Panny S-VHS - model number confusion

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  1. dave48

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    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.

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