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    Question What's the best damn vcr available

    guys and gal,

    For those of us with 200+ videos , who are not quite able to replace all of them with dvds,
    what are you thoughts as to high quality vcrs.

    -luc

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    Default Man, the golden VCR rule

    As far as I am concerned, all the vcr techs I have talked to, buy Panasonic, or don't buy at all. PERIOD.

    I have had this stressed to me OVER and OVER.

    Panny is the shiznit for VHS, no if ands or Micahs about it.

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    RuSsMaN,


    Just wondering what do you think!.....I'm also planning to upgrade my vcr( trying to match up my new dvd player and soon to be sony wega xbr)......should I go for s-vhs or just stick with a hifi vcr?......is there a huge difference in pic quality for the extra bucks?



    dc.

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    Default S-VHS

    I believe the improvement in picture quality with S-VHS only applies to recording. So assuming you're using regular VHS tapes for playback, you shouldn't notice any difference. I think S-VHS is ideal for a person that has satellite and likes to record. That way you can really benefit from the greater resolution of S-VHS.

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    Aaron,


    thank's again! MAN YOUR UP EARLY on a weekend!


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    Default well....

    ...I didn't get up until jus after 12 noon. I probably would have slept longer if the phone hadn't rang. Heheh.

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    Default SLACKER!!!

    Slacker. I was up at 9A EST!

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    JVC has two s-video vcr's that for the price can't be beat. About ten years ago these same vcr's would have cost ya a grand. DVD tech. took care of that.:p
    PS3 and HD Front Projection, life is good. Too bad Blu-Ray and the PS3 are already obsolete.....

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    I just back came from shopping and ended up buying an s-VHS vcr from Sears.....reason...impulse, bored, addiction to electronic toys,can not handle looking at my stereo stand and seeing my silver dvd player....need a matching set......and a future match for the sony wega maybe in Feb 02.


    I ended up buying the bottom of the pack s-VHS player by JVC
    HR-S3901U......I got a great deal....it was on sale for $229.99 cdn
    ...reg price was 249.99cdn....I had a 50.00cdn gift certificate and I also applied for a Sears card and I got another 10.00cdn off....which I probably use for another year.......total damage came to $200.00 cdn.....not bad I guess...but wise maybe not....now I have 1-toshiba,1-panasonic,1-JVC.....(hi fi models)and now my first s-VHS .....and maybe my last......only if the prices/quality of digital recorders comes down in pricing.

    ps. I have to go out and spend another couple of bucks on some rca cables because the player came with a pair of s-video cables and my tv is just too old for any s-video in/out puts.....however, when I get the wega...I should be able to find some outlets.It also had a free mail away offer for a free cable eye....I guess it's used for a set box....whatever!

    ....Aaron.....sorry, to say but I think I must have been up early than you because I'm clocked in the PST zone.

    .....Russman....sorry, I didnot pick up the Panny s-VHS.....SEARS didnot carry the s model, they only had the reg panny hi fi vcrs ....I might have picked up the Panny instead.........Also, I guess Sony is no longer carrying the s-VHS players anymore.


    dc.:D

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    Talking thanks burly Russellman

    Russman-

    I checked the consumers reports site....and they back you up on Pannys being the least problematic, by quite a bit.
    Now if I can find one that isn't silver glow in the dark.

    -le luc

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    Question thanks Scott

    Scott-
    Do you know the model numbers I should be considering?

    JVC has two s-video vcr's that for the price can't be beat. About ten years ago these same vcr's would have cost ya a grand. DVD tech. took care of that.

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    Default Consumer Reports, UGH!!!

    I checked the consumers reports site....and they back you up on Pannys being the least problematic, by quite a bit.
    Just remember this is the same magazine that ranks Bose as one of the best speakers out there.....and their car reviews, don't even get me started with that BS.

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    Aaron-

    yes info there is to be taken with a grain...ok 1/2 pound of salt.

    But their numbers simply reflect number of repairs per number of sales, per manufacturer.
    Granted it doesn't reflect which models are most problematic.

    -luc

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    Talking

    Aaron..................that's pretty funny!




    time to snooze....it's 7:00AM PST.

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    while i agree that panasonic probably does the best job with VHS, i own a toshiba 6-head pro-drum VCR and it is amazing!!! (for a vcr), it actually doesn't get much use any more. just the star wars trilogy every couple of months...
    ...the fOrce is strong with this one.

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    Question which model tosh?

    Juice21-

    I have been waiting for the release of the new toshiba vcrs. I had wanted the ( I think it was)
    models ws818 or ws814.
    The older models 808 and 804 were no longer available when I went to purchase. I got the 707
    which is pretty good, but doesn't have S-video.
    The top of the line 808/818 isn't even on the toshiba vcr page. But if you do a search for them,
    on the toshiba site, they come up. what's up with that?

    -Luc

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    Default and the winner is...

    M-754. that is the model toshiba VCR that i own. it is a few years old, but the pro-drum 6 head technology works great!(for a VCR). too bad it hardly gets any use anymore. i bought it about a year before picking up my DVD player...

    i'm sure there are better out there, but i was pretty impressed with this model.
    ...the fOrce is strong with this one.

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    Thumbs up Thanks Juice

    Yes, I know longer can find any listings for your
    model vcr. Sounds like it's held up well.
    I'll continue in my quest, but hard to spend much time with video compared to dvd.

    -luc

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    Post For what it's worth

    I have one of the old Toshiba M760J 6-heads, and it's one of the reasons why it has taken me so long to finally break down and buy a DVD player.(Also Toshiba) Other reason is that VHS seems to be going the way of the 8-Track. Even without S-Video,,,this unit still gives me a quality picture and sound on my(You guessed it)Toshiba TV. Think I'm a Toshiba fan??? LOL! By the way, I'm new to the club, so hello to all of you.


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    welcome to the club toshiba-head, um... i mean Firerider58...:D
    ...the fOrce is strong with this one.

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    The best consumer VCR in the market is the JVC HRS 9800 or 9900. You can use regular VHS tape and record as S-VHS (called SVHS-ET), plus it has a very important feature: Time base corrector. A long list of features can be obtained fro JVC.com website. On the professional side, the Panasonic AG-1980 is one of the best and very popular VCR in the market.:)

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    Thumbs up Welcome Firerider58

    I too am a fan of toshiba. The vcr I currently run is a tosh. My dvd is the sd 9200, awesome machine.

    -luc

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    Thumbs up Thanks PETERNG

    I'll check it out.

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    I have a old HR-S6800U S-VHS JVC that I bought a few years ago to go with my new satelite dish (a genuine 8 footer, not the little fry-pan type). It is a semi-pro model that did retail at about $1000.00. I stole it for around $350.00 :D

    JVC holds the patent on the VHS tape format and they also made the transports for the Alesis digital multitrack machine that used S-VHS tapes to record on. The JVC is a workhorse. I've had it for about 8 years now and I just need to tweak it out a bit to correct some minor braking problems it has.

    Consider the upper line JVC models as well. Their best barely reaches the price of a mid-range DVD player now, and S-VHS expands the scan lines from 240 for regular VHS to over 400 in S-VHS mode when recording. Best we can do untill HDTV recorders get going.
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    Thumbs up Thanks TheOneRod

    Yes I've had good luck with JVC too.
    I'll check it out.

    -luc

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    Trubluluc,


    Just like to add my two cents worth......I have just picked up the JVC S VHS last (SR 3910) last weekend and have been playing around with it for the past week and I have been recording my favorite TV programs under the S VHS EP MODE and the pictures came out very clear.....I have only been using the cheap low grade 8hr tapes......haven't tried a new high grade tapes yet or the expensive S VHS tapes.....and if I had a better feed coming in(satellite/digital) the pic's quailty will be even better. I also found the daily programming on the remote the most easiest so far out of the previous vcrs that I have bought, however the model that I have doesn't have any extra features such as.....flying erase heads, for audio and video dubbing,digital memory but I wasn't planning on doing any major dubbing or even own a video camcorder......

    sorry, one last thing ....there is an S VIDEO IN and OUT puts in the back but I haven't used it because my tv is not compatiable until I purchase a new one....I'm presently using the basic cables for it but will hopefully try it out when I get the Wega XBR in feb next yr and maybe switch from analog to digital feed....and I will have to see if there's much or any major differences.

    Well, have fun shopping and I hope you'll find the one that suits you the best!


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    Thumbs up Thanks Speaker7

    Yes the JVC's seem to have a good reputation and a loyal following. They're also one of the most readily available lines. I'll definitely consider them in the running.

    -luc

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