Wow this is a very old post. However, my life may have moved on but alas not necessarily my audio equipment. I need to transfer some files from my old MD. Sonic Stage will no longer run. Is the only option now left to do it in Real Time analogue format? Reading back here I find all kinds of problems associated with converting the Sony file format to WAV or MP3. I wanted to ask if it sounded OK through the headphone socket.
Anyway my question is this:- In the intervening 11 years, has anyone produced a file converter that will handle the Sony HMA format - which includes a lot of compression. Did Sony ever release the specification? That HMA suffix isn't the sole clue is it? They use that for all their MD files. The Format also needs to be interpreted. There's a lot of choices from what I read. MD; Hi-MD; SP; LP and what is NET MD? Maybe even more?
Any up to date help with this would be very much appreciated.