Panasonic Omnivision 4 Head Hi-Fi Stereo VCR, VCR/Plus Silver, in perfect working condition.
The Panasonic PV-9661 hi-fi stereo VHS player shines with simplicity. Easy advance program recording and auto clock-setting features are among the welcome extras for entry-level home video enthusiasts. But make no mistake--this VCR is not just for newcomers. It also offers plenty of essential home-video features at a moderate price.
As soon as we took this player out of the box and plugged it in, we realized that it was a winner. The unit was easy to program, as it includes the popular VCR Plus service. To use VCR Plus, consult your local TV Guide or newspaper for PlusCode numbers. Just enter the number corresponding to a program that you wish to record, and the VCR automatically sets itself up to tape that show. The feature works with broadcast, cable, and digital satellite programming.
Setting the clock was also a snap. The unit contains an auto clock-set feature that automatically sets the current time and date. In the event of a power failure, the player will remember the correct time and date for 24 hours through a backup memory feature.
The remote control, which is compatible with multiple home-theater components, contains easy-to-read buttons with a key that lights up when you use it. The unit itself is sized to fit comfortably with most home-theater component systems.
Among this VCR's advanced features are a useful index search function and time-stamp recognition. The index search allows for quick access of your favorite scenes by placing a signal on the videotape control track at the beginning of each program. The signal serves as an index that marks each 10 seconds of tape. Similarly, the time-stamp feature enables you to recognize the programs that you have recorded by automatically tagging the beginning of each new recording and displaying on-screen the starting date and time, ending time, and channel of the program being recorded.
- Good picture and sound quality
- Easy to program through VCR Plus and auto clock-set features
- Index search and time-stamp features help you find your favorite scenes quickly
- Lacks Movie Advance and virtual surround-sound feature of higher-end Panasonic models