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Old 12-31-2013, 07:35 AM - Thread Starter
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I purchased an Onkyo NR-626 receiver primarily for its phono input, which seems to be a rarity these days. After painstakingly hooking it up to my 5.1 speakers, when I turned it on, it displayed "Check Sp Wire" and automatically shut down. This surprised me, as my current receiver from 1990 had no issue with wiring issues at all.

So I checked all speaker connections, which looked fine, but I hooked them up again just in case. Same result.

I replaced the old wires with brand new ones and made sure there were no kinks, etc. Same result.

Any ideas? I'm about ready to send it back to Amazon.

Also, any suggestions on other 5.1 / 7.1 receivers with a Phono input that aren't hugely expensive?

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Old 12-31-2013, 07:40 AM
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You may be better served simply purchasing a phono pre-amp (<$50) and then you don't need it built in to the AVR. Also try disconnecting all speakers and see if you get the same error message. If not, connect one speaker at a time until you find the defective speaker.

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Also verify that there are no thin, almost invisible strands of wire from one speaker terminal touching an adjacent one, on the receiver or the speakers. Run your finger or a piece of paper between them, if you can.

If there's no such short, then you do need to return the receiver. One or more of its internal amplifiers is defective.


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Thanks, I will try these tonight.
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I bought one today and it was the same story except that the first thing I did before anything was plugging it in to see if it worked. I guess its back to Fry's for me...
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