Hi-fi stereo VHS performance with 19-micron video heads for clear recordings in EP mode
very few drawbacks
For a combo player, this one is pretty good. If you can get over the silver color .. I'd prefer it in black, the mirrored front is cool though.
Please note .. if you're a serious AV person, this should not be the center-piece of your Home Theater. However it makes a great second/bedroom player.
I bought this unit after returning a Samsung DVD-2000 that I was just not pleased with. This unit's operation was much quieter than the Samsung, plus the DVD's video performance was slightly crisper (using the S-Video jack) and the audio was very noticeably better. This unit has played every disc I've put in it, DVD, CD, CD-RW. It has played a disc of MP3s that were encoded anywhere from 128kbps to 320kbps.
The VHS quality, is well, VHS quality. It's just a standard VCR. Other than HiFi, there are no frills. On the plus side though, it plays tapes fine, isn't loud, and hasn't eaten any of my tapes.
The only problem with this unit is that the auto-clock feature doesn't seem to work, or I have some setting wrong. Either way, that's a problem .. it's a pretty basic feature.
The remote isn't a universal, which is only a minor annoyance.
First time DVD buyer
This is a GREAT player. Selling factors of this unit were versatility, some of which are connections including component, composite, S-Video, digital audio out, RF in and RF out. This is especially great for folks with older TV sets wanting to go DVD. I can also attach it to a newer digital quality TV when I'm ready. I happened to like the silver and mirrored front, esp. if your going for that monochomatic, mirrored, sleek look for a smaller area or bedroom. It has played every disk that I have put in it, DVD, CD, CD-RW. You can switch between DVD, VCR, or Cable TV all with one button on the remote!
Glad we bought it!!
We shopped many, many, on-line sites and stores.Comparisons and price brought us back to Zenith. We haven't seen this model in any store. The hook-up was easy. The DVD plays wonderfully, as does the VCR!! The whole system is quiet and fast in fast-forwarding and rewinding. The VHS playback is better than the Samsung VCR we had been using. The price was UNBELIEVEABLY LOW for this product!!!!! The only reason for 4 instead of 5 stars is the remote is not universal....a VERY SMALL complaint for the quality of this VHS/DVD Combo. Thanks Amazon!!