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  1. Using an MD deck as a DAC question

    I apologize in advance for asking this, but since the issue was raised elsewhere and I have reached the limit of my technical perception of it, I'd like to see an authoritative answer, if there's one out there. To summarize: I am using my JA22ES as a DAC for my MDS-E10, using the E10 to playback LP2. Optical to optical. To me, this seems fairly straightforward and appropriate, as the 22ES's DAC is far better than the E10's. However, it was suggested to me that, "So in other words you are digitally reprocessing an already digitally reprocessed recording of ATRAC compression scheme. This might help an LP2 recorded disc possibly sound better. Not sure but you may hear some strange artifacts at times doing it this way." There was further discussion that really didn't advance the issue. The further discussion included "in other words your DAC is seeing 2 times DSP and 2 times ATRAC compression." What, if anything, am I missing? Is my perception that the signal received by the 22ES's DAC—or any other DAC external to the E10—the same as the signal that the E10's DAC would process, incorrect? Thanks in advance.
  2. Using an MD deck as a DAC question

    I thought of a a question about this. The D.out signal from the E10 hits the 22ES. Then what? It wouldn't go right to the ATRAC chip? Or does that happen only when one is in REC mode on the target device?
  3. Help! Anyone have access to an MDS-E10 Pro Deck??

    "Permit" defeats SCMS, I/O. "Inhibit" enables SCMS. Let me go see if I have the PreRec option on the E10...yes, I do. However, because I too lack the doc (it does exist somewhere out there, as I have seen it), I don't know what it does.
  4. Using an MD deck as a DAC question

    Thank you very much. I have a funny feeling that this isn't going to be well-received, as it basically restates what I have already noted several times. The important thing is that it makes absolute sense and I accept it!
  5. Clone MD > MD

    The deck is heavy, yes. It feels heavier than the 7.5 kg it is listed as weighing. I thought it would all add up to a bit less...in fact, somehow the total shipping cost kept increasing as the process evolved. And the deck, supposedly in A-1 condition, had to be repaired to work properly. (That was done with help from these quarters and elsewhere.) I wasn't really complaining about it, though, just answering the question. You don't see very many JA22ESs around here!
  6. Using an MD deck as a DAC question

    Philippe: I do have an excellent DAC (a Musical Fidelity V-90). For various reasons right now, I have the E-10 > JA22ES set up like that. The question, as you note, is really about the technical issue noted. Thanks for the suggestion!
  7. Clone MD > MD

    So sorry...I just saw this. I was able to retrieve all the info. The deck was 256 USD. Shipping and fees were 177 USD. Here's the breakdown, from an email Buyee sent me: [Total Shipping Cost] US$177.84 (19,100yen) ------------------------------------------- [Fee Breakdown] <Domestic Shipping Fee (From seller to Buyee)> 1,400yen <Consumption Tax> 0yen <International Shipping Fee (From Buyee to your address)> 16,200yen <Package Consolidation Fee> 0yen <Protective Packaging Fee> 1,500yen ※The paid amount is calculated from the USD-JPY exchange rate at the time of the payment.
  8. That's correct. That's much too recent. Last known compatibility was either 10.5 or 10.6. If I were inclined to use SS, I'd go with either a VM on Mac or just use Windows, as I have both. I gave it a try, but for various reasons decided to not use SS. Good luck with whatever path you follow!
  9. Here's what there is for Mac: https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/support/downloads/Z0005379 This has been reported, though, to not work on current MacOS or any versions near-current. And it's for Hi-MD only. Some Mac users have worked around the SS Windows-only restriction by running a Windows VM on current MacOS, with success.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.)
  19. 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
  20. FOR SALE: 50 blank MDs and extra cases (now SOLD)

    Sorry Arr, just now noticed this. International, very much so. Are you In yet?
  21. 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?
  22. 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 :-)
  23. 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! :-)
  24. 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?
  25. 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.