Thank you for purchasing the Onkyo AV Receiver.
Please read this manual thoroughly before making
connections and plugging in the unit.
Following the instructions in this manual will enable
you to obtain optimum performance and listening
enjoyment from your new AV Receiver. Please retain
this manual for future reference.
Troubleshooting .............................................. 38
Specifications ........................... back cover page
Using the remote controller ............................ 34
Pre-programming remote controller .................. 36
Enjoying music or videos
Speaker setup .................................................. 18
Playing the connected source ......................... 21
Listening to the radio ...................................... 24
Various functions common to
all the sources ............................................... 26
Enjoying the listening modes ......................... 30
Recording a source ......................................... 33
Important safeguards ........................................ 2
Precautions ........................................................ 3
Features ............................................................. 4
Supplied accessories ......................................... 4
Before using the unit ........................................ 5
Facilities and connections
Index to parts and controls ............................... 6
Connecting to audio/video equipment ........... 10
Positioning speakers/Connecting speakers .... 12
Connecting antennas ....................................... 14
Connections for remote control (z) ............. 16
Connecting the power/
Turning on the AV Receiver ........................ 17
1. Read Instructions All the safety and operating instructions
should be read before the appliance is operated.
2. Retain Instructions The safety and operating instructions
should be retained for future reference.
3. Heed Warnings All warnings on the appliance and in the
operating instructions should be adhered to.
4. Follow Instructions All operating and use instructions
should be followed.
5. Cleaning Unplug the appliance from the wall outlet before
recommended by the manufacturer.
6. Attachments Do not use attachments not recommended by
the appliance manufacturer as they may cause hazards.
7. Water and Moisture Do not use the appliance near water
for example, near a bath tub, wash bowl, kitchen sink, or
laundry tub; in a wet basement; or near a swimming pool; and
8. Accessories Do not place the appliance on an unstable cart,
stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The appliance may fall, causing
serious injury to a child or adult, and serious damage to the
appliance. Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table
recommended by the manufacturer, or sold with the appliance.
Any mounting of the appliance
should follow the manufacturer's
instructions, and should use a
mounting accessory recommended
by the manufacturer.
9. An appliance and cart combination
should be moved with care. Quick
stops, excessive force, and uneven
surfaces may cause the appliance
and cart combination to overturn.
10. Ventilation Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided
for ventilation and to ensure reliable operation of the appliance
and to protect it from overheating, and these openings must not
be blocked or covered. The openings should never be blocked
by placing the appliance on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar
surface. The appliance should not be placed in a built-in
installation such as a bookcase or rack unless proper
ventilation is provided. There should be free space of at least
20 cm (8 in.) and an opening behind the appliance.
11. Power Sources The appliance should be operated only from
the type of power source indicated on the marking label. If you
are not sure of the type of power supply to your home, consult
your appliance dealer or local power company.
12. Grounding or Polarization The appliance may be equipped
with a polarized alternating current line plug (a plug having
one blade wider than the other). This plug will fit into the
power outlet only one way. This is a safety feature. If you are
unable to insert the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing the
plug. If the plug should still fail to fit, contact your electrician
to replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety
purpose of the polarized plug.
13. Power-Cord Protection Power-supply cords should be
routed so that they are not likely to be walked on or pinched by
items placed upon or against them, paying particular attention
to cords at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where
they exit from the appliance.
14. Outdoor Antenna Grounding If an outside antenna or
cable system is connected to the appliance, be sure the antenna
or cable system is grounded so as to provide some protection
against voltage surges and built-up static charges. Article 810
of the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70, provides
information with regard to proper grounding of the mast and
supporting structure, grounding of the lead-in wire to an
antenna-discharge unit, size of grounding conductors, location
of antenna-discharge unit, connection to grounding electrodes,
and requirements for the grounding electrode. See Figure 1.
15. Lightning For added protection for the appliance during a
lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for
long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet and
disconnect the antenna or cable system. This will prevent
damage to the appliance due to lightning and power-line surges.
16. Power Lines An outside antenna system should not be
located in the vicinity of overhead power lines or other electric
light or power circuits, or where it can fall into such power
lines or circuits. When installing an outside antenna system,
extreme care should be taken to keep from touching such
power lines or circuits as contact with them might be fatal.
17. Overloading Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords,
or integral convenience receptacles as this can result in a risk
of fire or electric shock.
18. Object and Liquid Entry Never push objects of any kind into
the appliance through openings as they may touch dangerous
voltage points or short-out parts that could result in a fire or
electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind on the appliance.
19. Servicing Do not attempt to service the appliance yourself as
opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous
voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified
20. Damage Requiring Service Unplug the appliance from the
wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel
under the following conditions:
A. When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged,
B. If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen into the
C. If the appliance has been exposed to rain or water,
D. If the appliance does not operate normally by following
the operating instructions. Adjust only those controls that
are covered by the operating instructions as an improper
adjustment of other controls may result in damage and will
often require extensive work by a qualified technician to
restore the appliance to its normal operation,
E. If the appliance has been dropped or damaged in any way,
F. When the appliance exhibits a distinct change in
performance this indicates a need for service.
PORTABLE CART WARNING
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK,
DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPLIANCE TO RAIN OR
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT
REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO USER-SERVICEABLE
PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED
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.
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.
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE
(NEC SECTION 810-20)
(NEC SECTION 810-21)
POWER SERVICE GROUNDING
(NEC ART 250, PART H)
NEC NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
21. Replacement Parts When replacement parts are required,
be sure the service technician has used replacement parts
specified by the manufacturer or have the same characteristics
as the original part. Unauthorized substitutions may result in
fire, electric shock, or other hazards.
22. Safety Check Upon completion of any service or repairs to the
appliance, ask the service technician to perform safety checks to
determine that the appliance is in proper operation condition.
23. Wall or Ceiling Mounting The appliance should be
mounted to a wall or ceiling only as recommended by the
24. Heat The appliance should be situated away from heat
sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other
appliances (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
25. Liquid Hazards The appliance shall not be exposed to
dripping or splashing and no objects filled with liquids, such as
vases shall be placed on the appliance.
For U.S. models
Note to CATV system installer:
This reminder is provided to call the CATV system installer's
attention to Section 820-40 of the NEC which provides guidelines
for proper grounding and, in particular, specifies that the cable
ground shall be connected to the grounding system of the building,
as close to the point of cable entry as practical.
FCC Information for User
The user changes or modifications not expressly approved by the
party responsible for compliance could void the user's authority to
operate the equipment.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits
for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment
generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is
no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to
radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning
the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one or more of the following measures:
· Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
· Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
· Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different
from that to which the receiver is connected.
· Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for
EXAMPLE OF ANTENNA GROUNDING AS PER NATIONAL
ELECTRICAL CODE, ANSI/NFPA 70
For Canadian models
NOTE: THIS CLASS B DIGITAL APPARATUS COMPLIES
WITH CANADIAN ICES-003.
For models having a power cord with a polarized plug:
CAUTION: TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, MATCH
WIDE BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT.
Modele pour les Canadien
CLASSE B EST CON-FORME À LA NORME NMB-003 DU
Sur les modèles dont la fiche est polarisée:
ATTENTION: POUR ÉVITER LES CHOCS ÉLECTRIQUES,
INTRODUIRE LA LAME LA PLUS LARGE DE LA FICHE
DANS LA BORNE CORRESPONDANTE DE LA PRISE ET
POUSSER JUSQU'AU FOND.
· Dolby* Digital & DTS** decoding
· 5.1-Channel input
· 4 S-video input
· 3 Assignable digital inputs (2 optical, 1 coaxial)
· 9 DSP soundfields
· Wide Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT)
· State-of-the-art linear PCM 96 kHz/24bit DACs for all
FM/AM Tuner Features
· 30 FM/AM random presets
· FM auto tuning
· FM indoor antenna supplied
· AM indoor antenna supplied
"Dolby", "Pro Logic" and the double-D symbol are trademarks of
Dolby Laboratories. Confidential Unpublished Works. ©1992-1997
Dolby Laboratories. All rights reserved.
** Manufactured under license from Digital Theater Systems, Inc. US
Pat. No.5,451,942 and other worldwide patents issues and pending,
"DTS" and "DTS Digital Surround" are trademarks of Digital Theater
Systems, Inc. ©1996 Digital Theater Systems, Inc. All Rights
1. Recording Copyright
Recording of copyrighted material for other than personal use is
illegal without permission of the copyright holder.
2. AC Fuse
The fuse is located inside the chassis and is not user-serviceable. If
power does not come on, contact your Onkyo authorized service
From time to time you should wipe the front and rear panels and the
cabinet with a soft cloth. For heavier dirt, dampen a soft cloth in a
weak solution of mild detergent and water, wring it out dry, and
wipe off the dirt. Following this, dry immediately with a clean
cloth. Do not use rough material, thinners, alcohol or other
chemical solvents or cloths since these could damage the finish or
remove the panel lettering.
BEFORE PLUGGING IN THE UNIT FOR THE FIRST TIME,
READ THE FOLLOWING SECTION CAREFULLY.
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 (AC 120 V,
60 Hz) written on the rear panel.
This unit does not require memory preservation batteries.
A built-in memory power backup system preserves the contents
of memory during power failures and even when the power cord
The power cord must be plugged in order to charge the backups
system. The memory preservation period after the unit has been
turned off varies depending on climate and placement of the
unit. On average, memory contents are protected over a period
of a few weeks after the time the unit has been turned off. This
period is shorter when the unit is exposed to a very humid
Check that the following accessories are supplied with the HT-R500.
AM loop antenna
FM indoor antenna
Batteries (AA, R6 or UM-3)
Speaker cable label
Before using the unit
Remote control sensor
Inserting the batteries
1 Detach the battery cover.
2 Insert the two size AA/R6/UM3 batteries.
Be sure to match the + and ends of the batteries with the
diagram inside the battery compartment.
3 Attach the battery cover.
· Do not mix new batteries with old batteries or different kinds of
· To avoid corrosion, remove the batteries if the remote
controller is not to be used for a long time.
· Remove dead batteries immediately to avoid damage from
corrosion. If the remote controller does not operate smoothly,
replace both batteries at the same time.
· The life of the supplied batteries is about six months but this
varies depending on usage.
Using the remote controller
Point the remote controller toward the remote control sensor. The
STANDBY indicator lights up when the unit receives a signal from
the remote controller.
· Place the unit away from strong light such as direct sunlight or
inverted fluorescent light which can prevent proper operation
of the remote controller.
· Using another remote controller of the same type in the same
room or using the unit near equipment which uses infrared rays
may cause operational interference.
· Do not put any object (such as a book) on the remote controller.
The buttons of the remote controller may be pressed by mistake
and drain the batteries.
· Make sure the audio rack doors do not have colored glass.
Placing the unit behind such doors may prevent proper remote
· If there is any obstacle between the remote controller and the
remote control sensor, the remote controller will not operate.