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Sony SLV-N88 4-Head Hi-Fi Stereo VCR

by Sony
3.4 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • 4-head hi-fi VCR with plug-and-play setup
  • Commercial skip, 60-second flash rewind, and multilingual onscreen menu
  • Digital autotracking adjustment; 8-event/1-month programming timer
  • Front and rear composite inputs, 1 set of composite outputs, and coaxial connector
  • Hi-fi stereo recording and MTS stereo broadcast reception
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model Number: SLVN88
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Video Tape Recording Speed: SP

Product Description

Product Description

If you're looking for a 4-head, hi-fi VCR to match the style and performance of your Wega« TV, you've found the perfect match. Convenient features like VCR Plus+« programming, AutoClock Set, and Instant Replay make this a great companion for any TV. Commercial Skip fast-forwards through 30 seconds of pre-recorded commercials so you get back to you shows quicker. ChildLoc« circuitry puts you in control over your child's viewing habits.

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Housed in a silver chassis that complements Sony's Wega line of TVs and components, the SLV-N88 four-head VCR is a favorite among people who enjoy a little style with their substance. The unit's four dual azimuth recording heads deliver a superior picture in both SP and the slower EP mode--the latter nearly matching the former in clarity. In addition, the device employs hi-fi stereo recording and MTS stereo TV reception, allowing the user to enjoy optimal audio for both recording and playback. Other features include commercial skip, which automatically advances the tape 30 seconds at the touch of a button; flash rewind, which completely rewinds a T-120 tape in a mere 60 seconds; and an eight-event/one month programmable timer.

Users will appreciate the plug-and-play setup, which lets people use the VCR right out of the box (the channels tune and the clock sets automatically). The multilingual onscreen display also enhances the user experience, as does the index scan, which helps locate a specific program on the tape without fuss. Rather than manual tracking, the SLV-N88 offers sophisticated digital tracking that automatically smoothes playback. The VCR also includes auto head cleaning, a parental lock feature, and front AV inputs for connecting to a camcorder or game system. In addition, the SLV-N88 is Energy Star compliant.

What's in the Box
VCR, coaxial cable, remote control, two AA batteries, user's manual.


Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Sony
Item Weight 7.8 pounds
Product Dimensions 20.3 x 14.5 x 6.3 inches
Origin Made in USA or Imported
Item model number SLVN88

Technical Specification

Additional Information

ASIN B0000631YK
Customer Reviews
3.4 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #34,229 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#24 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > VCRs
Shipping Weight 7.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available January 15, 2003

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First of all. Reading all the previous reviews about the clock being 21 sec in a week late and others gets me thinking. Personally , don't care about seconds per week ratio.
Next- playability of some tapes. I used to own a video store so I still have lots of tapes left: old, used, retaped. Everything works. But one thing is for sure. I paid $89 for this VCR and I know what to expect. I also have Mitsubishi top of the line , bought 4 years ago for almost $360. And tell you the truth, you cant expect your Mercedes 290 to perform like Mercedes 500. The same with this VCR - it gets the job done. It even played the tape that I couldn't play on my Mitsu(the screen was blue, because this Mitsu it very sensitive to some kind of tape imperfection). So it's well worth the money and don't wory that it doesn't have S-VHS. All the tapes hollywood still makes is VHS , because it's standard. and there will not be otherwise.
So if the price is right for you , just get it.
I'd give it 5 stars but it's just not a five star product.
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i have used a vcr just like this one for about a year with no problems it is a good machine for the price. i have read other reviews saying it cant play certian tapes i have never had that problem. i really had questions about what they were talking about. the only thing i can figure is maybe they got ahold of a defective machine.
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I bought this unit because the reviews I'd seen online suggested it had the best picture out there. The picture is good enough (though I haven't yet tried to play older LP tapes), but I'm not sure it's worth buying. The only feature (not counting head quality and the like) that it has over my 10-year-old Hitachi is VCR Plus+, which requires a lot of setup to remap the stations to local cable services. Compared to the old Hitachi, the features are generally harder to use and the menus are just as clunky. Unlike the Hitachi, this unit cannot be set to display the current time if a tape is loaded, and its timer display options are surprisingly sparse.
Worst of all is the internal clock. The time must be accurate for any programmed recording to work correctly, whether that be a VCR Plus+ recording or a manually-entered one. In theory, this unit automatically checks its time against a broadcast time signal whenever it is turned off. However, despite numerous attempts to use the auto-time setup, it never did find a time signal on my cable service. It may be that there is none, despite the two good PBS stations in my area; setting the clock manually is not all that difficult. However, the clock *loses time*. In my latest check, it lost 21secs over 7 days. This is not a great amount of time at once, but over the course of a full season it will play havoc with program recording.
The customer service people were very friendly, but since I am able to read the simplistic manual, they were useless, as their "technical support" seems to consist of people reading the manual to callers and trying to find five different ways of telling the caller to try the same thing.
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I have bought much audio, video, and other gear over the years. I run a recording studio, and I edit video for a living. This VCR is in my living room, though... this is NOT part of a studio, just home use.

This VCR is a piece of junk when it comes to playing VHS tapes. Tapes are hit and miss. I just recently purchased a brand new tape which won't play properly at all, manually adjusting the tracking doesn't work either. BRAND NEW tape.

I thought it was the heads, I thought it was defective tapes, until one by one tapes wouldn't work, or maybe they'd work for a little while and then stop tracking properly.

The worst part is it took me until the unit was out of warranty to realize it was the VCR and not the tapes, due to the fact that it's rarely used in this era of DVDs.

I have been a user of Sony gear for a long time, both their professional gear and their consumer gear... and honestly, if they care so little about their customers to release a product THIS bad I'm going to think twice next time. It doesn't matter that it's a cheap VCR, it STILL should play prerecorded tapes. There is NO excuse.

At the very least, DO NOT buy this VCR. I understand some people don't have problems, and I respect that, but there are enough negative reviews here to give you pause. BUY another brand.
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I bought this VCR at Circuit City and returned it two days later. The unit is really beautiful out of the box and looked good next to DVD recorder/player. I purchased the Sony VCR to transfer tapes to DVD discs. Trouble is, with its "19-micron" head, the Sony unit cannot play a lot of tapes, even prerecorded ones. The manual says that it cannot play some LP tapes recorded on VCRs of other manufacturers, but I had trouble finding any tape of mine that it would play. Even manual tracking could not fix the problem. I took it back to Circuit City.
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The unit is a little over one year old. Realistically used about three dozen times in that span because it is in our den and we have other units in other rooms we typically watch TV in. At about nine months old the video playback became awful: it was very "scratchy" and the audio disappeared. I thought it must have been my kids' Disney tapes or perhaps just needed a head cleaning. Tried new tapes and cleaning the heads with a dry cassette that also demagnetizes. It didn't cure the problem and I wrote it off to the fact that the head cleaner was several years old. Unfortunately, I didn't purchase a new head cleaner until after the warranty expired and met with the same results. Called Sony, explained the pre-warranty expiration problem and was told I could get a refurbished unit for a flat rate; about $89 (for a freakin' unit that costs about $100 new!). Unbelievable! I pressed the tech to speak with his supervisor to overlook the expiration in light of my house being filled with Sony products and my long history of purchasing only Sony. I was told they would review my claim. Still waiting three weeks later I called to follow up and was told they do not have any record of my complaint. What a joke for this company. They again said a senior customer advisor would review my claim and get back to me. Still waiting and they won't answer my e-mails. {Gave up on the phone - totally useless service.) Well, Consumer Reports rates Toshiba highly. Bought a DVD/TV combo that works great. We'll see in a year.
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