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  1. I am also noticing this problem.  When I receive the password reset email (which doesn't always happen) I can reset my password and I am automatically logged in.  Upon closing or moving to a different computer, it will not accept the new password and I have to start the process over again.  I should only have one membership, so if there are others listed for me they should be deleted.

    EDIT:  It must be something wonky with my browser, as I just logged in fine with IE.  Now to figure out what I twiddled to make Firefox cranky about this site.

  2. I still use the minidisc even though I have an Iphone and a computer with plenty of music on it, but I honestly hate iTunes much much more than sonicstage in terms of a software manager for music. I have attempted to sit down several times and throw some music onto the darn phone, but never manage to do it. Also, the times I have had music on it, it has a tendency to "butt-play" in my pocket, usually in the middle of a teachers lecture, etc. It also kills my battery, which is no bueno. communication>music on the phone. I am no audiophile, but with LP2 and a Type-S deck (recorded 1:1) and 20 dollar headphones I can hear the tape-hiss of the original mastertape on some recordings. Cymbal crash sounds proper. Perhaps it just sounds more "analogue-y" to me, which is what I grew up with. It is also just one of the most versatile things I have ever used. I can throw a disc in with music on it, pop a mic in and record a lecture, and store all of my homework on the same disk! It's not the greatest thing since sliced bread, but it does exactly what I need it to do with a minimum of fuss.

  3. I agree 100% that being able to record 8 hours of HiSP is very useful.

    Also the facility to put 16 hours of LP2 or 32 hours of LP4 on a single disk is very useful.

    If your RH910 is truly sitting unused in the drawer I might take a look at it, if you wish. You can PM me.

    Well, thank you all for listening to my pity party :D

    Ironic - I got the 910 out to see if anything had changed. Plays ok, still fails at formatting the only 1G disk I have, just spins and spins and spins. HOWEVER, I stuck a basic 74min disc in, and it formatted right up! I haven't tried recording to it yet. I am not too sure what this means - do the 1G disks sometimes just give up the ghost?

  4. My brief foray into Hi-MD was cut short by my MZ-RH910 failing at recording. It will still play a disk (usually), but at the moment it just sits in my drawer ignored.

    I record exclusively these days 1:1 from optical out on my computer to either LP2 or sometimes SP (depending on mood, # of albums I have of the artist, etc) to my JE780. I listen to these albums on either my beat up N-510 or a DN430. I also have a couple of S1s that I don't use very often because of bulkiness and that they aren't type S.

    I feel like LP2 is "good enough" and the amount I can store on a disk at MDLP type sizes is decent as well (160 minutes on an 80 minute, or 148 on a 74). I don't know how much use I would have for uploading onto my computer. If I ever do start recording live music, that seems to be the only decent use for a Hi-MD unit (being able to upload the music I record, but this could also be done using audio in and Audacity).

    I guess my waffling here is that Hi-MD units are getting very scarce, and when they do show up command money as if they were brand new. Even the decent MDLP units are going for a lot more money these days.

    Am I better off investing that kind of money in Hi-MD units, or snatching up type S mdlp units, seeing as I never will record in Hi-SP modes to keep as much backward compatibility with the few players out there?

  5. Yesterday I wanted to put an album that was on my computer in Flac format onto a Minidisc but some of the tracks had no gaps in between them so I had to go through a ridiculously complicated process to transfer it as if those tiny gaps are added it drives me insane.

    This is what I had to do and it worked fine but if anyone could tell me an easier way I would be very grateful.

    I converted the flac files to wav using Flac Frontend and then imported the album into SonicStage. I then burned the album onto a CD-RW then put the cd into my cd player and copied it digitally in real time to my MD deck with no gaps.

    If only SonicStage would do this in SP mode. It seems to be fine for LP2, LP4 and Hi-MD but not SP.

    Very annoying!

    Yeah I don't believe SS knows what a FLAC is :D

    I use foobar2000 and a TOSLINK cable to record FLAC to SP 1 to 1. This, of course, assumes you have optical out on your computer.

  6. I do as well. Right now, my favorite little unit is my R90. It's not type r, or MDLP, but it sounds awesome. The only thing it loses out on vs my iPhone is that its noisy when switching tracks :D. Funny enough, I really can't hear that noise when I'm using my good earbuds, only when I'm using the junky ones that came with my phone.

    Best sounding earbuds for 30 bucks I've found at the local "everything" store? Sony.

    Why, sony? You still support CDs, and they're dead for the same reasons minidiscs are... Sigh.

  7. Yeah, I waffled on this when my Hi-MD player bit the dust, and my wife ran over my good N510 :o

    I still have the JE780 that records like a champ, and 100+ blanks.

    I have an iphone that I just never seem to throw much music onto, although I listen to pandora a lot. I finally got a computer with optical out, so I'm using foobar to record or streaming pandora onto disks with LP4.

    I need to track down some type S player units. I debate whether to get back into Hi-MD. I think if I do it will only be with an RH1.

  8. yup, a "deadhead" as they say

    One can order the whole assembly direct from sony :


    X-2055-677-1 OP SERVICE ASSY (ABX-UJ)

    (including HR601(OVER WRITE HEAD))

    Evidently though it isn't as simple as buying the part and inserting it, is it? :)

  9. Either I or Jim (he's in Yorkshire) might be willing to look at this on a trial basis. Once the head is blown (by too much heating sitting writing forever) there's nothing to be done. But I certainly saved my unit.

    Time should be 10 seconds for a working unit.

    yeah - mine just did the same thing. Will blank and format a standard MD, will not read or format my Hi-MD disk. on attempting to record, will spin while displaying "system file writing" until I unplug it. If it is hosed, are the parts even available to repair and align the laser? Or am I better off using it as an Hi-MD paperweight?

  10. HDMI signals are encrypted and unable to be recorded. There is a lot of flack going on surrounding HDMI.





  11. Interesting! Well, from 120k on up (the only mp3 I have) it sounds equal to hiSP on my 910 (All hiSP I do is ripped from CD to the player via MD simple burner). So, from a completely anecdotal stance I can tell little difference. I was looking for what sfbp is asking for as well-some spec sheet or somesuch detailing a problem with mp3 playback in md walkmans capable of mp3 playback, intentful or otherwise. At this stage of the game its a somewhat moot point, but it may sway me one way or the other to jump hoops to get my digi collection into ATRAC format for my MD players.

  12. I read this assertion in another thread and am wondering what the basis for this is-that mp3 playback on mp3 capable HiMD units is hobbled or poorer than an equivalent (?) player. I am unable to use SS at the moment and have been doing all transfer of music using Hi-MD transfer on my mac. Most of my digitized music is in FLAC or mp3 format. What FLAC I have I usually convert to MP3 for easy transfer. If there was an easy linux or mac solution for ripping FLAC to ATRAC I'd be all over it, but as it is mp3 is all i got. Any truth to it? I would assume ATRAC sounds better on minidisc as I think it sounds better in general. I guess what I'm asking roundabout is did Sony cripple mp3 playback for the express reason of pushing ATRAC?

  13. I am wanting to pick up some spare gumsticks for my RH90 and my RH910. In the RH910 is a Sony NH10WM. I can find NH14WMs for sale on Amazon. They LOOK the same, but I am not sure they are interchangeable. I did a search on here but came up with nothing. I put this here in HiMD as I am really interested in the 910 firstly, but if this needs to be moved somewhere else feel free to mods. Thanks!

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