Thank you for purchasing the Onkyo AV Receiver.
Please read this manual thoroughly before making con-
nections 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.
Supplied Accessories ................................................4
Before Using the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E ...............5
Controls & Connectors .............................................6
Connecting Your AV Components.........................10
-compatible AV Components ........19
Installing Your Speakers ........................................20
Connecting Antenna ...............................................22
Powering Up & Setting Up the TX-SR501/
Important--First Time Setup..............................24
Configuring Speaker Set A.....................................26
Playing Your AV Components...............................28
Using the Tuner ......................................................30
Using the Listening Modes.....................................34
Audio Adjust Functions..........................................37
Using the Remote Controller RC-479S with Your
Other AV Components........................................40
Using the Remote Controller RC-518M with Your
Other AV Components........................................41
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 laun-
dry tub; in a wet basement; or near a swimming pool; and the
8. Accessories--Do not place the appli-
ance 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 appli-
ance. Use only with a cart, stand, tri-
pod, 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 acces-
sory 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 sur-
face. 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 8 in. (20 cm) and an open-
ing 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
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 infor-
mation with regard to proper grounding of the mast and support-
ing 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 volt-
age or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service per-
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 appli-
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 cov-
ered 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, and
F. When the appliance exhibits a distinct change in performance
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
PORTABLE CART WARNING
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 orig-
inal 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
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.
25. Liquid Hazards--The appliance should not be exposed to
dripping or splashing and no objects filled with liquids, such as
vases should be placed on the appliance.
EXAMPLE OF ANTENNA GROUNDING AS PER
NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE, ANSI/NFPA 70
For British models
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
As the colours of the wires in the mains lead of this apparatus may
not correspond with the coloured markings identifying the terminals
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 terminal
which is marked with the letter L or coloured red.
A 5 ampere fuse is fitted in this plug. Should the fuse need to be
replaced, please ensure that the replacement fuse has a rating of 5
amperes 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 DIS-
POSED OF SAFELY. THERE IS A DANGER OF SEVERE ELEC-
TRICAL SHOCK IF THE CUT OFF PLUG IS INSERTED INTO
ANY 13 AMPERE SOCKET.
If in any doubt, consult a qualified electrician.
For European Models
For U.S. models
Note to CATV system installer:
This reminder is provided to call the CATV system installer's atten-
tion 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 instruc-
tions, 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 inter-
ference 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 help.
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.
REMARQUE: CET APPAREIL NUMÉRIQUE DE LA
CLASSE B EST CONFORME 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.
(NEC SECTION 810-20)
(NEC SECTION 810-21)
POWER SERVICE GROUNDING
(NEC ART 250, PART H)
NEC NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
Declaration of Conformity
We, ONKYO EUROPE
6, 82194 GROEBENZELL,
ONKYO EUROPE ELECTRONICS GmbH
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
1. Recording Copyright--Unless it's for personal use only,
recording copyrighted material is illegal without the permission
of the copyright holder.
2. AC Fuse--The AC fuse inside the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is
not user-serviceable. If you cannot turn on the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E, contact your Onkyo dealer.
3. Care--Occasionally you should dust the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E all over with a soft cloth. For stubborn stains, use
a soft cloth dampened with a weak solution of mild detergent
and water. Dry the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E immediately after-
wards with a clean cloth. Don't use abrasive cloths, thinners,
alcohol, or other chemical solvents, because they may damage
the finish or remove the panel lettering.
BEFORE PLUGGING IN THE UNIT FOR THE FIRST TIME,
READ THE FOLLOWING SECTION CAREFULLY.
AC outlet voltages vary from country to country. Make sure that the
voltage in your area meets the voltage requirements printed on the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E's rear panel (e.g., AC 230 V, 50 Hz or AC
120 V, 60 Hz).
The Worldwide model has a voltage selector for compatibility with
power systems around the world. Before you plug in this model,
make sure that the voltage selector is set to the correct voltage for
Setting the [STANDBY/ON] switch to STANDBY does not fully
shutdown the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E. If you do not intend to use
the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E for an extended period, remove the
power cord from the AC outlet.
The TX-SR501/TX-SR501E uses a battery-less memory backup
system in order to retain radio presets and other settings when it's
unplugged or in the case of a power failure. Although no batteries
are required, the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E must be plugged into an
AC outlet in order to charge the backup system.
(On non-North American models, the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E's POWER switch must be set to ON in order to
charge the backup system.) Once it has been charged, the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E will retain the settings for several
weeks, although this depends on the environment and will be
shorter in humid climates.
Make sure you have the following accessories:
* In catalogs and on packaging, the letter added to the end of the product name indicates the color of the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E. Specifications and operation
are the same regardless of color.
· 6-channel amplifier
· 65 watts per channel into 8 ohms, 20 Hz20 kHz with less
than 0.08% total harmonic distortion
· WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)
· Optimum gain volume circuitry
· Dolby*1 Digital EX and Dolby Pro Logic II
· DTS, DTS-ES Matrix/Discrete 6.1, and DTS Neo:6 pro-
· Cinema Filter function
· Advanced 24-bit DSP chip (5 DSP soundfields)
· Linear PCM 96 kHz/24-bit D/A converters on all channels
· Adjustable crossover (60, 80, 100, 120, 150 Hz)
·2 component video inputs, 1 output
·4 S-Video inputs, 2 outputs
·3 assignable digital inputs (2 optical, 1 coaxial)
· Subwoofer pre out
· Color-coded multi-channel inputs
· Color-coded speaker terminal posts (SPEAKERS B use
· 30 FM/AM presets
· FM auto tuning
· RDS (Radio Data System) (Europe only)
AM loop antenna
Indoor FM antenna
(connector type varies from
country to country)
Only supplied in certain countries. Use
this adapter if your AC outlet does not
match with the plug on the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E's power cord. (Adapter var-
ies from country to country.)
Remote controller &
two batteries (AA/R6)
Speaker cable labels
Not supplied with North American and
*1. Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. "Dolby," "Pro Logic," Surround EX," and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laborato-
*2. "DTS," "DTS-ES Extended Surround," and "Neo:6" are trademarks of Digital Theater Systems, Inc.
Before Using the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E
The Worldwide model has a voltage selector for compatibil-
ity with power systems around the world. Before you plug in
this model, make sure that the voltage selector is set to the
correct voltage for your area. If it isn't, use a small screw-
driver to set it as appropriate. For example, if the voltage in
your area is 120 volts (V), set the selector to "120V." And if
it's between 220 and 230 volts (V), set it to "220230V."
· The supplied batteries should last for about six months,
although this will vary with usage.
· If the remote controller doesn't work reliably, try replacing
· Don't mix new and old batteries, or different types of bat-
· If you intend not to use the remote controller for a long
time, remove the batteries to prevent possible leakage and
· Flat batteries should be removed as soon as possible to pre-
vent possible leakage and corrosion.
To use the remote controller, point it at the TX-SR501/
TX-SR501E's remote control sensor, as shown below. The
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E's STANDBY indicator flashes
while a signal is being received from the remote controller.
· The remote controller may not work reliably if the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is subjected to bright light, such
as direct sunlight or inverter-type fluorescent lights. Keep
this in mind when installing the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E.
· If another remote controller of the same type is used in the
same room, or the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is installed
close to equipment that uses infrared rays, the remote con-
troller may not work reliably.
· Don't put anything, such as a book, on the remote control-
ler, because the buttons may be pressed inadvertently,
thereby draining the batteries.
· The remote controller may not work reliably if the
TX-SR501/TX-SR501E is installed in a rack behind col-
ored glass doors. Keep this in mind when installing the
· The remote controller will not work if there's an obstacle
between it and the TX-SR501/TX-SR501E's remote con-
Setting the Voltage Selector
(Worldwide model only)
Installing the Batteries
Open the battery compartment, as shown.
Insert the two supplied batteries (AA/R6) in
accordance with the polarity diagram inside
the battery compartment.
Close the battery compartment.
Using the Remote Controller
Remote control sensor