As this VCR takes the signal from the VHS tape and digitally manipulates it
to whatever the output signal is designated as, there are several effects that
can be toggled on or off, including a "strobe effect", picture sharpness,
variable playback speeds, an Art effect (alters picture contrast), automatic
tracking, and the good old VCR+ system.
We tested the picture quality of the SV7000W by playing
back two VHS tapes encoded with different broadcast standards onto an NTSC
television. One tape was encoded to NTSC specifications, and the other to PAL.
Since the images were digitally transferred from the source VHS tape we noticed
no changes in picture quality on our television.
The images of both the PAL and NTSC tapes came through
very clearly on our NTSC television so the effect of going between the two
encoding standards was seamless.
The SV7000W is a high-end VCR capable of playing any VHS
tape anywhere in the world on any broadcast system. The versatility of this
devices is quite astounding when one considers how the analog VHS tape is
digitally manipulated into the various standards.
The unit is designed to be operated primarily from the
remote control, and the absence of great many buttons on the front bezel
reinforce this. The flip of cover is used to conceal all traces of buttons and
the fake walnut sides give it a classy look. Considering the retail price hovers
around $900CDN we would really expect no less.
On one last final note, the fast forward and rewind
operations of this VCR are incredibly fast. During our tests, we were able to
rewind/fast forward a 160min tape in about 2 minutes time. Rewinding can often
generate a lot of noise from the VCR, but we found the SV7000W to be quite quiet
during this operation. Additionally, the VCR throttles back the speed at which
the tape is being rewound to prevent any accidental tape breakage by an abrupt
The market for a VCR capable of playing tapes from
anywhere in the world, to any type of broadcast system in the world is obviously
a very specialized area. For the large set of features in the SV7000W you can
expect to pay a pretty penny. But when all is said and done, the appearance and
feature-set are there to support the multi-encoding compatibility. The SV7000W
is a very innovative product and one which we are awarding the PCstats Editors
Choice Award for its' sheer versatility.