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post #1291 of 1320 Old 12-20-2014, 09:39 AM
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Will not power on

For 2 days when I turned my VSX-30 on the display said power on but would not respond or output video or audio. I unplugged it for a minute and plugged it back in and it worked.

Today same thing happened, but this time when I plugged it back in I heard the click inside the machine indicating it's plugged in but the unit will not power on at all.

Anyone know what the issue might be?

I unplugged all speaker wires and HDMI and unplugged power and plugged it back in and its working even after reconnecting all speaker wires and HDMI. I probably will not turn it off again. lol

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For 2 days when I turned my VSX-30 on the display said power on but would not respond or output video or audio. I unplugged it for a minute and plugged it back in and it worked.

Today same thing happened, but this time when I plugged it back in I heard the click inside the machine indicating it's plugged in but the unit will not power on at all.

Anyone know what the issue might be?

I unplugged all speaker wires and HDMI and unplugged power and plugged it back in and its working even after reconnecting all speaker wires and HDMI. I probably will not turn it off again. lol
Turn off HDMI Control. Then, with the receiver turned off, perform the factory reset procedure (see the manual for further details). Then once the reset procedure is done, you'll have to make all your custom settings again, such as MCACC, speaker settings, system settings, etc. Good luck.
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Can the VSX-32 display the volume/input on the screen?
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Can the VSX-32 display the volume/input on the screen?
When using a ARC capable HDTV and the appropriate HDMI connection, you should see the volume change onscreen. At least it works on my Panny plasma.
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When using a ARC capable HDTV and the appropriate HDMI connection, you should see the volume change onscreen. At least it works on my Panny plasma.

I have the VSX 33, is there a setting that you have to turn on in the receiver to get the volume on the screen?


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I have the VSX 33, is there a setting that you have to turn on in the receiver to get the volume on the screen?


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I don't think these receivers can do that. On my SC1522K I never touched anything. It's not TV brand specific either. I've had the VSX-32 and SC1522K connected to 2 or 3 different brands of TVs. The VSX-32 never shows volume/input name and the SC1522K always shows it.
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Balance Control

I have what would seem to me to be a simple question yet surprisingly I have not been able to find the answer on the manual.
I use the receiver not only for the surround sound but also to listen to CD's in stereo. How do I adjust the stereo balance? For example, if I want to turn the left or right channel higher when listening to music in stereo. I don't see a a balance control. I know I can go through the surround control and go through each channel separately, left, right, center, rear left, rear right, etc. But is there a way to simply adjust the left/right balance when listening to music in stereo? Seems so simple but I can't figure it out.
Thanks in advance for any assistance.
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My VSX-32 will default to TV/SAT after about 8 seconds when watching TV.

Comcast Cable box plugged into HDMI1, HDMI out plugged into VIZIO M70-C3.

I read a few posts about turning off the KURO LINK, but I don't see that as an option on the VSX-32.

Any suggestions?

Thanks all.
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My VSX-32 will default to TV/SAT after about 8 seconds when watching TV.

Comcast Cable box plugged into HDMI1, HDMI out plugged into VIZIO M70-C3.

I read a few posts about turning off the KURO LINK, but I don't see that as an option on the VSX-32.

Any suggestions?

Thanks all.
I think it may be under HDMI setup: Control

I hadn't been able to get pass thru with anything till I set that to ON, so maybe turning that OFF will help.
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I think it may be under HDMI setup: Control

I hadn't been able to get pass thru with anything till I set that to ON, so maybe turning that OFF will help.
Thanks for the suggestion. I tried turning the HDMI control to OFF, the difference now is that the Comcast remote doesn't turn on/off my receiver as it did in the past.
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All,

I've been loving the VSX 32 from the beginning and now have an opportunity for front wides. Sorry if this is straight forward but I don't see the format this receiver uses to "processes" front wides i.e. Auro, neo x, pl2z (unsuccessful search). Also, anyone with experience regarding the 32 with wides? Thanks in advance for any input, it is always greatly appreciated.
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According to Pioneers website it uses Dolby ProLogic IIz. You might have to set the speakers from SB to Width in the Speaker menu before the Height/Width option becomes available. But my avrs are pre Height/Width so I can't say for sure.
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According to Pioneers website it uses Dolby ProLogic IIz. You might have to set the speakers from SB to Width in the Speaker menu before the Height/Width option becomes available. But my avrs are pre Height/Width so I can't say for sure.
Thanks Gene, I misspoke in my original post. Isn't pl2z for height only? The dolby website doesn't say anything about wide chanels with Z, only height. http://www.dolby.com/us/en/technolog...logic-iiz.html
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Thanks Gene, I misspoke in my original post. Isn't pl2z for height only? The dolby website doesn't say anything about wide chanels with Z, only height. http://www.dolby.com/us/en/technolog...logic-iiz.html
I think you're right. Only Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X support Width channels. On page 52 of the manual it clearly says...

"Pro Logic IIz HEIGHT – Up to 7.1 channel sound (front height)".

The it says...

WIDE SURROUND MOVIE – Up to 7.1 channel sound
(front wide), especially suited to movie sources

• WIDE SURROUND MUSIC – Up to 7.1 channel sound
(front wide), especially suited to music sources

Maybe Pioneer is using it's own algorithms or tapping into Dolbys like they do with the fake surround modes (Hall, Church, etc).
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I think you're right. Only Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X support Width channels. On page 52 of the manual it clearly says...

"Pro Logic IIz HEIGHT – Up to 7.1 channel sound (front height)".

The it says...

WIDE SURROUND MOVIE – Up to 7.1 channel sound
(front wide), especially suited to movie sources

• WIDE SURROUND MUSIC – Up to 7.1 channel sound
(front wide), especially suited to music sources

Maybe Pioneer is using it's own algorithms or tapping into Dolbys like they do with the fake surround modes (Hall, Church, etc).
Further it says:

"With two channel sources, you can select from: WIDE SURROUND MOVIE – Up to 7.1 channel sound
(front wide), especially suited to movie sources"

Two channel?? And consider how dreadful those fake surround modes can be.

I'm building a dedicated HT and don't think I'll be adding wide channels based on this ambiguity. The rooms not sized or shaped to support SBL/SBR and without experience don't want to spend money on height channels (not the best reviews).

Thanks for taking the time to interpret Gene.
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My VSX-32 is creating a "popping" sound when its getting hot. Has anyone else experienced this and what can I do to fix it? any ideas or solutions would be great. after about 2 hours its start to bug out. since this is my first post I can't put insert links.
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My VSX-32 is creating a "popping" sound when its getting hot. Has anyone else experienced this and what can I do to fix it? any ideas or solutions would be great. after about 2 hours its start to bug out. since this is my first post I can't put insert links.
how can i tell if my receiver is actually overheating and causing my problems?
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Got this VSX-32 a while ago, connected to my PC with HDMI, Kodi user. I have some 5.1 AAC files and they always seem to downsample to stereo instead of 5.1. Using a flashlight, I examined the front display, and on the left at the top it says "Digital Plus AAC". Anyone know if there is some kind of option to turn this on?
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how can i tell if my receiver is actually overheating and causing my problems?

Does it get hot? Does it give you any problems?


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I currently own a Pioneer Elite VSx33 elite receiver. I have a directv genie hr44, PS3, Roku 3 and a sharp aquos LC-52E77UN. I had everything connected to my receiver with one output to my TV. Lately I have been having an issue usually after my receiver has been on for awhile and switching inputs, the screen usually flickers green/purple, sometimes black, and today I actually saw an HDCP error. This is what I suspected as it started when directv upgraded my receiver and I have read other posts that this is a known handshake issue.

I tried directly connecting the genie to my TV which seemed to work for awhile, but it is still happening, again usually after the receiver has been on for awhile and I switch inputs. Occasionally, the receiver stops responding to the remote and the only work around is a hard power off.

I am willing to try connecting everything to my TV and only have one input to my receiver from TV to troubleshoot but I would like to know if anyone else has had this issue and what their fix was?

I have also read trying to put in a hdmi switch/splitter with HDCP stripping however I tried this and it did not seem to work (and was also inconvenient as I lost HDMI power options when turning on my TV my receiver would not turn on).

Is this a hand shake issue because of the genie hr44? And can it be causing that flickering in my other inputs (Roku, ps3) even though its no longer directly connected to my receiver?

Will connecting everything to tv fix it (and may be adding splitter inline)?

finally, is my av receiver the issue here? Thanks for any input.
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I currently own a Pioneer Elite VSx33 elite receiver. I have a directv genie hr44, PS3, Roku 3 and a sharp aquos LC-52E77UN. I had everything connected to my receiver with one output to my TV. Lately I have been having an issue usually after my receiver has been on for awhile and switching inputs, the screen usually flickers green/purple, sometimes black, and today I actually saw an HDCP error. This is what I suspected as it started when directv upgraded my receiver and I have read other posts that this is a known handshake issue.

I tried directly connecting the genie to my TV which seemed to work for awhile, but it is still happening, again usually after the receiver has been on for awhile and I switch inputs. Occasionally, the receiver stops responding to the remote and the only work around is a hard power off.

I am willing to try connecting everything to my TV and only have one input to my receiver from TV to troubleshoot but I would like to know if anyone else has had this issue and what their fix was?

I have also read trying to put in a hdmi switch/splitter with HDCP stripping however I tried this and it did not seem to work (and was also inconvenient as I lost HDMI power options when turning on my TV my receiver would not turn on).

Is this a hand shake issue because of the genie hr44? And can it be causing that flickering in my other inputs (Roku, ps3) even though its no longer directly connected to my receiver?

Will connecting everything to tv fix it (and may be adding splitter inline)?

finally, is my av receiver the issue here? Thanks for any input.
Called Pioneer today and they told me it is likely a bad HDMI board that needs to be replaced. He had me do a master reset but it did not fix the problem. Anyone else have this issue and replace their HDMI board? How much did it cost you and did it fix the problem? Thanks
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Hey Fellas,

I'm an old pioneer elite guy, and I just picked up a used VSX-33 (on ebay for $208) to replace my VSX-23txh. I'm excited! Anybody have any pictures of the avr setup in their system?

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Did you run MCACC correctly?

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Quote:Originally Posted by shiarua

That's unfortunate. The VSX-33 does 9.1 with regular 7.1 plus front height or front wide.

Zone 2 limits you to 5.1 I believe. I have mine set up as 7.1 with Speaker B running to my computer speakers (pre-outs).


I just returned my 33 after comming from an onkyo 5008 I felt the amp was a bit light even setting all speakers to 80 with two 18 inch subs. I am either going for a good deal on the 35 with the Ice amps or a yammy 2000 or 3000. I am posting to state as far as I could tell you could not do heights or wides with the backs running had to be backs or H/w. Please correct me if I am wrong.
I did like the Elite for its Macc set up easier to use over audessey and I thought the plusses were it tremendous detail. Just after runnign mac in a week for 5 or 6 times seemed very week on power. It could be just in my head. Also the macc levels were always higher than should be so I lowered them with my radio shack meter. .

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Using Pioneer VSX-33 with projector?

Hello everyone,

I am on the prowl for a receiver that I can use for the following setup:

1) Projector with HDMI input + no audio output
2) Sound bar with Digital Optical (Toslink) input

So I need a receiver that can accept HDMI input, and then output the video through HDMI (to my projector) while outputting the audio through Digital Optical (Soundbar).
I found a used VSX-33 locally on craigslist for a good price, and I see that it has an optical audio output (which is apparently rare), but can't figure out if it can do what I need it to do. Read through the manual and this thread and unfortunately my scenario was not listed.

Does anyone with this projector happen to have experience with a setup similar to mine?

Thank you,
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scratching head--- anyone have any ideas?

I have a vsx-33... i run my cable box and computer into the reliever via hdmi for sound-- and out of the receiver via hdmi to the tv for video... So far so good..

problem= I want to use a headset -- so i can watch tv at night and not have the mrs want to kill me in the morning.. If i plug the cable box or computer right into the tv-- the rca audio out ports work, and the headset works just fine plugged right into the back of the tv... If i go through the vsx33 with cable and htpc via hdmi and then out via hdmi to the tv-- i get video on the tv and sound through the receiver-- but i get no audio out though the tv-- so the headset doesnt work....

Is there a way to have the receiver play the audio through the speakers-- but also pass the audio signal through the hdmi to the tv-- so i can turn the speakers down and use the headset also?

Or is there a master audio on the receiver that i can plug either a 3.5 or rca's into and whatever input is being used--- it would send the audio to the headset too?


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Is there a way to have the receiver play the audio through the speakers-- but also pass the audio signal through the hdmi to the tv-- so i can turn the speakers down and use the headset also?
Hi hoopa, this receiver will only play audio through speakers or TV speaker (not both). To pass audio audio to TV speaker you need to set HDMI Audio from "Amp" to "Through" in the audio parameter menu.
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scratching head--- anyone have any ideas?

I have a vsx-33... i run my cable box and computer into the reliever via hdmi for sound-- and out of the receiver via hdmi to the tv for video... So far so good..

problem= I want to use a headset -- so i can watch tv at night and not have the mrs want to kill me in the morning.. If i plug the cable box or computer right into the tv-- the rca audio out ports work, and the headset works just fine plugged right into the back of the tv... If i go through the vsx33 with cable and htpc via hdmi and then out via hdmi to the tv-- i get video on the tv and sound through the receiver-- but i get no audio out though the tv-- so the headset doesnt work....

Is there a way to have the receiver play the audio through the speakers-- but also pass the audio signal through the hdmi to the tv-- so i can turn the speakers down and use the headset also?

Or is there a master audio on the receiver that i can plug either a 3.5 or rca's into and whatever input is being used--- it would send the audio to the headset too?

I have headphones et up with my system for exactly the reason you are trying to do it. I did the set up five years ago when I got my system so I have probably forgotten some details but here is the outline of what I did.

  1. Leave everything cabled as you normally would using a single HDMI output connected to your TV.
  2. Connect your headphones to Zone 2 audio output of your receiver.
  3. Now it gets a bit messy but you only have to do this once. On all your source devices that you currently have connected as inputs to your receiver, you will need to run a second set of cables to Zone 2 inputs on your receiver. That means two audio cables to connect your sources in addition to your primary connection. For example, if you have a set-top box already connected to your receiver with an HDMI cable, you need to run two audio cables as well but connect them to one of the Zone 2 inputs on your receiver. You need to do this for every source device.
  4. My memory is a bit fuzzy on the next step. I think you need to go into the AVR set-up menu and pair the Zone 2 audio inputs with your primary (i.e., Zone 1) connection.
  5. When you want to use the headphones, mute your sound (i.e., Zone 1 audio) and turn on Zone 2 audio. The video source will continue to be Zone 1 but audio will play through Zone 2 into your headphones.
  6. I have a Harmony remote and I programmed a button to do both of these actions. If you decide you want to watch the show with your wife, all you have to do is hit the mute button again and Zone 1 audio will come back on. Zone 2 will still be playing but if she turns the headphones off nobody will hear it. I think I added an action to each activity to unmute and turn off Zone 2 audio whenever I power down, basically resetting the changes I made so when I start an activity I am set to go.
It's a bit of a hassle to set up but once done you ware good to go.
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Thank jchin and Raddle for your responses.. Will look into zone 2 if i cant figure out a cleaner way of doing the setup raddle.. But nice to know there is alternate ways to skin a cat here..

I noticed a "out" toslink port on the back.. Will that output whatever the receiver is playing? So if im watching the cable box -- with sound going through the speakers-- will the audio also push out the "out" toslink port too? Do i have to turn that port on or is it always on ?

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Hmm, I don't know what that optical output port does. It's worth a try. It would certainly be easier to do than the whole zone 2 routine. You might take a look in the settings menu and see if you have some options to designate that port.
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I got the answer from jchin in another thead i stared (cause i didnt want to take up too much of this thread here).. But thought id come back with directions on how i was able to get both the headset(optical out) and hdmi all to work together...

This is a copy and paste from the other thread-- so if admins dont want a double post-- feel free to delete..

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goal is to be able to use the receiver for speakers and also be able to use a headset--without having to disable one to use the other.. just use one-- turn it down and go to the other is what i was trying to achieve...


In case anyone is coming to this thread trying to achieve the same results... Below is what ended up working (thanks again jchin)

Desired results-- to be able to listen through speakers but also hook up headphones to listen at night-- while just being able to turn down the speakers..
Devices used = DVR/HTPC/Xbox one

1. first thing i did was to hook up all the hdmi cables to the receiver... H=hdmi... So dvr=h1/htpc=h2/xbox=h3.. then hdmi out to the tv hdmi in...
2.hooked up the digital outs(toslink/coaxial) to the receiver.. dvr=coax1/htpc=optical2/xbox=optical1 (no reason for the order just be sure to keep track of what went where.. also i used coax for the dvr cause that is all it offered for 2ndary audio output)
3. toslink (optical cable) out-- to a optical to rca converter-- then out of the convereter i plugged in rca to 3.5mm plug into the headset base

ok so we are now all connected.. Now time to tell the receiver where everything is and what to do with it.

4. on the remote-- press the "receiver" button then press the "home menu"... This will bring you to the receiver gui interface on your tv screen..
5. First thing to do is to make sure hdmi control is turned OFF.. on the gui home page go to "other setup" then to the hdmi setup area... Go down to hdmi control and make sure it says "off".. Now go back to the gui home screen..
6. go to "system setup" then to "input setup"

ok-- almost there.. now you decide the input used-- tv/dvd/dvr etc... So i used DVR=DVR/htpc=tv/xbox=dvd

7. so now that your in the "input setup" area-- move the selector to the right till you get to DVR--then go down and under digital input i selected coax1 and then down one more to select the hdmi input-- so i selected input1.. now go back up to the top and move to the right till you get tv and input for htpc (digital input=opt2 and below hdmi= input 2).. back up-- go to dvd and do the same(digital input=opt1 and hdmi input=input3)..

At this point you should be able to hear music/tv whatever through your speakers.. so far -- so good.. But still nothing through the headset..

8. now you have to select the signal input for the digital inputs(this is what goes to the headset)... press the "receiver" button then go down to "signal sel" button and press that.. Each time you press it -- it will cycle to the next digital input... After pressing it 3x it came to my digital inputs and --bam-- everything started to work..

I can now hear stuff through the speakers... And when the mrs goes to sleep and its time to use the headset-- i just turn the speakers down and turn the headset on and it works ..


This seems so simple--- NOW.. but finding info out from pioneer was a brutal joke... Thank you to jchin and the others that pitched in for their help--without them i would have been stuck..
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