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 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: 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: 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.
Always been a s-vhs fan & am pleased with this one.
J. Pawlowski, Amazon
4 April 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: I purchased this VCR on recommendation when my Sony SLV N900 performed like a piece of junk. I have had this JVC VCR for 2 weeks and I am very disappointed with it for the following reasons: 1.- The Remote Control does NOT have an "EJECT" button nor does it have Hi-Fi receiver "Volume" conrtol capability(both, of which, are on my Sony VCR remote control. 2.- For some reason, Channel 9 is weak and severely snowy but, JVC Corp.
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: I bought the HR-S5902U for the flying erase head feature and used it to record on regular VHS tapes in SP mode. I did not use quasi S-VHS. I have a slew of complaints. First, the remote does not have an insert edit button, so to use the flying erase head the VCR must be within reach. Everything recorded on the HR-S5902U had slight waves over the picture when played back.
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.
Summary: I don't have this machine . But I've owned several JVC VCR's with svhs and ET recording which are great for your library of family videos. I used to transfer my 8mm videos to svhs for my family videos until my video camcorder died on me and now I have a DV8 camcorder but I still transfer for a svhs back up copy ( you never know when that camcorder is ready for it's final resting ground ). A little something to remember about when transfering to DVD.