See VSX-1015 Service Manual: http://www.kallhovde.com/pioneer/tricomp/Audio/VSX/VSX-1015_RRV3113.pdf
You (or a trusted technician) could identify and replace the IR Sensor IC3002 (Remote Receiver Unit) and
perhaps also Q3001, both on Assy "O" Display Assy (attached to the Front Panel), found on pg21 & pg77.
Replacement doesn't look very hard once you remove the Front Panel and remove Assy "O". IC3002 is
a simple 3-pin device and Q3001 has the minor extra complication of being a 3-pin surface mount device.
[You would think a factory service technician would be able to do this with less than an hour of labor....]
Note that digital signal "RMC" becomes "SRIN" as it passes through JA952 "SR IN" ("IN CONTROL" jack)
located just below the AM/FM antenna connections. Rather than repairing the VSX-1015, you might want to
simply plug a Remote IR Sensor device into this mini-jack. These devices typically output TTL signal levels
(0, 5 VDC): http://www.smarthome.com/8170S/Mini-Stick-On-Infrared-IR-Emitters-Bugs-Blasters/p.aspx
Some (but not all) Cable STB's use 56 kHz, so some IR Sensors may not operate reliably across all "standard"
A-V IR frequencies of 36, 36.7, 37.9 kHz and/or 40 kHz...so make sure you can return these devices.
Parts List for Assy "O" is on pg106, IC3002 is RPM7140-H9, Rohm 40 kHz IR Receiver Module (TTL Output):
Available here: http://www.digikey.com/product-search/en?x=0&y=0&lang=en&site=us&KeyWords=RPM7140-H9
and Q3001 is 2SA1576A transistor: http://www.rohm.com/products/databook/tr/pdf/2sa1037ak.pdf
Available here (see any of the three offerings which allow single unit orders):
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