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SVHS VCRs not great with VHS ?

Discussion in 'Digital TV & Video Players & Recorders' started by garywork, Jan 9, 2003.

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  1. garywork

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    Not sure how a SVHS vcr will cope with playing old VHS
    re: decent tracking etc.

    is the head design optimised for SVHS or is SVHS due to clever
    electronics ?

    thanks
     
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    No problems with either of my JVCs. Indeed, they are both better than the Panasonic they replaced, and than the old Akai on which most of the recordings were made.
     
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    interesting

    i've tried a JVC and thought it was very poor on VHS
     
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    Which models JVC are you so happy with?
     
  5. GaryB

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    Assuming it is working normally, an S-VHS VCR should play VHS recordings at least as well as a normal VHS VCR. The main difference is in the heads - they can accept a higher record FM signal level and they can accept a higher bandwidth - The FM carrier for VHS is 3.8-4.8MHz, for S-VHS, it is 5.4-7MHz.

    All other things being equal, none of these have any effect on the playback of normal VHS recordings.

    As a matter of interest, many modern VHS VCRs will in fact playback, but not record, S-VHS recordings. This is because many of them use the same electronics. It's actually cheaper to make larger number of chip sets that do everything than to make smaller number of separate chip sets for VHS & S-VHS machines.
     
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    But do these S-vhs VCR's output standard VHS playback via the s-video socket, or do you need to connect via composite for this?
     
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    The output is whatever you set. The type of tape being played has no effect.
     

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