RCA is nothing to laugh at. Yes a lot of there stuff is cheap now but I had to settle for an RCA VCR/DVD combo unit because it's the ONLY brand of VCR that is resistant to high levels of interference.
I live just 2 blocks from Sutro Tower here in San Francisco. It's a 974ft. TV
antenna that causes all sorts of interference and distortions in audio & video equipment. I tested 13 different VCR brands before I settled with RCA.
That is my stereo system.
On the left column is:
-47F Turntable with Blue Point phono cartridge
Marantz 4400 Quadraphonic receiver
Marantz 5220 Cassette deck
Marantz/Superscope 8track recorder/player
Tachnics 858 Quadraphonic 8track recorder/player
In the center I have:
Niles 5 format switcher box
-400B Quadraphic LP
Teac A-3340 4-channel reel to reel tape recorder/player
On the right column:
Technics 1200 MK2 Turntable
-9340 Quadraphonic reciever/amp used only as an amp
Yamaha K-550 Cassette deck not pictured
Sony CDP-C305 5 disc CD
RCA/Go Video VCR/DVD combo not pictured
This reciever comes with an oscilloscope to monitor the output, direction and shape of sound instead of a generic LED
found on todays equipment.
This unit detects a 30,000 Hz frequency in CD
-4 encoded quadraphonic LPs to decode multi-channel information.
This is a solid workhorse of a cassette deck.
This is an extremely rare quadraphonic 8track player/recorder.
Akai was the only other brand to make one.
My Denon turntable has black instead of chrome that you see in this photo.
This Blue Point phono cartridge is the most impressive one I've owned. It has a frequency response of 5-50,000 Hz and tracks at only 1.0 gram.