"VHS, still present
VHS video cassettes are still with us, and will be as long as it’s not possible to record on another support. They are only capable of reproducing stereo and Dolby Surround, and, as long as your equipment is limited to being a nice TV set and some not too sophisticated audio gear, you should be quite happy with it. VCR’s never cease to be improved, but could never be a serious threat to digital sources – DVD, satellite or cable. It’s thus in respite, because as soon as DVD’s will be able to be recorded, video cassettes will disappear within three years. The Laserdisc, forerunner of Home Cinema.
The ancestor of digital sources, to which we owe the first top quality images, and made us tremble with ravaging Dolby Surround Sound, for which the THX label first appeared for the general public, is in the process of disappearing. Too imposing in the face of the DVD, it is leaving its place to a support with highly superior possibilities. DVD, the undisputed star of Home Cinema.
DVD is currently the best, and the most highly developed Home Cinema source. It offers an image quality exempt of all impurities and video noise, as well as the possibility to harbour eight languages and 32 sub-title languages. It is also possible for the DVD to manage several formats of video encoding, several camera angles, and to contain computer programmes, games and music. In a word, it’s the source of physical data "par excellence".
The fact that the DVD format is more a sort of "super diskette" on which it’s possible to stock any type of digital information, as long as there’s space there, makes it highly versatile and universal. This is where the initials DVD come from: Digital Versatile Disc. The possibilities are almost endless, and countless new developments are in the wings. "