Video Cassette Recorder

Description (Brief):

This front-loading Betamax video recorder was manufactured by Sony at the height of the company’s competition with producers of the rival VHS format. Beta recorders initially featured a one hour recording cassette, later lengthened to match VHS. Early Beta machines were slightly larger than early VHS units and designers struggled to put a quality audio signal on the tape without compromising video signal quality. Both formats were available for about ten years but ultimately Sony could not solve the audio-video problem without a major redesign that made newer tapes incompatible with older machines. Sony dropped the Beta format in 1988.

Date Made: 1984

Maker: Sony

Location: Currently not on view

See more items in: Work and Industry: Electricity, Magnetic Recording, Communications


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: from Lynn G. Herbert

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2003.0147.04Accession Number: 2003.0147Catalog Number: 2003.0147.04

Object Name: video recorderrecording device

Physical Description: steel (overall material)plastic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 10.1 cm x 43.2 cm x 38.1 cm; 4 in x 17 in x 15 in


Record Id: nmah_1197888

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