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Carver Sound Problems

I have a 1996 Carver CT26v Preamplifier & AV505 5-channel power amplifier. Everything worked fine for 2 front speakers on channels 1 & 3, until I added a center speaker on channel 3 & two rear speakers on channels 4 & 5. The rear speakers never worked, the center speaker quit after 2 hours, & eventually the front speakers quit too. I followed the manuals installation instructions & schematic diagrams, checked everything 3 times. Have you solved this problem before; apparently it is a common problem(sounds like dud channels &/or thermal issues).

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Your going to need this place to download the remedy's for your system http://www.euras.com/repair_tips_1/CARVER/AV505/AV505_CARVER.htm

if it is not working then there is another serious problem , and it could be the amp IC or the volume IC but tests will need to be done to determine what is causing the failure , but it does sound like amp IC as a suspect since the rear were not even working , did the volume seem different when turning it up or down before the center quit or after the center quit?

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