Joel Canfield asked about: >>Looking for recs for a new VCR. >>I'm not fussy about bells and whistles; I am incredibly fussy >>about picture and sound. No stereo TV at the mo, Gee Joel, I figgered you'd be onna those DVR kinda guys ... Going "Retro" on us? ;-P I see Best Buy only offers two; a 4 head stereo Panasonic with commercial skip for $65 and a Sony 4 head stereo with commercial skip for $80. Wal*Mart seems to have a better selection - but more 'off' names.  I'd go with the one with the nicest remote. HTH, RonL. (My first VCR was a Mitsubishi. I spent waaaay too much. It had all of the bell and whistle feature that I never actually used very much. On the plus side, while everything else was black or chrome - this one was bright red!)  VCRs have been kind of a 'commodity' good for a while now. There are probably only two companys actually making the innards these days anyway. A brand name means the assembly used components somebody spec'd out ... but the no-namers could be built to the same specs (and in the same plant).