JVC HR-S3600 VCR Reviews

JVC HR-S3600 VCR

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Super VHS is finally very affordable

Jun 5, 2000 (Updated Nov 16, 2000)
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Pros:Super VHS, Hi-Fi, excellent tracking, Super VHS ET mode, cheap!, 400+ lines of resolution, do I need to say more?!?!

Cons:Super VHS tape is expensive (I've bought all different kinds)

I've adopted the S-VHS standard for quite a few years now. I have one of the first JVC S-VHS decks that were produced. Unfortunately, these decks were very expensive and if that deck ever broke down, I couldn't afford to purchase another S-VHS or repair it at that time. Come to the present, S-VHS had not become popular but it's gaining steam with DVD, digital TV, and HDTV formats emerging and especially in DVD's case, becoming very popular. VHS doesn't cut it anymore. And even worse, I wanted a backup S-VHS deck :). Looking through the internet, I found prices have come down to much lower levels than I expected. Being a supporter of JVC VCRs (I have bought 12 for myself or other family members but recently tried a Panasonic VHS), I looked up the current batch of S-VHS machines by JVC. By the way, JVC was one of the first supporters of S-VHS since they developed the standard (from what I've been told).

I take my video very seriously... my collection consists mostly of tapes imported from other countries since they are not available in the US yet, and the majority of it is anime and from an LD source. I need excellent tracking features, high resolution, and since alot of the tapes are recorded on S-VHS tape or S-VHS ET mode, I need at least S-VHS Quasi-playback. This particular unit is capable of S-VHS ET mode. What is that you ask? The ability of a VCR to record well above 240 lines of resolution on regular VHS tape. This means sharper and clearer pictures to the viewer. You will notice the difference especially if you have a high quality cable connection or digital TV source! So at least you don't have to buy expensive S-VHS tape (although you don't get the full 400-420 lines of resolution from pure S-VHS!). Tracking is also excellent, as with most S-VHS machines. I played a tape which had moderate tracking problems (subtitles were unreadable, slightly blurred picture) on several VCR machines, but on my older S-VHS JVC and the 3600 deck, the picture was mostly clean (I could easily read the subtitles and the blur was reduced considerably).

This VCR has S-Video output, Movie Advance, Active Video Calibration (VCR constantly adjusts the tracking for optimal video output), the afore mentioned S-VHS ET mode, VCR Plus+, Cable Box 3 Control, Instant Timer Recording, Automatic Satellite Programing, Child Lock, a multi-brand remote control that you don't need to program the VCR and can control your TV and a second VCR (even if it is another JVC!).

I was so impressed by this VCR, I bought another one.

On the price, the majority of places on the internet will sell it for $269 (and you may have to add taxes and/or S&H). www.egghead.com (the onsale auction site of egghead) has the unit for $183 plus up to $20 for ground shipping. Sometimes the unit will be on auction at www.egghead.com for lower but you have to win the bid. Where did I get my ridiculously low price from? Well, I purchased my unit from Mercata for about $170 dollars with an additional 20% off from Mercata dollars. That means I paid about $135 for the unit with free shipping and handling! Quite a steal when the VCR hits the powerbuys section. unfortunately, it is $269 if it is not on the powerbuys section. If you have Mercata dollars to cover 20% of that price it becomes $215 with free S&H. On top of that, BizRate give 5% rebate from purchases at Mercata. If you like the links to these sites or want to use me as a referrer please e-mail me. However, you can sign up to these sites on your own regardless.


Recommend this product? Yes


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