Pioneer Receiver HDMI Output Not Working Fixes

Norvan Martin

Like other modern receivers on the market, Pioneer receivers use HDMI to transfer audio and video signals. For one reason or another, however, the HDMI output may stop working. This may be indicated by a flashing HDMI light a no signal indicator or a check connections indicator. Today, we will help you solve this problem.

Common reasons that cause Pioneer receiver HDMI output to stop working include HDMI switching problems, handshake (HDCP) problems, HDMI Control, Deep color settings, CEC problems, and compatibility issues.

Here is a list of issues that can occur because of the problems noted above:

  1. Your Pioneer receiver HDMI may be blinking
  2. Your Pioneer receiver may pass through no sound with HDMI
  3. Your Pioneer receiver may pass through no video with HDMI
  4. Your Pioneer receiver HDMI may just not work
  5. Your Pioneer receiver produces no sound

If your HDMI is not working and you don’t want to go through the headache of fixing it, check out our article on how to connect your TV to your receiver without HDMI.

Quick Pioneer Receiver HDMI Fixes

Before covering these fixes, you may need to ensure that you understand what HDMI output is used for on receivers. Here are some quick fixes to try before we get into more details about this issue:

  1. Quick Troubleshoot: Try connecting the source directly to the TV. if you get audio and video, then the receiver is not processing the signal properly.
  2. Set Resolution To Auto: Ensure that the sources’ resolution is set to Auto and not Source Direct. You want to set the resolution to auto because a manually set resolution may not work with your TV.
  3. Turn off HDMI Control: Turn off HDMI Control in the receiver. This option may not be compatible with your TV.
  4. Set HDMI Output In The Menu: Ensure that the receiver’s HDMI output is set correctly in the menu. If you have 2 HDMI outputs, ensure that you set the menu to output to the correct one.
  5. Hard Reset: Try a hard reset as this will fix and override all accidental buttons or settings that could have occurred when troubleshooting.

None of these fixes worked? Alright, let’s get into more detailed fixes.

Pioneer Receiver HDMI Not Working

Several possibilities may cause your Pioneer receiver HDMI output, to stop receiver HDMI problems

Let’s look at some of the common problems, but before that, we will discuss the common Pioneer receiver no signal issue:

Pioneer Receiver No Signal

No signal messages will be displayed if your Pioneer receiver fails to communicate with your TV or monitor.

This may occur as a result of several HDMI problems or due to a few system issues. Before we look at the HDMI problems and how to troubleshoot them, let us look at how you can fix HDMI no signal.

  • Switch the input source: If you are running a Pioneer receiver with several HDMI ports, use the remote control to select the right HDMI port on your TV.
  • Enable HDMI connection setting: before connecting the Pioneer receiver with your TV, ensure that the HDMI connection setting is enabled on it. Use the settings button to turn it on.
  • Try plugging and unplugging the power cable: You can unplug the power cable of the display device for a few seconds, then plug it back in again and check if the output works. Also, you can disconnect the receiver and connect it back again.

Let’s look at some of the common causes of Pioneer receiver HDMI output failures and how to get them resolved.

Pioneer Receiver HDMI Problems

The most common HDMI problems are where on-screen displays and other inputs work but HDMI outputs do not. As a result, no pictures are displayed, no sound is heard, and sometimes both.

Let’s look at some of the problems and how to troubleshoot them.

1. Handshake Error

If the HDMI LED light on the front panel of the Pioneer receiver is blinking, then there is a handshake problem with the receiver and TV. The best fix is to try a different HDMI cable.


Handshake is the name given to the method of an agreement to communicate between your receiver and TV.

Handshake or HDCP (more on this later) uses an identifier code, which all devices will have, and if there’s a mismatch between what is embedded in the receiver or the source and the TV, the handshake can’t be made.

Handshake and HDCP

Currently, the most commonly used connection in home theater setups including video projectors, home theater receivers, HDTVs, satellite boxes, network media players, and even Blu-ray DVD/CD players is HDMI.

HDMI is largely preferred for copy-right protection reasons, also known as High-bandwidth Digital Copyright Protection (HDCP).

HDCP requires that all the components connected by HDMI be able to establish an “HDMI handshake,” or to recognize and communicate with each other.

If any of the connected components do not meet the HDCP requirements, a handshake error occurs and no image will be displayed on the TV or projector.

There are however more reasons that could lead to the handshake error or the lack of communication between HDMI-connected devices. Some of these include:

  • The receiver forgets that the handshake has been done and refuses to relay the output.
  • The receiver could be unplugged or may be turned off at the time you turn the source device on. As a result, it cannot answer the source’s question.
  • HDCP data in the receiver is corrupted.
  • The receiver could be a new type, developed after the source device. As a result, the source may not understand the response it gets from the receiver and therefore fails to send it a response.

Pioneer Receiver HDMI Light Blinking

When there is a handshake problem with your Pioneer receiver, you will see the HDMI LED light on the front panel of your Pioneer receiver blinking.

Pioneer VSX 523 K HDMI Flashing

If this happens, you will need to use the buttons on the receiver, not the remote. Unplug the power cord and HDMI.

Plug back the power cord, hold down the BAND button, and simultaneously press the STANDBY/ON button for 2 seconds. When RESET appears on the screen, press the AUTO SURROUND/STREAM DIRECT button. An OK appears.

You should then press ALC/STANDARD SURROUND to confirm. You will see another OK on the screen a sign that the flashing has been reset.     

Pioneer VSX 822 HDMI Blinking

This occurs when the Pioneer receiver is connecting to the TV but compatibility cannot be established.

If you have the Pioneer receiver manual, check page 28. Switch the receiver by pressing the iPod/USB on the remote.

If this is not resolved, follow the steps below to troubleshoot the flashing.

  • Reset the system by unplugging or turning them off. Begin by powering the TV and turning it on. Then, power the receiver and switch it on. Finish the process by plugging the source device and powering it on. Let the system repeat the start-up routine and check if the receiver works. If this does not solve the problem,
  • Disconnect all the components in the HDMI path. Connect the source directly to the TV. If the TV works, then the problem must be with the receiver. If the problem persists, then the HDMI cables could be at fault.
  • Try connecting the components using a different HDMI cable.                                                                                                                                      

2. HDMI Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) Problems

Consumer Electronics Control is a system that allows interconnected devices to control each other especially if they are joined by an HDMI.

For instance, if you switch on a DVD player, it sends data to the TV to turn on and switch to DVD input.

HDMI Consumer Electronics Control

Introduced in HDMI 1.0 and updated in HDMI 1.3, HDMI CEC allows you to connect 15 devices. The devices easily communicate and even share settings to create seamless home theater experiences.

Pioneer Receiver HDCP Error

As mentioned before, High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) Lockup is an interruption in the output signal from an audio system. It occurs when the devices do not understand one another. When this happens, HDMI output on the receiver stops working, and no signal or sound is heard.

you can troubleshoot HDMI lockup by disconnecting all the HDMI devices, restarting the receiver and other components, setting the HDMI control settings on the receiver, or setting TV speaker systems to the Audio system.

Also, it is recommended that you turn off the CEC feature on the menus of each of the devices connected.

Pioneer Receiver No Sound From the TV

If your Pioneer receiver connected to the TV through HDMI outputs an image but no sound, it is most likely a settings issue. Try HDCP lock troubleshooting or just hit the receiver button on your remote, select audio, and toggle down to select HDMI. You can then change the setting to THRU and check if the sound comes out on the TV.

3.  Fault On The HDMI Port Or Cable Plug

The HDMI output on the receiver is also likely to stop working when the HDMI port or the plug is faulty. As a result, the cable will not communicate with the source device and will not transmit any signal as a result.

You can troubleshoot the plug by getting a new cable. However, if the port has issues, you may need to engage a technician as the issue may be more technical to solve with a DIY. Check out the subsection below for the fixes when your port stops working.

In addition, HDMI faults will cause the HDMI pass through to fail. Check out our article on how the HDMI pass through feature works

4. Some Pioneer Receivers Arent Compatible

You need to check your manual, especially if you have an older receiver. This is because some Pioneer receivers simply won’t display anything on the TV if connected via HDMI. Instead, they must use an analog RCA cable.

In this case, you need to switch the TV input to analog and go through the setup menu.

Why did my HDMI Port Suddenly Stop working?

There are a number of fixes and reasons that could be applied or explain why the HDMI port is not working on your device. There are several variables that could be the cause of this issue, there are also various ways to fix all the problems individually.

Check your Hardware

The issue could be caused by faulty hardware design, a damaged HDMI port could be caused by system or hardware malfunction. Damaged or corrupted hardware can easily cause an error in your HDMI experience.

With that being said, before we move on to some other solutions to fix the HDMI that’s not working on your device, you should check on your hardware.

Restart and Reconnect your Devices

A large amount of the time, when HDMI ports are not working, it might not be due to faulty hardware, it is usually caused by an improper boot-up sequence.

Improper boot-up Laptop sequence or your HDMI device can result in the error where you might find your HDMI not working.

Set your HDMI Device as the Default Device

If both the above-elaborated methods fix your problem of HDMI not working on Windows 10, then you should try to check if your HDMI device is set as the default or not.

The majority of the time, your HDMI device won’t work if it’s not set as a default device for your Windows system. Thus, you need to set the HDMI device you want to use as a default device.

How to convert AV to HDMI

This can be achieved pretty quickly if you have an AV to HDMI converter. If you do not have one, you may have to purchase one.

How To Convert Old TV to HDMI

  • You can connect an older TV by using an HDMI to an RCA converter.
  • Plug one end of the HDMI cable into the device and the other end into the converter.
  • Then, take the RCA cables from the opposite end of the converter and plug them into your TV.

Can you convert analog to HDMI?

Analog signals, also known as VGA signals, can be converted by passing them through a converter. The converter changes the analog video signals and the stereo audio signals into digital signals. The digital signals are then sent and connected via HDMI cables to any monitors with HDMI connections.

Does HDMI to RCA lose quality?

There are no observed changes in quality when converting HDMI signals via RCA cables. You should confirm by checking your TV audio menu to be certain it can be set to output in PCM stereo. Most optical to analog converters are not able to handle 5.1 bitstream output.


There are many reasons why your Pioneer receiver HDMI output may stop working. We have done our best to cover as many as we can in this post. We hope you found the fix for your issue. In addition, you can check out our article on Pioneer receiver volume control problems if you also encounter this issue.

If all else fails, you could get a Pioneer Bluetooth adapter or an alternative to get audio once there is a signal. To learn more about this general issue for other receivers, check out our guide on why is my receiver’s HDMI output is not working.

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