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Denon AVR 2106 Protect Mode (followup)

Checked R184 10 ohm resistor and it checked out @10.7 so that looks OK. The DC voltages for R 145 and R146 look way out of wack. When measured against chassis ground R146 read -28.49 on one side and +3.28v on the other. Similarly R 145 measured +3.27 on one side and + 35.6v on the other. I did check the output transistors a week or so ago. When I compared the ohm readings one against the other they all were similar. I assumed that they wouldn't all fail at once so I discounted their failure. I only have the schematics for the 2106 not the complete service manual. Since the schematics don't have the voltage regulator model numbers I need to ask you for them and/or the Denon part numbers. I assume they will be unique to Denon. Otherwise I could go generic. Please advise and thanks very much for your input. It's what I was looking for.

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Your information you need will follow this next paragraph. I just wanted to explain a little about myslef and the site to you first.

Since my information was just what you were looking for, a rating of "FixYa!" would have really been appreciated. A "Helpful" rating is good for some experts here, but it drags my overall rating down. I am sure you did not realize that when you rated my other post. A FixYa! rating is not just for getting a unit fixed, it is also appropriate when you get all the information that would be reasonable to get for your problem. It is rare that any expert here can actually solve a problem that requires some expert troubleshooting skills without ever having the unit in front of them to troubleshoot. So if you have received the best help possible, it is wrothy of a FixYa! rating. Most people who come here for help have no idea how to replace parts, they usuall want a quick fix that requires the pressing of a couple of buttons. 99% of the experts here could never figure out how to fix one of these Denon receivers. I don't want to toot my ownn horn, but I know these receivers as well as Denon knows them. I have been a audio technician for over 18 years and much of that time I have worked at an authorized Denon service center. So I know how to fix these better than most technicians anywhere. Just because I have so many years of experience working on Denons. I am doing this work at FixYa! for free, I don't get paid one red cent for helping you with this very expensive receiver. Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining, I am just reconsidering offering any more help here at this site. The only reward I get for the help I give people for free is a rating, and most people who get the very best information from me don't seem to realise that "Helpful" is really not that good. I guess you could say I feel a little under-appreciated. Well, enouph of my whinning, lets get to your problem.

From the voltage reading of the regulators I believe that the regulators are both shorted. They should only have 15 volts on each, one negative and one positive.

You could use generic regulators, but they usually have a metal tab on the regulator that would need to be insulated against the heat sinks. The original regulators do not have the metal tab, so no insulator is needed. They are in a TO220 package, just like many transistors. If you use a generic, you must also insulate the screw that holds it against the heat sink. If you do not know how to do these things, please just get the originals.

Here is the part numbers

IC101 Denon part number = 9630219408
IC101 generic part number= AN7815
IC102 Denon part number= 9630219505
IC102 generic part number= AN7915

I hope this gets you back up and running again. I think it will. If you have more problems let me know.

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I really appreciate the compliment as well, it makes this work very rewarding.

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Denon AVR 2106 Protect Mode


I will will help you with this, but you must follow my instructions. These are not easy unit to repair, and your troubleshooting technic may have even caused more problems. You should never power on a receiver with connectors unplugged. Since the 15 pin connector is used for the audio signals only (CN559) you may be OK, but please do not do this anymore unless you are willing to create a lot of smoke.

Since this unit does turn on without that one connector plugged in, I will assume that you do not have a blown channel even though it is the most common reason for these to go into "Protect Mode" which is what yours is doing. They go into protect mode to keep the receiver from causing more damage to the circuits and to prevent fires.

I think the most likely reason your unit is going into protect mode is because the negative 15 volt regulator on the main board is bad. This regulator is located by ref # IC102 and is on a small heat sink in the power supply area of the main amp board. Since you have the manual for this unit you should be able to find the part number and location very easy.

The second most likely reason for your problem is a resistor, ref # R184, it is a 10 ohm 1 watt resistor and it is right next to the pre-amp board on the main board. It is near CP501 but on the other side of the pre-amp board towards the output transistors a little. Check this resistor first with an ohm meter, see if it is at 10 ohms. If not, get a 10 ohm 1 watt flameproof resistor and replace it. Then make sure everything is plugged in right and try it again.

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Let me know if I have explained this good enough for you, if not I will give it another try.

Good luck,

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