VCR Questions, Help!

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by DeathStar1, Mar 24, 2002.

  1. DeathStar1

    DeathStar1 Producer

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    Here's some questions I've been wondering. Do they just not make VCR's like they used to?

    I had a VCR that we must have had around for at least the last 20 years. Never had a problem with it. I upgraded to a newer, Mono version in 1995, barley lasted a year. Finally made the upgrade to Hi-Fi Stereo in 1996. It's lasted a good five years now, but is now starting to show signs of decay. Mainly, it's chewing up tapes regularly, and is making a high pitched sort of ringing sound whenever a tape places. Dosn't always do it, but it seems to be happening more frequently.

    Two Questions.

    1)How can I stop the tape playback noise?

    And 2)What Brand VCR lasts longer than 5 years these days? I'm pretty happy with the two Panasonic VCR's that I Have, after switching over from GE, but if there's a better brand, I'm all for it.

    Hopefully this'll be the last VCR I'll have to buy untill DVD Recorders become more affordable...

    Thanks!
     
  2. Clinton McClure

    Clinton McClure Casual Enthusiast

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    In my experience, the best VCRs out there are made by JVC (theirs being the S-VHS models) and Hitachi. I bought a Hitachi in 1997 and gave it to my then girlfriend in 2000. She still uses it on a regular basis with no problems.
     
  3. Bill Will

    Bill Will Screenwriter

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    Most of the vcr's today are being made as cheaply as possible to keep the price down with more plactic parts & etc. You might want to take a look at the Panasonic "SEMI" PRO "AG" line. They are built much better than regular consumer vcr's & should last longer. The prices start at around $220 for a mono model. Check www.jandr.com for specs & etc.
    PANASONIC MODEL NUMBERS
    AG-1340 Monaural Audio $219.99
    AG-2570 HI-FI Audio $329.99
    AG-1980 S-VHS HI-FI $999.99
    They all have built in tuners, timers & come with remote controls just like regular consumer vcr's.
     
  4. Glenn Guerra

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    Niel,

    Same thing happened to me on a cheapo emmerson model. Enuff said. I heard high pitched noises too that transeferd onto the tape I was dubbing to. I tried new cables, expensive cables etc............nothing worked. I even tried exchanging it, but the same thing happened. Finally, I returned it and bought a Sony. No problems since.

    Yes, I think they are making it cheaper and really sucky. Stick with the better brands.

    Glenn
     

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