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My Onkyo Receiver TX 601 is turning itself off

Everytime a loud scene on a movie or a explosion sound came on, my receiver turn itself off. I only have the sound set at 55 or 60. I don't understand because I am able to turn it on immediately afterward.

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Re: My Onkyo Receiver TX 601 is turning itself off

May not help, but I had the same thing when I turned up the volume.. off it went.. then I found my two surround sound speakers had the wires shorting. Looks like a safety switch if there is a problem. Could check if the wires are crossed, shorted, and/or thick enouch to handle the volume.. test it by just having the stereo speakers enabled. Cheers,

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You user manual should detail this.


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