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  1. That’s my next (and probably last) intended portable purchase. I’ve only been able to find pretty expensive ones from Japanese sellers so far (so have to factor in the additional costs of importing). Will stay patient and keep them peeled though. I got lucky with my MZ-N920, another Japan only model (I think), and found one from a UK seller at a reasonable price eventually.
  2. That’s great. Thanks for taking the time to upload. Just a shame I don’t understand any of the Japanese ☺️
  3. It’s an MZ-N920. A blue one. I think it was one of (if not the?) last non HiMD machines Sony made.
  4. Great work restoring another (lovely looking) machine, Kevin. It’s also clearly trying to tell us something 😀
  5. Did you used to live in Japan or somehow import them? I’d definitely be interested if you can find the time to upload them. I recently bought something that was, I think, released in 2004. It’s not mentioned in any of the pages you’ve posted so far but I’d be interested to see if it’s in the catalogue somewhere.
  6. Are these yours Richard? Interesting how, at that point in time, Sony were making MiniDisc, CD, Cassette and HDD Walkmans.
  7. Glad to hear you've got it working @AltEvolutions. Thought it worth mentioning as I encountered a similar problem when I first got mine and convinced myself it was faulty🙂 Not sure why yours was going in to NetMD mode though 🤔
  8. Welcome to the forum! Not sure if this helps at all but when I connect my MZ-N910 to the power adaptor, it doesn't start charging until I press the STOP button on the player. Mine doesn't go into NetMD mode though so not sure it's the same issue. Maybe worth a try though?
  9. I think it might well have been Japan only as there seems to be very little information around in English. Looks like Bluecrab has (had?) one so maybe he might know?
  10. The MDS-JA22ES might be different to the MDS-JA20ES. There's an article on MiniDisc.org that is a translation of a Japanese Sony brochure, which says: MiniDisc.org Link
  11. Prompted by a question over on Tapeheads, I have been trying to confirm whether the MDS-JA20ES is ATRAC 4.5 or Type-R. According to MiniDisc.org, it I checked the Service Manual for the MDS-JA20ES and that also states that it uses the CXD2654R ATRAC encoder/decoder. It looks like the CXD2654R was also used in the MDS-J..20 decks (MDS-JE520, MDS-JB920), which are ATRAC 4.5 rather than Type-R. I've not been able to find a Service Manual for the MDS-JA22ES so cannot verify which chip that machine has. Anyone able to confirm?
  12. BearBoy

    MDS-JB940

    It did go AWOL for a couple of months until Christopher got everything back up and running just over a week ago. Nice cat! I assume the receiver is a nice warm place to sit?
  13. BearBoy

    MDS-JB940

    Great to see you've found your way back, Bluecrab 🙂
  14. BearBoy

    MDS-JB940

    I've used my Marantz SA8005 as an external DAC for an MDS-JB980 and it sounded really good. I didn't do any real comparisons with the onboard DAC though (it's one of the things on my "to-do" list) and the sound would have been a combination of the DAC/Amp/speakers in my living room compared to my office set up, so not really comparing apples to apples. I keep meaning to get one of my decks permanently plumbed into my living room set up so once I've done that I'll do some tests.
  15. BearBoy

    MDS-JB940

    At least with remotes they're basically all compatible, in my experience at least, with only minor changes to add stuff like the Group function on the final couple of series of decks.
  16. BearBoy

    MDS-JB940

    Yeah, I've seen those and thought the exact same thing.
  17. Amazing. Stuff like this completely blows my, non-technical, mind. Will be very interested to see how you get on with this, Kevin.
  18. BearBoy

    MDS-JB940

    😂 sfbp's a "Rookie" and he's got 6,579 posts 😲
  19. Quite long titles then 😉 If I've counted correctly that's 45 characters, which will actually consume 49 of the 1700 available. I can see how you'd run out of characters if the 40 or so tracks all have similarly lengthy titles. Glad you found a solution in HiMD though.
  20. BearBoy

    MDS-JB940

    Yeah, the BIN prices are almost always over the top and, in some cases, utterly ridiculous. There were a couple of 980s on there recently. One was £2000 and the other was £1000 😲 I spent some time looking at 930s a while back and the average sold auction price (including postage) was around £150 but the BINs at the time were generally more than double that. I think patience is the key to getting one for a reasonable price and, as M1JWR has done, maybe picking up one in need of some work.
  21. BearBoy

    MDS-JB940

    They’re still going, Kevin. My niece, who is 13, has one.
  22. Got it. Thanks Kevin 🙂 All somewhat hypothetical for me tbh as I only use MiniDisc to record music (at an average of four to four-and-a-half minutes per song?) and have never really used LP4. So I'm probably looking at a maximum of 35-40 tracks per disc at LP2 to use up those 1700 characters (average of 42 available per track if I had 40 tracks). I don't think most song titles are that long. Obviously a different scenario if you're using MDs in the manner Freddyjollo is or for things like sound effects etc. Still, it's good to know these things 😀
  23. Ah, I see what you mean. I think 🤔 So if I used a single character title (e.g. A), it would still take up 7 of the 1700 available characters? Or am I still being dim?
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