20 Most Recent Pioneer VSX1020K Receiver Questions & Answers


Is it hot? You can't reset reality with a switch.

Generally speaking, an amp attempts to protect itself from heat, shorts, overloads and operator exuberance by refusing to turn on or stay on.

Overloads can be from excessive periods of high output or marginally low impedance loading by the speakers; and shorts would be wiring issues or a speaker blowing up.

You should be able to feel if it's hot. WHY is it overheating? Make sure it has sufficient ventilation on all sides and that vent holes are not blocked by dust balls. Ensure the fan (if equipped) is running as designed (some only operate on demand). Clean dust and debris from it.

If the amp comes back on after cooling, you're lucky. They only have so many self-protection cycles in their lives so continuously resetting or cycling their power without addressing the cause can do more harm than good.

If it protects immediately on a cool power up you should disconnect the speaker connections and try it 'nekkid'. If it comes up then diagnose which lead(s) are shorted. If it does not come up the problem is internal and should be left to an experienced and competent hands-on tech.

Pioneer VSX1020K... • Answered on Aug 29, 2020


check fuses, and check for any capacitors, without a flat surface on top. and replace them.

Pioneer VSX1020K... • Answered on Mar 01, 2019


Some surround modes switch speakers on or off as required. It's possible that the inputs you are using have settings that remember your previous settings, ie: no sub and surround speakers. Check the inputs and also make certain that whatever is connected to them is putting out Dolby signals.

Pioneer VSX1020K... • Answered on May 05, 2017


Set the harmony remote to switch the pioneer first, then the rest of your stuff.

Pioneer VSX1020K... • Answered on Feb 08, 2014


Lightening can cause a lot of problems and it is not always the first item you see that it can effect. You might have an over current condition from another part that was damaged or maybe a Tantalum cap in the unit somewhere- they do not like voltage spikes. it just takes some good old troubleshoots.

Pioneer VSX1020K... • Answered on Aug 24, 2013


If you don't plan on using the headphones - take the cover off and there may be a cable to the headphone jack board that can be unplugged. This will disable the headphone jack from sending a bad signal to the micro. If you want to be able to use the headphone, then the jack is going to have to be replaced.

Pioneer VSX1020K... • Answered on Jun 17, 2013


More than likely the windex fried a channel or two. If you have a DVM you can find out wich chanel or channels is bad by checking each output transistor for each channel until you find the one that is shorted.

Pioneer VSX1020K... • Answered on Jun 06, 2012

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