About the Sony STR-V555ES
Boasting internal design and digital circuitry that are based on Sony's high-end STR-DA777ES receiver and 9000ES separates, but priced for hundreds less, the STR-V555ES is here to rock you. We're talking home theater sound that stays distortion-free at bone-shaking volumes, and pristine reproduction of today's high-resolution music sources, whether you're employing Sony's renowned digital processing, or whether you're bypassing DSP entirely via "analog direct."
This receiver is ES through and through. Anti-resonant frame-and-beam construction, aluminum front panel, dual cast aluminum heat sinks, oversized filter capacitors and output transistors, highly isolated preamp, amp, and power supply sections these "guts" are the foundation for take-no-prisoners performance. It's also a pleasure to operate thanks to a 2-way, learning, touchscreen LCD remote. As for back-panel connectivity, the 'V555ES is a multichannel audio/video paradise that even includes component video switching. You and a housemate can enjoy different A/V sources simultaneously in different rooms; a second remote is included!
- Dolby® Digital, DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic™ decoding
- learning/multibrand 2-way touchscreen LCD remote with macros
- dual-room/dual-source video and stereo audio output
- separate remote included for second room
- component video switching (2 in, 1 out)
- 2 (32-bit) processors for Digital Cinema Sound™; 1 (24-bit) for Dolby Digital/DTS
- Virtual Matrix 6.1 mode uses 3D sound imaging to create a virtual rear center speaker
- digital inputs: 4 optical, 2 coaxial
- stereo analog direct mode
- 4 audio and 5 A/V (including 1 A/V behind the flip-down front panel, and 5 S-video) inputs
- 5.1-channel input
- optical digital output
- preamp outputs for all channels
- on-screen display (requires TV with direct video input)
- 120 watts x 5 channels into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.05% THD
- Control A1-II & Control S
- 17"W x 6-3/8"H x 17"D
- warranty: 5 years
What's in the box:
- AM/FM/Dolby Digital/DTS receiver
- RM-TP504 Touchscreen wireless remote
- RM-US104 Wireless remote
- 6 "AA" batteries
- 1 CR2032 Lithium battery
- 56" Patch cord with composite video/stereo audio/Control S mono mini-jack
- 37" Control-A1II mono mini-jack patch cord
- AM loop antenna
- FM wire antenna with attached coax connector
- Receiver Operating Instructions (English)
- Receiver Operating Instructions (French)
- Remote Commander Operating Instructions (English)
- Remote Commander Operating Instructions (French/Spanish)
- RM-US104 remote instructions (English)
- RM-US104 remote instructions (French)
- Warranty card
- Canadian warranty card
- Note on connecting speaker wire taped to unit
- Owner Registration Card
- RM-TP504 Remote commander note
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Features & specs
Video Surround Modes:
- Dolby Digital
- Dolby Pro Logic
- Cinema Studio Ex. A: Reproduces Sony's "Cary Grant Theater" cinema production studio.
- Cinema Studio Ex. B: Reproduces Sony's "Kim Novak Theater" cinema production studio.
- Cinema Studio Ex. C: Reproduces Sony's scoring stage.
- Virtual Matrix 6.1: Uses 3D sound imaging to create a virtual rear center speaker placed thirty degrees above the listener.
- Semi-Cinema Studio Ex. A
- Semi-Cinema Studio Ex. B
- Semi-Cinema Studio Ex. C
- Night Theater: Engages dynamic compression for listening at lower volumes.
- Mono Movie: Simulates surround effect from a mono movie.
- Stereo Movie: Simulates Dolby Pro Logic from stereo sources that are not encoded.
- Headphone Theater: Allows you to experience a theater-like environment while using headphones (especially effective with 5.1 channel discreet sources).
- Virtual Multi Rear: Uses 3D sound imaging to create 3 sets of virtual rear speakers from 1 actual set.
- Virtual Multi Dimension: Uses 3D sound imaging to create an array of virtual rear speakers positioned higher than the listener from a single pair of actual rear speakers.
- V.Semi-M. Dimension: Uses 3D sound imaging to create virtual rear speakers from the sound of the front speakers without using actual rear speakers. It creates 5 sets of speakers surrounding the listener at a thirty degree angle of elevation.
- Virtual Enhanced A: Uses 3D sound imaging to create 3 sets of virtual rear speakers without using actual rear speakers.
- Virtual Enhanced B: Uses 3D sound imaging to create 1 set of virtual rear speakers without using actual rear speakers.
Music Surround Modes:
- Digital Concert Hall A
- Digital Concert Hall B
- Small Hall
- Opera House
- Jazz Club
- Disco Club
- Live House
Auto Format Decoding: Automatically detects the type of audio signal being input (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic, 2 channel) and performs the proper decoding without adding any effects.
- Front Speakers: You can select LARGE or SMALL
- Center Speaker: You can select LARGE, SMALL or NO
- Rear Speakers: You can select LARGE, SMALL or NO
- Rear Center Speaker: When the center speaker is set to NO and the rear speakers are set to LARGE or SMALL, you can set the rear center speaker to LARGE or SMALL. Note: The rear center speaker hooks up to the center speaker outputs and can only be used when you are not using a center channel speaker. This setting is only effective in Normal Surround and Virtual Matrix 6.1 modes.
- Rear speaker place: When using rear speakers, you can select SIDE, MIDDLE, or BEHIND
- Rear speaker height: You can select LOW or HIGH
- Subwoofer: You can select YES or NO
Balance: The level can be balanced between rear and front speakers.
Level: The rear, center, subwoofer and rear center level can be adjusted from -10 to +10dB in 1dB steps.
Depending on the Mode you select, you can adjust the following parameters:
- Speaker Distance: You can select feet or meters
- Wall Type (wall material simulation): 17 steps from hard to soft
- Effect Level (overall presence of sound field): 21 steps
- Reverberation Time: 17 positions
- Front Reverberation: This setting operates in Digital Concert Hall A or B only. Allows you to adjust the amount of reverberation added to the front channels. You can select WET (increases front reverb) or DRY (decreases front reverb)
- Screen Depth: Allows you to shift the sound of the front speakers "into" the screen. You can select OFF, MID or DEEP
- Virtual Speakers: Allows you to turn the virtual speakers created by various sound fields on or off
- Rear Reflection Enhancer: Adds the effect of a broader, more diffuse rear channel sound, even when the rear channel is monaural
- Bass Adjustment: The frequency can be adjusted from 99Hz-1.0kHz in 21 steps. The gain can be adjusted from -10 to +10dB in 1dB steps
- Midrange Adjustment: The frequency can be adjusted from 198Hz-10kHz in 37 steps. The gain can be adjusted from -10 to +10dB in 1dB steps. You can adjust the width of the midrange band; WIDE, MIDDLE or NARROW.
- Treble Adjustment: The frequency can be adjusted from 1.0-10kHz in 23 steps. The gain can be adjusted from -10 to +10dB in 1dB steps
- LFE Mix: Lowers the LFE channel, you can select Mute, and from -20 - 0dB in 1dB steps. Note that this effects only the LFE channel, not the bass sent to the sub through bass reduction circuitry.
- DTS LFE Mix: Lowers the LFE channel, you can select Mute, and from -20 to +10dB in 1dB steps. Note that this effects only the LFE channel, not the bass sent to the sub through bass reduction circuitry.
- D. Range Compression: You can select OFF, Standard, Max, or 0.1-0.9, in 1 dB steps. Enables or disables dynamic compression for less variation in volume
Equalizer: Three band equalizer (Low, Mid and High frequencies) with the following adjustments:
- Front speaker bass adjustment: Level can be adjusted +/-10dB in 1 dB steps. Frequency can be adjusted from 99Hz to 1kHz in 21 steps
- Front speaker midrange adjustment: Level can be adjusted +/-10dB in 1 dB steps. Frequency can be adjusted from 198 Hz to 10kHz in 37 steps
- Front speaker midrange bandwidth: Allows you to select WIDE, MIDDLE, or NARROW
- Front speaker treble adjustment: Level can be adjusted +/-10dB in 1 dB steps. Frequency can be adjusted from 1.0 to 10kHz in 23 steps
- Center speakers: Same bass, midrange, treble, and midrange bandwidth adjustments as noted above for front speakers
- Surround speakers: Same bass, midrange, treble, and midrange bandwidth adjustments as noted above for front speakers
- Rear center speaker: Same bass, midrange, treble, and midrange bandwidth adjustments as noted above for front speakers
DSP Engines: Separate DSP engines are used for Dolby Digital decoding (24 bits) and for the acoustic soundfields (32 bit) for maximum performance.
Dimmer: You can select 6 levels of display brightness.
Component Video Switching: In addition to composite and S-Video switching, this unit can switch between two component video sources. There are 2 component video inputs and 1 component video output; each input and output has jacks labeled "Y", "PB/B-Y" and "PR/R-Y". This feature allows you to connect, and switch between, high resolution video sources equipped with component video outputs.
2nd Audio/Video Output: This allows you to output the second source to a different location, using the 2nd audio/video preamp outputs on the back of the unit to feed an optional stereo amplifier or amplified loudspeakers and television in the second location. In order to select the source going to the second audio/video output, you can either cycle through available sources using the 2nd audio/video button on the unit or the function button on the remote. A separate remote is supplied for the second room and must be used with an optional IR repeater to control the basic functions of the receiver. Please note the following limitations:
- You cannot select Phono as a second audio source.
- If 2nd audio/video is set to "Source" and you select 5.1CH input, you will get no output from the 2nd audio/video.
- The 2nd audio/video source must be connected through analog inputs.
5.1 Channel Input: Although this unit features built-in Dolby Digital and DTS processing, it also has a 5.1 channel input for use with external multi-channel decoders, including potential future units such as DVD Audio players.
Station and Source Indexing: Preset stations and Program sources may be indexed by having up to 8 characters assigned for each preset or program source. For example, two VCRs can be displayed as 8MM and VHS.
Analog Direct: Bypasses all digital processing. Note that ONLY the volume control works in this mode, all EQ functions, surround functions, etc. are bypassed. This mode is used for listening to high quality analog audio sources, such as Super Audio CD, etc.
On-Screen Display: You can display the Surround, Level and Equalizer parameters by using the ON SCREEN function on the remote.
Overview: The remote included with this model (RM-TP504) is a multibrand/learning, two way IR remote which communicates with the receiver. It requires 4 double "AA" alkaline batteries for power and a CR-2032 lithium battery for memory backup (for codes and title information which are stored by memory in the remote) which are supplied with the unit. Most functions are accessed by using the touch screen (you can use either your fingers or the supplied soft-tipped stylus). The buttons on the remote are a jog dial which is used to quickly scroll through lists and which when pressed acts as an enter button; a volume + and - key; a muting button, a sleep button (cycles through 2 hours, 1-1/2 hours, 1 hour, 30 minutes or off); a system/standby button which can be set to turn all Sony Components on and off simultaneously; a Back Light/Commander off button (used to turn the green backlight/LCD on or off) and a contrast control which adjusts the screen's contrast. There is a built in holder into which the supplied stylus can be inserted.
DC Input Jack: If you do not wish to use batteries, you can plug an optional AC adapter (DC 300 mA minimum, 6V) into the remote and operate it battery-free.
Screens: The main screen is a function screen which can display up to 11 components. You can select which components are hooked up so that only components which are connected are displayed. A Set-up screen allows you to adjust the position of the touch panel; set the LCD screen to turn off automatically after operation and to set the amount of time before turn off (10-30 seconds); clear all memorized settings and code, and perform other functions. There are screens which allow you to control each component (the available functions change depending on which component is being used); select and adjust the desired soundfields; select and adjust the desired EQ settings and to display CD titles and MD titles when used with compatible Sony components with Control A1 - S-Link.
2-Way Communication: The remote uses 2-way communication with the receiver; this is to display information stored in the receiver on the display of the remote. This does make the unit incompatible with any type of infrared repeater circuit.
Macro Play: Up to 3 macros (each with a maximum of 10 steps) can be stored in the remote allowing you to perform a series of operations at the push of one button.
Confirmation and Warning Beeps: The remote emits a beep whenever a function is selected and several short beeps when a communication error takes place. Either of these sounds can be turned off .
- Overall Size: W=6.292", D=4.382", H=1.796"
- Screen Size: W=3.735", H=2.479"
2nd Room Remote: A separate remote is supplied for the second room and must be used with an optional IR repeater to control the basic functions of the receiver. Using the second remote, you can turn the receiver on or off, adjust the volume, switch sources, and control basic functions of other Sony components.
- Phones: Standard gold-plated headphone jack
- Video 3 (under a mechanical lid): Gold-plated S-Video, composite video and RCA stereo input
- DVD/LD Digital In: Gold-plated coax digital input. Note: This is NOT AC-3 RF, if you are using a LaserDisc with AC3-RF output you will need to purchase a demodulator! (Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM)
- CD Digital In: Gold-plated coax digital input. Note: This is NOT AC-3 RF, if you are using a LaserDisc with AC3-RF output you will need to purchase a demodulator! (Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM)
- Optical CD In: Standard Toslink input (Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM)
- MD/DAT Digital In: Standard Toslink input (Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM)
- TV/SAT Digital In: Standard Toslink input (Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM)
- DVD/LD Digital In: Standard Toslink input (Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM)
- MD/DAT Digital Out: Standard Toslink output (PCM only)
- FM Antenna: FM coax input
- AM Antenna: AM spring clip
- Phono: Gold-plated RCA input and ground screw
- CD: Gold-plated RCA input
- MD/DAT: Gold-plated RCA input/output
- Tape: Gold-plated RCA input/output
- TV/SAT: Gold-plated RCA audio/video, S-video and component video input
- DVD/LD: Gold-plated RCA audio/video, S-video and component video input
- Video 2: Gold-plated RCA audio/video and S-video input and output
- Video 1: Gold-plated RCA audio/video and S-video input and output
- Monitor: Gold-plated RCA, S-video and component video output
- Control A1II: A1II mini-jack output
- Control S: 2 Control S mini-jack inputs and 2 Control S mini-jack outputs
- 5.1 CH Input: Consisting of gold-plated left and right front and rear, center and subwoofer RCA inputs for use with external multi-channel decoders (for video use it is used with any of the Video inputs on the unit)
- Preout: Gold-plated RCA Preamp outputs for front and surround, left and right, center and two subwoofers (total of 7)
- 2ND Audio/Video Out: Gold-plated RCA audio/video preamp outputs for use with an optional amplifier and television
- Impedance selector switch (4/8 ohms)
- Speaker Outputs: Binding Post outputs for front A and B, center and surround speakers (collar prevents use of spade lugs and they are not compatible with dual banana plugs, so these are not five-way posts)
- AC Outlets: 2 switched AC outlets (120W/1A max)
Warranty: Some units may be incorrectly packed with a 3 year warranty card. The correct warranty for this unit is 5 years parts and labor.