Originally Posted by Apples555
I've heard of some VCRs not being sensitive to the Macrovision (at least in pass-through mode) but am not sure of which ones.
Very few overall that weren't old BetaMaxes. MacroVision was extremely effective with just about all VHS decks: I'm astounded to hear SuperEye say his lower-end JVCs are immune, thats very interesting and the first I've heard of any JVC resisting MV. I've also never heard the rumor you picked up about the Panasonic PV-4962: that must have been a fluke. The problem with looking for such a VCR is they're needle in a haystack, and variations in production runs mean even if you bought that PV-4962 or SuperEye's exact JVC models, your particular
sample of it may not be MV resistant.
I could always get a modulator, but I think a VCR would be easier and simpler.
Not really, you have it backwards: the modulator is much easier and completely avoids the MV issue. Its tiny, uses little power, and can be bought brand new. For 23 years, I owned a Proton CRT tv/monitor whose line input PQ I never liked: it was much lighter than the RF input. Most of those years I used one of my several VCRs as RF modulator, but this becomes really difficult when patching MV-protected tapes or DVDs thru it. I finally gave up and bought a $20 modulator, and it made my life so much easier I kicked myself every day for not buying one sooner.
If you don't want to follow Super Eye's tip to get another cheap used TV, get the modulator. Its the easiest, most guaranteed way to go. (And if you're pulling our leg, and this is really about wanting to make VHS copies of protected content: forget it. "MV-free" vcr ain't gonna cut it, even if you found one. You'll need a $100 filter box to do that reliably).