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remote for kenwood receiver
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Post 16 made on Friday October 22, 2004 at 00:20
Gregg Dennis
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Just thought I would post and share my experience.

I have had a VR-507 w/RC-R0720 remote for about three years now. After the second year (warranty had just ran out) the receiver stopped taking inputs from the remote. It would continue to play but would not accept inputs from the remote mentioned above or a universal remote that came with my satellite reciever. The front panel will continue to accept inputs.

I assumed it was heat also and ran the system with the cover removed. No change. It would work just after power up and then stop working only to work again later in the day. I grew tired of this and had a service shop take a look at it. They quoted a 140-160 repair bill to replace the microprocessor and reset chip.

From the posts above, it looks like Kenwood has a problem with their product. I am going to call 1-800-Kenwood and talk to someone in their service department. Maybe you guys would like to do the same.
Post 17 made on Tuesday November 16, 2004 at 02:21
eightysix
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I have the VR-409 that comes with the RC-R0809 Remote. I have lately been experiencing a similar problem with my receiver. It does not respond to remote control commands. It is definitely not the remote itself. My wife inadvertently found this:
If I tap the bezel of the receiver it will begin to respond to the remote comands for awhile. It works every time.

I know its crazy, but give it a try. Then you can throw your kenwood in the landfill when you buy your next receiver just like I plan to do.

m.
Post 18 made on Tuesday November 16, 2004 at 02:34
edmund
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Post 19 made on Tuesday November 16, 2004 at 19:23
eightysix
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Well, thats interesting, but I'm pretty sure the VR-409 does not support RF. There is no mention of RF in the product manual or at Kenwood website. And holding the setup button down for long periods does nothing... its the same as pressing it briefly.

This issue is something that started up this Year. I've had it for several years. In any case the RF issue wouldnt explain why tapping the front bezel "wakes up" the remote sensor on the unit. I guess I might try to take off the plastic and see if there is a loose wire or something.
Post 20 made on Saturday November 20, 2004 at 14:38
oc2noho
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I too have the Kenwood VR-507 with R0720 remote. I've had this set up for about 3 years, give or take, and have been having the same "won't work" problem for the last year or so.

Remote works great on all of my components except the receiver which is hit &miss (at best), but getting worse all the time. I'd pretty much resigned myself to having to get up & do everything maually.

I tried the tapping trick, and as amazing as it sounds, it works fine after tapping the bezel. As Eightysix said "works every time".

But this still isn't going to stop me from tossing it in the landfill as soon as I get a new receiver!
Post 21 made on Saturday November 27, 2004 at 12:44
msilverton
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On 11/16/04 02:21 ET, eightysix said...
I know its crazy, but give it a try. Then you
can throw your kenwood in the landfill when you
buy your next receiver just like I plan to do.

This may be a weird request, but I bought a VR409 at an auction and need to replace part or two. Interested in selling your reciever, or shipping it to me COD?

Mike
Post 22 made on Tuesday December 14, 2004 at 17:21
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Greetings,
would you still have the Kenwood RC-R0905 for sale?
later,
timthemb
Post 23 made on Sunday January 2, 2005 at 12:06
m15
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I have the same model and same problem. What part of the remote or receiver is the bezel?
Thanks
Post 24 made on Wednesday January 5, 2005 at 12:58
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I tap and tap (on a vr-509, yes it is set to RF off) but no dice.
Post 25 made on Friday January 7, 2005 at 00:09
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I have a Kenwood VR-509 receiver and it works very intermittently with the remote. I can testify to the fact that the problem is not with the remote itself. Replacing it will do no good. I have programmed a learning remote (not a universal pre-programmed remote) from the Kenwood receiver's remote. The learning remote works just as erratically when controlling the receiver. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. I programmed a series of commands into a macro button on the learning remote. Sometimes some steps work and others don't. So there's definitely a problem with the unit itself. I found this forum by searcing google with keywords related to problems with a Kenwood remote. The receiver and remote are RF/IR capable. The back of the receiver unit has a short RF antenna for the remote. When I remove the RF antenna, the remote doesn't work at all (as if the IR is not working at all). With the antenna connected it sometimes works and sometimes not just as the experience with the other Kenwood owners. Does anyone have any ideas? Surely Kenwood must know about the problem or have a fix. Maybe those of us who have a problem have something in common that causes the problem? I've tried it under all conditions. There is no interference I can think of, nor is there any recognizable pattern to when it functions. Help!
Post 26 made on Wednesday January 19, 2005 at 20:20
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I currently have the VR-507 and I cannot get the unit to respond to remote commands consistently as well. I have read the manual again and again and the only thing that I came up with was to reset the processor in the unit. Of course, this had no effect. I looked at the Kenwood website for any information but have not found anything. If anyone has updated information, I would be very interested in hearing it.

Erik
Post 27 made on Thursday January 20, 2005 at 01:01
edmund
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Have you tried everything in this post?
Post 28 made on Saturday January 22, 2005 at 13:50
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It is really amazing that too many people have the same problem.. I have a VR-507 for three years, and my problem with the remore began exactly 1.5 years ago. First it did not work occasionally, than it started to work occasionally, now it only works very rarely.

One of thing I realized when it was not working properly first is that things improved when I disconnected the radio antenna.. It improved its working chance somehow, but after a while, even if the antenna was not connected, it again stopped working properly.

I agree with most of users here.. The receiver is the problem, not the remote. I do not have any difficulty to use the DVD or the satellite receiver with the same remote, so it must definitely be the receiver..

One thing I can think of is the IR receiver (probably a photo detector) might be covered with dust in time which stops it to work properly. Probably, the people who tap the bezel actually manage to remove some of the dust on the detector and therefore it starts to work for a while until that part covered with dust again.. I am really curious what the person who is planning to open the front bezel will find... Of course, everything I wrote are speculation :-|

This message was edited by silhouette on 01/22/05 14:02 ET.
Post 29 made on Sunday January 23, 2005 at 23:16
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I just found this post 10 minutes ago, and have been suffering the same problem as (now I see) many many more. I have a VR-507 using a RC-R0720 remote. The Receiver stops responding to the remote intermittently. A tap usually does the trick, but more and more it does not. I am surprised there is no official response from Kenwood in this thread! This forum has been useful though, it has convinced me to do what I was going to do anyways, and that is buy a new Receiver (NOT KENWOOD!!!!!!) I am not a knowledgable guy with Receivers and Audio equipment, so if anyone has recommendations of a good brand, I would be interested. I may not be knowledgable about this crap, but I do know now that KENWOOD SUCKS!!
Post 30 made on Monday January 24, 2005 at 23:35
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Well, I am glad I am not alone with this issue! Can anyone say class action law suit?

Andy
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