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alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 reviews of JVC HM-HDS1. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and reliability. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the price.

usability, image quality, reliability, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the JVC HM-HDS1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 66/100 = Good quality.

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Excellent DVR, you will never go vcr again


Video quality, Intelligent interface, plenty of HD 40GB!

Initially was pricey but no more

Sep, 2004

Consumer review (

warning. will not work with digital cable box.


usefull once you learn to use it.

noisy. complex. takes a lot of time to learn how to use.

Feb, 2003

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JVC HMHDS1U S-VHS with Hard Drive


Product Specifications

The JVC HM-HDS1 is a video life style manager that combines viewing, editing and library management. It's the world's first 2-in-1 solution to integrate a hard disk recorder and super VHS recorder into a single unit. Catch TV programs on hard disk, while watching them or while you're away. If you recorded something you want to keep, dub it over to videocassette for mass storage. Or create an edited tape of all your favorites simply by selecting a few index pictures. Either way, the quality's great with MPEG-2 digital recording on disk, and high-band super VHS recording on tape. With more and more programs, and less and less time to watch them, you need this video life style manager to keep a handle on things. The HM-HDS1 from JVC. The sensible way to catch and keep video.

Built-in Display


Cassette System

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CD Recorder

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CD System

Device Type: None

Combined Device

Type:HDD recorder / VCR

Digital Player (Recorder)

Device Type: None

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



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Country Kits:North America
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC HM

MD System

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Television Type: None

TV Tuner

Tuner Qty:1


Device Type:VCR
Media Type:S-VHS / S-VHS ET / VHS

VCR 2nd

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