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My Pioneer vsx-49txi has lost its front center channel and both rear surround speakers. I have tested the speakers and wiring and found no problems. I re-booted the system and re-configured the speakers also to no avail. Any suggestions? What is the probable problem and potential cost to repair? Is the receiver worth the cost to repair? It is about 6 years old and generally runs 6 /7 hours a day.

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  • croftrob Jul 06, 2010

    I have tried re-calibration of the speakers, changed to different modes and still no change. The display shows all channels on but I only get sound from my front two speakers and the powered sub. Thanks for you input.

    Are any of the new receivers Pioneer, Yamaha, Denon, etc. more reliable? I have Kef XQ5 front speakers, XQ3 center, Boston VR-M50's as my rear channel, and a 2700 watt powered sunfire sub for a 5.1 system. I would like a receiver/amp that can produce upto 150 watts of power to the various channels and have a frequency ranges from 14 hz to 55 khz to take full advantage of the speakers. Should I move to pre-amp, amp setup or is there a receiver that will do an equally good job at less money? Thanks again for your help.

  • croftrob Jul 07, 2010

    I currently have it set on home thx 2ch for the sound field. It makes no difference to which speakers are working when I change the sound field. I am running fiber optics in from my HD Comcast box. My receiver reads digital auto showing both A & B with the 5.1 speaker setup. Tape monitor is not on. I do get sound from all speakers when doing the MACC speaker calibrations. I know my unit has a heat problem, however, it is the top item on my rack and is not covered. Just before my system when...I had a brief period where I temperarily lost my rear speakers which leads me to suspect system failure. When using my DVD player for SACD or DVDA on direct mode, I get no sound not even stereo, yet the radio plays in stereo.

    Next to the rack on the floor, I have a heat/air conditioning vent and we run our furnace fan continuously so it gets good air circulation. Because of the heat the 49txi generates, I have been thinking that the ICE power might be my choice for my next system as long as I can get the HD quality sound that I like. Thanks again for you input.

  • croftrob Jul 07, 2010

    Yes, my speakers can handle that range of sound. It really fills in the space as I have a room with 10 to 14 foot high ceilings, 14 foot wide room that opens up into the rest of the house. Because of furniture size and placement, walk ways, windows, etc I do not think I can fit a 7.1 or the 9 in my home. So, right now I do not see the need for going all out if I should have to get a new receiver. I just want to fill the space with good sound. Thanks.


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Maybe you have Direct Playback mode selected. It puts the unit in stereo.

Posted on Jul 06, 2010

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    David Dunn Jul 06, 2010

    Your symptom sounds exactly like the unit thinks it's tied down to stereo for some reason. Didn't you say the speakers all work under setup? The way you said you tested setup didn't make it clear.
    If so, the hardware and connections are okay. That leaves settings. Tape Monitor ON maybe, Stereo Direct?

    What preceded the onset of this problem?

    As far as reliability goes, everything put together falls apart and everything can be fixed for a price. I'd do some more triage before declaring the patient DOA.

    Why 55khz? Ya got bats that want to be entertained and speakers that can handle it?


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