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01-08-2015, 10:21 AM
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i now own both of what i've long considered the two best 1980's VHS VCRs you can get,
and what have always been my two favorite VCRs of all time.

i didn't have anything better to do yesterday, so i thought i'd attempt a head to head,
using photo screencaps taken from my 46" LCD monitor, which, i have personally found
to "tell the truth" with SD video formats like no CRT i've ever owned ever could.

so, the comparison will be between these two models, both superlative, IMO,
both highly recommended, and both TOTL in their day, the JVC listing around $1600,
and the MITSUBISHI around $1700. i paid around $200 shipped for the MITSUBISHI,
and it came with a tidy collection of around 40 high-end VHS and S-VHS cassettes.
the JVC was around $130 shipped, but it was actually gifted to me by an online friend.
not too later on i paid $30 for it's remote and manual, $30 for it's service manual set,
$15 for it's original box, $10 for the sales brochure, $20 for the set of heavy solid steel feet
my 8000U uniquely sports, -taken from a DENON DCD-1500II CD player-
and around $50 for the broken HR-D630U that had the cassette slot door
with the "Hi-Fi/VHS/HQ" legends i wanted for my 8000U.

even with all that money sunk into accessories and cosmetic accoutrements,
my HR-S8000U still comes a little under the price of the MITSUBISHI.

though it really mostly seems like Apples to Oranges, i cannot seem to shake the impression
that the JVC is a roundly superior raw performer.

all the same, i have always been head-over-heels entranced
by the look and feel of 1987/1988 MITSUBISHI VCRs...


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01-08-2015, 10:38 AM
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01-08-2015, 10:48 AM
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I'm sorry, but TV screen captures tell us more about your TV and your camera than about your players.
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As far as VCRs go, that JVC was a nice-looking unit.

The remote is definitely different, too!

There's some color bleed in the image, but that's just VHS being VHS. Overall, as far as VCRs go, I think it looks good. As you've said in the past (and I agree!), too many people think VHS has to look terrible. It wasn't.

True, a camera image isn't the ideal way of showing video, but it's not much worse that revealing issues with the capture card. If he was seeking help with that, then yes, samples please! But he's not doing that. So camera snaps works for me.

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