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post #1981 of 2337
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Originally Posted by Bluesguy View Post

Guys,
Is there anyway to connect an mp3 player(IPOD) to my 1015 for playback thru the system.

Thanks,
bluesguy

You could try the IDK-01 dock from Pioneer. I have one hooked up to my 1015 and it works well. If you have the video connection or SR+ cable hooked up you can view the menu on your display.
post #1982 of 2337
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Originally Posted by Nuzy View Post

You could try the IDK-01 dock from Pioneer. I have one hooked up to my 1015 and it works well. If you have the video connection or SR+ cable hooked up you can view the menu on your display.

By "display" do you mean video monitor (display) or the display on the receiver itself?
post #1983 of 2337
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Originally Posted by Bluesguy View Post

Guys,
Is there anyway to connect an mp3 player(IPOD) to my 1015 for playback thru the system.

Thanks,
bluesguy

Hey Bluesguy,

I purchased 2 iPod Docks from Radio Shack that lets me connect my iPod Video 80GB to my Pioneer VSX-1015TX, and also my PC. They are listed on the Radio Shack web site at $40.

They are great. It comes with dock adapters for various model iPods, has L&R RCA Audio outputs, RCA Composite video output, S-video output, and a USB 2.0 ports also. It also comes with it's own wireless remote that allows you to control the iPod (song selection, menu selection, volume control, etc.). It also can be used to charge your iPod.

It's called the Accurian Universal Dock with Remote Control for iPod.

Model No. AMA-2336
Radio Shack Catalog No. 12-2336

Features:
This universal dock enables users to make their iPodĀ® nano or iPod video into a multimedia center. The dock has standard RCA and S-video jacks so you can watch your iPod videos and shows through your TV. With these connections you can also play your tunes through your TV's audio system. The included remote makes it easy to play, pause, skip backward or forward, shuffle or repeat playlist and control the volume of your iPod. Plus, the dock also lets you charge and sync your iPod to your computer with the USB 2.0 port.

* RCA and S-video jacks so you can watch your iPod videos and listen to your tunes through your TV
* USB 2.0 port so you can charge and sync you iPod to your computer easily
* Included remote so you can control you ipod playback from your couch or chair


What's in the box

* Dock Main Unit
* Remote Control w/ Battery Cell
* Dock Adapters (5)
* RCA AV Cable (3 ft.)
* AC Adapter
* Owner's Manual


Hope this helps.
post #1984 of 2337
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Originally Posted by ALRUI View Post

By "display" do you mean video monitor (display) or the display on the receiver itself?

On the video display, in my case plasma.
post #1985 of 2337
Thanks much guys for the quick responses and also the several options available.
You guys are awesome and rock!!

bluesguy
post #1986 of 2337
Those of you that have this receiver, do any of you find it that some channel's allow you to have "louder" sound than other's? Sometime's if I'm watching something and put the volume to the maximum number, it doesn't seem that loud but on other channel's it get's super loud. Is there a setting I can adjust to fix this?
post #1987 of 2337
I have observed that effect, too, although I've attributed it to the station rather than the receiver. Never discovered a fix, other than I've learned what volume to use on each of the channels I watch regularly.
post #1988 of 2337
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Originally Posted by muffd View Post

Those of you that have this receiver, do any of you find it that some channel's allow you to have "louder" sound than other's? Sometime's if I'm watching something and put the volume to the maximum number, it doesn't seem that loud but on other channel's it get's super loud. Is there a setting I can adjust to fix this?

I havent experienced that but its likely the broadcast youre listening to has differing levels - do the same channels have differing values when listening through the TV only? I have a similar question though - I could swear the volume on my receiver has to be set at a higher level then when new to get the same sound out of it. Anyone else experience this?
Thanks
post #1989 of 2337
I just spoke to a coworker of mine that has this same receiver and he told me on any given device he is listening to, he has not had to put the volume up past 4 or something of that sort. He also recommended that I go through that automated audio setup that's listed in the user guide and try that out again. I also need to add that the radio volume and DVD is fine. This is more for when I'm watching cable television.

I'll post my result's hopefully tonight if I figure this out.
post #1990 of 2337
The volumes on my unit vary greatly depending on the input source. Radio/tunner inputs are generally around 38 to low 40's up to teens for other inputs such as my media server. I really have to be cognizant of volume settings when switching or risk invoking the ire of neighbors (apartment dweller). Fortunately I have a MX-850 remote and can program around some of those issues.
post #1991 of 2337
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Originally Posted by ALRUI View Post

I could swear the volume on my receiver has to be set at a higher level then when new to get the same sound out of it. Anyone else experience this?
Thanks

Me too! I don't have this particular model, but I do have a Pioneer. I thought maybe I was going deaf since I used to watch DVDs at settings around -44. Now I almost always have to increase the volume to around -36 to -38.
post #1992 of 2337
RChris,
What did you use to setup your system? Did you use that 5 minute guide in the manual using the microphone or did you do it manually?
post #1993 of 2337
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Originally Posted by muffd View Post

RChris,
What did you use to setup your system? Did you use that 5 minute guide in the manual using the microphone or did you do it manually?

Manual. My Pioneer is an older model with no mic for setup.
post #1994 of 2337
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Originally Posted by rchris View Post

Me too! I don't have this particular model, but I do have a Pioneer. I thought maybe I was going deaf since I used to watch DVDs at settings around -44. Now I almost always have to increase the volume to around -36 to -38.

Hmmm - Im running at around -22 for DVD movies & thats with wife in room who generally says its too loud but lately at these #'s doesnt. The only thing I c an think of is the cal got screwed up do to a power outage or something.
post #1995 of 2337
I set it up last night using the mic and it sound's better but for regular tv viewing, I still can put it to +12 and it's not that loud. Maybe I'll try setting it up manually and see what happens.
post #1996 of 2337
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Originally Posted by muffd View Post

I set it up last night using the mic and it sound's better but for regular tv viewing, I still can put it to +12 and it's not that loud. Maybe I'll try setting it up manually and see what happens.

Make sure your TV is set so the output your connected to is getting the signal properly - just a shot in the dark:-)
post #1997 of 2337
Okay, I'm feeling like such a retard. I think I'm getting closer now. I went to the settings of my cable box and first thing I saw was that the Audio output was HDMI. I changed that to Dolby Digital and that seemed to make one difference. Next on the receiver, I went into setup mode and changed the output there I think it was to change the Input assigned setting to Digital. I was plugging in and removing all kind's of wire's so tomorrow I"m gonna start removing stuff and see what really need's to be there but in a nutshell, the volume has changed drastically for the better.

Thanks again.
post #1998 of 2337
I have the 1015tx receiver and plan on going with 5.1 surround. I am not sure if I should connect the rear left and right speakers connections to the surround or the surround back connection on the rear of the receiver.
What would be the best?
post #1999 of 2337
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Originally Posted by GeorgiaHT View Post

I have the 1015tx receiver and plan on going with 5.1 surround. I am not sure if I should connect the rear left and right speakers connections to the surround or the surround back connection on the rear of the receiver.
What would be the best?

Surround Back is for the two rear speakers in 7.1; for 5.1 you need to use the surround jacks; I'm not even sure it would work the other way at all unless they were your second zone speakers.
post #2000 of 2337
I've recently had my receiver repaired. Since getting it back, I've tried going through Auto MCACC but I keep getting a mic error. Now there isn't much to the setup mic. Its pretty flimsy and doesn't seem to be a sophisticated device. Its not obviously damaged in any way that I can tell. I'm wondering if there is something wrong with what I'm doing. I've done the Auto MCACC about a half dozen times prior to this repair and never had a problem. Does anyone have any suggestions about how to fix this? I've tried setting things up myself with a sound meter and measuring speaker distance and such. All the speakers are set at equal levels at the listening position. But it doesn't sound as good as it did when the Auto MCACC was done. Does anyone know where I can get a replacement setup mic?
post #2001 of 2337
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Originally Posted by StickyGreen95 View Post

I've recently had my receiver repaired. Since getting it back, I've tried going through Auto MCACC but I keep getting a mic error. Now there isn't much to the setup mic. Its pretty flimsy and doesn't seem to be a sophisticated device. Its not obviously damaged in any way that I can tell. I'm wondering if there is something wrong with what I'm doing. I've done the Auto MCACC about a half dozen times prior to this repair and never had a problem. Does anyone have any suggestions about how to fix this? I've tried setting things up myself with a sound meter and measuring speaker distance and such. All the speakers are set at equal levels at the listening position. But it doesn't sound as good as it did when the Auto MCACC was done. Does anyone know where I can get a replacement setup mic?

Pioneer should have the parts available a quick search turned this up:

http://parts.pioneerelectronics.com/...m=VSX%2D1015TX

$33 for that mic seems outrageous to me but if you need it you need it
post #2002 of 2337
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Originally Posted by StickyGreen95 View Post

I've recently had my receiver repaired. Since getting it back, I've tried going through Auto MCACC but I keep getting a mic error. Now there isn't much to the setup mic. Its pretty flimsy and doesn't seem to be a sophisticated device. Its not obviously damaged in any way that I can tell. I'm wondering if there is something wrong with what I'm doing. I've done the Auto MCACC about a half dozen times prior to this repair and never had a problem. Does anyone have any suggestions about how to fix this? I've tried setting things up myself with a sound meter and measuring speaker distance and such. All the speakers are set at equal levels at the listening position. But it doesn't sound as good as it did when the Auto MCACC was done. Does anyone know where I can get a replacement setup mic?

Make sure the mike is bad before you order a replacement.....could be the AVR...
post #2003 of 2337
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Originally Posted by holl_ands View Post

Make sure the mike is bad before you order a replacement.....could be the AVR...

Whats the AVR?
post #2004 of 2337
Audio Video Receiver - the actual unit itself - the VSX-1015TX is an AVR.
post #2005 of 2337
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Originally Posted by holl_ands View Post

Make sure the mike is bad before you order a replacement.....could be the AVR...

That's just the thing. I don't know that its bad. It could be the receiver but there's nothing in the manual that even addresses troubleshooting this error. For those of you who have this device you know that it seems to be pretty hard to damage the mic if you're using it properly. I'm seriously thinking about buying an new Pioneer from Best Buy just to test it out then return it. Also thinking about picking up the Onkyo 604.
post #2006 of 2337
If you have an old cheap mike laying around that fits, you could plug it in and try it.
it won't be "calibrated", but will tell you if AVR is working or not...

And maybe you have a recorder or karaoke-boombox in the house to go/nogo test the Pioneer mike...
post #2007 of 2337
The only issue I've ever had with the MCACC was that it wouldn't complete because a strand of speaker wire was touching the post of another speaker and it shorted out the system when it got to testing one of those particular speakers. I don't remember whether it gave me a mic error or something else. Seems like it just shut down on me, so probably a totaly different issue. Once the short was removed, everything was fine.
post #2008 of 2337
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Originally Posted by Smarty-pants View Post

Audio Video Receiver - the actual unit itself - the VSX-1015TX is an AVR.

Well now that makes sense :-)
post #2009 of 2337
Ok so this may be a stupid question. I have a 7.1 setup with this receiver. When I play DD matrial it shows Dolby Digital EX. But I don't think its mixing in the middle rear channels on 5.1 material. I know I can apply PLIIx to this and then it will mix those channels in. Is there a downside to doing this. Will the PL2 remix the audio and mess with the separation of the 5 discrete channels?
post #2010 of 2337
No. The 5.1 mix will remain intact. The matrixed 6th channel in derived by mixing the 2 surround channels and adding an effect so that the sound will completely surround the listener, but even through that process, the surround channels (channels 4 & 5 so to speak) will not be altered to sonicly sound different than it normally would. So it would just be a matter of if you liked how the 6th channel sounded or if you just like the 5.1 sound without the matrixed 6th channel. Have fun choosing.
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