The biggest problem with VHS and how to fix it

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In VHS tapes, there are coded magnetic signals with audio and video recordings for devices connected to the TV or for VCR playback. You may experience some audio issues occasionally. As a result, the sound will be no sound, or it will make a distorted sound.

You may experience this issue specifically within the older cassettes that have been in use from years. To resolve such issues regarding VCR and VHS tape, make sure you are troubleshooting the VHS tape and VCR.

If you were one of those people, who was a regular user of VHS and has been encountering the significant issues like audio and video recording on VHS, then you are on the right page.

In this post, we are going to guide you on how to fix the audio and video recording issues on VHS tapes :

How to fix the biggest problem with VHS?

To fix major issues like audio recording, you will have to go through the steps, and as a result, your issue will be solved :

Let’s start with the first step of resolving this issue :

Step 1: Connect the cables

first of all, carefully insert the white and red audio cables and yellow video cable into the jacks present at the VCR back.

Once you are done inserting the cables, make sure to check the end cable connections and see whether the cables are inserted firmly and securely into the devices such as an audio-video receiver or a TV.

In other words, you are supposed to plug in the cables and ensure a secure connection.

Step 2: check VCR playback

Once you have secured the connection, you are required to test the VCR playback. To check the VCR playback, you will use different Cassettes of VHS to find that a specific tape has an issue rather than the VCR itself.

Make sure you used different cassettes because when you use different cassettes of VHS, you will be able to find the one specific tape causing problem.

Step 3: set up the problem VHS cassette

After testing the problematic VHS cassette, you are required to insert that VHS cassette into the VCR.  After inserting the cassette, press the button to stop it. As a result, the playback will be halt.

Step 4: forward the tape

In this step, you need to press the Fast Forward (FF) button to get the tape on end on the VCR. Eventually, VCR will be stopped, and many of the models will start rewinding itself. However, in case the VCR doesn’t begin rewinding, make sure to rewind the VCR by pressing the rewinding button to get on the start of the tape. This back and forth process may keep the tap on the spools evenly. It will eventually help VCR heads to read the audio track analog.

Step 5: test the VHS tape

Start the VHS tape to test it by pressing the play button. For the smooth adjustment of the tape heads, press or scroll up and down arrow labeled as “ tracking” on the remote of VCR. When you align the tape heads properly with the magnetic VHS tape, it will resolve the issue and restore the audio on the VCR.

Step 6: the cleaning process

Remove the VHS tape from the VCR and insert a cleaning cassette into the it. Begin the cleaning process by pressing “play.”  The cleaning cycle typically no last longer than 30 to 35 seconds and will clean the heads of the VCR. After the cleaning cycle, remove the cleaning cassette and replace it with the VHS cassette to check the audio recording.

Still Having Problems?

Not all tapes can be repaired with the most common cause being damp and corrosion. In this instance you should look at saving what you can as soon as possible as eventually the tape will become brittle or will reduce in quality quite fast.

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