The word that currently makes me cringe on sight is "artisan." Now that that's off my chest, I don't think good vinyl records ever ceased to be high fidelity. Good tape - not cassette, not 8 track cartridges - can be very high fidelity. Both can convey the original recording with a great degree of authenticity. But VHS? No. Never. Not then, not now. VHS was never very good. It was an affordable, easy way to record video at home but it was never very good.
Now if something like lomography starts up with VCRs, I'll be able to pay off my student debt by selling $5 garage sale VHS machines for $250 each!