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Return Of DENON AVR-X500 In Dead Condition

By on May 31, 2021
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denon avr-x500 repair

This set revisited after a gap of around five years. Kindly see my earlier article : Protection mode in Denon AVR-X500 solved 

That time it was due to set going to protect mode. But this time it was a case of totally dead. I opened the set and after doing a thorough cleaning inside, looked for any bulged capacitors or damaged components. I was shocked to see that the entire board was full of rusted components, apart from a bulged and leaked capacitor.

The following pictures would talk by itself and no elaboration is necessary:

how to fix denon avr x-500

I informed the customer and sent the full snaps of all the components that I found in this condition on the board. I have limited to a few in this article. He asked me to go ahead and get it restored as he liked its performance very much. This set indeed was neglected at-least for quite some time and that is the reason for such corrosion. If a set is used regularly and getting warmed up, corrosion might not take place to this extent. So, declaring a war, I took out my soldering sword and replaced all such rusted parts on the board.

These were plenty on the Amplifier board and not much on the uController board. Even the Tuner had rusted and corroded components inside, when I removed it and checked it up after opening the case. I replaced the electrolytic capacitors in it as well. After all these exercises were done, I rechecked the board and applied power and got our protection mode problem for which this was attended to in 2015. Did the same method of troubleshooting that I did last time and located defective transistors in the Central Section. Drilled holes after removing the SMD transistors and provided equivalent transistors in its place.

repairing denon avr-x500 amplifier

After this exercise, when I switched on, the AVR was working very well. I used all its functions and speaker outputs and everything was working superfine. I used the AVR for about a week before I ventured to call the customer to come and pick it up.

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Bulged satisfaction got further enlarged and before it exploded, I let it get into the collection bag! (LOL) I have skipped many parts of my service in this article, for the sake of brevity.

(Note: I am not very sure of the snaps of SMD transistors given, i.e., there could be a mix up as I am writing this article after a long gap.) Here is the snap of total number of components replaced. (Looks like it has broken all previous records!)

how to troubleshoot amplifier with bad capacitors

This article was prepared for you by Parasuraman Subramanian from India. He is 72 years old and has more than 30 years’ experience in handling antique equipment like Valve Radio, Amps, Reel Tape Recorders and currently studying latest tech-classes conducted by Kerala State Electronics Technicians’ Association. He has done graduation in BBA degree, private diploma in Radio Engineering and retired as MD of a USA company. Presently working as Consultant to Hospital and other institutions.

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  1. Albert van Bemmelen

    May 31, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    Indeed declaring a war was what describes this intensive repair at best! And I like your metaphor "I took out my soldering sword and replaced all such rusted parts on the board.". Not many could have declared "victory!" after engaging such a timeconsuming task, but you can!

    • Parasuraman S

      May 31, 2021 at 8:56 pm

      Vow! Getting a certificate like that from you is considered by many as Gold! Many thanks, dear!

  2. Marinko

    May 31, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    mr. Thank you for another good article on repairs.

    • Parasuraman S

      May 31, 2021 at 8:57 pm

      Many thanks for your comments!

  3. Waleed Rishmawi

    May 31, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Dead is the least description of this device. I believe you resurrected it from death and beyond. good job my friend. have a blessed day

    • Parasuraman S

      May 31, 2021 at 8:57 pm

      Many thanks for your comments, dear!

  4. Imoudu

    June 1, 2021 at 6:33 am

    What a conquest!! Usually at times I try to count the total number of items u change on ur repairs,but this I can't or maybe I will need x1000 lens to count.It really broke the record.I will read the previous article on same component latter.Good job sir.

    • Parasuraman S

      June 1, 2021 at 10:43 am

      Many thanks for your comments, dear!

  5. Yogesh Panchal

    June 6, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Hats off to you for your passion & patience.

    • Parasuraman S

      June 10, 2021 at 8:16 pm

      Many thanks dear Yogesh Bai!

  6. Jai Etwaroo

    June 10, 2021 at 6:22 am

    Nice job Parasuraman.It took a lot of patience to accomplish this repair

    • Parasuraman S

      June 10, 2021 at 8:17 pm

      Yes, dear! A lot and lot of patience! Many thanks for your comments!

  7. Antalfy

    July 15, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    Dear Parasuraman !

    I see, you are perfect Denon doctor...I have one question:
    After a while, my AVR-X500 switches the inputs instead of changing the volume by turning the knob. (Tuner-DVD-.......) Unintelligible!
    Have you idea: where is the problem?

    Thank you !

    With sincerelly: Mr Antalfy Hungary

    • Parasuraman S

      June 8, 2023 at 8:58 am

      Thorough cleaning of board using IPA, Dry solder, capacitors, Software corrupted etc. We need to download the service manual and do a Sherlock Holmes detection to find the cause. (LOL)


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