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B.E.S.T. Picture System

The B.E.S.T. (Biconditional Equalised Signal Tracking)

system checks the condition of the tape in use during

playback and recording, and compensates to provide the

highest-possible playback and recording pictures. You

can set “B.E.S.T.” to “ON” or “OFF” to your preference

(pg. 37).


The recorder assesses the quality of the tape once you

initiate playback.

The recorder adjusts the playback picture quality based on the
quality of the tape in use.
B.E.S.T. is active during automatic tracking. “bESt” appears
blinking on the recorder’s front display panel.
When watching a tape recorded with “B.E.S.T.” set to “ON”, it
is recommended that you leave B.E.S.T. on during playback as
When watching a rental tape or one recorded on another
video recorder, or when using this recorder as the player for
editing, set B.E.S.T. to your preference (pg.37).
“bESt” only appears at the beginning of automatic tracking.
Even though it doesn’t appear after that, the B.E.S.T. function is


The recorder assesses the quality of the tape once you

initiate recording.


The recorder spends approximately 7 seconds assessing the
condition of the tape, then begins recording.
The B.E.S.T. system works for both SP and LP modes only after
a tape has been inserted and the Record mode is first initiated.
It does not work during recording.
In the case of timer recordings, the B.E.S.T. system works
before recording is initiated.
Once the cassette is ejected, the B.E.S.T. data is cancelled. The
next time the cassette is used for recording, B.E.S.T. is
Pressing the recorder’s 7 button while “bESt” is displayed
does not start Instant Timer Recording (pg.19).
Since the B.E.S.T. system works before recording actually
starts, there is a delay of approximately 7 seconds after 7
and 4 on the remote control are pressed, or 7 on the
recorder is pressed. To make sure you record the desired
scene or programme in its entirety, first perform the following
APress and hold 9 and press 7 to engage the Record
Pause mode.
The recorder then automatically checks the condition of
the tape and, after approximately 7 seconds, re-enters
Record Pause mode.
BPress 4 to start recording.
If you want to bypass the B.E.S.T. system and begin recording
immediately, set “B.E.S.T.” to “OFF” (pg.37).

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