Soon i will have that 50 plasma but no tuner .I have a 3 year old panny vcrI could use as tuner but are their better vcr tuners?Perhaps an s-video vcr so I can use an s-cable as a connection to plasma.Any ideas?
Analog VHF/UHF as you get OTA or cable is composite video, so a VCR with S-Video will get you nothing (unless you are watching S-VHS tapes).
IMHO, a lot of analog tuners look very similar to each other since composite video is comparitively crappy to start with. That being said, some VCR's have a feature called ghost reduction, which can be a big help. My JVC VCR's tuner uses ATSC A49 if the station is broadcasting with it.
Needless to say, your best tuner would be a high definition digital one if you are fortunate enough to live in an area with lots of HD content OTA.
You might consider the TVP-1000 card, if you are going with the 503cmx, as it has a built-in NTSC tuner with PiP, and a very good scaler/de-interlacer. You also get the benifit of having the output of the tuner going straight into the video section of the card/panel.
I bought a JVC 5900 SVHS deck. The s-video is worse than the composite feed to the plasma. The reason is most likely that the panel (42" Panny) has better Y/C separation performance than the VCR. But even still, I bought it under the presumption that with a more expensive unit will come a better tuner... And I've been happy with it for the most part.
Since then I have upgraded to an HS2 HDD and DVD recorder which I run component into the TV. FWIW, the performance of the tuner in this machine (worth about $800 or so) is not *much* better than the JVC tuner. There's only so much a tuner can do for analog cable I guess.
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