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Rotel RTC-850 Preamp left channel is silent. After some interconnect swapping, I determined I have a problem with my Rotel preamp. When I play my CD input into the LEFT channel i get the following: Silence when the CD (L or R) is plugged into LEFT CD input. Low volume when CD (L or R) is plugged into LEFT AUX input. Any ideas? Is this worth repairing, or is it time to get a new preamp? Any help would be great.

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Before we throw in the towel, turn it off and exercise every control a lot of times throughout its range, particularly the Tape Selectors. Sometimes oxides will develop on seldom used controls and their 'normally closed' contacts will not pass a signal.

Posted on Dec 26, 2010

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