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Audio muffled when playing back video tape

When I play back a video tape on this unit, the audio is muffled. If I record a program on this unit, it plays back with regular volume on another VCR. The audio on the problem unit is fine when I am watching the TV. I realize that this unit is over 5 years old but I would like to know if the tape audio is fixable since it is my workshop and is used on a daily basis. Hate to buy a new one if I don't have to.

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  • m3forus Feb 06, 2009

    Thank you so-o-o-o much!!!!!!!!!! After the third run of the cleaning tape the audio is crystal clear when playing a tape.

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Have you tried using a wet type head cleaning tape? If not, run one thru at least 3 times.

Posted on Feb 06, 2009

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