I have owned a Sony SLV 720 VCR for 10 years and had no problems. It's still going strong. Great Machine.
Ah Dear, Where to start with this utter Heap of S*$T. Well when i bought it, for ?200 Euro in Ireland, It was only one down from top of then range in September last Year(2003). I Payed the cash and brought it home thinking Sony would be the best quality in everything. Build quality, Picture, Sound and just in general. BUT NO IT WASNT SO! When i took it out of the box all of the usual stuff was in there, though no extras, so i thought they a bit stingy but then it didnt exactly say buy now and get ?? Free did it so that was ok. First impressions where generally ver good, build and button-press quality was very good, 2or 3 times better quality than my old thing. So that was a good factor and i liked the SONY logo stamped on the top of it. After reading the usual blurb in the manual just so i didnt miss anything i set it up accordingly and plugged it in. It ran absolutely GREAT! Good Picture, Sound and full of features. I would list then all but i cant remember them now. Then after 4 Months of occasional use as i have a DVD player the proverbial excrement hit the fan. When i went to bed that night it was working and during the night i woke up for some reason so when i went to check the time it was off. I thought i ws just a power cut or something or maybe a blown fuse.So i went back to sleep and ignored it. The next day when i got back home from work i had a look at the fuse and to see if there was a taped jammed, all where A ok and clear but still no lights on the display. So this i thought must be a higher more technical problem so i took it to the electrical shop i bought it from. They looked at it and said that they would look into it. I left it there for 3 Weeks and still to no avail, they hadnt a clue so i went (with the VCR) to the local Sony Dealer (Dublin at the time) and they said there wasnt anything they could do as I hadnt bought the item off of them. To this reply after driving 60 Miles as you
may be able to imagine i was pretty annoyed. So i took it back to my local electrical store who i bought it off and they said they would look into it again, but another 3 weeks later when i went to collect it, it was covered with dust. so i just asked for a refund or an exchange, to which they wouldnt do either (Exchage they said they couldnt see anything wrong so they wouldnt authorise it and a refund they said it was after their 28 days return) So i took it home and opened it up. Power was going to the Mainboard(Model Number: VFD430-Main-A Scorpio II, Code Number: AC41 - 00192E, Rev: 01) and the loading and playing mechanism but absolutely nothing but the test button worked. No lights no play no picture just eject. So it is now stuck in my loft rotting away. I havent a clue what is wrong with it but i think it could be the CPU gone...... i dont know, but that is just my guess. In my opinion only buy electronics at high price if you know the business is kosher and NEVER buy SONY VCR's. Well that was my moan for the day anyway. Thanks for reading my review and i hope it was helpful to you. P.S if anyone knows how to fix this problem please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org