Important Safeguards........................ 2
Precautions ....................................... 3
Supplied accessories......................... 4
Before operating this unit ................. 5
Audio equipment connections .......... 6
Video equipment connections .......... 7
Connecting other devices ................. 8
Connecting speakers....................... 10
Positioning speakers ....................... 11
Connecting the power..................... 11
Making antenna connections .......... 12
Speaker setup.................................. 14
Selecting a sound source ................ 16
To enjoy Surround mode
or Stereo mode............................. 20
Tuning in a radio station................. 22
Using preset radio stations.............. 23
Recording a source ......................... 24
Troubleshooting guide.................... 26
Specifications ................................. 27
Control positions and names .......... 28
Remote controller RC-385S ........... 29
Using the remote controller ............ 30
Audio Video Control Receiver
Thank you for purchasing the Onkyo Audio Video
Please read this manual thoroughly before making
connections and turning on the power.
Following the instructions in this manual will enable
you to obtain optimum performance and listening
enjoyment from your new Audio Video Control
Please retain this manual for future reference.
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. Water and Moisture The appliance should not be used near
water for example, near a bathtub, washbowl, kitchen sink,
laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool, and
6. Carts and Stands The appliance should be used only with a
cart or stand that is recom-
mended by the manufacturer.
6A. An appliance and cart combina-
tion should be moved with care.
Quick stops, excessive force,
and uneven surfaces may cause
the appliance and cart combina-
tion to overturn.
7. Wall or Ceiling Mounting The appliance should be mounted
to a wall or ceiling only as recommended by the manufacturer.
8. Ventilation The appliance should be situated so that its loca-
tion or position does not interfere with its proper ventilation.
For example, the appliance should not be situated on a bed,
sofa, rug, or similar surface that may block the ventilation
openings; or if placed in a built-in installation, such as a book-
case or cabinet that may impede the flow of air through the
ventilation openings, there should be free space of at least 20
cm (8 in.) and an opening behind the appliance.
9. Heat The appliance should be situated away from heat
sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other appli-
ances (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
10. Power Sources The appliance should be connected to a
power supply only of the type described in the operating
instructions or as marked on the appliance.
11. Polarization If the appliance is provided with a polarized
plug having one blade wider than the other, please read the fol-
The polarization of the plug is a safety feature. The polarized
plug will only fit the outlet one way. If the plug does not fit
fully into the outlet, try reversing it. If there is still trouble, the
user should seek the services of a qualified electrician. Under
no circumstances should the user attempt to defeat the polar-
ization of the plug.
12. 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, especially near plugs, con-
venience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the
13. Cleaning The appliance should be cleaned only as recom-
mended by the manufacturer.
14. Power Lines An outdoor antenna should be located away
from power lines.
15. Nonuse Periods The power cord of the appliance should be
unplugged from the outlet when left unused for a long period
16. Object and Liquid Entry Care should be taken so that
objects do not fall and liquids are not spilled into the enclosure
17. Damage Requiring Service The appliance should be ser-
viced by qualified service personnel when:
A. The power-supply cord or the plug has been damaged; or
B. Objects have fallen, or liquid has been spilled into the
C. The appliance has been exposed to rain; or
D. The appliance does not appear to operate normally or
exhibits a marked change in performance; or
E. The appliance has been dropped, or the enclosure damaged.
18. Servicing The user should not attempt to service the appli-
ance beyond that described in the operating instructions. All
other servicing should be referred to qualified service person-
19. Outdoor Antenna Grounding If an outside antenna is con-
nected to the receiver, be sure the antenna 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, ground-
ing of the lead-in wire to an antenna-discharge unit, size of
grounding conductors, location of antenna-discharge unit, con-
nection to grounding electrodes, and requirements for the
grounding electrode. See Figure 1.
EXAMPLE OF ANTENNA GROUNDING AS PER NATIONAL
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
NE PAS OUVRIR
(NEC SECTION 810-20)
(NEC SECTION 810-21)
POWER SERVICE GROUNDING
(NEC ART 250, PART H)
NEC NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
PORTABLE CART WARNING
1. Warranty Claim
You can find the serial number on the rear panel of this unit. In case
of warranty claim, please report this number.
2. Recording Copyright
Recording of copyrighted material for other than personal use is
illegal without permission of the copyright holder.
3. 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 sol-
vents or cloths since these could damage the finish or remove the
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 (e.g., AC
230 V, 50 Hz or AC 120 V, 60 Hz) written on the rear panel.
Worldwide models are equipped with a voltage selector to conform
to local power supplies. Be sure to set this switch to match the volt-
age of the power supply in your area before plugging in the unit.
For British model
Replacement and mounting of an AC plug on the power supply cord
of this unit should be performed only by qualified service personnel.
The wires in the mains lead are coloured in accordance with the
Brown : Live
As the colours of the wires in the mains lead of this apparatus may
not correspond with the coloured markings identifying the termi-
nals in your plug, proceed as follows:
The wire which is coloured blue must be connected to the terminal
which is marked with the letter N or coloured black.
The wire which is coloured brown must be connected to the termi-
nal which is marked with the letter L or coloured red.
A 5 amp fuse is fitted in this plug. Should the fuse need to be
replaced, please ensure that the replacement fuse has a rating of 5
amps and that it is approved by ASTA or BSI to BS1362. Check for
the ASTA mark or the BSI mark on the body of the fuse.
IF THE FITTED MOULDED PLUG IS UNSUITABLE FOR THE
SOCKET OUTLET IN YOUR HOME THEN THE FUSE
SHOULD BE REMOVED AND THE PLUG CUT OFF AND
DISPOSED OF SAFELY. THERE IS A DANGER OF SEVERE
ELECTRICAL SHOCK IF THE CUT OFF PLUG IS INSERTED
INTO ANY 13 AMP SOCKET.
If in any doubt, please consult a qualified electrician.
For U.S. model
Note to CATV system installer:
This reminder is provided to call the CATV system installer's
attention to Article 820-40 of the NEC, ANSI/NFPA 70, which pro-
vides 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 televi-
sion reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment
off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by
one or more of the following measures:
· Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
· Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
· Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from
that to which the receiver is connected.
· Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
For Canadian model
CAUTION: THIS DIGITAL APPARATUS DOES NOT EXCEED
THE CLASS B LIMITS FOR RADIO NOISE EMISSION FROM
DIGITAL APPARATUS SET OUT IN THE RADIO INTERFER-
ENCE REGULATIONS OF THE CANADIAN DEPARTMENT
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
GÉNÉRÉE PAR CET APPAREIL NUMÉRIQUE DE TYPE B NE
DÉPASSE PAS LES LIMITES ÉNONCÉES DANS LE RÈGLE-
MENT SUR LES PERTURBATIONS RADIO ÉLECTRIQUES,
SECTION APPAREIL NUMÉRIQUE, DU MINISTÈRE DES
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.
Declaration of Conformity
We, ONKYO EUROPE
declare in own responsibility, that the ONKYO product described
in this instruction manual is in compliance with the corresponding
technical standards such as EN60065, EN55013, EN55020 and
EN61000-3-2, -3-3 (or EN60555-2, -3).
ONKYO EUROPE ELECTRONICS GmbH
s 55 Watts MINIMUM OF CONTINUOUS RMS POWER to
each of the five channels into 8 ohms from 20 Hz to 20 kHz
with no more than 0.08% THD (North American models,
FTC rating) -- enough solid, clean power to drive your home
theater speakers with authority and produce dynamically rich
music, even at low volume levels.
s 75 Watts OF CONTINUOUS RMS POWER to each of the
five channels into 6 ohms at 1 kHz (European models, DIN)
-- more than enough for a thrilling home theater experience
in most entertainment rooms.
s 100 Watts MAXIMUM POWER to each of the five channels
into 6 ohms at 1 kHz (Asian models, EIAJ).
s COSTLY DISCRETE OUTPUT STAGE CIRCUITRY
s 2 HIGH-QUALITY ALUMINUM-EXTRUDED HEAT SINKS
s POWERED BY MOTOROLA 24-BIT DSP, the DSP56009,
which runs at 88 MHz, and can execute 44 million instruc-
tions per second (MIPS) for greater processing capacity that
translates into better dynamics, more reflections and more
reverberations -- parameters that define how real everything
will sound -- also gives you more control over factors spe-
cific to your home theater, such as room size, ambiance,
equalization and time delay.
s DOLBY* DIGITAL PROCESSOR BUILT-IN to decode the
5.1 channel pristine digital audio on DVDs, HDTV and other
s 3 A/V INPUTS to hook up a DVD player, HiFi VCR and
Digital Satellite System (DSS), for example.
FM/AM Tuner Features
s 30 FM/AM RANDOM PRESETS -- especially convenient if
there are a lot of radio stations in your area. You can assign a
number, in any order, to each of your favorite FM and AM
stations, then access them simply at the touch of a button.
s 3 STATION-GROUP PRESETS
s RDS (European models) with Programme Service (PS) for
additional broadcast information via the display.
Other Features You'll Enjoy
s PRECISION VOLUME CONTROL to eliminate the noise
and distortion inherent in electronic switching, and give you
more precise, minute volume-level adjustment by remote.
s LARGE, BRIGHT FLUORESCENT DISPLAY
s BATTERY-FREE MEMORY BACKUP
*Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories.
"Dolby", "Pro Logic" and the double-D symbol
are trademarks of Dolby
Laboratories. Confidential Unpublished Works. ©1992-1997 Dolby Labora-
tories, Inc. All rights reserved.
Check that the following accessories are supplied with this unit.
This unit does not require memory preservation batteries. A
built-in memory power back-up system preserves the contents
of the memory during power failures and even when the unit is
unplugged. The unit must be plugged in order to charge the
The memory preservation period after the unit has been
unplugged varies depending on climate and placement of the
unit. On the average, memory contents are protected over a
period of a few weeks after the last time the unit has been
unplugged. This period is shorter when the unit is exposed to a
highly humid climate.
The following accessories are only available for worldwide
75/300 ohm antenna
Conversion plug (Shape may
vary depending on the area
which it was purchased.)
T-shaped FM antenna
AM loop antenna
Remote controller (RC-385S)
Batteries (size AA or UM-3)
Before operating this unit
Worldwide models are equipped with a switch that controls the AM
band tuning steps. Please set this switch to match the AM band tun-
ing step frequency in your area.
U.S.A. and Canada : 10 kHz
: 9 kHz
Worldwide models are equipped with a voltage selector to conform with
local power supplies. Be sure to set this switch to match the voltage of
the power supply in your area before plugging in the unit.
1. Determine the proper voltage for your area: 220-230 V or
2. If the preset voltage is not correct for your area, insert a screw-
driver into the groove in the switch. Slide the switch all the way
to the right (120 V) or to the left (220-230 V), whichever is
1. Remove the battery compartment cover by pressing the tab and
lifting up the cover.
2. Insert two AA (R6- or UM-3)-size batteries into the battery compart-
ment. Carefully follow the polarity diagram (positive (+) and nega-
tive () symbols) inside the battery compartment.
3. After batteries are installed and seated correctly, replace the com-
· 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 cor-
rosion. If the remote controller doesn't operate smoothly,
replace both the batteries at the same time.
· The life of the batteries supplied is about six months but this
will vary depending on usage.
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
· 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. Plac-
ing the unit behind such doors may prevent proper remote con-
· If there is any obstacle between the remote controller and the
remote control sensor, the remote controller will not operate.
Setting the AM tuning step frequency
(Worldwide models only)
Setting the Voltage selector (Worldwide models
Installing the remote controller batteries
Using the remote controller
TOTAL 100W MAX.
Remote control sensor
approx. 5 m