Audio Players & Recorders Logo

Question about Pioneer VSX-D3S Receiver

1 Answer

Static and crackling sounds

I have had my pioneer vsx-d3s for many years now and it has served me flawlessy, that is until recently. I get a crackling static sound out of ONLY the left front speaker and it is intermittent(comes and goes) and usually starts to happen after about 10 minutes of the unit being on. Yes i have tried a different speaker and get the same results, the speakers are polk audio rt-12's so i did not blow them as they are rated to 250watts rms. All other channels sound perfect and so does the left at first. i dont think its an overheating issue as all the others channels sound fine and yes the fan does work. I am just at a loss for why the staticky sound is happening and why its only the left front and why it comes and goes. it makes the sound regardless of wether music is being played or not which also pretty much confirms that its not a problem with the speaker. Any help advice or hopefully a solution would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by sean healey on

  • 1 more comment 
  • sean healey Jul 27, 2006

    Thanks for the bad news hehe really appreciate the prompt reply though. one other question for ya though. I dont know if you are familiar with the polk rt-12s but they have the bi-ampable feature that is there are 2 sets of speaker wire inputs on each i believe that each set powers the tweeter and a driver while the other powers the second driver. anyway i have both the A and B channels of my amp going to my speakers. this is the one thing i havent tried is setting it up with just the A or B channles going to the speakers. Do you think there is a possibility that it could just be a going bad A or B left channel that is causing the static and crackling. I do understand that it is the age factor and all but well i love this unit and would like to prolong it for as long as i can without investing in expensive repairs of course.

  • chikka Aug 21, 2008

    My VSX-D3S has an intermittent crackling sound in the left channel that occurs often but briefly after warming up, otherwise it functions perfectly. Any advice that advises trashing this amplifier is definately not sought. I am now a retired electronic technician and without testing equipment other than a multimeter. I suspected a dry joint but tapping the boards and components to bring on the fault was a fruitless exercise. I am prepared to fix the receiver as faults develop but I need a circuit diagram for it. Can anyone email me one [email protected] ?

  • Anonymous May 12, 2009

    I had my receiver for some time and it just started getting a crackling sound in the left front speaker man that sucks because its always sounded really good. Never had a problem with it until now. The static and crackling drives you nuts. I just don't feel like spending money on a new receiver right now even if they are probably better. Money is tight right now and I don't want to spend 500 on a new receiver let alone the 1000 I had spent on the pioneer some years ago. If it could be fixed for about 125 I might do it, anything more time to get new. Bummer man.



1 Answer


  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 3,130 Answers

Sorry to burst your bubble my freind but things do wear out as you had plenty of life out of this unit.. Your problem is a transistor or a driver IC is breaking down under a load and heat and will get worse to where you wont be able to use the unit.. It will probable cost you in a range of 200 bucks or .more!as there is no quick fix for a solid state unit that has no user serviceable parts inside. Its just not replacing the bad part , its the hooking up to the load resistors then seeing that several other parts are not up par and having to start rebuilding the amp statges of your reciver.. If its more then 8 years old Time to landfill it and get a new one .. Put it to rest. It dosent owe you anything as its been loyal to you all these years!! Good Luck

Posted on Jul 27, 2006

  • Anonymous Jul 27, 2006

    Yes Im very famillar with BI amping and what it is. i used to tri and quid amp large sound systems for clubs. and were talking 10,000watts just for the subs!! and in one case 1000 watts for the bullets and 5000watts for the mids horns. And to answer your qeustion NO it wont help at this point . a part is going bad and it will continue to go bad. Dont forget to vote!!



Add Your Answer


Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:


I need service manual of Amplifier PIONEER VSX-D3

Pioneer vsx d3s user manual please [email protected]


You can download the user manual by clicking this link.
  • You'll require Adobe PDF Reader installed on your computer to view this manual. If it is not already installed on your computer, download it free from:
Thanks for using FixYa

Pioneer VSC-D1S A/V receiver

Did you solve the problem? Mine is doing the same.

I have bad static from my Pioneer vsx 49 Elite

sorry no easy solution as it sounds like the output transistors blew out or the emmitter resistors. you will need a service manual and an multimeter to measure the resistors on or around the audio output transistors they are a low value resistor usually around 1 to 2 watts in size. Do not replace any bad , burnt or discolloered resistors around the audio output transistors as if tou do you might just cause more damage to the output transistorsor audio output stage including the audio driver stage of the amp!!!!!!
Larry Dillon

Pioneer VSX-D85OS very loud static through speakers.

Its over heating no cheap fix. But wait if u buy an eternal fan n place it on top or behind it will do the trick. Try blowing on top when static happens n sound comes back on.

Pioneer VSX-36TX popping and crackling during warm-up period

I have the exact same amplifier with what sounds like the exact same problem. I opened up the amplifier, and while it was powered on started tapping around until I heard the popping and crackling suddenly increase. I was using a piece of wood and the plastic part of a screw driver for this. The popping and crackling suddenly burst out onto all channels when I was tapping on the DSP board (encased in a metal enclosure to the very right of the amplifier).

I took off the metal enclosure (with the receiver turned off, of course :), and with the receiver on, and started tapping around the DSP board, and I found that the biggest crackling effect was achieved when I tapped on the Cirrus Logic CS493292-CL chip which does all the decoding and switching.

I detached and took out the DSP board and looked at it very carefully but of course couldn't find any bad connections. I tried resoldering all the feet of the Cirrus Logic chip and many many components all around to no avail.

Finally I tried applying pressure to the chip while the popping was going on, and it stopped. Further investigation revealed that bending the board around the chip produced the same effect.

For the life of me I couldn't figure out why bending the board eliminates the problem, but my solution was to put a piece of eraser wrapped in masking tape and taped to the Cirrus Logic chip, and two other pieces on the back of the board in such a way that when the metal enclosure was replaced onto the board, it put gentle but firm pressure onto the Cirrus Logic chip and at the same time bent the DSP board slightly.

It's been a few days without popping, clicking or static, but time will tell. Good luck!


Ok, how much is "a bit"? If you are operating your unit at the 50% or more level, your unit is working as it should, as DVD and CD players output more signal than other sources...accordianman

Pioneer vsx d512

All you have to do is connect the coaxial out from pc to any audio i/p at the back of vsx d512.but ensure you select the right channel to play the audio ( eg. tape i/p select tape at front control, aux i/p select the aux at front control )
Not finding what you are looking for?


Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Pioneer Audio Players & Recorders Experts

David Shaub

Level 3 Expert

2994 Answers


Level 3 Expert

3290 Answers

Morne Olivier
Morne Olivier

Level 2 Expert

265 Answers

Are you a Pioneer Audio Player and Recorder Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides