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Panasonic stereo SA-PM28 displays fault code F61 then switches off

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  • Dave Dearnley Apr 06, 2008

    Thanks Graeme. My unit has a four channel IC power amp and because the fault is still there with all loudspeaker cables disconnected I think it must be a short in the IC. Looks like it is thank you and goodnight!!

    Cheers,

    Dave D.

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Hi dearnley1

The error code your unit is presenting relates to either a speaker cabling fault or a fault speaker. Sometimes, it is neither, and may be a fault inside the unit. Needless to say the unit is in protection moe to prevent more damage occurring. Check you speaker wiring for any short circuits or frayed wires. If all appears to be ok, disconnect the wires from the unit and see if it turns on and stays on then. If it still presents f61 with speakers and cable disconnected, then I am afraid that you may need to take the unit to a Kenwood service center near to you for an inspection . Good luck

regards
Graeme

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  • Graeme Ross
    Graeme Ross Apr 06, 2008

    you nailed it, change the IC and your problems should be over:)

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Just trying to be thorough. If you need further info let me know. (click the ASK button)

Even though the fix is involved, it's still a fix, don't forget to Rate this response.
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