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Sound cuts out

I have the same problem with my Pioneer VSX-816 Receiver. The sound on my Front Left and (sometimes) right keeps cutting out. I agree with another user that it happens at lower volumes and will sometimes turn back on as I increase the volume to higher levels. I'm not sure if this is a power issues or what I need to do to solve it, but the problem is intermittent.

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No, this sounds like a speaker problem to me.
It sounds like the voice coils in your speaker(s) have been fried.
What happens is the part that is burnt does not funtion, but as you increase the volume/voltage the speaker "jumps" foward to a section of voice coil that is not as damaged.
Check your speakers!

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