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  1. Sounds like the microphone is still working, if Audacity is getting a signal, however low. The ECM-MS907 is designed to be used with a microphone input (on MD recorders this is called 'plug-in power') rather than a line or aux input. It simply doesn't give a strong enough output to drive a line level input properly. You could set your line input level to maximum and that might give better results, but you 'd be better off using a recorder with a mic input, which the MZ-R500 lacks. Or a powered microphone, or use a microphone pre-amp ('battery box') with your ECM-MS907.
  2. Use SP transfer mode from Sonicstage, which can be found under Transfer settings (with an appropriate note). This method will give you fake SP - something like LP2 quality, but will play back on the R37.
  3. Quite possible, I always binned or gave away the stock Sony earphones, which was rather silly in hindsight. I was never really happy the Sony portables signatiure sound (I only ever bought the recorders) until the first Hi-MDs came along with their digital DSPs and customisable EQ. The Sharps were always considered the best players, as countless professional and user reviews testified.
  4. Is the 'Timer' switch on the left of the deck's front panel set to the 'Play' position (hard right)? If so this is normal behaviour, as the deck believes that an external timer has kicked in when you turn the power back on. Just slide the Timer switch to the central 'Off' position to stop this happening.
  5. For 'convenience' I use this with CDs: rip CD > wav > Sonicstage > LP2 conversion > MD. Sounds fine to me and the LP2 MDs play on all my current equipment.
  6. The 1st generation Hi-MDs do it for me, particularly the NH700/NHF800 with custom EQ tweaked to perfection and paired with Sennheiser in-ears. Bought a load of NH700's a few years back when they were sold off dirt cheap, and not looked back since. Doubtless the higher end models can sound better, but I like the fact that you can pick up AA's for next to nothing here, and not worry about gumsticks or fancy batteries.
  7. LP2 (ATRAC) is indeed 132kpbs and is found to be acceptable to many/most MD users for general listening. You'd get about 16 hours on a 1GB disc at that bitrate. Otherwise I'd suggest using 192kbps (ATRAC3) for a good compromise transfer from ATRAC lossless in Sonicstage to MD. Keep the lossless files in Sonicstage for future transfers if you have the space. 256kbps (ATRAC3) would be even better quality and may be as near to 'CD quality' as you'd want. The time per disc drops to just under 8 hours then. ATRAC is the older version of ATRAC format compatible with pre-Hi-MD devices. ATRAC3 is the newer Hi-MD version. These are both lossy compressed formats, ATRAC lossless is compressed losslessly, as the name suggests, so good for computer storage but not compatible with any portable MD/Hi-MD devices or decks.
  8. In NetMD mode (which I think you're using) you get an indication in the transfer box on the right of the number of Free Minutes:Seconds left on your disk. That number is for SP mode, so if you're transferring in LP2 mode then double that, or in LP4 quadruple it. There are system overheads, so the actual time you get is slightly less than shown. I normally underestimate the time available by half a minute or so to avoid going over. In Hi-MD mode you're shown the number of free bytes on the disk. You'd need to 'do the math' to work out how much you can fit in the available space at your chosen transfer bitrate, but my general rule of thumb is that 1 minute is roughly 1MB at LP2 (132kbps).
  9. Yes - they're both ATRAC decks (all MD units have some form of ATRAC) and these decks have the standard universally compatible formats. All discs recorded on one machine will be playable on the other, as they both only offer Standard Stereo (SP) and Mono recording. The JB930 has a later version of ATRAC (Type R) and a bigger feature set and would be the better recorder/player, but this doesn't affect mutual compatibility.
  10. Yes that would work as a headphone amp with your NH700 as it has a line input. Should be able to drive some decent headphones too, with a respectable 140mW x 2 output. On your NH700 you'll probably want to turn off the EQ settings and put the volume to around max to send a 'flat' near line-level signal to the amp.
  11. The output from the headphone jack is analog(ue) so a DAC (Digital to Analogue converter) wouldn't convert the signal, even if it accepted an analogue (line level) input, which most don't I think. It would be best in this case to use a headphone amplifier which would connect with a simple stereo line lead: 3.5mm to 3.5 / 5mm depending on the headphone amp input.
  12. Well, just to chime in. I've got three MD decks in semi-regular use (JE480, MXD-D40, Onkyo MD-105 Hi-MD deck), NH900 gets an occasional spin (though my little Sansa Clip zip is my portable of choice). Have several Sony portable MD recorders and decks "in storage". My MZ-B10 is in daily use at home. All my new music still gets added to the MD collection: ~250 LP2 discs/~40 Hi-MD discs. So yes, I guess I'm still an MD addict.
  13. Yes please, I'd like a copy of the manual very much. I have the MD105FX. Thanks.
  14. Hi. Go to Downloads section (Tab near top of page.) Download and install Sonicstage Ultimate 4.3 Edition Download and install NetMD 64 Bit Drivers for Windows 7 and Vista Then you should be good to go...
  15. Thanks for this info and procedure, mdenter. My W10 laptop suddenly stopped recognising my NH900 and NHF800 after several months of being fine (actually since 'upgrading' from w7 to W10 before the July deadline. Not sure when this happened. But anyway I followed your steps and all seems to be back to 'normal' - for now at least...
  16. I still use 1GB Hi-MD discs, got about 50 of them which hold my entire music collection at 192k. They're mostly the original dark blue/red ones. Bought them back when they cost a more 'reasonable' £5 or so. I'm not planning to get any more, and certainly wouldn't pay the silly prices being asked for now,
  17. My one remaining Sharp is the fairly unexciting MD-MT270. Has both bass and treble controls, and the typical 2 x 10mW output, which on paper at least is stronger than Sony's, even without the EU volume cap. Overall I still just about prefer the Sony sound which to me sounds crisper than my Sharp, albeit less punchy. Sadly nowadays it's main use is for duplicating disk titles with the Name Stamp feature, though occasionally I take it out for the day's listening.
  18. MD recordings certainly would be directly editable, up to a point. May be some one 'forgot' to tell.him. CD-R may have been a better choice?
  19. Well, at last - Dave managed to get one thing right...
  20. Your best/cheapest option would be to look for some sort of line in/USB device. Plenty on Amazon/eBay etc if you take a look. Can't vouch for the quality of any of these however,
  21. The bit rate of audio tracks on the old minidisc system is fixed at 292kbit/s, regardless of the original source. There's not much point in thinking in terms of file sizes or original bit rates, A 74 min MD holds 74 mins of audio, end of story (ok, double that for mono). That's roughly 17 or 18 four minute songs. A standard 74min MD has about 140MB of data, about one fifth of a CD-R, which why your CD holds about 5 times the number of songs as your MD at a similar bitrate. You should be able to format the oldest audio MDs to Hi-MD format, why not try and see. You should also be aware that transferring in SP compatibility mode in Sonicstage degrades the quality to LP2 at best. If quality is an issue you're better off doing It the old fashioned way - real time, using a digital audio cable if possible.
  22. What about this version, also at the Minidisc.org Index of manuals http://minidisc.org/manuals/ http://minidisc.org/manuals/denon_dmd1000_manual.pdf Defintely zoomable in my browser, and you can save your very own single document pdf
  23. Assuming you're using Sonicstage, you could use an online converter like YouTubeMP3 http://www.youtube-mp3.org/ to create MP3 files on your computer from the YouTube URLs. Then import the MP3s into Sonicstage and transfer to an MD. Sound quality might be rather disappointing at low bitrates.
  24. Well, at the risk of stating the obvious, have you inadvertently activated the DPC (Digital Pitch control) switch? It's located on the back (top right) of the unit. In which case slide it back to the Off position and you should be back to normal. Or you could change the playback speed e.g. to +/- 0% from the menu - DPC (Speed Control). It's all explained on p. 54 of the manual (available on line)..
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