I bought a pair of wireless headphones for the purpose of late-night audio without disturbing the rest of the house. Because I have multiple devices feeding into my Pioneer vsx-456, I chose to use the wireless headphones with the receiver 1/4" headphone jack. That way, whatever input, (or device) I'm currently using, the headphone jack should mute the other speakers and play the sound. The headphones play the sound just fine... the problem is that it's not muting the rest of the speakers. Isn't the headphone jack supposed to mute the other speakers??? Is there a setting with this receiver that I'm missing? This is an old receiver, (but still works great) that is pro logic surround, (not true 5 channel, but emulated). Why isn't the headphone jack muting the other speakers????
Any help is appreciated, and thanks!
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Re: Pioneer VSX-456 headphone jack problem
No the headphone jack doesn't disable the speakers. There are two switches in the lower middle of the receiver that are labeled speaker A and B. Pushing one of these should disconnect the speakers from the receiver.
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I think I just fixed a unit with the same problem. I opened the cover and found where the wire from the headphone jack plugs into a board just beside the power supply transformer. When removed, the unit appeared to select speakers as the output. Since the headphones are never used by the owner, I simply left the headphone cable unplugged. Unfortunately, I didn't have speakers to test it with but the unit appeared to be working correctly.