Inside the Geek Mind: Fixing a 10-year-old Yamaha YSP-1000 Sound Projector for less than a Dollar.
10 years ago I got a Yamaha YSP-1000 Sound projector for my stealth home theater setup in the living room. Back then this device was a technology marvel featuring a 42 speaker setup to create impressive surround sound. A while ago the YSP-1000 would not power on anymore. It was just plain dead. As I did not use it that much anymore, I did not want to get a replacement. Then I thought, why not check on Google if there is a fix for the Yamaha YSP-1000 power problem.
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Turns out the problem is very common. It is surprising that my YSP-1000 was working for 10 years. In the avforum discussion board a owner shared the fix a Yamaha repair shop identified. A capacitor on the main power-board failed. The capacitor is marked with C515 and is easy to spot on the mainboard. This is of course, after you take apart the YSP-1000. After removing a couple dozen screws that is done. Yamaha really made that device very solid.
I got from a replacement capacitor with 0,022µF 1600V for less than a Dollar at the popular German electronics retailer Conrad. The replacement capacitor is much bigger in size then the original one, so I had to solder some wires on it to fit it back on the board.
I very rarely solder and work with electronic components. The whole repair procedure was though straight forward and it only took one hour to do. The best part is that it worked. The Yamaha YSP-1000 works again and is as good as new. Fixing my Yamaha Sound Projector was extremely satisfying. The internet makes it possible to fix things yourself. It's not the first time that I found an easy fix for a broken appliance or computer online. It is always worthwhile to consult Google before throwing something away or call a repair service.
New sound projectors offer improved sound and support the latest Dolby technologies, but this 10-year-old sound bar is still good enough. While I am daily confronted with the latest consumer electronics, I don't see the need to replace all my electronics at a regular basis. Some gadgets like my also 10 year old 50-inch Panasonic Plasma HD-Ready TV are still great. The new iPhone 7 is though a must.
Things needed: Soldering iron, soldering wire, Phillips screwdriver, piece of wire, replacement capacitor with 0,022µF and a beer.