Sony 1978
Betamax SL-8000

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SL-8000 timer controls
SL-8000 timer controls

SL-8000 tuner controls
SL-8000 tuner controls

SL-8000 front left controls
Front left

The SL-8000 was the first Betamax machine in the UK and is one of the so called 'piano key' early models. It was a very advanced VCR in its day.

The 8000 was a very basic VCR. It had no cue/review but did have pause, albeit with muted video. It did have a mechanical tape counter as well as a one event timer.

Toshiba produced a clone of this model called the V-5250, and NEC produced a clone called the PVC-2300.

Looking back now it appears to be a massive, heavy old fashioned machine and is really only of interest to collectors.

Features include:

  • 8 channel tuner
  • 'Piano key' style controls
  • Interchangeable RF module (at the rear)
  • TV / line selector
  • Tape counter with reset and memory controls
  • Mic input