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VCR Problems
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Keewaydin    Posted 11-04-2003 at 06:30:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
About a year ago I bought Sony SLV-N500 VCR from the local store of a big nation-wide retailer. I also bought an extended merchandise replacement agreement because it didn't cost much more and I'm not very smart about electronic things.
Since then they've replaced it twice and it's going bad again. The problem is that a recorded picture rolls and can't be stabilized. This doesn't develop until we've used it a few months. The two times that we've replaced it it worked fine immediately.
Anyone out there have any experience with this sort of thing?

Ludwig    Posted 11-04-2003 at 12:02:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
As a video profession I can tell you truthfully that consumer VCRs are JUNK. My old Emerson from 1985 was the best VCR I've ever had but it finally clapped out. My JVC 811 professional VCR cost me $400 4 years ago and was clapped out when I got it, but professional VCRs can be limped along better than cheapy consumer junk.
I'd like to be able to afford a good Prosumer VCR, JVC makes a couple that a quite nice, I had one in one of my previous jobs but it cost $1200.
For $100 you might get a good one or you might get junk, the quality control is lousy.

hay    Posted 11-04-2003 at 09:49:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
i had a sony brand vcr also. it lasted more than 7 years b 4 it "ate" one of my tapes. went and bought a samsung and it was the worst pile of junk i ever had. had all kinds of trouble getting it programed right and then it recorded over one of my favorite movies outta the clear blue. no light or clicking, just starting taping. got rid of that thing and now have a new sony dvd/vcr and works great. just hope it lasts as long as the first sony i had.

rhouston    Posted 11-04-2003 at 07:48:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
buy a head cleaner tape, power on VCR first then the TV as the TV tunes to the VCR channel signal. If the TV is on first it may not tune correctly (I've had this happen). other than never using tapes from the library or any other free source that's about all I can tell you.

Dennis    Posted 11-04-2003 at 06:50:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have never had that experience but I think the third time you have to return a product the store refunds your money AND gives you a new unit usually an upgraded model. Good luck and let us know what happens.

ret    Posted 11-04-2003 at 10:01:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bought a new Samsung 4 years ago when I moved here. It has never gave me a problem and works great.Rewinds really fast. Paid $99 for it Only thing about it is when the power goes off, it has to be reprogrammed. Takes about 2 minutes to do that.

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