11/19/1984 at 01:00 AM EST
A bare-bones Beta VCR costs around $300. Bare-bones VHS machines start around $400. Add about $100 for either multievent or four heads on VHS; about $200 for both. Add another $50 or so for a wireless remote control and a few more dollars for frills like freeze-frame or slow motion—totaling around $700 for VHS—and you have a good, midrange tabletop machine. But to rise to the top of the line in VHS or Beta—with stereo, hi-fi, portability, all the special effects and a nice-looking box—you can spend $1,000 to $2,000 or even more. Don't forget, the expense doesn't end there: There are cable-TV fees (you'll probably want to tape cable movies and shows), there are blank tapes to buy, and you'll want to find the nearest video store and join its club so you can watch your favorite Woody Allen movie again. But it's worth it. VCRs are more fun than Frisbees.