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OVERLOAD Message followed by receiver shutting down.

As I increase the volume beyond a certain point the Overload message is displayed and the receiver then shuts off. Its a Pioneer VSX 517 Home Theater Receiver.

I am not using the Home Theater speakers nor do I have a sub woofer connected. I am using standard Pioneer Front, center and Rear speakers from an older model component set.

Any ideas?



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  • drphidd Jan 02, 2009

    Thanks MrScary66613. The receiver works standard at 8 ohms and can throttle down to 6Ohms. I did that but not change. Also I did not buy the speakers with the kit. Just the Receiver.


  • drphidd Jan 02, 2009

    Lol. Smile... This reminds me of my old Tube Amplifiers back in the 1970's when we had to put a fan behind the thing or else it would Nuke the damn party....

    Doubt the Heat issue as its well ventilated.

    Maybe I should use the speakers from the kit and see what happens eh!



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The First step in this would be to Check the Ohms Limit in the Manual and Compair to the Ohms on the Speakers that you are running and the Ones that came with it. Usually when you By the "Kit" the Speakers are Factory Matched with the Reciever. Let me Know!

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    Travis Humphries Jan 02, 2009

    Ok, This very well could be the Internal Amplifier Malfunctioning. Is there Adequite Ventilation around the Installation? Could be getting Hot and Shutting down due to the Overheat Security Shutoff for the Amplifier. I actually installed a Computer CPU Fan Behind my Pioneer Reciever to get Extra airflow and Correct a Similar Problem a while Back.

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    Travis Humphries Jan 02, 2009

    Could not Hurt! How do you think that I learned about the Fan? Dad had the same Prob back in the 70's!!!!!! LOL LOL


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