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post #5671 of 5904
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Originally Posted by bhlonewolf View Post

Yep -- in my case when I turn off the receiver and back on again, it must rehandshake and the problem is resolved.

Part of the problem might be the order of device turn on.

So for example, suppose the kids were playing Wii. Then they turn it off (inputs still set for Wii of course). I walk in, press "Watch TV" which turns DirectV dvr on, my 1018, and the TV, and sets the 1018 input to the DVR.

Occasionally (and that's what makes this frustrating), I'll get a blue "no signal" screen on my Mits DLP. Changing the input doesn't seem to do anything. I can hear the audio on the 1018, so I know the signal is getting that far. When I turn off/on the 1018, something fixes it (re-handshake?) and it's back.

So, I'm not sure what to do. Not as bad as your problem of course ... wish you luck in fixing it..

before taking it to a local pioneer repair shop Im going to test the receiver on a friend's tv. I just dont know what else to do. Since I got the receiver I had couple of handshake issue but nothing like this. Everything else works just fine, but just cant get a video signal at all.
post #5672 of 5904
My thanks to those who volunteered to try this out and see if it works.
The 1018 is a great receiver. Seems Pioneer might of been a little generous in the make of this model.

But since I hooked mine up and wanted to explore the digital signal processing capability of it, this has been met with utter frustration and that it doesn't seem to work.

My Pioneer VSX 1015 did this beautifully.

Now on page 31 of the 1018 manual, you'll see the various DSP choices. My contentions have been all along that either I don't have something set up (probably) or this feature doesn't work in my unit or possibly other units as well.

So any 1018 owners willing to try just selecting one of the DPS' and just noting if they hear a difference, I would appreciate it. At least I'll know if its my unit (me) or a problem with the feature in the 1018 as a whole.

My contact with Pioneer has prompted this;

" Note that if a setting doesn't appear in the Audio
Parameter menu, it is unavailable due to the current
source, settings and status of the receiver.

Switch the radio to FM, set it for STEREO surround mode, and make sure speaker B is not on.
If it still does not come up, you would need to contact the support line.

Thank You,

Pioneer Support Group

and this;

Have you made adjustments within the manual settings? You can increase and decrease the effects. If you need assistance, contact our product support at 1-800-421-1404, they
will try to assist in some of the settings.
Thank You, (this didn't work at all)

They gave a number to call and they said take it to a repair center.
Either something is wrong or not. Let me please hear you.

Dave
post #5673 of 5904
Sorry for this question but I'm not a very tech person. How can I adjust the treble manually on 1018? Thanks for any advice.
post #5674 of 5904
I am looking at the back of my receiver and trying to determine where to hook up an Emotiva XPA3 (3 channel amp). I see where the center pre out will go but I am unsure about the left and right since it is not marked. Any help would be appreciated.
post #5675 of 5904
Please see page 60 of the manual. It has an excellent diagram of the pre-outs
Larry
post #5676 of 5904
Thanks for your help Larry, I just over looked it.
post #5677 of 5904
Hello and Merry Christmas! I'm sure someone has probably touched on this but I can't seem to have the (7) seven channels (L,C,R,RS,LS,BRL & BRR) all light up on my display at the same time. What settings and DVD/Blu-Ray would I have to use to have this light up? I am running (6) six Bose Jewel cubes and a Bose center speaker plus (2) two subwoofers one passive and one powered and I have used the MCACC to set everything up. I have accomplished (6) channels but never (7)...please help, thank you!
post #5678 of 5904
Just purchased a Pioneer VSX-1018AH-K receiver which plays amazingly great through all inputs except for when receiving HDMI input from a blu-ray player. The receiver video output is spectacular, vivid and uninterrupted.

Our problem is that the receiver audio output briefly cuts on and off as the receiver panel display switches between various codes (IE: stereo to DIAL Normal +4 to DOPLII Movie , DOLBY DIGTAL , etc) particularly during the opening previews of a DVD but also periodically during a DVD feature.

Originally had a SONY BDP-S300 hooked to the Pioneer VSX-1018AH-K receiver. Tried switching the input among the three different HDMI inputs, this did not correct the problem. Tried different HDMI cables, this did not correct the problem. Connected the Blu-ray directly to the TV input HDMI and ran an optical digital cable from the TV audio out into the receiver which corrected the problem but obviously does not offer high sound quality.

Wrote to Pioneer tech support with this information and was advised it was the outdated SONY BDP-S300 causing the problem.

Just hooked up an OPPO BDP-83 Blu-ray and still experience the same problem.

Are there any recommended receiver setting(s) we should try? Does this appear to be operator error or a defective receiver?

Appreciate reading the various assistance offered to the array of owner problems and concerns throughout this thread.
post #5679 of 5904
Merry Christmas everyone! I am having a big Christmas dilemma! I have hook the Wii up to the the video component inputs and have assigned to component 1 and renamed it Wii. The picture showes up on the screen, but what about sound?! Where do I put the other two audio connections in order to hear sound along with picture?

I was working on this before I left to go over to family for dinner, and now I am back and I cannot figure this out. I put the other two in the front speak red and white but am not able to control volume that way, plus not coming out of all speakers that way, HELP!
post #5680 of 5904
Just wanted to let you know that even though this is an old thread, it really saved me this Christmas. I could for the life of me figure out how to get the sound as well as video to work. I did a search and found this and it really saved Christmas!
post #5681 of 5904
Does anybody know where you can get your hands on one of these? New or used? Im very interested in picking one up asap.


Thanks,

Tim
post #5682 of 5904
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Originally Posted by skybuzzard View Post

Just purchased a Pioneer VSX-1018AH-K receiver which plays amazingly great through all inputs except for when receiving HDMI input from a blu-ray player. The receiver video output is spectacular, vivid and uninterrupted.

Our problem is that the receiver audio output briefly cuts on and off as the receiver panel display switches between various codes (IE: stereo to DIAL Normal +4 to DOPLII Movie , DOLBY DIGTAL , etc) particularly during the opening previews of a DVD but also periodically during a DVD feature.

Originally had a SONY BDP-S300 hooked to the Pioneer VSX-1018AH-K receiver. Tried switching the input among the three different HDMI inputs, this did not correct the problem. Tried different HDMI cables, this did not correct the problem. Connected the Blu-ray directly to the TV input HDMI and ran an optical digital cable from the TV audio out into the receiver which corrected the problem but obviously does not offer high sound quality.

Wrote to Pioneer tech support with this information and was advised it was the outdated SONY BDP-S300 causing the problem.

Just hooked up an OPPO BDP-83 Blu-ray and still experience the same problem.

Are there any recommended receiver setting(s) we should try? Does this appear to be operator error or a defective receiver?

Appreciate reading the various assistance offered to the array of owner problems and concerns throughout this thread.

If this happens on 2 different players, multiple HDMI ports on the 1018 and w/ different HDMI cable then I would say the receiver is broken. Did you buy it new or open box?
post #5683 of 5904
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Originally Posted by harrytorres View Post

Hello and Merry Christmas! I'm sure someone has probably touched on this but I can't seem to have the (7) seven channels (L,C,R,RS,LS,BRL & BRR) all light up on my display at the same time. What settings and DVD/Blu-Ray would I have to use to have this light up? I am running (6) six Bose Jewel cubes and a Bose center speaker plus (2) two subwoofers one passive and one powered and I have used the MCACC to set everything up. I have accomplished (6) channels but never (7)...please help, thank you!

Only certain blu-rays are 7.1. Do the blu-rays you're playing have a 7.1 soundtrack? You can check the audio setup in the movie and it should say.
post #5684 of 5904
crosbyct, Thanks for your 12-30-09 reply, it was an open box from Amazon but supposedly carries the original warranty.

After two emails & one call to pioneer support depicting this problem, I was told to take the 1018 in to an authorized repair center for warranty service.

As I write this the 1018 is at the service center. The service center called this morning and said their bench test confirmed my complaint, however, they report that Pioneer has told them that the 1018 is functioning properly and that audio drop out is common when using HDMI cables/connections.

I am told that Pioneer immediately recognized the 1018 symptoms being described by the authorized repair center technician. Pioneer promptly indicated that industry wide the topic of HDMI cables and connections has generated a great deal of conversation regarding audio and or video drop out and in turn Pioneer support fields numerous HDMI related complaints.

The repair center technician indicated while this is the first Pioneer to come in, that they have had other brand name receivers and televisions brought in for HDMI related issues.

Supposedly the workaround will be making connections via the 5 component cables. I have asked the service center to verify that the component connections actually resolve the problem before I retrieve my 1018 from them.

Theoretically I understand the argument that HDMI is compressing a large amount of audio and video signal data into relatively small gauge wiring when compared to that of the 5 component cables. With that the potential for errors, flaws and or compatibility issues to cause signal drop out is highly likely. As I am not a technician, I am just parroting what I am being told.

My dismay is with Pioneer for not divulging this potential for HDMI signal dropout information within their owner manual or even to me personally during my emails & phone call.

If this HDMI diagnosis is true, I obviously added to my own dismay for not conducting enough HDMI research to reveal this diagnosis and remedy on my own. While researching the 1018 against other receivers within other forums I do not recall any similar complaints. I am still skimming through the nearly 6000 posts to this particular forum thread, so it is possible the topic is here unbeknownst to me.

What leaves me puzzled is if HDMI cables/connections are so widely prone to audio and or video dropout as I am being told here, why are so many consumers indicating an ever increasing demand for additional HDMI ports on their audio/video equipment?

For those reading this thread please note that I researched the 1018 against other receivers for over a year. I waited too long to purchase and ended up purchasing an open box. Overall I am pleased with the 1018 and if I can work around the HDMI signal drop out issue I will be satisfied to use component cables for all connections. The unit is amazing for the price and it runs very cool compared to others I have seen. I would recommend trying to find a new or used one for yourself.

Within my particular situation I am now looking to sort out fact from fiction. Can't help but think I am getting some jive thrown my way?
post #5685 of 5904
Quote:
Originally Posted by skybuzzard View Post

crosbyct, Thanks for your 12-30-09 reply, it was an open box from Amazon but supposedly carries the original warranty.

After two emails & one call to pioneer support depicting this problem, I was told to take the 1018 in to an authorized repair center for warranty service.

As I write this the 1018 is at the service center. The service center called this morning and said their bench test confirmed my complaint, however, they report that Pioneer has told them that the 1018 is “functioning properly” and that “audio drop out is common when using HDMI cables/connections.”

I am told that Pioneer immediately recognized the 1018 symptoms being described by the authorized repair center technician. Pioneer promptly indicated that industry wide the topic of HDMI cables and connections has generated a great deal of conversation regarding audio and or video “drop out” and in turn Pioneer support fields numerous HDMI related complaints.

The repair center technician indicated while this is the first Pioneer to come in, that they have had other brand name receivers and televisions brought in for HDMI related issues.

Supposedly the workaround will be making connections via the 5 component cables. I have asked the service center to verify that the component connections actually resolve the problem before I retrieve my 1018 from them.

Theoretically I understand the argument that HDMI is compressing a large amount of audio and video signal data into relatively small gauge wiring when compared to that of the 5 component cables. With that the potential for errors, flaws and or compatibility issues to cause “signal drop out” is highly likely. As I am not a technician, I am just parroting what I am being told.

My dismay is with Pioneer for not divulging this “potential for HDMI signal dropout” information within their owner manual or even to me personally during my emails & phone call.

If this HDMI diagnosis is true, I obviously added to my own dismay for not conducting enough HDMI research to reveal this diagnosis and remedy on my own. While researching the 1018 against other receivers within other forums I do not recall any similar complaints. I am still skimming through the nearly 6000 posts to this particular forum thread, so it is possible the topic is here unbeknownst to me.

What leaves me puzzled is if HDMI cables/connections are so widely prone to “audio and or video dropout” as I am being told here, why are so many consumers indicating an ever increasing demand for additional HDMI ports on their audio/video equipment?

For those reading this thread please note that I researched the 1018 against other receivers for over a year. I waited too long to purchase and ended up purchasing an open box. Overall I am pleased with the 1018 and if I can work around the HDMI “signal drop out” issue I will be satisfied to use component cables for all connections. The unit is amazing for the price and it runs very cool compared to others I have seen. I would recommend trying to find a new or used one for yourself.

Within my particular situation I am now looking to sort out fact from fiction. Can’t help but think I am getting some jive thrown my way?

That is total BS. Tell Amazon about this and also report this to Pioneer. My HDMI works flawlessly. I have a feeling you found out why this was an open box.
post #5686 of 5904
I am far from an expert but all of my HDMI ports work fine on this reciever. I am prone to agree that this is why it is an open box. Years ago when I bought my first HDTV (Sharp Aquos), it was from Best Buy and was open box. When it is hooked up to the satellite box via HDMI the signal goes in and out and we couldn't figure out what was wrong this set only has 1 HDMI input. While it is hooked up component, it is fine, and that is the way it is now hooked up. I learned my lesson!

Needless to say that TV is now in the master bedroom and we have a new (year old now) Samsung HDTV in the living room that works flawlessly with the Pio 1018.

Hopefully, you will be able to use the component inputs and everything else will work fine.
post #5687 of 5904
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Originally Posted by crosbyct View Post

That is total BS. Tell Amazon about this and also report this to Pioneer. My HDMI works flawlessly. I have a feeling you found out why this was an open box.

That is just so much BS! My 1018 open box from Best Buy works flawlessly through all HDMI connections. Sorry about your problem.
post #5688 of 5904
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Originally Posted by skybuzzard View Post

I was told to take the 1018 in to an authorized repair center for warranty service.

sounds like your 1018 doesn't like your TV.... Did you try to power up in a different sequence??
post #5689 of 5904
Maybe this is buried somewhere in this forum, but I couldn't find it.
For some reason, I cannot get sound from my right speaker (only the left gives sound) when running composite from the vcr through DVR1. I have tried running the vcr composite cable right to the tv and I get sound from the tv's left and right channels. I have tried running the composite through DVR2, no luck. I have tried runnung the Wii through DVR1 and I get sound from both speakers.

Any suggestions?
post #5690 of 5904
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Originally Posted by sniper_ View Post

Maybe this is buried somewhere in this forum, but I couldn't find it.
For some reason, I cannot get sound from my right speaker (only the left gives sound) when running composite from the vcr through DVR1. I have tried running the vcr composite cable right to the tv and I get sound from the tv's left and right channels. I have tried running the composite through DVR2, no luck. I have tried runnung the Wii through DVR1 and I get sound from both speakers.

Any suggestions?

Sorry to hear this, I have the Wii via DVR2 and works in stereo...no problem for me.
Try and hook up the VCR to DVR1 & try the Wii in DVR2 and see if the results are the same...check the connections to make sure they are secure too.

I hope this helps.
post #5691 of 5904
Hello i have this receiver. Id like to be able to watch the video from my HD cable box (connected via HDMI), and listen to tunes on my ipod (connected via usb ipod port) simultaneously. Is this possible? Once i get the tunes going and i Hit HDMI, it switches the audio back to my cable box . Couldnt find anything in the manual regarding this.... thanks for any help.
post #5692 of 5904
I'm having a problem with my receiver where, every time I switch inputs, or the receiver changes between Dolby Digital and Stereo, I'm getting a pulse of some sort out of the LFE to my Sub. So every time the reciver switches in any way, I get a loud thump out of my powered sub (Elemental Designs A2-300). The sub is brand new, so I know it's not the sub. I was just wondering if anyone has had any similiar issues. I think what's happening is, when the receiver switches, it cuts the feed to the sub preamp. And then when it send the signal back, it's sending too much of a signal, or something along those lines. Any Ideas?
post #5693 of 5904
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Originally Posted by SnafuJG View Post

I'm having a problem with my receiver where, every time I switch inputs, or the receiver changes between Dolby Digital and Stereo, I'm getting a pulse of some sort out of the LFE to my Sub. So every time the reciver switches in any way, I get a loud thump out of my powered sub (Elemental Designs A2-300). The sub is brand new, so I know it's not the sub. I was just wondering if anyone has had any similiar issues. I think what's happening is, when the receiver switches, it cuts the feed to the sub preamp. And then when it send the signal back, it's sending too much of a signal, or something along those lines. Any Ideas?

Is this a new problem or has it always done this?
post #5694 of 5904
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Originally Posted by crosbyct View Post

Is this a new problem or has it always done this?

It is a new problem. I just found out that by Sub Amp had lost it's ground and is no longer working. I think that when the sub amp shorted out, it back-fed into my receiver and blewup the Preamp. I have since purchased a new receiver and sub and am no longer having any issues. So, at this point, I'm looking for a good repair shop that might be able to fix my Pioneer. Pioneer's Customer Service department sucked and couldn't help at all. And it's now out of warranty, so I don't necessarily need to take it to a Pioneer repair shop. The one Pioneer gave me, I know from experience, is a terrible repair shop.
post #5695 of 5904
I have the same issue that a lot of other people seem to have. My problem is:

When I am watching a blu-ray movie (connected via HDMI audio and video) or even xbox (component and optical cable) the sound comes in and out during LOUD sequences 95% of the time, and normal volume (no explosions) the other 5%. It seems the receiver goes from Dolby Master Audio to STEREO briefly and then back and forth if the loud noises continue.

Then...it works great.

This really only happens on loud blu ray action movies, such as Star Trek or Ironman. I have Polk Monitor 60s as my Fronts, a Polk CS1 as my center, and a SVS PC12-NSD Cylinder Sub which works great.

I thought this was the blu-ray movies initially (like the disks) but it happens on multiple sources such as TV and Xbox as well..

Any suggestions?

Thank you
post #5696 of 5904
To me it sounds like you need to contact Pioneer and get the unit repaired. Hopefully you have better luck than skybuzzard had.
post #5697 of 5904
i just moved and i lost my fm antenna wire. any recommendations on where to get a new one.. not looking to pick up fm signals from saturn or anything.. just a replacement.

thanks!
post #5698 of 5904
any vendors still selling this or any used units available?
post #5699 of 5904
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Originally Posted by erich_cool2hate View Post

i just moved and i lost my fm antenna wire. any recommendations on where to get a new one.. not looking to pick up fm signals from saturn or anything.. just a replacement.

thanks!

Radio Shack would have one but probably not at the best price.
post #5700 of 5904
I'm a new owner of this great machine and I was wondering if someone could give me a bit of advice. Here's my setup:

Axiom AX-5 Towers
Axiom AX-2 Tall Bookshelves
Mirage MC-si Center

I keep reading conflicting reports to the "size" of the speakers I should set the receiver to (Small vs large) and the crossover I should set the receiver to. I don't have a sub so should they all still be small? I'm bi-amping the AX-5s.

I'm a novice here so I'm really out to lunch as to what settings might be best for my home theater setup.

Thanks for any helpful advice.
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