Repair or replace?
March 21, 2011 1:00 AM Subscribe
I bought a budget receiver (Pioneer VSX-50) about 5 years ago. I had no problem with it until a few days ago, when I head a pop when I turned it on, and since then all audio is gone. Is this worth trying to fix?
posted by bjrubble to Technology (6 answers total)
The unit seems to operate fine -- it turns on, switches modes, etc. I can hear a hum if I turn it up loud enough, both through the speakers and the headphone jack. But there's nothing more than that. It has a number of inputs as well as its own AM/FM tuner, and none of them produce any sound beyond that line hum.
I have very basic needs -- I have 2 bookshelf speakers, and want to listen to the radio and run the TV output to the speakers when watching movies. I'm having a hard time finding anything decent on Amazon for less than $150 -- most of them are 5- and 7-channel setups with all sorts of bells and whistles I don't need.
Is it worth trying to fix this? It sounded like a blown capacitor, but I figure a budget unit probably has lots of integrated pieces and is meant to be thrown out rather than repaired. I suppose I have a followup question, which is for a recommendation for a new unit. My top candidate right now is the Onkyo TX-8255
which is $168 at Amazon.