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4-227-987-13(1)

FM Stereo
FM-AM Receiver
Operating Instructions

STR-DE545
STR-DE445
STR-SE501

 2000 Sony Corporation


WARNING Precautions

To prevent fire or shock CAUTION On safety


You are cautioned that any changes or Should any solid object or liquid fall into
hazard, do not expose the
modification not expressly approved in the cabinet, unplug the receiver and have it
unit to rain or moisture. this manual could void your authority to checked by qualified personnel before
operate this equipment. operating it any further.

Note to CATV system installer: On power sources


This reminder is provided to call CATV • Before operating the receiver, check that
system installer’s attention to Article 820- the operating voltage is identical with
40 of the NEC that provides guidelines for your local power supply. The operating
proper grounding and, in particular, voltage is indicated on the nameplate at
specifies that the cable ground shall be the rear of the receiver.
connected to the grounding system of the • The unit is not disconnected from the AC
building, as close to the point of cable power source (mains) as long as it is
entry as practical. connected to the wall outlet, even if the
This symbol is intended to alert the user to
unit itself has been turned off.
the presence of uninsulated “dangerous
ENERGY STAR® is a U.S. • If you are not going to use the receiver
voltage” within the product’s enclosure
registered mark. for a long time, be sure to disconnect the
that may be of sufficient magnitude to
As an ENERGY STAR® partner, receiver from the wall outlet. To
constitute a risk of electric shock to
Sony Corporation has disconnect the AC power cord, grasp the
persons.
determined that this product plug itself; never pull the cord.
meets the ENERGY STAR® • One blade of the plug is wider than the
guidelines for energy other for the purpose of safety and will
efficiency. fit into the wall outlet only one way. If
This symbol is intended to alert the user to you are unable to insert the plug fully
the presence of important operating and Owner’s Record into the outlet, contact your dealer.
maintenance (servicing) instructions in the The model and serial numbers are located • AC power cord must be changed only at
literature accompanying the appliance. on the rear of the unit. Record the serial the qualified service shop.
number in the space provided below.
INFORMATION Refer to them whenever you call upon On placement
This equipment has been tested and found your Sony dealer regarding this product. • Place the receiver in a location with
to comply with the limits for a Class B adequate ventilation to prevent heat
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the Model No. STR-DE545/DE445/SE501 buildup and prolong the life of the
FCC Rules. Serial No. receiver.
These limits are designed to provide • Do not place the receiver near heat
reasonable protection against harmful sources, or in a place subject to direct
interference in a residential installation. sunlight, excessive dust or mechanical
This equipment generates, uses, and can shock.
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not • Do not place anything on top of the
installed and used in accordance with the cabinet that might block the ventilation
instructions, may cause harmful holes and cause malfunctions.
interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that On operation
interference will not occur in a particular Before connecting other components, be
installation. If this equipment does cause sure to turn off and unplug the receiver.
harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by On cleaning
turning the equipment off and on, the user Clean the cabinet, panel and controls with
is encouraged to try to correct the a soft cloth slightly moistened with a mild
interference by one or more of the detergent solution. Do not use any type of
following measures: abrasive pad, scouring powder or solvent
– Reorient or relocate the receiving such as alcohol or benzine.
antenna.
– Increase the separation between the If you have any question or problem
equipment and receiver. concerning your receiver, please
– Connect the equipment into an outlet on
consult your nearest Sony dealer.
a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
– Consult the dealer or an experienced
radio/TV technician for help.

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About This Manual TABLE OF CONTENTS
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
Hooking Up the Components 4
lower right corner of the remote. In this manual, the STR- Unpacking 4
DE545 and the remote commander RM-U304 are used for Antenna Hookups 5
illustration purposes unless stated otherwise. Any Audio Component Hookups 6
difference in operation is clearly indicated in the text, for
Video Component Hookups 7
example, “STR-DE545 only”.
Digital Component Hookups 8
Type of differences 5.1CH Input Hookups 9
Other Hookups 10
Model
DE545 DE445 SE501
Feature
Hooking Up and Setting Up the
CONTROL A1-II • •

Speaker System 12
SPEAKERS FRONT B •
Speaker System Hookup 13
S-Video • •
Performing Initial Setup Operations 15
TV/SAT OPTICAL IN • • Multi Channel Surround Setup 16
AC OUTLET • • Before You Use Your Receiver 20
IMPEDANCE • •
SELECTOR
Location of Parts and Basic
Conventions
• The instructions in this manual describe the controls on
Operations 22
the receiver. You can also use the controls on the Front Panel Parts Descriptions 22
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), Enjoying Surround Sound 27
refer to the separate operating instructions supplied Selecting a Sound Field 28
with the remote.
• The following icon is used in this manual:
Understanding the Multi-Channel Surround
z Indicates hints and tips for making the task easier. Displays 31
Customizing Sound Fields 33
This receiver incorporates Dolby* Digital and Pro Logic
Surround and the DTS** Digital Surround System.
* Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. Receiving Broadcasts 37
“Dolby”, “AC-3”, “Pro Logic” and the double-D symbol a are
trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. Direct Tuning 39
**Manufactured under license from Digital Theater Systems, Inc. US Automatic Tuning 39
Pat. No. 5,451,942 and other worldwide patents issued and pending. Preset Tuning 40
“DTS” and “DTS Digital Surround” are trademarks of Digital
Theater Systems, Inc. © 1996 Digital Theater Systems, Inc. All
rights reserved.
Other Operations 41
Demonstration Mode Naming Preset Stations and Program Sources 42
The demonstration will activate the first time you turn on
the power. When the demonstration starts, the following
Recording 42
message appears in the display: Using the Sleep Timer 43
“NOW DEMONSTRATION MODE IF YOU FINISH Adjustment Using the SET UP Button 44
DEMONSTRATION PLEASE PRESS POWER KEY
WHILE THIS MESSAGE APPEARS IN THE
DISPLAY THANK YOU”
Additional Information 45
To cancel the demonstration
Press ?/1 to turn the receiver off while the above message Troubleshooting 45
is being displayed. The next time you turn the receiver on, Specifications 47
the demonstration will not appear. Glossary 49
To view the demonstration Settings Using SUR, LEVEL, BASS/TREBLE, and
Hold down SET UP and press ?/1 to turn on the power. SET UP buttons 50
Notes Remote Button Descriptions (STR-DE445 only) 51
• Running the demonstration will clear the receiver’s Index 54
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
activated. 3
Hooking Up Unpacking

the Check that you received the following items with the
receiver:

Components • 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)
This chapter describes how to connect • Operating instructions of the remote (1)
various audio and video components • Operating instructions of CONTROL A1 II (1)
• STR-DE445 only
to the receiver. Be sure to read the • Remote Commander RM-U304 (remote) (1)
sections for the components you have
before you actually connect them to
Inserting batteries into the remote
the receiver.
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.

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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.

Notes
• 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
any connections.
• Do not connect the AC power cords until all of the
connections are completed.
• Be sure to make connections firmly to avoid hum and
noise.
• 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.

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Antenna Hookups

AM loop antenna

Hooking Up the Components


(supplied)

FM wire antenna
(supplied)

FM
75Ω
COAXIAL
MONITOR CTRL
A1 I I

DIGITAL IN VIDEO IN VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT


TV/SAT DVD/LD
AM
SPEAKERS
REAR CENTER B FRONT A
R L R L R L
ANTENNA OPTICAL OPTICAL COAXIAL S-VIDEO
IN
S-VIDEO
OUT
L L L L L AC OUTLET
FRONT SWITCHED 120W/1A MAX
AUDIO
CENTER OUT 4Ω 8Ω

R R R R R R L R L R L AC 120V 60Hz
SUB AUDIO IN AUDIO IN REC OUT IN AUDIO IN AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN
FRONT REAR WOOFER SUB IMPEDANCE
5.1 CH INPUT AUX CD MD/TAPE TV/SAT DVD/LD VIDEO WOOFER SELECTOR

z If you have poor FM reception


Terminals for connecting the antennas
Use a 75-ohm coaxial cable (not supplied) to connect the receiver
Connect the To the to an outdoor FM antenna as shown below.

AM loop antenna AM terminals Outdoor FM antenna


FM wire antenna FM 75Ω COAXIAL terminal
Receiver

FM
Notes on antenna hookups 75Ω
COAXIAL

• To prevent noise pickup, keep the AM loop antenna


away from the receiver and other components.
AM
• Be sure to fully extend the FM wire antenna. Ground wire
• After connecting the FM wire antenna, keep it as ANTENNA (not supplied)
horizontal as possible.
To ground

Important
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.

5
Audio Component Hookups

Required cords
Hooking Up the Components

Audio cords (not supplied)


MD/TAPE deck When connecting a cord, be sure to match the color-coded pins to
INPUT OUTPUT the appropriate jacks on the components.
LINE LINE

White (L) White (L)


R

Red (R) Red (R)


IN OUT
ç

FM
75Ω
COAXIAL
MONITOR CTRL
A1 I I

DIGITAL IN VIDEO IN VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT


TV/SAT DVD/LD
AM
SPEAKERS
REAR CENTER B FRONT A
R L R L R L
ANTENNA OPTICAL OPTICAL COAXIAL S-VIDEO
IN
S-VIDEO
OUT

L L L L L AC OUTLET
FRONT SWITCHED 120W/1A MAX
AUDIO
CENTER OUT 4Ω 8Ω

R R R R R R L R L R L AC 120V 60Hz
SUB AUDIO IN AUDIO IN REC OUT IN AUDIO IN AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN
FRONT REAR WOOFER SUB IMPEDANCE
5.1 CH INPUT AUX CD MD/TAPE TV/SAT DVD/LD VIDEO WOOFER SELECTOR

OUTPUT
LINE

CD player

Jacks for connecting audio components

Connect a To the
CD player CD jacks

MD deck or Tape deck MD/TAPE jacks

6
Video Component Hookups

Required cords

Hooking Up the Components


Audio/video cords (not supplied)
When connecting a cord, be sure to match the color-coded pins to
the appropriate jacks on the components.

Yellow (video) Yellow (video)


White (L/audio) White (L/audio)
TV or satellite tuner DVD or LD player TV monitor Red (R/audio) Red (R/audio)
OUTPUT OUTPUT S-VIDEO INPUT S-VIDEO
AUDIO OUT VIDEO AUDIO OUT VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN
R L OUT R L OUT IN
Video cord for connecting a TV monitor (not supplied)

Yellow Yellow

FM
75Ω
COAXIAL
MONITOR CTRL
A1 I I

DIGITAL IN VIDEO IN VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT


TV/SAT DVD/LD
AM
SPEAKERS
REAR CENTER B FRONT A
R L R L R L
ANTENNA OPTICAL OPTICAL COAXIAL S-VIDEO
IN
S-VIDEO
OUT
L L L L L AC OUTLET
FRONT SWITCHED 120W/1A MAX
AUDIO
CENTER OUT 4Ω 8Ω

R R R R R R L R L R L AC 120V 60Hz
SUB AUDIO IN AUDIO IN REC OUT IN AUDIO IN AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN
FRONT REAR WOOFER SUB IMPEDANCE
5.1 CH INPUT AUX CD MD/TAPE TV/SAT DVD/LD VIDEO WOOFER SELECTOR
ç
ç

IN OUT
INPUT OUTPUT
VIDEO VIDEO
IN OUT

AUDIO AUDIO
IN OUT

VCR

Jacks for connecting video components Note on video component hookups


You can connect your TV’s audio output jacks to the TV/
Connect a To the
SAT AUDIO IN jacks on the receiver and apply sound
TV or satellite tuner TV/SAT jacks effects to the audio from the TV. In this case, do not
VCR VIDEO jacks connect the TV’s video output jack to the TV/SAT VIDEO
IN jack on the receiver. If you are connecting a separate
DVD or LD player DVD/LD jacks
TV tuner (or satellite tuner), connect both the audio and
TV monitor MONITOR VIDEO OUT jack video output jacks to the receiver as shown above.

z When using the S-video jacks instead of the video jacks


(STR-DE545 and STR-SE501 only)
Your monitor must also be connected via an S-video jack. S-video
signals are on a separate bus from the video signals and will not
be output through the video jacks.

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Digital Component Hookups

Connect the digital output jacks of your DVD player and Required cords
satellite tuner (etc.) to the receiver’s digital input jacks to
Hooking Up the Components

Optical digital cords (not supplied)


bring the multi channel surround sound of a movie
theater into your home. To enjoy full effect of multi Black Black
channel surround sound, five speakers (two front Coaxial digital cord (not supplied)
speakers, two rear speakers, and a center speaker) and a
sub woofer are required. You can also connect an LD Yellow Yellow
player with an RF OUT jack via an RF demodulator, such Audio/video cords (not supplied)
as the Sony MOD-RF1 (not supplied). When connecting a cord, be sure to match the color-coded pins to
the appropriate jacks on the components.
TV or Satellite DVD player (etc.)* Yellow (video) Yellow (video)
tuner
OUTPUT
VIDEO
OUTPUT
VIDEO
White (L/audio) White (L/audio)
OUT OUT

Red (R/audio) Red (R/audio)


AUDIO AUDIO
** OUT OUT
OUTPUT
DIGITAL
L
OUTPUT
DIGITAL
OUTPUT
DIGITAL
Note
OPTICAL OPTICAL COAXIAL

R
The optical and coaxial digital input jacks on the receiver are
compatible with sampling frequencies of 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, and
48kHz.

FM
75Ω
COAXIAL
MONITOR CTRL
A1 I I

DIGITAL IN VIDEO IN VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT


TV/SAT DVD/LD
AM
** SPEAKERS
REAR CENTER B FRONT A
R L R L R L
ANTENNA OPTICAL OPTICAL COAXIAL S-VIDEO
IN
S-VIDEO
OUT
L L L L L AC OUTLET
FRONT SWITCHED 120W/1A MAX
AUDIO
CENTER OUT 4Ω 8Ω

R R R R R R L R L R L AC 120V 60Hz
SUB AUDIO IN AUDIO IN REC OUT IN AUDIO IN AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN
FRONT REAR WOOFER SUB IMPEDANCE
5.1 CH INPUT AUX CD MD/TAPE TV/SAT DVD/LD VIDEO WOOFER SELECTOR

* When making digital audio connections to a DVD player, connect to either the coaxial OR optical digital jacks, and not
both. It is recommended to make digital audio connections to the coaxial jack.
** STR-DE545 and STR-SE501 only.

Example of LD player connected via an RF demodulator


Please note that you cannot connect an LD player’s AC-3 RF OUT jack directly to the receiver’s digital input jacks. You
must first convert the RF signal to either an optical or coaxial digital signal. Connect the LD player to the RF demodulator,
then connect the RF demodulator’s optical or coaxial digital output to the receiver’s OPTICAL or COAXIAL DVD/LD IN
jack. Refer to the instruction manual supplied with your RF Demodulator for details on AC-3 RF hookups.

DVD/LD
VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN
DIGITAL
DIGITAL
DVD/LD
DVD/LD IN
IN MULTI CHANNEL DECODING

(COAXIAL)
PRESET
?/1 – TUNING + SHIFT

AC-3 RF (COAXIAL) DIMMER DISPLAY


BASS BOOST TONE
– TUNING + MEMORY

LD player OUT RF demodulator or (OPTICAL)


(OPTICAL)
SPEAKERS
R ON r OFF
A

VIDEO
INPUT MODE

DVD/LD TV/SAT 5.1CH INPUT


I


i

+
MASTER VOLUME
FM/AM FM MODE

BASS
B CINEMA STUDIO MUTING
LEVEL SET UP BOOST TONE
A B C

MD/TAPE CD TUNER AUX SOUND FIELD SUR NAME


PHONES
A. F. D. 2CH MODE
BASS/
TREBLE ENTER

Note
When making connections as shown above, be sure to set INPUT MODE (3 on page 23) manually. The receiver may not operate correctly
if INPUT MODE is set to “AUTO.”

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5.1CH Input Hookups

Although this receiver incorporates a multi channel Required cords


decoder, it is also equipped with 5.1CH INPUT jacks.

Hooking Up the Components


Audio cords (not supplied)
These connections allow you to enjoy multichannel
Two for the 5.1CH INPUT FRONT and REAR jacks
software encoded in formats other than Dolby Digital
(AC-3) and DTS. If your DVD player is equipped with White (L) White (L)
5.1CH OUTPUT jacks, you can connect them directly to
the receiver to enjoy the sound of the DVD player’s multi Red (R) Red (R)
channel decoder. Alternatively, the 5.1CH INPUT jacks
can be used to connect an external multi channel decoder. Monaural audio cords (not supplied)
To fully enjoy multi channel surround sound, you will Two for the 5.1CH INPUT CENTER and WOOFER jacks
need five speakers (two front speakers, two rear speakers,
Black Black
and a center speaker) and a sub woofer. Refer to the
instruction manual supplied with your DVD player, multi
Video cord (not supplied)
channel decoder, etc., for details on the 5.1 channel input One for the DVD/LD VIDEO IN jacks (etc.)
hookups.
Yellow Yellow
DVD player,
Multichannel decoder, etc.
Note
When using the connections described below, adjust the level of
5.1 CH OUTPUT
REAR FRONT
your surround speakers and sub woofer from the DVD player or
CENTER
multichannel decoder.
WOOFER

FM
75Ω
COAXIAL
MONITOR CTRL
A1 I I

DIGITAL IN VIDEO IN VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT


TV/SAT DVD/LD
AM
SPEAKERS
REAR CENTER B FRONT A
R L R L R L
ANTENNA OPTICAL OPTICAL COAXIAL S-VIDEO
IN
S-VIDEO
OUT
L L L L L AC OUTLET
FRONT SWITCHED 120W/1A MAX
AUDIO
CENTER OUT 4Ω 8Ω

R R R R R R L R L R L AC 120V 60Hz
SUB AUDIO IN AUDIO IN REC OUT IN AUDIO IN AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN
FRONT REAR WOOFER SUB IMPEDANCE
5.1 CH INPUT AUX CD MD/TAPE TV/SAT DVD/LD VIDEO WOOFER SELECTOR

Example of a DVD player hookup using the 5.1 INPUT jacks

Front Speaker (L)

Front Speaker (R)


DVD/LD SPEAKERS
VIDEO OUT 5.1 CH INPUT IN VIDEO etc. Rear Speaker (L)
FRONT
MULTI CHANNEL DECODING

?/1 PRESET
– TUNING + SHIFT

Rear Speaker (R)


DIMMER DISPLAY
BASS BOOST

MASTER VOLUME
TONE
– TUNING +

FM/AM FM MODE
MEMORY

SPEAKERS
REAR/CENTER
SPEAKERS INPUT MODE

DVD player
R ON r OFF
A
I i

– + BASS
B
VIDEO DVD/LD TV/SAT 5.1CH INPUT CINEMA STUDIO MUTING
LEVEL SET UP BOOST TONE
A B C

PHONES
MD/TAPE CD TUNER AUX

A. F. D.
SOUND FIELD

2CH MODE
SUR

BASS/
TREBLE
NAME

ENTER

SUB WOOFER Center Speaker

Active Woofer

Note
See page 13 for details on speaker system hookup.

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Other Hookups

Required cords
Hooking Up the Components

Audio cords (not supplied)


When connecting a cord, be sure to match the color-coded pins to the
appropriate jacks on the components.

White (L) White (L)


Red (R) Red (R)

Control A1 connecting cord (not supplied) (STR-DE545 and STR-SE501


only)

Black Black

CONTROL A1 (STR- DE545 and AC power cord


STR-SE501 only)

FM
75Ω
COAXIAL
MONITOR CTRL
A1 I I

DIGITAL IN VIDEO IN VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT


TV/SAT DVD/LD
AM
SPEAKERS
REAR CENTER B FRONT A
R L R L R L
ANTENNA OPTICAL OPTICAL COAXIAL S-VIDEO
IN
S-VIDEO
OUT
L L L L L AC OUTLET
FRONT SWITCHED 120W/1A MAX
AUDIO
CENTER OUT 4Ω 8Ω

R R R R R R L R L R L AC 120V 60Hz
SUB AUDIO IN AUDIO IN REC OUT IN AUDIO IN AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN
FRONT REAR WOOFER SUB IMPEDANCE
5.1 CH INPUT AUX CD MD/TAPE TV/SAT DVD/LD VIDEO WOOFER SELECTOR

OUTPUT
AC OUTLET b
To a wall outlet
LINE

CD player, tape deck,


MD deck, etc.

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CONTROL A1 hookup (STR-DE545 and Connecting the AC power cord
STR-SE501 only)

Hooking Up the Components


Before connecting the AC power cord of this receiver to a
• If you have a CONTROL A1 compatible Sony wall outlet:
CD player, tape deck, or MD deck • Connect the speaker system to the receiver (see page
Use a CONTROL A1 cord (not supplied) to connect the 13).
CONTROL A1 jack on the CD player, tape deck, or
MD deck to the CONTROL A1 jack on the receiver. Connect the AC power cord(s) of your audio/video
Refer to the separate manual “CONTROL-A1 Control components to a wall outlet.
System” and the operating instructions supplied with
your CD player, tape deck, or MD deck for details. STR-DE545 and STR-SE501 only
If you connect other audio/video components to the AC
Note OUTLET(s) on the receiver, the receiver will supply power
If you make CONTROL A1 connections from the receiver to to the connected component(s), allowing you to turn the
an MD deck that is also connected to a computer, do not whole system on or off when you turn the receiver on or
operate the receiver while using the “Sony MD Editor” off.
software. This may cause a malfunction.
Caution
• If you have a Sony CD changer with a Make sure that the total power consumption of the component(s)
COMMAND MODE selector connected to the receiver’s AC OUTLET(s) does not exceed the
If your CD changer’s COMMAND MODE selector can wattage stated on the rear panel. Do not connect high-wattage
be set to CD 1, CD 2, or CD 3, be sure to set the electrical home appliances such as electric irons, fans, or TVs to
command mode to “CD 1” and connect the changer to this outlet. (STR-DE545 and STR-SE501 only)
the CD jacks on the receiver.
If, however, you have a Sony CD changer with VIDEO Note
OUT jacks, set the command mode to “CD 2” and If the AC power cord is disconnected for about two weeks, the
receiver’s entire memory will be cleared and the demonstration
connect the changer to the VIDEO IN jacks on the
will start.
receiver.

AUX AUDIO IN hookup


• If you have an individual audio component
(except PHONO)
Use the audio cords to connect the LINE OUT jacks on
the CD player, tape deck, or MD deck to the AUX
AUDIO IN jack on the receiver so that you can listen to
stereo sources in surround sound.

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Hooking Up
SET UP

Cursor buttons

and Setting Up ?/1

DIMMER DISPLAY
MULTI CHANNEL DECODING

BASS BOOST TONE


PRESET
– TUNING +

– TUNING +
SHIFT

MEMORY

the Speaker
FM/AM FM MODE
MASTER VOLUME
SPEAKERS INPUT MODE
R ON r OFF
A
I i

– + BASS
B
VIDEO DVD/LD TV/SAT 5.1CH INPUT CINEMA STUDIO MUTING
LEVEL SET UP BOOST TONE
A B C

MD/TAPE CD TUNER AUX SOUND FIELD SUR NAME


PHONES
A. F. D. 2CH MODE
BASS/
TREBLE ENTER

System
Jog dial

Brief descriptions of buttons and control


This chapter describes how to hook used to set up the speaker system
up your speaker system to the
receiver, how to position each speaker, SET UP button: Press to enter the setup mode when
and how to set up your speakers to specifying speaker types and distances.
enjoy multi channel surround sound.
Cursor buttons ( / ): Use to select parameters after
pressing the SET UP button.

Jog dial: Use to adjust the setting of each parameter.

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Speaker System Hookup

Required cords
Speaker cords (not supplied)
One for each front, rear, and center speaker
Front speaker (R) Front speaker (L)
(+) (+)

(–) (–)

Hooking Up and Setting Up the Speaker System


Monaural audio cord (not supplied)
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One for an active woofer

Black Black
**IMPEDANCE *FRONT
SELECTOR SPEAKERS B

FM
75Ω
COAXIAL
MONITOR CTRL
A1 I I

DIGITAL IN VIDEO IN VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT VIDEO IN VIDEO OUT


TV/SAT DVD/LD
AM
SPEAKERS
REAR CENTER B FRONT A
R L R L R L
ANTENNA OPTICAL OPTICAL COAXIAL S-VIDEO
IN
S-VIDEO
OUT
L L L L L AC OUTLET
FRONT SWITCHED 120W/1A MAX
AUDIO
CENTER OUT 4Ω 8Ω

R R R R R R L R L R L AC 120V 60Hz
SUB AUDIO IN AUDIO IN REC OUT IN AUDIO IN AUDIO IN AUDIO OUT AUDIO IN
FRONT REAR WOOFER SUB IMPEDANCE
5.1 CH INPUT AUX CD MD/TAPE TV/SAT DVD/LD VIDEO WOOFER SELECTOR

INPUT
AUDIO

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IN

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Active sub woofer Rear speaker (R) Rear speaker (L) Center speaker

Terminals for connecting the speakers Notes on speaker system hookup


• Twist the stripped ends of the speaker cords about 2/3
Connect the To the
inch (10 mm). Be sure to match the speaker cord to the
Front speakers (8 or 4** ohm) SPEAKERS FRONT A terminals appropriate terminal on the components: + to + and –
*Additional pair of front SPEAKERS FRONT B terminals to –. If the cords are reversed, the sound will be
speakers (8 or 4** ohm) distorted and will lack bass.
• If you use front speakers with low maximum input
Rear speakers (8 ohm) SPEAKERS REAR terminals
rating, adjust the volume carefully to avoid excessive
Center speaker (8 ohm) SPEAKERS CENTER terminals output on the speakers.
Active sub woofer SUB WOOFER AUDIO OUT jack • You can also connect Micro Satellite Speaker (e.g.
SA-VE230) to the receiver. Micro Satellite Speaker is a
* STR-DE545 and STR-SE501 only. 5.1 Channel speaker system consisting of two front
** See “Speaker impedance” on the next page. speakers, two rear speakers, one center speaker and one
subwoofer.

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Speaker System Hookup

To avoid short-circuiting the speakers Speaker impedance (STR-DE545 and


Short-circuiting of the speakers may damage the receiver. STR-SE501 only)
To prevent this, make sure to take the following Set the IMPEDANCE SELECTOR for the front speakers as
precautions when connecting the speakers. indicated in the table below. Check the instruction manual
supplied with your speakers if you’re not sure of their
Make sure the stripped ends of each speaker cord impedance. (This information is usually printed on a label
Hooking Up and Setting Up the Speaker System

does not touch another speaker terminal or the on the back of the speaker.)
stripped end of another speaker cord.
If the nominal impedance of Set IMPEDANCE SELECTOR to
Examples of poor conditions of the speaker cord your speaker is
Between 4 and 8 ohms 4Ω

8 ohms or higher 8Ω

Speakers connected to the REAR and CENTER


SPEAKERS terminals must have a nominal impedance of
8 ohms or higher (regardless of the setting of the
IMPEDANCE SELECTOR).
Stripped speaker cord is touching another speaker terminal.
Note
Be sure to connect front speakers with a nominal impedance of 8
ohms or higher if you want to select both sets (A+B) of front
speakers (see page 23).

Stripped cords are touching each other due to excessive


removal of insulation.

After connecting all the components, speakers,


and AC power cord, output a test tone to check
that all the speakers are connected correctly. For
details on outputting a test tone, see page 19.

If no sound is heard from a speaker while outputting a


test tone or a test tone is output from a speaker other than
the one whose name is currently displayed on the
receiver, the speaker may be short-circuited. If this
happens, check the speaker connection again.

To avoid damaging your speakers


Make sure that you turn down the volume before you
turn off the receiver. When you turn on the receiver, the
volume remains at the level you turn off the receiver.

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Performing Initial Setup Operations

Once you have hooked up the speakers and turned on the Performing initial setup operations
power, clear the receiver’s memory. Then specify the
speaker parameters (size, position, etc.) and perform any Before you use your receiver for the first time, use the SET
other initial setup operations necessary for your system. UP button to adjust settings to correspond to your system.
You can set the following items. For details on how to
Before turning on the receiver adjust each setting, see the page in parentheses.
• Speaker size and placement (page 16).

Hooking Up and Setting Up the Speaker System


Make sure that you have:
• Speaker distance (page 18).
• Selected the appropriate front speakers (see “7
• The video signal paired with the 5.1CH INPUT (page
SPEAKERS selector” on page 23). (STR-DE545 and
44).
STR-SE501 only).

Clearing the receiver’s memory


Before you use your receiver for the first time or when
you want to clear the receiver’s memory, do the following.
This procedure is not necessary if the demonstration
activates when you turn the power on.

1/u

MULTI CHANNEL DECODING

PRESET
?/1 – TUNING + SHIFT

DIMMER DISPLAY
– TUNING + MEMORY
BASS BOOST TONE

FM/AM FM MODE
MASTER VOLUME
SPEAKERS INPUT MODE
R ON r OFF
A
I i

– + BASS
B
VIDEO DVD/LD TV/SAT 5.1CH INPUT CINEMA STUDIO MUTING
LEVEL SET UP BOOST TONE
A B C

MD/TAPE CD TUNER AUX SOUND FIELD SUR NAME


PHONES
A. F. D. 2CH MODE
BASS/
TREBLE ENTER

1 Turn off the receiver.

2 Hold down ?/1 for four seconds.


The currently selected function, then the
demonstration message appears in the display and the
items including the following are reset or cleared:
• All preset stations are reset or cleared.
• All sound field parameters are reset to their factory
settings.
• All index names (of preset stations and program
sources) are cleared.
• All adjustments made with the SET UP button are
reset to their factory settings.
• The sound field memorized for each program source
and preset stations are cleared.

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Multi Channel Surround Setup

For the best possible surround sound all speakers should Specifying the speaker parameters
be the same distance from the listening position (A).
(However, this unit lets you to place the center speaker up
to 5 feet (1.5 meters) closer (B) and the rear speakers up 1 Press ?/1 to turn on the receiver.
to 15 feet (4.5 meters) closer (C) to the listening position.
The front speakers can be placed from 3 to 40 feet (1.0 to 2 Press SET UP.
12.0 meters) from the listening position (A).)
Hooking Up and Setting Up the Speaker System

3 Press the cursor buttons ( or ) to select the


You can place the rear speakers either behind you or to parameter you want to adjust.
the side, depending on the shape of your room (etc.).
4 Turn the jog dial to select the setting you want.
The setting is stored automatically.
When placing rear speakers to your side
5 Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have set all of the
parameters that follow.
B
z Normal speaker and Micro Satellite speaker
A A Choose NORM. SP if you’re using normal speakers and MICRO
45° SP if you’re using Micro Satellite speakers. If you choose NORM.
SP, you can adjust the speaker size and the sub woofer selection
as mentioned below. However, if you choose MICRO SP, the
speaker size and the sub woofer selection has been configurated
C C as follows:

90°
Speakers Settings
Front Small

Center Small
20°
Rear Small

Woofer Yes
When placing the rear speakers behind you
You cannot change the configuration if you choose MICRO SP.
B
For STR-SE501, the speaker size and sub woofer selection has
been preset to MICRO SP according to the supplied speaker
A A system. If you change the speaker system, choose NORM. SP to
45° adjust the speaker size and sub woofer selection.

x Front speaker size ( L R )

C C Initial setting : LARGE (STR-DE545/DE445)


SMALL (STR-SE501)
90° • If you connect large speakers that will effectively
reproduce bass frequencies, select “LARGE”. Normally,
select “LARGE”.
• If the sound is distorted, or you feel a lack of surround
20° effects when using multi channel surround sound,
select “SMALL” to activate the bass redirection circuitry
and output the front channel bass frequencies from the
sub woofer.
Note
• When the front speaker is set to “SMALL”, the center
Do not place the center speaker farther away from the listening
and rear speakers are also automatically set to
position than the front speakers.
“SMALL” (unless previously set to “NO”).

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p Center speaker size ( C ) z About speaker sizes (LARGE and SMALL)
Initial setting : LARGE (STR-DE545/DE445) Internally, the LARGE and SMALL settings for each speaker
SMALL (STR-SE501) determine whether or not the internal sound processor will cut
• If you connect a large speaker that will effectively the bass signal from that channel. When the bass is cut from a
channel the bass redirection circuitry sends the corresponding
reproduce bass frequencies, select “LARGE”. Normally,
bass frequencies to the sub woofer or other “LARGE” speaker.
select “LARGE”. However, if the front speakers are set
However, since bass sounds have a certain amount of
to “SMALL”, you cannot set the center speaker to

Hooking Up and Setting Up the Speaker System


directionality it best not to cut them, if possible. Therefore, even
“LARGE”. when using small speakers, you can set them to “LARGE” if you
• If the sound is distorted, or you feel a lack of surround want to output the bass frequencies from that speaker. On the
effects when using multi channel surround sound, other hand, if you are using a large speaker, but prefer not to
select “SMALL” to activate the bass redirection circuitry have bass frequencies output from that speaker, set it to
and output the center channel bass frequencies from the “SMALL”.
front speakers (if set to “LARGE”) or sub woofer. *1 If the overall sound level is lower than you prefer, set all speakers
• If you do not connect the center speaker, select “NO”. to “LARGE”. If there is not enough bass, you can use the bass/
The sound of the center channel will be output from the treble to boost the bass levels. To adjust the bass/treble, see page
35.
front speakers.*2

x Rear speaker position (REAR PL.)*


p Rear speaker size ( LS RS )
Initial setting : BEHIND
Initial setting : LARGE (STR-DE545/DE445)
This parameter lets you specify the location of your rear
SMALL (STR-SE501)
speakers for proper implementation of the Digital Cinema
• If you connect large speakers that will effectively
Sound surround modes in the “VIRTUAL” sound fields.
reproduce bass frequencies, select “LARGE”. Normally,
Refer to the illustration below.
select “LARGE”. However, if the front speakers are set
• Select “SIDE” if the location of your rear speakers
to “SMALL”, you cannot set the rear speakers to
corresponds to section A.
“LARGE”.
• Select “BEHIND” if the location of your rear speakers
• If the sound is distorted, or you feel a lack of surround
corresponds to section B.
effects when using multi channel surround sound,
This setting only effects the surround modes in the
select “SMALL” to activate the bass redirection circuitry
“VIRTUAL” sound fields.
and output the rear channel bass frequencies from the
sub woofer or other “LARGE” speakers.
• If you do not connect rear speakers, select “NO”.*3

z *1~*3 correspond to the following Dolby Pro Logic modes


*1 NORMAL
*2 PHANTOM
*3 3 STEREO

90°

A 45° A
B B

20°

* These parameters are not available when “Rear speaker


size (REAR)” is set to “NO”.

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Multi Channel Surround Setup

x Rear speaker height (REAR HGT.)* x Sub woofer selection (SUB WOOFER)
Initial setting : LOW Initial setting : YES
This parameter lets you specify the height of your rear • If you connect a sub woofer, select “YES”.
speakers for proper implementation of the Digital Cinema • If you do not connect a sub woofer, select “NO”. This
Sound surround modes in the “VIRTUAL” sound fields. activates the bass redirection circuitry and outputs the
Refer to the illustration below. LFE signals from other speakers.
• Select “LOW” if the location of your rear speakers • In order to take full advantage of the Dolby Digital
Hooking Up and Setting Up the Speaker System

corresponds to section A. (AC-3) bass redirection circuitry, we recommend setting


• Select “HIGH” if the location of your rear speakers the sub woofer’s cut off frequency as high as possible.
corresponds to section B.
This setting only affects the surround modes in the x Front speaker distance (FRONT)
“VIRTUAL” sound fields. Initial setting : 16 feet
Set the distance from your listening position to the front
(left or right) speaker (A on page 16).
• Front speaker distance can be set in 1 foot (0.1 meter)
steps from 3 to 40 feet (1.0 to 12.0 meters).
• If both speakers are not placed an equal distance from
B B
your listening position, set the distance to the closest
speaker.
60
A A x Center speaker distance (CENTER)
30 Initial setting : 16 feet
Set the distance from your listening position to the center
speaker.
• Center speaker distance can be set in 1 foot (0.1 meter)
steps from a distance equal to the front speaker distance
* These parameters are not available when “Rear speaker (A on page 16) to a distance 5 feet (1.5 meters) closer to
size (REAR)“ is set to “NO”. your listening position (B on page 16).
• Do not place the center speaker farther away from your
z About the rear speaker position (SIDE, and BEHIND) listening position than the front speakers.
This setting is designed specifically for implementation of the
Digital Cinema Sound modes in the “VIRTUAL” sound fields. x Rear speaker distance (REAR)
With the Digital Cinema Sound modes, speaker position is not as Initial setting : 11 feet
critical as other modes. All of the modes in the “VIRTUAL”
Set the distance from your listening position to the rear
sound fields were designed under the premise that the rear
(left or right) speaker.
speaker would be located behind the listening position, but
presentation remains fairly consistent even with the rear speakers
• Rear speaker distance can be set in 1 foot (0.1 meter)
positioned at a rather wide angle. However, if the speakers are steps from a distance equal to the front speaker distance
pointing toward the listener from the immediate left and right of (A on page 16) to a distance 15 feet (4.5 meters) closer
the listening position, the “VIRTUAL” sound fields will not be to your listening position (C on page 16).
effective unless the rear speaker position parameter is set to • Do not place the rear speakers farther away from your
“SIDE”. listening position than the front speakers.
Nevertheless, each listening environment has many variables, • If both speakers are not placed an equal distance from
such as wall reflections, and you may obtain better results using your listening position, set the distance to the closest
“BEHIND” if your speakers are located high above the listening speaker.
position, even if they are to the immediate left and right.
Therefore, although it may result in a setting contrary to the
“Rear speaker position” explanation, we recommend that you
play back multi channel surround encoded software and listen to
the effect each setting has on your listening environment. Choose
the setting that provides a good sense of spaciousness and that
best succeeds in forming a cohesive space between the surround
sound from the rear speakers and the sound from the front
speakers. If you are not sure which sounds best, select
“BEHIND” and then use the speaker distance parameter and
speaker level adjustments to obtain proper balance.

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z About speaker distances
Adjusting the speaker volume
This receiver allows you to input the speaker position in terms of
distance. However, it is not possible to set the center speaker Use the remote while seated in your listening position to
farther away than the front speakers. Also, the center speaker can adjust the volume of each speaker.
not be set more that 5 feet (1.5 meters) closer than the front
Note
speakers.
This receiver incorporates a new test tone with a frequency
Likewise, the rear speakers cannot be set farther away from the
centered at 800 Hz for easier speaker volume adjustment.

Hooking Up and Setting Up the Speaker System


listening position than the front speakers. And they can be no
more than 15 feet (4.5 meters) closer.
This is because incorrect speaker placement is not conducive to
1 Press ?/1 to turn on the receiver.
enjoy the surround sound.
Please note that, setting the speaker distance closer than the 2 Press TEST TONE on the supplied remote.
actual location of the speakers will cause a delay in the output of You will hear the test tone from each speaker in
the sound from that speaker. In other words, the speaker will sequence.
sound like it is farther away.
For example, setting the center speaker distance 3~6 feet (1~2 m) 3 Adjust the volume level so that the volume of the
closer than the actual speaker position will create a fairly realistic test tone from each speaker sounds the same
sensation of being “inside” the screen. If you cannot obtain a when you are in your main listening position.
satisfactory surround effect because the rear speakers are too
• To adjust the balance of the front right and front left
close, setting the rear speaker distance closer (shorter) than the
speakers, use the front balance parameter in the
actual distance will create a larger soundstage. (1 foot
LEVEL menu (see page 34).
corresponds to a 1 ms difference.)
Adjusting these parameters while listening to the sound often • To adjust the balance of the rear right and rear left
results in much better surround sound. Give it a try! speakers, use the rear balance parameter in the
LEVEL menu (see page 34).
• To adjust the volume level of the center speaker,
press MENU </> to select the center parameter.
Use +/– on the remote to adjust the level.
• To adjust the volume level of the rear speaker, press
MENU </> to select the rear parameter.
Use +/– on the remote to adjust the level.

4 Press TEST TONE on the remote again to turn off


the test tone.

Note
The test tone cannot be output when the receiver is set to 5.1CH
INPUT.

z You can adjust the volume level of all speakers at the same
time
Rotate MASTER VOLUME on the receiver or press MASTER
VOL +/– on the remote.

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Before You Use Your
Receiver
Notes Before turning on the receiver
• The front balance, rear balance, center level, and rear level are
shown in the display during adjustment. Make sure that you have:
• Although these adjustments can also be made via the front • Selected the appropriate front speakers (see “7
panel using the LEVEL menu (when the test tone is output, the SPEAKERS selector” on page 23). (STR-DE545 and STR-
receiver switches to the LEVEL menu automatically), we SE501 only).
recommend you follow the procedure previously described in
Hooking Up and Setting Up the Speaker System

this section and adjust the speaker levels from your listening
position using the remote control. Checking the connections
z When setting the volume levels for each speaker After connecting all of your components to the receiver,
Let’s assume that you have matched the sound levels of all the do the following to verify that the connections were made
speakers using the test tone. Although this lays the foundation correctly.
for high quality surround sound, it may be necessary to make
further adjustments while listening to playback of actual 1/u Function buttons MASTER VOLUME
software. This is because most software contains center and rear
channels recorded at slightly lower levels than the two front MULTI CHANNEL DECODING

PRESET

channels. ?/1

DIMMER DISPLAY
– TUNING +

– TUNING +
SHIFT

MEMORY
BASS BOOST TONE

When you actually play back software recorded in multi channel SPEAKERS
R ON r OFF
INPUT MODE
MASTER VOLUME
FM/AM FM MODE

A
I i

surround, you will notice that increasing the center and rear B
VIDEO DVD/LD TV/SAT 5.1CH INPUT
A
CINEMA STUDIO
B C
LEVEL
– +
SET UP
MUTING
BASS
BOOST TONE

speaker levels produces a better blend between the front and


MD/TAPE CD TUNER AUX SOUND FIELD SUR NAME
PHONES
A. F. D. 2CH MODE
BASS/
TREBLE ENTER

center speakers and greater cohesion between the front and rear
speakers. Increasing the level of the center speaker about 1 dB,
and the rear speakers about 1~2 dB is likely to produce better
results.
In other words, in order to create a more cohesive soundstage
1 Press ?/1 to turn on the receiver.
with balanced dialog, we recommend that you make some
adjustments while playing your software. Changes of only 1 dB 2 Press a function button to select a component
can make a huge difference in the character of the soundstage. (program source) that you connected (e.g., CD
player or tape deck).

3 Turn on the component and start playing it.

4 Rotate MASTER VOLUME to turn up the volume.

If you do not obtain normal sound output after


performing this procedure, look for the reason in the
following checklist and take the appropriate measures to
correct the problem.

There is no sound no matter which component is


selected.
, Check that both the receiver and all components
are turned on.
, Check that the volume level on the display is not
set to VOL MIN by turning the MASTER
VOLUME.
, Check that the SPEAKERS selector is not set to
OFF or to a position for front speakers that are not
connected to the receiver (see “7 SPEAKERS
selector” on page 23). (STR-DE545 and STR-SE501
only)
, Check that all speaker cords are connected
correctly.
, Press the MUTING button to turn off the indicator.

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There’s no sound from a specific component.
, Check that the component is connected correctly to
the audio input jacks for that component.
, Check that the cord(s) used for the connection is
(are) fully inserted into the jacks on both the
receiver and the component.

Hooking Up and Setting Up the Speaker System


No sound is heard from one of the front
speakers.
, Connect a pair of headphones to the PHONES jack
and set the SPEAKERS selector to OFF to verify
that sound is output from the headphones (see “7
SPEAKERS selector” and “PHONES jack” on page
23).
If only one channel is output from the headphones,
the component may not be connected to the
receiver correctly. Check that all the cords are fully
inserted into the jacks on both the receiver and the
component.
If both channels are output from the headphones,
the front speaker may not be connected to the
receiver correctly. Check the connection of the front
speaker which is not outputting any sound.

If you encounter a problem that is not included above, see


“Troubleshooting” on page 45.

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Location of Front Panel Parts
Descriptions
Parts and Basic
Operations
This chapter provides information
about the locations and functions of
the buttons and controls on the front
panel. It also explains basic
operations.

1 ?/1 switch
Press to turn the receiver on and off.

2 Function buttons
Press one of the buttons to select the component you
want to use.
To select Press
VCR VIDEO

TV or satellite tuner TV/SAT

DVD or LD player DVD/LD

MD or Tape deck MD/TAPE

CD player CD

Built in tuner TUNER

An audio component AUX

After selecting the component, turn on the component


you selected and play the program source.

• After selecting VCR, DVD player, or LD player, turn on the


TV and set the TV’s video input to match the component
you selected.

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1 3 2 4

MULTI CHANNEL DECODING

PRESET
?/1 – TUNING + SHIFT

DIMMER DISPLAY
– TUNING + MEMORY
BASS BOOST TONE

FM/AM FM MODE
MASTER VOLUME
SPEAKERS INPUT MODE
R ON r OFF
A
I i

– + BASS
B
VIDEO DVD/LD TV/SAT 5.1CH INPUT CINEMA STUDIO MUTING
LEVEL SET UP BOOST TONE
A B C

Location of Parts and Basic Amplifier Operations


MD/TAPE CD TUNER AUX SOUND FIELD SUR NAME
PHONES
A. F. D. 2CH MODE
BASS/
TREBLE ENTER

7 5 6

3 INPUT MODE button 5 MASTER VOLUME control


Press to select the input mode for your digital After turning on the component you selected, rotate to
components (DVD/LD and TV/SAT). adjust the volume.
Each press switches the input mode of the currently
selected component. 6 MUTING button
Press to mute the sound. The indicator lights up when
Select To
the sound is muted.
AUTO Give priority to digital signals
when there are both digital and
analog connections. If there are
7 SPEAKERS selector (STR-DE545 and STR-SE501 only)
no digital signals, analog is Press according to the front speakers you want to
selected drive.
DIGITAL (OPTICAL) Specify the digital audio signals Press To select
input to the DIGITAL OPTICAL
input jacks A The speakers connected to the FRONT
SPEAKERS A terminals
DIGITAL (COAXIAL) Specify the digital audio signals
input to the DIGITAL COAXIAL B The speakers connected to the FRONT
input jacks (DVD/LD only) SPEAKERS B terminals

ANALOG Specify the analog audio signals A+B* The speakers connected to both the FRONT
input to the AUDIO IN (L and R) SPEAKERS A and B terminals (parallel
jacks connection)
* Be sure to connect the front speakers with nominal impedance of
4 5.1CH INPUT button 8 ohms or higher if you want to select both sets of front speakers.
Press to enjoy the audio source connected to the 5.1CH
STR-DE445 only
INPUT jacks with the video from the selected
Press SPEAKERS button to ON.
component.

• When the 5.1CH INPUT is selected, the tone, bass boost, PHONES jack
and sound field effects do not function. Connects headphones.
• To change the video input displayed when 5.1CH INPUT is
selected, press SET UP (ws) and then press the cursor • To use the headphones, press the SPEAKERS button to OFF
buttons (w;) repeatedly to select “5.1 V. IN” (see page 44 for to output sound to the headphones.
details). • When listening to the headphones, set the sound field to
2CH to get the correct soundstage.

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Front Panel Parts Description

9 8 !™ !¡ @º !§ !∞

MULTI CHANNEL DECODING

PRESET
?/1 – TUNING + SHIFT

DIMMER DISPLAY
– TUNING + MEMORY
BASS BOOST TONE

FM/AM FM MODE
MASTER VOLUME
SPEAKERS INPUT MODE
R ON r OFF
A
I i

– + BASS
B
VIDEO DVD/LD TV/SAT 5.1CH INPUT CINEMA STUDIO MUTING
LEVEL SET UP BOOST TONE
A B C
Location of Parts and Basic Amplifier Operations

MD/TAPE CD TUNER AUX SOUND FIELD SUR NAME


PHONES
A. F. D. 2CH MODE
BASS/
TREBLE ENTER

!º !¶!•!ª @¡ @¢ @£ @™ !£ !¢
8 DISPLAY button 0 Use the SOUND FIELD buttons to enjoy surround
Press repeatedly to change the information on the sound. For details, see “Enjoying Surround Sound”
display window as follows: starting from page 27.
v
Index name of the component or the preset station* A.F.D. button / indicator
Press to set the receiver to automatically detect the
v type of audio signal being input and perform proper
FUNCTION button indication or frequency** decoding (if necessary).

v
2CH button / indicator
Sound field applied to the program source
Press to output sound from only the front (left and
right) speakers.
* Index name appears only when you have assigned one to the
component or preset station (see page 42). Index name does not MODE button / indicator
appear when only blank spaces have been entered, or it is the Press to activate the sound field selection mode (page
same as the function button. 28).
** Frequency appears only when the tuner is selected.
qa MULTI CHANNEL DECODING indicator
9 DIMMER button This indicator lights up when the unit is decoding
Press repeatedly to adjust the brightness of the display. signals recorded in a multi channel format.

qs Use the CINEMA STUDIO buttons to enjoy the


CINEMA STUDIO sound effects.

A/B/C buttons
Press to activate the CINEMA STUDIO A, B or C
sound field (page 29).

qd BASS BOOST button


Press to increase the bass of the front speakers. The
BASS BOOST indicator lights up when the function is
turned on.

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qf TONE button qj LEVEL button
Press to turn the tone effect on or off. The TONE Press to activate the speaker level parameters (page
indicator lights up while the tone effect is turned on. 34). The indicator on the button lights up and you can
Note that if you have adjusted the tone using the adjust the various speaker level parameters (front
cursor buttons and jog dial, the adjusted tone will be balance, rear balance, etc.).
produced whenever you turn on the tone effect.
qk SUR button
z When you want to listen to an analog source without any Press to activate the surround parameters (page 33).
digital processing The indicator on the button lights up and you can
Do the following to bypass the sound field, tone, and bass adjust the various surround parameters (effect level,
booster circuits. wall type, etc.).
1 Press 2CH.

Location of Parts and Basic Amplifier Operations


2 Press BASS BOOST to turn off the BASS BOOST indicator.
ql BASS/TREBLE button
3 Press TONE to turn off the TONE indicator.
The result will be a sound that is highly faithful to the program
Press this button to adjust the tone (page 35).
source.
w; Cursor buttons ( / )
qg The following buttons operate the built-in tuner. For Press to select various speaker level, surround, and
details, see “Receiving Broadcasts” starting from page bass/treble parameters (etc.).
37.
wa Jog dial
SHIFT button Turn to adjust the selected speaker level, surround,
Selects a memory page for preset stations. and bass/treble parameters (etc.).

MEMORY button
Press to memorize a preset station.

qh The following buttons operate the built-in tuner. For


details, see “Receiving Broadcasts” starting from page
37.

PRESET TUNING +/– buttons


Scan all preset stations.

TUNING +/– buttons


Scan all the available radio stations.

FM/AM button
Selects the FM or AM band.

FM MODE button
If “STEREO” flashes in the display and the FM stereo
reception is poor, press this button. You will not have
the stereo effect but the sound is improved.

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Front Panel Parts Description

ws SET UP button
Press to activate the setup mode, then use the cursor
buttons (w;) to select any of the following indications.
You can then make various settings using the jog dial
(wa).
When you select You can
Speaker type Specify the type of speakers.
(page 16)

Speaker setup Specify the front, center, rear


speaker sizes, the rear speaker
position, and whether or not you
Location of Parts and Basic Amplifier Operations

are using a sub woofer. (page 16)

Speaker Distance Specify the front, center, and rear


speaker distances. (page 18)

5.1CH video input Specify the video input to be


used with the audio signals from
the 5.1CH INPUT jacks. (page 44)

wd NAME button
Press to activate the name function and enter names
for preset stations and program sources (page 42).

wf ENTER button
Press to enter individual characters for the preset
station and program source names.

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Enjoying You can take advantage of surround sound simply by
selecting one of the receiver’s pre-programmed sound
modes. They bring the exciting and powerful sound of

Surround movie theaters and concert halls into your home. You can
also customize the sound modes to obtain the sound you
desire by changing the various surround parameters.

Sound The receiver contains a variety of different sound modes.


The cinema sound modes are designed for use when
playing back movie software (DVD, LD, etc.) encoded
with multi channel surround sound or Dolby Pro Logic.
In addition to decoding the surround sound, some of
This chapter describes how to set up these modes also provide sound effects commonly found
the receiver to enjoy surround sound. in movie theaters.
The virtual sound modes contain compelling applications
You can enjoy multi channel surround of the Sony Digital Cinema Sound digital signal
when playing back software encoded processing technology. They shift the sound away from
with Dolby Digital or DTS. the actual speaker locations to simulate the presence of
several “virtual” speakers.
The music (etc.) sound modes are designed for use with
standard audio sources and TV broadcasts. They add

Enjoying Surround Sound


reverberation to the source signal to make you feel as if
you were in a concert hall or stadium (etc.). Use these
sound modes with two-channel sources like CD and
stereo broadcasts of sports programs or musical concerts.
For more information about the sound modes, see pages
29 – 30.

A.F.D.
The “Auto Format Decoding” sound mode presents the
sound exactly as it was encoded, without adding any
reverberation (etc.).

To fully enjoy surround sound, you must register the


number and location of your speakers. See “Multi-
Channel Surround setup” starting on page 16 to set the
speaker parameters before enjoying surround sound.

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Selecting a Sound Field

Cursor buttons You can enjoy surround sound simply by selecting one of
the pre-programmed sound fields according to the
SOUND FIELD buttons LEVEL TONE
program you want to listen to.

1 Press MODE.
MULTI CHANNEL DECODING The current sound field is indicated in the display.
PRESET
?/1 – TUNING + SHIFT

DIMMER DISPLAY
– TUNING + MEMORY
BASS BOOST TONE

SPEAKERS
R ON r OFF
A
INPUT MODE

I i
MASTER VOLUME
FM/AM FM MODE

2 Turn the jog dial or press the cursor buttons ( or


) to select the sound field you want.
– + BASS
B
VIDEO DVD/LD TV/SAT 5.1CH INPUT CINEMA STUDIO MUTING
LEVEL SET UP BOOST TONE
A B C

MD/TAPE CD TUNER AUX SOUND FIELD SUR NAME


PHONES
A. F. D. 2CH MODE
BASS/
TREBLE ENTER
See the table starting on page 29 for information on
each sound field.

To turn the sound field off


SUR Jog dial Press A.F.D. or 2CH (page 24).
BASS/TREBLE
z The receiver memorizes the last sound field selected for each
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Brief descriptions of buttons used to program source (Sound Field Link)


enjoy surround sound Whenever you select a program source, the sound field that was
last applied is automatically applied again. For example, if you
listen to CD with HALL as the sound field, change to a different
LEVEL button: Press to customize the level parameters. program source, then return to CD, HALL will be applied again.
With the tuner, sound fields are memorized separately for AM,
SUR button: Press to customize the surround parameters FM, and all preset stations.
in the current sound field.
z You can identify Dolby Surround-encoded software by
BASS/TREBLE button: Press to adjust the tone. looking at the packaging
Dolby Digital discs are labeled with the logo, and Dolby
Surround encoded programs are labeled with the A
Cursor buttons ( / ): Use to select parameters after
logo.
pressing the LEVEL, SUR, BASS/TREBLE or SET UP
buttons.

Jog dial: Use to adjust parameters and select sound fields


(etc.).

SOUND FIELD buttons:

A.F.D. button: Press to set the receiver to


automatically detect the type of audio signal being
input and perform proper decoding (if necessary).

MODE button: Press to activate the sound field


selection mode.

2CH button: Press to output sound from only the


front (left and right) speakers.

TONE button: Turns the tone effect on or off.

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Sound field information

Sound field Effect Notes


NORM. SUR Software with multi channel surround audio signals is
(NORMAL SURROUND) played according to the way it was recorded.
Software with two channel audio signals, is decoded
with Dolby Pro Logic to create surround effects.
C. STUDIO A Reproduces the sound characteristics of the Sony This is a standard mode, great for
(CINEMA STUDIO A) Pictures Entertainment “Cary Grant Theater” cinema watching most type of movie.
production studio.
C. STUDIO B Reproduces the sound characteristics of the Sony This mode is ideal for watching science-
(CINEMA STUDIO B) Pictures Entertainment “Kim Novak Theater” cinema fiction or action movies with lots of sound
production studio. effects.
C. STUDIO C Reproduces the sound characteristics of the Sony This mode is ideal for watching musicals
(CINEMA STUDIO C) Pictures Entertainment scoring stage. or classic films where music is featured in
the soundtrack.

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V. MULTI* Uses 3D sound imaging to create an array of virtual rear L C R
(VIRTUAL MULTI DIMENSION) speakers positioned higher than the listener from a
single pair of actual rear speakers. This mode creates
four sets of virtual speakers surrounding the listener at SIDE** LS RS

approximately a 30° angle of elevation.


LS RS
LS RS

L C R

LS RS
BEHIND**

LS RS
LS RS
** See
page 17

V. SEMI–M* Uses 3D sound imaging to create virtual rear speakers L C R

(VIRTUAL SEMI-MULTI from the sound of the front speakers without using
DIMENSION) actual rear speakers. This mode creates five sets of
LS RS
virtual speakers surrounding the listener at a 30° angle
of elevation.
LS RS
LS RS

* “VIRTUAL” sound field: Sound field with virtual speakers.

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Selecting a Sound Field

Sound field information


Sound field Effect Notes
HALL Reproduces the acoustics of a rectangular concert hall. Ideal for soft acoustic sounds.
JAZZ Reproduces the acoustics of a jazz club.
(JAZZ CLUB)
LIVE Reproduces the acoustics of a 300-seat live house. Great for rock or pop music.
(LIVE HOUSE)
GAME Obtains maximum audio impact from video game Be sure to set the game machine to stereo
software. mode when using game software with
stereo sound capabilities.

Notes
• The effects provided by the virtual speakers may cause increased noise in the play back signal.
• When listening to sound fields that employ the virtual speakers, you will not be able to hear any sound coming directly from the rear
speakers.
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Use the buttons on the front panel to operate the following modes
AUTO FORMAT DECODING Automatically detects the type of audio signal being You can use this mode as a reference. Set
(Press the A.F.D. button) input (Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic, or standard two the tone to OFF while using this mode to
channel stereo) and performs the proper decoding if hear the source sound exactly as it was
necessary. This mode presents the sound as it was recorded.
recorded/encoded, without adding any effects.

2 CHANNEL Outputs the sound from the front left and right This allows you to play any source using
(Press the 2CH button) speakers only. Standard two channel (stereo) sources only the front left and right speakers.
completely bypass the sound field processing. Multi
channel surround formats are downmixed to two
channels.

Note
No sound is output from the sub woofer when the 2 CHANNEL mode is selected. To listen to two channel (stereo) sources using the front
left and right speakers and a sub woofer, use the AUTO FORMAT DECODING mode.

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Understanding the Multi-Channel Surround Displays

1 2 3 4 56 7 7 8

a DIGITAL PRO LOGIC OPT COAX a dts D.RANGE TA NEWS INFO MONO STEREO
MEMORY
L C R
LFE
LS S RS

9 q;

1 ; DIGITAL 8 Tuner indicators


This indicator lights up when a sound field other than These indicators light up when using the receiver to
2 CHANNEL is selected and the receiver is decoding tune in radio stations, etc. See pages 37 – 40 for tuner
signals recorded in the Dolby Digital (AC-3) format.* operations.
* However, this indicator does not light when the recording format
is 2/0 or 2/0 PRO LOGIC. 9 Play back channel indicators

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The letters light up to indicate the channels being
2 PRO LOGIC played back.
Lights up when the receiver applies Pro Logic L: Front Left R: Front Right
processing to two channel signals in order to output C: Center (monaural) LS: Left Surround
the center and surround channel signals.** RS: Right Surround
** However, this indicator does not light if the center and rear S: Surround (monaural or the rear components
speakers are set to “NO”, or the SPEAKER button is set to OFF obtained by Pro Logic processing)
and the A.F.D. or NORMAL SURROUND sound fields are
The boxes around the letters light up to indicate the
selected.
speakers used to playback the channels.
See the next page for details regarding the playback
3 OPT
channel indicators.
Lights up when the source signal is a digital signal
being input through the OPT terminal.
q; LFE
LFE will light up when the disc being played
4 COAX
contains the LFE (Low Frequency Effect) channel and
Lights up when the source signal is a digital signal
when the sound of the LFE channel signal is actually
being input through the COAX terminal.
being reproduced.

5;
Lights up when Dolby Digital (AC-3) signals are
input.

6 dts
Lights up when DTS signals are input.

Note
When playing a DTS format disc, be sure that you
have made digital connections and that INPUT MODE
is NOT set to ANALOG (see 3 on page 23).

7 D. RANGE
Lights up when dynamic range compression is active.
See page 35 to adjust the dynamic range compression.

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Understanding the Multi-Channel Surround Displays

Source sound displays


The letters (L, C, R, etc.) indicate the source sound. The box around the letters varies to show how the receiver downmixes
the source sound (based on the speakers settings). When using music sound modes such as HALL or JAZZ CLUB, the
receiver adds reverberation based on the source sound.
The following table shows how the indicators light up when using AUTO FORMAT DECODING mode.
Although the table below shows almost all of the configurations available from multi channel surround signals, the ones
marked “ ” are the most common.

Recording Source sound and Output Channel Display


Format Input Channel Display
(Front/Rear) All speakers Rear speakers Center speaker Rear/center
present absent absent speakers absent
a DIGITAL C a DIGITAL C a DIGITAL C a DIGITAL C
DOLBY DIGITAL [1/0]
1/0
C C C C
DTS [1/0] dts dts dts
dts
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L R L R L R L R
DOLBY DIGITAL [2/0]
2/0*
L R L R L R L R
DTS [2/0] dts dts dts dts

a DIGITAL L C R a DIGITAL L C R a DIGITAL L C R a DIGITAL L C R


DOLBY DIGITAL [3/0]
3/0
L C R L C R L C R L C R
DTS [3/0] dts dts dts
dts

a DIGITAL L R a DIGITAL L R a DIGITAL L R a DIGITAL L R


DOLBY DIGITAL [2/1] S S S S
2/1
L R L R L R L R
DTS [2/1] dts S dts S dts S dts S

a DIGITAL L C R a DIGITAL L C R a DIGITAL L C R a DIGITAL L C R


DOLBY DIGITAL [3/1] S S S S
3/1
L C R L C R L C R L C R
DTS [3/1] S dts S dts S S
dts dts

a DIGITAL L R a DIGITAL L R a DIGITAL L R a DIGITAL L R


DOLBY DIGITAL [2/2] LS RS LS RS LS RS LS RS
2/2
L R L R L R L R
DTS [2/2] dts LS RS dts LS RS dts LS RS dts LS RS

a DIGITAL L C R a DIGITAL L C R a DIGITAL L C R a DIGITAL L C R


DOLBY DIGITAL [3/2] LS RS LS RS LS RS LS RS
3/2
L C R L C R L C R L C R
DTS [3/2] dts LS RS dts LS RS dts LS RS dts LS RS

L C R L C R L C R L C R
2/0** DOLBY DIGITAL [2/0] PRO LOGIC S PRO LOGIC S PRO LOGIC S PRO LOGIC S

L C R L C R L C R L C R
DOLBY PROLOGIC PRO LOGIC S PRO LOGIC S PRO LOGIC S PRO LOGIC S

L R L R L R L R
PCM XX kHz***

* Signals with Dolby surround encoded flag OFF


** Signals with Dolby surround encoded flag ON
*** The sampling rate is displayed.

Notes
• The receiver performs Pro Logic decoding and the display conforms to 2/0** when using the following movie sound modes with 2/0*
or STEREO PCM format signals. (C. STUDIO A, B, C, V. MULTI and V. SEMI-M.)
• When using music sound modes such as HALL or JAZZ CLUB with standard audio formats e.g., PCM, the receiver creates rear
signals from the front L and R signals. In this case, sound is output from the rear speakers, but output channel indicators for the rear
speakers do not light.

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Customizing Sound Fields

By adjusting the surround parameters and the tone Wall type (WALL)
characteristics of the front speakers, you can customize Initial setting : midpoint
the sound fields to suit your particular listening situation. When sound is reflected off soft material, such as a
curtain, the high frequency elements are reduced. A hard
Once you customize a sound field, the changes are stored wall is highly reflective and does not significantly affect
in memory indefinitely (unless the receiver is unplugged the frequency response of the reflected sound. This
for about two weeks). You can change a customized parameter lets you control the level of the high
sound field any time by making new adjustments to the frequencies to alter the sonic character of your listening
parameters. environment by simulating a softer (S) or harder (H) wall.
The midpoint designates a neutral wall (made of wood).
See the table on page 36 for the parameters available in
each sound field. Reverberation (REVB.)
Initial setting : midpoint
Before sound reaches our ears, it is reflected
To get the most from multi channel (reverberated) many times between the left and right
surround sound walls, ceiling, and floor. In a large room, sound takes more

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Position your speakers and do the procedures described time to bounce from one surface to another than in a
in “Multi Channel Surround Setup” starting on page 16 smaller room. This parameter lets you control the spacing
before you customize a sound field. of the early reflections to simulate a sonically larger (L) or
smaller (S) room.
• The reverberation can be adjusted from REVB. S. 1 ~
Adjusting the surround parameters REVB. S. 8 (short) to REVB. L. 1 ~ REVB. L. 8 (long) in
The SUR menu contains parameters that let you 17 steps.
customize various aspects of the current sound field. The • The midpoint REVB. MID designates a standard room
settings available in this menu are stored individually for with no adjustment.
each sound field.

1 Start playing a program source encoded with multi


channel surround sound.

2 Press SUR.
The button lights up and the first parameter is
displayed.

3 Press the cursor buttons ( or ) to select the


parameter you want to adjust.

4 Turn the jog dial to select the setting you want.


The setting is stored automatically.

Effect level (EFFECT)


Initial setting : (depends on sound mode)
This parameter lets you adjust the “presence” of the
current surround effect.

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Customizing Sound Fields

Adjusting the level parameters *Sub woofer level (S.W. xx)


Initial setting : 0 dB
The LEVEL menu contains parameters that let you adjust Lets you adjust the level of the sub woofer.
the balance and speaker volumes of each speaker. The • The level can be adjusted in 1 dB steps from –10 dB to
settings available in this menu are applied to all sound +6 dB.
fields. * The parameters can be adjusted separately for 5.1 CH INPUT.

1 Start playing a program source encoded with multi LFE (Low Frequency Effect) mix level (LFE ; xx)
channel surround sound. Initial setting : 0 dB
This parameter lets you attenuate the level of the LFE
2 Press LEVEL. (Low Frequency Effect) channel output from the sub
The button lights up and the first parameter is woofer without affecting the level of the bass frequencies
displayed. sent to the sub woofer from the front, center or rear
channels via the bass redirection circuitry.
3 Press the cursor buttons ( or ) to select the • The level can be adjusted in 1 dB steps from –20.0 dB to
parameter you want to adjust. 0 dB (line level). 0 dB outputs the full LFE signal at the
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mix level determined by the recording engineer.


4 Turn the jog dial to select the setting you want. • Selecting OFF mutes the sound of the LFE channel from
The setting is stored automatically. the sub woofer. However, the low frequency sounds of
the front, center, or rear speakers are output from the
sub woofer according to the settings made for each
*Front balance ( L R )
speaker in the speaker setup (page 16).
Initial setting : balance
Lets you adjust the balance between the front left and dts LFE (Low Frequency Effect) mix level
right speakers. (LFE dts xx)
• The balance can be adjusted ±8 steps. Initial setting: 0 dB
• These settings can also be adjusted using the supplied This parameter lets you attenuate the level of the LFE
remote. See “Adjusting the speaker volume” (page 19). (Low Frequency Effect) channel output from the sub
woofer without affecting the level of the bass frequencies
*Rear balance ( LS RS ) sent to the sub woofer from the front, center or rear
Initial setting : balance channels via the “dts” bass redirection circuitry.
Lets you adjust the balance between the rear left and right • The level can be adjusted in 1 dB steps from –20.0 dB to
speakers. +10.0 dB (line level).
• The balance can be adjusted ±8 steps. • Selecting OFF mutes the sound of the LFE channel from
• These settings can also be adjusted using the supplied the sub woofer. However, the low frequency sounds of
remote. See “Adjusting the speaker volume” (page 19). the front, center, or rear speakers are output from the
sub woofer according to the settings made for each
*Rear level (REAR) speaker setup (For details, refer to “Multi Channel
Initial setting : 0 dB Surround Setup”).
Lets you adjust level of the rear (left and right) speakers.
• The level can be adjusted in 1 dB steps from –10 dB to z About the level differences in the LFE MIX settings
+6 dB. The “dts LFE MIX” level is set to +10.0 dB and “LFE MIX” (Dolby
• These settings can also be adjusted directly using the Digital) is set to 0 dB. This is because there is an initial difference
supplied remote. See “Adjusting the speaker volume” of 10 dB in the overall mix between the Dolby Digital and dts
(page 19). LFE channel levels. Essentially, with the “dts LFE MIX” level set
to +10 dB and the “LFE MIX (Dolby Digital)” level set to 0 dB,
*Center level (CTR) approximately the same amounts of LFE channel signal are
distributed to the other audio channels in the overall mix.
Initial setting : 0 dB
Lets you adjust the level of the center speaker.
• The level can be adjusted in 1 dB steps from –10 dB to
+6 dB.

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Dynamic range compressor (COMP. D. RANGE xx) Adjusting the bass/treble
Initial setting : OFF
Lets you compress the dynamic range of the sound track. The BASS/TREBLE button lets you adjust the tone (bass
This may be useful when you want to watch movies at or treble) of the front speakers for optimum sound. You
low volumes late at night. can adjust the tone for each separate sound field.
• OFF reproduces the sound track with no compression.
• STD reproduces the sound track with the dynamic
1 Start playing a program source encoded with multi
channel surround sound.
range intended by the recording engineer.
• 0.1 ~ 0.9 allow you to compress the dynamic range in
small steps to achieve the sound you want.
2 Press BASS/TREBLE.
The button lights up and the first parameter is
• MAX provides a dramatic compression of the dynamic
displayed.
range.

Note
3 Press the cursor buttons ( or ) to select the
Dynamic range compression does not work with DTS sources. parameter you want to adjust.

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z About the Dynamic Range Compressor Turn the jog dial to select the setting you want.
This parameter allows you to compress the dynamic range of the The setting is stored automatically.
soundtrack based on the dynamic range information included in You can select a tone level of -6 dB to +6 dB in 2 dB
the Dolby Digital signal. “STD” is standard compression, but steps.
because many sources have only light compression, you may not
notice much difference when using 0.1~0.9. 5 Press TONE so that the TONE indicator lights up.
Therefore, we recommend using the “MAX” setting. This greatly
compresses the dynamic range and allows you to view movies z You can turn off the tone without erasing it
late at night at low volumes. Unlike analog limiters, the levels are The tone settings are stored separately for each sound field. Press
predetermined and it provides a very natural compression. the TONE button to turn the TONE indicator off.

Resetting customized sound fields to the


factory settings

1 If the power is on, press ?/1 to turn off the power.

2 Hold down MODE and press ?/1.


“SUR CLR” appears in the display and all sound fields
are reset at once.

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Customizing Sound Fields

Adjustable parameters for each sound field

EFFECT WALL REVERB FRONT REAR REAR CENTER SUB WOOFER LFE dts LFE
LEVEL TYPE TIME BAL. BAL. LEVEL LEVEL LEVEL MIX mix
2CH r r r

A.F.D. r r r r r r r

NORMAL SURROUND r r r r r r r

CINEMA STUDIO A r r r r r r r r

CINEMA STUDIO B r r r r r r r r

CINEMA STUDIO C r r r r r r r r

V. MULTI DIMENSION r r r r r r r

V. SEMI–M. DIMENSION r r r r r
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HALL r r r r r r r r r r

JAZZ CLUB r r r r r r r r r r

LIVE HOUSE r r r r r r r r r r

GAME r r r r r r r r r r

5.1CH INPUT r r r r r

D.RANGE
BASS/TREBLE
COMP.
2CH r r

A.F.D. r r

NORMAL SURROUND r r

CINEMA STUDIO A r r

CINEMA STUDIO B r r

CINEMA STUDIO C r r

V. MULTI DIMENSION r r

V. SEMI–M. DIMENSION r r

HALL r r

JAZZ CLUB r r

LIVE HOUSE r r

GAME r r

5.1CH INPUT

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Receiving You can tune in stations on this receiver in the following
ways:

Broadcasts Direct Tuning


You can enter a frequency of the station you want directly
by using the numeric buttons on the remote (see page 39).

Automatic Tuning
This chapter describes how to receive If you don’t know the frequency of the station you want,
you can let the receiver scan all available stations in your
FM or AM broadcasts and how to
area (see page 39).
preset selected stations.
Preset Tuning
After you have tuned in stations using Direct Tuning or
Automatic Tuning, you can preset them to the receiver
(see page 40). Then you can tune in any of the stations
directly by entering its 2-character code (see page 40). Up
to 30 FM or AM stations can be preset. The receiver will
also scan all the stations that you have preset (see page
40).

Before you begin, make sure you have:


• Connected an FM and AM antenna to the receiver (see
page 5).
• Selected the appropriate speaker system (see page 23).

Receiving Broadcasts
(STR-DE545 and STR-SE501 only)

37
PRESET TUNING +/– Brief descriptions of buttons used to
TUNING +/– receive broadcasts
FM/AM

MULTI CHANNEL DECODING


PRESET TUNING +/–: Press to scan all preset radio
PRESET

stations.
?/1 – TUNING + SHIFT

DIMMER DISPLAY
– TUNING + MEMORY
BASS BOOST TONE

FM/AM FM MODE
MASTER VOLUME
SPEAKERS INPUT MODE
R ON r OFF
A
I i

B
VIDEO

MD/TAPE
DVD/LD

CD
TV/SAT 5.1CH INPUT

TUNER AUX
A
CINEMA STUDIO
B

SOUND FIELD
C
LEVEL

SUR
– +
SET UP

NAME
MUTING
BASS
BOOST TONE
TUNING +/–: Press to scan all available radio stations.
PHONES
A. F. D. 2CH MODE
BASS/
TREBLE ENTER

FM MODE: If “STEREO” flashes in the display and the


FM stereo reception is poor, press this button to improve
TUNER FM MODE
the sound. You will not be able to enjoy stereo effect but
MEMORY
SHIFT
the sound will be less distorted.

Note
STR-DE445 only
If “STEREO” does not appear at all even when the FM broadcast
SLEEP
AV
?/1 ?/1 is received normally, press this button to turn on the “STEREO”
SYSTEM
indication.
STANDBY
AUX 5.1CH
VIDEO DVD/LD TV/SAT
FM/AM: Press to select the FM or AM band.
MD/TAPE CD TUNER
Receiving Broadcasts

1
MENU
2
F
3 MEMORY: Uses for memorizing preset stations.
G ENTER g
4 5 6 Numeric buttons SHIFT: Press to select a memory page (A, B, or C) for
TITLE f
7 8 9 presetting radio stations or tuning to preset stations.
SHIFT RETURN
>10
– /– –
0 ENTER
D.TUNING
D.TUNING
POSITION
=
SWAP
+
DISC
TUNER: Press to select the tuner.
CH/
– SUB CH + PRESET
0 )
DISPLAY P IN P
ANT
TV/VTR
On the remote (STR-DE445 only):
9 ( D.SKIP
TV/
D. TUNING: Press this button to enter a frequency directly
JUMP WIDE VIDEO
P p using the numeric buttons.
SOUND FIELD
A.F.D. 2CH/OFF MODE

EQ/TONE
BASS
BOOST MUTING
Numeric buttons: Press to enter a numeric value when
TEST CURSOR MASTER
inputting the frequency directly, presetting radio stations,
TONE MODE VOL
or tuning to preset stations.
MENU

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Direct Tuning Automatic Tuning

For details on the buttons used in this section, see “Brief For details on the buttons used in this section, see “Brief
descriptions of buttons used to receive broadcasts” on descriptions of buttons used to receive broadcasts” on
page 38. page 38.

1 Press TUNER. 1 Press TUNER.


The last received station is tuned in. The last received station is tuned in.

2 Press FM/AM to select the FM or AM band. 2 Press FM/AM to select the FM or AM band.

3 Press D.TUNING on the remote. 3 Press TUNING + or TUNING –.


Press the + button to scan from low to high; press the –
4 Press the numeric buttons on the remote to enter button to scan from high to low.
the frequency.
When the receiver reaches either end of the
Example 1: FM 102.50 MHz band
1 b 0 b 2 b 5 b 0 Scanning is repeated in the same direction.
Example 2: AM 1350 kHz
(You don’t have to enter the last “0” when the tuning interval The receiver stops scanning whenever a station is
is set to 10 kHz) received.
1 b 3 b 5
4 To continue scanning, press TUNING + or TUNING –

Receiving Broadcasts
If you cannot tune in a station and the again.
entered numbers flash
Make sure you’ve entered the right frequency. If not,
repeat Steps 3 and 4.
If the entered numbers still flash, the frequency is not
used in your area.

5 If you’ve tuned in an AM station, adjust the


direction of the AM loop antenna for optimum
reception.

6 Repeat Steps 2 to 5 to receive other stations.

z If you try to enter a frequency not covered by the tuning


interval
The entered value is automatically rounded up or down.

Tuning intervals for direct tuning are:


FM: 50 kHz
AM: 10 kHz (to change to 9 kHz, see page 48.)

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Preset Tuning

For details on the buttons used in this section, see “Brief Tuning to preset stations
descriptions of buttons used to receive broadcasts” on
page 38. You can tune the preset stations either of the following
two ways.
Before tuning to preset stations, be sure to preset them by
performing steps on “Presetting radio stations” below. Scanning the preset stations

1 Press TUNER.
Presetting radio stations The last received station is tuned in.

1 Press TUNER.
2 Press PRESET TUNING + or PRESET TUNING –
repeatedly to select the preset station you want.
The last received station is tuned in.
Each time you press the button, the receiver tunes in
one preset station at a time, in the corresponding order
2 Tune in the station that you want to preset using
and direction as follows:
Direct Tuning or Automatic Tuning (page 39).

nA1˜A2˜...˜A0˜B1˜B2˜...˜B0N
3 Press MEMORY.
“MEMORY” appears in the display for a few seconds.
nC0˜...C2˜C1N
Do Steps 4 to 6 before “MEMORY” goes out.

4 Press SHIFT to select a memory page (A, B or C). Using the preset codes
Receiving Broadcasts

Each time you press SHIFT, the letter “A”, “B” or “C”
appears in the display. 1 Press TUNER.
The last received station is tuned in.
5 Select a preset number by pressing PRESET TUNING
+ or PRESET TUNING –. 2 Press SHIFT to select a memory page (A, B or C),
If “MEMORY” goes out before you press the preset then press the preset number of the station you
number, start again from Step 3. want using the numeric buttons on the supplied
remote.
6 Press MEMORY again to store the station.
If “MEMORY” goes out before you can store the
station, start again from Step 3.

7 Repeat Steps 2 to 6 to preset another station.

To change a preset number to another station


Do Steps 1 to 6 to preset the new station to the number.

Note
If the AC power cord is disconnected for about two weeks, all the
preset stations will be cleared from the receiver’s memory, and
you will have to preset the stations again.

40
Cursor buttons

Other
Operations ?/1

SPEAKERS
DIMMER DISPLAY

INPUT MODE
MULTI CHANNEL DECODING

BASS BOOST

MASTER VOLUME
TONE
PRESET
– TUNING +

– TUNING +

FM/AM FM MODE
SHIFT

MEMORY

R ON r OFF
A
I i

– + BASS
B
VIDEO DVD/LD TV/SAT 5.1CH INPUT CINEMA STUDIO MUTING
LEVEL SET UP BOOST TONE
A B C

MD/TAPE CD TUNER AUX SOUND FIELD SUR NAME


PHONES
A. F. D. 2CH MODE
BASS/
TREBLE ENTER

SET UP
TUNER Jog dial NAME
ENTER

Brief descriptions of buttons that appear


in this chapter

NAME button: Press to name preset stations or program


sources.

Jog dial: Use to select characters when naming preset


stations or program sources.

Cursor buttons ( / ): Use to move the cursor when


naming preset stations or program sources.

TUNER button: Press to select the tuner.

SET UP button: Press to enter the set up mode.

Other Operations
ENTER button: Press to enter the completed name of the
preset station or program source.

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Naming Preset Stations and Recording
Program Sources
Your receiver makes it easy to record to and from the
components connected to it. You don’t have to connect the
You can enter a name (index name) of up to 8 characters
playback and recording components directly to each
for preset stations and program sources. These names (for
other: once you select a program source on the receiver,
example, “VHS”) appear in the receiver’s display when a
you can record and edit as you normally would using the
station or program source is selected.
controls on each component.
Note that no more than one name can be entered for each
preset station or program source.
Before you begin, make sure you’ve connected all
This function is useful for distinguishing components of
components properly.
the same kind. For example, two VCRs can be specified as
“VHS” and “8MM”, respectively. It is also handy for
identifying components connected to jacks meant for ?/1
MULTI CHANNEL DECODING

PRESET
– TUNING + SHIFT

another type of component, for example, a second CD


DIMMER DISPLAY
– TUNING + MEMORY
BASS BOOST TONE

FM/AM FM MODE
MASTER VOLUME
INPUT MODE

player connected to the MD/TAPE jacks.


SPEAKERS
R ON r OFF
A
I i

– + BASS
B
VIDEO DVD/LD TV/SAT 5.1CH INPUT CINEMA STUDIO MUTING
LEVEL SET UP BOOST TONE
A B C

MD/TAPE CD TUNER AUX SOUND FIELD SUR NAME


PHONES
A. F. D. 2CH MODE
BASS/

1
TREBLE ENTER

To name a preset station


Press TUNER.
The last station you received is tuned in.

c
ç
Function buttons
To name a program source
Playback component Recording component
Select the program source (component) to be (tape deck, MD deck,
(program source)
named, then go to Step 3. VCR)

ç: Audio signal flow


2 Tune in the preset station you want to create an
c: Video signal flow
index name for.
If you are not familiar with how to tune in preset
Other Operations

stations, see “Tuning to preset stations” on page 40. Recording on an audio tape or MiniDisc
You can record on a cassette tape or MiniDisc using the
3 Press NAME.
receiver. Refer to the instruction manual of your cassette
deck or MD deck if you need help.
4 Create an index name by using the jog dial and
cursor buttons:
1 Select the component to be recorded.
Turn the jog dial to select a character, then press to
move the cursor to the next position.
2 Prepare the component for playing.
For example, insert a CD into the CD player.
To insert a space
Turn the jog dial until a blank space appears in the
3 Insert a blank tape or MD into the recording deck
display (you can find the space character between “] ”
and adjust the recording level, if necessary.
and “A”).
4 Start recording on the recording deck, then start
If you’ve made a mistake
playback on the playback component.
Press or repeatedly until the character to be
changed flashes, then turn the jog dial to select the Notes
right character. • You cannot record a digital audio signal using a component
connected to the analog MD/TAPE REC OUT jacks.
5 Press ENTER. • Sound adjustments do not affect the signal output from the
MD/TAPE REC OUT jacks.
To assign index names to other stations
Repeat Steps 2 to 5.

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Using the Sleep Timer

Recording on a video tape You can set the receiver to turn off automatically at a
specified time.
You can record from a TV, or an LD player using the
receiver. You can also add audio from a variety of audio Press SLEEP on the remote while the power is on.
sources when editing a video tape. See your LD player’s Each time you press SLEEP, the time changes as shown
instruction manual if you need help. below.
n 2:00:00 n 1:30:00n 1:00:00 n 0:30:00 n OFF
1 Select the program source to be recorded.

2 Prepare the component for playing. The display dims after you have specified the time.
For example, insert the laser disc you want to record
into the LD player. z You can freely specify the time
First, press SLEEP on the remote, then specify the time you want
3 Insert a blank video tape into the VCR for using the jog dial on the receiver. The sleep time changes in 1
recording. minute intervals. You can specify up to 5 hours.

z You can check the time remaining before the receiver turns
4 Start recording on the recording VCR, then start
off
playing the laser disc you want to record. Press SLEEP on the remote. The remaining time appears in the
display.
z You can record the sound from any audio source onto a
video tape while recording from a laser disc
Locate the point where you want to start recording from another
audio source, select the program source, then start playback. The
audio from that source will be recorded onto the audio track of
the video tape instead of the audio from the original medium.

Other Operations
To resume audio recording from the original medium, select the
video source again.

Note
Please be sure to make both digital and analog connections to the
DVD/LD inputs. Analog recording is not possible if you only
make digital connections.

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Adjustment Using the SET
UP Button

The SET UP button allows you to make the following


adjustments.

Selecting the 5.1CH video input


This parameter lets you specify the video input to be used
with the audio signals from the 5.1CH INPUT jack. The
5.1 CH video input is set to DVD/LD by default.

1 Press SET UP.

2 Press the cursor buttons ( or ) to select


“5.1 V. IN”.

3 Turn the jog dial to select the video input you


want.
Other Operations

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Additional Troubleshooting

Information If you experience any of the following difficulties while


using the receiver, use this troubleshooting guide to help
you remedy the problem. Also, see “Checking the
connections” on page 20 to verify that the connections are
correct. Should any problem persist, consult your nearest
Sony dealer.

There’s no sound or only a very low-level sound


is heard.
, Check that the speakers and components are
connected securely.
, Make sure that you’ve selected the correct
component on the receiver.
, Make sure that you’ve set the SPEAKERS selector
correctly (see page 23). (STR-DE545 and STR-SE501
only)
, Press MUTING on the remote if the MUTING
indicator is lit.
, The protective device on the receiver has been
activated because of a short circuit. Turn off the
receiver, eliminate the short-circuit problem and
turn on the power again.

The left and right sounds are unbalanced or


reversed.
, Check that the speakers and components are
connected correctly and securely.
, Adjust front balance parameter in the LEVEL
menu.

Additional Information
Severe hum or noise is heard.
, Check that the speakers and components are
connected securely.
, Check that the connecting cords are away from a
transformer or motor, and at least 10 feet (3 meters)
away from a TV set or fluorescent light.
, Move your TV away from the audio components.
, The plugs and jacks are dirty. Wipe them with a
cloth slightly moistened with alcohol.

No sound is heard from the center speaker.


, Make sure the sound field function is on (press
SOUND FIELD – MODE).
, Select a sound field containing the word “cinema”
or “virtual” (see pages 28 – 30).
, Adjust the speaker volume (see page 19).
, Make sure the center speaker size parameter is set
to either SMALL or LARGE (see page 17).

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Troubleshooting

No sound or only a very low-level sound is heard The surround effect cannot be obtained.
from the rear speakers. , Make sure the sound field function is on (press
, Make sure the sound field function is on (press SOUND FIELD – MODE).
SOUND FIELD – MODE). , Make sure that the SPEAKERS selector is set to A
, Select a sound field containing the word “cinema” or B (not A+B) if you connected two sets of front
or “virtual” (see pages 28–30). speakers (STR-DE545 and STR-SE501 only).
, Adjust the speaker volume (see page 19).
, Make sure the rear speaker size parameter is set to “PCM--kHz” appears on the display.
either SMALL or LARGE (see page 17). , The sampling frequency is more than 48 kHz.
Change the DVD setting to 48 kHz.
No sound is heard from the sub woofer.
, Make sure the sub woofer is set to ON (see page Nothing appears on the display.
18). , When the display turns off immediately after the
receiver is turned on, press DIMMER to change the
Recording cannot be done. display mode.
, Check that the components are connected correctly.
, Select the source component with a FUNCTION No picture or an unclear picture appears on the
button. TV screen or monitor.
, When recording from a digital component, make , Select the appropriate function on the receiver.
sure the input mode is set to ANALOG (see page , Set your TV to the appropriate input mode.
23) before recording with a component connected , Move your TV away from the audio components.
to the analog MD/TAPE terminals.
The remote does not function.
Radio stations cannot be tuned in. , Point the remote at the remote sensor g on the
, Check that the antennas are connected securely. receiver.
Adjust the antennas and connect an external , Remove any obstacles in the path between the
antenna if necessary. remote and the receiver.
, The signal strength of the stations is too weak , Replace both batteries in the remote with new
(when tuning in with automatic tuning). Use direct ones, if they are weak.
tuning. , Make sure you select the correct function on the
Additional Information

, Make sure you set the tuning interval correctly remote.


(when tuning in AM stations with direct tuning) , If the remote is set to operate the TV only, use the
(see pages 39 and 48). remote to select a source or component other than
, No stations have been preset or the preset stations TV before operating the receiver or other
have been cleared (when tuning by scanning preset component.
stations). Preset the stations (see page 40).
, Press DISPLAY so that the frequency appears in
the display. Reference sections for clearing the
receiver’s memory

To clear See
All memorized settings page 15

Customized sound fields page 35

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Specifications

AUDIO POWER Frequency response Outputs MD/TAPE, (REC OUT);


SPECIFICATIONS CD, MD/TAPE, DVD/ VIDEO (AUDIO
LD, TV/SAT, OUT):
POWER OUTPUT AND VIDEO, AUX: Voltage: 250 mV,
TOTAL HARMONIC 10 Hz - 50 kHz +0.5/ Impedance: 10
DISTORTION: –2 dB (with sound kilohms
With 8 ohm loads, both field, tone, and bass SUB WOOFER:
boost bypassed) Voltage: 2 V
channels driven, from 20 -
Impedance: 1
20,000 Hz; rated 100a) Inputs (Analog) kilohms
watts per channel 5.1 CH INPUT, CD, PHONES:
minimum RMS power, DVD/LD, MD/ Accepts low- and
with no more than 0.09% TAPE, TV/SAT, high-impedance
total harmonic distortion VIDEO, AUX: headphones
Sensitivity: 250 mV
from 250 milliwatts to
Impedance: 50 BASS BOOST +6 dB at 70 Hz
rated output (USA model kilohms
only). S/Nb): 96 dB (A, 250 TONE ±6 dB at 100 Hz and
STR-DE445: mVc)) 10 kHz
a) 80 watts
b) Input short. Sampling Frequency
c) Weighted network, input level. 48 kHz
Amplifier section
Inputs (Digital)
Rated Power Output at Stereo mode
DVD/LD (coaxial):
(8 ohms 20 Hz - 20 kHz,
Sensitivity: –
THD 0.09%)
Impedance: 75 ohms
STR-DE545/SE501
S/N: 100 dB (A, 20
100 W + 100 W
kHz LPF)
DVD/LD, TV/SAT*
STR-DE445:

Additional Information
(Optical):
80 W + 80 W
Sensitivity: –
Impedance: –
Reference Power Output
S/N: 100 dB (A, 20
(8 ohms at 1 kHz, THD
kHz LPF)
0.7%)
STR-DE545/SE501: *) STR-DE545 and STR-SE501 only.
Front: 100 W + 100 W
Center: 100 W
Rear: 100 W + 100 W

STR-DE445:
Front: 80 W + 80 W
Center: 80 W
Rear: 80 W + 80 W

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Specifications

FM tuner section AM tuner section General


Tuning range 87.5 - 108.0 MHz Tuning range With 10-kHz tuning System Tuner section:
scale: PLL quartz-locked
Antenna terminals 530 - 1710 kHzd) digital synthesizer
75 ohms, unbalanced With 9-kHz tuning system
scale: Preamplifier section:
Sensitivity Mono: 18.3 dBf, 531 - 1710 kHzd) Low-noise NF type
2.2 µV/75 ohms equalizer
Stereo: 38.3 dBf Antenna Loop antenna Power amplifier
22.5 µV/75 ohms section:
Usable sensitivity Pure-complementary
Usable sensitivity 50 dB/m (at 1,000 kHz SEPP
11.2 dBf, 1 µV/75 ohms or 999 kHz)
Power requirements
S/N Mono: 76 dB S/N 54 dB (at 50 mV/m) 120 V AC, 60 Hz
Stereo: 70 dB
Harmonic distortion Power consumption
Harmonic distortion at 1 kHz 0.5 % (50 mV/m, 400 STR-DE545/SE501:
Mono: 0.3% kHz) 190 W
Stereo: 0.5% STR-DE445: 185 W
Selectivity At 9 kHz: 35 dB
Separation 45 dB at 1 kHz At 10 kHz: 40 dB AC outlets (STR-DE545 and STR-SE501
only) 1 switched, total
Frequency response d) You can change the AM tuning interval to 9 120 W/1A Max
30 Hz - 15 kHz +0.5/–2 kHz. After tuning in any AM station, turn
dB off the receiver. Hold down the TUNING + Dimensions 430 × 303 × 157 mm
button and press the ?/1 button. All preset
(17 × 12 × 61/4 in.)
stations will be erased when you change the
Selectivity 60 dB at 400 kHz including projecting
tuning interval. To reset the scale to 10 kHz,
repeat the procedure.
parts and controls
Additional Information

Mass (Approx.)
Video section STR-DE545: 7.9 kg
(17 lbs. 7 oz.)
Inputs Video: 1 Vp-p 75 ohms
STR-DE445: 7.7 kg
S-video*:
(16 lbs. 16 oz.)
Y: 1 Vp-p 75 ohms
STR-SE501: 8.2 kg
C: 0.286 Vp-p 75 ohms
(18 lbs. 2 oz.)
Outputs Video: 1 Vp-p 75 ohms
Supplied accessories
S-video*:
See page 4.
Y: 1 Vp-p 75 ohms
C: 0.286 Vp-p 75 ohms
Design and specifications are subject
to change without notice.
* STR-DE545 and STR-SE501 only.

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Glossary

Surround sound Dolby Digital (AC-3)


Sound that consists of three elements: This sound format for movie theaters
direct sound, early reflected sound is more advanced than Dolby Pro
(early reflections) and reverberative Logic Surround. In this format, the
sound (reverberation). The acoustics rear speakers output stereo sound
of the surrounding space affect the with an expanded frequency range
way these three sound elements are and a sub woofer channel for deep
heard. Surround sound combines bass is independently provided. This
these sound elements in such a way format is also called “5.1” because the
that you actually can sense the size of sub woofer channel is counted as 0.1
the venue, as well as its type. channel (since it functions only when
a deep bass effect is needed). All six
• Types of sound channels in this format are recorded
Reverberation separately to realize superior channel
Early reflections
separation. Furthermore, since all the
signals are processed digitally, less
signal degradation occurs. The name
“AC-3” comes from the fact that it is
Direct sound
the third audio coding method to be
developed by the Dolby Laboratories
Licensing Corporation.
• Transition of sound from rear speakers

Direct sound
Digital Cinema Sound
This is the generic name of the
surround sound produced by digital
Level
Early signal processing technology
reflections Reverberation
developed by Sony. Unlike previous
surround sound fields mainly
directed at the reproduction of music,
Digital Cinema Sound is designed

Additional Information
specifically for the enjoyment of
Time
movies.
Early reflection time

Dolby Pro Logic Surround


As one method of decoding Dolby
Surround, Dolby Pro Logic Surround
produces four channels from two-
channel sound. Compared with the
former Dolby Surround system,
Dolby Pro Logic Surround reproduces
left-to-right panning more naturally
and localizes sounds more precisely.
To take full advantage of Dolby Pro
Logic Surround, you should have one
pair of rear speakers and a center
speaker. The rear speakers output
monaural sound.

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Settings Using SUR, LEVEL, BASS/TREBLE, and SET UP
buttons

You can make various settings using the LEVEL, SUR, BASS/TREBLE, SET UP buttons, cursor buttons and jog dial. The
table below shows each of the settings that these buttons can make.

Press and light Press or to select Turn jog dial to select See page

SUR button EFFECT LEVEL depends on sound mode (in 16 steps) 33

WALL TYPE between –8 to +8 (in 1 increment steps)

REVERBERATION TIME –8 to +8 (in 1 increment steps)

LEVEL button FRONT BALANCE between –8 to +8 (in 1 increment steps) 34

REAR BALANCE between –8 to +8 (in 1 increment steps)

REAR LEVEL between –10 dB to +6 dB (in 1 dB steps)

CENTER LEVEL between –10 dB to +6 dB (in 1 dB steps)

SUB WOOFER LEVEL between –10 dB to +6 dB (in 1 dB steps)

LFE MIX LEVEL OFF, or –20 dB to 0 dB (in 1 dB steps)

dts LFE MIX LEVEL OFF, or –20 dB to +10 dB (in 1 dB steps)

DYNAMIC RANGE COMP OFF, 0.1 to 0.9 (in 0.1 dB steps), STD, or MAX

BASS/TREBLE button BASS between –6 dB to +6 dB (2 dB step) 35

TREBLE between –6 dB to +6 dB (2 dB step)

*SET UP L R (FRONT) LARGE or SMALL 16


C (CENTER) LARGE, SMALL, or NO

LS RS (REAR) LARGE, SMALL, or NO


Additional Information

REAR PL. PL. SIDE or PL. BEHD.

REAR HGT. HGT. LOW or HGT. HIGH

SUB WOOFER S.W. YES or S.W. NO

L R (FRONT) XX.X FEET between 3 feet (1.0 meters) and 40 feet (12.0
meters) (in 1 foot (0.1 meter) steps)
C (CENTER) XX.X FEET between FRONT and 5 feet (1.5 meters) (in 1 foot
(0.1 meter) steps)
LS RS (REAR) XX.X FEET between FRONT and 15 feet (4.5 meters) (in 1
foot (0.1 meter) steps)

5.1 V.IN [XXX] V-TV/SAT, V-DVD/LD, V-VIDEO 44

* When you press the SET UP button, you can select NORM. SP (for normal speakers) or MICRO SP (for Micro Satellite speakers).
(page 16)

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Remote Button Description (STR-DE445 only)

You can use the remote to operate the components in your system. The tables below show the settings of each button.

Remote Button Operations Function Remote Button Operations Function


SLEEP Receiver Activates the sleep SHIFT Receiver Press repeatedly to select
function and the a memory page for
duration which the presetting radio stations
receiver turns off or tuning to preset
automatically. stations.
AV ?/1 TV/VCR/ Turns the audio and -/-- TV Selects the channel
CD player/ video components on or entry mode, either
DVD player/ off. one or two digit.
MD deck/
VCD player/ D.TUNING Receiver Tuner station direct key-
LD player/ in mode.
DAT deck ./> CD player/ Skips tracks.
?/1 Receiver Turns the receiver on or MD deck/
off. DVD player/
LD player/
VIDEO Receiver To watch video tapes. VCD player/
Tape deck/VCR/
DVD/LD Receiver To watch DVD or laser DAT deck
disc.
m/M CD player/ Searches tracks
TV/SAT Receiver To watch TV programs or DVD player/ (forward or backward).
satellite receiver. VCD player
MD/TAPE Receiver To listen Minidisc MD deck/ Fastforwards or rewinds.
or audio tape. Tape deck/VCR/
CD Receiver To listen to compact disc. LD player/
DAT deck
TUNER Receiver To listen to radio
programs. n Tape deck Starts play on the
reverse side.
AUX Receiver To listen to an audio
equipment. N CD player/ Starts play.
MD deck/Tape
5.1CH Receiver To watch DVD player or deck/VCR/

Additional Information
Dolby Digital. DVD player/
VCD player/
0-9 Receiver Use with “SHIFT” button
LD player/
to select tuner preset
DAT deck
station numeric input
during DIRECT X CD player/ Pauses play or record.
TUNING or MEMORY MD deck/Tape (Also starts recording
mode. deck/VCR/ with components in
DVD player/ record standby.)
CD player/ Selects track numbers.
VCD player/
MD deck/ 0 selects track 10.
LD player/
VCD player/
DAT deck
LD player/
DAT deck x CD player/ Stops play.
MD deck/Tape
TV/VCR/SAT Selects channel numbers.
deck/VCR/
>10 CD player/ Selects tracks numbers DVD player/
MD deck/ over 10. VCD player/
Tape deck/ LD player/
LD player/ DAT deck
VCD player
POSITION* TV Changes the position of
ENTER TV/VCR/SAT/ After selectig a channel, the small picture.
Tape deck/ disc or track using the
SWAP* TV Swaps the small and the
LD player/ numeric buttons, press
large picture.
VCD player/ to enter the value.
MD deck/ DISC CD player Select discs (Mega
DAT deck storage CD player only).
* Only for Sony TVs with the picture-in-picture function.

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Remote Button Description (STR-DE445 only)

Remote Button Operations Function Remote Button Operations Function


SUB CH +/–* TV Selects preset channels RETURN DVD Returns to the previous
for the small picture. menu or exits the menu.
CH PRESET Receiver Scans and selects preset TITLE DVD Displays DVD title.
+/– stations.
* Only for Sony TVs with the picture-in-picture function.
TV/VCR/SAT Selects preset channels.
DISPLAY TV/VCR/ Selects information Note
LD player/ displayed on the TV Some Sony equipments cannot be controlled by this remote as
DVD player/ screen. shown in the table above.
VCD player
P IN P* TV Activates the picture-in-
picture function. Changing the factory setting of a function
JUMP TV Toggles between the button
previous and the current If the factory settings of the FUNCTION buttons don’t
channels.
match your system components, you can change them.
WIDE TV Selects the wide picture For example, if you have two CD players and you don’t
mode.
have a tape deck or an MD recorder, you can assign the
D. SKIP CD player Skips discs (CD player MD/TAPE button to your second CD player.
with multi-disc changer
only).
Note that the settings of the TUNER button cannot be
ANT TV/VTR VCR Selects output signal changed.
from the aerial terminal:
TV signal or VCR
program. AV ?/1
AV
SLEEP ?/1 ?/1

TV/VIDEO TV/VCR Selects input signal: TV SYSTEM


?/1
input or video input. STANDBY
AUX 5.1CH
VIDEO DVD/LD TV/SAT
A. F. D. Receiver Auto Format Decoding. Function buttons
MD/TAPE CD TUNER
2CH/OFF Receiver Turns off sound field.
MENU F
1 2 3
MODE Receiver Selects sound field mode.
Additional Information

G ENTER g
4 5 6 Numeric buttons
EQ/TONE Receiver Turns the tone effect on
TITLE f
or off. 7 8 9
SHIFT RETURN
BASS BOOST Receiver Reinforces bass in front >10 >10
– /– –
0 ENTER
D.TUNING
ENTER
speakers. =
POSITION SWAP DISC
= +
CH/
MUTING Receiver Mutes the sound from – SUB CH + PRESET
0 )
the receiver. ANT
DISPLAY P IN P TV/VTR
9 ( D.SKIP
TEST TONE Receiver Press to output test tone. TV/
JUMP WIDE VIDEO
P p
CURSOR MODE Receiver Press this button SOUND FIELD
A.F.D. 2CH/OFF MODE
repeatedly to select one
of the three cursor EQ/TONE
BASS
BOOST MUTING

modes: LEVEL,
TEST CURSOR MASTER
SURROUND and BASS/ TONE MODE VOL

TREBLE. MENU

MASTER VOL Receiver Adjusts the master


MASTER VOL –
+/– volume of the receiver.
MENU </> Receiver Selects a menu item.
MENU +/– Receiver Makes adjustment or
change the setting.
MENU DVD Displays DVD menu.
F/f/G/g DVD Selects a menu item.
ENTER DVD Enters the selection.

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1 Hold down the Function button whose function you
want to change (for example, MD/TAPE).

2 Press the corresponding button of the component


you want to assign to the Function button (for
example, 1 - CD player).

The following buttons are assigned to select the functions:

To operate Press
CD player 1

DAT deck 2

MD deck 3

Tape deck A 4

Tape deck B 5

LD player 6

VCR (remote control mode VTR 1*) 7

VCR (remote control mode VTR 2*) 8

VCR (remote control mode VTR 3*) 9

TV 0

DSS (Digital Satellite Receiver) >10

DVD ENTER

VCD player .

* Sony VCRs are operated with a VTR 1, 2 or 3 setting.


These correspond to Beta, 8mm and VHS respectively.

Additional Information
Now you can use the MD/TAPE button to control a
second CD player.

To change the AUX function to another function


Hold down SLEEP and press the corresponding button of the
component you want to assign it to.

To change the 5.1 CH function to another function


Hold down AV ?/1 and press the corresponding button of the
component you want to assign it to.

To reset a button to its factory setting


Repeat the above procedure.

To reset all the function buttons to their factory setting


Press ?/1, AV ?/1 and MASTER VOL – at the same time.

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Index

A I, J, K Speakers
AC-3. See Dolby Digital (AC-3) Indexing. See Naming adjusting speaker volume 19
Adjusting connection 13
brightness of the display 24 L, M front speakers (A/B) 23
speaker volumes 19 Labeling. See Naming impedance 14
surround parameters 34 placement 16
Automatic tuning 39 N, O Supplied accessories 4
Surround sound 16–20, 27–36,
Naming
B preset stations 42
49
Basic receiver operations program sources 42
22–26 T
Batteries 4 P, Q Test tone 19
Troubleshooting 45
Parameter 34, 36
C Preset stations
Tuning
Changing automatically 39
how to preset 40
display 24 directly 39
how to tune 40
effect level 33 preset stations 40
Preset tuning 40
Checking the connections 20
Clearing receiver’s memory 15 R U, V, W, X, Y, Z
Connecting. See Hookups Unpacking 4
Receiving broadcasts
CONTROL A1 10, 11 automatically 39
Customizing sound fields 33 directly 39
preset stations 40
D Recording
Demonstration mode 3 on an audio tape or MD 42
Digital Cinema Sound 49 on a video tape 43
Direct tuning 39
Dolby Digital (AC-3) 49 S
Dolby Pro Logic Surround 49 Scanning
Dubbing. See Recording preset stations. See Preset
tuning
E, F, G radio stations. See Automatic
Editing. See Recording tuning
Effect level 33 Selecting
component 22
H front speaker system 23
Hookups sound field 28
5.1CH Input 9 Sleep timer 43
AC power cord 11 Sound field
antennas 5 adjustable parameters 34
audio components 6 customizing 33
digital components 8 pre-programmed 28–30
CONTROL A1 11 resetting 35
speaker system 13 selecting 28
video components 7

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