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No audio output

After a few years of storage on the shelf, I get no audio output through the speaker (A or B) connections, nor the headphone jack.
Unit powers up and all controls appear functional, just no output.

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THE FIX - to audio problems that persist with the VSX-29TX and others using the AWX7272 DSP board is to replace the ROM on the DSP. My unit started failing on and off after 10 years of use! The intermittent DSP board is an Extremely Common and irritating Problem for this model! The replacement IC,(2) resistors + shipping and handling totaled $49.65 and my unit is finally fixed correctly! Don't believe other posts that you can get away with re-soldering; it will continue to fail again and again! Details of fix are:

Replacement for the old Pioneer ROM located at location IC 9374, should be done with the part PD6381A from Pioneer Electronics. You will also need to move (relocate) the 2 resistors (0 Ohm resistors) located at R9372 and R9371 to locations R9374 and R9373.

This component update applies to DSP boards marked as AWX7433, AWX7272.

This fix is validated (from Pioneer) on the VSX-26TX,VSX-27TX,& VSX-29TX it might also work in the VSX-908, VSX-908RDS and others as long as the same DSP board was used.

Let me caution and stress that surface mount soldering skills ARE REQUIRED to do this update! It also doesn't hurt to have excellent vision and/or an eye loop or microscope to check your work. Original ROM's were subject to timing changes internal to the part as a result of HEAT. This model does get HOT! The program was also modified as a further safeguard to re-occurrence.

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