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Damaged Speaker Connection on Receiver

Front right speaker cracks. I have tried changing the speaker and speaker wire so I have narrowed the problem down to the speaker connection on my receiver. Not sure how to go about trying to fix this. Should I try to fix it myself, take it somewhere, or mail it somewhere for service. I live in Rocky Mount, NC.

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Try swapping the speakers to see if your right speaker works on the left side.Is the jack where it plugs in loose?

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10 years and first problem to repair. When you turn on and select DVD or any other selection a very loud cracking noise comes through right speaker only. So loud (with volume tuned off too) that I fear...

I think your receiver is damaged.

Try this.

Mark the speaker wires on the back of the receiver. label the speaker connected to the left channel "Left" and the speaker connected the the right channel "Right"

Also pay attention to the polarity (positive an negative) making some type of marking on your speaker wire so you can reconnect them correctly.

Disconnect both left and right speakers.

Connect the speaker wire that is labeled "Right" to the receiver's left speaker connections only then turn your receiver on.

IF the loud noise comes back, this speaker is damaged. I am guessing that the speaker is fine.

Now connect the speaker that was labeled "Left" to the receiver's right speaker connections and turn the receiver on.

IF the loud noise comes back like it did before but now playing through the "good" speaker there is a problem with your receiver.

If so, your receiver is 10 years old. Isn't it time for an upgrade? Try ebay for good used equipment deals.

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Pioneer receiver overload

The "Overload" message usually involves the speakers or the speaker wires. Disconnect the speaker wires and make sure that they aren't frayed or damaged. (When you reconnect them, make sure that no loose wire touches the receiver case, speaker or another wire.) Replace any damaged wire. Make sure that none of your speakers have a lower impedance than the receiver can handle. (Most Pioneer systems have a 8 ohm limit.)

If the message persists, turn off the system. Disconnect one speaker at a time and try turning on the receiver and turning up the volume. If the error disappears when one speaker is removed, that speaker may be damaged and needs to be serviced. Do not reconnect the speaker to the receiver until it is fixed.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

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Trying to reconnect speakers front and back i have left and right -front and back speaker mix up unhook speaker to change room around can,t remember how to reconnect

Each speaker has a plus (+) and a minus (-) connection marked on it as does each speaker conection on the back of the receiver. Match them up.

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My receiver shuts off at a certain volume saying check wire

Here are a couple of common causes for this... You may indeed have a wiring issue between the receiver and speaker(s) - i.e. wire damage causing the conductors to touch each other (look for wire problems at the back of the receiver or speaker(s) right where the wire connects to the device). Also check for physical damage like pinched wire, damaged or missing insulation, etc. The speaker(s) could be damaged (possibly from excessive power/volume levels). If these are not the problem, the cause may be the receiver itself. Try disconnecting one speaker at a time and running the volume back up to see if the receiver shuts off. This may help isolate a specific wire/speaker to check.

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Trying to install my new home theatre

Are you sure the wire is not damaged somewhere? Are you sure that you are connecting the wire to the correct terminal on the receiver? Is the speaker OK?

To test all of this, try different combinations. With Right speaker working, disconnect the wire from speaker and connect it to the left speaker. If it doesn't work, then the left speaker is faulty.

Now disconnect the wire from receiver's right-front terminal and connect to left-front terminal. If it doesn't work, you are either connecting to wrong terminal or the terminal/receiver is faulty.

At last, try using the "left" wire to connect the rigth speaker to right terminal. If it doesn't work, the wire is faulty.

P.S. The +/- doesn't matter for testing, the sound should go either. It is just needed to have all speakers connected in the same polarity, because else the sound waves would eliminate themselves.

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How do I know if I have a grounded speaker wire?

Disconnect all speaker wires at the receiver, tthen turn it back on. If the unit stays on, It is either a shorted wire (grounded) or a bad speaker. The easiest way to narrow the problem is to reconnect one speaker at a time, then turn the receiver back on, if it stays on, it's ok. Then move on to the next. If one causes a short, the receiver will shut down. Next, at the speaker causing the problem, disconnect the speaker wire at the speaker. Make sure wires are separated, then turn the unit back on. If it stays on, put another speaker in it's place and try again. If it stays on, it's a speaker problem. If you can disassemble the speaker, do so and look at any place there's a connection and look for the obvious, wires touching, or a black mark on the circuit board (if it has one). Beyond that, you can check the speaker with a meter and look for a dead short, which would be a burnt voice coil. If your not sure how to do this, take the speaker to Radio Shack and they will do it for you in about a minute. Hope this points you in the right direction. If you have any more questions, post a comment and I will help you some more.

Jul 09, 2009 | RCA RT2660R Receiver

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Receiver is shutting down.....

First, I have to compliment you on a thorough and comprehensive problem description and an apparent sense of how to troubleshoot. We're halfway there already.

Your Blu-Ray / PS 3 statement is intriguing but with the E-1 code that absolves it as the problem.

You have two opposing symptoms: the live failure says you have a short while the test mode implies an open circuit. We have to isolate everything and see if it moves to another channel.

Let's run with the "E-1: NO FRONT SP" error. I think it's trying to tell us we have an intermittent sensation of an open wire in one of the Front speaker channels. * Unfortunately, the manual doesn't break out Left and Right (but I'm sure the receiver knows) to help us isolate. You say it doesn't get past the Left test. I need you to decide by listening to the Left Front Speaker setup routine if it's really working or not, and if it seems to be working, maybe the receiver is really failing at the point it advances to the Right Speaker, assuming Right follows left in the sequence.

Verify for me: You swapped the two front speakers Left to Right and replaced both speaker wires with NEW wires and had no improvement.

I'm wary of a failcode that doesn't identify which of a pair is failing, so I 'd like to see ALL NEW speaker hardware and connections in place to avoid the pitfall of swapping the L & R with each other and having one of them be the problem without changing the symptom.

We can accomplish this easily: Try temporarily running the rear speakers as the Fronts just to see if the test can pass. If so, test the Fronts as if they're the Rears speakers. You should be able to just swing the receiver-ends of the cables among the speaker posts.

Something should change or else the problem is internal to the receiver. Good luck.

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No sound out of right main when watching DVR/TV or VHS

When watching TV or VHS the sound should be stereo and therefor come out of the the 2 front speakers. I suspect you now have sound out of the left front and the center speaker which indicates you connected the center speaker to the right front speakerterminal and the right front to the center terminal.

Just check if all speakers are connected to the correspondent speakerterminal.

If this is correct and the problem persists, try to connect another speaker to the right front terminal to see of the terminal or speaker is not working properly. If another speaker does work on the same connection, your right speaker might be damaged which might not be heard when listening to 5.1 because of the surround sound.

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Right front speaker channel has a lower than usual output...

very basically try swapping over the speaker cables, if this doesnt work i suspect you are in need of a new ouput i.c. these can go if the speaker wires are touched together, unless there is a protection circuit.

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I don't know if this is a solution but I was getting the same thing and adjusted the dynamic range to min and it seemed to get rid of the crackling sound. Not sure why that works but it does.

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