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I'm assuming Fortel Y-688 is useless.
Those things look ancient. They were used with U-Matic VCRs which had these special Dub connectors (big ones with lots of pins if you google) which could transmit the raw color signal from the tape. In addition they did stuff like drop-out correction, with the help of RF outputs on the VCRs. I doubt they would be very usable for VHS tapes but I could be wrong. Looks like they require a VCR with external sync input as well.
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Those things look ancient. They were used with U-Matic VCRs which had these special Dub connectors (big ones with lots of pins if you google) which could transmit the raw color signal from the tape. In addition they did stuff like drop-out correction, with the help of RF outputs on the VCRs. I doubt they would be very usable for VHS tapes but I could be wrong. Looks like they require a VCR with external sync input as well.
Cool I guess I figured as much ... is that referring to the first two as well, or just the last one
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Just the Fortel one. The others seem a bit more modern, don't know much beyond that, maybe others here know more.
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So are rackmounts like the JVC SA-T100 no good? I.DEN IVT-7 ?
I'm assuming Fortel Y-688 is useless.
JVC SA-T100 has zero information online. And since I don't recall JVC external TBCs at all in the past 25 years, I'm guessing it's older than dirt, and completely useless.

Fortel Y-688 is useless, ancient tech for U-matic decks. I'm not an U-matic expert, but I'd be surprised if this had any modern usefulness.

The biggest problem with tech this old, and from broadcast facilities, is it's almost always in disrepair and out of maintenance. Expect major problems.

I.Den IVT-7 can be a decent, but you must realize it's not a plug-and-play unit. These need to be calibrated, and it's not an easy task. And if you don't have either an oscilloscope, or another known-good TBC to compare it to, or both, then no way to calibrate. It's large, deep, and has sharp edges. The fan must be re-wired/modified inert (or removed), as the bearings are almost always out by this late date, and it was never quiet to begin with. I had one, and sold it earlier this year. Although my unit was eventually repaired into a good state, it's not something I'll ever mess with again. If that person ever decides to sell my former unit, hoping that it was taken care of, it'd probably be the only IVT-7 unit I'd say is fine.

TBC repair is becoming more rare than VCR repair.

Honestly, this is TBC dumpster diving.

And this is the exact reason why I started guides on what a TBC is, what it should do, and which models to get. Because it's not as easy as seeing those 3 magic letters on a device.

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