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Trouble w/ Pioneer VSX-D1S "Front display, does a crazy light show"

I paid to have this problem repaired before, and no parts were needed. They only gave a 90 day guarantee. I should of left it turn on 24-7 and than I could have taken it back the frist week. Front display, does a crazy light show. Along with the display, you lose control of receivers function. On occation I have turn it on, I will have a local FM station with good sound, but touch anything and its gone. Only way to cut the power, is to pull plug or hit reset button, witch put it to standby power. I know its the heat. This receiver cover, is all vented top and sides. I was told to look at transistor with heatsinks. Excessive heat has created a open connection on the board. Seems I don't see it. I was thinking the problem was right in the front display, but haven't open it. I've got to beleive, I'm not the frist to have this problem. Appreciated any suggestion.

Posted by Richard Dorner on

  • Richard Dorner Apr 25, 2007

    Solve it myself. I was up til midnight, and found a bad solder joint in the front panel of the receiver. The hardest part was getting in there, without braking something. I need to get a tool, for those wire plugs they use. It will make the job easy next time.



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SOURCE: won't power up; push power button on, hear click in back left of unti, get nothing on front display and no output from speakers; as if unit trying to operate

Disconnect the speakers and see what happens. Carefully examine the speaker cables for unwanted connections (shorts).
Take a clue from when the power problem appeared. Something was moved and made the buzz a (probable) dead short.

Posted on May 16, 2009



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SOURCE: Pioneer VSX-918V-K Standby Light Flashes but will not turn on.

unplug it and press the power buton and then hold the power button, and while your holding the power button, plug it back in

hope it worked!!!

Posted on Jul 31, 2009



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SOURCE: My Pioneer VSX-D1S A/V receiver will not power on

Unit is pretty old I had one of these back in 98-99.

Time to upgrade a service tech is going to cost you $150 just to open it up and figure out whats bad.

Pioneer ok but check out Denon's line of receivers Onkyo is good too but they have a high rate of repairs

Pioneer doesn't make them like they used to that D1S was a tank, had tons of audio / video inputs was one of the first with video upconverting had lots of power and a great front display panel. BUT technology has come along way and pioneer hasn't kept up. They even stopped making high end TV's a few years ago even though they were regarded as the best sets out there.

check this out
Denon AVR-4310CIgoogle it they sell for ALOT less than sticker I bought one for $1299 with a 5 year warranty

Hope that helps

Posted on Feb 19, 2010

Testimonial: "@thebigdoghim, thanks for the very constructive feedback. I was 80% certain that the cost to diagnose the problem alone would be in the triple digits."


Chandrashekhar N.G

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SOURCE: my pioneer vsx-d1s muting button and speaker B

Dear devan,
Make sure that your speaker buttons are having problem, by connecting new speaker with your system.Let me know the result.

Best regards Chandrashekhar Bhat

Posted on Dec 29, 2010


Electro Med Services

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SOURCE: pioneer audio video receiver VSX-D710S but there is sound to the speaker, but no audio coming from the player

Try to check the audio setting of the player. If you user using optical or coaxial then the audio out put format setting should be Raw other wise it should be PCM. You will see the setting if you go through the menu of the player
If you wish to get some details; visit the site linked here. Pull up older posts.

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