Review JA50ES & JA555ES Minidisc Decks
Posted 20 January 2012 - 01:16 AM
Really good post on tapeheads.net
Posted 20 January 2012 - 05:50 AM
Posted 20 January 2012 - 10:30 AM
"In comparison my other JB930 which gets great reviews for sound, seems only average compared to the ES decks."
Hmmm....I have two decks that are close enough to equivalent that I could try that same test. I'd have to swap out my JA333ES for my JB940 to see if I would hear a difference, but I'm guessing that I would. I have no plans to do this unless the 333ES dies, though.
BTW, the lack of mono on the 50ES would be a deal-killer for me. How did Sony come up with that one?
Posted 20 January 2012 - 07:17 PM
Posted 10 March 2012 - 05:39 PM
Posted 16 March 2012 - 11:26 PM
Posted 17 March 2012 - 02:49 AM
Most of the expense of the decks of that period goes into terrific D->A circuitry. As you say, optical out removes that responsibility entirely from the deck and places it squarely on the shoulders of the amplifier/receiver, which is where it should be anyway. Of course the models I cite cannot do 24-bit optical, whereas the ones you mention (940, 555, 333) all have the choice to do 16 and 24-bit. I look forward to the day when I can make a real comparison with 24-bit optical I/O.
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