Newbie And In Need Of SERIOUS Help (Big Thread)

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  1. Anthony_I

    Anthony_I Stunt Coordinator

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    Well I'm new to this forum and fairly new to the world of HT.
    I recently bought a Pioneer XV-HTD520 Home Theatre In A Box, Used. It came with no manual or speakers. I will build the speakers myself, matching the OEM speakers as closely as possible.

    However my main problem lies in the fact that there are a bunch of features and menu items/settings that I do not understand. Some of them may be player specfiec, but I will break it down into catagories and perhaps someone here will know what I'm talking about and be able to help me out.
    Alternativly if anyone owns this unit as well, it may be possible to scan the manual for me, which i would greatly appreciate.
    But on with the questions that i have.

    This unit has:
    Surround Mode
    DSP Mode
    Sound Mode
    CD Mode (Button)


    The questions are as follows:

    In The Surround Mode Menu I have;

    Auto
    Musical
    Drama
    Standard
    Action
    Virtual Surround 1/2
    Rear Wide
    What do these do to the sound?

    In The DSP Mode Menu I have;

    Hall 1/2
    Jazz
    Dance
    Theatre 1/2
    Simulated Stereo
    Effect (Ranges from 10 - 90 and is only available when DSP is on)
    What do these do and how does it correlate to the sourround mode/other sound modes?

    In The Sound Mode Menu I Have;

    P.Bass
    Record Mode
    Midnight Mode
    (When toying with record mode and turning it on/off, i have to restart/open the DVD player to get it to play DVD's again.... same with the CD Mode whatever that is)
    What do these functions do/what are they?

    In the "System Setup" i have;

    LFE (Off/ATT 0/ATT 10)
    What Does this Do and how does it affect the sound in the sub? (I can also adjust the bass up to +3dB, and adjust the Sub channel up to +10dB seperatly)

    D.R.C Mode, (Off/Low/Mid/High) What is this?
    L-Ch1 R-Ch2/Ch1/Ch2/Mix. What does this do?
    "FRT SP/CTR SP/SUR SP x.x m" what does this do? I know it has something to do with Front,Center And Surround, beyond that Im lost.

    This is also a Dolby Digital/Pro Logic/DTS Decoder. is there a way to switch between these, or is it pretty much disc specfic?

    I'm sorry if this doesnt make sense to anyone who doesnt own one of these units, but it has so many damn menus/functions/options that i simply do not understand.
    since i do not have speakers as of yet i cannot tell how it will sound when certain settings are changed... so im hoping (guessing) that alot of these settings show up on other systems as well.

    Thank you to anyone who can offer any type of help with this...does anyone else own one of these handy little units?
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    Hi Anthony. Welcome to HTF!

    Let's go through this:

     
  3. Ted Lee

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    is this an older product?

    i checked the pioneer website but couldn't find any info on this unit.

    you may want to contact pioneer directly. they may be able to send you the owners manual. you may have to pay for it, but hey...whaddya going to do?
     
  4. Anthony_I

    Anthony_I Stunt Coordinator

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    AAHHHH FER FUCK SAKE..... i (tried) to post the URL for that unit, and it deleted my my reply when i came back.... now the entire post is gone damnit.

    FUCK..... i will type it again later... it was long too.
     
  5. Anthony_I

    Anthony_I Stunt Coordinator

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    I found a page that gave a lot more info than the rest i have found.... so my last (long) post is kind if un-important anyway.
    It shows that some of the speakers are 6 Ohms, however on the back of the unit it has a little box that basically says all speakers are 8 Ohms. However i may have read it wrong and im not gonna pull the unit out right now to check it.

     
  6. Anthony_I

    Anthony_I Stunt Coordinator

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    Not that im trying to be rude or anything, cause this is a great place, but there are lot of members here... why does it take so long for someone to reply?
     
  7. Ted Lee

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    it's just the way it goes sometimes. some threads go for pages and pages, while others get zero replies. it's just one of the dynamics here.

    bob gave some excellent advice, which you can use as a starting point. if you have specific questions, i recommend you go to the relevant forum (speakers, diy, etc.) there...you can expand on your questions.

    it sounds like you still want to diy (speakers and cabling), so i recommend you start with the diy forum.

    anyway, good luck.
     
  8. Joe Tilley

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    Not trying to pick at you but
     
  9. Anthony_I

    Anthony_I Stunt Coordinator

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    Have you tried down loading a manual off the internet?
     
  11. Anthony_I

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    not available...but i will buy one.
     
  12. Bob McElfresh

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