VHS Tape Quality
- "Stay away from generics, off-brands and store brands."
- "For T-160 I would use Maxell GX-Silver or Sony V Premium.
They tested about the same on Pat-o-chan's VCR
(it has a tape quality test)."
- St. Zero:
- "TDK was the only brand I could find for a period of time that made good
quality T160s. As a result, I have a number of TDK tapes in my collection,
and most of them are T160s. They make the only SVHS quality T160 that I
know of (and can find!), and so I have a couple of those as well."
Fuji A/V Master
Fuji A/V Pro
- "It looks like Fuji has changed its designations.
The only Fuji I have ever used is a HI-FI. It was exellent,
but I could get Maxell tapes at Sam's."
- "I have had good luck with JVC overall.
I do not think that the reels are as well balanced
as Maxell but not as bad as old TDK (as opposed to
the new badly designed TDK). While not a bad pick,
a bit overpriced for the quality as a general rule."
- "The VHS tape of choice. ;)"
- St. Zero:
- "One of the reasons Maxell tapes may get such devotion is not that
they are the absolute highest quality (although I have never had any
complaints with their Gold or HiFi video tapes, and their SVHS Blacks are
really good), is that that are extremely
consistent in their quality. Between Kitsune, Pat-o-chan, and I, we can come
up with maybe 3 or 4 tapes that were defective or that the
cases locked up on us, etc. Out of probably 800+ tapes (maybe as high as
1000+, but I really do not know how many Maxells that Pat-o-chan has
- See the 10/28/97 note in the following section.
- "A very good tape. Not quite the longevity or high end audio response
of the HI-FI but still an exellent tape. I would not worry about that
- St. Zero:
- (see Maxell Hi-Fi, above)
- 8/29/97 NOTE
- St. Zero said that he believes Maxell Gold tape quality has decreased since
his original comments. It is still a good quality tape, and better than many
others; it's just not as good as it used to be. He said he has seen
no noticable decrease in quality for Maxell Hi-Fi nor Maxell Black
- 10/28/97 NOTE
- Catnip just pointed out to us that Maxell had started making their Gold and
HiFi tapes without black magnetite in them. BOO!!
HISS!! They obviously no longer really care about the quality of these tapes,
and don't think any of us will either.
Scotch Professional Archive Grade
- "Do not touch. Scotch video tapes are VERY POOR.
The magnetic media does not hold up well at all.
I heard one person describe it as the particles
drifting off while you watch."
- "Good HGX-Gold equivalents. I have not tried a
higher grade Sony but I like them as a whole."
TDK HD-X Pro
- "A great big NO!
TDK is having problems with the physical design
of the case. This causes catastrophic failure in
ALMOST ALL of the new TDK tapes I have tried."
- St. Zero:
- "The biggest problem I have with TDK tapes in not the quality of their
magnetic tape, but the quality of their cases. I have always felt they are
slip-shodish, and I have had more tape lock ups and tape de-reel-ment from TDK
tapes than I have had with any other 'good' brand of tape. Thus, I have had
TDK tapes suddenly kill themselves while playing, or being rewound, etc. I
therefore shy away from them for putting things onto them that I want to keep -
a case that may suddenly self-destruct and eat my tape with it is not what I
want to risk my tapes on. Consider the 4 TDK tapes that I personally have had
problems with in the past, and the relatively small number of TDK tapes I have
gone through (less than 40), and the issue of quality control, as opposed to
just quality, becomes very important."
This page is presented not as slander or libel, but as a genuine Consumer
Quality Report for a small select portion of the marketplace. The opinions
expressed here are those of experienced amateurs with huge tape collections
who have no vested interest in any tape manufacturer's success or failure.
The only interest they have is in tape manufacturers everywhere continuing
to work to make higer quality tapes more affordable for all.
If any tape manufacturers read this page and consider suing someone for
expressing an opinion, the author's official recommendation is that they
simply concentrate on improving their product.
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