WARNING: TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK
HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPLIANCE TO
RAIN OR MOISTURE.
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
maintenance (servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the appliance.
TO PREVENT THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK,
DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK).
USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
Information to User
Alteration or modifications carried out without appropriate authorization may invalidate the user's right to
operate the equipment.
THE STANDBY/ON BUTON IS SECONDARY
CONNECTED AND THEREFORE DOES NOT
SEPARATETHE UNIT FROM MAINS POWER
IN STANDBY POSITION.
NOTE: 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
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.
The serial number for this equipment is located on the
rear panel. Please write this serial number on your en-
closed warranty card and keep it in a secure area. This
is for your security.
[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 EXTENSION
CORD, RECEPTACLE OR OTHER OUTLET UNLESS THE
BLADES CAN BE FULLY INSERTEDTO PREVENT BLADE
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
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, Inc. All rights reserved.
"DTS" ,"ES" and "DTS Digital Surround" are
trademarks of Digital Theater Systems, Inc.
Manufactured under license from Digital
Theater Systems, Inc.
If the socket outlets on the associated equipment are not
suitable for the plug supplied with the product, the plug must
be removed and an appropriate one fitted. Replacement and
mounting of an AC plug on the power supply cord of this unit
should be perfomed only by qualified service personnel. The
cut-off plug must be disposed of as an electrical shock hazard
could exist if connected to a socket outlet.
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
installed in a stable location.
NONUSE PERIODS The power cord of
the appliance should be unplugged from
the outlet when left unused 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
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
(NEC SECTION 810-20)
(NEC SECTION 810-21)
POWER SERVICE GROUNDING
(NEC ART 250, PART H)
NEC -- NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
Checking the Supplied
Please check that you've received the following supplied
· AM loop antenna
· FM wire antenna
· Dry Cell Batteries x2
(VSX-D710S/D810S : type AA IEC R6P)
(VSX-D850S : type AA IEC LR6)
· Remote Control Unit
· Operating Instructions
Using this Manual
This manual is for the VSX-D710S/D810S/D850S audio/
video multi-channel receivers.
It is divided into two main sections:
This section covers installing your receiver and
connecting up all the other components in your home
theater system to it. It also describes how to set up a
multi-channel speaker system to take full advantage of
the great surround sound features of your receiver.
This section shows you how to use every feature of the
receiver and its remote control unit. It also covers using
the supplied remote control to operate your other home
theater components. To find out more about a specific
button, control or indicator, see Displays & Controls
starting on page 22. This will point you to the relevant
chapter in the manual.
In the Additional Information section (p.50-51) you'll
find a troubleshooting section and specifications.
Installing the Receiver
· Do not place objects directly on top of this unit. This
would prevent proper heat dispersal.
· When installing in a rack, shelf, etc., be sure to leave
more than 8 inches (20 cm.) of space above the
When Making Cable
Be careful not to arrange cables in a manner that bends
the cables over the top of this unit. If the cables are laid
on top of the unit, the magnetic field produced by the
transformers in this unit may cause a humming noise to
come from the speakers.
Loading the Batteries
Dry Cell Batteries
Incorrect use of batteries may result in such hazards as
leakage and bursting. Observe the following precautions:
· Never use new and old batteries together.
· Insert the plus and minus sides of the batteries
properly according to the marks in the battery case.
· Batteries of the same shape may have different
voltages. Do not use different batteries together.
· When disposing of used batteries, please comply
with governmental regulations or environmental
public institution's rules that apply in your country or
Operating Range of Remote
The remote control may not work properly if:
· There are obstacles between the remote control and
the receiver's remote sensor.
· Direct sunlight or fluorescent light is shining onto the
· The receiver is located near a device that is emitting
· The receiver is operated simultaneously with another
infrared remote control unit.
Checking the Supplied Accessories
Using this Manual
Installing the Receiver
When Making Cable Connections 4
Loading the Batteries 4
Operating Range of Remote Control Unit 4
Connecting Your Equipment
Digital audio Cords/Optical Cables
Connecting Digital Components
Example Connection for a DVD/LD or LD Player
Connecting Audio Components
Connecting DVD 7.1 Channel (5.1 for VSX-D710S)
Connecting Video Components
Connecting Speakers (VSX-D710S)
Connecting Speakers (VSX-D810S/D850S)
Hints on Speaker Placement
Connecting Additional Amplifiers (VSX-D810S/
AC Outlet [switched 100 W (0.8 A) max]
Setting Up for Surround Sound
Setting the Volume Level of Each Channel
Displays & Controls
Remote Control (VSX-D710S/D810S)
Remote Control (VSX-D850S)
LCD Display (VSX-D850S only)
Learning about the Sound Modes
Switching ANALOG/DIGITAL Signal Input
Playing Sources with Dolby Digital or
Selecting a Sound Mode
ADVANCED THEATER mode
( Dolby/DTS mode)
DVD 5.1 ch/7.1ch (5.1 ch for VSX-D710S) input
MIDNIGHT Listening Mode
Playing other Source
Using the Tuner
Finding a Station
Tuning Directly to a Station
Recalling Memorized Stations
Making a Recording
Making an Audio or a Video Recording
Making a Digital Recording 34
Controlling the Rest of Your System
Recalling Preset Codes
Setting Up Using Preset Code Search (VSX-
Setting Up Using Library Search (VSX-D850S)
Setting Up Using Brand Name Search (VSX-850
Learning Mode: Programming Signals from other
Erasing One of the Remote Control button
Clearing All the Remote Control Settings
Checking Preset Code
Operating other Pioneer Components
Cassette Deck Controls
Cable TV/Satellite TV/TV/DTV Controls
Preset Code List
Congratulations on buying this fine 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