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  1. Happy new year! Any updates on the project or when the windows version of the software is going to be ready? Cheers
  2. Very interesting thanks. Sounds to me like cool stealth trickery to get round the quirks of Sonicstage! Might come in very handy if I ever need it.
  3. Your best bet (short of contacting Sony direct) is to find out a particular seller on Ebay UK who is offering to fix Sony (and only Sony) minidisc units. He has 30 years of experience in the business. I don't know if I can post his details here, just do a search and it should come up.
  4. If Sony are still selling the MZ-RH1 then surely they must be obligated to provide software that allows it to operate under Windows 7...
  5. It is the correct price for such an astonishingly beautiful piece of kit. Here is another one, it ends in a day http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SONY-MDS-JA555ES-MiniDisc-Deck-MiniDisc-Recorder-Remote-/140487260872?pt=UK_CE_Cassette_RL&hash=item20b5b17ac8
  6. Hi-SP does indeed beat SP for portable use. However I believe that SP beats Hi-SP (and can even approach PCM) due to the 24 bit D/A converters. The trick is to use the Sony MDS-JB930 which is one of the best MD decks ever made. The post below has more information on how to achieve it - "Also, there is a good trick you can do with a 930. say you connect it to a cd player with a coaxial cable. You connect one end of the cable into the cd player and the other into a digital resolution converter (I think Audio Alchemy had some and they can be found cheap online) that converts 16bit into 24bit resolution. Then you connect the output of the converter into the coaxial input on the 930. You get 24bit all the way without the signal ever becoming analog during recording. Then you can use an external d/a converter alos. Using the resolution converter is the only better thing than analog converter as the results don't depend on cd player+s analog stage, only it's transport is used." http://www.tapeheads.net/archive/index.php/t-550.html
  7. Looks like you are right about LP4 being joint stereo. SP allows for full stereo independent channels - I wonder if the same is true for Atrac3plus? The information is very hard to get on the codec as it is proprietary. http://en.wikipedia....Acoustic_Coding
  8. I doubt Hi-SP at 256 is better than SP at 292. There was some frequency analysis stuff which confirmed it a while back, but I think more to the point the SP format uses the full Dolby stereo field while Atrac3plus is joint stereo.
  9. I understand, but the fact that Sonicstage refuses to do anything with the SP file on the MD suggests that it understands the underlying SP information. Together with the hardware capabilities of the RH1 the software must be allowing the decoding process to continue and to upload the converted WAV file. My thinking is that there must be a way to interrupt the command sequence using some fancy Python script so that the raw SP data is uploaded directly....
  10. I myself do not care much for playback of the raw Atrac 292kps file on the PC. What I would love to have though is a simple 'back ard forward' i.e. two-way transfer between the minidisc and the PC. I only plan to listen to my MDs on MDs, and only use the PC's hard disc for archiving purposes. Surely then, if the SP file that is on the minidisc can be recognized and played by Sonicstage, there must be a way to upload and download the raw SP audio data using the computer?
  11. The Japanese one is silver, the UK one is black. The Japanese one has a slightly higher headphone output at 5mW, while I believe the UK one is limited at 4.8mW - however the latter can be undone through a rather complicated hack which may still be found somewhere on this forum. I don't think it makes a big difference to risk the hack myself. Go and get the black one, now!
  12. Sony will never cease production of the RH1, trust me. There is no other format that can do what the minidisc is able to do. I was in my local Sony store the other day. On the wall was a huge sign that read "Audio / Minidisc". Yes, Minidisc. That shows how much the bosses still admire this unique creation. It is a totally unique format, will always be superior to MP3, gapless, unrivalled in editable operations, and ....it's just special. Don't buy one, buy ten.
  13. I concur with the above regarding optical / coaxial digital connections. You get the track marks automatically inserted for you as well with this method. I do however recall some posts which said that going via analogue connection on a deck yields the best possible quality. This is due to the superior analogue 20 bit D/A converters compared to the 16 bit CD optical connection.
  14. It is possible to hack your RH-710 unit to enable SP recording. Proceed at your own risk though. http://forums.sonyinsider.com/index.php?/topic/20680-recording-in-true-sp-mode-on-an-rh10-is-possible/
  15. The answer is simple. Sony wanted to push Atrac hence the reason why they crippled or avoided MP3 entirely for so long on their players. Now when Atrac is gone and MP3 plus other formats are here to stay Sony cripple their players so that gapless isn't supported (except for WAV files). This is the pattern that is being followed and that will be followed for as long as the Sony line is in production. The one big factor in all of this is I believe the Japanese mindset of keeping a continuity and a strong base strategy moving forward, never changing or hesitating for a moment.
  16. There seems to be some improvement of Type R over 4.5 See here http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/lofiversion/index.php/t24467.html
  17. Just get it man, sound quality ended with MD as far as I'm concerned.
  18. Here is an in-depth look at fixing a portable MD unit by yourself. Many of you seem to be experiencing problems with your units, hopefully this will motivate you to try out different methods. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK. http://www.panuworld...mz-r2/mz-r2.htm Good luck!
  19. NickyJay

    JVC XM-228

    Get this one - the 'daddy' of all minidisc decks http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Sony-MDS-JA555ES-Highend-Minidisc-Rec-Plyr-NEW-/250667414830?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_CDPlayerSeparates&hash=item3a5cf1352e It's brand new and the price is reasonable for a deck of such high quality. This will beat anything on the market today.
  20. Most of it is only available to the Japanese market.
  21. Legacy MD units are still being made and this will continue for the forseeable future. MD fills a niche gap in the professional user market. And audiophiles realise that portable MD still gives the best sound quality.
  22. You could even argue that the whole concept of minidisc is to move away from the computer. You are meant to appreciate your collection on removable discs which can be stored safely and enjoyed later. It's quite a different experience instead of using a mouse, keyboard and screen all of the time.
  23. The ES deck offers phenomenal sound quality. Wish I could afford one or two I'd buy them instantly.
  24. http://www.minidisc.org/part_Marantz_PMD650.html Pre-write of UTOC to avoid loss of recorded material if power is unexpectedly lost.
  25. I meant to say inserting tracks at fixed intervals while recording. I highly doubt there is a portable out there which can do this. For professional use people require units which can do these functions without a PC. When you're out in the field this is an invaluable advantage offered by minidisc. Again I'll ask - can you name a portable which can do all of these things? If you can I and many others will go and buy it in a heartbeat.
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