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  • BJanke May 25, 2008

    I've decided to junk the old receiver and buy a used one from Craigs List. Thank you for all of your help.


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Thanks, I also emailed the Community Manager to attend to my request for your re-evaluation of the original problem here. No biggie, but I would further appreciate if you can if you can go back to the original posting and re-evaluate all the solutions and rate as you see it fit.

Back to your concern for the Sony STR GX57ES, I was just thinking, if your repair person would be willing to go down component level repair, then parts would not be that difficult to get a hold of. With 170USD for the Tuner/Dolby board, you will probably be able to purchase a Service Manual, and most if not all of the different defective components. The only reason I could think of why the boards would need replacement is if the unit was plugged to 220 but with it being set to 120 and most components burned beyond recognition. But then again, your tech would be in a better position of course to diagnose.

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    Louie Role May 25, 2008

    No prob. Thank you too for using FixYa.


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This isn't anything you can fix and it's certainly nothing that you want to pay to have fixed because it's probably going to give you more problems than it's worth. Troubleshooting implies that you made a mistake somewhere along the way. You didn't. This item is damaged and defective. This is called DOA. Contact the seller and try to get them to take it back. If the seller gives you a hard time, immediately file a dispute with eBay and PayPal and insist that the seller pick up the cost for shipping it back (That thing is like 40 - 50 pounds, right?).
For giggles, I looked up the receiver on eBay and looked for it under completed listing listings. Only one came up for $501.00. Is that the one your purchased and is that why you're so hesitant to return it because it's a $2200 receiver? Here's the thing to consider: If that is yours, in its current state, you have a $500 paper weight sold to you by a seller with a FB rating of 2. That does not bode well and the power issue is probably not the only issue. If it were me, I'd say forget it. But hey, if you think it's worth having someone take a look then by all means.
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Let me know if I can be of any further help to you. Just so you know, finding out what the problem is with your equipment is worthy of a FixYa! rating. The FixYa! rating is not just for getting your equipment fixed, if it were, not many experts here would ever receive a FixYa! because electronics can rarely be fixed by just pressing a button or something simple like that. And it would also require that the people asking these questions had all the right tools and equipment as well as the knowledge to identify parts and problems to help in the repair since we can not be in your home to see it for our self.


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Protection circuit activated.

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That's good for you, but giving me a bad rating doesn't really make me want to help you with your problem that somebody else got the credit for. A "Thanks for trying" rating pulls down my overall rating, it is a bad rating. I would appreciate it more if you just did not rate me. Maybe then I can keep my high ratings for giving people free help.

By the way, it is possible that you still have many more bad solder connections. Some bad solder connections may not look bad to somebody with little or no experience detecting them. I have been repairing equipment like yours for over 18 years and I always reflow all the solder connections on a board that has only a few visible bad connections.

Please do not give me another bad rating for trying to help you. If I get another bad rating I will no longer offer help, it would not be worth getting my rating lowered for trying to help.

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Does this problem occur when you use all of the different sources of the receiver, or does it only happen when you use just the CD input or just the DVD input or just the Tuner input?

If it happens on every different source, you have eliminated those sources as your problem and the RCA cables of those sources.

If it only happens on , lets say for example, the CD input, then you most likely have a problem with that CD player or RCA cable. Not always, but most of the time. It could still be a broken solder connection or something else in the receiver.

If you have tried using another known good speaker on that channel and also used known good speaker wires, and that channel coming from the receiver is still not putting any sound out, you do have a problem in the receiver.

The problem you have in the receiver could be many different things causing this same problem.

Here is a list of some of those possibilities, every single one of these things can cause the exact problem you are having but finding out which one requires some good electronic troubleshooting skills:

1. A bad speaker relay.
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5. A bad switching IC
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The list could go on for a while.

I hope that you find it is a bad speaker or speaker wire, but without putting it on a test bench and troubleshooting it, there is just no way to say for sure what is causing it.

I hope you found this information helpful, and if so a good rating would be a great way to say thanks. Just so you know, a "thanks for trying" rating actually is a bad rating for the experts here on FixYa!

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