JVC’s Blu-ray/VHS/DVR Hits Japan

Posted Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 08:00 AM PST by Mike Attebery

The JVC SR-HV250 is about as close as you’re going to get to a true universal player.

Sure, there are Blu-ray players out there that handle CD, SACD, and DVD, but how many of them can play VHS tapes and recorded television? JVC’s SR-HV250 is a bit of a Frankenstein’s monster. It’s big and it’s bulky, but there’s a lot it can do that other players can’t.

JVC’s JVC SR-HV250 plays back both Blu-ray and VHS, and it can record on both. Video from the DVR can be recorded on either VHS tapes, Blu-ray disks or DV-Rs, but your milage – and video quality – may vary.

There are a lot of upsides to the SR-HV250, but there’s a big downside too. Sure it’s got two tuners built right in, along with a 250GB hard drive. It’s even got a USB drive and LAN support. It’s not cheap though. It was released in Japan today for the approximate equivalent of $3,000.

Due to the lack of interest that the U.S. has shown for recording on Blu-ray disks, this may or may not hit the states. There’s been no official word from JVC yet, but the JVC SR-HV250 went on sale today in Japan.

Source: JVC (via Google Translate)

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