Originally Posted by tomkle
Originally Posted by Church AV Guy
If it sounds like THIS, then it is most definitely a burned out laser emitter. If that is the case, then I recommend you at least send a PM to the forum user MICKINCT about it. He repairs these things, and can give you a lot of information to help in your decision.
This is not the same model as yours, but a bad laser would cause it to make the same series of sounds.
Yes that's the sound. I spoke with Mickinct on the phone yesterday, I still plan to try the recommended cleaning procedure in the next day or two, but don't expect it to help. At this point I think that I have to decide between fixing this unit for a 3rd time or getting a brand new Magnavox to replace it for the same price. There's almost too much information on the Magnavox's on the forum and it seems like the only way to change the channels would be to have my bad unit still hooked up and use the IR blaster just to change channels for the Magnavox recorder. Seems like more trouble, but it sounds like it would work. Decisions, decisions
If it means anything to you, I have had Mike repair several of my recorders (yeah, I put a LOT of hours on the ol' lasers) and all of his repairs have been very solid. The laser is like a light bulb, so when it goes, it needs to be replaced. You can't really FIX a light bulb. Very rarely I guess you could get a bulb with an unusually short life--it happens. It is the rare exception rather than the norm.
We are suggesting a repair because there is nothing available that has all the features of the EH55 that you report using. I would suggest a unit from B&H photovideo, an EH59 or EH69, but even though they are almost identical to your EH55, they do NOT have the IR blaster. That brings you back to a repair. The thing is, your EH55 is STILL very valuable, well worth repairing.