Pioneer CX505 manual

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  • Brand: Pioneer
  • Product: CD-player
  • Model/name: CX505
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English

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Operating Instructions
CX303
DVD/CD Receiver
XV-CX303
Speaker System
S-CX303
CX505
DVD/CD Receiver
XV-CX505
Speaker System
S-CX505
CX500
DVD/CD Receiver
XV-CX500
Speaker System
S-CX500
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The exclamation point within an equilateral
triangle is intended to alert the user to the
presence of important operating and
maintenance (servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the appliance.
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol,
within an equilateral triangle, is intended to
alert the user to the presence of uninsulated
"dangerous voltage" within the product's
enclosure that may be of sufficient
magnitude to constitute a risk of electric
shock to persons.
CAUTION:
TO PREVENT THE RISK OF ELECTRIC
SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR
BACK). NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS
INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED
SERVICE PERSONNEL.
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
IMPORTANT
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WARNING
This equipment is not waterproof. To prevent a fire
or shock hazard, do not place any container filed
with liquid near this equipment (such as a vase or
flower pot) or expose it to dripping, splashing, rain
or moisture. D3-4-2-1-3_A_En
WARNING
The voltage of the available power supply differs
according to country or region. Be sure that the
power supply voltage of the area where this unit
will be used meets the required voltage (e.g., 230 V
or 120 V) written on the rear panel. D3-4-2-1-4_A_En
Before plugging in for the first time, read the following
section carefully.
WARNING
To prevent a fire hazard, do not place any naked
flame sources (such as a lighted candle) on the
equipment. D3-4-2-1-7a_A_En
VENTILATION CAUTION
When installing this unit, make sure to leave space
around the unit for ventilation to improve heat
radiation (at least 30 cm at top, 15 cm at rear, and
15 cm at each side).
WARNING
Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for
ventilation to ensure reliable operation of the
product, and to protect it from overheating. To
prevent fire hazard, the openings should never be
blocked or covered with items (such as newspapers,
table-cloths, curtains) or by operating the
equipment on thick carpet or a bed. D3-4-2-1-7b_A_En
Operating Environment
Operating environment temperature and humidity:
+5 ºC to +35 ºC (+41 ºF to +95 ºF); less than 85 %RH
(cooling vents not blocked)
Do not install this unit in a poorly ventilated area, or in
locations exposed to high humidity or direct sunlight (or
strong artificial light) D3-4-2-1-7c_A_En
CAUTION
This product is a class 1 laser product, but this
product contains a laser diode higher than Class 1.
To ensure continued safety, do not remove any covers
or attempt to gain access to the inside of the product.
Refer all servicing to qualified personnel.
The following caution label appears on your unit.
CLASS 1
LASER PRODUCT
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Location: top of the main unit
Taiwan model
All other models
Location: bottom of the main unit
CAUTION : CLASS 3B VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE LASER
VRW2159
EXPOSURE TO THE BEAM.
RADIATION WHEN OPEN, AVOID
For Australia Model
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CAUTION
The STANDBY/ON switch on this unit will not
completely shut off all power from the AC outlet.
Since the power cord serves as the main disconnect
device for the unit, you will need to unplug it from
the AC outlet to shut down all power. Therefore,
make sure the unit has been installed so that the
power cord can be easily unplugged from the AC
outlet in case of an accident. To avoid fire hazard,
the power cord should also be unplugged from the
AC outlet when left unused for a long period of time
(for example, when on vacation). D3-4-2-2-2a_A_En
CAUTION : USE OF CONTROLS OR ADJUSTMENTS OR PERFORMANCE OF PROCEDURES OTHER THAN THOSE
SPECIFIED HEREIN MAY RESULT IN HAZARDOUS RADIATION EXPOSURE.
CAUTION : THE USE OF OPTICAL INSTRUMENTS WITH THIS PRODUCT WILL INCREASE EYE HAZARD. D6-8-2-1_En
Information to User
Alteration or modifications carried out without appropriate authorization may invalidate the user’s right to operate
the equipment. D8-10-2_En
For Taiwan exclusively
Taiwanese two pin flat-bladed plug
If the AC plug of this unit does not match the AC
outlet you want to use, the plug must be removed
and appropriate one fitted. Replacement and
mounting of an AC plug on the power supply cord of
this unit should be performed only by qualified
service personnel. If connected to an AC outlet, the
cut-off plug can cause severe electrical shock. Make
sure it is properly disposed of after removal.
The equipment should be disconnected by removing
the mains plug from the wall socket when left
unused for a long period of time (for example, when
on vacation). D3-4-2-2-1a_A_En
This product is for general household purposes. Any
failure due to use for other than household purposes
(such as long-term use for business purposes in a
restaurant or use in a car or ship) and which
requires repair will be charged for even during the
warranty period. K041_En
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Thank you for buying this Pioneer product.
Please read through these operating instructions so that you will know how to operate your model
properly. After you have finished reading the instructions, put them in a safe place for future
reference.
Contents
01 Before you start
Checking what’s in the box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Loading the batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Range of the remote control unit . . . . . . . . . . 7
Attaching the non-skid pads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Placing the subwoofer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Removing the speaker grilles . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Attaching the brackets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Wall-mounting the speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
02 Connecting up
Connecting the speaker terminals . . . . . . . . 10
Multichannel speaker connections . . . . . . . . 12
Hints on speaker placement. . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Connecting the radio antennas. . . . . . . . . . . 13
Connecting external antennas . . . . . . . . . . 13
Connecting to your TV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Connecting using the component video
output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Connecting auxiliary components. . . . . . . . . 15
Connecting the power. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
03 Controls and displays
Front panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Remote control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
04 Getting started
Using the on-screen displays . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Playing discs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Basic playback controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Resume and Last Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
DVD-Video disc menus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Video CD/Super VCD PBC menus . . . . . . . 21
Listening to the radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Improving FM stereo sound . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Reducing AM reception noise . . . . . . . . . . 22
Memorizing stations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Manually saving station presets . . . . . . . . . 23
Automatically saving station presets . . . . . 23
Listening to station presets . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Listening to other sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Dimming the display. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
05 Setting up for surround sound
Home theater sound setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Setting the channel levels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
06 Home theater sound
About the listening modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Auto listening mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Listening in surround sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Using Front Surround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Using the Front Surround mode . . . . . . . . . 27
Using the Extra Power mode. . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Listening in stereo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Listening with headphones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
07 Disc playback features
Scanning discs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Playing in slow motion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Frame advance/frame reverse . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Playing a JPEG slideshow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Browsing DVD or Video CD/Super VCD discs
with the Disc Navigator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Browsing WMA, MP3, MPEG-4 AAC, DivX video
and JPEG files with the Disc Navigator . . . . . 30
Looping a section of a disc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Using repeat play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Using random play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Creating a program list . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Using the OSD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Other functions available from the program
menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Using the front panel display . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Using Playlists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Programming playlists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Listening to playlists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Clearing files from a playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Searching a disc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Switching subtitles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Switching language/audio channels . . . . . . . 34
Zooming the screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Switching camera angles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Displaying disc information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
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08 USB playback
Using the USB interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Basic playback controls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Scanning files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Playing a JPEG slideshow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Browsing files with the Navigator . . . . . . . . . 36
09 Singing karaoke
Singing karaoke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Changing the vocal mix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Changing the backing track . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
10 Adjusting the sound
Using the Sound menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Using the Sound Field Control. . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Boosting the bass level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Muting the sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
11 Audio Settings and Video Adjust
menu
Audio Settings menu. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Audio DRC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Virtual Surround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Video Adjust menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
12 Initial Settings menu
Using the Initial Settings menu . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Video Output settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Language settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Display settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Options settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Parental Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
About DivX® VOD content . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Speaker Distance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
13 Additional information
Optional system settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
System Setup menu options in standby . . .46
Setting the sleep timer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
Disc/content format playback
compatibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
Disc compatibility table. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48
About DVD+R/DVD+RW compatibility. . . .48
About DivX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48
About MPEG-4 AAC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
About WMA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
Using and taking care of discs. . . . . . . . . . . .49
DVD Video regions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
Handling discs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Storing discs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Discs to avoid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Installation and maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Hints on installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Cleaning the pickup lens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Problems with condensation. . . . . . . . . . . .51
Moving the system unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
Screen sizes and disc formats . . . . . . . . . . . .51
Resetting the system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
Troubleshooting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
DVD/CD/Video CD player. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
WMA/MP3/MPEG-4 AAC/JPEG discs . . . . .54
Tuner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
USB connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
Error Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
Using the language code list . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
Language code list. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
Country/Area code list . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
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Before you start
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Chapter 1
Before you start
Checking what’s in the box
Please check that you’ve received the following
supplied accessories:
• Remote control
• AA/R6 dry cell batteries (to confirm system
operation) x2
• Video cord
• AM loop antenna
• FM antenna
• Power cord:
Duty free model x2
Argentine (CX303 only), Taiwan,
Philippines models x2
All other models x1
• Power plug adapter x1 (CX303 Argentine
model only)
• Speaker cables x5 (S-CX500 only)
• Brackets x2 (S-CX500 only)
• Screw x8 (S-CX500 only)
• Non-skid pads for center speaker x4
(S-CX505 only) / for front, center, surround
speaker x24 (S-CX500 only)
• Non-skid pads for front speaker x8
(S-CX505, S-CX303)
• Non-skid pads for surround speaker
(S-CX505 only) x8
• Non-skid pads for subwoofer x4
• Spiral wrap x2 (S-CX500 only)
• These operating instructions
Loading the batteries
Use AA/R6 batteries with the supplied remote
control. Make sure to follow the indications (,
) inside the compartment.
Important
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.
• Do not use or store batteries in direct
sunlight or other excessively hot place,
such as inside a car or near a heater. This
can cause batteries to leak, overheat,
explode or catch fire. It can also reduce the
life or performance of batteries.
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Range of the remote control unit
The remote control has a range of about
7 meters. It may not work properly if:
• There are obstacles between the remote
control and this unit’s remote sensor.
• Direct sunlight or fluorescent light is
shining onto the remote sensor.
• This system is located near a device that is
emitting infrared rays.
• This unit is operated simultaneously with
another infrared remote control unit.
Attaching the non-skid pads
Use the self-adhesive non-skid pads to provide
a stable base for the speakers. Attach four to
each speaker as shown below.
The illustration shows the CX505.
• CX500 model only – Attach the non-skid
pads to four corners on the bottom surface
of each speaker. (The shape of the speaker
is different from the CX505 model)
• CX303 model only – Attach the non-skid
pads to four corners on the bottom surface
of the Front speaker.
Placing the subwoofer
The subwoofer supplied with this system can
be placed upright or on its side (flat). Choose
the position that works best for your room, then
attach the non-skid pads as shown below.
Caution
• Do not place other speakers (front/center/
surround) on top of the subwoofer.
There is a risk that they will fall and cause
injuries.
Removing the speaker grilles
CX505/CX303 model only
If necessary, remove the front speaker grilles
as described below.
1 Gently ease the grille loose by gripping
the bottom and pulling towards you.
2 Pull the top free in the same way.
When reattaching, start from the top then push
the bottom in until secure.
• It is not recommended (due to dirt and
dust) to leave the speaker grilles removed.
• Do not install your speakers overhead on
the ceiling or wall. If improperly attached,
the speaker grille can fall and cause
damage or personal injury.
Front speaker
Center speaker
Surround speaker
Subwoofer
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Attaching the brackets
CX500 model only
Attach the brackets as described below. Before
attaching, make sure to check which Home
theater sound setup you want to use.1
• Stack the speakers and fix with the
brackets.
Each speaker is provided with a color-coded
indicator on the model label on the rear side to
assist identification. Refer to the color
indicators and install the speakers correctly.
Standard surround/Front surround setup (Front
surround mode):
Front surround setup (Extra Power mode):
As shown in the illustration, stack the
speakers. Align the bracket with the respective
upper screw hole on the back of the front
speaker and fasten the screws securely.
Standard surround/Front surround setup (Front
surround mode):
Front surround setup (Extra Power mode):
Caution
• Do not attempt to carry the speakers when
they are connected with the bracket. Doing
so may cause damage to the bracket or
worsen damage to the bracket and
speakers in the event they are dropped.
Note
1 • Refer to Home theater sound setup on page 24 for details on how to place your speakers.
• Standard surround/Front surround setup (Front surround mode) only - Attaching brackets is necessary only when mounting
center speakers to right and left.
Front speaker
Center speaker
Left
Green
White
Green
Red
Right
Color indicator
Model label
Front speaker
Color indicator
Model label
Center speaker
Surround speaker
Left
Blue
White
Green
Gray
Red
Green
Right
Bracket
Screw
Center speaker
Front speaker
Surround speaker
Bracket
Screw
Center speaker
Front speaker
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Wall-mounting the speakers
CX505 – Center speaker, Surround speakers only
CX500 – Front speakers, Center speakers,
Surround speakers
Depending on the speaker setup you choose,
you can wall-mount the front, center and
surround speakers. (When using Front
surround setup, you can only wall-mount the
center speaker.)
The illustration shows the CX505.
Before mounting (see above), keep in mind the
following points:
• Remember that the speaker system is
heavy and that its weight could cause the
screws to work loose, or the wall material to
fail to support it, resulting in the speaker
falling. Make sure that the wall you intend
to mount the speakers on is strong enough
to support them. Do not mount on plywood
or soft surface walls.
• Mounting screws are not supplied. Use
screws suitable for the wall material and
support the weight of the speaker.
Caution
• If you are unsure of the qualities and
strength of the walls, consult a
professional for advice.
• Pioneer is not responsible for any
accidents or damage that result from
improper installation.
• Subwoofer and (CX303/CX505 model only)
front speakers only – Do not attach these
speakers to the wall or ceiling. They may
fall off and cause injury.
5 mm to 7 mm
5 mm
10 mm
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Connecting up
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Chapter 2
Connecting up
Important
• Before making or changing any
connections, switch off the power and
unplug the power cord from the AC outlet.
• When making cable connections, make
sure not to bend the cables over the top of
this unit. This may cause a humming noise
from the speakers.
Connecting the speaker terminals
Connect the wires from the speakers to the
terminals on the main unit rear panel as shown
below. Before connecting, you may want to
consider the placement options available in
your room, and when using this system:1
• CX303 model only – Place the front left and
right speakers at equal distances from the
TV, then connect them as shown below.
• CX505/CX500 model only – A color-coded
system is provided for speaker connections
(see Multichannel speaker connections
below). See Home theater sound setup on
page 24 for surround placement options.
Caution
• Do not connect this speaker to any amplifier
other than the one supplied with this
system. Connection to any other amplifier
may result in a malfunction or fire.
• Make sure that the bare speaker wires
cannot touch each other, or come into
contact with other metal parts once the
unit is switched on.
• Match the color-coded speaker plugs to
the colored speaker terminals on the rear of
the unit (as shown below).
Make sure to insert completely. The small lug
at the wire-end of the speaker plug should face
up or down depending on whether it’s being
plugged into one of the upper or lower three
speaker terminals. Please make sure to
connect correctly.
• CX500 only: The front and surround
speaker cables have a color-coded connector
at one end and two bare wires at the other
end.
Note
1 The speakers supplied with this system are magnetically shielded. However, placing them extremely close to a television may
result in color distortion on the screen. If this happens, move the speakers a little further away and switch off the television for
15 to 30 minutes.
Upper terminals
Lower terminals
Color-coded wire
(Connect to speaker)
Color-coded connector
(Connect to rear panel)
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• Since there is only one terminal to connect
the two center speakers, you will need to
use the supplied Y-cable for the
connection.
• Twist and pull off the protective shields on
each wire.
• Connect the wires to the speaker. Each
speaker in the illustration can be identified
by means of the color-coded indicator
provided on the rear-surface model label.
Match the color-coded wire with the color
indicator on the model label, then insert
the color-coded wire into the red (+) side
and the other wire into the black (–) side.
• When connecting the center speakers,
connect the Y-cable dual end to the two
center speakers in the same way.
• When connections are completed, adjust
the cable placements. If the speakers have
been fixed with the brackets, fix the cable
to the groove in the brackets as shown.
• Fasten the cables together with the spiral
wrap.
Hold multiple cables together and place
the wrap over the cables from the end.
Wrap the spiral wrap with the cables in the
center.
The spiral wrap may be cut at a desired
length.
Y-cable
To Main unit
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Multichannel speaker connections
CX505/CX500 model only
Connect each speaker using the color-coded speaker cable. Match them to the colored labels
above the speaker terminals (see illustration below).
The illustration shows the CX505.
Hints on speaker placement
The following guidelines will help you to get the
best performance from your speaker system.
See Home theater sound setup on page 24 for
surround placement options with this system.
• Place the front left and right speakers at
equal distances from the TV.
• 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.
Caution
• These speaker terminals carry
HAZARDOUS LIVE VOLTAGE. To prevent
the risk of electric shock when connecting
or disconnecting the speaker cables,
disconnect the power cord before touching
any uninsulated parts.
• 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.
Surround right Surround left
Subwoofer
Center
Front left
Front right
Gray
Blue
White
Red
Purple
Green
SURROUND SUBWOOFER
FRONT CENTER
SPEAKERS (4 Ω)
R L
R L
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• 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.
• Make sure all speakers are installed
securely to prevent accidents and improve
sound quality.
• Subwoofer and (CX505 model only) front
speakers only – Do not attach these
speakers to the wall or ceiling. They may
fall off and cause injury.
Connecting the radio antennas
Connecting the supplied antennas will allow
you to listen to both AM and FM radio
broadcasts. If you find that reception quality is
poor, an outdoor antenna should give you
better sound quality — see Connecting external
antennas below for more on how to do this.
1 Pull off the protective shields of both AM
antenna wires.
2 Push open the tabs, then insert one wire
fully into each terminal, then release the tabs
to secure the AM antenna wires.
3 Fix the AM loop antenna to the stand.
To fix the stand to the antenna, bend in the
direction indicated by the arrow (fig. a) then
clip the loop onto the stand (fig. b).
• If you plan to mount the AM antenna to a
wall or other surface, secure the stand with
screws (fig. c) before clipping the loop to
the stand. Make sure the reception is clear.
4 Place the AM antenna on a flat surface
and point in the direction giving the best
reception.
Don’t let it come into contact with metal
objects and avoid placing near computers,
television sets or other electrical appliances.
5 Connect the FM wire antenna in the same
way as the AM loop antenna.
For best results, extend the FM antenna fully
and fix to a wall or door frame. Don’t drape
loosely or leave coiled up.
Connecting external antennas
External AM antenna
Use 5 to 6 meters of vinyl-insulated wire and set
up either indoors or outdoors. Leave the AM
loop antenna connected.
2
3
ANTENNA
FM
UNBAL 75 Ω
AM LOOP
1
4
5
fig. a fig. b fig. c
ANTENNA
FM
UNBAL 75 Ω
AM LOOP
Outdoor antenna
5 m to 6 m
Indoor
antenna
(vinyl-coated
wire)
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External FM antenna
Use a PAL connector to hook up an external
FM antenna.
Connecting to your TV
This system offers three types of video
connections. If your TV has component video
inputs, see Connecting using the component
video output below.
1 Use the supplied yellow video cable to
connect the VIDEO OUT jack to a video input
on your TV.
2 Optionally: Use a stereo audio cable to
connect the audio outs of your TV (or VCR) to
the LINE IN jacks on the rear of this unit.
This will enable you to hear the TV (or VCR)
sound through this system. See Connecting
auxiliary components below for more on this.
Connecting using the component
video output
If your TV has component video inputs, you can
use these instead of the standard video output
to connect this system to your TV.1 This should
give you the best quality picture from the three
types of video output available.
• Use a component video cable to connect
the COMPONENT VIDEO OUT to a set of
component inputs on your TV.
About progressive scan video
Compared to interlace video, progressive scan
video effectively doubles the scanning rate of
the picture, resulting in a very stable, flicker-
free image. Progressive scan video is available
only from the component video output.
Compatibility of this player with
progressive-scan and high-definition TVs.
This player is compatible with progressive
video Macro Vision System Copy Guard.2
ANTENNA
FM
UNBAL 75 Ω
AM LOOP
PAL connector
VIDEO
Note
1 The component video output is switchable between interlaced and progressive formats. See Video Output settings on page 42.
2 Consumers should note that not all high-definition television sets are fully compatible with this product and may cause
artifacts to be displayed in the picture. In case of 525 progressive scan picture problems, it is recommended that the user switch
the connection to the ‘standard definition’ output (Interlace). If there are questions regarding our TV set compatibility with this
model, please contact our customer service center.
COMPONENT
VIDEO
VIDEO
Y
PB
PR
VIDEOOUT
S-VIDEO
To Component
input
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Connecting auxiliary components
This system has a front panel audio input as
well as stereo analog inputs on the rear panel.
• See Using the USB interface on page 35 to
connect the front panel USB INPUT.
• Connect the LINE IN jacks on the rear
panel to an auxiliary playback component.
These include components such as a VCR,
cassette deck, or your TV. Connect using RCA
pin-plug stereo cables.
• Connect the front panel AUDIO IN mini-
plug jack to an auxiliary playback
component.
These include components like a digital audio
player or the analog audio output of a PC.
Connect using a 1/4" stereo mini-plug cable.
Connecting the power
After making sure that everything is connected
properly, connect the Media unit and the
Power unit with attached cord, then plug in the
power cord to the AC inlet, and the other end to
a mains power outlet.
Congratulations! You’re done setting up.
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 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.
M
NBAL 75 ½
SYSTEM
UBWOOFER
PEAKERS (4 - 6 )
R L
To AC outlet
Power unit
Media unit
AC IN
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Chapter 3
Controls and displays
Front panel
1  STANDBY/ON
Switches the player on or into standby.
2 Playback controls
The skip buttons are used for skipping on
discs. The playback control buttons are used
for playing, pausing and stopping playback.
3 Display
See Display on page 17.
4 VOLUME
Adjusts the volume level.
5 X.BOOM button
Switches on the bass boost (page 39).
6  OPEN/CLOSE
Opens/closes the disc tray.
7 Disc tray
8 MIC VOL and MIC input jacks
Controls the volume of the karaoke mics
(MAIN and SUB) (page 37).
9 Remote sensor
10 PHONES jack
Headphone jack.
11 AUDIO IN
Connect an auxiliary component using a stereo
mini-jack cable (see Connecting auxiliary
components on page 15).
12 USB interface
Connect a USB device for playback (see USB
playback on page 35).
MAIN MIC SUB
MIN MAX
MIC VOL PHONES AUDIO IN USB
STANDBY/ON 

 
FULL DIGITAL SURROUND SYSTEM
VOLUME
OPEN/CLOSE
8
6
1 2 4
3
7
5
9 10 11 12
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Display
1 Character display
2 Format indicators
2 PL II (CX505/CX500 only) – Lights during
Dolby Pro Logic II decoding.
2 D – Lights during playback of a Dolby
Digital source.
DTS – Lights during playback of a DTS
source.
3
Lights when the sleep timer is active.
4 Tuner indicators
– Lights when a broadcast is being
received.
– Lights when FM mono reception is
selected.
– Lights when a stereo FM broadcast is
being received in auto stereo mode.
5 Karaoke indicators
KARAOKE (Vocal cancel) – Vocals in the
backing track are partially eliminated using
EQ.
ECHO – Lights when the Karaoke ECHO
effect is selected.
KEY – Lights when the Karaoke pitch
control is selected.
L – Left channel only. Use for tracks that
have a vocal recorded in the right channel.
R – Right channel only. Use for tracks that
have a vocal recorded in the left channel.
L R – Use to put a single-channel vocal
track into the center of the mix.
6 Playback mode indicators
RPT-1 – RPT lights during repeat play (RPT-
1 lights during repeat one-track play).
PGM – Lights during program play.
RDM – Lights during random playback.
7 SOUND
Lights when the SFC modes, XBOOM, bass,
treble, ST.WIDE, MP3 EXP. (MP3 Expander) or
VOICE. E. (Voice Enhancer) are active.
Remote control
The illustration shows the CX505/CX500.
1  STANDBY/ON
Switches the player on or into standby.
2 Input source function select
Selects the source you want to listen to.
DTS
SOUND
DTS
SOUND
2PL
2D
L R
L R
KEY
KEY
ECHO
ECHO
KARAOKE
KARAOKE RPT - 1
RPT - 1 PGM
PGM RDM
RDM
3
2
7
4 6
5
1
STANDBY
/ON DVD/CD
TUNER
(FM/AM)
USB F.AUDIO LINE PLAY LIST
PGM RPT RDM
KARAOKE
ECHO
TOP MENU
MENU
SOUND MODE
SFC
SYSTEM
SETUP
TUNE -
TUNE +
ST- ST+
ZOOM
MUTE
AUDIO SUBTITLE ANGLE
SLEEP DISPLAY
1 2 3
4 5 6
7 8 9
CLEAR ENTER
0
ENTER
HOME MENU
SHIFT VOLUME
X.BOOM
1
3
2
SURROUND EXT PWR
FRT. SURR
RETURN
TEST
TONE
1
2
3
8
9
4
7
12
11
13
14
15
16
17
5
6
10
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3 Number buttons and SHIFT functions
The number buttons can be used for
selecting tracks directly, the functions
above the buttons are accessed by
pressing SHIFT at the same time as the
button.
PGM (SHIFT+1) – Use to program/play a
program list (page 31).
RPT (SHIFT+2) – Selects a repeat play
mode (page 30).
RDM (SHIFT+3) – Selects a random play
mode (page 31).
CLEAR – Clears an entry.
ENTER – Selects menu options, etc.
4 HOME MENU
Press to display (or exit) the on-screen menu for
Initial Settings, Play Mode functions, etc.
5 ENTER, TUNE & cursor control buttons
Navigates on-screen displays and menus.
ENTER selects an option or executes a
command.
6 SYSTEM SETUP
Use to make various system settings (page 46).
Also used when saving station presets when
using the tuner (page 23).
7 Sound Field/listening mode buttons
SFC – Selects sound modes or custom
settings from the Sound Field Control
(page 38).
SURROUND (CX505/CX500 only) – Selects a
surround listening mode (page 26).
EXT PWR (CX505/CX500 only) – Switches on
the Extra Power mode (page 27).
FRT.SURR (CX505/CX500 only) – Switches on
the Front Surround mode (page 27).
SOUND MODE – Accesses settings in the
Sound menu, such as the tone controls
(page 38).
8 Playback controls
 – Starts/resumes playback.
 and / – Use for reverse slow
motion playback, frame reverse and
reverse scanning.
 and / – Use for forward slow
motion playback, frame advance and
forward scanning.
 – Jumps to the next chapter or track.
 – Jumps to the beginning of the
current chapter or track, then to previous
chapters/tracks.
 – Pauses playback; press again to
restart.
 – Stops playback.
9 DVD controls
AUDIO – Selects the audio channel or
language (page 34).
SUBTITLE – Selects a subtitle display
(page 33).
ANGLE – Changes the camera angle
during DVD multi-angle scene playback
(page 34).
ZOOM – Changes the zoom level
(page 34).
10 SHIFT
Press to access the functions/commands
written in green on the remote.
11 X.BOOM
Switches the bass boost on or off (page 39).
12 PLAY LIST buttons
Adds tracks to (during playback), or selects the
playlist (while stopped) (page 32).
13 KARAOKE controls
KARAOKE – Selects audio channels for
karaoke (page 37).
ECHO – Changes the echo level on the
karaoke mics (page 37).
 /  – Raises/lowers the pitch of the
backing track (page 37).
14 MENU
Displays the DVD menu (for Video CD/
Super VCDs, DivX video and WMA/MP3/
MPEG-4 AAC/JPEG discs, the Disc
Navigator screen appears).
TOP MENU (SHIFT+MENU)
Displays the top menu of a DVD disc.
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15 RETURN
Press to return to a previous menu screen.
TEST TONE (SHIFT+RETURN)
(CX505/CX500 only) – Press to output the
test tone for speaker setup (page 25).
16 SLEEP
Press to set the sleep timer (page 47).
DISPLAY
Switches between information displays
(page 34).
MUTE
Mutes the volume (page 39).
17 VOLUME
Adjusts the volume level.
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Chapter 4
Getting started
Using the on-screen displays
For ease of use, this system makes extensive
use of graphical on-screen displays (OSDs).
All the screens are navigated in basically the
same way, using the cursor buttons (, , ,
) to change the highlighted item and
pressing ENTER to select it.1
Important
• Throughout this manual, ‘Select’ means
use /// to highlight an item on-
screen, then press ENTER.
Tip
• You can change the On-Screen Display
Language to Traditional Chinese (see OSD
Language on page 43)
• The button guide at the bottom of every
OSD screen shows you which buttons
you’ll need to use for that screen.
Playing discs
The basic playback controls for DVD, CD, Video
CD/Super VCD, DivX video and WMA/MP3/
MPEG-4 AAC discs are covered here. Further
functions are detailed in chapter 7.
1 If the player isn’t already on, switch it on.
If you’re playing a disc with video, also turn on
your TV and make sure that it is set to the
correct video input.
2 Press  OPEN/CLOSE on the front panel
to load a disc.
Load a disc with the label side facing up, using
the disc tray guide to align the disc (if you’re
loading a double-sided DVD disc, load it with
the side you want to play face down).
3 Press  (play) to start playback.
If you’re playing a DVD or Video CD/Super VCD,
a menu may appear. See DVD-Video disc
menus and Video CD/Super VCD PBC menus on
page 21 to navigate these.
If you loaded a disc containing JPEGs, a
slideshow will start. See Playing a JPEG
slideshow on page 28 for more on this.
• If a disc contains a mixture of DivX video
and other media file types (MP3, for
example), first select whether to play the
DivX video files (DivX) or the other media
file types (MP3/WMA/MPEG-4 AAC/JPEG)
from the on-screen display.
4 Adjust the volume.
Use the VOLUME control.
Note
1 The screen saver will appear after five minutes of inactivity.
Button What it does
HOME
MENU
Displays/exits the on-screen display
 Changes the highlighted menu item
ENTER Selects the highlighted menu item
RETURN Returns to the main menu without
saving changes
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Basic playback controls
The following table shows the basic controls on
the remote for playing discs1
. You can find
other playback features in the chapter 7.
Resume and Last Memory
When you stop playback of a disc, RESUME
shows in the display indicating that you can
resume playback from that point.
With DVDs and Video CD/Super VCDs, even if
ejected, the play position is stored in memory.2
The next time you load the disc, the display
shows LAST MEM and you can resume
playback.
If you want to clear the resume point, press
 (stop) while RESUME is displayed.
DVD-Video disc menus
Many DVD-Video discs contain menus from
which you can select what you want to watch.
Sometimes DVD-Video menus are displayed
automatically when you start playback; others
only appear when you press MENU or TOP
MENU (SHIFT+MENU).
Video CD/Super VCD PBC menus
Some Video CD/Super VCDs have menus from
which you can choose what you want to watch.
These are PBC (Playback control) menus.
You can play a PBC Video CD/Super VCD
without having to navigate the PBC menu by
starting playback using a number button to
select a track, rather than the  (play) button.
Note
1 You may find with some DVD discs that some playback controls don’t work in certain parts of the disc.
Button What it does
 Starts/resumes normal playback.
• If the display shows RESUME or
LAST MEM playback starts from the
resume or last memory point (see
Resume and Last Memory below).
 Pauses/unpauses a disc.
 Stops playback or cancels the resume
function (if the display shows RESUME).
 Press to start fast reverse scanning.
 Press to start fast forward scanning.
 Skips to the start of the current track or
chapter, then previous tracks/chapters.
 Skips to the next track or chapter.
Numbers Use to enter a title/chapter/track
number. Press ENTER to select.
• If the disc is stopped, playback starts
from the selected title (for DVD) or
track (for CD/Video CD/Super VCD).
• If the disc is playing, playback jumps
to the start of the selected title (VR
mode DVD-R/-RW), chapter (DVD-
Video) or track (CD/Video CD/Super
VCD).
2 • The Last Memory function may not work with some discs.
• For DVD-Video discs (except VR mode DVD-R/-RW), the player stores the play position of the last five discs.
Button What it does
TOP MENU
(SHIFT+MENU)
Displays the ‘top menu’ of a DVD
disc — this varies with the disc.
MENU Displays a DVD disc menu — this
varies with the disc and may be
the same as the ‘top menu’.
 Moves the cursor around the
screen.
ENTER Selects the current menu option.
RETURN Returns to the previously
displayed menu screen.
Numbers Highlights a numbered menu
option (some discs only). Press
ENTER to select.
Button What it does
RETURN Displays the PBC menu.
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Listening to the radio
The tuner can receive both FM and AM
broadcasts, and lets you memorize your
favorite stations so you don’t have to manually
tune in every time you want to listen (see
Memorizing stations on page 23 for more on
this).
1 Press TUNER (FM/AM) to switch to the
tuner, then press repeatedly to select the AM
or FM band.
The display shows the band and frequency.
2 Tune to a frequency.
There are three tuning modes — manual, auto,
and high-speed:
• Manual tuning: Press TUNE +/–
repeatedly to change the displayed
frequency.
• Auto tuning: Press and hold TUNE +/–
until the frequency display starts to move,
then release. The tuner will stop on the next
station it finds. Repeat to keep searching.
• High-speed tuning: Press and hold
TUNE +/– until the frequency display starts
to move rapidly. Keep the button held down
until you reach the frequency you want. If
necessary, fine tune the frequency using
the manual tuning method.
Improving FM stereo sound
If you’re listening to an FM station in stereo but
the reception is weak, you can improve the
sound quality by switching to mono.
1 Tune to an FM radio station then press
SYSTEM SETUP.
2 Use / to choose FM MODE then press
ENTER.
3 Use / to select FM MONO then press
ENTER
The MONO indicator lights when the tuner is
in mono reception mode.
Select FM AUTO above to switch back to auto-
stereo mode (the indicator lights when
receiving a stereo broadcast).
Reducing AM reception noise
If AM reception seems particularly poor, or the
AM radio station you’re listening to seems
noisy, try using the Noise Cut feature for better
sound quality.
1 Tune to an AM radio station then press
SYSTEM SETUP.
2 Use / to choose NOISECUT then press
ENTER.
3 Use /to select the noise cut mode
then press ENTER.
Select an effect level between 1 and 3.
Numbers Selects numbered menu options.
Press ENTER to select.
 Displays the previous menu page
(if there is one).
 Displays the next menu page (if
there is one).
Button What it does
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Memorizing stations
You can save up to 30 station presets so that
you always have easy access to your favorite
stations without having to tune in manually
each time.
Manually saving station presets
1 Tune to an AM or FM radio station.
Select mono or auto-stereo reception (FM) or
the Noise Cut mode (AM) as necessary. These
settings are saved along with the preset.
2 Press SYSTEM SETUP and use / to
choose ‘ST.MEM.’ then press ENTER.
3 Use / to select the station preset you
want then press ENTER.
Automatically saving station presets
1 Press SYSTEM SETUP, use / to
choose ‘A. PRESET’ then press ENTER.
Auto tuning starts in the FM band, stopping
when a strong signal is received.
2 When auto tuning stops at a station,
press ENTER to save the station as a preset, or
press / to continue without saving.
Auto tuning resumes. After the FM band is
finished, auto tuning continues in the AM
band. Press  (stop) anytime to exit.
Auto tuning stops automatically after the AM
band is finished, or after the limit of 30 presets
has been reached. When this happens, the
tuner automatically switches to preset ST-1.
Listening to station presets
1 Make sure the TUNER function is
selected.
2 Use / to select a station preset.
• You can also use the number buttons and
ENTER to do this.
Listening to other sources
You can connect an external source for
playback through this system’s speakers. See
Connecting auxiliary components on page 15
for more on this.
• To connect a USB device to the USB
terminal, see USB playback on page 35.
1 Make sure that the external source (TV,
MD player, etc.) is switched on.
2 Press LINE to select the source connected
to the rear panel LINE input and F. AUDIO to
select the source connected to the front panel
AUDIO-IN input.
3 If necessary, start playback of the source.
Dimming the display
You can choose one of two brightness settings
for the front panel display.
1 Press SYSTEM SETUP and use / to
choose DIMMER then press ENTER.
2 Use / to adjust then press ENTER to
confirm and exit.
• DIMMER 1: Front panel display dims.
• DIMMER 2: Front panel display dims and
automatically turns the display off after the
unit has been left for two minutes.1
• OFF: Front panel display returns to the
original brightness.
Note
1 When any key is pressed, the display turns on.
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Chapter 5
Setting up for surround sound
CX505/CX500 model only
Home theater sound setup
Depending on the size and characteristics of
your room, you can place your speakers in one
of two ways using this system:1
• Standard surround setup – This is a
standard multichannel surround sound
speaker setup for optimal 5.1 channel
home theater sound.
CX505 model speaker configuration:
CX500 model speaker configuration:
• Front surround setup – This setup is ideal
when rear surround speaker placement
isn’t possible or you want to avoid running
long speaker cables in your listening area.
Use this setup together with the Front
Surround modes to take advantage of wall
and ceiling reflections for a very realistic
surround effect.
CX505 model speaker configuration:
CX500 model speaker configuration:
For Front surround mode
Note
1 See About the listening modes on page 26 for more on using the different listening modes with each speaker setup.
Center
Center
Front left
Front left Front right
Front right
Surround left
Surround left Surround right
Surround right
Bass
Bass
Surround left
*When center speakers are placed in the center.
Surround right
Center
Center
Front
left
Listening position
Listening position
Front
right
Subwoofer
Center
Front
left
Front
right
Front right
Front right
Surround left
Surround left Surround right
Surround right
Center
Center
Bass
Bass
Front left
Front left
*When centerspeakers are placed in the center.
Listening position
Listening position
Center
Center
Surround right
Surround left
Subwoofer
Front right
Front left
Surround right
Surround left
Front right
Front left
Center
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For Extra Power mode
After placing your speakers, complete Setting
the channel levels then refer to Speaker
Distance on page 45 to complete your
surround sound setup.
Setting the channel levels
Set the relative channel levels from your main
listening position.1
1 Switch to the DVD/CD or USB input source.
2 Press TEST TONE (SHIFT+RETURN).
The test tone is output in the following order
(from the speakers active in the current
listening mode):
• L – Front left speaker
• C – Center speaker
• R – Front right speaker
• SR – Surround right speaker
• SL – Surround left speaker
• SW – Subwoofer2
3 Use the VOLUME +/– button to adjust
the volume to an appropriate level.
You can also use the front panel volume
button.
4 Use the / buttons 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
(SHIFT+RETURN) to exit test tone setup.
Note
1 • Make sure headphones are unplugged.
• The channel balance can be adjusted (independently for each listening mode) while listening to any sound source you want:
Press SYSTEM SETUP and use / to choose CH LEVEL then press ENTER, then use / to select channels and / to
adjust the level. Press ENTER when you’re finished.
2 Since the subwoofer produces ultra-low frequencies its sound may seem quieter than it actually is.
Surround
left
Center
Front
left
Listening position
Listening position
Center
Front
right
Surround
right
Subwoofer
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Chapter 6
Home theater sound
CX505/CX500 model only
About the listening modes
As explained in Home theater sound setup on
page 24, there are two basic surround speaker
setup options available. Of course you can
select any of the listening modes regardless of
how you place your speakers, but you will
achieve the best surround effect by using the
listening modes in conjunction with your
speaker setup:
• Standard surround setup – Use the
Standard (Listening in surround sound
below) surround listening modes with this
setup.
• Front surround setup – See Using Front
Surround on page 27 for the options
available with this speaker setup.
Make sure you have completed Setting the
channel levels on page 25.
Auto listening mode
The Auto listening mode is the simplest way to
listen to any source as it was mastered: the
output from the speakers mirrors the channels
in the source material.
• Press SURROUND to select the AUTO
listening mode.1
Listening in surround sound
You can listen to stereo or multichannel
sources in surround sound. Surround sound is
generated from stereo sources using one of
the Dolby Pro Logic decoding modes.
1 Switch to the DVD/CD or USB input
source.
2 Press SURROUND repeatedly to select a
listening mode.
The choices that appear in the display will vary
according to the type of source that’s playing.
• AUTO – Auto listening mode (see above)
• DOLBY PL (Dolby Pro Logic) – 4.1 channel
surround sound for use with any two-
channel source
• MOVIE (Dolby Pro Logic II Movie) – Pro
Logic II 5.1 channel surround sound,
especially suited to movie sources (use
with any two-channel source)
• MUSIC (Dolby Pro Logic II Music) – Pro
Logic II 5.1 channel surround sound,
especially suited to music sources, for use
with any two-channel source
• STEREO – See Listening in stereo below
Note
1 If the source is Dolby Digital or DTS, the corresponding indicator lights in the front panel display.
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Using Front Surround
The Front Surround mode and Extra Power
mode are effective when DVD/CD or USB is
selected as the input source and you are using
the Front surround speaker setup as described
in Home theater sound setup on page 24.
Using the Front Surround mode
• CX505 model – The surround speakers
should be placed on top of the front
speakers and oriented (about 60º) towards
the walls.
• CX500 model – The surround speakers
should be placed beside the front speakers
and oriented (about 60º) towards the walls.
• Press EXT PWR/FRT.SURR to select the
Front Surround mode.
• FRT.SURR – Use to provide rich surround
sound effect.
• OFF – Switches the Front Surround mode
off.
Using the Extra Power mode
The Extra Power mode uses the Front surround
setup as described in Home theater sound
setup on page 24, but the surround speakers
and (CX500 only) center speakers should be
pointed in the same direction as the front
speakers (towards the listening position).
• Press EXT PWR/FRT.SURR to select the
Extra Power mode.
• EXT POWER – Outputs stereo sound (in
the case of multi-channel sources, down-
mixed stereo sound) from the surround
speakers for powerful stereo effect.
• OFF – Switches the Extra Power mode off.
Listening in stereo
You can listen to any source — stereo or
multichannel — in stereo. When playing a
multichannel source, all channels are
downmixed to the front left/right speakers and
the subwoofer.
• Press SURROUND repeatedly until
STEREO shows in the display.
Listening with headphones
When headphones are connected, only the
STEREO mode is available.1
60º

Left front
Left surround
60º

Right surround
Right front
Right
surround
Right front
Center
60º

60º
Left front
Left
surround

Note
1 When you disconnect them it reverts to the previous mode.
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Chapter 7
Disc playback features
Important
• Many of the functions covered in this
chapter apply to DVD discs, Video CDs/
Super VCDs, CDs, DivX video and WMA/
MP3/MPEG-4 AAC/JPEG discs, although
the exact operation of some varies slightly
with the kind of disc loaded.
• Some DVDs restrict the use of some
functions (random or repeat, for example)
in some or all parts of the disc. This is not a
malfunction.
• When playing Video CD/Super VCDs, some
of the functions are not available during
PBC playback. If you want to use them,
start the disc playing using a number
button to select a track.
Scanning discs
You can fast-scan discs forward or backward at
various different speeds.1
• During playback, press  or  to start
scanning.
Press repeatedly to increase the scanning
speed (shown on-screen).
• To resume playback, press  (play).2
Playing in slow motion
You can play DVDs, Video CD/Super VCDs and
DivX video at four different forward slow
motion speeds. DVD discs can also be played
in reverse slow motion.
1 During playback, press  (pause).
2 Press and hold / or / until slow
motion playback starts.
Press repeatedly to change the slow motion
speed (shown on-screen).
• To resume playback, press  (play).2
Frame advance/frame reverse
With DVD discs, you can move advance/back
frame-by-frame. With Video CD/Super VCDs
and DivX video you can only use frame
advance.
1 During playback, press  (pause).
2 Press / or / to reverse or
advance a frame at a time.
• To resume playback, press  (play).2
Playing a JPEG slideshow
After loading a disc containing JPEG pictures,
press  to start a slideshow from the first
folder/picture on the disc.3 The player displays
the pictures in each folder in alphabetical
order.
• If the disc contains WMA/MP3/MPEG-4
AAC files, playback of the slideshow and
audio files repeats. During audio playback,
you can still use the skip (/), scan
(/) and pause () functions.
Pictures are automatically adjusted so that
they fill as much of the screen as possible.
Note
1 Only one speed is available for DivX video discs.
2 • Depending on the disc, normal playback may automatically resume when a new chapter is reached on a DVD disc.
• For Video CDs/Super VCDs in PBC mode and WMA/MP3/MPEG-4 AAC tracks (in Scan Mode only), normal playback resumes
when you reach the beginning or the end of a track.
3 • The time it takes for the player to load a file increases with large file sizes.
• Discs can contain up to 299 folders and up to 648 folders and files combined.
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While the slideshow is running:
Browsing DVD or Video CD/
Super VCD discs with the Disc
Navigator
Use the Disc Navigator to browse through the
contents of a DVD or Video CD/Super VCD disc
to find the part you want to play.
1 During playback, press HOME MENU
and select ‘Disc Navigator’ from the on-
screen menu.
2 Select a view option.
The options available depend on the kind of
disc loaded and whether the disc is playing or
not, but include:
• Title – Titles from a DVD-Video disc.
• Chapter – Chapters from the current title
of a DVD-Video disc.
• Track – Tracks from a Video CD/Super VCD
disc.
• Time – Thumbnails from a Video CD/Super
VCD disc at 10 minute intervals.
• Original: Title – Original titles from a VR
mode DVD-R/-RW disc.
• Playlist: Title – Playlist titles from a VR
mode DVD-R/-RW disc.
• Original: Time – Thumbnails from the
Original content at 10 minute intervals.
• Playlist: Time – Thumbnails from the
Playlist at 10 minute intervals.
The screen shows up to six moving thumbnail
images displayed one after another. To display
the previous/next six thumbnails, press /
.
3 Select the thumbnail image for what
you want to play.
You can use either the /// and ENTER
to select a thumbnail, or the number buttons.
To select using the number buttons, enter a
two-digit number then press ENTER.
Button What it does
 Pauses the slideshow (or audio);
press again to restart.
 Jumps to the previous picture (or
audio file with audio playback).
 Jumps to the next picture (or
audio file with audio playback).
/// Pauses the slideshow and
rotates/flips the displayed
picture (Press  (play) to restart
slideshow).
ZOOM Pauses the slideshow and zooms
the picture. Press again to toggle
between 1x, 2x and 4x zoom
(Press  (play) to restart
slideshow).
MENU Displays the Disc Navigator
screen (see below).
Disc Navigator
Disc Navigator
Title
Chapter
01
04
02
05
03
06
Disc Navigator: Title
01- 49: --
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Browsing WMA, MP3, MPEG-4
AAC, DivX video and JPEG files
with the Disc Navigator
Use the Disc Navigator to find a particular file
or folder by filename.
1 Press HOME MENU and select ‘Disc
Navigator’ from the on-screen menu.
2 Use /// and ENTER to navigate.
Use / to move up/down the folder/file list.
Use  to return to the parent folder.1
Use ENTER or  to open a highlighted folder.
• When a JPEG file is highlighted, a
thumbnail image is displayed on the right.
3 To play the highlighted track or DivX
video file or display the highlighted JPEG
file, press ENTER.
• When a WMA/MP3/MPEG-4 AAC or DivX
video file is selected, playback begins from
that file, and continues until the end of the
folder.
• When a JPEG file is selected, a slideshow
begins, starting with that file, and
continues to the end of the folder.
Tip
• You can also play a JPEG slideshow while
listening to WMA/MP3/MPEG-4 AAC
playback. Simply select the audio file you
want to listen to followed by the JPEG from
which you want the slideshow to start.
Playback of both the slideshow and the
audio files repeats. Playback controls are
effective for the JPEG slideshow only.
• To play the contents of the whole disc
rather than just the current folder, exit the
Disc Navigator and start playback using
the  (play) button.
Looping a section of a disc
The A-B Repeat function allows you to specify
two points (A and B) within a track (CD, Video
CD/Super Video CD) or title (DVD) that form a
loop which is played over and over.
1 During playback, press HOME MENU and
select ‘Play Mode’.
2 Select ‘A-B Repeat’.
3 Press ENTER on ‘A (Start Point)’ to set the
loop start point.
4 Press ENTER on ‘B (End Point)’ to set the
loop end point.
After pressing ENTER, playback jumps back to
the start point and plays the loop.
5 To resume normal playback, select ‘Off’.
Using repeat play
In addition to various repeat play options, it’s
also possible to use repeat play together with
program play (see Creating a program list on
page 31).
1 During playback, press HOME MENU and
select ‘Play Mode’.
Note
1 You can also do this by going to the ‘..’ folder at the top, then pressing ENTER.
00:00/ 00:00 0kbps
Folder1
Folder2
Folder3
Folder4
File1
File2
File3
File4
File5
Folder2
00:00/ 00:00 0kbps
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2 Select ‘Repeat’ then select a repeat play
option.1
If program play is active, select Program
Repeat to repeat the program list, or Repeat
Off to cancel.
• For DVD discs, select Title Repeat or
Chapter Repeat.
• For CDs and Video CD/Super VCDs, select
Disc Repeat or Track Repeat.
• For DivX video discs, select Title Repeat
(or Repeat Off).
Tip
• You can also use the RPT (SHIFT+2) button
on the remote to select a repeat play
option. The repeat modes available are the
same as those from the Play Mode menu.
Using random play
Use this function to play titles or chapters
(DVD-Video) or tracks (CD and Video CD/Super
VCD) in a random order.2
1 During playback, press HOME MENU and
select ‘Play Mode’.
2 Select ‘Random’ then select an option.
• For DVD discs, select Random Title or
Random Chapter.
• For CDs and Video CD/Super VCDs, select
On or Off to switch random play on or off.
Tip
• Use the following controls during random
play:
• You can also use the RDM (SHIFT+3)
button on the remote to select a random
play mode. The random modes available
are the same as when choosing from the
Play Mode menu. Press ENTER to start
random play.
• Random play remains in effect until you
select Random Off from the random play
menu options.
Creating a program list
This feature lets you program the play order of
titles/chapters/tracks on a disc.3
Using the OSD
1 During playback, press HOME MENU and
select ‘Play Mode’.
2 Select ‘Program’ then select ‘Create/Edit’
from the list of program options.
3 Use /// and ENTER to select a
title, chapter or track for the current step in
the program list.
For a DVD disc, you can add a title or a chapter.
Note
1 You can’t use repeat play with WMA/MP3/MPEG-4 AAC discs.
2 • You can set the random play option when a disc is playing or stopped. However, you can’t use random play together with
program play.
• You can’t use random play with VR format DVD-R/-RW discs, WMA/MP3/MPEG-4 AAC discs, DivX video discs, or while a
DVD disc menu is being displayed.
Button What it does
 Selects a new track/title/chapter
at random.
 Returns to the beginning of the
current track/title/chapter;
further presses select another
random track/title/chapter.
3 You can’t use Program play with VR format DVD-R/-RW discs, WMA/MP3/MPEG-4 AAC discs, DivX video discs, or while a DVD
disc menu is being displayed.
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• For a CD or Video CD/Super VCD, select a
track to add to the program list.
After pressing ENTER to select the title/
chapter/track, the step number automatically
moves down one.
4 Repeat step 3 to build up a program list.
A program list can contain up to 24 steps.
• You can insert steps by just highlighting
the position where you want the new step
to appear and entering a title/chapter/track
number.
• To delete a step, highlight it and press
CLEAR.
5 To play the program list, press  (play).
Program play remains active until you turn off
program play (see below), erase the program
list (see below), eject the disc or switch off.
Tip
• Use the following controls during program
play:
Other functions available from the
program menu
There are a number of other options in the
program menu in addition to Create/Edit.
• Playback Start – Starts playback of a
saved program list
• Playback Stop – Turns off program play,
but does not erase the program list
• Program Delete – Erases the program list
and turns off program play
Using the front panel display
Even though the OSD is available for CDs, the
front panel display provides information to
make a program list easily. If a disc is playing,
stop it first.
1 Press PGM (SHIFT+1).
You’re prompted to enter a track for the first
step in the program list.
2 Use the number buttons to select a track,
then press ENTER.
If you make a mistake, press CLEAR to delete
the last (most recently) programmed track.
3 Repeat step 2 to build up a program list.
A program list can contain up to 24 steps.
4 To play the program list, press  (play).
• Program play remains active until you
press  (stop), clear the playlist (see tip
above), eject the disc or switch off the
player.
Using Playlists
With this feature, you can make up to three
playlists of 30 files each for discs containing
WMA, MP3, MPEG-4 AAC and JPEG files.
Since this unit will remember all playlists for
the last ten discs you have loaded, this is useful
for if you have a large number of files that you
want to organize quickly and easily.1
Programming playlists
1 With the disc stopped, press HOME
MENU and select ‘Disc Navigator’ from the
on-screen menu.
2 Select the file you want to add to the
playlist.
See Browsing WMA, MP3, MPEG-4 AAC, DivX
video and JPEG files with the Disc Navigator on
page 30 if you don’t know how to do this.
Button What it does
HOME
MENU
Save the program list and exit
without starting playback.
 Skip to the next step in the
program list.
Note
1 The disc must be loaded for the files in your playlist to play back.
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3 Press PLAY LIST 1, 2 or 3.
The file is added to the playlist you select.
4 Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you’re done.
Tip
• To add files without the on-screen display,
simply press PLAY LIST 1, 2 or 3 during
normal playback of the file you want
(except when a JPEG slideshow is playing
at the same time as audio).
Listening to playlists
• With playback stopped, press PLAY LIST
1, 2 or 3.
During playback, PGM lights in the front panel
display.
• If no playlist has been programmed, NO
LIST shows in the front panel display.
• If the playlist contains both JPEG and audio
files, playback of the slideshow and audio
files starts.
Clearing files from a playlist
1 Start playback of your playlist.
2 Press HOME MENU and select ‘Disc
Navigator’.
3 From the ‘Disc Navigator’ screen, select
the file you want to remove from the playlist
and press CLEAR.
Searching a disc
You can search DVD discs by title or chapter
number, or by time; CDs and Video CD/Super
VCDs by track number or time; DivX video discs
by time.
1 Press HOME MENU and select ‘Play
Mode’.
2 Select ‘Search Mode’.
The search options that appear depend on the
kind of disc loaded.
3 Select a search mode.
• The disc must be playing in order to use
time search.
4 Use the number buttons to enter a title,
chapter or track number, or a time.
• For a time search, enter the number of
minutes and seconds into the currently
playing title (DVD/ DivX video) or track (CD/
Video CD/Super VCD) you want playback to
resume from. For example, press 4, 5, 0, 0
to have playback start from 45 minutes into
the disc. For 1 hour, 20 minutes and 30
seconds, press 8, 0, 3, 0.
5 Press ENTER to start playback.
Switching subtitles
Some DVD discs and DivX video discs have
subtitles in one or more languages; the disc
box will usually tell you which subtitle
languages are available. You can switch
subtitle language during playback.1
• Press SUBTITLE repeatedly to select a
subtitle option.
• To set subtitle preferences, see Language
settings on page 42.
• See Displaying DivX subtitle files on
page 49 for more on DivX subtitles.
Note
1 Some discs only allow you to change subtitle language from the disc menu. Press TOP MENU (SHIFT+MENU) or MENU to
access.
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Switching language/audio
channels
When playing discs recorded with dialog in two
or more languages, or with dual-mono audio1
you can switch these during playback.2
• Press AUDIO repeatedly to select an
audio language option.
• To set audio language preferences, see
Language settings on page 42.
Zooming the screen
Using the zoom feature you can magnify a part
of the screen by a factor of 2 or 4, while
watching a DVD, DivX video title or Video CD/
Super VCD or playing a JPEG disc.
1 During playback, use the ZOOM button
to select the zoom factor (Normal, 2x or 4x).
2 Use /// to change the zoomed
area.
You can change the zoom factor and the
zoomed area freely during playback.3
Switching camera angles
Some DVD discs feature scenes shot from two
or more angles — check the disc box for
details.
When a multi-angle scene is playing, a
icon appears on screen (this can be switched
off if you prefer — see Display settings on
page 43).
• During playback (or when paused), press
ANGLE to switch angle.
Displaying disc information
Various track, chapter and title information can
be displayed on-screen during playback.
• To show/switch/hide the information
displayed, press DISPLAY repeatedly.
Limited disc information also appears in the
front panel display. Press DISPLAY to change
the displayed information.
Note
1 Some Super VCDs have two soundtracks. With these discs you can switch between the two soundtracks as well as individual
channels in each.
2 Some discs only allow you to change audio language from the disc menu. Press TOP MENU (SHIFT+MENU) or MENU to
access.
3 • Since DVD, Video CD/Super VCD, DivX video title and JPEG pictures have a fixed resolution, picture quality will deteriorate,
especially at 4x zoom. This is not a malfunction.
• If the navigation square at the top of the screen disappears, press ZOOM again to display it.
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Chapter 8
USB playback
Using the USB interface
It is possible to listen to two-channel audio1
and watch JPEG files using the USB interface
on the front of this unit. Connect a USB mass
storage device2
as shown below.
1 With the player switched on, press USB.
Make sure your TV is on and set to the correct
video input.
2 Connect your USB device.
The USB terminal is located on the front panel.
3 Press  (play) to start playback.
If your USB device contains JPEGs, a
slideshow will start. See Playing a JPEG
slideshow on page 36 for more on this.
• Make sure USB DATA is showing in the
front panel display (or the system is in
standby) when disconnecting.
Important
If a USB ERR message lights in the display, it
may mean that the power requirements of the
USB device are too high for this player, or that
the device is incompatible. Try the following:
• Switch the player off, then on again.
• Reconnecting the USB device with the
player switched off.
• Selecting to another input source (like
DVD/CD), then back to USB.
• Using a dedicated AC adapter (supplied
with the device) for USB power.
If this doesn’t remedy the problem, it is likely
your USB device is incompatible.
Basic playback controls
The following table shows the basic controls on
the remote for USB playback.
Note
1 This includes playback of WMA/MP3/MPEG-4 AAC files (except files with copy-protection or restricted playback). It is not
possible to play DivX files through the USB terminal.
2 • Compatible USB devices include external magnetic hard drives, portable flash memory (particularly keydrives) and digital
audio players (MP3 players) of format FAT16/32. It is not possible to connect this unit to a personal computer for USB playback.
• Pioneer cannot guarantee compatibility (operation and/or bus power) with all USB mass storage devices and assumes no
responsibility for any loss of data that may occur when connected to this unit.
• With large amounts of data, it may take longer for the system to read the contents of a USB device.
PHONES AUDIO IN USB
USB mass
storage device
USB
(Type A)
Button What it does
 Starts normal playback.
 Pauses/unpauses playback.
 Stops playback.
 Press to start fast reverse scanning.
 Press to start fast forward scanning.
 Skips to the start of the current file,
then previous files.
 Skips to the next file.
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Scanning files
You can fast-scan forward or backward at
various different speeds.
• During playback, press  or .
Press repeatedly to increase the scanning
speed (shown on-screen).
• To resume playback, press  (play).1
Playing a JPEG slideshow
Press  to start a slideshow from the first
folder/picture.2 The pictures in each folder are
displayed in order.
• If the device contains WMA/MP3/MPEG-4
AAC files, playback of the slideshow and
audio files repeats. During audio playback,
you can still use the skip (/), scan
(/) and pause () functions.
Pictures are automatically adjusted so that
they fill as much of the screen as possible.
While the slideshow is running:
Browsing files with the
Navigator
Use the Navigator to find WMA, MP3, MPEG-4
AAC and JPEG files or folders by name.3
1 Press MENU then use /// and
ENTER to navigate.
Use / to move up/down the folder/file list.
Use  to return to the parent folder.4
Use ENTER or  to open a highlighted folder.
• When a JPEG file is highlighted, a
thumbnail image is displayed on the right.
2 To play the highlighted track or display
the highlighted JPEG file, press ENTER.
• When a WMA/MP3/MPEG-4 AAC file is
selected, playback begins from that file,
and continues until the end of the folder.
• When a JPEG file is selected, a slideshow
begins, starting with that file, and
continues to the end of the folder.
Tip
• You can also play a JPEG slideshow while
listening to WMA/MP3/MPEG-4 AAC
playback. Simply select the audio file you
want to listen to followed by the JPEG from
which you want the slideshow to start.
Playback of both the slideshow and the
audio files repeats. Playback controls are
effective for the JPEG slideshow only.
• To play all of the contents, rather than just
the current folder, exit the Navigator and
start playback using the  (play) button.
Note
1 With WMA/MP3/MPEG-4 AAC tracks, playback automatically resumes at the end or beginning of the track.
2 • The time it takes for the player to load a file increases with large file sizes.
• USB devices can contain up to 299 folders and up to 648 folders and files combined.
Button What it does
 Pauses the slideshow (or audio);
press again to restart.
 Jumps to the previous picture (or
audio file with audio playback).
 Jumps to the next picture (or
audio file with audio playback).
/// Pauses the slideshow and
rotates/flips the current picture
(Press  to restart slideshow).
ZOOM Pauses the slideshow and zooms
the picture. Press again to toggle
between 1x, 2x and 4x zoom
(Press  to restart slideshow).
MENU Displays the Navigator screen
(see below).
3 Filenames may be displayed incorrectly with some digital audio players.
4 You can also do this by going to the ‘..’ folder at the top, then pressing ENTER.
Button What it does
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Chapter 9
Singing karaoke
Singing karaoke
Using the karaoke features you can plug in a
microphone and mix the sound of your own
voice with a backing track1
. You can select a
backing track from audio sources such as CDs,
DVDs, VCDs or USB devices. Adjust the
microphone level relative to the backing track.
1 Set the MIC VOL knob (front panel) to
minimum.
2 Plug in the microphone(s).
If you’re only using one mic, plug it into the
MIC (MAIN) jack. The MIC (SUB) jack can be
used only if MIC (MAIN) is also connected.
• If the microphone has an on/off switch,
make sure it’s on.
3 Load a karaoke backing disc.
4 To change the mix (CD or Video CD/Super
VCD only), press KARAOKE.
Press to switch between these options:2
• KARAOKE (Vocal cancel) – Backing track
vocals are partially eliminated using EQ.
• L CH – Left channel only. Use for tracks
that have a vocal recorded in the right
channel.
• R CH – Right channel only. Use for tracks
that have a vocal recorded in the left
channel.
• L+R CH – Use to put a single-channel vocal
track into the center of the mix.
• OFF – Switches the Karaoke mode off.
5 Play the backing track.
6 Adjust the MIC VOL knob.
To avoid unpleasant feedback, make sure you
don’t point the microphone(s) at the speakers.3
7 Sing!
Changing the vocal mix
Adding some effects to the microphone mix
can sometimes improve the overall sound.4
You can choose between three echo levels.
• To add effects to the microphone mix,
press ECHO.
Pressing repeatedly switches between echo
levels 1 to 3 and off.
Changing the backing track
You may want to lower or raise the pitch of the
backing track to match your vocal range.5
• Press KEY CONTROL
 (SHIFT+KARAOKE) or  (SHIFT+ECHO) to
raise or lower the pitch of the backing track.
Note
1 • These features are only possible when a microphone is connected. If you try to use KARAOKE, ECHO,  (SHIFT+KARAOKE),
or  (SHIFT+ECHO) when no mic is connected, a ’NO MIC’ error message is displayed. Also note that during DVD playback, when
you connect a mic sound settings are automatically switched to STEREO playback and downmixes multichannel sources to 2.1
channels.
• These features are only available with the DVD/CD or USB input functions.
2 The current setting is first shown in the display.
MAIN MIC SUB
MIN MAX
MIC VOL
3 Depending on the microphone level, the sound of the disc may distort. If this happens, turn down the volume.
4 You cannot adjust Sound menu, SFC modes or bass boost controls when a microphone is plugged in.
5 This feature is not compatible with DTS signals.
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Chapter 10
Adjusting the sound
Using the Sound menu
There are several optional sound settings you
can make from the sound menu.
1 Press SOUND MODE.
2 Use / to choose the setting you want
to adjust.
The current setting is shown for each option (in
the order shown in step 3, with the defaults in
bold) as you cycle through the display.
3 Use / to adjust.
Make adjustments to the following settings:
4 Repeat steps 2 and 3 for other settings.1
5 When you’re done, press ENTER to leave
the Sound menu.2
Tip
• You can store your current bass, treble as
a preset. Simply hold ENTER for three
seconds, then press ENTER again to
confirm when USER shows in the display.
You can now select this preset from the
SFC menu (see Using the Sound Field
Control below).
Using the Sound Field Control
Depending on the source you’re listening to,
you may want to use the Sound Field Control to
match the source you’re listening to.
• Press SFC repeatedly to select a mode.
The options are as follows:
• ROCK – Live concert sound for rock music.
• POP – Live concert sound for pop music.
• DANCE – Good for music with lots of bass.
• CLASSIC – Large concert hall type sound.
• DRAMA – Good for movies with lots of
dialog.
• ACTION – Good for movies with dynamic
sound tracks.
• USER – See Tip above.
• OFF
Setting What it does Option(s)
MP3 EXP.1
(2 channel
source only)
Reproduce the comfortable
sound for compressed music
(MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC).
OFF
ON
BASS Adjusts the amount of bass. –4 to +4
TREBLE Adjusts the amount of treble. –4 to +4
ST. WIDE
(CX303 only)
Makes the stereo spread
appear wider than it really is.
OFF
ON
VOICE. E.2
(CX505/CX500
only)
Enhances the dialog away
from the background sounds.
ON
OFF
Note
1 When turned on, the SFC mode will turn off.
2 • When turned on, the SFC mode and Extra Power mode will turn off.
• For multichannel DVD disc only.
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Boosting the bass level
If you want to bring up the low end for certain
kinds of music or sound sources, you can use
the bass boost to do so.
• Press X.BOOM repeatedly to select a
mode.
The options are as follows (the X.BOOM LED
lights as indicated in parantheses):
• AUTO – Automatically selects XBOOM
MS or XBOOM MV (depending on the
source). For DVD video/Video CD/
SuperVCD/DivX disc, XBOOM MV will be
selected.
For other sources, XBOOM MS will be
selected.
• XBOOM MS – Good for music with lots of
bass (blue).
• XBOOM MV – Boosts low frequency
(bass) sounds in movies (orange).
• OFF – Switches the bass boost off.
Muting the sound
• Press MUTE to switch off the volume.
To switch the sound back on, adjust the
volume or press MUTE again.
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Chapter 11
Audio Settings and Video
Adjust menu
Audio Settings menu
The Audio Settings menu offers features for
adjusting the way discs sound.
1 Press HOME MENU and select ‘Audio
Settings’ from the on-screen display.
2 Select and change settings using //
/ and ENTER.
Audio DRC
• Settings: High, Medium, Low,
Off (default)
When watching Dolby Digital DVDs at low
volume, it’s easy to lose the quieter sounds
completely — including some of the dialog.
Switching Audio DRC (Dynamic Range
Control) to on can help by bringing up the
quieter sounds, while controlling loud peaks.
How much of a difference you hear depends on
the material you’re listening to. If the material
doesn’t have wide variations in volume, you
may not notice much change.1
Virtual Surround
CX303 only
• Settings: On, Off (default)
Switch on Virtual Surround to enjoy realistic
surround sound effects from just three
speakers.2
Video Adjust menu
From the Video Adjust screen you can adjust
various settings that affect how the picture is
presented.
1 Press HOME MENU and select ‘Video
Adjust’ from the on-screen display.
2 Make settings using /// and
ENTER.
You can adjust the following settings:
• Sharpness – Adjusts the sharpness of
edges in the picture (Fine, Standard, Soft)
• Brightness – Adjusts the overall
brightness (–20 to +20)
Note
1 • Audio DRC is only effective with Dolby Digital audio sources.
• The effect of Audio DRC also depends on your speakers and settings.
Audio Settings
2 • 96 kHz Linear PCM audio is automatically downsampled to 48 kHz if Virtual Surround is switched on.
• How good the surround effect is varies with the disc.
Video Adjust
Sharpness
Brightness
Contrast
Gamma
Hue
Chroma Level
Standard
0
0
Off
0
0






Video Adjust
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• Contrast – Adjusts the contrast between
light and dark (–16 to +16)
• Gamma – Adjusts the ‘warmth’ of the
picture (High, Medium, Low, Off)
• Hue – Adjusts the red/green balance
(Green 9 to Red 9)
• Chroma Level – Adjusts how saturated
colors appear (–9 to +9)
Adjust the Brightness, Contrast, Hue and
Chroma Level settings using /.
3 Press ENTER to return to the Video
Adjust screen, or HOME MENU to exit.
Brightness min max 0
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Chapter 12
Initial Settings menu
Using the Initial Settings menu
The Initial Settings menu provides audio and
video output settings, parental lock settings,
and display settings, among others.
If an option is grayed out it means that it
cannot be changed at the current time. This is
usually because a disc is playing. Stop the
disc, then change the setting.
1 Press DVD/CD.
2 With playback stopped, press HOME
MENU and select ‘Initial Settings’.
3 Use /// and ENTER to select the
setting and option you want to set.
All the settings and options are explained on
the following pages.1
Video Output settings
Language settings
Note
1 • In the table, the default setting is shown in bold: other settings are shown in italics.
• Some settings, such as TV Screen, Audio Language and Subtitle Language may be overridden by the DVD disc. Often
these settings can also be made from the DVD disc menu.
• The Component Out setting only needs to be set if you have connected this player to your TV using component video.
Initial Settings
Setting Option What it means
TV Screen
(See also Using the
language code list on
page 55.)
4:3 (Letter Box) Set if you have a conventional 4:3 TV. Widescreen movies are
shown with black bars top and bottom.
4:3 (Pan & Scan) Set if you have a conventional 4:3 TV. Widescreen movies are
shown with the sides cropped so that the image fills the screen.
16:9 (Wide) Set if you have a widescreen TV.
Component Out
(See also Connecting
using the component
video output on
page 14.)
Interlace Set if your TV is not compatible with progressive scan video.
Progressive Set if your TV is compatible with progressive scan video (see
your TV’s instruction manual for details). Press ENTER once
more to confirm (or RETURN to cancel).
Note that progressive scan video is only output from the
component video jacks.
Setting Option What it means
Audio Language English If there is an English soundtrack on the disc, it is played.
Languages as displayed If there is a language selected on the disc, it is played.
Other Language Select to choose a language other than the ones displayed (see
Using the language code list on page 55).
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Display settings
Options settings
Parental Lock
• Default level: Off; Default password: none;
Default Country/Area code: us (2119)
To give you some control over what your
children watch on your DVD player, some DVD-
Video discs feature a Parental Lock level. If your
player is set to a lower level than the disc, the
disc won’t play.
Some discs also support the Country/Area
Code feature. The player does not play certain
scenes on these discs, depending on the
Country/Area Code you set.
Registering a new password
Register a password to change the Parental
Lock level or enter a Country/Area code.1
Subtitle Language English If there are English subtitles on the disc they are displayed.
Languages as displayed The subtitle language selected on the disc is displayed.
Other Language Select to choose a language other than the ones displayed (see
Using the language code list on page 55).
DVD Menu
Language
w/Subtitle Lang. DVD disc menus are displayed in the same language as your
selected subtitle language, if possible.
Languages as displayed DVD menus are displayed in the selected language, if possible.
Other Language Select to choose a language other than the ones displayed (see
Using the language code list on page 55).
Subtitle Display On Subtitles are displayed in your selected subtitle language.
Off Subtitles are always off by default when you play a DVD disc.
Setting Option What it means
Setting Option What it means
OSD Language English On-screen displays of the player are in English.
Languages as displayed On-screen displays are shown in the language selected.
Angle Indicator On A camera icon is displayed on-screen during multi-angle
scenes on a DVD disc.
Off No multi-angle indication is shown.
Setting Option What it means
Parental Lock – See Parental Lock below.
DivX(R) VOD Display See About DivX® VOD content below.
Note
1 • Not all discs use Parental Lock, and will play without requiring the password first.
• If you forget your password, you’ll need to reset the player to register a new password (see Resetting the system on page 51).
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1 Select ‘Password’.
2 Use the number buttons to input a 4-digit
password then press ENTER.
Changing your password
To change your password, confirm your
existing password then enter a new one.
1 Select ‘Password Change’.
2 Input your existing password, then press
ENTER.
3 Enter a new password and press ENTER.
Setting/changing the Parental Lock
1 Select ‘Level Change’.
2 Use number buttons to enter your
password, then press ENTER.
3 Select a new level and press ENTER.
• Press  repeatedly to lock more levels
(more discs will require the password);
press  to unlock levels. You can’t lock
level 1.
Setting/changing the Country/Area code
You can find the Country/Area code list on
page 56.
1 Select ‘Country Code’.
2 Input your password, then press ENTER.
3 Select a Country/Area code then press
ENTER.
There are two ways you can do this:
• Select by code letter: Use / to change
the Country/Area code.
• Select by code number: Press  then use
the number buttons to enter the 4-digit
Country/Area code.
The new Country/Area code takes effect after
ejecting the disc once.
About DivX® VOD content
In order to play DivX VOD (video on demand)
content on this player, you first need to register
the player with your DivX VOD content
provider. You do this by generating a DivX VOD
registration code, which you submit to your
provider.1
Important
• DivX VOD content is protected by a DRM
(Digital Rights Management) system. This
restricts playback of content to specific,
registered devices.
• If you load a disc that contains DivX VOD
content not authorized for your player, the
message Authorization Error is displayed
and the content will not play.
Displaying your DivX VOD registration
code
1 Press HOME MENU and select ‘Initial
Settings’.
2 Select ‘Options’, then ‘DivX(R) VOD’.
3 Select ‘Display’.
Your 8-digit registration code is displayed.
Parental Lock
DivX (R) VOD
Password
Level Change
Country Code
Initial Settings
Video Output
Language
Display
Options
Speakers
Note
1 Resetting the player (as described in Resetting the system on page 51) will not cause you to lose your registration code.
Video Output
Language
Display
Options
Speakers
Display
Initial Settings
Parental Lock
DivX (R) VOD
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Make a note of the code as you will need it
when you register with a DivX VOD provider.
Playing DivX® VOD content
Some DivX VOD content may only be playable
a fixed number of times. When you load a disc
containing this type of DivX VOD content, the
remaining number of plays is shown on-screen
and you then have the option of playing the
disc (thereby using up one of the remaining
plays), or stopping. If you load a disc that
contains expired DivX VOD content (for
example, content that has zero remaining
plays), the message Rental Expired is
displayed.
If your DivX VOD content allows an unlimited
number of plays, then you may load the disc
into your player and play the content as often
as you like, and no message will be displayed.
Speaker Distance
CX505/CX500 model only
• Default setting: 3.0m
To get the best surround sound from your
system, you should set up the speakers equal
distances from your listening position.
1 Press HOME MENU and select ‘Initial
Settings’.
2 Select ‘Speakers’, then ‘Speaker
Distance’.
3 Use / to select a speaker.
4 Press  to change the speaker distance
for the highlighted speaker.
5 Use / to change the distance.
• When you change the distance settings of
the front left (L) or front right (R) speakers,
all the other speaker distances change
relative to it.
• Front left/right (L/R) speaker distances can
be set from 30 cm to 9 m in 30 cm
increments.1
• The center speaker (C) can be set from
–2.1 m to 0 m relative to the front left/right
speakers.
• Surround left/right (SL/SR) speakers can
be set from –6.0 m to 0 m relative to the
front left/right speakers.2
• The subwoofer (SW) can be set from
–2.1 m to 0 m relative to the front left/right
speakers.
6 Press  to go back to the speaker list if
you want to modify another speaker, or press
ENTER to exit the Speaker Distance screen.
Video Output
Language
Display
Options
Speakers
Speaker Distance
Initial Settings
Note
1 The L and R speakers are paired; you can’t set them differently.
2 Make sure to set them the same distance when using Front Surround (Using Front Surround on page 27).
Video Output
Language
Display
Options
Speakers
L
C
R
SR
SL
SW
3.0m
3.0m
3.0m
3.0m
3.0m
3.0m
Initial Settings
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Chapter 13
Additional information
Optional system settings
These settings are accessed by using the
System Setup menu while in standby.
1 Switch the system into standby.
2 Press SYSTEM SETUP.
3 Use / to choose the setting then
press ENTER.
The current setting is shown for each option as
you cycle through the display. See below for a
full list and description of each.
4 Use / to adjust the setting then press
ENTER to confirm.
5 Repeat steps 2 to 4 to make other settings.
System Setup menu options in standby
Below are all the available settings in the setup
menu. The first setting in each is the default.
System demo setting
Switches the automatic demo feature on or off
(this starts when you plug in for the first time):
• DEMO ON – Switches the demo feature on.
• DEMO OFF – Switches the demo feature off.
Frequency step setting
If you find that you can’t tune into stations
successfully, the frequency step may not be
suitable for your country/region.
• AM 9K – AM 9 kHz/FM 50 kHz
• AM 10K – AM 10 kHz/FM 100 kHz
TV system setting
The default setting of this system is AUTO, and
unless you notice that the picture is distorted
when playing some discs, you should leave it
set to AUTO. If you find picture distortion with
some discs, set the TV system to match your
country or region’s system. However, this may
restrict the kinds of disc you can watch.
See the table for the kinds of discs compatible
with each setting (AUTO, PAL and NTSC).1
• After selecting TV SYS in step 3 above,
press ENTER to change the TV system.
The TV system as follows:
• AUTO  NTSC
• NTSC  PAL
• PAL  AUTO
The system automatically switches on and
you’ll see the new TV system setting in the
display after seeing WELCOME.2
Note
1 Most models of the newly developed countdown PAL TV system detect 50 Hz (PAL)/60 Hz (NTSC) and automatically switch
vertical amplitude, resulting in a display without vertical shrinkage. However, in some cases, the image may appear without
color. If your PAL TV does not have a V-Hold control, you may not be able to watch NTSC discs because of picture roll. If the TV
has a V-Hold control, adjust it until the picture stops rolling. On some TVs, the picture may shrink vertically, leaving black bands
at the top and bottom of the screen.
Disc Player setting
Type Format NTSC PAL AUTO
DVD/Super VCD/
Video CD/DivX
Video
NTSC NTSC PAL NTSC
PAL NTSC PAL PAL
CD/MP3/WMA/
MPEG-4 AAC/
JPEG/no disc
— NTSC PAL NTSC or
PAL
2 You have to switch the player into standby (press  STANDBY/ON) before each change.
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Key lock setting
• LOCK ON – Makes the front panel buttons
and controls inoperative.
• LOCK OFF – Restores regular use of the
front panel buttons and controls.
Volume mode setting
If you want to make finer adjustments of the
volume.
• FINE – 60 steps
• NORMAL – 30 steps
Setting the sleep timer
The sleep timer switches off the system after
about an hour so you can fall asleep without
worrying about it.1
• Press SLEEP repeatedly to select an
option.
Choose between the following options:
• SLP ON – Switches off after about an hour
• SLP OFF – Cancels the sleep timer
After selecting SLP ON, you can press SLEEP
again to check how much time is left. Each line
indicates approximately 12 minutes
(remaining):
Disc/content format playback
compatibility
This player is compatible with a wide range of
disc types (media) and formats. Playable discs
will generally feature one of the following logos
on the disc and/or disc packaging. Note
however that some disc types, such as
recordable CD and DVD, may be in an
unplayable format.
See the About DualDisc playback below for
more information.
• This unit will play DVD+R/+RW discs.
• is a trademark of FUJIFILM Corporation.
• is a trademark of DVD Format/Logo
Licensing Corporation.
• Also compatible with KODAK Picture CD.
This player supports the IEC’s Super VCD
standard for superior picture quality, dual
soundtracks, and widescreen support.
About DualDisc playback
A DualDisc is a new two -sided disc, one side
of which contains DVD content video, audio,
etc. while the other side contains non-DVD
content such as digital audio material.
The non-DVD, audio side of the disc is not
compliant with the CD Audio specification and
therefore may not play.
The DVD side of a DualDisc plays in this
product. DVD-Audio content will not play.
For more detailed information on the DualDisc
specification, please refer to the disc
manufacturer or disc retailer.
Note
1 The Front panel display dims when the sleep timer is set and the sleep indicator turns on.
S L P - - - - -
DVD-Video DVD-R DVD-RW
Video CD
Fujicolor CD
Audio CD CD-R CD-RW
VIDEO
CD
Super Video CD (Super VCD)
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Disc compatibility table
About DVD+R/DVD+RW compatibility
Only DVD+R/DVD+RW discs recorded in
‘Video Mode (DVD Video Mode)’ which have
been finalized, can be played back. However,
some editing made during the recording may
not be played back accurately.
About DivX
DivX is a compressed digital video format
created by the DivX®
video codec from DivX,
Inc. This player can play DivX video files burned
on CD-R/-RW and DVD-R/-RW/-ROM discs.
Keeping the same terminology as DVD-Video,
individual DivX video files are called ‘Titles’.
When naming files/titles on a CD-R/-RW or
DVD-R/-RW disc prior to burning, keep in mind
that by default they will play in alphabetical
order.
DivX video compatibility
• Official DivX®
Certified product.
• Plays all versions of DivX®
video (including
DivX®6) with standard playback of DivX®
media files.1
Media Compatible formats
CD-R/-RW • CD-Audio, Video CD/Super VCD, ISO
9660 CD-ROM*
* ISO 9660 Level 1 or 2 compliant. CD
physical format: Mode1, Mode2 XA
Form1. Romeo and Joliet file systems
are both compatible.
• Multi-session playback: No
• Unfinalized disc playback: No
DVD-R/-RW • DVD-Video (Video mode), Video
Recording (VR)*, UDF Bridge DVD-ROM
* Edit points may not play exactly as
edited; screen may go momentarily
blank at edited points.
• Multi Border playback: No
• Unfinalized playback: No
PC-created
disc
• Discs recorded using a PC may not
be playable due to the setting of the
software used to create the disc. In
these instances, check the DVD-R/-RW
or CD-R/-RW software manual or disc
boxes for more on compatibility.
• Discs recorded in packet write mode
are not compatible.
Compressed
audio
• MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 (MP3),
Windows Media Audio (WMA), MPEG-
4 AAC
• Sampling rates: 32 kHz/44.1 kHz/
48 kHz
• Bit-rates: Any (128 kbps or higher
recommended)
• VBR (variable bit rate) MP3/WMA/
MPEG-4 AAC playback: No
• WMA lossless encoding: No
• DRM (Digital Rights Management)
compatible: Yes (DRM-protected audio
files will not play in this player)
• File extensions: .mp3, .wma, .m4a
(these must be used for the player to
recognize MP3/WMA/MPEG-4 AAC files)
• File structure (may differ): Up to 299
folders on a disc; up to 648 folders and
files (combined) within each folder
JPEG file • Baseline JPEG and EXIF 2.2* still
image files up to a resolution of 3072 x
2048.
*File format for digital still cameras
• Progressive JPEG compatible: No
• File extensions: .jpg (must be used
for the player to recognize JPEG files)
• File structure (may differ): Up to 299
folders on a disc; up to 648 folders and
files (combined) within each folder
Note
1 Playback of .avi video files larger than 4 GB is not possible.
Media Compatible formats
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• File extensions: .avi and .divx (these must
be used for the player to recognize DivX
video files). Note that all files with the .avi
extension are recognized as MPEG4, but not
all of these are necessarily DivX video files
and therefore may not be playable on this
player.
Displaying DivX subtitle files
The font sets listed below are available for DivX
external subtitle files. You can see the proper
font set on-screen by setting the Subtitle
Language (in Language settings on page 42)
to match the subtitle file.1
Group 1: Albanian (sq), Basque (eu), Catalan (ca),
Danish (da), Dutch (nl), English (en), Faroese (fo),
Finnish (fi), French (fr), German (de), Icelandic (is),
Irish (ga), Italian (it), Norwegian (no), Portuguese (pt),
Rhaeto-Romanic (rm), Scottish (gd), Spanish (es),
Swedish (sv)
Group 2: Albanian (sq), Croatian (hr), Czech (cs),
Hungarian (hu), Polish (pl), Romanian (ro), Slovak (sk),
Slovenian (sl)
Group 3: Bulgarian (bg), Byelorussian (be),
Macedonian (mk), Russian (ru), Serbian (sr),
Ukrainian (uk)
Group 4: Hebrew (iw), Yiddish (ji)
Group 5: Turkish (tr)
DivX, DivX Certified, and associated logos are
trademarks of DivX, Inc. and are used under
license.
About MPEG-4 AAC
Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) is at the core of
the MPEG-4 AAC standard, which incorporates
MPEG-2 AAC, forming the basis of the MPEG-4
audio compression technology. The file format
and extension used depend on the application
used to encode the AAC file. This unit plays
back AAC files encoded by iTunes® bearing the
extension ‘.m4a’. DRM-protected files will not
play, and files encoded with some versions of
iTunes® may not play, or filenames may display
incorrectly.
Apple and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered
in the U.S. and other countries.
About WMA
This player can playback Windows Media
Audio content.
WMA is an acronym for Windows Media Audio
and refers to an audio compression technology
developed by Microsoft Corporation. WMA
content can be encoded by using Windows
Media®
Player version 7.7.1, Windows Media®
Player for Windows® XP, or Windows Media®
Player 9 series.
Windows Media is either a registered trademark
or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the
United States and/or other countries.
This product includes technology owned by
Microsoft Corporation and cannot be used or
distributed without a license from Microsoft
Licensing, Inc.
Using and taking care of discs
DVD Video regions
All DVD Video discs carry a region mark that
indicates which region(s) of the world the disc
is compatible with. Your DVD system also has
a region mark (on the rear panel). Discs from
incompatible regions will not play in this
player. Discs marked ALL play in any player.
Note
1 • For external subtitle files the following subtitle format filename extensions are supported (please note that these files are not
shown within the disc navigation menu): .srt, .sub, .ssa, .smi
• Some external subtitle files may be displayed incorrectly or not at all.
• The filename of the movie file has to be repeated at the beginning of the filename for the external subtitle file.
• The number of external subtitle files which can be switched for the same movie file is limited to a maximum of 10.
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Handling discs
Hold the disc by its edges when handling so as
not to leave fingerprints, dirt or scratches on
either side of the disc. Damaged or dirty discs
can affect playback performance.
If a disc becomes marked with fingerprints,
dust, etc., clean using a soft, dry cloth.
Wipe lightly from the center of the disc using
straight strokes. Don’t wipe the disc surface
with circular strokes.
If necessary, use a cloth soaked in alcohol, or a
commercially available CD/DVD cleaning kit to
clean a disc more thoroughly. Never use
benzine, thinner or other cleaning agents such
as those designed for cleaning vinyl records.
Storing discs
Avoid leaving discs in excessively cold, humid,
or hot environments (including under direct
sunlight). Don’t glue paper or put stickers onto
the disc, or use a pencil, ball-point pen or other
sharp-tipped writing instrument. These could
all damage the disc.
Discs to avoid
Discs spin at high speed inside the player. If a
disc is cracked, chipped, warped, or otherwise
damaged, don’t risk using it in your player —
you could end up damaging the unit.
This unit is designed for use with conventional,
fully circular discs only. Pioneer disclaims all
liability arising in connection with the use of
shaped discs.
Installation and maintenance
Hints on installation
We want you to enjoy using this system for
years to come, so please bear in mind the
following points when choosing a location:
Do...
 Use in a well-ventilated room.
 Place on a solid, flat, level surface, such as a
table, shelf or stereo rack.
Don’t...
 Use in a place exposed to high temperatures or
humidity, including near radiators and other
heat-generating appliances.
 Place on a window sill or other place where the
system will be exposed to direct sunlight.
 Use in an excessively dusty or damp
environment.
 Place directly on top of an amplifier, or other
component in your stereo system that becomes
hot in use.
 Use near a television or monitor as you may
experience interference — especially if the
television uses an indoor antenna.
 Use in a kitchen or other room where the system
may be exposed to smoke or steam.
 Use on a thick rug or carpet, or cover with cloth
— this may prevent proper cooling of the system
unit.
 Place on an unstable surface, or one that is not
large enough to support all four of the system
unit’s feet.
Cleaning the pickup lens
The DVD player’s lens should not become dirty
in normal use, but if for some reason it should
malfunction due to dust or dirt, consult your
nearest Pioneer authorized service center.
Although lens cleaners are commercially
available, we do not recommend using them
since some may damage the lens.
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