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Old 10th May 2011, 10:25 PM   #1
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Default Boombox line in noise

Hello, I have a problem with Hitachi TRK-3D7 Boombox cassete player.

I want to hook up an mp3 on it, well I did and it works. But it only works when I click REC on cassete player, and well, on standby there is coming out quite noticeable noise. How can I get rid of this ****? I don't know much about sound electricity but I know much about electricity. So any suggestions, do I have to ground anything, cut anything...? Thanks...!
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Old 10th May 2011, 10:46 PM   #2
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Also let me mention, when I catched one clear AM station on radio that is inside boombox, there was no noise present. The sound was superb. Can't comment about FM radio, because it is detuned/broken and doesn't catch any station clearly.

So I really think it's not issue with amplifier. :s
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Old 12th May 2011, 02:19 PM   #3
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cmon any idea? Would it be possible to wire mp3 directly into amplifier?
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Old 12th May 2011, 04:30 PM   #4
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How do you have the mp3 player connected to the boombox? Through line-in jacks on the back? Or external mic jacks? You've provided little to work with.
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Old 12th May 2011, 08:41 PM   #5
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Through line-in jacks on the back.
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Old 12th May 2011, 08:54 PM   #6
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It sounds like the shield may not be connected, either in the cable or at one of the jacks. What kind of noise is it? Have you tried a different cable?. Swapped left and right?
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Old 12th May 2011, 09:04 PM   #7
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Even if I disconnect it the noise is still there. It is present at all frequencies, even if I raise only low or only high in EQ (equalizer), the noise is still there. The noise is nothing like speckling or cracking, it's just that constant noise, not very special in any way (like pitching, modulating or anything in anyway), and it is quite noticeable when nothing plays.
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Old 13th May 2011, 05:13 AM   #8
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Yes, it would be possible to wire "directly" to the amp. Your boombox likely contains a chip amp(s). The big problems are that your boombox is not in good working condition to start with, and there are filters/splitters involved to deliver the required signals for the particular speaker configuration. You'd probably have better success with a signal generator and patience than continue with this current diy forum path.
Or maybe you could just disconnect the cassette capstan motor power lead and use that REC button.
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Old 13th May 2011, 06:31 AM   #9
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Well, It does contain chip amp. Also, I did disconnected oscilloscope. Well, I will try to find right signal with oscilloscope, one per time . Thanks for your help!
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Old 13th May 2011, 10:42 AM   #10
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I'd try breaking the circuit at the source selector and feeding a signal at that point to see if it plays cleanly. If it does, there's your mp3 hookup.
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