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A lot of background noise when playing back.

When playing back the tape there seems to be a lot of background noise. It's very hard to understand the dictation because of it.

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Re: A lot of background noise when playing back.

The pic looks like a TRC5880? If thats the case they are naturally quite noisey. The motors vibrate too much in my opinion. Theres not much you can do with it unfortunately. Suggest a new recorder or get that one repaired.

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