I have a panasonic professional digital audio tape recorder sv-3800. When I try to play back DAT tapes I'm getting no audio. The tape is moving but nothing registers on the left or right channel or comes out of the headphones. Any idea? ThanksXXXXX XXXXX
I've tried 4 different dat tapes that have played in the past.
Hello, my name is Rusty. I can help you.
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It seems like it's recording, but from the wrong source.Press the input button on the front of the machine until the correct input is selected. Here are the key settings:
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Still not getting audio from dat tapes. Just trying to play already recorded audio
Are you sure there is something on the tape?
Go into your menu. Make sure the I/O connector is assigned properly. If it is, let me know and we'll keep working down the line.Digital I/O connector ("II AA" is default, "II AI" sends SPDIF out the AES jack, "IA AA" sends AES out the SPDIF jacks, "IA AI" swaps defaults outputs.)
Sorry, but I don't see a mode button on the front of the machine
I don't understand why you would need a mode button...If you are certain that the tape has a recording on it (you can check by using your analog outs and make sure the levels are up), you need to assign your outputs. Go into your menu, set your output. These are your output options:
Adjust those accordingly to the way your output is hooked up. Make sure if you use digital out, set that properly, if you use analog out, make sure that is set properly.
I'm sorry, I didn't mean mode, like I said. I meant I can't see a menu button
Sorry about that, I guess that's the important part... How to access the menu: Simultaneously press the "Counter Mode," "Counter Reset" and "Pause" buttons. The display will change to show a menu of items. To scroll through the various menu items, press the "Counter Mode" button. To change the values of the items, press the "skip forward" and "skip backward" buttons. To exit these menus, press "Counter Reset."
I checked the menu settings and they seemed fine. I tried it again and it worked for a minute then stopped again. There was a flashing light that read "cleaning" I think. Could the head be dirty?
Yes. The digital signal will either be crystal clear, or not at all.
Is cleaning the head something I can do?
Yes. Click here. They're also available at Fry's, Best Buy, etc... Heads get gunked up, and don't read correctly over time. It should be done for every 10 hours of use.
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