Sony Betamax Model SL-2500


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Vintage Sony Betamax VTR Model SL-2500


Sony Betamax SL-2500 Information


Sony Betamax SL-2500. Introduced in January of 1982 with a price tag of $950. The first compact slim line VCRS. The SL-2500 Betamax is loaded with features, frame by frame, slow motion also x1 x2 speeds, these features are called swing search and can be done in forward and reverse. Also has Tape remaining indicator, index to mark tapes etc. Pause, slow motion features on this VCR are very stable, a still picture with no noise. Unit has two different doors, when tape is loaded the "Cassette is inside Betamax" door comes up. The SL-2500 and SL-2700 Betamax recorders were the only VCRS to have two different doors. Very modern VCR for it's time. First VCR to offer real linear time counter. The AG-400 cassette auto changer could be used with this VCR for more recording time and different events when user was not home. Cassette auto changers are not very reliable. This VCR Also has a 10 minute on board battery backup incase of a power surge, this was good for keeping the programmed recording events, and the time.



Common defects:


Tape Loading Problem: This is caused by the little plastic gears wearing. Sony switch them to metal. Technicians used to see these VCRS pretty common back in the 1980s and 90s, due to this problem. Parts should still be available.


Power Supply Failure: Over time leaving these plugged in, seems many cases lately the power supply will fail, resulting no power to the unit at all.