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cyber-junkie 01-29-2010 04:42 PM

Do you need the remote to correctly work the Panasonic AG-1980
Think I found a pretty good deal on a Panasonic AG-1980 but it doen't have the remote, do you need it to full use the vcr?

admin 01-29-2010 04:50 PM

Most of the controls are on the deck itself, on the flip-down panel. The remote is very sparse, mostly control standard VCR functions likes PLAY, FF, REW, and STOP. The only thing found on the remote, and missing on the panel, is the ability to reset the tape counter to 0:00:00.

If you want to reset the counter, and there is no remote, you'll have to eject the tape and re-insert it. That's probably not an issue for most users.

dyfan 01-31-2010 11:07 AM

Back when I bought my deck, I searched out a companion remote. Here's a current link to an auction:

Get one that doesn't have a broken or that is missing the door altogether...It should look like this:

I bought one because I wanted one (for a "complete" product package...) I have used it a couple of times, too.

Hope this helps you.

*Bix* 02-04-2010 07:49 PM has it thought the listing is somewhat confusing:

cyber-junkie 02-08-2010 12:35 PM

Just got the power cord, cheap people!!!, looks like a regular computer power cord will work, will it?

dyfan 02-08-2010 12:55 PM

your guess is good...
Any type of IBM-styled (modular) monitor AC power cord will work. Here's a link to a 10' cable:

Hope this helps you!

cyber-junkie 02-08-2010 07:10 PM

Looked like a standard computer power cable.

admin 02-09-2010 01:04 AM

Most broadcast-grade VCRs (intended for rack mounting) used a number of "universal" parts -- power cords being one of them. It's just a standard power cord like you find for most monitors, computers and laser printers.

cyber-junkie 02-19-2010 11:28 AM

Whats the lifespan of the 1980? overall is it a real well built unit and can go for miles and miles or with all the bells and whistles does it make it a bit fragile, I see quite a few in need of repair on ebay...but maybe people are just trying to make a quick buck and unload there non working units.

admin 02-19-2010 11:46 AM

The 1980 is a rack-mounted broadcast unit most of the time -- it gets used for 10's or even 100's of thousands of hours. Some of them ran daily, 52 weeks a year, for a decade. Often you'll find units unloaded by colleges, where students (and even faculty) would not properly handle or take care of the equipment.

They are well built, but often were put in environments that beat the hell out of them. Most other VCRs would have died years ago.

This site, and some of the members here that post on other sites, is often responsible for some of the "runs" you see on video equipment. It wasn't until we really started to suggest use of the Panasonic AG-1980 / AG-1980P in 2008-2009 that prices on them began to ramp up, as there was sudden demand. And yes, many people wanted to cash in on this, and you'll notice a lot of poor condition equipment. Just 3-4 years ago, you didn't see many AG-1980 decks for sale.

We've seen this happen with certain brands/mades of VCRs, proc amps, TBCs, detailers, DVD recorders and capture cards. I wish we could get commissions on all those sales that we've surely helped make!

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