Videotapes cover a very wide range of resolutions. We always strive to improve the sound and images when possible, but sometimes it can actually appear that the quality has been degraded after transfer. This is especially true for VHS. For example, when you watch your faithfully reproduced VHS tapes (480 lines of resolution) on a new HD TV (1080 to 4000 lines of resolution) they will likely look worse than what you saw 10 years ago on a smaller SD television. It’s similar to looking at a photo from a printed newspaper with a magnifying glass.