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Audio noise on some, but not all VHS tapes

I just purchased a refurbished DVD/VHS combo player. It plays most VHS tapes fine, but I have a tape by Famous Cycling Videos: Tete en Course, that has a low pitched rumble like static that accompanies the sound track. On my older Mitsubishi deck it plays fine. My refurbished machine has a 90 day warranty. I could send it back, but since it plays other tapes correctly, I'm not certain the problem is the machine. Do you have any idea what the problem is, and how I could solve it?

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  • kayakfit Feb 19, 2008

    I'd like to thank coolguy008 for his comment regarding the tracking adjustment. It worked perfectly. Its funny, if I had been clever enough to read the troubleshooting section of the owner's manual I would have seen the same suggestion. Ironically, when I put the problem to Panasonic they never suggested it, nor did the Fixya staff writer. Good job coolguy008!

    thanks, Ken

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Hi,

Most VHS tapes can be recorded on different speeds which are commonly called: SP, LP and EP/SLP. For the same given tape, the amount of recording time can be extended if the LP or the EP/SLP recording speed are selected. Most quality standard recording is done using SP, however, some videos that require more viewing time tries to squeeze in all the contents in a single tape and the only way to do this was to run the tape slower than standard thereby more video can be recorded. It is some form of compression.

Often this difference in the recording speed becomes apparent when played back in different units which manifest itself as rumble like sound in the background. It is also possible that the tape has been slightly stretched making the slow speed recording/playback not 100% compatible with different machines.

One way to verify whether the Tete en Course is using LP or EP/SLP and not SP is to compare the how fast the tape counter counts. Run a known standard good quality VHS tape and note how the counter reacts. Play the Tete en Course tape and determine if there is a difference.

Should you be adventurous, you can open the top cover of the unit to view the spool window and compare winding speed at standard play and the VHS tape in question.

There is no standard corrective procedure since trying to make the rumble disappear might shift the problem to standard speed playback of regular tapes which would affect audio quality of the rest/most of your tapes.

Of course there is no stopping you from requesting for a replacement unit just to play it safe.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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    Louie Role Feb 19, 2008

    Hi kayakfit ,

    As it was the manual tracking that solved your problem, perhaps it would be more appropriate to rate coolguy008's as Fixya rather than mine.

    And pls I am not a Fixya Staff writer, just one of many members of the Fixya Community. Nonetheless, am still glad that your tape can now be played correctly.

    Cheers.

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Hi,

First thing i would say is go for the HI-FI audio would go in and out and pop etc. Adjusting the tracking would bring in the audio, but sometimes the video would get fuzzy. Get the picture right and the audio goes out. Switch to Linear (mono on some VCRs) and the audio should be fine.

Finally if this doesn't solve your problem then i would suggest you to give it to repair and they will fix it.

Goodluck..

Posted on Feb 16, 2008

  • Priya darshan Feb 19, 2008

    Hi again Kayakfit good to hear that your problem is solved..
    And thanx for using fixya..

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