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  1. Mine are cheaper in the US. And depending how many you want, possibly cheaper with European shipping.
  2. Thanks to everyone for the great feedback. The 80-mins are disappearing but I have lots of 74 minute MDs left--mostly Sony colors and Neige, but also some very pretty pink and blue TDK Lucirs. Still a great price.
  3. Well, use them in SP! That should fill them up in no time and you can get mine.
  4. Dozens, perhaps 100, mostly Sony 74 colors and Neige (10 of those are 80-minute, many more 74) also a dozen very nice TDK Lucir pink and blue 74. PM me to discuss.
  5. OK, you snooze you lose. The Hi-MDs have all gone to new homes. I still have umpty-gazillion 80-min. and a gazillion 74-min. MDs: Sony, Denon, TDK, Fuji. Prices in the original post. Anyone?
  6. Well, a Hi-MD buyer disappeared, so I have a dozen black Hi-MDs available again, as well as about 20 blue ones.
  7. Most of the Hi-MDs are gone but still have a few, and plenty of 80-min and 74-min old-school MDs.
  8. Thank you to all the PMs! If I haven't gotten back to you I will soon.
  9. Transistor

    Sony PCM-M10

    OK, now I remember what my beef was with the SX series. From the specs for the SX712. Recording Modes, Frequency Range LPCM 44.1kHz/16bit: 40 Hz - 20,000 Hz MP3 320kbps: 40 Hz - 16,000 Hz MP3 192kbps: 40 Hz - 16,000 Hz MP3 128kbps: 40 Hz - 16,000 Hz MP3 48kbps (MONO): 40 Hz - 14,000 Hz MP3 8kbps (MONO): 50 Hz - 2,000 Hz Whereas the PCM-M10 is 20Hz to (they claim, their dogs can verify) 40,000 Hz 20 to 40 Hz might not seem like a big difference but it is a whole octave of bass, including the bottom notes of a piano. I want those. Opera may not use it but rock, jazz, etc., certainly do. 40 Hz is like having a low-cut filter you can't turn off. The upper range, from 16,000 to (human ear perceptible) 20,000, includes overtones that will make the sound more natural, but that is less than an octave and way the heck up there, and despite the wider numerical gap is not as crucial. But the 40Hz cutoff for a rock show would make it tinny. Also, 16-bit WAV is considered old-school by the serious concert recorders. At 24-bit, you can apparently record at lower levels (to protect from overload) and boost with better quality later. Ozpeter is a great resource and extremely knowledgeable. But as far as I can tell through searching, the only post I saw said that he preferred the mic configuration in the SX series, not necessarily the mic quality. He is fixated on stereo image and doesn't like the close omnis in the PCM-M10 (they would have to be wider apart), although there is a software plugin to improve the stereo image. I haven't seen anything from him on the actual mic quality. Not that it particularly matters to me--I use external mics. Spec'd at 20Hz-20,000 Hz. I can see the convenience, lightness, cuteness and low price of the SX series. Seems ideal for a radio journalist recording interviews and ambience, or for dictation, or as a musician's idea catcher. But for a real live-music recorder it's still the PCM-M10.
  10. I'm selling off my Hi-MDs for $5 each. Used once. See the Classifieds.
  11. I have many, many MDs and Hi-MDs that I have finally uploaded. I'd like to give the folks here first dibs on them before they go to eBay. I'll sell them in batches of 5 and 10. If you want more in one bunch, send me a PM and we can easily work something out. 5 x 80-min. MD: $15 + $6 postage (US only) 10 x 80-min MD: $10 + $6 postage (US only) 5 x 74-min. MD $4 + $6 postage (US only) 10 x 74-min MD $7.50 + $6 postage I would prefer US buyers--it's a lot easier at the post office. International buyers, we'll have to do some individual math on the postage. They are just about all used once and working (I just uploaded from them). A handful may have been erased and re-recorded two or three times, no more than that. (That's why I have so many--they were archived, not reused.) The MDs are good brands that have never given me trouble: Sony, Fuji, Denon, TDK (no Hi-Space or Memorex). I don't think I have any super-collectible ones--yellow with confetti pattern TDK Bitclub, if you want--but if you are looking for something in particular, let me know. I'm gmin7flat5 on Ebay if you want to check my 100% feedback there. Payment by Paypal. PM me if you have questions or you want some discs. And by the way, if you are interested in an RM-MC40ELK remote (with levels! backlit!), an MZ-NH700, or, eventually, my MZ-RH1, working fine, let me know.
  12. Transistor

    Sony PCM-M10

    Oh, Stephen, we know you love your ICD-SX. And it's appalling that you got a lemon the first time around on the PCM-M10. But give the big guy a chance. No battery recharger, but a pair of AAs lasts something like 40 hours. (I always dump mine when they get down to two bars and let my Sony CD player eat the remainder of their power.) You can throw a 32GB card into the slot and thus have it seamlessly record 36GB (the transition from internal to external memory is seamless). The internal mics are wonderful for voice and surprisingly good for music. The external mic preamps are widely praised for low noise. Basically you never have to worry about storage space for hi-fi wav recordings of long performances. You can see how solidly the thing is built. You have to love the display. In a perfect world I would add levels on the remote, but it's pretty much a field recordist's dream. Have you checked out the 5-second pre-recording feature, where you leave it on Pause, something happens, you quickly hit the Record button and you've captured what happed just before you hit Record?
  13. Transistor

    Sony PCM-M10

    Really, there is a serious divide nowadays between players and recorders. You can get a player that lets you easily navigate through your music, or you can get a high-quality recorder. The PCM-M10 is a recorder, period. There's no scroll wheel. You will be pushing the >> button a zillion times to get from file to file. You won't be able to navigate by artist name, song title, album title, etc. I haven't used the PCM-M10 as a player, but its firmware puts 10 folders on the internal memory and 10 on an external memory card. There's a limit, which may be 100 filenames, per folder. This is no way to have a music library. So please, don't get it to use as a player. There are players that take .wav and .flac, and have voice mics. Get one of those.
  14. Transistor

    Sony PCM-M10

    I love my PCM-M10, and I am pleased with the playback sound quality. But I would NOT get it for primary use as a music player. It would just end up annoying you. It's the size of a fatter iPhone (or a point-and-shoot camera), it's heavy by comparison to mp3 players and it's just not optimized for use as an mp3 player. It's a serious recorder, not a portable music player. . I have a Sansa Fuze as a portable player (not the Fuze +, a whole different gadget). It plays back .wav (and .mp3, .wma, .flac and .ogg) with good sound quality, it takes microSD (I've got 16GB in there now) and has internal memory as well (4GB or 8GB). Playlists, shuffle (not great but there), etc. It has FM radio (never tried it) and a dinky voice recorder. Under $100 for 8GB internal (plus microSD slot). Of course you have to throw out the stock earbuds, and its big quirk--we minidisc folks know about quirks, right?--is that it's picky about the kind of tags it likes on mp3s (ID3v2.3 ISO-88590-1, thank you). But for something to throw in a pocket and listen to while in motion, it's excellent. I hear Sony makes portable music players too, come to think of it.
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