First time poster here, long time reader (relatively).
I would like to start by saying that this thread has been a wealth of information for me, and was a major contributor in the purchase of my Elite receiver, which I've had since Oct. '08.
I haven't been following the thread for a while, but I did quite a few avs searches and couldn't find an answer to the following question.
The setup is this:
I was watching Fight Club on BD the other day. Awesome movie, awesome video and audio. There's a part in the movie where Ed Norton's character imagines that the plane he's on gets hit with another plane (I forget the timestamp). It then gets REALLY loud, with the planes getting torn apart and all. It's right there when my SC-07 decided to shut off suddenly. Now, I'm not asking WHY this happened; I'm pretty sure it was because it was a little too intense, so the 07 shut itself off for protection. This has happened a few times before in the last year, only one other time with a BD ("Wanted") but mostly when playing Rock Band really loud. I like to watch my movies LOUD, around reference volume. When the 07 shut off it was at -12dB. I've watched tons of movies at this volume or louder, like Incredible Hulk, 300, Die Hard 4, etc. (i.e. intense action movies). I turned the 07 back on, and I remembered I had the mains set to Large because I was listening to music last. I thought setting them to small and the crossover to 80hz would give more headroom but it shut off again at the same scene. I had to turn it down to -16dB to prevent a shut off.
I guess my question is, has anyone had a problem with the SC-07 shutting off automatically when running it at loud volumes??
I love this receiver BECAUSE it plays really loud without strain (98% of the time). But every so often a scene comes along that it can't handle. Sometimes this is in the back of my mind when I'm showing off my home theatre and I think: "Crap, what if the 07 shuts off when it's really loud? That would be embarrassing."
I've never heard anything except clean sound come out of the 07, i.e. no signs of distortions or clipping. Because of that I thought I had tons of leeway when it came to volume and power. But now it's looking like I might wanna upgrade in the near future to a receiver with even more oomph (which I didn't think I'd ever have to worry about when I bought the 07).
I'm running Energy Reference Connoisseur speakers all around in a 5.1 setup:
RC-70 mains, RC-LCR centre, RC-10 surrounds, and an Energy ESW-V10 sub. Oh, and a 8" Paradigm sub connected via Y-adapter on the sub-out.
I usually have RC-mini's as rear surrounds, but right now I have the L/R channels bi-amped through the SC-07. The RC-70's are pretty efficient, with 92dB sensitivity, 95dB when playing both speakers. I run a Pioneer BDP-51FD and an Elite SS PRO-101FD plasma monitor. My entire home theatre is plugged into a Monster Clean Power Stage 2.
I'm not sure why the SC-07 has trouble sometimes, I didn't think I could push it too hard, and I don't think I am really. My previous receiver, a 90wpc Yamaha rxv-661 never had a problem (different room, but just as loud).
Whew, I've said a mouthful.
Anyone ever experience this with their SC-07??
I would like to hear any opinions.
P.S. My left LED on the front of the receiver also went out, around 4 months into ownership.