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#1 of 14 Keith M.

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Posted May 02 2003 - 08:07 AM

Im thinking of picking one of the DVHS decks now that the prices are coming down...

Are there any known issues I should be aware of and who currently has the lowest price?

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#2 of 14 george kaplan

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Posted May 02 2003 - 03:26 PM

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#3 of 14 Jonathan Dagmar

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Posted May 03 2003 - 11:47 AM

I would never buy a DVHS deck. I just don't see the point in spending a bunch of money on a teeny tiny niche format that has very minimal software available, and will only last as long as it takes for HD-DVD to make it's appearance. Not only that, but it's tape, so it's a nice step backwards in lastability and useabilty, and value for the money...

I guess if you are the type that must have everything, go for it, the picture quality is certainly impressive.

#4 of 14 Keith Plucker

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Posted May 03 2003 - 01:22 PM

You may want to check out the HDTV Recorders section over on AVSForum.com.

There was a thread here some time back that mentioned threads over at AVS dealing with the reliability or lack thereof on the decks.

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#5 of 14 Jeremy Little

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Posted May 03 2003 - 05:35 PM

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I would never buy a DVHS deck. I just don't see the point in spending a bunch of money on a teeny tiny niche format that has very minimal software available, and will only last as long as it takes for HD-DVD to make it's appearance. Not only that, but it's tape, so it's a nice step backwards in lastability and useabilty, and value for the money


I can understand where you're coming from, but have you ever watched a movie on DVHS. The video bitrate completely blows broadcast HD away IMO. I sat and watched X-men and Ice Age and both were beautiful.
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#6 of 14 Vin

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Posted May 04 2003 - 03:52 AM

You might find this thread helpful.

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#7 of 14 Jack Briggs

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Posted May 04 2003 - 04:21 AM

For crying out loud: Do NOT use this thread to air your anti-D-VHS rants. Keith is asking for specific information regarding the reliability of D-VHS machines, not for tape-bad/disc-good diatribes.

#8 of 14 Chris Gerhard

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Posted May 04 2003 - 11:10 AM

I have been using the standard definition DirecTV D-VHS VCRs for over 3 years with great results. All D-VHS VCRs are more finicky than analog VCRs, with little tape imperfections or dirty heads causing noticeable glitches. Mine require high grade SVHS or D-VHS tape to get acceptable results. The VCR heads require more frequent cleaning which I do by taking the top off the VCR and using a chamois and isopropyl alcohol. It seems I have to clean them about once or twice a year or perhaps every 100-200 hours of use. I am considering an HDTV D-VHS VCR now that the prices are reasonable. I think D-VHS is good format but I certainly could not fault anybody for waiting until HDTV DVD recorders are available. Fuji H471S SVHS tape is the best tape to use in my opinion.

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#9 of 14 Keith M.

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Posted May 05 2003 - 03:40 AM

Thanks for the input...

How is the build quality of the unit? I currently own the JVC 9400U flagship svhs from a few years back. And was not very impressed compared to other manufacturers offerings. Yet, the picture quality for svhs on this deck is very crisp.

Is the fan very loud? Is studio support diminishing? Why are the prices dropping so quickly? Should I just patiently wait out the "next" format?

#10 of 14 Nathan_R

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Posted May 05 2003 - 06:40 AM

Keith,
Have you found anyone in town who actually has the jvc 3000 in stock?
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#11 of 14 Nathan_R

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Posted May 05 2003 - 06:53 AM

nevermind, I called onecall instead. Apparently, none of the "majors" in town have any. Posted Image
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#12 of 14 Keith M.

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Posted May 05 2003 - 04:41 PM

Im going to order online, service/price in the b&m stores in ATL is disappointing...


Does onecall have em in stock and for how much?

#13 of 14 Nathan_R

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Posted May 06 2003 - 01:00 AM

I think I got the last one yesterday. I called in my order. We missed all the good sales. Vann's has the lowest price from an authorized dealer (~$493), but ABT is the lowest priced authorized dealer who lists them in stock right now @ $565. I believe they have a few coupons to bring that down a bit.
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#14 of 14 Joe Reed

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Posted May 07 2003 - 07:26 AM

Keith, I think sutdio support (from the ones that do support) is not diminshing at all, in July we will se Daredevil, Phone Booth, and There's something about Mary come out, I personally cannot wait.


Does anyone know when JVC's 40000 series is coming, out the new deck supports DTS. Posted Image