This is a terrific VCR! Though unfortuanately the condition does have a defect, as described below.
NICHOLAS SCUDERI, Amazon
31 December 2013
Summary: This is my third VCR of the same model. I now have three. The one I just purchased from you does not rewind in the fast or faster mode, as it should. It sure would be nice if I could get some credit back for such. Given this item is not normally available to purchase, I am satisfied enough to keep it as is.
Summary: I wanted to replace an older VCR and so I bought this JVC HRS5902U based on some glowing reviews and rather impressive technical features. Needless to say words are cheap; experience is the best teacher. This is the most user unfriendly device I have ever encountered. I have to keep the manual on hand just to work through every major and minor quirk it throws at me. It seems to arbitraily decide what it is going to do when.
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 unit does have S-VHS ET capability but I still prefer to record on S-VHS tapes for best results. This is an exceptional unit. If you record off cable or Satellite TV the playback picture quality looks outstanding. For the price you get a lot of good features. Years ago these were very expensive units.
Summary: I have been a loyal JVC customer for the past twenty years and have never been disappointed by their products. This versatile VCR is no exception. With its multi head recording and playback ability plus its user friendly remote and operations, the JVC is a welcome addition to my home theater system. For those who are looking for longevity, simplicity and solid quality, I would recommend this component.
Summary: This high-end VCR has many advanced features,such as jog and shuttle on the remote, flying erase heads, S-VHS, etc. It produces a fine picture, and has very good tracking with old tapes. The annoyances, particularly for editing: (1) Unlike even simple VCR's that I have had in the past, this machine has no tape counter on the VCR's display. The counter is available only on screen, in "Play" mode only at regular speed, and in "Fast Forward" without picture.
Summary: The VHS VCR is a dying breed. However, the VCR can record broadcast shows with "copy protection signals" that a DVD recorder cannot, so there will be a place for VCR's in the years ro come. Unfortunately, the only VCRs available at mass retailers like WalMart and Best Buy are low-end models lacking features like VCR Plus. JVC invented the VHS format, so they will likely be the one company to see the format to its end.
Summary: I would have given it 5 stars but there are two things about it that I did not like. I have an older RCA TV and had a fantastic RCA VCR that I used as a tuner for years. The two worked great together as the clock on the VCR displayed time while the TV showed the channel as well as when you shut the VCR off it would stay in the mode it was in last. I could not find an RCA VCR worth a hoot especially in black so I bought this.
corrections to my previous review "A must-have with HDTV.."
C. Fernandes, Amazon
12 November 2005
Summary: I've learned a few more things since I wrote my last review. The following are corrections to my previous review: 1) Memory backup - Apparently there is some sort of memory backup, even though the manual clearly states there isn't. Quite by accident I unplugged the VCR and then plugged it back in. I was sure I'd have to re-program the timer to record my favorite programs, but I was pleasantly surprised - the VCR remembered all my previous programs!
Always been a s-vhs fan & am pleased with this one.
J. Pawlowski, Amazon
30 October 2005
Summary: Many TV newsrooms use super VHS, in their cameras, or for editing & dubbing in the studio... quickly, on the fly. Flaw, bug, & software free, fool-proof analog video almost as good as DVD, with S-video & multiple inputs & outputs that would make any videophile drool. The more sophisticated a machine becomes, the more sophisticated a user will have to be happy with it. Great pic, great sound, & fantastic for quick editing on the fly... maybe to later be burned on a DVD.
Summary: Ever since I bought my Samsung 50" DLP HDTV a few months ago I've been on a quest to upgrade my DVD player and now my VCR player as well. To be brief, if you have an HDTV, and you intend to still keep using VHS cassettes, then you must have this VCR. Only recently I learned that an S-VHS (Super VHS) VCR gives you a resolution of 400 lines, as opposed to your standard VCR which gives you 230 lines of resolution.