The best of a bad bunch is probably the the JVC HR-S9850.
I own a JVC HR-S7722 (a now discontinued model), and while the normal vhs picture is very good, s-vhs looks a bit too shimmery and grainy (even with very high standard s-vhs tapes) so I only tend to use the normal vhs mode (don't even think about using s-vhs ET, the picture is truely terrible).
Panasonic also produce s-vhs recorders, but a friend (briefy) owned one, and it's performance was very disappointing, which is very sad when you consider the great vcr's Panasonic produced a few years ago.
Todays video recorders tend not to be very good, unless you're looking at a digital video recorder. Manufacturers divert very little of their resources to vhs production as it's seen as a dying technology.
S-VHS of today isn't a patch on the S-VHS video recorders of the early 90's.
Just bought a Panasonic SVHS NV-SV120EB from my local Comet [last one] for £120 this is a superb machine, better than my Jvc svhs which now goes to the bedroom. I dont know where you get the "lousy quality" verdict from ?
so really the only option is a svhs video is what your saying ??? and even they arent as good as what they use to be i was getting the sony dvd recorder but i wanna hang on for 5.1 and maybe the media to be less picky.
Not so. Not only does the picture have more stability and less dot crawl, but the info on a VHS tape is stored with chromiance and lumiance info, just not as much info as an s-vhs recording. You should see an improvement, I have a JVC and a sanyo Z2 PJ, SW episode 4 etc are way better with an svhs player than a straight vhs
If you use the S-VHS output on the VCR and connect to the S-VHS input on the DVD recorder, assuming it has one, you will get the best possible copy. Avoiding the luma/chroma recombining process will give noticable improvements in picture quality, even with normal VHS recordings.
Cant agree with the opinion that the panasonic svhs recorders are bad. i've had the panny hs830 svhs recorder for about 2 years, i only ever use it with vhs tapes and the quality is streets ahead of any other (seven) recorders i've had.