THE OTHER BETA MAKERS*
THE SANYO TIMELINE

YEAR
MODEL
MSRP
1977
VTC 9100
 $995
1979
VTC 9100A
$695
VTC 9000
$995
1980
VCR 5050
$1195
1981
VCR 4200
$499
VCR 4300
$699
VRC 5000
$1095
VPR 4800
$795
VTC 7100X
$1770
VTC 7150X
$1600
VTT 481
$400
1983
VCR 3900
$400
VCR 3900II
$450
VCR 4000
$400
VCR 4500
$450
VCR 6300
$599
VCR 7300
$1000
VCR 6400
$570
11/83
VRC 100
$1400
VCR 6800
$700
1984
VCR 3
$650
VCR 4400
$320
VCR 4600
$450
VCR 4650
$499
VCR 4670
$500
 
VRC 200
$1300
 
VCR 4750
$650
VCR 4900
$600
VCR 7200
$700
1985
VCR 4020
$350
VCR 4030
$380
 
VRC 400
$1380
 
VCR 7150
$640
VCR 7250
$680
VCR 7500
$750
 
VRC 500
$1450
1986
VCR 4010
$220
VCR 4027
$350
VCR 7150
$450
 
VCR 8700GM
$490

THE NEC TIMELINE

YEAR
MODEL
MSRP
1982
VC-P1000E
   $770
VC-731
$750
 
PVC-P1040E
$1150
VC-734
 $795
VC-737
$995
1983
VC-734E
$599
VC-737E
$699
 
BM-11EU
$1500
VC-738E
$699
VC-739E
$1200
1984
VC-N20E
$600
VC-N40E
$750
1985
VC-N70EU
$1000
BM-55EU
$1500
1986
VC-N65EU
$750

THE SEARS TIMELINE

YEAR
MODEL
MSRP
1979
5305
 $985
1980
5306
$985
1981
5310
 $685
5314
$785
5318
$895
5322
$995
5356
$1145
5356N
$1125
5360
$1175
1982
5301
$599
5311
$699
5312
$699
5319
$700
5344
$999
1983
5309
$399
53121
$550
53442
$900
1984
5317
$500
5341
$700
1985
53091
$200

NAVCO
(Time-lapse security recorder)

YEAR
MODEL
MSRP
1984
2412
   $1395
 
2412SB
   $1495
1985
2500
$1495

THE TOSHIBA TIMELINE

YEAR
MODEL
MSRP
1978
V-5210
 $995
1979
V-5310
 $995
1980
V-5420
$1295
V-5425
$1345
V-5530
$1245
V-5535
$1345
1981
V-8000
$1245
V-8035
$1345
V-8500
$1495
V-9030
$1400
1982
V-9200
$850
V-9500
$1390
1983
V-9035
$1219
V-M32
$795
 
BMT-11
$1400
V-S36
$1150
V-BM37
$1450
1984
V-M40
$379
V-M41
$450
V-M42
$519
 
V-M422/423
$529
 
V-BM47
$1450
V-S43
$849
V-S44
$850
 
V-C300
$549
 
V-600C
$599
V-S46
$999
1985
V-554
$620
V-556
$880
V-K3000
$1000
V-M50
$380
V-M52
$399
V-X340
$1200
1986
V-M33
$450
V-M51
$399
V-M53
$449
V-S54
$629
V-S55
$649
V-S56
$879

THE ZENITH TIMELINE

YEAR
MODEL
MSRP
1978
JR-9000W
   $995
KR-9000W
$995
1979
VR-9000
$1125
VR-9700J
$1300
1980
VR-9750J
$1350
1981
VR-8500PT
$799
VR-8900W
$850
VR-9760W
$1350
VR-9800
$1425
VRT-9850
$450
VT-9775PT
$1475
1982
VR-8910PT
$599
VR-9500
$1300
VRT-9550
$325
1983
VR-8510PT
$650

MARANTZ

YEAR
MODEL
MSRP
1982
VR-200
   $1295

AIWA

YEAR
MODEL
MSRP
1984
AV-50M
   $795
SV-50M
   $495
CV-5M
$995
1985
AV-70M
$1395

PIONEER

YEAR
MODEL
MSRP
1985
VX-50
   $795
1985
VX-90
$1495

RENT-A-BETA
(Sold to tape rental industry)

YEAR
MODEL
MSRP
1982
RB-100
   $695
1983
RB-500
$795

MAGNASONIC

YEAR
MODEL
MSRP
1984
MVC-700
   $395
1985
MVC-710
$495

 RADIO SHACK

YEAR
MODEL
MSRP
1985
20
   $500
1986
22
$800
*Information obtained from dealer "pink sheets" and reflects the MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) when model was first offered for sale. Since the actual cost to the dealer could be reduced by promotions, quantity buys and special incentives the true selling price would often be less. Release dates can be slightly inaccurate because some distributors had items still in their inventory when new models were released. An updated dealer price list was sometimes not released until previous inventory was sold down. It could then show the new model as being released on or around the new price list "effective" date.
NEC, Sanyo and Toshiba manufactured the store brands for Sears, Marantz, Radio Shack, Rent-A-Beta, Navco, Magnasonic and others. Sony produced units for Zenith and Pioneer. To go back to the Sony timeline click here.