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Why the right channel of my tape deck has low output?

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Get some rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip and clean the playing head. It's the square metal device that pushes against the tape. That should clear it up.

Posted on May 08, 2014

Testimonial: "Well, that was what I did in the first place, still the left speaker seems to have more output compared to the right. Can be felt clearly when using the "balance" knob to cut off/listen to either channel. It happens only when I listen to my tape deck. No problems with either the stereo tuner or DVD player where the sound seems to come from both the speakers as it should."

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    Arup Dutta May 10, 2014

    "Well, that was what I did in the first place, still the left speaker seems to have more output compared to the right. Can be felt clearly when using the "balance" knob to cut off/listen to either channel. It happens only when I listen to my tape deck. No problems with either the stereo tuner or DVD player where the sound seems to come from both the speakers as it should."

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    Arup Dutta May 10, 2014

    By the way, tape deck model is DENON DRW-750, amplifier Harman/Kardon KH6100, just letting you know if it's any help.

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