Originally Posted by dklein90
I suggest checking all the speaker connections to make sure they are solid. Maybe replace speaker wire as a test to rule out the least expensive possibility.
Your reciever definitly shouldnt be overheating like it is. Something isnt right, hopefully its something straight forward.
Not sure that replacing the speaker wire will do any good unless there is a short somewhere by a misplaced staple or something else causing a minor short. Perhaps there is a single wire strand that is shorting either on the amp end or the speaker end that you didn't notice. The wire gauge should not have much effect on how hot the receiver runs. A larger gauge wire will lower the total load resistance on the amp and deliver more power to the speakers (less power lost in the wire itself), but this would tend to work the amps more, not less, but this is a good thing assuming that you are running 6-8 ohm speakers.
FYI, I finally got down to installing banana jacks on all of the speaker wires that connect to my receiver, which helps TREMENDIOUSLY in making connections to the receiver 5-way terminals. I used the on-Q banana plugs that you can get from Lowe's. The value pack for 5 pairs is about $20 which is the lowest price that I could find for good quality banana plugs.
Even if you have just one wire strand shorting out on any speaker, the amp/receiver will probably still run OK at lower volumes, but the extra current draw will probably cause the protection circuit to activate at higher volumes or at least make the unit run hot.
Additonal info: If dklein90 ment to TEMPORARILY replace the speaker wires to rule out the problem, then that is a good suggestion also.