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Consumer Electronics by S. P. Bali

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COMMON FEATURES

Let us forget for the moment the differences between the three formats: VHS, Beta and V 2000. Suffice is to say that each format can now offer virtually identical picture quality, sound quality and all-round performance. The only major remaining difference is the potential of V 2000 to offer auto-reverse. Instead of the user taking out the cassette and flipping it over, the machine automatically reverses the direction of travel of the tape and switches the video recording heads to work on the other half of the tape width. This can be done with the picture lost for only a couple of seconds. Again this parallels the auto-reverse facility offered by some audio cassette recorders and it effectively doubles the continuous playing time ...

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