Buying First MD Recorder/Player -- scared now after doing..
Posted 27 December 2002 - 04:00 AM
I first started looking at Sony's minidisc recorder/players, and had basically decided to get the MZ-N707... UNTIL I started reading reviews and about all of the problems and complaints people have with ALL minidisc players, and especially recorders. So I guess my questions to all of you are these... 1) Are there good quality recorder/players out there that I will be satisfied with? and 2) Which one is the best for me, in your opinion??
What I'm really looking for is something that will convert my mp3's into some sort of MDLP format at a good speed and good quality. I don't want to spend an arm and a leg though - I mean I could get a 10gb IPOD for 400, but I don't really want to spend that much. I don't anticipate the need to record anything from any place except my computer, and I want to make sure I won't run into any copyright problems like i've heard about with Sony's programs.
So, after all of that, does anybody have any suggestions for me? This whole minidisc underground sector that I've just recently come across has really blown my mind --- I had no idea there was such a cult-like following of these products, I didn't even realize anybody other than Sony was making these things until earlier today, and I'm not totally on the outside of the electronics world either... Anyways, thanks ahead of time for anything you can offer me.
Posted 27 December 2002 - 04:28 AM
Think of it as a digital tape recorder. The merits of CD and tape in one, i.e. recording from CDs, random access, titling, editing, all away from the computer.
I'd say MD isn't for you. Try and get money for an iPod, or nomad Zen..
Posted 27 December 2002 - 11:19 AM
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Posted 28 December 2002 - 12:36 AM
Thing is, the NetMD to me is for permanantly converting your MP3's to the MDLP modes. Don't do this and you won't like NetMD (as it hides .omg files all over the place). Once everythings converted to .omg, then its very good, and you will get fast transfer speeds to your MD.
So if all you want to do is move your mp3s (and keep them intact) to a portable device, MD doesn't seem such a brilliant idea. However, they have merits like what Leland says..
Also, with an HDD player you *can* store 'em as .wav
Posted 29 December 2002 - 04:31 AM
On my computer, it seems to put them only in the directory I specify. Where else might it "hide" them?
Posted 29 December 2002 - 05:49 AM
I installed sonicstage today, just for fun.. Damn, if I buy netMD boy am I going to be complaining.. It's slow... Damn slow.. I'm scared of launching the program now. On the plus side, ATRAC3 doesn't sound so bad on my computers speakers
Posted 29 December 2002 - 06:11 AM
First let's see what's good about (Net) MD
-NetMD is a (relatively) easy and fast way to get MP3's on your MD's.
-Carry them around in your portable or listen in your car or at home.
-cheap media, no expensive smarmedia cards or harddisks and smaller than CDR
Now the bad
-You will need double copies of every MP3 on your harddisk. Keeping the original MP3's is a must because OpenMG completely sucks as a music player on the PC.
-The software is unstable and slow. Soundstage is worse than OpenMG.
-only 2 quality settings (LP2 / LP4) one is bad, the other isn't perfect either. Your MP3's will suffer.
-can't edit the resulting tracks on MDs
-MD equipment is far more expensive than MP3CD hardware.
-MD can't play CD's
Simply put, NetMD is
than simply buying a direct MP3-playing solution.
The real benefit of NetMD is that you can also use it as a high quality standalone audio recorder!
Using NetMD simply as a MP3player really is a waste of such a nice portable high quality audio recording device as MD
Comparing a NetMD to an iPod... iPod is more expensive but it also stores ALL you music in uncompromised quality if you want to.
Posted 29 December 2002 - 06:14 AM
hmm.. sounds like an interesting concept.. lets start one... :mrgreen:
Posted 29 December 2002 - 06:33 AM
Regarding the comments made by Aidix, perhaps you are right, although I might contest a few of your points (the practicallity of having WAV's on any portable player as a primary format vs. MD in SP mode and carrying discs...) but I won't. I agree with several of them also. Perhaps for me it was different for two reasons. As you can see, I have a ton of history with MD and I like it. Secondly, NetMD was a convenience for me based on my CD collection, not a MP3 collection. I buy any CD I really like, and only collect a few MP3's of odd or old stuff.
That said, I wouldn't try to convince anyone: they have to convince themselves! I only give my opinion
Posted 29 December 2002 - 07:01 AM
I also love my MD's and would never stop using it. There is no perfect portable audio solution, so just try to search for a format that suits your needs.
Posted 29 December 2002 - 07:06 AM
Still, it's pretty chunky. SOF2 didn't make my computer grunt so much as sonicstage does!!
As a music player, I find sonicstage not so bad, but it's incredibly slow. I prefer to just take an MD and put it into my deck. Doesn't skip, either..
Posted 29 December 2002 - 07:42 AM
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