One thing to know. There are multi-system players, which need multi-system
televisions to play on. They are excellent quality. but to get both a new
player and TV runs about $1000.00.
Then there are multi-system converters, which can either put out the same
signal as the tape (PAL to PAL or NTSC to NTSC) or convert the signal to
either (PAL to NTSC or NTSC to PAL) and therefore can be played on any
television set. The quality of the conversion, is not as good as a regular
multi-system playback but the convenience, the savings of not having to buy
an extra television, and the ability to copy a PAL tape to NTSC (using any
vcr) makes it convenient. The Pansonic World Traveller (I think that's the
name and it runs for about $1400) and the Aiwa HV-MX1 (about $450 - $600,
Aiwa's a division of Sony) are the two models available. The Aiwa has the
disadvantage that Secam tapes can only play B&W on playback. I don't know
about the Panasonic. Both machines are also distributed in the US by the
respective companies so they are not gray market items like the multi-systems
We sell the Aiwa on the side as favors to friends and those interested, but
it can be a long wait (a month or so) since Aiwa is never making enough of
them and they have to be backordered.
For any multi-system, J&R in New York has an excellent mail-order business
and their prices are fair.
Milestone Film & Video
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