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April 16, 2010

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Ed S

Anne,
Hi, I wish everything electronic could last forever, but it doesn't. Sounds like the rear switch has failed. It should be fixable, if you don't mind the outrageous prices repair shops charge these days. In NYC, look up or google Sony Service Centers. They can fix radios like the Proton. Proton is no longer in the radio business, but they used the same repair shops that Sony did. Be sure to get a few estimates. Definitely don't pay more than 50 bucks. If all else fails, buy another off eBay. Good luck!

JACK

Hey Ed - NOS Proton 320. Plugged it in and can barely hear anything. Just enough to tell that I'm a station.

So brand new never used out of box and barely any volume. Deoxt volume switch but not the problem.

Always kept in dry environment.

HELP

Ed S

Beats me, Jack. But electronics sitting in a box for nearly 30 years is not "brand new."
Bad things happen to power supply capacitors, like they dry out, turning it on suddenly after many years can blow any number of transistors or diodes. Last resort, bang on it-- if the sound is intermittent, there is a bad solder joint, cracked PCM or some other damage. You're going to have to take it to a repair shop for a proper diagnosis. Good luck.

Ron Anderson

Ack, as if my week wasn't already going bad with my volume dial problem on the Sangean WR-5, I discovered yesterday that my wife had "accidentally" donated my Proton 320 to Goodwill. I was heartbroken! I have had the Proton 320 since I was in high school, so for 25 years. It's served me really well, through college, law school, and my 20's. I haven't used it much in the past few years as iPhone-enabled radios have taken over, but the sentimental value is enormous. Anyway, I had recently unplugged the Proton from our guest room and put it in our basement storage area "for safe keeping." For some reason, my wife saw it sitting there, near the pile of old clothes and books that we were planning on donating to charity, and assumed I meant to donate the radio as well. I went looking for it yesterday and couldn't find it anywhere in the house, and I then looked at the recent donation inventory form that she filled out, and the very first item listed was "clock radio." Damn!! Somebody at our local goodwill may stumble upon a real diamond in the rough. My radio still worked perfectly except for the burned-out light problem that is common to the unit. Anyway, I thought about going to the goodwill location to try to find it and buy it back, but I think I'll just let it go. I'm moving on, thinking about getting a new Sangean WR-22 with bluetooth capability!

Ed S

Ron, what a bummer! Goodwill has an online site, maybe your Proton will wind up there. In any event, it will brighten up someone's bedside, like it did yours all those years. Yep, it probably is time to move on. Hope you have better luck with a new Sangean...I really like my WR-2, going strong for six years now. But my Proton 320 is still ticking, too.

Ron Anderson

Thanks, Ed. I have a tendency to be a packrat and hold onto things that I don't use/need any more. My wife isn't happy with that! Anyway, she never appreciated the rich sounds of the Proton or its amazing reception ability, and instead criticized its lack of an audio-input jack, remote control, station presets, etc. Once she demanded that I get a new clock radio that had an iPhone dock for our bedside table, I knew the writing was on the wall for my trusty Proton. Oh well, I had a lot of good years out of it, and now it's time to try the Sangean WR-22...

Charlie

Thank you for this page...I have a Proton 320 in excellent condition, except that I only get static in FM. AM reception is just fine. Any recommendations? Thanks, and I hate to part with the radio,

Charlie

Ed S.

Only easy fix to try is a shot of contact cleaner into the AM/FM switch.
Otherwise, bring it to a Sony service center or buy another one off EBay.

Raymond Carlson

Hello Ed , I have a proton 320 it all ways worked perfect but I live in Hawaii and the hurricane knocked out the power for a week and when it came back on it was like 220 going to the 110 outlets and blew out my Proton 320 , what can I do to fix the problem ? thanks Ray

Jeff

Good Blog. The Proton 320 has been with me since 1987. I have enjoyed it's unique place in my home. Unfortunately, the FM antenna and the interior bulb need replacement. I assume some of the poor reception for FM is due to the shortened antenna. The porr reception on some AM stations is a concern. I know you suggest purchasing another Proton on Ebay. However, I'd rather repair the unit I own than purchase another. One of the unique things about owning a Proton, is you develop a relationship with it...and I want to keep it out of a landfill. I live in Chicago and would appreciate a suggestion on reputable repair.

Thanks for your advice and blog,
-Jeff

Ed S.

Jeff, I'm sure there are any number of reputable repair shops in the Chicago area, but the question is are you willing to pay probably $90- $110 to repair your 320 when an almost new one can be had on eBay for under $50?
I don't personally know any repair facilities in your area, but do a see how for places authorized to work on Sony products, they are usually a good bet. Good luck. -Ed S.

Bill Monk

Hi Ed I have a Proton 300 that still works very well the companion 301 needs to be worked on as it makes a hellish high pitched noise. I know the output of the 300 is fine as I hooked up a powered Fostex speaker and it works fine. Who repairs this unit in so California?

Carol

Hi, Ed! I have a Proton 320 clock radio. I touched the radio to set the alarm and static electricity from me caused the numbers on the clock to spin continuously. It is on a power surge protector. I tried unplugging it but, that didn't help. Could it have something to do with the backup battery? If I don't touch the switch on the back to change time and alarm, all is good. The radio also works. Please help as I really like the radio. Thanks.

Carol

Hi, Ed! I left you a message yesterday regarding my Proton 320 clock radio. I have the same problem as Anne from NYC where the clock, alarm and date keep spinning unless it is in the locked position. This happened from static electricity when I touched it. I live in the Boston area and would love to have this problem fixed. Do you think it is fixable? Thanks. Carol

Toivo

My Proton 320 was relegated to the garage when for the second time the tuner wire slipped off. Now I want to get it repaired and bring it to another house. I love the looks of the radio. Anyplace within a reasonable distance of Eastern Connecticut which may be able to repair it?

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