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Good Quality Video Recorders

Discussion in 'Digital TV & Video Players & Recorders' started by Drewnet, Nov 7, 2002.

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  1. Drewnet

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    I'm currently looking for a new video recorder as my really nice Toshiba video has packed up after 11 years of service.
    I am dissapointed by the lack of what seems to be a good higher spec range of vcrs. The best I can find are only around £150 and don,t look a patch on my old one. I was hoping to get a Sony but even they only seem to have three models and again don't seem to be very high in spec and features. I hope vcrs are not on the way out, as I have a very large collection of tapes.

    Am I shopping in the wrong place or is this the best I can get these days ?
     
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    The best u can get are Pana svhs -960/980 or JVC hr-s9700. Older models, v high spec, half price(RPR £550)
     
  3. chips

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    You could consider the JVC HM-DR10000EK. This is a DVHS machine, but is also backwardly compatible with VHS & SVHS.

    DVHS is a superb, 14.1 Mbs (STD mode) which is better than DVD and 4.7Mbps in LS3 mode. In LS3 mode you get up to 22hrs recording on one tape with superior quality to SVHS.

    I have had one for nearly two years and it is the only VCR that I’ve owned that produces truly acceptable recordings.

    Review here:-

    http://www.homecinemachoice.com/tes...ench/VideoRecorders/JVC/JVCHM-DR10000EK.shtml
     
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    Hi chips,

    I agree with you, but where to buy it at good price now?....

    Thank you,
     
  5. GaryB

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    How about JVC HM-HDS1? - combined HDD & S-VHS VCR. I've got one and it's excellent.
     
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    Great unit , easy to use , programme, clear picture from good quality vhs tape , good quality recording and playback ...stereo sound good. user freindly on screen menus and easy to use remote ....good unit ..worth checking out ....


    HAVE A NICE DAY
     
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    I own a DVHS machine, and it is certainly streets ahead of even SVHS, let alone plain VHS; but even so the quality is still not quite up to the level of a DVD player, and one gets tired of faffing about with video tapes, remembering to set the timer, remembering not to wipe things out before you've seen them.... Put it this way, since I got my Sky+ box the DVHS machine has been virtually unused.
     
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    What kind of features and spec are you looking for :confused:
     
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    They are on the way out and will be replaced by more modern digital technology. The death will be slow and lingering because of the amount of people who have large collection of tapes and also because of the comparative complexity of operating the digital equipment.

    Tivo type equipment will take off once it becomes programable with something as simple as a videoplus code
     
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    Minus the £10 a month subscription charge as well hopefully.

    £10 for the pleasure of watching my own recordings? Er no thanks.
     
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    TiVo is even simpler than videoplus!

    pull up the EPG
    highlight the programme by name that you want to record
    press enter

    TiVo will then record you choice of programme and it is then listed by its name making playback easy

    £10 per month gives you software updates and the EPG.
    If you do not want to pay £10/m then pay £200 up front - thats only around £300 for a digital recorder. Thats not too much money as far as I am concerned.
    Or even cheeper, no sub monthly or liftime, record as a normal (non videoplus) VCR.

    Mark.
     
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    Are you sure your old Toshiba video is dead? Why not try to find some guy who perhaps works from home, rather than some rip off high street shop who will try to flog you a new (inferior) one. It may just be a new motor or video head needed.
     
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    Well I did manage to get it fixed in the end. :)

    It turns out that it was just a belt that had come off and a small local firm sorted it out for me. I was told that they had to adjust the clutch to stop it from coming off.

    Hopefully I,ll get a few more years out of it before VHS goes for good.

    Thanks to those that replied to my post.
     

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