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Power amp r b 981 no power to the speakers. Pre amp seems to be ok. Headphones work.

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Check the headphone socket if it cuts out the speakers (normal use) when you plug the headphones in. If it doesn't and you have a switch to switch off the speakers when listening to headphones, check the switch. It may be physical damage or dirt causing the problem, or even loose soldering on the headphone socket. But the fact that headphones work shows the main amp is working. Also make certain the speakers are connected properly.

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If both headphones work well instead, then you're getting both signals into the unit and the preamplifier and the final amplifier are OK, since many amps derive headphone signal from the power amplifier via some power resistors - check for any power resistors around the headphone plug or in the section that has wires going to the headphones plug to see if this is the case - if it is, this means that the signal does get amplified, but it is not getting from the power amp to the speaker - in this case, check the following:

--- speaker connector solder contacts on the circuit board could have some damage - resolder if necessary

--- A / B speakers selector switch (if there is one, it could be a physical switch or a soft touch button driven relay so check for both) - there might be a bad solder contact on the switch pins or the switch / relay contacts may be dirty - resolder and/or clean the contacts (if they can be easily accessed).

--- final amplifier section: bad solder contacts on any power transistors, voltage regulators, power resistors, diodes, coils or other components, including internal connectors (anyway, if both headphones work well, these are all unlikely because the power amp is sending both signals out OK, however, you may want to give it a check, just in case...)

--- delayed speaker turn on relay or other relays - check for dirty relay contacts, clean with some fine sandpaper (you need to remove the relay cover which can be a bit tricky / difficult to access, mostly it's a snap-on cover, could also be resin filled and therefore impossible to open).

It could as well be a bad power amp (do the headphones test), the above suggestions are just a quick look at some common audio amp problems and possible solutions.

Also, if your unit has got many hours of use, it would be fair to check the input signal connectors - the solder contacts do get damaged when you plug / unplug the RCAs many times.

Hope all of this is not getting too lenghty and confusing... just post me some feedback if you have questions.


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