Well my USA JVC VCR arrived today. Its in very good condition cosmetically. It looks like new. Where the heck did all these come from!!! The seller even included the remote control because he thought I was really happy to buy this VCR. Even my own 10 year old JVC has its tape slot flap covered in scratches from many tapes being inserted. I popped the top and the biggest capacitor on the board up from the AC lead connection is rated at 200v so I guess that confirms this does not have a 110-240v power supply. Next to the fuse on the PCB is written 1.25a 250v. I checked my older JVC that is worldwide 100-240v 50/60hz and that had a 400v capacitor. I did notice that there is little grease on any of the moving parts but my other made in Indonesia JVC I have had since new does. There is wear marks from where you can see the mechanisms sliding so it has been used a bit but its obviously been looked after and had little use. I cant test this out yet as I have not ordered my transformer yet but so far so good I think.
I do have one little concern though. On the left side of the VCR (looking at it from front on) on the side of the tape transport mechanism, there is a fine spring that has a long straight end and that goes down to the main coil part. In my photo you can see how the spring looks squashed or clamped in part of the metal frame part. Is this correct? It looks a bit odd to me. Does this spring attach like this on other owners JVC's or has mine become dislodged? See the photos below.
I also hope i will be able to use/set this up with nothing connected to the tuner too. Did not think of that till now. I think my Panasonic EZ48 is not usable unless you have the RF cable connected and set up the tunning. I am not 100% sure on that but i am sure one time i went to use it, it would not let me unless i 'connected a service' But if people in USA are using EH69 and 59's then i think this VCR should still work with nothing connected to the tuner. I really only need it to play NTSC tapes and maybe one day if i having nothing to do, make a NTSC tape from an AV input.
The entire case of this JVC is plastic and a bit ‘cheap’ and it’s made in China. I also had a AU model JVC 5600 arrive today aswell!. It also looks brand new and I am told its had little to no use at all and can almost be considered new. Used for 3 or 4 tapes they said. The 5600 is a 1999/2000 model I think as it has a sticker saying year 2000 compliant which I think was to do with that whole millennium bug thing. It is also made in japan which I really like. It is about the size of Panasonic EZ48 but I was surprised that it still does not weigh as much as the EZ48 which is a heavy unit. Almost all of the case is metal and appears as if it’s a totally different class of player to the NTSC 5902. There is not much special to this player, no TBC, no DNR, no dynamic drum, It’s a S-VHS-ET and has s-video out and is a bit of a multisystem VCR which most AU models were anyway, but it still does not play SECAM. I got to find a SECAM VCR sometime. They seem hard to get. I just wanted a good made in Japan S-VHS deck so that’s why I got this.
edit – I Just looked inside my JVC-S5600 and it indeed looks brand new. On the sliding tracks I can see white grease and no grey/black rubbing marks on the metal from general use and dirt mixing with the grease to turn it grey. I think I scored well with this one.I also powered it up and basic functions work ok well on it. This seems like a good JVC.