I only had about £120 bucks when my old video decided to break. Knowing that Nicam was the way to go, I shuffled round all the usual shops trying to see what I could get for my money. I was initially sceptical when I saw how cheap this machine was, but having now used it for 6 months, I'm still chuffed to bits. All the features that are useful (and not just on-the-box hype) are here -- rewind tells you exactly where you are on the tape, pause is near flawless, and setting up a record is child's play. If I were to nit-pick then I guess you could say the rewind was slow, or that the blue screen used for recording reminds me of older models, but these things really don't interfere with the quality. In fact, most of all, the quality of playback is extremely good. I have digital TV, but can scarcely tell the difference when playing a rented film. You can spend a lot more on a video recorder, but after having used this, I'm not sure why you would -- the quality here is everything you'd need. I'm just hoping there'll be a similar model if this ever breaks!
JVC’s latest entry-level Nicam deck is an attractive and well-specified machine. Thanks to the inclusion of the latest ‘deluxe’ version of VideoPlus+, this VCR offers advanced timer control facilities for some satellite set-top boxes as well as the more usual eight-event one-year timer. For those who want to connect their VCR to peripheral devices such as camcorders and games consoles, this model is particularly well suited. As well as two Scarts there are also front-mounted AV sockets for easy connection. Other features include a 10-minute power back-up in case there’s a power failure, and an index search for finding recordings more easily.
Bought one of these a couple of weeks ago (£130 from www.hed.co.uk). Having 'upgraded' from a creaking 12-y-o Saisho (mainly in order to play NTSC tapes), I am unable to fault its play-back. The sound is excellent, picture crystal clear (even on some v. old tapes). It's feature-packed, including a little satellite remote control unit which plugs into its back (ok, I'll never use it). And I was delighted by the auto-set-up feature - plugged it in, 3 mins later all tuned in. Took about 45 mins of backache and broken nails with the old Saisho. One odd thing was that none of the web-sites I checked the system out on said that the machine has PDC. Pleasantly surprised upon opening the box to see PDC plastered over the front of the unit. I will quibble with the remote; surely a truly universal remote control (which I would guess would cost almost nothing extra to JVC) which could control any telly, rather than JVC only, wouldn't be too much to ask for. Also, the machine will play out of either SCART or aerial socket, but not both at the same time, and it is a bit of a palaver to switch between the two. But for £130, a feature packed unit, which should outlive the 5 years of useful existence it has before Mr Straw cuts off the analogue TV system, having presumably taken lucrative directorships with Comets, Dixons, Currys &c.