© 1996 by Sony Corporation
· Should any solid object or liquid fall
into the cabinet, unplug the receiver
and have it checked by qualified
personnel before operating it any
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.
· This unit is not disconnected from the
AC power source 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
· 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
· AC power cord must be changed
only at the qualified service shop.
· Do not install the appliance in a
confined space, such as a bookcase or
· 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
· Do not place anything on top of the
cabinet that might block the
ventilation holes and cause
· Before connecting other components,
be sure to turn off and unplug the
· 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.
To prevent fire or shock
hazard, do not expose
the unit to rain or
- 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 change or
modifications 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 the
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
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
Model No. STR-GA8ES/STR-GA7ES
For the customers in Canada
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO
NOT USE THIS POLARIZED AC PLUG
WITH AN EXTENSION CORD,
RECEPTACLE OR OTHER OUTLET
UNLESS THE BLADES CAN BE FULLY
INSERTED TO PREVENT BLADE
This symbol is intended to alert the user
to the presence of uninsulated
"dangerous voltage" within the
enclosure that may be of sufficient
magnitude to constitute a risk of electric
shock to persons.
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 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 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
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Hookup Overview 4
Antenna Hookups 5
Audio Component Hookups 5
Speaker System Hookups 6
TV/VCR Hookups 8
AC Hookups 9
Before You Use Your Receiver 9
Selecting a Component 10
Receiving Broadcasts 11
Presetting Radio Stations 12
Using the Sleep Timer 15
Using Surround Sound
Using Pre-programmed Sound Fields 16
Getting the Most Out of Dolby Pro Logic Surround Sound 18
Taking Advantage of the Sound fields 19
Customizing the Sound Fields 20
Advanced Remote Operations
Operating One Component While Using Another
(background operation) 23
Changing the Factory Setting of a FUNCTION Button 23
Programming the Remote 24
Rear Panel Descriptions 29
Remote Button Descriptions 30
Quick Reference Guide 32
For the customers in the USA
For detailed safety precautions, see the
"IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS" leaflet.
If you have any question or problem
concerning your receiver, please
consult your nearest Sony dealer.
About This Manual
The instructions in this manual are for
models STR-GA8ES and STR-GA7ES.
Check your model number by looking
at the lower right corner of the front
panel. In this manual, the STR-GA8ES is
the model used for illustration
purposes, any difference in operation is
clearly indicated in the text, for
example, "STR-GA8ES only".
· The instructions in this manual
describe the controls on the receiver.
You can also use the controls on the
remote if they have the same or
similar names as those on the
· A "Quick Reference Guide" is
supplied on page 32.
· The "Remote Button Descriptions"
section on page 30 provides an
overview of the remote buttons.
· The following icons are used in this
Indicates that you can use only
the remote to do the task.
Indicates hints and tips for
making the task easier.
This receiver incorporates the Dolby
Pro Logic Surround system.
Manufactured under license from Dolby
Laboratories Licensing Corporation.
"Dolby ," the double-D symbol a and
"Pro Logic" are trademarks of Dolby
Laboratories Licensing Corporation.
Antenna Hookups (5)
Check that you received the following items with the
· FM wire antenna (1)
· AM loop antenna (1)
· Remote commander (remote) (1)
· Size AA (R6) batteries (2)
Inserting batteries into the remote
Insert two size AA (R6) batteries with the + and on
the battery compartment. When using the remote,
point it at the remote sensor g on the receiver.
When to replace batteries
Under normal use, the batteries should last for about 6
months. When the remote no longer operates the
receiver, replace both batteries with new ones.
· Do not leave the remote in an extremely hot or humid
· 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.
Hookups (6, 7)
TV/VCR Hookups (8, 9)
The receiver allows you to connect and control the
following audio/video components. Follow the
hookup procedures for the components that you want
to connect to the receiver on the pages specified. To
learn the locations and names of each jacks, see "Rear
Panel Descriptions" on page 29.
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
· When connecting an audio/video cable, 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.
Hookups (5, 6)
This section describes how to connect AM and FM
antennas to the receiver. If you want to receive radio
broadcasts with the receiver, complete these
connections first, then go to the following pages.
For specific locations of the terminals, see the
What antennas will I need?
To prevent noise pick-up, keep the AM loop antenna away
from the unit and TV set.
Connecting a ground wire
To prevent hum, connect a ground wire (not supplied)
to the y ground terminal. If you've connected an
outdoor antenna, be sure to connect the ground for
Where do I go next?
If you want to connect other components, go on to the next
section. If you're only planning to use the receiver to listen
to the radio, go to "Speaker System Hookups" on pages 6
Audio Component Hookups
This section describes how to connect your audio
components to the receiver. If you want to use the
receiver as an amplifier, complete these connections.
For specific locations of the jacks, see the illustration
What cords will I need?
Audio cords (not supplied) (1 for each CD player and
turntable; 2 for each tape deck, DAT deck, or MD deck)
· FM wire antenna
· AM loop antenna
the wire antenna,
keep it as horizontal
If AM reception is poor
We reccomed that you purchase and connect the
optional Sony antenna to the unit if reception is
weakened by ferroconcrete used in the construction of
your apartment or buiding.
If you have poor FM reception
Connect a 75-ohm coaxial cable (not supplied) to an FM
AM loop antenna
FM wire antenna
FM outdoor antenna