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  1. So... I'm broke. Really really broke. Had some unexpected and unavoidable expenses come up that totally wiped everything out, leaving us with less than fifty dollars to get us to April. In order to facilitate eating and bill-paying, I've decided that it's less important to have minidisc stuff than it is to have food. So I'm clearing out everything, every MD-related thing I have. It's not something I want to do, but I don't really have much of a choice if I want to be able to make it to April without having to go hungry for days on end. I'm looking to get $200 or best offer for the entire lot: MD units: Sony MZ-E520 (pink) - in near-flawless condition and perfect working order. Sounds absolutely lovely and gets ridiculous battery life on a single gumstick. Sony MZ-R700 (blue) - in near-flawless condition and perfect working order. I have done the Type-R firmware hack on this unit so it records SP at higher quality than stock. Sony MZ-N505 (silver) - in fair condition and perfect working order. Cosmetically it's a bit beat up but it works just fine--I've been using it to make digital recordings via optical and title tracks in SonicStage. Sharp IM-DR80 (silver) - in excellent physical condition but unfortunately works only when it wants to. Sometimes it refuses to spin up and requires percussive maintenance to get it playing. I don't know what's wrong with it, but I suspect it may be a loose connection, possibly power to the motor. Accessories: Sony RM-MC33EL (white) - in near-flawless condition and working order. Sony RM-MZ4R (black) - in like-new condition and working order. Sony MZ-E520 charging dock (pink) - in like-new condition. Sony 100v 1A 3V AC adapter (center positive, fits all three Sony units), this one came with the E520 Sony 120v 500mA 3V AC adapter (center positive, fits all three Sony units), this one came with a recorder I don't have anymore, but it fits and works with all the others HQRP 1450mAh 1.2v gumstick NiMH battery - nearly new, has had only four full charge cycles Sony 900mAh 1.2v gumstick NiMH battery - the original pack-in battery for the E520, it still holds a charge, but only for about 12-14 hours in SP mode vs the 36+ hours for the HQRP battery Repurposed Sony earbud slip case - this nylon hard pouch fits three MDs very easily if you slide them in shutter-side first. Sony MDR-E808SL earbuds (pack-ins that came with the E520) Discs: 10 Victor CLEAR MD 80 min 20 Sony Niege 80 min 6 Memorex Crystal 80 min (with Memorex Crystal 6 MD box) 6 Fuji MD black 74 min 3 Sony Color Collection 74 min (2 red, 1 orange) 1 Sony Color Collection 80 min (blue) 5 Maxell Color MD 74 min (1 purple, 1 pink, 1 blue, 1 green, 1 yellow) 1 Hi-Space Color MD 80 min (blue) 1 Minidisco.com Robot MD 74 min (cyan) 2 Daiso 28 capacity MD boxes with latching lids (pink) I will ensure that all discs are erased and cleaned of labels before shipping. I'm looking to get, as I said, $200 for the lot. Best offers may be accepted depending on situation. Buyer pays shipping. I'm going to put these up on eBay eventually, but I'd like to avoid the headache if at all possible.
  2. The generic green 1450mAh gumstick battery I got from Amazon holds a fantastic charge. I managed to get two and a half weeks of near-daily use, around 1.5-3 hours SP playback per day. The original Sony 900mAh gumstick it came with is quite old and thus holds only about a third of that (it still works, though).
  3. syn010110

    spare parts

    It would be sensible to keep the RH1 at home and safe since it is hard to come by and has unlimited transfer capability. If you need to use something on your bike I'd suggest solid-state.
  4. I think what the OP means is that by using their RH1 to transfer directly to PC, they'd lose resolution and bit depth as it would force a conversion to 16-bit LPCM. It's entirely possible that their PC doesn't have an optical digital line-in.
  5. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hi-MD-MiniDisc-player-CASE-holds-walkman-recorders-w-shoulder-strap-EXCELLENT-/121272051208?pt=US_Personal_MiniDisc_Recorder&hash=item1c3c60a608 I saw this on ebay while searching for deals on MD units.
  6. I have a Sharp IM-DR80 that I'm trying to sell. I don't really know anything about fixing MD portables or anything with this many mechanical parts in it (I'm more about fixing smartphones and other solid-state devices that have no moving bits and pieces), but this unit is not quite... right. Currently (as of five minutes ago) the DR80 is playing discs beautifully. Sounds fantastic and all that stuff. The body is in really good shape with only a few small scratches; the worst physical damage is the small tab that locks the battery door in place has been broken off, but you could fix that pretty easily by replacing the plastic piece with one from a dead unit, or using some epoxy to re-create the missing bit, or (what I had planned to do) simply use some stick-on velcro strips to keep it shut. The problem with the unit is sometimes, whenever it feels like it, it'll quit working. Put a disc in, it'll give you the "beep" feedback, but the motor won't spin up and the disc won't play at all. Every time this happens, I've tapped the thing lightly-ish against my palm (flat against it, striking my hand with the back of the unit) and the motor seems to wake back up, spinning and reading the disc without issue. Once it starts working again, it seems to stay working unless you let it sit for a few days or it gets jolted around too much. I'd guess that the device has a loose connection somewhere, probably power to the motor that spins the disc. I don't really have the knowledge to repair one of these and since it actually does work (when it feels like it), I'd rather not sacrifice it to my own curiosity. I don't have the money to ask someone who knows what they're doing to repair it, and the four-poles headphone thing is getting annoying anyway since I can't use my UE600 headset with it (as the earphones have a four-pole arrangement for Left/Right/Ground/Mic rather than Left/Right/L.Ground/R.Ground) and I end up just using my Sony E520 pretty much 100% of the time, at least until I get a new pair of earphones. So I'll put it up here to see if anyone wants it before I toss it to the dogs on eBay. Please be aware that this is just the main DR80 unit and the external AA battery caddy. I don't have the remote or the docking station that came with it, and without those parts it can only really function as a player. Someone else who has a DR80 may want to make use of it, though, either for parts or as a backup main unit. I'm willing to either sell the thing for $30 plus the cost of shipping from Oakland, CA, or trade it for something. I'd be willing to trade it for new or used blank MDs (I can always use those), especially if they're cute or interesting looking. I'd also be willing to trade it for another recorder or player. I would be willing to add cash on top of it to trade for a player of greater value (I'd be especially thrilled to get my hands on a fully-functional Auvi portable player such as a DS8, DS70 and the like, or any of the Kenwood versions). Payment would be through either Paypal or Amazon Payments in the case of a purchase. Anyway thanks for listening to my long-windedness. If nobody has much interest in the thing I'll move it to eBay after a week or so.
  7. So on a whim I put a battery in the DR80 again and again it just beeped, but I decided to apply percussive maintenance by bashing it against my palm. This randomly caused the motor to spin up and the disc played beautifully. So I'm wondering if the problem is an intermittent short on the motor's power. I wonder if taking it apart would reveal more...
  8. No, the N505 is not spectacular. It beats most cheap MP3 player audio quality, but it sounds worse than my Nexus 4 and my partner's Sansa Clip. It can't even touch the audio quality of my E520 or the sometimes-functional DR80.
  9. Really? Huh. I always thought it would be very similar sounding (as in, decent but not great) to the N505 I already have.
  10. !!! I want those! What would they cost me?
  11. Well I've been using my generic green gumstick battery for about five days now and it seems to be doing quite well. I've been listening to my E520 for about 2-ish hours a day on average and the battery hasn't been charged since the day I got it, and it's still at 3 bars (though it sometimes drops to 2 bars and then goes back up to 3).
  12. Out of the ones you have, I'm most interested in the Axia "select your style" and "lego" discs as well as the Daiso Cube Mix discs. Still trying to find someone with first-run Sony Lumina in pink. They are quite rare!
  13. I don't mind if they're used as long as they're not dirty or horribly mangled. If they've been recorded on a few (or even a lot of) times, I don't mind because you can record on these things zillions of times before something goes wonky. Max price per disc depends on what disc it is. I'd pay more for something like, a brand-new sealed first-generation Sony Lumina in pink than I would for a used Axia lego disc.
  14. Yeah, I figured it was an impossible pie-in-the-sky dream.
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