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What is a good VCR DVD combo unit? I know a lot of them don't exactly have the best reputation but still. Thanks!

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Probably not much help because it's an Australian model, but a relative got good service from an LG V782W until the VCR part finally died and it was given to me. A bit of plastic that forms a guide for the mechanism broke off. I haven't come up with a convincing approach to fixing this yet, but I haven't put much time into it because I already have a few spares.

I'm currently using a stand-alone Sharp VC-A740, which I think is great. I sometimes wonder if a manual tracking control would be helpful to make it through some badly worn ex-rental tapes though.

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Cool. I've also heard that Panasonic and JVC usually make good ones, or did, but am not entirely sure.

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JVC and Panasonic were 2 of the VCR makers from the beginning of the format to the end, so it goes without saying that most of what they make is pretty top notch, not the best per se, but really serviceable units that are reasonably priced.

However, I would avoid Samsung at all costs, I got a DVD/VCR combo back in 2004, and the VCR side broke by 2006 (and very limited use no less).  The DVD side still barely works, and it is a bare bones DVD player at best.

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I also know someone who owns a Sony RDR-VX525 VCR/DVD Combo. Seems to work just fine for them.

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Cool. I've also heard that Panasonic and JVC usually make good ones, or did, but am not entirely sure.

JVC and Panasonic made the top end SVHS VCRs that are meant to be the best of the best for playing VHS. I don't know how that translates to their cheaper models though. Even with the professional gear, only some of the models are recommended. In particular, many were designed for editing use rather than playback, so they were meant to work with tapes recorded on similar machines, not commercial VHS tapes.