STR-DE945 stuck in auto protect mode?. I'm pretty sure it is the output capacitors but I do not Know where they are located to change them.
First of all my STR-DE845 started having the protector problem about 6 months ago and I bought this receiver back in 2001. This is what I found wrong with mine. After searching online I found a service manual for the receiver, this came in handy when diagnosing the problem. The first obvious thing was discoloration of the board around the IC 501, 601, and 701 Op-amps. When looking at the receiver from the front these are the three vertical NEC ICs to the right of the main amplifiers. Even with no load these amps get very warm. Sony failed to add any heat sink to these ICs so eventually they can de-solder themselves, specifically the 701 IC which is the one closest to the back of the unit. With mine I was able to slightly push the 701 more vertical, since it was leaning, and I believe it has helped it make a better contact. The protector circuit will kick in if it senses the Op-amps are shorted or not making contact. The best solution is to add some copper heat sink to these ICs, they already have screw slots for a heat sink. If they ever fail you will have to get new op-amps and re-solder them to the board. Hope this helps.
Jan 17, 2008 |
Sony STR-DE845 Receiver