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  1. I was serious about respecting the fact that you're a pure user. I didn't appreciate attaching "Ms." to my name, hence the "Sister Cantaker" response. At any rate, let's get back to the topic.
  2. Like I said, Sister Cantaker, Kenwood still has the KMD-44 readily available. You're not going to find it in a local store, but any Kenwood retailer can order one for you. It's very cool that you've owned so many MD car units over the years, Sister. You're a pure user. It's good to know there are true MiniDisc people out there like Sister Cantaker.
  3. Learn how to LOOK! Kenwood's MD car units can be ordered from any authorized Kenwood dealer across the U.S. I got mine last year; still love it. Paid just over $200. One thing about MiniDisc: It's always going to be a niche format. If you're into it hard core, you have to realize that stuff is readily available, but you just have to dig a bit. (For example: Want a high-end U.S. deck? Plenty of Sony MDS-E10 pro decks are available) ....this is just a way of life for MiniDisc people throughout the States...
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    Car Units

    There are plenty available. I bought my Kenwood KMD-44 a little over a year ago and still love it. As far as Hi-MD goes: I think it all depends on the success of the format.
  5. Go with a Sharp because it allows you to adjust recording levels on the fly. I suggest minidisco.com---read up on affordable Sharp portables for sale.
  6. You are extremely misinformed. THIS is how it "stands today"... 1) The iPod has nothing to do w/ support---many, many PC people own iPods. Sony won't support Macs BECAUSE THEY MAKE COMPUTERS! They want to sell their Apple-design-stealing Vaios. 2) I am a die-hard Mac user and own a MiniDisc deck, two portables and car unit. I'm certainly not alone.
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    MD Car Decks

    Go with a Kenwood. I've had my KMD44 for a year in my Beetle, and have loved every minute of it. Any Kenwood dealer should be able to order one for you. Rock on!
  8. Expect to pay between $1 to $2 per disc. I like minidisco.com (you can even buy in bulk), as well as minidiscaccess.com; it's fun to purchase different brands & styles for your collection. If you're desperate to get some blanks fast, Best Buy certainly keeps plenty Sony Colors in stock (at least Chicagoland locations do)... Avoid Memorex or any blanks that do not come w/ separate slip cases for each blank.
  9. Ah, yes, I can field this one... It preserves all the track marks just like an optical CD-> MD copy does. I highly recommend a Tascam recorder---I believe all of their models accept data CD-R's (which is key---you don't want to have to spend more money on music CD-R's)....I used to have one, and was very happy w/ the results. To answer your other question, you should have no problem making 2nd generation digital copies if you have a pro deck. I've never had a problem w/ mine. BTW, what kind of MD deck do you have?
  10. Does anyone know if there is a deck with continuous scroll? I find it so annoying that every MD deck I've worked w/ requires you to hit the scroll button every time you want to see the full track name.
  11. I'm just wondering if there are people into high-end equipment (e.g., Arcam, McIntosh, Rotel, B&W, etc.) who support MiniDisc. I get so fed up w/ audiophiles putting down the format because it's lossy. Yeah, it is, but feeding my pro deck through my Rotel receiver & B&W DM602 S3 speakers for the first time blew me away by how good MD sounded through good equipment. I kept expecting to hear the limitations really stand out, but the fact of the matter is that MiniDiscs still sounded damn good (and amazing through B&W's!). It has actually renewed my interest in the format. I have decided to make MD my recording format of choice in my ever-building, ever-upgrading hi-fi audio chain. I'm excited about turning back the clock to the old school days of NOT using a computer to record. Vinyl (cleaned up properly from my record cleaner) recorded straight to the deck from the Rotel receiver produces astonishing results. When I borrow a CD and want to make a copy I am more than happy w/ a hookup via Tos-Link from my Yamaha deck to the MD deck. Yes, doing A/B testing does prove the original CD sounds slightly better (certain sounds and instruments that are only faintly heard on the MD are brought to life)....BUT, these are COPIES I'm making, so I feel that it's fair---since I don't own the original---to have a copy not quite as good...but still very good... Also, MiniDisc recordings produce a unique "sound image" that people talk about---which, while not better than the original, is very nice to listen to. I truly believe that MANY anti-MD audiophiles NEVER REALLY LISTENED to an MD played on a high-end deck (like my MDS-E10) that was recorded PROPERLY through good connections and equipment. They just form their opinion around the fact that "MD uses a 5:1 lossy compression scheme"---so without REALLY listening properly, the facts say it takes things away, so it obviously is way too inferior. Stubborn, stubborn, stubborn. I'm glad I form MY OWN opinions from FIRST HAND experience, or else I would never realize how good MD can STILL sound---even through high-end equipment. Any other audiophiles out there who DO use a good MD deck for all their recordings?
  12. Oh, man, I'm sorry it took me so long to catch this thread...I'm the MDS-E10 user. I have never had an issue making several digital MD copies w/ this deck.
  13. Just wondering... Are there people out there who put their recordings (borrowed music, vinyl, etc.) to CD-R, copy the CD-R to MiniDisc, then store the CD-R for archival purposes---just to have an uncompressed version, and to make a quick copy for somone else....? In other words, a CD-R and MD copy are made, using the MD for listening, and just simply storing away the CD-R for archival purposes.
  14. Ugh...any recording in the red sounds like garbage to me---be it MiniDiscs or cassettes.
  15. I don't know if everyone on this board is aware, but Robert Palmer ("Addicted To Love," and, a great song from 1980, "Johnny And Mary") was a huge MiniDisc supporter---the biggest from any mainstream rock performer (past or present) that I'm aware of. Here's a link to the article showing his praise of the format from the UK's Daily Mirror Magazine: http://www.minidisc.org/images/mirror_7_dec_02.jpg Sadly, the musician tragically died Friday, September 26th. Here's a link to the details from Newday.com: http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/na...-homepage-promo I wish minidisc.org would post some kind of tribute on the front page.
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    T-Board - Banned Again

    Hi, Ren, this is newwave8 from the T-Board. I'm not afraid to speak my mind to anyone (as you assumed), so I wanted to respond. Hey, I may not agree with some of your opinions, but I totally support your being allowed to express them. HOWEVER, when someone disagrees with you, you insist on thinking that you're the only one that's right, and then you go into personal attacks on people, which is very childish. Right in this thread, you said SBG doesn't know what he talking about...well, right or wrong, he's allowed to express his opinion. If you want people to respect your opinions, you have to be able to tolerate theirs (instead of simply saying "Up Yours" and other types of insults to someone, like you did on the T-Board). ...and again, case and point: right in this thread, you go on to call certain people "dim witted *****".....for which I'm disappointed in the moderators here for allowing.... The major argument I saw was when you were comparing ATRAC before you even listened to it, and I don't know how you can form an opinion about something before you have any first hand experience. IMO, that was a ligitimate argument by Mystyler. That's really all I have to say. If you want to throw out some more childish rips at me, then go for it, I really don't care. I just wanted to voice my opinion on this whole thing, because I think it's ridiculous that you've taken personal shots at people on the T-Board, been banned twice, and then post on here about how unfair it is. Anyway, that's it for me. Say what you will (or rip however you want), I'm done. Rock on.
  17. For those w/ a complete MD setup (I mean deck, portable, possibly a car deck)...how much do you record to MD? Do you record some things, while you burn CD-Rs of others? I restore vinyl on my Mac and burn to CD-R. Out of the music that I borrow, most of it gets burned to CD-R (due to time & compatibility), but there are certain things I just feel like making an MD copy of instead (like, for example, David Bowie's new album: I chose MiniDisc). I also have an iPod---it's what I use to play my CDs & CDRs on the go. However, I can't ever give up on MiniDisc. I really enjoy making and listening to them. If it wasn't for compatiblity issues (not being able to loan or conveniently make copies for others), I would record all music to MD instead of CD-R. I'd like to hear some input from those w/ decks...
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    Please visit my new forum

    Yawn. What does this have to do w/ MiniDisc?
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    I highly recommend skipping on the amp. Although the outputs of MD portables aren't as strong as the iPod, they are definitely loud enough. You really should get used to listening w/ headphones at decent volumes, or your hearing will deteriorate. My Sharp DR7 gets listened to around 18/30, and sometimes up to 23/30 when there's noise around or I want to crank it. At first, it seemed a LITTLE to weak, but I got used to it, and now it sounds very loud----as it should, or you're going to have problems in the future... HAVING SAID THAT...there ARE plenty of MD enthusiasts who want to crank their units louder and happen to love amps, so I hope that one of them will step forward and recommend some for you (even though I'm against them)...
  20. Many MD people don't think so. I'm one of them. I truly feel that the sound quality of Sharp protables is amazing. It's a different story when it comes to decks, though. Do yourself a favor and DON'T choose your product based on brand name. You've never heard a Sharp portable, so you can't compare at this point.
  21. I highly recommend Sharp for portables. The DR-7 is amazing. It serves as my high quality portable and recorder. I use my Sharp MT200 for tossing around (in my pocket and such) on the streets. Both models smoke your 505, but the Sony will work well for exercise or any other time you want to walk around w/ a portable and not have to worry about babying equipment. Check out minidisco.com for Sharp portables for sale.
  22. Absolutely! The Kenwood KMD-44. I love it in my Beetle!
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    Which Deck To Buy?

    Searching and stumbled upon this post... edit-> sorry, Mystyler, I was going off because I thought you posted this AFTER I finally proved to you that the MDS-E10 has MDLP (on the T-Board). Anyway, I use MDLP on my pro deck and love it! (I know, this response is just a LITTLE late!)
  24. Yeah, this deck does look nice. This is the kind of MD equipment that should be pushed at electronic stores (i.e. Best Buy) in the U.S. Then, after awhile, the format can finally take off here, and I can do what I really want: use MiniDisc for ALL recordings. I can't do that because no one else here has it. (so it's strictly for radio, mixes & live recoding) Ah, to dream. Of course, I won't be interested in this deck, since I already have an AMAZING pro deck...which, of course, I keep a keyboard hooked up to for titling... heh heh heh.... :twisted:
  25. Those of us that love MiniDisc do whatever we can to continue to cling on to the format. Take me, for instance. Compatibility chased me away a couple of times, but I always came running back. Recorded music is more fun to listen to on MDs than on CD-Rs. Unfortunately, though, I'm at a point where, no matter what, I have to have all of my music available for making quick copies for people when needed. I would love to use MD 100% of the time, but it just isn't practical. It's so much nicer to workout with an iPod, as well, so you can listen to several artists without stopping to change discs. Of course, I never completely abandoned the format because I always use it to record live and radio programs/concerts. I will continue to use MD for that purpose until iPod can do it as well. YET...I sometimes wonder if I should burn my recordings to CD-R, transfer to MiniDisc, and then store the CD-Rs for quick copying (when needed). This would allow me to utilitize MiniDisc more. What to do, what to do...a constant struggle w/ this incredible technology... I sure wish CD-Rs never became cheap and easy to use, then MiniDisc could dominate, and we'd have full confidence in the future of removable media. Do other people have agonizing moments of finding ways to use MiniDisc as much as possible in their lives? I HATE Sony for creating such a cool format and then doing everything possible to keep it away from the mainstream.
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