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Old 22nd Apr 2021, 3:05 am   #4
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Lefkada, Greece
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Default Re: Akai VHS VCRs - want to hear your opinions on them

I have an old top loader VS-5. It has an odd fault where the capstan won't lock into the right speed with a ton of wow & flutter, and another fault where there's no picture in record. The RIFA capacitor in the mains supply recently gave me trouble. It went bang with lots of white smoke. That's common with these capacitors however. A unique "feature" with this model is that it displays "BREAKDOWN" on the VFD along with several beeps coming from a buzzer whenever there's a tape loading fault.
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