The Zenith Betas were OEM'd by Sony, and many of them looked like Sony wanna-be Betas! Zenith was one of the first companies to join Sony and embrace the Beta format, and the first to switch sides over to VHS as well.
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|1978||JR-9000W||$995||A clone of the Sony SL-8200; a top-loader with woodgrain top and sides.|
|.||KR-9000W||$995||A clone of the Sony SL-8600; top-loader, BII rec/play only.|
|1979||VR-9000W||$1125||Known as the first "Video Director", a clone of the Sony SL-5400. Had BII/BIII rec/play, Scan, etc.|
|.||VR-9700J||$1300||Clone of Sony's SL-5600|
|1980||VR-9750J||$1350||A clone of Sony's SL-5800, with 4 heads, variable-speed scan, perfect freeze-frame, etc.|
|1981||VR-8500PT||$799||1-day timer, BII/III rec/play|
|.||VR-8900W||$850||Same as Sony's SL-5000; first front-loader, stripped-down.|
|.||VR-9800||$1425||Clone of Sony's SL-2000 portable; took VRT-9850 tuner.|
|.||VT-9775PT||$1475||Slim-line Beta, same as Sony's SL-2500. Offered Tape Remaining indicator, slo-mo playback, wireless remote.|
|1982||VR-8910||$599||7-day, 1-event programming, probably close to Sony's SL-5100.|
|.||VR-9500||$1300||Recorded at BIII only|
|1983||VR-8510||$650||Slim-line unit a la Sony's "E-Z Beta" SL-2400|
LOTS OF THIS INFO IS SKETCHY; IF ANYONE CAN SUPPLY MORE DETAILS FOR SOME OF THESE UNITS, IT WILL BE APPRECIATED!!
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