© 1998 by Sony Corporation
To prevent fire or shock
hazard, do not expose the
unit to rain or moisture.
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.
· 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.
About This Manual
The instructions in this manual are for model STR-V55ES.
Check your model number by looking at the upper right
corner of the front panel.
· 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 your
remote, refer to the separate operating instructions
supplied with the remote.
· The following icon is used in this manual:
z Indicates hints and tips for making the task easier.
This receiver incorporates the Dolby
* Pro Logic Surround
system and the DTS** Digital Surround System.
* Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories Licensing
Corporation. DOLBY, the double-D symbol a, "PRO LOGIC,"
and Dolby Digital (AC-3) are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories
**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
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Hooking Up the Components
Antenna Hookups 5
Audio Component Hookups 6
Video Component Hookups 7
Digital Component Hookups 8
Other Hookups 10
Hooking Up and Setting Up the
Speaker System Hookup 13
Multi-Channel Surround Setup 14
Before You Use Your Receiver 19
Location of Parts and Basic Amplifier
Front Panel Parts Description 22
Enjoying Surround Sound
Selecting a Sound Field 27
Understanding the Multi-Channel Surround
Customizing Sound Fields 33
Direct Tuning 38
Automatic Tuning 39
Preset Tuning 39
Indexing Preset Stations and Program Sources 42
Using the Sleep Timer 43
Adjustments Using the SET UP Button 43
Tables of Settings Using the CURSOR MODE and
SET UP buttons 49
To view the demonstration
Hold down SET UP and press
1/u to turn on the power.
The following message appears in the display twice:
"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/u to turn the receiver off during the previous
message. The next time you turn the receiver on, the
demonstration will not appear.
Running the demonstration will clear the receiver's
memory. For details on what will be cleared, see "Clearing
the receiver's memory" on page 19.
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)
· Remote commander RM-TP501 (remote) (1)
· LR6 (size-AA) alkaline batteries (4)
Inserting batteries into the remote
Insert four size-AA (LR6) alkaline batteries with the + and
properly oriented in the battery compartment. When
using the remote, point it at the remote sensor g on the
For details, refer to the operating instructions supplied
with your remote.
z When to replace batteries
Under normal conditions, the batteries should last for about 3
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 new batteries with old ones.
· Do not mix battery types. This remote is designed for use with
alkaline batteries only.
· 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.
IMPEDANCE USE 416
TV/LD IN OPT
CD IN OPT
MD/DAT OUT OPT
MD/DAT IN OPT
FM wire antenna
AM loop 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.
Do not use the SIGNAL GND
y terminal for grounding the
Terminals for connecting the antennas
AM loop antenna
FM wire antenna
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.
Outdoor FM antenna
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.