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Volume issue with Pioneer VSX-305

Volume has dropped so that I have to turn the knob almost all the way up just to hear anything. Nothing has changed... I went to sleep watching TV thru computer (sound thru receiver) and it was fine. Woke up and thought it was turned off. Checked volume on computer, checked receiver settings... Nothing helps. While writing this, the volume jumped way up, so I turned it down, then it jumped up again, so I turned it down more. What in the world is going on with this thing? It's fluctuating like crazy! I know it's old, but it's been reliable for the duration of its life.

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: VSX-D512

The best way to do this (if you haven't done this already) is to enable the Dynamic Range Control. This neat little setting makes the difference between loud and soft to be not so much, making soft sounds (like talking in your case) louder and something like explosions not so loud. This is also called Midnight Mode on some receivers. To enable this setting, grab your remote and turn the receiver on. Press the "Receiver" button, then hit the left arrow on the remote until you see something along the lines of "Dynamic range control" pop up on the LCD (should be the 8th setting). You probably want to set this to "Max", but you can also select "Mid" if you find that Max does too much.

If this still does not work, you can bump up the relative volume of the center channel a bit (or a lot of bit). Hit the "Standard" button on your remote, then "Test Tone" until "C" or "Center" comes up on the LCD. Then hit the "Level +" button a few times, making the center channel a little louder. Listen to it a while and adjust it to your liking.

The combination of these two settings should get you where you want to be. By the way, do a search on your favorite search engine for something like "manual Pioneer VSX-D512" and you should be able to download a manual from somewhere (it looks like Pioneer no longer hosts the manual on their site). Hope this helps!

Posted on Dec 20, 2007

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SOURCE: I have a Pioneer VSX-4900S that when first turned

Hmmm, that almost sounds like a bad solder. As things heat up, they expand. When there is a bad solder (even if you can't see it) as the unit heats up and the pieces expand, the contacts at the solder point will meet and allow the circuit to complete, thus producing sound through the right channel.

Take a large magnifying glass, and with it, examine the bottom side of each of the circuit boards, looking for a solder point that is not well formed.


Posted on Mar 04, 2009

petraman7

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SOURCE: The Sound is Gone.

Hi....
The circuits that routes all the audio signals thru the amp has either died OR the power supply that runs that circuit has died.
Estimate to fix : $75-125

Posted on Mar 24, 2009

Anonymous

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SOURCE: D608 - Volume Problems

I just picked up one at the dump. You have to take apart the front end by unscrewing screws and pulling out ribbon edge connections. It is easier than some components. Then pry off two of the small clamp downs on the front of the volume potentiometer; pry apart about 1/32 of an inch and spray control cleaner for a second and clamp down. repeat on other side.
worked for me.

Bill

Posted on May 25, 2009

Ronautotech

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SOURCE: Pioneer vsx-819H: MCACC setup won't display on tv

Its because the pioneer does not display menu options through hdmi. You have to hook up basic yellow composite to monitor out.

Posted on May 03, 2010

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