you live with it. It's the nature of the beast. Tapes were analog and had a resolution of 480 lines. And since you've found you can't copy prerecorded media, strike two.
I bought a Samsung upconverting DVD/VCR combo and the DVDs are excellent. The combo unit connects to my Sony SXRD via HDMI and the picture is well improved over S-video or the older component cables. But my tapes are barely passable.
It's the nature of the beast, and that beast is called "Improved Technology". But you cannot improve VHS.
I am trying to upgrade my Home Video system from analog to digital. I have hundreds of pre-recorded VHS tapes. When I try to play the tapes on my HD/LCD tv I got a horrible picture. This also happens with older movies that were released on DVD. It was suggested that I buy a DVD recorder with up-convert technology and record my VHS on to DVD's. When I tried to do this I got a message that could not record due to License violation. Help...how do I watch VHS tapes on a HD/LCD tv and combine old and new technology?