You have to get a reciever with multi-channel pre-out or a preamp/processor connect to the anthem mca 5, there's NO multi-channel pre-out on your pioneer vsx-919ah-k .
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Good Afternoon, tencijup:
From pictures on the web, it doesn't look like your Pioneer receiver has pre-outs to connect to the Anthem MCA5 5-channel power amp. (Most receivers don't.) It may be possible to use the 'Zone 2' out or the DVR Out or CD-R Out into a separate (basic?) preamp with one (or more) inputs and 1-2 outputs having a volume control and then the output of this separate preamp into the Anthem but you would need to check the manual as to whether this is doable. (Maybe one of these outputs can function like the tape out from older preamp, integrated amps, or receivers.) Please do not plug/connect any one of these outputs from you receiver into the Anthem as the signal level/strength may well be higher than the Anthem can handle and in process blow your speakers. Other option is as you mentioned - new receiver with preamp outs or a preamp to connect into the Anthem.
Do you have a 3.5mm to RCA cable?
While the amp is power off, plug it in your cell phone headphone jack and the RCA end to the amp input, turn on the amp, play some music on your phone, make sure you turn the volume to 0 then slowly turn up the volume.