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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-20-2004, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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HELP!!!! RCA Receiver sound cutting out.....

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Hoping that one of you guys can help me out here. I have RCA surround sound speakers and the digital receiver that hooks upto my big screen. The issue is that the sound keeps cutting out on it?? :( We've checked all the speakers and they are not blown...could it be a faulty receiver or a bad cable? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!!

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Do all of your speakers cut out at the same time?
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Yes..they do. We've even tried just connecting it to the tv w/out the dvd and still cuts out.

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Sounds like the amp is going into protection. Ensure the ohm load of your speakers is compatible with the amplifier.
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ok...will check....

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It was purchased all together so the speakers match....we are soooo confused!!!!....So the digital cable is now working but the DVD cuts out about every 5 seconds....

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It could be the cable that goes from the system to the t.v. I had problems with one of the jacks on my t.v. I switched to one of the other jack points. (from video 3 to video 1) and I didn't have any problems. The only other thing that I can think It might be is a break in one of the speaker wires. If there is a break in one of the wires from getting pulled, hit, or chewed on by pets, that would unbalance the system and would causes it to cut out on occasion.
You could try setting it in 2 channel mode and see if something happens then.
Thats the only things that I acn think of.
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Normally, I would say the problem is that the receiver is an RCA, but I'll be technical here.

Check the wiring on the speakers for shorts -- is there any bare metal touching any grounding surfaces? Then, check the wiring on the speakers for closed loop shorts -- is there a "ding" in the cable that would cause both leads of the cable to directly connect?

Finally, try disconnecting each speaker one at a time to see if the speaker possibly has an internal short, of if there is a short or closed loop short within its respective wire. Disconnect the speakers from the RECEIVER end to test for bad cabling. Disconnect the speakers from the SPEAKER end to test for bad speakers.

If the receiver still does this after testing it, the receiver likely has an internal issue.

To test the receiver for internal problems, change the source and try it. If it doesn't cut out on for example, FM, then its not likely the receiver.

Try also connecting the DVD player to a different input and see if it still does it, if it only does it on the DVD player. There may be an issue on the line between the DVD player and receiver.

If you are using a single coaxial SPDIF cable (one RCA cable) to connect your receiver to your DVD player, try swapping that cable out. There may be an internal issue in that cable, or there may be interference nearby. Try also relocating the path the cable takes to the receiver.

This is the amount of jacks I have on my receiver:
http://www.leesvideo.com/fotos/AVR320.jpg

I know how bad a short in one cable can be to track down...

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Thats kind of what I said. But more technical. :D
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If it's new take it back and don't buy another RCA

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If it's new take it back and don't buy another RCA
I'm not trying to be mean either, but why would you integrate RCA parts into your home theatre?

Heh... Most likely its a short issue somewhere, so if you're just trying to save a few bucks, try checking what we said above.

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When RCA was sold to the Tompson electronics company the quality of product went right down the tubes. The solder they used was of poor quality and failed after the piece of equipment heated up and cooled down over a year or 2. In the past few years the product has gotten slightly better but still very low end.

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Thanks to all that replied...I am not sure why my roomate got the RCA surround(likely on sale!!)..anyway..we puttered with it all day/night Saturday as per SuperH's tips and it seems to work for the digital cable but still kinda of glitchy with the DVD. You all are likely right that it's just poor quality. Any suggestions on what we could get at a reasonable price??

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Thanks to all that replied...I am not sure why my roomate got the RCA surround(likely on sale!!)..anyway..we puttered with it all day/night Saturday as per SuperH's tips and it seems to work for the digital cable but still kinda of glitchy with the DVD. You all are likely right that it's just poor quality. Any suggestions on what we could get at a reasonable price??

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Have you tried switching out DVD players? I assume you're using a digital audio connection to the DVD player? If not, use it.

I don't look at low and mid-low end stuff, so I'm not sure on what's reasonable, I have no advice there.

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No we didn't.... ... Ya think that might be it?? I will suggest that when I get home.

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No we didn't.... ... Ya think that might be it?? I will suggest that when I get home.

Thanks!!
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If there's an optical digital cable spot on the back of the receiver and the dvd player, use it (the cables can be pricey though). Otherwise, use a coaxial digital connection (single orange RCA jack) if your receiver and DVD player have them. You can get by with using most standard RCA-cables reliably with these.

Refer to your manual(s) to figure out how to get the receiver and the DVD player to function. Likely, the digital output on the DVD player is on by default. The receiver should have to have its audio modes switched.

What kind of audio receiver do you have? Model number, that is. DVD player too if possible.

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SuperH,

I will check when I get home...but RT2280 is sticking in my head for the receiver..I will double check though. Not sure what kind of DVD it is.

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SuperH,

I will check when I get home...but RT2280 is sticking in my head for the receiver..I will double check though. Not sure what kind of DVD it is.

knm
That's a valid receiver.
Here's the jacks:
1 x 5.1 channel audio line-in ( RCA phono x 6 ) - rear
1 x headphones ( phone stereo 6.25 mm ) - front
2 x S-Video input ( 4 pin mini-DIN ) - rear
1 x S-Video input ( 4 pin mini-DIN ) - front
1 x composite video input ( RCA phono ) - front
1 x audio line-in ( RCA phono x 2 ) - front
5 x audio line-in ( RCA phono x 2 ) - rear
3 x audio line-out ( RCA phono x 2 ) - rear
3 x composite video input ( RCA phono ) - rear
2 x composite video output ( RCA phono ) - rear
1 x subwoofer output ( RCA phono ) - rear
2 x front speakers output ( click-fit x 2 ) - rear
1 x center speaker output ( click-fit x 2 ) - rear
2 x rear speakers output ( click-fit x 2 ) - rear
1 x subwoofer output ( click-fit x 2 ) - rear
1 x SPDIF input ( TOS Link ) - rear
1 x SPDIF input ( RCA phono ) - rear
1 x monitor output ( 4 pin mini-DIN ) - rear

You want to connect to either the:
1 x SPDIF input ( TOS Link ) - rear
1 x SPDIF input ( RCA phono ) - rear

For the DVD player. I suggest using the RCA phono connection with ONE RCA cable to get audio (try this first, you can upgrade to TOSlink if you want to later), then refer to the manual on how to switch digital audio modes for the DVD player input on your receiver. This one jack will give you all 5.1 channels.

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SuperH,

Printed this out and will bring home tonight..I asked today if she switched the audio modes on the DVD and she said no. So that might be the problem. Thanks for your input.

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No problem... If you're currently using two audio cables to the DVD, left and right, take them out and hook the COAXIAL SPDIF output of the DVD player into the COAXIAL SPDIF input of the receiver.

Use only one of those two cables to do this, and then configure the receiver to use the digital input.

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