20 Most Recent Lanier P165 Handheld Cassette Voice Recorder Questions & Answers


If you want to record somebody 3-4 feet from you then use the dictate mode. If you want to pick up voices in a large room then use the conference mode, it increases the microphone sensitivity to the maximum level.

Lanier P165... | Answered on Dec 10, 2014


It needs an internal switch replaced, called the mute switch.

Lanier P165... | Answered on Aug 16, 2011


We service this model. 866-321-9780

Lanier P165... | Answered on Aug 16, 2011


Office Automation in Chicago has a great technician.
phone is 312 739 9800
they are very reliable too

Lanier P165... | Answered on Apr 09, 2009


I need a manual, too; however, I may be able to take an educated guess at some of your problems.

To get it to work (after trouble-shooting for battery issues, etc.), you simply slide the long "button" up and down. There are four settings -- all the way up is "record," then under that is "stop," then "play," and finally at the bottom is "rewind," which it does audibly. The two buttons beneath that are FF and eject (just below FF).

On the other side, there are four switches -- The top one adjusts microphone sensitivity from dictate to conference, the next one is tape speed (higher number means better quality but shorter time on tape), then the VOR on/off switch (voice-operated recording) which would start and stop the recording as you speak into it. Then below those three is simply the "on/off" switch for the whole recorder, so it doesn't accidentally get turned on in your pocket and you unintentionally record something.

On the top appear to be a few input jacks, one for a mic I guess and maybe other is for a speaker or headphones? Then there's the mystery button, that is labeled something like "# | / AFF." I have no idea what it does, but it may be to assign your counter number (counter and reset button on the front face of the machine) to a specific tape, so you can change tapes and return later to your first tape again without losing your place. Just a guess.

Here's some info I found on a seller's website - it served as the basis for some of my guesses above: http://www.martelelectronics.com/p165lp.html.

Good luck!

Lanier P165... | Answered on Apr 07, 2009


There is a fast play switch on the side of the unit. That switch may be failing. Try moving it back and forth repeatadly to clean up the contacts.

Lanier P165... | Answered on Feb 02, 2009


Press the telephone button first with one finger and immediately after you press that button press the rewind button, The unit should go into rewind and erase should be flashing on the digital display. When the unit starts rewinding take your finger off of both buttons, if you keep them on ,then the unit will rewind and stop erasing .

Lanier Audio... | Answered on Dec 10, 2014


Some times the battery contact need to be pulled out a little bit. they are located down inside the battery compartment. You can stick a small screwdriver under the battery contact and bend it upward for better contact. If that doesn't work try removing the back cover and tightening the grounding screw, which is a silver screw located by the motor pulley hole. Sometimes this screw loosens up and then the ground is lost to the entire unit

Lanier Audio... | Answered on Dec 10, 2014


It is under the flap located directly under the keyboard buttons. It is a slide switch and you can adjust it for a little recall or a lot of recall.

Lanier Audio... | Answered on Dec 10, 2014


This unit most likely has a broken rewind/fast forward rubber belt. This is a very common problem and is easily fixed if you can acquire a new belt. Any place that services Lanier equipment should be able to easily fix this problem.

Lanier Audio... | Answered on Dec 10, 2014


Look under the front of the unit and there is a tel ans switch this must be on to enable the unit to answer the call

Lanier Audio... | Answered on Dec 10, 2014


Tape players need maintenance often. You have to replace the belt, clean the rubber roller with Rubber Renue, put grease on the odd spot and clean the head by rubbing clean white paper on it. Any electrical contacts like a volume switch etc need a contact spray to remove oxides etc. This should be done every 5 years or even more often if used more often.

Lanier Audio... | Answered on Nov 07, 2013

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