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|Fenchurch||4:08pm on Thursday, November 4th, 2010|
|The reliability of Sony electronics is poor. Easy to operate I am wondering if there is a problem with my player or with my cable. I would recommend this product, especially if... I am using the player in conjunction with a Sony TV and sound system. It works great.|
|pithy||11:13pm on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010|
|Got it from Bydig for 127 - you may see much better deal in 2010.I have Sony BDP-BX2 from Costco and it came with backlit remote and HDMI cable.|
|jam_oo||2:54pm on Saturday, August 14th, 2010|
|Great for the price It is a great buy for an entry level Blu-ray disc player with Sony name on it. 2 Months - stopped working After 2 months of usubg a total of about 5 times -- the unit no longer works|
|cbrettin||6:38pm on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010|
|Great deal for the price. If you need a basic Blu-ray player then you have it right here. Newegg service and shipping is the best around, as always.|
|splanky||8:10pm on Friday, April 16th, 2010|
|"Great image, beautiful picture. Would like to use the BD-live features but how do you connect to a wireless internet with an RJ45 lan port?|
|Christian Mussmann||1:32am on Sunday, April 11th, 2010|
|very good value great price; small footprint; good picture on both blu-ray and standard dvds; remote also works on non-Sony tv; plugged into router a... Looks great when it works, it truly is a Blu Ray player, just not a very good one considering the price. Looks.|
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Component to be connected Page
DVD/LD player With digital audio output*1 With multi-channel audio output*2 With analog audio output only*3 TV monitor With component video input*4 With S-Video or composite video input only Satellite tuner With digital audio output*1 With analog audio output only*3 CD/Super Audio CD player With digital audio output*1 With multi-channel audio output*2 With analog audio output only*3 MD/DAT deck With digital audio output*1 With analog audio output only*3 Cassette deck, analog disc turntable Multi-channel decoder VCR, video camera, video game, etc. 9 or 89
*1 Model with a DIGITAL OPTICAL OUTPUT or DIGITAL COAXIAL OUTPUT connector, etc. *2 Model with a MULTI CH OUTPUT connectors, etc. This connection is used to output the audio decoded by the components internal multi-channel decoder through this receiver. *3 Model equipped only with AUDIO OUT L/R jacks, etc. *4 Model with component video (Y, B-Y, R-Y) input jacks.
The hookup diagrams on the subsequent pages assume the use of the following optional connection cords (A to H) (not supplied).
A Audio cord
White (L) Red (R)
G Monaural audio cord
B Audio/video cord
Yellow (video) White (L/audio) Red (R/audio)
Audio cord A can be torn into two monaural audio cords G.
H Component video cord
Green Blue Red
C Video cord
D S-video cord
E Optical digital cord
F Coaxial digital cord
Turn off the power to all components before making any connections. Be sure to make connections firmly to avoid hum and noise. When connecting an audio/video cord, be sure to match the color-coded pins to the appropriate jacks on the components: yellow (video) to yellow; white (left, audio) to white; and red (right, audio) to red. When connecting optical digital cords, insert the cord plugs straight in until they click into place. Do not bend or tie optical digital cords.
If you have a Sony components with CONTROL A1
See CONTROL A1 control system on page 60.
1a: Connecting components with digital audio output jacks
Hooking up a DVD player, LD player, TV, or satellite tuner
For details on the required cords (AH), see page 7.
1 Connect the audio jacks.
CD/SACD OPTICAL IN MD/DAT OPTICAL OUT MD/DAT OPTICAL IN TV/SAT OPTICAL IN
MONITOR TV/SAT DVD/LD
S2 VIDEO S2 VIDEO S2 VIDEO OUT IN IN
CD/Super Audio CD player
LINE LINE L
OPTICAL OUT IN
If you want to connect several digital components, but cannot find an unused input
See Assigning the audio input (AUDIO SPLIT) (page 41).
All the digital audio jacks are compatible with 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz and 96 kHz sampling frequencies. You can also connect an LD player with a DOLBY DIGITAL RF OUT jack via an RF demodulator (You cannot connect an LD players DOLBY DIGITAL RF OUT jack directly to this units digital input jacks). Refer to the operating instructions supplied with the RF demodulator.
No sound is output when playing a Super Audio CD disc on a Super Audio CD player connected to the CD/ SACD OPTICAL or COAXIAL IN jacks on this receiver. Connect the player to the analog input jacks (CD/ SACD IN jacks). Refer to the operating instructions supplied with the Super Audio CD player. You cannot make digital recordings of digital multi channel surround signals. GB
1b: Connecting components with multi channel output jacks
If your DVD/LD and CD/Super Audio CD players are equipped with multi channel decoder, you can connect them to this receivers MULTI CHANNEL IN jacks to enjoy the sound of the connected components multi channel decoder. Alternatively, the multi channel input jacks can be used to connect an external multi channel decoder. For details on the required cords (AH), see page 7.
A A G G
MULTI CH OUT
DVD/LD player, CD/Super Audio CD player, Multichannel decoder, etc.
This connection also allows you to enjoy software with multi-channel audio recorded in formats other than the Dolby Digital, DTS and MPEG-2. Make connections to either the MULTI CHANNEL IN 1 or 2 jacks according to the number of audio output jacks of the component.
DVD and Super Audio CD players do not have SURR BACK terminals.
1b: Connecting components with multi channel output jacks (continued)
The following illustration shows how to connect a DVD or LD player with COMPONENT VIDEO (Y, B-Y, R-Y) output jacks. Connecting a TV with component video input jacks allows you to enjoy higher quality video.
COMPONENT B-Y Y R-Y
1c: Connecting components with only analog audio jacks
Hooking up audio components
If your turntable has a ground wire, connect it to the U SIGNAL GND terminal.
1c: Connecting components with only analog audio jacks (continued)
Hooking up video components
If you connect your TV to the MONITOR jacks, you can watch the video from the selected input (function) (page 25). In addition, you can display the SURROUND, EQ, SET UP, CUSTOMIZE, LEVEL parameters and the selected sound field by pressing ON SCREEN. For details on the required cords (AH), see page 7.
To the VIDEO 3 INPUT jacks
OUT B, D D
VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT
Camcorder or TV game
2: Connecting the antennas
Connect the supplied AM loop antenna and FM wire antenna.
FM wire antenna (supplied) AM loop antenna (supplied)
* This jack is for future use.
To prevent noise pickup, keep the AM loop antenna away from the receiver and other components. Be sure to fully extend the FM wire antenna. After connecting the FM wire antenna, keep it as horizontal as possible. Do not use the U SIGNAL GND terminal for grounding the receiver.
3: Connecting speakers
Connect your speakers to the receiver. This receiver alows you to use a 7.1 channel speaker system. To fully enjoy theater-like multi channel surround sound requires five speakers (two front speakers, a center speaker, and two surround speakers) and a sub woofer (5.1 channel). You can enjoy high fidelity reproduction of DVD software recorded in the Surround EX format if you connect one additional surround back speaker (6.1 channel) or two additional surround back speakers (7.1 channel). (See Selecting the surround back decoding mode on page 39.)
Example of 7.1 channel speaker system configuration
Center speaker Front speaker (R)
Surround speaker (R)
Front speaker (L)
Active sub woofer
Surround speaker (L)
Surround back speaker (R) Surround back speaker (L) Tip
Since the active sub woofer does not emit highly directional signals, you can place it wherever you want.
To enjoy the best possible multi channel surround, connect speakers with a nominal impedance of 8 ohms or higher to the FRONT, CENTER, SURROUND and SURROUND BACK terminals, and set the IMPEDANCE SELECTOR to 8. Refer to the operating instructions supplied with your speakers if you are not sure of their impedance. (This information is often on the back of the speaker.) Alternatively, you may connect speakers with nominal impedances between 4 and 8 ohms to any or all of the speaker terminals. However, be sure to set the IMPEDANCE SELECTOR to 4 if you connect even one speaker with a nominal impedance between 4 and 8 ohms.
Be sure to turn the power off before adjusting the IMPEDANCE SELECTOR.
Required cords A Speaker cords (not supplied)
(+) () Active sub woofer
B Monaural audio cord (not supplied)
Front speaker (R)
SPEAKERS FRONT B*1
IMPEDANCE USE 4-16
A A A A
Surround back speaker (R)*2
Surround back speaker (L)*2
*1 You can select the font speakers you want to use with the SPEAKERS switch. For details. see Selecting the speaker system (page 58). *2 If you only plan to connect one surround back speaker, connect it to the SPEAKERS SURR BACK L terminal.
When you tune in a station that provides RDS services, the RDS indicator lights up and the program service name appears in the display.
RDS may not work properly if the station you tuned to is not transmitting the RDS signal properly or if the signal strength is weak.
1 Press RDS PTY. 2 Press PTY SELECT + or PTY SELECT
to select the program type.
Displaying RDS information
While receiving an RDS station, press DISPLAY.
See the table on the next page for the information on each program type.
3 Press RDS PTY.
While the receiver is scanning stations, PTY SEARCH appears in the display window. When the receiver finds a station, the receiver stops scanning. When the receiver could not find any preset stations currently broadcasting the specified program type, PTY not found appears in the display.
Each time you press the button, RDS information on the display changes cyclically as follows: The display is split into two levels as described below:
One of the followings is displayed:
PS (Program Service name)a) Index name TUNER indication continued
Using the Radio Data System (RDS) (continued)
Program type indication
Description of program types
Program type indication Description
Leisure & Hobby Programs on recreational activities such as gardening, fishing, cooking, etc. Jazz Music Country Music National Music Oldies Music Folk Music Documentary None Jazz programs Country music programs Programs featuring the popular music of the country or region Programs featuring oldies music Folk music programs Investigative features Any programs not defined above
News Current Affairs Information
News programs Topical programs that expand on current news Programs offering information on a wide spectrum of subjects, including consumer affairs and medical advice Sports programs Educational programs, such as how-to and advice programs Radio plays and serials Programs about national or regional culture, such as language and social concerns Programs about the natural sciences and technology Other types of programs such as celebrity interviews, panel games, and comedy Popular music programs Rock music programs Easy Listening
Sport Education Drama Cultures
Science Varied Speech
Pop Music Rock Music M.o.R. Music
Light Classics M Instrumental, vocal, and choral music Serious Classics Other Music Performances of major orchestras, chamber music, opera, etc. Music that does not fit into any categories above, such as Rhythm & Blues and Reggae Stock market reports and trading, etc. Programs about people and the things that affect them Programs of religious content Programs where members of the public express their views by phone or in a public forum
L SL C R SR
3 PRO LOGIC: Lights up when the receiver applies Pro Logic processing to 2 channel signals in order to output the center and surround channel signals. However, this indicator also lights when the Pro Logic II movie/music decoder is in active. However, this indicator does not light if the center and surround speakers are set to NO. 4 ; DIGITAL: Lights up when the receiver is decoding signals recorded in the Dolby Digital format. 5 MULTI CH IN 1/2: Lights up when MULTI CH IN 1 or 2 is selected. 6 D.RANGE: Lights up when dynamic range compression is activated. See page 55 to adjust the dynamic range compression. 7 Tuner indicators: Light up when using the receiver to tune in radio stations, etc. See pages 2630 for tuner operations. 8 EQ: Lights up when the equalizer is functioning. 9 SLEEP: Lights up when sleep timer is activated.
0 MPEG: Lights up when MPEG signals are input.
Only the front 2 channels are compatible with MPEG format. Multi channel surround sound is downmixed and output from the front 2 channels.
qa DTS: Lights up when DTS signals are input. When playing a DTS format disc, be sure that you have made digital connections and that INPUT MODE is NOT set to ANALOG 2CH FIXED (see page 42). qs OPT: Lights up when the source signal is a digital signal being input through the OPTICAL terminal. qd COAX: Lights up when the source signal is a digital signal being input through the COAXIAL terminal. qf L.F.E.: Lights up when the disc being played back contains the LFE (Low Frequency Effect) channel. When the sound of the LFE channel signal is actually being reproduced, the bars underneath the letters lights up to indicate the level. Since the LFE signal is not recorded in all parts of the input signal the bar indication will fluctuate (and may turn off) during playback.
Automatically decoding the input audio signal
In this mode, the receiver automatically detects the type of audio signal being input (Dolby Digital, DTS, standard 2 channel stereo, etc) and performs the proper decoding if necessary. This mode presents the sound as it was recorded/encoded, without adding any surround effects.
If you connect an active sub woofer
Using only the front speakers
In this mode, the receiver outputs the sound from the front L/R speakers only. There is no sound from the sub woofer.
Listening to 2 channel stereo sources (2CH STEREO)
Standard 2 channel stereo sources completely bypass the sound field processing and multi channel surround formats are downmixed to 2 channel.
Press 2CH STEREO.
When the audio signal is 2 channel stereo or if the source signal does not include a LFE signal, the receiver generates a low frequency signal for output to the sub woofer.
Reproduces the sound characteristics of the Sony Pictures Entertainment scoring stage. This mode is ideal for watching musicals or films where orchestra music is featured in the soundtrack.
Selecting a sound field (continued)
About CINEMA STUDIO EX modes
Selecting the DIGITAL CONCERT HALL modes
These modes reproduce the acoustics of a concert hall by applying multi-speaker system dynamics to 2 channel audio signals, like those from CDs, etc.
Press MODE +/ repeatedly to select D.CONCERT HALL A (or B).
The CINEMA STUDIO EX modes consist of the following three elements.
Virtual Multi Dimension Creates 5 sets of virtual speakers from a single pair of actual surround speakers. Screen Depth Matching Creates the sensation that the sound is coming from inside the screen like in theaters. Cinema Studio Reverberation Reproduces the type of reverberation found in theaters.
The selected mode appears in the display.
x D.CONCERT HALL A
The CINEMA STUDIO EX modes integrate these three elements simultaneously.
Uses 3D sound imaging to reproduce the sound characteristics of the CONCERTGEBOUW in Amsterdam, which is famous for a large sound stage produced by reflectivity.
x D.CONCERT HALL B
You can also select the CINEMA STUDIO EX mode by pressing MODE +/ repeatedly. You can identify the encoding format of DVD software, etc. by looking at the logo on the package. : Dolby Digital discs : Dolby Surround encoded programs : DTS Digital Surround encoded programs
Uses 3D sound imaging to reproduce the sound characteristics of the MUSIKVEREIN in Vienna, which is famous for its hall resonance and unique reverberative sound.
The effects provided by the virtual speakers may cause increased noise in the playback signal. When listening with sound fields that employ the virtual speakers, you will not be able to hear any sound coming directly from the surround speakers.
Selecting other sound fields
Press MODE +/ repeatedly to select the sound field you want.
Reproduces the acoustics of a 1,000-seat concert hall.
The selected sound field appears in the display.
x NORMAL SURROUND
Reproduces the feeling of a large open-air stadium.
Software with multi channel surround audio signals is played back according to the way it was recorded. This sound field reproduces the acoustics of a small rectangular concert hall. For software with 2 channel audio signals, you can select from a variety of decoding modes according to the 2CH MODE setting (page 38).
This function cannot be activated when the ANALOG DIRECT or MULTI CH DIRECT function is used.
When PLII MUSIC is selected, you can make further adjustments using CENTER WIDTH, DIMENSION, PANORAMA in the SURROUND menu (page 53). You can select the 2 channel decoding mode using 2CH MODE in the CUSTOMIZE menu (page 47).
Selecting the surround back decoding mode
This function lets you select the decoding mode for the surround back signals of the multi channel input stream. By decoding the surround back signal of DVD software (etc.) recorded in the Surround EX format*, you can enjoy the surround sound intended by the filmmakers.
* Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES Matrix 6.1, DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, etc.
Press SURR BACK DECODING repeatedly to select the surround back decoding mode.
SB DECODING XXXX appears in the display. When the receiver is decoding the surround back signal the SB DEC indicator lights up.
Surround back decoding modes AUTO MATRIX OFF
For details, see How to select the surround back decoding mode on the next page.
You can select the surround back decoding mode using SB DECODING in the CUSTOMIZE menu (page 47).
You cannot select the surround back decoding mode when using the 2CH STEREO (page 34), ANALOG DIRECT (page 34) or MULTI CH DIRECT mode (page 26) or when headphones are connected.
Selecting the surround back decoding mode (continued)
How to select the surround back decoding mode
You can select the surround back mode you want according to the input stream.
When you select AUTO
When the input stream contains the 6.1 channel decode flag*1, the appropriate decoder is applied to decode the surround back signal. For the DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 source, DTS Matrix decoder is applied. For the DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 source, DTS Discrete decoder is applied to reproduce the Discrete 6.1 channel signal.
Input stream Output channel Applied surround back decoder
To apply the stored equalizer
Press EQ BANK repeatedly to select EQ . Select EQ [OFF] to turn off equalization.
Clearing Stored Equalizer Settings 1 Press EQ BANK repeatedly to select the equalizer (EQ ) you want to clear. 2 Press EQ. 3 Press the cursor buttons ( PRESET CLEAR. or ) to select
4 Turn the jog dial to select YES, then press ENTER.
Are you sure? appears in the display.
5 Turn the jog dial to select YES, then press ENTER.
The adjusted contents of the selected equalizer bank are cleared.
For advanced EQ menu adjustments
Use the CUSTOMIZE menu and set MENU EXPAND to ON to enable advanced adjustments. For details on MENU EXPAND, see page 47. For details on how to set the items, see page 55.
Initial setting: 0 dB You can adjust from 10 dB to +10 dB in 0.5 dB steps.
Using the CUSTOMIZE menu to adjust the receiver
You can adjust various receiver settings using the CUSTOMIZE menu.
x 2CH MODE (2 channel decoding mode)
1 Press CUSTOMIZE.
The CUSTOMIZE button lights up and <<<CUSTOMIZE>>> appears in the display.
2 Press the cursor buttons (
You can use the NORMAL SURR (;PLII/NEO:6) button to set the 2 channel decoding mode (page 38). You can set this parameter only when NORMAL SURROUND or AUTO DECODING* is selected. In the Cinema Studio EX mode, this parameter is always set to PRO LOGIC and cannot be changed. For details on each decoding mode, see page 38. * The selected decoding mode is applied only when the Dolby Digital [Lt/Rt] signal is input. PRO LOGIC PLII MOVIE PLII MUSIC Neo: Cinema Neo: Music
x SB DECODING (Surround back decoding mode)
For details, see CUSTOMIZE menu parameters below.
3 Turn the jog dial to adjust the selected
4 Repeat steps 2 and 3 to adjust the other
items. CUSTOMIZE menu parameters
You can use the CUSTOMIZE menu to set the surround back decoding mode (page 39). For details on each decoding mode, see page 39. AUTO MATRIX OFF
x C.WIDTH (Center width control)
x WALL (Wall type)
Initial setting: (3) Lets you perform further adjustments for Dolby Pro Logic II Music mode decoding (PLII MUSIC). You can set this parameter only when 2CH MODE is set to PLII MUSIC (page 38) and NORMAL SURROUND is selected. You can adjust the distribution of the center channel signal, generated through the Dolby Pro Logic II decoding, to the L/R speakers.
x DIMENSION (Dimension control)
Initial setting: midpoint (0) When sound is reflected off soft material, such as a curtain, the high frequency elements are reduced. A hard wall is highly reflective and does not significantly effect the frequency response of the reflected sound. WALL lets you control the level of the high frequencies to alter the sonic character of your listening environment by simulating a softer (S) or harder (H) wall. You can adjust from S to H in 17 steps. The center (0) setting designates a neutral wall made of wood.
x REVERB (Reverberation)
Initial setting: midpoint (0) Lets you perform further adjustments for Dolby Pro Logic II Music mode decoding (PLII MUSIC). You can set this parameter only when 2CH MODE is set to PLII MUSIC (page 38) and NORMAL SURROUND is selected. You can adjust the difference between the front channels and the surround channels.
x PANORAMA MODE (Panorama mode)
Lets you perform further adjustments for Dolby Pro Logic II Music mode decoding (PLII MUSIC). You can set this parameter only when PLII MUSIC is selected using the NORMAL SURR (;PLII/NEO:6) button (page 38), or 2CH MODE is set to PLII MUSIC (page 47) and NORMAL SURROUND is selected. ON Lets you enjoy the surround sound by spreading the sound field of front speakers to the left and right of the listening position (panorama mode). OFF Panorama mode is not activated.
Initial setting: midpoint (0) Before sound reaches our ears, it is reflected (reverberated) many times between he left and right walls, ceiling, and floor. In a large room, sound takes more time to bounce from one surface to another than in a smaller room. REVERB lets you control the spacing of the early reflections to simulate a sonically longer (L) or shorter (S) room. You can adjust from S to L in 17 steps. The midpoint (0) designates a standard room with no adjustment.
x FRONT REVERB (Front reverberation)
This parameter is especially for D.CONCERT HALL A/B (page 36). This parameter lets you adjust the amount of reverberations to add to the front signals according to the original reverberations in the source. DRY Select to decrease front reverberations. STD Normally, select STD. WET Select to increase front reverberations.
Using the Sleep Timer
You can set the receiver to turn off automatically at a specified time by using the remote. For details, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the remote.
Select SLEEP from the RECEIVER menu repeatedly while the power is on.
Selecting the speaker system
Set the SPEAKERS switch according to the front speakers you want to drive.
Set to To select
A B A+B*
The speakers connected to the FRONT SPEAKERS A terminals. The speakers connected to the FRONT SPEAKERS B terminals. The speakers connected to both the FRONT SPEAKERS A and B terminals (parallel connection). The sound field is automatically set to 2CH STEREO. No speaker output.
Each time you select SLEEP, the display changes cyclically as follows: 2:00:00 t 1:30:00 t 1:00:00 t 0:30:00 t OFF While using Sleep Timer, SLEEP lights up in the display.
Models of area code TW, KR only
You can also use the SLEEP button on the receiver.
* Be sure to connect front speakers with a nominal impedance of 8 ohms or higher if you want to select both sets of front speakers (A+B). In this case, set the IMPEDANCE SELECTOR to 4.
To check the remaining time before the receiver turns off, select or press SLEEP. The remaining time appears in the display.
Before you begin, make sure youve connected all components properly.
Recording on a video tape
You can record from a VCR, a TV, or an LD player using the receiver. You can also add audio from a variety of audio sources when editing a video tape. See the operating instructions of your VCR or LD player if you need help.
Recording on an audio tape or MiniDisc
You can record on a MiniDisc or cassette tape using the receiver. See the operating instructions of your cassette deck or MD deck if you need help.
1 Select the program source to be
2 Prepare the component for playing.
For example, insert the laser disc you want to record into the LD player.
1 Select the component to be recorded. 2 Prepare the component for playing.
For example, insert a CD into the CD player.
3 Insert a blank video tape into the VCR
(VIDEO 1 or VIDEO 2) for recording.
4 Start recording on the recording VCR,
then start playing the video tape or laser disc you want to record.
3 Insert a blank tape or MD into the
recording deck and adjust the recording level, if necessary.
4 Start recording on the recording deck,
then start playback on the playback component.
You cannot record a digital audio signal using a component connected to the analog TAPE OUT or MD/DAT OUT jacks. To record a digital audio signal, connect a digital component to the DIGITAL MD/DAT OUT jacks. Sound adjustments do not affect the signal output from the TAPE OUT or MD/DAT OUT jacks. The analog audio signals of the current function is output from the REC OUT jacks. The signals input to the MULTI CHANNEL IN jacks are not output from the REC OUT jacks even when MULTI CH DIRECT is selected. The analog audio signals of the current function are output. No signals are output from DIGITAL OUT jacks (MD/DAT OPTICAL OUT) when ANALOG DIRECT is selected. The digital circuitry power is cut off to ensure superior sound quality when D.POWER is set to AUTO OFF.
You can record the sound from any audio source onto a video tape while copying from a video tape or laser disc. Locate the point where you want to start recording from another audio source, select the program source, then start playback. The audio from that source will be recorded onto the audio track of the video tape instead of the audio from the original medium. To resume audio recording from the original medium, select the video source again.
You cannot record a digital audio signal using a component connected to the analog VIDEO 1 OUT or VIDEO 2 OUT jacks. Make sure to make both digital and analog connections to the TV/SAT and DVD/LD inputs. Analog recording is not possible if you make only digital connections. Some sources contain copy guards to prevent recording. In this case, you may not be able to record from the sources. The analog audio signals of the current function is output from the REC OUT jacks. The signals input to the MULTI CHANNEL IN jacks are not output from the REC OUT jacks even when MULTI CH DIRECT is selected. The analog audio signals of the current function are output.
x Synchronized recording
This function lets you conduct synchronized recording between the selected source and recorder components.
1 Set the function selector on the amplifier (or receiver) to the source component. 2 Set the source component to pause mode (make sure both the N and X indicators light together). 3 Set the recorder component to the RECPAUSE mode. 4 Press PAUSE on the recorder component.
The source component is released from the pause mode, and recording begins shortly thereafter. When playback ends from the source component, recording stops.
Do not set more than one component to the pause mode. Certain recorder components may be equipped with a special synchronized recording function that uses the CONTROL A1 Control System, like CD Synchro Dubbing. In this case, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the recorder component.
Should any solid object or liquid fall into the cabinet, unplug the receiver and have it checked by qualified personnel before operating it any further.
If you experience any of the following difficulties while using the receiver, use this troubleshooting guide to help you remedy the problem. Should any problem persist, consult your nearest Sony dealer.
There is no sound no matter which component is selected.
On power sources
Before operating the unit, check that the operating voltage is identical with your local power supply. The operating voltage is indicated on the nameplate at the rear of the receiver. The unit is not disconnected from the AC power source (mains) as long as it is connected to the wall outlet, even if the receiver itself has been turned off. If you are not going to use the receiver for a long time, be sure to disconnect the receiver from the wall outlet. To disconnect the AC power cord, grasp the plug itself; never pull the cord. AC power cord must be changed only at the qualified service shop.
Check that both the receiver and all components are turned on. Check that the MASTER VOLUME control is not set at dB. Check that the SPEAKERS switch is not set to OFF (page 58). Check that all speaker cords are connected correctly. Press MUTING to cancel the muting function.
Not PCM appears in the display and no sound is heard.
On heat buildup
Although the unit heats up during operation, this is not a malfunction. If you continuously use this unit at a large volume, the cabinet temperature of the top, side and bottom rises considerably. To avoid burning yourself, do not touch the cabinet.
Check that the playing DVD, etc. is recorded in Dolby Digital or DTS format. When connecting the DVD player, etc. to the digital input jacks of this receiver, check the audio setting (settings for the audio output) of the connected component.
Radio stations cannot be tuned in.
Recording cannot be done.
Check that the components are connected correctly. Select the source component with FUNCTION control. When recording from a digital component, make sure the INPUT MODE is set to ANALOG 2CH FIXED (page 42) before recording with a component connected to the analog MD/DAT or TAPE terminals. When recording from a digital component, make sure the INPUT MODE is set to COAXIAL FIXED or OPTICAL FIXED (page 42) before recording with the component connected to the DIGITAL MD/DAT OUT terminals. Set D.POWER to ALWAYS ON when ANALOG DIRECT is selected, for the digital audio signal is not output in AUTO OFF setting.
To connect an LD player via an RF demodulator.
Check that the antennas are connected securely. Adjust the antennas and connect an external antenna if necessary. The signal strength of the stations is too weak (when tuning in with automatic tuning). Use direct tuning. Make sure you set the tuning interval correctly (when tuning in AM stations with direct tuning). No stations have been preset or the preset stations have been cleared (when tuning by scanning preset stations). Preset the stations (page 28). Press DISPLAY so that the frequency appears in the display.
RDS does not work.*
Make sure that youre tuned to an FM RDS station. Select a stronger FM station.
The RDS information that you want does not appear.*
Contact the radio station and find out whether or not they actually provide the service in question. If so, the service may be temporarily out of order.
There is no picture or an unclear picture appears on the TV screen or monitor.
Connect the LD player to the RF demodulator, then connect the RF demodulators optical or coaxial digital output to the receivers DVD/LD OPTICAL IN or COAXIAL jack. When making this connection, be sure to set INPUT MODE manually (page 42). The receiver may not operate correctly if INPUT MODE is set to AUTO 2CH. For details on DOLBY DIGITAL RF hookups, see the operating instructions supplied with your RF demodulator.
STRVA333ES / ES Series Home Cinema Receiver The STRVA333ES represents the pinnacle of Sony AV receiver technology. Designed to Sonys highest ES Series standard, its uncompromising build quality and cutting-edge features and control guarantee an exceptional level of performance that will please the most discerning home cinephile. Standard ES Series features include a reinforced Frame and Beam chassis, SF heat sinks, MOSFET transistors, linear rap core transformer and clean power supply. The STRVA333ES supports a comprehensive range of surround technologies, while its state-of-the-art 7.1 Channel Surround Sound processing delivers seamless rear channel effects and a cavernous, truly cinematic sense of space. Component video switching for DVD and Digital TV ensures the highest picture quality, while a vast range of EQ and parametric controls allow for almost limitless and minute STRVA333ES adjustments of the soundscape to suit the most critical ear. For those who love classical music, Digital Concert Hall Modelling recreates the listening experience enjoyed in some of the worlds greatest music performance spaces. Other standout features include an effortless 7 x 100W power output, 7.1 channel preamp outputs, analogue direct for SACD, an RS232C upgrade port for future software upgrades, and On Screen Display (OSD). For absolute convenience, Sonys programmable multi-brand remote, featuring a back-lit LCD STRVA333ES Panel pull down panel, can be used to control almost any AV component connected to the STRVA333ES.
STRVA333ES / Rear Panel STRVA333ES / ES Series 7.1 Channel Dolby Pro Logic / Pro Logic II / Dolby Digital EX / DTS ES Receiver
Power Output v Surround: 100W x 7 (8 Ohms 1 kHz, 0.7% THD) v Surround: 90W x 7 (8 Ohms 20Hz - 20kHz, 0.05% THD) Stereo: 100W x 2 (8 Ohms 1 kHz, 0.7% THD) Surround Technologies v Dolby Digital EX Dolby Pro Logic DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 Dolby Pro Logic II DTS Neo:6 DTS 96/24 Decoding 7.1 Channel Surround Processing Parametric EQ & Audio Control Independent Level Controls for Centre and Surround Channels Balance Control for Front Speakers v Bass, Mid & Treble EQ for Front & Centre Speakers with Selectable Turnover Frequency & Variable Midrange Bandwidth Control Variable Dynamic Range Compression Control LFE (Low Frequency Effect) Mix Level Control DSP Effect Level Control Speaker Distance Control for Front, Centre, Surround, Surround Back & Sub Speaker Size Control for Centre, Front, Surround & Surround Back Surround & Surround Back Speaker Height Control Surround Speaker Position Control Multi-Channel Input Sub Level Control (+10db) for each Multi-Channel Input Centre Width, Dimension & Panorama Control for DPLII Music Mode Crossover Frequency Control for Front, Centre, Surround & Surround Back (adjustable from 40Hz to 200Hz in 10Hz steps) Subwoofer High Cut Filter (adjustable from 40Hz to 200Hz in 10Hz steps) Wall Material Compensation Control Reverberation Control Screen Depth Matching Control Front Reverberation Control Virtual Speaker Control Night Mode Stereo Analogue Direct with Digital Power Shutdown Option Multi-Channel Analogue Direct with Digital Power Shutdown v Surround Enhancer v 5 EQ Bank Memories Tuner Section 30 Preset AM/FM Tuner Station Naming RDS Inputs / Outputs v v v Total Sources: 10 AV Inputs x 2 (Composite & S-Video) AV In/Out x 2 (Composite & S-Video) Stereo Audio Input x 1 Stereo Audio In/Out x 2 5.1 Multi-Channel Input Optical Digital Input x 4 (assignable) 2 x Coaxial Digital Input (assignable) Switched Video Out (Composite & S-Video) Subwoofer Output (incorporated in 7.1 pre out) v v v
STRVA333ES / Remote
Front AV Input (Composite & S-Video) Optical Digital Output Phono Input 7.1 Channel pre out 7.1 Multi-Channel Input Component Video Switching (2 x Input, 1 x Output)
STRVA333ES Normal Surround Cinema Studio EX A Cinema Studio EX B Cinema Studio EX C Mono Movie Stereo Movie Digital Concert Hall A Digital Concert Hall B Church Opera House Jazz Club Disco Club Live Concert Arena Stadium Game
Key Features v SACD Bandwidth capable Headphone Socket Programmable Multi Brand Remote Control with Back Lit LCD Input Naming Sound Field Link Display Dimmer Muting Button Sleep Timer Control A1II Speaker Binding Posts Speakers A, B, A+B (Speakers B Stereo only) On Screen Display (OSD) RS232C Upgrade Port
Surround Modes & Sound Fields 3 x DCS Modes 8 x DSP Surround Sound Fields Normal Surround DPLII Movie & Music Modes Stereo Movie Mode Mono Movie Mode DTS Neo:6 Cinema & Music Modes 2 x Digital Concert Hall Headphone Theatre Mode
v Denotes Step Up Features
ES & QS RECEIVER TECHNOLOGY
Linear Rap Core Transformer The ES series uses a more efficient, pin-type linear rap core transformer Sonys ES and QS Series The Extremely high Standard (ES) series represents the benchmark for excellence in Sony HiFi. ES components are designed and built to exacting quality standards, using the best materials and technology available, to deliver an uncompromising audio experience. Quality Standard (QS) components borrow heavily from the ES technology base. Notable for their rigid construction, use of high quality materials and finishes (like aluminium front panels), and innovative componentry (such as slanted PC boards to remove standing waves), QS components represent outstanding value for money. The quality of the underlying technology typifies the attention to detail and quality that is the hallmark of QS and ES components. ES and QS series HiFi components use an extruded aluminium SF Heat Sink to disperse heat from the amplification circuits. Each fin on the sink has a rib positioned at a different distance from the base. In profile, it creates a wave shape. This design feature prevents the fins from resonating at the same frequency (a problem than can occur with conventional heat sinks as a result of vibration). The effect is a cleaner, more natural sound reproduction. UK Sound Tuned Select Sony HiFi components are tuned with the assistance of UK HiFi experts. This ensures they meet the exacting standards of neutrality and imaging demanded by discerning audiophiles. Large Pellet MOSFET Output Transformers The performance characteristics of a transistor can change depending on the amount of heat it generates. When larger pellets are used, the amount of heat dissipated per given surface area is decreased. Moreover, heat dissipation efficiency is much greater. Therefore, sudden temperature increases are effectively minimised for even, stable performance. The result is richer bass, while minimal heat modulation contributes to clearer mid-range and high-frequency accuracy. SF Heat Sinks to drive amplifier power. Not only does it ensure sufficient power during large musical peaks, but superior linearity to deliver finely detailed low-level musical passages and tonal nuances. The transformer core features a large cross section to handle high power capacities. And because the magnetic strain and flux are quite small, signals within the amplifier are not distorted. Pin-type transformers also make for highly stable connections, further contributing to sound quality.
Large Electrolytic Capacitors ES and QS series components feature a pair of oversized, high power electrolytic condensers (capacitors) that maximise the distance between the outer casing and element to ensure a more even current flow across the entire condenser foil. The result is more power and reproduction of lower frequencies with a good sense of speed.
High Precision DSP Decoder The CXD-9718 decoder represents the next generation in Sony 32-bit DSP decoders, with more memory and faster processing speeds for more accurate decoding. The result is superb resolution to achieve the highest performance in audio applications. (Featured in STRVA333ES).
Discrete Amplifier Stages for each Channel Both Sonys ES and QS AV receivers use equal power, fully discrete power amplifiers for all amplification channels. Each channel uses discrete output devices with aluminium heat sinks. The result is a highcurrent output stage that can drive the low-impedance loads common among home theatre systems. And this, in turn, translates to theatre-like dynamics and clarity.
Clean Power Supply The use of a Clean STD circuit in the STRVA333ES between the power amp and driver circuits ensures a stable current flow to the driver circuit and eliminates voltage fluctuations from noise and the like.
Frame and Beam (FB) Chassis Featured in the ES Series, the back panel and main parts of the FB Chassis are made from 1.6mm sheet metal, while the bottom plate is 2mm thick. The inclusion of a horizontal beam adds to the all-round strength and vibration dampening qualities of the unit. The chassis corners feature stiffening boards that provide additional strength, as well as acting to diffuse natural resonant frequencies. On some ES products, copper plating is used on the back panel and bottom plate further enhance the RF noise dampening qualities by decreasing the ground potential difference. Without Clean STD circuit With Clean STD circuit
RECEIVERS/SURROUND PRE AMPLIFIERS
TAE9000ES AMP SECTION Power Output Per Channel 20Hz-20kHz 8 Ohms (THD%) Power Output Per Channel 1kHz 8 Ohms (THD%) Frequency Response Analogue Line Level Inputs Input Sensitivity Analogue Line Level Inputs S/N Ratio Analogue Line Level Inputs A Weighted @ Rated Input Sensitivity Input Impedance Analogue Line Level Inputs Frequency Response Phono Input S/N Ratio Phono Input A Weighted @ Rated Input Sensitivity Input Sensitivity Phono Input Input Impedance Phono Input S/N Ratio Coaxial Digital Input A Weighted Input Impedance Coaxial Digital S/N Ratio Optical Digital Inputs A Weighted Pre Amp Output Level Pre Amp Output Impedance Audio Monitor Output Level Audio Monitor Output Impedance Subwoofer Output / Impedance TUNER SECTION AM S/N Ratio AM THD% FM S/N Ratio Stereo FM THD% Stereo FM S/N Ratio Mono FM THD% Mono GENERAL Power Requirements Power Consumption (Watts) Dimensions (WxHxD)mm Weight 20Hz-20kHz 250 mV 94dB 50k Ohms As per RIAA EQ Curve +/- 0.5dB 82dB 5 mV 50k Ohms 100dB 75 Ohms 100dB 1V 200 Ohms 250 mV 1k Ohm 1V/200 Ohms 230V AC 50Hz 72W 430 x 150 x 387 12.8 kgs STRVA333ES 90W x 7 (0.05%) 100W x 7 (0.7%) 10Hz - 100kHz 150mV 100dB 50k Ohms As per RIAA EQ Curve +/- 0.5dB 86dB 2.5mV 50k Ohms 100dB 75 Ohms 100dB 2V 1k Ohm 150mV 10k Ohms 2V/1k Ohm 54dB 0.50% 70dB 0.50% 76dB 0.30% 230V AC 50Hz 390W 430 x 174 x kgs STRDB1080 90W x 6 (0.09%) 100W x 6 (0.7%) 10Hz - 100kHz 150mV 96dB 50k Ohms As per RIAA EQ Curve +/- 0.5dB 86dB 2.5mV 50k Ohms 100dB 75 Ohms 100dB 2V 1k Ohm 150mV 10k Ohms 2V/1k Ohm 54dB 0.50% 70dB 0.50% 76dB 0.30% 230V AC 50Hz 300W 430 x 161 x 400 13.3 kgs STRDB780 90W x 5 (0.09%) 100W x 5 (0.7%) 10Hz - 100kHz 150mV 100dB 50k Ohms As per RIAA EQ Curve +/- 0.5dB 86dB 2.5mV 50k Ohms 100dB 75 Ohms 100dB 150mV 10k Ohms 2V/1k Ohm 54dB 0.50% 70dB 0.50% 76dB 0.30% 230V AC 50Hz 290W 430 x 161 x 400 12.5 kgs STRDE685 100W x 5 (10%) 10Hz - 70kHz 250mV 96dB 50k Ohms 100dB 75 Ohms 100dB 250mV 10k Ohms 2V/1k Ohm 54dB 0.50% 70dB 0.50% 76dB 0.30% 230V AC 50Hz 180W 430 x 157.5 x 308.5 7.5 kgs STRDE485 80W x 5 (10%) 10Hz - 50kHz 250mV 96dB 50k Ohms 100dB 75 Ohms 100dB 250mV 10k Ohms 2V/1k Ohm 54dB 0.50% 70dB 0.50% 76dB 0.30% 230V AC 50Hz 155W 430 x 145 x 298 7.0 kgs
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