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Shutdown protection? HELP please

My Denon avr1603 worked perfectly for 17 months then last week it started to shut itself down (auto protect ?), read manual and disconnect all speakers, wait till unit is cooled down turn back on, after 6 minutes exactly it shuts down again,led starts flashing fast, use remote to turn back on because it is in standby mode,after 30 secs shuts down again. Take unit to sales to be fixed comes back after 3 days stating the flat cable connector to front panel was the problem, take unit home set it up after 10mins use shuts down again with the same problem all over, can anyone help me please Laurie

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Re: Shutdown protection? HELP please

All of the Denon recievers I have repaired (over 100) that shut down after a very short time are going into protect mode. The display lights up and after about 10 seconds the display goes out and the standby led blinks red.
I have found that they have one of 3 possible problems and they all require that the reciever be taken apart and fixed at component level. No way to tell what your problem is until it gets put on a bench and troubleshot.

Problem 1. This is the most common problem. One of the front channels shorts out. On the big heat sink the front channels are at each end. It is the front left channel (close to the display) This requires that the output transistors be replaced as well as some driver transistors and some resistors and a capacitor. Lots of work for a blown channel. Denon has put out a bullitin to upgrade the bias transistor and change a couple of resistors to help compensate for this failure. That channel overheats more than any other channel.

Problem 2. There is a resistor that is right next to the preamp board that opens up. It is a 10 ohm 1 watt resistor and when it opens, it causes the unit to go into protect.

Problem 3. The +12 volt regulator fails. It is in the power supply area on a smal heat sink right next to the -12 volt regulator. Generic part number is KIA7812 It also causes the unit to go into protect.

Most decent repair shops can fix these from about $120 up to about $200. Depending on which problem it is and how fast they are at finding the problem. Most charge labor by the hour.

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When I turn up the volume to 12 my denon avr1603 shuts off????

Is that a 12 on a -80 to + whatever scale? I don't blame it.

Generally speaking, an amp attempts to protect itself from heat, shorts, overloads and operator exuberance by refusing to turn on or stay on.

Overloads can be from excessive periods of high output or marginally low impedance loading by the speakers; and shorts would be wiring issues or a speaker blowing up.

You should be able to feel if it's hot. WHY is it overheating? Make sure it has sufficient ventilation on all sides and that vent holes are not blocked by dust balls. Ensure the fan (if equipped) is running as designed (some only operate on demand). Clean dust and debris from it.

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Typically this is because of heat generation. There are protection circuits that will shutdown the receiver when it gets too hot. There are many reasons for this. Can you update this with the make and model please? That will help to determine the possible causes of the heat shutdown.


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It's going into protection. Check your speaker wires at the receiver, make sure none of the braids from the + to - are touching. Then if you still have the problem, disconnect the wires at the speakers and test power. If your receiver still shuts down, disconnect the speaker wires at the receiver and test. If the problem persists, it is a problem in your receiver and it needs serviced. Hope this helps. If you need further help, post a comment and I will help you further.

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Did you recently move any speakers around or any items near the speaker wire connections?
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