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Which bitrate do you use most often?

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Which bitrate do you use most often?  

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  1. 1. Pick the bitrate most frequently used in your Hi-MD

    • 352 kbps (A3+)
      28
    • 256 kbps (A3+)
      69
    • 132 kbps (A3)
      31
    • 105 kbps (A3)
      2
    • 66 kbps (A3)
      3
    • 64 kbps (A3+)
      13
    • 48 kbps (A3+)
      3


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Well I've changed (from 352/256kbps) since my earlier post. Now everything's 132kbps LP2 (both standard and Hi-MD) for listening purposes. Seems to strike the right balance between quality and quantity.

Agree, especially when I don't need to post-process the sound in any way. When I do (e.g. noise reduction from an analogue source), then I will record in SP and upload, or LPCM and upload (both are good) to WAV file in either case. WAV can then be sucked back in to Sonic Stage, and compressed to AAL; but usually I make a permanent (CD) version before throwing away the WAV files.

If I need to edit only using delete/divide/combine on the PC, then the (Sony) Sound Forge 9 allows me to do that, provided I decrypt the files first. Even AAL can be edited with this tool.

In addition, anything over 161 minutes (80m disk at LP2) I will use a 1GB disk at 256kbps in a HiMD unit, since this gives almost 8 hours in a stretch. But Kevin is right, once you have "good" sound in LP2, this is a great format for playback - on an "80m" disk you can get 4hr 50 minutes by transferring such tracks to HiMD.

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SP if the album is in 24bit-96kHz and close to 74 / 80 mn.

LP2 if I can put 2 albums in one MD, specially in 16bit-44.1kHz quality.

Real time recording only.

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Neither me. I also use 292 kbps Sp mode the most, recording cds from my laptop or hi-fi using optical. This way is how I record my 80' Md, 1 disk=1 album plus some bonus tracks I choose (usually from live albums). These disks are what I use daily, at home and while going by bicycle to my job, but I also have all my music in 256kpbs in (in a external) to transfer it to Hi-Md disks I take when doing long travels.

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Not sure what bit rate Full PCM/WAV is, but that is what i use to record vinyl on to my rh1

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Greetings to all

I usually use the LP2; for me is the best compromise to be able to use both the MD players is HiMD.

I generally use the md to listen to music copied from original CDs, varying the readers used.

Have a nice day

sergio

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Although I only use SP I've had this question on the back of my mind. Recording the same song from a CD played through the play station 2 and recording it via optical cable to MD, will there be differences between the sound captured by two different portable recorders such as MZ-R70 and MZ-N707 (wich has 'type R') ? (both recording on SP mode of course)

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The more units you have, the more you come back to MDLP and even SP

You are exactly right. I have come back to SP for the simple reason that it works on every unit I have.

BTW - I think that ended up being one of the things that contributed to the downfall of MD - too many formats and complexities in figuring out what worked with what (for average people, not us).

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Although I only use SP I've had this question on the back of my mind. Recording the same song from a CD played through the play station 2 and recording it via optical cable to MD, will there be differences between the sound captured by two different portable recorders such as MZ-R70 and MZ-N707 (wich has 'type R') ? (both recording on SP mode of course)

My collection of Type R vs. Type S discussions captured from various posts on this board over many years (I did not write any of this):

"type R : only works on recording side on SP only

it's a better alogrithm to analyse the bits from ur recording source

type S : type S DOES include type R

additional thing is the improvement on playback of LP2/LP4 tracks

type S only works when u have a player that have type S and only works when playing LP2/LP4 tracks, will not works for SP tracks

main difference :

type R works at recording side

type S works both at recording side(coz it include type R) and playback side(for LP2/LP4 only)

type S claimed to produce better sound at playback side on treble part of LP2/LP4 tracks

and, type R only work in real time recording

any fast cd-->md dubbing won't have type R function

if u doubt about type R only work at real time, u can contact Sony CS representative at ur region

no, this information is hidden from ur manuals

but, if u ever contact any one in Sony who know something about MD, they will surely tell u what I've just told u

"ATRAC Type-S is just a combined, one-chip DSP for the ATRAC Type-R codec used for SP mode and the ATRAC3 codec used for MDLP modes. Supposedly, Type-S increases the SNR of LP2 and LP4 encodings by 6dB upon playback, but doesn't offer any improvement for SP encodings.""

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So when I rip at 4x in SP from CD -> MD on my MXD-D400 I am not getting a Type-R recording?

I will need to perform some comparisons of the same source material recorded in real-time versus 4x and see if I can tell the difference ...

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Not sure. The D400 has this special quad-clock circuit that I haven't spotted in any other unit.....

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That has also got me thinking now as I often do high speed CD to MD transfers in sp on my CHC-CL5MD. It would be a shame if the recording lost the Type R treatment.

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