I have a Sony 5.1 stereo receiver that has lost sound to the right channel and also I have no subwoofer responce.Is it worth repairing?Model #STR-DE635 .Logistic problem is I live in Michigan.
How much longer is this going to take?I have to leave shortly for a meeting.
One other thing that I thought of was that sometimes if the right channel was outI could reengage it by raising the volumn control sharply and it would respond.Does this help.I just need an opinion.I see that the money is already out of my account.
I have basically checked the speaker connections at the rear of the receiver.
Hello, Have you tried switching speaker connections left to right to see if the problem follows the speaker, or the amp channel? Usually if the problem disappears when the volume is raised, it is either a speaker wire, internal speaker or RCA problem. Also, does the problem happen on all sources? Ex: CD, Tuner, etc.?
I did try switching speaker connections and the speakers worked.Happens on all sources.Volume had to be raised and lowered quickly.
Sounds like it is most likely a cold solder joint that heats up when you apply more current via the volume control. This could be at the speaker outputs of the receiver. If it was something more serious like a shorted output transistor, the unit would click into "protection" mode when you raised the volume too loud.
It's hard to say whether it's worth repairing, it depends on the skillset of the tech and how much his labor rate is. Typically, most shops will not open the chassis and fire up the soldering iron for less than $80-$125, so this may make it cost prohibitive. If you needs parts, of course this will bring the price higher.
Sony has a reputation for slightly under-building their receivers, and in my opinion the money spent repairing would be best spent on a different unit. My favorite for bang for buck, and excellent reliability for years is Yamaha. Even the sub $200 receivers perform excellent for the money. I see the least reliability issues with Yamaha's on this site. The most I see are with Sony, Denon, and Harman Kardon.
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