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"PROTECTOR" BLINKING My receiver has been wonderful over the years and all of a sudden I wake up this morning and turn it on and "Protector" is blinking in the LCD. I have unplugged it and replugged in, but it still will not clear. HELP!!!!

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i also have JVC with same problem. but today i noticed that when i take off the AUX input signal to it .then it works ok for long but when i put AUX input with very high volume then it display PROTECT display.

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The protector circuit protects your amplifier from shorted speakers . One of your speakers , or more speakers are shorted out . To figure it out easily follow these instructions . Turn the unit off . Now unplug all of the speaker wire connections from the back of the unit . Turn the unit on . Make sure the volume is turned all the way down . The protector light should not light up . If it does , the problem is inside the unit itself and we'll have to be repaired at the shop . If the protector light is off than continue on as follows . Connect the speakers one at a time to the unit . Each time you connect a speaker , turn the volume control up and back down making sure the protector light does not come on . When you connect the bad speaker , the protection light should come on . Whichever speaker makes the lights come on when connected is the bad speaker and should be replaced .

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Hello Fixya customer,

Thank you for your question.

The best way to fully isolate the fault is to disconnect all the speaker wires, and verify that there are no strands of wire shorting between the speaker terminals on the rear of the unit.

Turn the volume all the way down, full CCW, and if it goes into shut down with the STBY light blinking then there is a fault in one of the amplifier's.

Thank you for using Fixya, and if I can be of further assistance please ask.

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It sounds like you may have a speaker wire shorting which is causing the receiver to go into "auto protect" mode. Check all of the speaker wire connections on the back of the receiver and at all of the speakers to make sure the wires are not touching or close enough to possibly touch.

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