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  • Sony Products I Own
    CDP-XA20ES

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  • Headphones
    Sennheiser PX-200, EH-150, Koss Porta-pro
  • Minidisc units
    MXD-D400 (2), MXD-D40 (2), MDS-JB940, MDS-JB930, Kenwood MD-2070, MZ-DN430P, MZ-R500 (2), MZ-R37, MZ-E40, MDX-CA680X, MDX-C7970, Kenwood KMD-673R (2)

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  1. Well, the MXD-D400 isn't on the same level of playback SQ as, for example the JB930—but I knew that. It sounds acceptable and does have Type S. No, what I mean is that you can't use the D400 as a DAC like you can with most decks. That and it doesn't have demo mode. Seems odd because the lesser MXD-D40 has both of those features.
  2. Thank you for confirming that, Stephen. I could not be sure that my perception was correct. So the IC containing the ATRAC chip isn't involved at all? BTW, The one deck I have (actually I have 2 of them) that lacks the pass-through DAC functionality is the MXD-D400. Although I found this out at no cost to me, I was disappointed.
  3. Exactly, BearBoy. It would never even have occurred to me that an MD's D.In might send everything to be processed by ATRAC. However, when that possibility was suggested to me, I thought it best to look into it further. It may even be that all digital in on an MD deck does go through the IC containing the ATRAC processor...but that doesn't mean ATRAC is necessarily doing something to that signal. At least, according to my totally guess-like interpretation of the schematic for the JE530 in this regard. (Seriously no more than a semi-informed guess.) Thank the heavens for sfbp! ;-) That all said, I have two MD decks I am using not only as decks, but as DACs: JA22ES and JB930. Coincidentally or otherwise, these units have a DAC in common (CXD-8735N). It's all kind of mish-mish and I often have to use an xls I made to determine which piece goes where, but it all, happily, works out.
  4. Sorry, Philippe. What I am trying to ask (because the subject was brought up elsewhere) is whether ATRAC comes into play when one is using the MD deck as a DAC. So I could also give the example of taking the optical signal from a CD player and passing it to the MD deck. Although I don't see where ATRAC would be involved, it has been suggested that it does. Sorry for any confusion! (I am of course well aware that Copying is an entirely different process than what I am referring to.)
  5. What exactly happens when an MD deck is being used as a DAC and receives a digital signal? For example, if you take optical out from one MD deck and feed it to optical in of another. Does ATRAC become involved? I'm not that great at schematics, but I looked at the SM for MDS-JA20ES and it does look like all digital in gets routed through the ATRAC chip. It seems unlikely that an already decoded signal would be decoded/processed again, but....does anyone know?
  6. Thanks, Phillipe, for the suggestions. Unfortunately, one of the last things I need right now is another MD within my four walls. Also, I'm just not going to fuss all that much about it. I'm pretty sure that I'm headed in the direction of line-in/mp3/bluetooth/whatever. The sad truth is that what I mainly listen to when I'm driving is the sound of my car. Gears, motor, and everything else—it's all a kind of music to my ears.
  7. Looks like between here and elsewhere, no one one wants it. Poor thing! Off to the recycling center with it, then. It served me well and it came with a lot of used MDs that introduced me to a lot of new music. I always liked its SQ, but was less crazy about the somewhat fiddly (to me) controls. RIP.
  8. CA680X Sony Head Unit $50 Reduced. I'd rather see it go to a good home then just bin it. Make me an offer! FOR SALE: CA680X Sony Head Unit. When last in car, was working. Type R, MDLP, etc. $60 USD includes ship to CON US. Original box. Thanks for looking! (What you see in the pic is what there is.) http://minidisc.org/part_Sony_MDX-CA680X.html
  9. Actually was sold over at https://www.facebook.com/groups/minidiscgroup/ but did go pretty quickly.
  10. FOR SALE: SOLD 50 blank MDs (23 brand-new, 27 used—all work fine). Included are 57 individual cases, 5 cases that each hold 5 MDs, 7 empty individual cases. and a CaseLogic that holds 12 MDs. A few of the used have some label residue...most are clean. Asking $90 USD for it all, OR make me an offer for all or part. Photos and spreadsheet attached. MD Blanks.xlsx
  11. Even though I have neither of these machines—the lack of either S/PDIF or USB is the deal-breaker for me—it's good to see this kind of community spirit!
  12. So how exactly do you record MD > Computer in real time from a legacy MD deck? Is there a device that will take S/PDIF output and send it via USB? I don't think I have optical or coax in on my computer. Sonic Stage is no help because it will not let you upload digitally recorded files. (I am aware of the Hi-MD exception. I do not have Hi-MD gear and don't expect to.)
  13. As another example, the MDS-JA22ES (JPN model) supports a GUI interface via PCLK-MD1. Its fraternal twin, the MDS-JA20ES (ROW) does not support it. I have a 22ES and would love to give it a try, but there are more issues involved than I want to overcome.
  14. The E10's SM has this: e10.tiff That's the only hint! While the U/G has this (along with the usual text): "You can make only a first-generation copy through a digital-to-digital connection." Could things get any weirder?!
  15. Thought it might be worthwhile to note that the Sony MDS-E10 (pro MD deck) not only can ignore the SCMS copy-protect bit—when set to do so—but also will not propagate it. I tested this and I was, for example, able to copy a protected MD from the 930 to the E10, and vice-versa, once the E10 had stripped the SCMS. Sony does not mention this feature in the E10's manual, at least not in the version I have. The E10 is Type R. I don't know if this applies to other decks in the E-series.