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Bill it is possible there is some dirt or dust build up on the cd reader lens and needs to be cleaned out... You can try can of air sprayed into the opening to blow out any internal dust on components and then suggest run a quality cleaning cd disc. You should be able to pick up the can of air and cleaning disc at local electronics store or department.
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Hopefully that does the trick, otherwise possible the reader lens array is damaged and would then require repair or replacement of the unit.
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Hi Bill the if the internal cd recorder as failed, yes may not be worth effort to try to have repair. Instead you can install some editing software (click here) so can connect the Teac LP-R550USB unit to your computer via the USB port. (Can click here for the online Audiocity software manual) Will then have all your audio from analog tape to digital format files on your computer which can transfer to your mp3 player, smart phone, or burn onto cd using your computer cd burner. Please reference page 32 of the Teac manual by clicking here. Otherwise can also get an in-expensive tape player with USB and software to transfer to your pc as well.
Well I hope that gives some options to backup those old tapes and preserved to keep on enjoying :)
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Bill if you have a Windows computer the Windows Media player allows you to burn music CDs or can click here for the Roxio software I have used and is quite user friendly making it easy to create CD that are in format that CD players can play. I did find a compariable Teac system at an reasonable price if prefer the easy of just play and record to CD directly option, click here for a look.
I hope this is of better help, let me know...
Bill the p650 does not have a cd recorder... if do not want to use a pc, you can get a TEAC CD-RW890 CD RECORDER to connect the audio line in to the line out ( via red & white rca cable ) in the back of your existing Teac unit.
Bill to use the pc, first the audio files have to be in a format that the software can play and convert to cd format, second have to have a compatible record-able cd loaded in a read/write drive, then can transfer the files to the program to bur an 'audio disc'.. if for some reason burn a standard disc it will be in file format which only can be opened on a computer, so should say it is creating audio / music cd and no finalization is needed on the pc. reference a basic guide here Otherwise can in indeed get the new cd recorder to directly copy and finalize disc on the external Teac to Teac units.
ok sounds good, let me know how it goes and enjoy your Sunday...