Even in the world of HD and Blu-Ray, there are a significant number of people who still love their VHS tapes. A lot of aficionados of this pristine format are proud owners of large VHS movie libraries and home video tapes that they maintain and watch regularly. Collectors often go out of their way to procure movies and historic recordings to add to their collection. Then there are others who are looking for ways to convert their old VHS library to modern formats.
But be they home videos or movies, the VHS era had its standards around the world, much like the region codes today. While NTSC was used in North America, Japan, and some other countries, PAL was the popular standard in the rest of the world. A third standard called SECAM was used in France, Eastern Europe and Russia. Just like region free DVD players, Multi-System VCRs can playback multiple standards. Most multi-system VCRs can play NTSC and PAL and are quite reasonably priced. However, VCRs that can play SECAM tapes cost much more.
These multi-system VCRs usually come with inbuilt converters so that you can use any PAL or NTSC TV, but in some cases, you may need to use an external signal converter. Most modern televisions are multi-system too and can handle the signal from any VCR. If in doubt, always check the manual or contact the manufacturer.
The multi-system VCR has various impressive features, which is why many consider it a must-have for their man cave or entertainment dens.
• Compatible with Multiple VHS standards: Multi-system VCRs compatible with all types of video standards present around the world. They can playback NTSC, SECAM and PAL VHS tapes. So, no matter which part of the world the tape is from, you will be able to watch it without any problems.
• Dual Voltage Source: Multi-system VCRs usually support 110 volt and 220 volt outlets. Most have a small switch in the back that you can flip or some even detect and change it automatically.
• Better Picture Quality: One of the greatest advantages of an analog signal is that they are independent of resolution. This means that even your old VHS movies will look good on a modern TV. Modern devices can also process the signal and converted to a DVD or a Blu-Ray.
There are very few manufacturers that still produce VCRs. But just like vinyl turntables, the few that are produced offer excellent quality and value for money. You may be able to find an excellent deal on used models too. Don’t let you old home videos and VHS movies fade away into memories. With a multi-system VCR, they can come back to life.
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Peter Perira is the managing director of SamStores, which is one the largest distributors for household Electronic Goods, we Guarantee the infrastructure to offer you nothing but the best in the quality of products and after sales service.