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SONY SLV-SE820 whatvideo review?

Discussion in 'Digital TV & Video Players & Recorders' started by chundle, Dec 14, 2002.

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  1. chundle

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    hello

    i'm interested in the SLV-SE820; according to the table of contents, it was reviewed in november of this year, but i can't seem to find anyone selling the back issues.

    does anyone know what the review said?

    does anyone have any positive experiences with this VCR? i've done some searching and found some people saying it's noisy and others saying it isn't, which doesn't get me very far.

    in particular i'd like to know how good it is at recording -- i'll be using it to mix down from my camcorder.

    any advice appreciated.....

    marv.
     
  2. jems

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    I have a copy of the said issue.
    Nothing really very bad to say about it.
    Offers an impressive range of advanced features such as audio dubbing, smartdial timer recording, and smartlink.
    Connections are standard, front, av imputs for camcorder, no microphone imput so dubbing must be done via a hifi or audio mixer.
    Around the back is a scart loopthrough, an rf loopthrough, and stereo audio output.
    Remote control a doddle to use.auto set up good, on screen menu neatly presented and enables aspect ratio, Nicam stereo and tape spec.
    Videoplus and videoplus extend- compatible, ( increases record time in 10 min increments upto 1 hour.)
    60 seconds flash rewind of 180 mins tape.
    Smartlink features inc direct record, and one touch playback.
    Markers placed at beginning of each recording for easy search.
    Prerecorded material via scart smooth with minimal noise although there is some grain. Rich and stable images which are free from flicker but slight bleed from soft edges creates an acute ghosting affect around objects.
    Audio is lively, punchy and open, connecting to a hifi produces an awesome audio performance for a vcr.
    Overall it is stacked with useful features. You could buy an s-vhs deck with superior performance for the same money but then you might miss out on the exellent recording flexibility that this topline machine offers.

    This is not the full article so If there is something missing post again.
    Hope this helps.
     
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    Forgot the important bits!!
    What's good, Editing functionality, dial timer, sound.
    What's bad, Aspects of the picture.

    Picture *** and a half
    Sound ****
    Features **** and a half
    Ease of use **** and a half
    Overall ****
     
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    hi jems

    thanks so much for that, it's very kind of you!

    did they say anything about how good it is at recording? i noticed the picture quality was only 3 1/2 stars; is that because of the ghosting thing you mentioned?

    thanks again!

    marv
     
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    I have just recently purchased this VCR myself but have had problems with the sound on playback.

    I,m on my second one now but its still not good, the first one I had would not play any tapes in Stereo both pre-recorded or my own. The second one is better but I still keep losing Stereo sound every now and again during playback. It seems to record ok as when I play the tapes in another vcr, there is no problem with the Stereo sound.

    It maybe just a one off bad experiance but I,m still looking for a new vcr.
     
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    Here are the bits which may be useful.
    " The switch to off air recordings shows little degradation, although the picture is softer with minor traces of noise and grain.
    Bleed is again noticeable around edges."
    Stereo performance is clean enough but not as sharp as with prerecorded soundtracks.
    In LP mode the picture remains stable with little deterioration from SP. Dialogue is clear but background audio is muffled and lacking in detail.
    Picture quality is good although traces of grain and noise are visible. Audio is far more impressive, injecting life and verve into vhs movies.
    Hope this helps.
     
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    perfect! thanks again...
    i've ordered one -- i'll let you know about it after i've used it for a bit...

    marv
     
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    Glad to be of help.
     
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    for future info, people searching about this machine, reports that it is too noisy haven't proven true with mine. that person must simply have had a lemon.

    regarding problems with sound playback mentioned above, i haven't noticed anything like that either...

    actually, it's a great little video recorder and i'm glad i made the purchase.
     
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    So pleased it is o.k
    Good luck with future recordings.
    Merry Christmas
    jancan.
     
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    thanks jems
    it was good of you to help me out!
    have a good holiday...!
    marv
     
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    Samung videos are reliable, well specified for the price and no noisier than other similarly priced VCR s, the SLV-SE820 is a reasonable buy.
    I prefer Panasonic machines though.
     
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    I recently tried an SLV-820 and found the tape transport very noisy. Not as though it was faulty, more of a continuous hum that audible above tthe normal tv volume. Had to take it back. Am now looking for an alternative. Dissapointed because it was otherwise a very well featured machine.
     
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    I understand what you mean about the tape transport being noisy, I have a Sony sf990g and it is noiser than my previous Sony model. Fortunately it does not bother me much because I have my t.v on pretty loud!!
    I can see it could cause problems for some people though.
    jems
     
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    actually, i don't have the noise problem on my SLV 820 machine, so you might just have had a faulty one. it's not whisper quiet, but i don't even notice the sound when the TV is off. i do notice there *was* a sound when i switch off the video, but only because then everything is dead silent and it's more the contrast that i notice.

    all in all it's a great machine for a reasonable price.

    very satisfied with my purchase.
     
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    Howdy guys..

    I have the SOny slv 720 and its fine , no problem with the stereo playback ...no excess noise from the tape mechanism.

    i do have it sitting in a cabinet and there is simply no noise of any kind that i can hear ...may be you need to stick it in a cabnet ?!? just a thought.

    plays video clear , sounds great ! easy to use , programe etc etc

    works great with my Sony SV amp strdb 930 , and complements the rest of the set up which consists of Snoy dvp 305 , Xbox and LG rear projection TV 155 cm 4:3 panscan with the option of 16:9 viewing with out any clipage of picture !

    HAVE A NICE DAY !
     
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    I bought a SLV-720 a few weeks ago and I second what has been said about the motor noise. A distinctly audible whine and whirr that can be heard whenever the tv gets quiet(ish). I sent mine back and am now looking for something else. I was very disappointed with Sony on this. I've since found quite a few comments that talk about the motor / tape transport noise also.
     
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    I have had the SLV-720 for quite a while now, and the only time that I have ever noticed any noise, is when a tape is in rewind, or fast forward.

    I think it's a great video recorder.
     
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    I wonder if Sony had a faulty batch of these 720's or something? Users seem to fall into two camps - people who love it and people who are annoyed by the noise. I had a really cheap Goodmans mono thing before this which had performed virtually silently for 3-4 years. The Sony was definitely making a noise! Weird...
     
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    Yeah very strange.

    As I say I have watched loads of films etc on it, and never noticed a problem :confused:
     
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    Blame Samsung.
     
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    Eh?
     
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    Samsung OEM Sony SLVE720 / 820.
     

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