Zenith Video Director Beta VCR

Model VR8900W


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Vintage Zenith Video Director Beta VCR Model VR8900W


Zenith Video Director Beta VCR VR8900W Information


The Zenith Video Director Beta VCR Model VR8900W, a clone of Sony's SL-5000. 1981 was the year this machine was introduced and sold for $850. Tapes loads on right as all Sony SL-5000 series do.1-event, 1-day timer. Offered BI BII and BIII Playback and offered BII BIII recording. 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.