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Annoying connections, feels cheap for the price, VHS quality subpar
Pros: Saves space Supposedly pretty reliable based on company reputation
Cons: Separate connections for DVD and VHS (is it that hard to scale the VHS output through component/HDMI?) Remote is a jumble of tiny buttons Not very easy to use since you have to switch inputs if you plan to use DVD upcomverting outputs in conjunction with the VHS composite outputs. As other have said, pretty low quality VHS playback.
Other Thoughts: My recommendation, and what I did, is to get a decent compact Bluray player for $50, and a SVHS (6-Head) VCR professionally refurbished for $100. I picked up a JVC Super VHS unit that outputs full stereo and stutterless frames over SVIDEO that looks just amazing. It was professionally serviced before delivery with the belts replaced (they are rubber bands and in a unit from the 90's were likely stretched out) and the heads cleaned.
I played back Terminator 2 on VHS side by side with my DVD and the VHS actually looked better. SVHS with all the image optimization turned on looks amazing. Even the still frame-by-frame via jog dial are sharp and steady. I didn't realize how far along VHS had gotten before DVD effectively killed it off.
Reviewed By:Timothy W.,11/29/2016 1:32:33 PM
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Pros: We purchased this to replace a decrepit but still functional VCR. Although this unit was a refurb, it looked new and functioned out of the box. It has plenty of features and does the job.
Cons: No cons to report at this time.
Other Thoughts: If it were still available, we'd recommend it.
Reviewed By:BILL B.,4/21/2015 11:05:48 PM
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Pros: I have owned this unit for going on 9 years! Unit has given me great service with little to no problems! Unit is going strong and does not show sign of letting me down.
Cons: Menu and set up are a bit hard to get around on to get started. Some one not to up on setting up first time run will have to keep user guide at hand!
Reviewed By:Anonymous,1/17/2015 4:58:08 PM
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Pros: The DVD/VHS recorder was easy to install, appears to work well and the manual provided with it offers voluminous information about its operation and programming. Although I haven't explored the functionality of the piece of equipment fully yet, the remote control provided does work well with it. Going by the variety of functions controlled by the remote, the unit also appears to offer a great deal of choice and capability in terms of selecting programming options, dubbing from VHS to DVD (I mainly bought it for this capability) and from DVD to VHS, and its general functionality.
Cons: The manual is so exhaustive that it's actually a little difficult to work out where the information is on connecting to other pieces of equipment (particularly those from which one wants to provide inputs), and some of the information isn't written as clearly as it could be. More importantly, although there are three different types of line-in inputs (one on the back and two on the front, though I didn't find the latter inputs for hours: I didn't initially realize there's a little area on the bottom front of the unit which folds down to reveal them!), I'd have preferred at least one of the lines in to have been an HDMI or a component video input. All that is offered is a DVI input, an S-video input, and two standard three-connector, yellow-red-white inputs. The unit offers component video, S-video and HDMI outputs, as well as a yellow-white-red output, so I don't see why the lines in couldn't have included Component video and HDMI inputs in what is a recent-production (May 2014, in the case of the unit I purchased) piece of equipment.
Reviewed By:Wee Jock McJaws,11/24/2014 7:58:15 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
Cons: The cords with wasn't compatiable to my TV so I had to switch TV's and the supplied cords worked the my Panasonic TV. The other TV needed a cord with different colors. I haven't been able to record with the Mag only because I haven't had time to try it.
Reviewed By:Mel,10/20/2014 11:37:11 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
Cons: Slow rewind on VHS Cumbersome to name scenes on DVD with no keyboard
Other Thoughts: I bought this to copy my collection of VHS tapes to DVDs. It works great and plays back VHS tapes better than my other 3 VHS players from the 90's. Works great and very simple to use. It is a very powerful machine and I don't use 75% of its features but love it.
Reviewed By:Nannini,8/11/2014 11:15:08 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.