South West England Vintage Television Museum
VCR Models

Updated: 10th August 2006

This is a fairly comprehensive list of all the "VCR", "VCR-LP " and "SVR" format videos ever produced.  If you know of any others that I might have missed, please do let me know - you can mail me at mdb@oldtechnology.net.

Philips:

Model: Standard: Description:
N1460 VCR Short lived playback-only version of Philips N1500.  Lots of components common to  N1500.
N1481 VCR SECAM version of the N1500 but without a tuner or timer. Similar looking to the N1460, but the N1481 had a record facility, although this obviously had to be fed in using an external video input. I think there may also have been PAL and NTSC versions of this model. Please email me if you can shed any light on this model.
N1500 VCR Original VCR format machine.  1 hour play and record on VC60 cassette. Mechanical 1 day 1 event timer.  Silver and black metal top over brown "wood effect" covered chip board styling.  Noisy AC motors for drum / capstan and reel drives with eddy-current braking.  Lacing mechanism was very unreliable.
N1500C VCR A N1500 brutally cut off on the right hand side. Had no tuner or timer or any associated circuitry. Had various audio inputs and outputs on the back, as well as a Y/C output. This was never really designed for home use, but more for industrial purposes.
N1500CM VCR Similar to the N1500C - Used as a master machine for bulk-copying of tapes (CM presumably stood for Copy Master).
N1500M VCR Video input / output version on the N1500. Used button 6 to switch from tuner to video in.
N1501 VCR Very similar to original N1500 machine.  Slightly different styling plus a few electrical differences such as a blanking circuit to remove lines when played back on older televisions and also featured a "Stop Motion" button to view still image whilst in "Stop" mode.
N1501M VCR Video input / output version of the N1501.  Had same modifications as the N1501.
N1502 VCR Second generation machine - Still conformed to VCR format, but far more modularised.  Similar size and shape to original N1500, but much more modern styling.  Had a 3 day 1 event digital timer.  Used DC motors for drum / capstan and reel drive.  Far more reliable than the first generation machines.
N1512 VCR Identical to Philips N1502, but with an extra panel for video in / out (selected when button number 8, marked "VID" depressed.)
N1520 VCR Semi-professional VCR.  Very similar to N1500 mechanically, but a lot of electrical differences.  No timer / clock or tuner, but had extra buttons for editing purposes.  Had video in / out connections on the back.  The only Philips VCR machine which made use of the stereo specification of the VCR standard.
LDL1100 VCR A highly complicated semi-portable battery / mains VCR designed for professional use.  All electronic with soft-touch keys, remote control and an electronic tape counter.  No tuner, but could connect to special Grundig / Philips cameras.  
N1700 VCR-LP First of the VCR-LP format videos.  Superficially very similar to the N1502, but nothing really interchangeable.  Used CMOS technology instead of TTL.  Had similar-looking but more powerful motors than the N1502 for faster wind / rewind.  Used azimuth-tilt helical scan recording method, so video heads not the same either.  Lower drums also looked almost identical, but even these were not interchangeable with the N1502 because of a fractionally different tape angle.  VCR-LP specification lost second audio track, so no possibility of stereo versions.  Larger LED's for clock, but same 3 day 1 event timer.
N1702 VCR-LP Similar to the N1700 with a few minor cosmetic differences including silver and dark grey top instead of mid-grey of N1700.  Had a 4-digit tape counter instead of 3 digit as with all previous models.   Slightly modified timer - upgraded to 9 day 1 event. Also boasted a TV tuning-signal. My Pye catalogue says the Pye N1702 is capable of 3 hours and the Pye N1700 is only capable of 2.5 hours.  Are they lying, or is there some reason why the Pye N1700 shouldn't use 3 hour LVC180 tapes? Please e-mail me if you know the answer...

Pye: *
*Pye badge engineered most Philips models, which are listed above under "Philips", but in addition they made their own versions which are shown here.

Model: Standard: Description:
LDL6269 VCR A version of the Philips N1501 but with a built-in video crispener circuit. Also used input / output circuit from the Philips N1501M.  No boards interchangeable with the original Philips N1501.  Slightly different cosmetic styling to the Philips version.

Grundig:

Model: Standard: Description:
BK2000 VCR Grundig's first VCR format machine. It had an unusual "Flat" design and featured a flip-over mechanical digital clock.
BK2500 VCR Video input / output version of the BK2000.
BK3000 VCR New style and completely redesigned Grundig video recorder. Featured electronic digital clock, timer and sweep tuning. Used an almost identical cassette deck to that used in later Grundig VCR-LP and SVR machines.
VCR3000 VCR Identical to Grundig BK3000 with video input / output.
BK4000 VCR-LP VCR-LP version of the BK3000. Other than being silver, this machine looked almost identical to its predecessor. (BK3000 was black.)
VCR4000 VCR-LP Identical to Grundig BK4000 with video input / output.
VCR5000AV VCR /
VCR-LP
Prototype dual-standard VCR / VCR-LP model. Never manufactured commercially.
SVR4004 SVR The only machine to conform to Grundig's very short lived SVR format. Only made for 2 years, before Philips / Grundig Video2000 standard introduced and SVR format discontinued.

Сатурн (Saturn):

Model: Standard: Description:
505-Видео (505-Video) VCR A Russian VCR-Format machine. I have no other details about this machine at all. If anyone can help, please email me: mdb@oldtechnology.net. Thank you. Mike.

More to follow soon... (ITT, Nordmende, Radio Rentals, Skantic, Telefunken etc.)

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