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Record Local audio news tapes for Blind residents.We have Two decks and both now noisy; although finished tapes not effected - YET I believe Decks need expert service

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Can you give us where you are located so we can give you pointers? What kind of decks? Make and model please. Also, what exactly do you mean by noisy?

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Dan

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I inherited this dual-deck amplifier from an uncle who has passed on. Unfortunately there is no manual with it anymore. The buttons on the tape decks don't depress except for the stop which immediately...


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It's hard to provide advice without knowing make / model number. Many manufacturers have back issues of owners manuals on their websites - if not a Google search will often trawl one up
Lots of manufacturers used to put 'soft touch' buttons on cassette players - they don't actually push in (just wobble a bit) but work nonetheless. From your description it sounds like the drive belt has broken - alternatively it could be some worn cogs in the motor system, which might explain the clicking sound. Many years ago I had an AIWA tape deck that made a loud clicking when the tape counter got to 9999. Pressing the counter reset used to clear it.
You should be able to connect a CD or DVD player to it using the auxiliary sockets on the rear panel (assuming it has some). Any tape/ aux inputs should be the right impedance to work okay but a phono (record player) socket is unlikely to match. There will normally be a row of buttons (or perhaps a rotary dial) on the front to select input source.

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I was given an old fisher 885 receiver, eq, and tuner. Dont know where all the wires plug in the back and cant get it to work. Any idea where the red and white input wires plug into where?


Do you mean the CA-885?

I couldn't find any free documentation but I did find pictures.

http://forums.audioholics.com/forums/showthread.php?p=227936

With the exception of PHONO, which is literal and for a turntable ONLY, any input will work with any standard analog stereo audio device output.

RCA Red and White connectors are interchangeable but usually consider Red to be the Right Channel and White to be the left Channel.

The two tape loops are for tape decks or external processors like equalizers. OUTs (RECord) go to INs (PlayBack).

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Be advised that the engagement of any device in a Tape Monitor loop on a late-model Audio/Video Receiver will effectively tie the receiver down to stereo-only analog sound reproduction. I'll explain.


The connections themselves are fairly simple but it pays to understand what happens in the loop.


In general, any Line-Level external processor (EQ, dynamic range expander, etc) will go into a Tape Monitor loop on a receiver. A Tape Monitor, when engaged, sends the stereo analog signal Out to the Processor, massages it and returns it to the receiver via the Tape Monitor IN connectors to be passed on to the receiver's internal processes (volume, tone, whatever).


Old school analog stereo-only receivers consistently work this way. Newer digital and audio/video receivers introduce a couple of problems: 1) digital sound processing to simulate a variety of soundfields; 2) multiple output channels, either discrete or digitally-generated.


The latter requires that whatever signal is being processed experiences a maximum of one analog-digital-analog conversion.


EVERYTHING analog coming into the modern digital receiver is automatically converted to a digital signal for internal processing unless you choose a STEREO-only or STEREO-Direct setting. Consequently, no further external analog-digital conversions would be allowed if, say, a Tape Monitor circuit was activated, and a possible feedback loop could otherwise be created in a digital-sourced selection (output to its own input), so the unit is wired to treat the Tape Monitor as the first analog step in the process and defeats any pure digital sources.


In a multichannel unit, what would happen to the other channels if you sent ONLY the Front Left & Right out for processing? They would NOT be processed. That logical problem also plays into the decision to defeat digital sources if the Tape Monitor is activated. I don't totally agree with the engineers but that's the way it is. Nature of the digital beast.



Okay, back to the hook-up: Receiver Tape- or VCR Out to the External Processor (EQ, whatever) Preamp-, Amp-, Tape- or Rec-In; Receiver Tape- or VCR In from the External Processor (EQ, whatever) Preamp-, Amp-, Tape- or Rec-Out.



So, to sum up, you can only use the EQ for analog stereo sources. If you actually want to use an analog recording deck you could place it within the typical Equalizer's own Tape Monitor loop(s). Many have two to facilitate equalized dubbing between decks.


[Or you could obtain a dbx Program Route Selector (check eBay, I highly recommend the 400x, of which I have two) and it would, while only using one receiver Tape Loop, allow for three discrete attachment paths for processors and three for tape decks with the added flexibility of front-panel selection of any and all, with the processors being before, after or between the source or tape decks. Plus it has a dedicated facility for an inline dbx Noise Reduction Processor that can also be juggled around via pushbuttons. Pretty neat.]

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A tape loop connection would allow you to bypass it completely, otherwise not much difference.

Attach it in any tape loop as you would any other processor or tape deck. Or get a dbx 400 Program Route Selector that supports 3 tape decks and 3 processor loops and allows selection and utilization of any or all before or after the tapes, while using only one tape loop on the receiver or preamp.

I have a C-9, a 400 and some other audio toys to justify having the 400.

The C-9 is interesting.

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The left side is usually the playback deck and the right side is the record deck.put in a tape on the left side and push play.Then push the record button first and while holding it down ,the play button on the right side deck.One deck will not have record buttons on it,and that is the playback deck.

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