I've shared your issue with an engineer colleague who worked on this product and below are his recommendations:
1. Please check that the audio cable is properly connected. Also check whether the Right balance button on the HDR 180 is stuck or sunk in (i.e. always activated). This may result in the Right channel being louder than the Left.
2. The cable may be defective. You may check this by using another cable, if you have one.
Hope this helps!
Problem with RS 180.
I just got my RS180 30th August from Amazon Germany.( Sold by Amazon EU sarl ) with elation and high hope.
Since yesterday I have been struggling to set up. (When I used mu old fathful HDR45 it was a breeze whether I am on TV channels or I switched to DVD)
I get separate vocals from the instruments and often the sound came from the right whether TV or DVD.
( am using Pioneer Plasma PDP436HDG ) The sound was either on the right or sound from both sides came on but did not sound normal.
Today after reading the manual from the disc I tried to fifddle with the Transmitter and the Headphone and when eventually I pulled and pushed the jack to the Input of the Receiver, both Right and Left channels came on from the DVD But when I switched to TV channel with the TV Remote (with the Jack to the Receiver Input undisturbed) only the Right channel had sound on despite pressing down balance L and R buttons on the Headphone the only sound I head was still from the Right channel.
I even tried pressing the ALC button on the Trasmitter when my Headphone was One meter away to get balance for both channels but to no avail.
Because of the trial and tribulation I missed Michael Jackson programme on TV;!
What can I do to make sure that whether I switch to TV or DVD the sound should come both from the Left and RIght channels and also at Balanced.levels.
I also find the buttons on the Right Ear-cup a chore and perplexing but that is nothing I can do. I wasn't aware of that. Comparatively my old HDR45 was a breeze.
As I cannot go back into the past anyone to share solutions? Perhaps Rosmadi; sorry to tax you; can chip in and offer solutions.
Is the Inlet of the Pioneer Receiver causing the problem at all?