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Receiver turns off as soon as turned on.

I have not used the receiver in a long time. I want to use the preamplifier to connect my turntable to my PC audio line in to transfer LP's to CD-R. I don't have speakers hooked up. Will the lack of speaker load cause the receiver to turn itself off for protection?

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You have said the correct thing HDMI is digital therefore Analog will not pass.
You might have RCA audio outputs on your cable box so either send them into the TV from cable or into the AMP then use AMP volume to listen to TV audio (select unused input and remember it is for TV) the key is to remember that cable box will drive the initial vol so raise or lower cable vol then use AMP vol to obtain desired volume.

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Your tv is new? if it is then it has a remote link, Panasonic call it Viera link, Sony call it Bravia link. Check your tv if it has that, if it does turn it off.
problem should be solved.

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As mentioned, I have got to the bottom of this without Onkyo's help. I replaced the offending component, which is a 5.5V 0.1F backup capacitor. This is mounted on the front PCB, just below the right hand side of the display. It is a right pain to get to. Here briefly is what to do:
1: Unplug (really important!), remove top cover.
2: Undo three screws underneath front panel edge, pull off volume and tone knobs, and gently pull off metal front panel from the bottom, which is held with sticky tape inside.
3: Undo five screws from plastic front panel and free it. You will now have limited access to the front panel PCB and audio processor PCB.
4: Cut a few black cable ties as required to gain better access to front PCBs, and unplug ribbon cable from right hand side. It may be helpful to undo the nut and so release the volume control encoder.
5: Still struggling with poor access, release the standoffs from the audio processor PCB and unplug its ribbon cable. You have to remove the audio processor PCB in order to get to the screws under it. You may want to remove the PCB for holding the mains switch.
6: Now with some kind of access to the whole of the front panel PCB, undo 10,000 screws which secure it to the black plastic front panel.
7: Now with limited access to the front side of the front panel PCB, locate the capacitor, towards the right hand side of the display, just beneath it. Note the polarity; the negative terminal goes to the left/top pcb land, positive to the bottom/right. Desolder and replace this component. HINT: Make life easier for next time and mount the new part on the REAR of the PCB, so now negative will be down. Care with polarity!
8: Reassemble carefully. Make sure that the volume control encoder metal clasps are tight as they come apart easily. Fit new cable ties in original locations (important to prevent hum pickup).

The parts you will require then are about 6 nylon cable ties, and a 0.1F 5.5V capacitor. I had to make do with a 0.047F part because it was all I had to hand and I didn't want the machine in bits while I ordered one. Many of these components today are radial PCB mounting, which are not an ideal fit but could be used at a push. If you can get a vertically mounted one, that would be better. The nearest I can readily find is from RS Components item 377-350 (Panasonic EECS0HD104V), and the leads on this could doubtless be re-jigged to fit.


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SOURCE: how to connect 6.1 speakers to 7.1 receiver

Using the Onkyo display setup, you can turn off one surround speaker, and your receiver should realize it's using the 6.1 channels instead of the 7.1

If you don't want to go that route, use the mic setup that came in the box and your Onkyo will determine by itself the 6.1 channel layout.

It should work fine.

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You will need to connect the speakers to the front channels as you would with any normal set(Speaker + to amp +, speaker - to amp -, etc) then you connect the special Bose equalizer through a tape monitor loop and always have the monitor loop engaged.

Posted on Dec 29, 2008

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SOURCE: Onkyo TX-SR606 getting no sound from HDMI sources

Not sure if this is your fix, but I had what I thought was the same problem. I played with my Onkyo quite a bit ensuring the correct assignments for HDMI, audio and all that stuff. Turns out I neglected to make sure the output devices were properly assigned. Many devices aren't default to output sound over HDMI. I changed the audio out settings on the cable box to HDMI and suddenly the Onkyo worked great. I know, I'm an idiot for not checking that in the first place, but maybe someone out there is having the same trouble as well.

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When i hook up my B &O turnable to Audio 1 Or Audio 2, i got sound but at very low volume even when jacked up to max. all other components blast out audio from my speakers.

It's logical, the audio output level for the turntable is very low (depending on the model about 1-5mVolts) while the line inputs (where you try to connect the turntable) can handle audio levels of 500-775mVolts. As I can see your amplifier is not able to handle this kind of inputs (assuming that your turntable is a typical one, without any include preamplifier) In case you insist on connecting this turntable on this amplifier there are some solution to suggest (mainly using a kind of pre-amplifier between the turntable and the main amplifier) but in order to be sure for what to suggest to you, please clarify me the brand / model for this turntable.

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The ground for the turntable connection is not working. I've got a bad hum with the ground wire attached to the screw on the receiver and a worse hum when I disconnect it. I had the turntable checked...

The ground connection on your receiver is simply connected to the metal chassis, so there's nothing that can go wrong with it. You won't have hum problems with any sources other than the turntable because their output levels are higher.

With nothing connected to the turntable input, do you still hear any hum? You shouldn't. If you do, the problem is not because of the ground connection, but because something in the receiver's phono preamplifier circuit is faulty. But if there's no hum, the turntable is responsible. The fault may be in the turntable's output cable. The shield connection may have broken loose from the terminal where it's connected in the turntable. Or your cartridge may be defective.

If your receiver is the culprit, you can see about having it serviced. Or you can purchase an external turntable preamp. Radio Shack sells one, and here's another source. With an external preamp, you can connect your turntable to one of the higher-level inputs (AUX, CD) and avoid the phono input.

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Turntable problem

It could be a couple of different things.

Do you get any sound, even very faint, if volume is turned up all the way?

If so, you probably have the turntable connected to the wrong type of input or you have the wrong type of turntable for the type of input you have on the receiver.

Older turntables have a very, very low level of audio output which requires an input that has much more gain than the normal type of audio input on a receiver.

Many newer turntables and receivers has the same level phono inputs and outputs as the other inputs and outputs of the receiver like the CD or Tape I/O. When an older turntable with such a low level output is connected to this type of phono input the sound is so low you can only hear it very faintly with the volume all the way up.

If you have the proper type of turntable for the type of input on your receiver, then the problem is most likely in the turntable. To check if it is or not, disconnect the turntable from the receiver, and then connect an RCA cable to the receivers phono input with nothing connected to the other end. Then with the volume turned up just about 1/4 to 1/2 the way up, touch the ends of the male ends of the RCA cable that are not connected to anything with your finger lightly tapping it a few times. You should be able to hear the tapping sound real easy in the speakers. If you hear that noise you know that the receiver is OK. If you don't hear anything the receiver has a pre-amp problem or the receiver is not set to the proper function.

If you determain the receiver is working normal, you have a problem in the turntable. Most times it is the stylus or the wires connected to the cartridge which holds the stylus.

Another thing to check is that if your turntable has a ground wire coming off the back of it near the RCA outputs of it, make sure that it is connected to the chassis of the receiver. Most receivers have a ground terminal right on the back that you can loosen with your fingers and then put the ground wire from the turntable in there and tighten it hand tight. If it has no ground terminal on the receiver you can always just loosen a screw on the back and connect it there. Make sure the ground wire has the insulation cut back to expose the bare metal, that insures that you have continuity from the ground of the turntable to the ground of the receiver.

If your turntable has no ground wire, then you have a newer turntable type that would be able to plug into any of the audio inputs on the back of the receiver. It would be a turntable with a boosted signal that can only be connected to an input with the same level as the CD or Tape input.

I hope this helps you to figure out what your problem is, if you need more help don't hesitate to reply to this post. I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

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Appreciate the additional information.

To recap what you need is a receiver that can accommodate:
4 - Pioneer S-DF1-K (15-100W, 8 ohms)
1 - Pioneer PD-F407 25 Disc CD Player
1 - Pioneer CT-300 dual tape deck
1 - Kenwood KD-491F turntable

Possible choices are (keeping in mind that the power output should be less if not equal to 100 watts and a turntable/phono input):
i. Onkyo TX-8522 Stereo Receiver;
ii. Yamaha RX-397 100 Watt Natural Sound AM/FM Stereo Receiver;
iii. Sony STR DE695 AV receiver;
iv. Teac AG-790 200 Watt Stereo Receiver;
v. Denon AVR 888 - AV receiver - 7.1 channel.

Some of the above also includes feature(s) to hook up to your video system. Some may even require a fifth speaker (subwoofer).

Incidentally, you can also choose another brand/model even without a turntable/phono input. As initially posted, a turntable/phone to line level pre-amplifier is only required. Here are some examples:
a. XP200 Turntable Preamp - Nano Series;
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