Which VCR to buy

Discussion in 'Digital TV & Video Players & Recorders' started by a.lang, Jul 5, 2005.

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    I know this seems old hat but my VCR has finally died.No mags.or forums seem to have any interest in straight forward VCR's any more.
    I want to maintain a VCR ability for 2 reasons:
    1.Old tapes to play,
    2.To record from a camcorder to give friends and relatives who do not have even DVD players yet-presumably need S-video here-is that right ?

    I do not want a combined machine as I would rather be able to replace components one by one as they fail and at the lower to middle end of the market I think stand alone machines probably give better performance.

    I would like any thoughts,suggestions etc.Also does anyone know where up to date VCR reviews can be found.The suggestions on this site seem to run out in about 2003. Thanks.Andrew.
     
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    Most review mags don't touch VCR's anymore - as they are yesterdays technology - why not consider a DVD recorder or PVR and bring yourself (and your friends :rolleyes: ) back to the 21st century.
    Appreciate that you have some old tapes - why no buy a cheapy from Tesco - copy these to a DVD-r then do yourself a favour - and chuck it in the bin :clap: :clap:

    Trust me - you won't regret it :suicide:
     
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    Thanks Snick,on one level I agree with you, but I still need to be able to give VHS tapes to relatives/friends especially of our new baby recorded on a camcorder,they are elderly, some of them, and don't have, and will not get DVD players even.Also,can commercial VHS tapes simply be copied legally to a DVD if I bought a DVD recorder?
    No,I really do need a VCR.I am happy to buy a cheapie but would like to know which is a good cheapie to buy.Is there anywhere I can get reviews etc,or do I really just have to plump for one?
    Andrew.
     
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    VCRs a long way from dead - but the industry only geared towards market churn, especially the ('there has never been a better time to buy AV kit') mags/comics.
    I am in the same boat and despair of finding any reasonable info.
    Since the widely mis-reported Dixons announcement and the huge drop in price point of VCRs it been a royal PITA.
    trouble with plumping for a cheapie is that it could eat your tapes...
    Also be aware that the lifetime of DVD-Rs may not be what many are assuming....

    arrgghh !!!
     
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    Thanks Steve,thought provoking.
    I think your last point about longevity of DVD-R is a great one-not the first place I have heard this.I am certainly going to keep any precious mini-DV tapes from my camcorder even after I have burnt DVD's,rather than record over them,until we know more on this point.

    I don't like buying without proper info.(my prospective VCR purchase) but it makes me feel better that I am not missing any thing, and am not the only person in this boat !!
    Andrew.
     
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    a.lang: I would recommend a second hand D-VHS VCR, if you can find one. See a post on this subject a week or so ago. Besides having DVD picture quality and 21 hours on a tape, it also has a DV input so you can archive DV tapes to this format.
    I have just recorded all the 'Live 8' footage from the BBC on a single tape in DVD quality. It takes a big hard disc on a DVD recorder to do all of this, at decent quality. D-VHS VCRs will also play and record normal VHS and S-VHS tapes.
     
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    JH4, Many Thanks.
    I take it I would also need to source some D-VHS tapes to fit 21 hours of DVD resolution on one tape.
    Will this be a hard search ? ? ?
     
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    Steve: A good 240 S-VHS tape set to record in D-VHS mode will give 21 hours. It's just as good as a proper D-VHS tape, imo. You cannot use bog standard VHS tapes in D-VHS mode though. Incidently, the machine you need if you are in the UK is the JVC HM DR 10000EK - if you can find one ! I've been using them for some years now, even though I have a DVD recorder with a hard drive, simply because of the picture quality and the long playing times this machine gives.
     
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    JH4,
    Thanks for the heads up. have been looking at the yank jobs, they seem to vary between a few hundred dollars to well over a thousand.
    .. 'Its all rather confusing really'
     
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    Steve: Don't forget that the 'yank jobs' won't record UK TV and won't run off 240Volts ! But the new ones WILL play High Definition D-VHS tapes, if you have the right TV to display them !
     
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    If you just want a basic, simple vcr then get this one:
    http://www.comet.co.uk/comet/html/cache/402_217140.html
    I had the old version of this and it was excellent, great quality, easy to use. It is just a very simple video, personally i dont like cheap stuff from tesco, i like good brands.
     
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    My good old 32inch CRT 91997 IIIRC) does two flavours on NTSC so no worries there.
    (advantage of early adoption when the market place hasn't sorted out its 'feature drip' I suppose.)
    Buy from Comet... I am man of principle so will around for the same model elsewhere.
    Or send someone in with the cash to get it for me - don't want to do a Jim Carrey Liar Liar fit in public - or anywhere come that).
    thanks for the pointer though I do appreciate it.
     
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    (1997 IIRC) - must check typing before posting...repeat... must check..
     

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