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AR3 sunfire problems

I've been trying to get a set of AR3 Hi rez Sunfire amp powered subwoofer speakers fixed. One of them blows the fuse on my amp and both of them no longer have the STANDBY power feature, leaving the amplifers on all the time. I can't find anyone with a schematic for the AR Sunfire amplifier or a parts source. I've tried to contact Acoustic Research, Recoton, Thomson as well as several amplifier and speaker repair facilities in Florida with no luck. Any suggestions or help would be appreciated.

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  • Anonymous Dec 29, 2007

    I'm having the same problems but with the AR5's.
    If there has been any progress in this matter I'd really appreciate any help finding a schematic for parts order or in house fix.
    Thanks much

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    There is a repair shop Edwards Electronics they are master's at repair. They are on web and eBay.

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There is a repair shop Edwards Electronics they are master's at repair. They are on web and eBay.

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I had the same exact issue with my AR1s. Found ABTechServices.com that was able to repair it for about $187.50 with return shipping included. Apparently there were a couple leaky caps and some bad resistors. My guess is that when Recoton built these amps, based on Bob Carver's Sunfire technology, they used defective capacitors. These, in turn are probably blowing the resistors and possibly some of the other components.

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It's not a solution but I have the same problem. I found two transistors shorted in the subwoofer amp, a 2SC3281 and an IRF640. I replaced them but there is still a large dc offset in the output, about 10.5 volts. Without a schematic I'm kind of just fishing.

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Just wondering if you were able to get any more info on this problem. My house got hit by one of Orlando's famous lighting storms a few weeks ago and along with about $1,000 worth of other equipment, both of my AR5's took a hit. They blow the 5 amp fuse immediately when powered on. So now I'm looking for some help with these as well. Mark

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Try http://www.simplyspeakers.com. Good Luck

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