|Item Weight||7.9 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||17.7 x 15.3 x 7.1 inches|
|Item model number||PV-V4520|
|Batteries||2 AA batteries required.|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
Panasonic PV-V4520 4-Head Hi-Fi VCR
- Advanced recording features
- VCR Plus+ onscreen programming guide
- Onscreen trilingual display
- Standup illuminated remote control
- Auto rewind, eject, and shutoff
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Panasonic 4-Head Hi-Fi VCR with VCR Plus
The Panasonic PV-V4520 VCR is part of Panasonic's latest line of VCRs designed for the year 2000 and beyond. This four-head VCR combines hi-fi audio capabilities with a host of convenience features. It is equipped with a 181-channel TV/CATV tuner and an illuminated, universal, stand-up Light Tower remote control. Commercial Skip may be used during playback of a tape to rapidly advance 30 seconds, 60 seconds, or two minutes with each successive push of a button on the remote.
A notable feature made standard in Panasonic's latest line of VCRs is the VCR Plus+ feature, which lets users program the VCR by entering the PlusCode numerical codes that are found in many newspapers' television listings and TV Guide.
Other features include Auto Clock Set with 24-hour backup and a trilingual onscreen display (French, English, and Spanish). Auto Clock Set, featured on every Panasonic VCR, takes advantage of the Extended Data Service signal from the user's local PBS channel to automatically set and update the time and date. In the event of a power outage, the time and date will automatically be reset within 24 hours. This model also features index search and a tape position display.
The Panasonic PV-V4520 is Energy Star compliant, so it will draw significantly less power in the standby mode than noncompliant VCRs. Panasonic backs this model with a warranty of one year on parts, 90 days on labor.
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While the features are nice, the layout of the universal remote can be a bit tricky to learn. Virtually ALL of the buttons beneath the number pad should really be kept hidden by a flip-up or slide-out panel, so that the remote does not appear so daunting. Fortunately, the remote has a light function, allowing the user to better see the buttons when in the dark.
For those with a "piecemeal" entertainment system, the single set of AV inputs may be a drawback. However, AV switches (and the necessary cables) are sold at most stores and Web sites which sell other electronics.
I had never used a Panasonic VCR until I bought this. If my secondary VCR breaks down, I will certainly give strong consideration to another Panasonic.
If you've owned a Panasonic VCR before then you expect reliability and ease of use. This unit delivers on that...while including 4 heads, commercial skip, a lighted remote (finally!), and the entire bevy of features now standard on every VCR.
The real negative is that it is much noiser than the model it replaces; particularly when it is rewinding. We are talking a good bit noise, enough that it makes me want to turn up the TV volume while it is rewinding.
I actually went out and purchased a JVC VCR to consider as an alternative, but returned that one and kept the Panasonic becaese the JVC was way too confusing to program.
So why did I keep this one? It is very inexpensive, I like the features, and I can live with the added noise. I think this one is a keeper unless the noise will drive you crazy.
not to mention the door where you inject the cassette was just hanging there and flapping instead of
it being positioned by a spring so it remains stationary and retracts upon the removal of a video cassette,
you used to be able to buy a brand new one at the Wal-Mart for that price....
One star because of the bad shipment.
When it's all said and done I have a functioning VCR, but can't say this was a great buying experience.