Panny S-VHS - model number confusion

dave48

Active Member
I was hoping never to buy another vid, but my Philips which has given me long and trusted service for many years decided to stop working last week.

Since I was using the vid as a TV tuner, I'm a bit stuck at the moment (the tuner of my Philips TV packed up a couple of years ago, although the TV itself is otherwise fine).

I'm looking to go for an S-VHS vid this time, since the quality of normal VHS was always a bit miserable.

I get the impression that Panasonic are clear market leaders here, so I'll narrow the choice down to them. What I'm looking for is:

- a vid that works as a best-possible TV tuner
- s-video input and output
- very good quality recording, also preferably reasonable quality on VHS tapes too, if poss
- build quality that will survive a reasonable number of years, but doesn't need to be a tank
- I don't need any fancy editing facilities
- don't think tape library stuff is important, since I'm not quite sure I even understand what this does

The current Panasonic models seem to be 830, 880, 930 - but there are also models such as 825 (quite a bit more expensive than the 830?) and the 870 around.

What's the best one to go for? I don't have a fixed budget, but I don't want to spend £100 extra on fancy features that you never need if there isn't e.g. a radical improvement in picture quality.

Ta,

Dave48
 

gringottsdirect

Active Member
Originally posted by dave48
- a vid that works as a best-possible TV tuner
- s-video input and output
- very good quality recording, also preferably reasonable quality on VHS tapes too, if poss
- build quality that will survive a reasonable number of years, but doesn't need to be a tank
- I don't need any fancy editing facilities
- don't think tape library stuff is important, since I'm not quite sure I even understand what this does

The current Panasonic models seem to be 830,
What's the best one to go for?
NV-HS830BS that's the one.
Assuming you don't want to pay more and buy a Panasonic DMR-E30 DVD recorder :) .
 

badsimian

Active Member
Originally posted by gringottsdirect


NV-HS830BS that's the one.
Assuming you don't want to pay more and buy a Panasonic DMR-E30 DVD recorder :) .
I agree with the 830, very good quality and well made too.
 

Kevo

Well-known Member
Don't overlook the JVC range.

I've had 3 Panny SVHS players over the years but was dissapointed in the last one I purchsed (can't remember the model), it was cheaply made and the SVHS picture was awful.

V happy with my current JVC HRS 8850.
 

badsimian

Active Member
Originally posted by Kevo
Don't overlook the JVC range.

I've had 3 Panny SVHS players over the years but was dissapointed in the last one I purchsed (can't remember the model), it was cheaply made and the SVHS picture was awful.

V happy with my current JVC HRS 8850.
however the current range of cheaper JVCs are awful. For 150 quid, the Panasonic 830 is amuch better machine than the equivalent JVC.
 

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