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1. JVC Everio GZMC500 5 MP 3 CCD
Too low to display list($449.95)
2. JVC GR-D270 MiniDV Camcorder w/25x
$1,199.99
3. JVC Everio GZMC200 2MP Digital
Too low to display $349.99 list($499.95)
4. JVC GR-D295U Hi-Band MiniDV Camcorder
Too low to display $59.88 list($149.00)
5. JVC XVN310BK Progressive-Scan
Too low to display $447.99 list($549.99)
6. JVC EX-A1 Compact DVD Audio/Video
Too low to display list($429.95)
7. JVC GR-D250 MiniDV Camcorder w/25x
Too low to display $399.88 list($999.99)
8. JVC HMDH40000U D-VHS HDTV Digital
$269.90 list($249.99)
9. JVC RV-NB1 Kaboom Series Boombox
$300.00 list($379.99)
10. JVC GRD72 MiniDV Digital Camcorder
Too low to display $625.00 list($1,099.99)
11. JVC DR-MX1S DVD Player/Recorder,
Too low to display $2,699.99 list($3,499.99)
12. Panasonic TC-32LX20 32" WideScreen
$129.99 list($149.99)
13. JVC RX318BK Stereo Receiver
$119.99 list($180.00)
14. JVC XL-FZ258BK 5-CD Changer
$449.99 $359.99 list($499.95)
15. JVC DR-MV1SL Combination DVD recorder
$599.99 $499.88 list($799.99)
16. JVC HMDH5U Digital VHS High-Definition
Too low to display $238.90 list($329.99)
17. JVC RXF10S A/V Receiver
$499.95 $449.95 list($599.95)
18. JVC GRDF550U 1.33 Megapixel Digital
Too low to display $69.88 list($169.00)
19. JVC XVN412S Progressive-Scan DVD
Too low to display $144.99 list($229.99)
20. JVC HRS5902U 4-Head Hi-Fi VCR

1. JVC Everio GZMC500 5 MP 3 CCD w/ 4GB Microdrive & 10x Optical Zoom
list price: $1,799.95
our price: $1,599.95
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Asin: B0007Z6D7W
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 150
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Product Description

The GZ-MC500 Digital Media Camera is a proud member of the JVC Everio family -camcorders that record onto a hard disk. Like the older single-CCD Everio camcorders, the GZ-MC500 records 60 minutes of DVD-quality video or thousands of photo-quality stills to a Microdrive™ removable hard disk. With this Everio, JVC combines these benefits with 3-CCD/5-megapixel performance. ... Read more

Features

  • Easy printing with "PictBridge" and DPOF support
  • Microdrive / CompactFlash card and SD dual card type II slots for extra data storage and transfer
  • Megabrid engine assures optimum quality for both video and still images
  • User-friendly GUI for easy operation and setting
  • Thumbnail picture for easy and quick viewing

2. JVC GR-D270 MiniDV Camcorder w/25x Optical Zoom
list price: $449.95
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Asin: B0007KP5VC
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 667
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

JVC GR-D270US, MINI DV CAMCORDER WITH 2.5 LCD & SOFTWARE ... Read more

Features

  • Captures 1,024 x 768 digital stills to Secure Digital memory card (not included)
  • Real-time slow motion recording; NightAlive function for shooting in low-light conditions
  • Data Battery function that displays battery power and calculates remaining recording time
  • Compact MiniDV digital camcorder with 25x optical zoom/800x digital zoom
  • 680K pixel CCD with 340K effective pixels for video

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Works well, price is right
I spent hours on-line trying to select a camcorder from an overwhelming multitude. The important considerations for me were:

- PC connectivity
- Price
- At least decent video and audio quality
- Battery life, size and everything else

This JVC is a success in all these parameters.

- I had no trouble at all connecting to a wintel PC. I have a cheap no-name lash-up desktop box, a $15 firewire card, a generic $5 firewire cable, and XP. I am relieved to report it all worked first time, because connectivity problems are apparently common with all camera brands (including JVC).

- This is one of the cheaper miniDV machines, so the price was right.

- Video quality, for an uncritical amateur like me, is plenty good enough. And there is apparently wide-spread opinion that JVCs are better than average in low-light conditions.

- Audio quality, again good enough. There is definitely some motor noise breakthrough with the built-in mike that interferes with quiet pastoral scenes.

- Battery life with the supplied battery is approx 1 hour. Since JVC batteries are upwards of $80, I will be buying cheap generic knock-offs in the $30 range.

- The supplied USB cable is for downloading pictures from the snapshot and webcam mode. It is worthless for transferring video. Snapshots are inferior to my aged Canon Elph.

If a buddy could have told me here was a camera that worked OK with my computer, and was otherwise decent and affordable, I could have saved hours of research.

EDIT 1: Still 4 stars, but I would have exchanged some of that 25x tele for some more wide-angle. Also, the zoom mechanism is a bit abrupt, it is difficult to get a smooth zooming action. ... Read more


3. JVC Everio GZMC200 2MP Digital Media Camera with 4GB Microdrive & 10x Optical Zoom
list price: $1,199.99
our price: $1,199.99
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Asin: B0002X7V48
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 602
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Amazon.com Product Description

Still images or video--capture either 60 minutes of DVD-quality MPEG-2 movies or thousands of super-high resolution UXGA-size JPEG pictures with the Everio--the first camera to use Microdrive technology. The included 4GB Microdrive card, though it is the same size as Compact Flash card, has such unprecedented capacity because it is has its own built-in HDD (hard disk drive).

The completely tapeless Microdrive format lets you choose higher video quality or longer shooting times.
Store more photos than you ever thought possible on the included 4GB Microdrive card.

Until now, tapeless formats have been severely limited in the length and quality of video capacity, but the Everio's Microdrive lets you shoot up to 60 minutes of high quality MPEG-2 video--and even more in lower resolution modes.A selection of recording modes lets you choose more quality or more shooting time. The highest quality ULTRA mode records at a constant bit rate of 8.88 Mbps with AC 3 audio -- comparable to the DVD data rate (average 4 Mbps video/9.8 Mbps maximum). Essentially what you get is DVD quality, with the same video and audio format as a movie DVD. And the number of still photos that will fit on the Microdrive card is nothing less than awe-inspiring: More than 5000 of the highest resolution images (1600x1200 fine).

2.12 Megapixel CCD
This 1/3.6" CCD with a total of 2.12 million pixels (effective: 1.23 million for moving pictures, 2 million for still pictures) offers the high resolution capabilities needed for high quality digital videography and photography. And the Megabrid Engine applies separate, optimized processing to moving and still images, for videos with a high signal-to-noise ratio, and high-resolution still pictures.

Versatile, Lossless Data
Store what you've shot on the provided Microdrive card, optional CompactFlash or SD Memory Cards. size as a CompactFlash card, but with many Gigabytes of capacity. You can eject the Microdrive card, just as you would a CompactFlash or SD Memory Card, and load data into your PC via optional card adapter. Or simply connect the camera via its USB2.0 interface for quick downloading to a PC. All transfer is digital-to-digital, so you won't lose any quality in the process.

DVD Creation & Sharing
Three advanced applications are provided:
  • Power Producer offers easy saving (authoring) of your video clips in any order to DVD, even right from a USB-connected camera, so you can share your original DVDs with anybody who owns a DVD player.
  • Power Director offers feature-rich non-linear editing so you can flex your creative muscle with titles, effects, and even mix still with videos.
  • Power DVD for easy video clip and DVD playback with AC 3 audio.

Multi-Format Support
In addition to making it easy to create DVDs, the supplied software converts to a variety of file formats for distribution via the Web or by e-mail. Supported formats include DV-AVI, Windows-AVI, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, as well as Windows Media Video and RealVideo that can be streamed over the Internet. ... Read more

Features

  • The first camera to use Microdrive technology
  • Includes a 4GB Microdrive card that can hold 60 minutes of DVD-quality video or more than 5000 high resolution still images
  • Completely tapeless format for a ultra-compact, lightweight body
  • Includes software for easy video editing and DVD creation
  • Also supports CompactFlash and SD Memory Cards, USB2.0, DV-AVI,Windows-AVI, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, Windows Media Video, and RealVideo

4. JVC GR-D295U Hi-Band MiniDV Camcorder w/25x Optical Zoom
list price: $499.95
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Asin: B0007QS6IU
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 222
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Preserve life's precious moments with this capable camcorder. The GRD295 has powerful features like a 25x optical zoom, 2.5 inch LCD monitor and Night Alive for full color shooting in exteme low light situations. A multi-function remote control, 800x digital zoom and a digital picture stabilizer are but a few of its other great features. ... Read more

Features

  • Web-camera function (via IEEE 1394), digital still capture, includes two data batteries, NightAlive
  • Power-linked operation, full function remote control
  • Multi-language on-screen (4-language)
  • 1/6-inch 680,000 pixel CCD, f1.8 to f3.2, 25x optical / 800x digital zoom, 520 lines of resolution, 2.5 inch LCD monitor
  • Color viewfinder, DV in / out, HG digital stills (up to 1024 x 768 pixels), LiveSlow, auto illumination light

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Happy to have waited for this one!!!!
Wanted to buy a new Cam at the first of the year but waited on the newer models to arrive. I was looking at Canon's Z300, Sony's HC32, and JVC's 295. I think each has it strong points but in the end it was JVC's zoom, extra battery, great night vison, and crystal clear quality that lead me here. I love this thing. No problems xfering to pc using firewire. Battery life is above average at 1:39... Usable also as a Web Cam..(great quality) All this for $378....cheaper than z300 at $419 and Sony HC32 at $450 ... Read more


5. JVC XVN310BK Progressive-Scan DVD Player (Black)
list price: $149.00
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Asin: B0001EZN1Q
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 2038
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The JVC XVN310BK progressive-scan DVD player is a great-value all-in-one player. Not only does it play DVDs and CDs, it also plays recordable CD-R/RWs, DVD-R and DVD-RW discs (in video format), VCD (Video CD), SVCD, MP3, JPEG, and MPEG-4 (Simple Profile) formats. It also features great conveniences such as express play start, which starts a single-layer DVD movie in only four seconds; disc memory resume function for up to 30 discs, which lets you pick up exactly where you left off the last time; quick playback with sound at 1.5x speed, variable and slow search; three-step zoom play; one-touch instant replay; and resume (bookmark).

The player gives you direct digital progressive-scan output using its component-video connectors. On the audio side, the XVN310BK offers Dolby Digital and DTS with coaxial digital audio output for easy connection to any home audio system with a compatible input. On the analog side, the XVN310BK makes use of high-bit-rate and high-sampling-rate digital-to-analog conversion--10-bit/54 MHz video D/A conversion and 24-bit/192 kHz audio D/A conversion--and features a versatile VFP (video fine processor) so you see and hear your movies as cleanly as possible.

The XVN310BK has component video, S-video, and composite-video outputs, a coaxial digital audio output for PCM, Dolby Digital, and DTS passthrough, and JVC's AV CompuLink connection. It comes with a warranty covering parts for 1 year and labor for 90 days.

What's in the Box
DVD player, remote control, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Plays DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW (video format), CD, CD-R/RW, VCD, SVCD, MP3, JPEG, and MPEG-4 (Simple Profile) formats
  • Digital direct progressive-scan output, high-bit-rate/high-sampling-rate D/A video converter, express play start
  • Video outputs: component video, S-video, composite video; audio outputs: coaxial digital outputs for PCM, Dolby Digital, and DTS; AV CompuLink
  • Dolby Digital, DTS, and PCM with direct digital (coaxial) output
  • Measures 17.19 x 1.7 x 7.9 inches (W x H x D)

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad picture quality
I bought this item from Amazon.com. Picture image quality is bad. Return to Amazon.com for refund. ... Read more


6. JVC EX-A1 Compact DVD Audio/Video System with Wood Cone Speakers
list price: $549.99
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Asin: B00021MX0C
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 1082
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Features

  • Compact A/V system with DVD player and wood cone speakers
  • Plays DVD-Audio/Video, DVD-R/RW, SVCD, VCD, CD-R/RW, MP3, and JPEG formats
  • Progressive-scan output and Dolby Digital and DTS decoding
  • Component, S-video, and composite outputs, plus optical and subwoofer outputs and analog audio input
  • 60-watt speaker system (30 watts x 2); AM/FM tuner

7. JVC GR-D250 MiniDV Camcorder w/25x Optical Zoom
list price: $429.95
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Asin: B0007KP5TE
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 748
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

JVC Company of America (GRD250) MiniDV Digital Camcorder ... Read more

Features

  • Captures digital stills to tape
  • NightAlive function for shooting in low-light conditions
  • Data Battery function that displays battery power and calculates remaining recording time
  • Compact MiniDV digital camcorder with 25x optical zoom/800x digital zoom
  • 680K pixel CCD with 340K effective pixels for video

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars A nice piece of work from JVC
Of course like any person who spends 300 bucks on something you expect it to perform admirably, while knowing full well that there are more expensive models out there.This little DV camera does quite the job.Starting from the packing all the way down to the technical features.In a world were you get less and less JVC seems to have done pretty well.Instructions for the camera come in 3 languages, all of the peripherals; lens cap, multi-voltage power plug, RCA cables, and straps are actually well designed and usable. The camera itself is quite user friendly, and intuitive. After opening and sorting the contents I had the camera up and recording in less than 5 minutes.

Pros:

1. Very fast rewind and fast forward.
2. Light weight, and compact.
3. Clear display that you can turn and flip in almost every direction
4. Great zoom features and very good recording quality.

Cons:

1. No DV tape included.I was smart enough to pick up a two pack at the same time.
2. If you have big hands it may be a little hard to manipulate.
3. Although I didn't buy a tripod, it looks as if you can't eject the tape while the camera is attached.

Would I buy it again? Absolutely. ... Read more


8. JVC HMDH40000U D-VHS HDTV Digital Video Recorder
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B0000ACY2B
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 9110
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Amazon.com Product Description

Record high-definition television broadcasts with the JVC HMDH40000U D-VHS digital video recorder. Using special D-VHS tapes with a 50 GB of capacity, you can record up to 3.5 hours of high-quality video and Dolby Digital audio. Features include 5.1-channel Digital Dolby audio, FireWire/iLink connectivity, VCR Plus+ instant timer programming, and playback of D-Theater prerecorded movies.

Thanks to its high read/write speed (28.2 Mbps in HS mode), D-VHS produces up to six times better quality than DVDs. And you'll get powerful home theater sound with the 5.1-channel Dolby Digital audio output (and support for 2-channel linear PCM output). With the JVC HMDH40000U, you can record any type of broadcast, including HD, SD (standard definition), and analog. You can also play your old VHS and S-VHS tape library, as well as record analog video signal to those older formats.

The JVC HMDH40000U has two FireWire/iLink ports so that you can connect to a digital set-top box. If you have a digital camcorder, you can download video footage to a D-VHS tape (using the MPEG-2 video standard) via the second FireWire/iLink port. The Video Navigation System feature enables you to store title, date, and storage information on up to 2,000 tapes.

Other features include:

  • Time Base Corrector removes jitter from fluctuating video signals
  • Digital YNR/CNY improves signal-to-noise ratio by 3 dB
  • Record up to 24 events, up to 1 year in advance
  • MTS stereo reception
  • Remote control featuring multibrand compatibility and glow-in-the-dark buttons

Recording modes include:

  • HS (28.2 Mbps; 210 minutes max with DF-420 cassette)
  • STD (14.1 Mbps; 420 minutes max with DF-420 cassette)
  • LS3 (4.7 Mbps; 1,260 minutes max with DF-420 cassette)
  • LS5 (2.8 Mbps; 2,100 minutes max with DF-420 cassette)
  • SP (210 minutes max with S-VHS or VHS cassette)
  • EP (630 minutes max with S-VHS or VHS cassette)

Tech Talk
D-VHS: The D-VHS (or Digital VHS) format offers the highest consumer video resolution for recording and playback. It stores digitally encoded video signals and accompanying multichannel audio from high-definition TV (HDTV) to a tape format. You can record up to 3.5 hours of video at either the 1080i or 720p HDTV formats. For audio, D-VHS encodes Dolby Digital at 576 Kbps (compared to DVD's 384 Kbps and 448 Kbps data rates), which can mean higher sound fidelity due to less compression.

HDTV formats: There are two common video formats for HDTV. The 1080i format displays video at 1080 vertical by 1920 horizontal pixels and it is interlaced (which means that a video screen scans the odd-numbered video lines first, then the even-numbered lines). The 720p format displays video at 720 vertical by 1280 horizontal pixels and it is progressive (which means that all video lines are filled at the same time).

What's in the Box
JVC HMDH40000U D-VHS player/recorder, remote (LP21036-013), two AA batteries, S-Video cable, RCA audio cable, coaxial cable, head cleaning cassette, and instruction manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Record up to four hours of HDTV broadcast to D-VHS cassette
  • Compatible with playback of S-VHS/VHS tapes; FireWire/iLink connectivity for set-top boxes and DV camcorders
  • Video/audio input/output: RF, component video, S-video, RCA jacks, optical
  • 5.1-channel Dolby Digital audio output
  • Measures 17.2 x 3.75 x 12.2 inches (W x H x D)

9. JVC RV-NB1 Kaboom Series Boombox
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B0004LZ1N6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 13016
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

JVC is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of sophisticated audio, video and related software products. Building upon a wealth of technologies the company is moving decisively to offer appropriate solutions for the multimedia age. To remain at the forefront of the audiovisual industry in the 21st century, JVC is marshalling its resources to create the ultimate in appealing, cost-competitive products. ... Read more

Features

  • Twist-lock doors on the CD-player and cassette deck
  • Plays CDs, MP3s, and cassette tapes
  • Features dual subwoofers and speakers for big sound
  • AM/FM radio stores 15 AM and 30 FM preset stations
  • Independent subwoofer volume to control the bass

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars This should be titled preview really
I had the privledge of owning an urban grey RV-B90 manufactured in July 1998.I used to take this boombox to work and it sounded FANTASTIC!Since I have eclectic tastes in music my co-workers suffered but I didn't care because no matter what I played it sounded wonderful.Really, everything from Lamb of God to Miles Davis' A Tribute To Jack Johnson to Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon sounded excellent.All was bliss till 04/19/05 when sadly the CD player stopped reading disks.Since then I've been searching high and low for a replacement and nothing even comes close to the 'boom.NOTHING!In a fit of desperation I've been contemplating building something but sadly my electronics knowledge is lacking.After googling "JVC kaboom" to see if I could buy a used one I saw this intrigueing entry about the RV-NB1 from an official JVC press release.Apparently due to customer inqueries and the high resale value of the discontinued RV-B90 series JVC decided to re-release it as the new RV-NB1!!Hooray!Owing to my experience with the orignal Kaboom I feel there are 3 areas of concern that I hope JVC will address with the follow-up to this re-release.First, an anti-skip cd player.Because the Kaboom was able to play at very high volumes without too much distortion the CD player would skip with high bass output.Secondly, the fragile exposed radio antenna.Admittedly I hardly used the radio but the broken off antenna tip and retaining clip from my old Kaboom did not make me very happy considering the retail price of the unit.Lastly, the metal clips for the shoulder straps were too weak.I carried my Kaboom to and from work and after a couple of years the metal swiveling clips opened up and dumped my Kaboom from my shoulder onto a concrete floor (no doubt contributing to the cd player's demise).I had to go to Home Depot and cobble together a solution.The title of this is preview because I haven't taken delivery of my RV-NB1 yet...it's on it's way from NY after I ordered it from Amazon on April 3.I can't wait!I've given the item 5 stars even tho I haven't actually heard the particular unit because since it's a re-release it should be the same as my old unit.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Box Rocks
If you need big sound and the ability to play MP3 discs, this is the one to get. I work in a factory and it is a noisy environment. There are also other radios and boomboxes to compete with. I wanted a radio that could be heard above the ambient noise and also had the ability to blow away my coworkers' boxes! I have not been disapointed. The JVC RVNB1 gets very loud. At full volume it is painful to the ears if you are closer than about three feet. The subs pump out very powerful and clean base. You can really feel the
puffs of air being ejected from the ports. It surprises people when they walk by and feel the air coming out. The subs have a seperate volume control so the effect can be modulated. As for the overall quality of the sound, i would rate it as very good. I usually listen to rock/pop music at work and this radio excells at this type of music. The powerfull bass really helps. I haven't really listened to classical or jazz so i can't say how they would sound but it should be good.
One of the main reasons that prompted me to buy this product was it's MP3 capability. I did alot of research and there really aren't alot of options for MP3 boomboxes that put out big sound. maybe this will change as more products come out, but for now i think this is your best bet. i made several discs using my PC and they worked perfectly in the JVC unit. it takes about 30 seconds for the unit to read the disc before it plays. It's really nice to be able to have a CD that can play up to 8 hours of music. this is especially helpful in a work place, as the boss may not like his workers fiddling with boomboxes.
Another cool feature of this beast is it's remote control unit. This fits into a handy pouch on the shoulder strap, so as not to get lost. It is a full size remote that can control all functions of the player, including the volume of the subwoofers. I find it very useful at work as i am often restricted in my movements- ie:
working on an assembly line several feet from the radio. the layout of the controls on the remote are very logical and easy to use. the same can be said of the controls on the radio itself.
In summary, this is a great boombox. If you need a big boomer that can play MP3s it may be the only way to go. It is rather spendy at $250 but i found it to be a good value in it's performance and features. It is heavy at 23 lbs. I usually carry it by the handles on the ends rather than the shoulder strap. Either way, it is not easy to haul around. If you are looking for portability this is not a good choice for you. I don't leave my radio at work as i fear it will grow legs. Hauling it in and out from my car each day is a hassle but i put up with it because of the performance of the radio. I really don't want to be without the great sound it provides. This unit looks to be very tough in construction and i am expecting it to last a long time. I have only had it for about 3 months but so far so good. I like the locking mechanisms on the CD and cassette units. Speaking of cassettes, i have never used mine so i can't comment on that. One thing i don't really like, apart from the bulk and weight, is the
overall appearance. It is grey and light grey in color. I find it rather drab. I was actually considering doing a paint job on it to dress it up. Anyway, these are my oppinions and impressions of this fine product. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for big sound and MP3 capability who is willing to put up with it's weight and bulkiness. ... Read more


10. JVC GRD72 MiniDV Digital Camcorder w/16x Optical Zoom
list price: $379.99
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Asin: B0001B7VMS
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 695
Average Customer Review: 3.42 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 16x optical zoom lens (700x digital zoom) and digital image stabilizer
  • Crystal View rotating 2.5-inch High Resolution LCD, to reduce glare and reflections from the LCD screen
  • Built-in auto light using twin LED lights for 1/10th the power consumption and SD/MMC card slot
  • BN-V408U 800 mAh Lithium-ion, high-capacity, rechargeable battery pack; camera has built-in battery charger

Reviews (12)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best camcorder under $600
I spent over 20 hours researching my recent camcorder purchase. The best site was camcorderinfo.com. In fact, they just posted a thorough review of the GRD72 and also have reviews of one model down (D33) and one model up (D93) from this one. Also be sure to check out the competing models' reviews (Sony and Canon).

What I was looking for in a camcorder, was, surprise surprise (!) good video performance in a range of lighting conditions. I had read that low-light performance on ALL so-called consumer camcorders was very poor. The D72 (and D33) have the best low-light performance of ANY camcorder priced $600 or less! That's saying a ton considering these models sell for almost half of that! Seriously, check out the Sony HC20, 30, or 40 and the D72 beats them all! Plus it has decent still image capability, includes LED lights, and has analog-to-digital passthrough. Can't be beaten! What a deal!

Super easy to use and great video - what more could you want? Some of the other reviews on amazon for the D72 seem bizarre and based only on the software that comes with the camera. You likely won't use the software that comes with ANY camcorder you buy. What do you want out of your camcorder? Good video performance, versatiliy, and ease of use are the only criteria that matter! Dig around on the Internet for reviews of other models to convince yourself, but if you take this reviewer's advice alone, you'll save yourself a dozen hours of work! :-)

2-0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment!
Wow, after reading the previous reviews on this camera I thought it must be a pretty good deal. Boy was I wrong! I've had the camera about a week and think I may have made a bad choice in going back to JVC. MiniDV cameras are supposed to be better than Hi8, but I really can't see it with this camera.

Here are my complaints. The video quality leaves much to be desired; it actually looks quite "fuzzy" (even in SP mode) giving the video a look of pixelation or tiling. Digital stills are really lousy, which I expected from a camcorder. The NightAlive feature is useless, unless you have a tripod on which to steady the camera, and even then don't expect to see much. For example, I tried to take some video of my backyard at night, under a full moon and some ambient light and the camera couldn't pick up anything further than 2-3 feet away from the lens. By comparision, one of my relatives has a Digital8 Sony camcorder and the night vision feature on that camera is fantastic and the camera cost him less. As other reviewers have noted, the motor is loud and clearly audible on recordings with little ambient noise. Finally, the included battery lasts about 1.5 hours.

On the good side, the camera is quite small, but that is hardly a selling point for MiniDV cameras are all quite small. Frankly, I see nothing to set this camera apart and think I'm going to exchange it for (hopefully) a better one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very pleased so far!
I've only had this camera for a week now, but I'm very pleased with what I got for the price. I have a degree in cinema & photography, so I like to think I know a few things about cameras.

PROS

Nearly all the controls can be manipulated with one hand, thanks to the scroll wheel. Pushing it in brings up the menu, and scrolling the wheel allows you to select the menus and features you want to change. Another push of the wheel selects the menu item you want to change. This is a great feature that pretty much sold me on the camera, as the Sonys rely on a touch-pad LCD. The trouble with that is you must have the LCD screen out whenever you want to alter a setting, and therefore you have to take the camera away from your eye and use both hands. You also use up your battery twice as fast, and you'll eventually wear out the LCD screen and get it dirty. No thanks, Sony.

It also has a built-in LED light for low-light shooting. This doesn't compare to the infra-red of the Sonys, but then again infra-red gives you a green "night-vision" picture. If low-light shooting is important to you and you don't mind the greenish video, then go with infra-red.

It uses a separate SD memory card for digital stills (card not included).

The viewfinder is color, not b&w like some camcorders.

Analog-to-digital pass-through for converting your old analog tapes (VHS, etc.)

Remote control included! Big plus in my book.

It has a bigger lens than the Sonys (but still not as big as the Canons). This should result in better picture quality; however, it does make the camcorder slightly larger and heavier than the Sonys.

The optical zoom is 16x, versus 10x on the Sonys. (Canon even has a camcorder with 22x zoom.)

JVC bundles MovieWOW software for editing your videos. I haven't used it yet, but it's a freebie so it's worth trying out. You can also download Microsoft's Movie Maker software for free if you don't like MovieWOW.

At less than $400 it's the best value out there. (...) CONS

The viewfinder doesn't tilt up -- strange that JVC wouldn't incorporate this feature, as it would be a big plus. I'm over 6' tall, so when the camcorder is mounted on a 5' tripod I have to stoop to look through the viewfinder. (Yes, I can pop out the LCD screen and angle it up to view the picture instead, but this eats up battery power as I said. I could also get a 6' tripod, I suppose.)

There's no hot shoe on top to mount an external microphone or flood light -- another oversight on JVC's part.

No included SD memory card for digital stills. Oddly, you can only select "tape" or "tape & SD" for capturing stills, so either way it's going to record the still to tape. Why JVC didn't give you the option of writing stills strictly to the SD card is beyond me. No matter -- the stills any camcorder takes are low-resolution, so if you want good digital stills then buy a digital still camera instead.

Image stabilization is disappointing, but that's true with all the camcorders I tried out. It's somewhat helpful, but it's certainly not going to turn your camcorder into a Steadicam. Use a tripod when at high zoom levels, or keep the lens as wide as possible when hand-holding to smooth out your tilts and pans.

Night vision mode slows down the shutter speed, making your video a bit choppy.

OTHER ADVICE

Go to a camera or electronics store and try out the different cameras before making a decision. You might be surprised by the features you hate and the ones you love. This is what steered me away from the Sonys and to this JVC model.

Turn off the digital zoom -- it's worthless (this is true of any camcorder).

Make sure you add on a UV filter, if only to protect the lens. This should be standard issue for all camcorders.

Also consider a polarizing filter for sunny outdoors shooting -- makes a big difference.

A flourescent filter is a good idea if you will be shooting indoors where flourescent light dominates (office or industrial settings, for instance).

If zoom is important to you, consider adding on a 2x or even 3x telephoto multiplier. This will turn your 16x zoom in a 32x zoom, or 48x zoom, respectively. But be warned -- at those zoom levels, you'd better have a rock-solid tripod to keep the picture as steady as possible.

You need a firewire connection to your computer to get the best transfers. If you don't have firewire on your commputer, you'll need to buy an add-in card.

Enjoy!

4-0 out of 5 stars Cheap for the price
Great camera for the price....no problems with the camera so far.... good quality picture

the stills are decent too....with the money i saved, i can get an excellent still camera :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for the money (so far)
I wanted a camcorder that has a large zoom and good low light performance, as I shoot wildlife. So far this camcorder seems to "check most of the boxes." I bought it at Costco for $349. For the money it's 5 stars, but in the larger schema there are a few improvements I might recommend.

Some negatives-
->Nylon strap is narrow, contributing to a little instability in handholding; one has to form a "C" to cup the camcorder like a Big Mac to hold it steady (not a big deal).
->Manual focus is a bit awkward, I still prefer the ring. Man focus is useful while crouched in the bush and you don't want the auto-focus to zero in on the blade of grass 2 feet in front of you, instead of the elk 30 feet away. Simple solution: Set to manual control, focus on distant object and press manual focus button.
->Zoom action lever is small, so one must concentrate to do a smooth zoom. But true of many camcorders.
-> I wish the finder tilted up - it only goes straight back.

Positives-

Software install went off with out issues. I believe some of other folks' issues is due to other issues on their pc's.*

->scenalyzer captured all the video perfectly on the timecode breaks.
->Video quality is quite good, in fact excellent (YES!!) for such a cheap camcorder. Low light performs far better than expected, My old Sony lost all the chroma at low light levels, while the color on this JVC is not vivid, it is far better than most in low light. ...and that's without their niteshot.

Daytime quality is fantastic. I can't believe I am getting this quality for this price, actually.
->The gentleman who mentioned the mic picking up noise from the mechanics, I did not hear this. I hope his replacement unit is ok for him.
-> Macro (extreme closeup) is very good.
-> Has just about all the key features one could want to shoot decent video. Manual exposure controls, Iris lock, White balance (limited, but good enough). Like a good set of golf clubs, the limitation is usually in the operator, not the tool.

Some General TIPS:
->The CCD image sensors in a digicam and a camcorder are completely different, so don't expect ANY camcorder to shoot stills well. Maybe someday, but there's a long way to go.
-> Digital zoom is worthless. Ignore it. Turn it off.
->Tape is cheap, always record at fastest speed (SP)
->Don't expect to get DV out of USB. USB on most all camcorders is simply to dump out "low-res" still and MPEG files from the camcorder. These are really only good enough for streaming to the web, or e-mailing to those on dial-up. To do it right, you need firewire to get DV ot of the camcorder.

Additionally,

Tip: Consider http://www.scenalyzer.com/ for their capture program. It does analog and digital capture very well and is pretty cheap ($40). One thing i love is the stop motion video capability it offers.

*Don't underestimate how important is is to have the latest drivers (esp. video card drivers) on your pc before doing such an intensive task as video editing. As an experienced network manager, much of the PC problems I see are due to an excessive amount of garbage software and outdated drivers (and BIOS) on the typical PC.
For video editing, I have a partition on my PC running Windows 2000 and my video editing (Premiere) and related software ONLY. No games or other crap to gum things up. (That's on a separate install of Windows) You cannot expect to be able to install all that software available out there and still have it work correctly.

Your PC MUST deliver about 3.6Meg of data per second to the CPU to have smooth video. 720x480 DV consumes 13.6Gig PER HOUR of your hard disk. Rendering sucks CPU cycles, unless you have a hardware card to offload this process to. You will also need a fair amount of freespace to render and do other tasks. I believe it a disservice for others to state they had issues w/ this software w/o checking to ensure their own house was in order first.

Summary: Excellent value for the money. Thanks JVC!! ... Read more


11. JVC DR-MX1S DVD Player/Recorder, Hi-Fi VCR, and Hard Disk Recorder
list price: $1,099.99
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Asin: B0002J6H3S
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 3780
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The JVC DR-MX1S is a versatile, all-in-one video recorder for people who work with a variety of recording formats. Equipped with a DVD burner, hi-fi VCR, and 80 GB hard drive, the unit lets users record content to any of the three types, or dub from existing DVDs, videocassettes, or digital files to other formats. The technology is a must for digital video enthusiasts and anyone else who shares video files, as the multiple options meet virtually every recording need. The device also handles playback duties, using its onboard video processor to enhance images for improved resolution.

The versatility of the DR-MX1S extends to other areas, inviting people to choose between DVD-R and DVD-RW discs for recording, or between analog and iLink FireWire inputs for connecting to a DV camcorder, external VCR, computer, or other device. The recorder also offers 24x dubbing for quick copying, along with space for up to 36 hours of TV programming. Additional features include intelligent dual-path encoding, a Super MPEG pre- and postprocessor, an advanced DVD library database, and animated thumbnails. Busy users will appreciate the live memory feature, which lets them play and record footage at the same time.

What's in the Box
DVD recorder/VCR/hard disk recorder, remote control, two batteries, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • All-in-one DVD player/recorder, hi-fi VCR, and hard disk recorder
  • 80 GB hard drive; high-speed 24x dubbing
  • Compatible with DVD, DVD-R, and DVD-RW formats
  • Analog and iLink FireWire A/V inputs for component connection
  • Record up to 35 hours of TV programming; Super MPEG post-processor

12. Panasonic TC-32LX20 32" WideScreen Flat Panel HDTV-Ready LCD TV
list price: $3,499.99
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Asin: B0001YYNLC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 10449
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Beautify your television along with your home with the Panasonic TC-32LX20 32-inch flat-panel LCD TV. Its supersleek styling, attractive silver finish, and small footprint will give you more room in your living room and on your TV screen. It is ready to be wall mounted, or can be placed on any countertop with its pedestal stand. It is HDTV-ready, so when connected to an HDTV receiver, it will produce sharper, wider, lifelike pictures and digital sound. The widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, 500:1 contrast ratio, and super-high 1280 x 768 resolution give this TV all the elements to make it perfect for a home theater system.

Features include closed captioning, multilingual menus in English, French, and Spanish, parental controls (with the built-in V-chip), and a sleep timer. The TC-32LX20 gives you true surround sound and there are four built-in speakers for 40 watts total power.

There are several front A/V inputs, including S-video and composite video, making it easy to connect the TC-32LX20 to digital devices like video game consoles and digital cameras. Rear inputs include two component video inputs, one more each of S-video and composite video inputs, RF in, audio line in, and an audio line output. It also features an HDMI interface, which enables a high-end digital connection between A/V devices. You can use it to connect to devices like DVD players, receivers, and HDTV set-top boxes for exceptional image quality and clear, lifelike audio.

What's in the Box
Widescreen flat-panel LCD TV, remote control, user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • 32-inch HDTV-ready widescreen flat-panel LCD TV; measures 39.4 x 22.0 x 5.4 inches (W x H x D)
  • 16:9 aspect ratio, 1280 x 768 resolution, and 500:1 contrast ratio
  • Wide, 170-degree view angles, Active Light Control, and built-in SD memory card slot
  • Connections include composite, component, S-video, RF, and stereo audio inputs
  • MTS stereo and surround sound and 4 built-in 10-watts-per-channel speakers

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars TC32LX20 Review
Our 52" projection TV was dying so we initially replaced it with a 22" Panasonic LCD. It was waaaay too small compared to what we were used to, the picture was fine though. So we decided to return the 22" and go for the 32" TC32LX20. This thing is BEAUTIFUL! The picture quality is fantastic and it has a wide viewing angle, much better than our old projection screen. The TV itself is pleasant to look at even when it's off. :) The only reason I gave it 4 stars is due to the high price. Compared to other LCDs though I think, it's 'reasonable'. A projection LCD would be a good alternative if you want a big screen for much less though they're still not as slim as an LCD or a plasma screen.

Pros:
-Excellent video quality, vibrant colors and wide viewing angle
-Slim for a screen this size, pedestal has a small footprint
-LCDs supposedly have a 15 year lifespan and don't have the same issues plasma and projection TVs have

Cons:
-Very pricey for a TV but worth it if you have the budget for it
-A protection plan is gonna make it even more expensive
-Menus and documenation not as slick as Sony ... Read more


13. JVC RX318BK Stereo Receiver
list price: $149.99
our price: $129.99
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Asin: B00022676C
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 1130
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JVC's RX-318BK AM/FM receiver is designed to be the backbone of your home component stereo system. With five audio inputs you can connect a turntable, CD player, one or two tape decks, and an additional tuner. Discrete stereo outputs push 110 watts of power to two separate channels. Connections are available for two pairs of speakers allowing you to create four-speaker surround. There's also a motor-driven volume control and the ability to control tape dubbing directly from the receiver.

JVC's Compu Link provides simple one touch operation between your JVC audio components. With Compu Link you can pop a CD into your CD player and it will automatically power up your receiver turn it to the proper input. A multi-brand A/V remote control lets you control cable set top boxes, VCRs, TVs, DVDs, and satellite dishes.

The digital AM/FM tuner allows for up to 40 presets so you can quickly find your favorite stations. And for those times when you can't use your speakers or just want a little privacy, there's a headphone jack available on the front panel.

What's in the Box
AM/FM stereo receiver, RM-SR318U wireless remote control, 2 AA batteries, AM Loop antenna, FM wire antenna, instructions, important product safety instruction, product safety registration card

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Features

  • 110 watts per channel x 2 (into 8 ohms, 40 Hz to 20 kHz, with less than 0.9 percent THD)
  • 5 audio inputs for phono, tape 1, tape 2, CD, and tuner; tape-to-tape dubbing; and random preset memory for 40 AM/FM stations with automemory
  • Also offers two sets of main speaker outputs and virtual surround sound
  • Versatile remote control operates all connected components as well as motor-driven volume
  • Loudness switch and separate bass and treble tone controls

14. JVC XL-FZ258BK 5-CD Changer
list price: $180.00
our price: $119.99
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Asin: B00001OPJZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 6366
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Although it's a budget model, the JVC XL-FZ258BK five-disc carousel player still satisfies many requirements for ergonomic operation and quality sound reproduction. JVC equips the XL-FZ258BK with play exchange, which lets you change any four discs while one is playing. An optical digital output lets you record direct to CD-R or minidisc for pure digital copies and also facilitates integration with a surround receiver and home theater.

JVC has long been recognized for its dedication to high sound quality. Accordingly, this player offers JVC's exclusive P.E.M. D.D. (Pulse Edge Modulation Differential-Linearity-Errorless) digital-to-analog (D/A) converter, touted by many as one of the most accurate and "musical" one-bit D/As available. The converter is designed to render all the delicacy and subtlety of recorded music, and an 8x oversampling digital filter lends a helping hand.

Conveniences include continuous play and smart random play, five individual disc-select keys on the front panel, and a remote control with 10-key pad for direct disc and track access. The XL-FZ258BK also offers a 20-track program chart, resume functionality (letting you pick up where you left off before you turned off the player), program play (up to 32 tracks and/or discs), and four-way repeat (which lets you repeat all tracks, a single track, programmed tracks, and random-play options).

JVC has thoughtfully provided an independent volume control for the player's headphone jack, and the unit comes with a disc-stabilizing clamper to reduce potentially sound-degrading internal vibrations.

JVC's enhanced Compu Link control system uses intuitive technology to foster communication between various JVC components. This unit comes with a one-year warranty on parts and a 90-day warranty on labor. ... Read more

Features

  • 5-disc capacity
  • Play exchange (change any 4 discs while 1 is playing)
  • Optical digital-audio output
  • Headphone jack with volume control
  • Continuous play and smart random play

Reviews (12)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Well, I personally didn't buy this product off of Amazon.com, but I do own it, so its all good. I was really surprised at the quality of the sound from this product. It's an excellent buy. For the price, I really don't think that you can get a better deal. One of the things I like best is the ease of use, espically w/ the Compulink system. If you have a JVC amp w/ a remote you can control the CD player too. Also, if you buy this, use the digital out feature. The sound quality is much better than from the RCA jacks.

4-0 out of 5 stars nice ergonomics, nice price
If you want a high quality, easy to use 5-CD changer, you can't go wrong here. Front panel is comprehensive yet easy to use. An excellent choice if you want to upgrade from a single CD player (put in 5 CDs and press "random" and you will be all set). If you're building a DVD library as well and have some extra money to spend, consider investing in Onkyo's 5 DVD/CD changer. Otherwise get this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value
After purchasing the FZ158BK 5 cd changer and returning it because it didn't come with a remote control, I decided to try the next model up. The FZ258BK is very easy to use and the sound is very clean and tight. I have purchased other JVC brand audio/video equipment and this item was definitely worth the money. It is an excellent addition to our component system and would highly recommend it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not usual JVC quality
I bought this JVC because of the compulink system and previous reliability of JVC products. Initially, it functioned very well, but then it would never "power-up". I remved the cover to find CDs had become dislodged from the circular container. On removing these, the machine worked again, - for about a week. Again, the same problem. As the machine is never knocked (it is in an audio furniture display) I have no idea how the CDs repeatedly become dislodged. The last episode was the worst as a CD has become so dislodged it is not possible to retrieve it. The machine will not now work at all, and the cost of repair is not worth it so I will have to buy another machine, but one without this complicated circular storage system which evidently has some errors in the design.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product
This is easily the best small disc changer for the money. JVC's products always give the most features for the least amount of money and it shows with this player. I have had absolutly no problems other than possibly enjoying this player too much. Go out and get this player! ... Read more


15. JVC DR-MV1SL Combination DVD recorder + HiFi VCR
list price: $499.95
our price: $449.99
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Asin: B0002325XK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 2543
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Amazon.com Product Description

Merging operationally independent DVD and VHS videocassette recorders/players in one space-saving component, JVC's DR-MV1S is a must for 21st-century media mavens. You get hassle-free, 1-touch dubbing from VHS to DVD or from DVD to VHS tape (where Macrovision copy protection allows) and the ability to record to DVD while playing a VHS tape--or to record to VHS while playing a DVD. With its 2 NTSC tuners, you can even record 2 different programs simultaneously: one to DVD and the other to VHS.For the first time, progressive-scan video outputs extend to both DVD and VHS playback via JVC's VHS Progressive technology, which upconverts VHS material to 480p resolution. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD or VHS picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

With its front-panel inputs and multiformat recording and playback, the DR-MV1S is perfect for archiving home videos. For DVD recording, the unit can record to DVD-RAM, DVD-R, or to video-mode DVD-RW, letting you pick the format that's best-suited to a given application. As a player, it handles everything from VHS and multiple DVD formats (including DVD+R/+RW) to VCD/SVCD to recordable CDs filled with MP3 music files and JPEG digital images. And, to simplify advance recordings, the unit comes with VCR Plus+ and a 1-month, 8-event scheduler.

DVD-R is like a higher-capacity CD-R--and almost as widely playable. DVD-RW is rewriteable up to 1,000 times, and--like DVD-R--offers the widest compatibility among existing DVD players and computer drives. Rewriteable discs are superb for time shifting your TV viewing, since you can use the same disc week in and week out. DVD-RAM (DVD random-access memory) is a rewriteable format that uses magneto-optical (MO) technology to offer superb access times, making it great for on-disc non-linear editing. The DR-MV1S lets you fast-forward, rewind, and play a DVD-RAM disc even as you're still recording a program in progress.

Blank DVD media comes in 2 capacities: single-sided, 4.7 GB (holding about 17 times as much as a CD and around 2 hours of high-quality audio and video) and double-sided, 9.4 GB.

The DR-MV1S offers several technical features to boost image quality, including JVC's Super MPEG encode pre-processor, a 3-step process that takes place before MPEG-2 encoding of a given input signal. A time-base corrector eliminates jitter, a frame synchronizer provides frame normalization, and motion-active noise reduction provides a clearer image than do conventional frame-noise reduction techniques (such as 3D noise reduction).

Super MPEG Post-Processor enhances playback image quality through block noise-reduction circuitry. Color DigiPure provides 3D noise reduction along with color and detail enhancement, and Hadamard noise reduction eliminates so-called mosquito noise.

Conveniences include live memory, which allows fast forwarding, rewinding, and slow replay even during recording (DVD-RAM only), and DVD Navigation, which stores information for around 1,300 recorded programs. Navigation data includes disc number, title, and other details. Load a disc, and DVD Navigation will display a thumbnail of recorded programs to help you easily identify content. The thumbnail image can be animated with sound when selected with the cursor.

Other DVD features include quick skip for skipping 30 seconds forward, instant/one-touch replay that replays the last 7 seconds of a given program, natural reverse playback, and a multi-brand remote control.

Connections include an IEEE to i.LINK (DV) input for direct digital connection with a compatible camcorder; front and rear S-Video and composite-video inputs with accompanying stereo analog audio inputs; video outputs for component-video, S-Video, and composite-video; and one each optical and coaxial digital-audio outputs for Dolby Digital/DTS 5.1-channel passthrough to a multichannel audio/video receiver and speaker system. ... Read more

Features

  • records to DVD-RAM, and DVD-R & DVD-RW
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-RAM, DVD-R & DVD-RW, and Video CD
  • plays CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3-encoded CD-R & CD-RW
  • plays digital photo CDs (JPEG)
  • 54MHz/10-bit video D/A converter

16. JVC HMDH5U Digital VHS High-Definition Recorder
list price: $799.99
our price: $599.99
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Asin: B0002J6LA2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 11592
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Amazon.com Product Description

JVC supplies consumers with the best possible format for high-resolution recording with this digital VHS recorder. The device connects to the latest HDTV and hi-res projector systems through its High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) or component output, letting users archive everything from HD content (1080i and 720p) to standard digital broadcasts to analog programming. Fortunately for viewers with big videotape collections, the recorder is also compatible with the traditional VHS format, so you can still watch old videotapes and movies, along with the more modern D-Theater format. Recording lengths depend on the cassette type and the content source, with top-end D-VHS cassettes offering up to 3.5 hours of HD recording and up to 35 hours of analog recording. Other compatible cassettes include S-VHS (doesn't record HD content), S-VHS ET, Hi-Fi VHS (for multichannel analog sources), and traditional VHS. The recorder even offers MPEG-2 CODEC encoding, which enables viewers to make digital recordings of analog NTSC programming or analog cassettes (a technology aided by the Frame Synchronizer).

Viewers who can't wait to get started will be pleased with the plug-and-play setup, which automatically tunes the channels and clock. Programming is simple, too, with an express option and a one-year, 24-event timer. Each cassette notes the recording date of the program, in addition to creating tape numbers and categories for easier cataloguing. Befitting a high-quality video recorder, the unit also broadcasts high-quality audio soundtracks through its 5.1 Dolby Digital/DTS output (optical), or, alternately, using the MTS decoder.

The rear of the recorder includes a number of inputs and outputs for connection to TVs, stereos, and digital boxes. In addition to the HDMI connector, the unit boasts two iLink terminals for digital-to-digital connections (such as for digital camcorders), a component video output, two S-video outputs and one input, two AV outputs and two inputs, and an optical digital output for audio. The system's multi-brand remote control (with glowing keys) controls the VCR, TV, and cable box.

What's in the Box
D-VHS recorder, remote control, two batteries, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Digital VHS recorder archives high-definition, standard, and analog sources
  • Connects to HD tuner (1080i and 720p) through HDMI connector or component output
  • Records up to 3.5 hours of HD content and 35 hours of analog content on single cassette
  • 2 iLink terminals, component output, 2 S-video outputs and 1 input, and 2 AV inputs and 2 outputs
  • 5.1 Dolby Digital/DTS optical output for multichannel soundtracks; MTS stereo

17. JVC RXF10S A/V Receiver
list price: $329.99
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Asin: B000222YSM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 12040
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The JVC RX-F10 Audio/Video Control Receiver offers a lot of power in a small, sleek package. For starters the unit supplies 100 watts per channel to six channels for a complete 6.1-channel home-theater system. At less than three inches high, it still has room a complete combination of inputs and outputs including analog and digital audio, component, composite, and S-Video.

The dot-matrix fluorescent display gives you immediate access to everything. Its DSP (digital signal processing) equalizer simulates different environments to make audio a more life-like listening experience. DTS and Dolby Digital EX and Pro Logic II make your DVDs and music even more realistic and surround you in sound.

The digital AM/FM tuner allows for up to 15 AM and 30 FM presets so you can quickly find your favorite stations. And for those times when you can't use your surround speakers or just want a little privacy, there's a headphone jack available on the front panel.

What's in the Box
6.1 A/V receiver, wireless remote control, instructions

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Features

  • 100 watts per channel x 2 (into 8 ohms, 40 Hz to 20 kHz, with less than 0.8 percent THD); 100 watts per channel x 6 (into 8 ohms, 40 Hz to 1kHz, with less than 0.8 percent THD)
  • 6.1-channel surround sound with Dolby Digital and DTS decoders and Dolby Pro Logic support
  • Tuner with 15 AM and 30 FM station memory, high-performance Motorola 160-MIPS 24/48-bit DSP, DSP digital equalizer, and Smart Surround Setup 2.0
  • Versatile A/V remote control for operation of other brands' cable set-top boxes, VCRs, TVs, DVDs, and satellite dishes
  • Subwoofer preout, bass booster, and front headphone output

18. JVC GRDF550U 1.33 Megapixel Digital Video Camcorder with 15x Optical Zoom / 700x Digital Zoom
list price: $599.95
our price: $499.95
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Asin: B0007QS6M6
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 2081
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

THe GRDF-550 model offers a Live Slow feature that makes it possible to record slow motion images and play them back with real-time sound. Footage shot at normal speed can be played back in slow motion with real-time sound. Live Slow is available in all of JVC newcamcorders with the exception of the Compact Series GR-D250 and Ultra-Compact Series GR-DF430.The Ultra-Compact Series' Low Light Plus uses an F1.2 Aspherical Super Bright lens, which offers 2.3 times the brightness of an F1.8 lens and 1.8 times the brightness of an F1.6 lens.That performance is enhanced by 3D noise reduction that delivers a 2dB improvement in the signal-to-noise ratio and reduces video noise by approximately 30 percent.Flicker is eliminated and color reproduction is improved. At the top of the series is the GR-DF550, which uses Megabrid technology assuring high sensitivity and a high signal-to-noise ratio for video and clear, high resolution progressive still images.All new JVC Mini DV camcorders feature the one-touch convenience of the new Data Battery function that displays battery power and calculates remaining recording time with the power on or off.A Clear-View LCD monitor suppresses diffusion of internal light to deliver a brighter, clearer image, and reduces reflection and glare from external light so images are always clearly visible even when shooting outdoors in bright sunlight.All JVC Mini DV camcorders feature a Super High-Band ... Read more

Features

  • Live Slow feature records in slow-motion mode and plays back with real-time sound
  • Megabrid engine assures optimum quality for both video and still images
  • Super High-Band processor records at 520 lines horizontal resolution
  • 30-percent less noise with 3D noise reduction technology
  • New F1.2 super bright lens with 15x powerful optical zoom

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Single CCD
In response to Mehul Bavishi, this is not a 3CCD camcorder.According to their literature, it is a single 1/4.5" CCD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best priced 3 CCD camera in the market !!!
I had one of earlier 1 CCD JVC camcorder GRDX25 which I purchased about 1 and half years back from europe. This one is far superior to that with a very good night alive shooting mode and a flash light is added bonus. 3 CCD camera at such low price is really unbelievable.

I am not a professional but love to shoot while I go around places and this one is by far the most wonderful camcorder I have seen.

The 1.3 Megapixel camera is a real good bonus.

I would recommend the camcorder to anyone who wants to capture the memories of their dear ones but does not want to spend too much.
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19. JVC XVN412S Progressive-Scan DVD Player (Silver)
list price: $169.00
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Asin: B0001EZN2K
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 2538
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Features

  • DVD player with slim 44 mm tall profile and stylish design
  • Compatible with DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, VCD, SVCD, CD-R/RW, and MP3 formats
  • Direct digital progressive scan and JPEG digital still playback
  • High-resolution graphical user interface and 3D phonic simulated surround sound
  • 1-year warranty on parts, 90 days on labor

20. JVC HRS5902U 4-Head Hi-Fi VCR (Black)
list price: $229.99
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Asin: B00008VEK9
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 5169
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The high-resolution S-VHS HR-S5902U comes loaded with everything from sophisticated features like insert editing and audio dubbing to conveniences like SVHS ET (Expansion Technology, which lets you record broad-bandwidth Super VHS signals on affordable standard-VHS tapes) and Child Lock (which keeps out "unauthorized" viewers from specific channels and time slots).

The HR-S5902U's hi-fi, four-head design combines great sound, high quality, and great effects, including variable slow motion, frame advance, and variable-speed search. The recorder comes with gold-plated front audio/video jacks enabling easy access for connecting camcorders, video games, or an extra VCR. One-year, eight-event express programming and a full-function remote simplify scheduling and operation.

Perfect for compiling the best segments of your home videos, the deck's insert editing feature uses a flying erase head to ensure seamless edits and smooth, invisible transitions from one scene to the next. You can even perform audio dubbing--adding a soundtrack after you've edited your video together. Other features include Active Video Calibration (which automatically judges head condition and tape quality to maximize the potential of the tape being used) and VCR Plus+ with cable-box control (which lets you program on the fly by entering the PlusCode numbers found in most TV listings--and the supplied "cable eye" controller will automatically switch channels on your cable box for you).

Picture Control lets you change the VCR's four picture-technology settings: "Auto/Normal" enables the Active Video Calibration System; "Soft" reduces image coarseness when viewing overplayed tapes; "Edit" minimizes degradation during editing (recording and playback); and "Sharp" provides a clearer, sharper-edged pictures. JVC A/V Compu Link components like the HR-S5902U--when used in concert--will "power up" and switch to the correct input anytime you play a DVD, videotape, CD, cassette, or even when you simply want to watch television. When you are done, the whole system can also be powered down with a single touch. ... Read more

Features

  • S-VHS and VHS recording and playback; Super VHS ET Recording gives you S-VHS quality with standard VHS tapes
  • Gold-plated front AV inputs accommodate a camcorder or gaming console
  • 1-year, 8-event express programming; VCR Plus+ with cable-box control
  • Includes full-function multibrand TV/cable/DBS-compatible remote control with glowing keys
  • Active Video Calibration automatically judges head condition and tape quality to maximize recording potential

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Another rebuttal (This is fun!)
Okay! I admit I was a bit condescending on my previous comment, but it's only because the review I was critiquing was illogical and the rating unfair. I'll be good this time and try to be less of a smart aleck.

The original review to which I posted a rebuttal was flawed. He bought an excellent, high-end VCR for the wrong reasons. Then he complained when it did not perform better than technologically-possible in his system and gave it a one-star rating. He has now compounded the error in his logic by trying to throw PRICE into the equation. Did I realize that this machine costs 3 times as much as the cost of a standard VCR? Yep, I just purchased an el-cheapo machine for about fifty bucks two weeks ago. But I didn't need the capabilities of this sweet device.

First, a quick technology overview: There are a number of factors that make up how clear and detailed a video image is going to look, but resolution appears to have the most effect so I'll concentrate on that.

The US television standard is called NTSC. NTSC stands for National Television System Committee, or as those of us in the industry call it: Never Twice the Same Color. (NTSC stinks, but this is not the place for that discussion.) Of the 525 NTSC scan lines, only 485 lines are used in the image.

Standard VHS VCRs can record and display only about 220 lines of resolution - less than half what your TV is capable of displaying. Your standard TV broadcast (either off the air or cable) will get up to 330 lines on a good day. A DVD player can output 540 lines.

The S-VHS VCRs can record and playback about 400 lines of resolution, or nearly twice what a standard VHS machine can display. But there is problem: it can only display as much data as was originally recorded. If you're playing back an old VHS recording with 220 lines of resolution, that's all you're going to see. If one records programs off the air ON THIS MACHINE, they will look a bit better when played back on this machine -- as good as your TV broadcast signal happens to be that day (up to 330 lines) -- but still not as good as a DVD.

So why would someone pay the big bucks and buy an S-VHS VCR? Because if you have an S-VHS camcorder, this puppy is going to SHINE. You can record and playback the full 400 lines of resolution - even on a standard NTSC TV set. Also, the S-VHS technology allows for much better tape dubbing. Ever try to copy a standard VHS tape? The result appears to have about 100 lines of resolution and the colors bloom so badly it is unbearable to watch. S-VHS machines do not have this problem. Plus, this particular machine has a flying-erase head, which allows you to make beautiful edits. You can take the six hours of video recorded at your family reunion and produce a one-hour tape of the highlights with seamless edits, then add your own narration with the audio over-dubbing capability of the JVC. After that, you can make near-perfect copies to give to all your family members. You CANNOT do that with a standard el-cheapo VHS VCR. No way! No how!

So... If I owned an S-VHS camcorder, would I be willing to pay 3-times as much for this lovely VCR? You betcha!!!

To give my own analogy, the previous writer said that there is no reason to buy a Porsche Carrera because it rides just as poorly as his Chevy pickup truck down the rut-filled dirt road he lives on yet costs three times as much as the Chevy and isn't as fast as a Lear Jet. Substitute the JVC S-VHS VCR for the Porsche Carrera, a standard VCR for the Chevy pickup truck, an old VHS tape recorded off the air for the rut-filled dirt road, and a DVD player for the Lear Jet and you'll see my point. He's comparing apples-to-oranges-to-pears.

And why, you ask, would I waste my time responding to this these ill-conceived reviews? (It's quite obvious from the feedback so far that most people found my critiques much more "helpful" than his criticisms.) It's because I use the reviews and ratings here quite often to determine which item I am going to purchase. If I can help him (or others who read this) to THINK about what they write (state how well the item really operates, etc.) and then give fair reviews, we all profit and this customer review system becomes more valuable.

Thanks for reading this far.

1-0 out of 5 stars Re: "What a maroon!"
If you're going to post a review advocating a product that costs 3 times the normal cost of a vcr, then you must be super stu..., I mean a super genius.

If a porduct boost super picture, but does not really have that great of a picture, then does it make any sense to buy it when there are cheaper and BETTER vcrs? DUH. I guess some amazon review writers are just brain dead (less).

5-0 out of 5 stars Rebuttal to a Previous Review
I just had to write this. An earlier review of this VCR gave it one star because the picture wasn't as good as one would get with a DVD.

Well, DUH!!! It doesn't matter what kind of plug is in the back of the machine - composite out, S-Video, or component out - VHS is still VHS. It will never match the resolution of DVDs. And that goes for ALL VCRs. Betas are a bit better than VHS, but even they can't match the resolution of DVDs. There are professional video tape machines that come close, but no consumer video cassette machine has that much resolution. Never has; never will.

Therefore, it is not fair to give this product one star just because you do not understand the technology. This appears to be a fine machine otherwise.

As Bugs Bunny once said, "What a maroon!"

1-0 out of 5 stars A total waste of money for standard TVs
My 32 inch TV is not High Definition, but it does have a s-video plug. I always get very excellent resolution when I use the s-video plug to watched DVD disks.

So since I did not want to abandon my old VHS tapes, I thought that it would be a good idea to get a VCR with a s-video plug. This JVC has that plug, but it does not match DVD quality. The picture quality is not up to par with a DVD disk!!!!!!

A VHS cassette has a limited resolution output. So its a waste of effort to try to get an expensive Super VCR.

To make an analogy, its like purchasing a very expensive stereo system and using that expensive stereo system to play old cassette tapes. You would get much better quality sound from an audio disk, rather that an old cassette tape.

My recommendation is that you purchase a DVD player rather than this JVC vcr.

I returned mine a week after purchasing. I prefer my DVD player a lot more that that JVC vcr.

My only other recommendation is that you get a regular vcr with the 3 composite plugs (yellow, red, white). The yellow composite plug is good for any type of television.

5-0 out of 5 stars corrections to my previous review "A must-have with HDTV.."
I've learned a few more things since I wrote my last review. The following are corrections to my previous review:
1) Memory backup - Apparently there is some sort of memory backup, even though the manual clearly states there isn't. Quite by accident I unplugged the VCR and then plugged it back in. I was sure I'd have to re-program the timer to record my favorite programs, but I was pleasantly surprised - the VCR remembered all my previous programs! In experimenting further, I disconnected power for almost 5 minutes and the programs still remained in memory afterwards! I didn't test further than that.
2) Auto clock - I figured out why the auto clock won't work for cable. When the unit is without power for a while (I think the manual says 10 minutes), it defaults all the settings. The default settings for the tuner preset is 'air' not 'cable'. That's why they advise cable users to set the clock manually. However, the first thing you should do after a long power failure is to set the tuner to 'cable' and have it scan all channels. You should now be able to power off the VCR and auto clock should work (for me it took about 30 mins though, but it got it eventually!).

So this is good news. If there's a power failure for a short time (say 5 mins), the auto clock should eventually set the clock and your programs set for timer recordings should still be there!

I think the JVC now deserves a 4.5 star rating and so I'm giving this review a 5 (my other was a 4). ... Read more


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