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  1. Sorry, no self posted Ebay listings.
  2. I've wondered about this from time to time. Jim always was most sceptical saying the difference twixt 780 and 980 was a couple of screws and a plate. But from growing up in England my memories of all recordings is 50Hz hum. Maybe there's some real effect to do with that. My 980 has the aforementioned sticker (guess where it came from) and works just fine on 60Hz 117 volts (or so), of course with a transformer. Certainly the magic of Sony decks seems to be the way they clean up analogue input.....
  3. The 900 was the original "standard" (many people wouldn't spring for NH1) and there are lots out there. It has some issues with powersupply, typically the screen gets dim and needs to be adjusted, but on the whole is pretty reliable (and includes a mic socket which the NH600 and RH710 for example do not). A word of warning: do NOT under any circumstances put rechargeables in the AA battery case. All the happens is that the charging circuits get very confused. You need a decent 1.6 V. It may even be the way that some of these machines become unusable. The HQRP batteries for internal are currently widely available. I picked up a few and am extremely happy with them. That said, I have only ever given up on about 2 (out of 15 or so) regular Sony-or-OEM-replacement NiMH gumsticks (not the case for the Li-Ion... they simply die after a while). One more thing. Running any of these units with a dead or non-existent internal battery seems to deprive them of a certain buffering of the PS (Gyula from Budapest will probably tell me this is rubbish!). I recommend having a chargeable battery in the unit especially when transferring tracks TO the unit (with FROM, either it works or it doesn't - but with TO, you may end up wasting your effort). And if you don't need your RH1 for upload, I am sure there's folks here who would buy it off you just in order to do that, at less than the ridiculous prices people are asking on eBay,
  4. Avoid the NH1, it has known issues with the unique cable, and a battery (same as RH1) which costs BIG bucks to replace. I'd keep the RH1 for uploading to PC (of SP/LP2/LP4/Mono), the one thing that it and only it can do. It doesn't need a screen for that. If you're going MD, I would recommend the NH700 as it seems the most reliable. The second gen (RH10/910/M10/M100) make a lovely sound on playback but seem to have had more mechanical/electrical problems. And the NH700 takes AA's - a very strong selling point. Another way is switch to all-digital, the PCM-M10 or ICD-SX7xx/8xx/9xx. If you get Sound Forge 9 (or 10) which comes with quite a few different devices for free, you can use it to edit uploaded ATRAC especially HiMD formats. The only trick to that is to be able to decrypt the files first which you do from inside SonicStage using the file conversion tool (built in to SS). Finally, the question answered that you didn't ask - for playback, use none of the above but get a purpose built player-only (either HiMD or "loMD", the former can play both). This is good for several reasons: 1. you don't accidentally destroy precious recordings by pressing the track mark/record key 2. They are very solidly built (you will need to invest in a good charger and some brand new Gumsticks but these are available for a few bucks) and can be taken in more severe external environments like jogging (there's only one that even attempts to be waterproof, the MZ-S1 and I don't particularly recommend it). 3. There is much less to go wrong with the mechanics/electronics. MZ-EHxxx (HiMD) or MZ-Exxx, making sure in the latter case you get the ones that can play MDLP. MZ-EH70,MZ-EH50,MZ-EH930,MZ-E630 and so on.
  5. Oh, that's odd, I thought you said "halfway"? Anyway I just tested and it downloads perfectly. Maybe your antivirus software is making it impossible for the machine to receive a file of type "exe".
  6. The downloading failed, or the installation?
  7. Something like this? http://www.ebay.ca/itm/5pcs-FFC-FPC-26-pin-0-5mm-Pitch-Ribbon-Flat-Cable-Wire-ZIF-HDD-20cm-Long-New-/171907590525 Or you could take a 50pin and cut down the middle. Gyula? I'm sure the major houses (Mouser, etc) will handle exactly the right one. Is this the right one? (not sure about the pitch which on this available part is .5 mm). It's called an FFC "Flat Face Cable". http://www.mouser.com/search/ProductDetail.aspx?R=0virtualkey0virtualkey15020-0955 Now you have to find one, instead of 2000. Maybe this? Still not sure about that pitch parameter... http://cpc.farnell.com/molex/15015-0425/jumper-cable-ffc-0-3mm-101-6mm/dp/CN18201
  8. FORGET TORRENT!!!! The only reason one of you has it working and the other does not, is that there are two flavours of Windows. 64-bit Windows you will need to replace the naturally-installed driver with the 64-bit one in our downloads section. 32-bit Windows it will work out of the box.
  9. No!!!!! The right sonic stage program is here on this site. You need the 64 bit driver which is not included for reasons which will become apparent as you continue reading this post. The hash error is NOT random, but entirely expected. You need to ignore it by turning off the check. In the latest versions of Windows this can only be accomplished by rebooting the machine and pressing function key 8 (there are other ways too but they need not concern us). There you will find an option to turn off driver signing enforcement (the problem you're running into) until the next reboot. You will still have to tell Windows to ignore the hash mismatch. This is OK as only the file telling the USB subsystem installer which devices to accept the driver for has been changed (I did the changes myself), not the actual driver which has not been altered in any way. We can't sign the modification because we're not Sony, so it has to be this way.
  10. The 64-bit windows NetMD driver is here: You will need to turn off driver signing for long enough to install it. There are numerous posts here on the site about this. Good luck! PS I hope you are planning to transfer music TO the device. NetMD won't help you with getting music FROM it.
  11. Sorry, no self posted ebay listings. Looooong story.
  12. I have just one question: WHY? Is there some reason that wearing out a single minidisc of better quality is somehow safer than wearing out a few hundred (like many of us addicts here) of perfectly acceptable quality? Digital media, Sony states that they should be able to read and rewritten a million times or so.
  13. Yeah, probably a blown LED (or its circuitry). Not much you can do about that without risking compromising the NH1 - and for what? I think as long as you know it's charging by other means, let sleeping dogs lie
  14. Is it because it's not charging? You should be able to see on the RM-MC40ELK....
  15. Language packs don't do it, IIRC. Congrats to MS if they managed to fix that problem. It used to be so frustrating looking at Japanese pdfs for example.