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  1. Hello, you can have a look at this: https://www.ko-saka.com/products/detail/1260 and: http://www.buy-nippon.com/ I've ordered a lot of stuff using buynippon in the passed
  2. The bad : Fnac ; EMTEC/ BASF ; Hispace/MPO The good : SONY ; TDK
  3. Thank you sfpb ,but you have uploaded owner's manual, not SERVICE manual that i needed (useful for test mode, repair, parts references etc..)
  4. Wait for this a long time. Thank you very much, Electric Magic ! I've a very spécial request: could anyone provide Onkyo MD-105FX service manual ? (An english version would be great, but japanese version is a first step)
  5. Hello everyone Will Jim repair hi-md players ?
  6. hello I've got an W1 deck and I know how to make lossless copies of recordable mds (Sp or mono recorded) using service mode. Would Phamcu hack allow to do the same with prerecorded Mds . Mz-rh1 allows to transfer prerecorded mds to pc and convert to Wav. But I think precorded md's are recorded in 20 bits definition (although lossy atrac algorythm...). This 20 bits définition is lossed during the conversion to wav.
  7. Features you 'll get with hi-md technology and not with standard md : 1) universal playback/record compatibility with all standards of existing Md/himd discs and atrac/atrac3/atrac3+ encoding. 2) Perfect (no more artifacts) encoging quality with pcm (lossless) and atrac3+ (lossy but extremely close to pcm at 352 kbps, far better than sp atrac) 3) Extended recording and playback time with standard "80 min" Md (100 min at 352kbps up to 13h at 48 kbps). with Himd (1GB) you can record up to 45 h of music at 48 kbps atrac3+ ( 94 min in pcm , 7h at 352 kbps) 4) Fast and unlimited USB digital transfers from and back to pc (since sonicstage 3.4 and higher) 5) Ability to use mds (including regular "80 min" ones ) as USB mass storage (for albums cover for example) but also any type of files : text, photos, software , video ( you can store and playback an XVId or x264 encoded movie up to 2h at 1250 kbps)
  8. I record my favorit cds onto 1gb himd with pcm encoding too. But I can say that atrac3+ at 352kbps using slow(high quality - using sonicstage) is extremely close to pcm (I ve tested it using sony cd3000 high end headphones). Far better than SP encoding (no artifacts anymore including miles Davis trumpet for example).In fact, most of time - And I could say everytime - I cannot hear any difference with pcm... PS: for accurate ripping I first use DBpoweramp (ultrasecure) or EAC. than I use VirtualCD software and sonicstage cd burner to burn a virtual CD of the accurate ripped wave files . Than I ripp again the virtual cd with sonicstage. That way I can obtain high quality (slow) 352kbps atrac3+ files.
  9. It's a very good idea Zhane ! It's a pitty that second generation 1GB himd discs come with these little oval screen instead of classical large ones. Anyway for labelling them i use this software: http://forums.sonyinsider.com/topic/21927-labels-for-hi-md/page__p__150399#entry150399 Also, if you use 80 min blanks, would you use atrac 3+ 352kbps (slow- high quality) encoding? It is better than sp atrac and extremely close to pcm. As minidisc access seems to not have cristal jewel cases anymore, you can find it from japan at : http://www.ko-saka.com/contents/shop/MD1P.html you can get them using www.pricejapan.com or (for french md user) with : http://www.buy-nippon.com/ Minidiscaccess used to buy there md jewel cases from a chinese (HK ?) supplier. If anyone know one of these chinese makers I will be interested as it could be cheapest than japanese ones...
  10. Had the same experience than you , Wizard, But only with fast(low quality) 352 kbps encoding ( try Miles Davis Concerto de Ajanguez) . The sound with slow (high quality) 352 kbps encoding (only supported with cd ripping encoding) is very very very closed to pcm, even with those very difficult musics . NB: To make a simulated cd ripping with Sonicstage and wav files, you can use SS CD burning function in addition with the software "virtual CD" . I think you also can burn an iso cd file of you wav files with Nero.
  11. Try miles Davis "kind of blue" , and you will change your mind: sp is full of horrible artifacts, while atrac3+ 352kbps is cristal clear...
  12. You can have a look to this post: http://forums.sonyinsider.com/index.php?showtopic=21927&view=findpost&p=150399
  13. You CAN have HiMD in your car...combining himd portable and sony car cd reciever, with the help of connects2 walkman adapter. I've got, and I'm very satisfied of it: display of md titles and md control on cd unit, last track played memory when switch off/on...
  14. jb980 is a very good recorder using optical or analog input and SP mode. No difference with ja 20ES ( Two SP recordings of the same song ,one made with JA 20 ES, the other with jb980 , sound exactly the same when they are played on the same deck) As net md, quality of dowloads are the same that other net Md Sony, including portable units : Only MDLP encoding is avalaible using Sonicstage - unfortunatly SP downloading is fake SP (reencoded LP2). I've never tried it , but as net Md it certainly can edit tracks with sonicstage...
  15. I have a jb980 to sell nextly, so I've no interest in denigrating it... Understand me, it doesn't sound awful, but clearly not as good than JA20 Es and even Himd onkyo decks. Concerning MDLP (atrac3) I've never used it nor with MDX-D40, because it's a great downside of SP atrac (LP2 lacks of deepness and sounds "plastic"; LP4 is awfull). At the opposite atrac3+ is agreat improvement of atrac codec. You're write the manual doesn't mention DAC specifications. My source is Sonystyle:
  16. JB 920 and JB 940 (HQ serie) had current pulse DAC converter and filters , just like ES serie (JA20ES; JA333ES, JA 50ES, JA 555ES) . JB980 has only hybrid pulse converters. I don't know if it's the reason why it sound (to my ears) very much harsher than the precedent Sony decks. I've never heard MDX-D400 but only D4 and D40 or W1 (double MD deck), which had good sound but clearly inferior to the JA 20 ES (which is exeptionnally good) . Playing SP recordings, Onkyo himd units are a downside compared to JA20ES, or even JB920, but better than JB980 and even MXD-D4 . Considering they can play PCM/352kbpsatrac3+ superior quality recordings, I think they are the best value compared to any passed or present MD deck.
  17. My hearing experience in term of audio quality is : PCM ~ atrac3+ 352kbps ripped with sonicstage in high quality (slow encoding) > optical atrac3+ 256kbps ~ atrac3+ 352kbps ripped with sonicstage in low quality (rapid encoding) > atrac3+ 256kbps ripped with sonicstage in high quality (slow encoding) > atrac3+ 256kbps ripped with sonicstage in low quality (rapid encoding) ~ optical atrac SP 292kbps I have two onkyo HIMD deck MD-105FX and MD-133 I have two sony ES MD decks: MDS- JA 3ES (atrac SP 3.5) very good sounding with 2 microphone (L/R) input! MDS-JA20ES (atracSP 4.5 typeR) great great sound Listenning legacy md (like prerecorded) Onkyo doesn't totally reach JA20ES quality, but is quite close and far better than JB980 that I have eared. Listenning HIMD (PCM or hisp) versions of the same recordings, Onkyo sounds better (no more horrible artifacts that can be heard in SP (292kbps) mode recordings ( including with ja20ES deck, saddly) of harmonica or trumpet like Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" The ideal deck : Himd version of the 20 ES with microphones input! (and i will sell all the 3!) Extracted from previous of my posts: Would somebody on this forum able to transform an old Sony mds ja ES into a himd unit (just changing the necessary parts)? because Sony seems uncapable to do this.... Honestly, their is little difference between md-133 an Md 105FX sound. (Comparison made with Sony MDR-CD3000 headphones through Sony DA50ES Amplifier) With some musics, MD-133 has a little larger stereo separation, and generaly slight higher frequency response, but can sometime sound a little tirering compared to 105FX ! MD-105FX is very well balanced and finally nearer of sony decks sound than MD-133. (saddly There is still no himd version of the fantastic sony MDS-JA20ES high-end deck ). Conclusion: MD-105FX is a very good value http://forums.minidisc.org/index.php?showt...mp;#entry105072 http://forums.minidisc.org/index.php?showt...mp;#entry105120
  18. Hi guitarfxr. Will the data drive upload old SP recording as rh1 does?
  19. Good work avrin. My hearing experience in term of audio quality is : PCM ~ atrac3+ 352kbps ripped with sonicstage in high quality (slow encoding) > optical atrac3+ 256kbps ~ atrac3+ 352kbps ripped with sonicstage in low quality (rapid encoding) > atrac3+ 256kbps ripped with sonicstage in high quality (slow encoding) > atrac3+ 256kbps ripped with sonicstage in low quality (rapid encoding) ~ optical atrac SP 292kbps
  20. YES, pcm prerecored himds ! I know Himds cannot be pressed like cds or standard prerecorded MDs, but they may be recorded just like old prerecorded cassette tapes used to be!
  21. I've ordered 5 of those 20-pk last february, for 70 € (inclued shipping to France). It would be cool if Sony was using them for their blanks, as EMTEC/BASF and MPO/HISPACE used to...
  22. They say atrac walkman compliant, but not with Md , the first original Atrac device! Shame on you, SONY, SHAME ON YOU!!
  23. That is good news Wizard! Talking about car audio, I'm very satisfied too, with my "Sony car radio + Connects2 interface + Hi-MD Walkman ". But still Connects2 interface goes harder to find (discontinued?), do you think these sony car units will be compatible with HiMD trough USB (Specifications say it will play ATrac files (OMA) from atrac walkman devices"trough USB!): http://www.sony.fr/product/ica-in-car-usb-...=TechnicalSpecs http://www.sony.fr/product/ica-in-car-usb-...=TechnicalSpecs http://www.sony.fr/product/ica-in-car-usb-...=TechnicalSpecs http://www.sony.fr/product/ica-in-car-usb-...=TechnicalSpecs
  24. hola carlesraf! Je possède personnellement environ 150 MD préenregistrés pratiquement tous achetés sur amazon.co.uk, où il y a un choix de plus de 1000 titres. Je n'ai rien vu de tel sur amazon .fr. Peux tu m'envoyer un lien? De toute façon, amazon.co.uk expédie dans toute l'Europe. (Wizard of Oz is working for the translation! - Seriously, thank you Wizard for correcting me time to time )
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