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When i power on the unit, it comes on for a second, but shuts off

When i power on the unit, it comes on for a second and then goes into standby mode.

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  • warrenatk Feb 07, 2010

    No this is a kenwood surround receiver, Model # VR-517. It is a surround sound unit with 6 speakers for the home. Hope this helps.

  • warrenatk Feb 07, 2010

    I have tried it without any speakers hooked up to it. I have hooked up one speaker, two speakers, and so on, and it still comes on, then back to standby. I have the manual and am wondering about the memory back up function. It says-if the power cord is disconnected from the AC outlet for more than 2 days, which mine was, It would delete several things, one of which is the power mode. Just a thought. I am just sure that my problem is not speaker wire, I have new wire and trimmed neatly, since that was one of my first thoughts, it may be caused by the speaker wire. So, I appreciate any help u may give me, I am in no hurry, and thanks again. Warren Atkison

  • warrenatk Feb 09, 2010

    This problem isnt understood, I dont think, because when I was trying to put in my question, it would not let me put in the unit that I am having the problem with. After many unsuccessful attempts to put in the kind of and model number for, I became upset and put in this model-9152D. The unit I am trying to get an answer on is a Kenwood audio video surround receiver, which is a surround sound system for my home. The model number of the unit is VR-517. I realize this isnt not your fault but I wasnt sure if you knew what unit I was having the problem with. Still not sure where or what to do.



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I have the same problem with it cuttin, and i see a lot of other people with the same one. sounds like none of these solutions are really helpful, so i'll be the first to give THE solution. Throw it off a roof somewhere. and, don't just drop it. THROW IT DOWN! just a whoopie toss won't effectively give you the solution you need.

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Check the connections for your wired remote. The Amplifier is sensing that the remote is trying to power off the unit. It could be a loose terminal or a switch position on the remote itself.

From the users manual:

Always connect between · terminals of amplifiers ¡ and . If a cable is incorrectly connected between 9 and · terminals of these amplifiers, the amplifier protection circuit is turned on.
The manual is 8 pages of which only pages 1 - 7 have print.
Hopefully this will get your standby issue resolved.

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Check the remote wire there has to be a wire from the receiver to the amp that turns the amp on when the radio is turned on. The wire on the stereo is usuall blue and is labeled remote and this wire has to go from the stereo to the amp.

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  • Heath Moyer Feb 10, 2010

    Check the audio input wires going to the amp if the amp is not getting any audio signal then it will go into standby as there is no sound to amplify.


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That is the way it works, I assume it is a car amplifier here,please accept my apology if I am wrong.Normally these amps are powered on by the radio/cd player.It has a wire which connects them together which wakes up this amp when radio/cd is powered on.Hope I have answered your question.

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Click on the link below to view the original owners manual to your Kenwood surround sound stereo system:

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  • Anonymous Feb 07, 2010

    The manual says "check your speaker cords" they are short circuited. Then turn off your unit to eliminate the short circuit and turn the power back on again


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