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Sound recording level seems ti be ok, but low when i playback, heads are clean

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Sounds like the recording amplifier circuit is faulty. My bet is that it will be an IC that has failed.

Posted on Oct 12, 2010

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Problem with recording/playback


If it plays back a pre-recorded tape OK, then the tape head will be good. If it doesn't you might have problem, with either the head or the pre-amp stage.
However if it is playing back OK but not recording, then you have problem in the record circuit. Some tape decks physically switch the circuit when you press record. Pushing the record button will cause a switch to move position. In some cases dirt or dust can get into the switch and it doesn't connect properly. Switch cleaning fluid will correct the problem.
However the record circuit itself could be faulty. Perhaps an IC has developed a fault on one channel, which will need to be replaced.
Watching what happens when you press record with the top cover off, showing the workings, might point to some movement of the mechanism to reveal a faulty switch.

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When was the last time you ran the "head cleaning" tape in the machine? As tape collects dust and dirt - it gets deposited on the recording and playback heads. This ruins playback and recording quality. Also, since tape is magnetic - they tend to magnetize the heads, too (just like reel to reel, 8 track & cassette player / recorders). Demagnetizing them will help too. Here are links to both products:

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Right Side Playback Very Low


First check your connections. Then playback a known good recording. That way you'll figure out if is the machine has issues with the playback or not. If that is no good then too then clean the playback heads and check it. Then try swapping out your cables or using different jacks on your amp. If the payback is good then clean the record head with a Q-tip and alcohol. Then try a new recording and check it. If it still is no good then invest in a demagnetizer, but use it sparingly. Also it could be that the record level knob is not making a good connection. Put some headphones on (connected directly to it) to hear the recording and try moving it back and forth. If you hear some static, it may have oxidation building up. Deoxidation spray does wonders.And if none of that does the trick, you will likly have to take it in and get the preamps replaced. Good luck.

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VCR JVC HR-J470EU. During playback, the SP is no picture and sound is sputtering, at Rewind the tape, the image appears. By pressing the menu it sounds normal. LP Recording and playback is OK. Vasek.


Time for a new set of heads. They are worn. A head cleaning tape usually causes the issue you have with your machine. Pity, nice machine.

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No Sound When Records are recorded to Computer via the Microphone


use tape1 record out to the Line in jack on your computer. you should then be able to record to .wav, .mp3s etc. with an audio program like Nero.

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Teac cassette deck records at very low volume


Tape decks have a record amp, depending on the age of the machine it will probably be an IC. Yours might have failed. See if you can identify it or try and get a C diagram. To locate it follow the leads from the head. If your lucky it might have 'Rec Amp' on the board. Their maybe a preset marked 'rec level' for each channel. The (IC) box with legs - near them will most likely be it. Don't adjust the presets unless somebody has tampered with them before. (they will look to be sitting around the middle if they are OK).

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Solid blue lines through Picture on playback mini DV PV-gs19


One possible cause is that normal recording
could not be performed because the heads were
dirty at the time of recording. Clean the heads,
and perform recording and playback again. If
normal playback can be performed, the heads are
clean. Before an important recording, be sure to
conduct a test recording to make sure that normal
recording can be performed.

≥If the heads become dirty soon after cleaning,
the problem may be the tape. If so, try another
cassette.

≥During playback, the picture or sound may be
interrupted momentarily, but this is not a
malfunction of the Camcorder. (One possible
cause is that the playback is interrupted by dirt
or dust that momentarily adheres to the heads.)

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Choppy recording and playback


If the heads become dirty, “NEED HEAD
CLEANING” appears during recording. During
playback, moreover, the following symptoms
appear.
≥Mosaic-like noise appears partially or the
sound is interrupted.
≥Black or blue mosaic-like horizontal stripes
appear.

When normal playback cannot be performed
even after the head cleaning
One possible cause is that normal recording
could not be performed because the heads were
dirty at the time of recording. Clean the heads,
and perform recording and playback again. If
normal playback can be performed, the heads are
clean. Before an important recording, be sure to
conduct a test recording to make sure that normal
recording can be performed.
≥If the heads become dirty soon after cleaning,
the problem may be the tape. If so, try another
cassette.
≥During playback, the picture or sound may be
interrupted momentarily, but this is not a
malfunction of the Camcorder. (One possible
cause is that the playback is interrupted by dirt
or dust that momentarily adheres to the heads.)

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VCR Play Back is OK, but Recording produces Blue Screen on playback


If the heads are TOO dirty, a head cleaner will not help. If you are cinfident enough to open up the recorder, then they can be cleaned manually.

Disconnect the VCR from the mains.

Remove the screews from the side and back (if applicable) of the lid.

Remove the lid.

Look at the large drum (set at a slight angle) If you gently rotate the drum you will see 2 or 4 small sensors set into the drum.

Tear of a clean piece of A4 paper about 1inch square.

Hold between thumb and first finger and rub the centre of the paper against each sensor in turn. Make sure the edge of the paper does not catch the sensor.

After each sensor check the paper for dirt (black marks) and change paper if need be.

Try a recording / playback.

Repeat if necessary.

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