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jmsla last won the day on May 26 2014

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About jmsla

  • Birthday 12/27/1954

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    Brooklyn, New York / Park Slope
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    Playing music_jazz drums, Listening to tons of music on minidisc, inline skating,


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    Grado Si60...will soon add a pair of Si80
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    Audio Technica 822_direct to Hi-MD

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  1. I thought you guys would think the battery prices were wildly excessive for aftermarket. I went for the 2 I got because I was willing to pay for 'perceived' vetting of the quality. I see gum-stick batteries on eBay or Amazon for $9 and change. Am I correct then to assume those are likely trash?
  2. Yes, I've been checking in on the site too and he's added some recorders and players among other additions. As for my order, it arrived several days ahead of the estimated. Hong Kong Post managed to get the package half way around the globe and to the US Post Office branch in my NYC neighborhood with out a hitch.* Everything I ordered was in perfect shape; MDGadgetry's packaging was excellent. All the items immediately appeared to be high quality. I ordered the tiny dock replacement for my NH 1; an adaptor cord to convert 5V from a wall socket adaptor to 3V with the appropriate, very skinny, Sony barrel plug on the 3V side; and 2 batteries - a gum-stick replacement and the flat one that powers my RH-1, an LIP-4WM replacement. I haven't had time yet to fully play with all my new accessory toys. So far, the small dock is working perfectly, and the batteries fully charged quickly, they came partially charged, and are both working perfectly. The gun-stick has a tiny port to accept a charging cable! Nice. I will order from Gerry again. ____________ *And yet United Parcel Service, in the same period, couldn't get an expedited Next Day Air letter to me from Texas without loosing it for a week and a half. I'm struggling with which is the more, or least, remarkable achievement. ?? For certainly, it wasn't a Slow Boat From China nor a cowboy on horseback from the Lone Star State. I
  3. Possibly of interest, 3 messages I've received from MDGadgetry: I only accept paypal for now as I am it is so much work setting up credit card paypal. Am sure things will improve as the site is getting popular. Gerry And, upon asking about certain MiniDisc models I'm interested in acquiring: Hii James I have all the said units. Actually, I have 700+ portables (still buying). I will upload some units to the website soon ... Gerry Also, my order, made about 5 hours ago, has already been processed, ready to ship out as per an Order Status Change message correcting from Monday shipping. All good so far on communication and responsiveness.
  4. True, and this didn't go unnoticed. However, I am relying on an age old bit of wisdom that advises: One picture is worth a thousand typos and some lost translation between East and West. My dock replacement Adapter will be shipped out Monday and if it should happen not to fit my MZ-NH1, this forum will be the 2nd to know. The 1st will be Gerry. As far as the ersatz MiniDisc model goes; if there isn't an NH10, perhaps there should be! _________________________________________ P.S. I was just informed of the following: (and I've only been a forum member, starting with minidisc.org, for ... 25+ years) 🙂 Congratulations! You've increased your rank to Rookie! 4 minutes ago
  5. True, and this didn't go unnoticed. However, I am relying on an age old bit of wisdom that advises: One picture is worth a thousand typos and some lost translation between East and West. My dock replacement Adapter will be shipped out Monday and if it should happen not to fit my MZ-NH1, this forum will be the 2nd to know. The 1st will be Gerry. As far as the ersatz MiniDisc model goes; if there isn't an NH10, perhaps there should be!
  6. Hi Vincent, I just inquired with the guy BearBoy mentions regarding an adapter plug that substitutes for the cradle and the original USB cable for attaching the NH1 to a computer. His name is Gerry and he now has a website. https://mdgadgetry.com/ (thanks to BearBoy for informing the community about this site; see BB's post of July 4, '24) Did you get one of those adapters by chance. If so, are you satisfied with it? link to the accessory adapter: https://mdgadgetry.com/products/Sony-MZ-N10-Adapter-p675099857 If you haven't gotten one you might be interested in what I learned from inquiring. Here is Gerry's reply to me: Hi James Thank you for your email. The adapter charges via usb-C, it has built in voltage regulator and it will bring voltage from a 5V usb-C to the necessary 6V for this player. Alternatively, if you have a 6V wall charger, you can also use it with this adapter as it has charging port for that too. As far as data transfer goes, it has a switch on it to toggle between charging mode and data transfer mode. I hope this answers your questions. Regards, MDGadgetry So, 2 input ports and a toggle switch! With this you wouldn't need the cradle at all, the NH-1 it will be freed from the cradle for general use; recording and playback powered by the 6V wall plug. I hope this is helpful, I plan to order one of these adapters and other accessories and will report my experience and on the items i get. Best, -ja NYC
  7. Hi BearBoy, Good spotting in finding this site, thanks for passing it along. I just sent them a question about one of the products and I plan on buying a few items. Best, -ja
  8. Hi kgallen, Thank you for your reply. It's good to know now that the digital (optical) output isn't getting ATRAC treatment. It also never occurred to even try putting the deck in 'record' without a disk inserted; it works exactly as you described. I am sending the analog signal from my turntable into the 520 and straight out to the optical input on my RH-1. This set-up is really just a matter of convenience because the turntable and the JE-520 are sitting next to each other. I'm sure there are better ways I can make digital copies, (sans mp3), of my LPs but, this is the line of least resistance for the moment. Thanks again for the info. and operation help; good news to me. Best, James
  9. Greetings. I have a JE-520 deck that records using ATRAC 4.5. I want to use this deck simply as a pass-through device to convert an analog signal coming in to a digital out signal I know I can accomplish this by putting a disc in the deck then hitting record and pause which will activate the all the inputs and outputs. My question, however, is whether the digital signal out will be in ATRAC 4 or just a straight analog to digital conversion in that the deck is not actually recording. Any thoughts out there are appreciated. JMSLA (James)
  10. Hi All, One of my LIP-4WM batteries has become swollen; bloated like a gum-stick blow-fish. Clearly it can no longer be used and is likely a danger to even keep as a paperweight. Does anyone have advice on what I can do, or avoid doing, to prevent this from happening to any more of my diminishing supply of LIP-4WM batteries? A few others are just beginning to show a tiny bit of swelling. None of these batteries are of the 'after-market' variety. And, does anyone know what happens inside the battery to cause this condition? Any advice and insights are greatly appreciated. Thank you, -ja
  11. I'm still running XP with no problems at all and Sonic Sstage works like a dream; including Simple Burner which I use quite often. I simply refused to be frightened by Microsoft into giving up XP. I't's possibly one of their best operating systems; simple and robust. And I do continue to get monthly updates from Microsoft. Wouldn't it also be possible to have a stand alone computer; one not connected to the internet, that runs on XP to use Sonic Stage without any glitches? Of course 'Grace Note' and such would not be available but, a small incovienence.
  12. Yes, it is true as AVITWeb says; there is an option in the 'transfer settings' to instruct SS to delete the converted files after transfer. However, i'ts still always a good practice to take a look in that default folder or follow that file path because, in my experience, the deletion doesn't always happen --- for reasons that remain a mystery to me. {I guess computer programs sometime ignore instructions and do want they want to do just to defy the humans.} Don't forget about clearing your Recycle Bin either, if you do have to perform a manual deletion. My two cents. Happy Transferring, -ja
  13. Hi Roflol, I would like to buy your 600 as a backup if it's still available. I'll pay your asking price, which I think is very fair if not outright generous. I own a 600 which I've had for several years. Despite it's entery level status and plactic case, is a tough workhorse and can make excelent recordings. The higher end, metal case 900 models I have become plagued with operational problems. Please PM me. -James / jmsla
  14. No problem. it's very good that the disc was new because sometimes remnants of prior recordings that were 'erased' and recorded over can pop up in spots like, for example, the silent space between the recover tracks. // When I reuse a disc for an important recording, I have a procedure to completely purge the disc of prior recordings so that it starts as essentially a new disc. I think the 'disc error' message you get occasionally is just an anomaly, especially since it mostly reads 'blank disc'. I think that simple 'blank disc' message is encouraging. And, I don't think it matters what brand of machine was used to record the disc - SP is SP as far as I know. It is curious how the disc got erased. Since this disc was so important, I can't imagine that your client put it in a player / recorder and mistakenly went through the menu to 'erase all tracks', or mistakenly formatted the disc. It might be helpful to ask the owner of the disc if he/she remembers how that happened. I hope it wasn't a situation where a malfunctioning machine somehow mangled or scrambled the TOC - if such a thing is possible. You would probably be getting more 'disc error' messages if that were the case. I'm just guessing here. You know where to find me if you want to get in contact. Good Luck, James
  15. Greetings AudioArtist, If this is a straight forward matter of the tracks having been mistakenly erased, leaving what appears to be a blank disc, I have the necessary equipment to write a new TOC to the disc and would be glad to perform that procedure. Understand, however, that I am making no promises just now as there is a lot I don't know about this disc. For example: You mention ..."the issue of an erased TOC". Did you mean to say erased 'tracks' or literally and erased TOC; because I've never heard of a disc completing missing a TOC and I'm not sure this such a condition is possible. I ask because I want to be perfectly clear about what is wrong with this disc. Also: Can you find out exactly how the music on the disc came to be "erased"? // Was the disc new when it was originally recorded or was it a reused disc? // In what mode had the disc been recorded: SP, LP2 or LP4? // Is it a 74 minute disc or an 80 minute disc? // Is the disc damaged in any way, such as having a missing or malfunctioning shutter door or a warped case? // Does the internal disc spin smoothly inside the case? I have a MZ-G750 that I modified for TOC cloning and I have a MDS-J520 Deck. I typically use the portable because the procedure is much simpler with fewer steps. I'm in the States - you can PM me if you wish. Best, -ja
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