© 2000 Sony Corporation
To prevent fire or shock
hazard, do not expose the
unit to rain or moisture.
This symbol 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
This symbol is intended to alert the user to
the presence of important operating and
maintenance (servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the appliance.
This equipment has been tested and found
to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the
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
Reorient or relocate the receiving
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.
You are cautioned that any changes or
modification not expressly approved in
this manual could void your authority to
operate this equipment.
Note to CATV system installer:
This reminder is provided to call CATV
system installer's attention to Article 820-
40 of the NEC that 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.
ENERGY STAR® is a U.S.
As an ENERGY STAR® partner,
Sony Corporation has
determined that this product
meets the ENERGY STAR®
guidelines for energy
The model and serial numbers are located
on the rear of the unit. Record the serial
number in the space provided below.
Refer to them whenever you call upon
your Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No. STR-DE545/DE445/SE501
Should any solid object or liquid fall into
the cabinet, unplug the receiver and have it
checked by qualified personnel before
operating it any further.
On power sources
· Before operating the receiver, check that
the operating voltage is identical with
your local power supply. The operating
voltage is indicated on the nameplate at
the rear of the receiver.
· The unit is not disconnected from the AC
power source (mains) as long as it is
connected to the wall outlet, even if the
unit itself has been turned off.
· If you are not going to use the receiver
for a long time, be sure to disconnect the
receiver from the wall outlet. To
disconnect the AC power cord, grasp the
plug itself; never pull the cord.
· One blade of the plug is wider than the
other for the purpose of safety and will
fit into the wall outlet only one way. If
you are unable to insert the plug fully
into the outlet, contact your dealer.
· AC power cord must be changed only at
the qualified service shop.
· Place the receiver in a location with
adequate ventilation to prevent heat
buildup and prolong the life of the
· Do not place the receiver near heat
sources, or in a place subject to direct
sunlight, excessive dust or mechanical
· Do not place anything on top of the
cabinet that might block the ventilation
holes and cause malfunctions.
Before connecting other components, be
sure to turn off and unplug the receiver.
Clean the cabinet, panel and controls with
a soft cloth slightly moistened with a mild
detergent solution. Do not use any type of
abrasive pad, scouring powder or solvent
such as alcohol or benzine.
If you have any question or problem
concerning your receiver, please
consult your nearest Sony dealer.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Hooking Up the Components
Antenna Hookups 5
Audio Component Hookups 6
Video Component Hookups 7
Digital Component Hookups 8
5.1CH Input Hookups 9
Other Hookups 10
Hooking Up and Setting Up the
Speaker System Hookup 13
Performing Initial Setup Operations 15
Multi Channel Surround Setup 16
Before You Use Your Receiver 20
Location of Parts and Basic
Front Panel Parts Descriptions 22
Enjoying Surround Sound 27
Selecting a Sound Field 28
Understanding the Multi-Channel Surround
Customizing Sound Fields 33
Receiving Broadcasts 37
Direct Tuning 39
Automatic Tuning 39
Preset Tuning 40
Other Operations 41
Naming Preset Stations and Program Sources 42
Using the Sleep Timer 43
Adjustment Using the SET UP Button 44
Additional Information 45
Settings Using SUR, LEVEL, BASS/TREBLE, and
SET UP buttons 50
Remote Button Descriptions (STR-DE445 only) 51
About This Manual
The instructions in this manual are for the STR-DE545,
STR-DE445 and STR-SE501. Check your model number by
looking at the upper right corner of the front panel or
lower right corner of the remote. In this manual, the STR-
DE545 and the remote commander RM-U304 are used for
illustration purposes unless stated otherwise. Any
difference in operation is clearly indicated in the text, for
example, "STR-DE545 only".
Type of differences
· The instructions in this manual describe the controls on
the receiver. You can also use the controls on the
supplied remote if they have the same or similar names
as those on the receiver. For details on the use of the
remote RM-PP404 (STR-DE545 and STR-SE501 only),
refer to the separate operating instructions supplied
with the remote.
· The following icon is used in this manual:
Indicates hints and tips for making the task easier.
This receiver incorporates Dolby
* Digital and Pro Logic
Surround and the DTS** Digital Surround System.
* Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories.
"Dolby", "AC-3", "Pro Logic" and the double-D symbol a are
trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
**Manufactured under license from Digital Theater Systems, Inc. US
Pat. No. 5,451,942 and other worldwide patents issued and pending.
"DTS" and "DTS Digital Surround" are trademarks of Digital
Theater Systems, Inc. © 1996 Digital Theater Systems, Inc. All
SPEAKERS FRONT B
TV/SAT OPTICAL IN
The demonstration will activate the first time you turn on
the power. When the demonstration starts, the following
message appears in the display:
"NOW DEMONSTRATION MODE IF YOU FINISH
DEMONSTRATION PLEASE PRESS POWER KEY
WHILE THIS MESSAGE APPEARS IN THE
DISPLAY THANK YOU"
To cancel the demonstration
/1 to turn the receiver off while the above message
is being displayed. The next time you turn the receiver on,
the demonstration will not appear.
To view the demonstration
Hold down SET UP and press ?
/1 to turn on the power.
· Running the demonstration will clear the receiver's
memory. For details on what will be cleared, see
"Clearing the receiver's memory" on page 15.
· There will be no sound when the demonstration mode is
This chapter describes how to connect
various audio and video components
to the receiver. Be sure to read the
sections for the components you have
before you actually connect them to
Check that you received the following items with the
· FM wire antenna (1)
· AM loop antenna (1)
· R6 (size-AA) batteries (2)
· STR-DE545 and STR-SE501 only
· Remote Commander RM-PP404 (remote) (1)
· Operating instructions of the remote (1)
· Operating instructions of CONTROL A1 II (1)
· STR-DE445 only
· Remote Commander RM-U304 (remote) (1)
Inserting batteries into the remote
Insert R6 (size-AA) batteries with the + and properly
oriented in the battery compartment. When using the
remote, point it at the remote sensor g on the receiver.
For details, refer to the operating instructions supplied
with your remote (STR-DE545 and STR-SE501 only).
z When to replace batteries
Under normal conditions, the batteries should last for about 6
months. When the remote no longer operates the receiver, replace
all batteries with new ones.
· Do not leave the remote in an extremely hot or humid place.
· Do not use a new battery with an old one.
· Do not expose the remote sensor to direct sunlight or lighting
apparatuses. Doing so may cause a malfunction.
· If you don't use the remote for an extended period of time,
remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from battery
leakage and corrosion.
Before you get started
· Turn off the power to all components before making
· Do not connect the AC power cords until all of the
connections are completed.
· Be sure to make connections firmly to avoid hum and
· When connecting an audio/video cord, be sure to
match the color-coded pins to the appropriate jacks on
the components: yellow (video) to yellow; white (left,
audio) to white; and red (right, audio) to red.
SWITCHED 120W/1A MAX
AC 120V 60Hz
B FRONT A
5.1 CH INPUT
FM wire antenna
AM loop antenna
Terminals for connecting the antennas
AM loop antenna
FM wire antenna
If you connect the receiver to an outdoor antenna, ground
it against lightning. To prevent a gas explosion, do not
connect the ground wire to a gas pipe.
Notes on antenna hookups
· To prevent noise pickup, keep the AM loop antenna
away from the receiver and other components.
· Be sure to fully extend the FM wire antenna.
· After connecting the FM wire antenna, keep it as
horizontal as possible.
z If you have poor FM reception
Use a 75-ohm coaxial cable (not supplied) to connect the receiver
to an outdoor FM antenna as shown below.
Outdoor FM antenna