Soundbox

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About Soundbox

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  • Birthday December 01

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  • Gender Male
  • Location UK
  • Interests Music, car maintainance, photography, reading

Previous Fields

  • Sony Products I Own CD player, DVD player, MD recorders

Audio

  • Headphones JVC
  • Amplification Denon
  • Minidisc units MZR-30, MZ-R50, JE510, JB980
  • Microphone Equipment ECM-909a

Soundbox's Activity

  1. Soundbox added a post in a topic: New blanks still being made in 2013   


    I did type Neige but my phone thought it knew better! Added to the dictionary now.
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  2. Soundbox added a post in a topic: New blanks still being made in 2013   

    Sony Beige 80's I get from Amazon for £11.50 (that's a ten pack) with free shipping. That's a fair price. 74's are a little dearer for some reason. I see new Sony portables are available for £159 which is not exorbitant.
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  3. Soundbox added a post in a topic: Sharp MD 702 in need of a repair.   

    Try Jim Hoggarth (he posts by that name too) does MD repairs. He is UK based and has serviced most of my portable recorders. Absolutely excellent service and good value.
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  4. Soundbox added a post in a topic: UK people - Where do you shop?   


    It was the YMCA in Aylesbury. Cash Converters are another good place. When they sell you a MD deck you often find that they come with a whole mass of used and new blank disks.
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  5. Soundbox added a post in a topic: UK people - Where do you shop?   

    For pre-recorded disks eBay is your best bet - but look also at portables for sale as sometimes such disks are thrown in as part of the deal. For blank disks just keep your eyes open - charity shops are a good source. I picked up 18 sealed Sony and TDK disks yesterday for £6.50 which is a decent price.
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  6. Soundbox added a post in a topic: MDS-JE510 Parts?   

    Jim fixed my 510 around two years ago. As Stephen said, the repairs are quite complex but Jim does know exactly what needs doing and only requires the drive block - saves sending the whole machine.

    The deck is still working flawlessly today. Does Jim still offer MD service?
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  7. Soundbox added a post in a topic: How well does MZ-RH1 hold up to time?   

    I will add that I have been uisng mine for 3 years and have had no problems with the door or controls. I will say that people do in general treat MD portables quite roughly even when they are 'being careful'. I don't think that they understand the finer points of construction that make these gadgets up. I have always 'assisted' the door shut, gently pressed buttons and the jog lever and been aware that firm presses and actions have no place in operating fine mechnaical items. Just use it with care and concideration and it should be fine.
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  8. Soundbox added a post in a topic: A new member who needs MZ-RH1   

    I remember the days...Amazon UK selling MZ-RH1 (brand new) for £190. I bought 3 back then but should have bought more! Even then I knew that the price would be sure to hold - but what I did miss buing in bulk was the Hi-MD disks. They have really gone up in price.
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  9. Soundbox added a post in a topic: 24 bit on optical out   

    I thought I would share my first transfer done via this method. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFZAzrJZtsY

    Of course quality is compromised but I do feel that it is better than I got when I used the MZ-RH1 for the USB transfer. What bit depth is the MZ-R30?

    Using the headphone output of the Sony flash recorder (using something called 'Virtual Battery Technology') makes the MD transfers sound better than playing back on the MD recorder itself. Of course with so many pocket music players supporting 24 Bit there is no need to dither to 16 Bit - just play the full 24. The iBasso DX-50 and Fiio X3 spring to mind.
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  10. Soundbox added a post in a topic: Audio Frequencies   

    One thing 192 KHz allows is for greater sound modifications such as slowing down to extremes. I recorded a 192/24 file on my Sony flash recorder (birdsong) and I got some interesting effects when I slowed it right down.

    As for music, 92 is plenty. Then there is DSD recording - that is 1 bit but at over 2 mHz sample rate.
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  11. Soundbox added a post in a topic: 24 bit on optical out   

    Just an update - I connected the JB940 to the flash recorder via optical and it recorded perfectly at 24 bit. I then took the SD card and loaded it into my laptop computer to edit it in Sony Sound Forge. I will share the results here as soon as they are ready.
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  12. Soundbox added a post in a topic: HI-MD 1gb   

    I'm sorry but they are really hard to get. Sometimes you can get lucky by regularly checking on eBay or similar. They were never widely available as my Sony shop only ever carried one twin pack at an expensive £14.99. What supried me is the speed at which the blank disks were withdrawn from sale - under a year from the end of MZ-RH1 production. I don't know why that was.
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  13. Soundbox added a post in a topic: 24 bit on optical out   

    Thanks for the input. MDietrich, that is exactly what I mean. If there is a possibility of capturing a better quality than the 16 bit the MZ-RH1 offers via USB connection then it is worth the effort.

    My MD contains the sound of fireworks and celebrations from 2000 and I would like to give it a bass lift in the editing stage. I will try it tonight and report if the single digital copy issue reares it's head.

    My computer has no optical input and since my Sony flash recorder does I was hoping to make use of that.
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  14. Soundbox added a post in a topic: 24 bit on optical out   

    The recording was one I made myself using microphones.

    I want to edit it in the digital domain so if I can capture the 24 bits it will give me more to edit with (well I hope so anyway).
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  15. Soundbox added a post in a topic: 24 bit on optical out   

    I have a JB940 deck that offers 24 bit on the optical output. I also have a Sony flash recorder that accepts 24 bit on the optical input (at varying frequencies).

    If I used this method to copy an SP recorded disc to my flash recorder instead of using the MZ-RH1 and the SonicStage converting to 16 bit, would I gain some theoretical sound quality improvement?

    I have some SP recorded items that I want to save in the best possible quality.

    Thanks for any input.
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