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VHS Dry Tape Video Head Cleaner

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I have a dual Samsung VHS/DVD player for 2+ years now. The picture quality is actually great, but the audio is not. I always hear some strange "crumbling" throughout and it's really annoying. Should I use a Video Head Cleaner or not?

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To be honest I'm not sure what using a Video head cleaner will do. Sounds like a defect. Years ago I bought a SONY TV for my dorm room and eventually I found out that there was a defect in the sound. I dealt with it for that semester and just offloaded it for $50.00. If you have any warranty left on it and you really can't stand the sound, I would try to trade it in for a new one because otherwise it's not worth it to spend money to fix it when you could probably get a new one for the same price.

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Sadly, the warranty expired last year, and I regret not buying a 3 year warranty... It can't be the three TV sets at all, and the colored cables (dunno what it's called... AV jack I think?) are relatively new. The only option I have is to buy a new one... probably a stand-alone VHS player. What's even funny about this is that my previous Samsung VCR suffered from picture quality, yet the audio was fine. It only lasted for 7-8 years.

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A video head cleaner I bought at a dollar store in Los Angeles wrecked my VCR.

 

Ever since then I would just open the VCR and use an alcohol swab to wipe down the heads.

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A video head cleaner I bought at a dollar store in Los Angeles wrecked my VCR.

 

Ever since then I would just open the VCR and use an alcohol swab to wipe down the heads.

Well then... *throws away in trash*

 

I'll have to go to a store and buy an alcohol swab.

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Well then... *throws away in trash*

 

I'll have to go to a store and buy an alcohol swab.

 

Make sure you know how to do it, otherwise you could mess up your VCR.

 

http://hometheater.about.com/cs/vcrs/ht/vcrheadcleaing.htm

 

Since you said only audio was the problem, try doing only the audio head first. Remember, you can test w/o closing the VCR!

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Since you said only audio was the problem, try doing only the audio head first. Remember, you can test w/o closing the VCR!
So I can skip the first six steps then? As I said, I view all tapes with a plasma television and the quality is actually great.

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The guide is overly detailed and complicated.

 

Unplug and open the VCR, then clean the head with the alcohol swab, then plug the VCR back in and test. Unplug and close it when you're done.

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Not that I have the mentioned issues or can offer advice about this, but I just wanted to say I'm glad there's still a few people out there that still uses the VCR. I have a DVR, but I still prefer to keep stuff on a tape.

 

DVR, anything happens to that, hours and hours of progaming could be for nothing. DVDs RWs, are ok, but I do worry about scratches that can mess up the disk or the disk getting bent, etc. Disks are too fragile.

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