From Nintendo’s Family Computer to film cameras to multisystem VCRs, vintage appliances are making a huge comeback nowadays. Some people even argue that they never really left. Whatever you believe, one thing is for sure—with a multisystem VCR, you can dust off your old tapes, watch them all over again, and feel the nostalgia coming like a warm blanket in a chilly morning. If you don’t know whether to buy a brand new Blu-ray/DVD player or a multisystem VCR, then go for the VCR so you can enjoy these features and benefits:
• Endless Options
Without a doubt, VCRs have been in existence longer than DVDs—which makes for more options. While most of today’s movies and shows are recorded and sold on DVD or CD, the finest classic films are on tape. Not only that—your old family videos and tapes can also be played in a VCR.
• Great Video Playback
Here’s a little known fact: When DVDs were released in the market, manufacturers made them seem superior to VHS tapes when in fact, VHS tapes have better quality in terms of both picture and sound. In a study done in Brown University, a number of students were both shown the same movies in both DVD and VHS format and were not told which is which. While most students said that there was no difference between the two, 19% of the class thought that the VHS format had better quality.
• Hi-Fi Sound System
Another huge myth is that DVDs provide better sound quality, but VCR players and VHS tapes make use of the original Dolby Surround Sound rather than the latest Dolby Digital 5.1 (which is compressed digitally and not analog). Analog recording has a more authentic sound than that of an mp3, which is digitally processed.
Multisystem VCRs have in and out audio and video connections which make it possible for you to record your favorite shows while watching something else. You can also plug in gaming consoles.