My family just recently set-up a new home entertainment system. We've got a Sony STRDE-695 receiver hooked to a 5.1 speaker set (center, 2 front, 2 rear, 1 sub, I think it's 600 watts total but within the max for the receiver). There's a VCR and a DVD player hooked up as input (DVD player uses composite video and digital coax for audio, VCR just uses RCA( red, white, yellow) and the cable connection goes through the VCR). The video output from the receiver goes into a simple little RF modulator so that our pathetically old TV can get the signal (no compositve input). The problem we've been having is that the receiver will randomly 'cut out' on us. There doesn't seem to be any trigger for it. Just while watching TV, a loud pop will come out the speakers and the receiver powers itself off. Sometimes it will come back on immediately, other times it will have to sit for several hours before the power button will work again. On occasion, the receiver will power itself back up after an incident like this with the message 'PROTECT' flashing on its display. To try and solve this problem, to date I have: Moved the receiver off our horrid 6 to 2 "power bar" (made by NOMA, ludicrously cheap) onto a proper surge protected bar. Moved the receiver out of the AV cabinet and into open air (but it never got that hot anyways) The receiver is under warranty, so we can always just drop it into a repair shop and say "here, deal" but the nearest shop is a two hour drive away. If anyone has any ideas on what other causes beyond a faulty receiver could be at play here, don't hesitate to let me know.