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JAPAN: Don't fear, the Repoch isn't that kind of video cassette recorder

This graphic – the Japanese are big on explanatory diagrams – shows how Sanyo sees buyers of the unit making use of the interchangeable hard drives: you could have different discs for different types of programming, or drop the drive into pocket or bag to cart it around.

This graphic – the Japanese are big on explanatory diagrams – shows how Sanyo sees buyers of the unit making use of the interchangeable hard drives: you could have different discs for different types of programming, or drop the drive into pocket or bag to cart it around.

A 160MB iVDR disc will give around 20 hours of recording of the Japanese 17Mbps Hi-Vision TV, and the unit can output in 1080i, 720p and 480p resolutions.

A 160MB iVDR disc will give around 20 hours of recording of the Japanese 17Mbps Hi-Vision TV, and the unit can output in 1080i, 720p and 480p resolutions.

And the chances of us seeing such a device here in the UK? Somewhere just south of nil, I suspect...

Andrew has written about audio and video products for the past 20+ years, and been a consumer journalist for more than 30 years, starting his career on camera magazines. Andrew has contributed to titles including What Hi-Fi?, GramophoneJazzwise and Hi-Fi CriticHi-Fi News & Record Review and Hi-Fi Choice. I’ve also written for a number of non-specialist and overseas magazines.