I'm going through some decade-old VHS tapes containing cable TV shows that I *thought* I had recorded in stereo. However, upon playback on my current VCR (not the same one as they were recorded on, which I no longer have) , I find that they aren't played back in stereo...I can only get them to play back in 'NORM' (mono?) rather than 'HI-FI'. The current deck is a JVC S-VHS model that claims to have 'Hi fi stereo and MTS decoding'. I recall that the old deck had 'MTS stereo' but I don't recall if it was also labelled 'hi fi' (nor do I know if this makes a difference). I don't recall exactly how I recorded the old tapes, but it was most likely using a standard coax cable connection from a cable box to my old VCR (with the VCR input set to 'stereo' in its menu) ...and the shows were definitely broadcast in stereo (e.g. Arsenio Hall circa the early 90's). My question is, when a VCR claims to have 'MTS decoding' , as my new one does, does that mean it will automatically recognize MTS stereo recordings *made on other decks*, or does it refer to something in the *tuner* section of the VCR? Should I expect my new VCR to 'decode' these old tapes in stereo? I'm trying to rule that out before I conclude that in fact, I *didn't* really record these old tapes in MTS stereo. (The current VCR definitely *can* play back tapes recorded in stereo -- I tested that with prerecorded tapes, and with more recent tapes I've made on yet another VCR -- hwover on these I used the left/right/video RCA output jacks of my current cable box to do the recording, rather than the coax).