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  1. Just to follow up I double-checked with a schematic of one deck (the 980 but others are I am sure identical), you will see a path from DIN to DOUT that does NOT involve going through the block marked "ATRAC encoder/decoder". The only caveat is that the DAC doesn't work when there's no (BD) drive in the unit, as I discovered to my cost one time I had to get a drive fixed. Because that circuitry is IN the disk assembly's circuit board.
  2. Nope. If there are pins on that very complicated connector on the bottom of the NH1, there's no connector I know of that allows you to read a digital signal. Interesting thought though. Sonic Stage gets the information from a HiMD disk as ATRAC data, and decodes it in the PC. The only exception to this rule is the MZ-RH1 which manages to upload the S/P DIF data directly, thereby allowing upload of legacy MD's. Until the RH1, the combined USB and MD processor chips weren't fast enough. You can only get a good stream from the earlier units because the PC buffers it, pulling the data. That's what happens with the "Slow upload" problem with the RH1 (polling other installed drivers wastes time), kind of like the "floppy disk format interleave problem" which was so annoying back in the early days, one sector per revolution because the electronics couldn't keep up.
  3. That's the range. It has very nice headphones that come with it. I use it on planes as the noise cancelling works better than anything else I've tried. There's even an analog INPUT adapter if you want to hear the output from the plane's audio (analog of course), though you'd have to buy that. There's no difference in signal format of SPDIF between Optical and Coax. S/PDIF is S/PDIF (as I am sure you know S stands for Sony and P for Philips).
  4. Absolutely not. There is no ATRAC decoding/encoding for signal that passes through, the ATRAC only affects stuff going to/from disk.
  5. What is the model number of the Onkyo with optical out? It's trivial to get Coax instead of optical, either by hacking or by an external converter for $20. Try the NW-S75x you will like them. They have noise cancelling built in. You can play using VLC or Sonic Stage or Windows media player or ...... Kind regards
  6. Absolutely no on all counts. The HiMD decks don't have optical or coax output. The HiMD portables do not have digital output of any kind. However, you don't need a HiMD device to get digital playback of ATRAC3+, the codec used in HiMD format. 1. You can hook the device to Sonic Stage and play it back through your PC using all-digital means 2. You can upload the tracks on your HiMD disks into the Sonic Stage library and play them on PC with no device connected. 3. Once you have the computer files on your PC, you can play them anywhere with VLC which understands the format perfectly. There are a few limitations, and some copy protection stuff but most of it you don't need to worry about. 4. You can load your ATRAC3+ files into some Sony devices with NO CONVERSION required and experience direct playback of the files. Examples, NW-ZX1, NW-F887, NW-S756. Even your LP4 files laboriously compiled on a standard MD can be played back this way, I do it every day with Bluetooth in my car.
  7. Seriously, guys don't even consider using 70% Isopropanol. You should use only pure (99% or 100% on the label). I dread to think what is in the 30% in the bottle above. And it is almost never the head cleaning problem. There are a gazillion things which can cause failure to read. Most common is (gradual) loss of laser power.
  8. More likely something got bounced around in transit, and finally came loose with use. I'm guessing the ribbon cable between the front panel and the rest of the machine.
  9. Does the Sharp have a hold switch on the remote? The Sony remotes are entirely disabled if HOLD is set to on.
  10. At those prices I think I might be saving my pennies for a 3D-printer.............
  11. That's weird. Anyway you do not need any software except Windows to recognize a valid drive under Windows. HiMD disks are valid Windows drives. Be very very careful, do not try to transfer "stuff" or alter the drive, even by a single byte (or bit) - you will lose all audio files most likely***. So - see if you can see it in the list of Windows drives (J: or K: or whatever). It won't show up unless there is a Hi-MD formatted disk in the player. **** Note: you CANNOT use write protection (tab) on a HiMD disk - all that happens is that Sonic Stage will refuse to load it.
  12. Just the screen. I cannot speak generally, but that has been the perceived point of failure over and over again. A lot of the functionality is built into being able to use that screen. Service mode, for example.
  13. Sorry to say but the initial diagnosis was correct - the screen was simply dead. Sony never even sold the OLED part separately, the only thing listed is the complete (compleat?) assembly.
  14. Unfortunately no. We'd have to get in touch with Eric Woudenberg, I think he's "webmaster" here though has nothing to do with this site (title from when the two were joined). Sorry, I didn't get as far as the last 2 pages. I printed the durned thing out and spiral bound it and was going to look later. I will do some cleanup. In a hurry at the minute.
  15. Thanks for that. It's now posted in downloads: I tried three different sizes of file, original (35MB), On-screen (3MB) and E-book (9MB). The 3MB was a bit fuzzy close up, so I settled on the 9MB version. As the owner of MD-105FX I am personally grateful, since my only manual for that is Japanese. It's not quite the same deck, but I am sure we will find that this version will do for both machines. Cheers