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IR Reliability--Intermittent The receiver works well in all respects...but often it will not respond to IR commands. I've tried other remotes, eliminating my repeater, new batteries, etc. Nothing works. It does not seem temperature dependent as I've tried cooling the unit more and it's still an issue. Sometimes the IR actually works...but most of the time not. Any ideas on what could be causing this issue?

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  • Jeremy Buckingham Jun 09, 2007

    The IR window is clean in all respects. The unit is located inside a cabinet. It doesn't seem to matter whether it's closed or open.

    No flourescent lights are even in the house let alone nearby.

    Proximity to the unit also has no impact...which means it's getting plenty of signal.



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The Kenwood VR-510 does indeed respond to IR remotes. I now use a Logitech Harmony H659 which is IR only.
Your issue is a problem with the VR-510, actualy the whole series had a problem with cold solder joints on an assembly behind the front panel. Fix that and fix the problem. It frustrated me for 5 yrs.
Go here for the fix:
This site has the fix well documented:
All is working great now!

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The VR-510 uses a Radio Frequency remote not a IR (infared) remote. So it should not respond to IR remotes.

Posted on Jun 02, 2008


I ahave the same problem. You can reset the receiver but in my case it did not do anything

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Is the IR window on the Kenwood dirty (inside and outside)? Is the IR lens itself dirty? How about working with room lights off...any change?

Posted on Jun 09, 2007

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