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Records media but playback has no audio.

Playing a pre-recorded tape has perfect audio playback. However, when I record a game, or anything else for that matter, I have a clean and perfect picture but I have absolutely no audio! I sent it away to be cleaned, no help. I took it apart and looked for any damaged, burned, overheated or able to be noted problems. Seems to me that the audio pick-up would be fine since it does playback pre-recorded media. If I were to guess I would believe that there is some kind of failure in the electronic components of the recording section. Is there a specific part that I should be questioning? If I had a schematic I would probably have found the answer there. I feel confident that this is an inexpensive repair. Any ideas?

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  • hyojo Jan 25, 2008

    I am receiving the audio and video signal via 75 ohm cable. I tried the RCA inputs as well and still have the same result. This afternoon I made an attempt to clean this thing myself. I can now hear a little audio, kind of fades in and out. The unit appears clean inside. I'm starting to believe that this is an alignment issue nearer to the audio pick-up. I guess its time to dig up my spanner bits and see if I can make a small adjustment

  • hyojo Jan 27, 2008

    This is a stereo VCR. I will try a more thorough cleaning at the audio pick-up. Its just so strange that this thing plays pre-recorded media so well but has poor audio playback after recording with it. I am hoping that maybe there is some dirt along the audio pick-up. I hope .

  • hyojo Jan 25, 2009

    HopeThisHelp : Unfortunatly, it is not something that simple. To top it off the television that this particular VCR was hooked upto is a 1983 Zenith 27". I try to keep simpler items in my repair shop (typically older). Most of my testing equipment dates from the late 1940's to the late 1980's. I have worked on hundreds of VCR's in my time, but this one is a particularly odd case. The gentleman that dropped it off here said it didn't matter to him when or if it ever got fixed. Also, he said he didn't want to spend much on getting it fixed. What I typically do with things like this is keep it for a year, maybe mess with it from time to time as a learning prop, then part it or throw it out. From what I've determined with it so far is that the audio record head is not resetting (erasing) the magnetic tape particles. It is correctly aligned. I believe the audio record head may not be getting enough power from its driver to fully "erase" the tape. The driver has 2 components. Between the both of them is about $17 on my costs (not worth the job). This one is likely to go to the graveyard.



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Check to see that your TV system is not in "SAP" mode. This sometimes causes problems.

Also check your "Audio" setting. Sometimes "Normal" (not "Hi-Fi) will help you when you record/play tapes.

Good luck!!

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I have panasonic VCR for more than 10 years and it has been always fine Lately, when I record a program no sound is recorded but the picture is fine. The VCR plays prerecorded programs ,both sound and picture normally

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Are you absolutely sure that it is receiving an audio signal?
What input are you using? Try recording using alternate inputs.
Audio part of a VCR is normally way more reliable than the video.
The exception is on high-end stereo types where they record the extra audio signals using the video head cylinder in which case it can easily be lost.

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  • Anonymous Jan 25, 2008

    If playback of a prerecorded tape is good, do not mess with the
    alignment, it is fine. Just because it looks clean doesn't mean
    the little tiny heads are. But assuming whoever you sent it to
    did a good job of cleaning, it probably is (although you say you
    can hear a little now). Is it a stereo VCR? Sometimes it
    takes a lot of cleaning to restore operation.


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