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HT-DB120 - PROTECTION due to shorted output stage

I have the same problem on my unit. One day whilst playing for @ 20 min. the system stopped with "PROTECTION" displayed. On opening the unit I could not see any symptoms of the failure, like shorted cap or component and I checked all the power transistor modules with a multimeter and they did no indicate a short. After keeping it for 3 weks I powered it on yesterday only to notice a small whiff of smoke come out near the middle (biggest) power module. However no burning smell, nothing. This tells me that one of the output modules or transistor in the module is shorted. I did not have the time to desolder this and try powering on but this is the cause of the auto PROTECTION trip. Cause: Shorted power output stage that drives the speakers. I will update this as i have time (and patience) to desolder each module and test which one is fired up. Then the next thing will be to get an equivalent replacement transisitor to repair it. Anyone who can add more value to this is welcome to share their "repair" experience.

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  • shegoddess Nov 04, 2007


    I try to power on my dvd player but protection comes on automatically and then powers off to stand by. Anyone have an answer to this

  • phunktified Jan 21, 2008

    Same problem: power on, message flashes "HE... PROTECTION", immediately powers off. I'm guessing it would say "heat protection" if the message flashed the first word more slowly? The first time this happened it powered on, I put in a DVD, got the error and unit powered off. Then it would never power on again, and I could only retrieve the DVD by unscrewing the outer casing.

    Called Samsung "help" line - they were NO help as they said they had NO record of this model number!? The system is only about 4 years old, how can Samsung have no record of this model? (I think they don't want to answer recall questions for this model.) To top it off, Samsung wanted $160 dollars to repair the system.

  • Aradan Feb 19, 2008

    Same problem - I tried to unplug all the speakers as someone suggested here but it was no use...

  • Aradan Feb 19, 2008

    Same problem - I tried to unplug all the speakers as someone suggested here but it was no use...

  • Aradan Feb 19, 2008

    Same problem - I tried to unplug all the speakers as someone suggested here but it was no use...

  • lindi21 Apr 14, 2008

    i also have the same problem, unplugging doesnt work, will not turn back on! Please help i want my dvd back!!!

  • Dyester Jan 02, 2009

    same problem here

  • Anonymous Jan 25, 2009

    same as above. I think I'll just salvage the speakers and dump the unit.
    piece o ****.

  • JWcunt Jul 22, 2012

    @phunktified It's more likely that the HE is the start of "HELLO" during power on and then it gets overridden by the PROTECTION message.



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I have the same problem. was playing a cd for my son for about 20 mins. CD started skipping then froze up and shut off. When trying to power on the word "PROTECTION" comes on then shuts right off. Is there any solution for this problem? My husband bought this when it first came out over 6 years ago at $400. I bearly even use it. It's a waste to throw away. Please someone help. Thanks.

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  • JWcunt Jul 22, 2012




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