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  1. Deck: MDS-JE630 or MDS-PC1 (there are others that work as well, but these are good ones) Sound Card: E-MU 0404 That should run well under your max budget. Check eBay for the MD deck and post a WTB ad on head-fi.org FS forums to get used 0404 sound card.
  2. Bottom line: If it sounds good, it is good.
  3. Hahaha, that was my philosophy when I was an MD head. MDS-JE630 deck ($110 US) paired with a Sharp MD-DS8 portable player ($125 US). That was my setup.
  4. The Zen Micro is uglier than a Rio Karma. Creative can make one hell of a flash based player, but they can't seem to make decent HDD players. The FM radio on the Micro sucks, too. If you want a good radio, get one of Xin Feng's modded Sony pocket radios. I have the '59 one, and it sounds wonderful, although I rarely use it except when jogging. http://www.fixup.net iRiver is... No-Mid-Fi! All bass and treble, baby! Midrange? What's that? We don't need no stinkin' midrange! For hard drive players, if you ABSOLUTELY must avoid iPods so your Slashdot crowd friends don't accuse you of being a trendwhore or something, get a Rio Carbon. I almost got one over the Mini, except for the hissing issue and the fact that the firmware was buggy (Rio fixed both problems now, though). The iPod does not suck. The only thing that sucks is the stock buds. An iPod can beat even expensive home CD players if you use it properly. For example... Apple Lossless > 20GB iPod > Sik Din line-out > Xin SuperMacro > Etymotic ER-4S/Westone UM-2/Future Sonics EM3 Right there is a portable setup that can kill even a megabucks audiophile home rig, and the cost remains under $1000 US.
  5. I'm not a troll, Chris. I just tell it like it is! I don't find recharging my iPod Mini every other day to be overly annoying. Plug it in. It recharges. It's not rocket science. I don't travel. But I do understand where you are coming from. Non-removable nonstandard cell types are not the best for true portability. Agreed, although I can hardly call LP4 "music." It's more like "clipping and distortion with some words thrown in." The strength of high-capacity HDD players is not in quantity but quality. Many 40 and 60GB player users use lossless formats such as FLAC and Apple Lossless, which are considerably larger than your average 128kbps crap MP3. Also, I find my iPod Mini to have near-painless navigation even containing the 32 albums it does at the moment. I select... Music > Artist > Album > Track 1 and hit select. I can do it one handed, I can do it while driving and the screen is backlit and easy to read even at arm's length. I find this much more preferable to squinting at the tiny MD remote, or ignoring the screen altogether... "How many times do I have to hit Folder+ before I find the album I want to listen to...?" Ripping CDs can take a while, but iTunes does it relatively painlessly. Pop CD in, click Import, go surf the net till it's done. Rinse and repeat. And a 40GB iPod can be completely filled up in around 12-15 minutes. Hi-MD takes around 25 minutes per 1GB disc. Where's the advantage there? Er, why would you erase your PC's music library? I mean, seriously. Hard drives are cheap. You can get 80GB hard drives for fifty bucks. If you drop your MD player there's a chance it'll suffer an optical pickup block fault, which is as disastrous as a hard drive head crash. When it comes to data, even relatively unimportant data such as music that you already have CDs on, it helps to always have a backup. "Good quality audio" is entirely subjective. I don't consider anything less than 192kbps MP3 to even be listenable. My normal bitrate is 224kbps AAC for portable and straight CDs at home through my home system (it's in my sig). If you think that you can deal with all of MD's failings and still enjoy the device, well then more power to you. But I don't like to recommend MD to newbies who do not care anything about recording, because MD is a pain in the ass to use. My six year old cousin, she is quite capable of putting the music she wants to listen to on my iPod Mini; I've watched her do it before. I'm twenty years old and trying to get SonicSludge to work once gave me insane fits of frustration. I'll have to agree with you there... old-school MD recording is pretty simple (synch-record rules! ) and a cheap DVD player with an S/PDIF optical output is all you need. The only problem is time. Even with ripping CDs factored in, it still takes a lot less time for me to put 30 albums on my Mini than it would for me to record 30 albums in real-time...
  6. They are suceptible to very strong magnetic fields even if the substrate is not heated to its Curie temperature. I've erased an MD disc with a homemade electromagnet. But in normal and even most types of abnormal use, MD media should not suffer from magnetic fields unless they are very strong.
  7. Foamies are not all bad. ER-4P/S works best with foamies. But these foamies are terrible.
  8. Cori's Standard Advice: If you are not going to record or do not already own lots of MDs and MD related equipment, MD is not for you. That said, if you don't mind how big the thing is, the NH600D can actually be found cheaply enough online that it's somewhat worth it. But I'd recommend saving up for a high quality DAP; it'll last you for many years.
  9. DualDisc is thicker than conventional CDs or DVDs and can cause problems on many players. My Cambridge CD player refused to open the tray with a DualDisc inside it and I was forced to take the cover off and remove the CD from the transport manually.
  10. The problem with blu-ray or even conventional DVD-type recording, or even conventional CD-R type recording in a portable is power. CD and DVD writers with red lasers eat up gobs and gobs of power; Blu-Ray is even more power hungry. Any portable recorder with these kind of technologies would likely require you to carry around a small car battery... While they are faster and technically better technologies than magneto-optical, MO systems still win out on minimal power consumption. It is. But the marketability for a portable combination MO/Blu-Ray drive would be nil even if the engineering hurdles could be overcome practically.
  11. Meier Audio carries a number of premium and audiophile-grade headphones. Audiocubes also carries various Sony and Audio-Technica headphones. Personally I don't recommend the 7506 or 7509 because they are harsh; if you have 100 dollars US, get either Audio-Technica A500 or even Sony MDR-CD780 which are both good. Also, AKG K240S are very good for $100 US, and they are very light and comfortable. Might as well toss a Grado SR-60 recommendation out there... they're the best el cheapo groovalizers I've ever heard, perhaps the best headphones for $60 US ever.
  12. Er, don't bother; they're terrible. Boomy, bloated, slow bass, no treble, no mids. If you want a decent canalphone for cheap, get a Sharp MD33, or if you absolutely need it to be short cord with non Auvi MD, sony EX71.
  13. Well, yes, the formats support higher resolutions and bit depths, in the sense of DVD-A anyhow. Super Audio CD is actually a 1-bit system, Direct Stream Digital that has a sampling rate up in the MHz range, while DVD-A is 24-bit, 192kHz resolution. So yes, the maximum effective dynamic range and frequency responses of these different formats can be much greater than that of old-school Redbook Audio (16 bit 44.1kHz resolution).
  14. It's actually a terrible implementation for the format because magneto-optical systems are limited to speeds substantially lower than USB1.1, which is already very slow (12mbps, much less than Firewire or USB2). The deal is that CD-RW and USB flash drives will be very hard to supplant from their lofty perch in this niche, and 1-2mbps transfer rates do not exactly appeal to me, or most people. Put more simply, it takes a good 20-25 minutes to fill up a Hi-MD disc with tracks from SonicStage. I can completely fill up my iPod Mini via USB2.0 in less than a quarter of that time, and that's four times the information, four times as fast.
  15. When it comes to classical music, gappy playback can be disconcerting and distract from the overall experience of listening. Nismo is right here; unfortunately you only have two choices for gapless and that's either the Rio Karma or any MD unit. The Rio Karma can be gapless with MP3 as well as with vorbis (since vorbis is an inherently gapless format). Other players that support vorbis such as the iRiver iHP series, I'm not sure about their gapless abilities.
  16. If you're using analog output to get your recordings to CD, might as well go with an R900 until you can get/try a 2G Hi-MD. R900 is a freaking tank. I dropped mine off of a two-story height and the thing still worked for another year after that. I've seen them on eBay for $80ish US. Hi-MD first generation didn't have the best build quality, especially not NH1... I was expecting much better, but maybe I shouldn't have considering how flimsy N10 and N1 were... maybe 2G Hi-MD will have higher build quality.
  17. Actually, the thing about PCM is that it's only recording perceived audible frequency response... i.e. 20-20,000Hz, which is techically not the entire audible frequency range, hence the existence of high-rez formats like SACD and DVD-A. But... there are many, many things that PCM picks up that are either 1) inaudible to most humans or 2) won't be noticed or missed when removed or 3) both. Psychoacoustic models like the ones used for ATRAC and other lossless encoders try to determine which sounds we can hear, which ones we can't and which ones we won't miss when they're gone. So PCM is not always what we can hear, or notice if it's missing or not. In that aspect ATRAC is just like MP3 or AAC or vorbis or MPC or MP2 or AC3 or any other of the countless lossy encoding methods out there. ATRAC has advantages and disadvantages like any other audio compression codec. Primary advantages include nonlinear editing and gapless playback, but it suffers from pre-echo issues as dex pointed out earlier. It's a slightly better low (128kbps) bitrate encoder than MP3 and a far better very low bitrate (~64kbps) encoder than MP3. Largely, for general purpose use however, MP3 is better simply because nearly anything can use it. ATRAC isn't a lossless codec and no part of it is lossless because it uses these psychoacoustic models to remove pieces of the signal (hence the term lossy).
  18. aeriyn

    Best Impulse Buy

    Koss KSC-75s. These literally are the best open cans for 20 bucks, no joke. Unlike the Sennheiser MX series buds, they don't need giant ears to fit properly and they've got bass. Beastly bass. Solder some 47ohm resistors on each of the signal lugs on the drivers, and it tames the savage bass beast these things display, and they become wonderful.
  19. Most of the problems with Hi-MD and making your recordings into something usable have been solved by now. SonicStage is still a dodgy piece of crap, but it's a lot better than it once was. With that budget I'd go ahead and recommend the NH900 with an RM-MC40ELK remote for recording purposes. The NH900 has the longest runtime since you can use it with both the prismatic NiMH battery and the AA battery attachment. It's also the only Hi-MD unit I've really had a chance to play with and it seems fairly well made (nothing like the tanks Sony used to produce, unfortunately, but still pretty decent) and the recording provisions--i.e. the ability to record uncompressed 16/44.1kHz, is better than standard, old-school MD. Sony is supposed to release the second generation of Hi-MD recorders in April, though, so you may want to wait depending on your needs. Details on the 2G Hi-MD units are somewhat sketchy however, and largely the result of great speculation.
  20. I don't even own a TV... Kinda hard to watch TV with headphones clamped around your ears!
  21. A lot of audiophile types use digital ICs, especially at the top-end of the digital player spectrum. Most of the best audiophile-grade digital players are separate transports and DACs, so there's some type of digital connection between them. It's usually not optical though; tends to be BNC coax or RCA coax depending on price (BNC is really the best digital connection because it's very secure and offers a true 75ohm impedance). Optical S/PDIF has jitter issues. Actually, "budget-fi" can be easily had by taking an inexpensive DVD player such as a Toshiba 3960 and connecting it via coax digital out to something like the DAC-AH kit you can get at diyaudio.com, or an older Audio Alchemy non-oversampling DAC. MSB Link DAC I can usually be had for around $100 on a'gon.
  22. Perhaps most importantly... why else would I assume the People's Republic of China was an enemy of the United States unless that's what I was taught?
  23. ... I guess what all of us American kids were taught in school is wrong then. I only know what I am taught and what I've managed to find out on my own, and this thread and the other thread on the other board just proves to me even further that the American education system is stupid and full of misinformation. What am I supposed to believe if America is telling me nothing but lies? How do I know what is true and what isn't? Should I even bother trying to find out? Perhaps your media and your educational system tells the truth, dex. I don't know, I didn't go to school in Canada. Am I supposed to accuse my teachers of lying when they taught us this stuff? I'm totally lost. The news isn't much better, is it? They're all lying, aren't they? What am I supposed to believe, or should I even bother trying to find out? Edit: Er, after reading this, I noticed that I may come across as being sarcastic and nasty. Actually, I'm completely serious... and really embarrassed, and annoyed, and upset that I am well... wrong. So I'm serious, not mocking at all.
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