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Unable to power-up a Pioneer VSX-D714 unit

The unit will not respond to remote or manual operation of power on/off button.

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  • Anonymous Jun 29, 2008

    This is the third time mine has turned off and wont turn back on. The last two times were covered under warranty and the uni was reset at the service centre, but this time it is out of warranty and I want to know how to reset the unit myself.

    The "factory reset" (Press TONE and STANDBY button for 3 seconds) does nothing..

  • sapolarbear Nov 02, 2008

    I have the same problem. All of a sudden my amp displayed "Amp Error" for about 2 seconds and switched off. Now it does not want to power up again.

  • Soggycrumpet Nov 03, 2008

    Thanks, 'sapolar bear'!! Your suggestion of 'shorting' out the 5.5v battery on the main board brought the amp' back to life! Let's hope it stays that way! Cheers, soggycrumpet.

  • gres Dec 19, 2008

    I had the same problem. In my case there was a power outage overnight, and the next day I could not switch on my Pioneer VSX-D714 receiver. Not sure if it was as the result of power outage. I opened the box, the fuse was OK. I thought I will have to buy another receiver. Found sapolarbear solution here, tried it and it worked for me as well!

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I am not sure if this is going to help or work for you but it worked for me. My amp D714 crackled a bit and then switched off completely. It would not power on again. I checked the fuses and tried the tone-standby buttons but that did not work. After a bit of searching on the web I thought I had lost my amp for good so I thought I would experiment a bit considering it's dead already. I opened up the top cover and started looking for dry joints. Then I came across the battery. It is located on the main upright circuit board. It says "Main" on it. The battery is a black circular battery that has 5.5v written on it. It is located in the middle of the board about 5cm from the front of the amp. With my experience with computers I decided to short out the battery. I did this by shorting out the two solders on the opposite side of the battery (other side of the board where all the joints are). I just held a flat screw driver on it for a few seconds. To my surprise I plugged the power back in and it just switched on. For now I am just running the tuner with all the speakers plugged in and all is working so far. I will see how long it last.

Hope this helps.

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Sapolar bear - you are a bloody legend! (Good Australian English)
I shorted out the CAPACITOR you mentioned (not a battery - looks a little like a button cell shrink wrapped, but it'a actually a capicator!) and it went first time!!!

Yay - as it was 4 yr old and my wife was giving me heaps for buying a "good brand" as I always say of Pioneer. She wants me to buy the cheap rubbish, no way!

If you are looking for this item, it's on the vertical circuit board, and just behind the Volume knob.


Posted on Aug 27, 2009

Have a vsx-d714 with the same problem, looks like a main board containing cpu has gone corrupt, causing non boot up of the unit. on board mem battery can be disconnected then board shorted to drain caps then reconnected, This should reset the unit.

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I applied the fix suggested by sapolarbear and was astonished to find that my unit powered up. This was after troubleshooting the power cable, connector and fuses and researching which replacement unit to buy. I should have searched the pioneer model number first to locate this post. The man is a genius!

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I have a vsx-d714 which came up with a momentary "Error" twice then refused to turn on. I disconnected the unit and took to my electronics workshop in the hope of finding the problem. Being power related, I suspected a leaky electrolytic capacitor might be causing the problem. After spending an hour or so checking various components with no faults found. Fuse OK, 5v regulator IC working etc. . Thought I'd check the internet in case someone had struck the problem already. Lo & Behold "sapolarbear" had a fix for a similar fault.... so I located the 5v Capacitor/Battery that holds the CPU parameters and momentarily shorted the leads. Plugged the unit back in to AC and was able to now turn the Amp on/off as usual. Before refitting the cover in place I intend on fitting a tiny push button switch to the Back LHS of the box. I will put a low value series resistor in line with the switch (10 to 30 Ohm) so that I can reset this circuit should this fault ever happen again. Saves dismantling the amp and pulling all those cables out. Thanks Guys Trevor.... Perth West Australia

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Change power cord first- apply a new battery to remote- apply a contact cleaner spray in on-off switch.if all above failed ask for help from service center near to you.

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