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My Zoom R16 wont turn on

I'm no stranger to electronics repair, but this one has me puzzled. One night at band practice, I plugged my R16 in and when I switched the power on... nothing happened. I've checked the power supply (wall wart) and it's fine. I've tried the USB interface and batteries to power the R16, and neither of those worked. Faulty switch? Cracked solder joint? That was my next thought too. I opened the R16 up and looked for any obvious signs of damage. There were none. I used my voltmeter to check the switch and power is effected just fine by the switch. Physically, the R16 looks and appears to be mechanically sound. There's not a whole lot inside the R16 on the motherboard. At $400 to replace my R16, that's a bit much. I bought mine used about 2 years ago and have not had any problems until this problem 2 weeks ago. So, I'd like to get mine repaired. Any suggestions on who can service my R16? Will the repair cost outweigh the cost of just buying a new one?

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Hi , i have the same problem, did you fix the problem already ?

Posted on Nov 25, 2013

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  • Jonathan Maker Dec 02, 2013

    I meant in my previous post, if you already solved the problem. With the intention, if it has not yet been resolved, to mail me, because i know how you can fix this.

  • how do you fix it? mine would turn on for a few minutes then turn its self off, then one day nothing. Mine had leass than 20hrs of use and died 11 days past the waranty. Thanks!

  • Andy Longden
    Andy Longden Mar 21, 2014

    It's not been fixed. I suspect that the power input socket is at fault as it is loose compared to the socket on my 1266. I am hoping that this is the cause.

  • Christian MITOYEN
    Christian MITOYEN Apr 27, 2014

    You can try the R16 as sound card via USB .. no need power supply .. just wait about 5 s and then it go on and ask you for sound card function ... press enter twice ... If it's ok by this way, you problem is pehaps the power switch witch is NOT a real power switch because when you switch off, you can see the device don't power off instantely ... si it's a signal for the processor ...

  • Al Bettz
    Al Bettz Aug 26, 2014

    if either of you could provide a picture of the board while its dismantled I need know where three wires go from the little sister board to the main board, please email them to



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