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My 9 year old Sony AVD S500ES has died. (It needs a new Power Board.) The repair will likely cost about $200. I'm not sure if I should spend the money to fix it, or if I should spend more to replace it.
My system is not "high end." It consists of the AVD S500ES, a pair of Vienna Acoustics Haydn loudspeakers, a Velodyne SPL-800II subwoofer, and a wireless Squeezebox.
I have a small SACD collection, but I mostly listen to MP3s that I converted from my CD collection using L.A.M.E. I do not use the AVD S500ES to play DVDs.
Since I do not use any of the Sony's home theater capabilities, an integrated amp and an SACD player could replace it.
My sense is that I'd have to spend a lot more than $200 to match the quality of the Sony, but I would like to hear your opinions.
After it is restored, change some of the default settings to make it better.
Dynamic Range Control
Default setting = STANDARD. Change it to WIDERANGE.
Change it to OFF.
I can't remember if there's a filter option or not, if yes, set it to default SHARP.
If progressive video outputs are available, set it back to interlace.
What all the above do is to unshackle the dsp from unnecessarily expending it's calculation capabilities, which will lead to better sound all around.
Set this unit in a place far from metallic materials.......
Just make sure the "likely" cost and the real cost are known beforehand.
Thanks for your response.
I would like to keep the unit. but I just want to make sure it's a good decision.
I live in Mexico. The Sony authorized repair shop here diagnosed the power board as the problem, but they can't get one. I've found one in the US for about $160, and I am figuring about $40 for labor to install it, given the low labor rates here. It may go higher, or there could be additional problems with the unit, so there is some risk.
The alternative is to buy replacement components here in Mexico (higher cost, less availability), or to import from the States. Either way, I'll end up spending a lot more than $200.
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