I've had a Yamaha HTR-5234 receiver for a long time now, and for the past two years I've been having an issue where the audio keeps cutting out on one speaker periodically. I can fix the problem by briefly turning the volume up. I've had two different sets of speakers set up with the receiver, and I still had the same issue. I don't know the gauge of the speaker wire, but I've used two different kinds but still had the same problem. A second issue I just discovered last night is the volume is very low on the right surround channel. This is the first time I've had the surround speakers plugged in, so I don't know how long it's been doing that. To make sure it wasn't the set-up, I swapped the speakers and the wires between the left and right surround channels, but the volume was still low compared to the other speaker. I looked around online and saw another person had the same exact issue with the audio cutting out, but only one person replied to the thread and suggested that it was the speaker set-up, but this doesn't seem to be the case.