GoVideo VR2940 review: GoVideo VR2940

  • 1

CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
Review Date:
Updated on:

The Good Cleans up the video noise on old VHS tapes; automatic DVD menus provide thumbnails for the chapter stops; intuitive menus and remote; progressive scan; 2:3 pull-down detection; component-video out; FireWire input.

The Bad No S-Video or component inputs; recorded VHS tapes look a bit washed out; so-so recording quality from the composite-video inputs; no onscreen programming guide or VCR Plus.

The Bottom Line If you have a pile of old VHS tapes you want archived to DVD, GoVideo's new VHS-to-DVD deck makes it easier than ever.

Editors' Top PicksSee All

GoVideo VR2940

Editor's note: We have changed the rating in this review to reflect recent changes in our rating scale. Click here to find out more.

If you have a pile of aging VHS tapes that you want archived to DVD, GoVideo's VHS/DVD combo recorder makes it easy. The GoVideo VR2940 ($350 list) produces impressive VHS-to-DVD copies, eliminating much of the video noise you'll find on older tapes. But its most-convenient feature is the ability to automatically create DVD menus complete with thumbnails for the chapter stops. On the other hand, videophiles will cringe at the lack of S-Video inputs--for them, we recommend an S-Video-equipped VHS/DVD deck such as the older GoVideo VR3930 or the RCA DRC8300N .

Measuring 17 by 3.5 by 14 inches, the dull-black VR2940 doesn't look like much; your visitors could easily mistake it for a garden-variety VHS deck. Nonetheless, the front panel provides most of the controls you'll need, including Play/Pause, Stop, Rewind, Fast-Forward, and Channel Up/Down buttons. The DVD/VCR button toggles the controls between the DVD and VCR decks, while a pair of handy one-touch Copy buttons let you begin VHS-to-DVD or DVD-to-VCR dubbing. A small section of the front panel flips open to reveal a set of A/V inputs, including a single FireWire input.

The GoVideo's remote control isn't backlit, but we like the intuitive keypad layout. Just beneath the central navigation keys is the large, circular Play/Pause button, which is flanked by the Previous, Next, Reverse, and Fast-Forward buttons. After a short learning period, we had no trouble using the remote in the dark.

Aside from the FireWire jack, the VR2940's connection options are pretty disappointing. The output selection is fine, including component out, S-Video, and coaxial digital audio (composite and RF outs are also available), but in terms of inputs, you get only composite video on the front and back panels--there's no S-Video input. The good news, however, is that the GoVideo lets you play VHS tapes over the component-video output, even with the deck in progressive-scan mode. Many players force you to use another S-Video or composite-video output for VHS playback.

Editors' Top PicksSee All

 

Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Where to Buy

GoVideo VR2940

Part Number: VR2940 Released: Nov 15, 2004
Pricing is currently unavailable.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Nov 15, 2004
  • Type universal remote control
  • Digital Audio Format DTS digital output
    Dolby Digital output
  • Type DVD recorder
  • Output Mode stereo
  • Type DVD recorder/ VCR combo