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  1. What is the status of Sonic Stage (4-2015)?

    I got this when I tried playing a file: No suitable decoder module: VLC does not support the audio or video format "undf". Unfortunately there is no way for you to fix this.
  2. What is the status of Sonic Stage (4-2015)?

    And this is why people hated Minidisc players -- copy protection. I'm feeling angry for you. I would have hated losing my concerts that I recorded.
  3. What is the status of Sonic Stage (4-2015)?

    I had a hard drive crash on me and I basically lost my music that was on SS. It was a real pain and I was angry. I still am. Nowadays when I need to transfer music from my minidisc to SS I make sure that it creates a WAV file so I'd at least have another copy of it somewhere. I'm not a fan of WAV since the files are so big, but it's better than nothing.
  4. Replacement gumsticks

    Thanks. I tried the HQRP green batteries I purchased from Amazon. It did a pretty good job and lasted quite a while. The gray ones were terrible and I was barely able to charge them. Of course the real batteries are the ones to get if you can find them. In the meantime, I'll pay the $10 for the HQRP ones.
  5. The road to obscurity.... the BBC reports on earlier devices

    Yes I do have a working laserdisc player. I hadn't used it in a LONG while and when I did the gears must have gotten gummed up because the laser would hardly play and when it did and actually made it to the end of the disc it wouldn't flip to the other side. The picture was terrible and since it was a combo player (dvd and laserdisc) it kept defaulting to DVD. HOWEVER, after using it consistently it's much better than before and plays laserdiscs whenever I put it in and flips to the other side without a problem. The picture wasn't all that great since I was using a S-Video port on a new television. However, I found that if I used composite instead of S-video the picture suddenly cleaned up an got better. Kind of an opposite result than what was expected. It has something to do with the A/D or D/A conversion. I had the same "ah-ha" moment when finding that out and when I found out I could use the Line-In instead of Mic when recording live events with the minidisc (you can find my ah-ha post in the "Recording" section). My Garmin 60CSx is pretty good in daylight. Since it's at home on the trail of course it would get used. However, I recently took it on a driving trip and I had forgotten how much better it was for information than my built-in car GPS. I have the screen set up (yes, customizable) so I could have the destination distance and time, upcoming turn distance and time, altitude, time, dates, longitude and latitude coordinates, and compass heading all on one page. On my car GPS it's either, or, or none at all. Best of all I can get all that with a map without a cellular phone signal.
  6. The road to obscurity.... the BBC reports on earlier devices

    Thank you for the article. As sad as it sounds I still use a lot of the old technology they mentioned, such as the minidisc, standalone GPS, boom box, e-reader and laserdisc. My feeling is that just because there's something out there that's all in one or "better" doesn't mean that you need to trash the old things that worked the way you like.
  7. Does anyone actually like minidisc remotes?

    If you don't mind me chiming in, I personally love the remotes. I normally carry the mindisc and the remote in my coat or jacket pocket. I can basically just reach in there to fast forward, reverse, stop, start, change albums and change volume all without taking anything out of the pocket. Everything is by feel. That's better than taking my phone out of my pocket when listening to music since all I can do by feel is change the volume. At concerts I use the RM-MC40ELK. It's great because my minidisc and the microphone battery pack stay in my pocket and I'm able to change levels by just looking at the remote's backlit LCD screen that's clipped on my pants pocket making it easily accessible. By the way, I've done what you said about ripping the headphones out of your ear, which is the reason why I don't attach it to my backpack any longer.
  8. Replacing the OLED on a MZ-RH1

    I agree that the problem of dark RH1 (and RH10) screens are going to get worse. I was wishing someone would just make a new, modern OLED panel that was compatible with this unit. It'll be a shame when all of the minidisc units are dark. By then everyone will be using solid state units that use SD cards instead. That's fine, but they look like recorders. I like the minidisc because they don't look like recorders and can be used to just listen to music. That fact it makes it easier to bring into concerts than something that's blatanly obvious that its used for recording.
  9. My 3D printed minidisc storage

    Wow. Color me impressed! Great job!
  10. Replacing the OLED on a MZ-RH1

    I don't think it would be beyond your capabilities to replace the panel. Just need to be persistent. It helped a lot that the service manuals were online. I personally don't have an electrical degree nor a "fixin' it" degree. I go in with a screw driver and Philips and hope for the best, though recently I've been pretty successful fixing things, though, I did blow out a display on my wife's ipod nano, but buying a new screen fixed that. Whew. I was really wishing I had purchased two RH1's when my problem first developed. Now that the one is fixed I'm a happy camper. I'll probably rarely use it though for fear the left display will start fading now. I'm just using my RH10 for music now. Hopefully that won't fade too.
  11. Replacing the OLED on a MZ-RH1

    I found a working EL display for the MZ-RH1 and decided to replace the display myself. If you're wondering what it entails here's my video: Took about 1.5 hours and the hardest part was taking the EL panel off since it's basically glued on with heavy duty adhesive. Putting everything back together wasn't that simple either because of the buttons. Enjoy.
  12. MZ-RH1 Display Brightness

    I always set my displays to auto off because I use the remote for all operations. Unfortunately the display still aged and is about 40% of where it was new. I wish there was some way we could retrofit some LCD or even a color oled display in its place.
  13. MZ-RH1 Display Brightness

    Unfortunately you can't change menu options by remote, at least the one I'm using. I need to use the left hand screen on the rh1. The remote I'm using is the one with 3 lines of info.
  14. MZ-RH1 Display Brightness

    I know this is an old topic, but it's just driving me mad that my OLED on the RH1 is fading to black. I didn't use it anywhere as much as I'm sure some people have used theirs and it's still going dark. Sadly I'm thinking it's the age that's killing the OLED. Once it goes dark, I'm thinking that maybe a newer solid state recorder will be in order instead of buying a new RH1 since the display will be dark after 7 years or a less. FWIW, I sent my unit to Sony last August and they sent it back saying they couldn't fix it.
  15. Use LINE-IN and not MIC

    I just recorded the loud concert and unfortunately I didn't see this message in time. I used a 69Hz cutoff and you're right, I really didn't need it. The recording came out PERFECTLY! I used a 12v battery box. I'm very happy with the sound, though it could use more bass. ;-) Once again the RH1 came out like a champ. I remember reading that people had trouble with recording with the unit if it moved and that it had to be completely still when it was writing to disc. Well, I'm here to report that as long as it's not jostled around you can move around while it's recording and writing to disc. However, if you jump up and down...well, it'll be game over then.
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