Thanks for the speedy reply. The NV-HS860 has switchable TBC and switchable DNR and is also S-vhs.
I have the simple idea of buying a middle ground American NTSC player as the easiest and quickest way to obtain a VHS player that outputs a pure/true NTSC signal. The American equivalent of my Panasonic NV-HS860 would be ideal as this is a good player and well thought of on the internet This player will be used for everyday use as a domestic VHS player for my NTSC tapes. I have spent a lot of time researching pure ntsc playback in the UK and have not come to any satisfactory conclusion and i also wish to stick with PANASONIC as i feel more comfortable with this brand.
I am assuming that Panasonic have sold the NV-HS860 into the American markets in some form as that is what i presume they do with everything. Hope this solution is as simple as it sounds.
My NV-HS860 has given me good service and plays well ( while i keep my NV-FS200 for "good stuff") but i cannot record NTSC tapes from it as it converts the signal to a totally unrecordable PAL60 signal. I purchased the NV-HS860 in 2002 (still have the receipt) and i remember it was difficult to find at the time
as VHS players were almost dead. There are comments on the internet that it is a good little machine but obviously by no means the best.
Overall i think that purchase of an American NTSC VHS Player is a good solution and moves me on. The equivalent American Panasonic VHS player, whatever it is, I hoped would have been a regular stock item, sold well, be reasonably available from a reputable American dealer, serviced and repaired but without the necessity of any rebuilds. I have virtually no knowledge of American VHS players and their model numbers.
I will look into the AG-1970 so thanks for that suggestion. I am currently stearing clear of the AG-1980 route as i consider that requires some careful consideration so i am saving that until later.
Last edited by VHSREFRESH; 09-19-2018 at 07:46 AM.