Zenith Video Director Beta VCR

Model VR8500 PT


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Vintage Zenith Video Director Beta VCR Model VR8500 PT


Zenith Video Director Beta VCR VR8500 PT Information


The Zenith Video Director Beta VCR Model VR8500 PT, A Clone of Sony's SL-5000 Betamax. 1981 was the year this machine was introduced and sold for $799. This is a top loading version. Tapes loads on right as all Sony SL-5000 series do.1-event, 1-day timer. Offers BII and BIII Playback and offered BIII recording only. The SL-5000 series Betamax VCRS do not have automatic Rewind at end of tape, unlike the previous models and the models after these. These were considered stripped down compared to previous models. No special features. These units have defects. To get these going again you will need to replace the blue Sanyo electrolytic capacitors on the service board, if they haven't been replaced already. Capacitors can be purchased at http://www.digitkey.com. Also most likely the belts will need to be replaced. Belt kits are available at http://www.studiosoundelectronics.com.



Common defects:


Bad Sanyo Blue Electrolytic Capacitors Results: Off speed playback and record. Unstable audio (Fluttery) Lines in picture, or no picture with fuzz.


Bad Belts Results: Ejects tape seconds after inserted. Weak rewind/fast forward.