Summary: Had high hopes for this JVC VCR, since I already own a JVC TV. This item is an early version of what VCR's became. With 2-button recording and practically impossible to program I quickly returned it for a refund.
Summary: Bought this unit to play my library of hundreds of VHS tapes bought over the years. S video hook-up is superior to the old RCA A/V system. Video playback on lots of tapes rivals DVD and stereo and surround imaging is more than satisfactory. In fact am buying VHS pre-recodred in lieu of DVD because the stores sell them at a deeper discount. Set-up was a breeze and after nearly two years not a hiccup. As far as recording can't tell you a thing.
Summary: I got this unit as a 2nd S-VHS for playing tapes made on my other S-VHS machine. Excellent value, very crisp SVHS playback, good tuner & remote, all-around great deal for a nearly new S-VHS unit at flea market pricing.
Summary: The instructions came in the form of a folded up piece of paper. It had the smallest cheapest romote I ever used. Don't even think about using it in the dark. These two things temped me to return the VCR but I stuck with it until it stopped working one week later. I returned it to Amazon which cost me an additional $9.71 for shipping. I went to Circuit City and bought a Sony SLV-N750 (not on sale) for $79.99.
Summary: I'm going straight to its weaknesses, which are all basically inconvenience issues. And these probably just mirror what other reviewers had written. 1. You can't punch in your record time, you have to keep pressing up(the clock goes up and down in 1,15,30, and 60 mins increments) until you reach your desired time. 2. You can't see the counter on the VCR display, you can only see it on the tv screen.
VCR died 1 month after the short 90 warrenty ran out
E. Elliot "Cyberdragon", Amazon
12 September 2006
Summary: The unit I purchased stopped recording and playing tapes about 1 month after the very short 90 warrenty ran out,, buyer beware. I only recorded and played the unit once a week, so it wasn't over used, cleaning tape didn't help.
A Quality and Cost Effective S-VHS Recorder from JVC
10 September 2006
Summary: JVC has always manufactured the best S-VHS recorders. You get 400 lines of resolution when you record on S-VHS tape in the SP mode. This 19-micron, 4-head recording unit records S-VHS tapes in the EP mode with impressive results as well. This is a truly exceptional unit for price. If you record off cable TV the playback picture quality looks outstanding. I can't say enough about this S-VHS recorder.
Summary: I have four VCR's in the house recording various programs that I watch later, which allows me to fast forward through commercials saving an average of 10-15 minutes of viewing per hour. I bought two of the JVC HR-S2902U based on a couple of positive reviews, which I now find was a mistake. First of all the "manual"(a big 28 x 20 inch sheet of paper folded in eighths) leaves a lot to be desired. It has no index and it is not easy to find a specific topic.
Summary: What you need from a VCR is this modern age is simple: stereo, excellent picture quality, s-video output and an easy to use interface. It also appears to have MACROVISION handling for backing up forgotten video favorites that are no longer sold in stores or available in DVD format. Anything more extensive in a VCR (like PAL or SECAM features) involves a bunch of other issues to be considered and might clutter its simplicity.