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post #1 of 5 Old 03-01-2013, 10:05 AM - Thread Starter
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The mainboard in the Yamaha RX-V3900 I use in my theater died a couple of weeks ago. It'll cost around $800 to get it repaired, which is 60% of what I paid for the receiver 3.5 years ago, so I'm a little torn on whether to fix it or to just get a new receiver.

Any advice you guys can provide would be appreciated. I haven't had a chance to figure out what would be comparable today, so any insight there would be helpful as well.

If it helps, this is most of what I have connected to the receiver:

Projector: JVC DLA-RS20
Screen: Seymour AV F120 (120" wide, 130.4" diagonal)
Speakers:
* LCR: Atlantic Technology IWCB-727-S x3 (in-walls)
* Surround: ATL IWTS-30 SR (in-walls)
* Rear Surround: ATL ICTS-8.3e (in-ceiling)
* Subwoofer: SVS PB13-Ultra
Blu-Ray Player: Oppo BDP-83
Time Warner DVR

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I'd replace it, not worth spending that much on older technology. I would be curious about the layout of your equipment though, it sounds like your receiver died prematurely and was wondering if it was adequately ventilated? Looks like a nice compliment of components you have. You could probably get a used 3900 for much less than $800, actually I know someone that might be willing to upgrade and sell his. if interested PM me.
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Thanks, Bob.

Based on what I've been reading, I've been leaning towards replacing it but wanted to avoid it if I wasn't just throwing away money by not repairing my 3900.

Probably a good hunch on the ventilation. I just got in a couple of additional 120mm ultra-quiet fans to add to the cabinet to help cool things down more.

Any idea what would be comparable to a 3900 these days? I've been pretty happy with what I had until it died...

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Yamaha is the most reliable brand out there, that's why I guessed the ventilation. It is unusual to see a problem with Yamaha. Heat is often the culprit with electronics especially ones that generate heat like receivers and amplifiers. I still like Yamaha and the RX-A3020 would be the current model equivalent to your 3900. Other brands I like are Anthem but they do run hotter and Marantz.
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