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As was said, it is highly unlikely that the speaker (magnets) would permanently damage the tape heads in a VHS deck. It could make a mess of any recordings being done with the machine with the speaker stacked on top of the recorder, thus messing up the tape in this case, and I would expect it to interfere with playback as well, but not damaging the tape, just the immediate playback. The metal case of the recorder will shield it to some extent too.
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