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  1. 6 points
    Since the "Ultimate" 4.3 version seems to have gained quite a popularity, and appears to be less glitchy than any previous one, I decided to build a second release. This is purely a cosmetic update. What's changed from the first release: 1. Updated Registry Information Setup is used now. This doesn't affect minidisc functionality in any way, but may add support for some newer ATRAC phones (you still need to provide the respective drivers). 2. The link to Minidisc Community Forums in the Help menu is replaced with a link to Sony Insider Forums. 3. Installation package extraction path is no longer saved to registry. 4. Windows Installer 2.0 distribution package is not included. The complete list of changes from the official VAIO version (including changes introduced in the first release): 1. System prerequisites from Microsoft (Windows Installer 2.0, DirectX 9.0c, Windows Media Format 9, Windows Media Format 9.5, Data Access Components 2.5) are not included. 2. OpenMG Secure Module version 5.0 with the respective Registry Information is used instead of the original patched version 4.7. 3. Sony CONNECT Store support is no longer installed. 4. SonicStage Security Update is installed automatically. 5. Latest Personal Audio Drivers for SONY devices are installed automatically. 6. The VAIO support link in the Help menu is replaced with a link to Sony Insider Forums. NOTE: If you have applied the experimental SonicStage patch 4.3.02 for Vista/Windows 7, you'll need to re-apply it after installation. Download links: SonicStage 4.3 "Ultimate" Release 2 for Windows 2000/XP/Vista (you must register at Sony Insider forums to download) Mini-mode skins Recommended PxEngine update
  2. 4 points
    As promised in one of my previous posts, here is the trailer for 'The Field Recordist' which features some of the mini disc recorders, together with recorded tracks: UPDATED - HERE IS THE COMPLETE FILM: Best heard with headphones.
  3. 2 points
    Finally, my homebrew laser power meter is put together. It cost $3 worth of surface mount components, a used disc sacrificed for the shell, a piece of pcb, and some other stuff I found in the back of my drawer. Initially I tested it with my digital multimeter hooked on those test terminals, but then I found this neat little five-digit Volt-meter I bought some time ago on ebay, I think it was five bucks or so with free shipping from China. Without much fine tuning, I popped this little probe into all the decks I had at hand, and measured the laser power. From the mV readings and the nominal laser power values I calculated the mV-to-mW multipliers, and I took the average of a unit I trusted the most, a 940. Using this sole multiplier as the "calibration", I recalculated the measured mW figures and compared to the factory recommended range. Most of the other units were nicely within specification, but this 530 in question, that immediately popped out, being near 40% below the necessary values, i.e., 0,55 mW and 4,32 mW versus 0,9 mW and 7,0 mW respectively. Now, it might be that easy, but before changing anything, I want to check the IOP, to see, whether that meets the specs, and set the measured value for further adjustments. For this I will need that rig connecting to the drive, currently waiting for the special connector to arrive. So much for now, I will update the thread as I progress. Some photos attached below, just for fun.
  4. 2 points
    Hi all! So I've started a little project for myself. Minidisc never really caught on too well in canada so I won't be stmbling on any racks at the thrift shop anytime soon. I've been looking for storage solutions, haven't been a big fan of the wine box idea, generally I haven't seen anything that really caught my eye. For some reason it never dawned on me in the last year to 3D print some racks... I'm not sure why, I've been 3D printing everything else for years.... So I designed these up yesterday with some spare time. They're very rough still and very utilitarian. The larger one holds 10 discs and is meant to stack vertically (and has holes for nesting feet, and holes for screws). The smaller one to the right I haven't tested yet but I am thinking of a wall unit that makes the discs look like they are floating out of the wall. Edit wise I'm going to shrink the width by 2mm and perhaps put the discs at a slight downard angle rather than 90 degree so that if they were on an uneven surface, they'd still stay in the rack. What do you guys think? Feel free to toss any ideas my way! (also, for curiosity sake, the larger one took 8 hours to print! 3d printing is pretty cool but it's still a very slow process.) (The render) and printed
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    In case anyone is interested... I´ve written a review of the Sony MZ-R 50. http://marlene-d.blogspot.de/2013/07/the-legendary-sony-mz-r-50-review.html
  7. 2 points
    I just wanted to say that it is nice to have some new members who are clearly MD lovers around to join in on the discussion and add new thoughts, ideas and opinions. Welcome all. :-)
  8. 2 points
    Buy LIP-4 battery. First open all the cover of LIP-4. then you can small PCB. just remove the PCB using soldering iron or else. Do the same things with LIP-3 batteries. take the small PCB from LIP-3 and put to LIP-4 battery cell use soldering iron. Then cover you new battery, make sure it won't have electronics shortcuts. You'll have a new long lasting battery. It works on my MZ-N10.
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  10. 2 points
    I have a Sony MDS-JE780 for sale. It is silver and in mint condition as it has been hardly used. It is based in Wolverhampton so can be collected, or can be posted at additional cost. (I estimate about £7 with recorded delivery) £80 ono. Spec taken from the Sony website: Hybrid Pulse D/A Converter ATRAC DSP Type-S Long Time Recording and Playback (LP2, LP4) Pitch Control Scale Factor Edit NetMD Control A1 Keyboard Terminal 1 x Optical & 1 x Coaxial Input & 1 x Optical Output Available inblack and silverSee the link for more info.... http://www.sony.co.u...=TechnicalSpecs
  11. 2 points
    I have an N510 and a DN430. Both sound really good. I also have some S1's which, I know, are type R. They both sound excellent to me. I figured I'd take the (possible) slight noise quality hit and lack of remote for bombproof (especially in Orygun) performance of the S1. I can say those DN430's sound just fine. I think you can find that model with a radio too
  12. 1 point
    Hello, has somebody tried to hack SONY NAC-HD1 250GB Gigajuke? The one thing I changed, I expanded storage from 250GB to 1TB of storage. Show next post below. Expanding size of your Sony NAC-HD1 is pretty easy. I'll be glad to help you considering NAC-HD1 and moving data partitions to larger hard disk, such as 3TB western digital sataIII drive, cause I have my own NAC-HD1E @ home I migrate all of my music to larger disk. In Europe, sony provide NAC-HD1E model, without "ANY MUSIC" function, other functions are exact to Sony's NAC-HD1 Japanese model. I wrote down things you need to expand NAC-HD1E/NAC-HD1 on larger disk: 1) Destination drive (1TB, 2TB, 3TB ... etc) I used WESTERN DIGITAL, 1TB, SATA, 7200RPM, 32MB cache, RE WD1002FBYS 2) SATA TO IDE CONVERTER BOARD (sony use old parallel ata controller and nowadays P-ATA is going to disappear completely, further disks are provided only on sata interface. Show this link: http://www.cooldrive...toidecofor.html N.B.!!! Remeber, that SATA does not need MASTER and SLAVE modes, theese modes can be selected on CONVERTER BOARD. As we know, system uses hard disk to boot, you need to set it as MASTER disk on CONVERTER, and CD-ROM - SLAVE 3) personal computer (PC) with P-ATA and S-ATA (sata) connectors and linux distribution Live CD, personally I used Fedora core 12 Live CD 4) Acronis Disk Director bootable CD 5) elementary knowledge of basic Linux/UNIX shell commands Instructions (STEP BY STEP): 1) open GigaJuke Deck, disassemble hard disk and it's connectors from unit 2) connect both NAC-HD1 orginal P-ATA hard disk and the new one SATA hard disk drive on which you want to clone GigaJuke to PC 3) boot your computer with linux live and enter system console via terminal and with super-user rights Type su at the command promt: linux# su Then we need device names with apropriate dev's linux# ls /dev then output shows /dev/hda1 /dev/sdb1 etc on system properties under hard disk managment you can detect hard disk's system name. For example, let's say the first drive (original drive from JukeBox) is called /dev/hda (ATA drive) and the destination /dev/sdb (new disk where all information is going to be copied sector by sector) Linux/UNIX cames with utility called data dump, you can execute it by entering command dd with parameters. dd utility can copy hard disk contents sector by sector. to copy original disk contents (boot record, partitions - swap, ext3 fs) you must type the command dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/sdb bs=65536 where: dd - data dump utility, if=/dev/hda - source or input drive (listed as hda under dev) , of=/dev/sdb destination or output drive (listed as sdb under dev) , bs = 65536 (64k) - block size (in bytes) typicaly used for harddrive standard block sizes. N.B.!!! do not increase bs size under 64k, it will lead to errors during sector syncronize, smaller values susch as bs=32768 (32k) also can be used, but it takes longer to copy a disk. after copying the disk clone was completed. Only left one problem, after copying, there are only 250GB of allocated space on disk. N.B.!!! Do not use Acronis True Image, it will corrupt swap partition size and need to do disk clone again. Need to resize partition, it's done by Acronis Disk Doctor. You need to boot Acronis Disk Doctor CD and resize partition. after resize boot again linux live cd and shell promt type command fsck fsck sdb and wait till check is complete. Shut down computer and disconnect new hard disk and prepare to put it on GigaJuke Deck. Putting new disk on GigaJuke Assemble hard disk holder unit. Place The converter board on sata connector on hard disk, then wire connectors to converter board and connect PATA cable. GigaJuke is ready The you can fully assemble sony's deck unit. Turn the unit on and wait until it boots. I'll recommend that U have a backup copy of you music and reformat the new free space with format function on NAC-HD1, then restore again, because NAC-HD1 creates indexes for storage, and sometimes unit will be not happy to detect that unit has more storage than it was on previous format. Believe, this may help
  13. 1 point
    Good news. It works, it does!!!. It wouldn't be possible without your help. Thank you very much!!!.
  14. 1 point
    Post edited. No longer relevant.
  15. 1 point
    You must have the dirver for Net-MD 32 bits or 64 bits Then use a similar procedure for Windows 10 (disabling Windows signature control)
  16. 1 point
    Sensible. Part of the excitement is that I can actually afford to buy a bunch of units now, whereas I was 18 and broke when they first came out. So it's like I'm on some teen game show and I won a shopping spree inside a Best Buy
  17. 1 point
    I2OB wrote: "my brother is studding in Japan right now..." NICE work if you can get it! ;-)
  18. 1 point
    I mostly agree with PhilippeC except that I do like the MDLP machines just because I can put more audio on them if I want to. My ears can't tell the difference between SP and LP2 anyway. I do have a couple of Hi-MD units but one is used to record a radio program every week and the other is a backup and my MZ-M200 is used to upload to my computer. I have about 300 or so blanks so I should be alright there (although sometimes that doesn't seem like it will be enough). I also agree with the AA battery because I don't think those will be going anywhere anytime soon.
  19. 1 point
    You dont need water to get rid of labels on mindiscs - lighter fluid does the job better ( assuming you can get it where you are). just put a little on the label and cover it up to stop evaporation and leave it a few minutes. it will soften the glue on most labels, u can then use a tissue with some to remove any remaining glue
  20. 1 point
    "The market" determines their worth? Well, "the market" usually has no idea about quality - because in this case it consists of a few dumb people believing in a myth. The TDK significantly colours the sound and is far away from the original sound. But I´ll give you advice regarding your "market": you should extend shipping to Europe. Here in Germany for example, Sharp's last MD recorders with 1-bit technology are highly sought items, fetching rather extreme prices (and they too are not worth their money). The same goes for any HiMD device and the accompanying HiMDs. Happy? If so, stop using this forum to extract information on how to exploit others!
  21. 1 point
    That's great news PaulDenton!! I think the remote from many other units will likely control at least that basic functionality of the unit. Do you intend to use the RH1 on the go where you need the remote for full functionality? I am sure you'll be able to find a remote you can use. Congrats, you'll love it. That price seems very reasonable too, right around what they retailed for new.
  22. 1 point
    Yes - I went through a big phase messing around with them. I still contend that the Sony Portable CD Players that play ATRAC, MP3, Audio CDs and have Radios are the most versatile portable audio devices of that generation. However - I was very surprised to find that they were not gapless. And they really didn't sound as good as MDs - assume that is because of the hardware and not the codec of course.
  23. 1 point
    Added new photos on my picasa web site: blanks: maxell XL II Yellow, in the folder " rare brands " Intenso, Okano, Schneider. Machines: Victor XM C 11 red Victor XM C 31 pink in the next days more.... a nice day to all Sergio
  24. 1 point
    Agreed, I have picked up another 80 Sony Neige and Victor Clear blanks in the past month. It's a sickness for me really, I need to stop buying them! But the prices on Amazon are at least 25 - 50% lower than eBay if you can settle for these two varieties which I have always liked.
  25. 1 point
    The site is currently down, but I believe that Kohn has backups of everything and we can bring it back at some point if there is someone who can help us with migrating off vbulletin to some other platform that would be more suitable for our purposes. I looked into SMF for a short while, but I don't have the time at the moment into delving too heavily into the task. If you're interested in helping, please reach out to me via PM here or on the Facebook group. My name is Ben Chacko. Thanks for your interest. I too love the old Audio TBoard and miss it.
  26. 1 point
    I picked up a couple of NiMH gumsticks on eBay with the label "PowerStream", I don't see any for sale currently by the same seller but they seem to work great, hold a charge and run for nearly a week of 2 - 3 hours of use per day. This seller was in the US but I am sure the batteries are made in China. Both I bought have been charging and discharging for 6 months or so without issue.
  27. 1 point
    Hi Matt, Welcome to the forum. Before I answer it bothers me that you're spelling "obsolete" wrong. Now that is out the way: Aw man, I was kinda hoping you were serious about the "stuck in the past" thing, I was just about to sharpen my pitchfork - no doubt along with my fellow MDers. :-) What is YOUR attraction to the (now technically obselete) format, Minidisc? I used to be a big user and evangelist of the format. My attraction now is part "train set" effect, part fed-up with mp3 players and part nostalgia. Truth be told, I also like being different and retro, if everyone has an iPod I DO NOT want one. I also like creating compendiums of new music. I normally build up a playlist on my PC (where I listen to all my music these days) until I have ~2h 30mins of tracks "favourited". Then I record them to an MD in real-time for playback now and again. 1. How old were you when you first 'bought into' the format? 25 or so. 2. Do you still regularly use your very first player? No it was sold. I have re-bought exactly same spec as primary unit. 3. Do you regularly 'use' your items, or are some purely of interest as a 'collector'? Bit of both. 4. Do you listen to 'new' music on your discs, or prefer to keep the format for music 'of the era'? Bit of both. 5. Do you own more items than you can 'practically use'? Guilty as charged. 6. Did you 'go away' from MiniDisc', only to return to it at a later date? I did. 7. Do you associate use of your player with 'fond memories', or is it a purely 'practical' consideration? Bit of both. (the question/answer format shows me you really are a Police officer :-) Questions for you: will you share your conclusions with us? Will it be made public? Who else are you asking?
  28. 1 point
    1. How old were you when you first 'bought into' the format? 44. 2. Do you still regularly use your very first player? No, broke. 3. Do you regularly 'use' your items, or are some purely of interest as a 'collector'? Bit of both, couple of models have become favourites so they are used all the time. Those with peculiar obsolete batteries (e.g. Aiwa AM-F70) just sit on a shelf. 4. Do you listen to 'new' music on your discs, or prefer to keep the format for music 'of the era'? Any music. 5. Do you own more items than you can 'practically use'? Yes. 6. Did you 'go away' from MiniDisc', only to return to it at a later date? No, stuck with it ever since my first one. 7. Do you associate use of your player with 'fond memories', or is it a purely 'practical' consideration? Practical, if I use my MP3 player for a few days then go back to MD the improvement in sound quality is like a breath of fresh air. I've often wondered where the majority of regular MD users are located and it wouldn't surprise me if it's here in the UK. As a nation we traditionally tend to be more resistant to change than other countries so therefore hang on to old technology for longer. Good luck with your research.
  29. 1 point
    I'm just curious, when doing CD -> MD optical recordings, which will produce better MD recordings: portable MD Type-R recorder or MD home deck Type-R recorder? I've heard the using MD decks can produce better recordings because of the available power for computing/encoding/compressing. If a bit is a bit (0 or 1), wouldn't the sound quality be the same no mattery which Type-R recorder you use? Thanks.
  30. 1 point
    THIS IS A FORMAL CALL TO ALL SHARP NetMD owners to send in your PIDs. What does it mean PIDs and how may find it in my Sharp recorder? A good day to all
  31. 1 point
    Hi All, I normally get the urge to fiddle with Minidisc once a year. Last year the urge lasted only a few days. The reason was that I got frustrated with the recording process. I could not find any decent music player on Linux that would let me have 2 seconds between each track for the auto trackmark insert. I eventually settled on trying foobar2000 on a WINE (a Windows emulator) which worked but seemed like "yak shaving" (eg. a lot of effort to do something simple). So here in 2013, I felt the urge again but this time I wanted to solve this problem. So over this weekend I built a neat little "mp3-to-MD recording station". What this consists of is a "small form factor" PC running Debian Linux. I use a console-based music player called "mocp" for playing the tracks. I use digital optical for the MD connection. Digital optical means I don't have to fiddle with recording levels and I can use syncro-record. This makes it as "unattended" as possible right now. I can start off playing a playlist and then return to a freshly burnt disc in an hour. What is interesting is a couple of things: 1. I can run the computer "headless" so there does not have to be a monitor or keyboard attached. I can just ssh to it from another PC and control it from there. I see the same mocp interface but just in a terminal window. Also it is just "one button" power on and off. I can press the power button to turn on and within 30 seconds it is ready to rock. 2. The maintainer of the "mocp" software added a feature to include a user-configurable pause between tracks just for me. (I found 3000ms was best) He literally coded in the feature within 24 hours of me making a request. That is the power of opensource software! Here are some photos: http://opticalgarbage.com/minidisc/image/2-IMG_20130527_090642.jpg http://opticalgarbage.com/minidisc/image/3-IMG_20130527_090710.jpg http://opticalgarbage.com/minidisc/image/1-IMG_20130525_083016.jpg I really like doing things on a budget and not overspending. This solution used hardware I already had. The Compaq Deskpro EN is now obsolete and can be bought for £10-£15 (1Ghz Pentium III, 384M, 20G HDD), I used a Trust-brand Digital audio PCI card for the digital optical connection (£5-15). The Sony MZ-N710 is a secondhand unit which no longer accepts power from a gumstick (£10-15) so is a good "record-only" unit. I recorded "Daft Punk - Random Access Memories" as my test disc (in SP recording mode) and it reminded me of how great MD can sound. Daft Punk used traditional analogue recording means where possible in this album so I thought it would a good candidate for an MD test. Although I prefer to record from mp3, I find that recording via mp3 this way actually "cleans up" the source a little. Maybe a little crazy but it works for me. I listen back on a Sony MZ-R900 portable. Theres a couple of things with this setup that can can be better: 1. I'd like a little series of "beeps" or something from the PC when the playlist has finished. As running headless means you don't know when it's done unless actively monitoring it. My goal was as little attendance as possible. 2. I'd like it to automount a USB stick when inserted. If you see on the back, I added a USB2 2-port PCI card to accept USB storage. Right now I have to mount them manually. I'm sure this is easily solved within software. I might look into adapting another lowcost PC like a Raspberry PI for this project. Sadly though it does not have digital optical out although I might be able to do something with a Xitel DG2. Maybe I'll save that project for the 2014 "MD urge" :-) Anyhow just felt like sharing. I documented the set-up so if anyone is interested in trying it then I can help.
  32. 1 point
    Thanks Enzo. Enzo Heavenly is a legit buyer. He paid for the item quickly and communication was easy.
  33. 1 point
    I think Sergio is right, that sale ended up with a huge profit for the seller but this is not typical. I bought mine used about two years ago from a mate here on the boards and at the time I paid $180 USD. I had to immediately replace the battery as the 8 year old unit would only hold a charge for an hour or so. It actually still functions well today. Very nice little player only unit, no doubt one of the coolest Sony made in my opinion. Be honest about the battery when you list it, most serious buyers for this unit will know the details of the design and understand that the small, non-user replaceable LiON battery has a shelf life of around 5 or six years. May I also suggest that you try to get a few nicely lit focused photos of the unit? The aesthetics of this cool little machine will go a long way to stir up interest in buyers, that can't be appreciated with grainy, out of focus pictures ... Let us know when you list it, I'd be interested in watching it to see what you fetch! One other thought I had is that it seems like the market driven sales always do better and the idea is to sell the unit, too many greedy folks will list a unit such as this for Buy it now at $250 or something way too high and bidders don't want to immediately commit to that, start the bidding at zero or some low and reasonable value, no more than $50 and you'll see what the demand is. I see units all the time sell for a good and fair market driven price when listed this way. Other units listed with high BIN or high reserve prices will just come back up for sale again because no one bites ...
  34. 1 point
    http://forums.sonyinsider.com/index.php?showtopic=24827 Here is the list that my friend Pierre want to sale first to MD fans like ours... Later will come the price and details, at first please tell me what is your first 10 better choice because there is a huge work : hundreds of photos, description, etc. Most of decks are complete (box, remote...) Loque : As it take time to sale 100 decks, don't be afraid, there will be still plenty to sale next year ! Ask any question you want : PM me, I will transfer to Pierre. Final negociation will be done with him. Brand Model Denon DMD 1300 Denon DMD 800 Denon DMD 1000 B Denon DMD 1000 S Denon DMD M7 Denon DMD M10 Denon DMD M30 Denon DMD F100 JVC XM 228 Kenwood DM-3090 Kenwood DM-5090 Kenwood DM-9090 Kenwood DM-S500 Marantz CM 635 Onkyo FR-435 Onkyo MD-A9 Onkyo MD-105 Onkyo MD-122 Onkyo MD-185 II S Onkyo MD-185 II B Onkyo MD-2321 B Onkyo MD-2321 S Onkyo MD-2511 B Onkyo MD-2521 B Onkyo MD-2521 S Pioneer MJ-D508 Pioneer MJ-D707 Sharp MD-R3 Sharp MD-R2 Sony MDS-101 B Sony MDS-302 Sony MDS-303 Sony MDS-501 Sony MDS-503 Sony MDS-J3000ES Sony MDS-JA3ES S Sony MDS-JA3ES B Sony MDS-JA20ES B Sony MDS-JA30ES S Sony MDS-JA30ES B Sony MDS-JB730 Sony MDS-JB920 Sony MDS-JB930 Sony MDS-JB940 Sony MDS-JB980 Sony MDS-JE320 Sony MDS-JE330B Sony MDS-JE440 Sony MDS-JE470B Sony MDS-JE470S Sony MDS-JE480S Sony MDS-JE480B Sony MDS-JE500 Sony MDS-JE510B Sony MDS-JE510S Sony MDS-JE520 B Sony MDS-JE530 S Sony MDS-JE640 S Sony MDS-JE700 Sony MDS-JE780 Sony MDS-M100 Sony MDS-NT1 Sony MDS-MX1 Sony MDS-PC1 Sony MDS-PC2 Sony MDS-PC3 Sony MDS-S1 Sony MDS-S30 Sony MDS-S35 Sony MDS-S37 Sony MDS-S38 B Sony MDS-S39 S Sony MDS-S40 S Sony MDS-S41 S Sony MDS-S50 Sony MDS-S707 S Sony MDS-SD1 Sony MDS-SP55 Sony MDS-W1 Teac MD-H100 Teac MD-H500 Teac MD-H500i Teac MD- 8 Teac MD- 5 Technics SJ-MD100 Technics SJ-MD150 Technics SJ-HD501 Technics SJ-HDA710 Universum MD 4096 Yamaha MDX-595 S Yamaha MDX-595 B Yamaha MDX-596 B Yamaha MDX-793 B Yamaha MDX-E100 Yamaha MDX-E300 Yamaha MDX-M5
  35. 1 point
    2012 may not be the best time to start collecting minidiscs (about a decade too late) but over the past year I've become hooked. Even though I bought my first MD recorder back in the late 90's I've had a long hiatus and never knew so many discs were made. Ebay has served me well over the last year but I'm getting to a stage where certain discs just aren't coming up. I've even contacted a couple of Japanese sellers who say discs are pretty scarce there too. I've seen still a few things of interest on Amazon.co.jp (although rare portable recorders/players are listed at extortionate prices), sellers here don't ship outside of Japan. So I thought I would post a topic here to see if anyone wants to sell me any of the discs listed below that they have extra of or no longer want. The discs do NOT have to be still in their original packaging but I would prefer them without any labels been stuck on the discs. So the list: AXIA: "Select Your Style" - Green one with 3 lampshades: https://picasaweb.go...153527558569602 IDEMITSU: Any - https://picasaweb.go...hannel/Idemitsu MEMOREX: "Memorex SG" - Any colour: https://picasaweb.go...987264293260146 SAEHAN: "Windplayer" - Any colour: https://picasaweb.go...566798349386482 TDK: "Bitclub" - Yellow/White stripes: https://picasaweb.go...654463864314642 "Bitclub" - Black Triangles: https://picasaweb.go...654468159281954 "Bitclub" - US Maps: https://picasaweb.go...654429504576226 "Bitclub" - Book: https://picasaweb.go...345865745722738 "Bitclub" - Circles: https://picasaweb.go...345865745722738 "Bitclub" - Bubbles: https://picasaweb.go...345892593812146 "Bitclub" - House: https://picasaweb.go...345989694446114 "Bitclub" - Runner: https://picasaweb.go...346016983116610 TOPVALU: https://picasaweb.go...nel/TopvaluAeon VICTOR: "Fruity Colors" - Any or 5pk: https://picasaweb.go...780324778361490 "AR 2004" - Any or 5/10pk: https://picasaweb.go...609478376851730 "X(Kai)" - 80m or 74m: https://picasaweb.go...305044035477570 "D-Cruise" - Red or Blue: https://picasaweb.go...304369725612066 "Luna Sea" - https://picasaweb.go...609602930903602 Lastly, I'm also after the Victor/JVC XM-C31 player (preferably in pink or blue). If you have any of these that you are willing to sell, please PM me. If I've used your website to reference these discs - thanks (and I'm jealous!) Many thanks, Z.
  36. 1 point
    My Windows 7 PC has been reading both PCM and SP discs transferring the files from my Sony RH1, together with MD discs recorded on my MZ-90. When connecting my RH1 containing an MD recorded disc yesterday, a box appeared in Sonic Stage inviting me to download an updated driver, which I did. After that My PC was not reading MD discs. I have now reread all of this thread and was able to reinstall the netMD760 driver - all is now well! The trick is to look at "Other Devices". in Device Manager for the yellow exclamation mark icon, right click that and then "update driver" which it will find on your PC. Once installed, NetMD will appear in USB Controllers and disappear from "Other Devices". Presumably the netMD760 driver became corrupted on my PC.
  37. 1 point
    Why is this? Minidisc wont be around forever and we will need a viable flash player to move on to. I have tried giving up on minidisc several times and always end up coming back because even the Sony flash mp3/m4a players never sound as good as hi-md. Maybe its because md was designed solely around "sound" whereas all the new mp3 players have colour screens, wifi, video playback etc. I would prefer to pay $500 on audio only as my phone does everything else I need. I have tried several of the A series walkmans, several phones (galaxy s2, galaxy note) and even the ICD-SX813 but nothing is as good as a real-time recording on my rh1 via optical. I would save sooo much time and effort if i could get the same quality of an optical hi-sp recording with a flash based player using my PC to covert to m4a/mp3. Frustrating!
  38. 1 point
    Error Code: 00004e2e when I had this message too, it was because in the properties of my shortcut for ss I had specified :" launch programme in XP mode" while I was working with seven.
  39. 1 point
    I have a grey MZ-RH1 bought in Vietnam but coming from japanese market. The menu are in english and I did not even notice a langage menu before. Sadly I cannot give you more help as it have joggel problems that do not allowed me to navigate easily in the menu again. That could be an answer to you though, english menu is included in asiatic MZ-RH1. I rode somewhere that the 3 lines remote have japanes characters capabilities, that does not mean the MZ-RH1 has japanese or chinese capabilities itself . Never bought anything from eBay Hong Kong myself. I am searching for a MZ-RH1 myself, but one with lens or inside mechanic problem so I can make a GOOD MZ-RH1 with 2 units.
  40. 1 point
    I love Tascam gear, I have a few SD based portable recorders of theirs, but don't much like recording and playback with SD cards. If only they could have 'upgraded' the MD deck to Hi-MD....
  41. 1 point
    Great ! Many hundred dollars for a Hi-MD recorder. And then some more when the unit is not fucntioning as intended !!! Sony does know how to build a money-making business model.
  42. 1 point
    It was among some random crap in a bag at value village, it was marked at $25, came with 2 80minute MDs! It works Perfectly and only has few minor wear and tears. Heres a pic of it! (next to my R500) Left: R500, Right: N510 And I also got a Xitel PCLink box without cables For $4, but I had em lying around.
  43. 1 point
    As promised I am back to tell the end of the history. My MZ-N707 returned from England perfectly fixed and working fine. The guy (Jim) has done a good work and a perfect feedback on what he did and why and how he did it. I highly recommend him to anyone with a broken down MD recorder. Ask him before sending a Hi-MD recorder. You'll find the list of the models he can fix on eBay. Nothing more to say. Just that you can trust him
  44. 1 point
    Every few days or every time you do significant uploads. Remember, ANY System Restore or disk crash or reinstallation of Windows will cause you to lose everything (that you didn't decrypt). You should be able to upload HiMD stuff under W7 (depending on version). Apparently Sony's releasing proper Win7 support in August, at least for the RH1.
  45. 1 point
    Hello and welcome archmonde11, Regarding your questions about MD/HiMD formatting. You are correct, this is a choice of the format placed on the disc. The original MD format using MDLP (ATRAC3 CODEC compression options) was designed for storage of 80 minutes of music at 292Kbps (SP mode) very good sound quality, but limited duration and capacity, 160 minutes of music at 132Kbps (LP2 mode) decent sound quality but with compression artifacts being more obvious or 320 minutes of music at 66Kbps (LP4 mode) so-so sound quality, not acceptable to some. With HiMD, you are able to place the HiMD format on an older 80 minute disc, the HiMD format allows for the storage of higher duration of source material. The comparison is not apples to apples because Sony began stating the capacity of a disc in MB or GB versus minutes of storage space. An 80 minute disk prepared with HiMD format has access to the newer ATRAC3plus compression options as well as the original ATRAC3 options. Using ATRAC3 you can store approximately 5 hours LP2 and 10 hours LP4, using the newer ATRAC3plus CODECs for compression, an 80 minute disc prepared with HiMD format can store approximately 2 hours 30 minutes of 256Kbps (Hi-SP), 10 hours of 64Kbps (Hi-LP). There are some other ATRAC3plus CODEC options as well, however some cannot be transferred to MD regardless of the format placed on the disk. Using a 1GB HiMD disc, which can only be formatted using the HiMD format, you can store many more hours of ATRAC3 and ATRAC3Plus content. The disc is has roughly 3.25 times the capacity of an 80 minute disc and can hold around 8 hours of ATRAC3plus 256Kbps (HiSP) which is great. It can also store around 16 hours of ATRAC3 132Kbps (LP2). PCM can be stored on both disk types as well, although at the cost of capacity. An 80 minute HiMD formatted disc can store around 30 minutes of PCM, a 1GB HiMD disc can store around 94 minutes of PCM. I personally use new old stock 80 Minute MD disks in two modes, optical recording of SP (292Kbps) straight to disc for fantastic sound quality, but only 80 minutes of storage (same as CD). I also frequently use two other combinations of format and CODEC. 80 minute MD prepared with HiMD format using ATRAC3plus HiSP (256Kbps) for about 2.5 hours per disk with great sound quality as well as 80 minute MD prepared with HiMD format using ATRAC3 LP2 (132Kbps) for about 5 hours per disk with decent sound quality. I own around 10 HiMD discs but find that I do not use them often. Have fun figuring it all out, the RH1 is a sweet unit, I love mine and use it nearly every day.
  46. 1 point
    I usually press pause and then slide the record button. This doesn't produce that empty track. I guess the RH1 is quicker with starting the recording.
  47. 1 point
    Wait.... you want to put the receiver before the TV, correct? Then all you need is HDMI from the box to the receiver (and of course HDMI from receiver to TV) Sadly I will confess that I rarely use HDMI even though I have it for all relevant devices. The PQ with Component Video beats it by a Scotch mile. So if 'twas me, would need two sets of component video and a nice high quality coax cable. Coax is supposed to be better than TOSlink but I seriously doubt that you will notice a difference. As to receiving the TV into the receiver just get some audio cables and loop them back to a different input of the receiver. Probably not digital unless your TV has digital out. In this case you'll need one more digi cable for that direction.
  48. 1 point
    A remote introduces additional contacts and active electronics (if it has a display), which may affect sound quality, so it is obviously better not to use it. The cleaner the path, the better the sound. The clamp filters do not affect sound quality in any way, and are totally useless in a normally working system. Their only function is to prevent the respective cable from becoming a radio noise transmitting antenna in case your computer turns mad and starts outputting radio frequency signals from its USB port. Such things do happen, and may affect entertainment/traffic and equipment control/emergency service radio transmissions in the neighborhood, but the probablity is infinitesimally small.
  49. 1 point
    I've no idea about the Sony receivers as I don't own one. But I recently bought an Onkyo receiver (not MD, just AV receiver with lots of inputs and outputs). It does exactly the same trick. If there's digital on the same input, the digital wins (and the analog cuts out).
  50. 1 point
    Line out is not supposed to sound nice, it is supposed to be used for transferring sound between machines. There is no equalisation or any type of effect for that matter. The idea is that the machine which your line out is connected to will be able to do exactly that, and if you send it a signal which has been run through a weird EQ setting, then there is no way it will be able to play the original flat sound. Just a question though - why do you have both Bass and Treble turned all the way up? If I remember rightly from one of my older Sony Walkmen, then that would have exactly the same effect as turning up the volume. Why not just turn the volume up and use the EQ for something a bit more useful (like making it sound better )