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Sony SLV-N900 4-Head Hi-Fi VCR, Black

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  • Four-head VCR with hi-fi VHS audio playback
  • Commercial skip; one-month/eight-event recording timer
  • VCR Plus+ programming and built-in cable box/DIRECTV receiver control
  • Composite-video (RCA jack) and coaxial input/output; Control S input
  • Measures 16.9 x 3.8 x 11.5 inches (W x H x D)
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Product Description

Product Description

The new SLV-N900 Hi-Fi VHS Video Cassette Recorder is a Energy Star Compliant VCR packed with features that make recording simple. Utilize features like the Quickset Timer Dial which allows for VCR programming without turning on the TV, a Built-in Cable Box/Direct TV Satellite Receiver Control, a Jog Shuttle on the Unit, VCR Plus+® Programming, and ChildLoc® Circuitry. Also discover the benefits of Instant Replay, a 1-Month /8 Event Recording Timer, Flash Rewind, and Commercial Skip. 19 Micron Heads for Superior EP Recording Quality, a Digital Auto Tracking System, VHS Hi-Fi Stereo - MTS Stereo TV Reception, and a Cinema Illumination Multi-Brand TV Remote Control are also included. Maximize your recording results with the SLV-N900.


Affordable yet packed with features, the Sony SLV-N900 VCR produces excellent picture quality and is quick and easy to program. It features four heads for optimized playback and recording, hi-fi VHS audio playback, and cable box/DirecTV receiver control.

Recording TV programs is easy with the VCR Plus+C system. Just look up the "PlusCode" number assigned to a program (published in the TV section of most newspapers and cable TV listings) and enter the number into the VCR--the date, time, and channel are automatically set. You can also manually record programs--up to eight at any one time. The QuickSet Timer Dial lets you quickly program a recording when time is of the essence, even without turning on your TV. The Commercial Skip feature--a 30-second skip search--makes it easy to jump through recorded ads, while the unit's jog/shuttle control allows for precise, frame-accurate rewinding and fast-forwarding.

If you have a video camcorder, it's easy to connect it to the line-in jacks at the front of the SLV-N900. The back of the VCR features line-in and line-out connections for RCA-style jacks and coaxial cable. It also has a Control S input, which enables direct IR control of VCR unit when a Control S-equipped Sony TV or receiver is used.

The included Cinema Illumination remote control can control both Sony and non-Sony TVs, as well as cable boxes and digital satellite receivers equipped with an infrared remote control. It has glowing keys that are easily viewed in low-light settings.

Other features include:

  • Available play modes (speeds): SP/LP/EP
  • 19 micron heads ensure higher-quality recording in EP mode
  • 17-inch width
  • Flash Rewind feature rewinds a T-120 cassette in about 60 seconds
  • Energy Star compliant
  • Index scan and play: The VCR automatically marks the tape with an index signal at the point where each recording begins. Access can use these signals as a reference to find a specific recording.
  • Instant replay: The tape can be immediately rewound and playback started on the scene. During playback, the replay button is pressed and the tape is rewound 10 seconds on the counter for each press of the button.

Tech Talk

  • Four-head VCR: A VCR requires two video heads to record a picture. With four heads, a VCR can perform special effects like slow motion and freeze frame, and it is optimized for recording and playback in both the SP (2-hour) and SLP (6-hour) modes. You'll also get a better picture from rental videos with a four-head VCR.
  • Hi-fi VHS: The standard VHX format with Dolby Surround Pro-Logic encoded in the stereo audio channels, which produces near-CD-quality sound. You'll need an A/V receiver with Dolby Surround Pro-Logic decoding to take full advantage of this feature.

What's in the Box
Sony SLV-N900 VCR (black), remote control, 2 AA batteries, 75-ohm coaxial cable with F-type connectors, and operating instructions.

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameSony
Item Weight10 pounds
Product Dimensions20.3 x 13 x 6.5 inches
Item model numberSLV-N900
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Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #108,790 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight9 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Shipping Advisory:This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Date First AvailableApril 27, 2004
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CONSUMER ALERT: This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009 to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the U.S.'s transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322), or visit the commission’s digital-television Web site at: www.dtv.gov.

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: SLV-N900
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Video Head Quantity: 4
  • Video Tape Playback Speed: EP, LP, SP
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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Sony's VCRs have consistently rated low in Consumer Reports, etc.
Bob A.
If you are looking for a high quality VCR and are willing to spend a little money, buy the SLV-N900.
M. Fitz
If the power goes off for even a second you will lose the time and output channel.
L. Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By gobirds2 on May 22, 2003
I still make it a point to check out VCRs and the like whenever I get a chance to get to the store. I love to comparison shop this stuff. The quality and dependability of SONY's VCRs over the past few years were in a sad state of decline. SONY made some very good VCRs in the past. SONY's SLV-N900 4-Head HiFi VHS VCR demonstrates a genuine effort to return to the type of quality product they were once known for. This unit makes very good recordings. Pre-recorded tapes look excellent as well. What really impressed me was the playback image of EP recordings. I observed that black & white movies recorded in EP look better than those recorded in SP, which is a little hard to explain, but friends and members of my family agreed. However, I have found this true of all the recent SONY VCRs that I have seen on the market since 2002. This unit also has an incredibly fast rewind. I also found the Quasi S-VHS playback to be very indispensable. If you have a collection of S-VHS recordings this unit plays them back with very good results. Unfortunately, I could not find many of these units on the shelf anymore. They were out there and then they just vanished. This VCR really impressed me.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 2, 2004
This is about as good of a VHS VCR you will find. If you want better quality and more features, look SVHS. But if you want a solid, old school VHS player/recorder, this is an excellent choice. The jog-dial recording system is a BREEZE: your 80 year old grandmother could program this VCR. Its also got excellent picture quality on both commercial recordings and my old personal recordings, and content recorded on the SLV-N900 is also very good for VHS. I love the commercial advance feature, which I relied upon until I got Tivo, and also the high-speed rewind and fast forward features. But hey, its a VCR. Not exactly cutting edge tech, now is it. If you must get one, I recommend this one. Sony seems to be one of the only companies that still delivers a quality VHS VCR, despite their early fumbles with rival Betamax!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bob A. on November 22, 2005
I bought one. I've owned dozens of pieces of audio/video equipment during my lifetime. Never have I experienced anything this bad. The "auto azimuth adjust" didn't work half the time and required ejection/reinsertion to bypass it and adjust manually. The front panel controls (stop, eject, ff, play, etc) didn't work at all. I sent it back to Sony (at a cost to me of nearly $30) for "repair." They sent it back to me two weeks later, claiming it was repaired. I discovered that it still malfunctioned as described above. They wouldn't refund me, even though the unit was still within the 90 day warranty. The best they could offer was an exchange on a "refurbished" unit (i.e. someone else's old headache).

This thing wasn't worth any additional hassles, expenses or time on my part, so I just threw it in the trash and ordered a JVC for $40 less.

Save yourself the headache and the money and buy something else (JVC, Panasonic, etc). Sony's VCRs have consistently rated low in Consumer Reports, etc. It was my mistake for not paying more attention to that information.

This is REAL JUNK, folks. It even LOOKS like junk (cheap casing, chintzy cable connectors, etc).
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By L. Smith on November 8, 2004
It states here that this VCR has a 1-minute power back up. This is not the case at all. If the power goes off for even a second you will lose the time and output channel. If you can't get the time on your cable system this makes this unit worthless if you have it set to tape shows you are missing.

I got one unit, called Sony about this problem and after 2 hours on the phone, they told me it was defective and that they would take it back. Amazon took it back for me and sent me another unit. I got it only two days later and when I set it up and tested it, it had the very same problem. I called Sony, had to ask for a supervisor and was transfered 4 times until I finally got someone that said they would 'research the problem and get back to me.' Three days later they called back to let me know that this was how the unit was designed. No one that I talked to at Sony had any idea what I was talking about and even blamed this problem on me.

Amazon was very good about this. They do have it listed with a feature it does not have but they were very quick to send out another unit at no cost to me and pay for me to ship the first one back. It is actually a nice unit with a good picture and several nice features. If your power never goes off, this would be a good VCR. I am still considering returning my second VCR to find one that actually has the features that I am looking for. Amazon needs to change the feature list of this item.

I lost four hours of my life on this that I will never get back. Sony's customer service is one of the worst I have talked to in years.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tom Schaffter on December 14, 2003
When my six and a half year old JVC gave out, after working perfectly for all those years, I started shopping for a new VCR. After comparison shopping I decided on the Sony SLVN900.
After 96 days of only occasional use it stopped working-would not play or record and ate two brand new tapes. Finding no solutions on the Sony web site I called Sony. Their idea to reset the unit did not work so I called back and they agreed to do an exchange, for a refurbished unit, for $30. I now have $150 plus tax invested in a refurbished unit. Hopefully, this refurbished VCR is in like new condition inside but who knows. I have only had this second unit four days so the verdict is still out.
The auto clock and channel preset did not work on the first one and does not work on the second one. With the fast rewind it is nearly impossible to stop the tape where I want it. Usually several tries are needed.
On the remote the number keys only work when setting the timer. Otherwise, you have to scroll through all the channels. These keys only work with a Sony TV, not with any other brand. Keys on the remote are bit small and harder to use than other brands.
Sony reps on the phone were great to deal with. But, with this experience I will not buy another Sony product.
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