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Center speaker channel

The center speaker channel turns off after a short time as though the current limiter has kicked in. I have tried the speaker by using a different one but no change.
All other functions seem to work ok

Thankyou
Bryan Keane
U.K.

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  • zero_hifi Nov 17, 2008

    I got the same behavior on my DE-475... with few issues more.

    it brings the same behavior for SR and SR outputs as well...


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Audio amplifier is the main problem,check some resistors in audio out.

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