Thank you for purchasing the Onkyo AV Receiver.
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 AV Receiver.
Please retain this manual for future reference.
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 ................ 17
To enjoy Surround mode or Stereo
mode ............................................ 20
Tuning in a radio station................. 23
Using preset radio stations.............. 24
Recording a source ......................... 25
Troubleshooting guide.................... 27
Specifications ................................. 28
Control positions and names .......... 29
Remote controller RC-427S ........... 30
Using the remote controller ............ 31
PORTABLE CART WARNING
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
cleaning. The appliance should be cleaned only as recom-
mended 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 the like.
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
turer's instructions, and should
use a mounting accessory rec-
ommended by the manufacturer.
9. 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.
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 instal-
lation 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 pur-
pose 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 discon-
nect 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 danger-
ous 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 service
20. Damage Requiring Service Unplug the appliance form 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 perfor-
mance this indicates a need for service.
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
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 manufacturer.
24. 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.
EXAMPLE OF ANTENNA GROUNDING AS PER NATIONAL
ELECTRICAL CODE, ANSI/NFPA 70
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 station.
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 EMIS-
SION FROM DIGITAL APPARATUS SET OUT IN THE RADIO
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS.
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
ATTENTION: L'INTERFÉRENCE RADIO ÉLECTRIQUE
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 ÉLEC-
TRIQUES, INTRODUIRE LA LAME LA PLUS LARGE DE LA
FICHE DANS LA BORNE CORRESPONDANTE DE LA PRISE
ET POUSSER JUSQU'AU FOND.
55 W/CH TO EACH OF THE FIVE CHANNELS
INTO 8 OHMS, 20 Hz--20 kHz, 0.08% THD (North
American models, FTC rating)
75 W/CH TO EACH OF THE FIVE CHANNELS
INTO 6 OHMS, 1 kHz, DIN (European models, DIN)
100 W/CH TO EACH OF THE FIVE CHANNELS
INTO 6 OHMS, 1 kHz, EIAJ (Asian models,EIAJ)
DRIVE FOR ALL 5 CHANNELS
DISCRETE OUTPUT STAGE AMPS FOR ALL 5
2 HIGH QUALITY EXTRUDED HEAT SINKS
OVERSIZED POWER TRANSFORMER
LARGE, HIGH-QUALITY CAPACITORS
A/B SPEAKER SELECTION
NALS FOR ALL CHANNELS
5.1 MULTICHANNEL INPUTS
6 DSP SOUNDFIELDS
3 ASSIGNABLE DIGITAL INPUTS (2 COAXIAL & 1
LATE NIGHT MODE
PRECISION SPEED-SENSITIVE DIGITAL VOL-
ABSOLUTE VOLUME DISPLAY
30 FM/AM RANDOM PRESETS
ALUMINUM FRONT PANEL
*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 reserved.
**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
Laboratories, 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.)
FM indoor antenna
AM loop antenna
Remote controller (RC-427S)
Batteries (size AA or UM-3)
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
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
MULTI CH INPUT
TOTAL 100W MAX.
Remote control sensor
approx. 5 m