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    Hi all,

    I've just watched on a youtube video about how good the sound quality is on VHS, and how it's a forgotten way to record high quality audio. I was intrigued enough to want to find out more but skeptical after watching one man's review. So, has anyone here used a good quality VHS machine to record vinyl with pleasing results?

    My thinking is that it might be a handy & cheap way to compile a couple of hours of music from record, ideal for those press play and forget sessions on games night and the like.

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    Not vinyl specifically, but I did have a top of the range Sony back in the day which made superb recordings.
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    Hi Rich

    Both the DBX 700 and Sony PCM 501ES used video tape beyond normal analog recording.
    The DBX 700 broke many records for technological audio achievement, not even rivalled today , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dbx_Mo...udio_Processor

    whereas the Sony was not quite as ambitious. Both used video tape to provide digital recording.
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    Not personally but I did know a bloke 30 years ago who would borrow CDs and copy them onto VHS. He reckoned the performance spec was pretty much the same as CD and they did sound pretty good. Certainly better than a typical cassette deck.
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    I had a Panasonic NV-SV120 SVHS player that totally supported everything that's said about the medium's hifi quality. Pink Floyd's Pulse on VHS was a pure delight to listen to, up there with the best.

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    I've still got a Philips VR686 machine and a collection of tapes. I started compiling a film library on VHS and then DVD came out about a year later so I switched to that. Not actually sure if it is possible to connect it up to my latest TV though. The same problem Cartman encountered when he was transported 500 years into the future and wanted to hook up his Nintendo Wii.

    On paper a decent VHS player should be as good as the best open reel decks. But with CDs so cheap now there's no point making copies of them anymore. Unless I suppose you wanted a particular issue that is stupidly expensive or not available to buy at all.
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    Thanks for all the input, much appreciated.

    By the sounds of it then it seems well worth giving it a try, especially with the prices of VHS machines these days.

    I see what's out there and let you know how I get on.

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    Should be interesting .
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    you need a machine that can utilise the whole video section of the tape, as the linear audio track is tiny. Some machines could do this, and it was called hifi soundtrack mode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    I've still got a Philips VR686 machine and a collection of tapes. I started compiling a film library on VHS and then DVD came out about a year later so I switched to that. Not actually sure if it is possible to connect it up to my latest TV though. The same problem Cartman encountered when he was transported 500 years into the future and wanted to hook up his Nintendo Wii.

    On paper a decent VHS player should be as good as the best open reel decks. But with CDs so cheap now there's no point making copies of them anymore. Unless I suppose you wanted a particular issue that is stupidly expensive or not available to buy at all.
    Scart-to-HDMI converter:
    http://ebay.co.uk/itm/202568475587

    You want a Hi-Fi Sound one; I'd get a Panasonic. Sound quality can be really excellent.

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