05-16-2019, 05:24 PM
bigkazzyry bigkazzyry is offline
Free Member
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 31
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
I've seen a lot of questions in the forum regarding the capacitors on the AG-1980's going bad and needing to be replaced. When is it time to repair the AG-1980's? Is it better to repair before issues surface or is it an "If it isn't broke don't fix it" scenario? My experience with capacitors goes back to an old Eagle Talon I had that had a "Ticking Time Bomb" ecu which is why I'm concerned. I stumbled upon 2 x AG-1980's for $150 plus shipping. They are arriving tomorrow so I wanted to find out the expert opinions on this before I start using them on my project. Thanks.
Reply With Quote
Someday, 12:01 PM
admin's Avatar
Ads / Sponsors
Join Date: ∞
Posts: 42
Thanks: ∞
Thanked 42 Times in 42 Posts
05-21-2019, 03:06 PM
sevarre sevarre is offline
Free Member
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 31
Thanked 9 Times in 6 Posts
I am not an expert, but it seems that the Y/C board on the AG-1980 is known to be problematic. I recently recapped the Y/C board and Timer board on my AG-1980 and picture quality is greatly improved after the Y/C board recap (used to have this terrible barber pole/rainbow diagonal pattern). The Timer board recap took care of dim LCD display on the front of the machine.

For $75 a piece on the 1980's who knows what issues they might have. If all that needed to be done was the Y/C board, that would be a pretty good scenario.

As far as when to repair the machine, I am not sure what the "best practices" are in the repair industry, but I've always subscribed to the "If it isn't broken don't fix it" mantra, just out of sheer economy. I imagine if someone was doing this professionally, they would probably just do the recap right away as they know they will have to do so at some point. But I am very much a hobbyist.

In either case, these machines are gettin' OLD and they use sad aluminum electrolytic capacitors, so you will likely have to do some work. Have you tested either of the machines yet?
Reply With Quote
The following users thank sevarre for this useful post: bigkazzyry (05-21-2019)
05-21-2019, 05:15 PM
bigkazzyry bigkazzyry is offline
Free Member
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 31
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
I have tested them both and they appear to struggle with scenes that have darker colors but in other scenes they look great. I also have a hd2000u that is working fantastic so what I'll probably do is use the Mitsu VCR until I can afford to have one of the AG-1980's repaired properly. Thanks for your input, it's greatly appreciated.
Reply With Quote
05-21-2019, 07:33 PM
lordsmurf's Avatar
lordsmurf lordsmurf is offline
Site Staff | Video
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 12,645
Thanked 2,323 Times in 1,981 Posts
My advice = Ain't broke, don't fix it.

You'll know problems exist earliest when (1) display dim, (2) TBC on/off makes picture brighter/darker.
The next stage is heavy picture noise.

- Did my advice help you? Then become a Premium Member and support this site.
- For sale in the marketplace: TBCs, workflows, capture cards, VCRs
Reply With Quote
The following users thank lordsmurf for this useful post: bigkazzyry (05-21-2019)

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Panasonic AG-1980 capacitor repair? Argalby Video Hardware Repair 132 04-06-2020 12:26 PM
Panasonic AG-1980 Mode Switch Repair flaviotoribio Video Hardware Repair 2 05-03-2017 11:12 AM
Panasonic AG-1980 VCR repair - Which boards to recap? dpalomaki Video Hardware Repair 3 02-17-2015 07:21 PM
More Panasonic AG-1980 Capacitor Repair Questions dpalomaki Video Hardware Repair 2 03-04-2014 02:24 PM
Panasonic AG-1980 VCR Repair in Southern California? jamp Capture, Record, Transfer 2 12-28-2013 03:03 PM

Thread Tools

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:30 PM