Insults to other members, veiled or overt, do not further anyones point. We all have subjective opinions based on personal experience: averaging those reported experiences to arrive at reasonable expectations is what a forum is all about. Some hardware and software is almost universally praised for quality and reliability, because vast majority personal experiences have been positive. Others can be sharply divisive, because personal experience is not as consistent across the population. Neither is "right" or "wrong" - it is your personal experience, period, and reporting it here has value as part of an ongoing data spectrum. Bullying negativity or bullying boosterism, with no allowance for nuance, accomplishes nothing.
Super Eye has been using fairly recent midrange JVC SVHS models he picked up a few years ago at giveaway prices from an overstock dealer. This model series (HR-S59xx) is widely considered the most reliable vcr JVC ever sold. So if you own one, odds are good you will enjoy them long-term without incident.
Those who have bought, owned and used JVCs from the purported "golden age" of the 1980s will report more mixed experience. Some have never had an issue, while others such as gerrytwo and myself had no end of grief, JVC vcr after JVC vcr (the worst being the models that came with 'skinny-button" remotes, like the HR-S8000U). Obviously if you've suffered greatly thru several defective JVCs (and lost your hard-earned money buying them new back in the day at $400-$700 a pop), you will have misgivings about recommending them now as ancient players for a digitizing project.
Lets address a common "insult" - why did we keep buying JVC vcrs over and over when each time the result was disaster? Answer: because in the1980s, there was often no other option on the table. Year after year, JVC was the only brand with the crucial flying erase head feature available in at least two models at different price points. If you were the type who needed to do a lot of editing, flying erase was essential, so you put up with potential JVC pitfalls. Also, at the time, JVC was the only brand that included ALL of the enhancement features of the now-forgotten "VHS HQ" spec. It made a big difference in standard VHS recording quality, esp dubbing, so again if you wanted it: you rolled the dice with JVC. Maybe you got lucky, maybe you didn't, but even if you didn't, the more obsessive among us felt the few good months we got out of a JVC justified the aggravation and expense when it croaked. After a couple honest repairmen admitted the funky defects could never be completely dialed out after onset, I took to just dumping them when they broke and putting the repair money into the next new JVC.
As to why we continue to post this experience today: well, newbies are still seeking out these ancient VCRs based on reputation of their TBC/DNR feature (hoping it will give them an advantage in digitizing their VHS). A newcomer who casually skims ten year old VCR>DVD threads may not realize: that vaunted TBC/DNR feature did not exist in a vacuum- it came attached to prima-dona, one-off, flakey, top-of-the-line VCRs that were often the most problematic of any particular brand. The midrange and low-end models were mass produced with consistent simplified parts, the high end were all over the place with inconsistent QC. An issue, BTW, not limited to JVC: Panasonic, Toshiba, Hitachi and Mitsubishi all had their struggles with high-strung top-line VCRs (don't even ask about Sony SVHS- yikes). The old high-end JVC SVHS and similar Panasonic AG1980 are aging out, many you see trading hands today have been used to death by five owners before you who had their own dubbing projects. The eBay feeding frenzy for these models from 2002-2008 had to be seen to be believed.
The available supply of fully-operational top-line JVC and Panasonic VCRs with TBC/DNR has dwindled to almost nothing, which means potential purchasers really do need to consider both positive and negative feedback from owners. These are very old units which were not designed to last decades, at least not without proper servicing and replacement parts, which are incredibly scarce now. So don't overpay for an old VCR, just because it has a great PQ rep in old threads: chances are are the seller has beaten it to death and it will need repairs you may not be able to source or afford. If you MUST have the TBC/DNR feature, look for the much newer and more reliable JVC and Mitsubishi "DVHS" models instead of the older SVHS. The DVHS units are not discussed much because they were not well marketed or publicized: they have roughly the same playback quality as older SVHS models with more reliable mechanics / electronics. They cost about the same or perhaps slightly more as "legendary" SVHS vcrs, but with much better odds of getting a good functional low-miles sample.
In regards to this PARTICULAR thread by Tasuke (and his other one about the Mitsubishi HS-U80): they could be (and were) easily misunderstood as displaying recent purchases off eBay with a request for comment on their usefulness for making DVD dubs. That is why some of us posted our mixed experience with a suggestion to do the work as soon as possible in case of eventual breakdown. It was only after multiple responses that Tasuke clarified these threads are simply "VCR porn" showing off miraculously mint-in-box ancient VCRs he purchased years ago, and just now decided to post on AVS for our entertainment.
Nothing at all wrong with that, and the photos are sensational. But future threads of this nature should make clear the intent is display only, not a request for owner experiences in a digitizing task. May you have many more years good luck with your prizes, Tasuke!