I have a cheapy little Sanyo that I was using to transfer family tapes but as I dug more into the method of restoring tapes I realized how important the S-Video is (which I don't have on my VCR) and the TBC which I also do not have. I was trying to grab a JVC on ebay last night it was the HR-s7600U I believe. It was fully functional and it was $112 + $50 or so to ship. At the last minute someone came and bumped it to $180 before I can get to it. What VCR would you guys recommend for the budget of between $100 - $200?
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Philips had a few JVC clones, but I'm not sure they sold them in America/NTSC.
Philips VR1000 and VR1100 are great machines with S-Video and TBC.
I have an 1100 now and killed my 1000 through stupidity and impatience....but that's a story for my therapist.
I got my 7800 for under $200, nice machine. If EBAY fails you, try Mercari, or even maybe get lucky on Facebook Marketplace, but you have to be diligent and keep looking. Sharp, JVC, Panasonic, maybe certain Sony.
s-video isn't the most important factor, TBC and the transport are.
You won't often find the best JVC VCRs for under $200. That price range is usually "for parts" (and not worth the price the seller wants). The biggest problem with VCRs is sellers claiming the deck is "tested" and "working", yet not actually tested and not actually working. Most eBay sellers see a picture, any quality picture, and proclaim it being functioning. So buyer beware. Don't let that scare you away from the best VCRs, but rather make you understand that it's not a simple matters of price and seller promises.
I saw that 7600, but it had red flags to me. Questions needed to be asked, correct answers given, before I'd have even touched it. The problem is that you'd have to know what I do to even know what to ask. So don't feel like you missed a gem, as it may not have been that.
And if I am to purchase one from EBay, what type of questions should I be asking?
JVC SR-MV45/55 units pop up on eBay all the time for around $100. The problem with them is usually the notorious "LOADING" error, so be careful if you plan on getting one.
Got mines from eBay and it works just fine.
I got lucky and found a guy with a working AG-1970 on Craigslist for $50. I ended up grabbing that and I am VERY happy