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  1. 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,
  2. 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.
  3. 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".
  4. The downloading failed, or the installation?
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Sorry, no self posted ebay listings. Looooong story.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. Is it because it's not charging? You should be able to see on the RM-MC40ELK....
  13. 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.
  14. Yep, a MZ-N707 will not play HiMD disks. It's most compressed codec is MDLP. That is why you see the message you do. Sorry. You need to fix the NH600 or buy a new (well, replacement) HiMD player or player-recorder.
  15. Version Version 1.2


    These are the drivers you will need to get NetMD devices to work with 64-bit Windows 7 and Vista. For Hi-MD devices in Hi-MD mode, no driver is needed, however for NetMD mode you will still need this. Compatible models: NetMD: MZ-N1 LAM-1 MDS-JB980 MZ-N505 MZ-S1 MZ-N707 MZ-N10 MZ-N910 MZ-NF810/N710 MZ-NF610/N510 MZ-NE410 MZ-NE910/NE810 LAM-10 AM-NX1 MDS-S500 AM-NX9 Sharp IM-MT880/899 Sharp IM-DR400/410 Sharp IM-DR420/DR80/DR580 Kenwood DMC-S9NET Hi-MD: MZ-NH1 MZ-NH3D MZ-NH900 MZ-NHF800/NH700 MZ-NH600/NH600D MZ-N920 MZ-DH10P MZ-RH10/M100 MZ-RH910/M10 MZ-RH1/M200 Others: C7NT L7HD 333NT/373NT (Note: PCLK functionality will NOT work with this driver set, so no M-Crew is possible unless you use the XP virtual machine in W7 Pro or Ultimate) Here's a video one user posted in the forums. Thanks muchly, "proudofmylife" A word to the wise: if you want to see what is actually depicted (text), recommend watching on youtube rather than in this window here. That's an option if you right-click the screen shot here. That will allow you to view in full screen, thereby seeing the details quite clearly.
  16. In one word, YES!
  17. The major difference between ATRAC and MP3 is, if I recall the explanation correctly. one is in the time domain and one in the frequency domain. As well, later versions (ATRAC3/+) take special care with encoding certain recurring frequencies (ie steady notes) in the output by subtracting them out and encoding separately, thereby leaving more bits for the rest of the sound to be encoded (this means for example that pipe organs sound surprisingly good at low bit rates). ATRAC uses fixed frames covering a certain amount of time (i don't recall). All this stuff can be found on minidisc.org. Stephen
  18. Someone is selling LIP-12s on EBay http://www.ebay.com/itm/MD-Players-Battery-for-sony-MZ-B3-LIP-12H-MZ-E3-MZ-R2-LIP-12-/400902162329?hash=item5d57a18799:g:hXIAAMXQVT9S15WS
  19. I'm still not sure about parallels as I have no way of testing it. However I did confirm that if you install Sonic Stage on 64-bit windows, and plug in a Hi-MD recorder whose DISC MODE is set to MD (ie NetMD) then what appears to happen is the USB subsystem gets messed up and won't transfer Hi-MD stuff, probably because the 32-bit NetMD driver is being invoked. So, FWIW, UPDATE the NetMD driver (look in Device Manager and you will see it!) to NETMD760.* (see the instructions everywhere for NetMD under 64-bit Windows in our downloads section) to be the 64-bit driver, and magically the Hi-MD transfers will work too. This is preferable to setting the DISC MODE, in a way, because if you put a non-HiMD disk into the unit, it can still appear to the computer as a NetMD disk and will load the WRONG driver. And one more tip for all you with battery problems, don't even think of trying to do transfers without a battery in the unit. The presence of the battery (preferably with a little charge in it) stabilises the power supply and makes it immune to the power fluctuations which occur mid-transfer from unexpected seeks and the like. Update: it looks like you have to go in and search for windows\inf\oem*.inf where the file contains the phrase NetMD and delete them. I think there are routinely 5 after a standard Sonic Stage install.
  20. Not all formats are played by VLC/ffmpeg (the same code went into both). However the ones most generally protected (encrypted) ARE playable. Exceptions: PCM 1411 kbps. It's too bad they couldn't figure this one out, but I am pretty certain encrypted PCM files cannot be played. Atrac Advanced Lossless - it's not a protected format but you will need Sonic Stage DLL's to play it. And I'm not entirely sure about LP3 (105kbps, but most people never discovered that format!) But the most common formats (LP2,LP4,Hi-LP,Hi-SP, and probably other Hi-formats such as 352kbps) should be fine. ONE VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: do not assume that 64kbps ATRAC needs 64kbps MP3. You'll get garbage. My recommendation is to convert all forms of ATRAC less than 256kbps to MP3 256K, and Hi-SP (256kbps ATRAC) to something higher than that. ATRAC is a very good encoding scheme, much better than MP3 at low bitrates. Above 256kbps it doesn't make so much difference.
  21. Yup works great. I did it slightly different, but same principle, hook up BC700 to terminals of defunct prismatic charger.
  22. No special driver is required for Hi-MD. Hence you can see the standard Microsoft drivers that treat it as a standard disk. Check the dates, manufacturer and version numbers of those files if you don't believe me. Did you change DISC MODE? Or did you look to see what the display says? You need to make sure it says Hi-SP inside the Menu setting DISC MODE. If it says "Hi-SP" (and "Hi-MD" in a different place, I just checked) on the display during playback that proves nothing. The NetMD driver should have been installed during SS installation. The fact that it is not (even presuming that parallels gives you a 32-bit environment) means you cannot access any of the NetMD verbs during operation. Hence the crash. The problem is that Parallels takes the USB connection down at the slightest provocation (after all it does have charge of the native USB port). It IS possible there's a way to make the USB connection "dedicated" (I have no idea what that would be in Apple lingo). This might solve your problem. I do NOT expect parallels to support Minidisc (esp. legacy formats MDLP and SP) natively. The same problem exists with Windows XP virtual box running under Windows 64-bit. However we have a 64-bit NetMD driver which allows SS to talk directly to 64-bit windows. I don't think that would work with parallels (which I am sure will be 64-bits) but you can always attempt to figure it out. I cannot - I don't have a Mac to work with. Sorry.
  23. Set the DISC MODE on the unit to Hi-MD. Now it won't try to change to MD (NetMD) every time you insert or eject a disk. Parallels will definitely have trouble with that. It's a USB problem. Listen to the sound made when a USB connection goes up or down. You have to use the menu on the device itself. There is nowhere else you can change this parameter. However anything you were doing that depended on a default of NetMD (MD) will no longer work. And... you need to make sure the NetMD driver is installed. Since that is very likely impossible in Parallels, the system will crash every time it tries to switch to MD mode, for whatever reason.
  24. Wonder if you'd like to upload a zip of your disk for the CMT-SE9? You can find the one for the CMT-M333NT here and from bitter experience it's slightly different I would guess. Also if have both we may be able to figure out the difference between the 2, I bet it's only one or two files. You'd be doing users a service because I am sure Sony no longer supports any of this (to them) junk. PM me for details and we'll figure a way to it (it's a bit big for a "normal" upload). Note that it's not necessary to include the entire disk, my upload was "only" 67MB.
  25. You cannot transfer live recordings from N707 to computer using USB. For this you need the MZ-RH1 (also marketed as MZ-M200). So sorry. To get recordings TO the N707 you will need the 64-bit Windows NetMD driver. But this will not allow you to go the other direction.