Now this problem has genuinely baffled me. I have a bargain basement (Though surprisingly well equipped and decent) Vistron DHR-5006 DVD Recorder / HDD recorder. I used to make VHS to DVD transfers (Always in SP or SP+ - No lower) of films I recorded from the TV. But I can't seem to understand - Why do the DVD recordings of them appear so quiet?
Originally I thought the VHS recorder might have something wrong with the audio heads (Originally played back on a 1991 Sony Mono VCR deck then later on a 2003 Sayno HiFi unit) which might be causing the problems but that can't be it either since they play okay through the TV.
The DVD recorder, from every other source (Firewire, DTV, etc) records the sound as they appear on the source, so it can't be a problem with the recording step.
Although the sound is listenable, I have to turn the volume up all the way to full to make it at least listenable.
I have a theory, that during the recording process the digitalisation of it must have muffled the sound. Even though those recordings have been ditched in favour of re-recording them off the TV to the DVD format. No point having inferior VHS tranfers of films when I could have superior sound and more faithful picture reproduction, or simply buy the retail DVD from the bargain bin.
If it means anything, all of my tapes (Even those my nannan recorded in the mid 80s) all recorded in mono, but I fail to see how this makes any difference.