So It's time to get another vcr. S-vhs isn't important, but would be nice for time shifting. My friend bought a 400 dollar sony unit in 1993, but it seems as if you can't buy good vcrs now. (gee, I wonder why?) The jvc's look good, but are they necessarily any better than the panasonics? We had a sony for 2 days; it was so noisy during tape operations we brought it back; hitting play made an awful noise. Whadda u think?