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RCA Home Theater Receiver won't work

I purchased this unit, RV-9978 system about 1999. Receiver, sub-woofer, 5 surround sound speakers. The package is great, but not long ago, the receiver went dead for no apparent reason.....appears that it is not getting power. Any fuses or other items I can look for to get this back in operation? I always kept it clean from dust and it was never dropped so I am dumbfounded at this point!! Help Please!! Dennis

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I had the same problem but it happened 2 years ago. i went out and bought a new receiver for $200. The RCA receiver has flaws and isn't worth fixing

Posted on Feb 16, 2008


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Alright i had a chance to look over things, this is how you are going to hook up the sub. first we'll be connecting the surround sound unit to the sub woofer.
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negative ( - )<- - -to- - - - - - ->( - ) left speaker level in

right front: positive (+) <-----to------------->(+) right speaker level in
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now that the surround sound unit is connected to the sub woofer you will need to connect the front surround sound speakers to the sub woofer.
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left speaker level out (+)<-----to--------> (+) left front speaker
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right speaker level out (+)<-----to--------> (+) right front speaker
right speaker level out( - ) <- - - to- - - ->( - ) right front speaker

Alright now that the wires are all over the place and plugged in
turn everything on and see how it sounds. let me know if everything is working as it should. if you need help with anything else or if something does not seem right please feel free to contact me via e-mail or phone
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