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Creek left channel static

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SOURCE: Creek 5350SE amplifer left Channel dead

It's the ribbon cable that is likely at fault. There are actually three computer type ribbon cables in the amp. I believe the cable that is responsible for the drop-out of a channel is the widest (longest) of the three, but you really need a tech to look at it and replace the cable. But please note that the new cable may also have defects in manufacture and that it may take some time to order a new cable from Creek. I had a tech solve the problem permanently by removing all three ribbon cables and then hard-wiring the connections together - that is to say, point-to-point wiring. My cost was about $250, but as you can imagine, there is extensive labor involved. Good luck!

Posted on Aug 13, 2009

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SOURCE: Creek SE 5350 one channel without sound

I think you will find that the fault is either a dry joint somewhere (have you moved it recently?) OR more likely a transistor. It might be caused by one getting very hot! Thus shutting down and coming back on when cool.
The best way to track this troublemaker down is to spary each transistor (in the left channel only don't bother with the other or Power section) with Servisol Freezer spray. Wait for the thing to play up then spray -one at a time- if it pops on you have got the bugger! To make certain apply a soldering to it and it should act up again. Spray again to confirm.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010

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  2. Noisy control pots may also be contributing to the problem. taking the lid off and giving the pots and switches with decent squirt of contact cleaner lube (I use CRC2-26)
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I am happy to talk to you more about the problem. I would need to talk a bit further with you, just ask away in here.


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