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Tapes aren't audible although amps & speakers work fine with other components

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  • beecee7 Jul 10, 2009

    Thanks for the suggestions. I now suspect that the problem is with the tape deck's output.

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Look more a button label "tape mon" and turn it off, if you cant find that button try hooking it into another jack on the amp to make sure the deck is still outputting

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