good idea to hook up your digital components with analog audio
connections (see page 17).
For better quality video, you can hook up using the component video jacks or the S-video jacks
(quality descends in this order) on the rear of the receiver instead of the regular video jacks.
Make sure they are connected to the video component using the same kind of connection.
When connecting your equipment, always make sure the power is turned off and the power cord
is disconnected from the AC outlet.
• The arrows indicate the direction of the signal.
Video deck
INPUT
This receiver*
OUTPUT
TV tuner
(or Satellite tuner)
AM
LOOP
VIDEO
L
R
CD
IN
OPT OUT
VCR /
DVR
2
VIDEO
TV /
SAT
COAX
DVD
/ LD
FRONT
2
(CD) IN
IN
DVD
7.1CH
INPUT
COMPONENT
VIDEO
OUT
1
IN
(DVD OUT
/LD)
IN
SUB W.
DVD /
LD
IN
PREOUT
PLAY
AUDIO
TV/
SAT
IN
MONITOR
OUT
S-VIDEO
L
Y
S
P
E
A
A
K
E
R
S
IN
L
R
R
PREOUT
ASSIGNABLE ( D V D / LD) IN
¥
L
SURROUND
BACK
L
L
SURROUND BACK
OUT
VCR /
DVR
VIDEO
L
MONITOR OUT
L
R
IN
VIDEO
DVD
7.1CH
REC INPUT
IN
CD-R
/ TAPE
/ MD
COAX
R
L
OUT
R
MONITOR OUT
CONTROL
1
DVD or LD player
ANTENNA
IN
(TV /
SAT) IN
ASSIGNABLE
DIGITAL
IN
SUB W.
SURROUND
OPT
(CD-R/TAPE/MD)
OPT
OUTPUT
CENTER
FM UNBAL
75 Ω
AUX
IN
DIGITAL
OUT
OUTPUT
VIDEO
PB
FRONT
R
L
INPUT
PR
CENTER
Y
PB
(T V / SAT) IN ø
PR
R
FRONT
R SURROUND BACK L
R
SURROUND
CENTER
R SURROUND L
SINGLE
SEE INSTRUCTION
MANUAL
VIDEO
R
TV (monitor)
* The illustration shows the VSX-D812, but connections for the VSX-D712 are the same.
Connecting to the front panel video
terminal
Front video connections are accessed via the
front panel using the VIDEO button. There are
standard audio/video jacks as well as an
S-video jack. Hook them up the same way you
made the rear panel connections.
SIGNAL
SELECT
MIDNIGHT/
LOUDNESS
SPEAKERS
SB CH
MODE
TONE
QUICK
SETUP
MULTI JOG
VIDEO INPUT
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
L
AUDIO
R
Video
camera
(etc.)
V
L
R
VIDEO OUTPUT
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Connecting antennas
Antenna snap connectors
Connect the AM loop antenna and the FM
wire antenna as shown below. To improve
reception and sound quality, connect external
antennas (see Using external antennas
below). Always make sure that the receiver is
switched off and unplugged from the wall
outlet before making or changing any
connections.
Twist the exposed wire strands together and
insert into the hole, then snap the connector
shut.
3/8 in. (10mm)
Using external antennas
AM loop
antenna
To improve FM reception
Connect an external fm antenna.
AM
LOOP
DIGITAL
OUT
OPT
CD
IN
OPT OUT
VCR /
DVR
2
(CD-R/TAPE/MD)
OPT
MONITOR OUT
IN
CONTROL
IN
1
TV /
SAT
(TV /
SAT) IN
ASSIGNABLE
DIGITAL
IN
ANTENNA
OUT
COAX
DVD
/ LD
FRONT
2
(CD) IN
IN
1
(DVD OUT
/LD)
IN
AUDIO
75Ω coaxial cable
VCR /
DVR
OUT
PLAY
R
OUT
VIDEO
IN
IN
DVD
7.1CH
REC INPUT
IN
CD-R
/ TAPE
/ MD
COAX
FM wire
antenna
FM UNBAL
75 Ω
AUX
IN
L
TV/
SAT
IN
MONITOR
OUT
SUB W.
DVD /
LD
IN
PREOUT
AM
LOOP
S-VIDEO
FM UNBAL
75 Ω
ANTENNA
FM wire antenna
To improve AM reception
Connect the FM wire antenna and fully extend
vertically along a window frame or another
suitable place that gives good reception.
Connect a 15-18 feet length of vinyl-coated
wire to the AM antenna terminal without
disconnecting the supplied AM loop antenna.
AM loop antenna
For the best possible reception, suspend horizontally outdoors.
Assemble the antenna and connect to the
receiver. Attach (if necessary) and face in the
direction that gives the best reception.
Outdoor
antenna
15–18 ft. (5–6m)
AM
LOOP
ANTENNA
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FM UNBAL
75 Ω
Indoor antenna
(vinyl-coated wire)
03
Connecting up
Connecting the speakers (VSX-D712)
A complete setup of six speakers (including the subwoofer) is shown below, but everyone’s
home setup will vary. Simply connect the speakers you have in the manner shown below. The
receiver will work with just two stereo speakers (the front speakers in the diagram) but using at
least three speakers is recommended, and a complete setup is best. If you’re not using a
subwoofer, change the front speaker setting (see Speaker setting on page 45) to large.
Make sure you connect the speaker on the right to the right terminal and the speaker on the left
to the left terminal. Also make sure the positive and negative ( +/–) terminals on the receiver
match those on the speakers.
Be sure to complete all connections before connecting this unit to the AC power source.
• Use speakers with a nominal impedance of 8 Ω to 16 Ω.
Front speakers
L
Center speaker
R
OUT
Surround speakers
C
LS
RS
OUT
CD
MONITOR OUT
VCR /
DVR
OUT
OUT
SURROUND
DVD 5.1CH INPUT
IN
Y
CONTROL
OPT
IN
1
TV /
SAT
(TV /
SAT) IN
ASSIGNABLE
DIGITAL
IN
COAX
DVD
/ LD
FRONT
2
(CD) IN
IN
COAX
1
(DVD OUT
/LD)
IN
PLAY
R
AUDIO
L
Powered
subwoofer
SW
VCR /
DVR
OUT
DVD
5.1CH
REC INPUT
IN
CD-R
/ TAPE
/ MD
PB
PR
OUT
VIDEO
IN
IN
TV/
SAT
IN
MONITOR
OUT
SUB
WOOFER
DVD /
LD
IN
PREOUT
SURROUND
BACK
S-VIDEO
S
P
E
A
A
K
E
R
S
R
FRONT
L
CENTER
Y
PB
(T V / SAT) IN ø
PR
R SURROUND L
R
FRONT
L
AC OUTLET
B
VSX-D712
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Connecting the speakers (VSX-D812)
A complete setup of eight speakers (including the subwoofer) is shown below, but everyone’s
home setup will vary. Simply connect the speakers you have in the manner shown below. The
receiver will work with just two stereo speakers (the front speakers in the diagram) but using at
least three speakers is recommended, and a complete setup is best for surround sound. If
you’re not using a subwoofer, change the front speaker setting (see Speaker setting on page 45)
to large.
Make sure you connect the speaker on the right to the right terminal and the speaker on the left
to the left terminal. Also make sure the positive and negative ( +/–) terminals on the receiver
match those on the speakers.
Be sure to complete all connections before connecting this unit to the AC power source.
• Use speakers with a nominal impedance of 8 Ω to 16 Ω.
Front speakers
L
Center speaker
R
CENTER
UB W.
OPT
CD
IN
OPT OUT
VCR /
DVR
2
ANTENNA
OUT
MONITOR OUT
TV /
SAT
(TV /
SAT) IN
COAX
DVD
/ LD
FRONT
2
(CD) IN
IN
1
(DVD OUT
/LD)
IN
AUDIO
VCR /
DVR
IN
IN
TV/
SAT
IN
MONITOR
OUT
SUB W.
DVD /
LD
IN
PREOUT
PLAY
R
OUT
VIDEO
OUT
DVD
7.1CH
REC INPUT
IN
CD-R
/ TAPE
/ MD
COAX
S-VIDEO
L
L
R
IN
CONTROL
IN
1
R
RS
PREO
COMPONENT
VIDE
ASSIGNABLE
L
L
SURROUND
BACK
MONITOR OUT
L
Y
SURROUND BACK
S
P
E
A
A
K
E
R
S
R
FRONT
PB
L
PR
CENTER
Y
PB
(T V / SAT) IN ø
PR
R SURROUND BACK L
R
FRONT
R
SURROUND
CENTER
R SURROUND L
R
INPUT
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Passive
subwoofer
or single
surround
back
speaker
FRONT
L
AC OUTLET
SINGLE
B
SEE INSTRUCTION
MANUAL
VSX-D812
Powered subwoofer
SW
SBL
DVD
7.1CH
INPUT
SURROUND
(CD-R/TAPE/MD)
OPT
ASSIGNABLE
DIGITAL
IN
LS
AUX
IN
DIGITAL
OUT
Surround back speakers
Surround speakers
C
TV
SBR
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Connecting up
• When using the speaker on your TV as the
center speaker (C), connect the CENTER
PREOUT jack on this unit to the audio
input jack on your TV. In this case the
center speaker shown is unnecessary.
• The speaker terminals also accept single
banana plugs. (Refer to speaker manual
for details.)
• If you are using only one surround back
speaker, connect the positive wire to the
right channel (+) terminal, and the negative wire to the left channel (–) terminal
(see illustration on page 12).
• If you select subwoofer (SB SW) in the
Surround back speaker setting on page 46
you can hook up a subwoofer instead of
speakers to the surround back speaker
terminals. Connect the positive wire to the
right channel (+) terminal, and the negative wire to the left channel (–) terminal
(see illustration on page 12).
Speaker terminals
1
2
3
3/8 in. (10mm)
1
Twist exposed wire strands together.
2 Loosen speaker terminal and insert
exposed wire.
Make sure that all the bare speaker wire is
twisted together and inserted fully into the
speaker terminal. If any of the bare speaker
wire is touching the back panel when you
switch the unit on, the power may cut off as a
safety measure. Use good quality speaker
wire to connect the speakers to the receiver.
3
Tighten terminal.
A and B speaker systems
The receiver has two speaker systems: A and
B. A is the main system supporting the full
speaker setup. If you switch on both A and B
speaker systems, only the front speakers and
the (active) subwoofer will be audible. No
sound will come from the center, surround, or
surround back speakers, but multi-channel
sources will be down-mixed to the active
speakers so no sound will be lost. Similarly, if
you choose just the B system you‘ll only hear
the front speakers connected to the B system
and multi channel sources will be downmixed to these two speakers.
• Press the SPEAKERS button on the
front panel to switch between speaker
systems (A, B or both).
Hints on speaker placement
Speakers are usually designed with a particular placement in mind. Some are designed
to be floorstanding, while others should be
placed on stands to sound their best. Some
should be placed near a wall; others should
be placed away from walls. We have provided
a few tips on getting the best sound from your
speakers (following), but you should also
follow the guidelines on placement that the
speaker manufacturer provided with your
particular speakers to get the most out of
them.
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• Place the front left and right speakers at
equal distances from the TV.
• When placing speakers near the TV, we
recommend using magnetically shielded
speakers to prevent possible interference,
such as discoloration of the picture when
the TV is switched on. If you do not have
magnetically shielded speakers and
notice discoloration of the TV picture,
move the speakers farther away from the
TV.
Overhead view of 5.1 channel speaker setup
Front
Left
Front
Right
Subwoofer
Surround
Left
Surround
Right
• Place the center speaker above or below
the TV so that the sound of the center
channel is localized at the TV screen.
• If possible, place the surround speakers
slightly above ear level.
Center
Listening Position
3-D view of 5.1 channel speaker setup
• Try not to place the surround speakers
further away from the listening position
than the front and center speakers. Doing
so can weaken the surround sound effect.
• To achieve the best possible surround
sound, install your speakers as shown
below. Be sure all speakers are installed
securely to prevent accidents and
improve sound quality.
Overhead view of 6.1 channel speaker setup
• If you choose to install the center speaker
on top of the TV, be sure to secure it with
putty, or by other suitable means, to
reduce the risk of damage or injury
resulting from the speaker falling from the
TV in the event of external shocks such as
earthquakes.
Front
Left
Center
Front
Right
Subwoofer
Surround
Left
Surround
Right
Listening Position
Single Surround Back
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3-D view of 6.1 channel speaker setup
Overhead view of 7.1 channel speaker setup
Front
Left
Front
Right
Center
Subwoofer
Surround
Left
Surround
Right
Listening Position
Surround Back
Left
Surround Back
Right
3-D view of 7.1 channel speaker setup
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Connecting up
Connecting additional amplifiers
This receiver has more than sufficient power for any home use, however it is possible to add
additional amplifiers to every channel on the VSX-D812 or the surround back channel of the VSXD712. Make the connections shown below to add amplifiers to power your speakers. Always
make sure that the receiver is switched off and unplugged from the wall outlet before making
or changing any connections.
• The arrows indicate the direction of the audio signal.
VSX-D712
AM
LOOP
DIGITAL
OUT
IN
AUX
IN
CD
OUT
VCR /
DVR
CENTER SUB WOOFER
FM UNBAL
75 Ω
COMPONENT
VIDEO
OPT
ANTENNA
OUT
IN
OPT
1
2
(CD) IN
1
(DVD OUT
/LD)
IN
IN
SUB
WOOFER
AUDIO
DVD /
LD
IN
PREOUT
SURROUND
BACK
PLAY
R
TV/
SAT
IN
MONITOR
OUT
DVD
5.1CH
REC INPUT
IN
CD-R
/ TAPE
/ MD
COAX
VCR /
DVR
OUT
IN
DVD
/ LD
FRONT
S-VIDEO
L
INPUT
Y
PB
PR
Y
OUT
VIDEO
IN
TV /
SAT
(TV /
SAT) IN
COAX
Powered
subwoofer
ASSIGNABLE ( D V D / LD) IN
¥
MONITOR OUT
L
SURROUND
DVD 5.1CH INPUT
IN
CONTROL
ASSIGNABLE
DIGITAL
IN
R
MONITOR OUT
R
S
P
E
A
A
K
E
R
S
FRONT
PB
(T V / SAT) IN ø
CENTER
L
PR
R SURROUND L
R
FRONT
L
AC OUTLET
B
Surround back
channel amplifier
or powered speaker
ANALOG IN
ANALOG IN
L
VSX-D812
R
ANALOG IN
OPT
DIGITAL
OUT
OPT
(TV /
SAT)
IN
¥
(CD-R/ ø
CD
/ TAPE
/ MD)
OPT OUT
VCR /
DVR
2
(CD-R/TAPE/MD)
OPT
FM UNBAL
75 Ω
S
P
E
A
A
K
E
R
S
COAX
2
(CD) IN
COAX
1
(DVD OUT
/LD)
IN
R
AUDIO
L
TV /
SAT
R
DVD
/ LD
FRONT
MONITOR OUT
OUT
L
L
SURROUND
BACK
L
R
Surround channel
amplifier
MONITOR OUT
IN
PPB B
FRONT VIDEO
L
IN
PPRR
CONTROL
CENTER
OUT
YY
PPBB
(T V / OUT
SAT) IN ø
PR
VCR /
BACK L
R
R SURROUND
DVR
R
FRONT
R
SURROUND
CENTER
R SURROUND L
R
FRONT
ANALOG IN
Surround back
channel amplifier
ANALOG IN
Center channel
amplifier
L
IN
AC OUTLET
IN
DVD
7.1CH
REC INPUT
IN
CD-R
/ TAPE
/ MD
PLAY
PREOUT
COMPONENT
ASSIGNABLE ( D V D / LD) IN
ASSIGNABLE
¥
VIDEO
COMPONENT
1
2
VIDEO
MONITOR OUT
DIGITAL
OUT
ANTENNA
Y
IN
1
(TV /
SAT) IN
ASSIGNABLE
DIGITAL
IN
AM
LOOP
OPT
AUX
IN
Front channel
amplifier
TV/
SAT
SINI N G L E
MONITOR
OUT
SEE INSTRUCTION
MANUAL
SUB W.
DVD /
LD
IN
PREOUT
B
S-VIDEO
INPUT
Powered
subwoofer
• To hear sound only from the pre-outs, disconnect any speakers that are connected directly
to the receiver.
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• If you’re not using a subwoofer, change
the front speaker setting (see Speaker
setting on page 45) to large.
• VSX-D712 only – If you connect to a
surround back speaker, make sure the
Surround back speaker setting on page 46
is switched on and set to the proper
speaker size.
• Make sure no exposed speaker wire is
touching the rear panel, this may cause
the receiver to turn off automatically.
• This unit should be disconnected by
removing the power plug from the wall
socket when not in regular use (ex. when
on vacation).
AC outlet
Power supplied through this outlet is turned
on and off by the receiver's power switch.
Total electrical power consumption of
connected equipment should not exceed 100
W (0.8 A).
AC OUTLET
SWITCHED
100 W MAX
0.8 A MAX
Power cord caution
Handle the power cord by the plug. Do not
pull out the plug by tugging the cord and
never touch the power cord when your hands
are wet as this could cause a short circuit or
an electric shock. Do not place the unit, a
piece of furniture, etc., on the power cord, or
pinch the cord. Never make a knot in the cord
or tie it with other cords. The power cords
should be routed such that they are not likely
to be stepped on. A damaged power cord can
cause a fire or give you an electrical shock.
Check the power cord once in a while. When
you find it damaged, ask your nearest Pioneer
authorized service center or your dealer for a
replacement.
• Do not connect a monitor, TV set, heater,
or similar appliance to this unit’s AC
outlet.
• Do not connect appliances with high
power consumption to the AC outlet in
order to avoid overheating and fire risk.
This can also cause the receiver to
malfunction.
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Connecting up
Operating other Pioneer
components
By connecting a control cord (optional), you
can point the remote controls of other Pioneer
components at the receiver’s remote sensor.
The remote control signals are received by the
remote sensor of this unit, and sent to the
other devices via the CONTROL OUT
terminals on the receiver.
CONTROL
OUT
IN
IN
CONTROL
OUT
Receiver
Remote
control
unit
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Other Pioneer products
with CONTROL terminals
Connect to CONTROL
terminal of other
compatible Pioneer products
04
Controls and displays
Chapter 4:
Controls and displays
Front panel
1
2
4
3
5
6
MULTI JOG
DVD/LD
TV/SAT
CD
CD-R/
TAPE/MD
VCR/DVR
VIDEO
ENTER
TUNER
AUX
MASTER VOLUME
STANDBY
UP
DOWN
STANDBY/ON
PULL OPEN
PHONES
8
7
9
10
STATION
TUNING
11
STANDARD
ADVANCED
SURROUND
12 13 14 15 16 17
STEREO/
DIRECT
SIGNAL
SELECT
MIDNIGHT/
LOUDNESS
SPEAKERS
SB CH
MODE
TONE
VIDEO INPUT
LISTENING MODE
TUNER EDIT
CLASS
BAND
MPX
INPUT ATT
QUICK
SETUP
MULTI JOG
PHONES SURR.
FL DIMMER
MULTI JOG
S-VIDEO
24 23 22 21 20 19
1 STANDBY/ON
Switches the receiver between on and
standby.
2 Input select buttons
Press to select an input source.
3 STANDBY indicator
Lights when the receiver is in standby mode.
4 Remote sensor
Receives the signals from the remote control.
VIDEO
L
AUDIO
R
18
5
ENTER
6 MULTI JOG dial
The MULTI JOG dial performs a number of
tasks. Use it to select options after pressing
TONE, QUICK SETUP or TUNER EDIT.
7
MASTER VOLUME
8 PHONES jack
Use to connect headphones. When the headphones are connected, there is no sound
output from the speakers.
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9 STATION +/– buttons
Selects station presets when using the tuner
(page 55).
18 VIDEO INPUT
See Connecting to the front panel video
terminal on page 19.
10 TUNING +/– buttons
Selects the frequency when using the tuner
(page 54).
19 FL DIMMER
Use this button to make the fluorescent
display (FL) dimmer or brighter.
11 LISTENING MODE buttons
20 INPUT ATT
Use to attenuate (lower) the level of an analog
input signal to prevent distortion.
STANDARD
Press for Standard decoding and to
switch between the various Pro Logic II
and Neo:6 options (page 38).
ADVANCED SURROUND
Use to switch between the various
surround modes (page 39).
STEREO/DIRECT
Switches between direct and stereo playback. Direct playback bypasses the tone
controls and channel levels for the most
accurate reproduction of a source
(page 39).
12 SIGNAL SELECT
Use to select an input signal (page 37).
13 MIDNIGHT/LOUDNESS
Use Midnight when listening to movie
soundtracks at low volume. Use Loudness to
boost the bass and treble at low volume
(page 42).
14 SPEAKERS
Use to cycle through the speaker system:
A B A+B (page 23)
15 SB CH MODE
Selects the surround back channel mode
(page 40) and the Virtual Surround Back
(VSB) mode (page 41).
16 TONE
Press this button to access the bass and
treble controls, which you can then adjust
with the MULTI JOG dial (page 42).
17 QUICK SETUP
See Using the Quick Setup on page 13.
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21 MPX
Press to receive a radio broadcast in mono
(page 54).
22 BAND
Switches between AM and FM radio bands
(page 54).
23 CLASS
Switches between the three banks (classes)
of station presets (page 55).
24 TUNER EDIT
Press to memorize and name a station for
recall (page 55).
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Controls and displays
Display
1
2
3
4
11 12
1 SIGNAL SELECT indicators
Lights to indicate the type of input signal
assigned for the current component:
AUTO
Lights when AUTO signal select is on.
SB
Depending on the source, this lights
when a signal with surround back
channel encoding is detected.
DIGITAL
Lights when a digital audio signal is
detected.
2 DIGITAL
Lights when a Dolby Digital encoded
signal is detected.
ANALOG
Lights when an analog signal is detected.
DTS
Lights when a source with DTS encoded
audio signals is detected.
2 DTS
When the STANDARD mode of the receiver is
on, this lights to indicate decoding of a DTS
signal.
3 2 DIGITAL
When the STANDARD mode of the receiver is
on, this lights to indicate decoding of a Dolby
Digital signal.
13
5 6
7
14
8
9
10
15
16
4 2 PRO LOGIC II
When the (STANDARD) Pro Logic II mode of
the receiver is on, this lights to indicate Pro
Logic II decoding.
5 VIR.SB
Lights during Virtual surround back
processing.
6 ATT
Lights when INPUT ATT is used to attenuate
(reduce) the level of the analog input signal.
7 DIRECT
Lights when source direct playback is in use.
Direct playback bypasses the tone controls
and channel levels for the most accurate
reproduction of a source.
8 MIDNIGHT
Lights during Midnight listening.
9 SLEEP
Lights when the receiver is in sleep mode.
10 Speaker indicator
Shows the speaker system currently in use.
11 Character display
12 Neo:6
When the (STANDARD) NEO:6 mode of the
receiver is on, this lights to indicate NEO:6
processing.
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13 ADV.SURR. (Advanced Surround)
Lights when one of the Advanced Surround
modes has been selected.
14 LOUDNESS
Lights when LOUDNESS has been selected.
15 TUNER indicators
STEREO
Lights when a stereo FM broadcast is
being received in auto stereo mode.
MONO
Lights when the mono mode is set using
the MPX button.
TUNED
Lights when a broadcast is being
received.
16 Master volume level
Shows the overall volume level. ---dB indicates the minimum level, and - 0 dB indicates
the maximum level.
Depending on your level settings for each
channel, the maximum volume can range
between –10 dB and –0 dB.
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Remote control
RECEIVER
Switches the remote to control the
receiver (used to select the features such
as SLEEP, MCACC SETUP, etc). Also use
this button to set up surround sound
(page 44, page 51).
10
11
RECEIVER
SOURCE
INPUT SELECT
1
12
MULTI CONTROL
2
DVD/LD
TV / SAT
VCR/DVR
TV CONT
CD
CD-R/TAPE
TUNER
RECEIVER
STEREO/
DIRECT
MIDNIGHT/
LOUDNESS
ADVANCED
STANDARD SURROUND
CH
SELECT
3
LEVEL
TEST
TONE
EFFECT
FL
DIMMER
3
STANDARD
Press for Standard decoding and to
switch between the various Pro Logic II
and Neo:6 options (page 38).
MUTE
RECEIVER CONTROL
4
MASTER
VOLUME
TOP MENU
MENU
SETUP
5
5
TUNE
ST
6
ST
ENTER
GUIDE
SUBTITLE
AUDIO
TUNE
MCACC
SETUP
7
SLEEP
RETURN
BAND DTV ON/OFF
DTV INFO
DISPLAY
CLASS
D.ACCESS
MPX
DISC
1
2
3
ENTER
13
+10
8
4
5
6
7
8
9
CHANNEL
INPUT
SELECT
TV
9
VOLUME
MIDNIGHT/LOUDNESS
Switches to Midnight or Loudness
listening (page 42).
CH SELECT
Selects a speaker when setting up the
surround sound of the receiver (page 52).
0
CONTROL
CHANNEL
ADVANCED SURROUND
Use to switch between the various
surround modes (page 39).
STEREO/DIRECT
Switches between direct and stereo playback. Direct playback bypasses the tone
controls and channel levels for the most
accurate reproduction of a source
(page 39).
INPUT ATT
T.EDIT
DTV MENU
RECEIVER CONTROL buttons
14
RECEIVER
1 RECEIVER
This switches between standby and on for this
receiver.
2 MULTI CONTROL buttons
Press to select control of other components
(see Controlling the rest of your system on
page 58).
LEVEL +/–
Adjusts the levels of the surround sound
of the receiver (page 52).
TEST TONE
Sounds the test tone when setting up the
surround sound of the receiver (page 52).
MUTE
Mutes the sound (or restores the sound if
it has been muted).
EFFECT +/–
Adds or subtracts the amount of effect
with different advanced surround modes
(page 39).
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FL DIMMER
Dims or brightens the display.
4
MASTER VOLUME +/–
Use to set the listening volume.
5 Receiver and component control
buttons (Press the corresponding MULTI
CONTROL button first to access).
These controls function according to the
component you’ve selected.
TOP MENU
Displays the disc ‘top’ menu of a DVD.
DTV MENU
Displays menus on a digital TV.
AUDIO
Changes the audio language or channel
with DVD discs.
MCACC SETUP
Use to setup your speaker system using
the multi-channel acoustic calibration
system.
MENU
Displays the disc menu of DVD-Video
discs. It also displays TV and DTV menus.
INPUT ATT
Attenuates (lowers) the level of an analog
input signal to prevent distortion.
T.EDIT
Use to memorize and name a station for
recall using the STATION +/– buttons
(page 55).
GUIDE
Displays the guides on a digital TV.
SUBTITLE
Displays/changes the subtitles included
in multilingual DVD-Video discs.
SLEEP
Use to put the receiver in sleep mode and
select the amount of time before the
receiver turns off.
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(TUNE +/–, ST +/–) /ENTER
Use the arrow buttons when setting up
your surround sound system (see
page 44). Also used to control DVD
menus/options and for deck 1 of a double
cassette deck player. Use the TUNE +/–
buttons to find radio frequencies and use
ST +/– to find preset stations (page 55).
7 Component/Tuner control buttons
The main buttons (, , etc.) are used to
control a component after you have selected
it using the MULTI CONTROL buttons. The
tuner/DTV controls above these buttons can
be accessed after you have selected the corresponding MULTI CONTROL button (TUNER
or TV/SAT (when connected to DTV)).
RETURN
Returns to the last screen selected when
using a digital TV tuner.
BAND DTV ON/OFF
Switches between the tuner AM and FM
bands (page 54). Also switches a digital
TV on/off (page 60).
DTV INFO
Use to bring up information screens on a
digital TV.
DISPLAY
Use to switch the display between the
station preset name and the frequency for
the tuner.
CLASS
Switches between the three banks
(classes) of radio station presets
(page 55).
MPX
Switches between stereo and mono
reception of FM broadcasts. If the signal
is weak then switching to mono will
improve the sound quality (page 54).
Controls and displays
04
D.ACCESS
After pressing, you can access a radio
station directly using the number buttons
(page 54).
8 Number buttons
Use the number buttons to directly select a
radio frequency (page 54) or the tracks on a
CD, DVD, etc.
9 CHANNEL +/–
Use to select channels when using a VCR,
DVR, etc. Also use to skip tracks backward or
forward on CDs, DVDs, etc.
10 INPUT SELECT
Use to select the input source.
11 LED
This lights when a command is sent from the
remote control.
12 SOURCE
Press to turn on/off other components
connected to the receiver.
13 DISC (ENTER)
The button’s use depends on the component
selected. It can be used to enter commands
for TV or DTV, and can also be used to select
a disc in a multi-CD player.
14 TV CONTROL buttons
These buttons are dedicated to control the TV
assigned to the TV CONT button. Thus if you
only have one TV to hook up to this system
assign it to the TV CONT MULTI CONTROL
button. If you have two TVs, assign the main
TV to the TV CONT button.
Use to turn on/off the power of the TV.
(TV CONTROL) INPUT SELECT
Use select the TV function.
CHANNEL +/–
Use to select channels.
VOLUME +/–
Use to adjust the volume on your TV.
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Chapter 5:
Playing sources
Introduction to Sound Modes
You can identify Dolby Digital software by the
There are three basic sound options: Stereo/
Direct (STEREO/DIRECT), Standard (STANDARD) or Advanced Surround (ADVANCED
SURROUND).
1 or
marks. Most Dolby
Surround software is marked 3, but
unmarked software may also incorporate
Dolby Surround. Depending on the source
and the sound mode you have selected, you
may not get sound from the surround back
speakers in your setup. For more on this, refer
to Using the Virtual Surround Back mode (VSB)
on page 41 and Using the Surround Back
Channel (SB CH) on page 40.
Stereo/Direct
When you select STEREO or DIRECT, you will
hear the source through just the front left and
right speakers (and possibly your subwoofer
depending on your speaker settings). Dolby
Digital and DTS multichannel sources are
downmixed to stereo.
In STEREO, you’ll hear the audio with your
surround settings and you can still use the
Midnight, Loudness, and Tone control functions.
With DIRECT, you will bypass all effects and
surround settings so that the audio remains
as close to the source audio signal as
possible.
Choose one of the following to add depth to a
2 channel source:
Pro Logic II Movie (MOVIE)
This mode gives 5.1 channel surround sound.
It is suitable for movies, especially those
recorded in Dolby Surround. The channel
separation and movement of surround effects
is comparable to Dolby Digital 5.1.
Pro Logic II Music (MUSIC)
This mode gives 5.1 channel surround sound
and is suitable for music. The surround effect
is more enveloping than Pro Logic II Movie.
• If you switch on Midnight listening, Loudness, or the Tone controls when DIRECT is
selected, the receiver automatically
switches to STEREO.
Standard mode
The Standard mode can be used to decode
Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Surround
sources.
The other surround sound options (next
column) can add multi-channel sound to
regular stereo sources.
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Pro Logic (PROLOGIC)
This mode gives 4.1 channel surround sound.
It is less sensitive to the quality of the source
material, so may be useful when Pro Logic II
Movie/ Music modes don’t give good results.
Neo:6 Cinema (CINEMA)
This mode gives 6.1 channel surround sound
and is suitable for movies. The Neo:6 Cinema
mode delivers good channel separation for
movie soundtracks.
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Neo:6 Music (MUSIC)
Sports (SPORTS)
This mode gives 6.1 channel surround sound
and is suitable for music. The Neo:6 Music
mode plays the stereo source as is through
the front left/right speakers, and generates a
natural, ambient surround and center sound.
This is designed for sports programs with alot
of action, adding to the excitement by
bringing background action to the forefront.
Advanced Surround modes
These are designed to be used with multichannel surround sound audio/visual
sources (like DVDs and LDs). Most Advanced
Surround modes are designed to be used with
film soundtracks, but some modes are also
suited for music sources. Try different
settings with various soundtracks to see
which you like.
• Depending on the source and the sound
mode you have selected, you may not get
sound from the surround back speakers
in your setup. For more on this, refer to
Using the Virtual Surround Back mode
(VSB) on page 41 and Using the Surround
Back Channel (SB CH) on page 40.
Advanced Movie (ADV. MOVIE)
Simulates the relaxed environment of a movie
theater, and is suitable for watching movies.
Advanced Music (ADV. MUSIC)
Simulates the acoustic environment of a large
concert hall and is suitable for music or
musical sources.
TV Surround (TV. SURR.)
This mode produces surround sound for both
mono and stereo TV sources. It is useful for
older movies recorded with mono
soundtracks.
Game (GAME)
Useful when playing video games. It works
especially well with sound moving from left to
right in game software with alot of movement.
Expanded (EXPANDED)
This mode is especially designed to give
sound depth to stereo sources, and lets you
hear two-channel (stereo) signals as simulated multi-channel surround sound. Use with
Dolby Pro Logic for a stereo surround effect.
You can also use with Dolby Digital sources
for a wider stereo field than the STANDARD
modes.
6-Channel Stereo (6-STEREO)
This can be selected to give multi-channel
sound to a stereo source, using all of the
speakers in your setup.
Phones Surround (PHONES SURROUND)
When listening through headphones, you can
still get the effect of overall surround.
Choosing the input signal
• Default setting: AUTO
You need to hook up a component to both
analog and digital inputs on the rear of the
receiver to select between input signals.
STANDARD
ADVANCED
SURROUND
STEREO/
DIRECT
SIGNAL
SELECT
MIDNIGHT/
LOUDNESS
SPEAKERS
SB CH
MODE
TONE
PHONES SURR.
INPUT ATT
QUICK
SETUP
MULTI JOG
LISTENING MODE
VIDEO INPUT
FL DIMMER
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
L
AUDIO
R
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• Press SIGNAL SELECT (front panel) to
select the input signal corresponding to
the source component.
Each press cycles through the options as
follows:
Listening to multi-channel
playback
RECEIVER
INPUT SELECT
AUTO
MULTI CONTROL
DVD 5.1 ch/
DVD 7.1 ch
DIGITAL
DVD/LD
TV / SAT
VCR/DVR
CD
CD-R/TAPE
TUNER
TV CONT
STANDARD
ANALOG
The AUTO setting automatically switches to
DIGITAL if a digital source is detected, otherwise the signal select will be ANALOG.
DVD 5.1ch (VSX-D712) and DVD 7.1ch (VSXD812) will only appear when DVD/LD is
selected.
When set to DIGITAL or AUTO, 2 DIGITAL
lights when a Dolby Digital signal is input,
and DTS lights when a DTS signal is input.
• This receiver can only play back Dolby
Digital, PCM (32kHz–96 kHz) and DTS
digital signal formats (however, only the
VSX-D812 can decode DTS 96kHz/24 bit
signal formats). With other digital signal
formats, set to ANALOG.
• You may get digital noise when a LD or CD
player compatible with DTS is playing an
analog signal. To prevent noise, make the
proper digital connections (page 16) and
set the signal input to DIGITAL.
• Some DVD players don’t output DTS
signals. For more details, refer to the
instruction manual supplied with your
DVD player.
1
Switch on the playback component.
2
Turn on the power of the receiver.
3 Select the source you want to playback.
Use the MULTI CONTROL buttons (or INPUT
SELECT).
4 Press STANDARD.
If the source is Dolby Digital, DTS, or Dolby
Surround encoded, the proper decoding
format will automatically be selected and
shows in the display.
If you are listening to a two channel source,
each press changes the display as follows:
MOVIE
(2 Pro Logic II)
MUSIC
MUSIC
(2 Pro Logic II)
(Neo:6)
CINEMA
(Neo:6)
PROLOGIC
Refer to page 36 for more details about each
mode.
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5 Start playback of the component you
selected in step 1.
• You can’t use the STANDARD mode with
96kHz PCM or DTS 96kHz/24-bit stereo
sources.
Using Stereo/Direct
When you select STEREO or DIRECT, you will
hear the source through just the front left and
right speakers (and possibly your subwoofer
depending on your speaker settings). Dolby
Digital and DTS multichannel sources are
downmixed to stereo. See page 36 for more
on these modes.
• Press STEREO/DIRECT repeatedly to
switch between the two options.
Refer to page 37 for more details about each
surround effect.
• If you press ADVANCED SURROUND
when the headphones are connected, the
PHONES SURROUND mode will automatically be selected.
• You can’t use the Advanced Surround
listening modes with 96kHz PCM or DTS
96kHz/24 bit signal formats.
• The Advanced Surround effects can be
adjusted in the range of 10 to 90 by
pressing EFFECT +/– . The effect level can
be set for each Advanced Surround mode.
The Standard (STANDARD) mode cannot
be changed.
• If you switch on Midnight listening, Loudness, or the Tone controls when DIRECT is
selected, the receiver automatically
switches to STEREO.
Using Advanced Surround
When you select one of the Advanced
Surround options, Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby
Digital and DTS decoding is done automatically corresponding to the input signal. Use
Advanced Surround to add effects to the
surround sound.
• Press ADVANCED SURROUND repeatedly to cycle the sound options.
Each press changes the display as follows:
ADV.
MOVIE
ADV.
MUSIC
TV SURR.
6-STEREO
SPORTS
EXPANDED
GAME
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Using the Surround Back
Channel (SB CH)
• Press SB CH MODE (front panel)
repeatedly to cycle the surround back
channel options.
Each press cycles through the options as
follows:
• Default setting: SB ON (VSX-D812), SB
OFF (VSX-D712)
You can have the receiver automatically
switch to Dolby Digital EX or DTS-ES
decoding for 6.1 encoded sources (SB
AUTO), or you can choose to listen to other
kinds of sources (for example, 5.1 encoded
material) with 6.1 encoding (SB ON). With 5.1
encoded sources, a surround back channel
will be generated, but the material may sound
better in the 5.1 format for which it was originally encoded, in which case you can simply
switch the surround back channel off (SB
OFF).
The table indicates when you will hear the
surround back channel.
SB ON
SB OFF
SB AUTO
• You can’t use the surround back channel
if the Surround back speaker setting on
page 46 is set to SB or SB SW (VSXD812 only).
• You can’t hear the surround back channel
with DTS 96kHz/24 bit sources.
ADVANCED SURROUND
STANDARD
Type of source
SB CH
MODE
DTS-ES/Dolby Digital
Matrix encoded
multi-channel sources
with 6.1 surround
ON
Dolby Digital/DTS
encoded multi-channel
sources
AUTO
ON
AUTO
Dolby Digital/DTS
encoded stereo sources,
Stereo sources
ON
AUTO
Analog 2-channel
(stereo) source
ON
AUTO
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decoding
MOVIE/MUSIC/
PROLOGIC
NEO:6 CINEMA/
NEO:6 MUSIC
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Using the Virtual Surround
Back mode (VSB)
Selecting this mode allows you to hear a
virtual back channel through your surround
speakers. For example, you can choose to
listen to sources with no surround back
channel information (for example, 5.1
encoded material) with emulated 6.1
encoding (VSB ON). Sometimes the material
may sound better in the 5.1 format for which
it was originally encoded. In this case you can
have the receiver only apply this effect to 6.1
encoded sources like Dolby Digital EX or DTSES (VSB AUTO), or you can simply switch it
off (VSB OFF).
Each press cycles through the options as
follows:
VSB ON
VSB OFF
VSB AUTO
• You can’t use the Virtual Surround Back
mode if the Speaker setting on page 45 is
set to S .
The table indicates when you will hear the
virtual surround back channel.
• You can only use the Virtual Surround
Back mode if the Surround back speaker
setting on page 46 is set to SB or SB SW
(VSX-D812 only).
• Press SB CH MODE (front panel)
repeatedly to cycle the virtual surround
back channel options.
• You can’t adjust the surround back
channel level when you’re listening to the
virtual surround back channel.
Type of source
DTS-ES/Dolby Digital
Matrix encoded
multi-channel sources
with 6.1 surround
Dolby Digital/DTS
encoded multi-channel
sources
Virtual
Surround
Back mode
STANDARD
STANDARD
decoding
MOVIE/MUSIC/
PROLOGIC
ADVANCED SURROUND
NEO:6 CINEMA/
NEO:6 MUSIC
All modes
ON
AUTO
ON
AUTO
Dolby Digital/DTS
encoded stereo sources,
Stereo sources
ON
AUTO
Analog 2-channel
(stereo) source
ON
AUTO
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Using Midnight and Loudness
listening
The Midnight listening feature allows you to
hear effective surround sound of movies at
low volume levels. The effect automatically
adjusts according to the volume at which
you’re listening.
The Loudness listening feature can be used to
get good bass and treble from music sources
at low volume levels.
1 Press TONE to select the frequency you
want to adjust.
Each press switches between BASS and
TREBLE.
2 Use the MULTI JOG dial to change the
amount of bass or treble as necessary.
Wait about five seconds for your changes to
be input automatically.
• Press MIDNIGHT/LOUDNESS.
Each press cycles through the effects as
follows:
• You can only use the tone controls when
STEREO/DIRECT is selected. DIRECT will
switch to STEREO when the tone controls
are used.
MIDNIGHT
• The tone controls affect SPEAKER A only.
They can’t be used when SPEAKER A is
switched off.
Off
LOUDNESS
Playing other sources
• You can’t use MIDNIGHT/LOUDNESS
when DVD 5.1 ch/DVD 7.1 ch has been
selected, or when listening to a DTS
96kHz/24 bit source.
RECEIVER
INPUT SELECT
MULTI CONTROL
DVD/LD
TV / SAT
VCR/DVR
CD
CD-R/TAPE
TUNER
TV CONT
Using the tone controls
Depending on what you are listening to, you
may want to adjust the bass or treble using
the front panel tone control.
MULTI JOG
ENTER
MASTER VOLUME
SIGNAL
SELECT
MIDNIGHT/
LOUDNESS
SPEAKERS
SB CH
MODE
TONE
QUICK
SETUP
DOWN
MULTI JOG
UP
1 Turn on the power of the playback
component.
VIDEO INPUT
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
L
AUDIO
R
2
Turn on the power of the receiver.
3 Select the source you want to playback.
Use the MULTI CONTROL buttons (or INPUT
SELECT).
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4 Start playback of the component you
selected in step 1.
• When playback from the multi-channel
inputs is selected, you can’t use the
INPUT ATT, TONE, and MIDNIGHT/
LOUDNESS buttons, as well as the STANDARD, ADVANCED SURROUND, and
STEREO/DIRECT sound modes.
Selecting the multi-channel
analog inputs
If you have connected a decoder or a DVD
player with multi-channel analog outputs to
this receiver (page 18), you must select the
analog multi-channel inputs for surround
sound playback.
• When playback from the multi-channel
inputs is selected, only the volume and
channel levels can be set.
Using the sleep timer
DVD/LD
TV/SAT
VCR/DVR
VIDEO
CD
CD-R/
TAPE/MD
TUNER
AUX
TUNING
STATION
STANDBY
STANDBY/ON
STANDARD
ADVANCED
SURROUND
STEREO/
DIRECT
PHONES SURR.
PULL OPEN
LISTENING MODE
TUNER EDIT
CLASS
MPX
BAND
INPUT ATT
FL DIMMER
MULTI JOG
PHONES
The sleep timer switches the receiver into
standby after a specified amount of time so
you can fall asleep without worrying about the
receiver being left on all night. Use the remote
control to set the sleep timer.
1
Press RECEIVER.
2 Press SLEEP repeatedly to set the sleep
time.
STANDARD
ADVANCED
SURROUND
STEREO/
DIRECT
SIGNAL
SELECT
MIDNIGHT/
LOUDNESS
SPEAKERS
SB CH
MODE
TONE
PHONES SURR.
INPUT ATT
90 min
60 min
VIDEO INPUT
FL DIMMER
S-VIDEO
1
QUICK
SETUP
MULTI JOG
LISTENING MODE
VIDEO
L
AUDIO
R
Off
30 min
Press DVD/LD.
2 Press SIGNAL SELECT repeatedly to
select DVD 5.1ch/DVD 7.1ch.
To cancel playback from the multi-channel
inputs, use the SIGNAL SELECT button to
select a different input signal.
• You can check the remaning sleep time at
any time by pressing SLEEP once.
Pressing repeatedly will cycle through the
sleep options again.
• You can also switch off the sleep timer
simply by switching off the receiver.
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Setting up the receiver
Chapter 6:
Setting up the receiver
Choosing your receiver setup
2
To ensure the best possible surround sound,
be sure to complete the following set up
operations. This is particularly important
when using DTS and Dolby surround. You
only need to make these settings once (unless
you change the placement of your current
speaker system or add new speakers, etc.).
Refer to the following pages for details on
each of the settings.
3 Use or to choose the option you
want to adjust.
It will be easiest to adjust each of the settings
in turn, following the order below (and on the
following pages). The current setting is shown
for each option as you cycle through the
display.
• If you are using the Pioneer S-FCRW230/
730 speaker system, make sure the
Subwoofer setting is set to YES and the
Speaker setting is set to FS-CS-SS. You’ll
also have to change the Crossover
frequency setting to 200Hz.
Press RECEIVER.
Speaker setting (page 45)
Specify the number and type of speakers
you have connected.
Surround back speaker setting
(page 46)
Specify your surround back speaker/
surround back subwoofer setup.
Subwoofer setting (page 46)
Specify how the subwoofer is used.
Crossover frequency setting (page 46)
Determine which frequencies will be sent
to the subwoofer (or large speakers).
RECEIVER
RECEIVER
LFE attenuator setting (page 47)
Choose the attenuator level for the LFE
channel.
Front left speaker distance setting
(page 47)
Specify the distance from your listening
position to your front left speaker.
ENTER
1 Press RECEIVER to turn the power
on.
The STANDBY indicator goes out.
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Center speaker distance setting
(page 47)
Specify the distance from your listening
position to your center speaker.
Front right speaker distance setting
(page 48)
Specify the distance from your listening
position to your front right speaker.
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Surround right speaker distance
setting (page 48)
Specify the distance from your listening
position to your surround right speaker.
Surround back speaker distance
setting (page 48)
Specify the distance from your listening
position to your surround back speakers.
Surround left speaker distance setting
(page 48)
Specify the distance from your listening
position to your surround left speaker.
Subwoofer distance setting (page 48)
Specify the distance from your listening
position to your subwoofer.
Dynamic range control setting
(page 49)
Compress the dynamic range of the
sound track.
Dual mono setting (page 49)
Isolate one channel when listening to
discs with dual mono encoding.
Component video input settings
(page 49)
Specify the components to be assigned to
the component video inputs (below).
•
Component video 1 input setting
•
Component video 2 input setting
Surround back channel input setting
(VSX-D812 only) (page 49)
Specify the number of surround back
inputs you have connected.
Digital input settings (page 50)
Specify the components to be assigned to
the digital inputs (below).
•
Coaxial digital input 1 setting
•
Coaxial digital input 2 setting
•
Optical digital input 1 setting
4 Use or to adjust the setting.
The setting is entered automatically.
5 Repeat steps 3 and 4 to adjust other
setup options.
6 When you’re done, press ENTER to
exit.
• The setting display is automatically exited
after 3 minutes of inactivity.
Speaker setting
• Default setting: FL-CS-SS (If a subwoofer
is detected when you turn the receiver on,
the default is FS-CS-SS.)
You must let the receiver know how many
speakers you have, and how big they are. The
size you choose (large or small) determines
how much bass is sent from the receiver to
the speakers.
In the display, F, C, and S refer to front, center,
and surround speakers respectively. Speaker
size is denoted as L for large speakers, S for
small speakers, and (asterisk) if no speaker
is connected.
• If the cone size (diameter) of the speaker
is larger than 5 inches, set the speaker
size to L.
• If you’re not using a subwoofer, we recommend setting the front speakers to L.
• Cycle through the available choices
using or and choose a configuration
that matches your speaker setup.
• Optical digital input 2 setting (VSXD812 only)
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One of the following configurations should
match your setup:
• To select SB L, you must have SL selected
in the Speaker setting.
FS-CS-SS
FL-C -S
FS-CS-S
FL-C -SS
FS-C -SS
FL-C -SL
FS-C -S
FL-CS-S
FL-CL-SL
FL-CS-SS
FL-CL-SS
FL-CS-SL
FL-CL-S
Subwoofer setting
(VSX-
You must let the receiver know if surround
back speaker(s) have been connected, and
how big they are. The size you choose (large or
small) determines how much bass is sent
from the receiver to the speakers. If you have
connected a surround back subwoofer (VSXD812), you should select the surround back
subwoofer setting (SB SW) from the options.
Choose (asterisk) if no speaker is
connected.
• Use or to select SB S, SB , SB SW
or SB L.
SB S
SB L
* VSX-D812 only
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SB
SB SW*
• Use or to select subwoofer YES,
PLUS or NO.
YES
PLUS
NO
Surround back speaker setting
• Default setting: S (VSX-D812),
D712)
You can choose whether the subwoofer is
used or not. Use the plus (PLUS) setting for
extra bass.
• If you chose the small front speaker
setting, SW YES is automatically set and
locked.
• When you select the PLUS setting, you
will get the bass sounds from the
subwoofer even if the front speakers are
set to L.
Crossover frequency setting
• Default setting: 100 Hz
Crossover frequency is the point where the
receiver divides the high and low sounds (the
frequencies) between the speakers. Since
most smaller speakers can’t handle deep
bass tones, you can send these sounds to the
subwoofer (or if you don’t have a subwoofer,
the large (L) speakers in your system) instead
of the speakers set to small (S) in your setup.
Choose the point at which you want the
frequency routed to the subwoofer (or L
speakers).
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We recommend setting this to 200Hz if your
S speakers are smaller bookshelf-type
speakers.
• Use or to specify the crossover
frequency for your small speakers (100 Hz,
150 Hz or 200 Hz).
100Hz
• Use or to set the attenuation
level (0 dB, 10 dB or
dB(∞)).
0 dB
10 dB
∞ (displays
)
150Hz
200Hz
• When ∞ is selected (
appears in the
display), LFE cannot be heard.
100Hz
Sends bass frequencies below 100 Hz to
the subwoofer (or L speakers).
Front left speaker distance setting
150Hz
Sends bass frequencies below 150 Hz to
the subwoofer (or L speakers).
Sets the distance from the front left speaker to
the listening position.
200Hz
Sends bass frequencies below 200 Hz to
the subwoofer (or L speakers).
• Default setting: 10 ft.
• Use or to set the distance of the
front left speaker from the main listening
position (within the range of 0.5 ft. to 45
ft.).
Center speaker distance setting
• If all speakers (front, center, and
surround) are set to L, the crossover
frequency can’t be set because there are
no S speakers (
appears in the
display).
LFE attenuator setting
• Default setting: 0 dB
Dolby Digital and DTS audio sources include
ultra-low bass tones. Set the LFE attenuator
as necessary to prevent the ultra-low bass
tones from distorting the sound from the
speakers.
• Default setting: 10 ft.
The center speaker is normally placed directly
in the front of the listening room and closer to
the listening position than the front speakers.
This means that the sound from the center
speaker will be heard before the front
speakers. To prevent this, set the center
speaker distance setting to delay the sound
from the center speaker so that the sound
from the front and center speakers will be
heard at the same time.
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• Use or to set the distance of the
center speaker from the main listening
position (within the range of 0.5 ft. to 45
ft.).
• When C is selected in the speaker
setting, the center speaker distance can’t
be set.
Surround back speaker distance
setting
• Default setting: 10 ft.
You should set the distance of the surround
back speakers accurately to hear sounds
coming from all speakers at the same time.
• Use or to set the distance of the
surround back speakers from the main
listening position (within the range of 0.5
ft. to 45 ft.).
Front right speaker distance setting
• Default setting: 10 ft.
Sets the distance from the front right speaker
to the listening position.
• Use or to set the distance of the
front right speaker from the main
listening position (within the range of 0.5
ft. to 45 ft.).
Surround right speaker distance
setting
• Default setting: 10 ft.
You should set the distance of the surround
speakers accurately to hear sounds coming
from all speakers at the same time.
• Use or to set the distance of the
surround right speaker from the main
listening position (within the range of 0.5
ft. to 45 ft.).
• When S is selected in the speaker
setting, the surround speaker distance
can’t be set.
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• When SB SW (VSX-D812 only) or SB is
selected in the surround back speaker
setting, the surround back speaker
distance can’t be set.
Surround left speaker distance
setting
• Default setting: 10 ft.
You should set the distance of the surround
speakers accurately to hear sounds coming
from all speakers at the same time.
• Use or to set the distance of the
surround left speaker from the main
listening position (within the range of 0.5
ft. to 45 ft.).
• When S is selected in the speaker
setting, the surround speaker distance
can’t be set.
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Subwoofer distance setting
• Default setting: 10 ft.
Like your speakers, you should set the
distance of the subwoofer accurately to hear
sounds from all speakers at the same time.
• Use or to set the distance of the
subwoofer from the main listening position (within the range of 0.5 ft. to 45 ft.).
• When SW NO is selected in the
subwoofer setting, the subwoofer
distance can’t be set.
Dynamic range control setting
language on one channel and a different
language on the other. With this setting you
can choose which channel in the dual mono
setting you want to listen to.
If Dolby Digital mode is switched on, you will
hear the channel you have selected (either
ch1 or ch2) through your center speaker. With
Dolby Digital mode off, or if you don’t have a
center speaker, you will hear the channel you
have selected through both front speakers. In
the L ch 1.R ch2 setting, the left front speaker
will play channel 1 and the right front speaker
will play channel 2.
• Use or to cycle through the
possible dual mono settings.
L ch 1.R ch2
• Default setting: OFF
Dynamic range is the difference between the
loudest and softest sounds in any given
signal. With this setting, you can compress
the dynamic range, so that low level sounds
can be heard more easily (sounding relatively
louder) yet louder sounds won’t be too overbearing.
• Use or to set the dynamic range
control (OFF, MAX, or MID).
ch2
ch1
Component video input settings
Here you tell the receiver what components
you have hooked up to the component video
jacks on the back of the receiver.
Component video 1:
• Default settings: DVD
• When listening at low volumes, set to
MAX for maximum dynamic range
compression.
• Dynamic range control is effective only
when a Dolby Digital or DTS signal is
being played back.
• Use or to assign the component
video 1 input (DVD, TV, VCR or OFF).
Component video 2:
• Default setting: TV
• Use or to assign the component
video 2 input (DVD, TV, VCR or OFF).
Dual mono setting
•
Default setting: ch1
The dual mono setting can only be used when
listening to Dolby Digital and DTS signals
with dual mono encoding. It is sometimes
used when it is necessary to have one
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Surround back channel input
setting
(VSX-D812 only)
• Default setting: SB 2ch IN
You only have to make this setting if you are
using a seperate component for decoding
DVDs, and the component has only one
surround back channel output. If this is the
case, select SB 1ch IN, otherwise leave it set
to SB 2ch IN.
• Use or to select SB 2ch IN or SB
1ch IN.
Digital input settings
Here you tell the receiver what components
you have hooked up to the coaxial and optical
DIGITAL IN jacks on the back of the receiver.
After you assign a component to a digital jack,
whenever you select that component, (for
example, a DVD player) the receiver
automatically changes to the digital input
setting and DIGITAL shows in the display.
Coaxial digital 1:
• Default settings: DVD
• Use or to assign the coaxial
digital 1 input (DVD, TV, CD, CDR, VCR or
OFF).
Coaxial digital 2:
• Default setting: CD
• Use or to assign the coaxial
digital 2 input (DVD, TV, CD, CDR, VCR or
OFF).
Optical digital 1:
• Default settings: TV
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• Use or to assign the optical digital
1 input (DVD, TV, CD, CDR, VCR or OFF).
Optical digital 2
(VSX-D812 only)
• Default setting: CDR
• Use or to assign the optical digital
2 input (DVD, TV, CD, CDR, VCR or OFF).
• You can’t assign two inputs to the same
function. For example, assigning input 1
to the default setting of input 2
automatically switches input 2 to OFF.
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Setting up the receiver
Manually calibrating your
listening area (MCACC)
You can use the Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration (MCACC) system to fine tune your
speaker levels and channel delay. These are
calibrated according to the distance from
your left front speaker to the listening position. You will hear a series of test tones that
will allow you to set the speaker levels and
channel delay to your liking. The advantage of
doing this is that you can achieve an overall
balance defined by the front speakers (the
main speakers for home theater).
1
Press RECEIVER.
2 Press MCACC SETUP.
The MCACC system uses the left front
speaker as a reference point to calibrate the
speaker level and channel delay.
The front left speaker tone and the target
speaker (the one that you’re trying to adjust)
tone will sound in turns, so you can judge
which needs to be louder.
3 Use and to adjust each channel
level in turn, pressing ENTER to go to the
next channel when you’re done.
The test tone is output in the following order
(depending on the speaker setting):
R
C
LS
SW
SB
RS
• You must complete the Speaker setting on
page 45 before using the MCACC setup.
4 Specify the distance from the front left
speaker to your listening position using and then press ENTER.
RECEIVER
ENTER
MCACC
SETUP
5 Use and to adjust the delay for
each channel in turn, pressing ENTER to go
to the next channel when you’re done.
Listen to the reference channel and use it to
measure the target channel. Stand facing the
two speakers with your arms outstretched
pointing at each speaker. Try to make the two
tones sound as if they are arriving simultaneously at a position slightly in front of you
and between your arm span.
• These test tones can be loud, so take care
that there is no one in the room who will
be startled by the noise.
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The test tone for channel delay is output in the
same order as step 5:
R
SW
C
SB
LS
RS
After you have completed all the channels in
your speaker setup, the volume level returns
to normal and COMPLETE, then RESUME
shows in the display.
Setting separate channel
levels for listening modes
• Default setting: 0 dB
In addition to the MCACC setup, you can also
set relative channel levels from the listening
position using the method below. Using CH
SELECT (see tip below), it is also possible to
set separate channel levels for each of the
listening modes.
• Using the MCACC system to set up your
speaker system will overwrite any
previous settings you had for the
STANDARD or ADVANCED SURROUND
modes.
ADVANCED
STANDARD SURROUND
CH
SELECT
LEVEL
TEST
TONE
MASTER
VOLUME
1 Press STANDARD or ADVANCED
SURROUND.
2 Press TEST TONE to output the test
tone.
The test tone is output in the following order
(depending on the speaker setting):
L
C
R
RS
SW
LS
SB
• If you don’t hear a test tone from one of
your speakers, please refer to Speaker
setting on page 45 and Surround back
speaker setting on page 46 to make sure
you have correctly specified your speaker
setup.
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3 Press MASTER VOLUME +/– to adjust
the volume to an appropriate level.
4 Use LEVEL +/– to adjust the speaker
levels in turn.
You should hear the test tone at the same
volume from each speaker when seated in the
main listening position. The channel level
range is ± 10 dB.
5 When you’re done, press TEST TONE to
turn off the test tone.
The receiver returns to the Standard mode.
• The speaker volume can be adjusted
without outputting the test tone by
pressing CH SELECT and then using
LEVEL +/–. However, you can only adjust
the level of the speakers currently active
in the mode you’re listening to. You can
set separate levels for the STANDARD,
STEREO and DVD 5.1 ch/DVD 7.1 ch
modes, as well as for each ADVANCED
SURROUND mode.
• Since the subwoofer transmits an ultralow frequency its sound may seem quieter
than it actually is.
• Using test tones to set up your speaker
system will overwrite any previous
settings you had for the STANDARD or
ADVANCED SURROUND modes.
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Using the tuner
Chapter 7:
Using the tuner
Listening to the radio
The following steps show you how to tune in
to FM and AM radio broadcasts using the
automatic (search) and manual (step) tuning
functions. If you already know the frequency
of the station you want, see Tuning directly to
a station below. Once you are tuned to a
station you can memorize the frequency for
recall later—see Saving station presets on
page 55 for more on how to do this.
Automatic tuning
To search for stations in the currently
selected band, press and hold TUNE +/–
for about a second. The receiver will start
searching for the next station, stopping
when it has found one. Repeat to search
for other stations.
Manual tuning
To change the frequency one step at a
time, press TUNE +/–.
High speed tuning
Press and hold TUNE +/– for high speed
tuning. Release the button at the
frequency you want.
TUNER
Improving FM stereo sound
MASTER
VOLUME
TUNE
If the TUNED or STEREO indicators don't light
when tuning to an FM station because the
signal is weak, press the MPX button to
switch the receiver into mono reception
mode. This should improve the sound quality
and allow you to enjoy the broadcast.
TUNE
BAND DTV ON/OFF
MPX
1 Press the TUNER button to select the
tuner.
2 Use the BAND button to change the
band (FM or AM), if necessary.
Each press switches the band between FM
and AM.
3 Tune to a station.
There are three ways to do this:
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Tuning directly to a station
Sometimes, you'll already know the frequency
of the station you want to listen to. In this
case, you can simply enter the frequency
directly using the number buttons on the
remote control.
1 Press the TUNER button to select the
tuner.
2 Use the BAND button to change the
band (FM or AM), if necessary.
Each press switches the band between FM
and AM.
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3
Press D.ACCESS (Direct Access).
STATION
4 Use the number buttons to enter the
frequency of the radio station.
For example, to tune to 106.00 (FM), press 1,
0, 6, 0, 0.
STEREO
FM
TUNING
STANDARD
ADVANCED
SURROUND
STEREO/
DIRECT
SIGNAL
SELECT
MIDNIGHT/
LOUDNESS
PHONES SURR.
LISTENING MODE
TUNER EDIT
CLASS
BAND
MPX
INPUT ATT
FL DIMMER
MULTI JOG
TUNED
SP A
106.00
If you make a mistake halfway through, press
D.ACCESS twice to cancel the frequency and
start over.
TUNER
Saving station presets
If you often listen to a particular radio station,
it's convenient to have the receiver store the
frequency for easy recall whenever you want
to listen to that station. This saves the effort of
manually tuning in each time. This unit can
memorize up to 30 stations, stored in three
banks, or classes, (A, B and C) of 10 stations
each. When saving an FM frequency, the
MPX setting (see page 54) is also stored. Use
the front panel controls to store station
presets.
MULTI JOG
ENTER
MASTER
VOLUME
TUNE
INPUT ATT
T.EDIT
ST
ST
ENTER
TUNE
BAND DTV ON/OFF
CLASS
MPX
1 Tune to a station you want to memorize.
See Listening to the radio on page 54 for more
on this.
2 Press T.EDIT (TUNER EDIT).
The display shows ST. MEMORY, then a
blinking memory class.
MASTER VOLUME
/
SIGNAL
SELECT
MIDNIGHT/
LOUDNESS
SPEAKERS
SB CH
MODE
TONE
QUICK
SETUP
DOWN
MULTI JOG
UP
STEREO
VIDEO INPUT
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
L
AUDIO
R
A-
TUNED
SP A
99.50
3 Press CLASS to select one of the three
classes then press ST +/– (STATION +/–) to
select the station preset you want.
You can also use the the MULTI JOG dial
(front panel) to select a station preset.
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4 Press ENTER.
After pressing ENTER, the preset class and
number stop blinking and the receiver stores
the station.
Naming station presets
For easier identification, you can name your
station presets.
1 Choose the station preset you want to
name.
See Listening to station presets below for how
to do this.
2 Press T.EDIT (TUNER EDIT).
The display shows ST. NAME, then a blinking
cursor at the first character position.
3 Input the name you want.
Names can be up to four characters long.
• Use the MULTI JOG dial (front panel) or
the ST +/– buttons (remote) to select
characters.
• Press ENTER to confirm a character. If no
character is input, a space is input.
• The name is stored when ENTER is
pressed after choosing the fourth character.
• To erase a station name, simply repeat
steps 1-3 and input four spaces instead of
a name.
• Once you have named a station preset,
you can press DISPLAY when listening to
a station to switch the display between
the name and the frequency.
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Listening to station presets
You will need to have some presets stored to
do this. See Saving station presets on page 55
if you haven’t done this already.
1
Press TUNER to select the tuner.
2 Press CLASS to select the class in which
the station is stored.
Press repeatedly to cycle through classes A,
B and C.
3 Press ST +/– (STATION +/–) to select
the station preset you want.
• If the receiver is left disconnected from
the AC power outlet for an extended
period, the station memories will be lost
and will have to be reprogrammed.
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Making recordings
Chapter 8:
Making recordings
Making an audio or a video
recording
1 Select the source you want to record.
Use the MULTI CONTROL buttons (or INPUT
SELECT).
You can make an audio or a video recording
from the built-in tuner, or from an audio or
video source connected to the receiver (such
as a CD player or TV).
Keep in mind you can’t make a digital
recording from an analog source or viceversa, so make sure the components you are
recording to/from are hooked up in the same
way (see Connecting up on page 15 for more
on connections).
If you want to record a video source, you also
need use the same type of connection for the
source as for the recorder. For example, you
can’t record a component hooked up to Svideo jacks with a recorder hooked up to the
component video outputs (see page 19 for
more on video connections).
2 Select the input signal (if necessary).
Press SIGNAL SELECT (front panel) to select
the input signal corresponding to the source
component (see page 37 for more on this).
3 Prepare the source you want to record.
Tune to the radio station, load the CD, video,
DVD etc.
4 Prepare the recorder.
Insert a blank tape, MD, video etc. into the
recording device and set the recording levels.
Refer to the instructions that came with the
recorder if you are unsure how to do this.
Most video recorders set the audio recording
level automatically—check the component’s
instruction manual if you’re unsure.
5 Start recording, then start playback of
the source component.
INPUT SELECT
MULTI CONTROL
DVD/LD
TV / SAT
VCR/DVR
CD
CD-R/TAPE
TUNER
CD
TV/SAT
VCR/DVR
VIDEO
CD-R/
TAPE/MD
TUNER
AUX
TV CONT
STATION
STANDBY
STANDBY/ON
PULL OPEN
TUNER EDIT
MULTI JOG
PHONES
STANDARD
ADVANCED
SURROUND
STEREO/
DIRECT
SIGNAL
SELECT
MIDNIGHT/
LOUDNESS
SPEAKERS
SB CH
MODE
TONE
PHONES SURR.
• The receiver's volume, balance, tone
(bass, treble, loudness), and surround
effects have no effect on the recorded
signal.
QUICK
SETUP
MULTI JOG
LISTENING MODE
INPUT ATT
CLASS
VIDEO INPUT
FL DIMMER
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
L
AUDIO
R
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Controlling the rest of your system
Chapter 9:
Controlling the rest of your
system
Setting the remote to control
other components
There are several ways to set your remote to
control the other components in your system.
The easiest way to do this is to assign the
component’s manufacturer preset code
(starting on page 63) to one of the MULTI
CONTROL buttons on the remote control.
Selecting preset codes
directly
MULTI CONTROL
DVD/LD
TV / SAT
VCR/DVR
TV CONT
CD
CD-R/TAPE
TUNER
RECEIVER
The buttons can be set to control the following
components:
Button
Controllable Components
DVD/LD:
TV/SAT:
VCR/DVR:
CD:
CD-R/TAPE:
DVD or LD player
TV or Satellite tuner
VCR or Digital Video Recorder
CD player
CD Recorder, Tape deck
or MD player
TV or Cable TV tuner
FM/AM tuner
TV CONT:
TUNER:
• The remote control will exit an operation
after 1 minute of inactivity.
MASTER
VOLUME
TUNE
ST
ST
ENTER
TUNE
1 While pressing the RECEIVER button,
press and hold the 1 button.
The LED blinks.
2 Press the MULTI CONTROL button for
the component you want to control.
The LED lights.
3 Use the number buttons to enter the
preset code (see page 63)
The LED blinks again.
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If the correct code has been input the power
of the component being input will turn on or
off.
The power of the component being input will
only turn on or off if that component is able to
be turned on directly by remote control.
• You can only input a code for the component type written on each MULTI
CONTROL button (except RECEIVER and
TUNER).
• Even if you don’t input a preset code for
the TV (TV/SAT MULTI CONTROL button)
you will be able to control your TV using
the dedicated TV CONTROL on the
remote if you have assigned it to the TV
CONT button.
• You may not be able to use a particular
code even if it is listed on page 63.
• The remote control buttons will not be
able operate other equipment unless
preset with the method above.
4 Repeat steps 2 through 3 to try a
different code, or to enter a code for
another component you want to control.
5
When you’re done, press RECEIVER.
Direct function
• Default setting: ON
You can use the direct function feature to
control one component using the remote
control while at the same time, using your
receiver to playback a different component.
This could let you, for example, use the
remote control to set up and listen to a CD on
the receiver and then use the remote control
to rewind a tape in your VCR while you
continue to listen to your CD player.
When direct function is on, any component
you select (using the MULTI CONTROL
buttons ) will be selected by both the receiver
and the remote control. When you turn direct
function off, you can operate the remote
control without affecting the receiver.
1 While pressing the RECEIVER button,
press and hold the 4 button.
The LED blinks.
2 Press the MULTI CONTROL button for
the component you want to control.
The LED lights.
3 Use the number buttons to enter
either 1 (direct on) or 2 (direct off).
The LED blinks again.
Clearing all the remote
control settings
4 Repeat steps 2 through 3 for the other
components you want to control.
You can clear all presets and restore the
factory default settings.
5
• While pressing the RECEIVER button,
press and hold the 0 button for three
seconds.
The LED blinks three times indicating the
settings have been restored to the factory
presets.
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When you’re done, press RECEIVER.
• You can’t use direct function for TUNER.
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Controls for TVs
This remote control can control components after entering the proper codes or teaching the
receiver the commands (see Setting the remote to control other components on page 58 for more
on this). Use the MULTI CONTROL buttons to select the component.
Button(s)
Function
Components
TV
Switches the DTV on or off.
DTV
Switches the TV or CATV between standby and on.
Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV
INPUT
SELECT
Switches the TV input. (Not possible with all models.)
TV
CHANNEL
+/–
Selects channels.
Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV/
DTV
VOLUME
+/–
Adjust the TV volume.
Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV/
DTV
TOP MENU Press to display the DTV menu.
DTV
MENU
Select different menus from the DTV functions.
DTV
Select the menu screen.
Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV
AUDIO
Use to switch DTV audio tracks
DTV
GUIDE
Use as the GUIDE button for navigating
DTV
Use to choose the BLUE commands on a DTV menu.
DTV
Use to choose the GREEN commands on a DTV menu.
DTV
Use to choose the RED commands on a DTV menu.
DTV
Use to choose the YELLOW commands on a DTV menu. DTV
Press to get information on DTV programs.
DTV
Switches DTV on or off.
DTV
Use to select closed captioning with DTV.
DTV
Number
Buttons
Use to select a specific TV channel.
Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV/
DTV
+10 button Use to add a decimal point when selecting a specific TV DTV
channel.
ENTER/
DISC
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Use to enter a channel.
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DTV
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Button(s)
Function
Components
& Select or adjust and navigate items on the menu screen. DTV
ENTER
ENTER brings up the DTV menus.
Press to select or adjust and navigate items on the menu Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV/
screen.
DTV
• The four TV CONTROL buttons on the remote control are dedicated to control the TV
assigned to the TV CONT button. Thus if you only have one TV to hook up to this system
assign it to the TV CONT MULTI CONTROL button. If you have two TVs, assign the main TV
to the TV CONT button.
Controls for other components
This remote control can control these components after entering the proper codes or teaching
the receiver the commands (see Setting the remote to control other components on page 58 for
more on this). Use the MULTI CONTROL buttons to select the component.
Button (s)
Function
Components
SOURCE Press to switch the component between standby and on. CD/MD/CD-R/VCR/DVD/LD/
DVR player/Cassette deck
Press to return to the start of the current track.
Repeated presses skips to the start of previous tracks.
CD/MD/CD-R/DVD/LD
player
Play the reverse side of the tape on a reversible deck.
Cassette deck
Press to advance to the start of the next track.
Repeated presses skips to the start of following tracks.
CD/MD/CD-R/DVD/LD
player
Play the forward side of the tape on a reversible deck.
Cassette deck
Pause playback or recording.
CD/MD/CD-R/VCR/DVD/LD/
DVR player/Cassette deck
Start playback.
CD/MD/CD-R/VCR/DVD/LD/
DVR player/Cassette deck
Hold down for fast forward playback.
CD/MD/CD-R/VCR/DVD/LD/
DVR player/Cassette deck
Hold down for fast reverse playback.
CD/MD/CD-R/VCR/DVD/LD/
DVR player/Cassette deck
Stops playback (on some models, pressing this when the CD/MD/CD-R/VCR/DVD/LD/
disc is already stopped will cause the disc tray to open). DVR player/Cassette deck
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Button (s)
Function
Components
Number
buttons
Directly access tracks on a program source.
CD/MD/CD-R/VCR/LD
player
Use the number buttons to navigate the on-screen
display.
DVD/DVR player
+10 button Selects tracks higher than 10. (For example, press +10
then 3 to select track 13.)
CD/MD/CD-R/VCR/LD
player
ENTER/
DISC
Changes the search mode.
DVD
Chooses the disc.
Multiple CD player
Use as the ENTER button.
VCR
Displays the setup screen for DVR players.
DVR player
Changes sides of the LD.
LD player
MENU
Displays menus concerning the current DVD or DVR you DVD/DVR player
are using.
Pauses the tape.
Cassette deck
Stops the tape.
Cassette deck
ENTER
Starts playback.
Cassette deck
/
Fast rewinds/fast forwards the tape.
Cassette deck
& Navigates DVD menu/options.
ENTER
DVD/DVR Player
CHANNEL
+/–
VCR/DVD/DVR Player
Selects channels.
TOP MENU Displays the disc ‘top’ menu of a DVD.
DVD/DVR Player
AUDIO
Changes the audio language or channel.
DVD/DVR Player
GUIDE
Displays/changes the subtitles on multilingual DVDs.
DVD/DVR Player
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Preset Code List
You should have no problem controlling a component if you find the manufacturer in this list,
but please note that there are cases where codes for the manufacturer in the list will not work
for the model that you are using. There are also cases where only certain functions may be
controllable after assigning the proper preset code.
• The TV, STB and DTV codes can only be set to the TV/SAT or TV CONT button.
DVD
Manufacturer Code
TOSHIBA 001
SONY 002
PANASONIC 003
JVC 004
SAMSUNG 005
SHARP 006
AKAI 007
RCA 009, 011
DENON 003, 010
HITACHI 012
PHILIPS 013
ZENITH 014
SONY 016 (video game)
LOEWE 013
GOLDSTAR 014
MICROSOFT
017(Videogame)
PIONEER 000, 003, 008,
111
LD
Manufacturer Code
SONY 101
PANASONIC 105, 106
PHILIPS 104
KENWOOD 103
MITSUBISHI 100
RCA 107
PIONEER 100,111(DVDLD)
TV
TV / SAT
GE 601, 608, 607, 610, 617,
602, 628 ,618
PHILIPS 607
SONY 604
PANASONIC 607, 608, 622
TOSHIBA 605, 602, 626, 621
SHARP 602, 619, 627
HITACHI 606, 610, 624,
625, 618
SANYO 621, 614
MITSUBISHI 609, 610, 602,
621
GOLDSTAR 610, 623, 621,
602
JVC 613, 623
RADIOSHACK610, 623,
621, 602
FUNAI 658
GRANDIENTE 630
LOEWE 607
PIONEER 600
STB (SATELLITE/
CATV)
TV / SAT
TV CONT
Manufacturer Code
JERROLD 711, 701, 702,
712, 704, 713 , 703, 714,
716, 715
S.ATLANTA 705, 706, 708,
709
ZENITH 707, 717, 710
PIONEER 700
TV CONT
Manufacturer Code
RCA 601, 610, 615, 616,
617, 618 , 661, 662 , 609
ZENITH 603, 620
MAGNAVOX 607, 610,
603, 612, 629
On digital STB
TV / SAT
TV CONT
ManufacturerCode
RCA 201, 203
SONY 202
ECHOSTAR 205
PRIMESTAR 206
BELL 208
PIONEER 200, 207, 231
DTV
TV / SAT
TV CONT
Manufacturer Code
PIONEER 229, 207
PANASONIC 230
TUNER
Manufacturer Code
PIONEER 500
VCR
Manufacturer Code
ORION 445, 446, 424
FUNAI 441
RCA 401, 406, 408, 414,
405,413,411,415, 460 ,
461,462,463,435
ZENITH 403, 404, 417
MAGNAVOX 414, 408,
426, 403
FISHER 410, 426, 412, 427,
425, 420
PANASONIC 408 , 432 ,
433
TOSHIBA 405, 409, 426
JVC 428, 430, 429, 408, 414
, 431, 407
HITACHI 408, 401, 406,
436, 434
SONY 416, 417, 404, 408,
457, 458 , 459
MITSUBISHI
409,420,421,422, 423,
424,408,407,456
SANYO 410,412, 425, 435
SHARP 402, 418, 419, 456
GOLDSTAR 411, 409
OPTIMUS 408, 432, 433,
402, 418, 419
GRADIENTE 441
LOEWE 414, 432
KENWOOD 456
PIONEER 400
DVD Recorder
Manufacturer Code
PIONEER 456
TAPE
Manufacturer Code
DENON 810
FISHER 813
JVC 802
KENWOOD 804, 807
MARANTZ 821
ONKYO 808, 809
OPTIMUS 800
SONY 801, 806
TEAC 805
TECHNICS 803
YAMAHA 811, 812
PIONEER 800
CD
Manufacturer Code
DENON 309, 346
JVC 303
KENWOOD 310, 311, 321
MARANTZ 323, 312, 324,
346
ONKYO 320, 308, 307
OPTIMUS 300
PHILIPS 312, 322, 346
RCA 302, 319, 313
SANYO 313
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SONY 301, 316, 317, 318
TEAC 305, 306, 327, 324,
325
TECHNICS 304, 326
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YAMAHA 315 , 314 , 328,
347
PIONEER 300, 345
MD
Manufacturer Code
SONY 901
KENWOOD 903
SHARP 902
TEAC 904
ONKYO 905
DENON 906
PIONEER 900, 902, 907
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Chapter 10:
Additional information
Troubleshooting
Incorrect operations are often mistaken for trouble and malfunctions. If you think that there is
something wrong with this component, check the points below. Sometimes the trouble may lie
in another component. Investigate the other components and electrical appliances being used.
If the trouble cannot be rectified even after exercising the checks listed below, ask your nearest
Pioneer authorized service center or your dealer to carry out repair work.
Problem
Remedy
The power does not turn on.
• Connect the power plug to the wall outlet.
• Disconnect the power plug from the outlet, and insert again.
• Make sure there are no loose strands of speaker wire touching the
rear panel. This could cause the receiver to shut off
automatically.
• If the STANDBY indicator blinks and the power shuts off
automatically, take the unit to your nearest Pioneer authorized
service center or your dealer for servicing.
No sound is output when a
function is selected.
• Make sure the component is connected correctly (refer to Connecting up on page 15).
• Press MUTE on the remote control to turn muting off.
• Adjust the MASTER VOLUME.
No image is output when a
function is selected.
• Make sure the component is connected correctly (refer to Connecting up on page 15).
• Select the correct component (use the MULTI CONTROL buttons).
Considerable noise in radio
broadcasts.
• Tune in the correct frequency.
• Connect the antenna (refer to page 20).
• Route any loose cables away from the antenna terminals and
wires.
• Fully extend the FM wire antenna, position for best reception, and
secure to a wall.
• Connect an outdoor FM antenna (refer to page 20).
• Adjust the direction and position for best reception.
• Connect an additional internal or external AM antenna (refer to
page 20).
• Turn off the equipment causing the noise or move it away from the
receiver.
• Place the antenna farther away from the equipment causing the
noise.
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Problem
Remedy
Broadcast stations cannot be • Connect an outdoor antenna (refer to page 20).
selected automatically.
No sound from surround or
center speakers.
• Refer to Speaker setting on page 45 to check the speaker settings.
• Refer to Manually calibrating your listening area (MCACC) on
page 51 to check the speaker levels.
• Connect the speakers properly (refer to page 21 or page 22).
No sound from surround
back speakers.
• Refer to Surround back speaker setting on page 46 to check the surround back speaker settings.
• Refer to Using the Surround Back Channel (SB CH) on page 40 to
make sure the SB CH MODE and the sound mode are set for surround back sound.
No sound from subwoofer.
• Make sure the subwoofer is switched on.
• If the subwoofer has a volume knob, make sure it’s turned up.
• Switch the Subwoofer setting on page 46 to YES or PLUS.
• Switch the LFE attenuator setting on page 47 to 0 dB or 10 dB.
• The Dolby Digital or DTS source you are listening to does not have
an LFE channel.
Noise during playback of a
cassette deck.
• Move the cassette deck further from your receiver, until the noise
disappears.
Sound is produced from
other components, but not
from LD or DVD player.
• Set the SIGNAL SELECT to AUTO, DIGITAL or ANALOG according to the type of connections made. (refer to page 37).
• Set the digital input settings correctly (refer to page 50).
• Make digital connections (refer to page 16) and set the SIGNAL
SELECT to DIGITAL (refer to page 37).
• Refer to the instruction manual supplied with the DVD player.
No sound is output or a noise • Set the digital volume level of the player to full, or to the neutral
is output when software with position.
DTS is played back.
When a search is performed • This is not a malfunction, but be sure to turn the volume down to
by a DTS compatible CD
prevent the output of loud noise from your speakers.
player during playback, noise
is output.
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Can’t operate the remote
control.
• Replace the batteries (refer to page 6).
• Operate within 23 feet ( 7 m), 30° of the remote sensor on the front
panel (refer to page 7).
• Remove the obstacle or operate from another position.
• Avoid exposing the remote sensor on the front panel to direct light.
The display is dark or off.
• Press FL DIMMER on the remote control repeatedly to return to
the default.
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• If the unit does not operate normally due to external effects such as static electricity disconnect the power plug from the outlet and insert again to return to normal operating conditions.
Resetting the main unit
Use this procedure to reset all the receiver’s settings to the factory default. Use the front panel
controls to do this.
1
Switch the receiver on.
2 While holding down the TONE button, press and hold the STANDBY/ON button
for about three seconds.
3 When you see RESET? appear in the display, press the TONE button.
OK? shows in the display.
4 Press TONE once more to confirm.
OK appears in the display to indicate that the receiver has been reset to the factory default
settings.
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Specifications
Signal-to Noise Ratio
EIA, at 1 W (1 kHz)
Amplifier section
CD, VCR/DVR, CD-R/TAPE/MD,
DVD/LD, TV/SAT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 dB
Continuous average power output of 100
watts* per channel, min., at 8 ohms, from 20
Hz to 20,000 Hz with no more than 0.2 %**
total harmonic distortion (front).
Video section
Input (Sensitivity/Impedance)
Continuous power output (stereo)
VCR/DVR, DVD/LD, TV/SAT . . . . . . 1 Vp-p/75 Ω
Front. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 W per channel
(20–20,000 Hz, THD 0.2 %, 8 Ω)
Output (Level/Impedance)
VCR/DVR, MONITOR OUT . . . . . . . 1 Vp-p/75 Ω
Continuous power output (surround)
Front. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 W per channel
(1kHz, 1.0 %, 8 Ω)
Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 W (1kHz, 1.0 %, 8 Ω)
Surround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 W per channel
(1kHz, 1.0 %, 8 Ω)
Surround Back . . . . . . . . . . . 100 W per channel
(VSX-D812 only)
(1kHz, 1.0 %, 8 Ω)
Frequency response
VCR/DVR, DVD/LD,
TV/SAT MONITOR. . . . . 5 Hz to 7 MHz dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 dB
Component video section
Input (Sensitivity/Impedance)
Input (Sensitivity)
CD, VCR/DVR, CD-R/TAPE/MD,
DVD/LD, TV/SAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 mV/47 kΩ
DVD/LD, TV/SAT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vp-p/75 Ω
Output (Level/Impedance)
Frequency response
CD, VCR/DVR, CD-R/TAPE/MD, DVD/LD,
TV/SAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Hz to 100,000 Hz
MONITOR OUT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vp-p/75 Ω
dB
Output (Level/Impedance)
VCR/DVR REC, CD-R/TAPE/
MD REC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 mV/2.2 kΩ
Tone control
Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ± 6 dB (100 Hz)
Treble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ± 6 dB (10 kHz)
Loudness . . . . +6.5 dB/+3 dB (100 Hz/10 kHz)
(at volume level -50 dB)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
(IHF, short circuited, A network)
CD, VCR/DVR, CD-R/TAPE/MD,
DVD/LD, TV/SAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 dB
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Frequency response
DVD/LD,
TV/SAT MONITOR. . . . 5 Hz to 40 MHz dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 dB
FM tuner section
Frequency Range. . . . . . . 87.5 MHz to 108 MHz
Usable Sensitivity . . . . . . . . Mono:13.2 dBf, IHF
(1.3 µV/ 75 Ω)
50 dB Quieting Sensitivity. . . . . . Mono: 20.2 dB
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Stereo: 38.6 dBf
Signal-to-Noise Ratio. . . . . . . . . . . Mono: 73 dB
(at 85 dBf)
Stereo: 70 dB (at 85 dBf)
Distortion . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Stereo: 0.5 % (1 kHz)
Alternate Channel Selectivity . . . . . . . . . . 60 dB
(400 kHz)
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Stereo Separation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 dB (1 kHz)
Frequency Response. . . . . . . . . 30 Hz to 15 kHz
(±1 dB)
Antenna Input (DIN) . . . . . . . .75 Ω unbalanced
AM tuner section
Frequency Range. . . . . . . . 530 kHz to 1,700 kHz
Sensitivity (IHF, Loop antenna). . . . . . 350 µV/m
Selectivity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 dB
Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Loop antenna
Cleaning the unit
• Use a polishing cloth or dry cloth to wipe
off dust and dirt.
• When the surface is dirty, wipe with a soft
cloth dipped in some neutral cleanser
diluted five or six times with water, and
wrung out well, and then wipe again with
a dry cloth. Do not use furniture wax or
cleansers.
• Never use thinners, benzine, insecticide
sprays or other chemicals on or near this
unit, since these will corrode the surface.
Miscellaneous
Power Requirements. . . . . . . . . AC 120 V, 60Hz
Power Consumption
VSX-D812 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300W, 420 VA
VSX-D712 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .260W, 340 VA
In standby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.5 W
AC Outlet . . . . . . . . . 100 W MAX. (SWITCHED)
Dimensions . . . 420 (W) x 158 (H) x 401 (D) mm
(16-9/16 (W) x 6-4/16 (H) x 15-6/16 (D) in.)
Weight (without package)
VSX-D812 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.5 kg (23.1 lb)
VSX-D712 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9.0 kg (19.8 lb)
Furnished parts
AM loop antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
FM wire antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
AA/R6 dry cell batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Remote control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
These operating instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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• Specifications and the design are subject
to possible modifications without notice,
due to improvements.
* Measured pursuant to the Federal Trade
Commission’s Trade Regulation rule on Power
Output Claims for Amplifiers.
** Measured by Audio Spectrum Analyzer.
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