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HiFi World Nostalgic look at MiniDisc June/ July 2016 2 parts

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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

 

 

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Cannot read that format, Freddy, but the article is also available as PDF, here:

https://www.politicalavenue.com/108642/US-MAGAZINES/Hi-Fi World - July 2016.pdf

Interesting stuff and with a pro-MD slant. From your excerpt, I agree for the most part. However, I believe the SQ from my JA22ES might exceed that of some "modern" DACs (my Musical Fidelity, for example).

Thanks for the link.

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12 hours ago, freddyjollo said:

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. "

I was ready to buy one decent - stereo DAC now but as I have bought a Yamaha DSP A-Z1 receiver I have now a 24bit-96kHz/192kHz DAC inside + all DSP effects.So... The receiver as a optical out dedicated for a MD deck.

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Thanks for posting this. Nice to read something fairly positive about the format rather than just portraying it as a failure.

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