A comparison chart showing some of the major features on a selection of models.

Model
number
Date Portable Piano
Key
Top/Front
Loading
Remote
Control
Linear
Stereo
BNR Cue/
Review
Multi-event
Timer
APS Pause Slow speed
playback
Reverse
Play
Hi-Fi
Sound
Audio
Insert
Video
Insert
Super
Beta
SL-8000 1978
T





None





SL-8080 1978
T




None





Sanyo
9300
1979
T












SL-3000 1980 T


B/W

B/W





SL-C5 1979

T


B/W

B/W





SL-C7 1979

T







SL-C6 1982

F wired









SL-C9 1983

F


SL-C20 1983

F











SL-C30 1983

F










SL-C40 1983

F








SL-F1 1982
T with
TT-F1


with
TT-F1




SL-HF100 1984

F








SL-HF950 1985

F

SLO-1700 1984

T








Sanyo
VTC-5000
1982

T


B/W

B/W





Sanyo
VTC-5150
1982

T










Toshiba
9600
1982

F











Explanation of the column headings


Model numberSony model with UB suffix unless otherwise stated.
PortableA portable machine was one which could be used outdoors from an internal battery and connected to a camera.
Piano KeyDeck operations by old fashioned mechanical buttons.
Top/Front loadingT indicates a top loader. F a front loading VCR.
Remote ControlInfra-red type unless stated otherwise.
Linear StereoStereo sound on the longitudinal tracks
BNRBeta noise reduction. Sony's noise reduction system.
Cue/ReviewThe ability to fast search/review through the tape in either black and white or colour.
Multi-Event TimerA timer which would allow more than a single event.
APSAutomatic picture search. This was the Betamax indexing sysytem whereby tone was recorded on the tape at the start of each recording which allowed that point on the tape to be found again easily.
PauseA check indicates a perfect picture in pause with no noise bars across the screen. B/W indicates black and white picture in pause with noise bars.
Slow Speed PlaybackThe ability to playback pictures at slow speeds.
Reverse PlayThe ability to play the tape backwards.
Hi-Fi SoundVCR equipped with Beta Hi-fi sound.
Audio InsertAbility to dub over linear audio track
Video InsertAbility to dub over video track using flying erase head.
Super BetaVCR equipped with Super Beta playback/record mode.

Multi-standard models are not shown.
Last updated 30th June 1997.

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