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#227816 - 10/31/08 10:55 AM Anyone every hook a PC up to MCACC (Pioneer) AVR?
nickbuol Offline
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With a recent push towards bettering my home theater, I starting looking deeper into the capabilities of my Pioneer Elite VSX-54TX receiver. I found out that I can do some fairly serious graphing of my room accoustics by connecting the receiver to a PC using the RS-232 port on the back of the receiver.

Anyway, I am wondering if anyone has done this before? The RS-232 port seems to just connect up to a 9-pin COM port on a PC (my laptop has one), and I have the software from Pioneer already downloaded.

Anyway, here is what it says about the cable in the manual:
 Originally Posted By: Pioneer Manual
Use a commercially-available RS-232C cable to connect the RS-232C jack on your computer to the 9-pin RS-232C jack on the back panel of this receiver (the cable must be cross type, female–female).


So by "cross type," does that mean a "cross-over" or "null-modem" cable, or is it just a regular 9-pin serial cable?

I used to have a 25' cross-over null-modem cable from WAY back when I used to play multi-player games (locally) on two computers before LAN gaming and internet gaming, but I must have thrown it out as I couldn't find it. I need to buy some other cables and such from monoprice, so I want to get a cable for this too from them so that I don't have to pay RatShack's crazy prices....

Any ideas as to which type it is?
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#227817 - 10/31/08 10:57 AM Re: Anyone every hook a PC up to MCACC (Pioneer) AVR? [Re: nickbuol]
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They mean a null-modem cable.
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#227821 - 10/31/08 11:17 AM Re: Anyone every hook a PC up to MCACC (Pioneer) AVR? [Re: nickbuol]
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Cool. Thanks!


Edited by nickbuol (10/31/08 11:18 AM)
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#227842 - 10/31/08 12:07 PM Re: Anyone every hook a PC up to MCACC (Pioneer) AVR? [Re: nickbuol]
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Oooh! Aaah! There's a geekfest I can get behind. Let us know how that works.
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#227888 - 10/31/08 02:39 PM Re: Anyone every hook a PC up to MCACC (Pioneer) AVR? [Re: tomtuttle]
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What function do you get?

My 45TX has USB. I hooked it up to my Mac Mini and I was able to output iTunes via USB. Sound was actually quite good.

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#227889 - 10/31/08 02:50 PM Re: Anyone every hook a PC up to MCACC (Pioneer) AVR? [Re: oldskoolboarder]
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I should be able to perform an advanced room/speaker testing and calibration, and output all of it to a PC via the port.
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#227899 - 10/31/08 04:17 PM Re: Anyone every hook a PC up to MCACC (Pioneer) AVR? [Re: nickbuol]
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Ah. Actually, that sounds pretty cool.

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#227903 - 10/31/08 04:36 PM Re: Anyone every hook a PC up to MCACC (Pioneer) AVR? [Re: nickbuol]
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Nick,

If you already have a regular serial cable, you can just get yourself a null modem adapter.

I used to use them all the time back when I was hooking up dumb terminals to Unix systems.

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#227904 - 10/31/08 04:46 PM Re: Anyone every hook a PC up to MCACC (Pioneer) AVR? [Re: Kruncher]
nickbuol Offline
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Yeah, I had a 9-pin F to 9-pin M cable (25 foot) with both a gender-changing adaptor and a null-modem adaptor, but I can't find any of it. They are pretty cheap to get an entire cable from monoprice in case I don't find it in the last place that I just thought to look (when I get home)...
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#227905 - 10/31/08 04:49 PM Re: Anyone every hook a PC up to MCACC (Pioneer) A [Re: nickbuol]
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 Originally Posted By: nickbuol
Yeah, I had a 9-pin F to 9-pin M cable (25 foot) with...a gender-changing adaptor


They finally made that legal?
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