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Old 03-04-2009   #1
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Default Throw it out, or repair it?

Hey guys-
I have a Denon AVR-1801. It's been great for the past 9 years or so. I just started watching tv today, and it went right into protection/standby mode. I tried a few times to turn it back on, same thing. Goes right to standby within seconds of turning it on. I did everything- initialized the microporocessor (hard reset), unplugged speakers, input/output cords, plugged it into a different outlet, left it unplugged for 30mins and then tried plugging it all back in- all gives me the same results.

I don't see a fuse on the back of the unit. It must be internal (if that's even the problem). With the way prices are, would it be better to replace this with a brand new receiver all together? Or, is it something I can repair myself, fairly easily? I do have some electronics experience. Is it cheap to have repaired?

My only complaint about it is- the secondary speakers (I use for the speakers on my porch and bedroom) are not amplified. IF I had to get another receiver to replace this one, I'd like to get one that amplifies those secondary speakers. Again however, if it's about the same price to replace it, I'll do that. If it's MUCH cheaper to repair it, I'd DEFINITELY do that.

Any help is appreciated...
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Old 03-05-2009   #2
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Default Re: Throw it out, or repair it?

I cannot think of a better time to get a new unit. has good prices on Denon and Marantz receivers as well as Yamaha...Its just not worth getting it fixed. I would guess the price would be over $100. I had a Yamaha DPX-1 HD projector...they wanted $600 to replace the color wheel. I declined
and bought a new Marantz that was a closeout. I am happy I did not get it fixed for that kind of cash
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Default Re: Throw it out, or repair it?

When the circuit protection kicks in that's time to go to the shop. Time for a new Denon! The feature set is so amazing, you'll be pleased with the selection.

I currently own an AVR 3803 & AVR 1803. The inlaws got the AVR 1603 and my guitar buddy's getting my old AVR 2400. Have always been pleased with them since 1992...
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Old 03-06-2009   #4
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Default Re: Throw it out, or repair it?

After 9 years, I think you got your money's worth out of that unit. Everything has changed in terms of audio codes and connectivity. I would look into a new AVR for sure. Let the AVR 1801 rest in peace.
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