I’ll be honest and say, I have no idea who Sheen were. Their name sounds more like a cleaning product than a video cassette, but according to the cover, they were an “all Australian video group”. Beautifully adorned, however, spoilt by an Audiosonic, TDK and a Maxell label, the cassette sleeve displays the classic “fud” that tries to sell tape.

Sheen E180

By fud, yes, I mean that graph on the back that has no scales whatsoever. They’re even trying to compare values in disjoint units. For example Video S/N in dB is +0.5 and given half the scale to the top, implying that +1dB output is “ultimate”? That’s not true. Likewise, Dispersion Consistency Between Batches is given a 0.4 (in what units?) and its way up high. It continues on – where even negative values are given a “positive” bar?!

Anyway, the cassette – it’s a heavy one, and its plastic seems to have yellowed dramatically. Two identical samples have this particular yellowing – I’m not sure if it was manufactured this way, but it also has a windmill pattern frosted into the clear hub plate. At the time, SVHS might not have existed, so the label which says “Super VHS” might be forgivable.

Sheen E180 Top Sheen E180 Bottom Sheen E180 Spine

Interestingly, this particular tape uses plastic rollers too.

Sheen E180 Rollers

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