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When boss dictates a letter I can barely hear any sound!

I changed the batteries and it still sounds like someone far off talking

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  • kshaleus Mar 04, 2009

    we use about six different tapes a day so it's not that and it's a fairly new recorder (one year). Thanks for the help though


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I have worked on these units for years, & it sounds like the Head alignment is off or possibly a dirty Record/Play Head. If the unit is a year old & has not been regularly serviced by chance. Are all tapes like this or only from one specific recorder? Try Cleaning the R/P Head in both of the units & if this is still not satisfactory, have some one give you a good tape recorded on a known good unit that you can hear OK. Next, with a small blade "Jewelers Screwdriver" (very small tip Phillips blade) in the very small hole above the head, turn the screwdriver carefully & slowly CLOCKWISE while playing back a known good tape in the unit in question, recorded on a different unit. If all tapes sound this way on the transcriber, use this procerdure on this machine. If not, use it on the one that the "Low Volume Tapes" are coming from only. To confirm this, if the "loud & Clear" sounding tape from another recorder is played in the unit in question, & all other tapes from every other unit sound OK, the one that plays them very low is the correct unit to adjust. Good luck!

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You could try setting the mic sensitivity to 'Conf'. This will make it more sensitive, which will make his voice louder - but may also pick up more background noise.

Also, I think those portables have the ability to record & play in two different speeds. Make sure he's recording in 2.4 speed. He'll get half the recording time per tape, but the recording quality will be much better.

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The tape might be getting old, replace it and see what happens.  If it is still acting up, It might be he is not recording properly or the recorder is bad.  Try talking directly into the mic and see if it is better.  If it is, he needs to talk louder or needs to hold it close.

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