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D608 - Volume Problems

I have had a Pioneer VSX-D608 for 8 years and have had very little problems. I usually keep the volume level around -35 to -40, but all of a sudden I have an issue. The other day, the volume wasn't working correctly and it no matter how much I turned the volume nob, it wouldn't change from in the -80's. I partially answered my own question...the remote is working fine. How do you fix a volume knob.

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  • FredN Mar 05, 2008

    Volume suddenly went dead on my 1999 model VSX-D608. No sound at any level, except for a clicking sound that comes from all 5 speakers. I did the trouble shooting via the manual, no luck. I get sound via headphones but I get the clicking sound there too. I have tried unplugging the unit hoping for a reset. No luck. I am hoping I will not have to ship it off to a factory.

  • RedDog Flyer Apr 04, 2008

    My 10 yr old Pioneer VSX-D608 has developed the same issue....turning the volume knob only makes the digits (AND actual volume) jump around from high to low....sometimes extreme levels.

    But the remote controls the volume smoothly.

    Appreciate any help. -Greg


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I just picked up one at the dump. You have to take apart the front end by unscrewing screws and pulling out ribbon edge connections. It is easier than some components. Then pry off two of the small clamp downs on the front of the volume potentiometer; pry apart about 1/32 of an inch and spray control cleaner for a second and clamp down. repeat on other side.
worked for me.


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I've seen similar problems with volume knobs on older stereos in cars, and it should be the same with home stereos. What happens is the knob itself starts to come unsoldered or lose contact somehow from the main board in one or more of the multiple connectors. I recommend you open it up to have a look at the knob's connection to the main board, and see if any of the connectors have lost contact. If they have, the best you can do is to resolder them. Either that, or get used to blasting music :)

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