Summary: As far as I can tell, there's no manual tracking control on this. Automatic tracking is an imperfect technology even on a new machine, and it only gets worse over time. There needs to be a way to override it manually or the device is useless for a fair percentage of my tapes.
Summary: I've had this machine for over a year and experienced recurring problems with its performance. It frequently distorts the picture and sound when playing pre-recorded tapes and when playing tapes recorded in this machine.
Summary: This is my third JVC S-VHS VCR. Along with the other two it`s used everyday to record shows for weekend viewing. Using the S-VHS ET mode with Maxell HI-FI tapes, the picture and sound are excellent, even with repeated over recordings on the same tape.
Summary: If you do buy this (or any JVC), make sure you use it a lot in the first month, so it'll still be under warranty if it dies. After that, maybe you'll be fine. Also, and this is probably true of all JVC VCR's, I found it very difficult to use, and I'm very gadget literate.
Summary: I read a lot of bad reviews on s-vhs machines. I think people who buy these (& return them) miss the point. If you're gonna use 6 for 10 dollar tapes, or worn, well used tapes over & over again on the slowest speed, don't buy a super-vhs machine, use a 200-250 line resolution cheap VCR.
Summary: I purchased 2 of these units after having excellent service with former JVC VCR`s. The picture and sound quality is excellent using the ET-SVHS mode with standard tapes. With the [low] price though,many features are missing.