I am really disappointed because I just bought this about 3 months ago and the display quit working. Of course I get no help from the store I purchased it from. Is it an easy fix? I would prefer not to have to take it to a repair shop.
I think this is a common problem with this unit. Everybody I have seen on the message boards has had it happen after the warranty has expired. Mine was out of warranty, and I called Panasonic to ask what they were doing about this problem from a desing point. They basically said there was nothing they could do, but would offer me a small discount to buy a newer model. I started laughing and asked why would I buy another product from a company that has a problem that they have no intention of fixing or finding the cause of. It appears you can buy the part and do it yourself for $30 or so, but I haven't gone that route as of yet.
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I had the very same problem, and found that if you power up the receiver in DVD/CD mode, or tap the function button to display DVD/CB mode, the Wireless Rear Speaker AMP will automatically recognize and turn on the sound. This work around was not posted anywhere in the manual, just 1 of many workarounds I have had to put up with this system to work. Right now my fan went and it just keeps shutting down, I have had this system for about 15 months and very disappointed with the quality. My DVD player stopped working a few months ago, so now the system is rendered useless, not even sure it is worth fixing at this point since it is no longer under warrenty.
Displays die quite often on receivers just one of those things that happens.
Bose is pretty good about repair cost and timely in their turnaround. Here is a link to the support page
I would guess a replacement display would run about $150 installed plus you will have to ship your unit to them.
They like to do "flat rate" service plans which is one of those 50/50 deals most of the time you are better off just paying for the repair versus dealing with a service contract but you will have to find out whats available for your model.
Try first unplugging unit from main, and holding the cancel button.
If that does not work try the following: Hold at the same time the stop button on the main unit and key >10 on the remote control at the same time for about 5 seconds, until you get the word "initialised" on display. This will reset the unit to factory settings.
My Home theatre started to do the same thing today and I manged to get it going again by reseting the ratings password and changing the batteries in my remote. Oddly enough, I have never set a ratings password so I suspect the batteries caused the issue. Seems to be back to normal. Instructions for the reset are in the manual. Here's a link to the online one at Panasonics website http://service.us.panasonic.com/OPERMANPDF/SAHT730.PDF
By your description it looks like an internal protection has tripped. The reset will not work if the unit is fried. Did this happen when you were pushing the unit really hard or distorting it? You may have to have it repaired, or replace it. Repairs can sometimes take a couple of months so be wary of this.