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I cannot adjust the speakers pioneer vsx-816. The manual

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I cannot adjust the speakers for my pioneer vsx-816. The manual does not help.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Home Theater-Stereo
Expert:  Rusty replied 11 months ago.

Hello, my name is Rusty. If you need help with a specific setting, let me know. Press receiver, then press Setup. Scroll to Manual SP Setup, and that is where you make all of the manual adjustments to each speaker.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Hi Rusty, I tried that and the individual speakers do not change...
Expert:  Rusty replied 11 months ago.

Hmm, are you able to turn your front left and right all the way down and silence them?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Nothing seems to change - I'm trying to manually adjust the balance between 4-5
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
speakers.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
can you walk me through it?
Expert:  Rusty replied 11 months ago.

Yes, first I want you to test the fronts, turn one all the way down to make sure there isn't a problem with the receiver.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
my fronts don't seem to be working at all.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
it might be a setting.
Expert:  Rusty replied 11 months ago.

Do you have the setup mic that came with the receiver?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Yeah, i tried that but there was a 'mic error'
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
i don't know if it's broken or what
Expert:  Rusty replied 11 months ago.

Hmm, something is strange. Let's reset it, and try the microphone again.

1 Switch the receiver into standby.

2 While holding down the TONE button, press and hold the  STANDBY/ON button for about three seconds.

3 When you see RESET? appear in the display, press ENTER. OK? shows in the display.

4 Press SETUP to confirm. OK appears in the display to indicate that the receiver has been reset to the factory settings.

Now try the setup mic, and tell me the results. It's important to place the mic where you sit.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
you still there?
Expert:  Rusty replied 11 months ago.

Stand by, my last response didn't go through...

Expert:  Rusty replied 11 months ago.

1 Switch the receiver into standby.

2 While holding down the TONE button, press and hold the  STANDBY/ON button for about three seconds.

3 When you see RESET? appear in the display, press ENTER. OK? shows in the display.

4 Press SETUP to confirm. OK appears in the display to indicate that the receiver has been reset to the factory settings.

Now try the setup mic, and tell me the results.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
ok
Expert:  Rusty replied 11 months ago.

1 Switch the receiver into standby.

2 While holding down the TONE button, press and hold the  STANDBY/ON button for about three seconds.

3 When you see RESET? appear in the display, press ENTER. OK? shows in the display.

4 Press SETUP to confirm. OK appears in the display to indicate that the receiver has been reset to the factory settings.

Now try the setup mic and tell me the results.

Expert:  Rusty replied 11 months ago.

1 Switch the receiver into standby. 2 While holding down the TONE button, press and hold the  STANDBY/ON button for about three seconds. 3 When you see RESET? appear in the display, press ENTER. OK? shows in the display. 4 Press SETUP to confirm. OK appears in the display to indicate that the receiver has been reset to the factory settings.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
still no response.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
you sending and I'm not receiving?
Expert:  Rusty replied 11 months ago.

The site isn't letting me post. I'll do this one step at a time.

Expert:  Rusty replied 11 months ago.

Turn the receiver off.

Expert:  Rusty replied 11 months ago.

Hold down the tone button, then also hold the power button for about three seconds.

Expert:  Rusty replied 11 months ago.

When you see RESET appear, press OK.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
i just found out i have to take my daughter to a swim meet. can we connect later?
Expert:  Rusty replied 11 months ago.

Sorry, press ENTER (not OK).
Press SETUP to confirm.

Yes, we can connect later.

Expert:  Rusty replied 11 months ago.

Once it is reset, try the setup mic. I'll chat with you later.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
sorry... so how do i connect with you?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
i'm back
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
i tried the tone/power button recommendation - did not get RESET
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Hi Rusty, it seems that there are some oxidation problems with the contacts on this particular pioneer unit. This may be a big part of the problem. Appreciate your attempt to help.
Expert:  Rusty replied 11 months ago.

Sorry for the delay, I'm out to dinner. If the terminals are oxidized, unplug it and use DeOxIt on the terminals with non soapy steel wool or a toothbrush. Cut new ends for your speaker wires, and tell me if the problem goes away.