Originally Posted by Legairre
Sounds like the lockup and volume issue are coming now that the summer type of weather is coming. I wonder if heat or humidity is the culpret? Have 92 owners had the same problem as 94? I have a 92 with no problems (knoock on wood), but my theater is in a finished basement that is always pretty cool.
I am not sure if it is heat related. After doing a ton of research, I final bought one of this. It arrived, went through the setup routine and all seemed good. I went upstairs to program my Harmony remote to use it, came downstairs and the remote worked fine, except for one button. Went back upstairs to fix my mistake and none of the buttons worked... So I pulled out the Pioneer remote, it didn't work either. None of the buttons of the front of the receiver worked, including the POWER button. The receiver had been on for about 2 hours at this point. Volume was locked at the level I had it set at and the volume know did nothing but turn.
I unplugged it and plugged it back in.. Now the power button didn't work and the device wouldn't turn on... So.. I called the store and while on hold, perhaps 10 minutes total the VSX-94Txh turned itself on and was controllable for around 10-15 minutes before "locking up" again. At this point, it went back into the mfg box along with the accessories and into the double box it was shipped in.
About the install conditions..
The receiver was sitting on top of an audio table by itself, nothing to the sides or above it. The back was about 12 incles to the wall. HDMI out was to a plasma TV. HDMI 1 to an scientific atlantic DVR.. HDMI 2 to an xbox 360. I connected a subwoffer to sub-preamp out. Speakers are on the front channel, 8 ohm impedance. Center channel is 8 ohm as well. No rear or side speakers connected. (I didn't buy enough connectors to change from lugs to bannana's) The volume was always low so it couldn't have been pulling much current (and therefore not generating too much heat.) The top of the receiver was cool the touch, slightly above room ambient ~80F.
Fortunately, the place I bought it from is cross-shipping a new one, while the defective one is on the way back to them.
Really sad that I didn't find this thread until after I had the problem and had another one on the way.. Otherwise, I would have simply just gotten a refund (sans shipping) and bought the Denon.
Most discouraging is that this was an A stock item, with a February 2008 manufacturing date. Even worse is that this is the "Elite" line.
Wish me luck with the replacement..