Video: Tape For Two:The dual-deck VCR arrives

The dual-deck VCR arrives

In 58 million homes, the VCR has become nearly as much a part of American life as the family car. But despite the VCR's advantages, video buffs complain about its limits. To duplicate prerecorded movies, for instance, requires two VCRs awkwardly cabled together. No wonder, then, that fans at Chicago's Consumer Electronics Show last week were excited by a new machine that eliminates the drawback. Moreover, its appearance was a triumph over well- wired opposition in Tokyo and Hollywood.

The center of the excitement was the first dual-deck videotape recorder available to U.S consumers, the VCR-2, made by the tiny Arizona-based...

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