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Replaced the ZD3 on the Boston Acoustics Soundware xs 5.1 subwoofer with a 18 Volt-1 Watt Zener part number 1n4746a. and works like brand new.

Boston Acoustics... | Answered on Jul 25, 2020


ZD stands for zener diode and used for exact voltage regulation. Take out a known good one and go to a repair shop to replace. Make sure that when you re install, the striped (polarity) markings are in the same direction!

Boston Acoustics... | Answered on Jul 25, 2020


I dont have a solution, but Im having the same problem, and so is someone else:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/speakers/1205745-boston-acoustics-soundware-xs-5-1-review-6.html

Bad batch maybe? Lets get your input and maybe we'll get to the bottom of it.

Boston Acoustics... | Answered on Mar 03, 2012


You may have to replace the zener with an equivalent having a heftier current rating.

Boston Acoustics... | Answered on Dec 12, 2020


donaldws1018 I was wondering if the static problem was resolved yet. I have a pair of the VR970's that don't sound so good either.

Boston Acoustics... | Answered on Apr 15, 2019


Most often this unit goes dead because of zener diode ZD3 shorting. It is a 18v zener. replace this and you should be back in business.

Boston Acoustics... | Answered on Jul 02, 2018


I don't know if you will see this or not, your post was 2 years ago. I have the same problem. My volume is stuck at 24. I have tried soft-reset........among other things. One thread says to turn volume down to 00 then press for 10 seconds. I have no control over the volume, so, yeah, thanks for that fix. I found that I could get the volume down by unplugging it,plugging it back in and sometimes the volume would pop up and I could turn it down one notch. I did it till I got to 00.............thought AHA! My problem is solved! No such luck. When I press the volume at 00 and try to hold it for 10 seconds, after 3-5 seconds it just pops back to the station frequency. I also thought that if I could get into the guts and spray the volume control with tuner-cleaner, it might help. No go.......after taking off the cover, I found a bunch of REALLY delicate looking electrical tapes and wires..........I was scared I would destroy something in an attempt to reach the volume control. I hate to trash this radio, the sound is awesome...............great design on the speaker, NASTY design on the controls. I'd be VERY interested to know if anyone, anywhere, has found a fix for this. I think maybe my next step will be hitting it with a hammer.

Boston Acoustics... | Answered on Mar 12, 2018

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