Diagnosing amplifier problem - current dependent?

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Joined Jan 3, 2011
There's a stereo receiver I've looked at which the right channel intermittently cuts out. When I got it to my place and tested it I didn't find any problem, but as soon as it was back in its place it acted up again. I'm wondering if a transistor may exhibit problems only when passing a certain amount of current. When I tested it I was running it quietly but the person who owns it usually runs it louder. Could it be useful to get some power resistors to simulate a speaker so I can test it at a higher volume setting than I want to listen to for a long period of time?

It's a Sansui 5000x, capable of 55 watts per channel into 8 ohms. If you want to look at the schematic it's here: http://akdatabase.org/AKview/albums/userpics/10004/Sansui 5000X Service Late.pdf

The driver board is in the lower right corner, just above the power supply, labeled F-1040-1A. I'm pretty sure the problem is there because it doesn't depend on the source selected.


Joined Mar 30, 2015
Could be current causing a temperature rise. You can check for thermal issues with a heat gun and freeze spray.