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Overload I've recently started having problems with my receiver overloading. When I turn up the volume to a certain point (-45 to -40, depending on whether it's the DVD player or our satellite radio), the amp indicates 'OVERLOAD' and shuts itself off. It's frustrating because the volume is not terribly loud. What are the causes of such a problem? I just got Sirius for Christmas and I want to crank it up inside but can't do it. Help!

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  • kaska Dec 01, 2007

    I have had the same vsx-515 for two years now, and now it started to turn off and it says "OVERLOAD" That is just after 5 minutes On, I am getting tired of it!!!!! Pioneer "used to be my favorite audio system"

  • Anonymous Feb 26, 2008

    I have the same "overload" problem. When I turn it up, it shuts off.Any ideas????

  • Anonymous Sep 20, 2008

    It just started last night. Has anyone contacted Pioneer?

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That same thing happened to me a few months back and the problem was that the terminals of a speaker were not connected properly, check all of your speaker cables, or check for a broken speaker by setting the volume of each one and make sure they all work, you might find the problem there!!!

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I had this same problem then it just quit one day when i tried ti crank it
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