Hi, my unit will initially power on to display mode, the scrolling marquee. When selecting DVD or SAT or anything else it blinks DVD or SAT a few times and clicks to standby with the red light. I don't get it, I'd rather not throw it out. Thanks in advance.
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There is a problem in the power stage or driver stage of the amp.Take it to a repair shop and ask them to give you an estimate to repair it .I am assuming that your speaker wires are not shorting to gether where they connect to the amp,as this will cause this problem.
Your unit being stuck in standby mode is an indication that its having a power problem. Remove it's plug from the wall, wait for about 30mis, fix it back into the wall, then turn it on again. If its still stuck in standby mode, then the power supply board in the unit is the cause of the problem.
The power supply board might be defective and maybe that's why the unit won't power up. Its receiving power but it cannot transfer the current to the necessary part of the unit because a capacitor, diode, etc may have been faulty. Until these bad components are replaced, the unit might not come on.
To actually find out what's wrong, you need to disassemble the unit with a screw driver and check what's wrong. You will be needing a meter in order to test the components on the power board, once you detect any bad component, you can make necessary replacement at any electronics accessories store withing our vicinity. This is the only way by which you can detect the problem.
Of course, testing the power board with a meter will require someone that has the ability. So it you can't, then you might be needing the help of a repairman or you can call a friend that has the ability to help you out.
So many improper commands send to the unit may make its system and memmory to be confused, and will not operate properly. Just reset the unit to factory settings, and try.
To reset the unit to factory default settings, so the following
 Press STANDBY/ON on the front panel to set this unit to standby mode.
 Press and hold TONE CONTROL and then press STANDBY/ON to turn on this unit. The advanced setup menu appears, in the front panel display.
 Press PROGRAM buttons to select PRESET.
 Press STRAIGHT repeatedly to select RESET.
 Press STANDBY/ON to confirm your selection and set this unit to the standby mode.
This procedure completely resets all parameters of this unit including SET MENU parameters. However the advanced setup menu parameters will not be effected. The intial factory paramenters will be activated next time when you turn on this unit. To cancel initilization procedure at any time without making any changes, press STRAIGHT repetedely ot select CANCEL and then press STANDBY/ON.OK.
1 Press STANDBY/ON on the front panel to set this unit to the standby mode.
2 Press and hold TONE CONTROL and then press STANDBY/ON to turn on this unit.
The advanced setup menu appears in the front panel display.
3 Press PROGRAM l / h to select “PRESET”.
4 Press STRAIGHT repeatedly to select “RESET”.
Select “CANCEL” to cancel the initialization procedure without making any changes.
5 Press STANDBY/ON to confirm your selection and set this unit to the standby mode.
• This procedure completely resets all the parameters of this unit including the set menu parameters.
• The initial factory settings are activated next time you turn on this unit.
To cancel the initialization procedure at any time without making any changes, press STRAIGHT repeatedly to select “CANCEL” and then press STANDBY/ON.
1. Press Master On/Off to set the unit to the standby mode.
2. Press and hold STRAIGHT / EFECT on the front panel; and then press Master On/Off inward to the ON position to turn on the power to this unit.
3. Rotate the PROGRAM selector on the front panel to select the parameter you want to adjust.
The name of the selected parameter appears in the front panel display.
4. Rotate the PROGRAM selector on the front panel repeatedly to change the setting.
5. s Master On/Off on the front panel to release it toward the Off position to save the new settigns and set the unit to standby mode.
THIS is the parameter you want to find in the procedure above:
Use to reset all the parameters of this unit to the initial factory settings with the exception of System Memory and AUTO SETUP settings.
Choices: CANCEL, RESET
* Select CANCEL if you do not want to reset the parameters of this unit.
* Select RESET to reset the parameters of this unit.
Is the red light flashing at first?
The unit may be going into protect mode. Lets hope it has done the job and the receiver has protected itself from failure. Protect mode can result from speaker wires touching each other or the Amps metal case. Check that first. It can also be caused by unstable ohm loads if too many speakers are connected to any of the outputs especially zone 2. If you can remove all speaker wires and turn the unit back on. If it stays on, turn the volume down on the main zone and zone 2 if connected. Then reconnect speaker wires.
After few sec when you turn on your receiver did you hear a click noise ? if yes your receiver is OK not in protection mode if no click noise is output protection in that case you must return where did you buy for service and update firmware a lot of update
However you can reset your receiver and debug the DSP section ( digital signal processor ) as follow
1. Press and hold down VCR/DVR button, then press STANDBY/ON button when the unit is Power on.
2. After " Clear " is displayed, the preset memory and each mode stored in the memory are initialized and will
return to the factory settings, and turn to Standby mode.
Now turn back on and check if it work or not and make sure check input mode such as analog or coaxial or optical input if stil no sound then debug DSP as follow
To set in DSP debug mode
1. Press and hold down DISPLAY button, then press STANDBY/ON button while the unit is powered ON.
The version number of m icroprocessor is displayed only for 3 seconds.
2. Press TONE+ button within 3 seconds above, the version number of 1st DSP is displayed.
3. Press DISPLAY button while the 1st DSP version is displayed. The status of DSP and DIR will be displayed.
FFFFFF0 0 000
Press STANDBY/ON button.
Then unplug the unit for 30 sec then plug in it should work now if not you need to return it to 1 of the service center Onkyo in your town to repair it
the unit has sensed an internal fault and shut down or the start up relay has failed in pin #3 inside the unit you will need a service tech to help, if its new the unit is under warranty, the other common cause can be a speaker short in the back, in the wiring or worse at one of the speakers, my new unit had the same problem twice, once for the relay and once because the unit error self test did not like the unit in 6.1 configuration with the left rear surround speaker, holding the power knob down on start up for 10seconds kicks in the auto self diagnostics mode good luck