Where has all the VCR knowledge gone? I have just trekked around a few retailers and without exception they all told me I didnt need a VCR I needed a new digital format like Tivo, or if I have sky maybe I want skyplus, or even a DVD recorder. Since when did shop staff start to be clairvoyant and know what I need and dont need. They all got the curt answer that what was I supposed to play my VHS collection on then! Worse still no one can answer a few questions that I have regarding VCR technology. Web sites are the worst with every manufacturer bombarding you with acronyms, sorry abbreviations, but not explaining what they are. I even phoned panasonic up to ask them about the features of their latest release and they told me there had never been a model with that number, to which I pointed out that I had just read it from their website. Magazines dont seem to review them anymore, what video and TV seem to have reviews that are 4 months old and no recent ones. I even tried a local TV specialist shop who put their "Chief engineer" on. I asked about SVHS ET and the ability to get 400 lines of resolution on a VHS tape and he told me there was no such format as SVHSET. I knew I was on to a loser when I asked if it was possible for them to demonstrate that JVC STB worked with a digibox and that panasonic could to the same without an STB controller. After me explaining what STB was he said that testing it would be up to me. I then asked what they would do if it didnt pass my tests, nothing unless it was faulty!!!! Some chief engineer! Where oh where am I supposed to go to get an informed review/opinion about VCRs? I would even pay MRP to buy from someone who knew what they were talking about Everyone has them, there are still more of them than DVD players. Considering they are the secondary source for movie enthusiasts to play their films/programs I would have thought there would have been a lot more focus on which machine was the best for an enthusiast. Rant over!