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Where to buy new D-VHS stock?

post #1 of 7
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So, I'm trying to find the best source for D-VHS stock in the 300 and 420 varieties. From what I've seen, the best prices are in bundles of 10 from some vendors on Ebay, but if anyone else has some good retail sources you'd care to share, I'm all ears (eyes).

Also, I'd love to hear whether there is any qualitative difference between brands of D-VHS stock. I have JVC and Panasonic tapes (10-12, mixed lot) and haven't noticed any difference. Is there? Is Maxell pretty good?
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I've purchased DF-300's from http://www.taperesources.com/ on two occasions and have been happy with the price and promptness of shipping. They don't carry DF-420's though. I haven't purchased any DF-420's as the jump in price is just a bit too steep for me...
post #3 of 7
Have you tried using S-VHS tapes? I've been using them in my Mits 2000U and they work just fine - don't even have to drill the extra hole in the shell. Can't see any difference between those and the D-VHS tapes that came with the machine.
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I've looked at the threads describing use of S-VHS, and it seemed to me to be a bit more involved (the drilling, etc.) and potentially unreliable than I feel comfortable with. You say you've had good luck w/ your Mits deck, but I've got a JVC and, I'm not sure, but it might be a bit finicky in regards to stock.

My main recording usage is dumping HD MPEG-2 .TS files from a computer to D-VHS, and with all the other variables at play that could inhibit perfect layoffs, I just don't know if I want to introduce 'doctored' stock. I have to record at high quality as it stands, to record the bitrate of the incoming streams (1080i/720p), and I'd think the deck would require D-VHS tape to its full spec too. Maybe I'm being foolish, but I'm thinking I'll stick w/ the bona fide D-VHS stock for now.

It does remind me of my long-bygone days w/ a hole puncher turning single-sided Verbatim floppies into double-sided and saving loads of cash on overpriced disks, though. Ah, the 80s.

--BTW, thanks Kirk for that seller recommend. I checked them out and they do seem to have good prices. Might just give them a whirl. Have you had good luck w/ the Maxell tapes?
post #5 of 7
related question: How many times can you re-record over a D-VHS tape before there starts to be a degradation in quality?
post #6 of 7
Where does one get new D-VHS stock today? I see used stock on Ebay, but I'd like to see if there is any new stock left out there. I don't want to pay $20 a tape though.
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Originally Posted by braxus View Post

Where does one get new D-VHS stock today? I see used stock on Ebay, but I'd like to see if there is any new stock left out there. I don't want to pay $20 a tape though.

Ebay, Amazon.

Digital Tapes are getting kinda hard to find.

Amazon.jp may have more choices?
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