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philippeb last won the day on December 21 2014

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  • Headphones
    Sennheiser HD-555 Sennheiser PXC-250
  • Minidisc units
    Sony MDS-W1 MDS-JA333ES MDS-JA20ES MZ-DH10P MZ-RH1 MZ-B10 MZ-N910 MZ-E35 MXD-D3 MDS-JB930 MDS-JB920 MDS-SD1 MDS-JE780 DCM-M1 HHb MDP500 Yamaha MD4S
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    Sony ECM-929LT Sennheiser MD-46
  1. MiniDisc Addiction. Do you have one?

    No I am not. I am serious. My wife and I are fond of mono ATRAC 4.5. She taught me the art of mono, soon after we met. We are not alone. There is a community of mono lovers (that includes Radio France sound engineers). We think that stereo is a waste of resource, just like 3D movies. We think that stereo distracts you from listening to music. We know that stereo limits or forbids our freedom of movement. We love the superior signal/noise ratio of mono FM receivers. We love to service two rooms with one stereo amp and two speakers. We love MD74s that hold one hour and a half of mono recordings. We enjoy a yes different, but still incredibly rich, md experience. Just like stereo md lovers do
  2. MiniDisc Addiction. Do you have one?

    As does mono
  3. Encoder rotary for JA555ES

    The MDS-W1 is less robust. I own half a dozen of them, use them intensively for moving tracks and duplicating/defragmenting discs. I fully trust three of them, that always operate as expected. Other units sometimes fail to duplicate full discs at once, but succeed if tracks are copied one at a time. The W1 is a symmetric machine, that can copy from disc A to disc B, as well as from disc B to disc A. A machine that fails to copy in one direction will often copy correctly in the opposite direction, preserving the feature. My intuition regarding failures is that the W1 does not retry when it fails to read a frame. The missed frames are rather replaced by silent frames, causing very short sound drops in the copy. In other words, I need not check the copies made by reliable W1s, but I always listen to copies made by W1s I do not trust. Usually, erasing the damaged copy, and copying it again suffices to recover. That being said, let me repeat here that without the W1, I would never have invested in minidiscs, as I did 16 years ago. What does digital recording mean, if you cannot backup your own recordings?
  4. Encoder rotary for JA555ES

    I fully agree. I had to repair mechanical issues of both my JA333ES and JA20ES after a couple of years. Never had a problem with my JB920s or JB930, that have been running day and night for much more than 10 years now.
  5. Clone MD > MD

    Just a guess : the total lenght may vary depending on the level at which a low signal is treated as silence by the recorder.
  6. Clone MD > MD

    I agree with you that the Denon MD Replicator is the most suitable machine for dumb disc replication. Regarding the versatile MDS-W1, your are wrong : the W1 copies raw data bit for bit in the ATRAC domain, without reencoding. I proved it a while ago in another thread. I uploaded original and copy tracks with MZ-RH1/Sonic Stage to a computer, and compared the resulting data files. They were bit for bit identical, except for the very last frame -- yes, this is a firmware bug, easily worked around or ignored, as the last frame is usually silent. That said, I knew it from the start. My ears are still good enough to distinguish between ATRAC generations, simply by listening to the tracks
  7. Clone MD > MD

    LP2/LP4 tracks are designed to fool pre-MDLP machines, that will recognize and play them as silent SP tracks. The W1 will clone them as such, and TOC cloning will not help, because the actual data transfered will be silence. TOC Cloning is usefull for recovery (and resetting SCMS bits ; irrelevant for a W1 owner). I routinely perform TOC cloning with a MDS-JB920 to recover TOCs that I have damaged or erased by accident (I tend to edit my discs like mad). Last remark. I have also helped members of the forum to recover data from poorly recorded disks, with a pro HHb MDP 500 Portadisc, that happens to be a champion at reading out of specs discs that other units fail to read.
  8. Clone MD > MD

    The MDS-W1 works exactly like a pair of B5/B6. It transfers raw ATRAC data, bit for bit (with defrag) via its internal optical link (as found by sfbp).
  9. Clone MD > MD

    The MDS-W1 clones SP and MONO tracks. LP2 and LP4 tracks cannot be cloned (they are transformed into silent SP tracks).
  10. The HHB will transfer all legacy md tracks via usb audio, and the computer files created by Audacity (or other recording software) will not be copy-protected.
  11. No. The W1 will not help (hacked or not). The HHB is your friend. Trust us, follow the procedure we gave you, and you will not regret your purchase. You will get the best computer copies of your legacy recordings.
  12. Connect the usb port (on the right side of the portadisc) to a usb port of the computer with a USB audio cable. On the computer, use the audio software of your choice (I use Audacity), select USB Audio as audio input device. On the portadisc, start playing. On the computer, start recording or record pause, and set the correct recording level. When the fecording level is correctly set on computer, stop the portadisc. Start recording for good on the computer, star playing on the portadisc. Digital transfer is made in real time. At the end of the transfer, stop recording on the computer, and save your recording, possibly converting it to the format of your choice, as proposed by the software.
  13. 1. Yes, the Portadisc will read any minidisc recorded in MONO or SP by your MDS-302. 2. The MDS-302 can only record in MONO, or SP, that stands for STEREO, in this case. 3. Recording via USB does not require SonicStage, but any free software like Audacity. 4. Yes, Audacity (or any equivalent software) will export the recordings to WAV.
  14. PhillipC and Pierre

    Yes, I bought Pierre's W1 I contacted him by email, at the address that you made public.
  15. PhillipC and Pierre

    I bought a deck from Pierre - machine has arrived in perfect condition. We also had a nice conversation on the advantages of mono vs stereo. PS I let you guess what deck model I chose