Onkyo Intec 275 Hi-Fi with Hi-MD Deck!

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This is what all of you have been waiting for. The world first HiMD deck. A glimpse of what may yet to come for HiMD in 2005.

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This is ONKYO's INTEC 275 HiFi system, which includes a HiMD deck! Product No. MD-133(S), Approx. retail: 63,000 Yen. Retail sale date: March 9, 2005. The bad news with the deck (to some people) is there's no USB port, thus you can't use it with the PC.

ONKYO INTEC 275 HiFi System

HiMD MD-133 Specification

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Very Nice indeed. Very compact and sleek. Very nice, did I already say that? Looks like there may be decks and Hi-MD recorders from folks other than Sony in 2005 afterall. Unless this is a Sony incognito??

Ok, Sharp, whatcha got?

Thanks for the info.

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damn! that looks really nice! biggrin.gif

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Electronic Translation

(by Altavista)

The specification says: Inputs: Analog 1, Digital 2 Outputs: Analog 1.

No digital output...

*Grmpf*

Ok, I can still use SS plus my NH700 to create an unlimited number of copies....

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Love that translation:

"Audio playback of astonishment makes also that new quality is pulled out possible"

And the long haul playback recording!

Too bad about the digital output, Sony probably said "I don't think so, Sonic Stage and its lovely DRM does such a fine job with that already..."

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Sounds interesting...

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Looks vaguely Sony-esque to me. Not that I'm too familiar with Onkyo's Japanese designs, but the first thing I thought is it looks like an evolution of the Sony decks.

I would buy a deck in a heartbeat if I could get one with digital out. Without digital out (and in, obviously! smile.gif it gets a little less tempting. But I can see Sony being the stumbling block... they've apparently not taken their MP3 "lessons" quite as well as they claimed. wink.gif

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wut no SACD or DVDA support? tongue.gif lol just kidding

looks very good!

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Am I missing something here, or will all the discs that I've recorded in Hi-MD at 133/lp2 not play in this unit??

Would be a shame, but I still can't wait to get my hands on some sort of home stereo unit for Hi-MD!! Seems like it's been forever in coming...

Does anyone know if Sony is planning one with the launch of their new portables as well?

Here's to the future my friends....

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Hi-MD audio means it'll playback discs recorded in Atrac/Atrac3/Atrac3+/PCM

your covered dont worry about it

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Well no shit, this is rad! I'm moving this to the news section. Please e-mail a link to this thread to md-webmaster at minidisc dot org so it can go on the front page.

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sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet...hi-md is making a place for itself in home systems. Only thing I'm not seeing is a hookup with the computer for titling but there might be a keyboard input...would like to see the back of this unit...

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All I can say is AWSOME!!!!

I looked at the pictures and just went, ohmy.gif!!!!!!

This looks really good. Very nice look to the whole unit and everything!

I WANT 1! tongue.gif

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Personally I think the front panel has too much stuff on it. It is probably quite nice to use (nothing worse than really small unusable buttons), but it seems that this thing has too many buttons.

Having the recording mode button on the left of the unit and the recording buttons on the right is a bit strange I think, and I'm also pretty used to the track skip buttons being closer to the play/pause/stop buttons.

Hopefully more companies will start making their own Hi-MD stuff - if only someone went rogue and made one which could play back mp3s, oggs, wavs or whatever just straight off the disk....

Anyway, I don't think it is bad, in fact I think it is quite good - but I think they could still dial up the awesome on it smile.gif

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This is another version of one of Oknyos shelf-sytems. It's not a Sony knock off they've been making mini-systems like this for some time. They do acutally sound pretty good for what they are. Great for a low level Bedroom system or for the office. I would't acutually consider this a full home unit but it gives me hope that Onkyo or someone else will make one!

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now that they've realised their mistake, maybe Sony will wait and release a Hi-MD sysem with MP3 playback smile.gif

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A relatively cheaper version: MD-105FX(S) - 42,000 Yen or $404 that comes with the INTEC 205 HiFi System. The whole system still cost a whopping $2,000 ++

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now that they've realised their mistake, maybe Sony will wait and release a Hi-MD sysem with MP3 playback smile.gif

I'm sure I'm completely speculating here, but if you look closely at the last post with the image of the MD-105FX, you can read parts of the display where things light up... Just to the left of where "DIGITAL 1" is lit, there is "MP3" and "WMA"... quite odd. Wonder if it's something that's directly related to the Onkyo system and other things it supports (ie other inputs on this thing?), or if this is a sign of things to come from Sony as well? (Speculation is soooo much fun, especially late at night.)

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I'm sure I'm completely speculating here ...

Yes, you are speculating here....

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A FM-tuner with MP3 and WMA?

I'll sort that into the 'quickly created press photo'-department.

Same display template used here - Expect, that the display will look different on both units, when they go into production...

The WatchImpress-Article: Click (mech. Translation ).

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Looks vaguely Sony-esque to me. Not that I'm too familiar with Onkyo's Japanese designs, but the first thing I thought is it looks like an evolution of the Sony decks.

I would buy a deck in a heartbeat if I could get one with digital out. Without digital out (and in, obviously! smile.gif it gets a little less tempting. But I can see Sony being the stumbling block... they've apparently not taken their MP3 "lessons" quite as well as they claimed. wink.gif

What we could hope for (and of course, I would need a schematic on this) is that either the DSP or the ATRAC coded IC's would have a standard PCM data output that we can steal and output to a SPDIF interface. Just a matter of checking it out on a schematic first, like I said.

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Pretty component hi-fi. Too bad the MD deck doesn't even offer an optical output sad.gif

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Hi all!

If the deck is available as a separate purchase rather than one buying it _as part_ of the Onkyo suite of components, it would be worth its salt in many applications.

Think of applications where long audio recording / playback time is necessary like radio logging and business background music for example

With regards,

Simon Mackay

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Unfortunately, it appears that this unit will not be available until late April due to the deck having write issues with temperatures over 50c.

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Sorry to be boring but where is the TIMER FUNCTION SWITCH?

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Not all systems use the switch function for timing. There's a timer function on the tuner module, which you can see if you scroll down a little. That probably controls recording and timer play using an internal clock. These integrated systems usually use that method - meaning you don't need (or can't use) an external timer. The number of programs can be limited though. Of course no-one will really know until it's released....

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