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Sony SLV-R1000 Video Output Problem

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  1. Dick

    Dick Guest

    I have a Sony SLV-R1000 S-VHS VCR. In it's day, it was one of the
    best you could buy, and cost over $1,000. When I last tried to play a
    tape in it, I get nothing but a gray screen with wiggly lines in the
    top half, and vertical bars in the bottom half. I doesn't matter if I
    use the S-Video output or the RCA jack video out. Audio plays fine.

    Does this sound like something worth paying to repair? Or shall I
    just give it a proper burial? It's such a good VCR I hate to just
    throw it away, and I know I could buy a new one for probably less than
    what it would cost to repair the R1000. The only problem is trying to
    find a replacement with S-Video output.
  2. David Farber

    David Farber Guest

    Subject: Sony SLV-R1000 Video Output Problem
    I know a similar Sony model that I worked on, an SLV920HF, had the same
    problem. They use a video processing circuit mounted on a little pc board with
    smd capacitors. The capacitors leaked. If I remember correctly, the Sony part
    was no longer available so I replaced the leaky caps and that fixed it. So you
    need to find a competent tech who has a nose for leaky caps and is resourceful
    enough to repair it without the original Sony part. It would be worth
    repairing. This all of course hinges on the fact that your problem is the same
    as what I encountered.

    Good luck.
  3. Going by an email description and not properly checking the machine on
    the work bench, this is something that is not accurate for evaluation.

    This is a good model VCR, but is is also fairly old. The fault may be
    a dirty or defective video head, or any of the mechanical parts that
    deal with the tape path. Other than that, there may be some
    electronics problems.

    As for properly checking the machine, at home you can only clean the
    heads, rollers, and check for anything visually broken. Other than
    that you will have to give the unit out to have it properly checked.
    The tech will be able to use a scope to verify the tracking pulses,
    and the carrier from the head to know where to start to look for the

    It may be worth the cost for an estimate to at least know if the
    machine is worth to service.

    Bare in mind that you can get a fairly discent quality VCR for under
    $200 these days. This level of machine will exceed the picture quality
    of a good one that was much more costly only a few years ago. There
    are also low cost ones that are now below $100. The low cost VCR's are
    not supported for outside of warranty service. They are considered
    throw-away units.

    Jerry G.
  4. Dick

    Dick Guest

    Thanks for the input. My problem really is that I need a VCR with
    S-Video output to work within my system. That limits me to S-VHS
    VCR's. I thought they would be easy to find, but most stores don't
    even carry them. Fry's carries one model, but it's out of stock.
    Best Buy doesn't carry them. had one that was also out of
    stock. They are disappearing faster than ice cream at a picnic. I
    know they are out there, but I didn't want to have to order and wait
    for one. I knew I should have bought one at Costco when they still
    carried them and just stashed it away for a rainy day (which has

  5. NSM

    NSM Guest

    "Dick" <LeadWinger> wrote in message
    | Thanks for the input. My problem really is that I need a VCR with
    | S-Video output to work within my system. That limits me to S-VHS
    | VCR's.

    Can't you get a component to S-VHS adaptor?

    S-Video Premium Video Adaptor/Cables
    6 inch Premium S-Video Mini4 Male to Composite Female Adaptor Cable
    Converts any S-Video port into RCA composite video port. It allows you to
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    (Connectors: Mini4 Male to RCA Female; Length: 6") Price: $3.63

  6. Dick

    Dick Guest

    Thanks. I didn't know that was electrically possible.

  7. Stephen Sank

    Stephen Sank Guest

    That R1000 vcr is WAY too nice to give up on. It's the last good vhs ever made by anyone. If
    you have all of the surface mount electrolytic caps in the unit replaced with small standard
    caps(with the leads cut & formed to solder to the surface mount positions), and also replace
    all of the electrolytic caps in the power supply, it will serve you well for many years to
    come. Highly recommend using Nichicon caps all the way.

    Stephen Sank, Owner & Ribbon Mic Restorer
    Talking Dog Transducer Company
    5517 Carmelita Drive N.E.
    Albuquerque, New Mexico [87111]
    Auth. Nakamichi & McIntosh servicer
    Payments preferred through
  8. NSM

    NSM Guest

    "Dick" <LeadWinger> wrote in message

    | Thanks. I didn't know that was electrically possible.

    I've also seen 4 to 1 switches on eBay for little money which have both RCA
    and S-VHS connectors. I don't know it they convert or only switch, however.

  9. Dick

    Dick Guest

    That's kind of the way I look at it. Sounds like a good project for
    the cold, winter months. If I don't go blind in the process. :)

  10. Mwwcam

    Mwwcam Guest

    Your SLV-R1000 is still a good and repairable VCR. It has no suface mount
    cpacitors in it and most likely has a broken threading gear, preventing
    complete loading of the guides and giving you the picture you see. SVHS to VHS
    adapters are passive devices and you loose a lot of resolution with them. I
    have worked on hundreds of the R1000's and
    they hold their resale value very well.
    Mike W
    Video Services
    Ft Worth, TX
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