What to Do When Gadgets Die

What to Do When Gadgets Die

Sonia Zjawinski
Aug 6, 2008

For years I've had this massive Pioneer receiver to pump movies and iTunes from. Yesterday, while watching a download of the Daily Show, the receiver kept shutting off randomly. Today, while blasting 50 Cent's "Ayo Technology" it kept shutting off again -- ayo!! I can't quite figure out what's wrong. It's not overheated. I've tried several outlets around the house and it still shuts off. Anyone have any suggestions?

If I can't solve this at home I'm going to have to take this monster to the repair shop, which leads me to my next question. I didn't buy this bad boy at a major retailer so I don't have an extended warranty through a Best Buy or Circuit City. Where do you take these things when they need to be repaired? We live at a time when mom and pop electronic repair shops are hard to come by...

Pioneer's site offers a list of Pioneer authorized service centers, but how do you know which one to go to? Do you just pick the one that's closest to you?

On a lighter note, without a receiver to stream my iTunes to I've taken my Harmon/Kardon iPod boombox out. I had totally forgotten just how good this thing is. This baby's got bass! If I didn't want more boom coming out of my TV for movies I would just scrap the receiver and listen to this thing.

At least until I figure out what's wrong with my receiver I can continue listening to Justin Timberlake. Phew! Crisis slightly averted.

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