Question about Car Audio Receivers
The output IC is probably mounted (and soldered) to the main board and the IC typically has a metal tab on it that is bolted to the player's metal chassis or a metal block on the board to help with power dissipation (heat).
Maybe you misinterpreted that there was a board problem as well. It's true, the board needs repaired but they might have been referring that the IC needs to be replaced on the board.
$250.00 seems steep to me. Who is to say that they will really replace the entire board and not just replace the IC? The only way to know for sure is to demand the old board back. After all, it's yours....you paid for it.
Replacing the output IC is not that difficult.
1. Requires mechanical knowledge to take the player apart and put it back together.
2. Requires knowledge to be able to unsolder the old part and install the new part (don't forget the heatsink compound grease!)
You will save money by buying the defective part and having it replaced by a professional. Your biggest bill will be the labor since you already bought the part and bypassed any markup on the pricing. Hopefully that is all that is wrong with it. You didn't mention the symptoms - like no sound.
Posted on Jan 25, 2008
$250 is a bit tough if you are sure the IC is only $27. It is not clear from your post if your microprocessor works alright. If your display and other functions were okay when you gave it to the service guys, your micro is okay, in that case the only other costly thing in your board is output ic. Getting a board from Pioneer isn't easy, they don't sell boards in shops, they provide it to their authorized service ceneters only. You can try finding a friend who is aware of the boards and have this checked.
Posted on Jan 25, 2008
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