Manufactured under license from Dolby Labo-
ratories. "Dolby", "Pro Logic", and the double-
D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laborato-
"DTS" and "DTS Digital Surround" are
trademarks of Digital Theater Systems, Inc.
Compatibility with the Home
Dolby Digital, DTS Sound Decoders
These highly evolved multichannel sound formats are
the heart of home theater. They deliver realistic multi-
channel sound that can turn any living room into a
theater, reproducing all the sound effects of the original
movie. The VSX-C550 has the flexibility to decode all
Dolby Pro Logic II Decoder
The VSX-C550 reproduces this industry-leading format
with excellent clarity. With it you can get multichannel
surround sound even from two channel and Dolby
Home Theater Listening Modes
Custom Designed Listening Modes (p.33)
These modes enhance the sound of sources from movies
and music to TV and video games for a more dramatic
effect. These are each designed to accentuate specific
sound qualities, giving the listener a wide range of
VIRTUAL Mode (p.33)
This especially designed listening mode uses only two
channels but through sound imaging imitates a full
surround sound. It allows you to experience surround
sound with only two speakers.
PHONES SURROUND Mode (p.33)
This new headphone mode allows the user to get a
surround-like sound while listening on headphones
designed to accommodate this technology.
Sound Modes (p.35)
This unit also has especially created Sound Modes that
can enhance your listening experience and bring out the
best in each soundtrack. Each mode is designed to bring
out a specific quality of the soundtrack or balance the
sound. The NATURAL corrects the frequencies for small
speakers to achieve better theater-like surround sound.
The MIDNIGHT listening mode allows you to obtain
excellent surround sound effects even when listening at
low volumes, something that was previously impossible.
The QUIET mode provides good sound by smoothing
out harsh noises in the soundtrack. This is achieved by
reducing the bass and treble. The BRIGHT mode flattens
out the total frequency output to match the charactersics
of the front speakers. The S.BASS mode gives you added
bass for that driving punch that really livens up your
music or makes a film more realistic.
Easy-to-use Remote Control
This new remote control is extremely convenient to use.
One button is dedicated to one task in the control of the
receiver, eliminating confusing buttons whose purpose
are unclear. In addition, this remote can be used to
operate a variety of other components simply by
recalling the appropriate setup codes.
Easy Setup for Quick Home Use
This receiver features an automatic setup function that
senses which speakers you have hooked up and
automatically sets the receiver for proper surround
sound. Thus, you can start enjoying home theater
immediately after hooking up your speakers and
components, without worrying about difficult setup
The Energy-saving Design
This unit is designed to use less than 1 W of energy
when the receiver is in standby mode.
TruSurround and the
® symbol are trade-
marks of SRS Labs, Inc. TruSurround technol-
ogy is incorporated under license from SRS