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121. Philips VRB664AT 4-Head HiFi VCR

121. Philips VRB664AT 4-Head HiFi VCR
list price: $149.95
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Asin: B00004U2OJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 31032
Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Philips VRB664AT four-head hi-fi VCR features a double-azimuth videosystem that produces a clear and stable picture during still/pause, slow motion,and forward/reverse search. The 19-micron heads ensure the same quality playbackof your recorded programs whether you taped in standard or long-play mode.

Youcan program the Philips VRB664AT for unattended recording of up to eightseparate programs over a full year. The bilingual (English and Spanish) onscreenprogramming can be operated from the universal remote control (batteriesincluded). VCR Plus+ simplifies the recording processing by allowing you toenter the PlusCode programming numbers found in television listings. One-touchrecording allows you to record up to eight hours of shows with the touch of asingle button.

The auto DBS RecordLink allows satellite dish owners to synchtheir DBS receiver to the VCR. This feature automatically runs the VCR in recordmode when you set your receiver to tape a program. The Philips VRB664AT willthen shut itself off when the program is over.

Other features include a built- in MTS/SAP decoder, digital auto tracking for a clearer picture, auto clock setwith time-zone select, commercial skip, indefinite timer backup memory, andfront-panel access to most menu functions. Front audio-video jacks allow you tohook up a camcorder or a second VCR. The built-in automatic head-cleaning systemkeeps the Philips VRB664AT running smoothly. This VCR comes with a one-yearwarranty on parts and labor. ... Read more

Features

  • 4-head double-azimuth system with 19-micron heads
  • VCR+ Plus programming
  • Onscreen programming with 8-event, 1-month timer
  • SmartPicture controls (natural, distinct, soft, sharp)
  • Universal remote control (batteries included)

Reviews (9)

2-0 out of 5 stars Not well made
The timer seek function does not work well. If you set it to reverse 3h30m then it may go back 3h30m or 4 hr or 3 hr. Very annoying.

I've had my VCR crash, eject the tape and turn itself off a number of times now. It has probably happened 4-6 times over the past year. It does so for no apparent reason. It seem to flash some sort of error message with a number and a funky looking character after doing so.

I get bad hissing sound when playing old tapes recorded on my old Philips VCR.

The remote is poorly laid out.

My last Philips VCR was just fine and had none of these flaws. This model is a step backwards for them.

I'm going to get another brand to replace this one. I don't think I'll return to Philips again.

1-0 out of 5 stars on 3rd vcr....
I bought this VCR back in February and am on my 3rd "refurb" from Philips. Of course, I received a defective remote with it. Hopefully, when I get my remote, I'll be able to actually USE my VCR. They really need to work on their quality control before they send these things out! Have a nice day

1-0 out of 5 stars User Interface is Useless
The remote control is poorly designed and the console controls and indicators make this VCR difficult and confusing to operate.

The remote control is backlit only behind 6 buttons, the 6 buttons that are specially shaped (making them easy to find in the dark) and most commonly used. Less commonly used buttons are arranged poorly, such as the "slow" button a row above and to the right of the "slow speed" buttons, next to the VCR+ button, which pops up a blue screen to enter a VCR+ number and requires another key sequence to escape from.

The play/stop/rewind/fast-forward buttons are laid out in quadrants on the remote. On the console, the play/PAUSE/rewind/fast-forward buttons are laid out in the same manner. The stop/eject button is off to the side. The console has a Menu button, but since the remote control quardant is needed to program, the console buttons make programming difficult (Stop, the bottom button on the remote, is the "down-arrow" and is off to the left side on the console, while the bottom bottom button on the console, "pause", does nothing).

There is an eject button on the REMOTE! It is in a prominent location at the top, and is taller than many of the other buttons. I cannot tell you how many times we have accidentaly ejected a tape when trying to pause it.

The on-screen status display automatically turns off 10 seconds after you press any button, which is useless if you are rewinding or fast-forwarding a tape and want to stop it by watching the timer. If you press the "status" button on the remote, the display again times out after 10 seconds, so rewinding a tape to a specific point requires much dexterity and quick reflexes.

If rewinding when "memory mode" is turned on, the VCR will slow down to a near stop when 3 minutes from 0:00, and will not allow you to stop or play or even eject until it completes rewinding.

The only way to check a "program" is to review each and every program in sequence, without even being able to scroll backward in the list, only forward.

The current VCR mode ("PLAY", etc) replace the time display on the console for a few seconds whenever the mode changes. This is mostly useless, since the mode is also displayed onscreen. However, missing from the console display is the current channel, and if reception is not perfect, the on-screen status disappears, so you cannot see the current channel.

The remote control has many buttons that switch functions when in TV mode, but are completely useless with the TV. These include play/stop/etc, TV/VCR, pause, and more. The mode buttons for TV, VCR, and CABLE are directly below the MUTE button and the numeric pad, so are very easily pressed by accident. In addition, since the sequence to program the universal remote is MUTE-TV-NUMBER-NUMBER, or MUTE-VCR-NUMBER-NUMBER, it is EXTREMELY common to accidentally reprogram the remote, rendering it useless until reprogrammed correctly.

The picture and sound quality seem to be satisfactory.

Also, as another reviewer pointed out, it is extremely NOISY. This machine is in my bedroom and wakes my wife up when performing any action (rewinding, stopping, beginning to play, etc).

3-0 out of 5 stars Average
This model was easy to set up & use. But the light-up buttons on the remote are very annoying. I could live with that, but two things I cannot live with: the EXTREMELY blue clock BURNING out my eyes, and the very noisy mechanism. I can't hear what I'm watching on the TV while I'm taping, because the tape mechanism is so noisy. That, coupled with the blindingly bright display (even brighter when unit is on, oh, joy), is prompting me to return this to the store.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good unit for the money.
Setting this unit up was the easiest ever. The manual is not bad. The downsides are that the indicators for recording processes are to small on the face of the unit. When you are doing a timed recording and watching another show, there is no indicator of the channel that is being recorded. You do not know if you are recording the right program until you look at the results. The cost of the unit is ... cheaper at the local retail outlet. ... Read more


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