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Tx-sr500 receiver I think the negative and positive wires of a speaker wire was shorted together while the receiver was powered up. When I try to power the unit up it goes right back off like the protection circuit is activated. Can this be reset or do I most likely have component damage ?

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  • spennat92 Aug 31, 2008

    power goes on but goes right back to stand by mode..... i s there a way t reset the unit... or a fuse that can be changed?



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Hi,your fears are confirmed... the protection circuit is self resetting, and is operating because the amp will most probably have blown that channel as a result of the speaker wire short. At the risk of doing more damage(in the workshop,we always soft start an amp with output problems to prevent more damage)you could take the lid off, check and replace any blown fuses, be sure to use the same rating and type. If the problem persists, or the fuses fail again, it needs some expert attention. Off to the repair shop.... Good luck, and thanks for checking with FixYa

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Power it OFF before handling any wiring.

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