HK AVR 7200 Died ... Repair? Replace?

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  1. Johnal

    Johnal Stunt Coordinator

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    Hey Everyone,
    Back in March of 04' I purchased a Harman/Kardon AVR 7200. The members of this forum were so helpful and so informative that my purchase was based almost solely on the help I received here. I could not have been happier with my purchase and the 7200 was perfect for my wants and needs.

    Well people, it seems I am in need of your assistance yet again! During my lunch hour today I went home to eat and watch TV. I grabbed the remote to turn on the receiver and I was shocked to see that the orange standby light was not lit. I've tried all the troubleshooting tips that can be found in the manual and it seems that at some point during the day, something must have fried.

    So let me just try and get to the point of this thread. Here are my questions/concerns:

    1.) I have never had to have a receiver repaired and am not sure what to expect in terms of repair costs. I'm sure it depends on a lot of variables (parts), but anyone know what the labor generally can cost on this kind of thing?
    2.) Perhaps I should look at this as an opportunity to upgrade to a newer receiver. Any suggestions?
    3.) I purchased the 7200 for a very reasonable $850 when it was discontinued and replaced by the 7300... are there any comparable units available now that could be purchase for around this price?
    4.) I actually didn't want to even bother looking into new receivers till HDMI 1.3 was present in the majority of newer receivers... this makes me want to just get my 7200 repaired until it's time for the "real upgrade" i've been waiting for. (Good idea? Bad idea?)
    5.) Finally, just for fun... if you had $850-$1200 to spend on a new receiver... what would you do?

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read this! You are all heroes to me!
     
  2. gene c

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    I'd try giving H/K's csr a call (or e-mail). They might have a few things for you to try. I've also heard that some H/K avr's have a fuse somewhere near the front behind the display. Since it looks like yours is out of warranty, I'd take the top off and have a peek. Otherwise, I'd take into a repair shop and at least have someone look at it. I'd hate to throw out $850 if it's turns out to be a simple fix. But call H/K first. Who knows, they might do something to help you out. And for around $1000 I'd get a Marantz 8500. Or maybe an H/K 7300. Or Denon 2807. Or a Yamaha 2600. Or aa Onkyo....(Naw, I'd get the Marantz).
     
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  4. Johnal

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    Thanks for your reply... right around the same time you posted this I was able to fix the receiver. It seems unfortunate that this is such a common problem with this model. At the same time, I have never been disatisfied with it's quality, and this was less than a "serious problem." Here are some pics i took during my search for the fuses:

    http://users.adelphia.net/~jleifsson/Fuses/1&2.jpg
    http://users.adelphia.net/~jleifsson/Fuses/3.jpg
    http://users.adelphia.net/~jleifsson/Fuses/4.jpg
    http://users.adelphia.net/~jleifsson/Fuses/5.jpg
     

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