Re: Can we finally settle this?
I have a crappy two head Sanyo Betamax player with no fancy electronics inside and about a dozen boards and a maze of wires.
The playback is arguably a better quality than a much more modern VHS deck with multiple heads and an array of digital processing tricks.
Both players can do frame step. The VHS does it digitally (I can use a finger to slow the head and the screen doesn't change), the Beta only has a ripple at the bottom of the screen because it's just better.
The only think VHS offers above beta is HiFi sound. But had it been a current technology back then, I reckon beta would have had it too.