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Kenwood VR-6070: Broken volume knob; will IR sensor still work?

Hi FixYa experts,

Just an FYI: I am a software engineer with some electronics background and an amateur radio license. I can read schematics and know Ohm's Law, and some of the other basics of electronics, and can test things with a multimeter, if you can respond.

I recently purchased a Kenwood VR-6070 receiver used. It has a problem, namely the volume knob (and its attendent buttons beneath, Mute and AV Aux) do not work; I think because at one point in the receivers life someone stood the receiver up with the front-face plate pointing down, which put 40lbs of pressure directly on the volume knob! The remote is broken too (I think, I tried two sets of fresh batteries and nothing happened; haven't checked to see if the IR LED blinks in a camcorder yet, will do that next), so I cannot adjust the volume level! Otherwise, the receiver seems to work fine.

Since the receiver seems to fine otherwise, here's my questions:
1) I suspect that the "volume control assembly" internal to the unit is broken, since the buttons beneath the volume knob are broken too. I'd like to know: What else is attached to the "volume control assembly"?

2) If I went out and picked up a new remote that could send out the IR signals that this receiver needed (say a universal Logitech Harmony remote), would it work? I ask this b/c an electrical technician friend of mine suspected that the receiver's IR sensor is on the same "volume control assembly".

I guess I'm kinda hoping for someone who has access to the service manual to help me to know whether I'd have to replace the "volume control assembly" or whether I can get by with just a remote.

Thanks,
Sheep

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  • sheepsim May 29, 2009

    Sheep responding to my own question,

    Turns out #2 works, I got a universal remote and it can control the volume.

    Maybe this info would help others with similar problems.

    -Sheep


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Looks like you have several faults?
First try to fix the remote:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Repair-your-remote-controls/

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