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  1. syko

    RH1 Troubles

    I'm assuming you're using a remote to scroll through your songs? If so I had the same problem with my remote, where everytime I would change songs, it would either: Do what I tell it to door do one or more of the following Go to previous track instead of nextTurn up the volumeGo to next SOUND setting (eg. from EQ to DN)Skip a whole groupStop or pause playIt turned out to be a faulty remote that just kept getting worse and worse (it was an MC33EL). I had 2 of them and both developed the same problem. If you weren't using the remote to scroll songs and you are talking about the backlight of th
  2. I'm an audiophile, and this is what I think... Atrac3 132k is much much better than Atrac3+ 64k. Try recording music in atrac3+ 64k with very high stereo separation, compare it to 132k atrac3 and tell me what you think. The amount of artifacts heard especially at 10kHz+... I'd rather eat glass, to put it simply. I would also say that I hear more artifacts in 132k atrac3 than in a well-encoded 128k mp3 file, so atrac3 is definitely not my favourite audio format. Atrac3+ actually steps up this quality though, with atrac3+ 64k sounding much better than atrac3 66k, but it definitely doesn't
  3. My unit did that at the in the first days and I couldn't figure out why. But it stopped a doing it a few days later and it remembers where I turned off the unit. At that time I was mucking around with charging, so it could've been that you need to fully charge the battery for it to work properly. Who knows why you need to do this ~_~
  4. Double-sided Minidiscs will never happen because the current recording system requires both sides of the Minidisc. Information is recorded by using a magnetic head that actually is in contact with the disc. Information is not burned onto the disc by a laser but bits are augmented by the magnetic head touching the top of the disc. The is the reason why recording drains your battery so fast compared to reading. More torque from the motor is required because of friction between disc and head. However the advantage of this magneto-optical system is that nothing is burnt. The disc will last m
  5. My RH1 is considerably louder than my NH1 when the laser head is moving. However spinning noises don't seem to be a problem. The instructions manual did say mechanical noise is normal, and is part of the "power saving mechanism". I wouldn't worry about it. My N910 makes a shrilling screeching noise sometimes when the laser head tracks, and it's done that for the past year without it failing. Its still doing well right now. Bear in mind, a 1gb HiMD disc is quieter because the bits a smaller than a 74min disc, so it doesn't have to spin as fast to get the same data rate (okay, it's just a
  6. Double-pressing the scroll wheel also works As far as I am aware, all new remotes will work on older model units. Some buttons on the newer remotes could be reduntant or may have different functions, such as the scroll wheel not working on the MC-40ELK if plugged into a non-HiMD unit. Old remotes will work on new model units, but may not support or have buttons of all the features that a new unit will support. For example if an old remote doesn't have an A-B repeat, it won't do A-B repeat even if the unit has the ability to it on a newer remote. Surprisingly, old remotes that have screen
  7. I found this hack a GOD SEND. I previously owned an NH1 that had an output of 5mW+5mW, which is the standard in Australian terms. I found the volume control on that unit perfect with my $100 earphones, which do unfortunately asks a bit more from the unit's amplifier than the original earphones supplied (probably vol 20 on my expensive earphones is equivalent to vol 17 on the supplied ones). I found I listened to my music around volume 18, and experienced no "clipping" until around vol 28 with heavy bass (it's insanely loud there anyway so I don't go there, if at all). You must realise thou
  8. There is just about no difference between 256kbps and 192kbps. Perhaps the only difference you will hear is the stereo accuracy and very slight artifacts in 192k with very high frequencies compared to 256k. High frequencies require much more data produce accurately than low frequency sounds, so frequency response drops dramatically as bitrates drop. This is because each packet of data is too small and there aren't enough bits for the decoder to replicate the original high frequency sound. This frequency response is not encoder dependent - it's bitrate dependent, so it's not the encoder's f
  9. Most people don't hear the conversion from 192k mp3 => 132k atrac, which is perfectly normal. However, I am sorry to say, but a quality degradation does exist, with frequencies above 8k affected and to a certain extent the quality of spatial sound in stereo. If you want virtually no loss, you will have to convert them to SP, but just about everyone will be happy with LP2. Heck, I can't stand the slight audio degradation, but I'm sticking to LP2 simply because of the extra storage on one disc.
  10. There's a lot of things frequency response graphs don't tell, such as stereo replication and accuracy of sound to the original. Differences in the frequency response can easily be remedied through an equiliser, but nuances in accuracy, such as the dreaded "swishing" noise low bitrate files produces can't be eradicated (is it only me in this world that hears it??). Stereo replication of low bitrate audio becomes a major challenge, but surprisingly enough ATRAC3plus does a decent job at 64k - it is noticibly better than standard ATRAC. This comes from a person that can hear the difference bet
  11. I've done a quick and brief test on this DSEE technology, and here are my findings. DSEE will improve all forms of audio formats played back from your computer. However, the improvement will be limited to the bitrates and type of audio played. The most notable enhancement turning this on is the increased spatial sensation of stereo sound. The other is the slight tweaking of the audio's frequency response curve. It is enhancing the high-end noise of around 4kHz onwards, but also making the bass sound deeper by reducing 200-300Hz frequency and increasing 80Hz and below frequencies. The mos
  12. After reading all of that, should I be glad I bought an MZ-RH1 instead of an RH10? It seems the mp3 playback is not worth it (and I also thought the remote was very scarce). Too bad the RH1 only uses Li-Ion
  13. You actually can transfer Mp3->ATRAC3 songs into your NetMD at SP mode. In transfer mode, there's a button named "Transfer Mode" at the centre of the window. Click on it and a list of modes should come up. Tt should be the bottom option (Transfer in SP mode). But I have issues with that because the quality of SP from the computer still doesn't compare with what SP quality you'd get if you recorded your songs digitally. This is because you've converted your Mp3s to 132kbit/s and SP quality is about ~292kbit/s (don't remember but it was in the high 200s). So actually transferring songs i
  14. I guess headphones are harder to power because they have a larger diaphragm than conventional earbud earphones. The softer the diaphragm, the more powerful the bass can be (which gives some low dynamic range) and since the diaphragm is smaller, the high frequencies are better. That's what I think anyway, but don't crucify me if I'm wrong.
  15. The volume for N707 when playing on an amp is quite low. Unfortunately, there isn't any way to increase the max volume to play on your amp. If you hacked you N707, your line out wouldn't do anything - it only increases Vol to 30 and turns all bass/treble off.
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