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post #601 of 729
Thanks for the reply JChin but as I already said I have hooked up the Optical cord between the TV and the receiver into the TV/Sat optical input. I have checked that light shows through the cord as well. With the optical cord plugged in the TV automatically goes to Home Cinema mode for sound.

I press TV on the Pioneer VSX 521 remote and cycle through the signal select options. No sound.

EDIT - Turned it on this morning, tried it again and it now works. Sound through the receiver. Weird. Thanks to all who responded though.
Edited by Lusiphur - 8/11/12 at 2:53am
post #602 of 729
Hi gang -- I'm trying to hook up a Wii. Doesn't SEEM like this would be hard...

The TV is a Sony KDL-46Z4100, I have component cables from the Wii to the VSX-521 (DVD input), and component cables from the receiver to the Sony.
The problem is this: When I select DVD on the 521, it selects the HDMI input on the Sony (where the 521 is coming in). If I then change the input on the Sony to COMPONENT 2, the Sony tells the 521 to switch to TV/SAT audio.
I do have the 521's component input set to DVD.

Seems to be a battle of HDMI controls. Is there a way to have the 521 tell the TV to use its component input and not HDMI when I select DVD?

thanks for any advice,
Greg Leslie
Tulsa
post #603 of 729
I saw this in the description of the vsx-521...
Quote:
Even compressed audio such as WMA, MP3 and AAC is enhanced with another Pioneer exclusive, Advanced Sound Retriever, by filling in areas where minute details were left out during the compression process.
I was under the impression that this receiver did not, natively, process aac.
I even tested with xbmc, checking the aac capability, and it only sent stereo sound without lighting up any special indicators.
The test was with a 5.1 aac movie.
Has anyone actually passed aac?
Currently, I just use ffdshow to transcode, live, to dd.
JJ
post #604 of 729
Quote:
Originally Posted by gregleslie View Post

Hi gang -- I'm trying to hook up a Wii. Doesn't SEEM like this would be hard...
The TV is a Sony KDL-46Z4100, I have component cables from the Wii to the VSX-521 (DVD input), and component cables from the receiver to the Sony.
The problem is this: When I select DVD on the 521, it selects the HDMI input on the Sony (where the 521 is coming in). If I then change the input on the Sony to COMPONENT 2, the Sony tells the 521 to switch to TV/SAT audio.
I do have the 521's component input set to DVD.
Seems to be a battle of HDMI controls. Is there a way to have the 521 tell the TV to use its component input and not HDMI when I select DVD?
thanks for any advice,
Greg Leslie
Tulsa

Do you have ARC in TV ? If yes, you can get the sound via ARC from TV. i.e. DVD -->TV-->521 in this way you wont have to change the input for the receiver.

However, if this isnt the case then to control the 521 and TV separetely you would need to have the HDMI Control turned off in the receiver or have the Receiver as Turned off in the TV. So that TV and Receiver do not interfere in each other's control.
post #605 of 729
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Originally Posted by Ruhetag View Post

Do you have ARC in TV ? If yes, you can get the sound via ARC from TV. i.e. DVD -->TV-->521 in this way you wont have to change the input for the receiver.
However, if this isnt the case then to control the 521 and TV separetely you would need to have the HDMI Control turned off in the receiver or have the Receiver as Turned off in the TV. So that TV and Receiver do not interfere in each other's control.

From what I can tell, ARC is only associated with the TV/SAT input of the 521. I'm not sure how that helps with a component signal. Tell me if I'm missing something.

If I hook the Wii directly to the TV, select the TV's Component input, then turn off the 521, the Wii's sound is routed to the TV's internal speakers. Better than nothing, I suppose. I would really miss having the TV control the 521.

Thanks for the input (no pun intended).
post #606 of 729
Quote:
Originally Posted by gregleslie View Post

From what I can tell, ARC is only associated with the TV/SAT input of the 521. I'm not sure how that helps with a component signal. Tell me if I'm missing something.
If I hook the Wii directly to the TV, select the TV's Component input, then turn off the 521, the Wii's sound is routed to the TV's internal speakers. Better than nothing, I suppose. I would really miss having the TV control the 521.
Thanks for the input (no pun intended).

Not sure if I still correctly understand your problem. You want to have sound from receiver and without problems of control. I am suggesting that you always get sound from Receiver via TV's ARC. i.e. Connect all your sources directly to TV and get sound from receiver via ARC. So if you get input via Component into your TV then TV (if TV has ARC) should output the sound via ARC.

In this case your receiver will always be associated with TV/SAT input via ARC, the source selection you will do on the TV. You wont have to change source on the receiver so your sound setup will remain unchanged while you watch TV (Sat TV) or connect another device with TV.
post #607 of 729
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ruhetag View Post

Not sure if I still correctly understand your problem. You want to have sound from receiver and without problems of control. I am suggesting that you always get sound from Receiver via TV's ARC. i.e. Connect all your sources directly to TV and get sound from receiver via ARC. So if you get input via Component into your TV then TV (if TV has ARC) should output the sound via ARC.
In this case your receiver will always be associated with TV/SAT input via ARC, the source selection you will do on the TV. You wont have to change source on the receiver so your sound setup will remain unchanged while you watch TV (Sat TV) or connect another device with TV.

Ah. I get it now. No video sources go into the 521, and the only audio input is coming from the TV. Makes sense -- thanks.
post #608 of 729
When temperature in my room goes above 23C° 74F° my reciever hangs. It keeps on, but my TV gets no signal anymore. With only tuner, it's same story.
Unable to turn it off by remote or button on the reviever itself, it doesnt react. Only solution is to unplug the power.

Is this normal? There is left, right and on top 3cm space. On the back the closet is open and standing few cm from the wall
post #609 of 729
Hi guys, pls pardon me as I am really not knowledgeable about HiFi systems. I have this really old pair of Sony speakers and would like to know if they will work with the VSX-521k.

Speaker Specs:

Model: Sony SS-H801V, 3way Bass Reflex
Maximum input power: 150W
Sensitivity: 87dm/W/m
Rated Impedance: 6 ohms
post #610 of 729
Quote:
Originally Posted by tokkok View Post

Hi guys, pls pardon me as I am really not knowledgeable about HiFi systems. I have this really old pair of Sony speakers and would like to know if they will work with the VSX-521k.

Speaker Specs:

Model: Sony SS-H801V, 3way Bass Reflex
Maximum input power: 150W
Sensitivity: 87dm/W/m
Rated Impedance: 6 ohms

Sure they'll work. They may not offer the best sound but if you're on a budget you won't have to buy new speakers.
post #611 of 729
I have a Pioneer AV Receiver model VSK-521-K.

I am having trouble delivering a HDMI signal from any AV device to the HDTV via HDMI connections. Connecting the AV devices directly to the HDTV produces video and sound. When routing the signal through the VSX-521-K, my HDTV indicates No Signal and the HDMI indicator blinks continuously on the AV receiver. However, when I have all devices off and routed through the AV receiver, the TV will power itself on when I turn on a AV device (e.g., the BD player) but still no video signal seems to pass through the AV receiver.

I have confirmed that the HDMI cables work properly.

Any assistance will be very appreciated.

--Mike.
post #612 of 729
Quote:
Originally Posted by hvd_be View Post

When temperature in my room goes above 23C° 74F° my reciever hangs. It keeps on, but my TV gets no signal anymore. With only tuner, it's same story.
Unable to turn it off by remote or button on the reviever itself, it doesnt react. Only solution is to unplug the power.
Is this normal? There is left, right and on top 3cm space. On the back the closet is open and standing few cm from the wall

Wrong messag about the tuner. If the tuner is on, after a while you can't power off the reciever. Changing source or volume is working. Strange!
post #613 of 729
Can someone help a newbie doofus out. I have floorstander front l/c speakers and want to use a sub for below 40hz for 2.1 Stereo material. (in addition to 5.1 viewing) What is the best way to accomplish this. I currently use the lfe input on the sub via rca All is well watching 5.1 material.

Should i do a basic MAAC run and then

1) Change the sub woofer setting to plus

and/or

2) set the front channel settings to small even though they are large and can go to 40hz? And then manually set the receiver x over?


Two other quick sub questions

After calibration should one set their sub to the highest x over since its being handled by the pioneer anyway?
Should you control the sub volume on the sub or by osd adjustment ...

Optimally id like the front channels to go to 40 and have the sub pick up below with some but not huge overlap because the floor-standers are very nicely integrated top to bottom.

Thank you in advance.
Edited by kbuzz - 8/29/12 at 12:42pm
post #614 of 729
I hope this question hasnt been answered already, or if anyone still reads this place. I have my receiver hooked up to my direct tv via HDMI and then connected to the Panasonic 55" Viera PlasmaTV. Everything works. My question is, why do I have to push it all the way to 40 to get any sound????
post #615 of 729
where do I plug in my comcast satellite to my pioneer vsk-521K
post #616 of 729
Hi guys, my first post here. Been reading this thread and purchased the VSX-521 to replace my 10-year old Yamaha AVR.

I have some problems though, and this is what happened:

1. Connected my WDTV to Optical 1 (TV/SAT), WORKED but after a couple of days - NO SOUND.

2. Connected my Macbook Pro to Optical 2 (CDR/TAPE) - WORKED.

3. So, connected again my WDTV to Optical 2 (CDR/TAPE) and IT WORKED again.

4. However, when I select Optical 1 (TV/SAT), I can still hear the WDTV playing, even though no cable is connected at O1. Weird.

Did I miss something?
post #617 of 729
BDwise is not compatible with the Pioneer receiver. Change the hdmi setting on the samsung blu ray to auto or 1080. I switched to auto and the blu ray went through the receiver fine.
post #618 of 729
Hello there,
ive been using a pioneer vsx-521-k reciever and i must say its been a good little performer,
Two days ago for no reason my power tripped out while watching tv ...... a panasonic TH-42px600a .........after turning the power back on at the meter i come back inside only to find the tv doesnt turn on...
I buy a new tv.........a cheap vivo led lcd tv
***********My problem is i can no longer turn up/down the volume on my reciever using my dvd recorder remote.........and also i would like to know if i can watch my tv with the reciever powered off?
Ill explain my setup now
Foxtel>>>>>>>Panasonic dvd recorder dmr-xw385 via av inputs
From outdoor antenna>>>>>> Panasonic dvd recorder dmr-xw385 via RF in
From Panasonic dvd recorder RF out>>>>>>vivo television LEDTV46FHD
From Panasonic dvd recorder hdmi out >>>>>>>pioneer reciever VSX-521-k {dvd hdmi input}


From Reciever HDMI out >>>>>>>>>>>>>HDMI in on the television



I really dont want my amp/reciever on permanantly during the day just to watch tv sometimes nobody even watching!so is it possible to watch tv without having to turn the reciever on........
thanks in advance tony
post #619 of 729
Hi I am Rajarajan for Chennai , India I newly bought Pioneer 521 AV(3d ready) receiver and pioneer blue ray player BDP 440 to mate with my 3d LED display when playing 3D movies from Blue ray directly to Tv it playing well and I have no problem. But when I route through 521 i am getting an error message on the tv screen that

"This Blue-Ray Disc requires a blue ray 3D player connected to a 3D display. Your Blue-3D player has not detected that it is connected to a 3D display. this may be due to display capability or an equipment connection issue. Please consult your Blue-ray manual or player support website for more information"


I have connected all the equipment with blekin 1.4a version 3d highspeed HDMI cable .

I also checked with indian Pioneer corp they keep silence pl any one knows the solution pllet me know
post #620 of 729
Hey guys!

Just got my 521-K a few days ago when it went on sale, and I have to say I'm pretty happy with it! I just have a few minor questions, though:

1.) When I turn it on, it automatically defaults to the TV/SAT setting. How do I configure this so that it defaults to, say, DVD?

2.) When watching my WDTV that is connected to the receiver via HDMI, I find it cool that when I adjust the receiver's volume, a small OSD also comes up. However, the volume displayed on the OSD is not the same as what is shown in the speaker (i.e. OSD says 62, but receiver displays 50).

3.) What is the difference between direct, pure direct, and auto surround? I read the manual a couple of times and I don't completely understand it.

4.) If I wanted to use the pre-out for an additional 2 speakers (for 7.1) do I need another receiver? Or is there an amp that can handle just that input and output to just two speakers?

Thanks!
post #621 of 729
Hi all!
Nice to have a dedicated thread on this AV AMP:)
I need to know if there is any chance of connecting a graphic equalizer to this amp so as to "beautify" its sound especially on high freqs!
Is there any way such as with tape monitopr trick on other amps??
Thanks!
post #622 of 729
For some reason the pass-through function works with my blu-ray player (Philips BDP 2700) but does not work with the Pioneer DV-430V which come with the package I bought. I can play blu-ray discs on my player without turning the VSX on. I am quite new here so I still have a lot of questions. smile.gif
post #623 of 729
FYI...
I got a sub, yesterday.
I hooked it up, adjusted the settings on the sub and receiver.
I played some heavy bass rap and nothing from the sub.
I played the beginning of 2 Fast 2 Furious (good bass) and the sub worked.

It ended up being that I had my mains set to large.
Because of that, the sub didn't work on anything other than x.1 audio (LFE channel audio).
I set my mains to small and the sub started working for music.
JJ
post #624 of 729
New to the forum and have a question that I could not find a definitive answer to. I have a Pioneer VSX-521k receiver that is currently running a standard 5.1 system with the sub being powered by the amp pre-out. I know this receiver does not have two separate zones, but I want to run 3-4 additional speakers that will play whatever is being sent via the receiver. Can I just use a speaker selector which would rely on the receiver power to run speakers? Or can I get an amplifier that receives a signal from the speaker pre-out on the receiver and then hook the speakers to that? Finally, my sub is a Dayton Audio powered sub that has 2 outputs to speakers on the backside. Can this sub power speakers safely?

I simply want to install some listening speakers in the garage and outside area. I do not need killer sound, just something clear and loud enough to listen reasonably.

Thanks for any suggestions! I am open to all ideas (except for spending the $$ to get a new receiver)

- Joe
post #625 of 729
The thread is gigantic so I would be grateful if anyone who's read it can post:

Have we found that better HDMI cables resolve this known issue or not: Problems appearing in "form of snow on the TV after changing a channel" and short bursts of "blackouts" .


Has anyone who had this problem resolved it through different HDMI cables or is this not a cable issue?
post #626 of 729
I have noticed that the VSX-521 will suddenly have a loud buzz come out of the speakers. It has only happened 2 or 3 times so far. I have had the unit in use for about 12 months. The only way to fix it is to shut the receiver down and then turn it back on. Anyone else notice this? Is it a defective unit, or is this something that happens now and then and is normal?
post #627 of 729
Hey everyone,

I'm having a bit of a problem and I was hoping maybe someone could shed some light on the issue. I bought my VSX-521-K about 8 months ago, and only used it maybe twice a month. I have it hooked up to a 5.0 system (klipsch front and center speakers, and bic surrounds). I'm not currently using a subwoofer, although I've been in the market for one lately. Anyways, today I bought a projector and hooked my receiver up. I ran the HDMI from my PS3 to the BD input on my receiver, and ran the video out via HDMI to the projector. Everything ran great, for 20 minutes. Then the receiver shut off. I was adjusting the surround sound setting, and it turned off without any warning. Now it won't turn back on - it doesn't even make the clicking noise, and none of the lights turn on either. I've tried troubleshooting by looking for short circuits from the speaker inputs, I've tried disconnecting the speakers, I've unplugged it and let it rest for a few hours...nothing has worked so far. Do you guys have any suggestions as to what may be wrong, and/or what I could do about this?
post #628 of 729
This thread is awfully dead so doubt i'll get a response but I do have a question about my 521-k; is it capable of upscaling a HDMI 720p signal to 1080p, or does the 521-k have no upscaling capabilities? I ask because it turns out my new television is terrible at upconverting 720p signals, so I was hoping the receiver could handle the task before the signal reaches the TV. Thanks!
post #629 of 729
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Originally Posted by OldTimer58 View Post

I have a Pioneer VSX-521-K, Panasonic DMP-BD110 3D Blu-ray player, and just purchased a Samsung UN40D6442 3D TV. I also purchased a 4' and an 8' HDMI 1.4a cable. Everything works just like it did when I had a 2D until I play a 3D Blu-ray Video and then it appears there is a handshake or sync. problem as the TV starts blinking when it is trying to play the 3D video. If I set the amp back to TV/SAT and then back to BD it will lose the connection and reconnect and work. Sometimes I have to do this several times before it works.


If I plug the 3D player directly into the TV, instead of the pioneer, there is no problem.
Hey Bob (old post, I know), did you ever find a resolution to this problem? I'm experiencing the same problem with the Prometheus 3D blu-ray, a 521-K receiver, a Panasonic DMP-BDT220 player and Panasonic 50ST50 plasma. Up until a few moments ago I thought I had a bad disc, until I tried connecting the player directly to the television on a hunch and it played fine. My other three 3D blu-rays play without a hitch.
post #630 of 729
First off, hello, everyone! First post to the thread.

I was wondering what your thoughts are on whether or not the Pioneer VSX-521k receiver is powerful enough to effectively drive the Mirage OMD-15 floor standers as fronts in a 5.1 set up. I'm relatively new to audio, and in the process of (slowly) upgrading my home theater system.

I know the vsx-521-k probably isn't idea power output for more substantial speakers, however, I just was looking for affirmation that this AVR won't be clipping or otherwise severely under-powering these somewhat more hungry speakers than I usually run.

Just want to make sure I won't be putting the speakers at risk due to under powering them or overloading the receiver, since they are rated as 6ohm nominal (4ohm min) and slated for 25-250 watts.

Also, would there be any issues with the fact the fronts would be 6ohms resistance, while the CC and surrounds are all 8ohm?

Thanks for any input!
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