Thank you for buying this Pioneer product.
Please read through these operating instructions so
you will know how to operate your model properly.
After you have finished reading the instructions, put
them away in a safe place for future reference.
[For U.S. model]
The serial number for this equipment is located on
the bottom plate of the unit. Please write this serial
number on your enclosed warranty card and keep it
in a secure area. This is for your security.
--OFF/_ON BUTTON IS SECONDARY CONNECTED
AND THEREFORE DOES NOT SEPARATE THE UNIT FROM
MAINS POWER IN STANDBY POSITION. THEREFORE INSTALL
THE UNIT SUITABLE PLACES EASY TO DISCONNECT THE
MAINS PLUG IN CASE OF THE ACCIDENT. THE MAINS PLUG
OF UNIT SHOULD BE UNPLUGGED FROM THE WALL SOCKET
WHEN LEFT UNUSED FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME.
Information to User
Alteration or modifications carried out without appropriate authorization may invalidate the user's right to
operate the equipment.
[For Canadian model]
This Class B digital apparatus complies with
[Pour le modèle Canadien]
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est
conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
[For Canadian model]
CAUTION: TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO
NOT USE THIS (POLARIZED) PLUG WITH AN EXTEN-
SION CORD, RECEPTACLE OR OTHER OUTLET UN-
LESS THE BLADES CAN BE FULLY INSERTED TO PRE-
VENT BLADE EXPOSURE.
ATTENTION: POUR PREVENIR LES CHOCS
ELECTRIQUES NE PAS UTILISER CETTE FICHE
POLARISEE AVEC UN PROLONGATEUR, UNE PRISE
DE COURANT OU UNE AUTRE SORTIE DE COURANT,
SAUF SI LES LAMES PEUVENT ETRE INSERESS A
FOND SANS EN LAISSER AUCUNE PARTIE A
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
TO PREVENT THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO
NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK).
SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO
QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
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.
NOTE: THE NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS COMPARTMENT WARNING IS LOCATED ON THE APPLIANCE BONNET
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursu-
ant 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 en-
ergy 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
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.
READ INSTRUCTIONS -- All the safety
and operating instructions should be
read before the product is operated.
RETAIN INSTRUCTIONS -- The safety and
operating instructions should be retained
for future reference.
HEED WARNINGS -- All warnings on the
product and in the operating instructions
should be adhered to.
FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS -- All operating
and use instructions should be followed.
CLEANING -- Unplug this product from the
wall outlet before cleaning. The product
should be cleaned only with a polishing
cloth or a soft dry cloth. Never clean
with furniture wax, benzine, insecticides
or other volatile liquids since they may
corrode the cabinet.
ATTACHMENTS -- Do not use attachments
not recommended by the product
manufacturer as they may cause
WATER AND MOISTURE -- Do not use
this product near water -- for example,
near a bathtub, wash bowl, kitchen sink,
or laundry tub; in a wet basement; or
near a swimming pool; and the like.
ACCESSORIES -- Do not place this product
on an unstable cart, stand, tripod,
bracket, or table. The product may fall,
causing serious injury to a child or adult,
and serious damage to the product. Use
only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket,
manufacturer, or sold with the product.
Any mounting of the product should
follow the manufacturer's instructions,
and should use a mounting accessory
recommended by the manufacturer.
CART -- A product and cart combination
should be moved with care. Quick stops,
excessive force, and uneven surfaces
may cause the product and cart
combination to overturn.
VENTILATION -- Slots and openings in the
cabinet are provided for ventilation and
to ensure reliable operation of the
product and to protect it from
overheating, and these openings must
not be blocked or covered. The openings
should never be blocked by placing the
product on a bed, sofa, rug, or other
similar surface. This product should not
be placed in a built-in installation such
as a bookcase or rack unless proper
manufacturer's instructions have been
POWER SOURCES -- This product 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
product dealer or local power company.
LOCATION The appliance should be in-
stalled in a stable location.
NONUSE PERIODS The power cord of
the appliance should be unplugged from
the outlet when left un-used for a long
period of time.
GROUNDING OR POLARIZATION
If this product is equipped with a
polarized alternating current line plug (a
plug having one blade wider than the
other), it will fit into the 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.
If this product is equipped with a three-
wire grounding type plug, a plug having
a third (grounding) pin, it will only fit into
a grounding type power outlet. This is a
safety feature. If you are unable to insert
the plug into the outlet, contact your
electrician to replace your obsolete
outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose
of the grounding type plug.
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
OUTDOOR ANTENNA GROUNDING -- If
an outside antenna or cable system is
connected to the product, 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
LIGHTNING -- For added protection for this
product 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 product due to lightning and
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
OVERLOADING -- Do not overload wall
outlets, extension cords, or integral
convenience receptacles as this can
result in a risk of fire or electric shock.
OBJECT AND LIQUID ENTRY -- Never
push objects of any kind into this product
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
SERVICING -- Do not attempt to service
this product yourself as opening or
removing covers may expose you to
dangerous voltage or other hazards.
Refer all servicing to qualified service
DAMAGE REQUIRING SERVICE -- Unplug
this product from the wall outlet and
refer servicing to qualified service
When the power-supply cord or plug is
If liquid has been spilled, or objects
have fallen into the product.
If the product has been exposed to rain
If the product 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
product to its normal operation.
If the product has been dropped or
damaged in any way.
When the product exhibits a distinct
change in performance -- this indicates
a need for service.
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.
SAFETY CHECK -- Upon completion of any
service or repairs to this product, ask
the service technician to perform safety
checks to determine that the product is
in proper operating condition.
WALL OR CEILING MOUNTING -- The
product should not be mounted to a
wall or ceiling.
HEAT -- The product should be situated
away from heat sources such as
radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other
products (including amplifiers) that
(NEC SECTION 810-20)
(NEC SECTION 810-21)
POWER SERVICE GROUNDING
(NEC ART 250, PART H)
NEC -- NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Operating Environment H045 En
Operating environment temperature and humidity:
°C +35°C (+41°F +95°F); less than 85%RH (cooling
vents not blocked)
Do not install in the following locations
Location exposed to direct sunlight or strong artificial
Location exposed to high humidity, or poorly ventilated
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
VENTILATION: When installing this unit, make sure
to leave space around the unit for ventilation to improve heat
radiation (at least 20 cm at top, 50 cm at rear and front, and
10 cm at each side).
WARNING: Slot and openings in the cabinet are
provided for ventilation and to ensure reliable operation of the
product and to protect it from overheating, to prevent fire
hazard, the openings should never be blocked and covered
with items, such as newspapers, tablecloths, curtains, etc. Also
do not put the apparatus on the thick carpet, bed, sofa, or
fabric having a thick pile.
When using this product follow the instructions
written on the underside of the unit, which concern
rated voltage, etc.
TWO VOLTAGE SELECTOR
Only multi-voltage model is provided with these
switches. Mains voltages in Saudi Arabia are 127 V
and 220 V only. Never use this model with the 110 V
setting in Saudi Arabia.
Only multi-voltage model is provided with
U.S. and Canadian models are not pro-vided with these
The line voltage selector switches are on the rear panel.
Check that they are set properly before plugging the
power cord into the household wall socket. If the
voltage is not properly set or if you move to an area
where the voltage requirements differ, adjust the selector
switches as follows.
1. Use a medium-size screwdriver.
2. First, insert the screwdriver in the groove of the
voltage selector at the right, and adjust so that the tip
of the groove points to the voltage value of your area.
3. Next, insert the screwdriver in the groove of the
voltage selector at the left and adjust until the voltage
is the same as at the right.
TWO VOLTAGE SELECTORS
CAUTION 220 V
Power source voltage is factory adjusted 220 volts. If your
area is different, change voltage selectors settings.
Manufactured under license from Dolby Labo-
ratories. "Dolby", "Pro Logic", and the double-D
symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
Confidential unpublished works. © 1992-1997
Dolby Laboratories. All rights reserved.
"DTS" and "DTS Digital Surround" are a regis-
tered trademark of Digital Theater Systems, Inc.
Compatibility with the Home
Dolby Digital, DTS Sound Decoders
These highly evolved multichannel sound formats are
the heart of home theater. They deliver realistic multi-
channel sound that can turn any living room into a
theater, reproducing all the sound effects of the original
movie. The VSX-C300/C300-S/C300-G has the flexibil-
ity to decode all these formats.
Dolby Pro Logic Decoder
This was the first multichannel sound format and many
videos and other media can still be found in Pro Logic.
The VSX-C300/C300-S/C300-G reproduces this long-
standing format with excellent clarity. With it you can
get multichannel surround sound even from two
channel and Dolby Surround sources. In addition, you
can use this decoder with the 5-D Theater mode for a
stronger surround sound effect.
Home Theater Listening Modes
Custom Designed Listening Modes (p.32)
These modes enhance the sound of sources from movies
and music to TV and video games for a more dramatic
effect. These are each designed to accentuate specific
sound qualities, giving the listener a wide range of
Virtual Listening Mode (p.32)
This especially designed listening mode uses only two
channels but through sound imaging imitates a full
surround sound. It allows you to experience surround
sound with only two speakers.
Headphones Surround Mode (p.32)
This new headphone mode allows the user to get a
surround-like sound while listening on headphones
designed to accommodate this technology.
Midnight Listening Mode (p.34)
The Midnight listening mode allows you to obtain
excellent surround sound effects even when listening at
low volumes, something that was previously impossible.
Quiet Mode (p.32)
The Quiet mode provides good sound by smoothing out
harsh noises in the soundtrack. This is achieved by
reducing the bass and treble.
Easy-to-use Remote Control
This new remote control is extremely convenient to use.
One button is dedicated to one task in the control of the
receiver, eliminating confusing buttons whose purpose
are unclear. In addition, this remote can be used to
operate a variety of other components simply by
recalling the appropriate setup codes.
Easy Setup for Quick Home Use
This receiver features an automatic setup function that
senses which speakers you have hooked up and
automatically sets the receiver for proper surround
sound. Thus, you can start enjoying home theater
immediately after hooking up your speakers and
components, without worrying about difficult setup
The Energy-saving Design
This unit is designed to use less than 1 W of energy
when the receiver is in standby mode.
TruSurround and the
® symbol are trade-
marks of SRS Labs, Inc. TruSurround technol-
ogy is incorporated under license from SRS