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Have Hitachi Dynaharmony HMA8300 ad HCA8300 pre-amp. When unit has been on for around an hour the sound starts to deteriorate (like you would hear from a really badly tracking stylus on vinyl covered in dust) and eventually the safety overload switch kicks in. Sometimes smells as though it is running too hot. If I leave to cool down the amp/pre-amp is ok again for a little while. Problem started manifesting itself about 9 months ago when I crank the volume up. These amps just keep going till they destroy the speakers without any loss of quality of sound. It would get to about one third power output (75 watts RMS) and would trip out. Leave alone for a few minutes and all was OK. It is 31 years old and I have had it from new so obviously something is getting tired inside. There is still very little that comes close to the sound of this monster in full flight when you can see glass rhythmically bowing to the music in window frames with the volume turned around half way!

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Try just cleaning the speaker select and tape monitor switches.

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