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Playback sound I have recently purchased the Philips VR 550 VCR and when playing tapes there is a background interference noise that sounds like a helicopters propellors whiring round. At first I thought it was because I was playing tapes I had recorded on another VCR but it also happens with programmes recorded on the same VCR and with pre-recorded tapes. The strange thing is that this noise goes away if you move closer to the VCR or hover your hand over the VCR and its gets louder as you walk away.

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  • Anonymous Mar 07, 2008

    i've also just bought this unit, and I have the bagground inteference too! I suspect it's got something to do with tape tracking. I've noticed that when you use the tracking buttons (channel up and down when in play mode), the noise will disapear, but you'll now be playing your tape with mono-sound in sted of stereo.

    I am most frustrated, and I wanted to hear if you've found a solution to the problem?

    All the best from Allan




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Unit might be picking up 60 cycle hum or other electromagnetic field. Is VCR sitting on/under another piece of electronic equipment? If so, it could pick up such from the power supply circuitry of that other device. Try moving the VCR away from other equipment and see if the unwanted sound disappears.

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