|The 1600 was the "baby" budget model in Grundig's second generation range. It is much smaller and lighter than the earlier machines (particularly the Philips decks), and if there was a tape slot on the left, rather than a blank space, it could be mistaken for a "normal" VHS deck from five or ten years later. |
|It's a very simple, basic machine. It's a top-loader, of course, and the tape carriage lifts vertically up like many top-loaders of the day -- but there's no tape-viewing window in the lid, unlike VHS and Beta top-loaders.|
Apart from pause and picture search there are no trick-play features, no audio dub and no special functions other than the usual stop-at-zero counter memory.
|The normal operating controls are on the front of the machine, along with the display and station buttons. The channel tuners and clock / timer setting buttons are under a flap on the bottom right, along with a very neat sliding mode control, which is used to program the machine.|| |
|This is somewhat similar to the step-by-step process of the Philips V2000 machines, but since the position of the slider shows you exactly where you are in the programming process, I think this is a very neat and easy to understand interface. Many of these early machines - especially Grundigs - were hard to program, so it's surprising that such a good idea didn't catch on. |
|By the time these second generation machines appeared, V2000 was already fading away in the UK -- though the format continued to be popular in Europe. The 1600 was sold mainly in Germany - and although this particular machine is a British model, all the buttons are still labelled in German. A "handy" translation chart was stuck inside the tuner flap - an amazingly cheapskate solution, but perhaps not surprising, if you already believed that the format was failing... |
|Internally the 1600 is also very simple, a single circuit board with none of the usual plug-in modules so common in the Philips machines, just a single large "can" containing the interferance-sensitive circuits. |