Originally Posted by horsemeat
Thank you kindly for the troubleshooting assistance. I removed the two speakers from my set, but it's still turning off at higher volumes.
You've reminded me that I replaced all of the speakers in my Klipsch HTIAB with 50ft 12AWG Enhanced Loud Oxygen-Free Copper Speaker Wire Cable
as well as Monster XP wire for two of the speakers (center and front left.) Are these the wrong type or am I unable to mix and match these types?
Shouldn't be a problem given that you avoid shorts at the speaker and amp ends of the cables, and avoid shorts caused by nails and other things attaching the cables to walls and such.
The Monster XP is certainly not 12AWG, nowhere near as thick as the 12AWG I bought from monoprice.
Shouldn't be a problem.
This all started happening when I introduced the two new speakers, but unfortunately, I added that new wiring in at the same time.
Important rule of thumb - make your changes one at a time, and check the system operation out thoroughly between changes.
I'm very new to this and also unfamiliar with what would cause a "shorted speaker wire" - is this a faulty wire altogether, or can this be caused by stray wires coming out of the back of the receiver, where the wire is inserted into each channel's respective knob?
The usual causes of shorted wiring is stray strands at the receiver or speaker ends of the wire, or shorts caused by nails and other fasteners being driven through the cable.
The wire is very thick and I've found it difficult to not have one or two stray pieces coming out.
Everybody does. That's one reason why there are all these gizmos like banana plugs that people put on the ends of the cables.
Looks OK as far as it goes.
Would this cause a short?
What would be required is detailed pictures of both ends of every cable.
Why at higher volumes and not immediately?
Because most receivers have some kind of current limiting, and at low volumes the current isn't high enough to cause excess current.
Some receivers are intolerant of just about any kind of short, others are more tolerant.
Have I damaged my receiver?
If it doesn't trip out with all of the speaker wires detached, then it is probably in OK condition.
Also, to clarify - it seems to immediate turns off with the blinking standby light when I go beyond a certain volume (rather than stay on for a short while and then turn off.)
Not unusual, IME.