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Remote Control Repairs???

Discussion in 'd.i.y.' started by 786, Dec 4, 2019.

  1. 786

    786 Another day, another box!

    I have a remote control for my Primaluna amplifier that needs sorting. Anyone know of a reasonable professional they can recommend, that is competent with EPROM chipped remote controls?

    The alternative is that I get off my behind more often, and we all know how painful that is when you settle in for an evenings listening!

    Thank you for any recommendations.
  2. a.palfreyman

    a.palfreyman pfm Member

    Symptoms? Does it just not work at all (I had one years ago that stopped working because the IR LED soldering was poor) or something else?
  3. Mynamemynaim

    Mynamemynaim 35yrs a Naim owner

    this sounds like something Jez at arkless could do in his sleep !!
  4. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    Opening the things can be a real pain
    Usual faults are battery leakage, the battery connector springs getting dry joints and the carbon button contacts wearing out
  5. 786

    786 Another day, another box!

    I have opened her up and I have a multimeter to check continuity and flow, there is power going from the batteries into the circuit. There is something in the circuit itself and the chips and 'thingy ma jigs' it's not the obvious stuff, so will need a good electronics repair chappie or chappess. Any recommendations appreciated?
  6. Mynamemynaim

    Mynamemynaim 35yrs a Naim owner

    Any recommendations appreciated?

    As mentioned....Jez
  7. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole! It will be either something dead simple, one of the things already mentioned up thread, or irreparable.
  8. Shadders

    Shadders pfm Member

    Has anyone tried drawing over the carbon contacts (button presses) with a soft led pencil to restore temporary functionality ?

    Is there a universal remote you can use ?

    Many of the larger brands use the standard remote control codes - but maybe they do not for your amplifier ?

    EDit - to add :

  9. Loz828

    Loz828 Active Member

    I gave up with all my remote controls a couple of years ago and bought a Logitec Harmony 665 universal remote and I just love it, it's fully programmable and the Logitec device database is massive (I just looked and it says it supports PrimaLuna Prologue pre-amps but not sure what exact product you have). My single Harmony remote now controls everything - NAC-N-272/CDX cd player/TV/DVD/CableTV and even my air conditioner!!!! Even if Logitech dont have your device in their database the remote can "learn" IR codes from your existing remote, it's so customisable that the single "system off" button on mine is programmed to turn off the TV and cable box, mute the NAC-N272 and (in the summer) switch the a/c to econ mode. I would seriously recommend this remote for no other reason than to clear the clutter off your coffee table.

    You can look to see if the Logitech Harmony remotes support your specific amp at -
    Suffolk Tony likes this.
  10. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    Slightly off topic, and apologies to the OP, but @Loz828 's experience with his Logitech universal remote reminded me of the Chines CDP remote I once owned. Like the Logitech, it worked with just about everything in the room - except of course it wasn't meant to - and would switch stuff on while simultaneously switching other stuff off, CD drawers would open and close, tuner and TV channels would switch on and change, seemingly at random. At least we didn't have aircon to worry about.
  11. Loz828

    Loz828 Active Member

    Hahahaha - a remote that randomly does stuff it shouldn't - where can I get one? It would make a really annoying christmas gift.
    a.palfreyman likes this.
  12. 786

    786 Another day, another box!

    Loz828 very grateful for your suggestions and links, this provides me with an 'out' so will investigate further. Thanks again.
  13. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    Your phone camera can see the IR pulses to see if the remote is sending anything
  14. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

    I'd've checked my house wasn't built on a Native American burial ground...
  15. Suffolk Tony

    Suffolk Tony Aim low, achieve your goals, avoid disappointment.

    Good recommendation there Mr Loz828. The Logitech remotes are just fab, and Logitech support is excellent.
  16. scotty38

    scotty38 pfm Member

    Agreed, I've used nothing but a single Harmony remote for the last 13/14 years....
    Julf likes this.

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