Summary: After several years of not viewing my home videos on both VHS and SVHS, I am now able to view them and import them with the assistance of another device into my computer. I look forward to spending the next several months editing family videos and creating a video tribute for my mother's 80th birthday. Be advised that the remote control was placed inside the unit. Initially I thought it was missing. Eventually I was able to cautiously pull it out of the unit.
Summary: I purchased this unit to replace the same model I had which didn't respond to the remote. A high quality unit despite the failure listed above. Again, when initially intro'd was rated high in its category.
Summary: I got this JVC video tape player a long time ago and guess I paid about $100 for it back then. It's the only VCR we have now that still works and don't eat up VHS tapes. I got it because of the S/Video and I can play are old VHS tapes with S/Video to a DVD recorder S/Video input to save are old VHS tapes to DVD. With the way are other VCR's are not working and messing up VHS tapes it is very good to get them saved to DVD and this is about the best way using S/Video.
Summary: I have no complaints. I love the picture quality. The picture quality is even further raised with features like VIDEO STABLIZER, VIDEO CALIBRATION, and you can change the sharp tone to "SHARP" for a sharp picture, "SOFT" for a smooth picture, and "AUTO" for use with VIDEO CALIBRATION. This VCR is the most reliable I have ever seen. Sometimes the picture quality is better that DVD recorders. Unlike DVD recorders, there are certain tapes that can record HDTV.
Good Value, Not Perfect, but A Perfection for viewing needs
Roy Chan, Amazon
23 February 2003
Summary: Pros: Excellent value, great picture quality in S-VHS, jog/shuttle, S-Video in/outs, Easy setup, cables included, quality construction, lots of features, OK tracking, Super VHS ET mode, 400+ lines of resolution, Has 19u Heads For Taping In The Extended Mode, Can Record Super VHS On Standard Tapes, do I need to say more?!?!
Summary: Unit started ejecting tapes. Sent it away for warranty service. Four weeks later got it back -- still broken. Took a week to get a response from JVC. Sending it back again. I wonder how long it will take this time. I wonder if they'll fix it. When it worked, it was great. Now it's a doorstop, four months after purchasing it -- 5 weeks of which has been down time. Thanks, JVC.
Summary: I have a HR-S3500U and most recently bought a HR-S3800U and am very pleased with both of them. The picture quality in S-VHS ET mode is almost as good as the original DirecTV broadcast and much better than the tapes you get at the video stores. Plus the price can;t be beat. Do yourself a favor and get the S-VHS over the standard VHS model. You will be glad you did in the long run!
Summary: I'm pleased with the VCR, but it took about an hour to get it set up properly. Plug & play didn't work. I finally ended up setting the channels and clock manually, and the initial configuration is relatively complicated. I am a little bit disappointed with the remote. One reason that I selected a JVC VCR is because I hoped it would interoperate well with my other JVC components, but the remote is awkward to use with my TV and DBS.
Summary: If you've never had an S-VHSVCR,as most people have not,this would be a good one tohave.Super VHS is an improvedversion of VHS and nearly doubles the picture quality!All S-VHS decks also record and playback ordinary VHS too.Actually this deck supportsthree formats VHS,S-VHS,andS-VHS ET.S-VHS ET (ET standsfor expansion technology,notextra terrestial!