Arr-Nine-Hundred

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About Arr-Nine-Hundred

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    Southampton
  • Interests
    MiniDisc, MDLP, mp3 recording to MD, MD blank collecting

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    Sennheisser PX200, Sony reference-quality pair
  • Minidisc units
    MZ-R900, MZ-N710, MZ-N10

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  1. That is a really good summary dude, thanks
  2. Many thanks for that bluecrab! I'm leaning heavily towards a "UK sound" 930 as it seems a bit cheaper and I'm using SP more these days (I've too many discs to use up now - haha) Good to see you still posting around these parts too
  3. Yep Freddy, I'm hoping to find a JB-9x0 deck with the eject problem so I can buy and fix cheaply. I have already done a drive belt fix on a JE-770 deck I bought for £15
  4. The swift-tagging is a useful feature but... I'd have to use Sonic Stage and therefore keep two copies of each file right?
  5. If I had to chose one of the decks - Tascam MD-350, Sony JB930, 940 or 980 - then which should I go for? I mainly record via optical from my PC (mp3's and YouTube) to create compendiums. I use SP mode more and more these days for MDLP isn't as important.
  6. Thanks Philippe - holy heck though - the JB-980? That looks like something to aspire to own
  7. Hello All, I'm after a new deck to add to the collection! The two in my sights are the Sony JB-930 (or 940 which has MDLP) - this is a premium Sony deck and I'd be looking for one in black with the red "UK tuned" emblem. I think it also has a PS/2 port so a keyboard can be plugged in to aid MD titling. The Tascam MD-350 is a German made beast, which I understand was designed for long haul professional use in a rack - it also has metal gears inside to improve robustness. I really like the sound of the Tascam, it reminds me of a German premium car or something. The Sony though visually looks better and is probably more consumer-friendly since I don't use it professionally. It's just for occasional recording and playback. Any owners here of the respective models? Thanks!
  8. Does anyone have a good source for stickers/labels for minidiscs? I'd prefer either online with shipping to UK or a real shops based in the UK. I was going to check out Hobbycraft for something suitable. I'm after something that will fit the front-half of a disc that designed to have a label of some sort (it's a 3cm x 5cm rectangle approx). Slight lines (like the ones given with new blanks) or blank is fine, lighter colours preferred and it would be nice to have pastel shades rather than white for a change!
  9. Damn. I also tend to save websites if I think they are too niche and self-hosting on my wiki. I won't give up on this, imma gonna try and get in touch with "vanillakitty2009" somehow...
  10. The gallery was at https://picasaweb.google.com/vanillakitty2009/MD# Had a quick Google with the username "vanillakitty2009" but found nothing I was updating my little wiki of MiniDisc resources https://opticalgarbage.com/wiki/index.php/Main/MiniDisc
  11. See photo! Seller was local to me (Portsmouth) so I made an offer and got this beauty for £20 along with everything pictured (except the curious cat, he's mine) It's in good condition for it's age, has a really nice crisp loading and movement mechanism. I was intruiged about the R50 since minidisc.org has this little gem in the description: " Considered by many to be the pinnacle of Sony's Minidisc development in terms of ruggedness and usability " http://minidisc.org/part_Sony_MZ-R50.html I normally go for MDLP units but lately I've been burning more SP discs so lack of MDLP is not an issue for the moment. It's heavy though! I took it on a walk and had to switch hands while holding it after 20 minutes!
  12. Thanks! I got the replacement drive belts earlier this week (2 for £5 from eBay) and they seems good quality and the correct size. I had time today to attempt to replace it... it was a bit fiddly but I managed to replace the belt and my JE770 now ejects smoothly! I'm really happy - so total cost of a working JE770 was £15 plus some of my time. Here is a photo of the old and new belts side-by-side, you can see that old belt (left) is a good bit thinner and felt more "weak and tired" in my hands: While waiting for the belts I picked up a JE470 locally for £40 - despite being a decent unit it lacked the sound level meters on the digital display which the JE770 has - I think they look really cool so the JE470 has gone into storage to be replaced by the newly working JE770!
  13. Thanks NGY, useful info! Do you know which other decks have a MDM-7A drive? I could always buy a damaged unit with a working drive and scavenge it. That said, I've just ordered a new drive belt from eBay and will give this a go next weekend. As for drive belt-refit, this video was given to me by the deck seller as a good guide:
  14. Thanks, just used that today with my JE770 deck and it works very well - I think recording to decks may work a bit better than portable recording units. I've used this plugin in the past with Foobar2000 with portable recorders and always end up with rogue track marks. Conclusion: recording mp3s from PC? Decks are where it's at!
  15. Interesting PhilippeC, I never considered using NetMD to correct the rogue track marks. I'm curious though, have you found a reliable solution to recording via PC AND getting reliable track marks? I use the optical out built into my motherboard. I'd be happy with track marks put in place, even double marks right next to each other as long as they accurately let me skip to a particular track. I also dont care about titling the tracks either.