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  1. I have used them both ways, CD > MD & MD > CD, the latter to enable ripping the result into iTunes. This was a project that took about two years. I even have a folder in iTunes devoted to that effort: "MD/CD Heaven." The editing abilities of minidisc completely surpass those of CD, where there isn't much you can do post-recording.
  2. "...what CD players people have paired up with their MiniDisc decks." Just a few days ago, I used my MDS-E10 to edit a minidisc (needed some dividing for track marks), and then copied the MD to CD-RW via coax to my working-when-it-feels-like-it Aiwa XC-RW700 standalone recorder. Ultimate destination was iTunes, per spousal request. I'd created the original MD from cassettes and vinyl—contra dance and barn dance tunes from US & UK. The E10 is also connected to a Cambridge Audio DACMagic 100, which brings out its finest qualities.
  3. Nice, thanks. (Saved.) I am more than a little surprised to see so many units share the AK4524. And I was thus inspired to check what DAC my MXD-D400 has—seems to be AK4584VQ.
  4. EIGHT+ years later and I find in this thread (courtesy of SFBP) confirmation of what I want to know: the DAC in the E10 is the AK4524 (also in the SM). Today I began using the E10 as both a player and a DAC. Its RCAs are going into a pair of Kanto TUK powered speakers. I have tried optical and USB (from Macbook Pro) direct to the TUKs, but I think the E10's DAC to its RCAs is the best-sounding of the three connections. I was listening to an MD played this way and was absolutely, positively floored to find that the source disc was LP2! I hadn't thought to even consider that until I saw the label on the disc. Playing from iTunes also sounds great through the E10.
  5. Not quite the same, but interesting and helpful: https://www.dutchaudioclassics.nl/the_complete_d_a_dac_converter_list/
  6. Very good, yes, and it even has Type S, and can play MP3 CDs. Copies to LP @4x. Dual-line display for CD and MD. A couple of "could be betters": Lacks monitor function; that is, requires an MD inserted to "monitor." Playback SQ is good, but there are better decks for playback. Of course, this can be resolved by using its optical out. At one time, I had two of these and two MXD-D40s.
  7. I have lost track—not that I was keeping a record—of all the CDPs I had paired with MD decks. All of the CDPs had optical and/or coax out, and that's what I used. The pairing I fancied the most was probably CDP-XA20ES > MDS-JA20ES. Now...well, I have my MXD-D400 if I need to copy from CD to MD.
  8. Thanks, and same to you. One thing though...seems that what Firefox actually does is add a security exception. Oh well, I have nothing to hide here.
  9. Working normally on Firefox 96.0.2. No security warnings at this time. [Long exhale.] Although how weird is this?: Congratulations! You've increased your rank to Rookie! Just now Well, I guess it's always OK to get a fresh start. (And it turns out that FF is enabling HTTPS per my Prefs; otherwise, I would get a warning.)
  10. Monitor mode, yes. My guess is that as this is a kind of pass-through, the signal remains unchanged. Perhaps a schematic would depict the path. As to during actual recording—that is, output via opt/coax while a disc is inserted, not monitoring without one—not sure I tried that. I will note that my HHB BurnIT CDR exhibits that same behavior with monitoring.
  11. I have attempted to copy a Copy Prohibit MD from the E10, via optical out. Also tried by monitoring an protected digital incoming and passing through. Neither worked, even when the Copy Bit is set to Permit. But I wonder what the output signal would look like during actual copy-bit-permit recording. It's more or less academic to me at this point, but interesting. I feel like the non-pro E10/12's ignoring the copy bit setting but keeping it intact is a bit nasty, although helpful, I suppose, in many cases. I seem to recall having read that Sony's so-called semi-pro PCM-R300 DAT deck had that same "feature."
  12. Thanks, Kevin. Very GTK. Should I ever need to replace my E10, this information would be critical. It's nice to have both MD & CD (HHB) decks that can defeat SCMS, as I still have some MDs & CDs that have it. Now if only the E10 could strip SCMS on output... 😉
  13. This stuff about E* series pro vs. non-pro is news to me. My E10 (bought used from a musician) is decidedly Pro and says so. And discussions elsewhere regarding the E* series haven't revealed that lack of SCMS control. But since the subject is now out and about, I'm going to ask around a bit and see if that issue has been encountered somewhere.
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    Right. I'm sure by now the receiver's insides are furry, but kitty is a rescue...can always get a new receiver if things went awry.
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    Why thanks! As far as I could tell, this forum went AWOL for quite some time. Its absence was noted elsewhere. I did take a peek behind the 940 (without disturbing the cat, who often lies on top the receiver), and found that there's coax out from the 940. I'm not sure the difference in the 940's sound is solely one of SQ. I like that it now sounds more like the other source (iTunes/streaming iMac), which also feeds the receiver, via dedicated optical. Difference in DACs, I suppose. There's kitty on the receiver—the 940 is just beneath her.
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    The best thing that ever happened to my JB940 was when I hooked it up via optical (or coax, I forget what's back there) to my Cambridge Audio receiver. Nothing really wrong with the 940's DAC, just not quite on a par with some others, IMO; for example, JA20ES, JA333ES, and even the JB930. My ears, my call.
  17. Although I lack experience with atrac3plus, I can say that I've had some very good results with both vinyl & cassette (esp. the latter) using 292, Type R, with a decent ADC in place, and straight to MD via A.In. I think a good number of MD users believe that 292 SP often results in quality MD recordings from an analog source. In fact, some prefer MD analog input to digital.
  18. Oh right, forgot about the coax. Good feature. Sony, at least once, got the ATRAC chip wrong in the SM. I believe that was for the JA20ES. Someone here opened up their 20ES, took a pic, and lo & behold...Type R after all. As I did not peek into the 2070 and no longer have it, can't verify.
  19. "If anyone has any Kenwood experience or thoughts..." I had a Kenwood MD-2070 deck. I have no reason to think it wasn't 4.5. I thought it a very good unit for playback, maybe even outstanding, but I was never convinced that recordings I made on it matched those made on my Sony Type R decks. (I used it mainly for playback, in any case.) Further, while it was nice to look at, I felt that the UX was less smooth than any of the various Sony units I have owned...including, way back when, the JE510.
  20. Problem was solved: A keyboard was plugged in and laid off to the side on edge. It was causing this trouble by having a key(s) depressed without being seen.
  21. Thanks, guys, will pass along!
  22. Asking for a friend—an actual SWIM instance ;-) ... Sony MDS-E10 loads MD with write-protect tab closed for track naming - after TOC reading it briefly flashes the track info (or blank disc) and immediately goes to "All Erase?" I've tried it over and over, always the same thing. When pressing eject, it might not respond, or will after 4-5 presses of eject. This happens with various MDs. Any ideas?
  23. "...ATRAC version in the MXD-D3 is not 4.5 but actually it is Type-R. " I could hardly believe it without looking into it a little. (No slight intended, NGY.) Yet, the JE530 (R) has the same chip. So it's true. How is it possible this took 22 years to discover? Could some D3's have had 4.5? On a practical level, it makes no difference to me, but as a datapoint, it's fascinating.
  24. Anything is possible, I suppose. But...I owned two JA20ES (US models), both bought used, and neither had the dim display issue. Same for my 333ES (US).
  25. You EE-types are paying good attention to every detail! I have a mundane observation to contribute. My Sony MDS-JA22ES was a Japan domestic model, 100v. My being in the US, to be safe I used a stepdown to get to 100. There were some well-documented (here) issues with the unit, but power wasn't one of them. But the display, while good, was on the dimmer side, especially when compared to other MD decks near it. So I gave it a try minus the voltage converter. The display brightened up considerably. However, the majority of opinions that I sought advised that long-term, probably not the best thing to do. I retreated to converter safety and put up with the dimmer display. Compare this to my MXD-D400, also a Japan domestic, also using a converter—in fact, the same converter the 22ES used. It has a normal, bright display and has never been subjected directly to US voltage. I suppose what I am saying is that for a machine like the S500 or my D400, perhaps it is better to just use a converter if that is reasonable. The S500 in particular is a rare find. Like to note that my converter, while not a brick, is larger and more substantial than a travel-size one I had, which eventually failed. If the D400 is happy, then I'm happy!
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