Panasonic AG-1980 VCR
with built-in TBC time base corrector
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90 day warranty* includes part & labor (see terms below*)
discounted repair charge after warranty expires
Used - professional VCR in tip-top working condition!
Completely reconditioned, aligned and tested!
New SMD capacitors in Y-C video board,
New capacitors in the front display!
Other bad caps replaced as necessary.
Our proprietary design K-GRIP™ "non-slip" thread motor installed!
Tape path is aligned and tested!
How we test and align these VCRs
The AG-1980 is our choice as the
BEST VCR FOR DUBBING TAPES TO DIGITAL!
Customer testimonials about our VCRs
This Panasonic AG1980 has special professional features that give a sharper, more stable picture than other VCR's. In fact, this machine is labeled "For Commercial Use Only". It's built-in Time Base Corrector makes it ideal for stabilizing and transferring VHS tapes to a digital format.
How this VCR was repaired and aligned:
Our resident technician Tom Grant, has over thirty years in the audio-visual profession. Tom has completely refurbished, cleaned and adjusted this VCR.
The Electronics - Several circuit boards, including the motherboard are tested for bad or weak capacitors. Any poor capacitors are replaced. Under all circumstances we always replace all of the SMD capacitors in the Y-C Color video board. The front display board is also rebuilt with all new capacitors. (NOTE: we always use quality, brand name replacement capacitors. This ensures that the AG1980 will give the best playback results )
The Mechanism - The VCR's mechanism is removed and disassembled to allow inspection and lubrication of the gears and mechanical parts. During this part of the rebuild, the synchronization of the mechanism is checked, and the mechanism is manually advanced through all of it's stages before it's re-inserted into the main chassis. An upgraded thread motor featuring our proprietary design improvements is installed (this solves many of the threading problems inherent in the original AG1980 design). The capstan and flywheel assembly is disassembled, cleaned, and the bearings are lubricated (if the bearings are worn, we replace them with near-to-new capstan bearings), The video head drum is disassembled, cleaned, and the bearings lubricated (the supplied video heads are carefully selected to give near-to-new playback quality). During our inspection of the mechanism, any other weak or worn parts are replaced.
Alignment - While viewing the video head envelope on our waveform monitor, the tape path is electronically aligned. The waveform analyzer also allows us to see the playback performance of the video heads. Using several test tapes, we can determine the condition of the video heads (video heads that don't meet our criteria are replaced with good condition heads). The linear audio track is also tweaked for best alignment. Video output level and Y/C levels are set to Panasonic's specifications.
Final Testing - We spend 3 hours of intensive testing. Tom uses twelve different tapes that were recorded on several different VCRs. These tapes were recorded between 1979 to 1997. This final compatibilty test ensures that you'll have great playback quality over a wide range of tapes.
We finalize our testing by simultaneously viewing the AG-1980's video output on a waveform monitor, pulse-cross monitor and color video monitor. With this equipment we can confirm correct operation of the time base corrector, color output and overall picture quality. We also compare the AG1980's video waveform to industry standards for resolution and stability of the image.
The completely aligned AG1980 is in top shape, ready to transfer all your tapes to digital ! 90 day warranty and 10 day return policy* (see terms below)
Special features of the AG-1980
Jog & shuttle dial - allows you to speed ahead or reverse the tapes for easy video editing purposes. Controllable from frame-by-frame to variable speed playback
auto digital tracking - switch automatically sets the optimal tracking for each tape
a slide "sharpener" control, allows you to sharpen or soften the VHS image.
S-video connections for sharpest video output, plus BNC connectors for composite video output.
Digital TBC time base corrector - Full Field (multi-line) and Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) provide superb picture quality for editing and playback. Jitter and distortion are removed for superior results, even after successive generations. See how it helps here
Condition: This VCR is used and has been cleaned, refurbished, and thoroughly tested by our technician. It's in top working condition! Cosmetically there are a few minor scuffs or imperfections. The metal top cover has been nicely repainted. *10 day Return Policy (see terms below)
Includes: instruction manual reprint; replacement remote control* power cord; BNC to RCA connector; S-Video cable; multi RCA to RCA cable, plus Demo Super VHS (S-VHS) tape. *Note: The original model remote control is not available. We include a similar Panasonic VCR remote that will operate most of the basic features of the VCR (but not all) All the AG1980 functions are available on the front VCR flip-down control panel.
Shipping charges: The AG-1980 is a well built, heavy duty unit, weighing about 20lbs. Shipping charges are based on weight combined with the measured dimensions of the box. Your estimated shipping charges can be seen when you add the AG-1980 to your shopping cart, before you start your checkout.
- After your AG1980 arrives, feel free to call our tech phone support us if you have any set-up or operational questions!
*10 day Return Policy (see terms below)
*90 day Warranty, parts & labor included. Does not include replacing damaged video heads, return shipping not included.
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To further enhance quality when you transfer tapes, you can use one of our video processors
90 day warranty* includes part & labor