For those with an extensive VHS tape collection and DVD collection, a combination DVD/VHS player is ideal and has become popular over the last few years. These components have a VHS VCR on one side and a DVD on the other side. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when buying this type of player or recorder.
TUNER: The older VCR had an analog TV tuner but combo DVD/VHS units may not have any tuner at all. If you have cable or satellite TV, this may not be an issue but if a tuner is important to you, then check to see if the unit has a digital TV tuner built in. Broadcast TV is now digital even though it uses some of the same frequencies (VHF and UHF) as the old analog broadcast TV, you need an ATSC tuner, not an NTSC analog TV tuner, in order to get today's local broadcast TV channels.
RECORDER: For those wanting to convert VHS tapes to DVD, you must get a unit with DVD RECORDING capability. Many will PLAY ONLY. Check to see if your unit says DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM for RECORDING purposes, not just for PLAY.
BRANDS: Top brands include Sony, Toshiba, Samsung, Panasonic
Your device should include a remote control and owner's manual. You will need to buy blank tapes and possibly blank DVDs. Cables to connect to TV and cable boxes may also need to be purchased.