freddyjollo

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  1. Sony NH600/700. ( has Hi-MD and also NetMD) are sound flexible AA battery systems as long as you have the eye sight to read the small display
  2. if you used the wrong power supply then its probably dead? just get another from ebay?
  3. maybe not ear buds but the sennheiser PX100 or what ever the latest version is. Good over the ear portable headphones, very sensitive. about £40
  4. well not quite sure what that is. The disc goes in and out thats all? you are refering to the head going up/down? well I would have thought the mechanism to lift the head also ejects the disc. Any way it seems the little belt is the culprit for most of the ejection issues here it is really tiny and wonder is it lasts so long, I dont think any one else has had another type of mechanism failure here. Sad that a deck can last for decades and end up as junk just becuase a tiny bit of rubber band cant be found. I bought some similar size rubber bands in bulk meant for craftwork, making bracelets , "hair accessories", to see if they would do, havent tried them yet but got 100's of them for a few £ as sooner or later the proper belts wont be available? when I replaced mine I had to remove temporarily a little spring on the side that keeps the top and bottom together ( JB940 deck ) as I decided to give myself more space so opened up the mechanism - some people manage to poke it into place thru the mouth. But be careful as some one already broke the fragile head in replacing the belt by poking around
  5. sounds like another case of the tiny rubber eject belt needs replacing. seems to be happening a lot now. I suppose given how old they are now not surprsing. so Amater you need to look thru the posts on this matter - there are quite a few. You can get the belt from Ebay for a few £, if you intend to keep the decks some time get a spare. replacing the belt is a bit fiddly but not too hard: some are able to do it from the frontt I took the mechanism out and opened it up but you do have to be careful not to snap the fragile head eg http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-MDS-JE780-MDS-JE440-MD-SJB940-MDS-JE470-Sony-MiniDisc-Loading-Belt-/201930827021?hash=item2f0403e50d:g:XIQAAOxy63FSz9VE http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Riemen-Courroie-Sony-MDS-JE470-MDS-JE770-MDS-JE780-MiniDisc-Deck-Load-Tray-Belt-/272657868856?hash=item3f7bace838:g:GuAAAOSwB09YH4p7
  6. why would you want to get rid of the RH1 since it works fine just the display is gone ? I only ever use mine for transfering material to my pc - it is the only model that will so that. You don need the display for that function since Sonic stage takes over. so if you have lots of discs that you may in the future want to put on your pc to turn into mp3's keep it But you say sounds lke it dont record now? still will presumable transfer to a pc?
  7. the section on foobar is short about page 14 I think as the manual is obviously about the audiolab 8200cdq cd player/preamp/dac. Can also use it with XP but need a differnt aspi layer setting up foobar dont seem to be very hard mainly selecting the output stream ( a WASAPI one ) and bit depth
  8. if you use foobar to avoid windows mixer, for windows vista and above you need also to download the WASAPI componant. Foobar and this component together will allow bit prefect delivery of digital sound without going thru the mixer and will mute system sounds. If you want to know how to set them up you should download the Audiolab 8200cdq user manual where it explains it all how to set up. here is such a link https://avrevolution.com.au/media/files/user_manual/Audiolab 8200CD User Manual.pdf from my install I see will direct bit perfect output not only to my audiolab usb dac but also the optical output. so to get best sound with windows use foobar http://www.foobar2000.org/ the wasapi component is also there - http://www.foobar2000.org/components near the bottom to install the WASAPI component all you need to do is to drag the file onto the list of components installed from the menu LIBRARY/CONFIGURE/COMPONENTS window note the latest version of foobar is a bit differnt to the one that the Audiolab manual uses so read around it a bit
  9. well one univeral problem with recording from pcs is getting extraneous system beeps etc I would have thought you dont want to use analogue ( that has been a to d-ed ) but use a direct digital connection? also you want a player that will send out direct sounds untainted by pc interferance - not many of them around - foobar is one, recomended for using with digital (usb) out to the audiolab 8200cdq but probably can do to optical also
  10. I dont think it should matter these days if you pump the output to a decent modern dac as I do ( Audiolab 8200cdq )?
  11. confirm this or not - the JB980 - you cant change the bit lenght 16 or 24 bit? any one getting a sony deck these days should also get a spare load belt from ebay as after all these years the tiny rubber belt that ejects the md is likely to be on its last legs?
  12. here is an interesting podcast on louspeakers and rooms that may interest some here. "Paul Hales, founder of Pro Audio Technology, talks about room correction—or as he prefers to call it, room compensation. Topics include some of his fundamental principles of room EQ, sound directivity from various objects such as violins and speakers, how microphones do not capture sound in the same way that human ears do, how sound interacts with small to medium-sized rooms, target response curves (including the X-curve), how conforming to the X-curve causes the sound to be louder and more harsh than it should be, his suggested modification to the X-curve, answers to chat-room questions, and more." interesting podcast - Pauls Hales take is that we live and move in rooms where we hear live music and sounds so rooms are not a hindrance to hifi ( get the earphones out? no ) but part of the experience as they would be in a live concert. He cites the example of how terrible a violin can sound close to without the support of the room where it is being played. https://twit.tv/shows/home-theater-g...utostart=false http://twit.cachefly.net/video/htg/h...0x720_1872.mp4
  13. rather interesting look back at our much loved system from HiFi World from 2016 "Today, Minidisc can still hold its own. I’m impressed at how much of a digital CD transfer’s space, rhythm and detail emerges intact - despite ATRAC’s data reduction ratio of 5:1 (or higher!). Even symphonic and chamber works fare better than one would expect, the depth and soundstaging of a good recording being largely retained. The caveat is that a decent external converter is used for playback; enormous strides in DAC technology have taken place over the past fifteen years or so. " The conclusion he comes to is that pump the data out thru a modern DAC and the system is still good see later post for pdf files
  14. added both parts in pdf format
  15. here are the parts part 1 Hi-Fi World 95 June 2016 Minidisc nostalgia.pdf part 2 ( updated ) Hi-Fi World 96 July 2016 Minidisc nostalgia.pdf
  16. well one question since Atrac is a discarding codec rather than an zip/unzip one are the resultant files actually decoded on playback unless they are encrypted?
  17. I dont know why you are taking issue with what I say as I am not saying any of the above which u are taking out of context and misreading
  18. yes was talking about normal Atrac - I know there are other more modern systems that remove redundant data that can easily be replaced on listening - similar ideas no doubt to how hard discs can be compressed. the op seemed puzzled at why atrac dont need uncompressing and presumably "superior" to eg Flac
  19. the compression only applies to reducing the size of the resulting file, where datas is THROWN AWAY - its not a zip/unzip idea. Atrac codecs used various psycho-acoustic facts like if 2 sounds are of the same frequency with one quieter than the other , you wont hear the quiet one so can be discarded without impairing the sound you hear- maybe a Martian could hear the difference but Humans cant
  20. another one at a low price in whats looks like to be good condition on UK Ebay - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/272513834572?ul_noapp=true also this one http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sony-Walkman-MZB10-Personal-MiniDisc-Player-/172478902528
  21. a new low start price MZ-B10 on UK ebay worth keeping an eye on over xmas ( when people are away ? ) http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sony-Walkman-MZ-B10-Personal-MiniDisc-Player-Never-used-/172456486108?hash=item28273524dc:g:UWQAAOSw6DtYXRot
  22. if you can find any......
  23. it aint as simple as you think to replace the belt. is very easy to damage the mechanism. some one here already has...... there is a thread here on it if you search
  24. The sony MZ-B10 doesnt have tone controls unlike other of their models but does have 2 sound settings that emphasise voice - I think they added this to make the little speakers they have include half useable - and it works quite well even for simple vocal music ( it aint hifi more like a tranny ) - the speakers is the reason I like the portable as some times cant be bothered to get out the headphones.- that and the battery life ( the 2 panasonic AA i am using must have run atleast 10 hrs now and still the battery level says full )
  25. no never seen one of those - but seems to be an earlier version ( 2001 ) of the B10 ( 2003 ) - same sort of thing "business recorder" from the minidisc.org page seems to have stereo mic than the mono of the B10. also only uses 1 AA battery so wont last as long. No indication of the atrac type so presumably not R/S as the B10 has. UK Ebay has in the last few months had quite a few of the B10 at good prices - one a few days ago went for I think £51 - mine were no more than £60 each. so they can be got at a sensible price. matter of waiting and telling ebay to email when a new offer comes up