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  1. Sony MDS-JE330, MZ-N10 and MZ-N505

    No reason to not use the N10. The Type S does not affect recording, though—only affect playback of LP modes. Or, give the N505 a try and see if you notice any difference. I have recently noticed recording diffs between decks where the decks were all Type R...but note well that that was in ANALOG rec. mode. I think you're all set with either unit so long as you're keeping things digital.
  2. Sony MDS-JE330, MZ-N10 and MZ-N505

    Sorry. Don't know what I could have been thinking. The really, really weird part is that I was looking right at that linked page when I said what I said. I'm embarrassed but will persevere anyway. And actually, not all Type R recorders record equally well. I have proof! :-) Thanks for pointing that out, Stephen...I should just be quiet when it comes to questions about portables.
  3. MDS-W1 copying

    If anyone is familiar with the Sony MDS-W1 dual MD deck, then I would like to know the method for copying in the digital domain (non-ATRAC) by which you don't erase the source disc. This is a hi-speed (4x) copy. Someone knowledgeable had explained it to me some time ago, but I no longer have the information. I do not have have one of these and they are extremely rare, but if one shows up on Ebay, Craigslist, or wherever, I intend to acquire it. I'd like to to be ready for that day. I regret not having bought the unit when it was available. PM me or post here if you have that information. Thanks! =========== Note: I belieber I have found the answer, here: http://forums.minidisc.org/index.php?showt...mp;#entry118046 Thanks Phippeb, now if I can just find the deck!
  4. MXD-D400

    I recently bought the Sony MXD-D400 deck. This is the big (and I mean big) deck that does CD>MD at copying at up to 4X. I bought it mainly for that reason and also because of its LP2 ability. In general, I'm happy with the deck. However, I have a couple of questions. The first is about LP2 quality. While some say that the difference between LP2 and standard mode is either undetectable or negligible, I have not found that to be so, EXCEPT on my portables via headphones. In that case I really cannot tell the difference or it is small enough to be of no concern. But when I record using LP2 and play back through my main system, it seems to me that the LP2 is JUST good enough to listen to. Differences seem to be particularly noticeable in certain vocal passages, as well as any loud or complex parts of short duration. Have others noticed this about LP2? I am feeling like I will be fine with LP2 for portable use, but for home use - not really. The other question is about hi-speed copy quality. I thought I detected some differences in an MD made at hi-speed from the source CD. These were not as noticeable as LP2, but still there, I thought. Then again, perhaps that's just me. It doesn't seem there should be any difference no matter whether the copy is made at 1x or 4x. So I was just wondering if anyone else who has this unit, or any other MD unit that does hi-speed copying, has ever had that experience?
  5. Sony MDS-JE330, MZ-N10 and MZ-N505

    Do you mean N510? N1? (There is no N10.) These are both Type R and should give you similar recording quality, I'd think. The 510 is actually Type S, but that doesn't affect recording. See minidisc.org for more detail.
  6. Minidisc. Sony MZ-S1

    Although I was never a big fan of the S1's "look and feel," it is a full-featured unit whose SQ will not disappoint you. Mine has disappeared somehow, somewhere in my house. COngrats and good luck with the unit!
  7. For sale: MZ-R37SP and MZ-R500

    For sale: 2 portables for sale. I will sell them as a pair for $75 USD or singly for $40 each. That includes shipping via USPS to conUS...add $5 for Canada. Here's what you get: One MZ-R37SP (with 4.5v adaptor and RM-MC21 remote; One MZ-R500 (with 3.0v adaptor—not sure if origi. but works!). All in Good Working Condition. See photos. PM me if interested. Thanks!
  8. For Sale: TWO MD portables (+ bonus portable CDP) for the price of one: 49 USD + ship. MZ-N510 & MZ-R500. N510 is perfect and includes 3V converter, RM-MC11EL remote, USB cable, earbuds, and OpenMG/Simple Burner 2.3 CD. Great for NetMD/SS. I have that pictures tell most of the story, but the 1.95MB size restriction prevents me from including, even if I zip them. They are all around 3-4MB. JPG. Will be happy to send them via PM!. I have labeled the MZ-R500 as "Flaky," but I'm not sure why. It is pictured as working in the photo I took only minutes ago. I think perhaps it could have stop-and-start playback issues? The R500 works with the 3V converter. Although I cannot picture it here, I will also include one Panasonic SL-221 portable CDP (with both headphone and line out). Working when I took its pic minutes ago, but I really haven't used it in a while. Included will be 4.5V converter. I think that's everything! Will ship anywhere...cost of shipping of course determined by your location. PMing me is fine. Thanks! I would love to include the pics referred to above, This will leave me with 2 portables and 8 decks. Some of them have to go, too, but not just right now. It feels kind of weird for so much stuff to go and the MD gear is just a part of the bigger picture.
  9. MXD-D40, anyone?

    If anyone could use an MXD-D40, I have an "extra" one I can now let go. The bulk of my MD gear is going to go...this is where I start. I'll post pics if anyone's interested. Thinking around 50 USD + shipping. I actually have 2 of these. (I'm not abandoning MD, just not using it as much now.)
  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. FOR SALE: 50 blank MDs and extra cases (now SOLD)

    Sorry Arr, just now noticed this. International, very much so. Are you In yet?
  12. Seems a bit odd. I've never had a single ripped CD track give me a problem on any Mac, using iTunes. Maybe it is something about the Apple TV?
  13. MiniDisc Addiction. Do you have one?

    This thread has been going on for a dozen years! I currently have 9 decks, with most of them in some kind of active use. An MXD-D400 is in a box and there were prior decks I no longer have—perhaps another six? Although I'm not actually planning on acquiring any more...never say never. Have a few portables, too...rarely used. Head units in two cars. On and on it goes :-)
  14. Sony ( atrac) Hard disc deck players

    Thanks for the details, PhillipeC...a delight to a quasi-geek such as I. Best of luck with the project! :-)
  15. Sony ( atrac) Hard disc deck players

    13TB 13???I guess 5k # hi-res will do that! I have the majority of stuff in ALAC, so I'm saving much space, albeit not as much as with MD. Oddly, I think my JA20ES sounds better than the ALAC files, many of which came from CD. Doesn't really make sense (I am using a decent DAC with the ALAC), but so say my ears. I expect that 2 TB will be enough for me, so I put a 2TB SSD in my MBP Are your 13 TB external?
  16. Sony ( atrac) Hard disc deck players

    That's exactly what I have done, using iTunes. Easier to backup. And you don't have to hack the hard drive—upgrading is straightforward. Further, even 1TB would put me in "worried about space" mode. Still, the NAC-HD1 is an attractive and standalone device....not that I am getting one, ever.
  17. Help Needed: Music Recorded to Minidisc (Will Pay)

    I'm in the US and can record to MD from CD and some other sources. How much material will you have? You can PM me.
  18. Sony MDS-E10 problem

    No doubt about it, that is a seriously critical factor in sound reproduction. I notice it over and over again.
  19. Sony MDS-E10 problem

    Oddly enough, that is not what led me to the E10. It just happened to pop up. Its 1-rack size meant it would fit in the narrow space I had for it, and I needed LP ability there. I didn't even know that the E10 defeated SCMS and that wasn't in its doc. Someone pointed me to that menu function. Between the E10 and my HHB BurnIT, I was able to retire the SCMS-killing device I'd been using. The E10's a good recorder, but not on a par with Sony's better MD decks for playback. My JA22ES provides a good DAC for the E10, though.
  20. Sony MDS-E10 problem

    I have always felt that way, too; that is, pro units of any kind are likely to have been hard-used, even if taken care of well. Last year (or was it the prior year?), I was interested in but wary of an MDS-E10 that I saw on Craigslist. I figured going in to Boston and taking a look at it couldn't hurt, so I did. Smitten by the thing, I took the leap. The price wasn't too bad, the seller accepted a bit of a lower offer, and he even fixed the non-mechanical eject issue on the spot. That E10 has been working fine so far, knock wood, and it deals the death blow to SCMS. Once in a while, you get lucky! Sorry to hear of the woes with the OP's unit, though. The E10's a wonderful recorder, but somewhat in the shadow of its betters for playback. BTW, the seller was a professional musician who had transitioned from MD.
  21. Clone MD > MD

    Thanks! The prices on buyee certainly are in line with what I would pay. However, my prior experience there resulted in what seemed to be higher additional fees than they originally stated, and by a lot. There was also an issue with the new-looking item itself (MDS-JA22ES) that had to be resolved. With help from here and elsewhere, the problem was fixed, although likely not permanently. Perhaps that was just a one-off in terms of what to expect, but it did make me wary. It doesn't help that all the MDS-W1 units are almost 20 years old now, with no easy way to tell beforehand what each one has been through. Five years ago, I probably would have just done it and hoped for the best. Not so today. Still tempting!
  22. Clone MD > MD

    That's not much! Well, if I'm ever in the neighborhood... [sigh]...I was just never quite able to get my hands on one of these. A couple of deals fell through (UK and JPN). A Danish guy was going to sell me one...until I got a Danish-speaking colleague involved, who found out that the would-be seller didn't actually have the deck yet...he could get me one, he said...no thanks, I said. And then there was someone here in the US who just wanted too much $$$. The big draw for me was not so much the bit-copy ability as it was the sequential play and the two independent mechanisms. C'est la vie.
  23. Clone MD > MD

    "Aaah philippeb, one day I feel I will crack down in the MD world bying the W1 unit. At least I can find one quite easily in Viêt-Nam.' You can? What do they cost there?
  24. I simply enjoyed reading your account, seeing the pix, and appreciating what you've accomplished. Thanks. Eagerly awaiting your review. As to, "still actually have casettes somewhere"—that is true for me also, although I have been disposing of them fairly rapidly. My current main project is getting all my CDs, MDs, and some cassettes into iTunes on a MacbookPro. Since by no means are all the media straightforward store-bought, this at times requires some tedious work and patience on my part. For cassettes, that means first, recording the CS to MD. Sometimes track marks are picked up, sometimes not. If the latter, then I have to add them. Then delete any blank tracks from the MD. Next, the MD is transferred to CD-RW. This happens in a different system on a different floor from the CS > MD transfer. I use an MDS-E10 and HHB BurnIT to create the CD-RW. When that's done, I pop the CD-RW into the MBP, say an incantation, and hope that somehow, Gracenote picks up the tracks and I won't have to enter everything via keyboard. This happens more than I though it would, even in a couple of cases where the original material was never put on commercial CD. Like you, I sometimes wonder about the time I spend on this—I think I have about 2,000 pieces of digital media and much smaller number of cassettes. Also like you, I'm enjoying the project. Keep on keepin' on, amigo! (I apologize for wandering off on this tangent.)
  25. 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