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Sony SLV-N71 4-Head Hi-Fi VCR

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  • 4-head, hi-fi VCR with Commercial Pass and 1-month, 8-event programming
  • VCR Plus+ lets you set the VCR to record programs based on common PlusCode numbers found in TV listings
  • 19-micron heads ensure clear quality in EP (extended-play) recordings
  • Front AV inputs facilitate hookup of a camcorder, game console, or second VCR
  • ChildLoc circuitry locks the VCR after the timer has been set to preserve advance-program settings
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  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model Number: SLVN71
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

Product Description

Product Description

Sony SLV-N71 Hi-Fi Stereo VCR, 19 Micron Head/Auto Clock Set/Auto Head Cleaner in perfect working condition with a working Sony TV/VCR Remote Control.


Don't miss a minute of your favorite shows or tapes. Sony's SLV-N71 is packed with convenience features designed to simplify recording and viewing, from one-month, eight-event advance programming to Commercial Pass. Your camcorder or gaming console plugs right into the SLV-N71's front panel for hassle-free connections.

This model's four-head design ensures smooth slow-motion play (forward and reverse) and clear still-frame images, and with hi-fi sound the unit records and plays back stereo audio tracks. If you route the stereo output to an AV receiver, you can even enjoy four-channel (left, center, right, and monaural surround) Dolby Pro Logic mixes from TV and Dolby-encoded cassettes. The SLV-N71's dual-azimuth construction uses two pairs of recording heads rather than one, each optimized for a specific mode (one for SP recording, the other for EP), while 19-micron heads deliver the clearest possible picture when recording or viewing in EP (extended-play) mode.

For setup, a single button calls up an onscreen menu to guide you through VCR setup, including parameters for features like menu language select, satellite receiver or cable-box control setup, and auto tuner presets. The VCR automatically marks the tape with an index signal at the point where each recording begins so you can easily scan back to the start of a recording using these signals as a reference.

The VCR's advanced Quick-set timer dial makes it easy to program the timer up to one month in advance. Press the dial once to activate the timer, then turn the knob to set it. You can adjust start and stop times in one minute increments. VCR Plus+ further simplifies programming, as it lets you set the VCR to record programs based on common PlusCode numbers found in the TV listings of over 600 newspapers and TV Guide--no more worrying about start and end times for your most frequently recorded shows.

Commercial Pass makes it easier than ever to zip past commercials and unwanted "coming attractions." Press the button once to go into high-speed picture search; press it again and the VCR stops, rewinds a few seconds so you won't miss any of your movie, then plays. Adaptive Picture Control (APC) tests each tape and adjusts recording parameters for the best performance and adjusts playback for an ideal balance between picture sharpness and low video noise.

ChildLoc circuitry keeps small hands from going where only tapes belong. With the handy one-hour timer back-up, the VCR saves timer data for up to one hour in the event of a power loss. The unit comes with a multi-brand TV/VCR remote control.

What's in the Box
VCR, remote control, batteries, an audio/video interconnect (coaxial video cable with F-type connector), user's manual, warranty information.

Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Sony
Item Weight 10.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 20.1 x 14.5 x 6.5 inches
Item model number SLVN71
Specification Met certified frustration-free

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Additional Information

ASIN B00005I9R5
Customer Reviews
3.5 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #11 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > VCRs
Shipping Weight 10.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First Available September 4, 1999

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By Philipp Kessler on September 6, 2001
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I'm not an electronics fan, but when my old Magnavox VCR continued to mess up the tapes, I decided to replace it with a more reliable brand. A DVD just doesn't yet replace a VCR in all its functions.
I bought this Sony for it's reputation and I can honestly say: It is well deserved!
The picture quality is great but what is really fantastic, is the fact that it is so easy to operate. If you are like me and you hate reading complicated manuals just to set the VCR you will love this one. The controls are simple and anyone can understand them within minutes. Pre-setting the VCR to start recording has never been easier. One of the niftiest features is that the VCR will set it's own clock by the signal it receives through the cable. Living in an area that endures frequent power outages this is one important feature.
At this price level one can't beat the value.
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I've had this one for almost a year now. One of the few VCRs on the market that has full metal top/side cover, along with full 17" component width. The construction feels substancial and solid. The coaxial cable supplied is thick and of high quality. It supports XDS(Extended Data Service) that not only displays TV station call letters, but also program names in most cases. Too bad our local PBS station doesn't supply XDS clock signal that I can't get the auto clock setting to work.
I can't tell how much the Adaptive Picture Control(APC) helps but video quality is about the best I've seen. Good stereo reception, much better than the Panasonic 4611 I've also owned. Doesn't rewind tape as fast as the lower model N51, but I use a tape rewinder anyway. I found the "Remaining time on tape" display extremely useful, saves me doing math with the tape counter. The auto head cleaner is a good thing as I regularly borrow tapes from public library. Also this model has battery backup built-in so moving the VCR from one room to another won't give me the headache of re-programming everything all over again.
Misses are few. Like other reviewers pointed out, the Clock display is replaced with Tape Counter on the front panel whenever a tape is in. To see the clock you have to enter the menu system as if you were to change the time setting, or just turn the machine off. Like most of today's VCR, it doesn't support LP recording. And when playing LP speed tapes, auto tracking can never find the best setting. The Stereo and SAP indicators, when receiving stereo broadcast or playing a hi-fi tape, are only shown on the front panel.
The newer 2002 model, SLV-N77, removed APC, the front QuickSet Timer Dial, and VCR Plus from the feature list. The front panel display also changed to a simpler and more generic version. I never used the VCR Plus nor that gimmicky dial, anyway.
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When my 3 year-old Sharp VCR ate my brand new movie, I let the poor thing sit for two weeks trying to figure out which VCR to buy. I probably just should've replaced it with a DVD, but I have too many tapes to go without. Nevertheless, I broke down and went to the local electronics store and picked up this VCR. Figuring it was a Sony utilizing state-of-the-art technology, I found myself somewhat disappointed. It's fairly low tech. Then again, I suppose VCR's are these days. While the picture quality and sound is good, the unit features were lacking compared to my old VCR. It has only one fast forward speed, and its "commercial pass" feature requires the user to manually stop the tape. Those are really the only major complaints I can lodge against the product, but when there's not much to talk about, it makes a difference.
On the basis of picture and sound quality, this product deserves a favorable rating. Perhaps its biggest sin is not being the VCR that I was used to.
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My 7 year old Hitachi finally died, so I read a few web pages and decided on this Sony. There are several features I really like about it: the remote works with my ancient non-Sony TV, the programming is easy (I don't use VCR-Plus+, I do it manually), and there's a little knob on the front of the VCR that allows me to program it without turning the TV on. As you push and turn the knob, the clock display turns into a programming display. It's a quick and easy way to do some last-minute programming as you head out the door. Or can't find the remote... I don't like the fact that you can't see the time of day when the VCR is turned on/playing/recording. Incredibly annyoing, since I use the VCR to turn channels and as such it's always on when I'm watching TV. The tuner is much stronger too, I'm picking up channels from where I used to live, a 2+ hours drive away--barely, but they're there. Another new feature to me was the display of the program's name as I turn the channel, and this is on broadcast TV, not cable. I'm not giving this a 5 star rating because of the clock issue, and because it doesn't have the 4-hour EP setting, and because you can not program it to record something more than a month away. Of course you can record M-F, one day a week, etc., but the first recording of that program can not start more than one month ahead of the current date. With my old VCR, I could enter any MM/DD/YYYY as the start date. The picture quality is much better than what I was used to, even though the Hitachi was repaired just 2 years ago, and the rewind/fast-forward are both faster as well. I'd buy it again, certainly, but only after I bought a small clock to put next to it so I could tell what time it is when I am watching a tape.
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