Originally Posted by croikee
I just purchased this receiver. It replaces a Denon 5.1 unit from 2001. That unit had no HDMI inputs, they were not out yet, so you can see the jump in tech I am making. For any individuals with this receiver, any setup suggestions for someone who has not had a new receiver for 12 years? Is the iphone app worth it?
Also, when my receiver was out, it was only Dolby Digital and DTS, like plain DTS. Now I'm seeing DOlby True HD, DTS HD, DTS Neo x etc. Are all of these on blu-ray disks and it just takes a receiver that has those to use them? Are they worth it over Dolby Digital and plain DTS etc? That stuff is all new to me.
I am running some old but solid 5.1 energy speakers, no room for a 7.1 setup yet. If that even matters
try to look through the interactive manual on the CD that comes the receiver. or download the pdf from Pioneer's web site. the interactive actually has connection & wiring help.
iphone app is worth it, not just a novelty. it's convenient but can be a little quirky on connectivity depending on how good your router is. if it loses connection to the receiver, try turning the phone off & back on again, most of the time that restores connection. I have no idea why but it does.
all the new hi-rez audio formats are on the Blu-ray discs and you select the one to use in the disc's menu. you can add post processing, like ProLogic IIx, IIz, NeoX or THX using the receiver's remote, iphone app or a 3rd party universal remote. post processing will add derived rear channels, height's or wides depending on which speaker setup you have & configure in the receiver (9.1, 7.1, 5.1) yes, they are worth it, because they are lossless not lossy like standard Dolby Digital/DTS. many Blu-rays will have std Dolby Digital or DTS as back-up formats but there's no reason to select them with a new modern receiver that can decode TrueHD & DTS-Master Audio.
I'd start using the receiver in Direct mode, to get just what's on the disc (5.1 usually). then start experimenting with Auto Surround and try Optimum Surround, Dolby ProLogic II (you don't have rears, so if you set your speaker configuration to 5.1, then you won't get the option to use IIx, just II, same with DTS Neo), THX and see which ones appeal to you. Each post processing mode has a Movie mode & a Music mode, use accordingly. each one does things a little differently, and you may like one more than another. for example, I don't like the effect of using THX but some do
make sure you do the MCACC room calibration. place mic where you normally sit, but use a tripod or mic stand to place it where your ears are not put the mic in the seat itself. lacking a tripod put it on the seat back but make sure there is nothing blocking the sound from any speaker.
for speaker configuration, look at pg 6 & 19 to see your choices & pick the one you want to use. for 5.1, you can also have a zone 2 in another room or use the extra amps for passive bi-amping, F & G are the 5.1 choices. you could also start thinking about adding rear, height or wide channel speakers
hope this helps get you started thinking...